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  1. Facile synthesis of TiO2/microcrystalline cellulose nanocomposites: photocatalytically active material under visible light irradiation

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    Doped TiO2 nanocomposites were prepared in situ by a facile and simple synthesis utilizing benign and renewable precursors such as microcrystalline cellulose (MC) and TiCl4 through hydrolysis in alkaline medium without the addition of organic solvents. The as-prepared nanocompos...

  2. Facile synthesis of TiO2/microcrystalline cellulose nanocomposites: photocatalytically active material under visible light irradiation

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    Doped TiO2 nanocomposites were prepared in situ by a facile and simple synthesis utilizing benign and renewable precursors such as microcrystalline cellulose (MC) and TiCl4 through hydrolysis in alkaline medium without the addition of organic solvents. The as-prepared nanocompos...

  3. Facile synthesis, microstructure and photophysical properties of core-shell nanostructured (SiCN)/BN nanocomposites

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    Zhang, Qian; Jia, Dechang; Yang, Zhihua; Cai, Delong; Laine, Richard M.; Li, Qian; Zhou, Yu

    2017-01-01

    Increasing structural complexity at nanoscale can permit superior control over photophysical properties in the precursor-derived semiconductors. We demonstrate here the synthesis of silicon carbonitride (SiCN)/boron nitride (BN) nanocomposites via a polymer precursor route wherein the cobalt polyamine complexes used as the catalyst, exhibiting novel composite structures and photophysical properties. High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) analysis shows that the diameters of SiCN-BN core-shell nanocomposites and BN shells are 50‒400 nm and 5‒25 nm, respectively. BN nanosheets (BNNSs) are also observed with an average sheet size of 5‒15 nm. The photophysical properties of these nanocomposites are characterized using the UV-Vis and photoluminescence (PL) analyses. The as-produced composites have emission behavior including an emission lifetime of 2.5 ns (±20 ps) longer observed in BN doped SiCN than that seen for SiC nanoparticles. Our results suggest that the SiCN/BN nanocomposites act as semiconductor displaying superior width photoluminescence at wavelengths spanning the visible to near-infrared (NIR) spectral range (400‒700 nm), owing to the heterojunction of the interface between the SiC(N) nanowire core and the BN nanosheet shell.

  4. Facile microwave-assisted synthesis of titanium dioxide decorated graphene nanocomposite for photodegradation of organic dyes

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    Shunmugiah Gayathri

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available An efficient and facile method was adopted to prepare TiO2-graphene (TG nanocomposites with TiO2 nanoparticles uniformly distributed on graphene. By adjusting the amount of TiO2 precursor, both high and low dense TiO2 nanoparticles on graphene were effectively attained via electrostatic attraction between graphene oxide sheets and TiO2 nanoparticles. The prepared nanocomposites were characterized by various characterization techniques. The TG nanocomposite showed an excellent activity for the photodegradation of the organic dyes such as methylene blue (MB and rose bengal (RB under ultra violet (UV light irradiation. The TG nanocomposite of TG 2.5 showed better photocatalytic performance than bare TiO2 nanoparticles and other composites. The enhanced activity of the composite material is attributed to the reduction in charge recombination and interaction of organic dyes with graphene. The decrease in charge recombination was evidenced from the photoluminescence (PL spectra. The observed results suggest that the synthesized TG composites have a potential application to treat the industrial effluents, which contain organic dyes.

  5. Facile microwave-assisted synthesis of titanium dioxide decorated graphene nanocomposite for photodegradation of organic dyes

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    Gayathri, Shunmugiah; Kottaisamy, Muniasamy; Ramakrishnan, Veerabahu

    2015-12-01

    An efficient and facile method was adopted to prepare TiO2-graphene (TG) nanocomposites with TiO2 nanoparticles uniformly distributed on graphene. By adjusting the amount of TiO2 precursor, both high and low dense TiO2 nanoparticles on graphene were effectively attained via electrostatic attraction between graphene oxide sheets and TiO2 nanoparticles. The prepared nanocomposites were characterized by various characterization techniques. The TG nanocomposite showed an excellent activity for the photodegradation of the organic dyes such as methylene blue (MB) and rose bengal (RB) under ultra violet (UV) light irradiation. The TG nanocomposite of TG 2.5 showed better photocatalytic performance than bare TiO2 nanoparticles and other composites. The enhanced activity of the composite material is attributed to the reduction in charge recombination and interaction of organic dyes with graphene. The decrease in charge recombination was evidenced from the photoluminescence (PL) spectra. The observed results suggest that the synthesized TG composites have a potential application to treat the industrial effluents, which contain organic dyes.

  6. Facile microwave-assisted synthesis of titanium dioxide decorated graphene nanocomposite for photodegradation of organic dyes

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    Gayathri, Shunmugiah [Department of Laser Studies, School of Physics, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai-625021, Tamilnadu (India); Kottaisamy, Muniasamy [Department of Chemistry, Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai-625015, Tamilnadu (India); Ramakrishnan, Veerabahu, E-mail: vr.optics1@gmail.com [Department of Laser Studies, School of Physics, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai-625021, Tamilnadu (India); Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvananthapuram-695016, Kerala (India)

    2015-12-15

    An efficient and facile method was adopted to prepare TiO{sub 2}-graphene (TG) nanocomposites with TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles uniformly distributed on graphene. By adjusting the amount of TiO{sub 2} precursor, both high and low dense TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles on graphene were effectively attained via electrostatic attraction between graphene oxide sheets and TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. The prepared nanocomposites were characterized by various characterization techniques. The TG nanocomposite showed an excellent activity for the photodegradation of the organic dyes such as methylene blue (MB) and rose bengal (RB) under ultra violet (UV) light irradiation. The TG nanocomposite of TG 2.5 showed better photocatalytic performance than bare TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles and other composites. The enhanced activity of the composite material is attributed to the reduction in charge recombination and interaction of organic dyes with graphene. The decrease in charge recombination was evidenced from the photoluminescence (PL) spectra. The observed results suggest that the synthesized TG composites have a potential application to treat the industrial effluents, which contain organic dyes.

  7. Facile Solvothermal Synthesis and Gas Sensitivity of Graphene/WO3 Nanocomposites

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    Yanghai Gui

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Graphene has attracted enormous attention owing to its extraordinary properties, while graphene-based nanocomposites hold promise for many applications. In this paper, we present a two-step exploitation method for preparation of graphene oxides and a facile solvothermal route for preparation of few-layer graphene nanosheets and graphene/WO3 nanocomposites in an ethanol-distilled water medium. The as-synthesized samples were characterized by using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM, ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD, thermogravimetric-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA and gas-sensing test. The resistivity of the thick-film gas sensors based on sandwich-like graphene/WO3 nanocomposites can be controlled by varying the amount of graphene in the composites. Graphene/WO3 nanocomposites with graphene content higher than 1% show fast response, high selectivity and fine sensitivity to NOx.

  8. Facile synthesis of manganese ferrite/graphene oxide nanocomposites for controlled targeted drug delivery

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    Wang, Guangshuo; Ma, Yingying; Zhang, Lina; Mu, Jingbo; Zhang, Zhixiao; Zhang, Xiaoliang; Che, Hongwei; Bai, Yongmei; Hou, Junxian

    2016-03-01

    In this study, manganese ferrite/graphene oxide (MnFe2O4/GO) nanocomposites as controlled targeted drug delivery were prepared by a facile sonochemical method. It was found that GO nanosheets were fully exfoliated and decorated with MnFe2O4 nanoparticles having diameters of 5-13 nm. The field-dependent magnetization curve indicated superparamagnetic behavior of the obtained MnFe2O4/GO with saturation magnetization of 34.9 emu/g at room temperature. The in vitro cytotoxicity testing exhibited negligible cytotoxicity of as-prepared MnFe2O4/GO even at the concentration as high as 150 μg/mL. Doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) as an anti-tumor model drug was utilized to explore the application potential of MnFe2O4/GO for controlled drug delivery. The drug loading capacity of this nanocarrier was as high as 0.97 mg/mg and the drug release behavior showed a sustained and pH-responsive way.

  9. Facile synthesis of manganese ferrite/graphene oxide nanocomposites for controlled targeted drug delivery

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    Wang, Guangshuo, E-mail: wgs8136@163.com; Ma, Yingying; Zhang, Lina; Mu, Jingbo; Zhang, Zhixiao; Zhang, Xiaoliang; Che, Hongwei; Bai, Yongmei; Hou, Junxian

    2016-03-01

    In this study, manganese ferrite/graphene oxide (MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/GO) nanocomposites as controlled targeted drug delivery were prepared by a facile sonochemical method. It was found that GO nanosheets were fully exfoliated and decorated with MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles having diameters of 5–13 nm. The field-dependent magnetization curve indicated superparamagnetic behavior of the obtained MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/GO with saturation magnetization of 34.9 emu/g at room temperature. The in vitro cytotoxicity testing exhibited negligible cytotoxicity of as-prepared MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/GO even at the concentration as high as 150 μg/mL. Doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) as an anti-tumor model drug was utilized to explore the application potential of MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/GO for controlled drug delivery. The drug loading capacity of this nanocarrier was as high as 0.97 mg/mg and the drug release behavior showed a sustained and pH-responsive way. - Highlights: • Manganese ferrite/graphene oxide (MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/GO) were prepared by a facile sonochemical method. • GO nanosheets were fully exfoliated and decorated homogeneously with MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. • MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/GO exhibited superparamagnetic behavior with saturation magnetization of 34.9 emu/g. • The in vitro cytotoxicity testing showed negligible cytotoxicity of the obtained MnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/GO. • Drug loading capacity was as high as 0.97 mg/mg and drug release showed pH-sensitive feature.

  10. Facile Hydrothermal Synthesis of VS2/Graphene Nanocomposites with Superior High-Rate Capability as Lithium-Ion Battery Cathodes.

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    Fang, Wenying; Zhao, Hongbin; Xie, Yanping; Fang, Jianhui; Xu, Jiaqiang; Chen, Zhongwei

    2015-06-17

    In this study, a facile one-pot process for the synthesis of hierarchical VS2/graphene nanosheets (VS2/GNS) composites based on the coincident interaction of VS2 and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) sheets in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide is developed for the first time. The nanocomposites possess a hierarchical structure of 50 nm VS2 sheets in thickness homogeneously anchored on graphene. The VS2/GNS nanocomposites exhibit an impressive high-rate capability and good cyclic stability as a cathode material for Li-ion batteries, which retain 89.3% of the initial capacity 180.1 mAh g(-1) after 200 cycles at 0.2 C. Even at 20 C, the composites still deliver a high capacity of 114.2 mAh g(-1) corresponding to 62% of the low-rate capacity. Expanded studies show that VS2/GNS, as an anode material, also has a good reversible performance with 528 mAh g(-1) capacity after 100 cycles at 200 mA g(-1). The excellent electrochemical performance of the composites for reversible Li+ storage should be attributed to the exceptional interaction between VS2 and GNS that enabled fast electron transport between graphene and VS2, facile Li-ion diffusion within the electrode. Moreover, GNS provides a topological and structural template for the nucleation and growth of two-dimensional VS2 nanosheets and acted as buffer matrix to relieve the volume expansion/contraction of VS2 during the electrochemical charge/discharge, facilitating improved cycling stability. The VS2/GNS composites may be promising electrode materials for the next generation of rechargeable lithium ion batteries.

  11. Facile synthesis of antibacterial chitosan/CuO bio-nanocomposite hydrogel beads.

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    Farhoudian, Sana; Yadollahi, Mehdi; Namazi, Hassan

    2016-01-01

    CuO nanoparticles were synthesized in situ during the formation of physically cross-linked chitosan hydrogel beads using sodium tripolyphosphate as the cross-linker. The aim of the study was to investigate whether these nanocomposite beads have the potential to be used in drug delivery applications. The formation of CuO nanoparticles (CuONPs) in the hydrogels was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy studies. SEM micrographs revealed the formation of CuONPs with size range of 10-25 nm within the hydrogel matrix. Furthermore, the antibacterial and swelling properties of the beads were studied. The prepared nanocomposite hydrogels showed a pH sensitive swelling behavior. The CuO nanocomposite hydrogels have rather higher swelling in different aqueous solutions in comparison with neat hydrogel. The nanocomposite hydrogels demonstrated good antibacterial effects against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.

  12. Microwave assisted facile synthesis of reduced graphene oxide-silver (RGO-Ag) nanocomposite and their application as active SERS substrate

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    Wadhwa, Heena, E-mail: heenawadhwa1988@gmail.com; Kumar, Devender, E-mail: devkumsaroha@kuk.ac.in; Mahendia, Suman, E-mail: mahendia@gmail.com; Kumar, Shyam, E-mail: profshyam@gmail.com

    2017-06-15

    The present paper represents the facile and rapid synthesis of reduced graphene oxide-silver (RGO-Ag) nanocomposite with the help of microwave irradiation. The graphene oxide (GO) solution has been prepared in bulk using Hummer's method followed by microwave assisted in-situ reduction of GO and silver nitrate (AgNO{sub 3}) by hydrazine hydrate in a short spam of 5 min. The prepared nanocomposite has been characterized using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and UV–Visible spectroscopy. TEM analysis shows that Ag nanoparticles with average size 32 nm are uniformly entangled with in RGO layers. The UV–Visible absorption spectrum of nanocomposite depicts the reduction of GO to RGO along with the formation of Ag nanoparticles with the presence of characteristic surface Plasmon resonance (SPR) peak of Ag nanoparticles at 422 nm. The performance of prepared nanocomposite has been tested as the active Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) substrate for Rhodamine 6G with detection limit 0.1 μM. - Highlights: • The RGO and RGO-Ag nanocomposite were synthesized with microwave irradiation. • Ag nanoparticles of average size 32 nm are uniformly entangled within RGO layers. • RGO itself is a florescence quencher with SERS detection limit 1 μM for R6G. • RGO-Ag nanocomposite show good SERS activity for R6G with detection limit 0.1 μM.

  13. Facile synthesis of uniform MWCNT@Si nanocomposites as high-performance anode materials for lithium-ion batteries

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    Chen, Yifan; Du, Ning, E-mail: dna1122@zju.edu.cn; Zhang, Hui; Yang, Deren

    2015-02-15

    Highlights: • A uniform SiO{sub 2} layer was deposited on multi-walled carbon nanotube. • Synthesis of uniform (MWCNT)@Si nanocomposites via the magnesiothermic reduction. • The MWCNT@Si nanocomposites show high reversible capacity and good cyclability. • Enhanced performance is attributed to porous nanostructure, introduction of MWCNTs. - Abstract: We demonstrate the synthesis of uniform multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)@Si nanocomposites via the magnesiothermic reduction of pre-synthesized MWCNT@SiO{sub 2} nanocables. At first, the acid vapor steaming is used to treat the surface, which can facilitate the uniform deposition of SiO{sub 2} layer via the TEOS hydrolysis. Then, the uniform MWCNT@Si nanocomposites are obtained on the basis of MWCNT@SiO{sub 2} nanocables via a simple magnesiothermic reduction. When used as an anode material for lithium-ion batteries, the as-synthesized MWCNT@Si nanocomposites show high reversible capacity and good cycling performance, which is better than bulk Si and bare MWCNTs. It is believed that the good electrochemical performance can be attributed to the novel porous nanostructure and the introduction of MWCNTs that can buffer the volume change, maintain the electrical conductive network, and enhance the electronic conductivity and lithium-ion transport.

  14. Facile synthesis of chitosan/ZnO bio-nanocomposite hydrogel beads as drug delivery systems.

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    Yadollahi, Mehdi; Farhoudian, Sana; Barkhordari, Soroush; Gholamali, Iman; Farhadnejad, Hassan; Motasadizadeh, Hamidreza

    2016-01-01

    ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized in situ during the formation of physically cross-linked chitosan hydrogel beads using sodium tripolyphosphate as the cross-linker. The aim of the study was to investigate whether these nanocomposite beads have the potential to be used in drug delivery applications. The formation of ZnO nanoparticles (ZnONPs) in the hydrogels was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy studies. SEM micrographs revealed the formation of ZnONPs with size range of 10-25 nm within the hydrogel matrix. Furthermore, the swelling and drug release properties of the beads were studied. The prepared nanocomposite hydrogels showed a pH sensitive swelling behavior. The ZnO nanocomposite hydrogels have rather higher swelling ratio in different aqueous solutions in comparison with neat hydrogel. In vitro drug release test was carried out to prove the effectiveness of this novel type of nanocomposite beads as a controlled drug delivery system. A prolonged and more controlled drug releases were observed for ZnONPs containing chitosan beads, which increased by the increase in ZnONPs content.

  15. Facile synthesis of carbon/MoO3 nanocomposites as stable battery anodes

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    Ding, Jiang; Abbas, Syed Ali; Hanmandlu, Chintam; Lin, Lin; Lai, Chao-Sung; Wang, Pen-Cheng; Li, Lain-Jong; Chu, Chih-Wei; Chang, Chien-Cheng

    2017-04-01

    Pristine MoO3 is a potential anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), due to its high specific capacity (1117 mA h g-1); it suffers, however, from poor cyclability, resulting from a low conductivity and large volume changes during lithiation/delithiation process. Here we adopt a facile two-step method in which pristine bulk MoO3 is first converted into MoO3 nanorods (MoO3 NR) through mechanical grinding, to buffer the continuous volume changes, and then coated with amorphous carbon through simple stirring and heating, to provide high electronic and ionic conductivities. Electrochemical tests reveal that the carbon-coated MoO3 nanorods (C-MoO3 NRs) exhibit outstanding specific capacity (856 mA h g-1 after 110 cycles at a current density of 0.1 C); remarkable cycle life, among the best reported for carbon-based MoO3 nanostructures (485 mA h g-1 after 300 cycles at 0.5 C and 373 mA h g-1 after 400 cycles at 0.75 C); and greatly improved capacity retention (up to 90.4% after various C-rates) compared to bulk MoO3. We confirm the versatility of the C-MoO3 NR anodes by preparing flexible batteries that display stable performance, even in bent state. This simple approach toward C-MoO3 NR anodes proceeds without rigorous chemical synthesis or extremely high temperatures, making it a scalable solution to prepare high-capacity anodes for next-generation LIBs.

  16. Facile synthesis of carbon/MoO 3 nanocomposites as stable battery anodes

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    Ding, Jiang

    2017-03-09

    Pristine MoO3 is a potential anode material for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), due to its high specific capacity (1117 mA h g−1); it suffers, however, from poor cyclability, resulting from a low conductivity and large volume changes during lithiation/delithiation process. Here we adopt a facile two-step method in which pristine bulk MoO3 is first converted into MoO3 nanorods (MoO3 NR) through mechanical grinding, to buffer the continuous volume changes, and then coated with amorphous carbon through simple stirring and heating, to provide high electronic and ionic conductivities. Electrochemical tests reveal that the carbon-coated MoO3 nanorods (C-MoO3 NRs) exhibit outstanding specific capacity (856 mA h g−1 after 110 cycles at a current density of 0.1 C); remarkable cycle life, among the best reported for carbon-based MoO3 nanostructures (485 mA h g−1 after 300 cycles at 0.5 C and 373 mA h g−1 after 400 cycles at 0.75 C); and greatly improved capacity retention (up to 90.4% after various C-rates) compared to bulk MoO3. We confirm the versatility of the C-MoO3 NR anodes by preparing flexible batteries that display stable performance, even in bent state. This simple approach toward C-MoO3 NR anodes proceeds without rigorous chemical synthesis or extremely high temperatures, making it a scalable solution to prepare high-capacity anodes for next-generation LIBs.

  17. A facile synthesis of poly(3-octylthiophene)-titanium dioxide nanocomposite particles in supercritical CO2.

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    Yuvaraj, Haldorai; Woo, Min Hee; Park, Eun Ju; Gal, Yeong-Soon; Lim, Kwon Taek

    2008-09-01

    Poly(3-octylthiophene) (P3OT)-titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanocomposite powder where TiO2 was embedded with homogeneous dispersion was synthesized by in-situ chemical oxidative polymerization of 3-octylthiophene in the presence of TiO2 nanoparticles in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2), using ferric chloride as the oxidant. The synthesized materials could be obtained as dry powder upon venting of CO2 after the polymerization. The composites were subsequently characterized by FT-IR spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction studies (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and photoluminescence (PL). The incorporation of TiO2 in the composite was endorsed by FT-IR studies. TGA revealed enhanced thermal stability of P3OT/TiO2 nanocomposite compared to 3-octylthiophene. TEM analysis showed that well dispersed TiO2 nanoparticles in the polymer matrix. Photoluminescence quenching increased with increasing TiO2 concentration in the composite.

  18. A facile synthesis of mesoporous Pdsbnd ZnO nanocomposites as efficient chemical sensor

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    Ismail, Adel A.; Harraz, Farid A.; Faisal, M.; El-Toni, Ahmed Mohamed; Al-Hajry, A.; Al-Assiri, M. S.

    2016-07-01

    Mesoporous ZnO was synthesized through the sol-gel method in the presence of triblock co-polymer Pluronic (F-127) template as the structure directing agent. Palladium nanoparticles were photochemically reduced and deposited onto mesoporous ZnO to obtain 1 wt.% Pd/ZnO nanocomposite. Structural and morphological analysis revealed high homogeneity and monodispersity of Pd nanoclusters with small particle sizes ∼ 2-5 nm onto mesoporous ZnO. The electrochemical detection of ethanol in aqueous solutions was conducted at the newly developed Pd/ZnO modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) by the current-potential (IV) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) techniques and compared with bare GCE or pure ZnO. The presence of Pd dopant greatly enhances the sensitivity of ZnO, and the obtained mesoporous Pd/ZnO sensor has an excellent performance for precision detection of ethanol in aqueous solution with low concentration. The sensitivity was found to be 33.08 μAcm-2 mM-1 at lower concentration zone (0.05-0.8 mM) and 2.13 μAcm-2 mM-1 at higher concentration zone (0.8-12 mM), with a limit of detection (LOD) 19.2 μM. The kinetics study of ethanol oxidation revealed a characteristic feature for a mixed surface and diffusion-controlled process. These excellent sensing characteristics make the mesoporous Pd/ZnO nanocomposite a good candidate for the production of high-performance electrochemical sensors at low ethanol concentration in aqueous solution.

  19. Facile synthesis of pompon-like ZnO-Ag nanocomposites and their enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Cheng, Yang; An, Liang [College of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081 (China); Lan, Jing [College of Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Qingdao Agricultural University, Qingdao 266109 (China); Gao, Fang [College of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081 (China); Tan, Ruiqin [College of Information Science and Engineering, Ningbo University, Ningbo 315211 (China); Li, Xiao-min [College of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081 (China); Wang, Guang-hui, E-mail: wangguanghui1959@126.com [College of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081 (China)

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Pompon-like ZnO-Ag was prepared via heterothermal and photodeposition method. • Pompon-like ZnO-Ag is a excellent photocatalyst for degradation of azo dyes. • The photocatalytic and wetting properties were studied upon UV irradiation. • The discoloring efficiency of ZnO-Ag heterostructure toward to azo dyes is 99.1%. - Abstract: A series of pompon-like ZnO-Ag nanocomposites were prepared by hydrothermal method and photochemical deposition technique. Several characterizations indicated the successful deposition of Ag nanoparticles on ZnO. As a whole, the as-prepared composites present pompon-like nanostructures with a diameter of ∼10 μm. In detail, the nanostructural, chemical and optical properties were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (IR), ultra-visible spectra (UV). The photocatalytic degradation experiments under UV irradiation using Methyl Orange (MO) as a model dye were executed here. The relative results demonstrated that the pompon-like ZnO-Ag nanocomposite with a suitable content of Ag nanoparticles (about 4.82 wt%) has the highest photochemical activity, and the removal ratio of MO was 99.1% after 0.5 h adsorption and subsequent 2 h photodegradation processes. The excellent photocatalytic performance was attributed to the high surface areas of ZnO nanostructure and effectively separation of photo-generated charge on flower-like ZnO by employing Ag nanoparticles as a conductor.

  20. Facile aerosol synthesis and characterization of ternary crumpled graphene-TiO₂-magnetite nanocomposites for advanced water treatment.

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    Jiang, Yi; Wang, Wei-Ning; Biswas, Pratim; Fortner, John D

    2014-07-23

    In this work, the synthesis and characterization of multifunctional crumpled graphene-based ternary nanocomposite photocatalysts for advanced water treatment applications is described. Currently, a major hurdle for the scale-up and optimization of aqueous, graphene-based photocatalysts is restacking of graphene nanosheets due to strong π-π interactions. To overcome this hurdle, a fast and facile aerosol technique to synthesize monomeric, aggregation-resistant, crumpled graphene-based photocatalysts was developed. The aerosol route utilizes water evaporation-induced confinement forces to effectively crumple graphene oxide and subsequently encapsulate commercially available TiO2 and magnetite nanoparticles. The as-synthesized crumpled graphene-TiO2-magnetite (GOTIM) ternary core-shell nanostructures are shown to possess superior aqueous-based photocatalytic properties (over a 20-fold enhancement in some cases) compared to TiO2 alone. Total GOTIM photocatalytic reactivity is confirmed to also include efficient photoreduction reaction pathways, in addition to expected oxidation routes typical of TiO2-based photocatalysts, significantly expanding photocatalytic application potential compared to TiO2 alone. Reaction kinetics and proposed mechanisms (both oxidative and reductive) are described for a model organic compound, here as methyl orange. Further, with the addition of hole scavengers such as EDTA, and/or lowering the O2 concentration, we demonstrate enhancement of photocatalyzed reduction reactions, suggesting potential for directed, controlled reduction applications. In addition to robust aqueous stability, low-field magnetic susceptibility is demonstrated, allowing for low-energy, in situ material separations, which are critical for material recycling and reuse.

  1. Facile Synthesis of SrCO3-Sr(OH2/PPy Nanocomposite with Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity under Visible Light

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    Alfredo Márquez-Herrera

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Pyrrole monomer was chemically polymerized onto SrCO3-Sr(OH2 powders to obtain SrCO3-Sr(OH2/polypyrrole nanocomposite to be used as a candidate for photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye (MB. The material was characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, UV/Vis spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction (XRD. It was observed from transmission electronic microscopy (TEM analysis that the reported synthesis route allows the production of SrCO3-Sr(OH2 nanoparticles with particle size below 100 nm which were embedded within a semiconducting polypyrrole matrix (PPy. The SrCO3-Sr(OH2 and SrCO3-Sr(OH2/PPy nanocomposites were tested in the photodegradation of MB dye under visible light irradiation. Also, the effects of MB dye initial concentration and the catalyst load on photodegradation efficiency were studied and discussed. Under the same conditions, the efficiency of photodegradation of MB employing the SrCO3-Sr(OH2/PPy nanocomposite increases as compared with that obtained employing the SrCO3-Sr(OH2 nanocomposite.

  2. A facile one-step solvothermal synthesis of bismuth phosphate-graphene nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic activity.

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    Wang, Chao; Zhang, Gehong; Zhang, Chao; Wu, Miaomiao; Yan, Ming; Fan, Weiqiang; Shi, Weidong

    2014-12-01

    A facile one-step solvothermal approach was developed to synthesize BiPO4-graphene (BP-RGO) nanocomposites using ethylene glycol/water as the solvent and reducing agent. During the solvothermal reaction, both the effective reduction of graphene oxide (GO) and the growth of rod-shaped BiPO4 as well as its deposition on graphene occurred simultaneously. The as-obtained BP-2%RGO nanocomposite showed the highest photocatalytic activity toward the photodegradation of methyl orange (MO), which was about 2.0 and 1.5 times as high as that of pure BiPO4 and physical mixture of BiPO4 and graphene, respectively. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of BP-2%RGO nanocomposite is attributed to a larger surface area, much increased adsorption capacity, and more effective charge transportations and separations arisen from the introduction of graphene along with the intimate interfacial contact between BiPO4 and graphene. This work highlights the significant effect of solvothermal method and introduction of graphene on the photoactivity of graphene-based nanocomposites. It is expected that this method could aid to fabricate more efficient graphene-based photocatalysts with improved interfacial contact and photocatalytic performance for environmental remediation.

  3. Facile synthesis of stable superhydrophobic nanocomposite based on multi-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Mokarian, Zahra; Rasuli, Reza; Abedini, Yousefali

    2016-04-01

    A facile approach to fabricate a stable superhydrophobic composite comprising multi-walled carbon nanotubes and silicone rubber has been reported. Contact angle of de-ionized water droplets on the prepared surface was measured with the value of near 159°; while water droplets easily rolled off and bounced on it. Surface free energy of the superhydrophobic coating was examined by three methods about 26 mJ/m2. The prepared film shows good stability under high stress conditions such as ultraviolet exposure, heating, pencil hardness test, attacking with different pH value and ionic-strength solutions. In addition, remarkable stability of the coating was observed after soaking in condensed hydrochloric acid, 5 wt.% NaCl aqueous solution, boiling water and tape test.

  4. Facile synthesis of NiCo2O4@Polyaniline core-shell nanocomposite for sensitive determination of glucose.

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    Yu, Zhiyuan; Li, Hejun; Zhang, Xinmeng; Liu, Ningkun; Tan, Wenlong; Zhang, Xu; Zhang, Leilei

    2016-01-15

    In this work, the core-shell structure of NiCo2O4@Polyaniline (NiCo2O4@PANI) nanocomposite is fabricated via a facile hydrothermal treatment followed by a post-Polyaniline (PANI) coating process. The synthesized materials are characterized by Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectrometer. The biosensing properties of NiCo2O4@PANI composite and NiCo2O4 nanoparticles toward glucose are studied based on glassy carbon electrode. Electrochemical studies indicate that the obtained core-shell NiCo2O4@PANI composite shows higher electrocatalytic activity toward the oxidation of glucose, compared with NiCo2O4 nanoparticles. The enhanced performance is related to the core-shell structure of NiCo2O4@PANI composite and the outstanding conductivity of the polyaniline shell. At a potential of +0.5V, the NiCo2O4@PANI nanocomposite modified glass carbon electrode demonstrates a wide linear range up to 4.7350mM with sensitivity of 4.55mAmM(-1)cm(-2) and detection limit of 0.3833μM. It also shows significant electrochemical stability, good reproducibility and excellent selectivity. The results suggest that the NiCo2O4@PANI nanocomposite is a promising electrode material for electrochemical biosensor. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. A facile synthesis and spectral characterization of Cu{sup 2+} doped CdO/ZnS nanocomposite

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    Joyce Stella, R.; Thirumala Rao, G.; Babu, B.; Pushpa Manjari, V. [Department of Physics, University College of Sciences, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Nagarjuna Nagar, AP 522510 (India); Reddy, Ch. Venkata; Shim, Jaesool [School of Mechanical Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 712-749 (Korea, Republic of); Ravikumar, R.V.S.S.N., E-mail: rvssn@yahoo.co.in [Department of Physics, University College of Sciences, Acharya Nagarjuna University, Nagarjuna Nagar, AP 522510 (India)

    2015-06-15

    A facile two-step method is demonstrated for the preparation of Cu{sup 2+} doped CdO/ZnS nanocomposite. Systematic investigations like X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with EDS, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), FT-IR, electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), optical absorption, photoluminescence (PL) and magnetic studies are carried out for the prepared material. From powder XRD, the nanocomposites are comprised for cubic phase of both CdO and ZnS in a close contact with each other. The ground state wave function of dopant ions has been estimated from EPR studies. Optical and EPR data confirm that doped Cu{sup 2+}ions occupy rhombically distorted octahedral sites with the host material. Due to doping, band gap has been changed and blue shifts occurred in PL. Magnetic measurements indicate a possible ferromagnetic response, associated to the exchange interaction between local spin-polarized electrons of Cu{sup 2+} ions and conductive electrons. - Graphical abstract: M–H curve of Cu{sup 2+} doped CdO–ZnS nanocomposites. The magnetic properties of Cu{sup 2+} doped CdO/ZnS nanocomposite has been investigated using vibrating sample magnetometer given as magnetization and hysteresis (M–H) curve. The magnetization curve with noticeable coercivity of M–H loop clearly indicate the existence of ferromagnetic ordering in Cu{sup 2+} doped CdO/ZnS nanocomposite at room temperature. According to the Ruderman–Kittel–Kasuya–Yosida (RKKY) theory, the exchange interaction between local spin-polarized electrons (such as the electrons of Cu{sup 2+} ions) and conductive electrons is the main cause that leads to the ferromagnetism. Coercivity (Hc) of the field is about 98 Oe, saturation magnetization (Ms) and remnant magnetization (Mr) of present sample is estimated to be 15.8×10{sup −3} and 1.43×10{sup −3} emu/g respectively. The ferromagnetism observed in the prepared material is not commencing with other impurities but expected to

  6. Facile, low temperature synthesis of SnO2/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite as anode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Hou, Chau-Chung; Brahma, Sanjaya; Weng, Shao-Chieh; Chang, Chia-Chin; Huang, Jow-Lay

    2017-08-01

    We demonstrate a facile, single step, low temperature and energy efficient strategy for the synthesis of SnO2-reduced graphene oxide (RGO) nanocomposite where the crystallization of SnO2 nanoparticles and the reduction of graphene oxide takes place simultaneously by an in situ chemical reduction process. The electrochemical property of the SnO2-RGO composite prepared by using low concentrations of reducing agent shows better Li storage performance, good rate capability (378 mAh g-1 at 3200 mA g-1) and stable capacitance (522 mAh g-1 after 50 cycles). Increasing the reductant concentration lead to crystallization of high concentration of SnO2 nanoparticle aggregation and degrade the Li ion storage property.

  7. Synthesis, characterization, and Fischer–Tropsch performance of cobalt/zinc aluminate nanocomposites via a facile and corrosion-free coprecipitation route

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    Liu, Zhenxin; Xing, Yu, E-mail: yuxing@zzuli.edu.cn; Xue, Yingying; Wu, Depeng; Fang, Shaoming, E-mail: smfang@zzuli.edu.cn [Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Henan Provincial Key Laboratory of Surface and Interface Science, School of Materials and Chemical Engineering (China)

    2015-02-15

    Literature about ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}-supported cobalt Fischer–Tropsch synthesis (FTS) catalytic materials is sparse. A series of cobalt-containing nanocomposites, supported by nanosized ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel (i.e., a complex oxide of about 6.4 nm) or alumina (i.e., a simple oxide of about 6.2 nm), were prepared via urea-gelation, coprecipitation, or impregnation methods followed by stepwise reduction. These materials were examined by XRD, TGA, nitrogen sorption, FESEM, and EDS. Effects of corrosion and pore size distributions on materials preparation were also investigated. The “coprecipitation/stepwise reduction” route is facile and suitable to prepare nanosized ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}-supported Co{sup 0} nanocomposites. At similar CO conversions, the coprecipitated Co/ZnAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} exhibits significantly lower C{sub 1} hydrocarbon distribution, slightly lower C{sub 5+} hydrocarbon distribution, significantly higher C{sub 2}–C{sub 4} hydrocarbon distribution, and significantly higher olefin/paraffin ratio of C{sub 2}–C{sub 4} than Co/γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  8. Facile room-temperature synthesis of carboxylated graphene oxide-copper sulfide nanocomposite with high photodegradation and disinfection activities under solar light irradiation

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    Yu, Shuyan; Liu, Jincheng; Zhu, Wenyu; Hu, Zhong-Ting; Lim, Teik-Thye; Yan, Xiaoli

    2015-11-01

    Carboxylic acid functionalized graphene oxide-copper (II) sulfide nanoparticle composite (GO-COOH-CuS) was prepared from carboxylated graphene oxide and copper precursor in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) by a facile synthesis process at room temperature. The high-effective combination, the interaction between GO-COOH sheets and CuS nanoparticles, and the enhanced visible light absorption were confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS) and Photoluminescence (PL) spectra. The as-synthesized GO-COOH-CuS nanocomposite exhibited excellent photocatalytic degradation performance of phenol and rhodamine B, high antibacterial activity toward E. coli and B. subtilis, and good recovery and reusability. The influence of CuS content, the synergistic reaction between CuS and GO-COOH, and the charge-transfer mechanism were systematically investigated. The facile and low-energy synthesis process combined with the excellent degradation and antibacterial performance signify that the GO-COOH-CuS has a great potential for water treatment application.

  9. A facile synthesis of a novel optoelectric material: a nanocomposite of SWCNT/ZnO nanostructures embedded in sulfonated polyaniline

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    Rajesh K. Agrawalla

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (f-SWCNTs hybridized with freshly prepared zinc oxide (ZnO nanocrystals have been found to be good luminescent material with tuned emission properties. A three-phase nanocomposite of sulfonated polyaniline embedded with such SWCNT/ZnO nanostructures has been prepared by a simple solution mixing chemical process and characterized by using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry, Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and thermogravimetric analysis. The study of UV-visible absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopies reveal that the ternary polymer nanocomposite is a luminescent material with enhanced emission intensity. Also an increase in DC conductivity indicates that the nanocomposite is also a good conductive material, satisfying Mott’s variable range hopping model for a two-dimensional conduction. Such a three-phase nanocomposite may find extensive application in dye-sensitized solar cells, sensors, and supercapacitors.

  10. Facile synthesis of poly(-phenylenediamine)/MWCNT nanocomposites and characterization for investigation of structural effects of carbon nanotubes

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    Quang Long Pham; Yuvaraj Haldorai; Van Hoa Nguyen; Dirk Tuma; Jae-Jin Shim

    2011-02-01

    Poly(-phenylenediamine) (PPD)/carboxylic acid-functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (-MWCNTs) nanocomposites were prepared by chemical oxidative polymerization using potassium persulfate (K2S2O8) as an oxidant. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE–SEM) and field-emission transmission electron microscopy (FE–TEM) showed that a tubular layer of PPD was coated on the surface of carbon nanotubes with a thickness of 10–20 nm. FT–IR analysis provided an evidence for the formation of nanocomposites. The thermal stability of nanocomposites was improved by addition of -MWCNTs as confirmed by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). XRD spectra showed that the crystalline nature of PPD was not affected much by the addition of -MWCNTs. As the content of -MWCNTs was increased, the electrical conductivity of the nanocomposites increased due to the interaction between polymer and nanotubes that enhances electron delocalization.

  11. Facile synthesis of S-Ag nanocomposites and Ag2S short nanorods by the interaction of sulfur with AgNO3 in PEG400

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    Zhang, Yan-Li; Xie, Xin-Yuan; Liang, Ming; Xie, Shu-Ming; Chen, Jie-Mei; Zheng, Wen-Jie

    2016-06-01

    A facile, eco-friendly and inexpensive method to prepare Ag2S short nanorods and S-Ag nanocomposites using sublimed sulfur, AgNO3, PVP and PEG400 was studied. According to x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy of the Ag2S, the products are highly crystalline and pure Ag2S nanorods with diameters of 70-160 nm and lengths of 200-360 nm. X-ray diffraction of the S-Ag nanocomposites shows that we obtained cubic Ag and S nanoparticles. Transmission electron microscopy shows that the molar ratio of PVP to Ag+ plays an important role in controlling the size and morphology of the S-Ag nanocomposites. When the molar ratio of PVP to Ag+ was 10:1, smaller sizes, better dispersibility and narrower distribution of S-Ag nanocomposites with diameters of 10-40 nm were obtained. The formation mechanism of the S-Ag nanocomposites was studied by designing a series of experiments using ultraviolet-visible measurement, and it was found that S nanoparticles are produced first and act as seed crystals; then Ag+ becomes Ag nanocrystals on the surfaces of the S nanoparticles by the reduction of PVP. PEG400 acts as a catalyzer, accelerating the reaction rate, and protects the S-Ag nanocomposites from reacting to produce Ag2S. The antimicrobial experiments show that the S-Ag nanocomposites have greater antimicrobial activity on Staphylococcus aureus, Aspergillus niger and blue mold than Ag nanoparticles.

  12. Facile synthesis of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-graphene@mesoporous SiO{sub 2} nanocomposites for efficient removal of Methylene Blue

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    Wu, Xi-Lin; Shi, Yanpeng; Zhong, Shuxian; Lin, Hongjun; Chen, Jian-Rong, E-mail: cjr@zjnu.cn

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • Magnetic graphene@mesoporous SiO{sub 2} nanocomposites were fabricated. • The MG@m-SiO{sub 2} composites were applied for the adsorption of Methylene Blue. • Influence of pH, adsorption time and temperature were investigated. • The adsorption was spontaneous, favorable and endothermic process in nature. - Abstract: Herein, we have developed a facile and low-cost method for the synthesis of novel graphene based nanosorbents. Firstly, well-defined Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were decorated onto graphene sheets, and then a layer of mesoporous SiO{sub 2} were deposited on the surface of the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-graphene composites. The obtained Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-graphene@mesoporous SiO{sub 2} nanocomposites (denoted as MG@m-SiO{sub 2}) were characterized by scanning electron microscopic (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The adsorptive property was investigated by using MG@m-SiO{sub 2} as sorbents and Methylene Blue (MB), a common dye, as model of the organic pollutants. Adsorption kinetics, isotherms, thermodynamics as well as effects of pH and adsorbent dose on the adsorption were studied. The adsorption isotherms and kinetics are better described by Langmuir isotherm model and pseudo-second-order kinetic model, respectively. Thermodynamic studies suggest that the adsorption of MB onto the MG@m-SiO{sub 2} is endothermic and spontaneous process. The results imply that the MG@m-SiO{sub 2} can be served as a cost-effective adsorbent for the removal of organic pollutants from aqueous solutions.

  13. Novel Nanocomposite of Chitosan-protected Platinum Nanoparticles Immobilized on Nickel Hydroxide: Facile Synthesis and Application as Glucose Electrochemical Sensor

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    DEJIANG RAO; QINGLIN SHENG; JIANBIN ZHENG

    2016-09-01

    Novel nanocomposite of nickel hydroxide/chitosan/platinum was successfully synthesised with chitosan (CS) as a dispersing and protecting agent. Its potential application in non-enzymatic electrochemical glucose sensor was studied. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM)and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) were used to characterize the composition and morphology of this nanocomposite. The electrochemical investigations of this glucose sensor exhibited remarkable analyticalperformances towards the oxidation of glucose. In particular, glucose can be selectively and sensitively detected in a wide linear range from 3.0×10⁻⁶ to 1.1×10⁻² mol·L⁻¹with a detection limit of 0.56±0.03 μmol·L⁻¹ at a signal-tonoise ratio of 3 (S/N = 3). Furthermore, the Ni(OH)₂/CS/Pt nanocomposite-modified GCE also showed an acceptable anti-interference ability and stability. Importantly, the Ni(OH)₂/CS/Pt based sensor can be used to detect trace amount of glucose in serum samples. The results demonstrated that the Ni(OH)₂/CS/Pt nanocomposite can be potentially useful to construct a new glucose sensing platform.

  14. Facile synthesis of pectin-stabilized magnetic graphene oxide Prussian blue nanocomposites for selective cesium removal from aqueous solution.

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    Kadam, Avinash A; Jang, Jiseon; Lee, Dae Sung

    2016-09-01

    This work focused on the development of pectin-stabilized magnetic graphene oxide Prussian blue (PSMGPB) nanocomposites for removal of cesium from wastewater. The PSMGPB nanocomposite showed an improved adsorption capacity of 1.609mmol/g for cesium, compared with magnetic graphene oxide Prussian blue, magnetic pectin Prussian blue, and magnetic Prussian blue nanocomposites, which exhibited adsorption capacities of 1.230, 0.901, and 0.330mmol/g, respectively. Increased adsorption capacity of PSMGPB nanocomposites was attributed to the pectin-stabilized separation of graphene oxide sheets and enhanced distribution of magnetites on the graphene oxide surface. Scanning electron microscopy images showed the effective separation of graphene oxide sheets due to the incorporation of pectin. The optimum temperature and pH for adsorption were 30°C and 7.0, respectively. A thermodynamic study indicated the spontaneous and the exothermic nature of cesium adsorption. Based on non-linear regression, the Langmuir isotherm fitted the experimental data better than the Freundlich and Tempkin models. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Facile synthesis of Fe3O4-graphene@mesoporous SiO2 nanocomposites for efficient removal of Methylene Blue

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    Wu, Xi-Lin; Shi, Yanpeng; Zhong, Shuxian; Lin, Hongjun; Chen, Jian-Rong

    2016-08-01

    Herein, we have developed a facile and low-cost method for the synthesis of novel graphene based nanosorbents. Firstly, well-defined Fe3O4 nanoparticles were decorated onto graphene sheets, and then a layer of mesoporous SiO2 were deposited on the surface of the Fe3O4-graphene composites. The obtained Fe3O4-graphene@mesoporous SiO2 nanocomposites (denoted as MG@m-SiO2) were characterized by scanning electron microscopic (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The adsorptive property was investigated by using MG@m-SiO2 as sorbents and Methylene Blue (MB), a common dye, as model of the organic pollutants. Adsorption kinetics, isotherms, thermodynamics as well as effects of pH and adsorbent dose on the adsorption were studied. The adsorption isotherms and kinetics are better described by Langmuir isotherm model and pseudo-second-order kinetic model, respectively. Thermodynamic studies suggest that the adsorption of MB onto the MG@m-SiO2 is endothermic and spontaneous process. The results imply that the MG@m-SiO2 can be served as a cost-effective adsorbent for the removal of organic pollutants from aqueous solutions.

  16. A facile synthesis of zinc oxide/multiwalled carbon nanotube nanocomposite lithium ion battery anodes by sol-gel method

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    Köse, Hilal; Karaal, Şeyma; Aydın, Ali Osman; Akbulut, Hatem

    2015-11-01

    Free standing zinc oxide (ZnO) and multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) nanocomposite materials are prepared by a sol gel technique giving a new high capacity anode material for lithium ion batteries. Free-standing ZnO/MWCNT nanocomposite anodes with two different chelating agent additives, triethanolamine (TEA) and glycerin (GLY), yield different electrochemical performances. Field emission gun scanning electron microscopy (FEG-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analyses reveal the produced anode electrodes exhibit a unique structure of ZnO coating on the MWCNT surfaces. Li-ion cell assembly using a ZnO/MWCNT/GLY free-standing anode and Li metal cathode possesses the best discharge capacity, remaining as high as 460 mAh g-1 after 100 cycles. This core-shell structured anode can offer increased energy storage and performance over conventional anodes in Li-ion batteries.

  17. Silk Fiber as the Support and Reductant for the Facile Synthesis of Ag–Fe3O4 Nanocomposites and Its Antibacterial Properties

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    Xiaonan Liu

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available We report a facile and environmentally friendly approach to prepare Ag–Fe3O4–silk fiber nanocomposites. The Ag–Fe3O4–silk fiber acts as: (i a biocompatible support for the silver nanoparticles; and (ii a reducing agent for the silver ions. Neither additional reducing agents nor toxic organic solvents were used during the preparation process. The Ag–Fe3O4–silk fiber nanocomposites can be actuated by a small household magnet and have high antibacterial activities against both Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. These nanocomposites could be easily recycled without a decrease in their antibacterial activities due to the synergistic effects between the Ag NPs and Fe3O4 NPs with large amounts of active sites.

  18. Synthesis and characterisation: Zinc oxide-sulfide nanocomposites

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    Verma, Prinsa, E-mail: prinsa.verma@gmail.co [Nanophosphor Application Center, Allahabad University (India); Satish Dhawan Space Center, ISRO (India); Pandey, Avinash C. [Nanophosphor Application Center, Allahabad University (India); Bhargava, R.N. [Nanocrystal Technology, New York (United States)

    2009-11-15

    A novel synthesis method is presented for the preparation of nanosized-semiconductor zinc oxide-sulphide (ZnO/ZnS) core-shell nanocomposites, both formed sequentially from a single-source solid precursor. ZnO nanocrystals were synthesized by a simple co-precipitation method and ZnO/ZnS core-shell nanocomposites were successfully fabricated by sulfidation of ZnO nanocrystals via a facile chemical synthesis at room temperature. The as-obtained samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The results showed that the pure ZnO nanocrystals were hexagonal wurtzite crystal structures and the ZnS nanoparticles were sphalerite structure with the size of about 10 nm grown on the surface of the ZnO nanocrystals. Optical properties measured reveal that ZnO/ZnS core-shell nanocomposites have integrated the photoluminescent effect of ZnO and ZnS. Based on the results of the experiments, a possible formation mechanism of ZnO/ZnS core-shell nanocomposites was also suggested. This treatment is suggested to improve various properties of optoelectronically valuable ZnO/ZnS nanocomposites. These nanosized semiconductor nanocomposites can form a new class of luminescent materials for various applications.

  19. A facile synthesis of Zn(x)Cd(1-x)S/CNTs nanocomposite photocatalyst for H2 production.

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    Wang, Lei; Yao, Zhongping; Jia, Fangzhou; Chen, Bin; Jiang, Zhaohua

    2013-07-21

    The sulfide solid solution has become a promising and important visible-light-responsive photocatalyst for hydrogen production nowadays. Zn(x)Cd(1-x)S/CNT nanocomposites were synthesized to improve the dispersion, adjust the energy band gap, and enhance the separation of the photogenerated electrons and holes. The as-prepared photocatalysts were characterized by scanning electron-microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-visible), respectively. And the effects of CNTs on structure, composition and optical absorption property of the sulfide solid solutions were investigated along with their inherent relationships. For Zn0.83Cd0.17S/CNTs, sulfide solid solution is assembled along the CNTs orderly, with a diameter of 100 nm or so. XPS analysis shows that there is bonding effect between the solid solutions and the CNTs due to the strong adsorption of Zn(2+) and Cd(2+) on the surface of CNTs. There are two obvious absorption edges for Zn0.83Cd0.17S/CNTs, corresponding to two kinds of sulfide solid solutions with different molar ratios of Zn/Cd. The hybridization of solid solutions with CNTs makes the absorption spectrum red shift. The photocatalytic property was evaluated by splitting Na2S + Na2SO3 solution into H2, and the highest rate of H2 evolution of 6.03 mmol h(-1) g(-1) was achieved over Zn0.83Cd0.17S/CNTs. The high activity of photocatalytic H2 production is attributed to the following factors: (1) the optimum band gap and a moderate position of the conduction band (which needs to match the irradiation spectrum of the Xe lamp best), (2) the efficient separation of photogenerated electrons and holes by hybridization, and (3) the improvement of the dispersion of nanocomposites by assembling along the CNTs as well.

  20. A facile approach for the synthesis of magnetic separable Fe3O4@TiO2, core-shell nanocomposites as highly recyclable photocatalysts

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    Xin, Tiejun; Ma, Mingliang; Zhang, Hepeng; Gu, Junwei; Wang, Shuangjie; Liu, Mengjiao; Zhang, Qiuyu

    2014-01-01

    A facile and efficient approach for the fabrication of Fe3O4@TiO2 nanocomposites with a good core-shell structure has been demonstrated. The approach employed involved the coating of successive titania shell on Fe3O4 core using a mixed solvent method with the catalysis of ammonia followed by the crystallization of TiO2 through solvothermal method. The as-obtained core-shell structure was composed of a central Fe3O4 core with a strong response to external fields, whereas the outer titanium oxide coating was useful for the degradation of organic contaminants. The results showed that Fe3O4@TiO2 nanocomposites exhibited high degree of crystallinity, excellent magnetic properties at room temperature. Furthermore, the as-prepared Fe3O4@TiO2 nanocomposites exhibited good photocatalytic activity toward the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) solution, which meant that they can be used as efficient and conveniently recoverable photocatalysts. In addition, the mechanism of coating by ammonia catalysis was also investigated.

  1. Facile Synthesis of r-GO@Pd/TiO2 Nanocomposites and Its Photocatalytic Activity Under Visible Light.

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    Dao, Anh Quang; Zheng, Bijuan; Liu, Hongwei; Dong, Shuang; Thi, Thanh Tuyen Le; Fu, Chaoyang; Liu, Hongfang

    2016-04-01

    Reduced Graphene Oxide Wrapped Pd/TiO2 (r-GO@Pd/TiO2) which exhibited high photocatalytic activity under visible light was synthesized from commercial chemicals. The classic sol-gel method and the Ar gas bubbling composition was used in the preparation of the catalyst. Furthermore, the best Pd-doping concentration in crystals, the wrapping concentration of r-GO over nanoparticles, and the optimal calcination temperature were investigated to enhance the photocatalytic activity of the hybrid catalyst. The experimental results showed that the catalytic efficiency of r-GO@Pd/TiO2 reached maximum value at the optimum synthesis conditions: 0.7 wt% Pd-doped TiO2 by sol-gel process, calcination temperature of 550 °C, 1 mg of GO for 100 .gram wrapped Pd/TiO2. X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) techniques were conducted to determine the nanostructure of the catalysts. The average crystallite size of nanoparticles was 14 nm with perfect dispersion of Pd dots and wraps of r-GO membrane. Methyl Blue was used as an organic dye model to test the ability in wastewater treatment of the catalysts. A comparison between different catalysts' characteristics was also studied. The r-GO@Pd/TiO2 showed a higher photocatalytic activity compared to Pd/TiO2 and commercial P25. Additionally, the complete dye reduction under visible light excitation indicated that wrapping r-GO round Pd/TiO2 improved the photocatalytic activity of catalysts. The determination of the stability of r-GO@Pd/TiO2 showed that its photocatalysis was persistent over several times of recycling examination. Therefore, r-GO@ Pd/TiO2 in wastewater treatment.

  2. One-pot synthesis of one-dimensional CdTe-cystine nanocomposite for humidity sensing

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    Lu, Zhisong; Wang, Jing; Xie, Jiale; Li, Chang Ming

    2014-03-01

    Quantum dot (QD)-incorporated one-dimensional (1D) nanocomposites offer great application potential. However, a facile one-step synthesis of the nanocomposites and fabrication of their free-standing film for sensing has not been accomplished. Herein a rod-shaped nanocomposite is one-pot synthesized via an L-cysteine-assisted hydrothermal approach, in which synthesis parameters including L-cysteine amount, temperature and reaction duration are tailored to control the composite nanostructures. CdTe nanocrystals are incorporated into the L-cystine matrices to form the nanorods, which tangle each other to network an intact film structure via a simple drying process. The free-standing CdTe-cystine nanorod film is directly utilized as a humidity sensor. This work provides a one-pot synthesis approach to grow 1D CdTe incorporated nanocomposites, demonstrating their great potential in film sensing applications.

  3. Microwave-Assisted Hydrothermal Synthesis of Cellulose/Hydroxyapatite Nanocomposites

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    Lian-Hua Fu

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we report a facile, rapid, and green strategy for the synthesis of cellulose/hydroxyapatite (HA nanocomposites using an inorganic phosphorus source (sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate (NaH2PO4·2H2O, or organic phosphorus sources (adenosine 5′-triphosphate disodium salt (ATP, creatine phosphate disodium salt tetrahydrate (CP, or D-fructose 1,6-bisphosphate trisodium salt octahydrate (FBP through the microwave-assisted hydrothermal method. The effects of the phosphorus sources, heating time, and heating temperature on the phase, size, and morphology of the products were systematically investigated. The experimental results revealed that the phosphate sources played a critical role on the phase, size, and morphology of the minerals in the nanocomposites. For example, the pure HA was obtained by using NaH2PO4·2H2O as phosphorus source, while all the ATP, CP, and FBP led to the byproduct, calcite. The HA nanostructures with various morphologies (including nanorods, pseudo-cubic, pseudo-spherical, and nano-spherical particles were obtained by varying the phosphorus sources or adjusting the reaction parameters. In addition, this strategy is surfactant-free, avoiding the post-treatment procedure and cost for the surfactant removal from the product. We believe that this work can be a guidance for the green synthesis of cellulose/HA nanocomposites in the future.

  4. Facile synthesis of MoS2/Bi2WO6 nanocomposites for enhanced CO2 photoreduction activity under visible light irradiation

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    Dai, Weili; Yu, Juanjuan; Deng, Yiqiang; Hu, Xu; Wang, Tengyao; Luo, Xubiao

    2017-05-01

    A novel composite material, MoS2/Bi2WO6, has been fabricated via a facile two-step approach. The few layered MoS2 as a cocatalyst has intimate interactions with the hierarchical flower-like Bi2WO6 microspheres, which boosts the visible light harvesting and charge transferring, and promotes the separation of electron-hole pairs, thus leading to the superior photocatalytic activity. It was found that the as-synthesized MoS2/Bi2WO6 nanocomposites exhibited significantly enhanced performance for the photoreduction of CO2 into hydrocarbons, i.e. methanol and ethanol, as compared with pure Bi2WO6. The yields of methanol and ethanol obtained over the composite with optimal content of MoS2 (0.4 wt%) were 36.7 and 36.6 μmol gcat-1 after 4 h of visible light irradiation, respectively, which were 1.94 times higher than that over pure Bi2WO6. Furthermore, the mechanism of CO2 photoreduction was also investigated. It indicates that the CO32-, HCO3- and H2CO3 generated in CO2 aqueous solution would be the reactive substrates during the photoreduction reaction, proving the thermodynamic feasibility of CO2 photoreduction. This work demonstrated that MoS2 is a very promising candidate for development of highly active photocatalysts, and supplied a facile and simple strategy for designing environmentally benign, cheap non-noble metal, and highly efficient semiconductor composites.

  5. Facile green synthesis of silver doped fluor-hydroxyapatite/β-cyclodextrin nanocomposite in the dual acting fluorine-containing ionic liquid medium for bone substitute applications

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    Jegatheeswaran, S. [Advanced Green Chemistry Lab, Department of Industrial Chemistry, School of Chemical Sciences, Alagappa University, Karaikudi-3, Tamil Nadu (India); Selvam, S. [Laser and Sensor Application Laboratory, Pusan National University, Busan 609735 (Korea, Republic of); Sri Ramkumar, V. [Deptartment of Environmental Biotechnology, School of Environmental, Sciences, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamilnadu (India); Sundrarajan, M., E-mail: sundrarajan@yahoo.com [Advanced Green Chemistry Lab, Department of Industrial Chemistry, School of Chemical Sciences, Alagappa University, Karaikudi-3, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2016-05-15

    Highlights: • Fluorine based ionic liquid was highly influenced the morphological structure of nanocomposites. • These composites has been motivated controlled release of silver nanoparticles for uniform antibacterial activity. • These material has given excellent antibacterial biofilm activity and favourable cytotoxical behavior on the human osteosarcoma (MG-63) cells. • These material has been highly suitable for bone substitute appliactions. - Abstract: A novel green route has approached for the synthesis of silver doped fluor-hydroxyapatite/β-cyclodextrin composite by the assistance of fluorine-based ionic liquid. The selected [BMIM]BF{sub 4} ionic liquid for this work plays a dual role as fluoride source and templating agent. It helps to improve the crystalline structures and the shape of the composites. The crystallinity, surface morphology, topographical studies of the synthesized composite were validated. The XRD results of the composite show typical Ag reflection peaks at 38.1°, 44.2° and 63.4°. The ionic liquid assisted composite displayed the hexagonal shaped HA particles, which are surrounded by spherical nano-Ag particles and these particles are uniformly dispersed in the β-cyclodextrin matrix in both horizontal and cross sections from surface morphology observations. The Ionic liquid assisted silver doped fluor-hydroxyapatite/β-cyclodextrin composite exhibited very good antibacterial activities against Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi, Klebsiella pneumonia and Serratia liquefaciens pathogens. The antibacterial proficiencies were established using Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopic developed biofilms images and bacterial growth curve analysis. The cytotoxicity results of the ionic liquid assisted composite analyzed by cell proliferation in vitro studies using human osteosarcoma cell line (MG-63) and this study has shown excellent biocompatibility.

  6. Facile synthesis of monodisperse functional magnetic dialdehyde starch nano-composite and used for highly effective recovery of Hg(II).

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    Wang, Yang; Zhang, Yun; Hou, Chen; Qi, Zhigang; He, Xinghua; Li, Yanfeng

    2015-12-01

    By covalently linking dialdehyde starch and amine functionalized Fe3O4 nanoparticle, and modifying with aminothiourea functional group, the novel monodisperse nano-composite has been successfully synthesized without any toxic crosslinking agent. The resulting nano-composite was characterized by means of the Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), elemental analysis and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). As the new kind of low-cost and environmentally friendly adsorbent with the excellent monodispersity in aqueous phase, the obtained nano-composite has shown not only the good adsorption capacity for Hg(II) on high initial concentration, but also the strong removal ability on low concentration. Moreover, the unique selectivity for Hg(II) among the mixed metal ions solution and good regeneration performance of nano-composite has also been demonstrated by batch experiments.

  7. Green synthesis of Pd@graphene nanocomposite: Catalyst for the selective oxidation of alco

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    Abdulhadi H. Al-Marri

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Due to their excellent physicochemical properties and synergistic effect, graphene metallic NPs based nanocomposites have gained significant attention in various technological fields including catalysis. Here we demonstrate a single pot, facile and environmental friendly synthesis of catalytically active palladium(Pd@graphene nanocomposites (SP-HRG-Pd by the simultaneous reduction of graphene oxide (GRO and PdCl2 using Salvadora persica L. (miswak root extract (RE as bioreductant. The synthesis of SP-HRG-Pd was confirmed by various spectroscopic and microscopic techniques, including ultraviolet–visible (UV–vis, Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR, Raman and X-ray photoelectron (XPS spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The polyphenolic (flavonoids and terpenoids rich contents of the miswak RE not only facilitated the reduction of graphene oxide and PdCl2 but also ensured the homogeneous binding of the Pd NPs on graphene, and through stabilization of the surface of SP-HRG-Pd nanocomposites. This also led to the enhanced dispersibility of as synthesized nanocomposites in aqueous solutions. The as-prepared SP-HRG-Pd nanocomposites also demonstrated excellent catalytic activity toward the selective oxidation of aromatic alcohols. Furthermore, in order to study the effect of calcination temperature and concentration of Pd NPs on the catalytic activities of nanocomposites, different samples of SP-HRG-Pd nanocomposites containing different amounts of Pd using various concentrations of Pd precursor were prepared and calcined at various temperatures.

  8. 氧化锌插层蒙脱土纳米复合材料的制备及其光催化活性%Facile Synthesis of ZnO Intercalated Montmorillonite Nanocomposites and Their Photocatalytic Activity

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    刘俊莉; 赵燕茹; 马建中; 马歌

    2016-01-01

    Herein,we report a facile synthesis of ZnO/montmorillonite (MMT)nanocomposites.The layered structures of MMT was firstly expanded and partly exfoliated into ultrathin few layer structures by fully hydrating and freezing and then ZnO nanoparticles (NPs)were embedded into the layers by a controllable hydrolysis process.The results indicated that ZnO NPs (1-3 nm in diameter)were intercalated in the layers of MMT or (10-25 nm in dia-meter)anchored on the surface of MMT.The nanocomposites was found to have an excellent performance for the deg-radation of methyl orange (MO),which inferred a potential application as a novel photocatalyst.Analysis showed the interlayer charge of the intercalated nanostructure can significantly inhibit the electron-hole recombination in photoca-talysis process.The enhanced photocatalytic activity of ZnO/MMT nanocomposites could be ascribed to the synergis-tic effect of the MMT loaded with nano-ZnO.%采用一种简便的方法制备了氧化锌插层蒙脱土纳米复合材料。首先将蒙脱土充分充水后进行冷冻,具有层状结构的蒙脱土充水后会发生膨胀,部分从块状的蒙脱土上剥离形成超薄的片层结构。然后通过可控的水热过程使氧化锌纳米粒子进入蒙脱土层间或覆盖于表面。结果表明,直径1~3 nm 的纳米氧化锌会插层于蒙脱土的层间,而直径达10~25 nm的纳米氧化锌则会镶嵌在蒙脱土表面。该纳米复合材料对模拟污染物甲基橙具有优异的光催化性能。

  9. Facile synthesis of silicon carbide-titanium dioxide semiconducting nanocomposite using pulsed laser ablation technique and its performance in photovoltaic dye sensitized solar cell and photocatalytic water purification

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    Gondal, M.A., E-mail: magondal@kfupm.edu.sa [Laser Research Group, Physics Department & Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261 (Saudi Arabia); Ilyas, A.M. [Laser Research Group, Physics Department & Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261 (Saudi Arabia); Baig, Umair [Laser Research Group, Physics Department & Center of Excellence in Nanotechnology, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261 (Saudi Arabia); Center of Excellence for Scientific Research Collaboration with MIT, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran 31261 (Saudi Arabia)

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • SiC–TiO{sub 2} semiconducting nanocomposites synthesized by nanosecond PLAL technique. • Synthesized nanocomposites were morphologically and optically characterized. • Nanocomposites were applied for the photocatalytic degradation of toxic organic dye. • Photovoltaic performance was investigated in dye sensitized solar cell. - Abstract: Separation of photo-generated charge carriers (electron and holes) is a major approach to improve the photovoltaic and photocatalytic performance of metal oxide semiconductors. For harsh environment like high temperature applications, ceramic like silicon carbide is very prominent. In this work, 10%, 20% and 40% by weight of pre-oxidized silicon carbide was coupled with titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) to form nanocomposite semiconductor via elegant pulsed laser ablation in liquid technique using second harmonic 532 nm wavelength of neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd-YAG) laser. In addition, the effect of silicon carbide concentration on the performance of silicon carbide-titanium dioxide nanocomposite as photo-anode in dye sensitized solar cell and as photocatalyst in photodegradation of methyl orange dye in water was also studied. The result obtained shows that photo-conversion efficiency of the dye sensitized solar cell was improved from 0.6% to 1.65% and the percentage of methyl orange dye removed was enhanced from 22% to 77% at 24 min under ultraviolet–visible solar spectrum in the nanocomposite with 10% weight of silicon carbide. This remarkable performance enhancement could be due to the improvement in electron transfer phenomenon by the presence of silicon carbide on titanium dioxide.

  10. Facile synthesis of novel CaFe2O4/g-C3N4 nanocomposites for degradation of methylene blue under visible-light irradiation.

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    Vadivel, S; Maruthamani, D; Habibi-Yangjeh, A; Paul, Bappi; Dhar, Siddhartha Sankar; Selvam, Kaliyamoorthy

    2016-10-15

    Hybrid organic/inorganic nanocomposites comprised of calcium ferrite (CaFe2O4) and graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) were prepared via a simple two-step process. The hybridized CaFe2O4/g-C3N4 heterostructure was characterized by a variety of techniques, including X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence spectroscopy, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and photoelectrochemical studies. Photocatalytic activity of the prepared samples was evaluated against degradation of methylene blue (MB) under visible-light irradiation. The photocatalytic activity of CaFe2O4 30%/g-C3N4 nanocomposite, as optimum photocatalyst, for degradation of MB was superior to the pure CaFe2O4 and g-C3N4 samples. It was demonstrated that the photogenerated holes and superoxide ion radicals were the two main reactive species towards the photocatalytic degradation of MB over the nanocomposite. Based on the experimental results, a possible photocatalytic mechanism for the MB degradation over the nanocomposite was proposed. This work may provide some inspiration for the fabrication of spinel ferrites with efficient photocatalytic performance.

  11. Facile Preparation of Optically Tailored Hybrid Nanocomposite

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    Susana Fernández de Ávila

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Lead sulfide nanoparticles (PbS NPs have been synthesized directly in poly[2-methoxy-5-(3′,7′-dimethyloctyloxy-1,4-phenylenevinylene] (MDMO-PPV semiconducting polymer by a simple low temperature method. Hybrid solutions with different concentrations of PbS with respect to the polymer have been prepared and characterized first in solution and then as thin film nanocomposites deposited on quartz substrates by spin coating. Quenching of photoluminescence emission is observed both in solutions and thin films when the ratio of PbS NPs increases with respect to the polymer, suggesting the occurrence of Dexter energy transfer from the polymer to the PbS NPs. Optical absorption is markedly increased for hybrid solutions compared to pure polymer. In thin nanocomposite films an enhancement of absorbance is observed with increasing PbS NPs concentration, which is more pronounced below 400 nm. The reported results could lead to the development of a method for tailoring the optical response of devices based on PbS NP-polymer nanocomposite by controlling the PbS NP concentration inside the polymer matrix.

  12. Synthesis of ZnO@γ-Fe2O3 core-shell nanocomposites by a facile thermal decomposition approach and their application in photocatalytic degradation of congo red

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    Yadav, Sudheer Kumar; Jeevanandam, P.

    2016-07-01

    ZnO@γ-Fe2O3 core-shell nanocomposites were synthesized by a facile thermal decomposition approach. ZnO nanorods were first synthesized by calcination of zinc acetate at 300 °C, in air. γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles were then deposited on the surface of ZnO nanorods by the thermal decomposition of iron acetylacetonate at 200 °C in diphenyl ether. The structure, composition, optical and magnetic properties of the nanocomposites were studied using an array of techniques. XRD results suggest the presence of γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles and ZnO, and FE-SEM images indicate formation of shell of iron oxide on the ZnO nanorods. Transmission electron microscopy studies clearly show that ZnO possesses rod morphology (length = 1.1 ± 0.1 μm, diameter = 40.1 ± 7 nm) and TEM images of the ZnO@γ-Fe2O3 nanocomposites show uniform shell of γ-Fe2O3 coated on the ZnO nanorods and thickness of the γ-Fe2O3 shell varies from 10 to 20 nm. Diffuse reflectance spectra of ZnO@γ-Fe2O3 nanocomposites reveal extended optical absorption in the visible range (400-600 nm) and photoluminescence spectra indicate that the ZnO@γ-Fe2O3 nanocomposites exhibit enhanced defect emission. The ZnO@γ-Fe2O3 core-shell nanocomposites show superparamagnetic behaviour at room temperature. The core-shell nanocomposites exhibit enhanced visible-light driven photocatalytic degradation of congo red in an aqueous solution as compared to pure ZnO nanorods and γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles. The enhanced photocatalytic activity is attributed to good visible-light absorption and effective charge separation at the interface of ZnO@γ-Fe2O3 core-shell nanocomposites.

  13. Facile synthesis of multifunctional attapulgite/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/polyaniline nanocomposites for magnetic dispersive solid phase extraction of benzoylurea insecticides in environmental water samples

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    Yang, Xiaoling; Qiao, Kexin; Ye, Yiren; Yang, Miyi; Li, Jing; Gao, Haixiang; Zhang, Sanbing; Zhou, Wenfeng; Lu, Runhua, E-mail: rhlu@cau.edu.cn

    2016-08-31

    In this study, the superparamagnetic attapulgite/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/polyaniline (ATP/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/PANI) nanocomposites were successfully synthesized by a one-pot method. Fe (III) was applied as both the oxidant for the oxidative polymerization of aniline and the single iron source of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} formed by the redox reaction between aniline and Fe (III). The ATP/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/PANI was used as sorbent for magnetic dispersive solid phase extraction (MDSPE) of benzoylurea insecticides (BUs) in environmental water samples. The as-prepared nanocomposite sorbents were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), X Ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy(SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and vibrating sample magnetometry. Various experimental parameters affecting the ATP/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/PANI-based MDSPE procedure, including the composition of the nanocomposite sorbents, amount of ATP/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/PANI nanocomposites, vortex time, pH, and desorption conditions were investigated. Under the optimal conditions, a good linearity was observed for all target analytes, with correlation coefficients (r{sup 2}) ranging from 0.9985 to 0.9997; the limits of detection (LOD) were in the range of 0.02–0.43 μg L{sup −1}, and the recoveries of analytes using the proposed method ranged between 77.37% and 103.69%. The sorbents exhibited an excellent reproducibility in the range of 1.52–5.27% in extracting the five target analytes. In addition, the intra-day and inter-day precision values were found to be in the range of 0.78–6.86% and 1.66–8.41%, respectively. Finally, the proposed ATP/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/PANI-based MDSPE method was successfully applied to analyze river water samples by rapid preconcentration of BUs. - Highlights: • A novel superparamagnetic ATP/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/PANI nanocomposite was first introduced in MDSPE. • ATP/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/PANI nanocomposites exhibited fast adsorption and desorption

  14. Facile synthesis of sandwiched Zn2GeO4-graphene oxide nanocomposite as a stable and high-capacity anode for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Zou, Feng; Hu, Xianluo; Qie, Long; Jiang, Yan; Xiong, Xiaoqin; Qiao, Yun; Huang, Yunhui

    2014-01-21

    Traditional metal anode materials in lithium-ion batteries are plagued by instability upon discharge-charge cycling. We report that a unique sandwiched Zn2GeO4-graphene oxide nanocomposite has been synthesized on a large scale through a simple ion-exchange reaction, whereby Zn2GeO4 nanorods with lengths of 600 nm and widths of 40 nm are homogeneously sandwiched into the graphene oxide matrix. Compared with bare Zn2GeO4 nanorods, a dramatic improvement in the electrochemical performance of the resulting nanocomposite has been achieved. In the voltage window of 0.001-3 V, the electrode of the Zn2GeO4-graphene oxide nanocomposite delivers a specific capacity as high as 1150 mA h g(-1) at 200 mA g(-1) after 100 discharge-charge cycles. Even at a high current density of 3.2 A g(-1), a capacity of 522 mA h g(-1) can be retained. The unusual electrochemical performance including highly reversible capacity and excellent rate capability arise from synergetic chemical coupling effects between Zn2GeO4 and graphene oxide.

  15. Facile synthesis of silicon carbide-titanium dioxide semiconducting nanocomposite using pulsed laser ablation technique and its performance in photovoltaic dye sensitized solar cell and photocatalytic water purification

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    Gondal, M. A.; Ilyas, A. M.; Baig, Umair

    2016-08-01

    Separation of photo-generated charge carriers (electron and holes) is a major approach to improve the photovoltaic and photocatalytic performance of metal oxide semiconductors. For harsh environment like high temperature applications, ceramic like silicon carbide is very prominent. In this work, 10%, 20% and 40% by weight of pre-oxidized silicon carbide was coupled with titanium dioxide (TiO2) to form nanocomposite semiconductor via elegant pulsed laser ablation in liquid technique using second harmonic 532 nm wavelength of neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd-YAG) laser. In addition, the effect of silicon carbide concentration on the performance of silicon carbide-titanium dioxide nanocomposite as photo-anode in dye sensitized solar cell and as photocatalyst in photodegradation of methyl orange dye in water was also studied. The result obtained shows that photo-conversion efficiency of the dye sensitized solar cell was improved from 0.6% to 1.65% and the percentage of methyl orange dye removed was enhanced from 22% to 77% at 24 min under ultraviolet-visible solar spectrum in the nanocomposite with 10% weight of silicon carbide. This remarkable performance enhancement could be due to the improvement in electron transfer phenomenon by the presence of silicon carbide on titanium dioxide.

  16. Green and facile synthesis of graphene nanosheets/K{sub 3}PW{sub 12}O{sub 40} nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic activities

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    Yang, Hongxun, E-mail: yhongxun@126.com [School of Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, Zhenjiang 212003 (China); State Key Laboratory of Structural Chemistry, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fujian, Fuzhou 350002 (China); Liu, Xiaoyan; Sun, Shengnan; Nie, Yu; Wu, Huipeng; Yang, Tongyi; Zheng, Shaojun [School of Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, Zhenjiang 212003 (China); Lin, Shengling, E-mail: linshl5757@sina.com [School of Environmental & Chemical Engineering, Jiangsu University of Science and Technology, Zhenjiang 212003 (China)

    2016-06-15

    Highlights: • A new graphene/K{sub 3}PW{sub 12}O{sub 40} (GPW) composite was synthesized via photoreduction method. • Graphene in the GPW could reduce the recombination of electron-hole pairs. • Graphene in the GPW could increase adsorptive property. • GPW hybrid shows an enhancement photocatalytic activity. - Abstract: K{sub 3}PW{sub 12}O{sub 40} is a promising polyoxometalate photocatalyst for the removal of organic pollutants from water. However, two main disadvantages of poor adsorptive performance and high recombination rate of photogenerated electron-hole pair hinder its practical applications. In this paper, a new graphene nanosheets/K{sub 3}PW{sub 12}O{sub 40} nanocomposite has been synthesized via a green photoreduction strategy, being low-cost and scalable production. Characterizations show that K{sub 3}PW{sub 12}O{sub 40} nanoparticles with 60 nm or so have been successfully deposited on the graphene nanosheets. As a kind of photocatalyst, the binary graphene nanosheets/K{sub 3}PW{sub 12}O{sub 40} nanocomposite displays improved photocatalytic activity compared to pure K{sub 3}PW{sub 12}O{sub 40}. This improvement is ascribed to the introduction of graphene nanosheets in the nanocomposite, which could increase adsorptive property and reduce the recombination of electron-hole pairs.

  17. Controlled synthesis of transition metal/conducting polymer nanocomposites

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    Liu, Zhen; Liu, Yang; Zhang, Lin; Poyraz, Selcuk; Lu, Ning; Kim, Moon; Smith, James; Wang, Xiaolong; Yu, Yajiao; Zhang, Xinyu

    2012-08-01

    A novel displacement reaction has been observed to occur between conducting polymers (CP) and metal salts which can be used to fabricate nanostructured CP-metal composites in a one-pot manner. Vanadium pentoxide (V 2O5) nanofiber is used during the synthesis as the reactive seeds to induce the nanofibril CP-metal network formation. The CP-metal nanocomposites exhibit excellent sensory properties for hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) detection, where both high sensitivity and a low detection limit can be obtained. The sensory performance of the CP-metal composite can be further enhanced by a facile microwave treatment. It is believed that the CP-metal nanofibril network can be converted to a carbon-metal network by a microwave-induced carbonization process and result in the sensory enhancement.

  18. Facile synthesis of novel Ni(II)-based metal-organic coordination polymer nanoparticle/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites and their application for highly sensitive and selective nonenzymatic glucose sensing.

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    Lu, Wenbo; Qin, Xiaoyun; Asiri, Abdullah M; Al-Youbi, Abdulrahman O; Sun, Xuping

    2013-01-21

    The present paper reports on the facile preparation of novel Ni(II)-based metal-organic coordination polymer nanoparticle/reduced graphene oxide (NiCPNP/rGO) nanocomposites for the first time. The formation of the nanocomposites occurs in a single step, carried out by hydrothermal treatment of the mixture of tannic acid functioned graphene oxide and NiCl(2) aqueous solution in N,N-dimethylformamide. It is found that the NiCPNP/rGO nanocomposite-modified electrode shows high electrocatalytic activity for glucose oxidation in alkaline medium. This nonenzymatic glucose sensor exhibits high selectivity toward glucose and the linear range and limit of detection are estimated to be from 0.01 to 8.75 mM (r: 0.997) and 0.14 μM with a signal-to-noise ratio of 3, respectively. The application of this glucose sensor in human blood serum has also been demonstrated successfully.

  19. A facile single-step procedure for the synthesis of luminescent Ln{sup 3+}:YVO{sub 4} (Ln = Eu or Er + Yb)-silica nanocomposites

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    Ocana, Manuel, E-mail: mjurado@icmse.csic.es [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, CSIC-US, Americo Vespucio 49, 41092 Isla de la Cartuja, Sevilla (Spain); Cantelar, Eugenio; Cusso, Fernando [Depto. Fisica de Materiales, C-IV, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (Spain)

    2011-01-01

    A simple and single-step method for the production of Ln-doped YVO{sub 4} nanocrystals and their simultaneous encapsulation in a silica network based on the pyrolysis of liquid aerosols at 800 deg. C is reported. The procedure is illustrated for Yb,Er:YVO{sub 4}-silica nanocomposites consisting of spherical particles, which present up-converted green luminescence after IR excitation whose efficiency increased on annealing up to 1000 deg. C due to the release of impurities (adsorbed water, and residual anions). XPS spectroscopy and TEM observations revealed that the surface of the composite particles was enriched in silica, which would facilitate their functionalisation required to use them in biological applications. The procedure can also be used to prepare other rare earth doped systems as illustrated for the case of Eu-doped YVO{sub 4}/silica having down-converted red luminescence.

  20. A Facile One-Step Solvothermal Synthesis and Electrical Properties of Reduced Graphene Oxide/Rod-Shaped Potassium Tungsten Bronze Nanocomposite.

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    Liu, Bin; Yin, Shu; Wang, Yuhua; Guo, Chongshen; Wu, Xiaoyong; Dong, Qiang; Kobayashi, Makoto; Kakihana, Masato; Sato, Tsugio

    2015-09-01

    Reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/rod-shaped potassium tungsten bronze nanocomposites with the different ratio were successfully synthesized by solvothermal reaction and followed by the reduction in H2(5 vol.%)/N2 atmosphere at 550 degrees C. The coupled samples showed excellent shielding ability of NIR light as well as certain visible lights transparency. The synergistic effects could be observed in the composites, i.e., when 15 wt% and 20 wt% of rGO which was fabricated by chemical reduction of graphene oxide, were composed into K(x)WO3, the composite showed the higher electrical conductivity than those of rGO and potassium tungsten bronze.

  1. Facile hydrothermal preparation of niobium pentaoxide decorated reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites for supercapacitor applications

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    Murugan, M.; Kumar, R. Mohan; Alsalme, Ali; Alghamdi, Abdulaziz; Jayavel, R.

    2016-04-01

    Facile synthesis of graphene-Nb2O5 composite has been reported. Graphene oxide was prepared by the modified Hummer's method. The metal oxide (Nb2O5) was introduced to the graphene to form the composite by the hydrothermal method. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA). SEM and TEM results revealed that the metal oxide particles are uniformly dispersed on the surface of thin sheets of well-defined multilayered graphene structure. Thermal stability of the graphene metal oxide nanocomposites was also investigated. The CV measurements reveal a significant enhancement in the specific capacitance reaching 321 Fg-1 at a scan rate of 10 mV s-1. With promising electrochemical characteristics, Nb2O5 decorated graphene nanocomposite are explored as potential electrode material for supercapacitor applications.

  2. Facile synthesis of graphene-like Co{sub 3}S{sub 4} nanosheet/Ag{sub 2}S nanocomposite with enhanced performance in visible-light photocatalysis

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    Xu, Mingyang [Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Environment-friendly Polymer Materials, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China); Niu, Helin, E-mail: niuhelin@ahu.edu.cn [Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Environment-friendly Polymer Materials, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China); Huang, Jinjing; Song, Jiming; Mao, Changjie; Zhang, Shengyi [Anhui Province Key Laboratory of Environment-friendly Polymer Materials, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China); Zhu, Chengfeng [School of Chemical Engineering Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009 (China); Chen, Changle [CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry, Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei 230026 (China)

    2015-10-01

    Highlights: • Graphene-like Co{sub 3}S{sub 4} nanosheet/Ag{sub 2}S nanocomposites was prepared by a facile method. • Good photocatalytic activity for dye degradation under visible light irradiation. • Promising candidates as photocatalyst for dye degradation. - Abstract: Visible light photocatalysts have stimulated great research efforts. In this contribution, graphene-like Co{sub 3}S{sub 4} nanosheet/Ag{sub 2}S nanocomposite was prepared using a simple method, and characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and UV–Vis DRS, etc. The photocatalytic properties of the nanocomposite was evaluated by the photocatalytic degradation of Methylene blue (MB) and Methyl orange (MO) under visible light irradiation. The nanocomposite photocatalyst displays excellent stability and photocatalytic activity compared with pure Co{sub 3}S{sub 4} nanosheet or Ag{sub 2}S nanoparticles. The superior photocatalytic properties were attributed to its unique structures, which could promote efficiently electron/hole separation and transportation.

  3. Synthesis of polyanthranilic acid–Au nanocomposites by emulsion polymerization: development of dopamine sensor

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    Bhavana Gupta; Ambrose Melvin; Rajiv Prakash

    2014-10-01

    Polyanthranilic acid (PANA) and polyanthranilic acid–gold (PANA–Au) nanocomposites have been synthesized through emulsion polymerization technique. Use of gold chloride as an oxidant for anthranilic acid not only provides a new route for chemical synthesis of PANA, but also explores a facile method for the formation of nanocomposites. Emulsion polymerization helps in slowing down kinetics of polymerization in comparison to one-phase polymerization and thereby induces formation of monodispersed, both pure and Au nanoparticles, embedded PANA sphere. Reaction progress of nanocomposite formation is studied by UV–Vis spectroscopy for 0–24 h. PANA–Au nanocomposites are characterized by SEM, equipped with EDS, TGA, FT–IR, XRD and electrochemical techniques. XRD of nanocomposites depicts the amorphous nature of polymer and crystalline nature of Au with crystallite size of ∼ 24 nm. Differential pulse voltammetry has shown the electro-active nature of PANA. The nanocomposites with improved thermal properties show good dispersion in common organic solvents, and it can be explored for application in interference-free dopamine sensors with sensitivity 12.5 A/mM. Acidic group (–COOH) on the polymer makes the sensor free from ascorbic acid interference.

  4. Facile hydrothermal synthesis and characterization of Co2GeO4/r-GO@C ternary nanocomposite as negative electrode for Li-ion batteries.

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    Subramanian, Yuvaraj; Kaliyappan, Karthikeyan; Ramakrishnan, Kalai Selvan

    2017-07-15

    Ternary nanocomposite of Co2GeO4/r-GO@C is synthesized by single step hydrothermal method followed by calcination. The XRD analysis reveals the formation of cubic structured Co2GeO4 and their corresponding functional groups identified through Raman analysis. The TEM analysis assures that uniform distribution of Co2GeO4 nanoparticles on the r-GO layers. The Galvanostatic charge-discharge (GCD) curve demonstrates that the initial discharge capacity of pristine Co2GeO4, Co2GeO4/r-GO and Co2GeO4/r-GO@C composite is 1400, 1284 and 1594mAhg(-1) at 50mAg(-1), respectively. The cycling stability curve shows the specific capacity of 609, 970 and 1180mAhg(-1) for pristine, Co2GeO4/r-GO and Co2GeO4/r-GO@C composite, respectively over 15 cycles. The ternary composite of Co2GeO4/r-GO@C delivers the discharge capacity of 323mAhg(-1) at high current density of 1Ag(-1) over 500 cycles with capacity retention of 71%. The rate capability curve indicates that Co2GeO4/r-GO@C composite shows the better rate capability. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Facile green synthesis of silver doped fluor-hydroxyapatite/β-cyclodextrin nanocomposite in the dual acting fluorine-containing ionic liquid medium for bone substitute applications

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    Jegatheeswaran, S.; Selvam, S.; Sri Ramkumar, V.; Sundrarajan, M.

    2016-05-01

    A novel green route has approached for the synthesis of silver doped fluor-hydroxyapatite/β-cyclodextrin composite by the assistance of fluorine-based ionic liquid. The selected [BMIM]BF4 ionic liquid for this work plays a dual role as fluoride source and templating agent. It helps to improve the crystalline structures and the shape of the composites. The crystallinity, surface morphology, topographical studies of the synthesized composite were validated. The XRD results of the composite show typical Ag reflection peaks at 38.1°, 44.2° and 63.4°. The ionic liquid assisted composite displayed the hexagonal shaped HA particles, which are surrounded by spherical nano-Ag particles and these particles are uniformly dispersed in the β-cyclodextrin matrix in both horizontal and cross sections from surface morphology observations. The Ionic liquid assisted silver doped fluor-hydroxyapatite/β-cyclodextrin composite exhibited very good antibacterial activities against Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi, Klebsiella pneumonia and Serratia liquefaciens pathogens. The antibacterial proficiencies were established using Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopic developed biofilms images and bacterial growth curve analysis. The cytotoxicity results of the ionic liquid assisted composite analyzed by cell proliferation in vitro studies using human osteosarcoma cell line (MG-63) and this study has shown excellent biocompatibility.

  6. Facile synthesis of flake-like TiO2/C nano-composites for photocatalytic H2 evolution under visible-light irradiation

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    Yan, Baolin; Zhou, Juan; Liang, Xiaoyu; Song, Kainan; Su, Xintai

    2017-01-01

    The production of H2 by photocatalytic water splitting has become a promising approach for clean, economical, and renewable evolution of H2 by using solar energy. In spite of tremendous efforts, the present challenge for materials scientists is to build a highly active photocatalytic system with high efficiency and low cost. Here we report a facile method for the preparation of TiO2/C nano-flakes, which was used as an efficient visible-light photocatalyst for H2 evolution. This composite material was prepared by using a phase-transfer strategy combined with salt-template calcination treatment. The results showed that anatase TiO2 nanoparticles with the diameter of ∼10 nm were uniformly dispersed on the carbon nano-flakes. In addition, the samples prepared at 600 °C (denoted as T600) endowed a larger surface area of 196 m2 g-1 and higher light absorption, resulting in enhanced photocatalytic activity. Further, the T600 product reached a high H2 production rate of 57.2 μmol h-1 under visible-light irradiation. This unusual photocatalytic activity arose from the positive synergetic effect between the TiO2 and carbon in this hybrid catalyst. This work highlights the potential of TiO2/C nano-flakes in the field of photocatalytic H2 evolution under visible-light irradiation.

  7. Polyacrylamide-metal nanocomposites: one-pot synthesis, antibacterial properties, and thermal stability

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    Li, Cuiyan [Uppsala University, Department of Chemistry - Angstroem Laboratory (Sweden); Cai, Yanling [Uppsala University, Division of Nanotechnology and Functional Materials, Angstroem Laboratory (Sweden); Zhu, Yihua [East China University of Science and Technology, Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education (China); Ma, Mingguo [Beijing Forestry University, Institute of Biomass Chemistry and Technology, College of Materials Science and Technology (China); Zheng, Wei [University of Wisconsin-Stout, Engineering and Technology Department (United States); Zhu, Jiefang, E-mail: jiefang.zhu@kemi.uu.se [Uppsala University, Department of Chemistry - Angstroem Laboratory (Sweden)

    2013-09-15

    The incorporation of inorganic nanoparticles into polymers is a hot research spot, since it endows the nanocomposites with new or improved properties by exploiting synergistic effects. Here we report a facile one-pot synthesis of polyacrylamide (PAM)-metal (M = Au, Ag, or Pd) nanocomposites in ethylene glycol (EG). The simultaneous polymerization of the acylamide (AM) monomer and formation of metal nanoparticles lead to a homogeneous distribution of metal nanoparticles in the PAM matrix. The sizes of Au, Ag, and Pd nanoparticles are 55.50 {+-} 10.6, 14.15 {+-} 2.57, and 7.74 {+-} 1.82 nm, respectively. The reaction system only includes EG, AM monomer, and corresponding metal salt. EG acts as both the solvent and the reducing reagent. Also, no initiator for AM polymerization and no surfactant for stabilization of metal nanoparticles are used. Furthermore, this simple synthetic route does not rely on any special or expensive equipment, thus can be exploited to the synthesis of similar polymer-inorganic nanocomposites. Compared to PAM, the PAM-metal nanocomposites showed enhanced thermal stability and antibacterial properties.

  8. Polyacrylamide-metal nanocomposites: one-pot synthesis, antibacterial properties, and thermal stability

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    Li, Cuiyan; Cai, Yanling; Zhu, Yihua; Ma, Mingguo; Zheng, Wei; Zhu, Jiefang

    2013-09-01

    The incorporation of inorganic nanoparticles into polymers is a hot research spot, since it endows the nanocomposites with new or improved properties by exploiting synergistic effects. Here we report a facile one-pot synthesis of polyacrylamide (PAM)-metal (M = Au, Ag, or Pd) nanocomposites in ethylene glycol (EG). The simultaneous polymerization of the acylamide (AM) monomer and formation of metal nanoparticles lead to a homogeneous distribution of metal nanoparticles in the PAM matrix. The sizes of Au, Ag, and Pd nanoparticles are 55.50 ± 10.6, 14.15 ± 2.57, and 7.74 ± 1.82 nm, respectively. The reaction system only includes EG, AM monomer, and corresponding metal salt. EG acts as both the solvent and the reducing reagent. Also, no initiator for AM polymerization and no surfactant for stabilization of metal nanoparticles are used. Furthermore, this simple synthetic route does not rely on any special or expensive equipment, thus can be exploited to the synthesis of similar polymer-inorganic nanocomposites. Compared to PAM, the PAM-metal nanocomposites showed enhanced thermal stability and antibacterial properties.

  9. One-pot synthesis of cuprous oxide-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite with enhanced photocatalytic and electrocatalytic performance

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    Han, Fugui; Li, Heping; Yang, Jun; Cai, Xiaodong; Fu, Li

    2016-03-01

    We report on the facile one-step synthesis of porous cuprous oxide nanoparticles on reduced graphene oxide (Cu2O-RGO) by synchronously reducing Cu2+ ions and GO with ethylene glycol. The basic chemical components, crystal structure and surface morphology of prepared nanocomposite was carefully characterized. The photocatalytic activities of the as-prepared nanocomposite was investigated by photodegrading methylene blue (MB) under visible light. The electrocatalytic property of the nanocomposite was investigated by electrocatalytic determination of acetaminophen. The results indicate that the corporation of RGO with Cu2O nanoparticles could high enhance the both photocatalytic and electrocatalytic properties. Moreover, we found that the content of RGO introduced into nanocomposite could highly affect the product properties.

  10. Effect of oxidation degree on the synthesis and adsorption property of magnetite/graphene nanocomposites

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    Luo, Kun; Mu, Yuanying; Wang, Peng; Liu, Xiaoteng

    2015-12-01

    A facile approach is demonstrated to synthesize a series of magnetite/graphene nanocomposites by solvothermal method, which can be easily collected after removal of pollutants without secondary pollution of graphene powders. Raman and FT-IR analyses show that the reduction of the mixing vapor of ammonia and hydrazine at different reaction periods generates the discrepancy of oxidation degree for reduced graphene oxide (rGO), which can be kept after the solvothermal synthesis of Fe3O4/rGO nanocomposites. Batch adsorption experiments indicate that the nanocomposite with maximum oxidation degree of rGO presents the largest magnetization of 35.4 emu g-1 and adsorption capacity of 59.2 mg g-1 for Cu2+, while the one with minimum oxidation degree exhibits the strongest adsorption of 39.0 mg g-1 for methylene blue accompanied with appropriate magnetization of 9.0 emu g-1, and only 23% of initial capacity was lost after seven recycling use. The adsorption kinetics of the both composites follows the pseudo-second-order model, suggestive of physical and chemical interactions between the pollutants and adsorbent. The results suggest that the oxidation degree of the rGO substrate can apparently influence both the structure and the adsorbing behavior of Fe3O4/rGO nanocomposites, which allows the control over the adsorbent performance according to the pollutant of interest.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of polymer matrix nanocomposites and their components

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    Burnside, Shelly Dawn

    Herein we present synthesis schemes and characterization results for polymer matrix nanocomposite reinforced with organically modified layered silicates. These host materials with ultrafine dimensions are promising candidates for polymer and have been previously shown to yield substantial property enhancements at low silicate loadings due to their extreme geometry. Siloxane nanocomposites with a variety of nanostructures were formed. Thermal stability, solvent uptake and moduli of the nanocomposites were explores. Exfoliated nanocomposites displayed enhanced properties when compared to unreinforced siloxanes, and at lower volume fraction filler than in conventional composites. Large amounts of bound polymer, polymer affected by the silicate, were found in exfoliated nanocomposites as a result of the extreme geometry of the layered silicate. This bound polymer was related to the dramatic property enhancements in the nanocomposites. The behavior of these nanocomposites is compared to behavior expected from traditional models developed for conventional composites and model elastomeric networks. A lightly brominated polymer has been intercalated into a single crystal of organically exchanged vermiculite. The intercalation was followed using x-ray diffraction by monitoring the gallery height of the vermiculite host. Rutherford Backscattering Spectroscopy, used to confirm polymer intercalation, showed a constant bromine content in the direction normal to the layers. Atomic Force Microscopy images of a cleaved polymer-intercalated crystal showed raised hemispheres on an otherwise flat background. The hemispheres consist of single chains or aggregates of 3-40 polymer chains resulting from relaxations following cleaving. Three component or Hansen solubility parameters (delta) of organically modified layered silicates, the reinforcing agent in polymer matrix nanocomposites presented herein, have been determined. Two experimental techniques, temporal turbidimetry and

  12. Synthesis, characterization, and applications of nanocomposite membranes

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    Kizilel, Riza

    In the present work polymer nanocomposites (PCN) derived from synthetic lithium hectorite clay (SLH) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) have been prepared and characterized for use as polymer electrolytes in lithium ion secondary batteries and as catalytic membranes for fuel cell applications. PCNs are prepared by intercalating polyethylene oxide in the clay layers of SLH. The resulting films are physically and electrochemically evaluated. In situ small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) studies have been conducted to monitor the structural changes of polymer nanocomposites upon heating. These nanocomposites are made of different mass ratios of PEO and SLH. On the basis of the in situ SAXS results, it was found that the polymer matrix losses its crystallinity at about 60°C and the composite is stable up to 150°C. Conductivity values, activation energies, and lithium transference numbers indicate that the PCNs are single ion conductors with transference numbers close to unity. The activation energies are in the range of 0.02 eV, two orders of magnitude higher than the conventional polymer electrolytes. A synthetic hectorite was also ion-exchanged with Pt(II) and suspended in a solution containing PEO for the fuel cell applications. The resulting membrane was subsequently reduced under H2 at 200°C for 2--3 hr. The final membrane contains Pt(0) at 2.4 wt% loading levels. XRD shows development of Pt(0) by the appearance of crystalline peaks upon reduction. A lineshape analysis using the Scherrer equation of the (220) peak shows Pt(0) particles of 3.8 nm or 7.5 nm depending upon processing conditions. These values are confirmed by TEM, and a high dispersion of the metal is evident. XRD and TGA confirm that PEO is stable to the processing conditions. In situ SAXS measurements of the reduction process were also performed. Under a reducing atmosphere, the shape of the scattering curves visually changes between 100--120°C. Analysis of the scattering curves using the general

  13. Facile synthesis of size-tunable CuO/graphene composites and their high photocatalytic performance

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    Cheng, Lingli; Wang, Yujia; Huang, Dahong [Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China); Nguyen, Tronganh; Jiang, Yong [Shanghai Applied Radiation Institute, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China); Yu, Hongchuan [National Centre for Computer Animation (NCCA), Bournemouth University, BH125BB (United Kingdom); Ding, Nan [Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China); Ding, Guoji, E-mail: gjding@shu.edu.cn [Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China); Jiao, Zheng, E-mail: zjiao@shu.edu.cn [Shanghai Applied Radiation Institute, Shanghai University, Shanghai 200444 (China)

    2015-01-15

    Graphical abstract: A novel leaf-like CuO/graphene nanosheet (GNS) with tunable size was prepared by a facile hydrothermal process, and the stirring temperature in synthesis was found to be effective for controlling its size. - Highlights: • Leaf-like CuO/GNS nanocomposites with tunable size was prepared via hydrothermal method. • With increase of stirring temperature, the surface area becomes larger. • The morphology of nanocomposites plays an important role in photocatalysis. - Abstract: Size-tunable leaf-like copper oxide modified by graphene nanosheets was synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method. Stirring temperature control during synthesis was found to be important in effectively controlling the size of CuO nanoparticles, with smaller size CuO nanoparticles produced by increasing the stirring temperature. The as-prepared nanocomposites were characterized by XRD, TEM, and nitrogen adsorption–desorption. The nanocomposites exhibited better catalytic activity than pure CuO toward the degradation of rhodamine B in the presence of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} under visible light irradiation. The catalytic performance was improved with decreasing particle size of the nanocomposites, which was attributed to the increased in the rate of interelectron transfer at the interface.

  14. Gas-phase synthesis of magnetic metal/polymer nanocomposites.

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    Starsich, Fabian H L; Hirt, Ann M; Stark, Wendelin J; Grass, Robert N

    2014-12-19

    Highly magnetic metal Co nanoparticles were produced via reducing flame spray pyrolysis, and directly coated with an epoxy polymer in flight. The polymer content in the samples varied between 14 and 56 wt% of nominal content. A homogenous dispersion of Co nanoparticles in the resulting nanocomposites was visualized by electron microscopy. The size and crystallinity of the metallic fillers was not affected by the polymer, as shown by XRD and magnetic hysteresis measurements. The good control of the polymer content in the product nanocomposite was shown by elemental analysis. Further, the successful polymerization in the gas phase was demonstrated by electron microscopy and size measurements. The presented effective, dry and scalable one-step synthesis method for highly magnetic metal nanoparticle/polymer composites presented here may drastically decrease production costs and increase industrial yields.

  15. Gas-phase synthesis of magnetic metal/polymer nanocomposites

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    Starsich, Fabian H. L.; Hirt, Ann M.; Stark, Wendelin J.; Grass, Robert N.

    2014-12-01

    Highly magnetic metal Co nanoparticles were produced via reducing flame spray pyrolysis, and directly coated with an epoxy polymer in flight. The polymer content in the samples varied between 14 and 56 wt% of nominal content. A homogenous dispersion of Co nanoparticles in the resulting nanocomposites was visualized by electron microscopy. The size and crystallinity of the metallic fillers was not affected by the polymer, as shown by XRD and magnetic hysteresis measurements. The good control of the polymer content in the product nanocomposite was shown by elemental analysis. Further, the successful polymerization in the gas phase was demonstrated by electron microscopy and size measurements. The presented effective, dry and scalable one-step synthesis method for highly magnetic metal nanoparticle/polymer composites presented here may drastically decrease production costs and increase industrial yields.

  16. Ultrasonic-assisted synthesis and magnetic studies of iron oxide/MCM-41 nanocomposite

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    Ursachi, Irina [Department of Physics ' Alexandru Ioan Cuza' University of Iasi, 11 Carol I Boulevard, 700506 Iasi (Romania); Vasile, Aurelia [Department of Chemistry, ' Alexandru Ioan Cuza' University of Iasi, 11 Carol I Boulevard, 700506 Iasi (Romania); Ianculescu, Adelina [Department of Oxide Materials and Engineering, Polytechnics University of Bucharest, 1-7 Gh. Polizu, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Vasile, Eugeniu [METAV S.A., Research and Development, 31 C.A. Rosetti, 020011, Bucharest (Romania); Stancu, Alexandru, E-mail: alstancu@uaic.ro [Department of Physics ' Alexandru Ioan Cuza' University of Iasi, 11 Carol I Boulevard, 700506 Iasi (Romania)

    2011-11-01

    Highlights: {yields} A quick and facile route for the synthesis of iron oxide/MCM-41 nanocomposite. {yields} Magnetic nanoparticles were stabilized inside the pores of mesoporous silica MCM-41. {yields} The pore size of MCM-41 dictates the properties of iron oxide nanoparticles. {yields} The procedure provides a narrow size distribution of magnetic nanoparticles. - Abstract: Iron oxide nanoparticles were stabilized within the pores of mesoporous silica MCM-41 amino-functionalized by a sonochemical method. Formation of iron oxide nanoparticles inside the mesoporous channels of amino-functionalized MCM-41 was realized by wet impregnation using iron nitrate, followed by calcinations at 550 deg. C in air. The effect of functionalization level on structural and magnetic properties of obtained nanocomposites was studied. The resulting materials were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction (HRTEM and SAED), vibrating sample and superconducting quantum interface magnetometers (VSM and SQUID) and nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms measurements. The HRTEM images reveal that the most of the iron oxide nanoparticles were dispersed inside the mesopores of silica matrix and the pore diameter of the amino-functionalized MCM-41 matrix dictates the particle size of iron oxide nanoparticles. The obtained material possesses mesoporous structure and interesting magnetic properties. Saturation magnetization value of magnetic iron oxide nanopatricles stabilized in MCM-41 amino-functionalized by in situ sonochemical synthesis was 1.84 emu g{sup -1}. An important finding is that obtained magnetic nanocomposite materials exhibit enhanced magnetic properties than those of iron oxide/MCM-41 nanocomposite obtained by conventional method. The described method is providing a rather short preparation time and a narrow size distribution of iron oxide nanoparticles.

  17. Green Synthesis of Nanocrystals and Nanocomposites

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    Metal nanomaterials have attracted considerable attention because of their unique magnetic, optical, electrical, and catalytic properties and their potential applications in nanoelectronics as well as in various wet chemical synthesis methods. There is also great interest in synt...

  18. Efficient One-Pot Synthesis of Colloidal Zirconium Oxide Nanoparticles for High-Refractive-Index Nanocomposites.

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    Liu, Chao; Hajagos, Tibor Jacob; Chen, Dustin; Chen, Yi; Kishpaugh, David; Pei, Qibing

    2016-02-01

    Zirconium oxide nanoparticles are promising candidates for optical engineering, photocatalysis, and high-κ dielectrics. However, reported synthetic methods for the colloidal zirconium oxide nanoparticles use unstable alkoxide precursors and have various other drawbacks, limiting their wide application. Here, we report a facile one-pot method for the synthesis of colloidally stable zirconium oxide nanoparticles. Using a simple solution of zirconium trifluoroacetate in oleylamine, highly stable zirconium oxide nanoparticles have been synthesized with high yield, following a proposed amidization-assisted sol-gel mechanism. The nanoparticles can be readily dispersed in nonpolar solvents, forming a long-term stable transparent solution, which can be further used to fabricate high-refractive-index nanocomposites in both monolith and thin-film forms. In addition, the same method has also been extended to the synthesis of titanium oxide nanoparticles, demonstrating its general applicability to all group IVB metal oxide nanoparticles.

  19. Plasma Synthesis of Nanoparticles for Nanocomposite Energy Applications

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    Peter C. Kong; Alex W. Kawczak

    2008-09-01

    The nanocomposite energy applications for plasma reactor produced nanoparticles are reviewed. Nanoparticles are commonly defined as particles less than 100 nm in diameter. Due to this small size, nanoparticles have a high surface-to-volume ratio. This increases the surface energy compared to the bulk material. The high surface-to-volume ratio and size effects (quantum effects) give nanoparticles distinctive chemical, electronic, optical, magnetic and mechanical properties from those of the bulk material. Nanoparticles synthesis can be grouped into 3 broad approaches. The first one is wet phase synthesis (sol-gel processing), the second is mechanical attrition, and the third is gas-phase synthesis (aerosol). The properties of the final product may differ significantly depending on the fabrication route. Currently, there are no economical large-scale production processes for nanoparticles. This hinders the widespread applications of nanomaterials in products. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is engaging in research and development of advanced modular hybrid plasma reactors for low cost production of nanoparticles that is predicted to accelerate application research and enable the formation of technology innovation alliances that will result in the commercial production of nanocomposites for alternative energy production devices such as fuel cells, photovoltaics and electrochemical double layer capacitors.

  20. Nanocrystalline functional materials and nanocomposites synthesis through aerosol routes

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    Milošević Olivera B.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper represents the results of the design of functional nanocrystalline powders and nanocomposites using chemical reactions in aerosols. The process involves ultrasonic aerosol formation (mist generators with the resonant frequencies of 800 kHz, 1.7 and 2.5 MHz from precursor salt solutions and control over the aerosol decomposition in a high-temperature tubular flow reactor. During decomposition, the aerosol droplets undergo evaporation/drying, precipitation and thermolysis in a single-step process. Consequently, spherical, solid, agglomerate-free submicronic particles are obtained. The particle morphology, revealed as a composite structure consisting of primary crystallites smaller than 20 nm was analysed by several methods (XRD, DSC/DTA, SEM, TEM and discussed in terms of precursor chemistry and process parameters. Following the initial attempts, a more detailed aspect of nanocrystalline particle synthesis was demonstrated for the case of nanocomposites based on ZnO-MeO (MeO=Bi Cr+, suitable for electronic applications, as well as an yttrium-aluminum base complex system, suitable for phosphorus applications. The results imply that parts of the material structure responsible for different functional behaviour appear through in situ aerosol synthesis by processes of intraparticle agglomeration, reaction and sintering in the last synthesis stage.

  1. Study on Synthesis and Antibacterial Properties of Ag NPs/GO Nanocomposites

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    Lei Huang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Using graphene oxide as substrate and stabilizer for the silver nanoparticles, silver nanoparticles-graphene oxide (Ag NPs/GO composites with different Ag loading were synthesized through a facile solution-phase method. During the synthesis process, AgNO3 on GO matrix was directly reduced by NaBH4. The structure characterization was studied through X-ray diffraction (XRD, atomic force microscopy (AFM, high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis, and selected area electron diffraction (SAED. The results show that Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs with the sizes ranging from 5 to 20 nm are highly dispersed on the surfaces of GO sheets. The shape and size of the Ag NPs are decided by the volume of initial AgNO3 solution added in the GO. The antibacterial activities of Ag NPs/GO nanocomposites were investigated and the result shows that all the produced composites exhibit good antibacterial activities against Gram-negative (G− bacterial strain Escherichia coli (E. coli and Gram-positive (G+ strain Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus. Moreover, the antibacterial activities of Ag NPs/GO nanocomposites gradually increased with the increasing of volume of initial AgNO3 solution added in the GO and this improvement of the antibacterial activities results from the combined action of size effect and concentration effect of Ag NPs in Ag NPs/GO nanocomposites.

  2. Aqueous combustion synthesis and characterization of zirconia-alumina nanocomposites

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    Kishan, J.; Mangam, Venu; Reddy, B.S.B.; Das, Siddhartha [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal 721302 (India); Das, Karabi, E-mail: karabi@metal.iitkgp.ernet.i [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal 721302 (India)

    2010-02-04

    The zirconia-alumina nanocomposite powders with 3-48 mol% of alumina are prepared by aqueous combustion synthesis technique using stoichiometric amounts of aluminium nitrate, zirconyl nitrate and glycine. The nanopowders are compacted uniaxially and sintered at 1000 {sup o}C temperature in a muffle furnace. Thermodynamic modeling of the combustion reaction shows that, as the alumina content increases, the amount of gases produced increases with a decrease in the adiabatic flame temperature. The green and sintered densities of cold press composite powders decrease with an increase in the mol% of alumina.

  3. Synthesis and Characterization of Mixed Metal Oxide Nanocomposite Energetic Materials

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    Gash, A; Pantoya, M; Jr., J S; Zhao, L; Shea, K; Simpson, R; Clapsaddle, B

    2003-11-18

    In the field of composite energetic materials, properties such as ingredient distribution, particle size, and morphology, affect both sensitivity and performance. Since the reaction kinetics of composite energetic materials are typically controlled by the mass transport rates between reactants, one would anticipate new and potentially exceptional performance from energetic nanocomposites. We have developed a new method of making nanostructured energetic materials, specifically explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics, using sol-gel chemistry. A novel sol-gel approach has proven successful in preparing metal oxide/silicon oxide nanocomposites in which the metal oxide is the major component. Two of the metal oxides are tungsten trioxide and iron(III) oxide, both of which are of interest in the field of energetic materials. Furthermore, due to the large availability of organically functionalized silanes, the silicon oxide phase can be used as a unique way of introducing organic additives into the bulk metal oxide materials. As a result, the desired organic functionality is well dispersed throughout the composite material on the nanoscale. By introducing a fuel metal into the metal oxide/silicon oxide matrix, energetic materials based on thermite reactions can be fabricated. The resulting nanoscale distribution of all the ingredients displays energetic properties not seen in its microscale counterparts due to the expected increase of mass transport rates between the reactants. The synthesis and characterization of these metal oxide/silicon oxide nanocomposites and their performance as energetic materials will be discussed.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of luminescence magnetic nanocomposite

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    Kiplagat, Ayabei [DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, Department of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville (South Africa); Onani, Martin O., E-mail: monani@uwc.ac.za [DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, Department of Chemistry, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville (South Africa); Meyer, Mervin [DST/Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre, Department of Biotechnology, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag X17, Bellville (South Africa); Akenga, Teresa A. [Department of Chemistry, University of Eldoret, P.O. Box 1125, Eldoret (Kenya); Dejene, Francis B. [Department of Physics, University of the Free State, QwaQwa Campus, Private Bag X13, Phuthadithaba 9866 (South Africa)

    2016-01-01

    We report a new type of indium based quantum dots which were conjugated to the magnetic Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles. They were characterized by photoluminescence (PL), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) and fourier transform infra-red (FTIR). The photoluminescence characteristics of the coupled and uncoupled indium based quantum dots were investigated to determine whether the fluorescing property could be retained in the bifunctional system. Generally, the PL intensity of the quantum dots was observed to reduce significantly and with huge red shift most probably due to quenching effects for the MNPs. The average size of the coupled nanoparticles were found to range between 4 and 5 nm for the quantum dots and range of 6–13 nm for the Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} magnetic nanoparticles as revealed by both HRTEM and XRD. The highest magnetic saturation reached for both bare and functionalized magnetic nanoparticles was 68.58 emu/g. The FTIR data revealed that the postulated functional groups were actually present in both the bare and functionalized nanoparticles. For instance, Fe–O was observed at around 580 cm{sup −1}, O–H at 3432 cm{sup −1} and thiol group at 2929 cm{sup −1} for meso-2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid capped Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} magnetic nanoparticles. The energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) also confirmed that all the elements of the nanocomposite were actually present in the designed material.

  5. Facile fabrication of novel silver-polypyrrole-multiwall carbon nanotubes nanocomposite for replacement of platinum in dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Rafique, Shaista; Sharif, Rehana; Ghani, Sheeba [Department of Physics, University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, 54000 (Pakistan); Rashid, Imran, E-mail: f.imran.rashid@gmail.com [Department of Electrical Engineering, The University of Lahore, Islamabad, 44000 (Pakistan)

    2016-08-15

    This paper demonstrates the facile synthesis of high performance silver-polypyrrole-multiwall carbon nanotubes (Ag-PPy-FMWCNTS) nanocomposites via electrodeposition method on stainless steel substrate and its application as a low cost counter electrode (CE) for the precious platinum (Pt) free DSSC. The nanocomposites were characterized by variety of techniques such as Fourier transforms infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction, Scanning electron microscope (SEM), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and Four probe technique respectively. The cyclic voltammetry and Tafel polymerization measurements of Ag-PPy-FMWCNTS nanocomposites CE reveal the favorable electrocatalytic activity and low charge transfer resistance R{sub ct}(2.50 Ω cm{sup 2}) for I{sub 3}{sup −}/I{sup −} redox solution. The four probe studies showed the large electrical conductivity (226S cm{sup −1}) of Ag-PPy-FMWCNTS nanocomposite. The DSSC assembled with Ag-PPy-FMWCNTS nanocomposites CE display the considerable short circuit current density (13.95 mA cm{sup −2}) and acceptable solar to electrical conversion efficiency of 7.6%, which is higher to the efficiency of DSSC with thermally decomposed Pt reference electrode 7.1%. The excellent conversion efficiency, rapid charge transfer in combination with low cost and simple fabrication method of Ag-PPy-FMWCNTS nanocomposites can be exploited as an efficient and potential candidate to replace the Pt CE for large scale production of DSSC.

  6. Facile fabrication of novel silver-polypyrrole-multiwall carbon nanotubes nanocomposite for replacement of platinum in dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Rafique, Shaista; Sharif, Rehana; Rashid, Imran; Ghani, Sheeba

    2016-08-01

    This paper demonstrates the facile synthesis of high performance silver-polypyrrole-multiwall carbon nanotubes (Ag-PPy-FMWCNTS) nanocomposites via electrodeposition method on stainless steel substrate and its application as a low cost counter electrode (CE) for the precious platinum (Pt) free DSSC. The nanocomposites were characterized by variety of techniques such as Fourier transforms infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction, Scanning electron microscope (SEM), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and Four probe technique respectively. The cyclic voltammetry and Tafel polymerization measurements of Ag-PPy-FMWCNTS nanocomposites CE reveal the favorable electrocatalytic activity and low charge transfer resistance Rct(2.50 Ω cm2) for I3-/I- redox solution. The four probe studies showed the large electrical conductivity (226S cm-1) of Ag-PPy-FMWCNTS nanocomposite. The DSSC assembled with Ag-PPy-FMWCNTS nanocomposites CE display the considerable short circuit current density (13.95 mA cm-2) and acceptable solar to electrical conversion efficiency of 7.6%, which is higher to the efficiency of DSSC with thermally decomposed Pt reference electrode 7.1%. The excellent conversion efficiency, rapid charge transfer in combination with low cost and simple fabrication method of Ag-PPy-FMWCNTS nanocomposites can be exploited as an efficient and potential candidate to replace the Pt CE for large scale production of DSSC.

  7. Synthesis of Polyaniline-Coated Graphene Oxide@SrTiO3 Nanocube Nanocomposites for Enhanced Removal of Carcinogenic Dyes from Aqueous Solution

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    Syed Shahabuddin

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The present investigation highlights the synthesis of polyaniline (PANI-coated graphene oxide doped with SrTiO3 nanocube nanocomposites through facile in situ oxidative polymerization method for the efficient removal of carcinogenic dyes, namely, the cationic dye methylene blue (MB and the anionic dye methyl orange (MO. The presence of oxygenated functional groups comprised of hydroxyl and epoxy groups in graphene oxide (GO and nitrogen-containing functionalities such as imine groups and amine groups in polyaniline work synergistically to impart cationic and anionic nature to the synthesised nanocomposite, whereas SrTiO3 nanocubes act as spacers aiding in segregation of GO sheets, thereby increasing the effective surface area of nanocomposite. The synthesised nanocomposites were characterised by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, X-ray diffraction (XRD, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR. The adsorption efficiencies of graphene oxide (GO, PANI homopolymer, and SrTiO3 nanocubes-doped nanocomposites were assessed by monitoring the adsorption of methylene blue and methyl orange dyes from aqueous solution. The adsorption efficiency of nanocomposites doped with SrTiO3 nanocubes were found to be of higher magnitude as compared with undoped nanocomposite. Moreover, the nanocomposite with 2 wt % SrTiO3 with respect to graphene oxide demonstrated excellent adsorption behaviour with 99% and 91% removal of MB and MO, respectively, in a very short duration of time.

  8. Facile synthesis of multiple enzyme-containing metal-organic frameworks in a biomolecule-friendly environment.

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    Wu, Xiaoling; Ge, Jun; Yang, Cheng; Hou, Miao; Liu, Zheng

    2015-09-07

    The one-step and facile synthesis of multi-enzyme-containing metal-organic framework (MOF) nanocrystals in aqueous solution at 25 °C was reported in this study. The GOx&HRP/ZIF-8 nanocomposite displayed high catalytic efficiency, high selectivity and enhanced stability due to the protecting effect of the framework.

  9. Synthesis of NiMnO3/C nano-composite electrode materials for electrochemical capacitors.

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    Kakvand, Pejman; Rahmanifar, Mohammad Safi; El-Kady, Maher F; Pendashteh, Afshin; Kiani, Mohammad Ali; Hashami, Masumeh; Najafi, Mohsen; Abbasi, Ali; Mousavi, Mir F; Kaner, Richard B

    2016-08-05

    Demand for high-performance energy storage materials has motivated research activities to develop nano-engineered composites that benefit from both high-rate and high-capacitance materials. Herein, NiMnO3 (NMO) nanoparticles have been synthesized through a facile co-precipitation method. As-prepared NMO samples are then employed for the synthesis of nano-composites with graphite (Gr) and reduced graphene oxide (RGO). Various samples, including pure NMO, NMO-graphite blend, as well as NMO/Gr and NMO/RGO nano-composites have been electrochemically investigated as active materials in supercapacitors. The NMO/RGO sample exhibited a high specific capacitance of 285 F g(-1) at a current density of 1 A g(-1), much higher than the other samples (237 F g(-1) for NMO/Gr, 170 F g(-1) for NMO-Gr and 70 F g(-1) for NMO). Moreover, the NMO/RGO nano-composite has shown excellent cycle stability with a 93.5% capacitance retention over 1000 cycles at 2 A g(-1) and still delivered around 87% of its initial capacitance after cycling for 4000 cycles. An NMO/RGO composite was assessed in practical applications by assembling NMO/RGO//NMO/RGO symmetric devices, exhibiting high specific energy (27.3 Wh kg(-1)), high specific power (7.5 kW kg(-1)), and good cycle stability over a broad working voltage of 1.5 V. All the obtained results demonstrate the promise of NMO/RGO nano-composite as a high-performance electrode material for supercapacitors.

  10. Synthesis and conductive properties of polypyrrole nanocomposites.

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    Gao, Qi; Wang, Yongsheng; He, Dawei; Ju, Changbing; Gao, Lei; Fu, Ming

    2011-11-01

    This paper studies the impact on the different surfactants and capacity of the oxidant for the synthesis of polypyrrole (PPy). The soluble PPy has also been studied. PPy was characterized mainly from the surface morphology, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and conductivity sigma. First, using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as the surfactant doped in an acid doping environment and without using ammonium persulfate (APS) as an oxidant, we determined the different capacities of the oxidant to synthesize the PPy. Scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and a four-probe conductivity meter were used to characterize the PPy. The acid doping conductivity was found to be 25 S/cm higher. Then, the solubility of polypyrrole was studied by doping with sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS), polyethylene glycol (PEG), and poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS), proceeding the above-mentioned characterization.

  11. Bottom-up synthesis of graphene/polyaniline nanocomposites for flexible and transparent energy storage devices

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    Souza, Victor H. R.; Oliveira, Marcela M.; Zarbin, Aldo J. G.

    2017-04-01

    An innovative, single-pot synthesis for chemically producing graphene/polyaniline nanocomposites is presented. The method, which is based on chemical reactions at liquid-liquid interfaces, begins with benzene and aniline and ultimately yields nanocomposites as thin films of polyaniline mixed with graphene. These films self-assembled at the water-benzene interface are easily transferable to any kind of ordinary substrates, plastics included. Nanocomposites prepared with different polymer/graphene ratios show differentiated structures and morphologies, resulting in excellent pseudocapacitive behaviors (specific capacitance of 267.2 F cm-3). The construction of all-solid, transparent, and flexible supercapacitor device from this nanocomposite is also presented.

  12. Synthesis of new dental nanocomposite with glass nanoparticles

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    Alireza Khavandi

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective(s: The aim of this study was to synthesis new dental nanocomposites reinforced with fabricated glass nanoparticles and compare two methods for fabrication and investigate the effect of this filler on mechanical properties. Materials and Methods : The glass nanoparticles were produced by wet milling process. The particle size and shape was achieved using PSA and SEM. Glass nanoparticles surface was modified with MPTMS silane. The composite was prepared by mixing these silane-treated nanoparticles with monomers. The resin composition was UDMA /TEGDMA (70/30 weight ratio. Three composites were developed with 5, 7.5 and 10 wt% glass fillers in each group. Two preparation methods were used, in dispersion in solvent method (group D glass nanoparticles were sonically dispersed in acetone and the solution was added to resin, then acetone was evaporated. In non-dispersion in solvent method (group N the glass nanoparticles were directly added to resin. Mechanical properties were investigated included flexural strength, flexural modulus and Vickers hardness. Results: Higher volume of glass nanoparticles improves mechanical properties of composite. Group D has batter mechanical properties than group N. Flexural strength of composite with 10%w filler of group D was 75Mpa against 59 Mpa of the composite with the same filler content of group N. The flexural modulus and hardness of group D is more than group N. Conclusion: It can be concluded that dispersion in solvent method is the best way to fabricate nanocomposites and glass nanoparticles is a significant filler to improve mechanical properties of dental nanocomposite.

  13. Synthesis and Characterization of Mixed Metal Oxide Nanocomposite Energetic Materials

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    Clapsaddle, B; Gash, A; Plantier, K; Pantoya, M; Jr., J S; Simpson, R

    2004-04-27

    In the field of composite energetic materials, properties such as ingredient distribution, particle size, and morphology affect both sensitivity and performance. Since the reaction kinetics of composite energetic materials are typically controlled by the mass transport rates between reactants, one would anticipate new and potentially exceptional performance from energetic nanocomposites. We have developed a new method of making nanostructured energetic materials, specifically explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics, using sol-gel chemistry. A novel sol-gel approach has proven successful in preparing metal oxide/silicon oxide nanocomposites in which the metal oxide is the major component. By introducing a fuel metal, such as aluminum, into the metal oxide/silicon oxide matrix, energetic materials based on thermite reactions can be fabricated. Two of the metal oxides are tungsten trioxide and iron(III) oxide, both of which are of interest in the field of energetic materials. In addition, due to the large availability of organically functionalized silanes, the silicon oxide phase can be used as a unique way of introducing organic additives into the bulk metal oxide materials. These organic additives can cause the generation of gas upon ignition of the materials, therefore resulting in a composite material that can perform pressure/volume work. Furthermore, the desired organic functionality is well dispersed throughout the composite material on the nanoscale with the other components, and is therefore subject to the same increased reaction kinetics. The resulting nanoscale distribution of all the ingredients displays energetic properties not seen in its microscale counterparts due to the expected increase of mass transport rates between the reactants. The synthesis and characterization of iron(III) oxide/organosilicon oxide nanocomposites and their performance as energetic materials will be discussed.

  14. Efficient and Facile Synthesis of ( ± )-Salvirecognine

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    PENG Xuan-Jia; SHE Xue-Gong; BIE Ping-Yan; PAN Xin-Fu

    2003-01-01

    @@ Salvirecognine (7) is a diterpene isolated from Salvia recognita[1] which has been the subject of continued and growing interest, due to the range of biological activities shown by many members of this family. [2] In order to study further relationships between the structure and biological activity of the diterpene compounds and as an extension of diterpenoid synthesis in our laboratory, [3,4] the first total synthesis of the title compound was achieved by an efficient and facile route (Scheme 1).

  15. Facile preparation of reduced graphene oxide - ruthenium oxide nanocomposite electrodes for high-performance supercapacitors

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    Amir, Fatima; Pham, Viet; Dickerson, James; Winthrop University Team; CFN-Brookhaven National Lab Team

    2015-03-01

    Herein we report a facile approach of synthesis of graphene oxide (GO) sheets modified with ruthenium oxide (RuO2) nanoparticles, followed by a reduction of graphene oxide in an alkaline medium. The as-prepared reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/ruthenium oxide (RuO2) nanocomposite was used for the fabrication of a symmetric supercapacitor. The specific capacitance and charge-discharge periods of the supercapacitor were found to be dependent on both the structural and morphological properties, and the electrolytes used. Surface morphology analysis using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) shows the RuO2 nanoparticles decorating rGO sheets, comprising a highly porous surface. Structural analysis obtained by x-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed an amorphous structure that is necessary to achieve a high cycling rate capability. The electrochemical properties of rGO/RuO2 were measured in a two electrodes system, using two different electrolytes: H2SO4andNa2SO4. The specific capacitance of rGO/RuO2 in H2SO4 was found to be 318 F/g, and is much higher than that of Na2SO4 (184 F/g).

  16. Synthesis and Characterization of Magnetite/Carbon Nanocomposite Thin Films for Electrochemical Applications

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    Suh Cem Pang; Wai Hwa Khoh; Suk Fun Chin

    2011-01-01

    Stable colloidal suspension of magnetite/starch nanocomposite was prepared by a facile and aqueous-based chemical precipitation method, Magnetite/carbon nanocomposite thin films were subsequently formed upon carbonization of the starch component by heat treatment under controlled conditions. The initial content of native sago starch as the carbon source was found to affect the microstructure and electrochemical properties of the resulted magnetite/carbon nanocomposite thin films, A specific capacitance of 124 F/g was achieved for the magnetite/carbon nanocomposite thin films as compared to that of 82 F/g for pure magnetite thin films in Na2SO4 aqueous electrolyte.

  17. A facile fabrication of multifunctional knit polyester fabric based on chitosan and polyaniline polymer nanocomposite

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    Tang, Xiaoning [College of Textiles, Qingdao University, Qingdao, Shandong 266071 (China); Laboratory of New Fiber Materials and Modern Textile, The Growing Base for State Key Laboratory, Qingdao University, Qingdao, Shandong 266071 (China); Tian, Mingwei [College of Textiles, Qingdao University, Qingdao, Shandong 266071 (China); Laboratory of New Fiber Materials and Modern Textile, The Growing Base for State Key Laboratory, Qingdao University, Qingdao, Shandong 266071 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Marine Biomass Fibers, Materials and Textiles of Shandong Province, Qingdao University, Qingdao, Shandong 266071 (China); Qu, Lijun, E-mail: lijunqu@126.com [College of Textiles, Qingdao University, Qingdao, Shandong 266071 (China); Laboratory of New Fiber Materials and Modern Textile, The Growing Base for State Key Laboratory, Qingdao University, Qingdao, Shandong 266071 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Marine Biomass Fibers, Materials and Textiles of Shandong Province, Qingdao University, Qingdao, Shandong 266071 (China); Zhu, Shifeng [College of Textiles, Qingdao University, Qingdao, Shandong 266071 (China); Laboratory of New Fiber Materials and Modern Textile, The Growing Base for State Key Laboratory, Qingdao University, Qingdao, Shandong 266071 (China); Guo, Xiaoqing [College of Textiles, Qingdao University, Qingdao, Shandong 266071 (China); Laboratory of New Fiber Materials and Modern Textile, The Growing Base for State Key Laboratory, Qingdao University, Qingdao, Shandong 266071 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Marine Biomass Fibers, Materials and Textiles of Shandong Province, Qingdao University, Qingdao, Shandong 266071 (China); Han, Guangting [Laboratory of New Fiber Materials and Modern Textile, The Growing Base for State Key Laboratory, Qingdao University, Qingdao, Shandong 266071 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Marine Biomass Fibers, Materials and Textiles of Shandong Province, Qingdao University, Qingdao, Shandong 266071 (China); and others

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    Highlights: • Multifunctional knit polyester fabric was facile fabricated by the combination of pad-dry-cure process and in situ chemical polymerization route. • High electrical conductivity and efficient water-repellent properties were endowed to the polymer nanocomposite coated fabric. • The polymer nanocomposite coated fabric also performed efficient and durable photocatalytic activities under the illumination of ultraviolet light. - Abstract: Knit polyester fabric was successively modified and decorated with chitosan layer and polyaniline polymer nanocomposite layer in this paper. The fabric was firstly treated with chitosan to form a stable layer through the pad-dry-cure process, and then the polyaniline polymer nanocomposite layer was established on the outer layer by in situ chemical polymerization method using ammonium persulfate as oxidant and chlorhydric acid as dopant. The surface morphology of coated fabric was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and the co-existence of chitosan layer and granular polyaniline polymer nanocomposite was confirmed and well dispersed on the fabric surface. The resultant fabric was endowed with remarkable electrical conductivity properties and efficient water-repellent capability, which also have been found stable after water laundering. In addition, the photocatalytic decomposition activity for reactive red dye was observed when the multifunctional knit polyester fabric was exposed to the illumination of ultraviolet lamp. These results indicated that chitosan and polyaniline polymer nanocomposite could form ideal multifunctional coatings on the surface of knit polyester fabric.

  18. Zinc impregnated cellulose nanocomposites: Synthesis, characterization and applications

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    Ali, Attarad; Ambreen, Sidra; Maqbool, Qaisar; Naz, Sania; Shams, Muhammad Fahad; Ahmad, Madiha; Phull, Abdul Rehman; Zia, Muhammad

    2016-11-01

    Nanocomposite materials have broad applicability due to synergistic effect of combined components. In present investigation, cellulose isolated from citrus peel waste is used as a supporting material; impregnation of zinc oxide nanoparticles via co-precipitation method. The characterization of nano composite is carried out through Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) resulting less than 10 μm cellulose fiber and approx. 50 nm ZnO NPs. Zinc oxide impregnated cellulose (ZnO-Cel) exhibited significant bacterial devastation property when compared to ZnO NPs or Cellulose via disc diffusion and colony forming unit methods. In addition, the ZnO-Cel exhibited significant total antioxidant, and minor DPPH free radical scavenging and total reducing power activities. The nano composite also showed time dependent increase in photocatalytic by effectively degrading methylene blue dye up to 69.5% under sunlight irradiation within 90 min. The results suggest effective utilization of cellulose obtained from citrus waste and synthesis of pharmacologically important nano-composites that can be exploited in wound dressing; defence against microbial attack and healing due to antioxidative property, furthermore can also be used for waste water treatment.

  19. Facile hydrothermal growth graphene/ZnO nanocomposite for development of enhanced biosensor

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    Low, Sze Shin [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor (Malaysia); Division of Materials, Mechanics and Structures, Center of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor (Malaysia); Tan, Michelle T.T., E-mail: Michelle.Tan@nottingham.edu.my [Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor (Malaysia); Division of Materials, Mechanics and Structures, Center of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor (Malaysia); Loh, Hwei-San [School of Biosciences, Faculty of Science, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor (Malaysia); Biotechnology Research Centre, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor (Malaysia); Khiew, Poi Sim [Division of Materials, Mechanics and Structures, Center of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Jalan Broga, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor (Malaysia); Chiu, Wee Siong [Low Dimensional Materials Research Center, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    2016-01-15

    Graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite was synthesised via a facile, green and efficient approach consisted of novel liquid phase exfoliation and solvothermal growth for sensing application. Highly pristine graphene was synthesised through mild sonication treatment of graphite in a mixture of ethanol and water at an optimum ratio. The X-ray diffractometry (XRD) affirmed the hydrothermal growth of pure zinc oxide nanoparticles from zinc nitrate hexahydrate precursor. The as-prepared graphene/zinc oxide (G/ZnO) nanocomposite was characterised comprehensively to evaluate its morphology, crystallinity, composition and purity. All results clearly indicate that zinc oxide particles were homogenously distributed on graphene sheets, without any severe aggregation. The electrochemical performance of graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite-modified screen-printed carbon electrode (SPCE) was evaluated using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and amperometry analysis. The resulting electrode exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activity towards the reduction of hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) in a linear range of 1–15 mM with a correlation coefficient of 0.9977. The sensitivity of the graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite-modified hydrogen peroxide sensor was 3.2580 μAmM{sup −1} with a limit of detection of 7.4357 μM. An electrochemical DNA sensor platform was then fabricated for the detection of Avian Influenza H5 gene based on graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite. The results obtained from amperometry study indicate that the graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite-enhanced electrochemical DNA biosensor is significantly more sensitive (P < 0.05) and efficient than the conventional agarose gel electrophoresis. - Highlights: • One step, green and facile exfoliation of graphite in ethanol/water mixture. • G/ZnO nanocomposite prepared via simple, green low temperature solvothermal method. • CV and amperometric study of G/ZnO nanocomposite towards H{sub 2}O{sub 2} with R{sup 2} of 0.9977.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of fly ash-zinc oxide nanocomposite

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    Kunal Yeole

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Fly ash, generated in thermal power plants, is recognized as an environmental pollutant. Thus, measures are required to be undertaken to dispose it in an environmentally friendly method. In this paper an attempt is made to coat zinc oxide nano-particles on the surface of fly ash by a simple and environmentally friendly facile chemical method, at room temperature. Zinc oxide may serve as effective corrosion inhibitor by providing sacrificial protection. Concentration of fly ash was varied as 5, 10 and 15 (w/w % of zinc oxide. It was found that crystallinity increased, whereas particle size, specific gravity and oil absorption value decreased with increased concentration of fly ash in zinc oxide, which is attributed to the uniform distribution of zinc oxide on the surface of fly ash. These nanocomposites can potentially be used in commercial applications as additive for anticorrosion coatings.

  1. Greener Route for Synthesis of aryl and alkyl-14H-dibenzo [a.j] xanthenes using Graphene Oxide-Copper Ferrite Nanocomposite as a Recyclable Heterogeneous Catalyst

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    Kumar, Aniket; Rout, Lipeeka; Achary, Lakkoji Satish Kumar; Dhaka, Rajendra. S.; Dash, Priyabrat

    2017-01-01

    A facile, efficient and environmentally-friendly protocol for the synthesis of xanthenes by graphene oxide based nanocomposite (GO-CuFe2O4) has been developed by one-pot condensation route. The nanocomposite was designed by decorating copper ferrite nanoparticles on graphene oxide (GO) surface via a solution combustion route without the use of template. The as-synthesized GO-CuFe2O4 composite was comprehensively characterized by XRD, FTIR, Raman, SEM, EDX, HRTEM with EDS mapping, XPS, N2 adsorption-desorption and ICP-OES techniques. This nanocomposite was then used in an operationally simple, cost effective, efficient and environmentally benign synthesis of 14H-dibenzo xanthene under solvent free condition. The present approach offers several advantages such as short reaction times, high yields, easy purification, a cleaner reaction, ease of recovery and reusability of the catalyst by a magnetic field. Based upon various controlled reaction results, a possible mechanism for xanthene synthesis over GO-CuFe2O4 catalyst was proposed. The superior catalytic activity of the GO-CuFe2O4 nanocomposite can be attributed to the synergistic interaction between GO and CuFe2O4 nanoparticles, high surface area and presence of small sized CuFe2O4 NPs. This versatile GO-CuFe2O4 nanocomposite synthesized via combustion method holds great promise for applications in wide range of industrially important catalytic reactions. PMID:28233832

  2. Greener Route for Synthesis of aryl and alkyl-14H-dibenzo [a.j] xanthenes using Graphene Oxide-Copper Ferrite Nanocomposite as a Recyclable Heterogeneous Catalyst

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    Kumar, Aniket; Rout, Lipeeka; Achary, Lakkoji Satish Kumar; Dhaka, Rajendra. S.; Dash, Priyabrat

    2017-02-01

    A facile, efficient and environmentally-friendly protocol for the synthesis of xanthenes by graphene oxide based nanocomposite (GO-CuFe2O4) has been developed by one-pot condensation route. The nanocomposite was designed by decorating copper ferrite nanoparticles on graphene oxide (GO) surface via a solution combustion route without the use of template. The as-synthesized GO-CuFe2O4 composite was comprehensively characterized by XRD, FTIR, Raman, SEM, EDX, HRTEM with EDS mapping, XPS, N2 adsorption-desorption and ICP-OES techniques. This nanocomposite was then used in an operationally simple, cost effective, efficient and environmentally benign synthesis of 14H-dibenzo xanthene under solvent free condition. The present approach offers several advantages such as short reaction times, high yields, easy purification, a cleaner reaction, ease of recovery and reusability of the catalyst by a magnetic field. Based upon various controlled reaction results, a possible mechanism for xanthene synthesis over GO-CuFe2O4 catalyst was proposed. The superior catalytic activity of the GO-CuFe2O4 nanocomposite can be attributed to the synergistic interaction between GO and CuFe2O4 nanoparticles, high surface area and presence of small sized CuFe2O4 NPs. This versatile GO-CuFe2O4 nanocomposite synthesized via combustion method holds great promise for applications in wide range of industrially important catalytic reactions.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of silver tungstate/iron phthalocyanine nanocomposite for electronic applications

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    Sreedevi, Aikkara; Priyanka, Karathan Parakkandi; Babitha, Kurup Kuniyil; Sankararaman, Sankaranarayana Iyer; Thomas, Varghese

    2017-06-01

    Silver tungstate/iron phthalocyanine nanocomposite (Ag2WO4/FePc) was prepared by simple solvent evaporation method. Thermodynamic stability of the synthesized nanocomposite was studied by thermogravimetric analysis. The nanocomposite was structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The results confirm the formation of Ag2WO4/FePc nanocomposite. The size and morphology of the prepared nanocomposite were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The optical properties were analyzed by ultraviolet-visible and photoluminescence spectroscopic techniques. UV-visible absorption studies indicate that Ag2WO4/FePc nanocomposite has extended visible absorption in the wavelength range 662 to 782 nm. The nanocomposite shows high emission intensity and greenish-blue emission when excited with near-ultraviolet light. The resistivity of the sample was measured at different temperatures. The dielectric constant, dielectric loss and AC conductivity values were measured in the frequency range 100 Hz-20 MHz. The results obtained from thermal, structural, optical and electrical characterization suggests that the synthesized Ag2WO4/FePc nanocomposite can be used as a potential material for varied optoelectronic and solid state applications. The present study constitutes the first report for the synthesis and characterization of Ag2WO4/FePc nanocomposite.

  4. Nitrogen-doped graphene/ZnSe nanocomposites: hydrothermal synthesis and their enhanced electrochemical and photocatalytic activities.

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    Chen, Ping; Xiao, Tian-Yuan; Li, Hui-Hui; Yang, Jing-Jing; Wang, Zheng; Yao, Hong-Bin; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2012-01-24

    Nitrogen-doped graphene (GN) has great potential applications in many fields because doping with nitrogen can alter the electrical properties of graphene. It is still a challenge to develop a convenient method for synthesis of GN sheets. In this paper, we first report the synthesis of a nitrogen-doped graphene/ZnSe nanocomposite (GN-ZnSe) by a one-pot hydrothermal process at low temperature using graphene oxide nanosheets and [ZnSe](DETA)(0.5) nanobelts as precursors. ZnSe nanorods composed of ZnSe nanoparticles were found to deposit on the surface of the GN sheets. The results demonstrated that [ZnSe](DETA)(0.5) nanobelts were used not only as the source of ZnSe nanoparticles but also as the nitrogen source. Interestingly, it was found that the as-prepared nanocomposites exhibit remarkably enhanced electrochemical performance for oxygen reduction reaction and photocatalytic activities for the bleaching of methyl orange dye under visible-light irradiation. This facile and catalyst-free approach for depositing ZnSe nanoparticles onto the graphene sheets may provide an alternative way for preparation of other nanocomposites based on GN sheets under mild conditions, which show their potential applications in wastewater treatment, fuel cells, energy storage, nanodevices, and so on.

  5. Facile hydrothermal growth graphene/ZnO nanocomposite for development of enhanced biosensor.

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    Low, Sze Shin; Tan, Michelle T T; Loh, Hwei-San; Khiew, Poi Sim; Chiu, Wee Siong

    2016-01-15

    Graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite was synthesised via a facile, green and efficient approach consisted of novel liquid phase exfoliation and solvothermal growth for sensing application. Highly pristine graphene was synthesised through mild sonication treatment of graphite in a mixture of ethanol and water at an optimum ratio. The X-ray diffractometry (XRD) affirmed the hydrothermal growth of pure zinc oxide nanoparticles from zinc nitrate hexahydrate precursor. The as-prepared graphene/zinc oxide (G/ZnO) nanocomposite was characterised comprehensively to evaluate its morphology, crystallinity, composition and purity. All results clearly indicate that zinc oxide particles were homogenously distributed on graphene sheets, without any severe aggregation. The electrochemical performance of graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite-modified screen-printed carbon electrode (SPCE) was evaluated using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and amperometry analysis. The resulting electrode exhibited excellent electrocatalytic activity towards the reduction of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in a linear range of 1-15 mM with a correlation coefficient of 0.9977. The sensitivity of the graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite-modified hydrogen peroxide sensor was 3.2580 μAmM(-1) with a limit of detection of 7.4357 μM. An electrochemical DNA sensor platform was then fabricated for the detection of Avian Influenza H5 gene based on graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite. The results obtained from amperometry study indicate that the graphene/zinc oxide nanocomposite-enhanced electrochemical DNA biosensor is significantly more sensitive (P < 0.05) and efficient than the conventional agarose gel electrophoresis.

  6. SYNTHESIS OF CONDUCTING POLYANILINE NANOCOMPOSITES BY RADIATION DOPING

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    MOHAMMED AHMED ALI

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Electrically conducting polymers have been most widely accomplished using chemical and electrochemical processing techniques. The present article aims at reporting the synthesis of polyaniline (PANI nanoparticles dispersed in polyvinyl alcohol (PVA films using radiation technique. The PANI nanoparticles were obtained by irradiating solvent casting PVA/aniline hydrochloride (AniHCl blend films with gamma rays under ambient conditions. The formation of PANI nanoparticles has been seen by the color change from white to dark green following radiation doping. The SEM images exhibit spherical aggregates of PAni nanoparticles about 50-100 nm in diameter randomly distributed in the films. The UV-Visible spectrophotometer measurement revealed that the absorption band at 790 nm increases with dose owing to the formation of PANI with green color that increases with increasing dose. The conductivity measurement shows that the initially electrically insulating PVA/AniHCl blend has been remarkably transformed into the electrically conducting PVA/PANI nanocomposites where the conductivity increases by 5 orders of magnitude after exposure to 50 kGy.

  7. Combustion synthesis of tin dioxide nanocomposites for gas sensing applications

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    Bakrania, Smitesh Dhirajlal

    The current work focuses on understanding the mechanisms controlling tin dioxide (SnO2) nanoparticle morphology in combustion synthesis systems and how nanoarchitecture affects performance of solid-state gas sensors. A range of analytical methods (including transmission and scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, nitrogen absorption, and XEDS) were used to characterize the materials properties as a function of the combustion synthesis conditions. A novel method of generating tin dioxide materials was developed which provides a new degree of control over SnO2 morphology; including spherical, nanorod and encapsulated particle architectures. A simplified model for particle formation based on characteristic times was developed to identify the physical and chemical processes affecting the morphologies observed using transmission electron microscope imaging. The SnO2 nanoparticles evolve from primary particles sizes of 7 nm to 14 nm through the synthesis region, and the results indicate interparticle collision and sintering are the dominant mechanisms in determining particle size and morphology for the flame conditions studied. Metal acetates were used to create metal/SnO 2 nanocomposite materials, and the processes controlling gold acetate decomposition in particular were explored. The results of the studies suggest a relationship between the precursor crystallite size and the product nanoparticles. The well-characterized SnO2 particles were evaluated as the active materials for gas-sensing. Sensor sensitivity and time response to carbon monoxide in dry air was used to investigate microstructure-performance links. Excellent sensitivity (3 7, based on the ratio of the resistance of the sensor in air to the resistance in the target gas) and time response (4--20 seconds) were demonstrated for the thin film gas sensors. Fabrication studies demonstrated the sensor performance was a strong function of the film deposition method. A novel method for manufacturing

  8. A Facile Route to Metal Oxides/Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Macrofilm Nanocomposites for Energy Storage

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    Zeyuan eCao

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Nanocomposites consisting of transition-metal oxides and carbon nanomaterials with a desired size and structure are highly demanded for high performance energy storage devices. Here, a facile two-step and cost-efficient approach relying on directly thermal treatment of chemical-vapor-deposition products is developed as a general synthetic method to prepare a family of metal oxides (MxOy (M=Fe, Co, Ni/single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT macrofilm nanocomposites. The MxOy nanoparticles obtained are of 3-17 nm in diameter and homogeneously anchor on the free-standing SWNT macrofilms. NiO/SWNT also exhibits a high specific capacitance of 400 F g-1 and fast charge-transfer Faradaic redox reactions to achieve asymmetric supercapacitors with a high power and energy density. All MxOy/SWNT nanocomposites could deliver a high capacity beyond 1000 mAh g-1 and show excellent cycling stability for lithium-ion batteries. The impressive results demonstrate the promise for energy storage devices and the general approach may pave the way to synthesize other functional nanocomposites.

  9. A Facile and Green Synthetic Route for Preparation of Heterostructure Fe3O4@Au Nanocomposites

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    Xie Liping

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic nanoparticles offer many exciting opportunities in biology and biomedicine, such as magnetic resonance imaging, magnetic hyperthermia therapy, biomedical diagnosis. The synthesis of multifunctional magnetic nanocomposites that possess water-solubility, magnetic properties and optical stability by a green method at room temperature in aqueous phase is still an unmet need. Here, we developed a simple and green method for preparing Fe3O4@Au integrated the super-paramagnetic and optical properties by seed-mediated growth at mild condition in aqueous phase. The amphiphilic, non-ionic and nontoxic polymer poly(vinylpyrrolidone (PVP was used as a coupling agent for synthesis of Fe3O4@Au nanocomposites, which avoided the direct connection of Au and Fe3O4, and improved the saturation magnetization values of Fe3O4@Au to 40 emu/g at room temperature. We anticipate that the multifunctional Fe3O4@Au nanocomposites with high magnetic and good optical properties will provide a platform for potential diagnostic and therapeutic biomedical applications.

  10. Synthesis, characterization and biocompatibility evaluation of hydroxyapatite - gelatin polyLactic acid ternary nanocomposite

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    Z. Nabipour

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective(s: The current study reports the production and biocompatibility evaluation of a ternary nanocomposite consisting of HA, PLA, and gelatin for biomedical application.Materials and Methods: Hydroxyapatite nanopowder (HA: Ca10(PO46(OH2 was produced by burning the bovine cortical bone within the temperature range of 350-450 oC followed by heating in an oven at 800. Synthesis of the ternary nanocomposite was carried out in two steps: synthesis of gelatin-hydroxyapatite binary nanocomposite and addition of poly lactic acid with different percentages to the resulting composition. The crystal structure was determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD, while major elements and impurities of hydroxyapatite were identified by elemental analysis of X-ray fluorescence (XRF. Functional groups were determined by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR. Morphology and size of the nanocomposites were evaluated using field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM.Biocompatibility of nanocomposites was investigated by MTT assay. Results: XRD patterns verified the ideal crystal structure of the hydroxyapatite, which indicated an appropriate synthesis process and absence of disturbing phases. Results of FTIR analysis determined the polymers’ functional groups, specified formation of the polymers on the hydroxyapatite surface, and verified synthesis of nHA/PLA/Gel composite. FESEM images also indicated the homogeneous structure of the composite in the range of 50 nanometers. MTT assay results confirmed the biocompatibility of nanocomposite samples.Conclusion: This study suggested that the ternary nanocomposite of nHA/PLA/Gel can be a good candidate for biomedical application such as drug delivery systems, but for evaluation of its potential in hard tissue replacement, mechanical tests should be performed.

  11. 低温剥离法制备高性能石墨烯/ZnO复合材料%Facile Synthesis of Graphene/ZnO Nanocomposites by a Low-temperature Exfoliation Method

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    袁文辉; 顾叶剑; 李保庆; 李莉

    2012-01-01

    Graphite oxide/ZnO was prepared at low temperature (80℃) with graphite oxide (GO) and zinc sulfate heptahydrate (ZnSO4·7H2O) as initial reactants. The graphene/ZnO (GNS/ZnO) was then prepared by a low-temperature chemical exfoliation method. The as-prepared GNS/ZnO was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscope (FT-IR), thermo-gravimetric analysis (TG), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectra (RS), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM), respectively. The results indicate that GO is completely reduced to graphene and the well-dispersed ZnO nanoparticles are successfully deposited on graphene sheets as spacers to keep the neighboring sheets separate. Photoluminescence spectra of ZnO and GNS/ZnO nanocomposites display the fluorescence quenching property of GNS/ZnO, implying that the GNS/ZnO nanocomposites are expected for practical use in the field of photoelectron-ics.%采用氧化石墨和七水合硫酸锌作为初始反应物,在低温下(80℃)合成了氧化石墨/ZnO,然后通过低温剥离法制备了高质量石墨烯/ZnO (GNS/ZnO)复合材料,采用X射线衍射(XRD)、傅里叶变换红外(FTIR)光谱、热重分析仪(TG)、X射线光电子能谱(XPS)、拉曼光谱(RS)、扫描电子显微镜(SEM)和透射电子显微镜(TEM)等分析手段对石墨烯/znO样品进行了表征.结果表明:氧化石墨还原彻底,纳米ZnO成功地负载到了石墨烯上,有效地减少了石墨烯片层间的团聚现象.通过对ZnO和石墨烯/ZnO荧光性能测试,结果表明:石墨烯/ZnO发生了荧光淬灭现象,在光电子领域拥有广阔的应用前景.

  12. Polynaphthoxazines-Montmorillonite Nanocomposites:Synthesis and Characterization

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    2001-01-01

    Polynaphthoxazines-clay nanocomposites were prepared from 1, 5-dihydroxynaphthalene, aniline, formaldehyde and different proportion montmorillonite(MMT) by in-situ reaction in ethanol. Dynamic TGA showed that nanocomposites have delayed decomposition temperatures when compared with pristine polynaphthoxazine indicating the enhancement in the thermal stability.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of chitosan-silver nanocomposite

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    Govindan, S.; Nivethaa, E. A. K.; Saravanan, R.; Narayanan, V.; Stephen, A.

    2012-09-01

    Chitosan-silver (CS-Ag) nanocomposite materials were synthesized by a simple chemical method. The synthesized CS-Ag nanocomposite contains 20 wt% silver. Silver nanoparticles were synthesized by chemical reduction method as well. The CS-Ag nanocomposite was characterized using Field emission scanning electronic microscope (FESEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The XRD pattern indicated the presence of both silver and chitosan in the nanocomposite. It is observed from the XRD pattern of silver that it is of cubic structure. The spherical morphology of silver nanoparticles was confirmed from the FESEM image. FTIR spectroscopy was used for the structural elucidation. CS-Ag nanocomposite exhibits good antimicrobial and antitumor properties.

  14. Single Step In Situ Synthesis and Optical Properties of Polyaniline/ZnO Nanocomposites

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    Kaith, B. S.; Rajput, Jaspreet

    2014-01-01

    Polyaniline/ZnO nanocomposites were prepared by in situ oxidative polymerization of aniline monomer in the presence of different weight percentages of ZnO nanostructures. The steric stabilizer added to prevent the agglomeration of nanostructures in the polymer matrix was found to affect the final properties of the nanocomposite. ZnO nanostructures of various morphologies and sizes were prepared in the absence and presence of sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) surfactant under different reaction conditions like in the presence of microwave radiation (microwave oven), under pressure (autoclave), under vacuum (vacuum oven), and at room temperature (ambient condition). The conductivity of these synthesized nanocomposites was evaluated using two-probe method and the effect of concentration of ZnO nanostructures on conductivity was observed. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and UV-visible (UV-VIS) spectroscopy techniques were used to characterize nanocomposites. The optical energy band gap of the nanocomposites was calculated from absorption spectra and ranged between 1.5 and 3.21 eV. The reported values depicted the blue shift in nanocomposites as compared to the band gap energies of synthesized ZnO nanostructures. The present work focuses on the one-step synthesis and potential use of PANI/ZnO nanocomposite in molecular electronics as well as in optical devices. PMID:24523653

  15. Single Step In Situ Synthesis and Optical Properties of Polyaniline/ZnO Nanocomposites

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    Deepali Sharma

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Polyaniline/ZnO nanocomposites were prepared by in situ oxidative polymerization of aniline monomer in the presence of different weight percentages of ZnO nanostructures. The steric stabilizer added to prevent the agglomeration of nanostructures in the polymer matrix was found to affect the final properties of the nanocomposite. ZnO nanostructures of various morphologies and sizes were prepared in the absence and presence of sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS surfactant under different reaction conditions like in the presence of microwave radiation (microwave oven, under pressure (autoclave, under vacuum (vacuum oven, and at room temperature (ambient condition. The conductivity of these synthesized nanocomposites was evaluated using two-probe method and the effect of concentration of ZnO nanostructures on conductivity was observed. X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, and UV-visible (UV-VIS spectroscopy techniques were used to characterize nanocomposites. The optical energy band gap of the nanocomposites was calculated from absorption spectra and ranged between 1.5 and 3.21 eV. The reported values depicted the blue shift in nanocomposites as compared to the band gap energies of synthesized ZnO nanostructures. The present work focuses on the one-step synthesis and potential use of PANI/ZnO nanocomposite in molecular electronics as well as in optical devices.

  16. Synthesis, Structural Characterization and Up-Conversion Luminescence Properties of NaYF4:Er3+,Yb3+@MOFs Nanocomposites

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    Giang, Lam Thi Kieu; Marciniak, Lukasz; Huy, Tran Quang; Vu, Nguyen; Le, Ngo Thi Hong; Binh, Nguyen Thanh; Lam, Tran Dai; Minh, Le Quoc

    2017-10-01

    This paper describes a facile synthesis of NaYF4:Er3+,Yb3+ nanoparticles embraced in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), known as NaYF4:Er3+, Yb3+@MOFs core/shell nanostructures, by using iron(III) carboxylate (MIL-100) and zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIF-8). Morphological, structural and optical characterization of these nanostructures were investigated by field emission-scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction, and up-conversion luminescence measurements. Results showed that spherical-shaped NaYF4:Er3+,Yb3+@MIL-100 nanocomposites with diameters of 150-250 nm, and rod-shaped NaYF4:Er3+,Yb3+@ZIF-8 nanocomposites with lengths of 300-550 nm, were successfully synthesized. Under a 980-nm laser excitation at room temperature, the NaYF4:Er3+,Yb3+@MOFs nanocomposites exhibited strong up-conversion luminescence with two emission bands in the green part of spectrum at 520 nm and 540 nm corresponding to the 2H11/2 → 4I15/2 and 4S3/2 → 4I15/2 transitions of Er3+ ions, respectively, and a red emission band at 655 nm corresponding to the 4F9/2 → 4I15/2 transition of Er3+ ions. The above properties of NaYF4:Er3+,Yb3+@MOFs make them promising candidates for applications in biotechnology.

  17. Functional Iron Oxide-Silver Hetero-Nanocomposites: Controlled Synthesis and Antibacterial Activity

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    Trang, Vu Thi; Tam, Le Thi; Van Quy, Nguyen; Huy, Tran Quang; Thuy, Nguyen Thanh; Tri, Doan Quang; Cuong, Nguyen Duy; Tuan, Pham Anh; Van Tuan, Hoang; Le, Anh-Tuan; Phan, Vu Ngoc

    2017-02-01

    Iron oxide-silver nanocomposites are of great interest for their antibacterial and antifungal activities. We report a two-step synthesis of functional magnetic hetero-nanocomposites of iron oxide nanoparticles and silver nanoparticles (Fe3O4-Ag). Iron oxide nanoparticles were prepared first by a co-precipitation method followed by the deposition of silver nanoparticles via a hydrothermal route. The prepared Fe3O4-Ag hetero-nanocomposites were characterized by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometry. Their antibacterial activities were investigated by using paper-disc diffusion and direct-drop diffusion methods. The results indicate that the Fe3O4-Ag hetero-nanocomposites exhibit excellent antibacterial activities against two Gram-negative bacterial strains (Salmonella enteritidis and Klebsiella pneumoniae).

  18. UV enhanced synthesis of high density Au coated ZnO nanocomposite.

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    Song, Kwan-Woo; Park, Min-Ho; Kim, Tae-Hoon; Lim, Su-Hee; Yang, Cheol-Woong

    2014-11-01

    We report the synthesis of high density Au coated ZnO nanocomposites by UV irradiation using a mixed solution of ZnO nanowires, HAuCl4 and Na2CO3. This synthesis process is easier and faster than a hydrothermal process in synthesizing Au/ZnO nanocomposites. The morphology, size distribution and density of the Au nanoparticles on the ZnO nanowires, which affect the photocatalytic efficiency of the synthesized Au/ZnO nanocomposite, were affected by the pH of the mixed solution. In order to obtain damage-free ZnO nanowires and small Au nanoparticles, the pH of the mixed solution should be adjusted to 7-8. UV irradiation promoted the formation of metallic Au nuclei, regardless of the presence of a ZnO photocatalyst. Au/ZnO nanocomposites were fabricated by Au reduction due to UV irradiation, followed by attachment of metallic Au nuclei to the ZnO nanowires, rather than by the photocatalytic reaction of ZnO. We propose this process as the dominent mechanism of the UV enhanced synthesis of Au/ZnO nanocomposites.

  19. Supramolecular-templated synthesis of mesoporous silica-zirconia nanocomposite

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    2006-01-01

    Mesoporous SiO2-ZrO2 nanocomposite was successfully prepared by using supramolecular triblock copolymer as the template through evaporation-induced self-assembly approach. The textural and structural properties were characterized by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption analysis, and transmission electron microscope.Comparison between pure mesoporous silica and mesoporous silica-zirconia nanocomposite was also presented in this work. The surface area, pore size, and pore volume decreased as the Zr doping in the mesoporous silica framework. But the obtained nanocomposite maintained the cubic Im3m-type mesoporous structure.

  20. ZnO/CdS nanocomposites: Synthesis, structure and morphology

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    G.Murugadoss

    2012-01-01

    Uncoated ZnO,CdS and ZnO/CdS nanocomposites were successfully synthesized chemically in atmospheric air using a water-ethanol matrix.The as-obtained samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction,transmission electron microscopy (TEM),UV-vis and photoluminescence (PL) spectrophotometry.The luminescence measurements of ZnO/CdS nanocomposites showed narrow and enhanced PL emission in the blue region.PL quenching was observed in ZnO/CdS nanocomposites by increasing Cd and S concentrations.

  1. Synthesis of silver-titanium dioxide nanocomposites for antimicrobial applications

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    Yang, X. H.; Fu, H. T.; Wang, X. C.; Yang, J. L.; Jiang, X. C.; Yu, A. B.

    2014-08-01

    Silver-titanium dioxide (Ag-TiO2) nanostructures have attracted increasing attention because of unique functional properties and potential applications in many areas such as photocatalysis, antibacterial, and self-cleaning coatings. In this study, Ag@TiO2 core-shell nanostructures and Ag-decorated TiO2 particles (TiO2@Ag) (the size of these two nanoparticles is ranging from 200-300 nm) have been synthesized by a developed facile but efficient method. These two types of hybrid nanostructures, characterized by various advanced techniques (TEM, XRD, BET and others), exhibit unique functional properties particularly in antibacterial toward Gram negative Escherichia coli, as a case study. Specifically: (i) the TiO2@Ag nanoparticles are superior in bacterial growth inhibition in standard culture conditions (37 °C incubator) to the Ag@TiO2 core-shell ones, in which silver may dominate the antibacterial performance; (ii) while after UV irradiation treatment, the Ag@TiO2 core-shell nanoparticles exhibit better performance in killing grown bacteria than the TiO2@Ag ones, probably because of the Ag cores facilitating charge separation for TiO2, and thus produce more hydroxyl radicals on the surface of the TiO2 particles; and (iii) without UV irradiation, both TiO2@Ag and Ag@TiO2 nanostructures show poor capabilities in killing mature bacteria. These findings would be useful for designing hybrid metal oxide nanocomposites with desirable functionalities in bioapplications in terms of sterilization, deodorization, and water purification.

  2. Synthesis and characterization of polyurethane/SiO2 nanocomposites

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    Gao, Xiaoyan; Zhu, Yanchao; Zhao, Xu; Wang, Zichen; An, Dongmin; Ma, Yuejia; Guan, Shuang; Du, Yanyan; Zhou, Bing

    2011-03-01

    In order to achieve good dispersion of nano-SiO2 and increase the interactions between nano-SiO2 and PU matrix, nano-SiO2 was firstly modified with poly(propylene glycol) phosphate ester (PPG-P) which was a new polymeric surfactant synthesized through the esterification of poly(propylene glycol) (PPG) and polyphosphoric acid (PPA). Then a series of polyurethane (PU)/SiO2 nanocomposites were prepared via in situ polymerization. The surface modification of nano-SiO2, the microstructure and the properties of nanocomposites were investigated by FTIR, SEM, XRD and TGA. It was found that good dispersion of nano-SiO2 achieved in PU/SiO2 nanocomposite after the modification with PPG-P. The segmented structures of PU were not interfered by the presence of nano-SiO2 in these nanocomposites.

  3. SYNTHESIS AND PROPERTIES OF POLYSTYRENE/LAPONITE NANOCOMPOSITES

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    Wan-guo Hou; Wei-an Zhao; Dong-xiang Li

    2004-01-01

    Exfoliated polystyrene (PS)/laponite nanocomposites were prepared successfully. The characteristic d001diffraction peak of organo-laponite disappeared in the XRD patterns of nanocomposites, indicating that the laponite layers were exfoliated and the ordered crystal structure of laponite was destroyed because of the styrene polymerization. TEM observations showed that the exfoliated laponite primary particles were dispersed randomly in the PS matrix with lateral dimensions from 1 nm to 10 nm. SEM results showed that the PS/laponite nanocomposite particles were almost monodispersed spheres with the size of about 120 nm. Because of the interaction between PS and laponite nanolayers, the nanocomposites exhibited higher thermal stability and glass transition temperature when compared to pure PS.

  4. Synthesis of functionalized CNTs/hyperbranched polyester nanocomposites

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    Pan, Yufeng; Cui, Xiaokun; Zhang, Yue

    2017-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were unzipped using the modified Hummer method to prepare the CNTs-GO microstructure (see Fig. 1). A new type of CNTs-GO-H20 nanocomposite has been synthesized by grafting hyperbranched (HB) polyester (Boltorn H20) brushes on the CNTs-GO by coupling agent (KH560). The morphology of CNTs-GO-H20 was characterized by FTIR, TEM, XPS and TGA. The FT-IR data and XPS data evidenced that CNTs-GO-H20 nanocomposites were synthesized successfully. The addition of CNTs improved the thermal stability of the nanocomposites. The TEM data showed that the CNTs-GO microstructure was also prepared. These electrochemical measurements results indicated that coatings provided greater protection against corrosion behavior. Moreover, the nanocomposite material improved corrosion resistance of the coating.

  5. Synthesis and Processing of Ultra-High Temperature Metal Carbide and Metal Diboride Nanocomposite Materials

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    2008-04-15

    Synthesis and Processing of Ultra-High Temperature Metal Carbide and Metal Diboride Nanocomposite Materials Final Performance Report Contract Number...sintered commercially-available powders. Each project is summarized below: Synthesis : Zirconium diboride and a zirconium diboride/tantalum diboride...mixture were synthesized by solution-based processing. Zirconium n-propoxide was refluxed with 2,4-pentanedione to form zirconium diketonate . This compound

  6. Microwave-assisted synthesis of Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles@reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites for high performance supercapacitors

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    She, Xiao; Zhang, Xinmin; Liu, Jingya [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Wuhan Institute of Technology, Wuhan 430073 (China); Li, Liang, E-mail: msell08@163.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Wuhan Institute of Technology, Wuhan 430073 (China); Yu, Xianghua; Huang, Zhiliang [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Wuhan Institute of Technology, Wuhan 430073 (China); Shang, Songmin, E-mail: shang.songmin@polyu.edu.hk [Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong (China)

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4}@rGO nanocomposites were prepared by one-step microwave-assisted method. • The growth of Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4} and the reduction of graphene oxide occurred simultaneously. • Specific capacitance of the nanocomposite is higher than those of rGO and Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4}. • The nanocomposites have good rate capability and cycling stability. - ABSTRACT: One-step microwave-assisted synthetic route for the fabrication of Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles@reduced graphene oxide (Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4}@rGO) nanocomposites has been demonstrated. The morphological structures of the nanocomposites are characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analyses (TGA), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. All of the results indicate that the microwave-assisted synthesis results in the growth of Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4} and the reduction of graphene oxide simultaneously in ethylene glycol-water system. The specific capacitance of the as-prepared Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4}@rGO nanocomposite is higher than those of rGO and pure Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4}, which indicates the synergetic interaction between rGO and Mn{sub 3}O{sub 4}. The nanocomposites also have good rate capability and cycling stability in electrochemical experiments. This facile technique may be extended to the large scale and cost effective production of other composites based on graphene and metal oxide for many applications.

  7. Green Synthesis of Smart Metal/Polymer Nanocomposite Particles and Their Tuneable Catalytic Activities

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    Noel Peter Bengzon Tan

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Herein we report a simple and green synthesis of smart Au and Ag@Au nanocomposite particles using poly(N-isopropylacrylamide/polyethyleneimine (PNIPAm/PEI core-shell microgels as dual reductant and templates in an aqueous system. The nanocomposite particles were synthesized through a spontaneous reduction of tetrachloroauric (III acid to gold nanoparticles at room temperature, and in situ encapsulation and stabilization of the resultant gold nanoparticles (AuNPs with amine-rich PEI shells. The preformed gold nanoparticles then acted as seed nanoparticles for further generation of Ag@Au bimetallic nanoparticles within the microgel templates at 60 °C. These nanocomposite particles were characterized by TEM, AFM, XPS, UV-vis spectroscopy, zeta-potential, and particle size analysis. The synergistic effects of the smart nanocomposite particles were studied via the reduction of p-nitrophenol to p-aminophenol. The catalytic performance of the bimetallic Ag@Au nanocomposite particles was 25-fold higher than that of the monometallic Au nanoparticles. Finally, the controllable catalytic activities of the Au@PNIPAm/PEI nanocomposite particles were demonstrated via tuning the solution pH and temperature.

  8. Ionic Liquid-assisted Synthesis of Polyaniline/Gold Nanocomposite and Its Biocatalytic Application

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    Liu Jingquan

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In this report, a novel chemical synthesis of polyaniline/gold nanocomposite is explored using ionic liquid (IL 1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate. The direct chemical synthesis of polyaniline/gold nanocomposite was initiated via the spontaneous oxidation of aniline by AuCl4 −in IL. A nearly uniform dispersion of polyaniline/Au particles with a diameter of 450 ± 80 nm was produced by this method, which indicates that this method is more suitable for controlling particle dimensions. It was also found that the electrical conductivity of the polyaniline/gold nanocomposite was more than 100 times higher than that of the pure polyaniline nanoparticles. The polyaniline/gold nanocomposite displays superior function in the biocatalytic activation of microperoxidase-11 because of the high surface area of the assembly and the enhanced charge transport properties of the composite material. We also report the possible application of polyaniline/gold nanocomposite as a H2O2biosensor.

  9. Synthesis of PS/Ag nanocomposite spheres with catalytic and antibacterial activities.

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    Deng, Ziwei; Zhu, Haibao; Peng, Bo; Chen, Hong; Sun, Yuanfang; Gang, Xiaodong; Jin, Pujun; Wang, Juanli

    2012-10-24

    This paper describes a simple, mild, and environmentally friendly approach to synthesize polystyrene/Ag (PS/Ag) nanocomposite spheres, which makes use of both reducing and stabilizing functions of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) in aqueous media. In this approach, monodisperse polystyrene (PS) spheres, which are used as templates for the synthesis of core-shell nanocomposite spheres, are sulfonated first. Then, [Ag(NH(3))(2)](+) ions are adsorbed onto the surface of the PS template spheres via electrostatic attraction between -SO(3)H groups (grafted on the surface of the PS template spheres) and [Ag(NH(3))(2)](+) ions. [Ag(NH(3))(2)](+) ions are then reduced by and simultaneously protected by PVP. In this way, the PS/Ag nanocomposite spheres in aqueous media are obtained through a so-called one-pot method. Neither additional reducing agents nor toxic organic solvents are utilized during the synthesis process. Furthermore, the coverage degree and the particle size of Ag nanoparticles on PS/Ag nanocomposite spheres is easily tuned by changing the concentration of [Ag(NH(3))(2)](+) ions in aqueous media. Moreover, these PS/Ag nanocomposite spheres can be used as catalyst for the reduction of organic dyes and as antibacterial agents against Salmonella and Escherichia coli. In the present study, these PS/Ag nanocomposite spheres exhibit excellent catalytic properties (both in efficiency and recyclability) for the reduction of organic dyes, and the preliminary antibacterial assays indicate that these PS/Ag nanocomposite spheres also possess extraordinary antibacterial abilities against Salmonella and Escherichia coli.

  10. Synthesis and Characterization of Polyvinylpyrrolidone Silica Core-Shell Nanocomposite Particles.

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    Chen, Lian-Xi; Li, Jie; Li, Xi; Zhang, Zhong-Min; Jiao, Cai-Bin

    2015-03-01

    In this work, a novel and facile strategy for making a new type of polymer/silica nanocomposte particle was proposed. Colloidally stable polyvinypyrrolidone (PVP)/silica core-shell nanocomposite particles have been successfully synthesized using an azo initiator via seed polymerization of N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone (NVP) and VFSs (VFSs) that were derived from vinyl triethoxysilane (VTES). It was suggested from the FTIR and TGA analysis that the copolymerization reaction of NVP with VFSs has been thoroughly carried out. In addition, SEM images showed that PVP/silica nanocomposite particles have relatively rough surface due to surface polymerization in comparison with VFSs. Furthermore, TEM results proved that the size of VFSs had considerable effects on the appearance of PVP/silica nanocomposite particles. Generally, it presented that several silica nanoparticle cores with an average size of 78 nm mainly pack together within each nanocomposite particle after seed polymerization. Interestingly, the average shell thickness was 59 nm for most PVP/silica nanocomposite particles with cores about 242 nm. However, when the core size was large enough to about 504 nm, a series of PVP/silica nanocomposite particles with a relative thin shell were observed.

  11. Facile preparation of PbS nanostructures and PbS/f-CNT nanocomposites using xanthate as sulfur source: Thermal and optical characterization

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    Golabi, Parisa; Akbarzadeh, Raziyeh; Dehghani, Hossein, E-mail: dehghani@kashanu.ac.ir

    2015-10-25

    PbS nanostructures with different morphologies were fabricated using a new sulfur source through a facile and low cost hydro(solvo)thermal method. The influence of different reaction factors such as sulfur source, temperature, reactant, solvent and surfactant on the size and morphology of the obtained PbS particles were investigated. Beside, a simple hydrothermal process at low temperature (60 °C) for little time (4 h), has been used for preparation of PbS nanoparticles (NPs)/functionalized multi wall carbon nanotubes (f-MWCNTs) nanocomposite. The as-prepared nanocomposite possesses excellent thermal and optical properties. Thermal stability increases by depositing PbS nanoparticles on the surface of CNT. The structure, morphology, thermal and optical properties of the as-prepared nanocompounds were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, Scanning electron microscope (SEM), Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Pl spectra and UV–Vis absorption spectra. Photoluminescence spectra of PbS NPs and nanocomposite are consist of two emission peaks which centered at around 402 and 423 nm, when excited at 350 nm. It was noteworthy that the blue luminescence intensity over PbS/f-CNT nanocomposite is very lower than that of pure PbS NPs. Remarkable blue-shift from bulk material was observed on the PbS nanoparticles using UV–Vis spectrum. Furthermore, possible growth mechanism of PbS nanostructures is presented. - Graphical abstract: PbS nanostructures with different morphologies were fabricated using xanthate as sulfide source. Also, PbS/f-CNT nanocomposites were synthesized by simple hydrothermal process at low temperature (60 °C) for little time (4 h). - Highlights: • Sodium tert-butyl xanthate was used as sulfur source for synthesis of PbS. • Pb(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 2}·3H{sub 2}O salt was used for synthesis of PbS. • PbS/CNT nanocomposite was synthesized in deionized water for 4 h at 60

  12. Manufacturing Demonstration Facility: Low Temperature Materials Synthesis

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    Graham, David E. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Moon, Ji-Won [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Armstrong, Beth L. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Datskos, Panos G. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Duty, Chad E. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Gresback, Ryan [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Ivanov, Ilia N. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Jacobs, Christopher B. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Jellison, Gerald Earle [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Jang, Gyoung Gug [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Joshi, Pooran C. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Jung, Hyunsung [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Meyer, III, Harry M. [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Phelps, Tommy [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2015-06-30

    The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) low temperature materials synthesis project was established to demonstrate a scalable and sustainable process to produce nanoparticles (NPs) for advanced manufacturing. Previous methods to chemically synthesize NPs typically required expensive, high-purity inorganic chemical reagents, organic solvents and high temperatures. These processes were typically applied at small laboratory scales at yields sufficient for NP characterization, but insufficient to support roll-to-roll processing efforts or device fabrication. The new NanoFermentation processes described here operated at a low temperature (~60 C) in low-cost, aqueous media using bacteria that produce extracellular NPs with controlled size and elemental stoichiometry. Up-scaling activities successfully demonstrated high NP yields and quality in a 900-L pilot-scale reactor, establishing this NanoFermentation process as a competitive biomanufacturing strategy to produce NPs for advanced manufacturing of power electronics, solid-state lighting and sensors.

  13. Facile Synthesis of Ternary Boron Carbonitride Nanotubes

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    Luo Lijie

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In this study, a novel and facile approach for the synthesis of ternary boron carbonitride (B–C–N nanotubes was reported. Growth occurred by heating simple starting materials of boron powder, zinc oxide powder, and ethanol absolute at 1150 °C under a mixture gas flow of nitrogen and hydrogen. As substrate, commercial stainless steel foil with a typical thickness of 0.05 mm played an additional role of catalyst during the growth of nanotubes. The nanotubes were characterized by SEM, TEM, EDX, and EELS. The results indicate that the synthesized B–C–N nanotubes exhibit a bamboo-like morphology and B, C, and N elements are homogeneously distributed in the nanotubes. A catalyzed vapor–liquid–solid (VLS mechanism was proposed for the growth of the nanotubes.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of Cu-Cr-O nanocomposites

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    LI Wei; CHENG Hua

    2007-01-01

    Cu-Cr-O nanocomposites that can be used as additives for the catalytic combustion of AP(ammonium perchlorate)-based solid-state propellants were synthesized via a citric acid(CA) complexing approach. Techniques of TG-DTA, XRD as well as TEM were employed to characterize the thermal decomposition procedure, crystal phase, micro-structural morphologies and grain size of the as-synthesized materials respectively. The results show that well-crystallized Cu-Cr-O nanocomposites can be produced after the CA-Cu-Cr precursors are calcined at 500 ℃ for 3 h. Phase composition of the as-obtained Cu-Cr-O nanocomposites depends on the molar ratio of Cu to Cr in the starting reactants. Addition of the as-synthesized Cu-Cr-O nanocomposites as catalysts enhances the burning rate as well as lowers the pressure exponent of the AP-based solid-state propellants considerably. Noticeably, catalyst with a Cu/Cr molar ratio of 0.7 exhibits promising catalytic activity with high burning rate and low pressure exponent at all pressures, due to the effective phase interaction between the spinel CuCr2O4 and delafossite CuCrO2 contained in the as-synthesized Cu-Cr-O nanocomposites.

  15. Synthesis and properties of new polyimide/clay nanocomposite films

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    Yagoub Mansoori; Somayeh Shah Sanaei; Mohammad-Reza Zamanloo; Gholamhassan Imanzadeh; Seyed Vahid Atghia

    2013-10-01

    A series of polymer–clay nanocomposite (PCN) materials consisting of polyimide and typical clay were prepared by solution dispersion. Quaternary alkylammonium modified montmorillonite, Cloisite 20A, was used as organoclay. Poly(amic acid) solution was prepared fromthe reaction of benzophenone-4,4′,3,3′-tetracarboxylic dianhydride and 2-(5-(3,5-diaminophenyl)-1,3,4-oxadiazole-2-yl) pyridine in dimethylacetamide. Thermal imidization was performed on poly(amic acid)/organoclay dispersion in a regular temperature-programmed circulation oven. The study of interlayer -spacing with X-ray diffraction pattern indicates that an exfoliated structure may be present in the nanocomposite 1%. Intercalated structures were obtained at higher organoclay loadings. Nanocomposites were studied using thermogravimertic analysis and differential scanning calorimetry. Nanocomposites exhibit higher glass transition temperature and improved thermal properties compared to neat polyimide due to the interaction between polymer matrix and organoclay particles. The results are also compared with data of a similar work. Morphology study with scanning electron microscopy showed that the surface roughness in nanocomposite 1%increased with respect to pristine polyimide. Solvent uptake measurements were also carried out for the prepared materials. Maximum solvent adsorption was observed for dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO). It was found that the solvent uptake capacity decreased with increasing clay content.

  16. Synthesis of tunable plasmonic metal-ceramic nanocomposite thin films by temporally modulated sputtered fluxes

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    Magnfält, D.; Melander, E.; Boyd, R. D.; Kapaklis, V.; Sarakinos, K.

    2017-05-01

    The scientific and technological interest for metal-dielectric nanocomposite thin films emanates from the excitation of localized surface plasmon resonances (LSPRs) on the metal component. The overall optical response of the nanocomposite is governed by the refractive index of the dielectric matrix and the properties of the metallic nanoparticles in terms of their bulk optical properties, size, and shape, and the inter-particle distance of separation. In order to tune the film morphology and optical properties, complex synthesis processes which include multiple steps—i.e., film deposition followed by post-deposition treatment by thermal or laser annealing—are commonly employed. In the present study, we demonstrate that the absorption resonances of Ag/AlOxNy nanocomposite films can be effectively tuned from green (˜2.4 eV) to violet (˜2.8 eV) using a single-step synthesis process that is based on modulating the arrival pattern of film forming species with sub-monolayer resolution, while keeping the amount of Ag in the films constant. Our data indicate that the optical response of the films is the result of LSPRs on isolated Ag nanoparticles that are seemingly shifted by dipolar interactions between neighboring particles. The synthesis strategy presented may be of relevance for enabling integration of plasmonic nanocomposite films on thermally sensitive substrates.

  17. Nanocomposites: synthesis, structure, properties and new application opportunities

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    Pedro Henrique Cury Camargo

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Nanocomposites, a high performance material exhibit unusual property combinations and unique design possibilities. With an estimated annual growth rate of about 25% and fastest demand to be in engineering plastics and elastomers, their potential is so striking that they are useful in several areas ranging from packaging to biomedical applications. In this unified overview the three types of matrix nanocomposites are presented underlining the need for these materials, their processing methods and some recent results on structure, properties and potential applications, perspectives including need for such materials in future space mission and other interesting applications together with market and safety aspects. Possible uses of natural materials such as clay based minerals, chrysotile and lignocellulosic fibers are highlighted. Being environmentally friendly, applications of nanocomposites offer new technology and business opportunities for several sectors of the aerospace, automotive, electronics and biotechnology industries.

  18. Synthesis and properties of epoxy-phenolic clay nanocomposites

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    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available An epoxy-phenolic resin suitable for use as a composite matrix was reinforced with modified nanoclay (montmorillonite type. Characterization by x-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy (TEM demonstrated that intercalated nanocomposites were formed with an inter-gallery distance of approximately 10 nm. The influence of nanoparticles on tensile strength and modulus, fracture toughness, and impact toughness was measured and compared with the unreinforced polymer. The results revealed that the maximum enhancement in stiffness and toughness was achieved with 2.5 wt% filler content. The enhancement in toughness behavior was attributed to the activation of multiple energy-dissipating damage mechanisms in the nanocomposites.

  19. Synthesis of SiC/Ag/Cellulose Nanocomposite and Its Antibacterial Activity by Reactive Oxygen Species Generation

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    Andrzej Borkowski

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available We describe the synthesis of nanocomposites, based on nanofibers of silicon carbide, silver nanoparticles, and cellulose. Silver nanoparticle synthesis was achieved with chemical reduction using hydrazine by adding two different surfactants to obtain a nanocomposite with silver nanoparticles of different diameters. Determination of antibacterial activity was based on respiration tests. Enzymatic analysis indicates oxidative stress, and viability testing was conducted using an epifluorescence microscope. Strong bactericidal activity of nanocomposites was found against bacteria Escherichia coli and Bacillus cereus, which were used in the study as typical Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, respectively. It is assumed that reactive oxygen species generation was responsible for the observed antibacterial effect of the investigated materials. Due to the properties of silicon carbide nanofiber, the obtained nanocomposite may have potential use in technology related to water and air purification. Cellulose addition prevented silver nanoparticle release and probably enhanced bacterial adsorption onto aggregates of the nanocomposite material.

  20. ZnO-CdS Powder Nanocomposite: Synthesis, Structural and Optical Characterization

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    Dinesh Saini

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available A simple mechanical alloying technique for the synthesis of ZnO-CdS powder nanocomposite is reported. Structural and optical properties of ZnO-CdS powder nanocomposite have been evaluated by suitable characterization techniques. The X-ray diffraction spectrum contains a series of peaks corresponding to reflections from various sets of lattice planes of hexagonal ZnO as well as hexagonal CdS. In UV-Vis absorption spectra, two different absorption peaks were observed. The room temperature photoluminescence spectrum of the ZnO-CdS powder nanocomposites has two emission bands: an ultraviolet emission peak at 365 nm and a green emission around 510 nm. FTIR spectroscopy confirmed the presence of Zn-O bond and Cd-S bond.

  1. Synthesis and Reactivity of Aluminized Fluorinated Acrylic (AIFA) Nanocomposites (Postprint)

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    2012-06-18

    REACTIVITY OF ALUMINIZED FLUORINATED ACRYLIC (ALFA) NANOCOMPOSITES (POSTPRINT) 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER In-house 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT...the nano Al throughout the material, the composite was compounded for 3 min in a DACA Instruments benchtop twin screw extruder at 150 C. The com

  2. Synthesis and Characterization of Epoxy/Clay Nanocomposites

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    Park, Soo Jin; Seo, Dong Il; Lee, Jae Rock [Advanced Materials Division, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Taejon (Korea); Kim, Dae Su [School of Chemical Engineering, Chungbuk National University, Chongju (Korea)

    2001-04-01

    In this work, one of the smectitic clay, montmorillonite, was organically modified with dodecylammonium chloride to prepare the polymer/clay nanocomposites by melt intercalation. After DGEBA (diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A)/clay nanocomposites has been mixed with weight percent of clay, it was synthesized by heating the mixture to the exfoliation temperature at a heating rate of 10 degree C/min. X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed that the silicate interlayer of organically modified clay increased about 8 AA. No significant change in silicate interlayer of nanocomposites was observed with the increased clay content. The silicate interlayer of nanocomposites contained a uniform dispersion of exfoliated clay layers. Differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) showed that two exothermic processes occurred during the reaction. The lower temperature process was attributed to polymerization of pre-intercalated epoxide on the internal surfaces. Polymerization of the extragallery monomer on the external and internal surfaces of the clay particles occurred at the higher temperature. Thermal stability coefficient was increased with increasing the clay content as indicated by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). 30 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of polyaniline coated gold nanocomposites

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    Zuber, Siti Nurzulaiha Mohd; Kamarun, Dzaraini; Zaki, Hamizah; Kamarudin, Mohamad Shukri [Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Shah Alam, 40450 Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia); Thomas, Sabu; Kalarikkal, Nandakumar [International and Inter University Centre of Nanoscience and Nanotechnoogy, Mahatma Ghandi University, Priyadarsini Hills Kottayam, Kerala India-686560 (India)

    2015-08-28

    Considerable attention has been drawn during the last two decades to prepare nanocomposites consists of conducting polymer and noble metal due to their potential ability to generate a new class of material with novel optical, chemical, electronic or mechanical properties for various applications. In this work, an attempt has been made to synthesize nanocomposite of polyaniline (PANI) coated with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) chemically with various types of surfactants such as polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), and sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) which act as stabilizing agents to help in stabilization of the PANI/Gold nanocomposites system. The synthesized nanocomposites were characterized by UV-Visible, field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and particle size analyzer (PSA). The formation of finger like structure can be seen in the FESEM images when the AuNPs were incorporated into the polymer matrix. The EDX data showed that 18.66% and 12.67% of AuNPs atoms were present in the composite system thus proved the incorporation of AuNPs into the polymer matrix. A small red shift of the absorption peak in the UV-Vis of both PANI/AuNPs composites system may be due to the incorporation of AuNPs in the PANI matrix.

  4. Materials Selection, Synthesis, and Dielectrical Properties of PVC Nanocomposites

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    Youssef Mobarak; Bassyouni, M.; Almutawa, M.

    2013-01-01

    Materials selection process for electrical insulation application was carried out using Cambridge Engineering Selector (CES) program. Melt mixing technique was applied to prepare polyvinyl-chloride- (PVC-) nanofumed silica and nanomontmorillonite clay composites. Surface analysis and particles dispersibility were examined using scanning electron microscope. Dielectrical properties were assessed using Hipot tester. An experimental work for dielectric loss of the nanocomposite materials has bee...

  5. Synthesis of Pd/ZnO nanocomposites with high photocatalytic performance by a solvothermal method

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    Zhang, Yunyan; Wang, Qiuling; Xu, Jian; Ma, Shiyu

    2012-10-01

    In this study, Pd/ZnO nanocomposites were prepared through a facile one-pot solvothermal method without using any extra surfactant or template. During the reaction, hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) can release ammonia and formaldehyde, which are used as a precipitant for the fabrication of ZnO and a reducing agent for the formation of metal Pd, respectively. On the other hand, alcohol restricts the growth of ZnO and nanosized ZnO samples are obtained. The results of photocatalysis demonstrate that Pd/ZnO nanocomposites show good photocatalytic performance and high stability for degradation of organic pollution due to the effective separation of electron-hole pairs and the high specific surface of the samples. In addition, the 0.73 wt.% Pd/ZnO nanocomposites show strong UV emission and weak visible emission, which can be attributed to the formation of interface between Pd and ZnO.

  6. Green synthesis of AgI-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites: Toward enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity for organic dye removal

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    Reddy, D. Amaranatha; Lee, Seunghee; Choi, Jiha; Park, Seonhwa; Ma, Rory; Yang, Haesik; Kim, Tae Kyu, E-mail: tkkim@pusan.ac.kr

    2015-06-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A novel green synthesis of AgI-RGO nanocomposites. • Significant improvement of the photocatalytic activity in RGO wrapped composites. • Additive promoted photocatalytic performance in AgI-RGO composites. • AgI-RGO nanocomposites may find applications in luminescent and catalytic devices. - Abstract: Novel reduced graphene oxide (RGO) enwrapped AgI nanocomposites were successfully fabricated by a facile template-free ultrasound-assisted method at room temperature. The structural, morphological, and optical studies demonstrate that the obtained nanostructures have good crystallinity and that the graphene nanosheets are decorated densely with AgI nanostructures. The photocatalytic activity of the composite was evaluated by the degradation of an organic dye, Rhodamine B (RhB), under visible-light irradiation. The results indicate that AgI with incorporated graphene exhibited much higher photocatalytic activity than the pure AgI due to the improved separation efficiency of the photogenerated carriers and that it prolonged the lifetime of the electron–hole pairs due to the chemical bonding between AgI and graphene. AgI (0.4 mg mL{sup −1} of graphene oxide) nanocomposites displayed the highest photocatalytic degradation efficiency and the corresponding catalytic efficiencies within 70 min were ∼96%. Moreover, with the assistance of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} the photocatalytic ability of the as-obtained AgI-RGO nanocomposites was enhanced. The corresponding catalytic efficiencies within 30 min were ∼96.8% (for 1 mL H{sub 2}O{sub 2}) under the same irradiation conditions. The excellent visible-light photocatalytic efficiency and luminescence properties make the AgI-RGO nanocomposites promising candidates for the removal of organic dyes for water purification and enable their application in near-UV white LEDs.

  7. Green synthesis and characterization of novel gold nanocomposites for electrochemical sensing applications.

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    Tanwar, Shivani; Ho, Ja-an Annie; Magi, Emanuele

    2013-12-15

    Synthesis, characterization and application of Au-PANI-Calix and Au-PANI-Nap nanocomposites, is reported herein. An easy template free green synthesis is proposed and discussed for easy expediency. A variety of analytical techniques were used to characterize the nanocomposites: UV-vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Raman spectroscopy, Dynamic light scattering (DLS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to characterize the nanocomposites. Surface morphology was studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The nanocomposites were immobilized on screen-printed electrode and showed electroactivity in neutral pH, making them promising candidates for various analytical applications. A sensitive and selective detection of Cu(2+) was perceived on the Au-PANI-Calix modified electrode with no interference from ions K(+), Ni(2+), Co(2+), Pb(2+), Cr(3+) with a detection limit of 10nM. The copper detection is facilitated for accessible ligation with 4-sulfocalix[4]arene, so as the Cu(II)-Calix complex formed. The electrode modified with Au-PANI-Nap showed sensing application towards H2O2 with a detection limit of 1 μM. The modified electrodes were reproducible and stable for 2 months.

  8. Facile preparation of nickel/carbonized wood nanocomposite for environmentally friendly supercapacitor electrodes

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    Yaddanapudi, Haritha Sree; Tian, Kun; Teng, Shiang; Tiwari, Ashutosh

    2016-09-01

    We are reporting a facile way to prepare nickel/carbon nanocomposites from wood as a novel electrode material for supercapacitors. The surface morphology and the structure of the as-prepared electrodes were studied by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results indicate that after high-temperature carbonization process, the wood is converted into graphitic carbon with nickel nanoparticles uniformly distributed within the three dimensional structure of the wood. Electrochemical characterization such as cyclic voltammetry (CV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and galvanostatic charge-discharge measurements were conducted. These results showed that the introduction of nickel into the carbonized wood improves the specific capacitance and the cyclic stability of the nanocomposite electrode over that of the pure carbonized wood electrode. The composite electrode displayed an enhanced capacitive performance of 3616 F/g at 8 A/g, and showed an excellent capacitance retention after 6000 charge-discharge cycles. These results endow the nickel nanoparticles impregnated carbonized wood with a great potential for future application in supercapacitors.

  9. Synthesis of Pd/ZnO nanocomposites with high photocatalytic performance by a solvothermal method

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    Zhang Yunyan, E-mail: yyzhang@chem.ecnu.edu.cn [Department of Chemistry, East China Normal University, Shanghai, 200062 (China); Wang Qiuling [Department of Chemistry, East China Normal University, Shanghai, 200062 (China); Xu Jian [Shanghai Institute of Measurement and Testing Technology, Shanghai, 201203 (China); Ma Shiyu [Department of Chemistry, East China Normal University, Shanghai, 200062 (China)

    2012-10-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pd/ZnO nanocomposites can be obtained through a facile one-pot solvothermal method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer No extra surfactant or template was added in the reaction process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pd/ZnO shows good photocatalytic activity and high stability. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pd/ZnO shows strong PL in UV region and weak emission in visible region. - Abstract: In this study, Pd/ZnO nanocomposites were prepared through a facile one-pot solvothermal method without using any extra surfactant or template. During the reaction, hexamethylenetetramine (HMT) can release ammonia and formaldehyde, which are used as a precipitant for the fabrication of ZnO and a reducing agent for the formation of metal Pd, respectively. On the other hand, alcohol restricts the growth of ZnO and nanosized ZnO samples are obtained. The results of photocatalysis demonstrate that Pd/ZnO nanocomposites show good photocatalytic performance and high stability for degradation of organic pollution due to the effective separation of electron-hole pairs and the high specific surface of the samples. In addition, the 0.73 wt.% Pd/ZnO nanocomposites show strong UV emission and weak visible emission, which can be attributed to the formation of interface between Pd and ZnO.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of rubbery epoxy/organoclay hectorite nanocomposites

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    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The present research investigates the morphology, the mechanical, and the viscoelastic properties of rubbery epoxy/clay nanocomposites synthesized by in situ polymerisation of a prepolymer diglycidyl ether of bisphenol-A crosslinked with an aliphatic diamine based on a polyoxypropylene backbone. The inorganic phase was hectorite, exchanged with octadecylammonium ions in order to give organophilic properties to the phyllosilicate. An ultrasonicator was used to disperse the silicate clay layer into epoxy-amine matrix. The morphology of epoxy-hectorite nanocomposites examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM showed that mixed delamination or intercalation or microdispersion could occur depending on type of organoclay. Moreover, the mechanical and viscoelastic properties were found to be improved with only the treated hectorite.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of optically transparent epoxy matrix nanocomposites

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    Esposito Corcione, C., E-mail: carola.corcione@unile.it [Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell' Innovazione Via Monteroni 73100, Lecce (Italy); Manera, M.G. [IMM-CNR Istituto per la microelettronica e microsistemi - sezione di Lecce, c/o campus universitario, via per Monteroni, 73100 Lecce (Italy); Maffezzoli, A. [Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell' Innovazione Via Monteroni 73100, Lecce (Italy); Rella, R. [IMM-CNR Istituto per la microelettronica e microsistemi - sezione di Lecce, c/o campus universitario, via per Monteroni, 73100 Lecce (Italy)

    2009-08-01

    In this work optically transparent nanocomposites were prepared and characterized from an optical and morphological point of view. An organically modified boehmite was added at different concentrations in a diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) epoxy matrix, hardened with a polyether diamine. Nanocomposites were characterized structurally by X-ray diffraction (XRD), optically by UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometry and their morphology was investigated by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). Morphological investigation reveals the presence of boehmite particles dispersed in the epoxy matrix in different dimensions ranging from ten to hundreds of nanometers; some aggregation in the particles is the tendency noticed in the AFM images. The acquisition of multiple AFM images in different areas of the sample was used for a statistical analysis of the volumetric distribution of boehmite aggregates. The obtained result, (3.6 {+-} 0.3)%vol, is well comparable to thermogravimetric analysis.

  12. Synthesis and morphology of polyvinyl alcohol /zinc sulfide nanocomposite

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    Sirait, M.; Motlan

    2017-07-01

    Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) nanocomposites have been synthesized. The nanocomposites which prepared by sol-gel method were mixed to various concentrations of PVA using magnetic stirrer bar of 500 rpm at 80°C. After the solvent evaporates, the white suspensions were casted on to a flat metal and the film-like composites formed. Those samples were characterized including tensile for mechanical test follow ISO-527-2 and melting points for thermal analysis using DSC operated at 20°C/min with the temperature range of 30-300°C. The most homogeny and Young modulus samples were obtained at ratio 98:2 w/w % of PVA/ZnS, and the highest melting point were found at ratio 97:3% of PVA/ZnS.

  13. Room temperature synthesis of water-repellent polystyrene nanocomposite coating

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    Guo Yonggang; Jiang Dong [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039 (China); Zhang Xia; Zhang Zhijun [Laboratory of Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475001 (China); Wang Qihua, E-mail: wangqh@lzb.ac.cn [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China)

    2010-09-15

    A stable superhydrophobic polystyrene nanocomposite coating was fabricated by means of a very simple and easy method. The coating was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectrum. The wettability of the products was also investigated. By adding the surface-modified SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles, the wettability of the coating changed to water-repellent superhydrophobic, not only for pure water, but also for a wide pH range of corrosive liquids. The influence of the drying temperature and SiO{sub 2} content on the wettability of the nanocomposite coating was also investigated. It was found that both factors had little or no significant effect on the wetting behavior of the coating surface.

  14. Synthesis of nanocomposites using glasses and mica as templates

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    D Chakravorty; S Basu; B N Pal; P K Mukherjee; B Ghosh; K Chatterjee; A Bose; S Bhattacharya; A Banerjee

    2008-06-01

    Various nanocomposites were synthesized using either a silica-based glass or mica crystallites as the medium. In some cases by an oxidation or a sulfidation treatment a core-shell nanostructure could be generated. Iron–iron oxide core-shell structured nanocomposites exhibited excellent humidity sensing behaviour. Gold–gold sulfide core-shell nanorods exhibited a number of optical absorption peaks which arose because of their structural characteristics. Nanoparticles of silver and silver oxide could be aligned in a polymethylmethacrylate film by an a.c. electric field of 1 MHz frequency. The composites showed large sensitivity to relative humidity. Lead sulfide nanowires of diameter, 1.2 nm, were grown within the nanochannels of Na-4 mica. These exhibited a semiconductor to metal transition at around 300 K. This arose because of high pressure generated on the nanowires. Copper sulfide nanowires grown within the Na-4 mica channels showed metallic behaviour. Silver core–silver orthosilicate shell nanostructures developed within a silicate glass medium showed discontinuous changes in resistivity at some specific temperatures. This was explained as arising due to excitation of Lamb modes at certain pressures generated because of thermal expansion mismatch of the core and the shell phases. Optical properties of iron core–iron oxide shell nanocomposites when analysed by effective medium theory led to the result of a metal non-metal transition for particle diameters below a critical value. Similar results were obtained from optical absorption data of silver nanoparticles grown in a tetrapeptide solution.

  15. SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF ORGANOMONTMORILLONITE AND POLYAMIDE 66/MONTMORILLONITE NANOCOMPOSITES

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    Cheng-shen Zhu; Xin Kang; Su-qin He; Liu-yang Wang; Li-yun Lu

    2002-01-01

    The montmorillonites (MMTs), layered, smectite-type silicates, were premodified by two different methods priorto the polymer melt intercalation. In one case MMTs were modified with cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), andtermed as organomontmorillonites (OMMTs); in the other case MMTs were modified by nylon, and the products were calledmodified montmorillonites (MMMTs). The effects of CTAB and nylon on the MMTs were investigated by using TG andWAXD. The results show that interlayer spacings of CTAB and nylon modified MMTs are larger than that of sodium MMTs.Then, polyamide 66 (PA 66)/MMT nanocomposites were obtained through the method of melt intercalation of polymers. Thenanocomposites were characterized by WAXD, TEM and Molau experiments. The results indicate that the MMTs dispersehomogeneously in the PA 66 matrix. The mechanical properties of nanocomposites, such as tensile properties and flexuralproperties, were also measured and show a tendency to increase with increase of MMT content and reach the maximumvalues at 5phr MMT content. The heat distortion temperature (HDT) of the nanocomposites (7 phr) is about 32 K higher thanthat of pure PA 66.

  16. Synthesis and Characterization of Poly(N-vinylcarbazole)/Graphene Nanocomposites.

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    Bindumadhavan, Kartick; Roy, Saheli; Srivastava, Suneel Kumar; Nayak, Bijan Bihari

    2015-05-01

    The present work describes the dual role of graphene as an initiator and filler for polymerization of N-vinylcarbazole and formation of poly(N-vinylcarbazole)/graphene (PVK/Gr) nanocomposites. Fourier transformation infrared (FTIR) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies confirmed the formation of PVK as well its graphene nanocomposites. Scanning electron micrograph (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed the graphene platelets are dispersed in the matrix of spherical PVK. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) also revealed formation of PVK and presence of interaction between PVK and graphene. Thermograivmetric analysis (TGA) have shown that the thermal stability of PVK/graphene (0.5 wt%) is maximum improved by -76 degrees C compared to neat PVK, when 20 wt% weight loss is taken as a point of comparison. Ultraviolet (UV) and photoluminescence (PL) studies established the charge transfer from polymer chains to the graphene platelets. Dielectric measurements have shown the maximum improvement (87%) in dielectric constant (ε) with 1 wt% graphene loading. The variation of ac conductivity (σ) with frequency (ψ) confirmed the insulating behavior of PVK/graphene nanocomposites possessing high dielectric constant.

  17. Modelling and Optimization of Technological Process for Magnetron Synthesis of Altin Nanocomposite Films on Cutting Tools

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    Kozhina, T. D.

    2016-04-01

    The paper highlights the results of the research on developing the mechanism to model the technological process for magnetron synthesis of nanocomposite films on cutting tools, which provides their specified physical and mechanical characteristics by controlling pulsed plasma parameters. The paper presents optimal conditions for AlTiN coating deposition on cutting tools according to the ion energy of sputtered atoms in order to provide their specified physical and mechanical characteristics.

  18. A facile method for fabricating TiO2@mesoporous carbon and three-layered nanocomposites.

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    Liu, Yong; Jin, Haibao; Zhu, Shenmin; Liu, Yunchun; Long, Mingce; Zhou, Yongfeng; Yan, Deyue

    2012-08-17

    Herein, we report a new and facile method for fabricating TiO(2)@mesoporous carbon hybrid materials. Uniform polydopamine (PDA) layers were coated onto the surface of titanate nanotubes (TNTs) and TiO(2) nanorods (TNDs) through the spontaneous adhesion and self-polymerization of dopamine during the dipping process. Core-shell mesoporous carbon nanotubes with TiO(2) nanorods or nanoparticles encapsulated inside (TiO(2)@MC) were then obtained by transforming PDA layers into carbonaceous ones through calcination in nitrogen at 800 °C. The thickness of the mesoporous carbon layers is tens of nanometers and can be controlled by adjusting the coated PDA layers through the self-polymerization reaction time. In addition, three-layered nanocomposites of TiO(2)@MC@MO (MO, metal oxide) can be readily prepared by utilizing PDA layers in TNTs@PDA or TNDs@PDA to adsorb the metal ions, followed by the calcination process.

  19. Structural Ceramic Nanocomposites: A Review of Properties and Powders’ Synthesis Methods

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    Palmero, Paola

    2015-01-01

    Ceramic nanocomposites are attracting growing interest, thanks to new processing methods enabling these materials to go from the research laboratory scale to the commercial level. Today, many different types of nanocomposite structures are proposed in the literature; however, to fully exploit their exceptional properties, a deep understanding of the materials’ behavior across length scales is necessary. In fact, knowing how the nanoscale structure influences the bulk properties enables the design of increasingly performing composite materials. A further key point is the ability of tailoring the desired nanostructured features in the sintered composites, a challenging issue requiring a careful control of all stages of manufacturing, from powder synthesis to sintering. This review is divided into four parts. In the first, classification and general issues of nanostructured ceramics are reported. The second provides basic structure–property relations, highlighting the grain-size dependence of the materials properties. The third describes the role of nanocrystalline second-phases on the mechanical properties of ordinary grain sized ceramics. Finally, the fourth part revises the mainly used synthesis routes to produce nanocomposite ceramic powders, underlining when possible the critical role of the synthesis method on the control of microstructure and properties of the sintered ceramics. PMID:28347029

  20. A green and facile strategy for preparation of novel and stable Cr-doped SrTiO{sub 3}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} hybrid nanocomposites with enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity

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    Chen, Xi; Tan, Pengfei; Zhou, Banghong [State Key Laboratory for Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Dong, Haigang [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technologies for Comprehensive Utilization of Platinum Metals, Kunming 650106 (China); Pan, Jun, E-mail: jun.pan@csu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory for Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); State Key Laboratory of Advanced Technologies for Comprehensive Utilization of Platinum Metals, Kunming 650106 (China); Xiong, Xiang, E-mail: xiongx@csu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory for Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)

    2015-10-25

    Herein, a green and facile strategy to prepare graphite carbon nitride hybridized chromium doping strontium titanate spheres (CrSTO/g-CN) nanocomposites was reported in this study. The structure characterization clearly indicated that the CrSTO spheres were successfully loaded on the g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nano-sheets forming the CrSTO/g-CN heterojunction. Furthermore, the measurement of photocatalytic activity revealed that the as-prepared CrSTO/g-CN hybrid nanocomposites exhibit the considerable stability and significantly enhanced photocatalytic activity for the degradation of rhodamine B under visible light irradiation. Especially the photocatalytic activity of CrSTO/g-CN-70% was almost 4.5 times higher than that of pure g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} and 3.5 times higher than that of pure Cr-doped SrTiO{sub 3} respectively. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of the CrSTO/g-CN hybrid nanocomposites was due to a synergistic effect following the Z-scheme charge transfer mechanism to enhanced charge-separation ability. Therefore, the CrSTO/g-CN hybrid nanocomposites could be of potential interest for water splitting, new fuels synthesis and environmental remediation under natural sunlight. - Highlights: • We synthesized the CrSTO/g-CN nanocomposites via a green and facile method. • CrSTO/g-CN nanocomposites showed an enhanced visible light photocatalytic activity than CrSTO and g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}. • A possible Z-scheme charge transfer mechanism was proposed in our paper.

  1. A ternary TiO2/WO3/graphene nanocomposite adsorbent: facile preparation and efficient removal of Rhodamine B

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    Zhang, Yong-qiang; Li, Xiao-hui; Lü, Jie; Si, Chong-dian; Liu, Guang-jun; Gao, Hong-tao; Wang, Pi-bo

    2014-08-01

    Ternary TiO2/WO3/graphene (TWG) nanocomposites were prepared by a facile salt-ultrasonic assisted hydrothermal method. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption. Both anatase TiO2 and orthorhombic WO3 formed in the nanocomposites, along with a highly disordered overlay of individual graphene nanosheets. Polyhedral and spherical TiO2 and WO3 nanoparticles of uniform size 10-30 nm were densely anchored to the graphene sheets. The maximum specific surface area of the products was 144.59 m2·g-1. The products showed clear abilities for the removal of Rhodamine B in the absence of illumination. Furthermore, the adsorption activity of the products exhibited only a slight decrease after three successive cycles. The results demonstrate that the ternary nanocomposites could be used as a high-efficiency adsorbent for the removal of environmental contaminants.

  2. Ferroferric oxide/polystyrene (Fe3O4/PS superparamagnetic nanocomposite via facile in situ bulk radical polymerization

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    Full Text Available Organo-modified ferroferric oxide superparamagnetic nanoparticles, synthesized by the coprecipitation of superparamagnetic nanoparticles in presence of oleic acid (OA, were incorporated in polystyrene (PS by the facile in situ bulk radical polymerization by using 2,2-azobisisobutyronitrile (AIBN as initiator. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM analysis of the resultant uniform ferroferric oxide/polystyrene superparamagnetic nanocomposite (Fe3O4/PS showed that the superparamagnetic nanoparticles had been dispersed homogeneously in the polymer matrix due to the surface grafted polystyrene, confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR spectroscopy and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA. The superparamagnetic property of the Fe3O4/PS nanocomposite was testified by the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM analysis. The strategy developed is expected to be applied for the large-scale industrial manufacturing of the superparamagnetic polymer nanocomposite.

  3. Synthesis and Antimicrobial Activity of a Silver-Hydroxyapatite Nanocomposite

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    2009-01-01

    A silver-hydroxyapatite nanocomposite has been obtained by a colloidal chemical route and subsequent reduction process in H2/Ar atmosphere at 350∘C. This material has been characterized by TEM, XRD, and UV-Visible spectroscopy, showing the silver nanoparticles (∼65 nm) supported onto the HA particles (∼130 nm) surface without a high degree of agglomeration. The bactericidal effect against common Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria has been also investigated. The results indicated a high ...

  4. Green synthesis of colloid silver nanoparticles and resulting biodegradable starch/silver nanocomposites.

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    Cheviron, Perrine; Gouanvé, Fabrice; Espuche, Eliane

    2014-08-08

    Environmentally friendly silver nanocomposite films were prepared by an ex situ method consisting firstly in the preparation of colloidal silver dispersions and secondly in the dispersion of the as-prepared nanoparticles in a potato starch/glycerol matrix, keeping a green chemistry process all along the synthesis steps. In the first step concerned with the preparation of the colloidal silver dispersions, water, glucose and soluble starch were used as solvent, reducing agent and stabilizing agent, respectively. The influences of the glucose amount and reaction time were investigated on the size and size distribution of the silver nanoparticles. Two distinct silver nanoparticle populations in size (diameter around 5 nm size for the first one and from 20 to 50 nm for the second one) were distinguished and still highlighted in the potato starch/glycerol based nanocomposite films. It was remarkable that lower nanoparticle mean sizes were evidenced by both TEM and UV-vis analyses in the nanocomposites in comparison to the respective colloidal silver dispersions. A dispersion mechanism based on the potential interactions developed between the nanoparticles and the polymer matrix and on the polymer chain lengths was proposed to explain this morphology. These nanocomposite film series can be viewed as a promising candidate for many applications in antimicrobial packaging, biomedicines and sensors.

  5. Synthesis of mesoporous polythiophene/MnO 2 nanocomposite and its enhanced pseudocapacitive properties

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    Lu, Qing; Zhou, Yikai

    Mesoporous nanocomposite of polythiophene and MnO 2 has been synthesized by a modified interfacial method, aiming to develop electrode materials for supercapactitors with an enhanced cycle performance and high-rate capability. The N 2 adsorption/desorption isotherm test of the prepared hybrid indicates a high surface area and a typical mesoporous feature. A uniform hierarchical microstructure with submicron-spheres assembled from ultrathin nanosheet with diameters less than 10 nm has been confirmed by field-emission scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The employed interfacial synthesis is found to be advantageous to retard the overgrowth of nuclei. The retention of 97.3% of its initial capacitance after 1000 cycles at a charge/discharge rate of 2 A g -1 indicates excellent cycle performance of the nanocomposite electrode. At a high-rate charge/discharge process of 10 A g -1, the nanocomposite electrode retained 76.6% of its capacitance at 1 A g -1, suggesting good high-power capability. The important roles of polythiophene in the as-prepared nanocomposite are highlighted in terms of their functions on enhancing the electrical conductivity and constraining the dissolution of manganese oxides during charge-discharge cycles.

  6. Microfluidic reactor synthesis and photocatalytic behavior of Cu@Cu{sub 2}O nanocomposite

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    Xu, Lei, E-mail: xulei_kmust@aliyun.com [National Local Joint Laboratory of Engineering Application of Microwave Energy and Equipment Technology, Faculty of Metallurgical and Energy Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093 (China); Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195 (United States); Srinivasakannan, C. [Chemical Engineering Program, The Petroleum Institute, PO Box 253, Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates); Peng, Jinhui, E-mail: jhpeng@kmust.edu.cn [National Local Joint Laboratory of Engineering Application of Microwave Energy and Equipment Technology, Faculty of Metallurgical and Energy Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093 (China); Yan, Mi [Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University College London, London WC1E 6BT (United Kingdom); Zhang, Di [Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195 (United States); Zhang, Libo [National Local Joint Laboratory of Engineering Application of Microwave Energy and Equipment Technology, Faculty of Metallurgical and Energy Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093 (China)

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • The Cu@Cu{sub 2}O nanocomposites were synthesized in microfluidic reactor followed by oxidation process. • The Cu@Cu{sub 2}O composite particle is on nanoscale exhibiting an open bicontinuous structure. • The amount of Cu{sub 2}O can be controlled by varying drying temperature. • The binary Cu@Cu{sub 2}O–H{sub 2}O{sub 2} systems exhibit an excellent photocatalyst for degradation methylene blue under UV irradiation. - Abstract: The Cu@Cu{sub 2}O nanocomposites were synthesized by solution-phase synthesis of Cu nanoparticles in microfluidic reactor at room temperature, followed by controlling the oxidation process. The size, morphology, elemental compositions, and the chemical composition on the surface of Cu@Cu{sub 2}O nanocomposite were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Experimental results demonstrated that the surface of the Cu nanoparticles was oxidized to Cu{sub 2}O which serves as the shell of nanoparticle. The amount of Cu{sub 2}O can be controlled by varying the drying temperature. Additionally the binary Cu@Cu{sub 2}O nanocomposite along with H{sub 2}O{sub 2} exhibited its potential as an excellent photocatalyst for degradation of methylene blue (MB) under UV irradiation.

  7. Synthesis of Silver-Doped Zinc Oxide Nanocomposite by Pulse Mode Ultrasonication and Its Characterization Studies

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    T. Siva Vijayakumar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of silver-doped zinc oxide (Ag:ZnO nanocomposite material was achieved using a simple chemical coprecipitation method, in which 0.2 M zinc chloride and 0.001 M silver nitrate coprecipitated with 25% ammonia solution by pulse mode dispersion using ultrasonicator. The obtained silvery white precipitate was dried overnight at 110°C in hot air oven, and the powder was collected. The resulted Ag:ZnO nanocomposite was structurally and optically characterized using various techniques. The X-ray diffraction (XRD pattern clearly showed the presence of crystalline Ag:ZnO particles. Further, UV-Vis spectrophotometer and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR results showed the presence of Ag:ZnO nanocomposite at specific wavelengths. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM and transmission electron microscopy (TEM analysis confirm that the synthesized Ag:ZnO nanocomposite material was truncated nanorod in shape and has 48 to 226 nm size in diameter.

  8. Green synthesis, characterization, and anticancer activity of hyaluronan/zinc oxide nanocomposite.

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    Namvar, Farideh; Azizi, Susan; Rahman, Heshu Sulaiman; Mohamad, Rosfarizan; Rasedee, Abdullah; Soltani, Mozhgan; Rahim, Raha Abdul

    2016-01-01

    The study describes an in situ green biosynthesis of zinc oxide nanocomposite using the seaweed Sargassum muticum water extract and hyaluronan biopolymer. The morphology and optical properties of the hyaluronan/zinc oxide (HA/ZnO) nanocomposite were determined by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and ultraviolet-vis analysis. Electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the zinc oxide nanoparticles were polydispersed with a mean size of 10.2±1.5 nm. The nanoparticles were mostly hexagonal in crystalline form. The HA/ZnO nanocomposite showed the absorption properties in the ultraviolet zone that is ascribed to the band gap of zinc oxide nanocomposite. In the cytotoxicity study, cancer cells, pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PANC-1), ovarian adenocarcinoma (CaOV-3), colonic adenocarcinoma (COLO205), and acute promyelocytic leukemia (HL-60) cells were treated with HA/ZnO nanocomposite. At 72 hours of treatment, the half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) value via the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay was 10.8±0.3 μg/mL, 15.4±1.2 μg/mL, 12.1±0.9 μg/mL, and 6.25±0.5 μg/mL for the PANC-1, CaOV-3, COLO-205, and HL-60 cells, respectively, showing that the composite is most toxic to the HL-60 cells. On the other hand, HA/ZnO nanocomposite treatment for 72 hours did not cause toxicity to the normal human lung fibroblast (MRC-5) cell line. Using fluorescent dyes and flow cytometry analysis, HA/ZnO nanocomposite caused G2/M cell cycle arrest and stimulated apoptosis-related increase in caspase-3 and -7 activities of the HL-60 cells. Thus, the study shows that the HA/ZnO nanocomposite produced through green synthesis has great potential to be developed into an efficacious therapeutic agent for cancers.

  9. CdS/ZnS nanocomposites: from mechanochemical synthesis to cytotoxicity issues

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    Baláž, Peter; Baláž, Matej [Institute of Geotechnics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, 04001 Košice (Slovakia); Dutková, Erika, E-mail: dutkova@saske.sk [Institute of Geotechnics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, 04001 Košice (Slovakia); Zorkovská, Anna [Institute of Geotechnics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, 04001 Košice (Slovakia); Kováč, Jaroslav; Hronec, Pavol; Kováč, Jaroslav [Institute of Electronics and Photonics, Slovak University of Technology and International Laser Centre, 81219 Bratislava (Slovakia); Čaplovičová, Mária [STU Centre for Nanodiagnostics, Slovak University of Technology, Vazovova 5, 812 43 Bratislava (Slovakia); Mojžiš, Ján; Mojžišová, Gabriela [Faculty of Medicine, P. J. Šafárik University, 04011 Košice (Slovakia); Eliyas, Alexander; Kostova, Nina G. [Institute of Catalysis, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria)

    2016-01-01

    CdS/ZnS nanocomposites have been prepared by a two-step solid-state mechanochemical synthesis. CdS has been prepared from cadmium acetate and sodium sulfide precursors in the first step. The obtained cubic CdS (hawleyite, JCPDS 00-010-0454) was then mixed in the second step with the cubic ZnS (sphalerite, JCPDS 00-005-0566) synthesized mechanochemically from the analogous precursors. The crystallite sizes of the new type CdS/ZnS nanocomposite, calculated based on the XRD data, were 3–4 nm for both phases. The synthesized nanoparticles have been further characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and micro-photoluminescence (μPL) spectroscopy. The PL emission peaks in the PL spectra are attributed to the recombination of holes/electrons in the nanocomposites occurring in depth associated with Cd, Zn vacancies and S interstitials. Their photocatalytic activity was also measured. In the photocatalytic activity tests to decolorize Methyl Orange dye aqueous solution, the process is faster and its effectivity is higher when using CdS/ZnS nanocomposite, compared to single phase CdS. Very low cytotoxic activity (high viability) of the cancer cell lines (selected as models of living cells) has been evidenced for CdS/ZnS in comparison with CdS alone. This fact is in a close relationship with Cd(II) ions dissolution tested in a physiological solution. The concentration of cadmium dissolved from CdS/ZnS nanocomposites with variable Cd:Zn ratio was 2.5–5.0 μg.mL{sup −1}, whereas the concentration for pure CdS was much higher — 53 μg.ml{sup −1}. The presence of ZnS in the nanocrystalline composite strongly reduced the release of cadmium into the physiological solution, which simulated the environment in the human body. The obtained CdS/ZnS quantum dots can serve as labeling media and co-agents in future anti-cancer drugs, because of their potential in theranostic applications. - Highlights: • CdS/ZnS nanocomposites with crystallite

  10. Synthesis of noble metal/graphene nanocomposites without surfactants by one-step reduction of metal salt and graphene oxide.

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    Kim, Seung-Hyun; Jeong, Gyoung Hwa; Choi, Donghyeuk; Yoon, Sunyoung; Jeon, Heung Bae; Lee, Sang-Min; Kim, Sang-Wook

    2013-01-01

    We carried out hydrazine-free, surfactant-free synthesis of noble metal/graphene nanocomposites. The reduction of the noble metals and GO was carried out simultaneously in hot water using ascorbic acid as a reductant. In the noble metal/graphene nanocomposites of Pd, Pt, Au, and Ag nanoparticles, the GO and metal salts were reduced completely by this synthetic method. In addition, the Pd/graphene nanocomposites showed good catalytic activity in the Suzuki coupling reaction and could be reused many times without loss of catalytic activity.

  11. Synthesis and microwave absorption properties of PPy/Co nanocomposites

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    Luo, Juhua, E-mail: luojuhua@163.com [School of Materials Engineering, Yancheng Institute of Technology, Yancheng 224051 (China); Gao, Duoduo [School of Material Science and Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China)

    2014-11-15

    Polypyrrole (PPy)/cobalt (Co) nanocomposites were successfully prepared by an in-situ polymerization of pyrrole in the presence of synthesized Co nanoparticles. Characterization of the product was accomplished by XRD, TEM, FT-IR, VSM, and vector network analyzer techniques. XRD analysis revealed that characteristic diffraction peaks of polypyrrole and Co appeared at the same time in nanocomposites. FT-IR analysis indicated a successful conjugation of Co particles with polypyrrole. TEM confirmed the formation of a core-shell structure with a wide particle size distribution. Magnetization measurements showed that polypyrrole coating decreased the saturation magnetization of Co significantly. With the increase of the matching thickness, the absorption peak varied towards low frequency direction. When the matching thickness was 3.0 mm, the value of the maximum reflection loss (RL) was −20.0 dB at 13.8 GHz with the 7.2 GHz bandwidth. - Highlights: • The influence of PPy on the structure of Co is discussed. • The influence of PPy on the magnetic properties of Co is discussed. • The influence of PPy on the absorption property of Co is discussed. • PPy/Co possessed the excellent absorption property.

  12. Synthesis of malachite@clay nanocomposite for rapid scavenging of cationic and anionic dyes from synthetic wastewater.

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    Srivastava, Varsha; Sillanpää, Mika

    2017-01-01

    Synthesis of malachite@clay nanocomposite was successfully carried out for the removal of cationic (Methylene Blue, MB) and anionic dyes (Congo Red, CR) from synthetic wastewater. Nanocomposite was characterized by TEM, SEM, FT-IR, EDS analysis and zeta potential. TEM analysis indicated that the particle diameter of nanocomposite was in the range of 14 to 23nm. Various important parameters viz. contact time, concentration of dyes, nanocomposite dosage, temperature and solution pH were optimized to achieve maximum adsorption capacity. In the case of MB, removal decreased from 99.82% to 93.67% while for CR, removal decreased from 88.55% to 75.69% on increasing dye concentration from 100 to 450mg/L. pH study confirmed the higher removal of CR in acidic range while MB removal was higher in alkaline range. Kinetic study revealed the applicability of pseudo-second-order model for the adsorption of both dyes. Negative values of ΔG(0) for both systems suggested the feasibility of dye removal and support for spontaneous adsorption of CR and MB on nanocomposite. Nanocomposite showed 277.77 and 238.09mg/g Langmuir adsorption capacity for MB and CR respectively. Desorption of dyes from the dye loaded nanocomposite was easily carried out with acetone. The results indicate that the prepared malachite@clay nanocomposite is an efficient adsorbent with high adsorption capacity for the aforementioned dyes. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  13. Low-temperature Magnesiothermic Synthesis of Mesoporous Silicon Carbide from an MCM-48/Polyacrylamide Nanocomposite Precursor

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    Zahra Saeedifar; Amir Abbas Nourbakhsh; Roozbeh Javad Kalbasi; Ebrahim Karamian

    2013-01-01

    Mesoporous silicon carbide with high specific surface area was successfully synthesized from an MCM-48/polyacrylamide nanocomposite precursor in the temperature range of 550-600 ℃ (below the melting point of Mg) by means of a magnesiothermic reduction process.The MCM-48/polyacrylamide precursor nanocomposite was prepared by in-situ polymerization of acrylamide monomer in the presence of mesoporous MCM-48 synthesized by sol-gel method.The physicochemical properties and microstructures of the nanocomposite precursor and the low-temperature SiC product were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD),differential scanning calorimetry-thermo gravimetric analysis (DSC-TGA),transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and N2 adsorption-desorption.TEM micrographs and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) gas adsorption studies showed that the SiC powder was nanocrystalline and had a specific surface area of 330 m2/g and a mesoporosity in the range of 2-10 nm.The presence of an exothermic peak in the DSC trace corresponds to the self-combustion process of the SiC magnesiothermic synthesis.The results also show that the carbon in excess to that required to produce SiC plays a role in the reduction of the SiO2.The mechanism of magnesiothermic synthesis of mesoporous SiC is discussed.

  14. GRAPHENE BASED METAL AND METAL OXIDE NANOCOMPOSITES: SYNTHESIS, PROPERTIES AND THEIR APPLICATIONS

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    Khan, Mujeeb

    2015-06-11

    Graphene, an atomically thin two-dimensional carbonaceous material, has attracted tremendous attention in the scientific community, due to its exceptional electronic, electrical, and mechanical properties. Indeed, with the recent explosion of methods for a large-scale synthesis of graphene, the number of publications related to graphene and other graphene based materials have increased exponentially. Particularly the easy preparation of graphene like materials, such as, highly reduced graphene oxide (HRG) via reduction of graphite oxide (GO), offers a wide range of possibilities for the preparation of graphene based inorganic nanocomposites by the incorporation of various functional nanomaterials for a variety of applications. In this review, we discuss the current development of graphene based metal and metal oxide nanocomposites, with a detailed account of their synthesis and properties. Specifically, much attention has been given to their wide range of applications in various fields, including, electronics, electrochemical and electrical fields. Overall, by the inclusion of various references, this review covers in detail aspects of the graphene-based inorganic nanocomposites.

  15. Metal organic framework derived magnetically separable 3-dimensional hierarchical Ni@C nanocomposites: Synthesis and adsorption properties

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    Song, Yixuan; Qiang, Tingting; Ye, Ming; Ma, Qiuyang; Fang, Zhen

    2015-12-01

    Design an effective absorbent that has high surface area, and perfect recyclable is imperative for pollution elimination. Herein, we report a facile two-step strategy to fabricate magnetically separable 3-dimensional (3D) hierarchical carbon-coated nickel (Ni@C) nanocomposites by calcinating nickel based metal organic framework (Ni3(OH)2(C8H4O4)2(H2O)4). SEM and TEM images illuminate that the nanocomposites were constructed by 8 nm nickel nanoparticle encapsulated in 3D flake like carbon. The specific surface area of the obtained nanocomposites is up to 120.38 m2 g-1. Room temperature magnetic measurement indicates the nanocomposites show soft magnetism property, which endows the nanocomposites with an ideal fast magnetic separable property. The maximum adsorption capacity of the nanocomposites for rhodamine B is 84.5 mg g-1. Furthermore, the nanocomposites also exhibit a high adsorption capacity for heavy metal ions. The adsorbent can be very easily separated from the solution by using a common magnet without exterior energy. The as-prepared Ni@C nanocomposites can apply in waste water treatment on a large-scale as a new adsorbent with high efficiency and excellent recyclability.

  16. Euphorbia heterophylla leaf extract mediated green synthesis of Ag/TiO2 nanocomposite and investigation of its excellent catalytic activity for reduction of variety of dyes in water.

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    Atarod, Monireh; Nasrollahzadeh, Mahmoud; Mohammad Sajadi, S

    2016-01-15

    This work reports a facile and green synthesis of Ag/TiO2 nanocomposite by extract of leaves of Euphorbia heterophylla without any stabilizer or surfactant. The green synthesized Ag/TiO2 nanocomposite was characterized by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) and UV-vis. The Ag/TiO2 nanocomposite was found to be effective catalyst for reduction of various dyes, such as 4-nitrophenol (4-NP), Methyl orange (MO), Congo red (CR) and Methylene blue (MB) in the presence of NaBH4 in water at room temperature. Catalysis reactions were monitored by employing UV-vis spectroscopy. Catalysis reactions followed pseudo-first order rate equation. The catalyst can be recovered and reused several times without significant loss of its catalytic activity. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  17. Sol–gel synthesis and luminescence of undoped and Mn-doped zinc orthosilicate phosphor nanocomposites

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    El Ghoul, J., E-mail: ghoultn@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux et des Nanomatériaux Appliquée à l’Environnement, Faculté des Sciences de Gabès, Cité Erriadh Manara Zrig, 6072 Gabès (Tunisia); El Mir, L. [Laboratoire de Physique des Matériaux et des Nanomatériaux Appliquée à l’Environnement, Faculté des Sciences de Gabès, Cité Erriadh Manara Zrig, 6072 Gabès (Tunisia); Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU), College of Sciences, Departement of Physics, Riyadh 11623 (Saudi Arabia)

    2014-04-15

    Zn{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} and Zn{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}:Mn particles embedded in SiO{sub 2} host matrix prepared by sol gel method under supercritical conditions of ethyl alcohol in two steps. Were prepared by a simple solid-phase reaction under natural atmosphere at 1200 °C after the incorporation of ZnO and ZnO:Mn nanoparticles, respectively, in silica monolith. In the case of SiO{sub 2}/Zn{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} nanocomposite, the powder with an average particle size of 80 nm shows a strong luminescence band centred at around 760 nm in the visible range. In addition, the PL spectrum for the SiO{sub 2}/Zn{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}:Mn nanocomposite showed that a dominant peak at 525 nm appeared, which originated from the {sup 4}T{sub 1}–{sup 6}A{sub 1} transitions of Mn{sup 2+} ions. The luminescence properties of nanocomposites were characterized by emission and excitation spectra as well their dependencies of upon temperature and power excitation density. -- Highlights: • The Synthesis of Zn{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} nanocomposites. • Structural and optical characterizations of Zn{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} and Zn{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}:Mn nanocomposites. • The willemite α-Zn{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} structure was formed to the heat treatment temperature 1200 °C. • The powder exhibits a nanometric size. • Strong bands of luminescence have appeared.

  18. Synthesis, characterization and multifunctional properties of plasmonic Ag-TiO2 nanocomposites

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    Prakash, Jai; Kumar, Promod; Harris, R. A.; Swart, Chantel; Neethling, J. H.; Janse van Vuuren, A.; Swart, H. C.

    2016-09-01

    We report on the synthesis of multifunctional Ag-TiO2 nanocomposites and their optical, physio-chemical, surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and antibacterial properties. A series of Ag-TiO2 nanocomposites were synthesized by sol-gel technique and characterized by x-ray diffraction, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersed x-ray analysis, photoluminescence, UV-vis, x-ray photoelectron and Raman spectroscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller method. The Ag nanoparticles (NPs) (7-20 nm) were found to be uniformly distributed around and strongly attached to TiO2 NPs. The novel optical responses of the nanocomposites are due to the strong electric field from the localized surface plasmon (LSP) excitation of the Ag NPs and decreased recombination of photo-induced electrons and holes at Ag-TiO2 interface providing potential materials for photocatalysis. The nanocomposites show enhancement in the SERS signals of methyl orange (MO) molecules with increasing Ag content attributed to the long-range electromagnetic enhancement from the excited LSP of the Ag NPs. To further understand the SERS activity, molecular mechanics and molecular dynamics simulations were used to study the geometries and SERS enhancement of MO adsorbed onto Ag-TiO2 respectively. Simulation results indicate that number of ligands (MO) that adsorb onto the Ag NPs as well as binding energy per ligand increases with increasing NP density and molecule-to-surface orientation is mainly flat resulting in strong bond strength between MO and Ag NP surface and enhanced SERS signals. The antimicrobial activity of the Ag-TiO2 nanocomposites was tested against the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus and enhanced antibacterial effect was observed with increasing Ag content explained by contact killing action mechanism. These results foresee promising applications of the plasmonic metal-semiconductor based nano-biocomposites for both chemical and biological samples.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite powders of calcium phosphate/titanium oxide for biomedical applications

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    Delima, S.A.; Camargo, N.H.A.; Souza, J.C.P.; Gemelli, E., E-mail: sarahamindelima@hotmail.com, E-mail: dem2nhac@joinville.udesc.br, E-mail: souzajulio@joinville.udesc.br, E-mail: gemelli@joinville.udesc.br [Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (UDESC), Joinville, SC (Brazil). Centro de Ciencias Tecnologicas

    2009-07-01

    The nanostructured bioceramics of calcium phosphate are current themes of research and they are becoming important as bone matrix in regeneration of tissues in orthopedic and dental applications. Nanocomposite powders of calcium phosphate, reinforced with nanometric particles of titanium oxide, silica oxide and alumina oxid ealpha, are being widely studied because they offer new microstructures, nanostructures and interconnected microporosity with high superficial area of micropores that contribute to osteointegration and osteoinduction processes. This study is about the synthesis of nanocomposites powders of calcium phosphate reinforced with 1%, 2%, 3% and 5% in volume of titanium oxide and its characterization through the techniques of X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA), Thermogravimetry (TG) and Dilatometry. (author)

  20. Synthesis, characterization and antimicrobial activity of alkaline ion-exchanged ZnO/bentonite nanocomposites

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    Hamideh Pouraboulghasem; Mohammad Ghorbanpour; Razieh Shayegh; Samaneh Lotfiman

    2016-01-01

    Nanocomposites of zinc/bentonite clay were synthesized for use as an antibacterial material by a quick and simple alkaline ion exchange method. The synthesis of zinc doped bentonite nanocomposite was accomplished by placing bentonite in a melting bath of ZnSO4 for 10, 20, 40, 60 and 90 min. The complexes were characterized by XRD, SEM and DRS. XRD analyses and SEM observations confirmed the diffusion of zinc to the clay surfaces. Antibacterial activity tests againstEscherichia coli showed that bentonite did not present any antibacterial properties, but after alkaline ion exchange treatment, inhibition was noted. The highest antibacterial activity was observed with ZnO/bentonite composite alkaline ion exchange for 60 and 90 min. Interestingly, the leaching test indicated that ZnO/bentonite did not present any risk for drinking water treatment.

  1. Novel Electrochemical Synthesis of Polypyrrole/Ag Nanocomposite and Its Electrocatalytic Performance towards Hydrogen Peroxide Reduction

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    Ruma Gupta

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A simple electrochemical method of synthesis of polypyrrole/silver (PPy/Ag nanocomposite is presented. The method is based on potentiodynamic polymerization of pyrrole followed by electrodeposition of silver employing a single potentiostatic pulse. The synthesized PPy film has embedded Ag nanocubes. The morphology and structure of the resulting nanocomposite were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Electron paramagnetic resonance studies showed that silver nanoparticle deposition on polypyrrole leads to an increase in carrier density, indicative of enhanced conductivity of the resulting composite. Electrocatalytic performance of the prepared composite was examined for reduction of hydrogen peroxide and was compared with corresponding PPy film and bare glassy carbon electrode.

  2. Synthesis and Antimicrobial Activity of a Silver-Hydroxyapatite Nanocomposite

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    Marcos Díaz

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available A silver-hydroxyapatite nanocomposite has been obtained by a colloidal chemical route and subsequent reduction process in H2/Ar atmosphere at 350∘C. This material has been characterized by TEM, XRD, and UV-Visible spectroscopy, showing the silver nanoparticles (∼65 nm supported onto the HA particles (∼130 nm surface without a high degree of agglomeration. The bactericidal effect against common Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria has been also investigated. The results indicated a high antimicrobial activity for Staphylococcus aureus, Pneumococcus and Escherichia coli, so this material can be a promising antimicrobial biomaterial for implant and reconstructive surgery applications.

  3. Green Synthesis and Characterization of Carbon Nanotubes/Polyaniline Nanocomposites

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    Van Hoa Nguyen

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Carbon nanotubes/polyaniline (CNT/PANI nanocomposites were synthesized by the interfacial polymerization of aniline in the presence of CNTs using two green solvents, water and an ionic liquid (1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, [bmim][BF4], as the two phases. The formation and incorporation of PANI on the surface of the CNTs were confirmed by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The analyses showed that the surface of the CNTs was coated with different morphologies of thin PANI layers depending on whether a HCl or HNO3 solution was used. The thermal stability of the composites was much better than that of the bare CNTs and pure PANI. The as-prepared composites were also used to modify the nickel foam electrodes for characterization of the electrochemical properties.

  4. Synthesis of vinyl polymer-silica colloidal nanocomposites prepared using commercial alcoholic silica sols.

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    Percy, M J; Amalvy, J I; Randall, D P; Armes, S P; Greaves, S J; Watts, J F

    2004-03-16

    The surfactant-free synthesis of vinyl polymer-silica nanocomposite particles has been achieved in aqueous alcoholic media at ambient temperature in the absence of auxiliary comonomers. Styrene, methyl methacrylate, methyl acrylate, n-butyl acrylate, and 2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate were homopolymerized in turn in the presence of three commercially available ultrafine alcoholic silica sols. Stable colloidal dispersions with reasonably narrow size distributions were obtained, with silica contents of up to 58% by mass indicated by thermogravimetric analysis. Particle size distributions were assessed using both dynamic light scattering and disk centrifuge photosedimentometry. The former technique indicated that the particle size increased for the first 1-2 h at 25 degrees C and thereafter remained constant. Particle morphologies were studied using electron microscopy. Most of the colloidal nanocomposites comprised approximately spherical particles with relatively narrow size distributions, but in some cases more polydisperse or nonspherical particles were obtained. Selected acrylate-based nanocomposites were examined in terms of their film formation behavior. Scanning electron microscopy studies indicated relatively smooth films were obtained on drying at 20 degrees C, with complete loss of the original particle morphology. The optical clarity of solution-cast 10 microm nanocomposite films was assessed using visible absorption spectrophotometry, with 93-98% transmission being obtained from 400 to 800 nm; the effect of long-term immersion of such films in aqueous solutions was also examined. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy studies indicated that the surface compositions of these nanocomposite particles are invariably silica-rich, which is consistent with their long-term colloidal stability and also with aqueous electrophoresis measurements. FT-IR studies suggested that in the case of the poly(methyl methacrylate)-silica nanocomposite particles, the carbonyl ester

  5. Synthesis of silver-incorporated hydroxyapatite nanocomposites for antimicrobial implant coatings

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    Liu, Xiangmei; Mou, Yanan; Wu, Shuilin; Man, H. C.

    2013-05-01

    Because of excellent osteoconductivity and resorbability, hydroxyapatite (HA) is commonly used as a bone substitute material or implant coating. Both ionic and metallic silver are considered to have a broad spectrum of antimicrobial properties especially associated with biomaterial-related infections. The present work proposes a facile chemical reduction method to synthesize an Ag incorporated HA nanocomposite. Ammoniacal silver solution was firstly prepared and then added into the HA solution, followed by hydrazine hydrate (N2H4·H2O) being used to reduce the silver ions to metallic silver. The formed Ag nanoparticles had diameters of 20-30 nm and were firmly attached on the HA particle surfaces. This approach can also keep the integrity of the HA chemical structure and the morphology. The strain Escherichia coli was used to evaluate the antibacterial effect of the nanocomposite. An In vitro bacterial adhesion study indicated a significant enhancement in the antibacterial property of silver containing HA.

  6. Green synthesis, characterization, and anticancer activity of hyaluronan/zinc oxide nanocomposites

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    Namvar F

    2016-07-01

    were treated with HA/ZnO nanocomposite. At 72 hours of treatment, the half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50 value via the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT assay was 10.8±0.3 µg/mL, 15.4±1.2 µg/mL, 12.1±0.9 µg/mL, and 6.25±0.5 µg/mL for the PANC-1, CaOV-3, COLO-205, and HL-60 cells, respectively, showing that the composite is most toxic to the HL-60 cells. On the other hand, HA/ZnO nanocomposite treatment for 72 hours did not cause toxicity to the normal human lung fibroblast (MRC-5 cell line. Using fluorescent dyes and flow cytometry analysis, HA/ZnO nanocomposite caused G2/M cell cycle arrest and stimulated apoptosis-related increase in caspase-3 and -7 activities of the HL-60 cells. Thus, the study shows that the HA/ZnO nanocomposite produced through green synthesis has great potential to be developed into an efficacious therapeutic agent for cancers. Keywords: green synthesis, hyaluronan, zinc oxide nanocomposite, anticancer activity

  7. A Facile Synthesis of Pyrrolidine Derivatives

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    SHAO Zhi-Hui; CHEN Jing-Bo; WANG Cheng-Ying; LIU Xiao-Long; REN Zhou-Yang; TU Yong-Qiang; ZHANG Hong-Bin

    2003-01-01

    @@ The Amaryllidaceae alkaloids have attracted considerable attention for their interesting biological activities. [1] Many of these tyrosine derived alkaloids[2] incorporate a hexahydroindole moiety in the structural skeletons. New approaches towards the synthesis of hexahydroindole core have been a topical interest for the synthetic community.Herein we report an experimentally very simple method for the synthesis of hexahydroindole by aminocylization. Four kinds of N-substituted have been demonstrate to be effective to this cyclization. The results were summarized in Figure 1.

  8. Synthesis, thermolysis, and sensitivities of HMX/NC energetic nanocomposites

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    Wang, Yi, E-mail: wangyi528528@aliyun.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051 (China); Song, Xiaolan, E-mail: songxiaolan00@126.com [School of Chemical Engineering and Environment, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051 (China); Song, Dan [China Ordnance Institute of Science and Technology, Beijing 100089 (China); Liang, Li; An, Chongwei; Wang, Jingyu [School of Chemical Engineering and Environment, North University of China, Taiyuan 030051 (China)

    2016-07-15

    Highlights: • A novel energetic nanocomposite (i.e., HMX/NC nanocomposites) was fabricated in which nano-HMX imbedded in nano-NC matrix. • The usage of catalysts and solvent, which dominated the fabrication, was discussed. • Thermodynamic and kinetic parameters were calculated to probe the thermal decomposition of HMX/NC. • Decomposition products were detected by DSC-IR analysis. • Friction, impact, and thermal sensitivity tests were performed and the mechanism about the results was discussed. - Abstract: 1,3,5,7-Tetranittro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocane/nitrocellulose (HMX/NC) nanocomposites were successfully synthesized by an improved sol-gel-supercritical method. NC nanoparticles with a size of ∼30 nm were cross-linked to form a network structure, and HMX nanoparticles were imbedded in the nano-NC matrix. The key factors, i.e., the selection of catalyst and solvent, were probed. No phase transformation of the HMX occurred before or after fabrication, and the molecular structures of the HMX and NC did not change. Thermal analyses were performed, and the kinetic and thermodynamic parameters, such as activation energy (E{sub K}), per-exponent factor (lnA{sub K}), rate constant (k), activation heat (ΔH{sup ≠}), activation free energy (ΔG{sup ≠}), activation entropy (ΔS{sup ≠}), critical temperature of thermal explosion (T{sub b}), and critical heating rate of thermal explosion (dT/dt){sub Tb}, were calculated. The results indicate that HMX/NC presented a much lower activation energy (165.03 kJ/mol) than raw HMX (282.5 kJ/mol) or raw NC (175.51 kJ/mol). The chemical potential (ΔG{sup ≠}) for the thermal decomposition of HMX/NC has a positive value, which means that the activation of the molecules would not proceed spontaneously. The significantly lower ΔH{sup ≠} value of HMX/NC, which represents the heat needed to be absorbed by an explosive molecule to change it from its initial state to an activated state, implies that the molecules of HMX/NC are

  9. Synthesis and characterization of graphene/cellulose nanocomposite

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    Kafy, Abdullahil; Yadav, Mithilesh; Kumar, Kishor; Kumar, Kishore; Mun, Seongcheol; Gao, Xiaoyuan; Kim, Jaehwan

    2014-04-01

    Cellulose is one of attractive natural polysaccharides in nature due to its good chemical stability, mechanical strength, biocompatibility, hydrophilic, and biodegradation properties [1-2]. The main disadvantages of biopolymer films like cellulose are their poor mechanical properties. Modification of polymers with inorganic materials is a new way to improve polymer properties such as mechanical strength [3-4]. Presently, the use of graphene/graphene oxide (GO) in materials research has attracted tremendous attention in the past 40 years in various fields including biomedicine, information technology and nanotechnology[5-7]. Graphene, a single sheet of graphite, has an ideal 2D structure with a monolayer of carbon atoms packed into a honeycomb crystal plane. Using both experimental and theoretical scientific research, researchers including Geim, Rao and Stankovich [8-10] have described the attractiveness of graphene in the materials research field. Due to its sp2 hybrid carbon network as well as extraordinary mechanical, electronic, and thermal properties, graphene has opened new pathways for developing a wide range of novel functional materials. Perfect graphene does not exist naturally, but bulk and solution processable functionalized graphene materials including graphene oxide (GO) can now be prepared [11-13].The large surface area of GO has a number of functional groups, such as -OH, -COOH, -O- , and C=O, which make GO hydrophilic and readily dispersible in water as well as some organic solvents[14] , thereby providing a convenient access to fabrication of graphene-based materials by solution casting. According to several reports [15-17], GO can be dispersed throughout a selected polymer matrix to make GO-based nanocomposites with excellent mechanical and thermal properties. Since GO is prepared from low-cost graphite, it has an outstanding price advantage over CNTs, which has encouraged studies of GO/synthetic polymer composites [18-20]. In some reported papers

  10. Microwave assisted facile hydrothermal synthesis and characterization of zinc oxide flower grown on graphene oxide sheets for enhanced photodegradation of dyes

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    Kashinath, L.; Namratha, K.; Byrappa, K.

    2015-12-01

    Microwave assisted hydrothermal process of synthesis of ZnO-GO nanocomposite by using ZnCl2 and NaOH as precursors is being reported first time. In this investigation, a novel route to study on synthesis, interaction, kinetics and mechanism of hybrid zinc oxide-graphene oxide (ZnO-GO) nanocomposite using microwave assisted facile hydrothermal method has been reported. The results shows that the ZnO-GO nanocomposite exhibits an enhancement and acts as stable photo-response degradation performance of Brilliant Yellow under the UV light radiation better than pure GO and ZnO nanoparticles. The microwave exposure played a vital role in the synthesis process, it facilitates with well define crystalline structure, porosity and fine morphology of ZnO/GO nanocomposite. Different molar concentrations of ZnO precursors doped to GO sheets were been synthesized, characterized and their photodegradation performances were investigated. The optical studies by UV-vis and Photo Luminescence shows an increase in band gap of nanocomposite, which added an advantage in photodegradation performance. The in situ flower like ZnO nano particles are were densely decorated and anchored on the surfaces of graphene oxide sheets which aids in the enhancement of the surface area, adsorption, mass transfer of dyes and evolution of oxygen species. The nanocomposite having high surface area and micro/mesoporous in nature. This structure and morphology supports significantly in increasing photo catalytic performance legitimate to the efficient photosensitized electron injection and repressed electron recombination due to electron transfer process with GO as electron collector and transporter dependent on the proportion of GO in ZnO/GO composite.

  11. Surface Coating of Oxide Powders: A New Synthesis Method to Process Biomedical Grade Nano-Composites

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    Paola Palmero

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Composite and nanocomposite ceramics have achieved special interest in recent years when used for biomedical applications. They have demonstrated, in some cases, increased performance, reliability, and stability in vivo, with respect to pure monolithic ceramics. Current research aims at developing new compositions and architectures to further increase their properties. However, the ability to tailor the microstructure requires the careful control of all steps of manufacturing, from the synthesis of composite nanopowders, to their processing and sintering. This review aims at deepening understanding of the critical issues associated with the manufacturing of nanocomposite ceramics, focusing on the key role of the synthesis methods to develop homogeneous and tailored microstructures. In this frame, the authors have developed an innovative method, named “surface-coating process”, in which matrix oxide powders are coated with inorganic precursors of the second phase. The method is illustrated into two case studies; the former, on Zirconia Toughened Alumina (ZTA materials for orthopedic applications, and the latter, on Zirconia-based composites for dental implants, discussing the advances and the potential of the method, which can become a valuable alternative to the current synthesis process already used at a clinical and industrial scale.

  12. Biotemplate synthesis of polyaniline@cellulose nanowhiskers/natural rubber nanocomposites with 3D hierarchical multiscale structure and improved electrical conductivity.

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    Wu, Xiaodong; Lu, Canhui; Xu, Haoyu; Zhang, Xinxing; Zhou, Zehang

    2014-12-10

    Development of novel and versatile strategies to construct conductive polymer composites with low percolation thresholds and high mechanical properties is of great importance. In this work, we report a facile and effective strategy to prepare polyaniline@cellulose nanowhiskers (PANI@CNs)/natural rubber (NR) nanocomposites with 3D hierarchical multiscale structure. Specifically, PANI was synthesized in situ on the surface of CNs biotemplate to form PANI@CNs nanohybrids with high aspect ratio and good dispersity. Then NR latex was introduced into PANI@CNs nanohybrids suspension to enable the self-assembly of PANI@CNs nanohybrids onto NR latex microspheres. During cocoagulation process, PANI@CNs nanohybrids selectively located in the interstitial space between NR microspheres and organized into a 3D hierarchical multiscale conductive network structure in NR matrix. The combination of the biotemplate synthesis of PANI and latex cocoagulation method significantly enhanced the electrical conductivity and mechanical properties of the NR-based nanocomposites simultaneously. The electrical conductivity of PANI@CNs/NR nanocomposites containing 5 phr PANI showed 11 orders of magnitude higher than that of the PANI/NR composites at the same loading fraction,; meanwhile, the percolation threshold was drastically decreased from 8.0 to 3.6 vol %.

  13. A Facile and Green Synthesis of Sulforaphane

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    Tong Jian DING; Ling ZHOU; Xiao Ping CAO

    2006-01-01

    The compound sulforaphane (SFN, 1) has been synthesized via a facile and green synthetic strategy based on the modification of previous methods. Because of its high bioactivities and rare content in nature, the present work is of great important significance.

  14. A facile strategy to synthesize bimetallic Au/Ag nanocomposite film by layer-by-layer assembly technique

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    Zhang, Li; Wang, Cong; Zhang, Yi

    2012-05-01

    A facile strategy has been developed for the preparation of bimetallic gold-silver (Au-Ag) nanocomposite films by alternating absorption of poly-(ethyleneimine)-silver ions and Au onto substrates and subsequent reduction of the silver ions. The composition, micro-structure and properties of the {PEI-Ag/Au}n nanocomposite films were characterized by ultraviolet visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), transmisson electron microscopy (TEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). The UV-vis characteristic absorbances of {PEI-Ag/Au}n nanocomposite thin film increase almost linear with the number of bilayers, which indicates a process of uniform assembling. Appearance of a double plasmon bands in the visible region and the lack of apparent core-shell structures in the TEM images confirm the formation of bimetallic Au-Ag nanoparticles. The result of XPS also demonstrates the existence of Ag and Au nanoparticles in the nanocomposite films. TEM and FESEM images show that these Ag and Au nanoparticles in the films possess sphere structure with the size of 20-25 nm. The resulting {PEI-Ag/Au}n films inherit the properties from both the metal Ag and Au, which exhibits a unique performance in SERS and electrocatalytic activities to the oxidation of dopamine. As a result, the {PEI-Ag/Au}n films are more attractive compared to {PEI-Ag/PSS}n and {PEI/Au}n films.

  15. Materials Selection, Synthesis, and Dielectrical Properties of PVC Nanocomposites

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    Youssef Mobarak

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Materials selection process for electrical insulation application was carried out using Cambridge Engineering Selector (CES program. Melt mixing technique was applied to prepare polyvinyl-chloride- (PVC- nanofumed silica and nanomontmorillonite clay composites. Surface analysis and particles dispersibility were examined using scanning electron microscope. Dielectrical properties were assessed using Hipot tester. An experimental work for dielectric loss of the nanocomposite materials has been investigated in a frequency range of 10 Hz–50 kHz. The initial results using CES program showed that microparticles of silica and clay can improve electrical insulation properties and modulus of elasticity of PVC. Nano-montmorillonite clay composites were synthesized and characterized. Experimental analyses displayed that trapping properties of matrix are highly modified by the presence of nanofillers. The nanofumed silica and nanoclay particles were dispersed homogenously in PVC up to 10% wt/wt. Dielectric loss tangent constant of PVC-nanoclay composites was decreased successfully from 0.57 to 0.5 at 100 Hz using fillers loading from 1% to 10% wt/wt, respectively. Nano-fumed silica showed a significant influence on the electrical resistivity of PVC by enhancing it up to 1 × 1011 Ohm·m.

  16. Facile Synthesis, Silanization and Biodistribution of Biocompatible Quantum Dots

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    Ma, Nan; Marshall, Ann F.; Gambhir, Sanjiv S.; Rao, Jianghong

    2010-01-01

    Here we report a facile strategy to the synthesis of silica-coated quantum dots (QDs) for in vivo imaging. All the QD synthesis and silanization steps are conducted in water and methanol under mild conditions without involving any organometallic precursors and high temperature, oxygen-free environments. The as-prepared silica-coated QDs possess high quantum yields and are extremely stable in mouse serum. In addition, the silanization method developed here produces nanoparticles (NPs) with sma...

  17. Synthesis, characterization and electrical properties of Fe3O4/poly(vinyl alcohol-co-acrylic acid) nanocomposites

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    P, Jayakrishnan; Ramesan, M. T.

    2014-10-01

    This work focused on the synthesis of magnetite (Fe3O4)/poly(vinyl alcohol-co-acrylic acid) nanocomposite by in situ polymerization. The composite were characterized by FT-IR spectroscopy, XRD, SEM, TGA, AC and DC conductivity measurements. The spectroscopic studies revealed the molecular interaction between the polymer and nanocomposites. SEM, XRD indicated the uniform dispersion of nanoparticle inside the molecular chain of copolymer. TGA studies indicated the excellent thermal stability of copolymer nanocomposites. AC and DC conductivity of nanocomposites were higher than that of the copolymer and conductivity values were significantly increased with increase in concentration of metal oxide nanoparticles. These properties suggest that the polymer composite can be used as multifunctional material for nanoelectronics.

  18. A facile method for fabricating TiO2@mesoporous carbon and three-layered nanocomposites

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    Liu, Yong; Jin, Haibao; Zhu, Shenmin; Liu, Yunchun; Long, Mingce; Zhou, Yongfeng; Yan, Deyue

    2012-08-01

    Herein, we report a new and facile method for fabricating TiO2@mesoporous carbon hybrid materials. Uniform polydopamine (PDA) layers were coated onto the surface of titanate nanotubes (TNTs) and TiO2 nanorods (TNDs) through the spontaneous adhesion and self-polymerization of dopamine during the dipping process. Core-shell mesoporous carbon nanotubes with TiO2 nanorods or nanoparticles encapsulated inside (TiO2@MC) were then obtained by transforming PDA layers into carbonaceous ones through calcination in nitrogen at 800 °C. The thickness of the mesoporous carbon layers is tens of nanometers and can be controlled by adjusting the coated PDA layers through the self-polymerization reaction time. In addition, three-layered nanocomposites of TiO2@MC@MO (MO, metal oxide) can be readily prepared by utilizing PDA layers in TNTs@PDA or TNDs@PDA to adsorb the metal ions, followed by the calcination process.

  19. Synthesis of POP3HT/lead sulfide nanocomposites for hybrid solar cell

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    Zhou, Miaoxin

    2007-12-01

    The recent discovery of high efficiency multiexciton generation in lead sulfide (PbS) and lead selenide (PbSe) nanocrystals makes them promising materials for high efficiency solar cells. One complication of extracting charges from the nanocrystals is the insulating ligands capping their surfaces. In this dissertation, we have successfully developed and characterized a phosphonate functionalized poly-3-hexylthiophene (POP3HT-50) and used it in the direct synthesis of PbS nanocrystals without the aid of extraneous ligands. These POP3HT/PbS nanocomposites were characterized by HR-TEM, TM-AFM, 1H NMR and absorption spectroscopy. The nanocomposites were also incorporated into solar cell devices and tested under AM 1.5G conditions. Devices made of POP3HT-50/PbS nanocomposites show an order of magnitude improvement in photocurrent and power conversion efficiency (eta) when compared to that reported for a P3HT/PbS device (eta = 0.011% vs. 0.001%). The improved photocurrent is consistent with improved contact between PbS nanocrystals and POP3HT-50, presumably leading to more efficient charge transfer. However, the overall efficiencies of such devices were still very low suggesting that further modification was needed. Future research could be focused on developing functional conductive polymer with lower ionization potential (Ip) for proper band alignment with these infrared nanocrystals, and on developing elongated nanocrystals with proper aspect ratio to reduce the rate of Auger recombination (decay process of multiexciton state).

  20. Green synthesis of water-soluble nontoxic polymeric nanocomposites containing silver nanoparticles

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    Prozorova GF

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Galina F Prozorova,1 Alexsandr S Pozdnyakov,1 Nadezhda P Kuznetsova,1 Svetlana A Korzhova,1 Artem I Emel'yanov,1 Tamara G Ermakova,1 Tat'yana V Fadeeva,2 Larisa M Sosedova31AE Favorsky Irkutsk Institute of Chemistry, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Irkutsk, 2Scientific Center of Reconstructive and Restorative Surgery Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Medicinal Sciences, Irkutsk, 3Institute of Occupational Health and Human Ecology, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Medicinal Sciences, Angarsk, RussiaAbstract: New water-soluble nontoxic nanocomposites of nanosized silver particles in a polymer matrix were synthesized by a green chemistry method. Nontoxic poly(1-vinyl-1,2,4-triazole was used as a stabilizing precursor agent in aqueous medium. Glucose and dimethyl sulfoxide were used as the silver ion-reducing agents to yield silver nanoparticles 2–26 nm and 2–8 nm in size, respectively. The nanocomposites were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, ultraviolet-visible and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, atomic absorption, and thermogravimetric data analysis. The nanocomposites showed strong antimicrobial activity against Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria.Keywords: silver nanoparticles, poly(1-vinyl-1,2,4-triazole, glucose, dimethyl sulfoxide, green synthesis

  1. Seedless synthesis of nanocomposites, optical properties, and effects of additives on their surface resonance plasmon bands

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    Zaheer, Zoya; Aazam, Elham Shafik

    2017-07-01

    The work describes an easy seedless competitive chemical reduction method for the synthesis of Ag@Au/Ag bimetallic nanoparticles by mixing AgNO3, HAuCl4 and cysteine. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) images show that the large number of irregular, cross-linking, and aggregated Ag@Au/Ag are formed in a reaction mixture (HAuCl4 + AgNO3 + cysteine), whereas flower-like nanocomposites are obtained in presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB), which acted as a shape-directing agent. Optical images reveal that the initially reaction proceeds through formation of purple color, which changes into dark brown color with the reaction time, indicating the formation of Ag@Au/Ag nanocomposites. The Ag+ has strong tendency to form complex with cysteine. Firstly, the reduction of Ag+ ions to Ag0 occurred by the sbnd HSsbnd group of the cysteine-Ag complex. Secondly, AuCl4- ions adsorbed on the positive surface of Ag0, which undergoes reduction by potential deposition, and leads to the formation of Ag@Au/Ag bimetallic nanoparticles. Inorganic electrolytes (NaCl, NaBr, NaNO3 and Na2SO4) have significant impact on the stability and aggregation of Ag@Au/Ag nanocomposites.

  2. Novel synthesis of tin oxide/graphene aerogel nanocomposites as anode materials for lithium ion batteries

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    Wu, Zheyu [College of Material Science and Engineering, Liaoning Technical University, Fuxin 123000 (China); Energy & Materials Engineering Centre, College of Physics and Materials Science, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Li, Xifei, E-mail: xfli2011@hotmail.com [Energy & Materials Engineering Centre, College of Physics and Materials Science, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Tai, Limin, E-mail: tailimin@163.com [College of Material Science and Engineering, Liaoning Technical University, Fuxin 123000 (China); Song, Haoze; Zhang, Yiyan; Yan, Bo; Fan, Linlin; Shan, Hui [Energy & Materials Engineering Centre, College of Physics and Materials Science, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Li, Dejun, E-mail: dli1961@126.com [Energy & Materials Engineering Centre, College of Physics and Materials Science, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300387 (China)

    2015-10-15

    A novel method of mechanical exfoliation followed by hydrothermal approach was proposed to synthesize the tin oxide/graphene aerogels (SnO{sub 2}/GAs) nanocomposites. Homogeneous distribution of SnO{sub 2} nanocrystals on GAs was confirmed by SEM, XRD and TEM characterization. It was found that optimized exfoliation of the SnS{sub 2} is the key factor to obtain high electrochemical lithiation/delithiation performance of the anodes. The as-prepared SnO{sub 2}/GA nanocomposites exhibited high reversible capacity (up to 1086.7 mAh g{sup −1} after 100 cycles) and excellent cycling stability. The improved rate capability was also obtained, for instance, the reversible capacity at a current density of 800 mA g{sup −1} is over 447.9 mAh g{sup −1}, and then recovered to as high as 784.4 mAh g{sup −1} at a current density of 100 mA g{sup −1}. - Highlights: • A novel approach was employed to synthesize the SnO{sub 2}/GA nanocomposites. • The designed SnO{sub 2}/GAs exhibited high reversible capacity and excellent cycling stability. • The volume change challenge of SnO{sub 2} was markedly alleviated by the GA matrix. • The novel synthesis method can be extended for other materials in lithium ion batteries.

  3. Synthesis CuO-ZnO nanocomposite and its application as an antibacterial agent

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    Widiarti, N.; Sae, J. K.; Wahyuni, S.

    2017-02-01

    The synthesis of CuO-ZnO composites and their application as anti-bacterial have been conducted. Nanocomposite CuO-ZnO was synthesized using sol-gel method. The nanocomposite products were characterized by XRD, DR-UV, SAA, FTIR, SEM-EDX. The results of the XRD analysis showed that the CuO-ZnO composite has a nanometer size with the average of 15.99 nanometer. The DR-UV analysis showed that the CuO-ZnO composite has a band-gap of 2.28 eV in the average. The analysis of SAA showed that the CuO-ZnO has a surface area of 23.20 m2/g in average. FTIR investigation revealed that the vibration of ZnO was observed at 432.05 cm-1 whereas CuO at 524.64 cm-1 and 594, 06 cm-1. The SEM-EDX analysis showed that the ZnO has a hexagonal structure whereas the CuO has a monoclinic structure. The CuO-ZnO nanocomposite has the ability as an antibacterial against S. aureus as gram-positive and E. coli as Gram-negative bacteria.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of graphene oxide modified AgBr nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic activity and stability under visible light

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    Zhang, Du; Tang, Hua; Wang, Yuqi; Wu, Kongqiang; Huang, Hong; Tang, Guogang; Yang, Jin

    2014-11-01

    Novel visible-light-driven graphene oxide (GO)/AgBr nanocomposites were synthesized by a facile solution method. The GO/AgBr nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) analysis, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR), and Raman spectra. The results indicated that AgBr nanoparticles were evenly distributed on the surface of GO and the heterostructures were formed. The photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared nanocomposites was evaluated by using Rhodamine B (RhB), Methylene blue (MB) and Methyl orange (MO) as target organic pollutants. The nanocomposites exhibit excellent photocatalytic activity for all of three dyes. Compared with bare AgBr particles, the GO/AgBr nanocomposites show better photocatalytic properties toward RhB pollutants. Additionally, the radical scavengers experiment indicated that O2rad - radicals was the main reactive species for the RhB degradation under visible light. The increased photocatalytic activity of the GO/AgBr nanocomposites was attributed to the strong coupling between GO and AgBr, which facilitated interfacial charge transfer and inhibited electron-hole recombination. A photocatalytic mechanism of GO/AgBr nanocomposites was also proposed.

  5. Synthesis of CdS-decorated RGO nanocomposites by reflux condensation method and its improved photocatalytic activity

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    Meng, Nannan; Zhou, Yifeng; Nie, Wangyan; Chen, Pengpeng

    2016-08-01

    The cadmium sulfide nanoparticle-reduced graphene oxide (CdS/RGO) nanocomposite with intimate nano-interfacial contact was successfully prepared via a facile condensation process in dilute dimethylformamide (DMF) aqueous solution. Numerous CdS nanoparticles featuring a size of around 10 nm were homogeneously anchored on 2D nanosheets. During the formation of CdS/RGO nanocomposite, graphene oxide (GO) was transformed into RGO simultaneously. The solar-driven degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) was conducted to detect the activity of the as-prepared CdS/RGO nanocomposite. Significantly, the photocatalytic activity of CdS/RGO nanocomposite was almost three times higher than that of pure CdS. The charge transfer and photogenerated active hydroxyl radicals (ṡOH) were investigated to study the mechanism of excellent photocatalytic property. The synthetic method provided a valuable opportunity to fabricate large-scale novel graphene-based materials with superior catalytic activity.

  6. Hydrothermal synthesis of TiO{sub 2}-ZnO-graphene nanocomposite towards photocatalytic and photovoltaic applications

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    Gayathri, S., E-mail: s.gayathri1010@gmail.com; Jayabal, P. [Department of Laser Studies, School of Physics, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai-625021 (India); Ramakrishnan, V. [Department of Laser Studies, School of Physics, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai-625021 (India); Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Thiruvananthapuram, Thiruvananthapuram-695016 (India)

    2015-06-24

    Titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) - Zinc oxide (ZnO) - Graphene (G) nanocomposite was successfully synthesized through facile hydrothermal method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and the micro-Raman spectroscopic technique revealed the formation of TiO{sub 2}-ZnO-Graphene (TZG) nanocomposite. The ZnO and TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles decorated graphene sheets were clearly noticeable in the Field Emission Scanning Electron Micrograph (FE-SEM). The UV-Visible absorption spectra clearly indicated that the formation of TZG nanocomposite enriched the absorption in the visible region. Hence, the prepared nanocomposite can be used as photocatalyst to remove organic dyes from water and as photoanode in the fabrication of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs)

  7. Hydrothermal synthesis of TiO2-ZnO-graphene nanocomposite towards photocatalytic and photovoltaic applications

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    Gayathri, S.; Jayabal, P.; Ramakrishnan, V.

    2015-06-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) - Zinc oxide (ZnO) - Graphene (G) nanocomposite was successfully synthesized through facile hydrothermal method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern and the micro-Raman spectroscopic technique revealed the formation of TiO2-ZnO-Graphene (TZG) nanocomposite. The ZnO and TiO2 nanoparticles decorated graphene sheets were clearly noticeable in the Field Emission Scanning Electron Micrograph (FE-SEM). The UV-Visible absorption spectra clearly indicated that the formation of TZG nanocomposite enriched the absorption in the visible region. Hence, the prepared nanocomposite can be used as photocatalyst to remove organic dyes from water and as photoanode in the fabrication of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs).

  8. SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF SILICA NANOCOMPOSITES FOR BONE APPLICATIONS

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    Pakkath Abdul Rub Sajid

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Osteoporosis is a malady leading to bone fracture and results from imbalance in the rate of osteoblastic bone formation with respect to osteoclastic bone degradation.6 Nanotechnology raises exciting possibilities for developing novel therapeutic agents for treating osteoporosis.6 We use silica-based fluorescent nanoparticles endowed with natural bone-targeting capabilities and express potent pro-osteoblastogenic and anti-osteoclastogenic activation in vitro and show the ability to increase bone mineral density invivo. Here, we initially synthesize mesoporous silica nanoparticles by coating with octadecyl trimethoxy silane. The silica nanoparticles thus prepared is chosen as control. Two different samples of silica nanocomposites are prepared ; first binding silica nanoparticles with fluorescent dye i.e tetracycline (SiO2-Tet, the second sample prepared by combining (SiO2-Tet with magnetic nanoparticles (cobalt-ferrite solution to form (SiO2-Tet-MNP. All these synthesized nanoparticles are characterized using XRD, SEM, FTIR, E-DAX analysis. Post—characterization work plan involves incorporation of silica-based fluorescent nanoparticles into human bones (or in rat bones in case human bones is not at all available. This includes Micro CT-Scanning , Injecting (SiO2-Tet-MNP into bone tissues, Quantitating Bone Mineral Density. Finally results are obtained through test outcome which includes estimations of cell mineralization assays, detection of osteoclast formation, nanoparticle association with Bone surface (Incubation with (SiO2-Tet /(SiO2-Tet-MNP for 2 hours in well-plates, statistical analyses and figures obtained from characterization methods and thereby expressing the property of silica-based fluorescent nanoparticles to increase bone mineral density and combating osteoporosis.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of MWCNT/CdS nanocomposite

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    M R Khanlary

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In this work we report the synthesis and characterization of hybrid nanostructures of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT and cadmium sulphide (CdS nanoparticles. In a solution of thioacetamide and cadmium sulphide, purified MWCNT are added to prepare the CNT/CdS hetrostructure. XRD diagrams, SEM images, and also photoluminescence spectra of the prepared samples are analyzed. SEM images show the CdS nanoparticles of 17nm size coated on the CNTs. Visible photoluminescence with peaks at 435 nm and 535 nm, obtained from the prepared CNT/CdS, is discussed. The synthesis technique can be simply extended to other luminescent dopants, and the possibility of making optoelectronic devises based on the CNTs is confirmed by this method

  10. Facile Synthesis of N -Substituted Benzimidazoles

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    Kurhade, Santosh; Rossetti, Arianna; Dömling, Alexander

    2016-01-01

    A particularly mild and efficient one-pot synthesis of N-substituted benzimidazole derivatives was developed. 2-Fluoro-5-nitrophenylisocyanide reacts with a diverse set of primary amines to afford the respective products in moderate to very good yield (35-95%; 20 examples).

  11. Facile Synthesis of N -Substituted Benzimidazoles

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    Kurhade, Santosh; Rossetti, Arianna; Dömling, Alexander

    2016-01-01

    A particularly mild and efficient one-pot synthesis of N-substituted benzimidazole derivatives was developed. 2-Fluoro-5-nitrophenylisocyanide reacts with a diverse set of primary amines to afford the respective products in moderate to very good yield (35-95%; 20 examples).

  12. Synthesis and characterization of antimicrobial nanosilver/diatomite nanocomposites and its water treatment application

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    Xia, Yijie; Jiang, Xiaoyu; Zhang, Jing; Lin, Ming; Tang, Xiaosheng; Zhang, Jie; Liu, Hongjun

    2017-02-01

    Nanotechnology for water disinfection application gains increasing attention. Diatomite is one kind of safe natural material, which has been widely used as absorbent, filtration agents, mineral fillers, especially in water treatment industry. Nanosilver/diatomite nanocomposites were developed in this publication with a facile, effective in-situ reduction method. The as-prepared nanosilver/diatomite nanocomposites demonstrated amazing antibacterial properties to gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. The corresponding property has been characterized by UV-vis absorbance, Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX) and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS). Moreover, the detailed bacteria killing experiments further displayed that 0.5 g of the nanosilver diatomite could kill >99.999% of E. Coli within half an hour time. And the silver leaching test demonstrated that the concentrations of silver in the filtered water under varies pH environment were below the limit for silver level of WHO standard. Considering the low price of natural diatomite, it is believed that the nanosilver/diatomite nanocomposites have potential application in water purification industry due to its excellent antimicrobial property.

  13. Synthesis and Microwave Absorption Properties of Core-Shell Structured Co3O4-PANI Nanocomposites

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    Hongyan Xu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The core-shell structured Co3O4-PANI nanocomposites have been successfully prepared using an in situ polymerization method, while the core Co3O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by carbon-assisted method using degreasing cotton as a template. The obtained samples were characterized by XRD, TEM, FTIR, and XPS. The results indicated that the amorphous PANI was well covered on the surface of the spinel Co3O4 and the Co3O4-PANI with core-shell structure was formed with particle size of about 100 nm. The interfacial interaction of the core-shell nanocomposite greatly enhances the microwave absorption properties. The maximum reflection loss of Co3O4-PANI is up to −45.8 dB at 11.7 GHz with a thickness of 2.5 mm and the adsorption bandwidth with the reflection loss below −10 dB reaches 14.1 GHz ranging from 3.9 to 18 GHz when the thickness is between 2 and 5.5 mm. Therefore, the facilely synthesized and low-cost Co3O4-PANI nanocomposite with superior microwave absorption properties can be a promising nanomaterial for high efficient microwave absorption.

  14. Green synthesis of graphene-silver nanocomposites and its application as a potent marine antifouling agent.

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    Yee, Maxine Swee-Li; Khiew, Poi-Sim; Chiu, Wee Siong; Tan, Yuen Fen; Kok, Yih-Yih; Leong, Chee-Onn

    2016-12-01

    Fouling of marine surfaces has been a perpetual problem ever since the days of the early sailors. The tenacious attachment of seaweed and invertebrates to man-made surfaces, notably on ship hulls, has incurred undesirable economic losses. Graphene receives great attention in the materials world for its unique combination of physical and chemical properties. Herein, we present a novel 2-step synthesis method of graphene-silver nanocomposites which bypasses the formation of graphene oxide (GO), and produces silver nanoparticles supported on graphene sheets through a mild hydrothermal reduction process. The graphene-Ag (GAg) nanocomposite combines the antimicrobial property of silver nanoparticles and the unique structure of graphene as a support material, with potent marine antifouling properties. The GAg nanocomposite was composed of micron-scaled graphene flakes with clusters of silver nanoparticles. The silver nanoparticles were estimated to be between 72 and 86nm (SEM observations) while the crystallite size of the silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) was estimated between 1 and 5nm. The nanocomposite also exhibited the SERS effect. GAg was able to inhibit Halomonas pacifica, a model biofilm-causing microbe, from forming biofilms with as little as 1.3wt.% loading of Ag. All GAg samples displayed significant biofilm inhibition property, with the sample recording the highest Ag loading (4.9wt.% Ag) associated with a biofilm inhibition of 99.6%. Moreover, GAg displayed antiproliferative effects on marine microalgae, Dunaliella tertiolecta and Isochrysis sp. and inhibited the growth of the organisms by more than 80% after 96h. The marine antifouling properties of GAg were a synergy of the biocidal AgNPs anchored on the stable yet flexible graphene sheets, providing maximum active contact surface areas to the target organisms. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Synthesis, characterization and antibacterial effect of new magnetically core–shell nanocomposites

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    Allafchian, Alireza, E-mail: Allafchian@cc.iut.ac.ir [Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials Institute, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156 83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Bahramian, Hamid [Department of physics, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156 83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hossein Jalali, Seyed Amir [Institute of Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156 83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ahmadvand, Hossein [Department of physics, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156 83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-11-15

    A new magnetically responsive three-component nanocomposite consisting of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, Poly Acrylonitrile Co Maleic Anhydride (PAMA) and nanosilver was synthesized and characterized and then its antibacterial activities were tested. For the preparation of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}@Ag, NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} was coated by Ag and for the synthesis of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}@PAMA@Ag, NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} was first covered by PAMA and then silver nanoparticles were immobilized on the surface of the PAMA shell. The nanocomposites were studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The antibacterial activity of the synthesized nanocomposite against some gram positive and gram negative bacteria was studied and compared with that of naked NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}@Ag and NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}@PAMA. The NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}@PAMA@Ag had better antibacterial activity and could be readily isolated from the aqueous solution via magnetic decantation, thereby avoiding the contamination of the environment. - Highlights: • A novel NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}@PAMA@Ag nanocomposites magnetic composite has been prepared. • This system display potent antimicrobial activity toward some bacterial species. • The antibacterial effect was studied by disk diffusion method. • This composite can be easily removed from solution by magnetic decantation.

  16. CTAB-mediated synthesis and characterization of ZnO/Ag core–shell nanocomposites

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    Khan, Majid; Wei, Chengsha; Chen, Mingming; Tao, Jiaojiao; Huang, Ningdong; Qi, Zeming, E-mail: zmqi@ustc.edu.cn; Li, Liangbin

    2014-11-05

    Graphical abstract: Simplified schematic process for ZnO NRs/Ag nanocomposites. - Highlights: • A new simple and facile approach to synthesize ZnO NRs/Ag core–shell nanocomposite. • The annealing improves the crystallinity and bond strength between Ag and ZnO. • CTAB and AgNO3 greatly affect the formation of ZnO NRs/Ag core–shell. • Strong interfacial interaction between Ag nanoparticles and ZnO nanorods. - Abstract: In this paper, ZnO/Ag core–shell hybrid nanocomposites have been prepared by a very simple chemical methodology. ZnO nanorods were employed as core material for Ag seeds, and subsequent nucleation and growth of Ag nanoparticle by a cationic surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) formed the ZnO NRs/Ag core–shell nanocomposites. In addition, their morphology, microstructure and optical properties have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, Raman Spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, UV–Vis absorption and photoluminescence spectroscopy. It was found that face-center-cubic Ag nanoparticles with an average diameter of 20 nm were coated onto the surface of hexagonal phase ZnO nanorods with a minimum of 0.09 mmol concentration of CTAB. The excitonic absorption band and surface plasmon absorption band of the ZnO NRs/Ag nanocomposites revealed red-shifts relative to pure ZnO nanorods and metallic Ag nanoparticles. The coating of Ag nanoparticles onto the ZnO nanorods show red-shift in the near band edge (NBE) luminescence spectra and a reasonable detraction in the deep level emission (DLE) spectra compared with the pure ZnO nanorods. These interpretations demonstrated the strong interfacial interaction between Ag nanoparticles and ZnO nanorods. Furthermore, the annealing of ZnO NRs/Ag nanocomposite at 200 °C was done and improvement occurs in the crystallinity and binding strength of Ag nanoparticles.

  17. Antibacterial performance of Ag nanoparticles and AgGO nanocomposites prepared via rapid microwave-assisted synthesis method

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    Chook, Soon Wei; Chia, Chin Hua; Zakaria, Sarani; Ayob, Mohd Khan; Chee, Kah Leong; Huang, Nay Ming; Neoh, Hui Min; Lim, Hong Ngee; Jamal, Rahman; Rahman, Raha Mohd Fadhil Raja Abdul

    2012-09-01

    Silver nanoparticles and silver-graphene oxide nanocomposites were fabricated using a rapid and green microwave irradiation synthesis method. Silver nanoparticles with narrow size distribution were formed under microwave irradiation for both samples. The silver nanoparticles were distributed randomly on the surface of graphene oxide. The Fourier transform infrared and thermogravimetry analysis results showed that the graphene oxide for the AgNP-graphene oxide (AgGO) sample was partially reduced during the in situ synthesis of silver nanoparticles. Both silver nanoparticles and AgGO nanocomposites exhibited stronger antibacterial properties against Gram-negative bacteria ( Salmonella typhi and Escherichia coli) than against Gram-positive bacteria ( Staphyloccocus aureus and Staphyloccocus epidermidis). The AgGO nanocomposites consisting of approximately 40 wt.% silver can achieve antibacterial performance comparable to that of neat silver nanoparticles.

  18. Synthesis, thermolysis, and sensitivities of HMX/NC energetic nanocomposites.

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    Wang, Yi; Song, Xiaolan; Song, Dan; Liang, Li; An, Chongwei; Wang, Jingyu

    2016-07-15

    1,3,5,7-Tetranittro-1,3,5,7-tetrazocane/nitrocellulose (HMX/NC) nanocomposites were successfully synthesized by an improved sol-gel-supercritical method. NC nanoparticles with a size of ∼30nm were cross-linked to form a network structure, and HMX nanoparticles were imbedded in the nano-NC matrix. The key factors, i.e., the selection of catalyst and solvent, were probed. No phase transformation of the HMX occurred before or after fabrication, and the molecular structures of the HMX and NC did not change. Thermal analyses were performed, and the kinetic and thermodynamic parameters, such as activation energy (EK), per-exponent factor (lnAK), rate constant (k), activation heat (ΔH(≠)), activation free energy (ΔG(≠)), activation entropy (ΔS(≠)), critical temperature of thermal explosion (Tb), and critical heating rate of thermal explosion (dT/dt)Tb, were calculated. The results indicate that HMX/NC presented a much lower activation energy (165.03kJ/mol) than raw HMX (282.5kJ/mol) or raw NC (175.51kJ/mol). The chemical potential (ΔG(≠)) for the thermal decomposition of HMX/NC has a positive value, which means that the activation of the molecules would not proceed spontaneously. The significantly lower ΔH(≠) value of HMX/NC, which represents the heat needed to be absorbed by an explosive molecule to change it from its initial state to an activated state, implies that the molecules of HMX/NC are much easier to be activated than those of raw HMX. Similarly, the HMX/NC presented a much lower Tb (168.2°C) than raw HMX (283.2°C). From the results of the sensitivity tests, the impact and friction sensitivities of HMX/NC were significantly decreased compared with those of raw HMX, but the thermal sensitivity was distinctly higher. The activation of the particles under external stimulation was simulated, and the mechanism was found to be crucial. Combining the thermodynamic parameters, the mechanism as determined from the results of the sensitivity tests was

  19. Synthesis, fabrication and characterization of magnetic and dielectric nanoparticles and nanocomposite films

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    Liu, Xiaohua

    Materials science is an interdisciplinary field investigating the structure-property relationship in solid-state materials scientifically and technologically. Nanoscience is concerned with the distinctive properties that matter exhibits when confined to physical dimensions on the order of 10-9 meters. At these length scales, behaviors of particles or elaborate structures are often governed by the rules of quantum mechanics in addition to the physical properties associated with the bulk material. The work reported here seeks to employ nanocystals, binary nanocomposites and thin films of materials, to build versatile, functional systems and devices. With a focus on dielectric, ferroelectric, and magnetoelectric performance, a series of materials has been synthesized and different types of nanocomposites have been built. Barium strontium titannate particles at various sizes was developed, aiming at high dielectric constant and low loss at high frequency range. Cobalt ferrite-polymer nanocomposite was fabricated with potential magnetoelectric coupling. Along with synthesis, advanced electron microscopies (TEM, SEM, STEM, EELS) at atomic resolution were employed to thoroughly investigate the crystallinity, morphology and composition. By means of spin-coating and printing techniques, single and multiple layered capacitors featuring improved dielectric performance (high k, low loss, high breakdown voltage, etc.) were developed through a) electrode deposition, b) dielectric layer deposition, and c) parylene evaporation. Such capacitors are further incorporated into electric power converters for LED lighting. Hopefully in the future we can make electronic devices more efficient, sustainable, smaller and cheaper. By advancing our knowledge of nanomaterials, especially those with potential of multifunction, energy efficiency and sustainability, we have strived to push the limits of synthesis, characterization, fabrication and property analysis of nanostructures towards new

  20. Controllable synthesis and characterization of alumina/MWNT nanocomposites

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    Nemeth, Zoltan; Hernadi, Klara [Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry, University of Szeged, Rerrich Bela ter 1, 6720 Szeged (Hungary); Marko, Kata; Erdohelyi, Andras [Department of Physical Chemistry and Material Science, University of Szeged, Aradi ter 2, 6720 Szeged (Hungary); Forro, Laszlo [Laboratory of Physics of Complex Matter, IPMC, EPFL, 1026 Ecublens (Switzerland)

    2011-11-15

    The aim of this work is to develop a controllable synthesis pathway which produces a stable alumina layer on the surface of carbon nanotubes by impregnation method. Precursor compounds such as aluminium isopropoxide and aluminium-acetyl-acetonate were used to cover the surface of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) under different solvent conditions. As-prepared alumina coverages were characterized by TEM, SEM, SEM-EDX, TG and X-ray diffraction techniques. Results revealed that homogeneous coverage can be achieved in a controllable way. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  1. Green synthesis of polysaccharide/gold nanoparticle nanocomposite: an efficient ammonia sensor.

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    Pandey, Sadanand; Goswami, Gopal K; Nanda, Karuna K

    2013-04-15

    A low cost eco-friendly method for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) using guar gum (GG) as a reducing agent is reported. The nanoparticles obtained are characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Based on these results, a potential mechanism for this method of AuNPs synthesis is discussed. GG/AuNPs nanocomposite (GG/AuNPs NC) was exploited for optical sensor for detection of aqueous ammonia based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR). It was found to have good reproducibility, response times of ∼10 s and excellent sensitivity with a detection limit of 1ppb (parts-per-billion). This system allows the rapid production of an ultra-low-cost GG/AuNPs NC-based aqueous ammonia sensor.

  2. Synthesis and electrochemical performance of hierarchical nanocomposite of carbon coated LiCoPO{sub 4} crosslinked by graphene

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    Chen, Houyong [School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150080 (China); Chen, Meng, E-mail: chenmeng@hrbeu.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Materials Science, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150080 (China); Du, Chunyu, E-mail: cydu@hit.edu.cn [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Cui, Yingzhi; Zuo, Pengjian; Cheng, Xinqun; Yin, Geping [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)

    2016-03-01

    We report the design and synthesis of a novel hierarchical LiCoPO{sub 4}@C/G cathode material, consisting of carbon coated LiCoPO{sub 4} nanoparticles crosslinked by wrinkled graphene, for high-energy-density lithium ion batteries. This material is facilely prepared by a solid-state milling process followed by heat annealing. Its morphology and structure are characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. It is revealed that the LiCoPO{sub 4} nanoparticles are coated by an amorphous carbon layer with ∼3 nm thickness and further crosslinked by wrinkled graphene. The LiCoPO{sub 4}@C/G material delivers a high discharge capacity of 146.1 mAh g{sup −1} at 0.1 C rate and 93.0 mAh g{sup −1} at 2 C rate. The enhanced electrochemical properties are attributed to the nanosized LiCoPO{sub 4} particles and the high electronic conductivity resulted from the synergistic carbon coating and graphene crosslinking. Our work provides a facile approach to prepare high performance LiCoPO{sub 4} cathode materials for lithium ion batteries. - Highlights: • Hierarchical LiCoPO{sub 4}@C/G nanocomposite is prepared by a facile solid state method. • The LiCoPO{sub 4}@C/G material shows excellent discharge capacity and rate capability. • Synergy of graphene and carbon coating enhances the electrochemical properties. • LiCoPO{sub 4}@C/G is a promising cathode for high-energy-density Li-ion batteries.

  3. Recent Advances in Facile Synthesis of Bimetallic Nanostructures: An Overview

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    Arash Dehghan Banadaki

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Nobel metal nanomaterials with interesting physical and chemical properties are ideal building blocks for engineering and tailoring nanoscale structures for specific technological applications. Bimetallic nanomaterials consisting of magnetic metals and noble metals have attracted much interest for their promising potentials in many fields including magnetic sensors, catalysts, optical detection, and biomedical applications. Particularly, effective control of the size, shape, architecture, and compositional microstructure of metal nanomaterials plays an important role in enhancing their functionality and application potentials, for example, in fuel cells, optical and biomedical sensing. This paper focuses on recent advances in controllable synthesis of bimetallic nanostructured materials. Recent contributions in controllable synthesis of bimetallic nanomaterials with different architectures including nanoparticles, nanowires, nanosheets, or nanotubes and their assemblies are presented in this paper. A wide range of facile synthesis methods are covered herein with high emphasis on wet chemical methods owing to their facility of use, efficacy, and smaller environmental footprint.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of gold/alanine nanocomposites with potential properties for medical application as radiation sensors.

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    Guidelli, Eder José; Ramos, Ana Paula; Zaniquelli, Maria Elisabete D; Nicolucci, Patricia; Baffa, Oswaldo

    2012-11-01

    Radiation dose assessment is essential for several medical treatments and diagnostic procedures. In this context, nanotechnology has been used in the development of improved radiation sensors, with higher sensitivity as well as smaller sizes and energy dependence. This paper deals with the synthesis and characterization of gold/alanine nanocomposites with varying mass percentage of gold, for application as radiation sensors. Alanine is an excellent stabilizing agent for gold nanoparticles because the size of the nanoparticles does not augment with increasing mass percentage of gold, as evidenced by UV-vis spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, and transmission electron microscopy. X-ray diffraction patterns suggest that the alanine crystalline orientation undergoes alterations upon the addition of gold nanoparticles. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy indicates that there is interaction between the gold nanoparticles and the amine group of the alanine molecules, which may be the reason for the enhanced stability of the nanocomposite. The application of the nanocomposites as radiation detectors was evaluated by the electron spin resonance technique. The sensitivity is improved almost 3 times in the case of the nanocomposite containing 3% (w/w) gold, so it can be easily tuned by changing the amount of gold nanoparticles in the nanocomposites, without the size of the nanoparticles influencing the radiation absorption. In conclusion, the featured properties, such as homogeneity, nanoparticle size stability, and enhanced sensitivity, make these nanocomposites potential candidates for the construction of small-sized radiation sensors with tunable sensitivity for application in several medical procedures.

  5. Synthesis and properties of vermiculite-reinforced polyurethane nanocomposites.

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    Qian, Yuqiang; Lindsay, Chris I; Macosko, Chris; Stein, Andreas

    2011-09-01

    Natural vermiculite was modified by cation exchange with long-chain quaternary alkylammonium salts and then dispersed in polyether-based polyols with different structures and ethylene oxide/propylene oxide ratios. The dispersions were evaluated by X-ray scattering and rheology. In all polyol dispersions tested, polyols were intercalated into the vermiculite interlayers. Also, significant shear thinning behavior was observed. A large interlayer spacing of ∼90 Å was achieved in one polyol suitable for polyurethane elastomer synthesis. In polyurethane made with this polyol, clay platelets were extensively intercalated or exfoliated. The composites showed a >270% increase in tensile modulus, >60% increase in tensile strength, and a 30% reduction in N(2) permeability with a loading of 5.3 wt % clay in polyurethane. Differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic mechanical analysis revealed that the nanoclay interacts with the polyurethane hard segments.

  6. CdS/ZnS nanocomposites: from mechanochemical synthesis to cytotoxicity issues.

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    Baláž, Peter; Baláž, Matej; Dutková, Erika; Zorkovská, Anna; Kováč, Jaroslav; Hronec, Pavol; Kováč, Jaroslav; Čaplovičová, Mária; Mojžiš, Ján; Mojžišová, Gabriela; Eliyas, Alexander; Kostova, Nina G

    2016-01-01

    CdS/ZnS nanocomposites have been prepared by a two-step solid-state mechanochemical synthesis. CdS has been prepared from cadmium acetate and sodium sulfide precursors in the first step. The obtained cubic CdS (hawleyite, JCPDS 00-010-0454) was then mixed in the second step with the cubic ZnS (sphalerite, JCPDS 00-005-0566) synthesized mechanochemically from the analogous precursors. The crystallite sizes of the new type CdS/ZnS nanocomposite, calculated based on the XRD data, were 3-4 nm for both phases. The synthesized nanoparticles have been further characterized by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and micro-photoluminescence (μPL) spectroscopy. The PL emission peaks in the PL spectra are attributed to the recombination of holes/electrons in the nanocomposites occurring in depth associated with Cd, Zn vacancies and S interstitials. Their photocatalytic activity was also measured. In the photocatalytic activity tests to decolorize Methyl Orange dye aqueous solution, the process is faster and its effectivity is higher when using CdS/ZnS nanocomposite, compared to single phase CdS. Very low cytotoxic activity (high viability) of the cancer cell lines (selected as models of living cells) has been evidenced for CdS/ZnS in comparison with CdS alone. This fact is in a close relationship with Cd(II) ions dissolution tested in a physiological solution. The concentration of cadmium dissolved from CdS/ZnS nanocomposites with variable Cd:Zn ratio was 2.5-5.0 μg.mL(-1), whereas the concentration for pure CdS was much higher - 53 μg.ml(-1). The presence of ZnS in the nanocrystalline composite strongly reduced the release of cadmium into the physiological solution, which simulated the environment in the human body. The obtained CdS/ZnS quantum dots can serve as labeling media and co-agents in future anti-cancer drugs, because of their potential in theranostic applications.

  7. Synthesis and Electrochemical Properties of Nitrogen-Doped Graphene (NG)/Nickle Oxide (NiO) Nanocomposite for Supercapacitor.

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    Chen, C N; Ma, T; Zhang, Q; Fan, W; Fu, X W; Wang, Z B

    2015-12-01

    A novel nitrogen-doped graphene (NG)/nickle oxide (NiO) nanocomposite was synthesized by a facile two-step method, where NiO particles were dispersed on the surface of NG. The NG/NiO nanocomposite is characterized by using field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. The electrochemical properties of NG/NiO nanocomposite have been studied using cyclic voltammetry (CV), galvanostatic charge/discharge and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques. Compared with the nitrogen-doped graphene, the electrode prepared by NG/NiO nanocomposite has a mass specific capacitance of 342 F g(-1) at scan rate of 5 mV s(-1), which is much higher than that of nitrogen-doped graphene (NG). The galvanostatic charge/discharge results show this new kind nanocomposite has high specific capacitance with 320 F g(-1) in the range of 0.1-0.5 V at a current density of 1 A g(-1). The enhanced supercapacitive performance of NG/NiO nanocomposite suggesting its promising potential in supercapacitors.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of graphene oxide modified AgBr nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic activity and stability under visible light

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    Zhang, Du [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212013 (China); Tang, Hua, E-mail: tanghua@mail.ujs.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212013 (China); Wang, Yuqi; Wu, Kongqiang; Huang, Hong [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212013 (China); Tang, Guogang [Department of Chemical Engineering, Zhenjiang College, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212003 (China); Yang, Jin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu 212013 (China)

    2014-11-15

    Highlights: • GO/AgBr nanocomposites were prepared successfully. • There exists some synergistic effect between components in the composites. • The composites show high photocatalytic activity toward RhB, MB and MO degradation under visible light. - Abstract: Novel visible-light-driven graphene oxide (GO)/AgBr nanocomposites were synthesized by a facile solution method. The GO/AgBr nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS) analysis, UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR), and Raman spectra. The results indicated that AgBr nanoparticles were evenly distributed on the surface of GO and the heterostructures were formed. The photocatalytic activity of the as-prepared nanocomposites was evaluated by using Rhodamine B (RhB), Methylene blue (MB) and Methyl orange (MO) as target organic pollutants. The nanocomposites exhibit excellent photocatalytic activity for all of three dyes. Compared with bare AgBr particles, the GO/AgBr nanocomposites show better photocatalytic properties toward RhB pollutants. Additionally, the radical scavengers experiment indicated that O{sub 2}·{sup −} radicals was the main reactive species for the RhB degradation under visible light. The increased photocatalytic activity of the GO/AgBr nanocomposites was attributed to the strong coupling between GO and AgBr, which facilitated interfacial charge transfer and inhibited electron-hole recombination. A photocatalytic mechanism of GO/AgBr nanocomposites was also proposed.

  9. Microwave-assisted synthesis of graphene/CoMoO{sub 4} nanocomposites with enhanced supercapacitor performance

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    Xu, Xiaowei; Shen, Jianfeng; Li, Na; Ye, Mingxin, E-mail: mxye@fudan.edu.cn

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • RGO/CoMoO{sub 4} nanocomposites are prepared by microwave irradiation for the first time. • RGO/CoMoO{sub 4} nanocomposites show a high specific capacitance of 322.5 F g{sup −1}. • Enhanced electrical conductivity leads to superior electrochemical performance. • Low crystallinity of CoMoO{sub 4} is favorable to improve the electrochemical performance. - Abstract: A facile and efficient strategy for preparing reduced graphene oxide–cobalt molybdate (RGO/CoMoO{sub 4}) nanocomposites assisted by microwave irradiation for the first time is demonstrated. The resulting nanocomposites are comprised of CoMoO{sub 4} nanoparticles that are well-anchored on graphene sheets by in situ reducing. The prepared RGO/CoMoO{sub 4} nanocomposites have been thoroughly characterized by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Importantly, the prepared nanocomposites exhibit excellent electrochemical performance for supercapacitors. Results show that RGO/CoMoO{sub 4} nanocomposites exhibited much better electrochemical capability than pure-CoMoO{sub 4} and RGO/CoMoO{sub 4} for annealing. RGO/CoMoO{sub 4} nanocomposites with 37.4 wt% CoMoO{sub 4} content achieved a specific capacitance about 322.5 F g{sup −1} calculated from the CV plots at 5 mV s{sup −1}, which was higher than that of pure-CoMoO{sub 4} (95.0 F g{sup −1}) and RGO/CoMoO{sub 4} for annealing (102.5 F g{sup −1}). The good electrochemical performance can be attributed to the synergistic effects of the individual components.

  10. Facile Preparation, Characterization, and Highly Effective Microwave Absorption Performance of CNTs/Fe3O4/PANI Nanocomposites

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    Deqing Zhang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A facile method has been developed to synthesize light-weight CNTs/Fe3O4/PANI nanocomposites. The formation route was proposed as the coprecipitation of Fe2+ and Fe3+ and an additional process of in situ polymerization of aniline monomer. The structure and morphology of CNTs/Fe3O4/PANI were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy. The TEM investigation shows that the CNTs/Fe3O4/PANI nanocomposites exhibit less intertwined structure and that many more Fe3O4 particles are attached homogeneously on the surface of CNTs, indicating that PANI can indeed help CNTs to disperse in isolated form. The wave-absorbing properties were investigated in a frequency of 2–18 GHz. The results show that the CNTs/Fe3O4/PANI nanocomposites exhibit a super absorbing behavior and possess a maximum reflection loss of −48 dB at 12.9 GHz, and the bandwidth below −20 dB is more than 5 GHz. More importantly, the absorption peak frequency ranges of the CNTs/Fe3O4/PANI composites can be tuned easily by changing the wax weight ratio and thickness of CNTs/Fe3O4/PANI paraffin wax matrix.

  11. Improved properties of chemically modified graphene/poly(methyl methacrylate nanocomposites via a facile in-situ bulk polymerization

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    X. Y. Yuan

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The nanosheet of graphene was chemically modified by long alkyl chain for enhanced compatibility with polymer matrix and graphene/poly(methyl methacrylate (PMMA nanocomposites with homogeneous dispersion of the nanosheets and enhanced nanofiller-matrix interfacial interaction were fabricated via a facile in-situ bulk polymerization. The nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Scanning electron microscopy and thermogravimetry. The results showed that the graphene nanosheets were fully exfoliated in PMMA matrix and the thermal and mechanical properties of the nanocomposites were significantly improved at low graphene loadings. Large shifts of 15°C in the glass transition temperature and 27°C improvement of onset thermal degradation temperature were achieved with graphene loading as low as 0.07 wt%. A 67% increase in tensile strength was also observed by the addition of only 0.5 wt% graphene. The method used in this study provided a novel route to other graphene-based polymers.

  12. A ternary TiO2/WO3/graphene nanocomposite adsorbent:facile preparation and efficient removal of Rhodamine B

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    Yong-qiang Zhang; Xiao-hui Li; Jie L; Chong-dian Si; Guang-jun Liu; Hong-tao Gao; Pi-bo Wang

    2014-01-01

    Ternary TiO2/WO3/graphene (TWG) nanocomposites were prepared by a facile salt-ultrasonic assisted hydrothermal method. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and nitrogen adsorp-tion-desorption. Both anatase TiO2 and orthorhombic WO3 formed in the nanocomposites, along with a highly disordered overlay of indi-vidual graphene nanosheets. Polyhedral and spherical TiO2 and WO3 nanoparticles of uniform size 10-30 nm were densely anchored to the graphene sheets. The maximum specific surface area of the products was 144.59 m2⋅g-1. The products showed clear abilities for the removal of Rhodamine B in the absence of illumination. Furthermore, the adsorption activity of the products exhibited only a slight decrease after three successive cycles. The results demonstrate that the ternary nanocomposites could be used as a high-efficiency adsorbent for the removal of environmental contaminants.

  13. Green synthesis of gold-chitosan nanocomposites for caffeic acid sensing.

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    Di Carlo, Gabriella; Curulli, Antonella; Toro, Roberta G; Bianchini, Chiara; De Caro, Tilde; Padeletti, Giuseppina; Zane, Daniela; Ingo, Gabriel M

    2012-03-27

    In this work, colloidal gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) stabilized into a chitosan matrix were prepared using a green route. The synthesis was carried out by reducing Au(III) to Au(0) in an aqueous solution of chitosan and different organic acids (i.e., acetic, malonic, or oxalic acid). We have demonstrated that by varying the nature of the acid it is possible to tune the reduction rate of the gold precursor (HAuCl(4)) and to modify the morphology of the resulting metal nanoparticles. The use of chitosan, a biocompatible and biodegradable polymer with a large number of amino and hydroxyl functional groups, enables the simultaneous synthesis and surface modification of AuNPs in one pot. Because of the excellent film-forming capability of this polymer, AuNPs-chitosan solutions were used to obtain hybrid nanocomposite films that combine highly conductive AuNPs with a large number of organic functional groups. Herein, Au-chitosan nanocomposites are successfully proposed as sensitive and selective electrochemical sensors for the determination of caffeic acid, an antioxidant that has recently attracted much attention because of its benefits to human health. A linear response was obtained over a wide range of concentration from 5.00 × 10(-8) M to 2.00 × 10(-3) M, and the limit of detection (LOD) was estimated to be 2.50 × 10(-8) M. Moreover, further analyses have demonstrated that a high selectivity toward caffeic acid can be achieved without interference from catechin or ascorbic acid (flavonoid and nonphenolic antioxidants, respectively). This novel synthesis approach and the high performances of Au-chitosan hybrid materials in the determination of caffeic acid open up new routes in the design of highly efficient sensors, which are of great interest for the analysis of complex matrices such as wine, soft drinks, and fruit beverages.

  14. A facile strategy to synthesize bimetallic Au/Ag nanocomposite film by layer-by-layer assembly technique

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    Zhang Li, E-mail: zhlisuzh@163.com [Anhui Key Laboratory of Spin Electron and Nanomaterials (Cultivating Base), Suzhou University, Suzhou 234000 (China); Wang Cong; Zhang Yi [Anhui Key Laboratory of Spin Electron and Nanomaterials (Cultivating Base), Suzhou University, Suzhou 234000 (China)

    2012-05-01

    A facile strategy has been developed for the preparation of bimetallic gold-silver (Au-Ag) nanocomposite films by alternating absorption of poly-(ethyleneimine)-silver ions and Au onto substrates and subsequent reduction of the silver ions. The composition, micro-structure and properties of the {l_brace}PEI-Ag/Au{r_brace}{sub n} nanocomposite films were characterized by ultraviolet visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), transmisson electron microscopy (TEM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). The UV-vis characteristic absorbances of {l_brace}PEI-Ag/Au{r_brace}{sub n} nanocomposite thin film increase almost linear with the number of bilayers, which indicates a process of uniform assembling. Appearance of a double plasmon bands in the visible region and the lack of apparent core-shell structures in the TEM images confirm the formation of bimetallic Au-Ag nanoparticles. The result of XPS also demonstrates the existence of Ag and Au nanoparticles in the nanocomposite films. TEM and FESEM images show that these Ag and Au nanoparticles in the films possess sphere structure with the size of 20-25 nm. The resulting {l_brace}PEI-Ag/Au{r_brace}{sub n} films inherit the properties from both the metal Ag and Au, which exhibits a unique performance in SERS and electrocatalytic activities to the oxidation of dopamine. As a result, the {l_brace}PEI-Ag/Au{r_brace}{sub n} films are more attractive compared to {l_brace}PEI-Ag/PSS{r_brace}{sub n} and {l_brace}PEI/Au{r_brace}{sub n} films.

  15. In situ synthesis of magnetic CaraPVA IPN nanocomposite hydrogels and controlled drug release

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    Mahdavinia, Gholam Reza, E-mail: grmnia@maragheh.ac.ir; Etemadi, Hossein

    2014-12-01

    In this work, the magnetic nanocomposite hydrogels that focused on targeted drug delivery were synthesized by incorporation of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), kappa-carrageenan (Cara), and magnetite Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. The magnetic nanoparticles were obtained in situ in the presence of a mixture of polyvinyl alcohol/kappa-carrageenan (CaraPVA). The produced magnetite-polymers were cross-linked with freezing–thawing technique and subsequent with K{sup +} solution. The synthesized hydrogels were thoroughly characterized by transmittance electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) techniques. The dynamic swelling kinetic models of hydrogels were analyzed according to the first- and second-order kinetic models and were found that the experimental kinetics data followed the second-order model well. Drug loading and release efficiency were evaluated by diclofenac sodium (DS) as the model drug. The in vitro drug release studies from hydrogels exhibited significant behaviors on the subject of physiological simulated pHs and external magnetic fields. Investigation on the antibacterial activity revealed the ability of drug-loaded hydrogels to inactivate the Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacteria. The mucoadhesive properties of the hydrogels were studied and the hydrogels containing kappa-carrageenan showed good mucoadhesiveness in both simulated gastric and intestinal conditions. - Highlights: • In situ synthesis of magnetic kappa-carrageenan/PVA nanocomposite hydrogel. • Low salt sensitivity of magnetic nanocomposite hydrogels was observed. • The release of diclofenac sodium from hydrogels was pH-dependent. • The release of diclofenac sodium from magnetic hydrogels was affected by external magnetic field. • The hydrogels containing carrageenan component showed high

  16. Synthesis and characterization of a novel chitosan/montmorillonite/hydroxyapatite nanocomposite for bone tissue engineering

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    Katti, Kalpana S; Katti, Dinesh R; Dash, Rajalaxmi [Department of Civil Engineering, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND 58105 (United States)], E-mail: Kalpana.katti@ndsu.edu

    2008-09-01

    Recently, biopolymer-based nanocomposites have been replacing synthetic polymer composites for various biomedical applications. This is often because of the biocompatible and biodegradable behavior of natural polymers. Several studies have been reported pertaining to the synthesis and characterization of chitosan(chi)/montmorillonite(MMT) and chitosan (chi)/hydroxyapatite (HAP) for tissue engineering applications. In the present work, a biopolymer-based novel nanocomposite chitosan/montmorillonite (MMT)/hydroxyapatite (HAP) was developed for biomedical applications. The composite was prepared from chitosan, unmodified MMT and HAP precipitate in aqueous media. The properties of the composites were investigated using x-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Nanomechanical properties were measured using nanoindentation. Cell culture experiments were also conducted in order to ascertain the biocompatibility of the composite. The XRD results indicate that an intercalated structure was formed with an increase in d-spacing of montmorillonite. FTIR studies provide the evidence of molecular interaction among the three different constituents of the composite. AFM images show well-distributed nanoparticles in the chitosan matrix. The composites also exhibit a significant enhancement in nanomechanical property as compared to pure chitosan as well as the chi/HAP and chi/MMT composites. The TGA results indicate that an intercalated nanocomposite was formed with improved thermal properties even compared to chi/MMT composites. The results of cell culture experiments show that the composite is biocompatible and has a better cell proliferation rate compared to chi/HAP composites. This work represents the design of a novel clay-chitosan-hydroxyapatite composite with improved mechanical properties that has potential applications in bone tissue engineering.

  17. Facile synthesis of vanadium oxide nanowires

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    Kysar, Jesse; Sekhar, Praveen Kumar

    2016-10-01

    A simple growth process is reported for the synthesis of vanadium (II) oxide nanowires with an average width of 65 nm and up to 5 μm in length for growth at 1000 °C for 3 h. The vanadium (II) oxide nanowires were grown on a gold-coated silicon substrate at ambient pressure using a single heat zone furnace with Ar as the carrier gas. Gold was utilized as a catalyst for the growth of the nanowires. The growth temperature and heating time were varied to observe the nanowire morphology. An increase in nanowire width was observed with an increase in the heating temperature. A ninefold increase in the number density of the nanowires was observed when the heating time was changed from 30 min to 3 h. This is the first time a simple growth process for producing VO nanowires at ambient pressure has been demonstrated. Such a scheme enables wider use of VO nanowires in critical applications such as energy storage, gas sensors, and optical devices.

  18. Bioinspired synthesis of polydopamine/Ag nanocomposite particles with antibacterial activities.

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    Wu, Chengjiao; Zhang, Guoxing; Xia, Tian; Li, Zhenni; Zhao, Kai; Deng, Ziwei; Guo, Dingzong; Peng, Bo

    2015-10-01

    Mussel-inspired chemistry (polydopamine) offers great opportunities to develop inexpensive and efficient process for many types of materials with complex shapes and functions in a mild and friendly environment. This paper describes a facile, yet green approach to synthesize polydopamine/silver (PDA/Ag) nanocomposite particles with a combination use of polydopamine chemistry and electroless metallization of Ag. In this approach, monodisperse spherical polydopamine particles are first synthesized by the oxidation and self-polymerization of dopamine (monomer) in an alkaline water-ethanol solution at room temperature, which are served as the active templates for secondary reactions due to the abundant catechol and amine groups on the surface. Subsequently, the silver precursor-[Ag(NH3)2](+) ions introduced are easily absorbed onto the surface of the PDA particles, and are immediately in situ reduced to metallic Ag nanoparticles with the help of these active catechol and amine groups. During the preparation, no additional reductants, toxic reagents and intricate instruments are needed. These as-synthesized PDA/Ag nanocomposite particles are ideal candidates for antibacterial application because they do not show significant cytotoxicity against HEK293T human embryonic kidney cells in the in vitro cytotoxicity assay, whereas demonstrate enhanced antibacterial abilities against Escherichia coli (Gram-negative bacteria) and Staphylococcus aureus (Gram-positive bacteria) in the antibacterial assays. Owing to their excellent cytocompatibilities and antibacterial activities, these PDA/Ag nanocomposite particles can be considered as the promising antibacterial materials for future biomedical applications. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Synthesis of Platinum-Nickel Hydroxide Nanocomposites for Electrocatalytic Reduction of Water

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    Wang, Lei

    2016-11-25

    Water electrolysis represents a promising solution for storage of renewable but intermittent electrical energy in hydrogen molecules. This technology is however challenged by the lack of efficient electrocatalysts for the hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions. Here we report on the synthesis of platinum-nickel hydroxide nanocomposites and their electrocatalytic applications for water reduction. An in situ reduction strategy taking advantage of the Ni(II)/Ni(III) redox has been developed to enable and regulate the epitaxial growth of Pt nanocrystals on single-layer Ni(OH)2 nanosheets. The obtained nanocomposites (denoted as Pt@2D-Ni(OH)2) exhibit an improvement factor of 5 in catalytic activity and a reduction of up to 130 mV in overpotential compared to Pt for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). A combination of electron microscopy/spectroscopy characterization, electrochemical studies and density functional calculations was employed to uncover the structures of the metal-hydroxide interface and understand the mechanisms of catalytic enhancement.

  20. Synthesis and Examination of Nanocomposites Based on Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) for Medicinal Use

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    Kukolevska, Olena S.; Gerashchenko, Igor I.; Borysenko, Mykola V.; Pakhlov, Evgenii M.; Machovsky, Michal; Yushchenko, Tetyana I.

    2017-02-01

    Preparation of poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) based nanocomposites using different approaches such as synthesis with water as the porogen, filling of polymer matrix by silica and formation of interpenetrating polymer networks with polyurethane was demonstrated. Incorporation of various biologically active compounds (BAC) such as metronidazole, decamethoxin, zinc sulphate, silver nitrate or amino acids glycine and tryptophan into nanocomposites was achieved. BAC were introduced into the polymer matrix either (1) directly, or (2) with a solution of colloidal silica, or (3) through immobilization on silica (sol-densil). Morphology of prepared materials was investigated by laser scanning microscopy and low-vacuum scanning electron microscopy. In vacuum freeze-drying, prior imaging was proposed for improving visualization of the porous structure of composites. The interaction between PHEMA matrix and silica filler was investigated by IR spectroscopy. Adsorption of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate and BAC from aqueous solution on the silica surface was also examined. Phase composition and thermal stability of composites were studied by the differential thermogravimetry/differential thermal analysis. Release of BAC into water medium from prepared composites were shown to depend on the synthetic method and differed significantly. Obtained PHEMA-base materials which are characterized by controlled release of BAC have a strong potential for application in manufacturing of different surgical devices like implants, catheters and drainages.

  1. High-pressure synthesis of a polyethylene/zeolite nano-composite material.

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    Santoro, Mario; Gorelli, Federico A; Bini, Roberto; Haines, Julien; van der Lee, Arie

    2013-01-01

    Meso/micro-porous solids, such as zeolites, are complex materials used in an impressive range of applications. Here we photo-polymerized ethylene using non-catalytic high-pressure techniques at 0.5-1.5 GPa under ultraviolet (351-364 nm) irradiation on a sub-nanometre scale in the channels of a pure SiO2 zeolite, silicalite, to obtain a unique nano-composite material with drastically modified mechanical properties. The structure obtained contains single polyethylene chains, which adapt very well to the confining channels as shown by optical spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The formation of this nano-composite results in significant increases in bulk modulus and density, and the thermal expansion coefficient changes sign from negative to positive with respect to silicalite. Mechanical properties may thus be tuned by varying the amount of polymerized ethylene. Our findings could allow the high-pressure, catalyst-free synthesis of a unique generation of technological, functional materials based on simple hydrocarbons polymerized in confining meso/micro-porous solids.

  2. Group 12 dithiocarbamate complexes: Synthesis, spectral studies and their use as precursors for metal sulfides nanoparticles and nanocomposites

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    Ajibade, Peter A.; Ejelonu, Benjamin C.

    2013-09-01

    Zn(II), Cd(II) and Hg(II) dithiocarbamate complexes have been synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, UV-Vis, FTIR, 1H- and 13C NMR spectroscopy. The complexes were thermolysed at 180 °C and used as single molecule precursors for the synthesis of HDA capped ZnS, CdS and HgS nanoparticles and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) nanocomposites. The optical and structural properties of the nanoparticles and nanocomposites were studied by UV-Vis, PL, XRD and SEM. The crystallites sizes of the nanoparticles varied between 3.03 and 23.45 nm. SEM and EDX analyses of the nanocomposites confirmed the presence of the nanoparticles in the polymer matrix.

  3. Synthesis and dielectric studies of poly (vinyl pyrrolidone) / titanium dioxide nanocomposites

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    Vasudevan, Prathibha; Thomas, Sunil; V, Arunkumar K.; S, Karthika; V, Unnikrishnan N.

    2015-02-01

    In this paper, we present the synthesis of poly vinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) / titanium dioxide nanocomposites via sol- gel technique. The structural and dielectric properties of the samples were also analysed in this work. PVP doped with varying concentrations of TiO2 are prepared by the sol-gel route. The prepared composites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and impedance spectroscopy. XRD and TEM confirm the presence of TiO2 nanoparticles in the composites. The dielectric response and the AC electrical conductivity of the samples are investigated for the frequency range 1 kHz-2MHz at room temperature. The dielectric studies show low values for dielectric constant and loss at high frequencies.

  4. Synthesis, Spectral Characterization, and Antibacterial and Antifungal Studies of PANI/V2O5 Nanocomposites

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    Chakradhar Sridhar

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study deals with the synthesis and characterization of nanocrystalline vanadium pentoxide (V2O5 nanoparticles and their antibacterial and antifungal activity on Staphylococcus aureus and Aspergillus niger, respectively, by agar diffusion method. The metal oxide has been synthesized by employing the sol-gel method, polyaniline (PANI has been synthesized by chemical oxidation, and PANI/V2O5 composites have been synthesized by in situ polymerization method with different ratios (10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 weight% of V2O5 in PANI. The newly prepared composites were characterized by FTIR and powder X-ray diffraction (P-XRD techniques and are found to be formed of PANI/V2O5 nanocomposites, and also the compounds showed moderate antibacterial and antifungal activity.

  5. Synthesis of nanocomposite coating based on TiO2/ZnAl layer double hydroxides

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    V. Jovanov

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this investigation was the synthesis of nanocomposite coatings based on Zn-Al layered double hydroxides (Zn-Al LDH and TiO2. The Zn-Al LDH material, which acted as the catalyst support of the active TiO2 component (in the content of 3 and 10 wt. %, was synthesized by a low super saturation co-precipitation method. The interaction between the Zn-Al LDH and the active TiO2 component was accomplished by using vacuum evaporation prior to the mechanical activation and only by mechanical activation. The final suspension based on Zn-Al LDH and 10wt. % TiO2, impregnated only by mechanical activation, showed the optimal characteristics from the aspect of particle size distribution and XRD analysis. These properties had a positive effect on the functional properties of the coatings (photocatalytic activity and self-cleaning efficiency after the water rinsing procedure.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of polyaniline-Fe@C magnetic nanocomposite powder

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    Fleaca, C. T.; Dumitrache, F.; Morjan, I.; Niculescu, A.-M.; Sandu, I.; Ilie, A.; Stamatin, I.; Iordache, A.; Vasile, E.; Prodan, G.

    2016-06-01

    We report the synthesis of novel magnetic nanocomposite based on polyaniline (PANI) matrix and Fe-C nanoparticles. These hydrophobic Fe-FexC@C nanoparticles (having diameters under 20 nm) were synthesized by laser pyrolysis from Fe(CO)5 and C2H4/H2 and dispersed in water using sodium carboxymethylcellulose, followed by the PANI coating using ultrasonication-assisted oxidative polymerization of aniline hydrochloride. The structure of the resulted composite was characterized by Transmission Electron Microscopy, X-ray diffraction and also by Raman and Infrared spectroscopy. The composite powder shows ferromagnetic behavior with low coercivity and 6.4 emu/g saturation magnetization, having also electric and electrochemical behavior similar with pure PANI reference.

  7. Synthesis of Graphene-Based Nanocomposite and Investigations of Its Thermal and Electrical Properties

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    Manoj Kumar Pati

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We describe the synthesis of acid functionalized graphene (GE which is grafted to chitosan (CH by first reacting the oxidized GE with thionyl chloride to form acyl-chlorinated GE. This product is subsequently dispersed in chitosan and covalently grafted to form GE-chitosan. GE-chitosan is further grafted onto polymetanitroaniline (PMNA by free radical polymerization conditions to yield GE-CH-PMNA. We have characterized the structure of synthesized GE-CH-PMNA composites by X-ray diffraction (XRD, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, scanning electron microscopy, and conductivity measurements. XRD data suggest the strongly crystalline character of the prepared specimen. Our measurement shows that the dielectric constants of these nanocomposites are remarkably enhanced due to interfacial polarization effect. This study demonstrates that functionalized graphene sheets are ideal nanofillers for the development of new polymer composites with high dielectric constant values.

  8. Facile and efficient route to polyimide-TiO2 nanocomposite coating onto carbon fiber.

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    He, Shuqing; Lu, Chunxiang; Zhang, Shouchun

    2011-12-01

    Polyamic acid-TiO(2) hybrid colloid emulsion with an average particle size of 200 nm was formed by dispersing nano-TiO(2) into polyamic acid colloidal emulsion. The polyimide-TiO(2) nanocomposite was coated onto carbon fiber by electrophoretic deposition. The primary properties of polyamic acid-TiO(2) hybrid colloid emulsion and polyimide-TiO(2) nanocomposite coating onto carbon fiber were characterized using laser scattering, ZetaPlus particle sizing, transmission electron microscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscope, Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray Diffraction analysis. The results indicated that the small amount of nano-TiO(2) would be effectively dispersed in polyamic acid colloidal particles. The polyimide-TiO(2) hybrid nanocomposite coating carbon fiber sheet displayed an excellent photodegradation performance of methyl orange, which could be degraded more than 70 wt % after 10 cycles.

  9. Facile hydrothermal preparation of titanium dioxide decorated reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite

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    Chang, Betty Yea Sze; Huang, Nay Ming; An’amt, Mohd Nor; Marlinda, Abdul Rahman; Norazriena, Yusoff; Muhamad, Muhamad Rasat; Harrison, Ian; Lim, Hong Ngee; Chia, Chin Hua

    2012-01-01

    A simple single-stage approach, based on the hydrothermal technique, has been introduced to synthesize reduced graphene oxide/titanium dioxide nanocomposites. The titanium dioxide nanoparticles are formed at the same time as the graphene oxide is reduced to graphene. The triethanolamine used in the process has two roles. It acts as a reducing agent for the graphene oxide as well as a capping agent, allowing the formation of titanium dioxide nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution (~20 nm). Transmission electron micrographs show that the nanoparticles are uniformly distributed on the reduced graphene oxide nanosheet. Thermogravimetric analysis shows the nanocomposites have an enhanced thermal stability over the original components. The potential applications for this technology were demonstrated by the use of a reduced graphene oxide/titanium dioxide nanocomposite-modified glassy carbon electrode, which enhanced the electrochemical performance compared to a conventional glassy carbon electrode when interacting with mercury(II) ions in potassium chloride electrolyte. PMID:22848166

  10. Synthesis of mesoporous Mn/TiO2 nanocomposites and investigating the photocatalytic properties in aqueous systems.

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    Oseghe, Ekemena Oghenovoh; Ndungu, Patrick Gathura; Jonnalagadda, Sreekanth Babu

    2015-01-01

    Mesoporous 20 wt% Mn/TiO2 nanocomposites were synthesized adopting modified sol-gel method at different pH (pH = 2, 7 and 11) conditions and calcined at 400 °C. Based on the characteristics of the 20 wt% Mn/TiO2 nanocomposites synthesized at pH 11, same procedure was adopted for the synthesis of different wt% Mn/TiO2. The nanocomposite samples and their surface properties were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), mapping, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), and fluorescence spectrometry. The nanocomposites existed in the anatase phase of TiO2 with no peak assigned to Mn on the diffractogram. The photocatalytic activities of the materials were evaluated by monitoring degradation of a model dye (methylene blue (MB)) in presence of visible light and ozone. The nanocomposite synthesized under neutral condition (pH = 7) exhibited the best photocatalytic activity resulting from its relatively smaller crystal size (5.98 nm) and larger pore volume (0.30 cm(3)/g). One percentage of weight Mn/TiO2 showed 100% decolouration of MB in the presence of O3 after 100 min.

  11. Mechanical synthesis of copper-carbon nanocomposites: Structural changes, strengthening and thermal stabilization

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    Nunes, D., E-mail: daniela.nunes@ist.utl.pt [Associacao Euratom/IST, Instituto de Plasmas e Fusao Nuclear - Laboratorio Associado, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); LNEG, Estrada do Paco do Lumiar, 1649-038 Lisboa (Portugal); ICEMS, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Livramento, V. [Associacao Euratom/IST, Instituto de Plasmas e Fusao Nuclear - Laboratorio Associado, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); LNEG, Estrada do Paco do Lumiar, 1649-038 Lisboa (Portugal); Mateus, R. [Associacao Euratom/IST, Instituto de Plasmas e Fusao Nuclear - Laboratorio Associado, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Correia, J.B. [LNEG, Estrada do Paco do Lumiar, 1649-038 Lisboa (Portugal); Alves, L.C. [ITN, Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear, Estrada Nacional 10, 2686-953 Sacavem (Portugal); Vilarigues, M. [Departamento de Conservacao e Restauro e R and D Unit Vidro e da Ceramica Para as Artes, FCT-UNL, Quinta da Torre, 2829-516 Caparica (Portugal); Carvalho, P.A. [ICEMS, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Departamento de Bioengenharia, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal)

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} The study characterized Cu-nanodiamond (Cu-nD) and Cu-graphite (Cu-G) composites. {yields} Preservation of nD crystalline structure during high-energy milling was demonstrated. {yields} Higher refinement of matrix in Cu-nD comparing to Cu-G is due to a milling mechanism. {yields} Remarkable thermal stability and microhardness have been achieved in Cu-nD and Cu-G. {yields} Strengthening resulted mainly from grain refinement and second-phase reinforcement. - Abstract: Processing of copper-carbon nanocomposites by mechanical synthesis poses specific challenges as carbon phases are prone to amorphization and exhibit an intrinsically difficult bonding with copper. The present work investigates Cu-nanodiamond (Cu-nD) and Cu-graphite (Cu-G) composites produced by mechanical synthesis and subsequent heat treatments. Transmission electron microscopy observations showed homogeneous particle distributions and intimate bonding between the metallic matrix and the carbon phases. Ring diffraction patterns of chemically extracted carbon phases demonstrated that milled nanodiamond preserved crystallinity, while an essentially amorphous nature could be inferred for milled graphite. Raman spectra confirmed that nanodiamond particles remained essentially unaffected by the mechanical synthesis, whereas the bands of milled graphite were significantly changed into the typical amorphous carbon fingerprint. Particle-induced X-ray emission spectroscopy showed that the total contamination originating from the milling media remained below 0.7 wt.%. The Cu-nanodiamond composite exhibited remarkable microhardness and microstructural thermal stability when compared with pure nanostructured copper.

  12. High-Pressure Synthesis of Metal-Ceramic Nano-Composites

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    Gierlotka, S.; Palosz, B.; Ekimov, E.; Grzanka, E.; Stelmakh, S.; Lojkowski, W.; Bismayer, U.; Palosz, W.; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The major problems in fabrication of nano-crystal line materials form nano-powders are: (1), coarsening of the initial nano-size grains, (2), insufficient densification (high concentration of pores), and, (3), conversion of diamond into graphite (for diamond-based ceramics). We have developed a novel technique of the synthesis of nano-composite materials applying very high (up to about 10 GPa) pressures. In this technique, one component is pre-compacted and placed next to another having a lower melting point temperature. The whole sample is pressed and the temperature raised above the melting point of the second component, what results in the melt getting pressed into the (nano-size) pores of the compact. Upon subsequent crystallization the melt forms the second nanophase. The process is fast, on the order of seconds, and the temperatures are relatively low what prevents, or at least significantly reduces coarsening of the starting nanophase grains. Also, conversion of diamond into graphite can be prevented. The technique allows for control of the final product properties through a proper selection of (1) the initial compact density and grain size, (2) chemical composition of the source, and (3) the temperature and pressure of the process. The application of the technique to the synthesis of SiC and diamond with Si, Ge, and different metals. Results of the in-situ investigation of the synthesis process by synchrotron X-ray diffraction technique will be presented.

  13. Coprecipitation of nickel zinc malonate: A facile and reproducible synthesis route for Ni{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}O nanoparticles and Ni{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}O/ZnO nanocomposites via pyrolysis

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    Lontio Fomekong, Roussin, E-mail: lonforou@yahoo.fr [Inorganic Chemistry Department, University of Yaoundé I, B.P. 812, Yaoundé (Cameroon); Institut de la Matière Condensée et des Nanosciences, Université Catholique de Louvain, Croix du Sud 1, 1348 Louvain-La-Neuve (Belgium); Kenfack Tsobnang, Patrice [Inorganic Chemistry Department, University of Yaoundé I, B.P. 812, Yaoundé (Cameroon); Magnin, Delphine; Hermans, Sophie; Delcorte, Arnaud [Institut de la Matière Condensée et des Nanosciences, Université Catholique de Louvain, Croix du Sud 1, 1348 Louvain-La-Neuve (Belgium); Lambi Ngolui, John [Chemistry Department, Higher Teacher Training College, University of Yaoundé I, B.P. 47, Yaoundé (Cameroon)

    2015-10-15

    Nanoparticles of Ni{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}O and Ni{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}O/ZnO, which can be good candidates for selective gas sensors, were successfully obtained via a two-step synthetic route, in which the nickel zinc malonate precursor was first synthesized by co-precipitation from an aqueous solution, followed by pyrolysis in air at a relatively low temperature (~500 °C). The precursor was characterized by ICP-AES, FTIR and TG and the results indicate the molecular structure of the precursor to be compatible with Ni{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}(OOCCH{sub 2}COO)·2H{sub 2}O. The decomposition product, characterized using various techniques (FTIR, XRD, ToF-SIMS, SEM, TEM and XPS), was established to be a doped nickel oxide (Ni{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}O for 0.01≤x≤0.1) and a composite material (Ni{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}O/ZnO for 0.2≤x≤0.5). To elucidate the form in which the Zn is present in the NiO structure, three analytical techniques were employed: ToF-SIMS, XRD and XPS. While ToF SIMS provided a direct evidence of the presence of Zn in the NiO crystal structure, XRD showed that Zn actually substitutes Ni in the structure and XPS is a bit more specific by indicating that the Zn is present in the form of Zn{sup 2+} ions. - Highlights: • Coprecipitation synthesis of nickel zinc malonate single bath precursor was achieved. • The as synthesized precursors are an homogeneous mixture of nickel and zinc malonate. • XRD, ToF-SIMS, XPS, SEM and TEM was used to characterized decomposition products. • Ni{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}O nanoparticles (0.01≤x≤0.1) formed after pyrolysis (~500 °C) of precursor. • Ni{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}O/ZnO nanocomposite (0.2≤x≤0.5) formed after pyrolysis at 500 °C of precursor.

  14. The tunable plasma synthesis of Pt-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites

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    Yulong Ma

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available Herein, we have developed Pt-plasma reduced graphene oxide (Pt/P-rGO catalysts displaying high overpotentials for methanol oxidation reaction (MOR through facile and tunable plasma treatments. We provide insight into the improved performance of these catalysts by combining electrochemical measurements with microscopic and spectroscopic characterization techniques. The analysis results showed that the Pt nanoparticles (NPs were successfully deposited on P-rGO. The deposition and uniformity of Pt NPs were influenced by tuning the discharge power of the plasma. The catalytic performance towards the methanol oxidation reaction is investigated. The Pt/P-rGO NPs composites under 100 W show the best electrocatalytic activity. These results were vital to the further application of graphene-based metal nanocomposites synthesized by plasma technology.

  15. Synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic activity of visible-light-driven reduced graphene oxide-CeO2 nanocomposite

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    Kaur, J.; Anand, K.; Anand, K.; Thangaraj, R.; Singh, R. C.

    2016-10-01

    Reduced graphene oxide (RGO) and CeO2 nanocomposite fabricated by a facile hydrothermal method was studied as a photocatalyst for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) under natural sunlight. The reduction of graphene oxide and decoration of CeO2 nanocubes was accomplished simultaneously in one hydrothermal step. The structural, optical and photocatalytic properties of synthesized samples were probed by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra and photoluminescence spectra. RGO/CeO2 nanocomposite exhibited distinctive structural features comprising well-dispersed CeO2 nanocubes on the RGO surface without any agglomeration. RGO/CeO2 nanocomposite displayed a great MB absorptivity, significant band gap narrowing and photoluminescence quenching phenomenon concurrently, which was ascribed to unique properties of RGO sheets. The photocatalytic activity results revealed that there was a remarkable enhancement in reaction rate with RGO/CeO2 nanocomposite in comparison to its counterparts (Blank CeO2 and CNT/CeO2 nanocomposite). The degradation efficiency of RGO/CeO2, CNT/CeO2 and CeO2 was found to be 91.2, 75 and 64 % within 180 min respectively.

  16. Modified polyol route for synthesis of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Ag and α-Fe/Ag nanocomposite

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    Abbas, Mohamed [Center for NanoBioEngineering and Spintronics, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 305-764 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Emerging Material Science, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Ceramics Department, National Research Centre, 12311 Cairo (Egypt); Parvatheeswara Rao, B. [Department of Physics, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam 530003 (India); Abdel-Hamed, M.O. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, El-Minia University (Egypt); Kim, CheolGi, E-mail: cgkim@cnu.ac.kr [Center for NanoBioEngineering and Spintronics, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 305-764 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Emerging Material Science, Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • We developed new polyol route for synthesis and coating of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Ag in one-pot. • The phase change from Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Ag to α-Fe/Ag by using the annealing system at 600 °C. • XRD, TEM, EDS, XPS, and VSM techniques used to characterize the samples. • The Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Ag nanocomposite showed nearly superparamagnetic properties. - Abstract: We developed a new one-pot synthesis method for realizing silver coated magnetite nanocomposite by way of a modified polyol process. In this reaction, polyethylene glycol was used as a solvent media and it was observed to play a key role to act as a reducing agent, stabilizer as well as a linker for silver coating simultaneously. Further, we could successfully transfer the phase from Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Ag to α-Fe/Ag by using the annealing system at 600 °C in presence of hydrogen gas. X-ray diffraction data was independently used to confirm the formation of both the phases of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Ag and α-Fe/Ag. These Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Ag and α-Fe/Ag samples were also characterized using transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques and compared the results with those of seed Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. The magnetic properties of the composites, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Ag and α-Fe/Ag with different Ag concentrations, along with the seed Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were measured using vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) at room temperature. Maximum magnetization values of 61.3 emu/g and 175.1 emu/g were observed for the samples with 1 mL Ag concentrations of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Ag and α-Fe/Ag, respectively. This new synthesis method looks to be a promising route for facile synthesis of different magnetic nanocomposites suitable for bioapplications.

  17. Synthesis of Two-Dimensional CoS1.097/Nitrogen-Doped Carbon Nanocomposites Using Metal-Organic Framework Nanosheets as Precursors for Supercapacitor Application.

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    Cao, Feifei; Zhao, Meiting; Yu, Yifu; Chen, Bo; Huang, Ying; Yang, Jian; Cao, Xiehong; Lu, Qipeng; Zhang, Xiao; Zhang, Zhicheng; Tan, Chaoliang; Zhang, Hua

    2016-06-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) metal-organic framework (MOF) nanosheets are attracting increasing research interest. Here, for the first time, we report the facile synthesis of 2D porphyrin paddlewheel framework-3 (PPF-3) MOF nanosheets with thickness of ca. 12-43 nm. Through the simultaneous sulfidation and carbonization of PPF-3 MOF nanosheets, we have prepared the 2D nanocomposite of CoS1.097 nanoparticles (NPs) and nitrogen-doped carbon, referred to as CoSNC, in which the CoS1.097 NPs with size of ca. 10 nm are embedded in the nitrogen-doped carbon matrix. As a proof-of-concept application, the obtained 2D CoSNC nanocomposite is used as an electrode material for a supercapacitor, which exhibits a specific capacitance of 360.1 F g(-1) at a current density of 1.5 A g(-1). Moreover, the composite electrode also shows high rate capability. Its specific capacitance delivered at a current density of 30.0 A g(-1) retains 56.8% of the value at 1.5 A g(-1).

  18. One-step solvothermal synthesis of MoS{sub 2}/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites with enhanced photocatalytic H{sub 2} production

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    Liu, Qian; Pu, Zonghua [China West Normal University, Chemical Synthesis and Pollution Control Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, School of Chemistry and Chemical Industry (China); Asiri, Abdullah M.; Qusti, Abdullah H.; Al-Youbi, Abdulrahman O. [King Abdulaziz University, Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science (Saudi Arabia); Sun, Xuping, E-mail: sun.xuping@hotmail.com [China West Normal University, Chemical Synthesis and Pollution Control Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, School of Chemistry and Chemical Industry (China)

    2013-11-15

    The present communication reports on a facile one-step solvothermal synthesis of highly crystallized MoS{sub 2}/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites for the first time. The TEM image shows the generation of a large amount of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles with diameters in the range of 5–8 nm. The photocurrent measurement suggests that loading a certain amount of MoS{sub 2} can effectively improve separation of photogenerated carries. Cyclic voltammograms measurements reveal that TiO{sub 2} modified with 1.0 wt% MoS{sub 2} can reduce hydrogen reduction overpotential, thereby leading to enhanced photocatalytic activity. Photocatalytic H{sub 2} evolution test suggests that 1.0 wt% MoS{sub 2}/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites show superior photocatalytic activity, and the H{sub 2} production rate achieves 119.5 μmol h{sup −1} g{sup −1} and is about 19 times higher than that of TiO{sub 2} alone, which could be attributed to the short diffusion distance in TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles, efficient interfacial electron transfer from TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles to MoS{sub 2} surface, and reduced hydrogen reduction overpotential. Furthermore, the MoS{sub 2}/TiO{sub 2} photocatalysts are stabile during the photocatalytic H{sub 2} evolution test.Graphical abstract.

  19. A facile fabrication of multifunctional knit polyester fabric based on chitosan and polyaniline polymer nanocomposite

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    Tang, Xiaoning; Tian, Mingwei; Qu, Lijun; Zhu, Shifeng; Guo, Xiaoqing; Han, Guangting; Sun, Kaikai; Hu, Xili; Wang, Yujiao; Xu, Xiaoqi

    2014-10-01

    Knit polyester fabric was successively modified and decorated with chitosan layer and polyaniline polymer nanocomposite layer in this paper. The fabric was firstly treated with chitosan to form a stable layer through the pad-dry-cure process, and then the polyaniline polymer nanocomposite layer was established on the outer layer by in situ chemical polymerization method using ammonium persulfate as oxidant and chlorhydric acid as dopant. The surface morphology of coated fabric was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and the co-existence of chitosan layer and granular polyaniline polymer nanocomposite was confirmed and well dispersed on the fabric surface. The resultant fabric was endowed with remarkable electrical conductivity properties and efficient water-repellent capability, which also have been found stable after water laundering. In addition, the photocatalytic decomposition activity for reactive red dye was observed when the multifunctional knit polyester fabric was exposed to the illumination of ultraviolet lamp. These results indicated that chitosan and polyaniline polymer nanocomposite could form ideal multifunctional coatings on the surface of knit polyester fabric.

  20. Clay-polymer Nanocomposites:Preparation, Properties, Future Applications and New Synthesis Approach of EPDM/clay Nanocomposites

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    S. J. AHMADI; HUANG Yu-dong黄玉东; LI Wei李伟

    2004-01-01

    The synthtic routes, materials properties and future applications of clay-polymer nanocomposites are reviewed. Nannocomposites are composite materials.that contain particles in the size rang 1-100 nm. The particles generally have a high aspect ratio and a layered structure that maximizes bonding between the polymer and particle. Adding a small quantity of these additives (0.5% ~ 5% ) can increase many of the properties of polymer materials, such as tensile characteristics, heat distortion temperature, scratch resistance, gas permeability resistance, and flame retardancy. This new type of materials may be prepared via various synthetic routes comprising exfoliation adsorption, in-situ intercalative polymerization and melt intercalation. In this paper we report the new method for preparation EPDM-clay nanocomposites. The EPDM-clay nanocomposites were prepared by using two different approaches (direct and indirect). It is found that there is no difference between both methods but the direct method is easier, its cost is lower and industrially more practical. X-ray diffraction (XRD)and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results showed a exfoliation structure. The mechanical properties of these nanocomposites significantly improved.

  1. Polyelectrolyte-induced reduction of exfoliated graphite oxide: a facile route to synthesis of soluble graphene nanosheets.

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    Zhang, Sheng; Shao, Yuyan; Liao, Honggang; Engelhard, Mark H; Yin, Geping; Lin, Yuehe

    2011-03-22

    Here we report that poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) (PDDA) acts as both a reducing agent and a stabilizer to prepare soluble graphene nanosheets from graphite oxide. The results of transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and Fourier transform infrared indicated that graphite oxide was successfully reduced to graphene nanosheets which exhibited single-layer structure and high dispersion in various solvents. The reaction mechanism for PDDA-induced reduction of exfoliated graphite oxide was proposed. Furthermore, PDDA facilitated the in situ growth of highly dispersed Pt nanoparticles on the surface of graphene nanosheets to form Pt/graphene nanocomposites, which exhibited excellent catalytic activity toward formic acid oxidation. This work presents a facile and environmentally friendly approach to the synthesis of graphene nanosheets and opens up a new possibility for preparing graphene and graphene-based nanomaterials for large-scale applications.

  2. Low-temperature solid-state synthesis and optical properties of ZnO/CdS nanocomposites

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    Liu, Jinsong, E-mail: jsliu@nuaa.edu.cn [Department of Materials Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210016 (China); State Key Laboratory of Mechanics and Control of Mechanical Structures, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210016 (China); Zhu, Kongjun, E-mail: kjzhu@nuaa.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Mechanics and Control of Mechanical Structures, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210016 (China); Sheng, Beibei [Department of Materials Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210016 (China); Li, Ziquan [Department of Materials Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210016 (China); Chemical Engineering Department, Nanjing College of Chemical Technology, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210048 (China); Tai, Guoan; Qiu, Jinhao; Wang, Jing [State Key Laboratory of Mechanics and Control of Mechanical Structures, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210016 (China); Chen, Jiankang; You, Yuncheng [Department of Materials Science and Technology, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210016 (China); Gu, Qilin; Liu, Pengcheng [State Key Laboratory of Mechanics and Control of Mechanical Structures, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing, Jiangsu 210016 (China)

    2015-01-05

    Highlights: • Using a low-temperature solid-state method, ZnO/CdS nanocomposites were obtained • Grain growth kinetics of cubic CdS and hexagonal ZnO phase was described. • Sufficient grinding and heating treatment was a key for formation of composites. • Optical properties could be easily manipulated by reaction temperature and time. - Abstract: A simple low-temperature solid-state reaction in the presence of the surfactant PEG400 was developed to obtain ZnO/CdS nanocomposites. The effects of synthesis temperature and reaction time on crystal structure and optical properties of the nanocomposites were investigated by several technologies. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM) characterizations showed that the products consisted of the nanoparticles, and the grain growth kinetics of the cubic CdS and the hexagonal ZnO phase in the nanocomposites was described. The mechanism analysis suggested that sufficient grinding and heating treatment was a key to form the ZnO/CdS nanocomposites, and the surfactant PEG400 was proved not to involve the reaction and prevent the nanoparticles from aggregating to larger in whole grinding and heat-treatment process. Ultraviolet–visible (UV–vis) spectra revealed that the band gaps of the nanocomposites could be tuned by the reaction temperature and reaction time. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra showed that the changing position and the intensity of the emission peaks resulted from the rate of electron transfer and recombination probability under the different conditions.

  3. Synthesis and optical properties of TiO2-based magnetic nanocomposites

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    Scarisoreanu, M.; Morjan, I.; Fleaca, C.-T.; Morjan, I. P.; Niculescu, A.-M.; Dutu, E.; Badoi, A.; Birjega, R.; Luculescu, C.; Vasile, E.; Danciu, V.; Filoti, G.

    2015-05-01

    Magnetic titania nanoparticles covered/embedded in SiO2 shell/matrix were simultaneously manufactured by the single-step laser pyrolysis. The present study is a continuation of our previous investigations on the TiO2/Fe and TiO2/HMDSO (hexamethyldisiloxane) derived-systems. The aim of this work is to study the synthesis by IR (Infrared) laser pyrolysis of magnetic TiO2 based nanocomposites which implies many concurrent processes induced in the gas phase by the laser radiation. The dependence between characteristic properties and the synthesis parameters was determined by many analytical and complementary methods: XRD (X-ray diffraction) structural analysis, UV-vis (ultraviolet-visible) and EDAX (energy-dispersive X-ray) spectroscopy, TEM and HRTEM (transmission electron microscopy at low and high resolution) analysis and magnetic measurements. The results of analysis indicate the presence of disordered silica, Fe, α-Fe2O3 and mixtures of anatase and rutile phases with mean crystallite dimensions (in the 14-34 nm range) with typical character of diluted magnetic oxide systems and a lower bandgap energy (Eg = 1.85 eV) as compared with TiO2 P25 Degussa sample.

  4. Facile synthesis and photoluminescence mechanism of graphene quantum dots

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    Yang, Ping; Zhou, Ligang; Zhang, Shenli; Pan, Wei, E-mail: sjtushelwill@sjtu.edu.cn; Shen, Wenzhong, E-mail: wzshen@sjtu.edu.cn [Laboratory of Condensed Matter Spectroscopy and Opto-Electronic Physics, and Key Laboratory of Artificial Structures and Quantum Control (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Wan, Neng [SEU-FEI Nano Pico Center, Key Laboratory of MEMS of Ministry of Education, School of Electronics Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096 (China)

    2014-12-28

    We report a facile hydrothermal synthesis of intrinsic fluorescent graphene quantum dots (GQDs) with two-dimensional morphology. This synthesis uses glucose, concentrate sulfuric acid, and deionized water as reagents. Concentrated sulfuric acid is found to play a key role in controlling the transformation of as-prepared hydrothermal products from amorphous carbon nanodots to well-crystallized GQDs. These GQDs show typical absorption characteristic for graphene, and have nearly excitation-independent ultraviolet and blue intrinsic emissions. Temperature-dependent PL measurements have demonstrated strong electron-electron scattering and electron-phonon interactions, suggesting a similar temperature behavior of GQDs to inorganic semiconductor quantum dots. According to optical studies, the ultraviolet emission is found to originate from the recombination of electron-hole pairs localized in the C=C bonds, while the blue emission is from the electron transition of sp{sup 2} domains.

  5. Facile fabrication of novel porous graphitic carbon nitride/copper sulfide nanocomposites with enhanced visible light driven photocatalytic performance.

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    Chen, Xi; Li, Huankun; Wu, Yuxin; Wu, Hanshuo; Wu, Laidi; Tan, Pengfei; Pan, Jun; Xiong, Xiang

    2016-08-15

    In this work, a novel organic-inorganic heterostructured photocatalyst: porous graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) hybrid with copper sulfide (CuS) had been synthesized via a precipitation-deposition method at low temperature for the first time. UV-vis spectroscopy revealed the porous g-C3N4/CuS nanocomposites showed a strong and broad visible light absorption. Furthermore, the g-C3N4/CuS nanocomposites showed higher photocatalytic activity in the photodegradation of various organic dyes than that of pure g-C3N4 and CuS, and the selected sample of g-C3N4/CuS-2 exhibited the best photocatalytic activity under visible light. The good photocatalytic activity could be ascribed to the matching of the g-C3N4 and CuS band gap energies. Besides, photoluminescent spectra and photoelectrochemical measurements also proved that the CuS/g-C3N4 could greatly enhance the charge generation and suppress the charge recombination of photogenerated carriers. According to the experimental result, a possible photocatalytic mechanism has been proposed. Due to the high stability, the porous g-C3N4/CuS could be applied in the field of environmental remediation. Our work highlights that coupling semiconductors with well-matched band energies provides a facile way to improve the photocatalytic activity.

  6. Facile hydrothermal preparation of titanium dioxide decorated reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Betty Yea Sze Chang,1 Nay Ming Huang,1 Mohd Nor An' amt,2 Abdul Rahman Marlinda,1 Yusoff Norazriena,1 Muhamad Rasat Muhamad,3 Ian Harrison,4 Hong Ngee Lim,5 Chin Hua Chia61Low Dimensional Materials Research Center, Physics Department, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur; 2Faculty of Agro Industry and Natural Resources (FASA, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Kota Bharu, Kelantan; 3The Chancellery Building, Multimedia University, Persiaran Multimedia, Cyberjaya, Selangor; 4School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Semenyih, Selangor; 5Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia; 6School of Applied Physics, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, MalaysiaAbstract: A simple single-stage approach, based on the hydrothermal technique, has been introduced to synthesize reduced graphene oxide/titanium dioxide nanocomposites. The titanium dioxide nanoparticles are formed at the same time as the graphene oxide is reduced to graphene. The triethanolamine used in the process has two roles. It acts as a reducing agent for the graphene oxide as well as a capping agent, allowing the formation of titanium dioxide nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution (~20 nm. Transmission electron micrographs show that the nanoparticles are uniformly distributed on the reduced graphene oxide nanosheet. Thermogravimetric analysis shows the nanocomposites have an enhanced thermal stability over the original components. The potential applications for this technology were demonstrated by the use of a reduced graphene oxide/titanium dioxide nanocomposite-modified glassy carbon electrode, which enhanced the electrochemical performance compared to a conventional glassy carbon electrode when interacting with mercury(II ions in potassium chloride electrolyte.Keywords: graphene oxide, titanium oxide, hydrothermal, nanocomposite

  7. Methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS)-based silica-iron oxide superhydrophobic nanocomposites.

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    Nadargi, Digambar; Gurav, Jyoti; Marioni, Miguel A; Romer, Sara; Matam, Santhosh; Koebel, Matthias M

    2015-12-01

    We report a facile synthesis of superhydrophobic silica-iron oxide nanocomposites via a co-precursor sol-gel process. The choice of the silica precursor (Methyltrimethoxysilane, MTMS) in combination with iron nitrate altered the pore structure dramatically. The influence of iron oxide doping on the structural properties of pristine MTMS aerogel is discussed.

  8. One-step, simple, and green synthesis of tin dioxide/graphene nanocomposites and their application to lithium-ion battery anodes

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    Jiang, Zaixing; Zhang, Dongjie; Li, Yue; Cheng, Hao; Wang, Mingqiang; Wang, Xueqin; Bai, Yongping; Lv, Haibao; Yao, Yongtao; Shao, Lu; Huang, Yudong

    2014-10-01

    Graphene with extraordinary thermal, mechanical and electrical properties offers possibilities in a variety of applications. Recent advances in the synthesis of graphene composites using supercritical fluids are highlighted. Supercritical fluids exhibit unique features for the synthesis of composites due to its low viscosity, high diffusivity, near-zero surface tension, and tunability. Here, we report the preparation of tin dioxide (SnO2)/graphene nanocomposite through supercritical CO2 method. It demonstrates that the SnO2 nanoparticles are homogeneously dispersed on the surface of graphene sheets with a particle size of 2.3-2.6 nm. The SnO2/graphene nanocomposites exhibit higher lithium storage capacity and better cycling performance compared to that of the similar CNT nanocomposites. The reported synthetic procedure is straightforward, green and inexpensive. And it may be readily adopted to produce large quantities of graphene based nanocomposites.

  9. Green synthesis of Au-rGO nanocomposite and its catalytic activity in nitro-reduction and degradation of dyes

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    Saikia, Indranirekha; Hazarika, Moushumi; Tamuly, Chandan

    2016-10-01

    An eco-friendly, very simple method for synthesis of gold-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite was developed using leaf extract of Piper pedicellatum C.DC. Its characterization was done by UV-visible, FT-IR, XRD, XPS, Raman, TGA, EDX, TEM analysis. The nanocomposite was very efficiently utilized as catalyst for reduction reaction of 3-nitroaniline and 4-nitrophenol. The kinetic and rate constant of nitro-reduction also reported in this study. The nanocomposite showed excellent catalytic activity for reduction of nitro aromatic compound within very short period of time. The dye which are used in industries such as rhodamine B, methyl red, methyl orange, methylene blue and bromocresol green were degraded rapidly and efficiently in a photocatalytic pathway by the as-synthesized Au-rGO nanocomposite with only 6% activity loss in degradation after the 10th cycle. So, Au-rGO composite has significant catalytic activity in nitroreduction and photocatalytic degradation of dye molecules under sunlight.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of Zinc (II)-loaded Zeolite/Graphene oxide nanocomposite as a new drug carrier

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    Khatamian, M. [Inorganic Chemistry Department, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Tabriz, C.P. 51664 Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Divband, B., E-mail: baharakdivband@yahoo.com [Research Center for Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Inorganic Chemistry Department, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Tabriz, C.P. 51664 Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Farahmand-zahed, F. [Inorganic Chemistry Department, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Tabriz, C.P. 51664 Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-09-01

    Current research has focused on the preparation of Zinc-clinoptilolite/Graphene Oxide (Zn-Clin/GO) hybrid nanostructure and investigating its biocompatibility for the first time. As prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR). In order to use it as a drug carrier two important factors were investigated: cytocompatibility of nanocomposites and their drug loading capacity. The results showed that the prepared nanocomposite is cytocompatible and its high loading capacity and slow release performance for Doxorubicin (DOX), as a cancer drug, proved that it can be used as a drug carrier. At last in-vitro toxicity of DOX loaded nanocomposite was compared with pure DOX. - Graphical abstract: Biocompatible Zn-clinoptilolite/Graphene oxide hybrid nanostructure as in vitro drug delivery systems (DDS) was able to store and release substantial amounts of doxorubicin to the lung cancer cell lines. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Zn-Clin/GO nanocomposite as a new in vitro drug carrier with high loading capacity is synthesized. • Two synthesis methods (Microwave assisted hydrothermal method and Reflux method) are used. • All of the carriers (Zn-Clin, Zn-Clin/GO, GO) showed high biocompatibility.

  11. Synthesis of [60]fullerene-ZnO nanocomposite under electric furnace and photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes.

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    Hong, Sung Kyu; Lee, Jeong Ho; Ko, Weon Bae

    2011-07-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were synthesized by a reaction between an aqueous-alcoholic solution of zinc nitrate and sodium hydroxide under ultrasonic irradiation at room temperature. The morphology, optical properties of the ZnO nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and UV-vis spectroscopy. The [60]fullerene and zinc oxide nanocomposite were synthesized in an electric furnace at 700 degrees C for two hours. The [60]fullerene-ZnO nanocomposite was characterized by XRD, SEM and TEM. In addition, the [60]fullerene-ZnO nanocomposite was investigated as a catalyst in the photocatalytic degradation of organic dyes using UV-vis spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activity of the [60]fullerene-ZnO nanocomposite was compared with that of ZnO nanoparticles, heated ZnO nanoparticles after synthesis, pure [60]fullerene, and heated pure [60]fullerene in organic dyes such as methylene blue (MB), methyl orange (MO), and rhodamine B (RhB) under ultraviolet light at 254 nm.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of novel antibacterial silver nanocomposite nanofiltration and forward osmosis membranes based on layer-by-layer assembly.

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    Liu, Xin; Qi, Saren; Li, Ye; Yang, Liang; Cao, Bin; Tang, Chuyang Y

    2013-06-01

    Using layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly method, we fabricated novel silver nanocomposite LbL-Ag nanofiltration (NF) and forward osmosis (FO) membranes. The incorporation of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in the membranes did not adversely affect the membrane separation performance in NF and FO processes at low AgNPs incorporation levels (0.22-1.19 wt.% as silver). The FO performance of the xLbL-Ag membranes was better than or comparable to most NF-like FO membranes reported in the literature. In addition, the silver nanocomposite membranes exhibited excellent antibacterial properties against both Gram-positive Bacillus subtilis and Gram-negative Escherichia coli. Our results showed that the performances of the silver nanocomposite membranes are highly dependent on silver incorporation in the membranes, which could be controlled by using different membrane synthesis routines and doping of AgNPs. To the best knowledge of the authors, this is the first study on fabrication and characterization of novel antibacterial silver nanocomposite NF and FO membranes through LbL assembly approach.

  13. Synthesis of nanocomposite 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid with layered double hydroxide: physicochemical characterization and controlled release properties

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    Sarijo, Siti Halimah, E-mail: izaddinizaddin@yahoo.com; Ghazali, Sheikh Ahmad Izaddin Sheikh Mohd [Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA (Malaysia); Hussein, Mohd Zobir [Universiti Putra Malaysia, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science (Malaysia); Sidek, Norizzah Jaafar [Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA (Malaysia)

    2013-01-15

    A new organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposite Zn-Al-MCPA-layered double hydroxide (ZAM) was prepared by intercalation of 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (MCPA) into Zn-Al-layered double hydroxide (ZAL) at various concentration of MCPA ranging from 0.1 to 0.7 M. The pH of the synthesis was kept constant at 7.5. Well-ordered hybrid nanocomposite was obtained with 0.4 M MCPA with an expansion of basal spacing from 8.9 Angstrom-Sign in the ZAL to 19.7 Angstrom-Sign in the resulting nanocomposite. The FTIR spectra of the nanocomposite show resemblance peaks of the MCPA and Zn-Al-layered double hydroxide indicating the inclusion of MCPA into the layered double hydroxide. The average particle size of ZAL and ZAM in this study was 115 and 128 nm, respectively. Percentage loading of MCPA was found to be 45.0 % (w/w), calculated based on the percentage of carbon in the sample. The release of MCPA into various aqueous solution was found to be dependent to the anion in the aqueous solution in the order of phosphate > sulfate > chloride with the percentage release of 80, 44, and 8%, respectively. This study shows that Zn-Al-layered double hydroxide can be used as a host carrier for herbicide, MCPA, with controlled release capability.

  14. Synthesis of nanocomposite 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid with layered double hydroxide: physicochemical characterization and controlled release properties

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    Sarijo, Siti Halimah; Ghazali, Sheikh Ahmad Izaddin Sheikh Mohd; Hussein, Mohd Zobir; Sidek, Norizzah Jaafar

    2013-01-01

    A new organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposite Zn-Al-MCPA-layered double hydroxide (ZAM) was prepared by intercalation of 2-methyl-4-chlorophenoxyacetic acid (MCPA) into Zn-Al-layered double hydroxide (ZAL) at various concentration of MCPA ranging from 0.1 to 0.7 M. The pH of the synthesis was kept constant at 7.5. Well-ordered hybrid nanocomposite was obtained with 0.4 M MCPA with an expansion of basal spacing from 8.9 Å in the ZAL to 19.7 Å in the resulting nanocomposite. The FTIR spectra of the nanocomposite show resemblance peaks of the MCPA and Zn-Al-layered double hydroxide indicating the inclusion of MCPA into the layered double hydroxide. The average particle size of ZAL and ZAM in this study was 115 and 128 nm, respectively. Percentage loading of MCPA was found to be 45.0 % (w/w), calculated based on the percentage of carbon in the sample. The release of MCPA into various aqueous solution was found to be dependent to the anion in the aqueous solution in the order of phosphate > sulfate > chloride with the percentage release of 80, 44, and 8 %, respectively. This study shows that Zn-Al-layered double hydroxide can be used as a host carrier for herbicide, MCPA, with controlled release capability.

  15. General synthesis of magnetic mesoporous FeNi/graphitic carbon nanocomposites and their application for dye adsorption

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    Wang, Yangang, E-mail: ygwang8136@gmail.com; Yao, Mingcui; Chen, Yuting; Zuo, Yuanhui; Zhang, Xiaodong; Cui, Lifeng, E-mail: lifeng.cui@gmail.com

    2015-04-05

    Graphical abstract: Magnetic mesoporous FeNi alloy/graphitic carbon nanocomposites with different Fe/Ni molar ratios have been synthesized through a simple nanocasting method using mesoporous silica SBA-15 as the template. It was observed that high content of magnetic FeNi alloy nanoparticles with the sizes of 3–6 nm were well dispersed into the walls of graphitic mesoporous carbon matrix, and the obtained magnetic nanocomposites with uniform mesostructure and high surface areas can be used as efficient and recycled adsorbents in the removal of dye from wastewater. - Highlights: • Novel magnetic mesoporous FeNi alloy/graphitic carbon nanocomposites were synthesized. • The synthesis was achieved by a simple nanocasting method using mesoporous silica SBA-15 as the template. • Highly dispersed FeNi alloy nanocrystals were well embedded in the graphitic mesoporous carbon walls. • The obtained magnetic mesoporous nanocomposites have high surface areas and saturation magnetization. • The nanocomposites can be used as efficient and recycled adsorbents in the removal of dye from wastewater. - Abstract: A series of magnetic mesoporous FeNi/graphitic carbon nanocomposites have been synthesized through a simple nanocasting method using mesoporous silica SBA-15 as the template. Metal nitrates and natural soybean oil are respectively used as the magnetic particle precursors and carbon source, which can be infiltrated into the silica template after impregnation, grinding mix and heat treatment. X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption–desorption, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, transmission electron microscopy, vibrating-sample magnetometry and thermogravimetric analysis techniques are used to characterize the samples. It is observed that high content of magnetic FeNi alloy nanocrystals with the sizes of about 3–6 nm are well homodispersed into the walls of graphitic mesoporous carbon matrix, and the resulting nanocomposites have a uniform

  16. Facile preparation of agarose-chitosan hybrid materials and nanocomposite ionogels using an ionic liquid via dissolution, regeneration and sol-gel transition

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    Trivedi, Tushar J; Kumar, Arvind

    2014-01-01

    We report simultaneous dissolution of agarose (AG) and chitosan (CH) in varying proportions in an ionic liquid (IL), 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride [C4mim][Cl]. Composite materials were constructed from AG-CH-IL solutions using the antisolvent methanol, and IL was recovered from the solutions. Composite materials could be uniformly decorated with silver oxide (Ag2O) nanoparticles (Ag NPs) to form nanocomposites in a single step by in situ synthesis of Ag NPs in AG-CH-IL sols, wherein the biopolymer moiety acted as both reducing and stabilizing agent. Cooling of Ag NPs-AG-CH-IL sols to room temperature resulted in high conductivity and high mechanical strength nanocomposite ionogels. The structure, stability and physiochemical properties of composite materials and nanocomposites were characterized by several analytical techniques, such as Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), CD spectroscopy, differential scanning colorimetric (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), and...

  17. Facile synthesis of flower-like platinum nanostructures as an efficient electrocatalyst for methanol electro-oxidation.

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    Zhang, Jie; Chen, Jinwei; Jiang, Yiwu; Zhou, Feilong; Zhong, Jing; Wang, Gang; Kiani, Maryam; Wang, Ruilin

    2016-10-01

    This paper presents a facile approach for the synthesis of a novel Pt/graphene-nickel foam (Pt/GNF) electrode composed of flower-like Pt nanoparticles (NPs) and 3D graphene. The fabrication process involved the chemical vapor deposition of graphene onto Ni foam as a substrate and the subsequent growth of Pt NPs via a galvanic replacement reaction without using any seed and organic solvent. The surface morphology and composition of the prepared materials were characterized. Meanwhile, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy were employed to confirm their typical electrochemical characteristics. The as-prepared nanocomposites displayed enhanced catalytic activity and kinetics toward methanol electro-oxidation. Such an excellent performance can be ascribed to the high dispersion of flower-like Pt NPs and to the exposure of more sites provided by the flower-like structure. The improved stability, decreased charge transfer resistance, and enhanced reaction rate of the nanocomposites promise new opportunities for the development of direct methanol fuel cells.

  18. Synthesis of Upconverting Hydrogel Nanocomposites Using Thiol-Ene Click Chemistry: Template for the Formation of Dendrimer-Like Gold Nanoparticle Assemblies.

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    Meesaragandla, Brahmaiah; Mahalingam, Venkataramanan

    2015-11-16

    The synthesis of upconverting hydrogel nanocomposites by base-catalyzed thiol-ene click reaction between 10-undecenoic acid capped Yb(3+)/Er(3+)-doped NaYF4 nanoparticles and pentaerythritol tetrakis(3-mercaptopropionate) (PETMP) as tetrathiol monomer is reported. This synthetic strategy for nanocomposite gels is quite different from works where usually the preformed gels are mixed with the nanoparticles. Developing nanocomposites by surface modification of capping ligands would allow tuning and controlling of the separation of the nanoparticles inside the gel network. The hydrogel nanocomposites prepared by thiol-ene click reaction show strong enhancement in luminescence intensity compared to 10-undecenoic acid-capped Yb(3+)/Er(3+)-doped NaYF4 nanoparticles through the upconversion process (under 980 nm laser excitation). The hydrogel nanocomposites display strong swelling characteristics in water resulting in porous structures. Interestingly, the resulting nanocomposite gels act as templates for the synthesis of dendrimer-like Au nanostructures when HAuCl4 is reduced in the presence of the nanocomposite gels.

  19. High pressure synthesis of novel, zeolite based nano-composite materials

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    Santoro, Mario

    2013-06-01

    Meso/micro-porous solids such as zeolites are complex materials exhibiting an impressive range of applications, including molecular sieve, gas storage, catalysis, electronics and photonics. We used these materials, particularly non catalytic zeolites in an entirely different fashion. In fact, we performed high pressure (0.5-30 GPa) chemical reactions of simple molecules on a sub-nanometer scale in the channels of a pure SiO2 zeolite, silicalite to obtain unique nano-composite materials with drastically modified physical and chemical properties. Our material investigations are based on a combination of X-ray diffraction and optical spectroscopy techniques in the diamond anvil cell. I will first briefly show how silicalite can be easily filled by simple molecules such as Ar, CO2 and C2H4 among others from the fluid phase at high pressures, and how this efficient filling removes the well known pressure induced amorphization of the silica framework (Haines et al., JACS 2010). I will then present on a silicon carbonate crystalline phase synthesized by reacting silicalite and molecular CO2 that fills the nano-pores, at 18-26 GPa and 600-980 K; after the synthesis the compound is temperature quenched and it results to be slightly metastable at room conditions (Santoro et al., PNAS 2011). On the other hand, a stable at room condition spectacular crystalline nano-composite is obtained by photo-polymerizing ethylene at 0.5-1.5 GPa under UV (351-364 nm) irradiation in the channels of silicalite (Santoro et al., Nat. Commun, in press 2013). For this composite we obtained a structure with single polyethylene chains adapting very well to the confining channels, which results in significant increases in bulk modulus and density, and the thermal expansion coefficient changes sign from negative to positive with respect to the original silicalite host. Mechanical properties may thus be tuned by varying the amount of polymerized ethylene. We then think our findings could allow the

  20. Radiation synthesis of CdS/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites for visible-light-driven photocatalytic degradation of organic contaminant

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    Fu, Xiaoyang; Zhang, Youwei; Cao, Pengfei; Ma, Huiling; Liu, Pinggui; He, Lihua; Peng, Jing; Li, Jiuqiang; Zhai, Maolin

    2016-06-01

    CdS/reduced graphene oxide (CdS/RGO) nanocomposites were successfully synthesized via a one-step gamma-ray radiation-induced reduction method. The composition and structure of the prepared nanocomposites were characterized by thermal gravimetric analysis, micro FTIR spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. It was found that increasing dose could improve the degree of reduction of graphite oxide (GO), and the feed ratio of GO to CdCl2·2.5H2O significantly influenced the size and dispersion of the CdS nanoparticles. The nanocomposites prepared under dose of 300 kGy and the feed ratio of GO to CdCl2·2.5H2O 1.0 wt% exhibited high visible-light photocatalytic performance for the degradation of Rhodamine B with degradation efficiency of 93%. This work provides a novel and facile method to produce the nanocomposites as efficient photocatalysts for the removal of organic contaminants from aqueous solution.

  1. Synthesis, characterization and cure kinetics of polyaniline modified MMT clay/epoxy nanocomposites

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    Aykanat, Aydin

    This research work focuses on the synthesis characterization and processing of conducting polymer coated both carbon fiber and montmorillonite clay based nanoparticles to improve the mechanical, thermal, and adhesive properties of epoxy based micro and nano composites. The entire research work mainly consists of two parts. In the first part, homogeneous and uniform coatings of polyaniline were successfully deposited onto carbon fibers by aqueous electrodeposition technique using p-toluene sulfonic acid as the electrolyte. Electrochemical deposition of aniline was carried out by cyclic voltammetry in the potential range of -0.2 V to 1.0 V vs. SCE. The electrochemical deposition parameters such as the number of cycles, scan rate (SR), initial monomer ([M]) and electrolyte concentration ([E]) were systematically varied. The amount of composite coatings on carbon fibers was dependant on the electrochemical deposition parameters. From the weight gain analysis, rate of the reactions (Rp) were calculated. As the aniline concentration was increased up to 0.35 M and electrolyte concentration up to 0.5 M, the deposition rate also increased, whereas an increase in scan rate decreased the deposition rate. The kinetic analysis showed that the rate equation for the p-toluene sulfonic acid system is R p ∝ SR-1.25 [M]0.73 [E]0.95 . IR spectra also show an increase in the deposition of polyaniline coatings on carbon fibers with a decrease in the scan rate and an increase in both monomer and electrolyte concentration. The ratio of two oxidation states of polyaniline namely emeraldine and pernigraniline obtained during electrodeposition can be varied by changing the electrochemical deposition parameters. SEM results show that carbon fiber surface was uniformly coated with polyaniline resulting a dense, rough and reactive surface that increases the compatibility and wettability of carbon fibers. The effect of PANi coated carbon fibers on the curing behavior of diglycidyl ether of

  2. Mechanical thermal synthesis of in situ Al based hybrid nanocomposites in Al-Ni-Ti-O system

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    Dilip, J. John Samuel [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, Tamil Nadu 600036 (India); Reddy, B.S.B. [Universal College of Engineering and Technology, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh 522438 (India); Das, Siddhartha, E-mail: sdas@metal.iitkgp.ernet.i [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal 721302 (India); Das, Karabi [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal 721302 (India)

    2010-02-04

    Al matrix hybrid nanocomposite is synthesized from a powder blend of Al-12% (wt) NiO-15% (wt) TiO{sub 2} by combined mechanical and thermal activation (mechanical thermal synthesis). The powder blends are mechanically activated by high energy ball milling followed by consolidation and thermal treatment. Milled powders are characterized by differential thermal analysis (DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron microscopy. DTA results show the onset reaction temperature to decrease with increase in the milling time. Series of thermal treatments in a wide range of temperatures are performed on the green compacts. The thermally treated samples are then characterized by XRD and electron microscopy. The superior microhardness (1.86-2.25 GPa) of the nanocomposite may be attributed to ultra fine grain size of the Al matrix, and Orowan strengthening from the nanosized reinforcements. Aluminothermic reduction reaction between Al, NiO and TiO{sub 2} is successfully exploited for the synthesis of in situ hybrid nanocomposite by combined mechanical-thermal activation.

  3. One-step, simple, and green synthesis of tin dioxide/graphene nanocomposites and their application to lithium-ion battery anodes

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    Jiang, Zaixing; Zhang, Dongjie; Li, Yue; Cheng, Hao; Wang, Mingqiang; Wang, Xueqin; Bai, Yongping [Department of Polymer Science and Technology, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Lv, Haibao; Yao, Yongtao [Science and Technology on Advanced Composites in Special Environments Laboratory, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150080 (China); Shao, Lu; Huang, Yudong [Department of Polymer Science and Technology, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)

    2014-10-30

    Highlights: • A one-step, simple and green approach to synthesis SnO{sub 2}/graphene nanocomposites was proposed using a supercritical CO{sub 2} method. • The SnO{sub 2}/graphene nanocomposites was used as an anode, which exhibit extreme high lithium storage capacity and well cycling performance. - Abstract: Graphene with extraordinary thermal, mechanical and electrical properties offers possibilities in a variety of applications. Recent advances in the synthesis of graphene composites using supercritical fluids are highlighted. Supercritical fluids exhibit unique features for the synthesis of composites due to its low viscosity, high diffusivity, near-zero surface tension, and tunability. Here, we report the preparation of tin dioxide (SnO{sub 2})/graphene nanocomposite through supercritical CO{sub 2} method. It demonstrates that the SnO{sub 2} nanoparticles are homogeneously dispersed on the surface of graphene sheets with a particle size of 2.3–2.6 nm. The SnO{sub 2}/graphene nanocomposites exhibit higher lithium storage capacity and better cycling performance compared to that of the similar CNT nanocomposites. The reported synthetic procedure is straightforward, green and inexpensive. And it may be readily adopted to produce large quantities of graphene based nanocomposites.

  4. Facile Synthesis of Monodisperse CdS Nanocrystals via Microreaction

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    Zhou Xinggui

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract CdS-based nanocrystals (NCs have attracted extensive interest due to their potential application as key luminescent materials for blue and white LEDs. In this research, the continuous synthesis of monodisperse CdS NCs was demonstrated utilizing a capillary microreactor. The enhanced heat and mass transfer in the microreactor was useful to reduce the reaction temperature and residence time to synthesize monodisperse CdS NCs. The superior stability of the microreactor and its continuous operation allowed the investigation of synthesis parameters with high efficiency. Reaction temperature was found to be a key parameter for balancing the reactivity of CdS precursors, while residence time was shown to be an important factor that governs the size and size distribution of the CdS NCs. Furthermore, variation of OA concentration was demonstrated to be a facile tuning mechanism for controlling the size of the CdS NCs. The variation of the volume percentage of OA from 10.5 to 51.2% and the variation of the residence time from 17 to 136 s facilitated the synthesis of monodisperse CdS NCs in the size range of 3.0–5.4 nm, and the NCs produced photoluminescent emissions in the range of 391–463 nm.

  5. Facile synthesis, silanization, and biodistribution of biocompatible quantum dots.

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    Ma, Nan; Marshall, Ann F; Gambhir, Sanjiv S; Rao, Jianghong

    2010-07-19

    A facile strategy for the synthesis of silica-coated quantum dots (QDs) for in vivo imaging is reported. All the QD synthesis and silanization steps are conducted in water and methanol under mild conditions without involving any organometallic precursors or high-temperature, oxygen-free environments. The as-prepared silica-coated QDs possess high quantum yields and are extremely stable in mouse serum. In addition, the silanization method developed here produces nanoparticles with small sizes that are difficult to achieve via conventional silanization methods. The silica coating helps to prevent the exposure of the QD surface to the biological milieu and therefore increases the biocompatibility of QDs for in vivo applications. Interestingly, the silica-coated QDs exhibit a different biodistribution pattern from that of commercially available Invitrogen QD605 (carboxylate) with a similar size and emission wavelength. The Invitrogen QD605 exhibits predominant liver (57.2% injected dose (ID) g(-1)) and spleen (46.1% ID g(-1)) uptakes 30 min after intravenous injection, whereas the silica-coated QDs exhibit much lower liver (16.2% ID g(-1)) and spleen (3.67% ID g(-1)) uptakes but higher kidney uptake (8.82% ID g(-1)), blood retention (15.0% ID g(-1)), and partial renal clearance. Overall, this straightforward synthetic strategy paves the way for routine and customized synthesis of silica-coated QDs for biological use.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of antibacterial carboxymethylcellulose/CuO bio-nanocomposite hydrogels.

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    Yadollahi, Mehdi; Gholamali, Iman; Namazi, Hassan; Aghazadeh, Mohammad

    2015-02-01

    In this study, carboxymethyl cellulose/CuO nanocomposite hydrogels have been synthesized through the in situ formation of CuO nanoparticles within swollen carboxymethyl cellulose hydrogels. The aim of the study was to investigate whether these hydrogels have the potential to be used in antibacterial applications. The formation of CuO nanoparticles in the hydrogels was confirmed using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy studies. In addition, swelling behavior of nanocomposite hydrogels was investigated in various pH values and salt solutions. Furthermore, the CuO nanocomposite hydrogels were tested for antibacterial activities. The antibacterial activity of the nanocomposite hydrogels was studied by inhibition zone method against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. The nanocomposite hydrogels demonstrated excellent antibacterial effects. Therefore, the developed carboxymethyl cellulose/CuO nanocomposite hydrogels can be used effectively for biomedical application.

  7. Synthesis of cytocompatible Fe3O4@ZSM-5 nanocomposite as magnetic resonance imaging contrast agent

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    Atashi, Zahra; Divband, Baharak; Keshtkar, Ahmad; Khatamian, Maasoumeh; Farahmand-Zahed, Farzane; Nazarlo, Ali Kiani; Gharehaghaji, Nahideh

    2017-09-01

    In this study, ZSM-5 nano zeolite was used as a support material for iron oxide nanoparticles and the potential ability of the nanocomposite for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agent was investigated. The nanocomposite was synthesized by hydrothermal method and characterized using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. MRI was carried out by use of a 1.5 Tesla clinical scanner. The T2 weighted images were prepared and the r2 relaxivity was calculated. The sizes of Fe3O4 nanoparticles and related nanocomposite were 13-24 nm and 80-150 nm, respectively. Results of MTT assay confirmed that the prepared nanocomposite is cytocompatible. The r2 relaxivity of the Fe3O4@ZSM-5 nanocomposite was 457.1 mM-1 s-1. This study suggests that the Fe3O4@ZSM-5 nanocomposite has potential to use as an MRI T2 contrast agent.

  8. Facile approach in fabricating superhydrophobic coatings from silica-based nanocomposite

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    Guo, Yonggang; Wang, Qihua

    2010-10-01

    This study develops a one-step technique to synthesize various super water-repellent coatings with addition of modified silica nanoparticles. Surface topography observation showed that stacking of spherical silica nanoparticles formed primary surface roughness. The wettability of the products was investigated. It was found that the as-prepared surface possesses superhydrophobic properties not only for pure water but also for corrosive water under both acidic and basic conditions. The silica-based nanocomposite coatings can be fabricated on glass substrates and other functional engineering material surfaces, such as copper, iron, aluminum alloy, to form self-cleaning coatings.

  9. Antifungal activity of magnetically separable Fe3O4/ZnO/AgBr nanocomposites prepared by a facile microwave-assisted method

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    Abolghasem Hoseinzadeh; Aziz Habibi-Yangjeh; Mahdi Davari

    2016-01-01

    In the present work, magnetically separable Fe3O4/ZnO/AgBr nanocomposites with different weight ra-tios of Fe3O4 to ZnO/AgBr were prepared by a facile microwave-assisted method. The resultant samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission elec-tron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDX), and vibrating sample magnetometery (VSM). Antifungal activity of the as-prepared samples was evaluated against Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium oxysporum as two phytopathogenic fungi. Among the nanocomposites, the sample with 1:8 weight ratio of Fe3O4 to ZnO/AgBr was selected as the best nanocomposite. This nanocomposite in-activates Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium oxysporum at 120 and 60 min, respectively. Moreover, it was observed that the microwave irradiation time has considerable influence on the antifungal activity and the sample prepared by irradiation for 10 min showed the best activity. Moreover, the nano-composite without any thermal treatment displayed the superior activity.

  10. Antifungal activity of magnetically separable Fe3O4/ZnO/AgBr nanocomposites prepared by a facile microwave-assisted method

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    Abolghasem Hoseinzadeh

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available In the present work, magnetically separable Fe3O4/ZnO/AgBr nanocomposites with different weight ratios of Fe3O4 to ZnO/AgBr were prepared by a facile microwave-assisted method. The resultant samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDX, and vibrating sample magnetometery (VSM. Antifungal activity of the as-prepared samples was evaluated against Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium oxysporum as two phytopathogenic fungi. Among the nanocomposites, the sample with 1:8 weight ratio of Fe3O4 to ZnO/AgBr was selected as the best nanocomposite. This nanocomposite inactivates Fusarium graminearum and Fusarium oxysporum at 120 and 60 min, respectively. Moreover, it was observed that the microwave irradiation time has considerable influence on the antifungal activity and the sample prepared by irradiation for 10 min showed the best activity. Moreover, the nanocomposite without any thermal treatment displayed the superior activity.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of metal-polymer nanocomposites with radiation-protective properties

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    Bychkov, A. N.; Dzhardimalieva, G. I.; Fetisov, G. P.; Valskiy, V. V.; Golubeva, N. D.; Pomogailo, A. D.

    2016-12-01

    Metal-polymer nanocomposites, which can weaken the activity of a beta radiation source in undesirable directions at the minimum protection size, are developed. These nanocomposites are fabricated by dispersing metal-containing nanoparticles in thermoplastic matrices. Metal nanoparticles are synthesized by the polymerassisted thermolysis of metal-containing precursors. The composition and structure of the nanocomposites are characterized by elemental and X-ray diffraction analyses and transmission electron microscopy.

  12. Facile synthesis of nanorod-type graphitic carbon nitride/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite with enhanced photocatalytic performance

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    Wang, Jiangpeng; Li, Changqing; Cong, Jingkun; Liu, Ziwei; Zhang, Hanzhuo; Liang, Mei [The Key laboratory of Advanced Textile Materials and Manufacturing Technology of Ministry of Education, National Engineering Lab for Textile Fiber Materials and Processing Technology (Zhejiang), College of Materials and Textiles, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Gao, Junkuo, E-mail: jkgao@zstu.edu.cn [The Key laboratory of Advanced Textile Materials and Manufacturing Technology of Ministry of Education, National Engineering Lab for Textile Fiber Materials and Processing Technology (Zhejiang), College of Materials and Textiles, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Wang, Shunli [Department of Physics, Center for Optoelectronic Materials and Devices, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China); Yao, Juming, E-mail: yaoj@zstu.edu.cn [The Key laboratory of Advanced Textile Materials and Manufacturing Technology of Ministry of Education, National Engineering Lab for Textile Fiber Materials and Processing Technology (Zhejiang), College of Materials and Textiles, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou 310018 (China)

    2016-06-15

    Here we report a facile synthesis of nanorod-type graphitic carbon nitride/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}) by using Fe-melamine supramolecular framework as precursor. The chemical and optical properties of the nanocomposites are well-characterized. The Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanocomposite demonstrated excellent photocatalytic activities under visible light due to the efficient utilization of sunlight and the construction of Z-scheme electron transfer pathway. The results indicated that it could be a promising approach for the preparation of efficient g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanocomposites photocatalysts by using metal-melamine supramolecular framework as precursors. - Graphical abstract: Nanorod-type graphitic carbon nitride/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}) was synthesized by using Fe-melamine supramolecular framework as precursor. The Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanocomposite demonstrated excellent photocatalytic activities under visible light. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Nanorod-type graphitic carbon nitride/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}) was synthesized. • Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} showed strong optical absorption in the visible-light region. • The Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanocomposite demonstrated excellent photocatalytic activities.

  13. Surfactant assisted solid-state synthesis and gas sensor application of a SWCNT/SnO2 nanocomposite material.

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    Lu, Jun; Ma, Anson; Yang, Shihe; Ng, Ka Ming

    2007-01-01

    Although tin oxide has been the most widely investigated metal oxide material for gas detection, it suffers from the large resistance and high operating temperature. This could be overcome by hybridization with nanostructured carbon. In this work, tin oxide nanoparticles with ultrasmall sizes of 1-3 nm have been uniformly coated onto bundles of single-walled carbon nanotubes by a surfactant assisted solid state synthesis approach for the first time. Gas sensor properties of the as-synthesized nanocomposite material toward NO2 (from 5 to 60 ppm) are measured at 150 degrees C. Compared to the pure carbon tubes gas sensors, the nanocomposite gas sensor responds to NO2 in low concentrations with good linearity, high sensitivity, and fast recovery, while working at a relatively low temperature.

  14. Synthesis of CuS/ZnO Nanocomposite and Its Visible-Light Photocatalytic Activity

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    Lianping Zhu; Min Zheng; Juan Lu; Mengfei Xu; Hyo Jin Seo

    2014-01-01

    The CuS/ZnO nanocomposite was successfully synthesized by a simple mechanical method, without adding any surfactants. TEM images showed that CuS existed in the nanocomposite and the size of CuS/ZnO nanocomposite particle was around 35 nm. CuS worked as an electron absorber in the nanocomposite, which was beneficial for the improvement of photocatalysis of ZnO. It was also proved by the experiments performed under the visible light irradiation that CuS could help ZnO degrade methylene blue (MB...

  15. Synthesis of bio-inspired Ag–Au nanocomposite and its anti-biofilm efficacy

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    S NEWASE; A V BANKAR

    2017-02-01

    In the present study, bio-inspired Ag–Au nanocomposite was synthesized using banana peel extract (BPE) powder. The Ag–Au nanocomposite was characterized using various techniques such as UV–vis spectrophotometry,transmission electron microscopy (TEM) attached with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Efficiency of AuNPs, AgNPs and Ag–Au nanocomposite was tested for their antibacterial activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa NCIM 2948. The Ag–Au nanocomposite exhibits enhanced antimicrobial activity over its monometallic counterparts. Anti-biofilm activity of AgNPs, AuNPs and Ag–Au nanocomposite against P. aeruginosa was evaluated on glass surfaces. The Ag–Au nanocomposite exhibited the highest biofilm reduction (70–80%) when compared with individual AgNPs and AuNPs. Effect of AuNPs, AgNPs and Ag–Au nanocomposite on biofilm formation was evaluated in 96 wells microtiter plates. The percentage of biofilm inhibition was sharply increased with increasing concentration of AuNPs, AgNPs and Ag–Au composite. However, Au–Ag nanocomposite showed the highest biofilm inhibition when compared with individual AuNPs and AgNPs. This synergistic anti-biofilm activity of Ag–Au nanocomposite has an importance in the development of novel therapeutics against multidrug-resistant bacterial biofilm.

  16. Green synthesis of biocidal silver-activated charcoal nanocomposite for disinfecting water

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    Sherly Arputha Kiruba, V; Dakshinamurthy, Arun; Subramanian, P.S; Mosae Selvakumar, Paulraj

    2015-01-01

    .... The antimicrobial property of nanoparticles thus synthesised was applied in the production of silver-activated charcoal nanocomposite towards fabrication of antimicrobial water filtration columns...

  17. Synthesis of Graphene-Based Nanocomposite and Investigations of Its Thermal and Electrical Properties

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    Pati, Manoj Kumar; Pattojoshi, Puspalata; Roy, Gouri Sankar

    2016-01-01

    .... XRD data suggest the strongly crystalline character of the prepared specimen. Our measurement shows that the dielectric constants of these nanocomposites are remarkably enhanced due to interfacial polarization...

  18. Synthesis and magnetic property of T4 virus-supported gold-coated iron ternary nanocomposite

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    Xu Ziming; Sun Hongjing; Gao Faming, E-mail: fmgao@ysu.edu.cn; Hou Li; Li Na [Yanshan University, Key Laboratory of Applied Chemistry (China)

    2012-12-15

    Herein, we present a novel method based on the use of the symmetrical T4 bacteriophage capsid as a scaffold for preparing the gold-coated iron ternary core/shell nanostructure. Results showed that the thick gold shell was obtained to effectively protect Fe core from oxidation. Magnetic measurements showed that the nanocomposites were superparamagnetic at room temperature with a blocking temperature of about 35 K. At 3 K, its coercivity of 1142.86 Oe was larger than the existing experimental values. The magnetic property of Au/T4 was also tested, demonstrating the source of the magnetic sample arising from the Fe core only. The absorption spectrum of the Fe-Au/T4 complex was measured and compared with gold/virus. Different thickness gold shells were controlled in the synthesis by tuning the Au salt addition. On the basis of results and discussion, we further speculated the general growing mechanism of the template-supported Fe-Au process.

  19. Ultrafine Magnetite Nanopowder: Synthesis, Characterization, and Preliminary Use as Filler of Polymethylmethacrylate Nanocomposites

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    Pietro Russo

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Magnetite (Fe3O4 nanoparticles prepared by microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis have been characterized in terms of morphological and structural features. Electron micrographs collected in both scanning (SEM and transmission (TEM modes and evaluations of X-ray powder diffraction (XRD patterns have indicated the achievement of a monodispersed crystallite structure with particles having an average size around 15–20 nm. Structural investigations by Micro-Raman spectroscopy highlighted the obtainment of magnetite nanocrystals with a partial surface oxidation to maghemite (γ-Fe3O4. Preliminary attention has been also paid to the use of these magnetite nanoparticles as filler for a commercial polymethylmethacrylate resin. Hybrid formulations containing up to 3 wt% of nanoparticles were prepared by melt blending and characterized by calorimetric and thermogravimetric tests. For sake of comparison, same formulations containing commercial Fe3O4 nanoparticles are also reported. Calorimetric characterization indicates an increase of both glass transition temperature and thermal stability of the nanocomposite systems when loaded with the synthesized magnetite nanoparticles rather then loaded with the same amount of commercial Fe3O4. This first observation represents just one aspect of the promising potentiality offered by the novel magnetic nanoparticles when mixed with PMMA.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of polyaniline–Fe@C magnetic nanocomposite powder

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    Fleaca, C.T., E-mail: claudiufleaca@yahoo.com [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Atomistilor 409, R-077125 Magurele (Romania); “Politehnica” University of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Physics Department, Independentei 313, Bucharest (Romania); Dumitrache, F. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Atomistilor 409, R-077125 Magurele (Romania); “Politehnica” University of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Physics Department, Independentei 313, Bucharest (Romania); Morjan, I.; Niculescu, A.-M.; Sandu, I. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Atomistilor 409, R-077125 Magurele (Romania); Ilie, A. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Atomistilor 409, R-077125 Magurele (Romania); University of Bucharest, Physics Faculty, Atomistilor 405, Magurele (Romania); Stamatin, I.; Iordache, A. [3NanoSAE Research Center, University of Bucharest, Atomistilor 405, Magurele (Romania); Vasile, E. [“Politehnica” University of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, Gh. Polizu. 1-7, Bucharest (Romania); Prodan, G. [“Ovidius” University, Nanotechnology and Alternative Energy Sources Institute, Mamaia 124, Constanta (Romania)

    2016-06-30

    Highlights: • Carbon-encapsulated Fe–Fe{sub x}C nanoparticles were synthesized by laser pyrolysis. • Fe–C@PANI was obtained by redox polymerization in aqueous acid suspension. • The composite show low coercivity and 6 emu/g saturation magnetization. • Electric and redox behavior of Fe–C@PANI is similar with those of pure PANI. - Abstract: We report the synthesis of novel magnetic nanocomposite based on polyaniline (PANI) matrix and Fe–C nanoparticles. These hydrophobic Fe–Fe{sub x}C@C nanoparticles (having diameters under 20 nm) were synthesized by laser pyrolysis from Fe(CO){sub 5} and C{sub 2}H{sub 4}/H{sub 2} and dispersed in water using sodium carboxymethylcellulose, followed by the PANI coating using ultrasonication-assisted oxidative polymerization of aniline hydrochloride. The structure of the resulted composite was characterized by Transmission Electron Microscopy, X-ray diffraction and also by Raman and Infrared spectroscopy. The composite powder shows ferromagnetic behavior with low coercivity and 6.4 emu/g saturation magnetization, having also electric and electrochemical behavior similar with pure PANI reference.

  1. Synthesis and Characterization of Polythiophene/Bi2Te3 Nanocomposite Thermoelectric Material

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    Ao, W. Q.; Wang, L.; Li, J. Q.; Pan, Fred; Wu, C. N.

    2011-09-01

    To achieve low thermal conductivity, polythiophene (PTh)/bismuth telluride (Bi2Te3) nanocomposite has been prepared by spark plasma sintering using a mixture of nanosized Bi2Te3 and PTh powders. Bi2Te3 powder with spherical-shaped particles of 30 nm diameter and PTh nanosheet powder were first prepared by hydrothermal synthesis and chemical oxidation, respectively. X-ray diffraction analysis and scanning electron microscopy observations revealed that the hybrid composite consists of PTh nanosheets and spherical Bi2Te3. The organic PTh acts as an adhesive in the composite. Transport measurements showed that the PTh in the Bi2Te3 matrix can reduce its thermal conductivity significantly, but also dramatically reduces its electrical conductivity. As a result, the figure of merit of the composite is lower than that of pure Bi2Te3 prepared under the same conditions. The maximum value of ZT for the sample with 5% PTh (by weight) was 0.18 at 473 K, which is rather high compared with other polymer/inorganic thermoelectric material composites.

  2. Synthesis of Conductive PPy/SiO2 Aerogels Nanocomposites by In Situ Polymerization of Pyrrole

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    Daliana Muller

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Electrical conductive nanocomposite aerogels were synthesized through in situ oxidative polymerization of pyrrole (Py using ammonium persulfate (APS as an oxidizing agent in SiO2 gels. The effect of Py concentration on the electrical conductivity and physical and morphological properties of aerogels SiO2/PPy was evaluated. B.E.T. analysis indicated that the surface area of the composite SiO2/PPy decreases with increasing concentration of Py. CHN analysis showed an increase in the amount of PPy, from 13 wt.% to 23 wt.%, with increasing concentration of pyrrole synthesis. FTIR-ATR analysis of the composites revealed bands in the region of 1500–1400 cm−1, indicating the presence of the conductive polymer in the silica aerogel as well as the characteristic bands of Si-O-Si and Si-OH covalent bonds. TEM micrographs revealed the presence of particles of PPy with the increased size of the nanoparticles. The composites were successfully applied as passive components, in RC circuits, for low-pass frequency filters. The filters exhibited a cutoff frequency at approximately 435 Hz. The aerogels obtained in this work exhibited suitable electrical conductivity for use in various other applications in electronics.

  3. Synthesis and optical properties of TiO{sub 2}-based magnetic nanocomposites

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    Scarisoreanu, M.; Morjan, I. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Atomistilor 409, PO Box MG-36, Magurele, Bucharest 077125 (Romania); Fleaca, C.-T., E-mail: claudiufleaca@yahoo.com [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Atomistilor 409, PO Box MG-36, Magurele, Bucharest 077125 (Romania); “Politehnica” University of Bucharest, Physics Department, Independentei 313, Bucharest (Romania); Morjan, I.P.; Niculescu, A.-M.; Dutu, E.; Badoi, A.; Birjega, R.; Luculescu, C. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Atomistilor 409, PO Box MG-36, Magurele, Bucharest 077125 (Romania); Vasile, E. [“Politehnica” University of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, Department of Oxide Materials and Nanomaterials, Gh. Polizu 1-7, Bucharest (Romania); Danciu, V. [“Babes-Boyai” University, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Electrochemical Research Laboratory, 11 Arany Janos Street, Cluj-Napoca 400028 (Romania); Filoti, G. [National Institute for Materials Physics (NIMP), Atomistilor 105bis, PO Box MG7, R-077125 Magurele, Bucharest (Romania)

    2015-05-01

    Highlights: • Magnetic titania@silica nanoparticles were synthesized by the single step laser pyrolysis. • Fe(CO){sub 5}, TiCl{sub 4}, HMDSO and O{sub 2} from air were the precursors and C{sub 2}H{sub 4} was the sensitizer. • Samples present a typical character of diluted magnetic oxide systems. • Samples have a lower bandgap energy (down to E{sub g} = 1.85 eV) than the P25 Degussa. - Abstract: Magnetic titania nanoparticles covered/embedded in SiO{sub 2} shell/matrix were simultaneously manufactured by the single-step laser pyrolysis. The present study is a continuation of our previous investigations on the TiO{sub 2}/Fe and TiO{sub 2}/HMDSO (hexamethyldisiloxane) derived-systems. The aim of this work is to study the synthesis by IR (Infrared) laser pyrolysis of magnetic TiO{sub 2} based nanocomposites which implies many concurrent processes induced in the gas phase by the laser radiation. The dependence between characteristic properties and the synthesis parameters was determined by many analytical and complementary methods: XRD (X-ray diffraction) structural analysis, UV–vis (ultraviolet–visible) and EDAX (energy-dispersive X-ray) spectroscopy, TEM and HRTEM (transmission electron microscopy at low and high resolution) analysis and magnetic measurements. The results of analysis indicate the presence of disordered silica, Fe, α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and mixtures of anatase and rutile phases with mean crystallite dimensions (in the 14–34 nm range) with typical character of diluted magnetic oxide systems and a lower bandgap energy (E{sub g} = 1.85 eV) as compared with TiO{sub 2} P25 Degussa sample.

  4. Synthesis of Carbon–Metal Multi-Strand Nanocomposites by Discharges in Heptane Between Two Metallic Electrodes

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    Hamdan, A.

    2017-04-26

    We studied composite wires assembled from electric field-driven nanoparticles in a dielectric liquid (heptane) to elucidate the exact processes and controlling factors involved in the synthesis of the multi-phase nanocomposites. Filamentary wires are synthesized by a two-step process: (1) abundant nanoparticle production, mostly of carbonaceous types, from heptane decomposition by spark discharge and of metal nanoparticles by electrode erosion and (2) assembly of hydrogenated amorphous carbonaceous nano-clusters with incorporated metal nanoparticles forming wires by dielectrophoretic transport while maintaining a high electric field between electrodes kept sufficiently separated to avoid breakdown. Four types of nanocomposites products are identified to form at different steps in distinctive zones of the setup. The black carbonaceous agglomerates with metal spherules made by electrode erosion represent the pyrolytic residues of heptane decomposition by spark discharge during step 1. The filamentary wires grown in the interelectrode gap during step 2 get assembled by dielectrophoretic transport and chaining forces. Their great stability is shown to express the concurrent effect of polymerization favoured by the abundance of metal catalysts. The nature, abundance, and transformation of solid particles from the source materials versus discharge conditions control the morphological and compositional diversity of the wires. The production of mineral and metal nano-particles traces the efficiency of dielectrophoresis to separate compound particle mixtures by size and to co-synthesize nanostructured microcrystals and nanocomposites. The link between impurities and the variability from nano- to micro-scales of the synthesized products provides an innovative contribution to the knowledge of nanocomposite synthesis triggered by electric field.

  5. Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of CuFe2O4 Nanoparticles and Starch-Based Magnetic Nanocomposites

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    Gh. Nabiyouni

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic CuFe2O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by a facile microwave-assisted reaction between Cu(NO32 and Fe(NO33. The magnetic nanoparticles were added to starch to make magnetic polymeric nanocomposite. The nanoparticles and nanocomposites were characterized using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The magnetic properties of the samples were investigated using an alternating gradient force magnetometer (AGFM. The copper ferrite nanoparticles exhibited ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature, with a saturation magnetization of 29emu/g and a coercivity of 136 Oe. The distribution of the CuFe2O4 nanoparticles into the polymeric matrixes decreases the coercivity (136 Oe to 66 Oe. The maximum coercivity of 82 Oe was found for 15% of CuFe2O4 distributed to the starch matrix.

  6. A Fast Method for Synthesis Magnesium Hydroxide Nanoparticles, Thermal Stable and Flame Retardant Poly vinyl alcohol Nanocomposite

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    M. Yousefi

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium hydroxide nanostructures as an effective flame retardant were synthesized by a facile and rapid microwave reaction. The effect of different surfactants such as cationic, anionic and polymeric on the morphology of magnesium hydroxide nanostructures was investigated. Nanostructures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR spectroscopy. The influence of Mg(OH2 nanostructures on the thermal stability and flame retardancy of the poly vinyl alcohol (PVA matrix was studied using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA and UL-94 respectively. Thermal decomposition of the nanocomposites shift towards higher temperature in the presence of Mg(OH2 nanostructures. The enhancement of thermal stability and flame retardancy of nanocomposites is due to the endothermic decomposition of Mg(OH2 and release of water which dilutes combustible gases.

  7. Synthesis and photoluminescence of BCNO/SiO{sub 2} nanocomposite phosphor materials

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    Faryuni, Irfana Diah; Nuryadin, Bebeh W. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jalan Ganesa 10, Bandung 40132 (Indonesia); Iskandar, Ferry, E-mail: ferry@fi.itb.ac.id [Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jalan Ganesa 10, Bandung 40132 (Indonesia); Abdullah, Mikrajuddin; Khairurrijal [Department of Physics, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jalan Ganesa 10, Bandung 40132 (Indonesia); Ogi, Takashi; Okuyama, Kikuo [Department of Chemical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi Hiroshima 739-8527 (Japan)

    2014-04-15

    A BCNO/SiO{sub 2} phosphor was successfully synthesized using a facile process at relatively low temperature (700–850 °C) and atmospheric pressure. The phosphors were prepared from precursors containing boric acid, urea, poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. The sample exhibited a single, distinct and broad photoluminescence (PL) emission band, the color of which varied from blue (480 nm) to green (522 nm). Adding SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles into the precursor homogenizes the spatial distribution of luminescent centers throughout the sample and increases the quantum yield up to 6-fold (for 3 wt% of SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles) compared with that of the sample without SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. The BCNO/SiO{sub 2} nanocomposite has potential applications in white LEDs. -- Highlights: • A BCNO/SiO{sub 2} phosphor shown a single, distinct and broad photoluminescence (PL) emission band from blue (480 nm) to green (522 nm). • SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles increase the BCNO phosphor's quantum yield up to 6-fold. • Effect of the SiO{sub 2} mass fraction on the luminescence properties of BCNO/SiO{sub 2} was investigated.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of PTP/[Fe(CN)3(dien)]·H2O nanocomposite; study of electrical, thermal and photocatalytic properties

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    Moosvi, Syed Kazim; Majid, Kowsar; Ara, Tabassum

    2016-10-01

    Polythiophene/[Fe(CN)3(dien)]·H2O nanocomposite was synthesised by oxidative chemical polymerisation method. Photoadduct was synthesised by irradiating an equimolar mixture of potassium ferricyanide and diethylenetriamine which was then reduced to nanosize by high energy ball mill. The reduction of photoadduct to nanosize was confirmed from XRD. Nanocomposite of PTP with photoadduct was then prepared by oxidative chemical polymerisation using FeCl3 as oxidant. The successful synthesis of nanocomposite was confirmed from FTIR, XRD and SEM. TGA revealed higher thermal stability of nanocomposite as compared to pure PTP. I-V characteristics plotted on a log-log scale showed two distinct power law regions in case of nanocomposite. At lower voltages, the transport mechanism follows Ohm's law. At higher voltages, the mechanism is consistent with space charge-limited emission. Furthermore, nanocomposite shows enhanced conductivity as compared to pure PTP. From dielectric studies, an appreciable high value of dielectric constant (4.4 × 106 at 100 Hz) and ac conductivity (2.1 × 109 S/m at 300 kHz) of nanocomposite was obtained. This indicates the possible application of this nanocomposite in charge storage devices. The photocatalytic activity of the materials was studied against the methyl orange (MO) dye under UV-Vis light and 76% degradation of MO dye was achieved in presence of nanocomposite in just 2 h, hence indicating its better photocatalytic efficiency. Results thus obtained indicate the synthesised nanocomposite can be used as a multifunctional material for different nanoelectronic devices.

  9. A Facile Method for Synthesis of Polygonal Silver Nanopartilces

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    2006-01-01

    The synthesis of nanosized powders and their assembly is of considerable importance to the microelectronics industry because of the pervasive drive to miniaturize components. In this work, silver (Ag) nanoparticls was syntheized. Polygonal silver nanoparticls were synthesized by reacting AgNO3 with hydroquinone, in the presence of poly-(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) and an ionic liquid 1-n-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluoroborate ([BMIM]·PF6) at ambient temperature. XRD shows that the crystal structure of the nanoparticles is face-centered cubic. TEM measurements display the silver particles with uniform size and narrow particle size distributions. The UV-Vis spectra of the nanoplates distinguish from those of the samples prepared in the absence of PVP and/or ILs. This method is facile and the as-prepared silver nanoparticls are also stable in some solvents, such as ethanol and water.

  10. Facile and Efficient Synthesis of Bolaamphiphilic Tetraether Phosphocholines.

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    Svenson, Sönke; Thompson, David H.

    1998-10-16

    A facile synthesis of ether-linked bolaform phospholipids in good yields has been developed. Triflic acid catalyzed oxirane ring opening of benzyl-protected rac-glycidyl with long-chain 1,omega-alkanediols (n = 16, 20) produced 1,1'-diglycerol diethers in 80-90% yield. Double alkylation of the secondary hydroxy groups with 1-bromooctane or 1-bromodecane gave the corresponding benzyl-protected tetraethers in 66% yield. Hydrogenolysis of the benzyl groups in the presence of Pd/C (55-66% yield) followed by phosphorylation with 2 equiv of 2-chloro-2-oxo-1,3,2-dioxaphospholane and amination with excess trimethylamine produced the tetraether bolaform bisphosphocholines as white powders in approximately 75% yield. This approach provides a reliable and efficient method for preparing a wide variety of symmetrical bolaform phospholipids on a multigram scale.

  11. Facile synthesis of water-soluble curcumin nanocrystals

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    Marković Zoran M.

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, facile synthesis of water soluble curcumin nanocrystals is reported. Solvent exchange method was applied to synthesize curcumin nanocrystals. Different techniques were used to characterize the structural and photophysical properties of curcumin nanocrystals. We found that nanocurcumin prepared by this method had good chemical and physical stability, could be stored in the powder form at room temperature, and was freely dispersible in water. It was established that the size of curcumin nanocrystals was varied in the range of 20-500 nm. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and UV-Vis analyses showed the presence of tetrahydrofuran inside the curcumin nanocrystals. Also, it was found that nanocurcumin emitted photoluminescencewith yellow-green colour. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. 172003

  12. Investigation on the effects of milling atmosphere on synthesis of barium ferrite/magnetite nanocomposite

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    Molaei, M.J.; Ataie, A.; Raygan, S.; Picken,n S.J.

    2011-01-01

    In this research, barium ferrite /magnetite nanocomposites synthesized via a mechano-chemical route. Graphite was used in order to reduce hematite content of barium ferrite to magnetite to produce a magnetic nanocomposite. The effects of processing conditions on the powder characteristics were inves

  13. Synthesis and characterization of Y2O3-reduced graphene oxide nanocomposites for photocatalytic applications

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    Saravanan, T.; Anandan, P.; Azhagurajan, M.; Arivanandhan, M.; Pazhanivel, K.; Hayakawa, Y.; Jayavel, R.

    2016-07-01

    Yittrium oxide (Y2O3)-reduced graphene oxide (rGO) nanocomposite was prepared by a low temperature solution process by mixing different weight ratios of chemically derived rGO and Y2O3. The structural properties of nanocomposite materials have been analyzed by x-ray diffraction. Laser Raman spectroscopic study further confirmed the formation of the nanocomposite materials. The morphology of the nanocomposite has been analyzed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images. From the FE-SEM and TEM images, it was found that the nanocrystals of Y2O3 were interpolated in the graphene sheets. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis confirmed that the rGO has a reasonable amount of C-O groups as the doublet was observed in the C 1s spectrum. Moreover, the O 1s peak illustrates the doublet peaks which confirms the presence of OH and other functional groups at the surfaces of rGO. Electrochemical behavior of the nanocomposite was studied by cyclic voltammetric studies. The nanocomposite with higher weight percent of rGO shows better photocatalytic performance compared to the samples with low weight percent of rGO. The photocatalytic characteristics of the nanocomposite have been discussed based on the XPS results. The presence of hydroxyl group in the rGO of nanocomposites increases the OH radical formation and suppresses the recombination of excitons, which is responsible for the rapid decomposition of dye molecules.

  14. Facile synthesis of MWCNT/SiO2 nano-composites as high-performance oil adsorbents%多壁碳纳米管/二氧化硅纳米复合材料的制备及其吸油性能

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    黄剑坤; 刘会娥; 黄扬帆; 马雁冰; 丁传芹

    2016-01-01

    以羧化多壁碳纳米管为基体、纳米硅溶胶粒为增强相,通过一步液相共混方法制备多壁碳纳米管/二氧化硅纳米复合材料。利用傅里叶变换红外光谱(FTIR)、电子扫描电镜(SEM)、热重(TGA)、孔结构分析(BET/BJH)对其进行了表征。以水中柴油为研究对象考察了该样品对水中柴油的吸附脱除效果,并与纳米二氧化硅胶粒、原生碳纳米管以及活性炭进行对比。结果表明:硅溶胶粒表面修饰后的多壁碳纳米管的聚团行为得以改善,而且材料具有微孔-介孔双孔道结构。对水中直馏柴油的去除率高达97.79%,并于1 h达到吸附平衡。整个吸附过程遵循准二级动力学模型,吸附体系的表观活化能为11.37 kJ·mol−1,吸附等温线与Freundlich模型较为吻合,吸附效果明显强于其他3种吸附剂。%Multi-walled carbon nanotubes-silica (MWCNT/SiO2)nano-composites were prepared from carboxylated MWCNTs and silica sol-gel nanoparticlesvia one-step scalable precipitation. Structure and physical properties of the nano-composite were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscope (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and porous surface area and pore size distribution analysis (BET & BJH). Adsorption removal of oil was evaluated in diesel water on the nano-composite in comparison with SiO2 sol-gel nanoparticles, pristine MWCNTs, and activated carbon. The nano-composite improved MWCNT agglomeration after surface modification by silica nanoparticles and formed dual microporous and mesoporous structures. The diesel removal efficiency of the nano-compositecould be up to 97.79% with adsorption equilibrium reached within 1 h. The adsorption process followed the pseudo second-order kinetics with the apparent activation energy at 11.37 kJ·mol−1 and the adsorption isotherms were fitted well with the Freundlich model. Overall, the nano-composite

  15. Acquisition of a SAXS Facility for the Study of Novel Polymer Nanocomposite Membranes

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    2015-02-19

    the nanoscale regarding: size, shape, morphology and even particle interaction. This facility will 1. REPORT DATE (DD-MM-YYYY) 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE...13. SUPPLEMENTARY NOTES 12. DISTRIBUTION AVAILIBILITY STATEMENT 6. AUTHORS 7. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAMES AND ADDRESSES 15. SUBJECT TERMS b...provide valuable information at the nanoscale regarding: size, shape, morphology and even particle interaction. This facility will further advance

  16. Facile charge transport in FeNx/Mo₂N/CNT nanocomposites for efficient hydrogen evolution reactions

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    KASINATH OJHA; SHIVALI BANERJEE; ASHOK K GANGULI

    2017-07-01

    Molybdenum based materials are gaining importance as electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction because of their lowcost and good electrocatalytic efficiency. Introducing iron nitride with molybdenum nitride as a composite results in efficient hydrogen evolution activity with current density of ∼120mA/cm2 at −400 mVvs. RHE. The nanocomposites were characterized using powder XRD, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), ElectronDiffraction, ThermogravimetricAnalysis and FTIRSpectroscopy. The electrochemical investigations suggest that the electrocatalytic activity of the composite increases with iron nitride content. The composite exhibits good electrochemical stability upto 42 hours in acidic medium. The hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) follows Volmer-Heyrovsky mechanism where Volmer reaction is the rate determing step.

  17. SYNTHESIS, CHARACTERIZATION AND PROPERTIES OF ORGANOCLAY-MODIFIED POLYSULFONE/EPOXY INTERPENETRATING POLYMER NETWORK NANOCOMPOSITES

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    R.Rajasekaran; C.Karikalchozhan; M.Alagar

    2008-01-01

    Organoclay-modified hydroxylterminated polysulfone (PSF)/epoxy interpenetrating network nanocomposites (oM-PSF/EP nanocomposites) were prepared by adding organophilic montmorillonite (oMMT) to interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) of polysulfone and epoxy resin (PSF/EP) using diaminodiphenylmethane (DDM) as curing agent.The mechanical properties like tensile strength,tensile modulus,flexural strength,flexural modulus and impact properties of the nanocomposites were studied as per ASTM standards.Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis,dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis showed that PSF was compatible with EP,and the glass transition temperature (Tg) of the oM-PSF/EP nanocomposites decreased with increasing the oMMT content.Water absorption tests showed that the PSF/EP interpenetrating networks and oMMT had synergistic effects on improvement in the water resistance of the oM-PSF/EP nanocomposites.

  18. Solution combustion synthesis of Fe-Ni-Y2O3 nanocomposites for magnetic application

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    刘烨; 秦明礼; 章林; 贾宝瑞; 陈鹏起; 张德志; 曲选辉

    2015-01-01

    Fe−Ni−Y2O3 nanocomposites with uniform distribution of fine oxide particles in the gamma FeNi matrix were successfully fabricated via solution combustion followed by hydrogen reduction. The morphological characteristics and phase transformation of the combusted powder and the Fe−Ni−Y2O3 nanocomposites were characterized by XRD, FESEM and TEM. Porous Fe−Ni−Y2O3 nanocomposites with crystallite size below 100 nm were obtained after reduction. The morphology, phases and magnetic property of Fe−Ni−Y2O3 nanocomposites reduced at different temperatures were investigated. The Fe−Ni−Y2O3 nanocomposite reduced at 900 °C has the maximum saturation magnetization and the minimum coercivity values of 167.41 A/(m2·kg) and 3.11 kA/m, respectively.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of antibacterial carboxymethyl cellulose/ZnO nanocomposite hydrogels.

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    Yadollahi, Mehdi; Gholamali, Iman; Namazi, Hassan; Aghazadeh, Mohammad

    2015-03-01

    In this study, carboxymethyl cellulose/ZnO nanocomposite hydrogels have been synthesized through the in situ formation of ZnO nanoparticles within swollen carboxymethyl cellulose hydrogels. The formation of ZnO nanoparticles in the hydrogels was confirmed using X-ray diffraction, UV-vis spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) studies. SEM micrographs revealed the formation of ZnO nanoparticles with size range of 10-20 nm within the hydrogel matrix. The prepared nanocomposite hydrogels showed a pH and salt sensitive swelling behavior. The ZnO nanocomposite hydrogels have rather higher swelling in different aqueous solutions in comparison with neat hydrogel. The nanocomposite hydrogels demonstrated antibacterial effects against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The developed carboxymethyl cellulose/ZnO nanocomposite hydrogels can be used effectively for biomedical application.

  20. Facile synthesis of self-stabilized polyphenol nanoparticles

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    Bilici, Ali, E-mail: alibilici66@hotmail.com [Lapseki Vocational School, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Lapseki, Çanakkale 17020 (Turkey); Department of Chemistry, Polymer Synthesis and Analysis Laboratory, Faculty of Science and Arts, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale 17020 (Turkey); Doğan, Fatih, E-mail: fatihdogan@comu.edu.tr [Secondary Science and Mathematics Education, Faculty of Education, Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Canakkale 17100 (Turkey); Department of Chemistry, Polymer Synthesis and Analysis Laboratory, Faculty of Science and Arts, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale 17020 (Turkey); Yıldırım, Mehmet [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale 17020 (Turkey); Department of Chemistry, Polymer Synthesis and Analysis Laboratory, Faculty of Science and Arts, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale 17020 (Turkey); Kaya, İsmet [Department of Chemistry, Polymer Synthesis and Analysis Laboratory, Faculty of Science and Arts, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Çanakkale 17020 (Turkey)

    2013-06-15

    We describe here the facile synthesis (in two-steps) of green light emitting phenol polymer with an azomethine side group. For this purpose, hydroxy functionalized-Schiff base monomer, HPMBT, was obtained by condensation of 2,3,4-trihydroxybenzaldehyde with 2-aminophenol. Subsequent oxidation of the monomer in alkaline medium by NaOCl yielded to corresponding phenol polymer (PHPMBT) with molecular weight ca. 34,500 Da. The characterizations were performed by NMR, FT-IR, UV–vis, gel permeation chromatography (GPC), thermogravimetry (TG), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), cyclic voltammetry (CV), photoluminescence (PL), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis. PL analysis indicated that HPMBT was non-fluorescent whereas PHPMBT was a green light emitter. In addition, the redox behaviors of the polymer were explored by cyclic voltammetry (CV), assigned it's electroactive nature. The formation of nano-sized polyphenol particles was revealed by the SEM and DLS analyses. A possible mechanism for the formation and self-stabilization of the polyphenol nanoparticles was also suggested. - Highlights: • The nano-sized polyphenol particles were facilely obtained by a template-free oxidative polymerization process. • A possible mechanism for the formation and self-stabilization of the nanoparticles was proposed. • These electroactive particles emitted green light, efficiently. • The obtained polymer was well soluble in polar organic solvents.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposites ZnO / polypyrrole for anti corrosive application; Sintese e caracterizacao de nanocompositos ZnO/polipirrol para aplicacao anticorrosivas

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    Valenca, D.P.; Bouchonneau, N.; Vieira, M.R.S.; Alves, K.G.B.; Melo, C.P. de; Urtiga Filho, S.L., E-mail: demetriusvalenca@gmail.com [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, PE (Brazil)

    2014-07-01

    Nanoparticles of metal oxides and conductive polymers have been investigated as alternative additives in corrosion protection of oxidizable metals. In this hybrid nanocomposites work Polypyrrole-ZnO were synthesized and characterized as a potential application as industrial paint anti corrosive additive. The different steps of the synthesis and characterization of nanocomposites are described. The nanocomposites were obtained from the emulsion polymerization of aqueous solutions of pyrrole and sodium dodecyl sulfate containing ZnO nanoparticles dispersed in the mass. The nanoparticles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and transmission, dynamic light scattering, diffraction of X-rays and techniques of infrared spectroscopy. From the characterization techniques, it was possible to determine the average size of nanoparticles of ZnO and ZnO-Polypyrrole. The peaks in the diffraction pattern of X-rays observed in the nanocomposite were the same as in ZnO, confirming the presence of ZnO in the composite. (author)

  2. Metal-organic framework templated synthesis of Fe2O3/TiO2 nanocomposite for hydrogen production.

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    deKrafft, Kathryn E; Wang, Cheng; Lin, Wenbin

    2012-04-17

    A new metal-organic framework (MOF)-templated method has been developed for the synthesis of a metal oxide nanocomposite with interesting photophysical properties. Fe-containing nanoscale MOFs are coated with amorphous titania, then calcined to produce crystalline Fe(2)O(3)/TiO(2) composite nanoparticles. This material enables photocatalytic hydrogen production from water using visible light, which cannot be achieved by either Fe(2)O(3) or TiO(2) alone or a mixture of the two. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. Synthesis, Characterization and Gas Sensing Properties of Ag@α-Fe2O3 Core–Shell Nanocomposites

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    Ali Mirzaei

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Ag@α-Fe2O3 nanocomposite having a core–shell structure was synthesized by a two-step reduction-sol gel approach, including Ag nanoparticles synthesis by sodium borohydride as the reducing agent in a first step and the subsequent mixing with a Fe+3 sol for α-Fe2O3 coating. The synthesized Ag@α-Fe2O3 nanocomposite has been characterized by various techniques, such as SEM, TEM and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The electrical and gas sensing properties of the synthesized composite towards low concentrations of ethanol have been evaluated. The Ag@α-Fe2O3 nanocomposite showed better sensing characteristics than the pure α-Fe2O3. The peculiar hierarchical nano-architecture and the chemical and electronic sensitization effect of Ag nanoparticles in Ag@α-Fe2O3 sensors were postulated to play a key role in modulating gas-sensing properties in comparison to pristine α-Fe2O3 sensors.

  4. Synthesis of biogenic silicon/silica (Si/SiO2) nanocomposites from rice husks and wheat bran through various microorganisms

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    Kaur, Taranjot; Pal Singh, Gurwinder; Kaur, Gurneet; Kaur, Sukhvir; Gill, Prabhjot Kaur

    2016-08-01

    Biosilification is an economically viable, energy saving and green approach for the commercial scale synthesis of oxide nanomaterials. The room temperature synthesis of oxide nanocomposites from cost effective agro-based waste is a particular example of biosilification. In this study, synthesis of Si/SiO2 nanocomposites from inexpensive agro-based waste material i.e. rice husks (RH) and wheat bran (WB) has been carried out by means of various eukaryotic microorganisms, i.e. Actinomycete, Fusarium oxysporum, Aspergillus niger, Trichoderma sp. and Penicillium sp., under ambient conditions. The XRD diffrectrograms represents that the synthesized nanomaterials exhibits silicon, amorphous silica and other crystal arrays such as cristobalite, trydimite and quartz, depending upon the type microorganism and time period used for extraction. All of the aforesaid microorganism bio transformed the naturally occurring amorphous silica to crystalline structures within the period of 24 h. However, the Actinomycete and Trichoderma sp. took 48 h in case of rice husks for biotransformation of naturally occurring plant silica to crystalline nanocomposite. While in case of wheat bran, Actinomycete and Trichoderma sp. took 24 h for biotransformation. The extracted nanocomposites exhibits band edge in the range 230-250 nm and blue emission. The procedure described in study can be used for commercial level production of Si/SiO2 nanocomposites from agro based waste materials.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposites based on PANI and carbon nanostructures prepared by electropolymerization

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    Petrovski, Aleksandar; Paunović, Perica [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, SS Cyril and Methodius University, Rudjer Bošković, 16, 1000, Skopje (Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of); Avolio, Roberto; Errico, Maria E.; Cocca, Mariacristina; Gentile, Gennaro [Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials, National Research Council, Via Campi Flegrei 34, 80078, Pozzuoli, Napoli (Italy); Grozdanov, Anita, E-mail: anita.grozdanov@yahoo.com [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, SS Cyril and Methodius University, Rudjer Bošković, 16, 1000, Skopje (Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of); Avella, Maurizio [Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials, National Research Council, Via Campi Flegrei 34, 80078, Pozzuoli, Napoli (Italy); Barton, John [Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, Dyke Parade, T12 R5CP, Cork (Ireland); Dimitrov, Aleksandar [Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, SS Cyril and Methodius University, Rudjer Bošković, 16, 1000, Skopje (Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of)

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    Nanocomposites based on polyaniline (PANI) and carbon nanostructures (CNSs) (graphene (G) and multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)) were prepared by in situ electrochemical polymerization. CNSs were inserted into the PANI matrix by dispersing them into the electrolyte before the electropolymerization. Electrochemical characterization by means of cyclic voltammetry and steady state polarization were performed in order to determine conditions for electro-polymerization. Electro-polymerization of the PANI based nanocomposites was carried out at 0.75 V vs. saturated calomel electrode (SCE) for 40 and 60 min. The morphology and structural characteristics of the obtained nanocomposites were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman spectroscopy, while thermal stability was determined using thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). According to the morphological and structural study, fibrous and porous structure of PANI based nanocomposites was detected well embedding both G and MWCNTs. Also, strong interaction between quinoidal structure of PANI with carbon nanostructures via π–π stacking was detected by Raman spectroscopy. TGA showed the increased thermal stability of composites reinforced with CNSs, especially those reinforced with graphene. - Highlights: • Nanocomposites of PANI with carbon nanostructures were prepared for sensing application. • By cyclic voltammetry, conductive form of PANI (green colored emeraldine phase) is obtained 0.75 V • Using 4 Probe method, nanocomposite PANI/CNS tablet was tested for sensing application. • Micro-structural properties of nanocomposites were studied by SEM, TGA and Raman analysis.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of magnetite/silver/antibiotic nanocomposites for targeted antimicrobial therapy.

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    Ivashchenko, Olena; Lewandowski, Mikołaj; Peplińska, Barbara; Jarek, Marcin; Nowaczyk, Grzegorz; Wiesner, Maciej; Załęski, Karol; Babutina, Tetyana; Warowicka, Alicja; Jurga, Stefan

    2015-10-01

    The article is devoted to preparation and characterization of magnetite/silver/antibiotic nanocomposites for targeted antimicrobial therapy. Magnetite nanopowder was produced by thermochemical technique; silver was deposited on the magnetite nanoparticles in the form of silver clusters. Magnetite/silver nanocomposite was investigated by XRD, SEM, TEM, AFM, XPS, EDX techniques. Adsorptivity of magnetite/silver nanocomposite towards seven antibiotics from five different groups was investigated. It was shown that rifampicin, doxycycline, ceftriaxone, cefotaxime and doxycycline may be attached by physical adsorption to magnetite/silver nanocomposite. Electrostatic surfaces of antibiotics were modeled and possible mechanism of antibiotic attachment is considered in this article. Raman spectra of magnetite, magnetite/silver and magnetite/silver/antibiotic were collected. It was found that it is difficult to detect the bands related to antibiotics in the magnetite/silver/antibiotic nanocomposite spectra due to their overlap by the broad carbon bands of magnetite nanopowder. Magnetic measurements revealed that magnetic saturation of the magnetite/silver/antibiotic nanocomposites decreased on 6-19 % in comparison with initial magnetite nanopowder. Pilot study of antimicrobial properties of the magnetite/silver/antibiotic nanocomposites were performed towards Bacillus pumilus.

  7. Ionic liquid-assisted synthesis of carbon nanotube/platinum nanocomposites

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    Zou Hua [Shandong University, Key Laboratory for Liquid-Solid Structural Evolution and Processing of Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering (China); Luan Yuxia [Shandong University, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences (China); Wang Xiaojun; Xie Zhiyun; Liu Jijuan; Sun Junchao; Wang Yana; Li Zhonghao, E-mail: zhonghaoli@sdu.edu.cn [Shandong University, Key Laboratory for Liquid-Solid Structural Evolution and Processing of Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering (China)

    2012-03-15

    The carbon nanotubes (CNTs) without modification for any functional group are used for the formation of CNTs/Pt nanocomposites in the presence of 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([BMIM]Cl) ionic liquid (IL) at a mild condition. The effects of platinum salt and [BMIM]Cl concentrations on the morphologies of final products are investigated. The as-prepared products are characterized by transmission electron microscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, and cyclic voltammetry. It shows that the as-prepared CNTs/Pt nanocomposites have a good dispersion of Pt particles with tunable size by controlling the concentration of [BMIM]Cl. The Pt particle size of the synthesized CNTs/Pt nanocomposites could be as small as 7 {+-} 2 nm. The possible formation mechanism of the as-prepared nanocomposites is proposed based on the {pi}-{pi} interaction between the IL and the CNT. The electrochemical response of the synthesized CNTs/Pt nanocomposites to K{sub 3}(FeCN){sub 6} is studied by cyclic voltammetry measurements, which demonstrates the response increases with the decrease of the Pt particle size. Moreover, the electroactivity for methanol oxidation using the synthesized CNTs/Pt nanocomposites with Pt particle size of 7 {+-} 2 nm shows that the as-prepared CNTs/Pt nanocomposites have an improved catalytic performance.

  8. Synthesis and utilization of poly (methylmethacrylate nanocomposites based on modified montmorillonite

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    Ahmed M. Youssef

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Poly (methylmethacrylate nanocomposite was prepared via in-situ emulsion polymerization (PMMA/Mt-CTA. The modified montmorillonite (Mt-CTA is used as hosts for the preparation of poly (methylmethacrylate nanocomposites with basal distance 1.95 nm. Moreover, exfoliated nanocomposite was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscope (TEM, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA, and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. The fashioned nanocomposites exhibited better thermal stability than pristine PMMA which make it suitable for packaging applications. Furthermore, this nanocomposite reveals tremendous affinity for removing pesticides from aquatic solutions. The data obtained from GC/ECD gas liquid chromatography illustrated that the removal efficiency of PMMA/Mt-CTA nanocomposites for organochlorine pesticides (OCPs varied from 73.65% to 99.36% that make it as a new method for water treatment. Also, the antimicrobial activity of the Mt-CTA and PMMA/Mt-CTA nanocomposites was evaluated by the inhibitory zone tests and revealed good activity against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus, which makes it suitable materials for packaging applications.

  9. Synthesis, characterization and application of biodegradable crosslinked carboxymethyl chitosan/poly(vinyl alcohol) clay nanocomposites

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    Sabaa, Magdy W.; Abdallah, Heba M.; Mohamed, Nadia A.; Mohamed, Riham R., E-mail: rihamrashad@hotmal.com

    2015-11-01

    Crosslinked poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCh) nanocomposites were synthesized using terephthaloyl diisothiocyanate crosslinker, in the presence of montmorillonite (MMT), in different ratios of the two matrices. Characterization of nanocomposites was performed using different analyses. Swelling behavior was studied in different buffered solutions. It was found that formation of crosslinked CMCh/PVA hydrogels increased the swellability. Metal ion adsorption has also been investigated. The results indicated that crosslinked CMCh adsorbs various metal ions much more than non crosslinked CMCh. Antimicrobial activity was examined against Gram positive bacteria, against Gram negative bacteria, and also against fungi. Results indicated that most of these nanocomposites exhibited good antimicrobial potency. Degradation study was carried out in Simulated Body Fluid (SBF) for different time periods in order to find out degradation index (Di). Results showed that weight loss of most of the nanocomposites increased as a function of incubation time. - Highlights: • CMCh/PVA nanocomposites have been evaluated for activity against bacteria and fungi. • TEM showed that these hydrogels have size 3–19 nm. • Nanocomposites increased metal ion uptake and showed selectivity for cadmium ions. • Biodegradation increased as a function of incubation time in SBF solution. • Biodegradation increased with increase in CMCh and clay in nanocomposites.

  10. Interfacial Synthesis of Gold-Polyaniline Nanocomposite and Its Electrocatalytic Application.

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    Bogdanović, Una; Pašti, Igor; Ćirić-Marjanović, Gordana; Mitrić, Miodrag; Ahrenkiel, Scott P; Vodnik, Vesna

    2015-12-30

    Gold-polyaniline (Au-PANI) nanocomposite was prepared using a simple interfacial polymerization method, performed in an immiscible water/toluene biphasic system using tetrachloroaurate, AuCl4(-) as an oxidant. The formation of Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) or Au-PANI nanocomposite can be controlled to a certain degree by varying the ratio of initial Au(+) and aniline concentrations. Under optimal condition (HAuCl4/aniline ratio is 1:2), green dispersion of Au-PANI nanocomposite is produced in aqueous phase, whose morphology, structure and physicochemical properties are investigated in details. The nanocomposite shows granular morphology with mostly rodlike AuNPs embedded in polymer. It was found that polyaniline in the composite is in the conducting emeraldine salt form, containing high amount of Au (28.85 wt %). Furthermore, the electrical conductivity of the nanocomposite was found to be four-fold higher than that of the polymer itself. In addition, the nanocomposite powder, isolated from the as-prepared aqueous dispersion, can later be easily redispersed in water and further used for various applications. Moreover, the obtained Au-PANI nanocomposite showed excellent electrocatalytic performance toward the electrochemical oxygen reduction reaction (ORR), with high ORR onset potential and good selectivity. This makes it a promising candidate for a new class of Pt-free ORR catalyst.

  11. Ultrasonic-assisted synthesis of Pd-Pt/carbon nanotubes nanocomposites for enhanced electro-oxidation of ethanol and methanol in alkaline medium.

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    Yang, Guohai; Zhou, Yazhou; Pan, Horng-Bin; Zhu, Chengzhou; Fu, Shaofang; Wai, Chien M; Du, Dan; Zhu, Jun-Jie; Lin, Yuehe

    2016-01-01

    Herein, a facile ultrasonic-assisted strategy was proposed to fabricate the Pd-Pt alloy/multi-walled carbon nanotubes (Pd-Pt/CNTs) nanocomposites. A good number of Pd-Pt alloy nanoparticles with an average of 3.4 ± 0.5 nm were supported on sidewalls of CNTs with uniform distribution. The composition of the Pd-Pt/CNTs nanocomposites could also be easily controlled, which provided a possible approach for the preparation of other architectures with anticipated properties. The Pd-Pt/CNTs nanocomposites were extensively studied by electron microscopy, induced coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and applied for the ethanol and methanol electro-oxidation reaction in alkaline medium. The electrochemical results indicated that the nanocomposites had better electrocatalytic activities and stabilities, showing promising applications for fuel cells. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Polyacrolein/mesoporous silica nanocomposite: Synthesis, thermal stability and covalent lipase immobilization

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    Motevalizadeh, Seyed Farshad; Khoobi, Mehdi; Shabanian, Meisam [Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran 14176 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Asadgol, Zahra; Faramarzi, Mohammad Ali [Department of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Faculty of Pharmacy and Biotechnology Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, P.O. Box 14155-6451, Tehran 14176 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shafiee, Abbas, E-mail: ashafiee@ams.ac.ir [Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran 14176 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Center of Excellence in Biothermodynamics, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-12-16

    In this work, new polyacrolein/MCM-41 nanocomposites with good phase mixing behavior were prepared through an emulsion polymerization technique. Mesoporous silica was synthesized by in situ assembly of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB). The structure and properties of polyacrolein containing nanosized MCM-41 particle (5 and 10 wt%), were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction, Dynamic light scattering (DLS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N{sub 2} adsorption techniques, and thermogravimetric (TGA) analyses. The SEM images from the final powder have revealed good dispersion of the MCM-41 nanoparticles throughout polymeric matrix with no distinct voids between two phases. The results indicated that the thermal properties of the nanocomposite were enhanced by addition of MCM-41. Thermomyces lanuginosa lipase (TLL) was used as a model biocatalyst and successfully immobilized with polyacrolein and the nanocomposite via covalent bonds with the aldehyde groups. The activity between free enzyme, polyacrolein, and MCM-41 nanocomposite (10 wt%)-immobilized TLL was compared. The immobilized lipase with the nanocomposite shows better operational stability such as pH tolerance, thermal and storage stability. In addition, the immobilized lipase with the nanocomposite can be easily recovered and retained at 74% of its initial activity after 15 time reuses. - Graphical abstract: The influence of incorporation of mesoporous MCM-41 nanoparticle with polyacrolein on the thermal properties and enzyme immobilization was investigated. - Highlights: • Polyacrolein/MCM-41 nanocomposites were prepared by emulsion polymerization method. • Thermal stability and char residues in nanocomposites were improved. • Nanocomposites significant effects on immobilization of lipase.

  13. One-Pot Hydrothermal Synthesis of Magnetite Prussian Blue Nano-Composites and Their Application to Fabricate Glucose Biosensor

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    Ezzaldeen Younes Jomma

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we presented a simple method to synthesize magnetite Prussian blue nano-composites (Fe3O4-PB through one-pot hydrothermal process. Subsequently, the obtained nano-composites were used to fabricate a facile and effective glucose biosensor. The obtained nanoparticles were characterized using transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, UV-vis absorbance spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. The resultant Fe3O4-PB nanocomposites have magnetic properties which could easily controlled by an external magnetic field and the electro-catalysis of hydrogen peroxide. Thus, a glucose biosensor based on Fe3O4-PB was successfully fabricated. The biosensor showed super-electrochemical properties toward glucose detection exhibiting fast response time within 3 to 4 s, low detection limit of 0.5 µM and wide linear range from 5 µM to 1.2 mM with sensitivity of 32 µA∙mM−1∙cm−2 and good long-term stability.

  14. Modified hydrothermal synthesis and characterization of reduced graphene oxide-silver selenide nanocomposites with enhanced reactive oxygen species generation

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    Lei Zhu; Shu Ye; Asghar Ali; Kefayat Ulla; Kwang Youn Cho; Won-Chun Oh

    2015-01-01

    A visible‐light photocatalyst containing Ag2Se and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) was synthesized by a facile sonochemical‐assisted hydrothermal method. X‐ray diffraction, scanning electron mi‐croscopy with energy‐dispersive X‐ray analysis, and ultraviolet‐visible diffuse reflectance spectros‐copy results indicated that the RGO‐Ag2Se nanocomposite contained small crystalline Ag2Se nano‐particles dispersed over graphene nanosheets and absorbed visible light. The high crystallinity of the nanoparticles increased photocatalytic activity by facilitating charge transport. N2 adsorp‐tion‐desorption measurements revealed that the RGO‐Ag2Se nanocomposite contained numerous pores with an average diameter of 9 nm, which should allow reactant molecules to readily access the Ag2Se nanoparticles. The RGO‐Ag2Se nanocomposite exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than bulk Ag2Se nanoparticles to degrade organic pollutant rhodamine B and industrial dye Texbrite BA‐L under visible‐light irradiation (λ>420 nm). The generation of reactive oxygen spe‐cies in RGO‐Ag2Se was evaluated through its ability to oxidize 1,5‐diphenylcarbazide to 1,5‐diphenylcarbazone. The small size of the Ag2Se nanoparticles in RGO‐Ag2Se was related to the use of ultrasonication during their formation, revealing that this approach is attractive to form po‐rous RGO‐Ag2Se materials with high photocatalytic activity under visible light.

  15. Synthesis, characterization and magnetic behavior of Co/MCM-41 nano-composites

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    Cuello, N. [CITeQ-Universidad Tecnológica Nacional-Facultad Regional Córdoba, Maestro López esq. Cruz Roja Argentina, 5016 Córdoba (Argentina); Elías, V. [CITeQ-Universidad Tecnológica Nacional-Facultad Regional Córdoba, Maestro López esq. Cruz Roja Argentina, 5016 Córdoba (Argentina); CONICET (Argentina); Crivello, M. [CITeQ-Universidad Tecnológica Nacional-Facultad Regional Córdoba, Maestro López esq. Cruz Roja Argentina, 5016 Córdoba (Argentina); Oliva, M. [FaMAF-Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Córdoba (Argentina); IFEG-CONICET (Argentina); Eimer, G., E-mail: geimer@scdt.frc.utn.edu.ar [CITeQ-Universidad Tecnológica Nacional-Facultad Regional Córdoba, Maestro López esq. Cruz Roja Argentina, 5016 Córdoba (Argentina); CONICET (Argentina)

    2013-09-15

    Synthesis, structure and magnetic properties of Co/MCM-41 as magnetic nano-composites have been investigated. Mesoporous materials with different degrees of metal loading were prepared by wet impregnation and characterized by ICP, XRD, N{sub 2} adsorption, UV–vis DRS, TPR and EPMA-EDS. Cobalt oxide clusters and Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nano-particles could be confined inside the mesopores of MCM-41, being this fact favored by the Co loading increasing. In addition, larger crystals of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} detectable by XRD also grow on the surface when the Co loading is enhanced. The magnetic characterization was performed in a SQUID magnetometer using a maximum magnetic applied field µ{sub 0}Ha=1 T. While the samples with the higher Co loadings showed a behavior typically paramagnetic, a superparamagnetic contribution is more notorious for lower loadings, suggesting high Co species dispersion. - Graphical abstract: Room temperature hysteresis loops as a function of the Co content. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Co species as isolated Co{sup 2+}, oxide clusters and Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nano-particles were detected. • For higher Co loads were detected, by XRD, Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles on the external surface. • The confining of Co species inside the mesopores was achieved by increasing Co load. • Paramagnetism from oxide clusters/nano-particles becomes dominant for higher Co loads. • Superparamagnetism can be assigned to Co species of small size and finely dispersed.

  16. Synthesis and properties of hectorite/poly(AM/IA) nanocomposite hydrogels with high gel strength

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    Lan Wang; Wenzhong Cheng; Tao Wan; Ziwen Hu; Min Xu; Ruixiang Li; Chuzhang Zou

    2015-01-01

    A novel hectorite/poly(AM/IA)nanocomposite hydrogel was synthesized by inverse microemulsion polymerization. The influence of hectorite amount on water absorbency rate, gel strength and shearresistance was investigated. Dynamic viscoelasticity behaviour of the nanocomposite hydrogels was also studied. The nanocomposite hydrogels showed suitable water absorbency and shear-resistance, high gel strength, solid-like behaviour in the whole oscillation frequency region and enhanced viscoelastic behaviours under high stress. TEM indicated that the as-synthesized hydrogel particles were regular and spherical in shape with an average particle size of 43 nm in the range of 30-65 nm.

  17. Synthesis of poly(furfuryl alcohol)/montmorillonite nanocomposites by direct in-situ polymerization

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    Djamal Eddine Kherroub; Mohammed Belbachir; Saad Lamouri

    2015-02-01

    The purpose of this study was to obtain poly(furfuryl alcohol) nanocomposites with Algerian organically modified clay (termed 12-montmorillonite). The formation of poly(furfuryl alcohol) was confirmed by infrared spectroscopy (IR); the prepared nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The evolution of mechanical properties was also studied. The obtained results confirm the intercalation of molecules of salt in the clay layers, and a good interaction with the polymer, showing the formation of intercalated and/or exfoliated structures. The nanocomposites showed higher thermal stability compared to pure polymer, and the mechanical properties presented interesting and promising results.

  18. Synthesis of Polyamide-6/Montmorillonite Nanocomposites by Direct In-situ Polymerization Catalysed by Exchanged Clay

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    Djamal Eddine Kherroub

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to obtain polyamide-6 nanocomposites with national organically modified clay (termed 12-montmorillonite. The formation of polyamide-6 was confirmed by infrared spectroscopy (IR, the prepared nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA. The evolution of mechanical properties was also studied. The obtained results confirm the intercalation of molecules of salt in the clay layers, and a good interaction with the polymer, showing the formation of intercalated and/or partially exfoliated structures. The nanocomposites showed higher thermal stability compared to pure polymer, and the mechanical properties presented interesting and promising results.

  19. Facile and novel electrochemical preparation of a graphene-transition metal oxide nanocomposite for ultrasensitive electrochemical sensing of acetaminophen and phenacetin.

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    Jiang, Lin; Gu, Shuqing; Ding, Yaping; Jiang, Feng; Zhang, Zhen

    2014-01-07

    A facile and novel preparation strategy based on electrochemical techniques for the fabrication of electrodeposited graphene (EGR) and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocomposite was developed. The morphology and structure of the EGR-based nanocomposite were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (XPS) and Raman spectroscopy. Meanwhile, the electrochemical performance of the nanocomposite was demonstrated with cyclic voltammetry (CV) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Due to the synergistic effect of EGR and ZnO nanoparticles, an ultrasensitive electrochemical sensor for acetaminophen (AC) and phenacetin (PCT) was successfully fabricated. The linearity ranged from 0.02 to 10 μM for AC and 0.06 to 10 μM for PCT with high sensitivities of 54,295.82 μA mM(-1) cm(2) for AC and 21,344.66 μA mM(-1) cm(2) for PCT, respectively. Moreover, the practical applicability was validated to be reliable and desirable in pharmaceutical detections. The excellent results showed the promise of the proposed preparation strategy of EGR-transition metal oxide nanocomposite in the field of electroanalytical chemistry.

  20. Ce1-xSmxO2-δ-attapulgite nanocomposites:synthesis via simple microwave approach and investigation of its catalytic activity

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    李霞章; 胡宗林; 赵晓兵; 陆晓旺

    2013-01-01

    Ce1-xSmxO2-δ-attapulgite (ATP) nanocomposites were successfully prepared via a facile microwave approach. This was a facile and rapid process requiring only low power of microwave irradiation (160 W). The catalytic performance of the Ce1-xSmxO2-δ-ATP nanocomposites with different Sm contents for degradation of methylene blue (MB) was systematically evaluated. The Ce1-xSmxO2-δ-ATP nanocomposites showed enhanced catalytic activities compared with pure CeO2/ATP. Specifically, the cata-lytic activities of Ce1-xSmxO2-δ-ATP nanocomposites increased with increase in Sm content from x=0.0 to 0.3. The introduction of an optimal amount of Sm3+into CeO2 contributed to the formation of structure defects and electronic defects in the oxide lattice, which could increase concentration of oxygen vacancies. However, further increasing Sm content to x=0.4 induced the formation of more agglomerates, leading to decreased catalytic activity. It was believed that this facile, rapid microwave-assisted strategy was scalable and could be applied to synthesize other nanocomposites for different applications.

  1. Synthesis and characterization of hybrid nanocomposites as highly-efficient conducting CH4 gas sensor

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    Aldalbahi, Ali; Feng, Peter; Alhokbany, Norah; Al-Farraj, Eida; Alshehri, Saad M.; Ahamad, Tansir

    2017-02-01

    Functionalized (MWCNTs-COOH), non-functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and polyaniline (PANI) based conducting nanocomposites (PANI/polymer/MWCNTs and PANI/polymer/MWCNTs-COOH) have been prepared in polymer matrix. The prepared nanocomposites were characterized via FTIR, TGA, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). It was observed that the prepared conducting nanocomposites show excellent sensing performances toward CH4 at room temperature and both the response and recovery time were recorded at around 5 s, respectively, at the room. The PANI/polymer/MWCNTs based detector had quicker/shorter response time (PANI/polymer/MWCNTs-COOH based detector. This was attributed to nonconductive -COOH that results in a poor sensitivity of PANI/polymer/MWCNTs-COOH-based prototype. The PANI/polymer/MWCNTs-COOH nanocomposites show almost 10 time higher sensitivity at higher temperature (60 °C) than that at room temperature.

  2. Synthesis and Crystallization Studies of Thermo-plastic Polyster/Titania Nanocomposites

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    Harshita Agrawal

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The present work reports the non-isothermal crystallization kinetics of PETTiO2 nanocomposites. The average particle size of TiO2 nanoparticles, prepared by chemical route, has been calculated 32 nm using Debay-Scherrer’s formula in XRD peaks. PET-TiO2 nanocomposites have been synthesized using solution casting method. The investigation of non-isothermal crystallization behavior has been conducted by means of Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC. The crystallization temperature shift to lower temperature for both PET pristine and PET-TiO2 nanocomposites due to decrease in mobility of chain segments and heterogeneous nucleation. Also, the inclusion of TiO2 nanoparticles may accelerate nucleation rate in nanocomposites that causes the crystallization time and absolute crystallinity fraction. The thermal conductivity of inorganic filler TiO2 nanoparticles may affect the crystallization temperature.

  3. Synthesis and Characterization of Bovine Serum Albumin-Conjugated Copper Sulfide Nanocomposites

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    Peng Huang

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A simple biomolecule-assisted solution route was developed to synthesize Bovine Serum Albumin-conjugated copper sulfide (CuS/BSA nanocomposites, directly using copper salts and thioacetamide (TAA as the starting materials with a zwitterionic surfactant Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA as foaming and stabilizing agent. The CuS/BSA nanocomposites have been characterized by UV, TEM, Zeta, DLS, XRD, and FTIR. The results indicate that the as-prepared CuS/BSA nanocomposites are approximate sphere with a size distribution from 10 to 35 nm in diameter and good dispersibility, depending highly on concentration of BSA concentration. These protein-assisted synthesized nanocomposites have a great potential application in biomedical engineering and microelectronics.

  4. Controllable synthesis of graphene-based titanium dioxide nanocomposites by atomic layer deposition

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    Meng, Xiangbo; Geng, Dongsheng; Liu, Jian; Li, Ruying; Sun, Xueliang

    2011-04-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) was used to synthesize graphene-based metal oxide nanocomposites. This strategy was fulfilled on the preparation of TiO2-graphene nanosheet (TiO2-GNS) nanocomposites using titanium isopropoxide and water as precursors. The synthesized nanocomposites demonstrated that ALD exhibited many benefits in a controllable means. It was found that the as-deposited TiO2 was tunable not only in its morphologies but also in its structural phases. As for the former, TiO2 was transferable from nanoparticles to nanofilms with increased cycles. With regard to the latter, TiO2 was changeable from amorphous to crystalline phase, and even a mixture of the two with increased growth temperatures (up to 250 °C). The underlying growth mechanisms were discussed and the resultant TiO2-GNS nanocomposites have great potentials for many applications, such as photocatalysis, lithium-ion batteries, fuel cells, and sensors.

  5. Sulfonated Styrene-(ethylene-co-butylene-styrene/Montmorillonite Clay Nanocomposites: Synthesis, Morphology, and Properties

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    Ganguly Anirban

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available AbstractSulfonated styrene-(ethylene-butylene-styrene triblock copolymer (SSEBS was synthesized by reaction of acetyl sulfate with SEBS. SSESB-clay nanocomposites were then prepared from hydrophilic Na-montmorillonite (MT and organically (quaternary amine modified hydrophobic nanoclay (OMT at very low loading. SEBS did not show improvement in properties with MT-based nanocomposites. On sulfonation (3 and 6 weight% of SEBS, hydrophilic MT clay-based nanocomposites exhibited better mechanical, dynamic mechanical, and thermal properties, and also controlled water–methanol mixture uptake and permeation and AC resistance. Microstructure determined by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy due to better dispersion of MT nanoclay particles and interaction of MT with SSEBS matrix was responsible for this effect. The resulting nanocomposites have potential as proton transfer membranes for Fuel Cell applications.

  6. Synthesis of a novel biocompatible nanocomposite of graphene oxide and magnetic nanoparticles for drug delivery.

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    Aliabadi, Majid; Shagholani, Hamidreza; Yunessnia Lehi, Arash

    2017-05-01

    The combination of imaging and delivery systems through nanoscale material have been used to create new nanoparticle formulations for biological applications. Here, a magnetic nanocomposite consisting of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs), graphene oxide (GO), chitosan and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) as biocompatible polymers was synthesized for applying in drug delivery and imaging agent. The nanocomposite was studied by various techniques including XRD, TEM, FE-SEM, FT-IR and VSM. SPIONs had an average diameter size about 10nm and showed superparamagnetic behavior. Also, TEM and SEM images showed that these nanoparticles successfully attached on the surface of GO sheets. Finally, 5-fu was loaded onto these nanocomposite particles in order to study of entrapment efficiency and drug release behavior of nanocomposite particles. They showed high drug entrapment efficiency and more and faster drug release in acidic pH. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Synthesis, characterization and antibacterial activity of cellulose acetate-tin (IV) phosphate nanocomposite.

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    Rathore, Bhim Singh; Sharma, Gaurav; Pathania, Deepak; Gupta, Vinod Kumar

    2014-03-15

    Cellulose acetate-tin (IV) phosphate nanocomposite (CA/TPNC) was prepared using simple method at 0-1 pH. The nanocomposite ion exchanger was characterized using some techniques such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA/DTA/DSC). The nanocomposite material was explored for different properties such as ion exchange capacity, pH titration, elution behavior, thermal stability, and distribution coefficient. The ion exchange capacity of CA/TPNC was found higher compared to their inorganic counterpart. The distribution coefficient studies of nanocomposite ion exchanger were investigated for different metal ions. On the basis of distribution coefficient studies CA/TPNC material was found more selective for Cd(2+) and Mg(2+). CA/TPNC ion exchange was explored for antibacterial activities against E. coli bacteria.

  8. Synthesis and carbon dioxide sorption of layered double hydroxide/silica foam nanocomposites with hierarchical mesostructure

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    Fu, Liling

    2014-03-05

    Layered double hydroxides (LDHs) with a hierarchical mesostructure are successfully synthesized on mesoporous silica foams by simple impregnation and hydrothermal treatment. The as-synthesized LDH/silica foam nanocomposites show well-defined mesostructures with high surface areas, large pore volumes, and mesopores of 6-7 nm. The nanocomposites act as carbon dioxide (CO2) sorbents under simulated flue gas conditions. They also exhibit significantly enhanced CO2 capacities under high-pressure conditions and high CO2/N2 and CO2/CH4 selectivities. Respect the hierarchy: Hierarchical mesoporous layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanocomposites with high surface areas and large pore volumes are synthesized by controlled hydrothermal growth of LDH precursors on a mesoporous silica foam. The as-synthesized nanocomposites exhibit a significantly enhanced capacity and selectivity towards carbon dioxide, making them very promising candidates for carbon dioxide (CO2) separation applications. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Facile synthesis of high strength hot-water wood extract films with oxygen-barrier performance

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    Chen, Ge-Gu; Fu, Gen-Que; Wang, Xiao-Jun; Gong, Xiao-Dong; Niu, Ya-Shuai; Peng, Feng; Yao, Chun-Li; Sun, Run-Cang

    2017-01-01

    Biobased nanocomposite films for food packaging with high mechanical strength and good oxygen-barrier performance were developed using a hot-water wood extract (HWE). In this work, a facile approach to produce HWE/montmorillonite (MMT) based nanocomposite films with excellent physical properties is described. The focus of this study was to determine the effects of the MMT content on the structure and mechanical properties of nanocomposites and the effects of carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) on the physical properties of the HWE-MMT films. The experimental results suggested that the intercalation of HWE and CMC in montmorillonite could produce compact, robust films with a nacre-like structure and multifunctional characteristics. This results of this study showed that the mechanical properties of the film designated FCMC0.05 (91.5 MPa) were dramatically enhanced because the proportion of HWE, MMT and CMC was 1:1.5:0.05. In addition, the optimized films exhibited an oxygen permeability below 2.0 cm3 μm/day·m2·kPa, as well as good thermal stability due to the small amount of CMC. These results provide a comprehensive understanding for further development of high-performance nanocomposites which are based on natural polymers (HWE) and assembled layered clays (MMT). These films offer great potential in the field of sustainable packaging.

  10. Aqueous synthesis of ZnTe/dendrimer nanocomposites and their antimicrobial activity: implications in therapeutics

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    Ghosh, S.; Ghosh, D.; Bag, P. K.; Bhattacharya, S. C.; Saha, A.

    2011-03-01

    The present strategy proposes a simple and single step aqueous route for synthesizing stable, fluorescent ZnTe/dendrimer nanocomposites with varying dendrimer terminal groups. In these hybrid materials, the fluorescence of the semiconductor combines with the biomimetic properties of the dendrimer making them suitable for various biomedical applications. The ZnTe nanocomposites thus obtained demonstrate bactericidal activity against enteropathogenic bacteria without having toxic effects on the human erythrocytes. The average size of the ZnTe nanoparticles within the dendrimer matrix was in the range of 2.9-6.0 nm, and they have a good degree of crystallinity with a hexagonal crystal phase. The antibacterial activities of the ZnTe/dendrimer nanocomposites (ZnTe DNCs) as well other semiconductor nanocomposites were evaluated against enteropathogenic bacteria including multi-drug resistant Vibrio cholerae serogroup O1 and enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC). ZnTe DNCs had significant antibacterial activity against strains of V. cholerae and ETEC with minimum inhibitory concentrations ranging from 64 to 512 μg ml-1 and minimum bactericidal concentrations ranging from 128 to 1000 μg ml-1. Thus, the observed results suggest that these water-soluble active nanocomposites have potential for the treatment of enteric diseases like diarrhoea and cholera.The present strategy proposes a simple and single step aqueous route for synthesizing stable, fluorescent ZnTe/dendrimer nanocomposites with varying dendrimer terminal groups. In these hybrid materials, the fluorescence of the semiconductor combines with the biomimetic properties of the dendrimer making them suitable for various biomedical applications. The ZnTe nanocomposites thus obtained demonstrate bactericidal activity against enteropathogenic bacteria without having toxic effects on the human erythrocytes. The average size of the ZnTe nanoparticles within the dendrimer matrix was in the range of 2.9-6.0 nm, and they

  11. The Synthesis and Photocatalytic Performance of Peapod-Like One Dimensional Nanocomposites Composed of Au Nanoparticles and TiO2 Nanofibers.

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    Zhang, Taiji; Chen, Fenghua; Ma, Yurong; Qi, Limin

    2016-06-01

    Recently, material scientists have paid a lot of attention on the synthesis of one dimensional peapod-like nanostructures composed of metal nanoparticles and inorganic nanofibers due to their superior properties. In this work, we realized the synthesis of Au-TiO2 nanopeapods by using Au-bacteria cellulose nanofibers as templates in aqueous solution through a simple sol-gel method. Reaction conditions such as the Au contents in the gold-bacteria cellulose nanofibers, the reaction times and the calcination temperatures were investigated in detail for the synthesis of nanopeapods of Au-TiO2. The photocatalytic degradation tests show that the presence of a small amount of Au nanoparticles can improve the photocatalytic performance of Au-TiO2 nanocomposites compared with pure TiO2 nanofibers. The strategy to synthesize peapodlike Au-TiO2 nanocomposites by using biotemplates may shed light for the synthesis of other peapod-like nanostructures.

  12. One step synthesis of silver nanorods by autoreduction of aqueous silver ions with hydroxyapatite: An inorganic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposite.

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    Arumugam, Sujatha K; Sastry, Thotapalli Parvathaleswara; Sreedhar, B; Mandal, Asit Baran

    2007-02-01

    In this report, a novel method for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles on the surface of hydroxyapatite is described. Hydroxyapatite crystals are synthesized from acid mineralized solution, a byproduct of bone glue industries, by a simple chemical precipitation method, which results in the formation of hydroxyapatite nanocrystals. The reduction of silver ions occurs by the electron transfer from the hydroxyl groups on the surface of hydroxyapatite. This results in the formation of silver nanorods and needle shaped nanoparticles that are bound on the surface of hydroxyapatite, and the observed silver nanocrystals show anisotropic structure. Thus, hydroxyapatite crystals can be used as a new class of inorganic scaffolds for the synthesis of nanomaterials with implications in designing inorganic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposites for different applications.

  13. Synthesis of Co/Co3O4 Nanocomposite Particles Relevant to Magnetic Field Processing

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    Srivastava, A.K.; Madhavi, S.; Menon, Mohan

    2010-01-01

    Co/Co3O4 nanocomposite particles of various morphologies were synthesized by the reverse micelle technique. Equiaxed, rod and faceted crystals with rectangular, pentagonal and hexagonal cross sections were observed. Annealing resulted in the formation of a composite of cobalt oxide (Co3O4) and fcc...... cobalt (Co). Removal of boron residues from the final product was established by surface characterization. Magnetic moment of these nanocomposite particles is relevant to magnetic field processing....

  14. Mesoporous binary metal oxide nanocomposites: Synthesis, characterization and decontamination of sulfur mustard

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    Praveen Kumar, J., E-mail: praveenjella10@gmail.com; Prasad, G.K.; Ramacharyulu, P.V.R.K.; Singh, Beer; Gopi, T.; Krishna, R.

    2016-04-15

    Mesoporous MnO{sub 2}–ZnO, Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}–ZnO, NiO–ZnO, and CeO{sub 2}–ZnO binary metal oxide nanocomposites were studied as sorbent decontaminants against sulfur mustard. They were synthesized by precipitation pyrolysis method and characterized by means of transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy dispersive analysis of X rays, X ray diffraction, and nitrogen adsorption techniques. The transmission electron microscopy and nitrogen adsorption data indicated the presence of pores with diameter ranging from 10 to 70 nm in the binary metal oxide nanocomposites and these materials exhibited surface area values in the range of 76–134 m{sup 2}/g. These binary metal oxide nanocomposites demonstrated large decontamination efficiencies against sulfur mustard when compared to their single component metal oxide nanoparticles. The binary metal oxide nanocomposites effectively decontaminated sulfur mustard into relatively non toxic products such as chloro ethyl vinyl sulfide, divinyl sulfide, 1,4-oxathiane, etc. The promising decontamination properties of binary metal oxide nanocomposites against sulfur mustard were attributed to the basic sites, Lewis acid sites, and the presence of these sites was confirmed by CO{sub 2} and NH{sub 3} temperature programmed desorption. - Graphical abstract: Mesoporous MnO{sub 2}–ZnO, Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}–ZnO, NiO–ZnO, and CeO{sub 2}–ZnO binary metal oxide nanocomposites were studied as sorbent decontaminants against sulfur mustard. - Highlights: • Binary metal oxide nanocomposites were synthesized by co-precipitation method. • They were studied as sorbent decontaminants against sulfur mustard. • They decontaminated sulfur mustard into non toxic products. • MnO{sub 2}–ZnO and CeO{sub 2}–ZnO nanocomposites showed greater decontamination efficiency.

  15. A novel rapid synthesis of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/graphene nanocomposite using ferrate(VI) and its application as a new kind of nanocomposite modified electrode as electrochemical sensor

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    Karimi, Mohammad Ali, E-mail: ma_karimi43@yahoo.com [Department of Chemistry, Payame Noor University, 19395-4697 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Chemistry & Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research Laboratory (NNRL), Payame Noor University, Sirjan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Banifatemeh, Fatemeh [Department of Chemistry, Payame Noor University, 19395-4697 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Chemistry, Payame Noor University, Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hatefi-Mehrjardi, Abdolhamid [Department of Chemistry, Payame Noor University, 19395-4697 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Chemistry & Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Research Laboratory (NNRL), Payame Noor University, Sirjan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Tavallali, Hossein [Department of Chemistry, Payame Noor University, 19395-4697 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Department of Chemistry, Payame Noor University, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Eshaghia, Zarrin [Department of Chemistry, Payame Noor University, Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Deilamy-Rad, Gohar [Department of Chemistry, Payame Noor University, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • A novel rapid synthesis of rGO–Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocomposite was developed using Fe(VI). • Fe(VI) as an environmentally friendly oxidant was introduced for GO synthesis. • Synthesized rGO–Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocomposite was applied as electrochemical sensor. • A non-enzymatic sensor was developed for H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. - Abstract: In this study, a novel, simple and sensitive non-enzymatic hydrogen peroxide electrochemical sensor was developed using reduced graphene oxide/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocomposite modified glassy carbon electrode. This nanocomposite was synthesized by reaction of sodium ferrate with graphene in alkaline media. This reaction completed in 5 min and the products were stable and its deposition on the surface of electrode is investigated. It has been found the apparent charge transfer rate constant (ks) is 0.52 and transfer coefficient (α) is 0.61 for electron transfer between the modifier and glassy carbon electrode. Electrochemical behavior of this electrode and its ability to catalyze the electro-reduction of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} has been studied by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry at different experimental conditions. The analytical parameters showed the good ability of electrode as a sensor for H{sub 2}O{sub 2} amperometric reduction.

  16. Synthesis of co-polymer-grafted gum karaya and silica hybrid organic–inorganic hydrogel nanocomposite for the highly effective removal of methylene blue

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    Mittal, H

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Engineering Journal Vol. 279, 166–179 Synthesis of co-polymer-grafted gum karaya and silica hybrid organic–inorganic hydrogel nanocomposite for the highly effective removal of methylene blue Hemant Mittal ⇑ , Arjun Maity ⇑ , Suprakas Sinha Ray...

  17. Green synthesis of magnetic chitosan nanocomposites by a new sol–gel auto-combustion method

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    Ansari, Fatemeh [Institute of Nano Science and Nano Technology, University of Kashan, P.O. Box. 87317–51167, Kashan, Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Sobhani, Azam [Department of Chemistry, Kosar University of Bojnord, Bojnord, Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Salavati-Niasari, Masoud, E-mail: salavati@kashanu.ac.ir [Institute of Nano Science and Nano Technology, University of Kashan, P.O. Box. 87317–51167, Kashan, Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-07-15

    The Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/chitosan nanocomposites have been successfully synthesized via a new sol–gel auto-combustion route. To prepare the nanocomposites, copper ferrite (CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) and iron (II) oxide (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanostructures were first prepared utilizing onion as a green reductant for the first time, and characterized by SEM, TEM, XRD, IR and VSM. Then chitosan was added into the nanostructures dispersed in water. Chitosan was used to functionalize and modify the nanostructures and also to improve surface properties. The nanocomposites were also characterized by several techniques including SEM, TEM, XRD, IR and VSM. The effects of amount of onion and chitosan on the morphology and particle size of nanocomposites were evaluated. - Highlights: • Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/chitosan nanocomposites were synthesized for the first time. • A simple, low-cost and friendly route was used to synthesize the nanocomposites. • Effects of amount of onion and chitosan were investigated.

  18. Synthesis of Polythiophene/Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) Nanocomposites and Their Application in Thermoelectric Devices

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    Lee, Seung Hwan; Kim, Yong Seok; Kim, Jung Hyun

    2014-09-01

    Polythiophene/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PTh/PEDOT) nanocomposites with luminescent characteristics and high thermoelectric (TE) performance were successfully synthesized by two-step oxidative polymerization in aqueous medium. First, PTh nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized by use of FeCl3/H2O2 as catalyst/oxidant system with poly(4-styrene sulfonic acid) (PSSA) as surfactant. PTh/PEDOT nanocomposites were then synthesized by in situ oxidative polymerization of 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT) on the surface of PTh NPs. The composition of the nanocomposites was controlled by varying the concentration of EDOT. Electron microscopy imaging and dynamic light scattering experiments confirmed the nanocomposites had a PTh core and a PEDOT shell/matrix. Finally, the TE performance of the PTh/PEDOT nanocomposites was investigated. The electrical conductivity and power factor of the nanocomposites were found to increase from 0.0001 S/cm to 475 S/cm and from 0.001 μW/mK2 to 22.9 μW/mK2, respectively, at the optimum PEDOT concentration.

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of PE-g-MA/MgAI-LDH Exfoliation Nanocomposite via Solution Intercalation

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    陈伟; 瞿保钧

    2003-01-01

    An organo-modified MgAl-layered double hydroxide (OMgAl-LDH) was mecessfully exfoliated in the xyleue solution of polyethylene-grafted-malelc anhydride (PE-g-MA) under refluxing condition. A PE-g-MA/MgAI-LDH exfoliaUon nanocomposite was formed after the precipitaUon of PE-g-MA from the dispersion system. The structure and thermal property of the PE-g-MA/MgAI-LDH exfoliaUon nanocomposite were characterizd by X-ray diffraction(XRD),transmission electron microscopy(TEM),and thermogravimetry analysis(TGA).The disappearance of d001 XRD peak of OMgAl-LDH at 2θ=3.2° suggests that the MgAl hydroxide sheets are exfoliated in the nanocomposite.The TEM image shows that the MgAl hydroxide sheets of less than 70nm in length or width are exfoliated and dispersed disorderly in PE-g-MA matrix.TGA profiles indicate that the PE-g-MA/MgAl-LDH nanocomposite with 5wt% OMgAl-LDH loading shows a faster charring process in temperature range from 210 to 390℃ and a greater thermal stability beyond 390℃ than PE-g-MA does.The decompostion temperature of the nanocomposite is 25℃ higher than that of PE-g-MA as measured at 50% weight loss.The PE-g-MA/MgAl-LDH nanocomposite is promising for application of flame-retardant polymeric materials.

  20. Green synthesis of layered 1T-MoS2/reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite with excellent catalytic performances for 4-nitrophenol reduction

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    Meng, Nannan; Cheng, Jian; Zhou, Yifeng; Nie, Wangyan; Chen, Pengpeng

    2017-02-01

    A green and facile process was developed to prepare layered octahedral phase MoS2/reduced graphene oxide (1T-MoS2/RGO) nanocomposite by a Vitamin C-assisted self-assemble method, in which graphene oxide (GO) and LiMoS2 were used as starting materials. Catalytic performances of 1T-MoS2/RGO were evaluated by hydrogenation of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP). It was demonstrated that the prepared 1T-MoS2/RGO nanocomposite presented excellent catalytic performance and cycling stability for 4-NP reduction, which made it a promising noble-metal-free catalyst. Additionally, broadening work suggested some other RGO-based metal nanocomposite with well-defined porous structure could be also generated via this facile self-assembly method.

  1. Synthesis and Characterization of Nanoparticles and Nanocomposite of ZnO and MgO by Sonochemical Method and their Application for Zinc Polycarboxylate Dental Cement Preparation

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    Mohammad Ali Karimi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper discusses the synthesis of nanoparticles of ZnO and MgO and ZnO/MgO nanocomposite by the sonochemical method. At first, nanoparticles were synthesized by the reaction of Zn(CHCOO32 and Mg(CHCOO32 with tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH in the presence of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP and constant frequency ultrasonic waves (sonochemical method. Then, ZnO/MgO nanocomposite was prepared through reaction of magnesium acetate with TMAH in the presence of ZnO nanoparticles and PVP as structure director using ultrasonic assisted method. After filtration, the synthesized solution was obtained containing magnesium hydroxide in the presence of ZnO nanoparticles. It was calcinated at the temperature of 550 ºC, so that ZnO/MgO nanocomposite could be produced. The effects of different parameters on particle size and morphology of final ZnO and MgO powders and ZnO/MgO nanocomposite were optimized by ‘‘one at a time’’ method. Under optimum conditions, spongy shaped, uniformed and homogeneous nanostructured zinc oxide and magnesium oxide powders were obtained with particle sizes of 25–50 and 30-60 nm, respectively. ZnO/MgO nanocomposite was also obtained with more spongy morphology and particle size about 65 nm. Both synthesized ZnO and MgO nanoparticles and ZnO/MgO nanocomposite were successfully applied to the preparation of zinc polycarboxylate dental cement.

  2. Facile and green synthesis of silver nanoparticles using oxidized pectin

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    Tummalapalli, Mythili; Deopura, B.L. [Bioengineering Lab, Department of Textile Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016 (India); Alam, M.S. [Department of Chemistry, Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi 110062 (India); Gupta, Bhuvanesh, E-mail: bgupta@textile.iitd.ernet.in [Bioengineering Lab, Department of Textile Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016 (India)

    2015-05-01

    In the current work, an alternative route for facile synthesis of nanosilver is reported. Oxidized pectin has been used as the reducing agent as well as the stabilizing agent, resulting in the formation of oxidized pectin-nanosilver (OP-NS) core sheath nanohydrogels. The effect of reaction parameters on the synthesized nanoparticles is investigated. The structural and morphological features have been analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) respectively. The crystal size of the synthesized nanosilver was calculated to be 28.76 nm. While the average size of the core sheath structure varied from 289 nm to 540 nm, the size of the silver nanoparticle entities at the core varied from 100 nm to 180 nm, with variation in reaction time. From the morphological examination, it could be seen that flower like nanostructures are formed with nanosilver in the core surrounded by a polymeric halo. - Highlights: • In-situ reduction of silver nitrate to nanosilver was carried out using oxidized pectin. • Oxidized pectin-nanosilver nanohydrogels were synthesized. • Nanoparticles with flower like morphology and face centered cubic crystal structure were fabricated.

  3. Direct Synthesis and Morphological Characterization of Gold-Dendrimer Nanocomposites Prepared Using PAMAM Succinamic Acid Dendrimers: Preliminary Study of the Calcification Potential

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    E. Vasile

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Gold-dendrimer nanocomposites were obtained for the first time by a simple colloidal approach based on the use of polyamidoamine dendrimers with succinamic acid terminal groups and dodecanediamine core. Spherical and highly crystalline nanoparticles with dimensions between 3 nm and 60 nm, and size-polydispersity depending on the synthesis conditions, have been generated. The influence of the stoichiometric ratio and the structural and architectural features of the dendrimers on the properties of the nanocomposites has been described. The self-assembling behaviour of these materials produces gold-dendrimer nanostructured porous networks with variable density, porosity, and composition. The investigations of the reaction systems, by TEM, at two postsynthesis moments, allowed to preliminary establish the control over the properties of the nanocomposite products. Furthermore, this study allowed better understanding of the mechanism of nanocomposite generation. Impressively, in the early stages of the synthesis, the organization of gold inside the dendrimer molecules has been evidenced by micrographs. Growth and ripening mechanisms further lead to nanoparticles with typical characteristics. The potential of such nanocomposite particles to induce calcification when coating a polymer substrate was also investigated.

  4. Aloe vera mediated hydrothermal synthesis of reduced graphene oxide decorated ZnO nanocomposite: Luminescence and antioxidant properties

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    Kavyashree, D.; Nagabhushana, H.; Ananda Kumari, R.; Basavaraj, R. B.; Suresh, D.; Daruka Prasad, B.; Sharma, S. C.

    2016-05-01

    A zinc oxide/reduced graphene oxide (ZnO/rGO) nanocomposite was fabricated by facile hydrothermal route using Aloe vera gel as surfactant. The PL emission spectrum of the ZnO/rGO composite consists of four peaks at around 380, 394, 449 and 465nm. The PL intensity is found to diminish in ZnO-rGO composites rather than in pure ZnO, which was attributed to electron transfer from ZnO to rGO. A single intense glow curve was recorded in rGo-ZnO for a dose range of 1-8kGy. The TL response curve of rGO-ZnO is found to be a simple glow curve structure, linear dependence over a dose range of 1-8kGy. The obtained ZnO/rGO composite could provide a facile and eco-friendly method for the development of graphene-based nanocomposites with promising applications in radiation dosimetry and antioxidant activities.

  5. Synthesis of Au NP@MoS2 Quantum Dots Core@Shell Nanocomposites for SERS Bio-Analysis and Label-Free Bio-Imaging

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    Xixi Fei

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we report a facile method using MoS2 quantum dots (QDs as reducers to directly react with HAuCl4 for the synthesis of Au nanoparticle@MoS2 quantum dots (Au NP@MoS2 QDs core@shell nanocomposites with an ultrathin shell of ca. 1 nm. The prepared Au NP@MoS2 QDs reveal high surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS performance regarding sensitivity as well as the satisfactory SERS reproducibility and stability. The limit of detection of the hybrids for crystal violet can reach 0.5 nM with a reasonable linear response range from 0.5 μM to 0.5 nM (R2 ≈ 0.974. Furthermore, the near-infrared SERS detection based on Au NP@MoS2 QDs in living cells is achieved with distinct Raman signals which are clearly assigned to the various cellular components. Meanwhile, the distinguishable SERS images are acquired from the 4T1 cells with the incubation of Au NP@MoS2 QDs. Consequently, the straightforward strategy of using Au NP@MoS2 QDs exhibits great potential as a superior SERS substrate for chemical and biological detection as well as bio-imaging.

  6. One-pot green synthesis of reduced graphene oxide (RGO)/Fe3O4 nanocomposites and its catalytic activity toward methylene blue dye degradation.

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    Vinothkannan, M; Karthikeyan, C; Gnana kumar, G; Kim, Ae Rhan; Yoo, Dong Jin

    2015-02-05

    The reduced graphene oxide (RGO)/Fe3O4 nanocomposites were synthesized through a facile one-pot green synthesis by using solanum trilobatum extract as a reducing agent. Spherical shaped Fe3O4 nanoparticles with the diameter of 18 nm were uniformly anchored over the RGO matrix and the existence of fcc structured Fe3O4 nanoparticles over the RGO matrix was ensured from X-ray diffraction patterns. The amide functional groups exist in the solanum trilobatum extract is directly responsible for the reduction of Fe(3+) ions and GO. The thermal stability of GO was increased by the removal of hydrophilic functional groups via solanum trilobatum extract and was further promoted by the ceramic Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The ID/IG ratio of RGO/Fe3O4 was increased over GO, indicating the extended number of structural defects and disorders in the RGO/Fe3O4 composite. The catalytic efficiency of prepared nanostructures toward methylene blue (MB) dye degradation mediated through the electron transfer process of BH4(-) ions was studied in detail. The π-π stacking, hydrogen bonding and electrostatic interaction exerted between the RGO/Fe3O4 composite and methylene blue, increased the adsorption efficiency of dye molecules and the large surface area and extended number of active sites completely degraded the MB dye within 12 min.

  7. Ex situ synthesis of G/$\\alpha$-Fe$_2$O$_3$ nanocomposite and its catalytic effect on the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate

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    MERIEM AMINA FERTASSI; QI LIU; RUNZE LI; PINGAN LIU; JINGYUAN LIU; RONG-RONG CHEN; LIANHE LIU; JUN WANG

    2017-08-01

    $\\alpha$-Fe$_2$O$_3$ nanoparticles were prepared by a facile hydrothermal method using ferric chloride hexahydrate(FeCl$_3$·6H$_2$O) as a precursor. Graphene oxide (GO) was synthesized using a modified Hummers method and graphenenanosheets (G) were successfully obtained by thermal reduction of GO. G/$\\alpha$-Fe$_2$O$_3$ nanocomposite was prepared using ex situ synthesis in the presence of $\\alpha$-Fe$_2$O$_3$ nanoparticles and GO solution. The characterization of the as-prepared materialswas performed using X-ray diffraction analyses and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy; their morphology wasinvestigated by scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy; the specific surface area (SBET) wasdetermined by nitrogen adsorption; their catalytic activity on the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate (AP) wasinvestigated by differential thermal analysis (DTA). The results of DTA indicated that the obtained nanomaterials contributein ameliorating the thermal decomposition of AP; specifically, the high decomposition temperature of AP decreases from432 to 380$^{\\circ}$C. A significant decrease in the activation energy was also achieved in the presence of these nanomaterials, and the mixture of ammonium perchlorate with G/$\\alpha$-Fe$_2$O$_3$ showed the lowest value (from 129 to 80.33 kJ mol$^{−1}$).

  8. One-pot green synthesis of reduced graphene oxide (RGO)/Fe3O4 nanocomposites and its catalytic activity toward methylene blue dye degradation

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    Vinothkannan, M.; Karthikeyan, C.; Gnana kumar, G.; Kim, Ae Rhan; Yoo, Dong Jin

    2015-02-01

    The reduced graphene oxide (RGO)/Fe3O4 nanocomposites were synthesized through a facile one-pot green synthesis by using solanum trilobatum extract as a reducing agent. Spherical shaped Fe3O4 nanoparticles with the diameter of 18 nm were uniformly anchored over the RGO matrix and the existence of fcc structured Fe3O4 nanoparticles over the RGO matrix was ensured from X-ray diffraction patterns. The amide functional groups exist in the solanum trilobatum extract is directly responsible for the reduction of Fe3+ ions and GO. The thermal stability of GO was increased by the removal of hydrophilic functional groups via solanum trilobatum extract and was further promoted by the ceramic Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The ID/IG ratio of RGO/Fe3O4 was increased over GO, indicating the extended number of structural defects and disorders in the RGO/Fe3O4 composite. The catalytic efficiency of prepared nanostructures toward methylene blue (MB) dye degradation mediated through the electron transfer process of BH4- ions was studied in detail. The π-π stacking, hydrogen bonding and electrostatic interaction exerted between the RGO/Fe3O4 composite and methylene blue, increased the adsorption efficiency of dye molecules and the large surface area and extended number of active sites completely degraded the MB dye within 12 min.

  9. Synthesis of protocatechuic acid–zinc/aluminium–layered double hydroxide nanocomposite as an anticancer nanodelivery system

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    Barahuie, Farahnaz [Materials Synthesis and Characterisation Laboratory, Institute of Advanced Technology (ITMA), Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM, Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Hussein, Mohd Zobir, E-mail: mzobir@upm.edu.my [Materials Synthesis and Characterisation Laboratory, Institute of Advanced Technology (ITMA), Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM, Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Gani, Shafinaz Abd [Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM, Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Laboratory of Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics, Institute of Bioscience, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM, Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Fakurazi, Sharida [Laboratory of Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics, Institute of Bioscience, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM, Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Department of Human Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM, Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Zainal, Zulkarnain [Materials Synthesis and Characterisation Laboratory, Institute of Advanced Technology (ITMA), Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM, Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2015-01-15

    Protocatechuic acid, an active anticancer agent, has been intercalated into Zn/Al–layered double hydroxide at Zn/Al=2) using two different preparation methods, co-precipitation and ion-exchange, which are labelled as PZAE and PZAC, respectively. The release of protocatechuate from the nanocomposites occurred in a controlled manner and was fitted satisfactorily to pseudo-second order kinetics. The basal spacing of the resulting nanocomposites PZAE and PZAC was 10.2 and 11.0 Å, respectively, indicating successful intercalation of protocatechuate anions into the interlayer galleries of Zn/Al–NO{sub 3}–LDH in a monolayer arrangement with angles of 24 and 33° from the z-axis in PZAE and PZAC, respectively. The formation of nanocomposites was further confirmed by a Fourier transform infrared study. Thermogravimetric and differential thermogravimetric analyses indicated that the thermal stability of the intercalated protocatechuic acid was significantly enhanced compared to its free protocatechuic acid, and the drug content in the nanocomposites was estimated to be approximately 32.6% in PZAE and 29.2% in PZAC. Both PZAE and PZAC nanocomposites inhibit the growth of human cervical, liver and colorectal cancer cell lines and exhibit no toxic effects towards normal fibroblast 3T3 cell after 72 h of treatment. - Graphical abstract: Protocatechuate anions were arranged in monolayer mode with the angle of 24° for PZAE and 33° for PZAC from Z axis to maximize interaction between carboxylate groups and brucite-like layers. - Highlights: • Two methods gave nanocomposites with slightly different physico-chemical properties. • PZAE and PZAC have the potential to be used as a controlled release formulation. • The thermal stability of PA is markedly enhanced upon the intercalation process. • Higher cancer cell growth inhibition for PZAE and PZAC nanocomposites than for PA.

  10. MICROWAVE-ASSISTED SYNTHESIS OF CROSSLINKED POLY(VINYL ALCOHOL) NANOCOMPOSITES COMPRISING SINGLE-WALLED CARBON NANOTUBES, MULTI-WALLED CARBON NANOTUBES AND BUCKMINSTERFULLERENE

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    We report a facile method to accomplish cross-linking reaction of poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) with single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT), multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWNT), and Buckminsterfullerene (C-60) using microwave (MW) irradiation. Nanocomposites of PVA cross-linked with SW...

  11. Photocatalytic Activity of Graphene/ZnO Nanocomposite Fabricated by Two-step Electrochemical Route

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    A R NANAKKAL; L K ALEXANDER

    2017-01-01

    Graphene-Zinc oxide nanocomposite was synthesised by a novel, facile and environment-friendly two-step electrochemical route aimed at water purification by photocatalysis. The X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and electron microscopy demonstrate successful implementation of electrolytic route for the synthesis of graphene-metal oxide nanocomposite. UV-Visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy and photoluminescence measurements were also used to characterise the samples. Based on this work, it is found that for the UVincident radiation, Graphene-ZnO nanocomposite shows an enhanced photocatalytic activity over ZnO. The photocatalytic activity of annealed graphene –ZnO was compared to a standard catalyst Degussa P25 TiO₂. The electrochemical synthesis technique is envisioned to open a reliable, cost-effective and environment sensitive method to fabricate graphene-metal oxide nanocomposites which could lead to various applications especiallyfor photocatalysis.

  12. Autoclave mediated one-pot-one-minute synthesis of AgNPs and Au-Ag nanocomposite from Melia azedarach bark extract with antimicrobial activity against food pathogens.

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    Pani, Alok; Lee, Joong Hee; Yun, Soon-Ii

    2016-01-01

    The increasing use of nanoparticles and nanocomposite in pharmaceutical and processed food industry have increased the demand for nontoxic and inert metallic nanostructures. Chemical and physical method of synthesis of nanostructures is most popular in industrial production, despite the fact that these methods are labor intensive and/or generate toxic effluents. There has been an increasing demand for rapid, ecofriendly and relatively cheaper synthesis of nanostructures. Here, we propose a strategy, for one-minute green synthesis of AgNPs and a one-pot one-minute green synthesis of Au-Ag nanocomposite, using Melia azedarach bark aqueous extract as reducing agent. The hydrothermal mechanism of the autoclave technology has been successfully used in this study to accelerate the nucleation and growth of nano-crystals. The study also presents high antimicrobial potential of the synthesized nano solutions against common food and water born pathogens. The multistep characterization and analysis of the synthesized nanomaterial samples, using UV-visible spectroscopy, ICP-MS, FT-IR, EDX, XRD, HR-TEM and FE-SEM, also reveal the reaction dynamics of AgNO3, AuCl3 and plant extract in synthesis of the nanoparticles and nanocomposite. The antimicrobial effectiveness of the synthesized Au-Ag nanocomposite, with high gold to silver ratio, reduces the dependency on the AgNPs, which is considered to be environmentally more toxic than the gold counterpart. We hope that this new strategy will change the present course of green synthesis. The rapidity of synthesis will also help in industrial scale green production of nanostructures using Melia azedarach.

  13. Synthesis and Characterization of Graphene-ZnO Nanocomposite and its Application in Photovoltaic Cells

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    F. S. Ghoreishi

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we present a simple method for preparation of graphene-ZnO nanocomposites (G-ZnO. The method is based on thermal treatment of the graphene oxide (GO/ZnO paste which reduces the graphene oxide into the graphene and leads to the formation of the G-ZnO nanocomposite. The structure, morphology and optical properties of synthesized nanocomposites are characterized with XRD, FESEM, FTIR and Raman spectroscopies. Here CdS quantum dots are deposited on G-ZnO nanocomposite structure and is integrated as a photoanode in CdS quantum dot sensitized solar cells (QDSSCs. Photovoltaic properties of CdS QDSSC based on bare ZnO nanoparticles and G-ZnO nanocomposite photoanodes are studied here. The cell with G-ZnO/CdS photoanode shows two times higher photoelectric conversion efficiency than that of the pure ZnO photoanode (0.94 vs. 0.45.

  14. Synthesis and Electrochemical Analysis of Algae Cellulose-Polypyrrole-Graphene Nanocomposite for Supercapacitor Electrode.

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    Aphale, Ashish; Chattopadhyay, Aheli; Mahakalakar, Kapil; Patra, Prabir

    2015-08-01

    A novel nanocomposite has been developed using extracted cellulose from marine algae coated with conductive polypyrrole and graphene nanoplateletes. The nanocomposite fabricated via in situ polymerization was used as an electrode for a supercapacitor device. The nanocomposite material has been electrochemically characterized using cyclic voltammetry to test its potential to super-capacitive behavior. The specific capacitance of polypyrrole-graphene-cellulose nanocomposite as calculated from cyclic voltammetry curve is 91.5 Fg-1 at the scan rate 50 mV s-1. Transmission electron microscope images show the polymerized polypyrrole -graphene coated cellulosic nanofibers. Scanning electron microscope images reveal an interesting "necklace" like beaded morphology on the cellulose fibers. It is observed that the necklace like structure start to disintegrate with the increase in graphene concentration. The open circuit voltage of the device with polypyrrole-graphene-cellulose electrode was found to be around 225 mV and that of the polypyrrole-cellulose device is only 53 mV without graphene. The results suggest marked improvement in the performance of the nanocomposite supercapacitor device upon graphene inclusion.

  15. Synthesis of chitosan/graphene oxide nanocomposites for methylene blue adsorption

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    Huyen, Nguyen Thi My; Trang, Pham Thi Thuy; Dat, Nguyen Minh; Hieu, Nguyen Huu

    2017-09-01

    In this paper, chitosan (CTS) with molecular weight (Mw) ˜810 kDa and degree of deacetylation (DDA) ˜83% was synthesized from prawns shell. Graphene oxide (GO) was prepared by improved Hummers method. CTS/GO nanocomposites were lyophilized using aldehyde formic as a cross-linked to obtain the hydrogels. The hydrogels were freeze dried to make CTS/GO nanocomposite. Characterizations of the CTS/GO nanocomposites were performed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller specific surface area. Additionally, the effects of pH, contact time, and initial concentration on adsorption for methylene blue (MB) were investigated. The results showed that the CTS/GO nanocomposites were found to be good adsorbent for MB with a maximum adsorption capacity of 662.25 mg/g according to the Langmuir isotherm model. The adsorption data could be well described by pseudo-second-order model. After the adsorption, CTS/GO nanocomposite was easily recovered by filtration or low speed centrifugation. Accordingly, this study demonstrates potential CTS/GO adsorbent for the removal of MB from aqueous solution.

  16. Solid-State Synthesis and Photocatalytic Activity of Polyterthiophene Derivatives/TiO2 Nanocomposites

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    Ruxangul Jamal

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Poly(3,4-propylenedioxy-2,2':5',2"-terthiophene/TiO2 and poly(3,4-(2,2-dimethylenepropylenedioxy-2,2':5',2"-terthiophene/TiO2 nanocomposites were synthesized by a simple solid-state method. Additionally, the poly(3,4-propylenedioxy thiophene/TiO2 and poly(3,4-2,2-dimethylenepropylenedioxythiophene/TiO2 nanocomposites were synthesized in a similar manner for comparison. The structure and morphology were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. The photocatalytic activities of the nanocomposites were examined through the degradation processes of a methylene blue (MB solution under UV light and sunlight irradiation. The results of FTIR and UV-Vis spectra showed that the composites were successfully synthesized by solid-state method and the poly(3,4-propylenedioxy-2,2':5',2"-terthiophene/TiO2 and poly(3,4-(2,2-dimethylenepropylenedioxy-2,2':5',2"-terthiophene/TiO2 nanocomposite had a higher oxidation degree and conjugation length than others. The results also indicated that the TiO2 had no effect on the crystallinity of composites, but was well embedded in the polymer matrix. Additionally, the highest degradation efficiency of 90.5% occurred in the case of the poly(3,4-propylenedioxy-2,2':5',2"-terthiophene/TiO2 nanocomposite.

  17. Synthesis of multifunctional nanocomposites and their application in imaging and targeting tumor cells in vitro.

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    Li, Zhenzhen; Li, Sai; Zhou, Xue; Sun, Lin; Zhang, Qiuyan; Pan, Yujin; Zhao, Qiang

    2016-08-01

    The labeling of cells with nanomaterials for tumor detection is a very important part of various biomedical applications. In this study, multilayer nanocomposites were synthesized to achieve the multiple functions of fluorescence, magnetism, and bioaffinity. Firstly, superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles were prepared as a magnetic core. Then, fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) was covalently linked to the surface of the silica-coated Fe3O4 core (designated FMNPs). Finally, bovine serum albumin (BSA) was conjugated onto the FMNPs (designated FMNPs-BSA). We also evaluated the feasibility and efficiency of labeling the human liver cancer cell line SMMC-7721 (SMMC-7721) with nanocomposites. SEM, hysteresis loop, EDS, FTIR, fluorescence spectra, and fluorescence microscopy were used to determine the physicochemical properties of nanocomposites. Fluorescence microscopy, SEM-EDS, and TEM were used to determine fluorescence labeling, absorption, and uptake respectively. The results showed that the nanocomposites obtained exhibited fine superparamagnetism, strong fluorescence, and good biological affinity. We succeeded in using the new multilayer nanocomposites to label cells, which had properties of magnetic targeting and fluorescent tracing.

  18. Synthesis of Solar-Light-Responsive ZnO/TaON Nanocomposite and Their Photocatalytic Activity.

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    Kim, Tae-Ho; Jo, Yong-Hyun; Lee, Soo-Wohn; Cho, Sung-Hun; Kim, Seung-Ho

    2015-09-01

    The effects of the preparation conditions of ZnO-modified TaON on the photocatalytic activity for degradation of rhodamine B dye (Rh. B) under simulated solar light were investigated. The ZnO/TaON nanocomposite were prepared by loading particulate Ta2O5 with ZnO using different ZnO contents, followed by thermal nitridation at 1123 K for 5 h under NH3 flow (20 ml min(-1)). The as-prepared samples were characterized by XRD, UV-Vis-DRS, and SEM-EDX. The results revealed that the band gap energy absorption edge of as prepared nanocomposite samples was shifted to a longer wavelength as compared to ZnO and Ta2O5, and the 60 wt% ZnO/TaON nanocomposite exhibited the highest percentage (99.2%) of degradation of Rh. B and the highest reaction rate constant (0.0137 min(-1)) in 4 h which could be attributed to the enhanced absorption of the ZnO/TaON nanocomposite photocatalyst. Hence, these results suggest that the ZnO/TaON nanocomposite exhibits enhanced photocatalytic activity for the degradation of rhodamine B under simulated solar light irradiation in comparison to the commercial ZnO, Ta2O5, and TaON.

  19. Synthesis and characterization of antibacterial carboxymethyl Chitosan/ZnO nanocomposite hydrogels.

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    Wahid, Fazli; Yin, Jun-Jiao; Xue, Dong-Dong; Xue, Han; Lu, Yu-Shi; Zhong, Cheng; Chu, Li-Qiang

    2016-07-01

    The antibacterial carboxymethyl chitosan/ZnO nanocomposite hydrogels were successfully prepared via in situ formation of ZnO nanorods in the crosslinked carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCh) matrix, by treating the CMCh hydrogel matrix with zinc nitrate solution followed by the oxidation of zinc ions with alkaline solution. The resulting CMCh/ZnO hydrogels were characterized by using FTIR spectroscopy, X-ray diffractormetry and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). SEM micrographs revealed the formation of ZnO nanorods in the hydrogel matrix with the size ranging from 190nm to 600nm. The swelling behavior of the prepared nanocomposite hydrogels was also investigated in different pH solutions. The CMCh/ZnO nanocomposite hydrogel showed rather higher swelling behavior in different pH solutions in comparison with neat CMCh hydrogel. Furthermore, the antibacterial activity of CMCh/ZnO hydrogel was studied against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus by CFU assay. The results demonstrated an excellent antibacterial activity of the nanocomposite hydrogel. Therefore, the developed CMCh/ZnO nanocomposite hydrogel can be used effectively in biomedical field.

  20. Synthesis, characterization and low temperature electrical conductivity of Polyaniline/NiFe2O4 nanocomposites

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    Prasanna, G. D.; Prasad, V. B.; Jayanna, H. S.

    2015-02-01

    Conducting polymer/ferrite nanocomposites with an organized structure provide a new functional hybrid between organic and inorganic materials. The most popular among the conductive polymers is the polyaniline (PANI) due to its wide application in different fields. In the present work nickel ferrite (NiFe2O4) nanoparticles were prepared by sol-gel citrate-nitrate method with an average size of 21.6nm. PANI/NiFe2O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple general and inexpensive in-situ polymerization in the presence of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles. The effects of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles on the dc-electrical properties of polyaniline were investigated. The structural components in the nanocomposites were identified from Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The crystalline phase of nanocomposites was characterized by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). The Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) reveals that there was some interaction between the NiFe2O4 particles and polyaniline and the nanocomposites are composed of polycrystalline ferrite nanoparticles and PANI. The dc conductivity of polyaniline/NiFe2O4 nanocomposites have been measured as a function of temperature in the range of 80K to 300K. It is observed that the room temperature conductivity cRT decreases with increase in the relative content of NiFe2O4. The experimental data reveals that the resistivity increases for all composites with decrease of temperature exhibiting semiconductor behaviour.

  1. Fabrication and characterization of Ti3SiC2–SiC nanocomposite by in situ reaction synthesis of TiC/Si/Al powders

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    Baoyan Liang; Mingzhi Wang; Xiaopu Li; Yunchao Mu

    2011-12-01

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of Ti3SiC2–SiC nanocomposite fabricated by in situ hot pressing (HP) synthesis process were studied. The results show that dense Ti3SiC2–SiC composite contained minor TiSi2 obtained by hot sintering at 1350°C for 1 h. The average grain size of Ti3SiC2 was 4 m in length, and the size of SiC grains is about 100 nm. With its fine microstructure, the Ti3SiC2–SiC nanocomposite shows good mechanical properties.

  2. A facile method for high yield synthesis of carbon nano onions for designing binder-free flexible supercapacitor

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    Mohapatra, Debananda; Badrayyana, Subramanya; Parida, Smrutiranjan

    2017-05-01

    Carbon nano onion (CNO) is a promising material for diverse application areas such as energy devices, catalysis, lubrication, biology and gas storage, etc. However, its implementation is fraught with the production of high-quality powders in bulk quantity. Herein, we report a facile scalable and one-step "wick-and-oil" flame synthesis of pure and water dispersible CNO nanopowder. Other forms of carbon did not contaminate the as-prepared CNO; hence, a post processing purification procedure was not necessary. Brunauer Emmett Teller (BET) specific surface area of as-prepared CNO was 218 m2/g, which is higher as compared to other reported flame synthesis methods. Locally available daily used cotton wipe has been used for fabrication of such an ideal electrode by "dipping and drying" process providing outstanding strechability and mechanical flexibility with strong adhesion between CNOs and porous wipe. The specific capacitance 102.16 F/g, energy density 14.18 Wh/kg and power density 2448 W/kg at 20 mV/s scan rate are the highest values that ever recorded and reported so far in symmetrical two electrode cell configuration with 1M Na2SO4 electrolyte; indicating a very good synthesis conditions employed with optimum pore size in agreement with electrolyte ion size. This free standing CNOs electrode also showed an excellent cyclic performance and stability retaining 95% original capacity after 5000 charge -discharge cycles. Simple preparation of high-purity CNOs and excellent electrochemical behavior of functionalized CNOs make them a promising electrode material for supercapacitor applications. Furthermore, this unique method not only affords binder free - freestanding electrode, but also provide a general way of fabricating such multifunctional promising CNOs based nanocomposites for their potential device applications in flexible solar cells and lithium ion batteries.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of novel carboxymethylcellulose hydrogels and carboxymethylcellulolse-hydrogel-ZnO-nanocomposites.

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    Hashem, M; Sharaf, S; Abd El-Hady, M M; Hebeish, A

    2013-06-05

    New approach for preparation of CMC hydrogels was undertaken through reacting CMC with either malic, succinic or citric acid. Characteristics of the hydrogels, as monitored by the swelling behavior, FTIR, SEM, EDX, TEM and XRD were dependent on nature and concentration of the polycarboxylic acid, time and temperature of curing. The best practice achieved from these studies was harnessed to synthesize and characterize CMC hydrogel-ZnO-nanocomposites with additional study pertaining to the antibacterial activity of the nanocomposites. CMC hydrogel with excellent swelling behavior could be prepared by adding succinic acid (0.5%) to CMC solution then drying the obtained paste at 80 °C for 5 min followed by curing at 120 °C for 3 min. Similarly, addition of ZnNO3 solution to the CMC paste results in CMC hydrogel-ZnO-nanocomposites having biocidal activity to gram +ve and gram -ve bacteria.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of graphene-based nanocomposites with potential use for biomedical applications

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    Nuvoli, Daniele; Alzari, Valeria; Sanna, Roberta; Scognamillo, Sergio [Universita di Sassari, Local INSTM Unit, Dipartimento di Chimica e Farmacia (Italy); Alongi, Jenny; Malucelli, Giulio, E-mail: giulio.malucelli@polito.it [Politecnico di Torino, sede di Alessandria, Local INSTM Unit, Dipartimento di Scienza Applicata e Tecnologia (Italy); Mariani, Alberto, E-mail: mariani@uniss.it [Universita di Sassari, Local INSTM Unit, Dipartimento di Chimica e Farmacia (Italy)

    2013-03-15

    In the present study, graphene-based nanocomposites containing different amounts of nanofiller dispersed into Bis-GMA/tetraethyleneglycol diacrylate (Bis-GMA/TEGDA) polymer matrix have been prepared. In particular, the graphene dispersions, produced at high concentration (up to 6 mg/ml) by simple sonication of graphite in TEGDA monomer, have been used for the direct preparation of nanocomposite copolymers with Bis-GMA. The morphology of the obtained nanocomposites has been investigated as well as their thermal and mechanical properties. SEM analyses have clearly shown that graphene deeply interacts with the polymer matrix, thus resulting in a reinforcing effect on the material as proved by compression and hardness tests; at variance, graphene does not seem to affect the glass transition temperature of the obtained polymer networks.

  5. Synthesis of Co/MFe(2)O(4) (M = Fe, Mn) Core/Shell Nanocomposite Particles.

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    Peng, Sheng; Xie, Jin; Sun, Shouheng

    2008-01-01

    Monodispersed cobalt nanoparticles (NPs) with controllable size (8-14 nm) have been synthesized using thermal decomposition of dicobaltoctacarbonyl in organic solvent. The as-synthesized high magnetic moment (125 emu/g) Co NPs are dispersible in various organic solvents, and can be easily transferred into aqueous phase by surface modification using phospholipids. However, the modified hydrophilic Co NPs are not stable as they are quickly oxidized, agglomerated in buffer. Co NPs are stabilized by coating the MFe(2)O(4) (M = Fe, Mn) ferrite shell. Core/shell structured bimagnetic Co/MFe(2)O(4) nanocomposites are prepared with tunable shell thickness (1-5 nm). The Co/MFe(2)O(4) nanocomposites retain the high magnetic moment density from the Co core, while gaining chemical and magnetic stability from the ferrite shell. Comparing to Co NPs, the nanocomposites show much enhanced stability in buffer solution at elevated temperatures, making them promising for biomedical applications.

  6. Synthesis, Characteristics, and Material Properties Dataset of Bi:DyIG-Oxide Garnet-Type Nanocomposites

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    M. Nur-E-Alam

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The fabrication, annealing crystallization processes, and material properties of (Bi,Dy3(Fe,Ga5O12:Bi2O3 nanocomposites are investigated and summarized. The stoichiometry of these nanocomposites is optimized for magnetooptic applications using the approach of stoichiometry adjustment (implemented by means of varying RF power densities applied to the sputtering targets used to prepare the nanocomposite thin films. The crystallization processes for all developed batches of as-deposited films are carried out by annealing runs at different temperatures and process durations. This paper describes the methodologies used to optimize the compositions (by calculating the volumetric fractions of excess bismuth oxide to be mixed with the garnet-stoichiometry species during cosputtering processes and to obtain the optical and magnetooptical properties data and presents the materials properties summary of garnet-bismuth oxide thin film composites as well.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of luminescent organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposite from polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane

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    2010-01-01

    A novel polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-based organic-inorganic hybrid nanocomposite (EF-POSS) was prepared by Pt-catalyzed hydrosilylation reaction of octahydridosilsesquioxane (T8H8, POSS) with a luminescent substituted acetylene (2-ethynyl-7-(4-(4-methylstyryl)styryl)-9,9-dioctyl-9H-fluorene (EF)) in high yield. The hybrid nanocomposite was soluble in common solvents such as CH2Cl2, CHCl3, THF and 1,4-dioxane. Its structure and property were characterized by FTIR, NMR, TGA, UV and PL, respectively. The results show that the hybrid nanocomposite with high thermal stability emits stable blue light as a result of photo excitation and possesses high photoluminescence quantum efficiency (φfL).

  8. A Novel Method for Direct Synthesis of WC-Co Nanocomposite Powder

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    Zhu, M.; Bao, X. Y.; Yang, X. P.; Gu, N. S.; Wang, H.; Zeng, M. Q.; Dai, L. Y.

    2011-09-01

    In this study, a novel method, termed dielectric-barrier-discharge-plasma (DBDP) assisted ball milling and low-temperature carburization, was used to synthesize WC-Co nanocomposite powder. X-ray diffraction, scanning/transmission electron microscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry were used to characterize the microstructure of powders. Starting from W, Co, and graphite powder mixtures, the DBDP-milled W-C-10Co powder exhibited a flakelike morphology with very fine lamellar structure. The WC-Co composite powder was synthesized at 1273 K (1000 °C), which is much lower than the requisite temperature for the conventional carburizing method. The obtained WC-Co composite powder had a nanocomposite microstructure in which fine WC particles were bounded by homogenously distributed Co phase, and the WC crystals had a slablike morphology with a planar size of about 200 nm and carburization temperature and the nanocomposite structure of WC-Co powder.

  9. Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of Pt-ZnO hybrid nanocomposite by solution plasma technology

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    Hu, Xiulan; Xu, QiuCheng; Ge, Chao; Su, Nan; Zhang, Jianbo; Huang, Huihong; Zhu, Shoufeng; Xu, Yanqiu; Cheng, Jiexu

    2017-01-01

    In this paper, Pt-ZnO hybrid nanocomposites were prepared by solution plasma technology. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDX) were used to verify their chemical composition. The size and morphology of the Pt-ZnO hybrid nanocomposites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). These results indicate that about 2-3 nm Pt nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized and dispersed on the pyramid-like ZnO (20-60 nm) surface. Photodegradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) demonstrates that the Pt (5 wt%)-ZnO hybrid nanocomposite has better photocatalytic activity than commercial P25 because Pt NPs restrain the photogenerated electron/hole recombination and increase the catalyst activity.

  10. Radiation-induced synthesis of vinyl copolymer based nanocomposites filled with reactive organic montmorillonite clay

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    Kim, Sang-Kyum; Kwen, Hai-Doo; Choi, Seong-Ho

    2012-05-01

    Vinyl copolymer-clay nanocomposites were prepared by γ-irradiation-initiated radical polymerization using a mixture of styrene (St) and divinyl benzene (DVB) in the presence of reactive organic montmorillonite clay (OMMT) in methanol at room temperature. Reactive OMMT was synthesized by a cation exchange reaction of Na+-MMT and 1-[(4-ethylphenyl)methyl]-3-butyl-imidazolium chloride as a reactive organic modifier in an aqueous solution. The microstructures of the nanocomposites were confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The thermal stability was examined by thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA). As a result, the reactive OMMT was a good additive material for preparing vinyl copolymer-clay nanocomposites.

  11. Synthesis and photocatalytic activity of Pt-ZnO hybrid nanocomposite by solution plasma technology.

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    Hu, Xiulan; Xu, QiuCheng; Ge, Chao; Su, Nan; Zhang, Jianbo; Huang, Huihong; Zhu, Shoufeng; Xu, Yanqiu; Cheng, Jiexu

    2017-01-27

    In this paper, Pt-ZnO hybrid nanocomposites were prepared by solution plasma technology. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDX) were used to verify their chemical composition. The size and morphology of the Pt-ZnO hybrid nanocomposites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). These results indicate that about 2-3 nm Pt nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized and dispersed on the pyramid-like ZnO (20-60 nm) surface. Photodegradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) demonstrates that the Pt (5 wt%)-ZnO hybrid nanocomposite has better photocatalytic activity than commercial P25 because Pt NPs restrain the photogenerated electron/hole recombination and increase the catalyst activity.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of saturated polyester and nanocomposites derived from glycolyzed PET waste with varied compositions

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    Sunain Katoch; Vinay Sharma; P P Kundu

    2013-04-01

    Saturated polyester resin, derived from the glycolysis of polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) was examined as an effective way for PET recycling. The glycolyzed PET (GPET) was reacted with the mixture of phthalic anhydride and ethylene glycol (EG) with varied compositions and their reaction kinetic were studied. During polyesterification of GPET, acid and EG, the parameters like degree of polymerization (DP), extent of reaction () acid value and hydroxyl values were measured. The thermomechanical properties and the morphologies of the saturated polyester nanocomposites were examined by using a differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXRD) and transmission electron spectroscopy (TEM). There were significant differences observed in g, m and c before and after addition of GPET and clay content. Nanocomposites with lower content of organoclay showed intercalated morphology while by increasing the amount of organoclay, the exfoliated morphology was more prevalent. Water vapour transmission (WVT) was determined for saturated polyester nanocomposite sheets according to ASTM E96-80.

  13. A Facile Synthesis for Novel Loperamide Analogs as Potential μ Opioid Receptor Agonists

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    Xiaofeng Bao

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available A facile synthesis for novel loperamide analogs as potential μ opioid receptors is described. The synthetic procedure for compound 5, which contains two 4-phenyl piperidine scaffolds, was optimized, and this compound was synthesized in excellent yield. We also describe a mild and highly efficient protocol for the synthesis of compounds 6 and 7.

  14. Synthesis of Self-Assembled Multifunctional Nanocomposite Catalysts with Highly Stabilized Reactivity and Magnetic Recyclability

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    Yu, Xu; Cheng, Gong; Zheng, Si-Yang

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, a multifunctional Fe3O4@SiO2@PEI-Au/Ag@PDA nanocomposite catalyst with highly stabilized reactivity and magnetic recyclability was synthesized by a self-assembled method. The magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles were coated with a thin layer of the SiO2 to obtain a negatively charged surface. Then positively charged poly(ethyleneimine) polymer (PEI) was self-assembled onto the Fe3O4@SiO2 by electrostatic interaction. Next, negatively charged glutathione capped gold nanoparticles (GSH-AuNPs) were electrostatically self-assembled onto the Fe3O4@SiO2@PEI. After that, silver was grown on the surface of the nanocomposite due to the reduction of the dopamine in the alkaline solution. An about 5 nm thick layer of polydopamine (PDA) was observed to form the Fe3O4@SiO2@PEI-Au/Ag@PDA nanocomposite. The Fe3O4@SiO2@PEI-Au/Ag@PDA nanocomposite was carefully characterized by the SEM, TEM, FT-IR, XRD and so on. The Fe3O4@SiO2@PEI-Au/Ag@PDA nanocomposite shows a high saturation magnetization (Ms) of 48.9 emu/g, which allows it to be attracted rapidly to a magnet. The Fe3O4@SiO2@PEI-Au/Ag@PDA nanocomposite was used to catalyze the reduction of p-nitrophenol (4-NP) to p-aminophenol (4-AP) as a model system. The reaction kinetic constant k was measured to be about 0.56 min‑1 (R2 = 0.974). Furthermore, the as-prepared catalyst can be easily recovered and reused for 8 times, which didn’t show much decrease of the catalytic capability.

  15. Chemical synthesis of Nd2Fe14B/Fe3B nanocomposites.

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    Yu, L Q; Zhang, Y P; Yang, Z; He, J D; Dong, K T; Hou, Y

    2016-07-14

    High exchange-coupled Nd2Fe14B/Fe3B nanocomposites were synthesized by an integrative procedure of thermal decomposition and reductive annealing processes. The molar ratio of the resulting products of Nd/Fe/B can be tuned by adjusting the raw material proportion. The as-prepared nanocomposites exhibited an exchanged coupled effect with a large coercivity of 11 100 Gs, enhanced remanence Mr of 42.0 emu g(-1), and Mr/M3T of 0.59.

  16. Facile approach in fabricating superhydrophobic SiO{sub 2}/polymer nanocomposite coating

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    Chen Hengzhen [Laboratory of Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475001 (China); Zhang Xia, E-mail: zhangxia0307@yahoo.com.cn [Laboratory of Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475001 (China); Zhang Pingyu; Zhang Zhijun [Laboratory of Special Functional Materials, Henan University, Kaifeng 475001 (China)

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Fluorine-free superhydrophobic SiO{sub 2}/polymer composite coatings are fabricated by a simple spin-coating method without any surface chemical modification. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The SiO{sub 2}/polymer coatings show long-term stability in the condition of continuous contact with corrosive water. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The coating can be fabricated on various metal substrates to prevent metal from corrosion. - Abstract: We have developed a facile spin-coating method to prepare water-repellent SiO{sub 2}/polymer composite coating without any surface chemical modification. The wettability can be adjusted by controlling the content of SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. The coating demonstrates sustainable superhydrophobicity in the condition of continuous contact with corrosive liquids. Importantly, the coating can be fabricated on various metal substrates to prevent metal from corrosion.

  17. Synthesis, characterisation and study of thermal, electrical and photocatalytic activity of nanocomposite of PANI with [Co(NH3)4 (C12H8N2)] Cl3·5H2O photoadduct

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    Naqash, Waseem; Majid, Kowsar

    2016-10-01

    A new polyaniline (PANI) nanocomposite with [Co(NH3)4 (C12H8N2)] Cl3·5H2O photoadduct as filler was synthesised via in-situ oxidative polymerisation by ammonium persulphate in non-aqueous DMSO medium. The photoadduct has been synthesised through photo substitution by 1,10-phenenthroline (phen) ligand on irradiation. The as synthesised photoadduct was reduced in size prior to its incorporation in the PANI matrix. The synthesised photoadduct and PANI nanocomposite were characterised by FTIR, XRD, UV-Vis, SEM and elemental analysis. The results showed successful synthesis of photoadduct and PANI nanocomposite. The thermal and electrical measurement of PANI nanocomposite was carried out by thermal gravimetric technique (TGA) and four probe conductivity metre respectively. The results showed improvement in the thermal stability and conductance of nanocomposite over PANI. Besides, the nanocomposite was investigated for photocatalytic activity in the photochemical degradation of methyl orange (MO) dye.

  18. In situ synthesis and study of morphology and thermal properties of polyamide 6 nanocomposites reinforced with different layered compounds; Sintese in situ e estudo da morfologia e propriedades termicas de nanocompositos de poliamida 6 reforcados com diferentes compostos lamelares

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    Botan, Rodrigo; Sartor, Sabrina de B.; Moraes, Samara B. de; Lona, Liliane M.F., E-mail: botan.03@gmail.com [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (FEQ/UNICAMP), Campinas, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Engenharia Quimica

    2013-07-01

    Presently the research and development of new polymer nanocomposites is a field of large interest and importance to the scientific and technological community. For the development and improvement in synthesis and properties of new nanocomposites, different reinforcement types have been explored. Thus, this work studies the in situ synthesis and, morphological and thermal characterization of new polyamide 6 (PA6) nanocomposites reinforced with two different types of layered compounds: layered double hydroxide (LDH) and layered hydroxide salt (LHS). These new synthesized nanocomposites were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy by Fourier transform (FTIR) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The results demonstrate that the new nanocomposites showed strong evidence of exfoliated morphology with improvement in their thermal properties compared with the neat PA6. (author)

  19. A novel porous aspirin-loaded (GO/CTS-HA)n nanocomposite films: Synthesis and multifunction for bone tissue engineering.

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    Ji, Mingxiang; Li, Han; Guo, Hailin; Xie, Anjian; Wang, Shaohua; Huang, Fangzhi; Li, Shikuo; Shen, Yuhua; He, Jiacai

    2016-11-20

    A novel porous graphene oxide (GO)/chitosan (CTS)-hydroxyapatite (HA) nanocomposite film was successfully prepared for the first time by combining layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly technology with biomimetic mineralization method. The LBL technology was used to control the thickness of film as well as induce the biomimetic mineralization of biocompatible HA. The obtained (GO/CTS-HA)n film provided ideal platform for the proliferation of mouse mesenchymal stem cells (mMSCs). The pore size in the film is about 300nm, and the porous architecture made the film have high aspirin loading efficiency. Also the accumulated loading dosage could be adjusted by the film thickness, and the sustained release of aspirin could ensure well anti-inflammatory effect. The above advantages may alleviate the pain of patients and give the better environment for bone regeneration. This multifunctional aspirin-loaded (GO/CTS-HA)n film provided an inspiration for the synthesis of novel porous inorganic/biomacromolecule nanocomposite films as the biocoatings applied in bone tissue engineering.

  20. In-situ synthesis of Co3O4/graphite nanocomposite for high-performance supercapacitor electrode applications

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    Gopalakrishnan, M.; Srikesh, G.; Mohan, A.; Arivazhagan, V.

    2017-05-01

    In this work, a low cost and pollution free in-situ synthesis of phase pure Co3O4 nanoparticles and Co3O4/graphite nanocomposite have been successfully developed via co-precipitation method followed by the thermal treatment process. The prepared samples were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, high resolution transmission electron microscope, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and electrochemical measurements. Electrochemical measurements such as cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge-discharge, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy were carried out in 6 M KOH aqueous electrolytic solution. The results show the excellent maximum specific capacitive behavior of 239.5 F g-1 for pure and 395.04 F g-1 for Co3O4/graphite nanocomposite at a current density of 0.5 A g-1. This composite exhibits a good cyclic stability, with a small loss of 2.68% of maximum capacitance over a consecutive 1000 cycles. The investigation indicates that the prepared electrode material could be a potential and promising candidate for electrochemical supercapacitors.

  1. Synthesis and Performance Characterization of a Nanocomposite Ternary Thermite: Al/Fe2O3/SiO2

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    Prentice, D; Pantoya, M L; Clapsaddle, B J

    2005-02-04

    Making solid energetic materials requires the physical mixing of solid fuels and oxidizers or the incorporation of fuel and oxidizing moieties into a single molecule. The former are referred to as composite energetic materials (i.e., thermites, propellants, pyrotechnics) and the latter are deemed monomolecular energetic materials (i.e., explosives). Mass diffusion between the fuel and oxidizer is the rate controlling step for composite reactions while bond breaking and chemical kinetics control monomolecular reactions. Although composites have higher energy densities than monomolecular species, they release that energy over a longer period of time because diffusion controlled reactions are considerably slower than chemistry controlled reactions. Conversely, monomolecular species exhibit greater power due to more rapid kinetics than physically mixed energetics. Reducing the diffusion distance between fuel and oxidizer species within an energetic composite would enhance the reaction rate. Recent advances in nanotechnology have spurred the development of nano-scale fuel and oxidizer particles that can be combined into a composite and effectively reduce diffusion distances to nano-scale dimensions or less. These nanocomposites have the potential to deliver the best of both worlds: high energy density of the physically mixed composite with the high power of the monomolecular species. Toward this end, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) developed nano-particle synthesis techniques, based on sol-gel chemistry, for the production of thermite nanocomposites.

  2. Microstructure Investigation of Cu-Ni Base Al2O3 Nanocomposites: From Nanoparticles Synthesis to Consolidation

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    Ramos, M. I.; Suguihiro, N. M.; Brocchi, E. A.; Navarro, R.; Solorzano, I. G.

    2017-02-01

    Different compositions of Cu-Ni/Al2O3 nanocomposites were prepared by a chemical-based synthesis of co-formed oxides (CuO-NiO-Al2O3) nanoparticles followed by selective hydrogen reduction of the Cu and Ni oxides and finally by consolidation into pellets. The synthesized composites with both phases (metallic and oxide) containing nanoparticles in the 5 to 60 nm range have been systematically produced. Micro- and nanoscale characterization techniques were extensively employed in all stages of the process. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses have shown a heterogeneous distribution of chemical elements resulting in the formation of Cu- and Ni-rich nanoparticles containing Al2O3 phase in a controlled low volume fraction, which later mostly dispersed between the metallic particle and, to a lesser extent, within metallic particles. After consolidation, under uniaxial pressure followed by sintering, the compacted nanocomposite observed in the transmission electron microscope (TEM) revealed that the Al2O3 have been more homogeneously distributed as such: the majority of it at the newly formed grain boundaries of the consolidated pellet and a small part of it within the metallic Cu-Ni matrix. Microhardness measurements demonstrate that dispersion of Al2O3 was successfully achieved as reinforcement phase, yielding up to 100 pct increase in hardness.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of Ni NPs-doped silica-titania nanocomposites: structural, optical and photocatalytic properties

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    Islam, S.; Bidin, N.; Osman, S. S.; Krishnan, G.; Salim, A. A.; Riaz, S.; Suan, L. P.; Naseem, S.; Sanagi, M. M.

    2017-01-01

    The synthesis of Ni-doped silica-titania nanocomposite is performed by sol-gel method. The samples prior and after heat treatment at 300 °C for 1 h are characterized by analytical instrumental techniques. FE-SEM and AFM results indicate the regular morphology with low surface roughness without any cracks. EDX analysis verifies the formation of nanocomposites. XRD of the films reveals crystalline titania phases after annealing at 300 °C. The FTIR confirms the bond linkage between silica, titania and nickel molecules. High surface area 155 m2/g, pore volume of 0.2 cm3/g and pore diameter of 48.10 Å are obtained after heat treatment. The magnetic results show that the composite content is reminiscent of ferromagnetic hysteresis loop, with remanence magnetization Mr of 45.35 and 13.20 emu/g for both samples. The organic dye phenol red is used for the evaluation of photocatalytic activity of the synthesized magnetic material. The homogeneous surface morphology, crystalline nature, good solubility of magnetic nanoparticles into the silica-titania matrix show that the Ni/SiO2-TiO2 magnetic photocatalyst can be efficient and reusable.

  4. Bioinspired synthesis of high-performance nanocomposite imprinted membrane by a polydopamine-assisted metal-organic method.

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    Wu, Yilin; Liu, Xinlin; Cui, Jiuyun; Meng, Minjia; Dai, Jiangdong; Li, Chunxiang; Yan, Yongsheng

    2017-02-05

    Significant efforts have been focused on the functionalization and simplification of membrane-associated molecularly imprinted materials, which can rapidly recognize and separate specific compound. However, issues such as low permselectivity and unstable composite structures are restricting it from developing stage to a higher level. In this work, with the bioinspired design of polydopamine (pDA)-assisted inorganic film, we present a novel molecular imprinting strategy to integrate multilevel nanocomposites (Ag/pDA) into the porous membrane structure. The molecularly imprinted nanocomposite membranes were then obtained through an in situ photoinitiated ATRP method by using tetracycline (TC) as the template molecule. Importantly, attributing to the formation of the Ag/pDA-based TC-imprinted layers, largely enhance TC-rebinding capacity (35.41mg/g), adsorption selectivity and structural stability (still maintained 92.1% of the maximum adsorption capacity after 10 cycling operations) could been easily achieved. Moreover, largely enhanced permselectivity performance toward template molecule (the permeability factor β values were also more than 5.95) was also obtained. Finally, all synthesis methods were conducted in aqueous solution at ambient temperature, which was environmental friendly for scaling up without causing pollution. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Facile Synthesis of MoS2/graphene Nanocomposites as Anode Material for Lithium Ion Battery%MoS2/石墨烯纳米复合材料的制备及其锂电性能研究

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    丁军

    2013-01-01

    采用一种简单的水热法制备MoS2/石墨烯纳米复合材料,通过XRD,SEM,TEM,XPS等对合成的复合材料的结构和形貌进行表征,在充放电电压为0.001~3V,恒电流密度为100 mA/g条件下对MoS2和MoS2/石墨烯复合材料的电化学性能进行测试和分析.通过对比发现,MoS2/石墨烯复合材料首次充放电容量分别677.6 mAh/g和835 mAh/g,库伦效率为81%,40次循环后其放电容量仍维持在753 mAh/g,较单纯的MoS2具有更高的可逆容量和更好的循环稳定性.对MoS2/石墨烯复合材料在不同电流密度下的充放电测试发现,即使在大电流条件下充放电,电极仍能保持稳定的循环行为,表明MoS2/石墨烯复合材料具有良好的倍率性能.%Three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical MoS2/graphene composites have been synthesized with a simple in situ hydrothermal method.The structures were characterized by XRD,SEM,TEM and XPS respectively.In addition,the electrochemical performance of MoS2 and MoS2/graphene were evaluated in the voltage range of 0.001 -3 V,at a current density of 100 mA/g respectively.The MoS2/graphene nanocomposite electrode showed an initial charge and discharge capacity of 677.6 and 835 mAh/g in the first cycle,with the coulombic efficiency of 81%.The composites exhibits a stable capacity of about 753 mAh/g with no noticeable fading for up to 40 cycles,which has shown superior performance compared to MoS2 nanoparticles.In addition,the multi-current density discharge cycling performance of the MoS2/graphene was also tested.All the results indicated that the MoS2/graphene composites have shown enhanced electrochemical performance towards the high reversible capacity,good rate capability and cycle performance.

  6. Synthesis of highly monodispersed Ga-soc-MOF hollow cubes, colloidosomes and nanocomposites

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    Cai, Xuechao

    2016-07-06

    Ga-soc-MOF hollow cubes with an average size of about 300 nm were prepared by a polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) assisted acid etching process. Colloidosomes with sizes of around 5-10 mu m composed of single-layer tetrakaidecahedron building blocks (BBs) were synthesized for the first time. Au@Ga-soc-MOF nanocomposites with excellent catalytic properties were obtained.

  7. Synthesis and characteristics of Ag/Pt bimetallic nanocomposites by arc-discharge solution plasma processing.

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    Pootawang, Panuphong; Saito, Nagahiro; Takai, Osamu; Lee, Sang-Yul

    2012-10-05

    Arc discharge in solution, generated by applying a high voltage of unipolar pulsed dc to electrodes of Ag and Pt, was used as a method to form Ag/Pt bimetallic nanocomposites via electrode erosion by the effects of the electric arc at the cathode (Ag rod) and the sputtering at the anode (Pt rod). Ag/Pt bimetallic nanocomposites were formed as colloidal particles dispersed in solution via the reduction of hydrogen radicals generated during discharge without the addition of chemical precursor or reducing agent. At a discharge time of 30 s, the fine bimetallic nanoparticles with a mean particle size of approximately 5 nm were observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). With increasing discharge time, the bimetallic nanoparticle size tended to increase by forming an agglomeration. The presence of the relatively small amount of Pt dispersed in the Ag matrix could be observed by the analytical mapping mode of energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and high-resolution TEM. This demonstrated that the synthesized particle was in the form of a nanocomposite. No contamination of other chemical substances was detected by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Hence, solution plasma could be a clean and simple process to effectively synthesize Ag/Pt bimetallic nanocomposites and it is expected to be widely applicable in the preparation of several types of nanoparticle.

  8. Synthesis, Characterization, and Microwave Absorption Properties of Reduced Graphene Oxide/Strontium Ferrite/Polyaniline Nanocomposites.

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    Luo, Juhua; Shen, Pan; Yao, Wei; Jiang, Cuifeng; Xu, Jianguang

    2016-12-01

    Strontium ferrite nanoparticles were prepared by a coprecipitation method, and reduced graphene oxide/strontium ferrite/polyaniline (R-GO/SF/PANI) ternary nanocomposites were prepared by in situ polymerization method. The morphology, structure, and magnetic properties of the ternary nanocomposites were investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), TEM, Raman, and VSM. The microwave-absorbing properties of the composites were measured by a vector network analyzer. The XRD patterns show the single phase of strontium hexaferrite without other intermediate phases. TEM photographs reveal that strontium ferrite nanoparticles are uniformly dispersed on the surfaces of R-GO sheets. The R-GO/SF/PANI nanocomposite exhibited the best absorption property with the optimum matching thickness of 1.5 mm in the frequency of 2-18 GHz. The value of the maximum RL was -45.00 dB at 16.08 GHz with the 5.48-GHz bandwidth. The excellent absorption properties of R-GO/SF/PANI nanocomposites indicated their great potential as microwave-absorbing materials.

  9. Low Temperature Synthesis of MnO2/Graphene Nanocomposites for Supercapacitors

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    Hao Huang; Guangren Sun; Jie Hu; Tifeng Jiao

    2015-01-01

    MnO2/graphene nanocomposites were synthesized through a simple route in a water-reflux condenser system. The as-prepared composites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman microscope, and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area analysis. Capacitive properties of the synthesized composite electrodes were investigated via cyclic voltammetry, galvanostatic charge/d...

  10. Solvothermal synthesis of a polyaniline nanocomposite – a prospective biosensor electrode material

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    R. K. Agrawalla

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Polyaniline (PANI is the most important conducting polymer with excellent electrochemical properties. So PANIbased biosensors may find wide applications in medical diagnostics. We report here a ternary nanocomposite of gold nanoparticle-decorated single- walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs embedded in sulfonated polyaniline matrix, prepared using a simple solvothermal chemical route. The structural and morphological characteristics have been determined by electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Optical characteristics of the nanocomposite have been determined by ultraviolet (UV-visible absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The direct current (DC-conductivity measurement of the material shows a significant increase in electrical conductivity at 353 K from 7.80·10–2 S/m for pure SPANI to 10.91 S/m for the 3-phase nanocomposite as synthesized in the present investigations. Thus the incorporation of SWCNT/Au nanohybrid fibers in the PANI matrix enhanced its electrical properties. Sulfonation increased the processability of the material, as the samples have now been found to be soluble in water and common organic solvents like DMSO. Such a functional nanocomposite will make an excellent biosensor electrode material.

  11. Synthesis of exfoliated PA66 nanocomposites via interfacial polycondensation: effect of layered silicate and silica nanoparticles

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    HOSSIEN GHARABAGHI; MEHDI RAFIZADEH; FARAMARZ AFSHAR TAROMI

    2016-08-01

    Nanocomposites of polyamide 66 (PA66) with layered silicate and silica (SiO2) nanoparticles were prepared via in situ interfacial polycondensation method. Hexamethylenediamine (HDMA) and adipoyl chloride(AdCl) were reacted in a two-phase media. Montmorillonite (NaMMT) and silica nanoparticles were added to reacting media. Preparation of PA66 and its nanocomposites were studied using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.Dispersion of nanoparticles was studied using X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The results show that two structures were achieved using two kinds of nanoparticles. Silica nanoparticles were partially exfoliated, while NaMMT nanoparticles were hybrid intercalated–exfoliated in nanocomposite samples. Thermal properties of samples were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry. The results suggest that crystallinity is heterogeneous in the presence of nanoparticles. Kinetic of crystallization was studied by means of Avrami equation, based on the kinetic parameters, spherulites are produced. Results were reported for nanocomposites containing 2 and 4% of nanoparticles. Avrami equation parameter, n, shows that spherulite crystallization occured in the samples. Addition of nanoparticles decreases n first, then n increases with nanoparticle content.

  12. Hybrid titanium dioxide/PS-b-PEO block copolymer nanocomposites based on sol-gel synthesis

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    Gutierrez, J; Tercjak, A; Garcia, I; Peponi, L; Mondragon, I [' Materials-Technologies' Group, Departamento Ingenieria Quimica y Medio Ambiente, Escuela Politecnica, Universidad PaIs Vasco/Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea, Plaza Europa 1, E-20018 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain)], E-mail: inaki.mondragon@ehu.es

    2008-04-16

    The poly(styrene)-b-poly(ethylene oxide) (SEO) amphiphilic block copolymer, with two different molecular weights, has been used as a structure directing agent for generating nanocomposites of TiO{sub 2}/SEO via the sol-gel process. SEO amphiphilic block copolymers are designed with a hydrophilic PEO-block which can interact with inorganic molecules, as well as a hydrophobic PS-block which builds the matrix. The addition of different amounts of sol-gel provokes strong variations in the self-assembled morphology of TiO{sub 2}/SEO nanocomposites with respect to the neat block copolymer. As confirmed by atomic force microscopy (AFM), TiO{sub 2}/PEO-block micelles get closer, forming well-ordered spherical domains, in which TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles constitute the core surrounded by a corona of PEO-blocks. Moreover, for 20 vol% sol-gel the generated morphology changes to a hexagonally ordered structure for both block copolymers. The cylindrical structure of these nanocomposites has been confirmed by the two-dimensional Fourier transform power spectrum of the corresponding AFM height images. Affinity between titanium dioxide precursor and PEO-block of SEO allows us to generate hybrid inorganic/organic nanocomposites, which retain the optical properties of TiO{sub 2}, as evaluated by UV-vis spectroscopy.

  13. Polypyrrole-coated halloysite nanotube clay nanocomposite: synthesis, characterization and Cr(VI) adsorption behaviour

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    Ballav, N

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available in nature. XPS study confirmed the adsorption of Cr(VI) onto the NC where some part of Cr(VI) reduced to Cr(III) by electron-rich PPy moiety. The desorption study suggested that the nanocomposite (NC) can be reused three times without loss of its original...

  14. SYNTHESIS OF THERMALLY STABLE CARBOXYMETHYL CELLULOSE/METAL BIODEGRADABLE NANOCOMPOSITES FOR POTENTIAL BIOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS

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    A green approach is described that generates bulk quantities of nanocomposites containing transition metals such as Cu, Ag, In and Fe at room temperature using a biodegradable polymer carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) by reacting respective metal salts with sodium salt of CMC in aqu...

  15. A Convenient Ultraviolet Irradiation Technique for Synthesis of Antibacterial Ag-Pal Nanocomposite

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    Han, Shuai; Zhang, He; Kang, Lianwei; Li, Xiaoliang; Zhang, Chong; Dong, Yongjie; Qin, Shenjun

    2016-09-01

    In the present work, palygorskite (Pal) was initially subjected to an ion-exchange reaction with silver ions (Pal-Ag+). Subsequently, Ag-Pal nanocomposites were assembled by a convenient ultraviolet irradiation technique, using carbon dots (CDs) derived from wool fiber as the reducing agent. The obtained nanocomposites were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The XRD patterns and UV-vis absorption spectra confirmed the formation of the Ag nanoparticles (NPs). Meanwhile, the TEM images showed that the Ag NPs, which exhibited sizes in the range of 3-7 nm, were located on the surface of the Pal nanofiber structures. Furthermore, the antibacterial activity of the nanocomposites was evaluated against Gram-positive ( Staphylococcus aureus) and Gram-negative ( Escherichia coli) bacteria by applying the disc diffusion method and minimum inhibitory concentration test. Owing to their good antibacterial properties, the Ag-Pal nanocomposites are considered to be a promising bactericide with great potential applications.

  16. Novel synthesis of ZnO/PMMA nanocomposites for photocatalytic applications

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    Di Mauro, Alessandro; Cantarella, Maria; Nicotra, Giuseppe; Pellegrino, Giovanna; Gulino, Antonino; Brundo, Maria Violetta; Privitera, Vittorio; Impellizzeri, Giuliana

    2017-01-01

    The incorporation of nanostructured photocatalysts in polymers is a strategic way to obtain novel water purification systems. This approach takes the advantages of: (1) the presence of nanostructured photocatalyst; (2) the flexibility of polymer; (3) the immobilization of photocatalyst, that avoids the recovery of the nanoparticles after the water treatment. Here we present ZnO-polymer nanocomposites with high photocatalytic performance and stability. Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) powders were coated with a thin layer of ZnO (80 nm thick) by atomic layer deposition at low temperature (80 °C). Then the method of sonication and solution casting was performed so to obtain the ZnO/PMMA nanocomposites. A complete morphological, structural, and chemical characterization was made by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses. The remarkable photocatalytic efficiency of the nanocomposites was demonstrated by the degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye and phenol in aqueous solution under UV light irradiation. The composites also resulted reusable and stable, since they maintained an unmodified photo-activity after several MB discoloration runs. Thus, these results demonstrate that the proposed ZnO/PMMA nanocomposite is a promising candidate for photocatalytic applications and, in particular, for novel water treatment. PMID:28098229

  17. Synthesis of highly monodispersed Ga-soc-MOF hollow cubes, colloidosomes and nanocomposites.

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    Cai, Xuechao; Deng, Xiaoran; Xie, Zhongxi; Bao, Shouxin; Shi, Yanshu; Lin, Jun; Pang, Maolin; Eddaoudi, Mohamed

    2016-08-02

    Ga-soc-MOF hollow cubes with an average size of about 300 nm were prepared by a polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) assisted acid etching process. Colloidosomes with sizes of around 5-10 μm composed of single-layer tetrakaidecahedron building blocks (BBs) were synthesized for the first time. Au@Ga-soc-MOF nanocomposites with excellent catalytic properties were obtained.

  18. Novel synthesis of ZnO/PMMA nanocomposites for photocatalytic applications

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    di Mauro, Alessandro; Cantarella, Maria; Nicotra, Giuseppe; Pellegrino, Giovanna; Gulino, Antonino; Brundo, Maria Violetta; Privitera, Vittorio; Impellizzeri, Giuliana

    2017-01-01

    The incorporation of nanostructured photocatalysts in polymers is a strategic way to obtain novel water purification systems. This approach takes the advantages of: (1) the presence of nanostructured photocatalyst; (2) the flexibility of polymer; (3) the immobilization of photocatalyst, that avoids the recovery of the nanoparticles after the water treatment. Here we present ZnO-polymer nanocomposites with high photocatalytic performance and stability. Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) powders were coated with a thin layer of ZnO (80 nm thick) by atomic layer deposition at low temperature (80 °C). Then the method of sonication and solution casting was performed so to obtain the ZnO/PMMA nanocomposites. A complete morphological, structural, and chemical characterization was made by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses. The remarkable photocatalytic efficiency of the nanocomposites was demonstrated by the degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye and phenol in aqueous solution under UV light irradiation. The composites also resulted reusable and stable, since they maintained an unmodified photo-activity after several MB discoloration runs. Thus, these results demonstrate that the proposed ZnO/PMMA nanocomposite is a promising candidate for photocatalytic applications and, in particular, for novel water treatment.

  19. Ultrasound assisted synthesis of PMMA/clay nanocomposites: Study of oxygen permeation and flame retardant properties

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    Subrata K Patra; Gyanaranjan Prusty; Sarat K Swain

    2012-02-01

    PMMA/clay nanocomposites were synthesized by ultrasound assisted emulsifier-free emulsion polymerization technique. Ultrasound waves of different power and frequencies were applied to enhance the dispersion of the clay layers with polymer matrix. The structural information of the synthesized materials was studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and it was revealed that the interlayer spacing increased with clay loading. The magnitude of dispersion of the clay in the polymer matrix was detected by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The Young’s modulus, breaking stress, elongation at break, toughness, yield stress and yield strain of the nanocomposites as a function of different clay concentrations and ultrasonic power were measured. Particle diameter of the nanocomposites was measured by laser diffraction technique. Oxygen permeability of the samples was studied and it was found that the oxygen flow rate was reduced by the combined effect of clay loading and ultrasound. The flame retardant property of the nanocomposites due to clay dispersion was investigated by measurement of limiting oxygen index (LOI).

  20. Preparation of CuO-CoO-MnO/SiO2 Nanocomposite Aerogels as Catalyst Carriers and Their Application in the Synthesis of Diphenyl Carbonate

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    ZHAO Yueqing; LIANG Yinghua; JIA Qianyi; ZHANG Bobo

    2011-01-01

    Cuo-CoO-MnO/SiO2 nanocomposite aerogels were prepared by using tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS)as Si source,and aqueous solution of Cu,Co and Mn acetates as transition metal sources Via solgel process and supercritical drying(SCD)technique.The effect of synthesis conditions on gelation was investigated.Moreover,the composition of the CuO-CoO-MnO/SiO2 nanocomposite aerogels was characterized by electron dispersive spectroscopy(EDS)and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy(XPS),and the specific surface area of the nanocomposite aerogels was determined by the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller(BET)method.Diphenyl carbonate(DPC)as the product was analyzed by gas chromatography(GC).The experimental results show that the range of optimal temperature for gelation is 30-45℃,and the pH is 3.0-4.5.CuO-CoO-MnO/SiO2 nanocomposite aerogels are porous with a specific surface area of 384.9-700.6 m2/g.Compared to CO2 SCD,ethanol SCD is even favorable to the formation of aerogel with high specific surface area.The transition metals content in the nanocomposite aerogels can be controlled to be 0.71at%-13.77at%.With CuO-CoO-MnO/SiO2 nanocomposite aerogels as catalyst carrier,the yield of DPC is in direct proportion to the atomic fraction of transition metals in the nanocomposite aerogels,and it is up to 26.31 mass%,which is much higher than that via other porous carriers.

  1. Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD) Plasma Assisted Synthesis of Ag₂O Nanomaterials and Ag₂O/RuO₂ Nanocomposites.

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    Ananth, Antony; Mok, Young Sun

    2016-02-26

    Silver oxide, ruthenium oxide nanomaterials and its composites are widely used in a variety of applications. Plasma-mediated synthesis is one of the emerging technologies to prepare nanomaterials with desired physicochemical properties. In this study, dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma was used to synthesize Ag₂O and Ag₂O/RuO₂ nanocomposite materials. The prepared materials showed good crystallinity. The surface morphology of the Ag₂O exhibited "garland-like" features, and it changed to "flower-like" and "leaf-like" at different NaOH concentrations. The Ag₂O/RuO₂ composite showed mixed structures of aggregated Ag₂O and sheet-like RuO₂. Mechanisms governing the material's growth under atmospheric pressure plasma were proposed. Chemical analysis was performed using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) showed the thermal decomposition behavior and the oxygen release pattern.

  2. Non-electrolytic synthesis of copper oxide/carbon nanocomposite by surface plasma in super-dehydrated ethanol

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    Kozak, Dmytro S.; Sergiienko, Ruslan A.; Shibata, Etsuro; Iizuka, Atsushi; Nakamura, Takashi

    2016-02-01

    Electrolytic processes are widely used to synthesize different nanomaterials and it does not depend on what kind of the method has been applied (wet-chemistry, sonochemistry, plasma chemistry, electrolysis and so on). Generally, the reactions in the electrolyte are considered to be reduction/oxidation (REDOX) reactions between chemical reagents or the deposition of matter on the electrodes, in line with Faraday’s law. Due to the presence of electroconductive additives in any electrolyte, the polarization effect of polar molecules conducting an electrical current disappears, when external high-strength electric field is induced. Because initially of the charge transfer always belongs of electroconductive additive and it does not depend on applied voltage. The polarization of ethanol molecules has been applied to conduct an electric current by surface plasma interaction for the synthesis of a copper oxide/carbon nanocomposite material.

  3. Facile synthesis of ZnO hollow fibres

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    B T Su; K Wang; X W Zuo; H M Mu; N Dong; Y C Tong; J Bai; Z Q Lei

    2007-12-01

    In this paper, cotton fibres were used as bio-template to successfully synthesize new ceramic materials, ZnO hollow fibres and in an effort to explore the synthesis condition, and simplify the synthesis procedure. In this synthesis, a direct thermal decomposition of zinc acetate dihydrate coated on the surface of cotton fibres was explored. The wall porosity of the ZnO hollow fibres was controlled by changing the concentration of zinc acetate aqueous solution.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of new nanocomposites films using alanine-Cu-functionalized graphene oxide as nanofiller and PVA as polymeric matrix for improving of their properties

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    Abdolmaleki, Amir; Mallakpour, Shadpour; Karshenas, Azam

    2017-09-01

    In the synthesis of polymer-graphene nanocomposites, for improving properties of nanocomposites, two factors dispersion and strong interfacial interactions between graphene and the polymer, are essential. In the present work, poly(vinyl alcohol) PVA/GO-Cu-alanine nanocomposite films were manufactured using concentrations 0, 1, 3 and 5 wt% of GO-Cu-alanine in water solution. For this purpose, L-alanine amino acid was located on the surface and edges of GO through copper(II) ion as a coordinating function. Then, flexible PVA/GO-Cu-alanine nanocomposite films were fabricated using GO-Cu-alanine as filler and PVA as matrix. Due to the existence of affective interaction between GO-Cu-alanine and PVA matrix, the acquired PVA/GO-Cu-alanine nanocomposites demonstrated great thermal and mechanical properties. Properties of manufactured materials were characterized by Fourier transform infrared, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopies (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Thermal gravimetric analysis, elemental analysis, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX).

  5. CeO2 nanocrystallines ensemble-on-nitrogen-doped graphene nanocomposites: one-pot, rapid synthesis and excellent electrocatalytic activity for enzymatic biosensing.

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    Du, Xiaojiao; Jiang, Ding; Chen, Saibo; Dai, Liming; Zhou, Lei; Hao, Nan; You, Tianyou; Mao, Hanping; Wang, Kun

    2017-03-15

    Ceria nanomaterials for heterogeneous catalysis have attracted much attention due to their excellent properties and have been extensively applied in recent years. But the poor electron conductivity and the aggregation behavior severely affect their electrocatalytic performances. In this paper, we prepared a novel catalyst based on CeO2 nanocrystallines (CeO2 NCs) ensemble-on-nitrogen-doped graphene (CeO2-NG) nanocomposites through a one-step heat-treatment without the need of the precursor. The results confirmed that the high dispersion of CeO2 NCs with the uniform size distribution of about 5nm on the surface of nitrogen-doped graphene (NG) sheets could be easily obtained via the one-step procedure and the resultant CeO2-NG nanocomposites were an excellent electrode material possessing outstanding electrochemical features for electron transfer. Luminol, an important electroactive substance, was further chosen to inspect the electrocatalytic properties of the as-prepared CeO2-NG nanocomposites. The studies showed that the presence of the NG in CeO2-NG nanocomposites could facilitate the electrochemical redox process of luminol. Compared with pristine CeO2 NCs, the synthesized CeO2-NG nanocomposites can enhance the electrochemiluminescence (ECL) intensity by 3.3-fold and decrease the onset ECL potential for about 72mV in the neutral condition. Employing above superiority, selecting cholesterol oxidase (ChOx) as the model oxidase, a facile ECL method for cholesterol detection with the CeO2-NG nanocomposites as the matrix to immobilize enzyme ChOx was developed. The results demonstrated CeO2-NG nanocomposites exhibited excellent performances in terms of sensitivity and catalytic activities, indicating that NG-based nanomaterials have great promise in electrocatalytic and enzymatic biosensing fields.

  6. Synthesis of polystyrene@(silver–polypyrrole) core/shell nanocomposite microspheres and study on their antibacterial activities

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    Guo, Longhai; Ren, Shanshan; Qiu, Teng, E-mail: qiuteng@mail.buct.edu.cn; Wang, Leilei; Zhang, Jiangru; He, Lifan; Li, Xiaoyu, E-mail: lixy@mail.buct.edu.cn [Ministry of Education, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Key Laboratory of Carbon Fiber and Functional Polymer (China)

    2015-01-15

    We reported the synthesis of polystyrene@(silver–polypyrrole) (PS@(Ag–PPy)) nanocomposite microspheres with the well-defined core/shell structure, in which the functionalized PS microspheres by the sulfonic acid groups were employed as template. The diameter of the synthesized PS microsphere template and AgNP was 1.26 μm and 50 nm, respectively. In order to well control the redox reaction between Ag{sup +} and Py monomer and to avoid the accumulation of these AgNPs during synthesis process, the complexation of triethanolamine (TEA) and silver ion ([Ag(TEA){sub 2}]{sup +}) was employed as the oxidant, so that the generation rate of AgNPs was in turn decreased. Moreover, compared with the redox reaction between AgNO{sub 3} and Py, the introduction of [Ag(TEA){sub 2}]{sup +} ions resulted in the improved coverage and distribution of AgNPs around the surface of PS microspheres. Meanwhile, the loading amount of Ag–PPy nanocomposites on the final microspheres was adjustable. The increasing concentrations of Py monomer and [Ag(TEA){sub 2}]{sup +} ions resulted in the increase of Ag–PPy nanocomposite loading. The results of antibacterial experiment suggested that the synthesized PS@(Ag–PPy) composite microspheres showed the prominent antibacterial properties against both the Gram-negative bacteria of Escherichia coli and the Gram-positive bacteria of Staphylococcus aureus. For the bacteria with concentration at 1 × 10{sup 5} – 9×10{sup 5} cfu/mL, the microspheres can kill the bacteria above 3-log reduction with the concentration of PS@(Ag–PPy) composite microspheres at 50 μg/mL, in which the weight fraction of Py in the composite microspheres was above 10 wt%. When the weight fraction of Py in the composite microspheres was at 5 wt%, the 2-log reduction of in bacterial viability could also be obtained.Graphical Abstract.

  7. Green thermal-assisted synthesis and characterization of novel cellulose-Mg(OH)2 nanocomposite in PEG/NaOH solvent.

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    Ponomarev, Nikolai; Repo, Eveliina; Srivastava, Varsha; Sillanpää, Mika

    2017-11-15

    Synthesis of nanocomposites was performed using microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), MgCl2 in PEG/NaOH solvent by a thermal-assisted method at different temperatures by varying time and the amount of MCC. Results of XRD, FTIR, and EDS mapping showed that the materials consisted of only cellulose (CL) and magnesium hydroxide (MH). According to FTIR and XRD, it was found that crystallinity of MH in cellulose nanocomposites is increased with temperature and heating time and decreased with increasing of cellulose amount. The PEG/NaOH solvent has a significant effect on cellulose and Mg(OH)2 morphology. BET and BJH results demonstrated the effects of temperature and cellulose amount on the pore size corresponding to mesoporous materials. TG and DTG analyses showed the increased thermal stability of cellulose nanocomposites with increasing temperature. TEM and SEM analyses showed an even distribution of MH nanostructures with various morphology in the cellulose matrix. The cellulose presented as the polymer matrix in the nanocomposites. It was supposed the possible interaction between cellulose and Mg(OH)2. The novel synthesis method used in this study is feasible, cost-efficient and environmentally friendly. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. One-pot synthesis of FePt/CNTs nanocomposites for efficient cellular imaging and cancer therapy

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    Chen, Weihong; Zheng, Xiuwen, E-mail: xwzheng1976@163.com [Linyi University, School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Detection Technology for Tumor Makers (China); Li, Shulian [Linyi Tumor Hospital (China); Zhang, Wei; Wen, Xin [Linyi University, School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Detection Technology for Tumor Makers (China); Yue, Ludan [Shandong Normal University (China); Wang, Jinlong [Shandong University of Technology (China)

    2015-11-15

    Here, we developed a facile route to synthesize carbon nanotube-based FePt nanocomposites (FePt/CNTs) as a potential theranostic platform in the cancer treatment. FePt/CNTs were firstly synthesized via one-pot polyol route, and then functionalized with 6-arm-polyethylene glycol-amine polymer. The average size of FePt nanoparticles (NPs) is 3–4 nm, which is dispersed on the CNT surface (ca.50–150 nm). The as-prepared FePt NPs display high cytotoxicity by highly reactive oxygen species in cancer cells. Folic acid and fluorescein isothiocyanate are assembled onto the surface of FePt/CNTs for effective targeting of folate receptor-positive cancer cells and simultaneously for the visualization of cellular uptake. Therefore, the FePt/CNTs NPs capability of simultaneously performing diagnosis, therapy, and targeting is, therefore, promising for future potential widespread application in biomedicine.

  9. Controlled synthesis, optical properties and cytotoxicity studies of CdSe-poly(lactic acid) multifunctional nanocomposites by ring-opening polymerization.

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    Islam, Md Rafiqul; Bach, Long Giang; Vo, Thanh-Sang; Lee, Doh C; Lim, Kwon Taek

    2014-08-01

    A facile synthetic route has been developed for the covalent grafting of biocompatible poly(lactic acid) (PLA) onto CdSe Quantum Dots (QDs) using surface initiated ring opening polymerization (ROP) to afford CdSe-g-PLA nanocomposites. At first, 2-mercaptoethanol (ME) capped CdSe QDs were synthesized through a wet chemical process. The surface initiated ROP of lactide was accomplished with Sn(Oct)2 to give CdSe-g-PLA nanocomposites having surface hydroxyl functionality. FT-IR data suggested that a robust covalent bond was formed between ME capped CdSe QDs and polymer moieties. The grafting density of PLA on CdSe QDs was found to be moderate as measured by TGA analysis. The CdSe QDs were well dispersed in CdSe-g-PLA nanocomposites matrices as captured by TEM. The cubic phase crystal structure of CdSe QDs in the nanocomposites was determined by XRD. The optical properties of the CdSe-g-PLA nanocomposites were investigated by UV-vis and photoluminescence spectroscopy which suggested their potentialities as optical materials in biomedical application. Cell viability studies revealed that the biocompatibility of CdSe QDs was improved upon PLA immobilization.

  10. Polystyrene/magnetite nanocomposite synthesis and characterization: investigation of magnetic and electrical properties for using as microelectromechanical systems (MEMS

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    Omidi Mohammad Hassan

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available In this work, a novel polystyrene/Fe3O4 nanocomposite prepared by in-situ method is presented. Magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles were encapsulated by polystyrene. The FT-IR spectra confirmed polystyrene/Fe3O4 nanocomposite preparation. The electrical properties of prepared nanocomposite were investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV. The CV analysis showed good electrical conductivity of the synthesized nanocomposite. Magnetic properties of the nanocomposite were studied by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM. The VSM analysis confirmed magnetic properties of the nanocomposite. The morphology and the size of the synthesized nanocomposite were investigated by field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM. According to the VSM and CV results, such nanocomposite can be used in microelectromechanical systems.

  11. MECHANICAL ALLOYING SYNTHESIS OF FORSTERITE-DIOPSIDE NANOCOMPOSITE POWDER FOR USING IN TISSUE ENGINEERING

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    Sorour Sadeghzade

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In present study the pure forsterite-diopside nanocomposite powder was successfully synthesized by the economical method of mechanical alloying and subsequence sintering, for the first time. The starting economical materials were talc (Mg3Si4H2O12, magnesium carbonate (MgCO3 and calcium carbonate (CaCO3 powders. The prepared powder was characterized by thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA, X-ray diffraction (XRD, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The results showed preparation of forsterite- diopside nanocomposite powder after 10 h mechanical alloying and sintering at 1200oC for 1 h. The powder crystallite sizes and agglomerated particle sizes were measured about 73 +/- 4 nm and 0.3 - 4 μm, respectively. Absence of enstatite that causes a reduction in mechanical and bioactivity properties of forsterite ceramic, is an important feature of produced powder.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of cobalt oxide nanocomposite based on the Co3O4-zeolite Y

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    Davar, Fatemeh; Fereshteh, Zeinab; Shoja Razavi, Hadi; Razavi, Reza Shoja; Loghman-Estarki, Mohammad Reza

    2014-02-01

    The Co3O4 nanocomposite was synthesized by an ion-exchange of cobalt ions and Y zeolite in the presence of sodium hydroxide and calcination treatment. The products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman analysis, scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), BET, Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The sizes of the migrated Co3O4 particles out of Y zeolite super cage were in the range of 29 ± 5 nm. Finally, the magnetic property of as-obtained product was investigated in a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). This nanocomposite showed a paramagnetic behavior at room temperature.

  13. Synthesis and characterization of asymmetric polymer/inorganic nanocomposites with pH/temperature sensitivity

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    Zhang, Xinjie; Gao, Chunmei; Liu, Mingzhu; Huang, Yinjuan; Yu, Xiyong; Ding, Enyong

    2013-01-01

    An easy, comprehensive and inexpensive method is demonstrated to produce asymmetric polymer/inorganic nanocomposites in a large quantity. With the aid of Pickering emulsion, unmodified particles aggregate on the surface of emulsion droplets and are fixed in place when the wax solidifies. The exposed surfaces of immobilized SiO2 particles are modified chemically by 2-(dimethylamino) ethylmethacrylate (DMAEMA). With the removal of wax, the exposed side of particles can be further modified chemically by N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAAm). Based on these procedures, dual responsive asymmetric nanocomposite particles are achieved with both pH and temperature sensitivities. Due to their dual-stimuli and asymmetric structure, these particles have potential applications in molecule targeting, drug delivery and as building blocks for the assembly of complex nanostructure.

  14. Synthesis of Cu-Al-Zn-O nanocomposite: effect of annealing on the physical properties

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    Laya Dejam; Seyed Mohammad Elahi; Majid Mojtahedzade Larijani; Yousef Seyed Jalili

    2015-12-01

    We prepared Cu-Al-Zn-O (CAZO) nanocomposite thin films on quartz substrates by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering method. The as-deposited CAZO film is amorphous in nature and annealing in air environment results in weak crystallization of the films and formation of CuAlO2 and CAZO. The surface morphology of the films was studied with atomic force microscopy images, while Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) was used to characterize material properties. The optical bandgap of films was found to be 3–4.2 eV depending on the annealing temperature. The photoluminescence (PL) of the samples was measured at room temperature. Violet, blue and green spectra peaks were observed from the PL spectra of the four samples. The emission spectrum indicates the suitability of CAZO nanocomposite for gas sensor applications and technology.

  15. Synthesis of nanocomposites based on carbon nanotube/smart copolymer with nonlinear optical properties

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    Sousani, Abbas; Motiei, Hamideh; Najafimoghadam, Peyman; Hasanzade, Reza

    2017-05-01

    In this study new nanocompoites based on polyglycidylmethacrylate grafted 4-[(4-methoxyphenyl) diazenyl] phenol (Azo-PGMA) and Carboxylicacid functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT-COOH) were prepared. The nanocomposites structure was characterized by FT-IR, TGA and SEM. The Z-scan technique was applied for measuring the nonlinear parameters of nanocomposites. The samples after solving in AWM solution (equal ratio of acetone, deionized water and methanol) were investigated by using closed aperture Z-scan technique and a diode-pumped laser at the line 532 nm. All the nonlinear refractive index of the samples at three concentrations of carbon nanotubes in three different intensities of the laser beam were investigated and the nonlinear optical response of them are compared under the same condition. Because of high order of nonlinear refractive coefficient and good nonlinearity, these compounds are suitable candidate for optical switching, optical limiting and electro-optical devices.

  16. Heterojunction CuO-TiO2 nanocomposite synthesis for significant photocatalytic hydrogen production

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    Manjunath, K.; Souza, V. S.; Ramakrishnappa, T.; Nagaraju, G.; Scholten, J. D.; Dupont, J.

    2016-11-01

    Effective and low-cost photocatalysts have been synthesized by a simple hydrothermal process. In this process, the two CuO and TiO2 bound one over the other and formed a heterojunction CuO-TiO2 nanocomposite. CuO serves as electron reservoir by receiving electrons from TiO2, which suppresses the recombination of e-/h+ and transfers the received electron to split water, which results in enhanced H2 production. Heterojunction CuO-TiO2 nanocomposite material recorded a maximum of 9284 μmolg-1 H2 production for 2.5 h. The recorded result is 15 times higher than bare TiO2 and 16 times higher than bare CuO. The synthesized materials were characterized and analyzed using various analytical techniques such as XRD, FTIR, UV-vis spectra and the morphology was studied using SEM, TEM, and HRTEM images.

  17. Synthesis and characterization of in situ prepared poly (methyl methacrylate) nanocomposites

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    Shahzada Ahmad; Sharif Ahmad; S A Agnihotry

    2007-02-01

    Hybrid materials, which consist of organic–inorganic materials, are of profound interest owing to their unexpected synergistically derived properties. These hybrid materials replaced the pristine polymers due to their higher strength and stiffness in the recent years. In the present work, studies concerning the preparation of poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), PMMA/SiO2, and PMMA/TiO2 nanocomposites are reported. These nanocomposite polymers were synthesized by means of free radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate using benzoyl peroxide as an initiator in a water medium. Further `sol–gel’ transformation based hydrolysis and condensation of Ti and Si alkoxides were used to prepare the inorganic phase during the polymerization process of MMA.

  18. Synthesis Magnesium Hydroxide Nanoparticles and Cellulose Acetate- Mg(OH2-MWCNT Nanocomposite

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    M. Ghorbanali

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Mg(OH2 nanoparticles were synthesized by a rapid microwave reaction. The effect of sodium dodecyl sulfonate (SDS as anionic surfactant and cetyl tri-methyl ammonium bromide (CTAB as cationic surfactant on the morphology of magnesium hydroxide nanostructures was investigated. Multi wall carbon nano tubes was organo-modified for better dispersion in cellulose acetate matrix. The influence of Mg(OH2 nanoparticles and modified multi wall carbon nano tubes (MWCNT on the thermal stability of the cellulose acetate (CA matrix was studied using thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA. Nanostructures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR spectroscopy. Thermal decomposition of the nanocomposites shift towards higher temperature in the presence of Mg(OH2 nanostructures. The enhancement of thermal stability of nanocomposites is due to the endothermic decomposition of Mg(OH2 and release of water which dilutes combustible gases.

  19. Nanocomposite organomineral hybrid materials. Part I

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    KUDRYAVTSEV Pavel Gennadievich; FIGOVSKY Oleg Lvovich

    2016-01-01

    The paper addresses the issues of alkoxide method of sol-gel synthesis and non-hydrolytic method of sol-gel synthesis and colloidal method of sol-gel synthesis. The authors also consider an alternative approach based on the use of soluble silicates as precursors in the sol-gel technology, of nanocomposites. It was shown that nanocomposites can be produced through aerogels. The paper also analyzes the mixing technologies of nanocomposites preparation. It has been demonstrated the possibility t...

  20. Nanocomposite organomineral hybrid materials. Part 2

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    KUDRYAVTSEV Pavel Gennadievich; FIGOVSKY Oleg Lvovich

    2016-01-01

    The paper addresses the issues of alkoxide method of sol-gel synthesis and non-hydrolytic method of sol-gel synthesis and colloidal method of sol-gel synthesis. The authors also consider an alternative approach based on the use of soluble silicates as precursors in the sol-gel technology, of nanocomposites. It was shown that nanocomposites can be produced through aerogels. The paper also analyzes the mixing technologies of nanocomposites preparation. It has been demonstrated the possibility t...

  1. Synthesis and Identification of Fe3o4/Clinoptilolite Magnetic Nanocomposite

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    A. mollahosseini; M. Toghroli

    2015-01-01

    In the present work, magnetic zeolitehave been synthesized by insitu method using combination of iron oxide nanoparticlesFe3O4 and clinoptilolite. Fe3O4nanoparticleshave been synthesized electrochemically and then clinoptilolitewas added to solution. The Fe3O4 nanoparticles synthesized at the temperature of 90? C with applying the potential of 8V for 1800 seconds. The synthesized nanocomposite characterized by IR spectra,scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and XRD methods.Results shows that na...

  2. Synthesis and Characterization of Silver/Clay Nanocomposites by Chemical Reduction Method

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    Mansor B. Ahmad

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Silver Nanoparticles (Ag-NPs have been synthesized by using chemical reduction method into the interlayer space of a Montmorillonite (MMT as a solid support which is used to antibacterial application and polymer nanocomposites for fabrication of medical devices. Approach: AgNO3 and NaBH4 were used as a silver precursor and reducing agent, respectively. The properties of Ag/MMT nanocomposites were studied as a function of the AgNO3 concentration. The crystalline structure, d-spacing of interlayer of MMT, the size distributions and surface plasmon resonance of synthesized Ag-NPs were characterized using Powder X-Ray Diffraction (PXRD, Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM and UV-vis spectroscopy. Results: The results obtained from UV-vis spectroscopy of synthesized Ag-NPs showed that the intensity of the maximum wavelength of the plasmon peaks were increased with the increasing in the AgNO3 concentration. The obtained information from UV-vis spectra of Ag-NPs was in an excellent agreement with the obtained microstructures studies performed by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM and their size distributions. The prepared Ag/MMT nanocomposites are very stable over a long period of time in aqueous solution. Conclusion: The synthesized Ag/MMT nanocomposites are very stable in aqueous solution over a long period of time without any sign of precipitation. Silver nanoparticles in MMT suspension could be suitable to use antibacterial applications, since MMT is viewed as ecologically and environmentally inert material and used for biological application such as cosmetics and pharmaceutical usage.

  3. Preparation of highly photocatalytic active CdS/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites by combining chemical bath deposition and microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis

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    Li, Li, E-mail: qqhrll@163.com [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Qiqihar University, Qiqihar 161006 (China); Key Laboratory of Composite Modified Material of Colleges in Heilongjiang Province, Qiqihar 161006 (China); Wang, Lili [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Qiqihar University, Qiqihar 161006 (China); Hu, Tianyu [College of Environment and Resources, Jilin University, Changchun 130024 (China); Zhang, Wenzhi; Zhang, Xiuli; Chen, Xi [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Qiqihar University, Qiqihar 161006 (China)

    2014-10-15

    CdS/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites were prepared from Cd and Ti (1:1 M ratio) using cetyltrimethylammonium bromide by a two-step chemical bath deposition (CBD) and microwave-assisted hydrothermal synthesis (MAHS) method. A series of nanocomposites with different morphologies and activities were prepared by varying the reaction time in the MAHS (2, 4, and 6 h). The crystal structure, morphology, and surface physicochemical properties of the nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV–visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption measurements. The results show that the CdS/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites were composed of anatase TiO{sub 2} and hexagonal CdS phases with strong absorption in the visible region. The surface morphologies changed slightly with increasing microwave irradiation time, while the Brunauer–Emmett–Teller surface area increased remarkably. The photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange (MO) was investigated under UV light and simulated sunlight irradiation. The photocatalytic activity of the CdS/TiO{sub 2} (6 h) composites prepared by the MAHS method was higher than those of CdS, P25, and other CdS/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites. The CdS/TiO{sub 2} (6 h) nanocomposites significantly affected the UV and microwave-assisted photocatalytic degradation of different dyes. To elucidate the photocatalytic reaction mechanism for the CdS/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites, controlled experiments were performed by adding different radical scavengers. - Graphical abstract: CdS/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites were prepared using CTAB by CBD combined with MAHS method. In addition, with increasing microwave irradiation time, the morphology of CdS/TiO{sub 2} changed from popcorn-like to wedge-like structure. - Highlights: • The CdS/TiO{sub 2} was prepared by CBD combined with MAHS two-step method under CTAB. • The morphologies of as-samples were different with the time of

  4. Synthesis, Characterization, and Microwave-Absorbing Properties of Polypyrrole/MnFe2O4 Nanocomposite

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    Seyed Hossein Hosseini

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Conductive polypyrrole (PPy-manganese ferrite (MnFe2O4 nanocomposites with core-shell structure were synthesized by in situ polymerization in the presence of dodecyl benzene sulfonic acid (DBSA as the surfactant and dopant and iron chloride (FeCl3 as the oxidant. The structure and magnetic properties of manganese ferrite nanoparticles were measured by using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM, respectively. Its morphology, microstructure, and DC conductivity of the nanocomposite were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, and four-wire technique, respectively. The microwave-absorbing properties of the nanocomposite powders dispersing in resin acrylic coating with the coating thickness of 1.5 mm were investigated by using vector network analyzers in the frequency range of 8–12 GHz. A minimum reflection loss of −12 dB was observed at 11.3 GHz.

  5. Titanium–vanadium oxide nanocomposite thin films: Synthesis, characterization and antibacterial activity

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    Wren, A.W.; Adams, B.M.; Pradhan, D.; Towler, M.R.; Mellott, N.P., E-mail: mellott@alfred.edu

    2014-04-01

    A sol–gel based deposition method was successfully developed to produce a series of crack-free, spatially homogeneous undoped/silver doped titania–vanadia oxide nanocomposite thin films. Thin films were characterized using Glancing Incidence X-ray Diffraction (GIXRD), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), and Ultraviolet Visible Spectroscopy (UV–Vis). It was determined via both XRD and XPS that when calcined at 450 °C the nanocomposite crystallinity was a function of sol composition. Additionally, it was determined via GIXRD that upon silver doping, silver was incorporated into the vanadia structure or present in silver oxide form in crystalline films. A red shift within the UV–Vis spectra was observed with an increase of vanadia concentration from 0 to 100% respectively. Antibacterial analysis conducted on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis demonstrated that films exposed to light showed greater antibacterial properties. - Highlights: • Nanocomposite crystallinity was a function of sol composition. • Silver was incorporated into the vanadia structure. • A red shift was observed with an increase of vanadia concentration. • Antibacterial analysis conducted on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus epidermidis.

  6. Novel porous calcium aluminate/phosphate nanocomposites: in situ synthesis, microstructure and permeability

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    Yang, Jingzhou; Hu, Xiaozhi; Huang, Juntong; Chen, Kai; Huang, Zhaohui; Liu, Yangai; Fang, Minghao; Sun, Xudong

    2016-02-01

    Permeable porous nanomaterials have extensive applications in engineering fields. Here, we report a novel system of porous calcium aluminate/phosphate (CaAl-CaP) nanocomposites fabricated by pore generator free processing. The CaAl rich samples have close micropores and are not permeable. Interestingly, the CaP rich composites have a unique three-dimensional nanosieve structure with interconnected nanopores and exhibit excellent liquid permeability and adsorbability. The pore size has a narrow distribution of 200-500 nm. The CaAl nanoplatelets in the CaP rich composite have a thickness of 202 nm, a diameter of 1600 nm and an aspect ratio of 8. The porosity is from 19% to 40%. The bending strength and compressive strength are 40.3 MPa and 195 MPa, respectively. The CaP rich nanocomposite is highly permeable so that a water droplet can completely penetrate in 10 seconds (1 mm thick disk). The blue dye can be desorbed in 45 min by ultrasonic vibration. Given the nanosieve porous structure, good permeability/adsorbability and high mechanical properties, the CaP rich nanocomposite has big potential in applications for chemical engineering, biomedical engineering and energy/environmental engineering.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of 10-hydroxycamptothecin - sebacate - layered double hydroxide nanocomposites

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    Pang, Xiujiang; Ma, Xiuming; Li, Dongxiang; Hou, Wanguo

    2013-02-01

    10-Hydroxycamptothecin (HCPT) as a hydrophobic anticancer drug brings many challenges in the clinical applications due to its poor water solubility and the presence of a chemically unstable lactone ring. In this work, the nanocomposites of HCPT intercalated layered double hydroxide (LDH) were prepared by a secondary intercalation method, and the encapsulated HCPT could keep the biologically active lactone form. A Zn-Al-NO3 LDH was pillared with sebacate anions by a co-precipitation method in an aqueous medium, and then HCPT was intercalated into the LDH's gallery via hydrophobic interaction in an ethanol medium. The parallel alkyl chains of perpendicularly arranged sebacate anions in the LDH gallery provide a hydrophobic space for the drug intercalation. The in vitro release kinetics of HCPT from the nanocomposites could be fitted with the pseudo-second-order kinetic model, and the diffusion of HCPT through the LDH particles played an important role in controlling the drug release. The nanocomposites can be considered as a potential drug delivery system.

  8. Green Synthesis, Characterization, and Antibacterial Activity of Silver/Polystyrene Nanocomposite

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    Manal A. Awad

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel, nontoxic, simple, cost-effective and ecofriendly technique was used to synthesize green silver nanoparticles (AgNPs. The AgNPs were synthesized using orange peel extract as a reducing agent for silver nitrate salt (AgNO3. The particle size distribution of AgNPs was determined by Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS. The average size of silver nanoparticles was 98.43 nm. The stable dispersion of silver nanoparticles was added slowly to polystyrene solution in toluene maintaining the temperature at 70°C. The AgNPs/polystyrene (PS nanocomposite solution was cast in a petri dish. The silver nanoparticles encapsulated within polymer chains were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM equipped with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS in addition to Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM. The green AgNPs/PS nanocomposite film exhibited antimicrobial activity against Gram-negative bacteria Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Salmonella, and Gram-positive bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. Thus, the key findings of the work include the use of a safe and simple AgNPs/PS nanocomposite which had a marked antibacterial activity which has a potential application in food packaging.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of carboxymethyl cellulose/layered double hydroxide nanocomposites

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    Yadollahi, Mehdi; Namazi, Hassan

    2013-04-01

    In this study, coprecipitation method was employed for intercalation of carboxy methyl cellulose (CMC) into hydrotalcite-like anionic clays (Mg/Al and Ni/Al). The synthesized nanocomposites were characterized using FTIR, XRD, TEM, and Thermo gravimetric analysis. Furthermore, their swelling behavior was studied at various pH values. The intercalation of Carboxymethyl cellulose polymeric chains into LDH sheets was confirmed by FTIR spectroscopy and XRD analysis. The d-values are 1.73 nm for the Mg-Al-CMC-LDH and 2.23 nm for the Ni-Al-CMC-LDH, supporting a multilayer arrangement of CMC into the LDH interlayer space. Thermo gravimetric analysis showed a better thermal resistance of CMC in the presence of LDH sheets, especially for Mg-Al-CMC-LDH. The obtained nanocomposites revealed a pH dependent swelling behavior. The swelling of the prepared nanocomposites increased slowly with increasing pH from 2 to 10. However, their swelling ratio increased sharply in the pH values above 10.

  10. Synthesis and characterization of carboxymethyl cellulose/layered double hydroxide nanocomposites

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    Yadollahi, Mehdi; Namazi, Hassan, E-mail: namazi@tabrizu.ac.ir [University of Tabriz, Research Laboratory of Dendrimers and Nanopolymers, Faculty of Chemistry (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-04-15

    In this study, coprecipitation method was employed for intercalation of carboxy methyl cellulose (CMC) into hydrotalcite-like anionic clays (Mg/Al and Ni/Al). The synthesized nanocomposites were characterized using FTIR, XRD, TEM, and Thermo gravimetric analysis. Furthermore, their swelling behavior was studied at various pH values. The intercalation of Carboxymethyl cellulose polymeric chains into LDH sheets was confirmed by FTIR spectroscopy and XRD analysis. The d-values are 1.73 nm for the Mg-Al-CMC-LDH and 2.23 nm for the Ni-Al-CMC-LDH, supporting a multilayer arrangement of CMC into the LDH interlayer space. Thermo gravimetric analysis showed a better thermal resistance of CMC in the presence of LDH sheets, especially for Mg-Al-CMC-LDH. The obtained nanocomposites revealed a pH dependent swelling behavior. The swelling of the prepared nanocomposites increased slowly with increasing pH from 2 to 10. However, their swelling ratio increased sharply in the pH values above 10.

  11. Synthesis of highly hydrophobic floating magnetic polymer nanocomposites for the removal of oils from water surface

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    Chen, Mudan, E-mail: chenmudan@163.com [National Special Superfine Powder Engineering Research Center, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (China); Jiang, Wei, E-mail: climentjw@126.com [National Special Superfine Powder Engineering Research Center, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (China); Wang, Fenghe [Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210023 (China); Shen, Ping; Ma, Peichang; Gu, Junjun; Mao, Jianyu; Li, Fengsheng [National Special Superfine Powder Engineering Research Center, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (China)

    2013-12-01

    The removal of organic contaminants, particularly oil spills from water surface is of great technological importance for environmental protection. In this article, we present a novel, economic and environment-friendly core–shell composite material based on magnetic hollow Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (MNPs) that was fabricated by two-step process, which can fast and efficiently separate oils from water surface under a magnetic field. The magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (MNPs) were coated with a polystyrene layer successfully to form water-repellent and oil-absorbing surfaces, which could float on water and selectively absorb lubricating oil up to 3 times of the particles’ weight while completely repelling water. More importantly, the oils could be readily removed from the surfaces of nanocomposites by a simple treatment and the nanocomposites still kept highly hydrophobic and superoleophilic characteristics, so the nanocomposites have an excellent recyclability in the oil-absorbent capacity. Several techniques such as transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) were used in the characterization of the materials. In addition, magnetic force and oils removal capability tests were also performed. It will open up a potential and broad application in wastewater treatment.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of Mn2+ doped CdOZn3(PO4)2 nanocomposites

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    Naga Bhaskararao, Y.; Satyavathi, K.; Subba Rao, M.; Cole, Sandhya

    2017-02-01

    Undoped and Mn2+ doped CdOZn3(PO4)2 nanocomposites are fruitfully synthesized by chemical precipitation process at room temperature. The morphology, structure and spectroscopic properties of the prepared samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical absorption, Scanning electron microscope (SEM) with EDS, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, Photolumiscence (PL) and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR). XRD data confirms the cubic phase of CdO and monoclinic phase of Zn3(PO4)2. Strain and dislocation density are also calculated from XRD studies. Optical absorption spectrum of Mn2+ doped CdOZn3(PO4)2 nanocomposite shows different spin-forbidden DMSO-d6 bands which are the characteristics of octahedral site symmetry related to Mn2+. The crystal field parameter Dq and inter electronic repulsion parameters (B and C) are deliberate using optical absorption data. Surface morphology of sample is firm by Using Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and the distribution of Zn, Cd, phosphate and oxygen species in the prepared sample is identified by EDS. PL studies recognize the white light emission. The 'g' value of the nanocomposite material synthesized is lesser than (negative shift) the free electron value (2.0023), which gives ionic nature to the bonding and confirms the presence of Mn2+ in distorted octahedral site symmetry.

  13. Synthesis, characterization, and efficacy of antituberculosis isoniazid zinc aluminum-layered double hydroxide based nanocomposites.

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    Saifullah, Bullo; El Zowalaty, Mohamed Ezzat; Arulselvan, Palanisamy; Fakurazi, Sharida; Webster, Thomas J; Geilich, Benjamin Mahler; Hussein, Mohd Zobir

    2016-01-01

    The chemotherapy for tuberculosis (TB) is complicated by its long-term treatment, its frequent drug dosing, and the adverse effects of anti-TB drugs. In this study, we have developed two nanocomposites (A and B) by intercalating the anti-TB drug isoniazid (INH) into Zn/Al-layered double hydroxides. The average size of the nanocomposites was found to bê164 nm. The efficacy of the Zn/Al-layered double hydroxides intercalated INH against Mycobacterium tuberculosis was increased by approximately three times more than free INH. The nanocomposites were also found to be active against Gram-positive and -negative bacteria. Compared to the free INH, the nanodelivery formulation was determined to be three times more biocompatible with human normal lung fibroblast MRC-5 cells and 3T3 fibroblast cells at a very high concentration of 50 µg/mL for up to 72 hours. The in vitro release of INH from the Zn/Al-layered double hydroxides was found to be sustained in human body-simulated buffer solutions of pH 4.8 and 7.4. This research is a step forward in making the TB chemotherapy patient friendly.

  14. Bifunctional bridging linker-assisted synthesis and characterization of TiO2/Au nanocomposites

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    Žunič, Vojka; Kurtjak, Mario; Suvorov, Danilo

    2016-11-01

    Using a simple organic bifunctional bridging linker, titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles were coupled with the Au nanoparticles to form TiO2/Au nanocomposites with a variety of Au loadings. This organic bifunctional linker, meso-2,3-dimercaptosuccinic acid, contains two types of functional groups: (i) the carboxyl group, which enables binding to the TiO2, and (ii) the thiol group, which enables binding to the Au. In addition, the organic bifunctional linker acts as a stabilizing agent to prevent the agglomeration and growth of the Au particles, resulting in the formation of highly dispersed Au nanoparticles. To form the TiO2/Au nanocomposites in a simple way, we deliberately applied a synthetic method that simultaneously ensures: (i) the capping of the Au nanoparticles and (ii) the binding of different amounts of Au to the TiO2. The TiO2/Au nanocomposites formed with this method show enhanced UV and Vis photocatalytic activities when compared to the pure TiO2 nanopowders.

  15. Synthesis of highly hydrophobic floating magnetic polymer nanocomposites for the removal of oils from water surface

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    Chen, Mudan; Jiang, Wei; Wang, Fenghe; Shen, Ping; Ma, Peichang; Gu, Junjun; Mao, Jianyu; Li, Fengsheng

    2013-12-01

    The removal of organic contaminants, particularly oil spills from water surface is of great technological importance for environmental protection. In this article, we present a novel, economic and environment-friendly core-shell composite material based on magnetic hollow Fe3O4 nanoparticles (MNPs) that was fabricated by two-step process, which can fast and efficiently separate oils from water surface under a magnetic field. The magnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles (MNPs) were coated with a polystyrene layer successfully to form water-repellent and oil-absorbing surfaces, which could float on water and selectively absorb lubricating oil up to 3 times of the particles’ weight while completely repelling water. More importantly, the oils could be readily removed from the surfaces of nanocomposites by a simple treatment and the nanocomposites still kept highly hydrophobic and superoleophilic characteristics, so the nanocomposites have an excellent recyclability in the oil-absorbent capacity. Several techniques such as transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) were used in the characterization of the materials. In addition, magnetic force and oils removal capability tests were also performed. It will open up a potential and broad application in wastewater treatment.

  16. Photocatalytic synthesis of TiO(2) and reduced graphene oxide nanocomposite for lithium ion battery.

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    Qiu, Jingxia; Zhang, Peng; Ling, Min; Li, Sheng; Liu, Porun; Zhao, Huijun; Zhang, Shanqing

    2012-07-25

    In this work, we synthesized graphene oxide (GO) using the improved Hummers' oxidation method. TiO2 nanoparticles can be anchored on the GO sheets via the abundant oxygen-containing functional groups such as epoxy, hydroxyl, carbonyl, and carboxyl groups on the GO sheets. Using the TiO2 photocatalyst, the GO was photocatalytically reduced under UV illumination, leading to the production of TiO2-reduced graphene oxide (TiO2-RGO) nanocomposite. The as-prepared TiO2, TiO2-GO, and TiO2-RGO nanocomposite were used to fabricate lithium ion batteries (LIBs) as the active anode materials and their corresponding lithium ion insertion/extraction performance was evaluated. The resultant LIBs of the TiO2-RGO nanocomposite possesses more stable cyclic performance, larger reversible capacity, and better rate capability, compared with that of the pure TiO2 and TiO2-GO samples. The electrochemical and materials characterization suggest that the graphene network provides efficient pathways for electron transfer, and the TiO2 nanoparticles prevent the restacking of the graphene nanosheets, resulting in the improvement in both electric conductivity and specific capacity, respectively. This work suggests that the TiO2 based photocatalytic method could be a simple, low-cost, and efficient approach for large-scale production of anode materials for lithium ion batteries.

  17. Polyol-Mediated Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Nanorods and Nanocomposites with Poly(methyl methacrylate

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    Alojz Anžlovar

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available ZnO nanorods (length 30–150 nm were synthesized in di(ethylene glycol using Zn(CH3COO2 as a precursor and para-toluene sulphonic acid, p-TSA, as an end-capping agent. Increasing the concentration of p-TSA above 0.1 M causes the reduction of the ZnO length. Nanocomposites with poly(methyl methacrylate were prepared using unmodified nanorods. They enhanced the UV absorption of nanocomposites (∼98% at low ZnO concentrations (0.05–0.1 wt.%, while visible light transparency was high. At concentrations of 1 wt.% and above, nanorods enhanced the thermal stability of nanocomposites. At low concentrations (0.05–0.1 wt.%, they increased the storage modulus of material and shifted Tg towards higher temperatures as shown by dynamic mechanical analysis, DMA, while at higher concentrations (1.0 wt.% this effect was deteriorated. DMA also showed that spherical ZnO particles have a more pronounced effect on the storage modulus and Tg than nanorods.

  18. FACILE REGULATION OF GLUTARALDEHYDE-MODIFIED GRAPHENE OXIDE FOR PREPARING FREE-STANDING PAPERS AND NANOCOMPOSITE FILMS

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    Ye-qiang Tan; Yi-hu Song; Qiang Zheng

    2013-01-01

    Colloidal suspensions of glutaraldehyde (GA) crosslinked or grafted graphene oxide (GO) sheets were fabricated by simply tailoring the feed sequence.The different structures were confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectra and X-ray diffraction.As demonstration of the utilities,the different colloidal suspensions were used to prepare free-standing papers by flow-directed filtration and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)-based nanocomposite films by casting.Free-standing papers from GA crosslinked GO sheets exhibited better mechanical properties than unmodified GO paper,while nanocomposite films from GA grafted GO exhibit higher tensile strength and Young's modulus.

  19. Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}–CNTs nanocomposites: Inorganic dispersant assisted hydrothermal synthesis and application in lithium ion batteries

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    Guo, Qixun, E-mail: qxguo@xmu.edu.cn; Guo, Pengfei; Li, Juntao, E-mail: jtli@xmu.edu.cn; Yin, Hao; Liu, Jie; Xiao, Feilong; Shen, Daoxiang; Li, Ning

    2014-05-01

    Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}–CNTs nanocomposites with a particle size of ∼80 nm have been synthesized through an organic-free hydrothermal synthesis strategy by using Sn(OH){sub 6}{sup 2−} as an inorganic dispersant, and served as anode materials of lithium ion batteries. Nano-sized and micro-sized Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} without CNTs have also been prepared for comparison. The cycle performances of the as-obtained Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} are highly size-dependent. The Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}–CNTs nanocomposites can deliver reversible discharge capacity of ∼700 mA h/g at a current density of 50 mA/g after 50 cycles. The discharge capacity of the micro-sized Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} decreased to 171 mA h/g after 50 cycles. Our work not only provides new insights into the inorganic dispersant assisted hydrothermal synthesis of metal oxides nanocrystals but also gives guidance for finding new nanocomposites as anode materials of lithium ion batteries. - Graphical abstract: Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}–CNTs nanocomposites have been prepared through an inorganic dispersant assisted hydrothermal synthesis strategy, and served as anode materials of lithium ion batteries with enhanced performance. - Highlights: • Sn(OH){sub 6}{sup 2−} is a good inorganic dispersant for the hydrothermal synthesis of nano Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}. • The cycle performances of nano Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} anode are much better than that of micro Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} anode. • Compositing CNTs can enhance the cycle performances of nano Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} anode.

  20. Zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) as a sacrificial template: one-pot synthesis of hollow poly(dopamine) nanocapsules and yolk-structured poly(dopamine) nanocomposites

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    Ran, Jingyu; Xiao, Lihua; Wu, Weidang; Liu, Yike; Qiu, Wei; Wu, Jianming

    2017-02-01

    Hollow poly(dopamine) (PDA) nanocapsules and yolk-structured PDA nanocomposites were prepared by an aqueous one-pot synthesis method utilizing zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) nanocrystals as a sacrificial template without any special etchant. The resulting PDA nanocapsules show negligible cytotoxicity in HeLa cells after incubation for 48 h at various doses, which implies their potential as candidates for practical applications in drug transport and targeting.

  1. Bio-synthesis participated mechanism of mesoporous LiFePO4/C nanocomposite microspheres for lithium ion battery

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    Zhang, X.D.; He, W.; Yue, Yuanzheng

    2012-01-01

    In this paper we report a bio-synthesis participated route towards controllable mesoporous LiFePO4/C nanocomposite microspheres (MP-LFP/C-NC-MS). During the synthesis Baker’s yeast cells are used as both structure templates and carbon source. Then we clarify the bio-deposited and biomolecular self...... specific surface area (203 m2 g-1). The microsphere is composed of densely aggregated nanoparticles and interconnected nanopores. The open mesoporous structure allows lithium ions easily to penetrate into the spheres, while a thorough coating of the biocarbon network on the surface of the LiFePO4...... nanoparticles facilitates lithium ion and electron diffusion. The MP-LFP/C-NC-MS have high discharge capacity of about 158.5 mA h g−1 at the current density of 0.1 C, discharge capacity of 122 mA h g−1 at 10 C, and high capacity retention rate. Therefore the mesoporous microspheres are an ideal type of cathode...

  2. One-pot biosynthesis of polymer-inorganic nanocomposites

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    Geng, Jiaqing; Yang, Dong; Zhu, Yong; Cao, Lichao; Jiang, Zhongyi; Sun, Yan

    2011-06-01

    A biological method is demonstrated to fabricate the polymer-inorganic nanocomposites (PINCs) utilizing bacterium as an efficient and versatile biofactory. Gluconacetobacter xylinum that can produce bacterial cellulose is incubated in the culture medium containing titanium or silica precursor. The PINCs can be acquired under the elaborate control of the culturing condition of G. xylinum, in which the formation of inorganic nanoparticles about several tens of nanometers in size synchronizes the fabrication of reticulated bacterial cellulose membrane composed of dense and finely branched nanofibers about 60-120 nm in diameter. The composition and chemical states, morphology, thermal stability of the inorganic nanoparticles, and nanocomposites were extensively characterized. A tentative mechanism for the formation of PINCs is proposed. It is hoped that this study may establish a generic platform toward facile and green synthesis of nanocomposite materials.

  3. One-pot biosynthesis of polymer-inorganic nanocomposites

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    Geng Jiaqing [Tianjin University, Key Laboratory for Green Technology, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology (China); Yang Dong [Tianjin University, Department of Biochemical Engineering and Key Laboratory of Systems Bioengineering of Ministry of Education, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology (China); Zhu Yong; Cao Lichao; Jiang Zhongyi, E-mail: zhyjiang@tju.edu.cn [Tianjin University, Key Laboratory for Green Technology, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology (China); Sun Yan [Tianjin University, Department of Biochemical Engineering and Key Laboratory of Systems Bioengineering of Ministry of Education, School of Chemical Engineering and Technology (China)

    2011-06-15

    A biological method is demonstrated to fabricate the polymer-inorganic nanocomposites (PINCs) utilizing bacterium as an efficient and versatile biofactory. Gluconacetobacter xylinum that can produce bacterial cellulose is incubated in the culture medium containing titanium or silica precursor. The PINCs can be acquired under the elaborate control of the culturing condition of G. xylinum, in which the formation of inorganic nanoparticles about several tens of nanometers in size synchronizes the fabrication of reticulated bacterial cellulose membrane composed of dense and finely branched nanofibers about 60-120 nm in diameter. The composition and chemical states, morphology, thermal stability of the inorganic nanoparticles, and nanocomposites were extensively characterized. A tentative mechanism for the formation of PINCs is proposed. It is hoped that this study may establish a generic platform toward facile and green synthesis of nanocomposite materials.

  4. Facile Fabrication of MoS2-Modified SnO2 Hybrid Nanocomposite for Ultrasensitive Humidity Sensing.

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    Zhang, Dongzhi; Sun, Yan'e; Li, Peng; Zhang, Yong

    2016-06-01

    An ultrasensitive humidity sensor based on molybdenum-disulfide- (MoS2)-modified tin oxide (SnO2) nanocomposite has been demonstrated in this work. The nanostructural, morphological, and compositional properties of an as-prepared MoS2/SnO2 nanocomposite were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS), nitrogen sorption analysis, and Raman spectroscopy, which confirmed its successful preparation and rationality. The sensing characteristics of the MoS2/SnO2 hybrid film device against relative humidity (RH) were investigated at room temperature. The RH sensing results revealed an unprecedented response, ultrafast response/recovery behaviors, and outstanding repeatability. To our knowledge, the sensor response yielded in this work was tens of times higher than that of the existing humidity sensors. Moreover, the MoS2/SnO2 hybrid nanocomposite film sensor exhibited great enhancement in humidity sensing performances as compared to the pure MoS2, SnO2, and graphene counterparts. Furthermore, complex impedance spectroscopy and bode plots were employed to understand the underlying sensing mechanisms of the MoS2/SnO2 nanocomposite toward humidity. The synthesized MoS2/SnO2 hybrid composite was proved to be an excellent candidate for constructing ultrahigh-performance humidity sensor toward various applications.

  5. Facile preparation of polypyrrole/graphene oxide nanocomposites with large areal capacitance using electrochemical codeposition for supercapacitors

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    Zhou, Haihan; Han, Gaoyi; Xiao, Yaoming; Chang, Yunzhen; Zhai, Hua-Jin

    2014-10-01

    A simple and low-cost electrochemical codeposition method has been introduced to fabricate polypyrrole/graphene oxide (PPy/GO) nanocomposites and the areal capacitance of conducting polymer/GO composites is reported for the first time. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) are implemented to determine the PPy/GO nanocomposites are successfully prepared and the interaction between PPy and GO. The as-prepared PPy/GO nanocomposites show the curly sheet-like morphology, superior capacitive behaviors and cyclic stability. Furthermore, the varying deposition time is implemented to investigate the impact of the loading amount on electrochemical behavior of the composites, and a high areal capacitance of 152 mF cm-2 is achieved at 10 mV s-1 CV scan. However, the thicker films caused by the long deposition time would result in larger diffusion resistance of electrolyte ions, consequently exhibit the relatively lower capacitance value at the high current density. The GCD tests indicate moderate deposition time is more suitable for the fast charge/discharge. Considering the very simple and effective synthetic process, the PPy/GO nanocomposites with relatively high areal capacitance are competitive candidate for supercapacitor application, and its capacitive performances can be easily tuned by varying the deposition time.

  6. Synthesis of novel ZrO2&GO@TiO2 nanocomposite as an efficient photoanode in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Mohamed, Ibrahim M. A.; Dao, Van-Duong; Yasin, Ahmed S.; Yassin, Mohamed A.; Barakat, Nasser A. M.; Choi, Ho-Suk

    2017-02-01

    Due to the physicochemical and photo-electro properties, TiO2 nanostructures still being the outstanding photoanode materials in the dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). However, it is well known that a low dye-loading and charge recombination constrain the limitation of large-scale application. This work introduces the synthesis of ZrO2&GO@TiO2 nanofibers (NFs) by facile two steps using electrospinning and hydrothermal treatment. Furthermore, the developed materials are applied as an efficient photoanode of DSCs. The synthesized NFs are described in terms of morphology, crystallography and chemistry via FESEM, TEM, XRD, Raman spectra and EDX analysis. As the results, the Ti, Zr, O and C elements are uniformly distributed in the synthesized sample. The percentages of the atomic elements are 10.77, 57.69, 1.45 and 30.09 for C, O, Zr and Ti, respectively. The synthesized composite shows only anatase with crystal size of 25.86 nm and cell volume of 142.39 Å3. The developed material is employed as working electrode of DSCs. The J-V characteristic showed 5.09% efficiency for device using the synthesized material, which is higher than those of cells assembled with TiO2 NFs and ZrO2@TiO2 NFs photoanodes. The obtained result is explained by enhanced dye-loading (1.055 × 1017 molecule/cm2) and improved charge transfer resistance (Rct = 9.18 Ω) of the photoanode substrate. Hence, the presented nanocomposite can be an efficient photoanode towards technology of DSC.

  7. Solid state synthesis and characterization of ferromagnetic nanocomposite Fe–In{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films

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    Myagkov, V.G. [Kirensky Institute of Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch, Krasnoyarsk 660036 (Russian Federation); Reshetnev Siberian State Aerospace University, Krasnoyarsk 660014 (Russian Federation); Tambasov, I.A., E-mail: tambasov_igor@mail.ru [Kirensky Institute of Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch, Krasnoyarsk 660036 (Russian Federation); Bayukov, O.A. [Kirensky Institute of Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch, Krasnoyarsk 660036 (Russian Federation); Zhigalov, V.S. [Kirensky Institute of Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch, Krasnoyarsk 660036 (Russian Federation); Reshetnev Siberian State Aerospace University, Krasnoyarsk 660014 (Russian Federation); Bykova, L.E. [Kirensky Institute of Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch, Krasnoyarsk 660036 (Russian Federation); Mikhlin, Yu.L. [Institute of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch, Krasnoyarsk 660049 (Russian Federation); Volochaev, M.N. [Reshetnev Siberian State Aerospace University, Krasnoyarsk 660014 (Russian Federation); Bondarenko, G.N. [Institute of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Siberian Branch, Krasnoyarsk 660049 (Russian Federation)

    2014-11-05

    Highlights: • Ferromagnetic Fe–In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocomposites were prepared by solid-state reactions. • The reaction starts above the initiation temperature T{sub in} ∼ 180 °S. • The reaction products contain α-Fe nanocrystals enveloped by an In{sub 2}O{sub 3} shell. • The formation mechanisms of the Fe–In{sub 2}O{sub 3} core/shell-like structures were discussed. - Abstract: We have successfully synthesized ferromagnetic Fe–In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocomposite thin films for the first time using the thermite reaction Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} + In = In{sub 2}O{sub 3} + Fe. The initial In/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} bilayers were obtained by the deposition of In layers on α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} films. The reaction occurs in a self-propagating mode in a homogeneous thermal film plane field at heating rates above 20 K/s and at temperatures above initiation temperature T{sub in} ∼ 180 °S. At heating rates lower than 20 K/s the mixing of the In and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} layers occurs across the whole In/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} interface and the synthesis of the ferromagnetic α-Fe phase starts above the initiation temperature T{sub in} = 180 °S. X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Mossbauer spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and magnetic measurements were used for phase identification and microstructure observation of the synthesized Fe–In{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples. The reaction products contain (1 1 0) textured α-Fe nanocrystals with a diameter around 100 nm and surrounded by an In{sub 2}O{sub 3} matrix. These results enable new efficient low-temperature methods for synthesizing ferromagnetic nanocomposite films containing ferromagnetic nanoclusters embedded in transparent conducting oxides.

  8. Synthesis of uniform CdS nanospheres/graphene hybrid nanocomposites and their application as visible light photocatalyst for selective reduction of nitro organics in water.

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    Chen, Zhang; Liu, Siqi; Yang, Min-Quan; Xu, Yi-Jun

    2013-05-22

    We report the self-assembly of uniform CdS nanospheres/graphene (CdS NSPs/GR) hybrid nanocomposites via electrostatic interaction of positively charged CdS nanospheres (CdS NSPs) with negatively charged graphene oxide (GO), followed by GO reduction via a hydrothermal treatment. During this facile two-step wet chemistry process, reduced graphene oxide (RGO, also called GR) and the intimate interfacial contact between CdS NSPs and the GR sheets are achieved. Importantly, the CdS NSPs/GR nanocomposites exhibit a much higher photocatalytic performance than bare CdS NSPs toward selective reduction of nitro organics to corresponding amino organics under visible light irradiation. The superior photocatalytic performance of the CdS NSPs/GR nanocomposites can be attributed to the intimate interfacial contact between CdS NSPs and the GR sheets, which would maximize the excellent electron conductivity and mobility of GR that in turn markedly contributes to improving the fate and transfer of photogenerated charge carriers from CdS NSPs under visible light irradiation. Moreover, the photocorrosion of CdS and the photodegradation of GR can be efficiently inhibited. The excellent reusability of the CdS NSPs/GR nanocomposites can be attributed to the synergetic effect of the introduction of GR into the matrix of CdS NSPs and the addition of ammonium formate as quencher for photogenerated holes. It is hoped that our current work could promote us to efficiently harness such a simple and efficient self-assembly strategy to synthesize GR-based semiconductor composites with controlled morphology and, more significantly, widen the application of CdS/GR nanocomposite photocatalysts and offer new inroads into exploration and utilization of GR-based semiconductor nanocomposites as visible light photocatalysts for selective organic transformations.

  9. One-step synthesis of graphene/SnO2 nanocomposites and its application in electrochemical supercapacitors

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    Li, Fenghua; Song, Jiangfeng; Yang, Huafeng; Gan, Shiyu; Zhang, Qixian; Han, Dongxue; Ivaska, Ari; Niu, Li

    2009-11-01

    A one-step method was developed to fabricate conductive graphene/SnO2 (GS) nanocomposites in acidic solution. Graphite oxides were reduced by SnCl2 to graphene sheets in the presence of HCl and urea. The reducing process was accompanied by generation of SnO2 nanoparticles. The structure and composition of GS nanocomposites were confirmed by means of transmission electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron and Raman spectroscopy. Moreover, the ultracapacitor characteristics of GS nanocomposites were studied by cyclic voltammograms (CVs) and electrical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The CVs of GS nanocomposites are nearly rectangular in shape and the specific capacitance degrades slightly as the voltage scan rate is increased. The EIS of GS nanocomposites presents a phase angle close to π/2 at low frequency, indicating a good capacitive behavior. In addition, the GS nanocomposites could be promisingly applied in many fields such as nanoelectronics, ultracapacitors, sensors, nanocomposites, batteries and gas storage.

  10. Synthesis of Hybrid SiC/SiO2 Nanoparticles and Their Polymer Nanocomposites

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    Hassan, Tarig A.; Rangari, Vijaya K.; Baker, Fredric; Jeelani, Shaik

    2013-04-01

    In the present investigation, silicon carbide (β-SiC) nanoparticles ( 30 nm) were coated on silicon dioxide (SiO2) nanoparticles ( 200 nm) using sonochemical method. The resultant hybrid nanoparticles were then infused into SC-15 epoxy resin to enhance the thermal and mechanical properties of SC-15 epoxy for structural application. To fabricate an epoxy-based nanocomposite containing SiC/SiO2 hybrid nanoparticles, we have opted a two-step process. In the first step, the silica nanoparticles were coated with SiC nanoparticles using high intensity ultrasonic irradiation. In a second step, 1 wt.% of as-prepared SiC/SiO2 particles were dispersed in epoxy part-A (diglycidylether of bisphenol A) using a high intensity ultrasound for 30 min at 5°C. The part-B (cycloaliphatic amine hardener) of the epoxy was then mixed with part-A-SiC/SiO2 mixture using a high-speed mechanical stirrer for 10 min. The SiC/SiO2/epoxy resin mixture was cured at room temperature for 24 h. The SiC nanoparticles coating on SiO2 was characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and high resolution transmission electron microscope (TEM). The as-prepared nanocomposite samples were characterized using thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). Compression tests have been carried out for both nanocomposite and neat epoxy systems. The results indicated that 1 wt.% (SiC) + (SiO2) loading derived improvements in both thermal and mechanical properties when compared to the neat epoxy system.

  11. Tungsten-doped ZnO nanocomposite: Synthesis, characterization, and highly active photocatalyst toward dye photodegradation

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    Moafi, Hadi Fallah, E-mail: Fallah.m@guilan.ac.ir [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Guilan, P.O. Box 1914, Rasht (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Zanjanchi, Mohammad Ali; Shojaie, Abdollah Fallah [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Guilan, P.O. Box 1914, Rasht (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-05-15

    A series of W-doped ZnO nanocomposite with different W contents were synthesized by sol–gel method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), inductively coupled plasma (ICP) and BET surface area measurement. The XRD results revealed that all the W-doped samples showed a hexagonal wurtzite structure. The results of EDS and XPS revealed that W was doped into ZnO structure. The particle size of doped ZnO is much smaller as compared to that of pure ZnO. The photocatalytic activity of undoped ZnO and W-doped ZnO was evaluated by the photodegradation of methylene blue in aqueous solution. The results show that the photocatalytic activity of the W-doped ZnO is much higher than that of undoped ZnO and the optimum percentage of doped W is 4 mol%. The enhanced photocatalytic activity of the W-ZnO samples may be related to the narrowing of the band gap, increase in the charge separation efficiency, particle size reduction and increase of the surface area. Highlights: ► W-doped ZnO nanocomposites were synthesized by a sol–gel method. ► The XRD results revealed that all the materials consisting of wurtzite structure. ► The sizes of the W-ZnO nanocomposite are 5–10 nm, obtained from TEM image. ► With W doping into ZnO photoinduced charge separation rate has been enhanced. ► Photocatalytic activity of the W-ZnO is much higher than that of undoped ZnO.

  12. Synthesis and electrochemical properties of SnO2-CuO nanocomposite powders

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    MA Ming-you; HE Ze-qiang; XIAO Zhuo-bing; HUANG Ke-long; XIONG Li-zhi; WU Xian-ming

    2006-01-01

    SnO2-CuO nanocomposite powders were prepared by chemical coprecipitation method using SnCl4·5H2O, NH3·H2O and Cu(NO3)2·3H2O as raw materials. The powders were characterized by thermogravimertric(TG) analysis and differential thermal analysis(DTA), X-ray diffraction(XRD), and scanning electron microscope(SEM). The electrochemical properties of SnO2-CuO and undoped SnO2 powders as anode materials of lithium ion batteries were investigated comparatively by galvanostatic charge-discharge experiments and AC impedance. The results show that SnO2-CuO nanocomposite powders with the average particle size of 87 nm can be obtained by this method. The structure of SnO2 does not change with the introduction of CuO, but the average particle size of nano-SnO2 decreases. SnO2-CuO nanocomposite powders show a reversible capacity of 752 mA·h/g and better cycleability compared with nano-SnO2. The capacity retention rates after 60 cycles of nano-SnO2-CuO and SnO2 are 93.6% and 92.0% at the chargedischarge rate of 0.1 C, respectively, which suggests that the introduction of CuO into SnO2 can improve the cycleability of nanoSnO2.

  13. Study of early stages of Cu-NbC nanocomposite synthesis

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    Marques, M.T. [INETI-DMTP, Estrada do Paco do Lumiar 22, 1649-038 Lisboa (Portugal)]. E-mail: tmarques@ineti.pt; Livramento, V. [INETI-DMTP, Estrada do Paco do Lumiar 22, 1649-038 Lisboa (Portugal); Correia, J.B. [INETI-DMTP, Estrada do Paco do Lumiar 22, 1649-038 Lisboa (Portugal); Almeida, A. [IST, Department of Materials Engineering, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Vilar, R. [IST, Department of Materials Engineering, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal)

    2007-05-31

    Cu-NbC nanocomposites with nominal compositions of 5, 10 and 20 vol.% of NbC were produced in situ via MA from elemental powders. The powders were milled for 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 and 32 h. The as-milled powders were characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). X-ray diffraction results showed that the niobium carbide phase is formed in the early stages of milling and that the time necessary to complete the reaction ranges from 1 to about 8 h of milling.

  14. Synthesis and characterization of silver/diatomite nanocomposite by electron beam irradiation

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    Hanh, Truong Thi; Thu, Nguyen Thi; Quoc, Le Anh; Hien, Nguyen Quoc

    2017-10-01

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) with diameter abou