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  1. Coassembly of gold nanoparticles and cellulose nanocrystals in composite films.

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    Lukach, Ariella; Thérien-Aubin, Héloïse; Querejeta-Fernández, Ana; Pitch, Natalie; Chauve, Grégory; Méthot, Myriam; Bouchard, Jean; Kumacheva, Eugenia

    2015-05-12

    Coassembly of nanoparticles with different size-, shape-, and composition-dependent properties is a promising approach to the design and fabrication of functional materials and devices. This paper reports the results of a detailed investigation of the formation and properties of free-stranding composite films formed by the coassembly of cellulose nanocrystals and shape-isotropic plasmonic gold nanoparticles. The effect of gold nanoparticle size, surface charge, and concentration on the structural and optical properties of the composite films has been studied. The composite films retained photonic crystal and chiroptical activity properties. The size and surface charge of gold nanoparticles had a minor effect on the structure and properties of the composite films, while the concentration of gold nanoparticles in the composite material played a more significant role and can be used to fine-tune the optical properties of materials derived from cellulose nanocrystals. These findings significantly broaden the range of nanoparticles that can be used for producing nanocomposite materials based on cellulose nanocrystals. The simplicity of film preparation, the abundance of cellulose nanocrystals, and the robust, free-standing nature of the composite films offer highly advantageous features and pave the way for the generation of functional materials with coupled optical properties.

  2. Nanodiamond-polymer nanoparticle composites and their thin films

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    Attia, N. F.; Rao, J. P.; Geckeler, K. E.

    2014-04-01

    Nanodiamonds obtained from detonation processes have received a great deal of attention during the past decades because of their unique properties and applications. The dispersion of nanodiamond particles can be achieved by different methods including the use of polymer nanoparticles. Here, we describe the dispersion of nanodiamonds in conjunction with sonication using poly(vinylpyrrolidone) nanoparticles with a particle size range of 23.3-61.3 nm, providing a good, economic, and efficient method for the dispersion. The average particle size was found to be 37.5 nm, as confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. The interaction between the nanodiamonds and polymer nanoparticles was characterized by FTIR spectroscopy and the effect of the polymer nanoparticle concentration, sonication time, and frequency on the dispersion process of nanodiamonds is highlighted. In addition, we prepared thin films of nanodiamond-polymer composites with different nanodiamond contents that showed good nanodiamond dispersion. The thin film can act as a UV filter and is transparent in the visible region. The thin films of nanodiamond-poly(vinylpyrrolidone) nanoparticles were characterized by SEM and UV-Vis spectroscopy.

  3. Optical constants and their dispersion of Ag-MgF2 nanoparticle composite films

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    Zhaoqi Sun(孙兆奇); Daming Sun(孙大明)

    2004-01-01

    Ag-MgF2 composite films with different Ag fractions were prepared through a co-evaporation method.Microstructure analysis shows that the films are composed of amorphous MgF2 matrix and embedded fcc-Ag nanoparticles. The optical constants and their dispersion of the films, within the wavelength range of 250 - 650 nm, were measured by reflecting spectroscopic ellipsometry. The maximum of the imaginary part ε" of the complex dielectric permittivity attributing to the surface plasmon resonance polarization of the Ag nanoparticles in an Ag-MgF2 film, and the tangent of the phase-shift angle δ resulting from the dielectric loss of the film, occur at λ = 435 nm and λ = 420 nm, respectively. Based on Maxwell-Garnett effective medium theory, the experimentally observed dispersion spectra were reasonably described.

  4. Preparation and optical properties of composite thin films with embedded InP nanoparticles

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    2001-01-01

    InP nanoparticles embedded in SiO2 thin films were prepared by radio-frequency magnetron co-sputtering. We analyzed the structure and growth behavior of the composite films under different preparation conditions. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy analyses indicate that InP nanoparticles have a polycrystalline structure. The aver-age size of InP nanoparticles is in the range of 3-10 nm. The broadening and red shift of the Raman peaks were observed,which can be interpreted by the phonon confinement model. Optical transmission spectra indicate that the optical absorp-tion edges of the films can be modulated in the visible light range. The marked blue shift of the absorption edge with respect to that of bulk InP is explained by the quantum con-finement effect. The theoretical values of the blue shift pre-dicted by the effective mass approximation model are differ-ent from the experimental results for the InP-SiO2 system. Analyses indicate that the exciton effective mass of the InP nanoparticles is not constant and is inverse relative to the particles radius,which may be the main reason that results in the discrepancy between the theoretical and the experi-mental result. We discussed the possible transition of the direct band gap to the indirect band gap for InP nanoparti-cles embedded in SiO2 thin films.

  5. Electrically conductive properties of Ag/Si composite nanoparticle assembled films prepared with a plasma-gas-condensation cluster source

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    Kurokawa, Yuichiro; Hihara, Takehiko

    2014-11-01

    Ag1-x/Six composite nanoparticle assembled films were prepared using a plasma-gas-condensation cluster beam deposition apparatus. The electrical conductivity σ and Hall coefficient |RH| of Ag1-x/Six nanoparticle assembled films obey a power law of the volume fraction of Ag pAg. The marked change at around pAg = pc indicates that the percolation of Ag nanoparticles takes place at the threshold value pc. Moreover, we found that the |RH| at T = 5 K of the Ag1-x/Six nanoparticle assembled film with the closest pAg to pc is 20 times higher than that of the bulk Ag.

  6. Molecular ordering and 2D conductivity in ultrathin poly(3-hexylthiophene)/gold nanoparticle composite films.

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    Ruiz, Virginia; Nicholson, Patrick G; Jollands, Stuart; Thomas, Pamela A; Macpherson, Julie V; Unwin, Patrick R

    2005-10-20

    This paper reports the first comparison of the structure and electrical conductivity properties of spin cast (SC) and Langmuir-Schaeffer (LS) films of regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT). In addition, the effect of incorporating highly monodisperse Au nanoparticles (NPs), with a core diameter of approximately 5 nm, into SC and LS P3HT films is described. A detailed picture of molecular organization in the films has been obtained using ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray reflectivity. Film morphology was correlated with pseudo-two-dimensional conductivity measured using scanning electrochemical microscopy, with P3HT in the semiconducting regime. It was found that SC films, which were slightly thicker than those formed with the LS technique, exhibited greater organization. This resulted in an order of magnitude higher lateral conductivity for the SC films. Inclusion of Au NPs (50 wt %) into both SC and LS films resulted in the formation of uniform and relatively flat (rms roughness approximately 1 nm) composite films. Surprisingly, the addition of NPs did not disrupt the characteristic crystal structure found for the native P3HT films. The effect of Au NPs on film lateral conductivity was found to be determined by the distribution of Au NPs within the polymer, which varied significantly between SC and LS films. Whereas Au NPs aggregated into hexagonally packed clusters in SC films, NPs in LS films were predominantly uniformly distributed between the lamella bilayer. It was found that, while the inclusion of Au NPs caused the lateral conductivity to decrease in SC films, in LS films, the lateral conductivity increased by a factor of 2.

  7. Hemicyanine LB film—Silver nanoparticle composite: contrasting fluorescence responses sensitive to the ultrathin film assembly sequence

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    Maganti, Lasya; Dwivedi, Itisha; Jose, Anju; Radhakrishnan, T. P.

    2017-07-01

    Fluorescence emission of molecules is strongly influenced by the plasmonic field of metal nanoparticles, with significant enhancement induced under optimal conditions. Nanocomposite ultrathin films fabricated with citrate-stabilized Ag nanoparticles and LB film of a cationic hemicyanine amphiphile, are shown to produce opposing fluorescence emission trends upon subtle variation in the assembly sequence. Monolayer LB films of the pure amphiphile show aggregation-induced quenching with increasing deposition pressure. Composite films formed by adsorption of Ag nanoparticles on the Langmuir film (self-assembly together with steered assembly) followed by LB transfer, show further quenching. However, adsorption of Ag nanoparticles on the pre-formed amphiphile LB film (self-assembly following steered assembly), causes the fluorescence to increase with the extent of adsorption. Spectroscopy and microscopy provide insight into the contrasting, tunable emission. Formation of Ag nanoparticle chains on the Langmuir film and their direct contact with the monolayer cause the fluorescence quenching; adsorption of isolated Ag nanoparticles on the LB film along with multilayer formation leads to the enhancement. The study illustrates the versatility of LB film—metal nanoparticle composites in producing distinct materials responses through subtle changes in the mode of assembly.

  8. Copper Nanoparticle/Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube Composite Films with High Electrical Conductivity and Fatigue Resistance Fabricated via Flash Light Sintering.

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    Hwang, Hyun-Jun; Joo, Sung-Jun; Kim, Hak-Sung

    2015-11-18

    In this work, multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) were employed to improve the conductivity and fatigue resistance of flash light sintered copper nanoparticle (NP) ink films. The effect of CNT weight fraction on the flash light sintering and the fatigue characteristics of Cu NP/CNT composite films were investigated. The effect of carbon nanotube length was also studied with regard to enhancing the conductivity and fatigue resistance of flash light sintered Cu NP/CNT composite films. The flash light irradiation energy was optimized to obtain high conductivity Cu NP/CNT composite films. Cu NP/CNT composite films fabricated via optimized flash light irradiation had the lowest resistivity (7.86 μΩ·cm), which was only 4.6 times higher than that of bulk Cu films (1.68 μΩ·cm). It was also demonstrated that Cu NP/CNT composite films had better durability and environmental stability than those of Cu NPs only.

  9. Green synthesis of high conductivity silver nanoparticle-reduced graphene oxide composite films

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    Dinh, D.A. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Pusan National University, San 30 Jangjeon-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Hui, K.S., E-mail: kshui@hanyang.ac.kr [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hanyang University, 17 Haengdang-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Hui, K.N., E-mail: bizhui@pusan.ac.kr [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Pusan National University, San 30 Jangjeon-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Cho, Y.R. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Pusan National University, San 30 Jangjeon-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of); Zhou, Wei [Department of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Xiamen University, Xiamen 361005 (China); Hong, Xiaoting [School of Chemistry and Environment, South China Normal University, Key Laboratory of Theoretical Chemistry of Environment, Ministry of Education, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Chun, Ho-Hwan [Global Core Research Center for Ships and Offshore Plants (GCRC-SOP), Pusan National University, San 30 Jangjeon-dong, Geumjeong-gu, Busan 609-735 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-04-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • A green facile chemical approach to control the dimensions of Ag nanoparticles–graphene oxide (AgNPs/GO) composites was performed at room temperature. • With decreasing ultrasonication time, the size of the Ag nanoparticles decreased and became uniformly distributed over the surface of the GO nanosheets. • The as-prepared AgNPs/rGO composite films were then formed using a spin coating method and reduced at 500 °C under N{sub 2}/H{sub 2} gas flow for 1 h. • The lowest sheet resistance of 270 Ω/sq was obtained in the film corresponding to 1 min of ultrasonication, which showed a 40 times lower resistivity than the rGO film (10.93 kΩ/sq). - Abstract: A green facile chemical approach to control the dimensions of Ag nanoparticles–graphene oxide (AgNPs/GO) composites was performed by the in situ ultrasonication of a mixture of AgNO{sub 3} and graphene oxide solutions with the assistance of vitamin C acting as an environmentally friendly reducing agent at room temperature. With decreasing ultrasonication time, the size of the Ag nanoparticles decreased and became uniformly distributed over the surface of the GO nanosheets. The as-prepared AgNPs/rGO composite films were then formed using a spin coating method and reduced at 500 °C under N{sub 2}/H{sub 2} gas flow for 1 h. Four-point probe measurements showed that the sheet resistance of the AgNPs/rGO films decreased with decreasing AgNPs size. The lowest sheet resistance of 270 Ω/sq was obtained in the film corresponding to 1 min of ultrasonication, which showed a 40 times lower resistivity than the rGO film (10.93 kΩ/sq). The formation mechanisms of the as-prepared AgNPs/rGO films are proposed. This study provides a guide to controlling the dimensions of AgNPs/rGO films, which might hold promise as advanced materials for a range of analytical applications, such as catalysis, sensors and microchips.

  10. Co nanoparticles induced resistive switching and magnetism for the electrochemically deposited polypyrrole composite films.

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    Xu, Zedong; Gao, Min; Yu, Lina; Lu, Liying; Xu, Xiaoguang; Jiang, Yong

    2014-10-22

    The resistive switching behavior of Co-nanoparticle-dispersed polypyrrole (PPy) composite films is studied. A novel design method for resistive random access memory (ReRAM) is proposed. The conducting polymer films with metal nanocrystal (NC)-dispersed carbon chains induce the spontaneous oxidization of the conducting polymer at the surface. The resistive switching behavior is achieved by an electric field controlling the oxygen ion mobility between the metal electrode and the conducting polymer film to realize the mutual transition between intrinsic conduction (low resistive state) and oxidized layer conduction (high resistive state). Furthermore, the formation process of intrinsic conductive paths can be effectively controlled in the conducting polymer ReRAM using metal NCs in films because the inner metal NCs induce electric field lines converging around them and the intensity of the electric field at the tip of NCs can greatly exceed that of the other region. Metal NCs can also bring new characteristics for ReRAM, such as magnetism by dispersing magnetic metal NCs in polymer, to obtain multifunctional electronic devices or meet some special purpose in future applications. Our works will enrich the application fields of the electromagnetic PPy composite films and present a novel material for ReRAM devices.

  11. Highly Hydrophilic Thin-Film Composite Forward Osmosis Membranes Functionalized with Surface-Tailored Nanoparticles

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    Tiraferri, Alberto

    2012-09-26

    Thin-film composite polyamide membranes are state-of-the-art materials for membrane-based water purification and desalination processes, which require both high rejection of contaminants and high water permeabilities. However, these membranes are prone to fouling when processing natural waters and wastewaters, because of the inherent surface physicochemical properties of polyamides. The present work demonstrates the fabrication of forward osmosis polyamide membranes with optimized surface properties via facile and scalable functionalization with fine-tuned nanoparticles. Silica nanoparticles are coated with superhydrophilic ligands possessing functional groups that impart stability to the nanoparticles and bind irreversibly to the native carboxyl moieties on the membrane selective layer. The tightly tethered layer of nanoparticles tailors the surface chemistry of the novel composite membrane without altering the morphology or water/solute permeabilities of the membrane selective layer. Surface characterization and interfacial energy analysis confirm that highly hydrophilic and wettable membrane surfaces are successfully attained. Lower intermolecular adhesion forces are measured between the new membrane materials and model organic foulants, indicating the presence of a bound hydration layer at the polyamide membrane surface that creates a barrier for foulant adhesion. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  12. Host thin films incorporating nanoparticles

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    Qureshi, Uzma

    The focus of this research project was the investigation of the functional properties of thin films that incorporate a secondary nanoparticulate phase. In particular to assess if the secondary nanoparticulate material enhanced a functional property of the coating on glass. In order to achieve this, new thin film deposition methods were developed, namely use of nanopowder precursors, an aerosol assisted transport technique and an aerosol into atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition system. Aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) was used to deposit 8 series of thin films on glass. Five different nanoparticles silver, gold, ceria, tungsten oxide and zinc oxide were tested and shown to successfully deposit thin films incorporating nanoparticles within a host matrix. Silver nanoparticles were synthesised and doped within a titania film by AACVD. This improved solar control properties. A unique aerosol assisted chemical vapour deposition (AACVD) into atmospheric pressure chemical vapour deposition (APCVD) system was used to deposit films of Au nanoparticles and thin films of gold nanoparticles incorporated within a host titania matrix. Incorporation of high refractive index contrast metal oxide particles within a host film altered the film colour. The key goal was to test the potential of nanopowder forms and transfer the suspended nanopowder via an aerosol to a substrate in order to deposit a thin film. Discrete tungsten oxide nanoparticles or ceria nanoparticles within a titanium dioxide thin film enhanced the self-cleaning and photo-induced super-hydrophilicity. The nanopowder precursor study was extended by deposition of zinc oxide thin films incorporating Au nanoparticles and also ZnO films deposited from a ZnO nanopowder precursor. Incorporation of Au nanoparticles within a VO: host matrix improved the thermochromic response, optical and colour properties. Composite VC/TiC and Au nanoparticle/V02/Ti02 thin films displayed three useful

  13. Amino acid mediated synthesis of silver nanoparticles and preparation of antimicrobial agar/silver nanoparticles composite films.

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    Shankar, Shiv; Rhim, Jong-Whan

    2015-10-05

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were synthesized using amino acids (tyrosine and tryptophan) as reducing and capping agents, and they were incorporated into the agar to prepare antimicrobial composite films. The AgNPs solutions exhibited characteristic absorption peak at 420 nm that showed a red shift to ∼434 nm after forming composite with agar. XRD data demonstrated the crystalline structure of AgNPs with dominant (111) facet. Apparent surface color and transmittance of agar films were greatly influenced by the AgNPs. The incorporation of AgNPs into agar did not exhibit any change in chemical structure, thermal stability, moisture content, and water vapor permeability. The water contact angle, tensile strength, and modulus decreased slightly, but elongation at break increased after AgNPs incorporation. The agar/AgNPs nanocomposite films possessed strong antibacterial activity against Listeria monocytogenes and Escherichia coli. The agar/AgNPs film could be applied to the active food packaging by controlling the food-borne pathogens.

  14. Polymer-Silica nanoparticles composite films as protective coatings for stone-based monuments

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    Manoudis, P [Department of Chemical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124, Thessaloniki (Greece); Papadopoulou, S [Department of Chemical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124, Thessaloniki (Greece); Karapanagiotis, I [' Ormylia' Art Diagnosis Centre, Ormylia, Chalkidiki, 63071 (Greece); Tsakalof, A [Medical Department, University of Thessaly, Larissa, 41222 (Greece); Zuburtikudis, I [Department of Industrial Design Engineering, TEI of Western Macedonia, Kozani, 50100 (Greece); Panayiotou, C [Department of Chemical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124, Thessaloniki (Greece)

    2007-04-15

    The decrease of surface energy of mineral substrates similar to those used in many stone monuments of cultural heritage by the application of protective polymer coatings along with the simultaneous increase of their surface roughness can increase their ability to repel water substantially. In this work, the effect of artificially induced roughness on the water repellency of mineral substrates coated with protective polymer films was investigated. Natural marble samples or home made calcium carbonate blocks were tried as the mineral substrates. The roughness increase was achieved by mineral chemical etching or by creation of nanoscale binary composition film on the substrate surface. PMMA and PFPE were the polymers used, while different-sized silica nanoparticles were employed for the production of the nanocomposite films. Examination of the coated and uncoated surfaces with profilometry and AFM and measurements of water contact angles reveal a pronounced effect of the surface roughness on water repellency. Especially in the case of nanocomposite coatings, the surfaces become super-hydrophobic. This result indicates that the nanoscale binary composition film scheme, which is characterized by its simplicity and low cost, is a suitable candidate for the water protection of stone-based monuments on large scale.

  15. Multilayered gold-nanoparticle/polyimide composite thin film through layer-by-layer assembly.

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    Zhang, Fengxiang; Srinivasan, M P

    2007-09-25

    A novel type of composite thin film consisting of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and polymide (PI) was fabricated through layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly. To fabricate such films, bare AuNPs and a poly (amic acid) bearing pendant amine groups, namely, amino poly (amic acid) or APAA, were synthesized and assembled in an LBL fashion. Without any organic encapsulation layer on their surface, AuNPs were bound directly to APAA chains at the amine sites; X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy study suggested that the binding was based on a combined effect of metal-ligand coordination and electrostatic interaction, with the former dominating over the latter. An approximately linear growth of the film started from the second layer of AuNP as revealed by the UV-vis spectroscopy, and the degree of particle aggregation was higher in the first AuNP layer than in the subsequent layers due to the differences in the density of binding sites. The resultant assembly was heated to imidize the APAA, thereby creating a robust composite structure.

  16. Preparation and optical properties of GaSb nanoparticles embedded in SiO2 composite films

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    2001-01-01

    The composite films of GaSb nanoparticles embedded in SiO2 matrices were fabricated by radio-frequency magnetron co-sputtering. Transmission electron microscope and X-ray diffraction pattern indicate that the GaSb nanoparticles were uniformly dispersed in SiO2 matrices. Room temperature transmission spectra exhibit a blue shift of about 2.73 eV. The blue shift increases with decreasing size of GaSb nanoparticles, suggesting the existence of quantum size effects. Room temperature Raman spectra show that there is a larger Raman peak red shift and broadening of the composite films than that of bulk GaSb. This phenomenon is explained by photon confinement effect and tensile stress effect.

  17. Morphology and Photoelectrochemical Characterization of MEH-PPV/PCBM Composite Film Doped with TiO2 Nanoparticles

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    Farid Habelhames; Zerguine Wided; Leila Lamiri; Belkacem Nessark; Hassina Derbal-Habak

    2013-01-01

    Poly[2-methoxy-5-(20-ethylhexyloxy)-p-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV),[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (n-type) were dissolved,mixed and deposited by physical methods (spin-coating) on indium tin-oxide (ITO) substrate.The incorporation of the titanium dioxide nanoparticles changed the morphology and increased the roughness of polymers film (MEH-PPV/PCBM),and the photocurrent density of the composite (MEH-PPV/PCBM +n-TiO2) was higher than that of single MEHPPV/PCBM film.The study showed that the presence of n-TiO2 particles in the polymeric film improves the photoelectrochemical properties of MEH-PPV/PCBM composite.

  18. Assembly of europium organic framework–gold nanoparticle composite thin films on silicon substrate

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    Deep, Akash, E-mail: dr.akashdeep@gmail.com [Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO), Sector 30 C, Chandigarh 160030 (India); Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, CSIR-CSIO, Sector 30 C, Chandigarh 160030 (India); Kaur, Rajnish [Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO), Sector 30 C, Chandigarh 160030 (India); Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, CSIR-CSIO, Sector 30 C, Chandigarh 160030 (India); Kumar, Parveen [Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO), Sector 30 C, Chandigarh 160030 (India); Kumar, Pawan; Paul, A.K. [Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIR-CSIO), Sector 30 C, Chandigarh 160030 (India); Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, CSIR-CSIO, Sector 30 C, Chandigarh 160030 (India)

    2014-08-28

    Metal organic frameworks are a sub-class of coordination polymers and rapidly generating huge research interests in several technological areas. One of the emerging areas of their potential applications is the photovoltaics. The present study proposes the assembly of europium organic framework–gold nanoparticle nanocomposite thin film on silicon substrate. Microscopic, X-ray diffraction, surface area measurement and thermal studies have indicated the formation of the desired thin film. Spectral studies have been used to highlight their solid state optical property. Current–voltage studies have established semiconducting property of the above thin films. - Highlights: • Thin film of europium organic framework/gold nanoparticles is prepared on silicon. • Fairly homogeneous films with a roughness factor of 5–10 nm are obtained. • Above thin films offer solid-state photoluminescence and semiconducting properties.

  19. Cross-linked gelatin/nanoparticles composite coating on micro-arc oxidation film for corrosion and drug release

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    Xu, Xinhua; Lu, Ping; Guo, Meiqing; Fang, Mingzhong

    2010-02-01

    A composite coating which could control drug release and biocorrosion of magnesium alloy stent materials WE42 was prepared. This composite coating was fabricated on the surface of the micro-arc oxidation (MAO) film of the magnesium alloy, WE42, by mixing different degrees of cross-linked gelatin with well-dispersed poly( DL-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) nanoparticles. The PLGA nanoparticles were prepared by emulsion solvent evaporation/extraction technique. Nano ZS laser diffraction particle size analyzer detected that the size of the nanoparticles to be 150-300 nm. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used to analyze the morphology of the nanoparticles and the composite coating. Potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were used to evaluate the corrosion behavior of the composite coating. Drug release was determined by ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectrophotometer. The corrosion resistance of the composite coating was improved by preventing the corrosive ions from diffusing to the MAO films. The drug release rate of paclitaxel (PTX) exhibited a nearly linear sustained-release profile with no significant burst releases.

  20. Cross-linked gelatin/nanoparticles composite coating on micro-arc oxidation film for corrosion and drug release

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    Xu Xinhua, E-mail: xhxu_tju@eyou.com [Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Lu Ping; Guo Meiqing; Fang Mingzhong [Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2010-02-01

    A composite coating which could control drug release and biocorrosion of magnesium alloy stent materials WE42 was prepared. This composite coating was fabricated on the surface of the micro-arc oxidation (MAO) film of the magnesium alloy, WE42, by mixing different degrees of cross-linked gelatin with well-dispersed poly(DL-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) nanoparticles. The PLGA nanoparticles were prepared by emulsion solvent evaporation/extraction technique. Nano ZS laser diffraction particle size analyzer detected that the size of the nanoparticles to be 150-300 nm. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used to analyze the morphology of the nanoparticles and the composite coating. Potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) were used to evaluate the corrosion behavior of the composite coating. Drug release was determined by ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectrophotometer. The corrosion resistance of the composite coating was improved by preventing the corrosive ions from diffusing to the MAO films. The drug release rate of paclitaxel (PTX) exhibited a nearly linear sustained-release profile with no significant burst releases.

  1. Responsive polymer/gold nanoparticle composite thin films fabricated by solvent-induced self-assembly and spin-coating.

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    Li, Dongxiang; Lee, Ji Yong; Kim, Dong Ha

    2011-02-15

    Self-assembled poly(4-vinylpyridine)-grafted gold (Au) nanoparticles (NPs) and polystyrene-b-poly(4-vinylpyridine) block copolymers were fabricated by the introduction of a selective solvent to a common solution. The assembled mixtures were spin-coated onto solid substrates to fabricate composite gold/polymer thin films composed of copolymer-hybridized Au NPs and independent copolymer micelles. The obtained composite Au thin films had variable localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) bands and microscopic morphologies upon vapor annealing with selective solvents because the adsorption and dissolving of solvent molecules into the films could rearrange the copolymer block. The hybrid nanostructured Au thin films may have potential in vapor sensing and organic assays. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Composite Film of Vanadium Dioxide Nanoparticles and Ionic Liquid-Nickel-Chlorine Complexes with Excellent Visible Thermochromic Performance.

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    Zhu, Jingting; Huang, Aibin; Ma, Haibin; Ma, Yining; Tong, Kun; Ji, Shidong; Bao, Shanhu; Cao, Xun; Jin, Ping

    2016-11-02

    Vanadium dioxide (VO2), as a typical thermochromic material used in smart windows, is always limited by its weaker solar regulation efficiency (ΔTsol) and lower luminous transmittance (Tlum). Except for common approaches such as doping, coating, and special structure, compositing is another effective method. The macroscopic thermochromic (from colorless to blue) ionic liquid-nickel-chlorine (IL-Ni-Cl) complexes are selected in this paper to be combined with VO2 nanoparticles forming a composite film. This novel scheme demonstrates outstanding optical properties: ΔTsol = 26.45% and Tlum,l = 66.44%, Tlum,h = 43.93%. Besides, the addition of the IL-Ni-Cl complexes endows the film with an obvious color change from light brown to dark green as temperature rises. This splendid visible thermochromic performance makes the composite film superior in function exhibiting and application of smart windows.

  3. Effect of Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} nanoparticles on the electroactive phase content of poly (vinylidene-difluoride) composite films

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    Bhardwaj, Sumit, E-mail: sumit.bhardwaj4@gmail.com [Centre for Materials Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, H.P. 177005 India (India); Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh – 160012 (India); Chand, Subhash [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, H.P. 177005 (India); Raina, K. K. [School of Physics and Materials Science, Thapar University, Patiala, Punjab -147004 (India); Kumar, Ravi [Centre for Materials Science and Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Hamirpur, H.P. 177005 India (India)

    2015-08-28

    Poly (vinylidene-difluoride) (PVDF) composite films with homogeneously dispersed Bi{sub 4}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} nanoparticles were synthesized by spin coating method from mixed solvent solutions. The effects of ferroelectric nanoparticles loading on the formation of α, β and γ phases of PVDF were studied using X-ray diffraction, infrared and Raman spectroscopy. The amount of the ferroelectric β and γ phases present in the composite films was found to increase with increased nanoparticles loading. We have shown that the formation of electroactive phases of PVDF with extended chain conformations can be enhanced by the addition of a well-dispersed nanoparticles loading.

  4. Thermal Vapor Deposition and Characterization of Polymer-Ceramic Nanoparticle Composite Thin Films and Capacitors

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    Ewen, Crystal L.

    Thin films composed of the polymer polyvinylidene uoride (PVDF) and the ceramic nanoparticle titanium dioxide (TiO2) were fabricated via thermal vapor deposition. The goal of this research was to improve the amount of TiO2 deposited by varying the temperature and deposition time, to obtain more accurate thickness measurements, and to improve on the electrical properties. The electrical properties analyzed in this study were the dielectric constant, capacitance, breakdown strength and energy density of the capacitors. A starting mixture of PVDF, TiO2, and dimethylformamide (DMF) was prepared prior to deposition, where DMF was used only as a solvent. The elemental composition of the films was determined with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Elemental mapping of the films shows that the nanoparticles are homogeneously distributed in the polymer. The ideal initial concentrations (which yield the largest TiO2 concentration) of PVDF and TiO2 were determined to be 83% and 17% respectively by weight. The highest weight percent of Ti was 32.4%, which was made with a deposition temperature of 474°C (corresponding to a current of 27 A) and deposition time of 13 minutes. Thefilm thickness was measured by combining EDS and ImageJ to be 243--46 nm. Parallel plate capacitors were fabricated by combining thermal vapor deposition for the dielectric and sputter coating for the electrodes. For the electrodes, the parallel plates are gold palladium (AuPd) with PVDF:TiO2 as the dielectric. The AuPd electrodes were deposited via sputter coating. Each electrode was sputtered for 100s, which yielded a thickness of 33 nm. The dielectric constant was determined experimentally to be 10.8 and estimated using the Maxwell-Garnett effective medium approximation to be 13.1. The capacitance of these capacitors averaged 30--2 nF. The breakdown voltage of the capacitor was 25--4 V, which corresponds to a breakdown strength of 103 MV/m. Lastly

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

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    Ben-Sasson, Moshe

    2014-01-07

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

  6. Sustainable Antibiofouling Properties of Thin Film Composite Forward Osmosis Membrane with Rechargeable Silver Nanoparticles Loading.

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    Liu, Zhongyun; Hu, Yunxia

    2016-08-24

    Microbial attachment and biofilm formation on filtration membrane can greatly compromise its flux and separation efficiency. Here, a simple and facile approach has been developed to in situ generate silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) on the thin film composite forward osmosis (TFC FO) membrane for sustainable antibiofouling performances. Mussel-inspired dopamine chemistry was applied to grow polydopamine coating on both surfaces of FO membranes, followed by the generation of Ag NPs upon a simple dip coating in silver nitrate aqueous solution. Furthermore, the Ag NPs deposited membranes had a long-term silver release profile with rechargability for multiple times upon their depletion, and exhibited strong sustainable bactericidal efficacy against Gram-negative bacteria and Gram-positive bacteria. The Ag NPs had a controllable effect on the membrane performances including the water flux and reverse salt flux in the FO test mode. Our practicable antibacterial strategy may apply to other types of filtration membranes with diverse material surfaces and may pave a new way to achieve the sustainable membrane antibiofouling performance on a large scale.

  7. Engineering Crack Formation in Carbon Nanotube-Silver Nanoparticle Composite Films for Sensitive and Durable Piezoresistive Sensors.

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    Tran Hoang, Phong; Salazar, Nicolas; Porkka, Thomas Nolan; Joshi, Kunal; Liu, Tao; Dickens, Tarik J; Yu, Zhibin

    2016-12-01

    We report highly sensitive and reliable strain sensors based on silver nanoparticle (AgNP) and carbon nanotube (CNT) composite thin films. The CNT/AgNP was prepared by a screen printing process using a mixture of a CNT paste and an AgNP ink. It is discovered that the sensitivity of such sensors are highly dependent on the crack formation in the composites. By altering the substrate use and the relative ratios of AgNPs and CNTs, the formation and propagation of cracks can be properly engineered, leading to piezoresistive strain sensors with enhanced sensitivity and robustness.

  8. Engineering Crack Formation in Carbon Nanotube-Silver Nanoparticle Composite Films for Sensitive and Durable Piezoresistive Sensors

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    Tran Hoang, Phong; Salazar, Nicolas; Porkka, Thomas Nolan; Joshi, Kunal; Liu, Tao; Dickens, Tarik J.; Yu, Zhibin

    2016-09-01

    We report highly sensitive and reliable strain sensors based on silver nanoparticle (AgNP) and carbon nanotube (CNT) composite thin films. The CNT/AgNP was prepared by a screen printing process using a mixture of a CNT paste and an AgNP ink. It is discovered that the sensitivity of such sensors are highly dependent on the crack formation in the composites. By altering the substrate use and the relative ratios of AgNPs and CNTs, the formation and propagation of cracks can be properly engineered, leading to piezoresistive strain sensors with enhanced sensitivity and robustness.

  9. Development of bioactive fish gelatin/chitosan nanoparticles composite films with antimicrobial properties.

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    Hosseini, Seyed Fakhreddin; Rezaei, Masoud; Zandi, Mojgan; Farahmandghavi, Farhid

    2016-03-01

    The objective of this work was to develop active bio-based nanocomposite films from fish gelatin (FG) and chitosan nanoparticles (CSNPs) incorporated with Origanum vulgare L. essential oil (OEO). CSNPs were obtained by ionic gelation of chitosan with sodium tripolyphosphate, which presented a spherical morphology with size range of 40-80nm. Remarkable differences in the surface morphology were observed between the control and bioactive nanocomposite films as revealed by SEM and AFM images. FTIR results confirmed that an interaction between polymer matrix and essential oil had occurred, as shown by an increase in the amplitude of peaks at wavenumbers 1242cm(-1) and 1451cm(-1). Meanwhile, XRD peaks of OEO-containing films were more intense, indicating that the introduction of essential oil into the film matrix induces an increase in crystallinity. TGA analysis demonstrated that the addition of OEO had no impact on thermal stability of the films. Inclusion of OEO in the film matrix resulted in less resistant and more flexible films, with a decrease in water vapor permeability (WVP). The FG/CSNPs bioactive films exhibited distinctive antimicrobial activity against four test food pathogens, namely Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella enteritidis and Escherichia coli.

  10. Electrostatic accumulation and determination of triclosan in ultrathin carbon nanoparticle composite film electrodes

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    Amiri, Mandana [Department of Chemistry, Sharif University of Technology, Teheran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shahrokhian, Saeed [Department of Chemistry, Sharif University of Technology, Teheran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Psillakis, Elefteria [Laboratory of Aquatic Chemistry, Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Polytechnioupolis, 73100 Chania-Crete (Greece); Marken, Frank [Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, Bath BA2 7AY (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: f.marken@bath.ac.uk

    2007-06-12

    A film composed of carbon nanoparticles and poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride) or CNP-PDDAC is formed in a layer-by-layer deposition process at tin-doped indium oxide (ITO) substrates. Excess positive binding sites within this film in aqueous phosphate buffer at pH 9.5 are quantified by adsorption of iron(III)phthalocyanine tetrasulfonate and indigo carmine. Both anionic redox systems bind with Langmuirian characteristics (K {approx} 10{sup 5} mol{sup -1} dm{sup 3}) and show electrochemical reactivity throughout the film at different thicknesses. Therefore, the electrical conductivity in CNP-PDDAC films is good and the positive binding sites are approximately 140 pmol cm{sup -2} per layer. Structural instability of the CNP-PDDAC film in the presence of high concentrations of iron(III)phthalocyanine tetrasulfonate or indigo carmine is observed. Triclosan, a widely used anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent, exists in aqueous media at pH 9.5 as a negatively charged chlorinated poly-aromatic phenol. Due to the negative charge, triclosan is readily accumulated into CNP-PDDAC films with an efficiency consistent with that expected for simple electrostatic interaction with the cationic binding sites. Oxidation of bound triclosan occurs at 0.6 V versus SCE in a chemically irreversible process. The CNP-PDDAC film electrode is renewed by rinsing in organic solvent and the triclosan oxidation response is shown to correlate with the triclosan concentration in solution from 0.5 to 50 {mu}M. Applications of the CNP-PDDAC film electrode (or improved versions of it) in analysis or in anodic extraction are proposed.

  11. Supercapacitors: Ferroelectric Polymer-Ceramic Nanoparticle Composite Films for Use in the Capacitive Storage of Electrical Energy

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    Parsons, Dana; Pierce, Andrew; Porter, Tim; Dillingham, Randy; Cornelison, David

    2010-03-01

    Most new alternative energy solutions including wind and solar power, will require short term energy storage for widespread implementation. One means of storage would be the use of capacitors owing to their rapid delivery of power and longevity compared to chemical batteries. Capacitor materials exhibiting high dielectric permittivity and breakdown strength, as well as light weight and environmental safety are most desirable. Recently, new classes of capacitor dielectric materials, consisting of ferroelectric polymer matrices containing ceramic nanoparticles have attracted renewed interest due to their high potential energy storage, charge and discharge properties and lightweight. In this study, polyvinylidene flouride (PVDF) thin films containing nanoparticles of the ceramic titanium dioxide created using a physical vapor deposition process, are analyzed for use as dielectrics for a supercapacitor. Measured results of the film parameters including dielectric properties and breakdown voltages will be presented. These parameters will be analyzed with respect to film characteristics such as, dispersion of the ceramic particles, thickness of the films and composition ratios.

  12. Improved optical properties of silica/UV-cured polymer composite films made of hollow silica nanoparticles with a hierarchical structure for light diffuser film applications.

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    Suthabanditpong, W; Takai, C; Fuji, M; Buntem, R; Shirai, T

    2016-06-28

    This study successfully improved the optical properties of silica/UV-cured polymer composite films made of hollow silica nanoparticles having a hierarchical structure. The particles were synthesized by an inorganic particle method, which involves two steps of sol-gel silica coating around the template and acid dissolution removal of the template. The pH of the acid was varied to achieve different hierarchical structures of the particles. The morphologies and surface properties of the obtained particles were characterized before dispersing in a UV-curable acrylate monomer solution to prepare dispersions for fabricating light diffuser films. The optical properties and the light diffusing ability of the fabricated films were studied. The results revealed that the increased pH of the acid provides the particles with a thinner shell, a larger hollow interior and a higher specific surface area. Moreover, the films with these particles exhibit a better light diffusing ability and a higher diffuse transmittance value when compared to those without particles. Therefore, the composite films can be used as light diffuser films, which is an essential part of optical diffusers in the back-light unit of LCDs. In addition, utilizing the hierarchical particles probably reduces the number of back-light units in the LCDs leading to energy-savings and subsequently lightweight LCDs.

  13. Highly Conductive, Transparent Flexible Films Based on Metal Nanoparticle-Carbon Nanotube Composites

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    Wen-Yin Ko

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Metallic nanoparticles decorated on MWCNTs based transparent conducting thin films (TCFs show a cheap and efficient option for the applications in touch screens and the replacement of the ITO film because of their interesting properties of electrical conductivity, mechanical property, chemical inertness, and other unique properties, which may not be accessible by their individual components. However, a great challenge that always remains is to develop effective ways to prepare junctions between metallic nanoparticles and MWCNTs for the improvement of high-energy barriers, high contact resistances, and weak interactions which could lead to the formation of poor conducting pathways and result in the CNT-based devices with low mechanical flexibility. Herein, we not only discuss recent progress in the preparation of MNP-CNT flexible TCFs but also describe our research studies in the relevant areas. Our result demonstrated that the MNP-CNT flexible TCFs we prepared could achieve a highly electrical conductivity with the sheet resistance of ~100 ohm/sq with ~80% transmittance at 550 nm even after being bent 500 times. This electrical conductivity is much superior to the performances of other MWCNT-based transparent flexible films, making it favorable for next-generation flexible touch screens and optoelectronic devices.

  14. A novel catalyst containing palladium nanoparticles supported on PVP composite nanofiber films: Synthesis, characterization and efficient catalysis

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    Guo, Liping; Bai, Jie; Li, Chunping; Meng, Qingrun; Liang, Haiou; Sun, Weiyan; Li, Hongqiang; Liu, Huan

    2013-10-01

    This paper studied the preparation of Pd nanoparticles/PVP composite nanofiber membranes catalyst. In the experiment, reductant was ethanol and PVP (polyvinyl pyrrolidone) served as the protecting agent as well as supporter of palladium nanoparticles. Pd nanoparticles/PVP sol was examined by UV-vis absorbance spectra (UV-vis); Pd NPs/PVP nanofibers were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The Pd NPs/PVP nanofibers films catalyst was applied to catalytic hydrogenation of aryl nitro compounds reduction and Heck reactions to test the catalytic activity, products were characterized by gas chromatograph (GC) and gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GC-MS). Results showed that the diameters of Pd NPs were 3-10 nm and the Pd NPs/PVP nanofibers films catalyst possessed high-activity, improved the selectivity and yield, the conversion rate of paratoluidine was 74.36%, N-butyl cinnamate esters conversion rate still exceed 99% after catalyst be used three times. It overcomes the problems that palladium has leached badly and recovery difficultly in conventional homogeneous palladium catalyst field, and have a broad foreground of catalyst applications.

  15. Composite films of carbon black nanoparticles and sulfonated-polythiophene as flexible counter electrodes for dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Li, Chun-Ting; Lee, Chi-Ta; Li, Sie-Rong; Lee, Chuan-Pei; Chiu, I.-Ting; Vittal, R.; Wu, Nae-Lih; Sun, Shih-Sheng; Ho, Kuo-Chuan

    2016-01-01

    A composite film based on carbon black nanoparticles and sulfonated-poly(thiophene-3-[2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxy]-2,5-diyl) (CB-NPs/s-PT) is formed on a flexible titanium foil for the use as the electro-catalytic counter electrode (CE) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). The CB-NPs provide the large amount of electro-catalytic active sites for the composite film, and the s-PT polymer serves as a conductive binder to enhance the inter-particle linkage among CB-NPs and to improve the adhesion between the composite film and the flexible substrate. The flexible CB-NPs/s-PT composite film is designed to possess good electro-catalytic ability for I-/I3- redox couple by providing large active sites and rapid reduction kinetic rate constant of I3- . The cell with a CB-NPs/s-PT CE exhibits a good cell efficiency (η) of 9.02 ± 0.01% at 100 mW cm-2, while the cell with a platinum CE shows an η of only 8.36 ± 0.02% under the same conditions. At weak light illuminations (20-80 mW cm-2), a DSSC with CB-NPs/s-PT CE still exhibits η's of 7.20 ± 0.04-9.08 ± 0.02%. The low-cost CB-NPs/s-PT CE not only renders high cell efficiency to its DSSC but also shows a great potential to replace the expensive platinum; moreover it is suitable for large-scale production or for indoor applications.

  16. Photocatalytic properties of thin films of ruthenium metallopolymers/gold nanoparticle: Polyoxometalate composites using visible excitation

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    2013-01-01

    Thin layers of an electrostatically associated adduct RuPVP-AuNP:POM formed between the polyoxomolybdate, [S2 Mo18 O62 ]4, the polycationic metallopolymer [Ru(bpy)2(PVP)10 ](ClO4)2 and DMAP-protected gold nanoparticle have been deposited onto electrodes using two separate methods, alternate immersion layer-by-layer assembly and pre-assembled drop-casting; PVP is poly(4-vinylpyridine), BPY is 2,2’-bipyridyl, and DMAP is 4-dimethylaminopyridine. Significantly, the efficiency of the photocatalysis depends markedly on the structure of the [RuPVP-AuNP:POM] even when photonic properties are very similar. Strikingly, despite their similar photonic properties, an additional optical transition is observed in UV-vis and the Raman spectra of pre-assembled drop cast [RuPVP-AuNP:POM], which was not seen in dip coated [RuPVP-AuNP:POM]. Importantly, this electronic communication enhances the photocatalytic oxidation of benzaldehyde by a factor of more than four. While there is clear evidence for photosensitisation in the drop cast not present for the dip coated systems, the magnitude of the photocurrent, i.e.,(82.2 6.6) nA·cm 2for pre-assembled drop cast [RuPVP-AuNP:POM] at a ruthenium to Au nanoparticle mole ratio of 48:1, is twice as large as that those found in [Ru-PVP:POM] film.

  17. Photocatalytic Activity of Vis-Responsive Ag-Nanoparticles/TiO2 Composite Thin Films Fabricated by Molecular Precursor Method (MPM

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    Mitsunobu Sato

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The Ag-nanoparticles (Ag-NP/TiO2 composite thin films with various amounts of Ag (10 mol% ≤ n ≤ 80 mol% were examined as a potential photocatalyst by decoloration reaction of methylene blue (MB in an aqueous solution. These composite thin films of ca. 100 nm thickness were fabricated by the MPM at 600 °C in air. The decoloration rates monitored by the absorption intensity of the MB solution indicated that the composite thin films of Ag with an amount less than 40 mol% are not effective under vis-irradiation, though they can work as a photocatalyst under UV-irradiation. Further, the UV-sensitivity of the composite thin films gradually decreased to almost half the level of that of the TiO2 thin film fabricated under the identical conditions when the Ag amount increased from 10 to 40 mol%. Contrarily, the composite thin films of Ag content larger than 50 mol% showed the vis-responsive activity, whose level was slightly lower than the decreased UV-sensitivity. Diffuse reflectance spectra suggested that the vis-responsive activity of the composite thin films is due to the conductivity, localized surface plasmon resonance and surface plasmon resonance of Ag-NP. It was also elucidated that the vis-responsive level of the composite thin films corresponds to their electrical conductivity that depends on the Ag content.

  18. Direct electrochemistry of catalase at amine-functionalized graphene/gold nanoparticles composite film for hydrogen peroxide sensor

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    Huang Kejing, E-mail: kejinghuang@163.co [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xinyang Normal University, 237 Chang' an Road, Xinyang, He' nan 464000 (China); Niu Dejun; Liu Xue; Wu Zhiwei; Fan Yang; Chang Yafang; Wu Yingying [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Xinyang Normal University, 237 Chang' an Road, Xinyang, He' nan 464000 (China)

    2011-02-28

    Direct electrochemistry and electrocatalysis of catalase (Cat) was studied based on a nano-composite film consisting of amine functionalized graphene and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) modified glassy carbon electrode. Graphene was synthesized chemically by Hummers and Offeman method and then was functionalized with amino groups via chemical modification of carboxyl groups introduced on the graphene surface. The nano-composite film showed an obvious promotion of the direct electron transfer between Cat and the underlying electrode, which attributed to the synergistic effect of graphene-NH{sub 2} and AuNPs. The resultant bioelectrode retained its biocatalytic activity and offered fast and sensitive H{sub 2}O{sub 2} quantification. Under the optimized experimental conditions, hydrogen peroxide was detected in the concentration range from 0.3 to 600 {mu}M with a detection limit of 50 nM at S/N = 3. The biosensor exhibited some advantages, such as short time respond (2 s), high sensitivity (13.4 {mu}A/mM) and good reproducibility (RSD = 5.8%).

  19. Direct Electrochemistry of Hemoglobin at a Graphene Gold Nanoparticle Composite Film for Nitric Oxide Biosensing

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    Guang-Chao Zhao

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available A simple two-step method was employed for preparing nano-sized gold nanoparticles-graphene composite to construct a GNPs-GR-SDS modified electrode. Hemoglobin (Hb was successfully immobilized on the surface of a basal plane graphite (BPG electrode through a simple dropping technique. Direct electrochemistry and electrocatalysis of the hemoglobin-modified electrode was investigated. The as-prepared composites showed an obvious promotion of the direct electro-transfer between hemoglobin and the electrode. A couple of well-defined and quasi-reversible Hb CV peaks can be observed in a phosphate buffer solution (pH 7.0. The separation of anodic and cathodic peak potentials is 81 mV, indicating a fast electron transfer reaction. The experimental results also clarified that the immobilized Hb retained its biological activity for the catalysis toward NO. The biosensor showed high sensitivity and fast response upon the addition of NO, under the conditions of pH 7.0, potential ‒0.82 V. The time to reach the stable-state current was less than 3 s, and the linear response range of NO was 0.72–7.92 μM, with a correlation coefficient of 0.9991.

  20. Construction and application of an amperometric xanthine biosensor based on zinc oxide nanoparticles-polypyrrole composite film.

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    Devi, Rooma; Thakur, Manish; Pundir, C S

    2011-04-15

    Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) were synthesized from zinc nitrate by simple and efficient method in aqueous media at 55°C without any requirement of calcinations step. A mixture of ZnO-NPs and pyrrole was eletropolymerized on Pt electrode to form a ZnO-NPs-polypyrrole (PPy) composite film. Xanthine oxidase (XOD) was immobilized onto this nanocomposite film through physiosorption. The ZnO-NPs/polypyrrole/Pt electrode was characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), cyclic voltammetry (CV), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) before and after immobilization of XOD. The XOD/ZnO-NPs-PPy/Pt electrode as working electrode, Ag/AgCl as reference electrode and Pt wire as auxiliary electrode were connected through a potentiostat to construct a xanthine biosensor. The biosensor exhibited optimum response within 5s at pH 7.0, 35°C and linearity from 0.8 μM to 40 μM for xanthine with a detection limit 0.8 μM (S/E=3). Michaelis Menten constant (K(m)) for xanthine oxidase was 13.51 μM and I(max) 0.071 μA. The biosensor measured xanthine in fish meat and lost 40% of its initial activity after its 200 uses over 100 days, when stored at 4°C.

  1. Hexagonal-to-cubic phase transformation in composite thin films induced by FePt nanoparticles located at PS/PEO interfaces.

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    Aissou, Karim; Fleury, Guillaume; Pecastaings, Gilles; Alnasser, Thomas; Mornet, Stéphane; Goglio, Graziella; Hadziioannou, Georges

    2011-12-06

    The organization process of asymmetric poly(styrene-block-ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) copolymer thin films blended with FePt nanoparticles is studied. In a first step, it is shown that FePt nanoparticles stabilized by oleic acid ligands are distributed within the PS matrix phase, whereas the same particles partially covered with short dopamine-terminated-methoxy poly(ethylene oxide) (mPEO-Dopa) are located at PS/PEO interfaces. The swelling of PS domains, induced by FePt_oleic acid nanoparticles during the solvent annealing process, results in formation of a disordered microstructure in comparison to the well-organized hexagonally close-packed (HCP) cylinder phase formed in the neat PS-b-PEO copolymer. The evolution of the microstructure of PS-b-PEO/FePt_mPEO-Dopa composite has been investigated for different solvent annealing treatments. Under high-humidity conditions during the vapor annealing process, the addition of FePt nanoparticles results in formation of spheres in the film split into terraces. The upper and lower terraces are occupied by spheres organized in an unusual square and HCP phases, respectively. Under low-humidity conditions, undulated PEO cylinders oriented parallel to substrate are formed in the presence of FePt nanoparticles. In this case, we observe that most of the nanoparticles accumulate within the core of topological defects, which induces a low nanoparticle concentration at the PS/PEO interfaces and so stabilizes an intermediate undulated cylinder phase.

  2. Hydrogen peroxide biosensor based on gold nanoparticles/thionine/gold nanoparticles/multi-walled carbon nanotubes-chitosans composite film-modified electrode

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    Li Shenfeng; Zhu Xiaoying; Zhang Wei; Xie Guoming [Key Laboratory of Laboratory Medical Diagnostics, Ministry of Education, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing 400016 (China); Feng Wenli, E-mail: fengwlcqmu@sina.com [Key Laboratory of Laboratory Medical Diagnostics, Ministry of Education, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing 400016 (China)

    2012-01-15

    In this paper, an amperometric electrochemical biosensor for the detection of hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}), based on gold nanoparticles (GNPs)/thionine (Thi)/GNPs/multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)-chitosans (Chits) composite film was developed. MWCNTs-Chits homogeneous composite was first dispersed in acetic acid solution and then the GNPs were in situ synthesized at the composite. The mixture was dripped on the glassy carbon electrode (GCE) and then the Thi was deposited by electropolymerization by Au-S or Au-N covalent bond effect and electrostatic adsorption effect as an electron transfer mediator. Finally, the mixture of GNPs and horseradish peroxidase (HRP) was assembled onto the modified electrode by covalent bond. The electrochemical behavior of the modified electrode was investigated by scanning electron microscope, cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. This study introduces the in situ-synthesized GNPs on the other surface of the modified materials in H{sub 2}O{sub 2} detection. The linear response range of the biosensor to H{sub 2}O{sub 2} concentration was from 5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -7} mol L{sup -1} to 1.5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -3} mol L{sup -1} with a detection limit of 3.75 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -8} mol L{sup -1} (based on S/N = 3).

  3. P(VDF-TrFE)/BaTiO3 Nanoparticle Composite Films Mediate Piezoelectric Stimulation and Promote Differentiation of SH-SY5Y Neuroblastoma Cells.

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    Genchi, Giada Graziana; Ceseracciu, Luca; Marino, Attilio; Labardi, Massimiliano; Marras, Sergio; Pignatelli, Francesca; Bruschini, Luca; Mattoli, Virgilio; Ciofani, Gianni

    2016-07-01

    Poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene, P(VDF-TrFE)) and P(VDF-TrFE)/barium titanate nanoparticle (BTNP) films are prepared and tested as substrates for neuronal stimulation through direct piezoelectric effect. Films are characterized in terms of surface, mechanical, and piezoelectric features before in vitro testing on SH-SY5Y cells. In particular, BTNPs significantly improve piezoelectric properties of the films (4.5-fold increased d31 ). Both kinds of films support good SH-SY5Y viability and differentiation. Ultrasound (US) stimulation is proven to elicit Ca(2+) transients and to enhance differentiation in cells grown on the piezoelectric substrates. For the first time in the literature, this study demonstrates the suitability of polymer/ceramic composite films and US for neuronal stimulation through direct piezoelectric effect.

  4. Highly sensitive response to dopamine at a modified electrode involving a composite film with Au nanoparticles dispersed in a fluorocarbon polymer

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    2010-01-01

    A new approach for the highly sensitive detection of dopamine by a novel composite film involving gold nanoparticles trapped in a negatively-charged fluorocarbon polymer (Nafion) on a glassy carbon (GC) electrode fabricated by a simple method is described. Gold nanoparticles with an average diameter of 2.3 nm ± 0.2 nm are dispersed throughout the whole Nafion film. The introduction of gold nanoparticles into the Nafion film not only gives a highly active electrode surface area but also increases the conductivity of the Nafion film and the resulting Au/Nafion/GC electrode combines the advantages of the properties of gold nanoparticles and the selective pre-concentration ability of Nafion. For positively charged dopamine, the results show a decrease in the redox peak separation and a high sensitivity. The oxidation peak current of dopamine was shown to vary linearly with dopamine concentration over a wide range from 0.4 to 50.0 μmol/L with a detection limit of 0.3 μmol/L. Negatively charged ascorbic acid shows no redox waves at concentrations up to 1.0 ×10-4 mol/L.

  5. Ceramic Composite Thin Films

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    Ruoff, Rodney S. (Inventor); Stankovich, Sasha (Inventor); Dikin, Dmitriy A. (Inventor); Nguyen, SonBinh T. (Inventor)

    2013-01-01

    A ceramic composite thin film or layer includes individual graphene oxide and/or electrically conductive graphene sheets dispersed in a ceramic (e.g. silica) matrix. The thin film or layer can be electrically conductive film or layer depending the amount of graphene sheets present. The composite films or layers are transparent, chemically inert and compatible with both glass and hydrophilic SiOx/silicon substrates. The composite film or layer can be produced by making a suspension of graphene oxide sheet fragments, introducing a silica-precursor or silica to the suspension to form a sol, depositing the sol on a substrate as thin film or layer, at least partially reducing the graphene oxide sheets to conductive graphene sheets, and thermally consolidating the thin film or layer to form a silica matrix in which the graphene oxide and/or graphene sheets are dispersed.

  6. Synthesis of nanoparticle/ligand composite thin films by sequential ligand self assembly and surface complex reduction.

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    Muench, Falk; Fuchs, Anne; Mankel, Eric; Rauber, Markus; Lauterbach, Stefan; Kleebe, Hans-Joachim; Ensinger, Wolfgang

    2013-01-01

    Nanocomposite thin films consisting of ligand-connected metal nanoparticles were deposited by iteration of ligand assembly, surface complex formation and reduction. This novel and convenient approach combines characteristics of the layer-by-layer (LbL) and the successive ion layer adsorption and reaction (SILAR) techniques. In contrast to classical LbL assembly, the nanoparticle formation is performed in situ, avoiding separate reduction, protection and attachment steps. To demonstrate the versatility of the approach, different metal precursors (Pd, Ag and Au salts) and linkers (1,2-ethanedithiol, 1,4-benzenedithiol and polythiol) were applied. The formation of dithiol-linked nanoparticle films was confirmed by TEM and XPS. By combining the deposition protocol with ion track etched polycarbonate templates, nanotubes and nanowires with high aspect ratios of up to 300 could be fabricated.

  7. Ultra-thin film composite mixed matrix membranes incorporating iron(iii)-dopamine nanoparticles for CO2 separation

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    Kim, Jinguk; Fu, Qiang; Scofield, Joel M. P.; Kentish, Sandra E.; Qiao, Greg G.

    2016-04-01

    Iron dopamine nanoparticles (FeDA NPs) are incorporated into a nanoscale thick polyethylene glycol (PEG) matrix for the first time, to form ultra-thin film composite mixed matrix membranes (UTFC-MMMs) via a recently developed continuous assembly of polymers (CAP) nanotechnology. The FeDA NPs are prepared by in situ nano-complexation between Fe3+ and DA and have a particle size that can be varied from 3 to 74 nanometers by adjusting the molar ratio of DA to Fe3+ ion. The cross-linked selective layer with sub 100 nanometer thickness is prepared by atom transfer radical polymerisation of a mixture of PEG macrocross-linkers and FeDA NPs on top of a highly permeable poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) prelayer, which is spin-coated onto a porous polyacrylonitrile (PAN) substrate. The incorporation of the FeDA NPs within the PEG-based selective layer is confirmed by XPS analysis. The UTFC-MMMs (thickness: ~45 nm) formed present excellent gas separation performance with a CO2 permeance of ~1200 GPU (1 GPU = 10-6 cm3 (STP) cm-2 s-1 cmHg-1) and an enhanced CO2/N2 selectivity of over 35, which is the best performance for UTFC membranes in the reported literature.Iron dopamine nanoparticles (FeDA NPs) are incorporated into a nanoscale thick polyethylene glycol (PEG) matrix for the first time, to form ultra-thin film composite mixed matrix membranes (UTFC-MMMs) via a recently developed continuous assembly of polymers (CAP) nanotechnology. The FeDA NPs are prepared by in situ nano-complexation between Fe3+ and DA and have a particle size that can be varied from 3 to 74 nanometers by adjusting the molar ratio of DA to Fe3+ ion. The cross-linked selective layer with sub 100 nanometer thickness is prepared by atom transfer radical polymerisation of a mixture of PEG macrocross-linkers and FeDA NPs on top of a highly permeable poly(dimethyl siloxane) (PDMS) prelayer, which is spin-coated onto a porous polyacrylonitrile (PAN) substrate. The incorporation of the FeDA NPs within the PEG

  8. In situ formation of silver nanoparticles on thin-film composite reverse osmosis membranes for biofouling mitigation.

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    Ben-Sasson, Moshe; Lu, Xinglin; Bar-Zeev, Edo; Zodrow, Katherine R; Nejati, Siamak; Qi, Genggeng; Giannelis, Emmanuel P; Elimelech, Menachem

    2014-10-01

    The potential to incorporate silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) as biocides in membranes for water purification has gained much interest in recent years. However, a viable strategy for loading the Ag-NPs on the membrane remains challenging. This paper presents a novel, facile procedure for loading Ag-NPs on thin-film composite (TFC) reverse osmosis membranes. Reaction of silver salt with a reducing agent on the membrane surface resulted in uniform coverage of Ag-NPs, irreversibly bound to the membrane, as confirmed by XPS, TEM, and SEM analyses. Salt selectivity of the membrane as well its surface roughness, hydrophilicity, and zeta potential were not impacted by Ag-NP functionalization, while a slight reduction (up to 17%) in water permeability was observed. The formed Ag-NPs imparted strong antibacterial activity to the membrane, leading to reduction of more than 75% in the number of live bacteria attached to the membrane for three model bacteria strains. In addition, confocal microscopy analyses revealed that Ag-NPs significantly suppressed biofilm formation, with 41% reduction in total biovolume and significant reduction in EPS, dead, and live bacteria on the functionalized membrane. The simplicity of the method, the short reaction time, the ability to load the Ag-NPs on site, and the strong imparted antibacterial activity highlight the potential of this method in real-world RO membrane applications. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. In situ formation of silver nanoparticles on thin-film composite reverse osmosis membranes for biofouling mitigation

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    Ben-Sasson, Moshe

    2014-10-01

    The potential to incorporate silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) as biocides in membranes for water purification has gained much interest in recent years. However, a viable strategy for loading the Ag-NPs on the membrane remains challenging. This paper presents a novel, facile procedure for loading Ag-NPs on thin-film composite (TFC) reverse osmosis membranes. Reaction of silver salt with a reducing agent on the membrane surface resulted in uniform coverage of Ag-NPs, irreversibly bound to the membrane, as confirmed by XPS, TEM, and SEM analyses. Salt selectivity of the membrane as well its surface roughness, hydrophilicity, and zeta potential were not impacted by Ag-NP functionalization, while a slight reduction (up to 17%) in water permeability was observed. The formed Ag-NPs imparted strong antibacterial activity to the membrane, leading to reduction of more than 75% in the number of live bacteria attached to the membrane for three model bacteria strains. In addition, confocal microscopy analyses revealed that Ag-NPs significantly suppressed biofilm formation, with 41% reduction in total biovolume and significant reduction in EPS, dead, and live bacteria on the functionalized membrane. The simplicity of the method, the short reaction time, the ability to load the Ag-NPs on site, and the strong imparted antibacterial activity highlight the potential of this method in real-world RO membrane applications. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

  10. Composite phosphor films based on spherical Lu2O3:Eu3+ nanoparticles

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    Babaevskaya, N. V.; Kryzhanovskaya, A. S.; Matveevskaya, N. A.; Mateichenko, P. V.; Yavetskii, R. P.; Tolmachev, A. V.; Tret'yak, S. E.

    2011-02-01

    A nanopowder of Lu2O3:Eu3+ ( C Eu = 5 at.%) was obtained by coprecipitation with urea (NH2)2CO from aqueous solutions. Using this nanopowder, compact Lu2O3:Eu3+ films with thicknesses within 20-200 μm and a relative density up to 65% of the theoretical limit were deposited using the spin-coating and painting techniques. The films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray luminescence (XRL) measurements. It is established that the XRL intensity depends on the phosphor/organic binder ratio and thickness of the film. The most intense XRL and most homogeneous structure are observed for 20-μm-thick Lu2O3:Eu3+ films.

  11. Modification of Thin Film Composite (TFC) Membrane by Incorporation with Copper Nanoparticles (Cu-NPs) for Antibacterial Properties

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    Zhong, Chen

    Membrane biofouling has been a challenging problem restricting the application of reverse osmosis (RO) desalination process. Copper is known for its antimicrobial properties and is easily available with low cost. In this paper, copper nanoparticles (Cu-NPs) with a mean diameter of 15nm were synthesized by the reduction of copper (II) chloride with sodium borohydride (NaBH4), using cetyl trimethylammonium bromide ((C16H33)N(CH3) 3Br, CTAB) as a capping agent. After purification of Cu-NPs by dialysis, the particles were successfully immobilized onto the surface of thin film composite (TFC) membranes via either electrostatic interactions or by covalent bonding with cysteamine as a linker. The electrostatic method was simply to immerse the newly made TFC membranes to the Cu-NPs suspension. Since the CTAB had formed cationic bilayer outside the Cu-NPs, the Cu-NPs was not only adsorbed on the membranes but also attached to the surface because of the electrostatic effect with the negatively charged membrane surface. The covalent bonding method utilized cysteamine (C4H12N2S 2) to activate the thin film layer with thiol functional groups first and then incorporated the metallic copper nanoparticles to form the stable covalent chemical bonding in between. The resulting membranes by these two methods were labeled as TFC-CuNPs and TFC-S-CuNPs, respectively, in this study. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging and associated energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) showed that large amounts of Cu-NPs existed on both types of membranes. Surface hydrophilicity of the membranes was enhanced by the presence of Cu-NPs, as indicated by the measured contact angle of 63.25 +/- 0.75 for TFC, 38.63 +/- 2.16 for TFC-CuNPs, and 58.00 +/- 3.39 for TFC-S-CuNPs. Consistently, the water flux obtained from the RO desalination system was increased from 47.07 +/- 0.84 for TFC, 49.10 +/- 0.22 for TFC-CuNPs, and 69.13 +/- 1.43 for TFC-S-CuNPs, with this increase in hydrophilicity. The salt

  12. Detection of H2O2 at a composite film modified electrode with highly dispersed Ag nanoparticles in Nafion

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    Mei Xiu Kan; Xue Ji Wang; Hui Min Zhang

    2011-01-01

    Ag nanoparticles were prepared by using the ion-exchange of Nafion combined with electrochemical reduction on the electrode. Ag nanoparticles are highly dispersed in Nafion film with an average size of 4.0 ± 0.2 nm. The amount of Ag nanoparticles can be readily controlled by the amount of Nafion coated on the electrode. Thus obtained Ag nanoparticles exhibit good catalytic activity for the reduction of H2O2 with a linear response to H2O2 in the concentration range of 0.04-8.0 mmol/L with a sensitivity of 0.34 μA/mmol/L and a detection limit of 1.0×10-8 mol/L.

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

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

    2017-10-01

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

  14. One-Step Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles on Polydopamine-Coated Sericin/Polyvinyl Alcohol Composite Films for Potential Antimicrobial Applications

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    Rui Cai

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Silk sericin has great potential as a biomaterial for biomedical applications due to its good hydrophilicity, reactivity, and biodegradability. To develop multifunctional sericin materials for potential antibacterial application, a one-step synthesis method for preparing silver nanoparticles (AgNPs modified on polydopamine-coated sericin/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA composite films was developed. Polydopamine (PDA acted as both metal ion chelating and reducing agent to synthesize AgNPs in situ on the sericin/PVA composite film. Scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis revealed that polydopamine could effectively facilitate the high-density growth of AgNPs as a 3-D matrix. X-ray diffractometry studies suggested the synthesized AgNPs formed good face-centered cubic crystalline structures. Contact angle measurement and mechanical test indicated AgNPs modified PDA-sericin/PVA composite film had good hydrophilicity and mechanical property. The bacterial growth curve and inhibition zone assays showed the AgNPs modified PDA-sericin/PVA composite film had long-term antibacterial activities. This work develops a new method for the preparation of AgNPs modified PDA-sericin/PVA film with good hydrophilicity, mechanical performance and antibacterial activities for the potential antimicrobial application in biomedicine.

  15. One-Step Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles on Polydopamine-Coated Sericin/Polyvinyl Alcohol Composite Films for Potential Antimicrobial Applications.

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    Cai, Rui; Tao, Gang; He, Huawei; Song, Kai; Zuo, Hua; Jiang, Wenchao; Wang, Yejing

    2017-04-30

    Silk sericin has great potential as a biomaterial for biomedical applications due to its good hydrophilicity, reactivity, and biodegradability. To develop multifunctional sericin materials for potential antibacterial application, a one-step synthesis method for preparing silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) modified on polydopamine-coated sericin/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) composite films was developed. Polydopamine (PDA) acted as both metal ion chelating and reducing agent to synthesize AgNPs in situ on the sericin/PVA composite film. Scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis revealed that polydopamine could effectively facilitate the high-density growth of AgNPs as a 3-D matrix. X-ray diffractometry studies suggested the synthesized AgNPs formed good face-centered cubic crystalline structures. Contact angle measurement and mechanical test indicated AgNPs modified PDA-sericin/PVA composite film had good hydrophilicity and mechanical property. The bacterial growth curve and inhibition zone assays showed the AgNPs modified PDA-sericin/PVA composite film had long-term antibacterial activities. This work develops a new method for the preparation of AgNPs modified PDA-sericin/PVA film with good hydrophilicity, mechanical performance and antibacterial activities for the potential antimicrobial application in biomedicine.

  16. Surface nanostructuring of thin film composite membranes via grafting polymerization and incorporation of ZnO nanoparticles

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    Isawi, Heba; El-Sayed, Magdi H.; Feng, Xianshe; Shawky, Hosam; Abdel Mottaleb, Mohamed S.

    2016-11-01

    A new approach for modification of polyamid thin film composite membrane PA(TFC) using synthesized ZnO nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) was shown to enhance the membrane performances for reverse osmosis water desalination. First, active layer of synthesis PA(TFC) membrane was activated with an aqueous solution of free radical graft polymerization of hydrophilic methacrylic acid (MAA) monomer onto the surface of the PA(TFC) membrane resulting PMAA-g-PA(TFC). Second, the PA(TFC) membrane has been developed by incorporation of ZnO NPs into the MAA grafting solution resulting the ZnO NPs modified PMAA-g-PA(TFC) membrane. The surface properties of the synthesized nanoparticles and prepared membranes were investigated using the FTIR, XRD and SEM. Morphology studies demonstrated that ZnO NPs have been successfully incorporated into the active grafting layer over PA(TFC) composite membranes. The zinc leaching from the ZnO NPs modified PMAA-g-PA(TFC) was minimal, as shown by batch tests that indicated stabilization of the ZnO NPs on the membrane surfaces. Compared with the a pure PA(TFC) and PMAA-g-PA(TFC) membranes, the ZnO NPs modified PMAA-g-PA(TFC) was more hydrophilic, with an improved water contact angle (∼50 ± 3°) over the PMAA-g-PA(TFC) (63 ± 2.5°). The ZnO NPs modified PMAA-g-PA(TFC) membrane showed salt rejection of 97% (of the total groundwater salinity), 99% of dissolved bivalent ions (Ca2+, SO42-and Mg2+), and 98% of mono valent ions constituents (Cl- and Na+). In addition, antifouling performance of the membranes was determined using E. coli as a potential foulant. This demonstrates that the ZnO NPs modified PMAA-g-PA(TFC) membrane can significantly improve the membrane performances and was favorable to enhance the selectivity, permeability, water flux, mechanical properties and the bio-antifouling properties of the membranes for water desalination.

  17. Composite edible films based on hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose reinforced with microcrystalline cellulose nanoparticles

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    It has been stated that hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC) based films have promising applications in the food industry because of their environmental appeal, low cost, flexibility and transparency. Nevertheless, their mechanical and moisture barrier properties should be improved. The aim of th...

  18. Microstructural and potential dependence studies of urease-immobilized gold nanoparticles-polypyrrole composite film for urea detection.

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    Rajesh; Puri, Nidhi; Mishra, Sujeet K; Laskar, Mariam J; Srivastava, Avanish K

    2014-01-01

    Gold nanoparticle-polypyrrole nanocomposite film was electrochemically deposited in a single-step polymerization of pyrrole in the presence of 3-mercaptopropionic acid (MPA)-capped gold nanoparticles (GNPs) and p-toluenesulfonic acid (pTSA) on the surface of an indium tin oxide (ITO)-coated glass plate. The carboxyl functional groups surrounding the GNPs within the polymer matrix were utilized for the immobilization of urease enzyme through carbodiimide coupling reaction for the construction of a Urs/GNP(MPA)-PPy/ITO-glass bioelectrode for urea detection in Tris-HCl buffer. The resulting bioelectrode film was characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), contact angle measurement, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and electrochemical techniques. The potentiometric response of the bioelectrode made of polymer nanocomposite films of two different thicknesses prepared at 100 and 250 mC cm(-2) charge densities, respectively, was studied towards the urea concentration in Tris-HCl buffer (pH 7.4). The thin polymer nanocomposite film-based bioelectrode prepared at 100 mC cm(-2) charge density exhibited a comparatively good potentiometric response than a thick 250 mC cm(-2) charge density film with a linear range of urea detection from 0.01 to 10 mM with a sensitivity of 29.7 mV per decade.

  19. Size-dependent structure and magnetic properties of co-evaporated Fe-SiO2 nanoparticle composite film under high magnetic field

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    Yonghui Ma

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Composite film of Fe nanoparticles embedded in a SiO2 matrix has been prepared by the co-evaporation of Fe and SiO2. Both source temperature and in-situ high magnetic field (HMF have been used to adjust the Fe particle size and the growth of Fe-SiO2 film. The size of Fe particle decreased with increasing the source temperature without HMF. When HMF was presented during the growth of the film, the size of Fe particle was enlarged and reduced for source temperatures of 1300 °C and 1400 °C, respectively. Meanwhile, the preferred orientation of the film grown at 1400 °C became uniform with the application of HMF. In addition, it is also found that the film was formed in two layers. One layer is formed by the Fe particle, while the other is free of Fe particles due to the existence of more SiO2. The structural variation has a significant effect on the magnetic properties. The coercivity (90 Oe of the 1300 °C film is much higher than that (6 Oe of the 1400 °C film with a small particle size and uniform orientation. The saturation magnetization can be increased by increasing the Fe particle volume fraction. This study develops a new method to tune the soft magnetic properties by the co-evaporation of Fe and SiO2.

  20. POLYMER COMPOSITE FILMS WITH SIZE-SELECTED METAL NANOPARTICLES FABRICATED BY CLUSTER BEAM TECHNIQUE

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    Ceynowa, F. A.; Chirumamilla, Manohar; Popok, Vladimir

    2017-01-01

    after the deposition. The degree of immersion can be controlled by the annealing temperature and time. Together with control of cluster coverage the described approach represents an efficient method for the synthesis of thin polymer composite layers with either partially or fully embedded metal NPs......, in particular, for the use of phenomenon of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR). Unfortunately, it is found that the thermal annealing used in the production process can lead to quenching of plasmonic properties in the case of copper. To solve this problem, it is suggested to treat the samples with ozone...

  1. Direct Electrochemistry of Glucose Oxidase Immobilized on Chitosan-gold Nanoparticle Composite Film on Glassy Carbon Electrodes and Its Biosensing Application

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    2008-01-01

    The direct electrochemistry of glucose oxidase (Gox) immobilized on a composite matrix based on chitosan (CHIT) and Au nanoparticles (Au NP) underlying on a glassy carbon electrode was achieved. The cyclic voltam-metry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy were used to characterize the modified electrode. In deaerated buffer solutions, the cyclic voltammetry of the composite films of Gox-Au NP-CHIT showed a pair of well-behaved redox peaks that were assigned to the redox reaction of Gox, confirming the effective immobilization of Gox on the composite film. The electron transfer rate constant was estimated to be 15.6 s-1, indicating a high electron transfer between the Gox redox center and electrode. The combination of CHIT and Au NP also promoted the stability of Gox in the composite film and retained its bioactivity, which might have the potential application to glucose determination. The calculated apparent Michaelis-Menten constant was 10.1 mmol·L-1. Furthermore, the proposed biosensor could be used for the determination of glucose in human plasma samples.

  2. Epoxy based photoresist/carbon nanoparticle composites

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    Lillemose, Michael; Gammelgaard, Lauge; Richter, Jacob;

    2008-01-01

    We have fabricated composites of SU-8 polymer and three different types of carbon nanoparticles (NPs) using ultrasonic mixing. Structures of composite thin films have been patterned on a characterization chip with standard UV photolithography. Using a four-point bending probe, a well defined stress...... is applied to the composite thin film and we have demonstrated that the composites are piezoresistive. Stable gauge factors of 5-9 have been measured, but we have also observed piezoresistive responses with gauge factors as high as 50. As SU-8 is much softer than silicon and the gauge factor of the composite...... material is relatively high, carbon nanoparticle doped SU-8 is a valid candidate for the piezoresistive readout in polymer based cantilever sensors, with potentially higher sensitivity than silicon based cantilevers....

  3. Direct electrochemistry and electrocatalysis of heme proteins immobilised in carbon-coated nickel magnetic nanoparticle-chitosan-dimethylformamide composite films in room-temperature ionic liquids.

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    Wang, Ting; Wang, Lu; Tu, Jiaojiao; Xiong, Huayu; Wang, Shengfu

    2013-12-01

    The direct electrochemistry and electrocatalysis of heme proteins entrapped in carbon-coated nickel magnetic nanoparticle-chitosan-dimethylformamide (CNN-CS-DMF) composite films were investigated in the hydrophilic ionic liquid [bmim][BF4]. The surface morphologies of a representative set of films were characterised via scanning electron microscopy. The proteins immobilised in the composite films were shown to retain their native secondary structure using UV-vis spectroscopy. The electrochemical performance of the heme proteins-CNN-CS-DMF films was evaluated via cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. A pair of stable and well-defined redox peaks was observed for the heme protein films at formal potentials of -0.151 V (HRP), -0.167 V (Hb), -0.155 V (Mb) and -0.193 V (Cyt c) in [bmim][BF4]. Moreover, several electrochemical parameters of the heme proteins were calculated by nonlinear regression analysis of the square-wave voltammetry. The addition of CNN significantly enhanced not only the electron transfer of the heme proteins but also their electrocatalytic activity toward the reduction of H2O2. Low apparent Michaelis-Menten constants were obtained for the heme protein-CNN-CS-DMF films, demonstrating that the biosensors have a high affinity for H2O2. In addition, the resulting electrodes displayed a low detection limit and improved sensitivity for detecting H2O2, which indicates that the biocomposite film can serve as a platform for constructing new non-aqueous biosensors for real detection. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Nonlinear optical properties of Au/PVP composite thin films

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    Shen Hong; Cheng Bo-Lin; Lu Guo-Wei; Wang Wei-Tian; Guan Dong-Yi; Chen Zheng-Hao; Yang Guo-Zhen

    2005-01-01

    Colloidal Au and poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP) composite thin films are fabricated by spin-coating method. Linear optical absorption measurements of the Au/PVP composite films indicate an absorption peak around 530 nm due to the surface plasmon resonance of gold nanoparticles. Nonlinear optical properties are studied using standard Z-scan technique, and experimental results show large optical nonlinearities of the Au/PVP composite films. A large value of films.

  5. Polymer film composite transducer

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    Owen, Thomas E.

    2005-09-20

    A composite piezoelectric transducer, whose piezoeletric element is a "ribbon wound" film of piezolectric material. As the film is excited, it expands and contracts, which results in expansion and contraction of the diameter of the entire ribbon winding. This is accompanied by expansion and contraction of the thickness of the ribbon winding, such that the sound radiating plate may be placed on the side of the winding.

  6. Nanostructured composite films of ceria nanoparticles with anti-UV and scratch protection properties constructed using a layer-by-layer strategy

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    Zhang, Songsong; Li, Jie; Guo, Xianpeng; Liu, Lianhe; Wei, Hao; Zhang, Yingwei

    2016-09-01

    Rare earth cerium oxide (ceria) nanoparticles have attracted extensive research attention due to their advantageous anti-UV and anti-scratch properties. However, a general and facile method for the fabrication of composite films using ceria and possessing these advantages is still lacking. Here, we report the fabrication of multilayers of ceria and polymeric species poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS) and poly(diallyl-dimethyl ammonium) (PDDA) via the layer-by-layer deposition strategy. The thickness of the multilayers increased linearly with the number of bilayers, indicating accurate control of the film structure in the nanoscopic range. The constructed multilayers were transparent in the visible spectral region and at the same time presented anti-UV properties. In addition, the multilayers also presented scratch protection properties.

  7. Anti-microbial surfaces: An approach for deposition of ZnO nanoparticles on PVA-Gelatin composite film by screen printing technique.

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    Meshram, J V; Koli, V B; Phadatare, M R; Pawar, S H

    2017-04-01

    Initially micro-organisms get exposed to the surfaces, this demands development of anti-microbial surfaces to inhibit their proliferation. Therefore, herein, we attempt screen printing technique for development of PVA-GE/ZnO nanocomposite (PG/ZnO) films. The synthesis of PG/ZnO nanocomposite includes two steps as: (i) Coating of Zinc Oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) by poly ethylene glycol in order to be compatible with organic counterparts. (ii) Deposition of coated nanoparticles on the PG film surface. The results suggest the enhancement in anti-microbial activity of PG/ZnO nanocomposite over pure ZnO NPs against both Gram positive Bacillus subtilis and Gram negative Escherichia coli from zone of inhibition. The uniformity in deposition is further confirmed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images. The phase identification of ZnO NPs and formation of PG/ZnO nanocomposite has been confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and UV-vis spectroscopy (UV-vis). The Attenuated total reflection Spectroscopy (ATR) analysis indicates the ester bond between PVA and gelatin molecules. The thermal stability of nanocomposite is studied by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) revealing increase in crystallinity due to ZnO NPs which could be utilized to inhibit the growth of micro-organisms. The tensile strength is found to be higher and percent elongation is double of PG/ZnO nanocomposite than PG composite film.

  8. Enhanced physicochemical properties of chitosan/whey protein isolate composite film by sodium laurate-modified TiO2 nanoparticles.

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    Zhang, Wei; Chen, Jiwang; Chen, Yue; Xia, Wenshui; Xiong, Youling L; Wang, Hongxun

    2016-03-15

    Chitosan/whey protein isolate film incorporated with sodium laurate-modified TiO2 nanoparticles was developed. The nanocomposite film was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry, and investigated in physicochemical properties as color, tensile strength, elongation at break, water vapor permeability and water adsorption isotherm. Our results showed that the nanoparticles improved the compatibility of whey protein isolate and chitosan. Addition of nanoparticles increased the whiteness of chitosan/whey protein isolate film, but decreased its transparency. Compared with binary film, the tensile strength and elongation at break of nanocomposite film were increased by 11.51% and 12.01%, respectively, and water vapor permeability was decreased by 7.60%. The equilibrium moisture of nanocomposite film was lower than binary film, and its water sorption isotherm of the nanocomposite film fitted well to Guggenheim-Anderson-deBoer model. The findings contributed to the development of novel food packaging materials.

  9. Nonenzymatic glucose sensor based on flower-shaped Au-Pd core-shell nanoparticles-ionic liquids composite film modified glassy carbon electrodes

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    Chen Xianlan [Fujian Key Lab of Medical Instrument and Pharmaceutical Technology, Yishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); Institute of Research for Functional Materials, Fuzhou University, Yishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350108 (China); College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Qishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350108 (China); Pan Hiabo, E-mail: hbpan@fzu.edu.c [Fujian Key Lab of Medical Instrument and Pharmaceutical Technology, Yishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); State Key Laboratory Breeding Base of Photocatalysis, Yishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); Institute of Research for Functional Materials, Fuzhou University, Yishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350108 (China); College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Qishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350108 (China); Liu Hongfang [Fujian Key Lab of Medical Instrument and Pharmaceutical Technology, Yishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China); College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Qishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350108 (China); Du Min [Fujian Key Lab of Medical Instrument and Pharmaceutical Technology, Yishan Campus, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou, Fujian 350002 (China)

    2010-12-30

    A novel nonenzymatic glucose sensor based on flower-shaped (FS) Au -Pd core-shell nanoparticles-ionic liquids (ILs i.e., trihexyltetradecylphosphonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide, [P(C{sub 6}){sub 3}C{sub 14}][Tf{sub 2}N]) composite film modified glassy carbon electrodes (GCE) was reported. The Au-Pd nanocatalysts were prepared by seed-mediated growth method, forming the three-dimensional FS nanoparticles, where tens of small Pd nanoparticles ({approx}3 nm) aggregated on gold seeds ({approx}20 nm). The FS Au-Pd nanoparticle was a good candidate for the catalytic efficiency of nanometallic surfaces because of its flower-shaped nature, which has greater adsorption capacity. XPS analysis and zeta potential indicated that the surface of Pd atoms is positively charged, profiting the oxidation process of glucose. And ILs acted as bridge connecting Au-Pd one another and bucky gel as platform within the whole nanocomposite. So the modified electrode has higher sensitivity and selectivity owing to intrinsic synergistic effects of this nanocomposite. Amperometric measurements allow observation of the electrochemical oxidation of glucose at 0.0 V (vs. Ag/AgCl), the glucose oxidation current is linear to its concentration in the range of 5 nM-0.5 {mu}M, and the detection limit was found to be 1.0 nM (S/N = 3). The as-prepared nonenzyme glucose sensor exhibited excellent stability, repeatability, and selectivity.

  10. Synthesis of thick mesoporous gamma-alumina films, loading of Pt nanoparticles, and use of the composite film as a reusable catalyst.

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    Dandapat, Anirban; Jana, Debrina; De, Goutam

    2009-04-01

    Nanocrystalline mesoporous gamma-Al2O3 film of high thickness has been developed and characterized. The films were prepared on ordinary glass substrates by a single dip-coating method using boehmite (AlOOH) sols derived from aluminum tri-sec-butoxide in presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as structure-directing agent. The dried films were heat-treated at 500 degrees C in air to remove the organics and strengthen the network. The GIXRD of the heat-treated (500 degrees C) film shows a broad peak in the low-angle region supporting the formation of worm-hole-like disordered mesostructures. The high-angle GIXRD, FTIR, and TEM of the films confirm the formation of gamma-Al2O3. N2 adsorption-desorption analyses showed that the heat-treated (500 degrees C) film has a BET surface area of 171 m(2) g(-1) with a pore volume of 0.188 cm(3) g(-1) and mean pore diameter 4.3 nm. Pt nanoparticles (NPs) (approximately 2.7 mol % with respect to the equivalent AlO(1.5)) were generated inside the mesopores of the heat-treated films simply by soaking H2PtCl6 solutions into it, and followed by thermal decomposition at 500 degrees C. The surface area and pore volume of the Pt-incorporated film have been reduced to 101 m(2) g(-1) and 0.119 cm(3) g(-1) respectively, confirming the inclusion of Pt NPs inside the pores. FESEM and TEM studies revealed uniform distribution of Pt NPs (2-8.5 nm; average diameter 4.9 nm) in the films. Catalytic properties of the Pt-incorporated films were investigated in two model (one inorganic and other organic) systems: reduction of hexacyanoferrate(III) ions by thiosulfate to ferrocyanide, and p-nitrophenol to p-aminophenol. In both the cases, the catalyst showed excellent activities, and the reduction reactions followed smoothly, showing isosbestic points in the UV-visible spectra. The catalyst films can be separated easily after the reactions and reused several times.

  11. Hybrid composites of xanthan and magnetic nanoparticles for cellular uptake.

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    Bueno, Vânia Blasques; Silva, Anielle Martins; Barbosa, Leandro Ramos Souza; Catalani, Luiz Henrique; Teixeira-Neto, Erico; Cornejo, Daniel Reinaldo; Petri, Denise Freitas Siqueira

    2013-11-04

    We describe a fast and simple method to prepare composite films of magnetite nanoparticles and xanthan networks. The particles are distributed close to hybrid film surface, generating a coercivity of 27 ± 2 Oe at 300 K. The proliferation of fibroblast cells on the hybrid composites was successful, particularly when an external magnetic field was applied.

  12. Reduced graphene oxide-nickel nanoparticles/biopolymer composite films for the sub-millimolar detection of glucose.

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    Krishna, Rahul; Campiña, José M; Fernandes, Paula M V; Ventura, João; Titus, Elby; Silva, António F

    2016-06-20

    Hybrid conjugates of graphene with metallic/semiconducting nanostructures can improve the sensitivity of electrochemical sensors due to their combination of well-balanced electrical/electrocatalytic properties and superior surface-to-volume ratio. In this study, the synthesis and physical characterization of a hybrid conjugate of reduced graphene oxide and nickel nanoparticles (rGO-Ni NPs) is presented. The conjugate was further deposited onto a glassy carbon electrode as a nanocomposite film of chitosan and glucose oxidase. The electrochemical response and morphology of the films were investigated using SEM, CV, and EIS, and their applications as a glucose biosensor explored for the first time in proof-of-concept tests. The low operating potential along with the good linearity and sensitivity (up to 129 μA cm(-2) mM(-1)) found in the sub-millimolar range suggest potential applications in the self-management of hypoglycemia from blood samples or in the development of non-invasive assays for body fluids such as saliva, tears or breath.

  13. Enhanced conversion efficiency in dye-sensitized solar cells based on bilayered nano-composite photoanode film consisting of TiO2 nanoparticles and nanofibers.

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    Du, P F; Song, L X; Xiong, J

    2014-06-01

    Novel TiO2 nanoparticles/nanofibers (NPs/NFs) bilayered nano-composite photoanode film for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) was fabricated through the combination of spin-coating and electrospinning. The NPs and NFs layers have complementary roles. The underlaid spin-coated NPs layer provides the photoanode film with higher specific surface area for dye adsorption and improved adhesion to conductive glass substrate. The overlaid electrospun NFs layer endows the photoanode film with better dye-loading and light-harvesting capabilities due to its porous meshwork structure. And the NFs layer also offers larger pore volume, which can facilitate the electrolyte diffusion and the activity regeneration of dye sensitizers. As a result, the electron transport is accelerated while the charge recombination is suppressed. Ascribing to the synergic effect of the NPs and NFs layers, the TiO2 NPs/NFs-based DSSCs achieve a conversion efficiency of 4.46%, which is nearly 14% higher than that of the pure TiO2 NPs-based ones.

  14. Drying and nondrying layer-by-layer assembly for the fabrication of sodium silicate/TiO2 nanoparticle composite films.

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    Zhang, Lianbin; Liu, He; Zhao, Engui; Qiu, Lingying; Sun, Junqi; Shen, Jiacong

    2012-01-24

    Influences of drying and nondrying steps on structures of layer-by-layer (LbL) assembled sodium silicate/TiO(2) nanoparticles films (donated as silicate/TiO(2) films) have been systematically investigated. The nondrying LbL assembly produces highly porous silicate/TiO(2) films with large thickness. In contrast, the silicate/TiO(2) films fabricated with a drying step after each layer deposition are flat and thin without porous structures. In situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements confirm that the sodium silicate and TiO(2) nanoparticles are deposited in their aggregated forms. A N(2) drying step can disintegrate the aggregated silicate and TiO(2) nanoparticles to produce thin silicate/TiO(2) films with compact structures. Without the drying steps, the aggregated silicate and TiO(2) nanoparticles are well retained, and their LbL assembly produces highly porous silicate/TiO(2) films of large thickness. The highly porous silicate/TiO(2) films are demonstrated to be useful as reusable film adsorbents for dye removal from wastewater because they can adsorb a large amount of cationic organic dyes and decompose them under UV irradiation. The present study is meaningful for exploring drying/nondrying steps for tailoring structure and functions of LbL assembled films.

  15. Gold nanoparticles/water-soluble carbon nanotubes/aromatic diamine polymer composite films for highly sensitive detection of cellobiose dehydrogenase gene

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    Zeng Guangming, E-mail: zgming@hnu.cn [College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Key Laboratory of Environmental Biology and Pollution Control (Hunan University), Ministry of Education, Changsha 410082 (China); Li Zhen, E-mail: happylizhen@yeah.ne [College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Key Laboratory of Environmental Biology and Pollution Control (Hunan University), Ministry of Education, Changsha 410082 (China); Tang Lin; Wu Mengshi; Lei Xiaoxia; Liu Yuanyuan; Liu Can; Pang Ya; Zhang Yi [College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Key Laboratory of Environmental Biology and Pollution Control (Hunan University), Ministry of Education, Changsha 410082 (China)

    2011-05-01

    Highlights: > Gold nanoparticles/multiwalled carbon nanotubes/poly (1,5-naphthalenediamine) modified electrode was fabricated. > The sensor was applied for the detection of cellobiose dehydrogenase genes. > An effective method to distribute MWCNTs and attach to the electrode was proposed. > The composite films greatly improved the sensitivity and enhanced the DNA immobilization. > The DNA biosensor exhibited fairly high sensitivity and quite low detection limit. - Abstract: An electrochemical sensor based on gold nanoparticles (GNPs)/multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)/poly (1,5-naphthalenediamine) films modified glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was fabricated. The effectiveness of the sensor was confirmed by sensitive detection of cellobiose dehydrogenase (CDH) gene which was extracted from Phanerochaete chrysosporium using polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The monomer of 1,5-naphthalenediamine was electropolymerized on the GCE surface with abundant free amino groups which enhanced the stability of MWCNTs modified electrode. Congo red (CR)-functionalized MWCNTs possess excellent conductivity as well as high solubility in water which enabled to form the uniform and stable network nanostructures easily and created a large number of binding sites for electrodeposition of GNPs. The continuous GNPs together with MWCNTs greatly increased the surface area, conductivity and electrocatalytic activity. This electrode structure significantly improved the sensitivity of sensor and enhanced the DNA immobilization and hybridization. The thiol modified capture probes were immobilized onto the composite films-modified GCE by a direct formation of thiol-Au bond and horseradish peroxidase-streptavidin (HRP-SA) conjugates were labeled to the biotinylated detection probes through biotin-streptavidin bond. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) were used to investigate the film assembly and DNA hybridization processes

  16. Incorporation of Decanethiol-Passivated Gold Nanoparticles into Cross-Linked Poly(Dimethylsiloxane Films

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    Motohiro Tagaya

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Cross-linking degree of a poly(dimethylsiloxane (PDMS film was controlled, and the incorporation of hydrophobic decanethiol-passivated gold (Au nanoparticles into the film was investigated. FT-IR spectra indicated that the hydrosilylation reaction between a vinyl group and a hydrosilyl group occurred with the cross-linking. The swelling degree of the film in toluene changed with a cross-linker concentration, indicating the control of the cross-linking degree of PDMS film. By EDX analysis, the amount of incorporated Au nanoparticles increased with decreasing a cross-linker concentration, indicating the enlarged free volume of the film. The Au nanoparticle-PDMS composite film containing a cross-linker at 6 wt% showed brown color attributed to plasmon resonance of Au nanoparticles, suggesting the Au nanoparticles in the film at monodispersion state. The UV-visible absorbance of the composite film decreased without spectralshift by swelling with toluene, and the changes were reversible. The aggregation among Au nanoparticles in the composite film after calcination also depended on the cross-linking degree. Thus, the control of cross-linking degree of PDMS film successfully leaded to a simple way of fabricating the Au nanoparticle-PDMS composite film at the mono-dispersion state.

  17. Metal Nanoparticle Aerogel Composites

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    Smith, David D.; Sibille, Laurent; Ignont, Erica; Snow, Lanee; Rose, M. Franklin (Technical Monitor)

    2000-01-01

    We have fabricated sol-gels containing gold and silver nanoparticles. Formation of an aerogel produces a blue shift in the surface plasmon resonance as a result of the decrease in the dielectric constant of the matrix upon supercritical extraction of the solvent. However, as a result of chemical interface damping this blue shift does not obey effective medium theories. Annealing the samples in a reducing atmosphere at 400 C eliminates this discrepancy and results in narrowing and further blue shifting of the plasmon resonance. Metal particle aggregation also results in a deviation from the predictions of effective medium theories, but can be controlled through careful handling and by avoiding the use of alcohol. By applying effective medium theories to the heterogeneous interlayer surrounding each metal particle, we extend the technique of immersion spectroscopy to inhomogeneous materials characterized by spatially dependent dielectric constants, such as aerogels. We demonstrate that the shift in the surface plasmon wavelength provides the average fractional composition of each component (air and silica) in this inhomogeneous layer, i.e. the porosity of the aerogel or equivalently, for these materials, the catalytic dispersion. Additionally, the kinetics suggest that collective particle interactions in coagulated metal clusters are perturbed during silica gelation resulting in a change in the aggregate geometry.

  18. Nanosecond laser ablation of silver nanoparticle film

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    Chung, Jaewon; Han, Sewoon; Lee, Daeho; Ahn, Sanghoon; Grigoropoulos, Costas P.; Moon, Jooho; Ko, Seung H.

    2013-02-01

    Nanosecond laser ablation of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) protected silver nanoparticle (20 nm diameter) film is studied using a frequency doubled Nd:YAG nanosecond laser (532 nm wavelength, 6 ns full width half maximum pulse width). In the sintered silver nanoparticle film, absorbed light energy conducts well through the sintered porous structure, resulting in ablation craters of a porous dome shape or crown shape depending on the irradiation fluence due to the sudden vaporization of the PVP. In the unsintered silver nanoparticle film, the ablation crater with a clean edge profile is formed and many coalesced nanoparticles of 50 to 100 nm in size are observed inside the ablation crater. These results and an order of magnitude analysis indicate that the absorbed thermal energy is confined within the nanoparticles, causing melting of nanoparticles and their coalescence to larger agglomerates, which are removed following melting and subsequent partial vaporization.

  19. 复合膜中纳米银粒子的光吸收特性研究%The research on optical absorption properties of silver nano-particles in composite film

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    李贵安

    2001-01-01

    本文通过溶胶凝胶法,制备出金属纳米银粒子复合膜.电镜(TEM)测量结果表明,复合膜中所掺入的银粒子尺寸属纳米量级.实验测出了复合膜中银粒子的吸收光谱,与其在银胶中吸收谱相比,发现其吸收峰红移52.5nm.并对测试结果进行了细致分析.%In the paper ,we reported composite film of silver nano-particles prepared via the Sol-Gel technique and its measurements of the optical absorption. The TEM photograph of composite film showed that silver particles size was nanoscale. The absorption peak of silver nano-particles in composite film yield red-shift as compared with silver nano-particles in colloidal solution. The results were analyzed and discussed in detail.

  20. Amperometric determination of xanthine in fish meat by zinc oxide nanoparticle/chitosan/multiwalled carbon nanotube/polyaniline composite film bound xanthine oxidase.

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    Devi, Rooma; Yadav, Sandeep; Pundir, C S

    2012-02-07

    Xanthine oxidase (XOD) was immobilized on a composite film of zinc oxide nanoparticle/chitosan/carboxylated multiwalled carbon nanotube/polyaniline (ZnO-NP/CHIT/c-MWCNT/PANI) electrodeposited over the surface of a platinum (Pt) electrode. A xanthine biosensor was fabricated using XOD/ZnO-NP/CHIT/c-MWCNT/PANI/Pt as working electrode, Ag/AgCl as reference electrode and Pt wire as auxiliary electrode connected through a potentiostat. The ZnO-NPs were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and the enzyme electrode was characterized by cyclic voltammetry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The biosensor showed optimum response within 4 s at 0.5 V potential, pH 7.0, 35 °C and linear range 0.1-100 μM with a detection limit of 0.1 μM. The enzyme electrode was employed for determination of xanthine in fish meat during storage. The electrode lost 30% of its initial activity after 80 uses over one month, when stored at 4 °C.

  1. Electrochemical sensor using neomycin-imprinted film as recognition element based on chitosan-silver nanoparticles/graphene-multiwalled carbon nanotubes composites modified electrode.

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    Lian, Wenjing; Liu, Su; Yu, Jinghua; Li, Jie; Cui, Min; Xu, Wei; Huang, Jiadong

    2013-06-15

    A novel imprinted electrochemical sensor for neomycin recognition was developed based on chitosan-silver nanoparticles (CS-SNP)/graphene-multiwalled carbon nanotubes (GR-MWCNTs) composites decorated gold electrode. Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) were synthesized by electropolymerization using neomycin as the template, and pyrrole as the monomer. The mechanism of the fabrication process and a number of factors affecting the activity of the imprinted sensor have been discussed and optimized. The characterization of imprinted sensor has been carried out by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The performance of the proposed imprinted sensor has been investigated using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and amperometry. Under the optimized conditions, the linear range of the sensor was from 9×10(-9)mol/L to 7×10(-6)mol/L, with the limit of detection (LOD) of 7.63×10(-9)mol/L (S/N=3). The film exhibited high binding affinity and selectivity towards the template neomycin, as well as good reproducibility and stability. Furthermore, the proposed sensor was applied to determine the neomycin in milk and honey samples based on its good reproducibility and stability, and the acceptable recovery implied its feasibility for practical application.

  2. 复合纳米金膜的制备及其光学性质%Preparation and Optical Properties of Gold nanoparticles Containing Composite Films

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    万淼; 魏刚; 袁红; 洪汉烈

    2011-01-01

    本文利用化学还原法制备了不同尺寸的金纳米颗粒,并利用离子自组装多层技术在玻璃基底上沉积了基于金纳米颗粒的复合纳米金膜,研究了颗粒尺寸和成膜厚度对复合金膜光学性质的影响.不同比例的柠檬酸钠与氯金酸产生的金纳米颗粒溶液的紫外-可见光谱随着金颗粒直径增大而红移展宽.适量比例的柠檬酸钠与氯金酸能够产生平均直径为14±1.2nm且尺寸分布均匀的金纳米球;其溶液在518nm处有一特征吸收峰.不同大小的金纳米颗粒形成的薄膜的紫外-可见光谱形状不同,局域表面等离子体共振峰的位置随着颗粒直径的减小而向短波方向迁移.薄膜的沉积层数越多,薄膜表面的颗粒分布越均匀,局域表面等离子体峰的峰值变化也将减小.本工作证实了利用离子自组装多层技术能够快速、简易、低成本地在玻璃基底上沉积具有局域表面等离子体共振的复合纳米金膜.%Gold-nanoparticles (AuNPs) with different diameters were prepared by chemical reduction method, then composite gold films were deposited on glass slides by ionic self-assembled multilayers (ISAM) technique. Gold colloid with different diameters can be produced by different ratios of sodium citrate to HAuCl4, and the UV-vis peak wavelength of colloid shifts to shorter wavelength with decreasing AuNPs size. Gold-nanospheres with uniform size (14+ 1.2nm average diameter) and good size distribution can be prepared, and the UV-vis adsorption peak of this colloid locates at 518nm. Optical properties of the composite gold films depend on both AuNPs size and ISAM film thickness. The position of localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of the gold film shifts to shorter wavelength with decreasing AuNPs size. With increasing the number of deposited layers, the film surface gets uniform characteristic and stable LSPR position.

  3. Nanoparticle release from dental composites.

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    Van Landuyt, K L; Hellack, B; Van Meerbeek, B; Peumans, M; Hoet, P; Wiemann, M; Kuhlbusch, T A J; Asbach, C

    2014-01-01

    Dental composites typically contain high amounts (up to 60 vol.%) of nanosized filler particles. There is a current concern that dental personnel (and patients) may inhale nanosized dust particles (composite dust was analyzed in real work conditions. Exposure measurements of dust in a dental clinic revealed high peak concentrations of nanoparticles in the breathing zone of both dentist and patient, especially during aesthetic treatments or treatments of worn teeth with composite build-ups. Further laboratory assessment confirmed that all tested composites released very high concentrations of airborne particles in the nanorange (>10(6)cm(-3)). The median diameter of airborne composite dust varied between 38 and 70 nm. Electron microscopic and energy dispersive X-ray analysis confirmed that the airborne particles originated from the composite, and revealed that the dust particles consisted of filler particles or resin or both. Though composite dust exhibited no significant oxidative reactivity, more toxicological research is needed. To conclude, on manipulation with the bur, dental composites release high concentrations of nanoparticles that may enter deeply into the lungs. Copyright © 2013 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Electrochemical Characterization of Ultrathin Cross-Linked Metal Nanoparticle Films.

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    Han, Chu; Percival, Stephen J; Zhang, Bo

    2016-09-06

    Here we report the preparation, characterization, and electrochemical study of conductive, ultrathin films of cross-linked metal nanoparticles (NPs). Nanoporous films ranging from 40 to 200 nm in thickness composed of gold and platinum NPs of ∼5 nm were fabricated via a powerful layer-by-layer spin coating process. This process allows preparation of uniform NP films as large as 2 × 2 cm(2) with precise control over thickness, structure, and electrochemical and electrocatalytic properties. Gold, platinum, and bimetallic NP films were fabricated and characterized using cyclic voltammetry, scanning electron microscopy, and conductance measurements. Their electrocatalytic activity toward the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) was investigated. Our results show that the electrochemical activity of such NP films is initially hindered by the presence of dense thiolate cross-linking ligands. Both electrochemical cycling and oxygen plasma cleaning are effective means in restoring their electrochemical activity. Gold NP films have higher electric conductivity than platinum possibly due to more uniform film structure and closer particle-particle distance. The electrochemical and electrocatalytic performance of platinum NP films can be greatly enhanced by the incorporation of gold NPs. This work focuses on electrochemical characterization of cross-linked NP films and demonstrates several unique properties. These include quick and easy preparation, ultrathin and uniform film thickness, tunable structure and composition, and transferability to many other substrates.

  5. Electrode modified with a composite film of ZnO nanorods and Ag nanoparticles as a sensor for hydrogen peroxide.

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    Lin, Chia-Yu; Lai, Yi-Hsuan; Balamurugan, A; Vittal, R; Lin, Chii-Wann; Ho, Kuo-Chuan

    2010-06-30

    A conducting fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) electrode, first modified with zinc oxide nanorods (ZnONRs) and subsequently attached with photosynthesized silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), designated as AgNPs/ZnONRs/FTO electrode, was used as an amperometric sensor for the determination of hydrogen peroxide. The first layer (ZnONRs) was obtained by chemical bath deposition (CBD), and was utilized simultaneously as the catalyst for the photoreduction of Ag ions under UV irradiation and as the matrix for the immobilization of AgNPs. The aspect ratio of ZnONRs to be deposited was optimized by controlling the number of their CBDs to render enough surface area for Ag deposition, and the amount of AgNPs to be attached was controlled by adjusting the UV-irradiation time. The immobilized AgNPs showed excellent electrocatalytic response to the reduction of hydrogen peroxide. The resultant amperometric sensor showed 10-fold enhanced sensitivity for the detection of H(2)O(2), compared to that without AgNPs, i.e., only with a layer of ZnONRs. Amperometric determination of H(2)O(2) at -0.55 V gave a limit of detection of 0.9 microM (S/N=3) and a sensitivity of 152.1 mA M(-1) cm(-2) up to 0.983 mM, with a response time (steady-state, t(95)) of 30-40 s. The selectivity of the sensor was investigated against ascorbic acid (AA) and uric acid (UA). Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis, transmission electron microscopic (TEM) image, X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, cyclic voltammetry (CV), and scanning electron microscopic (SEM) images were utilized to characterize the modified electrode. Sensing properties of the modified electrode were studied both by CV and amperometric analysis.

  6. Magnetic coupling mechanisms in particle/thin film composite systems

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    Giovanni A. Badini Confalonieri

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Magnetic γ-Fe2O3 nanoparticles with a mean diameter of 20 nm and size distribution of 7% were chemically synthesized and spin-coated on top of a Si-substrate. As a result, the particles self-assembled into a monolayer with hexagonal close-packed order. Subsequently, the nanoparticle array was coated with a Co layer of 20 nm thickness. The magnetic properties of this composite nanoparticle/thin film system were investigated by magnetometry and related to high-resolution transmission electron microscopy studies. Herein three systems were compared: i.e. a reference sample with only the particle monolayer, a composite system where the particle array was ion-milled prior to the deposition of a thin Co film on top, and a similar composite system but without ion-milling. The nanoparticle array showed a collective super-spin behavior due to dipolar interparticle coupling. In the composite system, we observed a decoupling into two nanoparticle subsystems. In the ion-milled system, the nanoparticle layer served as a magnetic flux guide as observed by magnetic force microscopy. Moreover, an exchange bias effect was found, which is likely to be due to oxygen exchange between the iron oxide and the Co layer, and thus forming of an antiferromagnetic CoO layer at the γ-Fe2O3/Co interface.

  7. Effect of Ag Nanoparticles on Optical Properties of R6G Doped PMMA Films

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    DENG Yan; SUN You-Yi; WANG Pei; ZHANG Dou-Guo; JIAO Xiao-Jin; MING Hai; ZHANG Qi-Jing; JIAO Yang; SUN Xiao-Quan

    2007-01-01

    The composite PMMA films containing Ag nanoparticles and rhodamine 6G are prepared.We investigate the fluorescence Droperties and nonlinear optical properties of R6G/PMMA films influenced by Ag nanoparticles.The fluorescence enhancement factor is about 3.3.The corresponding nonlinear refractive index is measured to be-2.423×10-8 esu using the Z-scan technique,which is much enhanced compared with the R6G/PMMA film.The results indicate that these enhancements are attributed to surface plasmon resonance of Ag nanoparticles.

  8. Fabrication of barium titanate nanoparticles/poly (methylmethacrylate composite films by a combination of deposition process and spin-coating technique

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    Yoshio Kobayashi

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The present work proposes a method for fabricating poly(methylmethacrylate (PMMA film containing barium titanate (BT nanoparticles (BT/PMMA film. BT particles with an average size of 77.6 ± 30.5 nm and a crystal size of 28.1 nm were synthesized by adding sodium hydroxide aqueous solution to titanium tetraisopropoxide/acetylacetone/i-propanol solution suspending barium hydroxide. A sodium glass plate, of which surface was modified with polyvinylpyrrolidone, was immersed into water suspending the BT particles, which resulted in deposition of the BT particles on the plate. A BT/PMMA film was fabricated by twice performance of a process composed of spin-coating of N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP dissolving PMMA on the plate, and then drying the coated plate in the atmosphere at room temperature. Spin-coating of a PMMA/NMP solution with a PMMA concentration of 150 g/L at a rotating speed of 5000 rpm provided fabrication of a BT/PMMA film with a BT volume fraction of 35.5%, a thickness of ca. 300 nm, and a transmittance of ca. 90% in the visible light region.

  9. Synthesis of agarose-metal/semiconductor nanoparticles having superior bacteriocidal activity and their simple conversion to metal-carbon composites

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    K K R Datta; B Srinivasan; H Balaram; M Eswaramoorthy

    2008-11-01

    Agarose, a naturally occurring biopolymer is used for the stabilization of metal, semiconductor nanoparticles. Ag and Cu nanoparticles stabilized in agarose matrix show excellent antibacterial activity against E. coli bacteria. The well dispersed metal nanoparticles within the agarose composite films can be readily converted to carbon-metal composites of catalytic importance.

  10. Polymer−metal organic framework composite films as affinity layer for capacitive sensor devices

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    Sachdeva, S.; Gravesteijn, Dirk J; Soccol, D.; Kapteijn, F.; Sudhölter, E.J.R.; Gascon, J.; Smet, de L.C.P.M.

    2016-01-01

    We report a simple method for sensor development using polymer-MOF composite films. Nanoparticles of NH2-MIL-53(Al) dispersed in a Matrimid polyimide were applied as a thin film on top of capacitive sensor devices with planar electrodes. These drop-cast films act as an affinity layer. Sensing

  11. Ag nanoparticle/polymer composite barcode nanorods

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    Hongxu Chen[1; Tieqiang Wang[2; Huaizhong Shen[1; Wendong Liu[1; Shuli Wang[1; Kun Liu[1; Junhu Zhang[1; Bai Yang[1

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate a facile method combining colloidal lithography, selective ion-exchange, and the in situ reduction of Ag ions (Ag+) for the fabrication of multi-segmented barcode nanorods. First, polymer multilayer films were prepared by spin-coating alternating thin films of polystyrene and polyacrylic acid (PAA), and then multi-segmented polymer nanorods were fabricated via reactive ion etching with colloidal masks. Second, Ag nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were incorporated into the PAA segments by an ion exchange and the in situ reduction of the Ag~. The selective incorporation of the Ag NPs permitted the modification of the specific bars of the nanorods. Lastly, the Ag NP/polymer composite nanorods were released from the substrate to form suspensions for further coding applications. By increasing the number of segments and changing the length of each segment in the nanorods, the coding capacity of nanorods was improved. More importantly, this method can easily realize the density tuning of Ag NPs in different segments of a single nanorod by varying the composition of the PAA segments. We believe that numerous other coded materials can also be obtained, which introduces new approaches for fabricating barcoded nanomaterials.

  12. Asymmetric photoelectric property of transparent TiO{sub 2} nanotube films loaded with Au nanoparticles

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    Wang, Hui [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030024 (China); College of Applied Science, Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030024 (China); Key Laboratory of Interface Science and Engineering in Advanced Materials, Taiyuan University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030024 (China); Liang, Wei, E-mail: 986903124@qq.com [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030024 (China); Key Laboratory of Interface Science and Engineering in Advanced Materials, Taiyuan University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030024 (China); Liu, Yiming; Zhang, Wanggang; Zhou, Diaoyu; Wen, Jing [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Taiyuan University of Technology, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030024 (China); Key Laboratory of Interface Science and Engineering in Advanced Materials, Taiyuan University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Taiyuan, Shanxi 030024 (China)

    2016-11-15

    Highlights: • Highly transparent films of TiO{sub 2} nanotube arrays were directly fabricated on FTO glasses. • Semitransparent TNT-Au composite films were obtained and exhibited excellent photoelectrocatalytic ability. • Back-side of TNT-Au composite films was firstly irradiated and tested to compare with front-side of films. - Abstract: Semitransparent composite films of Au loaded TiO{sub 2} nanotubes (TNT-Au) were prepared by sputtering Au nanoparticles on highly transparent TiO{sub 2} nanotubes films, which were fabricated directly on FTO glasses by anodizing the Ti film sputtered on the FTO glasses. Compared with pure TNT films, the prepared TNT-Au films possessed excellent absorption ability and high photocurrent response and improved photocatalytic activity under visible-light irradiation. It could be concluded that Au nanoparticles played important roles in improving the photoelectrochemical performance of TNT-Au films. Moreover, in this work, both sides of TNT-Au films were researched and compared owing to theirs semitransparency. It was firstly found that the photoelectric activity of TNT-Au composite films with back-side illumination was obviously superior to front-side illumination.

  13. X-ray excited luminescence of polystyrene composites loaded with SrF2 nanoparticles

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    Demkiv, T. M.; Halyatkin, O. O.; Vistovskyy, V. V.; Hevyk, V. B.; Yakibchuk, P. M.; Gektin, A. V.; Voloshinovskii, A. S.

    2017-03-01

    The polystyrene film nanocomposites of 0.3 mm thickness with embedded SrF2 nanoparticles up to 40 wt% have been synthesized. The luminescent and kinetic properties of the polystyrene composites with embedded SrF2 nanoparticles upon the pulse X-ray excitation have been investigated. The luminescence intensity of the pure polystyrene scintillator film significantly increases when it is loaded with the inorganic SrF2 nanoparticles. The film nanocomposites show fast (∼2.8 ns) and slow (∼700 ns) luminescence decay components typical for a luminescence of polystyrene activators (p-Terphenyl and POPOP) and SrF2 nanoparticles, respectively. It is revealed that the fast decay luminescence component of the polystyrene composites is caused by the excitation of polystyrene by the photoelectrons escaped from the nanoparticles due to photoeffect, and the slow component is caused by reabsorption of the self-trapped exciton luminescence of SrF2 nanoparticles by polystyrene.

  14. Assembly of metal nanoparticle-carbon nanotube composite materials at the liquid/liquid interface.

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    Lee, Kang Yeol; Kim, Minjung; Hahn, Joeoong; Suh, Jung Sang; Lee, Inhyung; Kim, Kwan; Han, Sang Woo

    2006-02-14

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs)-mediated self-assembly of metal (Au and Ag) nanoparticles at the liquid/liquid interface in the form of a stable nanocomposite film is reported. The metallic luster results from the electronic coupling of nanoparticles, suggesting the formation of closely packed nanoparticle thin films. The interfacial film could be transferred to mica substrates and carbon-coated transmission electron microscopy (TEM) grids. The transferred films were very stable for a prolonged time. The samples were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), TEM, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). SEM and TEM results show that the films formed at the liquid/liquid interface are indeed composite materials consisting of CNTs and nanoparticles. XPS measurements further indicate the presence of the interaction between nanoparticles and CNTs.

  15. Functional Films from Silica/Polymer Nanoparticles

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    Tânia Ribeiro

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available High performance functional coatings, based on hybrid organic/inorganic materials, are being developed to combine the polymer flexibility and ease of processing with the mechanical properties and versatility of inorganic materials. By incorporating silica nanoparticles (SiNPs in the polymeric matrices, it is possible to obtain hybrid polymer films with increased tensile strength and impact resistance, without decreasing the flexural properties of the polymer matrix. The SiNPs can further be used as carriers to impart other functionalities (optical, etc. to the hybrid films. By using polymer-coated SiNPs, it is possible to reduce particle aggregation in the films and, thus, achieve more homogeneous distributions of the inorganic components and, therefore, better properties. On the other hand, by coating polymer particles with silica, one can create hierarchically structured materials, for example to obtain superhydrophobic coatings. In this review, we will cover the latest developments in films prepared from hybrid polymer/silica functional systems.

  16. Fabrication of silver nanoparticles embedded into polyvinyl alcohol (Ag/PVA) composite nanofibrous films through electrospinning for antibacterial and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activities.

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    Zhang, Zhijie; Wu, Yunping; Wang, Zhihua; Zou, Xueyan; Zhao, Yanbao; Sun, Lei

    2016-12-01

    Silver nanoparticle-embedded polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) nanofibers were prepared through electrospinning technique, using as antimicrobial agents and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates. Ag nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized in liquid phase, followed by evenly dispersing in PVA solution. After electrospinning of the mixed solution at room temperature, the PVA embedded with Ag NPs (Ag/PVA) composite nanofibers were obtained. The morphologies and structures of the as-synthesized Ag nanoparticles and Ag/PVA fibers were characterized by the techniques of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). Ag NPs have an average diameter of 13.8nm, were found to be uniformly dispersed in PVA nanofibers. The Ag/PVA nanofibers provided robust antibacterial activities against both Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Gram-negative Escherichia coli (E. coli) microorganisms. It's also found that Ag/PVA nanofibers make a significant contribution to the high sensitivity of SERS to 4-mercaptophenol (4-MPh) molecules.

  17. The study of structural properties of carbon nanotubes decorated with NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles and application of nano-composite thin film as H{sub 2}S gas sensor

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    Hajihashemi, R., E-mail: Rezvan.hajihashemi@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Payame Noor University, Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Rashidi, Ali M.; Alaie, M. [Nanotechnology Research Center, Research Institute of Petroleum Industry, P.O., Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mohammadzadeh, R. [Department of Physics, Shahreza Branch, Islamic Azad University, Shahreza (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Izadi, N. [Nanotechnology Research Center, Research Institute of Petroleum Industry, P.O., Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-11-01

    Nano-composite of multiwall carbon nanotube, decorated with NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–MWCNT), was synthesized using the sol–gel method. NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–MWCNTs were characterized using different methods such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The average size of the crystallites is 23.93 nm. The values of the saturation magnetization (M{sub S}), coercivity (H{sub C}) and retentivity (M{sub R}) of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–MWCNTs are obtained as 15 emu g{sup −1}, 21 Oe and 5 emu g{sup −1}, respectively. In this research, NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–MWCNT thin films were prepared with the spin-coating method. These thin films were used as the H{sub 2}S gas sensor. The results suggest the possibility of the utilization of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}–MWCNT nano-composite, as the H{sub 2}S detector. The sensor shows appropriate response towards 100 ppm of H{sub 2}S at 300 °C. - Highlights: • Nano-composite the average size of the crystallites is 23.93 nm. • NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} thin films were prepared with spin-coating method. • These thin films were used as the H{sub 2}s gas sensor. • The sensor shows appropriate response towards 100 ppm of H{sub 2}S at 300 °C.

  18. Au nanoparticles films used in biological sensing

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    Rosales Perez, M; Delgado Macuil, R; Rojas Lopez, M; Gayou, V L [Centro de Investigacion en BiotecnologIa Aplicada del IPN, Tepetitla Tlaxcala Mexico C.P. 90700 (Mexico); Sanchez Ramirez, J F, E-mail: mrosalespe@ipn.m [CICATA Legaria Instituto Politecnico Nacional, Mexico Distrito Federal (Mexico)

    2009-05-01

    Lactobacillus para paracasei are used commonly as functional food and probiotic substances. In this work Au nanoparticles self-assembled films were used for Lactobacillus para paracasei determination at five different concentrations. Functionalized substrates were immersed in a colloidal solution for one and a half hour at room temperature and dried at room temperature during four hours. After that, drops of Lactobacillus para paracasei in aqueous solution were put into the Au nanoparticles film and let dry at room temperature for another two hours. Infrared spectroscopy in attenuated total reflectance sampling mode was used to observe generation peaks due to substrate silanization, enhancement of Si-O band intensity due to the Au colloids added to silanized substrate and also to observe the enhancement of Lactobacillus para paracasei infrared intensity of the characteristic frequencies at 1650, 1534 and 1450 cm{sup -1} due to surface enhancement infrared absorption.

  19. Au nanoparticles films used in biological sensing

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    Rosales Pérez, M.; Delgado Macuil, R.; Rojas López, M.; Gayou, V. L.; Sánchez Ramírez, J. F.

    2009-05-01

    Lactobacillus para paracasei are used commonly as functional food and probiotic substances. In this work Au nanoparticles self-assembled films were used for Lactobacillus para paracasei determination at five different concentrations. Functionalized substrates were immersed in a colloidal solution for one and a half hour at room temperature and dried at room temperature during four hours. After that, drops of Lactobacillus para paracasei in aqueous solution were put into the Au nanoparticles film and let dry at room temperature for another two hours. Infrared spectroscopy in attenuated total reflectance sampling mode was used to observe generation peaks due to substrate silanization, enhancement of Si-O band intensity due to the Au colloids added to silanized substrate and also to observe the enhancement of Lactobacillus para paracasei infrared intensity of the characteristic frequencies at 1650, 1534 and 1450 cm-1 due to surface enhancement infrared absorption.

  20. Stable and transparent superhydrophobic nanoparticle films.

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    Ling, Xing Yi; Phang, In Yee; Vancso, G Julius; Huskens, Jurriaan; Reinhoudt, David N

    2009-03-01

    A superhydrophobic surface with a static water contact angle (theta(w)) > 150 degrees was created by a simple "dip-coating" method of 60-nm SiO2 nanoparticles onto an amine-terminated (NH2) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) glass/silicon oxide substrate, followed by chemical vapor deposition of a fluorinated adsorbate. For comparison, a close-packed nanoparticle film, formed by convective assembly, gave theta(w) approximately 120 degrees. The stability of the superhydrophobic coating was enhanced by sintering of the nanoparticles in an O2 environment at high temperature (1100 degress C). A sliding angle of cleaning properties of the surface. The dip-coating method can be applied to glass substrates to prepare surfaces that are superhydrophobic and transparent.

  1. Using nanoparticles to create self-healing composites.

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    Lee, Jae Youn; Buxton, Gavin A; Balazs, Anna C

    2004-09-15

    The need for viable materials for optical communications, display technologies, and biomedical engineering is driving the creation of multilayer composites that combine brittle materials, such as glass, with moldable polymers. However, crack formation is a critical problem in composites where thin brittle films lie in contact with deformable polymer layers. Using computer simulations, we show that adding nanoparticles to the polymers yields materials in which the particles become localized at nanoscale cracks and effectively form "patches" to repair the damaged regions. Through micromechanics simulations, we evaluate the properties of these systems in the undamaged, damaged, and healed states and determine optimal conditions for harnessing nanoparticles to act as responsive, self-assembled "band aids" for composite materials. The results reveal situations where the mechanical properties of the repaired composites can potentially be restored to 75%-100% of the undamaged material.

  2. Novel hybrid coatings with controlled wettability by composite nanoparticle aggregation

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    Hritcu, Doina, E-mail: dhritcu@ch.tuiasi.ro; Dodi, Gianina; Iordache, Mirabela L.; Draganescu, Dan; Sava, Elena; Popa, Marcel I.

    2016-11-30

    Highlights: • Magnetite-grafted chitosan composite nanoparticles were synthesized. • The particles are able to assemble under the influence of a silane derivative. • Thin films containing composites, chitosan and hydrolyzed silane were optimized. • The novel hybrid coatings show hierarchical roughness and high wetting angle. - Abstract: The aim of this study is to evaluate novel hybrid materials as potential candidates for producing coatings with hierarchical roughness and controlled wetting behaviour. Magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles obtained by co-precipitation were embedded in matrices synthesized by radical graft co-polymerization of butyl acrylate (BA), butyl methacrylate (BMA), hexyl acrylate (HA) or styrene (ST) with ethylene glycol di-methacrylate (EGDMA) onto previously modified chitosan bearing surface vinyl groups. The resulting composite particles were characterized regarding their average size, composition and magnetic properties. Hybrid thin films containing suspension of composite particles in ethanol and pre-hydrolysed hexadecyltrimethoxysilane (HDTS) as a coupling/crosslinking agent were deposited by spin coating or spraying. The films were cured by heating and subsequently characterized regarding their morphology (scanning electron microscopy), contact angle with water and adhesion to substrate (scratch test). The structure-property relationship is discussed.

  3. Superhydrophobicity and regeneration of PVDF/SiO2 composite films

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    Liu, Tao; Li, Xianfeng; Wang, Daohui; Huang, Qinglin; Liu, Zhen; Li, Nana; Xiao, Changfa

    2017-02-01

    Superhydrophobicity of polymers is easily destroyed by careless touching due to the softness of microstructures. In this study, based on a well-constructed polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) surface, a novel superhydrophobic PVDF/SiO2 composite film was fabricated by adding hydrophobic SiO2 nanoparticle and solvent into a coagulation bath. The water contact angle of the composite film reached 162.3° and the sliding angle was as low as 1.5°. More importantly, the composite film could be regenerated only through immersing the composite film in the designed regeneration agent. The composition of the designed regeneration agent ensured that SiO2 nanoparticles were firmly adhered on the film surface even under the ultrasonic cleaning. Hence, the superhydrophobicity and self-cleaing property could be regenerated and maintained effectively, and moreover, these propeties could resist a proper pressure. In addition, after many rubbing-regenerating cycles, the regeneration method was still valid.

  4. Composite Materials and Films Based on Melanins, Polydopamine, and Other Catecholamine-Based Materials

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    Vincent Ball

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available Polydopamine (PDA is related to eumelanins in its composition and structure. These pigments allow the design, inspired by natural materials, of composite nanoparticles and films for applications in the field of energy conversion and the design of biomaterials. This short review summarizes the main advances in the design of PDA-based composites with inorganic and organic materials.

  5. The study of structural properties of carbon nanotubes decorated with NiFe₂O₄ nanoparticles and application of nano-composite thin film as H₂S gas sensor.

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    Hajihashemi, R; Rashidi, Ali M; Alaie, M; Mohammadzadeh, R; Izadi, N

    2014-11-01

    Nano-composite of multiwall carbon nanotube, decorated with NiFe2O4 nanoparticles (NiFe2O4-MWCNT), was synthesized using the sol-gel method. NiFe2O4-MWCNTs were characterized using different methods such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The average size of the crystallites is 23.93 nm. The values of the saturation magnetization (MS), coercivity (HC) and retentivity (MR) of NiFe2O4-MWCNTs are obtained as 15 emu g(-1), 21Oe and 5 emu g(-1), respectively. In this research, NiFe2O4-MWCNT thin films were prepared with the spin-coating method. These thin films were used as the H2S gas sensor. The results suggest the possibility of the utilization of NiFe2O4-MWCNT nano-composite, as the H2S detector. The sensor shows appropriate response towards 100 ppm of H2S at 300°C. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Electrochemiluminescent metallopolymer-nanoparticle composites: nanoparticle size effects.

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    Devadoss, Anitha; Dickinson, Calum; Keyes, Tia E; Forster, Robert J

    2011-03-15

    Metallopolymer-gold nanocomposites have been synthesized in which the metal complex-Au nanoparticle (NP) mole ratio is systematically varied by mixing solutions of 4-(dimethylamino) pyridine protected gold nanoparticles and a [Ru(bpy)(2)PVP(10)](2+) metallopolymer; bpy is 2,2'-bipyridyl and PVP is poly-(4-vinylpyridine). The impact of changing the gold nanoparticle diameter ranging from 4.0 ± 0.5 to 12.5 ± 1 nm has been investigated. The photo induced emission of the metallopolymer undergoes static quenching by the metal nanoparticles irrespective of their size. When the volume ratio of Au NP-Ru is 1, the quenching efficiency increases from 38% to 93% on going from 4.0 ± 0.5 to 12.5 ± 1 nm diameter nanoparticles while the radius of the quenching sphere remains unaffected at 75 ± 5 Å. The conductivity of thin films is initially unaffected by nanoparticle incorporation until a percolation threshold is reached at a mole ratio of 4.95 × 10(-2) after which the conductivity increases before reaching a maximum. For thin films of the nanocomposites on electrodes, the electrochemiluminescence intensity of the nanocomposite initially increases as nanoparticles are added before decreasing for the highest loadings. The electrochemiluminescence intensity increases with increasing nanoparticle diameter. The electrochemiluminescence (ECL) emission intensity of the nanocomposite formed using 12.5 nm particles at mole ratios between 5 × 10(-3) and 10 × 10(-3) is approximately 7-fold higher than that found for the parent metallopolymer. The application of these materials for low cost ECL-based point of care devices is discussed.

  7. Chitosan/poly (vinyl alcohol) films containing ZnO nanoparticles and plasticizers

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    Vicentini, Denice S. [Mechanical Engineering Department, Federal University of Santa Catarina, University Campus, 88040-900 Florianopolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Smania, Arthur [Microbiology and Parasitology Department, Federal University of Santa Catarina, University Campus, 88040-900 Florianopolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Laranjeira, Mauro C.M., E-mail: mauro@qmc.ufsc.br [Mechanical Engineering Department, Federal University of Santa Catarina, University Campus, 88040-900 Florianopolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Chemistry Department, QUITECH, Federal University of Santa Catarina, University Campus, 88040-900 Florianopolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil)

    2010-05-10

    In this study ZnO nanoparticles were prepared by the Pechini method from a polyester by reacting citric acid with ethylene glycol in which the metal ions are dissolved, and incorporated into blend films of chitosan (CS) and poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) with different concentrations of polyoxyethylene sorbitan monooleate, Tween 80 (T80). These films were characterized by infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), swelling degree, degradation of films in Hank's solution and the mechanical properties. Besides these characterizations, the antibacterial activity of the films was tested, and the films containing ZnO nanoparticles showed antibacterial activity toward the bacterial species Staphylococcus aureus. The observed antibacterial activity in the composite films prepared in this work suggests that they may be used as hydrophilic wound and burn dressings.

  8. Cationic guar gum orchestrated environmental synthesis for silver nano-bio-composite films.

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    Abdullah, Md Farooque; Ghosh, Sumanta Kumar; Basu, Sreyasree; Mukherjee, Arup

    2015-12-10

    This work is meant for environmentally friendly synthesis and functional evaluation of silver nanoparticles in a newer cationic guar biopolymer (GGAA). Assembly of molecules in lower size range (∼ 10 nm) was attained in a biopolymer entrapped bottom-up synthesis. Guar gum is a filming biopolymer. Nanoparticles encaged in cationic guar (GGAgnC) were preserved as films for months without any significant effect on particle size, distribution or plasmonic intensity. The new nano-bio-composite and films were characterized fully in FTIR, XRD, SEM and TEM studies. Silver nanoparticles induced surface water repellency remarkably and lowered moisture permeability. GGAgnC film water contact angle was recorded as 115° while, that in case of GGAA was 59°. GGAgnC expressed intense antimicrobial activity when tested against a range of microorganisms. Immobilized silver nanoparticles in GGAA can feasibly be used as filming microbicidals suitable for textiles, packaging and biomedical device applications.

  9. Cuttlebone-derived organic matrix as a scaffold for assembly of silver nanoparticles and application of the composite films in surface-enhanced Raman scattering.

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    Jia, Xueping; Qian, Weiping; Wu, Dajian; Wei, Dongwei; Xu, Guilan; Liu, Xiaojun

    2009-02-01

    Biologically derived materials provide a rich variety of approaches toward new functional materials because of their fascinating structures and environment-friendly features, which is currently a topic of research interest. In this paper, we show that the cuttlebone-derived organic matrix (CDOM) is an excellent scaffold for the one-step synthesis and assembly of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), which can be further used as substrate for surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Formation of AgNPs-CDOM composite was accomplished by the reaction of CDOM with AgNO(3) and NH(3).H(2)O solution at 80 degrees C without using any other stabilizer and reducing agents. UV-vis spectra and TEM were utilized to characterize the AgNPs and investigate their formation process. Results demonstrate that the size and distribution of AgNPs can be partly regulated by changing incubation time; the concentration of NH(3).H(2)O is critical to the formation rate of AgNPs. As a proof of principle, we show that the AgNPs-CDOM composite can be employed in trace analysis using SERS.

  10. Novel hybrid coatings with controlled wettability by composite nanoparticle aggregation

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    Hritcu, Doina; Dodi, Gianina; Iordache, Mirabela L.; Draganescu, Dan; Sava, Elena; Popa, Marcel I.

    2016-11-01

    The aim of this study is to evaluate novel hybrid materials as potential candidates for producing coatings with hierarchical roughness and controlled wetting behaviour. Magnetite (Fe3O4) nanoparticles obtained by co-precipitation were embedded in matrices synthesized by radical graft co-polymerization of butyl acrylate (BA), butyl methacrylate (BMA), hexyl acrylate (HA) or styrene (ST) with ethylene glycol di-methacrylate (EGDMA) onto previously modified chitosan bearing surface vinyl groups. The resulting composite particles were characterized regarding their average size, composition and magnetic properties. Hybrid thin films containing suspension of composite particles in ethanol and pre-hydrolysed hexadecyltrimethoxysilane (HDTS) as a coupling/crosslinking agent were deposited by spin coating or spraying. The films were cured by heating and subsequently characterized regarding their morphology (scanning electron microscopy), contact angle with water and adhesion to substrate (scratch test). The structure-property relationship is discussed.

  11. Action of colloidal silica films on different nano-composites

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    Abdalla, S.; Al-Marzouki, F.; Obaid, A.; Gamal, S.

    Nano-composite films have been the subject of extensive work to develop the energy-storage efficiency of electrostatic capacitors. Factors such as polymer purity, nano-particles size, and film morphology drastically affect the electrostatic efficiency of the dielectric material that form an insulating film between conductive electrodes of a capacitor. This in turn affects the energy storage performance of the capacitor. In the present work, we have studied the dielectric properties of 4 high pure amorphous polymer films: polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), polystyrene, polyimide and poly-4-vinylpyridine. Comparison between the dielectric properties of these polymers has revealed that the higher break down performance is a character of polyimide PI and PMMA. Also, our experimental data shows that adding colloidal silica to PMMA and PI leads to a net decrease in the dielectric properties compared to the pure polymer.

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

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

    2010-01-05

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

  13. ) Composites Containing Nanoparticles and Larger Particles

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    Ghanaraja, S.; Nath, S. K.; Ray, S.

    2014-07-01

    The composites reinforced with nanoparticles result in improved strength and ductility while those containing coarser particles of micron size have limited ductility. The present study investigates the outcome of mechanical properties in a composite reinforced simultaneously with coarse and fine particles. High energy milling of manganese dioxide particles with excess of aluminum powder ensures that nanoparticles generated, either of MnO2 or alumina, are mostly separate and surrounded by aluminum particles. The milled powder when added to aluminum alloy melt, the excess aluminum particles will melt leaving behind separate oxide nanoparticles without significant agglomeration. Different amounts of milled powder mix have been stirred into molten aluminum alloy where nanoparticles of MnO2 react with melt to form alumina. The resulting slurry is cast into composites, which also contains coarser (nearly micron size) alumina particles formed by internal oxidation of the melt during processing. The microstructure of the composites shows good distribution of both the size categories of particles without significant clustering. The oxide particles are primarily γ-alumina in a matrix of aluminum-magnesium-manganese alloy containing some iron picked up from the stirrer. These composites fail during tensile test by ductile fracture due to debonding of coarser particles. The presence of nanoparticles along with coarser particles in a composite improves both strength and ductility considerably, presumably due to delay in debonding of coarser particles to higher stress because of reduced mismatch in extension caused by increased strain hardening in presence of nanoparticles in the matrix. The composites containing only coarser oxide particles show limited strength and ductility attributed to early debonding of particles at a relatively lower stress due to larger mismatch in extension between matrix and larger particles. Higher addition of powder mix beyond a limit, however

  14. Impact of chitosan composites and chitosan nanoparticle composites on various drug delivery systems: A review

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    M. Abd Elgadir; Md.Salim Uddin; Sahena Ferdosh; Aishah Adam; Ahmed Jalal Khan Chowdhury; Md. Zaidul Islam Sarker

    2015-01-01

    Chitosan is a promising biopolymer for drug delivery systems. Because of its beneficial properties, chitosan is widely used in biomedical and pharmaceutical fields. In this review, we summarize the physicochemical and drug delivery properties of chitosan, selected studies on utilization of chitosan and chitosan-based nanoparticle composites in various drug delivery systems, and selected studies on the application of chitosan films in both drug delivery and wound healing. Chitosan is considere...

  15. Nanoparticle-sulphur "inverse vulcanisation" polymer composites.

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    Bear, Joseph C; Peveler, William J; McNaughter, Paul D; Parkin, Ivan P; O'Brien, Paul; Dunnill, Charles W

    2015-07-04

    Composites of sulphur polymers with nanoparticles such as PbS, with tunable optical properties are reported. A hydrothermal route incorporating pre-formed nanoparticles was used, and their physical and chemical properties evaluated by transmission and scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric and elemental analyses. These polymers are easily synthesised from an industrial waste material, elemental sulphur, can be cast into virtually any form and as such represent a new class of materials designed for a responsible energy future.

  16. Wettability of Nafion and Nafion/Vulcan carbon composite films.

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    Li, Xiaoan; Feng, Fangxia; Zhang, Ke; Ye, Siyu; Kwok, Daniel Y; Birss, Viola

    2012-04-24

    The wettability of the Pt/carbon/Nafion catalyst layer in proton exchange membrane fuel cells is critical to their performance and durability, especially the cathode, as water is needed for the transport of protons to the active sites and is also involved in deleterious Pt nanoparticle dissolution and carbon corrosion. Therefore, the focus of this work has been on the first-time use of the water droplet impacting method to determine the wettability of 100% Nafion films, as a benchmark, and then of Vulcan carbon (VC)/Nafion composite films, both deposited by spin-coating in the Pt-free state. Pure Nafion films, shown by SEM analysis to have a nanochanneled structure, are initially hydrophobic but become hydrophilic as the water droplet spreads, likely due to reorientation of the sulfonic acid groups toward water. The wettability of VC/Nafion composite films depends significantly on the VC/Nafion mass ratios, even though Nafion is believed to be preferentially oriented (sulfonate groups toward VC) in all cases. At low VC contents, a significant water droplet contact angle hysteresis is seen, similar to pure Nafion films, while at higher VC contents (>30%), the films become hydrophobic, also exhibiting superhydrophobicity, with surface roughness playing a significant role. At >80% VC, the surfaces become wettable again as there is insufficient Nafion loading present to fully cover the carbon surface, allowing the calculation of the Nafion:carbon ratio required for a full coverage of carbon by Nafion.

  17. Decreased group velocity in compositionally graded films.

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    Gao, Lei

    2006-03-01

    A theoretical formalism is presented that describes the group velocity of electromagnetic signals in compositionally graded films. The theory is first based on effective medium approximation or the Maxwell-Garnett approximation to obtain the equivalent dielectric function in a z slice. Then the effective dielectric tensor of the graded film is directly determined, and the group velocities for ordinary and extraordinary waves in the film are derived. It is found that the group velocity is sensitively dependent on the graded profile. For a power-law graded profile f(x)=ax(m), increasing m results in the decreased extraordinary group velocity. Such a decreased tendency becomes significant when the incident angle increases. Therefore the group velocity in compositionally graded films can be effectively decreased by our suitable adjustment of the total volume fraction, the graded profile, and the incident angle. As a result, the compositionally graded films may serve as candidate material for realizing small group velocity.

  18. Achieving 3-D Nanoparticle Assembly in Nanocomposite Thin Films via Kinetic Control

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    Huang, Jingyu; Xiao, Yihan; Xu, Ting [UCB

    2017-02-20

    Nanocomposite thin films containing well-ordered nanoparticle (NP) assemblies are ideal candidates for the fabrication of metamaterials. Achieving 3-D assembly of NPs in nanocomposite thin films is thermodynamically challenging as the particle size gets similar to that of a single polymer chain. The entropic penalties of polymeric matrix upon NP incorporation leads to NP aggregation on the film surface or within the defects in the film. Controlling the kinetic pathways of assembly process provides an alternative path forward by arresting the system in nonequilibrium states. Here, we report the thin film 3-D hierarchical assembly of 20 nm NPs in supramolecules with a 30 nm periodicity. By mediating the NP diffusion kinetics in the supramolecular matrix, surface aggregation of NPs was suppressed and NPs coassemble with supramolecules to form new 3-D morphologies in thin films. The present studies opened a viable route to achieve designer functional composite thin films via kinetic control.

  19. Nanoparticle composites for printed electronics

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    Männl, U.; van den Berg, C.; Magunje, B.; Härting, M.; Britton, D. T.; Jones, S.; van Staden, M. J.; Scriba, M. R.

    2014-03-01

    Printed Electronics is a rapidly developing sector in the electronics industry, in which nanostructured materials are playing an increasingly important role. In particular, inks containing dispersions of semiconducting nanoparticles, can form nanocomposite materials with unique electronic properties when cured. In this study we have extended on our previous studies of functional nanoparticle electronic inks, with the development of a solvent-based silicon ink for printed electronics which is compatible with existing silver inks, and with the investigation of other metal nanoparticle based inks. It is shown that both solvent-based and water-based inks can be used for both silver conductors and semiconducting silicon, and that qualitatively there is no difference in the electronic properties of the materials printed with a soluble polymer binder to when an acrylic binder is used.

  20. Novel Microporous Films and Their Composites

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    P.C. Wu, Ph.D; Greg Jones, Ph.D; Chris Shelley, Ph.D; Bert Woelfli, Ph.D

    2007-01-01

    Cost-effective microporous films and composites can be made by using polyolefinic material and inorganic fillers. These microporous films and their composites can be designed and manufactured at high speed using commercial equipment for disposable hygiene articles, protective health care garments, building construction and many other industrial applications where air and moisture breathability is needed. The theory, formulations and methods of making these cost-effective polyolefinic-calcium ...

  1. Nano-mechanical properties of nano-gold/DLC composite thin films

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    Paul, Rajib; Bhadra, Nilanjana; Mukhopadhyay, Anup Kumar; Bhar, Radhaballav; Pal, Arun Kumar

    2014-11-01

    Diamond-like-Carbon composite films, with embedded gold nanoparticles, were deposited onto glass substrates by using capacitively coupled plasma chemical vapour deposition (CCP-CVD) technique. The volume fraction of the metal nanoparticles in the films as well as the size of the nanoparticles was varied by varying the percentage of argon in the methane + argon mixture during the deposition. Bonding environments in these films were obtained from Raman and GIXRD. The nanomechanical and nanotribological properties of the Au-DLC nanocomposite films were evaluated. In situ SPM imaging was utilized to depict deformation characteristics developed during the static and dynamic contact events. Influence of metal incorporation on the extent of sp2/sp3 hybridization and thereby on the nanomechanical and nanotribological properties of the DLC films was studied.

  2. Single-step fabrication of quantum funnels via centrifugal colloidal casting of nanoparticle films

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    Kim, Jin Young; Adinolfi, Valerio; Sutherland, Brandon R.; Voznyy, Oleksandr; Kwon, S. Joon; Kim, Tae Wu; Kim, Jeongho; Ihee, Hyotcherl; Kemp, Kyle; Adachi, Michael; Yuan, Mingjian; Kramer, Illan; Zhitomirsky, David; Hoogland, Sjoerd; Sargent, Edward H.

    2015-07-01

    Centrifugal casting of composites and ceramics has been widely employed to improve the mechanical and thermal properties of functional materials. This powerful method has yet to be deployed in the context of nanoparticles--yet size-effect tuning of quantum dots is among their most distinctive and application-relevant features. Here we report the first gradient nanoparticle films to be constructed in a single step. By creating a stable colloid of nanoparticles that are capped with electronic-conduction-compatible ligands we were able to leverage centrifugal casting for thin-films devices. This new method, termed centrifugal colloidal casting, is demonstrated to form films in a bandgap-ordered manner with efficient carrier funnelling towards the lowest energy layer. We constructed the first quantum-gradient photodiode to be formed in a single deposition step and, as a result of the gradient-enhanced electric field, experimentally measured the highest normalized detectivity of any colloidal quantum dot photodetector.

  3. Single-step fabrication of quantum funnels via centrifugal colloidal casting of nanoparticle films.

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    Kim, Jin Young

    2015-07-13

    Centrifugal casting of composites and ceramics has been widely employed to improve the mechanical and thermal properties of functional materials. This powerful method has yet to be deployed in the context of nanoparticles--yet size-effect tuning of quantum dots is among their most distinctive and application-relevant features. Here we report the first gradient nanoparticle films to be constructed in a single step. By creating a stable colloid of nanoparticles that are capped with electronic-conduction-compatible ligands we were able to leverage centrifugal casting for thin-films devices. This new method, termed centrifugal colloidal casting, is demonstrated to form films in a bandgap-ordered manner with efficient carrier funnelling towards the lowest energy layer. We constructed the first quantum-gradient photodiode to be formed in a single deposition step and, as a result of the gradient-enhanced electric field, experimentally measured the highest normalized detectivity of any colloidal quantum dot photodetector.

  4. Methods for Preparing Nanoparticle-Containing Thermoplastic Composite Laminates

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    Gruber, Mark B. (Inventor); Jensen, Brian J. (Inventor); Cano, Roberto J. (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    High quality thermoplastic composites and composite laminates containing nanoparticles and/or nanofibers, and methods of producing such composites and laminates are disclosed. The composites comprise a thermoplastic polymer and a plurality of nanoparticles, and may include a fibrous structural reinforcement. The composite laminates are formed from a plurality of nanoparticle-containing composite layers and may be fused to one another via an automated process.

  5. Properties of Novel Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose Films Containing Chitosan Nanoparticles

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    In this work, chitosan nanoparticles were prepared and incorporated in hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) films under different conditions. Mechanical properties, water vapor and oxygen permeability, water solubility and scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM) results were ana...

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

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

    2017-08-15

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

  7. Preparation and Properties of Polyaniline Composite Films

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    ZHANG Qing-hua

    2002-01-01

    Polyaniline (PAn) was synthesized by chemical oxidation polymerization. The conductive polymer doped by camphor sulfonic acid (CSA) and a matrix polymer,polyamide- 66, polyamide - 1010 or polyamide- 11, were dissolved in m-cresol and the blend solution was cast in a glass and dried for preparing polyaniline composite films.Conductivity was from 10 -6 to 10 0Ω-1·cm-1 with different weight fraction of PAn-CSA. The crystallizttion of the films was studied by means of differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). The treatment of the composite films in different pH value solution would result in decrease of conductivity, especially in an alkaline solution.

  8. Silver nanowire composite thin films as transparent electrodes for Cu(In,Ga)Se₂/ZnS thin film solar cells.

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    Tan, Xiao-Hui; Chen, Yu; Liu, Ye-Xiang

    2014-05-20

    Solution processed silver nanowire indium-tin oxide nanoparticle (AgNW-ITONP) composite thin films were successfully applied as the transparent electrodes for Cu(In,Ga)Se₂ (CIGS) thin film solar cells with ZnS buffer layers. Properties of the AgNW-ITONP thin film and its effects on performance of CIGS/ZnS thin film solar cells were studied. Compared with the traditional sputtered ITO electrodes, the AgNW-ITONP thin films show comparable optical transmittance and electrical conductivity. Furthermore, the AgNW-ITONP thin film causes no physical damage to the adjacent surface layer and does not need high temperature annealing, which makes it very suitable to use as transparent conductive layers for heat or sputtering damage-sensitive optoelectronic devices. By using AgNW-ITONP electrodes, the required thickness of the ZnS buffer layers for CIGS thin film solar cells was greatly decreased.

  9. Deposition of copper selenide thin films and nanoparticles

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    Hu, Yunxiang; Afzaal, Mohammad; Malik, Mohammad A.; O'Brien, Paul

    2006-12-01

    A new method is reported for the growth of copper selenide thin films and nanoparticles using copper acetylacetonate and trioctylphosphine selenide. Aerosol-assisted chemical vapor deposition experiments lead to successful deposition of tetragonal Cu 2Se films. In contrast, hexadecylamine capped nanoparticles are composed of cubic Cu 2-xSe. The deposited materials are optically and structurally characterized. The results of this comprehensive study are described and discussed.

  10. Thin films on the basis of magnetic nanoparticles

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    G. Alimbekova

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available The present work is to study the adsorption of magnetic nanoparticles in the structure of nanohybrid films by layer-by-layer (LbL method. Obtained by UV-VIS absorption spectra of 5% magnetic nanoparticles and the aqueous solution polyvinyl alcohol consisting of 5 and 10 nanohybrid layers. Analysis of the optical absorption spectra shows the homogeneity and mechanical stability of the nanohybrid films.

  11. Extraordinary Hall-effect in colloidal magnetic nanoparticle films

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    Ben Gur, Leah; Tirosh, Einat; Segal, Amir; Markovich, Gil; Gerber, Alexander

    2017-03-01

    Colloidal nickel nanoparticles (NPs) coated with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) were synthesized. The nanoparticle dispersions were deposited on substrates and dried under mild heating to form conductive films. The films exhibited very small coercivity, nearly metallic conductivity, and a significant extraordinary Hall effect signal. This method could be useful for preparing simple, printed magnetic field sensors with the advantage of relatively high sensitivity around zero magnetic field, in contrast to magnetoresistive sensors, which have maximal field sensitivity away from zero magnetic field.

  12. Magnetoelectric thin film composites with interdigital electrodes

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    Piorra, A.; Jahns, R.; Teliban, I.; Gugat, J. L.; Gerken, M.; Knöchel, R.; Quandt, E.

    2013-07-01

    Magnetoelectric (ME) thin film composites on silicon cantilevers are fabricated using Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.45)O3 (PZT) films with interdigital transducer electrodes on the top side and FeCoSiB amorphous magnetostrictive thin films on the backside. These composites without any direct interface between the piezoelectric and magnetostrictive phase are superior to conventional plate capacitor-type thin film ME composites. A limit of detection of 2.6 pT/Hz1/2 at the mechanical resonance is determined which corresponds to an improvement of a factor of approximately 2.8 compared to the best plate type sensor using AlN as the piezoelectric phase and even a factor of approximately 4 for a PZT plate capacitor.

  13. Novel Microporous Films and Their Composites

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    P.C. Wu, Ph.D

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Cost-effective microporous films and composites can be made by using polyolefinic material and inorganic fillers. These microporous films and their composites can be designed and manufactured at high speed using commercial equipment for disposable hygiene articles, protective health care garments, building construction and many other industrial applications where air and moisture breathability is needed. The theory, formulations and methods of making these cost-effective polyolefinic-calcium carbonate compositions are discussed. Special engineering fibers and their fabrics can be combined with these novel microporous films to achieve a variety of properties for practical applications. However, one should keep intellectual property considerations in mind when contemplating the manufacture of microporous film products, their companies and their applications.

  14. Flame spray pyrolysis synthesis and aerosol deposition of nanoparticle films

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    Tricoli, Antonio; Elmøe, Tobias Dokkedal

    2012-01-01

    The assembly of nanoparticle films by flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) synthesis and deposition on temperature‐controlled substrates (323–723 K) was investigated for several application‐relevant conditions. An exemplary SnO2 nanoparticle aerosol was generated by FSP and its properties (e.g., particle...

  15. Structure and Morphology Effects on the Optical Properties of Bimetallic Nanoparticle Films Laser Deposited on a Glass Substrate

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    A. O. Kucherik

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Moving nanosecond laser system is used for laser-assisted thermodiffusion deposition of metallic nanoparticles from water-based colloidal solutions. The results obtained for both gold and silver nanoparticles show that film morphology strongly depends on laser scanning speed and the number of passages. We show, furthermore, the possibility of producing bimetallic Au:Ag thin films by laser irradiation of the mixed solutions. As a result of several laser scans, granular nanometric films are found to grow with a well-controlled composition, thickness, and morphology. By changing laser scanning parameters, film morphology can be varied from island structures to quasi-periodic arrays. The optical properties of the deposited structures are found to depend on the film composition, thickness, and mean separation between the particles. The transparency spectra of the deposited films are shown to be defined by their morphology.

  16. Fabrication of titania thin film with composite nanostructure and its ability to photodegrade rhodamine B in water

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    Gaojie ZHANG; Jinming WU; Shaoguang LIU; Mi YAN

    2008-01-01

    A titania nanorod film was synthesized by direct oxidation of metallic Ti with hydrogen peroxide solution under a low temperature. Titania nanoparticles were then filled into the gaps among the nanorods through an infiltration sol-gel procedure to form a composite titania film with an ordered nanostructure. X-ray diffraction spectra indicate that the composite film was a mixture of anatase and rutile while the titania film obtained by only using a sol-gel procedure was pure anatase. Field emission scanning electron microscopy observations show that titania nanoparticles were embedded into the titania nanorod film. Photoluminescence spectra suggest the enhanced separation of electron and hole pairs for the obtained composite titania film over the corresponding titania nanorod film. The composite titania film exhibited improved ability to photodegrade rhodamine B in water compared with the titania nanorod film. The apparent photodegradation rate constant, fitting a pseudo-first-order, was 3 times of that obtained by the sol-gel derived titania film at the same weight. The improved photocata-lytic activity for the composite titania film could be attributed to the enhanced separation of electron and hole pairs due to the embedding of the titania nanoparticles within the titania nanorods.

  17. Antibacterial performance on plasma polymerized heptylamine films loaded with silver nanoparticles

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    Lin, Yu-Chun; Lin, Chia-Chun; Lin, Chih-Hao; Wang, Meng-Jiy

    2017-01-01

    The antibacterial performance of the plasma-polymerized (pp) heptylamine thin films loaded with silver nanoparticles was evaluated against the colonization of Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. The properties including the thickness and chemical composition of the as deposited HApp films were modulated by adjusting plasma parameters. The acquired results showed that the film thickness was controlled in the range of 20 to 400 nm by adjusting deposition time. The subsequent immersion of the HApp thin films in silver nitrate solutions result in the formation of amine-metal complexes, in which the silver nanoparticles were reduced directly on the matrices to form Ag@HApp. The reduction reaction of silver was facilitated by applying NaBH4 as a reducing agent. The results of physicochemical analyses including morphological analysis and ellipsometry revealed that the silver nanoparticles were successfully reduced on the HApp films, and the amount of reduced silver was closely associated which the thickness of the plasma-polymerized films, the concentration of applied metal ions solutions, and the time of immobilization. Regarding the antibacterial performance, the Ag@HApp films reduced by NaBH4 showed antibacterial abilities of 70.1 and 68.2% against E. coli and S. aureus, respectively.

  18. Hybrid organic/inorganic reverse osmosis (RO) membrane for bactericidal anti-fouling. 1. Preparation and characterization of TiO2 nanoparticle self-assembled aromatic polyamide thin-film-composite (TFC) membrane.

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    Kwak, S Y; Kim, S H; Kim, S S

    2001-06-01

    Hybrid organic/inorganic reverse osmosis (RO) membranes composed of aromatic polyamide thin films underneath titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanosized particles have been fabricated by a self-assembly process, aiming at breakthrough of biofouling problems. First, positively charged particles of the colloidal TiO2 were synthesized by a sol-gel process, and the diameter of the resulting particles in acidic aqueous solution was estimated to be approximately 2 nm by analyzing the UV-visible absorption characteristics with a quantum mechanical model developed by Brus. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) further confirmed the formation of the quantum-sized TiO2 particles (approximately 10 nm or less). The TiO2 particles appeared to exist in the crystallographic form of anatase as observed with the X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern in comparison with those of commercial 100% rutile and commercial 70:30% anatase-to-rutile mixture. The hybrid thin-film-composite (TFC) aromatic polyamide membranes were prepared by self-assembly of the TiO2 nanoparticles on the polymer chains with COOH groups along the surface. They showed improved RO performance in which the water flux even increased, though slightly. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) exhibited the TiO2 nanoparticles well adsorbed onto the surface. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) demonstrated quantitatively that a considerable amount of the adsorbed particles were tightly self-assembled at the expense of the initial loss of those that were loosely bound, and became stabilized even after exposure to the various washing and harsh RO operating conditions. The antibacterial fouling potential of the TiO2 hybrid membrane was examined and verified by measuring the viable numbers and determining the survival ratios of the Escherichia coli (E. coli) as a model bacterium, both with and without UV light illumination. The photocatalytic bactericidal efficiency was remarkably higher for the TiO2 hybrid membrane under UV

  19. Multi-Ferroic Polymer Nanoparticle Composites for Next Generation Metamaterials

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    2016-05-23

    synthesized by controlling Tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and ammonia solution concentration. The composites were used as nanoparticles fillers in...important to synthesize the uniform and monodisperse magnetic nanoparticles. So, we, as a team of this collaboration project, focused on synthesizing ...uniform and monodisperse magnetic nanoparticles. First, we synthesized silica-coated monodisperse iron oxide nanoparticles (≈ 30 nm) sent to

  20. 稀土对金属纳米粒子-介质复合薄膜(Ag-BaO)光电发射性能的增强%ENHANCED PHOTOEMISSION FROM METAL NANOPARTICLE COMPOSITE THIN FILMS (Ag-BaO) DOPED WITH RARE-EARTH ELEMENTS

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    许北雪; 吴锦雷; 刘惟敏; 杨海; 邵庆益; 刘盛; 薛增泉; 吴全德

    2001-01-01

    用真空蒸发沉积的方法制备了掺杂稀土的金属纳米粒子-介质复 合薄膜(Ag-BaO薄膜). 与不掺杂稀土的Ag-BaO薄膜相比,其光电发射能力提高了近40%. 透射电镜分析表明,掺杂稀土后,Ag-BaO薄膜中的Ag纳米粒子明显细化、球化、密度增大 . 这表明Ag纳米粒子的细化,使得其在光作用下,光电子更容易通过隧道效应穿过界面位垒 逸出,导致光电发射能力增强.%A metal nanoparticles-composite thin film (Ag-BaO), doped by rare-earth eleme nts, was g rown by vacuum deposition. Compared with the normal Ag-BaO thin film, the photo emission current of the doped Ag-BaO thin film increases by about 40%. The tran smi ssion electron micrograph indicated that Ag nanoparticles become smaller when do ped with rare-earth. With the smaller size of Ag nanoparticles, photoelect rons are eas ier to transgress from Ag nanoparticles via tunnel effect. Thus the photomission current increases.

  1. Hydrogen storage property of sandwiched magnesium hydride nanoparticle thin film

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    Barcelo, Steven; Rogers, Matthew; Grigoropoulos, Costas P.; Mao, Samuel S. [Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States)

    2010-07-15

    Hydrogen sorption property of magnesium (Mg) in the form of sandwiched Pd/Mg/Pd films is investigated. Pulsed laser deposition method was applied to deposit the samples consisting of films of nanoparticles. The enthalpy of formation of MgH{sub 2} was found to be -68 kJ/mol H{sub 2} for films with nanoparticle size on the order of 50 nm, which is smaller than the value for bulk MgH{sub 2} and may be explained by the concept of excess volume. (author)

  2. PSS resin-fortified polythiophene nanoparticles for highly transparent conducting films.

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    Lee, Sun Jong; Oh, Ki Nam; Lee, Jung Min; Kim, Jung Hyun; Cheong, In Woo

    2010-10-01

    Polythiophene/poly(sodium 4-styrene sulfonate) (PT/PSS) composite nanoparticles having different particle size were prepared by Fe(3+)-catalyzed oxidative polymerization in aqueous medium. This facile method includes a FeCl3/H2O2 (catalyst/oxidant) combination system, which guarantees a high conversion (more than 95%) of thiophene monomers in various concentration of poly(styrene sulfonate) (PSS) with only a trace of FeCl3. Particle size of PT/PSS composite nanoparticles decreased from 134 nm to 26 nm as the concentration of PSS and H2O2 increased, and which was confirmed by SEM and CHDF analyses. The poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) film coated with PT/PSS was transparent and showed a high conductivity in a dried state. The sheet resistivity decreased as the ratio of PT to PSS increased. Photoluminescence property of the PT/PSS composite nanoparticles was also investigated.

  3. Fabrication of ZnO nanoparticles-embedded hydrogenated diamond-like carbon films by electrochemical deposition technique

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    Zhang Pei-Zeng; Li Rui-Shan; Pan Xiao-Jun; Xie Er-Qing

    2013-01-01

    ZnO nanoparticles-embedded hydrogenated diamond-like carbon (ZnO-DLC) films have been prepared by electrochemical deposition in ambient conditions.The morphology,composition,and microstructure of the films have been investigated.The results show that the resultant films are hydrogenated diamond-like carbon films embedded with ZnO nanoparticles in wurtzite structure,and the content and size of the ZnO nanoparticles increase with increasing deposition voltage,which are confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS),Raman,and transmission electron microscope (TEM).Furthermore,a possible mechanism used to describe the growth process of ZnO-DLC films by electrochemical deposition is also discussed.

  4. Formation of magnetically anisotropic composite films at low magnetic fields

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    Ghazi Zahedi, Maryam; Ennen, Inga; Marchi, Sophie; Barthel, Markus J.; Hütten, Andreas; Athanassiou, Athanassia; Fragouli, Despina

    2017-04-01

    We present a straightforward two-step technique for the fabrication of poly (methyl methacrylate) composites with embedded aligned magnetic chains. First, ferromagnetic microwires are realized in a poly (methyl methacrylate) solution by assembling iron nanoparticles in a methyl methacrylate solution under heat in an external magnetic field of 160 mT. The simultaneous thermal polymerization of the monomer throughout the wires is responsible for their permanent linkage and stability. Next, the polymer solution containing the randomly dispersed microwires is casted on a solid substrate in the presence of a low magnetic field (20–40 mT) which induces the final alignment of the microwires into long magnetic chains upon evaporation of the solvent. We prove that the presence of the nanoparticles assembled in the form of microwires is a key factor for the formation of the anisotropic films under low magnetic fields. In fact, such low fields are not capable of driving and assembling dispersed magnetic nanoparticles in the same type of polymer solutions. Hence, this innovative approach can be utilized for the synthesis of magnetically anisotropic nanocomposite films at low magnetic fields.

  5. Preparation of the flexible ZrO{sub 2}/C composite nanofibrous film via electrospinning

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    Yin, Xin; Song, Lixin; Xie, Xueyao; Zhou, Yangyang; Guan, Yingli; Xiong, Jie [Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, College of Materials and Textiles, Hangzhou (China); Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Key Laboratory of Advanced Textile Materials and Manufacturing Technology of Ministry of Education, Hangzhou (China)

    2016-07-15

    The flexible ZrO{sub 2}/C composite nanofibrous film was fabricated by electrospinning and thermal treatment. Field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometer, and Fourier transform infrared spectra were used to characterize the morphology and microstructure of the ZrO{sub 2}/C composite nanofibrous film. The ZrO{sub 2}/C nanofibers exhibited rough surface and had the average diameter of about 230 ± 35 nm. And the ZrO{sub 2} nanoparticles were incorporated in carbon matrix and in tetragonal and monoclinic. The flexural property of the ZrO{sub 2}/C composite nanofibrous film was investigated in detail. The results showed that the flexural property of the nanofibrous film was greatly improved with addition of the ZrO{sub 2} nanoparticles. Besides, with the increase of the contents of ZrO{sub 2} nanoparticles, the flexural modulus of the nanofibrous film decreased, reached a lowest value, and then increased. The lowest flexural modulus of the ZrO{sub 2}/C composite nanofibrous film in precursor concentration of 7.0 wt% was 8.55 ± 0.06 MPa. (orig.)

  6. Piezoelectric Nanoparticle-Polymer Composite Materials

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    McCall, William Ray

    Herein we demonstrate that efficient piezoelectric nanoparticle-polymer composite materials can be synthesized and fabricated into complex microstructures using sugar-templating methods or optical printing techniques. Stretchable foams with excellent tunable piezoelectric properties are created by incorporating sugar grains directly into polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) mixtures containing barium titanate (BaTiO3 -- BTO) nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes (CNTs), followed by removal of the sugar after polymer curing. Porosities and elasticity are tuned by simply adjusting the sugar/polymer mass ratio and the electrical performance of the foams showed a direct relationship between porosity and the piezoelectric outputs. User defined 2D and 3D optically printed piezoelectric microstructures are also fabricated by incorporating BTO nanoparticles into photoliable polymer solutions such as polyethylene glycol diacrylate (PEGDA) and exposing to digital optical masks that can be dynamically altered. Mechanical-to-electrical conversion efficiency of the optically printed composite is enhanced by chemically altering the surface of the BTO nanoparticles with acrylate groups which form direct covalent linkages with the polymer matrix under light exposure. Both of these novel materials should find exciting uses in a variety of applications including energy scavenging platforms, nano- and microelectromechanical systems (NEMS/MEMS), sensors, and acoustic actuators.

  7. Nano-composite thermochromic thin films and their application in energy-efficient glazing

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    Saeli, Manfredi [Universita degli Studi di Palermo - Dipartimento di Progetto e Costruzione Edilizia (DPCE), Viale delle Scienze, 90128 Palermo (Italy); Piccirillo, Clara; Parkin, Ivan P.; Binions, Russell [University College London - Department of Chemistry - Christopher Ingold Laboratories, 20 Gordon Street, WC1H 0AJ London (United Kingdom); Ridley, Ian [Barlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London, Wates House, 22 Gordon Street, WC1H 0QB London (United Kingdom)

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    A hybrid atmospheric pressure and aerosol-assisted chemical vapour deposition strategy is presented as a facile route for the production of vanadium dioxide nano-composite thin films. The effect of the inclusion of gold nanoparticles and the use of a surfactant molecule, tetraoctylammonium bromide, is discussed. The films were fully characterised using a wide variety of techniques, including scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and UV/vis/NIR spectroscopy. It is shown that micro-structural changes brought about by careful control of film growth conditions, and/or the use of surfactant, lead to an enhancement of thermochromic properties. Gold nanoparticle incorporation leads to a significant change in the colour of the films from a yellow-brown colour to a variety of greens and blues depending on the gold nanoparticle concentration. The films become more reflective in the infra-red with increased gold nanoparticle incorporation. Optical data are used in energy modelling studies to elucidate the film potential as an energy-saving coating in architectural glazing. The energy modelling results suggest that for warmer climates the thermochromic nano-composites investigated here lead to significant energy savings when compared with plain glass and other standard industry products. (author)

  8. Cellular Binding of Anionic Nanoparticles is Inhibited by Serum Proteins Independent of Nanoparticle Composition.

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    Fleischer, Candace C; Kumar, Umesh; Payne, Christine K

    2013-09-01

    Nanoparticles used in biological applications encounter a complex mixture of extracellular proteins. Adsorption of these proteins on the nanoparticle surface results in the formation of a "protein corona," which can dominate the interaction of the nanoparticle with the cellular environment. The goal of this research was to determine how nanoparticle composition and surface modification affect the cellular binding of protein-nanoparticle complexes. We examined the cellular binding of a collection of commonly used anionic nanoparticles: quantum dots, colloidal gold nanoparticles, and low-density lipoprotein particles, in the presence and absence of extracellular proteins. These experiments have the advantage of comparing different nanoparticles under identical conditions. Using a combination of fluorescence and dark field microscopy, flow cytometry, and spectroscopy, we find that cellular binding of these anionic nanoparticles is inhibited by serum proteins independent of nanoparticle composition or surface modification. We expect these results will aid in the design of nanoparticles for in vivo applications.

  9. Conjugated polymer composite nanoparticles by rapid mixing.

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    Jung, Christoph; de Roo, Tjaard; Mecking, Stefan

    2014-12-01

    Composite nanoparticles from poly[(9,9-di-n-octylfluoren-2,7-diyl)-alt-(benzo[2,1,3]thiadiazol-4,8-diyl)] (F8BT) and poly(9,9-di-n-hexylfluoren-2,7-diyl) (PF) with embedded inorganic nanoparticles (TiO2 , CdSe, and CdSe/CdS) are prepared through kinetic trapping by rapid turbulent mixing in a multi-inlet vortex mixer without the need for polymer functionalization. High contents of inorganic materials up to 50-60 wt% are realized for all composites. The influence of flow ratios, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) concentration, and absolute flow rates on the particle size and morphology is studied. High water-to-THF ratios and high total flow rates around 2 m s(-1) yield particle sizes below 50 nm. By adjusting these parameters, controlled particle sizes between 30 to several hundred nanometers are obtained. Composite particles from CdSe/CdS and F8BT or PF show a strong quenching of the polymer emission and near exclusive emission from the inorganic nanocrystal, which indicates an efficient energy transfer with fluorescence quantum yields of 23% for the F8BT/CdSe/CdS composites and 21% for the PF/CdSe/CdS composites. The dispersions are colloidally stable for several months.

  10. Preparation and characterization of keratin and chicken egg white-templated luminescent Au cluster composite film

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    Xing, Yao; Liu, Hongling; Yu, Weidong

    2016-02-01

    The characterization of keratin-chicken egg white-templated luminescent Au cluster composite films were studied using fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) to demonstrate and quantify the secondary transformation of composite films. The results showed that the secondary structure of treated films was transformed from disordered structure to ordered conformation including α-helix conformation and β-pleated-sheet conformation due to the increase of protein-templated luminescent Au cluster. The absorption features of treated films were exhibited by the UV-vis spectra. The bule-shift and decreased intensity indicated the change of microenvironment due to the concentration of protein-templated luminescent Au cluster. The transmission electron microscopy images of composite films supported the aggregation resulting from microenvironment. The effect of protein-templated luminescent Au cluster was characterized by the laser scanning confocal microscope (LSCM) images which showed the gradually intensive luminescence with increasing Au cluster and the transformation from the whiskers to nanoparticle.

  11. Development of polymeric-cationic peptide composite nanoparticles, a nanoparticle-in-nanoparticle system for controlled gene delivery.

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    Jain, Arvind K; Massey, Ashley; Yusuf, Helmy; McDonald, Denise M; McCarthy, Helen O; Kett, Vicky L

    2015-01-01

    We report the formulation of novel composite nanoparticles that combine the high transfection efficiency of cationic peptide-DNA nanoparticles with the biocompatibility and prolonged delivery of polylactic acid-polyethylene glycol (PLA-PEG). The cationic cell-penetrating peptide RALA was used to condense DNA into nanoparticles that were encapsulated within a range of PLA-PEG copolymers. The composite nanoparticles produced exhibited excellent physicochemical properties including size 80%. Images of the composite nanoparticles obtained with a new transmission electron microscopy staining method revealed the peptide-DNA nanoparticles within the PLA-PEG matrix. Varying the copolymers modulated the DNA release rate >6 weeks in vitro. The best formulation was selected and was able to transfect cells while maintaining viability. The effect of transferrin-appended composite nanoparticles was also studied. Thus, we have demonstrated the manufacture of composite nanoparticles for the controlled delivery of DNA.

  12. Oriented Growth of PZT thick film embedded with PZT nanoparticles

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    DUAN Zhong-xia; YUAN Jie; ZHAO Quan-liang; LU Ran; CAO Mao-sheng

    2009-01-01

    This paper reports that dense and crack-free (100) oriented lead zirconate titanate (Pb(Zr0.52Ti0.48)O3,PZT) thick film embedded with PZT nanoparticles has been successfully fabricated on Pt/Cr/SiO2/Si substrate by using PT transition layer and PVP additive. The thick film possesses single-phase perovskite structure and perfectly (100) oriented. The (100) orientation degree of the PZT films strongly depended on annealing time and for the 4 μm-thick PZT film which was annealed at 700 ℃ for 5 min is the largest. The (100) orientation degree of the PZT thick film gradually strengthen along with the thickness of film decreasing. The 3 μm-thick PZT thick film which was annealed at 700 ℃ for 5 min has the strongest (100) orientation degree, which is 82. 3%.

  13. Optimization of Optical Properties of Polycarbonate Film with Thiol Gold-Nanoparticles

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    Claudio Larosa

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available A new nanostructured composite film based on thiol gold nanoparticles dispersed in polycarbonate and prepared by evaporating a solution of 1-dodecanthiol gold nanoparticles and polycarbonate was developed for applications as optical lenses. Lenses with superior mechanical properties, coloring and UV ray absorption and with the same transparency as the matrix were obtained. The supporting highly transparent polycarbonate matrix and the chloroform solution of thiol gold nanoparticles, 3 nm mean size, was mixed according to a doping protocol employing different concentrations of thiol gold nanoparticles vs. polycarbonate. The presence of nanoparticles in the polymer films was confirmed by the spectrophotometric detection of the characteristic absorbance marker peak at 540–580 nm. The nanostructured films obtained show a better coverage in the UV-vis range (250–450 nm even at very low doping ratios, of the order of 1:1,000. These results offer a very promising approach towards the development of efficient nanostructured materials for applications to optical lenses.

  14. Preparation and Photoelectrochemical Performance for ZnO Nanorod Arrays/Nanoparticles Aggregate Composite Films%ZnO纳米棒阵列/纳米颗粒团聚复合膜的制备及其光电性能

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    贾伟; 刘海瑞; 党随虎; 张竹霞; 刘旭光; 许并社

    2013-01-01

    采用恒温水浴法在FTO导电玻璃上制备出了ZnO纳米棒阵列,然后对其进行二次生长后得到了ZnO纳米棒阵列/纳米颗粒团聚复合膜,最后它们分别与Pt形成对电极并与电解质溶液组装成染料敏化太阳能电池(DSSC).结果表明:当在模拟太阳光照射(AM 1.5,100 mW/cm2)下时,ZnO纳米棒阵列/纳米颗粒团聚复合膜太阳能电池的短路电流密度Jsc为11.7 mA/cm2,开路电压Voc为0.661 V,填充因子FF为0.384,光电转换效率为3.17%,均明显的高于ZnO纳米棒阵列太阳能电池和ZnO纳米颗粒团聚球太阳能电池.其主要原因是由于ZnO纳米棒阵列/纳米颗粒团聚复合膜染料敏化太阳能电池在具有较高的光生电子传输效率的同时,增加了比表面积和提高了光子的收集效率.%ZnO nanorod arrays were firstly grown on FTO conducting glass via a simple chemical bath deposition method, then ZnO nanorod arrays/nanoparticles aggregate composite films were obtained by sequential growth of ZnO nanorod arrays. The dye-covered ZnO electrodes, Pt counter electrode and electrolyte solution were assembled into dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Due to their relatively high surface area, fast electron transport, and enhanced light-scattering capability, a short current density(Jsc) of 11.7 mA/cm2, an open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.661 V, a fill factor( FF) of 0.384, and overall solar-to-electric energy conversion efficiency of 3.17% were achieved for the ZnO nanorod arrays/nanoparticles aggregate composite films DSSCs under sunlight illumination with AM1. 5 (100 mW/cm2), which were much higher than those obtained for the monodisperse aggregate DSSCs and ZnO nanorod array DSSCs.

  15. Atmospheric Environment Fabrication of Composite Films by Ethanol Catalytic Combustion and Its Use as Counter Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Soar Cells

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    Xiaoping Zou

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The composite films which consist of amorphous carbon, carbon nanotube, and iron nanoparticles were prepared by ethanol catalytic combustion in atmospheric environment. The as-prepared composite films have good electrocatalytic activity and high conductivity which is due to their particular structure. The efficiency of the composite films based dye-sensitized soar cells (DSSCs is closed to that of the Pt based one. Most importantly, the DSSC employing the composite films presents a higher FF than those of Pt based solar cell. In addition, it is a simple method for mass production of composite films counter electrode (CE which is expected to reduce the cost of fabricating DSSCs.

  16. Plasmonic extinction in gold nanoparticle-polymer films as film thickness and nanoparticle separation decrease below resonant wavelength

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    Dunklin, Jeremy R.; Bodinger, Carter; Forcherio, Gregory T.; Keith Roper, D.

    2017-01-01

    Plasmonic nanoparticles embedded in polymer films enhance optoelectronic properties of photovoltaics, sensors, and interconnects. This work examined optical extinction of polymer films containing randomly dispersed gold nanoparticles (AuNP) with negligible Rayleigh scattering cross-sections at particle separations and film thicknesses less than (sub-) to greater than (super-) the localized surface plasmon resonant (LSPR) wavelength, λLSPR. Optical extinction followed opposite trends in sub- and superwavelength films on a per nanoparticle basis. In ˜70-nm-thick polyvinylpyrrolidone films containing 16 nm AuNP, measured resonant extinction per particle decreased as particle separation decreased from ˜130 to 76 nm, consistent with trends from Maxwell Garnett effective medium theory and coupled dipole approximation. In ˜1-mm-thick polydimethylsiloxane films containing 16-nm AuNP, resonant extinction per particle plateaued at particle separations ≥λLSPR, then increased as particle separation radius decreased from ˜514 to 408 nm. Contributions from isolated particles, interparticle interactions and heterogeneities in sub- and super-λLSPR films containing AuNP at sub-λLSPR separations were examined. Characterizing optoplasmonics of thin polymer films embedded with plasmonic NP supports rational development of optoelectronic, biomedical, and catalytic activity using these nanocomposites.

  17. Surface exploration of a room-temperature ionic liquid-chitin composite film decorated with electrochemically deposited PdFeNi trimetallic alloy nanoparticles by pattern recognition: an elegant approach to developing a novel biotin biosensor.

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    Gholivand, Mohammad-Bagher; Jalalvand, Ali R; Goicoechea, Hector C; Paimard, Giti; Skov, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    In this study, a novel biosensing system for the determination of biotin (BTN) based on electrodeposition of palladium-iron-nickel (PdFeNi) trimetallic alloy nanoparticles (NPs) onto a glassy carbon electrode (GCE) modified with a room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL)-chitin (Ch) composite film (PdFeNi/ChRTIL/GCE) is established. NPs have a wide range of applications in science and technology and their sizes are often measured using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) or X-ray diffraction. Here, we used a pattern recognition method (digital image processing, DIP) for measuring particle size distributions (PSDs) from scanning electron microscopic (SEM) images in the presence of an uneven background. Different depositions were performed by varying the number of cyclic potential scans (N) during electroreduction step. It was observed that the physicochemical properties of the deposits were correlated to the performance of the PdFeNi/ChRTIL/GCE with respect to BTN assay. The best results were obtained for eight electrodeposition cyclic scans, where small-sized particles (19.54 ± 6.27 nm) with high density (682 particles µm(-2)) were obtained. Under optimized conditions, a linear range from 2.0 to 44.0 × 10(-9) mol L(-1) and a limit of detection (LOD) of 0.6 × 10(-9) mol L(-1) were obtained. The PdFeNi/ChRTIL nanocomposite showed excellent compatibility, enhanced electron transfer kinetics, large electroactive surface area, and was highly sensitive, selective, and stable toward BTN determination. Finally, the PdFeNi/ChRTIL/GCE was satisfactorily applied to the determination of BTN in infant milk powder, liver, and egg yolk samples.

  18. Electrochemical immunosensor for ultrasensitive detection of microcystin-LR based on graphene-gold nanocomposite/functional conducting polymer/gold nanoparticle/ionic liquid composite film with electrodeposition.

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    Ruiyi, Li; Qianfang, Xia; Zaijun, Li; Xiulan, Sun; Junkang, Liu

    2013-06-15

    The study developed an electrochemical immunosensor for ultrasensitive detection of microcystin-LR in water. Graphene oxide and chloroauric acid were alternately electrodeposited on the surface of glassy carbon electrode for 20 cycles to fabricate graphene-gold nanocomposite. The composite was characterized and its apparent heterogeneous electron transfer rate constant (37.28±0.16 cm s (-1)) was estimated by Laviron's model. To immobilize microcystin-LR antibody and improve the electrical conductivity, 2,5-di-(2-thienyl)-1-pyrrole-1-(p-benzoic acid) and chloroauric acid were electrodeposited on the modified electrode in sequence. The ionic liquid was then dropped on the electrode surface and finally microcystin-LR antibody was covalently connected to the conducting polymer film. Experiment showed the electrochemical technique offers control over reaction parameters and excellent repeatability. The graphene-gold nanocomposite and gold nanoparticles enhance electron transfer of Fe(CN)6(3-/4-) to the electrode. The ionic liquid, 1-isobutyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethane-sulfonyl)imide, improves stability of the antibody. The sensor displays good repeatability (RSD=1.2%), sensitive electrochemical response to microcystin-LR in the range of 1.0×10(-16)-8.0×10(-15)M and detection limit of 3.7×10(-17)M (S/N=3). The peak current change of the sensor after and before incubation with 2.0×10(-15)M of microcystin-LR can retain 95% over a 20-weeks storage period. Proposed method presents remarkable improvement of sensitivity, repeatability and stability when compared to present microcystin-LR sensors. It has been successfully applied to the microcystin-LR determination in water samples with a spiked recovery in the range of 96.3-105.8%.

  19. Characterization of films made with chayote tuber and potato starches blending with cellulose nanoparticles.

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    Aila-Suárez, Selene; Palma-Rodríguez, Heidi M; Rodríguez-Hernández, Adriana I; Hernández-Uribe, Juan P; Bello-Pérez, Luis A; Vargas-Torres, Apolonio

    2013-10-15

    The aim of this study was to characterize chayotextle starch films reinforced with cellulose (C) and cellulose nanoparticle (CN) (at concentrations of 0.3%, 0.5%, 0.8% and 1.2%), using thermal, mechanical, physicochemical, permeability, and water solubility tests. C was acid-treated to obtain CN. The films were prepared by casting; potato starch and C were used as the control. The solubility of the starch films decreased with the addition of C and CN compared with its respective film without C and CN. No statistical difference (α=0.05) was found in the films added with different concentrations of C and CN. In general, the mechanical properties were improved with the addition of C and CN, and higher values of tensile strength and elastic modulus were determined in the films reinforced with CN. The melting temperature and enthalpy increased with the addition of C and CN, and the values of both thermal parameters were higher in the films with CN than with C; the enthalpy value of the film decreased when the concentration of C or CN increased in the composite. Low concentration of C and CN is better distributed in the matrix film. The addition of C and CN in the starch films improved some mechanical, barrier, and functional properties.

  20. Tuning the Microcavity of Organic Light Emitting Diodes by Solution Processable Polymer-Nanoparticle Composite Layers.

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    Preinfalk, Jan B; Schackmar, Fabian R; Lampe, Thomas; Egel, Amos; Schmidt, Tobias D; Brütting, Wolfgang; Gomard, Guillaume; Lemmer, Uli

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we present a simple method to tune and take advantage of microcavity effects for an increased fraction of outcoupled light in solution-processed organic light emitting diodes. This is achieved by incorporating nonscattering polymer-nanoparticle composite layers. These tunable layers allow the optimization of the device architecture even for high film thicknesses on a single substrate by gradually altering the film thickness using a horizontal dipping technique. Moreover, it is shown that the optoelectronic device parameters are in good agreement with transfer matrix simulations of the corresponding layer stack, which offers the possibility to numerically design devices based on such composite layers. Lastly, it could be shown that the introduction of nanoparticles leads to an improved charge injection, which combined with an optimized microcavity resulted in a maximum luminous efficacy increase of 85% compared to a nanoparticle-free reference device.

  1. Impact of chitosan composites and chitosan nanoparticle composites on various drug delivery systems: A review

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    M.Abd Elgadir

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Chitosan is a promising biopolymer for drug delivery systems. Because of its beneficial properties, chitosan is widely used in biomedical and pharmaceutical fields. In this review, we summarize the physicochemical and drug delivery properties of chitosan, selected studies on utilization of chitosan and chitosan-based nanoparticle composites in various drug delivery systems, and selected studies on the application of chitosan films in both drug delivery and wound healing. Chitosan is considered the most important polysaccharide for various drug delivery purposes because of its cationic character and primary amino groups, which are responsible for its many properties such as mucoadhesion, controlled drug release, transfection, in situ gelation, and efflux pump inhibitory properties and permeation enhancement. This review can enhance our understanding of drug delivery systems particularly in cases where chitosan drug-loaded nanoparticles are applied.

  2. Dynamics of nanoparticle assembly from disjointed images of nanoparticle-polymer composites

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    Murthy, Chaitanya R.; Gao, Bo; Tao, Andrea R.; Arya, Gaurav

    2016-02-01

    Understanding how nanoparticles (NPs) diffuse, stick, and assemble into larger structures within polymers is key to the design and fabrication of NP-polymer composites. Here we describe an approach for inferring the dynamic parameters of NP assembly from spatially and temporally disjointed images of composites. The approach involves iterative adjustment of the parameters of a kinetic model of assembly until the computed size statistics of NP clusters match those obtained from high-throughput analysis of the experimental images. Application of this approach to the assembly of shaped, metal NPs in polymer films suggests that NP structures grow via a cluster-cluster aggregation mechanism, where NPs and their clusters diffuse with approximately Stokes-Einstein diffusivity and stick to other NPs or clusters with a probability that depends strongly on the size and shape of the NPs and the molecular weight of the polymer.

  3. Thermal Conductivity of Carbon Nanotube Composite Films

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    Ngo, Quoc; Cruden, Brett A.; Cassell, Alan M.; Walker, Megan D.; Koehne, Jessica E.; Meyyappan, M.; Li, Jun; Yang, Cary Y.

    2004-01-01

    State-of-the-art ICs for microprocessors routinely dissipate power densities on the order of 50 W/sq cm. This large power is due to the localized heating of ICs operating at high frequencies, and must be managed for future high-frequency microelectronic applications. Our approach involves finding new and efficient thermally conductive materials. Exploiting carbon nanotube (CNT) films and composites for their superior axial thermal conductance properties has the potential for such an application requiring efficient heat transfer. In this work, we present thermal contact resistance measurement results for CNT and CNT-Cu composite films. It is shown that Cu-filled CNT arrays enhance thermal conductance when compared to as-grown CNT arrays. Furthermore, the CNT-Cu composite material provides a mechanically robust alternative to current IC packaging technology.

  4. Coupling reaction on gold nanoparticle to yield polythiophene/gold nanoparticle alternate network film.

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    Tanaka, Manabu; Fujita, Remi; Nishide, Hiroyuki

    2009-01-01

    The novel gold nanoparticle, which was stabilized with pi-conjugated molecules bearing functional groups at the terminals, was prepared via conventional procedure by using 5-bromo-2,2'-bithiophene-5'-thiol as a stabilizer. The gold nanoparticle (ca. 3 nm-diameter) showed good dispersion stability in various organic solvents, and its electrochemical and spectroscopic study revealed peculiar properties originated in the pi-conjugated molecular stabilizer, bithiophene derivative. The Pd-catalyzed coupling reaction on the gold nanoparticle was first achieved by using the gold nanoparticle bearing bromo groups at the particle surface and the model boronic acid molecule, 5-formyl-2-thiopheneboronic acid, to yield the terthiophene derivatives on the gold nanoparticle. The 1H-NMR, UV, and TGA analysis supported the progress of the coupling reaction on the gold nanoparticle. This Pd-catalyzed coupling reaction was applied with the borate-terminated polythiophene to form polythiophene/gold nanoparticle alternate network film. The electron microscopic images supported the formation of the network structure. The high electric conductivity on the network film suggested that the conductive characteristic of the film originated from that of the pi-conjugated polythiophene backbone connected with the gold nanoparticle.

  5. Conductivity of ZnO nanowires, nanoparticles, and thin films using time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy.

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    Baxter, Jason B; Schmuttenmaer, Charles A

    2006-12-21

    The terahertz absorption coefficient, index of refraction, and conductivity of nanostructured ZnO have been determined using time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy, a noncontact optical probe. ZnO properties were measured directly for thin films and were extracted from measurements of nanowire arrays and mesoporous nanoparticle films by applying Bruggeman effective medium theory to the composite samples. Annealing significantly reduces the intrinsic carrier concentration in the ZnO films and nanowires, which were grown by chemical bath deposition. The complex-valued, frequency-dependent photoconductivities for all morphologies were found to be similar at short pump-probe delay times. Fits using the Drude-Smith model show that films have the highest mobility, followed by nanowires and then nanoparticles, and that annealing the ZnO increases its mobility. Time constants for decay of photoinjected electron density in films are twice as long as those in nanowires and more than 5 times those for nanoparticles due to increased electron interaction with interfaces and grain boundaries in the smaller-grained materials. Implications for electron transport in dye-sensitized solar cells are discussed.

  6. Surface, thermal, and mechanical properties of composites and nanocomposites of polyurethane/PTFE nanoparticles

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    Anbinder, P. S.; Peruzzo, P. J.; de Siervo, A.; Amalvy, J. I.

    2014-08-01

    Films from blends of polyurethane and nano-polytetrafluoroethylene aqueous dispersions (PU/nanoPTFE) were prepared, and the effect of the addition of different amounts of PTFE nanoparticles (50 nm) was studied. The changes in the superficial properties of the films were studied by means of XPS, ATR/FTIR, and contact angle measurements. SEM and TEM results are also included. The contact angle values confirm the surface hydrophobicity of composite films. Even though nanoparticles are present in the bulk, higher concentrations of particles appear at the surface in samples with lower nanoPTFE content (up to 10 wt%), as revealed by XPS. Higher amounts of nanoPTFE particles cause aggregation. The mechanical and thermal properties of composites are also discussed.

  7. Preparation of Chitosan/Polystyrene Sulfonate Multilayered Composite Metal Nanoparticles and Its Application.

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    Xiong, Fangxin; Chen, Chunxiao; Liu, Shantang

    2016-06-01

    Metal-Chitosan (CTS) composite was first synthesized through the metal composition of chitosan (CTS) and metal ions. The formed composite was alternately deposited on the base with sodium polystyrene sulfonate (PSS) through a layer-by-layer self-assembling technique, followed by an in situ reduction by sodium borohydride to produce a polyelectrolyte nanocomposite thin film containing metal nanoparticles. Assembly, surface morphology and electrochemical properties of the composite membrane were analyzed by UV-visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). The UV-Vis results indicated that the absorbance of the multilayer film at the characteristic absorption peak increased as the membrane bilayers increased, in a good linear relationship, which demonstrated that the multilayer film was uniformly assembled on the base. AFM images showed that the surface of the multilayer thin-film composite had some degree of roughness and metal nanoparticles of 10-20 nm in size were generated on the membrane. The CV results indicated that the metal nanocomposite film had excellent electrocatalytic activity to glucose and had a potential for applications in electrochemical sensors.

  8. Spray- and spin-assisted layer-by-layer assembly of copper nanoparticles on thin-film composite reverse osmosis membrane for biofouling mitigation.

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    Ma, Wen; Soroush, Adel; Van Anh Luong, Tran; Brennan, Gregory; Rahaman, Md Saifur; Asadishad, Bahareh; Tufenkji, Nathalie

    2016-08-01

    Copper nanoparticles (CuNPs) have long been considered as highly effective biocides; however, the lack of suitable methods for loading CuNPs onto polymeric membranes is recognized as being one of the primary reasons for the limited research concerning their application in membrane industries. A highly efficient spray- and spin-assisted layer-by-layer (SSLbL) method was developed to functionalize the TFC polyamide RO membranes with controllable loading of CuNPs for biofouling control. The SSLbL method was able to produce a uniform bilayer of polyethyleneimine-coated CuNPs and poly(acrylic) acid in less than 1 min, which is far more efficient than the traditional dipping approach (25-60 min). The successful loading of CuNPs onto the membrane surface was confirmed by XPS analysis. Increasing the number of bilayers from 2 to 10 led to an increased quantity of CuNPs on the membrane surface, from 1.75 to 23.7 μg cm(-2). Multi-layer coating exhibited minor impact on the membrane water permeation flux (13.3% reduction) while retaining the original salt rejection ability. Both static bacterial inactivation and cross-flow filtration tests demonstrated that CuNPs could significantly improve anti-biofouling property of a polyamide membrane and effectively inhibit the permeate flux reduction caused by bacterial deposition on the membrane surface. Once depleted, CuNPs can also be potentially regenerated on the membrane surface via the same SSLbL method.

  9. Composite Materials with Magnetically Aligned Carbon Nanoparticles Having Enhanced Electrical Properties and Methods of Preparation

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    Hong, Haiping (Inventor); Peterson, G.P. (Bud) (Inventor); Salem, David R. (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    Magnetically aligned carbon nanoparticle composites have enhanced electrical properties. The composites comprise carbon nanoparticles, a host material, magnetically sensitive nanoparticles and a surfactant. In addition to enhanced electrical properties, the composites can have enhanced mechanical and thermal properties.

  10. Electric conductivity of polymer films filled with magnetic nanoparticles

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    Rumyantsev, B. M.; Bibikov, S. B.; Bychkova, A. V.; Leontiev, V. G.; Berendyaev, V. I.; Sorokina, O. N.; Kovarskii, A. L.

    2016-12-01

    The conductivity of polymer composites with magnetic nanoparticles (MNP) containing magnetite and other MNP (Ni, Cu-Ni) in the layers and planar cells with Al electrodes is studied. For soluble polymers (polyvinylpyrrolidone and polyvinyl alcohol) containing 1-10 wt % of magnetite MNP, a substantial effect of MNP on surface conductivity is detected over a wide range (from 10-10 to 10-3 Ω-1). It is shown that the addition of magnetite MNP not only results in a considerable change in cell conductivity, but also leads to its partially irreversible variation (by an order of magnitude or more) via minor modifications of the experimental conditions (temperature, electric field). For high-resistance samples with low probabilities of conducting chain formation, temperature current peaks are observed upon moderate heating (up to 350 K). These peaks are similar to the maxima observed upon polymer electret thermodischarges when the charges are captured by the deep centers associated with separate MNP or MNP aggregates. The type and position of the maxima are determined by the characteristics of the polymer matrix. For polyvinylpyrrolidone composites, the maxima are observed some time after heating (the echo effect). With composites based on solventborne polymers (polyalkanesterimides, soluble polyimide) and Ni, Cu-Ni MNP, no change in film conductivity measured electrophotographically is observed, due to the formation of a dielectric coating formed by polymer macromolecules adsorbed on the MNP surface. An explanation based on the possible formation of magnetic aggregates of magnetite MNP and conducting chains is proposed. Magnetic aggregation IPM is proposed as one way of controlling cell conductivity.

  11. Preparation and characterization of bio-nanocomposite films of agar and silver nanoparticles: laser ablation method.

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    Rhim, Jong-Whan; Wang, Long-Feng; Lee, Yonghoon; Hong, Seok-In

    2014-03-15

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were prepared by a laser ablation method and composite films with the AgNPs and agar were prepared by solvent casting method. UV-vis absorbance test and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis results revealed that non-agglomerated spherical AgNPs were formed by the laser ablation method. The surface color of the resulting agar/AgNPs films exhibited the characteristic plasmonic effect of the AgNPs with the maximum absorption peaks of 400-407 nm. X-ray diffraction (XRD) test results also exhibited characteristic AgNPs crystals with diffraction peaks observed at 2θ values of 38.39°, 44.49°, and 64.45°, which were corresponding to (111), (200), and (220) crystallographic planes of face-centered cubic (fcc) silver crystals, respectively. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) results showed that thermal stability of the agar/AgNPs composite films was increased by the inclusion of metallic silver. Water vapor barrier properties and surface hydrophobicity of the agar/AgNPs films increased slightly with the increase in AgNPs content but they were not statistically significant (p>0.05), while mechanical strength and stiffness of the composite films decreased slightly (p<0.05). The agar/AgNPs films exhibited distinctive antimicrobial activity against both Gram-positive (Listeria monocytogenes) and Gram-negative (Escherichia coli O157:H7) bacterial pathogens.

  12. Chemiresistive properties regulated by nanoscale curvature in molecularly-linked nanoparticle composite assembly.

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    Cheng, Han-Wen; Yan, Shan; Han, Li; Chen, Yong; Kang, Ning; Skeete, Zakiya; Luo, Jin; Zhong, Chuan-Jian

    2017-03-17

    Interparticle spatial properties influence the electrical and functional properties of nanoparticle-structured assemblies. This report describes the nanoscale curvature-induced change in chemiresistive properties of molecularly-linked assemblies of gold nanoparticles on multiwalled carbon nanotubes, which are exploited for sensitive detection of volatile organic compounds. In addition to using linking/capping molecules to define interparticle spatial distances, the nanoscale curvature radius of the carbon nanotubes provides intriguing tunability of the interparticle spatial properties to influence electrical properties, which contrast with those observed for nanoparticle thin films assembled directly on chemiresistor devices. The electrical characteristics of the nanoparticle-nanotube composite give positive response profiles for the vapor molecules that are distinctively different to those observed for conventional nanoparticle thin-film assemblies. The dominant effect of electron coupling on overall chemiresistive properties is shown in relation to that of nanoscale curvature radius on the nanoparticle thin-film sensing properties. Sensing data are also further assessed in correlation with the solubility parameters of the vapor molecule. These findings have significant implications for the design of sensitive interfaces with nanocomposite-structured sensing materials and microfabricated chemiresistor devices.

  13. A photoluminescence study of film structure in CdTe nanoparticle thin films.

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    Gardner, H C; Gallardo, D E; Dunn, S; Gaponik, N; Eychmüller, A

    2008-05-01

    The layer-by-layer deposition of thin films of CdTe nanoparticles and three different polyelectrolytes has been investigated. Photoluminescence spectra were used to monitor the energy transfer properties within the films. As the number of bilayers in a thin film was increased a decrease in the energy of the light emitted was observed. The wavelength change is a two-stage process. Deposition of the first one to two bi-layers of a thin film produced a sharp energy change (626 nm to 637 nm with the addition of a single bi-layer) whereas deposition of subsequent bi-layers produced a more gradual energy change (642 nm-646 nm with the addition of 5 bi-layers). A space-filling mechanism is suggested to account for these changes; smaller nanoparticles penetrate the earlier levels of a thin film and increase the inter-particle energy transfer opportunities within the layers.

  14. Electrochemical Sensor for Oxidation of NO Based on Au-Pt Nanoparticles Self-assembly Film

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    XIE,Jia; YU,Zhihui; XIA,Dingguo

    2009-01-01

    Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles film used as an efficient electrochemical sensor was prepared by self-assembled Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles on a glassy carbon (GC) substrate using thioglycolic acid as a linker. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) showed that the Au-Pt nanoparticles self-assembly film was dense and uniform. Electrochemical experiments revealed that Au-Pt bimetallic nanoparticles film/GC electrode showed high electrocatalytic activity to the oxidation of nitric oxide.

  15. Model Lung Surfactant Films: Why Composition Matters

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    Selladurai, Sahana L.; Miclette Lamarche, Renaud; Schmidt, Rolf; DeWolf, Christine E.

    2016-10-18

    Lung surfactant replacement therapies, Survanta and Infasurf, and two lipid-only systems both containing saturated and unsaturated phospholipids and one containing additional palmitic acid were used to study the impact of buffered saline on the surface activity, morphology, rheology, and structure of Langmuir monolayer model membranes. Isotherms and Brewster angle microscopy show that buffered saline subphases induce a film expansion, except when the cationic protein, SP-B, is present in sufficient quantities to already screen electrostatic repulsion, thus limiting the effect of changing pH and adding counterions. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction results indicate an expansion not only of the liquid expanded phase but also an expansion of the lattice of the condensed phase. The film expansion corresponded in all cases with a significant reduction in the viscosity and elasticity of the films. The viscoelastic parameters are dominated by liquid expanded phase properties and do not appear to be dependent on the structure of the condensed phase domains in a phase separated film. The results highlight that the choice of subphase and film composition is important for meaningful interpretations of measurements using model systems.

  16. Preparation of composite electroheat carbon film

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    XIA Jin-tong; TU Chuan-jun; LI Yan; HU Li-min; DENG Jiu-hua

    2005-01-01

    A kind of conductive and heating unit, which can reach a high surface electroheat temperature at a low voltage, was developed in view of the traditional electroheat coating which has a low surface electroheat temperature and an insufficient heat resistance of its binder. The coating molded electroheat carbon film(CMECF) was prepared by carbonizing the coating which was prepared by adding modified resin into flake graphite and carbon fiber, coating molded onto the surface of the heat resisting matrix after dried, while the hot pressing molded electroheat thick carbon film(HPMETCF) was prepared by carbonizing the bodies whose powders were hot pressing molded directly.The surface and inner microstructure of the carbon film was characterized and analyzed by SEM and DSC/TG, while electroheat property was tested by voltage-current volume resistivity tester and electrical parameter tester. The results show that, close-packed carbon network configuration is formed within the composite electroheat carbon film film after anti-oxidizable treatment reaches a higher surface electroheat temperature than that of the existing electroheat coatings at a low voltage, and has excellent electroheat property, high thermal efficiency as well as stable physicochemical property. It is found that, at room temperature(19± 2 ℃) and 22 V for 5 min, the surface electroheat temperature of the self-produced CMECF (mfiller/mresin = 1. 8/1) reaches 112 ℃ while HPMETCF (mfiller/mresin = 3. 6/1) reaches 265 ℃.

  17. Nanodiamond embedded ta-C composite film by pulsed filtered vacuum arc deposition from a single target

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    Iyer, Ajai; Etula, Jarkko; Ge, Yanling; Liu, Xuwen; Koskinen, Jari

    2016-11-01

    Detonation Nanodiamonds (DNDs) are known to have sp3 core, sp2 shell, small size (few nm) and are gaining importance as multi-functional nanoparticles. Diverse methods have been used to form composites, containing detonation nanodiamonds (DNDs) embedded in conductive and dielectric matrices for various applications. Here we show a method, wherein DND-ta-C composite film, consisting of DNDs embedded in ta-C matrix have been co-deposited from the same cathode by pulsed filtered cathodic vacuum arc method. Transmission Electron Microscope analysis of these films revel the presence of DNDs embedded in the matrix of amorphous carbon. Raman spectroscopy indicates that the presence of DNDs does not adversely affect the sp3 content of DND-ta-C composite film compared to ta-C film of same thickness. Nanoindentation and nanowear tests indicate that DND-ta-C composite films possess improved mechanical properties in comparison to ta-C films of similar thickness.

  18. High-quality CdTe films from nanoparticle precursors

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    Schulz, D.L.; Pehnt, M.; Urgiles, E. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)] [and others

    1996-05-01

    In this paper the authors demonstrate that nanoparticulate precursors coupled with spray deposition offers an attractive route into electronic materials with improved smoothness, density, and lower processing temperatures. Employing a metathesis approach, cadmium iodide was reacted with sodium telluride in methanol solvent, resulting in the formation of soluble NaI and insoluble CdTe nanoparticles. After appropriate chemical workup, methanol-capped CdTe colloids were isolated. CdTe thin film formation was achieved by spray depositing the nanoparticle colloids (25-75 {Angstrom} diameter) onto substrates at elevated temperatures (T = 280-440{degrees}C) with no further thermal treatment. These films were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Cubic CdTe phase formation was observed by XRD, with a contaminant oxide phase also detected. XPS analysis showed that CdTe films produced by this one-step method contained no Na or C and substantial O. AFM gave CdTe grain sizes of {approx}0.1-0.3 {mu}m for film sprayed at 400{degrees}C. A layer-by-layer film growth mechanism proposed for the one-step spray deposition of nanoparticle precursors will be discussed.

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

  20. Effective non-retarded method as a tool for the design of tunable nanoparticle composite absorbers

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    Ortiz, Guillermo; Skigin, Diana; Depine, Ricardo; Mochán, Luis

    2014-01-01

    We investigate the capabilities of the effective non-retarded method (ENR) to explore and design nanoparticles composites with specific optical properties. We consider a composite material comprising periodically distributed metallic spheres in a dielectric host matrix. The effective macroscopic dielectric function of the composite medium is obtained by means of the ENR and is used to calculate the electromagnetic response of a slab made of such an inhomogeneous material. This response is compared with that obtained using the Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker wave calculation method (KKR). We analyze the optical properties for different filling fractions, especially in the vicinity of the resonance frequencies of the macroscopic dielectric function. We show that appropriately choosing the parameters of the composite it is possible to achieve a tunable absorber film. The ENR results to be a versatile tool for the design of nanoparticle composite materials with specific properties.

  1. Targeted Functionalization of Nanoparticle Thin Films via Capillary Condensation

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    Gemici, Zekeriyya

    2009-03-11

    Capillary condensation, an often undesired natural phenomenon in nanoporous materials, was used advantageously as a universal functionalization strategy in nanoparticle thin films assembled layer-by-layer. Judicious choice of nanoparticle (and therefore pore) size allowed targeted capillary condensation of chemical vapors of both hydrophilic and hydrophobic molecules across film thickness. Heterostructured thin films with modulated refractive index profiles produced in this manner exhibited broadband antireflection properties with an average reflectance over the visible region of the spectrum of only 0.4%. Capillary condensation was also used to modify surface chemistry and surface energy. Photosensitive capillary-condensates were UV-cross-linked in situ. Undesired adventitious condensation of humidity could be avoided by condensation of hydrophobic materials such as poly(dimethyl siloxane). © 2009 American Chemical Society.

  2. ELECTROCHEMICAL STUDIES ON CONDUCTING COMPOSITE FILMS FROM POLYURETHANE AND POLYPYRROLE

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    BI Xiantong; PEI Qibing; LI Yongfang

    1988-01-01

    A study on the electrooxidative polymerization of pyrrole onto polyurethane-coated platinum electrodes and the electrochemical properties of the composite polyurethane/polypyrrole films (PU/PPy) as-prepared is presented. It is found that polypyrrole grows layer by layer from the polyurethane/platinum interface through the polyurethane matrix, and ca. 20 wt.% of polypyrrole will fill up the matrix. Cyclic voltammograms show that the composite films are porous, and the reduction-reoxidation (redox) rate of the composite films is limited by the diffusion ofcounteranions through the films. Larger anion size leads to slower diffusion process.The composite films can also act as modified electrodes.

  3. Phase stability and dynamics of entangled polymer-nanoparticle composites.

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    Mangal, Rahul

    2015-06-05

    Nanoparticle-polymer composites, or polymer-nanoparticle composites (PNCs), exhibit unusual mechanical and dynamical features when the particle size approaches the random coil dimensions of the host polymer. Here, we harness favourable enthalpic interactions between particle-tethered and free, host polymer chains to create model PNCs, in which spherical nanoparticles are uniformly dispersed in high molecular weight entangled polymers. Investigation of the mechanical properties of these model PNCs reveals that the nanoparticles have profound effects on the host polymer motions on all timescales. On short timescales, nanoparticles slow-down local dynamics of the host polymer segments and lower the glass transition temperature. On intermediate timescales, where polymer chain motion is typically constrained by entanglements with surrounding molecules, nanoparticles provide additional constraints, which lead to an early onset of entangled polymer dynamics. Finally, on long timescales, nanoparticles produce an apparent speeding up of relaxation of their polymer host.

  4. Brush-Coated Nanoparticle Polymer Thin Films: structure-mechanical-optical properties

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    Green, Peter F. [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

    2014-08-15

    Our work was devoted to understanding the structure and properties of a class of thin film polymer nanocomposites (PNCs). PNCs are composed of polymer hosts into which nanoparticles (metallic nanoparticles, quantum dots, nanorods, C60, nanotubes) are incorporated. PNCs exhibit a diverse range of functional properties (optical, electronic, mechanical, biomedical, structural), determined in part by the chemical composition of the polymer host and the type of nanoparticle. The properties PNCs rely not only on specific functional, size-dependent, behavior of the nanoparticles, but also on the dispersion, and organizational order in some cases, inter-nanoparticle separation distances, and on relative interactions between the nanoparticles and the host. Therefore the scientific challenges associated with understanding the interrelations between the structure and function/properties of PNCs are far more complex than may be understood based only on the knowledge of the compositions of the constituents. The challenges of understanding the structure-function behavior of PNCs are further compounded by the fact that control of the dispersion of the nanoparticles within the polymer hosts is difficult; one must learn how to disperse inorganic particles within an organic host. The goal of this proposal was to develop an understanding of the connection between the structure and the thermal (glass transition), mechanical and optical properties of a specific class of PNCs. Specifically PNCs composed of polymer chain grafted gold nanoparticles within polymer hosts. A major objective was to understand how to develop basic principles that enable the fabrication of functional materials possessing optimized morphologies and combinations of materials properties.

  5. Comparative Solid Phase Photocatalytic Degradation of Polythene Films with Doped and Undoped TiO2 Nanoparticles

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    Wasim Asghar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Comparative photocatalytic degradation of polythene films was investigated with undoped and metal (Fe, Ag, and Fe/Ag mix doped TiO2 nanoparticles under three different conditions such as UV radiation, artificial light, and darkness. Prepared photocatalysts were characterized by XRD, SEM, and EDS techniques. Photocatalytic degradation of the polythene films was determined by monitoring their weight reduction, SEM analysis, and FTIR spectroscopy. Weight of PE films steadily decreased and led to maximum of 14.34% reduction under UV irradiation with Fe/Ag mix doped TiO2 nanoparticles and maximum of 14.28% reduction under artificial light with Ag doped TiO2 nanoparticles in 300 hrs. No weight reduction was observed under darkness. Results reveal that polythene-TiO2 compositing with metal doping has the potential to degrade the polythene waste under irradiation without any pollution.

  6. Oxidation and sensing of ascorbic acid and dopamine on self-assembled gold nanoparticles incorporated within polyaniline film

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    Chu, Wenya [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Key Lab of Health Chemistry and Molecular Diagnosis of Suzhou, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Zhou, Qun, E-mail: zhq@suda.edu.cn [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Key Lab of Health Chemistry and Molecular Diagnosis of Suzhou, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Li, Shuangshuang [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Key Lab of Health Chemistry and Molecular Diagnosis of Suzhou, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); College of Physics, Optoelectronics and Energy, Soochow University, Suzhou 215006 (China); Zhao, Wei; Li, Na [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Key Lab of Health Chemistry and Molecular Diagnosis of Suzhou, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Zheng, Junwei, E-mail: jwzheng@suda.edu.cn [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, and Key Lab of Health Chemistry and Molecular Diagnosis of Suzhou, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); College of Physics, Optoelectronics and Energy, Soochow University, Suzhou 215006 (China)

    2015-10-30

    Highlights: • Gold nanoparticles assembled on electrodes are incorporated into polyaniline film. • Composite film electrodes exhibit synergistic effect on electrocatalytic oxidation. • Ascorbic acid and dopamine can be detected simultaneously on composite electrodes. - Abstract: Electrochemical biosensors based on conducting polymers incorporated with metallic nanoparticles can greatly enhance sensitivity and selectivity. Herein, we report a facile fabrication approach for polyaniline (PAN) incorporated with a gold nanoparticle (AuNP) composite electrode by electrodeposition of PAN on a self-assembled AuNP layer on the surface of an indium tin oxide electrode. The resulting AuNP/PAN composite electrode exhibits a remarkable synergistic effect on the electrocatalytic oxidation of ascorbic acid (AA) and dopamine (DA). It is demonstrated that the oxidation reaction of AA mainly occurs at AuNPs inside the PAN film as the ascorbate anions are doped into the polymer during the oxidation of the PAN film. Conversely, the oxidation of positively charged DA may only take place at the PAN/solution interface. The different mechanisms of the electrode reactions result in the oxidation of AA and DA occurring at different potentials. As a result, the AuNP/PAN composite electrode can be employed to simultaneously detect AA and DA with a good linear range, high sensitivity, and low detection limit.

  7. Antibacterial property of Ag nanoparticle-impregnated N-doped titania films under visible light

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    Wong, Ming-Show; Chen, Chun-Wei; Hsieh, Chia-Chun; Hung, Shih-Che; Sun, Der-Shan; Chang, Hsin-Hou

    2015-07-01

    Photocatalysts produce free radicals upon receiving light energy; thus, they possess antibacterial properties. Silver (Ag) is an antibacterial material that disrupts bacterial physiology. Our previous study reported that the high antibacterial property of silver nanoparticles on the surfaces of visible light-responsive nitrogen-doped TiO2 photocatalysts [TiO2(N)] could be further enhanced by visible light illumination. However, the major limitation of this Ag-TiO2 composite material is its durability; the antibacterial property decreased markedly after repeated use. To overcome this limitation, we developed TiO2(N)/Ag/TiO2(N) sandwich films in which the silver is embedded between two TiO2(N) layers. Various characteristics, including silver and nitrogen amounts, were examined in the composite materials. Various analyses, including electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and ultraviolet-visible absorption spectrum and methylene blue degradation rate analyses, were performed. The antibacterial properties of the composite materials were investigated. Here we revealed that the antibacterial durability of these thin films is substantially improved in both the dark and visible light, by which bacteria, such as Escherichia coli, Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, and Acinetobacter baumannii, could be efficiently eliminated. This study demonstrated a feasible approach to improve the visible-light responsiveness and durability of antibacterial materials that contain silver nanoparticles impregnated in TiO2(N) films.

  8. Polythiophene-gold nanoparticle hybrid systems: Langmuir-Blodgett assembly of nanostructured films

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    Jayaraman, Sundaramurthy; Yu, Liew Ting; Srinivasan, M. P.

    2013-03-01

    In this work, we demonstrate a simple method of synthesizing nanoscale polythiophene-gold nanoparticle (AuNP) hybrid systems assembled by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) method. Regio-regular poly(3-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxymethyl)thiophene-2,5-diyl (PMEEMT) and poly(3-dodecylthiophene) (PDDT) were employed as the polymeric constituents. The presence of PDDT improved the amphiphilicity of PMEEMT by addressing the phase separation that occurred due to convective hydrodynamic instability on the substrate. 4 layer stacks of 90% and 99% PMEEMT films exhibited uniform film structure with a significant reduction in phase separation. A detailed mechanism for minimization of the surface effect has been proposed based on the interaction of polythiophenes with the substrate. For the first time, an ex situ approach has been adopted to incorporate AuNPs into LB films without affecting the film morphology and uniformity. The incorporation of AuNPs into the polythiophene matrix, aided by the affinity of sulphur for gold, was strongly dependent on the molecular arrangement of the matrix, which in turn depended on the composition of the matrix. The hybrid polythiophene films exhibited enhanced conductivity and can be applied in sensors, photovoltaics and memory devices.In this work, we demonstrate a simple method of synthesizing nanoscale polythiophene-gold nanoparticle (AuNP) hybrid systems assembled by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) method. Regio-regular poly(3-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxymethyl)thiophene-2,5-diyl (PMEEMT) and poly(3-dodecylthiophene) (PDDT) were employed as the polymeric constituents. The presence of PDDT improved the amphiphilicity of PMEEMT by addressing the phase separation that occurred due to convective hydrodynamic instability on the substrate. 4 layer stacks of 90% and 99% PMEEMT films exhibited uniform film structure with a significant reduction in phase separation. A detailed mechanism for minimization of the surface effect has been proposed based on the interaction

  9. Aluminum Composites With Small Nanoparticles Additions: Corrosion Resistance

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    Agureev, L.E.; Kostikov, V.I.; Eremeeva, Zh.V.; Barmin, A.A.; Savushkina, S.V.; Ivanov, B.S.

    2016-01-01

    International audience; Research of corrosion resistance of the aluminum powder composites containing microadditives (0.01 – 0.15% is executed about.) zirconium oxide nanoparticles. Extreme dependence of speed of corrosion of aluminum composites in 10-% solutions of sulfuric and nitric acid from the maintenance of nanoadditives is shown. It has been shown the dynamics of mass loss of aluminum composites with nanoparticles of ZrO2 during corrosion tests in acids solutions. The lowest corrosion...

  10. Facile fabrication of high-efficiency near-infrared absorption film with tungsten bronze nanoparticle dense layer

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    Lee, Seong Yun; Kim, Jae Young; Lee, Jun Young; Song, Ho Jun; Lee, Sangkug; Choi, Kyung Ho; Shin, Gyojic

    2014-06-01

    An excellent transparent film with effective absorption property in near-infrared (NIR) region based on cesium-doped tungsten oxide nanoparticles was fabricated using a facile double layer coating method via the theoretical considerations. The optical performance was evaluated; the double layer-coated film exhibited 10% transmittance at 1,000 nm in the NIR region and over 80% transmittance at 550 nm in the visible region. To optimize the selectivity, the optical spectrum of this film was correlated with a theoretical model by combining the contributions of the Mie-Gans absorption-based localized surface plasmon resonance and reflections by the interfaces of the heterogeneous layers and the nanoparticles in the film. Through comparison of the composite and double layer coating method, the difference of the nanoscale distances between nanoparticles in each layer was significantly revealed. It is worth noting that the nanodistance between the nanoparticles decreased in the double layer film, which enhanced the optical properties of the film, yielding a haze value of 1% or less without any additional process. These results are very attractive for the nanocomposite coating process, which would lead to industrial fields of NIR shielding and thermo-medical applications.

  11. Photopatternable nano-composite (SU-8/ZnO) thin films for piezo-electric applications

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    Kandpal, Manoj; Sharan, Chandrashekhar; Poddar, Pankaj; Prashanthi, K.; Apte, Prakash R.; Ramgopal Rao, V.

    2012-09-01

    Photo-curable nanocomposite material was formulated by embedding ZnO nanoparticles into a SU-8 matrix and studied for its piezoelectric properties for low cost fabrication of self-powered nanodevices. The piezoelectric coefficient of ZnO nanoparticles was observed to be ranging between 15 and 23 pm/V, which is the highest reported. These experimental studies support the recent theoretical predictions where the piezoelectric coefficients in ZnO nanoparticles were found to be higher compared to the thin films because of the surface relaxation induced volume reductions in the nanometer scale. The photo-curable property of these polymer composite films is exploited to demonstrate fabrication of a micro-cantilever test structure.

  12. Piezoelectric nanoparticle-polymer composite foams.

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    McCall, William R; Kim, Kanguk; Heath, Cory; La Pierre, Gina; Sirbuly, Donald J

    2014-11-26

    Piezoelectric polymer composite foams are synthesized using different sugar-templating strategies. By incorporating sugar grains directly into polydimethylsiloxane mixtures containing barium titanate nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes, followed by removal of the sugar after polymer curing, highly compliant materials with excellent piezoelectric properties can be fabricated. Porosities and elasticity are tuned by simply adjusting the sugar/polymer mass ratio which gave an upper bound on the porosity of 73% and a lower bound on the elastic coefficient of 32 kPa. The electrical performance of the foams showed a direct relationship between porosity and the piezoelectric outputs, giving piezoelectric coefficient values of ∼112 pC/N and a power output of ∼18 mW/cm3 under a load of 10 N for the highest porosity samples. These novel materials should find exciting use in a variety of applications including energy scavenging platforms, biosensors, and acoustic actuators.

  13. Stable and Transparent Superhydrophobic Nanoparticle Films

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    Ling, Xing Yi; Phang, In Yee; Vancso, G. Julius; Huskens, Jurriaan; Reinhoudt, David N.

    2009-01-01

    A superhydrophobic surface with a static water contact angle (θw) > 150° was created by a simple “dip-coating” method of 60-nm SiO2 nanoparticles onto an amine-terminated (NH2) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) glass/silicon oxide substrate, followed by chemical vapor deposition of a fluorinated adsorb

  14. Stable and transparent superhydrophobic nanoparticle films

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    Ling, X.Y.; Phang, In Yee; Vancso, Gyula J.; Huskens, Jurriaan; Reinhoudt, David

    2009-01-01

    A superhydrophobic surface with a static water contact angle (θw) > 150° was created by a simple “dip-coating” method of 60-nm SiO2 nanoparticles onto an amine-terminated (NH2) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) glass/silicon oxide substrate, followed by chemical vapor deposition of a fluorinated adsorb

  15. Readout fidelity of coaxial holographic digital data page recording in nanoparticle-(thiol-ene) polymer composites

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    Nagaya, Kohta; Hata, Eiji; Tomita, Yasuo

    2016-09-01

    We report on an experimental investigation of nanoparticle-concentration and thiol-to-ene stoichiometric ratio dependences of symbol error rates (SERs) and signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) of digital data pages recorded at a wavelength of 532 nm in thiol-ene based nanoparticle-polymer composite (NPC) films by using a coaxial holographic digital data storage method. We show that SERs and SNRs at the optimized material condition can be lower than 1 × 10-4 and higher than 10, respectively, without error correction coding. These results show the usefulness of thiol-ene based NPCs as coaxial holographic data storage media.

  16. Collagen/chitosan film containing biotinylated glycol chitosan nanoparticles for localized drug delivery.

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    Chen, Ming-Mao; Huang, Yu-Qing; Cao, Huan; Liu, Yan; Guo, Hao; Chen, Lillian S; Wang, Jian-Hua; Zhang, Qi-Qing

    2015-04-01

    The objective of this study was to design a drug delivery system consisting of biotinylated cholesterol-modified glycol chitosan (Bio-CHGC) nanoparticles and fish collagen/chitosan (Col/Ch) film for localized chemotherapy. Bio-CHGC was synthesized, and then its self-assembled nanoparticles were prepared by probe sonication. Doxorubicin (DOX)-loaded Bio-CHGC (DBC) nanoparticles prepared by dialysis had spherical shape, and their sizes were in the range of 330-397 nm. Col/Ch/DBC nanoparticle films were fabricated by freeze-drying. SEM showed that the DBC nanoparticles were uniformly distributed into the films, and the films retained their structural integrity. A higher degradation and swelling rate of the drug films led to a higher diffusion rate of the nanoparticles from the films, resulting in an increase in the drug release from nanoparticles. The release of DOX from the films or Bio-CHGC nanoparticles was sensitive to the pH value of the release medium. In addition, the DOX release ratio of the drug films was lower than that of the nanoparticles alone, suggesting that the drug films had a double-sustained effect on the drug release. MTT assay implied that the DBC nanoparticle film showed a higher inhibitory ratio than the film containing nanoparticles without biotin, indicating that biotin moieties in the nanoparticles played an important role in exerting a cytotoxic effect. These data demonstrate that Col/Ch/DBC nanoparticle film has the potential to be used as a localized delivery system for hydrophobic antitumor drugs.

  17. Poly(methyl methacrylate) Composites with Size-selected Silver Nanoparticles Fabricated Using Cluster Beam Technique

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    Muhammad, Hanif; Juluri, Raghavendra R.; Chirumamilla, Manohar

    2016-01-01

    based on cluster beam technique allowing the formation of monocrystalline size-selected silver nanoparticles with a ±5–7% precision of diameter and controllable embedment into poly (methyl methacrylate). It is shown that the soft-landed silver clusters preserve almost spherical shape with a slight......An embedment of metal nanoparticles of well-defined sizes in thin polymer films is of significant interest for a number of practical applications, in particular, for preparing materials with tunable plasmonic properties. In this article, we present a fabrication route for metal–polymer composites...... tendency to flattening upon impact. By controlling the polymer hardness (from viscous to soft state) prior the cluster deposition and annealing conditions after the deposition the degree of immersion of the nanoparticles into polymer can be tuned, thus, making it possible to create composites with either...

  18. Transparent Conducting Film Fabricated by Metal Mesh Method with Ag and Cu@Ag Mixture Nanoparticle Pastes

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    Hyun Min Nam

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Transparent conducting electrode film is highly desirable for application in touch screen panels (TSPs, flexible and wearable displays, sensors, and actuators. A sputtered film of indium tin oxide (ITO shows high transmittance (90% at low sheet resistance (50 Ω/cm2. However, ITO films lack mechanical flexibility, especially under bending stress, and have limitation in application to large-area TSPs (over 15 inches due to the trade-off in high transmittance and low sheet resistance properties. One promising solution is to use metal mesh-type transparent conducting film, especially for touch panel application. In this work, we investigated such inter-related issues as UV imprinting process to make a trench layer pattern, the synthesis of core-shell-type Ag and Cu@Ag composite nanoparticles and their paste formulation, the filling of Ag and Cu@Ag mixture nanoparticle paste to the trench layer, and touch panel fabrication processes.

  19. Chemically ordered face-centred tetragonal Fe–Pt nanoparticles embedded SiO2 films

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    Sourav Pramanik; Goutam De

    2012-12-01

    Chemically ordered face-centred tetragonal (fct) Fe–Pt alloy nanoparticles (NPs) embedded SiO2 films were synthesized on glass substrate by in situ hybrid sol–gel approach followed by heating at 450–900 °C in air and reducing (10% H2–90% Ar) atmospheres. Heat treatment of Fe/Pt co-doped films in air caused generation of Pt NPs first. At this stage, Fe remained in ionic state covalently bonded with silica network. Further heat treatment at 800–900 °C in reducing atmosphere facilitated the formation of uniformly dispersed fct Fe–Pt alloy NPs in amorphous SiO2 film matrix. The generated alloy composition was estimated by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction and TEM analysis to be Fe0.42Pt0.58 which is close to the nominal value.

  20. Asymmetric gold nanoparticle reduction into polydimethylsiloxane thin films

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    Dunklin, Jeremy R.; Forcherio, Gregory T.; Berry, Keith R.; Roper, D. Keith

    2014-09-01

    Polymer thin films embedded with plasmonic gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are of significant interest in biomedicine, optics, photovoltaic, and nanoelectromechanical systems. Thin polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) films containing 3-7 micron layers of AuNPs that were fabricated with a novel diffusive-reduction synthesis technique attenuated up to 85% of incoming laser light at the plasmon resonance. Rapid diffusive reduction of AuNPs into asymmetric PDMS thin films provided superior optothermal capabilities relative to thicker films in which AuNPs were reduced throughout. A photonto- heat conversion of up to 3000°C/watt was demonstrated, which represents a 3-230-fold increase over previous AuNPfunctionalized systems. Optical attenuation and thermal response increased in proportion to order of magnitude increases in tetrachloroaurate (TCA) solution concentration. Optical and thermoplasmonic responses were observed with and without an adjacent mesh support, which increased attenuation but decreased thermal response. Morphological, optical, and thermoplasmonic properties of asymmetric AuNP-PDMS films varied significantly with diffusive TCA concentration. Gold nanoparticles, networks, and conglomerates were formed via reduction as the amount of dissolved TCA increased across a log10-scale. Increasing TCA concentrations caused polymer surface cratering, leading to a larger effective surface area. This method, utilizing the diffusion of TCA into a single exposed partially cured PDMS interface, could be used to replace expensive lithographic or solution synthesis of plasmon-functionalized systems.

  1. Two approaches for enhancing the hydrogenation properties of palladium: Metal nanoparticle and thin film over layers

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    Manika Khanuja; B R Mehta; S M Shivaprasad

    2008-11-01

    In the present study, two approaches have been used for enhancing the hydrogenation properties of Pd. In the first approach, metal thin film (Cu, Ag) has been deposited over Pd and hydrogenation properties of bimetal layer Cu (thin film)/Pd(thin film) and Ag(thin film)/Pd(thin film) have been studied. In the second approach, Ag metal nanoparticles have been deposited over Pd and hydrogenation properties of Ag (nanoparticle)/Pd (thin film) have been studied and compared with Ag(thin film)/Pd(thin film) bimetal layer system. The observed hydrogen sensing response is stable and reversible over a number of hydrogen loading and deloading cycles in both bimetallic systems. Alloying between Ag and Pd is suppressed in case of Ag(nanoparticle)/Pd(thin film) bimetallic layer on annealing as compared to Ag (thin film)/Pd(thin film).

  2. Improved barrier and mechanical properties of novel hydroxypropyl methylcellulose edible films with chitosan/tripolyphosphate nanoparticles

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    Chitosan/tripolyphosphate nanoparticles were prepared and incorporated in hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) films. FT-IR and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses of the nanoparticles, mechanical properties, water vapor permeability, thermal stability, scanning electron microscopy (SEM...

  3. Stimulated blue emission in reconstituted films of ultrasmall silicon nanoparticles

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    Nayfeh, M. H.; Barry, N.; Therrien, J.; Akcakir, O.; Gratton, E.; Belomoin, G.

    2001-02-19

    We dispersed electrochemical etched Si into a colloid of ultrabright blue luminescent nanoparticles (1 nm in diameter) and reconstituted it into films or microcrystallites. When the film is excited by a near-infrared two-photon process at 780 nm, the emission exhibits a sharp threshold near 10{sup 6}W/cm{sup 2}, rising by many orders of magnitude, beyond which a low power dependence sets in. Under some conditions, spontaneous recrystallization forms crystals of smooth shape from which we observe collimated beam emission, pointing to very large gain coefficients. The results are discussed in terms of population inversion, produced by quantum tunneling or/and thermal activation, and stimulated emission in the quantum confinement-engineered Si--Si phase found only on ultrasmall Si nanoparticles. The Si--Si phase model provides gain coefficients as large as 10{sup 3}--10{sup 5}cm{sup -1}.

  4. Preparation and Characterization of Chitosan-Agarose Composite Films.

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    Hu, Zhang; Hong, Pengzhi; Liao, Mingneng; Kong, Songzhi; Huang, Na; Ou, Chunyan; Li, Sidong

    2016-09-30

    Nowadays, there is a growing interest to develop biodegradable functional composite materials for food packaging and biomedicine applications from renewable sources. Some composite films were prepared by the casting method using chitosan (CS) and agarose (AG) in different mass ratios. The composite films were analyzed for physical-chemical-mechanical properties including tensile strength (TS), elongation-at-break (EB), water vapor transmission rate (WVTR), swelling ratio, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and morphology observations. The antibacterial properties of the composite films were also evaluated. The obtained results reveal that an addition of AG in varied proportions to a CS solution leads to an enhancement of the composite film's tensile strength, elongation-at-break, and water vapor transmission rate. The composite film with an agarose mass concentration of 60% was of the highest water uptake capacity. These improvements can be explained by the chemical structures of the new composite films, which contain hydrogen bonding interactions between the chitosan and agarose as shown by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis and the micro-pore structures as observed with optical microscopes and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The antibacterial results demonstrated that the films with agarose mass concentrations ranging from 0% to 60% possessed antibacterial properties. These results indicate that these composite films, especially the composite film with an agarose mass concentration of 60%, exhibit excellent potential to be used in food packaging and biomedical materials.

  5. Formation and properties of films based on polyvinyl alcohol and doped with silver nanoparticles

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    Potapov, A.L., E-mail: potapov555@tut.by [Institute of Chemistry of New Materials of National Academy of Sciences (IChNM of NAS of Belarus) (Belarus); Daineko, O.A.; Ivanova, N.A.; Agabekov, V.E. [Institute of Chemistry of New Materials of National Academy of Sciences (IChNM of NAS of Belarus) (Belarus); Bin-Hussain, Mohammed [The King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST, Saudi Arabia) (Saudi Arabia)

    2015-09-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Growing the Ag NPs in the PVA matrix during the drying of the composition. • The ability of achievement of high concentrations of Ag NPs. • The time interval during which drying PVA composition can be modified is 2.5 h. • SEM micrographs confirm the conclusions relative to the sizes of Ag NPs drawn on the basis of absorption spectra. - Abstract: Unlike traditional methods of introduction of prepared metal nanoparticles into polymer composition, in our method Ag nanoparticles (NPs) are formed in the course of drying of molding composition on the basis of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) due to slow reduction of ions Ag by “soft” organic reducing agents – quaternary ammonium compounds. The sizes of Ag NPs are determined and character of their distribution on the surface of PVA film is established by means of spectrophotometry, atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission (TEM) and scanning (SEM) electron microscopy. Correlation is found between the data on absorption spectra and micrographs done by means of optical microscopy, AFM, TEM and SEM. Variations of the sizes and features of Ag NPs distribution in the polymeric film are examined.

  6. Electric field modulation of magnetic anisotropy and microwave absorption properties in Fe50Ni50/Teflon composite films

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    Zhenjun Xia

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Fe50Ni50 nanoparticle films with the size about 6 nm were deposited by a high energetic cluster deposition source. An electric field of about 0 - 40 kV was applied on the sample platform when the films were prepared. The field assisted deposition technique can dramatically induce in-plane magnetic anisotropy. To probe the microwave absorption properties, the Fe50Ni50 nanoparticles were deliberately deposited on the dielectric Teflon sheet. Then the laminated Fe50Ni50/Teflon composites were used to do reflection loss scan. The results prove that the application of electric field is an effective avenue to improve the GHz microwave absorption performance of our magnetic nanoparticles films expressed by the movement of reflection loss peak to high GHz region for the composites.

  7. Electric field modulation of magnetic anisotropy and microwave absorption properties in Fe50Ni50/Teflon composite films

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    Xia, Zhenjun; He, Jun; Ou, Xiulong; Wang, Yu; He, Shuli; Zhao, Dongliang; Yu, Guanghua

    2016-05-01

    Fe50Ni50 nanoparticle films with the size about 6 nm were deposited by a high energetic cluster deposition source. An electric field of about 0 - 40 kV was applied on the sample platform when the films were prepared. The field assisted deposition technique can dramatically induce in-plane magnetic anisotropy. To probe the microwave absorption properties, the Fe50Ni50 nanoparticles were deliberately deposited on the dielectric Teflon sheet. Then the laminated Fe50Ni50/Teflon composites were used to do reflection loss scan. The results prove that the application of electric field is an effective avenue to improve the GHz microwave absorption performance of our magnetic nanoparticles films expressed by the movement of reflection loss peak to high GHz region for the composites.

  8. Dielectric properties of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles in ultrathin nanocomposite films.

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    Alcantara, Gustavo B; Paterno, Leonardo G; Fonseca, Fernando J; Pereira-da-Silva, Marcelo A; Morais, Paulo C; Soler, Maria A G

    2013-12-07

    Multilayered nanocomposite films (thickness 50-90 nm) of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles (np-CoFe2O4, 18 nm) were deposited on top of interdigitated microelectrodes by the layer-by-layer technique in order to study their dielectric properties. For that purpose, two different types of nanocomposite films were prepared by assembling np-CoFe2O4 either with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxy thiophene):poly(styrene sulfonic acid) or with polyaniline and sulfonated lignin. Despite the different film architectures, the morphology of both was dominated by densely-packed layers of nanoparticles surrounded by polyelectrolytes. The dominant effect of np-CoFe2O4 was also observed after impedance spectroscopy measurements, which revealed that dielectric behavior of the nanocomposites was largely influenced by the charge transport across nanoparticle-polyelectrolyte interfaces. For example, nanocomposites containing np-CoFe2O4 exhibited a single low-frequency relaxation process, with time constants exceeding 15 ms. At 1 kHz, the dielectric constant and the dissipation factor (tan δ) of these nanocomposites were 15 and 0.15, respectively. These values are substantially inferior to those reported for pressed pellets made exclusively of similar nanoparticles. Impedance data were further fitted with equivalent circuit models from which individual contributions of particle's bulk and interfaces to the charge transport within the nanocomposites could be evaluated. The present study evidences that such nanocomposites display a dielectric behavior dissimilar from that exhibited by their individual counterparts much likely due to enlarged nanoparticle-polyelectrolyte interfaces.

  9. Electrical domain morphologies in compositionally graded ferroelectric films.

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    Okatan, M B; Roytburd, A L; Nagarajan, V; Alpay, S P

    2012-01-18

    We present a nonlinear thermodynamic formalism coupled with an electrostatic analysis of uniaxial n-layered compositionally graded heteroepitaxial ferroelectric films and extend this formalism to continuously graded ferroelectric films. We show that the domain morphology and its subsequent evolution in the presence of an electric field are determined by the spontaneous polarisation of the film induced through the compositional grading. The results for compositionally graded epitaxial (001) (Ba,Sr)TiO(3) and (001) Pb(Zr,Ti)O(3) films on (001)SrTiO(3) demonstrate that, while the domain morphologies in these two films are different in appearance, the dielectric displacement and the dielectric permittivity of such graded ferroelectric films exhibit a strong nonlinear behaviour which results in a high dielectric tunability. These findings indicate that it is possible to design specific domain structures that will yield desirable dielectric properties by controlling the strength of the compositional grading in the films.

  10. Supercapacitor electrodes based on polyaniline-silicon nanoparticle composite

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    Liu, Qiang; Nayfeh, Munir H.; Yau, Siu-Tung

    A composite material formed by dispersing ultrasmall silicon nanoparticles in polyaniline has been used as the electrode material for supercapacitors. Electrochemical characterization of the composite indicates that the nanoparticles give rise to double-layer capacitance while polyaniline produces pseudocapacitance. The composite shows significantly improved capacitance compared to that of polyaniline. The enhanced capacitance results in high power (220 kW kg -1) and energy-storage (30 Wh kg -1) capabilities of the composite material. A prototype supercapacitor using the composite as the charge storage material has been constructed. The capacitor showed the enhanced capacitance and good device stability during 1000 charging/discharging cycles.

  11. Supercapacitor electrodes based on polyaniline-silicon nanoparticle composite

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    Liu, Qiang; Yau, Siu-Tung [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115 (United States); Nayfeh, Munir H. [Department of Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801 (United States)

    2010-06-15

    A composite material formed by dispersing ultrasmall silicon nanoparticles in polyaniline has been used as the electrode material for supercapacitors. Electrochemical characterization of the composite indicates that the nanoparticles give rise to double-layer capacitance while polyaniline produces pseudocapacitance. The composite shows significantly improved capacitance compared to that of polyaniline. The enhanced capacitance results in high power (220 kW kg{sup -1}) and energy-storage (30 Wh kg{sup -1}) capabilities of the composite material. A prototype supercapacitor using the composite as the charge storage material has been constructed. The capacitor showed the enhanced capacitance and good device stability during 1000 charging/discharging cycles. (author)

  12. Hydrophobic properties of a fluoropolymer film covering gold nanoparticles

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    Safonov, A. I.; Starinskii, S. V.; Sulyaeva, V. S.; Timoshenko, N. I.; Gatapova, E. Ya.

    2017-02-01

    Thin fluoropolymer films were deposited on gold nanoparticles with different diameters by the hot-wire chemical-vapor-deposition method. The contact angles of wetting of samples with water and CH2I2 were determined using a DSA-100 KRUSS device, and the free surface energy of the coated surface was also determined. The influence of encapsulated gold particles on the hydrophobic properties of the obtained coatings was determined.

  13. Photoeletrochemical Properties of TiO2 Films Modified with Gold Nanoparticles

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    徐红; 刘玲; 贾能勤; 杨洁; 严曼明; 江志裕

    2005-01-01

    A nano-Au modified TiO2 electrode was prepared via the oxidation of Ti sheet in flame and subsequent modification with gold nanoparticles. The results of SEM and TEM measurements show that the Au nanoparticles are well dispersed on TiO2 surface. A near 2-fold enhancement in photocurrent was achieved upon the modification with Au nanoparticles. From the results of photocurrent and electrochemical impedance experiments it was found that the flatband potential of nano-Au/TiO2 electrode negatively shifted about 100 mV in 0.5 mol/L Na2SO4 solutions compared with that of bare TiO2 electrode. The improvement of photoelectrochemical performance was explained by the inhibition for charge recombination of photo-induced electrons and holes, and the promotion for interracial charge-transfer kinetics at nano-Au/TiO2 composite film. Such nanometal-semiconductor composite films have the potential application in improving the performance of photoelectrochemical solar cells.

  14. Formulation and Characterization of Acetaminophen Nanoparticles in Orally Disintegrating Films

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    AI-Nemrawi, Nusaiba K.

    The purpose of this study is to prepare acetaminophen loaded nanoparticles to be cast directly, while still in the emulsion form, into Orally Disintegrating Films (ODF). By casting the nanoparticles in the films, we expected to keep the particles in a stable form where the nanoparticles would be away from each other to prevent their aggregation. Once the films are applied on the buccal mucosa, they are supposed to dissolve within seconds, releasing the nanoparticles. Then the nanoparticles could be directly absorbed through the mucosa to the blood stream and deliver acetaminophen there. The oral cavity mucosa is one of the most attractive sites for systemic drug delivery due to its high permeability and blood supply. Furthermore, it is robust and shows short recovery times after stress or damage, and the drug bypasses first pass effect and avoids presystemic elimination in the GI tract. Nanoencapsulation increases drug efficacy, specificity, tolerability and therapeutic index. These Nanocapsules have several advantages in the protection of premature degradation and interaction with the biological environment, enhancement of absorption into a selected tissue, bioavailability, retention time and improvement of intracellular penetration. The most important characteristics of nanoparticles are their size, encapsulation efficiency (EE), zeta potential (surface charge), and the drug release profiles. Unfortunately, nanoparticles tend to precipitate or aggregate into larger particles within a short time after preparation or during storage. Some solutions for this problem were mentioned in literature including lyophilization and spray drying. These methods are usually expensive and give partial solutions that might have secondary problems; such as low re-dispersion efficacy of the lyophilized NPs. Furthermore, most of the formulations of NPs are invasive or topical. Few formulas are available to be given orally. Fast disintegrating films (ODFs) are rapidly gaining interest

  15. Phase behavior of confined polymer blends and nanoparticle composites

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    Chung, Hyun-Joong

    We have investigated phase behavior in polymer blend films of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and poly(styrene-ran-acrylonitrile) (SAN) with 33wt% AN content and their nanoparticle (NP) composites by using the combination of imaging techniques, including atomic force microscopy (AFM), focused-ion beam (FIB), transmission and scanning electron microscopy (TEM and SEM), as well as depth profiling techniques of Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and elastic recoil detection (ERD). For neat PMMA:SAN films, we present a novel morphology map based on pattern development mechanisms. Six distinct mechanisms are found for thickness values (d) and bulk compositions between 50-1000 nm and φPMMA = 0.3 to 0.8, respectively. When PMMA is depleted from the mid-layer by preferential wetting at φ PMMA = 0.3 (A), stable PMMA/SAN/PMMA trilayer structure is obtained. With increasing φPMMA (0.4 to 0.7), pattern development is driven by phase separation in the mid-layer, which produces circular domains (B), irregular domains (C), and bicontinuous patterns (D). Here, the growth of circular domains can be explained by the coalescence mechanism, which predicts ξ˜(sigma/eta) 1/3d2/3t1/3 , where ξ, sigma, and eta are correlation length between domains, interfacial tension between phases, and viscosity, respectively. In bicontinuous patterns, hydrodynamic pumping mechanism is suppressed with thickness confinement. When SAN composition is lean, φPMMA = 0.8 (E), the SAN phase is minority component in the mid-layer and breaks up into droplets in smooth PMMA film. When film thickness is less than 80 nm at φPMMA = 0.4 or 0.5 (F), films initially display trilayer structure, which then ruptures upon dewetting of the SAN mid-layer. Building upon the understanding of the neat PMMA:SAN blend films, we have performed the first systematic on the effect of NPs in morphology evolution and stability of polymer blend films. Whereas the location of NP impacts morphology evolution, silica

  16. Multi-Ferroic Polymer Nanoparticle Composites for Next Generation Metamaterials

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    2014-07-28

    relaxation originating form ferrous oxide nanoparticles (Figure 2(d, e)). The composites fabricated using small magnetite grains have demonstrated slightly...preparing several alloy magnetic nanoparticles with higher saturation magnetization. Pr. Piao will also be coating the nanostructures provided by Pr

  17. Electrochemical and Antimicrobial Properties of Diamondlike Carbon-Metal Composite Films

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    MORRISON, M. L.; BUCHANAN, R. A.; LIAW, P. K.; BERRY, C. J.; BRIGMON, R.; RIESTER, L.; JIN, C.; NARAYAN, R. J.

    2005-05-11

    Implants containing antimicrobial metals may reduce morbidity, mortality, and healthcare costs associated with medical device-related infections. We have deposited diamondlike carbon-silver (DLC-Ag), diamondlike carbon-platinum (DLC-Pt), and diamondlike carbon-silver-platinum (DLC-AgPt) thin films using a multicomponent target pulsed laser deposition process. Transmission electron microscopy of the DLC-silver and DLC-platinum composite films revealed that the silver and platinum self-assemble into nanoparticle arrays within the diamondlike carbon matrix. The diamondlike carbon-silver film possesses hardness and Young's modulus values of 37 GPa and 331 GPa, respectively. The diamondlike carbon-metal composite films exhibited passive behavior at open-circuit potentials. Low corrosion rates were observed during testing in a phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) electrolyte. In addition, the diamondlike carbon-metal composite films were found to be immune to localized corrosion below 1000 mV (SCE). DLC-silver-platinum films demonstrated exceptional antimicrobial properties against Staphylococcus bacteria. It is believed that a galvanic couple forms between platinum and silver, which accelerates silver ion release and provides more robust antimicrobial activity. Diamondlike carbon-silver-platinum films may provide unique biological functionalities and improved lifetimes for cardiovascular, orthopaedic, biosensor, and implantable microelectromechanical systems.

  18. Peculiarities of the initial stages of carbonization processes in polyimide-based nanocomposite films containing carbon nanoparticles

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    I.V. Gofman

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Carbonization of the polyimide-based composite films containing carbon nanoparticles, namely nanofibers and nanocones/disks, in the temperature range 500–550°C was studied and the kinetics of the initial stage of carbonization and the effect of the filler on the mechanical properties of the carbonized films were evaluated. Two polyimides (PIs characterized by different macrochains’ rigidity and different degrees of ordering of the intermolecular structure were used. The character of the nanofiller’s action on the kinetics of the carbonization process depends on the heating rate. In this work, the intensity of the destruction of the PI matrix of the composite films was shown to be slightly higher than that of films of the same polymers with no filler. The introduction of the carbon nanoparticles into both PIs provokes the increase in the ultimate deformation values of the partially carbonized films, while the carbonization of the unfilled PI films yields the brittle materials. The Young’s modulus values of the materials based on the rigid-rod PI do not increase after carbonization, while those for compositions based on the PI with semi-rigid chains increase substantially. Carbon nanocones/disks are characterized by the best compatibility with matrix PIs in comparison with carbon nanofibers.

  19. Electromagnetic shielding of polymer-matrix composites with metallic nanoparticles

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    Jalali, M; Dauterstedt, S; Michaud, A; Wuthrich, R

    2011-01-01

    To improve electromagnetic (EM) shielding and especially absorption of carbon fibre reinforced polymer-matrix composites for aircraft applications in high frequencies, the inclusion of metallic nanoparticles of iron, cobalt, nickel...

  20. Preparation and Characterization of Chitosan—Agarose Composite Films

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    Zhang Hu

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Nowadays, there is a growing interest to develop biodegradable functional composite materials for food packaging and biomedicine applications from renewable sources. Some composite films were prepared by the casting method using chitosan (CS and agarose (AG in different mass ratios. The composite films were analyzed for physical-chemical-mechanical properties including tensile strength (TS, elongation-at-break (EB, water vapor transmission rate (WVTR, swelling ratio, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, and morphology observations. The antibacterial properties of the composite films were also evaluated. The obtained results reveal that an addition of AG in varied proportions to a CS solution leads to an enhancement of the composite film’s tensile strength, elongation-at-break, and water vapor transmission rate. The composite film with an agarose mass concentration of 60% was of the highest water uptake capacity. These improvements can be explained by the chemical structures of the new composite films, which contain hydrogen bonding interactions between the chitosan and agarose as shown by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR analysis and the micro-pore structures as observed with optical microscopes and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The antibacterial results demonstrated that the films with agarose mass concentrations ranging from 0% to 60% possessed antibacterial properties. These results indicate that these composite films, especially the composite film with an agarose mass concentration of 60%, exhibit excellent potential to be used in food packaging and biomedical materials.

  1. Electrical property and water repellency of a networked monolayer film prepared from Au nanoparticles.

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    Shiigi, Hiroshi; Yamamoto, Yojiro; Yakabe, Hidetaka; Tokonami, Shiho; Nagaoka, Tsutomu

    2003-05-07

    Gold nanoparticles, modified with alkyl thiol, formed a film on polystyrene substrate, and it was found that the deposited film drastically changes its conductivity and hydrophobicity, depending on the alkyl chain length of the thiol used.

  2. Alginate-magnesium aluminum silicate composite films: effect of film thickness on physical characteristics and permeability.

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    Pongjanyakul, Thaned; Puttipipatkhachorn, Satit

    2008-01-04

    The different film thicknesses of the sodium alginate-magnesium aluminum silicate (SA-MAS) microcomposite films were prepared by varying volumes of the composite dispersion for casting. Effect of film thickness on thermal behavior, solid-state crystallinity, mechanical properties, water uptake and erosion, and water vapor and drug permeability of the microcomposite films were investigated. The film thickness caused a small change in thermal behavior of the films when tested using DSC and TGA. The crystallinity of the thin films seemed to increase when compared with the thick films. The thin films gave higher tensile strength than the thick films, whereas % elongation of the films was on the contrary resulted in the lower Young's modulus of the films when the film thickness was increased. This was due to the weaker of the film bulk, suggesting that the microscopic matrix structure of the thick films was looser than that of the thin films. Consequently, water uptake and erosion, water vapor permeation and drug diffusion coefficient of the thick films were higher than those of the thin films. The different types of drug on permeability of the films also showed that a positive charge and large molecule of drug, propranolol HCl, had higher lag time and lower diffusion coefficient that acetaminophen, a non-electrolyte and small molecule. This was because of a higher affinity of positive charge drug on MAS in the films. The findings suggest that the evaporation rate of solvent in different volumes of the composite dispersion used in the preparation method could affect crystallinity and strength of the film surface and film bulk of the microcomposite films. This led to a change in water vapor and drug permeability of the films.

  3. Morphological, physical, antimicrobial and release properties of ZnO nanoparticles-loaded bacterial cellulose films.

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    Shahmohammadi Jebel, Fereshteh; Almasi, Hadi

    2016-09-20

    Bacterial cellulose (BC) monolayer and multilayer films, incorporating 5wt.% ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) have been obtained. Ultrasound (US) irradiation (40kHz) was applied during ZnO-BC nanocomposites preparation. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns showed that ZnO NPs were crystallized in their pure phase. SEM scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results indicated that US treatment causes to decrease ZnO particle size, forming a stable hybrid nanostructure and evenly distributed ZnO NPs coated BC nanofibers. ZnO NPs enhanced the mechanical properties and diminished water vapor permeability and moisture absorption of BC films. Antibacterial activity of ZnO-BC films against Staphylococcus aureus was more than Escherichia coli. The antibacterial activity was enhanced with the utilization of US irradiation. The ZnO release was influenced by films composition; the multilayer and US treated films being promising in order to achieve controlled release of ZnO. Results suggest that ZnO-BC films may be used as controlled release antimicrobial food active packaging.

  4. Single-layer nano-carbon film, diamond film, and diamond/nano-carbon composite film field emission performance comparison

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    Wang, Xiaoping; Wang, Jinye; Wang, Lijun

    2016-05-01

    A series of single-layer nano-carbon (SNC) films, diamond films, and diamond/nano-carbon (D/NC) composite films have been prepared on the highly doped silicon substrate by using microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition techniques. The films were characterised by scanning electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and field emission I-V measurements. The experimental results indicated that the field emission maximum current density of D/NC composite films is 11.8-17.8 times that of diamond films. And the field emission current density of D/NC composite films is 2.9-5 times that of SNC films at an electric field of 3.0 V/μm. At the same time, the D/NC composite film exhibits the advantage of improved reproducibility and long term stability (both of the nano-carbon film within the D/NC composite cathode and the SNC cathode were prepared under the same experimental conditions). And for the D/NC composite sample, a high current density of 10 mA/cm2 at an electric field of 3.0 V/μm was obtained. Diamond layer can effectively improve the field emission characteristics of nano-carbon film. The reason may be due to the diamond film acts as the electron acceleration layer.

  5. Silver, Gold, Palladium Nanoparticles: Ligand Design, Synthesis and Polymer Composites

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    Iqbal, Muhammad

    least stable, although dialkyl dithiophosphates bind as bi-dentate ligands and are most stable towards cyanide etching. In contrast, dialkyl dithiophosphinates show mixed mono- and bi-dentate binding that generates loosely packed monolayers of low degree of crystallinity. Another part of this thesis (Chapter 4 and 5) employs AuNPs and silver particles as fillers to improve the electrical and thermal conductivities of polyurethane composites. High anisotropic electrical conductivity of thin composite films are obtained after curing at unprecedentedly low gold contents, which is reasoned with the coagulation of AuNPs to conductive gold networks in domains of high concentration of AuNPs. Silver particles and flakes of sizes between 20 nm and 1.5 micron were dispersed in polyurethane to investigate the effect of their size, morphology, aggregation, and dispersion on the thermal conductivity of the composites. Unexpectedly, composites filled with micron sized silver particles outperformed those filled with silver nanoparticles in thermal conductivity and stability. Finally, PdNPs were synthesized in the presence of thiolate ligands of different conical bulk (single phase surfactant free approach) to study the influence of the different ligands on their size (Chapter 6). No systematic effect was observed in contrast to a similar study on AuNPs, which is reasoned with a weaker binding of ligands to the Pd surface.

  6. Synthesis and optical properties of complex nanometal composite films

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    Sandrock, Marie Louise

    We have successfully prepared gold pair particles of various size, shape, and inter-particle spacing using a template synthesis method involving anodic aluminum oxide films as host templates. Both transmission electron microscopy and polarized linear spectroscopy were used to evaluate the sample quality. The nature of the synthesis is such that the rotational axes of the rod-like structures are oriented normal to the host film surface. This characteristic leads to plasmon resonance spectra with dichroic behavior. In general, we found that both the plasmon resonance maxima and intensity are dependent on the size, shape, orientation, and inter-particle spacing of the pair particle nanostructures. We have successfully prepared more complex pair particle structures, including both rod and rod-sphere pairs. Linear polarization spectroscopy indicates that the plasmon resonance maxima are sensitive to both pair-particle geometry and inter-particle spacing. Possible evidence for interaction between the two members of the rod-sphere structure is seen in the experimental spectra. Quasi-static limit models also only qualitatively describe the polarization spectra of the rod-containing systems. We have succeeded in discerning the processes that cause the second harmonic generation of light (SHG) in nanoparticle composite systems. Second harmonic generation (SHG) studies using an incident wavelength of 780 nm indicate that SHG intensities under s-polarization are low and independent of incidence angle (theta) for composites containing centrosymmetric and non-centrosymmetric gold nanostructures. However, in p-polarization, both composites show an increase in SHG counts with theta, with the non-centrosymmetric structures showing a higher SHG signal than their centrosymmetric counterparts. These results are consistent with local-field enhancements arising from long particle axis dipolar plasmon resonances. Thus, we determined that symmetry does indeed play a large role in small

  7. Composite Films Based on Hydroxyapatite and Polyvinyl Alcohol

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Composite films based on hydroxyapatite (HA gel and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA were obtained. Light scattering of composite films in the PVA film is increased with growth of HA content from 0.5 to 33.0 %. The introduction of HA in PVA film leads to the inhibition of thermal degradation of the polymer without changing the position of the main spectral bands in UV-Vis absorption spectra. The introduction of HA into the PVA film promotes their hydrophobicity, while UV light leads to the significant increase in the hydrophilicity, especially after its heating at 180 °C.

  8. Polymer-Nanoparticle Composites: From Synthesis to Modern Applications

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    Thomas Hanemann

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The addition of inorganic spherical nanoparticles to polymers allows the modification of the polymers physical properties as well as the implementation of new features in the polymer matrix. This review article covers considerations on special features of inorganic nanoparticles, the most important synthesis methods for ceramic nanoparticles and nanocomposites, nanoparticle surface modification, and composite formation, including drawbacks. Classical nanocomposite properties, as thermomechanical, dielectric, conductive, magnetic, as well as optical properties, will be summarized. Finally, typical existing and potential applications will be shown with the focus on new and innovative applications, like in energy storage systems.

  9. Core-Shell Composite Nanoparticles: Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications

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    Sanyal, Sriya

    Nanoparticles are ubiquitous in various fields due to their unique properties not seen in similar bulk materials. Among them, core-shell composite nanoparticles are an important class of materials which are attractive for their applications in catalysis, sensing, electromagnetic shielding, drug delivery, and environmental remediation. This dissertation focuses on the study of core-shell type of nanoparticles where a polymer serves as the core and inorganic nanoparticles are the shell. This is an interesting class of supramolecular building blocks and can "exhibit unusual, possibly unique, properties which cannot be obtained simply by co-mixing polymer and inorganic particles". The one-step Pickering emulsion polymerization method was successfully developed and applied to synthesize polystyrene-silica core-shell composite particles. Possible mechanisms of the Pickering emulsion polymerization were also explored. The silica nanoparticles were thermodynamically favorable to self-assemble at liquid-liquid interfaces at the initial stage of polymerization and remained at the interface to finally form the shells of the composite particles. More importantly, Pickering emulsion polymerization was employed to synthesize polystyrene/poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm)-silica core-shell nanoparticles with N-isopropylacrylamide incorporated into the core as a co-monomer. The composite nanoparticles were temperature sensitive and could be up-taken by human prostate cancer cells and demonstrated effectiveness in drug delivery and cancer therapy. Similarly, by incorporating poly-2-(N,N)-dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (PDMA) into the core, pH sensitive core-shell composite nanoparticles were synthesized and applied as effective carriers to release a rheological modifier upon a pH change. Finally, the research focuses on facile approaches to engineer the transition of the temperature-sensitive particles and develop composite core-shell nanoparticles with a metallic shell.

  10. Synthesis of Photochromic AgCl-Urethane Resin Composite Films

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    Hidetoshi Miyazaki

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available AgCl-resin photochromic composite films were prepared using AgNO3, HCl-EtOH, CuCl2 solution, and a liquid-state urethane resin as starting materials. The obtained composite films showed a photochromic property. The rate of darkening of the composite film increased after mixing with CuCl2. The AgCl particle size in the film without heat treatment was 6–20 nm, and that of the heat-treated film was 25–80 nm; these results were confirmed using TEM observations. The fading rate of the film without heat treatment was higher than that of the heat-treated films.

  11. Silver Nanoparticle Enhanced Freestanding Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cells

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    Winans, Joshua David

    As the supply of fossil fuels diminishes in quantity the demand for alternative energy sources will consistently increase. Solar cells are an environmentally friendly and proven technology that suffer in sales due to a large upfront cost. In order to help facilitate the transition from fossil fuels to photovoltaics, module costs must be reduced to prices well below $1/Watt. Thin-film solar cells are more affordable because of the reduced materials costs, but lower in efficiency because less light is absorbed before passing through the cell. Silver nanoparticles placed at the front surface of the solar cell absorb and reradiate the energy of the light in ways such that more of the light ends being captured by the silicon. Silver nanoparticles can do this because they have free electron clouds that can take on the energy of an incident photon through collective action. This bulk action of the electrons is called a plasmon. This work begins by discussing the economics driving the need for reduced material use, and the pros and cons of taking this step. Next, the fundamental theory of light-matter interaction is briefly described followed by an introduction to the study of plasmonics. Following that we discuss a traditional method of silver nanoparticle formation and the initial experimental studies of their effects on the ability of thin-film silicon to absorb light. Then, Finite-Difference Time-Domain simulation software is used to simulate the effects of nanoparticle morphology and size on the scattering of light at the surface of the thin-film.

  12. Electrochemical Formation of Polypyrrole-carboxymethylcellulose Conducting Polymer Composite Films

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    H.N.M. Ekramul Mahmud; Anuar Kassim; Zulkarnain Zainal; Wan Mahmood Mat Yunus

    2005-01-01

    The electrochemical preparation of polypyrrole-carboxymethylcellulose (PPY-CMC) conducting polymer composite films on indium tin oxide (ITO) glass electrode from an aqueous solution containing pyrrole monomer, ptoluenesulfonate electrolyte and carboxymethylcellulose insulating polymer is reported. The characterization by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) shows that carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) has been successfully incorporated into polypyrrole structure forming PPY-CMC polymer composite films. The conductivity of the prepared composite films was found to increase with increaseing CMC concentration in pyrrole solution. The optical microscopic results show the influence of CMC concentration in the pyrrole solution over the morphological changes of the prepared films. The dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) on the prepared PPY-CMC film reveals the higher plastic property of the PPY-CMC composite film.

  13. Increase in the water contact angle of composite film surfaces caused by the assembly of hydrophilic nanocellulose fibrils and nanoclay platelets.

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    Wu, Chun-Nan; Saito, Tsuguyuki; Yang, Quanling; Fukuzumi, Hayaka; Isogai, Akira

    2014-08-13

    Controlling the assembly modes of different crystalline nanoparticles in composites is important for the expression of specific characteristics of the assembled structures. We report a unique procedure for increasing water contact angles (CAs) of composite film surfaces via the assembly of two different hydrophilic components, nanocellulose fibrils and nanoclay platelets. The nanocellulose fibrils and nanoclay platelets used have ionic groups on their surfaces in high densities (∼1 mmol g(-1)) and have no hydrophobic surface. The increase in the CA of the nanocellulose/nanoclay composite films was thus analyzed on the basis of the air area fractions of their nanostructured surfaces following Cassie's law. The air area fractions were geographically estimated from the atomic force microscopy height profiles of the composite film surfaces. The CAs of the composite film surfaces were found to be well described by Cassie's law. Interestingly, the composite films consisting of two hydrophilic nanoelements with different shapes exhibited CAs larger than those of the individual neat films.

  14. Electrochemical Behavior of TiO2 Nanoparticle Doped WO3 Thin Films

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    Suvarna R. Bathe

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanoparticle TiO2 doped WO3 thin films by pulsed spray pyrolysis technique have been studied on fluorine tin doped (FTO and glass substrate. XRD shows amorphous nature for undoped and anatase phase of TiO2 having (101 plane for nanoparticle TiO2 doped WO3 thin film. SEM shows microfibrous reticulated porous network for WO3 with 600 nm fiber diameter and nanocrystalline having size 40 nm for TiO2 nanoparticle doped WO3 thin film. TiO2 nanoparticle doped WO3 thin film shows ~95% reversibility due to may be attributed to nanocrystalline nature of the film, which helpful for charge insertion and deinsertion process. The diffusion coefficient for TiO2 nanoparticle doped WO3 film is less than undoped WO3.

  15. Ag/AgCl复合纳米粒子/聚丙烯腈纳米纤维膜的制备及可见光催化降解甲基橙%Ag/AgCl Composite Nanoparticles/Polyacrylonitrile Nanofiber Films for Visible-light Photocatalysis

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    韩燕燕; 王威; 宋明昕; 李振宇; 王策; 孙景辉

    2012-01-01

    通过电纺丝法结合原位还原及原位氧化反应,成功制备了均匀负载Ag/AgCl复合纳米粒子/聚丙烯腈(PAN)复合纳米纤维膜.首先利用电纺丝技术制备了PAN/AgNO3复合纳米纤维,然后用乙二醇将硝酸银还原成银纳米粒子,最后采用三氯化铁溶液对材料进行原位氧化.所得纤维膜材料可以作为高效的可见光催化剂,具有高可见光利用率、优异的柔性和高光催化动力学等特性.%Ag/AgCl composite nanoparticles/polyacrylonitrile nanofiber films were prepared by electrospin-ning and subsequent in-situ reduction combining in-situ oxidation strategy. Electrospinning was firstly used to fabricate PAN/AgNO3 composite nanofibers; then the AgNO3 was reduced by in-situ reduction with glycol; finally, an in-situ oxidation between Ag nanoparticles and FeCl3 solution was carried on to prepare the composite nanofiber films. The as-prepared materials can be used as high-performance photocatalysts, taking the advantage of the visible-light activity, flexibility, and high photocatalytic kinetics. The present method is helpful for the development of the high-performance membrane based photocatalysts.

  16. Composition-dependent structural changes and antitumor activity of ASC-DP/DSPE-PEG nanoparticles.

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    Higashi, Kenjirou; Mibu, Fusako; Saito, Kengo; Limwikrant, Waree; Yamamoto, Keiji; Moribe, Kunikazu

    2017-03-01

    Ascorbyl 2,6-dipalmitate (ASC-DP) and distearoyl phosphatidylethanolamine polyethylene glycol 2000 (DSPE-PEG) formed stable nanoparticles at a molar ratio of less than or equal to 2:1 after dispersing the solvent-evaporated film in water. The mean particle sizes measured by dynamic light scattering were within the range of ca. 100-160nm. Composition-dependent changes of the ASC-DP and DSPE-PEG molecular states within the film were analyzed by wide-angle X-ray diffraction and infrared (IR) and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of nanoparticles revealed that ASC-DP/DSPE-PEG changed from a micelle to a disk and tubular structure as the molar ratio increased. Quantitative solution-state (1)H NMR measurements elucidated the structure of nanoparticle in water; the core could be composed of ASC-DP and hydrophobic acyl chains of DSPE, whereas the hydrophilic PEG chains of DSPE-PEG on the surface form the hydration shell to stabilize the nanoparticle dispersion in water. Cytotoxicity of ASC-DP against cancer cell lines was observed by using ASC-DP/DSPE-PEG nanoparticles, and no cytotoxicity against normal cells was found. Thus, the ASC-DP/DSPE-PEG formulation, with tumor cell specific cytotoxicity, can be applicable for cancer monotherapy or in combination with other anticancer drugs. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Plasmonic properties of nanoparticle-film systems and periodic nanoparticle arrays

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    Le, Fei

    In this thesis we perform theoretical investigations on the optical properties of geometrically infinite metallic nano-structures such as nanoparticle/film systems and periodic nanoparticle arrays. We apply both Plasmon Hybridization (PH) and Finite-Difference Time-Domain (FDTD) methods and we obtain quantitative agreement with experimental measurements as well as other theoretical methods such as Mie Theory and Finite Element simulation. For the nanoparticle over film structure, our research shows that the plasmonic interaction between the nanoparticle and the film is an electromagnetic analogue of the spinless Anderson-Fano model, which was used to describe the interaction of a localized electronic state with a continuous band of electronic states. Three characteristic regimes of the model are realized as the energy of the nanoparticle plasmon resonance lies above, within, or below the energy band of the surface plasmon state. These three interaction regimes are controlled by the film thickness. In the thin film limit, the plasmonic coupling between the nanoshell and the film induces a low-energy virtual state (VS) mainly composed of delocalized film, which can be further tuned as the aspect ratio of the nanoshell changes. The calculations are found to agree well with experimental measurements. Using FDTD method, we show that the electromagnetic field enhancement induced by the VS in the thin film limit can be very large and the nanoparticle/film system could serve as an ideal substrate for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) and Tip Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (TERS). The plasmonic properties of nanoparticle arrays are investigated using FDTD with Periodic Boundary Conditions (PBC). Our research shows that 2D hexagonal (hcp) nanoshell arrays possess ideal properties as a substrate that combines SERS and Surface Enhanced Infrared Absorption (SEIRA), with large electric field enhancements at the same spatial locations in the structure. With small

  18. ARTICLES: Preparation and Characterization of Nanostructured Ni-TiN Composite Films

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    Wang, Jie; Cai, Chao; Ma, Shi-liang; Cao, Fa-he; Zhang, Zhao; Zhang, Jian-qing

    2010-06-01

    Ni-TiN nanocomposite films were produced from a Ni plating bath containing TiN nanoparticles by using dc electroplating method. The structure and surface morphology of Ni-TiN composite coatings were analyzed by atom force microscope, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Meanwhile, the anti-corrosion properties, hardness and thermostability of Ni-TiN nanocomposite films were also investigated and compared with the traditional polycrystalline Ni coatings. The results show that, compared with the traditional polycrystalline Ni film, Ni-TiN nanocomposite coatings display much better corrosion resistance, higher film hardness, and thermal stability. In addition, the hardness of Ni-TiN nanocomposite coatings decreases slightly with the increase of electroplating current density, which may be due to the synergism of hydrogen evolution and faster nucleation/growth rate of nickel crystallites.

  19. Antimicrobial activity of biopolymeric thin films containing flavonoid natural compounds and silver nanoparticles fabricated by MAPLE: A comparative study

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    Cristescu, R., E-mail: rodica.cristescu@inflpr.ro [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma & Radiation Physics, Lasers Department, P.O. Box MG-36, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Visan, A.; Socol, G. [National Institute for Lasers, Plasma & Radiation Physics, Lasers Department, P.O. Box MG-36, Bucharest-Magurele (Romania); Surdu, A.V.; Oprea, A.E.; Grumezescu, A.M. [Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, Politehnica University of Bucharest, 1–7 Polizu Street, Bucharest, 011061 Romania (Romania); Chifiriuc, M.C. [Microbiology Immunology Department, Faculty of Biology, Research Institute of the University of Bucharest - ICUB, Bucharest, 77206 (Romania); Boehm, R.D.; Yamaleyeva, D.; Taylor, M.; Narayan, R.J. [Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (United States); Chrisey, D.B. [Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA (United States)

    2016-06-30

    Highlights: • We successfully deposited composite quercetin dehydrate-, resveratrol- and silver nanoparticle-polyvinylpyrrolidone thin coatings with chemical structure close to that of the starting materials by MAPLE. • Thin film morphology studies revealed a uniform surface without aggregates or grains on the top of the surface. • MAPLE-deposited thin films exhibited antibacterial activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial strains. • We demonstrated the potential use of these hybrid systems and MAPLE deposition method for the development of new harmless, ecological antimicrobial strategies. - Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the interactions between microorganisms, including the planktonic and adherent organisms, and biopolymer (polyvinylpyrrolidone), flavonoid (quercetin dihydrate and resveratrol)-biopolymer, and silver nanoparticles-biopolymer composite thin films that were deposited using matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE). A pulsed KrF{sup *} excimer laser source was used to deposit the aforementioned composite thin films, which were characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), infrared microscopy (IRM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The antimicrobial activity of thin films was quantified using an adapted disk diffusion assay against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria strains. FT-IR, AFM and SEM studies confirmed that MAPLE may be used to fabricate thin films with chemical properties corresponding to the input materials as well as surface properties that are appropriate for medical use. The silver nanoparticles and flavonoid-containing films exhibited an antimicrobial activity both against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial strains demonstrating the potential use of these hybrid systems for the development of novel antimicrobial strategies.

  20. Antibacterial effect of composite resins containing quaternary ammonium polyethyleneimine nanoparticles

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    Yudovin-Farber, Ira [Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine (Israel); Beyth, Nurit; Weiss, Ervin I. [Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Prosthodontics, Faculty of Dentistry (Israel); Domb, Abraham J., E-mail: avid@ekmd.huji.ac.i [Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Natural Products, School of Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine (Israel)

    2010-02-15

    Quaternary ammonium polyethyleneimine (QA-PEI)-based nanoparticles were synthesized by crosslinking with dibromopentane followed by N-alkylation with various alkyl halides and further N-methylation with methyl iodide. Insoluble pyridinium-type particles were prepared by suspension polymerization of 4-vinyl pyridine followed by N-alkylation with alkyl halides. Polyamine-based nanoparticles embedded in restorative composite resin at 1% w/w were tested for antibacterial activity against Streptococcus mutans using direct contact test. Activity analysis revealed that the alkyl chain length of the QA-PEI nanoparticles plays a significant role in antibacterial activity of the reagent. The most potent compound was octyl-alkylated QA-PEI embedded in restorative composite resin at 1% w/w that totally inhibited S. mutans growth in 3-month-aged samples. This data indicates that restorative composite resin with antibacterial properties can be produced by the incorporation of QA-PEI nanoparticles.

  1. Antibacterial effect of composite resins containing quaternary ammonium polyethyleneimine nanoparticles

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    Yudovin-Farber, Ira; Beyth, Nurit; Weiss, Ervin I.; Domb, Abraham J.

    2010-02-01

    Quaternary ammonium polyethyleneimine (QA-PEI)-based nanoparticles were synthesized by crosslinking with dibromopentane followed by N-alkylation with various alkyl halides and further N-methylation with methyl iodide. Insoluble pyridinium-type particles were prepared by suspension polymerization of 4-vinyl pyridine followed by N-alkylation with alkyl halides. Polyamine-based nanoparticles embedded in restorative composite resin at 1% w/w were tested for antibacterial activity against Streptococcus mutans using direct contact test. Activity analysis revealed that the alkyl chain length of the QA-PEI nanoparticles plays a significant role in antibacterial activity of the reagent. The most potent compound was octyl-alkylated QA-PEI embedded in restorative composite resin at 1% w/w that totally inhibited S. mutans growth in 3-month-aged samples. This data indicates that restorative composite resin with antibacterial properties can be produced by the incorporation of QA-PEI nanoparticles.

  2. Magnetic studies of polystyrene/iron-filled multi-wall carbon nanotube composite films

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    Makarova, T. L.; Zakharchuk, I.; Geydt, P.; Lahderanta, E.; Komlev, A. A.; Zyrianova, A. A.; Kanygin, M. A.; Sedelnikova, O. V.; Suslyaev, V. I.; Bulusheva, L. G.; Okotrub, A. V.

    2016-10-01

    Polystyrene/iron-filled multi-wall carbon nanotube composite films were prepared by solution processing, forge-rolling and stretching methods. Elongated iron carbide nanoparticles formed because of catalytic growth are situated inside the hollow cavity of the nanotubes. Magnetic susceptibility measurements as well as records of isothermal hysteresis loops performed in three perpendicular directions of magnetic field confirmed that the nanotubes have a preferential alignment in the matrix. Strong diamagnetic anisotropy in the composites emerges not only from the MWCNTs but also from the polystyrene matrix. The polymer sticks to the honeycomb lattice through the interaction of the π-orbitals of the phenyl ring and those of the carbon nanotube, contributing to anisotropic diamagnetic response. The contribution of iron nanoparticles to overall magnetic response strongly depends on nanotube concentration in the composite as well as on matrix-filler non-covalent stacking, which influences magnetic interparticle interactions.

  3. Enhanced stability and mechanical strength of sodium alginate composite films.

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    Liu, Sijun; Li, Yong; Li, Lin

    2017-03-15

    This work aims to study how three kinds of nanofillers: graphene oxide (GO), ammonia functionalized graphene oxide (AGO), and triethoxylpropylaminosilane functionalized silica, can affect stability and mechanical strength of sodium alginate (SA) composite films. The filler/sodium alginate (SA) solutions were first studied by rheology to reveal effects of various fillers on zero shear viscosity η0. SA composite films were then prepared by a solution mixing-evaporation method. The structure, morphology and properties of SA composite films were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), contact angle and mechanical testing. Compared to GO and silica, the presence of AGO significantly improved the interaction between AGO and SA, which led to the increase in stability and mechanical strength of the resulting SA composite films. The tensile strength and elongation at break of AGO/SA composite film at 3wt% AGO loading were increased by 114.9% and 194.4%, respectively, in contrast to pure SA film. Furthermore, the stability of AGO/SA composite films at high temperatures and in a wet environment were better than that of silica/SA and GO/SA composite films. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. Preparation and photocatalytic activity of PANI/TiO2 composite film

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    GAO Jinzhang; LI Shengying; YANG Wu; ZHAO Guohu; BO Lili; SONG Li

    2007-01-01

    A PANI/TiO2 composite film deposited on the glass surface was successfully prepared using sol-gel dip-coating technique and chemical oxidation method.The film was characterized using XRD, AFM,and UV.The result showed that the TiO2 film consists of both cuboid-shaped and anatase-phased TiO2 nanoparticles.The average grain size of TiO2 in the film was approximately 20 nm.After coating with PANI,the particle was changed into irregular spherical-shaped and the size was increased up to approximately 35 nm in diameter.UV-Vis spectroscopy analysis indicated that the coating of TiO2 with PANI would result in an enhancement of photocatalytic efficiency and an extension of the photoresponse of TiO2.The band gap of the PANI/TiO2 film was 3.18 eV.The photocatalytic property of the film was evaluated by the degradation of rhodamine-B.It was found that 67.1% and 83.2% of rhodamine-B could be degraded under sunlight and UV irradiation within 120 min using the PANI/TiO2 composite film as photocatalyst.

  5. America on Film: A Humanities Composition Course.

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    Recchia, Edward

    This paper argues that film courses are useful because they sensitize students both to the artistic qualities of film expression and to equivalent qualities in other forms of expression. The objectives of a film course at Michigan State University are: to develop the students' knowledge of the film medium and through that knowledge develop a…

  6. Metal nanoparticles for thin film solar cells

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    Gritti, Claudia

    and used for FTDT simulations, in order to identify the set of parameters (NPs size and array periodicity) which could show LSP resonance in the NIR range. Two techniques are here used to fabricate NPs: electron beam lithography (EBL), to deposit ordered arrays of gold and silver NPs, simple to be compared...... the solar cell structure (GaAs, SiO2, Si3N4, AZO/Cr), in order to investigate the LSP resonance and tune it to exploit it below the energy band gap of the semiconductor. EBL is a difficult technique when working by lift-off on critical size (20-50 nm) nanoparticles. The optimization of the process saw...... a change from ZEP resist to double layer of PMMA and always requires preliminary exposure dose-tests and final particular attention for lift-off step. EBL resulted to be more suitable for silver NPs, since the deposition of gold (on top of an adhesion thin titanium layer) leads to a variation and non...

  7. Enhancing water flux of thin-film nanocomposite (TFN membrane by incorporation of bimodal silica nanoparticles

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    Jun Yin

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Modern reverse osmosis (RO/nanofiltration (NF membranes are primarily made of thin-film composites (TFC fabricated through interfacial polymerization of m-phenylene diamine (MPD and trimesoyl chloride (TMC on a polysulfone (PSF supporting membrane. In this study, two types of bimodal silica nanoparticles (~80 nm with different internal pore structures were synthesized and incorporated into the polyamide (PA thin-film layer during interfacial polymerization at concentrations varying from 0 to 0.1 wt%. The as-prepared membranes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, atomic force microscopy (AFM, and attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared (ATR FT-IR spectroscopy, and their performances were evaluated in terms of the water permeability and salt rejection. The results showed the water permeability increased with increasing BSN concentrations, reaching a maximum of 53.5 L m−2 h−1 at a bimodal silica nanoparticle (BSN concentration of 0.5 wt% (pressure at 300 psi, NaCl concentration: 2000 ppm. This represented a flux increase of approximately 40%, while a near constant salt rejection of 95% was maintained. The study demonstrated that the internal micro-mesoporous structures of bimodal silica nanoparticles contributed significantly to the membrane performance, which is consistent with previous studies with relatively uniform internal pores.

  8. Synthesis and composition evolution of bimetallic Pd Pt alloy nanoparticles

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    Ren, Guoqiang; Shi, Honglan; Xing, Yangchuan

    2007-09-01

    This paper reports a study on the synthesis of Pd-Pt alloy nanoparticles and composition evolution of the alloys. The synthesis involves Pd and Pt acetylacetonate as the metal precursors and trioctylphosphine (TOP) as the solvent. Thermal decomposition of the Pd-TOP complex resulted in Pd nanoparticles, while substitution of Pt in the Pt-TOP complex by Pd allowed formation of the Pd-Pt alloys. It was observed that the Pd-Pt nanoparticles formed at the very beginning in the synthesis process are Pd rich with various nanoparticle sizes ranging from 1.5 to 25 nm in diameter. These nanoparticles averaged out through a digestive ripening process and reached a final size of 3.5 nm in about 10 min. The alloy compositions evolved throughout the synthesis process and only reached the preset Pd to Pt ratio of the precursors in 120 min. It was found that Pt acetylacetonate alone in TOP cannot produce Pt nanoparticles, which was attributed to the formation of a Pt-TOP complex and a strong coordination of Pt to the phosphine. This observation led us to propose an atomic exchange process between the Pt-TOP complex and the Pd atoms at the nanoparticle surface. As a result, the alloy formation process is limited by a substitution and diffusion rate of the Pt atoms at the surface of the alloy nanoparticles.

  9. Broadband epsilon-near-zero metamaterials based on metal-polymer composite thin films

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    Pinchuk, Pavlo; Jiang, Ke

    2015-10-01

    Epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) metamaterials are designed to exhibit a near-zero response for the real part of the dielectric permittivity at a given frequency or in a specific frequency range. Typically, this frequency range is relatively small. In this paper, we present an approach to broaden this range by controlling the size of the nanoparticles embedded in a thin film. Noble metal nanoparticles exhibit an external size effect that redshifts the Surface Plasmon Resonance frequency with an increase of the size of the particles. The absorption spectrum of a material can be directly related to its dielectric permittivity via the Kramers-Kronig relations. We use the Kramers-Kronig relations to retrieve the complex effective dielectric permittivity of a composite film, which is designed to exhibit ENZ behavior over a broad frequency range. We synthesize a composite thin film embedded with metal nanoparticles of a broad size distribution. Such a material exhibits a broad SPR, and, in turn, broadband ENZ behavior.

  10. Perspective of laser-prototyping nanoparticle-polymer composites

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    Zhang, Dongshi; Gökce, Bilal

    2017-01-01

    Nanoparticle synthesis by laser ablation in liquids has attracted attention from researchers worldwide the past few years and the integration of these nanoparticles in functional materials such as nanoparticle-polymer composites, represents a natural next step. Such "nanointegration" into polymers can be achieved by the ex situ dispersion of laser-synthesized inorganic nanoparticles in polymer matrices and the in situ encapsulation/grafting of nanoparticles with polymers/monomers during synthesis. Because the nanoparticle shell and the polymer matrix may be identical, this method often does not require the use of dispersants or matrix binders and constitutes a new avenue for direct particle-polymer coupling. In this perspective review, we summarize the methodologies for in situ and ex situ laser prototyping of nanoparticle-polymer composites (LaNPC) and downstream bulk-processing techniques. The determinants of polymer-solvent-laser parametrization for aimed physical and chemical properties of the composites are discussed. By highlighting representative works related to a variety of promising applications, the advantageous features of this technique are demonstrated. Finally, the challenges and prospects of LaNPC are outlined and a perspective is given regarding how the recent research findings reviewed changed the research direction in the field.

  11. Templated assembly of Co-Pt nanoparticles via thermal and laser-induced dewetting of bilayer metal films.

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    Oh, Yong-Jun; Kim, Jung-Hwan; Thompson, Carl V; Ross, Caroline A

    2013-01-07

    Templated dewetting of a Co/Pt metal bilayer film on a topographic substrate was used to assemble arrays of Co-Pt alloy nanoparticles, with highly uniform particle size, shape and notably composition compared to nanoparticles formed on an untemplated substrate. Solid-state and liquid-state dewetting processes, using furnace annealing and laser irradiation respectively, were compared. Liquid state dewetting produced more uniform, conformal nanoparticles but they had a polycrystalline disordered fcc structure and relatively low magnetic coercivity. In contrast, solid state dewetting enabled formation of magnetically hard, ordered L1(0) Co-Pt single-crystal particles with coercivity >12 kOe. Furnace annealing converted the nanoparticles formed by liquid state dewetting into the L1(0) phase.

  12. Electrocatalytic properties of monometallic and bimetallic nanoparticles-incorporated polypyrrole films for electro-oxidation of methanol

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    Selvaraj, V.; Alagar, M.; Hamerton, I.

    Oxidative electrochemical polymerization of pyrrole at indium-doped tin oxide (ITO) is accomplished from a neat monomer solution with a supporting electrolyte (0.3 M n-tetrabutyl ammonium tetrafluoroborate) by multiple-scan cyclic voltammetry. Polypyrrole (Ppy) films containing nanometer-sized platinum and Pt/Pd bimetallic particles are electro-synthesized on ITO glass plates by voltammetric cycling between -0.1 and +1 V (versus Ag/AgCl/3 M NaCl). The electrocatalytic oxidation of methanol on the nanoparticle-modified polypyrrole films is studied by means of electrochemical techniques. The modified electrode exhibits significant eletrocatalytic activity for methanol oxidation. The enhanced electrocatalytic activities may be due to the uniform dispersion of nanoparticles in the polypyrrole film and a synergistic effect of the highly-dispersed metal particles so that the polypyrrole film reduces electrode poisoning by adsorbed CO species. The monometallic (Pt) and bimetallic (Pt/Pd) nanoparticles are uniformly dispersed in polypyrrole matrixes, as confirmed by scanning electron microscopic and atomic force microscopic analysis. Energy dispersive X-ray analysis is used to characterize the composition of metal present in the nanoparticle-modified electrodes.

  13. Polythiophene-gold nanoparticle hybrid systems: Langmuir-Blodgett assembly of nanostructured films.

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    Jayaraman, Sundaramurthy; Yu, Liew Ting; Srinivasan, M P

    2013-04-01

    In this work, we demonstrate a simple method of synthesizing nanoscale polythiophene-gold nanoparticle (AuNP) hybrid systems assembled by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) method. Regio-regular poly(3-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxymethyl)thiophene-2,5-diyl (PMEEMT) and poly(3-dodecylthiophene) (PDDT) were employed as the polymeric constituents. The presence of PDDT improved the amphiphilicity of PMEEMT by addressing the phase separation that occurred due to convective hydrodynamic instability on the substrate. 4 layer stacks of 90% and 99% PMEEMT films exhibited uniform film structure with a significant reduction in phase separation. A detailed mechanism for minimization of the surface effect has been proposed based on the interaction of polythiophenes with the substrate. For the first time, an ex situ approach has been adopted to incorporate AuNPs into LB films without affecting the film morphology and uniformity. The incorporation of AuNPs into the polythiophene matrix, aided by the affinity of sulphur for gold, was strongly dependent on the molecular arrangement of the matrix, which in turn depended on the composition of the matrix. The hybrid polythiophene films exhibited enhanced conductivity and can be applied in sensors, photovoltaics and memory devices.

  14. A Direct Route towards Assembly of Nanoparticle-Carbon Nanotube Composite Materials

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    Han, Li; Wu, Wendy; Kirk, F.L.; Luo, Jin; Maye, Mathew M.; Kariuki, Nancy N.; Lin, Yuehe; Wang, Chong M.; Zhong, Chuan-Jian

    2004-07-06

    The exploration of nanoparticle-structured thin films as sensing materials desires maximum accessibility of analytes and effective mass transport within the nanostructure. This paper explores the viability of creating nanoparticle-carbon nanotube (CNTs) as composite interfacial materials to enhance such properties. We report findings of an investigation of the assembly of monolayer-protected gold nanoparticles on multi-walled CNTs. A simple and effective route has been demonstrated for assembling nanoparticles of 2-5 nm core sizes onto CNTs with controllable coverage and interparticle spatial properties. The composite nanomaterials can be dispersed in organic solvent and cast on interdigitated microelectrode surface. The skeleton-like nanocomposite materials have been examined for chemiresistor sensing of volatile organic compounds. The response profiles and sensitivities of the nanocomposites determined for the sorption of a series of vapors have been shown to exhibit different or enhanced sensing properties in comparison with similar but nanotube-free nanoparticle assemblies. The observation of these results can be attributed to a combination of three factors, the increased accessibility of analytes to the nanostructure, the enhanced mass transport characteristics, and the unique electronic properties of the nanocomposite materials. Implications of the findings to the design of nanostructured sensing materials are also discussed.

  15. Effective non-retarded method as a tool for the design of tunable nanoparticle composite absorbers

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    Ortiz, Guillermo; Inchaussandague, Marina; Skigin, Diana; Depine, Ricardo; Mochán, W. Luis

    2014-10-01

    We investigate the capabilities of an effective non-retarded formalism (ENR) for the exploration and design of nanoparticle composites with specific optical properties. We consider a composite material comprising periodically distributed metallic spheres in a dielectric host matrix. The effective macroscopic dielectric function of the composite medium is obtained by means of the ENR and is used to calculate the electromagnetic response of a slab made of an inhomogeneous material. This response is compared with that obtained by using the layer Korringa-Kohn-Rostoker wave calculation method (LKKR). We analyze the optical properties for different filling fractions, especially in the vicinity of the resonance frequencies of the macroscopic dielectric function. We notice that for dense systems within the long wavelength regime, the results of some analytical theories developed by other authors do not properly describe the multipolar excitations and interactions of orders higher than the dipole, in contrast with the results obtained by using an ENR. Therefore, those methods are not suitable for the design of compound films with novel properties. We show that by appropriately choosing the parameters of the composite, it is possible to achieve a tunable absorber film, and more generally, we show that ENR is a versatile tool for the design of nanoparticle composite materials with specific properties.

  16. Nickel oxide nanoparticles film produced by dead biomass of filamentous fungus

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    Salvadori, Marcia Regina; Nascimento, Cláudio Augusto Oller; Corrêa, Benedito

    2014-09-01

    The synthesis of nickel oxide nanoparticles in film form using dead biomass of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus aculeatus as reducing agent represents an environmentally friendly nanotechnological innovation. The optimal conditions and the capacity of dead biomass to uptake and produce nanoparticles were evaluated by analyzing the biosorption of nickel by the fungus. The structural characteristics of the film-forming nickel oxide nanoparticles were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM). These techniques showed that the nickel oxide nanoparticles had a size of about 5.89 nm and were involved in a protein matrix which probably permitted their organization in film form. The production and uptake of nickel oxide nanoparticles organized in film form by dead fungal biomass bring us closer to sustainable strategies for the biosynthesis of metal oxide nanoparticles.

  17. Microstructural and Mechanical Studies of PVA Doped with ZnO and WO3 Composites Films

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    N. B. Rithin Kumar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Polymer composites of ZnO and WO3 nanoparticles doped polyvinyl alcohol (PVA matrix have been prepared using solvent casting method. The microstructural properties of prepared films were studied using FTIR, XRD, SEM, and EDAX techniques. In the doped PVA, many irregular shifts in the FTIR spectra have been observed and these shifts in bands can be understood on the basis of intra/intermolecular hydrogen bonding with the adjacent OH group of PVA. The chemical composition, phase homogeneity, and morphology of the polymer composites of the polymer film were studied using EDAX and SEM. These data indicate that the distribution of nanosized ZnO and WO3 dopants is uniform and confirm the presence of ZnO and WO3 in the film. The crystal structure and crystallinity of polymer composites were studied by XRD. It was found that the change in structural repositioning and crystallinity of the composites takes place due to the interaction of dopants and also due to complex formation. The mechanical studies of doped polymer films were carried out using universal testing machine (UTM at room temperature, indicating that the addition of the ZnO and WO3 with weight percentage concentration equal to 14% increases the tensile strength and Young’s modulus.

  18. Plasmonic nanoparticle films for solar cell applications fabricated by size-selective aerosol deposition

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    Pfeiffer, T.V.; Ortiz Gonzalez, J.; Santbergen, R.; Tan, H.; Schmidt-Ott, A.; Zeman, M.; Smets, A.H.M.

    2014-01-01

    A soft deposition method for incorporating surface plasmon resonant metal nanoparticles within photovoltaic devices was studied. This self-assembly method provides excellent control over both nanoparticle size and surface coverage. Films of spherical Ag nanoparticles with diameter of ∼100 nm were fa

  19. Preparation of sensitive and recyclable porous Ag/TiO2 composite films for SERS detection

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    Zhang, Zhengyi; Yu, Jiajie; Yang, Jingying; Lv, Xiang; Wang, Tianhe

    2015-12-01

    Porous Ag/TiO2 composite films were prepared by spin coating of titania on normal glass slides and subsequent photochemical deposition of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). The films were characterized by XRD and FESEM to reveal micro structural and morphological differences between films obtained under varied conditions. The SERS properties of these films were investigated using aqueous crystal violet (CV) as probe molecules. The results indicate that the content of polyethylene glycol (PEG) and photo-reduction time had significant influences on both the microstructure and SERS performance of Ag/TiO2 films. The highest SERS sensitivity that allowed as low as 10-10 M aqueous CV to be detected, was achieved with the PEG/(C4H9O)4Ti molar ratio being 0.08% and with 30 min of UV irradiation. With this film a linear relationship was established through experiment between SERS intensity and CV concentration from 10-10 to 10-5 M, which could be used as a calibration curve for CV concentration measurement. In addition, the film could be reused as a SERS substrate for up to four times without significantly losing SERS sensitivity if a simple regeneration was followed. It is visualized that the Ag/TiO2 film on glass has potentials for being developed into a practical SERS substrate with high sensitivity and good reusability.

  20. Second harmonic generation in microcrystallite films of ultrasmall Si nanoparticles

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    Nayfeh, M. H.; Akcakir, O.; Belomoin, G.; Barry, N.; Therrien, J.; Gratton, E.

    2000-12-18

    We dispersed crystalline Si into a colloid of ultrasmall nano particles ({approx}1 nm), and reconstituted it into microcrystallites films on device-quality Si. The film is excited by near-infrared femtosecond two-photon process in the range 765--835 nm, with incident average power in the range 15--70 mW, focused to {approx}1 {mu}m. We have observed strong radiation at half the wavelength of the incident beam. The results are analyzed in terms of second-harmonic generation, a process that is not allowed in silicon due to the centrosymmetry. Ionic vibration of or/and excitonic self-trapping on novel radiative Si--Si dimer phase, found only in ultrasmall nanoparticles, are suggested as a basic mechanism for inducing anharmonicity that breaks the centrosymmetry.

  1. Nanoparticle formation and thin film deposition in aniline containing plasmas

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    Pattyn, Cedric; Dias, Ana; Hussain, Shahzad; Strunskus, Thomas; Stefanovic, Ilija; Boulmer-Leborgne, Chantal; Lecas, Thomas; Kovacevic, Eva; Berndt, Johannes

    2016-09-01

    This contribution deals with plasma based polymerization processes in mixtures of argon and aniline. The investigations are performed in a capacitively coupled RF discharge (in pulsed and continuous mode) and concern both the observed formation of nanoparticles in the plasma volume and the deposition of films. The latter process was used for the deposition of ultra-thin layers on different kind of nanocarbon materials (nanotubes and free standing graphene). The analysis of the plasma and the plasma chemistry (by means of mass spectroscopy and in-situ FTIR spectroscopy) is accompanied by several ex-situ diagnostics of the obtained materials which include NEXAFS and XPS measurements as well as Raman spectroscopy and electron microscopy. The decisive point of the investigations concern the preservation of the original monomer structure during the plasma polymerization processes and the stability of the thin films on the different substrates.

  2. Layer-by-Layer Nanoassembly of Copper Indium Gallium Selenium Nanoparticle Films for Solar Cell Applications

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    Hemati, A; Shrestha, S; M. Agarwal; K. Varahramyan

    2012-01-01

    Thin films of CIGS nanoparticles interdigited with polymers have been fabricated through a cost-effective nonvacuum film deposition process called layer-by-layer (LbL) nanoassembly. CIGS nanoparticles synthesized by heating copper chloride, indium chloride, gallium chloride, and selenium in oleylamine were dispersed in water, and desired surface charges were obtained through pH regulation and by coating the particles with polystyrene sulfonate (PSS). Raising the pH of the nanoparticle disper...

  3. Photorefractive Effect in a CdS Nanoparticles-sensitized Polymer Composite

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    2007-01-01

    The photorefractive (PR) performance of an organic/inorganic hybrid polymer composite sensitized by CdS nanoparticles, combining poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK), the second-order optically nonlinear chromophore 1-n-butoxy-2-methyl-(4-p-nitropheylazo)benzene (BMNPAB) and 9-ethylcarbazole (ECZ)was studied. It was confirmed that the CdS colloidal particles had a nanoscale size and quantum confinement effect adopting transmission electron microscopy and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy. The addition of CdS nanoparticles as a photosensitizer in PVK will be significant enhancement of photoconductivity because of the high photocharge generation quantum efficiency and high charge transport to conducting polymer. The polymer composite film exhibited PR effect with a method of two-beam coupling experiment. And an asymmetric two beam coupling gain of 45.8 cm-1 without applied electric filed is obtained at 632.8 nm wavelength.

  4. Bio-interfaces--interaction of PLL/HA thick films with nanoparticles and microcapsules.

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    Skirtach, Andre G; Volodkin, Dmitry V; Möhwald, Helmuth

    2010-03-15

    The interaction of biocompatible, exponentially grown films composed of poly-L-lysine (PLL) and hyaluronic acid (HA) polymers with gold nanoparticles and microcapsules is studied. Both aggregated and non-aggregated nanoparticle states are achieved; desorption of PLL accounts for aggregation of nanoparticles. The presence of aggregates of gold nanoparticles on films enables remote activation by near-infrared irradiation due to local, nanometer confined heating. Thermally shrunk microcapsules, which are remarkably monodisperse upon preparation but gain polydispersity after months of storage, are also adsorbed onto films. PLL polymers desorbed from films interact with microcapsules introducing a charge imbalance which leads to an increase of the microcapsule size, thus films amplify this effect. Multifunctional, biocompatible, thick gel films with remote activation and release capabilities are targeted for cell cultures in biology and tissue engineering in medicine.

  5. Nonlinear optical properties of metal nanoparticle composites for optical applications

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    Takeda, Y. E-mail: takeda.yoshihiko@nims.go.jp; Kishimoto, N

    2003-05-01

    Optical absorption and nonlinear optical response were investigated for nanoparticle composites in amorphous SiO{sub 2} fabricated by negative Ta ion implantation at 60 keV. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to identify Ta and the oxide formation in the matrix. Optical absorption clearly indicated a surface plasmon peak at 2.2 eV and the peak resulted from formation of nanoparticles embedded in the matrix. The measured absorption was compared with calculated ones, evaluated by Maxwell-Garnett theory. Nonlinear absorption was measured with a pump-probe method using a femtosecond laser system. The pumping laser transiently bleached the surface plasmon band and lead to the nonlinearity. The transient response recovered in several picoseconds and behaved in terms of electron dynamics in metallic nanoparticles. The Ta nanoparticle composite is one of the promising candidates for nonlinear optical materials with good thermal stability.

  6. Improved piezoelectricity of PVDF-HFP/carbon black composite films

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    Wu, Liangke; Yuan, Weifeng; Hu, Ning; Wang, Zhongchang; Chen, Chunlin; Qiu, Jianhui; Ying, Ji; Li, Yuan

    2014-04-01

    We report a substantial improvement of piezoelectricity for poly(vinylidene fluoride-hexafluoropropylene) (PVDF-HFP) copolymer films by introducing carbon black (CB) into the PVDF-HFP to form PVDF-HFP/CB composite films. The optimized output voltage of the composite film at an optimal CB content of 0.5 wt% is found to be 204% of the pristine PVDF-HFP film. Its harvested electrical power density is 464% and 561% of the pristine PVDF-HFP film by using ac and dc circuits, respectively. Through Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy analysis, differential scanning calorimetry analysis, and polarized optical microscopy observations, we clarify the enhancement mechanism of piezoelectricity for the PVDF-HFP/CB composite films. We find that the added CB acts as nucleating agent during the initial formation of crystals, but imposes an insignificant effect on the α-β phase transformation during stretching. We also demonstrate that the addition of optimal CB reduces crystal size yet increases the number of crystals in the composite films. This is beneficial for the formation of elongated, oriented and fibrillar crystalline morphology during stretching and consequently results in a highly efficient poling process. The addition of overdosed CB leads to the formation of undersized crystals, lowered crystallinity, and hence reduced piezoelectric performance of the PVDF-HFP/CB composite films.

  7. Composite Scaffolds Based on Silver Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications

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    Jenel Marian Patrascu; Ioan Avram Nedelcu; Maria Sonmez; Denisa Ficai; Anton Ficai; Bogdan Stefan Vasile; Camelia Ungureanu; Madalina Georgiana Albu; Bogdan Andor; Ecaterina Andronescu; Laura Cristina Rusu

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents the synthesis, characterisation, and in vitro testing of homogenous and heterogeneous materials containing silver nanoparticles (nanoAg). Three types of antiseptic materials based on collagen (COLL), hydroxyapatite (HA), and collagen/hydroxyapatite (COLL/HA) composite materials were obtained. The synthesis of silver nanoparticles was realized by chemical reaction as well as plasma sputtering deposition. The use of chemical reduction allows the synthesis of homogenous mater...

  8. Enhanced field emission from cerium hexaboride coated multiwalled carbon nanotube composite films: A potential material for next generation electron sources

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    Patra, Rajkumar; Ghosh, S., E-mail: santanu1@physics.iitd.ac.in [Nanostech Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi-16 (India); Sheremet, E.; Rodriguez, R. D.; Lehmann, D.; Gordan, O. D.; Zahn, D. R. T. [Semiconductor Physics, Technische Universität Chemnitz, 09126 Chemnitz (Germany); Jha, M.; Ganguli, A. K. [Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi-16 (India); Schmidt, H. [Material Systems for Nanoelectronics, Technische Universität Chemnitz, 09126 Chemnitz (Germany); Schulze, S. [Solid Surfaces Analysis, Technische Universität Chemnitz, 09126 Chemnitz (Germany); Schmidt, O. G. [Material Systems for Nanoelectronics, Technische Universität Chemnitz, 09126 Chemnitz (Germany); Institute for Integrative Nanosciences, IFW Dresden, Helmholtzstrasse 20, 01069 Dresden (Germany)

    2014-03-07

    Intensified field emission (FE) current from temporally stable cerium hexaboride (CeB{sub 6}) coated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on Si substrate is reported aiming to propose the new composite material as a potential candidate for future generation electron sources. The film was synthesized by a combination of chemical and physical deposition processes. A remarkable increase in maximum current density, field enhancement factor, and a reduction in turn-on field and threshold field with comparable temporal current stability are observed in CeB{sub 6}-coated CNT film when compared to pristine CeB{sub 6} film. The elemental composition and surface morphology of the films, as examined by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray measurements, show decoration of CeB{sub 6} nanoparticles on top and walls of CNTs. Chemical functionalization of CNTs by the incorporation of CeB{sub 6} nanoparticles is evident by a remarkable increase in intensity of the 2D band in Raman spectrum of coated films as compared to pristine CeB{sub 6} films. The enhanced FE properties of the CeB{sub 6} coated CNT films are correlated to the microstructure of the films.

  9. Enhanced field emission from cerium hexaboride coated multiwalled carbon nanotube composite films: A potential material for next generation electron sources

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    Patra, Rajkumar; Ghosh, S.; Sheremet, E.; Jha, M.; Rodriguez, R. D.; Lehmann, D.; Ganguli, A. K.; Gordan, O. D.; Schmidt, H.; Schulze, S.; Zahn, D. R. T.; Schmidt, O. G.

    2014-03-01

    Intensified field emission (FE) current from temporally stable cerium hexaboride (CeB6) coated carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on Si substrate is reported aiming to propose the new composite material as a potential candidate for future generation electron sources. The film was synthesized by a combination of chemical and physical deposition processes. A remarkable increase in maximum current density, field enhancement factor, and a reduction in turn-on field and threshold field with comparable temporal current stability are observed in CeB6-coated CNT film when compared to pristine CeB6 film. The elemental composition and surface morphology of the films, as examined by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray measurements, show decoration of CeB6 nanoparticles on top and walls of CNTs. Chemical functionalization of CNTs by the incorporation of CeB6 nanoparticles is evident by a remarkable increase in intensity of the 2D band in Raman spectrum of coated films as compared to pristine CeB6 films. The enhanced FE properties of the CeB6 coated CNT films are correlated to the microstructure of the films.

  10. Entropy dominated behaviors of confined polymer-nanoparticle composites

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    Cao Xue-Zheng; Merlitz Holger; Sommer Jens-Uwe; Wu Chen-Xu

    2012-01-01

    Stretched polymers will lose their possible configurations if they are mixed with nanoparticles or touch a hard wall,which leads to a strong depletion attraction responsible for the enrichment of nanoparticles near substrates.Moreover,it is found that there exists a sacrifice mechanism in confined pure polymer samples or polymer-nanoparticle mixtures,that part of the polymers,in order to reach a minimum free energy for the total system,are adsorbed on hard walls even though they lose their conformation.The current study provides a simple yet effective approach for the design of thin polymer composites.

  11. Process to Produce Iron Nanoparticle Lunar Dust Simulant Composite

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    Hung, Ching-cheh; McNatt, Jeremiah

    2010-01-01

    A document discusses a method for producing nanophase iron lunar dust composite simulant by heating a mixture of carbon black and current lunar simulant types (mixed oxide including iron oxide) at a high temperature to reduce ionic iron into elemental iron. The product is a chemically modified lunar simulant that can be attracted by a magnet, and has a surface layer with an iron concentration that is increased during the reaction. The iron was found to be -iron and Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The simulant produced with this method contains iron nanoparticles not available previously, and they are stable in ambient air. These nanoparticles can be mass-produced simply.

  12. Photocatalytic composites based on titania nanoparticles and carbon nanomaterials

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    Nguyen, Bich Ha; Hieu Nguyen, Van; Vu, Dinh Lam

    2015-09-01

    In this article we present a review on recent experimental works toward the formation of visible light responsive composite photocatalysts on the basis of titania nanoparticles and carbon nanomaterials of different types. The research results achieved in last years has shown that the nanocomposite photocatalysts comprising titania nanoparticles and graphene or graphene oxide sheets, and also nanoparticles of noble metals and metallic oxides, exhibited the evident priority compared to the others. Therefore our review emphasizes the research on these promising visible light responsive nanophotocatalysts.

  13. Fabrication and characterization of magnetic nanoparticle composite membranes

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    Cruickshank, Akeem Armand

    To effectively and accurately deliver drugs within the human body, both new designs and components for implantable micropumps are being studied. Designs must ensure high biocompatibility, drug compatibility, accuracy and small power consumption. The focus of this thesis was to fabricate a prototype magnetic nanoparticle membrane for eventual incorporation into a biomedical pump and then determine the relationship between this membrane deflection and applied pneumatic or magnetic force. The magnetic nanoparticle polymer composite (MNPC) membranes in this study were composed of crosslinked polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) and iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs). An optimal iron oxide fabrication route was identified and particle size in each batch was approximately 24.6 nm. Once these nanoparticles were incorporated into a membrane (5 wt. %), the nanoparticle formed agglomerates with an average diameter of 2.26 +/-1.23 microm. Comparisons between the 0 and 5 wt. % loading of particles into the membranes indicated that the elastic modulus of the composite decreased with increasing particle concentration. The pressure- central deflection of the membranes could not be predicated by prior models and variation between magnetic and pneumatic pressure-deflection curves was quantified. Attempts to fabricate membranes with above 5 wt. % nanoparticles were not successful (no gelation). Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy results suggest that excess oleic acid on the nanoparticles prior to mixing might have prevented crosslinking.

  14. Decoration of PbS nanoparticles on Al-doped ZnO nanorod array thin film with hydrogen treatment as a photoelectrode for solar water splitting

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    Hsu, Chih-Hsiung; Chen, Chao-Hong [Department of Chemical Engineering and Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan, ROC (China); Chen, Dong-Hwang, E-mail: chendh@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Department of Chemical Engineering and Research Center for Energy Technology and Strategy, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 701, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2013-03-25

    Highlights: ► AZO nanorod array thin film is used as a photoanode for solar water splitting. ► Hydrogen treatment and sensitization by PbS nanoparticles enhance photocurrent. ► A novel ITO/FTO-free composite photoelectrode is developed. ► The pre-fabrication and use of an extra TCO thin film substrate is unnecessary. -- Abstract: Al-doped ZnO (AZO) nanorod arrays thin film with hydrogen treatment is directly used as a photoelectrode for solar water splitting without an extra transparent conducting oxide (TCO) thin film because it possesses the functions of TCO thin film and photoactive 1-dimensional nanostructured semiconductor simultaneously. To enhance the absorption in the visible region, PbS nanoparticles decorated the AZO nanorods via successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction route. The PbS nanoparticles have a face-centered cubic structure and their decoration does not destroy the 1-dimensional morphology of AZO nanorod arrays. With increasing the cycle number of PbS nanoparticles decoration, the grain size and loading of PbS nanoparticles become larger gradually which leads to lower energy bandgap and stronger absorption. A maximum photocurrent density of 1.65 mW cm{sup −2} is obtained when the cycle number is 20, which is much higher than those without PbS nanoparticles sensitization or hydrogen treatment. This demonstrates that the AZO nanorod array thin film with hydrogen treatment can be directly used as a photoelectrode without an extra TCO thin film. Because the use of expensive metals can be avoided and the pre-fabrication of TCO thin film substrate is necessary no more, the fabrication of such a composite photoelectrode becomes simple and low-cost. So, it has great potentials in solar water splitting after sensitization by quantum dots capable of visible light absorption.

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

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

    2014-07-01

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

  16. DESIGN OF A NOVEL CONDUCTING COMPOSITE SUPPORTED BY PLATINUM NANOPARTICLES FOR HYDROGEN PRODUCTION FROM WATER

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    Didem BALUN KAYAN

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Because of the decrease in fossil fuel resources and the continuous increase in energy demands, clean energy requirements become extremely important for future energy generation systems. Hydrogen is well known as an efficient and environmentally friendly energy carrier. Highly catalytic active and low-cost electrocatalysts for hydrogen production are key issues for sustainable energy technologies. Here we report an aluminium electrode modified with polypyrrole (PPy-chitosan (Chi composite film decorated with Pt nanoparticles for hydrogen production from water. Hydrogen evolution reaction (HER is examined by cyclic voltammetry (CV, Tafel polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS in 0.5M H2SO4. The structural properties of the modified surfaces analyses were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The stability tests also performed for aluminium electrode coted with PPy-Chi/Pt composite film.

  17. Magnetic studies of polystyrene/iron-filled multi-wall carbon nanotube composite films

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    Makarova, T.L., E-mail: Tatyana.makarova@lut.fi [Lappeenranta University of Technology, FI-53851 Lappeenranta (Finland); Ioffe Institute, St Petersburg 194021 (Russian Federation); Zakharchuk, I.; Geydt, P.; Lahderanta, E. [Lappeenranta University of Technology, FI-53851 Lappeenranta (Finland); Komlev, A.A. [St Petersburg State Electrotechnical University, St Petersburg 197376 (Russian Federation); Zyrianova, A.A. [Ioffe Institute, St Petersburg 194021 (Russian Federation); Kanygin, M.A. [Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, SB RAS, Novosibirsk 630090 (Russian Federation); Sedelnikova, O.V. [Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, SB RAS, Novosibirsk 630090 (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk 630090 (Russian Federation); Suslyaev, V.I [Tomsk State University, Tomsk 634050 (Russian Federation); Bulusheva, L.G.; Okotrub, A.V. [Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, SB RAS, Novosibirsk 630090 (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University, Novosibirsk 630090 (Russian Federation)

    2016-10-01

    Polystyrene/iron-filled multi-wall carbon nanotube composite films were prepared by solution processing, forge-rolling and stretching methods. Elongated iron carbide nanoparticles formed because of catalytic growth are situated inside the hollow cavity of the nanotubes. Magnetic susceptibility measurements as well as records of isothermal hysteresis loops performed in three perpendicular directions of magnetic field confirmed that the nanotubes have a preferential alignment in the matrix. Strong diamagnetic anisotropy in the composites emerges not only from the MWCNTs but also from the polystyrene matrix. The polymer sticks to the honeycomb lattice through the interaction of the π-orbitals of the phenyl ring and those of the carbon nanotube, contributing to anisotropic diamagnetic response. The contribution of iron nanoparticles to overall magnetic response strongly depends on nanotube concentration in the composite as well as on matrix-filler non-covalent stacking, which influences magnetic interparticle interactions. - Highlights: • . Nanotube/polystyrene composites were prepared by stretching and forge-rolling methods. • Anisotropic response of the composites mainly comes from the phenyl aromatic rings. • Magnetism of iron-based nanoparticles is governed by interactions with the matrix.

  18. Antimicrobial activity of biopolymeric thin films containing flavonoid natural compounds and silver nanoparticles fabricated by MAPLE: A comparative study

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    Cristescu, R.; Visan, A.; Socol, G.; Surdu, A. V.; Oprea, A. E.; Grumezescu, A. M.; Chifiriuc, M. C.; Boehm, R. D.; Yamaleyeva, D.; Taylor, M.; Narayan, R. J.; Chrisey, D. B.

    2016-06-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the interactions between microorganisms, including the planktonic and adherent organisms, and biopolymer (polyvinylpyrrolidone), flavonoid (quercetin dihydrate and resveratrol)-biopolymer, and silver nanoparticles-biopolymer composite thin films that were deposited using matrix assisted pulsed laser evaporation (MAPLE). A pulsed KrF* excimer laser source was used to deposit the aforementioned composite thin films, which were characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), infrared microscopy (IRM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The antimicrobial activity of thin films was quantified using an adapted disk diffusion assay against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria strains. FT-IR, AFM and SEM studies confirmed that MAPLE may be used to fabricate thin films with chemical properties corresponding to the input materials as well as surface properties that are appropriate for medical use. The silver nanoparticles and flavonoid-containing films exhibited an antimicrobial activity both against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial strains demonstrating the potential use of these hybrid systems for the development of novel antimicrobial strategies.

  19. Tribological performances of diamond film and graphite/diamond composite film with paraffin oil lubrication

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    2001-01-01

    In this paper, the tribological performances of diamond film and graphite/diamond com-posite film were compared on an SRV wear testing machine with paraffin oil lubrication. The sur-face morphologies of specimens and wear tracks were observed by SEM. The wear volumes ofwear tracks were measured by profilometer. The influence of load on the tribological performancesof different specimens was studied. The wear mechanism under paraffin oil lubrication was ana-lyzed. The results showed that with paraffin oil lubrication, the friction coefficient and wear volumeof graphite/diamond composite film specimen are lower than diamond film. Under paraffin oil lu-brication, the wear mechanisms of both diamond film and graphite/diamond composite film weremainly sub-micro-fracture.

  20. Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films of bidisperse silica nanoparticles.

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    Detrich, Adám; Deák, András; Hild, Erzsébet; Kovács, Attila L; Hórvölgyi, Zoltán

    2010-02-16

    We present the studies on the structure and optical properties of bidisperse Stöber silica nanoparticulate Langmuir films prepared at the air/water interface in a Wilhelmy film balance and transferred onto glass slides using the Langmuir-Blodgett technique. Three different compositions (covered area ratios: 4:1; 1:1, and 1:4) of two bidisperse systems were used in the experiments. Bidisperse samples (B1 and B2) were prepared by mixing the appropriate amount of monodisperse sols of particles with 61 and 100 nm diameters (B1) and those with 37 and 100 nm diameters (B2). By surface pressure-area isotherms and (transmission and scanning) electron microscopy images we provide information about the structure of the films. Optical properties of the supported films were measured with UV-vis spectroscopy and the transmittance spectra were evaluated in terms of an optical model which allows monotonous in-depth variation of the refractive index across the film. (1) We have found that the refractive index decreased from the substrate-layer interface toward the air-layer interface when the smaller particles were in majority, and increased otherwise. That would suggest that the smaller particles of each bidisperse system can be positioned at the air side of the film if they are in minority in the sample and they can be situated on the substrate if they are in majority. The scanning electron microscope images of bidisperse films supported the in-depth film structure suggested by optical studies.

  1. Photoluminescence enhancement in few-layer WS2 films via Au nanoparticles

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    Sin Yuk Choi

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Nano-composites of two-dimensional atomic layered WS2 and Au nanoparticles (AuNPs have been fabricated by sulfurization of sputtered W films followed by immersing into HAuCl4 aqueous solution. The morphology, structure and AuNPs distribution have been characterized by electron microscopy. The decorated AuNPs can be more densely formed on the edge and defective sites of triangle WS2. We have compared the optical absorption and photoluminescence of bare WS2 and Au-decorated WS2 layers. Enhancement in the photoluminescence is observed in the Au-WS2 nano-composites, attributed to localized surface plasmonic effect. This work provides the possibility to develop photonic application in two-dimensional materials.

  2. Controlled deposition of silver nanoparticles in mesoporous thin films: towards new metallic-oxide nanocomposites

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    Fuertes, Maria Cecilia; Marchena, Martin [Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica (CNEA), San Martin, BA (Argentina). Centro Atomico Consituyentes. Gerencia de Quimica; Wolosiuk, Alelandro; Soler-Illia, Galo Juan de Avila Arturo [Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA) (Argentina). Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales. Dept. de Quimica Inorganica, Analitica y Quimica Fisica

    2009-07-01

    Metal-oxide nano composites made up of Ag nanoparticle (NP) assemblies embedded within meso porous oxide thin films were produced by mild reduction of Ag adsorbed onto the pore surface. The nano composites were characterized by small angle x-ray scattering (2D SAXS, DO3A SAXS2) and X-ray reflectometry (XRR, D10A XRD2). A quantitative method based in XRR was developed in order to assess pore filling. Inclusion of Ag NP assemblies in meso porous SiO{sub 2} or TiO{sub 2} requires different processing conditions. The difference of reactivity of both oxide matrices towards Ag reduction is exploited to selectively synthesize NPs in a a pre-determined layer of a multilayered meso porous stack. This leads to highly controlled 1D ordered multilayers with precise spatial location of nano metric objects. (author)

  3. Percolation of Carbon Nanoparticles in Poly(3-Hexylthiophene Enhancing Carrier Mobility in Organic Thin Film Transistors

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    Chang-Hung Lee

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available To improve the field-effect mobility of all-inkjet-printed organic thin film transistors (OTFTs, a composite material consisted of carbon nanoparticles (CNPs and poly(3-hexylthiophene (P3HT was reported by using homemade inkjet-printing system. These all-inkjet-printed composite OTFTs represented superior characteristics compared to the all-inkjet-printed pristine P3HT OTFTs. To investigate the enhancement mechanism of the blended materials, the percolation model was established and experimentally verified to illustrate the enhancement of the electrical properties with different blending concentrations. In addition, experimental results of OTFT contact resistances showed that both contact resistance and channel resistance were halved. At the same time, X-ray diffraction measurements, Fourier transform infrared spectra, ultraviolet-visible light, and photoluminescence spectra were also accomplished to clarify the material blending effects. Therefore, this study demonstrates the potential and guideline of carbon-based nanocomposite materials in all-inkjet-printed organic electronics.

  4. Morphological, Mechanical and Thermal Study of ZnO Nanoparticle Reinforced Chitosan Based Transparent Biocomposite Films

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    Das, Kunal; Maiti, Sonakshi; Liu, Dagang

    2014-04-01

    Chitosan based biocomposite transparent films reinforced with zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles at different loading i.e. 2, 4 and 6 wt% were successfully prepared by solution casting method. Shape, size and geometry of the zinc oxide nanoparticles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The biocomposite films were subjected to mechanical characterization, thermal analysis, morphology study and moisture uptake behaviour. The characterization tools used here include wide angle X-ray diffraction study, scanning electron microscopic analysis, differential scanning calorimetric analysis and also UV-visible transmittance behavior. SEM micrographs revealed uniformly dispersed ZnO nanoparticles in biocomposite films. Improvement of the tensile strength about 133 % was observed significantly in case of 4 wt% loaded chitosan/ZnO films with respect to the neat chitosan film. 43 % higher transparency was observed in case of 2 wt% ZnO loaded biocomposites films, thus indicating the best combination of properties of 2 wt% ZnO loaded biocomposite films.

  5. Transient competition between photocatalysis and carrier recombination in TiO2 nanotube film loaded with Au nanoparticles

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    Shao, Zhu-Feng; Yang, Yan-Qiang; Liu, Shu-Tian; Wang, Qiang

    2014-09-01

    Highly ordered TiO2 nanotube array (TNA) films are fabricated by using an anodic oxidation method. Au nanoparticles (NPs) films are decorated onto the top of TNA films with the aid of ion-sputtering and thermal annealing. An enhanced photocatalytic activity under ultraviolet C (UVC, 266 nm) light irradiation is obtained compared with that of the pristine TNA, which is shown by the steady-state photoluminescence (PL) spectra. Furthermore, a distinct blue shift in the nanosecond time-resolved transient photoluminescence (NTRT-PL) spectra is observed. Such a phenomenon could be well explained by considering the competition between the surface photocatalytic process and the recombination of the photo-generated carriers. The enhanced UV photocatalytic activities of the Au—TNA composite are evaluated through photo-degradation of methyl orange (MO) in an aqueous solution with ultraviolet—visible absorption spectrometry. Our current work may provide a simple strategy to synthesize defect-related composite photocatalytic devices.

  6. Direct Electrochemistry of Myoglobin in DDAB-Clay Composite Films

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    2000-01-01

    Ordered films were made by casting a mixture of aqueous dispersions of didodecyldimethylammonium bromide (DDAB)-clay composite and myoglobin (Mb) solution on pyrolytic graphite (PG) electrodes.The Mb-DDAB-clay film electrodes showed stable and reversible cyclic voltammetric responses in buffers and can catalyze the reduction of trichloroacetic acid (TCA).

  7. Sub-10 ohm resistance gold films prepared by removal of ligands from thiol-stabilized 6 nm gold nanoparticles.

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    Sugden, Mark W; Richardson, Tim H; Leggett, Graham

    2010-03-16

    The optical and electrical properties of dodecanethiol-stabilized nanoparticles (6 nm diameter gold core) have been investigated over a range of film thicknesses and temperatures. The surface plasmon resonance absorbance is found to be dependent on temperature. Heating of the nanoparticle film causes desorption of the thiol from the surface of the gold nanoparticle, resulting in irreversible changes to the absorption spectra of the nanoparticle film. Atomic force microscopy images of the samples before and after heating for different film thicknesses reveal structural changes and increased domain connectivity for thicker films leading to sub-10 ohm resistances measured for the 15-layer film.

  8. Fabrication of molecular hybrid films of gold nanoparticle and polythiophene by covalent assembly

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    Sundaramurthy, Jayaraman, E-mail: jsu2@np.edu.sg [Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore, Block E5, 4 Engineering Drive 4, 117576 (Singapore); Environmental & Water Technology Centre of Innovation, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, 599489 (Singapore); Dharmarajan, Rajarathnam [CERAR, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes, SA 5095 (Australia); Srinivasan, M.P., E-mail: chesmp@nus.edu.sg [Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, National University of Singapore, Block E5, 4 Engineering Drive 4, 117576 (Singapore)

    2015-08-31

    This work demonstrates the fabrication of molecular hybrid films comprising gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) incorporated in covalently assembled, substituted polythiophene (poly(3-(2-bromoethoxy)ethoxymethylthiophene-2,5-diyl (PBrEEMT))) films by different surface chemistry routes. AuNPs are incorporated in the immobilized polythiophene matrix due to its affinity for amine and sulfur. The amount of AuNPs present depends on the nature of the incorporation, the extent of film coverage and interaction of thiophene and amine groups. PBrEEMT films functionalized with amine rich polyallylamine immobilize greater numbers of AuNPs due to more extensive gold–amine interactions. Covalent binding between AuNP and PBrEEMT films was accomplished by using pre-functionalised AuNPs (4-aminothiophenol functionalized AuNPs). Atomic force microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy were used to study the morphology and chemical constituents of assembled films. These approaches will pave the way for developing facile methods for nanoparticle incorporation and will also facilitate direct interaction of nanoparticles with the conducting polymer matrix and enhance the electrical properties of the films. - Highlights: • Covalent molecular assembly enabled the fabrication of molecular hybrid films. • Monomeric and polymeric species were employed as intermediate linkers. • Adopted approaches facilitated the direct interaction of gold nanoparticle in films. • The amount of nanoparticle incorporation depended on the extent of film coverage.

  9. Aluminum matrix composites reinforced with alumina nanoparticles

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    Casati, Riccardo

    2016-01-01

    This book describes the latest efforts to develop aluminum nanocomposites with enhanced damping and mechanical properties and good workability. The nanocomposites exhibited high strength, improved damping behavior and good ductility, making them suitable for use as wires. Since the production of metal matrix nanocomposites by conventional melting processes is considered extremely problematic (because of the poor wettability of the nanoparticles), different powder metallurgy routes were investigated, including high-energy ball milling and unconventional compaction methods. Special attention was paid to the structural characterization at the micro- and nanoscale, as uniform nanoparticle dispersion in metal matrix is of prime importance. The aluminum nanocomposites displayed an ultrafine microstructure reinforced with alumina nanoparticles produced in situ or added ex situ. The physical, mechanical and functional characteristics of the materials produced were evaluated using different mechanical tests and micros...

  10. Layer-by-Layer Nanoassembly of Copper Indium Gallium Selenium Nanoparticle Films for Solar Cell Applications

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    A. Hemati

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Thin films of CIGS nanoparticles interdigited with polymers have been fabricated through a cost-effective nonvacuum film deposition process called layer-by-layer (LbL nanoassembly. CIGS nanoparticles synthesized by heating copper chloride, indium chloride, gallium chloride, and selenium in oleylamine were dispersed in water, and desired surface charges were obtained through pH regulation and by coating the particles with polystyrene sulfonate (PSS. Raising the pH of the nanoparticle dispersion reduced the zeta-potential from +61 mV at pH 7 to −51 mV at pH 10.5. Coating the CIGS nanoparticles with PSS (CIGS-PSS produced a stable dispersion in water with −56.9 mV zeta-potential. Thin films of oppositely charged CIGS nanoparticles (CIGS/CIGS, CIGS nanoparticles and PSS (CIGS/PSS, and PSS-coated CIGS nanoparticles and polyethylenimine (CIGS-PSS/PEI were constructed through the LbL nanoassembly. Film thickness and resistivity of each bilayer of the films were measured, and photoelectric properties of the films were studied for solar cell applications. Solar cell devices fabricated with a 219 nm CIGS film, when illuminated by 50 W light-source, produced 0.7 V open circuit voltage and 0.3 mA/cm2 short circuit current density.

  11. Anodization Mechanism on SiC Nanoparticle Reinforced Al Matrix Composites Produced by Power Metallurgy

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    Sonia C. Ferreira

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Specimens of aluminum-based composites reinforced by silicon carbide nanoparticles (Al/SiCnp produced by powder metallurgy (PM were anodized under voltage control in tartaric-sulfuric acid (TSA. In this work, the influence of the amount of SiCnp on the film growth during anodizing was investigated. The current density versus time response and the morphology of the porous alumina film formed at the composite surface are compared to those concerning a commercial aluminum alloy (AA1050 anodized under the same conditions. The processing method of the aluminum alloys influences the efficiency of the anodizing process, leading to a lower thicknesses for the unreinforced Al-PM alloy regarding the AA1050. The current density versus time response is strongly dependent on the amount of SiCnp. The current peaks and the steady-state current density recorded at each voltage step increases with the SiCnp volume fraction due to the oxidation of the SiCnp. The formation mechanism of the anodic film on Al/SiCnp composites is different from that occurring in AA1050, partly due the heterogeneous distribution of the reinforcement particles in the metallic matrix, but also to the entrapment of SiCnp in the anodic film.

  12. Synthesis of titanium oxide nanoparticles using DNA-complex as template for solution-processable hybrid dielectric composites

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    Ramos, J.C. [Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry, 153 Gilbert Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR (United States); Mejia, I.; Murphy, J.; Quevedo, M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas, TX (United States); Garcia, P.; Martinez, C.A. [Engineering and Technology Institute, Autonomous University of Ciudad Juarez, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua (Mexico)

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • We developed a synthesis method to produce TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles using a DNA complex. • The nanoparticles were anatase phase (~6 nm diameter), and stable in alcohols. • Composites showed a k of 13.4, 4.6 times larger than the k of polycarbonate. • Maximum processing temperature was 90 °C. • Low temperature enables their use in low-voltage, low-cost, flexible electronics. - Abstract: We report the synthesis of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles prepared by the hydrolysis of titanium isopropoxide (TTIP) in the presence of a DNA complex for solution processable dielectric composites. The nanoparticles were incorporated as fillers in polycarbonate at low concentrations (1.5, 5 and 7 wt%) to produce hybrid dielectric films with dielectric constant higher than thermally grown silicon oxide. It was found that the DNA complex plays an important role as capping agent in the formation and suspension stability of nanocrystalline anatase phase TiO{sub 2} at room temperature with uniform size (∼6 nm) and narrow distribution. The effective dielectric constant of spin-cast polycarbonate thin-films increased from 2.84 to 13.43 with the incorporation of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles into the polymer host. These composites can be solution processed with a maximum temperature of 90 °C and could be potential candidates for its application in low-cost macro-electronics.

  13. Composite silicone rubber of high piezoresistance repeatability filled with nanoparticles

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    2009-01-01

    The ruthenium oxide nanoparticles with size less than 20 nm were fabricated by annealing the metallic ruthenium nanoparticles in air,which were synthesized by using the thermal reduction in the polyol solution.The rutile structure of the ruthenium oxide was proved by using transmission electron microscopy(TEM)and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy(XPS).The oxide has good electron conductivity. The surface of the ruthenium oxide was modified by a vinyl silane coupling agent.The assembling of the silane to the oxide surface was proved by Infrared(IR)absorption spectroscopy.By mixing the nanoparticles with poly(methylvinylsiloxane)(PMVS)silicone rubber,a composite filled with dispersive conducting phase was fabricated.The temperature dependent conductivity shows that the electron transportation through composite is mainly dominated by tunneling.The measurement of piezoresistance shows that the composite at low strain has high piezoresistance repeatability.The 3D reconstruction images of the composite filled with carbon black or ruthenium oxide show that the aggregation of the nanoparticles differs much for two composites.The narrow distribution range of the particle size was thought to be the main factor for the high piezoresistance recurrence.

  14. CO responses of sensors based on cerium oxide thick films prepared from clustered spherical nanoparticles.

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    Izu, Noriya; Matsubara, Ichiro; Itoh, Toshio; Akamatsu, Takafumi; Shin, Woosuck

    2013-03-08

    Various types of CO sensors based on cerium oxide (ceria) have been reported recently. It has also been reported that the response speed of CO sensors fabricated from porous ceria thick films comprising nanoparticles is extremely high. However, the response value of such sensors is not suitably high. In this study, we investigated methods of improving the response values of CO sensors based on ceria and prepared gas sensors from core-shell ceria polymer hybrid nanoparticles. These hybrid nanoparticles have been reported to have a unique structure: The core consists of a cluster of ceria crystallites several nanometers in size. We compared the characteristics of the sensors based on thick films prepared from core-shell nanoparticles with those of sensors based on thick films prepared from conventionally used precipitated nanoparticles. The sensors prepared from the core-shell nanoparticles exhibited a resistance that was ten times greater than that of the sensors prepared from the precipitated nanoparticles. The response values of the gas sensors based on the core-shell nanoparticles also was higher than that of the sensors based on the precipitated nanoparticles. Finally, improvements in sensor response were also noticed after the addition of Au nanoparticles to the thick films used to fabricate the two types of sensors.

  15. SERS of semiconducting nanoparticles (TIO{sub 2} hybrid composites).

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    Rajh, T.; Musumeci, A.; Gosztola, D.; Schiller, T.; Dimitrijevic, N. M.; Mujica, V.; Martin, D.; Center for Nanoscale Materials

    2009-05-06

    Raman scattering of molecules adsorbed on the surface of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles was investigated. We find strong enhancement of Raman scattering in hybrid composites that exhibit charge transfer absorption with TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. An enhancement factor up to {approx}10{sup 3} was observed in the solutions containing TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles and biomolecules, including the important class of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and dopac (3,4-dihydroxy-phenylacetic acid). Only selected vibrations are enhanced, indicating molecular specificity due to distinct binding and orientation of the biomolecules coupled to the TiO{sub 2} surface. All enhanced modes are associated with the asymmetric vibrations of attached molecules that lower the symmetry of the charge transfer complex. The intensity and the energy of selected vibrations are dependent on the size and shape of nanoparticle support. Moreover, we show that localization of the charge in quantized nanoparticles (2 nm), demonstrated as the blue shift of particle absorption, diminishes SERS enhancement. Importantly, the smallest concentration of adsorbed molecules shows the largest Raman enhancements suggesting the possibility for high sensitivity of this system in the detection of biomolecules that form a charge transfer complex with metal oxide nanoparticles. The wavelength-dependent properties of a hybrid composite suggest a Raman resonant state. Adsorbed molecules that do not show a charge transfer complex show weak enhancements probably due to the dielectric cavity effect.

  16. Antimicrobial and cell viability measurement of bovine serum albumin capped silver nanoparticles (Ag/BSA) loaded collagen immobilized poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) film.

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    Bakare, Rotimi; Hawthrone, Samantha; Vails, Carmen; Gugssa, Ayele; Karim, Alamgir; Stubbs, John; Raghavan, Dharmaraj

    2016-03-01

    Bacterial infection of orthopedic devices has been a major concern in joint replacement procedures. Therefore, this study is aimed at formulating collagen immobilized poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) film loaded with bovine serum albumin capped silver nanoparticles (Ag/BSA NPs) to inhibit bacterial growth while retaining/promoting osteoblast cells viability. The nanoparticles loaded collagen immobilized PHBV film was characterized for its composition by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Anodic Stripping Voltammetry. The extent of loading of Ag/BSA NPs on collagen immobilized PHBV film was found to depend on the chemistry of the functionalized PHBV film and the concentration of Ag/BSA NPs solution used for loading nanoparticles. Our results showed that more Ag/BSA NPs were loaded on higher molecular weight collagen immobilized PHEMA-g-PHBV film. Maximum loading of Ag/BSA NPs on collagen immobilized PHBV film was observed when 16ppm solution was used for adsorption studies. Colony forming unit and optical density measurements showed broad antimicrobial activity towards Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa at significantly lower concentration i.e., 0.19 and 0.31μg/disc, compared to gentamicin and sulfamethoxazole trimethoprim while MTT assay showed that released nanoparticles from Ag/BSA NPs loaded collagen immobilized PHBV film has no impact on MCTC3-E1 cells viability.

  17. Enhancing Performance of Triboelectric Nanogenerator by Filling High Dielectric Nanoparticles into Sponge PDMS Film.

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    Chen, Jie; Guo, Hengyu; He, Xianming; Liu, Guanlin; Xi, Yi; Shi, Haofei; Hu, Chenguo

    2016-01-13

    Understanding of the triboelectric charge accumulation from the view of materials plays a critical role in enhancing the output performance of triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG). In this paper, we have designed a feasible approach to modify the tribo-material of TENG by filling it with high permittivity nanoparticles and forming pores. The influence of dielectricity and porosity on the output performance is discussed experimentally and theoretically, which indicates that both the surface charge density and the charge transfer quantity have a close relationship with the relative permittivity and porosity of the tribo-material. A high output performance TENG based on a composite sponge PDMS film (CS-TENG) is fabricated by optimizing both the dielectric properties and the porosity of the tribo-material. With the combination of the enhancement of permittivity and production of pores in the PDMS film, the charge density of ∼19 nC cm(-2), open-circuit voltage of 338 V, and power density of 6.47 W m(-2) are obtained at working frequency of 2.5 Hz with the optimized film consisting of 10% SrTiO3 nanoparticles (∼100 nm in size) and 15% pores in volume, which gives over 5-fold power enhancement compared with the nanogenerator based on the pure PDMS film. This work gives a better understanding of the triboelectricity produced by the TENG from the view of materials and provides a new and effective way to enhance the performance of TENG from the material itself, not just its surface modification.

  18. Surface modification strategies on mesoporous silica nanoparticles for anti-biofouling zwitterionic film grafting.

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    Khung, Yit Lung; Narducci, Dario

    2015-12-01

    In the past decade, zwitterionic-based anti-biofouling layers had gained much focus as a serious alternative to traditional polyhydrophilic films such as PEG. In the area of assembling silica nanoparticles with stealth properties, the incorporation of zwitterionic surface film remains fairly new but considering that silica nanoparticles had been widely demonstrated as useful biointerfacing nanodevice, zwitterionic film grafting on silica nanoparticle holds much potential in the future. This review will discuss on the conceivable functional chemistry approaches, some of which are potentially suitable for the assembly of such stealth systems.

  19. Film-Making and Teaching Composition.

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    Lycette, Ronald L.

    1970-01-01

    To stimulate students to learn through creative participation and to make literature a live experience, an experimental film making project was conducted with freshmen at Bimidji State College during the 1969-70 term. The first step was to introduce film-making to the students. This was accomplished through viewing and analyzing brief…

  20. Characterization of starch films containing starch nanoparticles: part 1: physical and mechanical properties.

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    Shi, Ai-Min; Wang, Li-Jun; Li, Dong; Adhikari, Benu

    2013-07-25

    We report, for the first time, the preparation method and characteristics of starch films incorporating spray dried and vacuum freeze dried starch nanoparticles. Physical properties of these films such as morphology, crystallinity, water vapor permeability (WVP), opacity, and glass transition temperature (Tg) and mechanical properties (strain versus temperature, strain versus stress, Young's modulus and toughness) were measured. Addition of both starch nanoparticles in starch films increased roughness of surface, lowered degree of crystallinity by 23.5%, WVP by 44% and Tg by 4.3°C, respectively compared to those of starch-only films. Drying method used in preparation of starch nanoparticles only affected opacity of films. The incorporation of nanoparticles in starch films resulted into denser films due to which the extent of variation of strain with temperature was much lower. The toughness and Young's modulus of films containing both types of starch nanoparticles were lower than those of control films especially at <100°C. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Electrochemistry at single bimetallic nanoparticles - using nano impacts for sizing and compositional analysis of individual AgAu alloy nanoparticles.

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    Saw, En Ning; Grasmik, Viktoria; Rurainsky, Christian; Epple, Matthias; Tschulik, Kristina

    2016-12-12

    The increasing interest in producing bimetallic nanoparticles and utilizing them in modern technologies sets the demand for fast and affordable characterization of these materials. To date Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM) coupled to energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy is usually used to determine the size and composition of alloy nanoparticles, which is time-consuming and expensive. Here electrochemical single nanoparticle analysis is presented as an alternative approach to infer the particle size and composition of alloy nanoparticles, directly in a dispersion of these particles. As a proof of concept, 14 nm sized Ag0.73Au0.27 alloy nanoparticles are analyzed using a combination of chronoamperometric single nanoparticle analysis and cyclic voltammetry ensemble studies. It is demonstrated that the size, the alloying and the composition can all be inferred using this approach. Thus, the electrochemical characterization of single bimetallic alloy nanoparticles is suggested here as a powerful and convenient complement or alternative to TEM characterization of alloy nanoparticles.

  2. The Roll of NaPSS Surfactant on the Ceria Nanoparticles Embedding in Polypyrrole Films

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    Simona Popescu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs in crystalline form have been synthesized by a coprecipitation method. CeO2 nanoparticles were then embedded in polypyrrole (PPy films during the electropolymerization of pyrrole (Py on titanium substrate. The influence of poly(sodium 4-styrenesulfonate (NaPSS surfactant used during polymerization on the embedding of CeO2 NPs in polypyrrole films was investigated. The new films were characterized in terms of surface analysis, wettability, electrochemical behaviour, and antibacterial effect. The surface and electrochemical characterization revealed the role of surfactant on PPy doping process cerium oxide incorporation. In the presence of surfactant, CeO2 NPs are preferentially embedded in the polymeric film while, without surfactant, the ceria nanoparticles are quasiuniformly spread as agglomerates onto polymeric films. The antibacterial effect of studied PPy films was substantially improved in the presence of cerium oxide and depends by the polymerization conditions.

  3. Enhanced optical absorption by Ag nanoparticles in a thin film Si solar cell

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    Chen Feng-Xiang; Wang Li-Sheng; Xu Wen-Ying

    2013-01-01

    Thin film solar cells have the potential to significantly reduce the cost of photovoltaics.Light trapping is crucial to such a thin film silicon solar cell because of a low absorption coefficient due to its indirect band gap.In this paper,we investigate the suitability of surface plasmon resonance Ag nanoparticles for enhancing optical absorption in the thin film solar cell.For evaluating the transmittance capability of Ag nanoparticles and the conventional antireflection film,an enhanced transmittance factor is introduced.We find that under the solar spectrum AM1.5,the transmittance of Ag nanoparticles with radius over 160 nm is equivalent to that of conventional textured antireflection film,and its effect is better than that of the planar antireflection film.The influence of the surrounding medium is also discussed.

  4. Nanoparticle and gelation stabilized functional composites of an ionic salt in a hydrophobic polymer matrix.

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    Kanyas, Selin; Aydın, Derya; Kizilel, Riza; Demirel, A Levent; Kizilel, Seda

    2014-01-01

    Polymer composites consisted of small hydrophilic pockets homogeneously dispersed in a hydrophobic polymer matrix are important in many applications where controlled release of the functional agent from the hydrophilic phase is needed. As an example, a release of biomolecules or drugs from therapeutic formulations or release of salt in anti-icing application can be mentioned. Here, we report a method for preparation of such a composite material consisted of small KCOOH salt pockets distributed in the styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS) polymer matrix and demonstrate its effectiveness in anti-icing coatings. The mixtures of the aqueous KCOOH and SBS-cyclohexane solutions were firstly stabilized by adding silica nanoparticles to the emulsions and, even more, by gelation of the aqueous phase by agarose. The emulsions were observed in optical microscope to check its stability in time and characterized by rheological measurements. The dry composite materials were obtained via casting the emulsions onto the glass substrates and evaporations of the organic solvent. Composite polymer films were characterized by water contact angle (WCA) measurements. The release of KCOOH salt into water and the freezing delay experiments of water droplets on dry composite films demonstrated their anti-icing properties. It has been concluded that hydrophobic and thermoplastic SBS polymer allows incorporation of the hydrophilic pockets/phases through our technique that opens the possibility for controlled delivering of anti-icing agents from the composite.

  5. Nanoparticle and gelation stabilized functional composites of an ionic salt in a hydrophobic polymer matrix.

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    Selin Kanyas

    Full Text Available Polymer composites consisted of small hydrophilic pockets homogeneously dispersed in a hydrophobic polymer matrix are important in many applications where controlled release of the functional agent from the hydrophilic phase is needed. As an example, a release of biomolecules or drugs from therapeutic formulations or release of salt in anti-icing application can be mentioned. Here, we report a method for preparation of such a composite material consisted of small KCOOH salt pockets distributed in the styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS polymer matrix and demonstrate its effectiveness in anti-icing coatings. The mixtures of the aqueous KCOOH and SBS-cyclohexane solutions were firstly stabilized by adding silica nanoparticles to the emulsions and, even more, by gelation of the aqueous phase by agarose. The emulsions were observed in optical microscope to check its stability in time and characterized by rheological measurements. The dry composite materials were obtained via casting the emulsions onto the glass substrates and evaporations of the organic solvent. Composite polymer films were characterized by water contact angle (WCA measurements. The release of KCOOH salt into water and the freezing delay experiments of water droplets on dry composite films demonstrated their anti-icing properties. It has been concluded that hydrophobic and thermoplastic SBS polymer allows incorporation of the hydrophilic pockets/phases through our technique that opens the possibility for controlled delivering of anti-icing agents from the composite.

  6. Drug release kinetics from carboxymethylcellulose-bacterial cellulose composite films.

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    Juncu, Gheorghe; Stoica-Guzun, Anicuta; Stroescu, Marta; Isopencu, Gabriela; Jinga, Sorin Ion

    2016-08-30

    Composite films of sodium carboxymethyl cellulose and bacterial cellulose (NaCMC-BC) cross-linked with citric acid (CA) were prepared by solution casting method. Ibuprofen sodium salt (IbuNa) has been used to study the mechanism of drug release from composite films. Surface morphology was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and proved that the BC content influences the aspect of the films. Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) revealed specific peaks in IR spectra of composite films which sustain that NaCMC was cross-linked with CA. Starting from swelling observations, the release kinetic of IbuNa was described using a model which neglects the volume expansion due to polymer swelling and which considers non-linear diffusion coefficients for drug and solvent. The IbuNa release is also influenced by BC content, the drug release rate was decreasing with the increase of BC content.

  7. High-loading Fe2O3/SWNT composite films for lithium-ion battery applications

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    Wang, Ying; Guo, Jiahui; Li, Li; Ge, Yali; Li, Baojun; Zhang, Yingjiu; Shang, Yuanyuan; Cao, Anyuan

    2017-08-01

    Single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) films are a potential candidate as porous conductive electrodes for energy conversion and storage; tailoring the loading and distribution of active materials grafted on SWNTs is critical for achieving maximum performance. Here, we show that as-synthesized SWNT samples containing residual Fe catalyst can be directly converted to Fe2O3/SWNT composite films by thermal annealing in air. The mass loading of Fe2O3 nanoparticles is tunable from 63 wt% up to 96 wt%, depending on the annealing temperature (from 450 °C to 600 °C), while maintaining the porous network structure. Interconnected SWNT networks containing high-loading active oxides lead to synergistic effect as an anode material for lithium ion batteries. The performance is improved consistently with increasing Fe2O3 loading. As a result, our Fe2O3/SWNT composite films exhibit a high reversible capacity (1007.1 mA h g-1 at a current density of 200 mA g-1), excellent rate capability (384.9 mA h g-1 at 5 A g-1) and stable cycling performance with the discharge capacity up to 567.1 mA h g-1 after 600 cycles at 2 A g-1. The high-loading Fe2O3/SWNT composite films have potential applications as nanostructured electrodes for various energy devices such as supercapacitors and Li-ion batteries.

  8. Photocatalysis and photoinduced hydrophilicity of WO3 thin films with underlying Pt nanoparticles.

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    Miyauchi, Masahiro

    2008-11-07

    The photocatalytic oxidation and photoinduced hydrophilicity of thin tungsten trioxide (WO(3)) films coupled with platinum (Pt) nanoparticles were investigated. WO(3) films with underlying Pt nanoparticles (WO(3)/Pt/substrate) and those with overlying Pt nanoparticles (Pt/WO(3)/substrate) were synthesized by sputtering and sol-gel methods. Between these films, underlying Pt nanoparticles greatly enhanced the photocatalytic oxidation activity of WO(3) without decreasing the photoinduced hydrophilic conversion. However, overlying Pt nanoparticles deteriorated the hydrophilicity of WO(3) because the Pt nanoparticle surface was hydrophobic. The enhanced photocatalytic reaction by the Pt nanoparticles was attributed to the multi-electron reduction in Pt, which is caused by the injected electrons from the conduction band of WO(3). The relationship between photocatalytic activity and thin film structure, including the size of Pt nanoparticles, the thickness and porosity of the WO(3) layer, were investigated. Consequently, the optimum structure for high performance in both photocatalysis and photoinduced hydrophilicity was WO(3) (50 nm)/Pt(1.5 nm)/substrate, and this film exhibited a significant self-cleaning property even under visible light irradiation.

  9. Carbon Materials Metal/Metal Oxide Nanoparticle Composite and Battery Anode Composed of the Same

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    Hung, Ching-Cheh (Inventor)

    2006-01-01

    A method of forming a composite material for use as an anode for a lithium-ion battery is disclosed. The steps include selecting a carbon material as a constituent part of the composite, chemically treating the selected carbon material to receive nanoparticles, incorporating nanoparticles into the chemically treated carbon material and removing surface nanoparticles from an outside surface of the carbon material with incorporated nanoparticles. A material making up the nanoparticles alloys with lithium.

  10. Magnetic Properties of Nanoparticle Matrix Composites

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    Vijay Kumar Foundation 1969 Sector 4 Gurgaon, Harayana 122001 India 8. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION REPORT NUMBER N/A 9. SPONSORING... media . Some of these nanoparticles (such as Fe-Pt) can also be very interesting for catalysis. Fe-Pt is one of the most promising materials due to its...Foundation; Mailing Address: 1969 Sector 4, Gurgaon 122001, Haryana, India ; Phone/Fax: +91-124-4079369 Period of Performance: 04/03/2013 – 04/02

  11. Temperature-controlled transparent-film heater based on silver nanowire-PMMA composite film.

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    He, Xin; Liu, A'lei; Hu, Xuyang; Song, Mingxia; Duan, Feng; Lan, Qiuming; Xiao, Jundong; Liu, Junyan; Zhang, Mei; Chen, Yeqing; Zeng, Qingguang

    2016-11-25

    We fabricated a high-performance film heater based on a silver nanowire and polymethyl methacrylate (Ag NW-PMMA) composite film, which was synthesized with the assistance of mechanical lamination and an in situ transfer method. The films exhibit excellent conductivity, high figure of merit, and strong adhesion of percolation network to substrate. By controlling NW density, we prepared the films with a transmittance of 44.9-85.0% at 550 nm and a sheet resistance of 0.13-1.40 Ω sq(-1). A stable temperature ranging from 130 °C-40 °C was generated at 3.0 V within 10-30 s, indicating that the resulting film heaters show a rapid thermal response, low driving voltage and stable temperature recoverability. Furthermore, we demonstrated the applications of the film heater in defrosting and a physical therapeutic instrument. A fast defrosting on the composite film with a transmittance of 88% was observed by applying a 9 V driving voltage for 20 s. Meanwhile, we developed a physical therapeutic instrument with two modes of thermotherapy and electronic-pulse massage by using the composite films as two electrodes, greatly decreasing the weight and power consumption compared to a traditional instrument. Therefore, Ag NW-PMMA film can be a promising candidate for diversified heating applications.

  12. Temperature-controlled transparent-film heater based on silver nanowire-PMMA composite film

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    He, Xin; Liu, A.'lei; Hu, Xuyang; Song, Mingxia; Duan, Feng; Lan, Qiuming; Xiao, Jundong; Liu, Junyan; Zhang, Mei; Chen, Yeqing; Zeng, Qingguang

    2016-11-01

    We fabricated a high-performance film heater based on a silver nanowire and polymethyl methacrylate (Ag NW-PMMA) composite film, which was synthesized with the assistance of mechanical lamination and an in situ transfer method. The films exhibit excellent conductivity, high figure of merit, and strong adhesion of percolation network to substrate. By controlling NW density, we prepared the films with a transmittance of 44.9-85.0% at 550 nm and a sheet resistance of 0.13-1.40 Ω sq-1. A stable temperature ranging from 130 °C-40 °C was generated at 3.0 V within 10-30 s, indicating that the resulting film heaters show a rapid thermal response, low driving voltage and stable temperature recoverability. Furthermore, we demonstrated the applications of the film heater in defrosting and a physical therapeutic instrument. A fast defrosting on the composite film with a transmittance of 88% was observed by applying a 9 V driving voltage for 20 s. Meanwhile, we developed a physical therapeutic instrument with two modes of thermotherapy and electronic-pulse massage by using the composite films as two electrodes, greatly decreasing the weight and power consumption compared to a traditional instrument. Therefore, Ag NW-PMMA film can be a promising candidate for diversified heating applications.

  13. Thin Film Polymer Composite Scintillators for Thermal Neutron Detection

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    Andrew N. Mabe

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Thin film polystyrene composite scintillators containing LiF6 and organic fluors have been fabricated and tested as thermal neutron detectors. Varying fluorescence emission intensities for different compositions are interpreted in terms of the Beer-Lambert law and indicate that the sensitivity of fluorescent sensors can be improved by incorporating transparent particles with refractive index different than that of the polymer matrix. Compositions and thicknesses were varied to optimize the fluorescence and thermal neutron response and to reduce gamma-ray sensitivity. Neutron detection efficiency and neutron/gamma-ray discrimination are reported herein as functions of composition and thickness. Gamma-ray sensitivity is affected largely by changing thickness and unaffected by the amount of LiF6 in the film. The best neutron/gamma-ray discrimination characteristics are obtained for film thicknesses in the range 25–150 μm.

  14. Influences of oscillatory structural forces on dewetting of nanoparticle-laden ultra-thin films

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    Guo-Hui Hu

    2012-01-01

    To understand the influences of nanoparticles on dewetting in ultra-thin films,both linear stability theory and numerical simulations are performed in the present study,with the consideration of oscillatory structural (OS) forces.Long scale approximation is utilized to simplify the hydrodynamic and diffusion equations to a nonlinear system for film thickness and nanoparticle concentration.Results show that the presence of nanoparticles generally suppresses the dewetting process.Two physical mechanisms responsible for this phenomenon are addressed in the present study.When the oscillatory structural forces are relatively smaller,the essential feature of film evolution is similar to the case of particle-free flow.The reduction of the linear growth rate and the postponement of film rupturing can be attributed to the increment of the viscosity due to the presence of nanoparticles.On the other hand,when the intensity of the OS forces becomes stronger,the stepwise thinning of film can be observed which prevents the film from rupture.Numerical simulations indicate that this phenomenon is caused by the existence of a stable zone due to the oscillatory nature of the structural forces.Another interesting finding is that the non-uniformity of the distribution of nanoparticle concentration might destabilize a spinodally stable film,and trigger the occurrence of film dewetting.

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

  16. Microlandscaping on a graphene oxide film via localized decoration of Ag nanoparticles.

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    Teoh, Hao Fatt; Dzung, Pham; Lim, Wan Qi; Chua, Jun Hui; Lee, Kian Keat; Hu, Zhibin; Tan, Huiru; Tok, Eng Soon; Sow, Chorng Haur

    2014-03-21

    A direct and facile method for micro-landscaping of Ag nanoparticles on reduced graphene oxide (rGO) is presented. This method employs a focused laser beam to achieve local reduction of Ag(+) ions to Ag NPs by laser irradiation on a GO film that is submerged in AgNO3 solution. Using this method, the Ag nanoparticles can be directly anchored on a rGO film, creating a microlandscape of Ag nanoparticles on the rGO film. In addition, varying the intensity of the laser beam can control the shapes, sizes and distributions of Ag nanoparticles. The resulting hybrid materials exhibit surface enhanced Raman scattering of up to 16 times depending on the size and number density of silver nanoparticles. In addition, the hybrid Ag-rGO material shows superior photoresponse when compared to rGO.

  17. Methods, compositions and kits for imaging cells and tissues using nanoparticles and spatial frequency heterodyne imaging

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    Rose-Petruck, Christoph; Wands, Jack R.; Rand, Danielle; Derdak, Zoltan; Ortiz, Vivian

    2016-04-19

    Methods, compositions, systems, devices and kits are provided herein for preparing and using a nanoparticle composition and spatial frequency heterodyne imaging for visualizing cells or tissues. In various embodiments, the nanoparticle composition includes at least one of: a nanoparticle, a polymer layer, and a binding agent, such that the polymer layer coats the nanoparticle and is for example a polyethylene glycol, a polyelectrolyte, an anionic polymer, or a cationic polymer, and such that the binding agent that specifically binds the cells or the tissue. Methods, compositions, systems, devices and kits are provided for identifying potential therapeutic agents in a model using the nanoparticle composition and spatial frequency heterodyne imaging.

  18. Preparation and properties of cellulose nanocrystals reinforced collagen composite films.

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    Li, Weichang; Guo, Rui; Lan, Yong; Zhang, Yi; Xue, Wei; Zhang, Yuanming

    2014-04-01

    Collagen films have been widely used in the field of biomedical engineering. However, the poor mechanical properties of collagen have limited its application. Here, rod-like cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) were fabricated and used to reinforce collagen films. A series of collagen/CNCs films were prepared by collagen solution with CNCs suspensions homogeneously dispersed at CNCs: collagen weight ratios of 1, 3, 5, 7, and 10. The morphology of the resulting films was analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), the enhancement of the thermomechanical properties of the collagen/CNCs composites were demonstrated by thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) and mechanical testing. Among the CNCs contents used, a loading of 7 wt % led to the maximum mechanical properties for the collagen/CNCs composite films. In addition, in vitro cell culture studies revealed that the CNCs have no negative effect on the cell morphology, viability, and proliferation and possess good biocompatibility. We conclude that the incorporation of CNCs is a simple and promising way to reinforce collagen films without impairing biocompatibility. This study demonstrates that the composite films show good potential for use in the field of skin tissue engineering.

  19. Incorporation of europium III complex into nanoparticles and films obtained by the Sol-Gel methodology

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    Faley Jean de Sousa

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available The sol-gel process is very effective for the preparation of new materials with potential applications in optics, sensors, catalyst supports, coatings, and specialty inorganic polymers that can be used as hosts for the accommodation of organic molecules. The low temperature employed in the process is the main advantage of this methodology. In this work, the europium (III complex with 1,10-phenantroline was prepared, and this luminescent complex was incorporated into silica nanoparticles and films by the sol-gel process. The nanoparticles were obtained by the modified Stöber methodology. The films were obtained by the dip-coating technique, at different deposition rates and numbers of layers. The nanoparticles and films were characterized by photoluminescence, thermal analysis, and Raman and infrared spectroscopies. Characterization revealed that the europium (III complex was not affected upon incorporation into the nanoparticles and films, opening a new field for the application of these materials.

  20. ZnO nanoparticle-containing emulsions for transparent, hydrophobic UV-absorbent films.

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    Tigges, Britta; Möller, Martin; Weichold, Oliver

    2010-05-01

    A simple method for the preparation of thin, zinc oxide nanoparticle-containing films showing high UV absorption, high transmittance in the visible range (>88%), and water repellence with contact angles of 120 degrees is presented. The films are coated from an emulsion containing the hydrophobic polymer and the nanoparticles. This emulsion was prepared by mixing commercial o/w emulsions used for hydrophobic coatings on textiles with ZnO nanoparticle-containing o/w emulsions. The latter were designed so that the mixed coating formulation could be prepared without breaking. Preparation and properties of the o/w emulsions as well as the final films are elaborated. The performance of hydrophobic and hydrophilic ZnO nanoparticles during preparation and in the final film is evaluated.

  1. Doping for speed: colloidal nanoparticles for thin-film optoelectronics.

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    Noone, Kevin M; Ginger, David S

    2009-02-24

    Solution-processable semiconductor materials ranging from conjugated polymers and small organic molecules to colloidal inorganic nanoparticles are being studied for applications in both low-cost solar cells and photodetectors. High-quality thin films of many inorganic semiconductors can be prepared by techniques such as chemical vapor deposition, molecular beam epitaxy, and atomic layer deposition. In contrast, preparing device-quality films of inorganic materials from colloidal solutions can be more difficult due to the challenge of achieving well-defined doping, controlled trap densities, and reproducible surface chemistry. Nevertheless, solution deposition using colloidal precursors is an attractive goal because of the potential for low-cost, large-area processing. In recent years, a great deal of effort has focused on the colloidal synthesis of wide-band-gap metal oxides such as TiO(2), visible-absorbing II-VI compounds such as CdSe, and small-band-gap materials such as PbSe. Much of the work on visible- and IR-absorbing photodetectors has been done on materials containing metals such as Cd and Pb. A new paper in this issue demonstrates photoconductive detectors made from Cu-containing In(2)S(3) nanoplates. The incorporation of Cu into the In(2)S(3) nanoplates leads to a significant decrease in the lifetime of the photoexcited carriers, resulting in significantly faster response times for the photodetectors processed from colloidal solution.

  2. Iron nanoparticles embedded in carbon films: structural and optical properties

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    Mashayekhi, Fatemeh; Shafiekhani, Azizollah; Sebt, Seyed Ali

    2016-06-01

    In the present work amorphous hydrogenated carbon films with sputtered iron nanoparticles (Fe NPs @ a-C:H) were deposited by co-deposition of RF-sputtering and RF-plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition methods using acetylene gas and iron target on quartz and silicon substrates. Samples were prepared in different initial pressures and during constant deposition time. The crystalline structure of Fe NPs @ a-C:H was studied using X-ray diffraction and selected area electron diffraction patterns. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis presents that increasing the initial pressure decreases the atomic ratio of Fe/C and the sp3-hybridized carbon content in prepared samples. The transmission electron microscope image shows the encapsulated Fe NPs in carbon films. The optical properties and localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of samples were studied using UV-visible spectrophotometry, which is shown that increasing of Fe content decreases the intensity of LSPR peak and increases the optical band gap.

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

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

    2015-10-15

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

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

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    Farzana Aktar Chowdhury

    2015-10-01

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

  5. Existence, release, and antibacterial actions of silver nanoparticles on Ag–PIII TiO2 films with different nanotopographies

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Jinhua Li, Yuqin Qiao, Hongqin Zhu, Fanhao Meng, Xuanyong Liu State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, People’s Republic of China Abstract: Nanotopographical TiO2 films (including nanorod, nanotip, and nanowire topographies were successfully fabricated on the metallic Ti surface via hydrothermal treatment and then underwent Ag plasma immersion ion implantation to incorporate Ag with TiO2. The surface morphology, phase component, and chemical composition before and after Ag–PIII were characterized. In view of the potential clinical applications, both Gram-negative Escherichia coli and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus were used to estimate their antimicrobial effect. The nanostructured TiO2 films on a Ti surface exhibit a better bacteriostatic effect on both microbes compared to the pristine Ti. The nanotopographies of the TiO2 films affect the nucleation, growth, and distribution of Ag nanoparticles in the films during Ag–PIII process. The Ag nanoparticles are completely embedded into the nanorod film while partially exposed out of the nanotip and nanowire films, which account for the significant differences in the release behaviors of Ag ions in vitro. However, no significant difference exists in their antimicrobial activity against both microbes. The antimicrobial actions of the Ag@TiO2 system described here consist of two methods – the contact-killing action and the release-killing action. Nevertheless, based on the observed results, the contact-killing action should be regarded as the main method to destroy microbes for all the Ag plasma-modified TiO2 nanofilms. This study provides insight to optimize the surface design of Ti-based implants to acquire more effective antimicrobial surfaces to meet clinical applications. Keywords: silver, nanoparticles, titania, nanostructure, antibacterial, plasma

  6. Decomposition of Organometal Halide Perovskite Films on Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles.

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    Cheng, Yuanhang; Yang, Qing-Dan; Xiao, Jingyang; Xue, Qifan; Li, Ho-Wa; Guan, Zhiqiang; Yip, Hin-Lap; Tsang, Sai-Wing

    2015-09-16

    Solution processed zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) with excellent electron transport properties and a low-temperature process is a viable candidate to replace titanium dioxide (TiO2) as electron transport layer to develop high-efficiency perovskite solar cells on flexible substrates. However, the number of reported high-performance perovskite solar cells using ZnO-NPs is still limited. Here we report a detailed investigation on the chemistry and crystal growth of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite on ZnO-NP thin films. We find that the perovskite films would severely decompose into PbI2 upon thermal annealing on the bare ZnO-NP surface. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) results show that the hydroxide groups on the ZnO-NP surface accelerate the decomposition of the perovskite films. To reduce the decomposition, we introduce a buffer layer in between the ZnO-NPs and perovskite layers. We find that a commonly used buffer layer with small molecule [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) can slow down but cannot completely avoid the decomposition. On the other hand, a polymeric buffer layer using poly(ethylenimine) (PEI) can effectively separate the ZnO-NPs and perovskite, which allows larger crystal formation with thermal annealing. The power conversion efficiencies of perovskite photovoltaic cells are significantly increased from 6.4% to 10.2% by replacing PC61BM with PEI as the buffer layer.

  7. A Humidity Sensor Based on Silver Nanoparticles Thin Film Prepared by Electrostatic Spray Deposition Process

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    Thutiyaporn Thiwawong

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, thin film of silver nanoparticles for humidity sensor application was deposited by electrostatic spray deposition technique. The influence of the deposition times on properties of films was studied. The crystal structures of sample films, their surface morphology, and optical properties have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM, and UV-VIS spectrophotometer, respectively. The crystalline structure of silver nanoparticles thin film was found in the orientation of (100 and (200 planes of cubic structure at diffraction angles 2θ  =  38.2° and 44.3°, respectively. Moreover, the silver nanoparticles thin films humidity sensor was fabricated onto the interdigitated electrodes. The sensor exhibited the humidity adsorption and desorption properties. The sensing mechanisms of the device were also elucidated by complex impedance analysis.

  8. The fabrication and characterization of inkjet-printed polyaniline nanoparticle films

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    Morrin, Aoife [School of Chemical Sciences, National Centre for Sensor Research, Dublin City University, Dublin 9 (Ireland); Ngamna, Orawan [ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong, NSW 2522 (Australia); O' Malley, Eimer [School of Chemical Sciences, National Centre for Sensor Research, Dublin City University, Dublin 9 (Ireland); Kent, Nigel [School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, National Centre for Sensor Research, Dublin City University, Dublin 9 (Ireland); Moulton, Simon E.; Wallace, Gordon G. [ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, University of Wollongong, Northfields Avenue, Wollongong, NSW 2522 (Australia); Smyth, Malcolm R. [School of Chemical Sciences, National Centre for Sensor Research, Dublin City University, Dublin 9 (Ireland); Killard, Anthony J. [School of Chemical Sciences, National Centre for Sensor Research, Dublin City University, Dublin 9 (Ireland)], E-mail: tony.killard@dcu.ie

    2008-06-30

    This paper reports on the fabrication and characterization of electrodes modified with conducting polymer nanoparticle films, produced via inkjet printing. The polyaniline nanoparticle formulations were deposited via a desktop inkjet printer onto screen-printed carbon-paste electrodes (SPE), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and gold-PET and their morphology studied at a range of length scales using profilometry, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The deposited films were found to form continuous polymer films depending upon film thickness, which was in turn dependent on the number of prints performed. The inkjet-printed films exhibited a smooth morphology on the SPEs at the micro-dimensional scale, as a result of the aggradation and coalescing of the nanoparticles upon deposition. The resulting modified electrodes were both conductive and electroactive, possessing good reversible polyaniline electrochemistry. Such a combination of materials and processing offers the potential of producing a range of low cost, solid state devices such as sensors, actuators and electrochromic devices.

  9. Microstructural and Optical Absorption Properties of Cu-MgF2 Nanoparticle Cermet Film

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    孙兆奇; 孙大明; 阮图南

    2002-01-01

    We examine the microstructural and optical absorption spectra of 10-30 vol% Cu-MgF2 nanoparticle cermet films prepared by co-evaporation in vacuum. The results show that the Cu-MgF2 cermet films are mainly composed of the amorphous MgF2 matrix with embedded fcc Cu nanoparticles of average size 12-24 nm. The results also show that the optical absorption of the films decreases as the wavelength increases in the range of 200-800nm. The surface plasmon resonance absorption peaks of Cu nanoparticles in 10, 20 and 30 vo1% Cu-MgF2 films appear at 578, 588 and 606nm, respectively. The interband transition absorption of Cu starts from 590nm downwards.Based on the Maxwell-Garnett theory, the experimental optical absorption properties of the films have been quantitatively evaluated.

  10. Thermochromic vanadium-dioxide-based thin films and nanoparticles: Survey of some buildings-related advances

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    Granqvist, Claes G.; Ji, Yu-Xia; Montero, José; Niklasson, Gunnar A.

    2016-10-01

    Today's architecture uses large glazings (windows and glass facades) to obtain good indoors-outdoors contact and day-lighting. However glazings offer challenges and often lead to excessive solar energy inflow and thereby a need for energy-demanding space cooling. This paper summarizes recent work on thermochromic (TC) materials intended for energy-efficient buildings and outlines how vanadium-dioxide-based thin films and nanoparticle composites can be used in TC glazings which admit more solar energy below a comfort temperature than above this temperature, so that the cooling need is diminished, while the transmittance of visible light remains high. We also report on some very recent work on TC light scattering.

  11. Photocatalysed (Methacrylate Polymerization by (Antimony-Doped Tin Oxide Nanoparticles and Photoconduction of Their Crosslinked Polymer Nanoparticle Composites

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    J. C. M. Brokken-Zijp

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In the absence of another (photoradical initiator Sb:SnO2 nanoparticles (0≤Sb≤13 at % photocatalyze during irradiation with UV light the radical polymerization of (methacrylate monomers. When cured hard and transparent (>98% films with a low haze (0 at % nanoparticles can be attractive fillers for other photocatalytic applications photorefractive materials, optoelectronic devices and sensors.

  12. Off-Resonant Third-Order Optical Nonlinearity of an Ag:TiO2 Composite Film

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    ZHANG Chun-Feng; YOU Guan-Jun; DONG Zhi-Wei; LIU Ye; MA Guo-Hong; QIAN Shi-Xiong

    2005-01-01

    @@ Using the femtosecond time-resolved optical Kerr effect technique, we investigate the off-resonant nonlinear optical response of an Ag:TiO2 composite film prepared by a vacuum magnetron sputtering method. The third-order nonlinear optical susceptibility of the composite film with silver nanoparticle size of about 30 nm is estimated to be 1.9×10-10 esu at the incident laser wavelength of 800nm. When the photon energy of the incident beam is lower than that for surface plasmon or the interband transition of silver nanoparticles, the observed third-order optical nonlinearity is attributed to the intraband transition of the free electrons. Based on the linear limit of the electric field within micro-spherical model, we assign this large optical nonlinearity to the local field enhancement of the third-order nonlinearity.

  13. Thin chitosan films containing super-paramagnetic nanoparticles with contrasting capability in magnetic resonance imaging.

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    Farjadian, Fatemeh; Moradi, Sahar; Hosseini, Majid

    2017-03-01

    Magnetic nanoparticles have found application as MRI contrasting agents. Herein, chitosan thin films containing super-paramagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) are evaluated in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). To determine their contrasting capability, super-paramagnetic nanoparticles coated with citrate (SPIONs-cit) were synthesized. Then, chitosan thin films with different concentrations of SPIONs-cit were prepared and their MRI data (i.e., r 2 and r 2*) was evaluated in an aqueous medium. The synthesized SPIONs-cit and chitosan/SPIONs-cit films were characterized by FTIR, EDX, XRD as well as VSM with the morphology evaluated by SEM and AFM. The nanoparticle sizes and distribution confirmed well-defined nanoparticles and thin films formation along with high contrasting capability in MRI. Images revealed well-dispersed uniform nanoparticles, averaging 10 nm in size. SPIONs-cit's hydrodynamic size averaged 23 nm in diameter. The crystallinity obeyed a chitosan and SPIONs pattern. The in vitro cellular assay of thin films with a novel route was performed within Hek293 cell lines showing that thin films can be biocompatible.

  14. TiO2 nanoparticles doped SiO2 films with ordered mesopore channels: a catalytic nanoreactor.

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    Saha, Jony; Mitra, Anuradha; Dandapat, Anirban; De, Goutam

    2014-04-07

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) incorporated ordered 2D hexagonal mesoporous silica (SiO2) films on a glass substrate were fabricated for use as a catalytic nanoreactor. Films were prepared using a tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) derived SiO2 sol and a commercially available dispersion of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs) in the presence of pluronic P123 as the structure directing agent. The effect of TiO2 doping (4-10 mol% with respect to the equivalent SiO2) into the ordered mesoporous SiO2 matrix was thoroughly investigated. The undoped SiO2 film showed a mesostructural transformation after heat-treatment at 350 °C whereas incorporation of TiO2 restricted such a transformation. Among all the TiO2 incorporated films, TEM showed that the 7 equivalent mol% TiO2 doped SiO2 film (ST-7) had an optimal composition which could retain the more organized 2D hexagonal (space group p6mm)-like mesostructures after heat-treatment. The catalytic activities of the TiO2 doped (4-10 mol%) films were investigated for the reduction of toxic KMnO4 in an aqueous medium. ST-7 film showed the maximum catalytic activity, as well as reusability. A TEM study on the resultant solution after KMnO4 reduction revealed the formation of MnO2 nanowires. It was understood that the embedded TiO2 NPs bonded SiO2 matrix increased the surface hydroxyl groups of the composite films resulting in the generation of acidic sites. The catalytic process can be explained by this enhanced surface acidity. The mesoporous channel of the ST-7 films with TiO2 doping can be used as a nanoreactor to form extremely thin MnO2 nanowires.

  15. Preparation of Antibacterial Nanofibre/Nanoparticle Covered Composite Yarns

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    Fatma Yalcinkaya

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The antibacterial efficiency of nanofibre composite yarns with an immobilized antibacterial agent was tested. This novel type of nanofibrous composite material combines the good mechanical properties of the core yarn with the high specific surface of the nanofibre shell to gain specific targeted qualities. The main advantages of nanofibre covered composite yarns over the standard planar nanofibre membranes include high tensile strength, a high production rate, and their ability to be processed by standard textile techniques. The presented paper describes a study of the immobilization of an antibacterial agent and its interaction with two types of bacterial colonies. The aim of the study is to assess the applicability of the new composite nanomaterial in antibacterial filtration. During the experimental tests copper(II oxide particles were immobilized in the polyurethane and polyvinyl butyral nanofibre components of a composite yarn. The antibacterial efficiency was evaluated by using both Gram-negative Escherichia coli and Gram-positive Staphylococcus gallinarum bacteria. The results showed that the composite yarn with polyvinyl butyral nanofibres incorporating copper(II oxide nanoparticles exhibited better antibacterial efficiency compared to the yarn containing the polyurethane nanofibres. The nanofibre/nanoparticle covered composite yarns displayed good antibacterial activity against a number of bacteria.

  16. Digital Compositing Dalam Film Animasi 3 Dimensi

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    Cito Yasuki Yasuki Rahmad

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Animation is a technique mostly used in the film world. Nowadays it is growing intechnical animation creation. Animation has evolved from 2D animation to the nextstage in the new form, more realistic and interesting, that is the 3D animation. With thedevelopment of existing technology, the 3D animation is more amazing for the audience,especially 3D animation combined with real action (live action. With the digitalcompositing, the result of a combination of 3D and real action to make the film seemmore alive, because the animation is really close to the original in real life.

  17. The effective flux through a thin-film composite membrane

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    Bruna, M.; Chapman, S. J.; Ramon, G. Z.

    2015-05-01

    Composite membrane structures, used extensively in separation processes, comprise an ultra-thin selective polymer film cast over a porous support, whose pores partially obstruct transport out of the top film. Here, we model the composite as a finite thickness slab with a periodic array of circular absorbing patches in an otherwise reflective surface and study the effective transport properties of the composite. We obtain an analytical approximation for the effective diffusive flux as a function of the geometrical parameters, namely the film thickness, the support porosity and the pore size. We find a good agreement with full numerical solutions, and that a good effective rate is achievable with a relatively small number of pores.

  18. Collective plasmon modes in a compositionally asymmetric nanoparticle dimer

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    Fuyi Chen

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The plasmon coupling phenomenon of heterodimers composed of silver, gold and copper nanoparticles of 60 nm in size and spherical in shape were studied theoretically within the scattered field formulation framework. In-phase dipole coupled σ-modes were observed for the Ag-Au and Ag-Cu heterodimers, and an antiphase dipole coupled π-mode was observed for the Ag-Au heterodimer. These observations agree well with the plasmon hybridization theory. However, quadrupole coupled modes dominate the high energy wavelength range from 357-443 nm in the scattering cross section of the D=60 nm Ag-Au and Ag-Cu heterodimer. We demonstrate for the first time that collective plasmon modes in a compositionally asymmetric nanoparticle dimer have to be predicted from the dipole-dipole approximation of plasmon hybridization theory together with the interband transition effect of the constitutive metals and the retardation effect of the nanoparticle size.

  19. Controlling the alloy composition of PtNi nanocrystals using solid-state dewetting of bilayer films

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    Seo, Okkyun; Oh, Se An; Lee, Ji Yeon; Ha, Sung Soo; Kim, Jae Myung; Choi, Jung Won; Kim, Jin-Woo [Department of Physics and Photon Science & School of Materials Science and Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 61005 (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Hyon Chol [Department of Materials and Science Engineering, Chosun University, Gwangju 61542 (Korea, Republic of); Noh, Do Young, E-mail: dynoh@gist.ac.kr [Department of Physics and Photon Science & School of Materials Science and Engineering, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju 61005 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-05-15

    We demonstrate that solid-state dewetting of bilayer films is an effective way for obtaining bimetallic alloy nanocrystals of controlled composition. When a Pt–Ni bilayer film were annealed near 700 °C, Pt and Ni atoms inter-diffused to form a PtNi bimetallic alloy film. Upon annealing at higher temperatures, the bilayer films transformed into <111> oriented PtNi alloy nanocrystals in small-rhombicuboctahedron shape through solid-state dewetting process. The Pt content of the nanocrystals and the alloy films, estimated by applying the Vegard's law to the relaxed lattice constant, was closely related to the thickness of each layer in the as-grown bilayer films which can be readily controlled during bilayer deposition. - Highlights: • Composition control of PtNi nanoparticles using solid state dewetting is proposed. • PtNi alloy composition was controlled by thickness ratio of Pt–Ni bilayer films. • PtNi alloy nanocrystals were obtained in small-rhombicuboctahedron shape.

  20. Assessment of morphology, topography and chemical composition of water-repellent films based on polystyrene/titanium dioxide nanocomposites

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    Bolvardi, Beleta; Seyfi, Javad; Hejazi, Iman; Otadi, Maryam; Khonakdar, Hossein Ali; Drechsler, Astrid; Holzschuh, Matthias

    2017-02-01

    In this study, polystyrene (PS)/titanium dioxide (TiO2) films were fabricated through simple solution casting technique via a modified phase separation process. The presented approach resulted in a remarkable reduction in the required amount of nanoparticles for achieving superhydrophobicity. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and 3D confocal microscopy were utilized to characterize surface morphology and topography of samples, respectively. An attempt was made to give an in-depth analysis on the surface rough structure using 3D roughness profiles. It was found that high inclusions of non-solvent and nanoparticles resulted in a stable self-cleaning behavior due to the strong presence of hydrophobic TiO2 nanoparticles on the surface. Quite unexpectedly, low inclusions of nanoparticles and non-solvent also resulted in superhydrophobic property mainly due to the proper level of induced surface roughness. XPS analysis was also utilized to determine the chemical composition of the films' surfaces. The results of falling drop experiments showed that the sample containing a higher level of nanoparticles had a much lower mechanical resistance against the induced harsh conditions. All in all, the presented method has shown promising potential in fabrication of superhydrophobic surfaces with self-cleaning behavior using the lowest content of nanoparticles.

  1. Wearable near-field communication antennas with magnetic composite films

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    Zhan, Bihong; Su, Dan; Liu, Sheng; Liu, Feng

    2017-06-01

    The flexible near-field communication (NFC) antennas integrated with Fe3O4/ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) magnetic films were presented, and the influence of the magnetic composite films on the performance and miniaturization capability of the NFC antennas was investigated. Theoretical analysis and experimental results show that the integration of the magnetic composite films is conducive to the miniaturization of the NFC antennas. However, the pattern design of the integrated magnetic film is very important to improve the communication performance of NFC antenna. When magnetic film covers whole antenna, the inductance (L) and quality factor (Q) of the NFC antenna at 13MHz are increased by 60% and 5% respectively, but the communication distance of NFC system is decreased by 70%. When the magnetic film is located at the center of the antenna, the L value, Q value and communication distance of the NFC antenna are increased by 16.5%, 15.5% and 20% respectively. It can be seen that the application of the integrated magnetic film with optimized pattern to the NFC antenna can not only reduce the size of the antenna, but also improve the overall performance of the antenna.

  2. Characterization and DC Conductivity of Novel CuO doped Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA Nano-composite Films

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    Chivukula Srikanth

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available DC conductivity of PVA-CuO nano-composite films have been studied in the present work. The composites were prepared by solution-casting technique. The prepared PVA-CuO composites have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD analysis, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDXS; which confirmed the presence of CuO in polyvinyl alcohol and the formation of the composite. DC conductivity studies show thermally activated behavior of all the composites. The conductivity was found to increase with the increase in temperature indicating the semiconducting behavior of all the compositions. The activation energy increases as the content of CuO nanoparticles increases from 1 to 4 in wt% in the PVA- CuO nano-composites. Maximum conductivity was observed in 4 wt% of CuO in polyvinyl alcohol.

  3. Enhancement of polycrystalline silicon solar cells using ultrathin films of silicon nanoparticle

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    Stupca, M.; Alsalhi, M.; Al Saud, T.; Almuhanna, A.; Nayfeh, M. H.

    2007-08-01

    Ultrathin films of highly monodispersed luminescent Si nanoparticles are directly integrated on polycrystalline Si solar cells. The authors monitor the open-circuit voltage and the short circuit current. The results demonstrate that films of 1nm blue luminescent or 2.85nm red luminescent Si nanoparticles produce large voltage enhancements with improved power performance of 60% in the UV/blue range. In the visible, the enhancements are ˜10% for the red and ˜3% for the blue particles. The results point to a significant role for charge resonant transport across the nanofilm and Schottky-like rectification at nanoparticle-metal interface.

  4. Improved liquid-solid-gas interface deposition of nanoparticle thin films

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    Diao Jia-Jie; Chen Guang-De; Qiu Fu-Sheng; Yan Guo-Jun

    2004-01-01

    A liquid-solid-gas interface deposition method to prepare nanoparticle thin films is presented in this paper. The nanoparticles in the part of suspension located close to the solid-liquid-gas interface grow on the substrate under the influence of interface force when the partially immersed substrate moves relatively to the suspension. By using statistical theory of the Brownian motion, growth equations for mono-component and multi-component nanoparticle thin films are obtained and some parameters for deposition process are discussed.

  5. Preparation and atomic force microscopy of CTAB stabilized polythiophene nanoparticles thin film

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    Graak, Pinki; Devi, Ranjna; Kumar, Dinesh; Singh, Vishal; Kumar, Sacheen

    2016-05-01

    Polythiophene nanoparticles were synthesized by iron catalyzed oxidative polymerization method. Polythiophene formation was detected by UV-Visible spectroscopy with λmax 375nm. Thin films of CTAB stabilized polythiophene nanoparticles was deposited on n-type silicon wafer by spin coating technique at 3000rpm in three cycles. Thickness of the thin films was computed as 300-350nm by ellipsometry. Atomic force micrscopyrevealws the particle size of polymeric nanoparticles in the range of 30nm to 100nm. Roughness of thinfilm was also analyzed from the atomic force microscopy data by Picoimage software. The observed RMS value lies in the range of 6 nm to 12 nm.

  6. Multi-Objective Optimization of Thin-Film Silicon Solar Cells with Metallic and Dielectric Nanoparticles

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    Giovanni Aiello

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Thin-film solar cells enable a strong reduction of the amount of silicon needed to produce photovoltaic panels but their efficiency lowers. Placing metallic or dielectric nanoparticles over the silicon substrate increases the light trapping into the panel thanks to the plasmonic scattering from nanoparticles at the surface of the cell. The goal of this paper is to optimize the geometry of a thin-film solar cell with silver and silica nanoparticles in order to improve its efficiency, taking into account the amount of silver. An efficient evolutionary algorithm is applied to perform the optimization with a reduced computing time.

  7. The effect of nanoparticles on thin film elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication

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    Ghaednia, Hamed; Babaei, Hasan; Jackson, Robert L.; Bozack, Michael J.; Khodadadi, J. M.

    2013-12-01

    Carefully conducted friction tests of a nano-lubricant in the thin film elasto-hydrodynamic lubrication regime showed that the presence of nanoparticles reduces friction. By using surface analyses techniques and molecular dynamics simulations, we explored the effectiveness of different interactions in the system, namely the interactions between nanoparticles with the lubricant or surfaces. Based on the results, the friction reduction mechanism was found to be that the nanoparticles induce an obstructed flow (plug flow) in the thin film between lubricated surfaces. This reduces friction by forcing only a few layers of lubricant molecules to slide on each other.

  8. Modeling interband transitions in silver nanoparticle-fluoropolymer composites.

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    See, Kevin C; Spicer, James B; Brupbacher, John; Zhang, Dajie; Vargo, Terrence G

    2005-02-24

    The interband transition contributions to the optical properties of silver nanoparticles in fluoropolymer matrices are investigated. For the materials in this study, nanoparticle synthesis within the existing polymer matrix is accomplished using an infusion process that consists of diffusing an organometallic precursor gas into the free volume of the fluoropolymer and decomposing the precursor followed by metal nanoparticle nucleation and growth. The resulting polymer matrix nanocomposite has optical properties that are dominated by the response of the nanoparticles owing to the broadbanded transparency of the fluoropolymer matrix. The optical properties of these composites are compared to Maxwell-Garnett and Mie theory with results indicating that interband transitions excited in the silver nanoparticles affect the optical absorption over a range of frequencies including the surface plasmon resonance. It is shown that calculations of the optical absorption spectrum using published data for the silver dielectric function do not accurately describe the measured material response and that a classical model for bound and free electron behavior can best be used to represent the dielectric function of silver.

  9. Composition dependence of magnetic and magnetotransport properties in C60-Co granular thin films

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    Sugai, Isamu; Sakai, Seiji; Matsumoto, Yoshihiro; Naramoto, Hiroshi; Mitani, Seiji; Takanashi, Koki; Maeda, Yoshihito

    2010-09-01

    Composition dependence of magnetic and magnetotransport properties in C60Cox thin films exhibiting large magnetoresistance (MR) effect was investigated in the Co composition range of x =8-20, where x denotes the number of Co atoms per C60 molecule. From the superparamagnetic magnetization curves observed, the average diameter (dave) of Co nanoparticles dispersed in the matrix phase was evaluated to be approximately 1 nm for the sample of x =8, and increased with the Co composition, x. By analyzing the temperature (T) dependence of resistivity based on the model by Abeles et al. [Adv. Phys. 24, 407 (1975)], the average charging energies (⟨ÊC⟩) of Co nanoparticles were evaluated to be 2-9 meV for the samples of x =8-17 while the considerably weak temperature dependence suggested much smaller values of ⟨ÊC⟩ for the samples of x >17. The composition dependence of dave and ⟨ÊC⟩ revealed a structural transition from well-defined granular structures in the range of x =8-17 to magnetically and electronically coupled states of Co nanoparticles over x ˜17. As a result of the structural change, the MR behavior became different between the two composition regions separated at x ˜17. In particular, for the samples of x =8-17, the bias-voltage (V) dependence of the MR ratio in the low-V region fits well with an unusual exponential form of MR=MR0 exp(-V/Vc) at T proportion to ⟨ÊC⟩ and also that the fitting parameter Vc is closely correlated with ⟨ÊC⟩. These results indicate that the charging effect of Co nanoparticles plays an important role in the anomalously large MR effect of C60-Co granular films. In addition, the power-law dependence of MR on T (MR∝T-α,α˜2) was also observed at relatively high temperature range T ≥10 K in the wide range of the composition.

  10. Entrapment of Radionuclides in Nanoparticle Compositions

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    2012-01-01

    such as radionuclides,for example 61Cu and 64Cu copper isotopes. The invention further relates to a novel method for loading delivery systems, such as liposome compositions, with metal entities such as radionuclides, and the use of liposomes for targeted diagnosis and treatment of a target site, such as cancerous...

  11. Photonic sintering of thin film prepared by dodecylamine capped CuIn{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}Se{sub 2} nanoparticles for printed photovoltaics

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    Singh, Manjeet, E-mail: msitbhu@gmail.com; Jiu, Jinting; Sugahara, Tohru; Suganuma, Katsuaki

    2014-08-28

    In this paper, we report solution phase large scale synthesis of monodisperse phase pure CuIn{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}Se{sub 2} (CIGS) nanoparticles by using dodecylamine as solvent and dispersant. Various compositions of CIGS nanoparticles with different Ga content are synthesized by simply adding different amounts of Ga precursors. The band gap of CIGS nanoparticles can be tuned by changing Ga content. Effort is given to understand the formation pathway of CIGS phase so as to make the synthesis easier for the desired product. High intensity pulsed light technique, which provides extreme local heating, is used to sinter the thin film prepared using these nanoparticles on a Mo–glass surface. A uniformly conductive and dense CIGS film can be prepared by adjusting the energy of light and exposure time. The high intensity light irradiation of the CIGS film leads to diffusion of smaller CIGS nanoparticles to form a particle with larger grain size and thus enables sintering of particles without using high temperature processing. - Highlights: • Large scale synthesis of CuIn{sub x}Ga{sub 1−x}Se{sub 2} (CIGS) is reported. • Dodecylamine is used as surfactant and solvent. • CIGS phase formation mechanism is described. • High intensity pulsed light technique is used to sinter the CIGS film.

  12. Room temperature inorganic polycondensation of oxide (Cu{sub 2}O and ZnO) nanoparticles and thin films preparation by the dip-coating technique

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    Salek, G.; Tenailleau, C., E-mail: tenailleau@chimie.ups-tlse.fr; Dufour, P.; Guillemet-Fritsch, S.

    2015-08-31

    Oxide thin solid films were prepared by dip-coating into colloidal dispersions of oxide nanoparticles stabilized at room temperature without the use of chelating or complex organic dispersing agents. Crystalline oxide nanoparticles were obtained by inorganic polycondensation and characterized by X-ray diffraction and field emission gun scanning electron microscopy. Water and ethanol synthesis and solution stabilization of oxide nanoparticle method was optimized to prepare two different structural and compositional materials, namely Cu{sub 2}O and ZnO. The influence of hydrodynamic parameters over the particle shape and size is discussed. Spherical and rod shape nanoparticles were formed for Cu{sub 2}O and ZnO, respectively. Isoelectric point values of 7.5 and 8.2 were determined for cuprous and zinc oxides, respectively, after zeta potential measurements. A shear thinning and thixotropic behavior was observed in both colloidal sols after peptization at pH ~ 6 with dilute nitric acid. Every colloidal dispersion stabilized in a low cost and environmentally friendly azeotrope solution composed of 96 vol.% of ethanol with water was used for the thin film preparation by the dip-coating technique. Optical properties of the light absorber cuprous oxide and transparent zinc oxide thin solid films were characterized by means of transmittance and reflectance measurements (300–1100 nm). - Highlights: • Room temperature inorganic polycondensation of crystalline oxides • Water and ethanol synthesis and solution stabilization of oxide nanoparticles • Low cost method for thin solid film preparation.

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

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    Nikolov, Alex; Kondiparty, Kirti; Wasan, Darsh

    2010-06-01

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

  14. Synthesis of silanized maghemite nanoparticles onto reduced graphene sheets composites

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    Cosio-Castañeda, C.; Martínez-García, R.; Socolovsky, L. M.

    2014-04-01

    Novel γ-Fe2O3@APTES@rGO composites are successfully synthesized by using graphene oxide and silanized maghemite nanoparticles. Graphene oxide and maghemite were obtained by Hummers and Massart methods, respectively. The silanization process was done to functionalize maghemite surface with a controllable quantity of amino groups. Then, by adding aqueous graphene oxide suspension, the bonding between graphene oxide and silanized maghemite nanoparticles was done in refluxing conditions. Afterwards, chemical reduced graphene oxide reaction was realized by addition of hydrazine solution. The characterization of γ-Fe2O3@APTES@rGO composites was studied by X-ray Diffraction, Fourier Transformed Infrared Spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and scanning electron microscopy.

  15. Composites of nanotubular polyaniline containing Fe3O4 nanoparticles

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    龙云泽; 陈兆甲; 刘振兴; 张志明; 万梅香; 王楠林

    2003-01-01

    Results of charge-transport and magnetic measurements of nanotubular polyaniline (PANI) composites containing Fe3O4 nanoparticles (~10nm) synthesized by a "template-free" method are reported. The T-1/2 resistivity has been observed, and dc magnetic susceptibility data are fitted to an equation X = X* p + C/T. With increasing weight ratio of Fe3O4, the electrical conductivity and temperature-independent susceptibility X* p increase, and the Curietype susceptibility is suppressed at low temperatures. Further discussions have been given. The PANI-H3PO4/Fe3O4composite containing 27wt% of Fe3O4 nanoparticles is superparamagnetic, exhibiting very little hysteresis even at 5K.

  16. Composites of nanotubular polyaniline containing Fe3O4 nanoparticles

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    LongYun-Ze; ChenZhao-Jia; LiuZhen-Xing; ZhangZhi-Ming; WanMei-Xiang; WangNan-Lin

    2003-01-01

    Results of charge-transport and magnetic measurements of nanotubular polyaniline (PANI) composites containing Fe3O4 nanoparticles (-10nm) synthesized by a “template-free” method are reported. The T-1/2 resistivity has been observed, and dc magnetic susceptibility data are fitted to an equation χ=χP*+C/T. With increasing weight ratio of Fe3O4, the electrical conductivity and temperature-independent susceptibility χP* increase, and the Curietype susceptibility is suppressed at low temperatures. Further discussions have been given. The PANI-H3PO4/Fe3O4 composite containing 27wt% of Fe3O4 nanoparticles is superparamagnetic, exhibiting very little hysteresis even at 5K.

  17. Electrochemical formation of a composite polymer-aluminum oxide film

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    Runge-Marchese, Jude Mary

    1997-10-01

    The formation of polymer films through electrochemical techniques utilizing electrolytes which include conductive polymer is of great interest to the coatings and electronics industries as a means for creating electrically conductive and corrosion resistant finishes. One of these polymers, polyamino-benzene (polyaniline), has been studied for this purpose for over ten years. This material undergoes an insulator-to-metal transition upon doping with protonic acids in an acid/base type reaction. Review of prior studies dealing with polyaniline and working knowledge of aluminum anodization has led to the development of a unique process whereby composite polymer-aluminum oxide films are formed. The basis for the process is a modification of the anodizing electrolyte which results in the codeposition of polyaniline during aluminum anodization. A second process, which incorporates electrochemical sealing of the anodic layer with polyaniline was also developed. The formation of these composite films is documented through experimental processing, and characterized by way of scientific analysis and engineering tests. Analysis results revealed the formation of unique dual phase anodic films with fine microstructures which exhibited full intrusion of the columnar aluminum oxide structure with polyaniline, indicating the polymer was deposited as the metal oxidation proceeded. An aromatic amine derivative of polyaniline with aluminum sulfate was determined to be the reaction product within the aluminum oxide phase of the codeposited films. Scientific characterization determined the codeposition process yields completely chemically and metallurgically bound composite films. Engineering studies determined the films, obtained through a single step, exhibited superior wear and corrosion resistance to conventionally anodized and sealed films processed through two steps, demonstrating the increased manufacturing process efficiency that can be realized with the modification of the

  18. Effect of Au Nanoparticles Doping on The Properties of TiO2 Thin Films

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available In this study, pure and gold (Au nanoparticles doped TiO2 thin films (Au/Ti = 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 at% were prepared by sol-gel method and the impact of Au nanoparticles doping on the optical, structural and morphological properties of these thin films was examined. All thin films were characterized using ultraviolet-visible-near infrared (UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometry, X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM and atomic force microscopy (AFM. The optical band gap of the thin films increases from 3.74 eV to 3.89 eV with the increase of Au nanoparticles concentrations due to the Moss-Burstein effect. XRD results show that all thin films have cubic poly-crystal structure and the intensities of peaks of the crystalline phase increased with the increase of Au nanoparticles concentrations. The AFM results indicate that the TiO2 thin films are formed from the nanoparticles and the grain size of the films is changed with Au doping level. Consequently, it is shown that the structural, morphological and optical properties of the TiO2 thin films could be changed by Au nanoparticles-doping. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.20.1.3709

  19. Lustrous copper nanoparticle film: Photodeposition with high quantum yield and electric conductivity

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    Miyagawa, Masaya; Yonemura, Mari; Tanaka, Hideki

    2016-11-01

    Cu nanoparticle (NP) film has attracted much attention due to its high electric conductivity. In the present study, we prepared a Cu NP film on a TiO2-coated substrate by photoreduction of copper acetate solution. The obtained film showed high electric conductivity and metallic luster by the successive deposition of Cu NP. Moreover, the film was decomposed on exposure to fresh air, and its decomposition reaction mechanisms were proposed. Hence, we concluded that the obtained lustrous film was composed of Cu NP, even though its physical properties was similar to bulk copper.

  20. Evaluation of antimicrobial activity of silver nanoparticles for carboxymethylcellulose film applications in food packaging.

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    Siqueira, Maria C; Coelho, Gustavo F; de Moura, Márcia R; Bresolin, Joana D; Hubinger, Silviane Z; Marconcini, José M; Mattoso, Luiz H C

    2014-07-01

    In this study, silver nanoparticles were prepared and incorporated into carboxymethylcellulose films to evaluate the antimicrobial activity for food packaging applications. The techniques carried out for material characterization were: infrared spectroscopy and thermal analysis for the silver nanoparticles and films, as well as particle size distribution for the nanoparticles and water vapor permeability for the films. The antimicrobial activity of silver nanoparticles prepared by casting method was investigated. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) value of the silver nanoparticles to test Gram-positive (Enterococcus faecalis) and Gram-negative (Escherichia coli) microorganisms was carried out by the serial dilution technique, tested in triplicate to confirm the concentration used. The results were developed using the Mcfarland scale which indicates that the presence or absence of turbidity tube demonstrates the inhibition of bacteria in relation to the substance inoculated. It was found that the silver nanoparticles inhibited the growth of the tested microorganisms. The carboxymethylcellulose film embedded with silver nanoparticles showed the best antimicrobial effect against Gram-positive (E. faecalis) and Gram-negative (E. coli) bacteria (0.1 microg cm(-3)).

  1. Organic-soluble antimicrobial silver nanoparticle-polymer composites in gram scale by one-pot synthesis.

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    Nair, A Sreekumaran; Binoy, Nadappuram P; Ramakrishna, Seeram; Kurup, T R R; Chan, Lai Wah; Goh, Cheong Hian; Islam, Md Rafiqul; Utschig, Thomas; Pradeep, T

    2009-11-01

    We report a one-pot synthesis of silver nanoparticle-polymer composites (Ag-PNCs) in water by a novel finding involving the polycondensation of methoxybenzyl chlorides (MeO-BzCl) directly on Ag nanoparticle surfaces at room temperature, leading to highly soluble antimicrobial nanocomposites. The composites, which are soluble in a range of organic solvents, precipitate in the reaction vessel, making their separation simple. Solutions of the composites can be casted directly on substrates or made into freestanding films. The material was found to be stable for nearly 2 years. A range of substrates have been shown to become antibacterial by direct application of this material. The experiments were conducted with Ag-PNC-loaded filter paper strips and glass substrates. The samples were found to be antimicrobial (against Escerichia coli and Aspergillus niger). The simple one-pot approach of this kind to make organic-soluble antibacterial coatings could have wide implications.

  2. Nanofibrillated Cellulose and Copper Nanoparticles Embedded in Polyvinyl Alcohol Films for Antimicrobial Applications

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    Zhong, Tuhua; Oporto, Gloria S.; Jaczynski, Jacek; Jiang, Changle

    2015-01-01

    Our long-term goal is to develop a hybrid cellulose-copper nanoparticle material as a functional nanofiller to be incorporated in thermoplastic resins for efficiently improving their antimicrobial properties. In this study, copper nanoparticles were first synthesized through chemical reduction of cupric ions on TEMPO nanofibrillated cellulose (TNFC) template using borohydride as a copper reducing agent. The resulting hybrid material was embedded into a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) matrix using a solvent casting method. The morphology of TNFC-copper nanoparticles was analyzed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM); spherical copper nanoparticles with average size of 9.2 ± 2.0 nm were determined. Thermogravimetric analysis and antimicrobial performance of the films were evaluated. Slight variations in thermal properties between the nanocomposite films and PVA resin were observed. Antimicrobial analysis demonstrated that one-week exposure of nonpathogenic Escherichia coli DH5α to the nanocomposite films results in up to 5-log microbial reduction. PMID:26137482

  3. Detecting Disease Biomarkers Using Nanocavities and Nanoparticle Composites

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    Forster, Robert J; Mallon, Colm; Devadoss, Anitha; Keyes, Tia E, E-mail: robert.forster@DCU.ie [National Centre for Sensor Research, School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University, Dublin 9 (Ireland)

    2011-08-17

    The convergence of electrochemistry, materials, photonics and biomedical science at the nanoscale opens up significant opportunities for developing advanced sensors. In this contribution, we present examples of our use of nanometer dimensioned electrodes, nanocavities and nanoparticle-metallopolymer composites to create high sensitivity detection platforms and materials for detecting proteins and nucleic acids. The application of these approaches in the diagnosis and prognosis of cancers such as neuroblastoma, as well as point-of-care detection of infectious disease, will be discussed.

  4. Influence of Nd-Doping on Photocatalytic Properties of TiO2 Nanoparticles and Thin Film Coatings

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    Damian Wojcieszak

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Structural, optical, and photocatalytic properties of TiO2 and TiO2:Nd nanopowders and thin films composed of those materials have been compared. Titania nanoparticles with 1, 3, and 6 at. % of Nd-dopant were synthesized by sol-gel method. Additionally, thin films with the same material composition were prepared with the aid of spin-coating method. The analysis of structural investigations revealed that all as-prepared nanopowders were nanocrystalline and had TiO2-anatase structure. The average size of crystallites was ca. 4-5 nm and the correlation between the amount of neodymium and the size of TiO2 crystallites was observed. It was shown that the dopant content influenced the agglomeration of the nanoparticles. The results of photocatalytic decomposition of MO showed that doping with Nd (especially in the amount of 3 at. % increased self-cleaning activity of the prepared titania nanopowder. Similar effect was received in case of the thin films, but the decomposition rate was lower due to their smaller active surface area. However, the as-prepared TiO2:Nd photocatalyst in the form of thin films or nanopowders seems to be a very attractive material for various applications.

  5. Flexible composite film for printed circuit board

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    Yabe, K.; Asakura, M.; Tanaka, H.; Soda, A.

    1982-01-01

    A flexible printed circuit for a printed circuit board in which layers of reaction product composed of a combination of phenoxy resin - polyisocyanate - brominated epoxy resin, and in which the equivalent ratio of those functional groups is hydroxyl group: isocyanate group: epoxy group - 1 : 0.2 to 2 : 0.5 to 3 are laminated on at least one side of saturated polyester film is discussed.

  6. Size-dependent filtration of nanoparticles on porous films composed by polystyrene microsphere monolayers and applications in site-selective deposition of nanoparticles

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    Ruan, Weidong [Jilin University, State Key Laboratory of Supramolecular Structure and Materials (China); Zhou, Tieli [Changchun University, College of Food Engineering and Landscape Architecture (China); Sun, Chengbin; Tao, Yanchun; Lu, Fei; Wang, Xu; Zhao, Bing, E-mail: zhaob@mail.jlu.edu.cn [Jilin University, State Key Laboratory of Supramolecular Structure and Materials (China); Cui, Yinqiu, E-mail: cuiyq@jlu.edu.cn [Jilin University, School of Life Sciences (China)

    2015-10-15

    Composite films composed of polystyrene (PS) microsphere monolayers and gold (Au) and/or silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs) decorations were prepared by a novel size-dependent filtration effect on close-packed PS microsphere arrays. The uniform pores inlaid in the PS monolayer films acted as the transport tunnels for NPs. The steric restriction induced by the size of the pores was used as a main strategy to fabricate hybrid micro/nano films, which were composed of PS microspheres with inhomogeneous anisotropic decorations. The Au and Ag NPs were used as the building blocks to decorate the PS microspheres through a layer-by-layer self-assembly technique with the aid of polyelectrolyte coupling agents. Only the small particles which could pass through the micropores could reach to and deposit on the inner surfaces of the PS microsphere monolayer films. Large particles remained on the outside and could only deposit on the outer surfaces. Thus, the inhomogeneous anisotropic decoration was obtained. This study provides a novel strategy for fabricating anisotropic micro/nanostructures by the size-dependent filtration effect of NPs on porous films and has the potential in applications of anisotropic self-assembly, sensor, and surface modifications at nanoscale.

  7. Non-monotonic wetting behavior of chitosan films induced by silver nanoparticles

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    Praxedes, A.P.P.; Webler, G.D.; Souza, S.T. [Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, 57072-970 Maceió, AL (Brazil); Ribeiro, A.S. [Instituto de Química e Biotecnologia, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, 57072-970 Maceió, AL (Brazil); Fonseca, E.J.S. [Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, 57072-970 Maceió, AL (Brazil); Oliveira, I.N. de, E-mail: italo@fis.ufal.br [Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal de Alagoas, 57072-970 Maceió, AL (Brazil)

    2016-05-01

    Highlights: • The addition of silver nanoparticles modifies the morphology of chitosan films. • Metallic nanoparticles can be used to control wetting properties of chitosan films. • The contact angle shows a non-monotonic dependence on the silver concentration. - Abstract: The present work is devoted to the study of structural and wetting properties of chitosan-based films containing silver nanoparticles. In particular, the effects of silver concentration on the morphology of chitosan films are characterized by different techniques, such as atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). By means of dynamic contact angle measurements, we study the modification on surface properties of chitosan-based films due to the addition of silver nanoparticles. The results are analyzed in the light of molecular-kinetic theory which describes the wetting phenomena in terms of statistical dynamics for the displacement of liquid molecules in a solid substrate. Our results show that the wetting properties of chitosan-based films are high sensitive to the fraction of silver nanoparticles, with the equilibrium contact angle exhibiting a non-monotonic behavior.

  8. Temperature and composition dependent structural evolution of AgPd bimetallic nanoparticle: phase diagram of (AgPd)151 nanoparticle.

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    Kim, Hyun You; Kim, Da Hye; Lee, Hyuck Mo

    2011-03-01

    We study the structural evolution of a 151 atom Ag-Pd bimetallic nanoparticle with composition and temperature. The solid-to-liquid transition region was investigated using molecular dynamics simulations with an improved collision method, and the solid-state structure of the nanoparticle was explored with a combination of molecular dynamics and density functional theory. Results show that an fcc-to-icosahedron transformation occurs at high temperature in all composition range and that a composition of nanoparticles concerns the atomic distribution of the (AgPd)151 nanoparticle. As a result, we constructed a phase diagram of the (AgPd)151 nanoparticle. Our phase diagram offers guidance on the application of Ag-Pd nanoparticles.

  9. A new concept in polymeric thin-film composite nanofiltration membranes with antibacterial properties.

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    Mollahosseini, Arash; Rahimpour, Ahmad

    2013-01-01

    A new, thin film, biofouling resistant, nanofiltration (NF) membrane was fabricated with two key characteristics, viz. a low rate of silver (Ag) release and long-lasting antibacterial properties. In the new approach, nanoparticles were embedded completely in a polymeric thin-film layer. A comparison was made between the new thin-film composite (TFC), NF membrane and thin-film nanocomposite (TFN), and antibacterial NF membranes. Both types of NF membrane were fabricated by interfacial polymerization on a polysulphone sublayer using m-phenylenediamine and trimesoyl chloride as an amine monomer and an acid chloride monomer, respectively. Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) microanalysis demonstrated the presence of Ag nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were used to study the cross-sectional and surface morphological properties of the NF membranes. Permeability and salt rejection were tested using a dead-end filtration cell. Ag leaching from the membranes was measured using inductively coupled mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Morphological studies showed that the TFC NF membranes had better thin-film formation (a more compact structure and a smoother surface) than TFN NF membranes. Performance experiments on TFC NF membranes revealed that permeability was good, without sacrificing salt rejection. The antibacterial properties of the fabricated membranes were tested using the disk diffusion method and viable plate counts. The antibiofouling properties of the membranes were examined by measuring the quantity of bacterial cells released from the biofilm formed (as a function of the amount of biofilm present). A more sensitive surface was observed compared to that of a typical antibacterial NF membrane. The Ag leaching rates were low, which will likely result in long-lasting antibacterial and biofouling resistant properties.

  10. UV-cured polymeric films containing ZnO and silver nanoparticles with UV-vis light-assisted photocatalytic activity

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    Podasca, Viorica E.; Buruiana, Tinca; Buruiana, Emil C.

    2016-07-01

    Hybrid polymer composites incorporating preformed ZnO alone or its mixture with Ag nanoparticles created during UV irradiation of some urethane acrylic monomers including trietoxysilylpropyl carbamoyloxyethyl methacrylate were synthesized and characterized by spectroscopic (1H (13C) NMR, FTIR, UV-vis, fluorescence, X-ray diffraction) and microscopic (AFM, ESEM/EDX, TEM) techniques. The results confirmed that the double bond conversion measured through FTIR spectroscopy varied in the range of 57-90% (after 60 s of irradiation), exhibiting formulation composition dependence. In the crosslinked polymer networks the existence of individual nanoparticles with primarily spherical shape and sizes between 5 and 15 nm for ZnO, and around 3 nm for in situ photogenerated silver nanoparticles was evidenced. Additionally, the photocatalytic effect of the photopolymerized hybrid films was investigated by determining the decomposition rate of the methylene blue (MB) in ethanol (over 90%) under UV (2.7 × 10-2 s-1) and visible irradiation (2.9 × 10-2 min-1). It was found that the composite films containing a higher amount of ZnO-Ag nanoparticles placed in water induced the photodecomposition of MB (∼87% after 100 min of visible irradiation; k = 2.1 × 10-2 min-1). The good efficiency of the NPs from these polymer films make them attractive for applications in photocatalysis of organic dye molecules.

  11. Controlled specific placement of nanoparticles into microdomains of block copolymer thin films

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    Bae, Joonwon, E-mail: joonwonbae@gmail.com [Department of Applied Chemistry, Dongduk Women' s University, Seoul 136-714 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jungwook [Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Sogang University, Seoul 121-742 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jongnam, E-mail: jnpark@unist.ac.kr [Interdisciplinary School of Green Energy, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Ulsan 689-798 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-07-01

    Conceptually attractive hybrid materials composed of nanoparticles and elegant block copolymers have become important for diverse applications. In this work, controlled specific placement of nanoparticles such as gold (Au) and titania (TiO{sub 2}) into microphase separated domains in poly(styrene)-b-poly(2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) block copolymer thin films was demonstrated. The effect of nanoparticle surface functionality on the spatial location of particles inside polymer film was observed by transmission electron microscopy. It was revealed that the location of nanoparticles was highly dependent on the surface ligand property of nanoparticle. In addition, the microphase separation behavior of thin block copolymer film was also affected by the nanoparticle surface functional groups. This study might provide a way to understand the properties and behaviors of numerous block copolymer/nanoparticle hybrid systems. - Highlights: • Controlled location of nanoparticles in the block copolymer matrix • Tailoring surface functionality of metal nanocrystals • Fabrication of homogeneous nanocomposites using organic inorganic components • Possibility for the preparation of nanohybrids.

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

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    Anita Swami; Ashavani Kumar; Murali Sastry

    2003-06-01

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

  13. Photocatalytic Cementitious Composites containing Mesoporous Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles

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    FALIKMAN Vyacheslav Ruvimovich

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available The advanced method to produce nanoparticles of anatase mesoporous TiO₂ with high specific surface 300 m²/g has been developed. It was shown that titanium nanodioxide can be used in cement and gypsum composites as a highly efficient photocatalyst in the conversion processes of nitric oxide and volatile organic substances. Influence of radiation intensity, relative humidity, and concentration of contaminant and its stream speed on photocatalysis was studied. It was determined that efficiency of the composites with synthesized samples is 1,5–1,7 times higher than that of the commercial sample of the titanium nanodioxide.

  14. Critical material attributes (CMAs) of strip films loaded with poorly water-soluble drug nanoparticles: III. Impact of drug nanoparticle loading.

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    Krull, Scott M; Moreno, Jacqueline; Li, Meng; Bilgili, Ecevit; Davé, Rajesh N

    2017-03-16

    Polymer strip films have emerged as a robust platform for poorly water-soluble drug delivery. However, the common conception is that films cannot exceed low drug loadings, mainly due to poor drug stability, slow release, and film brittleness. This study explores the ability to achieve high loadings of poorly water-soluble drug nanoparticles in strip films while retaining good mechanical properties and enhanced dissolution rate. Aqueous suspensions containing up to 30wt% griseofulvin nanoparticles were prepared via wet stirred media milling and incorporated into hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) films. Griseofulvin loading in films was adjusted to be between 9 and 49wt% in HPMC-E15 films and 30 and 73wt% in HPMC-E4M films by varying the mixing ratio of HPMC solution-to-griseofulvin suspension. All films exhibited good content uniformity and nanoparticle redispersibility up to 50wt% griseofulvin, while E4M films above 50wt% griseofulvin had slightly worse content uniformity and poor nanoparticle redispersibility. Increasing drug loading in films generally required more time to achieve 100% release during dissolution, although polymer-drug clusters dispersed from E4M films above 50wt% griseofulvin, resulting in similar dissolution profiles. While all films exhibited good tensile strength, a significant decrease in percent elongation was observed above 40-50wt% GF, resulting in brittle films.

  15. Non-monotonic wetting behavior of chitosan films induced by silver nanoparticles

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    Praxedes, A. P. P.; Webler, G. D.; Souza, S. T.; Ribeiro, A. S.; Fonseca, E. J. S.; de Oliveira, I. N.

    2016-05-01

    The present work is devoted to the study of structural and wetting properties of chitosan-based films containing silver nanoparticles. In particular, the effects of silver concentration on the morphology of chitosan films are characterized by different techniques, such as atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). By means of dynamic contact angle measurements, we study the modification on surface properties of chitosan-based films due to the addition of silver nanoparticles. The results are analyzed in the light of molecular-kinetic theory which describes the wetting phenomena in terms of statistical dynamics for the displacement of liquid molecules in a solid substrate. Our results show that the wetting properties of chitosan-based films are high sensitive to the fraction of silver nanoparticles, with the equilibrium contact angle exhibiting a non-monotonic behavior.

  16. Physical and mechanical properties of modified bacterial cellulose composite films

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    Indrarti, Lucia; Indriyati, Syampurwadi, Anung; Pujiastuti, Sri

    2016-02-01

    To open wide range application opportunities of Bacterial Cellulose (BC) such as for agricultural purposes and edible film, BC slurries were blended with Glycerol (Gly), Sorbitol (Sor) and Carboxymethyl Cellulose (CMC). The physical and mechanical properties of BC composites were investigated to gain a better understanding of the relationship between BC and the additive types. Addition of glycerol, sorbitol and CMC influenced the water solubility of BC composite films. FTIR analysis showed the characteristic bands of cellulose. Addition of CMC, glycerol, and sorbitol slightly changed the FTIR spectrum of the composites. Tensile test showed that CMC not only acted as cross-linking agent where the tensile strength doubled up to 180 MPa, but also acted as plasticizer with the elongation at break increased more than 100% compared to that of BC film. On the other hand, glycerol and sorbitol acted as plasticizers that decreased the tensile strength and increased the elongation. Addition of CMC can improve film transparency, which is quite important in consumer acceptance of edible films in food industry.

  17. Nanocellulose-Zeolite Composite Films for Odor Elimination.

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    Keshavarzi, Neda; Mashayekhy Rad, Farshid; Mace, Amber; Ansari, Farhan; Akhtar, Farid; Nilsson, Ulrika; Berglund, Lars; Bergström, Lennart

    2015-07-08

    Free standing and strong odor-removing composite films of cellulose nanofibrils (CNF) with a high content of nanoporous zeolite adsorbents have been colloidally processed. Thermogravimetric desorption analysis (TGA) and infrared spectroscopy combined with computational simulations showed that commercially available silicalite-1 and ZSM-5 have a high affinity and uptake of volatile odors like ethanethiol and propanethiol, also in the presence of water. The simulations showed that propanethiol has a higher affinity, up to 16%, to the two zeolites compared with ethanethiol. Highly flexible and strong free-standing zeolite-CNF films with an adsorbent loading of 89 w/w% have been produced by Ca-induced gelation and vacuum filtration. The CNF-network controls the strength of the composite films and 100 μm thick zeolite-CNF films with a CNF content of less than 10 vol % displayed a tensile strength approaching 10 MPa. Headspace solid phase microextraction (SPME) coupled to gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy (GC/MS) analysis showed that the CNF-zeolite films can eliminate the volatile thiol-based odors to concentrations below the detection ability of the human olfactory system. Odor removing zeolite-cellulose nanofibril films could enable improved transport and storage of fruits and vegetables rich in odors, for example, onion and the tasty but foul-smelling South-East Asian Durian fruit.

  18. Bioinspired Transparent Laminated Composite Film for Flexible Green Optoelectronics.

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    Lee, Daewon; Lim, Young-Woo; Im, Hyeon-Gyun; Jeong, Seonju; Ji, Sangyoon; Kim, Yong Ho; Choi, Gwang-Mun; Park, Jang-Ung; Lee, Jung-Yong; Jin, Jungho; Bae, Byeong-Soo

    2017-07-19

    Herein, we report a new version of a bioinspired chitin nanofiber (ChNF) transparent laminated composite film (HCLaminate) made of siloxane hybrid materials (hybrimers) reinforced with ChNFs, which mimics the nanofiber-matrix structure of hierarchical biocomposites. Our HCLaminate is produced via vacuum bag compressing and subsequent UV-curing of the matrix resin-impregnated ChNF transparent paper (ChNF paper). It is worthwhile to note that this new type of ChNF-based transparent substrate film retains the strengths of the original ChNF paper and compensates for ChNF paper's drawbacks as a flexible transparent substrate. As a result, compared with high-performance synthetic plastic films, such as poly(ethylene terephthalate), poly(ether sulfone), poly(ethylene naphthalate), and polyimide, our HCLaminate is characterized to exhibit extremely smooth surface topography, outstanding optical clarity, high elastic modulus, high dimensional stability, etc. To prove our HCLaminate as a substrate film, we use it to fabricate flexible perovskite solar cells and a touch-screen panel. As far as we know, this work is the first to demonstrate flexible optoelectronics, such as flexible perovskite solar cells and a touch-screen panel, actually fabricated on a composite film made of ChNF. Given its desirable macroscopic properties, we envision our HCLaminate being utilized as a transparent substrate film for flexible green optoelectronics.

  19. Visible light responsive photocatalytic ZnO:Al films decorated with Ag nanoparticles

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    Bizarro, M., E-mail: monserrat@iim.unam.mx; Martínez-Padilla, E.

    2014-02-28

    The spray pyrolysis technique was used to grow ZnO:Al films decorated with silver nanoparticles in their surface, in order to increase and stabilize the photocatalytic activity of ZnO. The appropriate amount of Ag nanoparticles was determined varying the concentration of an AgNO{sub 3} solution and the spraying time. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersed spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activity of the films was evaluated by the degradation of a methyl orange dye solution. The stability of the photocatalytic activity was studied along five degradation cycles while exposed to simulated sunlight, white light and UV light. We found that a spraying time of 8 min of the AgNO{sub 3} solution gives nearly 3 at% of Ag in the ZnO:Al films. This amount of Ag nanoparticles stabilized the photoactivity under UV and sunlight along five degradation cycles, showing a synergistic effect between Al and Ag that greatly improved the photocatalytic performance of ZnO films. - Highlights: • ZnO:Al/Ag films were produced in a two step process by spray pyrolysis. • ZnO:Al/Ag films presented a high photocatalytic activity under visible light. • Ag nanoparticles stabilized the photocatalytic efficiency after several reuses. • Al and Ag impurities gave a synergistic effect that improved ZnO photocatalytic performance.

  20. Effect of Addition of Colloidal Silica to Films of Polyimide, Polyvinylpyridine, Polystyrene, and Polymethylmethacrylate Nano-Composites

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    Soliman Abdalla

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Nano-composite films have been the subject of extensive work for developing the energy-storage efficiency of electrostatic capacitors. Factors such as polymer purity, nanoparticle size, and film morphology drastically affect the electrostatic efficiency of the dielectric material that forms the insulating film between the conductive electrodes of a capacitor. This in turn affects the energy storage performance of the capacitor. In the present work, we have studied the dielectric properties of four highly pure amorphous polymer films: polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA, polystyrene, polyimide and poly-4-vinylpyridine. Comparison between the dielectric properties of these polymers has revealed that the higher breakdown performance is a character of polyimide (PI and PMMA. Also, our experimental data shows that adding colloidal silica to PMMA and PI leads to a net decrease in the dielectric properties compared to the pure polymer.

  1. Preparation and characterisation of compositionally graded SmCo films

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    Dias, Andre; Gomez, Gabriel; Givord, Dominique; Bonfim, Marlio; Dempsey, Nora M.

    2017-05-01

    A compositionally graded SmCo film has been prepared by magnetron sputtering using a Co target partially covered by a Sm foil. The film was deposited onto a 100 mm thermally oxidised Si substrate and then annealed ex-situ. The SmCo film has been used as a test sample to validate an in-house developed scanning MOKE (Magneto-Optic Kerr effect) system incorporating a pulsed magnetic field source capable of producing fields as high as 10 T. A 2D array of hysteresis loops was measured across the entire wafer. The evolution in coercivity measured along a selected 1D strip of the sample is correlated with changes in composition and crystallographic structures measured using Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The high field Scanning MOKE system holds much potential for optimizing the extrinsic properties of known hard magnetic phases as well as in the search for new hard magnetic phases.

  2. Characterization of Piezoelectric PDMS-Nanoparticle Composites

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    Borsa, C. J.; Mionic Ebersold, M.; Bowen, P.; Farine, P.-A.; Briand, D.

    2015-12-01

    In this work, the novel fabrication and characterization of elastomeric piezoelectric nanocomposites are explored. Fabrication methods explored herein utilize ball milled barium titanate powder dispersions, along with double walled carbon nanotubes which are dispersed in toluene though the use of an ultrasonic probe. Test devices are then constructed with electrodes made from evaporated gold on polyimide foils and protective dielectrics of pristine PDMS. Two different device construction methods are explored utilizing both direct contact bonding and plasma bonding of the active composite layers to the dielectric/electrode. Test samples are evaluated through the use of a dedicated Berlincourt type piezoelectric d33 meter.

  3. Thin film composite nanofiltration membranes for extreme conditions

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    Dalwani, Mayur Ramesh

    2011-01-01

    The research presented in this thesis focuses on development and performance evaluation of thin film composite (TFC) nanofiltration (NF) membranes, with special attention to extreme pH applications. In Chapter 2 a new method that allows molecular weight cut off (MWCO) characterization of NF membran

  4. Gelatin-Pectin Composite Films from Polyion Complex Hydrogels

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    Composite films from gelatin and low-methoxyl pectin were prepared by either ionic complexation or covalent cross-linking. The ionic interactions between positively charged gelatin and negatively charged pectin produced physically reversible hydrogels. The resultant homogeneous gels had improved mec...

  5. Dielectric behavior of a flexible three-phase polyimide/BaTiO3/multi-walled carbon nanotube composite film

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    Wang, Junli; Qi, Shengli; Sun, Yiyi; Tian, Guofeng; Wu, Dezhen

    2016-11-01

    A three-phase composite film was produced by inserting multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and BaTiO3 nanoparticles into polyimide (PI). The combination of in-situ polymerization and water-based preparation involved in the experiment ensured fillers’ homogeneous dispersion in the matrix, which led to flexible shape of the composite films. The dielectric properties of composite films as a function of the frequency and the volume fraction of MWCNTs were studied. Such composite film displayed a high dielectric constant (314.07), low dielectric loss and excellent flexibility at 100Hz in the neighborhood of percolation threshold (9.02 vol%) owing to the special microcapacitor structure. The experimental results were highly consistent with the power law of percolation theory.

  6. Nanoparticle films and photonic crystal multilayers from colloidally stable, size-controllable zinc and iron oxide nanoparticles.

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    Redel, Engelbert; Mirtchev, Peter; Huai, Chen; Petrov, Srebri; Ozin, Geoffrey A

    2011-04-26

    We report a facile sol-gel synthesis of colloidally stable Fe(2)O(3) and ZnO nanoparticles in alcoholic solvents, ROH, where R = methyl, ethyl, n-propyl, isopropyl, and tert-butyl. We show that nanoparticles of ZnO (4-42) nm and Fe(2)O(3) (4-38 nm) monotonically increase in size upon increasing the alkyl chain length and branching of the alcohol solvent. These colloidally stable and size-controllable metal oxide nanoparticles enable the formation of high optical quality films and photonic crystal multilayers whose component layer thickness, refractive index, porosity, and surface area are found to scale with the nature of the alcohol. Utility of these colloidally stable nanoparticles is demonstrated by preparation of one-dimensional porous photonic crystals comprising ncZnO/ncWO(3) and ncFe(2)O(3)/ncWO(3) multilayers whose photonic stop band can be tuned by tailoring nanoparticle size. Myriad applications can be envisaged for these nanoparticle films in, for example, heterogeneous catalysis, photocatalysis, electrocatalysis, chemical sensors, and solar cells.

  7. Oxidation and sensing of ascorbic acid and dopamine on self-assembled gold nanoparticles incorporated within polyaniline film

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    Chu, Wenya; Zhou, Qun; Li, Shuangshuang; Zhao, Wei; Li, Na; Zheng, Junwei

    2015-10-01

    Electrochemical biosensors based on conducting polymers incorporated with metallic nanoparticles can greatly enhance sensitivity and selectivity. Herein, we report a facile fabrication approach for polyaniline (PAN) incorporated with a gold nanoparticle (AuNP) composite electrode by electrodeposition of PAN on a self-assembled AuNP layer on the surface of an indium tin oxide electrode. The resulting AuNP/PAN composite electrode exhibits a remarkable synergistic effect on the electrocatalytic oxidation of ascorbic acid (AA) and dopamine (DA). It is demonstrated that the oxidation reaction of AA mainly occurs at AuNPs inside the PAN film as the ascorbate anions are doped into the polymer during the oxidation of the PAN film. Conversely, the oxidation of positively charged DA may only take place at the PAN/solution interface. The different mechanisms of the electrode reactions result in the oxidation of AA and DA occurring at different potentials. As a result, the AuNP/PAN composite electrode can be employed to simultaneously detect AA and DA with a good linear range, high sensitivity, and low detection limit.

  8. Preparation of enzyme nanoparticles and studying the catalytic activity of the immobilized nanoparticles on polyethylene films.

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    Meridor, David; Gedanken, Aharon

    2013-01-01

    Using high-intensity ultrasound, in situ generated α-amylase nanoparticles (NPs) were immobilized on polyethylene (PE) films. The α-amylase NP-coated PE films have been characterized by E-SEM, FTIR, DLS, XPS and RBS. The PE was reacted with HNO(3) and NPs of the α-amylase were also deposited on the activated PE. The PE impregnated with α-amylase (4 μg per 1mg PE) was used for hydrolyzing soluble potato starch to maltose. The immobilization improved the catalytic activity of α-amylase at all the reaction conditions studied. The kinetic parameters, K(m) (5 and 4 g L(-1) for the regular and activated PE, respectively) and V(max) (5 × 10(-7) mol ml(-1) min(-1), almost the same numbers were obtained for the regular and activated PEs) for the immobilized amylase were found to slightly favor the respective values obtained for the free enzyme (K(m) = 6.6 g L(-1), V(max) = 3.7 × 10(-7) mol ml(-1) min(-1)). The enzyme remained bound to PE even after soaking the PE in a starch solution for 72 h and was still found to be weakly active. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Ternary carbon composite films for supercapacitor applications

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    Tran, Minh-Hai; Jeong, Hae Kyung

    2017-09-01

    A simple, binder-free, method of making supercapacitor electrodes is introduced, based on modification of activated carbon with graphite oxide and carbon nanotubes. The three carbon precursors of different morphologies support each other to provide outstanding electrochemical performance, such as high capacitance and high energy density. The ternary carbon composite shows six times higher specific capacitance compared to that of activated carbon itself with high retention. The excellent electrochemical properties of the ternary composite attribute to the high surface area of 1933 m2 g-1 and low equivalent series resistance of 2 Ω, demonstrating that it improve the electrochemical performance for supercapacitor applications.

  10. Composite proton exchange membrane based on sulfonated organic nanoparticles

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    Pitia, Emmanuel Sokiri

    As the world sets its sight into the future, energy remains a great challenge. Proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell is part of the solution to the energy challenge because of its high efficiency and diverse application. The purpose of the PEM is to provide a path for proton transport and to prevent direct mixing of hydrogen and oxygen at the anode and the cathode, respectively. Hence, PEMs must have good proton conductivity, excellent chemical stability, and mechanical durability. The current state-of-the-art PEM is a perfluorosulfonate ionomer, Nafion®. Although Nafion® has many desirable properties, it has high methanol crossover and it is expensive. The objective of this research was to develop a cost effective two-phase, composite PEM wherein a dispersed conductive organic phase preferentially aligned in the transport direction controls proton transport, and a continuous hydrophobic phase provides mechanical durability to the PEM. The hypothesis that was driving this research was that one might expect better dispersion, higher surface to volume ratio and improved proton conductivity of a composite membrane if the dispersed particles were nanometer in size and had high ion exchange capacity (IEC, = [mmol sulfonic acid]/gram of polymer). In view of this, considerable efforts were employed in the synthesis of high IEC organic nanoparticles and fabrication of a composite membrane with controlled microstructure. High IEC, ~ 4.5 meq/g (in acid form, theoretical limit is 5.4 meq/g) nanoparticles were achieved by emulsion copolymerization of a quaternary alkyl ammonium (QAA) neutralized-sulfonated styrene (QAA-SS), styrene, and divinylbenzene (DVB). The effects of varying the counterion of the sulfonated styrene (SS) monomer (alkali metal and QAA cations), SS concentration, and the addition of a crosslinking agent (DVB) on the ability to stabilize the nanoparticles to higher IECs were assessed. The nanoparticles were ion exchanged to acid form. The extent of ion

  11. Manufacturing and Morphological Analysis of Composite Material of Polystyrene Nanospheres/Cadmium Metal Nanoparticles

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    Pratama Jujur Wibawa

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available A very simple nanocomposite material has been in-situ manufactured from an aqueous polystyrene nanospheres dispersion and cadmium (Cd metal nanoparticles. The manufacturing was performed by using a high frequency of 40 kHz ultrasonic (US agitation for 45 minute at atmospheric pressure and at room temperature 20 oC. No chemical reducing agent and surfactant added in this manufacturing technique due to the US could reduce Cd2+ ions of cadmium nitrate tetrahydrate to Cd atomic metals nanoparticles whereas water molecules could act as a pseudo stabilizer for the manufactured material. A thin film was manufactured from aqueous colloidal nanocomposite material of Polystyrene nanospheres/Cd metal nanoparticles (PSNs/CdMNp fabricated on a hydrophilic silicon wafer. The thin film was then characterized by a JEOL-FESEM for its surface morphology characteristic and by ATR-FTIR spectrometry for its molecular change investigation. It could be clearly observed that surface morphology of the thin film material was not significantly changed under 633 nm wavelength continuous laser radiation exposure for 20 minute. In addition, its ATR-FTIR spectra of wave number peaks around 3400 cm-1 have been totally disappeared under the laser exposure whereas that at around 699 cm-1 and 668 cm-1 have not been significantly changed. The first phenomenon indicated that the hydrogen bond existed in PSNs/CdMNp material was collapsed by the laser exposure. The second phenomena indicated that the PSNs phenyl ring moiety was not totally destroyed under the laser exposure. It was suspected due to the existence of Cd nanoparticles covered throughout the spherical surface of PSNs/CdMNp material particles. Therefore a nice model of material structure of the mentioned PSNs/CdMNp nanocomposite material could be suggested in this research. It could be concluded that this research have been performed since the material structure model of the manufactured PSNs/CdMNp nanocomposite could be

  12. Electrophoretic deposition of BaTiO 3/CoFe 2O 4 multiferroic composite films

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    Zhou, Dongxiang; Jian, Gang; Zheng, Yanan; Gong, Shuping; Shi, Fei

    2011-06-01

    Electrophoretic deposition was utilized for preparation of BaTiO 3/CoFe 2O 4 multiferroic composite thick films on indium-tin oxide substrates. The suspensions for electrophoretic experiments were prepared by dispersing BaTiO 3 and CoFe 2O 4 nanoparticles with different molar ratios into solvents composed of ethanol and acetylacetone. Polyvinyl butyral was added to the suspensions in order to enhance the adhesion and strength of deposit and prevent cracking. The zeta potential values of BaTiO 3/CoFe 2O 4 suspensions were measured to be 26.4-36.9 mV. The experiment results showed that deposited films were obtained only when the applied electric field was larger than a certain critical value. XRD and SEM analysis depicted the presence of constituent phases in composite films. The percolation threshold of composite films was improved through dispersing ferromagnetic phase into ferroelectric phase. Therefore, the ferroelectric properties of composite thick films were maintained when the ferromagnetic properties were enhanced significantly with increasing CFO content.

  13. Thick film magnetic nanoparticulate composites and method of manufacture thereof

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    Ma, Xinqing (Inventor); Zhang, Yide (Inventor); Ge, Shihui (Inventor); Zhang, Zongtao (Inventor); Yan, Dajing (Inventor); Xiao, Danny T. (Inventor)

    2009-01-01

    Thick film magnetic/insulating nanocomposite materials, with significantly reduced core loss, and their manufacture are described. The insulator coated magnetic nanocomposite comprises one or more magnetic components, and an insulating component. The magnetic component comprises nanometer scale particles (about 1 to about 100 nanometers) coated by a thin-layered insulating phase. While the intergrain interaction between the immediate neighboring magnetic nanoparticles separated by the insulating phase provides the desired soft magnetic properties, the insulating material provides high resistivity, which reduces eddy current loss.

  14. Synthesis of berberine loaded polymeric nanoparticles by central composite design

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    Mehra, Meenakshi; Sheorain, Jyoti; Kumari, Santosh

    2016-04-01

    Berberine is an isoquinoline alkaloid which is extracted from bark and roots of Berberis vulgaris plant. It has been used in ayurvedic medicine as it possess antimicrobial, antidiabetic, anticancer, antioxidant properties etc. But poor solubility of berberine leads to poor stability and bioavailability in medical formulations decreasing its efficacy. Hence nanoformulations of berberine can help in removing the limiting factors of alkaloid enhancing its utilization in pharmaceutical industry. Sodium alginate polymer was used to encapsulate berberine within nanoparticles by emulsion solvent evaporation method using tween 80 as a surfactant. Two factors and three level in central composite design was used to study the formulation. The optimized formulation (1% v/v of Tween 80 and 0.01% w/v of sodium alginate) of polymeric nanoparticles was taken for further evaluations. The size of synthesized nanoparticles was found to be 71.18 nm by particle size analysis (PSA). The berberine loaded polymeric nanoparticles showed better antibacterial activity compared to aqueous solution of berberine by well diffusion assay.

  15. Existence, release, and antibacterial actions of silver nanoparticles on Ag–PIII TiO2 films with different nanotopographies

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    Li, Jinhua; Qiao, Yuqin; Zhu, Hongqin; Meng, Fanhao; Liu, Xuanyong

    2014-01-01

    Nanotopographical TiO2 films (including nanorod, nanotip, and nanowire topographies) were successfully fabricated on the metallic Ti surface via hydrothermal treatment and then underwent Ag plasma immersion ion implantation to incorporate Ag with TiO2. The surface morphology, phase component, and chemical composition before and after Ag–PIII were characterized. In view of the potential clinical applications, both Gram-negative Escherichia coli and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus were used to estimate their antimicrobial effect. The nanostructured TiO2 films on a Ti surface exhibit a better bacteriostatic effect on both microbes compared to the pristine Ti. The nanotopographies of the TiO2 films affect the nucleation, growth, and distribution of Ag nanoparticles in the films during Ag–PIII process. The Ag nanoparticles are completely embedded into the nanorod film while partially exposed out of the nanotip and nanowire films, which account for the significant differences in the release behaviors of Ag ions in vitro. However, no significant difference exists in their antimicrobial activity against both microbes. The antimicrobial actions of the Ag@TiO2 system described here consist of two methods – the contact-killing action and the release-killing action. Nevertheless, based on the observed results, the contact-killing action should be regarded as the main method to destroy microbes for all the Ag plasma-modified TiO2 nanofilms. This study provides insight to optimize the surface design of Ti-based implants to acquire more effective antimicrobial surfaces to meet clinical applications. PMID:25075186

  16. Existence, release, and antibacterial actions of silver nanoparticles on Ag-PIII TiO₂ films with different nanotopographies.

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    Li, Jinhua; Qiao, Yuqin; Zhu, Hongqin; Meng, Fanhao; Liu, Xuanyong

    2014-01-01

    Nanotopographical TiO₂ films (including nanorod, nanotip, and nanowire topographies) were successfully fabricated on the metallic Ti surface via hydrothermal treatment and then underwent Ag plasma immersion ion implantation to incorporate Ag with TiO₂. The surface morphology, phase component, and chemical composition before and after Ag-PIII were characterized. In view of the potential clinical applications, both Gram-negative Escherichia coli and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus were used to estimate their antimicrobial effect. The nanostructured TiO₂ films on a Ti surface exhibit a better bacteriostatic effect on both microbes compared to the pristine Ti. The nanotopographies of the TiO₂ films affect the nucleation, growth, and distribution of Ag nanoparticles in the films during Ag-PIII process. The Ag nanoparticles are completely embedded into the nanorod film while partially exposed out of the nanotip and nanowire films, which account for the significant differences in the release behaviors of Ag ions in vitro. However, no significant difference exists in their antimicrobial activity against both microbes. The antimicrobial actions of the Ag@TiO₂ system described here consist of two methods - the contact-killing action and the release-killing action. Nevertheless, based on the observed results, the contact-killing action should be regarded as the main method to destroy microbes for all the Ag plasma-modified TiO₂ nanofilms. This study provides insight to optimize the surface design of Ti-based implants to acquire more effective antimicrobial surfaces to meet clinical applications.

  17. Release of ceria nanoparticles grafted on hybrid organic-inorganic films for biomedical application.

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    Pinna, Alessandra; Figus, Cristiana; Lasio, Barbara; Piccinini, Massimo; Malfatti, Luca; Innocenzi, Plinio

    2012-08-01

    The controlled release of nanoparticles from a hybrid organic-inorganic surface allows for developing several applications based on a slow delivery of oxygen scavengers into specific environments. We have successfully grafted ceria nanoparticles on a hybrid film surface and tested their release in a buffer solution; the tests have shown that the particles are continuously delivered within a time scale of hours. The hybrid film has been synthesized using 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane as precursor alkoxide; the synthesis has been performed in highly basic conditions to control the polycondensation reactions of both organic and inorganic networks via controlled aging of the solution. Only films prepared from aged solutions are able to graft ceria nanoparticles on their surface. The ceria nanoparticles have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and UV-vis spectroscopy, the hybrid films have been analyzed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. Raman imaging has been used for the release test. The hybrid film-ceria nanoparticles system fulfils the requirements of optical transparency and stability in buffer solutions which are necessary for biomedical applications.

  18. PREPARATION AND PROPERTIES OF CHITOSAN/LIGNIN COMPOSITE FILMS

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    Long Chen; Chang-yu Tang; Nan-ying Ning; Chao-yu Wang; Qiang Fu; Qin Zhang

    2009-01-01

    Biodegradable composite films based on chitosan and lignin with various composition were prepared via the solution-casting technique.FT-IR results indicate the existence of hydrogen bonding between chitosan and lignin,and SEM images show that lignin could be well dispersed in chitosan when the content of lignin is below 20 wt% due to the strong interfacial interaction.As a result of strong interaction and good dispersion,the tensile strength,storage modulus,thermal degradation temperature and glass transition temperature of chitosan have been largely improved by adding lignin.Our work provides a simple and cheap way to prepare fully biodegradable chitosan/lignin composites,which could be used as packaging films or wound dressings.

  19. Antibacterial activity of dental composites containing zinc oxide nanoparticles.

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    Aydin Sevinç, Berdan; Hanley, Luke

    2010-07-01

    The resin-based dental composites commonly used in restorations result in more plaque accumulation than other materials. Bacterial biofilm growth contributes to secondary caries and failure of resin-based dental composites. Methods to inhibit biofilm growth on dental composites have been sought for several decades. It is demonstrated here that zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) blended at 10% (w/w) fraction into dental composites display antimicrobial activity and reduce growth of bacterial biofilms by roughly 80% for a single-species model dental biofilm. Antibacterial effectiveness of ZnO-NPs was assessed against Streptococcus sobrinus ATCC 27352 grown both planktonically and as biofilms on composites. Direct contact inhibition was observed by scanning electron microscopy and confocal laser scanning microscopy while biofilm formation was quantified by viable counts. An 80% reduction in bacterial counts was observed with 10% ZnO-NP-containing composites compared with their unmodified counterpart, indicating a statistically significant suppression of biofilm growth. Although, 20% of the bacterial population survived and could form a biofilm layer again, 10% ZnO-NP-containing composites maintained at least some inhibitory activity even after the third generation of biofilm growth. Microscopy demonstrated continuous biofilm formation for unmodified composites after 1-day growth, but only sparsely distributed biofilms formed on 10% ZnO-NP-containing composites. The minimum inhibitory concentration of ZnO-NPs suspended in S. sobrinus planktonic culture was 50 microg mL(-1). ZnO-NP-containing composites (10%) qualitatively showed less biofilm after 1-day-anaerobic growth of a three-species initial colonizer biofilm after being compared with unmodified composites, but did not significantly reduce growth after 3 days. (c) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. Investigation of tribological properties of composite C60-LB films

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    YANG Guanghong; ZHANG Xingtang; XUN Jun; JIANG Xiaohong; ZHANG Pingyu; DU Zuliang

    2006-01-01

    Composite C60-LB films were fabricated by the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique, their micro- structures, micro- and macro-tribological properties were investigated using atomic force microscope/ friction force microscope (AFM/FFM). The results showed that in the confined C60-LB films there were two kinds of structures for the special C60 assembly: grain diameters of one kind were in the range of 150-230 nm; the other was smaller than 20 nm. Mi-cro-tribological studies showed that topographical images of tiny C60 aggregates (<20 nm) were con-sistent with their frictional ones very well, namely, low friction occurred on tiny C60 aggregates compared with fatty chains LB monolayer, and 'Micro-rolling effect' was apparent; but for big large ones frictional forces were relatively high and 'ratchet mechanism' was seen apparently. Macro-tribological data proved large C60 aggregates had wear resistance and load-carrying capacities and anti-wear lives for com- posite C60-LB films were prolonged greatly with dis-persibility of C60 improved and its grain diameter re-duced. Tiny C60 aggregates were mainly the lubricating agents. Friction coefficients of composite C60-LB films gradually reduced with loads increasing having the same friction coefficient-load relations with boundary lubrication films.

  1. REGULATED DEGRADABILITY OF COMPOSITE BIOBASED FILMS

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    Volodymyr M. Isaenko

    2008-02-01

    Full Text Available  Degradable biobased (derived from agriculture composites are emerging materials that offer benefits to the environment thus minimizing waste that would be otherwise deposited in landfills. Single-use primary packaging materials have been identified as suitable items to be replaced by biodegradable materials from renewable resources. Materials composed of starch, soy protein and polyvinylalcohol, modified by hydrophobic fatty acids, are evaluated in terms of water resistance as promising substitutes for packaging materials.

  2. Photo-directed organization of silver nanoparticles in mesostructured silica and titania films

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    Destouches, N., E-mail: nathalie.destouches@univ-st-etienne.fr [Universite de Lyon (France); Battie, Y. [Universite de Lorraine, Laboratoire de Chimie Physique-Approche Multiechelle de Milieux Complexes (LCP-A2MC, EA4632) (France); Crespo-Monteiro, N. [Universite de Lyon (France); Chassagneux, F.; Bois, L. [Universite de Lyon, Laboratoire Multimateriaux et Interfaces (France); Bakhti, S.; Vocanson, F. [Universite de Lyon (France); Toulhoat, N.; Moncoffre, N. [Universite Lyon, IPNL, CNRS/IN2P3 (France); Epicier, T. [Materiaux, Ingenierie et Sciences (MATEIS), UMR 5510 CNRS, Universite de Lyon, INSA-Lyon (France)

    2013-01-15

    This paper quantifies the migration of silver contained within mesostructured hybrid silica films and mesoporous titania films under exposure to modulated light. This quantization allows to demonstrate that all of the initial silver salt can be concentrated and reduced in domains accumulating the higher photonic energy. Entirely reduced in the form of nanoparticles of few nanometers size embedded in the silica matrix, silver is then quite stable even under subsequent homogeneous exposures. It is also shown that thanks to the relatively slow nanoparticle growth, successive multiple exposures can be used to create complex 3D microstructures within silica films using a simple dual beam interferometer. In mesoporous titania films, the UV photo-growth of silver nanoparticles remains limited to the vicinity of the film interface because of the matrix absorption and cannot provide deep 3D patterns of silver nanoparticles. However, 2D refractive index patterns can be obtained under UV exposure, erased with visible light and updated thanks to a reversible photochromic behavior. In such films, opposite migration flows of silver species are proven under UV intensity gradient and homogeneous visible exposure.

  3. Preparation and antibacterial properties of hybrid-zirconia films with silver nanoparticles

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    Azocar, Ignacio, E-mail: manuel.azocar@usach.cl [Departamento de Quimica de los Materiales, Facultad de Quimica y Biologia, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, USACH, Avenida Bernardo O' Higgins 3363, Casilla 40, Correo 33, Santiago (Chile); Vargas, Esteban [Facultad de Ingenieria, Departamento de Metalurgia, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, USACH (Chile); Duran, Nicole [Departamento de Quimica de los Materiales, Facultad de Quimica y Biologia, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, USACH, Avenida Bernardo O' Higgins 3363, Casilla 40, Correo 33, Santiago (Chile); Arrieta, Abel [Departamento de Biologia, Facultad de Quimica y Biologia, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, USACH (Chile); Gonzalez, Evelyn [Departamento de Quimica de los Materiales, Facultad de Quimica y Biologia, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, USACH, Avenida Bernardo O' Higgins 3363, Casilla 40, Correo 33, Santiago (Chile); Facultad de Ingenieria, Departamento de Metalurgia, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, USACH (Chile); Departamento de Biologia, Facultad de Quimica y Biologia, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, USACH (Chile); Departamento de Quimica Farmacologica y Toxicologica, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad de Chile, Sergio Livingstone Polhammer 1007, Santiago (Chile); and others

    2012-11-15

    The antimicrobial effect of incorporating silver nanoparticles (AgNps) into zirconia matrix-polyether glycol was studied. AgNps of 4-6 nm in size were synthesized using the inverse micelles method, and different doses of metallic nanoparticles were incorporated into zirconia-polyether glycol mixtures during the ageing procedure. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) of the modified hybrid film showed a homogenous distribution of 20-80 nm diameter AgNps, indicating agglomeration of these structures during film modification; such agglomerations were greater when increasing the dosage of the colloidal system. The AgNps-hybrid films showed higher antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive bacteria than for Gram-negative bacteria. Hybrid films prepared with dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate (AOT) stabilized AgNps presented enhanced antibacterial activity compared to that obtained through the addition of a high AgNO{sub 3} concentration (0.3 wt%). -- Graphical abstract: Atomic Force Micrographs, top and cross section view, showing silver nanoparticles embedded in a zirconia-polyether glycol hybrid film. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Antibacterial activity of films (zirconia-polyether glycol) modified with silver nanoparticles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Biofilm formation is prevented. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer High sensibility against gram positive bacteria.

  4. Electrostatically assisted fabrication of silver-dielectric core/shell nanoparticles thin film capacitor with uniform metal nanoparticle distribution and controlled spacing.

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    Li, Xue; Niitsoo, Olivia; Couzis, Alexander

    2016-03-01

    An electrostatically-assisted strategy for fabrication of thin film composite capacitors with controllable dielectric constant (k) has been developed. The capacitor is composed of metal-dielectric core/shell nanoparticle (silver/silica, Ag@SiO2) multilayer films, and a backfilling polymer. Compared with the simple metal particle-polymer mixtures where the metal nanoparticles (NP) are randomly dispersed in the polymer matrix, the metal volume fraction in our capacitor was significantly increased, owing to the densely packed NP multilayers formed by the electrostatically assisted assembly process. Moreover, the insulating layer of silica shell provides a potential barrier that reduces the tunneling current between neighboring Ag cores, endowing the core/shell nanocomposites with a stable and relatively high dielectric constant (k) and low dielectric loss (D). Our work also shows that the thickness of the SiO2 shell plays a dominant role in controlling the dielectric properties of the nanocomposites. Control over metal NP separation distance was realized not only by variation the shell thickness of the core/shell NPs but also by introducing a high k nanoparticle, barium strontium titanate (BST) of relatively smaller size (∼8nm) compared to 80-160nm of the core/shell Ag@SiO2 NPs. The BST assemble between the Ag@SiO2 and fill the void space between the closely packed core/shell NPs leading to significant enhancement of the dielectric constant. This electrostatically assisted assembly method is promising for generating multilayer films of a large variety of NPs over large areas at low cost.

  5. Cupric Hexacyanoferrate Nanoparticle Modified Carbon Ceramic Composite Electrodes

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    WANG,Peng(王鹏); ZHU,Guo-Yi(朱果逸)

    2002-01-01

    Graphite powder-supported cupric hexacyanoferrate (CuHCF)nanoparticles were dispersed into methyltrimethoxysilane-based gels to produce a conducting carbon ceramic composite, which was used as electrode material to fabricate surface-renewable CuHCF-modified electrodes. Electrochemical behavior of the CuHCF-modified carbon ceramic composite electrodes was characterized using cyclic and square-wave voitammetry.Cyclic voltammograms at various scan rates indicated that peak currents were surface-confined at low scan rates. In the presence of glutathione, a clear electrocatalytic response was observed at the CuHCF-modified composite electrodes. In addition, the electrodes exhibited a distinct advantage of reproducible surface-renewal by simple mechanical polishing on emery paper, as well as ease of preparation, and good chemical and mechanical stability in a flowing stream.

  6. Cupric Hexacyanoferrate Nanoparticle Modified Carbon Ceramic Composite Electrodes

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    WANG,Peng; ZHU,Guo-Yi

    2002-01-01

    Graphite powder-supported cupric hexacyanoferrate(CuHCF) nanoparticles were dispersed into methyltrimethoxysilane-based gels to produce a conducting carbon ceramic composite,which was used as electrode materials to fabricate surface-renewable CuHCF-modified electrodes.Electrochemical behavior of the CuHCF-modified carbon ceramic composite electrodes was characterized using cyclic and square-wave voltammetry. Cyclinc voltammograms at various scan rates indicated that peak currents were suface-confined at low scan rates.In the presence of glutathione,a clear electrocatalytic response was observed at the CuHCF-modified composite electrodes.In addition,the electrodes exhibited a distinct advantage of reproducible surface-renewal by simple mechanical polishing on emery paper,as well as ease of preparation,and good chemical and mechanical stability in a flowing stream.

  7. Selective Catalysis in Nanoparticle Metal-Organic Framework Composites

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    Stephenson, Casey Justin

    The design of highly selective catalysts are becoming increasingly important, especially as chemical and pharmaceutical industries seek to improve atom economy and minimize energy intensive separations that are often required to separate side products from the desired product. Enzymes are among the most selective of all catalysts, generally operating through molecular recognition whereby an active site analogous to a lock and the substrate is analogous to a key. The assembly of a porous, crystalline material around a catalytically active metal particle could serve as an artificial enzyme. In this vein, we first synthesized the polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) coated nanoparticles of interest and then encapsulated them within zeolitic imidazolate framework 8 or ZIF-8. 2.8 nm Pt-PVP nanoparticles, which were encapsulated within ZIF-8 to form Pt ZIF-8 composite. Pt ZIF-8 was inactive for the hydrogenation of cyclic olefins such as cis-cyclooctene and cis-cyclohexene while the composite proved to be a highly selective catalyst for the hydrogenation of terminal olefins, hydrogenating trans-1,3-hexadiene to 3-hexene in 95% selectivity after 24 hours under 1 bar H2. We extended our encapsulation method to sub-2 nm Au nanoparticles to form Au ZIF-8. Au ZIF-8 served as a highly chemoselective catalyst for the hydrogenation of crotonaldehyde an alpha,beta-unsaturated aldehyde, to crotyl alcohol an alpha,beta-unsaturated alcohol, in 90-95% selectivity. In order to investigate nanoparticle size effects on selectivity, 6-10 nm Au nanoparticles were encapsulated within ZIF-8 to form Au6 ZIF-8. Control catalysts with nanoparticles supported on the surface of ZIF-8 were synthesized as well, Au/ZIF-8 and Au6/ZIF-8. Au6 ZIF-8 hydrogenated crotonaldehyde in 85% selectivity towards the unsaturated alcohol. Catalysts with nanoparticles supported on the exterior of ZIF-8 were far less selective towards the unsaturated alcohol. Post-catalysis transmission electron microscopy analysis of Au ZIF

  8. Tunable Optical Properties of Metal Nanoparticle Sol-Gel Composites

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    Smith, David D.; Snow, Lanee A.; Sibille, Laurent; Ignont, Erica

    2001-01-01

    We demonstrate that the linear and non-linear optical properties of sol-gels containing metal nanoparticles are highly tunable with porosity. Moreover, we extend the technique of immersion spectroscopy to inhomogeneous hosts, such as aerogels, and determine rigorous bounds for the average fractional composition of each component, i.e., the porosity of the aerogel, or equivalently, for these materials, the catalytic dispersion. Sol-gels containing noble metal nanoparticles were fabricated and a significant blue-shift in the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) was observed upon formation of an aerogel, as a result of the decrease in the dielectric constant of the matrix upon supercritical extraction of the solvent. However, as a result of chemical interface damping and aggregation this blue-shift does not strictly obey standard effective medium theories. Mitigation of these complications is achieved by avoiding the use of alcohol and by annealing the samples in a reducing atmosphere.

  9. Composite Scaffolds Based on Silver Nanoparticles for Biomedical Applications

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    Jenel Marian Patrascu

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the synthesis, characterisation, and in vitro testing of homogenous and heterogeneous materials containing silver nanoparticles (nanoAg. Three types of antiseptic materials based on collagen (COLL, hydroxyapatite (HA, and collagen/hydroxyapatite (COLL/HA composite materials were obtained. The synthesis of silver nanoparticles was realized by chemical reaction as well as plasma sputtering deposition. The use of chemical reduction allows the synthesis of homogenous materials while the plasma sputtering deposition can be easily used for the synthesis of homogeneous and heterogeneous support. Based on the in vitro assays clear antiseptic activity against Escherichia coli was relieved even at low content of nanoAg (10 ppm.

  10. Wound Healing Bionanocomposites Based on Castor Oil Polymeric Films Reinforced with Chitosan-Modified ZnO Nanoparticles.

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    Díez-Pascual, Ana M; Díez-Vicente, Angel L

    2015-09-14

    Castor oil (CO), which is a readily available, relatively inexpensive, and environmentally benign nonedible oil, has been successfully used as matrix material to prepare biocompatible and biodegradable nanocomposite films filled with chitosan (CS)-modified ZnO nanoparticles. The biocomposites were synthesized via a simple and versatile solution mixing and casting method. The morphology, structure, thermal stability, water absorption, biodegradability, cytocompatibility, barrier, mechanical, viscoelastic, antibacterial, and wound healing properties of the films have been analyzed. FT-IR spectra were used to obtain information about the nanoparticle-matrix interactions. The thermal stability, hydrophilicity, degree of porosity, water absorption, water vapor transmission rate (WVTR), oxygen permeability (Dk), and biodegradability of the films increased with the CS-ZnO loading. The WVTR and Dk data obtained are within the range of values reported for commercial wound dressings. Tensile tests demonstrated that the nanocomposites displayed a good balance between elasticity, strength, and flexibility under both dry and simulated body fluid (SBF) environments. The flexibility increased in a moist atmosphere due to the plasticization effect of absorbed water. The nanocomposites also exhibited significantly enhanced dynamic mechanical performance (storage modulus and glass transition temperature) than neat CO under different humidity conditions. The antibacterial activity of the films against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Micrococcus luteus bacteria was investigated in the presence and the absence of UV light. The biocide effect increased progressively with the CS-ZnO content and was systematically stronger against Gram-positive cells. Composites with nanoparticle loading ≤5.0 wt % exhibited very good in vitro cytocompatibility and enabled a faster wound healing than neat CO and control gauze, hence showing great potential to be applied as antibacterial

  11. Fibers and Conductive Films Using Silver Nanoparticles and Nanowires by Near-Field Electrospinning Process

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    Cheng-Tang Pan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The silver nanowires (AgNWs and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs were synthesized. With near-field electrospinning (NFES process, fibers and thin films with AgNPs and AgNWs were fabricated. In the NFES process, 10 k voltage was applied and the AgNPs and AgNWs fibers can be directly orderly collected without breaking and bending. Then, the characteristics of the fibers were analyzed by four-point probe and EDS. The conductive film was analyzed. When the thickness of films with AgNWs and AgNPs was 1.6 µm, the sheet resistance of films was 0.032 Ω/sq which was superior to that of the commercial ITO. The transmissivity of films was analyzed. The transmissivity was inversely proportional to sheet resistance of the films. In the future, the fibers and films can be used as transparent conductive electrodes.

  12. Thin films of metal-organic compounds and metal nanoparticle-embedded polymers for nonlinear optical applications

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    S Philip Anthony; Shatabdi Porel; D Narayana Rao; T P Radhakrishnan

    2005-11-01

    Thin films based on two very different metal-organic systems are developed and some nonlinear optical applications are explored. A family of zinc complexes which form perfectly polar assemblies in their crystalline state are found to organize as uniaxially oriented crystallites in vapor deposited thin films on glass substrate. Optical second harmonic generation from these films is investigated. A simple protocol is developed for the in-situ fabrication of highly monodisperse silver nanoparticles in a polymer film matrix. The methodology can be used to produce free-standing films. Optical limiting capability of the nanoparticle-embedded polymer film is demonstrated.

  13. Thin films of spin-crossover coordination polymers with large thermal hysteresis loops prepared by nanoparticle spin coating.

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    Tanaka, Daisuke; Aketa, Naoki; Tanaka, Hirofumi; Tamaki, Takashi; Inose, Tomoko; Akai, Tomoki; Toyama, Hirotaka; Sakata, Osami; Tajiri, Hiroo; Ogawa, Takuji

    2014-09-11

    This communication describes the synthesis of spin-crossover nanoparticles, which can disperse in various organic solvents without an excess amount of surfactants. The nanoparticles form homogeneous thin films on substrates by spin coating. The films show abrupt spin transitions with large thermal hysteresis loops.

  14. UV-cured polymeric films containing ZnO and silver nanoparticles with UV–vis light-assisted photocatalytic activity

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    Podasca, Viorica E.; Buruiana, Tinca; Buruiana, Emil C., E-mail: emilbur@icmpp.ro

    2016-07-30

    Highlights: • Synthesis of photopolymerized films containing ZnO and/or Ag NPs is reported. • Photopolymerization of the acrylic monomers occurred with conversions of 57–90%. • XRD, EDX, and TEM analyses proved the uniform distribution of NPs in the matrix. • MB was photodegradated using the hybrid films under UV–vis irradiation. - Abstract: Hybrid polymer composites incorporating preformed ZnO alone or its mixture with Ag nanoparticles created during UV irradiation of some urethane acrylic monomers including trietoxysilylpropyl carbamoyloxyethyl methacrylate were synthesized and characterized by spectroscopic ({sup 1}H ({sup 13}C) NMR, FTIR, UV–vis, fluorescence, X-ray diffraction) and microscopic (AFM, ESEM/EDX, TEM) techniques. The results confirmed that the double bond conversion measured through FTIR spectroscopy varied in the range of 57–90% (after 60 s of irradiation), exhibiting formulation composition dependence. In the crosslinked polymer networks the existence of individual nanoparticles with primarily spherical shape and sizes between 5 and 15 nm for ZnO, and around 3 nm for in situ photogenerated silver nanoparticles was evidenced. Additionally, the photocatalytic effect of the photopolymerized hybrid films was investigated by determining the decomposition rate of the methylene blue (MB) in ethanol (over 90%) under UV (2.7 × 10{sup −2} s{sup −1}) and visible irradiation (2.9 × 10{sup −2} min{sup −1}). It was found that the composite films containing a higher amount of ZnO-Ag nanoparticles placed in water induced the photodecomposition of MB (∼87% after 100 min of visible irradiation; k = 2.1 × 10{sup −2} min{sup −1}). The good efficiency of the NPs from these polymer films make them attractive for applications in photocatalysis of organic dye molecules.

  15. Impact of ink synthesis on processing of inkjet-printed silicon nanoparticle thin films: A comparison of Rapid Thermal Annealing and photonic sintering

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    Drahi, E.; Blayac, S. [Centre Microélectronique de Provence/Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne, 880, avenue de Mimet Gardanne, 13541 (France); Borbely, A. [Science des Matériaux et des Structures/Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne, 158, cours Fauriel Saint Etienne Cedex 2, 42023 (France); Benaben, P. [Centre Microélectronique de Provence/Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint Etienne, 880, avenue de Mimet Gardanne, 13541 (France)

    2015-01-01

    Inkjet printing has a high potential for cost reduction in solar cell and thermoelectric industry. This study demonstrates that silicon thin films can be produced by inkjet-printing of silicon nanoparticles followed by subsequent drying and annealing steps. Ink formulation is crucial for the sintering of the silicon nanoparticles and control of the microstructure at low temperature. Upon heating, the microstructure is modified from porous layer made of juxtaposed silicon nanoparticles to denser layer with coarser grains. This evolution is monitored by scanning electron microscopy and by micro-Raman spectroscopy, which offer a fast and precise characterization of the microstructure and chemical composition of thin films. Above a threshold temperature of 800 °C cracks appear within thin film and substrate because of the stress induced by the oxidation of the surface. An innovative sintering method, photonic annealing, is studied in order to reduce both oxidation and stress in the thin films as well as reducing processing time. Evolution of the thermal conductivity is performed by micro-Raman spectroscopy and can be tailored in a large range between ~ 1 and ~ 100 W·m{sup −1}·K{sup −1} depending on the sintering method and atmosphere. Therefore control of the microstructure evolution with applied annealing process allows tailoring of both microstructure and thermal conductivity of the silicon thin films. - Highlights: • Impact of ink synthesis on sintering (Si nanoparticle surface chemistry) • Photonic annealing of inkjet printed Si nanoparticles • Micro-Raman spectroscopy and X-Ray Diffraction for thin film characterization.

  16. High Performance Thin-Film Composite Forward Osmosis Membrane

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    Yip, Ngai Yin

    2010-05-15

    Recent studies show that osmotically driven membrane processes may be a viable technology for desalination, water and wastewater treatment, and power generation. However, the absence of a membrane designed for such processes is a significant obstacle hindering further advancements of this technology. This work presents the development of a high performance thin-film composite membrane for forward osmosis applications. The membrane consists of a selective polyamide active layer formed by interfacial polymerization on top of a polysulfone support layer fabricated by phase separation onto a thin (40 μm) polyester nonwoven fabric. By careful selection of the polysulfone casting solution (i.e., polymer concentration and solvent composition) and tailoring the casting process, we produced a support layer with a mix of finger-like and sponge-like morphologies that give significantly enhanced membrane performance. The structure and performance of the new thin-film composite forward osmosis membrane are compared with those of commercial membranes. Using a 1.5 M NaCl draw solution and a pure water feed, the fabricated membranes produced water fluxes exceeding 18 L m2-h-1, while consistently maintaining observed salt rejection greater than 97%. The high water flux of the fabricated thin-film composite forward osmosis membranes was directly related to the thickness, porosity, tortuosity, and pore structure of the polysulfone support layer. Furthermore, membrane performance did not degrade after prolonged exposure to an ammonium bicarbonate draw solution. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  17. Structural and biological properties of carbon nanotube composite films

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    Narayan, Roger J. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0245 (United States)]. E-mail: roger.narayan@mse.gatech.edu; Berry, C.J. [Environmental Biotechnology Section, Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC 29808 (United States); Brigmon, R.L. [Environmental Biotechnology Section, Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken, SC 29808 (United States)

    2005-11-20

    Carbon nanotube composite films have been developed that exhibit unusual structural and biological properties. These novel materials have been created by pulsed laser ablation of graphite and bombardment of nitrogen ions at temperatures between 600 and 700 deg. C. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy and radial distribution function analysis demonstrate that this material consists of sp{sup 2}-bonded concentric ribbons that are wrapped approximately 15 deg. normal to the silicon substrate. The interlayer order in this material extends to approximately 15-30 A. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy data suggest that this material is predominantly trigonally coordinated. The carbon nanotube composite structure results from the use of energetic ions, which allow for non-equilibrium growth of graphitic planes. In vitro testing has revealed significant antimicrobial activity of carbon nanotube composite films against Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus warneri colonization. Carbon nanotube composite films may be useful for inhibiting microorganism attachment and biofilm formation in hemodialysis catheters and other medical devices.

  18. Coulomb blockade effects in silicon nanoparticles embedded in thin silicon-rich oxide films

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    Morales-Sanchez, A; Barreto, J; Dominguez, C [IMB-CNM (CSIC), Campus UAB, Bellaterra 08193, Barcelona (Spain); Aceves, M; Yu, Z [INAOE, Electronics Department, Apartado 51, Puebla, 72000 (Mexico); Luna-Lopez, J A [CCMC, UNAM, Optics Department, Ensenada, BC, 22800 (Mexico)], E-mail: alfredo.morales@cnm.es

    2008-04-23

    Silicon nanoparticles (Si-nps) embedded in silicon oxide matrix were created using silicon-rich oxide (SRO) films deposited by low pressure chemical vapour deposition (LPCVD) followed by a thermal annealing at 1100 deg. C. The electrical properties were studied using metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) structures with the SRO films as the active layers. Capacitance versus voltage (C-V) exhibited downward and upward peaks in the accumulation region related to charge trapping and de-trapping effects of Si-nps, respectively. Current versus voltage (I-V) measurements showed fluctuations in the form of spike-like peaks and a clear staircase at room temperature. These effects have been related to the Coulomb blockade (CB) effect in the silicon nanoparticles embedded in SRO films. The observed quantum effects are due to 1 nm nanoparticles.

  19. Comparison of photovoltaic performance of TiO2 nanoparticles based thin films via different routes

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    Ji, Yajun

    2015-11-01

    Well crystallized TiO2 nanoparticles were prepared by hydrothermal and sol-gel routes, respectively. The morphologies, structures, crystallinity and optical properties of resulted TiO2 nanoparticles-based thin films via the two methods were examined by field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and reflectance spectra. In addition, comparison of photovoltaic performance of TiO2 nanoparticles-based thin films by the two methods was performed. It is found that the maximum energy conversion efficiency of 4.06% was achieved based on the obtained electrode via hydrothermal, which is much better than that of the sol-gels route. The uniform film structure with improved dye absorption capability, increased diffused reflectance property and relatively low charge recombination rates for injected electrons are believed to be responsible to the superior photoelectrochemical properties of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) via hydrothermal route.

  20. Preparation of Hard Coating Films with High Refractive Index from Titania Nanoparticles

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    Kim, Nam Woo; Ahn, Chi Yong; Song, Ki Chang [Konyang University, 121 Daehak-ro, Nonsan (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-12-15

    The titania (TiO{sub 2}) nanoparticles with a diameter 2-3 nm were synthesized by controlling hydrolysis of titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) in acid solution. Organic-inorganic hybrid coating solutions were prepared by reacting the titania nanoparticles with 3-glycidoxypropyl trimethoxysilane (GPTMS) by the sol-gel method. The hard coating films with high refractive index were obtained by curing thermally at 120 .deg. C after spin-coating the coating solutions on the polycarbonate (PC) sheets. The coating films showed high optical transparency of 90% in the visible range and exhibited a pencil hardness of 2H. Also, the refractive index at 633 nm wavelength of coating films enhanced from 1.502 to 1.584 as the weight content of titania nanoparticles in the coating solutions increased from 4% to 25%.

  1. Wettability control by laser texturing process generating localized gold nanoparticles on polymeric thin films.

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    Spano, F; Castellano, A; Massaro, A; Fragouli, D; Cingolani, R; Athanassiou, A

    2012-06-01

    In this work a new approach is introduced for surface properties control by laser texturing process. By UV laser irradiation, we are able to control the surface wettability of a chitosan polymeric film in which is introduced a chloroauric acid salt by immersion. Specifically the UV irradiation is responsible for the creation of gold nanoparticles at the irradiated surface of the polymeric film. This photolytic process allows us to localize and design accurately surface patterns and moreover to tune metallic particle size in the range of nanoscale. After the characterization of our gold textured surfaces by atomic force and scanning electron microscopies, we demonstrate the link between wettability surface properties and gold nanoparticles size. The experimental results indicate the influence of the laser intensity, the irradiation time and the polymer film thickness (by increasing the gold concentration) on the gold nanoparticle density and size.

  2. Scattering of long wavelengths into thin silicon photovoltaic films by plasmonic silver nanoparticles

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    Osgood, R. M.; Bullion, K. M.; Giardini, S. A.; Carlson, J. B.; Stenhouse, P.; Kingsborough, R.; Liberman, V.; Parameswaran, L.; Rothschild, M.; Miller, O.; Kooi, S.; Joannopoulos, J.; Jeffrey, F.; Braymen, S.; Gill, H. Singh; Kumar, J.

    2014-10-01

    Nanoparticles and nanostructures with plasmonic resonances are currently being employed to enhance the efficiency of solar cells. 1-3 Ag stripe arrays have been shown theoretically to enhance the short-circuit current of thin silicon layers. 4 Monolayers of Ag nanoparticles with diameter d thin polymer layers with thicknesses thin (100 nm films deposited on glass and flexible polymer substrates, the latter originating in a roll-to-roll manufacturing process. Ag nanoparticles are held in place and aggregation is prevented with a polymer overcoat. We observe interesting wavelength shifts between maxima in specular and diffuse scattering that depend on particle size and shape, indicating that the nanoparticles substantially modify the scattering into the thin silicon film.

  3. Synthesis of Imine-Bearing ZnO Nanoparticle Thin Films and Characterization of Their Structural, Morphological and Optical Properties.

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    Kaur, Narinder; Sharma, Sanjeev K; Kim, Deuk Young; Sharma, Hemant; Singh, Narinder

    2015-10-01

    We are presenting the first report on the fabrication of imine-bearing ZnO nanoparticle thin films grown on Corning glass by spin coating. The sol was prepared by dissolving imine-bearing ZnO nanoparticles in dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO). The thickness of the films was manipulated to be 125-200 nm. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis showed hexagonal wurtzite structure of imine-bearing ZnO nanoparticles thin films with a (002) preferential orientation. The stretching of chemical bonds of the imine linkage and Zn-O in imine-bearing ZnO nanoparticle thin films was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The grain size of the films increased with increasing the thickness of the films due to the number of coatings and subsequently dried at 200 °C. The transmittance of imine-bearing ZnO nanoparticle thin films was observed to be ≥94%, which was in close agreement to pure ZnO thin films in the visible region. The bandgap of imine-bearing ZnO nanoparticle thin films (3.04 eV), evaluated from Tauc's plot, was observed to be lower than that of pure ZnO (3.21 eV), which is attributed to the interaction of the ZnO nanoparticles with the imine receptor.

  4. TiO2-BASED Composite Films for the Photodegradation of Oxytetracycline

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    Li, Hui; Guan, Ling-Xiao; Feng, Ji-Jun; Li, Fang; Yao, Ming-Ming

    2015-02-01

    The spread of the antibiotic oxytetracycline (OTC) has been thought as a threat to the safety of drinking water. In this paper, the photocatalytic activity of the nanocrystalline Fe/Ca co-doped TiO2-SiO2 composite film for the degradation of OTC was studied. The films were characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) equipped with energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), N2 adsorption/desorption isotherms, photoluminescence (PL) spectra, and UV-Vis diffraction reflectance absorption spectra (DRS). The FE-SEM results indicated that the Fe/Ca co-doped TiO2-SiO2 film was composed of smaller nanoparticles compared to pure TiO2 or TiO2-SiO2 film. The BET surface area results showed that the specific surface area of the pure TiO2, TiO2-SiO2 and Ca2+/Fe3+ co-doped TiO2-SiO2 is 118.3 m2g-1, 294.3 m2g-1 and 393.7 m2g-1, respectively. The DRS and PL spectra revealed that the Fe/Ca co-doped TiO2-SiO2 film had strong visible light adsorption and diminished electrons/holes recombination. Experimental results showed that the Fe/Ca co-doped TiO2-SiO2 film is effective in the degradation of OTC under both UV and visible light irradiation.

  5. Hybrid phototransistors based on bulk heterojunction films of poly(3-hexylthiophene) and zinc oxide nanoparticle.

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    Nam, Sungho; Seo, Jooyeok; Park, Soohyeong; Lee, Sooyong; Jeong, Jaehoon; Lee, Hyena; Kim, Hwajeong; Kim, Youngkyoo

    2013-02-01

    Hybrid phototransistors (HPTRs) were fabricated on glass substrates using organic/inorganic hybrid bulk heterojunction films of p-type poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and n-type zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO(NP)). The content of ZnO(NP) was varied up to 50 wt % in order to understand the composition effect of ZnO(NP) on the performance of HPTRs. The morphology and nanostructure of the P3HT:ZnO(NP) films was examined by employing high resolution electron microscopes and synchrotron radiation grazing angle X-ray diffraction system. The incident light intensity (P(IN)) was varied up to 43.6 μW/cm², whereas three major wavelengths (525 nm, 555 nm, 605 nm) corresponded to the optical absorption of P3HT were applied. Results showed that the present HPTRs showed typical p-type transistor performance even though the n-type ZnO(NP) content increased up to 50 wt %. The highest transistor performance was obtained at 50 wt %, whereas the lowest performance was measured at 23 wt % because of the immature bulk heterojunction morphology. The drain current (I(D)) was proportionally increased with P(IN) due to the photocurrent generation in addition to the field-effect current. The highest apparent and corrected responsivities (R(A) = 4.7 A/W and R(C) = 2.07 A/W) were achieved for the HPTR with the P3HT:ZnO(NP) film (50 wt % ZnO(NP)) at P(IN) = 0.27 μW/cm² (555 nm).

  6. Monitoring Moisture Damage Propagation in GFRP Composites Using Carbon Nanoparticles

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    Ahmed Al-Sabagh

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Glass fiber reinforced polymer (GFRP composites are widely used in infrastructure applications including water structures due to their relatively high durability, high strength to weight ratio, and non-corrosiveness. Here we demonstrate the potential use of carbon nanoparticles dispersed during GFRP composite fabrication to reduce water absorption of GFRP and to enable monitoring of moisture damage propagation in GFRP composites. GFRP coupons incorporating 2.0 wt % carbon nanofibers (CNFs and 2.0 wt % multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs were fabricated in order to study the effect of moisture damage on mechanical properties of GFRP. Water absorption tests were carried out by immersing the GFRP coupons in a seawater bath at two temperatures for a time period of three months. Effects of water immersion on the mechanical properties and glass transition temperature of GFRP were investigated. Furthermore, moisture damage in GFRP was monitored by measuring the electrical conductivity of the GFRP coupons. It was shown that carbon nanoparticles can provide a means of self-sensing that enables the monitoring of moisture damage in GFRP. Despite the success of the proposed technique, it might not be able to efficiently describe moisture damage propagation in GFRP beyond a specific threshold because of the relatively high electrical conductivity of seawater. Microstructural investigations using Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR explained the significance of seawater immersion time and temperature on the different levels of moisture damage in GFRP.

  7. Analysis of Composite Leaf Spring Enhanced With Nanoparticles

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    K. Ganesan

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Weight reduction is now the main issue in automobile industries. In this work due to reduce the weight of steel spring with composite leaf spring due to high strength ratio is need to improve. The main aim is to compare to the load carrying capacity, stiffness and weight savings of composite leaf spring with that of steel leaf spring at rated-load and over-load condition. The analysis has been carried out for the leaf spring made up of steel and Composite materials. Composite specimens are fabricated with two different staking sequences like the (resin with clay and enhanced with Nanoparticles. The thickness and width for constant cross section is maintained on the moulding techniques. The design of multi leaf spring was modeled in PRO-E and imported in ANSYS 14.5.the dimensions of an existing multi leaf spring is taken for modeling and analysis of a laminated composite multi leaf spring with different composite sequence materials subjected to the same load as that of steel spring.

  8. Single-pulse transformation of Ag thin film into nanoparticles via laser-induced dewetting

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    Oh, Yoonseok; Lee, Myeongkyu

    2017-03-01

    In this study, we show that Ag thin films deposited on glass can be transformed into nanoparticles by laser-induced dewetting using a nanosecond-pulsed Nd:YAG laser. The film could be completely dewetted by a single pulse and the pulse energy density required for a 10 nm-thick Ag film was 86 mJ/cm2 at λ = 1064 nm. This made it possible to dewet a film area of ∼10 cm2 by a single pulse with energy of 850 mJ. The produced particles exhibited a monomodal size distribution and the mean particle size increased as the initial film thickness increased. Repeated exposure to pulses induced no noticeable change in the particle size distribution. The initial film thickness was the only factor that determined the mean particle size. The absorption spectra of dewetted films were well consistent with the surface plasma resonance behaviors of metal nanoparticles. This process provides a facile and scalable method of forming metal nanoparticle arrays for plasmonic and other applications.

  9. Electrodeposited porous metal oxide films with interconnected nanoparticles applied as anode of lithium ion battery

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    Xiao, Anguo, E-mail: hixiaoanguo@126.com; Zhou, Shibiao; Zuo, Chenggang; Zhuan, Yongbing; Ding, Xiang

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Highly porous NiO film is prepared by a co-electrodeposition method. • Porous NiO film is composed of interconnected nanoparticles. • Porous structure is favorable for fast ion/electron transfer. • Porous NiO film shows good lithium ion storage properties. - Abstract: Controllable synthesis of porous metal oxide films is highly desirable for high-performance electrochemical devices. In this work, a highly porous NiO film composed of interconnected nanoparticles is prepared by a simple co-electrodeposition method. The nanoparticles in the NiO film have a size ranging from 30 to 100 nm and construct large-quantity pores of 20–120 nm. As an anode material for lithium ion batteries, the highly porous NiO film electrode delivers a high discharge capacity of 700 mA h g{sup −1} at 0.2 C, as well as good high-rate performance. After 100 cycles at 0.2 C, a specific capacitance of 517 mA h g{sup −1} is attained. The good electrochemical performance is attributed to the interconnected porous structure, which facilitates the diffusion of ion and electron, and provides large reaction surface area leading to improved performance.

  10. Tensile characteristics of metal nanoparticle films on flexible polymer substrates for printed electronics applications

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    Kim, Sanghyeok; Won, Sejeong; Sim, Gi-Dong; Park, Inkyu; Lee, Soon-Bok

    2013-03-01

    Metal nanoparticle solutions are widely used for the fabrication of printed electronic devices. The mechanical properties of the solution-processed metal nanoparticle thin films are very important for the robust and reliable operation of printed electronic devices. In this paper, we report the tensile characteristics of silver nanoparticle (Ag NP) thin films on flexible polymer substrates by observing the microstructures and measuring the electrical resistance under tensile strain. The effects of the annealing temperatures and periods of Ag NP thin films on their failure strains are explained with a microstructural investigation. The maximum failure strain for Ag NP thin film was 6.6% after initial sintering at 150 °C for 30 min. Thermal annealing at higher temperatures for longer periods resulted in a reduction of the maximum failure strain, presumably due to higher porosity and larger pore size. We also found that solution-processed Ag NP thin films have lower failure strains than those of electron beam evaporated Ag thin films due to their highly porous film morphologies.

  11. Tensile characteristics of metal nanoparticle films on flexible polymer substrates for printed electronics applications.

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    Kim, Sanghyeok; Won, Sejeong; Sim, Gi-Dong; Park, Inkyu; Lee, Soon-Bok

    2013-03-01

    Metal nanoparticle solutions are widely used for the fabrication of printed electronic devices. The mechanical properties of the solution-processed metal nanoparticle thin films are very important for the robust and reliable operation of printed electronic devices. In this paper, we report the tensile characteristics of silver nanoparticle (Ag NP) thin films on flexible polymer substrates by observing the microstructures and measuring the electrical resistance under tensile strain. The effects of the annealing temperatures and periods of Ag NP thin films on their failure strains are explained with a microstructural investigation. The maximum failure strain for Ag NP thin film was 6.6% after initial sintering at 150 °C for 30 min. Thermal annealing at higher temperatures for longer periods resulted in a reduction of the maximum failure strain, presumably due to higher porosity and larger pore size. We also found that solution-processed Ag NP thin films have lower failure strains than those of electron beam evaporated Ag thin films due to their highly porous film morphologies.

  12. CO Responses of Sensors Based on Cerium Oxide Thick Films Prepared from Clustered Spherical Nanoparticles

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    Woosuck Shin; Takafumi Akamatsu; Toshio Itoh; Ichiro Matsubara; Noriya Izu

    2013-01-01

    Various types of CO sensors based on cerium oxide (ceria) have been reported recently. It has also been reported that the response speed of CO sensors fabricated from porous ceria thick films comprising nanoparticles is extremely high. However, the response value of such sensors is not suitably high. In this study, we investigated methods of improving the response values of CO sensors based on ceria and prepared gas sensors from core-shell ceria polymer hybrid nanoparticles. These hybrid nano...

  13. A low-temperature synthesis of electrochemical active Pt nanoparticles and thin films by atomic layer deposition on Si(111) and glassy carbon surfaces

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    Liu, Rui [Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Han, Lihao [Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Photovoltaic Materials and Devices (PVMD) Laboratory, Delft University of Technology, P.O. Box 5031, GA Delft 2600 (Netherlands); Huang, Zhuangqun; Ferrer, Ivonne M. [Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 210 Noyes Laboratory 127-72, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Smets, Arno H.M.; Zeman, Miro [Photovoltaic Materials and Devices (PVMD) Laboratory, Delft University of Technology, P.O. Box 5031, GA Delft 2600 (Netherlands); Brunschwig, Bruce S., E-mail: bsb@caltech.edu [Beckman Institute, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Lewis, Nathan S., E-mail: nslewis@caltech.edu [Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Beckman Institute, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, 210 Noyes Laboratory 127-72, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States); Kavli Nanoscience Institute, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125 (United States)

    2015-07-01

    Atomic layer deposition (ALD) was used to deposit nanoparticles and thin films of Pt onto etched p-type Si(111) wafers and glassy carbon discs. Using precursors of MeCpPtMe{sub 3} and ozone and a temperature window of 200–300 °C, the growth rate was 80–110 pm/cycle. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to analyze the composition, structure, morphology, and thickness of the ALD-grown Pt nanoparticle films. The catalytic activity of the ALD-grown Pt for the hydrogen evolution reaction was shown to be equivalent to that of e-beam evaporated Pt on glassy carbon electrode. - Highlights: • Pure Pt films were grown by atomic layer deposition (ALD) using MeCpPtMe3 and ozone. • ALD-grown Pt thin films had high growth rates of 110 pm/cycle. • ALD-grown Pt films were electrocatalytic for hydrogen evolution from water. • Electrocatalytic activity of the ALD Pt films was equivalent to e-beam deposited Pt. • No carbon species were detected in the ALD-grown Pt films.

  14. Synthesis of Ag-TiO2 composite nano thin film for antimicrobial application.

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    Yu, Binyu; Leung, Kar Man; Guo, Qiuquan; Lau, Woon Ming; Yang, Jun

    2011-03-18

    TiO2 photocatalysts have been found to kill cancer cells, bacteria and viruses under mild UV illumination, which offers numerous potential applications. On the other hand, Ag has long been proved as a good antibacterial material as well. The advantage of Ag-TiO2 nanocomposite is to expand the nanomaterial's antibacterial function to a broader range of working conditions. In this study neat TiO2 and Ag-TiO2 composite nanofilms were successfully prepared on silicon wafer via the sol-gel method by the spin-coating technique. The as-prepared composite Ag-TiO2 and TiO2 films with different silver content were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to determine the topologies, microstructures and chemical compositions, respectively. It was found that the silver nanoparticles were uniformly distributed and strongly attached to the mesoporous TiO2 matrix. The morphology of the composite film could be controlled by simply tuning the molar ratio of the silver nitrate aqueous solution. XPS results confirmed that the Ag was in the Ag(0) state. The antimicrobial effect of the synthesized nanofilms was carried out against gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli ATCC 29425) by using an 8 W UV lamp with a constant relative intensity of 0.6 mW cm(-2) and in the dark respectively. The synthesized Ag-TiO2 thin films showed enhanced bactericidal activities compared to the neat TiO2 nanofilm both in the dark and under UV illumination.

  15. Synthesis of Ag-TiO2 composite nano thin film for antimicrobial application

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    Yu, Binyu; Leung, Kar Man; Guo, Qiuquan; Lau, Woon Ming; Yang, Jun

    2011-03-01

    TiO2 photocatalysts have been found to kill cancer cells, bacteria and viruses under mild UV illumination, which offers numerous potential applications. On the other hand, Ag has long been proved as a good antibacterial material as well. The advantage of Ag-TiO2 nanocomposite is to expand the nanomaterial's antibacterial function to a broader range of working conditions. In this study neat TiO2 and Ag-TiO2 composite nanofilms were successfully prepared on silicon wafer via the sol-gel method by the spin-coating technique. The as-prepared composite Ag-TiO2 and TiO2 films with different silver content were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) to determine the topologies, microstructures and chemical compositions, respectively. It was found that the silver nanoparticles were uniformly distributed and strongly attached to the mesoporous TiO2 matrix. The morphology of the composite film could be controlled by simply tuning the molar ratio of the silver nitrate aqueous solution. XPS results confirmed that the Ag was in the Ag0 state. The antimicrobial effect of the synthesized nanofilms was carried out against gram-negative bacteria (Escherichia coli ATCC 29425) by using an 8 W UV lamp with a constant relative intensity of 0.6 mW cm - 2 and in the dark respectively. The synthesized Ag-TiO2 thin films showed enhanced bactericidal activities compared to the neat TiO2 nanofilm both in the dark and under UV illumination.

  16. Composition change and capacitance properties of ruthenium oxide thin film

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    刘泓; 甘卫平; 刘仲武; 郑峰

    2015-01-01

    RuO2·nH2O film was deposited on tantalum foils by electrodeposition and heat treatment using RuCl3·3H2O as precursor. Surface morphology, composition change and cyclic voltammetry from precursor to amorphous and crystalline RuO2·nH2O films were studied by X-ray diffractometer, Fourier transformation infrared spectrometer, differential thermal analyzer, scanning electron microscope and electrochemical analyzer, respectively. The results show that the precursor was transformed gradually from amorphous to crystalline phase with temperature. When heat treated at 300 °C for 2 h, RuO2·nH2O electrode surface gains mass of 2.5 mg/cm2 with specific capacitance of 782 F/g. Besides, it is found that the specific capacitance of the film decreased by roughly 20%with voltage scan rate increasing from 5 to 250 mV/s.

  17. Development of Chitosan/Bacterial Cellulose Composite Films Containing Nanodiamonds as a Potential Flexible Platform for Wound Dressing

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    Fatemeh Ostadhossein

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Chitosan/bacterial cellulose composite films containing diamond nanoparticles (NDs with potential application as wound dressing are introduced. Microstructural studies show that NDs are uniformly dispersed in the matrix, although slight agglomeration at concentrations above 2 wt % is seen. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy reveals formation of hydrogen bonds between NDs and the polymer matrix. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates reduced crystallinity of the polymer matrix in the presence of NDs. Approximately 3.5-fold increase in the elastic modulus of the composite film is obtained by the addition of 2 wt % NDs. The results of colorimetric analysis show that the composite films are transparent but turn to gray-like and semitransparent at high ND concentrations. Additionally, a decrease in highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO gap is also seen, which results in a red shift and higher absorption intensity towards the visible region. Mitochondrial activity assay using L929 fibroblast cells shows that the nanocomposite films are biocompatible (>90% after 24 h incubation. Multiple lamellapodia and cell-cell interaction are shown. The results suggest that the developed films can potentially be used as a flexible platform for wound dressing.

  18. Influence of Heat Treatment on the Morphologies of Copper Nanoparticles Based Films by a Spin Coating Method

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    Wei Liu

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available We have investigated the influence of heat treatment on the morphologies of copper nanoparticles based films on glass slides by a spin coating method. The experiments show that heat treatment can modify the sizes and morphologies of copper nanoparticles based films on glass slides. We suggest that through changing the parameters of heat treatment process may be helpful to vary the scattering and absorbing intensity of copper nanoparticles when used in energy harvesting/conversion and optical devices.

  19. Electronic Properties of TiO2 Nanoparticles Films and the Effect on Apatite-Forming Ability

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    Johanna Löberg

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanoparticle-covered electrodes have altered properties as compared to conventional electrodes with same chemical composition. The changes originate from the large surface area and enhanced conduction. To test the mineralization capacity of such materials, TiO2 nanoparticles were deposited on titanium and gold substrates. The electrochemical properties were investigated using cyclic voltammetry and impedance spectroscopy while the mineralization was tested by immersion in simulated body fluid. Two types of nucleation and growth behaviours were observed. For smooth nanoparticle surfaces, the initial nucleation is fast with the formation of few small nuclei of hydroxyapatite. With time, an amorphous 2D film develops with a Ca/P ratio close to 1.5. For the rougher surfaces, the nucleation is delayed but once it starts, thick layers are formed. Also the electronic properties of the oxides were shown to be important. Both density of states (DOS in the bandgap of TiO2 and the active area were determined. The maximum in DOS was found to correlate with the donor density (Nd and the active surface area. The results clearly show that a rough surface with high conductivity is beneficial for formation of thick apatite layers, while the nanoparticle covered electrodes show early nucleation but limited apatite formation.

  20. Laser-induced in situ synthesis of Pd and Pt nanoparticles on polymer films

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    Mehrabanian, Mehran; Morselli, Davide; Caputo, Gianvito; Scarpellini, Alice; Palazon, Francisco; Athanassiou, Athanassia; Fragouli, Despina

    2016-12-01

    We present the localized in situ formation of Pd and Pt nanoparticles embedded in chitosan solid films. This is achieved by the photo-induced reduction of metallic precursors, previously incorporated in chitosan films, through controlled UV pulsed laser irradiation. Interestingly, at high number of laser pulses, Pd and Pt follow different formation pathways, contrary to their common photoreduction mechanism occurring at low irradiation pulses. Specifically, in the case of the Pd, a photofragmentation process takes place fracturing the previously formed nanoparticles into smaller ones; whereas in the case of Pt, the prolonged irradiation promotes the nanoparticles agglomeration. The combination of both precursors in a binary solid system results in the combined formation of both Pd and Pt nanoparticles in the polymer film upon laser irradiation. The herein reported approach is an efficient and precise tool to generate size- and density-controlled Pd and Pt nanoparticles in desired areas of polymeric films, rendering this method a potential candidate for the fabrication of flexible polymeric devices for gas-sensing or electro-catalysis applications.

  1. Biodegradable Starch/Copolyesters Film Reinforced with Silica Nanoparticles: Preparation and Characterization

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    Lima, Roberta A.; Oliveira, Rene R.; Wataya, Célio H.; Moura, Esperidiana A. B.

    Biodegradable starch/copolyesters/silica nanocomposite films were prepared by melt extrusion, using a twin screw extruder machine and blown extrusion process. The influence of the silica nanoparticle addition on mechanical and thermal properties of nanocomposite films was investigated by tensile tests; X-rays diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis and the correlation between properties was discussed. The results showed that incorporation of 2 % (wt %) of SiO2 nanoparticle in the blend matrix of PBAT/Starch, resulted in a gain of mechanical properties of blend.

  2. Microstructure and optical absorption of Au-MgF2 nanoparticle cermet films

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    Sun Zhao-Qi; Cai Qi; Song Xue-Ping

    2006-01-01

    The microstructure and optical absorption of Au-MgF2 nanoparticle cermet films with different Au contents are studied.The microstructural analysis shows that the films are mainly composed of the amorphous MgF2 matrix with embedded fcc Au nanoparticles with a mean size of 9.8-21.4nm.Spectral analysis suggests that the surface plasma resonance (SPR) absorption peak of Au particles appears at λ=492-537nm.With increasing Au content,absorption peak intensity increases,profile narrows and location redshifts.Theoretical absorption spectra are calculated based on Maxwell-Garnett theory and compared with experimental spectra.

  3. Structural studies of thin films of semiconducting nanoparticles in polymer matrices

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    Di Luccio, Tiziana [ENEA, Centro Ricerche Brindisi, SS7 Appia Km 706, I-72100 Brindisi (Italy)], E-mail: tiziana.diluccio@portici.enea.it; Piscopiello, Emanuela; Laera, Anna Maria [ENEA, Centro Ricerche Brindisi, SS7 Appia Km 706, I-72100 Brindisi (Italy); Antisari, Marco Vittori [ENEA, Centro Ricerche Casaccia, Via Anguillarese 301, I-00060 S. Maria di Galeria (Roma) (Italy)

    2007-09-15

    Ordered films of nanoscale materials are issue of wide interest for applications in several fields, such as optics, catalysis, and bioelectronics. In particular, semiconducting nanoparticles incorporation in a processable polymer film is an easy way to manipulate such materials for their application. We deposited thin layers of cadmium sulphide (CdS) and zinc sulphide (ZnS) nanoparticles embedded in a thermoplastic cyclo-olephin copolymer (COC) with elevated optical transparency and highly bio-compatible. The nanoparticles were obtained by thiolate precursors previously dispersed in the polymer upon thermal treatment at temperatures ranging between 200 and 300 deg. C depending on the desired size. The precursor/polymer solutions were spin-coated in order to get thin films. The spinning conditions were changed in order to optimise the layer thickness and uniformity. The samples were mainly characterised by X-ray reflectivity (XRR) and by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) analyses. The thinnest layer we have deposited is 8 nm thick, as evaluated by XRR. The HRTEM measurements showed that the nanoparticles have quasi-spherical shape without evident microstructural defects. The size of the nanoparticles depends on the annealing temperature, e.g. at 232 deg. C the size of the CdS nanoparticles is about 4-5 nm.

  4. Programmable Wrinkling of Self-Assembled Nanoparticle Films on Shape Memory Polymers.

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    Gabardo, Christine M; Yang, Jie; Smith, Nathaniel J; Adams-McGavin, Robert C; Soleymani, Leyla

    2016-09-27

    Hierarchically structured materials, inspired by sophisticated structures found in nature, are finding increasing applications in a variety of fields. Here, we describe the fabrication of wrinkled gold nanoparticle films, which leverage the structural tunability of gold nanoparticles to program the wavelength and amplitude of gold wrinkles. We have carefully examined the structural evolution and tuning of these wrinkled surfaces through varying nanoparticle parameters (diameter, number of layers, density) and substrate parameters (number of axes constrained during wrinkling) through scanning electron microscopy and cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy. It is found that nanoparticle layers of sufficient density are required to obtain periodical wrinkled structures. It was also found that tuning the nanoparticle diameter and number of layers can be used to program the wrinkle wavelength and amplitude by changing the film thickness and mechanical properties. This dual degree of tunability, not previously seen with continuous films, allows us to develop one of the smallest wrinkles developed to date with tunability in the sub-100 nm regime. The effect of the induced structural tunability on the enhancement of the intensity of the 4-mercaptopyridine Raman spectra is also studied through the application of these devices as substrates for surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), where wrinkling proves to be an effective method for enhancing the SERS signal in cases where there is an inherently low density of gold nanoparticles.

  5. Effects of a high magnetic field on structure evolution and properties of the molecular beam vapor deposited Fe{sub 60}Ni{sub 40} nanoparticles thin films

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    Cao, Yongze [Key Laboratory of Electromagnetic Processing of Materials (Ministry of Education), Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Wang, Qiang, E-mail: wangq@mail.neu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Electromagnetic Processing of Materials (Ministry of Education), Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Li, Guojian; Du, Jiaojiao [Key Laboratory of Electromagnetic Processing of Materials (Ministry of Education), Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Wang, Xiaoguang [Huaxun Vacuum Technology Limited Company, Shenyang 110168 (China); He, Jicheng [Key Laboratory of Electromagnetic Processing of Materials (Ministry of Education), Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China)

    2014-12-15

    The Fe{sub 60}Ni{sub 40} (in atomic %) nanoparticles (NPs) thin films with 90 nm thickness were prepared on 25 and 400 °C quartz substrates by using the molecular beam vapor deposition (MBVD) method under a 6 T high magnetic field (HMF). The effects of a HMF on the structure evolution and properties of Fe–Ni thin films were studied by using X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, vibrating sample magnetometer and four-point probe method. The results show that the crystallinity of thin films is enhanced by a 6 T HMF, and a 6 T HMF changes phase composition of thin films on 25 °C substrate. It is found that the nanoparticle size decreases; the nanoparticle size distribution becomes narrow, and the root mean square (rms) roughness of thin films decreases under a 6 T HMF relative to that without HMF. These lead to the decrease of coercive force, and the increase of in-plane remanence ratio under a 6 T HMF.

  6. Resonant photothermal laser processing of hybrid gold/titania nanoparticle films

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    Schade, Lina; Franzka, Steffen; Dzialkowski, Kevin [Fakultät für Chemie, Universität Duisburg-Essen, 45117 Essen (Germany); Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CENIDE), University of Duisburg-Essen, Carl-Benz-Straße 199, 47057 Duisburg (Germany); Hardt, Sebastian; Wiggers, Hartmut [Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CENIDE), University of Duisburg-Essen, Carl-Benz-Straße 199, 47057 Duisburg (Germany); Institut für Verbrennung und Gasdynamik, Universität Duisburg-Essen, 47048 Duisburg (Germany); Reichenberger, Sven [Fakultät für Chemie, Universität Duisburg-Essen, 45117 Essen (Germany); Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CENIDE), University of Duisburg-Essen, Carl-Benz-Straße 199, 47057 Duisburg (Germany); Institut für Lacke und Oberflächenchemie, Hochschule Niederrhein, 47798 Krefeld (Germany); Wagener, Philipp [Fakultät für Chemie, Universität Duisburg-Essen, 45117 Essen (Germany); Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CENIDE), University of Duisburg-Essen, Carl-Benz-Straße 199, 47057 Duisburg (Germany); Hartmann, Nils, E-mail: nils.hartmann@uni-due.de [Fakultät für Chemie, Universität Duisburg-Essen, 45117 Essen (Germany); Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen (CENIDE), University of Duisburg-Essen, Carl-Benz-Straße 199, 47057 Duisburg (Germany)

    2015-05-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Photothermal processing of TiO{sub 2} and hybrid Au/TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles using continuous-wave lasers is demonstrated. • Processing of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles at 355 nm results in a transition from anatase to rutile. • Decoration of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles with Au nanoparticles results in an increased absorbance in the visible range. • Hybrid Au/TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles can be processed at 355 nm and 532 nm in a large laser parameter window. • Processing of hybrid Au/TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles at 532 nm can be carried out at low laser powers and short laser pulse lengths. - Abstract: Photothermal processing of thin anatase TiO{sub 2} and hybrid Au/anatase TiO{sub 2} nanoparticle films on glass supports is investigated using continuous-wave microfocused lasers at λ = 355 nm and λ = 532 nm. UV/Vis spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy and scanning electron microscopy are used for characterization. Processing of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticle films is feasible at λ = 355 nm only. In contrast, the addition of Au nanoparticles enhances the overall absorbance of the material in the visible range and enables processing at both wavelengths, i.e. at λ = 355 nm and λ = 532 nm. Generally, laser heating induces a transition from anatase to rutile. The modification degree increases with increasing laser power and laser irradiation time. Resonant laser processing of hybrid Au/TiO{sub 2}-mesoporous films provide promising perspectives in various applications, e.g. in photovoltaics, where embedded nanoparticulate Au could be exploited to enhance light trapping.

  7. Thin film composition with biological substance and method of making

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    Campbell, Allison A. (Kennewick, WA); Song, Lin (Richland, WA)

    1999-01-01

    The invention provides a thin-film composition comprising an underlying substrate of a first material including a plurality of attachment sites; a plurality of functional groups chemically attached to the attachment sites of the underlying substrate; and a thin film of a second material deposited onto the attachment sites of the underlying substrate, and a biologically active substance deposited with the thin-film. Preferably the functional groups are attached to a self assembling monolayer attached to the underlying substrate. Preferred functional groups attached to the underlying substrate are chosen from the group consisting of carboxylates, sulfonates, phosphates, optionally substituted, linear or cyclo, alkyl, alkene, alkyne, aryl, alkylaryl, amine, hydroxyl, thiol, silyl, phosphoryl, cyano, metallocenyl, carbonyl, and polyphosphate. Preferred materials for the underlying substrate are selected from the group consisting of a metal, a metal alloy, a plastic, a polymer, a proteic film, a membrane, a glass or a ceramic. The second material is selected from the group consisting of inorganic crystalline structures, inorganic amorphus structures, organic crystalline structures, and organic amorphus structures. Preferred second materials are phosphates, especially calcium phosphates and most particularly calcium apatite. The biologically active molecule is a protein, peptide, DNA segment, RNA segment, nucleotide, polynucleotide, nucleoside, antibiotic, antimicrobal, radioisotope, chelated radioisotope, chelated metal, metal salt, anti-inflamatory, steriod, nonsteriod anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antihistamine, receptor binding agent, or chemotherapeutic agent, or other biologically active material. Preferably the biologically active molecule is an osteogenic factor the compositions listed above.

  8. Thin film composition with biological substance and method of making

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    Campbell, A.A.; Song, L.

    1999-09-28

    The invention provides a thin-film composition comprising an underlying substrate of a first material including a plurality of attachment sites; a plurality of functional groups chemically attached to the attachment sites of the underlying substrate; and a thin film of a second material deposited onto the attachment sites of the underlying substrate, and a biologically active substance deposited with the thin-film. Preferably the functional groups are attached to a self assembling monolayer attached to the underlying substrate. Preferred functional groups attached to the underlying substrate are chosen from the group consisting of carboxylates, sulfonates, phosphates, optionally substituted, linear or cyclo, alkyl, alkene, alkyne, aryl, alkylaryl, amine, hydroxyl, thiol, silyl, phosphoryl, cyano, metallocenyl, carbonyl, and polyphosphate. Preferred materials for the underlying substrate are selected from the group consisting of a metal, a metal alloy, a plastic, a polymer, a proteic film, a membrane, a glass or a ceramic. The second material is selected from the group consisting of inorganic crystalline structures, inorganic amorphous structures, organic crystalline structures, and organic amorphous structures. Preferred second materials are phosphates, especially calcium phosphates and most particularly calcium apatite. The biologically active molecule is a protein, peptide, DNA segment, RNA segment, nucleotide, polynucleotide, nucleoside, antibiotic, antimicrobial, radioisotope, chelated radioisotope, chelated metal, metal salt, anti-inflammatory, steroid, nonsteroid anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antihistamine, receptor binding agent, or chemotherapeutic agent, or other biologically active material. Preferably the biologically active molecule is an osteogenic factor consisting of the compositions listed above.

  9. HI-SCALE Nanoparticle Composition and Precursors Field Campaign Report

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    Smith, James [Univ. of California, Irvine, CA (United States); Stark, Harald [Aerodyne Research, Inc., Billerica, MA (United States); Browne, Eleanor [Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States); Hanson, David [Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN (United States)

    2017-06-15

    From 21 August to 27 September, 2016, during the second Intensive Operational Period (IOP) of the Holistic Interactions of Shallow Clouds, Aerosols, and Land-Ecoystems (HI-SCALE) field campaign, a suite of instruments were placed in the Guest Instrument Facility (GIF) at the Central Facility of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility’s Southern Great Plains (SGP) site in Lamont, Oklahoma. The goal of these measurements was to fully characterize the formation and evolution of atmospheric aerosol particles through measurements of gas-phase precursor and ambient nanoparticle composition. Specifically, we sought to: 1. investigate the role of acid-base chemistry in new-particle growth through measurements of ammonia and amines as well as organic and inorganic acids in both atmospheric nanoparticles and the gas phase; 2. investigate the contribution of other surface-area or volume-controlled processes to nanoparticle formation and growth, such as the uptake of extremely low volatility organic compounds (ELVOCs); 3. evaluate the performance of a new instrument being developed with funding from the DOE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for measuring gas-phase amines and related compounds; and 4. together with colleagues measuring on the ground and onboard the ARM Gulfstream-1 (G-1) aircraft during HI-SCALE, create a comprehensive data set related to new particle formation and growth that can be used in modeling efforts by the research team as well as DOE collaborators.

  10. Reconstruction and visualization of nanoparticle composites by transmission electron tomography

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    Wang, X.Y. [National Institute for Nanotechnology, 11421 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton, Canada T6H 2M9 (Canada); Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada T6G 2G7 (Canada); Lockwood, R. [National Institute for Nanotechnology, 11421 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton, Canada T6H 2M9 (Canada); Malac, M., E-mail: marek.malac@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca [National Institute for Nanotechnology, 11421 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton, Canada T6H 2M9 (Canada); Department of Physics, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada T6G 2G7 (Canada); Furukawa, H. [SYSTEM IN FRONTIER INC., 2-8-3, Shinsuzuharu bldg. 4F, Akebono-cho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo 190-0012 (Japan); Li, P.; Meldrum, A. [National Institute for Nanotechnology, 11421 Saskatchewan Drive, Edmonton, Canada T6H 2M9 (Canada)

    2012-02-15

    This paper examines the limits of transmission electron tomography reconstruction methods for a nanocomposite object composed of many closely packed nanoparticles. Two commonly used reconstruction methods in TEM tomography were examined and compared, and the sources of various artefacts were explored. Common visualization methods were investigated, and the resulting 'interpretation artefacts' ( i.e., deviations from 'actual' particle sizes and shapes arising from the visualization) were determined. Setting a known or estimated nanoparticle volume fraction as a criterion for thresholding does not in fact give a good visualization. Unexpected effects associated with common built-in image filtering methods were also found. Ultimately, this work set out to establish the common problems and pitfalls associated with electron beam tomographic reconstruction and visualization of samples consisting of closely spaced nanoparticles. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electron tomography limits were explored by both experiment and simulation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Reliable quantitative volumetry using electron tomography is not presently feasible. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Volume rendering appears to be better choice for visualization of composite samples.

  11. Composite Polymer Electrolytes: Nanoparticles Affect Structure and Properties

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    Wei Wang

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Composite polymer electrolytes (CPEs can significantly improve the performance in electrochemical devices such as lithium-ion batteries. This review summarizes property/performance relationships in the case where nanoparticles are introduced to polymer electrolytes. It is the aim of this review to provide a knowledge network that elucidates the role of nano-additives in the CPEs. Central to the discussion is the impact on the CPE performance of properties such as crystalline/amorphous structure, dielectric behavior, and interactions within the CPE. The amorphous domains of semi-crystalline polymer facilitate the ion transport, while an enhanced mobility of polymer chains contributes to high ionic conductivity. Dielectric properties reflect the relaxation behavior of polymer chains as an important factor in ion conduction. Further, the dielectric constant (ε determines the capability of the polymer to dissolve salt. The atom/ion/nanoparticle interactions within CPEs suggest ways to enhance the CPE conductivity by generating more free lithium ions. Certain properties can be improved simultaneously by nanoparticle addition in order to optimize the overall performance of the electrolyte. The effects of nano-additives on thermal and mechanical properties of CPEs are also presented in order to evaluate the electrolyte competence for lithium-ion battery applications.

  12. Effect of preheating on the film thickness of contemporary composite restorative materials

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    Dimitrios Dionysopoulos

    2014-12-01

    Conclusion: The film thickness of the composites tested is material dependent. The thickness of the preheated conventional composites is significantly lower than those at room temperature. The conventional composites provide film thickness values greater than those of the flowable composites regardless of preheating temperature.

  13. Morphological dependence of passive epitaxial oxide films on nanoparticles of iron

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    2002-01-01

    @@ Nanoparticles of iron passivated by thin oxide films are {110} rhombic dodecahedra truncated by {100} planes with various degree of truncation.The degree of truncation is defined as the ratio of the edge length of the truncated part to the full edge length of the rhombic dodecahedron.Uyeda and coworkers have shown that nanoparticles with low degree of truncation are bounded by six small {100} and twelve large {110} facets while nanoparticles with high degree of truncation are bounded by large {100} and small {110} facets[1].

  14. Superhydrophilic Thin-Film Composite Forward Osmosis Membranes for Organic Fouling Control: Fouling Behavior and Antifouling Mechanisms

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    Tiraferri, Alberto

    2012-10-16

    This study investigates the fouling behavior and fouling resistance of superhydrophilic thin-film composite forward osmosis membranes functionalized with surface-tailored nanoparticles. Fouling experiments in both forward osmosis and reverse osmosis modes are performed with three model organic foulants: alginate, bovine serum albumin, and Suwannee river natural organic matter. A solution comprising monovalent and divalent salts is employed to simulate the solution chemistry of typical wastewater effluents. Reduced fouling is consistently observed for the superhydrophilic membranes compared to control thin-film composite polyamide membranes, in both reverse and forward osmosis modes. The fouling resistance and cleaning efficiency of the functionalized membranes is particularly outstanding in forward osmosis mode where the driving force for water flux is an osmotic pressure difference. To understand the mechanism of fouling, the intermolecular interactions between the foulants and the membrane surface are analyzed by direct force measurement using atomic force microscopy. Lower adhesion forces are observed for the superhydrophilic membranes compared to the control thin-film composite polyamide membranes. The magnitude and distribution of adhesion forces for the different membrane surfaces suggest that the antifouling properties of the superhydrophilic membranes originate from the barrier provided by the tightly bound hydration layer at their surface, as well as from the neutralization of the native carboxyl groups of thin-film composite polyamide membranes. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  15. Superhydrophilic thin-film composite forward osmosis membranes for organic fouling control: fouling behavior and antifouling mechanisms.

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    Tiraferri, Alberto; Kang, Yan; Giannelis, Emmanuel P; Elimelech, Menachem

    2012-10-16

    This study investigates the fouling behavior and fouling resistance of superhydrophilic thin-film composite forward osmosis membranes functionalized with surface-tailored nanoparticles. Fouling experiments in both forward osmosis and reverse osmosis modes are performed with three model organic foulants: alginate, bovine serum albumin, and Suwannee river natural organic matter. A solution comprising monovalent and divalent salts is employed to simulate the solution chemistry of typical wastewater effluents. Reduced fouling is consistently observed for the superhydrophilic membranes compared to control thin-film composite polyamide membranes, in both reverse and forward osmosis modes. The fouling resistance and cleaning efficiency of the functionalized membranes is particularly outstanding in forward osmosis mode where the driving force for water flux is an osmotic pressure difference. To understand the mechanism of fouling, the intermolecular interactions between the foulants and the membrane surface are analyzed by direct force measurement using atomic force microscopy. Lower adhesion forces are observed for the superhydrophilic membranes compared to the control thin-film composite polyamide membranes. The magnitude and distribution of adhesion forces for the different membrane surfaces suggest that the antifouling properties of the superhydrophilic membranes originate from the barrier provided by the tightly bound hydration layer at their surface, as well as from the neutralization of the native carboxyl groups of thin-film composite polyamide membranes.

  16. In vivo gastroprotective effect of nanoparticles: influence of chemical composition and volume fraction.

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    Bueno, Kelly; Adorne, Marcia D; Jornada, Denise S; da Fonseca, Francisco Noé; Guterres, Sílvia S; Pohlmann, Adriana R

    2013-01-01

    In nanomedicine, different nanomaterials and nanoparticles have been proposed as therapeutic agents or adjuvants, as well as diagnosis devices. Considering that the principal cause of the ulcerations is the imbalance among the gastric juice secretion and the protection provided by the mucosal barrier and the neutralization of the gastric acid, as well as that nanoparticles are able to accumulate in the gastro-intestinal tissues, we proposed a 2(2) factorial design to evaluate the influence of the chemical composition and the volume fraction of the dispersed phase on the gastric protective effect against ulceration induced by ethanol. Cocoa-theospheres (CT) and lipid-core nanocapsules (LNC) (two different kinds of surfaces: lipid and polymeric, respectively) prepared at two different concentrations of soft materials: 4% and 12% (w/v) were produced by high pressure homogenization and solvent displacement methods, respectively. Laser diffraction showed volume-weighted mean diameters ranging from 133 to 207 nm, number median diameters lower than 100 nm and specific surfaces between 41.2 and 51.2 m(2) g(-1). The formulations had pH ranging from 4.7 to 6.3; and zeta potential close to -9 mV due to their coating with polysorbate 80. The ulcer indexes were 0.40 (LNC(4)) and 0.48 (CT(4)) for the lower total administered areas (3.3 and 4.1 m(2)g(-1), respectively), and 0.09 (LNC(12) and CT(12)) for the higher administered areas (10.0 and 12.0 m(2) g(-1), respectively). LNC(4), LNC(12) and CT(12) showed lower levels in the lipid peroxidation assay when compared either to the negative control (saline) or to CT(4). LNC(12) and CT(12) showed similar TBARS levels, as well as CT(4) was similar to the negative control. SEM analysis of the stomach mucosa showed coatings more homogenous and cohesive when LNC formulations were administered compared to the correspondent CT formulations. The higher total area of administered nanoparticles showed film formation. Moreover, LNC(12

  17. ZnO nanoparticles induced effects on nanomechanical behavior and cell viability of chitosan films

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    Jayasuriya, Ambalangodage C., E-mail: a.jayasuriya@utoledo.edu [Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43614 (United States); Aryaei, Ashkan; Jayatissa, Ahalapitiya H. [Departments of Mechanical Engineering, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606 (United States)

    2013-10-15

    The aim of this paper is to develop novel chitosan–zinc oxide nanocomposite films for biomedical applications. The films were fabricated with 1, 5, 10 and 15% w/w of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) incorporated with chitosan (CS) using a simple method. The prepared nanocomposite films were characterized using atomic force microscopy, Raman and X-ray diffraction studies. In addition, nano and micro mechanical properties were measured. It was found that the microhardness, nanohardness and its corresponding elastic modulus increased with the increase of ZnO NP percentage in the CS films. However, the ductility of films decreased as the percentage of ZnO NPs increased. Cell attachment and cytotoxicity of the prepared films at days two and five were evaluated in vitro using osteoblasts (OBs). It was observed that OB viability decreased in films with higher than 5% ZnO NPs. This result suggests that although ZnO NPs can improve the mechanical properties of pure CS films, only a low percentage of ZnO NPs can be applied for biomedical and bioengineering applications because of the cytotoxicity effects of these particles. Highlights: • Chitosan–zinc oxide nanocomposite films were fabricated using a simple method. • Material characterization methods showed that adding zinc oxide up to 15% does not change the crystal structure of chitosan. • Zinc oxide nanoparticles improve nano and micro mechanical properties of chitosan films. • Adding more than 5% w/w zinc oxide nanoparticles demonstrates cytotoxicity on osteoblast cells.

  18. Molecular interactions in gelatin/chitosan composite films.

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    Qiao, Congde; Ma, Xianguang; Zhang, Jianlong; Yao, Jinshui

    2017-11-15

    Gelatin and chitosan were mixed at different mass ratios in solution forms, and the rheological properties of these film-forming solutions, upon cooling, were studied. The results indicate that the significant interactions between gelatin and chitosan promote the formation of multiple complexes, reflected by an increase in the storage modulus of gelatin solution. Furthermore, these molecular interactions hinder the formation of gelatin networks, consequently decreasing the storage modulus of polymer gels. Both hydrogen bonds and electrostatic interactions are formed between gelatin and chitosan, as evidenced by the shift of the amide-II bands of polymers. X-ray patterns of composite films indicate that the contents of triple helices decrease with increasing chitosan content. Only one glass transition temperature (Tg) was observed in composite films with different composition ratios, and it decreases gradually with an increase in chitosan proportion, indicating that gelatin and chitosan have good miscibility and form a wide range of blends. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  19. Zeta-potential of fouled thin film composite membrane

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    Ikeda, K.; Hachisuka, H.; Nakamura, T. [Nitto denko Corp., Ibaraki, (Japan); Kimura, S. [Kogakuin University, Tokyo (Japan). Dept. of Environ. Chemical Engineering; Ueyama, K. [Osaka University, Osaka (Japan). Dept. of Chemical Engineering

    1999-10-01

    The surface zeta-potential of a cross-linked polyamide thin film composite reverse osmosis membrane was measured using an electrophoresis method. It was confirmed that this method could be effectively applied to analyze the fouling of such membranes. It is known that the water flux of membranes drastically decreases as a result of fouling by surfactants. Although the surfactants adsorbed on reverse osmosis membranes could not be detected by conventional methods such as SEM, EDX and FT-IR, their presence could be clarified by the profile measurements of the surface zeta-potential. The profiles of the membrane surface zeta-potentials changed to more positive values in the measured pH range as a result of fouling by cationic or amphoteric surfactants. This measuring method of surface zeta-potentials allowed us to analyze a very small amount of fouling of a thin film composite reverse osmosis membrane. This method could be used to analyze the fouled surface of the thin film composite reverse osmosis membrane which is used for production of ultrapure water and shows a remarkable decrease in flux. It also became clear that this method is easy and effective for the reverse osmosis membrane surface analysis of adsorbed materials such as surfactants. (author)

  20. Facile room temperature deposition of gold nanoparticle-ionic liquid hybrid film on silica substrate

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    Krishnamurthy, S.; Reddy, D. Harikishore Kumar; Sankar, G.; Yun, Yeoung-Sang

    2017-01-01

    This work presents facile synthesis of gold nanoparticle (Au NP)-ionic liquid hybrid film of synthesis, and even coating on Si (111) substrate. XRD, XPS, and XAS spectral data confirm the presence of Au(0) while EXAFS data indicated the presence of small particles or incomplete surface species. Cross-sectional analysis using FE-SEM and edge length measurement using AFM showed that the film thickness is ca 10 nm.

  1. Extraordinarily high conductivity of flexible adhesive films by hybrids of silver nanoparticle-nanowires

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    Muhammed Ajmal, C.; Mol Menamparambath, Mini; Ryeol Choi, Hyouk; Baik, Seunghyun

    2016-06-01

    Highly conductive flexible adhesive (CFA) film was developed using micro-sized silver flakes (primary fillers), hybrids of silver nanoparticle-nanowires (secondary fillers) and nitrile butadiene rubber. The hybrids of silver nanoparticle-nanowires were synthesized by decorating silver nanowires with silver nanoparticle clusters using bifunctional cysteamine as a linker. The dispersion in ethanol was excellent for several months. Silver nanowires constructed electrical networks between the micro-scale silver flakes. The low-temperature surface sintering of silver nanoparticles enabled effective joining of silver nanowires to silver flakes. The hybrids of silver nanoparticle-nanowires provided a greater maximum conductivity (54 390 S cm-1) than pure silver nanowires, pure multiwalled carbon nanotubes, and multiwalled carbon nanotubes decorated with silver nanoparticles in nitrile butadiene rubber matrix. The resistance change was smallest upon bending when the hybrids of silver nanoparticle-nanowires were employed. The adhesion of the film on polyethylene terephthalate substrate was excellent. Light emitting diodes were successfully wired to the CFA circuit patterned by the screen printing method for application demonstration.

  2. Electrical properties of films of zinc oxide nanoparticles and its hybrid with reduced graphene oxide

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    Madhuri, K. Priya; Bramhaiah, K.; John, Neena S., E-mail: jsneena@cnsms.res.in [Center for Nano and Soft Matter Sciences, P. B. No. 1329, Jalahalli, Bangalore-560013 (India)

    2016-05-23

    Free-standing films of ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) and reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-ZnO NPs hybrid are prepared at a liquid/liquid interface. The films are characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. ZnO film consists of spherical aggregated NPs while the hybrid film contains folded sheets of rGO with embedded ZnO NPs. Electrical properties of the films and its photoresponse in presence of UV radiation are investigated using current sensing atomic force microscopy (CSAFM) at nanoscale and bulk measurements using two probe methods. Enhancement in photocurrent is observed in both cases and the current imaging reveals an inhomogeneous contribution by different ZnO grains in the film.

  3. Biosynthesis of Silver Nanoparticles from Persimmon Byproducts and Incorporation in Biodegradable Sodium Alginate Thin Film.

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    Ramachandraiah, Karna; Gnoc, Nguyen Trong Bao; Chin, Koo Bok

    2017-09-08

    Fruit industrial wastes such as persimmon seed, peel, and calyx were used to synthesize silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and their antioxidant activities were compared with byproduct powders having different granularities. The AgNPs were incorporated in sodium alginate thin films and transparency and mechanical properties of the films was analyzed. Persimmon byproduct AgNPs were characterized by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, X-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. The byproduct AgNPs displayed higher antioxidant activities than powders of different granularities (P alginate thin films incorporating byproduct AgNPs resulted in improved transparency (P sodium alginate thin films did not diminish the mechanical properties of the thin films. Therefore, fruit industrial waste such as persimmon byproducts could be used to derive AgNPs and could be incorporated into biodegradable alginate thin films, with numerous applications including food packaging. © 2017 Institute of Food Technologists®.

  4. CHARACTERIZATION OF MANGANESE PHTHALOCYANINE-Fe3O4 NANOPARTICLE COMPOSITE AND ITS ELECTROMAGNETORHEOLOGICAL FLUID

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    1999-01-01

    Manganese phthalocyanine (MnPc)-Fe3O4 nanoparticles composite was prepared and characterized. The results show that MnPc are complexed on the surface of Fe3O4 nanoparticles in the state of single molecule. There is effective composite between MnPc and Fe3O4 nanoparticles which can improve the antioxidization ability of Fe3O4 nanoparticles greatly. The composite was dispersed into chlorinated paraffin oil to form electromagnetorheological (EMR) fluid with high activity,and the EMR properties of this EMR fluid are studied.

  5. Photoconductive Properties of MEH-PPV/CuS-Nanoparticle Composites

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    JIN Hui; HOU Yan-Bing; TANG Ai-Wei; MENG Xian-Guo; TENG Feng

    2006-01-01

    @@ Photoconductive properties of photodiodes based on composites of CuS nanoparticles and Poly[2-methoxy, 5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy)-p-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV) are investigated. By comparing composite devices with different MEH-PPV:CuS weight ratios of 1:1 (D2-1), 1:1.25 (D2-2), 1:2.5 (D2-3) and 1:5 (D2-4), it is found that the device D2-3 exhibited the best performance: the short-circuit current density of 17tμA/cm2 with the light intensity of 16. 7mW/cm2, the highest open-circuit voltage of 0.83 V, and the photosensitivity of 132 at reverse bias of-1 V. The photosensitivity is improved by a factor of 5 compared with the undoped MEH-PPV device.

  6. Effect of Acid Hydrolysis Conditions on the Properties of Cellulose Nanoparticle-Reinforced Polymethylmethacrylate Composites

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    Guangping Han

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Cellulose nanoparticles (CNPs were prepared from microcrystalline cellulose using two concentration levels of sulfuric acid (i.e., 48 wt% and 64 wt% with produced CNPs designated as CNPs-48 and CNPs-64, respectively followed by high-pressure homogenization. CNP-reinforced polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA composite films at various CNP loadings were made using solvent exchange and solution casting methods. The ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis transmittance spectra between 400 and 800 nm showed that CNPs-64/PMMA composites had a significantly higher optical transmittance than that of CNPs-48/PMMA. Their transmittance decreased with increased CNP loadings. The addition of CNPs to the PMMA matrix reduced composite’s coefficient of thermal expansion (CTE, and CNPs-64/PMMA had a lower CTE than CNPs-48/PMMA at the same CNP level. Reinforcement effect was achieved with the addition of CNPs to the PMMA matrix, especially at higher temperature levels. CNPs-64/PMMA exhibited a higher storage modulus compared with CNPs-48/PMMA material. All CNP-reinforced composites showed higher Young’s modulus and tensile strengths than pure PMMA. The effect increased with increased CNP loadings in the PMMA matrix for both CNPs-64/PMMA and CNPs-48/PMMA composites. CNPs affected the Young’s modulus more than they affected the tensile strength.

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

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

    2004-01-01

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

  8. Surface and interface analysis of HAP/TiO2 composite films on Ti6Al4V

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    SU Bing; ZHANG Weng-guang; YU Xu-dong; WANG Cheng-tao

    2004-01-01

    The composite films constituted of hydroxyapatite (HAP) submicron particles embedded in the gel composed of the titania nanoparticles were prepared on commercial Ti6Al4V plates with titania buffer layer obtained by a spin-coating technique. The films were annealed in air at 450 ℃, 550 ℃ and 650 ℃, respectively. The phase formation, surface morphology, andinterfacial microstructure of the films were investigated by X-ray diffraction(XRD),Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), field emission-scanning electron microscopy(FE-SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDS) analysis. The results show that the as-prepared films are all well-crystallized, dense,homogeneous, and there was a close interfacial bond between the film and the substrate. The results of adhesion test indicate that there is a good bonding strength between the film and the substrate. The bone-like apatite formation on the surface of the films after immersion in acellular simulatedbody fluid(SBF) validated their bioactivities.

  9. Preparation and Properties of Silver Nanowire-Based Transparent Conductive Composite Films

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    Tian, Ji-Li; Zhang, Hua-Yu; Wang, Hai-Jun

    2016-06-01

    Silver nanowire-based transparent conductive composite films with different structures were successfully prepared using various methods, including liquid polyol, magnetron sputtering and spin coating. The experimental results revealed that the optical transmittance of all different structural composite films decreased slightly (1-3%) compared to pure films. However, the electrical conductivity of all composite films had a great improvement. Under the condition that the optical transmittance was greater than 78% over the wavelength range of 400-800 nm, the AgNW/PVA/AgNW film became a conductor, while the AZO/AgNW/AZO film and the ITO/AgNW/ITO film showed 88.9% and 94% reductions, respectively, for the sheet resistance compared with pure films. In addition, applying a suitable mechanical pressure can improve the conductivity of AgNW-based composite films.

  10. Electronic Tongue Based on Nanostructured Hybrid Films of Gold Nanoparticles and Phthalocyanines for Milk Analysis

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    Luiza A. Mercante

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The use of gold nanoparticles combined with other organic and inorganic materials for designing nanostructured films has demonstrated their versatility for various applications, including optoelectronic devices and chemical sensors. In this study, we reported the synthesis and characterization of gold nanoparticles stabilized with poly(allylamine hydrochloride (Au@PAH NPs, as well as the capability of this material to form multilayer Layer-by-Layer (LbL nanostructured films with metal tetrasulfonated phthalocyanines (MTsPc. Film growth was monitored by UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR. Once LbL films have been applied as active layers in chemical sensors, Au@PAH/MTsPc and PAH/MTsPc LbL films were used in an electronic tongue system for milk analysis regarding fat content. The capacitance data were treated using Principal Component Analysis (PCA, revealing the role played by the gold nanoparticles on the LbL films electrical properties, enabling this kind of system to be used for analyzing complex matrices such as milk without any prior pretreatment.

  11. Visible luminescence in polyaniline/(gold nanoparticle) composites

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    Santos, Renata F. S. [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Pos-Graduacao em Ciencia de Materiais (Brazil); Andrade, Cesar A. S. [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Departamento de Bioquimica (Brazil); Santos, Clecio G. dos [Instituto de Educacao, Ciencia e Tecnologia de Pernambuco (Brazil); Melo, Celso P. de, E-mail: celso@df.ufpe.br [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Pos-Graduacao em Ciencia de Materiais (Brazil)

    2013-01-15

    We describe the use of solution chemistry methods to prepare polyaniline/(gold nanoparticles)-PANI/AuNPs-composites as colloidal particles that exhibit an intense green fluorescence after excitation in the ultraviolet region. Measurements of the relative fluorescence quantum yield indicate that the intensity of the observed luminescence of these nanocomposites is a few orders of magnitude higher than the corresponding fluorescence of either the isolated polymer or the pure AuNPs. Hence, cooperative effects between the conducting polymer chains and the metallic particles must dominate the emission behavior of these materials. Transmission electron microscopy reveals the existence of metal nanoparticle aggregates with sizes in the 2-3 nm range dispersed in the polymer matrix. By implementing an experimental planning, we have been able to change the preparation parameters so as to vary in a controlled manner the intensity and the profile of the luminescence spectrum as well as the size and aggregation characteristics of the colloidal particles. We also show that when the pH of the medium is varied, the dielectric properties (such as the degree of conductivity) of the PANI/AuNPs colloidal solutions and the intensity of their luminescence change in a consistent manner. Due to the polycation nature of the doped PANI chains, we suggest that these composites may find interesting applications as fluorescent markers of biologic molecules.

  12. Multiple percolation tunneling staircase in metal-semiconductor nanoparticle composites

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    Mukherjee, Rupam; Huang, Zhi-Feng; Nadgorny, Boris [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 48201 (United States)

    2014-10-27

    Multiple percolation transitions are observed in a binary system of RuO{sub 2}-CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} metal-semiconductor nanoparticle composites near percolation thresholds. Apart from a classical percolation transition, associated with the appearance of a continuous conductance path through RuO{sub 2} metal oxide nanoparticles, at least two additional tunneling percolation transitions are detected in this composite system. Such behavior is consistent with the recently emerged picture of a quantum conductivity staircase, which predicts several percolation tunneling thresholds in a system with a hierarchy of local tunneling conductance, due to various degrees of proximity of adjacent conducting particles distributed in an insulating matrix. Here, we investigate a different type of percolation tunneling staircase, associated with a more complex conductive and insulating particle microstructure of two types of non-spherical constituents. As tunneling is strongly temperature dependent, we use variable temperature measurements to emphasize the hierarchical nature of consecutive tunneling transitions. The critical exponents corresponding to specific tunneling percolation thresholds are found to be nonuniversal and temperature dependent.

  13. Determining the composition of gold nanoparticles: a compilation of shapes, sizes, and calculations using geometric considerations

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    Mori, Taizo; Hegmann, Torsten

    2016-10-01

    Size, shape, overall composition, and surface functionality largely determine the properties and applications of metal nanoparticles. Aside from well-defined metal clusters, their composition is often estimated assuming a quasi-spherical shape of the nanoparticle core. With decreasing diameter of the assumed circumscribed sphere, particularly in the range of only a few nanometers, the estimated nanoparticle composition increasingly deviates from the real composition, leading to significant discrepancies between anticipated and experimentally observed composition, properties, and characteristics. We here assembled a compendium of tables, models, and equations for thiol-protected gold nanoparticles that will allow experimental scientists to more accurately estimate the composition of their gold nanoparticles using TEM image analysis data. The estimates obtained from following the routines described here will then serve as a guide for further analytical characterization of as-synthesized gold nanoparticles by other bulk (thermal, structural, chemical, and compositional) and surface characterization techniques. While the tables, models, and equations are dedicated to gold nanoparticles, the composition of other metal nanoparticle cores with face-centered cubic lattices can easily be estimated simply by substituting the value for the radius of the metal atom of interest.

  14. Investigation of physicochemical and microbiological characteristics of prepared films containing nanoparticles of titanium oxide based on soy flour polysaccharide

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    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The natural derived biopolymers are highly interested in recent years. These polymers are considering as the alternative for un-biodegradable plastic films. This is due to the low cost and their availability from biodegradable and renewable sources. In this study, the effect of different concentrations of Tio2 nanoparticles on physicochemical and microbiological characteristics of prepared edible films based on soy flour soluble polysaccharide was investigated. MethodS: The nanocomposite films were prepared by adding the Tio2 nanoparticles (5, 10 and 15%/ db to the soy flour. In order to investigate the physicochemical and microbiological properties, the resulted nanocomposite films were synthetized based on the casting method. Results: When the content of nanoparticles increased, the moisture content and solubility of the film specimens were significantly decreased, whereas the mechanical resistance was significantly increased. Tio2 nanoparticle was highly effective against basillus cereus, staphylococus ureus and staphylococuss epidermidis. Meanwhile, MIC and MBC of molds were not affected by these films. MIC for penicilium expansum was significantly affected when the Tio2 nanoparticles increased. Conclusion: the results indicated that Tio2 nanoparticles are applicable into the polysaccharide soy films. The nanocomposite film developed in the current study could be used in food applications and as a biodegradable film.

  15. Microexplosion Recording in Spin-Coated Polymer Films Including ZnO Nanoparticles for Three-Dimensional Optical Memory

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    Shiono, Teruhiro; Yamamoto, Hiroaki; Nishino, Seiji

    2004-07-01

    As a microexplosion recording material, we propose polymer films including ZnO nanoparticles (ZnO polyester composite) for write-once multilayered recording media. These media with the ZnO composite material can be fabricated by a spin-coating method and can be read at the violet wavelength of 0.405 μm. By the electromagnetic analysis of diffraction loss, we clarified the pit design and the optical performance for void formation recording. From the results of experiments performed using three kinds of mode-locked pulsed lasers (pulse widths of 150 fs, 16 ps and 6 ns), with a clear reflection microscope image of submicrometer pits, the microexplosion sensitivity was confirmed to be greatly improved by 14, 38 and 50 times, respectively.

  16. Composition and structure of Ti-C/DLC graded composite films

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    孙明仁; 夏立芳

    2002-01-01

    The Ti-C→DLC gradient composite films were characterized systematically.The elemental depth profile and elemental chemical state evolution were determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS).The transmission electron microscope (TEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) were used to study the structure of interfacial zone between DLC film and Ti-C layers.Results show that there are composition transition zone between DLC film and either Ti-C layer or steel substrate on condition that pre-deposited Ti layers on the steel substrate then plasma based bias deposited DLC films.In Ti-C graded layer,the chemical state of titanium and carbon are changed gradually.The structures of zone in Ti-C layer near the DLC film is consisted of random oriented nanocrystallines TiC dispersed in amorphous DLC matrix.The structure of the zone between DLC film and Ti-C graded layer is gradually changed too.

  17. Hierarchical pattern formation through photo-induced disorder in block copolymer/additive composite films

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    Yao, Li; Watkins, James

    2013-03-01

    Segregation strength in hybrid materials can be increased through selective hydrogen bonding between organic or nanoparticle additives and one block of weakly segregated block copolymers to generate well ordered hybrid materials. Here, we report the use of enantiopure tartaric acid as the additive to dramatically improve ordering in poly(ethylene oxide-block-tert-butyl acrylate) (PEO-b-PtBA) copolymers. Phase behavior and morphologies within both bulk and thin films were studied by TEM, AFM and X-ray scattering. Suppression of PEO crystallization by the interaction between tartaric acid and the PEO block enables the formation of well ordered smooth thin films. With the addition of a photo acid generator, photo-induced disorder in PEO-b-PtBA/tartaric acid composite system can be achieved upon UV exposure to deprotect PtBA block to yield poly(acrylic acid) (PAA), which is phase-miscible with PEO. Due to the strong interaction of tartaric acid with both blocks, the system undergoes a disordering transition within seconds during a post-exposure baking. With the assistance of trace-amounts of base quencher, high resolution, hierarchical patterns of sub-micron regions of ordered and disordered domains were achieved in thin films through area-selective UV exposure using a photo-mask. Funding from Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM); Facility support from Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at UMass Amherst and Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source

  18. Formation of Al-Si Composite Oxide Film by Hydrolysis Precipitation and Anodizing

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    Zhe-Sheng Feng; Ying-Jie Xia; Jia Ding; Jin-Ju Chen

    2007-01-01

    This paper presents a new technique in the high dielectric constant composite oxide film preparation.On the basis of nanocompsite high dielectric constant aluminum oxide film growth technology, a new idea of adulterating Si oxide species into the aluminum composite film was proposed. As a result, the specific capacitance and withstanding voltage of the composite oxide film formed at the anodizing voltage of 20V are enhanced, and the leakage current of the aluminum composite oxide film is reduced through incorporation of Si oxide species.

  19. One step grafting of iron phthalocyanine containing flexible chains on Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles towards high performance polymer magnetic composites

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    Pu, Zejun; Zhou, Xuefei; Yang, Xulin; Jia, Kun, E-mail: Jiakun@uestc.edu.cn; Liu, Xiaobo, E-mail: liuxb@uestc.edu.cn

    2015-07-01

    To develop high-performance inorganic particles/polymer composites, the interfacial interaction and dispersion of inorganic particles are the two essential issues to be considered. Herein, we report an effective approach to graft iron phthalocyanine containing flexible chains (NP-ph) on Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (NP-ph@Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}). The hybrids were monodispersed solid nanoparticles with the average diameter of about 250 nm. About 16.8% of the phthalocyanine oligomer was incorporated into the resulting NP-ph@Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. The NP-ph@Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were subsequently used as the novel filler for preparation of high performance poly(arylene ether nitrile)s (PAEN) composites. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) investigation showed that the NP-ph@Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles present better dispersion and interfacial compatibility with PAEN matrix than that of raw Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, which was further confirmed by rheological study. Consequently, the improved thermal stability and enhanced mechanical properties were obtained from composites using NP-ph@Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}. Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) results showed that the prepared PAEN composites exhibited higher saturation magnetization and soft magnetic properties. Meanwhile, the saturation magnetization (Ms) of the PAEN/NP-ph@Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} composite films increased with the increase of the hybrid nanoparticles loading. Thus, the PAEN/NP-ph@Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} composite would find potential applications in organic magnetic films fields due to their high thermal stability, excellent flexibility and tunable magnetic properties. - Highlights: • An effective approach to graft CuPc containing flexible chains on Fe. • Effect on the mechanical, thermal and interfacial properties were investigated. • The dispersion state was characterized using parallel-plate rheometry. • The mechanism of interfacial compatibility was clarified.

  20. A protected annealing strategy to enhanced light emission and photostability of YAG:Ce nanoparticle-based films

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    Revaux, Amelie; Dantelle, Geraldine; George, Nathan; Seshadri, Ram; Gacoin, Thierry; Boilot, Jean-Pierre

    2012-03-14

    A significant obstacle in the development of YAG:Ce nanoparticles as light converters in white LEDs and as biological labels is associated with the difficulty of finding preparative conditions that allow simultaneous control of structure, particle size and size distribution, while maintaining the optical properties of bulk samples. Preparation conditions frequently involve high-temperature treatments of precursors (up to 1400 C), which result in increased particle size and aggregation, and lead to oxidation of Ce(III) to Ce(IV). We report here a process that we term protected annealing, that allows the thermal treatment of preformed precursor particles at temperatures up to 1000 C while preserving their small size and state of dispersion. In a first step, pristine nanoparticles are prepared by a glycothermal reaction, leading to a mixture of YAG and boehmite crystalline phases. The preformed nanoparticles are then dispersed in a porous silica. Annealing of the composite material at 1000 C is followed by dissolution of the amorphous silica by hydrofluoric acid to recover the annealed particles as a colloidal dispersion. This simple process allows completion of YAG crystallization while preserving their small size. The redox state of Ce ions can be controlled through the annealing atmosphere. The obtained particles of YAG:Ce (60 {+-} 10 nm in size) can be dispersed as nearly transparent aqueous suspensions, with a luminescence quantum yield of 60%. Transparent YAG:Ce nanoparticle-based films of micron thickness can be deposited on glass substrates using aerosol spraying. Films formed from particles prepared by the protected annealing strategy display significantly improved photostability over particles that have not been subject to such annealing.

  1. Copper laminated composites reinforced with Al2O3 nanoparticles by suspension method and hot pressing

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    Roudini, G.; Ghahfarokhi, A. Rasti; Behzadmehr, A.

    2017-05-01

    Laminated composite of copper with alumina nanoparticle reinforcements has application such as electrical industries. Electrical junctions should have high electrical, thermal conductivity with good mechanical strength. In this research the layers interface of pure copper were reinforced by alumina nanoparticles. For the production of the composite, first alumina nanoparticles were dispersed on Cu layers by suspension method and then the layers were hot pressed at 950°C under 20 MPa pressure. After composite making, the microstructure, the tensile and impact of these composite were studied. The results showed that by increasing amount of alumina nanoparticles up to 0. 5 wt %, tensile and impact strength were increased and for the composites with more than 0.5 wt % because of agglomeration of nanoparticles, these properties were decreased.

  2. Tribological performance of the epoxy-based composite reinforced by WS{sub 2} fullerene-like nanopart