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  1. Plasma electrolytic oxidation of metals

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    Stojadinović Stevan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In this lecture results of the investigation of plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO process on some metals (aluminum, titanium, tantalum, magnesium, and zirconium were presented. Whole process involves anodizing metals above the dielectric breakdown voltage where numerous micro-discharges are generated continuously over the coating surface. For the characterization of PEO process optical emission spectroscopy and real-time imaging were used. These investigations enabled the determination of electron temperature, electron number density, spatial density of micro-discharges, the active surface covered by micro-discharges, and dimensional distribution of micro-discharges at various stages of PEO process. Special attention was focused on the results of the study of the morphology, chemical, and phase composition of oxide layers obtained by PEO process on aluminum, tantalum, and titanium in electrolytes containing tungsten. Physicochemical methodes: atomic force microscopy (AFM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM-EDS, x-ray diffraction (XRD, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS, and Raman spectroscopy served as tools for examining obtained oxide coatings. Also, the application of the obtained oxide coatings, especially the application of TiO2/WO3 coatings in photocatalysis, were discussed.

  2. Plasma electrolytic oxidation of AMCs

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    Morgenstern, R.; Sieber, M.; Lampke, T.

    2016-03-01

    Aluminum Matrix Composites (AMCs) consisting of high-strength alloys and ceramic reinforcement phases exhibit a high potential for security relevant lightweight components due to their high specific mechanical properties. However, their application as tribologically stressed components is limited because of their susceptibility against fatigue wear and delamination wear. Oxide ceramic protective coatings produced by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) can solve these problems and extend the possible applications of AMCs. The substrate material was powder metallurgically processed using alloy EN AW 2017 and SiC or Al2O3 particles. The influence of material properties like particle type, size and volume fraction on coating characteristics is clarified within this work. An alkaline silicate electrolyte was used to produce PEO coatings with technically relevant thicknesses under bipolar-pulsed current conditions. Coating properties were evaluated with regard to morphology, chemical composition, hardness and wear resistance. The particle type proved to have the most significant effect on the coating properties. Whereas compactness and thickness are not deteriorated by the incorporation of thermodynamically stable alumina particles, the decomposition of silica particles during the PEO processes causes an increase of the porosity. The higher silica particle content decreases also the coating thickness and hardness, which leads in particular to reduction of the wear resistance of the PEO coatings. Finally, different approaches for the reduction of the coating porosity of silica reinforced AMCs are discussed.

  3. Plasma electrolytic oxidation of Titanium Aluminides

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    Morgenstern, R.; Sieber, M.; Grund, T.; Lampke, T.; Wielage, B.

    2016-03-01

    Due to their outstanding specific mechanical and high-temperature properties, titanium aluminides exhibit a high potential for lightweight components exposed to high temperatures. However, their application is limited through their low wear resistance and the increasing high-temperature oxidation starting from about 750 °C. By the use of oxide ceramic coatings, these constraints can be set aside and the possible applications of titanium aluminides can be extended. The plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) represents a process for the generation of oxide ceramic conversion coatings with high thickness. The current work aims at the clarification of different electrolyte components’ influences on the oxide layer evolution on alloy TNM-B1 (Ti43.5Al4Nb1Mo0.1B) and the creation of compact and wear resistant coatings. Model experiments were applied using a ramp-wise increase of the anodic potential in order to show the influence of electrolyte components on the discharge initiation and the early stage of the oxide layer growth. The production of PEO layers with technically relevant thicknesses close to 100 μm was conducted in alkaline electrolytes with varying amounts of Na2SiO3·5H2O and K4P2O7 under symmetrically pulsed current conditions. Coating properties were evaluated with regard to morphology, chemical composition, hardness and wear resistance. The addition of phosphates and silicates leads to an increasing substrate passivation and the growth of compact oxide layers with higher thicknesses. Optimal electrolyte compositions for maximum coating hardness and thickness were identified by statistical analysis. Under these conditions, a homogeneous inner layer with low porosity can be achieved. The frictional wear behavior of the compact coating layer is superior to a hard anodized layer on aluminum.

  4. Study on electrolytic plasma discharging behavior and its influence on the plasma electrolytic oxidation coatings

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    Hussein, Riyad Omran

    In this study, aluminum oxide was deposited on a pure aluminum substrate to produce hard ceramic coatings using a Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) process. The process utilized DC, unipolar pulsed DC in the frequency range (0.2 KHz -- 20 KHz) and bipolar pulsed DC current modes. The effects of process parameters (i.e., electrolyte concentration, current density and treatment time) on the plasma discharge behavior during the PEO treatment were investigated using optical emission spectroscopy (OES) in the visible and near ultraviolet (NUV) band (285 nm -- 900 nm). The emission spectra were recorded and plasma temperature profile versus processing time was constructed using the line intensity ratios method. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive x-ray analysis (EDS) was used to study the coating microstructure. It was found that the plasma discharge behavior significantly influenced the microstructure and the morphology of the oxide coatings. The main effect came from the strongest discharges which were initiated at the interface between the substrate and the coating. Through manipulation of process parameters to control or reduce the strongest discharge, the density and quality of the coating layers could be modified. This work demonstrated that by adjusting the ratio of the positive to negative pulse currents as well as their timing in order to eliminate the strongest discharges, the quality of the coatings was considerably improved.

  5. Effect upon biocompatibility and biocorrosion properties of plasma electrolytic oxidation in trisodium phosphate electrolytes.

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    Kim, Yu-Kyoung; Park, Il-Song; Lee, Kwang-Bok; Bae, Tae-Sung; Jang, Yong-Seok; Oh, Young-Min; Lee, Min-Ho

    2016-03-01

    Surface modification to improve the corrosion resistance and biocompatibility of the Mg-Al-Zn-Ca alloy was conducted via plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) in an electrolyte that included phosphate. Calcium phosphate can be easily induced on the surface of a PEO coating that includes phosphate in a physiological environment because Ca(2+) ions in body fluids can be combined with PO4 (3-). Cytotoxicity of the PEO coating formed in electrolytes with various amounts of Na3PO4 was identified. In particular, the effects that PEO films have upon oxidative stress and differentiation of osteoblast activity were studied. As the concentration of Na3PO4 in the electrolyte increased, the oxide layer was found to become thicker, which increased corrosion resistance. However, the PEO coating formed in electrolytes with over 0.2 M of added Na3PO4 exhibited more microcracks and larger pores than those formed in smaller Na3PO4 concentrations owing to a large spark discharge. A nonuniform oxide film that included more phosphate caused more cytotoxicity and oxidative stress, and overabundant phosphate content in the oxide layer interrupted the differentiation of osteoblasts. The corrosion resistance of the magnesium alloy and the thickness of the oxide layer were increased by the addition of Na3PO4 in the electrolyte for PEO treatment. However, excessive phosphate content in the oxide layer led to oxidative stress, which resulted in reduced cell viability and activity.

  6. Composition of highly concentrated silicate electrolytes and ultrasound influencing the plasma electrolytic oxidation of magnesium

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    Simchen, F.; Rymer, L.-M.; Sieber, M.; Lampke, T.

    2017-03-01

    Magnesium and its alloys are increasingly in use as lightweight construction materials. However, their inappropriate corrosion and wear resistance often prevent their direct practical use. The plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) is a promising, environmentally friendly method to improve the surface characteristics of magnesium materials by the formation of oxide coatings. These PEO layers contain components of the applied electrolyte and can be shifted in their composition by increasing the concentration of the electrolyte constituents. Therefore, in contrast to the use of conventional low concentrated electrolytes, the process results in more stable protective coatings, in which electrolyte species are the dominating constitutes. In the present work, the influence of the composition of highly concentrated alkaline silicate electrolytes with additives of phosphate and glycerol on the quality of PEO layers on the magnesium alloy AZ31 was examined. The effect of ultrasound coupled into the electrolyte bath was also considered. The process was monitored by recording the electrical process variables with a transient recorder and by observation of the discharge phenomena on the sample surface with a camera. The study was conducted on the basis of a design of experiments. The effects of the process parameter variation are considered with regard to the coatings thickness, hardness and corrosion resistance. Information about the statistical significance of the effects of the parameters on the considered properties is obtained by an analysis of variance (ANOVA).

  7. High-Frequency-Induced Cathodic Breakdown during Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation

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    Nominé, A.; Nominé, A. V.; Braithwaite, N. St. J.; Belmonte, T.; Henrion, G.

    2017-09-01

    The present communication shows the possibility of observing microdischarges under cathodic polarization during plasma electrolytic oxidation at high frequency. Cathodic microdischarges can ignite beyond a threshold frequency found close to 2 kHz. The presence (respectively, absence) of an electrical double layer is put forward to explain how the applied voltage can be screened, which therefore prevents (respectively, promotes) the ignition of a discharge. Interestingly, in the conditions of the present study, the electrical double layer requires between 175 and 260 μ s to form. This situates the expected threshold frequency between 1.92 and 2.86 kHz, which is in good agreement with the value obtained experimentally.

  8. Effects of electrolytes variation on formation of oxide layers of 6061 Al alloys by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Kai WANG; Bon-Heun KOO; Chan-Gyu LEE; Young-Joo KIM; Sung-Hun LEE; Eungsun BYON

    2009-01-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation(PEO) processes were carried out to produce ceramic layers on 6061 aluminum substrates in four kinds of electrolytes such as silicate and aluminate solution with and without sodium fluorosilicate. The PEO processes were carried out under a hybrid voltage (260 V DC combined with 200 V, 60 Hz AC amplitude) at room temperature for 5 min. The composition, microstructure and element distribution analyses of the PEO-treated layers were carried out by XRD and SEM & EDS. The effect of the electrolyte contents on the growth mechanism, element distribution and properties of oxide layers were studied. It is obvious that the layers generated in aluminate solutions show smoother surfaces than those in silicate solutions. Moreover, an addition of fluorine ion can effectively control the layer porosity; therefore, it can enhance the properties of the layers.

  9. Characterization of plasma electrolytic oxidation coatings on Zircaloy-4 formed in different electrolytes with AC current regime

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    Cheng Yingliang, E-mail: chengyingliang@hnu.edu.cn [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Hunan University, Changsha 410082 (China); Matykina, Enzhe [Dpt. Ciencia de los Materiales e Ingenieria Metalurgica, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid 28040 (Spain); Skeldon, Peter; Thompson, George [Corrosion and Protection Centre, School of Materials, University of Manchester, Sackville Street, Manchester M13 9PL (United Kingdom)

    2011-10-01

    Highlights: > ZrO{sub 2} coatings are grown on Zircaloy-4 by AC plasma electrolytic oxidation. > Tetragonal and monoclinic ZrO{sub 2} are formed using silicate electrolyte. > Pyrophosphate electrolyte results in flawed coatings of monoclinic ZrO{sub 2}. > Silicate favours formation of tetragonal ZrO{sub 2}, with coating hardness {approx}8 GPa. > Microstructures are related to temperature gradients and solidification rates. - Abstract: Plasma electrolytic oxidation was undertaken on Zircaloy-4 in alkaline silicate and pyrophosphate electrolytes, with a square waveform AC current regime. The resultant coatings were examined using scanning electron spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and nanoindentation. The coatings formed in silicate electrolyte comprised mainly a porous inner layer and a more compact outer layer, with characteristic solidification structures being evident following prolonged treatment. The coatings contained monoclinic and tetragonal ZrO{sub 2}, the latter being mainly present in the outer layer, which was of hardness up to {approx}8 GPa. In contrast, extensively cracked coatings resulted from use of pyrophosphate electrolyte; the coating integrity was improved by the addition of silicate to the pyrophosphate electrolyte. The different morphologies of the coatings appeared to be related to the differing nature of the microdischarges and to the incorporation of silicon species that enhanced the formation of t-ZrO{sub 2}.

  10. Preparation and corrosion resistance of a nanocomposite plasma electrolytic oxidation coating on Mg-1%Ca alloy formed in aluminate electrolyte containing titania nano-additives

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    Daroonparvar, Mohammadreza; Yajid, M. A. M.; Yusof, N. M.

    2016-01-01

    Titania nanoparticles were utilized as suspension in alkaline aluminate electrolyte to form nanocomposite coatings on magnesium alloy containing 1 wt% calcium by plasma electrolytic oxidation process. Microhardness, wettability, potentiodynamic polarization, wettability, electrochemical impedance...

  11. Corrosion evaluation of zirconium doped oxide coatings on aluminum formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation.

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    Bajat, Jelena; Mišković-Stanković, Vesna; Vasilić, Rastko; Stojadinović, Stevan

    2014-01-01

    The plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) of aluminum in sodium tungstate (Na(2)WO(4) · (2)H(2)O) and Na(2)WO(4) · (2)H(2)O doped with Zr was analyzed in order to obtain oxide coatings with improved corrosion resistance. The influence of current density in PEO process and anodization time was investigated, as well as the influence of Zr, with the aim to find out how they affect the chemical content, morphology, surface roughness, and corrosion stability of oxide coatings. It was shown that the presence of Zr increases the corrosion stability of oxide coatings for all investigated PEO times. Evolution of EIS spectra during the exposure to 3% NaCl, as a strong corrosive agent, indicated the highest corrosion stability for PEO coating formed on aluminum at 70 mA/cm(2) for 2 min in a zirconium containing electrolyte.

  12. Plasma electrolytic oxidation of titanium in a phosphate/silicate electrolyte and tribological performance of the coatings

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    Aliasghari, S.; Skeldon, P., E-mail: p.skeldon@manchester.ac.uk; Thompson, G.E.

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Plasma electrolytic oxidation performed of titanium in silicate/phosphate electrolyte. • Range of duty cycle, current density, positive-to-negative current ratio studied. • Coatings contain anatase, rutile, Ti{sub 3}O{sub 5}, and amorphous silica. • Ptfe incorporated into coatings by addition of ptfe emulsion to the electrolyte. • Fiction reduced but wear life relatively short due to porosity of coatings. - Abstract: Plasma electrolytic oxidation of titanium has been investigated using a phosphate/silicate electrolyte with a square waveform and a frequency of 50 Hz. A range of constant rms current densities, duty cycles and negative-to-positive current ratios was employed. The resultant coatings were examined by analytical scanning and transmission electron microscopies and X-ray diffraction. The coatings, which were limited in thickness to ∼40 to 50 μm, contained anatase, rutile, Ti{sub 2}O{sub 5} and silicon-rich, amorphous material. The tribological behaviour was investigated using a ball-on-disc test, revealing a coefficient of friction against steel of ∼0.8, which reduced to ∼0.4 by incorporation of ptfe particles from the electrolyte. However, due to the composition and morphology of the coatings, their wear life was relatively short.

  13. Effect of Ar bubbling during plasma electrolytic oxidation of AZ31B magnesium alloy in silicate electrolyte

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    Lee, Junghoon; Kim, Yonghwan; Chung, Wonsub

    2012-10-01

    Argon gas was bubbled during plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) treatment of magnesium alloy in a silicate solution. The appearance of arcs and plasma discharging was locally concentrated on the magnesium alloy surface and phase fraction of Mg2SiO4 in the oxide layer was increased due to Argon gas bubbling. The higher energy density of the Ar plasma atmosphere is believed to contribute to the effective formation of the high temperature phase (Mg2SiO4), particularly in the inner layer. Furthermore, the PEO treated Mg alloy with Ar bubbling showed improved corrosion resistance by a change of open pores structure.

  14. Characterization of plasma electrolytic oxide formed onAZ91 Mg alloy in KMnO4 electrolyte

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    Duck-Young HWANG; Ki-Ryong SHIN; Bongyoung YOO; Dong-Heon LEE; Deok-Yong PARK; Dong-Hyuk SHIN

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this work is to investigate microstructure, corrosion resistance characteristics and nanohardness of the oxide layer on AZ91 Mg alloy by applying different voltage with KMnO4 contained solution. There are lots of closed pores that are filled with another oxide compound compared with the typical surface morphology with pore coated until 350 V of coating voltage. The thickness of oxide layer increases with increasing coating voltage. The oxide layer formed on AZ91 Mg alloy in electrolyte with potassium permanganate consists of MgO and Mn2O3. Corrosion potential of the oxide layer on AZ91 Mg alloy obtained at different plasma electrolytic oxidation(PEO) reaction stages increases with increasing coating voltage. The corrosion resistance of AZ91 Mg alloy depends on the existence of the manganese oxide in the oxide layer. The inner barrier layer composed of the MgO and Mn2O3 may serve as diffusion barrier to enhance the corrosion resistance and may partially explain the excellent anti-corrosion performance in corrosion test. Nanohardness values increase with increasing coating voltage. The increase in the nanohardness may be due to the effect of manganese oxide in the oxide layer on AZ91 Mg alloy coated from electrolyte containing KMnO4.

  15. In situ formation of low friction ceramic coatings on carbon steel by plasma electrolytic oxidation in two types of electrolytes

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    Wang, Yunlong; Jiang, Zhaohua

    2009-04-01

    In situ formation of ceramic coatings on Q235 carbon steel was achieved by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) in carbonate electrolyte and silicate electrolyte, respectively. The surface and cross-section morphology, phase and elemental composition of PEO coatings were examined by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The bond strength of the coating was determined using a direct pull-off test. The hardness as well as tribological properties of the ceramic coating was primarily studied. The results indicated that the coating obtained in carbonate electrolyte was Fe 3O 4, while the coating achieved from silicate electrolyte was proved to be amorphous. Both kinds of coatings showed coarse and porous surface. The Fe 3O 4 coatings obtained in carbonate electrolyte showed a high bonding strength to the substrate up to 20 ± 2 MPa and the value was 15 ± 2 MPa for the amorphous coatings obtained in carbonate electrolyte. The micro hardness of the amorphous coating and the Fe 3O 4 coating was 1001 Hv and 1413 Hv, respectively, which was more than two and three times as that of the Q235 alloy substrate (415 Hv). The friction coefficient exhibited by amorphous coating and Fe 3O 4 coating was 0.13 and 0.11, respectively, both lower than the uncoated Q235 substrate which ranged from 0.17 to 0.35.

  16. Formation of a Spinel Coating on AZ31 Magnesium Alloy by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation

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    Sieber, Maximilian; Simchen, Frank; Scharf, Ingolf; Lampke, Thomas

    2016-03-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) is a common means for the surface modification of light metals. However, PEO of magnesium substrates in dilute electrolytes generally leads to the formation of coatings consisting of unfavorable MgO magnesium oxide. By incorporation of electrolyte components, the phase constitution of the oxide coatings can be modified. Coatings consisting exclusively of MgAl2O4 magnesium-aluminum spinel are produced by PEO in an electrolyte containing hydroxide, aluminate, and phosphate anions. The hardness of the coatings is 3.5 GPa on Martens scale on average. Compared to the bare substrate, the coatings reduce the corrosion current density in dilute sodium chloride solution by approx. one order of magnitude and slightly shift the corrosion potential toward more noble values.

  17. Effects of duty cycle and electrolyte concentration on the microstructure and biocompatibility of plasma electrolytic oxidation treatment on zirconium metal

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    Lu, Shao-Fu [Department of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 10608, Taiwan (China); Lou, Bih-Show [Chemistry Division, Center for General Education, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan (China); Yang, Yung-Chin [Department of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 10608, Taiwan (China); Wu, Pei-Shan [Department of Materials Engineering, Ming Chi University of Technology, New Taipei City 24301, Taiwan (China); Chung, Ren-Jei [Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, National Taipei University of Technology, Taipei 10608, Taiwan (China); Lee, Jyh-Wei, E-mail: jefflee@mail.mcut.edu.tw [Department of Materials Engineering, Ming Chi University of Technology, New Taipei City 24301, Taiwan (China); Center for Thin Film Technologies and Applications, Ming Chi University of Technology, New Taipei City 24301, Taiwan (China); Department of Electronic Engineering, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan (China)

    2015-12-01

    Recently, the plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) process has been widely studied and applied in the industrial setting due to its ability to create functional oxide layers on Al, Ti, Mg, and Zr alloys. In this work, a pulsed direct current (DC) power supply was adopted to grow the zirconia coating on pure Zr metal by PEO treatment. A fixed frequency of 1000 Hz and constant current of 2 A were used to fabricate all zirconia coatings. Duty cycle values of 25%, 75%, and 100% were used and 0.1 M K{sub 3}PO{sub 4} aqueous solution containing three different concentrations of KOH, 0.01, 0.05 and 0.1 M, was also used in fabrication. The plasma breakdown voltage decreased with increasing KOH concentration due to its higher electrolyte conductivity. The PEO oxide coating consisted of a thin continuous barrier layer and a thick porous outermost layer, which consisted of mainly monoclinic and minor tetragonal ZrO{sub 2} phases. The PEO treatment of Zr metal provided excellent corrosion resistance in Hank's solution and good biocompatibility for 3T3 and MG63 cells. These results suggest that PEO coatings having potential applications in the biomedical field were confirmed in this study. - Highlights: • Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) treated coating consists of a continuous thin layer and a thick porous outermost layer. • The PEO coating thickness decreases with increasing content of KOH in electrolyte at duty cycles of 75% and 100%. • All PEO coatings provide good biocompatibility and no toxicity to both 3T3 and MG63 cells. • The PEO process greatly enhances the corrosion resistance of Zr metal to Hank's solution.

  18. In vitro evaluation of cell proliferation and collagen synthesis on titanium following plasma electrolytic oxidation.

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    Whiteside, Paul; Matykina, Endzhe; Gough, Julie E; Skeldon, Peter; Thompson, George E

    2010-07-01

    Titania-based coatings produced by plasma electrolytic oxidation are being investigated as bioactive surfaces for titanium implants. In this study, plasma electrolytic oxidation was performed in calcium- and phosphorus-based electrolytes under DC conditions, resulting in coatings of thickness of approximately 8-15 mum. Coating morphologies, microstructures, and compositions were examined by scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, X-ray diffraction, and electron probe microanalysis. The coatings revealed a cratered morphology, with incorporated calcium and phosphorus species. Proliferation rates of primary human osteoblasts cells on the coatings were up to approximately 37% faster than those for uncoated titanium and 316L stainless steel reference materials. Further, the coatings assisted cell adhesion and generation and anchorage of collagen. The amount of collagen was upto approximately 2.4 times greater than for the reference substrates. (c) 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res, 2010.

  19. Characterization of calcium containing plasma electrolytic oxidation coatings on AM50 magnesium alloy

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    Srinivasan, P. Bala, E-mail: bala.srinivasan@gkss.de [Institute of Materials Research, GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH, D-21502 Geesthacht (Germany); Liang, J.; Blawert, C.; Stoermer, M.; Dietzel, W. [Institute of Materials Research, GKSS-Forschungszentrum Geesthacht GmbH, D-21502 Geesthacht (Germany)

    2010-04-01

    An attempt was made to produce calcium containing plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) coatings on AM50 magnesium alloy using an alkaline electrolyte. This study was performed in three alkaline electrolytes containing calcium hydroxide and sodium phosphate with three different mass ratios viz., 1:2.5, 1:5 and 1:7.5. All the three coatings produced were found to contain Ca and P in appreciable amounts. The concentration of P was found to be higher in the coatings obtained in the electrolytes with higher concentration of phosphate ions. Even though all the three coatings were found to be constituted with magnesium oxide and magnesium phosphate phases, X-ray diffraction analyses revealed that the phase composition was influenced by the phosphate ion concentration/conductivity of the electrolyte. Further, the PEO coating obtained in the 1:7.5 ratio electrolyte was found to contain di-calcium phosphate (monetite) and calcium peroxide phases, which were absent in the other two coatings. Potentiodynamic polarization studies performed in 0.1 M NaCl solution showed that the coatings obtained from the 1:5 ratio electrolyte possessed a superior corrosion resistance, which is attributed to the combined effect of thickness, compactness and phase/chemical composition of this coating.

  20. Effects of CH3OH Addition on Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation of AZ31 Magnesium Alloys

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    He, Yongyi; Chen, Li; Yan, Zongcheng; Zhang, Yalei

    2015-09-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) films on AZ31 magnesium alloys were prepared in alkaline silicate electrolytes (base electrolyte) with the addition of different volume concentrations of CH3OH, which was used to adjust the thickness of the vapor sheath. The compositions, morphologies, and thicknesses of ceramic layers formed with different CH3OH concentrations were determined via X-ray diffraction (XRD), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Corrosion behavior of the oxide films was evaluated in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution using potentiodynamic polarization tests. PEO coatings mainly comprised Mg, MgO, and Mg2SiO4. The addition of CH3OH in base electrolytes affected the thickness, pores diameter, and Mg2SiO4 content in the films. The films formed in the electrolyte containing 12% CH3OH exhibited the highest thickness. The coatings formed in the electrolyte containing different concentrations of CH3OH exhibited similar corrosion resistance. The energy consumption of PEO markedly decreased upon the addition of CH3OH to the electrolytes. The result is helpful for energy saving in the PEO process. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 21376088), the Project of Production, Education and Research, Guangdong Province and Ministry of Education (Nos. 2012B09100063, 2012A090300015), and Guangzhou Science and Technology Plan Projects of China (No. 2014Y2-00042)

  1. Solid oxide fuel cell electrolytes produced via very low pressure suspension plasma spray and electrophoretic deposition

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    Fleetwood, James D

    2014-01-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are a promising element of comprehensive energy policies due to their direct mechanism for converting the oxidization of fuel, such as hydrogen, into electrical energy. Both very low pressure plasma spray and electrophoretic deposition allow working with high melting temperature SOFC suspension based feedstock on complex surfaces, such as in non-planar SOFC designs. Dense, thin electrolytes of ideal composition for SOFCs can be fabricated with each of these proc...

  2. Effects of Hybrid Voltages on Oxide Formation on 6061 Al-alloys During Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation

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    Kai Wang; Bon Heun Koo; Chan Gyu Lee; Young Joo Kim; Sunghun Lee; Eungsun Byon

    2009-01-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) is carried out on 6061 Al-alloys in a weak alkaline electrolyte containing NaOH, Na_2SiO_3 and NaCl. Centered on the correlation of composition and structure, analyses by means of X-ray diffration (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) are conducted on the specimens, which have been PEO-treated under hybrid voltages of different direct current (DC) values (140-280 V) with constant alternate current (AC) amplitude (200 V). Attention is paid to the composition, properties and growth mechanism of oxide layers formed with hybrid voltages. Moreover, the main effects of DC value are discussed. Ceramic layers with a double-layer structure which combines hard outer and soft inner layers are found to be consist of α-Al_2O_3, γ-Al_2O_3 and mullite. With the DC values increasing, the growth of the ceramic layers tends to have increasingly obvious three-stage feature.

  3. Effect of electrolyte components on the magnetic and magnetoresistive characteristics of Fe-containing plasma electrolytic oxide coatings on titanium

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    Rudnev, V. S.; Adigamova, M. V.; Tkachenko, I. A.; Sergienko, V. I.; Yanushkevich, K. I.; Aplesnin, S. S.; Lukiyanchuk, I. V.; Morozova, V. P.; Medkov, M. A.

    2017-03-01

    The effect replacing Na3PO4 with Na2HPO4 in aqueous phosphate-borate-tungstate electrolyte that additionally contains Fe2(C2O4)3 on the magnetic and magnetoresistive characteristics of oxide coating/ titanium composites formed by means of plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) is investigated. It is established that PEO coatings with ferromagnetic characteristics form on titanium in an electrolyte containing Na3PO4 (pH 11) upon adding iron(III) oxalate, while replacing Na3PO4 with Na2HPO4 and the respective drop in the pH of the base electrolyte down to 9.8 results in the formation of coatings with different magnetic characteristics. The correlation between changes in the values of the charge carriers' activation energy and the magnetic susceptibility is demonstrated for the latter. An increase in the electric resistance of coatings in a magnetic field is observed, and the type of the magnetic resistance temperature dependence is established.

  4. Factors Influencing Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation(PEO) Coatings on Magnesium Alloys: A Review

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    Shim, Gunchoo [KISTI ReSEAT Program, Daejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2017-05-15

    Magnesium alloys, which possess excellent specific strength and castability, are highly susceptible to corrosion. Although anodizing is widely used to resolve this problem, it requires toxic electrolytes and produces relatively thin and weak surface coatings. Recently, plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) has emerged as an alternative to anodizing. Although it is derived from conventional anodizing, it uses eco-friendly electrolytes and forms thicker, denser, and harder coatings on the surface of magnesium alloys. However, PEO is a complex process involving physical, chemical, and electrochemical reactions, and it is influenced by various factors such as the alloy substrate composition, electrolyte/additive composition, and the electrical variables including the mode of power supply, applied voltage/current density, frequency, and duty cycle. In this article, the detailed effects of these parameters on the microstructure and properties of the PEO coatings are reviewed, and methods of improving the coatings are proposed.

  5. Study of Coating Growth Behavior During the Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation of Magnesium Alloy ZK60

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    Qiu, Zhaozhong; Wang, Rui; Zhang, Yushen; Qu, Yunfei; Wu, Xiaohong

    2015-04-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation technique was used to coat ZK60 magnesium alloy in a silicate-based electrolyte. Effects of oxidation time on the morphology, phase structure, and corrosion resistance of the resulting coatings were systematically investigated by scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectrometry, x-ray diffraction, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and potentiodynamic polarization. The main components of the inner and the outer coating layers were MgO and Mg2SiO4, respectively. It was also found that the oxidation time has a significant impact on the corrosion resistance properties of the coatings. The coating obtained within the oxidation time of 360 s exhibited a corrosion current of 7.6 × 10-8 A/cm2 in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution, which decreased significantly when comparing with the pristine magnesium alloy.

  6. Thermal conductivities of nanostructured magnesium oxide coatings deposited on magnesium alloys by plasma electrolytic oxidation.

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    Shen, Xinwei; Nie, Xueyuan; Hu, Henry

    2014-10-01

    The resistances of magnesium alloys to wear, friction and corrosion can be effectively improved by depositing coatings on their surfaces. However, the coatings can also reduce the heat transfer from the coated components to the surroundings (e.g., coated cylinder bores for internal combustion of engine blocks). In this paper, nanostructured magnesium oxides were produced by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) process on the magnesium alloy AJ62 under different current densities. The guarded comparative heat flow method was adopted to measure the thermal conductivities of such coatings which possess gradient nanoscale grain sizes. The aim of the paper is to explore how the current density in the PEO process affects the thermal conductivity of the nanostructured magnesium coatings. The experimental results show that, as the current density rises from 4 to 20 A/mm2, the thermal conductivity has a slight increase from 0.94 to 1.21 W/m x K, which is significantly smaller than that of the corresponding bulk magnesium oxide materials (29.4 W/m x K). This mostly attributed to the variation of the nanoscale grain sizes of the PEO coatings.

  7. Influence of potassium pyrophosphate in electrolyte on coated layer of AZ91 Mg alloy formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Jin-Young CHO; Duck-Young HWANG; Dong-Heon LEE; Bongyoung YOO; Dong-Hyuk SHIN

    2009-01-01

    The effect of potassium pyrophosphate in the electrolyte on plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) process for AZ91 Mg alloy was investigated. The morphologies and chemical compositions of the coating layer on the AZ91 Mg alloy were evaluated and corrosion resistance was also estimated by potentiodynamic polarization analysis. The coating layer on AZ91 Mg alloy coated from the Bath 2 containing 0.03 mol/L of potassium pyrophosphate for 360 s exhibited considerably dense structure and contained 11%-18% (mass fraction) of phosphorous. The higher content of phosphorous of coating layer coated from Bath 2 could be detected at the bottom of oxide layer, which strongly implied that the phosphorous ion might be concentrated at the barrier layer. Corrosion potential of coating layer of AZ91 Mg alloy increased and corrosion current density decreased with increasing the concentration of potassium pyrophosphate. The polarization resistance (Rp) of coating layer of AZ91 Mg alloy coated from Bath 2 was 4.65×107 Ω/cm2, which was higher than that (Rp=3.56×104 Ω/cm2) of the sample coated from electrolyte without potassium pyrophosphate. The coating layer coated from Bath 2 containing 0.03 mol/L potassium pyrophosphate exhibited the best corrosion resistance.

  8. The evidence of cathodic micro-discharges during plasma electrolytic oxidation process

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    Nominé, A., E-mail: alexandre.nomine@univ-lorraine.fr [Institut Jean Lamour, UMR 7198 CNRS, Université de Lorraine, Parc de Saurupt, 54011 Nancy (France); National Institute of Science and Technology “MISiS,” 4, Leninskij Prospekt, Moscow 119049 (Russian Federation); Martin, J.; Noël, C.; Henrion, G.; Belmonte, T. [Institut Jean Lamour, UMR 7198 CNRS, Université de Lorraine, Parc de Saurupt, 54011 Nancy (France); Bardin, I. V.; Kovalev, V. L.; Rakoch, A. G. [National Institute of Science and Technology “MISiS,” 4, Leninskij Prospekt, Moscow 119049 (Russian Federation)

    2014-02-24

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) processing of EV31 magnesium alloy has been carried out in fluoride containing electrolyte under bipolar pulse current regime. Unusual PEO cathodic micro-discharges have been observed and investigated. It is shown that the cathodic micro-discharges exhibit a collective intermittent behavior, which is discussed in terms of charge accumulations at the layer/electrolyte and layer/metal interfaces. Optical emission spectroscopy is used to determine the electron density (typ. 10{sup 15} cm{sup −3}) and the electron temperature (typ. 7500 K) while the role of F{sup −} anions on the appearance of cathodic micro-discharges is pointed out.

  9. Photoactive TiO2 coatings obtained by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation in refrigerated electrolytes

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    Franz, Silvia; Perego, Daniele; Marchese, Ottavia; Lucotti, Andrea; Bestetti, Massimiliano

    2016-11-01

    The effect of synthesis conditions on the properties of nanoporous TiO2 coatings obtained by PEO in refrigerated electrolytes have been investigated. Linear sweep voltammetry was carried out on the TiO2 coatings, in dark and under UV-C irradiation, in order to assess the photoelectrochemical behavior of samples. The largest photocurrents (0.18 mA/cm2) were measured on TiO2 coatings obtained by PEO in refrigerated aqueous solutions. UV-vis spectra revealed that lowering the processing temperature from 20 to -3.5 °C induced a blue-shift of the absorption band of the TiO2 coatings from 3.05 to 3.42 eV. The main advantage of PEO in refrigerated aqueous solutions over current approaches, based on anodic oxidation and thermal treatments, is that the synthesis of photoactive TiO2 coatings can be carried out in a relatively easy, quick and reproducible way, without annealing pre- and post-treatments. Furthermore, by controlling the solution temperature in PEO process, the photocurrent of the resulting TiO2 coating reaches quite high values.

  10. Correlation between discharging property and coatings microstructure during plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    GUAN Yong-jun; XIA Yuan

    2006-01-01

    The voltage-current properties during plasma electrolytic discharge were determined by measuring the current density and cell voltage as functions of processing time and then by mathematical transformation. Correlation between discharge I-V property and the coatings microstructure on aluminum alloy during plasma electrolytic oxidation was determined by comparing the voltage-current properties at different process stages with SEM results of the corresponding coatings. The results show that the uniform passive film corresponds to a I-V property with one critical voltage, and a compound of porous layer and sintered ceramic particles corresponds to a I-V property with two critical voltages. The growth regularity of PEO cermet coatings was also studied.

  11. Ceramic coatings of LA141 alloy formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation for corrosion protection.

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    Li, Zhijun; Yuan, Yi; Sun, Pengpeng; Jing, Xiaoyan

    2011-09-01

    Superlight Mg-Li alloy is a promising structural materials in aerospace, automobile, and electronics because of its excellent properties such as low density, high ductility, superior strength-to-weight ratio, and good damping ability. The fabrication of compact plasma electrolytic oxidation coatings with excellent corrosion resistance is valuable for the widespread application of Mg-Li alloy. Here we present a ceramic coating on the surface of Mg-14Li-1Al (LA141) alloy for corrosion protection via plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) in an alkaline silicate electrolyte with tungstate as an additive. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and thin film-X-ray diffraction analysis of coatings show that the surface coating is mainly comprised of Mg(2)SiO(4), MgO and WO(3). Scanning electron microscopy observations have revealed that the dense and compact coating formed in the presence of tungstate has less structural imperfections in comparison to the control one fabricated without use of tungstate. The effect of oxidation time on the morphology and phase composition of coatings is also examined in detail.

  12. TiO2 Deposition on AZ31 Magnesium Alloy Using Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation

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    Leon White

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO has been used in the past as a useful surface treatment technique to improve the anticorrosion properties of Mg alloys by forming protective layer. Coatings were prepared on AZ31 magnesium alloy in phosphate electrolyte with the addition of TiO2 nanoparticles using plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO. This present work focuses on developing a TiO2 functional coating to create a novel electrophotocatalyst while observing the surface morphology, structure, composition, and corrosion resistance of the PEO coating. Microstructural characterization of the coating was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD and scanning electron microscopy (SEM followed by image analysis and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDX. The corrosion resistance of the PEO treated samples was evaluated with electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS and DC polarization tests in 3.5 wt.% NaCl. The XRD pattern shows that the components of the oxide film include Mg from the substrate as well as MgO and Mg2TiO4 due to the TiO2 nanoparticle addition. The results show that the PEO coating with TiO2 nanoparticles did improve the corrosion resistance when compared to the AZ31 substrate alloy.

  13. SEM And EDS Analysis Of Nitinol Surfaces Treated By Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation

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    Rokosz K.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In the paper, the surface layers formed on nickel-titanium alloy during Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO, known also as Micro Arc Oxidation (MAO, are described. The mixture of phosphoric acid and copper nitrate as the electrolyte for all plasma electrochemical processes was used. Nitinol biomaterial was used for the studies. All the experiments were performed under the voltage of 450 V and current density of 0.3 A/dm2. The main purpose of the studies was to achieve the highest amount of copper in the surface layer versus amount of the copper nitrate in phosphoric acid. The highest copper concentration was found in the surface layer after the PEO treatment in the electrolyte consisting of 150g Cu(NO32 in 0.5 dm3 H3PO4. The worst results, in case of the amount of copper in the NiTi surface layer, were recorded after oxidizing in the solution with 5 g Cu(NO32.

  14. Role of electrolyte composition on structural, morphological and in-vitro biological properties of plasma electrolytic oxidation films formed on zirconium

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    M, Sandhyarani [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli 620015, Tamilnadu (India); T, Prasadrao [Department of Physics, Koneru Lakshmaiah University, Vaddeswaram, Guntur 522502, Andhra Pradesh (India); N, Rameshbabu, E-mail: rameshrohith@gmail.com [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli 620015, Tamilnadu (India)

    2014-10-30

    Highlights: • Uniform oxide films were formed on zirconium by plasma electrolytic oxidation. • Silicate in electrolyte alter the growth of m-ZrO{sub 2} from (1{sup ¯}11) to (2 0 0) orientation. • Addition of KOH to electrolyte improved the corrosion resistance of oxide films. • Silicon incorporated oxide films showed higher surface roughness and wettability. • Human osteosarcoma cells were strongly adhered and spreaded on all the oxide films. - Abstract: Development of oxide films on metallic implants with a good combination of corrosion resistance, bioactivity and cell adhesion can greatly improve its biocompatibility and functionality. Thus, the present work is aimed to fabricate oxide films on metallic Zr by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) in methodically varied concentrations of phosphate, silicate and KOH based electrolyte systems using a pulsed DC power source. The oxide films fabricated on Zr are characterized for its phase composition, surface morphology, chemical composition, roughness, wettability, surface energy, corrosion resistance, apatite forming ability and osteoblast cell adhesion. Uniform films with thickness varying from 6 to 11 μm are formed. XRD patterns of all the PEO films showed the predominance of monoclinic zirconia phase. The film formed in phosphate + KOH electrolyte showed superior corrosion resistance, which can be ascribed to its pore free morphology. The films formed in silicate electrolyte showed higher apatite forming ability with good cell adhesion and spreading over its surface which is attributed to its superior surface roughness and wettability characteristics. Among the five different electrolyte systems employed in the present study, the PEO film formed in an electrolyte system with phosphate + silicate + KOH showed optimum corrosion resistance, apatite forming ability and biocompatibility.

  15. Corrosion behavior of plasma electrolytically oxidized gamma titanium aluminide alloy in simulated body fluid.

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    Lara Rodriguez, L; Sundaram, P A

    2016-09-15

    Plasma electrolytic oxidized (PEO) γTiAl alloy samples were electrochemically characterized by open circuit potential (OCP), cyclic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) to evaluate their corrosion resistance in simulated body fluid (SBF) in order to gauge their potential for biomedical applications. Experimental results through OCP and cyclic polarization studies demonstrated the protective nature and the beneficial effect of the PEO coatings on γTiAl. The PEO surface increased corrosion resistance of these surface modified alloys. EIS data indicated the presence of an underlying compact oxide layer with surface pores represented by two domes in the Nyquist plots. Electrical equivalent circuits to describe the EIS results are proposed.

  16. Fabrication of bioactive titania coating on nitinol by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Siu, H.T.; Man, H.C., E-mail: mfhcman@polyu.edu.hk

    2013-06-01

    Surface modification was attempted on Nitinol (NiTi) by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) in aqueous solutions of sodium sulphate and sodium hydroxide (Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}-NaOH) using an AC power supply. A thick and porous oxide layer with micron-sized pores was formed on the Nitinol substrate, with the thickness of the oxide layer ranging from a few μm to over 10 μm, depending on the processing time. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed that the oxide formed was anatase. Potentiodynamic polarization tests in Hanks’ solution showed that the corrosion resistance of PEO-coated Nitinol was much higher than that of the substrate. More importantly, the apatite-forming ability of the PEO-treated NiTi was found to be enhanced. This could be attributed to the anatase crystalline structure of the titanium oxide and the porous structure that facilitates the anchorage of the hydroxyapatite particles.

  17. Production of hydroxyapatite layers on the plasma electrolytically oxidized surface of titanium alloys.

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    Lugovskoy, Alex; Lugovskoy, Svetlana

    2014-10-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a bioactive material that is widely used for improving the osseointegration of titanium dental implants. Titanium can be coated with HA by various methods, such as chemical vapor deposition (CVD), thermal spray, or plasma spray. HA coatings can also be grown on titanium surfaces by hydrothermal, chemical, and electrochemical methods. Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO), or microarc oxidation (MAO), is an electrochemical method that enables the production of a thick porous oxide layer on the surface of a titanium implant. If the electrolyte in which PEO is performed contains calcium and phosphate ions, the oxide layer produced may contain hydroxyapatite. The HA content can then be increased by subsequent hydrothermal treatment. The HA thus produced on titanium surfaces has attractive properties, such as a high porosity, a controllable thickness, and a considerable density, which favor its use in dental and bone surgery. This review summarizes the state of the art and possible further development of PEO for the production of HA on Ti implants.

  18. Effect of cerium and lanthanum additives on plasma electrolytic oxidation of AZ31 magnesium alloy

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    沈德久; 马豪杰; 郭长虹; 蔡景瑞; 李国龙; 何东磊; 杨庆祥

    2013-01-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) coatings on AZ31 magnesium (Mg) alloy were developed using the aqueous solution with alkaline silicate and sodium hydroxide as a base electrolyte system. The effects of cerium (Ce) nitrate and lanthanum (La) nitrate additives on the voltage response, microstructure, compositions and corrosion resistance of PEO coatings were investigated by scan-ning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive spectrum (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and potentiodynamic polarization tests, etc. The results showed that Ce and La additives increased the stable voltage and compactness of the PEO coatings, while, those did not change the compositions of the PEO coatings. The corrosion resistance of the PEO coating obtained in solutions with La nitrate of 0.1 g/L was the best, followed by that with Ce nitrate of 0.1 g/L and that without additives.

  19. Characterization of Coatings Created on Selected Titanium Alloys by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation

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    Rokosz K.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The SEM and EDS results of coatings obtained on pure niobium and titanium alloys (NiTi and Ti6Al4V by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation in the electrolytes containing of 300 g and 600 g copper nitrate in 1 litre of concentrated phosphoric acid at 450 V for 3 minutes, are presented. The obtained coatings are porous and consist mainly of phosphorus within titanium and copper. For each coating, the Cu/P ratios were calculated. The maximum of that coefficient was found for niobium and Ti6Al4V alloy oxidised in the electrolyte containing 600 g of Cu(NO32 in 1 dm3 of H3PO4 and equaling to 0.22 (wt% | 0.11 (at%. The minimum of Cu/P ratio was recorded for NiTi and Ti6Al4V alloys oxidised by PEO in electrolyte consisting of 300 g of copper nitrate in 1 dm3 of concentrated phosphoric acid and equals to 0.12 (wt% | 0.06 (at%. The middle value of that ratio was recorded for NiTi and it equals to 0.16 (wt% | 0.08 (at%.

  20. Solid oxide fuel cell electrolytes produced via very low pressure suspension plasma spray and electrophoretic deposition

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    Fleetwood, James D.

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are a promising element of comprehensive energy policies due to their direct mechanism for converting the oxidization of fuel, such as hydrogen, into electrical energy. Both very low pressure plasma spray and electrophoretic deposition allow working with high melting temperature SOFC suspension based feedstock on complex surfaces, such as in non-planar SOFC designs. Dense, thin electrolytes of ideal composition for SOFCs can be fabricated with each of these processes, while compositional control is achieved with dissolved dopant compounds that are incorporated into the coating during deposition. In the work reported, sub-micron 8 mole % Y2O3-ZrO2 (YSZ) and gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC), powders, including those in suspension with scandium-nitrate dopants, were deposited on NiO-YSZ anodes, via very low pressure suspension plasma spray (VLPSPS) at Sandia National Laboratories' Thermal Spray Research Laboratory and electrophoretic deposition (EPD) at Purdue University. Plasma spray was carried out in a chamber held at 320 - 1300 Pa, with the plasma composed of argon, hydrogen, and helium. EPD was characterized utilizing constant current deposition at 10 mm electrode separation, with deposits sintered from 1300 -- 1500 °C for 2 hours. The role of suspension constituents in EPD was analyzed based on a parametric study of powder loading, powder specific surface area, polyvinyl butyral (PVB) content, polyethyleneimine (PEI) content, and acetic acid content. Increasing PVB content and reduction of particle specific surface area were found to eliminate the formation of cracks when drying. PEI and acetic acid content were used to control suspension stability and the adhesion of deposits. Additionally, EPD was used to fabricate YSZ/GDC bilayer electrolyte systems. The resultant YSZ electrolytes were 2-27 microns thick and up to 97% dense. Electrolyte performance as part of a SOFC system with screen printed LSCF cathodes was evaluated with peak

  1. Spectroscopic study of plasma during electrolytic oxidation of magnesium-aluminium alloys

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    Jovović, J.

    2014-12-01

    Plasma during Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) of magnesium-aluminium alloys is studied in this work by means of Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES). Spectral line shapes of the Hβ, Al II 704.21 nm and Mg II 448.11 nm line are analyzed to measure plasma electron number density Ne. From the Hβ line profile, two PEO processes characterized by relatively low electron number densities Ne ≈ 1015 cm-3 and Ne ≈ 2 × 1016 cm-3 were discovered while the shape and shift of Al II and Mg II lines revealed the third process characterized by large electron density Ne = (1-2) × 1017 cm-3. Low Ne processes, related with breakdown in gas bubbles and on oxide surface, are not influenced by anode material or electrolyte composition. The ejection of evaporated anode material through oxide layer is designated here as third PEO process. Using the Boltzmann plot technique, electron temperature of 4000 K and 33000 K is determined from relative intensities of Mg I and O II lines, respectively. Several difficulties in the analysis of spectral line shapes are met during this study and the ways to overcome some of the obstacles are demonstrated.

  2. Growth and Corrosion Characteristics of Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation Ceramic Films Formed on AZ31 Magnesium Alloy

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    王丽; 陈砺; 严宗诚; 王红林; 彭家志

    2009-01-01

    The growth characteristics of oxide ceramic films formed on AZ31 magnesium alloy with plasma electrolytic oxidation(PEO)technique in alkaline silicate solution Were investigated.The composition,slructure and morphology of the coatings were detected by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscope and scanning electron microscope.The amount of dissolved magnesium in the electrolytes during PEO process was measured by atomic absorption spectrometry.The results indicated that the growth process of PEO films had three stages when applied with constant voltage mode.In the first stage,the growth rate of PEO films was low,and concentrations of elements O.Mg and Si varied slightly.Atter sparking occurred(the second stage).the PEO films showed higher growth rate due to the high transfer rate of ionS and electrons,and the existoncc of plasma reactions.When the growth rate tended to maintain stable with time,the third stage happened.PEO films exhibited different uniform and pitting.corrosion characteristiCS in difierent reaction stages.The films formed at 300 V for 30 min performed best corrosion resistance and the phase of ceramic films was mainly composed of MgSiO3 and forsterite Mg2SiO4.

  3. Plasma electrolytic oxidation coating of synthetic Al-Mg binary alloys

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    Tarakci, Mehmet, E-mail: mtarakci@gyte.edu.tr

    2011-12-15

    The binary Al-Mg synthetic alloys were prepared in a vacuum/atmosphere controlled furnace with the addition of 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 7, and 15 wt.% pure Mg into pure aluminum as substrate material. The surfaces of the Al-Mg alloys and pure aluminum were coated for 120 min by plasma electrolytic oxidation in the same electrolyte of 12 g/L sodium silicate and 2 g/L KOH in distilled water. The coating was characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, profilometry and Vickers microhardness measurements. There regions of loose outer layer, dense inner layer with precipitate like particles of {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and a thin transition layer were identified for the coated samples. The coating thickness increases from 85 to 150 {mu}m with Mg contents in the alloys. The surface morphology becomes more porous and consequently surface roughness tends to increase with plasma electrolytic oxidation treatment and further with Mg content. The increase in magnesium content reduces the formation of {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and crystalline mullite phases in the coating and decreases microhardness of coating. The Mg concentration is constant throughout the other loose and dense regions of coating though it gradually decreases in the thin inner region. - Research Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The average thickness of PEO coating of Al-Mg alloys increases with Mg content. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The addition of Mg reduces and prevents the formation of {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and mullite. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The surface roughness increases with Mg content in the Al-Mg alloys. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The hardness values of the coating decreases with the Mg amount in the substrate. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Mg concentration is constant throughout the main regions of coating.

  4. Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) Coatings on an A356 Alloy for Improved Corrosion and Wear Resistance

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    Peng, Zhijing

    Plasma electrolytic oxidizing (PEO) is an advanced technique that has been used to deposit thick and hard ceramic coatings on aluminium (Al) alloys. This work was however to use the PEO process to produce thin ceramic oxide coatings on an A356 Al alloy for improving corrosion and wear resistance of the alloy. Effects of current density and treatment time on surface morphologies and thickness of the PEO coatings were investigated. The improvement of galvanic corrosion properties of the coated A356 alloy vs. steel and carbon fibre were evaluated in E85 fuel or NaCl environments. Tribological properties of the coatings were studied with comparison to the uncoated A356 substrate and other commercially-used engine bore materials. The research results indicated that the PEO coatings could have excellent tribological and corrosion properties for aluminium engine applications.

  5. Preparation and Characterization of Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation Coating on 5005 Aluminum Alloy with Red Mud as an Electrolyte Additive

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    Liu, Shifeng; Zeng, Jianmin; Wang, Youbin

    2017-10-01

    A coating with red mud as an electrolyte additive was applied to 5005 aluminum alloy using plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO). The phase composition of the coating was investigated using X-ray diffraction. Scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS) was used to determine the microstructure and composition profiles of the coating. The coating/substrate adhesion was determined by scratch testing. The corrosion behaviors of the substrate and coating were evaluated using potentiodynamic polarization (PDP) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The results indicated that the PEO coating with red mud consisted mainly of α-Al2O3 and γ-Al2O3, with small amounts of Fe2O3, CaCO3, and CaTiO3. The surface of the coating was the color of the red mud. The coating had a uniform thickness of about 80 μm and consisted of two main layers: a 6- μm porous outer layer and a 74- μm dense inner layer, which showed typical metallurgical adhesion (coating/substrate adhesion strength of 59 N). The coating hardness was about 1142 HV, much higher than that of the substrate (60 HV). The corrosion potential E corr and corrosion current density i corr of the coating were estimated to be -0.743 V and 3.85 × 10-6 A cm-2 from the PDP curve in 3.5 wt pct NaCl solution, and the maximum impedance and phase angle of the coating were 11 000 Ω and -67 deg, respectively, based on EIS. PEO coating with red mud improved the surface properties and corrosion resistance of 5005 aluminum alloy. This study also shows a potential method for reusing red mud.

  6. Role of electrolyte composition on structural, morphological and in-vitro biological properties of plasma electrolytic oxidation films formed on zirconium

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    Sandhyarani, M.; Prasadrao, T.; Rameshbabu, N.

    2014-10-01

    Development of oxide films on metallic implants with a good combination of corrosion resistance, bioactivity and cell adhesion can greatly improve its biocompatibility and functionality. Thus, the present work is aimed to fabricate oxide films on metallic Zr by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) in methodically varied concentrations of phosphate, silicate and KOH based electrolyte systems using a pulsed DC power source. The oxide films fabricated on Zr are characterized for its phase composition, surface morphology, chemical composition, roughness, wettability, surface energy, corrosion resistance, apatite forming ability and osteoblast cell adhesion. Uniform films with thickness varying from 6 to 11 μm are formed. XRD patterns of all the PEO films showed the predominance of monoclinic zirconia phase. The film formed in phosphate + KOH electrolyte showed superior corrosion resistance, which can be ascribed to its pore free morphology. The films formed in silicate electrolyte showed higher apatite forming ability with good cell adhesion and spreading over its surface which is attributed to its superior surface roughness and wettability characteristics. Among the five different electrolyte systems employed in the present study, the PEO film formed in an electrolyte system with phosphate + silicate + KOH showed optimum corrosion resistance, apatite forming ability and biocompatibility.

  7. Multi-physics study of plasma in liquids: The case of Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO)

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    Nomine, Alexandre; Troughton, Sam; Nomine, Anna; Henrion, Gerard; Clyne, Bill

    2015-09-01

    PEO is a promising technique in order to grow rapidly oxide coatings with high corrosion and wear resistance. Oxidation is driven by millions of simultaneous micro-discharges (MD) that occur at the interface between the substrate and the liquid electrolyte. However, the mechanisms of breakdown and the subsequent oxidation are not well understood yet. Current profiles and Ultra-Fast Imaging of single discharges allows to correlate the size and life-time of the discharge with different electric parameters (Q, Imax). MD are found to appear in cascade, switching on and off with a frequency in the order of 1-10 kHz. Formation of a bubble is observed directly after the ignition of the discharge. The growth rate that varies between 1 and 10 m/s, is used to estimate the gas pressure in the bubble. The influence of the pulse frequency on the bubble shape and on the coatings will be presented. MD size and life time are known to increase with coating thickness presumably due to higher charge accumulation. This study shows that ms scale, the evolution of MD size and life time evaluates similarly, suggesting that the coating thickness is not the only parameter governing the MD size and life-time. second affiliation: The Open University.

  8. Stabilization of the high-temperature phases in ceramic coatings on zirconium alloy produced by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Apelfeld, A. V.; Betsofen, S. Y.; Borisov, A. M.; Vladimirov, B. V.; Savushkina, S. V.; Knyazev, E. V.

    2016-09-01

    The composition and structure of ceramic coatings obtained on Zr-1%Nb alloy by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) in aqueous electrolyte comprising 2 g/L KOH, 6 g/L NaAlO2 and 2 g/L Na2SiO3 with addition of yttria nanopowder, have been studied. The PEO coatings of thickness ∼⃒20 μm were studied using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray microanalysis and X-ray phase analysis. Additives in the electrolyte of yttria nanopowder allowed stabilizing the high-temperature tetragonal and cubic zirconia in the coating.

  9. Sound Absorption Characteristics of Aluminum Foams Treated by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Open-celled aluminum foams with different pore sizes were fabricated. A plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO treatment was applied on the aluminum foams to create a layer of ceramic coating. The sound absorption coefficients of the foams were measured by an impedance tube and they were calculated by a transfer function method. The experimental results show that the sound absorption coefficient of the foam increases gradually with the decrease of pore size. Additionally, when the porosity of the foam increases, the sound absorption coefficient also increases. The PEO coating surface is rough and porous, which is beneficial for improvement in sound absorption. After PEO treatment, the maximum sound absorption of the foam is improved to some extent.

  10. Environmental friendly plasma electrolytic oxidation of AM60 magnesium alloy and its corrosion resistance

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    CAO Fa-he; LIN Long-yong; ZHANG Zhao; ZHANG Jian-qing; CAO Chu-nan

    2008-01-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation of Mg-based AM60 alloys was investigated using 50 Hz AC anodizing technique in an alkaline borate solution, which contained a new kind of organic. The anodic film is relatively smooth with some micro pores and cracks, while the anodic film consists of MgO, MgAl2O4 and MgSiO3. The electrochemical behavior of anodic film was studied by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and potentiodynamic polarization. Polarization results indicate the PEO treatment can decrease corrosion current by 3-4 magnitude compared with blank AM60 alloy. The anodic film presents a good level of corrosion protection for AM60 magnesium alloy, over 272 h of the salt spray test based on ASTM B117. The effect of micro-structure and composition on corrosion protection efficiency was also investigated.

  11. Spectroscopic study of plasma during electrolytic oxidation of magnesium- and aluminium-alloy

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    Jovović, J.; Stojadinović, S.; Šišović, N. M.; Konjević, N.

    2012-10-01

    We present the results of an optical emission spectroscopy study of Plasma during Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) of magnesium- and aluminum-alloy. Plasma electron number density Ne diagnostics is performed either from the Hβ line shape or from the width or shift of non-hydrogenic ion lines of aluminum and magnesium. The line profile analysis of the Hβ suggests presence of two PEO processes characterized by relatively low electron number densities Ne≈1.2×1015 cm-3 and Ne≈2.3×1016 cm-3. Apart from these two low Ne processes, there is the third one related to the ejection of evaporated anode material through micro-discharge channels. This process is characterized by larger electron density Ne=(1.2-1.6)1017 cm-3, which is detected from the shape and shift of aluminum and magnesium singly charged ion lines. Two low Ne values detected from the Hβ and large Ne measured from the widths and shift of ion lines suggest presence of three types of discharges during PEO with aluminum- and magnesium-alloy anode. On the basis of present and earlier results one can conclude that low Ne processes do not depend upon anode material or electrolyte composition.The electron temperature of 4000 K and 33,000 K are determined from relative intensities of Mg I and O II lines, respectively. The attention is drawn to the possibility of Ne application for Te evaluation using Saha equation what is of importance for PEO metal plasma characterization. During the course of this study, difficulties in the analysis of spectral line shapes are encountered and the ways to overcome some of the obstacles are demonstrated.

  12. Plasma electrolytic oxidation coating on AZ91 magnesium alloy modified by neodymium and its corrosion resistance

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    Song, Y. L.; Liu, Y. H.; Yu, S. R.; Zhu, X. Y.; Wang, Q.

    2008-03-01

    Ceramic coatings on the surfaces of Mg-9Al-1Zn (AZ91) magnesium alloy and Mg-9Al-1Zn-1Nd magnesium alloy (AZ91 magnesium alloy modified by neodymium, named as AZ91Nd in this paper) are synthesized in aluminate electrolyte by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) process, respectively. X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analyses show the PEO coating on the Mg-9Al-1Zn-1Nd alloy comprises not only MgO and Al 2O 3, which are found in the coating on the AZ91 alloy, but also a trace amount of Nd 2O 3. Microstructure observations indicate the addition of Nd can decrease the sizes of β phases and form Al 2Nd intermetallics in the AZ91 alloy. The fine β phases can effectively restrain the formation of unclosed-holes and greatly decrease the sizes of pores in the coating during the PEO process. In addition, the Al 2Nd intermetallics can be completely covered due to the lateral growth of the PEO coatings formed on the α and β phases. As a result, the coating on the AZ91Nd alloy possesses a dense microstructure compared with that on the AZ91 alloy. The following corrosion tests indicate the corrosion resistance of the PEO coating on the AZ91Nd alloy is evidently higher than that of the PEO coating on the AZ91 alloy.

  13. Non-electrolytic synthesis of copper oxide/carbon nanocomposite by surface plasma in super-dehydrated ethanol

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    Kozak, Dmytro S.; Sergiienko, Ruslan A.; Shibata, Etsuro; Iizuka, Atsushi; Nakamura, Takashi

    2016-02-01

    Electrolytic processes are widely used to synthesize different nanomaterials and it does not depend on what kind of the method has been applied (wet-chemistry, sonochemistry, plasma chemistry, electrolysis and so on). Generally, the reactions in the electrolyte are considered to be reduction/oxidation (REDOX) reactions between chemical reagents or the deposition of matter on the electrodes, in line with Faraday’s law. Due to the presence of electroconductive additives in any electrolyte, the polarization effect of polar molecules conducting an electrical current disappears, when external high-strength electric field is induced. Because initially of the charge transfer always belongs of electroconductive additive and it does not depend on applied voltage. The polarization of ethanol molecules has been applied to conduct an electric current by surface plasma interaction for the synthesis of a copper oxide/carbon nanocomposite material.

  14. Real-time imaging, spectroscopy, and structural investigation of cathodic plasma electrolytic oxidation of molybdenum

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    Stojadinović, Stevan, E-mail: sstevan@ff.bg.ac.rs; Tadić, Nenad; Šišović, Nikola M.; Vasilić, Rastko [Faculty of Physics, University of Belgrade, Studentski trg 12-16, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2015-06-21

    In this paper, the results of the investigation of cathodic plasma electrolytic oxidation (CPEO) of molybdenum at 160 V in a mixed solution of borax, water, and ethylene glycol are presented. Real-time imaging and optical emission spectroscopy were used for the characterization of the CPEO. During the process, vapor envelope is formed around the cathode and strong electric field within the envelope caused the generation of plasma discharges. The spectral line shape analysis of hydrogen Balmer line H{sub β} (486.13 nm) shows that plasma discharges are characterized by the electron number density of about 1.4 × 10{sup 21 }m{sup −3}. The electron temperature of 15 000 K was estimated by measuring molybdenum atomic lines intensity. Surface morphology, chemical, and phase composition of coatings formed by CPEO were characterized by scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and x-ray diffraction. The elemental components of CPEO coatings are Mo and O and the predominant crystalline form is MoO{sub 3}.

  15. Composite plasma electrolytic oxidation to improve the thermal radiation performance and corrosion resistance on an Al substrate

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    Kim, Donghyun [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pusan National University, Busan 46241 (Korea, Republic of); Sung, Dahye [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pusan National University, Busan 46241 (Korea, Republic of); Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), Busan 46742 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Junghoon [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ 07030 (United States); Kim, Yonghwan [Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), Busan 46742 (Korea, Republic of); Chung, Wonsub, E-mail: wschung1@pusan.ac.kr [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pusan National University, Busan 46241 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-12-01

    Highlights: • Composite plasma electrolytic oxidation was performed using dispersed CuO particles in convectional PEO electrolyte. • Thermal radiation performance and corrosion resistance were examined by FT-IR spectroscopy and electrochemical methods, respectively. • Deposited copper oxide on the surface of the Al substrate was enhanced the corrosion resistance and the emissivity compared with the conventional PEO. - Abstract: A composite plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) was performed for enhancing the thermal radiation performance and corrosion resistance on an Al alloy by dispersing cupric oxide (CuO) particles in a conventional PEO electrolyte. Cu-based oxides (CuO and Cu{sub 2}O) formed by composite PEO increased the emissivity of the substrate to 0.892, and made the surface being dark color, similar to a black body, i.e., an ideal radiator. In addition, the corrosion resistance was analyzed using potentio-dynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy tests in 3.5 wt.% NaCl aqueous solution. An optimum condition of 10 ampere per square decimeter (ASD) current density and 30 min processing time produced appropriate surface morphologies and coating thicknesses, as well as dense Cu- and Al-based oxides that constituted the coating layers.

  16. Electrolytic oxidation of anthracite

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    Senftle, F.E.; Patton, K.M.; Heard, I.

    1981-01-01

    An anthracite slurry can be oxidized only with difficulty by electrolytic methods in which aqueous electrolytes are used if the slurry is confined to the region of the anode by a porous pot or diaphragm. However, it can be easily oxidized if the anthracite itself is used as the anode. No porous pot or diaphragm is needed. Oxidative consumption of the coal to alkali-soluble compounds is found to proceed preferentially at the edges of the aromatic planes. An oxidation model is proposed in which the chief oxidants are molecular and radical species formed by the electrolytic decomposition of water at the coal surface-electrolyte interface. The oxidation reactions proposed account for the opening of the aromatic rings and the subsequent formation of carboxylic acids. The model also explains the observed anisotropic oxidation and the need for the porous pot or diaphragm used in previous studies of the oxidation of coal slurries. ?? 1981.

  17. Microstructure, bonding strength and thermal shock resistance of ceramic coatings on steels prepared by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Wang, Yunlong; Jiang, Zhaohua; Yao, Zhongping

    2009-11-01

    Ceramic coatings were successfully prepared on steel by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) in aluminate electrolyte and silicate electrolyte, respectively. The microstructure of the coatings including surface morphology, phase and element composition were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), respectively. The bonding strength between the ceramic coating and the substrate was tested using different methods including tensile tests and shearing tests. The thermal shock resistance of the coatings was also evaluated. The results indicated that coatings obtained in both electrolytes were porous and coarse. The average diameters of the pores were below 10 μm. PEO coatings obtained in aluminate electrolyte were composed of Fe 3O 4 and FeAl 2O 4, while those obtained in silicate electrolyte were in a noncrystal state. PEO coatings obtained in aluminate electrolyte showed similar change trend of tensile strength and shearing strength with increasing treating time, namely, a relatively high values with middle time treating and low value with short and long time treating. The best coating was the samples treated with 30 min, whose tensile strength was 20.6 MPa and shearing strength was 16 MPa. The tensile strength and shearing strength of coatings obtained in silicate electrolyte were not strongly influenced by the treating time, the values of which were range in 14 ± 2 MPa and 11 ± 2 MPa, respectively. Coatings obtained in both electrolytes showed the best thermal shock resistance with middle time treating. Coatings obtained in silicate electrolyte show a little better thermal shock resistance than those obtained in aluminate electrolyte.

  18. Study of the Deburring Process for Low Carbon Steel by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation

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    Li, Hongtao; Kan, Jinfeng; Jiang, Bailing; Liu, Yanjie; Liu, Zheng

    2016-08-01

    In an appropriate electrochemical environment, the discrete thermal electron emission could be induced in the micro area due to the uneven distribution of electron flux on the anode surface. Thus an oxygen molecule could be ionized at the liquid-solid interface after collision, and then oxygen plasma with distribution characteristics would be formed. The plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) could happen at the liquid-solid interface. In this work, the low carbon steel was used to study the deburring process by PEO at a high frequency (70000 Hz) pulse DC mode. Its burr height H from 3.23 mm to 0.04 mm was removed to form a smooth surface within 6 min. The values of corrosion potential and current density for the untreated sample were -0.667 V and 6.735×10-5 A/cm2, respectively. But for the treated sample, the corrosion potential and current density were relatively lower, -0.354 V and 1.19×10-7 A/cm2. Therefore, PEO was expected to be a new deburring method of carbon steel for the material processing field. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51571114) and Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province, China (No. BK20130935)

  19. Cell adhesion to plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) titania coatings, assessed using a centrifuging technique.

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    Robinson, H J; Markaki, A E; Collier, C A; Clyne, T W

    2011-11-01

    The adhesion of bovine chondrocytes and human osteoblasts to three titania-based coatings, formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO), was compared to that on uncoated Ti-6Al-4V substrates, and some comparisons were also made with plasma sprayed hydroxyapatite (HA) coatings. This was done using a centrifuge, with accelerations of up to 160,000 g, so as to induce buoyancy forces that created normal or shear stresses at the interface. It is shown that, on all surfaces, it was easier to remove cells under normal loading than under shear loading. Cell adhesion to the PEO coatings was stronger than that on Ti-6Al-4V and similar to that on HA. Cell proliferation rates were relatively high on one of the PEO coatings, which was virtually free of aluminium, but low on the other two, which contained significant levels of aluminium. It is concluded that the Al-free PEO coating offers promise for application to prosthetic implants.

  20. The effects of plasma electrolytically oxidized NiTi on in vitro endothelialization.

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    Huan, Z; Yu, H; Li, H; Ruiter, M S; Chang, J; Apachitei, I; Duszczyk, J; de Vries, C J M; Fratila-Apachitei, L E

    2016-05-01

    The role of biomaterials surface in controlling the interfacial biological events leading to implant integration is of key importance. In this study, the effects of NiTi surfaces treated by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) have been investigated. The changes in NiTi surface morphology and chemistry were assessed by SEM, XPS and cross-section TEM/EDX analyzes whereas the effects of the resultant surfaces on in vitro endothelialization and cell junction proteins have been evaluated by life/dead staining, SEM, cells counting, qPCR and immunofluorescence. The findings indicated that the PEO-treated NiTi, with a microporous morphology and oxide dominated surface chemistry, supports viability and proliferation of HUVECs. Numerous thin filopodia probing the microporous surface assisted cells attachment. In addition, claudin-5 and occludin have been upregulated and expression of vascular endothelial-cadherin was not suppressed on PEO-treated NiTi relative to the reference electropolished surfaces. The results of this study suggest that novel NiTi surfaces may be developed using the PEO process, which can be of benefit to atherosclerosis treatment.

  1. XPS and GDOES Characterization of Porous Coating Enriched with Copper and Calcium Obtained on Tantalum via Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation

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    Krzysztof Rokosz

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available XPS and GDOES characterizations of porous coatings on tantalum after Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO at 450 V for 3 minutes in electrolyte containing concentrated (85% phosphoric acid with calcium nitrate and copper (II nitrate are described. Based on the obtained data, it may be concluded that the PEO coating consists of tantalum (Ta5+, calcium (Ca2+, copper (Cu2+  and Cu+, and phosphates (PO43-. It has to be pointed out that copper and calcium are distributed throughout the volume. The authors also propose a new model of PEO, based on the derivative of GDOES signals with sputtering time.

  2. Corrosion protection performance of single and dual Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) coating for aerospace applications

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    Madhan Kumar, A., E-mail: princemadhank@gmail.com; Kwon, Sun Hwan; Jung, Hwa Chul; Shin, Kwang Seon

    2015-01-15

    Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) coatings are known to be one of the most appropriate method for corrosion protection of magnesium (Mg) alloy. The improvement of PEO coatings and the optimization of their surface aspects are of major importance. In this current work, the influence of dual PEO coating on strip-cast AZ31 Mg alloy substrate has been evaluated with the aim of improving the surface and corrosion protection aspects. For this purpose, AZ31 Mg substrates are subjected to single and dual PEO processing in silicate and phosphate electrolyte under similar condition. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis confirmed that the number of pores in PEO coating processed in silicate electrolyte is higher than others. X-ray diffraction analysis of PEO coatings showed that the surface coating is mainly comprised of Mg{sub 2}SiO{sub 4}, Mg{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} and MgO with different quantity based on PEO processing. Compared with the AZ31 Mg, the corrosion potential (E{sub corr}) of both type PEO coatings was positively shifted about 250–400 mV and the corrosion current density (i{sub corr}) was lowered by 3-4 orders of magnitude as result of adequate corrosion protection to the Mg alloy in 3.5% NaCl solution. All of the observation obviously showed that the dual PEO coating provides better corrosion protection performance than their respective single due to its synergistic beneficial effect. - Highlights: • Influence of dual PEO coating on AZ31 Mg alloy substrate was evaluated. • XRD confirmed formation of thin MgO inner, Mg{sub 3}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2} and Mg{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} outer layer. • SEM results showed uniform coating with no cracks and relatively less micro pores. • Micro hardness of dual PEO coatings is higher than single PEO coatings. • Dual coating provides superior corrosion performance due to its synergistic effect.

  3. X-ray Computed Tomographic Investigation of the Porosity and Morphology of Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation Coatings.

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    Zhang, Xun; Aliasghari, Sepideh; Němcová, Aneta; Burnett, Timothy L; Kuběna, Ivo; Šmíd, Miroslav; Thompson, George E; Skeldon, Peter; Withers, Philip J

    2016-04-06

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) is of increasing interest for the formation of ceramic coatings on metals for applications that require diverse coating properties, such as wear and corrosion resistance, low thermal conductivity, and biocompatibility. Porosity in the coatings can have an important impact on the coating performance. However, the quantification of the porosity in coatings can be difficult due to the wide range of pore sizes and the complexity of the coating morphology. In this work, a PEO coating formed on titanium is examined using high resolution X-ray computed tomography (X-ray CT). The observations are validated by comparisons of surface views and cross-sectional views of specific coating features obtained using X-ray CT and scanning electron microscopy. The X-ray CT technique is shown to be capable of resolving pores with volumes of at least 6 μm(3). Furthermore, the shapes of large pores are revealed and a correlation is demonstrated between the locations of the pores, nodules on the coating surface, and depressions in the titanium substrate. The locations and morphologies of the pores, which constitute 5.7% of the coating volume, indicate that they are generated by release of oxygen gas from the molten coating.

  4. Structure and mechanical properties of ceramic coatings fabricated by plasma electrolytic oxidation on aluminized steel

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    Wu, Zhenqiang; Xia, Yuan; Li, Guang; Xu, Fangtao

    2007-08-01

    Ceramic coatings were formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) on aluminized steel. Characteristics of the average anodic voltages versus treatment time were observed during the PEO process. The micrographs, compositions and mechanical properties of ceramic coatings were investigated. The results show that the anodic voltage profile for processing of aluminized steel is similar to that for processing bulk Al alloy during early PEO stages and that the thickness of ceramic coating increases approximately linearly with the Al layer consumption. Once the Al layer is completely transformed, the FeAl intermetallic layer begins to participate in the PEO process. At this point, the anodic voltage of aluminized steel descends, and the thickness of ceramic coating grows more slowly. At the same time, some micro-cracks are observed at the Al 2O 3/FeAl interface. The final ceramic coating mainly consists of γ-Al 2O 3, mullite, and α-Al 2O 3 phases. PEO ceramic coatings have excellent elastic recovery and high load supporting performance. Nanohardness of ceramic coating reaches about 19.6 GPa.

  5. Electrochemical and biological characterization of coatings formed on Ti-15Mo alloy by plasma electrolytic oxidation.

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    Kazek-Kęsik, Alicja; Krok-Borkowicz, Małgorzata; Pamuła, Elżbieta; Simka, Wojciech

    2014-10-01

    β-Type titanium alloys are considered the future materials for bone implants. To improve the bioactivity of Ti-15Mo, the surface was modified using the plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) process. Tricalcium phosphate (TCP, Ca3PO4), wollastonite (CaSiO3) and silica (SiO2) were selected as additives in the anodizing bath to enhance the bioactivity of the coatings formed during the PEO process. Electrochemical analysis of the samples was performed in Ringer's solution at 37°C. The open-circuit potential (EOCP) as a function of time, corrosion potential (ECORR), corrosion current density (jCORR) and polarization resistance (Rp) of the samples were determined. Surface modification improved the corrosion resistance of Ti-15Mo in Ringer's solution. In vitro studies with MG-63 osteoblast-like cells were performed for 1, 3 and 7 days. After 24h, the cells were well adhered on the entire surfaces, and their number increased with increasing culture time. The coatings formed in basic solution with wollastonite exhibited better biological performance compared with the as-ground sample.

  6. Effects of silicate ion concentration on the formation of ceramic oxide layers produced by plasma electrolytic oxidation on Al alloy

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    Lee, Jung-Hyung; Kim, Seong-Jong

    2017-01-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) coatings were fabricated on 5083 Al alloy in KOH electrolyte solution with adding various concentrations of Na2SiO3. Changes in voltage-time response and micro-discharge evolution were analyzed, and the surface and cross-section of the resulting coating layer were further characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results showed that discharge characteristics were evidently changed with different Na2SiO3 concentrations, particularly higher Na2SiO3 concentrations leading to lower dielectric breakdown voltages. It was found that porous surface structure became prevalent with increasing Na2SiO3 concentration. The EDS analysis confirmed the incorporation of Si element in the PEO coatings. The result of XRD analysis revealed that metastable phases such as γ- and η-alumina were produced as a result of PEO, while amorphous phases appeared with excessive Na2SiO3 concentrations (10 and 14 g/L). The coating thickness was significantly increased about 2-8 times with increasing Na2SiO3, almost depending on Na2SiO3 concentration.

  7. Wear Protection of AJ62 Mg Engine Blocks using Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation Process

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    Zhang, Peng

    2011-12-01

    In order to reduce the fuel consumption and pollution, automotive companies are developing magnesium-intensive components. However, due to the low wear resistance of the magnesium (Mg) alloys, Mg cylinder bores are vulnerable to the sliding wear attack. In this thesis, two approaches were used to protect the cylinder bores, made of a new developed Mg engine alloy AJ62 (MgA16Mn0.34Sr2). The first one was to use a Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO) process to produce oxide coatings on the Mg bores. The wear properties of the PEO coatings were evaluated by sliding wear tests under the boundary lubrication condition at the room and elevated temperatures. It was found that due to the substrate softening and the vaporization loss of the lubricant, the tribological properties of the PEO coatings were deteriorated at the elevated temperature. In order to optimize the PEO process, a statistical method (Response surface method) was used to analyze the effects of the 4 main PEO process parameters with 2 levels for each and their interactions on the tribological properties of the PEO coatings at the room and elevated temperatures, individually. A cylinder liner made of an economical metal-matrix composite (MMC) was another approach to improve the wear resistance of the Mg cylinder bore. In this thesis, an A1383/SiO2 MMC was designed to replace the expensive Alusil alloy used in the BMW Mg/Al composite engine to build the cylinder liner. To further increase the wear resistance of the MMC, PEO process was also used to form an oxide coating on the MMC. The effects of the SiO 2 content and coating thickness on the tribological properties of the MMC were studied. To evaluate the wear properties of the optimal PEO coated Mg coupons and the MMC with the oxide coatings, Alusil and cast iron, currently used on the cylinder bores of the commercial aluminum engines, were used as reference materials. The optimal PEO coated Mg coupons and the oxidized MMC showed their advantages over the

  8. Investigation on the corrosion behaviour and microstructure of 2024-T3 Al alloy treated via plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Fadaee, Hossein; Javidi, Mehdi, E-mail: mjavidi@yahoo.com

    2014-08-01

    Highlights: • Plasma electrolytic oxidation used to improve corrosion resistance of 2024-T3 alloy. • A conventional DC source with low applied voltage was considered for PEO. • Use of glycerin was effective in enhancement of corrosion resistance. • The surface morphology indicated coatings have a dense structure without cracking. • Degradation of coatings with immersion time was investigated. - Abstract: Plasma electrolytic oxidation treatment was performed on 2024-T3 aluminium alloy in a simple and inexpensive electrolyte. It was found that treatment time of 30 min resulted in the most noble corrosion potential and lowest corrosion current density. The surface and cross-sectional morphology indicated that the coating has a dense structure without any cracking. Furthermore, the result of X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the coating was formed mainly from α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Al{sub 3.21}Si{sub 0.47} and small amounts of amorphous phases. The presence of glycerine in the electrolyte composition resulted in not only stabilising the solution but also improving the corrosion resistance.

  9. Characterization of Porous TiO2 Surfaces Formed on 316L Stainless Steel by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation for Stent Applications

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    Iulian Apachitei; Jurek Duszczyk; Zhiguang Huan; Fratila-Apachitei, Lidy E.

    2011-01-01

    In this study, a porous oxide layer was formed on the surface of 316L stainless steel (SS) by combining Ti magnetron sputtering and plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) with the    aim to produce a polymer-free drug carrier for drug eluting stent (DES) applications. The oxidation was performed galvanostatically in Na3PO4 electrolyte. The surface porosity, average pore size and roughness varied with PEO treatment duration, and under optimum conditio...

  10. Osseointegration improvement by plasma electrolytic oxidation of modified titanium alloys surfaces.

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    Echeverry-Rendón, Mónica; Galvis, Oscar; Quintero Giraldo, David; Pavón, Juan; López-Lacomba, José Luis; Jiménez-Piqué, Emilio; Anglada, Marc; Robledo, Sara M; Castaño, Juan G; Echeverría, Félix

    2015-02-01

    Titanium (Ti) is a material frequently used in orthopedic applications, due to its good mechanical properties and high corrosion resistance. However, formation of a non-adherent fibrous tissue between material and bone drastically could affect the osseointegration process and, therefore, the mechanical stability of the implant. Modifications of topography and configuration of the tissue/material interface is one of the mechanisms to improve that process by manipulating parameters such as morphology and roughness. There are different techniques that can be used to modify the titanium surface; plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) is one of those alternatives, which consists of obtaining porous anodic coatings by controlling parameters such as voltage, current, anodizing solution and time of the reaction. From all of the above factors, and based on previous studies that demonstrated that bone cells sense substrates features to grow new tissue, in this work commercially pure Ti (c.p Ti) and Ti6Al4V alloy samples were modified at their surface by PEO in different anodizing solutions composed of H2SO4 and H3PO4 mixtures. Treated surfaces were characterized and used as platforms to grow osteoblasts; subsequently, cell behavior parameters like adhesion, proliferation and differentiation were also studied. Although the results showed no significant differences in proliferation, differentiation and cell biological activity, overall results showed an important influence of topography of the modified surfaces compared with polished untreated surfaces. Finally, this study offers an alternative protocol to modify surfaces of Ti and their alloys in a controlled and reproducible way in which biocompatibility of the material is not compromised and osseointegration would be improved.

  11. Plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition of nanoscale yttria-stabilized zirconia electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cells with porous substrate.

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    Ji, Sanghoon; Cho, Gu Young; Yu, Wonjong; Su, Pei-Chen; Lee, Min Hwan; Cha, Suk Won

    2015-02-11

    Nanoscale yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte film was deposited by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) on a porous anodic aluminum oxide supporting substrate for solid oxide fuel cells. The minimum thickness of PEALD-YSZ electrolyte required for a consistently high open circuit voltage of 1.17 V at 500 °C is 70 nm, which is much thinner than the reported thickness of 180 nm using nonplasmatic ALD and is also the thinnest attainable value reported in the literatures on a porous supporting substrate. By further reducing the electrolyte thickness, the grain size reduction resulted in high surface grain boundary density at the cathode/electrolyte interface.

  12. Characterization of porous TiO2 surfaces formed on 316L stainless steel by plasma electrolytic oxidation for stent applications

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    Huan, Z.; Fratila-Apachitei, L.E.; Apachitei, I.; Duszczyk, J.

    2012-01-01

    In this study, a porous oxide layer was formed on the surface of 316L stainless steel (SS) by combining Ti magnetron sputtering and plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) with the aim to produce a polymer-free drug carrier for drug eluting stent (DES) applications. The oxidation was performed galvanost

  13. Characterization of AZ31 magnesium alloy by duplex process combining laser surface melting and plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Liu, Cancan; Liang, Jun; Zhou, Jiansong; Li, Qingbiao; Wang, Lingqian

    2016-09-01

    Top ceramic coatings were fabricated on the laser surface melting (LSM) modified AZ31 alloy by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) in a phosphate electrolyte. The effect of LSM treatment on the microstructure and corrosion behavior of the bare and PEO treated AZ31 alloy was evaluated. Results showed that LSM treatment produced a homogeneous modified layer with redistributed intermetallic compounds, resulting in enhanced corrosion resistance of AZ31 alloy. The LSM treatment had no obvious influence on the surface and cross-sectional microstructures of the PEO coatings on AZ31 alloy. Besides, MgO was the main constituent for PEO coatings, regardless of LSM pretreatment. However, the long-term corrosion properties of the PEO coated AZ31 alloy with LSM pretreatment revealed large enhancement. Based on the analysis of microstructure and corrosion property, the corrosion mechanisms of the PEO and LSM-PEO coated AZ31 alloy were proposed.

  14. Effects of concentration of Ag nanoparticles on surface structure and in vitro biological responses of oxide layer on pure titanium via plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Shin, Ki Ryong; Kim, Yeon Sung; Kim, Gye Won [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan 425-791 (Korea, Republic of); Yang, Hae Woong [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 712-749 (Korea, Republic of); Ko, Young Gun, E-mail: younggun@ynu.ac.kr [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 712-749 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Dong Hyuk, E-mail: dhshin@hanyang.ac.kr [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan 425-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-08-30

    Highlights: • Ag nanoparticles were embedded into the oxide surface without any compositional changes. • Oxide layer from the electrolyte with 0.1 g/l Ag nanoparticles could disinfect all bacteria. • With increasing Ag nanoparticles, bone-forming ability and cell proliferation rate decrease. - Abstract: This study was to investigate how Ag nanoparticles with various concentrations affect the surface structure and in vitro biological properties of oxide layers on the pure titanium produced by a plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) process. For this aim, PEO processes were carried out at an AC current density of 100 mA/cm{sup 2} for 300 s in potassium pyrophosphate (K{sub 4}P{sub 2}O{sub 7}) electrolytes containing 0, 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5 g/l Ag nanoparticles. Structural investigations using scanning electron microscopy evidenced that the oxide layers showed the successful incorporation of Ag nanoparticles, and the topographical deformation of the porous surface was found when the concentration of Ag nanoparticles was more than 0.1 g/l. Based on the anti-bacterial activity of all oxide layers, the Ag nanoparticles uniformly spread were of considerable importance in triggering the disinfection of E. coli bacteria. The bone forming abilities and cell (MC3T3-E1) proliferation rates of oxide layers produced in electrolytes containing 0 and 0.1 g/l Ag nanoparticles were higher than those containing 0.3 and 0.5 g/l Ag nanoparticles. Consequently, the oxide layer on pure titanium via PEO process in the electrolyte with 0.1 g/l Ag nanoparticles exhibited better the bioactivity accompanying the anti-bacterial activity.

  15. Microstructural characteristics of oxide layers formed on Mg–9 wt%Al–1 wt%Zn alloy via two-step plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Lee, Kang Min [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan 426-791 (Korea, Republic of); Ko, Young Gun, E-mail: younggun@ynu.ac.kr [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 712-749 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Dong Hyuk, E-mail: dhshin@hanyang.ac.kr [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan 426-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-12-05

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The oxide layer on Mg alloy sample treated by two-step PEO coating was fabricated. • The breakdown voltage of sample via two-step PEO coating was observed to be ∼475 V. • Mg{sub 2}Zr{sub 5}O{sub 12} and ZrO{sub 2} were synthesized in the oxide layer via two-step PEO coating. - Abstract: A study investigated the formation and microstructural features of the oxide layer formed on Mg–9 wt%Al–1 wt%Zn alloy coated by two-step plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) where an acid electrolyte with K{sub 2}ZrF{sub 6} was used for the second PEO coating after the initial coating was done in an alkaline electrolyte. The microstructure, chemical compositions, and constituent compounds of the oxide layers were observed using scanning electron microscopy, electron probe micro-analyzer, and X-ray diffraction, respectively. The microstructural observations showed that the micropores caused by plasma discharge were formed in the oxide layers which were comprised of three different parts, namely, inner, intermediate, and outer layers from the substrate to the surface of the sample. The outer layer contained the highest concentration of Zr element whose amount decreased toward the substrate whereas the concentration of Mg element increased in the order of outer, intermediate, and inner layers. This finding suggested that the outer oxide layer was mainly comprised of ZrO{sub 2} compound while both ZrO{sub 2} and Mg{sub 2}Zr{sub 5}O{sub 12} compounds existed together as the main compounds in the intermediate oxide layer.

  16. Influence of albumin and inorganic ions on electrochemical corrosion behavior of plasma electrolytic oxidation coated magnesium for surgical implants

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    Wan, Peng; Lin, Xiao; Tan, LiLi; Li, Lugee; Li, WeiRong; Yang, Ke

    2013-10-01

    Magnesium and its alloys are of great interest for biodegradable metallic devices. However, the degradation behavior and mechanisms of magnesium treated with coating in physiological environment in the presence of organic compound such as albumin have not been elucidated. In this study, the plasma electrolytic oxidation coated magnesium immersed in four different simulated body fluids: NaCl, PBS and with the addition of albumin to investigate the influence of protein and inorganic ions on degradation behavior by electrochemical methods. The results of electrochemical tests showed that aggressive corrosion took place in 0.9 wt.% NaCl solution; whereas albumin can act as an inhibitor, its adsorption impeded further dissolution of the coating. The mechanism was attributed to the synergistic effect of protein adsorption and precipitation of insoluble salts.

  17. Effects of Al2O3 Nano-Particles on Corrosion Performance of Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation Coatings Formed on 6061 Aluminum Alloy

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    Vakili-Azghandi, Mojtaba; Fattah-alhosseini, Arash; Keshavarz, Mohsen K.

    2016-12-01

    Corrosion resistance improvement of plasma electrolyte oxidation coatings on 6061 aluminum alloy in silicate electrolyte containing Al2O3 nano-particles was studied, with particular emphasis on the microstructure, coating growth, and corrosion behavior in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution. The microstructure of coatings, their thickness, and phase composition were characterized using scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. All characterization data showed that the maximum coating thickness and lowest amount of porosity were obtained in a low concentration of KOH, a high concentration of Na2SiO3, and moderate concentration of Al2O3 nano-particles in the electrolyte. This combination describes the optimum plasma electrolytic oxidation electrolyte, which has the best conductivity and oxidizing state, as well as the highest incorporation of electrolyte components in the coating growth process. On the other hand, incorporation and co-deposition of Al2O3 nano-particles were more pronounced than SiO3 2- ions in some level of molar concentration, which is due to the higher impact of electron discharge force on the adsorption of Al2O3 nano-particles. The electrochemical results showed that the best protective behavior was obtained in the sample having a coat with the lowest porosity and highest thickness.

  18. Effect of surface roughness on leakage current and corrosion resistance of oxide layer on AZ91 Mg alloy prepared by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Yoo, Bongyoung; Shin, Ki Ryoung; Hwang, Duck Young; Lee, Dong Heon; Shin, Dong Hyuk

    2010-09-01

    The influence of the surface roughness of Mg alloys on the electrical properties and corrosion resistance of oxide layers obtained by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) were studied. The leakage current in the insulating oxide layer was enhanced by increasing the surface roughness, which is a favorable characteristic for the material when applied to hand-held electronic devices. The variation of corrosion resistance with surface roughness was also investigated. The corrosion resistance was degraded by the increasing surface roughness, which was confirmed with DC polarization and impedance spectroscopy. Pitting corrosion on the passive oxide layer was also analyzed with a salt spray test, which showed that the number of pits was not affected by the surface roughness when the spray time reached 96 h.

  19. The effect of plasma electrolytic oxidation on the mean stress sensitivity of the fatigue life of the 6082 aluminum alloy

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    Winter, L.; Morgenstern, R.; Hockauf, K.; Lampke, T.

    2016-03-01

    In this work the mean stress influence on the high cycle fatigue behavior of the plasma electrolytic oxidized (PEO) 6082 aluminum alloy (AlSi1MgMn) is investigated. The present study is focused on the fatigue life time and the susceptibility of fatigue-induced cracking of the oxide coating and their dependence on the applied mean stress. Systematic work is done comparing conditions with and without PEO treatment, which have been tested using three different load ratios. For the uncoated substrate the cycles to failure show a significant dependence on the mean stress, which is typical for aluminum alloys. With increased load ratio and therefore increased mean stress, the fatigue strength decreases. The investigation confirms the well-known effect of PEO treatment on the fatigue life: The fatigue strength is significantly reduced by the PEO process, compared to the uncoated substrate. However, also the mean stress sensitivity of the fatigue performance is reduced. The fatigue limit is not influenced by an increasing mean stress for the PEO treated conditions. This effect is firstly shown in these findings and no explanation for this effect can be found in literature. Supposedly the internal compressive stresses and the micro-cracks in the oxide film have a direct influence on the crack initiation and growth from the oxide film through the interface and in the substrate. Contrary to these findings, the susceptibility of fatigue-induced cracking of the oxide coating is influenced by the load ratio. At tension-tension loading a large number of cracks, which grow partially just in the aluminum substrate, are present. With decreasing load ratio to alternating tension-compression stresses, the crack number and length increases and shattering of the oxide film is more pronounced due to the additional effective compressive part of the load cycle.

  20. Corrosion properties of plasma electrolytic oxidation coatings on an aluminium alloy – The effect of the PEO process stage

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    Dehnavi, Vahid, E-mail: vdehnavi@uwo.ca [Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, University of Western Ontario, London, N6A 5B9 ON (Canada); Shoesmith, David W., E-mail: dwshoesm@uwo.ca [Surface Science Western, Department of Chemistry, University of Western Ontario, London, N6A 5B7 ON (Canada); Luan, Ben Li, E-mail: Ben.Luan@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca [National Research Council Canada, 800 Collip Circle, London, N6G4X8 ON (Canada); Department of Chemistry, University of Western Ontario, London, N6A 5B7 ON (Canada); Yari, Mehdi, E-mail: myari@uwo.ca [Department of Chemistry, University of Western Ontario, London, N6A 5B7 ON (Canada); Liu, Xing Yang, E-mail: XingYang.Liu@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca [National Research Council Canada, 800 Collip Circle, London, N6G4X8 ON (Canada); Rohani, Sohrab, E-mail: srohani@uwo.ca [Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, University of Western Ontario, London, N6A 5B9 ON (Canada)

    2015-07-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) coatings were grown on an aluminium alloy substrate using different processing parameters which enabled samples to be coated to different stages of the PEO process. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and linear polarization resistance (LPR) techniques were employed to investigate the impedance properties of the resulting oxide coatings which will determine the corrosion performance of the coated alloy. Scanning electron microscopy was used to relate the morphology of the coatings with their corrosion performance. A direct relationship was found between the stage of the PEO process, which affects the microstructure of the coatings, and the corrosion performance. Coating thickness and phase composition did not have any measurable influence on coating corrosion performance. To some degree corrosion performance could be tailored by the processing parameters. - Highlights: • Corrosion performance of PEO coatings was found to be dependent on coating stage. • The PEO stage determined by the process parameters controlled coatings morphology. • Samples coated at the end of stage 3 demonstrated better corrosion properties. • Coating thickness and phase composition showed no influence on corrosion resistance.

  1. Influences of current density on tribological characteristics of ceramic coatings on ZK60 Mg alloy by plasma electrolytic oxidation.

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    Wu, Xiaohong; Su, Peibo; Jiang, Zhaohua; Meng, Song

    2010-03-01

    Current density is a key factor of plasma electrolytic oxidation process. Its influences on structure, mechanical, and tribological characteristics of ceramic coatings on ZK60 Mg alloy by pulsed bipolar microplasma oxidation in Na(3)PO(4) solution were studied in this paper. Thickness, structure, composition, mechanical property, and tribological characteristics of the coatings were studied by eddy current coating thickness gauge, scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), nanoindentation measurements, and ball-on-disk friction testing. The results show that all the coatings prepared under different current densities are composed of MgO phase. The amount of MgO phase, thickness and friction coefficient of the coatings increased with the increasing current density. Among three ceramic coatings produced under three current densities, the coating produced under the current density of 7 A/dm(2) got the highest nanohardness and lowest wear rate with the value of 1.7 GPa and 1.27 x 10(-5) mm(3)/Nm.

  2. Effects of cathodic voltages on structure and wear resistance of plasma electrolytic oxidation coatings formed on aluminium alloy

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    Li, Qingbiao [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); School of Science, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China); Liang, Jun, E-mail: jliang@licp.cas.cn [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Liu, Baixing; Peng, Zhenjun [State Key Laboratory of Solid Lubrication, Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Wang, Qing [School of Science, Lanzhou University of Technology, Lanzhou 730050 (China)

    2014-04-01

    Highlights: • The PEO coating growth rate increased with the cathodic voltage increasing. • Higher cathodic voltage resulted in more compact coating structure. • The compact structure led to low surface roughness and high wear resistance. - Abstract: Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) coatings were prepared on aluminium alloy using pulsed bipolar power supply at constant anodic voltage and different cathodic voltages. The samples were prepared to attain the same coating thickness by adjusting the processing time. The scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and tribometer were employed to investigate the microstructure, element content, phase composition and wear resistance of the coatings respectively. It was found that the coating growth rate enhanced obviously and the coatings exhibited a more compact structure with thicker inner layer and lower surface roughness when the cathodic voltage increased. The coatings were mainly composed of crystalline γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and amorphous silicate oxides and their relative content changed with the cathodic voltage. The wear resistance of the coatings improved significantly with the increase of cathodic voltage.

  3. Multifunctional porous titanium oxide coating with apatite forming ability and photocatalytic activity on a titanium substrate formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation.

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    Akatsu, T; Yamada, Y; Hoshikawa, Y; Onoki, T; Shinoda, Y; Wakai, F

    2013-12-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) was used to make a multifunctional porous titanium oxide (TiO2) coating on a titanium substrate. The key finding of this study is that a highly crystalline TiO2 coating can be made by performing the PEO in an ammonium acetate (CH3COONH4) solution; the PEO coating was formed by alternating between rapid heating by spark discharges and quenching in the solution. The high crystallinity of the TiO2 led to the surface having multiple functions, including apatite forming ability and photocatalytic activity. Hydroxyapatite formed on the PEO coating when it was soaked in simulated body fluid. The good apatite forming ability can be attributed to the high density of hydroxyl groups on the anatase and rutile phases in the coating. The degradation of methylene blue under ultraviolet radiation indicated that the coating had high photocatalytic activity.

  4. Corrosion behavior and cytocompatibility of fluoride-incorporated plasma electrolytic oxidation coating on biodegradable AZ31 alloy

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    Tian, Peng; Peng, Feng; Wang, Donghui; Liu, Xuanyong

    2017-01-01

    Fluoride-incorporated plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) coating was fabricated on biodegradable AZ31 alloy. The surface morphologies and phases were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The effect of fluoride incorporation in coatings on corrosion behaviour was investigated in simulated body fluid and in vitro cytocompatibility of the coatings was also studied by evaluating cytotoxicity, adhesion, proliferation and live–dead stain of osteoblast cells (MC3T3-E1). Furthermore, the corrosion morphologies in vivo were examined. The results showed that the fluoride could be incorporated into the coating to form MgF2 phase. In vitro and in vivo degradation tests revealed that the corrosion resistance of the coating could be improved by the incorporation of fluoride, which may attribute to the chemical stability of MgF2 phase. Moreover, good cytocompatibility of fluoride-incorporated coating was confirmed with no obvious cytotoxicity, enhanced cell adhesion and proliferation. However, when the fluoride content was high, a slight inhibition of cell growth was observed. The results indicate that although fluoride incorporation can enhance the corrosion resistance of the coatings, thus resulting a more suitable environment for cells, the high content of fluoride in the coating also kill cells ascribed to the high released of fluorine. If the content of fluoride is well controlled, the PEO coating with MgF2 phase is a promising surface modification of Mg alloys. PMID:28149524

  5. Corrosion behavior and cytocompatibility of fluoride-incorporated plasma electrolytic oxidation coating on biodegradable AZ31 alloy.

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    Tian, Peng; Peng, Feng; Wang, Donghui; Liu, Xuanyong

    2017-02-01

    Fluoride-incorporated plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) coating was fabricated on biodegradable AZ31 alloy. The surface morphologies and phases were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. The effect of fluoride incorporation in coatings on corrosion behaviour was investigated in simulated body fluid and in vitro cytocompatibility of the coatings was also studied by evaluating cytotoxicity, adhesion, proliferation and live-dead stain of osteoblast cells (MC3T3-E1). Furthermore, the corrosion morphologies in vivo were examined. The results showed that the fluoride could be incorporated into the coating to form MgF2 phase. In vitro and in vivo degradation tests revealed that the corrosion resistance of the coating could be improved by the incorporation of fluoride, which may attribute to the chemical stability of MgF2 phase. Moreover, good cytocompatibility of fluoride-incorporated coating was confirmed with no obvious cytotoxicity, enhanced cell adhesion and proliferation. However, when the fluoride content was high, a slight inhibition of cell growth was observed. The results indicate that although fluoride incorporation can enhance the corrosion resistance of the coatings, thus resulting a more suitable environment for cells, the high content of fluoride in the coating also kill cells ascribed to the high released of fluorine. If the content of fluoride is well controlled, the PEO coating with MgF2 phase is a promising surface modification of Mg alloys.

  6. Effects of Anodic Voltages on Microstructure and Properties of Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation Coatings on Biomedical NiTi Alloy

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    Jilin Xu; Fu Liu; Junming Luo; Liancheng Zhao

    2013-01-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) coatings,formed under various anodic voltages (320-440 V) on biomedical NiTi alloy,are mainly composed of γ-Al2O3 crystal phase.The evolution of discharging sparks during the PEO process under different anodic voltages was observed.The surface and cross-sectional morphologies,composition,bonding strength,wear resistance and corrosion resistance of the coatings were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM),thin-film X-ray diffraction (TF-XRD),energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS),surface roughness,direct pull-off test,ball-on-disk friction and wear test and potentiodynamic polarization test,respectively.The results showed that the evolution of discharging sparks during the PEO process directly influenced the microstructure of the PEO coatings and further influences the properties.When the anodic voltage increased from 320 V to 400 V,the corrosion resistance and wear resistance of the coatings slowly increased,and all the bonding strength was higher than 60 MPa; further increasing the anodic voltages,especially up to 440 V,although the thickness and γ-Al2O3 crystallinity of the coatings further increased,the microstructure and properties of the coatings were obviously deteriorated.

  7. Deposition of duplex Al 2O 3/aluminum coatings on steel using a combined technique of arc spraying and plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Gu, Weichao; Shen, Dejiu; Wang, Yulin; Chen, Guangliang; Feng, Wenran; Zhang, Guling; Fan, Songhua; Liu, Chizi; Yang, Size

    2006-02-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) is a cost-effective technique that can be used to prepare ceramic coatings on metals such as Ti, Al, Mg, Nb, etc., and their alloys, but this promising technique cannot be used to modify the surface properties of steels, which are the most widely used materials in engineering. In order to prepare metallurgically bonded ceramic coatings on steels, a combined technique of arc spraying and plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) was adopted. In this work, metallurgically bonded ceramic coatings on steels were obtained using this method. We firstly prepared aluminum coatings on steels by arc spraying, and then obtained the metallurgically bonded ceramic coatings on aluminum coatings by PEO. The characteristics of duplex coatings were analyzed by X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The corrosion and wear resistance of the ceramic coatings were also studied. The results show that, duplex Al 2O 3/aluminum coatings have been deposited on steel substrate after the combined treatment. The ceramic coatings are mainly composed of α-Al 2O 3, γ-Al 2O 3, θ-Al 2O 3 and some amorphous phase. The duplex coatings show favorable corrosion and wear resistance properties. The investigations indicate that the combination of arc spraying and plasma electrolytic oxidation proves a promising technique for surface modification of steels for protective purposes.

  8. Properties of nanostructured undoped ZrO{sub 2} thin film electrolytes by plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition for thin film solid oxide fuel cells

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    Cho, Gu Young; Noh, Seungtak; Lee, Yoon Ho; Cha, Suk Won, E-mail: ybkim@hanyang.ac.kr, E-mail: swcha@snu.ac.kr [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-744 (Korea, Republic of); Ji, Sanghoon [Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology, Seoul National University, Iui-dong, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon 443-270 (Korea, Republic of); Hong, Soon Wook; Koo, Bongjun; Kim, Young-Beom, E-mail: ybkim@hanyang.ac.kr, E-mail: swcha@snu.ac.kr [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Hanyang University, 222 Wangsimni-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); An, Jihwan [Manufacturing Systems and Design Engineering Programme, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, 232 Gongneung-ro, Nowon-gu, Seoul 139-743 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-01-15

    Nanostructured ZrO{sub 2} thin films were prepared by thermal atomic layer deposition (ALD) and by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD). The effects of the deposition conditions of temperature, reactant, plasma power, and duration upon the physical and chemical properties of ZrO{sub 2} films were investigated. The ZrO{sub 2} films by PEALD were polycrystalline and had low contamination, rough surfaces, and relatively large grains. Increasing the plasma power and duration led to a clear polycrystalline structure with relatively large grains due to the additional energy imparted by the plasma. After characterization, the films were incorporated as electrolytes in thin film solid oxide fuel cells, and the performance was measured at 500 °C. Despite similar structure and cathode morphology of the cells studied, the thin film solid oxide fuel cell with the ZrO{sub 2} thin film electrolyte by the thermal ALD at 250 °C exhibited the highest power density (38 mW/cm{sup 2}) because of the lowest average grain size at cathode/electrolyte interface.

  9. An Investigation into the Corrosion Behavior of MgO/ZrO2 Nanocomposite Coatings Prepared by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation on the AZ91 Magnesium Alloy

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    Eslamzadeh, Nasrollah; Ebrahimi-Kahrizsangi, Reza; Karbasi, Saeed; Zarebidaki, Arman; Gharavi, Farhad

    2017-09-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) of AZ91 Mg alloys was performed in ZrO2 nanoparticles containing Na2SiO3-based electrolytes. The phase composition and the microstructure of PEO coatings were analyzed by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy followed by energy dispersive spectroscopy. Pitting corrosion properties of the coatings were investigated using cyclic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy tests in a Ringer solution. The results showed the better pitting corrosion resistance of the composite coating, as compared to the oxide one, due to the thickened inner layer and the decrease in the surface defects of the composite coating. Also, the PEO process decreased the corrosion current density from 25.06 µA/cm2 in the Mg alloy to 2.7 µA/cm2 in the oxide coating and 0.47 µA/cm2 in the composite coating.

  10. Fabrication of Coatings on the Surface of Magnesium Alloy by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation Using ZrO2 and SiO2 Nanoparticles

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    S. V. Gnedenkov

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Results of investigation of the incorporation of zirconia and silica nanoparticles into the coatings formed on magnesium alloy by plasma electrolytic oxidation are presented. Comprehensive research of electrochemical and mechanical properties of obtained coatings was carried out. It was established that the polarization resistance of the samples with a coating containing zirconia nanoparticles is two times higher than that for the sample with base PEO layer. One of the important reasons for improving the protective properties of coatings formed in electrolytes containing nanoparticles consists in enhanced morphological characteristics, in particular, the porosity decrease and increase of thickness and resistivity (up to two orders of magnitude for ZrO2-containing coating of porousless sublayer in comparison with base PEO layer. Incorporation of silica and zirconia particles into the coating increases the mechanical performances. The layers containing nanoparticles have greater hardness and are more wear resistant in comparison with the coatings formed in the base electrolyte.

  11. Coating formation by plasma electrolytic oxidation on ZC71/SiC/12p-T6 magnesium metal matrix composite

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    Arrabal, R.; Matykina, E.; Skeldon, P.; Thompson, G. E.

    2009-02-01

    Plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) of a ZC71/SiC/12p-T6 magnesium metal matrix composite (MMC) is investigated in relation to coating growth and corrosion behaviour. PEO treatment was undertaken at 350 mA cm -2 (rms) and 50 Hz with a square waveform in stirred 0.05 M Na 2SiO 3.5H 2O/0.1 M KOH electrolyte. The findings revealed thick, dense oxide coatings, with an average hardness of 3.4 GPa, formed at an average rate of ˜1 μm min -1 for treatment times up to 100 min and ˜0.2 μm min -1 for later times. The coatings are composed mainly of MgO and Mg 2SiO 4, with an increased silicon content in the outer regions, constituting PEO treatment.

  12. Effect of individual discharge cascades on the microstructure of plasma electrolytic oxidation coatings

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    Troughton, S. C.; Nominé, A.; Dean, J.; Clyne, T. W.

    2016-12-01

    Short duration (∼1 s) PEO treatments have been applied to aluminium alloy samples on which coatings of thickness ∼100 μm had previously been created. This was done using the small area electrical monitoring system previously developed in the Gordon Laboratory in Cambridge. Voltage supply frequencies of 50 Hz and 2.5 kHz were employed. Fairly high resolution SEM micrographs were taken, covering the whole surface of small area samples (ie over a circular area of diameter about 0.9 mm). This was done both before and after the 1 s PEO treatments. X-ray tomographic data were also obtained in the vicinity of a recently-completed set of discharges. The outcomes of these observations were correlated with synchronised high speed electrical monitoring and video photography, carried out during the PEO treatment periods. Localised cascades (comprising hundreds of individual discharges) were observed in all cases, persisting throughout the 1 s periods and also reappearing in the same location when a second 1 s PEO treatment was applied to the same sample. This repetition of discharges at the same location is apparently due to the deep pores associated with these sites, creating a pathway of low electrical resistance, even after appreciable oxidation has occurred in the vicinity. Observations were made of the way in which the surfaces were reconstructed locally as discharge cascades occurred. With the high frequency voltage supply, discharge lifetimes were limited to the half-cycle period (of 200 μs), but in other respects the cascades were similar to those with the lower frequency. However, some discharges occurred during cathodic half-cycles with the high frequency supply, at the same location as the anodic discharges in the cascade concerned.

  13. Anti-corrosion and wear properties of plasma electrolytic oxidation coating formed on high Si content Al alloy by sectionalized oxidation mode

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    Dai, Libin; Li, Wenfang; Zhang, Guoge; Fu, Nianqing; Duan, Qi

    2017-01-01

    In this study, a uniform and less defective ceramic coating was prepared on high Si content aluminium alloys by a sectionalized plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) mode. The PEO process of Al-9 wt. % Si binary alloy was performed under constant current mode followed by constant voltage mode. The surface micrographs and chemical compositions of different samples were analysed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD), respectively. Micro-hardness and reciprocal-sliding testers were used to measure the coatings hardness and tribological performance. It was found that the sectionalized PEO mode could produce hard and anti-friction passive oxide layers with smaller holes and fewer cracks on the Al-Si alloy, comparing with the single constant current mode. In addition, the results of polarization curves and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) tests conducted in 3.5 wt. % NaCl solution revealed that the coatings obtained by sectionalized PEO mode had a higher corrosion resistance and provided better corrosion protection for Al-Si alloy.

  14. Systematic understanding of corrosion behavior of plasma electrolytic oxidation treated AZ31 magnesium alloy using a mouse model of subcutaneous implant

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    Jang, Yongseok [Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (ERC-RMB), North Carolina A and T State University, Greensboro, NC, 27411 (United States); Tan, Zongqing [Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, OH 45211 (United States); Jurey, Chris [Luke Engineering, Wadsworth, OH 44282 (United States); Collins, Boyce [Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (ERC-RMB), North Carolina A and T State University, Greensboro, NC, 27411 (United States); Badve, Aditya [Business and Biology, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (United States); Dong, Zhongyun [Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, OH 45211 (United States); Park, Chanhee; Kim, Cheol Sang [Department of Bio-nano System Engineering, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Jeonbuk 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Sankar, Jagannathan [Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (ERC-RMB), North Carolina A and T State University, Greensboro, NC, 27411 (United States); Yun, Yeoheung, E-mail: yyun@ncat.edu [Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (ERC-RMB), North Carolina A and T State University, Greensboro, NC, 27411 (United States)

    2014-12-01

    This study was conducted to identify the differences between corrosion rates, corrosion types, and corrosion products in different physiological environments for AZ31 magnesium alloy and plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) treated AZ31 magnesium alloy. In vitro and in vivo tests were performed in Hank's Balanced Salt Solution (HBSS) and mice for 12 weeks, respectively. The corrosion rates of both AZ31 magnesium alloy and PEO treated AZ31 magnesium alloy were calculated based on DC polarization curves, volume of hydrogen evolution, and the thickness of corrosion products formed on the surface. Micro X-ray computed tomography (Micro-CT), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to analyze morphological and chemical characterizations of corrosion products. The results show that there is more severe localized corrosion after in vitro test in HBSS; however, the thicknesses of corrosion products formed on the surface for AZ31 magnesium alloy and PEO treated AZ31 magnesium alloy in vivo were about 40% thicker than the thickness of corrosion products generated in vitro. The ratio of Ca and P (Ca/P) in the corrosion products also differed. The Ca deficient region and higher content of Al in corrosion product than AZ31 magnesium alloy were identified after in vivo test in contrast with the result of in vitro test. - Highlights: • Effects of plasma electrolytic oxidation on AZ31 in vitro and in vivo • Retardation of degradation via plasma electrolytic oxidation in vitro and in vivo • Differentiation of in vitro and in vivo corrosion types and products.

  15. Structural, photoluminescent and photocatalytic properties of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Stojadinović, Stevan; Radić, Nenad; Grbić, Boško; Maletić, Slavica; Stefanov, Plamen; Pačevski, Aleksandar; Vasilić, Rastko

    2016-05-01

    In this paper, we used plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) of titanium in water solution containing 10 g/L Na3PO4·12H2O + 2 g/L Eu2O3 powder for preparation of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings. The surfaces of obtained coatings exhibit a typical PEO porous structure. The energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis showed that the coatings are mainly composed of Ti, O, P, and Eu; it is observed that Eu content in the coatings increases with PEO time. The X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the coatings are crystallized and composed of anatase and rutile TiO2 phases, with anatase being the dominant one. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed that Ti 2p spin-orbit components of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings are shifted towards higher binding energy, with respect to pure TiO2 coatings, suggesting that Eu3+ ions are incorporated into TiO2 lattice. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy showed that TiO2:Eu3+ coatings exhibit evident red shift with respect to the pure TiO2 coatings. Photoluminescence (PL) emission spectra of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings are characterized by sharp emission bands in orange-red region ascribed to f-f transitions of Eu3+ ions from excited level 5D0 to lower levels 7FJ (J = 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4). The excitation PL spectra of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings can be divided into two regions: the broad band region from 250 nm to 350 nm associated with charge transfer state of Eu3+ and the series of sharp peaks in the range from 350 nm to 550 nm corresponding to direct excitation of the Eu3+ ions. It is observed that the intensity of peaks in excitation and emission PL spectra increases with the concentration of Eu3+, but the peak positions remain practically unchanged. The ratio of PL emission for electric and magnetic dipole transitions indicates highly asymmetric environment around Eu3+ ions. The photocatalytic activity (PA) of TiO2:Eu3+ coatings is evaluated by measuring the photodegradation of methyl orange under simulated sunlight conditions. It is shown that PEO time, i.e., the amount

  16. Effect of SiO$^{2-}_{3}$/OH– on plasma electrolytic oxidation of Ti–5Mo–4V–3Al

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    M Asadi; Mehdi Attarchi; M Vahidifar; A Jafari

    2010-08-01

    Plasma electrolyte oxidation (PEO) was utilized to produce thick films on titanium and Ti–5Mo–4V–3Al alloys by immersing them in various solutions of Na2SiO3 and KOH with different concentrations to investigate the effect of SiO$^{2-}_{3}$/OH– relations on the morphology and formed phases by utilizing SEM and XRD. Corrosion resistance is evaluated by open circuit potential (OCP) variation of samples in NaCl 3.5% and potentiodynamic polarization. The results show that the unstable film is formed by using more aggressive PEO electrolyte. By increasing this ratio, pore size varied from fine to coarse and the rate of corrosion decreased and OCP became more positive. The best protective film was formed in SiO$^{2-}_{3}$/OH– ratio of 1.

  17. Plasma electrolytic oxidation of A1050 aluminium alloy in homogeneous silicate-alkaline electrolytes with edta{sup 4−} complexes of Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, La and Ba under alternating polarization conditions

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    Rogov, A.B., E-mail: alex-lab@bk.ru [Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, 3, Acad. Lavrentiev Ave., Novosibirsk, 630090 (Russian Federation); Scientific and Technical Centre “Pokrytie-A” (OOO), 15, Dzerzhinskogo Ave., Novosibirsk, 630015 (Russian Federation)

    2015-11-01

    This work is devoted to the synthesis of coatings containing a number of transition elements by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) on aluminium A1050 alloy. The paper discusses PEO coatings obtained in silicate-alkaline electrolytes containing complexes of Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, La and Ba with ethylenediaminetetraacetic anion edta{sup 4−}. It is also focused on the chemical basis of the electrolyte components choice and their role in the process of PEO. Possible mechanism of coating formation process is also discussed. Alternating current mode (symmetrical sinusoidal current pulses, initial average current density - 100 mA cm{sup −2}) was used to produce the coatings. The PEO process was characterized by behaviours of the anodic and cathodic peak voltage curves. Coating surfaces and cross sections are studied by optical dark field microscopy and scanning electron microscopy, X-ray and energy dispersive analysis. - Highlights: • Alkaline homogeneous electrolyte with transition metal-edta{sup 4-} complexes. • Coatings contain Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, La, Ba elements in alumina-silica matrix. • Alternating symmetric sinusoidal current of 100 mA cm{sup −2} was applied. • Borax buffer solution and silicate passivating agent were used.

  18. Characterization of Porous TiO2 Surfaces Formed on 316L Stainless Steel by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation for Stent Applications.

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    Huan, Zhiguang; Fratila-Apachitei, Lidy E; Apachitei, Iulian; Duszczyk, Jurek

    2012-05-11

    In this study, a porous oxide layer was formed on the surface of 316L stainless steel (SS) by combining Ti magnetron sputtering and plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) with the aim to produce a polymer-free drug carrier for drug eluting stent (DES) applications. The oxidation was performed galvanostatically in Na3PO4 electrolyte. The surface porosity, average pore size and roughness varied with PEO treatment duration, and under optimum conditions, the surface showed a porosity of 7.43%, an average pore size of 0.44 µm and a roughness (Ra) of 0.34 µm. The EDS analyses revealed that the porous layer consisted of Ti, O and P. The cross-sectional morphology evidenced a double-layer structure, with a porous titania surface and an un-oxidized dense Ti film towards the interface with 316L SS. After the PEO treatment, wettability and surface free energy increased significantly. The results of the present study confirm the feasibility of forming a porous TiO2 layer on stainless steel by combining sputtering technology and PEO. Further, the resultant porous oxide layer has the potential to be used as a drug carrier for DES, thus avoiding the complications associated with the polymer based carriers.

  19. Characterization of Porous TiO2 Surfaces Formed on 316L Stainless Steel by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation for Stent Applications

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    Iulian Apachitei

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a porous oxide layer was formed on the surface of 316L stainless steel (SS by combining Ti magnetron sputtering and plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO with the    aim to produce a polymer-free drug carrier for drug eluting stent (DES applications. The oxidation was performed galvanostatically in Na3PO4 electrolyte. The surface porosity, average pore size and roughness varied with PEO treatment duration, and under optimum conditions, the surface showed a porosity of 7.43%, an average pore size of 0.44 µm and a roughness (Ra of 0.34 µm. The EDS analyses revealed that the porous layer consisted of Ti, O and P. The cross-sectional morphology evidenced a double-layer structure, with a porous titania surface and an un-oxidized dense Ti film towards the interface with 316L SS. After the PEO treatment, wettability and surface free energy increased significantly. The results of the present study confirm the feasibility of forming a porous TiO2 layer on stainless steel by combining sputtering technology and PEO. Further, the resultant porous oxide layer has the potential to be used as a drug carrier for DES, thus avoiding the complications associated with the polymer based carriers.

  20. Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy Mapping of Porous Coatings Obtained on Titanium by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation in a Solution Containing Concentrated Phosphoric Acid with Copper Nitrate

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    Rokosz K.

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The SEM and EDS study results of coatings obtained on titanium by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO in the electrolytes containing of 600 g copper nitrate in 1 liter of concentrated phosphoric acid at 450 V for 1 and 3 minutes, are presented. The obtained coatings are porous and consist mainly of phosphorus within titanium and copper. It was found that the time of PEO oxidation has impact on the chemical composition of the coatings. The longer time of PEO treatment, the higher amount of copper inside coating. The PEO oxidation of titanium for 1 minute has resulted in the creation of coating, on which 3 phases where found, which contained up to 13.4 wt% (9 at% of copper inside the phosphate structure. In case of 1 minute PEO treatment of titanium, the 2 phases were found, which contained up to 13 wt% (8 at% of copper inside the phosphate structure. The copper-to-phosphorus ratios after 1 minute processing belong to the range from 0.28 by wt% (0.14 by at% to 0.47 by wt% (0.23 by at%, while after 3 minutes the same ratios belong to the range from 0.27 by wt% (0.13 by at% to 0.35 by wt% (0.17 by at%. In summary, it should be stated that the higher amounts of phosphorus and copper were recorded on titanium after PEO oxidation for 3 minutes than these after 1 minute.

  1. Influence of Na2SiO3 addition on surface microstructure and cavitation damage characteristics for plasma electrolytic oxidation of Al-Mg alloy

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    Lee, Jung-Hyung; Son, Chang-Ryeon; Kim, Seong-Jong

    2016-01-01

    Recently, plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) has emerged as a promising surface modification technique to improve surface properties of Al alloys. In this study, PEO coating process for Al-Mg alloy was conducted with two different electrolyte solutions under the same electrical parameters: one was potassium hydroxide (KOH) aqueous solution, and the other involved potassium hydroxide aqueous solution with sodium silicate (Na2SiO3). The surface morphology was observed with scanning electron microscope (SEM) and elemental compositions were identified with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) analysis. The chemical structures of PEO coatings were identified by X-ray diffraction analysis. Cavitation experiment was performed using ultrasonic vibratory cavitation erosion testing apparatus. Cavitation damage of PEO coatings was characterized using SEM and three-dimensional (3D) microscope. The result indicated that the surface of Al-Mg alloy were successfully modified having complete different surface morphologies by changing electrolyte composition. It was found that the surface morphology had a great influence on the cavitation damage behavior of PEO coating.

  2. Solid-oxide fuel cell electrolyte

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    Bloom, I.D.; Hash, M.C.; Krumpelt, M.

    1991-12-31

    This invention is comprised of a solid-oxide electrolyte operable at between 600{degrees}C and 800{degrees}C and a method of producing the solid-oxide electrolyte. The solid-oxide electrolyte comprises a combination of a compound having a weak metal-oxygen interactions with a compound having stronger metal-oxygen interactions whereby the resulting combination has both strong and weak metal-oxygen interaction properties.

  3. Effect of KOH to Na2SiO3 Ratio on Microstructure and Hardness of Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation Coatings on AA 6061 Alloy

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    Sharma, Ashutosh; Jang, Yong-Joo; Jung, Jae Pil

    2017-09-01

    In this study, plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) process has been employed to fabricate alumina coatings on AA 6061 aluminum alloy from an electrolyte containing water glass (Na2SiO3) and alkali (KOH). The effect of deposition time and the alkali to water glass (KOH: Na2SiO3) composition ratio on the coating morphology and properties are studied. The different phases of the oxide layer and microstructure are investigated by x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy. The results indicate that initially γ-Al2O3 forms in the coating, and as the processing time is increased from 5 to 60 minutes, α-Al2O3 phase becomes prominent. Further, higher the content of Na2SiO3, higher is the hardness and coating growth rate due to the formation of stable α-Al2O3 and Al-Si-O phase. It has been reported that the optimum properties of the PEO coatings can be obtained at a ratio of KOH: Na2SiO3 ≈ 15:10 followed by 10:10.

  4. The formation of tungsten doped Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ZnO coatings on aluminum by plasma electrolytic oxidation and their application in photocatalysis

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    Stojadinović, Stevan, E-mail: sstevan@ff.bg.ac.rs [University of Belgrade, Faculty of Physics, Studentski trg 12-16, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Vasilić, Rastko [University of Belgrade, Faculty of Physics, Studentski trg 12-16, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Radić, Nenad [University of Belgrade, Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, Department of Catalysis and Chemical Engineering, Njegoševa 12, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Tadić, Nenad [University of Belgrade, Faculty of Physics, Studentski trg 12-16, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Stefanov, Plamen [Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Acad. G. Bonchev Str., Block 11, 1113 Sofia (Bulgaria); Grbić, Boško [University of Belgrade, Institute of Chemistry, Technology and Metallurgy, Department of Catalysis and Chemical Engineering, Njegoševa 12, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2016-07-30

    Highlights: • Tungsten doped Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ZnO coatings are formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO). • Coatings are mainly composed of alpha alumina, ZnO and metallic tungsten. • Photocatalytic activity of doped Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ZnO coatings is higher than of undoped ones. • The increase of photoluminescence corresponds to decrease of photocatalytic activity. • Tungsten acts as a charge trap to reduce the recombination rate of electron/hole pairs. - Abstract: Tungsten doped Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ZnO coatings are formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation of aluminum substrate in supporting electrolyte (0.1 M boric acid + 0.05 M borax + 2 g/L ZnO) with addition of different concentrations of Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4}·2H{sub 2}O. The morphology, crystal structure, chemical composition, and light absorption characteristics of formed surface coatings are investigated. The X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results indicate that formed surface coatings consist of alpha and gamma phase of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, ZnO, metallic tungsten and WO{sub 3}. Obtained results showed that incorporated tungsten does not have any influence on the absorption spectra of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ZnO coatings, which showed invariable band edge at about 385 nm. The photocatalytic activity of undoped and tungsten doped Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ZnO coatings is estimated by the photodegradation of methyl orange. The photocatalytic activity of tungsten doped Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ZnO coatings is higher thanof undoped Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ZnO coatings; the best photocatalytic activity is ascribed to coatings formed in supporting electrolyte with addition of 0.3 g/L Na{sub 2}WO{sub 4}·2H{sub 2}O. Tungsten in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ZnO coatings acts as a charge trap, thus reducing the recombination rate of photogenerated electron-hole pairs. The results of PL measurements are in agreement with photocatalytic activity. Declining PL intensity corresponds to increasing photocatalytic activity of the

  5. Structure, tribocorrosion and biocide characterization of Ca, P and I containing TiO{sub 2} coatings developed by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Sáenz de Viteri, V., E-mail: virginia.saenzdeviteri@tekniker.es [IK4-Tekniker, Polo Tecnológico de Eibar, Calle Iñaki Goenaga, 5, Eibar 20600 (Spain); Bayón, R.; Igartua, A. [IK4-Tekniker, Polo Tecnológico de Eibar, Calle Iñaki Goenaga, 5, Eibar 20600 (Spain); Barandika, G. [Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Facultad de Ciencia y Tecnología, Universidad del País Vasco, UPV/EHU, Apartado 644, Bilbao E-48080 (Spain); Moreno, J. Esteban; Peremarch, C. Pérez-Jorge; Pérez, M. Martínez [Department of Clinical Microbiology, IIS-Fundación Jiménez Díaz, Av. Reyes Católicos 2, Madrid 28040 (Spain)

    2016-03-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Ca, P and I doped TiO{sub 2} coatings were developed by means of plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) technique. • Microstructure and chemical composition of the developed coating were in depth analyzed. • The effect of wear-corrosion synergy was studied through tribocorrosion tests. • Antibacterial efficiency of iodine as biocide agent was analyzed by means of bacterial adhesion study. • A TiO{sub 2} coating with improved wear-corrosion resistance, suitable surface for cell adhesion and biocide properties was achieved. - Abstract: In hip joint implants, in particular in the stems, wear-corrosion effects can accelerate the degradation of the biomaterial. The lack of osseointegration and the risk of contracting implant-associated infections may be other reasons for a premature failure of the implant. In this work, TiO{sub 2} coatings have been developed by means of plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) technique in order to achieve wear-resistant hard coatings with osseointegration ability and biocide characteristics. During the PEO process, elements that favor cell growth, like Ca and P, were introduced into the coating. With the purpose of providing the coating with antibacterial properties iodine was added like biocide agent. The microstructure and chemical composition of the developed coatings were analyzed in order to see if the surface of the films was suitable for the cell attachment. The effect of wear-corrosion synergy was studied by means of tribocorrosion tests. Finally, the biocide capacity of iodine against Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis was analyzed through bacterial adhesion tests. High wear and corrosion resistance was shown in one of the developed coatings. The achieved surface microstructures seem to be appropriate to improve the osseointegration with proper pore size and porosity index. The antibacterial capacity of iodine was confirmed for S. epidermidis.

  6. Understanding corrosion behavior of Mg–Zn–Ca alloys from subcutaneous mouse model: Effect of Zn element concentration and plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Jang, Yongseok [Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (ERC-RMB), North Carolina A and T State University, Greensboro, NC 27411 (United States); Tan, Zongqing [Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221 (United States); Jurey, Chris [Luke Engineering, Wadsworth, OH 44282 (United States); Xu, Zhigang [Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (ERC-RMB), North Carolina A and T State University, Greensboro, NC 27411 (United States); Dong, Zhongyun [Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221 (United States); Collins, Boyce [Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (ERC-RMB), North Carolina A and T State University, Greensboro, NC 27411 (United States); Yun, Yeoheung, E-mail: yyun@ncat.edu [Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (ERC-RMB), North Carolina A and T State University, Greensboro, NC 27411 (United States); Sankar, Jagannathan [Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials (ERC-RMB), North Carolina A and T State University, Greensboro, NC 27411 (United States)

    2015-03-01

    Mg–Zn–Ca alloys are considered as suitable biodegradable metallic implants because of their biocompatibility and proper physical properties. In this study, we investigated the effect of Zn concentration of Mg–xZn–0.3Ca (x = 1, 3 and 5 wt.%) alloys and surface modification by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) on corrosion behavior in in vivo environment in terms of microstructure, corrosion rate, types of corrosion, and corrosion product formation. Microstructure analysis of alloys and morphological characterization of corrosion products were conducted using x-ray computed tomography (micro-CT) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Elemental composition and crystal structure of corrosion products were determined using x-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The results show that 1) as-cast Mg–xZn–0.3Ca alloys are composed of Mg matrix and a secondary phase of Ca{sub 2}Mg{sub 6}Zn{sub 3} formed along grain boundaries, 2) the corrosion rate of Mg–xZn–0.3Ca alloys increases with increasing concentration of Zn in the alloy, 3) corrosion rates of alloys treated by PEO sample are decreased in in vivo environment, and 4) the corrosion products of these alloys after in vivo tests are identified as brucite (Mg(OH){sub 2}), hydroxyapatite (Ca{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2}), and magnesite (MgCO{sub 3}·3H{sub 2}O). - Highlights: • Effects of PEO and Zn concentration in Mg–xZn–0.3Ca alloys on biodegradation • Corrosion rate of Mg–xZn–0.3Ca alloys increases with increasing Zn concentration. • Plasma electrolytic oxidation retards the biodegradation of Mg–xZn–0.3Ca alloys.

  7. Structure and corrosion resistance of ZrO{sub 2} ceramic coatings on AZ91D Mg alloys by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Yao Zhongping, E-mail: yaozhongping@hit.edu.cn [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology Harbin 150001 (China); Postdoctoral Station of Chemistry Engineering and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Xu Yongjun; Liu Yunfu; Wang Dali; Jiang Zhaohua; Wang Fuping [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology Harbin 150001 (China)

    2011-08-18

    Highlights: > The ZrO{sub 2} ceramic coatings on AZ91D Mg alloys was prepared in tripolyphosphate and fluorozirconate solution. > The double-layer structure with the loose and porous outer layer and the compact inner layer was analyzed by SEM and EIS technique > The polarization resistance obtained from the equivalent circuit of the EIS was consistent with the results of the polarizing curves tests. - Abstract: The aim of this work is to study the structure and the corrosion resistance of the plasma electrolytic oxidation ZrO{sub 2} ceramic coatings on Mg alloys. The ceramic coatings were prepared on AZ91D Mg alloy in Na{sub 5}P{sub 3}O{sub 10} and K{sub 2}ZrF{sub 6} solution by pulsed single-polar plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO). The phase composition, morphology and element distribution in the coating were investigated by X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy and energy distribution spectroscopy, respectively. The results show that the coating thickness and surface roughness were increased with the increase of the reaction time. The ceramic coatings were of double-layer structure with the loose and porous outer layer and the compact inner layer. And the coating was composed of P, Zr, Mg and K, of which P and Zr were the main elements in the coating. P in the coating existed in the form of amorphous state, while Zr crystallized in the form of t-ZrO{sub 2} and a little c-ZrO{sub 2} in the coating. Electrochemical impedance spectra (EIS) and the polarizing curve tests of the coatings were measured through CHI604 electrochemical analyzer in 3.5% NaCl solution to evaluate the corrosion resistance. The polarization resistance obtained from the equivalent circuit of the EIS was consistent with the results of the polarizing curves tests.

  8. Influence of voltage waveform on anodic film of AZ91 Mg alloy via plasma electrolytic oxidation: Microstructural characteristics and electrochemical responses

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    Ko, Young Gun [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 712-749 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Eung Seok [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan 426-791 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Dong Hyuk, E-mail: dhshin@hanyang.ac.kr [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan 426-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-02-15

    Highlights: • The effect of voltage waveform on the anodic film structure is significant. • The anodic film by asymmetric-sine wave is denser than that by half-sine wave. • Asymmetric-sine wave results in excellent electrochemical properties. -- Abstract: The present study investigated how the voltage waveform influenced the microstructural characteristics and electrochemical responses of the anodic film on AZ91 Mg alloy coated by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO). PEO coatings of AZ91 Mg alloy were performed for 600 s in an alkaline silicate electrolyte with respect to the voltage waveform such as half-sine and asymmetric-sine waveforms. Microstructural observations on cross section of the anodic film utilizing scanning electron microscope revealed that the anodic film formed via asymmetric-sine wave was much denser in structure than that via half-sine counterpart since the occurrence of the cathodic breakdown between the anodic pulses could effectively suppress the formation of the micro-pores and discharge channels in the anodic films. Thereby, the hardness and corrosion properties of the anodic film formed by asymmetric-sine wave were found to be superior to those by half-sine wave. In addition, electrochemical responses were interpreted in relation to the equivalent circuit model consisting of resistor and capacitor elements within an electrical cell.

  9. Surface characterization and corrosion behavior of calcium phosphate-base composite layer on titanium and its alloys via plasma electrolytic oxidation: A review paper.

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    Rafieerad, A R; Ashra, M R; Mahmoodian, R; Bushroa, A R

    2015-12-01

    In recent years, calcium phosphate-base composites, such as hydroxyapatite (HA) and carbonate apatite (CA) have been considered desirable and biocompatible coating layers in clinical and biomedical applications such as implants because of the high resistance of the composites. This review focuses on the effects of voltage, time and electrolytes on a calcium phosphate-base composite layer in case of pure titanium and other biomedical grade titanium alloys via the plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) method. Remarkably, these parameters changed the structure, morphology, pH, thickness and crystallinity of the obtained coating for various engineering and biomedical applications. Hence, the structured layer caused improvement of the biocompatibility, corrosion resistance and assignment of extra benefits for Osseo integration. The fabricated layer with a thickness range of 10 to 20 μm was evaluated for physical, chemical, mechanical and tribological characteristics via XRD, FESEM, EDS, EIS and corrosion analysis respectively, to determine the effects of the applied parameters and various electrolytes on morphology and phase transition. Moreover, it was observed that during PEO, the concentration of calcium, phosphor and titanium shifts upward, which leads to an enhanced bioactivity by altering the thickness. The results confirm that the crystallinity, thickness and contents of composite layer can be changed by applying thermal treatments. The corrosion behavior was investigated via the potentiodynamic polarization test in a body-simulated environment. Here, the optimum corrosion resistance was obtained for the coating process condition at 500 V for 15 min in Ringer solution. This review has been summarized, aiming at the further development of PEO by producing more adequate titanium-base implants along with desired mechanical and biomedical features.

  10. The formation of tungsten doped Al2O3/ZnO coatings on aluminum by plasma electrolytic oxidation and their application in photocatalysis

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    Stojadinović, Stevan; Vasilić, Rastko; Radić, Nenad; Tadić, Nenad; Stefanov, Plamen; Grbić, Boško

    2016-07-01

    Tungsten doped Al2O3/ZnO coatings are formed by plasma electrolytic oxidation of aluminum substrate in supporting electrolyte (0.1 M boric acid + 0.05 M borax + 2 g/L ZnO) with addition of different concentrations of Na2WO4·2H2O. The morphology, crystal structure, chemical composition, and light absorption characteristics of formed surface coatings are investigated. The X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results indicate that formed surface coatings consist of alpha and gamma phase of Al2O3, ZnO, metallic tungsten and WO3. Obtained results showed that incorporated tungsten does not have any influence on the absorption spectra of Al2O3/ZnO coatings, which showed invariable band edge at about 385 nm. The photocatalytic activity of undoped and tungsten doped Al2O3/ZnO coatings is estimated by the photodegradation of methyl orange. The photocatalytic activity of tungsten doped Al2O3/ZnO coatings is higher thanof undoped Al2O3/ZnO coatings; the best photocatalytic activity is ascribed to coatings formed in supporting electrolyte with addition of 0.3 g/L Na2WO4·2H2O. Tungsten in Al2O3/ZnO coatings acts as a charge trap, thus reducing the recombination rate of photogenerated electron-hole pairs. The results of PL measurements are in agreement with photocatalytic activity. Declining PL intensity corresponds to increasing photocatalytic activity of the coatings, indicating slower recombination of electron-hole pairs.

  11. Some preliminary evaluations of black coating on aluminium AA2219 alloy produced by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) process for space applications

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    Shrestha, S.; Merstallinger, A.; Sickert, D.; Dunn, B. D.

    2003-09-01

    This paper describes the results of a study of a black coating produced on aluminium AA2219 alloy using a process that involves creation of a hard ceramic oxide layer on the surface of the alloy by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) known as the 'KERONITE®' process. Coating microstructure has been examined and the coating characteristics such as porosity, hardness, adhesion and phase composition were measured. The thermo-optical properties such as solar absorptance 'as' and normal infrared emittance 'en-IR' of the coating were measured in the 'as-prepared' condition and after environmental exposures to humidity, thermal cycling and UV-radiation in vacuum and to thermal shock. Comparison was made with alternative coatings produced using standard black anodising processes. The study also looked at the cold welding and friction behaviours of the coated alloy in vacuum and in an ambient laboratory environment. Standard spacecraft materials tests were conducted on the coated disc against an AISI 52100 steel ball and also against a coated pin using a pin-on-disc apparatus. Parameters such as friction coefficient and wear depth were measured and the cold welding behaviours were investigated. Test results were compared with the data generated for NiCr plated and anodised coatings. Corrosion performance was assessed using a salt spray exposure test and using an accelerated electrochemical test method. In addition, the study looked at the effect of post coating sealing with a sol-gel solution.

  12. Integrin-mediated osteoblastic adhesion on a porous manganese-incorporated TiO2 coating prepared by plasma electrolytic oxidation.

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    Zhang, Zhenxiang; Gu, Beibei; Zhu, Wei; Zhu, Lixian

    2013-09-01

    This study was conducted to evaluate the bioactivity of manganese-incorporated TiO2 (Mn-TiO2) coating prepared on titanium (Ti) plate by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) technique in Ca-, P- and Mn-containing electrolytes. The surface topography, phase and element compositions of the coatings were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS), respectively. The adhesion of osteoblast-like MG63 cells onto Ti, TiO2 and Mn-TiO2 surfaces was evaluated, and the signal transduction pathway involved was confirmed by the sequential expression of the genes for integrins β1, β3, α1 and α3, focal adhesion kinase (FAK), and the extracellular regulated kinases (ERKs), including ERK1 and ERK2. The results obtained indicated that Mn was successfully incorporated into the porous nanostructured TiO2 coating, and did not alter the surface topography or the phase composition of the coating. The adhesion of the MG63 cells onto the Mn-incorporated TiO2 coating was significantly enhanced compared with that on the Mn-free TiO2 coating and the pure Ti plates. In addition, the enhanced cell adhesion on the Mn-TiO2 coatings may have been mediated by the binding of the integrin subunits, β1 and α1, and the subsequent signal transduction pathway, involving FAK and ERK2. The study indicated that the novel Mn-TiO2 coating has potential for orthopedic implant applications, and that further investigations are required.

  13. Effect of potassium fluoride on the in-situ sealing pores of plasma electrolytic oxidation film on AM50 Mg alloy

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    Liu, Feng [National Engineering Center for Corrosion Control, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016 (China); Yu, Juan [School of Metallurgy Engineering, Xi' an University of Architecture and Technology, Xi' an 710055 (China); Song, Yingwei, E-mail: ywsong@imr.ac.cn [National Engineering Center for Corrosion Control, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016 (China); Shan, Dayong; Han, En-Hou [National Engineering Center for Corrosion Control, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016 (China)

    2015-07-15

    The influence of potassium fluoride (KF) on the in-situ sealing pores of plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) film on AM50 Mg alloy has been investigated using a stereo–zoom optical microscope, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive X–ray spectroscope (EDS). The films formed in the solutions with and without KF were compared. The sketch map for the formation process of in-situ sealing pores was established. The in-situ sealing pore PEO film can be obtained in the solution with KF, while the PEO film with open pores is obtained in the solution without KF. It indicates that the addition of KF plays a key role in the formation of in-situ sealing pores. Moreover, KF can change the initial film and promote the film growth rate. - Highlights: • The PEO films formed in the solutions with and without KF were compared. • KF makes a main contribution to the in-situ sealing pores of PEO film. • KF can change the initial film formation process and enhance the film growth rate.

  14. Structure, tribocorrosion and biocide characterization of Ca, P and I containing TiO2 coatings developed by plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    de Viteri, V. Sáenz; Bayón, R.; Igartua, A.; Barandika, G.; Moreno, J. Esteban; Peremarch, C. Pérez-Jorge; Pérez, M. Martínez

    2016-03-01

    In hip joint implants, in particular in the stems, wear-corrosion effects can accelerate the degradation of the biomaterial. The lack of osseointegration and the risk of contracting implant-associated infections may be other reasons for a premature failure of the implant. In this work, TiO2 coatings have been developed by means of plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) technique in order to achieve wear-resistant hard coatings with osseointegration ability and biocide characteristics. During the PEO process, elements that favor cell growth, like Ca and P, were introduced into the coating. With the purpose of providing the coating with antibacterial properties iodine was added like biocide agent. The microstructure and chemical composition of the developed coatings were analyzed in order to see if the surface of the films was suitable for the cell attachment. The effect of wear-corrosion synergy was studied by means of tribocorrosion tests. Finally, the biocide capacity of iodine against Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis was analyzed through bacterial adhesion tests. High wear and corrosion resistance was shown in one of the developed coatings. The achieved surface microstructures seem to be appropriate to improve the osseointegration with proper pore size and porosity index. The antibacterial capacity of iodine was confirmed for S. epidermidis.

  15. Understanding corrosion behavior of Mg-Zn-Ca alloys from subcutaneous mouse model: effect of Zn element concentration and plasma electrolytic oxidation.

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    Jang, Yongseok; Tan, Zongqing; Jurey, Chris; Xu, Zhigang; Dong, Zhongyun; Collins, Boyce; Yun, Yeoheung; Sankar, Jagannathan

    2015-03-01

    Mg-Zn-Ca alloys are considered as suitable biodegradable metallic implants because of their biocompatibility and proper physical properties. In this study, we investigated the effect of Zn concentration of Mg-xZn-0.3Ca (x=1, 3 and 5wt.%) alloys and surface modification by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) on corrosion behavior in in vivo environment in terms of microstructure, corrosion rate, types of corrosion, and corrosion product formation. Microstructure analysis of alloys and morphological characterization of corrosion products were conducted using x-ray computed tomography (micro-CT) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Elemental composition and crystal structure of corrosion products were determined using x-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The results show that 1) as-cast Mg-xZn-0.3Ca alloys are composed of Mg matrix and a secondary phase of Ca2Mg6Zn3 formed along grain boundaries, 2) the corrosion rate of Mg-xZn-0.3Ca alloys increases with increasing concentration of Zn in the alloy, 3) corrosion rates of alloys treated by PEO sample are decreased in in vivo environment, and 4) the corrosion products of these alloys after in vivo tests are identified as brucite (Mg(OH)2), hydroxyapatite (Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2), and magnesite (MgCO3·3H2O). Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Formation of ZrO{sub 2} in coating on Mg–3 wt.%Al–1 wt.%Zn alloy via plasma electrolytic oxidation: Phase and structure of zirconia

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    Lee, Kang Min; Kim, Yeon Sung [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan 426-791 (Korea, Republic of); Yang, Hae Woong; Park, Joo Hyun [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 712-749 (Korea, Republic of); Ko, Young Gun, E-mail: younggun@ynu.ac.kr [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 712-749 (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Dong Hyuk, E-mail: dhshin@hanyang.ac.kr [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Hanyang University, Ansan 426-791 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-01-15

    An investigation of the coating structure formed on Mg–3 wt.%Al–1 wt.%Zn alloy sample subjected to plasma electrolytic oxidation was examined by field-emission transmission electron microscopy. The plasma electrolytic oxidation process was conducted in a phosphoric acid electrolyte containing K{sub 2}ZrF{sub 6} for 600 s. Microstructural observations showed that the coating consisting of MgO, MgF{sub 2}, and ZrO{sub 2} phases was divided into three distinctive parts, the barrier, intermediate, and outer layers. Nanocrystalline MgO and MgF{sub 2} compounds were observed mainly in the barrier layer of ~ 1 μm thick near to the substrate. From the intermediate to outer layers, various ZrO{sub 2} polymorphs appeared due to the effects of the plasma arcing temperature on the phase transition of ZrO{sub 2} compounds during the plasma electrolytic oxidation process. In the outer layer, MgO compound grew in the form of a dendrite-like structure surrounded by cubic ZrO{sub 2}. - Highlights: • The barrier layer containing MgO and MgF{sub 2} was observed near to the Mg substrate. • In the intermediate layer, m-, t-, and o-ZrO{sub 2} compounds were additionally detected. • The outer layer contained MgO with the dendrite-like structure surrounded by c-ZrO{sub 2}. • The grain sizes of compounds in oxide layer increased from barrier to outer layer.

  17. Investigation of the Electrolyte Effects on Formation of Vanadium Carbide via Plasma Electrolytic Saturation Method (pes)

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    Ghorbanian, Babak; Khoie, Seyed Mohammad Mousavi; Rasouli, Mahmood; Doodran, Ramona Javadi

    2016-02-01

    One of the most important hardening methods of tool steel is the use of carbide coatings. During this process, vanadium atoms diffuse the specimen’s surface at high temperature and reacts with the available carbon in steel and create vanadium carbide with high hardness. During the plasma electrolytic saturation (PES) process, the vanadium element diffuses with the help of plasma and increases up to around 950∘ as a result of the temperature, providing conditions for the creation of vanadium carbide. The best combination of electrolyte is 4g vanadium oxide and 50mL hydrochloric acid and different concern of sodium hydroxide. The results indicate that the formed coating is about 30μm. As the conductivity increases, the condition for diffusion is provided; however, with increase in the temperature, the diffusion decreases. The coating formation is observed in the current at 9-11 A and hardness of this coating is about 1400vickers.

  18. Evaluation of Residual Stress Development at the Interface of Plasma Electrolytically Oxidized and Cold-Worked Aluminum

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    Asquith, David; Yerokhin, Aleksey; James, Neil; Yates, John; Matthews, Allan

    2013-10-01

    Fatigue failure in hard oxide-coated aluminum is usually driven by rapid short crack propagation from the interface through the substrate; mitigation of this is possible by introducing interfacial compressive stresses. Combining cold work with hard oxide coating can improve their performance under conditions of simultaneous wear, corrosion, and fatigue. Three-dimensional strain fields in an aluminum alloy with combined cold work and PEO coating have been measured and mechanisms for stress redistribution presented. These comprise material consumption, expansive growth of oxide layers, and local annealing.

  19. Synchronised electrical monitoring and high speed video of bubble growth associated with individual discharges during plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Troughton, S. C.; Nominé, A.; Nominé, A. V.; Henrion, G.; Clyne, T. W.

    2015-12-01

    Synchronised electrical current and high speed video information are presented from individual discharges on Al substrates during PEO processing. Exposure time was 8 μs and linear spatial resolution 9 μm. Image sequences were captured for periods of 2 s, during which the sample surface was illuminated with short duration flashes (revealing bubbles formed where the discharge reached the surface of the coating). Correlations were thus established between discharge current, light emission from the discharge channel and (externally-illuminated) dimensions of the bubble as it expanded and contracted. Bubbles reached radii of 500 μm, within periods of 100 μs, with peak growth velocity about 10 m/s. It is deduced that bubble growth occurs as a consequence of the progressive volatilisation of water (electrolyte), without substantial increases in either pressure or temperature within the bubble. Current continues to flow through the discharge as the bubble expands, and this growth (and the related increase in electrical resistance) is thought to be responsible for the current being cut off (soon after the point of maximum radius). A semi-quantitative audit is presented of the transformations between different forms of energy that take place during the lifetime of a discharge.

  20. Plasma electrolytic polishing of metalized carbon fibers

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    Falko Böttger-Hiller

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Efficient lightweight structures require intelligent materials that meet versatile functions. Especially, carbon-fiber-reinforced polymers (CFRPs are gaining relevance. Their increasing use aims at reducing energy consumption in many applications. CFRPs are generally very light in weight, while at the same time being extremely stiff and strong (specific strength: CFRPs: 1.3 Nm kg–1, steel: 0.27 Nm kg–1; specific stiffness: CFRPs: 100 Nm kg–1, steel: 25 Nm kg–1. To increase performance and especially functionality of CFRPs, the integration of microelectronic components into CFRP parts is aspired. The functionalization by sensors, actuators and electronics can enable a high lightweight factor and a new level of failure-safety. The integration of microelectronic components for this purpose requires a working procedure to provide electrical contacts for a reliable connection to energy supply and data interfaces. To overcome this challenge, metalized carbon fibers are used. Metalized fibers are, similar to the usual reinforcing fibers, able to be soldered and therefore easy to incorporate into CFRPs. Unfortunately, metalized fibers have to be pre-treated by flux-agents. Until now, there is no flux which is suitable for mass production without destroying the polymer of the CFRP. The process of plasma electrolytic polishing (PeP could be an option, but is so far not available for copper. Thus, in this study, plasma electrolytic polishing is transferred to copper and its alloys. To achieve this, electrolytic parameters as well as the electrical setup are adapted. It can be observed that the gloss and roughness can be adjusted by means of this procedure. Finally, plasma electrolytic polishing is used to treat thin copper layers on carbon fibers.

  1. Electrolytes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Fergus, Jeffrey W. [Auburn University, Materials Research and Education Center, 275 Wilmore Laboratories, Auburn, AL 36849 (United States)

    2006-11-08

    The high operating temperature of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), as compared to polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs), improves tolerance to impurities in the fuel, but also creates challenges in the development of suitable materials for the various fuel cell components. In response to these challenges, intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs) are being developed to reduce high-temperature material requirements, which will extend useful lifetime, improve durability and reduce cost, while maintaining good fuel flexibility. A major challenge in reducing the operating temperature of SOFCs is the development of solid electrolyte materials with sufficient conductivity to maintain acceptably low ohmic losses during operation. In this paper, solid electrolytes being developed for solid oxide fuel cells, including zirconia-, ceria- and lanthanum gallate-based materials, are reviewed and compared. The focus is on the conductivity, but other issues, such as compatibility with electrode materials, are also discussed. (author)

  2. Malaria parasitaemia and disorders of plasma electrolytes

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    Idogun ES; Airauhi LU

    2009-01-01

    Objective:To assess the plasma electrolyte status of patients with diagnosis of malaria but without the symptoms of diarrhea,vomiting or altered sensorium and correlation of the plasma electrolyte changes and the degree of parasitae-mia.Methods:All the participants were adults,who met the clinical case definition of malaria but without the symptoms of diarrhea,vomiting or other medical illness.Blood slides were screened microscopically for malaria par-asite and the parasite positive patients were grouped into A (mild),B (moderate)and C (heavy)malaria parasite-amia,depending on the malaria parasite count per high power microscopic field.Plasma sodium,potassium and chloride were estimated using the ion selective electrode method,while bicarbonate ions were determined by simple titration method.Results:A total of 200 subjects were studied which comprised of 150 patients and 50 controls.The mean plasma sodium was significantly lower in patients with heavy parasitaemia[group C,(128.8 ±1.2)mmol /L] compared to those with mild and moderate parasitemia[(133.5 ±2.8)mmol /L and (133.5 ±3.5)mmol /L,P <0.0001].The mean plasma chloride was lowest in those patients with heavy parasitaemia (group C)than those pa-tients of group A and B (P <0.0001).Patients in group C also had significant hypokalaemia[(3.2 ±0.5)mmol /L]when compared to those in groups A and B[(3.6 ±0.3)mmol /L and (4.1 ±0.6)mmol /L respectively,P <0. 0001].Conclusion:A disorder of plasma electrolytes in malaria patients that had no symptoms of diarrhea and vom-iting was reported.And the severity of hyponatraemia and hypokalaemia correlate with the severity of the patients′malaria parasitaemia.This data should alert clinicians on the need to assess electrolytes status of patients with ma-laria even without the symptoms of fluid loss,especially when malaria parasitaemia is heavy.

  3. TEM analysis and wear resistance of the ceramic coatings on Q235 steel prepared by hybrid method of hot-dipping aluminum and plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Lu Lihong [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Science and Research Department, Chinese People' s Armed Police Academy, Langfang 065000 (China); Zhang Jingwu [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Shen Dejiu, E-mail: sdj217@ysu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Wu Lailei; Jiang Guirong [State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Li Liang [State Key Laboratory of Automotive Safety and Energy, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2012-01-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was firstly used to analyze the phase composition of the ceramic coatings. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The phase composition of the ceramic coatings is mainly amorphous phase and crystal Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} oxides. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The cross-section micro-hardness of the treated samples was investigated, the hardness of the ceramic coatings is about HV1300. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The wear resistance of the PEO samples is about 3 times higher than that of the heat treated 45 steel. - Abstract: The hybrid method of PEO and hot-dipping aluminum (HDA) was employed to deposit composite ceramic coatings on the surface of Q235 steel. The composition of the composite coatings was investigated with X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), respectively. The cross-section microstructure and micro-hardness of the treated specimens were investigated and analyzed with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and microscopic hardness meter (MHM), respectively. The wear resistance of the ceramic coatings was investigated by a self-made rubbing wear testing machine. The results indicate that metallurgical bonding can be observed between the ceramic coatings and the steel substrate. There are many micro-pores and micro-cracks, which act as the discharge channels and result of quick and non-uniform cooling of melted sections in the plasma electrolytic oxidation ceramic coatings. The phase composition of the ceramic coatings is mainly composed of amorphous phase and crystal Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} oxides. The crystal Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase includes {kappa}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, {theta}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and {beta}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The grain size of the {kappa}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} crystal is quite non-uniform. The hardness of the ceramic coatings is about HV1300 and 10 times higher than that of the Q235 substrate, which was favorable to the better wear resistance of the ceramic

  4. Modeling for CVD of Solid Oxide Electrolyte

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    Starr, T.L.

    2002-09-18

    Because of its low thermal conductivity, high thermal expansion and high oxygen ion conductivity yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) is the material of choice for high temperature electrolyte applications. Current coating fabrication methods have their drawbacks, however. Air plasma spray (APS) is a relatively low-cost process and is suitable for large and relatively complex shapes. it is difficult to produce uniform, relatively thin coatings with this process, however, and the coatings do not exhibit the columnar microstructure that is needed for reliable, long-term performance. The electron-beam physical vapor deposition (EB-PVD) process does produce the desirable microstructure, however, the capital cost of these systems is very high and the line-of-sight nature of the process limits coating uniformity and the ability to coat large and complex shapes. The chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process also produces the desirable columnar microstructure and--under proper conditions--can produce uniform coatings over complex shapes. CVD has been used for many materials but is relatively undeveloped for oxides, in general, and for zirconia, in particular. The overall goal of this project--a joint effort of the University of Louisville and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)--is to develop the YSZ CVD process for high temperature electrolyte applications. This report describes the modeling effort at the University of Louisville, which supports the experimental work at ORNL. Early work on CVD of zirconia and yttria used metal chlorides, which react with water vapor to form solid oxide. Because of this rapid gas-phase reaction the water generally is formed in-situ using the reverse water-gas-shift reaction or a microwave plasma. Even with these arrangements gas-phase nucleation and powder formation are problems when using these precursors. Recent efforts on CVD of zirconia and YSZ have focused on use of metal-organic precursors (MOCVD). These are more stable in the gas

  5. PEALD YSZ-based bilayer electrolyte for thin film-solid oxide fuel cells

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    Yu, Wonjong; Cho, Gu Young; Hong, Soonwook; Lee, Yeageun; Kim, Young Beom; An, Jihwan; Cha, Suk Won

    2016-10-01

    Yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) thin film electrolyte deposited by plasma enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) was investigated. PEALD YSZ-based bi-layered thin film electrolyte was employed for thin film solid oxide fuel cells on nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide substrates, whose electrochemical performance was compared to the cell with sputtered YSZ-based electrolyte. The cell with PEALD YSZ electrolyte showed higher open circuit voltage (OCV) of 1.0 V and peak power density of 182 mW cm-2 at 450 °C compared to the one with sputtered YSZ electrolyte(0.88 V(OCV), 70 mW cm-2(peak power density)). High OCV and high power density of the cell with PEALD YSZ-based electrolyte is due to the reduction in ohmic and activation losses as well as the gas and electrical current tightness.

  6. Effect of Electrolyte Composition on Characteristics of Plasma Electrolysis Nitrocarburizing

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    Tavakoli, H.; Mousavi Khoie, S. M.; Marashi, S. P. H.; Bolhasani, O.

    2013-08-01

    In this article, the effect of electrolyte composition on the characteristics of generated layer by plasma electrolytic nitrocarburizing process is studied. The characterization of the layer was carried out by means of SEM, x-ray diffraction, and EIS techniques. The relationship between workpiece temperature and the chemical composition of electrolyte was determined during the process. Three distinct regions in the temperature-voltage curves were observed. The effect of electrolyte's composition on the electrical parameters such as critical voltage, voltage of plasma formation, current density, and electrolyte conductivity was investigated. XRD studies showed that in addition to nitride phases, Fe3O4 phase also is generated. Moreover, EIS studies indicated that the corrosion resistance of the samples processed with higher water contents is less than the samples processed with lower water contents.

  7. Low temperature solid oxide electrolytes (LT-SOE): A review

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    Singh, B.; Ghosh, S.; Aich, S.; Roy, B.

    2017-01-01

    Low temperature solid oxide fuel cell (LT-SOFC) can be a source of power for vehicles, online grid, and at the same time reduce system cost, offer high reliability, and fast start-up. A huge amount of research work, as evident from the literature has been conducted for the enhancement of the ionic conductivity of LT electrolytes in the last few years. The basic conduction mechanisms, advantages and disadvantages of different LT oxide ion conducting electrolytes {BIMEVOX systems, bilayer systems including doped cerium oxide/stabilised bismuth oxide and YSZ/DCO}, mixed ion conducting electrolytes {doped cerium oxides/alkali metal carbonate composites}, and proton conducting electrolytes {doped and undoped BaCeO3, BaZrO3, etc.} are discussed here based on the recent research articles. Effect of various material aspects (composition, doping, layer thickness, etc.), fabrication methods (to achieve different microstructures and particle size), design related strategies (interlayer, sintering aid etc.), characterization temperature & environment on the conductivity of the electrolytes and performance of the fuel cells made from these electrolytes are shown in tabular form and discussed. The conductivity of the electrolytes and performance of the corresponding fuel cells are compared. Other applications of the electrolytes are mentioned. A few considerations regarding the future prospects are pointed.

  8. Electrolyte Optimization of Microarc Oxidation of Magnesium Alloy

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    FANG Da-ran; WANG Ji-hui; YANG Jing

    2004-01-01

    Magnesium alloy AZ91D was processed respectively in one, two, three and four-component electrolytes by using AC microarc oxidation technique. The corrosion resistance of AZ9 1D alloy was measured by electrochemical methods. The optimum electrolytes in two, three and four components were found. In four-component electrolyte composed by NaOH,NaAlO2, H2O2 and C4H4O6Na2, the film formed on AZ91D alloy is smooth and compact, and has a higher corrosion resistance. The effect of the ingredients in electrolytes was discussed based on their roles in the formation of corrosion resistant film.

  9. Electrolyte Optimization of Microarc Oxidation of Magnesium Alloy

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    FANGDa-ran; WANGJi-hui; YANGJing

    2004-01-01

    Magnesium alloy AZ91D was processed respectively in one, two, three and four-component electrolytes by using AC microarc oxidation technique. The corrosion resistance of AZ91D alloy was measured by electrochemical methods. The optimum electrolytes in two, three and four components were found. In four-component electrolyte composed by NaOH, NaAlO2, H2O2 and C4H4O6Na2, the film formed on AZ91D alloy is smooth and compact, and has a higher corrosion resistance. The effect of the ingredients in electrolytes was discussed based on their roles in the formation of corrosion resistant film.

  10. ELECTROLYTIC-PLASMA TREATMENT OF INNER SURFACE OF TUBULAR PRODUCTS

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    Yu. G. Alekseev

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available While manufacturing a number of important tubular products stringent requirements have been imposed on quality of their inner surfaces. The well-known methods for inner surface treatment of pipes include sandblasting, chemical cleaning with acid reagents (oxalic, formic, sulfamic, orthophosphoric acids and electrochemical polishing. Disadvantages of the chemical method are cleaning-up irregularities, high metal removal, limited number of reagent application, complicated selection of reagent chemical composition and concentration, complicated and environmentally harmful recycling of waste chemicals, high cost of reagents. Low productivity at a high cost, as well as hazardous impact on personnel due to high dispersion of abrasive dust are considered as disadvantages of sandblasting. Electrochemical polishing is characterized by the following disadvantages: low processing productivity because supply of high currents is rather difficult due to electrolyte scattering capacity away from the main electrode action zone, limited length of the cavity to be treated due to heating of flexible current leads at operating current densities, application of expensive aggressive electrolytes and high costs of their recycling. A new method for polishing and cleaning of inner surfaces of tubular products based on electrolyte-plasma treatment has been developed. In comparison with the existing methods the proposed methods ensures quality processing with high intensity while applying non-toxic, environmentally friendly and cheap electrolytes. The paper presents results of investigations on technological specific features of electrolyte-plasma treatment for inner surfaces of tubular products: influence of slotted nozzle width, electrolyte flow and rate on stability of gas-vapor blanket, current density and productivity. Results of the research have made it possible to determine modes that provide stability and high productivity in the process of electrolyte-plasma

  11. 甲醇对镁合金等离子体电解氧化过程的影响%Effect of Methanol on Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation Process of Mg Alloy

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    罗渚草; 陈砺; 严宗诚; 王红林

    2011-01-01

    The effect of methanol on the discharge characteristic of plasma electrolytic oxidation(PEO) of magnesium alloy AZ31 was investigated by constant voltage mode in electrolyte containing KOH, Na2SiO3, methanol and water. The amount of dissolved magnesium ions in the electrolyte was measured by atomic absorption spectrophotometer. The results showed that methanol had remarkable effect on the discharge characteristic of PEO of magnesium alloy. As the concentration of methanol increased, the amount of dissolved magnesium ions decreased, and the dropping corrosion resistance and uniform corrosion resistance could be enhanced considerably. Methanol reduced the energy consumption of PEO process effectively. When the concentration of methanol in the solvent was 12%, the energy consumption reduced by 42. 9% than that of free of methanol.%以甲醇和水为混合溶剂,KOH、Na2SiO3为电解质,恒电压方式对AZ31镁合金进行等离子体电解氧化(PEO)处理,通过原子吸收分光光度计检测等离子体电解氧化处理后电解液中镁离子含量,研究甲醇对镁合金等离子体电解氧化过程的影响.结果表明,在等离子体电解氧化过程中,甲醇的加入影响镁合金PEO过程放电特性;随着甲醇浓度的增大,镁离子溶出量逐渐减少,耐点滴腐蚀、耐均匀腐蚀性能均有提高;甲醇的加入能有效降低PEO过程能耗,当溶剂中甲醇浓度为12%(体积分数)时,能耗比未加甲醇时降低42.9%.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of polyethylene oxide based nano composite electrolyte

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    M Malathi; K Tamilarasan

    2014-08-01

    Polyethylene oxide (PEO) – montmorillonite (MMT) composite electrolytes were synthesised by solution casting technique. The salt used for the study is Lithium perchlorate (LiClO4). The morphology and percentage of crystallinity data were obtained through X-ray Diffraction and Differential Scanning Caloriemetry. The ionic conductivity of the polymer electrolytes was studied by impedance spectroscopy. The addition of MMT resulted in an increase in conductivity over the temperature range of 25–60°C. The ionic conductivity of a composite polymer electrolyte containing 1.2 wt% MMT was 1 × 10-5 S cm−1 at 25°C, which is at least one order of magnitude higher than that of the polymer electrolyte (4 × 10-7S cm−1). The increase in ionic conductivity is explained on the basis of crystallinity of the polymer electrolyte.

  13. Electrolytic reduction of mixed (Fe, Ti) oxide using molten calcium chloride electrolyte

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    Panigrahi, Mrutyunjay, E-mail: mp@mail.tagen.tohoku.ac.jp [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (IMRAM), Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aobaku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Iizuka, Atsushi; Shibata, Etsuro; Nakamura, Takashi [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (IMRAM), Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aobaku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)

    2013-02-15

    electrochemically in a molten CaCl{sub 2} electrolyte at 950 Degree-Sign C. The metallic samples formed by electrolytic reduction of the mixed solid (Fe, Ti) oxide were analyzed using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, electron-probe microanalysis, X-ray fluorescence spectrometry, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy, ion chromatography, and oxygen and carbon analyzers. The oxide pellets were successfully reduced to a highly purified dense intermetallic solid of {beta}-Ti (FeTi{sub 4}) and FeTi containing low levels of impurities, for example, less than 0.01 mass% of carbon.

  14. Solid polymer electrolyte composite membrane comprising plasma etched porous support

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    Liu, Han; LaConti, Anthony B.

    2010-10-05

    A solid polymer electrolyte composite membrane and method of manufacturing the same. According to one embodiment, the composite membrane comprises a rigid, non-electrically-conducting support, the support preferably being a sheet of polyimide having a thickness of about 7.5 to 15 microns. The support has a plurality of cylindrical pores extending perpendicularly between opposing top and bottom surfaces of the support. The pores, which preferably have a diameter of about 0.1 to 5 microns, are made by plasma etching and preferably are arranged in a defined pattern, for example, with fewer pores located in areas of high membrane stress and more pores located in areas of low membrane stress. The pores are filled with a first solid polymer electrolyte, such as a perfluorosulfonic acid (PFSA) polymer. A second solid polymer electrolyte, which may be the same as or different than the first solid polymer electrolyte, may be deposited over the top and/or bottom of the first solid polymer electrolyte.

  15. Characteristics of MOX dissolution with silver mediated electrolytic oxidation method

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    Umeda, Miki; Nakazaki, Masato; Kida, Takashi; Sato, Kenji; Kato, Tadahito; Kihara, Takehiro; Sugikawa, Susumu [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment

    2003-03-01

    MOX dissolution with silver mediated electrolytic oxidation method is to be applied to the preparation of plutonium nitrate solution to be used for criticality safety experiments at Nuclear Fuel Cycle Safety Engineering Research Facility (NUCEF). Silver mediated electrolytic oxidation method uses the strong oxidisation ability of Ag(II) ion. This method is though to be effective for the dissolution of MOX, which is difficult to be dissolved with nitric acid. In this paper, the results of experiments on dissolution with 100 g of MOX are described. It was confirmed from the results that the MOX powder to be used at NUCEF was completely dissolved by silver mediated electrolytic oxidation method and that Pu(VI) ion in the obtained solution was reduced to tetravalent by means of NO{sub 2} purging. (author)

  16. Plasma electrolytic treatment of products after selective laser melting

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    Kashapov, L. N.; Kashapov, N. F.; Kashapov, R. N.; Denisov, D. G.

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the work was to study the possibilities of plasma electrolytic treatment for cleaning surfaces of metal products obtained by the SLM-technology. We found that the most effective cleaning from the large alloy particles occurs in the "hydrodynamic" mode, when the occurrence of hydrodynamic pulses observed. Further smoothing of irregularities eliminated by a stable burning of discharge in vapor shell. Analysis the morphology of the surface of difficult specialized products, such as crown conical gears, after plasma hydrodynamic treatment showed efficiency and advantages in comparison to conventional methods of final cleaning such as shot blasting.

  17. Ionic Liquid-Based Polymer Electrolytes via Surfactant-Assisted Polymerization at the Plasma-Liquid Interface.

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    Tran, Quoc Chinh; Bui, Van-Tien; Dao, Van-Duong; Lee, Joong-Kee; Choi, Ho-Suk

    2016-06-29

    We first report an innovative method, which we refer to as interfacial liquid plasma polymerization, to chemically cross-link ionic liquids (ILs). By this method, a series of all-solid state, free-standing polymer electrolytes is successfully fabricated where ILs are used as building blocks and ethylene oxide-based surfactants are employed as an assisted-cross-linking agent. The thickness of the films is controlled by the plasma exposure time or the ratio of surfactant to ILs. The chemical structure and properties of the polymer electrolyte are characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transformation infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Importantly, the underlying polymerization mechanism of the cross-linked IL-based polymer electrolyte is studied to show that fluoroborate or halide anions of ILs together with the aid of a small amount of surfactants having ethylene oxide groups are necessary to form cross-linked network structures of the polymer electrolyte. The ionic conductivity of the obtained polymer electrolyte is 2.28 × 10(-3) S·cm(-1), which is a relatively high value for solid polymer electrolytes synthesized at room temperature. This study can serve as a cornerstone for developing all-solid state polymer electrolytes with promising properties for next-generation electrochemical devices.

  18. Sequential electrolytic oxidation and reduction of aqueous phase energetic compounds.

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    Gilbert, David M; Sale, Tom C

    2005-12-01

    Contamination of soils and groundwater with energetic compounds has been documented at many former ammunition manufacturing plants and ranges. Recent research at Colorado State University (CSU) has demonstrated the potential utility of electrolytic degradation of organic compounds using an electrolytic permeable reactive barrier (e-barrier). In principle, an electrolytic approach to degrade aqueous energetic compounds such as hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX) or 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) can overcome limitations of management strategies that involve solely oxidation or reduction, through sequential oxidation-reduction or reduction-oxidation. The objective of this proof-of-concept research was to evaluate transformation of aqueous phase RDX and TNT in flow-through electrolytic reactors. Laboratory experiments were conducted using six identical column reactors containing porous media and expanded titanium-mixed-metal-oxide electrodes. Three columns tested TNT transformation and three tested RDXtransformation. Electrode sequence was varied between columns and one column for each contaminant acted as a no-voltage control. Over 97% of TNT and 93% of RDX was transformed in the reactors under sequential oxidation-reduction. Significant accumulation of known degradation intermediates was not observed under sequential oxidation-reduction. Removal of approximately 90% of TNT and 40% of RDX was observed under sequential reduction-oxidation. Power requirements on the order of 3 W/m2 were measured during the experiment. This suggests that an in-situ electrolytic approach may be cost-practical for managing groundwater contaminated with explosive compounds.

  19. Effect of Negative Pulse Width on Compactness of Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation Coatings on Mg-Gd-Y Alloy%负向脉宽对Mg-Gd-Y合金微弧氧化膜致密性的影响

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    郭泉忠; 杜克勤; 朱秀荣; 王荣; 徐永东; 王福会

    2013-01-01

    通过在特定的电参数下改变负向脉宽,在Mg-Gd-Y合金表面制备了不同的微弧氧化膜.利用扫描电镜和电化学方法研究氧化膜的显微组织和电化学行为.结果表明:负向脉宽对于微弧氧化膜的致密性具有重要影响,适当的负向脉宽可以有效地提高膜层致密性,而稍低或者过高的负向脉宽都会降低氧化膜的致密性,从而降低涂层的耐腐蚀性.%The effect of negative pulse width of asymmetric bipolar pulse on the compactness of plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) coating on Mg-Gd-Y alloy is not yet revealed nowadays. Here, PEO coatings on Mg-Gd-Y alloy were prepared by means of bipolar pulse whose negative pulse width was changed within a desired range. The microstructure and corrosion performance of the coatings were examined by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and electrochemical measure ments respectively. The results show that negative pulse width plays an important role on compact ness of PEO coatings; and with negative pulse width within a suitable range the compactness of coatings can be surely enhanced, as a sequence, the corrosion resistance of the coatings is evidently increased.

  20. Effect of current density on the structure, composition and corrosion resistance of plasma electrolytic oxidation coatings on Mg-Li alloy

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    Li, Zhijun [Key Laboratory of Superlight Materials and Surface Technology, College of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001 (China); Yuan, Yi, E-mail: yi.yuan@hrbeu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Superlight Materials and Surface Technology, College of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001 (China); Jing, Xiaoyan [Key Laboratory of Superlight Materials and Surface Technology, College of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001 (China)

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The PEO coatings exhibit tunable characteristics by controlling the current density. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The coating formed at 5 A/dm{sup 2} exhibits the highest corrosion resistance. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Anti-corrosion properties of PEO coatings are related to coating surface composition. - Abstract: The effect of current density on the oxidation process, morphology, composition and anti-corrosion properties of coatings are elucidated. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis of coatings show that coatings prepared at different current densities are composed of MgO and {gamma}-Mg{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} and {alpha}-Mg{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} phase. The chemical composition of PEO coatings varies from surface to the interior of the oxide coating. The PEO coatings exhibit tunable thickness, composition ratio, and porosity by controlling the current density, which ultimately affects film morphology and anti-corrosion properties. The superior corrosion resistance of coating obtained at 5 A/dm{sup 2} is attributed to the compactness of the barrier layer and the highest MgO/Mg{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} ratio.

  1. Modification of Low-Alloy Steel Surface by Plasma Electrolytic Nitriding

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    Kusmanov, S. A.; Smirnov, A. A.; Silkin, S. A.; Belkin, P. N.

    2016-07-01

    The structure of the low-alloy steel after plasma electrolytic nitriding (PEN) in electrolyte containing ammonium nitrate was investigated. The cross-sectional microstructure, composition, and phase constituents of modified layer under different processing conditions were characterized. It is shown that anode PEN provides the saturation of steel with nitrogen and formation of α-Fe2O3, FeO, and Fe3O4 oxides, Fe2-3N nitride, and martensite. The aqueous solution that contained 15 wt.% NH4Cl and 5 wt.% NH4NO3 allows one to obtain the hardened layer with a thickness of 80 μm and a microhardness up to 740 HV during 5 min at 850 °C. Surface roughness decreases from 1.5 to 0.8 μm after 5-min PEN at 650 °C. The proposed electrolyte and processing mode (750 °C, 10 min) enable to obtain the decrease in the weight loss after lubricate wear testing by a factor of 2.7. The base-nitrate electrolyte conditioned a decrease in the corrosion current density by a factor of 9 due to passivating effect of the oxide and nitride of iron.

  2. Raising the Corrosion Resistance of Low-Carbon Steels by Electrolytic-Plasma Saturation with Nitrogen and Carbon

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    Kusmanov, S. A.; Grishina, E. P.; Belkin, P. N.; Kusmanova, Yu. V.; Kudryakova, N. O.

    2017-05-01

    Structural features of the external oxide layer and internal nitrided, carbonitrided and carburized layers in steels 10, 20 and St3 produced by the method of electrolytic plasma treatment are studied. Specimens of the steels are tested for corrosion in a naturally aerated 1-N solution of sodium chloride. The condition of the metal/sodium chloride solution interface is studied by the method of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. It is shown that the corrosion resistance of low-carbon steels can be raised by anode electrolytic-plasma saturation with nitrogen and carbon. Recommendations are given on the choice of carbonitriding modes for structural steels.

  3. Fabrication of thin electrolyte film by electrophoretic deposition for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Lankin, M.; Karan, K. [Royal Military Coll. of Canada, Kingston, ON (Canada). Fuel Cell Research Centre

    2005-07-01

    Stainless steel interconnects are suitable for use in intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (ITSOFCs) operating at 500-700 degrees C. This can greatly reduce the cost of materials. However, lower temperatures lead to higher ohmic losses in the electrolyte. These losses can be reduced by making SOFCs with thin electrolyte layers. Conventional methods for thin-film fabrication such as electro-vapour deposition or plasma spraying are expensive techniques. An alternative method is electrophoretic deposition (EPD), which is less costly and which very rapidly produces uniform electrolyte layers in the order of 10-40 {mu}m. In this study, EPD was used to make thin gadolina-doped ceria (GDC) electrolytes on copper-GDC anodes for use in ITSOFCs fuelled by biofuels. Experimental studies thus far have shown how to optimize the parameters influencing the EPD process. Scanning electron microscope analysis has shown that electrolyte layers of 10 {mu}m thickness, uniform thickness and moderate density are produced by EPD. This paper described the development of a single-cell SOFC based on the EPD process, and discussed the progress to date, on characterizing thin film electrolytes.

  4. Electrochemical oxidation of quaternary ammonium electrolytes : Unexpected side reactions in organic electrochemistry

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    Nouri Nigjeh, Eslam; de Vries, Marcel; Bruins, Andries P.; Bischoff, Rainer; Permentier, Hjalmar P.

    2012-01-01

    Quaternary ammonium salts are among the most widely used electrolytes in organic electrochemistry, but there is little known about their unwanted side oxidation reactions. We have, therefore, studied the constant potential oxidation products of quaternary ammonium electrolytes using mass spectrometr

  5. Electrochemical oxidation of quaternary ammonium electrolytes : Unexpected side reactions in organic electrochemistry

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    Nouri Nigjeh, Eslam; de Vries, Marcel; Bruins, Andries P.; Bischoff, Rainer; Permentier, Hjalmar P.

    Quaternary ammonium salts are among the most widely used electrolytes in organic electrochemistry, but there is little known about their unwanted side oxidation reactions. We have, therefore, studied the constant potential oxidation products of quaternary ammonium electrolytes using mass

  6. Hydroxyl radical production in plasma electrolysis with KOH electrolyte solution

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    Saksono, Nelson; Febiyanti, Irine Ayu, E-mail: irine.ayu41@ui.ac.id; Utami, Nissa; Ibrahim [Department of Chemical Engineering, Universitas Indonesia, Depok 16424, Indonesia Phone: +62217863516, Fax: +62217863515 (Indonesia)

    2015-12-29

    Plasma electrolysis is an effective technology for producing hydroxyl radical (•OH). This method can be used for waste degradation process. This study was conducted to obtain the influence of applied voltage, electrolyte concentration, and anode depth in the plasma electrolysis system for producing hydroxyl radical. The materials of anode and cathode, respectively, were made from tungsten and stainless steel. KOH solution was used as the solution. Determination of hydroxyl radical production was done by measuring H{sub 2}O{sub 2} amount formed in plasma system using an iodometric titration method, while the electrical energy consumed was obtained by measuring the electrical current throughout the process. The highest hydroxyl radical production was 3.51 mmol reached with 237 kJ energy consumption in the power supply voltage 600 V, 0.02 M KOH, and 0.5 cm depth of anode.

  7. Synthesis and evaluation of tetracycline encapsulated in poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) on porous titania formed by using plasma electrolytic oxidation

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    Moon, Seung-Kyun; Kang, Min-Kyung; Im, Su-Yeon; Kim, Kyoung-Nam; Kwon, Jae-Sung [Yonsei University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-03-15

    Despite a relatively high success rate in treating bacterial infection, it is still the major complication following dental implant surgery. Many attempts have been carried out to produce antibacterial effects on implant metals, and there have included coating of antibiotics encapsulated in polymers by using the electro-spray deposition (ESD) method. However, remnant polymer following full release of the medication, resulting in delamination between the surface layers of the implant and newly formed bone, has been a major problem. Hence, different organic polymer of poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) were used in this study. Commercially pure titanium was used in this experiment and was anodized to improve biocompatibility. The PLGA was dissolved in dichloromethane along with tetracycline, and the fabricated tetracycline encapsulated in PLGA was then coated on a porous oxide layer of titanium by using the ESD method. The surface characteristics were analyzed, and the antibacterial effects of the specimen were assessed using bacteria of Staphylococcus aereus. Finally, the cytotoxicity and cell proliferation on the surface was evaluated. The results indicated that such titanium formed by a coating of tetracycline encapsulated in PLGA on a porous titania structure exhibited antibacterial effects and was both non-cytotoxic and biocompatible. Also, PLGA seemed to be an ideal candidate as the medium to encapsulate antibiotics or other medications such as growth factors due to its rapid degradation compared to other organic polymer. From this experiment, we conclude that porous titania coated by tetracycline encapsulated in PLGA by using ESD method is appropriate for use in dental or medical implants to prevent the major complication of surgery, infection.

  8. ETHYLENE OXIDE-ETHYLENE TEREPHTHALATE SEGMENTED COPOLYMER SOLID ELECTROLYTE

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    LUO Xiaolie; WANG Chuanqing; WANG Haiqian; HU Keliang; MA Dezhu

    1994-01-01

    A series of ethylene oxide-ethylene terephthalate segmented copolymers (EOET) were synthesized and complexed with LiClO4 to form some new polymer electrolytes. The EOET-LiClO4 electrolytes exhibit not only high ionic conductivity, but also good mechanical strength and toughness. The EOET 3400-25-LiClO4 complex possesses the highest conductivity (4. 65 ×10-5s·cm-1)at room temperature when the ratio [Li+]/[EO] equals 1/16.The structures of these electrolytes were examined with FTIR analysis, X-ray diffraction and DSC thermograms, and the results of high ionic conductivity of the segmented copolymers were discussed.

  9. Evaluation of apatite silicates as solid oxide fuel cell electrolytes

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    Marrero-Lopez, D. [Dpto. de Fisica Aplicada I, Laboratorio de Materiales y Superficies (Unidad Asociada al C.S.I.C.), Universidad de Malaga, 29071 Malaga (Spain); Dpto. de Quimica Inorganica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38200 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Martin-Sedeno, M.C.; Aranda, M.A.G. [Dpto. de Quimica Inorganica, Universidad Malaga, 29071 Malaga (Spain); Pena-Martinez, J. [Dpto. de Quimica Inorganica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38200 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Instituto de Energias Renovables, Parque Tecnologico, Universidad de Castilla La Mancha, 02006 Albacete (Spain); Ruiz-Morales, J.C.; Nunez, P. [Dpto. de Quimica Inorganica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38200 La Laguna, Tenerife (Spain); Ramos-Barrado, J.R. [Dpto. de Fisica Aplicada I, Laboratorio de Materiales y Superficies (Unidad Asociada al C.S.I.C.), Universidad de Malaga, 29071 Malaga (Spain)

    2010-05-01

    Apatite-type silicates have been considered as promising electrolytes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC); however studies on the potential use of these materials in SOFC devices have received relatively little attention. The lanthanum silicate with composition La{sub 10}Si{sub 5.5}Al{sub 0.5}O{sub 26.75} has been evaluated as electrolyte with the electrode materials commonly used in SOFC, i.e. manganite, ferrite and cobaltite as cathode materials and NiO-CGO composite, chromium-manganite and Sr{sub 2}MgMoO{sub 6} as anode materials. Chemical compatibility, area-specific resistance and fuel cell studies have been performed. X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) analysis did not reveal any trace of reaction products between the apatite electrolyte and most of the aforementioned electrode materials. However, the area-specific polarisation resistance (ASR) of these electrodes in contact with apatite electrolyte increased significantly with the sintering temperature, indicating reactivity at the electrolyte/electrode interface. On the other hand, the ASR values are significantly improved using a ceria buffer layer between the electrolyte and electrode materials to prevent reactivity. Maximum power densities of 195 and 65 mWcm{sup -2} were obtained at 850 and 700 C, respectively in H{sub 2} fuel, using an 1 mm-thick electrolyte, a NiO-Ce{sub 0.8}Gd{sub 0.2}O{sub 1.9} composite as anode and La{sub 0.6}Sr{sub 0.4}Co{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 0.2}O{sub 3-{delta}} as cathode materials. This fuel cell was tested for 100 h in 5%H{sub 2}-Ar atmosphere showing stable performance. (author)

  10. Stable high conductivity ceria/bismuth oxide bilayered electrolytes

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    Wachsman, E.D.; Jayaweera, P.; Jiang, N.; Lowe, D.M.; Pound, B.G. [SRI international, Menlo Park, CA (United States). Materials Research Center

    1997-01-01

    The authors have developed a high conductivity bilayered ceria/bismuth oxide anolyte/electrolyte that uses the Po{sub 2} gradient to obtain stability at the anolyte-electrolyte interface and reduced electronic conduction due to the electrolyte region. Results in terms of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) performance and stability are presented. These results include a 90 to 160 mV increase in open-circuit potential, depending on temperature, with the bilayered structure as compared to SOFCs fabricated from a single ceria layer. An open-circuit potential of >1.0 V was obtained at 500 C with the bilayered structure. This increase in open-circuit potential is obtained without any measurable increase in cell resistance and is stable for over 1,400 h of testing, under both open-circuit and maximum power conditions. Moreover, SOFCs fabricated from the bilayered structure result in a 33% greater power density as compared to cells with a single ceria electrolyte layer.

  11. Electrolytes For Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Rękas M.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Solid electrolytes for construction of the intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells, IT-SOFC, have been reviewed. Yttrium stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystals, YTZP, as a potential electrolyte of IT-SOFC have been highlighted. The experimental results involving structural, microstructural, electrical properties based on our own studies were presented. In order to study aluminum diffusion in YTZP, aluminum oxide was deposited on the surface of 3 mol.% yttria stabilized tetragonal zirconia polycrystals (3Y-TZP. The samples were annealed at temperatures from 1523 to 1773 K. Diffusion profiles of Al in the form of mean concentration vs. depth in B-type kinetic region were investigated by secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS. Both the lattice (DB and grain boundary (DGB diffusion were determined.

  12. AM50镁合金表面含氧化锆的微弧氧化复合涂层的形成过程%Formation process of composite plasma electrolytic oxidation coating containing zirconium oxides on AM50 magnesium alloy

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    刘锋; 单大勇; 宋影伟; 韩恩厚

    2011-01-01

    The formation processes of a composite ceramic coating on AM50 magnesium alloy prepared by plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) in a K2ZrF6 electrolyte solution were studied by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscope (EDX). Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) tests were used to study the variation of the corrosion resistance of the coating during the PEO treatment. The results show that the coating formed on Mg alloy is mainly composed of MgO and MgF2 when the applied voltage is lower than the sparking voltage, and zirconium oxides start to be deposited on Mg substrate after the potential exceeding the sparking voltage. The corrosion resistance of the coating increases with increasing the applied voltage.%采用扫描电镜(SEM)和电子衍射能谱(EDX)研究在含K2ZrF6的溶液中AM50镁合金表而复合微弧体氧化涂层的形成过程.采用电化学阻抗谱(EIS)研究在微弧体氧化制备膜层过程中膜层耐腐蚀性能的变化.结果表明:当电压小于起弧电压时,合金表面膜层的主要成分为MgO和MgF3;当施加电压超过起弧电压时,锆氧化物开始在合金表面沉积,且膜层的耐腐蚀性随着电压的升高而提高.

  13. Improved solid oxide fuel cell performance with nanostructured electrolytes.

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    Chao, Cheng-Chieh; Hsu, Ching-Mei; Cui, Yi; Prinz, Fritz B

    2011-07-26

    Considerable attention has been focused on solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) due to their potential for providing clean and reliable electric power. However, the high operating temperatures of current SOFCs limit their adoption in mobile applications. To lower the SOFC operating temperature, we fabricated a corrugated thin-film electrolyte membrane by nanosphere lithography and atomic layer deposition to reduce the polarization and ohmic losses at low temperatures. The resulting micro-SOFC electrolyte membrane showed a hexagonal-pyramid array nanostructure and achieved a power density of 1.34 W/cm(2) at 500 °C. In the future, arrays of micro-SOFCs with high power density may enable a range of mobile and portable power applications.

  14. Increasing Wear Resistance of Titanium Alloys by Anode Plasma Electrolytic Saturation with Interstitial Elements

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    Belkin, P. N.; Kusmanov, S. A.; Dyakov, I. G.; Silkin, S. A.; Smirnov, A. A.

    2017-05-01

    In our previous studies, we have shown that anode plasma electrolytic saturation of titanium alloys with nitrogen and carbon can improve their tribological properties. Obtained structure containing oxide layer and solid solution of diffused element in titanium promotes the enhancement of running-in ability and the decrease in the wear rate in some special cases. In this paper, further investigations are reported regarding the tribological properties of alpha- and beta-titanium alloys in wear test against hardened steel (50 HRC) disk using pin-on-disk geometry and balls of Al2O3 (6.25 mm in diameter) or bearing steel (9.6 mm in diameter) with ball-on-plate one and normal load from 5 to 209 N. Reproducible results were obtained under testing samples treated by means of the plasma electrolytic nitriding (PEN) with the mechanical removal of the oxide layer. Friction coefficient of nitrided samples is 0.5-0.9 which is somewhat higher than that for untreated one (0.48-0.75) during dry sliding against Al2O3 ball. An increase in the sliding speed results in the polishing of nitrided samples and reduction of their wear rate by 60 times. This result is obtained for 5 min at 850 °C using PEN in electrolyte containing 5 wt.% ammonia and 10 wt.% ammonium chloride followed by quenching in solution. Optical microscope was employed to assist in the evaluation of the wear behavior. Sizes of wear tracks were measured by profilometer TR200.

  15. Laminated electrochromic windows based on nickel oxide, tungsten oxide, and gel electrolytes

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    Passerini, S.; Scrosati, B.; Hermann, V. (Univ. di Roma (Italy). Dipt. di Chimica); Holmblad, C.; Bartlett, T. (Medtronic Promeon, Minneapolis, MN (United States))

    1994-04-01

    The characteristic and the performance of solid-state, laminated electrochromic windows using tungsten oxide as the principal electrochromic electrode and nonstoichiometric nickel oxide as the counterelectrode separated by selected gel electrolytes, are presented and discussed. These advanced-design, electro-optical devices show a very promising behavior in terms of light modulation and cyclability.

  16. On the Oxidation State of Manganese Ions in Li-Ion Battery Electrolyte Solutions.

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    Banerjee, Anjan; Shilina, Yuliya; Ziv, Baruch; Ziegelbauer, Joseph M; Luski, Shalom; Aurbach, Doron; Halalay, Ion C

    2017-02-08

    We demonstrate herein that Mn(3+) and not Mn(2+), as commonly accepted, is the dominant dissolved manganese cation in LiPF6-based electrolyte solutions of Li-ion batteries with lithium manganate spinel positive and graphite negative electrodes chemistry. The Mn(3+) fractions in solution, derived from a combined analysis of electron paramagnetic resonance and inductively coupled plasma spectroscopy data, are ∼80% for either fully discharged (3.0 V hold) or fully charged (4.2 V hold) cells, and ∼60% for galvanostatically cycled cells. These findings agree with the average oxidation state of dissolved Mn ions determined from X-ray absorption near-edge spectroscopy data, as verified through a speciation diagram analysis. We also show that the fractions of Mn(3+) in the aprotic nonaqueous electrolyte solution are constant over the duration of our experiments and that disproportionation of Mn(3+) occurs at a very slow rate.

  17. Plasma membranes modified by plasma treatment or deposition as solid electrolytes for potential application in solid alkaline fuel cells.

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    Reinholdt, Marc; Ilie, Alina; Roualdès, Stéphanie; Frugier, Jérémy; Schieda, Mauricio; Coutanceau, Christophe; Martemianov, Serguei; Flaud, Valérie; Beche, Eric; Durand, Jean

    2012-07-30

    In the highly competitive market of fuel cells, solid alkaline fuel cells using liquid fuel (such as cheap, non-toxic and non-valorized glycerol) and not requiring noble metal as catalyst seem quite promising. One of the main hurdles for emergence of such a technology is the development of a hydroxide-conducting membrane characterized by both high conductivity and low fuel permeability. Plasma treatments can enable to positively tune the main fuel cell membrane requirements. In this work, commercial ADP-Morgane® fluorinated polymer membranes and a new brand of cross-linked poly(aryl-ether) polymer membranes, named AMELI-32®, both containing quaternary ammonium functionalities, have been modified by argon plasma treatment or triallylamine-based plasma deposit. Under the concomitant etching/cross-linking/oxidation effects inherent to the plasma modification, transport properties (ionic exchange capacity, water uptake, ionic conductivity and fuel retention) of membranes have been improved. Consequently, using plasma modified ADP-Morgane® membrane as electrolyte in a solid alkaline fuel cell operating with glycerol as fuel has allowed increasing the maximum power density by a factor 3 when compared to the untreated membrane.

  18. Plasma Membranes Modified by Plasma Treatment or Deposition as Solid Electrolytes for Potential Application in Solid Alkaline Fuel Cells

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    Christophe Coutanceau

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available In the highly competitive market of fuel cells, solid alkaline fuel cells using liquid fuel (such as cheap, non-toxic and non-valorized glycerol and not requiring noble metal as catalyst seem quite promising. One of the main hurdles for emergence of such a technology is the development of a hydroxide-conducting membrane characterized by both high conductivity and low fuel permeability. Plasma treatments can enable to positively tune the main fuel cell membrane requirements. In this work, commercial ADP-Morgane® fluorinated polymer membranes and a new brand of cross-linked poly(aryl-ether polymer membranes, named AMELI-32®, both containing quaternary ammonium functionalities, have been modified by argon plasma treatment or triallylamine-based plasma deposit. Under the concomitant etching/cross-linking/oxidation effects inherent to the plasma modification, transport properties (ionic exchange capacity, water uptake, ionic conductivity and fuel retention of membranes have been improved. Consequently, using plasma modified ADP-Morgane® membrane as electrolyte in a solid alkaline fuel cell operating with glycerol as fuel has allowed increasing the maximum power density by a factor 3 when compared to the untreated membrane.

  19. Resistive switching characteristic of electrolyte-oxide-semiconductor structures

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    Chen, Xiaoyu; Wang, Hao; Sun, Gongchen; Ma, Xiaoyu; Gao, Jianguang; Wu, Wengang

    2017-08-01

    The resistive switching characteristic of SiO2 thin film in electrolyte-oxide-semiconductor (EOS) structures under certain bias voltage is reported. To analyze the mechanism of the resistive switching characteristic, a batch of EOS structures were fabricated under various conditions and their electrical properties were measured with a set of three-electrode systems. A theoretical model based on the formation and rupture of conductive filaments in the oxide layer is proposed to reveal the mechanism of the resistive switching characteristic, followed by an experimental investigation of Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS) to verify the proposed theoretical model. It is found that different threshold voltage, reverse leakage current and slope value features of the switching I-V characteristic can be observed in different EOS structures with different electrolyte solutions as well as different SiO2 layers made by different fabrication processes or in different thicknesses. With a simple fabrication process and significant resistive switching characteristic, the EOS structures show great potential for chemical/biochemical applications. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 61274116) and the National Basic Research Program of China (No. 2015CB352100).

  20. Durable rechargeable zinc-air batteries with neutral electrolyte and manganese oxide catalyst

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    Sumboja, Afriyanti; Ge, Xiaoming; Zheng, Guangyuan; Goh, F. W. Thomas; Hor, T. S. Andy; Zong, Yun; Liu, Zhaolin

    2016-11-01

    Neutral chloride-based electrolyte and directly grown manganese oxide on carbon paper are used as the electrolyte and air cathode respectively for rechargeable Zn-air batteries. Oxygen reduction and oxygen evolution reactions on manganese oxide show dependence of activities on the pH of the electrolyte. Zn-air batteries with chloride-based electrolyte and manganese oxide catalyst exhibit satisfactory voltage profile (discharge and charge voltage of 1 and 2 V at 1 mA cm-2) and excellent cycling stability (≈90 days of continuous cycle test), which is attributed to the reduced carbon corrosion on the air cathode and decreased carbonation in neutral electrolyte. This work describes a robust electrolyte system that improves the cycle life of rechargeable Zn-air batteries.

  1. Changes in total plasma content of electrolytes and proteins with maximal exercise.

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    Van Beaumont, W.; Strand, J. C.; Petrofsky, J. S.; Hipskind, S. G.; Greenleaf, J. E.

    1973-01-01

    To determine to what extent the increases in concentration of plasma proteins and electrolytes with short maximal work were a result of hemoconcentration, the changes in plasma volume and total content of the plasma constituents were simultaneously evaluated. The results obtained from six human subjects indicated that in comparison to preexercise values there was a net decrease in total content of plasma protein, sodium, and chloride in the first 2 min of the postexercise period, due primarily to a significant loss (13-15%) of plasma fluid. The total plasma potassium content was increased immediately after exercise but was significantly below the preexercise plasma content after 2 min of recovery.

  2. Systematic Study of Nanocrystalline Plasma Electrolytic Nitrocarburising of 316L Austenitic Stainless Steel for Corrosion Protection

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    2007-01-01

    A number of studies have been reported on the use of nanocrystalline plasma electrolytic nitrocarburising technology for surface hardening of stainless steels for higher corrosion resistance resulted from this technique. However, very few studies have focused on the optimization of the nanocrystalline plasma electrolytic nitrocarburising process parameters. In this study, a design of experiment (DOE) technique, the Taguchi method, has been used to optimize the nanocrystalline plasma electrolytic nitrocarburising not only for surface hardening but also for the corrosion protection of 316L austenitic stainless steel by controlling the coating process's factors. The experimental design consisted of four factors (Urea concentration, electrical conductivity of electrolyte, voltage and duration of process), each containing three levels. Potentiodynamic polarization measurements were carried out to determine the corrosion resistance of the coated samples. The results were analyzed with related software. An analysis of the mean of signal-to-noise (S/N) ratio indicated that the corrosion resistance of nanocrystalline plasma electrolytic nitrocarburised 316L stainless steel was influenced significantly by the levels in the Taguchi orthogonal array. The optimized coating parameters for corrosion resistance are 1150 g/L for urea concentration, 360 mS/cm for electrical conductivity of electrolyte, 260 V for applied voltage, 6 min for treatment time. The percentage of contribution for each factor was determined by the analysis of variance (ANOVA). The results showed that the applied voltage is the most significant factor affecting the corrosion resistance of the coatings.

  3. Protective Oxide Coating for Ionic Conductive Solid Electrolyte Interphase.

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    Kim, Yong Su; Kim, Seong Heon; Kim, Gyusung; Heo, Sung; Mun, Jinsoo; Han, Sungsoo; Jung, Heechul; Kyoung, Yong Koo; Yun, Dong Jin; Baek, Woon Joong; Doo, Seokgwang

    2016-11-16

    To employ Li-based batteries to their full potential in a wide range of energy-storage applications, their capacity and performance stability must be improved. Si is a viable anode material for Li-based batteries in electric vehicles due to its high theoretical capacity and good economic feasibility. However, it suffers from physical and chemical degradation, leading to unstable electrochemical performance and preventing its incorporation in new Li-based battery systems. Herein, we applied a poly(vinyl alcohol)-PO4 protective coating for Si-graphite anodes and confirmed an improvement in the electrochemical performance. The experimental results revealed that the polymer acts as a binder to alleviate the pulverization of the electrode. Furthermore, the oxide coating reduces the loss of Li2O, which has high ionic conductivity, during operation, resulting in the formation of a stable solid electrolyte interphase. Our findings suggest that a stable and ion-conducting anode/interphase can be developed by applying an oxide and polymer coating in combined approach. Therefore, this study is expected to provide a basis for the further development and design of high-performance Li-based battery systems.

  4. Transparent conducting oxide induced by liquid electrolyte gating

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    ViolBarbosa, Carlos; Karel, Julie; Kiss, Janos; Gordan, Ovidiu-dorin; Altendorf, Simone G.; Utsumi, Yuki; Samant, Mahesh G.; Wu, Yu-Han; Tsuei, Ku-Ding; Felser, Claudia; Parkin, Stuart S. P.

    2016-10-01

    Optically transparent conducting materials are essential in modern technology. These materials are used as electrodes in displays, photovoltaic cells, and touchscreens; they are also used in energy-conserving windows to reflect the infrared spectrum. The most ubiquitous transparent conducting material is tin-doped indium oxide (ITO), a wide-gap oxide whose conductivity is ascribed to n-type chemical doping. Recently, it has been shown that ionic liquid gating can induce a reversible, nonvolatile metallic phase in initially insulating films of WO3. Here, we use hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and spectroscopic ellipsometry to show that the metallic phase produced by the electrolyte gating does not result from a significant change in the bandgap but rather originates from new in-gap states. These states produce strong absorption below ˜1 eV, outside the visible spectrum, consistent with the formation of a narrow electronic conduction band. Thus WO3 is metallic but remains colorless, unlike other methods to realize tunable electrical conductivity in this material. Core-level photoemission spectra show that the gating reversibly modifies the atomic coordination of W and O atoms without a substantial change of the stoichiometry; we propose a simple model relating these structural changes to the modifications in the electronic structure. Thus we show that ionic liquid gating can tune the conductivity over orders of magnitude while maintaining transparency in the visible range, suggesting the use of ionic liquid gating for many applications.

  5. Demonstration of a stable high ionic conductivity solid oxide electrolyte. Final report, November 1993-January 1995

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    Wachsman, E.D.; Pound, B.G.; Jayaweera, P.; Jiang, N.; Lowe, D.

    1996-01-01

    The overall objective of this project is to develop a novel, low-cost, intermediate temperature, solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) using currently available highly conducting CeO2 electrolytes. The specific technical objective is to demonstrate that a ceria electrolyte can be modified to obtain stability against reduction by H2 at the anode, as evident by a stable open circuit potential that is higher than could be obtained with an unmodifed ceria electrolyte.

  6. Spectroscopic investigation of plasma electrolytic borocarburizing on q235 low-carbon steel

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    Liu, Run [Key Laboratory for Beam Technology and Materials Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Beijing Radiation Center, Beijing 100875 (China); Zhenjiang Watercraft College, Zhenjiang 212000, Jiangsu (China); Wang, Bin; Wu, Jie [Key Laboratory for Beam Technology and Materials Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Beijing Radiation Center, Beijing 100875 (China); Xue, Wenbin, E-mail: xuewb@bnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Beam Technology and Materials Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Beijing Radiation Center, Beijing 100875 (China); Jin, Xiaoyue; Du, Jiancheng; Hua, Ming [Key Laboratory for Beam Technology and Materials Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Beijing Radiation Center, Beijing 100875 (China)

    2014-12-01

    Highlights: • The plasma discharge behaviors for PEB/C on steels were evaluated by OES. • Electron temperature, concentration, atomic ionization degree were calculated. • The decomposition mechanism of electrolyte and was analyzed. - Abstract: A plasma electrolytic borocarburizing process (PEB/C) in borax electrolyte with glycerin additive was employed to fabricate a hardening layer on Q235 low-carbon steel. Optical emission spectroscopy (OES) was utilized to investigate the spectroscopy characteristics of plasma discharge around the steel during PEB/C process. Some plasma parameters were calculated in terms of OES. The electron temperature and electron concentration in plasma discharge zone is about 3000–12,000 K and 2 × 10{sup 22} m{sup −3}–1.4 × 10{sup 23} m{sup −3}. The atomic ionization degrees of iron, carbon and boron are 10{sup −16}–10{sup −3}, and 10{sup −23}–10{sup −6}, 10{sup −19}–10{sup −4}, respectively, which depend on discharge time. The surface morphology and cross-sectional microstructure of PEB/C hardening layer were observed, and the electrolyte decomposition and plasma discharge behaviors were discussed.

  7. Morphological, rheological and electrochemical studies ofpoly(ethylene oxide) electrolytes containing fumed silicananoparticles

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    Xie, Jiangbing; Kerr, John B.; Duan, Robert G.; Han, Yongbong

    2003-06-01

    In this paper, the rheology and crystallization of composite Poly(Ethylene Oxide) (PEO) electrolytes were studied by dynamic mechanical analysis, DSC and polarized light microscopy. The effects of fumed silica nanoparticles on the conductivities of the polymer electrolytes at temperatures above and below their melting point were measured and related to their rheology and crystallization behavior, respectively. The electrolyte/electrode interfacial properties and cycling performances of the composite polymer electrolytes in Li/Li cells are also discussed. The measured electrochemical properties were found to depend heavily on the operational environments and sample processing history.

  8. Plasma volume and electrolyte shifts with heavy exercise in sitting and supine positions

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    Greenleaf, J. E.; Van Beaumont, W.; Brock, P. J.; Morse, J. T.; Mangseth, G. R.

    1979-01-01

    An experimental study was carried out to compare fluid and electrolyte shifts after heavy exercise performed by four voluntary male subjects (26-45 yr) in sitting and supine positions. Plasma volume and electrolyte shifts were measured during the 6-min control period and for 60 min after a continuous peak oxygen uptake test. The results indicate that the most likely driving force for the restitution of plasma volume after peak exercise is provided by a change in hydrostatic and/or systemic blood pressures when exercise ceases.

  9. PECULIAR FEATURES OF ELECTROLYTIC-PLASMA HEATING DURING ELECTROCHEMICAL HEAT-TREATMENT OF STEEL

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Thermo-physical peculiar features of  anode electrolytic-plasma heating applied for heat and chemical heat-treatment have been investigated in the paper. The paper presents  results of the investigations pertaining  to influence of the operating voltage on current density, temperature and heating rate, heating power and  changes in heat portion passing to the anode. Peculiar features of layer formation which are hardened  by electrolytic-plasma carburizing  have been presented in the paper.

  10. Nickel supported on nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes as hydrogen oxidation reaction catalyst in alkaline electrolyte

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    Zhuang, Zhongbin; Giles, Stephen A; Zheng, Jie; Jenness, Glen R; Caratzoulas, Stavros; Vlachos, Dionisios G; Yan, Yushan

    2016-01-01

    .... Here we report that a composite catalyst, nickel nanoparticles supported on nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes, has hydrogen oxidation activity similar to platinum-group metals in alkaline electrolyte...

  11. Electrolytes for low temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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    Berkel, F.P.F. van; Christie, G.M.; Heuveln, F.H. van; Huijsmans, J.P.P. [Netherlands Energy Research Foundation, Petten (Netherlands)

    1995-12-31

    Self-supported electrolytes and electrode supported electrolytes of zirconia and ceria have been developed by means of tape casting. The conductivity data of these compounds have been obtained. Cell tests with these materials were conducted in the temperature range of 600 to 800 C. Operation of SOFC within this temperature range has been shown to be feasible.

  12. Mechanical Performances of Carbonitriding Films on Cast Iron by Plasma Electrolytic Carbonitriding

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    PANG Hua; ZHANG Gu-Ling; WANG Xing-Quan; LV Guo-Hua; CHEN Huan; YANG Si-Ze

    2011-01-01

    The plasma electrolytic carbonitriding (PEC/N) process is applied to cast iron using an aqueous solution of acetamide and glycerin as the electrolyte. Mechanical properties of the carbonitriding layers on cast iron are investigated. After the PEC/N treatment, the microhardness and wear resistance of cast iron are improved significantly compared to the untreated substrate. When the substrate is processed at 350 V for 60s, the coating presents the highest microhardness and it is about 554.14HK0.02, and the coating with the highest hardness has the best wear resistance.%The plasma electrolytic carbonitriding (PEC/N) process is applied to cast iron using an aqueous solution of acetamide and glycerin as the electrolyte.Mechanical properties of the carbonitriding layers on cast iron are investigated.After the PEC/N treatment,the microhardness and wear resistance of cast iron are improved significantly compared to the untreated substrate.When the substrate is processed at 350 V for 60s,the coating presents the highest microhardness and it is about 554.14HK0.02,and the coating with the highest hardness has the best wear resistance.Plasma electrolytic saturation (PES) is a relatively novel surface engineering technique,which operates at room temperature and atmospheric pressure.[1-3]It includes plasma electrolytic carburizing (PEC),[4,5]plasma electrolytic nitriding (PEN)[6] and plasma electrolytic carbonitriding (PEC/N).[7-10] The relatively unrestrained size and shape,and shorter treatment time compared to vacuum-plasma processes make the PES a desirable and flexible technique for industrial use.The PES treatments on low carbon steel,[11] stainless steel[3,12] and pure iron[13] have been investigated.Researchers studied the microstructure,phase composition,corrosion resistance,microhardness and wear performance of the PES-treated samples.It was found that the diffusion of N into stainless steels can improve the corrosion resistance of stainless steels,[14] while the

  13. Electrolytic exfoliation of graphite in water with multifunctional electrolytes: en route towards high quality, oxide-free graphene flakes.

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    Munuera, J M; Paredes, J I; Villar-Rodil, S; Ayán-Varela, M; Martínez-Alonso, A; Tascón, J M D

    2016-02-07

    Electrolytic--usually referred to as electrochemical--exfoliation of graphite in water under anodic potential holds enormous promise as a simple, green and high-yield method for the mass production of graphene, but currently suffers from several drawbacks that hinder its widespread adoption, one of the most critical being the oxidation and subsequent structural degradation of the carbon lattice that is usually associated with such a production process. To overcome this and other limitations, we introduce and implement the concept of multifunctional electrolytes. The latter are amphiphilic anions (mostly polyaromatic hydrocarbons appended with sulfonate groups) that play different relevant roles as (1) an intercalating electrolyte to trigger exfoliation of graphite into graphene flakes, (2) a dispersant to afford stable aqueous colloidal suspensions of the flakes suitable for further use, (3) a sacrificial agent to prevent graphene oxidation during exfoliation and (4) a linker to promote nanoparticle anchoring on the graphene flakes, yielding functional hybrids. The implementation of this strategy with some selected amphiphiles even furnishes anodically exfoliated graphenes of a quality similar to that of flakes produced by direct, ultrasound- or shear-induced exfoliation of graphite in the liquid phase (i.e., almost oxide- and defect-free). These high quality materials were used for the preparation of catalytically efficient graphene-Pt nanoparticle hybrids, as demonstrated by model reactions (reduction of nitroarenes). The multifunctional performance of these electrolytes is also discussed and rationalized, and a mechanistic picture of their oxidation-preventing ability is proposed. Overall, the present results open the prospect of anodic exfoliation as a competitive method for the production of very high quality graphene flakes.

  14. Yttria-stabilized zirconia solid oxide electrolyte fuel cells: Monolithic solid oxide fuel cells

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    1990-10-01

    The monolithic solid oxide fuel cell (MSOFC) is currently under development for a variety of applications including coal-based power generation. The MSOFC is a design concept that places the thin components of a solid oxide fuel cell in lightweight, compact, corrugated structure, and so achieves high efficiency and excellent performance simultaneously with high power density. The MSOFC can be integrated with coal gasification plants and is expected to have high overall efficiency in the conversion of the chemical energy of coal to electrical energy. This report describes work aimed at: (1) assessing manufacturing costs for the MSOFC and system costs for a coal-based plant; (2) modifying electrodes and electrode/electrolyte interfaces to improve the electrochemical performance of the MSOFC; and (3) testing the performance of the MSOFC on hydrogen and simulated coal gas. Manufacturing costs for both the coflow and crossflow MSOFC's were assessed based on the fabrication flow charts developed by direct scaleup of tape calendering and other laboratory processes. Integrated coal-based MSOFC systems were investigated to determine capital costs and costs of electricity. Design criteria were established for a coal-fueled 200-Mw power plant. Four plant arrangements were evaluated, and plant performance was analyzed. Interfacial modification involved modification of electrodes and electrode/electrolyte interfaces to improve the MSOFC electrochemical performance. Work in the cathode and cathode/electrolyte interface was concentrated on modification of electrode porosity, electrode morphology, electrode material, and interfacial bonding. Modifications of the anode and anode/electrolyte interface included the use of additives and improvement of nickel distribution. Single cells have been tested for their electrochemical performance. Performance data were typically obtained with humidified H2 or simulated coal gas and air or oxygen.

  15. Electrolytic exfoliation of graphite in water with multifunctional electrolytes: en route towards high quality, oxide-free graphene flakes

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    Munuera, J. M.; Paredes, J. I.; Villar-Rodil, S.; Ayán-Varela, M.; Martínez-Alonso, A.; Tascón, J. M. D.

    2016-01-01

    Electrolytic - usually referred to as electrochemical - exfoliation of graphite in water under anodic potential holds enormous promise as a simple, green and high-yield method for the mass production of graphene, but currently suffers from several drawbacks that hinder its widespread adoption, one of the most critical being the oxidation and subsequent structural degradation of the carbon lattice that is usually associated with such a production process. To overcome this and other limitations, we introduce and implement the concept of multifunctional electrolytes. The latter are amphiphilic anions (mostly polyaromatic hydrocarbons appended with sulfonate groups) that play different relevant roles as (1) an intercalating electrolyte to trigger exfoliation of graphite into graphene flakes, (2) a dispersant to afford stable aqueous colloidal suspensions of the flakes suitable for further use, (3) a sacrificial agent to prevent graphene oxidation during exfoliation and (4) a linker to promote nanoparticle anchoring on the graphene flakes, yielding functional hybrids. The implementation of this strategy with some selected amphiphiles even furnishes anodically exfoliated graphenes of a quality similar to that of flakes produced by direct, ultrasound- or shear-induced exfoliation of graphite in the liquid phase (i.e., almost oxide- and defect-free). These high quality materials were used for the preparation of catalytically efficient graphene-Pt nanoparticle hybrids, as demonstrated by model reactions (reduction of nitroarenes). The multifunctional performance of these electrolytes is also discussed and rationalized, and a mechanistic picture of their oxidation-preventing ability is proposed. Overall, the present results open the prospect of anodic exfoliation as a competitive method for the production of very high quality graphene flakes.Electrolytic - usually referred to as electrochemical - exfoliation of graphite in water under anodic potential holds enormous promise

  16. 4-(Trifluoromethyl)-benzonitrile: A novel electrolyte additive for lithium nickel manganese oxide cathode of high voltage lithium ion battery

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    Huang, Wenna; Xing, Lidan; Wang, Yating; Xu, Mengqing; Li, Weishan; Xie, Fengchao; Xia, Shengan

    2014-12-01

    In this work, 4-(Trifluoromethyl)-benzonitrile (4-TB) is used as a novel electrolyte additive for LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 cathode of high voltage lithium ion battery. Charge-discharge tests show that the cyclic stability of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 is significantly improved by using 0.5 wt.% 4-TB. With using 4-TB, LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 delivers an initial capacity of 133 mAh g-1 and maintains 121 mAh g-1 after 300 cycles with a capacity retention of 91%, compared to the 75% of that using base electrolyte (1 M LiPF6 in ethylene carbonate(EC)/dimethyl carbonate(DMC)). The results from linear sweep voltammetry, density functional theory calculations, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope, energy dispersive spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared, and inductively coupled plasma, indicate that 4-TB has lower oxidative stability than EC and DMC, and is preferentially oxidized on LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 forming a low-impedance protective film, which prevents the subsequent oxidation decomposition of the electrolyte and suppresses the manganese dissolution from LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4.

  17. Insight into the interaction between layered lithium-rich oxide and additive-containing electrolyte

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    Tu, Wenqiang; Xia, Pan; Zheng, Xiongwen; Ye, Changchun; Xu, Mengqiang; Li, Weishan

    2017-02-01

    Electrolyte additives have been found to be effective for the cyclic stability improvement of layered lithium-rich oxide (LRO), which is ascribed to the formation of cathode films derived from the preferential oxidation of the electrolyte additives. However, the detailed mechanism on the formation of the cathode film is unclear. This paper uncovers the interaction between LRO and additive-containing electrolyte through theoretical calculations, electrochemical measurements and physical characterizations. A representative LRO, Li1.2Mn0.54Ni0.13Co0.13O2, is synthesized, and an electrolyte, 1 M LiPF6 in EC/DMC (1/2, in volume) using triethyl phosphite (TEP) as additive, is considered. Charge/discharge tests demonstrate that LRO suffers severe capacity fading and TEP can significantly improve the cyclic stability of LRO. Characterizations from SEM and TEM demonstrate that a cathode film exists on the LRO after cycling in the TEP-containing electrolyte. The theoretical calculations suggest that TEP traps the active oxygen and is then oxidized on LRO preferentially compared to the electrolyte, forming the cathode film. The further characterizations from FTIR and GC, confirm that the preferential combination of TEP with active oxygen is beneficial for the suppression of oxygen evolution, and that the resulting cathode film can suppress the electrolyte decomposition and protect LRO from destruction.

  18. Significantly improved cyclability of lithium manganese oxide under elevated temperature by an easily oxidized electrolyte additive

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    Zhu, Yunmin; Rong, Haibo; Mai, Shaowei; Luo, Xueyi; Li, Xiaoping; Li, Weishan

    2015-12-01

    Spinel lithium manganese oxide, LiMn2O4, is a promising cathode for lithium ion battery in large-scale applications, because it possesses many advantages compared with currently used layered lithium cobalt oxide (LiCoO2) and olivine phosphate (LiFePO4), including naturally abundant resource, environmental friendliness and high and long work potential plateau. Its poor cyclability under high temperature, however, limits its application. In this work, we report a significant cyclability improvement of LiMn2O4 under elevated temperature by using dimethyl phenylphonite (DMPP) as an electrolyte additive. Charge/discharge tests demonstrate that the application of 0.5 wt.% DMPP yields a capacity retention improvement from 16% to 82% for LiMn2O4 after 200 cycles under 55 °C at 1 C (1C = 148 mAh g-1) between 3 and 4.5 V. Electrochemical and physical characterizations indicate that DMPP is electrochemically oxidized at the potential lower than that for lithium extraction, forming a protective cathode interphase on LiMn2O4, which suppresses the electrolyte decomposition and prevents LiMn2O4 from crystal destruction.

  19. Surface modification by electrolytic plasma processing for high Nb-TiAl alloys

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    Gui, Wanyuan; Hao, Guojian; Liang, Yongfeng; Li, Feng; Liu, Xiao; Lin, Junpin

    2016-12-01

    Metal surface modification by electrolytic plasma processing (EPP) is an innovative treatment widely commonly applied to material processing and pretreatment process of coating and galvanization. EPP involves complex processes and a great deal of parameters, such as preset voltage, current, solution temperature and processing time. Several characterization methods are presented in this paper for evaluating the micro-structure surfaces of Ti45Al8Nb alloys: SEM, EDS, XRD and 3D topography. The results showed that the oxide scale and other contaminants on the surface of Ti45Al8Nb alloys can be effectively removed via EPP. The typical micro-crater structure of the surface of Ti45Al8Nb alloys were observed by 3D topography after EPP to find that the mean diameter of the surface structure and roughness value can be effectively controlled by altering the processing parameters. The mechanical properties of the surface according to nanomechanical probe testing exhibited slight decrease in microhardness and elastic modulus after EPP, but a dramatic increase in surface roughness, which is beneficial for further processing or coating.

  20. 镁合金表面ZrO2涂层的等离子体电解氧化制备及其放电特性%Preparation of ZrO2 Coatings by Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation on Surface of Magnesium Alloys and Its Discharge Characteristics

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    王丽; 付文; 陈砺

    2012-01-01

    采用等离子体电解氧化(plasma electrolytic oxidation,PEO)技术在基础电解液 K2ZrF6中,在 AZ31 镁合金表面制备 ZrO2陶瓷涂层。对 PEO 过程放电特性、等离子体场的成分、ZrO2陶瓷涂层表面及截面形貌、晶相组成、耐腐蚀性能及表面接触角进行了研究。结果表明:制得的 ZrO2陶瓷涂层表面均匀,截面致密,涂层主要由立方相、四方相及单斜相 ZrO2组成。ZrO2涂层耐腐蚀性能相对于基体提高了 6 个数量级。制得的 ZrO2陶瓷涂层表现出疏水性,有利于提高基体材料的耐腐蚀性能。等离子体场内放电火花活性物种主要由 Na、K、Mg、Al、H、O、O2、H2O、H2O+、O+、OI 及ZrO2组成。%The ZlO2 ceramic coatings on the surface of AZ31 magnesium alloy were deposited via plasma electrolytic oxidation (PEO) in a base electrolyte solution of K2ZrFt. The discharge characteristics of the PEO process, the composition of the plasma field, and the surface and cross-section morphologies of the ZrO2 ceramic coatings, the phase composition, the corrosion resistance and the surface contact angle of the coatings were investigated. The results show that the prepared ZrO2 ceramic coatings exhibit a uniform surface morphology and a compact cross section. The coatings were mainly composed of the cubic, tetragonal and monoclinlc ZrO2 phases. The corrosion resistance of the coatings was increased by 6-0rder magnitude, compared to that of the substrate. The ZrO2 ceramic coatings exhibited the hydrophobie characteristics, which could favor the improvement of the corrosion resistance of the substrate material. The active species of discharge sparks in the plasma field were composed of Na, K, Mg, A1, H, O, O2, H2O, H2O+, O+, OI and ZrO2.

  1. Porous-Al2O3 thermal barrier coatings with dispersed Pt particles prepared by cathode plasma electrolytic deposition

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    Jin Zhang

    2016-01-01

    Porousa-Al2O3 thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) containing dispersed Pt particles were prepared by cathode plasma electrolytic deposition (CPED). The influence of the Pt particles on the microstructure of the coatings and the CPED process were studied. The prepared coatings were mainly composed ofα-Al2O3. The average thickness of the coatings was approximately 100μm. Such single-layer TBCs ex-hibited not only excellent high-temperature cyclic oxidation and spallation resistance, but also good thermal insulation properties. Porousa-Al2O3 TBCs inhibit further oxidation of alloy substrates because of their extremely low oxygen diffusion rate, provide good thermal insu-lation because of their porous structure, and exhibit excellent mechanical properties because of the toughening effect of the Pt particles and because of stress relaxation induced by deformation of the porous structure.

  2. La2Zr2O7 TBCs toughened by Pt particles prepared by cathode plasma electrolytic deposition

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    Deng, Shun-jie; Wang, Peng; He, Ye-dong; Zhang, Jin

    2016-06-01

    La2Zr2O7 thermal barrier coatings (TBCs) with dispersed Pt particles were prepared by cathode plasma electrolytic deposition (CPED) with ceramic balls added to the cathode region. Compared with the conventional CPED, when ceramic balls are used in the cathode region, the plasma discharge ignition current density decreases approximately 62-fold and the stable plasma discharges occur at the whole cathode surface. Such TBCs with a thickness of 100 μm exhibit a crack-free surface and are composed of pyrochlore-structured La2Zr2O7. Cyclic oxidation, scratching, and thermal insulation capability tests show that such TBCs not only exhibit high resistance to oxidation and spallation but also provide good thermal insulation. These beneficial effects are attributed to the excellent properties of TBCs, such as good thermal insulation because of low thermal conductivity, high-temperature oxidation resistance because of low-oxygen diffusion rate, and good mechanical properties because of the toughening effect of Pt particles.

  3. Periodontal treatment decreases plasma oxidized LDL level and oxidative stress.

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    Tamaki, Naofumi; Tomofuji, Takaaki; Ekuni, Daisuke; Yamanaka, Reiko; Morita, Manabu

    2011-12-01

    Periodontitis induces excessive production of reactive oxygen species in periodontal lesions. This may impair circulating pro-oxidant/anti-oxidant balance and induce the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in blood. The purpose of this study was to monitor circulating oxidized LDL and oxidative stress in subjects with chronic periodontitis following non-surgical periodontal treatment. Plasma levels of oxidized LDL and oxidative stress in 22 otherwise healthy non-smokers with chronic periodontitis (mean age 44.0 years) were measured at baseline and at 1 and 2 months after non-surgical periodontal treatment. At baseline, chronic periodontitis patients had higher plasma levels of oxidized LDL and oxidative stress than healthy subjects (p surgical periodontal treatment were effective in decreasing oxLDL, which was positively associated with a reduction in circulating oxidative stress.

  4. Performance of a novel type of electrolyte-supported solid oxide fuel cell with honeycomb structure

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    Ruiz-Morales, Juan Carlos; Savvin, Stanislav N.; Nunez, Pedro [Departmento de Quimica Inorganica, Universidad de La Laguna, 38200 Tenerife (Spain); Marrero-Lopez, David [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada I, Universidad de Malaga, 29071 Malaga (Spain); Pena-Martinez, Juan; Canales-Vazquez, Jesus [Instituto de Energias Renovables-Universidad de Castilla la Mancha, 02006 Albacete (Spain); Roa, Joan Josep; Segarra, Merce [DIOPMA, Departamento de Ciencia de los Materiales e Ing. Metalurgica, 08028 Barcelona (Spain)

    2010-01-15

    A novel design, alternative to the conventional electrolyte-supported solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) is presented. In this new design, a honeycomb-electrolyte is fabricated from hexagonal cells, providing high mechanical strength to the whole structure and supporting the thin layer used as electrolyte of a SOFC. This new design allows a reduction of {proportional_to}70% of the electrolyte material and it renders modest performances over 320 mW cm{sup -2} but high volumetric power densities, i.e. 1.22 W cm{sup -3} under pure CH{sub 4} at 900 C, with a high OCV of 1.13 V, using the standard Ni-YSZ cermet as anode, Pt as cathode material and air as the oxidant gas. (author)

  5. Fermi Potential across Working Solid Oxide Cells with Zirconia or Ceria Electrolytes

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    Jacobsen, Torben; Chatzichristodoulou, Christodoulos; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2014-01-01

    A solid electrolyte will always possess a finite electronic conductivity, in particular electrolytes like doped ceria that easily get reduced and become mixed ionic and electronic conductors. This given rise too high leak currents through the solid oxide cell (SOC). Especially, problems have been...... observed for ceria based electrolytes, but also in case of solid oxide electrolyser cells (SOEC) with yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) big electronic leak currents have been observed for very high overvoltages on one or both electrodes. Furthermore, it is important to realize that the potential gradient...... driving the O2-ions is not the Fermi potential, which is the potential of the electrons, but the Galvani potential (or inner potential) (1). The concepts of potentials describing the electrical situation of a solid electrolyte is shown i Fig. 1, and an example of the Fermi potential (π) and Galvani...

  6. Characteristic Analysis of the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell with Proton Conducting Ceramic Electrolyte

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    谭小耀; 孟波; 杨乃涛; K.Li

    2005-01-01

    An electrolyte model for the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with proton conducting perovskite electrolyte is developed in this study, in which four types of charge carriers including proton, oxygen vacancy (oxide ion), free electron and electron hole are taken into consideration. The electrochemical process within the SOFC with hydrogen as the fuel is theoretically analyzed. With the present model, the effects of some parameters, such as the thickness of electrolyte, operating temperature and gas composition, on the ionic transport (or gas permeation) through the electrolyte and the electrical performance, i.e., the electromotive force (EMF) and internal resistance of the cell, are investigated in detail. The theoretical results are tested partly by comparing with the experimental data obtained from SrCe0.05M0.05O3-α(M=Yb, Y) cells.

  7. Fermi Potential across Working Solid Oxide Cells with Zirconia or Ceria Electrolytes

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    Jacobsen, Torben; Chatzichristodoulou, Christodoulos; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2014-01-01

    A solid electrolyte will always possess a finite electronic conductivity, in particular electrolytes like doped ceria that easily get reduced and become mixed ionic and electronic conductors. This given rise too high leak currents through the solid oxide cell (SOC). Especially, problems have been...... observed for ceria based electrolytes, but also in case of solid oxide electrolyser cells (SOEC) with yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) big electronic leak currents have been observed for very high overvoltages on one or both electrodes. Furthermore, it is important to realize that the potential gradient...... at various temperatures and operation conditions. Furthermore, the situation within cells based on gadolinia doped ceria (CGO) and on YSZ electrolytes are compared. Finally, it is discussed how the Fermi potential and electron conductivity will be affected by the various parameters including operation...

  8. ELECTROLYTE-PLASMA TREATMENT UNDER NON-STATIONARY MODE IN A HIGH-GRADIENT ELECTRIC FIELD

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    Yu. G. Aliakseyeu

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Electrolyte-plasma treatment has become widespread in the industry as an alternative to traditional chemical, electrochemical and mechanical methods of improving the surface quality of products made of metallic materials. Advantages ofelectrolyte-plasma treatment are a high intensity of microroughness smoothing, the use of low concentration salts solutions as electrolytes, the possibility of processing products of complex shape. The main disadvantage of this method is high power consumption, so the method can be considered in its classical form to the power-consuming. A possible way of reducing power consumption is treatment in unsteady modes that arise in the transition zone between a switching and stable electrolyte-plasma treatment process and is characterized by the periodic formation of a stable vapor-gas shell and a transition to an electrochemical process. The paper presents the results of a study of the influence of a high-gradient electric field under unsteady electrolyte-plasma treatment modes on the energy parameters of the process and the characteristics of the surface being treated. It is established that a high-gradient electric field has a significant effect on the decrease in specific power consumption, which is explained by a decrease in losses in the electrolyte and the influence of the field on the formation and maintenance of the vapor-gas shell. As a result of the study of the effect of a high-gradient electric field in unsteady EPT modes on characteristics of the surface layer was established that a significant impulse current density in the zone of predominantly electrochemical treatment leads to a selective etching of the surface and the formation of a characteristic micro relief of the surface with a developed porous microstructure with pore sizes from 0.3 to 2.5 microns. The most pronounced porous microstructure is provided at a voltage of 270–300 V and an additional inductance of 3.2 mH.

  9. Picosecond electron injection dynamics in dye-sensitized oxides in the presence of electrolyte

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    Pijpers, J.J.H.; Ulbricht, R.; Derossi, S.; Reek, J.N.H.; Bonn, M.

    2011-01-01

    We employ time-resolved terahertz (THz) spectroscopy (TRTS) to directly monitor the picosecond dynamics of electron transfer in dye-sensitized oxides in the presence of an electrolyte phase. Understanding the time scale on which electrons are injected from the dye into the oxide phase in the presenc

  10. High efficiency solid state dye sensitized solar cells with graphene-polyethylene oxide composite electrolytes.

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    Akhtar, M Shaheer; Kwon, Soonji; Stadler, Florian J; Yang, O Bong

    2013-06-21

    Novel and highly effective composite electrolytes were prepared by combining the two dimensional graphene (Gra) and polyethylene oxide (PEO) for the solid electrolyte of dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). Gra sheets were uniformly coated by the polymer layer through the ester carboxylate bonding between oxygenated species on Gra sheets and PEO. The Gra-PEO composite electrolyte showed the large scale generation of iodide ions in a redox couple. From rheological analysis, the decrease in viscosity after the addition of LiI and I2 in the Gra-PEO electrolyte might be explained by the dipolar interactions being severely disrupted by the ionic interactions of Li(+), I(-), and I3(-) ions. A composite electrolyte with 0.5 wt% Gra presented a higher ionic conductivity (3.32 mS cm(-1)) than those of PEO and other composite electrolytes at room temperature. A high overall conversion efficiency (∼5.23%) with a very high short circuit current (JSC) of 18.32 mA cm(-2), open circuit voltage (VOC) of 0.592 V and fill factor (FF) of 0.48 was achieved in DSSCs fabricated with the 0.5 wt% Gra-PEO composite electrolyte. This enhanced photovoltaic performance might be attributed to the large scale formation of iodide ions in the redox electrolyte and the relatively high ionic conductivity.

  11. Chemical Reactivity Descriptor for the Oxide-Electrolyte Interface in Li-Ion Batteries.

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    Giordano, Livia; Karayaylali, Pinar; Yu, Yang; Katayama, Yu; Maglia, Filippo; Lux, Simon; Shao-Horn, Yang

    2017-08-17

    Understanding electrochemical and chemical reactions at the electrode-electrolyte interface is of fundamental importance for the safety and cycle life of Li-ion batteries. Positive electrode materials such as layered transition metal oxides exhibit different degrees of chemical reactivity with commonly used carbonate-based electrolytes. Here we employed density functional theory methods to compare the energetics of four different chemical reactions between ethylene carbonate (EC) and layered (LixMO2) and rocksalt (MO) oxide surfaces. EC dissociation on layered oxides was found energetically more favorable than nucleophilic attack, electrophilic attack, and EC dissociation with oxygen extraction from the oxide surface. In addition, EC dissociation became energetically more favorable on the oxide surfaces with transition metal ions from left to right on the periodic table or by increasing transition metal valence in the oxides, where higher degree of EC dissociation was found as the Fermi level was lowered into the oxide O 2p band.

  12. Electrochemical oxidation of organic carbonate based electrolyte solutions at lithium metal oxide electrodes

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    Imhof, R.; Novak, P. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1999-08-01

    The oxidative decomposition of carbonate based electrolyte solutions at practical lithium metal oxide composite electrodes was studied by differential electrochemical mass spectrometry. For propylene carbonate (PC), CO{sub 2} evolution was detected at LiNiO{sub 2}, LiCoO{sub 2}, and LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} composite electrodes. The starting point of gas evolution was 4.2 V vs. Li/Li{sup +} at LiNiO{sub 2}, whereas at LiCoO{sub 2} and LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}, CO{sub 2} evolution was only observed above 4.8 V vs. Li/Li{sup +}. In addition, various other volatile electrolyte decomposition products of PC were detected when using LiCoO{sub 2}, LiMn{sub 2}O4, and carbon black electrodes. In ethylene carbonate / dimethyl carbonate, CO{sub 2} evolution was only detected at LiNiO{sub 2} electrodes, again starting at about 4.2 V vs. Li/Li{sup +}. (author) 3 figs., 2 refs.

  13. Conductivity and Dielectric Studies of Lithium Trifluoromethanesulfonate Doped Polyethylene Oxide-Graphene Oxide Blend Based Electrolytes

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    A. A. Azli

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Series of polymer blend consisting of polyethylene oxide (PEO and graphene oxide (GO as co-host polymer were prepared using solution cast method. The most amorphous PEO-GO blend was obtained using 90 wt.% of PEO and 10 wt.% of GO as recorded by X-ray diffraction (XRD. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR analysis proved the interaction between PEO, GO, lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate (LiCF3SO3, and ethylene sulfite (ES. Incorporation of 25 wt.% LiCF3SO3 into the PEO-GO blend increases the conductivity to 3.84±0.83×10-6 S cm−1. The conductivity starts to decrease when more than 25 wt.% salt is doped into the polymer blend. The addition of 1 wt.% ES into the polymer electrolyte has increased the conductivity to 1.73±0.05×10-5 S cm−1. Dielectric studies show that all the electrolytes obey non-Debye behavior.

  14. Heat Transfer in the Anode Region in Plasma-Electrolytic Heating of a Cylindrical Sample

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    Zhirov, A. V.; Belkin, P. N.; Shadrin, S. Yu.

    2017-07-01

    The energy balance in a three-phase system "anode-vapor/gas envelope-electrolyte" and the results of experimental determination of the heat fluxes acting in the vapor-gas envelope are considered. To determine the fluxes quantitatively, the calorimetric method and the theory of inverse problems of the thermal conductivity of solid bodies are used. It is shown that heat fluxes into the anode and electrolyte increase with the voltage delivered to the electrochemical cell, whereas the heat flux associated with the vapor release to the atmosphere remains practically unchanged. An increase in the concentration of the current-conducting component in the electrolyte leads to a certain growth of the heat flux into the anode and to a decrease of the flux into the electrolyte. The stages of a nonstationary period of the process of plasma-electrolytic heating have been revealed, and it has been established that the time of heating the vapor-gas envelope is several times shorter than the time of heating a sample.

  15. Electrochemical Behavior of Oxide Films of Stainless Steel in 40 kHz Sonicated Sulphate Electrolytes

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    ZHU Li-qun; LI Min-wei; WANG Hui

    2007-01-01

    This paper describes effects of 40 kHz ultrasound on the oxide films of stainless steel in sulphate electrolytes so as to determine the transmitted power and to characterize mass transfer and peak current density on the electrode surface. Emphasis was mainly laid on electrochemical oxidations and peeling mechanism of oxide films in sonicated sulphate solutions (0.5 and 1.0 mol/L). Polarization voltammetry, current response traces and SEM analysis were carried out in order to provide full information as to oxide films surface.Results shows that the rate of electrochemical oxidation, the shape of polarization curves and the surface micrographs in sonicated sulphate electrolytes are different from those obtained without introduction of ultrasound. It is concluded that ultrasound can change the electro-chemical behavior of oxide films by its cavitaion effects, which would produce transient mechanical impulsive force and enhance electrochemical reactions.

  16. Electrokinetic Properties of the Pristine and Oxidized MWCNT Depending on the Electrolyte Type and Concentration

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    Skwarek, Ewa; Bolbukh, Yuliia; Tertykh, Valentyn; Janusz, Władysław

    2016-03-01

    Electrostatic stabilization is reduced in its efficiency in an electrolyte-containing environment. The effect of electrolyte concentration is mostly described as negative factor for dispersion stabilization. Usually, zeta potential and physical stability decrease at increasing electrolyte concentration. The purpose of the present study was to measure the surface properties of nanotubes in aqueous solution of monovalent electrolytes at different concentration. Characteristics such as size distribution, surface chemistry, surface charge, and dispersability in aqueous phase have been identified. Hydrodynamic size and zeta potential in aqueous multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) suspensions were determined at different pH with the desired concentrations of electrolyte of the cationic group (NaCl, KCl, CsCl) and the anionic group (NaClO4). The correlations between the response of the surface functionality of pristine and oxidized multiwalled carbon nanotubes and electrical double layer (EDL) forming at different ionic environments in the vicinity of a nanotube surface were determined. The nanotube dispersion stabilization was found to be more affected by ion size and pH medium then electrolyte concentration. The data obtained confirms the predominant role of surface reactions. The most stable dispersion of nanotubes was achieved in KCl electrolyte solution at less negative charge of the surface.

  17. Oxidative degradation of polybenzimidazole membranes as electrolytes for high temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Liao, J.H.; Li, Qingfeng; Rudbeck, H.C.

    2011-01-01

    the oxidative degradation of the polymer membrane was studied under the Fenton test conditions by the weight loss, intrinsic viscosity, size exclusion chromatography, scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. During the Fenton test, significant weight losses depending......Polybenzimidazole membranes imbibed with acid are emerging as a suitable electrolyte material for high-temperature polymer electrolyte fuel cells. The oxidative stability of polybenzimidazole has been identified as an important issue for the long-term durability of such cells. In this paper...

  18. Effect of cathode and electrolyte transport properties on chromium poisoning in solid oxide fuel cells

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    Fergus, Jeffrey W. [Materials Research and Education Center, 275 Wilmore Laboratories, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849 (United States)

    2007-11-15

    A major degradation mechanism in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) is poisoning of the cathode by chromium from volatilization of the interconnect material. The chromium deposition has been attributed to both chemical and electrochemical mechanisms. For an electrochemical reaction, deposition can occur only where both ions and electrons are available, which, for a purely ionic conducting electrolyte and a purely electronic conducting cathode, can occur only at the three-phase gas-electrolyte-electrode interface. However, the introduction of ionic conductivity into the cathode or electronic conductivity into the electrolyte can allow deposition to occur away from this three-phase interface, and thus alter its effect on the fuel cell performance. In this paper, the chromium poisoning of SOFC cathodes is reviewed, with a focus on the effects of the transport properties of the cathode and electrolyte materials. (author)

  19. STABLE HIGH CONDUCTIVITY BILAYERED ELECTROLYTES FOR LOW TEMPERATURE SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELLS

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    Eric D. Wachsman; Keith L. Duncan

    2002-09-30

    A bilayer electrolyte consisting of acceptor-doped ceria (on the fuel/reducing side) and cubic-stabilized bismuth oxide (on the oxidizing side) was developed. The bilayer electrolyte that was developed showed significant improvement in open-circuit potential versus a typical ceria based SOFC. Moreover, the OCP of the bilayer cells increased as the thickness of the bismuth oxide layer increased relative to the ceria layer. Thereby, verifying the bilayer concept. Although, because of the absence of a suitable cathode (a problem we are still working assiduously to solve), we were unable to obtain power density curves, our modeling work predicts a reduction in electrolyte area specific resistance of two orders of magnitude over cubic-stabilized zirconia and projects a maximum power density of 9 W/m{sup 2} at 800 C and 0.09 W/m{sup 2} at 500 C. Towards the development of the bilayer electrolyte other significant strides were made. Among these were, first, the development of a, bismuth oxide based, oxide ion conductor with the highest conductivity (0.56 S/cm at 800 C and 0.043 S/cm at 500 C) known to date. Second, a physical model of the defect transport mechanisms and the driving forces for the ordering phenomena in bismuth oxide and other fluorite systems was developed. Third, a model for point defect transport in oxide mixed ionic-electronic conductors was developed, without the typical assumption of a uniform distribution of ions and including the effect of variable loads on the transport properties of an SOFC (with either a single or bilayer electrolyte).

  20. Composition, structure, magnetic and luminescent properties of EuFeO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2}/Ti composites fabricated by combination of plasma electrolytic oxidation and extraction pyrolysis

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    Rudnev, V.S., E-mail: rudnevvs@ich.dvo.ru [Institute of Chemistry, Far-Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, 159, Prosp. 100-letya Vladivostoka, Vladivostok 690022 (Russian Federation); Far-Eastern Federal University, 8, Sukhanova Str., Vladivostok 690950 (Russian Federation); Steblevskaya, N.I.; Kilin, K.N.; Medkov, M.A.; Tkachenko, I.A.; Belobeletskaya, M.V.; Adigamova, M.V.; Lukiyanchuk, I.V.; Nedozorov, P.M. [Institute of Chemistry, Far-Eastern Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, 159, Prosp. 100-letya Vladivostoka, Vladivostok 690022 (Russian Federation); Yanushkevich, K.I. [Scientific-Practical Materials Research Centre of the Belarus National Academy of Sciences, 17, P. Brovki Str., Minsk 22072 (Belarus)

    2015-10-25

    Layered oxide coatings containing europium ferrite multiferroic have been synthesized on titanium plates. With the presence of EuFeO{sub 3}, the composite acquires weak ferromagnetic properties: the coercive force attains 45–78 Oe in the temperature range 3–340 K. The magnetic properties of EuFeO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2}/Ti composites are different from those of nanosized EuFeO{sub 3} powder obtained by extraction pyrolysis. It has been established that EuFeO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2}/Ti composites have luminescence properties characteristic of inorganic materials with europium ions. The obtained data assume that the deposited layer containing EuFeO{sub 3} can have a complex structure: both oxidized and reduced elements may be present in its composition. - Highlights: • EuFeO{sub 3} multiferroic was deposited on TiO{sub 2}/Ti by extraction pyrolysis. • The layer deposited contains reduced and oxidized elements (Fe, Eu). • Magnetic properties of the composites differ from those of nanosized EuFeO{sub 3} powder. • The luminescent properties of EuFeO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2}/Ti composites are typical of Eu{sup 3+}.

  1. Investigations on Poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO) - blend based solid polymer electrolytes for sodium ion batteries

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    Koduru, H. K.; Iliev, M. T.; Kondamareddy, K. K.; Karashanova, D.; Vlakhov, T.; Zhao, X.-Z.; Scaramuzza, N.

    2016-10-01

    Polymer blend electrolytes based on Polyethylene oxide (PEO) and polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP), complexed with NaIO4 salt and Graphene oxide (GO) are investigated in the present report. The electrolytes are prepared by a facile solution cast technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) are employed to study the influence of ion-polymer interactions on the micro structural properties of blend electrolytes. Measurements of electrical conductivity of the blend polymer complexes have been performed by using complex impedance spectroscopy in the frequency range 1 Hz - 1 MHz and within the temperature range 303 K - 343 K.A study on electrical conductivity properties of GO doped ‘salt complexed electrolyte’ systems is presented.

  2. Fabrication of thin electrolyte film by electrophoretic deposition for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cells. Paper no. IGEC-1-101

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    Lankin, M.; Karan, K. [Fuel Cell Research Centre, Kingston, Ontario (Canada)]|[Queen' s Univ., Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Kingston, Ontario (Canada)

    2005-07-01

    'Full text:' Intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (ITSOFCs) operating over 500-700C offer the potential of using stainless steel interconnects, thereby, significantly reducing material costs. Lower temperatures, however, result in higher ohmic losses in the electrolyte. These losses can be reduced if SOFCs based on thin electrolyte layer (10-20 {mu}m) are fabricated. Conventional methods for thin-film fabrication such as electro-vapour deposition or plasma spraying are relatively expensive techniques. An alternative method is electrophoretic deposition (EPD), which is inexpensive and is capable of producing uniform electrolyte layers on the order of 10-40{mu}m very rapidly (<5min). In this study, EPD is employed to fabricate thin gadolina-doped ceria (GDC) electrolytes on Cu-GDC anodes for use in IT-SOFCs fuelled by biomass-derived fuels. To date, experimental work has allowed optimization of parameters influencing EPD process. Scanning electron microscopic analyses indicate that electrolyte layers of 10{mu}m thickness, uniform thickness and moderate density are produced by EPD. The paper will present the progress on the characterization of thin film electrolytes as well as development of single-cell SOFC based on EPD process. (author)

  3. Effect of seawater immersion on plasma osmotic pressure and electrolyte balance following open chest trauma

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    李辉; 鹿尔驯; 虞积耀; 王大鹏; 马聪

    2002-01-01

    To explore the effect of seawater immersion on serum osmotic pressure and electrolytes balance following chest trauma in dogs. Methods: Twenty-five healthy adult dogs were used in the experiment. A canine model of right open pneumothorax was established by chest puncturing on all animals. Animals were divided into three groups: a control group (n = 10) with chest trauma without any immersion;a seawater group ( n = 10) immersed in seawater after chest trauma and a normal saline group ( n = 5 ) immersed in normal saline solution following chest trauma. Blood samples were taken at different time intervals to determine plasma osmotic pressure and electrolytes. The hemodynamic changes were also recorded. Results: Mortality in the seawater group was much higher than that of the control group and the normal saline group. The mean survival time in the seawater group lasted only 45 minutes, while in the control group and the normal saline group the average survival time was more than 4 hours (P < 0.01 ). One of the most important causes of death was hypernatremia and high osmolality. Severe electrolytes imbalance was observed in seawater group.Hypernatremia and high osmolality were the most significant factors of high mortality in the seawater group. Conclusions: Seawater immersion after chest trauma appears to be associated with severe electrolyte imbalance as well as high osmotic pressure, These may be the risk factors leading to fatal outcome.

  4. Formation of Diffusion Layers by Anode Plasma Electrolytic Nitrocarburizing of Low-Carbon Steel

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    Kusmanov, S. A.; Kusmanova, Yu. V.; Naumov, A. R.; Belkin, P. N.

    2015-08-01

    The structure of the low-carbon steel after plasma electrolytic nitrocarburizing in the electrolyte containing acetonitrile was investigated. The cross-sectional microstructure, composition, and phase constituents of a modified layer under different processing conditions were characterized. It is shown that the electrolyte that contained ammonium chloride and acetonitrile provides the saturation of steel with nitrogen and carbon and the formation of the Fe4N and FeN0.05 nitrides, Fe4C carbide and other phases. The nitrogen diffusion decreases the austenitization temperature and results in the formation of martensite after the sample cooling in the electrolyte. The formation of a carbon and nitrogen source in a vapor-gas envelope (VGE) is investigated. The proposed mechanism includes evaporation of acetonitrile in the VGE, its adsorption on an anode with the following thermal decomposition, and also the acetonitrile reduction to amine with subsequent hydrolysis to ethanol that is determined with the use of chromatographic method. The aqueous solution that contained 10 wt.% NH4Cl and 10 wt.% CH3CN allows one to obtain the nitrocarburized layer with the thickness of 0.22 mm and microhardness up to 740 HV during 10 min at 850 °C. This treatment regime leads to the decrease in the surface roughness of steel R a from 1.01 μm to 0.17 μm.

  5. Extremely thin bilayer electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) fabricated by chemical solution deposition (CSD).

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    Oh, Eun-Ok; Whang, Chin-Myung; Lee, Yu-Ri; Park, Sun-Young; Prasad, Dasari Hari; Yoon, Kyung Joong; Son, Ji-Won; Lee, Jong-Ho; Lee, Hae-Weon

    2012-07-03

    An extremely thin bilayer electrolyte consisting of yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC) is successfully fabricated on a sintered NiO-YSZ substrate. Major processing flaws are effectively eliminated by applying local constraints to YSZ nanoparticles, and excellent open circuit voltage and cell performance are demonstrated in a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) at intermediate operating temperatures.

  6. Plasma Post Oxidation of Plasma Nitrocarburized SKD 61 Steel

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    2008-01-01

    Plasma nitrocarburizing and plasma oxidizing treatments were performed to improve the wear and corrosion resistance of SKD 61 steel. Plasma nitrocarburizing was conducted for 12 h at 540℃ in the nitrogen,hydrogen and methane atmosphere to produce the ε-Fe,2-3(N,C) phase. The compound layer produced by plasma nitrocarburising was predominantly composed of ε-phase, with a small proportion of γ′-Fe4(N,C) phase.The thickness of the compound layer and the diffusion layer are about 10 μm and about 200μm, respectively.Plasma post oxidation was performed on the nitrocarburized samples with various oxygen/hydrogen ratio at constant temperature of 500℃ for 1 h. The very thin magnetite (Fe3O4) layer of 1-2μm in thickness on top of the compound layer was obtained. Anodic polarization test revealed that plasma nitrocarburizing process contributed a significant improvement of corrosion resistance of SKD 61 steel. However, the corrosion characteristics of the nitrocarburized compound layer was deteriorated by oxidation treatment.

  7. Hierarchically oriented macroporous anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell with thin ceria electrolyte film.

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    Chen, Yu; Zhang, Yanxiang; Baker, Jeffrey; Majumdar, Prasun; Yang, Zhibin; Han, Minfang; Chen, Fanglin

    2014-04-09

    Application of anode-supported solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with ceria based electrolyte has often been limited by high cost of electrolyte film fabrication and high electrode polarization. In this study, dense Gd0.1Ce0.9O2 (GDC) thin film electrolytes have been fabricated on hierarchically oriented macroporous NiO-GDC anodes by a combination of freeze-drying tape-casting of the NiO-GDC anode, drop-coating GDC slurry on NiO-GDC anode, and co-firing the electrolyte/anode bilayers. Using 3D X-ray microscopy and subsequent analysis, it has been determined that the NiO-GDC anode substrates have a porosity of around 42% and channel size from around 10 μm at the electrolyte side to around 20 μm at the other side of the NiO-GDC (away from the electrolyte), indicating a hierarchically oriented macroporous NiO-GDC microstructure. Such NiO-GDC microstructure shows a tortuosity factor of ∼1.3 along the thickness direction, expecting to facilitate gas diffusion in the anode during fuel cell operation. SOFCs with such Ni-GDC anode, GDC film (30 μm) electrolyte, and La0.6Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-GDC (LSCF-GDC) cathode show significantly enhanced cell power output of 1.021 W cm(-2) at 600 °C using H2 as fuel and ambient air as oxidant. Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) analysis indicates a decrease in both activation and concentration polarizations. This study has demonstrated that freeze-drying tape-casting is a very promising approach to fabricate hierarchically oriented porous substrate for SOFC and other applications.

  8. Review on Improving Wear and Corrosion Resistance of Steels via Plasma Electrolytic Saturation Technology

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    Lin, Naiming; Xie, Ruizhen; Zhou, Peng; Zou, Jiaojuan; Ma, Yong; Wang, Zhenxia; Han, Pengju; Wang, Zhihua; Tang, Bin; Tian, Wei

    2016-03-01

    Plasma electrolytic saturation (PES) technique which holds the advantages of short treating time and limited heating influence and immediate quenching effect is conducted under high voltage power supply in some electrolyte has been extensively applied to enhance the surface performance of metallic materials. Steel is widely used in various fields thanks to its promising merits of easy workability, plasticity, toughness and weldability. It accounts for a large proportion in the application scope of the metal materials. Steel surfaces with good corrosion resistance, promising wear resistance and high hardness would be obtained by PES. Meanwhile, uniformed coatings can be formed without special requirements for substrate geometries using the PES. This paper first presents a brief introduction of the technological principle of PES. The status on studies and applications of PES for improving surface performance of steels has been reviewed.

  9. STABLE HIGH CONDUCTIVITY BILAYERED ELECTROLYTES FOR LOW TEMPERATURE SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELLS

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    Eric D. Wachsman; Keith L. Duncan

    2002-03-31

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are the future of energy production in America. They offer great promise as a clean and efficient process for directly converting chemical energy to electricity while providing significant environmental benefits (they produce negligible hydrocarbons, CO, or NO{sub x} and, as a result of their high efficiency, produce about one-third less CO{sub 2} per kilowatt hour than internal combustion engines). Unfortunately, the current SOFC technology, based on a stabilized zirconia electrolyte, must operate in the region of 1000 C to avoid unacceptably high ohmic losses. These high temperatures demand (a) specialized (expensive) materials for the fuel cell interconnects and insulation, (b) time to heat up to the operating temperature and (c) energy input to arrive at the operating temperature. Therefore, if fuel cells could be designed to give a reasonable power output at low to intermediate temperatures tremendous benefits may be accrued. At low temperatures, in particular, it becomes feasible to use ferritic steel for interconnects instead of expensive and brittle ceramic materials such as those based on LaCrO{sub 3}. In addition, sealing the fuel cell becomes easier and more reliable; rapid startup is facilitated; thermal stresses (e.g., those caused by thermal expansion mismatches) are reduced; radiative losses ({approx}T{sup 4}) become minimal; electrode sintering becomes negligible and (due to a smaller thermodynamic penalty) the SOFC operating cycle (heating from ambient) would be more efficient. Combined, all these improvements further result in reduced initial and operating costs. The problem is, at lower temperatures the conductivity of the conventional stabilized zirconia electrolyte decreases to the point where it cannot supply electrical current efficiently to an external load. The primary objectives of the proposed research is to develop a stable high conductivity (> 0.05 S cm{sup -1} at {le} 550 C) electrolyte for lower

  10. Synthesis of copper/copper oxide nanoparticles by solution plasma

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    Saito, Genki; Hosokai, Sou; Tsubota, Masakatsu; Akiyama, Tomohiro

    2011-07-01

    This paper describes the synthesis of copper/copper oxide nanoparticles via a solution plasma, in which the effect of the electrolyte and electrolysis time on the morphology of the products was mainly examined. In the experiments, a copper wire as a cathode was immersed in an electrolysis solution of a K2CO3 with the concentration from 0.001 to 0.50 M or a citrate buffer (pH = 4.8), and was melted by the local-concentration of current. The results demonstrated that by using the K2CO3 solution, we obtained CuO nanoflowers with many sharp nanorods, the size of which decreased with decreasing the concentration of the solution. Spherical particles of copper with/without pores formed when the citrate buffer was used. The pores in the copper nanoparticles appeared when the applied voltage changed from 105 V to 130 V, due to the dissolution of Cu2O.

  11. Composite electrolyte with proton conductivity for low-temperature solid oxide fuel cell

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    Raza, Rizwan, E-mail: razahussaini786@gmail.com [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Department of Energy Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Stockholm 10044 (Sweden); Ahmed, Akhlaq; Akram, Nadeem; Saleem, Muhammad; Niaz Akhtar, Majid; Ajmal Khan, M.; Abbas, Ghazanfar; Alvi, Farah; Yasir Rafique, M. [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Sherazi, Tauqir A. [Department of Chemistry, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Abbotabad 22060 (Pakistan); Shakir, Imran [Sustainable Energy Technologies (SET) center, College of Engineering, King Saud University, PO-BOX 800, Riyadh 11421 (Saudi Arabia); Mohsin, Munazza [Department of Physics, Lahore College for Women University, Lahore, 54000 (Pakistan); Javed, Muhammad Sufyan [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Department of Applied Physics, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Zhu, Bin, E-mail: binzhu@kth.se, E-mail: zhubin@hubu.edu.cn [Department of Energy Technology, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, Stockholm 10044 (Sweden); Hubei Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Organic Chemical Materials, Faculty of Physics and Electronic Science/Faculty of Computer and Information, Hubei University, Wuhan, Hubei 430062 (China)

    2015-11-02

    In the present work, cost-effective nanocomposite electrolyte (Ba-SDC) oxide is developed for efficient low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells (LTSOFCs). Analysis has shown that dual phase conduction of O{sup −2} (oxygen ions) and H{sup +} (protons) plays a significant role in the development of advanced LTSOFCs. Comparatively high proton ion conductivity (0.19 s/cm) for LTSOFCs was achieved at low temperature (460 °C). In this article, the ionic conduction behaviour of LTSOFCs is explained by carrying out electrochemical impedance spectroscopy measurements. Further, the phase and structure analysis are investigated by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy techniques. Finally, we achieved an ionic transport number of the composite electrolyte for LTSOFCs as high as 0.95 and energy and power density of 90% and 550 mW/cm{sup 2}, respectively, after sintering the composite electrolyte at 800 °C for 4 h, which is promising. Our current effort toward the development of an efficient, green, low-temperature solid oxide fuel cell with the incorporation of high proton conductivity composite electrolyte may open frontiers in the fields of energy and fuel cell technology.

  12. STABLE HIGH CONDUCTIVITY BILAYERED ELECTROLYTES FOR LOW TEMPERATURE SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELLS

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    Eric D. Wachsman

    2000-10-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are the future of energy production in America. They offer great promise as a clean and efficient process for directly converting chemical energy to electricity while providing significant environmental benefits (they produce negligible CO, HC, or NOx and, as a result of their high efficiency, produce about one-third less CO{sub 2} per kilowatt hour than internal combustion engines). Unfortunately, the current SOFC technology, based on a stabilized zirconia electrolyte, must operate in the region of 1000 C to avoid unacceptably high ohmic losses. These high temperatures demand (a) specialized (expensive) materials for the fuel cell interconnects and insulation, (b) time to heat up to the operating temperature and (c) energy input to arrive at the operating temperature. Therefore, if fuel cells could be designed to give a reasonable power output at lower temperatures tremendous benefits may be accrued, not the least of which is reduced cost. The problem is, at lower temperatures the conductivity of the conventional stabilized zirconia electrolyte decreases to the point where it cannot supply electrical current efficiently to an external load. The primary objectives of the proposed research is to develop a stable high conductivity (>0.05 S cm{sup -1} at 550 C) electrolyte for lower temperature SOFCs. This objective is specifically directed toward meeting the lowest (and most difficult) temperature criteria for the 21st Century Fuel Cell Program. Meeting this objective provides a potential for future transportation applications of SOFCs, where their ability to directly use hydrocarbon fuels could permit refueling within the existing transportation infrastructure. In order to meet this objective we are developing a functionally gradient bilayer electrolyte comprised of bismuth oxide on the air side and ceria on the fuel side. Bismuth oxide and doped ceria are among the highest ionic conducting electrolytes and in fact bismuth oxide based

  13. STABLE HIGH CONDUCTIVITY BILAYERED ELECTROLYTES FOR LOW TEMPERATURE SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELLS

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    Eric D. Wachsman

    2000-10-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are the future of energy production in America. They offer great promise as a clean and efficient process for directly converting chemical energy to electricity while providing significant environmental benefits (they produce negligible CO, HC, or NOx and, as a result of their high efficiency, produce about one-third less CO{sub 2} per kilowatt hour than internal combustion engines). Unfortunately, the current SOFC technology, based on a stabilized zirconia electrolyte, must operate in the region of 1000 C to avoid unacceptably high ohmic losses. These high temperatures demand (a) specialized (expensive) materials for the fuel cell interconnects and insulation, (b) time to heat up to the operating temperature and (c) energy input to arrive at the operating temperature. Therefore, if fuel cells could be designed to give a reasonable power output at lower temperatures tremendous benefits may be accrued, not the least of which is reduced cost. The problem is, at lower temperatures the conductivity of the conventional stabilized zirconia electrolyte decreases to the point where it cannot supply electrical current efficiently to an external load. The primary objectives of the proposed research is to develop a stable high conductivity (>0.05 S cm{sup -1} at 550 C) electrolyte for lower temperature SOFCs. This objective is specifically directed toward meeting the lowest (and most difficult) temperature criteria for the 21st Century Fuel Cell Program. Meeting this objective provides a potential for future transportation applications of SOFCs, where their ability to directly use hydrocarbon fuels could permit refueling within the existing transportation infrastructure. In order to meet this objective we are developing a functionally gradient bilayer electrolyte comprised of bismuth oxide on the air side and ceria on the fuel side. Bismuth oxide and doped ceria are among the highest ionic conducting electrolytes and in fact bismuth oxide based

  14. Morphology, thermal, electrical and electrochemical stability of nano aluminium-oxide-filled polyvinyl alcohol composite gel electrolyte

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    Navin Chand; Neelesh Rai; S L Agrawal; S K Patel

    2011-12-01

    In the present work, an attempt has been made to develop nano aluminium oxide (Al2O3)-filled polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) composite gel electrolytes. Surface morphological studies, thermal behaviour, electrochemical stability and electrical characterization of these composite gel electrolytes have been performed. An increase in the concentration of Al2O3 in composite gel electrolytes increases the amorphous characteristics of pure PVA. Bulk conductivity of composite gel electrolytes increases by an order of magnitude on addition of a nano filler. Maximum conductivity of 5.81 × 10-2 S/cm is observed for 6 wt% Al2O3-filled polymer gel composite electrolytes. Temperature dependence of electrical conductivity shows a combination of Arrhenius and Vogel–Tamman–Fulcher (VTF) nature. Maximum current stability during oxidation and reduction cycle is noticed for 6 wt% Al2O3-filled PVA composite electrolyte, viz. ±1.65 V.

  15. STABLE HIGH CONDUCTIVITY BILAYERED ELECTROLYTES FOR LOW TEMPERATURE SOLID OXIDE FUEL CELLS

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    Eric D. Wachsman; Keith L. Duncan

    2001-09-30

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are the future of energy production in America. They offer great promise as a clean and efficient process for directly converting chemical energy to electricity while providing significant environmental benefits (they produce negligible hydrocarbons, CO, or NO{sub x} and, as a result of their high efficiency, produce about one-third less CO{sub 2} per kilowatt hour than internal combustion engines). Unfortunately, the current SOFC technology, based on a stabilized zirconia electrolyte, must operate in the region of 1000 C to avoid unacceptably high ohmic losses. These high temperatures demand (a) specialized (expensive) materials for the fuel cell interconnects and insulation, (b) time to heat up to the operating temperature and (c) energy input to arrive at the operating temperature. Therefore, if fuel cells could be designed to give a reasonable power output at low to intermediate1 temperatures tremendous benefits may be accrued. At low temperatures, in particular, it becomes feasible to use ferritic steel for interconnects instead of expensive and brittle ceramic materials such as those based on LaCrO{sub 3}. In addition, sealing the fuel cell becomes easier and more reliable; rapid start-up is facilitated; thermal stresses (e.g., those caused by thermal expansion mismatches) are reduced; radiative losses ({approx}T{sup 4}) become minimal; electrode sintering becomes negligible and (due to a smaller thermodynamic penalty) the SOFC operating cycle (heating from ambient) would be more efficient. Combined, all these improvements further result in reduced initial and operating costs. The problem is, at lower temperatures the conductivity of the conventional stabilized zirconia electrolyte decreases to the point where it cannot supply electrical current efficiently to an external load. The primary objectives of the proposed research are to develop a stable high conductivity (> 0.05 S cm{sup -1} at {le} 550 C) electrolyte for lower

  16. Three-dimensional ionic conduction in the strained electrolytes of solid oxide fuel cells

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    Han, Yupei; Zou, Minda; Lv, Weiqiang; Mao, Yiwu; Wang, Wei; He, Weidong

    2016-05-01

    Flexible power sources including fuel cells and batteries are the key to realizing flexible electronic devices with pronounced foldability. To understand the bending effects in these devices, theoretical analysis on three-dimensional (3-D) lattice bending is necessary. In this report, we derive a 3-D analytical model to analyze the effects of electrolyte crystal bending on ionic conductivity in flexible solid-state batteries/fuel cells. By employing solid oxide fuel cells as a materials' platform, the intrinsic parameters of bent electrolyte materials, including lattice constant, Young's modulus, and Poisson ratio, are evaluated. Our work facilitates the rational design of highly efficient flexible electrolytes for high-performance flexible device applications.

  17. Preparation of electrolyte membranes for micro tubular solid oxide fuel cells

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    2008-01-01

    Yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) micro tubular electrolyte membranes for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) were prepared via the combined wet phase inversion and sintering technique. The as-derived YSZ mi- cro tubes consist of a thin dense skin layer and a thick porous layer that can serve as the electrode of fuel cells. The dense and the porous electrolyte layers have the thickness of 3-5 μm and 70-90 μm, respectively, while the inner surface porosity of the porous layer is higher than 28.1%. The two layers are perfectly integrated together to preclude the crack or flake of electrolyte film from the electrode. The presented method possesses distinct advantages such as technological simplicity, low cost and high reliability, and thus provides a new route for the preparation of micro tubular SOFCs.

  18. Peroxynitrite-mediated oxidation of plasma fibronectin

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    Degendorfer, Georg; Chuang, Christine Y; Kawasaki, Hiroaki

    2016-01-01

    Fibronectin is a large dimeric glycoprotein present in both human plasma and in basement membranes. The latter are specialized extracellular matrices underlying endothelial cells in the artery wall. Peroxynitrous acid (ONOOH) a potent oxidizing and nitrating agent, is formed in vivo from superoxide...... and nitric oxide radicals by stimulated macrophages and other cells. Considerable evidence supports ONOOH involvement in human atherosclerotic lesion development and rupture, possibly via extracellular matrix damage. Here we demonstrate that Tyr and Trp residues on human plasma fibronectin are highly...

  19. Reorientation of Magnetic Graphene Oxide Nanosheets in Crosslinked Quaternized Polyvinyl Alcohol as Effective Solid Electrolyte

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    Jia-Shuin Lin

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available This work aims to clarify the effect of magnetic graphene oxide (GO reorientation in a polymer matrix on the ionic conduction and methanol barrier properties of nanocomposite membrane electrolytes. Magnetic iron oxide (Fe3O4 nanoparticles were prepared and dispersed on GO nanosheets (GO-Fe3O4. The magnetic GO-Fe3O4 was imbedded into a quaternized polyvinyl alcohol (QPVA matrix and crosslinked (CL- with glutaraldehyde (GA to obtain a polymeric nanocomposite. A magnetic field was applied in the through-plane direction during the drying and film formation steps. The CL-QPVA/GO-Fe3O4 nanocomposite membranes were doped with an alkali to obtain hydroxide-conducting electrolytes for direct methanol alkaline fuel cell (DMAFC applications. The magnetic field-reoriented CL-QPVA/GO-Fe3O4 electrolyte demonstrated higher conductivity and lower methanol permeability than the unoriented CL-QPVA/GO-Fe3O4 membrane or the CL-QPVA film. The reoriented CL-QPVA/GO-Fe3O4 nanocomposite was used as the electrolyte in a DMAFC and resulted in a maximum power density of 55.4 mW·cm−2 at 60 °C, which is 73.7% higher than that of the composite without the magnetic field treatment (31.9 mW·cm−2. In contrast, the DMAFC using the CL-QPVA electrolyte generated only 22.4 mW·cm−2. This research proved the surprising benefits of magnetic-field-assisted orientation of GO-Fe3O4 in facilitating the ion conduction of a polymeric electrolyte.

  20. A Hybrid Metal Oxide Supercapacitor in Aqueous KOH Electrolyte

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    WANG,Xiao-Feng; YOU,Zheng; RUAN,Dian-Bo

    2006-01-01

    A novel type of composite electrode based on sheet like cobalt oxide particles has been used in supercapacitors.Cobalt oxide cathodically deposited from Co(NO3)2 solution with carbon nanotubes as matrix exhibited large pseudo-capacitance of 322 F·g-1 in 6 mol·L-1 KOH. A sol-gel process for the preparation of ultrafine RuO2 particles was developed to design electrodes with large surface area. The composite electrodes were developed by the deposition of RuO2 on the surface of carbon nanotubes. A specific capacitance of 785 F·g-1 can be achieved with the 20% carbon nanotubes loaded. To characterize the metal oxide nanocomposite electrode, a cyclic voltammetry and AC impedance test are executed. This study also reports a hybrid capacitor, which consists of cobalt oxide composite as a cathode and ruthenium oxide composite as an anode. The electrochemical performance of the hybrid capacitor is characterized by a dc charge/discharge test and cyclic voltammograms. The hybrid capacitor shows capacitor behavior with an extended operating voltage of 1.4 V. The maximum energy density and specific power density of the cell reach the value of 23.7 and 8.1 kW·g-1 respectively. The hybrid capacitor exhibits high-energy density and stable power characteristics.

  1. Relationship Between Designed Three-Dimensional YSZ Electrolyte Surface Area and Performance of Solution-Precursor Plasma-Sprayed La0.8Sr0.2MnO3- δ Cathodes

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    Zhang, Shan-Lin; Huang, Jiang-Yuan; Li, Cheng-Xin; Yang, Guan-Jun; Li, Chang-Jiu

    2016-12-01

    Active three-phase boundaries (TPBs) significantly influence cathode performance in solid oxide fuel cells, but obtaining long TPBs and understanding the mechanism underlying the improved cathode performance when the electrolyte is prepared with a smooth surface by a high-temperature sintering process remain essential challenges. In this work, we used flame spraying to deposit single-layer semimolten particles on a smooth electrolyte to build a three-dimensional surface with enlarged active surface area and thus increased TPBs. Meanwhile, La0.8Sr0.2MnO3- δ (LSM) cathodes with fine microstructure were deposited by solution-precursor plasma spraying (SPPS) on the designed electrolyte to establish a three-dimensional cathode-electrolyte interface. The deposition behavior of the semimolten particles on the smooth electrolyte and LSM cathodes on the three-dimensional electrolyte surface was studied. The effects of the area enlargement factor ( α area) on the polarization resistance of the SPPS LSM cathodes were investigated, using three-dimensional electrolytes with α area from 1.29 to 2.48. The results indicated that convex particles with different molten states bonded well with the electrolytes. SPPS LSM cathodes also showed good interfacial bonding with convex particles. Finally, the cathode polarization ( R p) decreased linearly with increase of α area. At 800 °C, R p decreased from 0.98 to 0.32 Ω cm2 when α area was increased from 1.29 to 2.48.

  2. Solid polymer electrolyte composite membrane comprising a porous support and a solid polymer electrolyte including a dispersed reduced noble metal or noble metal oxide

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    Liu, Han; Mittelsteadt, Cortney K; Norman, Timothy J; Griffith, Arthur E; LaConti, Anthony B

    2015-02-24

    A solid polymer electrolyte composite membrane and method of manufacturing the same. According to one embodiment, the composite membrane comprises a thin, rigid, dimensionally-stable, non-electrically-conducting support, the support having a plurality of cylindrical, straight-through pores extending perpendicularly between opposing top and bottom surfaces of the support. The pores are unevenly distributed, with some or no pores located along the periphery and more pores located centrally. The pores are completely filled with a solid polymer electrolyte, the solid polymer electrolyte including a dispersed reduced noble metal or noble metal oxide. The solid polymer electrolyte may also be deposited over the top and/or bottom surfaces of the support.

  3. Fabrication and electrochemical performance of solid oxide fuel cell components by atmospheric and suspension plasma spray

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    XIA Wei-sheng; YANG Yun-zhen; ZHANG Hai-ou; WANG Gui-lan

    2009-01-01

    The theory of functionally graded material (FGM) was applied in the fabrication process of PEN (Positive- Electrolyte-Negative),the core component of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC).To enhance its electrochemical performance,the functionally graded PEN of planar SOFC was prepared by atmospheric plasma spray (APS).The cross-sectional SEM micrograph and element energy spectrum of the resultant PEN were analyzed.Its interface resistance was also compared with that without the graded layers to investigate the electrochemical performance enhanced by the functionally graded layers.Moreover,a new process,suspension plasma spray (SPS) was applied to preparing the SOFC electrolyte.Higher densification of the coating by SPS,1.61%,is observed,which is helpful to effectively improve its electrical conductivity.The grain size of the electrolyte coating fabricated by SPS is also smaller than that by APS,which is more favourable to obtain the dense electrolyte coatings.To sum up,all mentioned above can prove that the hybrid process of APS and SPS could be a better approach to fabricate the PEN of SOFC stacks,in which APS is for porous electrodes and SPS for dense electrolyte.

  4. Trimethylsilylcyclopentadiene as a novel electrolyte additive for high temperature application of lithium nickel manganese oxide cathode

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    Tu, Wenqiang; Ye, Changchun; Yang, Xuerui; Xing, Lidan; Liao, Youhao; Liu, Xiang; Li, Weishan

    2017-10-01

    Electrolyte additives are necessary for the application of high potential cathode in high energy density lithium ion batteries, especially at elevated temperature. However, the electrolyte additives that can effectively suppress the dissolution of transition metal ions from cathode have seldom been developed up to date. In this work, we propose a novel electrolyte additive, trimethylsilylcyclopentadiene (SE), for high temperature application of a representative high potential cathode, lithium nickel manganese oxide (LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4). It is found that the dissolution of Mn and Ni from LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 can be effectively suppressed by applying SE. With applying 0.25% SE, the dissolved amount of Mn and Ni is decreased by 97.4% and 98%, respectively, after 100 cycles at 55 °C. Correspondingly, the cyclic performance of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 is significantly improved. Physical characterizations and electrochemical measurements show that SE can be preferentially oxidized and generate a protective film on LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4. The resulting film inhibits the electrolyte decomposition and the transition metal ion dissolution.

  5. A modified anode/electrolyte structure for a solid oxide electrochemical cell and a method for making said structure

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    2013-01-01

    -stabilised zirconium oxide electrolyte and (c) a metallic and/or a ceramic electrocatalyst in the shape of interlayers incorporated in the interface between the anode and the electrolyte. This assembly is first sintered at a given temperature and then at a lower temperature in reducing gas mixtures. These heat...

  6. Plasma gasification of coal in different oxidants

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    Matveev, I.B.; Messerle, V.E.; Ustimenko, A.B. [Applied Plasma Technology, Mclean, VA (USA)

    2008-12-15

    Oxidant selection is the highest priority for advanced coal gasification-process development. This paper presents comparative analysis of the Powder River Basin bituminous-coal gasification processes for entrained-flow plasma gasifier. Several oxidants, which might be employed for perspective commercial applications, have been chosen, including air, steam/carbon-dioxide blend, carbon dioxide, steam, steam/air, steam/oxygen, and oxygen. Synthesis gas composition, carbon gasification degree, specific power consumptions, and power efficiency for these processes were determined. The influence of the selected oxidant composition on the gasification-process main characteristics have been investigated.

  7. Anti-corrosion layer prepared by plasma electrolytic carbonitriding on pure aluminum

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    Wu, Jie; Zhang, Yifan; Liu, Run; Wang, Bin; Hua, Ming [Key Laboratory for Beam Technology and Materials Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Beijing Radiation Center, Beijing 100875 (China); Xue, Wenbin, E-mail: xuewb@bnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Beam Technology and Materials Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Beijing Radiation Center, Beijing 100875 (China)

    2015-08-30

    Highlights: • PEC/N can be applied to low melting point metal. • The spectroscopic characterization of plasma discharge is investigated. • Electron concentration and electron temperature are evaluated for PEC/N. • Phase composition of the carbonitrided layer is determined. • PEC/N improves the corrosion resistance of aluminum greatly. - Abstract: In this paper, plasma electrolytic carbonitriding (PEC/N) method was applied to pure aluminum for the first time. The spectroscopic characterization of plasma discharge during PEC/N process was analyzed and the electron temperature was calculated in terms of optical emission spectroscopy. The results showed the discharge plasma was in local thermal equilibrium (LTE) state. Electron concentration and electron temperature were about 6 × 10{sup 21} m{sup −3} and 4000 K, respectively. The carbonitrided layer contained Al{sub 4}C{sub 3}, AlN and Al{sub 7}C{sub 3}N{sub 3} phases. After PEC/N treatment, the corrosion resistance of pure aluminum was significantly improved, which was related to the formation of nitride phases. This work expands the application of plasma electrolysis technology on the surface modification of low melting point metal.

  8. Multi-electrolyte-step anodic aluminum oxide method for the fabrication of self-organized nanochannel arrays

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    2012-01-01

    Nanochannel arrays were fabricated by the self-organized multi-electrolyte-step anodic aluminum oxide [AAO] method in this study. The anodization conditions used in the multi-electrolyte-step AAO method included a phosphoric acid solution as the electrolyte and an applied high voltage. There was a change in the phosphoric acid by the oxalic acid solution as the electrolyte and the applied low voltage. This method was used to produce self-organized nanochannel arrays with good regularity and circularity, meaning less power loss and processing time than with the multi-step AAO method. PMID:22333268

  9. Kinetics and mechanical study of plasma electrolytic carburizing for pure iron

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    Çavuşlu, F.; Usta, M.

    2011-02-01

    In this work, plasma electrolytic surface carburizing of pure iron in aqueous solution consisting of water, glycerin and NH4Cl was investigated. Surface carburizing was carried out in 20% glycerin solution treated at 750 °C, 800 °C, 900 °C and 950 °C temperatures for 5, 10 and 30 min. The formation of hard carbon-rich layer on the surface of pure iron was confirmed by XRD analysis. Metallographic and SEM studies revealed a rough and dense carburized layer on the surface of the pure iron. Experimental results showed that the thickness of the carburized layers changes with the time and temperature. The average thickness of the carburized layer ranged from 20 to 160 μm. The hardness of the carburized samples decreased with the distance from the surface to the interior of the test material. The average hardness values of the carburized layers on the substrate ranged 550-850 HV, while the hardness of the substrate ranged from 110 HV to 170 HV. The dominant phases formed on the pure iron were found to be a mixture of cementite (Fe3C), martensite (Fe + C) and austenite (FCC iron) confirmed by XRD. Wear resistance in all plasma electrolytic carburized samples is considerably improved in relation to the untreated specimen. After carburizing, surface roughness of the samples was increased. Friction coefficients were also increased because of high surface roughness.

  10. Reactive plasma synthesis of nanocrystalline ceramic oxides

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    Sreekumar, K. P.; Vijay, M.; Thiyagarajan, T. K.; Krishnan, K.; Ananthapadmanabhan, P. V.

    2010-02-01

    Reactive plasma synthesis is an attractive route to synthesize nanocrystalline materials. A 40 kW DC non-transferred arc plasma reactor has been designed and developed in our laboratory for synthesis of nanocrystalline materials. The main components of the plasma reactor include a 40 kW DC plasma generator or plasma torch, water-cooled reactor segment, product collection facility, DC power supply, cooling-water system and exhaust gas vent. The system has been used to synthesize nano-crystalline oxides of aluminium, titanium and zirconium. Aluminium metal powder was used as the starting material to synthesize alumina. The hydrides of Ti and Zr were used as the precursor for synthesis of nanocrystalline titania and zirconia respectively. The precursor powders were injected into the thermal plasma jet and were allowed to react with oxygen injected downstream the jet. The precursor powder particles were oxidized 'in-flight' to form nano-sized powder of the respective metal, which deposited on the walls of the reactor and collector assembly. Various analytical tools were used to characterized the products.

  11. Effect of electrolyte temperature on the thickness of anodic aluminium oxide (AAO layer

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    P. Michal

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Effect of electrolyte temperature on the thickness of resulting oxide layer has been studied. Unlike previous published studies this article was aimed to monitor the relationship between electrolyte temperature and resulting AAO layer thickness in interaction with other input factors affecting during anodizing process under special process condition, i.e. lower concentration of sulphuric acid, oxalic acid, boric acid and sodium chloride. According to Design of Experiments (DOE 80 individual test runs of experiment were carried out. Using statistical analysis and artificial intelligence for evaluation, the computational model predicting the thickness of oxide layer in the range from 5 / μm to 15 / μm with tolerance ± 0,5 / μm was developed.

  12. Method of Electrolyte-Plasma Surface Hardening of 65G and 20GL Low-Alloy Steels Samples

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    Rakhadilov, Bauyrzhan; Zhurerova, Laila; Pavlov, Alexander

    2016-08-01

    This work is devoted to formation of modified surface layers in 65G and 20GL steels which using for the manufacture of railway transport parts, as well as the study of influence of the parametersof electrolyte-plasma surface hardening methodon the changes in structural-phase states, improving of wear-resistance. The process of electrolyte-plasma surface hardening of 65G and 20GL steels samples conducted in the electrolyte from water solution of 20% sodium carbonate, in the mode ~850°C - 2 seconds, ∼⃒1200°C - 3 seconds. It is established that in the initial state 20GL steel has ferrite-pearlite structure, and the 60G steel consists of pearlite and cement structure. After application of electrolyte-plasma surface hardening is observed the formation of carbides particles and martensite phase components in the structure of 20GL and 60G steels. It is determined that after electrolyte-plasma surface hardening with heating time - 2 seconds, the abrasive wear-resistance of 65G and 20GL steels increased to 1.3 times and 1.2 times, respectively, and the microhardness is increased to 1.6 times and 1.3 times, respectively.

  13. Blood acid-base and plasma electrolyte values in healthy ostriches: the effect of age and sex.

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    Bouda, J; Núñez-Ochoa, L; Avila-González, E; Doubek, J; Fuente-Martínez, B; Aguilar-Bobadilla, J

    2009-08-01

    The effect of age and sex on blood acid-base and plasma electrolyte values was determined in venous blood samples from 45 clinically healthy ostriches (Struthio camelus) from 26 days to 6 years of age. Animals were divided by age into four groups and the group of adults was divided by sex into two subgroups. Blood samples were collected without sedation. There was a significant (Pvalues of base excess (BE), plasma HCO(3)(-), total CO(2) (TCO(2)), Na(+), K(+), Cl(-) and anion gap (AG). The highest plasma concentrations of Na(+), Cl(-) and value of AG were found in adult ostriches with a steady decrease to chicks. A significant (Psex difference in adult animals with higher blood pH, lower blood values of pCO(2), BE, plasma concentrations of HCO(3)(-), TCO(2) and K(+) was found in females. We concluded that blood acid-base values and plasma electrolyte concentrations in ostriches are affected by age and sex.

  14. Modifying zirconia solid electrolyte surface property to enhance oxide transport

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    Liaw, B.Y.; Song, S.Y. [Univ. of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI (United States)

    1996-12-31

    Bismuth-strontium-calcium-copper oxide (Bi{sub 2}Sr{sub 2}CaCu{sub 2}O{sub 8}, BSCCO) is known for its high T{sub c} superconducting behavior and mixed conducting property. The applicability of similar high T{sub c} cuprates for intermediate-temperature solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) application has been studied recently. We investigated the electrochemical behavior of several Ag{vert_bar}BSCCO{vert_bar}10 mol% yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ){vert_bar}Ag and Ag{vert_bar}YSZ{vert_bar}Ag cells using complex impedance spectroscopy. A highly uniform and porous microstructure was observed at the interface of the YSZ and BSCCO. The ionic conductivity determined from the Nyquest plots in the temperature range of 200-700{degrees}C agrees with the values reported in the literature. The specific resistance of the BSCCO{vert_bar}YSZ interface was also determined to be lower than those of the conventional manganite electrode, suggesting that BSCCO seems attractive for cathode applications in SOFC.

  15. Surface engineering of nanoporous substrate for solid oxide fuel cells with atomic layer-deposited electrolyte

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    Sanghoon Ji

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Solid oxide fuel cells with atomic layer-deposited thin film electrolytes supported on anodic aluminum oxide (AAO are electrochemically characterized with varying thickness of bottom electrode catalyst (BEC; BECs which are 0.5 and 4 times thicker than the size of AAO pores are tested. The thicker BEC ensures far more active mass transport on the BEC side and resultantly the thicker BEC cell generates ≈11 times higher peak power density than the thinner BEC cell at 500 °C.

  16. Enhanced wear and corrosion resistance of plasma electrolytic carburized layer on T8 carbon steel

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    Wu, Jie; Wang, Bin; Zhang, Yifan; Liu, Run [Key Laboratory for Beam Technology and Materials Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Beijing Radiation Center, Beijing 100875 (China); Xia, Yuan; Li, Guang [Institute of Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Xue, Wenbin, E-mail: xuewb@bnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Beam Technology and Materials Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Beijing Radiation Center, Beijing 100875 (China)

    2016-03-01

    A hardening layer of 70 μm on T8 carbon steel was fabricated by plasma electrolytic carburizing (PEC) in glycerol solution at 380 V with 3 min treatment. The discharge process was characterized using optical emission spectroscopy (OES), and the electron temperature in plasma envelope was determined. Meanwhile, diffusion coefficient of carbon was calculated on the basis of carbon concentration profile. The tribological property of carburized steel under dry sliding against ZrO{sub 2} ball was measured by a ball-disc friction and wear tester. The corrosion behaviors were evaluated by potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). It was found that the carburized layer mainly contained α-Fe and Fe{sub 3}C phases with maximum hardness of 620 HV. The PEC treatment significantly decreased the friction coefficient from 0.4 to 0.1. The wear rate of PEC treated steel was about 5.86 × 10{sup −6} mm{sup 3}/N·m, which was less than 1/4 of T8 steel substrate. After PEC treatment, the wear and corrosion resistance of T8 steel were improved. Particularly, the pitting corrosion of steel substrate was obviously suppressed. - Highlights: • Electron temperature in plasma electrolytic carburizing process is determined. • Diffusion coefficient of carbon in PEC is higher than conventional carburizing. • Wear and corrosion resistance of T8 steel are both improved after PEC treatment. • Pitting corrosion of steel substrate is obviously suppressed by PEC treatment.

  17. Super Soft All-Ethylene Oxide Polymer Electrolyte for Safe All-Solid Lithium Batteries

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    Porcarelli, Luca; Gerbaldi, Claudio; Bella, Federico; Nair, Jijeesh Ravi

    2016-01-01

    Here we demonstrate that by regulating the mobility of classic -EO- based backbones, an innovative polymer electrolyte system can be architectured. This polymer electrolyte allows the construction of all solid lithium-based polymer cells having outstanding cycling behaviour in terms of rate capability and stability over a wide range of operating temperatures. Polymer electrolytes are obtained by UV-induced (co)polymerization, which promotes an effective interlinking between the polyethylene oxide (PEO) chains plasticized by tetraglyme at various lithium salt concentrations. The polymer networks exhibit sterling mechanical robustness, high flexibility, homogeneous and highly amorphous characteristics. Ambient temperature ionic conductivity values exceeding 0.1 mS cm-1 are obtained, along with a wide electrochemical stability window (>5 V vs. Li/Li+), excellent lithium ion transference number (>0.6) as well as interfacial stability. Moreover, the efficacious resistance to lithium dendrite nucleation and growth postulates the implementation of these polymer electrolytes in next generation of all-solid Li-metal batteries working at ambient conditions.

  18. Lithium Ion Pathway within Li7 La3 Zr2 O12 -Polyethylene Oxide Composite Electrolytes.

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    Zheng, Jin; Tang, Mingxue; Hu, Yan-Yan

    2016-09-26

    Polymer-ceramic composite electrolytes are emerging as a promising solution to deliver high ionic conductivity, optimal mechanical properties, and good safety for developing high-performance all-solid-state rechargeable batteries. Composite electrolytes have been prepared with cubic-phase Li7 La3 Zr2 O12 (LLZO) garnet and polyethylene oxide (PEO) and employed in symmetric lithium battery cells. By combining selective isotope labeling and high-resolution solid-state Li NMR, we are able to track Li ion pathways within LLZO-PEO composite electrolytes by monitoring the replacement of (7) Li in the composite electrolyte by (6) Li from the (6) Li metal electrodes during battery cycling. We have provided the first experimental evidence to show that Li ions favor the pathway through the LLZO ceramic phase instead of the PEO-LLZO interface or PEO. This approach can be widely applied to study ion pathways in ionic conductors and to provide useful insights for developing composite materials for energy storage and harvesting. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Successful stabilization of graphene oxide in electrolyte solutions: enhancement of biofunctionalization and cellular uptake.

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    Hong, Bong Jin; Compton, Owen C; An, Zhi; Eryazici, Ibrahim; Nguyen, SonBinh T

    2012-01-24

    Aqueous dispersions of graphene oxide are inherently unstable in the presence of electrolytes, which screen the electrostatic surface charge on these nanosheets and induce irreversible aggregation. Two complementary strategies, utilizing either electrostatic or steric stabilization, have been developed to enhance the stability of graphene oxide in electrolyte solutions, allowing it to stay dispersed in cell culture media and serum. The electrostatic stabilization approach entails further oxidation of graphene oxide to low C/O ratio (~1.1) and increases ionic tolerance of these nanosheets. The steric stabilization technique employs an amphiphilic block copolymer that serves as a noncovalently bound surfactant to minimize the aggregate-inducing nanosheet-nanosheet interactions. Both strategies can stabilize graphene oxide nanosheets with large dimensions (>300 nm) in biological media, allowing for an enhancement of >250% in the bioconjugation efficiency of streptavidin in comparison to untreated nanosheets. Notably, both strategies allow the stabilized nanosheets to be readily taken up by cells, demonstrating their excellent performance as potential drug-delivery vehicles.

  20. Surface Properties of PAN-based Carbon Fibers Modified by Electrochemical Oxidization in Organic Electrolyte Systems

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    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available PAN-based carbon fibers were modified by electrochemical oxidization using fatty alcohol polyoxyethylene ether phosphate (O3P, triethanolamine (TEOA and fatty alcohol polyoxyethylene ether ammonium phosphate (O3PNH4 as organic electrolyte respectively. Titration analysis, single fiber fracture strength measurement and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM were used to evaluate the content of acidic functional group on the surface, mechanical properties and surface morphology of carbon fiber. The optimum process of electrochemical treatment obtained is at 50℃ for 2min and O3PNH4 (5%, mass fraction as the electrolyte with current density of 2A/g. In addition, the surface properties of modified carbon fibers were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS and single fiber contact angle test. The results show that the hydrophilic acidic functional groups on the surface of carbon fiber which can enhance the surface energy are increased by the electrochemical oxidation using O3PNH4 as electrolyte, almost without any weakening to the mechanical properties of carbon fiber.

  1. Changes in mechanical properties and structure of electrolytic plasma treated X 12 CrNi 18 10 Ti stainless steel

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    Kurbanbekov, Sherzod; Baklanov, Viktor; Karakozov, Batyrzhan [Republican State Enterprise National Nuclear Center of Kazakhstan, Kurchatov (Kazakhstan). Inst. of Atomic Energy Branch; Skakov, Mazhyn [Republican State Enterprise National Nuclear Center of Kazakhstan, Kurchatov (Kazakhstan)

    2017-05-01

    The paper addresses findings regarding the influence of electrolytic plasma treatment on the mechanical properties as well as structural and phase states of X 12 CrNi 18 10 Ti steel. Electrolytic plasma treatment is based on carburizing of stainless steel heated in electrolytes. Treatment of steel samples has been performed as follows: the samples were heated up to a temperature between 850 and 950 C and then they were cured for 7 minutes in an electrolyte of an aqueous solution containing 10 % glycerol (C{sub 3}H{sub 8}O{sub 3}) and 15 % sodium carbonate (Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}). It is found that, after plasma electrolytic treatment, the surface of X 12 CrNi 18 10 Ti steel had a modified structure and high hardness. Increasing wear resistance of X 12 CrNi 18 10 Ti steel has been observed after carburizing and the coefficient of friction has been reduced. X-ray analysis showed that retained austenite γ-Fe is a main phase, and there are some diffraction lines of orthorhombic Fe{sub 3}C phase as well as Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} cubic phase. It has been determined, that, after plasma electrolytic treatment, a carbide phase in the modified surface layer, irrespective of the location in the steel structure has the chemical composition Fe{sub 3}C. High concentration of carbon atoms in a solid solution based on γ- and α-iron, a large dislocation density, presence of particles of carbide phase and retained austenite layers have been found.

  2. Effect of the Electrolyte Temperature and the Current Density on a Layer Microhardness Generated by the Anodic Aluminium Oxidation

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    Emil Spišák

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper investigates the influence of the chemical composition and temperature of electrolyte, the oxidation time, voltage, and the current density on Vickers microhardness of aluminium oxide layers, at the same time. The layers were generated in the electrolytes with different concentrations of sulphuric and oxalic acids and surface current densities 1 A·dm−2, 3 A·dm−2, and 5 A·dm−2. The electrolyte temperature varied from −1.78°C to 45.78°C. The results have showed that while increasing the electrolyte temperature at the current density of 1 A·dm−2, the increase in the layer microhardness values is approximately by 66%. While simultaneously increasing the molar concentration of H2SO4 in the electrolyte, the growth rate of the microhardness value decreases. At the current density of 3 A·dm−2, by increasing the electrolyte temperature, a reduction in the microhardness of the generated layer occurs with the anodic oxidation time less than 25 min. The electrolyte temperature is not significant with the changing values of the layer microhardness at voltages less than 10.5 V.

  3. Proton conducting sodium alginate electrolyte laterally coupled low-voltage oxide-based transistors

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    Liu, Yang Hui; Qiang Zhu, Li; Shi, Yi; Wan, Qing

    2014-03-01

    Solution-processed sodium alginate electrolyte film shows a high proton conductivity of ˜5.5 × 10-3 S/cm and a high lateral electric-double-layer (EDL) capacitance of ˜2.0 μF/cm2 at room temperature with a relative humidity of 57%. Low-voltage in-plane-gate indium-zinc-oxide-based EDL transistors laterally gated by sodium alginate electrolytes are fabricated on glass substrates. The field-effect mobility, current ON/OFF ratio, and subthreshold swing of such EDL transistors are estimated to be 4.2 cm2 V-1 s-1, 2.8 × 106, and 130 mV/decade, respectively. At last, a low-voltage driven resistor-load inverter is also demonstrated. Such in-plane-gate EDL transistors have potential applications in portable electronics and low-cost biosensors.

  4. Further investigations on the Neutron Flux Generation in a Plasma Discharge Electrolytic Cell

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    Faccini, R; Polosa, A D; Angelone, M; Castagna, E; Lecci, S; Loreti, S; Pietropaolo, A; Pillon, M; Sansovini, M; Sarto, F; Violante, V; Bedogni, R; Esposito, A

    2014-01-01

    Our recent paper on the "Search for Neutron Flux Generation in a Plasma Discharge Electrolytic Cell" [1] has as main goal the validation of the experiment in Ref.[2]. As a follow-up, Ref.[3] moves a set of objections on our procedure and presents argumentations on why the experiments should not yield the same results. We collect here additional material and calculations that contribute to understanding the observed discrepancies. Furthermore we prove that the absence of signals from Indium activation detectors reported also for the experiment of Ref.[2] is a clear indication that neutron production does not occur. [1] R.Faccini et al arXiv:1310.4749 [2] D.Cirillo et al, Key Engineering Materials 495, 104 (2012). [3] A.Widom et al. arXiv:1311.2447

  5. Preparation and Characterization of Amorphous Layer on Aluminum Alloy Formed by Plasma Electrolytic Deposition (PED)

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    GUAN Yong-jun; XIA Yuan

    2004-01-01

    In this investigation, protective layers were formed on aluminum substrate by Plasma Electrolytic Deposition (PED) using sodium silicate solution. The relation between the thickness of the layer and process time were studied. XRD,SEM, EDS were used to study the layer's structure, composition and micrograph. The results show that the deposited layers are amorphous and contain mainly oxygen, silicon, and aluminum. The possible formation mechanism of amorphous [Al-Si-O] layer was proposed: During discharge periods, Al2O3 phase of the passive film and SiO32-near the substrate surface are sintered into xSiO2(1-x)Al2O3 and then transformed into amorphous [Al-Si-O] phase.

  6. Oxide-ion and proton conducting electrolyte materials for clean energy applications: structural and mechanistic features.

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    Malavasi, Lorenzo; Fisher, Craig A J; Islam, M Saiful

    2010-11-01

    This critical review presents an overview of the various classes of oxide materials exhibiting fast oxide-ion or proton conductivity for use as solid electrolytes in clean energy applications such as solid oxide fuel cells. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between structural and mechanistic features of the crystalline materials and their ion conduction properties. After describing well-established classes such as fluorite- and perovskite-based oxides, new materials and structure-types are presented. These include a variety of molybdate, gallate, apatite silicate/germanate and niobate systems, many of which contain flexible structural networks, and exhibit different defect properties and transport mechanisms to the conventional materials. It is concluded that the rich chemistry of these important systems provides diverse possibilities for developing superior ionic conductors for use as solid electrolytes in fuel cells and related applications. In most cases, a greater atomic-level understanding of the structures, defects and conduction mechanisms is achieved through a combination of experimental and computational techniques (217 references).

  7. Oxidative degradation of polybenzimidazole membranes as electrolytes for high temperature proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Liao, J.H. [The State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 5625 Renmin Street, Changchun, Jilin 130022 (China); Energy and Materials Science Group, Department of Chemistry, Kemitorvet 207, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); Li, Q.F.; Jensen, J.O.; Bjerrum, N.J. [Energy and Materials Science Group, Department of Chemistry, Kemitorvet 207, Technical University of Denmark, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); Rudbeck, H.C. [Danish Power Systems ApS, Raadhusvej 59, DK 2920 Charlottenlund (Denmark); Chromik, A.; Kerres, J. [Institute for Chemical Process Engineering, University of Stuttgart, D-70199 Stuttgart (Germany); Xing, W. [The State Key Laboratory of Electroanalytical Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 5625 Renmin Street, Changchun, Jilin 130022 (China)

    2011-12-15

    Polybenzimidazole membranes imbibed with acid are emerging as a suitable electrolyte material for high-temperature polymer electrolyte fuel cells. The oxidative stability of polybenzimidazole has been identified as an important issue for the long-term durability of such cells. In this paper the oxidative degradation of the polymer membrane was studied under the Fenton test conditions by the weight loss, intrinsic viscosity, size exclusion chromatography, scanning electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. During the Fenton test, significant weight losses depending on the initial molecular weight of the polymer were observed. At the same time, viscosity and SEC measurements revealed a steady decrease in molecular weight. The degradation of acid doped PBI membranes under Fenton test conditions is proposed to start by the attack of hydroxyl radicals at the carbon atom linking imidazole ring and benzenoid ring, which may eventually lead to the imidazole ring opening and formation of small molecules and terminal groups for further oxidation by an endpoint oxidation. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  8. Solid oxide electrolyte fuel cell system. Kotai denkaishitsu nenryo denchi sochi

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    Okuyama, R. (Yuasa Battery Co. Ltd., Osaka (Japan))

    1992-09-17

    To improve the solid oxide electrolyte fuel cell for higher output, provision of manifolds for air and fuel in honeycomb structure has been proposed. The method of making them in the honeycomb structure has a problem of difficulty in the fabrication. This invention is concerned with a structure, wherein the structural body of the power generating member and that of the electric conducting member are connected between the air electrode on the surface of the structural body of the power generating member and that on the surface of the structural member of the electric conducting member with interposed conductive metal oxide, and the interconnecting member of the power generating structural member body is connected to the air electrode on the surface of the structural member of another power generating member. As a result of this structure, high output solid oxide electrolyte fuel cell can be fabricated by connecting the structural bodies of the power generating members and those of the conducting members in regular succession. Strontium or calcium doped LaMnO3, LaCoO3, CaMnO3, and LaCrO3 are used as the metal oxides. 10 figs.

  9. Facile fabrication of electrolyte-gated single-crystalline cuprous oxide nanowire field-effect transistors

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    Stoesser, Anna; von Seggern, Falk; Purohit, Suneeti; Nasr, Babak; Kruk, Robert; Dehm, Simone; Wang, Di; Hahn, Horst; Dasgupta, Subho

    2016-10-01

    Oxide semiconductors are considered to be one of the forefront candidates for the new generation, high-performance electronics. However, one of the major limitations for oxide electronics is the scarcity of an equally good hole-conducting semiconductor, which can provide identical performance for the p-type metal oxide semiconductor field-effect transistors as compared to their electron conducting counterparts. In this quest, here we present a bulk synthesis method for single crystalline cuprous oxide (Cu2O) nanowires, their chemical and morphological characterization and suitability as active channel material in electrolyte-gated, low-power, field-effect transistors (FETs) for portable and flexible logic circuits. The bulk synthesis method used in the present study includes two steps: namely hydrothermal synthesis of the nanowires and the removal of the surface organic contaminants. The surface treated nanowires are then dispersed on a receiver substrate where the passive electrodes are structured, followed by printing of a composite solid polymer electrolyte (CSPE), chosen as the gate insulator. The characteristic electrical properties of individual nanowire FETs are found to be quite interesting including accumulation-mode operation and field-effect mobility of 0.15 cm2 V-1 s-1.

  10. Dual-electrode oxidation used for aniline degradation in aqueous electrolyte.

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    Yan-Yang, Chu; Ling-Ling, Li; Mao-Juan, Bai

    2011-01-01

    The electrochemical degradation of aniline in aqueous electrolyte has been studied by dual-electrode oxidation process using Ti/SnO2-Sb2O5 for anodic oxidation and graphite cathode to produce H2O2 in situ. The linear voltammograms were employed to obtain reasonable anodic and cathodic potential values for the purpose of restraining side reactions. The influence of Fe2+ on aniline degradation was investigated under potentiostatic condition with a three-electrode system. It was found that an anodic potential range of 2.0 +/- 0.1 V and a cathodic potential of -0.65 V could favor anodic oxidation and H2O2 generation. Anodic oxidation was accounted for aniline degradation in the absence of Fe2+, while in the presence of Fe2+ both electro-Fenton oxidation and anodic oxidation (dual-electrode oxidation) could degradate aniline effectively. When cathodic potential values were -0.65 and -0.80 V, the optimum Fe2+ concentration were 0.50 and 0.30 mM, respectively. 77.5% COD removal and 70.4% TOC removal with a current efficiency (CE) of 96-100% were achieved under the optimum conditions. This work indicates that dual-electrode oxidation process characterized by a high CE is feasible for the degradation of organic compounds.

  11. Nano integrated lithium polymer electrolytes based on anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates

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    Bokalawela, Roshan S. P.

    Since their discovery in the 1970s, polymer electrolytes have been actively studied because they have properties important for many device applications. However, even after 40 years, the detailed mechanisms of conductivity in these electrolytes are still not completely understood. Moreover, the conductivity in polymer electrolytes is one of the limiting factors of these devices so that different methods to enhance conductivity are actively being explored. One proposed method of enhancing the conductivity is to confine the polymer electrolyte in the nanoscale, but the study of material properties at the nanoscale is challenging in this area. In this work, we confine poly(ethylene oxide) lithium triflate (PEO:LiTf)(X:1)X=10,30 polymer electrolytes in carefully fabricated nanometer-diameter anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) pore structures. We demonstrate two orders of magnitude higher conductivity in the confined structures versus that of bulk films. Using x-ray characterization we show that this increased conductivity is associated with ordered PEO polymer chains aligned in the template pore direction. The activation energy of the AAO-confined polymer electrolyte is found to be smaller than that of the unconfined melt and about half that of the unconfined solid. This result indicates that not only is the room-temperature confined polymer ordered, but that this order persists at temperatures where the nano-confined polymer electrolyte is expected to be a liquid. The geometric bulk resistances of the electrolytes were obtained by AC-impedance spectra, from which the ionic conductivities were calculated. The Arrhenius plots of temperature dependent ionic conductivities showed that the usual melting temperature of the PEO phase in confined PEO:LiTf(X:1) X=10,30 is suppressed and a single activation energy was evident throughout the temperature range 25--90 °C. Wide-angle x-ray scattering (WAXS) patterns show that the polymer chains in both the pure PEO and PEO:LiTf(10

  12. PVdF-HFP/metal oxide nanocomposites: The matrices for high-conducting, low-leakage porous polymer electrolytes

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    Wu, Chun-Guey; Lu, Ming-I.; Tsai, Chung-Chih [Department of Chemistry, National Central University, Chung-Li, Taiwan 32054 (ROC); Chuang, Huey-Jan [Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, Materials and Electro-Optics Research Division, Lung-Tan, Taiwan 325 (ROC)

    2006-09-13

    Highly conducting porous polymer electrolytes comprised of poly(vinylidene-fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), metal oxide (TiO{sub 2}, MgO, ZnO)/or mesoporous zeolite (MCM-41, SBA-15), ethylene carbonate (EC), propylene carbonate (PC), and LiClO{sub 4} were fabricated with a simple direct evaporation method. It was found that when metal oxide or mesoporous zeolite was mixed with PVdF-HFP, the impedance spectroscopy showed that the room temperature conductivity increased from 1.2x10{sup -3}Scm{sup -1} (for pure PVdF-HFP) to 2.1x10{sup -3}Scm{sup -1}. SEM micrographs showed that the pore size of the composite membrane was similar to that of pure PVdF-HFP membrane but the porosity decreased, nevertheless the solution uptake increased. The increasing in solution uptake is not related directly to the surface area or dielectric constant of the oxides. It may be due to the affinity of the metal oxide toward the electrolyte solution. Furthermore, the solution leakage of PVdF-HFP/MgO and PVdF-HFP/SBA-15 composite electrolytes also decreased compared to pure PVdF-HFP electrolyte. These polymer composite electrolytes were stable up to 5.5V (versus Li/Li{sup +}) and the lithium ion cells assembled with these polymer electrolyte show a good performance at a discharge rate below C/2. (author)

  13. PVdF-HFP/metal oxide nanocomposites: The matrices for high-conducting, low-leakage porous polymer electrolytes

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    Wu, Chun-Guey; Lu, Ming-I.; Tsai, Chung-Chih; Chuang, Huey-Jan

    Highly conducting porous polymer electrolytes comprised of poly(vinylidene-fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), metal oxide (TiO 2, MgO, ZnO)/or mesoporous zeolite (MCM-41, SBA-15), ethylene carbonate (EC), propylene carbonate (PC), and LiClO 4 were fabricated with a simple direct evaporation method. It was found that when metal oxide or mesoporous zeolite was mixed with PVdF-HFP, the impedance spectroscopy showed that the room temperature conductivity increased from 1.2 × 10 -3 S cm -1 (for pure PVdF-HFP) to 2.1 × 10 -3 S cm -1. SEM micrographs showed that the pore size of the composite membrane was similar to that of pure PVdF-HFP membrane but the porosity decreased, nevertheless the solution uptake increased. The increasing in solution uptake is not related directly to the surface area or dielectric constant of the oxides. It may be due to the affinity of the metal oxide toward the electrolyte solution. Furthermore, the solution leakage of PVdF-HFP/MgO and PVdF-HFP/SBA-15 composite electrolytes also decreased compared to pure PVdF-HFP electrolyte. These polymer composite electrolytes were stable up to 5.5 V (versus Li/Li +) and the lithium ion cells assembled with these polymer electrolyte show a good performance at a discharge rate below C/2.

  14. Maintaining structural integrity of 4.5 V lithium cobalt oxide cathode with fumaronitrile as a novel electrolyte additive

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    Wang, Xianshu; Zheng, Xiongwen; Liao, Youhao; Huang, Qiming; Xing, Lidan; Xu, Mengqing; Li, Weishan

    2017-01-01

    The specific capacity of lithium-ion battery with lithium cobalt oxide as cathode depends on the upper limitation voltage for charge/discharge cycling, but this oxide tends to be destructed structurally when it is cycled in carbonate-based electrolyte under high voltage. We report a novel electrolyte additive, fumaronitrile (FN, CNsbnd CHdbnd CHsbnd CN), which can maintain the structural integrity of lithium cobalt oxide. Electrochemical measurements indicate that lithium cobalt oxide exhibits poor cyclic stability when it is cycled under 4.5 V (vs. Li/Li+) and the charged cathode suffers serious self-discharge in a base electrolyte, 1.0 mol L-1 LiPF6 in EC/EMC/DEC (3:5:2, by weight). These issues can be overcome effectively by adding 0.5% FN into the base electrolyte. Physical and chemical characterizations demonstrate that the poor cyclic stability and self-discharge of lithium cobalt oxide result from its structural destruction caused by HF formed from electrolyte decomposition, and FN yields a protective cathode interphase film which maintains the structural integrity of lithium cobalt oxide.

  15. Study on rare earth/alkaline earth oxide-doped CeO2 solid electrolyte

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    YAN Kai; ZHEN Qiang; Song Xiwen

    2007-01-01

    Five types of rare earth/alkaline earth oxide-doped CeO2 superfine-powders were synthesized by a low-temperature combustion technique. The relevant solid electrolyte materials were also sintered by pressureless sintering at different temperatures. The results of X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy showed that the grain size of the powders was approximately 20-30 nm, and rare earth/alkaline earth oxides were completely dissolved into ceria-based solid solution with fluorite structure. The electrical conductivities of the Sm2O3-CeO2 system were measured by the ac impedance technique in air at temperatures ranging from 513-900℃. The results indicated that the ionic conductivities of Sm0.20Ce0.8O1.875 solid electrolyte increase with increasing sintering temperature, and the relationship between the conductivities and measuring temperature obeys the Arrhenius equation. Then the Sm2O3-CeO2 material was further doped with other rare earth/alkaline earth oxide, and the conductivities improve with the effective index.

  16. Tungsten oxide thin films obtained by anodisation in low electrolyte concentration

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    Costa, Nadja B.D. da [Centro de Ciências Químicas, Farmacêuticas e de Alimentos, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Campus Capão do Leão, s/n, Pelotas, RS (Brazil); Pazinato, Julia C.O. [Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av. Bento Gonçalves, 9500 Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Sombrio, Guilherme; Pereira, Marcelo B.; Boudinov, Henri [Instituto de Física, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av. Bento Gonçalves, 9500 Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil); Gündel, André; Moreira, Eduardo C. [Universidade Federal do Pampa, Travessa 45, 1650 Bagé, RS (Brazil); Garcia, Irene T.S., E-mail: irene.garcia@ufrgs.br [Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Av. Bento Gonçalves, 9500 Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil)

    2015-03-02

    Tungsten oxide nanostructured films were grown on tungsten substrates by anodisation under a fixed voltage and with sodium fluoride as electrolyte. The effect of the anion chloride and the influence of the modifying agent disodium hydrogen phosphate in the tungsten oxide films were also investigated. The structural characterisation of the films was performed by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The band gap was determined through diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The thin films were photoluminescent and emitted in the range of 300 to 630 nm when irradiated at 266 nm. The synthesised films efficiently degraded of methyl orange dye in the presence of hydrogen peroxide and 250 nm radiation. The modifying agent was responsible for the improvement of the photocatalytic activity. Films with similar photocatalytic performance were obtained when the system sodium fluoride and disodium hydrogen phosphate were replaced by sodium chloride. The porous structure and low band gap values were responsible for the photocatalytic behaviour. - Highlights: • Tungsten oxide thin films were obtained by anodisation of tungsten in aqueous media. • The performance of the NaCl, NaF and NaF/Na{sub 2}HPO{sub 4} as electrolytes was investigated. • The relation between structure and optical behaviour has been discussed. • Films obtained with NaCl and NaF/Na{sub 2}HPO{sub 4} present similar photocatalytic activity.

  17. Thiourea incorporated poly(ethylene oxide) as transparent gel polymer electrolyte for dye sensitized solar cell applications

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    Pavithra, Nagaraj; Velayutham, David; Sorrentino, Andrea; Anandan, Sambandam

    2017-06-01

    A new series of transparent gel polymer electrolytes are prepared by adding various weight percent of thiourea coupled with poly(ethylene oxide) for the application of dye-sensitized solar cells. Coupling of thiourea in the presence of iodine undergoes dimerization reaction to produce formamidine disulfide. Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy shows that the interactions of thiourea and formamidine disulfide with electronegative ether linkage of poly(ethylene oxide) results in conformational changes of gel polymer electrolytes. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and linear sweep voltammetry experiments reveal an increment in ionic conductivity and tri-iodide diffusion coefficient, for thiourea modified gel polymer electrolytes. Finally, the prepared electrolytes are used as a redox mediator in dye-sensitized solar cells and the photovoltaic properties were studied. Apart from transparency, the gel polymer electrolytes with thiorurea show higher photovoltaic properties compared to bare gel polymer electrolyte and a maximum photocurrent efficiency of 7.17% is achieved for gel polymer electrolyte containing 1 wt% of thiourea with a short circuit current of 11.79 mA cm-2 and open circuit voltage of 834 mV. Finally, under rear illumination, almost 90% efficiency is retained upon compared to front illumination.

  18. Methods for using novel cathode and electrolyte materials for solid oxide fuel cells and ion transport membranes

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    Jacobson, Allan J.; Wang, Shuangyan; Kim, Gun Tae

    2016-01-12

    Methods using novel cathode, electrolyte and oxygen separation materials operating at intermediate temperatures for use in solid oxide fuel cells and ion transport membranes include oxides with perovskite related structures and an ordered arrangement of A site cations. The materials have significantly faster oxygen kinetics than in corresponding disordered perovskites.

  19. Bridging Redox Species-Coated Graphene Oxide Sheets to Electrode for Extending Battery Life Using Nanocomposite Electrolyte.

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    Huang, Yi Fu; Ruan, Wen Hong; Lin, Dong Ling; Zhang, Ming Qiu

    2017-01-11

    Substituting conventional electrolyte for redox electrolyte has provided a new intriguing method for extending battery life. The efficiency of utilizing the contained redox species (RS) in the redox electrolyte can benefit from increasing the specific surface area of battery electrodes from the electrode side of the electrode-electrolyte interface, but is not limited to that. Herein, a new strategy using nanocomposite electrolyte is proposed to enlarge the interface with the aid of nanoinclusions from the electrolyte side. To do this, graphene oxide (GO) sheets are first dispersed in the electrolyte solution of tungstosilicic salt/lithium sulfate/poly(vinyl alcohol) (SiWLi/Li2SO4/PVA), and then the sheets are bridged to electrode, after casting and evaporating the solution on the electrode surface. By applying in situ conductive atomic force microscopy and Raman spectra, it is confirmed that the GO sheets doped with RS of SiWLi/Li2SO4 can be bridged and electrically reduced as an extended electrode-electrolyte interface. As a result, the RS-coated GO sheets bridged to LiTi2(PO4)3//LiMn2O4 battery electrodes are found to deliver extra energy capacity (∼30 mAh/g) with excellent electrochemical cycling stability, which successfully extends the battery life by over 50%.

  20. Magnesium ion-conducting gel polymer electrolytes dispersed with nanosized magnesium oxide

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    Pandey, G. P.; Agrawal, R. C.; Hashmi, S. A.

    Experimental investigations are performed on novel magnesium ion-conducting gel polymer electrolyte nanocomposites based on poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), dispersed with nanosized magnesium oxide (MgO) particles. The nanocomposite materials are in the form of free-standing films. Various physical and electrochemical analyses demonstrate promising characteristics of these films, suitable as electrolytes in rechargeable magnesium batteries. The optimized material with 3 wt.% MgO offers a maximum electrical conductivity of ∼8 × 10 -3 S cm -1 at room temperature (∼25 °C) with good thermal and electrochemical stabilities. The ion/filler-polymer interactions and possible conformational changes in host polymer PVdF-HFP due to the liquid electrolyte entrapment and dispersion of nanosized MgO are examined by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopic (SEM) methods. The Mg 2+ ion conduction in the gel film is confirmed from the cyclic voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy and transport number measurements. The Mg 2+ ion transport number (t +) is enhanced substantially and found to have a maximum of ∼0.44 for the addition of 10 wt.% MgO nanoparticles. The enhancement in t + is explained on the basis of the formation of space-charge regions due to the presence of MgO:Mg 2+-like species, that supports Mg 2+ ion motion.

  1. Flexible thin-film battery based on graphene-oxide embedded in solid polymer electrolyte

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    Kammoun, M.; Berg, S.; Ardebili, H.

    2015-10-01

    Enhanced safety of flexible batteries is an imperative objective due to the intimate interaction of such devices with human organs such as flexible batteries that are integrated with touch-screens or embedded in clothing or space suits. In this study, the fabrication and testing of a high performance thin-film Li-ion battery (LIB) is reported that is both flexible and relatively safer compared to the conventional electrolyte based batteries. The concept is facilitated by the use of solid polymer nanocomposite electrolyte, specifically, composed of polyethylene oxide (PEO) matrix and 1 wt% graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets. The flexible LIB exhibits a high maximum operating voltage of 4.9 V, high capacity of 0.13 mA h cm-2 and an energy density of 4.8 mW h cm-3. The battery is encapsulated using a simple lamination method that is economical and scalable. The laminated battery shows robust mechanical flexibility over 6000 bending cycles and excellent electrochemical performance in both flat and bent configurations. Finite element analysis (FEA) of the LIB provides critical insights into the evolution of mechanical stresses during lamination and bending.Enhanced safety of flexible batteries is an imperative objective due to the intimate interaction of such devices with human organs such as flexible batteries that are integrated with touch-screens or embedded in clothing or space suits. In this study, the fabrication and testing of a high performance thin-film Li-ion battery (LIB) is reported that is both flexible and relatively safer compared to the conventional electrolyte based batteries. The concept is facilitated by the use of solid polymer nanocomposite electrolyte, specifically, composed of polyethylene oxide (PEO) matrix and 1 wt% graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets. The flexible LIB exhibits a high maximum operating voltage of 4.9 V, high capacity of 0.13 mA h cm-2 and an energy density of 4.8 mW h cm-3. The battery is encapsulated using a simple lamination method

  2. A Hydrogen-Evolving Hybrid-Electrolyte Battery with Electrochemical/Photoelectrochemical Charging from Water Oxidation.

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    Jin, Zhaoyu; Li, Panpan; Xiao, Dan

    2017-02-08

    Decoupled hydrogen and oxygen production were successfully embedded into an aqueous dual-electrolyte (acid-base) battery for simultaneous energy storage and conversion. A three-electrode configuration was adopted, involving an electrocatalytic hydrogen-evolving electrode as cathode, an alkaline battery-type or capacitor-type anode as shuttle, and a charging-assisting electrode for electro-/photoelectrochemically catalyzing water oxidation. The conceptual battery not only synergistically outputs electricity and chemical fuels with tremendous specific energy and power densities, but also supports various approaches to be charged by pure or solar-assisted electricity.

  3. Analyses of quenching process during turn-off of plasma electrolytic carburizing on carbon steel

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    Wu, Jie; Liu, Run [Key Laboratory for Beam Technology and Materials Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Beijing Radiation Center, Beijing 100875 (China); Xue, Wenbin, E-mail: xuewb@bnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory for Beam Technology and Materials Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Beijing Radiation Center, Beijing 100875 (China); Wang, Bin; Jin, Xiaoyue; Du, Jiancheng [Key Laboratory for Beam Technology and Materials Modification of Ministry of Education, College of Nuclear Science and Technology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing 100875 (China); Beijing Radiation Center, Beijing 100875 (China)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Cooling rate of carburized steel at the end of PEC treatment is measured. • The quench hardening in the fast or slow turn-off mode hardly takes place. • Decrease of the surface roughness during slow turn-off process is found. • A slow turn-off mode is recommended to replace the conventional turn-off mode. - Abstract: Plasma electrolytic carburizing (PEC) under different turn-off modes was employed to fabricate a hardening layer on carbon steel in glycerol solution without stirring at 380 V for 3 min. The quenching process in fast turn-off mode or slow turn-off mode of power supply was discussed. The temperature in the interior of steel and electron temperature in plasma discharge envelope during the quenching process were evaluated. It was found that the cooling rates of PEC samples in both turn-off modes were below 20 °C/s, because the vapor film boiling around the steel sample reduced the cooling rate greatly in terms of Leidenfrost effect. Thus the quench hardening hardly took place, though the slow turn-off mode slightly decreased the surface roughness of PEC steel. At the end of PEC treatment, the fast turn-off mode used widely at present cannot enhance the surface hardness by quench hardening, and the slow turn-off mode was recommended in order to protect the electronic devices against a large current surge.

  4. Analyses of quenching process during turn-off of plasma electrolytic carburizing on carbon steel

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    Wu, Jie; Liu, Run; Xue, Wenbin; Wang, Bin; Jin, Xiaoyue; Du, Jiancheng

    2014-10-01

    Plasma electrolytic carburizing (PEC) under different turn-off modes was employed to fabricate a hardening layer on carbon steel in glycerol solution without stirring at 380 V for 3 min. The quenching process in fast turn-off mode or slow turn-off mode of power supply was discussed. The temperature in the interior of steel and electron temperature in plasma discharge envelope during the quenching process were evaluated. It was found that the cooling rates of PEC samples in both turn-off modes were below 20 °C/s, because the vapor film boiling around the steel sample reduced the cooling rate greatly in terms of Leidenfrost effect. Thus the quench hardening hardly took place, though the slow turn-off mode slightly decreased the surface roughness of PEC steel. At the end of PEC treatment, the fast turn-off mode used widely at present cannot enhance the surface hardness by quench hardening, and the slow turn-off mode was recommended in order to protect the electronic devices against a large current surge.

  5. Polymer chain organization in tensile-stretched poly(ethylene oxide)-based polymer electrolytes

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    Burba, Christopher M.; Woods, Lauren; Millar, Sarah Y.; Pallie, Jonathan

    2011-01-01

    Polymer chain orientation in tensile-stretched poly(ethylene oxide)-lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate polymer electrolytes are investigated with polarized infrared spectroscopy as a function of the degree of strain and salt composition (ether oxygen atom to lithium ion ratios of 20:1, 15:1, and 10:1). The 1359 and 1352 cm-1 bands are used to probe the crystalline PEO and P(EO)3LiCF3SO3 domains, respectively, allowing a direct comparison of chain orientation for the two phases. Two-dimensional correlation FT-IR spectroscopy indicates that the two crystalline domains align at the same rate as the polymer electrolytes are stretched. Quantitative measurements of polymer chain orientation obtained through dichroic infrared spectroscopy show that chain orientation predominantly occurs between strain values of 150% and 250%, regardless of salt composition investigated. There are few changes in chain orientation for either phase when the films are further elongated to a strain of 300%; however, the PEO domains are slightly more oriented at the high strain values. The spectroscopic data are consistent with stretching-induced melt-recrystallization of the unoriented crystalline domains in the solution-cast polymer films. Stretching the films pulls polymer chains from the crystalline domains, which subsequently recrystallize with the polymer helices parallel to the stretch direction. If lithium ion conduction in crystalline polymer electrolytes is viewed as consisting of two major components (facile intra-chain lithium ion conduction and slow helix-to-helix inter-grain hopping), then alignment of the polymer helices will affect the ion conduction pathways for these materials by reducing the number of inter-grain hops required to migrate through the polymer electrolyte. PMID:22184475

  6. Polymer chain organization in tensile-stretched poly(ethylene oxide)-based polymer electrolytes.

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    Burba, Christopher M; Woods, Lauren; Millar, Sarah Y; Pallie, Jonathan

    2011-12-15

    Polymer chain orientation in tensile-stretched poly(ethylene oxide)-lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate polymer electrolytes are investigated with polarized infrared spectroscopy as a function of the degree of strain and salt composition (ether oxygen atom to lithium ion ratios of 20:1, 15:1, and 10:1). The 1359 and 1352 cm(-1) bands are used to probe the crystalline PEO and P(EO)(3)LiCF(3)SO(3) domains, respectively, allowing a direct comparison of chain orientation for the two phases. Two-dimensional correlation FT-IR spectroscopy indicates that the two crystalline domains align at the same rate as the polymer electrolytes are stretched. Quantitative measurements of polymer chain orientation obtained through dichroic infrared spectroscopy show that chain orientation predominantly occurs between strain values of 150% and 250%, regardless of salt composition investigated. There are few changes in chain orientation for either phase when the films are further elongated to a strain of 300%; however, the PEO domains are slightly more oriented at the high strain values. The spectroscopic data are consistent with stretching-induced melt-recrystallization of the unoriented crystalline domains in the solution-cast polymer films. Stretching the films pulls polymer chains from the crystalline domains, which subsequently recrystallize with the polymer helices parallel to the stretch direction. If lithium ion conduction in crystalline polymer electrolytes is viewed as consisting of two major components (facile intra-chain lithium ion conduction and slow helix-to-helix inter-grain hopping), then alignment of the polymer helices will affect the ion conduction pathways for these materials by reducing the number of inter-grain hops required to migrate through the polymer electrolyte.

  7. Observations of Oxygen Ion Behavior in the Lithium- Based Electrolytic Reduction of Uranium Oxide

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    Herrmann, S.D.; Li, S.X.; Serrano-Rodriguez, B.E. [Idaho National Laboratory, P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83415 (United States)

    2009-06-15

    Development of a lithium-based electrolytic reduction process to convert oxide fuel to metal is being pursued by various researchers to facilitate subsequent pyro-processing of the metalized fuel product. In such pursuits, uranium oxide particles are contacted by an electrically conductive material and immersed in a pool of LiCl-Li{sub 2}O at 650 deg. C. A controlled current is passed between the fuel particles (as the cathode) and a suitable anode to reduce the uranium oxide to metal at the cathode and to oxidize oxygen ions to gas at the anode. In this process, the effective liberation and transport of oxygen ions from the oxide fuel particles within a cathode structure to the anode is paramount to the viability of this process. Parametric studies were performed on a lithium-based electrolytic reduction process at bench-scale in an inert atmosphere glovebox to investigate the behavior of oxygen ions in the reduction of uranium oxide for various electrochemical cell configurations. Specifically, a series of eight electrolytic reduction runs in a common salt bath of LiCl - 1 wt% Li{sub 2}O was performed with varying applied charges (75 - 150% of theoretical) and fuel basket containment materials (stainless steel wire mesh and sintered stainless steel). Samples of the molten salt electrolyte were taken at regular intervals throughout each run and analyzed to produce a time plot of Li{sub 2}O concentrations in the bulk salt over the course of the runs. Following each run, the fuel basket was sectioned and the fuel was removed. Samples of the fuel were analyzed for the extent of uranium oxide reduction to metal and for the concentration of salt constituents, i.e., LiCl and Li{sub 2}O. Extents of uranium oxide reduction ranged from 35 - 70% in stainless steel wire mesh baskets and 8 - 33 % in sintered stainless steel baskets. The concentrations of Li{sub 2}O in the salt phase of the fuel product from the stainless steel wire mesh baskets ranged from 6.2 to 9.3%, while

  8. Nanodispersed Oxides-Plasma-Chemical Synthesis and Properties

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    Gheorghi VISSOKOV; Katerina ZAHARIEVA

    2007-01-01

    We discuss the plasma-chemical synthesis and the properties of transition metals oxides, Al2O3, SiO2, rare-earth oxides, oxides for ceramics and metal-ceramics, and oxides used as catalysts. Bearing in mind the indisputable advantages of using plasma-chemically synthesized nanodispersed oxides for the needs of various industrial fields, we set out to review the articles published in the past few years devoted to the problems of plasma-chemical synthesis and characterization of nanodispersed oxides.

  9. Study of bipolar pulsed plasma electrolytic carbonitriding on nanostructure of compound layer for a gamma Ti-Al alloy

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    Mahmood ALIOFKHAZRAEI; Alireza SABOUR ROUHAGHDAM; Mohsen ROOHZENDEH

    2008-01-01

    The surface hardening of a gamma Ti-Al alloy by using bipolar pulsed nanocrystalline plasma electro-lytic carbonitriding has been studied in this investigation. Coating process was performed on a triethanolamine-based electrolyte by a cooling bath. The nanostructure of the obtained compound layer was examined with the figure analysis of the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) nanographs. The effects of the process variables, i.e., fre-quency, temperature of the electrolyte, applied voltage and treatment time, have been experimentally studied. Statistical methods were used to achieve the optimum size of the nanocrystals. Finally, the contribution percentage of the effective factors of the pulsed current was revealed, and the confirmation run showed the validity of the obtained results.

  10. Local electrical and dielectric properties of nanocrystalline solid oxide fuel cell electrolytes

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    Perry, Nicola Helen

    Reducing the operating temperature of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), to improve durability and lower cost, requires an increase in the low temperature oxygen-ion conductivity of the electrolyte. This work investigates whether the electrolyte conductivity could be increased by decreasing the grain size into the nanoscale. Bulk electrolytes - cubic yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ, with 8mol% Y2O3), tetragonal zirconia polycrystal (TZP, with 3mol% Y2O3), and Sr- and Mg- co-doped LaGaO3 (LSGM) - were fabricated with grain sizes ranging from 10nm to 3mum, using commercial or sol-gel-derived nanopowders and various sintering techniques. Local grain boundary and grain core conductivities and dielectric constants were analyzed over a range of temperatures and atmospheres using AC-impedance spectroscopy and our novel nano-Grain Composite Model, and interpreted in terms of grain-size dependent defect chemistry (e.g. space charge models, local thermodynamics, and impurity/ acceptor segregation). All three oxides exhibited qualitatively similar electrical/ dielectric behavior. Their single crystal/ grain core dielectric constants exhibited an upturn with temperature, which was attributed to the onset of dipolar relaxation. Grain boundary dielectric constants were consistently higher than grain core dielectric constants at the nanoscale. n-GCM-derived electrical grain boundary half-widths agreed well with measured acceptor dopant segregation widths at grain boundaries. The local grain boundary conductivity was consistently increased in nanocrystalline vs. microcrystalline samples, although the mechanisms responsible for this behavior differed in each material. Grain core conductivity did not change with grain size in each case. Despite the increase in local grain boundary conductivity at the nanoscale, the total conductivity decreased monotonically with decreasing grain size in all three electrolytes; the grain boundaries remain barriers to transport (relative to grain cores

  11. Effects of oral powder electrolyte administration on packed cell volume, plasma chemistry parameters, and incidence of colic in horses participating in a 6-day 162-km trail ride.

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    Walker, Wade T; Callan, Robert J; Hill, Ashley E; Tisher, Kelly B

    2014-08-01

    This study evaluated the effects of administering oral powder electrolytes on packed cell volume (PCV), plasma chemistry parameters, and incidence of colic in horses participating on a 6-day 162-km trail ride in which water was not offered ad libitum. Twenty-three horses received grain with powder electrolytes daily while 19 control horses received grain only. Horses were ridden approximately 32 km a day at a walk or trot. Packed cell volume and plasma chemistry parameters were analyzed daily. Episodes of colic were diagnosed and treated by a veterinarian unaware of treatment group allocation. Blood parameters and incidence of colic were compared between treatment groups. Electrolyte administration did not alter PCV or plasma chemistry parameters compared to controls. The incidence of colic was significantly higher in treated horses (P = 0.05). Oral powder electrolytes did not enhance hydration status or electrolyte homeostasis and may be associated with colic in horses participating on long distance trail rides similar to this model.

  12. Synthesis of yttria-doped bismuth oxide powder by carbonate coprecipitation for IT-SOFC electrolyte.

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    Lee, J G; Kim, S H; Yoon, H H

    2011-01-01

    Yttria-doped bismuth oxide (YBO) powders were synthesized by ammonium carbonate coprecipitation for the preparation of electrolytes of an intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell (IT-SOFC). The starting salts were yttrium and bismuth nitrate. The crystal structures and the morphological characteristics of the particles were analyzed by XRD and SEM, respectively. The ionic conductivity of the sintered pellet was measured by an electrochemical impedance analyzer. The size of the calcined YBO powders were in the range of 20-100 nm as measured by SEM images. The YBO pellets had a face-centered cubic structure, and their crystallite size was about 54-88 nm. The ionic conductivity of the YBO pellets sintered at 800 degrees C was observed to be 2.7 x 10(-1) Scm-(-1) at 700 degrees C. The ball-milling of the YBO powder before it was pelletized was found to have been unrequired probably because of a good sinterability of the YBO powders that was prepared via the ammonium carbonate coprecipitation method. The results showed that the ammonium carbonate coprecipitation process could be used as the cost-efficient method of producing YBO electrolytes for IT-SOFC.

  13. Inert anode containing oxides of nickel, iron and zinc useful for the electrolytic production of metals

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    Ray, Siba P. (Murrysville, PA); Weirauch, Jr., Douglas A. (Murrysville, PA); Liu, Xinghua (Monroeville, PA)

    2002-01-01

    An inert anode for the electrolytic production of metals such as aluminum is disclosed. The inert anode includes a ceramic oxide material preferably made from NiO, Fe.sub.2 O.sub.3 and ZnO. The inert anode composition may comprise the following mole fractions of NiO, Fe.sub.2 O.sub.3 and ZnO: 0.2 to 0.99 NiO; 0.0001 to 0.8 Fe.sub.2 O.sub.3 ; and 0.0001 to 0.3 ZnO. The inert anode may optionally include other oxides and/or at least one metal phase, such as Cu, Ag, Pd, Pt, Au, Rh, Ru, Ir and/or Os. The Ni--Fe--Co--O ceramic material exhibits very low solubility in Hall cell baths used to produce aluminum.

  14. Stannous sulfate as an electrolyte additive for lead acid battery made from a novel ultrafine leady oxide

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    Wang, Qin; Liu, Jianwen; Yang, Danni; Yuan, Xiqing; Li, Lei; Zhu, Xinfeng; Zhang, Wei; Hu, Yucheng; Sun, Xiaojuan; Liang, Sha; Hu, Jingping; Kumar, R. Vasant; Yang, Jiakuan

    2015-07-01

    The effects of SnSO4 as an electrolyte additive on the microstructure of positive plate and electrochemical performance of lead acid battery made from a novel leady oxide are investigated. The novel leady oxide is synthesized through leaching of spent lead paste in citric acid solution. The novel leady oxides are used to prepare working electrode (WE) subjected to electrochemical cyclic voltammetry (CV) tests. Moreover, the novel leady oxides are used as active materials of positive plate assembled as a testing battery of 1.85 A h capacity. In CV tests, SEM/EDX results show that the major crystalline phase of the paste in WE after CV cycles is PbSO4. The larger column-shaped PbSO4 crystals easily generate in the paste of WE without an electrolyte additive of SnSO4. However, PbSO4 crystals significantly become smaller with the addition of SnSO4 in the electrolyte. In batteries testing, SEM results show that an electrolyte additive of SnSO4 could effectively decrease PbO2 particle size in the positive active materials of the teardown battery at the end of charging procedure. It is indicated that an electrolyte additive of SnSO4 could have a positive influence on restraining larger particles of irreversible sulfation in charge/discharge cycles of battery testing.

  15. Improving cyclic stability of lithium nickel manganese oxide cathode at elevated temperature by using dimethyl phenylphosphonite as electrolyte additive

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    Mai, Shaowei; Xu, Mengqing; Liao, Xiaolin; Xing, Lidan; Li, Weishan

    2015-01-01

    A novel electrolyte additive, dimethyl phenylphosphonite (DMPP), is reported in this paper to be able to improve significantly the cyclic stability of LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 cathode of high voltage lithium ion battery at elevated temperature. When experiencing charge/discharge cycling at 50 °C with 1C (1C = 146.7 mAh g-1) rate in a standard (STD) electrolyte (1.0 M LiPF6 in ethylene carbonate (EC)/dimethyl carbonate (DMC), EC/DMC = 1/2 in volume), LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 suffers serious discharge capacity decaying, with a capacity retention of 42% after 100 cycles. With adding 0.5% DMPP into the STD electrolyte, the capacity retention is increased to 91%. This improvement can be ascribed to the preferential oxidation of DMPP to the STD electrolyte and the subsequent formation of a protective film on LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4, which suppresses the electrolyte decomposition and protects LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4 from destruction. Theoretical calculations together with voltammetric analyses demonstrate the preferential oxidation of DMPP and the consequent suppression of electrolyte decomposition, while the observations from scanning electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectronic spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy confirm the protection that DMPP provides for LiNi0.5Mn1.5O4.

  16. Observations of Oxygen Ion Behavior in the Lithium-Based Electrolytic Reduction of Uranium Oxide

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    Steven D. Herrmann; Shelly X. Li; Brenda E. Serrano-Rodriguez

    2009-09-01

    Parametric studies were performed on a lithium-based electrolytic reduction process at bench-scale to investigate the behavior of oxygen ions in the reduction of uranium oxide for various electrochemical cell configurations. Specifically, a series of eight electrolytic reduction runs was performed in a common salt bath of LiCl – 1 wt% Li2O. The variable parameters included fuel basket containment material (i.e., stainless steel wire mesh and sintered stainless steel) and applied electrical charge (i.e., 75 – 150% of the theoretical charge for complete reduction of uranium oxide in a basket to uranium metal). Samples of the molten salt electrolyte were taken at regular intervals throughout each run and analyzed to produce a time plot of Li2O concentrations in the bulk salt over the course of the runs. Following each run, the fuel basket was sectioned and the fuel was removed. Samples of the fuel were analyzed for the extent of uranium oxide reduction to metal and for the concentration of salt constituents, i.e., LiCl and Li2O. Extents of uranium oxide reduction ranged from 43 – 70% in stainless steel wire mesh baskets and 8 – 33 % in sintered stainless steel baskets. The concentrations of Li2O in the salt phase of the fuel product from the stainless steel wire mesh baskets ranged from 6.2 – 9.2 wt%, while those for the sintered stainless steel baskets ranged from 26 – 46 wt%. Another series of tests was performed to investigate the dissolution of Li2O in LiCl at 650 °C across various cathode containment materials (i.e., stainless steel wire mesh, sintered stainless steel and porous magnesia) and configurations (i.e., stationary and rotating cylindrical baskets). Dissolution of identical loadings of Li2O particulate reached equilibrium within one hour for stationary stainless steel wire mesh baskets, while the same took several hours for sintered stainless steel and porous magnesia baskets. Rotation of an annular cylindrical basket of stainless steel

  17. Fabrication of thin yttria-stabilized-zirconia dense electrolyte layers by inkjet printing for high performing solid oxide fuel cells

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    Esposito, Vincenzo; Gadea, Christophe; Hjelm, Johan

    2015-01-01

    In this work, we present how a low-cost HP Deskjet 1000 inkjet printer was used to fabricate a 1.2 mm thin, dense and gas tight 16 cm2 solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) electrolyte. The electrolyte was printed using an ink made of highly diluted (...) powders (50 nm in size) in an aqueous medium. The ink was designed to be a highly dispersed, long term stable colloidal suspension, with optimal printability characteristics. The electrolyte was made by a multiple printing procedure, which ensures coverage of the several flaws occurring in a single...... printing pass. Together with an optimized sintering procedure this resulted in good adhesion and densification of the electrolyte. The SOFC exhibited a close-to-theoretical open circuit voltage and a remarkable peak power density above 1.5 W cm-2 at 800 °C....

  18. Comparison of direct and indirect plasma oxidation of NO combined with oxidation by catalyst

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    Jogi, Indrek; Stamate, Eugen; Irimiea, Cornelia

    2015-01-01

    Direct and indirect plasma oxidation of NOx was tested in a medium-scale test-bench at gas flows of 50 slm (3 m(3)/h). For direct plasma oxidation the synthetic flue gas was directed through a stacked DBD reactor. For indirect plasma oxidation, a DBD reactor was used to generate ozone from pure O-2...... of the DBD reactor decreased the long-term efficiency of direct plasma oxidation. At the same time, the efficiency of indirect oxidation increased at elevated reactor temperatures. Additional experiments were carried out to investigate the improvement of indirect oxidation by the introduction of catalyst...

  19. Formation of nanocrystalline layers by surface severe plastic deformation and pulsed plasma electrolytic carburizing.

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    Aliofkhazraei, M; Rouhaghdam, A Sabour

    2010-07-01

    Surfaces of various kinds of metallic materials spheres were treated by nanocrystalline surface severe plastic deformation and then pulsed nanocrystalline plasma electrolytic carburizing to study nanocrystalline substrate effect on formation and nano-hardness of hard nanocrystalline layer. The surface layers of the metallic materials developed by the nanocrystalline surface severe plastic deformation were characterized by means of high resolution scanning electron microscope. Nearly equiaxed nanocrystals with grain sizes ranging from 15 to 90 nm were observed in the near surface regions of all metallic materials, which are low carbon steel and commercially pure titanium. The effect of substrate nanocrystallization on growth kinetics and hardness of formed nanocrystalline carbide layer was studied with the means of figure analysis and nanohardness tests. Figure analysis show the length to diameter ratio and distribution curve of nanocrystals and it has been found that the achieved properties of hard layer (growth rate, nano-hardness, nanostructure...) are related to these factors. It was also clarified that these techniques and surface nanocrystallization can be easily achieved in most of metallic materials. Results indicate that the resultant hardened carburized layers exhibited excellent hardness profile. Investigation of the layer characteristics showed strong dependence followed from the treatment experimental parameters as well as the shape of nanocrystals.

  20. Fluorosilane compounds with oligo(ethylene oxide) substituent as safe electrolyte solvents for high-voltage lithium-ion batteries

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    Wang, Jinglun; Mai, Yongjin; Luo, Hao; Yan, Xiaodan; Zhang, Lingzhi

    2016-12-01

    Two fluorosilanes with oligo(ethylene oxide) unites were synthesized through hydrosilylation of chlorosilane with allyl substituted oligo(ethylene oxide) ether followed by fluorination with potassium fluoride. The synthesized fluorosilane compounds exhibited lower viscosity, higher dielectric constant and higher oxidation potential, compared with their non-fluorination counterparts. Difluoro(3-(2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethoxy)propyl)methylsilane (DFSM2), one of the two compounds, was evaluated as high-voltage and thermal stable electrolyte co-solvent with the conventional carbonate-based electrolytes. Using an optimized electrolyte of 1M LiPF6 in EC/DFSM2/EMC (2/3/5 in vol.) with addition of 5 wt% fluoroethylene carbonate (FEC), high-voltage LiCoO2(LCO)/graphite full cell displayed outstanding cycling stability of 92.5% capacity retention after 135 cycles at 4.4 V upper cutoff voltage. Characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis, the DFSM2-based electrolyte demonstrated higher thermal stability with lithiated graphite anode and delithiated LCO cathode, thus better safety feature compared with the conventional electrolyte.

  1. Effects of sodium tungstate on characteristics of microarc oxidation coatings formed on magnesium alloy in silicate-KOH electrolyte

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    DING Jun; LIANG Jun; HU Li-tian; HAO Jing-cheng; XUE Qun-ji

    2007-01-01

    Oxide coatings on AM60B magnesium alloy were prepared using the microarc oxidation(MAO) technique in silicate-KOH electrolyte with addition of 0-6.0 g/L Na2WO4. The MAO processes in base electrolyte with different concentrations of Na2WO4 were studied. The microstructure, compositions and mechanical tribological characteristics of the oxide coatings were also investigated by SEM, XRD, XPS, microhardness analysis and ball-on-disc friction testing, respectively. It is found that the addition of Na2WO4 into the base electrolyte has direct effect on the characteristics of voltage-time curves and breakdown voltage in MAO process. The number of micropores at top of the coating surface is increased by the addition of Na2WO4. The fraction of forsterite Mg2SiO4 in the oxide coating increases with increasing concentration of Na2WO4 in base electrolytes. Furthermore, the microhardness and wear resistance of oxide coatings are enhanced as well.

  2. Magnesium ion-conducting gel polymer electrolytes dispersed with nanosized magnesium oxide

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    Pandey, G.P. [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Solid State Ionics Research Laboratory, School of Studies in Physics, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur 492010, C.G. (India); Agrawal, R.C. [Solid State Ionics Research Laboratory, School of Studies in Physics, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur 492010, C.G. (India); Hashmi, S.A. [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India)

    2009-05-15

    Experimental investigations are performed on novel magnesium ion-conducting gel polymer electrolyte nanocomposites based on poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) (PVdF-HFP), dispersed with nanosized magnesium oxide (MgO) particles. The nanocomposite materials are in the form of free-standing films. Various physical and electrochemical analyses demonstrate promising characteristics of these films, suitable as electrolytes in rechargeable magnesium batteries. The optimized material with 3 wt.% MgO offers a maximum electrical conductivity of {proportional_to}8 x 10{sup -3} S cm{sup -1} at room temperature ({proportional_to}25 C) with good thermal and electrochemical stabilities. The ion/filler-polymer interactions and possible conformational changes in host polymer PVdF-HFP due to the liquid electrolyte entrapment and dispersion of nanosized MgO are examined by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopic (SEM) methods. The Mg{sup 2+} ion conduction in the gel film is confirmed from the cyclic voltammetry, impedance spectroscopy and transport number measurements. The Mg{sup 2+} ion transport number (t{sub +}) is enhanced substantially and found to have a maximum of {proportional_to}0.44 for the addition of 10 wt.% MgO nanoparticles. The enhancement in t{sub +} is explained on the basis of the formation of space-charge regions due to the presence of MgO:Mg{sup 2+}-like species, that supports Mg{sup 2+} ion motion. (author)

  3. Synthesis of Coral-Like Tantalum Oxide Films via Anodization in Mixed Organic-Inorganic Electrolytes

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    Yu, Hongbin; Zhu, Suiyi; Yang, Xia; Wang, Xinhong; Sun, Hongwei; Huo, Mingxin

    2013-01-01

    We report a simple method to fabricate nano-porous tantalum oxide films via anodization with Ta foils as the anode at room temperature. A mixture of ethylene glycol, phosphoric acid, NH4F and H2O was used as the electrolyte where the nano-porous tantalum oxide could be synthesized by anodizing a tantalum foil for 1 h at 20 V in a two–electrode configuration. The as-prepared porous film exhibited a continuous, uniform and coral-like morphology. The diameters of pores ranged from 30 nm to 50 nm. The pores interlaced each other and the depth was about 150 nm. After calcination, the as-synthesized amorphous tantalum oxide could be crystallized to the orthorhombic crystal system. As observed in photocatalytic experiments, the coral-like tantalum oxide exhibited a higher photocatalytic activity for the degradation of phenol than that with a compact surface morphology, and the elimination rate of phenol increased by 66.7%. PMID:23799106

  4. Synthesis of coral-like tantalum oxide films via anodization in mixed organic-inorganic electrolytes.

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    Hongbin Yu

    Full Text Available We report a simple method to fabricate nano-porous tantalum oxide films via anodization with Ta foils as the anode at room temperature. A mixture of ethylene glycol, phosphoric acid, NH4F and H2O was used as the electrolyte where the nano-porous tantalum oxide could be synthesized by anodizing a tantalum foil for 1 h at 20 V in a two-electrode configuration. The as-prepared porous film exhibited a continuous, uniform and coral-like morphology. The diameters of pores ranged from 30 nm to 50 nm. The pores interlaced each other and the depth was about 150 nm. After calcination, the as-synthesized amorphous tantalum oxide could be crystallized to the orthorhombic crystal system. As observed in photocatalytic experiments, the coral-like tantalum oxide exhibited a higher photocatalytic activity for the degradation of phenol than that with a compact surface morphology, and the elimination rate of phenol increased by 66.7%.

  5. Proton conducting sodium alginate electrolyte laterally coupled low-voltage oxide-based transistors

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    Liu, Yang Hui; Wan, Qing, E-mail: wanqing@nju.edu.cn [Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo 315201 (China); School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China); Qiang Zhu, Li, E-mail: lqzhu@nimte.ac.cn [Ningbo Institute of Materials Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo 315201 (China); Shi, Yi [School of Electronic Science and Engineering, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2014-03-31

    Solution-processed sodium alginate electrolyte film shows a high proton conductivity of ∼5.5 × 10{sup −3} S/cm and a high lateral electric-double-layer (EDL) capacitance of ∼2.0 μF/cm{sup 2} at room temperature with a relative humidity of 57%. Low-voltage in-plane-gate indium-zinc-oxide-based EDL transistors laterally gated by sodium alginate electrolytes are fabricated on glass substrates. The field-effect mobility, current ON/OFF ratio, and subthreshold swing of such EDL transistors are estimated to be 4.2 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1}, 2.8 × 10{sup 6}, and 130 mV/decade, respectively. At last, a low-voltage driven resistor-load inverter is also demonstrated. Such in-plane-gate EDL transistors have potential applications in portable electronics and low-cost biosensors.

  6. Effects of ionic liquids on cation dynamics in amorphous polyethylene oxide electrolytes

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    Chattoraj, Joyjit; Diddens, Diddo; Heuer, Andreas

    2014-01-01

    We perform extensive molecular dynamics simulations of a poly(ethylene oxide)-based polymer electrolyte material containing lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide salt for a wide temperature regime above and below the experimental crystallization temperature with and without N-methyl-N-propylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ionic liquid (IL). The impact of the IL-concentration on the cation dynamics is studied. The increase of the cation mobility upon addition of IL is significant but temperature-independent. This can be related to distinct variations of the underlying transport properties as expressed within the previously introduced transport model of polymer electrolytes. Even for the largest IL concentration the transport model perfectly predicts the non-trivial time-dependence of the cationic mean square displacement for all temperatures. Finally, we compare our numerical and theoretical findings with the results of recent nuclear magnetic resonance experiments. In this way we can exclusively relate the strong experimentally observed dependence of the low-temperature Li-diffusivity on the IL concentration to the impact of IL on crystallization.

  7. Effects of ionic liquids on cation dynamics in amorphous polyethylene oxide electrolytes

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    Chattoraj, Joyjit, E-mail: jchat-01@uni-muenster.de; Diddens, Diddo; Heuer, Andreas [Institut für Physikalische Chemie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Corrensstrasse 28/30, D-48149 Münster (Germany)

    2014-01-14

    We perform extensive molecular dynamics simulations of a poly(ethylene oxide)-based polymer electrolyte material containing lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide salt for a wide temperature regime above and below the experimental crystallization temperature with and without N-methyl-N-propylpyrrolidinium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ionic liquid (IL). The impact of the IL-concentration on the cation dynamics is studied. The increase of the cation mobility upon addition of IL is significant but temperature-independent. This can be related to distinct variations of the underlying transport properties as expressed within the previously introduced transport model of polymer electrolytes. Even for the largest IL concentration the transport model perfectly predicts the non-trivial time-dependence of the cationic mean square displacement for all temperatures. Finally, we compare our numerical and theoretical findings with the results of recent nuclear magnetic resonance experiments. In this way we can exclusively relate the strong experimentally observed dependence of the low-temperature Li-diffusivity on the IL concentration to the impact of IL on crystallization.

  8. Electrical-breakdown and electronic current of tantalum-tantalum oxide-aqueous electrolyte systems. [Ta sub 2 O sub 5

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    Kalra, K.C.; Katyal, P. (Dept. of Chemistry, Maharshi Dayanand Univ., Rohtak (India))

    1991-06-30

    Breakdown voltage and electronic current data for barrier anodic tantalum oxide films in contact with aqueous electrolytes of various concentrations and compositions at 298 K have been obtained. The influence of electrolyte concentration on breakdown characteristics can be broadly explained in terms of the Ikonopisov electron avalanche breakdown model. Albella and coworkers' theory explains the effect of electrolyte concentration for our results more explicitly. Various parameters of the Albella theory have been evaluated, and their dependence on electrolyte concentration has been studied. The dependence of breakdown voltage on electrolyte concentration has also been discussed in the light of the theory of Di Quarto and coworkers. (orig.).

  9. Assessment of Plasma Electrolytes, Urea and Creatinine of Patients for Adenotonsillectomy

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    Paul Oserhemhen Adobamen

    2014-04-01

    Conclusion: Electrolytes, urea, and creatinine derangement; especially hyponatremia, exists in patients admitted for adenotonsillectomy, mainly due to their inability to feed properly. These electrolytes should be assessed and corrected before surgery, to avoid fatal complications. [Arch Clin Exp Surg 2014; 3(2.000: 73-77

  10. Branched Rod-Coil Polyimide-Poly(Alkylene Oxide) Copolymers and Electrolyte Compositions

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    Meador, Maryann B. (Inventor); Tigelaar, Dean M. (Inventor)

    2014-01-01

    Crosslinked polyimide-poly(alkylene oxide) copolymers capable of holding large volumes of liquid while maintaining good dimensional stability. Copolymers are derived at ambient temperatures from amine endcapped amic-acid oligomers subsequently imidized in solution at increased temperatures, followed by reaction with trifunctional compounds in the presence of various additives. Films of these copolymers hold over four times their weight at room temperature of liquids such as ionic liquids (RTIL) and/or carbonate solvents. These rod-coil polyimide copolymers are used to prepare polymeric electrolytes by adding to the copolymers various amounts of compounds such as ionic liquids (RTIL), lithium trifluoromethane-sulfonimide (LiTFSi) or other lithium salts, and alumina.

  11. Fe-doped 8YSZ at different composition for solid electrolyte in solid oxide fuel cell

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    Johar B.

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Pure 8 mol% yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ and Fe-doped (1 mol%, 2 mol% and 3 mol% YSZ electrolyte were prepared and sintered at 1550°C. Transition metal oxide is added into YSZ as sintering aided has a function to reduce the sintering temperature. The microstructure, crystal structure and ionic conductivity of pure YSZ and Fe-doped YSZ at different composition were investigated. The amount of cubic phase decreased as the amount of Fe increased. Fe-doped 8YSZ had higher conductivity than pure 8YSZ. The ionic conductivity of 3FeYSZ is 9.35×10−8 S/cm higher than 1FeYSZ which is 4.72×10−9 S/cm when operated at 300°C.

  12. Synthesis and Characterization of Sulfonated Graphene Oxide Nanofiller for Polymer Electrolyte Membrane

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    Ch'ng, Y. Y.; Loh, K. S.; Daud, W. R. W.; Mohamad, A. B.

    2016-11-01

    In this study, sulfonated graphene oxide (SGO) nanocomposite were produced as potential nanofiller to improve the properties of polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) for fuel cell applications. The GO is produced by modified Hummers's method and the as-synthesized GO was used to prepare SGO with three distinctive precursors, namely 3- mercaptomethoxysilane (MPTMS), sulfanilic acid (SA) and butane sultone (BS). The SGO samples were characterized with several physical characterization techniques (XRD, FTIR, SEM-EDX and XPS) to provide the insights into the morphology; the state of homogenization; the crystallography and the functional groups. The experimental result indicated that the sulfonic acid group has been successfully incorporated with GO and can be used as filler in PEM.

  13. Nanostructured Gd-CeO2 electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cell by aqueous tape casting

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    Akbari-Fakhrabadi, A.; Mangalaraja, R. V.; Sanhueza, Felipe A.; Avila, Ricardo E.; Ananthakumar, S.; Chan, S. H.

    2012-11-01

    Gadolinia-doped ceria (Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95, GDC) electrolyte was fabricated by aqueous-based tape casting method for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). The ceramic powder prepared by combustion synthesis was used with poly acrylic acid (PAA), poly vinyl alcohol (PVA), poly ethylene glycol (PEG), Octanol, 2,4,7,9-tetramethyl-5-decyne-4,7-diol ethoxylate and double distilled water as dispersant, binder, plasticizer, defoamer, surfactant and solvent respectively, to prepare stable GDC slurry. The conditions for preparing stable GDC slurries were studied and optimized by sedimentation, zeta potential and viscosity measurements. Green tapes with smooth surface, flexibility, thickness in the range of 0.35-0.4 mm and 45% relative green density were prepared. Conventional and flash sintering techniques were used and compared for densification which demonstrated the possibility of surpassing sintering at high temperatures and retarding related grain growth.

  14. Proton Conducting Graphene Oxide/Chitosan Composite Electrolytes as Gate Dielectrics for New-Concept Devices

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    Feng, Ping; Du, Peifu; Wan, Changjin; Shi, Yi; Wan, Qing

    2016-09-01

    New-concept devices featuring the characteristics of ultralow operation voltages and low fabrication cost have received increasing attention recently because they can supplement traditional Si-based electronics. Also, organic/inorganic composite systems can offer an attractive strategy to combine the merits of organic and inorganic materials into promising electronic devices. In this report, solution-processed graphene oxide/chitosan composite film was found to be an excellent proton conducting electrolyte with a high specific capacitance of ~3.2 μF/cm2 at 1.0 Hz, and it was used to fabricate multi-gate electric double layer transistors. Dual-gate AND logic operation and two-terminal diode operation were realized in a single device. A two-terminal synaptic device was proposed, and some important synaptic behaviors were emulated, which is interesting for neuromorphic systems.

  15. Optimization of spin-coated electrodes for electrolyte-supported solid oxide fuel cells

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    Nobrega, Shayenne Diniz da; Monteiro, Natalia Kondo; Tabuti, Francisco; Fonseca, Fabio Coral, E-mail: shaynnedn@hotmail.com, E-mail: nataliakm@usp.br, E-mail: fntabuti@ipen.br, E-mail: fabiocf@usp.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN-CNEN/SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Florio, Daniel Zanetti de, E-mail: daniel.florio@ufabc.edu.br [Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC), Santo Andre, SP (Brazil)

    2017-01-15

    Electrodes for electrolyte-supported solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC’s) were fabricated by spin coating. Strontium-doped lanthanum manganite (LSM) cathode and nickel yttria-stabilized zirconia cermet anodes were synthesized and processed for enhanced deposition conditions. The influence of electrode microstructural parameters was investigated by a systematic experimental procedure aiming at optimized electrochemical performance of single cells. Polarization curves showed a strong dependence on both electrode thickness and sintering temperature. By a systematic control of such parameters, the performance of single cells was significantly enhanced due to decreasing of polarization resistance from 26 Ω cm² to 0.6 Ω cm² at 800°C. The results showed that spin-coated electrodes can be optimized for fast and cost effective fabrication of SOFCs. (author)

  16. Anodic oxides on InAlP formed in sodium tungstate electrolyte

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    Suleiman, A. [Corrosion and Protection Centre, School of Materials, University of Manchester, P.O. Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD (United Kingdom); Skeldon, P. [Corrosion and Protection Centre, School of Materials, University of Manchester, P.O. Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD (United Kingdom)], E-mail: p.skeldon@manchester.ac.uk; Thompson, G.E. [Corrosion and Protection Centre, School of Materials, University of Manchester, P.O. Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD (United Kingdom); Echeverria, F. [Corrosion and Protection Group, University of Antioquia, Medellin (Colombia); Graham, M.J.; Sproule, G.I.; Moisa, S.; Quance, T. [Institute for Microstructural Sciences, National Research Council of Canada, Montreal Road, Ottawa K1A 0R6 (Canada); Habazaki, H. [Graduate Engineering School, Hokkaido University, N13 W8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan)

    2010-02-15

    Amorphous anodic oxide films on InAlP have been grown at high efficiency in sodium tungstate electrolyte. The films are shown to comprise an outer layer containing indium species, an intermediate layer containing indium and aluminium species and an inner layer containing indium, aluminium and phosphorus species{sub .} The layering correlates with the influence on cation migration rates of the energies of In{sup 3+}-O, Al{sup 3+}-O and P{sup 5+}-O bonds, which increase in this order. The film surface becomes increasingly rough with increase of the anodizing voltage as pores develop in the film, which appear to be associated with generation of oxygen gas.

  17. Effects of Silica Nanostructures in Poly(ethylene oxide)-Based Composite Polymer Electrolytes.

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    Mohanta, Jagdeep; Anwar, Shahid; Si, Satyabrata

    2016-06-01

    The present work describes the synthesis of some poly(ethylene oxide)-based nanocomposite polymer electrolyte films using various silica nanostructures as the inorganic filler by simple solution mixing technique, in which the nature of the silica nanostructures play a vital role in modulating their electrochemical performances at room temperature. The silica nanostructures are prepared by ammonical hydrolysis of tetraethyl orthosilicate following the modified St6ber method. The resulting films are characterized by X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimeter to study their crystallinity. Room temperature AC impedance spectroscopy is utilized to determine the Li+ ion conductivity of the resulting films. The observed conductivity values of various NCPE films depend on the nature of silica filling as well as on their surface characteristics and also on the varying PEO-Li+ ratio, which is observed to be in the order of 10(-7)-10(-6) S cm(-1).

  18. Proton Conducting Graphene Oxide/Chitosan Composite Electrolytes as Gate Dielectrics for New-Concept Devices

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    Feng, Ping; Du, Peifu; Wan, Changjin; Shi, Yi; Wan, Qing

    2016-01-01

    New-concept devices featuring the characteristics of ultralow operation voltages and low fabrication cost have received increasing attention recently because they can supplement traditional Si-based electronics. Also, organic/inorganic composite systems can offer an attractive strategy to combine the merits of organic and inorganic materials into promising electronic devices. In this report, solution-processed graphene oxide/chitosan composite film was found to be an excellent proton conducting electrolyte with a high specific capacitance of ~3.2 μF/cm2 at 1.0 Hz, and it was used to fabricate multi-gate electric double layer transistors. Dual-gate AND logic operation and two-terminal diode operation were realized in a single device. A two-terminal synaptic device was proposed, and some important synaptic behaviors were emulated, which is interesting for neuromorphic systems. PMID:27688042

  19. Ionic conductivity studies of solid oxide fuel cell electrolytes and theoretical modeling of an entire solid oxide fuel cell

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    Pornprasertsuk, Rojana

    Because of the steep increase in oil prices, the global warming effect and the drive for energy independence, alternative energy research has been encouraged worldwide. The sustainable fuels such as hydrogen, biofuel, natural gas, and solar energy have attracted the attention of researchers. To convert these fuels into a useful energy source, an energy conversion device is required. Fuel cells are one of the energy conversion devices which convert chemical potentials into electricity. Due to their high efficiency, the ease to scale from 1 W range to megawatts range, no recharging requirement and the lack of CO2 and NOx emission (if H2 and air/O 2 are used), fuel cells have become a potential candidate for both stationary power generators and portable applications. This thesis has been focused primarily on solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) studies due to its high efficiency, varieties of fuel choices, and no water management problem. At the present, however, practical applications of SOFCs are limited by high operating temperatures that are needed to create the necessary oxide-ion vacancy mobility in the electrolyte and to create sufficient electrode reactivities. This thesis introduces several experimental and theoretical approaches to lower losses both in the electrolyte and the electrodes. Yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) is commonly used as a solid electrolyte for SOFCs due to its high oxygen-ion conductivity. To improve the ionic conductivity for low temperature applications, an approach that involves dilating the structure by irradiation and introducing edge dislocations into the electrolyte was studied. Secondly, to understand the activation loss in SOFC, the kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) technique was implemented to model the SOFC operation to determining the rate-limiting step due to the electrodes on different sizes of Pt catalysts. The isotope exchange depth profiling technique was employed to investigate the irradiation effect on the ionic transport in different

  20. Growth behavior of anodic oxide formed by aluminum anodizing in glutaric and its derivative acid electrolytes

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    Nakajima, Daiki; Kikuchi, Tatsuya; Natsui, Shungo; Suzuki, Ryosuke O.

    2014-12-01

    The growth behavior of anodic oxide films formed via anodizing in glutaric and its derivative acid solutions was investigated based on the acid dissociation constants of electrolytes. High-purity aluminum foils were anodized in glutaric, ketoglutaric, and acetonedicarboxylic acid solutions under various electrochemical conditions. A thin barrier anodic oxide film grew uniformly on the aluminum substrate by glutaric acid anodizing, and further anodizing caused the film to breakdown due to a high electric field. In contrast, an anodic porous alumina film with a submicrometer-scale cell diameter was successfully formed by ketoglutaric acid anodizing at 293 K. However, the increase and decrease in the temperature of the ketoglutaric acid resulted in non-uniform oxide growth and localized pitting corrosion of the aluminum substrate. An anodic porous alumina film could also be fabricated by acetonedicarboxylic acid anodizing due to the relatively low dissociation constants associated with the acid. Acid dissociation constants are an important factor for the fabrication of anodic porous alumina films.

  1. Cool oxygen plasma oxidation of the organic matter of coal

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    Korobetskii, I.A.; Nazimov, S.A.; Romanchuk, V.V. [COAL-C Ltd., Kemerovo (Russian Federation)

    1997-12-31

    Oxidation of the sapropelitic coals has been carried out by cool oxygen plasma. The changes in concentration of oxygen- and hydrogen-containing groups of organic matter were observed by photoacoustic FTIR-spectroscopy during the cool oxygen plasma oxidation (COPO). The accumulation of oxygen-containing bands, such as C-O and O-H, during COPO was shown. The complete elimination of aromatic and aliphatic structure occurred in first two hours of oxidation. (orig.)

  2. Effect of Ringer's Solution on Wear and Friction of Stainless Steel 316L after Plasma Electrolytic Nitrocarburising at Low Voltages

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    N. Afsar Kazerooni; M.E. Bahrololoom; M.H. Shariat; F.Mahzoon; T. Jozaghi

    2011-01-01

    A plasma electrolytic nitrocarburising (PEN/C) process was performed on stainless steel 316L to improve the surface properties for using as medical implants. A bath was optimised to reduce the required voltage to 150 volts. Aqueous urea-based solutions with 10% NH4Cl were prepared with slightly different amounts of Na2CO3 to optimise the electrolyte composition. The surface and the cross-section morphologies were studied by scanning electron microscopy. The microstructure and the chemical composition of samples were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) techniques. The microstructure of the outer layer of the coatings was found to be a complex oxide containing Cr and Fe. The wear properties of the samples were examined by using a pin on disk wear test with Ringer's solution and were compared with their wear properties in the ambient atmosphere. The Ringe(s solution acted as a lubricant, reducing friction coefficient. Hardness and roughness were also studied. The bath with the composition of 10% NH4CI and 3% Na2CO3 exhibited the best tribological properties. The results showed that the tribological properties of treated samples were improved and the wear mechanism was abrasion of the pin.

  3. Influence of Electrolyte Composition on the Calcium-Phosphorus compound Coating on Titanium Substrate by Micro-arc Oxidation

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    ZHU Xiu-hong; WANG Cong-zeng; KOU Bin-da; SU Xue-kuan; ZHANG Wen-quan

    2004-01-01

    The compound bioceramic coating containing calcium (Ca) and phosphorus (P) on titanium alloy substrate was prepared by means of micro-arc oxidation (MAO) treatment. The results show that under the different electrolyte the coating with the color of gray or black and surface morphology of cauliflower or honeycomb, where Ca content and P contain can attain 30% and 20% respectively, can be obtained. Meanwhile, the influences of electrolyte temperature, current density and discharge time on morphology and thickness of coating are also discussed here.

  4. 12-crown-4 ether-assisted enhancement of ionic conductivity and interfacial kinetics in polyethylene oxide electrolytes

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    Nagasubramanian, G.; Di Stefano, S.

    1990-01-01

    The electrical and electrochemical properties of thin films of polyethylene oxide electrolytes with and without 12-crown-4 ether (12Cr4) are studied as a function of temperature and in the frequency regime from 100 kHz to 0.1 Hz. These measurements were made on electrolytes containing LiCF3SO3, LiBF4, or LiClO4 salts. At a given temperature, the bulk conductivity for a particular salt depends on the 12Cr4 concentration, reaching a maximum for a ratio of 12Cr4 to Li of 0.003.

  5. Conductivity and Dielectric Studies of Lithium Trifluoromethanesulfonate Doped Polyethylene Oxide-Graphene Oxide Blend Based Electrolytes

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    Azli, A. A.; N. S. A. Manan; M. F. Z. Kadir

    2015-01-01

    Series of polymer blend consisting of polyethylene oxide (PEO) and graphene oxide (GO) as co-host polymer were prepared using solution cast method. The most amorphous PEO-GO blend was obtained using 90 wt.% of PEO and 10 wt.% of GO as recorded by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis proved the interaction between PEO, GO, lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate (LiCF3SO3), and ethylene sulfite (ES). Incorporation of 25 wt.% LiCF3SO3 into the PEO-GO blend ...

  6. Ag nanoparticles-anchored reduced graphene oxide catalyst for oxygen electrode reaction in aqueous electrolytes and also a non-aqueous electrolyte for Li-O2 cells.

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    Kumar, Surender; Selvaraj, C; Scanlon, L G; Munichandraiah, N

    2014-11-07

    Silver nanoparticles-anchored reduced graphene oxide (Ag-RGO) is prepared by simultaneous reduction of graphene oxide and Ag(+) ions in an aqueous medium by ethylene glycol as the reducing agent. Ag particles of average size of 4.7 nm were uniformly distributed on the RGO sheets. Oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is studied on Ag-RGO catalyst in both aqueous and non-aqueous electrolytes by using cyclic voltammetry and rotating disk electrode techniques. As the interest in non-aqueous electrolyte is to study the catalytic performance of Ag-RGO for rechargeable Li-O2 cells, these cells are assembled and characterized. Li-O2 cells with Ag-RGO as the oxygen electrode catalyst are subjected to charge-discharge cycling at several current densities. A discharge capacity of 11 950 mA h g(-1) (11.29 mA h cm(-2)) is obtained initially at low current density. Although there is a decrease in the capacity on repeated discharge-charge cycling initially, a stable capacity is observed for about 30 cycles. The results indicate that Ag-RGO is a suitable catalyst for rechargeable Li-O2 cells.

  7. Synthesis of polymer electrolyte membranes from cellulose acetate/poly(ethylene oxide)/LiClO{sub 4} for lithium ion battery application

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    Nurhadini,, E-mail: nur-chem@yahoo.co.id; Arcana, I Made, E-mail: arcana@chem.itb.ac.id [Inorganic and Physical Chemistry Research Division, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institiut Teknologi Bandung, Jalan Ganesha 10, Bandung 40132 (Indonesia)

    2015-09-30

    This study was conducted to determine the effect of cellulose acetate on poly(ethylene oxide)-LiClO{sub 4} membranes as the polymer electrolyte. Cellulose acetate is used as an additive to increase ionic conductivity and mechanical property of polymer electrolyte membranes. The increase the percentage of cellulose acetate in membranes do not directly effect on the ionic conductivity, and the highest ionic conductivity of membranes about 5,7 × 10{sup −4} S/cm was observed in SA/PEO/LiClO{sub 4} membrane with cellulose ratio of 10-25% (w/w). Cellulose acetate in membranes increases mechanical strength of polymer electrolyte membranes. Based on TGA analysis, this polymer electrolyte thermally is stable until 270 °C. The polymer electrolyte membrane prepared by blending the cellulose acetate, poly(ethylene oxide), and lithium chlorate could be potentially used as a polymer electrolyte for lithium ion battery application.

  8. Synthesis of polymer electrolyte membranes from cellulose acetate/poly(ethylene oxide)/LiClO4 for lithium ion battery application

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    Nurhadini, Arcana, I. Made

    2015-09-01

    This study was conducted to determine the effect of cellulose acetate on poly(ethylene oxide)-LiClO4 membranes as the polymer electrolyte. Cellulose acetate is used as an additive to increase ionic conductivity and mechanical property of polymer electrolyte membranes. The increase the percentage of cellulose acetate in membranes do not directly effect on the ionic conductivity, and the highest ionic conductivity of membranes about 5,7 × 10-4 S/cm was observed in SA/PEO/LiClO4 membrane with cellulose ratio of 10-25% (w/w). Cellulose acetate in membranes increases mechanical strength of polymer electrolyte membranes. Based on TGA analysis, this polymer electrolyte thermally is stable until 270 °C. The polymer electrolyte membrane prepared by blending the cellulose acetate, poly(ethylene oxide), and lithium chlorate could be potentially used as a polymer electrolyte for lithium ion battery application.

  9. Studies on Nitrogen Oxides Removal Using Plasma Assisted Catalytic Reactor

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    V. Ravi; Young Sun Mok; B. S. Rajanikanth; Ho-Chul Kang

    2003-01-01

    An electric discharge plasma reactor combined with a catalytic reactor was studied for removing nitrogen oxides. To understand the combined process thoroughly, discharge plasma and catalytic process were separately studied first, and then the two processes were combined for the study. The plasma reactor was able to oxidize NO to NO2 well although the oxidation rate decreased with temperature. The plasma reactor alone did not reduce the NOx (NO+NO2)level effectively, but the increase in the ratio of NO2 to NO as a result of plasma discharge led to the enhancement of NOx removal efficiency even at lower temperatures over the catalyst surface (V2O5-WOa/TiO2). At a gas temperature of 100℃, the NOx removal efficiency obtained using the combined plasma catalytic process was 88% for an energy input of 36 eV/molecule or 30 J/1.

  10. Application of oxide coatings to metals in electrolyte solutions by microplasma methods

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    Vladimirovich Timoshenko, Aleksander

    2000-10-01

    Full Text Available Microplasma oxidation of aluminium alloys in alkaline colloidal and finely dispersed solutions is analysed. Oxidation causes both electrolyte and alloy components to be incorporated into resultant coatings, which affect the deposition parameters and coating properties. Oxidation process has been studied at spark, micro-are, and are stages under an alternating current polarisation and under purely anodic polarisation. It is shown that the cathodic component of the alternating current not only facilitates subsequent anodic process, but also contributes to the formation of an oxide layer.

    Se ha examinado la aplicación de procesos de oxidación por microplasma de las aleaciones de aluminio en electrólitos alcalinos, tanto en estado coloidal como microdisperso. Se descubrió que durante el proceso de la oxidación, en la estructura del recubrimiento óxido, van incluyéndose tanto los componentes del electrólito como los de la aleación, lo que modifica las propiedades y parámetros de deposición de las aleaciones obtenidas. El proceso de la oxidación se examinó a lo largo de las siguientes etapas: chispas, micro-arco y arco, tanto bajo la polarización de la corriente alterna como en condiciones de polarización anódica. Se ha demostrado que la componente catódica de la corriente alterna polarizante no sólo facilita los siguientes procesos anódicos, sino que además contribuye a los procesos de formación de la capa óxida.

  11. Fabrication of Orderly Copper Particle Arrays on a Multi-Electrolyte-Step Anodic Aluminum Oxide Template

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    Chun-Ko Chen

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A multi-electrolyte-step (MES anodic aluminum oxide (AAO method was used to achieve nanochannel arrays with good circularity and periodic structure. The nano-channel array fabrication process included immersion in a phosphoric acid solution with a 120–150 bias voltage. Bowl-shaped structures were then formed by removing the walls of the nano-channel arrays. The nano-channel arrays were grown from the bottom of the bowl structure in an oxalic solution using a 50 V bias voltage. A comparison of this new MES process with the one-step and five-step AAO process showed a 50% improvement in the circularity over the one-step process. The standard deviation of the average period in the MES array was 25 nm which is less than that of one-step process. This MES method also took 1/4 of the growing time of the five-step process. The orderliness of the nano-channel arrays for the five-step and MES process was similar. Finally, Cu nanoparticle arrays with a 200 nm period were grown using an electroplating process inside the MES nano-channel arrays on fluorine doped tin oxide glass. Stronger surface plasmon resonance absorption from 550 nm to 750 nm was achieved with the MES process than was possible with the one-step process.

  12. A new composite cathode for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells with zirconia-based electrolytes

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    Zhang, Cuijuan; Huang, Kevin

    2017-02-01

    Improving the electrocatalytic activity of electrode materials is vitally important to achieve practically meaningful performance for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells (IT-SOFCs). The present work develops a composite cathode consisting of an electronic conductor Sr-doped LaMnO3 (LSM) and an ionic conductor Y- and Ce- co-doped Bi2O3 (BYC7). BYC7 is an excellent oxide-ion conductor, exhibiting a high and stable ionic conductivity of 0.008 S cm-1 at 500 °C. The polarization resistance of LSM-BYC7 cathode in a symmetrical cell with doped ZrO2 as electrolyte varies from 5.76 at 500 °C to 0.25 Ω cm2 at 650 °C. The surface diffusion and charge transfer at the triple phase boundaries are the rate determining steps based on the dependence of polarization resistance on partial pressure of oxygen. The maximum power density of a ZrO2-based anode-supported cell with LSM-BYC7 composite cathode is 56.4, 154.6, 327.9, and 451.0 mW cm-2 at 500, 550, 600, and 650 °C respectively. AC impedance analysis reveals that the performance of IT-SOFC prepared in this study is actually limited by the anode, not by LSM-BYC7 cathode.

  13. Evaluation of doped polyethylene oxide as solid electrolyte for polymer batteries

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    Sircar, A. K.; Weissman, P. T.; Kumar, B.

    1992-02-01

    This report presents results of an investigation on the preparation and characterization of polyethylene oxide (PEO) and lithium tetrafluoroborate (LiBF4) complexes for application as solid electrolytes in polymer batteries. AC conductivity and permittivity (dielectric constant) were measured as functions of frequency, temperature, and concentration of lithium tetrafluoroborate (LiBF4) in polyethylene oxide (PEO) films. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) was used to trace changes of the morphology of the polymeric medium. Thermogravimetry (TG) and derivative thermogravimetry (DTG) were used to follow the decomposition of components and to define the maximum temperature limits for these measurements. Infrared Spectroscopy monitored structural evolution as the O:Li ratio in the polymer complex was varied. Thin films of a complex (O:Li = 8) were used to assemble Li/Polymer/Li Cell for electrochemical characterization. The study showed that the relationship of dopant concentration to electrical properties is rather complex. Degree of ion-pairing, dissociation of ions on dilution, changes in the morphology of the polymeric medium, and variations in viscosity and its consequence on ion mobility were considered to explain the data. An optimum in room conductivity occurred in a complex with O:Li ratio of 8.

  14. Polyphosphazene-poly(olefin oxide) mixed polymer electrolytes. II - Characterization of MEEP/PPO-(LiX)n

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    Abraham, K. M.; Alamgir, M.; Moulton, R. D.

    1991-04-01

    The preparation, and the conductivity, calorimetric,, and electrochemical studies of MEEP/PPO-(LiX)n mixed polymer electrolytes, where MEEP = poly(bis-methoxyethoxy ethoxide phosphazene) PPO = poly(propylene oxide) and LiX = LiBF4, LiClO4, LiCF3SO3, LiAsF6, and LiAlCl4, are described. The addition of PPO in various proportions to MEEP-(LiX)n electrolytes significantly improved the latter's dimensional stability but caused a slight decrease in its conductivity. The conductivities of these mixed-polymer electrolytes are much higher than that of PPO-(LiX)n. The Li(+) transport number in MEEP/PPO-(LiX)0.13 electrolytes, with LiX = LiBF4 and LiClO4, was determined to be between 0.3 and 0.5. Differential scanning calorimetric data established the predominantly amorphous nature of the mixed polymer complexes. Cyclic voltammetric studies at a stainless steel electrode indicated a stability domain between 1 and 4.5V and established the good Li plating and stripping efficiency in these electrolytes.

  15. Super Soft All-Ethylene Oxide Polymer Electrolyte for Safe All-Solid Lithium Batteries

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    Luca Porcarelli; Claudio Gerbaldi; Federico Bella; Jijeesh Ravi Nair

    2016-01-01

    Here we demonstrate that by regulating the mobility of classic −EO− based backbones, an innovative polymer electrolyte system can be architectured. This polymer electrolyte allows the construction of all solid lithium-based polymer cells having outstanding cycling behaviour in terms of rate capability and stability over a wide range of operating temperatures. Polymer electrolytes are obtained by UV-induced (co)polymerization, which promotes an effective interlinking between the polyethylene o...

  16. Plasma enhanced vortex fluidic device manipulation of graphene oxide.

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    Jones, Darryl B; Chen, Xianjue; Sibley, Alexander; Quinton, Jamie S; Shearer, Cameron J; Gibson, Christopher T; Raston, Colin L

    2016-08-25

    A vortex fluid device (VFD) with non-thermal plasma liquid processing within dynamic thin films has been developed. This plasma-liquid microfluidic platform facilitates chemical processing which is demonstrated through the manipulation of the morphology and chemical character of colloidal graphene oxide in water.

  17. A study on optical properties of poly (ethylene oxide) based polymer electrolyte with different alkali metal iodides

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    Rao, B. Narasimha; Suvarna, R. Padma

    2016-05-01

    Polymer electrolytes were prepared by adding poly (ethylene glycol) dimethyl ether (PEGDME), TiO2 (nano filler), different alkali metal iodide salts RI (R+=Li+, Na+, K+, Rb+, Cs+) and I2 into Acetonitrile gelated with Poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO). Optical properties of poly (ethylene oxide) based polymer electrolytes were studied by FTIR, UV-Vis spectroscopic techniques. FTIR spectrum reveals that the alkali metal cations were coordinated to ether oxygen of PEO. The optical absorption studies were made in the wavelength range 200-800 nm. It is observed that the optical absorption increases with increase in the radius of alkali metal cation. The optical band gap for allowed direct transitions was evaluated using Urbach-edges method. The optical properties such as optical band gap, refractive index and extinction coefficient were determined. The studied polymer materials are useful for solar cells, super capacitors, fuel cells, gas sensors etc.

  18. Nanostructured Fe(III) catalysts for water oxidation assembled with the aid of organic acid salt electrolytes

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    Zhao, Qiang; Li, Dandan; Gao, Guofeng; Yuan, Wen; Hao, Genyan; Li, Jinping

    2016-11-01

    We describe the preparation of three partially ordered iron-based catalyst films (Fe-OAc, Fe-Pro, Fe-But) with nanoporous structure by electrodeposition from organate electrolytes containing Fe2+. The anions of the organic acids assisted the partial ordering of the nanostructured Fe(III) catalysts for water oxidation. A model involving an electrical double layer is invoked to explain the role of the organate electrolyte system in their formation. Analytical results have revealed the main component of the iron-based films to be a β-FeOOH structure. The Fe-But catalyst catalyzed water oxidation in 0.1 m potassium carbonate solution with an average activity of 1.48 mA cm-2 and an overpotential of 433 mV.

  19. Structure and properties of composite ceramic coatings on H13 steel by hot dipping aluminum and plasma electrolytic oxidation%H13热作模具钢微弧氧化复合陶瓷层的组织和性能

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    赵建华; 赵国华; 李涛; 刘鑫; 李佳丽; 韩二静

    2012-01-01

    通过热浸镀铝/微弧氧化复合工艺对H13模具钢进行表面改性以提高模具表面质量。在热浸镀铝过程中,将H13钢基体浸入710℃纯铝液6 min,得到了以Fe2Al5为主中间合金层,使得镀层与基体紧密结合。经过微弧氧化处理后,镀铝试样表面铝层转化为氧化铝陶瓷,主要由α-Al2O3和γ-Al2O3相组成。用带有能谱分析装置(EDX)的扫描电镜(SEM)、X射线衍射(XRD)分析了膜层的形貌、成分和相组成。微弧氧化陶瓷层主要由Al、O、Si元素组成,其中O、Si主要来源于硅酸盐电解液。%Hot dipping pure aluminum on a H13 steel followed by plasma electrolytic oxidation(PEO) was performed to prepare composite ceramic coating on the H13 steel surface.H13 steel bars were first dipped in pure aluminum melts(710 ℃) for 6 min,and a Fe2Al5 intermetallic layer was obtained at the interface between the melt and the steel substrate.The intermetallic layer significantly improved the adhesion strength between Al layer and substrate.After PEO processing,uniform Al2O3 ceramic coatings were deposited on the surface of aluminized steel.The composition,phases and morphology of the aluminized layer and the ceramic coatings were characterized by SEM/EDX and XRD.The PEO layers mainly consist of α-Al2O3 and γ-Al2O3.The element O and Si in the ceramic layers came from the alkaline electrolytle.

  20. A GdAlO3 Perovskite Oxide Electrolyte-Based NOx Solid-State Sensor

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    Xiao, Yihong; Wang, Dongmei; Cai, Guohui; Zheng, Yong; Zhong, Fulan

    2016-11-01

    NOx is a notorious emission from motor vehicles and chemical factories as the precursor of acid rain and photochemical smog. Although zirconia-based NOx sensors have been developed and showed high sensitivity and selectivity at a high temperature of above 800 °C, they fail to show good performance, and even don’t work at the typical work temperature window of the automotive engine (type oxide Gd1‑xCaxAlO3‑δ(GCA) as the electrolyte and NiO as the sensing electrode. NOx sensing properties of the device were investigated at the temperature region of 400–500 °C. The response current value at ‑300 mV was almost linearly proportional to the NOx concentration between 300 and 500 ppm at 500 °C. At such a temperature, the optimal sensor gave the highest NO2 sensitivity of 20.15 nA/ppm, and the maximum response current value reached 5.57 μA. Furthermore, a 90% response and 90% recover time to 500 ppm NO2 were about 119 and 92 s, respectively. The excellent selectivity and stability towards NOx sensing showed the potential application of the sensor in motor vehicles.

  1. Graphene-oxide stabilization in electrolyte solutions using hydroxyethyl cellulose for drug delivery application.

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    Mianehrow, Hanieh; Moghadam, Mohamad Hasan Mohamadzadeh; Sharif, Farhad; Mazinani, Saeedeh

    2015-04-30

    Stabilization of graphene oxide (GO) in physiological solution is performed using hydroxyethyl cellulose (HEC) to make the resultant nanohybrid suitable for targeted drug delivery purposes. Short and long term stability of GO suspensions with different ionic strengths were assessed using ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and zeta potential measurements. Results depicted that HEC effectively stabilized GO in electrolyte solutions and the mechanism of stabilization appeares to be depended on HEC content. Drug loading and release behavior of folic acid (FA) as a model drug, from GO-HEC nanohybrid were studied to assess its application in drug delivery systems. Results showed the nanohybrid could be highly loaded by folic acid. Moreover, HEC content in the nanohybrid played an important role in final application to make it applicable either as a carrier for controllable drug release or as a folate-targeted drug carrier. In addition, according to cytotoxicity results, the nanohybrid showed good biocompatibility which indeed confirms its potential application as a drug carrier.

  2. Low temperature solid oxide fuel cells with proton-conducting Y:BaZrO{sub 3} electrolyte on porous anodic aluminum oxide substrate

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    Ha, Seungbum [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, Daehak-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151–742 (Korea, Republic of); Su, Pei-Chen [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, Singapore 639798 (Singapore); Ji, Sanghoon [Graduate School of Convergence Science and Technology, Seoul National University, Daehak-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151–742 (Korea, Republic of); Cha, Suk Won, E-mail: swcha@snu.ac.kr [School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, Daehak-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151–742 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-10-01

    This paper presents the architecture of a nano thin-film yttrium-doped barium zirconate (BYZ) solid-oxide fuel cell that uses nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) as a supporting and gas-permeable substrate. The anode was fabricated by sputtering 300 nm platinum thin film that partially covered the AAO surface pores, followed by an additional conformal platinum coating to tune the pore size by atomic layer deposition. Two different nano-porous anode structures with a pore size of 10 nm or 50 nm were deposited. Proton-conducting BYZ ceramic electrolyte with increasing thicknesses of 300, 600, and 900 nm was deposited on top of the platinum anode by pulsed laser deposition, followed by a 200 nm layer of porous Pt sputtered on BYZ electrolyte as a cathode. The open circuit voltage (OCV) of the fuel cells was characterized at 250 °C with 1:1 volumetric stoichiometry of a methanol/water vapor mixture as the fuel. The OCVs were 0.17 V with a 900 nm-thick BYZ electrolyte on 50 nm pores and 0.3 V with a 600 nm-thick BYZ electrolyte on 10 nm pores, respectively, but it increased to 0.8 V for a 900 nm-thick BYZ electrolyte on 10 nm pores, indicating that increasing the film thickness and decreasing a surface pore size help to reduce the number of electrolyte pinholes and the gas leakage through the electrolyte. A maximum power density of 5.6 mW/cm{sup 2} at 250 °C was obtained from the fuel cell with 900 nm of BYZ electrolyte using methanol vapor as a fuel. - Highlights: • A low temperature ceramic fuel cell on nano-porous substrate was demonstrated. • A thin-film yttrium doped barium zirconate (BYZ) was deposited as an electrolyte. • An open circuit voltage (OCV) was measured to verify the BYZ film quality. • An OCV increased by increasing BYZ film thickness and decreasing pore size of anode. • The current–voltage performance was measured using vaporized methanol fuel at 250 °C.

  3. Mixtures of room temperature ionic liquid/ethanol solutions as electrolytic media for cerium oxide thin layer electrodeposition

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    Lair, V., E-mail: virginie-lair@chimie-paristech.f [Laboratoire d' Electrochimie, Chimie des Interfaces et Modelisation pour l' Energie, LECIME, CNRS UMR 7575-Chimie Paristech (ENSCP)-Paris, 11, rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75231 Paris Cedex 05 (France); Sirieix-Plenet, J.; Gaillon, L.; Rizzi, C. [UPMC University Paris 06, UMR 7195, Laboratoire de Physicochimie des Electrolytes, Colloides et Sciences Analytiques (PECSA), F-75005 Paris (France); CNRS, UMR 7195, PECSA, F-75005 Paris (France); ESPCI, UMR 7195, PECSA, F-75005 Paris (France); Ringuede, A. [Laboratoire d' Electrochimie, Chimie des Interfaces et Modelisation pour l' Energie, LECIME, CNRS UMR 7575-Chimie Paristech (ENSCP)-Paris, 11, rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75231 Paris Cedex 05 (France)

    2010-12-30

    A cerium oxide thin layer was electrodeposited onto stainless steel, using mixed room temperature ionic liquid (the 1-methyl-3-butylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethyl sulfonyl)imide)/ethanol solutions, as electrolytic medium. The hydrophobic ionic liquid content is one of the main parameters in the morphology control influencing the ceria growth rate and crystallinity. Micro-nano structural properties and electrical behaviour are presented, using XRD, SEM/EDS and impedance spectroscopy, as a function of electrodeposition conditions.

  4. Synthesis of ozone from air via a polymer-electrolyte-membrane cell with a doped tin oxide anode

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    Wang, YH; Cheng, S; Chan, KY

    2006-01-01

    The generation of ozone from air using an electrochemical cell consisting of an air cathode, a polymer-electrolyte-membrane (PEM), and a doped tin oxide anode is reported. This synthesis is environmentally friendly compared to the conventional high-voltage corona discharge process since NOx formation is eliminated; a higher ozone concentration is generated; and lower energy may be required. © The Royal Society of Chemistry 2006.

  5. Compound Ceramic Coatings Grown by Micro-plasma Oxidation on Ti-6Al-4V Alloy

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    XUE Wei; YAO Zhong-ping; JIANG Zhao-hua

    2006-01-01

    Compound ceramics coatings on the Ti-6Al-4V alloy were prepared by the direct current micro-plasma oxidation (MPO) in NaAlO2 solution. The composition and morphology of the coatings were studied with the X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer technique was used to analyze the solution features of Ti-6Al-4V alloy in the process of preparation. The results reveal that Al2TiO5 forms in the coatings at the initial stages of MPO reaction, and its content changes rapidly with the reaction continuing: after 20 min, the ceramics coatings are composed of α-Al2O3, γ-Al2O3 and Al2TiO5, but after 40 min, its main composition is of α-Al2O3. The content of Ti in the solution will increase when the MPO time extends, and as will Al in the anode area until, after 30 min, it reaches the maximum and keeps constant from then on. Both substrata of Ti and Al in the electrolyte join the MPO reaction at the initial stage, where the formation of Al2TiO5 happens; but as the MPO reaction prolongs, more and more Al in the electrolyte will take part in the reaction, leading to the appearance of a large amount of Al2O3.

  6. Oxides with polyatomic anions considered as new electrolyte materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs)

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    Bin Hassan, Oskar Hasdinor

    2010-10-21

    Materials with Polyatomic anions of [Al{sub 2}O{sub 7}]{sup -8}, [Ti{sub 2}O{sub 8}]{sup -8} and [P{sub 2}O{sub 7}]{sup -4} were investigated with respect to their ionic conductivity properties as well as its thermal expansion properties with the aim to use them as SOFCs electrolytes. The polyatomic anion groups selected from the oxy-cuspidine family of Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} and Gd{sub 4}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 10} as well as from pyrophosphate SnP{sub 2}O{sub 7}. The pure oxy-cuspidine Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9}, the series of Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2-x}Mg{sub x}O{sub 9-x/2} with x=0.10-1.0 and Gd{sub 4-x}M{sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9-x/2} (M=Ca, Sr) with x = 0.05-0.5 were prepared successfully by the citrate complexation method. All samples showed the crystal structure of monoclinic oxycuspidine structure with space group of P2{sub 1/c} and Z=4. No solid solution was observed for Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2-x}Mg{sub x}O{sub 9-x/2} where additional phases of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and MgO were presence. XRD semiquantitative analysis together with SEM-EDX analysis revealed that Mg{sup 2+} was not able to substitute the Al{sup 3+} ions even at low Mg{sup 2+} concentration. The solid solution limit of Gd{sub 4-x}Ca{sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9-x/2} and Gd{sub 4-x}Sr{sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9-x/2} was determined between 0.05-0.10 and 0.01-0.05 mol for Ca and Sr, respectively. Beyond the substitution limit Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9}, GdAlO{sub 3} and SrGd{sub 2}Al{sub 2}O{sub 7} appeared as additional phases. The highest electrical conductivity obtained at 900 C yielded {sigma}= 1.49 x 10{sup -4}Scm{sup -1} for Gd{sub 3.95}Ca{sub 0.05}Al{sub 2}O{sub 8.98}. In comparison, the conductivity of pure Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} was {sigma}= 1.73 x 10{sup -5} Scm{sup -1}. The conductivities determined were in a similar range as those of other cuspidine materials investigated previously. The thermal expansion coefficient of Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} at 1000 C was 7.4 x 10{sup -6}K{sup -1}. The earlier reported

  7. Oxides with polyatomic anions considered as new electrolyte materials for solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs)

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    Bin Hassan, Oskar Hasdinor

    2010-10-21

    Materials with Polyatomic anions of [Al{sub 2}O{sub 7}]{sup -8}, [Ti{sub 2}O{sub 8}]{sup -8} and [P{sub 2}O{sub 7}]{sup -4} were investigated with respect to their ionic conductivity properties as well as its thermal expansion properties with the aim to use them as SOFCs electrolytes. The polyatomic anion groups selected from the oxy-cuspidine family of Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} and Gd{sub 4}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 10} as well as from pyrophosphate SnP{sub 2}O{sub 7}. The pure oxy-cuspidine Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9}, the series of Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2-x}Mg{sub x}O{sub 9-x/2} with x=0.10-1.0 and Gd{sub 4-x}M{sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9-x/2} (M=Ca, Sr) with x = 0.05-0.5 were prepared successfully by the citrate complexation method. All samples showed the crystal structure of monoclinic oxycuspidine structure with space group of P2{sub 1/c} and Z=4. No solid solution was observed for Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2-x}Mg{sub x}O{sub 9-x/2} where additional phases of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and MgO were presence. XRD semiquantitative analysis together with SEM-EDX analysis revealed that Mg{sup 2+} was not able to substitute the Al{sup 3+} ions even at low Mg{sup 2+} concentration. The solid solution limit of Gd{sub 4-x}Ca{sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9-x/2} and Gd{sub 4-x}Sr{sub x}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9-x/2} was determined between 0.05-0.10 and 0.01-0.05 mol for Ca and Sr, respectively. Beyond the substitution limit Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9}, GdAlO{sub 3} and SrGd{sub 2}Al{sub 2}O{sub 7} appeared as additional phases. The highest electrical conductivity obtained at 900 C yielded {sigma}= 1.49 x 10{sup -4}Scm{sup -1} for Gd{sub 3.95}Ca{sub 0.05}Al{sub 2}O{sub 8.98}. In comparison, the conductivity of pure Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} was {sigma}= 1.73 x 10{sup -5} Scm{sup -1}. The conductivities determined were in a similar range as those of other cuspidine materials investigated previously. The thermal expansion coefficient of Gd{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} at 1000 C was 7.4 x 10{sup -6}K{sup -1}. The earlier reported

  8. Synthesis and properties of aromatic polyethers containing poly(ethylene oxide) side chains as polymer electrolytes for lithium ion batteries

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    Vöge, Andrea, E-mail: andreavoege@online.de [Department of Chemistry, University of Patras, 26500 Patras (Greece); Deimede, Valadoula, E-mail: deimede@upatras.gr [Department of Chemistry, University of Patras, 26500 Patras (Greece); Paloukis, Fotis; Neophytides, Stylianos G. [Foundation of Research and Technology – Hellas, Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences (FORTH/ICE-HT), Patras 26504 (Greece); Kallitsis, Joannis K. [Department of Chemistry, University of Patras, 26500 Patras (Greece)

    2014-11-14

    Polymer electrolytes consisting of polar pyridine units in the backbone and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) side chains are designed for possible application in lithium ion batteries. In particular, aromatic polyethers bearing PEO side chains with varying length are synthesized either by copolymerization of the corresponding PEO based diols with different arylfluorides or by modification of dihydroxyl functionalized precursor polymers with poly(ethylene oxide) methyl ether tosylate. The formation of free standing films is dependent on the PEO content, polymers' composition as well as on the different monomers used. The mechanical properties study shows that the glass transition temperature can be controlled by varying the PEO content. Thermal stability is also influenced by the PEO length: the shorter the PEO side chain, the higher the stability. XRD analysis gives information about the desired amorphous character of these polymers, which is independent of the PEO content. Solid polymer electrolytes prepared by blending the PEO-based polymers with lithium salt and PEO 2000 (used as plasticizer) show ambient temperature conductivities in the range of 10{sup −6} S/cm. To further improve conductivity doping of PEO-based polymers in liquid electrolyte (1 M LiPF{sub 6} in EC/DMC 1/1) in some cases results in high conductivities in the range of 10{sup −3} S cm{sup −1} at 80 °C. - Highlights: • Polymer electrolytes bearing PEO side chains of varying lengths were designed. • DMA and TGA show that T{sub g} and T{sub d} can be controlled by varying the PEO content. • XRD confirms polymers amorphous character, independent of the PEO content. • Membranes doped in liquid electrolyte have high conductivities (10{sup −3} S cm{sup −1}, 80 °C)

  9. Oxidation of vanadium metal in oxygen plasma and their characterizations

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    Rabindar Kumar Sharma

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In this report, the role of oxygen plasma on oxidation of vanadium (V metal and the volatilization of its oxides has been studied as a function of source (V metal strip temperature (Tss and oxygen partial pressure (PO2. The presence of O2-plasma not only enhances the oxidation rate but also ficilitates in transport of oxide molecules from metal to substrate, as confirmed by the simultanous deposition of oxide film onto substrate. Both the oxidized metal strips and oxide films deposited on substrates are characterized separately. The structural and vibrational results evidence the presence of two different oxide phases (i.e. orthorhombic V2O5 and monocilinic V O2 in oxide layers formed on V metal strips, whereas the oxide films deposited on substrates exhibit only orthorhombic phase (i.e. V2O5. The decrease in peak intensities recorded from heated V metal strips on increasing Tss points out the increment in the rate of oxide volatilization, which also confirms by the oxide layer thickness measurements. The SEM results show the noticeable surface changes on V-strips as the function of Tss and PO2 and their optimum values are recorded to be 500   ˚ C and 7.5 × 10−2 Torr, respectively to deposit maximum thick oxide film on substrate. The formation of microcracks on oxidized V-strips, those responsible to countinue oxidation is also confirmed by SEM results. The compositional study of oxide layers formed on V-strips, corroborates their pureness and further assures about the existence of mixed oxide phases. The effect of oxygen partial pressure on oxidation of V-metal has also been discussed in the present report. All the results are well in agreement to each other.

  10. Morphology and optical properties of aluminum oxide formed into oxalic electrolyte with addition surface active agents

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    Kazarkin, B.; Stsiapanau, A.; Zhilinski, V.; Chernik, A.; Bezborodov, V.; Kozak, G.; Danilovich, S.; Smirnov, A.

    2016-08-01

    The article discusses the results of investigations of porous films of alumina, formed into oxalic electrolyte with addition surface active agents, in particular, ordering structure, roughness of a surface, the optical transparency of the electrolyte concentration and surface active agents. Also discusses the features of the formation of porous films of temperature and IR radiation.

  11. Fermi Potential across Working Solid Oxide Cells with Zirconia or Ceria Electrolytes

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    Jacobsen, Torben; Chatzichristodoulou, Christodoulos; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2014-01-01

    Two kinds of electrochemical relevant potentials are important in order to describe several observed phenomena in operating electrochemical cells with solid electrolytes. This paper gives illustrative examples of how the profiles of the two potential types, the Galvani potential, φ......, and the electromotive – also called the Fermi potential, π, will vary across the electrolyte, and of how the electron leak current density though the electrolyte, which is related to π, will be affected by temperature and cell voltage across the electrolyte in cells based on gadolinia doped ceria (CGO) and on yttria...... stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolytes. The nature of the two potential types and the importance of each of them for the cell operation are explained....

  12. Oxidation efficiency of elemental mercury in two DBD plasma reactors

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    Jiang, Yuze; An, Jiutao; Shang, Kefeng; Jiang, Diwen; Li, Jie; Lu, Na; Wu, Yan

    2013-03-01

    Configuration of plasma reactors influences the generation of active species including the energized electrons, active radicals and the distribution of active species in reactor, and thus influences the removal efficiency of pollutants. Oxidation efficiency of elemental mercury (Hg0) in two different DBD plasma reactors was studied in this paper. One plasma reactor is a surface discharge reactor (SDR) with a spiral stainless steel thread as the high voltage electrode, and the other plasma reactor is a concentric cylinder type DBD reactor (CCDR) with a copper screw rod as the high voltage electrode. The oxidation efficiencies of Hg0 under different specific energy density (SED), oxygen content, flue gas residence time and the temperature of flue gas indicate that SDR had a better performance than CCDR in oxidation of Hg0, which can be attributed to the higher generation efficiency of ozone in SDR than in CCDR.

  13. Lithium carbonate as an electrolyte additive for enhancing the high-temperature performance of lithium manganese oxide spinel cathode

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    Wang, Renheng [School of Metallurgy and Environment, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Li, Xinhai, E-mail: 703131039@qq.com [School of Metallurgy and Environment, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Wang, Zhixing; Guo, Huajun [School of Metallurgy and Environment, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China); Hou, Tao [Jiangxi Youli New Materials Co., Ltd, Pingxiang 337000 (China); Yan, Guochun; Huang, Bin [School of Metallurgy and Environment, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)

    2015-01-05

    Highlights: • The addition of Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} to the electrolyte can suppress the contents of HF in the electrolyte. • The low self-discharge rate of the LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} cells with Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} is lower than that of no additive. • The LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} cells with Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} exhibit better rate capability and excellent cycle stability than that without Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3}. • A stable film can be formed on the LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} cathode using containing-Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} electrolyte. - Abstract: The effect of lithium carbonate (Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3}) as an additive on the stability of the electrolyte and cycling performance of lithium manganese oxide spinel (LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4}) batteries at elevated temperature was studied. The addition of Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} to the electrolyte can suppress the capacity fading of LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} batteries. The linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) and the cyclic voltammetry (CV) indicate that Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} has a lower oxidation potential in the mixed solvents of ethylene carbonate (EC), diethyl carbonate (DEC) and ethyl methyl carbonate (EMC), participating in the formation process of the stable cathode electrolyte interface (CEI) film. In addition, the results of electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) demonstrate that the stable CEI film of the cells with Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} can be formed, which can effectively reduce the dissolution of Mn{sup 2+} from LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} into the electrolyte at elevated temperature. It is concluded that the addition of Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3} to a solution of 1 M LiPF{sub 6}–EC/EMC/DEC = 1/1/1 (weight ratio) may decrease solvent decomposition and change the structure of the passivation film on the LiMn{sub 2}O{sub 4} cathode.

  14. Effect of zirconium oxide nanofiller and dibutyl phthalate plasticizer on ionic conductivity and optical properties of solid polymer electrolyte.

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    Yasin, Siti Mariah Mohd; Ibrahim, Suriani; Johan, Mohd Rafie

    2014-01-01

    New solid polymer electrolytes (SPE) based on poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) doped with lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate (LiCF3SO3), dibutyl phthalate (DBP) plasticizer, and zirconium oxide (ZrO2) nanoparticles were prepared by solution-casting technique. The conductivity was enhanced by addition of dibutyl phthalate (DBP) plasticizer and ZrO2 nanofiller with maximum conductivity (1.38 × 10(-4) Scm(-1)). The absorption edge and band gap values showed decreases upon addition of LiSO3CF3, DBP, and ZrO2 due to the formation of localized states in the SPE and the degree of disorder in the films increased.

  15. Effect of electrolyte concentration on microstructure and properties of micro arc oxidized hydroxyapatite/titania nanostructured composite.

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    Abbasi, S; Golestani-Fard, F; Mirhosseini, S M M; Ziaee, A; Mehrjoo, M

    2013-07-01

    Micro arc oxidation was employed to grow TiO2/hydroxyapatite composite layer on titanium substrate. The correlation between electrolyte concentration, diameter and density of the pores in fabricated layers was investigated. Therefore, the effect of electrolyte concentration on composition and morphology of grown layers was studied using SEM, EDX, XRD and XPS techniques. Samples were coated in electrolytes containing 5, 10 and 15 g/l calcium acetate and 1, 3 and 5 g/l β-glycerophosphate, at optimized voltage for 3 min. Pore size variations obey a similar pattern by the addition of both calcium acetate and β-glycerophosphatein various concentrations based on SEM observations. However, completely different volume fraction of porosities in as-obtained coatings was obtained as a result of these two components addition. Indeed, size and volume fraction of porosities in fabricated layers are directly affected by electrolyte concentration. The average crystallite size of TiO2 and hydroxyapatite was determined as 45 nm and 48.5 nm, respectively. Moreover, the biocompatibility of selected specimens has been proved by MTT test.

  16. Triethylborate as an electrolyte additive for high voltage layered lithium nickel cobalt manganese oxide cathode of lithium ion battery

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    Wang, Zaisheng; Xing, Lidan; Li, JianHui; Xu, Mengqing; Li, Weishan

    2016-03-01

    Triethylborate (TEB) is used as an electrolyte additive to improve the electrochemical performances of LiNi1/3Co1/3Mn1/3O2 (LNCM) upon cycling at 4.5 V vs. Li/Li+. Charge/discharge tests demonstrate that the cyclic stability of LNCM at room and elevated temperature can be improved effectively by TEB. With addition of 10 wt. % TEB into STD electrolyte (1.0 M LiPF6/EC:EMC:DEC), LNCM achieves a capacity retention of 99.8% after 150 cycles and 94.7% after 120 cycles at room and elevated temperature, respectively, comparing to that of 68.9% and 68.8% of STD electrolyte. In addition, 10 wt. % TEB also improves the rate capability of LNCM at room temperature. Physical and electrochemical characterizations from XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, ICP-MS, LSV, CA, and EIS reveal that the preferential oxidative reaction of TEB generates a thin, uniform and low interfacial resistance film on the LNCM surface. This film not only suppresses the subsequent decomposition of STD electrolyte, but also prevents the dissolution of transition metal ions from LNCM, resulting in improved cyclic stability and rate capability of LNCM.

  17. Poly(ethylene oxide)-Based Composite Electrolytes Filled with Periodic Mesoporous Silica for Solid State Ionics

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    Tominaga, Yoichi; Morita, Masahiro; Asai, Shigeo; Sumita, Masao

    Mesoporous silica (MPS) was used for poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-based solid polymer electrolytes as novel inorganic filler. For improvement in ionic conductivity in solid state, a room temperature ionic liquid (IL), 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, was introduced into periodic nano-tunnels of MPS, and the modified MPS (IL-MPS) was filled with PEO-LiBF4 electrolyte. Ionic conductivity of neat-MPS-filled composites was approximately 4-fold higher than that of the original electrolyte. On the other hand, the conductivity was more than 11-fold enhanced by addition of IL-MPS, to be more than 10-6 S/cm at 30°C and at least 10 wt% silica contents. The conductivity increased with increasing IL-MPS contents, to be a maximum value of approximately 3×10-6 S/cm at 30°C and at 40 wt%. Dynamic mechanical measurements for neat- and IL-MPS composites revealed that the addition of fillers improves storage modulus of PEO-based electrolytes at room temperature. The addition of IL-MPS was able to realize the improvement in both ionic conductivity and storage modulus.

  18. Vibrational spectroscopic study of ionic association in poly(ethylene oxide)-NH4SCN polymer electrolytes.

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    Zhang, Hucheng; Wang, Jianji

    2009-01-01

    The polymer-ammonium complexes are an important class of proton conducting polymer electrolytes. In this work, poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)-NH(4)SCN electrolytes were prepared over a large range of the salt content, and their FT-IR spectra were measured at room temperature. Based on the assignments of each band in the spectral envelope of SCN(-1), their relative intensities are determined by the use of FT-IR technique. Following the experimental results and spectral analyses, this paper reports the interactions, the various ionic associations, the changes of the ionic association with NH(4)SCN content, and the characteristics of structure in PEO-NH(4)SCN electrolytes. It is shown that the hydrogen bonds of PEO and NH(4)SCN exert the great effect to the ionic association, the interactions of PEO with NH(4)SCN, and PEO crystallinity, in particular, under the condition of high NH(4)SCN content. In addition, the differences of ionic association among PEO-NaSCN, PEO-KSCN and NH(4)SCN electrolytes are also compared in this paper.

  19. Atmospheric pressure plasma jet-synthesized electrochromic organomolybdenum oxide thin films for flexible electrochromic devices

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    Lin, Yung-Sen, E-mail: yslin@fcu.edu.tw; Tsai, Tsung-Hsien; Tien, Shih-Wei

    2013-02-01

    An investigation is conducted into fast synthesis of electrochromic organomolybdenum oxide (MoO{sub x}C{sub y}) thin films onto 40 Ω/□ flexible polyethylene terephthalate/indium tin oxide substrates via atmospheric pressure plasma jet. A precursor [molybdenum carbonyl, Mo(CO){sub 6}] vapor, carried by argon gas, is injected into air plasma torch to synthesize MoO{sub x}C{sub y} films for offering extraordinary electrochromic performance. Only low driving voltages from − 1 V to 1 V are needed to offer reversible Li{sup +} ion intercalation and deintercalation in a 1 M LiClO{sub 4}-propylene carbonate electrolyte. Light modulation with transmittance variation of up to 61%, optical density change of 0.54 and coloration efficiency of 37.5 cm{sup 2}/C at a wavelength of 550 nm after 200 cycles of cyclic voltammetry switching measurements is achieved. - Highlights: ► Fast deposition of MoO{sub x}C{sub y} film by an atmospheric pressure plasma jet ► Organic–inorganic hybrid MoO{sub x}C{sub y} films synthesized ► Flexible and electrochromic MoO{sub x}C{sub y} films produced.

  20. Effect of proton-conduction in electrolyte on electric efficiency of multi-stage solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Matsuzaki, Yoshio; Tachikawa, Yuya; Somekawa, Takaaki; Hatae, Toru; Matsumoto, Hiroshige; Taniguchi, Shunsuke; Sasaki, Kazunari

    2015-07-28

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are promising electrochemical devices that enable the highest fuel-to-electricity conversion efficiencies under high operating temperatures. The concept of multi-stage electrochemical oxidation using SOFCs has been proposed and studied over the past several decades for further improving the electrical efficiency. However, the improvement is limited by fuel dilution downstream of the fuel flow. Therefore, evolved technologies are required to achieve considerably higher electrical efficiencies. Here we present an innovative concept for a critically-high fuel-to-electricity conversion efficiency of up to 85% based on the lower heating value (LHV), in which a high-temperature multi-stage electrochemical oxidation is combined with a proton-conducting solid electrolyte. Switching a solid electrolyte material from a conventional oxide-ion conducting material to a proton-conducting material under the high-temperature multi-stage electrochemical oxidation mechanism has proven to be highly advantageous for the electrical efficiency. The DC efficiency of 85% (LHV) corresponds to a net AC efficiency of approximately 76% (LHV), where the net AC efficiency refers to the transmission-end AC efficiency. This evolved concept will yield a considerably higher efficiency with a much smaller generation capacity than the state-of-the-art several tens-of-MW-class most advanced combined cycle (MACC).

  1. Effect of proton-conduction in electrolyte on electric efficiency of multi-stage solid oxide fuel cells

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    Matsuzaki, Yoshio; Tachikawa, Yuya; Somekawa, Takaaki; Hatae, Toru; Matsumoto, Hiroshige; Taniguchi, Shunsuke; Sasaki, Kazunari

    2015-07-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are promising electrochemical devices that enable the highest fuel-to-electricity conversion efficiencies under high operating temperatures. The concept of multi-stage electrochemical oxidation using SOFCs has been proposed and studied over the past several decades for further improving the electrical efficiency. However, the improvement is limited by fuel dilution downstream of the fuel flow. Therefore, evolved technologies are required to achieve considerably higher electrical efficiencies. Here we present an innovative concept for a critically-high fuel-to-electricity conversion efficiency of up to 85% based on the lower heating value (LHV), in which a high-temperature multi-stage electrochemical oxidation is combined with a proton-conducting solid electrolyte. Switching a solid electrolyte material from a conventional oxide-ion conducting material to a proton-conducting material under the high-temperature multi-stage electrochemical oxidation mechanism has proven to be highly advantageous for the electrical efficiency. The DC efficiency of 85% (LHV) corresponds to a net AC efficiency of approximately 76% (LHV), where the net AC efficiency refers to the transmission-end AC efficiency. This evolved concept will yield a considerably higher efficiency with a much smaller generation capacity than the state-of-the-art several tens-of-MW-class most advanced combined cycle (MACC).

  2. Influence of insulin on plasma concentration and renal excretion of sodium and potassium in normal, electrolytes depleted and aldosterone treated dogs.

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    Bak, M; Szczepańska-Sadowska, E; Krzymień, J; Kozłowski, S; Czyzyk, A

    1987-10-01

    Effects of insulin on plasma concentration and renal excretion of sodium and potassium were compared in conscious dogs 1) maintained in water and electrolytes balance (Series 1, 10 dogs), 2) depleted of electrolytes by repeated i.v. loading with 20% mannitol (Series 2, 10 dogs), and 3) aldosterone treated (0.8 micrograms.kg-1.h-1 i.v., Series 3, 10 dogs). In each Series intravenous infusion of insulin at a rate of 0.05 U.kg-1.h-1 elicited transient increase in plasma sodium concentration and prolonged hypokalemia. Repeated loading with mannitol in Series 2 elicited significant elevation of plasma sodium, ADH and aldosterone concentrations, as well as decrease in extracellular fluid volume. Infusion of insulin in this Series elicited smaller decrease in plasma potassium concentration and longer lasting hypernatremia than in dogs in water-electrolytes balance. Aldosterone infusion in Series 3 did not change hypokalemic effect of insulin but attenuated hypernatremia. Infusion of insulin in Series 1 elicited increase of sodium excretion and decrease in potassium excretion. These effects were absent in Series 2 and 3. The results indicate that depletion of electrolytes and blood aldosterone elevation modify the effects of insulin on plasma concentration and renal excretion of sodium and potassium.

  3. Poly(Ethylene Oxide)-Based Zn(II) Halide Electrolytes

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    1992-06-12

    References [1] Polymer Electrolyte Reviews-I, J. R. MacCallum and C. A. Vincent, eds., Elservier Applied Science, 1987. [2] Polymer Electrolyte...Reviews-2, J. R. MacCallum and C. A. Vincent, eds., Elservier Applied Science, 1989. [31 G, C. Farrington and R. G. Linford, in Polymer Electrolyte...Revievs-2, J. R. MacCallum and C. A. Vincent, eds., Elservier Applied Science, 1989. [4] G.K Jones, A. R. McGhie, and G. C. Farrington, to be appeared in

  4. Conductivity measurements of molten metal oxide electrolytes and their evaluation in a direct carbon fuel cell (DCFC)

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    Yarlagadda, Venkata Raviteja

    2011-12-01

    Since Direct Carbon Fuel Cell (DCFC) technology is in a beginning stage, emphasis should be laid on addressing the fundamental aspects. A molten electrolyte is required to facilitate ionic contact between solid carbon fuel and electrolyte in a DCFC Three different metal oxide electrolytes (Bi2O3 , V2O5, and TeO2) have been chosen based on their ability to form stable liquids in air at higher temperatures. Conductivity data beyond their melting points was not readily available for most of the metal oxides. Conductivity studies concerning the above mentioned molten metal oxides have been thoroughly investigated in this study. A four probe measurement method using an AC milliohm-meter at 1 KHz validated by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) was used to acquire the conductivity data because of its accuracy when compared to two probe measurement widely used in literature. Also, a DC ohmmeter was used to check whether these metal oxides exhibit electronic conductivity. Experimental results corresponding to the accuracy of DC ohmmeter showed that, it accurately detected the electronic component of the electrolyte. These conductivity studies revealed that the molten oxide electrolytes exhibit high ionic conductivity, in particular, beyond their melting points. Of all the three metal oxides, Bi2O 3 demonstrated high ionic conductivity but with minor stability issues under CO2 environment. Under CO2 environment Bi 2O3 showed a slight decrease in the conductivity. EDX analysis revealed an increase in carbon content by 50 percent per one mole of bismuth which can be attributed to possible carbonate formation. V2O 5 exhibited lower ionic conductivity when compared to Bi2O 3 but had the advantage of lower cost and higher abundance. Also, the higher volumetric expansion of V2O5 upon cooling from its melting point i.e. 690°C caused the alumina crucible containing the metal oxide to break leading to leakage problems. Investigating further, quartz was found to be the best

  5. Hypochlorite-induced oxidation of proteins in plasma

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    Hawkins, C L; Davies, Michael Jonathan

    1999-01-01

    Activated phagocyte cells generate hypochlorite (HOCl) via the release of H2O2 and the enzyme myeloperoxidase. Plasma proteins are major targets for HOCl, although little information is available about the mechanism(s) of oxidation. In this study the reaction of HOCl (at least 50 microM) with dil......Activated phagocyte cells generate hypochlorite (HOCl) via the release of H2O2 and the enzyme myeloperoxidase. Plasma proteins are major targets for HOCl, although little information is available about the mechanism(s) of oxidation. In this study the reaction of HOCl (at least 50 micro......M) with diluted fresh human plasma has been shown to generate material that oxidizes 5-thio-2-nitrobenzoic acid; these oxidants are believed to be chloramines formed from the reaction of HOCl with protein amine groups. Chloramines have also been detected with isolated plasma proteins treated with HOCl. In both....... These results are consistent with protein-derived chloramines, and the radicals derived from them, as contributing agents in HOCl-induced plasma protein oxidation....

  6. A high-mobility electronic system at an electrolyte-gated oxide surface

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    Gallagher, Patrick; Lee, Menyoung; Petach, Trevor A.; Stanwyck, Sam W.; Williams, James R.; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Goldhaber-Gordon, David

    2015-03-01

    Electrolyte gating is a powerful technique for accumulating large carrier densities at a surface. Yet this approach suffers from significant sources of disorder: electrochemical reactions can damage or alter the sample, and the ions of the electrolyte and various dissolved contaminants sit Angstroms from the electron system. Accordingly, electrolyte gating is well suited to studies of superconductivity and other phenomena robust to disorder, but of limited use when reactions or disorder must be avoided. Here we demonstrate that these limitations can be overcome by protecting the sample with a chemically inert, atomically smooth sheet of hexagonal boron nitride. We illustrate our technique with electrolyte-gated strontium titanate, whose mobility when protected with boron nitride improves more than 10-fold while achieving carrier densities nearing 1014 cm-2. Our technique is portable to other materials, and should enable future studies where high carrier density modulation is required but electrochemical reactions and surface disorder must be minimized.

  7. Lithium batteries using poly(ethylene oxide)-based non-aqueous electrolytes

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    Chen, Zonghai; Amine, Khalil

    2015-09-08

    Lithium-air cells employing poly(ethyleneoxide) phosphate-based electrolytes may be prepared and exhibit improved charge carrying capacity. Such PEO phosphates generally have the formulas IIa, IIb, IIc, where: ##STR00001##

  8. High optical and switching performance electrochromic devices based on a zinc oxide nanowire with poly(methyl methacrylate) gel electrolytes

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    Chun, Young Tea; Chu, Daping, E-mail: dpc31@cam.ac.uk [Electrical Engineering Division, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0FA (United Kingdom); Neeves, Matthew; Placido, Frank [Thin Film Centre, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley PA1 2BE (United Kingdom); Smithwick, Quinn [Disney Research, 521 Circle Seven Drive, Glendale, Los Angeles, California 91201 (United States)

    2014-11-10

    High performance electrochromic devices have been fabricated and demonstrated utilizing a solid polymer electrolyte and zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowire (NW) array counter electrode. The poly(methyl methacrylate) based polymer electrolyte was spin coated upon hydrothermally grown ZnO NW array counter electrodes, while electron beam evaporated NiO{sub x} thin films formed the working electrodes. Excellent optical contrast and switching speeds were observed in the fabricated devices with active areas of 2 cm{sup 2}, exhibiting an optical contrast of 73.11% at the wavelength of 470 nm, combined with a fast switching time of 0.2 s and 0.4 s for bleaching and coloration, respectively.

  9. Nanoporous palladium anode for direct ethanol solid oxide fuel cells with nanoscale proton-conducting ceramic electrolyte

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    Li, Yong; Wong, Lai Mun; Xie, Hanlin; Wang, Shijie; Su, Pei-Chen

    2017-02-01

    In this work, we demonstrate the operation of micro-solid oxide fuel cells (μ-SOFCs) with nanoscale proton-conducting Y-BaZrO3 (BZY) electrolyte to avoid the fuel crossover problem for direct ethanol fuel cells (DEFCs). The μ-SOFCs are operated with the direct utilisation of ethanol vapour as a fuel and Pd as anode at the temperature range of 300-400 °C. The nanoporous Pd anode is achieved by DC sputtering at high Ar pressure of 80 mTorr. The Pd-anode/BYZ-electrolyte/Pt-cathode cell show peak power densities of 72.4 mW/cm2 using hydrogen and 15.3 mW/cm2 using ethanol at 400 °C. No obvious carbon deposition is seen from XPS analysis after fuel cell test with ethanol fuel.

  10. Preparation and Characterization of Amorphous Layer on Aluminum Alloy Formed by Plasma Electrolytic Deposition (PED)

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    GUANYong-jun; XIAYuan

    2004-01-01

    In this investigation, protective layers were formed on aluminum substrate by Plasma Electrolytic Deposition (PED) using sodium silicate solution. The relation between the thickness of the layer and process time were studied. XRD, SEM, EDS were used to study the layer's structure, composition and micrograph. The results show that the deposited layers are amorphous and contain mainly oxygen, silicon, and aluminum. The possible formation mechanism of amorphous[Al-Si-O] layer was proposed: During discharge periods, Al2O3 phase of the passive film and SiO32- near the substrate surface are sintered into xSiO2(1-x)Al2O3 and then transformed into amorphous [Al-Si-O] phase.

  11. Oxidation Degradation of Aqueous Carbofuran Induced by Low Temperature Plasma

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    Pu, Lumei; Gao, Jinzhang; Hu, Yusen; Liang, Huiguang; Xiao, Wen; Wang, Xingmin

    2008-06-01

    The oxidative degradation of aqueous carbofuran, a heavily used toxic carbamate insecticide by low temperature plasma, was investigated. The results show that the treatment efficiency increases with the increase in initial concentration. Raising the treatment temperature and changing the pH value can result in enhanced degradation of carbofuran in solution. The results also show that low temperature plasma treatment can effectively remove chemical oxygen demand (COD) of carbofuran in the solution.

  12. Oxidation Degradation of Aqueous Carbofuran Induced by Low Temperature Plasma

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    PU Lumei; GAO Jinzhang; HU Yusen; LIANG Huiguang; XIAO Wen; WANG Xingmin

    2008-01-01

    The oxidative degradation of aqueous carbofuran, a heavily used toxic carbamate insecticide by low temperature plasma, was investigated. The results show that the treatment efficiency increases with the increase in initial concentration. Raising the treatment temperature and changing the pH value can result in enhanced degradation of carbofuran in solution. The results also show that low temperature plasma treatment can effectively remove chemical oxygen demand (COD) of carbofuran in the solution.

  13. Effect of poly(ethylene oxide) on ionic conductivity and electrochemical properties of poly(vinylidenefluoride) based polymer gel electrolytes prepared by electrospinning for lithium ion batteries

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    Prasanth, Raghavan; Shubha, Nageswaran; Hng, Huey Hoon; Srinivasan, Madhavi

    2014-01-01

    Effect of poly(ethylene oxide) on the electrochemical properties of polymer electrolyte based on electrospun, non-woven membrane of PVdF is demonstrated. Electrospinning process parameters are controlled to get a fibrous membrane consisting of bead-free, uniformly dispersed thin fibers with diameter in the range of 1.5-1.9 μm. The membrane with good mechanical strength and porosity exhibits high uptake when activated with the liquid electrolyte of lithium salt in a mixture of organic solvents. The polymer gel electrolyte shows ionic conductivity of 4.9 × 10-3 S cm-1 at room temperature. Electrochemical performance of the polymer gel electrolyte is evaluated in Li/polymer electrolyte/LiFePO4 coin cell. Good performance with low capacity fading on charge-discharge cycling is demonstrated.

  14. Estimation of current constriction losses via 3D tomography reconstructions in electrochemical devices: a case study of a solid oxide cell electrode/electrolyte interface

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    Nielsen, Jimmi; Jørgensen, Peter Stanley

    2017-01-01

    In the present study, the methodology for accurate estimations of the current constriction resistance in solid state electrochemical devices via 3D tomography reconstructions is developed. The methodology is used to determine the current constriction resistances at the Ni:YSZ anode/YSZ electrolyte...... interface of a solid oxide fuel cell. The current constriction at this interface becomes increasingly important as thinner electrolyte layers are continuously being pursued for increased performance. Various possible scenarios have been illustrated on idealized geometries as a function of electrolyte...... thicknesses, from which it is clear, that for a given set of electrodes an optimal electrolyte thickness exist. Thus, increased performance by reduction of the electrolyte thickness is only feasible down to a certain thickness, after which, a lower performance is obtained on a further reduction...

  15. Electrolytic Plasma Processing for Sequential Cleaning and Coating Deposition for Cadmium Plating Replacement

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    2008-08-01

    Al(OH)3 precipitation pH≈5 to 8. Bulk pH of 0.1M aluminium sulphate solution is about 3.5, and it is further reduced due to collateral hydrogen...a surface. For cleaning, the electrolyte can be a simple sodium bicarbonate solution (typically 10%) or ammonium chloride. As measured by SEM and...reduction of the metallic ions. Sodium sulphate and Al powder was added in the bath for one experiment and produced a more uniform coating. The intention

  16. Plasma diagnostics during magnetron sputtering of aluminum doped zinc oxide

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    Stamate, Eugen; Crovetto, Andrea; Sanna, Simone

    2016-01-01

    Plasma parameters during magnetron sputtering of aluminum-doped zinc oxide are investigated with optical emission spectroscopy, electrostatic probes and mass spectrometry with the aim of understanding the role of negative ions of oxygen during the film growth and improving the uniformity of the f......Plasma parameters during magnetron sputtering of aluminum-doped zinc oxide are investigated with optical emission spectroscopy, electrostatic probes and mass spectrometry with the aim of understanding the role of negative ions of oxygen during the film growth and improving the uniformity...

  17. Plasma post oxidation of nitrocarburized AISI 4140 steel

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    LEE Insup

    2006-01-01

    Plasma nitrocarburizing and plasma oxidizing treatments were performed to improve the wear and corrosion resistance of AISI 4140 steel.Plasma nitrocarburizing was conducted for 3 h at 570 ℃ in the nitrogen, hydrogen and methane atmosphere to produce the ε-Fe2-3(N,C) phase.It was found that the compound layer produced by plasma nitrocarburising was predominantly composed of ε-phase, with a small proportion of γ'-Fe4(N,C) phase.The thickness of the compound layer was about 10 μm and the diffusion layer was about 300 μm in thickness, respectively.Plasma post oxidation was performed on the nitrocarburized samples with various oxygen/hydrogen ratio at a constant temperature of 500 ℃ for 1 h.The very thin magnetite (Fe3O4) layer 1-2 μm in thickness on top of the compound layer was obtained by plasma post oxidation.It was confirmed that the corrosion characteristics of the nitrocarburized compound layer can be further improved by the application of the superficial magnetite layer.

  18. Surface passivation and protection of Pt loaded multicrystalline pn+ silicon photocathodes by atmospheric plasma oxidation for improved solar water splitting

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    Fan, Ronglei; Tang, Chengshuang; Xin, Yu; Su, Xiaodong; Wang, Xiaodong; Shen, Mingrong

    2016-12-01

    In the traditional methods such as atomic layer deposition and sputtering, a thin metal oxide layer was usually deposited before the loading of catalysts to protect Si photoelectrodes from oxidation during solar water splitting, and this often results in the transfer of photogenerated carriers from Si to electrolyte more or less inhibited. We here use an atmospheric plasma oxidation method to improve this. A SiO2 protective layer, also an effective passivation layer of Si to increase the life time of carriers, is fabricated on Pt loaded multicrystalline pn+-Si photocathodes. Compared with the un-protected one, the energy conversion efficiency of the plasma-treated Pt/pn+-Si photocathode increases from 6.2% to 8.9% under 100 mW/cm2 Xe lamp, and its stability improves from less than 1-22 h under continuous H2 production. This research provides a conceptual strategy to ensure the direct contact among the Si/Pt/electrolyte and protect and passivate the other part of Si simultaneously.

  19. Inorganic-solid-state electrolyte layer deposited by cathodic arc plasma for rapidly switching electrochromic device

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    Chen, Po-Wen; Chang, Chen-Te; Wu, Jin-Yu; Jan, Der-Jun; Li, Yu-Chen; Hsieh, Cheng-Chang; Tsai, Wen-Fa

    2017-08-01

    This work focuses on fabricating a solid electrolyte Ta2O5 thin film deposited by cathodic arc plasm (CAP) deposition through three different ratio of oxygen and argon. In our experiments, refractive index of Ta2O5 films are taken as 2.25, 1.96, 1.9 with various O2/Ar= 1.5, O2/Ar= 2, O2/Ar= 2.4, respectively. Our results show that the refractive index mostly decreased as we increase the oxygen flow rate, in which the minimum is found at 240 sccm. It provides good conduction pathways for ions through smaller thin-film's refractive index that exhibits more porosity voids. This property enhances ion's mobility for electrochromic device causing rapid coloring/bleaching phenomenon. Ta2O5 thin film is suitable as a solid electrolyte layer in center of electrochromic device (ECD) using CAP deposition. As a result, rapid response times were observed in fabricated device with an area of 5 cm×5 cm, exhibiting transmittance optical modulation ΔT = 61.5% (@550 nm) with the bleaching time τ = 8 s and transmittance optical modulation ΔT = 50% (@550 nm) with the coloring time τ = 10 s.

  20. Gate oxide punching thru mechanism in plasma dry etching

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    2008-01-01

    The punching thru mechanism of gate oxide (thickness about 15A) was investi- gated. Because of the thin thickness of gate oxide, gate oxide punching thru may easily happen during the plasma process. It was found that what caused the punching thru was not only the selectivity of poly-silicon/oxide but also the pattern topography. We used the basic SRAM pattern to check this topography effect, and found that gate oxide located at the narrow spacing of two parallel serpentine lines was the most easily punched thru. What caused the topography effect was the starvation of oxygen in these places which were induced by the residue of poly-silicon and enhanced by electron shading effect. So, to solve the issue of gate oxide punching thru, firstly the selectivity should be enough, secondly we should pay attention to the etching pattern topography.

  1. Study of positive and negative plasma catalytic oxidation of ethylene.

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    Van Wesenbeeck, K; Hauchecorne, B; Lenaerts, S

    2017-06-01

    The effect of introducing a photocatalytically active coating inside a plasma unit is investigated. This technique combines the advantages of high product selectivity from catalysis and the fast start-up from plasma technology. In this study, a preselected TiO2 coating is applied on the collector electrode of a DC corona discharge unit as non-thermal plasma reactor, in order to study the oxidation of ethylene. For both positive and negative polarities an enhanced mineralization is observed while the formation of by-products drastically decreases. The plasma catalytic unit gave the best results when using negative polarity at a voltage of 15 kV. This shows the potential of plasma catalysis as indoor air purification technology.

  2. Detonation nanodiamond introduced into samarium doped ceria electrolyte improving performance of solid oxide fuel cell

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    Pei, Kai; Li, Hongdong; Zou, Guangtian; Yu, Richeng; Zhao, Haofei; Shen, Xi; Wang, Liying; Song, Yanpeng; Qiu, Dongchao

    2017-02-01

    A novel electrolyte materials of introducing detonation nanodiamond (DNDs) into samarium doped ceria (SDC) is reported here. 1%wt. DNDs doping SDC (named SDC/ND) can enlarge the electrotyle grain size and change the valence of partial ceria. DNDs provide the widen channel to accelerate the mobility of oxygen ions in electrolyte. Larger grain size means that oxygen ions move easier in electrolyte, it can also reduce the alternating current (AC) impedance spectra of internal grains. The lower valence of partial Ce provides more oxygen vacancies to enhance mobility rate of oxygen ions. Hence all of them enhance the transportation of oxygen ions in SDC/ND electrolyte and the OCV. Ultimately the power density of SOFC can reach 762 mw cm-2 at 800 °C (twice higher than pure SDC, which is 319 mw cm-2 at 800 °C), and it remains high power density in the intermediate temperature (600-800 °C). It is relatively high for the electrolyte supported (300 μm) cells.

  3. Towards the next generation of solid oxide fuel cells operating below 600 °c with chemically stable proton-conducting electrolytes.

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    Fabbri, Emiliana; Bi, Lei; Pergolesi, Daniele; Traversa, Enrico

    2012-01-10

    The need for reducing the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) operating temperature below 600 °C is imposed by cost reduction, which is essential for widespread SOFC use, but might also disclose new applications. To this aim, high-temperature proton-conducting (HTPC) oxides have gained widespread interest as electrolyte materials alternative to oxygen-ion conductors. This Progress Report describes recent developments in electrolyte, anode, and cathode materials for protonic SOFCs, addressing the issue of chemical stability, processability, and good power performance below 600 °C. Different fabrication methods are reported for anode-supported SOFCs, obtained using state-of-the-art, chemically stable proton-conducting electrolyte films. Recent findings show significant improvements in the power density output of cells based on doped barium zirconate electrolytes, pointing out towards the feasibility of the next generation of protonic SOFCs, including a good potential for the development of miniaturized SOFCs as portable power supplies.

  4. Direct ceramic inkjet printing of yttria-stabilized zirconia electrolyte layers for anode-supported solid oxide fuel cells

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    Tomov, R.I.; Hopkins, S.C. [Applied Superconductivity and Cryoscience Group, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB4 3QZ (United Kingdom); Krauz, M.; Kluczowski, J.R. [Institute of Power Engineering, Ceramic Department CEREL, 36-040 Boguchwala (Poland); Jewulski, J. [Institute of Power Engineering, Fuel Cells Department, 02-981 Warsaw (Poland); Glowacka, D.M. [Detector Physics Group, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB3 0HE (United Kingdom); Glowacki, B.A. [Applied Superconductivity and Cryoscience Group, Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB4 3QZ (United Kingdom); Institute of Power Engineering, Fuel Cells Department, 02-981 Warsaw (Poland)

    2010-11-01

    Electromagnetic drop-on-demand direct ceramic inkjet printing (EM/DCIJP) was employed to fabricate dense yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolyte layers on a porous NiO-YSZ anode support from ceramic suspensions. Printing parameters including pressure, nozzle opening time and droplet overlapping were studied in order to optimize the surface quality of the YSZ coating. It was found that moderate overlapping and multiple coatings produce the desired membrane quality. A single fuel cell with a NiO-YSZ/YSZ ({proportional_to}6 {mu}m)/LSM + YSZ/LSM architecture was successfully prepared. The cell was tested using humidified hydrogen as the fuel and ambient air as the oxidant. The cell provided a power density of 170 mW cm{sup -2} at 800 C. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed a highly coherent dense YSZ electrolyte layer with no open porosity. These results suggest that the EM/DCIJP inkjet printing technique can be successfully implemented to fabricate electrolyte coatings for SOFC thinner than 10 {mu}m and comparable in quality to those fabricated by more conventional ceramic processing methods. (author)

  5. Effects of grain boundaries at the electrolyte/cathode interfaces on oxygen reduction reaction kinetics of solid oxide fuel cells

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    Choi, Min Gi; Koo, Ja Yang; Ahn, Min Woo; Lee, Won Young [Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon (Korea, Republic of)

    2017-04-15

    We systematically investigated the effects of grain boundaries (GBs) at the electrolyte/cathode interface of two conventional electrolyte materials, i.e., yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC). We deposited additional layers by pulsed laser deposition to control the GB density on top of the polycrystalline substrates, obtaining significant improvements in peak power density (two-fold for YSZ and three-fold for GDC). The enhanced performance at high GB density in the additional layer could be ascribed to the accumulation of oxygen vacancies, which are known to be more active sites for oxygen reduction reactions (ORR) than grain cores. GDC exhibited a higher enhancement than YSZ, due to the easier formation, and thus higher concentration, of oxygen vacancies for ORR. The strong relation between the concentration of oxygen vacancies and the surface exchange characteristics substantiated the role of GBs at electrolyte/cathode interfaces on ORR kinetics, providing new design parameters for highly performing solid oxide fuel cells.

  6. Enhanced ionic conductivity of intrinsic solid polymer electrolytes using multi-armed oligo(ethylene oxide) plasticizers

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    Lee, Joung-In; Kim, Dong Wook; Lee, Changjin; Kang, Yongku [Advanced Materials Division, Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, P.O. Box 107 Yuseong, 305-600 Daejeon (Korea)

    2010-09-15

    In this work, we report on star-shaped plasticizers with the various chain lengths of multi-armed oligo(ethylene oxide) in order to prevent the plasticizers from crystallizing and eventually to enhance the ionic conductivity at low temperature. The multi-armed plasticizers are compared with the linear ones in terms of the ionic conductivity of the polymer electrolytes using them. The ionic conductivity of the polymer electrolytes using the linear plasticizer abruptly decreases below 0 C, while the temperature dependence of the ionic conductivity of the polymer electrolytes based on the multi-armed plasticizers shows a typical Vogel-Tamman-Fuelcher (VTF) relationship in the temperature range from -30 to 100 C. Such enhanced ionic conductivity at low temperature is because the multi-armed plasticizers are not crystallizing due to the branches or the multi-arms structure. The multi-armed plasticizers are found to be electrochemically stable up to 5.2 V by cyclic voltammetry analysis, which means that they are electrochemically stable enough for the application in the lithium ion batteries. (author)

  7. Polarizable continuum model study on the solvent effect of polymer matrix in poly(ethylene oxide)-based solid electrolyte.

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    Eilmes, Andrzej; Kubisiak, Piotr

    2008-09-18

    The Polarizable Continuum Model has been used to study the effect of polymer matrix on Li (+) and Mg (2+) complexation in poly(ethylene oxide)-based solid electrolyte. Structures of complexes, stabilization energies, and vibrational frequencies are compared with corresponding vacuum values. The solvent effect of the polymer decreases with increasing cation coordination number. Optimized complex geometries do not differ significantly compared to vacuum calculations. Calculated shifts in vibrational frequencies depend on the complex structure; for hexacoordinated ion most frequencies are slightly red-shifted. The most important effect is the decrease of differences between relative stabilities of different structures in the solvent.

  8. A review of doped lanthanum gallates as electrolytes for intermediate temperature solid oxides fuel cells: From materials processing to electrical and thermo-mechanical properties

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    Morales, Miguel; Roa Rovira, Joan Josep; Tartaj, Jesus; Segarra Rubi, Merce

    2016-01-01

    The present review is focused on SrO- and MgO-doped lanthanum gallates (LSGMs), specifically in those key aspects related to their implementation as electrolyte for Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. After a brief survey of the state-of-the-art for the LSGMs, the attention is focused on the ionic transport properties for the relevant compositions. The design, manufacturing and performance of cells using LSGM as electrolyte are discussed along the review. Particular interest is g...

  9. Ab initio investigation of ground-states and ionic motion in particular in zirconia-based solid-oxide electrolytes

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    Hirschfeld, Julian Arndt

    2012-12-11

    Electrolytes with high ionic conductivity at lower temperatures are the prerequisite for the success of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC). One candidate is doped zirconia. In the past, the electrical resistance of zirconia based SOFC electrolytes has mainly been decreased by reducing its thickness. But there are limits to reducing the thickness and one can say that nowadays the normal ways are basically exhausted to further enhance the conductivity of well-known electrolyte materials. Hence, new approaches need to be found to discover windows of enhanced ionic conductivity. This can be achieved by understanding the quantum-mechanical oxygen transport in unconventional configurations of doped zirconia. Therefore, such an understanding is of fundamental importance. In this thesis two approaches are pursued, the investigation of the strain dependent ionic migration in zirconia based electrolytes and the designing of an electrolyte material structure with enhanced and strongly anisotropic ionic conductivity. The first approach expands the elementary understanding of oxygen migration in oxide lattices. The migration barrier of the oxygen ion jumps in zirconia is determined by applying the Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations in connection with the Nudged Elastic Band (NEB) method. These computations show an unexpected window of decreased migration barriers at high compressive strains. Similar to other publications a decrease in the migration barrier for expansive strain is observed. But, in addition, a migration barrier decrease under high compressive strains is found beyond a maximal height of the migration barrier. A simple analytic model offers an explanation. The drop of the migration barrier at high compressions originates from the elevation of the ground-state energy. This means: Increasing ground state energies becomes an interesting alternative to facilitate ionic mobility. The second approach is based on the idea, that actually, only in the direction of ion

  10. Degradation of some ceria electrolytes under hydrogen contact nearby anode in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs

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    Malta Luiz Fernando Brum

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available This work is concerned with thermodynamic analysis of the stability of some ceria electrolytes under contact with hydrogen gas nearby anode in fuel cells. It was considered the following types of ceria-electrolytes: pure ceria, strontium-doped ceria, calcium-doped ceria and calcium-bismuth-doped ceria. The equilibrium Log (pH2O/pH2 vs. T diagrams were constructed for x = 0.1 and 0.01, where x is the fraction of initial ceria converted to Ce2O3 (proportional to the ratio between activities of Ce3+ and Ce4+ in the ceria electrolyte, which is proportional to the fraction of electronic conduction in the electrolyte at a given temperature. The predictions of the diagrams are as follows: (a Ce1.9Ca0.1Bi0.8O5.1 and Ce0.9Sr0.1O1.9 are less stable than pure ceria for the whole temperature range (from 0 to 1000 °C; (b Ce0.9Ca0.1O1.9 is more stable than pure ceria below about 650 °C for x = 0.1 and below about 400 °C for x = 0.01; (c at each temperature in the considered range the pressure ratio pH2O(g/pH2(g has to be higher than thermodynamically predicted in order to keep CeO2 stable in the electrolyte contacting hydrogen gas. Thermodynamic predictions are entirely capable of explaining experimental data published on the subject (irreversible cell degradation in the case of SrO-doped ceria; weight loss from doped-ceria electrolyte above 700 °C; oxygen gas release during sintering of ceria.

  11. Role of electrolyte additives on in-vitro electrochemical behavior of micro arc oxidized titania films on Cp Ti

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    Venkateswarlu, K. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli 620015, Tamil Nadu (India); Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli 620015, Tamil Nadu (India); Rameshbabu, N., E-mail: rameshrohith@gmail.com [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli 620015, Tamil Nadu (India); Sreekanth, D. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli 620015, Tamil Nadu (India); Bose, A.C. [Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli 620015, Tamil Nadu (India); Muthupandi, V. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli 620015, Tamil Nadu (India); Babu, N.K. [Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, Singapore 638075 (Singapore); Subramanian, S. [Department of Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, Karnataka (India)

    2012-07-01

    The present work is aimed at studying the influence of electrolyte chemistry on the voltage-time (V-T) response characteristics, phase structure, surface morphology, film growth rate and corrosion properties of titania films fabricated by micro arc oxidation (MAO) on Cp Ti. The titania films were developed with a sodium phosphate based reference electrolyte comprising the additives such as sodium carbonate (Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}), sodium nitrite (NaNO{sub 2}) and urea (CO(NH{sub 2}){sub 2}). The phase composition, surface morphology, elemental composition and thickness of the films were assessed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) techniques. The corrosion characteristics of the fabricated films were studied under Kokubo simulated body fluid (SBF) condition by potentiodynamic polarization, long term potential and linear polarization resistance (LPR) measurements and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) methods. In addition, the corrosion characteristics of the grown films were analyzed by EIS curve fitting and equivalent circuit modeling. Salt spray test (SST) as per ASTM (B 117) standard was also conducted to verify the corrosion resistance of the grown films. The XRD results showed that the titania films were composed of both anatase and rutile phases at different proportions. Besides, the films grown in carbonate and nitrite containing electrolyte systems showed an enhanced growth of their rutile phase in the [1 0 1] direction which could be attributed to the modifications introduced in the growth process by the abundant oxygen available during the process. The SEM-EDX and elemental mapping results showed that the respective electrolyte borne elements were incorporated and distributed uniformly in all the films. Among all the grown films under study, the film developed in carbonate containing electrolyte system exhibited considerably improved corrosion resistance due to suitable

  12. Performance of polymer electrolyte based on chitosan blended with poly(ethylene oxide) for plasmonic dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Buraidah, M. H.; Teo, L. P.; Au Yong, C. M.; Shah, Shahan; Arof, A. K.

    2016-07-01

    Chitosan and poly(ethylene oxide) powders have been mixed in different weight ratios. To each mixture, a fixed amount of ammonium iodide has been added. All mixtures have been dissolved in 1% acetic acid solution to form polymer blend electrolyte films by the solution cast technique. X-ray diffraction indicates that the polymer blend electrolytes are amorphous. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy shows shifting of the amine, carboxamide and Csbnd Osbnd C bands to lower wavenumbers indicating the occurrence of complexation. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy has been used to study the electrical properties of the samples. The ionic conductivity for 55 wt.% chitosan-45 wt.% NH4I electrolyte system is 3.73 × 10-7 S cm-1 at room temperature and is increased to 3.66 × 10-6 S cm-1 for the blended film (16.5 wt.% chitosan-38.5 wt.% PEO)-45 wt.% NH4I film. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have been fabricated by sandwiching the polymer electrolyte between the TiO2/dye photoelectrode and Pt counter electrode. DSSCs fabricated exhibits short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 2.71 mA cm-2, open circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.58 V and efficiency of 0.78% with configuration ITO/TiO2/N3 dye/(16.5 wt.% chitosan-38.5 wt.% PEO)-45 wt.% NH4I(+I2)/Pt/ITO and Jsc of 2.84 mA cm-2, Voc of 0.58 V and efficiency of 1.13% with configuration ITO/TiO2 + Ag nanoparticles/N3 dye/(16.5 wt.% chitosan-38.5 wt.% PEO)-45 wt.% NH4I(+I2)/Pt/ITO.

  13. Thermal Plasma Synthesis of Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles

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    Lei, P.Y.; Boies, A.M.; Calder, S.A.; Girshick, S.L.

    2012-01-01

    Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles were synthesized by injecting ferrocene vapor and oxygen into an argon/helium DC thermal plasma. Size distributions of particles in the reactor exhaust were measured online using an aerosol extraction probe interfaced to a scanning mobility particle sizer,

  14. Molecular dynamics study of nanocomposite polymer electrolyte based on poly(ethylene oxide)/LiBF4

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    Borodin, Oleg; Smith, Grant D.; Bandyopadhyaya, Rajdip; Redfern, Paul; Curtiss, Larry A.

    2004-05-01

    Interactions of Li+ and BF_{4}^{-} ions with TiO2 clusters were investigated using ab initio quantum chemistry methods. Classical force fields have been developed for poly(ethylene oxide)/LiBF4/TiO2, and molecular dynamics simulations have been performed on poly(ethylene oxide)/LiBF4 polymer electrolyte with and without embedded TiO2 nanoparticles using the developed force field. Addition of a TiO2 nanoparticle to PEO/LiBF4 solid polymer electrolyte resulted in the formation of a highly structured layer with a thickness of 5-6 Å that had more than an order of magnitude slower mobility than that of bulk PEO/LiBF4. The PEO and ions in the layers extending from 6 to 15 Å from the TiO2 nanoparticle also revealed some structuring and reduced dynamics, whereas the PEO/LiBF4 located further than 15 Å was basically unaffected by the presence of the TiO2 nanoparticle. Both cations and anions tended to form a region with an increased concentration in the interfacial layers extending from 5 to 15 Å. No ions were dissolved by the first interfacial layer of PEO. Addition of a nanoparticle with soft-repulsion interactions with PEO resulted in the formation of a PEO interfacial layer with reduced PEO density but increased ion concentration. The PEO and ion mobility in the interfacial layer next to the soft-repulsive nanoparticle were higher than those of bulk PEO/LiBF4 by 20-50%, whereas the conductivity of the nanocomposite electrolyte with the soft-repulsive particle increased only by 10%.

  15. Osmotic and osmotic-loop diuresis in brain surgery. Effects on plasma and CSF electrolytes and ion excretion.

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    Schettini, A; Stahurski, B; Young, H F

    1982-05-01

    In 22 patients to be operated on for brain tumors or cerebral aneurysms, the effect of osmotic diuresis was compared with that of osmotic-loop diuresis on plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) electrolytes, and water and ion excretion. Mannitol or mannitol plus furosemide were used to reduce brain bulk. After treatment with thiopental and hyperventilation, patients received randomly a rapid infusion of mannitol (1.4 gm/kg), or mannitol (1.4 gm/kg) plus furosemide (0.3 mg/kg). Brain shrinkage was considerably greater and more consistent with mannitol plus furosemide than with mannitol alone. However, hyponatremia, hypokalemia, hypochloremia, and hyperosmolality were also more marked (p less than 0.05) with mannitol plus furosemide than with mannitol. The rate of water and ion excretion was even more striking. At 30 minutes after absorption of mannitol alone, water excretion peaked at 17 ml/min, and gradually decreased to 3.8 ml/min 70 minutes later. With mannitol plus furosemide, during an identical time course, initial water excretion was 30 ml/min, followed by a further rise to 42 ml/min and then a decline to 17 ml/min. At peak diuresis after mannitol, Na+ and Cl- excretion average 0.57 and 0.62 mEq/min, respectively. This compares with mean values of 3.7 and 4.12 mEq/min for Na+ and Cl-, respectively, after mannitol plus furosemide. Although optimum brain shrinkage is achieved with osmotic-loop diuresis, the rapid electrolyte depletion (Na+ and Cl-) must be corrected to avoid altered sensorium during the patients' postoperative course.

  16. Superconductivity of oxide film electrolytically deposited on surface of B(1-x)Sb(x) single crystal

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    Alfeyev, V. N.; Aminov, B. A.; Brandt, N. B.; Vasina, S. Ya.; Damaskin, B. B.; Zigel, M.; Kuznetsov, V. P.; Petriy, O. A.; Ponomarev, Ya. G.; Sudakova, M. V.

    1990-10-01

    An experimental study was made of thin oxide films electrolytically deposited on the surface of Bi(1-x)Sb(x) single crystals (x from 0.1 to 0.3) at room temperature, the electrolyte consisting of acetonitrile as solvent with salicylic acid as conductive additive and containing copper ions. The current-voltage characteristics of point junctions produced by mechanical pressure on oxidized surfaces were measured at temperatures ranging from 1.7 K to above 20 K. They were found in most cases to be characteristic of Josephson junctions, with a critical current in the milliampere range at 4.2 K, with Mersero constant-period oscillations of the differential electrical conductance dI/dV near zero voltage in a magnetic field, and with Shapiro plateaus in a microwave field. The critical temperature of superconducting transition corresponding to maximum differential electrical conductance near zero voltage was found to be within 6 to 8 K in most cases and 20 K or higher in some cases.

  17. Effect of Zirconium Oxide Nanofiller and Dibutyl Phthalate Plasticizer on Ionic Conductivity and Optical Properties of Solid Polymer Electrolyte

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    Siti Mariah Mohd Yasin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available New solid polymer electrolytes (SPE based on poly(ethylene oxide (PEO doped with lithium trifluoromethanesulfonate (LiCF3SO3, dibutyl phthalate (DBP plasticizer, and zirconium oxide (ZrO2 nanoparticles were prepared by solution-casting technique. The conductivity was enhanced by addition of dibutyl phthalate (DBP plasticizer and ZrO2 nanofiller with maximum conductivity (1.38×10-4 Scm-1. The absorption edge and band gap values showed decreases upon addition of LiSO3CF3, DBP, and ZrO2 due to the formation of localized states in the SPE and the degree of disorder in the films increased.

  18. Association of GNB3 C825T polymorphism with plasma electrolyte balance and susceptibility to hypertension

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    Azim Nejatizadeh

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The role of G-protein activation in cardiovascular disorders is well-known. G-protein β3 subunit (GNB3 C825T polymorphism is associated with increased intracellular signal transduction. We investigated the role of the variant in plasma sodium and potassium concentrations and association with hypertension. 345 healthy controls and 455 patients with essential hypertension were enrolled. Plasma renin activity and aldosterone concentration were measured. The variant, typed by SNaPshot, was analyzed on an ABI Prism 3100 Genetic Analyzer and GeneScan. The TT genotype and T allele were over-represented in the patients (p < 0.001, p < 0.0001. Multiple-logistic regression disclosed that the risk of hypertension was significantly greater for TT (p < 0.0001, OR = 6.1, CI = 2.9-12.7. One-way ANOVA revealed that hypertensive T-allele carriers (CT+TT, compared to non-carriers (CC, had a greater body mass index (BMI, mean arterial pressure (MAP and PAC (p = 0.01, p = 0.01, p < 0.0001, respectively; while the patients with 825TT risk genotype showed higher plasma sodium and lower potassium (p < 0.0001, each. The results strongly emphasize, not only the role of C825T polymorphism by the induction of increased G-protein activity and enhancement of Na/h exchangers, but also the association with higher plasma sodium and lower potassium levels, high BMI and susceptibility to hypertension.

  19. Plasma Membranes Modified by Plasma Treatment or Deposition as Solid Electrolytes for Potential Application in Solid Alkaline Fuel Cells

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    Christophe Coutanceau; Marc Reinholdt; Jean Durand; Valérie Flaud; Serguei Martemianov; Alina Ilie; Eric Beche; Stéphanie Roualdès; Mauricio Schieda; Jérémy Frugier

    2012-01-01

    In the highly competitive market of fuel cells, solid alkaline fuel cells using liquid fuel (such as cheap, non-toxic and non-valorized glycerol) and not requiring noble metal as catalyst seem quite promising. One of the main hurdles for emergence of such a technology is the development of a hydroxide-conducting membrane characterized by both high conductivity and low fuel permeability. Plasma treatments can enable to positively tune the main fuel cell membrane requirements. In this work, com...

  20. Kinetics of the electrolytic Fe+2/Fe+3 oxidation on various anode materials

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    Cifuentes, L.

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available The kinetics of the electrolytic Fe+2/Fe+3 oxidation, relevant to hydro-electrometallurgical processing, have been studied on lead, platinum, ruthenium oxide, iridium oxide and graphite anodes in ferrous sulfate-sulfuric acid solutions. The oxidation rate depends on ferrous sulfate concentration, solution temperature and degree of agitation. Potentiodynamic studies show that: a the highest oxidation rate is obtained on platinum; b lead is unsuitable as anodic material for the said reaction; c the remaining anode materials show a similar and satisfactory performance.

    Se ha estudiado la cinética de la oxidación electrolítica Fe+2/Fe+3 -relevante para el procesamiento hidroelectrometalúrgico- sobre plomo, platino, óxido de rutenio, óxido de iridio y grafito en soluciones de sulfato ferroso en ácido sulfúrico. La velocidad de oxidación depende de la concentración de sulfato ferroso, la temperatura de la solución y el grado de agitación. Estudios potenciodinámicos demuestran que: a las mayores velocidades de oxidación se obtienen sobre platino; b el plomo es inadecuado como material anódico para la reacción mencionada; c los materiales anódicos restantes exhiben un desempeño similar y satisfactorio.

  1. Vanadium Oxide Electrochemical Capacitors: An Investigation into Aqueous Capacitive Degradation, Alternate Electrolyte-Solvent Systems, Whole Cell Performance and Graphene Oxide Composite Electrodes

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    Engstrom, Allison Michelle

    Vanadium oxide has emerged as a potential electrochemical capacitor material due to its attractive pseudocapacitive performance; however, it is known to suffer from capacitive degradation upon sustained cycling. In this work, the electrochemical cycling behavior of anodically electrodeposited vanadium oxide films with various surface treatments in aqueous solutions is investigated at different pH. Quantitative compositional analysis and morphological studies provide additional insight into the mechanism responsible for capacitive degradation. Furthermore, the capacitance and impedance behavior of vanadium oxide electrochemical capacitor electrodes is compared for both aqueous and nonaqueous electrolyte-solvent systems. Alkali metal chloride and bromide electrolytes were studied in aqueous systems, and nonaqueous systems containing alkali metal bromides were studied in polar aprotic propylene carbonate (PC) or dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) solvents. The preferred aqueous and nonaqueous systems identified in the half-cell studies were utilized in symmetric vanadium oxide whole-cells. An aqueous system utilizing a 3.0 M NaCl electrolyte at pH 3.0 exhibited an excellent 96% capacitance retention over 3000 cycles at 10 mV s-1. An equivalent system tested at 500 mV s-1 displayed an increase in capacitance over the first several thousands of cycles, and eventually stabilized over 50,000 cycles. Electrodes cycled in nonaqueous 1.0 M LiBr in PC exhibited mostly non-capacitive charge-storage, and electrodes cycled in LiBr-DMSO exhibited a gradual capacitive decay over 10,000 cycles at 500 mV s-1. Morphological and compositional analyses, as well as electrochemical impedance modeling, provide additional insight into the cause of the cycing behavior. Lastly, reduced graphene oxide and vanadium oxide nanowire composites have been successfully synthesized using electrophoretic deposition for electrochemical capacitor electrodes. The composite material was found to perform with a

  2. Applications of plasma sources for nitric oxide medicine

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    Vasilets, Victor; Shekhter, Anatoly; Pekshev, Alexander

    2013-09-01

    Nitric oxide (NO) has important roles in the function of many tissues and organs. Wound healing processes are always accompanying by the increase of nitric oxide concentration in wound tissue. These facts suggest a possible therapeutic use of various NO donors for the acceleration of the wound healing and treatment of other diseases. Our previous studies indicated that gaseous NO flow produced by air-plasma generators acts beneficially on the wound healing. This beneficial effect could be caused by the mechanism involving peroxynitrite as an intermediate. As a result of mobilization of various antioxidant reactions more endogenous NO molecules become available as signaling molecules. to regulate the metabolic processes in wound tissue. In this paper different air plasma sources generated therapeutic concentrations of NO are discussed. The concentration of NO and other therapeutically important gas products are estimated by thermodynamic simulation. Synergy effects of NO with other plasma components are discussed as a factor enhancing therapeutic results. Some new medical application of plasma devices are presented. Advanced Plasma Therapies Inc.

  3. EFFECT OF KOH ON MICRO-ARC OXIDATION COATINGS OF 2A12 ALUMINUM ALLOYS IN CH3COONa-Na2WO4 ELECTROLYTE

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    Lin, Zhao Qing; Yu, Hui Jun; He, Si Yu; He, Yi Ning; Chen, Chuan Zhong

    2014-02-01

    The ceramic coatings were prepared on 2A12 alloy by micro-arc oxidation in CH3COONa-Na2WO4 electrolyte system with different concentration of KOH added. The effects of KOH in this electrolyte on micromorphology, phase compositions, adhesion and corrosion resistance of the coatings were investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scratch test and electrochemistry workstation. The results show that KOH has a significant influence on the surface morphology, which can make the surface smoother. The adhesion of the coating becomes stronger with the increase of KOH in the electrolyte. The corrosion resistance of the coated specimen increases a lot compared with that of the substrate. And the lowest corrosion current density (Icorr) of the coating prepared in the electrolyte with KOH is about three orders of magnitude lower than that of the substrate.

  4. NEW CATHODE MATERIALS FOR INERT AND OXIDIZING ATMOSPHERE PLASMA APPLICATION

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    This study has been carried out to develop new cathode materials for two types of thermionic cathode. First is concerning to the tungsten electrodes for the plasma furnace and welding torches. The second one is the electrodes for air plasma cutting torch. Tungsten electrodes activated with a single and combined additives of rare earth metal oxides, such as La2O3, Y2O3 and CeO2, are produced and pared with pure and thoriated tungsten electrode conventionally used, from the point of view of ele...

  5. Performance of Electrolyte Supported Solid Oxide Fuel Cells with STN Anodes

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    Veltzé, Sune; Reddy Sudireddy, Bhaskar; Jørgensen, Peter Stanley

    2013-01-01

    In order to replace the state of the art Ni-cermet as SOFC anode, electrolyte supported cells comprising CGO/Ni infiltrated Nbdoped SrTiO3 anodes, and LSM/YSZ cathodes have been developed and tested as single 5 x 5 cm2 cells. The initial performance reached 0.4 W/cm2 at 850 C. Further tests under...

  6. Correlative tomography at the cathode/electrolyte interfaces of solid oxide fuel cells

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    Wankmüller, Florian; Szász, Julian; Joos, Jochen; Wilde, Virginia; Störmer, Heike; Gerthsen, Dagmar; Ivers-Tiffée, Ellen

    2017-08-01

    This paper introduces a correlative tomography technique. It visualizes the spatial organization of primary and secondary phases at the interface of La0.58Sr0.4Co0.2Fe0.8O3-δ cathode/10 mol% Gadolinia doped Ceria/8 mol% Yttria stabilized Zirconia electrolyte. It uses focused ion beam/scanning electron microscope tomography (FIB/SEM), and combines data sets from Everhart-Thornley and Inlens detector differentiating four primary and two secondary material phases. In addition, grayscale information is correlated to elemental distribution gained by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy in a scanning transmission electron microscope. Interdiffusion of GDC into YSZ and SrZrO3 as secondary phases depend (in both amount and spatial organization) on the varied co-sintering temperature of the GDC/YSZ electrolyte. The ion-blocking SrZrO3 forms a continuous layer on top of the temperature-dependent GDC/YSZ interdiffusion zone (ID) at and below a co-sintering temperature of 1200 °C; above it becomes intermittent. 2D FIB/SEM images of primary and secondary phases at 1100, 1200, 1300 and 1400 °C were combined with a 3D FIB/SEM reconstruction (1300 °C). This reveals that ;preferred; oxygen ion transport pathways from the LSCF cathode through GDC and the ID into the YSZ electrolyte only exist in samples sintered above 1200 °C. The applied correlative technique expands our understanding of this multiphase cathode/electrolyte interface region.

  7. Nonthermal plasma assisted photocatalytic oxidation of dilute benzene

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    J Karuppiah; E Linga Reddy; L Sivachandiran; R Karvembu; Ch Subrahmanyam

    2012-07-01

    Oxidative decomposition of low concentrations (50-1000 ppm) of diluted benzene in air was carried out in a nonthermal plasma (NTP) dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) reactor with the inner electrode made up of stainless steel fibres (SMF) modified with transition metal oxides in such a way to integrate the catalyst in discharge zone. Typical results indicate the better performance of MnO and TiO2/MnO modified systems, which may be attributed to the in situ decomposition of ozone on the surface of MnO that may lead to the formation of atomic oxygen; whereas ultraviolet light induced photocatalytic oxidation may be taking place with TiO2 modified systems. Water vapour improved the selectivity to total oxidation.

  8. Advanced cathode materials for polymer electrolyte fuel cells based on pt/ metal oxides: from model electrodes to catalyst systems.

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    Fabbri, Emiliana; Pătru, Alexandra; Rabis, Annett; Kötz, Rüdiger; Schmidt, Thomas J

    2014-01-01

    The development of stable catalyst systems for application at the cathode side of polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) requires the substitution of the state-of-the-art carbon supports with materials showing high corrosion resistance in a strongly oxidizing environment. Metal oxides in their highest oxidation state can represent viable support materials for the next generation PEFC cathodes. In the present work a multilevel approach has been adopted to investigate the kinetics and the activity of Pt nanoparticles supported on SnO2-based metal oxides. Particularly, model electrodes made of SnO2 thin films supporting Pt nanoparticles, and porous catalyst systems made of Pt nanoparticles supported on Sb-doped SnO2 high surface area powders have been investigated. The present results indicate that SnO2-based supports do not modify the oxygen reduction reaction mechanism on the Pt nanoparticle surface, but rather lead to catalysts with enhanced specific activity compared to Pt/carbon systems. Different reasons for the enhancement in the specific activity are considered and discussed.

  9. Sulphonated imidized graphene oxide (SIGO) based polymer electrolyte membrane for improved water retention, stability and proton conductivity

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    Pandey, Ravi P.; Shahi, Vinod K.

    2015-12-01

    Sulphonated imidized graphene oxide (SIGO) (graphene oxide (GO) tethered sulphonated polyimide) has been successfully synthesized by polycondensation reaction using dianhydride and sulphonated diamine. Polymer electrolyte membranes (PEMs) are prepared by using SIGO (different wt%) and sulphonated poly(imide) (SPI). Resultant SPI/SIGO composite PEMs exhibit improved stabilities (thermal, mechanical and oxidative) and good water-retention properties (high bound water content responsible for proton conduction at high temperature by internal self-humidification). Incorporation of covalent bonded SIGO into SPI matrix results hydrophobic-hydrophilic phase separation and facile architecture of proton conducting path. Well optimized sulphonated poly(imide)/sulphonated imidized graphene oxide (15 wt%) (SPI/SIGO-15) composite membrane shows 2.24 meq g-1 ion-exchange capacity (IEC); 11.38 × 10-2 S cm-1 proton conductivity; 5.12% bound water content; and 10.52 × 10-7 cm2 s-1 methanol permeability. Maximum power density for pristine SPI membrane (57.12 mW cm-2) improves to 78.53 mW cm-2 for SPI/SIGO-15 membrane, in single-cell direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC) test at 70 °C using 2 M methanol fuel. Under similar experimental conditions, Nafion 117 membrane exhibits 62.40 mW cm-2 maximum power density. Reported strategy for the preparation of PEMs, offers a useful protocol for grafting of functionalized inorganic materials with in organic polymer chain by imidization.

  10. Plasma protein oxidation and total antioxidant power in premenstrual syndrome

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    Eans Tara Tuladhar; Anjali Rao

    2010-01-01

    Objective:To explore whether oxidative stress has any role inpremenstrual syndrome (PMS). Methods: Female volunteers suffering from PMS , in the age group of 20-24 years were compared to their asymptomatic normomennorhoeic counterparts in follicular phase and late luteal phase for ferric reducing antioxidant power of plasma(FRAP), plasma protein thiols(PPT) and protein carbonyls(PPC) levels.Results:There was no significant change in FRAP and PPC levels in controls andPMS groups but PPT decreased significantly in luteal phase ofPMS (P< 0.05) when compared to follicular phase.Conclusions:Estrogen and progesterone, might be responsible for a healthy antioxidant profile inPMS. However, a marked decrease inPPT in luteal phase of PMS group may be due to pro-oxidant nature of estrogen-active in this phase of PMS leading to consumption of the sacrificial antioxidant-protein thiol.

  11. Optical endpoint detection for plasma reduction of graphene oxide

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    MaengJun Kim

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The plasma reduction process for the production of reduced graphene oxide (rGO requires precise process control in order to avoid the degradation of electrical characteristics. We report that the reduction status of the graphene oxides could be determined by monitoring the optical emission intensity at 844.6 nm. Properties of the rGO samples processed with various plasma exposure times were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and 4-point probe measurements. Optimum electrical performance and surface morphology were obtained from the sample for which the reduction process was stopped when the emission intensity at 844.6 nm began to decrease.

  12. Differential plasma protein binding to metal oxide nanoparticles

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    Deng, Zhou J; Mortimer, Gysell; Minchin, Rodney F [School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072 (Australia); Schiller, Tara; Musumeci, Anthony; Martin, Darren, E-mail: r.minchin@uq.edu.a [Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072 (Australia)

    2009-11-11

    Nanoparticles rapidly interact with the proteins present in biological fluids, such as blood. The proteins that are adsorbed onto the surface potentially dictate the biokinetics of the nanomaterials and their fate in vivo. Using nanoparticles with different sizes and surface characteristics, studies have reported the effects of physicochemical properties on the composition of adsorbed plasma proteins. However, to date, few studies have been conducted focusing on the nanoparticles that are commonly exposed to the general public, such as the metal oxides. Using previously established ultracentrifugation approaches, two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry, the current study investigated the binding of human plasma proteins to commercially available titanium dioxide, silicon dioxide and zinc oxide nanoparticles. We found that, despite these particles having similar surface charges in buffer, they bound different plasma proteins. For TiO{sub 2}, the shape of the nanoparticles was also an important determinant of protein binding. Agglomeration in water was observed for all of the nanoparticles and both TiO{sub 2} and ZnO further agglomerated in biological media. This led to an increase in the amount and number of different proteins bound to these nanoparticles. Proteins with important biological functions were identified, including immunoglobulins, lipoproteins, acute-phase proteins and proteins involved in complement pathways and coagulation. These results provide important insights into which human plasma proteins bind to particular metal oxide nanoparticles. Because protein absorption to nanoparticles may determine their interaction with cells and tissues in vivo, understanding how and why plasma proteins are adsorbed to these particles may be important for understanding their biological responses.

  13. Air trichloroethylene oxidation in a corona plasma-catalytic reactor

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    Masoomi-Godarzi, S.; Ranji-Burachaloo, H.; Khodadadi, A. A.; Vesali-Naseh, M.; Mortazavi, Y.

    2014-08-01

    The oxidative decomposition of trichloroethylene (TCE; 300 ppm) by non-thermal corona plasma was investigated in dry air at atmospheric pressure and room temperature, both in the absence and presence of catalysts including MnOx, CoOx. The catalysts were synthesized by a co-precipitation method. The morphology and structure of the catalysts were characterized by BET surface area measurement and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) methods. Decomposition of TCE and distribution of products were evaluated by a gas chromatograph (GC) and an FTIR. In the absence of the catalyst, TCE removal is increased with increases in the applied voltage and current intensity. Higher TCE removal and CO2 selectivity is observed in presence of the corona and catalysts, as compared to those with the plasma alone. The results show that MnOx and CoOx catalysts can dissociate the in-plasma produced ozone to oxygen radicals, which enhances the TCE decomposition.

  14. Improving pH sensitivity by field-induced charge regulation in flexible biopolymer electrolyte gated oxide transistors

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    Liu, Ning; Gan, Lu; Liu, Yu; Gui, Weijun; Li, Wei; Zhang, Xiaohang

    2017-10-01

    Electrical manipulation of charged ions in electrolyte-gated transistors is crucial for enhancing the electric-double-layer (EDL) gating effect, thereby improving their sensing abilities. Here, indium-zinc-oxide (IZO) based thin-film-transistors (TFTs) are fabricated on flexible plastic substrate. Acid doped chitosan-based biopolymer electrolyte is used as the gate dielectric, exhibiting an extremely high EDL capacitance. By regulating the dynamic EDL charging process with special gate potential profiles, the EDL gating effect of the chitosan-gated TFT is enhanced, and then resulting in higher pH sensitivities. An extremely high sensitivity of ∼57.8 mV/pH close to Nernst limit is achieved when the gate bias of the TFT sensor sweeps at a rate of 10 mV/s. Additionally, an enhanced sensitivity of 2630% in terms of current variation with pH range from 11 to 3 is realized when the device is operated in the ion depletion mode with a negative gate bias of -0.7 V. Robust ionic modulation is demonstrated in such chitosan-gated sensors. Efficiently driving the charged ions in the chitosan-gated IZO-TFT provides a new route for ultrasensitive, low voltage, and low-cost biochemical sensing technologies.

  15. LiAlO2-LiNaCO3 composite electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cells.

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    Raza, Rizwan; Gao, Zhan; Singh, Tavpraneet; Singh, Gajendra; Li, Song; Zhu, Bin

    2011-06-01

    This paper reports a new approach to develop functional solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) electrolytes based on nanotechnology and two-phase nanocomposite approaches using non-oxygen ion or proton conductors, e.g., lithium aluminate-lithium sodium carbonate, with great freedom in material design and development. Benefited by nanotechnology and nanocomposite technology, the lithium aluminate-lithium sodium carbonate two-phase composite electrolytes can significantly enhance the material conductivity and fuel cell performance at low temperatures, such as 300 degrees C-600 degrees C compared to non-nano scale materials. The conductivity mechanism and fuel cell functions are discussed to be benefited by the interfacial behavior between the two constituent phases in nano-scale effects, where oxygen ion and proton conductivity can be created, although there are no intrinsic mobile oxygen ions and protons. It presents a new scientific approach to design and develop fuel cell materials in breaking the structural limitations by using non-ionic conductors on the desired ions i.e., proton and oxygen ions, and creating high proton and oxygen ion conductors through interfaces and interfacial mechanism.

  16. A Sputtered Silicon Oxide Electrolyte for High-Performance Thin-Film Transistors.

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    Ma, Xiaochen; Zhang, Jiawei; Cai, Wensi; Wang, Hanbin; Wilson, Joshua; Wang, Qingpu; Xin, Qian; Song, Aimin

    2017-04-11

    Low operating voltages have been long desired for thin-film transistors (TFTs). However, it is still challenging to realise 1-V operation by using conventional dielectrics due to their low gate capacitances and low breakdown voltages. Recently, electric double layers (EDLs) have been regarded as a promising candidate for low-power electronics due to their high capacitance. In this work, we present the first sputtered SiO2 solid-state electrolyte. In order to demonstrate EDL behaviour, a sputtered 200 nm-thick SiO2 electrolyte was incorporated into InGaZnO TFTs as the gate dielectric. The devices exhibited an operating voltage of 1 V, a threshold voltage of 0.06 V, a subthreshold swing of 83 mV dec(-1) and an on/off ratio higher than 10(5). The specific capacitance was 0.45 µF cm(-2) at 20 Hz, which is around 26 times higher than the value obtained from thermally oxidised SiO2 films with the same thickness. Analysis of the microstructure and mass density of the sputtered SiO2 films under different deposition conditions indicates that such high capacitance might be attributed to mobile protons donated by atmospheric water. The InGaZnO TFTs with the optimised SiO2 electrolyte also showed good air stability. This work provides a new pathway to the realisation of high-yield low-power electronics.

  17. Excitatory Post-Synaptic Potential Mimicked in Indium-Zinc-Oxide Synaptic Transistors Gated by Methyl Cellulose Solid Electrolyte

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    Guo, Liqiang; Wen, Juan; Ding, Jianning; Wan, Changjin; Cheng, Guanggui

    2016-12-01

    The excitatory postsynaptic potential (EPSP) of biological synapses is mimicked in indium-zinc-oxide synaptic transistors gated by methyl cellulose solid electrolyte. These synaptic transistors show excellent electrical performance at an operating voltage of 0.8 V, Ion/off ratio of 2.5 × 106, and mobility of 38.4 cm2/Vs. After this device is connected to a resistance of 4 MΩ in series, it exhibits excellent characteristics as an inverter. A threshold potential of 0.3 V is achieved by changing the gate pulse amplitude, width, or number, which is analogous to biological EPSP.

  18. Micro-arc oxidization of a novel Mg–1Ca alloy in three alkaline KF electrolytes: Corrosion resistance and cytotoxicity

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    Jia, Z.J.; Li, M.; Liu, Q.; Xu, X.C. [Center for Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Cheng, Y., E-mail: chengyan@pku.edu.cn [Center for Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Zheng, Y.F. [Center for Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Department of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Xi, T.F. [Center for Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Wei, S.C. [Center for Biomedical Materials and Tissue Engineering, Academy for Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School and Hospital of Stomatology, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)

    2014-02-15

    A newly-developed Mg–1Ca (wt%) alloy was treated by micro-arc oxidization (MAO) in KF-silicate- (Si coating), KF-phosphate- (P coating) and KF-silicate-phosphate (SiP coating) electrolytes. The microstructure, composition and corrosion resistance of the resultant MAO coatings were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and X-ray diffractometry (XRD). Electrochemical analysis and immersion test in Hanks’ solution and MTT assay for in-vitro toxicity against MG63 cells were subsequently carried out. Results showed that all the three MAO coatings contributed to the improvement of corrosion resistance and cytocompatibility of substrate; however, P coating outperformed the two others due to its specific microstructure and composition.

  19. Mesomorphic structure of poly(styrene)-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) with oligo(ethylene oxide)sulfonic acid side chains as a model for molecularly reinforced polymer electrolyte

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    Kosonen, H; Valkama, S; Hartikainen, J; Eerikainen, H; Torkkeli, M; Jokela, K; Serimaa, R; Sundholm, F; ten Brinke, G; Ikkala, O; Eerikäinen, Hannele

    2002-01-01

    We report self-organized polymer electrolytes based on poly(styrene)-block-poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PS-block-P4VP). Liquidlike ethylene oxide (EO) oligomers with sulfonic acid end groups are bonded to the P4VP block, leading to comb-shaped supramolecules with the PS-block-P4VP backbone. Lithium perchl

  20. Y-doped BaZrO3 as a chemically stable electrolyte for proton-conducting solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs)

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    Bi, Lei

    2015-01-01

    A proton-conducting solid oxide electrolysis cell using an Y-doped BaZrO3 electrolyte film, which has been demonstrated to be chemically stable, was successfully fabricated for the first time and showed a promising electrolysis performance.

  1. Hydrolysis of and oxide solubilities in melts related to electrolytic magnesium production

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    Vindstad, J.E.

    1996-12-31

    It takes about 13-14 kWh to produce 1 kg magnesium metal by today`s technology, although the thermodynamic energy required is only about 6.8 kWh/kg (at 700{sup o}C). The specific energy consumption of a magnesium electrolysis cell is inversely proportional to the current efficiency, which is affected by the presence of impurities in the electrolyte. A high current efficiency requires that the cathode is well wetted by the liquid magnesium and that the latter is well wetted by the electrolyte. If the metal does not wet the cathode, and the melt not the metal, then the cathodic overvoltage and thus also the energy consumption increases. The presence of water has a detrimental effect on the electrolysis because an MgO film forms on the metal when the water reacts with the magnesium produced, thus interfering with the wetting of the cathode by the metal. It follows that a thorough knowledge of the processes going on in the hydrolysis is important for improving the energy efficiency of the magnesium production. The first part of this doctoral thesis discusses experiments on the equilibria established during hydrolysis of pure liquid MgCl{sub 2} and of a liquid NaCl-MgCl{sub 2} mixture at 730 and 675 {sup o}C. The second part deals with the effect of fluoride on the solubility of MgO in MgCl{sub 2}-containing melts. 67 refs., 35 figs., 12 tabs.

  2. Standard Gibbs energy of formation of tellurium dioxide measurement by a solid-oxide electrolyte EMF technique

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    Aspiala, M., E-mail: markus.aspiala@aalto.fi; Sukhomlinov, D., E-mail: dmitry.sukhomlinov@aalto.fi; Taskinen, P., E-mail: pekka.taskinen@aalto.fi

    2013-12-10

    Highlights: • An improved experimental apparatus and new data analysis method have been applied. • Galvanic cells including solid zirconia electrolyte were measured accurately. • Δ{sub f}G° values for TeO{sub 2} have been determined in wide temperature range. • Third law plots for S{sub 298}{sup °} and ΔH{sub 298}{sup °} of TeO{sub 2} were produced using the experimentally observed values. - Abstract: The standard Gibbs energy of formation of TeO{sub 2} in the temperature range 369–795 °C was measured by the EMF method involving solid-oxide electrolyte galvanic cells of the type: (−)Pt, Ir, Te(s, l), TeO{sub 2}(s, l)|YSZ|O{sub 2}, Pt(+), where YSZ denotes stabilized zirconia with 8.5 mass percent of yttrium oxide. The standard Gibbs energies of formation obtained from the above cells are linear functions of temperature as: Δ{sub f}G° (kJ/mol) = −317.09 + 0.180 T (K) ± 0.307 (642–722.15 K) both phasess are solid. Δ{sub f}G° (kJ/mol) = −318.01 + 0.181 T (K) ± 0.308 (722.15–1005.8 K) Te – liquid; TeO{sub 2} – solid. Δ{sub f}G° (kJ/mol) = −256.26 + 0.120 T (K) ± 0.226 (1005.8–1068 K) both phases are liquid.

  3. Electrode-Impregnable and Cross-Linkable Poly(ethylene oxide)-Poly(propylene oxide)-Poly(ethylene oxide) Triblock Polymer Electrolytes with High Ionic Conductivity and a Large Voltage Window for Flexible Solid-State Supercapacitors.

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    Han, Jae Hee; Lee, Jang Yong; Suh, Dong Hack; Hong, Young Taik; Kim, Tae-Ho

    2017-10-04

    We present cross-linkable precursor-type gel polymer electrolytes (GPEs) that have large ionic liquid uptake capability, can easily penetrate electrodes, have high ion conductivity, and are mechanically strong as high-performance, flexible all-solid-state supercapacitors (SC). Our polymer precursors feature a hydrophilic-hydrophobic poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO-PPO-PEO) triblock main-chain structure and trifunctional silane end groups that can be multi-cross-linked with each other through a sol-gel process. The cross-linked solid-state electrolyte film with moderate IL content (200 wt %) shows a well-balanced combination of excellent ionic conductivity (5.0 × 10(-3) S cm(-1)) and good mechanical stability (maximum strain = 194%). Moreover, our polymer electrolytes have various advantages including high thermal stability (decomposition temperature > 330 °C) and the capability to impregnate electrodes to form an excellent electrode-electrolyte interface due to the very low viscosity of the precursors. By assembling our GPE-impregnated electrodes and solid-state GPE film, we demonstrate an all-solid-state SC that can operate at 3 V and provides an improved specific capacitance (112.3 F g(-1) at 0.1 A g(-1)), better rate capability (64% capacity retention until 20 A g(-1)), and excellent cycle stability (95% capacitance decay over 10 000 charge/discharge cycles) compared with those of a reference SC using a conventional PEO electrolyte. Finally, flexible SCs with a high energy density (22.6 W h kg(-1) at 1 A g(-1)) and an excellent flexibility (>93% capacitance retention after 5000 bending cycles) can successfully be obtained.

  4. MERCURY OXIDIZATION IN NON-THERMAL PLASMA BARRIER DISCHARGE SYSTEM

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    V.K. Mathur

    2003-02-01

    In the past decade, the emission of toxic elements from human activities has become a matter of great public concern. Hg, As, Se and Cd typically volatilize during a combustion process and are not easily caught with conventional air pollution control techniques. In addition, there is no pollution prevention technique available now or likely be available in the foreseeable future that can prevent the emission of these trace elements. These trace elements pose additional scientific challenge as they are present at only ppb levels in large gas streams. Mercury, in particular, has attracted significant attention due to its high volatility, toxicity and potential threat to human health. In the present research work, a non-thermal plasma dielectric barrier discharge technique has been used to oxidize Hg{sup 0}(g) to HgO. The basic premise of this approach is that Hg{sup 0} in vapor form cannot be easily removed in an absorption tower whereas HgO as a particulate is amiable to water scrubbing. The work presented in this report consists of three steps: (1) setting-up of an experimental apparatus to generate mercury vapors at a constant rate and modifying the existing non-thermal plasma reactor system, (2) solving the analytical challenge for measuring mercury vapor concentration at ppb level, and (3) conducting experiments on mercury oxidation under plasma conditions to establish proof of concept.

  5. Novel co-extruded electrolyte-anode hollow fibres for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Droushiotis, Nicolas; Othman, Mohd Hafiz Dzarfan; Doraswami, Uttam; Wu, Zhentao; Kelsall, Geoff; Li, Kang [Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ (United Kingdom)

    2009-09-15

    Novel CGO/NiO-CGO dual-layer hollow fibres (HFs) have been fabricated in a single-step co-extrusion and co-sintering process. LSCF-CGO cathodes layers were then deposited onto the dual-layer HFs to construct micro-tubular SOFCs. The NiO in the micro-tubular HF-SOFCs was reduced at 550 C using hydrogen gas to form Ni anodes. Scanning electron microscope images showed that the dual-layer HFs have porous anodes and dense electrolyte layers. Preliminary measurements with a HF-SOFC fed with H{sub 2} and atmospheric oxygen, produced maximum power densities of 420 W m{sup -2} and 800 W m{sup -2} at 450 C and 550 C, respectively. (author)

  6. Ionic Transport in Polyethylene Oxide (PEO)-LiX Polymeric Solid Electrolyte.

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    1988-03-01

    the temperatures specified below; LiCF3SO3 (3M) at 50 0C for several days, LiAsF6 (Alfa) used as received, LiBF4 (Alfa) 50°C for 24 hours, LiAlCl4...converge at about 0.9eV. The trend is as follows: LiBF4 >LiCF 3 S03>LiPF6>LiAICl4>LiASF6 The general dependence of activation energy on salt composition...mole fraction of LIBF4 in the electrolyte 1.0 > 0.8- C LU C 0 0.6- 0.4 0 0.1 0.2 0.3 0.4 0.5 [X(salt)] Figure 6. Variation in the activation energy vs

  7. Bilayer electrolyte-anode for solid oxide fuel cell; Obtencao de bicamadas eletrolito-anodo para pilhas a combustivel de oxido solido

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    Crochemore, G.B.; Marcomini, R.F.; Souza, D.P.F. de [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (GEMM/UFSCAR), Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil). Programa de Pos Graduacao em Ciencia e Engenharia de Materiais], Email: dulcina@ufscar.br; Rabelo, A.A. [Universidade Federal do Para (UFPA), Belem, PA (Brazil). Fac. de Engenharia de Materiais

    2010-07-01

    Solid oxide fuel cell is a high efficient device hence it plays a very important role in the hydrogen economy. However, the cell operation temperature must be lower than 800 deg C, what is attainable for thin Yttria stabilized zirconia (YSZ) electrolytes. The tape casting process is the most used technique because it allows a very fine tuning of the tape thickness. In this work it were investigated the processing conditions for obtaining electrolyte-anode (YSZ/ YSZ-NiO) bilayers with no lamination after the sintering process. (author)

  8. Titanium-Niobium Oxides as Non-Noble Metal Cathodes for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

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    Akimitsu Ishihara; Yuko Tamura; Mitsuharu Chisaka; Yoshiro Ohgi; Yuji Kohno; Koichi Matsuzawa; Shigenori Mitsushima; Ken-ichiro Ota

    2015-01-01

    In order to develop noble-metal- and carbon-free cathodes, titanium-niobium oxides were prepared as active materials for oxide-based cathodes and the factors affecting the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity were evaluated. The high concentration sol-gel method was employed to prepare the precursor. Heat treatment in Ar containing 4% H2 at 700–900 °C was effective for conferring ORR activity to the oxide. Notably, the onset potential for the ORR of the catalyst prepared at 700 °C was a...

  9. A chemically stable electrolyte with a novel sandwiched structure for proton-conducting solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs)

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    Bi, Lei

    2013-11-01

    A chemically stable electrolyte structure was developed for proton-conducting SOFCs by using two layers of stable BaZr0.7Pr 0.1Y0.2O3 -δ to sandwich a highly-conductive but unstable BaCe0.8Y0.2O 3 -δ electrolyte layer. The sandwiched electrolyte structure showed good chemical stability in both CO2 and H2O atmosphere, indicating that the BZPY layers effectively protect the inner BCY electrolyte, while the BCY electrolyte alone decomposed completely under the same conditions. Fuel cell prototypes fabricated with the sandwiched electrolyte achieved a relatively high performance of 185 mW cm- 2 at 700 C, with a high electrolyte film conductivity of 4 × 10- 3 S cm- 1 at 600 C. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

  10. Imaging hydrogen oxidation activity of catalyst-coated perfluoro sulfonic acid-polymer electrolyte membranes using Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy

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    Meera Parthasarathy; Vijayamohanan K Pillai

    2009-09-01

    Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM) is a unique technique for studying fast heterogeneous kinetics and to map reactivity gradients along the surface of an electrocatalyst, especially when it involves multiple surface sites of varying reactivity. It combines the dual advantages offered by ultramicroelectrode (UME) voltammetry in terms of reduced ohmic drop and insignificant double layer charging contribution with the advantages of imaging by rastering the UME across an electro-active surface. In this work, we demonstrate these distinctive features of SECM in evaluating reactivity gradients on catalyst (Pt/C) coated Nafion® films towards hydrogen oxidation activity, a reaction of immense technological relevance. Imaging has been performed in the feedback mode by allowing H2 evolution at the tip (25 m Pt UME), which is reoxidized at the substrate electrode containing Pt/C-Nafion film. Interesting distribution in H2 oxidation activity has been observed as a function of potential applied to the Pt/CNafion film. In addition, a plot of normalized tip current versus the substrate electrode potential indicates the effect of potential-induced reactivity change in the catalyst-coated membranes. The results of the present investigation are believed to be useful to H2/O2 PEM fuel cells with respect to evaluating reactivity gradients of catalyst-coated polymer electrolyte membranes, which is important to rectify problems related to catalyst utilization.

  11. Nafion-porous cerium oxide nanotubes composite membrane for polymer electrolyte fuel cells operated under dry conditions

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    Ketpang, Kriangsak; Oh, Kwangjin; Lim, Sung-Chul; Shanmugam, Sangaraju

    2016-10-01

    A composite membrane operated in polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs) under low relative humidity (RH) is developed by incorporating cerium oxide nanotubes (CeNT) into a perfluorosulfonic acid (Nafion®) membrane. Porous CeNT is synthesized by direct heating a precursor impregnated polymer fibers at 500 °C under an air atmosphere. Compared to recast Nafion and commercial Nafion (NRE-212) membranes, the Nafion-CeNT composite membrane generates 1.1 times higher power density at 0.6 V, operated at 80 °C under 100% RH. Compared to Nafion-cerium oxide nanoparticles (Nafion-CeNP) membrane, the Nafion-CeNT provides 1.2 and 1.7 times higher PEFC performance at 0.6 V when operated at 80 °C under 100% and 18% RH, respectively. Additionally, the Nafion-CeNT composite membrane exhibits a good fuel cell operation under 18% RH at 80 °C. Specifically, the fluoride emission rate of Nafion-CeNT composite membrane is 20 times lower than that of the commercial NRE-212 membrane when operated under 18% RH at 80 °C for 96 h. The outstanding PEFC performance and durability operated under dry conditions is mainly attributed to the facile water diffusion capability as well as the effective hydroxyl radical scavenging property of the CeNT filler, resulting in significantly mitigating both the ohmic resistance and Nafion membrane degradation.

  12. Thermal, Mechanical and Electrical Properties of the PEO-based Solid Polymer Electrolytes Filled by Yttrium Oxide Nanoparticles

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    LIANG Guijie; XU Jie; XU Weilin; SHEN Xiaolin; BAI Zhikui; YAO Mu

    2012-01-01

    The novel composite lithium solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) composed of polyethylene oxide (PEO) matrix and yttrium oxide (Y2O3) nanofillers were prepared by a solution casting method.The crystal morphology of the SPEs was characterized by polarized optical microscope (POM) and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD).The induced nucleation and steric hindrance effects of Y203 nanofillers result in the increased amount as well as decreased size of PEO sphemlites which are closely related to the crystallinity of the SPEs.As the Y2O3 contents increase from 0 wt% to 15 wt,the crystallinity of the SPEs decreases proportionally.The thermal,mechanical and electrical properties of the SPEs were investigated by thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA),dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and AC impedance method,respectively.The physical properties including thermal,mechanical and electrical performances,depending remarkably on the polymer-filler interactions between PEO and Y2O3 nanoparticles,are improved by different degrees with the increase of Y2O3 contents.The (PEO)21Lii/10 wt%Y2O3 composite SPE exhibits the optimal room-temperature ionic conductivity of 5.95×10-5 S*cm-1,which satisfies the requirements of the conventional electrochromic devices..

  13. Improved electrocatalytic ethanol oxidation activity in acidic and alkaline electrolytes using size-controlled Pt-Sn nanoparticles.

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    St John, Samuel; Boolchand, Punit; Angelopoulos, Anastasios P

    2013-12-31

    The promotion of the electrocatalytic ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR) on extended single-crystal Pt surfaces and dispersed Pt nanoparticles by Sn under acidic conditions is well known. However, the correlation of Sn coverage on Pt nanoparticle electrocatalysts to their size has proven difficult. The reason is that previous investigations have typically relied on commercially difficult to reproduce electrochemical treatments of prepared macroscopic electrodes to adsorb Sn onto exposed Pt surfaces. We demonstrate here how independent control over both Sn coverage and particle size can yield a significant enhancement in EOR activity in an acidic electrolyte relative to previously reported electrocatalysts. Our novel approach uses electroless nanoparticle synthesis where surface-adsorbed Sn is intrinsic to Pt particle formation. Sn serves as both a reducing agent and stabilizing ligand, producing particles with a narrow particle size distribution in a size range where the mass-specific electrocatalytic activity can be maximized (ca. 1-4 nm) as a result of the formation of a fully developed Sn shell. The extent of fractional Sn surface coverage on carbon-supported Pt nanoparticles can be systematically varied through wet-chemical treatment subsequent to nanoparticle formation but prior to incorporation into macroscopic electrodes. EOR activity for Pt nanoparticles is found to be optimum at a fractional Sn surface coverage of ca. 0.6. Furthermore, the EOR activity is shown to increase with Pt particle size and correlate with the active area of available Pt (110) surface sites for the corresponding Sn-free nanoparticles. The maximum area- and mass-specific EOR activities for the most active catalyst investigated were 17.9 μA/cm(2)Pt and 12.5 A/gPt, respectively, after 1 h of use at 0.42 V versus RHE in an acidic electrolyte. Such activity is a substantial improvement over that of commercially available Pt, Pt-Sn, and Pt-Ru alloy catalysts under either acidic or alkaline

  14. Effect of Nanosize SiO2 Particles Added into Electrolyte on the Composition and Morphology of Oxide Layers Formed in Alloy AK6M2 Under Microarc Oxidizing

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    Krishtal, M. M.; Ivashin, P. V.; Yasnikov, I. S.; Polunin, A. V.

    2015-11-01

    Oxide layers formed on AK6M2 aluminum-silicon alloy by microarc oxidizing (MO) are studied. The chemical and phase compositions and the morphology of the layers deposited from a base-composition electrolyte with different contents of added SiO2 powder are determined. It is shown that high-temperature phases form in the oxide layer at a specific concentration of SiO2 nanoparticles. This indicates elevation of the effective temperature in the zone of synthesis of the oxide layers in the process of MO. The addition of nanosize particles of SiO2 into the electrolyte influences positively the operating characteristics of the formed oxide layer.

  15. Linear sweep voltametry studies on oxygen reduction of some oxides in alkaline electrolytes

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    Ananth, M.V. [Ni-MH Section, Electrochemical Power Sources Division, Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi, 630 006 Tamil Nadu (India); Giridhar, V.V. [Electrodics and Electrocatalysis (EEC) Division, Central Electrochemical Research Institute, Karaikudi, 630 006 Tamil Nadu (India); Renuga, K. [Department of Chemistry, Thiagarajar College, Madurai 625 009 (India)

    2009-01-15

    The study uses linear sweep voltametry (LSV) to observe the efficiency of oxygen reduction on some oxides and their mixtures in 6 M KOH at 25 C. The investigated materials are Ag{sub 2}O, MnO{sub 2}, Sm{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Dy{sub 2}O{sub 3} and NdO{sub 2}. The electrocatalytic oxygen reduction reactions (ORR) on Teflon-bonded, oxide + graphite electrodes are studied. The oxygen reduction potentials for electrodes containing these materials as catalyst are seen as -60.67, -270.31, -111, -159.58 and -130.24 mV, respectively. Mixture combinations of these oxides give a higher ORR peak current thereby showing evidence of synergetic effect. Air-MH cells using some of the above investigated oxides as catalyst for air electrode are constructed and studied. Best performance is obtained with silver oxide. The LSV findings are in accordance with air-MH cell charge/discharge experiments and for best performance prefer shift of the ORR onset potential to more positive positions. (author)

  16. Methane Conversion to C2 Hydrocarbons in Solid State Oxide Electrolyte Membrane Reactor

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    LI Jun; ZHAO Ling; ZHU Zhong-nan; XI Dan-li

    2005-01-01

    Provskite-type catalysts, Ln0.6 Sr0.4 FexCo1-x O3 (Ln = Nd,Pr, Gd, Sm, La, 0<x<1) and Ln0.8Na0.2CoO3(Ln= La,Gd, Sm) were synthesized, their catalytic properties in the oxidative coupling of methane (OCM) were examined in a fixed-bed reactor. The former group presented higher activity in the OCM, but the main product was carbon dioxide. While the later group showed lower activity but much higher selectivity to C2 hydrocarbons compared with the former. Electrochemical measurements were conducted in a solid oxide membrane reactor with La0.8 Na0.2CoO3 as catalyst. The results showed that methane was oxidized to carbon dioxide and ethane by two parallel reactions. Ethane was oxidized to ethene and carbon dioxide. A fraction of ethene was oxidized deeply to carbon dioxide. The total selectivity to C2 hydrocarbons exceeded 70%. Based on the experimental results, a kinetic model was suggested to describe the reaction results.

  17. 1,3,6-Hexanetricarbonitrile as electrolyte additive for enhancing electrochemical performance of high voltage Li-rich layered oxide cathode

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    Wang, Long; Ma, Yulin; Li, Qin; Zhou, Zhenxin; Cheng, Xinqun; Zuo, Pengjian; Du, Chunyu; Gao, Yunzhi; Yin, Geping

    2017-09-01

    1,3,6-Hexanetricarbonitrile (HTN) has been investigated as an electrolyte additive to improve the electrochemical performance of the Li1.2Ni0.13Co0.13Mn0.54O2 cathode at high operating voltage (4.8 V). Linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) results indicate that HTN can improve the oxidation potential of the electrolyte. The influences of HTN on the electrochemical behaviors and surface properties of the cathode at high voltage have been investigated by galvanostatic charge/discharge test, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and ex-situ physical characterizations. Charge-discharge results demonstrate that the capacity retention of the Li1.2Ni0.13Co0.13Mn0.54O2 cathode in 1% HTN-containing electrolyte after 150 cycles at 0.5 C is improved to 92.3%, which is much higher than that in the standard electrolyte (ED). Combined with the theoretical calculation, ICP tests, XRD and XPS analysis, more stable and homogeneous interface film is confirmed to form on the cathode surface with incorporation of HTN, meanwhile, the electrolyte decomposition and the cathode structural destruction are restrained effectively upon cycling at high voltage, leading to improved electrochemical performance of Li1.2Ni0.13Co0.13Mn0.54O2 cathode.

  18. Boron cross-linked graphene oxide/polyvinyl alcohol nanocomposite gel electrolyte for flexible solid-state electric double layer capacitor with high performance

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    Huang, Yi-Fu

    2014-06-01

    A new family of boron cross-linked graphene oxide/polyvinyl alcohol (GO-B-PVA) nanocomposite gels is prepared by freeze-thaw/boron cross-linking method. Then the gel electrolytes saturated with KOH solution are assembled into electric double layer capacitors (EDLCs). Structure, thermal and mechanical properties of GO-B-PVA are explored. The electrochemical properties of EDLCs using GO-B-PVA/KOH are investigated, and compared with those using GO-PVA/KOH gel or KOH solution electrolyte. FTIR shows that boron cross-links are introduced into GO-PVA, while the boronic structure inserted into agglomerated GO sheets is demonstrated by DMA analysis. The synergy effect of the GO and the boron crosslinking benefits for ionic conductivity due to unblocking ion channels, and for improvement of thermal stability and mechanical properties of the electrolytes. Higher specific capacitance and better cycle stability of EDLCs are obtained by using the GO-B-PVA/KOH electrolyte, especially the one at higher GO content. The nanocomposite gel electrolytes with excellent electrochemical properties and solid-like character are candidates for the industrial application in high-performance flexible solid-state EDLCs. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

  19. Effects of background electrolytes and ionic strength on enrichment of Cd(II) ions with magnetic graphene oxide-supported sulfanilic acid.

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    Hu, Xin-jiang; Liu, Yun-guo; Zeng, Guang-ming; You, Shao-hong; Wang, Hui; Hu, Xi; Guo, Yi-ming; Tan, Xiao-fei; Guo, Fang-ying

    2014-12-01

    To elucidate the influence mechanisms of background electrolytes and ionic strength on Cd(II) removal, the adsorption of Cd(II) onto magnetic graphene oxide-supported sulfanilic acid (MGO-SA) in aqueous solutions containing different types and concentrations of background electrolytes was studied. The results indicate that Cd(II) adsorption was strongly dependent on pH and could be strongly affected by background electrolytes and ionic strength. The Cd(II) removal was decreased with the presence of background electrolyte cations (Na(+), K(+), Ca(2+), Mg(2+), Mn(2+), Zn(2+), and Ni(2+)), and the divalent cations exerted more obvious influences on the Cd(II) uptake than the monovalent cations at pH 6. Both Cl(-) and NO3(-) had negative effects on Cd(II) adsorption because they can form water-soluble metal-anion complexes with Cd(II) ions. The presence of 0.01molL(-1) Na3PO4 reduced the removal percentage of Cd(II) at pH5. The Cd(II) adsorption was sensitive to changes in the concentration of NaCl, NaNO3, NaClO4, and Na3PO4. Besides, the adsorption isotherm of Cd(II) onto MGO-SA could be well described by the Freundlich model and was also influenced by the type of background electrolyte ions and the ionic strength.

  20. Functional oxide structures on a surface of metals and alloys

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    2005-01-01

    @@ The investigations of the plasma electrolytic processes in our laboratory are aimed to the development of conditions of formation of oxide layers with determined composition, structure and functional properties on the surface of valve metals (Al, Ti) and their alloys.

  1. Copper recovery and cyanide oxidation by electrowinning from a spent copper-cyanide electroplating electrolyte.

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    Dutra, A J B; Rocha, G P; Pombo, F R

    2008-04-01

    Copper-cyanide bleed streams arise from contaminated baths from industrial electroplating processes due to the buildup of impurities during continuous operation. These streams present an elevated concentration of carbonate, cyanide and copper, constituting a heavy hazard, which has to be treated for cyanide destruction and heavy metals removal, according to the local environmental laws. In the Brazilian Mint, bleed streams are treated with sodium hypochlorite, to destroy cyanide and precipitate copper hydroxide, a solid hazardous waste that has to be disposed properly in a landfill or treated for metal recovery. In this paper, a laboratory-scale electrolytic cell was developed to remove the copper from the bleed stream of the electroplating unit of the Brazilian Mint, permitting its reutilization in the plant and decreasing the amount of sludge to waste. Under favorable conditions copper recoveries around 99.9% were achieved, with an energy consumption of about 11 kWh/kg, after a 5-h electrolysis of a bath containing copper and total cyanide concentrations of 26 and 27 g/L, respectively. Additionally, a substantial reduction of the cyanide concentration was also achieved, decreasing the pollution load and final treatment costs.

  2. Synthesis of zinc oxide porous structures by anodization with water as an electrolyte

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    Shetty, Amitha; Nanda, Karuna Kar [Indian Institute of Science, Materials Research Centre, Bangalore (India)

    2012-10-15

    We report a simple, reliable and one-step method of synthesizing ZnO porous structures at room temperature by anodization of zinc (Zn) sheet with water as an electrolyte and graphite as a counter electrode. We observed that the de-ionized (DI) water used in the experiment is slightly acidic (pH=5.8), which is due to the dissolution of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere forming carbonic acid. Porous ZnO is characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) studies. The current-transient measurement is carried out using a Gamry Instruments Reference 3000 and the thickness of the deposited films is measured using a Dektak surface profilometer. The PL, Raman and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy are used to confirm the presence of ZnO phase. We have demonstrated that the hybrid structures of ZnO and poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly (styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) exhibit good rectifying characteristics. The evaluated barrier height and the ideality factor are 0.45 eV and 3.6, respectively. (orig.)

  3. Poly(ethylene oxide)-co-poly(propylene oxide)-based gel electrolyte with high ionic conductivity and mechanical integrity for lithium-ion batteries.

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    Wang, Shih-Hong; Hou, Sheng-Shu; Kuo, Ping-Lin; Teng, Hsisheng

    2013-09-11

    Using gel polymer electrolytes (GPEs) for lithium-ion batteries usually encounters the drawback of poor mechanical integrity of the GPEs. This study demonstrates the outstanding performance of a GPE consisting of a commercial membrane (Celgard) incorporated with a poly(ethylene oxide)-co-poly(propylene oxide) copolymer (P(EO-co-PO)) swelled by a liquid electrolyte (LE) of 1 M LiPF6 in carbonate solvents. The proposed GPE stably holds LE with an amount that is three times that of the Celgard-P(EO-co-PO) composite. This GPE has a higher ionic conductivity (2.8×10(-3) and 5.1×10(-4) S cm(-1) at 30 and -20 °C, respectively) and a wider electrochemical voltage range (5.1 V) than the LE-swelled Celgard because of the strong ion-solvation power of P(EO-co-PO). The active ion-solvation role of P(EO-co-PO) also suppresses the formation of the solid-electrolyte interphase layer. When assembling the GPE in a Li/LiFePO4 battery, the P(EO-co-PO) network hinders anionic transport, producing a high Li+ transference number of 0.5 and decreased the polarization overpotential. The Li/GPE/LiFePO4 battery delivers a discharge capacity of 156-135 mAh g(-1) between 0.1 and 1 C-rates, which is approximately 5% higher than that of the Li/LE/LiFePO4 battery. The IR drop of the Li/GPE/LiFePO4 battery was 44% smaller than that of the Li/LE/LiFePO4. The Li/GPE/LiFePO4 battery is more stable, with only a 1.2% capacity decay for 150 galvanostatic charge-discharge cycles. The advantages of the proposed GPE are its high stability, conductivity, Li+ transference number, and mechanical integrity, which allow for the assembly of GPE-based batteries readily scalable to industrial levels.

  4. Microporous Titanium through Metal Injection Moulding of Coarse Powder and Surface Modification by Plasma Oxidation

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    Mohammed Menhal Shbeh

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Titanium is one of the most attractive materials for biomedical applications due to having excellent biocompatibility accompanied by good corrosion resistance. One popular processing technique for Ti is Metal Injection Moulding (MIM. However, there are several issues associated with the use of this technique, such as the high cost of the fine powder used, the high level of contamination and consequent alteration to material properties, as well as the large volume shrinkage that occurs during sintering. In this study, the use of a relatively coarse Ti powder with a mean particle size of 75 μm to process Ti parts with the potential for biomedical applications by MIM will be examined, compared to a commercial Ti feedstock, and subsequently coated using Plasma Electrolytic Oxidation (PEO. The results show that samples produced with the coarse powder shrink 35% less and have a relative density 14% less with an average pore size three-times larger than that of the commercial feedstock. This helps increase the potential competitiveness of MIM in the production of biomedical parts, as it reduces cost, shrinkage and results in more intentionally-induced micropores, such as are desired for biomedical implants. PEO treatment of the samples yields a thick rough coating comprised of a mixture of rutile and anatase with interconnected microporous channels and openings resembling the mouth of a volcanic crater.

  5. Electrochemical Oxidation of Silver and Copper in Aqueous Basic Media and in Fused Hydroxide Electrolytes

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    Tejada-Rosales, E. M.

    2004-04-01

    Full Text Available The anodic oxidations of copper and silver electrodes in basic media are reported. Experiments were conducted both in aqueous NaOH solutions and in a flux of molten NaOH/KOH eutectic. The oxidation processes were studied by means of cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometries and the phases obtained were systematically characterized by x-ray diffraction. The ranges of stability of each phase in the different media studied are reported. In addition to known oxides of copper or silver, a new silver oxide was isolated.

    En este trabajo se describe la oxidación anódico de electrodos de plata y de cobre en medios básicos. Se han utilizado tanto medios acuosos como hidróxidos fundidos (eutéctico NaOH/KOH. Los procesos de oxidación se han estudiado mediante voltametría cíclica y cronoamperometría, y las fases resultantes han sido caracterizadas por difracción de Rayos X. Los rangos de estabilidad encontrados para cada uno dependen del medio utilizado. Además de óxidos conocidos de cobre y de plata, se ha aislado un nuevo óxido de plata.

  6. Titanium-Niobium Oxides as Non-Noble Metal Cathodes for Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells

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    Akimitsu Ishihara

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In order to develop noble-metal- and carbon-free cathodes, titanium-niobium oxides were prepared as active materials for oxide-based cathodes and the factors affecting the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR activity were evaluated. The high concentration sol-gel method was employed to prepare the precursor. Heat treatment in Ar containing 4% H2 at 700–900 °C was effective for conferring ORR activity to the oxide. Notably, the onset potential for the ORR of the catalyst prepared at 700 °C was approximately 1.0 V vs. RHE, resulting in high quality active sites for the ORR. X-ray (diffraction and photoelectron spectroscopic analyses and ionization potential measurements suggested that localized electronic energy levels were produced via heat treatment under reductive atmosphere. Adsorption of oxygen molecules on the oxide may be governed by the localized electronic energy levels produced by the valence changes induced by substitutional metal ions and/or oxygen vacancies.

  7. Plasticizing effect of K+ ions and succinonitrile on electrical conductivity of [poly(ethylene oxide)-succinonitrile]/KI-I2 redox-couple solid polymer electrolyte.

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    Gupta, Ravindra Kumar; Rhee, Hee-Woo

    2013-06-20

    The plasticizing effect of the K(+) ions and succinonitrile on the electrical conductivity of a new redox-couple solid polymer electrolyte system, (1 - x)[0.5poly(ethylene oxide):0.5succinonitrile]:x[0.9KI:0.1I2] with x = 0-0.2 in weight fraction, is reported. An increase of x resulted in an increase of the electrical conductivity (σ25°C) of the electrolyte. The electrolyte with x = 0.15 exhibited the highest σ25°C value, ~7 × 10(-4) S cm(-1), and is referred to as the optimum conducting composition (OCC). In addition to an increase of the mobile ion concentration with increasing x, X-ray diffractometry, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, polarized optical microscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry studies revealed a decrease of poly(ethylene oxide) crystallinity/an increase of ionic mobility, indicating the plasticizing effect of the K(+) ions. Plasticizing and molecular diffusing properties of the succinonitrile further helped to improve the electrical conductivity of the electrolyte.

  8. Nitrogen oxides and methane treatment by non-thermal plasma

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    Alva, E.; Pacheco, M.; Colín, A.; Sánchez, V.; Pacheco, J.; Valdivia, R.; Soria, G.

    2015-03-01

    Non thermal plasma was used to treat nitrogen oxides (NOx) and methane (CH4), since they are important constituents of hydrocarbon combustion emissions processes and, both gases, play a key role in the formation of tropospheric ozone. These gases are involved in environmental problems like acid rain and some diseases such as bronchitis and pneumonia. In the case of methane is widely known its importance in the global climate change, and currently accounts for 30% of global warming. There is a growing concern for methane leaks, associated with a rapid expansion of unconventional oil and gas extraction techniques as well as a large-scale methane release from Arctic because of ice melting and the subsequent methane production of decaying organic matter. Therefore, methane mitigation is a key to avoid dangerous levels of global warming. The research, here reported, deals about the generation of non-thermal plasma with a double dielectric barrier (2DBD) at atmospheric pressure with alternating current (AC) for NOx and CH4 treatment. The degradation efficiencies and their respective power consumption for different reactor configurations (cylindrical and planar) are also reported. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of gases degradation are reported before and after treatment with cold plasma. Experimental and theoretical results are compared obtaining good removal efficiencies, superior to 90% and to 20% respectively for NOx and CH4.

  9. Titania nanotubes from weak organic acid electrolyte: Fabrication, characterization and oxide film properties

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    Munirathinam, Balakrishnan, E-mail: blkrish88@gmail.com; Neelakantan, Lakshman

    2015-04-01

    In this study, TiO{sub 2} nanotubes were fabricated using anodic oxidation in fluoride containing weak organic acid for different durations (0.5 h, 1 h, 2 h and 3 h). Scanning electron microscope (SEM) micrographs reveal that the morphology of titanium oxide varies with anodization time. Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) results indicate that the as-formed oxide nanotubes were amorphous in nature, yet transform into crystalline phases (anatase and rutile) upon annealing at 600 °C. Wettability measurements show that both as-formed and annealed nanotubes exhibited hydrophilic behavior. The electrochemical behavior was ascertained by DC polarization and AC electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements in 0.9% NaCl solution. The results suggest that the annealed nanotubes showed higher impedance (10{sup 5}–10{sup 6} Ω cm{sup 2}) and lower passive current density (10{sup −7} A cm{sup −2}) than the as-formed nanotubes. In addition, we investigated the influence of post heat treatment on the semiconducting properties of the oxides by capacitance measurements. In vitro bioactivity test in simulated body fluid (SBF) showed that precipitation of Ca/P is easier in crystallized nanotubes than the amorphous structure. Our study uses a simple strategy to prepare nano-structured titania films and hints the feasibility of tailoring the oxide properties by thermal treatment, producing surfaces with better bioactivity. - Highlights: • TiO{sub 2} nanotubes were synthesized in a citric acid and sodium fluoride environment. • Wettability measurements show that both as-formed and annealed nanotubes exhibited hydrophilic behavior. • TiO{sub 2} nanotube layer behaves as an n-type semiconductor. • Annealed TiO{sub 2} nanotubes had a higher impedance magnitude compared to as-formed nanotubes.

  10. Formation and structure of composite coating of HDA and micro-plasma oxidation on A3 steel

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    YU Sheng-xue; XIA Yuan; CHEN Ling; GUAN Yong-jun; YAO Mei

    2004-01-01

    Composite coatings were obtained on A3 steel by hot dipping aluminum(HDA) at 720 ℃ for 6 min and micro-plasma oxidation(MPO) in alkali electrolyte. The surface morphology, element distribution and interface structure of composite coatings were studied by means of XRD, SEM and EDS. The results show that the composite coatings obtained through HDA/MPO on A3 steel consist of four layers. From the surface to the substrate, the layer is loose Al2O3 ceramic, compact Al2O3 ceramic, Al and FeAl intermetallic compound layer in turn. The adhesions among all the layers are strengthened because the ceramic layer formed at the Al surface originally, FeAl intermetallic compound layer and substrate are combined in metallurgical form through mutual diffusion during HDA process.Initial experiment results disclose that the anti-corrosion performance and wear resistance of composite coating are obviously improved through HDA/MPO treatment.

  11. Pulsed nanocrystalline plasma electrolytic boriding as a novel method for corrosion protection of CP-Ti (Part 1: Different frequency and duty cycle)

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    M Kh Aliev; A Saboor

    2007-12-01

    Potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy were employed to test borided CP-Ti, treated by a relatively new method called pulsed plasma electrolytic boriding. The results show excellent corrosion resistance for modified CP-Ti. The effect of frequency and duty cycle of pulsed current was investigated. It was found that pulse frequency and duty cycle affect the size and porosity of nanocrystalline borides and by controlling these effective parameters, surface modification can render the CP-Ti material extremely corrosion resistant as a biomaterial.

  12. Nitric oxide, cholesterol oxides and endothelium-dependent vasodilation in plasma of patients with essential hypertension

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    P. Moriel

    2002-11-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the present study was to identify disturbances of nitric oxide radical (·NO metabolism and the formation of cholesterol oxidation products in human essential hypertension. The concentrations of·NO derivatives (nitrite, nitrate, S-nitrosothiols and nitrotyrosine, water and lipid-soluble antioxidants and cholesterol oxides were measured in plasma of 11 patients with mild essential hypertension (H: 57.8 ± 9.7 years; blood pressure, 148.3 ± 24.8/90.8 ± 10.2 mmHg and in 11 healthy subjects (N: 48.4 ± 7.0 years; blood pressure, 119.4 ± 9.4/75.0 ± 8.0 mmHg.Nitrite, nitrate and S-nitrosothiols were measured by chemiluminescence and nitrotyrosine was determined by ELISA. Antioxidants were determined by reverse-phase HPLC and cholesterol oxides by gas chromatography. Hypertensive patients had reduced endothelium-dependent vasodilation in response to reactive hyperemia (H: 9.3 and N: 15.1% increase of diameter 90 s after hyperemia, and lower levels of ascorbate (H: 29.2 ± 26.0, N: 54.2 ± 24.9 µM, urate (H: 108.5 ± 18.9, N: 156.4 ± 26.3 µM, ß-carotene (H: 1.1 ± 0.8, N: 2.5 ± 1.2 nmol/mg cholesterol, and lycopene (H: 0.4 ± 0.2, N: 0.7 ± 0.2 nmol/mg cholesterol, in plasma, compared to normotensive subjects. The content of 7-ketocholesterol, 5alpha-cholestane-3ß,5,6ß-triol and 5,6alpha-epoxy-5alpha-cholestan-3alpha-ol in LDL, and the concentration of endothelin-1 (H: 0.9 ± 0.2, N: 0.7 ± 0.1 ng/ml in plasma were increased in hypertensive patients. No differences were found for ·NO derivatives between groups. These data suggest that an increase in cholesterol oxidation is associated with endothelium dysfunction in essential hypertension and oxidative stress, although ·NO metabolite levels in plasma are not modified in the presence of elevated cholesterol oxides.

  13. Plasma etching of polystyrene latex particles for the preparation of graphene oxide nanowalls

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    Bon Bittolo Silvia

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Graphene oxide nanowalls were prepared by casting a water dispersion of polystyrene latex particles onto a graphene oxide film followed by tetrafluoromethane plasma etching. Mild plasma etching conditions allow one to retain the oxygen functional groups on the graphene oxide nanowalls. It was found that the exposure to a xenon light source of such graphene oxide nanowalls coated with a gold thin film results in an increase of the electrical conductivity.

  14. A Graphite Oxide Paper Polymer Electrolyte for Direct Methanol Fuel Cells

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    Ravi Kumar

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A flow directed assembly of graphite oxide solution was used in the formation of free-standing graphene oxide paper of approximate thickness of 100 μm. The GO papers were characterised by XRD and SEM. Electrochemical characterization of the GO paper membrane electrode assembly revealed proton conductivities of 4.1 × 10−2 S cm−1 to 8.2 × 10−2 S cm−1 at temperatures of 25–90°C. A direct methanol fuel cell, at 60°C, gave a peak power density of 8 mW cm−2 at a current density of 35 mA cm−2.

  15. Growth Kinetics of Anodic Oxide Films Formed on Zircaloy-2 in Various Electrolytes

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    V. Jeevana Jyothi

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The Kinetics of anodic oxidation of zircaloy-2 have been studied at current densities ranging from 4 to 12 mA cm-2 at room temperature in order to investigate the dependence of ionic current density on the field across the oxide film. Thickness of the anodic films was estimated from capacitance data. The formation rate, current efficiency and differential field were found to increase with increase in the ionic current density for zircaloy-2. Plots of logarithm of formation rate vs. logarithm of current density is fairly linear. From linear plots of logarithm of ionic current density vs. differential field and applying the Cabrera - Mott theory, the half - jump distance (a and height of energy barrier (W were deduced.

  16. Electrolytic reduction of liquid metal oxides and its application to reconfigurable structured devices.

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    Wang, Jinqi; Appusamy, Kanagasundar; Guruswamy, Sivaraman; Nahata, Ajay

    2015-03-02

    Structured metallic patterns are routinely used for a wide variety of applications, ranging from electronic circuits to plasmonics and metamaterials. Numerous techniques have been developed for the fabrication of these devices, in which the metal patterns are typically formed using conventional metals. While this approach has proven very successful, it does generally limit the ability to reconfigure the geometry of the overall device. Here, we demonstrate the ability to create artificially structured metallic devices using liquid metals, in which the configuration can be altered via the electrolysis of saline solutions or deionized water. We accomplish this using an elastomeric mold with two different sets of embedded microfluidic channels that are patterned and injected with EGaIn and water, respectively. The electrochemical reaction is then used to etch the thin oxide layer that forms on eutectic gallium indium (EGaIn) in a controlled reproducible manner. Once the oxide layer is dissolved locally, the underlying liquid metal retracts away from the original position to a position where a new stable oxide layer can reform, which is equivalent to erasing a section of the liquid metal. To allow for full reconfigurability, the entire device can be reset by refilling all of the microchannels with EGaIn.

  17. Advanced oxidation protein products in plasma: stability during storage and correlation with other clinical characteristics.

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    Matteucci, E; Biasci, E; Giampietro, O

    2001-12-01

    Proteins are susceptible to free radical damage. We measured advanced oxidation protein products (AOPP) in the plasma of 56 hospitalised patients. Concentrations of AOPP were expressed as chloramine-T equivalents by measuring absorbance in acidic conditions at 340 nm in the presence of potassium iodide. We also determined erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), circulating urea, creatinine, glucose, uric acid, electrolytes, lipids, total proteins and fractions and fibrinogen. Twenty-four samples were processed both immediately and after 7, 15, 30, 90, 180 and 438 days of storage at both at -20 degrees C and -80 degrees C (aliquots were frozen and thawed only once) to evaluate AOPP stability. The remaining 32 samples were also processed for thiobarbituric-acid-reactive substances (TBARS). Mean AOPP concentration in all 56 patients was 48.3+/-37.2 microM. Mean basal concentration of AOPP in the 24 plasma samples (55.0+/-47.1 microM) showed no significant change at each intermediate determination, yet significantly increased after 438 days of storage both at -80 degrees C (96.6+/-83.2, p<0.01) and, markedly, at -20 degrees C (171.3+/-94.6, p<0.001). TBARS concentration was 1.59+/-0.65 micromol/l. Multiple regression analysis evidenced that AOPP concentration was positively correlated (multiple r=0.62, p<0.001) with serum urea and triglycerides, but negatively correlated with patient age (indeed, serum albumin and total proteins decreased with increasing age, r=0.3, p<0.05). TBARS concentration was associated with ESR and serum glucose (multiple r=0.73, p<0.001), yet positively with AOPP (r=0.39, simple p<0.05). We conclude that AOPP remain stable during sample storage both at -20 degrees C and -80 degrees C for 6 months. Renal failure and hypertriglyceridemia probably enhance the in vivo process of AOPP formation. Oxidative damage as measured by TBARS may be increased because of exposure to hyperglycemia causing nonenzymatic glycation of plasma proteins.

  18. Anodic aluminum oxide films formed in mixed electrolytes of oxalic and sulfuric acid and their optical constants

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    Zhao, Li-Rong; Wang, Jian; Li, Yan; Wang, Cheng-Wei; Zhou, Feng; Liu, Wei-Min

    2010-01-01

    Porous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) films were fabricated electrochemically in the mixed electrolytes with various volume ratios of 0.3 M C 2H 2O 4 and 0.3 M H 2SO 4. The transmission spectra with the interference fringes were measured and the modified Swanepoel method was used to determine the optical constants of the free standing AAO films. The calculated thickness agrees well with the measured thickness from the FE-SEM images of the cross section, which indicates that the modified Swanepoel method is very fit for the determination of the optical constants of the free standing AAO films. Meantime, with the decrease of the volume ratio of C 2H 2O 4 and H 2SO 4, the refractive index and thickness of AAO films increase, but the extinction coefficient decreases. The optical band gap is appropriately fitted to the direct transition model proposed by Tauc in the strong-absorption region of investigated films, and is derived from Tauc's extrapolation. The reasons were investigated.

  19. Effects of 12-Crown-4 ether on the ionic conductivity and electrode kinetics of electrolytes in polyethylene oxide

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    Nagasubramanian, G.; di Stefano, S.

    Results are described of investigations of the electrical and electrochemical properties of thin films of polyethylene oxide (PEO) electrolytes with and without 12-Crown-4 ether (12Cr4) as a function of temperature and in the frequency regime 100 kHz-0.1 Hz. These measurements were made for LiCF3SO3, LiBF4, and LiClO4 salts. At a given temperature, the bulk conductivity, sigma, (S/cm), for a particular salt, depends on the 12Cr4 concentration with sigma reaching a maximum at about 3 mM 12Cr4. Of the three salts studied, the sigma is the highest for PEO/LiBF4 with 3 mM 12Cr4. The ac and dc measurements yield a lower charge transfer resistance for 12Cr4-incorporated samples than for samples without. Plating/stripping of Li occurs at a potential closer to Li(+)/Li for 12Cr4 samples than those without. The conductivities of a thin (about 100 microns) and a thick (400 microns) films are similar.

  20. To immobilize polyethylene glycol-borate ester/lithium fluoride in graphene oxide/poly(vinyl alcohol) for synthesizing new polymer electrolyte membrane of lithium-ion batteries

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    Huang, Y.F.; Zhang, M. Q.; M. Z. Rong; W. H. Ruan

    2017-01-01

    Polymer electrolyte membranes (PEMs) are potentially applicable in lithium-ion batteries with high safety, low cost and good performance. Here, to take advantages of ionic conductivity and selectivity of borate ester-functionalized small molecules as well as structural properties of polymer nanocomposite, a strategy of immobilizing as-synthesized polyethylene glycol-borate ester/lithium fluoride (B-PEG/LiF) in graphene oxide/poly(vinyl alcohol) (GO/PVA) to prepare a PEM is put forward. Chemic...

  1. Nanoscale Organic Hybrid Electrolytes

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    Nugent, Jennifer L.

    2010-08-20

    Nanoscale organic hybrid electrolytes are composed of organic-inorganic hybrid nanostructures, each with a metal oxide or metallic nanoparticle core densely grafted with an ion-conducting polyethylene glycol corona - doped with lithium salt. These materials form novel solvent-free hybrid electrolytes that are particle-rich, soft glasses at room temperature; yet manifest high ionic conductivity and good electrochemical stability above 5V. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  2. Oxidative stress and plasma lipoproteins in cancer patients

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    Maia, Fernanda Maria Machado; Santos, Emanuelly Barbosa; Reis, Germana Elias [Universidade Estadual do Ceará, Fortaleza, CE (Brazil)

    2014-07-01

    To evaluate the relation between oxidative stress and lipid profile in patients with different types of cancer. This was an observational cross-sectional. A total of 58 subjects were evaluated, 33 males, divided into two groups of 29 patients each: Group 1, patients with cancer of the digestive tract and accessory organs; Group 2 patients with other types of cancers, all admitted to a public hospital. The plasma levels (lipoproteins and total cholesterol, HDL, and triglycerides, for example) were analyzed by enzymatic kits, and oxidative stress based on thiobarbituric acid-reactive substances, by assessing the formation of malondialdehyde. In general the levels of malondialdehyde of patients were high (5.00μM) as compared to 3.31μM for healthy individuals. The median values of lipids exhibited normal triacylglycerol (138.78±89.88mg/dL), desirable total cholesterol values (163.04±172.38mg/dL), borderline high LDL (151.30±178.25mg/dL) and low HDL (31.70±22.74mg/dL). Median HDL levels in Group 1 were lower (31.32mg/dL) than the cancer patients in Group 2 (43.67mg/dL) (p=0.038). Group 1 also showed higher levels of oxidative stress (p=0.027). The lipid profile of patients with cancer was not favorable, which seems to have contributed to higher lipid peroxidation rate, generating a significant oxidative stress.

  3. Influence of plasma peening on oxidation of H13 hot work steel in water vapor

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    MIN Yong-an; XU Xiao; WU Xiao-chun; LI Lin; XU Luo-ping

    2004-01-01

    The surface oxidation films on H13 steel samples, obtained by different oxidation processes were observed by optical microscope. It is shown that the oxidation speed of H13 steel is increased remarkably due to the surface modification of plasma peening. Further researches were made by XRD, SEM and EDS. The activation of H13 surface caused by plasma peening and the subsequent higher oxygen diffusion rate into the steel seem to be the main reasons of higher oxidation speed. The nitride layer, generally formed on the steel surface under plasma nitriding process, can be substituted by oxide in subsequent oxidation process, which can reduce the risk of heat cracking in some hot work applications. Therefore, the plasma nitriding plus oxidation process is a proper choice for some hot work dies, which demands high hardness to avoid indentation as well as high toughness to avoid cracks.

  4. Niobium-doped titanium oxide anode and ionic liquid electrolyte for a safe sodium-ion battery

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    Usui, Hiroyuki; Domi, Yasuhiro; Shimizu, Masahiro; Imoto, Akinobu; Yamaguchi, Kazuki; Sakaguchi, Hiroki

    2016-10-01

    The anode properties of Nb-doped rutile TiO2 electrodes were investigated in an ionic liquid electrolyte comprised of N-methyl-N-propylpyrrolidinium cation and bis(fluorosulfonyl)amide anion for use in a safe Na-ion battery. Although the electrolyte's conductivity was lower than that of a conventional organic electrolyte at 30 °C, it showed high conductivity comparable to that of the organic electrolyte at 60 °C. The Nb-doped TiO2 electrode showed excellent cyclability in the ionic liquid electrolyte at 60 °C: a high capacity retention of 97% was observed even at the 350th cycle, which is comparable to value in the organic electrolyte (91%). In a non-flammability test in a closed system, no ignition was observed with the ionic liquid electrolyte even at 300 °C. These results indicate that combination of a Nb-doped TiO2 anode and ionic liquid electrolyte gives not only an excellent cyclability but also high safety for a Na-ion battery operating at a temperature below the sodium's melting point of 98 °C.

  5. Fundamentals and applications of the combination of plasma nitrocarburizing and oxidizing

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    Hoppe, S. [METAPLAS IONON Oberflaechenveredelungstechnik GmbH, Bergisch-Gladbach (Germany)

    1998-01-01

    With the so-called IONIT {sup trademark} OX process, a combined plasma nitrocarburizing and oxidizing, iron based materials, especially non-alloyed steel, had been treated. It is shown that the oxidation of the nitrocarburized layers lead to a significant improvement of the corrosion resistance. The basic fundamentals of the formation of the oxide layer on nitrocarburized surfaces are discussed. The results of metallographic examinations explain the technological figures. Inspections of the oxide layer growth kinetics show a parabolic law. The growth rate depends on the oxidation temperature. Properties of plasma nitrocarburized and further oxidized components are summarized. Examples are given which demonstrate the wide range of potential applications. (orig.) 16 refs.

  6. Microscopic muon dynamics in the polymer electrolyte poly(ethylene oxide)

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    McKenzie, Iain; Cottrell, Stephen P.

    2017-07-01

    The microscopic dynamics of protons (H+) in poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) have been investigated through a study of implanted positive muons (Mu+), which can be considered a light proton analog. The exponential decay of the muon spin polarization in zero magnetic field indicated that Mu+ hopping is in the fast fluctuation limit between 140 and 310 K and the relaxation rate was found to be sensitive to the glass transition. Mu+ dynamics in PEO was monitored via the relaxation of the muon spin polarization in a transverse field of 10 mT. Activated hopping of Mu+ was observed above the glass transition temperature with an activation barrier of 122 ±1 meV. The temperature dependence of the diamagnetic muon polarization in PEO can be explained by diffusion of radiolytic electrons.

  7. Controlling the assembly of graphene oxide by an electrolyte-assisted approach.

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    Song, Yuting; Yang, Haijun; Wang, Yufei; Chen, Shimou; Li, Dan; Zhang, Suojiang; Zhang, Xuehua

    2013-07-21

    In this work, we studied the effects of salts on the self-assembly of two-dimensional graphene oxide (GO) driven by the dissolution of a sub-microliter droplet. Two kinds of structures were obtained. One was a GO snowball with small salt crystals inserted between sheets, which formed with a low initial concentration of insoluble salt in the GO dispersion. The other was a hybrid nanostructure containing NaCl or KCl crystals on a GO snowball, which formed with a high initial salt concentration in the suspension. In addition, we report the novel nanodent-decorated GO snowballs formed by templating the spontaneously formed microdroplets through ouzo effects. Such highly crumpled snowball structures may find applications in super-capacitors or catalyst supports.

  8. Obtaining solid electrolytes based on zirconium oxide; Obtencao de eletrolitos solidos baseados em oxido de zirconio

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    Cajas, P.C.; Munoz, R.; Silva, C.R.M da, E-mail: patolacajas@gmail.com [Universidade de Brasilia (UnB), Brasilia, DF (Brazil)

    2014-07-01

    Ceramic materials based on zirconia were synthesized by the controlled precipitation method, ZrO{sub 2}: 3% molY{sub 2}O{sub 3}: η mol% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (η = 3,4,5), using commercial zirconia, TZ-3YB-E, and a concentrate of mixed rare earth oxides. The powder samples were thermally treated at 600 ° C (2h) to remove unwanted carbonates formed in the synthesis process, and then subjected to milling using attrition mill and finally compacted by uniaxial pressing and sintered at 1500 ° C (2h). The densities were analyzed by the Archimedes method, obtaining results higher than 96% of theoretical. Using XRD and Rietveld refinements, the phases present in the samples were known qualitatively and quantitatively, observing a mixture of the cubic and tetragonal phases. An improvement in the conductivity in the samples co-doped with complex impedance spectroscopy was determined.

  9. Solid oxide membrane-assisted controllable electrolytic fabrication of metal carbides in molten salt.

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    Zou, Xingli; Zheng, Kai; Lu, Xionggang; Xu, Qian; Zhou, Zhongfu

    2016-08-15

    Silicon carbide (SiC), titanium carbide (TiC), zirconium carbide (ZrC), and tantalum carbide (TaC) have been electrochemically produced directly from their corresponding stoichiometric metal oxides/carbon (MOx/C) precursors by electrodeoxidation in molten calcium chloride (CaCl2). An assembled yttria stabilized zirconia solid oxide membrane (SOM)-based anode was employed to control the electrodeoxidation process. The SOM-assisted controllable electrochemical process was carried out in molten CaCl2 at 1000 °C with a potential of 3.5 to 4.0 V. The reaction mechanism of the electrochemical production process and the characteristics of these produced metal carbides (MCs) were systematically investigated. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy analyses clearly identify that SiC, TiC, ZrC, and TaC carbides can be facilely fabricated. SiC carbide can be controlled to form a homogeneous nanowire structure, while the morphologies of TiC, ZrC, and TaC carbides exhibit porous nodular structures with micro/nanoscale particles. The complex chemical/electrochemical reaction processes including the compounding, electrodeoxidation, dissolution-electrodeposition, and in situ carbonization processes in molten CaCl2 are also discussed. The present results preliminarily demonstrate that the molten salt-based SOM-assisted electrodeoxidation process has the potential to be used for the facile and controllable electrodeoxidation of MOx/C precursors to micro/nanostructured MCs, which can potentially be used for various applications.

  10. Underpotential deposition of Li in a molten LiCl-Li{sub 2}O electrolyte for the electrochemical reduction of U from uranium oxides

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    Hur, Jin-Mok; Jeong, Sang Mun; Lee, Hansoo [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon, 305-353 (Korea)

    2010-05-15

    Reactive metal oxides are conventionally reduced to metal by metallothermic reduction. This paper presents on the efficient reduction method based on the electrochemical reaction in a molten LiCl-Li{sub 2}O electrolyte at 650 C. An underpotential deposition of Li on uranium oxides was observed that enabled the mass electrochemical reduction of U{sub 3}O{sub 8} to U. An advantage of using in-situ generated Li as a reductant is that a high-speed electrochemical reduction could be achieved with a wider operating voltage window when compared to a direct electrochemical reduction. (author)

  11. Dye-sensitized solar cells based on thick highly ordered TiO(2) nanotubes produced by controlled anodic oxidation in non-aqueous electrolytic media.

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    Stergiopoulos, T; Ghicov, A; Likodimos, V; Tsoukleris, D S; Kunze, J; Schmuki, P; Falaras, P

    2008-06-11

    Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were prepared using TiO(2) nanotubes, grown by controlled Ti anodic oxidation in non-aqueous media. Smooth, vertically oriented TiO(2) nanotube arrays, presenting a high degree of self-organization and a length of 20 µm, have been grown using ethylene glycol electrolyte containing HF. As-grown nanotubes exhibit an amorphous structure, which transforms to the anatase TiO(2) crystalline phase upon post-annealing in air at 450 °C. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) revealed the porous morphology together with high roughness and fractality of the surface. The annealed tubes were sensitized by the standard N719 ruthenium dye and the adsorption was characterized using resonance micro-Raman spectroscopy and adsorption-desorption measurements. The sensitized tubes were further used as active photoelectrodes after incorporation in sandwich-type DSSCs using both liquid and solidified electrolytes. The efficiencies obtained under air mass (AM) 1.5 conditions, using a back-side illumination geometry, were very promising: 0.85% using a composite polymer redox electrolyte, while the efficiency was further increased up to 1.65% using a liquid electrolyte.

  12. Fabrication of copper-based anodes via atmosphoric plasma spraying techniques

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    Lu, Chun [Monroeville, PA

    2012-04-24

    A fuel electrode anode (18) for a solid oxide fuel cell is made by presenting a solid oxide fuel cell having an electrolyte surface (15), mixing copper powder with solid oxide electrolyte in a mixing step (24, 44) to provide a spray feedstock (30,50) which is fed into a plasma jet (32, 52) of a plasma torch to melt the spray feed stock and propel it onto an electrolyte surface (34, 54) where the spray feed stock flattens into lamellae layer upon solidification, where the layer (38, 59) is an anode coating with greater than 35 vol. % based on solids volume.

  13. Fast low-temperature plasma reduction of monolayer graphene oxide at atmospheric pressure

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    Bodik, Michal; Zahoranova, Anna; Micusik, Matej; Bugarova, Nikola; Spitalsky, Zdenko; Omastova, Maria; Majkova, Eva; Jergel, Matej; Siffalovic, Peter

    2017-04-01

    We report on an ultrafast plasma-based graphene oxide reduction method superior to conventional vacuum thermal annealing and/or chemical reduction. The method is based on the effect of non-equilibrium atmospheric-pressure plasma generated by the diffuse coplanar surface barrier discharge in proximity of the graphene oxide layer. As the reduction time is in the order of seconds, the presented method is applicable to the large-scale production of reduced graphene oxide layers. The short reduction times are achieved by the high-volume power density of plasma, which is of the order of 100 W cm‑3. Monolayers of graphene oxide on silicon substrate were prepared by a modified Langmuir–Schaefer method and the efficient and rapid reduction by methane and/or hydrogen plasma was demonstrated. The best results were obtained for the graphene oxide reduction in hydrogen plasma, as verified by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy.

  14. Aerosol synthesis and electrochemical analysis of niobium mixed-metal oxides for the ethanol oxidation reaction in acid and alkaline electrolyte

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    Konopka, Daniel A.

    . For the first time, in situ FTIR measurements in acid electrolyte showed that highly dispersed Pt nanoparticles (2--5nm) on NbRuyO z (at% 8Nb:1Ru) catalyze the formation of CO2 from ethanol in greater yield, and 0.35--0.4V lower, than Pt(111). Compared to conventional Pt/carbon, this indicates that, (1) Pt supported on NbRuyO z can be more effective at splitting the C---C bond in ethanol and, (2) the scission occurs at potentials more ideal for a higher efficiency fuel cell anode. Ex situ-microscopy revealed the polarization-induced two- and three-dimensional formation of Pt-NbOx interfacial adsorption sites responsible for the facilitation of the total oxidation pathway of ethanol. The results show that synthesis and post-treatment of niobia supports can bias the utility of Pt/niobia systems towards the ethanol oxidation reaction at the anode or the oxygen reduction reaction at the cathode. Experimental and computational-theoretical analyses indicate that the mechanism of interfacial site formation is dependent upon the local oxygen concentration, as well as the availability of multiple, energetically accessible oxidation states like those inherent to niobia. Future directions for the development of highly active, niobium-based materials tailored for efficient catalysis of the total oxidation pathway of ethanol are discussed.

  15. Reduction of a thin chromium oxide film on Inconel surface upon treatment with hydrogen plasma

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    Vesel, Alenka, E-mail: alenka.vesel@guest.arnes.si [Jozef Stefan Institute, Jamova cesta 39, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Mozetic, Miran [Jozef Stefan Institute, Jamova cesta 39, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Balat-Pichelin, Marianne [PROMES-CNRS Laboratory, 7 Rue du four solaire, 66120 Font Romeu Odeillo (France)

    2016-11-30

    Highlights: • Oxidized Inconel alloy was exposed to hydrogen at temperatures up to 1500 K. • Oxide reduction in hydrogen plasma started at approximately 1300 K. • AES depth profiling revealed complete reduction of oxides in plasma. • Oxides were not reduced, if the sample was heated just in hydrogen atmosphere. • Surface of reduced Inconel preserved the same composition as the bulk material. - Abstract: Inconel samples with a surface oxide film composed of solely chromium oxide with a thickness of approximately 700 nm were exposed to low-pressure hydrogen plasma at elevated temperatures to determine the suitable parameters for reduction of the oxide film. The hydrogen pressure during treatment was set to 60 Pa. Plasma was created by a surfaguide microwave discharge in a quartz glass tube to allow for a high dissociation fraction of hydrogen molecules. Auger electron depth profiling (AES) was used to determine the decay of the oxygen in the surface film and X-ray diffraction (XRD) to measure structural modifications. During hydrogen plasma treatment, the oxidized Inconel samples were heated to elevated temperatures. The reduction of the oxide film started at temperatures of approximately 1300 K (considering the emissivity of 0.85) and the oxide was reduced in about 10 s of treatment as revealed by AES. The XRD showed sharper substrate peaks after the reduction. Samples treated in hydrogen atmosphere under the same conditions have not been reduced up to approximately 1500 K indicating usefulness of plasma treatment.

  16. A Monte Carlo study of proton adsorption at the heterogeneous oxide/electrolyte interface.

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    Szabelski, Paweł; Zarzycki, Piotr; Charmas, Robert

    2004-02-03

    Adsorption of protons on a heterogeneous solid surface is modeled using the Monte Carlo (MC) simulation method. The surface of an oxide is assumed to consist of adsorption sites with pK assigned according to a quasi-Gaussian distribution. The influence of the electrostatic interactions combined with the energetic heterogeneity of the surface is examined, and the MC results are compared with the predictions of the mean field theory (MFT). It is demonstrated that the heterogeneity affects strongly the shape of the isotherms while it does not change the location of the common intersection point of the isotherms. On the other hand, introduction of repulsive interactions into the system is found to shift the CIP toward lower values of pH. It is also shown that the MFT, in general, describes correctly the behavior of the system. On the contrary the condensation approximation, used to derive relatively simple expressions for the adsorption isotherms, introduces serious errors unless the surface is strongly heterogeneous. Some practical remarks how to eliminate the errors associated both with the MC simulations and with the theory are also presented.

  17. Nuclear magnetic relaxation study of poly(ethylene oxide)-lithium salt based electrolytes

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    Donoso, J. P.; Bonagamba, T. J.; Panepucci, H. C.; Oliveira, L. N.; Gorecki, W.; Berthier, C.; Armand, M.

    1993-06-01

    We have studied the low-temperature NMR line shape for three nuclei (1H, 7Li, and 19F) in poly(ethylene oxide)-lithium salts (LiClO4, LiBF4, and LiAsF6) solid polymer ionic conductors and measured their spin-lattice relaxation rates as functions of frequency and temperature. The three nuclei probe the dynamics of the polymer segments, the cations, and the anions. We find that the Li+ cations follow the segmental motion of the chain, while the anions move independently. Homonuclear interactions and heteronuclear interactions with the polymer and the anion contribute to the 7Li line shape. When the heteronuclear contributions were selectively eliminated by the decoupling method, it was found that the Li-H interaction accounts for 80%-90% of the linewidth. Additional evidence for the correlation between the cationic and the polymeric motions is provided by the remarkably similar temperature dependences of the measured relaxation rates for 7Li and 1H, which differ significantly from the dependence for 19F. The frequency dependence of the relaxation rates is poorly described by the Bloembergen, Purcell, and Pound model; a recently developed graphical procedure nevertheless shows that the motion of the protons and the anions is governed by a single time scale, while the 7Li ions are affected by an additional scale, associated with the coupling of its quadrupolar moment to the electric-field gradient.

  18. Biodegradation behavior of micro-arc oxidized AZ31 magnesium alloys formed in two different electrolytes

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    Seyfoori, A. [School of Metallurgical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mirdamadi, Sh., E-mail: Mirdamadi@iust.ac.ir [School of Metallurgical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Khavandi, A.; Raufi, Z. Seyed [School of Metallurgical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Phosphate coating has lesser degradation rate than silicate coating in r-SBF solution. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Farringtonite phase is chemically more stable than forsterite phase in SBF solution. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Apatite forming ability of forsterite containing coating is better than farringtonite containing film. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The hydrophilisity nature of silicate film on magnesium alloy with respect to its roughness, is greater than phosphate film. - Abstract: Degradation behavior of coated magnesium alloys is among most prominent factors for their biomedical applications. In this study, bio-corrosion behavior of micro-arc oxidized magnesium AZ31 alloys formed in silicate and phosphate baths was investigated in r-SBF medium. For this purpose polarization behavior and open circuit profile of the coated samples were achieved by electrochemical and immersion tests, respectively. Moreover, the morphology and composition of the coatings were evaluated before and after immersion test using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The results showed that the phosphate film had better corrosion resistance and greater thickness than silicate film and, in turn, the lesser degradability in SBF solution, so that Ca{sup 2+} and PO{sub 4}{sup 3-} containing compounds were more abundant on silicate film than phosphate film. Moreover phosphate film had greater surface roughness and lesser hydrophilic nature.

  19. Biocorrosion resistance of coated magnesium alloy by microarc oxidation in electrolyte containing zirconium and calcium salts

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    Wang, Ya-Ming; Guo, Jun-Wei; Wu, Yun-Feng; Liu, Yan; Cao, Jian-Yun; Zhou, Yu; Jia, De-Chang

    2014-09-01

    The key to use magnesium alloys as suitable biodegradable implants is how to adjust their degradation rates. We report a strategy to prepare biocompatible ceramic coating with improved biocorrosion resistance property on AZ91D alloy by microarc oxidation (MAO) in a silicate-K2ZrF6 solution with and without Ca(H2PO4)2 additives. The microstructure and biocorrosion of coatings were characterized by XRD and SEM, as well as electrochemical and immersion tests in simulated body fluid (SBF). The results show that the coatings are mainly composed of MgO, Mg2SiO4, m-ZrO2 phases, further Ca containing compounds involve the coating by Ca(H2PO4)2 addition in the silicate-K2ZrF6 solution. The corrosion resistance of coated AZ91D alloy is significantly improved compared with the bare one. After immersing in SBF for 28 d, the Si-Zr5-Ca0 coating indicates a best corrosion resistance performance.

  20. The Main Plasma Chemical Process of Nitric Oxide Production by Arc Discharge%The Main Plasma Chemical Process of Nitric Oxide Production by Arc Discharge

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    杨旗; 胡辉; 陈卫鹏; 许杰; 张锦丽; 吴双

    2011-01-01

    By adopting the optical multi-channel analyzer combined with fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer, the dominant free radicals and products generated by arc discharge were measured and studied, and the main plasma chemical reaction process in the nitric oxide production by arc discharge was identified. Plasma chemical kinetic curves of O, O2, N2, N and NO were simulated by using CHEMKIN and MATLAB. The results show that the main plasma chemical reaction process of nitric oxide production by arc discharge is a replacement reaction between O and N2, where NO can be generated instantaneously when discharging reaches stable.

  1. Electrolytic trichloroethene degradation using mixed metal oxide coated titanium mesh electrodes.

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    Petersen, Matthew A; Sale, Thomas C; Reardon, Kenneth F

    2007-04-01

    Electrochemical systems provide a low cost, versatile, and controllable platform to potentially treat contaminants in water, including chlorinated solvents. Relative to bare metal or noble metal amended materials, dimensionally stable electrode materials such as mixed metal oxide coated titanium (Ti/MMO) have advantages in terms of stability and cost, important factors for sustainable remediation solutions. Here, we report the use of Ti/MMO as an effective cathode substrate for treatment of trichloroethene (TCE). TCE degradation in a batch reactor was measured as the decrease of TCE concentration over time and the corresponding evolution of chloride; notably, this occurred without the formation of commonly encountered chlorinated intermediates. The reaction was initiated when Ti/MMO cathode potentials were less than -0.8 V vs. the standard hydrogen electrode, and the rate of TCE degradation increased linearly with progressively more negative potentials. The maximum pseudo-first-order heterogeneous rate constant was approximately 0.05 cm min(-1), which is comparable to more commonly used cathode materials such as nickel. In laboratory-scale flow-though column reactors designed to simulate permeable reactive barriers (PRBs), TCE concentrations were reduced by 80-90%. The extent of TCE flux reduction increased with the applied potential difference across the electrodes and was largely insensitive to the spacing distance between the electrodes. This is the first report of the electrochemical reduction of a chlorinated organic contaminant at a Ti/MMO cathode, and these results support the use of this material in PRBs as a possible approach to manage TCE plume migration.

  2. Significant performance enhancement of yttrium-doped barium cerate proton conductor as electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cells through a Pd ingress-egress approach

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    Liu, Yu; Ran, Ran; Li, Sidian; Jiao, Yong; Tade, Moses O.; Shao, Zongping

    2014-07-01

    Proton-conducting perovskite oxides are excellent electrolyte materials for SOFCs that may improve power density at reduced temperatures and increase fuel efficiency, thus encouraging the widespread implementation of this attractive technology. The main challenges in the application of these oxides in SOFCs are difficult sintering and insufficient conductivity in real cells. In this study, we propose a novel method to significantly enhance the performance of a yttrium-doped barium cerate proton conductor as an electrolyte for SOFCs through a Pd ingress-egress approach to the development of BaCe0.8Y0.1Pd0.1O3-δ (BCYP10). The capability of the Pd egress from the BCYP10 perovskite lattice is demonstrated by H2-TPR, XRD, EDX mapping of STEM and XPS. Significant improvement in the sinterability is observed after the introduction of Pd due to the increased ionic conductivity and the sintering aid effect of egressed Pd. The formation of a B-site cation defect structure after Pd egress and the consequent modification of perovskite grain boundaries with Pd nanoparticles leads to a proton conductivity of BCYP10 that is approximately 3 times higher than that of BCY under a reducing atmosphere. A single cell with a thin film BCYP10 electrolyte reaches a peak power density as high as 645 mA cm-2 at 700 °C.

  3. Materials space of solid-state electrolytes: unraveling chemical composition-structure-ionic conductivity relationships in garnet-type metal oxides using cheminformatics virtual screening approaches.

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    Kireeva, Natalia; Pervov, Vladislav S

    2017-08-09

    The organic electrolytes of most current commercial rechargeable Li-ion batteries (LiBs) are flammable, toxic, and have limited electrochemical energy windows. All-solid-state battery technology promises improved safety, cycling performance, electrochemical stability, and possibility of device miniaturization and enables a number of breakthrough technologies towards the development of new high power and energy density microbatteries for electronics with low processing cost, solid oxide fuel cells, electrochromic devices, etc. Currently, rational materials design is attracting significant attention, which has resulted in a strong demand for methodologies that can accelerate the design of materials with tailored properties; cheminformatics can be considered as an efficient tool in this respect. This study was focused on several aspects: (i) identification of the parameters responsible for high Li-ion conductivity in garnet structured oxides; (ii) development of quantitative models to elucidate composition-structure-Li ionic conductivity relationships, taking into account the experimental details of sample preparation; (iii) circumscription of the materials space of solid garnet-type electrolytes, which is attractive for virtual screening. Several candidate compounds have been recommended for synthesis as potential solid state electrolyte materials.

  4. Stability of silicon and titanium carbide suspensions in electrolyte, poly(ethylene oxide), and PEO-surfactant solutions.

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    Barany, Sandor; Eremenko, Boris V; Malysheva, Mariya L

    2004-07-01

    It has been shown that the coagulation values of counterions for SiC and TiC suspensions with particle radius from 0.5 to 5 microm obey a z(2.5-3.5) law and there is an insufficient change in the critical concentration of 1-1 electrolytes (CCE) when the surface potential of particles increases more than two times. Also, the CCE values hardly depend on the position of counterions in the lyotropic sequence. This is explained by aggregation of SiC and TiC particles at a secondary minimum, which is proved by calculations of the potential curves of interparticle interactions using the DLVO theory. The adsorption of poly(ethylene oxide) on the surfaces studied does not cause--in contradiction to dispersions with smaller particles--an unlimited growth in the stability of suspensions. This is due to the aggregation of large particles with adsorbed PEO, as in polymer-free dispersions, under barrierless conditions in which the coordinates of the secondary minimum are determined by superposition of molecular attractive forces and steric repulsive forces of adsorbed polymeric chains, without a contribution from the electric repulsion term. PEO-anionic surfactant complexes possess higher stabilizing capacity compared to the individual components of the mixture. Our results show that the adsorbed polymer layers may hinder the aggregation both in the primary and in the secondary minimum for not very large particles only, the critical size of which depends on the dispersed phase nature and the molecular mass of the polymer.

  5. Digital power and performance analysis of inkjet printed ring oscillators based on electrolyte-gated oxide electronics

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    Cadilha Marques, Gabriel; Garlapati, Suresh Kumar; Dehm, Simone; Dasgupta, Subho; Hahn, Horst; Tahoori, Mehdi; Aghassi-Hagmann, Jasmin

    2017-09-01

    Printed electronic components offer certain technological advantages over their silicon based counterparts, like mechanical flexibility, low process temperatures, maskless and additive manufacturing possibilities. However, to be compatible to the fields of smart sensors, Internet of Things, and wearables, it is essential that devices operate at small supply voltages. In printed electronics, mostly silicon dioxide or organic dielectrics with low dielectric constants have been used as gate isolators, which in turn have resulted in high power transistors operable only at tens of volts. Here, we present inkjet printed circuits which are able to operate at supply voltages as low as ≤2 V. Our transistor technology is based on lithographically patterned drive electrodes, the dimensions of which are carefully kept well within the printing resolutions; the oxide semiconductor, the electrolytic insulator and the top-gate electrodes have been inkjet printed. Our inverters show a gain of ˜4 and 2.3 ms propagation delay time at 1 V supply voltage. Subsequently built 3-stage ring oscillators start to oscillate at a supply voltage of only 0.6 V with a frequency of ˜255 Hz and can reach frequencies up to ˜350 Hz at 2 V supply voltage. Furthermore, we have introduced a systematic methodology for characterizing ring oscillators in the printed electronics domain, which has been largely missing. Benefiting from this procedure, we are now able to predict the switching capacitance and driver capability at each stage, as well as the power consumption of our inkjet printed ring oscillators. These achievements will be essential for analyzing the performance and power characteristics of future inkjet printed digital circuits.

  6. Photo-electrochemical Oxidation of Organic C1 Molecules over WO3 Films in Aqueous Electrolyte: Competition Between Water Oxidation and C1 Oxidation.

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    Reichert, Robert; Zambrzycki, Christian; Jusys, Zenonas; Behm, R Jürgen

    2015-11-01

    To better understand organic-molecule-assisted photo-electrochemical water splitting, photo-electrochemistry and on-line mass spectrometry measurements are used to investigate the photo-electrochemical oxidation of the C1 molecules methanol, formaldehyde, and formic acid over WO3 film anodes in aqueous solution and its competition with O2 evolution from water oxidation O2 (+) and CO2 (+) ion currents show that water oxidation is strongly suppressed by the organic species. Photo-electro-oxidation of formic acid is dominated by formation of CO2 , whereas incomplete oxidation of formaldehyde and methanol prevails, with the selectivity for CO2 formation increasing with increasing potential and light intensity. The mechanistic implications for the photo-electro-oxidation of the organic molecules and its competition with water oxidation, which could be derived from this novel approach, are discussed.

  7. Rapid Deposition of Titanium Oxide and Zinc Oxide Films by Solution Precursor Plasma Spray

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    Ando, Yasutaka

    In order to develop a high rate atmospheric film deposition process for functional films, as a basic study, deposition of titanium oxide film and zinc oxide film by solution precursor plasma spray (SPPS) was conducted in open air. Consequently, in the case of titanium oxide film deposition, anantase film and amorphous film as well as rutile film could be deposited by varying the deposition distance. In the case of anatase dominant film, photo-catalytic properties of the films could be confirmed by wettability test. In addition, the dye sensitized sollar cell (DSC) using the TiO2 film deposited by this SPPS technique as photo voltaic device generates 49mV in OCV. On the other hand, in the case of zinc oxide film deposition, it was proved that well crystallized ZnO films with photo catalytic properties could be deposited. From these results, this process was found to have high potential for high rate functional film deposition process conducted in the air.

  8. A Tri-Layer Proton-Conducting Electrolyte for Chemically Stable Operation in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells

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    Bi, Lei

    2013-10-07

    Two BaZr0.7Pr0.1Y0.2O3-δ (BZPY) layers were used to sandwich a BaCe0.8Y0.2O3-δ (BCY) layer to produce a tri-layer electrolyte consisting of BZPY/BCY/BZPY. The BZPY layers significantly improved the chemical stability of the BCY electrolyte layer, which was not stable when tested alone, suggesting that the BZPY layer effectively protected the BCY layer from CO2 reaction, which is the major problem of BCY-based materials. A fuel cell with this sandwiched electrolyte supported on a Ni-based composite anode showed a reasonable cell performance, reaching 185 mW cm-2 at 700 oC, in spite of the relatively large electrolyte thickness (about 65 µm).

  9. Preparation and Characterization of Plasma-Sprayed Ultrafine Chromium Oxide Coatings

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    LIN Feng; JIANG Xianliang; YU Yueguang; ZENG Keli; REN Xianjing; LI Zhenduo

    2007-01-01

    Ultrafine chromium oxide coatings were prepared by plasma spraying with ultrafine feedstock. Processing parameters of plasma spraying were optimized. Optical microscope (OM) was used to observe the microstructure of the ultrafine chromium oxide coatings. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was used to observe the morphology and particle size of ultrafine powder feedstock as well as to examine the microstructure of the chromium oxide coating. In addition, hardness and bonding strength of the ultrafine chromium oxide coatings were measured.The results showed that the optimized plasma spraying parameters were suitable for ultrafine chromium oxide coating and the properties and microstructure of the optimized ultrafine chromium oxide coating were superior compared to conventional chromium oxide wear resistant coatings.

  10. Electrolyte materials - Issues and challenges

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    Balbuena, Perla B. [Department of Chemical Engineering, and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Texas A and M University, College Station, Texas, 77843 (United States)

    2014-06-16

    Electrolytes are vital components of an electrochemical energy storage device. They are usually composed of a solvent or mixture of solvents and a salt or a mixture of salts which provide the appropriate environment for ionic conduction. One of the main issues associated with the selection of a proper electrolyte is that its electronic properties have to be such that allow a wide electrochemical window - defined as the voltage range in which the electrolyte is not oxidized or reduced - suitable to the battery operating voltage. In addition, electrolytes must have high ionic conductivity and negligible electronic conductivity, be chemically stable with respect to the other battery components, have low flammability, and low cost. Weak stability of the electrolyte against oxidation or reduction leads to the formation of a solid-electrolyte interphase (SEI) layer at the surface of the cathode and anode respectively. Depending on the materials of the electrolyte and those of the electrode, the SEI layer may be composed by combinations of organic and inorganic species, and it may exert a passivating role. In this paper we discuss the current status of knowledge about electrolyte materials, including non-aqueous liquids, ionic liquids, solid ceramic and polymer electrolytes. We also review the basic knowledge about the SEI layer formation, and challenges for a rational design of stable electrolytes.

  11. Synthesis, characterization and electrical properties of solid electrolyte for solid oxide fuel cell; Preparacao, caracterizacao e propriedades eletricas de eletrolito solido para celula a combustivel de oxido solido

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    Berton, Marco Antonio Coelho; Garcia, Carlos Mario; Matos, Jeferson Hrenechen [Instituto de Tecnologia para o Desenvolvimento (LACTEC), Curitiba, PR (Brazil)], Emails: felsky@latec.org.br, garcia@latec.org.br, jeferson.h@latec.org.br

    2010-04-15

    Solid electrolytes of BaCe{sub 08}Gd{sub O29} were prepared by the polymeric precursor method. X-ray diffraction data shows a single phase with orthorhombic crystalline structure. The densification process was followed by scanning electronic microscopy and apparent density measurements. The apparent density was developed for different temperatures of sintering, reaching > 96% for sintered temperature of 1550 {sup 0}C deg . The electrochemical impedance analysis was development in the temperature of 400-700 deg C, in air atmosphere at 700 deg C a value of 30,6 mS.cm{sup -1} was obtained. The results of conductivity have confirmed the gadolinium doped barium cerate has a great potential for use as solid electrolyte for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cell, at experimental controlled conditions. (author)

  12. Reoxidation of uranium metal immersed in a Li2O-LiCl molten salt after electrolytic reduction of uranium oxide

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    Choi, Eun-Young; Jeon, Min Ku; Lee, Jeong; Kim, Sung-Wook; Lee, Sang Kwon; Lee, Sung-Jai; Heo, Dong Hyun; Kang, Hyun Woo; Jeon, Sang-Chae; Hur, Jin-Mok

    2017-03-01

    We present our findings that uranium (U) metal prepared by using the electrolytic reduction process for U oxide (UO2) in a Li2O-LiCl salt can be reoxidized into UO2 through the reaction between the U metal and Li2O in LiCl. Two salt types were used for immersion of the U metal: one was the salt used for electrolytic reduction, and the other was applied to the unused LiCl salts with various concentrations of Li2O and Li metal. Our results revealed that the degree of reoxidation increases with the increasing Li2O concentration in LiCl and that the presence of the Li metal in LiCl suppresses the reoxidation of the U metal.

  13. Production of nitric oxide using a microwave plasma torch and its application to fungal cell differentiation

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    Na, Young Ho; Kumar, Naresh; Kang, Min-Ho; Cho, Guang Sup; Choi, Eun Ha; Park, Gyungsoon; Uhm, Han Sup

    2015-03-01

    The generation of nitric oxide by a microwave plasma torch is proposed for its application to cell differentiation. A microwave plasma torch was developed based on basic kinetic theory. The analytical theory indicates that nitric oxide density is nearly proportional to oxygen molecular density and that the high-temperature flame is an effective means of generating nitric oxide. Experimental data pertaining to nitric oxide production are presented in terms of the oxygen input in units of cubic centimeters per minute. The apparent length of the torch flame increases as the oxygen input increases. The various levels of nitric oxide are observed depending on the flow rate of nitrogen gas, the mole fraction of oxygen gas, and the microwave power. In order to evaluate the potential of nitric oxide as an activator of cell differentiation, we applied nitric oxide generated from the microwave plasma torch to a model microbial cell (Neurospora crassa: non-pathogenic fungus). Germination and hyphal differentiation of fungal cells were not dramatically changed but there was a significant increase in spore formation after treatment with nitric oxide. In addition, the expression level of a sporulation related gene acon-3 was significantly elevated after 24 h upon nitric oxide treatment. Increase in the level of nitric oxide, nitrite and nitrate in water after nitric oxide treatment seems to be responsible for activation of fungal sporulation. Our results suggest that nitric oxide generated by plasma can be used as a possible activator of cell differentiation and development.

  14. Effect of Samarium Oxide on the Electrical Conductivity of Plasma-Sprayed SOFC Anodes

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    Panahi, S. N.; Samadi, H.; Nemati, A.

    2016-10-01

    Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are rapidly becoming recognized as a new alternative to traditional energy conversion systems because of their high energy efficiency. From an ecological perspective, this environmentally friendly technology, which produces clean energy, is likely to be implemented more frequently in the future. However, the current SOFC technology still cannot meet the demands of commercial applications due to temperature constraints and high cost. To develop a marketable SOFC, suppliers have tended to reduce the operating temperatures by a few hundred degrees. The overall trend for SOFC materials is to reduce their service temperature of electrolyte. Meanwhile, it is important that the other components perform at the same temperature. Currently, the anodes of SOFCs are being studied in depth. Research has indicated that anodes based on a perovskite structure are a more promising candidate in SOFCs than the traditional system because they possess more favorable electrical properties. Among the perovskite-type oxides, SrTiO3 is one of the most promising compositions, with studies demonstrating that SrTiO3 exhibits particularly favorable electrical properties in contrast with other perovskite-type oxides. The main purpose of this article is to describe our study of the effect of rare-earth dopants with a perovskite structure on the electrical behavior of anodes in SOFCs. Sm2O3-doped SrTiO3 synthesized by a solid-state reaction was coated on substrate by atmospheric plasma spray. To compare the effect of the dopant on the electrical conductivity of strontium titanate, different concentrations of Sm2O3 were used. The samples were then investigated by x-ray diffraction, four-point probe at various temperatures (to determine the electrical conductivity), and a scanning electron microscope. The study showed that at room temperature, nondoped samples have a higher electrical resistance than doped samples. As the temperature was increased, the electrical

  15. Improving electrical properties of sol-gel derived zinc oxide thin films by plasma treatment

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    Talukder, Al-Ahsan; Pokharel, Jyotshna; Shrestha, Maheshwar; Fan, Qi H.

    2016-10-01

    Being a direct and wide bandgap semiconductor, zinc oxide is a suitable material for various optoelectronic applications. These applications require tuning and controlling over the electrical and optical properties of zinc oxide films. In this work, zinc oxide thin films were prepared by a solution method that led to oriented crystal growth along (002) plane. The zinc oxide thin films were treated with oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen plasmas. The films were characterized to reveal the effects of plasma treatments on transmittance, crystallinity, carrier density, carrier mobility, and electrical resistivity. Oxygen plasma treatment improved the crystallinity of the zinc oxide thin film without affecting the film's transmittance. Hydrogen plasma treatments were found very effective in improving the electrical conductivity sacrificing the film's transmittance. Nitrogen plasma treatment led to improved electrical conductivity without compromising the crystallinity and optical transmittance. Sequential oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen plasma treatments significantly reduced the resistivity of zinc oxide thin films by over two orders and maintained the transmittance close to the as-deposited films of ˜80% in visible wavelength range. This is the first work on the improvement of conductivity of solution-based zinc oxide films using the plasma treatment.

  16. Modeling of evaporation and oxidation phenomena in plasma spraying of metal powders

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    Zhang, Hanwei

    Plasma spraying of metals in air is usually accompanied by evaporation and oxidation of the sprayed material. Optimization of the spraying process must ensure that the particles are fully molten during their short residence time in the plasma jet and prior to hitting the substrate, but not overheated to minimize evaporation losses. In atmospheric plasma spraying (ASP), it is also clearly desirable to be able to control the extent of oxide formation. The objective of this work to develop an overall mathematical model of the oxidization and volatilization phenomena involved in the plasma-spraying of metallic particles in air atmosphere. Four models were developed to simulate the following aspects of the atmospheric plasma spraying (APS) process: (a) the particle trajectories and the velocity and temperature profiles in an Ar-H 2 plasma jet, (b) the heat and mass transfer between particles and plasma jet, (c) the interaction between the evaporation and oxidation phenomena, and (d) the oxidation of liquid metal droplets. The resulting overall model was generated by adapting the computational fluid dynamics code FIDAP and was validated by experimental measurements carried out at the collaborating plasma laboratory of the University of Limoges. The thesis also examined the environmental implications of the oxidization and volatilization phenomena in the plasma spraying of metals. The modeling results showed that the combination of the standard k-s model of turbulence and the Boussinesq eddy-viscosity model provided a more accurate prediction of plasma gas behavior. The estimated NOx generation levels from APS were lower than the U.S.E.P.A. emission standard. Either enhanced evaporation or oxidation can occur on the surface of the metal particles and the relative extent is determined by the process parameters. Comparatively, the particle size has the greatest impact on both evaporation and oxidation. The extent of particle oxidation depends principally on gas

  17. Unfiltered Diesel Engine Exhaust Treatment by Discharge Plasma:Effect of Soot Oxidation

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    B. S. Rajanikanth; Subhankar Das; A. D. Srinivasan

    2004-01-01

    A cascaded system of electrical discharges (Non-thermal plasma), catalyst and adsorption process was investigated for the removal of oxides of nitrogen (NO x) and carbon monoxide (CO) from a Diesel engine raw exhaust. The three processes were separately studied first, and then the cascaded processes, namely plasma-catalyst and plasma-adsorbent, were investigated. In this paper main emphasis was laid on the effect of carbonaceous soot oxidation on the plasma treatment process. While the cascaded plasma-catalyst process exhibits a higher CO removal, the cascaded plasma-adsorbent process exhibits a higher NO x removal. The experiments were conducted under no-load. The plasma and adsorbent reactors were kept at room temperature throughout the experiment while the catalyst reactor was kept at 200oC / 300oC.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of nanoporous anodic oxide film on aluminum in H3PO4 + KMnO4 electrolyte mixture at different anodization conditions

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    Verma, Naveen; Jindal, Jitender; Singh, Krishan Chander; Mari, Bernabe

    2016-04-01

    The micro structural properties of nanoporous anodic oxide film formed in H3PO4 were highly influenced by addition of a low concentration of KMnO4 (0.0005 M) in 1 M H3PO4 solution. The KMnO4 as additive enhanced the growth rate of oxide film formation as well as thickness of pore walls. Furthermore the growth rate was found increased with increase in applied current density. The increase in temperature and lack of stirring during anodization causes the thinness of pore wall which leads to increase in pore volume. With the decrease in concentration of H3PO4 in anodizing electrolyte from 1M to 0.3 M, keeping all other conditions constant, the decrease in porosity was observed. This might be due to the dissolution of aluminium oxide film in highly concentrated acidic solution.

  19. Effects of Hypertonic Saline Solution on Clinical Parameters, Serum Electrolytes and Plasma Volume in the Treatment of Haemorrhagic Septicaemia in Buffaloes

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    M. Arif Zafar*, G. Muhammad, Zafar Iqbal1 and M. Riaz2

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available This study was conducted to determine the efficacy of hypertonic saline solution (HSS along with antibiotic (ceftiofur HCl and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (ketoprofen in the treatment of haemorrhagic septicaemia in buffaloes. For this purpose, 50 buffaloes suffering from haemorrhagic septicaemia were randomly divided in two equal groups A and B. Group A served as control and was treated with ceftiofur HCl (IM and ketoprofen (IV @ 6 and 2 mg/Kg BW, respectively, for five days. Buffaloes of group B were administered with rapid intravenous infusion of hypertonic saline solution (7.5% NaCl @ 4 ml/Kg BW once in combination with ceftiofur HCl and ketoprofen. Animals were monitored for 24 hours after initiation of treatment. Clinical parameters, serum electrolytes, plasma volume and survival index were recorded at different intervals after treatment. Survival rate (80% in group B was significantly higher (P<0.05 than 48% in group A. The heart rate and respiration rate recovered more effectively in the buffaloes administered with treatment protocol B. Plasma volume was 98% which was almost normal within 24 hours after the infusion of hypertonic saline solution to the animals of group B. It was concluded from the study that hypertonic saline solution as an adjunct to antibiotic and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug more efficiently improved respiration and heart rates and effectively restored plasma volume in resuscitating the buffaloes from haemorrhagic septicaemia than the conventional treatment.

  20. Characteristic Analysis of the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell with Proton Conducting Ceramic Electrolyte%质子传导陶瓷电解质燃料电池特性分析

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    谭小耀; 孟波; 杨乃涛; K.Li

    2005-01-01

    An electrolyte model for the solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with proton conducting perovskite electrolyte is developed in this study, in which four types of charge carriers including proton, oxygen vacancy (oxide ion), free electron and electron hole are taken into consideration. The electrochemical process within the SOFC with hydrogen as the fuel is theoretically analyzed. With the present model, the effects of some parameters, such as the thickness of electrolyte, operating temperature and gas composition, on the ionic transport (or gas permeation) through the electrolyte and the electrical performance, i.e., the electromotive force (EMF) and internal resistance of the cell, are investigated in detail. The theoretical results are tested partly by comparing with the experimental data obtained from SrCe0.95M0.05O3-α (M=Yb, Y) cells.

  1. Slurry spin coating of thin film yttria stabilized zirconia/gadolinia doped ceria bi-layer electrolytes for solid oxide fuel cells

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    Kim, Hyun Joong; Kim, Manjin; Neoh, Ke Chean; Han, Gwon Deok; Bae, Kiho; Shin, Jong Mok; Kim, Gyu-Tae; Shim, Joon Hyung

    2016-09-01

    Thin ceramic bi-layered membrane comprising yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) and gadolinia-doped ceria (GDC) is fabricated by the cost-effective slurry spin coating technique, and it is evaluated as an electrolyte of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). It is demonstrated that the slurry spin coating method is capable of fabricating porous ceramic films by adjusting the content of ethyl-cellulose binders in the source slurry. The porous GDC layer deposited by spin coating under an optimal condition functions satisfactorily as a cathode-electrolyte interlayer in the test SOFC stack. A 2-μm-thick electrolyte membrane of the spin-coated YSZ/GDC bi-layer is successfully deposited as a dense and stable film directly on a porous NiO-YSZ anode support without any interlayers, and the SOFC produces power output over 200 mW cm-2 at 600 °C, with an open circuit voltage close to 1 V. Electrochemical impedance spectra analysis is conducted to evaluate the performance of the fuel cell components in relation with the microstructure of the spin-coated layers.

  2. Layed Perovskite PRBA0.5SR0.5CO205 as High Performance Cathode for Solid Oxide Fuels Using Photon Conducting Electrolyte

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    Brinkman, K.

    2010-05-05

    The layered perovskite PrBa{sub 0.5}Sr{sub 0.5}Co{sub 2}O{sub 5+{delta}} (PBSC) was investigated as a cathode material for a solid oxide fuel cell using a proton-conducting electrolyte based on BaCe{sub 0.7}Y{sub 0.2}Zr{sub 0.1}O{sub 3-{delta}} (BCYZ). The sintering conditions for the PBSC-BCYZ composite cathode were optimized resulting in the lowest area-specific resistance and apparent activation energy obtained with the cathode sintered at 1200 C for 2h. The maximum power densities of the PBSC-BCYZ/BZCY/NiO-BCYZ cell were 0.179, 0.274, 0.395, and 0.522 Wcm{sup -2} at 550, 600, 650, and 700 C, respectively with a 15{micro}m thick electrolyte. A relatively low cell interfacial polarization resistance of 0.132 {Omega}cm{sup 2} at 700 C indicated that the PBSC-BCYZ could be a good cathode candidate for intermediate temperature SOFCs with proton-conducting electrolyte.

  3. Reduction of interpore distance of anodized aluminum oxide nano pattern by mixed H3PO4:H2SO4 electrolyte.

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    Song, Kwang Min; Park, Joonmo; Ryu, Sang-Wan

    2007-11-01

    A self-formed and ordered anodized aluminum oxide (AAO) nano pattern has generated considerable interest in both scientific research and commercial application. However, the interpore distance obtainable by AAO is limited by 40-500 nm depending on electrolyte and anodizing voltage. It's believed that below-30 nm AAO pattern is a key technology in the fabrication semiconductor nano structures with enhanced quantum confinement effect, so we worked on the reduction of interpore distance of AAO with a novel electrolyte. AAO nano patterns were fabricated with mixed H2SO4 and H3PO4 as an electrolyte for various voltages and temperatures. The interpore distance and pore diameter of AAO were decreased with reduced anodizing voltage. As a result, an AAO nano pattern with the interpore distance of 27 nm and the pore diameter of 7 nm was obtained. This is the smallest pattern, as long as we know, reported till now with AAO technique. The fabricated AAO pattern could be utilized for uniform and high density quantum dots with increased quantum effect.

  4. Study on ion conductivity and crystallinity of composite polymer electrolytes based on poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(acrylonitrile) containing nano-sized Al2O3 fillers.

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    Kim, Mingyeong; Lee, Lyungyu; Jung, Yongju; Kim, Seok

    2013-12-01

    In this paper, composite polymer electrolytes were prepared by a blend of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and poly(acrylonitrile) (PAN) as a polymer matrix, ethylene carbonate as a plasticizer, LiClO4 as a salt, and by containing a different content of nano-sized Al2O3. The composite films were prepared by using the solution casting method. The crystallinity and ionic conductivity of the polymer electrolytes was investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and AC impedance method, respectively. The morphology of composite polymer electrolyte film was analyzed by SEM method. From the experimental results, by increasing the Al2O3 content, the crystallinity of PEO was reduced, and the ionic conductivity was increased. In particular, by a doping of 15 wt.% Al2O3 in PEO/PAN polymer blend, the CPEs showed the superior ionic conductivity. However, when Al2O3 content exceeds 15 wt.%, the ionic conductivity was decreased. From the surface morphology, it was concluded that the ionic conductivity was decreased because the CPEs showed a heterogenous morphology due to immiscibility or aggregation of the ceramic filler within the polymer matrix.

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