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  1. Formulation and method for preparing gels comprising hydrous hafnium oxide

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    Collins, Jack L; Hunt, Rodney D; Montgomery, Frederick C

    2013-08-06

    Formulations useful for preparing hydrous hafnium oxide gels contain a metal salt including hafnium, an acid, an organic base, and a complexing agent. Methods for preparing gels containing hydrous hafnium oxide include heating a formulation to a temperature sufficient to induce gel formation, where the formulation contains a metal salt including hafnium, an acid, an organic base, and a complexing agent.

  2. Formulation and method for preparing gels comprising hydrous aluminum oxide

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    Collins, Jack L.

    2014-06-17

    Formulations useful for preparing hydrous aluminum oxide gels contain a metal salt including aluminum, an organic base, and a complexing agent. Methods for preparing gels containing hydrous aluminum oxide include heating a formulation to a temperature sufficient to induce gel formation, where the formulation contains a metal salt including aluminum, an organic base, and a complexing agent.

  3. Formulation and method for preparing gels comprising hydrous cerium oxide

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    Collins, Jack L; Chi, Anthony

    2013-05-07

    Formulations useful for preparing hydrous cerium oxide gels contain a metal salt including cerium, an organic base, and a complexing agent. Methods for preparing gels containing hydrous cerium oxide include heating a formulation to a temperature sufficient to induce gel formation, where the formulation contains a metal salt including cerium, an organic base, and a complexing agent.

  4. Method for preparing hydrous zirconium oxide gels and spherules

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    Collins, Jack L.

    2003-08-05

    Methods for preparing hydrous zirconium oxide spherules, hydrous zirconium oxide gels such as gel slabs, films, capillary and electrophoresis gels, zirconium monohydrogen phosphate spherules, hydrous zirconium oxide spherules having suspendable particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite sorbent, zirconium monohydrogen phosphate spherules having suspendable particles of at least one different sorbent homogeneously embedded within to form a composite sorbent having a desired crystallinity, zirconium oxide spherules having suspendable particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite, hydrous zirconium oxide fiber materials, zirconium oxide fiber materials, hydrous zirconium oxide fiber materials having suspendable particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite, zirconium oxide fiber materials having suspendable particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite and spherules of barium zirconate. The hydrous zirconium oxide spherules and gel forms prepared by the gel-sphere, internal gelation process are useful as inorganic ion exchangers, catalysts, getters and ceramics.

  5. Method for preparing hydrous iron oxide gels and spherules

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    Collins, Jack L.; Lauf, Robert J.; Anderson, Kimberly K.

    2003-07-29

    The present invention is directed to methods for preparing hydrous iron oxide spherules, hydrous iron oxide gels such as gel slabs, films, capillary and electrophoresis gels, iron monohydrogen phosphate spherules, hydrous iron oxide spherules having suspendable particles homogeneously embedded within to form composite sorbents and catalysts, iron monohydrogen phosphate spherules having suspendable particles of at least one different sorbent homogeneously embedded within to form a composite sorbent, iron oxide spherules having suspendable particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite of hydrous iron oxide fiber materials, iron oxide fiber materials, hydrous iron oxide fiber materials having suspendable particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite, iron oxide fiber materials having suspendable particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite, dielectric spherules of barium, strontium, and lead ferrites and mixtures thereof, and composite catalytic spherules of barium or strontium ferrite embedded with oxides of Mg, Zn, Pb, Ce and mixtures thereof. These variations of hydrous iron oxide spherules and gel forms prepared by the gel-sphere, internal gelation process offer more useful forms of inorganic ion exchangers, catalysts, getters, dielectrics, and ceramics.

  6. Preparation of oxide glasses from metal alkoxides by sol-gel method

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    Kamiya, K.; Yoko, T.; Sakka, S.

    1987-01-01

    An investigation is carried out on the types of siloxane polymers produced in the course of the hydrolysis of silicon tetraethoxide, as well as the preparation of oxide glasses from metal alkoxides by the sol-gel method.

  7. Method for preparing hydrous titanium oxide spherules and other gel forms thereof

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    Collins, J.L.

    1998-10-13

    The present invention are methods for preparing hydrous titanium oxide spherules, hydrous titanium oxide gels such as gel slabs, films, capillary and electrophoresis gels, titanium monohydrogen phosphate spherules, hydrous titanium oxide spherules having suspendible particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite sorbent, titanium monohydrogen phosphate spherules having suspendible particles of at least one different sorbent homogeneously embedded within to form a composite sorbent having a desired crystallinity, titanium oxide spherules in the form of anatase, brookite or rutile, titanium oxide spherules having suspendible particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite, hydrous titanium oxide fiber materials, titanium oxide fiber materials, hydrous titanium oxide fiber materials having suspendible particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite, titanium oxide fiber materials having suspendible particles homogeneously embedded within to form a composite and spherules of barium titanate. These variations of hydrous titanium oxide spherules and gel forms prepared by the gel-sphere, internal gelation process offer more useful forms of inorganic ion exchangers, catalysts, getters and ceramics. 6 figs.

  8. Partial Oxidation of n-Butane over a Sol-Gel Prepared Vanadium Phosphorous Oxide

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    Juan M. Salazar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Vanadium phosphorous oxide (VPO is traditionally manufactured from solid vanadium oxides by synthesizing VOHPO4∙0.5H2O (the precursor followed by in situ activation to produce (VO2P2O7 (the active phase. This paper discusses an alternative synthesis method based on sol-gel techniques. Vanadium (V triisopropoxide oxide was reacted with ortho-phosphoric acid in an aprotic solvent. The products were dried at high pressure in an autoclave with a controlled excess of solvent. This procedure produced a gel of VOPO4 with interlayer entrapped molecules. The surface area of the obtained materials was between 50 and 120 m2/g. Alcohol produced by the alkoxide hydrolysis reduced the vanadium during the drying step, thus VOPO4 was converted to the precursor. This procedure yielded non-agglomerated platelets, which were dehydrated and evaluated in a butane-air mixture. Catalysts were significantly more selective than the traditionally prepared materials with similar intrinsic activity. It is suggested that the small crystallite size obtained increased their selectivity towards maleic anhydride.

  9. Photocatalytic degradation for methylene blue using zinc oxide prepared by codeposition and sol-gel methods.

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    Shen, Wenzhong; Li, Zhijie; Wang, Hui; Liu, Yihong; Guo, Qingjie; Zhang, Yuanli

    2008-03-21

    Zinc oxide nanoparticle was obtained by zinc hydrate deposited on the silica nanoparticle surface and zinc hydrate was dispersed in starch gel. The structure of zinc oxide particle was characterized by nitrogen adsorption-desorption and XRD, the morphology was observed by TEM. The result showed that the zinc oxide nanoparticle deposited on the silica nanoparticle surface was well-dispersed and less than 50nm, displayed higher photocatalytic activity for methylene blue degradation. However, the zinc oxide nanoparticle in a size of 60nm was derived from starch gel and showed poorer photocatalytic activity. It provided a simple and effective route to prepare zinc oxide nanoparticle with higher photocatalytic activity through depositing zinc oxide on the silica particle surface, moreover, the catalyst is easier to recover due to its higher density.

  10. Ultraviolet Spectrum of Nanometer Zinc Oxide Prepared by Sol-Gel Process

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    Xiaoping Liang; Xiaohui Wang; Shaobo Xin; Yajin Liu

    2006-01-01

    Zinc oxide nanometer powders were prepared by the sol-gel process. The sol and the powders characteristic of absorbing ultraviolet light is detected by the ultraviolet spectrometer. The results indicate the concentration of zinc acetate dihydrate in isopropyl alcohol solution and the final pH value of the aqueous sol have effect on the UV absorption of the sol.The nanometer zinc oxide has strong absorption at 200 nm~360 nm, and over 90% ultraviolet in the range of 200 nm~360 nm wavelength are absorbed. The characteristic of absorbing ultraviolet light of zinc oxide increases as the particle size of zinc oxide decreases.

  11. Preparation of Poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO) Modified Tungsten Oxide Hybrid Films via Sol-Gel Processing

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    2003-01-01

    Poly (ethylene axide) (PEO) modified WO3 thin films were prepared on glass substrates with special temperature.The sol-gel transition proess was investigated by using DTA-TG,SEM and XRD.The electrochemical characteristic of the films was studied by cyclic voltmmetry measurement.The results show that PEO has heavy effects on the crystallization of WO3 during structure evolution because of the interaction between PEO and WO3.It increases the crystallization temperature of the gels and thus improves the electrochemical properties and cyclic life of WO3 film as electrochromic materials.

  12. Sol-gel prepared active ternary oxide coating on titanium in cathodic protection

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    VLADIMIR V. PANIC

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The characteristics of a ternary oxide coating, on titanium, which consisted of TiO2, RuO2 and IrO2 in the molar ratio 0.6:0.3:0.1, calculated on the metal atom, were investigated for potential application for cathodic protection in a seawater environment. The oxide coatings on titanium were prepared by the sol gel procedure from a mixture of inorganic oxide sols, which were obtained by forced hydrolysis of metal chlorides. The morphology of the coating was examined by scanning electron microscopy. The electrochemical properties of activated titanium anodes were investigated by cyclic voltammetry and polarization measurements in a H2SO4- and NaCl-containing electrolyte, as well as in seawater sampled on the Adriatic coast in Tivat, Montenegro. The anode stability during operation in seawater was investigated by the galvanostatic accelerated corrosion stability test. The morphology and electrochemical characteristics of the ternary coating are compared to that of a sol-gel-prepared binary Ti0.6Ru0.4O2 coating. The activity of the ternary coating was similar to that of the binary Ti0.6Ru0.4O2 coating in the investigated solutions. However, the corrosion stability in seawater is found to be considerably greater for the ternary coating.

  13. Silica-Copper Oxide Composite Thin Films as Solar Selective Coatings Prepared by Dipping Sol Gel

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    E. Barrera-Calva

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Silica-copper oxide (silica-CuO composite thin films were prepared by a dipping sol-gel route using ethanolic solutions comprised TEOS and a copper-propionate complex. Sols with different TEOS/Cu-propionate (Si/Cu molar ratios were prepared and applied on stainless steel substrates using dipping process. During the annealing process, copper-propionate complexes developed into particulate polycrystalline CuO dispersed in a partially crystallized silica matrix, as indicated by the X-ray diffraction (XRD and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS analyses. The gel thermal analysis revealed that the prepared material might be stable up to 400°C. The silica-CuO/stainless steel system was characterized as a selective absorber surface and its solar selectivity parameters, absorptance (α, and emittance (ε were evaluated from UV-NIR reflectance data. The solar parameters of such a system were mostly affected by the thickness and phase composition of the SiO2-CuO film. Interestingly, the best solar parameters (α = 0.92 and ε = 0.2 were associated to the thinnest films, which comprised a CuO-Cu2O mixture immersed in the silica matrix, as indicated by XPS.

  14. Bismuth–titanium oxide nanopowders prepared by sol–gel method for photocatalytic applications

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    Solís-Casados, D.A. [Centro Conjunto de Investigación en Química Sustentable UAEM-UNAM, Carretera Toluca-Atlacomulco Km 14.5, Unidad San Cayetano, Toluca 50200, Estado de México, México (Mexico); Escobar-Alarcón, L., E-mail: luis.escobar@inin.gob.mx [Departamento de Física, Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Apdo. Postal 18-1027, México DF 11801, México (Mexico); Arrieta-Castañeda, A.; Haro-Poniatowski, E. [Departamento de Física, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Iztapalapa, Apdo. Postal 55-534, México DF, México (Mexico)

    2016-04-01

    TiO{sub 2} has been widely studied for photocatalytic applications; however, its band gap is so large (Eg = 3.2 eV for anatase) that it can only be excited by ultraviolet light which accounts for only 5% of the incoming solar energy. Thus, it is important to develop a visible light driven photocatalyst with a lower band gap value. For this purpose, different TiO{sub 2}–Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} binary compounds were prepared by the sol–gel technique. The obtained materials were characterized by Energy Dispersed Spectroscopy, X Ray Diffraction, Transmission Electron Microscopy, Raman Spectroscopy and Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy, in order to obtain information on their chemical composition, crystalline structure, vibrational features and optical properties. Compositional characterization reveal that the Bi content can be varied from 0.3 to 43.6 at.% in an easy way in the binary compounds. Structural characterization shows that the starting material corresponds to the crystalline anatase phase of TiO{sub 2} and upon Bi addition a phase transition to bismuth titanates and finally to bismuth oxide occurs. Raman results suggest the formation of titanates for compounds with a low content of Bi whilst for higher metal contents a mixture of oxides is obtained. HRTEM results demonstrated that the prepared nanopowders are quite crystalline. Optical measurements reveal that the band gap narrows from 3.2 eV to values as low as 1.4 eV. The photocatalytic activity was tested in the degradation of Malachite Green dye under illumination using a solar simulator with good results. - Highlights: • Bismuth–Titanium oxide nanopowders were synthesized by the sol–gel technique. • The evolution of the different crystalline phases was determined. • Materials with band gap as low as 1.4 eV were obtained. • Good photocatalytic activity using visible light was observed.

  15. Ferroelectric-Like Properties of Amorphous Metal Oxide Thin Films Prepared by Sol-Gel Technique.

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    Xu, Yuhuan

    1995-01-01

    Advances in the field of both optical and electrical integrated circuit devices require new thin film materials. Ferroelectric materials have attractive properties such as hysteresis behavior, pyroelectricity, piezoelectricity and nonlinear optical properties. Many ferroelectric thin films have been successfully prepared from metal organic compounds via sol-gel processing. Thus far, research has concentrated upon polycrystalline or epitaxial ferroelectric films. For amorphous ferroelectric thin films, preliminary experimental results in our laboratory indicated that these amorphous films possessed good ferroelectric -like properties. The purpose of this research is (1) to fabricate amorphous metal oxide thin films by the sol-gel technique, (2) to determine whether these amorphous metal oxide thin films have ferroelectric-like properties and (3) to propose a theoretical model ("ferrons model") to explain the ferroelectric-like properties of amorphous thin films, which deals with a structure of permanent dipoles of "partially ordered clusters" (ferrons) in the amorphous films. The theoretical model is based on our experimental results of thin films of two amorphous materials (barium titanite and lead zirconate titanate). This research may provide a new functional material which could be useful for producing integrated electronic and electrooptic devices.

  16. Silica-gel Supported V Complexes:Preparation, Characterization and Catalytic Oxidative Desulfurization

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    黎俊波; 刘习文; 曹灿灿; 郭嘉; 潘志权

    2013-01-01

    In this manuscript, a series of catalyst SGn-[VVO2-PAMAM-MSA] (SG=silica gel, PAMAM=poly-amidoamine, MSA=5-methyl salicylaldehyde, n=0, 1, 2, 3) was prepared and their structures were fully charac-terized by Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray photoelec-tron spectroscopy (XPS) and inductive coupled plasma emission spectrometer (ICP) etc. XPS revealed that the metal V and SGn-PAMAM-MSA combined more closely after the formation of Schiff base derivatives. Their cata-lytic activities for oxidation of dibenzothiophene were evaluated using tert-butyl hydroperoxide as oxidant. The results showed that the catalyst SG2.0-[VVO2-PAMAM-MSA] presented good catalytic activity and recycling time. Mean-while, the optimal condition for the catalytic oxidation of SG2.0-[VVO2-PAMAM-MSA] was also investigated, which showed that when the oxidation temperature was 90 °C, time was 60 min, the O/S was 3︰1, and the mass content of catalyst was 1%, the rate of desulfurization could reach 85.2%. Moreover, the catalyst can be recycled several times without significant decline in catalytic activity.

  17. Comparison of the redox activities of sol-gel and conventionally prepared Bi-Mo-Ti mixed oxides

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    Wildberger, M.; Grundwaldt, J.D.; Mallat, T.; Baiker, A. [Lab. of Technical Chemistry, Swiss Federal Inst. of Technology, ETH-Zentrum, Zuerich (Switzerland)

    1998-12-31

    Novel sol-gel Bi-Mo-Ti oxides have been prepared and characterized by XRD, XPS, FT-Raman and HRTEM. The surface Bi{sup 3+} and Mo{sup 6+} species of some xerogels and an aerogel could be reduced and oxidized at room temperature, whereas the conventionally prepared reference materials were not reduced by H{sub 2} below 300 C. The unusual redox properties, under very mild conditions, are likely due to the unique morphology of Bi-Mo-oxides stabilized by titania. During butadiene oxidation to furan at above 400 C to sol-gel mixed oxides restructured considerably and their performance was barely better than that of titania-supported Bi-Mo oxides. (orig.)

  18. Study of optical characteristics of tin oxide thin film prepared by sol–gel method

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    Sumanta Kumar Tripathy; Bhabani Prasad Hota; P V Rajeswari

    2013-12-01

    In this paper, we present details of preparation of tin oxide (SnO2) thin film by sol–gel process. The film was synthesized on a glass (Corning 7059) plate by dip coating method. Here, we used tin (II) chloride as precursor and methanol as solvent. Optical characteristics and physical properties like refractive index, absorption coefficient and thickness of thin film were calculated from the study of transmission spectrum (wavelength vs transmission curve) data given by UV/VIS Spectrophotometer. Effect of number of coatings on transmittance and refractive index was also examined. It was observed that refractive index decreases with the number of coating and transmission value was more than 80% at wavelength greater than 450 nm in all cases. Structural analysis was studied by XRD measurement by using diffractometer which confirms tetragonal rutile structure of SnO2. Surface morphology was analysed from SEM micrograph and change in morphology on number of coat was discussed.

  19. Fabrication and properties of nanocrystalline zinc oxide thin film prepared by sol-gel method

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    Sumetha Suwanboon

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Zinc oxide (ZnO thin films were prepared on glass substrate by sol-gel dip-coating method. The structural properties were investigated by x-ray diffraction (XRD method and atomic force microscope (AFM. The optical properties were measured by UV-Vis spectrophotometer. The XRD patterns showed that the films formed preferred orientation along c-axis which increased as a function of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP concentration. The films gave the crystallite size of 15-18 nm calculated by Scherrer’s formula and grain size of 48-70 nm measured by AFM at different PVP concentrations. The direct optical band gap of the films was in the range of 3.80-4.08 eV.

  20. The chemical and catalytic properties of nanocrystalline metal oxides prepared through modified sol-gel synthesis

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    Carnes, Corrie Leigh

    The goal of this research was to synthesize, characterize and study the chemical properties of nanocrystalline metal oxides. Nanocrystalline (NC) ZnO, CuO, NiO, Al2O3, and the binary Al2O 3/MgO and ZnO/CuO were prepared through modified sol gel methods. These NC metal oxides were studied in comparison to the commercial (CM) metal oxides. The samples were characterized by XRD, TGA, FTIR, BET, and TEM. The NC samples were all accompanied by a significant increase in surface area and decrease in crystallite size. Several chemical reactions were studied to compare the NC samples to the CM samples. One of the reactions involved a high temperature reaction between carbon tetrachloride and the oxide to form carbon dioxide and the corresponding metal chloride. A similar high temperature reaction was conducted between the metal oxide and hydrogen sulfide to form water and the corresponding metal sulfide. A room temperature gas phase adsorption was studied where SO2 was adsorbed onto the oxide. A liquid phase adsorption conducted at room temperature was the destructive adsorption of paraoxon (a toxic insecticide). In all reactions the NC samples exhibited greater activity, destroying or adsorbing a larger amount of the toxins compared to the CM samples. To better study surface area effects catalytic reactions were also studied. The catalysis of methanol was studied over the nanocrystalline ZnO, CuO, NiO, and ZnO/CuO samples in comparison to their commercial counterparts. In most cases the NC samples proved to be more active catalysts, having higher percent conversions and turnover numbers. A second catalytic reaction was also studied, this reaction was investigated to look at the support effects. The catalysis of cyclopropane to propane was studied over Pt and Co catalysts. These catalysts were supported onto NC and CM alumina by impregnation. By observing differences in the catalytic behavior, support effects have become apparent.

  1. Tantalum-Tungsten Oxide Thermite Composite Prepared by Sol-Gel Synthesis and Spark Plasma Sintering

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    Cervantes, O; Kuntz, J; Gash, A; Munir, Z

    2009-02-13

    Energetic composite powders consisting of sol-gel derived nanostructured tungsten oxide were produced with various amounts of micrometer-scale tantalum fuel metal. Such energetic composite powders were ignition tested and results show that the powders are not sensitive to friction, spark and/or impact ignition. Initial consolidation experiments, using the High Pressure Spark Plasma Sintering (HPSPS) technique, on the sol-gel derived nanostructured tungsten oxide produced samples with higher relative density than can be achieved with commercially available tungsten oxide. The sol-gel derived nanostructured tungsten oxide with immobilized tantalum fuel metal (Ta - WO{sub 3}) energetic composite was consolidated to a density of 9.17 g.cm{sup -3} or 93% relative density. In addition those parts were consolidated without significant pre-reaction of the constituents, thus the sample retained its stored chemical energy.

  2. Fabrication and Optical Characterization of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles Prepared via a Simple Sol-gel Method

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    K. Hedayati

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In this research zinc oxide (ZnO nano-crystalline powders were prepared by sol-gel method using zinc acetate. The ZnO nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis, Fourier transform infra-red (FT-IR and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX spectroscopy. The structure of nanoparticles was studied using XRD pattern. The crystallite size of ZnO nanoparticles was calculated by Debye–Scherrer formula. Morphology of nano-crystals was observed and investigated using the SEM. The grain size of zinc oxide nanoparticles were in suitable agreement with the crystalline size calculated by XRD results. The optical properties of particles were studied with UV-Vis an FTIR absorption spectrum. The Raman spectrum measurements were carried out using a micro-laser Raman spectrometer forms the ZnO nanoparticles. At the end studied the effect of calcined temperature on the photoluminescence (PL emission of ZnO nanoparticles.

  3. Molecular receptors in metal oxide sol-gel materials prepared via molecular imprinting

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    Sasaki, Darryl Y.; Brinker, C. Jeffrey; Ashley, Carol S.; Daitch, Charles E.; Shea, Kenneth J.; Rush, Daniel J.

    2000-01-01

    A method is provided for molecularly imprinting the surface of a sol-gel material, by forming a solution comprised of a sol-gel material, a solvent, an imprinting molecule, and a functionalizing siloxane monomer of the form Si(OR).sub.3-n X.sub.n, wherein n is an integer between zero and three and X is a functional group capable of reacting with the imprinting molecule, evaporating the solvent, and removing the imprinting molecule to form the molecularly imprinted metal oxide sol-gel material. The use of metal oxide sol-gels allows the material porosity, pore size, density, surface area, hardness, electrostatic charge, polarity, optical density, and surface hydrophobicity to be tailored and be employed as sensors and in catalytic and separations operations.

  4. Preparation of chitosan gel

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    Lagerge S.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Aerogel conditioning of the chitosan makes it possible to prepare porous solids of significant specific surface. The increase in the chitosan concentration or the degree of acetylation decreases the specific surface of the synthesized chitosan gel. Whereas drying with supercritical CO2 more effectively makes it possible to preserve the volume of the spheres of gel and to have a more significant specific surface in comparison with evaporative drying.

  5. Zinc oxide films prepared by sol-gel spin-coating

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    Natsume, Y.; Sakata, H. [Tokai Univ., Hiratsuka, Kanagawa (Japan). Dept. of Appl. Chem.

    2000-08-22

    The d.c. electrical conductivity and optical properties of undoped zinc oxide films prepared by the sol-gel process using a spin-coating technique were investigated. The ZnO films were obtained by 10 cycle spin-coated and dried zinc acetate films followed by annealing in air at 500-575 C. The films deposited on the Pyrex glass substrate were polycrystalline and c-axis oriented. A minimum film resistivity gave 28.2 {omega} cm at an annealing temperature of 525 C. The temperature dependence of the conductivity indicated electron transport in the conduction band due to thermal excitation of donor electrons for temperatures from 250 to 300 K. The grain boundary scattering effect due to thermionic emission was confirmed. For temperatures below 250 K nearest-neighbor hopping conduction was dominant in the films. The films were transparent in the visible range above 400 nm and had sharp ultraviolet absorption edges at 380 nm. The absorption edge analysis revealed that the optical band gap energy for the films was 3.20-3.21 eV and the electronic transition was of the direct transition type. From the Urbach tail analysis the width of the localized state E{sub e}=0.07-0.08 eV. (orig.)

  6. Zinc oxide films prepared by sol-gel spin coating technique

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    Kamaruddin, Sharul Ashikin; Chan, Kah-Yoong; Yow, Ho-Kwang [Multimedia University, Faculty of Engineering, Cyberjaya, Selangor (Malaysia); Zainizan Sahdan, Mohd; Saim, Hashim [Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Faculty of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Batu Pahat, Johor (Malaysia); Knipp, Dietmar [Jacobs University Bremen, School of Engineering and Science, Bremen (Germany)

    2011-07-15

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films and micro- and nanostructures are very promising candidates for novel applications in emerging thin-film transistors, solar cells, sensors and optoelectronic devices. In this paper, a low-cost sol-gel spin coating technique was used to fabricate ZnO films on glass substrates. The sol-gel fabrication process of the ZnO films is described. The influence of precursor concentration on the material properties of the ZnO films was investigated. Atomic force microscopy and X-ray diffractometry were employed to examine the structural properties of the ZnO films. The optical properties of the ZnO films were characterized with ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. The experimental results reveal that the precursor concentration in the sol-gel spin coating process exerts a strong influence on the properties of the ZnO films. The effects of the precursor concentration are discussed. (orig.)

  7. Alcohol sensing of tin oxide thin film prepared by sol–gel process

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    Sunita Mishra; C Ghanshyam; Nathai Ram; Satinder Singh; R P Bajpai; R K Bedi

    2002-06-01

    The present paper describes the alcohol sensing characteristics of spin coated SnO2 thin film deposited by using sol–gel process. The sensitivity of the film was measured at different temperatures and different concentrations of alcohol at ppm level. Alcohol detection result shows peak sensitivity at 623 K. The variation of sensitivity and ethanol concentration has shown a linear relationship up to 1150 ppm and after that it saturates. The response time measurement of the sensor was also observed and it was found that the response time is 30 sec. The results obtained favour the sol–gel process as a low cost method for the preparation of thin films with a high sensing characteristic.

  8. Antimony (V) Oxide Adsorbed on a Silica-Zirconia Mixed Oxide Obtained by the Sol-Gel Processing Method: Preparation and Acid Properties

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    Zaitseva,Galina; Gushikem,Yoshitaka

    2002-01-01

    The preparation, degree of dispersion, thermal stability and Lewis and Brønsted acidity of antimony (V) oxide adsorbed on SiO2/ZrO2 mixed oxide, previously prepared by the sol-gel processing method, are described herein. The samples SiO2/ZrO2/Sb2O5, with compositions (in wt %): (a) Zr= 8.1 and Sb= 6.3; (b) Zr= 14.9 and Sb= 11.4, were prepared. Scanning electron microscopy images connected to a X-ray energy dispersive spectrometer showed that both metals, Zr and Sb, were highly dispersed ...

  9. Dielectric function of sol-gel prepared nano-granular zinc oxide by spectroscopic ellipsometry

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    Gilliot, Mickaël, E-mail: mickael.gilliot@univ-reims.fr; Hadjadj, Aomar [LISM, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Reims (France); Eypert, Céline [HORIBA Jobin Yvon S.A.S., Palaiseau (France)

    2013-11-14

    ZnO thin films have been prepared by sol gel and deposited by spin coating. The dielectric function has been determined by spectroscopic ellipsometry. Ellipsometric spectra are inverted by a direct numerical method without using the standard fitting procedures. The obtained dielectric function presents a broad excitonic effect. The dielectric function is studied using Elliot excitonic theory including exciton plus band-to-band Coulomb interactions with standard Lorentzian broadening. A modification of this model dielectric function with independent bound and unbound exciton contributions is empirically proposed to improve modelling of the band gap excitonic peak.

  10. Antibacterial activity of Nb–aluminum oxide prepared by the non-hydrolytic sol–gel route

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    Alfenas, C. dos S.; Ricci, G. P.; De Faria, E. H.; Saltarelli, M.; Lima, O. J. de; Rocha, Z. N. da; E. J. Nassar; Calefi,Paulo Sergio; Montanari, Lilian B.; Martins, Carlos H. Gomes; Katia J. Ciuffi

    2011-01-01

    Acesso restrito: Texto completo. p. 65-70. Brazil has been the largest producer of niobium (Nb2O5) since 1980, and this material is usually applied to reduce corrosion in alloys. In addition, it has recently been evaluated for use in other technological areas, such as adsorption and catalysis. This paper presents the results of the antibacterial activity of Nb–aluminum oxide, designated MAC–Nb5+, prepared by the non-hydrolytic sol–gel route. The resulting material MAC–Nb5+ was character...

  11. Direct ArF laser photopatterning of metal oxide nanostructures prepared by the sol-gel route

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    Ridaoui, Hassan; Wieder, Fernand; Ponche, Arnaud; Soppera, Olivier, E-mail: olivier.soppera@uha.fr [Institut de Science des Materiaux de Mulhouse (IS2M), CNRS-LRC 7228, Universite de Haute Alsace, 15 rue Jean Starcky, Mulhouse (France)

    2010-02-10

    We developed specific negative tone resists suitable for preparing periodic inorganic nanostructures by ArF photolithography. This approach is based on the sol-gel chemistry of modified metal alkoxides followed by DUV laser irradiation. Patterning at the nanoscale was demonstrated by using an achromatic interferometer operating at 193 nm. In a second step, thermal treatment could be used to obtain metal oxide nanostructures (ZrO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2}). Such thermal treatment did not affect the integrity of the nanostructures. The DUV-induced modifications of the physico-chemical properties of the sol-gel thin film were followed by ellipsometry, XPS and AFM. The crystalline structure of the material after thermal treatment was proved by DRX analysis. Examples of periodic nanostructures are given in order to illustrate the possibilities opened by this new route that provides a convenient method to create transparent, robust, high refractive index nanostructures compatible with a wide variety of substrates.

  12. The preparation of sol-gel materials doped with ionic liquids and trialkyl phosphine oxides for yttrium(III) uptake.

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    Liu, Yinghui; Sun, Xiaoqi; Luo, Fang; Chen, Ji

    2007-12-01

    A new material (IL923SGs) composed of ionic liquids and trialkyl phosphine oxides (Cyanex 923) for Y(III) uptake was prepared via a sol-gel method. The hydrophobic ionic liquid 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (C8mim+ PF6(-)) was used as solvent medium and pore templating material. The extraction of Y(III) by IL923SGs was mainly due to the complexation of metal ions with Cyanex 923 doped in the solid silica. Ionic liquid was stably doped into the silica gel matrix providing a diffusion medium for Cyanex 923, and this will result in higher removal efficiencies and excellent stability for metal ions separation. IL923SGs were also easily regenerated and reused in the subsequent removal of Y(III) in four cycles.

  13. The preparation of sol-gel materials doped with ionic liquids and trialkyl phosphine oxides for Yttrium(III) uptake

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    Liu Yinghui [Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Chemistry and Physics, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100039 (China); Sun Xiaoqi [Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Chemistry and Physics, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China); Luo Fang [Key Laboratory of Polyoxometalates Science of Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130024 (China); Chen Ji [Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Chemistry and Physics, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China)], E-mail: jchen@ciac.jl.cn

    2007-12-05

    A new material (IL923SGs) composed of ionic liquids and trialkyl phosphine oxides (Cyanex 923) for Y(III) uptake was prepared via a sol-gel method. The hydrophobic ionic liquid 1-octyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (C{sub 8}mim{sup +}PF{sub 6}{sup -}) was used as solvent medium and pore templating material. The extraction of Y(III) by IL923SGs was mainly due to the complexation of metal ions with Cyanex 923 doped in the solid silica. Ionic liquid was stably doped into the silica gel matrix providing a diffusion medium for Cyanex 923, and this will result in higher removal efficiencies and excellent stability for metal ions separation. IL923SGs were also easily regenerated and reused in the subsequent removal of Y(III) in four cycles.

  14. Synthesis mechanism of low-voltage praseodymium oxide doped zinc oxide varistor ceramics prepared through modified citrate gel coating.

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    Abdullah, Wan Rafizah Wan; Zakaria, Azmi; Ghazali, Mohd Sabri Mohd

    2012-01-01

    High demands on low-voltage electronics have increased the need for zinc oxide (ZnO) varistors with fast response, highly non-linear current-voltage characteristics and energy absorption capabilities at low breakdown voltage. However, trade-off between breakdown voltage and grain size poses a critical bottle-neck in the production of low-voltage varistors. The present study highlights the synthesis mechanism for obtaining praseodymium oxide (Pr(6)O(11)) based ZnO varistor ceramics having breakdown voltages of 2.8 to 13.3 V/mm through employment of direct modified citrate gel coating technique. Precursor powder and its ceramics were examined by means of TG/DTG, FTIR, XRD and FESEM analyses. The electrical properties as a function of Pr(6)O(11) addition were analyzed on the basis of I-V characteristic measurement. The breakdown voltage could be adjusted from 0.01 to 0.06 V per grain boundary by controlling the amount of Pr(6)O(11) from 0.2 to 0.8 mol%, without alteration of the grain size. The non-linearity coefficient, α, varied from 3.0 to 3.5 and the barrier height ranged from 0.56 to 0.64 eV. Breakdown voltage and α lowering with increasing Pr(6)O(11) content were associated to reduction in the barrier height caused by variation in O vacancies at grain boundary.

  15. Synthesis Mechanism of Low-Voltage Praseodymium Oxide Doped Zinc Oxide Varistor Ceramics Prepared Through Modified Citrate Gel Coating

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    Wan Rafizah Wan Abdullah

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available High demands on low-voltage electronics have increased the need for zinc oxide (ZnO varistors with fast response, highly non-linear current-voltage characteristics and energy absorption capabilities at low breakdown voltage. However, trade-off between breakdown voltage and grain size poses a critical bottle-neck in the production of low-voltage varistors. The present study highlights the synthesis mechanism for obtaining praseodymium oxide (Pr6O11 based ZnO varistor ceramics having breakdown voltages of 2.8 to 13.3 V/mm through employment of direct modified citrate gel coating technique. Precursor powder and its ceramics were examined by means of TG/DTG, FTIR, XRD and FESEM analyses. The electrical properties as a function of Pr6O11 addition were analyzed on the basis of I-V characteristic measurement. The breakdown voltage could be adjusted from 0.01 to 0.06 V per grain boundary by controlling the amount of Pr6O11 from 0.2 to 0.8 mol%, without alteration of the grain size. The non-linearity coefficient, α, varied from 3.0 to 3.5 and the barrier height ranged from 0.56 to 0.64 eV. Breakdown voltage and α lowering with increasing Pr6O11 content were associated to reduction in the barrier height caused by variation in O vacancies at grain boundary.

  16. Preparation of Perovskite-Type Oxides La1-xSrxFe1-yCoyO3 Using EDTA Sol-Gel Method

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    于洁; 马文会; 王华

    2004-01-01

    Two series of perovskite-type oxides with composition La1-xSrxFeO3(x≤0.8)and La1-xSrxFe1-yCoyO3(x=0.2; y=0.2, 0.4)powder productions were synthesized by EDTA complexing sol-gel method. The products were characterized by XRD, TEM, SEM, BET method(N2 adsorption)and laser granularity analysis for different synthesis conditions to obtain the optimum conditions for the preparation process. Single-phased, uniform perovskite-type oxides with small particle size were obtained by EDTA sol-gel process with high stability and repeatability, and the process temperature is much lower than that of solid state reaction method.

  17. Preparation of nickel oxide thin films at different annealing temperature by sol-gel spin coating method

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    Abdullah, M. A. R.; Mamat, M. H.; Ismail, A. S.; Malek, M. F.; Alrokayan, Salman A. H.; Khan, Haseeb A.; Rusop, M.

    2016-07-01

    Preparation of NiO thin films at different annealing temperature by sol-gel method was conducted to synthesize the quality of the surface thin films. The effects of annealing temperature on the surface topology were systematically investigated. Our studies confirmed that the surface roughness of the thin films was increased whenever annealing temperature was increase. NiO thin films morphology structure analysis was confirmed by field emission scanning electron microscope. Surface roughness of the thin films was investigated by atomic force microscopy.

  18. Dry reforming of methane on Ni-Mg-Al nano-spheroid oxide catalysts prepared by the sol-gel method from hydrotalcite-like precursors

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    González, Albert R.; Asencios, Yvan J. O.; Assaf, Elisabete M.; Assaf, José M.

    2013-09-01

    Nanocapsular hydrotalcites (layered double hydroxides - LDHs) were synthesized by the sol-gel method and used as precursors of nano-structured mixed oxides containing various nickel loads (4, 15 and 19 wt%). The best conditions for the preparation of LDHs were analyzed and the structures of the resulting mixed oxides were studied. The optimal nickel load and calcining conditions were optimized. Finally, the resulting catalysts were tested in the dry reforming of methane for 8 h at 800 °C under atmospheric pressure. These materials showed high activity and stability, and the coke deposits were minimal on the catalyst prepared under optimal conditions (19 wt% nickel load and thermal treatment at 650 °C). The best catalyst formed amorphous carbon, which seems not to be prejudicial to the reaction.

  19. The role of cobalt doping on magnetic and optical properties of indium oxide nanostructured thin film prepared by sol–gel method

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    Baqiah, H. [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Ibrahim, N.B., E-mail: baayah@ukm.my [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Halim, S.A. [Superconductors and Thin film laboratory, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University Putra Malaysia 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Flaifel, Moayad Husein; Abdi, M.H. [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2015-03-15

    Highlights: • Cobalt doped indium oxide thin films have been prepared by a sol–gel method. • The films have a thickness less than 100 nm and grain size less than 10 nm. • The lattice parameters and grain size of films decrease as Co content increase. • The optical band gap of films increases as the grain size decrease. • The films' magnetic behaviour is sensitive to ratio of oxygen defects per Co ions. - Abstract: The effect of Co doping concentration, (x = 0.025–0.2), in In{sub 2−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 3} thin film was investigated by X-rays diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Ultraviolet visible spectrophotometer (UV–vis) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). All films were prepared by sol–gel technique followed by spin coating process. The XRD and XPS measurements indicate that Co{sup +2} has been successfully substituted in In{sup +3} site. The TEM measurement shows nanostructure morphology of the films. The doping of Co in indium oxide resulted in a decrease in the lattice parameters and grain size while the band gap increased with increasing Co concentration. Further, by comparing VSM and XPS results, the magnetic behaviour of the films were found to be sensitive to Co concentrations, oxygen vacancies and ratio of oxygen defects to Co concentrations. The magnetic behaviour of the prepared films was explained using bound magnetic polaron (BMP) model.

  20. Bright blue photoluminescence from a mixed tin and manganese oxide xerogel prepared via sol-hydrothermal-gel process

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    Xiang Xia; Cheng Xiao-Feng; He Shao-Bo; Yuan Xiao-Dong; Zheng Wan-Guo; Li Zhi-Jie; Liu Chun-Ming; Zhou Wei-Lie; Zu Xiao-Tao

    2011-01-01

    A new blue photoluminescent material,a mixed tin and manganese oxide xerogel,is prepared via sol-hydrothermalgel process assisted by citric acid.The composition xerogel exhibits strong blue emission at room temperature,with an emission maximum at 434 nm under short (234 nm) or long-wavelength (343 nm) ultraviolet excitation.The photoluminescent excitation spectrum of the mixed tin and manganese oxide xerogel,monitored at an intensity maximum wavelength of 434 nm of the emission,consists of two excitation peaks at 234 nm and 343 nm.With heat treatment temperature increasing from 110 ℃ to 200 ℃,the blue emission intensity increases remarkably,whereas it is almost completely quenched after being treated at 300 ℃.The carbon impurities in the mixed tin and manganese oxide xerogel,confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy,should be responsible for the bright blue photoluminescence.

  1. Preparation of aluminum doped zinc oxide films with low resistivity and outstanding transparency by a sol–gel method for potential applications in perovskite solar cell

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    Zhao, Xingyue; Shen, Heping; Zhou, Chen [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics & Fine Processing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 10084 (China); Lin, Shiwei [Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Advanced Materials in Tropical Island Resources, Hainan University, Haikou 570228 (China); Li, Xin [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics & Fine Processing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 10084 (China); Zhao, Xiaochong [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics & Fine Processing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 10084 (China); Science and Technology on Surface Physics and Chemistry Laboratory, Mianyang 621907 (China); Deng, Xiangyun [Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Advanced Materials in Tropical Island Resources, Hainan University, Haikou 570228 (China); College of Physics and Electronic Information, Tianjin, Normal University, Tianjin 300387 (China); Li, Jianbao [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics & Fine Processing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 10084 (China); Key Laboratory of Ministry of Education for Advanced Materials in Tropical Island Resources, Hainan University, Haikou 570228 (China); Lin, Hong [State Key Laboratory of New Ceramics & Fine Processing, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 10084 (China)

    2016-04-30

    Highly transparent and conductive aluminum doped zinc oxide (AZO) films were prepared by sol–gel method on the glass substrates. The effects of doping concentration, annealing temperature and facing direction during annealing on the structural, electrical and optical properties of AZO films were studied by performing a series of characterizations including X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, UV–vis spectrophotometry, four-point probe method and Hall effect measurement system. The results showed that the AZO films were wurtzite crystallized with c-axis preferred orientation. A minimum resistivity of 1.8 × 10{sup −3} Ω cm and a transmittance above 90% were obtained for the film doped with 1.5 at.% aluminum, annealed at 510 °C and faced-down in the oven, which was among the best performance of the currently reported works based on sol–gel process. Moreover, energy level analysis revealed that the AZO film has a work function of 4.3 eV, exhibiting great potential in perovskite solar cell applications. - Highlights: • Highly transparent and conductive AZO films were prepared by sol–gel based process. • Different facing directions during annealing had effects on the carrier mobility. • Less aluminum ions at the grain boundary would favor the carrier transport. • The potential of AZO film in the perovskite solar cell application was discussed.

  2. The Effects and Role of Polyvinylpyrrolidone on the Size and Phase Composition of Iron Oxide Nanoparticles Prepared by a Modified Sol-Gel Method

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    Marcela F. Silva

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Fe2O3 nanoparticles (as maghemite and hematite mixtures were prepared using adapted sol-gel method from a polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP aqueous solution in various Fe3+ : PVP monomer ratios. Analysis of X-ray diffraction was obtained to evaluate the crystalline state, average crystallite size, and composition of iron oxide phases. The morphology and average nanoparticles size were evaluated by electronic transmission microscopy. Magnetic properties of iron oxide were analyzed at low and room temperatures. Optical characteristics were evaluated by UV-Vis photoacoustic spectroscopy and the Mössbauer spectrum was obtained in order to evaluate subtle changes in the nuclear environment of the iron atoms.

  3. Characterizations of Cuprous Oxide Thin Films Prepared by Sol-Gel Spin Coating Technique with Different Additives for the Photoelectrochemical Solar Cell

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    D. S. C. Halin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Cuprous oxide (Cu2O thin films were deposited onto indium tin oxide (ITO coated glass substrate by sol-gel spin coating technique using different additives, namely, polyethylene glycol and ethylene glycol. It was found that the organic additives added had a significant influence on the formation of Cu2O films and lead to different microstructures and optical properties. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM, and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis. Based on the FESEM micrographs, the grain size of film prepared using polyethylene glycol additive has smaller grains of about 83 nm with irregular shapes. The highest optical absorbance film was obtained by the addition of polyethylene glycol. The Cu2O thin films were used as a working electrode in the application of photoelectrochemical solar cell (PESC.

  4. Sol-Gel/Hydrothermal Synthesis of Mixed Metal Oxide

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    Mixed metal oxides of titanium and zinc nanocomposites were prepared through sol-gel method under hydrothermal ... the production of TiO -ZnO nanoparticles use. 2 either titanium ... involved using titanium sulphate and thioacetamide for ...

  5. Reaction mechanism and optimal conditions for preparation of high-quality vanadium oxide films by organic sol-gel for optoelectronic applications

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    Sun, Minghui; Wen, Yuejiang; Xu, Xiangdong; Wang, Meng; He, Qiong; Jiang, Yadong; Dai, Zelin; Gu, Yu; Chen, Zhegeng

    2016-03-01

    Although vanadium oxides (VO x ) are important functional materials for academic research and industrial applications, the reaction mechanism of VO x prepared by organic sol-gel remains unclear. In order to investigate this mechanism, VO x organic sols were reacted at different temperatures, by which various VO x thin films were prepared. The products were systematically characterized by infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and a high resistance meter. Results reveal that vanadium alkoxides are created through an alcoholysis reaction of V2O5 powder and isobutyl alcohol, and then a condensation reaction of the vanadium alkoxides leads to the formation of VO x networks. The as-prepared sols are strongly temperature-dependent, causing different chemical structures and physical properties for the resulting VO x films. Particularly, a moderate temperature of 110 °C prompts both alcoholysis and condensation reactions, and thus the VO x films that are produced by the sol reacted at 110 °C possess a low resistivity of 23 Ω cm, a high temperature coefficient resistance (TCR) of  -3.2% K-1, and a low average transmittance of 54% in 580-1100 nm, compared with those prepared by the sols reacted at lower or higher temperatures. Therefore, 110 °C is a desirable sol temperature for producing VO x films serving as high-quality bolometric materials for uncooled infrared detectors. This work discloses not only the reaction mechanism of VO x films prepared by organic sol-gel, but also the route to yield desirable VO x films for optoelectronic applications.

  6. Annealing effects on zinc oxide-silica films prepared by sol–gel technique for chemical sensing applications

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    Ali, Atif Mossad, E-mail: atifali@kku.edu.sa [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, King Khalid University, Abha (Saudi Arabia); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut 71516 (Egypt); Ismail, Adel A. [Promising Centre for Sensors and Electronic Devices (PCSED), Najran University, PO Box 1988, Najran 11001 (Saudi Arabia); Central Metallurgical R and D Institute, CMRDI, Helwan, Cairo 11421 (Egypt); Najmy, Rasha [Science Department, Girls' College of Education, King Khalid University (Saudi Arabia); Al-Hajry, Ali [Promising Centre for Sensors and Electronic Devices (PCSED), Najran University, PO Box 1988, Najran 11001 (Saudi Arabia); Department of Physics, College of Science and Arts, Najran University (Saudi Arabia)

    2014-05-02

    ZnO:SiO{sub 2} films are prepared by sol–gel technique on Si substrates. The effect of annealing temperatures (T{sub a}) on the structure, surface morphology, and optical and photoluminescence (PL) properties of these films is studied. The X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the c-axis orientation and the grain size of ZnO:SiO{sub 2} films increased at high T{sub a}. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy results showed that the ZnO nanoparticles are spherical in shape with their size increasing from 5 to 15 nm with T{sub a} while PL spectroscopy showed few separated PL bands. In addition, two optical band gaps located at 3.0 eV and 4.2 eV are observed and showed a redshift with T{sub a} up to 600 °C, and then a blueshift is observed at 800 °C. ZnO:SiO{sub 2} film was tested as sensors for the detection and quantification of phenyl hydrazine. It is found that ZnO:SiO{sub 2} films showed good sensitivity of 390 μA mM{sup −1} cm{sup −2} and a lower limit of detection of 3 mM with linear dynamic range of 0.05 mM to 3 mM and rapid reaction kinetics (in the order of seconds). The cycling tests indicated that the ZnO:SiO{sub 2} films are quite stable since no significant decrease in sensitivity was observed even after being used repetitively for 3 times, showing a good potential for practical applications. - Highlights: • The nanoparticles size increased from 5 to 15 nm with the annealing temperatures. • Two optical band gaps located at 3.0 eV and 4.2 eV are observed. • ZnO:SiO{sub 2} showed good sensitivity and lower limit of detection. • Cycling test indicated ZnO:SiO{sub 2} was stable during liquid–solid chemical sensing.

  7. Effects of concentration of reduced graphene oxide on properties of sol–gel prepared Al-doped zinc oxide thin films

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    Chou, Ching-Tian; Wang, Fang-Hsing, E-mail: fansen@dragon.nchu.edu.tw; Chen, Wei-Chun

    2016-04-30

    Reduced-graphene-oxide-incorporated aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO:rGO) composite thin films were synthesized on glass substrates by using the sol–gel method. The effect of the rGO concentration (0–3 wt%) on structural, electrical, and optical properties of the composite film was investigated by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, Hall-effect measurement, and ultraviolet–visible spectrometry. All of the composite films showed a typical hexagonal wurtzite structure, and the films incorporated with 1 wt% rGO showed the highest (0 0 2) peak intensity. The sheet resistance of the films was effectively reduced by a factor of more than two as the rGO ratio increased from 0 to 1 wt%. However, the sheet resistance increased with a further increase in the rGO ratio. The optical transmittance of the composite film monotonically decreased with increasing the rGO ratio from 0 to 3 wt%. The average optical transmittance (400–700 nm) of the AZO:rGO thin film within 1 wt% rGO was above 81%. - Highlights: • Reduced-graphene-oxide-doped ZnO:Al composite films are synthesized by sol–gel. • All AZO:rGO thin films show a typical hexagonal wurtzite structure. • Sheet resistance of AZO:rGO(1 wt%) film decreases by a factor of more than two. • The average visible transmittance of the AZO:rGO(1 wt%) film was 81%.

  8. Differences in the electrochemical behavior of ruthenium and iridium oxide in electrocatalytic coatings of activated titanium anodes prepared by the sol–gel procedure

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    VLADIMIR V. PANIĆ

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The electrochemical characteristics of Ti0.6Ir0.4O2/Ti and Ti0.6Ru0.4O2/Ti anodes prepared by the sol–gel procedure from the corresponding oxide sols, obtained by force hydrolysis of the corresponding metal chlorides, were compared. The voltammetric properties in H2SO4 solution indicate that Ti0.6Ir0.4O2/Ti has more pronounced pseudocapacitive characteristics, caused by proton-assisted, solid state surface redox transitions of the oxide. At potentials negative to 0.0 VSCE, this electrode is of poor conductivity and activity, while the voltammetric behavior of the Ti0.6Ru0.4O2/Ti electrode is governed by proton injection/ejection into the oxide structure. The Ti0.6Ir0.4O2/Ti electrode had a higher electrocatalytical activity for oxygen evolution, while the investigated anodes were of similar activity for chlorine evolution. The potential dependence of the impedance characteristics showed that the Ti0.6Ru0.4O2/Ti electrode behaved like a capacitor over a wider potential range than the Ti0.6Ir0.4O2/Ti electrode, with fully-developed pseudocapacitive properties at potentials positive to 0.60 VSCE. However, the impedance characteristics of the Ti0.6Ir0.4O2/Ti electrode changed with increasing potential from resistor-like to capacitor-like behavior.

  9. Structure and characterization of Sn, Al co-doped zinc oxide thin films prepared by sol–gel dip-coating process

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    Lee, Min-I [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Taiwan (China); Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique, Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS - UMR STMR 6279, Université de Technologie de Troyes (France); Huang, Mao-Chia [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Taiwan (China); Legrand, David [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Taiwan (China); Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique, Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS - UMR STMR 6279, Université de Technologie de Troyes (France); Lerondel, Gilles [Laboratoire de Nanotechnologie et d' Instrumentation Optique, Institut Charles Delaunay, CNRS - UMR STMR 6279, Université de Technologie de Troyes (France); Lin, Jing-Chie, E-mail: jclin4046@gmail.com [Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, National Central University, Taiwan (China)

    2014-11-03

    Transparent conductive zinc oxide co-doped with tin and aluminum (TAZO) thin films were prepared via sol–gel dip-coating process. Non-toxic ethanol was used in this study instead of 2-methoxyethanol used in conventional work. Dip-coating was repeated several times to obtain relatively thick films consisting of six layers. The films were then annealed at 500 °C for 1 h in air or in vacuum and not subsequently as employed in other studies. The X-ray diffraction patterns indicated that all the samples revealed a single phase of hexagonal ZnO polycrystalline structure with a main peak of (002). The optical band gap and resistivity of the TAZO films were in the ranges of 3.28 to 3.32 eV and 0.52 to 575.25 Ω cm, respectively. The 1.0 at.% Sn, 1.0 at.% Al co-doped ZnO thin film annealed in vacuum was found to have a better photoelectrochemical performance with photocurrent density of about 0.28 mA/cm{sup 2} at a bias of 0.5 V vs. SCE under a 300 W Xe lamp illumination with the intensity of 100 mW/cm{sup 2}. Compared to the same dopant concentration but annealed in air (∼ 0.05 mA/cm{sup 2} bias 0.5 V vs. SCE), the photocurrent density of the film annealed in vacuum was 5 times higher than the film annealed in air. Through electrochemical measurements, we found that the dopant concentration of Sn plays an important role in TAZO that affected photocurrent density, stability of water splitting and anti-corrosion. - Highlights: • Al, Sn co-doped ZnO (TAZO) films was synthesized by sol–gel process. • The parameters of TAZO films were dopant concentration and annealed ambient. • The photoelectrochemical characteristics of TAZO films were investigated.

  10. Zinc oxide films impurified with Ti and prepared by the Sol-gel method; Peliculas de oxido de zinc impurificadas con Ti y preparadas por el metodo Sol-gel

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    Tirado G, S. [ESFM-IPN, 07738 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Cazares R, J.M.; Maldonado, A. [CINVESTAV-IPN, A.P. 14-740, 07000 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2006-07-01

    Titanium-doped zinc oxide thin films have been prepared on silicon substrate using the Sol-Gel technique. The structural, morphology, electrical and optical properties of such thin films were studied as a function of titanium concentration (0.5, 1 and 1.5 %) and the thin films thickness. Zinc acetate dihydrate and titanium (VI)-oxy acetylacetonate were used as precursor materials, using 2-methoxyethanol and monoethanolamine as via. The X-ray diffraction spectra show polycrystalline films in all the cases. It can see for all the thin films a preferential growth along the (002) planes where the titanium concentration and also the thin films thickness play an important rule. No structural changes are observed at all. The surface morphology studied shows as the grain size decreases when thin thickness is increases. For titanium concentration of 0.5, 1 and 1.5 % values the grains size increase also. The thin films thickness for titanium concentration of 1.5 % was 500 nm (4v), 400 nm (3v), 180 nm (2v) and 130 nm (1v), values obtained from cross-section micrographs. Highly resistive samples are obtained for substrate soda-lime even showing high transmittance. Better physical properties are required for gas sensors or semitransparent electrodes and other possible applications. (Author)

  11. Electrochemical Properties of Poly(ethylene oxide)(PEO) Doped TiO2-PEO Films Prepared by Sol-gel Dip Coating Technique

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    2001-01-01

    PEO modified TiO2-PEO organic-inorganic hybrid thin films were prepared via sol-gel dipping process on glass substrate pre-coated with ITO. The preparation parameters were studied. Electrochemical and optical properties of the films were characterized by cyclic voltammetric response and visible transmittance. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to determined the crystalline structure of the gel. The results show the sols added with PEO have acceptable stable periods for practical use. The PEO modified optical transitivity of the hybrid films has heavy effects on the crystallization of TiO2 during structural evolution because of the interaction between PEO and TiO2. PEO- TiO2 films have better electrochemical activity than the TiO2 equivalent behaved as higher Li+ insertion/extraction current density and cyclic reversibility.

  12. Effect of citric acid dosage and sintered temperature on the composition, morphology and electrochemical properties of lithium vanadium oxide prepared by a sol–gel method

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    Zhong, C. R.; Su, X. J.; Hou, G. L.; Liu, Z. H.; Yu, F. S.; Bi, S.; Li, H.

    2017-03-01

    A lithium vanadium oxide cathode material was synthesized via sol-gel processing using citric acid as the chelating agent. Different dosage of citric acid and sintered temperature were introduced to investigate their effects on the products composition, morphology and electrochemical properties. The results showed that the V2O3 yield was inhibited and the crystallization of grain was accelerated with the increasing dosage of citric acid. Furthermore, V2O3 was oxidized to LiV3O8 and Li0.3V2O5 with the increase of sintered temperature.

  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. Photoelectrochemical properties of sol–gel obtained titanium oxide

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    VLADIMIR V. PANIC

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The photoelectrochemical properties of a sol–gel prepared titanium oxide coating applied onto a Ti substrate were investigated. The oxide coating was formed from an inorganic sol thermally treated in air at 350 °C. The coating consisted of agglomerates of narrow size distribution around 100 nm. The photoelectrochemical characteristics were evaluated by investigating the changes in the open circuit potential, current transients and impedance characteristics of a Ti/TiO2 electrode upon illumination by UV light in H2SO4 solution and in the oxidation of benzyl alcohol. The electrode was found to be active for photoelectrochemical reactions in the investigated solutions.

  15. Preparation and characterization of hybrid materials of epoxy resin type bisphenol a with silicon and titanium oxides by sol-gel process

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    Carrillo C, A.; Osuna A, J. G., E-mail: acc.carrillo@gmail.com [Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Blvd. Venustiano Carranza y Jose Cardenas Valdes, 25000 Saltillo, Coahuila (Mexico)

    2011-07-01

    Hybrid materials were synthesized from epoxy resins as a result bisphenol type A-silicon oxide and epoxy resin bisphenol type A-titanium oxide were obtained. The synthesis was done by sol-gel process using tetraethyl orthosilicate (Teos) and titanium isopropoxide (I Ti) as inorganic precursors. The molar ratio of bisphenol A to the inorganic precursors was the studied variable. The materials were characterized by thermal analysis, infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The hybrid nature of the materials was demonstrated through thermal analysis and infrared spectroscopy. In both systems, as the amount of alkoxide increased, the bands described above were more defined. This behavior indicates the interactions between the resin and the alkoxides. Hybrids with Teos showed a smoother and homogeneous surface in its entirety, without irregularities. Hybrids with titanium isopropoxide had low roughness. Both Teos and I Ti hybrids showed a decrease on the atomic weight percentage of carbon due to a slight reduction of the organic part on the surface. (Author)

  16. Preparation of layered oxide Li(Co1/3Ni1/3Mn1/3)O2 via the sol-gel process

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    ZHANG Wen; LIU Hanxing; HU Chen; ZHU Xianjun; LI Yanxi

    2008-01-01

    To obtain homogenous layered oxide Li(Co1/3Ni1/3Ni1/3Mn1/3)O2 as a lithium insertion positive electrode material,the sol-gel process using citric acid as a chelating agent was applied.The material Li(Co1/3,Ni1/3Mn1/3)O2 was synthesized at different calcination temperatures.XRD experiment indicated that the hyered Li(Co1/3Ni1/3Mn1/3)O2material could he synthesized at a lower temperature of 800℃,and the oxidation state of Co,Ni,and Mn in the cathode confirmed by XPS were +3,+2,and +4,respectively.SEM observations showed that the synthesized material could form homogenous particle morphology with the particle size of about 200nm In spite of different calcination temperatures,the charge-discharge curves of all the samples for the initial cycle were similar,and the cathode synthesized at 900℃ showed a small irreversible capacity loss of 11.24% and a high discharge capacity of 212.2 mAh.g-1 in the voltage range of 2.9-4.6 V.

  17. Surface properties of palladium catalysts supported on ternary ZrO2-Al2O3-WOx oxides prepared by the sol-gel method: Study of the chemical state of the support

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    Barrera, A.; Montoya, J. A.; del Angel, P.; Navarrete, J.; Cano, M. E.; Tzompantzi, F.; López-Gaona, A.

    2012-08-01

    The surface properties of Pd and Pd-Pt catalysts supported on binary ZrO2-WOx and ternary ZrO2-Al2O3-WOx oxides prepared by the sol-gel method were studied. Special attention was paid to the study of the texture of the catalysts as well as the chemical state of tungstated zirconia and tungstated zirconia promoted with alumina in the palladium catalysts. The catalysts were tested in the isomerization of n-hexane and were characterized by N2 physisorption, XRD, TPR, Raman spectroscopy, XPS and FT-IR of adsorbed pyridine. The catalysts had bimodal pore size distributions with mesopores in the range 55-70 Å and macropores of 1000 Å in diameter. The catalysts had a surface WOx coverage (4.4-6.0 W nm-2) lower than that of the theoretical monolayer (7.0 W nm-2). A lower acidity of the ternary ZrO2-Al2O3-WOx oxide as compared to the binary ZrO2-WOx oxide was found. Higher activity in the isomerisation of n-hexane was obtained in the Pd-Pt catalysts supported on ternary ZrAlW oxides prepared by sol-gel that is correlated with the coexistence on the surface of W4+ (WO2) or W0 and W6+ (Al2(WO4)3) species, ZrO2 in the tetragonal phase and a high amount of ZrOx suboxides species in a low oxidation state (Zr3+ and Zr2+).

  18. Preparation and characterization of lidocaine rice gel for oral application.

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    Okonogi, Siriporn; Kaewpinta, Adchareeya; Yotsawimonwat, Songwut; Khongkhunthian, Sakornrat

    2015-12-01

    The objective of the present study was to prepare buccal anesthetic gels using rice as gelling agent. Rice grains of four rice varieties, Jasmine (JM), Saohai (SH), Homnil (HN), and Doisket (DS) were chemically modified. Buccal rice gels, containing lidocaine hydrochloride as local anesthetic drug were formulated using the respective modified rice varieties. The gels were evaluated for outer appearance, pH, color, gel strength, foaming property, adhesion, in vitro drug release and in vivo efficacy. It was found that the developed rice gels possessed good texture. Rice varieties showed influence on gel strength, color, turbidity, adhesive property, release property, and anesthetic efficacy. JM gel showed the lowest turbidity with light transmission of 86.76 ± 1.18% whereas SH gel showed the highest gel strength of 208.78 ± 10.42 g/cm(2). Lidocaine hydrochloride can cause a decrease in pH and adhesive property but an increase in turbidity of the gels. In vitro drug release profile within 60 min of lidocaine SH gel and lidocaine HN gel showed that lidocaine could be better released from SH gel. Evaluation of in vivo anesthetic efficacy in 100 normal volunteers indicates that both lidocaine rice gels have high efficacy but different levels. Lidocaine SH gel possesses faster onset of duration and longer duration of action than lidocaine HN gel.

  19. Gel-forming reagents and uses thereof for preparing microarrays

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    Golova, Julia; Chernov, Boris; Perov, Alexander

    2010-11-09

    New gel-forming reagents including monomers and cross-linkers, which can be applied to gel-drop microarray manufacturing by using co-polymerization approaches are disclosed. Compositions for the preparation of co-polymerization mixtures with new gel-forming monomers and cross-linker reagents are described herein. New co-polymerization compositions and cross-linkers with variable length linker groups between unsaturated C.dbd.C bonds that participate in the formation of gel networks are disclosed.

  20. 溶胶-凝胶法制备氧化钨薄膜的研究%Study on Preparation of tungsten oxide thin films by sol gel method

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    刘英; 王兵; 王速

    2016-01-01

    H The WO3 thin film was prepared on ceramic substrate by sol-gel method using sodium tungstate as raw material,and then be annealed at 500℃.The structure and morphology of WO3 were characterized by X-ray diffraction(XRD)and scanning electron microscopy(SEM).The results showed that the film surface travels as nano-porous structure.And then,the gas sensing properties of WO3 thin film to NO2, H2 and alcohol were also researched.WO3 showed a better sensitivity to NO2 than to H2 and alcohol.%本文以钨酸盐为原料利用溶胶凝胶法,在陶瓷衬底制备WO3敏感薄膜,于500℃退火。接着对制备好的薄膜进行X射线衍射与电子显微测试,观察到薄膜表面呈较规则的纳米多孔结构。接着对NO2、H2、乙醇等气体进行敏感测试,测试证明薄膜对H2、乙醇敏感性较差,对NO2敏感性良好。

  1. Preparation and swelling behavior of polyvinyl alcohol physiological saline gel

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    2006-01-01

    Polyvinyl alcohol(PVA) physiological saline gel was prepared using physiological saline solution of the polymer by freezing and thawing method. The influences of the concentration of PVA, freezing and thawing cycle times and solvent swelling media on the swelling properties of PVA saline gel were investigated. The result show that the electrolytical ions have great effect on the swelling behavior of PVA saline gel. The equilibrium swelling ratio of PVA saline gel in aqueous swelling media is larger than that in saline swelling media. Also, the equilibrium swelling ratios of PVA saline gel in aqueous and in saline media decrease with the increase of gel concentration and the increase of freezing and thawing cycle times. The decreasing speed of equilibrium swelling ratio with the increase of freezing and thawing cycle times of PVA gel in distilled water is faster than that in physiological saline. The swelling kinetic equation can sufficiently describe the swelling behavior of PVA physiological saline gel.

  2. Preparation of continuous alumina gel fibres by aqueous sol–gel process

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    Hongbin Tan; Xiaoling Ma; Mingxing Fu

    2013-02-01

    Continuous alumina gel fibres were prepared by sol–gel method. The spinning sol was prepared by mixing aluminum nitrate, lactic acid and polyvinylpyrrolidone with a mass ratio of 10:3:1.5. Thermogravimetry–differential scanning calorimetry (TG–DSC), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize the properties of the gel and ceramic fibres. The Al2O3 fibres with a uniform diameter can be obtained by sintering gel fibres at 1200 °C.

  3. Preparation, characterization and luminescent properties of europium oxide doped nano LaMn0.9Zn0.1O3+ by sol–gel processing

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    Abdolali Alemi; Elnaz Karimpour; Hossein Shokri

    2008-12-01

    New compounds of rare earth complex oxides with perovskite structure in a combination of La with Eu ions and Mn with Zn ions, La1–EuMn0.9Zn0.1O3+ (LEMZ) (0.0 ≤ ≤ 0.32) in A and B sites, respectively were synthesized. X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT–IR) and photoluminescence spectra (PL) were used to characterize the resulting nanoparticles. The powder X-ray diffraction peaks could be indexed as a rhombohedral cell. The results of FT–IR spectra were in agreement with those of XRD. High-quality nanopowders with controlled stoichiometry and microstructure were prepared at a temperature range of 700–800°C for 6 h, with mean particle sizes of ∼ 17.5 nm. Photoluminescence measurements showed Eu3+ ions characteristic red emission in crystalline LEMZ powders due to the ${}^{5}D_{0} \\rightarrow {}^{7}F_{J}$ ( = 0–6) transitions of the 4 electrons of Eu3+ ions. The structure, homogeneity and particle size of the obtained compounds during different stages were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM).

  4. Investigations of rheological properties of diclofenac sodium gel preparation

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    Firuza Maksudova

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available It is well-known that the majority of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs are ulcerogenic. Gel or ointment preparations of NSAIDs are free from this side-effect, which is a prerequisite for the increase of aforementioned forms of NSAIDs. A major quality indicator of gels and ointments are rheological properties. Along with determining the quality of preparation, they influence manufacturing, expiration date and terms of storage. This article demonstrates the results of investigation of rheological indices of 3% gel preparation of diclofenac sodium such as plasticity, structural viscosity, and thixotropy. Obtained results confirm that the developed gel preparation has thixotropy, plasticity and is classified as a Bingham system.

  5. Improving the scratch resistance of sol-gel metal oxide coatings cured at 250 C through use of thermogenerated amines

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    Langanke, J.; Arfsten, N.; Buskens, P.; Habets, R.; Klankermayer, J.; Leitner, W.

    2013-01-01

    Scratch resistant sol-gel metal oxide coatings typically require a thermal post-treatment step (curing process) at temperatures between 400 and 700 C. In this report, we demonstrate that the in situ generation of amines within sol-gel films facilitates the preparation of scratch resistant metal oxid

  6. Preparation of nanometer MgO by sol-gel auto-combustion

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    2008-01-01

    Nanometer MgO was prepared via a sol-gel auto-combustion technique using magnesium nitrate as raw material and citric acid as chelating agent.IR spectra of the dried gel were used to investigate the structure of the precursors.By studying the different TG curves of magnesium citrate gel prepared by different methods,we found that a combustion process occurred and the nitrate ions acted as an oxidant in the combustion process.TEM photographs of synthesized powders from the sol-gel auto-combustion showed that the crystallites were uniform in size.In addition,the XRD pattern of this sample showed that the particle size was 8.9 nm.The BET curves,in turn,showed that the specific surface of the sample was 26.34 m2/g.The mechanism of the frothing process in restraining agglomeration is discussed.

  7. Biocompatible Nb2O5 thin films prepared by means of the sol-gel process.

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    Velten, D; Eisenbarth, E; Schanne, N; Breme, J

    2004-04-01

    Thin biocompatible oxide films with an optimised composition and structure on the surface of titanium and its alloys can improve the implant integration. The preparation of these thin oxide layers with the intended improvement of the surface properties can be realised by means of the sol-gel process. Nb2O5 is a promising coating material for this application because of its extremely high corrosion resistance and thermodynamic stability. In this study, thin Nb2O5 layers ( TiO2 sol-gel coated cp-titanium concerning the spreading of cells, collagen I synthesis and wettability.

  8. Novel macroporous amphoteric gels: Preparation and characterization

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    S. Kudaibergenov

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Macroporous amphoteric gels based on allylamine, methacrylic acid and acrylamide crosslinked by N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide were synthesized by radical copolymerization of monomers in cryoconditions. The composition of cryogels was determined by combination of potentiometric and conductimetric titrations. The morphology of cryogels was evaluated by scanning electron microscope (SEM. Cryogels exhibited sponge-like porous structure with pore size ranging from 50 to 200 μm. The values of the isoelectric points (IEPs determined from the swelling experiments arranged between 3.5 and 4.3. The high adsorption-desorption capacity of amphoteric cryogels with respect to mM and trace concentrations of copper, nickel, and cobalt ions was demonstrated. It was shown that the macroporous amphoteric cryogels are able to adsorb up to 99.9% of copper, nickel, and cobalt ions from 10–3 mol•L–1 aqueous solution.

  9. Preparation and characterization of bismuth ruthenate pyrochlore via solid state reaction and sol-gel methods

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    Mayuree Sansernnivet

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth ruthenate pyrochlores, potential cathode materials for intermediate temperature solid oxide fuel cells(ITSOFCs, were prepared via solid-state and sol-gel method. Effects of the preparation routes and conditions on the phase and microstructures of the materials were investigated in this study using XRD and SEM. The study showed that the preparation method and the adding sequence of the starting meterials have a significant effect on the crystal phase and the particle size obtained. Sol-gel synthesis could yield a material with only pyrochlore structure, i.e. Bi2Ru2O7, while the solid state method yielded powder with a small amount of the secondary RuO2 phase. The sol-gel synthesis resulted in materialswith a finer particle size (~0.3-1.0 μm compared to powder synthesized via the solid state reaction method.

  10. Preparation and evaluation of soft gellan gum gel containing paracetamol

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    Gohel M

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to develop soft paracetamol gel using gellan gum as a gelling agent and sodium citrate as a source of cation. Different batches were prepared using three different concentrations of gellan gum (0.1, 0.3, and 0.5%, each with two different sodium citrate concentrations (0.3 and 0.5%. The consistency of the paracetamol gel was dependent on the concentration of gellan gum, sodium citrate and co-solute. The results of dissolution study of soft gel containing 0.3% gellan gum and 0.3% sodium citrate revealed that paracetamol was completely released in 30 min. Polyethylene glycol 400 worked as a solubilizer for paracetamol. All the gels possessed acceptable sensory characteristics when evaluated by human volunteers. Short term stability study carried out for four weeks at different temperatures revealed no considerable changes in performance characteristics of developed optimized formulation.

  11. Antimicrobial efficacy of an indigenously prepared caries removing gel.

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    Subramaniam, Priya; Gilhotra, K

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the anti-microbial efficacy of an indigenously prepared caries removing gel, in primary molars. Twenty teeth with broad occlusal cavitated lesions that fulfilled the clinical and radiographic criteria formed the study group. These teeth were subjected to chemomechanical method of caries removal, using an indigenously prepared caries removing gel. Prior to and following caries removal, the dentin samples were analyzed for total viable count and lactobacilli count. The percentage of reduction in the total viable count was 92.4% and in the lactobacilli count it was 94.1%, which was statistically highly significant. Removal of carious tissue with a caries removing gel, a natural plant extract, proved to be efficient, easy to perform, and comfortable for the patient.

  12. Antimicrobial efficacy of an indigenously prepared caries removing gel

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    Priya Subramaniam

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the anti-microbial efficacy of an indigenously prepared caries removing gel, in primary molars. Materials and Methods: Twenty teeth with broad occlusal cavitated lesions that fulfilled the clinical and radiographic criteria formed the study group. These teeth were subjected to chemomechanical method of caries removal, using an indigenously prepared caries removing gel. Prior to and following caries removal, the dentin samples were analyzed for total viable count and lactobacilli count. Results: The percentage of reduction in the total viable count was 92.4% and in the lactobacilli count it was 94.1%, which was statistically highly significant. Conclusion: Removal of carious tissue with a caries removing gel, a natural plant extract, proved to be efficient, easy to perform, and comfortable for the patient.

  13. Optimizing Human Bile Preparation for Two-Dimensional Gel Electrophoresis

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    Hao-Tsai Cheng

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims. Bile is an important body fluid which assists in the digestion of fat and excretion of endogenous and exogenous compounds. In the present study, an improved sample preparation for human bile was established. Methods and Material. The method involved acetone precipitation followed by protein extraction using commercially available 2D Clean-Up kit. The effectiveness was evaluated by 2-dimensional electrophoresis (2DE profiling quality, including number of protein spots and spot distribution. Results. The total protein of bile fluid in benign biliary disorders was 0.797 ± 0.465 μg/μL. The sample preparation method using acetone precipitation first followed by 2D Clean-Up kit protein extraction resulted in better quality of 2DE gel images in terms of resolution as compared with other sample preparation methods. Using this protocol, we obtained approximately 558 protein spots on the gel images and with better protein spots presentation of haptoglobin, serum albumin, serotransferrin, and transthyretin. Conclusions. Protein samples of bile prepared using acetone precipitation followed by 2D Clean-Up kit exhibited high protein resolution and significant protein profile. This optimized protein preparation protocol can effectively concentrate bile proteins, remove abundant proteins and debris, and yield clear presentation of nonabundant proteins and its isoforms on 2-dimensional electrophoresis gel images.

  14. Sol-gel derived oxides and mixed oxides catalysts with narrow mesoporous distribution

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    2001-01-01

    A novel sol-gel process for preparing oxides and mixed oxides sols from precipitation and peptization process is reported in this article. Inorganic salts are used as raw materials in this study. It is found that the amount of acid has great influence on the stability and particle diameter distribution of the precursor sols. Ultrasonic treatment is used to prepare alumina sol at room temperature. The result of 27Al NMR shows that there exist Al137+ species in the sol. By controlling the sol particles with narrow particle diameter distribution, alumina, titania and silica-alumina (SA) materials with narrow mesoporous distribution are formed by regular packing of sol particles during gelation without using any templates. The results also show that the structure and particle diameter distribution of precursor sol determine the final materials' texture.

  15. Preparation of nanometer perovskite-type oxide La0.8Sr0.2MnO3 by organic solvent sol-gel method and capability testing

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    HU Jie; SHAO Guangjie; HUANG Hao; XING Guangzhong

    2008-01-01

    A perovskite-type oxide,La0.8Sr0.2MnO3,was synthesized by the organic solvent sol-gel method.The desired metal cations were chelated in a solution by using citric acid as the chelating agent and absolute ethanol as the solvent.The thermal decomposition of the metal earboxylate premasor gels was studied by thermogravimetric/differential thermal analyzer (TG/DTA) and the products derived from calcining the gels were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electronic microscope (TEM).The polarization curves were acquired on an electrochemical workstation (LK98) and the discharge curves were acquired on a testing instrument of batteries (DC-5),with a constant current discharge,less than 120 mA/cm2.The results revealed that the nanometer perovskite-type powder with lesser particle size could be achieved with an organic solvent and had a better catalytic activity.

  16. Preparation of tungsten oxide

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    Bulian, Christopher J.; Dye, Robert C.; Son, Steven F.; Jorgensen, Betty S.; Perry, W. Lee

    2009-09-22

    Tungsten trioxide hydrate (WO.sub.3.H.sub.2O) was prepared from a precursor solution of ammonium paratungstate in concentrated aqueous hydrochloric acid. The precursor solution was rapidly added to water, resulting in the crash precipitation of a yellow white powder identified as WO.sub.3.H.sub.2O nanosized platelets by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Annealing of the powder at 200.degree. C. provided cubic phase WO.sub.3 nanopowder, and at 400.degree. C. provided WO.sub.3 nanopowder as a mixture of monoclinic and orthorhombic phases.

  17. Preparation of silica by sol-gel method using formamide

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    R.F.S. Lenza

    2001-07-01

    Full Text Available In this work we obtained microporous and mesoporous silica gels by sol-gel processing. Tetraethylortosilicate (TEOS was used as precursor. Nitric acid and hydrofluoric acid were used as catalysts. In order to study the affect of formamide as drying additive, we used a molar ratio alkoxide/formamide of 1/1. The performance of formamide in obtaining crack-free gels was evaluated through monolithicity measurements. The structural evolution occurring in the interconnected network of the gels during thermal treatment was monitored by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, shrinkage and density measurements and nitrogen gas sorption. We noted that in the presence of formamide, the Si-O-Si bonds are stronger and belong to a more cross-linked structure. The samples obtained in the presence of formamide have larger pore volume and its pore structure is in the range of mesoporosity. The samples obtained without additive are microporous. Formamide allowed the preparation of crack-free silica gels stabilized at high temperatures.

  18. PREPARATION OF NICKEL - COBALT SPINEL OXIDES NixCO3 ...

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    The chemical synthesis of NixCo3-xO4 (0 ≤ x ≤ 2.5) was realised by two sol-gel routes ( ... The amounts used to prepare the mixed oxide are given in ... added in 10 mL of glycol ethylene where were dissolved previously 10 g of citric acid.

  19. A Review of Photocatalysts Prepared by Sol-Gel Method for VOCs Removal

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    Ting Ke Tseng

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The sol-gel process is a wet-chemical technique (chemical solution deposition, which has been widely used in the fields of materials science, ceramic engineering, and especially in the preparation of photocatalysts. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs are prevalent components of indoor air pollution. Among the approaches to remove VOCs from indoor air, photocatalytic oxidation (PCO is regarded as a promising method. This paper is a review of the status of research on the sol-gel method for photocatalyst preparation and for the PCO purification of VOCs. The review and discussion will focus on the preparation and coating of various photocatalysts, operational parameters, and will provide an overview of general PCO models described in the literature.

  20. Studies of the formation of homogeneous mixed silicon-titanium/zirconium oxides by the sol-gel route

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    Hudson, Melanie

    1994-01-01

    This thesis was submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and awarded by Brunel University. This thesis is concerned with the preparation of mixed silicon-titanium oxides (Ti02=4.1-21.9wt%) and silicon-zirconium oxides (Zr02=4.1-22.Iwt%) by the sol-gel route. Methods of preparing homogeneous Si02-TiO2 gels and SiO2-Zr02 gels have been explored. In this work bis(acetylacetonato)titanium diisopropoxide or bis(acetylacetonato)zirconium dipropoxide and tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS...

  1. [Magistral prepared lidocaine-gel for topical aplication on skin].

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    Sklenár, Zbynĕk; Horácková, Katerína; Bakhouche, Hana; Slanar, Ondrej

    2012-08-01

    Due to a limited availability of industrially manufactured products containing local anesthetics for skin application and an increased demand for lidocaine-containing gel applicable prior to a product containing capsaicin for neuropathic pain treatment, it is necessary to prepare a topical semi-solid preparation containing the local anesthetic in pharmacies. Our aim was to create a mixed system of a hydrophilic gel with the emulsified drug, using excipients to decrease the lidocaine melting point, thereby creating a eutectic mixture with a high concentration of lidocaine in the oil phase. Based on bibliographic data, thymol creating a binary eutectic system containing lidocaine has been chosen. After addition of other excipients, an emulsion system was prepared and the drug was stabilized in the oil phase by a mixed nonionic emulsifier and carbomera. For the optimal anesthetic effects, the pH value should be adjusted; trometamol has been chosen as a suitable basic reacting excipient. Based on the addition of different amounts of trometamol, pH values of individual emulgels have been measured and the final composition of lidocaine emulgel has been created. A recipe for a 5 % lidocaine emulgel with the pH value of 9.1 has been created, based on the gel-forming substance carbomera with an emulsion of the oil phase containing a eutectic mixture of lidocaine and thymol, with an addition of ethanol and propylenglycol, stabilized by a mixed nonionic emulsifier. The advantage is the absence of other local anesthetics.

  2. Sol-gel applications for ceramic membrane preparation

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    Erdem, I.

    2017-02-01

    Ceramic membranes possessing superior properties compared to polymeric membranes are more durable under severe working conditions and therefore their service life is longer. The ceramic membranes are composed of some layers. The support is the layer composed of coarser ceramic structure and responsible for mechanical durability under filtration pressure and it is prepared by consolidation of ceramic powders. The top layer is composed of a finer ceramic micro-structure mainly responsible for the separation of components present in the fluid to be filtered and sol-gel method is a versatile tool to prepare such a tailor-made ceramic filtration structure with finer pores. Depending on the type of filtration (e.g. micro-filtration, ultra-filtration, nano-filtration) aiming separation of components with different sizes, sols with different particulate sizes should be prepared and consolidated with varying precursors and preparation conditions. The coating of sol on the support layer and heat treatment application to have a stable ceramic micro-structure are also important steps determining the final properties of the top layer. Sol-gel method with various controllable parameters (e.g. precursor type, sol formation kinetics, heat treatment conditions) is a practical tool for the preparation of top layers of ceramic composite membranes with desired physicochemical properties.

  3. Physicochemical and structural properties of composite gels prepared with myofibrillar protein and lard diacylglycerols.

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    Diao, Xiaoqin; Guan, Haining; Zhao, Xinxin; Diao, Xinping; Kong, Baohua

    2016-11-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate the physicochemical and structural properties of composite gels prepared with porcine myofibrillar protein (MP) and lard, glycerolized lard (GL) or purified glycerolized lard (PGL). The gels prepared with MP and GL or PGL had significantly higher penetration force and water-holding capacity (WHC) than the gel with lard (Pgel, T21 and T22 of the gels that were prepared with GL or PGL moved in the direction of slower relaxation time, which suggests that the water mobility in the gel system was restricted. The presence of lard, GL and PGL did not affect the participating proteins in composite gels. The presence of GL and PGL altered the secondary and tertiary structures of MP in composite gels, which changed the gel properties. In general, the composite gels that were prepared with MP and GL or PGL showed improved gel quality.

  4. MUCOADHESIVE GEL WITH IMMOBILIZED LYSOZYME: PREPARATION AND PROPERTIES

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    Dekina S. S.

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available The study of non-covalent immobilized lysozyme, as well as physico-chemical and biochemical properties of obtained mucoadhesive gel was the aim of the research. Lysozyme activity was determined by bacteriolytic method (Micrococcus lysodeikticus cells acetone powder was a substrate. Lysozyme immobilization was conducted by the method of entrapment in gel. Enzyme carrier interaction was studied by viscometric, spectrophotometric and spectrofluorimetric methods. Mucoadhesive gel with immobilized lysozyme, possessing antiinflammatory and antimicrobial activities, was prepared. Due to immobilization, protein-polymer complex with the original enzymatic activity was formed. The product is characterized by high mucoadhesive properties, quantitative retaining of protein and bacteriolytic activity, prolonged release of the enzyme, improved biochemical characteristics (extended pH-activity profile, stability in acidic medium and during storage for 2 years, and it is perspective for further studies. The proposed method for lysozyme immobilization in the carboxymethyl cellulose sodium salt gel allows to obtain a stable, highly efficient product, with high adhesive properties for attachment to the mucous membranes, that is promising for use in biomedicine.

  5. Preparation and bioactivity of sol-gel macroporous bioactive glass

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    Zhihua Zhou; Jianming Ruan; Jianpeng Zou; Zhongcheng Zhou

    2008-01-01

    Bioactive glass is well known for its ability of bone regeneration, and sol-gel bioactive glass has many advantages com-pared with melt-derived bioactive glass. 3-D scaffold prepared by the sol-gel method is a promising substrate material for bone tissue engineering and large-scale bone repair. Porous sol-gel glass in the CaO-SiO2-P2O5 system with macropores larger than 100 μm was prepared by the addition of stearic acid as a pore former. The diameter of the pore created by the pore former varied from 100 to 300μm. The formation of a hydroxyapatite layer on the glass was analyzed by studying the surface of the porous glass by scanning elec-tron microscopy, energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Raman spectra after they had been immersed in simulated body fluid (SBF) for some time, and the porous glass shows good bioactivity.

  6. Effect of annealing temperature on optical properties of binary zinc tin oxide nano-composite prepared by sol-gel route using simple precursors: structural and optical studies by DRS, FT-IR, XRD, FESEM investigations.

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    Habibi, Mohammad Hossein; Mardani, Maryam

    2015-02-25

    Binary zinc tin oxide nano-composite was synthesized by a facile sol-gel method using simple precursors from the solutions consisting of zinc acetate, tin(IV) chloride and ethanol. Effect of annealing temperature on optical and structural properties was investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). XRD results revealed the existence of the ZnO and SnO2 phases. FESEM results showed that binary zinc tin oxide nano-composites ranges from 56 to 60 nm in diameter at 400°C and 500°C annealing temperatures respectively. The optical band gap was increased from 2.72 eV to 3.11 eV with the increasing of the annealing temperature. FTIR results confirmed the presence of zinc oxide and tin oxide and the broad absorption peaks at 3426 and 1602 cm(-1) can be ascribed to the vibration of absorptive water, and the absorption peaks at 546, 1038 and 1410 cm(-1) are due to the vibration of Zn-O or Sn-O groups in binary zinc tin oxide.

  7. Preparation and Characterization of Titania-silica Composite Particles by Pechini Sol-gel Method

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    Wu Yuanting

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Two Pechini sol-gel processes were used to prepare titania-silica composite particles. The dynamic oxidation behavior of the TiO2-SiO2 powders has been characterized by thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DTG-DSC. The crystal phase and microstructure of the composite particles were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD and field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM. The effects of Si:Ti molar ratio and sol-gel process on the TiO2-SiO2 powders were studied. The preparation of the polymeric precursors can influence the morphology of obtained TiO2-SiO2 composite particles. The spherical TiO2-SiO2 composite particles which are 20 nm~400 nm in diameter appear in gel-1 system. However, the TiO2-SiO2 powders obtained by gel-2 system are irregular in shape and 2~15 μm in diameter which show a loose porous structure consisted of very fine granules.

  8. Process for fabricating doped zinc oxide microsphere gel

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    Arnold, Jr., Wesley D.; Bond, Walter D.; Lauf, Robert J.

    1991-01-01

    A new composition and method of making same for a doped zinc oxide microsphere and articles made therefrom for use in an electrical surge arrestor which has increased solid content, uniform grain size and is in the form of a gel.

  9. Formulation and Performance of Novel Energetic Nanocomposites and Gas Generators Prepared by Sol-Gel Methods

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    Clapsaddle, B J; Zhao, L; Prentice, D; Pantoya, M L; Gash, A E; Satcher Jr., J H; Shea, K J; Simpson, R L

    2005-03-24

    In the field of composite energetic materials, properties such as ingredient distribution, particle size, and morphology affect both sensitivity and performance. Since the reaction kinetics of composite energetic materials are typically controlled by the mass transport rates between reactants, one would anticipate new and potentially exceptional performance from energetic nanocomposites. We have developed a new method of making nanostructured energetic materials, specifically explosives, propellants, and pyrotechnics, using sol-gel chemistry. A novel sol-gel approach has proven successful in preparing nanostructured metal oxide materials. By introducing a fuel metal, such as aluminum, into the nanostructured metal oxide matrix, energetic materials based on thermite reactions can be fabricated. Two of the metal oxides are tungsten trioxide and iron(III) oxide, both of which are of interest in the field of energetic materials. Due to the versatility of the preparation method, binary oxidizing phases can also be prepared, thus enabling a potential means of controlling the energetic properties of the subsequent nanocomposites. Furthermore, organic additives can also be easily introduced into the nanocomposites for the production of nanostructured gas generators. The resulting nanoscale distribution of all the ingredients displays energetic properties not seen in its micro-scale counterparts due to the expected increase of mass transport rates between the reactants. The unique synthesis methodology, formulations, and performance of these materials will be presented. The degree of control over the burning rate of these nanocomposites afforded by the compositional variation of a binary oxidizing phase will also be discussed. These energetic nanocomposites have the potential for releasing controlled amounts of energy at a controlled rate. Due to the versatility of the synthesis method, a large number of compositions and physical properties can be achieved, resulting in

  10. Preparation of Manganese Oxide Nanobelts

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    Jisen WANG; Jinquan SUN; Ying BAO; Xiufang BIAN

    2003-01-01

    Oriented nanobelts of manganese oxide have been firstly and successfully prepared by a microemulsion techniqueunder controlled circumstances. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electronmicroscope (TEM). Influences of sodium chloride and annealed temperature on the synthesis of Mn3O4 nanobeltswere investigated. It was found that NaCl is the key factor to synthesize oriented Mn3O4 nanobelts and 827 K isoptimum temperature to produce fine nanobelts. Oriented growth mechanism of Mn3O4 nanobelts was discussed.

  11. KINETICS OF GRAIN-GROWTH OF YTTRIUM ALUMINUM GARNET FIBERS PREPARED BY SOL-GEL METHOD

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    Tan H.

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG long fibers were prepared by the sol-gel method using aluminum chloride, aluminum powder, yttrium oxide and acetic acid as raw materials. The grain growth law is given by Dn – D0n = Kt (D0 = initial grain size, D = average grain size at time t, n = grain growth exponent and K = reaction constant. The grain growth exponent and activation energy of YAG fibers are ≈ 3 and 200 kJ/mol, respectively. The grain-growth behaviors of YAG were influenced by experimental conditions such as raw materials, initial particle size, initial particle distribution, etc.

  12. Luminescence properties of Lu2O3: Tb film prepared by Pechini sol-gel method

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    Shen, Siqing; Wang, Jian; Xu, Zhibin; Xie, Jianjun; Shi, Ying

    2011-02-01

    Uniform and crack free Tb3+ doped lutetium oxide (Lu2O3:Tb) films were prepared by Pechini sol-gel method combined with the spin-coating technique. The influence of the different substrate (monocrystalline silicon (111) and silica glass) and atmosphere (N2 and Air) on the luminescence properties of films was investigated. According to the emission spectra, we found that the luminous intensity was higher on silica glass substrate. Moreover, it was found that the luminous intensity calcined in N2 was higher almost twice as that calcined in air.

  13. Preparation of nanocrystalline Mg4Nb2O9 by citrate gel method

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    A Vadivel Murugan; A B Gaikwad; V Ravi

    2006-02-01

    A gel was formed when a aqueous solution of Mg(NO3)2, NbF5 and citric acid in stoichiometric ratio was heated on a water bath. No precipitation was observed at acidic pH and gellation was complete with evaporation of the solvent. This gel on decomposition at 750°C produced nanocrystallites of ternary oxide, Mg4Nb2O9 (M4N2). The phase contents and lattice parameters were studied by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) at various temperatures. Particle size and morphology were studied by transmission electron spectroscopy (TEM). For comparison, M4N2 powders were also prepared by conventional ceramic route at 900°C.

  14. In situ sol-gel preparation of porous alumina monoliths for chromatographic separations of adenosine phosphates.

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    Zajickova, Zuzana; Rubi, Emir; Svec, Frantisek

    2011-06-03

    A method enabling the in situ preparation of porous alumina monoliths within 100 μm i.d. fused silica capillaries has been developed. These monoliths were prepared using the sol-gel process from a mixture consisting of an inorganic aluminum salt, a porogen, an epoxide, and a solvent. We investigated the effects of varying the preparation conditions on the physical characteristics of the monoliths with respect to their potential application in chromatographic separations. The best columns were obtained from a mixture of aluminum chloride hexahydrate, N,N-dimethylformamide, water, ethanol and propylene oxide. Adenosine phosphates were then separated in the optimized column with retention increasing according to number of phosphate functionalities.

  15. CONTROLLED RELEASE FROM PDMAEMA GELS PREPARED BY GAMMA RADIATION

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    Ning Liu; Min Yi; Shuang-ji Chen; Hong-fei Ha

    2002-01-01

    Poly(N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (polyDMAEMA) hydrogels prepared by γ-irradiation showed obvious temperature-sensitivity in a temperature range of 38-40℃ and pH-sensitivity at pH = 2.5. They also showed electric response behavior although it was not typical. The hydrogels were used in controlled release at different pH, temperature, and electric voltage. The release rates of methylene blue (MB) from the gels at 52℃ and pH = 1.24 were faster than those at 20℃ and pH = 10.56, respectively. In addition, the release rate at a field voltage of 5.0 was also faster than that without electric field.

  16. Preparation of tamarind gum based soft ion gels having thixotropic properties.

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    Sharma, Mukesh; Mondal, Dibyendu; Mukesh, Chandrakant; Prasad, Kamalesh

    2014-02-15

    Tamarind gum was used to prepare ion gels using both synthetic ionic liquids (ILs) namely 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide and bio-based ionic liquids (Bio-ILs) namely choline acrylate, choline caproate and choline caprylate by heating cooling process. The gels were found to have good thermal stability and exhibited thixotropic behaviour. Upon relaxation after applied breaking strain, the recovery of gel structures after ten consecutive cycles was observed. The hydrogel of the gum prepared using ethanol aqueous solution had much inferior quality in terms of viscosity, viscoelasticity, thermal stability and thixotropicity when compared with the ion gels. The ion gels also showed very good adherence to human finger muscles and skin. The ion gels thus prepared may find application in electrochemistry, sensors, actuators and the gels prepared with Bio-ILs could even be useful in biomedical applications.

  17. Preparation of supramolecular hydrogel-enzyme hybrids exhibiting biomolecule-responsive gel degradation.

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    Shigemitsu, Hajime; Fujisaku, Takahiro; Onogi, Shoji; Yoshii, Tatsuyuki; Ikeda, Masato; Hamachi, Itaru

    2016-09-01

    Hydrogelators are small, self-assembling molecules that form supramolecular nanofiber networks that exhibit unique dynamic properties. Development of supramolecular hydrogels that degrade in response to various biomolecules could potentially be used for applications in areas such as drug delivery and diagnostics. Here we provide a synthetic procedure for preparing redox-responsive supramolecular hydrogelators that are used to create hydrogels that degrade in response to oxidizing or reducing conditions. The synthesis takes ∼2-4 d, and it can potentially be carried out in parallel to prepare multiple hydrogelator candidates. This described solid-phase peptide synthesis protocol can be used to produce previously described hydrogelators or to construct a focused molecular library to efficiently discover and optimize new hydrogelators. In addition, we describe the preparation of redox-responsive supramolecular hydrogel-enzyme hybrids that are created by mixing aqueous solutions of hydrogelators and enzymes, which requires 2 h for completion. The resultant supramolecular hydrogel-enzyme hybrids exhibit gel degradation in response to various biomolecules, and can be rationally designed by connecting the chemical reactions of the hydrogelators with enzymatic reactions. Gel degradation in response to biomolecules as triggers occurs within a few hours. We also describe the preparation of hydrogel-enzyme hybrids arrayed on flat glass slides, enabling high-throughput analysis of biomolecules such as glucose, uric acid, lactate and so on by gel degradation, which is detectable by the naked eye. The protocol requires ∼6 h to prepare the hydrogel-enzyme hybrid array and to complete the biomolecule assay.

  18. Preparation and Characterization of Nanosized LiCoO2 by Sol-Gel Process

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    ZHOU; YingKe

    2001-01-01

    In the intense search for high-energy density cathode materials for use in lithium-ion rechargeable battery technology, LiCoO2 has become the first, and one of the most promising, for commercial applications1. Sol-gel chemistry has recently evolved as a powerful approach for preparing inorganic materials such as glasses and ceramics2. The improved sol-gel process is based on the ability of certain weak acids to form polybasic acid chelates with various cations. These chelates can undergo polyesterification when heated in a polyhydroxyl alcohol to form a solid polymeric resin through which the cations are uniformly distributed. Thus the resin retains homogeneity on the atomic scale and may be calcined at low temperature to yield fine particulate oxides. Using this method, it is possible to obtain phase-pure ultrafine crystalline nanophases after firing the ploymeric precursors at some appointed temperature for several hours. In this work we reported that nanosized LiCoO2 were prepared by the improved sol-gel process.  ……

  19. Preparation and Characterization of Nanosized LiCoO2 by Sol-Gel Process

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    2001-01-01

    @@ In the intense search for high-energy density cathode materials for use in lithium-ion rechargeable battery technology, LiCoO2 has become the first, and one of the most promising, for commercial applications1. Sol-gel chemistry has recently evolved as a powerful approach for preparing inorganic materials such as glasses and ceramics2. The improved sol-gel process is based on the ability of certain weak acids to form polybasic acid chelates with various cations. These chelates can undergo polyesterification when heated in a polyhydroxyl alcohol to form a solid polymeric resin through which the cations are uniformly distributed. Thus the resin retains homogeneity on the atomic scale and may be calcined at low temperature to yield fine particulate oxides. Using this method, it is possible to obtain phase-pure ultrafine crystalline nanophases after firing the ploymeric precursors at some appointed temperature for several hours. In this work we reported that nanosized LiCoO2 were prepared by the improved sol-gel process.

  20. Synthesis and Characterization of Sol-Gel Prepared Silver Nanoparticles

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    Ahlawat, Dharamvir Singh; Kumari, Rekha; Rachna; Yadav, Indu

    2014-03-01

    Silver nanoparticles (SNPs) have been successfully prepared using sol-gel method by annealing the sample at 550°C for 30 min. The SNPs were not confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis when the annealing temperature was considered at 450°C. They were also not confirmed without calcination of the sample. The physical mechanism of silver clusters formation in the densified silica matrix with respect to thermal treatment has been understood. The presence of silver metal in the silica matrix was confirmed by XRD analysis and TEM image of the samples. The average size of nanoparticles dispersed in silica matrix was determined as 10.2 nm by the XRD technique. The synthesized nanocomposites were also characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy with a peak in the absorption spectra at around 375 nm. The distribution of particle size has been reported here in the range from 8 nm to 25 nm by TEM observations of the sample prepared at 550°C. The spherically smaller size (≈10 nm) SNPs have reported the surface plasmons resonance (SPR) peak less than or near to 400 nm due to blue-shifting and effect of local refractive index. Without annealing the silica samples the absorption spectra does not show any peak around 375 nm. The FTIR spectroscopy of the three types of samples prepared at different temperatures (room temperature, 450°C and 550°C) has also been reported. This spectra have provided the identification of different chemical groups in the prepared samples. It has been predicted that the size of SNPs by XRD, UV-Visible and TEM results have agreed well with each other. It may be concluded that formation of SNPs is a function of annealing temperature.

  1. PREPARATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF TIO2-SILICONE NANOCOMPOSITE OBTAINED BY SOL-GEL METHOD

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    KOIZHAIGANOVA Meruyert

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The sol-gel process is attractive for the nanocomposite preparation due to its unique advantages such as low temperature processing, high homogeneity of final products and its capability to generate materials with controlled surface properties. The preparation of TiO2-Silicone nanocomposite by sol–gel method, which is efficient at producing thin, transparent multi-component oxide layers, was considered due to its possible application as finishing coating on leather. In this study the preparation and characterization of TiO2-Silicone nanocomposite were investigated. TiO2-Silicone nanocomposite was prepared from titanium n-butoxide (TBO and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS catalyzed with acid. The chemical structure of the composite was evaluated by means of Raman spectroscopy. Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM was employed to characterize the surface properties of composite films. In summary, the colloidal TiO2–Silicone nanocomposite solution was successfully synthesized using the sol-gel method. The turbidity value of the TiO2–Silicone nanocomposite solution was 12.7 ntu. The TiO2–Silicone nanocomposite was mildly acidic with a pH value of 5.2. It was determined that the viscosity of the TiO2– Silicone nanocomposite solution was approximately equal to 1-3 mPa.s. The particles sizes were approximately 5.4 nm, with the coatings being approximately 0.06 µm in thickness. From the results obtained it was revealed that the TiO2-Silicone nanocomposite can be used as coating in leather fninshing process.

  2. Characterizations of maghemite thin films prepared by a sol-gel method

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    Lau, L. N., E-mail: lau7798@gmail.com; Ibrahim, N. B., E-mail: baayah@ukm.edu.my [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 UKM Bangi, Selangor. Malaysia (Malaysia)

    2015-09-25

    Iron is one of the abundant elements of Mother Nature and its compound, iron oxide is an interesting material to study since its discovery in the form of magnetite. It can exist in many phases such as hematite and maghemite, this unique nature has put it as a potential candidate in various applications. The aim of this work is to study the influence of different precursor concentrations on the microstructural and magnetic properties of iron oxide thin film. All samples were prepared via the sol-gel method followed by a spin coating technique on quartz substrates. Iron oxide films were confirmed as maghemite phase from X-ray diffraction patterns. The film morphology was examined by a field emission scanning electron microscope and it showed non-systematic value of average grain size and film thickness throughout the study. Hysteresis loop further confirmed that maghemite is a magnetic material when it was characterized by a vibrating sample magnetometer. The coercivity did not show any correlation with molarity. Nevertheless, it increased as the precursor concentration of the film increased due to the domain behaviour. In conclusion, maghemite thin films were successfully synthesized by the sol-gel method with different precursor concentrations in this work.

  3. 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.

  4. External polyacrylate-coating as alternative material for preparation of photopolymerized sol-gel monolithic column.

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    Vaz, Fernando Antonio Simas; de Castro, Patrícia Mendonça; Molina, Celso; Ribeiro, Sidney José Lima; Polachini, Ferminio César; Messaddeq, Younes; Nunes, Adriana Palombo; de Oliveira, Marcone Augusto Leal

    2008-06-30

    Photopolymerized sol-gel monolithic columns for use in capillary electrochromatography were prepared in 125 microm i.d. polyacrylate-coated fused-silica capillaries. The polyacrylate-coating, unlike the polyimide one, is transparent to the radiation used (approximately 370 nm), and thus, no coating removal is necessary. This is a very important particularity since intrinsic capillary column characteristics, such as flexibility and mechanical resistance, are unchanged. A mixture containing metacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS) as the polymeric precursor, hydrochloric acid as the catalyst, toluene as the porogen and bis(2,4,6-trimethylbenzoyl)-phenylphosphine oxide (Irgacure 819) as the photoinitiator was irradiated at 370 nm for 20 min inside the capillaries to prepare the columns through sol-gel approach. The versatility and viability of the use of polyacrilate as a new capillary external coating were shown through preparation of two columns under different conditions, which were tested in electrochromatography for separation of standard mixture containing thiourea (marker compound), propylbenzene, phenanthrene and pyrene.

  5. Surface treatment of nickel substrate for the preparation of BSCCO film through sol-gel method

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    Yang Huazhe, E-mail: hzyang@mail.cmu.edu.cn [Department of Biophysics, College of Basic Medical Science, China Medical University, Shenyang 110001 (China); Yu Xiaoming [Institute of Materials Physics and Chemistry, School of Sciences, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Ji Yang [Stomatology Department of the General Hospital of Shenyang Military Area Command, Shenyang, 110840 (China); Qi Yang, E-mail: qiyang@imp.neu.edu.cn [Institute of Materials Physics and Chemistry, School of Sciences, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China)

    2012-03-15

    A modified degreasing-oxidization process was devised and settled to treat the surface of nickel (Ni) substrates, and BSCCO films were prepared on the treated NiO/Ni substrates by sol-gel method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical microscopy were adopted to clarify the function of different treatment on phase formation and wettability of NiO/Ni substrates. Differential thermal analysis and thermal gravimetry analysis were adopted to confirm the desirable heat treatment process. XRD and scanning electron microscopy were adopted to investigate the phase constituent and surface morphology of BSCCO films. Results demonstrate that both the surface wettability of the substrate to sol and the lattice matching between the substrate and BSCCO can be improved through the modified treatment, which are favorable for the preparation of BSCCO films.

  6. Preparation and anti-bacterial properties of a temperature sensitive gel containing silver nanoparticles

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    The purpose of this study was to prepare a novel temperature-sensitive spray gel containing silver nanoparticles and investigate its anti-bacterial properties in vitro. Methods: The aqueous complex gel was prepared by Pluronic F127 (18-22%) and Pluronic F68 (3-9%) through a cold method to obtain a p...

  7. Sol-gel preparation of silica and titania thin films

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    Thoř, Tomáš; Václavík, Jan

    2016-11-01

    Thin films of silicon dioxide (SiO2) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) for application in precision optics prepared via the solgel route are being investigated in this paper. The sol-gel process presents a low cost approach, which is capable of tailoring thin films of various materials in optical grade quality. Both SiO2 and TiO2 are materials well known for their application in the field of anti-reflective and also highly reflective optical coatings. For precision optics purposes, thickness control and high quality of such coatings are of utmost importance. In this work, thin films were deposited on microscope glass slides substrates using the dip-coating technique from a solution based on alkoxide precursors of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and titanium isopropoxide (TIP) for SiO2 and TiO2, respectively. As-deposited films were studied using spectroscopic ellipsometry to determine their thickness and refractive index. Using a semi-empirical equation, a relationship between the coating speed and the heat-treated film thickness was described for both SiO2 and TiO2 thin films. This allows us to control the final heat-treated thin film thickness by simply adjusting the coating speed. Furthermore, films' surface was studied using the white-light interferometry. As-prepared films exhibited low surface roughness with the area roughness parameter Sq being on average of 0.799 nm and 0.33 nm for SiO2 and TiO2, respectively.

  8. /dopamine films prepared by sol-gel method

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    Valverde-Aguilar, G.; Prado-Prone, G.; Vergara-Aragón, P.; Garcia-Macedo, J.; Santiago, Patricia; Rendón, Luis

    2014-09-01

    Dopamine was encapsulated into nanoporous amorphous TiO2 matrix by sol-gel method under atmospheric conditions. A second sample was obtained by the addition of the crown-ether 15C5 in this previous sample. Thin films were spin-coated on glass wafers. No heat treatment was employed in both films. All films were characterized using infrared spectroscopy, high resolution transmission electronic microscopy, X-ray diffraction, optical absorption and scanning electronic microscopy. Despite the films prepared with 15C5 were no calcined, a partial crystallization was identified. Anatase and rutile nanoparticles with sizes of 4-5 nm were obtained. Photoconductivity technique was used to determine the charge transport mechanism on these films. Experimental data were fitted with straight lines at darkness and under illumination wavelengths at 320, 400, and 515 nm. It indicates an ohmic behavior. Photovoltaic and photoconductivity parameters were determined from the current density vs. the applied-electrical-field results. Amorphous film has bigger photovoltaic and photoconductive parameters than the partially crystalline film. Results observed in the present investigation prove that the nanoporous TiO2 matrix can protect the dopamine inhibiting its chemical instability. This fact modifies the optical, physical and electrical properties of the film, and is intensified when 15C5 is added.

  9. Ionic conductivity of Bi{sub 2}Ni{sub x}V{sub 1−x}O{sub 5.5−3x/2} (0.1 ≤ x ≤ 0.2) oxides prepared by a low temperature sol-gel route

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    Rusli, Rolan; Patah, Aep, E-mail: ismu@chem.itb.ac.id; Prijamboedi, Bambang, E-mail: ismu@chem.itb.ac.id; Ismunandar, E-mail: ismu@chem.itb.ac.id [Inorganic and Physical Chemistry Division, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jl. Ganesha 10, Bandung 40132 (Indonesia); Abrahams, Isaac [Materials Research Institute, School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS (United Kingdom)

    2014-03-24

    Solid oxides fuel cells (SOFCs) is one technology that could contribute toward future sustainable energy. One of the most important components of an SOFC is the electrolyte, which must have high ionic conductivity. Cation substitution of vanadium in Bi{sub 4}V{sub 2}O{sub 11} yields a family of fast oxide ion conducting solids known collectively as the BIMEVOXes (bismuth metal vanadium oxide), which have the potential to be applied as electrolytes in SOFCs. The purpose of this work is to study the effect of Ni concentration, when used as a dopant, on the ionic conductivity of Bi{sub 2}Ni{sub x}V{sub 1−x}O{sub 5.5−3x/2} (BINIVOX) oxides (0.1 ≤ x ≤ 0.2) when prepared by a sol gel method. The gels were calcined at 600 °C for 24 h to produce pure BINIVOX. These oxides were found to exhibit the γ-phase structure with tetragonal symmetry in space group I4/mmm. Ionic conductivity of BINIVOX at 300 °C were 6.9 × 10{sup −3} S cm{sup −1}, 1.2 × 10{sup −3} S cm{sup −1}, and 8.2 × 10{sup −4} S cm{sup −1}, for x = 0.1; 0.15; and 0.2; respectively; and at 600 °C were 1.1 × 10{sup −1} S cm{sup −1}, 5.3 × 10{sup −2} S cm{sup −1}, and 2.8 ×10{sup −2} S cm{sup −1}, for x = 0.1; 0.15; and 0.2; respectively.

  10. Ionic liquid-mediated bis[(3-methyldimethoxysilyl)propyl] polypropylene oxide-based polar sol-gel coatings for capillary microextraction.

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    Shearrow, Anne M; Bhansali, Shekhar; Malik, Abdul

    2009-09-04

    Two ionic liquids (IL), namely, 1-methyl-3-octylimidazolium chloride (MOIC) and trihexyltetradecylphosphonium tetrafluoroborate (TTPT) were used to prepare polar and nonpolar sol-gel coatings for capillary microextraction (CME). Bis[(3-methyldimethoxysilyl)propyl] polypropylene oxide (BMPO), containing sol-gel active terminal methoxysilyl groups and polar propylene oxide repeating units, was used to prepare polar sol-gel hybrid organic-inorganic coatings. Hydroxy-terminated poly(dimethyl-co-diphenylsiloxane) was used as the sol-gel active organic component for nonpolar sol-gel hybrid coatings. Compared to a sol-gel BMPO coating prepared without IL, the sol-gel BMPO coatings prepared with the use of both of these ILs provided more efficient extraction as is evidenced by more pronounced GC peak areas. The MOIC-mediated sol-gel BMPO coating provided larger GC peak areas compared to the TTPT-mediated sol-gel BMPO coating. Scanning electron microscopy results suggested that MOIC provided a more porous morphology of the sol-gel BMPO extraction media compared to that prepared with TTPT. Thus, individual ILs can affect the porosity of sol-gel materials to different degrees. Overall, the sol-gel BMPO coating prepared with the ILs could extract nonpolar to polar analytes directly from aqueous samples. Detection limits were on the order of nanograms per liter (1.9-330.5 ng/L) depending on the analyte class. Furthermore, the MOIC-mediated sol-gel BMPO coating demonstrated high thermal stability (330 degrees C), solvent resistance, and fast extraction equilibrium (10-15 min) for polar and moderately polar analytes.

  11. Preparation and clinical application of indomethacin gel for medical treatment of stomatitis.

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    Momo, Kenji; Shiratsuchi, Tatsuko; Taguchi, Hiroyuki; Hashizaki, Kaname; Saito, Yoshihiro; Makimura, Mizue; Ogawa, Naotake

    2005-05-01

    The preparation and clinical applications of indomethacin (IM) gel were investigated in the treatment of stomatitis resulting from chemotherapy and radiotherapy for cancer. IM gel was prepared by adding various water-soluble polymers [hydroxypropyl cellulose (HPC), etc.] to IM aqueous solution. The release rate of IM from IM gels was found to decrease with increasing polymer concentration and viscosity and to follow a first-order reaction rate equation. The release rate of IM from the IM gel with HPC was decreased gradually with increasing polymer concentration and to be easily controllable compared with gels with other polymers. The time before pain relief occurred after application of the IM gel was slightly shorter and the duration of pain relief was longer compared with the IM aqueous solution. It was confirmed that IM gel is useful in the treatment of stomatitis.

  12. Preparation and mechanical properties of silicon oxycarbide fibers from electrospinning/sol-gel process

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    Wang, Xiaofei [School of Materials Sciences and Engineering, Tianjin University, 300072 Tianjin (China); Gong, Cairong, E-mail: gcr@tju.edu.cn [School of Materials Sciences and Engineering, Tianjin University, 300072 Tianjin (China); Fan, Guoliang [School of Materials Sciences and Engineering, Tianjin University, 300072 Tianjin (China)

    2011-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Ceramic fibers, silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) fibers were demonstrated and showed higher mechanical properties from electrospinning/sol-gel process at 1000 Degree-Sign C. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer SiOC fibers with low cost are promising to substitute the non-oxide fibers. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Successful preparation of SiOC fibers by electrospinning/sol-gel process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Confirmation of the designed product using material characterization methods. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The SiOC fibers prepared at 1000 Degree-Sign C possess higher strength (967 MPa). -- Abstract: Silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) fibers were produced through the electrospinning of the solution containing vinyltrimethoxysilane and tetraethoxysilane in the course of sol-gel reaction with pyrolysis to ceramic. The effect of the amount of spinning agent Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) on the dope spinnability was investigated. At a mass ratio of PVP/alkoxides = 0.05, the spinning sol exhibited an optimal spinnable time of 50 min and generated a large quantity of fibers. Electrospun fibers were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermo gravimetric analysis-differential scanning calorimetry (TGA-DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The SEM results revealed that the SiOC fibers had a smooth surface and dense cross-section, free of residue pores and cracks. The XPS results gave high content of SiC (13.99%) in SiOC fibers. The SiOC fibers prepared at 1000 Degree-Sign C had a high tensile strength of 967 MPa and Young's modulus of 58 GPa.

  13. Iron Oxide Silica Derived from Sol-Gel Synthesis

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    João Carlos Diniz da Costa

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available In this work we investigate the effect of iron oxide embedded in silica matrices as a function of Fe/Si molar ratio and sol pH. To achieve homogeneous dispersion of iron oxide particles, iron nitrate nonahydrate was dissolved in hydrogen peroxide and was mixed with tetraethyl orthosilicate and ethanol in a sol-gel synthesis method. Increasing the calcination temperature led to a reduction in surface area, although the average pore radius remained almost constant at about 10 Å, independent of the Fe/Si molar ratio or sol pH. Hence, the densification of the matrix was accompanied by similar reduction in pore volume. However, calcination at 700 °C resulted in samples with similar surface area though the iron oxide content increased from 5% to 50% Fe/Si molar ratio. As metal oxide particles have lower surface area than polymeric silica structures, these results strongly suggest that the iron oxides opposed the silica structure collapse. The effect of sol pH was found to be less significant than the Fe/Si molar ratio in the formation of molecular sieve structures derived from iron oxide silica.

  14. Synthesis of lithium doped zinc oxide by sol gel

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    MEZIANE, K.; ELHICHOU, A.; ELHAMIDI, A.; ALMAGGOUSSI, A.; CHHIBA, M.

    2016-10-01

    Li-doped ZnO thin films were prepared by sol-gel method and deposed on glass substrate using spin coating technique. The effects of Li on structural and optical properties were investigated. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis reveals that Li incorporation leads to the great improvement of the crystalline quality of ZnO thin films. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed that nanowires are aligned nearly perpendicular to the substrate plane and are affected significantly by Li incorporation. The optical transmission of the films was higher than 80% in the visible region. It is found that the optical gap and the refractive index remain practically constant.

  15. ZIRCONIUM OXIDE NANOSTRUCTURES PREPARED BY ANODIC OXIDATION

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    Dang, Y. Y.; Bhuiyan, M.S.; Paranthaman, M. P.

    2008-01-01

    Zirconium oxide is an advanced ceramic material highly useful for structural and electrical applications because of its high strength, fracture toughness, chemical and thermal stability, and biocompatibility. If highly-ordered porous zirconium oxide membranes can be successfully formed, this will expand its real-world applications, such as further enhancing solid-oxide fuel cell technology. Recent studies have achieved various morphologies of porous zirconium oxide via anodization, but they have yet to create a porous layer where nanoholes are formed in a highly ordered array. In this study, electrochemical methods were used for zirconium oxide synthesis due to its advantages over other coating techniques, and because the thickness and morphology of the ceramic fi lms can be easily tuned by the electrochemical parameters, such as electrolyte solutions and processing conditions, such as pH, voltage, and duration. The effects of additional steps such as pre-annealing and post-annealing were also examined. Results demonstrate the formation of anodic porous zirconium oxide with diverse morphologies, such as sponge-like layers, porous arrays with nanoholes ranging from 40 to 75 nm, and nanotube layers. X-ray powder diffraction analysis indicates a cubic crystallographic structure in the zirconium oxide. It was noted that increased voltage improved the ability of the membrane to stay adhered to the zirconium substrate, whereas lower voltages caused a propensity for the oxide fi lm to fl ake off. Further studies are needed to defi ne the parameters windows that create these morphologies and to investigate other important characteristics such as ionic conductivity.

  16. Preparation of calcium fluoroaluminosilicate glasses containing sodium and phosphorus by the nonhydrolytic sol-gel method

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    Cestari, Alexandre; Bandeira, Lucimara C.; Calefi, Paulo S. [Universidade de Franca, Av. Dr. Armando Salles Oliveira 201, Pq. Universitario, 14404-600 Franca, SP (Brazil); Nassar, Eduardo J. [Universidade de Franca, Av. Dr. Armando Salles Oliveira 201, Pq. Universitario, 14404-600 Franca, SP (Brazil)], E-mail: ejnassar@unifran.br; Ciuffi, Katia J. [Universidade de Franca, Av. Dr. Armando Salles Oliveira 201, Pq. Universitario, 14404-600 Franca, SP (Brazil)

    2009-03-20

    Aluminum and silicon oxide-based inorganic matrices have been extensively studied because of their countless applications. Dental cements consist of aluminum and silicon-based amorphous polymeric materials containing fluoride, sodium, phosphorus and calcium, which are also good candidates for bone replacement. The nonhydrolytic sol-gel method has emerged as an alternative route for the preparation of these materials under milder conditions than those employed in traditional methods, such as oxide fusion. The main advantages of the nonhydrolytic sol-gel method include the use of low temperatures and the ready availability and easy purification of the precursors. Together, these factors have contributed to the production of highly pure materials with controlled porosity and nanometric particles. Dental restorations based on aluminosilicate matrices are known as glass ionomer cements. These materials have interesting physical and dental properties, mainly because they display anticariogenic activity and exhibit prolonged adhesiveness to the dental structure. The base of the ionomer is an aluminosilicate that is industrially synthesized by the fusion of SiO{sub 2}, Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, AlF{sub 3}, CaF{sub 2}, NaF and AlPO{sub 4}, in various concentrations. The characterizations conducted in this study reveal that this ionomer displays interesting properties, so its use as a precursor of dental cement and a biomaterial for bone replacement is highly recommended.

  17. Comparison of dosimetry gels prepared by agar and bovine gelatine

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    Sağsöz, M. E.; Korkut, Ö.; Alemdar, N.; Aktaş, S.; Çalı, E. B.; Kantarcı, M.

    2016-04-01

    Gel dosimeters are unique materials capable of showing three dimensional (3D) dose distributions of therapeutic or diagnostic exposures. Fricke gel dosimeters can be considered as chemical dosimeters that rely on a radiation-induced chemical reaction. Dose distribution of Fricke solutions containing Fe+2 ions determines the transformation of acidic, oxygen saturated Fe+2 ions to Fe+3 ions by the ionizing radiation in aqueous solutions. In this study we produced two different types of gel dosimeters using agar and bovine gelatin with similar fabrication methods. We compared the magnetic resonance (MR) T1 imaging responses of these two gel dosimeters to acquire a dose dependency of MR intensities. In conclusion agar gel dosimeters found to be produced easily and more consistent.

  18. Sol-gel based oxidation catalyst and coating system using same

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    Watkins, Anthony N. (Inventor); Leighty, Bradley D. (Inventor); Oglesby, Donald M. (Inventor); Patry, JoAnne L. (Inventor); Schryer, Jacqueline L. (Inventor)

    2010-01-01

    An oxidation catalyst system is formed by particles of an oxidation catalyst dispersed in a porous sol-gel binder. The oxidation catalyst system can be applied by brush or spray painting while the sol-gel binder is in its sol state.

  19. Processing and Characterization of Sol-Gel Cerium Oxide Microspheres

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    McClure, Zachary D. [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States); Padilla Cintron, Cristina [Pacific Northwest National Lab. (PNNL), Richland, WA (United States)

    2016-09-27

    Of interest to space exploration and power generation, Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generators (RTGs) can provide long-term power to remote electronic systems without the need for refueling or replacement. Plutonium-238 (Pu-238) remains one of the more promising materials for thermoelectric power generation due to its high power density, long half-life, and low gamma emissions. Traditional methods for processing Pu-238 include ball milling irregular precipitated powders before pressing and sintering into a dense pellet. The resulting submicron particulates of Pu-238 quickly accumulate and contaminate glove boxes. An alternative and dust-free method for Pu-238 processing is internal gelation via sol-gel techniques. Sol-gel methodology creates monodisperse and uniform microspheres that can be packed and pressed into a pellet. For this study cerium oxide microspheres were produced as a surrogate to Pu-238. The similar electronic orbitals between cerium and plutonium make cerium an ideal choice for non-radioactive work. Before the microspheres can be sintered and pressed they must be washed to remove the processing oil and any unreacted substituents. An investigation was performed on the washing step to find an appropriate wash solution that reduced waste and flammable risk. Cerium oxide microspheres were processed, washed, and characterized to determine the effectiveness of the new wash solution.

  20. Physicochemical and structural properties of glycerin gel prepared using glycyrrhizic acid diethyl ester.

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    Koga, Kenjiro; Kimura, Toshiyuki; Sakai, Kenichi; Kushida, Hiroshi; Yoshikawa, Nobuji

    2014-01-01

    Glycyrrhizic acid diethyl ester (GZ-DE) was developed as a prodrug of glycyrrhizic acid (GZ), a hepatitis therapeutic drug. We fortuitously found that GZ-DE gels with glycerin selectively while searching for a safe solvent with which to dissolve GZ-DE. Based on this gelation, the aim of this study was to investigate the preparation of the gel and study the rheology, physicochemical and structural properties of the glycerin gel by differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), capillary electrophoresis (CEP), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), and small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The glycerin gel was prepared by the addition of at least 2.0% w/w GZ-DE. This gel did not flow at room temperature. After mixing glycerin and GZ-DE, a gel was formed after 2 days at 25°C or 3 h at 60°C. Glycerin gel containing 2.4% w/w GZ-DE provided the following results: 1) The glycerin gel exhibited creep at a constant stress of less than 10 Pa, but it is a fragile gel, showing Newtonian flow at 10 Pa stress. 2) Dynamic viscoelastic measurements showed that the elastic modulus (G') exceeds the viscous modulus (G''), indicating that glycerin gel has solid-like properties. 3) DSC showed a significant difference between the glass transition temperature of glycerin and glycerin gel. 4) CEP did not reveal a new compound in the glycerin gel. 5) NMR confirmed that glycerin gel is a physical gel. 6) SAXS measurements revealed that the glycerin gel has an oval-shaped basic frame (119 nm long and 65 nm wide).

  1. Sol-Gel Synthesis and Antioxidant Properties of Yttrium Oxide Nanocrystallites Incorporating P-123

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    Rebeca Mellado-Vázquez; Margarita García-Hernández; Arturo López-Marure; Perla Yolanda López-Camacho; Ángel de Jesús Morales-Ramírez; Hiram Isaac Beltrán-Conde

    2014-01-01

    Yttrium oxide (Y2O3) nanocrystallites were synthesized by mean of a sol-gel method using two different precursors. Raw materials used were yttrium nitrate and yttrium chloride, in methanol. In order to promote oxygen vacancies, P-123 poloxamer was incorporated. Synthesized systems were heat-treated at temperatures from 700 °C to 900 °C. Systems at 900 °C were prepared in the presence and absence of P-123 using different molar ratios (P-123:Y = 1:1 and 2:1). Fourier transform infrared spectros...

  2. 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.

  3. Photochromic organic-inorganic composite materials prepared by sol-gel processing : properties and potentials

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    Hou, Lisong; Mennig, Martin; Schmidt, Helmut K.

    1994-01-01

    The sol-gel method which features a low-temperature wet-chemical process opens vast possibilities to incorporating organic dyes into solid matrices for various optical applications. In this paper we present our experimental results on the sol-gel derived photochromic organic-inorganic composite (ORMOCER) materials follwoing an introductory description of the sol-gel process and a brief review on the state of the art of the photochromic solids prepared using this method. Our photochromic spiro...

  4. TiO{sub 2} thin films prepared by sol - gel method

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    Suciu, R C; Indrea, E; Silipas, T D; Dreve, S; Rosu, M C [National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, 65-103 Donath, 400293 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Popescu, V; Popescu, G; Nascu, H I, E-mail: ramona.suciu@itim-cj.r [Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Physics Department, 15 C Daicoviciu, 400020 Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

    2009-08-01

    There is a growing awareness that titania (TiO{sub 2}) and TiO{sub 2}-based oxide systems are the most promising candidates for the development of photoelectrodes for photoelectrochemical cell (PEC) for solar-hydrogen production. The PEC is equipped with a single photoelectrode (photoanode) and cathode, both of which are immersed in an aqueous electrolyte. In this work we present a sol-gel method to prepare TiO{sub 2} thin films on ITO using tetraisopropoxides of titanium, acetylacetone, 1-butanol and Tween 80 as surfactant. The films were deposited on ITO coated glass slides by spray pyrolysis. UV-VIS spectra and fluorescence measurements were made for the solutions and films. X-ray diffraction was used for structural investigations and the morphology of the film was studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy.

  5. TiO2 thin films prepared by sol - gel method

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    Suciu, R. C.; Indrea, E.; Silipas, T. D.; Dreve, S.; Rosu, M. C.; Popescu, V.; Popescu, G.; Nascu, H. I.

    2009-08-01

    There is a growing awareness that titania (TiO2) and TiO2-based oxide systems are the most promising candidates for the development of photoelectrodes for photoelectrochemical cell (PEC) for solar-hydrogen production [1]. The PEC is equipped with a single photoelectrode (photoanode) and cathode, both of which are immersed in an aqueous electrolyte. In this work we present a sol-gel method to prepare TiO2 thin films on ITO using tetraisopropoxides of titanium, acetylacetone, 1-butanol and Tween 80 as surfactant. The films were deposited on ITO coated glass slides by spray pyrolysis. UV-VIS spectra and fluorescence measurements were made for the solutions and films. X-ray diffraction was used for structural investigations and the morphology of the film was studied by Scanning Electron Microscopy.

  6. PREPARATION OF POLYSULFONAMIDE/TiO2 NANOCOMPOSITES BY SOL-GEL

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    WANG Xiaopeng; WANG Weitao; MA Ji; DENG Jie; LIU Li

    2006-01-01

    Polysulfonamide (PSA) was synthesized at room temperature, the polymerization based on terephthaloyl chloride and 3,3 '-diaminodiphenylsulfone in the common solvent N,N -Dimethyl-acetamide (DMAc). Polysulfonamide/titanium oxide nanocomposites were prepared by sol-gel method. Tetrabutyl titanate(TBT) was added into the polysulfonamide solution, at the same time ,some water was mixed to make the TBT hydrolyze. In the process, hydrochloric acid was used to catalyze the reaction. The polysulfonamide chemistry structure was characterized by FT-IR spectrum. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) was employed to observe the microstructure of the composite film. The thermal property was investigated by TGA.The results show that we have succeeded to synthesize the polysulfonamide, TiO2particles were well distributed in the composite film and average size was about 20 nm on average, the heat-resistance of nanocomposite was batter than the pure polysulfonamide.

  7. Patterned transparent zinc oxide films produced by sol-gel embossing

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    Rao, J.; Koh, L.H.K.; Crean, G.M. [Tyndall National Institute, Lee Maltings, Prospect Row, Cork (Ireland); Department of Microelectronic Engineering, University College Cork, Cork (Ireland); O' Brien, S. [Tyndall National Institute, Lee Maltings, Prospect Row, Cork (Ireland); Winfield, R.J.

    2008-08-15

    A low cost zinc oxide embossing technique is reported as a method of fabricating structures relevant to a variety of applications. A zinc based sol-gel material was prepared from zinc acetate[Zn(C{sub 2}H{sub 3}O{sub 2}){sub 2}], monoethanolamine[H{sub 2}NC{sub 2}H{sub 4}OH] and isopropanol. The sol-gel was cast into a polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) mould a track design, placed in contact with the substrate and dried under vacuum at 70 C for 3 hours. The formed track pattern was further densified to provide a stable conductor film that retained the embossed shape. An optimum Zn sol-gel content of 0.6 M was identified. The embossed films had a transparency of greater than 83% in the visible region. The optical bandgap energy was evaluated to be 3.306 eV. The influence of ZnO sol-gel film synthesis and embossing parameters on the microstructure, morphology and optical transparency of fabricated structures is described. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  8. Synthesis of A novel aminoalkoxide of iron by oxide one-pot process: Its sol-gel application to iron oxide powder

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    Manop Panapoy

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available A low-cost and facile route to synthesize ferratrane complex, which can be employed as alkoxide precursor for iron oxide ordoped iron oxide via sol-gel technique, has been developed from the reaction of a very inexpensive and plentiful startingmaterials via the oxide one-pot synthesis (OOPS process. Ferratrane complex was directly synthesized from iron hydroxide,triethanolamine and ethylene glycol in the presence of triethylenetetramine as catalyst. The structure of resulting products was fully characterized using FTIR, 1H, 13C-NMR, elemental analysis, mass spectroscopy and TGA. Moreover, the influence ofcalcination temperature on the formation of iron oxide powders prepared by sol-gel route using the synthesized ferratranecomplex was investigated. The microstructure, morphology and electrical property of iron oxide obtained were also elucidated.

  9. {sup 99}Mo/{sup 99m}Tc generators performances prepared from zirconium molybdate gels

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    Monroy-Guzman, Fabiola; Diaz-Archundia, Laura Veronica; Hernandez-Cortes, Sabino [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)]. E-mail: fmg@nuclear.inin.mx

    2008-07-01

    {sup 99m}Tc may be produced from {sup 99}Mo/{sup 99m}Tc zirconium molybdate gel generators. These gels are part of the generator matrix and their chemical and physical characteristics directly influence the generator performances. In this work zirconium molybdate gels were synthesized under different preparation conditions and characterized by TGA, IR and INAA. Our goal was to investigate and correlate generator performance with the physical-chemical properties of the gel. The two factors studied were the molybdate solution pH and the preparation conditions of the zirconyl salt solutions. Several polymolybdate and zirconium species can be formed in solution which can inhibit or favor the zirconium molybdate gel formation or the insoluble polymolybdate-rich and zirconium oxy-hydroxide phases. The {sup 99}Mo/{sup 99m}Tc gel generator performance is directly correlated with gel structures. More regular network gels present lower generator performances compared to gels with more flexible random framework. The physico-chemical properties of the gels as well as their behavior as technetium-99m generators are presented and discussed. (author)

  10. Dosimetric properties of N-isopropylacrylamide polymer gel using nonelectrophoresis grade BIS in preparation

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    Roghayeh Khodadadi

    2015-01-01

    Conclusion: Substitution non-electrophoresis grade BIS not only reduces the cost of gel preparation without any adverse effect on its dose response, but also its lower background increases the dynamic range of dose linearity.

  11. Preparation and fluorescence properties of crystalline gel rare earth phosphates.

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    Onoda, Hiroaki; Funamoto, Takehiro

    2015-03-01

    An aqueous solution of sodium dihydrogen phosphate was mixed with a aqueous solution of lanthanum nitrate and stirred for 24 h, and the pH was adjusted to 11 using ammonia. The obtained phosphates were analyzed using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetry-differential thermal analysis, and scanning electron microscopy. The lanthanum phosphate gel was obtained with a large amount of water. The fluorescence of the gels was investigated by substituting a part of the lanthanum cations with cerium, terbium, and europium cations. UV-vis reflectance and fluorescence spectra of these substituted materials were obtained and analyzed. Rrare-earth phosphate gels with large amounts of water exhibited bluish purple, green, and red fluorescence when cation ratios of La/Ce = 70/30, La/Ce/Tb = 55/30/15, and La/Eu = 95/5 were used, respectively.

  12. Copper base materials prepared by gel-casting process

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    LIU Weihua; JIA Chengchang; SHI Yantao; HAN Yuepeng

    2008-01-01

    Gel-casting process was developed as a new molding process in the field of copper base powder metallurgy to manufacture metal parts with excellent performance and complex shapes.Through changing the parameters of gel-casting process,such as dispersant and solid loading,the corresponding effects on the rheology of Cu slurries,molding and sintering behaviors were studied.The results show that the viscosity of Cu slurries was significantly reduced with an increase in dispersant.The most appropriate solid loading was found to be 61% and the sintering temperature was 910℃ in these experiments.After the optimization of parameters of gel-casting process,copper composite parts with relatively high density and better properties were obtained.

  13. Preparation and Application of Nano-composite Poly(vinyl alcohol) Gel Electrolyte in Electrochemical Capacitor

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    陈赟; 谭强强; 徐宇兴

    2012-01-01

    A nano-composite polymer gel electrolyte was prepared using titanium oxide nanowire,poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA),lithium salt and organic solvent N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP).The obtained electrolyte has the potential for application in electrochemical capacitor,the PVA in it is in an amorphous state.The ionic conductivities of electrolytes increased after addition of the nanowire,and the electrolyte with 3%(ω) of nanowire exhibited the highest ionic conductivity of 3.2 mS/cm at 20 ℃,as measured by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.The temperature dependence of the conductivity was found to be in agreement with the Arrhenius equation.Functioning as separator and electrolyte,this nano-composite PVA gel electrolyte was used to assemble the electrochemical capacitor with active carbon film as electrodes.The compositing of nanowire may extend the life of electrochemical capacitors as they keep more than 90% of their capacitance after 5 000 cycles of charging and discharging.

  14. Lithium ceramics: sol-gel preparation and tritium release; Ceramiques lithiees: elaboration sol-gel et relachement du tritium

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    Renoult, O.

    1994-04-01

    Ceramics based on lithium aluminate (LiA1O{sub 2}), lithium zirconate (Li{sub 2}ZrO{sub 3}) and lithium titanate (Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3}) are candidates as tritium breeder blanket materials for forthcoming nuclear fusion reactors. Lithium silico-aluminate Li{sub 4+x}A1{sub 4-3x}Si{sub 2x}O{sub 8} (0 {<=} x {<=} 0,25) powders were synthetized from alkoxyde-hydroxyde sol-gel route. By direct sintering at 850-1100 deg C (without prior calcination), ceramics with controlled stoichiometry and homogenous microstructure were obtained. We have also prepared, using a comparable method, Li{sub 2}Zr{sub 1-x}Ti{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0, x = 0,1 et x = 1) materials. All these ceramics, with different microstructures and compositions, have been tested in out-of-reactor experiments. Concerning lithium aluminate microporous ceramics, the silicon substitution leads to a significant improvement of the tritrium release. Classical models taking into account independent surface mechanisms are not able to describe correctly the observed tritium release kinetics. We show, using a simple model, that the release kinetics is in fact limited by an intergranular diffusion followed by a desorption. The delay in tritium release, which occurs when the ceramic compacity increases, is explained in terms of an enhancement of the ionic T{sup +} diffusion path length. The energy required for desorption includes a leading term independent of hydrogen contained in the sweep gas. This term is attributed to the limiting recombination step of T{sup +} in molecular species HTO. For similar microstructures, the facility of tritium release for the different studied materials is explained by three properties: the crystal structure of the ceramic, the acidity of oxides and finally the presence of electronic non-stoichiometric defects. (author). 89 refs., 50 figs., 2 tabs., 1 annexe.

  15. Preparation and characterization of bioactive glass nanoparticles prepared by sol-gel for biomedical applications

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    Luz, Gisela M.; Mano, João F.

    2011-12-01

    Bioactive glass nanoparticles (BG-NPs), based on both ternary (SiO2-CaO-P2O5) and binary (SiO2-CaO) systems, were prepared via an optimized sol-gel method. The pH of preparation and the effect of heat treatment temperature were evaluated, as well as the effect of suppressing P in the bioactivity ability of the materials. The morphology and composition of the BG-NPs were studied using FTIR, XRD and SEM. The bioactive character of these materials was accessed in vitro by analyzing the ability for apatite formation onto the surface after being immersed in simulated body fluid (SBF). XRD, EDX and SEM were used to confirm the bioactivity of the materials. The BG-NP effect on cell metabolic activity was assessed by seeding L929 cells with their leachables, proving the non-cytotoxicity of the materials. Finally the most bioactive BG-NPs developed (ternary system prepared at pH 11.5 and treated at 700 °C) were successfully combined with chitosan in the production of biomimetic nanocomposite osteoconductive membranes that could have the potential to be used in guided tissue regeneration.

  16. Preparation of ferromagnetic binary alloy fine fibers byorganic gel-thermal reduction process

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    SHEN Xiang-qian; CAO Kai; ZHOU Jian-xin

    2006-01-01

    Ferromagnetic metal fibers with a high aspect ratio (length/diameter) are attractive for use as high performance electromagnetic interference shielding materials. Ferromagnetic binary alloy fine fibers of iron-nickel, iron-cobalt and cobalt-nickel were prepared by the organic gel-thermal reduction process from the raw materials of critic acid and metal salts. These alloy fibers synthesized were featured with a diameter of about 1 μm and a length as long as 1 m. The structure, thermal decomposition process and morphologies of the gel precursors and fibers derived from thermal reduction of the gel precursors were characterized by FTIR, XRD, TG/DSC and SEM. The gel spinnability largely depends on the molecular structure of metal- carboxylates formed during the gel formation. The gel consisting of linear-type structural molecules shows good spinnability.

  17. Preparation of ferromagnetic metal fine fibers by organic gel-thermal reduction process

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    2007-01-01

    The organic gel-thermal reduction process was used for the preparation of ferromagnetic metal Ni, Co and Fe fine fibers from the raw materials of citric acid, lactic acid and metal salts. The structure, thermal decomposition process and morphologies of the gel precursors and fibers derived from thermal reduction of these gel precursors were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, thermo-gravimetric/differential scanning calorimetry and scanning electron microscopy. The results show that spinnability of gel largely depends on molecular structure of metal-carboxylate complex that is a linear-type structure formed in the gel. As a result, the gels exhibit a good spinnability. Metal Ni, Co and Fe fine fibers are featured with diameters of around 1 urn and a high aspect ratio up to 1×106.

  18. [Preparation, characterization and surface-enhanced Raman properties of agarose gel/gold nanoparticles hybrid].

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    Ma, Xiao-yuan; Liu, Ying; Wang, Zhou-ping

    2014-08-01

    Agarose gel/gold nanoparticles hybrid was prepared by adding gold nanoparticles to preformed agarose gel. Naniocomposite structures and properties were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and UV-Vis-NIR absorption spectroscopy. Experimental data indicated a uniform distribution of gold nanoparticles adsorbed on agarose gel network And the excellent optical absorption properties were shown. Based on the swelling-contraction characteristics of agarose gel and the adjustable localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of the gold nanoparticles, the nano-composites were used as surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate to detect the Raman signal molecules Nile blue A. Results revealed that the porous structure of the agarose gel provided a good carrier for the enrichment of the gold nanoparticles. The gold nanoparticles dynamic hot-spot effect arising from the agarose gel contraction loss of water in the air greatly enhanced the Raman signal.

  19. Unusual inherent electrochemistry of graphene oxides prepared using permanganate oxidants.

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    Eng, Alex Yong Sheng; Ambrosi, Adriano; Chua, Chun Kiang; Saněk, Filip; Sofer, Zdeněk; Pumera, Martin

    2013-09-16

    Graphene and graphene oxides are materials of significant interest in electrochemical devices such as supercapacitors, batteries, fuel cells, and sensors. Graphene oxides and reduced graphenes are typically prepared by oxidizing graphite in strong mineral acid mixtures with chlorate (Staudenmaier, Hofmann) or permanganate (Hummers, Tour) oxidants. Herein, we reveal that graphene oxides pose inherent electrochemistry, that is, they can be oxidized or reduced at relatively mild potentials (within the range ±1 V) that are lower than typical battery potentials. This inherent electrochemistry of graphene differs dramatically from that of the used oxidants. Graphene oxides prepared using chlorate exhibit chemically irreversible reductions, whereas graphene oxides prepared through permanganate-based methods exhibit very unusual inherent chemically reversible electrochemistry of oxygen-containing groups. Insight into the electrochemical behaviour was obtained through cyclic voltammetry, chronoamperometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy experiments. Our findings are of extreme importance for the electrochemistry community as they reveal that electrode materials undergo cyclic changes in charge/discharge cycles, which has strong implications for energy-storage and sensing devices.

  20. Sol-gel synthesis and characterization of mesoporous iron-titanium mixed oxide for catalytic application

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    Parida, K.M., E-mail: paridakulamani@yahoo.com [Colloids and Materials Chemistry Department, Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar 751013, Orissa (India); Pradhan, Gajendra Kumar [Colloids and Materials Chemistry Department, Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology, Bhubaneswar 751013, Orissa (India)

    2010-10-01

    A mixed phase of mesoporous iron-titanium mixed oxide (ITMO) has been successfully synthesized by simple sol-gel technique by taking iron (II) sulphate and Ti-isopropoxide as the precursors and sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS) as the surfactant. The prepared catalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), diffuse reflectance UV-vis spectra (UV-vis DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS), N{sub 2} adsorption-desorptions isotherm, temperature programmed desorption (TPD) and gas chromatography (GC). Low-angle XRD (LAXRD) as well as surface area analysis confirms the mesoporosity nature of the catalysts. The phase and crystallinity were revealed by XRD study. The crystallinity of the catalysts increased with increase in calcinations temperature. Catalysts screening were performed for oxidation of cyclohexane to cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone.

  1. Sol–gel synthesis of nanostructured indium tin oxide with controlled morphology and porosity

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    Kőrösi, László, E-mail: ltkorosi@gmail.com [Department of Biotechnology, Nanophage Therapy Center, Enviroinvest Corporation, Kertváros u. 2, H-7632 Pécs (Hungary); Scarpellini, Alice [Department of Nanochemistry, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, via Morego 30, 16163 Genova (Italy); Petrik, Péter [Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Konkoly-Thege út 29-33, H-1121 Budapest (Hungary); Papp, Szilvia [Department of Biotechnology, Nanophage Therapy Center, Enviroinvest Corporation, Kertváros u. 2, H-7632 Pécs (Hungary); Dékány, Imre [MTA-SZTE Supramolecular and Nanostructured Materials Research Group, University of Szeged, Dóm tér 8, H-6720 Szeged (Hungary)

    2014-11-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Nanocrystalline ITO thin films and powders were prepared by a sol–gel method. • The nature of the compounds used for hydrolysis plays a key role in the morphology. • Hydrolysis of In{sup 3+}/Sn{sup 4+} with EA led to a rod-like morphology. • Monodisperse spherical ITO nanoparticles were obtained on the use of AC. • ITO{sub E}A was highly porous, while ITO{sub A}C contained densely packed nanocrystals. - Abstract: Nanostructured indium tin oxide (ITO) powders and thin films differing in morphology and porosity were prepared by a sol–gel method. In{sup 3+} and Sn{sup 4+} were hydrolyzed in aqueous medium through the use of ethanolamine (EA) or sodium acetate (AC). X-ray diffraction measurements demonstrated that both EA and AC furnished indium tin hydroxide, which became nanocrystalline after aging for one day. The indium tin hydroxide samples calcined at 550 °C afforded ITO with a cubic crystal structure, but the morphology differed significantly, depending on the agent used for hydrolysis. Electron microscopy revealed the formation of round monodisperse nanoparticles when AC was used, whereas the application of EA led to rod-like ITO nanoparticles. Both types of nanoparticles were suitable for the preparation of transparent and conductive ITO thin films. The influence of the morphology and porosity on the optical properties is discussed.

  2. Hydrogen photochromism in V{sub 2}O{sub 5} layers prepared by the sol–gel technology

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    Wang, Yi; Pan, Lei [Center for Composite Materials, Harbin Institute of Technology (China); Li, Yao, E-mail: yaoli@hit.edu.cn [Center for Composite Materials, Harbin Institute of Technology (China); Gavrilyuk, A.I., E-mail: gavrilyuk@mail.ioffe.ru [A.F. Ioffe Physical Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Sankt-Petersburg (Russian Federation)

    2014-09-30

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • We prepared the V{sub 2}O{sub 5} gel layer by the sol–gel technology to investigate the photochromism. • The comprehensive characterization of the gels was carried out with the help of different technique. • The photochromic sensitivity of the layers was enhanced with thickness. • The position of the arising absorption band in the spectral range was dependant on the concentration of inserted hydrogen atoms. - Abstract: Here we report on hydrogen photochromism in V{sub 2}O{sub 5} highly disordered layers, i.e., photochromism that occurs due to hydrogen atoms; the hydrogen being detached under the action of light from organic molecules adsorbed on the oxide surface, whereas the V{sub 2}O{sub 5} layers have been prepared by the sol–gel technology. The comprehensive characterization of the layers has been carried out, as well as the investigation of the parameters influencing their photochromic sensitivity. The high photochromic sensitivity of the V{sub 2}O{sub 5} layers is provided by the surface Grotthuss diffusion of the injected protons.

  3. Triple-transforming gel prepared by β-cyclodextrin,diphenylamine and lithium chloride in N,N-dimethylacetamide

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    Yuan Yuan Li; Wen Jing Zhao; Hua Cheng Zhang; Tao Sun; Wei An; Fei Fei Xin; Ai You Hao

    2010-01-01

    This paper describes a triple-transforming gel system(gel-sol-gel')for the first time,which is a thermo-responsive and multicomponent organogel prepared by β-cyclodextrin(β-CD),diphenylamine(DPA)and lithium chloride(LiCl)in N,N-dimethylacetamide(DMAC)in a suitable proportion based on the supramolecular interactions.In the triple-transforming gel system,a gel(gel A)could be formed by β-CD,DPA and LiCl in DMAC at room temperature based on stirring,then the gel could transform into a clear solution based on heating,and then the other gel(gel B)can be formed at a relatively high temperature(Tgel,the gelation temperature by heating).The two gel states in the triple-transforming gel system have different microstructures.This gel system was characterized by OM,SEM,IR and rheology.

  4. Preparation of silane-WO{sub 3} film through sol-gel method and characterization of photochromism

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    Luo Zhongkuan [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, Guangdong (China)], E-mail: luozhongkuan@126.com; Yang Jianjun [Xinyi Glass Holdings Limited, Shenzhen 518115, Guangdong (China); Cai Honghua; Li Haiyang; Ren Xiangzhong; Liu Jianhong; Liang Xun [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, Guangdong (China)

    2008-06-30

    The sol of silane and WO{sub 3} was prepared from tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and methacryloxy-propyl-trimethoxy silane (KH570) with a novel route as described in previous work, and the aqueous WO{sub 3} solution was prepared from ammonium tungstate. These two sols were mixed by stirring for about 1 hour with a certain ratio. Through sol-gel method, the transparent hybrids coating of organic silane and tungsten oxide was prepared by spraying or dipping on the glass substrates, and then were heat-treated at a certain temperature. The photochromic properties were investigated. AFM was used to investigate the surface structure of the prepared coatings. The crystalline phase was studied through X-ray diffraction. UV lights with different wavelengths were used to get the coloration of the film. The results show that silane-WO{sub 3} film exhibits better photo-chromic properties under UV light irradiation.

  5. Preparation of iron oxides and oxihydroxides

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    Iveta Štyriaková

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Iron oxides are common minerals that occur in the environment, either naturally or as a result of human activities.The most common Fe(III-hydroxides and -oxides include ferrihydrite (Fe5HO8 .4H2O that transforms to hematite (a-Fe2O3 and/or goethite (a-FeOOH.That depends on the solution composition, temperature and pH. Depending on the composition of the solid and solution, oxidation can transform the green rust (a product formed by a metal corrosion to lepidocrocite (γ -FeOOH or magnetite (Fe(IIFe(III 2O4 . Weathering can degrade magnetite to maghemite (γ –Fe2O3 and all of the Fe-oxides are subject to an attack and dissolution by organic acids and ligands that are formed during the breakdown of biological material. Iron oxides can be prepared by hydrolysis of acidic Fe3+ solutions or by controlled oxidation of Fe2+ solutions. Goethite, lepidocrocite and magnetite were prepared by oxidation of Fe2+ solutions under slightly different values of pH, Fe concentrations and rates of oxidation. Maghemite was prepared by a thermal transformation from synthetic lepidocrocite heated in a furnace at 250 °C for 2h. Hematite was prepared by forced hydrolysis of Fe3+ solution from a chlorine system (FeCl3 at the temperature close to 100 °C under strongly acidic conditions (pH 1-2. Main mineral phases were confirmed by the RTG diffraction and IR spectroscopy method. Iron oxides are excellent, renewable adsorbents, and often control free metals through adsorption reaction.

  6. Electrical stability of Al-doped ZnO transparent electrode prepared by sol-gel method

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    Tabassum, Samia, E-mail: shawon14@gmail.com; Yamasue, Eiji; Okumura, Hideyuki; Ishihara, Keiichi N.

    2016-07-30

    Highlights: • Al-doped ZnO thin film was deposited by sol-gel method in different annealing temperature and duration. • We examined the environmental stability in ambient and damp heat condition. • We investigated chemical state of thin film. • Better stability was observed in the film annealed at high temperature (600 °C) along with longer duration (120 min). • An ultrathin aluminum oxide layer formation was predicted by XPS measurement which protects further oxidation and improves stability. - Abstract: Al-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films have been considered as a promising alternative to tin doped indium oxide (ITO), which is currently used in various optoelectronic applications. However, the environmental stability of AZO film is not satisfactory, in that the resistivity is significantly increases in air. Here, we investigate the resistivity stability of AZO thin films prepared by sol-gel method using various annealing temperatures and durations. The degradation of resistivity property was observed for AZO films stored in ambient or damp heat environment, where the degradation rate was influenced by annealing temperature. A significant improvement of electrical stability was attained in AZO films that were prepared at high annealing temperature. The films, which showed the highest and the lowest increasing rate of resistivity, were further characterized in detail to shed light on the possible mechanisms explaining the improved stability through crystallinity, surface morphology and elemental state of the thin film.

  7. Preparation of nanometer yttrium oxide

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    HUO; Cheng-zhang; LIU; Zhi-qiang; LIANG; Zhen-feng; LI; Xing-ying

    2005-01-01

    The nanometer yttrium oxides were obtained through precipitation in aqueous solution by reaction with ammonium bicarbonate. The reaction between yttrium chloride and ammonium bicarbonate, the effect of surfactants on particle size and the methods of controlling agglomeration were studied. Compared to other methods, the method of controlling the agglomeration by adding surfactant is one of the best methods for controlling the agglomeration of nanometer particles in wetchemical process. Increasing surfactants in process of precipitation deduced particle size, obtained narrow size distribution of primary particles. As for the concentration range studied, excess surfactants increased the particle size on the contrary. Characteristics of the thermal decomposition of yttrium carbonate were studied. It indicated that the approximate chemical composition of the precipi tate was Y(OH)Clx (CO3)(1-x/2) · 3H2O,the cubic Y2O3 was obtained above 600℃ , the specific surface and the remain chloride of nanometer Y2O3 was decreased with calcinating temperature rising. The spherical nanometer yttrium oxide was gained with primary particles<50 nm,agglomerate distribution D50 < 150 nm, BET> 35 m2/g, agglomerate constant (D50/DBET ) <6.

  8. SEM studies of the structure of the gels prepared from untreated and radiation modified potato starch

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    Cieśla, Krystyna; Sartowska, Bożena; Królak, Edward

    2015-01-01

    Potato starch was irradiated with a 60Co gamma rays using doses of 5, 10, 20 and 30 kGy. Gels containing ca. 9.1% of starch were prepared by heating the starch suspensions in the heating chamber stabilized at 100 °C. Four procedures were applied for preparation of the samples in regard to SEM studies and the ability to observe the radiation effect by SEM was assessed for each method. Differences were observed between the SEM images recorded for the non-irradiated samples prepared using all the methods, and those irradiated. Images of the non-irradiated gels indicate generally a honey-comb structure, while smooth areas but with oriented fractures has appeared after irradiation. Modification of gel structure corresponds to the applied dose. The results were related to the process of gel formation (as observed by means of the hot stage microscope) to decrease in swelling power of the irradiated starch and to decreased viscosity of the resulting gels. It can be concluded that the differences in structural properties of gels shown by SEM result probably due to the better homogenization of the gels formed after radiation induced degradation.

  9. Properties of tin oxides prepared by ion-beam-sputtering

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    Becker, Martin; Hamann, Robert; Polity, Angelika; Feili, Davar; Meyer, Bruno K. [I. Physikalisches Institut, Justus-Liebig-Universitaet Giessen, Heinrich-Buff-Ring 16, 35392 Giessen (Germany)

    2013-07-01

    The success of n-type oxide semiconductors and its application in oxide-based electronic devices has motivated the interest in p-type oxide based semiconductors. Therefore synthesis of tin monoxide (SnO) recently has received increasing attention. Another phase of this binary system, SnO{sub 2}, is of great technological interest in manifold applications, such as transparent electrodes, heat-reflecting filters and gas sensing. The preparation of tin oxide thin films has been performed by many different procedures such as sol/gel, epitaxial procedures or methods working under vacuum conditions like sputtering techniques. Radio-Frequency-Ion-Thrusters, as designed for propulsion applications, are also qualified for thin film deposition and surface etching if utilized as ion source. Tin oxide thin films were grown by ion-beam sputtering using a 3 inch metallic tin target. Different aspects of growth and properties of the tin oxide phases were investigated in relation to growth parameters such as substrate temperature or flux of oxygen. Structural, optical and electrical properties of the films are discussed.

  10. Preparation and Characterization of CuO Nanoparticles by Novel Sol-Gel Technique

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    Y. Aparna

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Recent developments of nanosize materials of metal and metal oxide particles are intensively pursued because of their prominence in different fields of applications. Among all the transition metal oxides, CuO is a potential candidate for the application of magnetic storage devices, solar energy transfer, sensors, and super capacitors etc. Moreover CuO nanoparticles act as a good catalyst in some of the chemical reactions. CuO nanoparticles were prepared by novel sol-gel method. In this technique CuCl2.6H2O is added with acetic acid and heated to 100 °C with continuous stirring. To control the ph of the above solution, NaOH is added to the solution till ph reached desired value. The color of the solution changed from blue to black with precipitation. The black precipitation was washed 3 – 4 times with distilled water. Finally the solution was centrifuged and dried in air for one day. The CuO nanoparticles were characterized by studying their structure with X-ray diffraction and composition by energy dispersive X-ray analysis. The size of the nanoparticles is estimated by particle size analyzer and transmission electron microscopy. The optical studies were carried out with Uv-Vis spectrophotometer.

  11. Characterization of sol-gel-prepared Ti02 thin film for O2 sensing

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    Atashbar, Massood Z.; Ghantasala, Muralihar K.; Wlodarski, Wojtek

    1997-11-01

    This paper presents the results of our investigation on deposition and characterization of sol-gel prepared TiO2 thin films for oxygen sensing applications. The properties of pure TiO2 thin films are compared with those doped with niobium oxide and 1%pt. These films are characterized using Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to study their chemical composition, structure and surface morphology respectively. Both kinds of the films are stoichiometric. Pure TiO2 as well as doped films were amorphous as deposited. Pure TiO2 films after annealing to 450 degrees Celsius and above showed the formation of anatase phase, while the doped films still predominantly amorphous, barely showing the onset of crystallinity. Pure films after annealing to 600 degrees Celsius appear to have become granular and porous. Doping with niobium oxide and Pt resulted in modification of film microstructure also. As a result of doping, the gas sensitivity of the films is increased from 8 to 24 and operating temperature decreased from 320 degrees Celsius to 190 degrees Celsius.

  12. Characterization of Copper Oxide Nanoparticles Fabricated by the Sol-Gel Method

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    Kayani, Zohra Nazir; Umer, Maryam; Riaz, Saira; Naseem, Shahzad

    2015-10-01

    Copper oxide nanoparticles were successfully prepared by a sol-gel technique. An aqueous solution of copper nitrate Cu(NO3)2 and acetic acid was used as precursor. On addition of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) a precipitate of copper oxide was immediately formed. The copper oxide nanoparticles were characterized by use of x-ray diffractometry (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential thermal analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), vibrating sample magnetometry, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The XRD pattern contained sharp peaks of copper oxide nanoparticles with mixed cuprite and tenorite phases. Use of the Debye-Scherer equation showed that the crystallite size of the copper oxide nanoparticles increased with increasing annealing temperature. FTIR spectra revealed vibration of the CuO band at 473 cm-1; a band at 624 cm-1 was attributed to Cu2O. Maximum coercivity and saturation magnetization of the nanoparticles were 276 Oe and 0.034 emu/g, respectively. SEM micrographs of the nanoparticles revealed the presence of spherical nanoparticles of the tenorite phase whereas the cuprite phase was in the form of a compact deposit.

  13. Effect of ammonium hydroxide on preparation process of YBa2Cu3O7-x superconductor by sol gel method

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    H Arabi

    2006-09-01

    Full Text Available  In this paper the effect of ammonium hydroxide addition to the solution of metallic oxide on sol gel preparation process of YBCO is studied with differential thermal analysis, thermal graviometry and X-ray diffraction. Two samples with and without ammonium hydroxide. Ammonium hydroxide prevents both barium nitrate precipitate during the gel preparation and also unwanted reaction as well as increasing homogeneous product. After drying the gel, the samples heated up to 1050°C in DTA apparatus in order to find more accurate the type and the temperature of reaction during the preparation process. After the initial reactions in the samples, Y2Cu2O5 and 123 phases are created in the range of 780-840°C and then the 123 phase is strengthened at 900-950°C. As shown in X-ray data, 123 was the only phase after this range. In addition ammonium hydroxide support and increase the creation of 123 phase at lower temperature.

  14. Preparation of an efficient humidity indicating silica gel from rice husk ash

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    J P Nayak; J Bera

    2011-12-01

    An efficient humidity indicating silica gel was prepared using rice husk ash as a raw material via sodium silicate extraction and acid neutralization method. Cobalt chloride was impregnated into the silica gel as a colour indicating material. A low concentration of cobalt chloride solution (0.0005 mol dm-3) was used for the impregnation. The effect of pH of the impregnating solution on the colour development behaviour of the gel was investigated. The specific surface area of the gel was determined by Brunauer–Emmett–Teller method. The gel has been characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and visible spectroscopy. The moisture adsorption and desorption kinetics of the desiccant were evaluated using simultaneous thermogravimetry and differential scanning calorimetry.

  15. Electrical stability of Al-doped ZnO transparent electrode prepared by sol-gel method

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    Tabassum, Samia; Yamasue, Eiji; Okumura, Hideyuki; Ishihara, Keiichi N.

    2016-07-01

    Al-doped zinc oxide (AZO) thin films have been considered as a promising alternative to tin doped indium oxide (ITO), which is currently used in various optoelectronic applications. However, the environmental stability of AZO film is not satisfactory, in that the resistivity is significantly increases in air. Here, we investigate the resistivity stability of AZO thin films prepared by sol-gel method using various annealing temperatures and durations. The degradation of resistivity property was observed for AZO films stored in ambient or damp heat environment, where the degradation rate was influenced by annealing temperature. A significant improvement of electrical stability was attained in AZO films that were prepared at high annealing temperature. The films, which showed the highest and the lowest increasing rate of resistivity, were further characterized in detail to shed light on the possible mechanisms explaining the improved stability through crystallinity, surface morphology and elemental state of the thin film.

  16. Preparation of ultrafine LiTaO3 powders by citrate gel method

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    S C Navale; V Samuel; V Ravi

    2005-08-01

    A gel was formed when a aqueous solution of Li(NO3), TaF5 and citric acid in stoichiometric ratio was heated in a water bath. This gel on decomposition at 700°C produced fine crystallites of ternary oxide, LiTaO3 (LT). The phase contents and lattice parameters were studied by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). Particle size and morphology were studied by transmission electron spectroscopy (TEM).

  17. Preparation and characterisation of mucoadhesive nasal gel of venlafaxine hydrochloride for treatment of anxiety disorders

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    Shyamoshree Basu

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present study is to prepare and evaluate mucoadhesive nasal gels of venlafaxine hydrochloride. Mucoadhesive nasal gels were prepared using polymers like carbopol 934 and sodium alginate and characterized in terms of viscosity, texture profile analysis, ex vivo drug permeation profiles and histopathological studies. The results show that values of viscosity, hardness and adhesiveness increase while those of cohesiveness decrease with corresponding increase in concentration of the polymers. Ex vivo drug permeation profiles showed that formulation containing 5% sodium alginate provided a better controlled release of the drug than the other formulations over a period of 12 h. Histopathological studies assured that gels containing different polymers did not produce any significant change in the nasal mucosae of goat even after 12 h permeation study. Mucoadhesive nasal gel of venlafaxine hydrochloride is a novel dosage form which delivers the drug directly into systemic circulation and provides controlled release of the drug.

  18. Preparation of protein samples for gel electrophoresis by sequential extraction

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    钟伯雄; 翁宏飚; 等

    2002-01-01

    Since preparation and solubilization of protein samples are crucial factors in proteome research,the authors established a sequential extraction technique to prepare protein samples from the body wall of the 5th instar larvae of silkworm.Bombyx mori.Two kinds of protein samples were obtained from the body wall using the method.Between the two types of samples only about 15% proteins were identical;the majority were different,indicating that more species of proteins could be obtained with the sequential extraction method;which will be useful for preparation of protein samples for proteome study.

  19. Preparation of protein samples for gel electrophoresis by sequential extraction

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    钟伯雄; 翁宏飚; 方维焕

    2002-01-01

    Since preparation and solubilization of protein samples are crucial factors in proteome research, the authors established a sequential extraction technique to prepare protein samples from the body wall of the 5th instar larvae of silkworm, Bombyx mori. Two kinds of protein samples were obtained from the body wall using the method. Between the two types of samples only about 15% proteins were identical; the majority were different, indicating that more species of proteins could be obtained with the sequential extraction method; which will be useful for preparation of protein samples for proteome study.

  20. Sol-Gel Synthesis and Characterization of Cubic Bismuth Zinc Niobium Oxide Nanopowders

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    Ganchimeg Perenlei

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth zinc niobium oxide (BZN was successfully synthesized by a diol-based sol-gel reaction utilizing metal acetate and alkoxide precursors. Thermal analysis of a liquid suspension of precursors suggests that the majority of organic precursors decompose at temperatures up to 150°C, and organic free powders form above 350°C. The experimental results indicate that a homogeneous gel is obtained at about 200°C and then converts to a mixture of intermediate oxides at 350–400°C. Finally, single-phased BZN powders are obtained between 500 and 900°C. The degree of chemical homogeneity as determined by X-ray diffraction and EDS mapping is consistent throughout the samples. Elemental analysis indicates that the atomic ratio of metals closely matches a Bi1.5ZnNb1.5O7 composition. Crystallite sizes of the BZN powders calculated from the Scherrer equation are about 33–98 nm for the samples prepared at 500–700°C, respectively. The particle and crystallite sizes increase with increased sintering temperature. The estimated band gap of the BZN nanopowders from optical analysis is about 2.60–2.75 eV at 500-600°C. The observed phase formations and measured results in this study were compared with those of previous reports.

  1. Preparation and characterization of conductive and transparent ruthenium dioxide sol-gel films.

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    Allhusen, John S; Conboy, John C

    2013-11-27

    RuO2 conductive thin films were synthesized using the sol-gel method and deposited onto transparent insulating substrates. The optical transmission, film thickness, surface morphology and composition, resistivity, and spectroelectrochemical performance have been characterized. The optical transmission values of these films ranged from 70 to 89% in the visible region and from 56 to 88% in the infrared region. Resistivity values of the RuO2 sol-gel films varied from 1.02 × 10(-3) to 1.13 Ω cm and are highly dependent on the initial solution concentration of RuO2 in the sol-gel. The RuO2 sol-gel films were used as electrodes for the electrochemical oxidation and reduction of ferrocenemethanol. The electrochemical behavior of our novel RuO2 sol-gel films was compared to that of a standard platinum disk electrode and showed no appreciable differences in the half-wave potential (E1/2). The mechanical and chemical stability of the coatings was tested by physical abrasion and exposure to highly acidic, oxidizing Piranha solution. Repeated exposure to these extreme conditions did not result in any appreciable decline in electrochemical performance. Finally, the use of the novel RuO2 sol-gel conductive and transparent films was demonstrated in a spectroelectrochemistry experiment in which the oxidation and reduction of ferrocenemethanol was monitored via UV-vis spectroscopy as the applied potential was cycled.

  2. Comparison of non-electrophoresis grade with electrophoresis grade BIS in NIPAM polymer gel preparation.

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    Khodadadi, Roghayeh; Khajeali, Azim; Farajollahi, Ali Reza; Hajalioghli, Parisa; Raeisi, Noorallah

    2015-01-01

    The main objective of this study was to investigate the possibility of replacing electrophoresis cross-linker with non-electrophoresis N, N'-methylenebisacrylamide (BIS) in N-isopropyl acrylamide (NIPAM) polymer gel and its possible effect on dose response. NIPAM polymer gel was prepared from non-electrophoresis grade BIS and the relaxation rate (R2) was measured by MR imaging after exposing the gel to gamma radiation from Co-60 source. To compare the response of this gel with the one that contains electrophoresis grade BIS, two sets of NIPAM gel were prepared using electrophoresis and non-electrophoresis BIS and irradiated to different gamma doses. It was found that the dose-response of NIPAM gel made from the non-electrophoresis grade BIS is coincident with that of electrophoresis grade BIS. Taken all, it can be concluded that the non-electrophoresis grade BIS not only is a suitable alternative for the electrophoresis grade BIS but also reduces the cost of gel due to its lower price.

  3. Macroporous Titania Monolith Prepared via Sol-gel Process with Polymer Foam as the Template

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    REN, Jian; DU, Zhong-Jie; ZHANG, Chen; LI, Hang-Quan

    2006-01-01

    Macroporous titania monoliths were prepared via sol-gel method using polymer foam as templates. The polymer foam polymerized via concentrated emulsion polymerization was immerged in a solution of titanium(Ⅳ) isopropoxide in 2-propanol, which underwent a sol-gel process. The organic components were subsequently removed by calcination. The effects of various parameters, including the nature of the monomer, the volume fraction of dispersed phase of the concentrated emulsion, and concentration of the sol-gel solution were investigated. The SEM micrographs of the macroporous titania monoliths thus obtained showed that the porous structure of the final material was effectively controllable.

  4. Preparation and photochromic properties of dye-doped aluminosilicate ORMOCER gels and coatings

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    Hou, Lisong; Hoffmann, Bernd; Mennig, Martin; Schmidt, Helmut K.

    1994-01-01

    Aluminosilicate and ORMOCER gels and coatings containing photochromic dyes, 1, 3-dihydro-1, 3, 3-trimethylspiro-[2H-indole-2, 3'-[3H]-naphth-[2, 1-b][1, 4]-oxazine] (SO) and 1', 8a'-dihydro-2', 3'-dimethoxycarbonyl-spiro [fluorene-9, 1'-indolizine] (DHI), were prepared by the sol-gel method and the photochromic activity was monitored in the course of the sol-wetgel-xerogel transformation. The photochromic activity of the aluminosilicate gels decreases rapidly and even vanishes in the wetgel-x...

  5. Preparation and Characterization of Hydrous Zirconium Oxide Formed by Homogeneous Precipitation

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    Silva G.L.J.P. da

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper reports on the preparation, characterization and study of the ion exchange behavior of hydrous zirconium oxides formed by homogeneous precipitation from zirconium oxychloride. The precipitants used were obtained by thermal decomposition of urea, sodium nitrite or ammonium carbonate. Seven compounds were prepared and characterized by thermal analysis, X-ray diffractometry and by surface area measurements. Amorphous forms were obtained in each case, a result that agrees with those obtained by conventional gel precipitation methodology. All these materials present surface area values of >148 m².g-1, determined after heat treatment at 50 °C. The ion exchange behavior of each hydrous zirconium oxide prepared was studied using K+ as the exchanged species and the results compared with those obtained for hydrous zirconium oxide originally precipitated by the sol gel method.

  6. Characterization of Sr{beta}-alumina prepared by sol-gel and spray pyrolysis methods

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    Kalaignan, G. Paruthimal; Seo, Dae Jong; Park, Seung Bin

    2004-06-15

    Eu{sup 2+} doped {beta}-alumina, Sr{sub 1-x}MgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17} Eu{sub x}{sup 2+} (x=0.01-0.07) were successfully prepared by sol-gel and spray pyrolysis techniques with the same precursor materials. Sr{beta}-alumina doped with Eu{sup 2+} (SrMgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sup 2+}) prepared from sol-gel method showed three photoluminescence (PL) peaks at 390, 418 and 459 nm after excitation wavelength at 254 nm and one PL peak at 461 nm when excitation was at 365 nm. The same powder was prepared from spray pyrolysis technique showed the six PL peaks at 323, 397, 415, 443, 480 and 508 nm after excitation at 254 nm. Also two PL peaks at 440 and 480 nm were observed after the excitation at 365 nm. These PL peaks were dependent on the excitation wavelength. The effect of different annealing temperatures of sol-gel powders, preparation conditions of spray pyrolysis powders and reduction atmospheres of both sol-gel and spray pyrolysis powders of various compositions of Eu{sup 2+} doped Sr{beta}-alumina were also studied. Both the powders were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and PL techniques and comparison between the two preparation methods. Sol-gel prepared powder had eight times higher PL intensity and brightness than the spray pyrolysis prepared powder. The suggested good composition of Sr{beta}-alumina is Sr{sub 0.93}MgAl{sub 10}O{sub 17}:Eu{sub 0.07} for both sol-gel and spay pyrolysis methods.

  7. Preparation and Characterization on Nano-Sized Barium Titanate Powder Doped with Lanthanum by Sol-Gel Process

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    2006-01-01

    The nano-sized BaTiO3:La3+ powders were prepared by sol-gel process using butyl phthalate, barium acetate and lanthanum oxide as raw material, and these samples were tested by means of TG-DTA, XRD and SEM. The results indicate that with the annealing temperature and the doped concentration rising, the powders' particle sizes will increase and decrease respectively. When annealing temperature is 900 ℃ and doped concentration is 7%, the phase is cubic without other phases, and the particle size of power is 43.34 nm.

  8. Preparation and characterization of ZnO-TiO(2) films obtained by sol-gel method

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    Ivanova, T; Harizanova, A.; Koutzarova, T.; Vertruyen, Bénédicte

    2011-01-01

    The sol-gel route has been applied to obtain ZnO-TiO(2) thin films. For comparison, pure TiO(2) and ZnO films are also prepared from the corresponding solutions. The films are deposited by a spin-coated method on silicon and glass substrates. Their structural and vibrational properties have been studied as a function of the annealing temperatures (400-750 degrees C). Pure ZnO films crystallize in a wurtzite modification at a relatively low temperature of 400 degrees C, whereas the mixed oxide...

  9. Preparation of an imogolite/poly(acrylic acid) hybrid gel.

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    Lee, Hoik; Ryu, Jungju; Kim, Donghyun; Joo, Yongho; Lee, Sang Uck; Sohn, Daewon

    2013-09-15

    Many efforts in the field of hydrogels have been focused toward increasing the mechanical strength of the gel using inorganic materials. In this study, we synthesized a hydrogel that has excellent mechanical properties using surface-modified inorganic nanofibers composed of imogolite (Al2SiO3(OH)4), which is a hydrated aluminum silicate that has a hollow tube structure. Gamma ray radiation generates peroxide radicals on the nanofibers (imogolite), resulting in an additive free hybrid hydrogel. Structural optimization was carried out by changing the composition of imogolite and poly(acrylic acid). Chemical bonding between the nanofiber and the polymer was simulated by a cluster model and characterized by wide area Raman spectroscopy. The results indicate that imogolite embedded in a polymer matrix can align along the direction of an elongational force, as confirmed by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS).

  10. Toward 3D graphene oxide gels based adsorbents for high-efficient water treatment via the promotion of biopolymers.

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    Cheng, Chong Sage; Deng, Jie; Lei, Bei; He, Ai; Zhang, Xiang; Ma, Lang; Li, Shuang; Zhao, Changsheng

    2013-12-15

    Recent studies showed that graphene oxide (GO) presented high adsorption capacities to various water contaminants. However, the needed centrifugation after adsorption and the potential biological toxicity of GO restricted its applications in wastewater treatment. In this study, a facile method is provided by using biopolymers to mediate and synthesize 3D GO based gels. The obtained hybrid gels present well-defined and interconnected 3D porous network, which allows the adsorbate molecules to diffuse easily into the adsorbent. The adsorption experiments indicate that the obtained porous GO-biopolymer gels can efficiently remove cationic dyes and heavy metal ions from wastewater. Methylene blue (MB) and methyl violet (MV), two cationic dyes, are chosen as model adsorbates to investigate the adsorption capability and desorption ratio; meanwhile, the influence of contacting time, initial concentration, and pH value on the adsorption capacity of the prepared GO-biopolymer gels are also studied. The GO-biopolymer gels displayed an adsorption capacity as high as 1100 mg/g for MB dye and 1350 mg/g for MV dye, respectively. Furthermore, the adsorption kinetics and isotherms of the MB were studied in details. The experimental data of MB adsorption fitted well with the pseudo-second-order kinetic model and the Langmuir isotherm, and the results indicated that the adsorption process was controlled by the intraparticle diffusion. Moreover, the adsorption data revealed that the porous GO-biopolymer gels showed good selective adsorbability to cationic dyes and metal ions.

  11. Mullite Continuous Ceramic Fiber Prepared by Sol—Gel Method

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    LIQuan; LIJing-hua; 等

    1995-01-01

    As oxide materials,continuous mullite fiber has superior properties in high temperature resis-tance when exposed in air,Present work shows the production of oxide solutio and the spinning of the nullite fiber,The stable spinning lasted over 10 hours,The strength of the mullite-based fiber is 1900 MPa with a diameter of 10μm after about 1000℃ treatment,When the treatment temperature exceeds 1300℃ the grains of fiber become column crystals and results in reduction of fiber strength.

  12. Enhancement of photoprotection potential of catechin loaded nanoemulsion gel against UVA induced oxidative stress.

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    Harwansh, Ranjit K; Mukherjee, Pulok K; Kar, Amit; Bahadur, Shiv; Al-Dhabi, Naif Abdullah; Duraipandiyan, V

    2016-07-01

    The present study was aimed to develop a catechin (CA) loaded nanoemulsion based nano-gel for the protection of skin against ultraviolet radiation (UV) induced photo-damage and to ensure its enhanced skin permeability as well as bioavailability through transdermal route. The optimized nanoemulsion (CA-NE4) was prepared by spontaneous nano-emulsification method. It was composed of oil (ethyl oleate), Smix [surfactant (span 80) and co-surfactant (transcutol CG)] and aqueous system in an appropriate ratio of 15:62:23% w/w respectively. The CA-NE4 was characterized through assessment of droplet size, zeta potential, refractive index, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV, high performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis. The average droplet size and zeta potential of CA-NE4 were found to be 98.6±1.01nm and -27.3±0.20mV respectively. The enhanced skin permeability was better with CA-NE4 based nano-gel (CA-NG4) [96.62%] compared to conventional gel (CA-CG) [53.01%] for a period of 24h. The enhanced % relative bioavailability (F) of CA (894.73), Cmax (93.79±6.19ngmL(-1)), AUC0-t∞ (2653.99±515.02nghmL(-1)) and Tmax (12.05±0.02h) was significantly obtained with CA-NG4 as compared to oral suspension for extended periods (72h). CA-NG4 could improve the level of cutaneous antioxidant enzymes like superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione peroxidase (GPX) and catalase (CAT) and reduce the level of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBRAS) against oxidative stress induced by UVA. Nano-gel formulation of CA showed sustained release profile and enhanced photoprotection potential due to its improved permeability as well as bioavailability (Pgel. Therefore, transdermal administration of nano-gel (CA-NG4) of CA offers a better way to develop the endogenous cutaneous protection system and thus could be an effective strategy for decreasing UV-induced oxidative damage in the skin tissues.

  13. Nanostructured TiO2 thin films for DSSCs prepared by sol gel technique

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    Bakar, Siti Noraini Abu; Abdullah, Huda; Mahbor, Kamisah Mohamad

    2017-07-01

    In this research, nanostructured TiO2 thin films were prepared by sol-gel technique for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were investigated. The nanostructured thin films were prepared using commercial Titania powder (Degussa P25) and titanium (IV) ethoxide (TEOT). The resulting solution were spin-coated on pieces of indium-doped tin oxide (InO2:Sn, ITO) transparent glass (8 Ω/sq, TEC GlassTM) with an area of 10 × 10 mm2 at a rate of 2000 rpm for 30 seconds. The films were annealed in furnace at 450 °C for 60 min. The working electrode was then immersed in the solution of N-719 (Ruthenium) dye at room temperature for 24 h. A thin film of platinum (Pt) was deposited on the ITO-glass substrate as the counter electrode using print-screen technique. The structures, morphological and optical properties of the films, were examined using X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) and UV-VIS spectrometer respectively. The XRD results showed that the crystalline phase of the film was anatase. The micrograph obtained using FESEM demonstrated that the prepared TiO2 film has a nanosructured characteristic. The photovoltaic properties of DSSC was studied under an incident irradiation of 100 mW/cm2. The energy conversion efficiency (η) of the DSSC with nanostuctured TiO2 (P25) and TiO2 was 0.3% and 0.2 % respectively.

  14. Preparation of ZnO crystal by sol-gel method

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    2001-01-01

    A new method to prepare ZnO crystal was put forward. The preparation process was studied and the mechanism of this method was also discussed. The results show that the sol particles will aggregate when being dehydrated and will form into hard compact gel body through the hard agglomeration between particles. This dry gel is a hard compact agglomeration composed of the first sol particles. At high sintering temperature, the small compacted particles will easily grow up and form a fine ZnO crystal.

  15. Impact of temperature on zinc oxide particle size by using sol-gel process

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    Lee, Keanchuan, E-mail: lee.kc@petronas.com.my; Ching, Dennis Ling Chuan, E-mail: dennis.ling@petronas.com.my [Fundamental and Applied Sciences Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, 31750 Tronoh, Perak (Malaysia); Saipolbahri, Zulhilmi Akmal bin, E-mail: zulhilmiakmal@gmail.com [Geoscience and Petroleum Engineering Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, 31750 Tronoh, Perak (Malaysia); Guan, Beh Hoe, E-mail: beh.hoeguan@petronas.com.my, E-mail: hassan.soleimani@petronas.com.my; Soleimani, Hassan, E-mail: beh.hoeguan@petronas.com.my, E-mail: hassan.soleimani@petronas.com.my

    2014-10-24

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were prepared and synthesized via sol-gel method, by using citric acid as a precursor. The impact of annealing on the particle size was investigated. Based on the results from the Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), three different annealing temperature which is 500, 600 and 700 °C were chosen followed by the characterization of the ZnO nanoparticle by using Powder X-Ray Diffraction (PXRD), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM). Results showed that the crystallite size estimated from PXRD increased with the annealing temperature which was hexagonal structure for ZnO. TEM further revealed the same tendency which the Zn NPs size also increased with the annealing temperature.

  16. Sol-gel fabrication of lithium doped zinc oxide thin films

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    Oral, A.Y.; Bahsi, Z.B. [Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Gebze Inst. of Tech., Kocaeli (Turkey); Aslan, M.H.; Basaran, E. [Dept. of Physics, Gebze Inst. of Tech., Kocaeli (Turkey)

    2004-07-01

    Li doped zinc oxide thin films were deposited on glass substrates by a sol-gel technique. Acetates of zinc and lithium were used as metal sources. A homogeneous and stable solution was prepared by dissolving acetates in the solution of 2-propanol and ethanolamine. ZnO:Li thin films were obtained after preheating the spin coated films at 250 C for 1 minute after each coating. A post annealing between 450-600 C was applied after the deposition of the last layers. XRD analysis revealed ZnO with zincite structure (Card no: 36-1451) in all films. The thickness of the films was measured as 75 nm per layer. The optical band gap of the films increased as doping concentration of Li increased and decreased as the post-annealing temperature increased. (orig.)

  17. Preparation and use of 131I magic gel as a dosimeter for targeted radionuclide therapy.

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    Courbon, Frédéric; Love, Peter; Chittenden, Sarah; Flux, Glen; Ravel, Patrice; Cook, Gary

    2006-10-01

    Clinical interest in targeted radiotherapy is increasing, but accurate dosimetry studies are difficult to achieve. The aim of this study was to investigate the preparation and use of a "normoxic" polymer gel (with a tissue-equivalent density), known as MAGIC gel, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for nonsealed source dosimetry. MAGIC gel samples were mixed with deionized water (MAGIC95) or a solution of 131I (131I-MAGIC95). By measuring the radioinduced variations of R2 values (relaxivity) of irradiated gels, we analyzed the response of MAGIC95 and MAGIC samples to external photon beam or 131I irradiation (131I-MAGIC95). MRI showed that a homogeneous dose distribution from 131I can be achieved if the MAGIC gel, at a temperature of approximately 35 degrees C, is mixed in 131I solution and the resulting mixture shaken gently for 30 minutes. It is important that the vials are completely filled, as residual air reduces polymerization and causes spontaneous polymerization stripes. Responses of MAGIC95 or MAGIC gels to external photon beam irradiation are similar. The variations of R2 values for 131I-MAGIC95 gel depend on the absorbed dose and not on the duration of the irradiation being reproducible from one batch of gel to another. MAGIC gel responses to 131I or external beam irradiation (EBI) are different. Our preliminary results suggest that radiolabeled "normoxic" polymer can be easily and safely produced. Radiolabeled MAGIC gel may, therefore, be suitable for the creation of phantoms dedicated to nonsealed source dosimetry.

  18. Infrared Spectroscopy Studies on sol-gel prepared alumina Powders

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    Majid JAFAR TAFRESHI

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Gamma-alumina fine particles were synthesized by sol-gel process. Aluminum tri-sec-butoxide (ATB, anhydrous ethyl alcohol (EtOH, water (H2O and hydrochloric acid (HCl were used as starting materials. Different samples were synthesized with EtOH/ATB=60/1, HCl/ATB=0.08/1 and H2O/ATB=1/1 ratios and calcined at different temperatures. Molar ratios of H2O/ATB (from 1 to 25 and HCl/ATB (from 0.08 to 0.4 were changed for some other samples, during synthesizing process. The products were characterized by both XRD and FTIR measurements. Studies were carried out on the effect of calcination temperature and change of H2O/ATB and HCl/ATB ratios on structure and processes involved in phase transformations.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.21.1.4872

  19. Preparation and antioxidant capacity of element selenium nanoparticles sol-gel compounds.

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    Bai, Yan; Qin, Biyin; Zhou, Yanhui; Wang, Yudong; Wang, Zi; Zheng, Wenjie

    2011-06-01

    This paper reported the preparation and antioxidant capacities of element selenium nanoparticles (nanoSe(0))-ascorbic acid (Vc) sol and nanSe(0)/Vc/selenocystine (SeCys) sol-gel compounds. NanoSe(0)-Vc sol was prepared by reduction of selenious dioxide (SeO2) with Vc. In the nanoSe(0)-Vc sol, highly concentrated Vc was also used as a modifier to modulate the diameter of Se(0) nanoparticles in the liquid phase. Then excellent nanoSe(0) sol-gel compounds were obtained by adding SeCys into the nanoSe(0)-Vc sol. The structure of the nanoSe(0)/Vc/SeCys sol-gel compounds was defined, which was constructed via C-Se, Se-H and O=C-Se valences and by interaction between SeCys and Vc via peptide bonds, esterification and dehydration. The antioxidant capacities of the nanoSe(0)-Vc sol and the nanoSe(0)Vc/SeCys sol-gel compounds were estimated by oxygen radical absorption capacity (ORAC) assay. The nanoSe(0)/Vc/SeCys sol-gel compounds possessed a strong antioxidant capacity due to forming the perfect three-dimensional (3D) frameworks structure. The results suggested that the nanoSe(0)-Vc sol and the nanoSe(0)Vc/SeCys sol-gel compounds might be potential medicine, especially antioxidant.

  20. Preparation, characterization, and in vitro gastrointestinal digestibility of oil-in-water emulsion-agar gels.

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    Wang, Zheng; Neves, Marcos A; Kobayashi, Isao; Uemura, Kunihiko; Nakajima, Mitsutoshi

    2013-01-01

    Soybean oil-in-water (O/W) emulsion-agar gel samples were prepared and their digestibility evaluated by using an in vitro gastrointestinal digestion model. Emulsion-agar sols were obtained by mixing the prepared O/W emulsions with a 1.5 wt % agar solution at 60 °C, and their subsequent cooling at 5 °C for 1 h formed emulsion-agar gels. Their gel strength values increased with increasing degree of polymerization of the emulsifiers, and the relative gel strength increased in the case of droplets with an average diameter smaller than 700 nm. Flocculation and coalescence of the released emulsion droplets depended strongly on the emulsifier type; however, the emulsifier type hardly affected the ζ-potential of emulsion droplets released from the emulsion-agar gels during in vitro digestion. The total FFA content released from each emulsion towards the end of the digestion period was nearly twice that released from the emulsion-agar gel, indicating that gelation of the O/W emulsion may have delayed lipid hydrolysis.

  1. Preparation and characterization of core-shell electrodes for application in gel electrolyte-based dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Avellaneda, Cesar O.; Goncalves, Agnaldo D.; Benedetti, Joao E. [Laboratorio de Nanotecnologia e Energia Solar (LNES), Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Estadual de Campinas - UNICAMP, P.O. Box 6154, 13083-970 Campinas/SP (Brazil); Nogueira, Ana F., E-mail: anaflavia@iqm.unicamp.b [Laboratorio de Nanotecnologia e Energia Solar (LNES), Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Estadual de Campinas - UNICAMP, P.O. Box 6154, 13083-970 Campinas/SP (Brazil)

    2010-01-25

    Core-shell electrodes based on TiO{sub 2} covered with different oxides were prepared and characterized. These electrodes were applied in gel electrolyte-based dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC). The TiO{sub 2} electrodes were prepared from TiO{sub 2} powder (P25 Degussa) and coated with thin layers of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, MgO, Nb{sub 2}O{sub 5}, and SrTiO{sub 3} prepared by the sol-gel method. The core-shell electrodes were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy measurements. J-V curves in the dark and under standard AM 1.5 conditions and photovoltage decay measurements under open-circuit conditions were carried out in order to evaluate the influence of the oxide layer on the charge recombination dynamics and on the device's performance. The results indicated an improvement in the conversion efficiency as a result of an increase in the open circuit voltage. The photovoltage decay curves under open-circuit conditions showed that the core-shell electrodes provide longer electron lifetime values compared to uncoated TiO{sub 2} electrodes, corroborating with a minimization in the recombination losses at the nanoparticle surface/electrolyte interface. This is the first time that a study has been applied to DSSC based on gel polymer electrolyte. The optimum performance was achieved by solar cells based on TiO{sub 2}/MgO core-shell electrodes: fill factor of approx0.60, short-circuit current density J{sub sc} of 12 mA cm{sup -2}, open-circuit voltage V{sub oc} of 0.78 V and overall energy conversion efficiency of approx5% (under illumination of 100 mW cm{sup -2}).

  2. Bismuth Substituted Yttrium Iron Garnet Single Crystal Films Prepared by Sol-gel Method

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    2002-01-01

    Magneto-optic Faraday rotation effect and the amount of bismuth substituted in yttrium iron garnet single crystal films prepared by gel-coating on modified gadolinium-gallium garnet substrates are investigated, where the gel is synthesized by a sol-gel reaction of nitrates and ethylene glycol. The coated gel is annealed in air at temperatures up to 660℃ for 4h, which is about 300℃ lower than that of liquid-phase epitaxy. The maximum amount of Bi substitution is x=2.7 and the crystallization temperature of garnet phase decreases with the increase of x down to 520℃ for x=2.7. In this film, a huge Faraday rotation of -8.1×104 (°)/cm at λ=0.633μm is obtained.

  3. Photochromic organic-inorganic composite materials prepared by sol-gel processing: properties and potentials

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    Hou, Lisong; Mennig, Martin; Schmidt, Helmut K.

    1994-09-01

    The sol-gel method which features a low-temperature wet-chemical process opens vast possibilities to incorporating organic dyes into solid matrices for various optical applications. In this paper we present our experimental results on the sol-gel derived photochromic organic- inorganic composite (Ormocer) materials following an introductory description of the sol-gel process and a brief review on the state of the art of the photochromic solids prepared using this method. Our photochromic spirooxazine-Ormocer gels and coatings possess better photochromic response and color-change speed than the corresponding photochromic polymer coatings and similar photochemical stability to the latter. Further developments are proposed as to tackle the temperature dependence problem and further tap the potentialities of the photochromic dye-Ormocer material for practical applications.

  4. Preparation and optical characteristics of ZnO films by chelating sol-gel method

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    YANG Lirong; JIN Zhengguo; BU Shaojing; SUN Yingchun; CHENG Zhijie

    2004-01-01

    The effect of different annealing temperatures on the structure, morphology, and optical properties of ZnO thin films prepared by the chelating sol-gel method was investigated. Zinc-oxide thin films were coated on quartz glass substrates by dip coating. Zinc nitrate, absolute ethanol, and citric acid were used as precursor, solvent, and chelating agent, respectively. The results show that ZnO films derived from zinc-citrate have lower crystallization temperature (below 400°C),and that the crystal structure is wurtzite. The films, treated over 500°C, consist of nano-particles and show to be porous at 600°C. The particle size of the film increases with the increase of the annealing temperature. The largest particle size is 60 nm at 600°C. The optical transmittances related to the annealing temperatures become 90% higher in the visible range. The film shows a starting absorption at 380 nm, and the optical band-gap of the thin film (fired at 500°C) is 3.25 eV and close to the intrinsic band-gap of ZnO (3.2 eV).

  5. Sol-gel preparation and spectroscopic study of the pyrophanite MnTiO3 nanoparticles

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    ZHOU; Guowei; KANG; Youngsoo; LI; Tianduo; XU; Guiying

    2005-01-01

    The nanosized xerogel of titanium dioxide (TiO2) and manganese oxides (MnO2, Mn2O3, Mn3O4) was prepared by the sol-gel method using manganese chloride (MnCl2·4H2O) and titanium isopropoxide (Ti(O-iPr)4) as precursors in cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)/ ethanol/H2O/HCl micelle solutions, following the calcinations of the produced powders at difference temperatures. The nanostructure and phase composition of these nanoparticles were characterized with X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The spectroscopic characterizations of these nanoparticles were also done with UV-Vis spectroscopy and laser Raman spectroscopy (LRS). XRD patterns show that the pyrophanite MnTiO3 phase was formed at the calcinations temperature of 900℃. The TEM images show that the nanoparticles are almost spherical or slight ellipose and the sizes are 50 nm on average. The UV-Vis spectra show that the nanosized MnTiO3 have significant absorption bands in the visible region. There are new absorption peaks of MnTiO3 nanoparticles in LRS compared with the pure TiO2 powder.

  6. Emission of Eu3+in sol-gel oxyfluoride glass materials obtained by different preparation methods

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    M. Żądło; B. Szpikowska-Sroka; L. Żur; R. Czoik; W.A. Pisarski

    2014-01-01

    Silica glasses doped with Eu3+ions prepared by sol-gel methods were investigated. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to verify the nature of the studied systems. Excitation and emission spectra of Eu3+ ions in sol-gel glass materials were detected. Red-to-orange luminescence intensity ratios R/O related to integrated intensities of 5D0→7F2 to 5D0→7F1 transitions and luminescence lifetimes for 5D0 state of Eu3+ions were determined. The results indicated that spectroscopic parameters for Eu3+ions strongly de-pended on reagents and their relative ratios used for sol-gel glass preparation.

  7. Preparation of nickel and Ni{sub 3}Sn nanoparticles via extension of conventional citric acid and ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid mediated sol–gel method

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    Li, Pingyun, E-mail: lpyljr@126.com; Deng, Guodong; Guo, Xiaode; Liu, Hongying; Jiang, Wei; Li, Fengsheng

    2016-05-25

    This work aims to extend the application field of sol–gel process from conventional oxides, carbides, sulfides to metallic nanocrystalline materials. Metallic ions were coordinated with chelating agents of citric acid (CA) and ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) in aqueous solution. Then the solutions were dried at 383 K, resulting in the formation of sol and gel. Heating treatments of dried gels were then carried out with protection of N{sub 2} atmosphere. Ni and Ni{sub 3}Sn alloy nanoparticles were obtained by this sol–gel method in the range of 623–823 K. The as-prepared Ni and Ni{sub 3}Sn alloy nanoparticles have average grain sizes of 15 and 30 nm, and have face-centred-cubic (fcc) crystalline phase. Our results provide new insight into the application of conventional sol–gel method. - Graphical abstract: Sol–gel method is conventionally applied to prepare oxides, carbides, and sulfides. In this work, the application field of sol–gel method is extended to metallic nanoparticles. By using citric acid (CA) and ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid (EDTA) mediated sol–gel method, metallic Ni (a and c) and Ni{sub 3}Sn (b and d) alloy nanoparticles can be prepared when the heating treatments are performed under N{sub 2} protecting atmosphere. The Ni and Ni{sub 3}Sn nanoparticles have face-centered-cubic (fcc) crystalline phase and ultrafine grain sizes. Diffraction peaks of (110) superstructure reflection plane of Ni{sub 3}Sn nanoparticles can also be observed in Figure b, which can be considered as direct evidence of formation of alloy crystalline phase by performing this sol–gel method. - Highlights: • Ni and Ni{sub 3}Sn alloy nanoparticles have been prepared by sol–gel processes. • Citric acid and ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid were applied as chelating agent. • Diffraction peak of superstructure reflection plane of Ni{sub 3}Sn was detected by XRD. • A novel strategy for preparation of alloy nanoparticles has been presented.

  8. Preparation and characterization of mesoporous indium oxide

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    ZHAO Yi-zhe; CHENG Zhi-xuan; PAN Qing-yi; DONG Xiao-wen; ZHANG Jian-cheng; PAN Ling-li

    2009-01-01

    Indium oxide nanocrystals with mesoporous structure were successfully synthesized by using triblock copolymer as a template,and characterized by thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimeter (TG-DSC),X-ray powder diffraction (XRD),high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and N2 adsorption.A high EO/PO ratio is thought to be the key point to prepare mesoporous In2O3.The results show that the average pore diameter of the products is 6 nm,the BET surface area is 54.78 m2/g,and the adsorbing pore volume is 0.345 cm3/g.After comparing with normal indium oxide nanoparticles by BET test,mesoporous indium oxide demonstrates a large difference in adsorbing pore volume and average pore diameters from normal ones.

  9. Ellipsometric spectroscopy study of cobalt oxide thin films deposited by sol-gel

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    Barrera-Calva, E.; Martinez-Flores, J.C. [Departamento de Ingenieria de Procesos e Hidraulica, UAM ? Iztapalapa, Av. Rafael Atlixco No. 186, Col. Vicentina, Mexico DF 09340 (Mexico); Huerta, L. [Instituto de Investigacion en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico DF (Mexico); Avila, A.; Ortega-Lopez, M. [Depto. Ingenieria Electrica, SEES, CINVESTAV- IPN, Mexico DF 07360 (Mexico)

    2006-09-22

    Due to their unique optical properties, solar selective coatings enhance the thermal efficiency of solar photothermal converters. Hence it seems to be interesting to study the optical properties of promising materials as solar selective coatings. In an earlier work, it was demonstrated that sol-gel deposited cobalt oxide thin films possess suitable optical properties as selective coatings. In this work, cobalt oxide thin films were prepared by same technique and their optical properties were analyzed as a function of the dipping time of the substrate in the sol, using the spectroscopy ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques. The optical constants (n and k) for these films, in the 200-800nm range, are reported as a function of the dipping time. The fitting of ellipsometric data, I{sub s} and I{sub c}, for the glass substrate and the cobalt oxide thin film, as modeled with the Lorentz and Tauc-Lorentz dispersion relations, indicated that the film microstructure resembles a multilayer stack with voids. From these results, the Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} and void percentages in the film were estimated. Both, thin film thickness and void/Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} percentage ratio, were determined to be strongly dependent on the immersion time. Furthermore, the total thickness of a multilayered film was found to be the sum of thickness of each individual layer. (author)

  10. Surface functionalization of carbon nanofibers by sol-gel coating of zinc oxide

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    Shao Dongfeng [Key Laboratory of Eco-textiles, Ministry of Education, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122 (China); Changzhou Textile Garment Institute, Changzhou 213164 (China); Wei Qufu [Key Laboratory of Eco-textiles, Ministry of Education, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122 (China)], E-mail: qfwei@jiangnan.edu.cn; Zhang Liwei; Cai Yibing; Jiang Shudong [Key Laboratory of Eco-textiles, Ministry of Education, Jiangnan University, Wuxi 214122 (China)

    2008-08-15

    In this paper the functional carbon nanofibers were prepared by the carbonization of ZnO coated PAN nanofibers to expand the potential applications of carbon nanofibers. Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanofibers were obtained by electrospinning. The electrospun PAN nanofibers were then used as substrates for depositing the functional layer of zinc oxide (ZnO) on the PAN nanofiber surfaces by sol-gel technique. The effects of coating, pre-oxidation and carbonization on the surface morphology and structures of the nanofibers were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The results of SEM showed a significant increase of the size of ZnO nanograins on the surface of nanofibers after the treatments of coating, pre-oxidation and carbonization. The observations by SEM also revealed that ZnO nanoclusters were firmly and clearly distributed on the surface of the carbon nanofibers. FTIR examination also confirmed the deposition of ZnO on the surface of carbon nanofibers. The XRD analysis indicated that the crystal structure of ZnO nanograins on the surface of carbon nanofibers.

  11. Solar absorption and thermal emission properties of multiwall carbon nanotube/nickel oxide nanocomposite thin films synthesized by sol-gel process

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    Roro, Kittessa T

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)/nickel oxide (NiO) nanocomposites were successfully prepared by a sol–gel process and coated on an aluminium substrate. The MWCNTs were chemically functionalized and then added into NiO alcogels, and magnetic...

  12. Sol-gel synthesis of magnesium oxide-silicon dioxide glass compositions

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    Bansal, Narottam P.

    1988-01-01

    MgO-SiO2 glasses containing up to 15 mol pct MgO, which could not have been prepared by the conventional glass melting method due to the presence of stable liquid-liquid immiscibility, were synthesized by the sol-gel technique. Clear and transparent gels were obtained from the hydrolysis and polycondensation of silicon tetraethoxide (TEOS) and magnesium nitrate hexahydrate when the water/TEOS mole ratio was four or more. The gelling time decreased with increase in magnesium content, water/TEOS ratio, and reaction temperature. Magnesium nitrate hexahydrate crystallized out of the gels containing 15 and 20 mol pct MgO on slow drying. This problem was partially alleviated by drying the gels quickly at higher temperatures. Monolithic gel samples were prepared using glycerol as the drying control additive. The gels were subjected to various thermal treatments and characterized by several methods. No organic groups could be detected in the glasses after heat treatments to approx. 800 C, but trace amounts of hydroxyl groups were still present. No crystalline phase was found from X-ray diffraction in the gel samples to approx. 890 C. At higher temperatures, alpha quartz precipitated out as the crystalline phase in gels containing up to 10 mol pct MgO. The overall activation energy for gel formation in 10MgO-90SiO2 (mol pct) system for water/TEOS mole ratio of 7.5 was calculated to be 58.7 kJ/mol.

  13. Hybrid gels assembled from Fmoc-amino acid and graphene oxide with controllable properties.

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    Xing, Pengyao; Chu, Xiaoxiao; Li, Shangyang; Ma, Mingfang; Hao, Aiyou

    2014-08-04

    A supramolecular gel is obtained from the self-assembly of an ultralow-molecular-weight gelator (N-fluorenyl-9-methoxycarbonyl glutamic acid) in good and poor solvents. The gelators can self-assemble into a lamellar structure, which can further form twisted fibers and nanotubes in the gel phase. Rheological studies show that the gels are robust and rigid, and are able to rapidly self-recover to a gel after being destroyed by shear force. Fluorescence experiments reveal the aggregation-induced emission effects of the gel system; the fluorescence intensity is significantly enhanced by gel formation. Graphene oxide (GO) is introduced into the system efficiently to give a hybrid material, and the interaction between gelators-GO sheets is studied. Rheological and fluorescent studies imply that the mechanical properties and the fluorescent emission of the hybrid materials can be fine-tuned by controlling the addition of GO.

  14. Preparation of porous titanium oxide films onto indium tin oxide for application in organic photovoltaic devices

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    Macedo, Andreia G. [Laboratorio de Dispositivos Nanoestruturados, Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Parana, Curitiba, Parana (Brazil); Mattos, Luana L.; Spada, Edna R.; Serpa, Rafael B.; Campos, Cristiani S. [Laboratorio de Sistemas Nanoestruturados, Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Grova, Isabel R.; Ackcelrud, Leni [Laboratorio de Polimeros Paulo Scarpa, Departamento de Quimica, Universidade Federal do Parana, Curitiba, Parana (Brazil); Reis, Francoise T.; Sartorelli, Maria L. [Laboratorio de Sistemas Nanoestruturados, Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Roman, Lucimara S., E-mail: lsroman@fisica.ufpr.br [Laboratorio de Dispositivos Nanoestruturados, Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Parana, Curitiba, Parana (Brazil)

    2012-05-01

    In this work, porous ordered TiO{sub 2} films were prepared through sol gel route by using a monolayer of polystyrene spheres as template on indium-tin oxide/glass substrate. These films were characterized by SEM, AFM, Raman spectroscopy, UV-vis absorbance and XRD. The UV-vis absorbance spectrum show a pseudo band gap (PBG) with maxima at 460 nm arising from the light scattering and partial or total suppression of the photon density of states, this PBG can be controlled by the size of the pore. We also propose the use of this porous film as electron acceptor electrode in organic photovoltaic cells; we show that devices prepared with porous titania displayed higher efficiencies than devices using compact titania films as electrode. Such behaviour was observed in both bilayer and bulk heterojunction devices.

  15. Sol-gel zinc oxide humidity sensors integrated with a ring oscillator circuit on-a-chip.

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    Yang, Ming-Zhi; Dai, Ching-Liang; Wu, Chyan-Chyi

    2014-10-28

    The study develops an integrated humidity microsensor fabricated using the commercial 0.18 μm complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) process. The integrated humidity sensor consists of a humidity sensor and a ring oscillator circuit on-a-chip. The humidity sensor is composed of a sensitive film and branch interdigitated electrodes. The sensitive film is zinc oxide prepared by sol-gel method. After completion of the CMOS process, the sensor requires a post-process to remove the sacrificial oxide layer and to coat the zinc oxide film on the interdigitated electrodes. The capacitance of the sensor changes when the sensitive film adsorbs water vapor. The circuit is used to convert the capacitance of the humidity sensor into the oscillation frequency output. Experimental results show that the output frequency of the sensor changes from 84.3 to 73.4 MHz at 30 °C as the humidity increases 40 to 90%RH.

  16. Sol-Gel Zinc Oxide Humidity Sensors Integrated with a Ring Oscillator Circuit On-a-Chip

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    Ming-Zhi Yang

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The study develops an integrated humidity microsensor fabricated using the commercial 0.18 μm complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS process. The integrated humidity sensor consists of a humidity sensor and a ring oscillator circuit on-a-chip. The humidity sensor is composed of a sensitive film and branch interdigitated electrodes. The sensitive film is zinc oxide prepared by sol-gel method. After completion of the CMOS process, the sensor requires a post-process to remove the sacrificial oxide layer and to coat the zinc oxide film on the interdigitated electrodes. The capacitance of the sensor changes when the sensitive film adsorbs water vapor. The circuit is used to convert the capacitance of the humidity sensor into the oscillation frequency output. Experimental results show that the output frequency of the sensor changes from 84.3 to 73.4 MHz at 30 °C as the humidity increases 40 to 90%RH.

  17. Preparation of a hierarchically porous AlPO4 monolith via an epoxide-mediated sol–gel process accompanied by phase separation

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    Wenyan Li, Yang Zhu, Xingzhong Guo, Kazuki Nakanishi, Kazuyoshi Kanamori and Hui Yang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Monolithic aluminum phosphate (AlPO4 with a macro–mesoporous structure has been successfully prepared via the sol–gel process accompanied by phase separation in the presence of poly(ethylene oxide (PEO. Gelation of the system has been mediated by propylene oxide (PO, while PEO induces a phase separation. The dried gel is amorphous, whereas the crystalline tridymite phase precipitates upon heating above 1000 °C. Heat treatment does not spoil the macroporous morphology of the AlPO4 monoliths. Nitrogen adsorption–desorption measurements revealed that the skeletons of the dried gels possess a mesostructure with a median pore size of about 30 nm and a surface area as high as 120 m2 g−1. Hydrothermal treatment before heat treatment can increase the surface area to 282 m2 g−1.

  18. Preparation of a hierarchically porous AlPO4 monolith via an epoxide-mediated sol-gel process accompanied by phase separation

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    Li, Wenyan; Zhu, Yang; Guo, Xingzhong; Nakanishi, Kazuki; Kanamori, Kazuyoshi; Yang, Hui

    2013-08-01

    Monolithic aluminum phosphate (AlPO4) with a macro-mesoporous structure has been successfully prepared via the sol-gel process accompanied by phase separation in the presence of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). Gelation of the system has been mediated by propylene oxide (PO), while PEO induces a phase separation. The dried gel is amorphous, whereas the crystalline tridymite phase precipitates upon heating above 1000 °C. Heat treatment does not spoil the macroporous morphology of the AlPO4 monoliths. Nitrogen adsorption-desorption measurements revealed that the skeletons of the dried gels possess a mesostructure with a median pore size of about 30 nm and a surface area as high as 120 m2 g-1. Hydrothermal treatment before heat treatment can increase the surface area to 282 m2 g-1.

  19. Sol-gel synthesis and XPS study of vanadium-hydroquinone oxide bronze films

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    Bondarenka, V. [Semiconductor Physics Institute, A. Gostauto 11, 01108 Vilnius (Lithuania); Vilnius Pedagogical University, Studentu 39, 08106 Vilnius (Lithuania); Tvardauskas, H.; Grebinskij, S.; Senulis, M.; Pasiskevicius, A. [Semiconductor Physics Institute, A. Gostauto 11, 01108 Vilnius (Lithuania); Volkov, V.; Zakharova, G. [Institute of Solid State Chemistry, Pervomaiskaia 91, 620219 Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation)

    2009-12-15

    A vanadium - hydroquinone oxide bronze has been synthesized by using a sol gel technology. The V{sub 2}O{sub 5} powder, hydrogen peroxide, and hydroquinone C{sub 6}H{sub 4}(OH){sub 2} were used as the starting materials to produce the bronze. At first the vanadium gel was made by the dissolving of vanadium pentoxide powder in hydrogen peroxide at 273 K. Then the solution was heated up to 350 K for the dissociation of peroxide complexes. An aqueous solution of hydroquinone was mixed with the formed gel in molar ratio 0.33:1. In this way the V{sub 2}O{sub 5{+-}}{sub {delta}}.nH{sub 2}O/HQ (HQ-hydroquinone) gel was synthesized. These gels are applied on the Ni pad and dried in an air (wet gel synthesis) or heated up to 580 K in air for 1 h for the water removal from gel (bronze production). The wet gel, as well as a bronze, was investigated by means of XPS method. Analysis of V-O region of XPS spectra shows that vanadium in both cases (wet gel and bronze) is in stable V{sup 5+} state. Oxygen in wet gel can be associated with V ions, hydroxide group and water. In bronze oxygen is connected with V and hydrogen (hydroxide). (copyright 2009 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  20. Benzydamine hydrochloride buccal bioadhesive gels designed for oral ulcers: preparation, rheological, textural, mucoadhesive and release properties.

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    Karavana, Sinem Yaprak; Güneri, Pelin; Ertan, Gökhan

    2009-01-01

    This study developed and examined the characterization of Benzidamine hydrochloride (BNZ) bioadhesive gels as platforms for oral ulcer treatments. Bioadhesive gels were prepared with four different hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) types (E5, E15, E50 and K100M) with different ratios. Each formulation was characterized in terms of drug release, rheological, mechanical properties and adhesion to a buccal bovine mucosa. Drug release was significantly decreased as the concentration and individual viscosity of each polymeric component increased due to improved viscosity of the gel formulations. The amount of drug released for the formulations ranged from 0.76 +/- 0.07 and 1.14 +/- 0.01 (mg/cm2 +/- SD). Formulations exhibited pseudoplastic flow and all formulations, increasing the concentration of HPMC content significantly raised storage modulus (G'), loss modulus (G''), dynamic viscosity (eta') at 37 degrees C. Increasing concentration of each polymeric component also significantly improved the hardness, compressibility, adhesiveness, cohesiveness and mucoadhesion but decreased the elasticity of the gel formulations. All formulations showed non-Fickian diffusion due to the relaxation and swelling of the polymers with water. In conclusion, the formulations studied showed a wide range of mechanical and drug diffusion characteristics. On the basis of the obtained data, the bioadhesive gel formulation which was prepared with 2.5% HPMC K 100M was determined as the most appropriate formulation for buccal application in means of possessing suitable mechanical properties, exhibiting high cohesion and bioadhesion.

  1. Preparation and characterization of bioadhesive controlled-release gels of cidofovir for vaginal delivery.

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    Tuğcu-Demiröz, Fatmanur; Acartürk, Füsun; Özkul, Aykut

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to develop mucoadhesive and thermosensitive gels for vaginal delivery that would be able to provide a controlled release of the model drug, cidofovir. The study also monitored the drug's potential antiviral properties. Cidofovir was put into the form of a vaginal gel, using mucoadhesive and thermosensitive polymers such as chitosan, Carbopol 974P, HPMC, and poloxamer 407. The physicopharmaceutical properties and stability of the vaginal gel formulations were evaluated. The gel formulation which was prepared with HPMC K100M exhibited the highest viscosity, as well as maximum adhesiveness, cohesiveness, and mucoadhesion values. The results of antiviral activity studies, which used the bovine herpes virus type 1 virus infection in vitro model using Vero cells, demonstrated the antiherpetic effect of the cidofovir gel containing HPMC K100M, at least under in vitro conditions. The study found that a mucoadhesive vaginal gel containing cidofovir can be a promising and innovative alternative therapeutic system for the treatment of genital herpes simplex virus and human papilloma virus induced infections in women.

  2. Optical characterization of pure and Al-doped ZnO prepared by sol-gel method

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    Belka, Radosław; Keczkowska, Justyna; Kasińska, Justyna

    2016-09-01

    In this paper the preparation process and optical characterization of pure and Al3+ doped zinc oxide (Al:ZnO) coatings will be presented. ZnO based materials have been studied extensively due to their potential applications in optoelectronic devices as conductive gas sensors, transparent conductive, electrodes, solar cell windows, varistors, UVfilters or photovoltaic cells. It is II-VI semiconductor with wide-band gap of 3.37 eV and large exciton binding energy of 60meV. It is possible to improve the conductivity of ZnO coating by intentionally doping ZnO with aluminium ions during preparation process. Such transparent and conducting thin films, known as AZO (Aluminium Zinc Oxide) films, are very good candidate for application as transparent conducting materials in many optoelectronic devices. The well-known sol-gel method is used for preparation of solution, coated on glass substrates by dip coating process. Prepared samples were investigated by Raman and UV-VIS spectroscopy. Transmittance as well as specular and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy methods were used for studies of optical parameters. We found that Al admixture influences on optical bandgap of ZnO.

  3. Pulsed electric field assisted sol-gel preparation of TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Mani, Rajaboopathi; Han, Bing; Louhi-Kultanen, Marjatta

    2016-10-01

    This work studies the effect of a pulsed electric field (PEF) on the precipitation and properties of TiO2 nanoparticles. TiO2 nanoparticles were prepared using pulsed DC electric field assisted sol-gel method. The duration of the PEF treatment was varied to investigate its effect on the particle size of TiO2 nanoparticles. The nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, UV diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-DRS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It was found that TiO2 particles prepared with pulsed electric field assisted sol-gel method had enhanced average crystallite size due to the effect of the pulsed electric field on primary nucleation. The effect of electric field on nanoparticle preparation is interesting which can be used to control the grain and crystallite size of nanoparticle.

  4. Porphyrinosilica and metalloporphyrinosilica: hybrid organic-inorganic materials prepared by sol-gel processing

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    YASSUKO IAMAMOTO

    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available New materials porphyrinosilica and metalloporphyrinosilica template have been obtained by a sol-gel processing where functionalyzed porphyrins and metalloporphyrins "building blocks" were assembled into a three-dimensional silicate network. The optimized conditions for preparation of these materials are revised. The monomer precursors porphyrinopropylsilyl and metalloporphyrinopropylsilyl preparation reactions and subsequent one pot sol-gel processing with tetraethoxysilane are discussed. In the case of metalloporphyrins the nitrogen base coordinates to the central metal and acts as a template in the molecular imprinting technique. UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, electron paramagnetic resonance, nuclear magnetic spectra, infrared spectra, luminescence spectra, surface area and electron spectroscopy imaging of the materials are used to characterize the prepared materials. The catalytic activities of these metalloporphyrinosilica- template are compared.

  5. Preparation of A New Fiber by Sol-gel Technology in Solid-phase Microextraction (SPME)

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    Li Ming WEI; Qing Yu OU; Ju Bai LI

    2004-01-01

    The sol-gel technology is applied for the preparation of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber. The fiber demonstrates high thermal stability, efficient extraction rate and the selectivity for non-polar or low-polar analytes. Efficient SPME-GC-FID analyses of benzene- toluene-ethylbenzene-xylenes (BTEXs) and low-polar halocarbon were achieved by the sol-gel coated DSDA-DDBT-TiO2 fiber. Some parameters of the SPME fiber for the determination of halocarbon in aqueous sample were investigated.

  6. Preparation of Barley Storage Protein, Hordein, for Analytical Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate-Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis

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    Doll, Hans; Andersen, Bente

    1981-01-01

    The extraction, reduction, and alkylation of barley hordein for routine electrophoresis in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gels were studied to set up a simple preparation procedure giving well-resolved bands in the electrophoresis gel. Hordein was extracted from single crushed seeds or flour...... by aqueous 50% propan-2-ol containing a Tris-borate buffer, pH 8.6. The presence of the buffer facilitates the consecutive complete reduction of the extracted protein in the alcohol. Reduction and alkylation in the buffer containing propan-2-ol give sharper bands in the electrophoresis than reduction...

  7. Preparation and studies of Co(II) and Co(III)-substituted barium ferrite prepared by sol-gel method

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    Teh, Geok Bee [Department of Bioscience and Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, 53300 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)]. E-mail: tehgb@mail.utar.edu.my; Nagalingam, Saravanan [Department of Bioscience and Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering and Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, 53300 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Jefferson, David A. [Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EW (United Kingdom)

    2007-01-15

    The sol-gel preparative method was employed to synthesise Co(II) and Co(III)-substituted barium ferrite. This method was attempted to achieve higher homogeneity of the final product. Samples of substituted ferrites were characterised by various experimental techniques including high resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction analysis, magnetometry and thermal gravimetric analysis. The microstructural changes induced by such substitution are also discussed.

  8. Preparation Calcium Oxide From Chicken Eggshells

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    Risfidian Mohadi

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The preparation of metal oxide CaO from chicken eggshell has been carried out by decomposition at various temperatures 600, 700, 800, 900, and 1000oC. The metal oxide CaO was characterized using XRD. Furthermore, The optimum temperature for preparation of CaO was determined based on the XRD pattern, then the characterization of CaO was extended using FT-IR spectrophotometer and BET analysis. The results show that the optimum temperature for preparation of CaO from chicken eggshell is 900oC with peak of 2Ө at 32.3o, 37.4o, 53.9o, 64.2o and 67.5o, respectively. The FT-IR spectrums show the unique vibration for Ca-O at 393 cm-1. The BET analysis show that CaO has surface area 68 m2/g with pore volume 1.65 cm3/g and pore size 6.6 nm which can be classified as mesoporous.

  9. An improved method of preparation of nanoparticular metal oxide catalysts

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    2014-01-01

    The present invention concerns an improved method of preparation of nanoparticular vanadium oxide/anatase titania catalysts having a narrow particle size distribution. In particular, the invention concerns preparation of nanoparticular vanadium oxide/anatase titania catalyst precursors comprising...... combustible crystallization seeds upon which the catalyst metal oxide is coprecipitated with the carrier metal oxide, which crystallization seeds are removed by combustion in a final calcining step.......The present invention concerns an improved method of preparation of nanoparticular vanadium oxide/anatase titania catalysts having a narrow particle size distribution. In particular, the invention concerns preparation of nanoparticular vanadium oxide/anatase titania catalyst precursors comprising...

  10. Y_2SiO_5:Ce~(3+) particle growth during sol-gel preparation

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    李秀娟; 焦桓; 王晓明; 曾正志; 荆西平

    2010-01-01

    The phosphor Y2SiO5:Ce3+ was prepared by a sol-gel method and the particle growth process was investigated by XRD, SEM and TEM. After heating at 400 °C, the as-dried gel became a powder composed of mixed phases of polycrystalline Y2O3 and amorphous SiO2. With an increase in temperature, the crystallinity of Y2O3 improved. The sample quickly changed to the pure Y2SiO5 phase when it was heated at 1400 °C for 10 min. SEM indicated that the as-dried gel consisted of large porous particles. At an annealing tempe...

  11. Preparation of long alumina fibers by sol-gel method using tartaric acid

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    Tan, Hong-Bin

    2011-12-01

    Long alumina fibers were prepared by sol-gel method. The spinning sol was obtained by mixing aluminum nitrate, tartaric acid, and polyvinylpyrrolidone with a mass ratio of 10:3:1.5. Thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to characterize the properties of the gel and ceramic fibers. A little of α-Al2O3 phase is observed in the alumina precursor gel fibers sintered at 1273 K. The fibers with a uniform diameter can be obtained when sintered at 1473 K, and its main phase is also indentified as α-Al2O3.

  12. Disinfection studies on TiO2 thin films prepared by a sol-gel method.

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    Kambala, Venkata Subba Rao; Naidu, Ravi

    2009-02-01

    Transparent anatase TiO2 nanometer thin films were prepared by dip-coating on soda-lime glass plates via the sol-gel method. The un-calcined and the calcined films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), AFM, Nano-indentation (hardness and Young's modulus), UV-vis spectrometry, thickness and hydrophilicity (contact angle measurements). The photocatalytic activity of the thin films was evaluated by performing disinfection studies on the Gram-negative microorganisms like Escherichia coli, and Staphylococcus Aureus, a Gram-positive organism. The photocatalytic activity for both groups of organisms was studied in saline and nutrient broth. The leakage of potassium from the bacteria was observed parallel to cell viability. The activity of the sol-gel prepared TiO2 thin films were compared under UV lamps and natural day light (ND) lamps with Degussa P-25 TiO2 thin films prepared on soda-lime glass using a polymer support and the commercial self-cleaning glass (SC). The sol-gel prepared thin films which were annealed at 450 degrees C, show highest photocatalytic activity, the slowest conversion rate from hydrophilic to a hydrophobic state, light-induced hydrophilicity, and also higher disinfection activities compared to P-25 films and commercial self-cleaning glass. The films also show excellent activities when continuously reused for more than a month.

  13. Sol-Gel Synthesis and Antioxidant Properties of Yttrium Oxide Nanocrystallites Incorporating P-123

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    Rebeca Mellado-Vázquez

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Yttrium oxide (Y2O3 nanocrystallites were synthesized by mean of a sol-gel method using two different precursors. Raw materials used were yttrium nitrate and yttrium chloride, in methanol. In order to promote oxygen vacancies, P-123 poloxamer was incorporated. Synthesized systems were heat-treated at temperatures from 700 °C to 900 °C. Systems at 900 °C were prepared in the presence and absence of P-123 using different molar ratios (P-123:Y = 1:1 and 2:1. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR results revealed a characteristic absorption band of Y–O vibrations typical of Y2O3 matrix. The structural phase was analyzed by X-ray diffraction (XRD, showing the characteristic cubic phase in all systems. The diffraction peak that presented the major intensity corresponded to the sample prepared from yttrium chloride incorporating P-123 in a molar ratio of P-123:Y = 2:1 at 900 °C. Crystallites sizes were determined by Scherrer equation as between 21 nm and 32 nm. Antioxidant properties were estimated by 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH• assays; the results are discussed.

  14. Characterization of immunoreactive proteins of Setaria cervi isolated by preparative polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis.

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    Priyadarshi, Priyanka; Dravid, Piyush; Sheikh, Inayat Hussain; Saxena, Sunita; Tandon, Ashish; Kaushal, Deep C; Ali, Shakir; Kaushal, Nuzhat A

    2017-03-01

    Filarial parasites are complex mixtures of antigenic proteins and characterization of these antigenic molecules is essential to identify the diagnostically important filaria-specific antigens. In the present study, we have fractionated the somatic extracts from adults of Setaria cervi (bovine filarial parasite) on preparative SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and tested the immunoreactivity of the separated gel fractions with polyclonal antibodies against filarial excretory-secretory antigens as well as filarial patients sera. The SDS-PAGE analysis of gel eluted fractions revealed 1 protein band in F-1 fraction, 2 protein bands in F-2 fraction and 2-3 protein bands in all other fractions (F3- F11). Seven gel eluted fractions (F1, F2, F3, F4, F5, F6 and F11) showed high ELISA reactivity with the polyclonal antibody (against excretory-secretory antigen) and four of these fractions (F-1, F-2, F3 and F6) exhibited high ELISA reactivity with antibodies present in filarial patient sera. The reactivities of the gel fractions (F1 and F2), recognized by filarial patients sera, were also tested with the monoclonal antibody (detecting the filarial circulating antigen). The F1 and F2 gel eluted fractions were found to have the target antigen of monoclonal antibody as evident by high reactivity with the monoclonal antibody in ELISA and immunoblotting. The S. cervi gel eluted F1 fraction (containing single antigen) could detect antibodies in filarial patients sera and not in non-filarial sera thereby suggesting its usefulness for specific serodiagnosis of human filariasis.

  15. 炭纤维表面SiC/SiO2抗氧化涂层的溶胶凝胶法制备%Preparation of an anti-oxidative SiC/SiO2 coating on carbon fibers by a sol-gel method

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    夏克东; 吕春祥; 杨禹

    2013-01-01

    A SiC/SiO2 ceramic coating on carbon fibers was prepared by a sol-gel method followed by heat treatment at high temperature.The structure and the morphology of the SiC/SiO2 coating were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy,X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy.The oxidation resistant properties of the carbon fibers with and without the coating were compared by thermogravimetric analysis.Results indicate that a uniform and continuous coating can improve the oxidation resistance of carbon fibers.The oxidation resistance of the coated carbon fibers increased with increases in the sol concentration and heat treatment temperature.A coating of thickness 300 nm increased the onset oxidation temperature by about 200℃ and the single fiber tensile strength was decreased by 37.7% compared with the pristine carbon fibers.After isothermal oxidation at 700℃ for 90min,the single fiber tensile strength of the coated carbon fibers was decreased to 1.37 GPa.The oxidation resistance of the fibers was decreased when the coating thickness exceeded 400 nm due to the spallation of the coating.%采用溶胶凝胶法,并经高温热处理在炭纤维表面制备SiC/SiO2陶瓷涂层.通过X-射线光电子能谱、X-射线衍射、扫描电镜等分析SiC/SiO2涂层的结构与形貌.通过热重分析研究炭纤维涂层前后的抗氧化性能.结果表明,均匀、无裂纹的SiC/SiO2涂层可改善炭纤维的抗氧化性能,而且涂层炭纤维的抗氧化性能随着溶胶浓度和热处理温度的升高而增加.与原始炭纤维相比,具有300nm涂层厚度的炭纤维起始氧化温度提高了200℃.但是当涂层超过一定厚度时,涂层开裂脱落,炭纤维的抗氧化性能降低.SiC/SiO2涂层炭纤维的拉伸强度与原始纤维相比降低了37.7%,在700℃等温氧化90 min,涂层纤维的拉伸强度为1.37 GPa,仍保留一定的强度.

  16. Effect of surface deposited rare earth oxide gel characteristics on cyclic oxidation behavior of Fe20-Cr alloys

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    Stela Maria Cristina Fernandes

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Rare earths have been used to increase high temperature oxidation resistance of many chromium dioxide and alumina forming alloys. These rare earths can be added as elements (or as oxide dispersions to the alloys or applied as an oxide coating to the alloy surface. The sol-gel technique is considered to be very efficient to apply fine oxide particle coatings. Oxide gel coatings of various rare earths such as lanthanum, cerium, praseodymium, neodymium, samarium, gadolinium, dysprosium, yttrium, erbium and ytterbium have been applied to an iron-chromium alloy to determine their influence on the cyclic oxidation behavior (RT-900 °C of the alloy. The morphology and coverage of the rare earth oxide gels varied with the type of rare earth. The cyclic oxidation resistance of the alloy increased with increase in time at temperature required to reach a specific chromium dioxide layer thickness and this in turn was influenced by the rare earth ion radius and characteristics of the rare earth oxide coating such as morphology, stability, coverage, resistance to thermal stresses and consequently adhesion.

  17. Mullite fibres preparation by aqueous sol-gel process and activation energy of mullitization

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    Tan Hongbin, E-mail: hb-t@163.co [State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University Xi' an 710049 (China) and School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shaanxi University of Technology, Hanzhong, Shaanxi 723003 (China); Ding Yaping; Yang Jianfeng [State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University Xi' an 710049 (China)

    2010-03-04

    Mullite fibres were prepared by sol-gel process using aluminum carboxylates (ACs) and silica sol. ACs was synthesized from dissolving aluminum powder in a mixture of formic acid and oxalic acid using aluminum chloride hexahydrate as catalyst. A molar ratio of 1:2:1 for aluminum, formic acid and oxalic acid was optimized to obtain clear solution and viscous ACs sol for fibres synthesis. Thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis were used to characterize the properties of the gel and ceramic fibres. The gel fibres completely transformed to mullite at 1200 {sup o}C, with a smooth surface and uniform diameter. The activation energy for mullite formation in precursor gel fibres was determined by means of differential thermal analysis. The value obtained, E{sub a} = 741.4 kJ/mol, was lower than most data reported in the literatures, which was attributed to the silica-alumina micro-phase separation when organic acids decomposed during gel fibres heating.

  18. Preparation and rapid analysis of antibacterial silver, copper and zinc doped sol-gel surfaces.

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    Jaiswal, Swarna; McHale, Patrick; Duffy, Brendan

    2012-06-01

    The colonisation of clinical and industrial surfaces with microorganisms, including antibiotic-resistant strains, has promoted increased research into the development of effective antibacterial and antifouling coatings. This study describes the preparation of metal nitrate (Ag, Cu, Zn) doped methyltriethoxysilane (MTEOS) coatings and the rapid assessment of their antibacterial activity using polyproylene microtitre plates. Microtitre plate wells were coated with different volumes of liquid sol-gel and cured under various conditions. Curing parameters were analysed by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and visual examination. The optimum curing conditions were determined to be 50-70°C using a volume of 200 μl. The coated wells were challenged with Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacterial cultures, including biofilm-forming and antibiotic-resistant strains. The antibacterial activities of the metal doped sol-gel, at equivalent concentrations, were found to have the following order: silver>zinc>copper. The order is due to several factors, including the increased presence of silver nanoparticles at the sol-gel coating surface, as determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, leading to higher elution rates as measured by inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES). The use of microtitre plates enabled a variety of sol-gel coatings to be screened for their antibacterial activity against a wide range of bacteria in a relatively short time. The broad-spectrum antibacterial activity of the silver doped sol-gel showed its potential for use as a coating for biomaterials.

  19. A novel gel combustion procedure for the preparation of foam and porous pellets of UO2

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    Sanjay Kumar, D.; Ananthasivan, K.; Venkata Krishnan, R.; Maji, Dasarath; Dasgupta, Arup

    2017-01-01

    In this study, it has been demonstrated for the first time how sucrose gel-combustion could be used for the preparation of UO2 foam. Further the citrate gel-combustion was gainfully used for preparing porous pellets of UO2. The utility of two-step sintering (1073 K for 30 min and 1473 K for 4 h) for obtaining these porous bodies was demonstrated for the first time. The foams and pellets possessed meso and macro pores. A starting mixture with sucrose to nitrate ratio of 2.4 was found to yield urania foam with adequate crush strength. The porous pellets were found to possess better handling strength, lesser carbon residue and higher overall density than the foam. A citric acid to nitrate ratio 0.25 in the starting mixture, 180 MPa compaction pressure were optimal for obtaining a pellet with 40% porosity.

  20. Preparation of ITO transparent conductive film by sol-gel method

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    LI Zhi-hua; REN Dong-yan

    2006-01-01

    The ITO transparent conductive films were prepared on substrate of quartz glass by sol-gel method. The raw materials were nitrate indium, acetylacetone and the dopant of anhydrous chloride (SnCl4). The process from gel to crystalline film and the microstructure of the films were investigated by DTA-TG, XRD and SEM. The influence of preparation processes on the electricity performance of the films was also studied by four-probe apparatus. The results show that the crystallization process of ITO xerogel completes when the heat treatment temperature reaches 600 ℃. The ITO films possesses on vesicular structures accumulated by spherical particles, and both heat treatment temperature and cooling rate have important effects on the resistivity ofITO films.

  1. Comparative study of ZnO thin films prepared by different sol-gel route

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    F Esmaieli Ghodsi

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available   Retraction Notice    The paper "Comparative study of ZnO thin films prepared by different sol-gel route" by H. Absalan and F. E. Ghodsi, which appeared in Iranian Journal of Physics Research, Vol. 11, No. 4, 423-428 (in Farsi is translation of the paper "Comparative Study of ZnO Thin Films Prepared by Different Sol-Gel Route" by F. E. Ghodsi and H. Absalan, which appeared in ACTA PHYSICA POLONICA A, Vol 118 (2010 (in English and for this reason is retracted from this journal.The corresponding author  (and also the first author is the only responsible person for this action.   

  2. Electrical conduction in composites containing copper core-copper oxide shell nanostructure in silica gel

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    D Das; T K Kundu; M K Dey; S Chakraborty; D Chakravorty

    2003-10-01

    Composites of nanometre-sized copper core-copper oxide shell with diameters in the range 6.1 to 7.3 nm dispersed in a silica gel were synthesised by a technique comprising reduction followed by oxidation of a suitably chosen precursor gel. The hot pressed gel powders mixed with nanometre-sized copper particles dispersed in silica gel showed electrical resistivities several orders of magnitude lower than that of the precursor gel. Electrical resistivities of the different specimens were measured over the temperature range 30 to 300°C. Activation energies for the coreshell nanostructured composites were found to be a fraction of that of the precursor gel. Such dramatic changes are ascribed to the presence of an interfacial amorphous phase. The resistivity variation as a function of temperature was analysed on the basis of Mott’s small polaron hopping conduction model. The effective dielectric constant of the interfacial phase as extracted from the data analysis was found to be much higher than that of the precursor glass. This has been explained as arising from the generation of very high pressure at the interface due to the oxidation step to which the copper nanoparticles are subjected.

  3. Study of NiCuZn ferrite powders and films prepared by sol-gel method

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    Gao Liang-Qiu; Yu Guo-Jian; Wang Ying; Wei Fu-Lin

    2011-01-01

    This paper reports that a series of NiCuZn ferrite powders and films are prepared by using sol-gel method. The effects of raw material composition and the calcinate temperature on magnetic properties of them are investigated. The NiCuZn ferrite powders are prepared by the self-propagating high-temperature synthesis method and subsequently heated at 700 ℃~1000 ℃. The results show that NiCuZn ferrite powders with single spinel phase can be formed after heat-treating at 750 ℃. Powders obtained from Nio.4Cuo.2Zno.4Fe1.9O4 gel have better magnetic properties than those from gels with other composition. After heat-treating at 900 ℃ for 3 h, coercivity Hc and saturation magnetization Ms are 9.7 Oe (1 Oe = 80 A/m) and 72.4 emu/g, respectively. Different from the powders, NiCuZn films produced on Si (100) from the Ni0.4Cu0.2Zn0.4Fe2O4 gel formed at room temperature possess high properties. When heat-treating condition is around 600 ℃ for 6 min, samples with low Hc and high Ms will be obtained. The minimal Hc is 16.7 Oe and Ms is about 300 emu/cm3. In comparison with the films prepared through long-time heat treating, the films prepared through short heat-treating time exhibits better soft magnetic properties.

  4. Hemoglobin-imprinted polymer gel prepared using modified glucosamine as functional monomer

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    Hai Li Zhao; Tian Ying Guo; Yong Qing Xia; Mou Dao Song

    2008-01-01

    A new functional glycomonomer was obtained from modified glucosamine.Hemoglobin-imprinted polymer gel was prepared with allyl-bromide modified glucosamine as functional monomer,poly(ethylene-glycol)diaorylate(PEGDA)as cross-linker and ammonium persulfate[(NH4)2S2O8]/sodium hydrogen sulfite(NaHSO3)as initiators in a phosphate buffer.The adsorption capacity and selective adsorption of the molecular imprinting polymer(MIP)were also discussed.

  5. Carbon-Nickel oxide nanocomposites: Preparation and charecterisation

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    Tile, N

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Nanocomposite materials have wide range of applications in solar energy conversion. In this work, C-NiO nanocomposite coatings are prepared using sol-gel synthesis and deposited on aluminium substrates using a spin coater. The coatings are prepared...

  6. Development of a biodegradable iron oxide nanoparticle gel for tumor bed therapy

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    Cunkelman, B. P.; Chen, E. Y.; Petryk, A. A.; Tate, J. A.; Thappa, S. G.; Collier, R. J.; Hoopes, P. J.

    2013-02-01

    Treatments of the post-operative surgical bed have proven appealing as the majority of cancer recurrence following tumor resection occurs at the tumor margin. A novel, biodegradable pullulan-based gel infused with magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (IONP) is presented here for surgical bed administration followed by hyperthermia therapy via alternating magnetic field (AMF) activation. Pullulan is a water soluble, film-forming starch polymer that degrades at the postoperative wound site to deliver the IONP payload, targeting the remaining cancer cells. Different gel formulations containing various % wt of pullulan were tested for IONP elution. Elution levels and amount of gel degradation were measured by immersing the gel in de-ionized water for one hour then measuring particle concentrations in the supernatant and the mass of the remaining gel formulation. The most promising gel formulations will be tested in a murine model of surgical bed resection to assess in vivo gel dissolution, IONP cell uptake kinetics via histology and TEM analysis, and heating capability of the gel with AMF exposure.

  7. Dependence Properties of Sol-Gel Derived CuO@SiO2 Nanostructure to Diverse Concentrations of Copper Oxide

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    V. Homaunmir

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Various concentrations of copper oxide were embedded into silica matrix of xerogel forms using copper source Cu(NO32·3H2O. The xerogel samples were prepared by hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS with determination of new molar ratios of the components by the sol-gel method. In this paper, three samples of copper oxide were doped into silica matrices using different concentrations. We obtained 10, 20, and 30 wt.% of copper oxide in silica matrices labeled as A, B, and C, respectively. The absorption and transmittance spectra of the gel matrices were treated at different concentrations by Uv-vis spectrophotometer. Quantities of water and transparency in the silica network change the spectral characteristics of Cu2+ ions in the host silica. Absorption spectra of the samples heated to higher concentration complete the conversion of Cu2+ ions to Cu+ ions. The effects of concentration of copper oxide were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD patterns, and the transmission electron microscope (TEM micrographs. Also, textural properties of samples were studied by surface area analysis (BET method at different concentrations.

  8. Improved Cellulose Adsorption Method for the Preparation of Perovskite Oxides with Large Specific Surface Area at Low Temperature

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    2000-01-01

    Perovskite-type La1-xSrxMO3-d (x=0,0.1,0.2, B=Co,Fe,Mn) oxides were prepared by pyrolysis of metal salt-(organic acid)-cellulose compound precursors. Low calcination temperatures, usually lower than 600oC, were needed. The specific surface area of the as-prepared oxides is higher than that prepared by the cellulose adsorption method, and is comparable to that prepared by sol-gel method. The effective organic acid could be EDTA acid, citric acid or DL-hydroxysuccinic acid, among them, EDTA acid is the best one.

  9. Study of hafnium (IV) oxide nanoparticles synthesized by polymerized complex and polymer precursor derived sol-gel methods

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    Ramos-González, R.

    2010-03-01

    This work reports the preparation and characterization of hafnium (IV) oxide (HfO2) nanoparticles grown by derived sol-gel routes that involves the formation of an organic polymeric network. A comparison between polymerized complex (PC) and polymer precursor (PP) methods is presented. For the PC method, citric acid (CA) and ethylene glycol (EG) are used as the chelating and polymerizable reagents, respectively. In the case of PP method, poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) is used as the chelating reagent. In both cases, different precursor gels were prepared and the hafnium (IV) chloride (HfCl4) molar ratio was varied from 0.1 to 1.0 for the PC method and from 0.05 to 0.5 for the PP method. In order to obtain the nanoparticles, the precursors were heat treated at 500 and 800 °C. The thermal characterization of the precursor gels was carried out by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and the structural and morphological characterization by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The XRD patterns of the samples obtained by both methods shows the formation of HfO2 at 500 °C with monoclinic crystalline phase. The PC method exhibited also the cubic phase. Finally, the HfO2 nanoparticles size (4 to 11 nm) was determined by TEM and XRD patterns. © (2010) Trans Tech Publications.

  10. Study of gels of molybdenum with cerium in the preparation of generators of 99Mo - 99mTc

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    Vanessa Moraes; Bárbara Marczewski; Carla Roberta Dias; João Alberto Osso Junior

    2005-01-01

    99mTc has ideal nuclear properties for organ imaging in nuclear medicine, and it is obtained from the 99Mo-99mTc generator. Four different types of generators are available: chromatographic that uses 99Mo from fission of uranium; MEK solvent extraction; Tc2O7 sublimation; gel chromatographic. This work presents the preparation of gel generators of molybdenum with cerium and characterization of the gels: mass ratio between molybdenum and cerium, structure, size of particles and elution percent...

  11. Electrical characterization of ZnO/NiO p-n junction prepared by the sol-gel method

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    Merih Akyuzlu, A.; Dagdelen, Fethi; Gultek, Ahmet; Hendi, A. A.; Yakuphanoglu, Fahrettin

    2017-04-01

    ZnO and NiO films were synthesized on fluourine-doped tin oxide (FTO) glass substrate by the sol-gel method. The surface morphology of the films was investigated by atomic force microscopy. The optical band gaps of the ZnO and NiO films were found to be 3.198 and 3.827eV, respectively. A ZnO/NiO p-n junction diode was prepared and electrical charge transport mechanism of the diode was analyzed using thermionic emission and Norde functions. The ideality factor, barrier height and series resistance of the diode were determined to be 6.46, 1.036eV and 39.1 M {Ω} , respectively. The obtained results indicate that ZnO/NiO p-n junction can be used as transparent diode for optic communications.

  12. Electrochromic properties of inkjet printed vanadium oxide gel on flexible polyethylene terephthalate/indium tin oxide electrodes.

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    Costa, Cláudia; Pinheiro, Carlos; Henriques, Inês; Laia, César A T

    2012-10-24

    Vanadium oxide gel was synthesized and formulated for the assembly of solid-state electrochromic cells on flexible and transparent electrodes using inkjet printing. FTIR, Raman, and X-ray diffraction spectroscopic measurements showed that the vanadium oxide gel here synthesized consisted of V(2)O(5)·6H(2)O, microstructures similar to orthorhombic V(2)O(5), while Raman spectroscopy also shows the presence of amorphous domains. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) images of the thin films printed using an inkjet shows a ribbonlike structure, which is in accordance with previous results of the vanadium oxide gels in solution. Solid-state electrochromic devices were assembled at room temperature using the inkjet printed films, without any sinterization step. The electrochemical properties of the vanadium oxide gel were characterized by cyclic voltammetry and spectroelectrochemistry by visible/NIR absorption spectroscopy (in both liquid and solid-state). Several redox steps are observed, which gives rise to a variety of color transitions as a function of the applied voltage. The different optical properties of the vanadium oxide gel are assigned to different intercalation steps of Li(+), leading to different crystalline phases of the gel. The final result is a solid-state electrochromic cell showing excellent contrast between the redox states, giving rise to colors such as yellow, green, or blue. Color space analysis was used to characterize the electrochromic transitions, and while absorption spectra showed rather long switching times (up to 100 s), in L*a*b* color space coordinates, the switching time is smaller than 30 s. These electrochromic cells also have an excellent cycling stability showing high reversibility and a cyclability up to more than 30,000 cycles with a degradation of 18%.

  13. Gel-aided sample preparation (GASP)--a simplified method for gel-assisted proteomic sample generation from protein extracts and intact cells.

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    Fischer, Roman; Kessler, Benedikt M

    2015-04-01

    We describe a "gel-assisted" proteomic sample preparation method for MS analysis. Solubilized protein extracts or intact cells are copolymerized with acrylamide, facilitating denaturation, reduction, quantitative cysteine alkylation, and matrix formation. Gel-aided sample preparation has been optimized to be highly flexible, scalable, and to allow reproducible sample generation from 50 cells to milligrams of protein extracts. This methodology is fast, sensitive, easy-to-use on a wide range of sample types, and accessible to nonspecialists. © 2014 The Authors. PROTEOMICS published by Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. {sup 90}Y microspheres prepared by sol-gel method, promising medical material for radioembolization of liver malignancies

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    Łada, Wiesława, E-mail: w.lada@ichtj.waw.pl [Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, 03-195 Warsaw, Dorodna 16 (Poland); Iller, Edward [National Centre for Nuclear Research, Radioisotope Centre POLATOM, 05-400 Otwock, Andrzej Sołtan 7 (Poland); Wawszczak, Danuta [Institute of Nuclear Chemistry and Technology, 03-195 Warsaw, Dorodna 16 (Poland); Konior, Marcin, E-mail: marcin.konior@polatom.pl [National Centre for Nuclear Research, Radioisotope Centre POLATOM, 05-400 Otwock, Andrzej Sołtan 7 (Poland); Dziel, Tomasz [National Centre for Nuclear Research, Radioisotope Centre POLATOM, 05-400 Otwock, Andrzej Sołtan 7 (Poland)

    2016-10-01

    A new technology for the production of radiopharmaceutical {sup 90}Y microspheres in the form of spherical yttrium oxide grains obtained by sol-gel method has been described. The authors present and discuss the results of investigations performed in the development of new production technology of yttrium microspheres and determination of their physic-chemical properties. The final product has the structure of spherical yttrium oxide grains with a diameter 25–100 μm, is stable and free from contaminants. Irradiation of 20 mg samples of grains with diameter of 20–50 μm in the thermal neutron flux of 1.7 × 10{sup 14} cm{sup −2} s{sup −1} at the core of MARIA research nuclear reactor allowed to obtain microspheres labelled with the {sup 90}Y isotope on the way of the nuclear reaction {sup 89}Y(n, γ){sup 90}Y. Specific activity of irradiated microspheres has been determined by application of absolute triple to double coincidence ratio method (TDCR) and has been evaluated at 190 MBq/mg Y. {sup 90}Y microspheres prepared by the proposed technique can be regarded as a promising medical material for radioembolization of liver malignancies. - Highlights: • Sol-gel methods for preparation of spherical yttrium trioxide grains have been proposed. • Determination condition for irradiation {sup 89}Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} grains in nuclear reactor • Evaluation of specific activity of {sup 90}Y microspheres • Estimation of {sup 90}Y microspheres as promising medical material for radioembolization.

  15. Preparation of Mixed Perovskite Oxides for Blue-Green Lasers

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    1984-02-01

    higher for oxide or fluoride . 𔃽. A high radiative lifetime and high fluorescent quantum yield for Ce or the rare earth are desirable. 3 + 4...for all of our single crystal -4- preparations are lanthanum oxide (La„0 ), aluminum oxide (Al^O^) , scandium oxide (Sc„0-.) , and cerium oxide (Ce...crystal material is highly important. Ideally, oxides should be grown in O2, fluorides in ?„, and so forth in order to prevent defects such as

  16. Preparation and Characterization of Alginate-Hyaluronic Acid-chitosan based Composite Gel Beads

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    HU Yan; ZHENG Mengzhu; DONG Xiaoying; ZHAO Dan; CHENG Han; XIAO Xincai

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to fabricate composite gel beads based on natural polysaccharides. Hyaluronic acid (HA) and Chitosan (CS) were successfully admixed with Ca2+/alginate (SA) gel system to produce SA/HA/CS gel beads by dual crosslinking:the ionic gelation and the polyelectrolyte complexation. The preparation procedure was that the weight ratio of SA (2%, m/v) to HA (2%, m/v) was kept at 2:1, then the mixture was dripped into the Ca2+solution for ion-crosslinking, and finally polyelectrolyte crosslinked with 2%low molecular weight CS (LMW-CS) for 1.5 hours. The optimal formulation was achieved by adjusting the concentration and the weight ratio of SA, HA and LMW-CS. Due to the incorporation of HA and LMW-CS, the swelling ratio of the beads at pH 7.4 was increased up to 120, and the time for the maximum swelling degree was prolonged to 7.5 h. The swelling behavior was obviously improved compared to the pure SA/Ca2+system. The preliminary results clearly suggest that the SA/HA/CS gel beads may be a potential candidate for biomedical delivery vehicles.

  17. Preparation and Electrocatalytic Activity of Polyaniline-poly(propylene oxide)

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    Mei Chao LI; Chun An MA

    2005-01-01

    A novel copolymer of polyaniline-poly(propylene oxide) (PAN-PPO) was prepared by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and characterized by FTIR and SEM. It showed good electroactivity for methanol oxidation in H2SO4 solution.

  18. Preparation and Characterization of Graphene Oxide

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Graphene oxide (GO films with two-dimensional structure were successfully prepared via the modified Hummer method. It is proven that redox method is a promising way to synthesize GO films on a large scale. Comprehensive characterizations of the properties of GO films were conducted. TEM and DFM analyses showed that GO sheets prepared in this study had single and double lamellar layer structure and a thickness of 2~3 nm. X-ray diffraction (XRD was selected to measure the crystal structure of GO sheet. Fourier-transform infrared spectra analyzer (FT-IR was used to certify the presence of oxygen-containing functional groups in GO films. The tests of UV-VIS spectrometer and TGA analyzer indicated that GO sheet possessed excellent optical response and outstanding thermal stability. Elemental analyzer (EA and X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (XPS analyzed the components synthetic material. Simultaneously, chemical structure of GO sheet was described in this study. Discussion and references for further research on graphene are provided.

  19. Further development of an electroosmotic medium pump system for preparative disk gel electrophoresis.

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    Hayakawa, Mitsuo; Hosogi, Yumiko; Takiguchi, Hisashi; Shiroza, Teruaki; Shibata, Yasuko; Hiratsuka, Koichi; Kiyama-Kishikawa, Michiko; Hamajima, Susumu; Abiko, Yoshimitsu

    2003-02-01

    A simple and practical 6.8-cm-diameter (36.30-cm(2) cross-sectional-area) preparative disk gel electrophoresis device, based on the design of M. Hayakawa et al. (Anal. Biochem. 288 (2001) 168), in which the elution buffer is driven by an electroosmotic buffer flow through the membrane into the elution chamber from the anode chamber was constructed. We have found that the dialysis membranes employed provide suitable flow rates for the elution buffer, similar to those of an earlier 3.6-cm-diameter device, resulting in the prevention of excess eluate dilution. The efficiency of this device was demonstrated by the fractionation of a bovine serum albumin (BSA) Cohn V fraction into monomer, dimer, and oligomer components using nondenaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (native-PAGE). The maximum protein concentration of the eluate achieved was 133 mg/ml of BSA monomer, which required a dilution of the eluate for subsequent analytical PAGE performance. As a practical example, the two-dimensional fractionation of soluble dipeptidyl peptidase IV (sDPP IV) from 50 ml fetal bovine serum (3.20 g protein) per gel is presented. The sDPP IV enzyme protein was recovered in a relatively short time, utilizing a 6.5% T native-PAGE and subsequential sodium dodecyl sulfate-PAGE system. This device enhances the possibility of continuous electrophoretic fractionation of complex protein mixtures on a preparative scale.

  20. Preparation of Machinable Bioactive Glass-ceramics by Sol-gel Method

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    2005-01-01

    The purpose of this research was to prepare machinable bioactive glass-ceramics by sol-gel method. A multi-component composite sol with great uniformity and stability was first prepared by a 2-step method.The composite sol was then transformed into gel by aging under different temperatures. The gel was dried finally by super critically drying method and sintered to obtain the machinable bioactive glass-ceramics. Effect of thermal treatment on crystallization of the glass-ceramics was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. Microstructure of the glass-ceramics was observed by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and the mechanism of machinability was discussed. Phlogopite and hydroxylapatite were identified as main crystal phases by XRD analysis under thermal treatment at 750 ℃ and 950 ℃ for 1.5 h separately. The relative bulk density could achieve 99%under 1050 ℃ for 4 h. Microstructure of the glass-ceramics showed that the randomly distributed phlogopite and hydroxylapatite phases were favorable to the machinability of the glass-ceramics. A mean bending strength of about 160-180 MPa and a fracture toughness parameter KIC of about 2.1-2.3 were determined for the glass-ceramics.

  1. Preparation and magnetic properties of Fe2O3 microtubules prepared by sol-gel template method

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    CHANG Chuanbo; ZHANG Cunrui; WANG Wenyan; LI Qiaoling

    2010-01-01

    Fe(OH)3 precursor sol was prepared by a sol-gel method.The precursor sol was dipped onto the absorbent cotton,and gel was formed on the absorbent cotton template after the volatilization of moisture.Fe2O3 microtubules were synthesized after the process of self-propagation or calcination.The phase,morphology,and particle diameter of the samples were examined by X-ray diffraction(XRD)and scanning electron microscopy(SEM),and the magnetic properties of the samples were measured using a vibrating sample magnetometer(VSM).The external diameters of Fe2O3 microtubules ranged between 8 and 13 μm,and the wall thicknesses ranged between 0.5 and 2 μm The type of the calcination method plays a significant role in developing the Fe2O3 phase and the variation in the magnetic properties in the sol-gel template complexing method.γ-Fe2O3 was synthesized by a self-propagation method.However,α-Fe2O3 was synthesized after calcination at 400℃ for 2 h.The coercivity of the samples synthesized by calcination at 400℃ for 2 h after self-propagation was found to increase significantly,thereby presenting hard magnetic properties.

  2. Fast and facile preparation of CTAB based gels and their applications in Au and Ag nanoparticles synthesis

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    Upadhyay, Ravi Kant, E-mail: rkupadhyay85@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, School of Natural Sciences, Shiv Nadar University, Gautam Budh Nagar, 201314 Uttar Pradesh (India); Soin, Navneet, E-mail: n.soin@bolton.ac.uk [Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC), Institute for Materials Research and Innovation (IMRI), University of Bolton, Deane Road, Bolton BL3 5AB (United Kingdom); Saha, Susmita, E-mail: ssaha@bose.res.in [Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Material Sciences, S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Block JD, Sector III, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700 098 (India); Barman, Anjan, E-mail: abarman@bose.res.in [Department of Condensed Matter Physics and Material Sciences, S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Block JD, Sector III, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700 098 (India); Sinha Roy, Susanta, E-mail: susanta.roy@snu.edu.in [Department of Physics, School of Natural Sciences, Shiv Nadar University, Gautam Budh Nagar, 201314 Uttar Pradesh (India)

    2015-04-15

    We have demonstrated that the gel-like mesophase of Cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) can be synthesized by judicial adjustment of water to surfactant molar ratio (W{sub 0}), without using any additional salts, gelating agents or co-surfactants. Gel formation was found to be highly dependent on the water to surfactant molar ratio (W{sub 0}), with the lowest value of W{sub 0} (41.5) resulting in rapid gel formation. Environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM) analysis revealed that the gel was comprised of interconnected cylindrical structures. The presence of hydrogen bonding in the gel-like mesophase was confirmed by Fourier Transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis. Rheology measurements revealed that all the gel samples were highly viscoelastic in nature. Furthermore, Au and Ag containing CTAB gels were explored as precursors for the preparation of spherical Gold (Au) and Silver (Ag) nanoparticles using Sodium borohydride (NaBH{sub 4}) as reducing agent. The effects of NaBH{sub 4} concentration on the particle size and morphology of the Au and Ag nanoparticles have also been studied. - Highlights: • A facile synthesis of CTAB based gel-like mesophase is reported. • CTAB gels were obtained by adjusting water to surfactant molar ratio (W{sub 0}). • FTIR analysis revealed that hydrogen bonding plays a key role in gel formation. • Au, Ag nanoparticles were synthesized by using CTAB gel and NaBH{sub 4}.

  3. Effects of oxidative modification on gel properties of isolated porcine myofibrillar protein by peroxyl radicals.

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    Zhou, Feibai; Zhao, Mouming; Zhao, Haifeng; Sun, Weizheng; Cui, Chun

    2014-04-01

    AAPH-derived (2,2'-azobis (2-amidinopropane) dihydrochloride) peroxyl radicals were selected as representative free radicals of lipid peroxidation to investigate the effects of oxidative modifications on isolated porcine myofibrillar protein structures as well as their rheological and gelling properties. Incubation of myofibrillar protein with increasing concentrations of AAPH resulted in a gradual increase (p3 mM) concentrations of AAPH induced aggregation of myosin and denaturation of myosin, troponin and tropomyosin, respectively. These structural changes resulted in changes on gelation of myofibrillar protein. Low level protein oxidation (AAPH≤0.5 mM) had no remarkable effect (p>0.05) on the viscoelastic pattern of myofibrillar protein gelation. Moderate oxidative modification (AAPH~1mM) enhanced the water-holding capacity (WHC) and texture properties of gels, while further oxidation (AAPH>3mM) significantly reduced the gel quality.

  4. THERMAL, MECHANICAL, AND MOISTURE ABSORPTION PROPERTIES OF WOOD-TiO2 COMPOSITES PREPARED BY A SOL-GEL PROCESS

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    Xiaoqing Wang; Junliang Liu,; Yubo Chai

    2012-01-01

    Wood-TiO2 (titania) composites were prepared by a sol-gel process, in which wood was impregnated with the precursor solutions prepared from tetrabutyl titanate (TBT), followed by a curing step. The surface morphology and moisture absorption behavior of the wood composites, as well as their thermal and mechanical performances, were examined. Environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) analysis revealed that TiO2 gels were deposited principally in the cell lumens and partly in the cell wa...

  5. Preparation and Performance of an Adsorption Type Gel Plugging Agent as Enhanced Oil Recovery Chemical

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    Xiaoping Qin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel adsorption type gel plugging agent (ATGPA was prepared using acrylamide (AM, acrylic acid (AA, diallyl dimethyl ammonium chloride (DMDAAC, 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropanesulfonate (AMPS, formaldehyde (HCHO, resorcinol (C6H6O2, and thiocarbamide (CH4N2S as raw materials under mild conditions. ATGPA was characterized by infrared (IR spectroscopy, elemental analysis, and scanning electron microscope (SEM. It was found that ATGPA exhibited higher elastic modulus (G′ and viscous modulus (G′′ than AM/AA gel plugging agent (AAGPA under the same scanning frequency. It was also found that ATGPA had moderate temperature resistance and salt tolerance. Core plugging tests results indicated that ATGPA could achieve up to higher plugging rate (PR than AAGPA (97.2% versus 95.7% at 65°C. In addition, ATGPA possessed stronger antiscouring ability by core plugging experiments at 65°C.

  6. Preparation of nanocrystalline ferroelectric BaNb2O6 by citrate gel method

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    S P Gaikwad; Violet Samuel; Renu Pasricha; V Ravi

    2005-04-01

    A gel was formed when a aqueous solution of BaCl2, NbF5 and citric acid in stoichiometric ratio is heated on a water bath. This gel on decomposition at 600°C yielded the nano crystallites of BaNb2O6, as confirmed by X-ray diffraction study (XRD). This is a much lower temperature as compared to that prepared by traditional solid state method (1000°C) as reported for the formation of BaNb2O6. Transmission electron microscopic (TEM) investigations revealed that the average particle size is 50 nm for the calcined powders. The room temperature dielectric constant at 1 kHz is found to be 1000. The ferroelectric hysteresis loop parameters of these samples were also studied.

  7. Preparation and Characterization of M-Type Barium Ferrite Fibers via Aqueous Sol-Gel Process

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    GONG Cairong; FAN Guoliang; SONG Chonglin; L(U) Gang

    2007-01-01

    BaFe12O19 fibers was prepared via an aqueous sol-gel process using Fe(OH)( HCOO)2 synthesized in laboratory and Ba(CH3COO)2 as the original materials and citrate as the chelate. The rheological behaviour of spinnable sol was characterized on rheometer, and the development of gel fibers to barium ferrite fibers was studied by IR, TG and XRD. Morphology observation of the fibers was given on SEM, and the diameter of the obtained fibers was between 5 and 10 μm corresponding to different additives. The additives affected the surface tension of the precursor sol which had close relation to the microstructure of fibers. Sucrose and hydroxyethylic cellulose could improve the surface tension while diethanolamine and hexadecylamine reduce that of the precursor sol. And using diethanolamine or hexadecylamine as an additive, well-structured BaFe12O19 fibers could be obtained.

  8. Preparation, characterization and photocatalytic activity of manganese doped TiO(2) immobilized on silica gel.

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    Xu, Yuehua; Lei, Bo; Guo, Laiqiu; Zhou, Wuyi; Liu, Youqin

    2008-12-15

    A series of Mn-TiO(2)/SiO(2) (silica gel loaded with manganese doped TiO(2)) photocatalysts have been prepared by sol-gel method, and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Photocatalytic activities were enhanced in photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange over Mn-TiO(2)/SiO(2). XPS analysis shows that a Ti-O-Si or Ti-O-Mn bond is formed on the surface of photocatalyst. Mn is doped as a mixture of Mn(2+) and Mn(3+) on the surface of 1.0mol% Mn-TiO(2)/SiO(2). Mn(3+) appears to trap electrons and prohibit the electron-hole recombination. The electrons trapped in Mn(3+) site are subsequently transferred to the adsorbed O(2). As a result, the combination of the electron-hole pair was reduced.

  9. Microstructure Control of Nanoporous Silica Thin Film Prepared by Sol-gel Process

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    2007-01-01

    Nanoporous silica films were prepared by sol-gel process with base, acid and base/acid two-step catalysis.Transmission electron microscope (TEM) and particle size analyzer were used to characterize the microstructure and the particle size distribution of the sols. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and spectroscopic ellipsometer were used to characterize the surface microstructure and the optical properties of the silica films. Stability of the sols during long-term storage was investigated. Moreover,the dispersion relation of the optical constants of the silica films, and the control of the microstructure and properties of the films by changing the catalysis conditions during sol-gel process were also discussed.

  10. Sol-gel preparation and electrical behaviour of Ln: YAG (Ln = Ce, Nd, Ho, Er

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    AIVARAS KAREIVA

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available A sol-gel method has been developed to prepare pure yttrium aluminum garnet, Y3Al5O12 (YAG, and rare-earth substituted (Ce-Y3Al5O12, Nd-Y3Al5O12, Ho-Y3Al5O12, and Er-Y3Al5O12 samples. The XRD patterns of the polycrystalline powders sintered at 1000ºC showed the formation of monophasic garnet materials. The micro-structural features in the polycristalline samples were studied by scanning electron microscopy. A homogeneous distribution of rare-earth dopants in the YAG lattice was achieved in all of the cases. Electrical conductivity measurements were also performed on the compacts of sol-gel derived Ln-YAG samples. In contrast to the expected dielectric behaviour, the conducting properties of the examined specimens indicate metallic behaviour with the resistivity increasing gradually with increasing temperature.

  11. Preparation, Properties and Mechanism of Inhomogeneous Calcium Alginate Ion Cross-linking Gel Microspheres

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    2003-01-01

    Inhomogeneous calcium alginate ion cross-linking gel microspheres, a novel ion absorbent, were prepared by dropping a sodium alginate solution to a calcium chloride solution via an electronic droplet generator. Calcium alginate microspheres have uniform particle sizes, a smooth surface and a microporous structure. The electrode probe reveals the inhomogeneous distribution of calcium ions with the highest concentration on the surface, and the lowest concentration in the cores of the spheres. As a novel ion adsorbent, calcium alginate gel microspheres have a lower limiting adsorption mass concentration, a higher enrichment capacity and a higher adsorption capacity for Pb2+ than usual ion exchange resins. The highest percentage of the adsorption is 99.79%. The limiting adsorption mass concentration is 0.0426 mg/L. The adsorption capacity for Pb2+ is 644 mg/g. Calcium alginate gel microspheres have a much faster ion exchange velocity than D418 chelating resin and D113 polyacrylate resin. The moving boundary model was employed to interpret the ion exchange kinetics process, which indicates that the ion exchange process is controlled by intraparticle diffusion of adsorbable ions. So the formation of inhomogeneous gel microspheres reduces the diffusion distance of adsorbable ions within the spheres and enhances the ion exchange velocity. Alginate has a higher selectivity for Pb2+ than for Ca2+ and the selectivity coefficient KPbCa is 316. As an ion cross-linking gel, calcium alginate inhomogeneous microspheres can effectively adsorb heavy metal Pb2+ at a higher selectivity and a higher adsorption velocity. It is a novel and good ion adsorbent.

  12. Production and characterization of spodumene dosimetric pellets prepared by a sol-gel route

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    Lima, H. R. B. R.; Nascimento, D. S.; Bispo, G. F. C.; Teixeira, V. C.; Valério, M. E. G.; Souza, S. O.

    2014-11-01

    Spodumene is an aluminosilicate that has shown good results for high-dose TL dosimetry for beta or gamma rays. Due to its chemical composition (LiAlSi2O6) it has potential to be used as a neutron dosimeter. The synthetic spodumene is usually produced by solid state reaction and conventional sol-gel, whose shortcomings arise from the need to employ high temperatures and high cost reagents, respectively. Proteic sol-gel method is promising, because it can reduce production costs and the possibility of environmental contamination. This work reports the production of the spodumene by the proteic sol-gel method using edible unflavored gelatin as a precursor. The product is characterized physically and morphologically, and investigated its applicability as a TL dosimeter. Two sets of samples were prepared using different sources of silicon, one with TEOS (Si(OC3H5)4) and one with SILICA (SiO2). The materials produced were characterized by X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetry in order to evaluate the structural properties, as well as possible changes in physical or chemical properties depending on the temperature. The production of spodumene was successful, with generation of the crystals in the β-phase with tetragonal structure. Sintered pellets produced from these crystals were irradiated with a 90Sr-90Y source and their TL glow curves were evaluated. Although the samples prepared by the proteic sol-gel method with TEOS presented a lower forming temperature, the samples produced with SILICA showed higher sensitivity to radiation.

  13. Evaluation of sol-gel based magnetic 45S5 bioglass and bioglass-ceramics containing iron oxide.

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    Shankhwar, Nisha; Srinivasan, A

    2016-05-01

    Multicomponent oxide powders with nominal compositions of (45-x)·SiO2·24.5CaO·24.5Na2O·6P2O5xFe2O3 (in wt.%) were prepared by a modified sol-gel procedure. X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns and high resolution transmission electron microscope images of the sol-gel products show fully amorphous structure for Fe2O3 substitutions up to 2 wt.%. Sol-gel derived 43SiO2·24.5CaO·24.5Na2O·6P2O5·2Fe2O3 glass (or bioglass 45S5 with SiO2 substituted with 2 wt.% Fe2O3), exhibited magnetic behavior with a coercive field of 21 Oe, hysteresis loop area of 33.25 erg/g and saturation magnetization of 0.66 emu/g at an applied field of 15 kOe at room temperature. XRD pattern of this glass annealed at 850 °C for 1h revealed the formation of a glass-ceramic containing sodium calcium silicate and magnetite phases in nanocrystalline form. Temperature dependent magnetization and room temperature electron spin resonance data have been used to obtain information on the magnetic phase and distribution of iron ions in the sol-gel glass and glass-ceramic samples. Sol-gel derived glass and glass-ceramic exhibit in-vitro bioactivity by forming a hydroxyapatite surface layer under simulated physiological conditions and their bio-response is superior to their melt quenched bulk counterparts. This new form of magnetic bioglass and bioglass ceramics opens up new and more effective biomedical applications.

  14. Fracturing Fluid (Guar Polymer Gel Degradation Study by using Oxidative and Enzyme Breaker

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    Aung Kyaw

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Oxidative and enzyme breakers are used in this research project with the main objective to study on the degradation pattern of fracturing fluid (i.e., guar polymer gel as a function of time, temperature and breaker concentration itself. The fracturing fluid used in hydraulic fracturing or frac pack contain a chemical breakers to reduce the viscosity of the fluid intermingled with the proppant. Chemical breakers reduce viscosity of the guar polymer by cleaving the polymer into small-molecular-weight fragments. The reduction of viscosity will facilitate the flow-back of residual polymer providing rapid recovery of polymer from proppant pack. Ineffective breakers or misapplication of breakers can result in screen-outs or flow-back of viscous fluids both of which can significantly decrease the well productivity. Breaker activity of low to medium temperature range oxidative and enzyme breaker systems was evaluated. ViCon NF an oxidative breaker (Halliburton product and GBW 12- CD an enzyme breaker (BJ Services product were used in this research project with the main objective to study on the degradation pattern of fracturing fluid (guar polymer gel as a function of (time, temperature and breaker concentration itself. This study provides focuses on the way to mix the fracturing fluid, compositions of the fracturing fluid and how to conduct the crosslink and break test. Crosslink test indicate the optimum cross-linker concentration to produce good crosslink gel and the break test gave the characteristic of the gel during degradation process and also the break time. Besides relying on the laboratory experiment, information obtained from research on SPE and US Pattern papers were used to make a comparison study on oxidative and enzyme breakers properties. Degradation pattern observed from the break test showed that reduction in gel viscosity depends on time, temperature and breaker concentration. Observations from experiment also revealed that small

  15. Determination of Ideal Broth Formulations Needed to Prepare Hydrous Cerium Oxide Microspheres via the Internal Gelation Process

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    Collins, Jack Lee [ORNL; Chi, Anthony [ORNL

    2009-02-01

    A simple test tube methodology was used to determine optimum process parameters for preparing hydrous cerium oxide microspheres via the internal gelation process.1 Broth formulations of cerium ammonium nitrate [(NH4)2Ce(NO3)6], hexamethylenetetramine, and urea were found that can be used to prepare hydrous cerium oxide gel spheres in the temperature range of 60 to 90 C. A few gel-forming runs were made in which microspheres were prepared with some of these formulations to be able to equate the test-tube gelation times to actual gelation times. These preparations confirmed that the test-tube methodology is reliable for determining the ideal broth formulations.

  16. Preparation and mechanical properties of graphene oxide: cement nanocomposites.

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    Babak, Fakhim; Abolfazl, Hassani; Alimorad, Rashidi; Parviz, Ghodousi

    2014-01-01

    We investigate the performance of graphene oxide (GO) in improving mechanical properties of cement composites. A polycarboxylate superplasticizer was used to improve the dispersion of GO flakes in the cement. The mechanical strength of graphene-cement nanocomposites containing 0.1-2 wt% GO and 0.5 wt% superplasticizer was measured and compared with that of cement prepared without GO. We found that the tensile strength of the cement mortar increased with GO content, reaching 1.5%, a 48% increase in tensile strength. Ultra high-resolution field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) used to observe the fracture surface of samples containing 1.5 wt% GO indicated that the nano-GO flakes were well dispersed in the matrix, and no aggregates were observed. FE-SEM observation also revealed good bonding between the GO surfaces and the surrounding cement matrix. In addition, XRD diffraction data showed growth of the calcium silicate hydrates (C-S-H) gels in GO cement mortar compared with the normal cement mortar.

  17. Preparation of self-sustained film by sol-gel method

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    曹冰; 朱从善

    1999-01-01

    Large size self-sustained film with considerable thickness ranging from 30 to 500 μm was prepared with sol-gel method by using dimethyldiethoxysilane/tetraethoxysilane composite alkoxide as precursor. The film exhibits good plasticity as well. Various factors that may influence the film properties were investigated. IR and AFM techniques were adopted to study the film structure and surface morphology. Gas chromatogram/mass spectrum technique was also adopted to characterize the network structure of the material through identification of different polymers formed during hydrolysis and condensation course.

  18. Thermal properties and water repellency of cotton fabric prepared through sol-gel method

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    Gu Jia-Li

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Cotton fabrics were treated by one-step sol-gel method. The pure silica hydrosol and phosphorus-doped hydrosol were prepared with the addition of a hydrophobic hexadecyltrimethoxysilane to decrease the surface energy of cotton fabric. The thermal properties and water repellency of treated cotton fabric were characterized by thermo-gravimetric analysis, micro combustion, limiting oxygen index, and contact angle measurement. The results showed that cotton fabric treated by phosphorus-doped silica hydrosol had excellent flame retardance, and the water repellence was apparently improved with the addition of hexadecyltrimethoxysilane.

  19. Preparation of selective surfaces of black cobalt by the sol-gel process

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    Barrera, E.C.; Viveros, T.G.; Morales, U. [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Iztapalapa (Mexico)

    1996-09-01

    Black cobalt, Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}, thin solid coatings on stainless steel and glass substrates have been prepared by the dip coating technique via the sol-gel route using a CoCl{sub 2} precursor. The coatings produced on substrates exhibit a blue to black colours as a function of the film thickness. Sols have been made from a cobalt acetate precursor 0.1 M, and for such conditions, the dip coating process gives 0.08-0.25 {mu}m thick uniform films per dipping, depending on the viscocity of the sol. (Author)

  20. Preparation of glucose oxidase electrode containing hydrophobic silica nanoparticles by the sol-gel method

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    张琳; 唐芳琼; 袁金锁; 江龙

    1995-01-01

    The influences of hydrophobic SiO2 nanoparticles and the contents of glucose oxidase(GOD)upon the response current of enzyme electrode have been investigated by using the sol-gel method,in whichpolyvinylbutyryl(PVB)was used as a matrix.The influenoe of enzymatic activity was measured byelectrochemical method.Experimental data demonstrated that hydrophobic SiO2 particles can immobilizeenzyme well,providing a good and simple method for preparing high quality GOD biosensor.The mechanismhas been discussed.

  1. PREPARATION AND SECOND-ORDER OPTICAL NONLINEARITY OF NOVEL PHENOXYSILICON NETWORKS BY SOL-GEL PROCESS

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    Xiao Huang; Jian Wang; Ling-zhi Zhang; Zhi-gang Cai; Zhao-xi Lianga

    2001-01-01

    Four phenoxysilicon networks for nonlinear optical (NLO) applications were designed and prepared by an extended sol-gel process without additional H20 and catalyst. All poled polymer network films possess high second-order nonlinear optical coefficients (d33) of 10-?~10-8 esu. The investigation of NLO temporal stability at room temperature and elevated temperature (120°C) indicated that these films exhibit high d33 stability because the orientation of the chromophores are locked in the phenoxysilicon organic/inorganic networks.

  2. Preparation of Ca Doped Lanthanum Chromite by Sol-Gel Process

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    Zang Bangqiang; Ao Qing; Li Dehui; Sun Liangcheng; Liu Ruwei

    2004-01-01

    Super fine particles of calcium-doped lanthanum chromites were prepared by the sol-gel process in which the chelating agent was citric acid and the dispersant agent was ethylene glycol. The phase of fine particles was analyzed by XRD and the size and shape of the particles were investigated by TEM. The result shows that the nano-particles of La1-xCaxCrO3 can be obtained by the way of Ca2+ complex singly with citric acid and being calcined at 700 ℃.

  3. Evaluation of the electroosmotic medium pump system for preparative disk gel electrophoresis.

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    Hayakawa, M; Hosogi, Y; Takiguchi, H; Saito, S; Shiroza, T; Shibata, Y; Hiratsuka, K; Kiyama-Kishikawa, M; Abiko, Y

    2001-01-15

    This paper describes an improved electroosmotic elution system for preparative sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) based on the epochal idea of H. V. Tan et al. (Nucleic Acids Res. 1988, 16, 1921-1930). In this elution system, a semipermeable membrane, mounted under the gel terminal end, works as the elution pump as well as the partition of the elution chamber. We refer to this system as the "electroosmotic medium pump system." Operation of the constructed apparatus (3.6 cm i.d. disk gel column) and resolution of the protein bands were examined by separation of the model protein mixture (bovine serum albumin (BSA), ovalbumin, bovine carbonic anhydrase, soybean trypsin inhibitor) and purification of the membrane protein, dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP IV). The Spectra/Por 7 dialysis membrane provided a better flow profile for the elution buffer. The four model proteins of the protein mixture were able to be completely separated from each other and recovered without dilution. The maximum protein concentration of eluate achieved was 93 mg/ml, when applying a single component, BSA fraction V, as a sample. Furthermore, the multifunctional ectoenzyme, DPP IV, was purified in a single step.

  4. Preparation and characterization of mesoporous lithium borosilicate material via the sol-gel process

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    Touati, F., E-mail: Fathi.Touati@fss.rnu.tn [Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee, Universite de Tunis., Institut Preparatoire aux Etudes d' Ingenieur de Tunis, 2 rue Jawaher Lel Nehru 1008 Montfleury-Tunis (Tunisia); Sediri, F. [Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee, Universite de Tunis., Institut Preparatoire aux Etudes d' Ingenieur de Tunis, 2 rue Jawaher Lel Nehru 1008 Montfleury-Tunis (Tunisia); Faculte des Sciences de Tunis, Universite Tunis-Elmanar, Tunis (Tunisia); Gharbi, N. [Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee, Universite de Tunis., Institut Preparatoire aux Etudes d' Ingenieur de Tunis, 2 rue Jawaher Lel Nehru 1008 Montfleury-Tunis (Tunisia)

    2009-05-05

    The lithium borosilicate gels were prepared from the cohydrolysis of the tetraehtylorthosilicate (Si(C{sub 2}H{sub 5}O){sub 4}) and triethylborate (B(C{sub 2}H{sub 5}O){sub 3}) by using an ethanolic solution of tetradecyltrimethylammonium bromide (TTAB) as surfactant. The Li{sup +} ions were introduced from an acidic solution of lithium carbonate (Li{sub 2}CO{sub 3}). Depending on the B/Si, Li/Si and TTAB/Si molar ratios at pH equal to 1 and at room temperature, monolithic and transparent colourless gels were obtained. The structure of the gel was investigated by infrared spectroscopy (IR), {sup 29}Si, {sup 11}B and {sup 7}Li solid-state magnetic resonance (MAS NMR) and by thermal analysis (DTA-TG). The results show the possibility of obtaining a borosilicate network via B-O-Si bonds in which Li{sup +} ions were dispersed. The adsorption-desorption isotherms of the xerogel were characteristic of mesoporous materials. These materials may provide a greater free volume through which conducting ions can move.

  5. A novel method for preparing ultra-fine alumina-borate oxide fibres via an electrospinning technique

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    Dai, Hongqin; Gong, Jian; Kim, Hakyong; Lee, Doukrae

    2002-10-01

    Alumina-borate/PVA composite fibres were prepared using sol-gel processing and an electrospinning technique. After calcination of the thin fibres, ultra-fine fibres of alumina-borate oxide with a diameter of about 550 nm could be prepared. The fibres were characterized by SEM, XRD and FT-IR. The results showed that the crystalline phase and morphology of alumina-borate fibres were largely influenced by the calcination temperature.

  6. Fundamental electrochemiluminescence characteristics of fluorine-doped tin oxides synthesized by sol-gel combustion.

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    Moon, B H; Chaoumead, A; Sung, Y M

    2013-10-01

    Fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) materials synthesized by sol-gel combustion method were investigated for electrochemical luminescence (ECL) application. Effects of sol-gel combustion conditions on the structures and morphology of the porous FTO (p-FTO) materials were studied. ECL efficiency of p-FTO-based cell was about 251 cd/m2 at 4 V bias, which is higher than the sell using only FTO electrodes (102.8 cd/m2). The highest intensity of the emitting light was obtained at the wavelength of about 610 nm. The porous FTO layer was effective for increasing ECL intensities.

  7. Outcome of temperature variation on sol-gel prepared CuO nanostructure properties (optical and dielectric)

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    Bibi, Maryam [Nano Synthesis Laboratory, Department of Physics, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad (Pakistan); Javed, Qurat-ul-Ain, E-mail: quratulain@sns.nust.edu.pk [Nano Synthesis Laboratory, Department of Physics, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad (Pakistan); Abbas, Hussain [Institute of Avionics & Aeronautics (IAA), Air University, Islamabad (Pakistan); Baqi, Sabah [Nano Synthesis Laboratory, Department of Physics, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad (Pakistan)

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    The optical and dielectric properties of Copper Oxide (CuO) have made it a fascinating material to be used in solar energy harvesting, gas sensing, optoelectronics and catalytical applications. Focusing on the cost-effectiveness of Sol-gel method, it is employed for nanostructured CuO production. Effect of changing temperature is observed on the formation mechanism of CuO and its properties. The temperature range of 300 °C–500 °C was used in annealing of samples to produce defect free CuO nanomaterial. Prepared material was investigated using phase characterization (X-ray diffraction ‘XRD’) technique, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV–Visible absorption spectroscopy and LCR meter. A structural change in prepared CuO was observed from cluster formation to Nano-fibrils by increase in annealing temperature. 11.99 nm–29.17 nm crystallites of CuO were attained by using Debye Scherer formula. A large band gap of 3.15 eV was achieved by increasing the annealing temperature upto 400 °C. For better solar energy harvest, wide band gapped CuO structures are proved to be functional and practical materials. The fabricated CuO nanostructures were found suitable to be used in devices for stabilizing circuit designs for sensitive appliances as well as micro electromechanical systems (mems). - Highlights: • CuO was synthesized by using sol gel method post growth annealing process. • XRD and SEM characterizations confirm the successful synthesis of CuO. • Change in morphology was observed with varying annealing temperature. • Improved optical and dielectric properties were observed.

  8. Preparation and characterisation of novel thick sol-gel titania film photocatalysts.

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    Mills, Andrew; Elliott, Nicholas; Hill, George; Fallis, David; Durrant, James R; Willis, Richard L

    2003-05-01

    The preparation and characterization of thick (9 microns), clear, mechanically robust and photocatalytically active films of nanocrystalline anatase titania are described. XRD and SEM analysis show the films comprise 13 nm particles of anatase TiO2. Thin (54 nm) films of the 'paste' TiO2, along with sol-gel titania films made by a more traditional route are also prepared and characterised. All titania films mediate the photocatalytic destruction of stearic acid with a quantum yield of 0.0016 +/- 0.0003, using either 365 nm (i.e. BLB) or 254 nm (germicidal) light. P25 TiO2 films also appear to mediate the same process with a similar formal quantum efficiency. Of all the films tested, the thick paste TiO2 films are the most ideally suited for use with near UV light, for reasons which are discussed. All the titania films tested exhibit photoinduced superhydrophilicity.

  9. Sol-gel Preparation of CNT/ZnO Nanocomposite and Its Photocatalytic Property

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    WANG, Xuejing; YAO, Shuwen; LI, Xiaobo

    2009-01-01

    Using carbon nanotubes (CNT) as templete, CNT/ZnO nanocomposite was prepared by a sol-gel method. Its structure was characterized by XRD, IR and TEM. The UV absorbing properties were detected by a UV spectro- photometer. Photo degradation of methyl red in aqueous solution was investigated by using CNT/ZnO nanocompo- site as photocatalyst. The results showed that the nanocomposite was composed of carbon nanotubes coated evenly by ZnO particles, with a diameter of 50-60 nm. UV-vis spectra indicated that the as-prepared CNT/ZnO nano- composite had absorption of visible light as well as ultraviolet light. 60% CNT-added nanocomposite had the high- est degradation rate for methyl red under the sunlight irradiation.

  10. C-ADU Gel Particle Preparation by Modified-External Gelation Method

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    Jeong, Kyung Cha; Eom, Sung Ho; Cho, Cho Moon [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-05-15

    Carbon black powder as a carbon source in the final UCO kernel is added during the broth solution preparation, in the processing of UCO kernel fabrication. The preparation of a good quality UCO kernel is very difficult owing to the homogeneous distribution of carbon in a UCO kernel. The key technology used to obtain a good quality sphere (sphericity, density, C/U, O/U ratios) is a uniform distribution of carbon particles into the C-ADU gel sphere, i.e., during the gelation step of liquid droplets formation before the thermal treatment. We carried out carbon source selection experiments on the various kinds of carbon black powder and a dispersion test in a simulated broth solution. The CB10 sample shows that the relative cumulative velocity and the velocity distribution density have the highest value. This is a Cabot Emperor 1800 CB particle.

  11. Sol-gel preparation and characterization of Co3O4 nanocrystals

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    2003-01-01

    A new citrate acid-hydrazine sol-gel route for preparation of Co3O4 nanoparticles has been developed. Co3O4 nanoparticles with different particle-sizes and morphology were prepared at different heat-treatment temperatures and the pure cubic nanocrystals of Co3O4 were obtained at 600℃. The synthesis process was monitored by infrared spectroscopy (IR), thermal gravimetric and differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA). The structure and morphology of Co3O4 nanocrystals were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray-photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The infrared absorption bands blueshifted with particle size decreasing, which could be attributed to increasing surface effect. XPS results showed that predominant species at surface layers of Co3O4 nanocrystals are octahedral Co (Ⅲ).

  12. Photocatalytic Activity of Nanosized ZnWO4 Prepared by the Sol-gel Method

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    WU Yan; ZHANG Shi-cheng; ZHANG Li-wu; ZHU Yong-fa

    2007-01-01

    Nanosized ZnWO4 photocatalysts were successfully synthesized via the sol-gel process in a temperature range of 450-800 ℃. The grain size, crystal size, and crystallinity of ZnWO4 particles increased with the increase of calcination temperature and prolonging calcination time. The photocatalytic activity was measured for the degradation of an aqueous Rhodamine-B(RhB) solution and gaseous formaldehyde(FAD). With the increase of calcination temperature and time, the activities increased to a maximum and then decreased. ZnWO4 photocatalyst prepared at 550 ℃ for 10 h showed the highest activity, which is similar to the photocatalytic activity of P25TiO2 for the degradation of gaseous FAD. High crystallinity, large surface area, and good dispersion are responsible for the high photocatalytic performance of the prepared ZnWO4.

  13. A novel green nonaqueous sol-gel process for preparation of partially stabilized zirconia nanopowder

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    Guo Feng

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available A novel green nonaqueous sol-gel process was developed to prepare 3 mol% Y2O3-doped ZrO2 nanopowder from zirconium oxychloride and without need for washing of the obtained particles. It was shown that highly dispersive nanometer-scale zirconia powder with the particle size of 15–25 nm and BET surface area of 41.2 m2/g can be prepared. The sintering behaviour was also investigated. Density of the translucent body sintered at 1400 °C is 98.7 ± 0.3% of its theoretical density and the surface and cross section areas are dense without holes or other defects. The bending strength of the sintered sample is 928 ± 64 MPa.

  14. Preparation, characterization, and biological properties of organic-inorganic nanocomposite coatings on titanium substrates prepared by sol-gel.

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    Catauro, Michelina; Bollino, Flavia; Papale, Ferdinando

    2014-02-01

    When surface-reactive (bioactive) coatings are applied to medical implants by means of the sol-gel dip-coating technique, the biological proprieties of the surface of the implant can be locally modified to match the properties of the surrounding tissues to provide a firm fixation of the implant. The aim of this study has been to synthesize, via sol-gel, organoinorganic nanoporous materials and to dip-coat a substrate to use in dental applications. Different systems have been prepared consisting of an inorganic zirconium-based matrix, in which a biodegradable polymer, the poly-ε-caprolactone was incorporated in different percentages. The materials synthesized by the sol-gel process, before gelation, when they were still in sol phase, have been used to coat a titanium grade 4 (Ti-4) substrate to change its surface biological properties. Thin films have been obtained by means of the dip-coating technique. A microstructural analysis of the obtained coatings was performed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The biological proprieties have been investigated by means of tests in vitro. The bone-bonding capability of the nanocomposite films has been evaluated by examining the appearance of apatite on their surface when plunged in a simulated body fluid (SBF) with ion concentrations nearly equal to those of human blood plasma. The examination of apatite formation on the nanocomposites, after immersion in SBF, has been carried out by SEM equipped with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. To evaluate cells-materials interaction, human osteosarcoma cell line (Saos-2) has been seeded on specimens and cell vitality evaluated by WST-8 assay.

  15. Antimicrobial activity of thin solid films of silver doped hydroxyapatite prepared by sol-gel method.

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    Iconaru, Simona Liliana; Chapon, Patrick; Le Coustumer, Philippe; Predoi, Daniela

    2014-01-01

    In this work, the preparation and characterization of silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films were reported and their antimicrobial activity was characterized. Silver doped hydroxyapatite (Ag:HAp) thin films coatings substrate was prepared on commercially pure Si disks by sol-gel method. The silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films were characterized by various techniques such as Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy Dispersive X-ray attachment (X-EDS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOES). These techniques have permitted the structural and chemical characterisation of the silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films. The antimicrobial effect of the Ag:HAp thin films on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria was then investigated. This is the first study on the antimicrobial effect of Ag:HAp thin films obtained by sol-gel method. The results of this study have shown that the Ag:HAp thin films with x(Ag) = 0.5 are effective against E. coli and S. aureus after 24 h.

  16. Antimicrobial Activity of Thin Solid Films of Silver Doped Hydroxyapatite Prepared by Sol-Gel Method

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    Simona Liliana Iconaru

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the preparation and characterization of silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films were reported and their antimicrobial activity was characterized. Silver doped hydroxyapatite (Ag:HAp thin films coatings substrate was prepared on commercially pure Si disks by sol-gel method. The silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films were characterized by various techniques such as Scanning electron microscopy (SEM with energy Dispersive X-ray attachment (X-EDS, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR, and glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOES. These techniques have permitted the structural and chemical characterisation of the silver doped hydroxyapatite thin films. The antimicrobial effect of the Ag:HAp thin films on Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria was then investigated. This is the first study on the antimicrobial effect of Ag:HAp thin films obtained by sol-gel method. The results of this study have shown that the Ag:HAp thin films with xAg=0.5 are effective against E. coli and S. aureus after 24 h.

  17. Preparation of zirconia nanopowders in ultrasonic field by the sol-gel method

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    Li Xiaoxi; Chen Ling; Li Bing; Li Lin [Inst. of Light Industry and Chemical Engineering, South China Univ. of Technology, Guangzhou (China)

    2005-07-01

    Zirconia nanopowders were prepared in the ultrasonic field by the sol-gel method and the sonochemical effect on the structure of zirconium hydroxide and the zirconia nanopowder properties were systematically investigated in this work. Ultrasound was introduced into the different stages of the synthesis of zirconia nanopowders in sol-gel reaction system, and zirconium hydroxides and the zirconia nanopowders with different properties were obtained. The results indicated that ultrasonic cavitation could not only disaggregate the agglomerates of zirconia colloidal particles but also reduce the amount of coordinated H{sub 2}O, free H{sub 2}O and free hydroxyl groups of the zirconium hydroxide colloidal particles, thus effectively preventing the formation of hard agglomerates in zirconia powders. Moreover, the effects of different ultrasonic output powers and treatment cycles on the structure and properties of ZrO{sub 2} nanopowders were studied by TEM, XRD and SAXS. Zirconia nanopowders with an extremely small crystallite size (10.3 nm) and a narrow size distribution were yielded with 520 W ultrasound for 6 treatment cycles on the formation period and 600 W ultrasound for 2 treatment cycles on the washing period. It is concluded that the ultrasonic field is a potential method for nanopowder preparation. (orig.)

  18. Citrate sol-gel combustion preparation and photoluminescence properties of YAG:Ce phosphors

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    ZHANG Le; LU Zhou; ZHU Jinzhen; YANG Hao; HAN Pengde; CHEN Yan; ZHANG Qitu

    2012-01-01

    Yellow-emitting YAG:Ce3+ nanocrystalline phosphors were prepared by citrate sol-gel combustion method using citric acid as the fuel and chelating agent.The influence of mole ratio of citric acid to metallic ions (MRCM),pH value of the solution,calcination temperature and Ce-doped concentration on the structures and properties of as-prepared powders were investigated in detail.Higher crystallinity and better luminescence performance powders were obtained at MRCM=2,pH=3 and the calcination temperature of 1200 ℃.The phosphors exhibited the characteristic broadband visible luminescence of YAG:Ce.The optimum concentration of Ce3+ was 1.0 mol.%,and the concentration quenching was derived from the reciprocity between electric dipole and electric quadrupole (d-q).Especially,the pH value of the solution was a key factor to obtain a stable sol-gel system and then obtain pure and homogeneous rare earth ions doped YAG phosphors at a lower temperature.The Y3Al5O12:Ce0.03 phosphor with optimized synthesis-condition and composition had a similar luminescence intensity with the commercial phosphor YAG:Ce.

  19. Thermal stability of nanostructured titania and titania-ceria ceramic powders prepared by the sol-gel process

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    Koebrugge, G.W.; Winnubst, A.J.A.; Burggraaf, A.J.

    1993-01-01

    The preparation and characterisation of nanometre TiO2 powder materials, prepared by the sol-gel method, are described. Controlled hydrolysis of a titanium-2-methyl-2-butoxide precursor was applied to obtain alcosols with particles (in alcohol) smaller than 5 nm. Powders obtained from this sol were

  20. Preparation and performance of photocatalytic regenerationable activated carbon prepared via sol-gel TiO2

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    LIU Shou-xin; SUN Cheng-lin

    2006-01-01

    Preparation ofphotocatalytic regenerationable activated carbon (AC) is the key step for the practical application of in situ regeneration of exhausted AC. A novel photocatalytic regenerationable AC was prepared by sol-gel TiO2 in this work. The adsorption and regeneration performance of TiO2/AC were evaluated using phenol as model compound. Scanning electron microscope (SEM)and nitrogen (77 K) adsorption isotherm were used to determine the surface area, pore structure and the distribution of TiO2. The results showed that with the increase of TiO2 loading, adsorption capacity of TiO2/AC decreased and the regeneration efficiency increased. The photocatalytic regenerationable AC with suitable TiO2 loading (2 wt%) exhibited suitable adsorption capacity and regeneration efficiency. TiO2 located mainly in the entrance of macro-pore of carbon. The prepared TiO2/AC exhibited similar surface structure and pore structure with material carbon.

  1. (90)Y microspheres prepared by sol-gel method, promising medical material for radioembolization of liver malignancies.

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    Łada, Wiesława; Iller, Edward; Wawszczak, Danuta; Konior, Marcin; Dziel, Tomasz

    2016-10-01

    A new technology for the production of radiopharmaceutical (90)Y microspheres in the form of spherical yttrium oxide grains obtained by sol-gel method has been described. The authors present and discuss the results of investigations performed in the development of new production technology of yttrium microspheres and determination of their physic-chemical properties. The final product has the structure of spherical yttrium oxide grains with a diameter 25-100μm, is stable and free from contaminants. Irradiation of 20mg samples of grains with diameter of 20-50μm in the thermal neutron flux of 1.7×10(14)cm(-2)s(-1) at the core of MARIA research nuclear reactor allowed to obtain microspheres labelled with the (90)Y isotope on the way of the nuclear reaction (89)Y(n, ɤ)(90)Y. Specific activity of irradiated microspheres has been determined by application of absolute triple to double coincidence ratio method (TDCR) and has been evaluated at 190MBq/mg Y. (90)Y microspheres prepared by the proposed technique can be regarded as a promising medical material for radioembolization of liver malignancies.

  2. A sol-gel method to synthesize indium tin oxide nanoparticles

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    Xiuhua Li; Xiujuan xu; Xin Yin; Chunzhong Li; Jianrong Zhang

    2011-01-01

    Transparent conductive indium tin oxide (ITO) nanoparticles were synthesized by a novel sol-gel method.Granulated indium and tin were dissolved in HNO3 and partially complexed with citric acid.A sol-gel process was induced when tertiary butyl alcohol was added dropwise to the above solution.ITO nanoparticles with an average crystallite size of 18.5 nm and surface area of 32.6 m2/g were obtained after the gel was heat-treated at 700 C.The ITO nanoparticles showed good sinterability,the starting sintering temperature decreased sharply to 900 C,and the 1400 C sintered pellet had a density of 98.1 % of theoretical density (TD).

  3. Cobalt(II phthalocyanine bonded to 3-n-propylimidazole immobilized on silica gel surface: preparation and electrochemical properties

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    Fujiwara Sergio T.

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available Co-Phthalocyanine complex was immobilized on 3-n-propylimidazole groups grafted on a porous SiO2 surface (specific surface area S BET = 500 m² g-1 and efficiently electrocatalyzed the oxalic acid oxidation on a carbon paste electrode surface made of this material. Intermolecular interactions of the complex species which can normally interfere in the redox process practically are not observed in the present case because of a low average surface density, delta = 4.7 x 10-13 mol cm-2 (delta = Nf/S BET, where Nf is the amount of adsorbed Co-phtalocyanine per gram of modified silica gel of the complex species material prepared. The linear response of the electrode to oxalic acid concentration, between 6.5 x 10-4 and 3.2 x 10-3 mol L-1, associated with its high chemical stability makes the covalently immobilized Co-phtalocyanine complex material very attractive in preparing a new class of chemical sensors.

  4. Synthesis of black cobalt and tin oxide films by the sol-gel process. Surface and optical properties

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    Barrera, E. [Departamento de Ingenieria de Procesos e Hidraulica, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Av. Rafael Atlixco No. 186, Col. Vicentina, Mexico D.F. 09340 (Mexico); Huerta, L.; Muhl, S. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, UNAM, Mexico D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Avila, A. [Seccion de Electronica del Estado Salido, Depto. de Ingenieria Electrica, CINVESTAV, IPN (Mexico)

    2005-07-15

    Thin films of cobalt oxide (CO) and tin oxide (TO) were prepared by the dipping sol-gel method upon glass, stainless-steel (SS) and nickeled SS substrates. The aim of this study is to prepare selective photothermal coatings for medium temperature applications by superimposing TO films upon those of CO. Spectral reflectance measurements in both the UV-vis and the infrared ranges were used to characterize the relevant properties (absorptance and emittance). Also, atomic force microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements were made on the films. The XPS data tells us that several phases of CO coexist (Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}, Co{sub 2}O{sub 3}) in the films under the preparation conditions used. Besides, large amounts of carbon were detected in several configurations: both as graphite particles and carbon bonded to metallic and oxygen atoms. Regarding the TO films, both SnO and SnO{sub 2} phases were detected besides carbon particles as in CO. AFM studies made on samples upon glass substrates enable us to conclude that the dipping method yields surface morphologies with relatively low roughness, i.e., smooth film surfaces. By observing several tandem structures, it was found that placing a TO coating upon a CO film slightly improves the whole coating selectivity, but adding a nickel coating on the SS substrate improves even more such selectivity value.

  5. Sol-gels with fiber-optic chemical sensor potential: Effects of preparation, aging, and long-term storage

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    Badini, G. E.; Grattan, K. T. V.; Tseung, A. C. C.

    1995-08-01

    The features of sol-gels, incorporating pH-sensitive dyes, designed as potential substrates for fiber-optic chemical sensors, have been investigated in terms of a variety of characteristics resulting from the preparation methods used and following the storage of samples for a period of several years. These materials, organically doped sol-gels, have been used as the heart of a number of prototype chemical sensing instruments, and a key issue in their effective use in instrumentation is their long-term durability and stability. In this work, it has been shown that such aged gel substrates can withstand immersion in water, drying, and reimmersion without fragmenting. Such impregnated gels were shown to still exhibit strong fluorescence, although some changes to the gel structure, determined from microhardness measurements, were observed and reported, reflecting their potential for use in chemically sensitive fiber optic-based instruments.

  6. Comparative Studies on Preparation of Large Plant DNA Fragments by Pulse Field Gel Electrophoresis

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    Yang Jiliang(杨继良); Wang Qinghua(王庆华); Deng Daiyong; Yang Dianer; Jin Demin; Weng Manli; Zhang Juren; Wang Bin

    2004-01-01

    The preparation of large plant DNA fragments is extremely important to the construction of large insert DNA libraries (YAC, BAC, PAC and TAC). Although several techniques have been developed in each step of large plant DNA fragments preparation, the whole processing remains complicated and difficult. Based on authors research experience and the recent worldwide development in this field, the following aspects are discussed in this paper: techniques of plant high molecular weight (HMW) DNA purification by pre-electrophoresis, the optimal conditions for the partial digestion of the HMW DNA by HindIII, the isolation effects of of large plant DNA fragments (100~400 kb) with different parameters of pulse field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), and the recovery of large DNA fragments. Through comparative studies, the advantages and disadvantages of each technique are discussed and some recommendations are proposed for preparing high quality large plant DNA fragments. The suggested techniques have been used in preparing the large DNA fragments of maize, rice, moss, laver, sea tangle and peach,and similar results are obtained among all the materials. This paper only reports the results using maize as material.

  7. Mullite long fibres prepared by sol-gel method using water solvent systems

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    Okada, K.; Yasohama, S.; Hayashi, S.; Yasumori, A. [Tokyo Inst. of Tech. (Japan). Dept. of Inorganic Materials

    1997-12-31

    Mullite long fibres, which are a candidate for high temperature applications were prepared by sol-gel method from water solvent systems. They were synthesized from three different combinations of raw materials as follows: (1):Al(O{sub 1}C{sub 3}H{sub 7}){sub 3}, Al-nitrate and Si(OC{sub 2}H{sub 5}){sub 4} (TEOS), (2):Al metal, Al-chloride and TEOS, (3):Al metal, Al-nitrate and TEOS. In the methods (1) and (2), very fine SiO{sub 2} aerosol particles were also used partially replacing TEOS. The prepared solutions were condensed and examined the spinability by a hand drawing method. Dense and crack free mullite fibres were prepared from the methods (1) and (3) by firing up to 1100 C. Whereas the fibres prepared from the method (2) were less SiO{sub 2} than mullite composition and were porous by the firing due to evaporation of residual Cl ions at high temperature. (orig.) 10 refs.

  8. Oxidation increases mucin polymer cross-links to stiffen airway mucus gels.

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    Yuan, Shaopeng; Hollinger, Martin; Lachowicz-Scroggins, Marrah E; Kerr, Sheena C; Dunican, Eleanor M; Daniel, Brian M; Ghosh, Sudakshina; Erzurum, Serpel C; Willard, Belinda; Hazen, Stanley L; Huang, Xiaozhu; Carrington, Stephen D; Oscarson, Stefan; Fahy, John V

    2015-02-25

    Airway mucus in cystic fibrosis (CF) is highly elastic, but the mechanism behind this pathology is unclear. We hypothesized that the biophysical properties of CF mucus are altered because of neutrophilic oxidative stress. Using confocal imaging, rheology, and biochemical measures of inflammation and oxidation, we found that CF airway mucus gels have a molecular architecture characterized by a core of mucin covered by a web of DNA and a rheological profile characterized by high elasticity that can be normalized by chemical reduction. We also found that high levels of reactive oxygen species in CF mucus correlated positively and significantly with high concentrations of the oxidized products of cysteine (disulfide cross-links). To directly determine whether oxidation can cross-link mucins to increase mucus elasticity, we exposed induced sputum from healthy subjects to oxidizing stimuli and found a marked and thiol-dependent increase in sputum elasticity. Targeting mucin disulfide cross-links using current thiol-amino structures such as N-acetylcysteine (NAC) requires high drug concentrations to have mucolytic effects. We therefore synthesized a thiol-carbohydrate structure (methyl 6-thio-6-deoxy-α-D-galactopyranoside) and found that it had stronger reducing activity than NAC and more potent and fast-acting mucolytic activity in CF sputum. Thus, oxidation arising from airway inflammation or environmental exposure contributes to pathologic mucus gel formation in the lung, which suggests that it can be targeted by thiol-modified carbohydrates.

  9. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue dye by zinc oxide nanoparticles obtained from precipitation and sol-gel methods.

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    Balcha, Abebe; Yadav, Om Prakash; Dey, Tania

    2016-12-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were synthesized by precipitation and sol-gel methods. The aim of this study was to understand how different synthetic methods can affect the photocatalytic activity of ZnO nanoparticles. As-synthesized ZnO nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-Visible spectroscopic techniques. XRD patterns of ZnO powders synthesized by precipitation and sol-gel methods revealed their hexagonal wurtzite structure with crystallite sizes of 30 and 28 nm, respectively. Their photocatalytic activities were evaluated by photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue, a common water pollutant, under UV radiation. The effects of operational parameters such as photocatalyst load and initial concentration of the dye on photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue were investigated. While the degradation of dye decreased over the studied dye concentration range of 20 to 100 mg/L, an optimum photocatalyst load of 250 mg/L was needed to achieve dye degradation as high as 81 and 92.5 % for ZnO prepared by precipitation and sol-gel methods, respectively. Assuming pseudo first-order reaction kinetics, this corresponded to rate constants of 8.4 × 10(-3) and 12.4 × 10(-3) min(-1), respectively. Hence, sol-gel method is preferred over precipitation method in order to achieve higher photocatalytic activity of ZnO nanostructures. Photocatalytic activity is further augmented by better choice of capping ligand for colloidal stabilization, starch being more effective than polyethylene glycol (PEG).

  10. Enhanced Resolution of DNA Separation Using Agarose Gel Electrophoresis Doped with Graphene Oxide

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    Li, Jialiang; Yang, Yushi; Mao, Zhou; Huang, Wenjie; Qiu, Tong; Wu, Qingzhi

    2016-09-01

    In this work, a novel agarose gel electrophoresis strategy has been developed for separation of DNA fragments by doping graphene oxide (GO) into agarose gel. The results show that the addition of GO into agarose gel significantly improved the separation resolution of DNA fragments by increasing the shift distances of both the single DNA fragments and the adjacent DNA fragments and completely eliminating the background noise derived from the diffusion of the excessive ethidium bromide (EB) dye in the gel after electrophoresis. The improved resolution of DNA fragments in GO-doped agarose gel could be attributed to the successive adsorption-desorption processes between DNA fragments and GO sheets, while the elimination of the background noise could be attributed to the adsorption of the excessive EB dye on the surface of GO sheets and high fluorescence quenching efficiency of GO. These results provide promising potential for graphene and its derivate utilized in various electrophoresis techniques for separation and detection of DAN fragments and other biomolecules.

  11. Preparation of demipermanent and semipermanent hair dyes gels from ethanol extract of Caesalpinia sappan L. using carbomer as gelling agent

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    Indrawati, T.; Syahrin, A.; Irpan

    2017-07-01

    Caesalpinia sappan L. (Cs L) contains of essential oils, saponin, brazilin, brazilein, alkaloids, flavonoids and tannins that have a function as cationic natural dyes. The aim of this research was to prepare the ethanol extract of Cs L wood and to prepare demi-permanent and semi-permanent of hair dye gels by using Carbomer of 2 % and 1.5 % as gelling agent and Cs L extract as cationic dyes. The Extract of Cs L was macerated by using ethanol of 96 % as the solvent, and then thickened. Three formula of demi-permanent hair dye gels were made by using Cs L extract of 3 %, 6% and 9 %. Three formula of semi-permanent hair dye gels were made by using Cs L extract of 2.50 %, 7.00 % and 10.50 %. Those hair dyes gels were prepared by swelling and mixing methods. All products of hair dyes gels were evaluated with organoleptic test, homogeneity test, pH test, consistency test, rheological properties test and dyeing effect test. The demi-permanent hair dye gels products had brown to brown dark black colors, pH of 5.05-5.43, homogeny, specific Cs L odor, and had pseudoplastic thixotropic flow characteristic. The semi-permanent hair dye gels products had red color pH of 6.5-6.25, homogeny, Cs L odor, and have pseudoplastic thixotropic flow characteristics. The optimum formula of demi-permanent was formula gel that contained of 6 % extract of Cs L and the optimum formula of permanent hair dyes gel was formula that contained of 10.50 % extract of Cs L.

  12. Comparison of Preparation Methods of Copper Based PGMFree Diesel-Soot Oxidation Catalysts

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    R. Prasad

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available CuO-CeO2 systems have been proposed as a promising catalyst for low temperature diesel-soot oxidation. CuO-CeO2 catalysts prepared by various methods were examined for air oxidation of the soot in a semi batch tubular flow reactor. The air oxidation of soot was carried out under tight contact with soot/catalyst ratio of 1/10. Air flow rate was 150 ml/min, soot-catalyst mixture was 110 mg, heating rate was 5 0C/min. Prepared catalysts were calcined at 500 0C and their stability was examined by further heating to 800 0C for 4 hours. It was found that the selectivity of all the catalysts was nearly 100% to CO2 production. It was observed that the activity and stability of the catalysts greatly influenced by the preparation methods. The strong interaction between CuO and CeO2 is closely related to the preparation route that plays a crucial role in the soot oxidation over the CuO-CeO2 catalysts. The ranking order of the preparation methods of the catalysts in the soot oxidation performance is as follows: sol-gel > urea nitrate combustion > Urea gelation method > thermal decomposition > co-precipitation. Copyright © 2011 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reserved.(Received: 27th June 2010, Revised: 7th August 2010; Accepted: 13rd October 2010[How to Cite: R. Prasad, V.R. Bella. (2011. Comparison of Preparation Methods of Copper Based PGMFree Diesel-Soot Oxidation Catalysts. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering and Catalysis, 6(1: 15-21. doi:10.9767/bcrec.6.1.822.15-21][How to Link / DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.6.1.822.15-21 || or local: http://ejournal.undip.ac.id/index.php/bcrec/article/view/822 | View in 

  13. Low temperature synthesis of magnesium oxide and spinel powders by a sol-gel process

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    Li-Zhai Pei; Wan-Yun Yin; Ji-Fen Wang; Jun Chen; Chuan-Gang Fan; Qian-Feng Zhang

    2010-01-01

    Magnesium oxide and magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4) spinel (MAS) powders have been synthesized by a simple aqueous sol-gel process using citrate polymeric precursors derived from magnesium chloride, aluminium nitrate and citrate. The thermal decomposition of the precursors and subsequent formation of cubic MgO and MAS were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC) and Fourier transform infrared spectr...

  14. ORGANIC SOL-GEL METHOD IN THE SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF ZINC OXIDE NANOPARTICLES

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    Nanosized Zinc Oxide (ZnO) was synthesized using sol-gel method. The nanomaterials with structure were annealed at different temperatures ranging from 500 to 700°C which were chosen based on the Thermogravimetric (TGA) Analysis. The structure and morphology were characterized by Powder X-Ray Diffraction (PXRD) and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), respectively. The PXRD shows the increasing tendency in crystallite size when the annealing temperature increases and the hexagonal struc...

  15. ORGANIC SOL-GEL METHOD IN THE SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF ZINC OXIDE NANOPARTICLES

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    2014-01-01

    Nanosized Zinc Oxide (ZnO) was synthesized using sol-gel method. The nanomaterials with structure were annealed at different temperatures ranging from 500 to 700°C which were chosen based on the Thermogravimetric (TGA) Analysis. The structure and morphology were characterized by Powder X-Ray Diffraction (PXRD) and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), respectively. The PXRD shows the increasing tendency in crystallite size when the annealing temperature increases and the hexagonal structure...

  16. Tailoring the oxidation state of cobalt through halide functionality in sol-gel silica

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    Gianni Olguin; Christelle Yacou; Simon Smart; Diniz da Costa, João C.

    2013-01-01

    The functionality or oxidation state of cobalt within a silica matrix can be tailored through the use of cationic surfactants and their halide counter ions during the sol-gel synthesis. Simply by adding surfactant we could significantly increase the amount of cobalt existing as Co3O4 within the silica from 44% to 77%, without varying the cobalt precursor concentration. However, once the surfactant to cobalt ratio exceeded 1, further addition resulted in an inhibitory mechanism whereby the alt...

  17. Preparation of ion-activated in situ gel systems of scopolamine hydrobromide and evaluation of its antimotion sickness efficacy

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    Shi-lei CAO; Qi-zhi ZHANG; Xin-guo JIANG

    2007-01-01

    Aim: To develop a novel, in situ gel system for nasal delivery of scopolamine hydrohromide (SCOP) and study its efficacy on motion sickness. Methods: SCOP in situ gels at 0.2%, 0.5%, and 1.0% gellan gum concentration (w/v) were prepared,respectively, and characterized in terms of viscosity, in vitro release, and nasal ciliotoxicity. Single photon emission computing tomography technique was used to evaluate the nasal residence time of gel containing 99mTc tracer. The antimotion sickness efficacy produced by the in situ gel formulation was investigated in rats and compared with those achieved after subcutaneous and oral administration.Results: The viscosity of the gellan gum formulations either in solution or in gel increased with increasing concentrations of gellan gum. Its release in vitro was moderate in artificial nasal fluid. The micrographic results showed that in situ gels were safe, without nasal ciliotoxicity. In comparison with phosphate buffer saline,a prolonged radioactivity of 99mTc in the rabbit nasal cavity was observed after administration of the gellan gum formulation. Intranasal SCOP in situ gel at a dose of 100 μg/kg decreased symptoms of motion sickness significantly in comparison with subcutaneous and oral administration (P<0.01). Conclusion: SCOP nasal in situ gel is a safe and promising therapeutic alternative to existing medications for motion sickness.

  18. Preparation and properties of ZnO thin films deposited by sol-gel technique

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    LAN Wei; PENG Xingping; LIU Xueqin; HE Zhiwei; WANG Yinyue

    2007-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were deposited on (100) Si substrates by sol-gel technique.Zinc acetate was used as the precursor material.The effect of different anneal-ing atmospheres and annealing temperatures on composition, structural and optical properties of ZnO thin films was inves-tigated by using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction,atomic force microscopy and photolumi-nescence (PL),respectively.At an annealing temperature of 400℃ in N2 for 2 h,dried gel films were propitious to undergo structural relaxation and grow ZnO grains.ZnO thin film annealed at 400℃ in N2 for 2 h exhibited the optimal structure and PL property,and the grain size and the lattice constants of the film were calculated (41.6 nm,a = 3.253 A and c=5.210A).Moreover,a green emission around 495 nm was observed in the PL spectra owing to the oxygen vacancies located at the surface of ZnO grains.With increas- ing annealing temperature,both the amount of the grown ZnO and the specific surface area of the grains decrease,which jointly weaken the green emission.

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  20. Unit 19.4 Evaluation of the Mitochondrial Respiratory Chain and Oxidative Phosphorylation System Using Blue Native Gel Electrophoresis

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    Díaz, Francisca; Fontanesi, Flavia

    2009-01-01

    The oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system consists of five multimeric complexes embedded in the mitochondrial inner membrane. They work in concert to drive the aerobic synthesis of ATP. Mitochondrial and nuclear DNA mutations affecting the accumulation and function of these enzymes are the most common cause of mitochondrial diseases and have also been associated with neurodegeneration and aging. For this reason, several approaches for the assessment of the OXPHOS system enzymes have been progressively developed. Based on the methods described elsewhere, we present here the use of blue native gel electrophoresis (BNGE) techniques to routinely assess the OXPHOS system and screen for enzymatic defects in homogenates or mitochondrial preparations from tissues or cultured cells. PMID:19806591

  1. Fabrication of tungsten oxide microfibers with photocatalytic activity by electrospunning from PVA/H 3PW 12O 40 gel

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    Sui, Chunhong; Gong, Jian; Cheng, Tiexin; Zhou, Guangdong; Dong, Shunfu

    2011-08-01

    Regarding gel poly (vinyl alcohol)/H 3PW 12O 40 as precursor, the ultra-fine fibers tungsten oxide (WO 3) was prepared by using electrospinning and calcinating techniques. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) shows that the average diameter of fibrous WO 3 were changed from 200 nm to 600 nm after calcined PVA/H 3PW 12O 40 fibers at 600 and 800 °C, respectively. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscope revealed that the fibrous WO 3 was monoclinic phase, and the band-gap energies were observed by UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra. The small size WO 3 exhibits excellent photocatalytcic activity in degradation of Rhodamine B at 365 nm wavelength.

  2. Modified Sol-Gel Technique as a Cost-Effective Method of Ultradispersed Metal Oxide Powders Production

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    Vokhmintcev, K. V.; Konstantinov, O. V.; Belousov, V. V.

    2013-05-01

    A modified sol-gel technique was developed for fabrication of ultradispersed metal oxides powders of Bi2O3, CeO2, Cr2O3, Y2O3, ZnO2 and ZrO2. Hexamethylenetetramine, monoethanolamine and acetylacetone were used for the sol formation and gel stabilization.

  3. Bioactivity studies of calcium magnesium silicate prepared from eggshell waste by sol–gel combustion synthesis

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    Rajan Choudhary

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The present study focused on the synthesis of calcium magnesium silicate (akermanite, Ca2MgSi2O7 using eggshell biowaste (as calcium source, magnesium nitrate and tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS as starting materials. Sol–gel combustion method was adopted to obtain calcium magnesium silicate. Citric acid was used as a fuel (reducing agent and nitrate ions present in the metal nitrates acts as an oxidizing agent during combustion process. The characterization of synthesized calcium magnesium silicate was carried out by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR and scanning electron microscopy (SEM techniques. Calcium magnesium silicate crystallite size was observed in nano regime which can effectively mimic natural bone apatite composition. In-vitro bioactivity was investigated by immersing calcium magnesium silicate pellet in simulated body fluid (SBF for three weeks. Results show effective deposition of crystallized hydroxyapatite (HAP layer on its surface and predicting its possibilities for applications in hard tissue regeneration.

  4. Nano preparation of Dy{sup 3+} substituted ceria via urea-formaldehyde gel combustion route

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    Biswas, Mridula; Bandyopadhyay, Siddhartha [CSIR-Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata (India)

    2013-10-15

    Nanocrystalline ceria powders have been synthesised via the gel combustion route, using for the first time urea formaldehyde as fuel for doping of dysprosium oxide. This synthesis route can produce well-crystallised powder within a one step combustion process, eliminating the need for further calcinations. The formation sequences have been described through differential scanning calorimetry-thermo gravimetric analysis study and the crystallinity of the powder was examined using X-ray diffraction, selected area electron diffraction and high resolution patterns. Lattice parameter was found to increase with doping concentration. Very fine grains in the size range of 3-5 nm are found to occur in the form of large and soft agglomerates (50-130 nm). The optical band gap suggests that those powders with low dopant concentration may have useful applications in UV-shielding and in transparent conducting film. (orig.)

  5. Pickering Emulsion Gels Prepared by Hydrogen-Bonded Zein/Tannic Acid Complex Colloidal Particles.

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    Zou, Yuan; Guo, Jian; Yin, Shou-Wei; Wang, Jin-Mei; Yang, Xiao-Quan

    2015-08-26

    Food-grade colloidal particles and complexes, which are formed via modulation of the noncovalent interactions between macromolecules and natural small molecules, can be developed as novel functional ingredients in a safe and sustainable way. For this study was prepared a novel zein/tannic acid (TA) complex colloidal particle (ZTP) based on the hydrogen-bonding interaction between zein and TA in aqueous ethanol solution by using a simple antisolvent approach. Pickering emulsion gels with high oil volume fraction (φ(oil) > 50%) were successfully fabricated via one-step homogenization. Circular dichroism (CD) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) measurements, which were used to characterize the structure of zein/TA complexes in ethanol solution, clearly showed that TA binding generated a conformational change of zein without altering their supramolecular structure at pH 5.0 and intermediate TA concentrations. Consequently, the resultant ZTP had tuned near neutral wettability (θ(ow) ∼ 86°) and enhanced interfacial reactivity, but without significantly decreased surface charge. These allowed the ZTP to stabilize the oil droplets and further triggered cross-linking to form a continuous network among and around the oil droplets and protein particles, leading to the formation of stable Pickering emulsion gels. Layer-by-layer (LbL) interfacial architecture on the oil-water surface of the droplets was observed, which implied a possibility to fabricate hierarchical interface microstructure via modulation of the noncovalent interaction between hydrophobic protein and natural polyphenol.

  6. Molecularly imprinted polymer for 2, 4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid prepared by a sol-gel method

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    Yanli Sun

    2014-07-01

    Based on a sol-gel procedure, a molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) for 2, 4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2, 4-D) was synthesized, using phenyltrimethoxysilane (PTMOS), aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) as monomers and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as cross-linking agent. In addition to the amount of the template, some factors in the sol-gel process: TEOS/APTES/PTMOS molar ratio, H2O/Si molar ratio, CH3CH2OH/Si molar ratio, etc. were investigated in detail. Results show that the optimum conditions for the preparation of the MIPs were 20:1.5:1 (TEOS: APTES: PTMOS), ca. 4 (H2O/Si), ca. 4 (CH3CH2OH/Si), respectively. Effects of various parameters involved in the adsorption process of 2, 4-D on MIP such as incubation time, pH, etc. were also evaluated. It is found that the adsorption attained equilibrium within 3 h, the optimum pH for adsorption was about 7 and the adsorption obeyed Langmuir model. Test results also demonstrated that the present MIP for 2, 4-D had large adsorption capacity (the maximum adsorption concluded from Langmuir model reached 243.3 mg/g) and good selectivity.

  7. Nanostructured zirconium titanate fibers prepared by particulate sol–gel and cellulose templating techniques

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    Rouhani, P. [Helmerich Advanced Technology Research Center, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oklahoma State University, OK 74106 (United States); Salahinejad, E. [Helmerich Advanced Technology Research Center, School of Material Science and Engineering, Oklahoma State University, OK 74106 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Shiraz University, Zand Blvd., 7134851154 Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kaul, R. [Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, Center for Health Sciences, Oklahoma State University, OK 74107 (United States); Vashaee, D. [Helmerich Advanced Technology Research Center, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Oklahoma State University, OK 74106 (United States); Tayebi, L., E-mail: lobat.tayebi@okstate.edu [Helmerich Advanced Technology Research Center, School of Material Science and Engineering, Oklahoma State University, OK 74106 (United States); School of Chemical Engineering, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078 (United States)

    2013-08-15

    Highlights: •A method to produce zirconium titanate fibers was introduced. •The resultant structure and photocatalytic activity of the fiber were investigated. •The fiber exhibited higher photocatalytic characteristics, compared with the powders. -- Abstract: In this paper, a method for cost-effective production of nanostructured zirconium titanate (ZrTiO{sub 4}) fibers is introduced. In this method, ZrTiO{sub 4} fibers were synthesized by a sol–gel technique using cellulose fibers as the template. The resultant structures were studied by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) analyses. The photocatalytic activity of the fiber was compared to that of ZrTiO{sub 4} powders prepared by the same sol–gel method, in dark and under UVA and UVC radiations. According to the results, after calcination accompanied by the template removal, the ZrTiO{sub 4} fiber consists of uniformly-deposited, crystalline nanoparticles. This nanostructured fiber exhibited a higher surface area and a higher porosity compared with the ZrTiO{sub 4} powders, resulting in considerably higher photocatalytic characteristics, as confirmed by the experiment. The large surface area and the enhanced photocatalytic activity of the ZrTiO{sub 4} fibers also offer applications in sensors and bioactive films.

  8. PREPARATION OF STAR NETWORK PEG-BASED GEL POLYMER ELECTROLYTES FOR ELECTROCHROMIC DEVICES

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    2008-01-01

    An amorphous,colorless,and highly transparent star network polymer with a pentaerythritol core linking four PEG-block polymeric arms was synthesized from the poly(ethylene glycol)(PEG),pentaerythritol,and dichloromethane by Williamson reaction.FTIR and 1H-NMR measurement demonstrated that the polymer repeating units were C[CH2-OCH2O-(CH2CH2O)m-CH2O-(CH2CH2O)n-CH2O]4.The polymer host held well mechanical properties for pentaerythritol cross-linking.The gel polymer electrolytes based on Lithium perchlorate(LiClO4)and ethylene carbonate/propylene carbonate(EC/PC)were prepared and characterized by AC impedance spectroscopy and thermogravimetry(TG),the results showed thermal stability up to at least 150℃ and ionic conductivity reaching 8.83×fabricated by transparent PET-ITO and electrochromic active viologen derivative films,and its excellent performance promised the usage of the gel polymer electrolytes as ionic conductor material in ECD.

  9. Sol-gel Process in Preparation of Organic-inorganic Hybrid Materials

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    Macan, J

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Organic-inorganic hybrid materials are a sort of nanostructured material in which the organic and inorganic phases are mixed at molecular level. The inorganic phase in hybrid materials is formed by the sol-gel process, which consists of reactions of hydrolysis and condensation of metal (usually silicon alkoxides. Flexibility of sol-gel process enables creation of hybrid materials with varying organic and inorganic phases in different ratios, and consequently fine-tuning of their properties. In order to obtain true hybrid materials, contact between the phases should be at molecular level, so phase separation between thermodynamically incompatible organic and inorganic phases has to be prevented. Phase interaction can be improved by formation of hydrogen or covalent bonds between them during preparation of hybrid materials. Covalent bond can be introduced by organically modified silicon alkoxides containing a reactive organic group (substituent capable of reacting with the organic phase. In order to obtain hybrid materials with desired structures, a detailed knowledge of hydrolysis and condensation mechanism is necessary. The choice of catalyst, whether acid or base, has the most significant influence on the structure of the inorganic phase. Other important parameters are alkoxide concentration, water: alkoxide ratio, type of alkoxide groups, solvent used, temperature, purity of chemicals used, etc. Hydrolysis and condensation of organically modified silicon alkoxides are additionally influenced by nature and size of the organic supstituent.

  10. Preparation and characterization of nano-hydroxyapatite powder using sol–gel technique

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    K P Sanosh; Min-Cheol Chu; A Balakrishnan; T N Kim; Seong-Jai Cho

    2009-10-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) nano powders (20–60 nm) were synthesized using a sol–gel route with calcium nitrate and phosphoric acid as calcium and phosphorus precursors, respectively. Double distilled water was used as a diluting media for HA sol preparation and ammonia was used to adjust the pH. After aging, the HA gel was dried at 65°C and calcined to different temperatures ranging from 200–800°C. The dried and calcined powders were characterized for phase composition using X-ray diffractometry, elemental dispersive X-ray and Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy. The particle size and morphology were studied using transmission electron microscopy. Calcination revealed HA nano powders of increased particle size and crystallinity with increase in temperature. For all calcinations temperatures, the particle size distribution analysis of HA powders showed skewed distribution plot. At temperature of 700°C and above, formation of CaO was noticed which was attributed to phosphorous volatilization. This study showed that high purity HA with varying degrees of crystallinity could be obtained using this simple technique.

  11. Benchmarking sample preparation/digestion protocols reveals tube-gel being a fast and repeatable method for quantitative proteomics.

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    Muller, Leslie; Fornecker, Luc; Van Dorsselaer, Alain; Cianférani, Sarah; Carapito, Christine

    2016-12-01

    Sample preparation, typically by in-solution or in-gel approaches, has a strong influence on the accuracy and robustness of quantitative proteomics workflows. The major benefit of in-gel procedures is their compatibility with detergents (such as SDS) for protein solubilization. However, SDS-PAGE is a time-consuming approach. Tube-gel (TG) preparation circumvents this drawback as it involves directly trapping the sample in a polyacrylamide gel matrix without electrophoresis. We report here the first global label-free quantitative comparison between TG, stacking gel (SG), and basic liquid digestion (LD). A series of UPS1 standard mixtures (at 0.5, 1, 2.5, 5, 10, and 25 fmol) were spiked in a complex yeast lysate background. TG preparation allowed more yeast proteins to be identified than did the SG and LD approaches, with mean numbers of 1979, 1788, and 1323 proteins identified, respectively. Furthermore, the TG method proved equivalent to SG and superior to LD in terms of the repeatability of the subsequent experiments, with mean CV for yeast protein label-free quantifications of 7, 9, and 10%. Finally, known variant UPS1 proteins were successfully detected in the TG-prepared sample within a complex background with high sensitivity. All the data from this study are accessible on ProteomeXchange (PXD003841).

  12. Synthesis, Consolidation and Characterization of Sol-gel Derived Tantalum-Tungsten Oxide Thermite Composites

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    Cervantes, O [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States)

    2010-06-01

    Energetic composite powders consisting of sol-gel (SG) derived nanostructured tungsten oxide were produced with various amounts of micrometer-scale tantalum fuel metal. Such energetic composite powders were ignition-tested and results show that the powders are not sensitive to friction, spark and/or impact ignition. Initial consolidation experiments, using the High Pressure Spark Plasma Sintering (HPSPS) technique, on the SG derived nanostructured tungsten oxide produced samples with higher relative density than can be achieved with commercially available tungsten oxide. The SG derived nanostructured tungsten oxide with immobilized tantalum fuel metal (Ta - WO3) energetic composite was consolidated to a density of 9.17 g·cm-3 or 93% relative density. In addition, those samples were consolidated without significant pre-reaction of the constituents, thus retaining their stored chemical energy.

  13. Organic-free synthesis of zincoaluminosilicate zeolites from homogeneous gels prepared by a co-precipitation method.

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    Koike, Natsume; Chaikittisilp, Watcharop; Iyoki, Kenta; Yanaba, Yutaka; Yoshikawa, Takeshi; Elangovan, Shanmugam Palani; Itabashi, Keiji; Okubo, Tatsuya

    2017-08-22

    Zeolites containing Zn in their frameworks are promising materials for ion-exchange and catalysis because of their unique ion-exchange capabilities and characteristic Lewis acidity. However, expensive organic compounds often required in their synthesis can prevent their practical uses. Here, a facile organic-free synthesis route for new zincoaluminosilicate zeolites having MOR topology, in which both Zn and Al are substituted in the framework, is demonstrated for the first time. The use of homogeneous zincoaluminosilicate gels prepared by a co-precipitation technique as raw materials is vital for the successful incorporation of both Zn and Al into the zeolite frameworks as revealed by several characterization techniques including solid-state NMR and UV-vis spectroscopy, and ion-exchange experiments. The obtained zincoaluminosilicate zeolites had high Zn contents comparable to those in the initial zincoaluminosilicate gels. In contrast, the uses of conventional sources of Si, Al, and Zn resulted in zeolites with very low contents of framework Zn or zeolites with extra-framework zinc oxide-species. FT-IR measurements using probe molecules and ion-exchange experiments suggested that there are two different environments of Zn in the zeolite frameworks. The obtained zincoaluminosilicate zeolites showed a higher ion-exchange efficiency for divalent cations such as nickel compared to the aluminosilicate analog. It is expected that the present co-precipitation technique is efficient for the incorporation of Zn (and other metals) into a variety of zeolite frameworks. To show its extended applicable scope, the synthesis of zincoaluminosilicate *BEA zeolite is also demonstrated.

  14. Characterization of LaNiO{sub 3} prepared by sol-gel: Application to hydrogen evolution under visible light

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    Khettab, M. [Laboratoire Electrochimie-Corrosion, Metallurgie et Chimie Minerale (Faculty of Chemistry), USTHB, BP 32, 16111 Algiers (Algeria); Omeiri, S. [Technical and Scientific Research Centre of Physical Analysis (CRAPC), BP 248, RP 16004 Algiers (Algeria); Laboratory of Storage and Valorization of Renewable Energies, Faculty of Chemistry, USTHB, BP 32, 16111 Algiers (Algeria); Sellam, D.; Ladjouzi, M.A. [Laboratoire Electrochimie-Corrosion, Metallurgie et Chimie Minerale (Faculty of Chemistry), USTHB, BP 32, 16111 Algiers (Algeria); Trari, M., E-mail: solarchemistry@gmail.com [Laboratory of Storage and Valorization of Renewable Energies, Faculty of Chemistry, USTHB, BP 32, 16111 Algiers (Algeria)

    2012-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Photoactive LaNiO{sub 3} was prepared by sol-gel. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LaNiO{sub 3} exhibits n type conductivity it due to slight oxygen deficiency. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer LaNiO{sub 3} was successfully for hydrogen evolution upon visible light. - Abstract: The semi conducting properties of LaNiO{sub 3}, elaborated by sol-gel, have been investigated for the first time by the photocurrent technique and capacitance measurements. The oxide crystallizes in a distorted perovskite structure and the transport properties indicate degenerate conductivity with activation energy of 18 meV. The infrared spectrum allowed us to evaluate the band gap at 88 meV. The electrochemical behaviour has been studied in alkaline electrolyte (KOH, 0.5 M). The corrosion potential (-0.204 V{sub SCE}) and the exchange current density (0.103 mA cm{sup -2}), determined from the semi logarithmic plot, indicate long lived oxide. The slope and the intercept to C{sup -2} = 0 of the Mott Schottky plot, characteristic of n type behaviour, gave respectively an electron density (N{sub D}) of 2.3 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 19} cm{sup -3} and a flat band potential (V{sub fb}) of -0.61 V{sub SCE}. The nature of the Nyquist plot, measured over a wide frequency range (10{sup -3}-10{sup 5} Hz), shows the predominance of the bulk contribution. The arc is not centred on the real axis (-6.3 Degree-Sign ), an evidence of a constant phase element. The straight line at low frequencies is due to Warburg diffusion and the data are interpreted thanks to the Randles model. The absorption of light promotes electrons into LaNiO{sub 3}-CB with a potential (-0.62 V{sub SCE}) sufficient to reduce water (-0.50 V{sub SCE}). As application, the oxide has been tested successfully for hydrogen evolution upon visible light with a rate evolution of 1.73 {mu}mol min{sup -1} (g catalyst){sup -1} and a quantum efficiency of 0.042% under full light (29 mW cm{sup -2}).

  15. Preparation of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles by sol-gel method with optimum processing parameters

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    Yusoff, Yusriha Mohd; Salimi, Midhat Nabil Ahmad; Anuar, Adilah [Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Kompleks Pusat Pengajian Jejawi 3, 02600 Arau, Perlis (Malaysia)

    2015-05-15

    Many studies have been carried out in order to prepare hydroxyapatite (HAp) by various methods. In this study, we focused on the preparation of HAp nanoparticles by using sol-gel technique in which few parameters are optimized which were stirring rate, aging time and sintering temperature. HAp nanoparticles were prepared by using precursors of calcium nitrate tetrahydrate, Ca(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}.4H{sub 2}O and phosphorous pentoxide, P{sub 2}O{sub 5}. Both precursors are mixed in ethanol respectively before they were mixed together in which it formed a stable sol. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used for its characterization in terms of functional group, phase composition, crystallite size and morphology of the nanoparticles produced. FTIR spectra showed that the functional groups that present in all five samples were corresponding to the formation of HAp. Besides, XRD shows that only one phase was formed which was hydroxyapatite. Meanwhile, SEM shows that the small particles combine together to form agglomeration.

  16. Application of preparative disk gel electrophoresis for antigen purification from inclusion bodies.

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    Okegawa, Yuki; Koshino, Masanori; Okushima, Teruya; Motohashi, Ken

    2016-02-01

    Specific antibodies are a reliable tool to examine protein expression patterns and to determine the protein localizations within cells. Generally, recombinant proteins are used as antigens for specific antibody production. However, recombinant proteins from mammals and plants are often overexpressed as insoluble inclusion bodies in Escherichia coli. Solubilization of these inclusion bodies is desirable because soluble antigens are more suitable for injection into animals to be immunized. Furthermore, highly purified proteins are also required for specific antibody production. Plastidic acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACCase: EC 6.4.1.2) from Arabidopsis thaliana, which catalyzes the formation of malonyl-CoA from acetyl-CoA in chloroplasts, formed inclusion bodies when the recombinant protein was overexpressed in E. coli. To obtain the purified protein to use as an antigen, we applied preparative disk gel electrophoresis for protein purification from inclusion bodies. This method is suitable for antigen preparation from inclusion bodies because the purified protein is recovered as a soluble fraction in electrode running buffer containing 0.1% sodium dodecyl sulfate that can be directly injected into immune animals, and it can be used for large-scale antigen preparation (several tens of milligrams).

  17. Studies on Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}:Ce phosphors prepared by gel combustion using new fuels

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    Muresan, L.E., E-mail: laura_muresan2003@yahoo.com [“Raluca Ripan” Institute for Research in Chemistry, Babeş Bolyai University, Fântânele 30, 400294 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Oprea, B.F.; Cadis, A.I.; Perhaita, I. [“Raluca Ripan” Institute for Research in Chemistry, Babeş Bolyai University, Fântânele 30, 400294 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Ponta, O. [Faculty of Physics, Babeş Bolyai University, 400084 Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}:Ce was prepared by combustion using aspartic or glutamic acid as fuels. • Combustion process occurs differently depending on the fuels amount. • Single phase X2-Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5} phosphors were obtained in fuel rich conditions. • PL measurements indicate that aspartic acid is a better fuel than glutamic. • Optimal preparative conditions were established for synthesis of Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}:Ce. - Abstract: Cerium activated yttrium silicate (Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}:Ce) phosphors were prepared by combustion, using yttrium–cerium nitrate as oxidizer, aspartic or glutamic acid as fuel and TEOS as source of silicon. In this study, aspartic and glutamic acid are used for the first time for the synthesis of Y{sub 2}SiO{sub 5}:Ce phosphors. The fuels molar amount was varied from 0.5 mol to 1.5 mol in order to reveal the thermal behavior of intermediary products (gels and ashes) same as the structural and luminescent characteristics of final products (phosphors). According to thermal analysis correlated with FTIR and XPS investigations, the combustion process occurs differently depending on the fuel amount; unreacted nitrate compounds have been identified in fuel lean conditions and carbonate based compounds along with organic residue in rich fuel conditions. The conversion to well crystallized silicates was revealed by changes of FTIR vibration bands and confirmed by XRD measurements. Based on luminescent spectra, aspartic acid is a better fuel than glutamic acid. A positive effect on the luminescence have been observed for samples fired in air due to complete remove of organic residue. The best luminescence was obtained for combustions with 0.75 mol aspartic acid and 1.25 mol glutamic respectively, fired at 1400 °C for 4 h in air atmosphere.

  18. Preparation of Nanometer-structured TiO2 Thin Films by Sol-Gel Method

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    HE Feng; LI Qian-tao; HU Wang-kai; DENG Tao

    2002-01-01

    The transparent anatase TiO2 nanometer thin films were prepared by the sol-gel method on soda-lime glass. X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis and UV-visible spectrophotometer were used to analyze the formation of the phases. Only increasing the heat-treatment time, the average grain size has no obvious change. The mechanism of grain growth in TiO2 thin film is probably as follows: the grain of coating will become grain core later; TiO2 sol constantly deposited on the surface of TiO2 grain and formed membrane with increasing of coating cycle times; TiO2 grain in the film grow steadily.

  19. Erbium-activated silica-zirconia planar waveguides prepared by sol-gel route

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    Goncalves, Rogeria R. [Departamento de Quimica, Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciencias e Letras de Ribeirao Preto, Universidade de Sao Paulo-Av., Bandeirantes 3900, cep 14040-901, Ribeirao Preto-SP (Brazil)], E-mail: rrgoncalves@ffclrp.usp.br; Messaddeq, Younes [Instituto de Quimica, UNESP-Rua Prof. Francisco Degni, s/n, Quitandinha, cep 14800-900 Araraquara-SP (Brazil); Chiasera, Alessandro; Jestin, Yoann; Ferrari, Maurizio [CNR-IFN, Istituto di Fotonica e Nanotecnologie, CSMFO group, via Sommarive 14, 38050 Povo, Trento (Italy); Ribeiro, Sidney J.L. [Instituto de Quimica, UNESP-Rua Prof. Francisco Degni, s/n, Quitandinha, cep 14800-900 Araraquara-SP (Brazil)

    2008-03-31

    Er{sup 3+} doped (100 - x)SiO{sub 2} - xZrO{sub 2} planar waveguides were prepared by the sol-gel route, with x ranging from 10 up to 30 mol%. Multilayer films doped with 0.3 mol% Er{sup 3+} ions were deposited on fused quartz substrates by the dip-coating technique. The thickness and refractive index were measured by m-line spectroscopy at different wavelengths. The fabrication protocol was optimized in order to confine one propagating mode at 1.5 {mu}m. Photoluminescence in the near and visible region indicated a crystalline local environment for the Er{sup 3+} ion.

  20. Study on UV Shielding TiO2 Thin Film Prepared by Sol-Gel Method

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    Shihai Zhao; Xiaohui Wang; Shaobo Xin; Qiang Jiang; Xiaoping Liang

    2006-01-01

    Titanium dioxide (TiO2) thin films were prepared on microscopes slides by sol-gel and dip-coating processes from specially formulated sols. The results show that there exists anatase and rutile structure of TiO2 when heat treatment temperature is 450℃, and at 800℃, TiO2 particle size is of below 100 nm and rutile structure is presented. In the range of 360 nm~400 nm the transmittance of TiO2 sol increases with the increasing of the concentration of Ti(OC4H9)4 in ethanol solution.The transmittance of TiO2 films with various number of the layer is measured to be 0% below 320 nm, and the three-layer TiO2 film is of the best UV resistance in the range of 320 nm~400 nm.

  1. Preparation of Ag-doped TiO2 Thin Film by Sol-gel Method

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    2001-01-01

    The Ag-TiO2 thin film has been prepared on glass substrate by sol-gel process. The structure and properties of the materials were studied by DTA, XRD, and EPR.The photocatalytic activity was examined by the photocatalytic degradation of dichlorophos. The analysis results indicate that the photocatalytic activity of the Ag-TiO2 thin film is higher than that of pure TiO2 thin film. It is also influenced by the content of anatase and heating temperature. The ESR result shows that the Ag-TiO2 thin film has more hydroxide radicals than pure TiO2 thin film after illuminated by UV light.

  2. Upconversion properties of Y2O3:Er films prepared by sol-gel method

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    QIAO Yanmin; GUO Hai

    2009-01-01

    Y2O3:Er3+ films were prepared by a simple sol-gel process. The structural properties of Y2O3:Er3+ flints were characterized with X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The results indicated that the Y2O3:Er3+ f'rims might have high upconversion efficiency because of their low vibrational energy. Under 785 and 980 nm laser excitation, the samples showed green (2H11/2→4I15/2, 4S3/2→4I15/2) and red (4F9/2→4I15/2) upconversion emissions. The upconversion mechanisms were stud-led in detail through laser power dependence. Excited state absorption and energy transfer process were discussed as possible upconversion mechanisms. The cross relaxation process in Er3+ was also investigated.

  3. Microstructural and optical properties of CuS nanoparticles prepared by sol–gel route

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    Sana Riyaz

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper demonstrates the synthesis of CuS nanoparticles using sol–gel route in the presence of distilled water at 100 °C for 3 h. X-ray diffraction (XRD, energy dispersive X-ray spectrum (EDS, and scanning electron microscope (SEM techniques were employed to study the microstructural properties of the prepared sample. Crystallite size was determined by Debye–Scherrer formula and was found to be 17.73 nm. The EDS spectrum shows a clear peak of Cu and S elements. SEM images show the morphology of the CuS nanostructures. Optical analyses were done by UV–visible and Fourier Transform Infra-Red Spectroscopy (FTIR techniques. The band gap was calculated by Tauc relation and came out to be 2.89 eV.

  4. Photocatalytic and antibacterial activity of ZnO powders prepared via sol-gel method

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    Weerachai Sangchay

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available We report on synthesis of ZnO powders via sol-gel method. The prepared powders were calcined at the temperature of 300, 500 and 700°C for 1 h with the heating rate of 10°C/min. The microstructures of the fabricated powders were characterized by SEM and XRD techniques, and the results show that all samples were the agglomeration and spherical shape and reveal only the wurtzite phase. The photocatalytic activities of the powders were also tested via the degradation of methylene blue (MB solution under UV irradiation. Finally, antibacterial activity efficiency was evaluated by the inactivation of E. coli. It was observed that higher calcined at the temperature gives better photocatalytic and antibacterial activity. With the highest calcined at the temperature investigated in this experiment (T700 condition the powders show photocatalytic and antibacterial activities of 80.06 and 99.00%, respectively.

  5. Preparation of PDMS-coated microspheres by sol-gel method for sorptive extraction of PAHs

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    Chang Guang Yang; Xiang Juan Ji; Xiao Zheng Lan

    2008-01-01

    In this paper, a novel SPME mode, PDMS-coated solid glass microspheres (SGMs), were prepared by sol-gel method. Using homemade thermal desorption unit coupled with CGC-FID, six PAHs as model analytes, the performance of the new mode was characterized. The new extractive phase exhibited high thermal stability and satisfactory extraction capability. The detection limits were 0.01-0.045 ng/mL, and the linearity was from 0.5 ng/mL to 96 ng/mL. The R.S.D.s of repeatability for retention time and peak area were all within 0.074% and 6.7%, respectively. The recoveries of the PAHs were 78-127% from the sarnples taken from river water.

  6. Preparation of Rare Earth Doped Alumina-Siloxane Gel and Its ER Effect

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    李幼荣; 张明; 周兰香; 邱关明; 井上真一; 冈本宏

    2002-01-01

    Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) was used to wrap alumina-siloxane sol through emulsion polymerization. A kind of suspensions with notable ER effect was produced by fully mixing the prepared microcapsule with silicon oil. Meanwhile a series of PMMA wrapped alumina-siloxane gel doped with rare earths was obtained and its ER effect was tested, like viscosity of different rare earth ion doped samples in different powder concentrations and at different temperatures, at the same time, leak current density and dielectric constant were measured. Results show that the ER effect of this suspension is remarkable, and its stability is much better. The condition of emulsion polymerization and the mechanism of effect are discussed.

  7. Effect of thiolated polymers to textural and mucoadhesive properties of vaginal gel formulations prepared with polycarbophil and chitosan.

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    Cevher, Erdal; Sensoy, Demet; Taha, Mohamed A M; Araman, Ahmet

    2008-01-01

    The aim of this study was to design and evaluate of mucoadhesive gel formulations for the vaginal application of clomiphene citrate (CLM) for local treatment of human papilloma virus (HPV) infections. Chitosan (CHI) and polycarbophil (PC) were covalently modified using the thioglycolic acid and L-cysteine, respectively. The formation of thiol conjugates of chitosan (CHI-TG) and polycarbophil (PC-CYS) were confirmed by FT-IR analysis and PC-CYS and CHI-TG were found to have 148.42 +/- 4.16 and 41.17 +/- 2.34 micromol of thiol groups per gram of polymer, respectively. One percent CLM gels were prepared by combination of various concentrations of PC and CHI with thiolated conjugates of these polymers. Hardness, compressibility, elasticity, adhesiveness and cohesiveness of the gels were measured by Texture profile analysis and the vaginal mucoadhesion was investigated by mucoadhesion test. The increasing in the amount of the thiol conjugates was found to enhance the elasticity, cohesiveness, adhesiveness and mucoadhesion of the gel formulations but not their hardness and compressibility when compared to gels prepared using their respective parent formulations. Slower release rate of CLM from gels was achieved when the polymer concentrations were increased in the gel formulations. PC and its thiol conjugate were found to prolong the release of CLM longer than 70 h unlike gel formulations prepared using CHI and its thiol conjugate which were able to release CLM up to 12 h. Stability of CLM was preserved during the 3 month stability analysis under controlled room temperature and accelerated conditions.

  8. A strategic approach for preparation of oxide nanomaterials

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    K J Rao; Krishnamurthy Mahesh; Sundeep Kumar

    2005-02-01

    A microwave assisted solvothermal method is described for rapid preparation of nano-oxides. This method is based on exploiting differential dielectric constants to induce preferred heating and decomposition of the oxide precursors in the presence of suitable capping agents. This strategic approach has been used to prepare nanopowders of MgO, NiO, ZnO, Al2O3, Fe2O3 and ZrO2.

  9. 美洛昔康醇质体凝胶的研制%Preparation of Meloxicam Ethosomes Gel

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    杨羽行; 刘小平

    2011-01-01

    Objective: To prepare Meloxicam Ethosomes Gel. Methods: The optimum preparation process of Meloxicam Ethosomes Gel was selected with orthogonal design. The rate of envelopment was determined by HPLC method. The shape, grainsize and its distribution of Meloxicam Ethosomes Gel were evaluated based on the Gel. Results: The prepared Ethosomes Gel with high encapsulation efficiency (74.70%) had narrow size distribution. The number of mean grain size was 16.95 |JLm. The Gel was translucent and ropy which was valued at 2.17 mg/10 g for its average content. Conclusion: The Meloxicam Ethosomes Gel with preferable stability is prepared with a uncomplicated technology. It is valuable with appli -cation prospect.%目的:制备美洛昔康醇质体凝胶.方法:通过正交设计优选出美洛昔康醇质体的制备工艺,利用HPLC 法测定包封率,并对其进行外观粒径评价,从而制备出凝胶剂.结果:制备的醇质体粒径分布均匀,平均粒径为16.95 μm,包封率为74.70%.制得凝胶剂为半透明黏稠状胶体,平均含量为2.17 mg/10 g.结论:本实验制备工艺简单,制得的美洛昔康醇质体凝胶有很好的稳定性,具有较好的应用前景.

  10. Cu-doped zinc oxide and its polythiophene composites: preparation and antibacterial properties.

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    Ma, Ge; Liang, Xiaoxi; Li, Liangchao; Qiao, Ru; Jiang, Donghua; Ding, Yan; Chen, Haifeng

    2014-04-01

    Cu-doped zinc oxide and its polythiophene nanocomposites were prepared by the Sol-Gel and in situ polymerization methods, respectively. The structures, morphologies and compositions of the samples were characterized. The antibacterial properties of the samples on three kinds of strains were determined by using powder inhibition zones, minimum inhibitory concentrations and minimal bactericidal concentrations. The study confirmed that the antibacterial activities of the composites were better than those of their each component. The antibacterial mechanisms of the samples were discussed further.

  11. Preparation and characterization of star ABC triblock copolymer of ethylene oxide,styrene and methyl methacrylate

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    黄骏廉; 黄晓宇; 胡文兵; 楼文奎

    1997-01-01

    A universally significant method,which combines the anionic polymerization with photoinduced charge transfer polymerization,for preparation of soluble star ABC triblock copolymer of ethylene oxide,styrene and methyl methacrylate,was described.The poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) block was formed by initiation of phenoxy an-ions using p-aminophenol protected by Schiff’s base as the parent compound Then the charge transfer system composed of PEO chains with deprotected-amino end groups and benzophenone initiated the polymerization of styrene and methyl metnacrylate sequentially under UV irradiation.The formed star triblock copolymer of styrene,ethylene oxide and methyl methacrylate could be purified by thin-layer chromatography (TLC) and characterized by IR,1H NMR,GPC (gel permeation chromatogrphy) and PGC (pyrolysis gas chromatography).

  12. Separation and sequencing of familiar and novel murine proteins using preparative two-dimensional gel electrophoresis.

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    Merrick, B A; Patterson, R M; Witcher, L L; He, C; Selkirk, J K

    1994-05-01

    Strategies are needed for rapid protein isolation in order to identify disease-related proteins and facilitate the design of oligonucleotides for further molecular inquiry. In our laboratory, C3H10T1/2 murine fibroblasts have been found to express a variety of proteins in various subcellular fractions which are relevant to experimental transformation and carcinogenesis. Preparative two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (2-D PAGE) procedures were developed to identify major cytoplasmic proteins by electroblotting and microsequencing. Isoelectric focusing tube gels were enlarged to 6 mm ID to accommodate larger protein loads at 0.5 to 2 mg protein. Separated proteins were electrotransferred from 6 mm thick slab gels onto 0.22 mu polyvinylidene difluoride membranes. Nearly 100 prominent blotted proteins were stained with Coomassie Brilliant Blue between pI 4.5-7.0 and 18-106 kDa and, of these, 27 prominent and well-resolved proteins were selected for sequencing. Sequences of 14 to 24 amino acid residues in length were obtained from 11 proteins which were identified from computerized databases. Some of these identified proteins had structural or enzymatic functions while others had only recently been discovered, including a newly reported Hsp 70 class member and a novel calcium-binding protein, reticulocalbin. The new heat shock protein has a molecular mass of 75 kDa and has been designated as Grp75, PBP74, CSA or p66mot-1 in mice and humans with purported roles in transformation and antigen processing. Reticulocalbin is an endoplasmic reticular protein which contains six domains of the EF-hand motif associated with high-affinity calcium-binding proteins. It may be involved in protein transport and luminal protein processing. In addition, sequences of 5 to 11 residues in length were also obtained from six other unidentified proteins. Thus, we have found that preparative 2-D PAGE serves as a powerful one-step purification method for protein isolation and

  13. Inkjet printing of sol-gel synthesized hydrated tungsten oxide nanoparticles for flexible electrochromic devices.

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    Costa, Cláudia; Pinheiro, Carlos; Henriques, Inês; Laia, César A T

    2012-03-01

    Tungsten oxide nanoparticles were synthesized via a sol-gel route using metallic tungsten as precursor, and were printed on a flexible electrode using inkjet printing in order to build solid-state electrochromic cells. Several spectroscopic techniques were used to characterize and compare tungsten oxide particles obtained from different origins. FTIR, Raman and X-ray diffraction spectroscopic measurements showed that the sol-gel synthesis described here produces nanoparticles mainly in an amorphous state with hexagonal crystalline domains and allowed the analysis of the hydration extent of those nanoparticles. The size was measured combining dynamic light scattering, sedimentation, and microscopic techniques (AFM), showing a consistent size of about 200 nm. The tungsten oxide nanoparticles were used to produce an ink formulation for application in inkjet printing. Solid-state electrochromic devices were assembled at room temperature, without sintering the tungsten oxide printed films, showing excellent contrast between on/off states. Electrochemical characterization of those films is described using cyclic voltammetry. The devices were then tested through spectroelectrochemistry by Visible/NIR absorption spectroscopy (400-2200 nm range), showing a dual spectroscopic response depending on the applied voltage. This phenomenon is attributed to the presence of two different crystalline states in accordance with results obtained from the spectroscopic characterization of the nanoparticles. The electrochromic cells had a good cycling stability showing high reversibility and a cyclability up to more than 50,000 cycles with a degradation of 25%. © 2012 American Chemical Society

  14. Vascular modifications of the clitoris induced by topic nitric oxide donor gel--preliminary study.

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    Souto, Sophia; Palma, Paulo; Fregonesi, Adriano; Palma, Thais; Reis, Leonardo Oliveira

    2011-02-01

    The clitoral blood flow increase is dependent of nitric oxide (NO) and it occurs due to sexual arousal. Female sexual disorder mechanisms are poorly understood and NO therapeutic role in this scenario is to be determined. To assess topic NO donor S-nitrosoglutationa (GSNO) gel-100 µM effect on clitoral blood flow in healthy women. Forty healthy women were double-blinded randomized for Group 1, GSNO gel, n=20 and Group 2, placebo gel, n=20. All patients underwent Doppler ultrasound test in the clitoral artery. Hemodynamic analysis consisted of: systolic peak speed, diastolic speed, and vase resistance rate. Ten random patients were analyzed regarding sexual function after two double-blinded placebo and NO donor gel periods of 30 days. To consider female sexual dysfunction treatment through local NO-dependent pathway. Mean age was 31 years (20-39) and mean female sexual function index score 31.5 (26-34). Group 1: The mean and standard deviation baseline and 15 minutes after the application of the GSNO gel systolic (11.7±2.1 cm/second to 15.9±2.4 cm/second) and diastolic speeds (2.7±0.3 cm/second to 4.2±0.4 cm/second) and resistance (0.71±0.04 to 1.38±0.06) were significantly increased (P=0.002) (P=0.043), and (P=0.005), respectively. No local or systemic adverse effect was observed in women or in their sexual partners and the sexual function presented a slightly insignificant improvement (P=0.065), although eight of 10 women could subjectively identify the GSNO gel as the preferred and most pleasant between both tried. Group 2 presented no significant differences at baseline and 15 minutes after the application of the placebo gel, P>0.05. The topic GSNO gel increased significantly the clitoral blood flow and could be considered therapeutically in selected cases of female sexual dysfunction warranting further investigation. © 2010 International Society for Sexual Medicine.

  15. Study of titanium oxide sol-gel condensation using small angle X-ray scattering.

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    Pattier, Bruno; Henderson, Mark; Brotons, Guillaume; Gibaud, Alain

    2010-04-29

    Transparent gels prepared from an acid solution of TiOCl(2) in N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) and water have been studied by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The sol-gel transformation of the titanium inorganic polymer was studied as a function of chemical composition of the sol and of the annealing time. Quantitative information was obtained by modeling the SAXS data with the Burford and Beaucage models. From the fits to the data, the radius of gyration of the primary particles, the so-called building blocks, the size xi of the homogeneous objects forming a fractal network in the gel, and the fractal dimension of the gel were obtained. We found fractal dimensions varying between D(f) = 1.75 and 2.2 and a radius of gyration of the building blocks equal to R(g) = 0.46 nm, which remained almost constant for all studied samples. The analysis of the homogeneous domain size xi as a function of the annealing time shows the existence of an incubation time preceding the rapid growth of the aggregates at high titanium concentration.

  16. In-situ synthesis and luminescence properties of titanium oxide gels containing 1,10-phenanthroline europium(Ⅲ) complex

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    XIE Fei; YANG Hui; XU Cun-jin; ZHANG Xi-he

    2005-01-01

    It is difficult to directly dope europium complexes in gel because the excessive water or high acidic condition may lead to their decomposition. We prepared a novel homogeneous TiO2 gel containing Eu-phen complexes by using an in-situ synthesis method. The formation of Eu-phen complexes in sol-gel derived TiO2 was confirmed by luminescence excitation spectra. The effects of temperature and aging time on in-situ synthesis are discussed. The luminescence spectra of gel containing europium complexes were also compared with the pure Eu-phen complexes.

  17. Zirconium titanate thin film prepared by surface sol-gel process and effects of thickness on dielectric property

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    Kim, C H

    2002-01-01

    Single phase of multicomponent oxide ZrTiO sub 4 film could be prepared through surface sol-gel route simply by coating the mixture of 100mM zirconium butoxide and titanium butoxide on Pt/Ti/SiO sub 2 /Si(100) substrate, following pyrolysis at 450 .deg. C, and annealing it at 770 .deg. C. The dielectric constant of the film was reduced as the film thickness decreased due to of the interfacial effects caused by layer/electrode and a few voids inside the multilayer. However, the dielectric property was independent of applied dc bias sweeps voltage (-2 to +2 V). The dielectric constant of bulk film, 31.9, estimated using series-connected capacitor model was independent of film thickness and frequency in the measurement range, but theoretical interfacial thickness, t sub i , was dependent on the frequency. It reached a saturated t sub i value, 6.9 A, at high frequency by extraction of some capacitance component formed at low frequency range. The dielectric constant of bulk ZrTiO sub 4 pellet-shaped material was 3...

  18. Photophysical properties of organic fluorescent probes on nanosized TIO 2/SIO 2 systems prepared by the sol-gel method

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    Eremenko, A.; Smirnova, N.; Rusina, O.; Linnik, O.; Eremenko, T. B.; Spanhel, L.; Rechthaler, K.

    2000-10-01

    Highly transparent TiO 2 and TiO 2/SiO 2 films prepared using the sol-gel technique have been studied by means of fluorescence probes method. Electronic interactions between adsorbed species—pyrene and donor-acceptor substituted push-pull stilbene—and Ti-doped silica matrices have been studied by the methods of steady-state and momentary spectrofluorimetry. Organic molecules are strongly adsorbed on the TiO 2 and Ti/Si surfaces. Increasing the Ti content within Ti/Si systems results in a decrease in the intensity of the photoluminescence spectra. These findings indicate that titania oxide species are highly dispersed within silica matrices, probably without aggregating each other, and adsorbed molecules are in direct contact with titanium ions located on the Ti/Si surface. The time scale of these decay processes is tens of nanoseconds. The fluorescence emission quenching can be attributed to the charge injection from the singlet excited state of the molecule to the conduction band of the semiconductor.

  19. Electrochemical and Oxidation Behavior of Yttria Stabilized Zirconia Coating on Zircaloy-4 Synthesized via Sol-Gel Process

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Sol-gel 8 wt.% Yttria Stabilized Zirconia (YSZ thin films were prepared on zirconium (zircaloy-4 alloy by dip-coating technique followed by heat treating at various temperatures (200°C, 400°C, and 700°C in order to improve both electrochemical corrosion and high temperature oxidation properties of the substrate. Differential thermal analysis and thermogravimetric analysis (DTA-TG revealed the coating formation process. X-ray diffraction (XRD was used to determine the crystalline phase structure transformation. The morphological characterization of the coatings was carried out using scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The electrochemical behavior of the coated and uncoated samples was investigated by means of open circuit potential, Tafel, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS in a 3.5 wt.% NaCl solution. The homogeneity and surface appearance of coatings produced was affected by the heat treatment temperature. According to the corrosion parameters, the YSZ coatings showed a considerable increase in the corrosion resistance, especially at higher heat treatment temperatures. The coating with the best quality, from the surface and corrosion point of view, was subjected to oxidation test in air at 800°C. The coated sample presented a 25% reduction in oxidation rate in comparison with bare substrate.

  20. Erosion and high temperature oxidation resistance of new coatings fabricated by a sol-gel route for a TBC application.

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    Viazzi, Céline; Wellman , Richard; Oquab, Djar; Nicholls, John; Monceau, Daniel; Bonino, Jean-Pierre; Ansart, Florence

    2008-01-01

    This paper examines the erosion and cyclic oxidation performance of novel thermal barrier coatings produced via the sol-gel route. The ceramic top coat, with a thickness of 5-80 m, was deposited via a sol-gel route onto standard MCrAlY and PtAl bond coats. In both the erosion and the cyclic oxidation tests it was found that the bond coat had a profound affect on the results. The erosion of the sol-gel coatings were compared to standard EB PVD and PS TBCs and were found to be significantly...

  1. 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.

  2. Preparation of uniform mixed metal oxide and superconductive oxides

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    Barder, T.J.

    1991-04-30

    This paper describes a method for producing a uniform mixed metal oxide. It includes dissolving metals as their salts of a carboxylic acid in an aliphatic alcohol in the substantial absence of water, the metals are in the same proportions as in the corresponding mixed metal oxide; co-precipitating the metals as their oxalates by mixing the alcohol solution with oxalic acid; separating the co-precipitated metal oxalates and calcining the oxalates in air or oxygen above about 500{degrees} C to convert the oxalates to the corresponding metal oxides.

  3. Gel-free proteomic methodologies to study reversible cysteine oxidation and irreversible protein carbonyl formation.

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    Boronat, S; García-Santamarina, S; Hidalgo, E

    2015-05-01

    Oxidative modifications in proteins have been traditionally considered as hallmarks of damage by oxidative stress and aging. However, oxidants can generate a huge variety of reversible and irreversible modifications in amino acid side chains as well as in the protein backbones, and these post-translational modifications can contribute to the activation of signal transduction pathways, and also mediate the toxicity of oxidants. Among the reversible modifications, the most relevant ones are those arising from cysteine oxidation. Thus, formation of sulfenic acid or disulfide bonds is known to occur in many enzymes as part of their catalytic cycles, and it also participates in the activation of signaling cascades. Furthermore, these reversible modifications have been usually attributed with a protective role, since they may prevent the formation of irreversible damage by scavenging reactive oxygen species. Among irreversible modifications, protein carbonyl formation has been linked to damage and death, since it cannot be repaired and can lead to protein loss-of-function and to the formation of protein aggregates. This review is aimed at researchers interested on the biological consequences of oxidative stress, both at the level of signaling and toxicity. Here we are providing a concise overview on current mass-spectrometry-based methodologies to detect reversible cysteine oxidation and irreversible protein carbonyl formation in proteomes. We do not pretend to impose any of the different methodologies, but rather to provide an objective catwalk on published gel-free approaches to detect those two types of modifications, from a biologist's point of view.

  4. Structural, dielectric and piezoelectric properties of aluminium doped PLZT ceramics prepared by sol-gel route

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    Dutta, Soma [Department of Physics and Meteorology, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721302 (India)]. E-mail: dutta_som@yahoo.co.in; Choudhary, R.N.P. [Department of Physics and Meteorology, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721302 (India); Sinha, P.K. [Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721302 (India)

    2007-03-14

    Nanosized piezoelectric ceramics for vibration sensor applications have been prepared by mixing the ferroelectric PLZT (8:60:40) with variable doping fractions of trivalent aluminium ion (Al{sup 3+}). Samples have been prepared through a standard sol-gel route. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) have been used to determine the phase and morphological modifications. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies reveal the microstructure with nanosized well-dispersed homogeneous spherical particles. The vibrational infra-red (IR) spectroscopy record is taken to locate the position of the doping Al{sup 3+} ion. Using electrical impedance spectroscopy, the resonance and anti-resonance frequencies of the Al modified PLZT system have been determined and analysed. Al addition in PLZT has left a profound effect in its dielectric and piezoelectric properties. An interpretation of the role of Al addition is proposed in terms of structure modification. The sensing power of the investigated material was found useful for the vibration control of a cantilever beam.

  5. Preparation of Water-Repellent Glass by Sol-Gel Process Using Perfluoroalkylsilane and Tetraethoxysilane.

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    Jeong, Hye-Jeong; Kim, Dong-Kwon; Lee, Soo-Bok; Kwon, Soo-Han; Kadono, Kohei

    2001-03-01

    Coating films on glass substrate were prepared by sol-gel process using alkoxide solutions containing perfluoroalkylsilane (PFAS) and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS). The physical properties of the coating films were characterized by SEM, FT-IR, and XRD. And their surface properties were investigated by measuring contact angles and atomic compositions. Transparent coating films with smooth surface and uniform thickness could be obtained. The contact angles of the coating films for water and methylene iodide are extremely high, at 118 degrees and 97 degrees, respectively, and their surface free energies are about 9.7 dyn/cm. It was found that the water-repellent glass prepared is very hydrophobic and exhibits excellent water-repellency. Hydrophobic perfluoroalkyl groups are preferentially enriched to the outermost layer at the coating film-air interface, and two layers probably exist in the coating film. The upper layer oriented toward the air is composed of mainly perfluoroalkyl groups originating from PFAS, and the lower layer is composed of mainly -OSiO- groups originating from TEOS. The heat treatment after drying step cannot influence the surface enrichment of the perfluoroalkyl group. The hydrolysis reaction should be more completely done before the dip coating step to obtain lower surface free energy. The burning temperature should be less than 300 degrees C because the perfluoroalkyl group begins to decompose from this temperature. Copyright 2001 Academic Press.

  6. Synthesis and characterization of mixtures of cobalt and titanium oxides by mechanical alloyed and Sol-Gel;Sintesis y caracterizacion de mezclas de oxidos de cobalto y titanio por aleado mecanico y Sol-Gel

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    Basurto S, R.; Bonifacio M, J.; Fernandez V, S. M., E-mail: rafael.basurto@inin.gob.m [ININ, Departamento de Quimica, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, Ocoyoacac 52750, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2009-07-01

    The mechanical alloyed techniques continued by combustion and Sol-Gel method, were used for the synthesis of CoTiO{sub 3}. With the first technique was used Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} obtained in a balls mill SPEX in argon atmosphere, using cobalt nitrate and urea, the combustion is realized at 400 and 500 C, the characterization by X-ray diffraction showed the obtaining of the valence oxide mixed of cobalt with crystallite size from 10 to 12.5 nm and the particle size of 60 to 75 nm was obtained by scanning electron microscopy. To prepare the CoTiO{sub 3}, the obtained Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} was mixed with TiO{sub 2} on a relationship in weight (1:1) and with a milling time of 2.5 h and the combustion at 800 C. the mixed oxide of titanium cobalt was also obtained by the Sol-Gel technique starting from cobalt chloride and titanium propoxide in acetic-water acid, the gel is burned to temperature of 300, 500, 700 and 900 C, finding that this last temperature it is that provides the compound with crystalline size from 50 to 75 nm. (Author)

  7. Preparation of a Star Network PEG-based Gel Polymer Electrolyte and Its Application to Electrochromic Devices

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    GONG Yong-Feng; FU Xiang-Kai; ZHANG Shu-Peng; JIANG Qing-Long

    2007-01-01

    A star network polymer with a pentaerythritol core linking four PEG-block polymeric arms was synthesized,and its corresponding gel polymer electrolyte based on lithium perchlorate and plasticizers EC/PC with the character being colorless and highly transparent has been also prepared. The polymer host was characterized and confirmed to be of a star network and an amorphous structure by FTIR, 1H NMR and XRD studies. The polymer host hold good mechanical properties for pentaerythritol cross-linking. Maximum ionic conductivity of the prepared electrolyte showed that the thermal stability was up to at least 150 ℃. The gel polymer electrolyte was further evaluated in electrochromic devices fabricated by transparent PET-ITO and electrochromically active viologen derivative films, and its excellent performance promised the usage of the gel polymer electrolyte as ionic conductor material in electrochrornic devices.

  8. Facile preparation of hierarchically porous carbons from metal-organic gels and their application in energy storage

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    Xia, Wei; Qiu, Bin; Xia, Dingguo; Zou, Ruqiang

    2013-06-01

    Porous carbon materials have numerous applications due to their thermal and chemical stability, high surface area and low densities. However, conventional preparing porous carbon through zeolite or silica templates casting has been criticized by the costly and/or toxic procedure. Creating three-dimensional (3D) carbon products is another challenge. Here, we report a facile way to prepare porous carbons from metal-organic gel (MOG) template, an extended metal-organic framework (MOF) structure. We surprisingly found that the carbon products inherit the highly porous nature of MOF and combine with gel's integrated character, which results in hierarchical porous architectures with ultrahigh surface areas and quite large pore volumes. They exhibit considerable hydrogen uptake and excellent electrochemical performance as cathode material for lithium-sulfur battery. This work provides a general method to fast and clean synthesis of porous carbon materials and opens new avenues for the application of metal-organic gel in energy storage.

  9. New synthesis parameters of GGG:Nd nanocrystalline powder prepared by sol–gel method: Structural and spectroscopic investigation

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    Alshikh Mohamad, Yassin, E-mail: yassinm@mail.ru; Atassi, Yomen; Moussa, Zafer

    2015-09-15

    GGG:Nd nanopowder is synthesized by the sol–gel method using formic acid and acetic acid as chelating agents and ethylene glycol as a cross linking agent. TGA–DSC, XRD, photoluminescence spectroscopy and fluorescence life time analysis (τ) are used to characterize the powder. XRD is used to optimize the synthesis parameters. According to XRD, complete phase of GGG nanopowder is formed at 800 °C for 1 min. Fluorescence life time analyses reveal that the optimum crystallization temperature is 1000 °C. - Highlights: • GGG:Nd nanopowder was prepared using formic acid by the sol gel method. • Optimization of sol gel parameters was done. • GGG phase formation was complete at 800 °C for 1 min • According to τ measurements, optimal temperature treatment is at 1000 °C. • Nanopowder prepared with formic acid was better than that formed with acetic acid.

  10. Effect of Additives on Characterization and Photocatalytic Activity of Tio/ZnO Nanocomposite Prepared via Sol-Gel Process

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    Shahram Moradi; Parviz Aberoomand Azar; Sanaz Raeis Farshid; Saeed Abedini Khorrami; Mohammad Hadi Givianrad

    2012-01-01

    TiO2/ZnO nanocomposites were prepared by the sol-gel method with and without addatives such as carboxy methyl cellulose (CMC), poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), polyvinylpyrrolidon, (PVP), and hydroxylpropylcellulose (HPC). The characteristics of the prepared TiO2/ZnO nanocomposites were identified by IR spectra, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) methods. The additives have a significant effect on the particle size distribut...

  11. Surface aspects of sol-gel derived hematite films for the photoelectrochemical oxidation of water.

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    Herrmann-Geppert, Iris; Bogdanoff, Peter; Radnik, Jörg; Fengler, Steffen; Dittrich, Thomas; Fiechter, Sebastian

    2013-02-07

    α-Fe(2)O(3) (hematite) photoanodes for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) were prepared by a cost-efficient sol-gel procedure. Due to low active photoelectrochemical properties observed, it is assumed that the sol-gel procedure leads to hematite films with defects and surface states on which generated charge carriers are recombined or immobilized in trap processes. Electrochemical activation was proven to diminish unfavourable surface groups to some extent. More efficiently, a plasma treatment improves significantly the photoelectrochemical properties of the OER. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis reveals an oxygen enriched surface layer with new oxygen species which may be responsible for the improved electrochemical activity. Due to surface photovoltage an increased fraction of transferred charge carriers from these newly produced surface defects are identified.

  12. Synthetic aspects and characterization of polypropylene–silica nanocomposites prepared via solid-state modification and sol–gel reactions

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    Jain, Sachin; Goossens, Han; Picchioni, Francesco; Magusin, Pieter; Mezari, Brahim; Duin, Martin van

    2005-01-01

    A new route is developed by combining solid-state modification (SSM) by grafting vinyl triethoxysilane (VTES) with a sol–gel method to prepare PP/silica nanocomposites with varying degree of adhesion between filler and matrix. VTES was grafted via SSM in porous PP particles. Bulk polymerization unde

  13. Synthetic aspects and characterization of polypropylene-silica nanocomposites prepared via solid-state modification and sol-gel reactions

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    Jain, S; Goossens, H; Picchioni, F; Magusin, P; Mezari, B

    2005-01-01

    A new route is developed by combining solid-state modification (SSM) by grafting vinyl triethoxysilane (VTES) with a sol-gel method to prepare PP/silica nanocomposites with varying degree of adhesion between filler and matrix. VTES was grafted via SSM in porous PP particles. Bulk polymerization unde

  14. Effect of pyrolysis temperature on the properties of carbon/nickel nanocomposites prepared by sol–gel method

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    Mansour, N. Ben, E-mail: Nabil.Benmansour@fsg.rnu.tn [Laboratory of Physics of Materials and Nanomaterials Applied at Environment (LaPhyMNE), Gabès University, Faculty of Sciences in Gabès, Gabès (Tunisia); Najeh, I.; Mansouri, S. [Laboratory of Physics of Materials and Nanomaterials Applied at Environment (LaPhyMNE), Gabès University, Faculty of Sciences in Gabès, Gabès (Tunisia); El Mir, L. [Laboratory of Physics of Materials and Nanomaterials Applied at Environment (LaPhyMNE), Gabès University, Faculty of Sciences in Gabès, Gabès (Tunisia); Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU), College of Sciences, Department of Physics, Riyadh 11623 (Saudi Arabia)

    2015-05-15

    Highlights: • Synthesis of nickel oxide nanoparticles in carbon structures. • Presence of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWNT) around Ni nanoparticles for the sample treated at high pyrolysis temperature. • DC conductivity exhibited the presence of conduction percolation phenomenon and the dominance of conduction model 3D-GVRH in the studied materials. • From AC conductance PF/Ni nanocomposites have two behaviors: semiconductor and metal, depending on the pyrolysis temperature. • Appearance of a negative differential resistance (NDR) at room temperature in the sample treated at 600 °C. - Abstract: Carbon–nickel nanocomposites (C/Ni) were prepared by sol–gel method after the incorporation of nickel oxide (NiO) nanoparticles in organic matrix based on pyrogallol-formaldehyde (PF). The nanocomposites heated under inert atmosphere have been characterized by various techniques such as X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), and electrical analysis. The XRD spectra exhibited the presence of NiO or metallic Ni phase in amorphous carbon matrix at low pyrolysis temperature, while at 1000 °C the graphite structure line was observed. The TEM images indicate the presence of multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWNT) around Ni nanoparticles for the sample treated at high pyrolysis temperature. The AC conductance shows that our nanocomposites have two behaviors: semiconductor and metal, depending on the pyrolysis temperature. The voltage–current V(I) characteristics of the compound show two different regions: an Ohmic region at low current and a negative differential resistance (NDR) region at higher current. This switching phenomenal behavior has been explained by an electrothermal model.

  15. A novel synthesis of tin oxide thin films by the sol-gel process for optoelectronic applications

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    Marikkannan, M. [Department of Materials Science, School of Chemistry, Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamilnadu, Madurai-625021 (India); Vishnukanthan, V. [Department of Physics, Centre for Materials Science and Nanotechnology, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1126 Blindern, N-0318 Oslo (Norway); Vijayshankar, A. [Department of Physics and Technology, University of Bergen, Allegaten 55, N-5007, Bergen (Norway); Mayandi, J., E-mail: jeyanthinath@yahoo.co.in [Department of Materials Science, School of Chemistry, Madurai Kamaraj University, Tamilnadu, Madurai-625021 (India); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Michigan Technological University (United States); Pearce, J. M., E-mail: pearce@mtu.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Michigan Technological University (United States); Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University (United States)

    2015-02-15

    A novel and simple chemical method based on sol-gel processing was proposed to deposit metastable orthorhombic tin oxide (SnOx) thin films on glass substrates at room temperature. The resultant samples are labeled according to the solvents used: ethanol (SnO-EtOH), isopropanol (SnO-IPA) and methanol (SnO-MeOH). The variations in the structural, morphological and optical properties of the thin films deposited using different solvents were characterized by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL) analysis. The XRD patterns confirm that all the films, irrespective of the solvents used for preparation, were polycrystalline in nature and contained a mixed phases of tin (II) oxide and tin (IV) oxide in a metastable orthorhombic crystal structure. FTIR spectra confirmed the presence of Sn=O and Sn-O in all of the samples. PL spectra showed a violet emission band centered at 380 nm (3.25 eV) for all of the solvents. The UV-vis spectra indicated a maximum absorption band shown at 332 nm and the highest average transmittance around 97% was observed for the SnO-IPA and SnO-MeOH thin film samples. The AFM results show variations in the grain size with solvent. The structural and optical properties of the SnO thin films indicate that this method of fabricating tin oxide is promising and that future work is warranted to analyze the electrical properties of the films in order to determine the viability of these films for various transparent conducting oxide applications.

  16. A novel synthesis of tin oxide thin films by the sol-gel process for optoelectronic applications

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    M. Marikkannan

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available A novel and simple chemical method based on sol-gel processing was proposed to deposit metastable orthorhombic tin oxide (SnOx thin films on glass substrates at room temperature. The resultant samples are labeled according to the solvents used: ethanol (SnO-EtOH, isopropanol (SnO-IPA and methanol (SnO-MeOH. The variations in the structural, morphological and optical properties of the thin films deposited using different solvents were characterized by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy, UV-vis spectroscopy and photoluminescence (PL analysis. The XRD patterns confirm that all the films, irrespective of the solvents used for preparation, were polycrystalline in nature and contained a mixed phases of tin (II oxide and tin (IV oxide in a metastable orthorhombic crystal structure. FTIR spectra confirmed the presence of Sn=O and Sn-O in all of the samples. PL spectra showed a violet emission band centered at 380 nm (3.25 eV for all of the solvents. The UV-vis spectra indicated a maximum absorption band shown at 332 nm and the highest average transmittance around 97% was observed for the SnO-IPA and SnO-MeOH thin film samples. The AFM results show variations in the grain size with solvent. The structural and optical properties of the SnO thin films indicate that this method of fabricating tin oxide is promising and that future work is warranted to analyze the electrical properties of the films in order to determine the viability of these films for various transparent conducting oxide applications.

  17. High temperature oxidation of chromium with nanometric ceria sol-gel coating

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    2008-01-01

    Isothermal oxidation behavior of chromium with and without nanometric sol-gel CeO2 coating is studied at 1000℃ in air. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are used to examine the surface morphology and microstructure of their oxide films. It is found that ceria coating greatly improves the anti-oxidation property of chromium. Laser Raman spectrometer and X-ray diffraction spectrometer (XRD) are also used to study the stress level in oxide films formed on ceria-coated and ceria-free Cr. The difference in oxidation behavior is mainly attributed to the fact that ceria greatly reduces the growth speed and grain size of Cr2O3 film, and this fine grain-sized Cr2O3 film probably has better high temperature plasticity, i.e. oxide film can relieve parts of compressive stress by means of creeping. XRD and Raman testing results both show the stress declination due to nano-CeO2 application, and their deviation is analyzed concerning to the rare earth effect.

  18. A new sol-gel process for preparing Ba(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 nanopowders

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    Fang Lian; Lihua Xu; Fushen Li; Hailei Zhao

    2004-01-01

    Commercially available niobium (V) oxide [Nb2O5], with barium acetate [Ba(CH3COO)2] and magnesium acetate At first, Nb2O5 reacted with melting sodium hydroxide and transformed into dispersible oxide. The resulting glassy substance after cooling was dispersed and washed several times in distilled water to remove the Na+ ions. The as-prepared colloidal Nb2O5.nH2O was subsequently mixed with acetic solution of barium acetate and magnesium acetate according to the required molar proportions and followed by gelation. The ultrafine BMN powders were finally obtained after heat-treating the gel at 820℃ for 1 h, and the assintered nanoceramics revealed a high relative density of 98.2%, and a high microwave Q-factor, of 10397 at 1.45GHz.

  19. Preparation and characterization of carbosilane denddmer-bonded silica gel and its use in LC

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    Chen Guowen; Zhao Shigui; Feng Shengyu

    2006-01-01

    Divergently synthesized carbosilane dendrimers generations 1(G1) and 2 (G2) with allyl end groups were bonded onto silica gel.Reactions between the dendrimers and acid-processed silica gel took place,with toluene reflux and organic base as catalyst.Chemically bonded silica gel was characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM),infrared (IR),and other methods.The chemically modified silica gels were packed into high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) column and their separation characters were evaluated.G2-bonded silica gel was effective in separating homologous compounds of alcohol, alkyl-substituted benzene,N-substituted benzene,metacrylic acid ester and phthalate.

  20. Self-healing guar gum and guar gum-multiwalled carbon nanotubes nanocomposite gels prepared in an ionic liquid.

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    Sharma, Mukesh; Mondal, Dibyendu; Mukesh, Chandrakant; Prasad, Kamalesh

    2013-10-15

    Guar gum is a galactomannan extracted from the seed of the leguminous shrub Cyamopsis tetragonoloba. It was found to form a soft viscoelastic gel in 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride, an ionic liquid at an optimized concentration of 10%w/v. A nanocomposite gel of the gum with enhanced strength could be prepared with 0.2%w/v of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in the ionic liquid. When the gels thus prepared were subjected to surface fractures or bisected completely, they found to self-heal at room temperature without any external interventions. The self-healing process could be repeated several times. These viscoelastic gel systems showed thixotropic nature and recovery of the storage modulus with time for several cycles was observed upon rheological investigations. The interaction took place between ionic liquid, guar gum and MWCNT was studied by SEM, TEM, FT-IR, powder XRD and rheometry. The results suggested that, upon standing at room temperature development of electrostatic interactions and the van der Waals interactions among the ionic liquid molecules facilitated the formation of reversible noncovalent bonds and eventually activated the self-healing in the gel systems through appropriate chain entanglements.

  1. Preparation of Photocrosslinked Fish Elastin Polypeptide/Microfibrillated Cellulose Composite Gels with Elastic Properties for Biomaterial Applications

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    Yano, Shinya; Mori, Megumi; Teramoto, Naozumi; Iisaka, Makoto; Suzuki, Natsumi; Noto, Masanari; Kaimoto, Yasuko; Kakimoto, Masashi; Yamada, Michio; Shiratsuchi, Eri; Shimasaki, Toshiaki; Shibata, Mitsuhiro

    2015-01-01

    Photocrosslinked hydrogels reinforced by microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) were prepared from a methacrylate-functionalized fish elastin polypeptide and MFC dispersed in dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO). First, a water-soluble elastin peptide with a molecular weight of ca. 500 g/mol from the fish bulbus arteriosus was polymerized by N,N′-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCC), a condensation reagent, and then modified with 2-isocyanatoethyl methacrylate (MOI) to yield a photocrosslinkable fish elastin polypeptide. The product was dissolved in DMSO and irradiated with UV light in the presence of a radical photoinitiator. We obtained hydrogels successfully by substitution of DMSO with water. The composite gel with MFC was prepared by UV irradiation of the photocrosslinkable elastin polypeptide mixed with dispersed MFC in DMSO, followed by substitution of DMSO with water. The tensile test of the composite gels revealed that the addition of MFC improved the tensile properties, and the shape of the stress–strain curve of the composite gel became more similar to the typical shape of an elastic material with an increase of MFC content. The rheology measurement showed that the elastic modulus of the composite gel increased with an increase of MFC content. The cell proliferation test on the composite gel showed no toxicity. PMID:25584682

  2. Preparation of Photocrosslinked Fish Elastin Polypeptide/Microfibrillated Cellulose Composite Gels with Elastic Properties for Biomaterial Applications

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    Shinya Yano

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Photocrosslinked hydrogels reinforced by microfibrillated cellulose (MFC were prepared from a methacrylate-functionalized fish elastin polypeptide and MFC dispersed in dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO. First, a water-soluble elastin peptide with a molecular weight of ca. 500 g/mol from the fish bulbus arteriosus was polymerized by N,N′-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCC, a condensation reagent, and then modified with 2-isocyanatoethyl methacrylate (MOI to yield a photocrosslinkable fish elastin polypeptide. The product was dissolved in DMSO and irradiated with UV light in the presence of a radical photoinitiator. We obtained hydrogels successfully by substitution of DMSO with water. The composite gel with MFC was prepared by UV irradiation of the photocrosslinkable elastin polypeptide mixed with dispersed MFC in DMSO, followed by substitution of DMSO with water. The tensile test of the composite gels revealed that the addition of MFC improved the tensile properties, and the shape of the stress–strain curve of the composite gel became more similar to the typical shape of an elastic material with an increase of MFC content. The rheology measurement showed that the elastic modulus of the composite gel increased with an increase of MFC content. The cell proliferation test on the composite gel showed no toxicity.

  3. Preparation of photocrosslinked fish elastin polypeptide/microfibrillated cellulose composite gels with elastic properties for biomaterial applications.

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    Yano, Shinya; Mori, Megumi; Teramoto, Naozumi; Iisaka, Makoto; Suzuki, Natsumi; Noto, Masanari; Kaimoto, Yasuko; Kakimoto, Masashi; Yamada, Michio; Shiratsuchi, Eri; Shimasaki, Toshiaki; Shibata, Mitsuhiro

    2015-01-09

    Photocrosslinked hydrogels reinforced by microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) were prepared from a methacrylate-functionalized fish elastin polypeptide and MFC dispersed in dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO). First, a water-soluble elastin peptide with a molecular weight of ca. 500 g/mol from the fish bulbus arteriosus was polymerized by N,N'-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCC), a condensation reagent, and then modified with 2-isocyanatoethyl methacrylate (MOI) to yield a photocrosslinkable fish elastin polypeptide. The product was dissolved in DMSO and irradiated with UV light in the presence of a radical photoinitiator. We obtained hydrogels successfully by substitution of DMSO with water. The composite gel with MFC was prepared by UV irradiation of the photocrosslinkable elastin polypeptide mixed with dispersed MFC in DMSO, followed by substitution of DMSO with water. The tensile test of the composite gels revealed that the addition of MFC improved the tensile properties, and the shape of the stress-strain curve of the composite gel became more similar to the typical shape of an elastic material with an increase of MFC content. The rheology measurement showed that the elastic modulus of the composite gel increased with an increase of MFC content. The cell proliferation test on the composite gel showed no toxicity.

  4. THERMAL, MECHANICAL, AND MOISTURE ABSORPTION PROPERTIES OF WOOD-TiO2 COMPOSITES PREPARED BY A SOL-GEL PROCESS

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    Xiaoqing Wang,

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Wood-TiO2 (titania composites were prepared by a sol-gel process, in which wood was impregnated with the precursor solutions prepared from tetrabutyl titanate (TBT, followed by a curing step. The surface morphology and moisture absorption behavior of the wood composites, as well as their thermal and mechanical performances, were examined. Environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM analysis revealed that TiO2 gels were deposited principally in the cell lumens and partly in the cell walls, as confirmed by the energy dispersive X-ray (EDX analysis. By this inorganic modification, the hygroscopicity of wood was significantly reduced and its dimensional stability was improved consequently. Greater amounts of TiO2 gel deposited in the cell lumens were not helpful in enhancing the hygroscopicity of wood. Thermal analysis (TG-DTA showed that the incorporation of TiO2 gel retarded the thermal decomposition of wood matrix and improved the thermal stability of wood. The incorporated inorganic gel seemed to stiffen the wood cell walls, as indicated by the increased resistance of the wood composites to deformation and collapse in compression.

  5. Characterization of TiO2 Nanofilms Obtained by Sol-gel and Anodic Oxidation

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    María Laura Vera; Miguel Ángel Alterach; Mario Roberto Rosenberger; Diego Germán Lamas; Carlos Enrique Schvezov; Alicia Esther Ares

    2014-01-01

    The influence of sol-gel dip-coating and anodic oxidation process parameters to produce thin TiO2 films is studied. As the size of the films is in the order of nanometers (20-140 nm), to obtain a precise measurement of their thickness and analyze their crystalline structures, glancing incidence angle X-ray techniques (X-ray reflectometry and X-ray diffraction) using synchrotron radiation are used. A relationship between the color and thickness of the films was found. This enables the film thi...

  6. Fabrication of inverted zinc oxide photonic crystal using sol-gel solution by spin coating method.

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    Huang, Kuo-Min; Ho, Chong-Lung; Chang, Heng-Jui; Wu, Meng-Chyi

    2013-01-01

    Inverted zinc oxide photonic crystal structures were fabricated from polystyrene sphere (PSS) template using the sol-gel solution of ZnO by spin-coating method. It is easily able to control and fabricate the photonic crystal structures using the self-organized PSS with a size of 193 nm. The inverted ZnO photonic crystal structures observed show the (111) tendency of the hexagonal compact arrangement formation. The resulting structures possess the photonic band gaps in the near-ultraviolet range and exhibit an enhanced photoluminescence spectrum. The technology can effectively increase the light output intensity or efficiency for the applications of optoelectronic devices.

  7. ORGANIC SOL-GEL METHOD IN THE SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF ZINC OXIDE NANOPARTICLES

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    Keanchuan Lee

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanosized Zinc Oxide (ZnO was synthesized using sol-gel method. The nanomaterials with structure were annealed at different temperatures ranging from 500 to 700°C which were chosen based on the Thermogravimetric (TGA Analysis. The structure and morphology were characterized by Powder X-Ray Diffraction (PXRD and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM, respectively. The PXRD shows the increasing tendency in crystallite size when the annealing temperature increases and the hexagonal structure of ZnO. TEM further revealed the same tendency which the Zn NPs size increased with the annealing temperature.

  8. Híbridos de poli(oxido de etileno-b-amida-6 e ZrO2 sol-gel: preparação, caracterização e aplicação em processos de separação por membranas Hybrids of poly(ethylene oxide-b-amide-6 and ZrO2 sol-gel: preparation, characterization and application in membrane separation processes

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    Rita A. Zoppi

    2000-06-01

    Full Text Available Híbridos constituídos de poli(óxido de etileno-b-amida-6, PEBAX, e óxido de zircônio foram preparados a partir da hidrólise e condensação do tetraisopropóxido de zircônio em solução contendo o polímero orgânico dissolvido. Estes foram caracterizados por termogravimetria, calorimetria diferencial de varredura, espectroscopia na região do infravermelho e microscopia eletrônica. Os resultados obtidos mostraram que a incorporação da fase inorgânica parece promover a degradação do polímero orgânico. Membranas compostas constituídas de um suporte poroso de poli(fluoreto de vinilideno, PVDF, e uma camada filtrante de PEBAX/ZrO2 foram preparadas e caracterizadas por microscopia eletrônica. Foram realizados ensaios de permeação de água e de soluções aquosas contendo poli(etileno glicol de diferentes massas molares. Para determinar a rejeição de fosfato, foram realizados ensaios de permeação de uma solução aquosa de KH2PO4. Independente da composição da camada filtrante, foram obtidos valores de rejeição de fosfato da ordem de 80%.Hybrid films based on poly(ethylene oxide-b-amide-6, PEBAX, and zirconium oxide were prepared by hydrolysis and condensation of zirconium tetraisopropoxide in a 3wt% PEBAX/n-butanol solution. Films were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, infrared spectroscopy and electron microscopy. The results showed that the incorporation of the inorganic phase promoted the organic polymer degradation. Composite membranes constituted by a porous support of poly(vinylidene fluoride, PVDF, covered with a PEBAX/ZrO2 filter layer were prepared and characterized by electron microscopy. Tests including the permeation of water and aqueous solutions of poly(ethylene glycol with different molecular weight were performed. Phosphate retention was also determined by permeation tests of a KH2PO4 aqueous solution. Regardless of the filter layer composition, phosphate

  9. Preparation and Application Situation of Silica Gel%硅胶的制备及应用现状

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    2011-01-01

    硅胶不溶于水和任何溶剂,无毒无味,化学性质稳定,除强碱、氢氟酸外不与任何物质发生反应。根据其孔径的大小分为:大孔硅胶、粗孔硅胶、B型硅胶、细孔硅胶。由于孔隙结构的不同,因此它们的吸附性能各有特点。硅胶是一种高活性的吸附材料,通常以硅酸钠和硫酸为原料制备,文中介绍了各种硅胶的生产工艺,论述了硅胶的应用现状。%Silica gel was insoluble in water and any solvent,non-toxic and odorless,chemical stability,except strong alkali and hydrofluoric acid,and it can't react with any material.According to its aperture size's,it was divided into big pore silica gel,thick pore silica gel,the type B silica gel and the fine pore silica gel.Because the pore structure was different,so they had different features of adsorption performance.Silica gel was a highly active adsorption materials,usually prepared by the sodium silicate and sulfuric acid as raw material.Various silica gel production technology was introduced,and the present situation of the application of the silica gel was discussed.

  10. Characterization of Nanostructured n-ZnO/p-Si Heterojunction Prepared by a Simple Sol-Gel Method

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    He, Bo; Xu, Jing; Ning, Huanpo; Xiong, Hao; Xing, Huaizhong; Qin, Yuming

    2016-03-01

    The nanostructured ZnO film was prepared on a texturized Si wafer by a simple sol-gel method to fabricate n-ZnO/p-Si heterojunction photoelectric device. The novel sol-gel method is cheap and convenient. The structural, optical and electrical properties of the nanostructured ZnO film were studied by XRD, SEM, XPS, PL, UV-Vis spectrophotometer and Hall effect measurement. The current-voltage (I-V) curve of nanostructured ZnO/p-Si heterojunction device shows good rectifying behavior. Good photoelectric behavior is obtained.

  11. Preparation and Scintillating Properties of Sol-Gel Eu3+, Tb3+ Co-Doped Lu2O3 Nanopowders

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    Joel Moreno Palmerin; Rosario Ruiz Guerrero; Margarita García Hernández; Ángel de Jesús Morales Ramírez; Antonieta García Murillo; Felipe de Jesús Carrillo Romo

    2011-01-01

    Nanocrystalline Eu3+, Tb3+ co-doped Lu2O3 powders with a maximum size of 25.5 nm were prepared by the sol-gel process, using lutetium, europium and terbium nitrates as precursors, and ethanol as a solvent. Differential thermal analysis (DTA) and infrared spectroscopy (IR) were used to study the chemical changes during the xerogel annealing. After the sol evaporation at 100 °C, the formed gel was annealed from 300 to 900 °C for 30 min under a rich O2 atmosphere, and the yielded product was ana...

  12. Infrared Thermochromic Properties of VO2 Thin Films Prepared through Aqueous Sol-gel Process

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    LIU Dongqing; CHENG Haifeng; ZHENG Wenwei; ZHANG Chaoyang

    2012-01-01

    The stoichiometric vanadium(Ⅳ) oxide thin films were obtained by controlling the temperature,time and pressure of annealing.The thermochromic phase transition and the IR thermochromic property of 400 nm and 900 nm VO2 thin films in the 7.5 μm-14 μm region were discussed.The derived VO2 thin film samples were characterized by Raman,XRD,XPS,AFM,SEM,and DSC.The resistance and infrared emissivity of VO2 thin films under different temperature were measured,and the thermal images of films were obtained using infrared imager.The results show that the VO2 thin film annealed at 550 ℃ for 10 hours through aqueous sol-gel process is pure and uniform.The 900 nm VO2 thin film exhibits better IR thermochromic property than the 400 nm VO2 thin film.The resistance of 900 nm VO2 film can change by 4orders of magnitude and the emissivity can change by 0.6 during the phase transition,suggesting the outstanding IR thermochromic property.The derived VO2 thin film can control its infrared radiation intensity and lower its apparent temperature actively when the real temperature increases,which may be applied in the field of energy saving,thermal control and camouflage.

  13. Lenghty reverse poly(butylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(butylene oxide) polymeric micelles and gels for sustained release of antifungal drugs.

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    Figueroa-Ochoa, Edgar B; Villar-Alvarez, Eva M; Cambón, Adriana; Mistry, Dharmista; Llovo, José; Attwood, David; Barbosa, Silvia; Soltero, J F Armando; Taboada, Pablo

    2016-08-20

    In this work, we present a detailed study of the potential application of polymeric micelles and gels of four different reverse triblock poly(butylene oxide)-poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(butylene oxide) copolymers (BOnEOmBOn, where n denotes the respective block lengths), specifically BO8EO90BO8, BO14EO378BO14, BO20EO411BO20 and BO21EO385BO21, as effective drug transport nanocarriers. In particular, we tested the use of this kind of polymeric nanostructures as reservoirs for the sustained delivery of the antifungals griseofulvin and fluconazole for oral and topical administration. Polymeric micelles and gels formed by these copolymers were shown to solubilize important amounts of these two drugs and to have a good stability in physiologically relevant conditions for oral or topical administration. These polymeric micellar nanocarriers were able to release drugs in a sustained manner, being the release rate slower as the copolymer chain hydrophobicity increased. Different sustained drug release profiles were observed depending on the medium conditions. Gel nanocarriers were shown to display longer sustained release rates than micellar formulations, with the existence of a pulsatile-like release mode under certain solution conditions as a result of their inner network structure. Certain bioadhesive properties were observed for the polymeric physical gels, being moderately tuned by the length and hydrophobicity of the polymeric chains. Furthermore, polymeric gels and micelles showed activity against the yeast Candida albicans and the mould demartophytes (Trichophyton rubrum and Microsporum canis) and, thus, may be useful for the treatment of different cutaneous fungal infections. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Preparation and Adsorption Ability of Polysulfone Microcapsules Containing Modified Chitosan Gel

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    CHEN Fei; LUO Guangsheng; YANG Weiwei; WANG Yujun

    2005-01-01

    Chemically modified chitosan beads containing polyethyleneimine (PEI) were prepared to improve the metal ion adsorption capacity of the chitosan beads and their mechanical stability and to limit their biodegradability. The modified beads were encapsulated with the polymer material polysulfone by a novel surface coating method named the emulsion phase inversion method. The adsorption properties of the modified beads and the microstructures of the polysulfone coating layer were then analyzed. The experimental results showed that the PEI was successfully linked onto the chitosan beads. The density of the -NH2 groups in the modified beads was significantly increased, while the water content was reduced. The coating layer thickness was about 200 (m. The modified chitosan gel beads had excellent Cu(II) adsorption capacity, with a maximum Cu(II) adsorption capacity 1.34 times higher than that of the unmodified beads. The results show that even with the polysulfone coating the adsorption kinetics of the modified beads is still better than those of the unmodified beads. The modifications improve the mass transfer performance of the chitosan beads as well as the bead stability.

  15. White-light emission of ZnO nanoparticles prepared by sol-gel method

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    Li Shi-Shuai; Zhang Zhong; Hang Jin-Zhao; Feng Xiu-Peng; Liu Ru-Xi

    2011-01-01

    In:ZnO nanoparticles are prepared by the sol-gel process.The ratios of In/(Zn+In) are 0%,5%,8%,10%,and 15%,respectively.Crystal phase structures and optoelectronic properties of these samples are characterized and the chromaticity coordinates of different samples are also calculated in CIE-XYZ colour system.The results show that preferred growth direction of ZnO changes from (002) plane to (001) plane and interplanar distance becomes shorter.When the doping amount of In is 5%,Zn atoms are completely replaced by In atoms.The resistivities of the samples first decrease,then increase afterwards with the increase of the amount of In.With the increase of In,the ultraviolet emission is redshifted and new peaks occur at 465 nm,535 nm,and 630 nm.The sample with 10% indium has white-light emission.The band structures of samples with 0% and 12.5% indium are investigated by the first principle method.The mechanism of white emission is discussed from the viewpoint of additional energy levels.

  16. Structural and electrical properties of lithium cobalt nanoferrites prepared by sol-gel method

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    Maisnam, Victory; Maisnam, Mamata; Phanjoubam, Sumitra

    2015-01-01

    Lithium cobalt nanoferrites having the compositional formula Li0.5-x/2CoxFe2.5-x/2O4 with x varying from 0.00 to 0.12 in steps of 0.03 were prepared by the chemical sol-gel method. Samples were heated at two different temperatures namely 300°C and 500°C for 4 h. Structural characterization of the samples was done using X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique and confirmed the formation of single phase with spinel structure in all the samples. From the XRD data, the lattice parameter was calculated and found to range from 82.87-83.35 nm while the crystallite size was found to be in the range 17-34 nm. Microstructural studies were carried out using the Scanning Electron Microscopy and revealed the microstructures with grain size ranging from 35-70 nm. Electrical properties like dielectric constant, dielectric loss and AC conductivity for these nanoferrites were investigated. The frequency variation of room temperature dielectric constant, dielectric loss and AC conductivity were studied in the frequency range 100 Hz-1 MHz, and a dispersive behavior was observed, which has been attributed to the Maxwell-Wagner type of interfacial polarization.

  17. Preparation and optical properties of iron-modified titanium dioxide obtained by sol-gel method

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    Hreniak, Agnieszka; Gryzło, Katarzyna; Boharewicz, Bartosz; Sikora, Andrzej; Chmielowiec, Jacek; Iwan, Agnieszka

    2015-08-01

    In this paper twelve TiO2:Fe powders prepared by sol-gel method were analyzed being into consideration the kind of iron compound applied. As a precursor titanium (IV) isopropoxide (TIPO) was used, while as source of iron Fe(NO3)3 or FeCl3 were tested. Fe doped TiO2 was obtained using two methods of synthesis, where different amount of iron was added (1, 5 or 10% w/w). The size of obtained TiO2:Fe particles depends on the iron compound applied and was found in the range 80-300 nm as it was confirmed by SEM technique. TiO2:Fe particles were additionally investigated by dynamic light scattering (DLS) method. Additionally, for the TiO2:Fe particles UV-vis absorption and the zeta potential were analyzed. Selected powders were additionally investigated by magnetic force microscopy (MFM) and X-ray diffraction techniques. Photocatalytic ability of Fe doped TiO2 powders was evaluated by means of cholesteryl hemisuccinate (CHOL) degradation experiment conducted under the 30 min irradiation of simulated solar light.

  18. Preparation and characterization of HypoGel-supported Pd nanocatalysts for Suzuki reaction under mild conditions

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    Kin Hong Liew; Wan Zurina Samad; Norazzizi Nordin; Poh Lee Loh; Joon Ching Juan; Mohd Ambar Yarmo; Badrul Hisham Yahaya; Rahimi M. Yusop

    2015-01-01

    A new heterogeneous catalyst composed of Pd nanoparticles immobilized within a HypoGel resin has been prepared in the absence of any ligands using an extensive cross-linking method. This new-ly developed nanocatalyst was characterized by N2 adsorption-desorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and inductively coupled plasma-mass spec-trometer (ICP-MS) techniques. TEM and XRD results revealed that the Pd nanoparticles were well dispersed with diameters in the range of 4–12 nm, and an average size of about 8 nm. The cross-linked Pd catalyst demonstrated excellent catalytic activity towards the synthesis of a series of biaryl compounds by the reaction of various aryl halides (e.g., bromides andiodides) with phenyl-boronic acid in the presence of tetrabutylammonium bromide. ICP-MS analysis indicated that there was only 0.25% weight loss of Pd (0.55 ± 0.02 ppm) from the supported catalyst after the first cycle reaction. Furthermore, the catalyst showed excellent reusability (up to five uses) with consistently high levels of catalytic activity following its recovery by filtration.

  19. Dielectric properties of FeNbO4 ceramics prepared by the sol-gel method

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    Devesa, S.; Graça, M. P.; Henry, F.; Costa, L. C.

    2016-11-01

    In this work, FeNbO4 powders were prepared using the sol-gel method. The fine powder particles were pressed into pellets and sintered at temperatures between 500 and 1200 °C. The powder was studied by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. The morphology of the grains was investigated by scanning electron microscopy. Heat-treatment of the particles results in higher crystallinity, larger grains, and a decrease in the porosity of the material. The dielectric properties were measured in the frequency range of 102-106 Hz, in function of temperature (200-370 K). In all samples the real (ε‧) and imaginary (ε″) parts of the complex permittivity increase with increasing annealing temperature. The sample heat treated at 1200 °C shows the highest ε‧, > 104 at 300 K. All samples show a dielectric relaxation phenomenon, analysed using the modulus formalism. The evolution of the ac conduction activation energy and of the activation energy associated with the relaxation mechanism, is directly related with the changes promoted by the heat treatment in the structure and in the morphology of the base powders.

  20. Chirality of Single-Handed Twisted Titania Tubular Nanoribbons Prepared Through Sol-gel Transcription.

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    Wang, Sibing; Zhang, Chuanyong; Li, Yi; Li, Baozong; Yang, Yonggang

    2015-08-01

    Single-handed twisted titania tubular nanoribbons were prepared through sol-gel transcription using a pair of enantiomers. Handedness was controlled by that of the template. The obtained samples were characterized using field-emission electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, diffuse reflectance circular dichroism (DRCD), and X-ray diffraction. The DRCD spectra indicated that the titania nanotubes exhibit optical activity. Although the tubular structure was destroyed after being calcined at 700 °C for 2.0 h, DRCD signals were still identified. However, the DRCD signals disappeared after being calcined at 1000 °C for 2.0 h. The optical activity of titania was proposed to be due to chiral defects. Previous results showed that straight titania tubes could be used as asymmetric autocatalysts, indicating that titania exhibit chirality at the angstrom level. Herein, it was found that they also exhibit DRCD signals, indicating that there are no obvious relationships between morphology at the nano level and chirality at the angstrom level. The nanotube chirality should originate from the chiral defects on the nanotube inner surface. The Fourier transform infrared spectra indicated that the chirality of the titania was transferred from the gelators through the hydrogen bonding between N-H and Ti-OH.

  1. Photocatalytic properties of TiO2 bonded active carbon composites prepared by SOL-GEL

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    李佑稷; 李效东; 李君文; 尹静

    2004-01-01

    Photocatalyst of TiO2 bonded active carbon (TiO2/AC), was prepared via sol-gel method from a mixture of TiO2 sol with active carbon. Post heat treatment was performed at 250 ℃ for 2 h in air and then kept at 400 ℃ to 600 ℃ under a flow of nitrogen for 2 h. The TiO2/AC composites obtained were characterized by SEM, XRD, UV-vis and BET. The photocatalytic activities of the TiO2/AC composites were studied in comparison with TiO2, AC,P-25 and a mixture of TiO2 and AC, respectively. The Ramnant rate of Rhodamine B absorbed by the active carbon is found to be almost 70% and the remnant rates of the Rhodamine B decolorized by TiO2 and the mixture of TiO2 and the active carbon are 30% and 25%, respectively. However, nearly complete removal of Rhodamine B is observed for a TiO2/AC composite after 200 min under UV irradiation, which will take the P-25 commercial product 5 h. Therefore, the TiO2/AC composite is much more effective in decolorization of aqueous Rhodamine B. In addition, the composite can be easily separated from solutions.

  2. Preparation of YBCO superconductor nanoparticles by sol-gel combustion method

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    M Farbod

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the details of synthesizing nano crystalline YBCO superconductor using a sol-gel combustion method and the effect of sol pH and sintering temperature on particle size was investigated. The sintering temperature was chosen 880°C and the samples were annealed at this temperature for 5 hours. The morphology and structure of the nano scale products were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The results showed the samples prepared using the sol with pH of 5 and 7 have mean particle size of 500 and 200 nm, respectively. In order to investigate the effect of sintering temperature on the size of YBCO particles three sets of samples from the sol with pH of 7 were sintered at 800, 880 and 950°C. The results showed the samples sintered at 800, 880 and 950°C have the average particle size of 100, 200 and 400 nm respectively.

  3. Characterization of Erbium Substituted Yttrium Iron Garnet Films Prepared by Sol-Gel Method

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    Ramadan E. Shaiboub

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Yttrium iron garnet (YIG thin films substituted erbium ions (Er+3 Er0.4Y2.6Fe5O12 films were prepared by a sol-gel method at different temperatures which varied from 800 to 1000°C for 2 hours in air. Magnetic and microstructural properties of the films were characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD, the field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM, and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM. The XRD patterns of the sample have only peaks of the garnet structure. The lattice constants decrease, while the particle size increases from 51 to 85 nm as the annealing temperature increases with average in thickness of 300 nm. The saturation magnetization and the coercivity of the samples increased from 26 (emu/cc and 28 Oe for the film annealed at 800°C to 76 (emu/cc and 45 Oe for film annealed at 1000°C, respectively.

  4. Lipid oxidation in omega-3 emulsions prepared with milk proteins

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    Horn, Anna Frisenfeldt; Nielsen, Nina Skall; Andersen, Ulf

    components. In these three studies different parameters that are expected to change the properties and structure of the proteins at the interface were investigated. The first study compares 70% emulsions with either sodium caseinate or whey protein isolate at two pH values with and without iron addition....... The properties of the emulsifier used and the structure at the interface are therefore expected to be of great importance for oxidation in emulsions. This presentation will include results from mainly three different studies of lipid oxidation in omega-3 emulsions prepared with milk proteins and protein....... The second study evaluates the effect of two different high pressure homogenizers on oxidation in 10% emulsions with the same emulsifiers as in the first study. Finally, the third study considers the effect of changing pH on oxidation in emulsions prepared with different whey protein components. Results...

  5. Development of bufferless gel electrophoresis chip for easy preparation and rapid DNA separation.

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    Oleksandrov, Sergiy; Aman, Abdurazak; Lim, Wanyoung; Kim, Younghee; Bae, Nam Ho; Lee, Kyoung G; Lee, Seok Jae; Park, Sungsu

    2017-09-27

    This work presents a handy, fast, and compact bufferless gel electrophoresis chip (BGEC), which consists of precast agarose gel confined in a disposable plastic body with electrodes. It does not require large volumes of buffer to fill reservoirs, or the process of immersing the gel in the buffer. It withstands voltages up to 28.4 V/cm, thereby allowing DNA separation within 10 minutes with a similar separation capability to the standard gel electrophoresis. The results suggest that our BGEC is highly suitable for in situ gel electrophoresis in forensic, epidemiological settings and crime scenes where standard gel electrophoresis equipment cannot be brought in while quick results are needed. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  6. Chitosan–silver oxide nanocomposite film: Preparation and antimicrobial activity

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    Shipra Tripathi; G K Mehrotra; P K Dutta

    2011-02-01

    The chitosan–silver oxide encapsulated nanocomposite film was prepared by solution casting method. The prepared film was characterized by FTIR, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermal studies, and UV-Vis spectroscopy. The elemental composition of the film was studied by energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX). The antibacterial activity of the composite film against pathogenic bacteria viz. Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis and Pseudomonas aeruginosa was measured by agar diffusion method. Our observations suggest that chitosan as biomaterial based nanocomposite film containing silver oxide has an excellent antibacterial ability for food packaging applications.

  7. Preparation and study of properties of dispersed graphene oxide

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    Evgeniya Seliverstova

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Ability of graphene oxide to form stable dispersion in organic solvents was studied in this work. As it was shown, sonication of graphene leads to the decreas of the particle size. Stability of prepared graphene dispersions was studied upon measurements of distribution of number of the particles via size and change of optical density of the solutions with time. It was found that graphene oxide forms a more stable dispersion in tetrahydrofuran and dimethylformamide than in chloroform and acetone.

  8. Properties of Zn O/Cr thin films prepared by Sol-Gel; Propiedades de peliculas delgadas ZnO/Cr preparadas por Sol-Gel

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    Tirado G, S.; Olvera A, R., E-mail: tirado@esfm.ipn.mx [IPN, Escuela Superior de Fisica y Matematicas, Edificio 9, Unidad Profesional A. L. M., San Pedro Zacatenco, 07788 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2014-08-15

    Zn O films and those superficially modified with chromium were deposited on substrates of soda-lime glass, using the Sol-Gel process and the repeated immersion method. Starting from dehydrated zinc acetate was prepared a solution to 0.6 M to ambient temperature in 2-methoxyethanol and monoethanolamine (Mea) stirring magnetically. The Sol was prepared with an aging to seven days and was used to grow a films group with thickness to eight immersions. These same films were superficially modified with several depositions of a chromium nitrate Sol dissolved in ethanol to low concentration. The Zn O films were structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction, its chemical composition by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and its morphology by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy, as well as their optical properties by UV-vis. Of the obtained results are proposed possible applications. (author)

  9. Photoresist-Free Fully Self-Patterned Transparent Amorphous Oxide Thin-Film Transistors Obtained by Sol-Gel Process

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    Lim, Hyun Soo; Rim, You Seung; Kim, Hyun Jae

    2014-04-01

    We demonstrated self-patterned solution-processed amorphous oxide semiconductor thin-film transistors (TFTs) using photosensitive sol-gels. The photosensitive sol-gels were synthesized by adding β-diketone compounds, i.e., benzoylacetone and acetylacetone, to sol-gels. The chemically modified photosensitive sol-gels showed a high optical absorption at specific wavelengths due to the formation of metal chelate bonds. Photoreactions of the modified solutions enabled a photoresist-free process. Moreover, Zn-Sn-O with a high Sn ratio, which is hard to wet-etch using conventional photolithography due to its chemical durability, was easily patterned via the self-patterning process. Finally, we fabricated a solution-processed oxide TFT that included fully self-patterned electrodes and an active layer.

  10. Methods of preparing deposits containing iron oxides for recycling

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    T. Lis

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available The metallurgical industry is one of the largest sources of wastes. Some of them, however, owing to their content of metals such as zinc or iron, may become valuable secondary raw materials. In order to achieve that purpose, they require appropriate preparation. This article provides a discussion on the methods of preparation of scrap from steelworks, namely deposits containing iron oxides, enabling their recycling.

  11. DC electrical conductivity measurements for pure and titanium oxide doped KDP Crystals grown by gel medium

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    Mareeswaran, S.; Asaithambi, T.

    2016-10-01

    Now a day's crystals are the pillars of current technology. Crystals are applied in various fields like fiber optic communications, electronic industry, photonic industry, etc. Crystal growth is an interesting and innovative field in the subject of physics, chemistry, material science, metallurgy, chemical engineering, mineralogy and crystallography. In recent decades optically good quality of pure and metal doped KDP crystals have been grown by gel growth method in room temperature and its characterizations were studied. Gel method is a very simple and one of the easiest methods among the various crystal growth methods. Potassium dihydrogen phosphate KH2PO4 (KDP) continues to be an interesting material both academically and technologically. KDP is a delegate of hydrogen bonded materials which possess very good electrical and nonlinear optical properties in addition to interesting electro-optic properties. We made an attempt to grow pure and titanium oxide doped KDP crystals with various doping concentrations (0.002, 0.004, 0.006, 0.008 and 0.010) using gel method. The grown crystals were collected after 20 days. We get crystals with good quality and shaped crystals. The dc electrical conductivity (resistance, capacitance and dielectric constant) values of the above grown crystals were measured at two different frequencies (1KHz and 100 Hz) with a temperature range of 500C to 1200C using simple two probe setup with Q band digital LCR meter present in our lab. The electrical conductivity increases with the increase of temperature. Dielectric constants value of titanium oxide doped KDP crystal was slightly decreased compared with pure KDP crystals. Results were discussed in details.

  12. Structural and electrical properties of sol-gel spin coated indium doped cadmium oxide thin films

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    Rajammal, R. [Department of Physics, M.V.M Govt. Arts College for Women, Dindigul-624001 (India); Savarimuthu, E., E-mail: savari56@gmail.com; Arumugam, S., E-mail: savari56@gmail.com [Department of Physcis, Gandhigram Rural Institute, Gandhigram-624302 (India)

    2014-04-24

    The indium doped CdO thin films have been prepared by the sol-gel spin coating technique and the influence of indium doping concentration on the structural and electrical properties of the deposited films has been investigated. The indium doping concentration in the solution has been varied from 0-10 wt% insteps of 2wt%. A indium doping concentration of 6wt% has been found to be optimum for preparing the films and at this stage a minimum resistivity of 5.92×10{sup −4}Ω cm and a maximum carrier concentration of 1.20×10{sup 20}cm{sup −3} have been realized.

  13. Preparation of Reduced Graphene Oxides as Electrode Materials for Supercapacitors

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    Bai, Yaocai

    2012-06-01

    Reduced graphene oxide as outstanding candidate electrode material for supercapacitor has been investigated. This thesis includes two topics. One is that three kinds of reduced graphene oxides were prepared by hydrothermal reduction under different pH conditions. The pH values were found to have great influence on the reduction of graphene oxides. Acidic and neutral media yielded reduced graphene oxides with more oxygen-functional groups, lower specific surface areas but broader pore size distributions than those in basic medium. Variations induced by the pH changes resulted in great differences in the supercapacitor performance. The graphene produced in the basic solution presented mainly electric double layer behavior with specific capacitance of 185 F/g, while the other two showed additional pseudocapacitance behavior with specific capacitance of 225 F/g (acidic) and 230 F/g (neutral), all at a constant current density of 1A/g. The other one is that different reduced graphene oxides were prepared via solution based hydrazine reduction, low temperature thermal reduction, and hydrothermal reduction. The as- prepared samples were then investigated by UV-vis spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, and Scanning electron microscope. The supercapacitor performances were also studied and the hydrothermally reduced graphene oxide exhibited the highest specific capacitance.

  14. Preparation and Characterisation of Hydroxyapatite Coatings on Nanotubular TiO2 Surface Obtained by Sol-Gel Process.

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    Shin, Jin-Ho; Kim, Jung-Hwa; Koh, Jeong-Tae; Lim, Hyun-Pil; Oh, Gye-Jeong; Lee, Seok-Woo; Lee, Kwang-Min; Yun, Kwi-Dug; Park, Sang-Won

    2015-08-01

    Hydroxyapatite (HA) coating on titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanotubular surface has been developed to complement the defects of both TiO2 and HA. A sol-gel processing technique was used to coat HA on TiO2 nanotubular surface. All the titanium discs were blasted with resorbable blast media (RBM). RBM-blasted Ti surface, anodized Ti surface, and sol-gel HA coating on the anodized Ti surface were prepared. The characteristics of samples were observed using scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoemission spectroscopy. Biologic responses were evaluated with human osteosarcoma MG63 cells in vitro. The top of the TiO2 nanotubes was not completely covered by HA particles when the coating time was less than 60 sec. It was demonstrated the sol-gel derived HA film was well-crystallized and this enhanced biologic responses in early stage cell response.

  15. Ce-doped YAG phosphors prepared via sol–gel method: Effect of some modular parameters

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    Boukerika, A., E-mail: assia1618@gmail.com [Laser Department/Nuclear Research Centre of Algiers (CRNA), 02, Boulevard Frantz Fanon, B.P. 399, Algiers 16000 (Algeria); Laboratory of Materials Study, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Jijel University, B.P. 98, Ouled Aissa, Jijel 18000 (Algeria); Guerbous, L., E-mail: guerbous@yahoo.fr [Laboratory of Materials Study, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Jijel University, B.P. 98, Ouled Aissa, Jijel 18000 (Algeria); Brihi, N. [Laboratory of Materials Study, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Jijel University, B.P. 98, Ouled Aissa, Jijel 18000 (Algeria)

    2014-11-25

    Highlights: • Ce-doped YAG phosphor powders have been prepared using sol-gel method. • The influence of complexing agent and the molar ratio on some properties have been studied. • The effect of ethylene glycol and citric acid on the structural and luminescence havebeen discussed. • The specific role of molar ratio between ethylene glycol and citric acid has been studied. • The effect of pH on the pure phase and luminescence property of YAG: Ce has been discussed. - Abstract: Cerium doped yttrium aluminum garnet (YAG:Ce{sup 3+}) nanopowders have been synthesized using sol–gel method. Different synthesized parameters such as molar ratio of citric acid and ethylene glycol to the total metallic ions, complexing molar ratio and pH of the solution have been changed and their influence on structural and luminescence properties have been investigated. Thermal gravimetry and differential scanning calorimetry (TG/DSC), X-ray diffraction technique (XRD), Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and photoluminescence (PL) have been used to characterize the samples. Single cubic phase YAG was formed with pH ⩽ 4 and for pH ⩾ 6 additional impurities crystalline phase namely Y{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} (YAM) and YAlO{sub 3} (YAP) have been detected. All samples exhibit intense broad green–yellow emission band in the range of 460–700 nm with a maximum intensity at around 530 nm assigned to the 5d → 4f ({sup 2}F{sub 5/2}, {sup 2}F{sub 7/2}) interconfigurationnelles transitions of Ce{sup 3+} ion in YAG nanomaterial. The origin of the highest emission intensity obtained for pH = 4, citric acid to the total metallic ions of 1:1 (CA:M{sup 3+}, of 1:1) and a molar ratio of ethylene glycol:citric acid corresponding to 2:1 (EG:CA = 2:1) parameters are discussed.

  16. Automated Gel Size Selection to Improve the Quality of Next-generation Sequencing Libraries Prepared from Environmental Water Samples.

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    Uyaguari-Diaz, Miguel I; Slobodan, Jared R; Nesbitt, Matthew J; Croxen, Matthew A; Isaac-Renton, Judith; Prystajecky, Natalie A; Tang, Patrick

    2015-04-17

    Next-generation sequencing of environmental samples can be challenging because of the variable DNA quantity and quality in these samples. High quality DNA libraries are needed for optimal results from next-generation sequencing. Environmental samples such as water may have low quality and quantities of DNA as well as contaminants that co-precipitate with DNA. The mechanical and enzymatic processes involved in extraction and library preparation may further damage the DNA. Gel size selection enables purification and recovery of DNA fragments of a defined size for sequencing applications. Nevertheless, this task is one of the most time-consuming steps in the DNA library preparation workflow. The protocol described here enables complete automation of agarose gel loading, electrophoretic analysis, and recovery of targeted DNA fragments. In this study, we describe a high-throughput approach to prepare high quality DNA libraries from freshwater samples that can be applied also to other environmental samples. We used an indirect approach to concentrate bacterial cells from environmental freshwater samples; DNA was extracted using a commercially available DNA extraction kit, and DNA libraries were prepared using a commercial transposon-based protocol. DNA fragments of 500 to 800 bp were gel size selected using Ranger Technology, an automated electrophoresis workstation. Sequencing of the size-selected DNA libraries demonstrated significant improvements to read length and quality of the sequencing reads.

  17. Preparation of La-Ti Composite Oxide Nanocrystal and Examination of Their Surface Topography with Atomic Force Microscope

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    2003-01-01

    With sol-gel method, nanometer La-Ti composite oxide was successfully prepared at a low temperature (750~800℃) using polyethylene glycol as dispersant. By means of atomic force microscope, the surface pattern, particle size distribution, and specific surface area were studied. The compound particle surface appears as a smooth sheet, the mean size of the compound is 25.38 nm. On the specific surface, the particle erects at a height of 4.69 nm. The surface area is 58.90 nm2. The La-Ti composite oxide nanocrystal prefers to narrow and even particle size distribution and the homogeneity of surface topography.

  18. Preparation and evaluation of mesalamine collagen in situ rectal gel: a novel therapeutic approach for treating ulcerative colitis.

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    Ramadass, Satiesh Kumar; Perumal, Sathiamurthi; Jabaris, Sugin Lal; Madhan, Balaraman

    2013-01-23

    Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory disease that primarily affects the colonic mucosa. Mesalamine had been established as a first line drug for treating mild to moderate UC. A continued availability of the drug for treatment of damaged tissues remains a great challenge today. In the present study, a novel mesalamine collagen in situ gel has been prepared using type I collagen, which is pH/temperature sensitive. This hydrogel undergoes sol-gel transition under physiological pH and temperature which was confirmed by rheological studies. The in vitro release profile demonstrated sustained release of mesalamine over a period of 12h. The in vivo efficacy of the in situ gel was performed using dextran sodium sulphate induced ulcerative colitis model in BALB/c mice. The clinical parameters such as, body weight changes, rectal bleeding and stool consistency were evaluated. In addition, the histopathological investigation was conducted to assess severity of mucosal damage and inflammation infiltrate. There was a significant reduction in rectal bleeding and mucosal damage score for collagen-mesalamine in situ gel group compared to the reference group. Apart from releasing mesalamine in controlled manner, the strategy of administering mesalamine through collagen in situ gel facilitates regeneration of damaged mucosa resulting in a synergistic effect for the treatment of ulcerative colitis.

  19. Preparation of chitosan-graft-(β-cyclodextrin) based sol-gel stationary phase for open-tubular capillary electrochromatography.

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    Lü, Haixia; Li, Qingyin; Yu, Xiaowei; Yi, Jiaojiao; Xie, Zenghong

    2013-07-01

    A novel open-tubular CEC column coated with chitosan-graft-(β-CD) (CDCS) was prepared using sol-gel technique. In the sol-gel approach, owing to the 3D network of sol-gel and the strong chemical bond between the stationary phase and the surface of capillary columns, good chromatographic characteristics and unique selectivity in separating isomers were shown. The column efficiencies of 55,000∼163,000 plates/m for the isomeric xanthopterin and phenoxy acid herbicides using the sol-gel-derived CDCS columns were achieved. Good stabilities were demonstrated that the RSD values for the retention time of thiourea and isoxanthopterin were 1.3 and 1.4% (run to run, n = 5), 1.6 and 2.0% (day to day, n = 3), 2.9 and 3.1% (column to column, n = 3), respectively. The sol-gel-coated CDCS columns have shown improved separations of isomeric xanthopterin in comparison with CDCS-bonded capillary column.

  20. Preparation and Anti-oxidative Effects of Corn Peptides

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    2002-01-01

    Corn peptides(CP) were prepared from zein via proteolysis by means of a type of alkaline protease, Alcalase, at 50 ℃ and pH 8.0. The anti-oxidative activity of the hydrolysate was examined. It was found that the anti-oxidative activity reached the maximum at the fourth hour of the hydrolysis and then decreased. The effect of the enzyme dosage on the solubility of corn protein, the dependence of hydrolysis time on the degree of the hydrolysis(DH) and molecular weight distribution were examined respectively. 30% DH was controlled on the basis of anti-oxidative activity. The hydrolysate was fractionated on a Sephadex G-15 column. The anti-oxidative activities were examined for all the fractions. The main fraction for anti-oxidative activity was collected and characterized by the methods of amino acid analysis, the measurement of average chain length and etc.. The main MW distribution of the main fraction was 300-600 Daltons. The anti-oxidative properties of the small peptides in vitro were studied. It was found that they could inhibit the auto-oxidation of pyrogallol and the oxidation of hemoglobin. The hemolysis degree of erythrocyte caused by hydroxyl free radicals was decreased greatly, indicating a protective effect of the anti-oxidative peptides on the cell membrane damage of erythrocyte.

  1. Sol-gel preparation of lead magnesium niobate (PMN) powders and thin films

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    Boyle, T.J.

    1999-01-12

    A method of preparing a lead magnesium niobium oxide (PMN), Pb(Mg{sub 1/3}Nb{sub 2/3})O{sub 3}, precursor solution by a solvent method wherein a liquid solution of a lead-complex PMN precursor is combined with a liquid solution of a niobium-complex PMN precursor, the combined lead- and niobium-complex liquid solutions are reacted with a magnesium-alkyl solution, forming a PMN precursor solution and a lead-based precipitate, and the precipitate is separated from the reacted liquid PMN precursor solution to form a precipitate-free PMN precursor solution. This precursor solution can be processed to form both ferroelectric powders and thin films. 3 figs.

  2. Dual Role (Anti- and Pro-oxidant) of Gallic Acid in Mediating Myofibrillar Protein Gelation and Gel in Vitro Digestion.

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    Cao, Yungang; True, Alma D; Chen, Jie; Xiong, Youling L

    2016-04-20

    The dose-dependent effects of gallic acid (GA; at 0, 6, 30, and 150 μmol/g protein) on chemical changes and gelling properties of oxidatively stressed porcine myofibrillar protein (MP) and in vitro digestibility of the gels were investigated. The incorporation of GA suppressed lipid oxidation and protein carbonyl formation but promoted the loss of thiol and amine groups, destabilization of the tertiary structure, aggregation, and cross-linking. The gelling potential (storage modulus) of MP was increased by nearly 50% with 6 and 30 μmol/g of GA, corresponding to enhanced protein unfolding and aggregation and formation of disulfide-dominant covalent bonds. However, GA at 150 μmol/g induced macroscopic aggregations and insolubility of MP, resulting in poorly structured gels. Despite the oxidative changes, MP gels did not show reduced susceptibility to digestive enzymes in vitro.

  3. Preparation of a sol-gel-derived carbon nanotube ceramic electrode by microwave irradiation and its application for the determination of adenine and guanine

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    Abbaspour, Abdolkarim, E-mail: abbaspour@chem.susc.ac.i [Department of Chemistry, College of Sciences, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Fars 71456-85464 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ghaffarinejad, Ali [Department of Chemistry, College of Sciences, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Fars 71456-85464 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2010-01-01

    In this study, microwave irradiation was used for the fast preparation (min) of a sol-gel-derived carbon nanotube ceramic electrode (MW-CNCE). For confirmation of the preparation of the ceramic by MW irradiation, Fourier transform infrared, X-ray diffraction spectra and scanning electron microscopy images of the produced ceramic were compared with those of conventional ceramic (which is produced by drying the ceramic in air for 48 h). The electrochemical behavior of MW-CNCE in nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, L-cysteine, adenine and guanine was compared with that of a conventional sol-gel-derived carbon nanotube ceramic electrode (CNCE). In all systems, similar peak potentials and lower background currents were obtained with respect to CNCE. Finally, the MW-CNCE was used for the simultaneous determination of adenine and guanine using differential pulse voltammetry. The linear ranges of 0.1-10 and 0.1-20 muM were obtained for adenine and guanine, respectively. These results are comparable with some modified electrodes that have recently been reported for the determination of adenine and guanine, with the advantage that the proposed electrode did not contain modifier. In addition, the proposed electrode was successfully used for the oxidation of adenine and guanine in DNA, and the detection limit for this measurement was 0.05 mug mL{sup -1} DNA.

  4. 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.

  5. Graphene oxide based sol-gel stainless steel fiber for the headspace solid-phase microextraction of organophosphate ester flame retardants in water samples.

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    Jin, Tingting; Cheng, Jing; Cai, Cuicui; Cheng, Min; Wu, Shiju; Zhou, Hongbin

    2016-07-29

    In this paper, graphene oxide was coated onto a stainless steel wire through sol-gel technique and it was used as a solid phase microextraction (SPME) fiber. The prepared fiber was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which displayed that the fiber had crinkled surface and porous structure The application of the fiber was evaluated through the headspace SPME of nine organophosphate ester flame retardants (OPFRs) with different characteristics in water samples followed by gas chromatography and nitrogen-phosphorous detector (GC/NPD). The major factors influencing the extraction efficiency, including the extraction and desorption conditions, were studied and optimized. Under the optimum conditions, the proposed method was evaluated, and applied to the analysis of organophosphate ester flame retardants in real environmental water samples. The results demonstrated the HS-SPME method based on GO sol-gel fiber had good linearity (R>0.9928), and limits of detection (1.4-135.6ngL(-1)), high repeatability (RSDsol-gel fiber displayed bigger extraction capability than the commercial PDMS fiber and the pure sol-gel fiber for both polar and apolar organophosphate esters, especially for the OPFRs containing benzene rings.

  6. Functional characterization of the gels prepared with pectin methylesterase (PME)-treated pectins.

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    Yoo, Young-Hee; Lee, Suyong; Kim, Yang; Kim, Kwang-Ok; Kim, Young-Suk; Yoo, Sang-Ho

    2009-10-01

    High- and low-methoxyl pectins were treated with pectin methylesterase (PME) and the functional properties of the resulting pectin gels were characterized. The degree of esterification of high- and low-methoxyl pectins decreased from 74.5% to 6.3% and 40.0% to 6.5%, respectively while not changing their molecular weight. Also, the addition of glucono-delta-lactone (GDL) dramatically affected the gel strength and the pH reduction by the GDL led to the increased syneresis of the pectin gels, which was also observed in the PME-treated samples. When flavor compounds were incorporated into the pectin gels, the flavor release from the gels increased with decreasing the degree of esterification due to increased hydrophilic properties.

  7. Preparation of Dispersion-Hardened Copper by Internal Oxidation

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    Brøndsted, Povl; Sørensen, Ole Toft

    1978-01-01

    Internal oxidation experiments in CO2/CO atmospheres on Cu-Al alloys for preparation of dispersion-hardened Cu are described. The oxygen pressures of the atmospheres used in the experiments were controlled with a solid electrolyte oxygen cell based on ZrO2 (CaO). The particle size distributions...

  8. Raman and electrochemical impedance studies of sol-gel titanium oxide and single walled carbon nanotubes composite films.

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    Rincón, M E; Trujillo-Camacho, M E; Miranda-Hernández, M; Cuentas-Gallegos, A K; Orozco, G

    2007-01-01

    Titanium oxide grown by a sol-gel route on single-walled carbon nanotubes was studied by Raman and Electrochemical Impedance techniques and compared with mixtures obtained by mechanical grinding. In spite of the superior dispersion of single-walled carbon nanotubes bundles in sol-gel composites, the lost of the small-diameter carbon nanotubes in the oxidizing sol-gel bath was inferred from their Raman spectra and the lower capacitive current of the voltammograms in 0.1 M H2SO4. We proposed proton electrosorption as the main charge storage mechanism for sol-gel composites, favoured by the hydroxylation and n-type conductivity of the oxide, while electrodes based on mixtures were dominated by double-layer charging, developing some pseudocapacitance with potential cycling due to the reversible oxidation of carbon nanotubes. Comparsion with TiO2/Carbon Blacks composites shows the effective role of single-walled carbon nanotubes as templates to control the mesoporous nature of sol-gel composite electrodes.

  9. Preparation of nanosized non-oxide powders using diatomaceous earth

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    Šaponjić A.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the nanosized non-oxide powders were prepared by carbothermal reduction and subsequent nitridation of diatomaceous earth which is a waste product from coal exploitation. Our scope was to investigate the potential use of diatomaceous earth as a main precursor for low-cost nanosized non-oxide powder preparation as well as to solve an environmental problem. The influence of carbon materials (carbonized sucrose, carbon cryogel and carbon black as a reducing agent on synthesis and properties of low-cost nanosized nonoxide powders was also studied. The powders were characterized by specific surface area, X-ray and SEM investigations. It was found that by using diatomaceous earth it is was possible to produce either a mixture of non-oxide powders (Si3N4/SiC or pure SiC powders depending on temperature.

  10. Silver vanadium oxide cathode material and method of preparation

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    Crespi, A.M.

    1993-06-22

    A method for making an electrochemical cell having the steps of admixing silver vanadium oxide with a conductive material and a binder and forming the admixture into a cathode, combining the cathode with a lithium metal anode; and combining an electrolyte with the anode and cathode, the method is described consisting of preparing the silver vanadium oxide by a chemical addition reaction consisting of admixing AgVO[sub 3] and V[sub 2]O[sub 5] in a 2:1 mole ratio heating the admixed AgVO[sub 3] and V[sub 3]O[sub 5] at a reaction temperature in the range of 300 C to 700 C for 5 to 24 hours. An electrochemical cell having a lithium metal anode, cathode and an electrolyte having a metal salt in a nonaqueous solvent comprising: the cathode including a crystalline silver vanadium oxide prepared by a chemical addition reaction.

  11. Novel Nano Boehmite prepared by Solvothermal reaction of aluminum hydroxide gel in Monoethanolamine

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    Ohta, Yasuhiro; Hayakawa, Tomokatsu; Inomata, Tomohiko; Ozawa, Tomohiro; Masuda, Hideki

    2017-07-01

    Solvothermal reaction of aluminum hydroxide gel (AHG) in monoethanolamine (MEA) was studied at several temperatures (100, 120, 150, and 200 °C) in several reaction times (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 13 h). The reaction product prepared at a low temperature of 120 °C in the reaction time more than 6 h gave a blue photoluminescence nanoboehmite intercalated with monoethanolamine derivatives (BM-MEA) in the colloidal solution, which showed a photoluminescence emission centered at 420 nm with an excitation of 360 nm. The powdery samples recovered from the reaction products were characterized by using elemental analysis, XRD analysis, IR spectroscopy, thermogravimetric (TG)-DTA, 13C and 27Al CP/MAS NMR spectroscopies, N2 gas adsorption/desorption isotherm, SEM and TEM images, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The X-ray diffraction revealed that the basal space in BM-MEA was expanded from 0.61 to 1.2 nm by intercalation of MEA derivatives to boehmite, and the IR and 13C CP/MAS NMR spectra determined that the intercalated MEA derivatives are protonated- and carbamate-substituted MEAs, which are formed in the layers through a covalent bond with Al-OH groups on boehmite surface. The empirical formula of BM-MEA was estimated to be AlO(OH)0.82(OCH2CH2NH3 +)0.05(OCH2CH2NHCOO-)0.13 on the basis of the elemental TG-DTA and IR spectral analyses. We discuss the reaction mechanism of a unique blue photoluminescence BM-MEA formed by proceeding in CO2-H2O-alkanolamine system.

  12. Preparation of mullite fiber sol-gel method. Sol-gel ho ni yoru mullite sen prime i no gosei

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    Nishio, T. (Unichika Ltd., Osaka (Japan)); Fujiki, Y. (National Institute for Research and Inorganic Materials, Tsukuba (Japan))

    1991-08-01

    This report discribes a method to prepare mullite fiber by a new process using aqueous solution of aluminum nitrate, aluminum isopropoxide, and tetraethoxisilane(TEOS). Presursors of mullite were obtained by a method to add aluminum isopropoxide and TEOS simultaneously to the solution of aluminum nitrate, or by another method to add TEOS after adding aluminum isopropoxide. Then, structural analyses on the spinning solution, precursor fibers, and calcination process were carried out by {sup 27}Al- and {sup 29}Si-NMR, X-ray diffraction analysis, and DTA. The spinnable range of the method to add aluminum isopropoxide and TEOS at the same time was wider when it was shown with H{sub 2}O mol/(Al+Si)mol and Al(OPr{sup i}){sub 3} mol/Al(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} mol. Manifastation of spinnability deeply related to the bonding condition of Al and Si formed in the solution. 27 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab.

  13. 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.

  14. Preparation and Ethanol Sensing Properties of ZnO Nanoparticles via a Novel Sol-Gel Method

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    Ahmadi Daryakenari, A.; AHMADI DARYAKENARI M.; Bahari, Y.; Omivar, H.

    2012-01-01

    ZnO nanoparticles were prepared using a novel sol-gel method. Chemical reactions were carried out between zinc acetate and methanol under ambient conditions using monoethanol amine (MEA) as surfactant and subsequent heating at 2 0 0 ∘ C . The powders were calcined, pressed into pellets, and presintered. The properties of the product were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra. For gas sensing experiment, etha...

  15. Preparation of Strontium Bismuth Tantalum (SBT) Fine Powder by Sol-Gel Process Using Bismuth Subnitrate as Bismuth Source

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    2001-01-01

    Strontium bismuth tantalum (SBT) fine power was prepared by Sol-Gel method. Pentaethoxy tantalum, strontium acetate and bismuth subnitrate were used as raw materials, and were dissolved in proper order in ethylene glycol to form transparent sol. The mixed precursor was dried at 80°C and annealed at 800°C for 1 h. Crystallized nanometer sized SBT fine powder was obtained and characterized by XRD.

  16. A new approach to prepare nanoscopic rare earth metal fluorides: the fluorolytic sol-gel synthesis of ytterbium fluoride.

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    Schmidt, L; Dimitrov, A; Kemnitz, E

    2014-06-25

    A new approach for the preparation of approx. 5 nm sized ytterbium fluoride nanoparticles based on the fluorolytic sol-gel route is reported. DLS, TEM, IR and XRD were used to characterize the particles as well as the aging behavior of the sols. Furthermore, a new Yb(III) complex was isolated from the precursor solution and characterized by X-ray single crystal structure determination.

  17. Preparation of gas-tight strontium-doped lanthanum cobaltate by an aqueous sol-gel process

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    Chen, C.H.; Kruidhof, H.; Bouwmeester, H.J.M.; Burggraaf, A.J.

    1996-01-01

    Gas-tight dense membranes of highly Sr-doped LaCoO3 (such as the composition La0.3Sr0.7CoO3 chosen in this study) are difficult to prepare using usual synthesis processes. This report presents an aqueous sol-gel route using metal acetates as precursors to achieve this goal. Hydrogen peroxide and amm

  18. Structural, Optical, and Dielectric Properties of Aluminum Oxide Nanofibers Synthesized by a Lower-Temperature Sol-Gel Approach

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    Riaz, Saira; Sajid-ur-Rehman; Abutalib, Mymona; Naseem, Shahzad

    2016-10-01

    Alumina (Al2O3) is the most versatile and important ceramic material, having applications in various fields including electronic devices. It is stable at high temperatures and is chemically inert. The sol-gel method, a relatively lower-temperature technique, has been used to synthesize aluminum oxide nanofibers. The molarity of the sol concentration was varied as 0.7 M, 0.8 M, 0.9 M, 1.0 M, and 1.1 M. The structural, optical, and dielectric properties of the as-synthesized nanofibers were characterized. x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis results confirmed formation of α-Al2O3 phase of aluminum oxide, notably without any heat treatment or use of water as solvent. The crystallite size and unit cell volume of the nanofibers increased as the sol concentration was increased to 0.9 M, but further increase in sol concentration resulted in reduction of crystallite size and increase in dislocations. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results revealed uniform distribution of nanofibers (˜25 nm to 30 nm) under all conditions. Nanofibers prepared using sol concentration of 0.9 M showed high transmission (˜89%) in the visible and infrared regions. The energy bandgap varied from 3.69 eV to 4.1 eV with the variation in molar concentration. Lower bandgap correlated with defect-induced states in the bandgap. The high refractive index is indicative of high density of aluminum oxide nanofibers. High grain-boundary resistance (1.455 MΩ) and high dielectric constant (˜15.76) along with low tangent loss were observed at molar concentration of 0.9 M.

  19. Nanostructured ZnO thin films prepared by sol–gel spin-coating

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    Heredia, E., E-mail: heredia.edu@gmail.com [UNIDEF (CONICET-MINDEF), J.B. de La Salle 4397, 1603 Villa Martelli, Pcia. de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Bojorge, C.; Casanova, J.; Cánepa, H. [UNIDEF (CONICET-MINDEF), J.B. de La Salle 4397, 1603 Villa Martelli, Pcia. de Buenos Aires (Argentina); Craievich, A. [Instituto de Física, Universidade de São Paulo, Cidade Universitária, 66318 São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Kellermann, G. [Universidade Federal do Paraná, 19044 Paraná (Brazil)

    2014-10-30

    Highlights: • ZnO films synthesized by sol–gel were deposited by spin-coating on flat substrates. • Structural features of ZnO films with several thicknesses were characterized by means of different techniques. • The thicknesses of different ZnO thin films were determined by means of FESEM and AFM. • The nanoporous structures of ZnO thin films were characterized by GISAXS using IsGISAXS software. • The average densities of ZnO thin films were derived from (i) the critical angle in 1D XR patterns, (ii) the angle of Yoneda peak in 2D GISAXS images, (iii) minimization of chi2 using IsGISAXS best fitting procedure. - Abstract: ZnO thin films deposited on silica flat plates were prepared by spin-coating and studied by applying several techniques for structural characterization. The films were prepared by depositing different numbers of layers, each deposition being followed by a thermal treatment at 200 °C to dry and consolidate the successive layers. After depositing all layers, a final thermal treatment at 450 °C during 3 h was also applied in order to eliminate organic components and to promote the crystallization of the thin films. The total thickness of the multilayered films – ranging from 40 nm up to 150 nm – was determined by AFM and FESEM. The analysis by GIXD showed that the thin films are composed of ZnO crystallites with an average diameter of 25 nm circa. XR results demonstrated that the thin films also exhibit a large volume fraction of nanoporosity, typically 30–40 vol.% in thin films having thicknesses larger than ∼70 nm. GISAXS measurements showed that the experimental scattering intensity is well described by a structural model composed of nanopores with shape of oblate spheroids, height/diameter aspect ratio within the 0.8–0.9 range and average diameter along the sample surface plane in the 5–7 nm range.

  20. Comparison of the Sol-gel Method with the Coprecipitation Technique for Preparation of Hexagonal Barium Ferrite

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    WANG Jing-ping; LIU Ying; ZHANG Mi-lin; QIAO Ying-jie; XIA Tian

    2008-01-01

    Hexagonal barium ferrite BaFe12O19 particles were prepared by sol-gel and coprecipitation methods,respectively.The composition of the so-obtained materials was investigated by means of XRD.By the sol-gel method,non-anticipated intermediate crystalline phases,such as γ-Fe2O3,α-Fe2O3,BaCO3,and BaFe2O4 etc.,were formed with the delay of the formation of BaFe12O19.The formation of single phase BaFe12O19 required calcination at 850 ℃ for 4 h.On the other hand,using copreeipitation technique,amorphous hydroxide precursor was directly transferred into BaFe12O19 almost without the formation of intermediate crystalline phases.BaFe12O19 was prepared by calcining at 700 ℃ for 3 h.The results were confirmed by ESEM and VSM analyses.Based on the already reported results and the observed results in this study,it can be concluded that the coprecipitaion technique is easier to control than the sol-gel method for preparation of BaFe12O19 at a low temperature.

  1. Study of gels of molybdenum with cerium in the preparation of generators of 99Mo - 99mTc

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    Vanessa Moraes

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available 99mTc has ideal nuclear properties for organ imaging in nuclear medicine, and it is obtained from the 99Mo-99mTc generator. Four different types of generators are available: chromatographic that uses 99Mo from fission of uranium; MEK solvent extraction; Tc2O7 sublimation; gel chromatographic. This work presents the preparation of gel generators of molybdenum with cerium and characterization of the gels: mass ratio between molybdenum and cerium, structure, size of particles and elution percentage of 99mTc after irradiating the gels. Eight gels were prepared at the same temperature of 50 ºC with concentrations of NaOH of 2 and 4 mol/L, mass ratio of 0.31 and 0.38 and final pH of 3.5 and 4.5. The analysis of the results proved that these gels are not adequate for preparation of the generators of 99Mo-99mTc, since the elution percentages are low, when compared with the gel of molybdenum with zirconium.O 99mTc é o radiofármaco mais utilizado em Medicina Nuclear. Ele é obtido do gerador de 99Mo-99mTc e existem quatro tipos diferentes de geradores: cromatográfico que utiliza 99Mo de fissão; extração por solvente com MKT; sublimação do heptaóxido de tecnécio; cromatográfico tipo gel. Este trabalho apresenta a preparação de geradores tipo gel de molibdênio com cério, a caracterização desses géis com relação à quantidade de molibdênio e de cério, sua estrutura, tamanho das partículas e porcentagem de eluição do 99mTc após o gel ser irradiado. Foram preparados oito géis na temperatura de 50ºC com concentração de NaOH de 2 e 4 mol/L, relação de massa de 0,31 e 0,38 e pH final de 3,5 e 4,5. A análise dos resultados comprovou que esses géis não são adequados para preparação dos geradores de 99Mo-99mTc, já que as porcentagens de eluição são baixas, quando comparadas com o gel de molibdênio com zircônio.

  2. Preparation of Nd-doped gadolinium-gallium garnet laser ceramic powder by sol-gel method

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    YAO Yan-ping; LIU Jing-he

    2006-01-01

    Preparation of Nd3+:Gd3Ga5O12 polycrystalline material by sol-gel method was preparated in this paper.The structure and the pattern of the sample were analyzed by thermogravimetric analysis and differential thermal analysis(TG-DTA),Infrared spectrum,XRD,TEM and electron spectrum,which indicated that the powder with good characteristics of 70-100 nm can be obtained by sintering at 1 000℃.It was shown that the chemical composition of the sample was agreed with experimental requirements by electron spectrum analysis.

  3. Chlorogenic acid-mediated gel formation of oxidatively stressed myofibrillar protein.

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    Cao, Yungang; Xiong, Youling L

    2015-08-01

    The effect of chlorogenic acid (CA) at different concentration levels (0, 6, 30, and 150 μmol/g protein) on porcine myofibrillar protein (MP) gelling potential in relation to chemical and structural changes was investigated. The results showed that CA generally inhibited protein carbonyl formation but did not prevent sulphydryl and amine losses caused by oxidation. The presence of CA intensified oxidation-initiated loss of α-helix conformation as well as tertiary structure of MP. CA at 150 μmol/g produced the greatest increase in MP surface hydrophobicity and insolubility. The physicochemical changes with 6 and 30 μmol/g CA led to a remarkably enhanced gelling capacity of MP and augmented the positive effect of oxidation in building an elastic gel network. However, CA at 150 μmol/g was detrimental to the MP gelation. The result can explain why processed meats with phenolic-rich spices and herbs often exhibit variable texture-forming properties.

  4. 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.

  5. Bulk Preparation of Holey Graphene via Controlled Catalytic Oxidation

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    Watson, Kent (Inventor); Lin, Yi (Inventor); Ghose, Sayata (Inventor); Connell, John (Inventor)

    2015-01-01

    A scalable method allows preparation of bulk quantities of holey carbon allotropes with holes ranging from a few to over 100 nm in diameter. Carbon oxidation catalyst nanoparticles are first deposited onto a carbon allotrope surface in a facile, controllable, and solvent-free process. The catalyst-loaded carbons are then subjected to thermal treatment in air. The carbons in contact with the carbon oxidation catalyst nanoparticles are selectively oxidized into gaseous byproducts such as CO or CO.sub.2, leaving the surface with holes. The catalyst is then removed via refluxing in diluted nitric acid to obtain the final holey carbon allotropes. The average size of the holes correlates strongly with the size of the catalyst nanoparticles and is controlled by adjusting the catalyst precursor concentration. The temperature and time of the air oxidation step, and the catalyst removal treatment conditions, strongly affect the morphology of the holes.

  6. Preparation and characterization of copper-doped cobalt oxide electrodes.

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    Rosa-Toro, A La; Berenguer, R; Quijada, C; Montilla, F; Morallón, E; Vazquez, J L

    2006-11-30

    Cobalt oxide (Co3O4) and copper-doped cobalt oxide (CuxCo(3-x)O4) films have been prepared onto titanium support by the thermal decomposition method. The electrodes have been characterized by different techniques such as cyclic voltammetry, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The effect on the electrochemical and crystallographic properties and surface morphology of the amount of copper in the oxide layer has been analyzed. The XPS spectra correspond to a characteristic monophasic Cu-Co spinel oxides when x is below 1. However, when the copper content exceeds that for the stoichiometric CuCo2O4 spinel, a new CuO phase segregates at the surface. The analysis of the surface cation distribution indicates that Cu(II) has preference for octahedral sites.

  7. Viscoelasticity of various gel films prepared from solvent-soluble constituents in coal; Sekitanchu no yobai kayoseibun kara sakuseishita shushu no gel maku no nendansei

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    Takanohashi, T.; Isoda, S.; Doi, S.; Iino, M. [Tohoku University, Sendai (Japan). Institute for Chemical Reaction Science

    1996-10-28

    Viscoelasticity of gel films prepared from solvent-soluble constituents without ash of coal using the mixed solvent of carbon disulfide and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (CS2-NMP) was measured to study the network structure of the constituents. In experiment, Upper Freeport coal and Zao Zhuang coal were used as specimens. Viscoelasticity of various gels with different weight fractions of solvent was measured by creep measurement under a fixed load and stress-strain analysis under variable loads. In the 2nd and 3rd creep measurements, although no large changes in elastic strain and viscoelastic strain were found, viscous strain gradually decreased with an increase in viscosity. In the case of small weight fraction of solvent, small viscous strain and viscoelastic strain were found, while slightly large elastic strain was found. It was thus suggested that this elastic strain is derived from not only physical cross-linked networks by coal-solvent interaction but also those by coal-coal interaction in polymer chains of coal itself. 9 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  8. Microchannel gel electrophoretic separation systems and methods for preparing and using

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    Herr, Amy; Singh, Anup K; Throckmorton, Daniel J

    2013-09-03

    A micro-analytical platform for performing electrophoresis-based immunoassays was developed by integrating photopolymerized cross-linked polyacrylamide gels within a microfluidic device. The microfluidic immunoassays are performed by gel electrophoretic separation and quantifying analyte concentration based upon conventional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE). To retain biological activity of proteins and maintain intact immune complexes, native PAGE conditions were employed. Both direct (non-competitive) and competitive immunoassay formats are demonstrated in microchips for detecting toxins and biomarkers (cytokines, c-reactive protein) in bodily fluids (serum, saliva, oral fluids). Further, a description of gradient gels fabrication is included, in an effort to describe methods we have developed for further optimization of on-chip PAGE immunoassays. The described chip-based PAGE immunoassay method enables immunoassays that are fast (minutes) and require very small amounts of sample (less than a few microliters). Use of microfabricated chips as a platform enables integration, parallel assays, automation and development of portable devices.

  9. Microchannel gel electrophoretic separation systems and methods for preparing and using

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    Herr, Amy E; Singh, Anup K; Throckmorton, Daniel J

    2015-02-24

    A micro-analytical platform for performing electrophoresis-based immunoassays was developed by integrating photopolymerized cross-linked polyacrylamide gels within a microfluidic device. The microfluidic immunoassays are performed by gel electrophoretic separation and quantifying analyte concentration based upon conventional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE). To retain biological activity of proteins and maintain intact immune complexes, native PAGE conditions were employed. Both direct (non-competitive) and competitive immunoassay formats are demonstrated in microchips for detecting toxins and biomarkers (cytokines, c-reactive protein) in bodily fluids (serum, saliva, oral fluids). Further, a description of gradient gels fabrication is included, in an effort to describe methods we have developed for further optimization of on-chip PAGE immunoassays. The described chip-based PAGE immunoassay method enables immunoassays that are fast (minutes) and require very small amounts of sample (less than a few microliters). Use of microfabricated chips as a platform enables integration, parallel assays, automation and development of portable devices.

  10. Microchannel gel electrophoretic separation systems and methods for preparing and using

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    Herr, Amy; Singh, Anup K; Throckmorton, Daniel J

    2013-09-03

    A micro-analytical platform for performing electrophoresis-based immunoassays was developed by integrating photopolymerized cross-linked polyacrylamide gels within a microfluidic device. The microfluidic immunoassays are performed by gel electrophoretic separation and quantifying analyte concentration based upon conventional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (PAGE). To retain biological activity of proteins and maintain intact immune complexes, native PAGE conditions were employed. Both direct (non-competitive) and competitive immunoassay formats are demonstrated in microchips for detecting toxins and biomarkers (cytokines, c-reactive protein) in bodily fluids (serum, saliva, oral fluids). Further, a description of gradient gels fabrication is included, in an effort to describe methods we have developed for further optimization of on-chip PAGE immunoassays. The described chip-based PAGE immunoassay method enables immunoassays that are fast (minutes) and require very small amounts of sample (less than a few microliters). Use of microfabricated chips as a platform enables integration, parallel assays, automation and development of portable devices.

  11. Low temperature synthesis of magnesium oxide and spinel powders by a sol-gel process

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    Li-Zhai Pei

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Magnesium oxide and magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4 spinel (MAS powders have been synthesized by a simple aqueous sol-gel process using citrate polymeric precursors derived from magnesium chloride, aluminium nitrate and citrate. The thermal decomposition of the precursors and subsequent formation of cubic MgO and MAS were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, thermogravimetry-differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC and Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR. The single phase cubic MgO powder and MAS powder form after heat treatment at 800 and 1200 °C, respectively. The particle size of the MgO and MAS powders is about 100 nm and several micrometers, respectively. Ball milling eliminates the size of MgO and MgAl2O4 spinel powders by decreasing the conglomeration of the powders.

  12. A Simple Sol Gel Protocol Towards Synthesis of Semiconducting Oxide Nanomaterial

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    G.S. Devi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanostructured Tin oxide (SnO2, powders was synthesized by employing a novel Sol-gel protocol at RT. A wide variety of techniques such as energy – dispersive spectroscopy(EDX, N2 sorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD, have been used to study the formation process and characterization of the nanoparticles obtained. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM has been applied to find out about the shape and size distribution of the particles. The nanoparticles thus synthesized were monodispersed, with an average particle size of ~ 10 nm and spherical in shape. The EDX analysis revealed the presence of Sn, O signal in the synthesized nanoparticles confirming the purity of the synthesized samples. This protocol appears promising for application in large-scale synthesis of nanoparticles.

  13. Synthesis of indium tin oxide nanoparticles by a nonhydrolytic sol-gel method

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    Gabriel M. Silva

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Indium tin oxide nanoparticles were synthesized in two different sizes by a nonhydrolytic sol-gel method. These powders were then transformed into ITO via an intermediate metastable state at between 300 and 600 ºC. The presence of characteristic O-In-O and O-Sn-O bands at 480 and 670 cm-1 confirmed the formation of ITO. The X-ray diffraction patterns indicated the preferential formation of metastable hexagonal phase ITO (corundum type as opposed to cubic phase ITO when the reflux time was less than 3 h and the heat treatment temperature was below 600 ºC. Particle morphology and crystal size were examined by scanning electron microscopy.

  14. Tailoring the oxidation state of cobalt through halide functionality in sol-gel silica

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    Olguin, Gianni; Yacou, Christelle; Smart, Simon; Diniz da Costa, João C.

    2013-01-01

    The functionality or oxidation state of cobalt within a silica matrix can be tailored through the use of cationic surfactants and their halide counter ions during the sol-gel synthesis. Simply by adding surfactant we could significantly increase the amount of cobalt existing as Co3O4 within the silica from 44% to 77%, without varying the cobalt precursor concentration. However, once the surfactant to cobalt ratio exceeded 1, further addition resulted in an inhibitory mechanism whereby the altered pyrolysis of the surfactant decreased Co3O4 production. These findings have significant implications for the production of cobalt/silica composites where maximizing the functional Co3O4 phase remains the goal for a broad range of catalytic, sensing and materials applications. PMID:24022785

  15. Sol-gel derived zinc oxide films alloyed with cobalt and aluminium

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    Sharma, Mamta [Department of Electronic Science, University of Delhi South Campus, Benito Juarez Road, New Delhi 110 021 (India); Mehra, R.M., E-mail: rammehra2003@yahoo.co [Department of Electronic Science, University of Delhi South Campus, Benito Juarez Road, New Delhi 110 021 (India)

    2010-05-03

    ZnO films codoped with 5 at.% Co and 1 at.% Al were prepared by sol-gel technique on corning glass and silicon substrates with precursor sols of different pH values. The pH was varied from 5.4 to 11 by adding varying amounts of monoethanolamine to the sol. Since pH plays an important role in controlling the properties of films, we discuss in detail the effect of pH value on the structural, morphological and optical properties of the grown films. X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy images reveal that the size of crystallites increases with pH of the sol. The variation of pH in the reaction system influences the density of homogeneous nucleation and the crystal growth along the c-axis. High quality Co and Al codoped ZnO films annealed at 600 {sup o}C have been obtained using a sol with pH = 9. These sol-gel derived films find their suitability to be used as dilute magnetic semiconductors.

  16. Preparation and Properties of New Inorganic Glasses and Gel-Derived Solids.

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    1988-03-01

    application of halide glass fibers. We have therefore performed P accurate annealing temperatures on ZBLA and ZBLAN glass fibers. Figure 11 shows the length...New Inorganic Glasses and Gel-Derived Solids . .2. PERSONAL AUTHOR(S) ’/ J. D. Mackenzie 13a. TYPE OF REPORT 13b. TIME COVERED 14. DATE OF REPORT...necessary and identify by block number) FIELD GROUP SUB-GROUP , Sol-gel methods, --Halide glasses , Porous glass -polymer composites, Fluorozirconate glasses

  17. Photocatalytic Activity in CH3CN Related to the Surface Properties of TiO2 Powders Prepared by Sol-Gel Method

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    Marta Bettoni

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Some TiO2 powders, prepared from titanium(IVtetraisopropoxide by the sol-gel method and thermally treated between 100 and 1000∘C, have been characterized by X-ray powder diffraction and by nitrogen adsorption and desorption at 77 K to calculate the BET-specific surface area, from which the micropore volume and the external surface area can be derived. The photocatalytic activity (ka of the above powders has been evaluated considering the TiO2-sensitized photo-oxidation of 4-methoxybenzyl alcohol in CH3CN as the test reaction. The decrease of ka have been related to the decrease of the BET surface area, the micropore volume, and the external surface area of the TiO2 powders, but a satisfactory linear correlation is observed only for the last superficial parameter.

  18. Sol-Gel Deposition of Iridium Oxide for Biomedical Micro-Devices

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    Cuong M. Nguyen

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Flexible iridium oxide (IrOx-based micro-electrodes were fabricated on flexible polyimide substrates using a sol-gel deposition process for utilization as integrated pseudo-reference electrodes for bio-electrochemical sensing applications. The fabrication method yields reliable miniature on-probe IrOx electrodes with long lifetime, high stability and repeatability. Such sensors can be used for long-term measurements. Various dimensions of sol-gel iridium oxide electrodes including 1 mm × 1 mm, 500 µm × 500 µm, and 100 µm × 100 µm were fabricated. Sensor longevity and pH dependence were investigated by immersing the electrodes in hydrochloric acid, fetal bovine serum (FBS, and sodium hydroxide solutions for 30 days. Less pH dependent responses, compared to IrOx electrodes fabricated by electrochemical deposition processes, were measured at 58.8 ± 0.4 mV/pH, 53.8 ± 1.3 mV/pH and 48 ± 0.6 mV/pH, respectively. The on-probe IrOx pseudo-reference electrodes were utilized for dopamine sensing. The baseline responses of the sensors were higher than the one using an external Ag/AgCl reference electrode. Using IrOx reference electrodes integrated on the same probe with working electrodes eliminated the use of cytotoxic Ag/AgCl reference electrode without loss in sensitivity. This enables employing such sensors in long-term recording of concentrations of neurotransmitters in central nervous systems of animals and humans.

  19. Photocatalytic oxidation of methyl ethyl ketone over sol-gel and commercial TiO2 for the improvement of indoor air.

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    Raillard, C; Héquet, V; Le Cloirec, P; Legrand, J

    2006-01-01

    This work focuses on the photocatalytic oxidation of gaseous methyl ethyl ketone chosen as a typical indoor air pollutant. Two types of TiO coatings were prepared and deposited on glass plates: one using the commercial Degussa P25 TiO2 and the other one by sol-gel method. The first objective of this study was to compare different ways of preparing thin films of sol-gel TiO2 coated on glass plates, taking into account their general aspect and their photocatalytic efficiency. Several parameters were tested, such as the stabilising agent, the glass type of the support, the number of coatings and the calcination temperature. One of the synthesised materials was then kept to carry out the following study. The study aimed to assess the influence of TiO2 coating types on the effect of water vapour. This was achieved by performing MEK photocatalytic degradation kinetics under two levels of humidity at a fixed temperature. Experimental results were then modelled by the Langmuir-Hinshelwood equation. The obtained parameters gave specific trends in function of the considered catalyst. The second part of this work was to identify MEK degradation byproducts during its photocatalytic oxidation. The main detected intermediate was acetaldehyde, followed by methyl formate. A MEK degradation pathway was then proposed.

  20. Preparation and characterization of EPDM/silica composites prepared through non-hydrolytic sol-gel method in the absence and presence of a coupling agent

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    T. H. Mokhothu

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM rubber composites containing in situ generated silica particles was prepared through a non-hydrolytic sol-gel (NHSG method with silicon tetrachloride as precursor. The silica particles were homogenously dispersed in the EPDM matrix, but there were agglomerates at high silica contents. The swelling experiments showed a decrease in the crosslinking density of the vulcanized rubber due to the presence of the silica particles for both the composites prepared in the presence and absence of a coupling agent, bis-[-3-(triethoxysilyl-propyl]-tetrasulfide (TESPT. Unlike the composites prepared through a hydrolytic sol-gel (HSG method with TEOS as precursor, the TESPT did not seem to take part in the sol-gel reaction. The presence of TESPT influenced the interaction and dispersion of the silica particles in the EPDM matrix, which gave rise to increased thermal stability of the EPDM when compared to the composites prepared in the absence of TESPT. However, ethylene chloride and TESPT evaporated from the samples at temperatures below the EPDM decomposition range. The values of the Nielsen model parameters, that gave rise to a good agreement with the experimentally determined Young’s modulus values, indicated improved dispersion and reduced size of the silica aggregates in the EPDM matrix. There was also good agreement between the storage modulus and Young’s modulus values. The filler effectiveness (Factor C indicated a mechanical stiffening effect and a thermal stability contribution by the filler, while the damping reduction (DR values confirmed that the EPDM interacted strongly with the well dispersed silica particles and the polymer chain mobility was restricted. The tensile properties, however, were in some cases worse than those for the samples prepared through the HSG method in the presence of TEOS.

  1. Graphene oxide-enhanced sol-gel transition sensitivity and drug release performance of an amphiphilic copolymer-based nanocomposite.

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    Hu, Huawen; Wang, Xiaowen; Lee, Ka I; Ma, Kaikai; Hu, Hong; Xin, John H

    2016-08-19

    We report the fabrication of a highly sensitive amphiphilic copolymer-based nanocomposite incorporating with graphene oxide (GO), which exhibited a low-intensity UV light-triggered sol-gel transition. Non-cytotoxicity was observed for the composite gels after the GO incorporation. Of particular interest were the microchannels that were formed spontaneously within the GO-incorporated UV-gel, which expedited sustained drug release. Therefore, the present highly UV-sensitive, non-cytotoxic amphiphilic copolymer-based composites is expected to provide enhanced photothermal therapy and chemotherapy by means of GO's unique photothermal properties, as well as through efficient passive targeting resulting from the sol-gel transition characteristic of the copolymer-based system with improved sensitivity, which thus promises the enhanced treatment of patients with cancer and other diseases.

  2. Graphene oxide-enhanced sol-gel transition sensitivity and drug release performance of an amphiphilic copolymer-based nanocomposite

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    Hu, Huawen; Wang, Xiaowen; Lee, Ka I.; Ma, Kaikai; Hu, Hong; Xin, John H.

    2016-08-01

    We report the fabrication of a highly sensitive amphiphilic copolymer-based nanocomposite incorporating with graphene oxide (GO), which exhibited a low-intensity UV light-triggered sol-gel transition. Non-cytotoxicity was observed for the composite gels after the GO incorporation. Of particular interest were the microchannels that were formed spontaneously within the GO-incorporated UV-gel, which expedited sustained drug release. Therefore, the present highly UV-sensitive, non-cytotoxic amphiphilic copolymer-based composites is expected to provide enhanced photothermal therapy and chemotherapy by means of GO’s unique photothermal properties, as well as through efficient passive targeting resulting from the sol-gel transition characteristic of the copolymer-based system with improved sensitivity, which thus promises the enhanced treatment of patients with cancer and other diseases.

  3. Gel spinning of PVA composite fibers with high content of multi-walled carbon nanotubes and graphene oxide hybrids

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    Wei, Yizhe; Lai, Dengpan; Zou, Liming; Ling, Xinlong; Lu, Hongwei; Xu, Yongjing

    2015-07-01

    In this report, poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) composite fibers with high content of multi-walled carbon nanotubes and graphene oxide (MWCNTs-GO) hybrids were prepared by gel spinning, and were characterized by TGA, DSC, SEM, XL-2 yarn strength tester and electrical conductivity measurement. The total content of MWCNTs-GO hybrids in the PVA composite fibers, which is up to 25 wt%, was confirmed by TGA analysis. The DSC measurement shows that the melting and crystallization peaks decreased after the addition of nano-fillers. This is due to the reason that the motion of PVA chains is completely confined by strong hydrogen bonding interaction between PVA and nano-fillers. After the addtion of GO, the dispersibility of MWCNTs in composite fibers improved slightly. And the tensile strength and Young's modulus increased by 38% and 67%, respectively. This is caused by the increased hydrogen bonding interaction and synergistic effect through hybridization of MWCNTs and GO. More significantly, the electrical conductivity of PVA/MWCNTs/GO composite fibers enhanced by three orders of magnitude with the addition of GO.

  4. Preparation and evaluation of novel in situ gels containing acyclovir for the treatment of oral herpes simplex virus infections.

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    Chaudhary, Binu; Verma, Surajpal

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this work was to develop an oral mucosal drug delivery system to facilitate the local and systemic delivery of acyclovir for the treatment of oral herpes infection caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). An in situ gelling system was used to increase the residence time and thus the bioavailability of acyclovir in oral mucosa. Temperature and pH trigged in situ gel formulations were prepared by cold method using polymers like poloxamer 407, carbopol 934, and HPMC. Glycerin and a mixture of tween 80 and ethanol (1 : 2 ratio) were used as the drug dissolving solvent. The pH of carbopol containing formulation was adjusted to pH 5.8 while the pH of poloxamer solution was adjusted to pH 7. These formulations were evaluated for sol-gel transition temperature, gelling capacity, pH, viscosity, spreadability, gel strength, drug content, ex-vitro permeation, and mucoadhesion. The gelation temperatures of all the formulations were within the range of 28-38°C. All the formulations exhibited fairly uniform drug content (98.15-99.75%). Drug release study of all the formulations showed sustained release properties. The release of drug through these in situ gel formulations followed the Higuchi model and Korsmeyer peppas model mechanism.

  5. Preparation of Raspberry-like Superhydrophobic SiO2 Particles by Sol-gel Method and Its Potential Applications

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    Xu Gui-Long

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Raspberry‐like SiO2 particles with a nano‐micro‐binary structure were prepared by a simple sol‐gel method using tetraethoxysilane (TEOS and methyltriethoxysilane (MTES as precursors. The chemical components and morphology of the SiO2 particles were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT‐IR and a Transmission electron microscope (TEM. The surface topography and wetting behaviour of the raspberry‐like SiO2 surface were observed with a Scanning electron microscope (SEM and studied by the water/oil contact angle (CA, respectively. The thermal stability of the prepared SiO2 particles was characterized by TGA analysis. The results show that the highly dispersed SiO2 particles initially prepared by the sol‐gel method turn into raspberry‐like particles with during the aging process. The raspberry‐like SiO2 particles show superhydrophobicity and superoleophilicity across a wide range of pH values. The SiO2 particles were thermally stable up to 475°C, while above this temperature the hydrophobicity decreases and finally becomes superhydrophobic when the temperature reaches 600°C. The raspberry‐like SiO2 particles which were prepared have potential applications in the fields of superhydrophobic surfaces, water‐oil separation, anti‐corrosion and fluid transportation.

  6. Luminescent Eosin Y–SiO{sub 2} hybrid nano and microrods prepared by sol–gel template method

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    Secu, M., E-mail: msecu@infim.ro [National Institute for Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG-7, Bucharest–Magurele, 077125 (Romania); Secu, C.E.; Sima, M.; Negrea, R.F.; Bartha, C. [National Institute for Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG-7, Bucharest–Magurele, 077125 (Romania); Dinescu, M.; Damian, V. [National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation, P.O. Box MG-36, Bucharest–Magurele 077125 (Romania)

    2013-11-15

    Sol–gel chemistry within the pores of a polycarbonate template membrane was used for the preparation of Eosin Y–SiO{sub 2} hybrid nano- and microrods, using tetraethylorthosilicate [TEOS, Si(OC{sub 2}H{sub 5}){sub 4}] as the precursor in the presence of trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) catalyst. The ethanolic solution of Eosin-Y was added to the silica sol to trap dye molecules inside the SiO{sub 2} gel network during the gelation. Structural and morphological characterization using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and luminescence microscopy have shown the formation of rods with 200 nm and 1.2 μm diameter and about 30 μm length, exhibiting luminescence properties. Spectroscopic characterization has shown that the luminescence is due to Eosin-Y molecule in the xerogel porous network, surrounded by a solvation shell given mainly by the water. -- Highlights: • Sol–gel template method was used to prepare Eosin Y–SiO{sub 2} hybrid rods-type structures. • Morphological characterization has shown nano- and microrods with luminescent properties. • Luminescence is due to Eosin-Y molecule surrounded by a solvation shell given by water.

  7. Influence of pH on the Property of Apatite-type Lanthanum Silicates Prepared by Sol-gel Process

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    SHI Qingle; LU Lihua; ZENG Yanwei; ZHANG Hua

    2012-01-01

    The apatite-type lanthanum silicates with formula La9.33Si6O26 are prepared by sol-gel process.The homogeneity of the sol affected by pH value of the solution is investigated.The viscosity of the sols slightly increases first and then increases abruptly because the predominant reaction mechanism changes from hydrolysis reaction to condensation reaction.In addition,the onset time of the increase for the viscosity shortens from pH1 to pH 4.The gelation time decreases with increasing pH of the solution.Therefore,the pH of the sols should be less than 4 to form gel.The sol with initial pH 2 shows maximum value of zeta potential and maximum stability.For the sample with initial pH 2,pure apatite-type lanthanum silicates La9.33Si6O26 have been successfully prepared after the dried gel is calcined at 1 000 ℃.In addition,this sample sintered at 1 550 ℃exhibits the highest ionic conductivity.The activation energies are all less than 0.90 eV.

  8. Preparation of a Thermosensitive Gel Composed of a mPEG-PLGA-PLL-cRGD Nanodrug Delivery System for Pancreatic Tumor Therapy.

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    Shen, Ming; Xu, Yuan-Yuan; Sun, Ying; Han, Bao-Shan; Duan, You-Rong

    2015-09-23

    It is hypothesized that a gel (NP-Gel) composed of thermosensitive gel (Gel) and nanoparticles (NP) can prolong drug release time and overcome the drug resistance of pancreatic tumor cells. Paclitaxel (PTX)-loaded monomethoxy (polyethylene glycol)-poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide)-poly(l-lysine)-cyclic peptide (arginine-glycine-aspartic-glutamic-valine acid) (mPEG-PLGA-PLL-cRGD) NP and NP-Gel were designed, optimized, and characterized using dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, high efficiency liquid chromatography, and rheological analyses. Aspc-1/PTX cell was used in a cell uptake test. A 3D cell model was used to mimic PTX elimination in tissue. The in vivo sustained release and antitumor effects were studied in Aspc-1/PTX-loaded nude mice with xerographic and in situ tumors. The NP were 133.7 ± 28.3 nm with 85.03% entrapped efficiency, 1.612% loaded ratio, and suitable rheological properties. PTX was released as NP from NP-Gel, greatly prolonging the release and elimination times to afford long-term effects. NP-Gel enhanced the uptake of PTX by Aspc-1/PTX cells more than using NP or the Gel alone. Gel and NP-Gel remained solid in the tumor and stayed over 50 days versus the several days of NP in solution. NP-Gel exhibited a much higher inhibition rate in vivo than in solution, NP, or the Gel alone. In conclusion, the antitumor effects of NP-Gel might arise from synergic effects from NP and the Gel. NP primarily reversed drug resistance, while the Gel prolonged release time considerably in situ. This preparation proved effective with a very small PTX dose (250 μg/kg) and exhibited few toxic effects in normal tissue.

  9. Polynitrosated polyesters: preparation, characterization, and potential use for topical nitric oxide release.

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    Seabra, Amedea B; da Silva, Regiane; de Oliveira, Marcelo G

    2005-01-01

    New nitric oxide (NO) donor macromolecules, containing multiple S-nitrosothiol (S-NO) groups covalently attached to the polymer backbone, were prepared through the polycondensation reaction of diols (ethylene glycol and poly(ethylene glycol)) with mercaptosuccinic acid, followed by the S-nitrosation of the SH groups by a gaseous NO/O2 mixture. The polynitrosated polyesters (PNPEs) obtained were characterized by IR spectroscopy and gel permeation chromatography and displayed biological activity as vasodilators, leading to local hyperaemia when applied topically on healthy skin. Kinetic measurements in either dry or aqueous conditions have shown that PNPEs can provide sustained NO release for more than 20 h at physiological temperature. Their increased viscosity at low temperatures greatly reduces the rate of NO release, allowing for their storage for more than 90 days at -20 degrees C without decomposition. These results indicate that PNPEs have potential for topical delivery of NO in biomedical applications.

  10. Indium tin oxide thin films elaborated by sol-gel routes: The effect of oxalic acid addition on optoelectronic properties

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    Kesim, Mehmet Tumerkan; Durucan, Caner, E-mail: cdurucan@metu.edu.tr

    2013-10-31

    Single layer indium tin oxide (ITO) thin films were deposited on glass using modified sol-gel formulations. The coating sols were prepared using indium (InCl{sub 3}∙ 4H{sub 2}O) and tin salts (SnCl{sub 4}∙ 5H{sub 2}O). The stable sols were obtained using ethanol (C{sub 2}H{sub 5}OH) and acetylacetone (C{sub 5}H{sub 8}O{sub 2}) as solvents and by the addition of oxalic acid dihydrate (C{sub 2}H{sub 2}O{sub 4}∙ 2H{sub 2}O) in different amounts. The effect of oxalic acid content in the sol formulation and post-coating calcination treatment (in air at 300–600 °C) on electrical/optical properties of ITO films have been reported. It was shown that film formation efficiency, surface coverage and homogeneity were all enhanced with oxalic acid addition. Oxalic acid modification also leads to a significant improvement in electrical conductivity without affecting the film thickness (45 ± 3 nm). ITO films exhibiting high transparency (≈ 93%, visible region) with a sheet resistance as low as 3.8 ± 0.4 kΩ/sqr have been formed by employing coating sols with optimized oxalic acid amount. The mechanisms and factors affecting the functional performance of oxalic acid-modified films have been thoroughly discussed and related to the microstructural and chemical characteristic of the films achieved by oxalic acid addition. - Highlights: • A solution-based method for processing indium tin oxide (ITO) thin film is reported. • Oxalic acid (OAD) modification leads to a highly compacted film microstructure. • Bulk resistivity of a single layer OAD-modified ITO film was determined as 0.02 Ωcm. • Thin films with transparency values higher than 90% were produced.

  11. Fabrication and characterization of Zinc Oxide (ZnO) nanoparticle by sol-gel method

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    Siswanto; Rochman, Nurul T.; Riski Akwalia, Putri

    2017-05-01

    Currently, nanomaterial is an interestingfield of study. This is due to its chemical and physical properties that are superior to that of large-sized materials. One nanomaterial widely studied is zinc oxide (ZnO). In this study, a synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles made by Sol-Gel method was conducted. The process parameters used are variations in pH, in increasing order, of 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; and 12. There are two principal reactions to produce a compound oxide, namely hydrolysis and condensation. NaOH is an agent for the hydrolysis of (CH3COO)2 Zn resultingin Zn (OH)2. Subsequently, condensation produces ZnO. Calcination was carried out at a temperature of 80°C for 1 hour. The ccharacterization of the samples showed that the condition of pH 12 produced the best sample with a size of 73.8 nm and ZnO percentage of 100%. Although pH 7 produced a particle size of 1.3 nm, the percentage of ZnO formed was only 42.9%. The calcination process was performed to remove CH3COONa. However, the process can lead to aggregation of ZnO particles to each other, which increases the particle size.

  12. Sol-gel derived oxides and mixed oxides catalysts with narrow mesoporous distribution

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    YAO; Nan

    2001-01-01

    Chitosans with various degrees of deacetylation (D.D.), which were used as standard sample for FTIR determination, were prepared from completely deacetylated chitosan by homogeneous N-acetylation reaction. By combining four probable probe bands, i.e. 1655, 1560, 1380 and 1320 cm-1, eight probable reference bands, i.e. 3430, 2920, 2880, 1425, 1155, 1070, 1030 and 895 cm-1 and two baseline methods, the most suitable ratios Aprobe band/Areference band from IR spectra to determine the degree of acetylation of chitosan were evaluated from 48 combinations to be A1560/A2880, A1560/A2920 and A1655/A3430(A1560/A2880 is mostly recommended). The second baseline method, i.e. linking between adjacent two valleys, was better for measuring the absorbances of 1560 and 1655 cm-1 bands. The determination range of the D.D. (1%-100%) covered almost the whole range. The standard curves with A1560/A2880 and A1655/A3430 were also suitable for the determination of degree of substitution of other N-acylated chitosan, such as N-propionyl chitosan, N-butyryl chitosan and N-hexanoyl chitosan.

  13. Sol-Gel Preparation and Luminescence Properties of BaMgAl10O17∶Eu2+ Phosphors

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    2006-01-01

    The synthesis of BaMgAl10O17∶ Eu2+ (BAM) phosphors using the sol-gel method and their luminescence properties were reported. The blue-light emitting BAM was synthesized using citric acid and ethylene glycol as chelating materials. Emission of blue-light was obtained from these phosphors. The luminescent intensity increases as the temperature of heat treatment is increased. This study investigated the effects of the molar ratio of ethylene glycol to citric acid (Φ value), with respect to the phase formation and luminescence properties of BAM. The variation of the Φ value resulted in the change of the sol-gel reaction mechanism and the microstructures of the resultant powders. An increase in Φ value leads to an increase in the rate of BAM phase formation. The photoluminescent intensity of the prepared phosphors increases with heating temperatures because of enhanced crystallization.

  14. Preparation and evaluation of chitosan based thermoreversible gels for intraperitoneal delivery of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU).

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    Depani, Bhavesh P; Naik, Anuja A; Nair, Hema A

    2013-12-01

    Sterile thermoreversibly gelling systems based on chitosan- glycerol phosphate were developed for intraperitoneal delivery of the antineoplastic agent 5-FU. The formulation was evaluated for gelling characteristics and in vitro drug release. Drug free gels were evaluated for in vitro cytotoxicity in L-929 mouse fibroblast cells. Drug loaded gels were subjected to acute toxicity studies in Swiss albino mice via intraperitoneal route and efficacy studies via intratumoral injections in subcutaneous colon carcinoma bearing BALB/c mice. The formulations gelled reversibly in 8 min at 37 °C and provided prolonged release of the drug. Drug free systems showed dose dependent cytotoxicity in fibroblast cells, while in vivo studies revealed a 2.8-fold increase in LD50 of 5-FU administered intraperitoneally as the developed system. Tumor volume measurements showed comparable efficacy of 5-FU administered as gel and commercial injection with a greatly improved safety profile of the former as adjudged from mortality and body weight measurements.

  15. Preparation and catalytic properties of tungsten oxides with different morphologies

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    Bi Yunfei, E-mail: beiyf2003@yahoo.com.cn [Research Institute of Petroleum Processing, SINOPEC, 18 Xue Yuan Road, 100083 Beijing (China); Li Dadong; Nie Hong [Research Institute of Petroleum Processing, SINOPEC, 18 Xue Yuan Road, 100083 Beijing (China)

    2010-09-01

    Tungsten oxides with different morphologies including platelet-like sheets, nanobelts, and nanoparticles have been successfully prepared by changing the ions in the synthetic solution. Transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier-transform infrared analysis and N{sub 2} adsorption were employed to reveal the morphological evolution, and results show that the morphological evolution can be attributed to the alteration of coordination environment of tungstenic cations contained in the synthetic solution. Furthermore, these products have been applied into hydrodesulfurization measurement to investigate the relationship between the morphologies of tungsten oxides and their catalytic properties. It is concluded that the catalysts originating from nanobelt-like tungsten oxides have highest catalytic activity and excellent selectivity due to their scrolled character and strong metallic edges.

  16. Preparation of high dielectric constant thin films of CaCu3Ti4O12 by sol–gel

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    Deepam Maurya; Devendra P Singh; D C Agrawal; Y N Mohapatra

    2008-02-01

    Preparation of sol–gel derived CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO) thin films using two different sols and their characterization including their dielectric response are reported. The properties of CCTO films depend heavily on solvents used to prepare the sols. Dielectric constant as high as ∼900 at 100 kHz could be obtained when acetic acid was used to prepare the sol; in contrast, use of hexanoic acid in the sol yielded films with a much lower dielectric constant. The variation in grain and grain boundary conductivities with temperature has been measured. Activation energies of 0.08 eV and 0.68 eV have been found for grain and grain boundary conduction, respectively.

  17. Synthesis and magnetic properties of barium-calcium hexaferrite particles prepared by sol-gel and microemulsion techniques

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    Jotania, R. B.; Khomane, R. B.; Chauhan, C. C.; Menon, S. K.; Kulkarni, B. D.

    The preparation of W-type hexaferrite particles with the composition BaCa 2Fe 16O 27 by microemulsion and a stearic acid sol-gel method with and without surfactant has been investigated at various sintering temperatures. The structural and magnetic characteristics have been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) techniques. The effect of sintering temperature on the properties of BaCa 2Fe 16O 27 hexaferrites has been studied. The value of saturation magnetization ( Ms) depends on types of surfactant used. The sample prepared in the presence of polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monooleat (Tween 80) shows low saturation magnetization ( Ms=15.10 emu/g), whereas the other sample prepared in the presence of a surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) exhibits high saturation magnetization ( Ms=24.60 emu/g) compared to the normal sample.

  18. Sol-Gel Preparation of LaNiO3 and Its Physical and Chemical Properties

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    Lu Jianshu; Zhou Caiming; Wei Gaoyao

    2004-01-01

    LaNiO3 was synthesized by sol-gel method in which lanthanum nitrate and nickel nitrate were used as start materials and citric acid was used as complex for gel formation.The precursor was dried and subsequently heated at elevated temperature to form the desired product.XRD analysis shows that pure LaNiO3 was synthesized.Electrical conductivity and electrochemical performance of the material were tested.The electrical conductivity decreases from 34.5that there are current peaks in the curve, which is the evidence of the electrochemical activity of LaNiO3.

  19. Characteristics of a self-assembled fibrillar gel prepared from red stingray collagen

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    Bae, Inwoo; Osatomi, Kiyoshi; Yoshida, Asami; Yamaguchi, Atsuko; Tachibana, Katsuyasu; Oda, Tatsuya; Hara, Kenji

    2009-01-01

    A translucent collagen gel was formed from a transparent acidic solution of red stingray collagen by adjusting to physiological ionic strength and pH in phosphate buffer and then incubating at 25–37°C. During fibril formation from red stingray collagen, the turbidity increased when the NaCl concentration was increased at constant pH and the rate of fibril formation was accelerated by higher pH or lower NaCl concentration. The T m of red stingray collagen fibrillar gel was estimated as 44.3 ±...

  20. Microleakage and antibacterial properties of ZnO and ZnO:Ag nanopowders prepared via a sol-gel method for endodontic sealer application

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    Shayani Rad, M.; Kompany, A. [Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Materials and Electroceramics Laboratory, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Khorsand Zak, A., E-mail: alikhorsandzak@gmail.com [Esfarayen University, Nanotechnology Laboratory (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Javidi, M.; Mortazavi, S. M. [Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Dental Material Research Centre, Department of Endodontics, Faculty of Dentistry (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-09-15

    One of the most important problems in dentistry is the microleakage, whether apical or coronal, which may cause failure of root canal therapy. The aim of this study is to prepare suitable sealer to decrease the microleakage of the root canals as well as having good antibacterial property. Pure ZnO and ZnO:Ag nanopowders were synthesized via sol gel method using gelatin as polymerization agent calcined at different temperatures of 500, 600, and 700 Degree-Sign C for 8 h. The prepared samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction and transition electron microscopy. The microleakage and antibacterial properties of the prepared samples were investigated and compared with zinc oxide eugenol (ZOE) and epoxy resin sealer (AH26), which are commonly used in dentistry as sealers. The results showed that the synthesized pure ZnO and ZnO:Ag nanopowders exhibit better microleakage and antibacterial properties in comparison with ZOE and AH26 sealers, and therefore are more suitable filling materials to be used as sealer in root canal treatment.

  1. Microleakage and antibacterial properties of ZnO and ZnO:Ag nanopowders prepared via a sol-gel method for endodontic sealer application

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    Shayani Rad, M.; Kompany, A.; Khorsand Zak, A.; Javidi, M.; Mortazavi, S. M.

    2013-09-01

    One of the most important problems in dentistry is the microleakage, whether apical or coronal, which may cause failure of root canal therapy. The aim of this study is to prepare suitable sealer to decrease the microleakage of the root canals as well as having good antibacterial property. Pure ZnO and ZnO:Ag nanopowders were synthesized via sol gel method using gelatin as polymerization agent calcined at different temperatures of 500, 600, and 700 °C for 8 h. The prepared samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction and transition electron microscopy. The microleakage and antibacterial properties of the prepared samples were investigated and compared with zinc oxide eugenol (ZOE) and epoxy resin sealer (AH26), which are commonly used in dentistry as sealers. The results showed that the synthesized pure ZnO and ZnO:Ag nanopowders exhibit better microleakage and antibacterial properties in comparison with ZOE and AH26 sealers, and therefore are more suitable filling materials to be used as sealer in root canal treatment.

  2. On shear rheology of gel propellants

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    Rahimi, Shai; Peretz, Arie [RAFAEL, MANOR Propulsion and Explosive Systems Division, Haifa (Israel); Natan, Benveniste [Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa (Israel)

    2007-04-15

    Selected fuel, oxidizer and simulant gels were prepared and rheologically characterized using a rotational rheometer. For fuel gelation both organic and inorganic gellants were utilized, whereas oxidizers and simulants were gelled with addition of silica and polysaccharides, respectively. The generalized Herschel-Bulkley constitutive model was found to most adequately represent the gels studied. Hydrazine-based fuels, gelled with polysaccharides, were characterized as shear-thinning pseudoplastic fluids with low shear yield stress, whereas inhibited red-fuming nitric acid (IRFNA) and hydrogen peroxide oxidizers, gelled with silica, were characterized as yield thixotropic fluids with significant shear yield stress. Creep tests were conducted on two rheological types of gels with different gellant content and the results were fitted by Burgers-Kelvin viscoelastic constitutive model. The effect of temperature on the rheological properties of gel propellant simulants was also investigated. A general rheological classification of gel propellants and simulants is proposed. (Abstract Copyright [2007], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  3. Large-Scale Precise Printing of Ultrathin Sol-Gel Oxide Dielectrics for Directly Patterned Solution-Processed Metal Oxide Transistor Arrays.

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    Lee, Won-June; Park, Won-Tae; Park, Sungjun; Sung, Sujin; Noh, Yong-Young; Yoon, Myung-Han

    2015-09-09

    Ultrathin and dense metal oxide gate di-electric layers are reported by a simple printing of AlOx and HfOx sol-gel precursors. Large-area printed indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) thin-film transistor arrays, which exhibit mobilities >5 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) and gate leakage current of 10(-9) A cm(-2) at a very low operation voltage of 2 V, are demonstrated by continuous simple bar-coated processes.

  4. PREPARATION OF ZINC OXIDE AND POLY-ETHYLENE OXIDE COMPOSITE MEMBRANES AND THEIR PHASE RELATIONSHIP

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    JESÚS FABIAN JURADO; CARLOS VARGAS HERNÁNDEZ; RUBÉN ANTONIO VARGAS

    2012-01-01

    Zinc oxide and organic polymer (poly-ethylene oxide) based nanocomposite membranes were prepared and their phase relationship investigated. The composites were characterized by XRD, Raman scattering, DSC, and impedance spectroscopy analysis. It was found that embedding inorganic nanoparticles of ZnO into the polymer matrix of PEO allowed for some crystallinity formation, and cross-linking of the polymer composites during annealing or synthesis. The XRD and Raman scattering results show more d...

  5. One-pot synthesis of 3-dimensional reduced graphene oxide-based hydrogel as support for microbe immobilization and BOD biosensor preparation.

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    Liu, Ling; Zhai, Junfeng; Zhu, Chengzhou; Gao, Ying; Wang, Yue; Han, Yanchao; Dong, Shaojun

    2015-01-15

    We report a hydrothermal method to prepare reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-based hydrogel (Gel(rGONR)), using neutral red (NR) to mediate the assembly of rGO sheets and tune the pore size of Gel(rGONR). A series of techniques including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy and BET were employed to characterize the physico-chemical properties of Gel(rGONR). A large pore size of up to 20 µm and interconnected porous structure of Gel(rGONR) were obtained. Gel(rGONR) was used as a support for immobilizing microbe (denoted as Gel(rGONR-M)), which showed ~3.3 times more load mass of microbe than commonly used supports (i.e., activated carbon and carbon fiber felt) and 2.5 times higher biodegradation efficiency (BE) than carbon fiber felt. Further use of Gel(rGONR-M) as a biocatalyst for establishing a BOD biosensor exhibits a linear range of 2-64 mg O L(-1) and a detection limit 0.4 mg O L(-1) for glucose-glutamic acid (GGA). Moreover, our proposed BOD detection strategy shows a long-term viability over one year and stability up to 2 months with a relative standard deviation of 2.1%. Our results demonstrated the great potential of employing Gel(rGONR) as a microbe-immobilization support for biosensor development.

  6. 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)

  7. Preparation of Silica/Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanosheet Composites for Removal of Organic Contaminants from Water.

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    Li, Wen; Liu, Wei; Wang, Haifei; Lu, Wensheng

    2016-06-01

    Graphene-based composites open up new opportunities as effective adsorbents for the removal of organic contaminants from water. In this article, we report a novel and facile process to synthesize well-dispersed silica/reduced graphene oxide (SiO2/RGO) nanosheet composites. The SiO2/RGO nanosheet composites are prepared through a modified sol-gel process with in situ hydrolysis of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) on graphene oxide (GO) nanosheet, followed by reduction of GO to graphene. In comparison with the RGO nanosheets, the as-prepared SiO2/RGO nanosheet composites have a larger surface area and good aqueous disperse ability. In addition, the application of SiO2/RGO nanosheet composites was demonstrated on removing organic dyes from water. The SiO2/RGO nanosheet composites show rapid and stable adsorption performance on removal of Methylene Blue (MB) and thionine (TH) from water. It is indicated that the resulting SiO2/RGO composites can be utilized as efficient adsorbents for the removal of organic contaminants from water.

  8. RHEOLOGICAL MODIFICATION OF EPOXY RESINS WITH NANO SILICA PREPARED BY THE SOL-GEL PROCESS

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    Xia Wang; Jiang Li; Cheng-fen Long; Yun-zhao Yu

    1999-01-01

    Nano silica-modified epoxy resins were synthesized by the sol-gel process. The materials have the morphological structure of nano particales dispersed in the epoxy matrix. The dispersed phase formed a physical network in the resin and thus influenced the rheological behavior greatly. However, the nano silica did not show a significant influence on the mechanical properties of the cured resins.

  9. [Sol-gel preparation of ultrathin nano-hydroxyapatite coating and its characterization].

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    Yang, Jianhua; Guo, Linghong; Li, Hui

    2006-10-01

    Present study used dip-coating techniques to fabricate ultrathin nano-HA coating on titanium in organic sol-gel of Ca (NO3)2. 4H2O and PO(CH3)3 and inorganic sol-gel of Ca (NO3)2. 4H2O and (NH4)2HPO4. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to observe the morphology and distribution of crystallite size (D) and lattice strain (epsilon) of ultrathin nano-HA coating. After heated at 400 degrees C, the apatite structure of coatings on titanium began to appear. At heating temperature of 400 degrees C-600 degrees C, the effect of heating temperature on D and epsilon of both coatings was obvious. Precursor types significantly affected the particle diameters of nano-HA coatings, which were 25-40 nm for organic sol-gel and about 100 nm for inorganic sol. The thickness of ultrathin nano-HA coatings was 2.5 microm for organic sol-gel and 5 microm for inorganic sol and morphology of interfaces between coating and titanium was intact and homogenous.

  10. Preparation and properties of cyclic acetal based biodegradable gel by thiol-ene photopolymerization.

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    Wang, Kemin; Lu, Jian; Yin, Ruixue; Chen, Lu; Du, Shuang; Jiang, Yan; Yu, Qiang

    2013-04-01

    Synthetic, hydrolytically degradable biomaterials have been widely developed for biomedical use; however, most of them will form acidic products upon degradation of polymer backbone. In order to address this concern, we proposed to fabricate a biodegradable gel based on the crosslinking of a cyclic acetal monomer with reactable diallyl group and multifunctional thiols by thiol-ene photopolymerization. This gel produces diols and carbonyl end groups upon hydrolytic degradation and could be entirely devoid of acidic by-products. Real time infrared spectroscopy was employed to investigate the effect of different light intensities and concentrations of photoinitiator on the polymerization kinetics. With the increase of the concentration of photoinitiator and light intensity, both the rate of polymerization and final double bond conversion increased. Degradation of cyclic acetal based networks was investigated in PBS medium so as to simulate physiological conditions. The remaining mass of the materials after 25 days incubation was 84%. TGA analysis showed that the gels exhibited a typical weight loss (97.2%) at around 378 °C. In vitro cytotoxicity showed that the cyclic acetal based gels had non-toxicity to cell L-929 and had good biocompatibility.

  11. Nanostructured Mesoporous Titanium Dioxide Thin Film Prepared by Sol-Gel Method for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell

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    Yu-Chang Liu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Titanium dioxide (TiO2 paste was prepared by sol-gel and hydrothermal method with various precursors. Nanostructured mesoporous TiO2 thin-film back electrode was fabricated from the nanoparticle colloidal paste, and its performance was compared with that made of commercial P25 TiO2. The best performance was demonstrated by the DSSC having a 16 μm-thick TTIP-TiO2 back electrode, which gave a solar energy conversion efficiency of 6.03%. The ability of stong adhesion on ITO conducting glass substrate and the high surface area are considered important characteristics of TiO2 thin film. The results show that a thin film with good adhesion can be made from the prepared colloidal paste as a result of alleviating the possibility of electron transfer loss. One can control the colloidal particle size from sol-gel method. Therefore, by optimizing the preparation conditions, TiO2 paste with nanoparticle and narrow diameter distribution was obtained.

  12. Measurement of oxidatively-induced clustered DNA lesions using a novel adaptation of single cell gel electrophoresis (comet assay).

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    Georgakilas, Alexandros G; Holt, Stewart M; Hair, Jessica M; Loftin, Charles W

    2010-12-01

    The two basic groups of complex DNA damage are double-strand breaks (DSBs) and non-DSB oxidatively-induced clustered DNA lesions (OCDLs). The single-cell gel electrophoresis (SCGE) or comet assay has been widely used for the detection of low levels of various types of DNA lesions including single-strand breaks (SSBs), DSBs, and oxidized bases per individual cell. There are limited data on the use of the comet assay for the detection of non-DSB clustered DNA lesions using different repair enzymes as enzymatic probes. This unit discusses a novel adaptation of the comet assay used to measure these unique types of lesions. Until now OCDL yields have been measured using primarily pulsed-field agarose gel electrophoresis. The advantages offered by the current approach are: (1) measurement of OCDL levels per individual cell; (2) use of a small number of cells (∼10,000) and relatively low doses of ionizing radiation (1 to 2 Gy) or low levels of oxidative stress, which are not compatible with standard agarose gel electrophoresis; and finally, (3) the assay is fast and allows direct comparison with pulsed-field gel electrophoresis results.

  13. In situ formation of reduced graphene oxide structures in ceria by combined sol-gel and solvothermal processing.

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    Yang, Jingxia; Ofner, Johannes; Lendl, Bernhard; Schubert, Ulrich

    2016-01-01

    Raman and IR investigations indicated the presence of reduced graphene oxide (rGO)-like residues on ceria nanoparticles after solvothermal treatment in ethanol. The appearance of such structures is closely related to cerium tert-butoxide as precursor and ethanol as solvothermal solvent. The rGO-like residues improve the catalytic CO oxidation activity. This was also confirmed by introduction of "external" graphene oxide during sol-gel processing, by which the rGO structures and the catalytic activity were enhanced.

  14. In situ formation of reduced graphene oxide structures in ceria by combined sol–gel and solvothermal processing

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    Jingxia Yang

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Raman and IR investigations indicated the presence of reduced graphene oxide (rGO-like residues on ceria nanoparticles after solvothermal treatment in ethanol. The appearance of such structures is closely related to cerium tert-butoxide as precursor and ethanol as solvothermal solvent. The rGO-like residues improve the catalytic CO oxidation activity. This was also confirmed by introduction of “external” graphene oxide during sol–gel processing, by which the rGO structures and the catalytic activity were enhanced.

  15. Preparation and characterization of ZnO and Fe-doped ZnO films by sol-gel method

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    Zhang, Xin; Wang,Jiangang; Ma, Jing; Hu, Jianwen

    2016-01-01

    ZnO and Fe-doped ZnO thin films are prepared on glass substrate by sol-gel method, and the surface morphology, structure and optical property are analyzed by scanning electron microscope (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometer. The results show that both films have a smooth surface and a hexagonal wurtzite structure with orienting along the (101) plane. Compared with the ZnO film, the surface of Fe-doped ZnO film becomes smoother, and its...

  16. Grain Size and Photocatalytic Activity of Nanometer TiO2 Thin Films Prepared by the Sol-gel Method

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    2001-01-01

    Transparent anatase TiO2 nanometer thin films with photocatalytic activity were prepared via the sol-gel method on soda-lime glass. The thickness, crystalline phase, grain size, surface hydroxyl amount and so on were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and UV-visible spectrophotometer (UV-VIS). The photocatalytic activity of TiO2 thin films was evaluated for the photocatalytic decolorization of aqueous methyl orange. The effects of film thickness on the crystalline phase, grain size, transmittance and photocatalytic activity of nanometer TiO2 thin films were discussed.

  17. Sample preparation for the analysis of complex carbohydrates by multicapillary gel electrophoresis with light-emitting diode induced fluorescence detection.

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    Olajos, Marcell; Hajós, Péter; Bonn, Guenther K; Guttman, András

    2008-06-01

    This paper evaluates various sample preparation methods for multicapillary gel electrophoresis based glycan analysis to support electrokinetic injection. First the removal of excess derivatization reagent is discussed. Although the Sephadex G10 filled multiscreen 96-well filter plate and Sephadex G10 filled pipet tips enabled increased analysis sensitivity, polyamide DPA-6S pipet tips worked particularly well. In this latter case an automated liquid handling system was used to increase purification throughput, necessary to feed the multicapillary electrophoresis unit. Problems associated with the high glucose content of such biological samples as normal human plasma were solved by applying ultrafiltration. Finally, a volatile buffer system was developed for exoglycosidase-based carbohydrate analysis.

  18. Ferromagnetism of Mn-doped ZnO nanoparticles prepared by sol-gel process at room temperature

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    HUANG Gui-jun; WANG Jin-bin; ZHONG Xiang-li; ZHOU Gong-cheng; YAN Hai-long

    2006-01-01

    Mn-doped ZnO diluted magnetic semiconductor nanoparticles are prepared by an ultrasonic assisted sol gel process. Transmission electron microscopy shows pseudo-hexagonal nanoparticles with an average size of about 24 nm. From the analysis of X-ray diffraction,the Mn-doped ZnO nanoparticles are identified to be a wurtzite structure without any impurity phases. The magnetic properties are measured by using su perconducting quantum interference device. For the ZnO with 2 % Mn doping concentration, a good hyster esis loop indicates fine ferromagnetism with a Curie temperature higher than 350 K.

  19. Preparation of thin layers of SnO{sub 2} by a sol-gel method; Elaboration de couches minces de SnO{sub 2} prepare par voie sol gel

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    Hemissi, M.; Amardjia-Adnani, A. [Universite Ferhet Abbas de Setif, Lab. Dosage, Dept. de Technologie, Faculte de l' Ingenieur, Setif (Algeria)

    2006-07-01

    Thin layers of SnO{sub 2} doped with Sb have been prepared to use them as electrodes in nanocrystalline dye photovoltaic cells. In this work, these layers have been at first prepared and then their nano-structures and electrical properties have been studied. The sol-gel method has been used to deposit, on glass substrates, composite layers of SnO{sub 2} doped with 14% Sb. These films have been annealed at 500 C for different times, their thicknesses which are of 250 nm, have been measured by ellipsometry. The analysis of the obtained structures by grazing incidence X-ray diffraction shows that the size of the crystallites evolves with time and annealing temperature, which ones is between 5.8 and 18.6 nm. (O.M.)

  20. Non isothermal decomposition of lanthanum titanates precursors prepared by sol gel process: A kinetic and thermodynamic study

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    Bassil, S. [Université Lyon 1, CNRS, UMR 5256, IRCELYON, Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l’environnement de Lyon, 2 avenue Albert Einstein, F-69626 Villeurbanne (France); Kaddouri, A., E-mail: akim.kaddouri@ircelyon.univ-lyon1.fr [Université Lyon 1, CNRS, UMR 5256, IRCELYON, Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l’environnement de Lyon, 2 avenue Albert Einstein, F-69626 Villeurbanne (France); Béguin, B.; Gélin, P. [Université Lyon 1, CNRS, UMR 5256, IRCELYON, Institut de recherches sur la catalyse et l’environnement de Lyon, 2 avenue Albert Einstein, F-69626 Villeurbanne (France)

    2013-09-10

    Highlights: ► Metal-propionates is a most promising route for the preparation of La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}TiO{sub 3+δ} (LST) at a temperature substantially lower than that used for the preparation of the same solid by traditional methods. ► Activation energy and isothermal thermodynamic parameters calculated for the decomposition process are close to those observed for metal organic compounds. ► Sol gel-prepared LST presented low propensity to coke deposition and high stability with time during the critical long term exposure to methane and steam at high temperatures. - Abstract: The single phase La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}TiO{sub 3+δ} was prepared via the sol gel process using propionic acid. Kinetics of the thermal decomposition of the precursors has been studied using differential thermogravimetry under non-isothermal conditions in different atmospheres (air and helium). Non isothermal kinetic (A and ΔE) and thermodynamic parameters (ΔH, ΔS and Cp) were determined using different heating rates. La{sub 2}O{sub 3}, SrO and TiO{sub 2} products crystallized at temperatures of ca. 730, 960 and 470 °C respectively while pure La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}TiO{sub 3+δ} phase was obtained at 1200 °C, temperature substantially lower than that used for the preparation of La{sub 0.8}Sr{sub 0.2}TiO{sub 3+δ} by conventional solid state method. Precursors and/or final solids were characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TG), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, diffuse reflectance ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy (DR-UV–vis) and methane steam reforming under water deficient conditions.

  1. Effects of annealing temperature on ZnO and AZO films prepared by sol-gel technique

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    Ng, Zi-Neng [Faculty of Engineering, Multimedia University, 63100 Cyberjaya, Selangor (Malaysia); Chan, Kah-Yoong, E-mail: kychan@mmu.edu.my [Faculty of Engineering, Multimedia University, 63100 Cyberjaya, Selangor (Malaysia); Tohsophon, Thanaporn [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Srinakharinwirot University, 10110 Bangkok (Thailand)

    2012-10-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Low cost sol-gel spin coating technique was used to fabricate the ZnO films. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Influences of annealing temperature on the structural and optical properties of the ZnO and AZO films were investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The experimental results reveal that the annealing treatment affects the structural and optical properties of the ZnO films. - Abstract: Zinc oxide (ZnO) films have the potential in the emerging thin-film technologies which can be employed in thin-film solar cells, transistors, sensors and other optoelectronic devices. In this work, low cost sol-gel spin-coating technique was used to synthesize the ZnO films. The influences of annealing temperature on the structural and optical properties of ZnO and aluminum doped ZnO (AZO) films were investigated. The structural properties of the ZnO films such as surface morphology and crystallinity were determined using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-ray diffractometry (XRD), respectively. The optical properties of the ZnO films were characterized by the ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy and Tauc method was adopted to estimate the optical gap. The experimental results reveal that the thermal annealing treatment affects the properties of the ZnO films. The effects of the low range annealing temperature on the sol-gel ZnO films addressed in this investigation will be discussed in this paper.

  2. Formation mechanism and characteristics of lanthanum-doped BaTiO{sub 3} powders and ceramics prepared by the sol–gel process

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    Ianculescu, Adelina Carmen [Department of Oxide Materials Science and Engineering, Politehnica University of Bucharest, 17 Gh. Polizu, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Vasilescu, Catalina Andreea, E-mail: katyvasilescu85@yahoo.com [Department of Oxide Materials Science and Engineering, Politehnica University of Bucharest, 17 Gh. Polizu, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); National Institute for Lasers, Plasma and Radiation Physics, P.O. Box MG54, 077125 Magurele (Romania); Crisan, Maria; Raileanu, Malina [Ilie Murgulescu Institute of Physical Chemistry, Romanian Academy, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Vasile, Bogdan Stefan; Calugaru, Mihai [Department of Oxide Materials Science and Engineering, Politehnica University of Bucharest, 17 Gh. Polizu, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Crisan, Dorel; Dragan, Nicolae [Ilie Murgulescu Institute of Physical Chemistry, Romanian Academy, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Curecheriu, Lavinia; Mitoseriu, Liliana [Department of Physics, Al. I. Cuza University of Iasi, Blvd. Carol I 11, 700506 Iasi (Romania)

    2015-08-15

    Pure and lanthanum-doped barium titanate nanopowders described by two different formulae, as Ba{sub 1−x}La{sub x}TiO{sub 3}, for lower La concentrations (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.005) and Ba{sub 1−x}La{sub x}Ti{sub 1−x/4}O{sub 3} for higher La concentration (x = 0.025) were prepared by an alkoxide sol–gel method. Single phase compositions were obtained after annealing at 900 °C for 2 h, in air. The increase of the lanthanum content causes structural and morphological changes in the oxide powders, including the evolution of the unit cell from tetragonal toward a cubic symmetry, the particle size decrease and a higher aggregation tendency. SEM investigations of the ceramics sintered at 1300 °C for 4 h indicate significant changes of the microstructural features (strong decrease of the average grain size and increase of the intergranular porosity) with the raise of La amount. Lanthanum addition to barium titanate prepared by sol–gel induces a more significant shift of the Curie temperature toward lower values, than that one reported in literature for ceramics of similar compositions, but processed by the conventional solid state method. The compositions with smaller La amount (x ≤ 0.005) show semiconducting properties at room temperature and high relative dielectric permittivity values, while the undoped ceramics and those doped with higher La content (x = 0.025) are good dielectrics. The ceramic with x = 0.025 exhibits acceptable low losses, a very diffuse ferroelectric–paraelectric transition and Curie temperature closed to the room temperature, being thus susceptible for high tunability applications. - Highlights: • Ba{sub 1−x}La{sub x}TiO{sub 3} (x ≤ 0.005) and Ba{sub 1−x}La{sub x}Ti{sub 1−x/4}O{sub 3} (x = 0.025) were prepared by sol–gel. • Ceramics with x < 0.5 exhibit semiconductor and high dielectric properties. • Ceramic with x = 0.025 exhibits acceptable low losses and diffuse phase transition.

  3. Preparation of metal oxide nanoparticles in ionic liquid medium

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    Rodriguez-Cabo, Borja; Rodil, Eva; Soto, Ana; Arce, Alberto, E-mail: alberto.arce@usc.es [University of Santiago de Compostela, Department of Chemical Engineering, School of Engineering (Spain)

    2012-07-15

    In the present study, a facile, rapid, and environmentally friendly method was used for the preparation of metal oxide nanoparticles in an ionic liquid medium. This technique involves mixing and heating the corresponding powder material (cadmium oxide, anatase, and hematite) and the selected ionic liquid (trihexyl(tetradecyl)phosphonium chloride, [P{sub 6,6,6,14}]Cl), without any other precursors or solvents. The confirmation of the existence of nanoparticles in the ionic liquid was carried out using UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, and its concentration was determined by X-ray fluorescence. In order to analyze the shape and size distribution, transmission electron microscopy and a ZetaSizer (DLS technique) were used; finding out that the size of the hematite nanoparticles was 10-55 nm. Nevertheless, for the cadmium oxide and the anatase nanoparticles, the size was between 2 and 15 nm. The composition of the prepared nanoparticles was studied by Raman spectroscopy. The structure of solids did not suffer any modification in their transformation to the nanoscale, as concluded from the X-ray powder diffraction analysis.

  4. Preparation, characterization, and electrochemical properties of lithium vanadium oxide nanoribbons

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    Zhuo Shujuan [Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM) and Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 (China); Anhui Key Laboratory of Functional Molecular Solids, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu 241000 (China); Shao Mingwang, E-mail: mwshao@suda.edu.cn [Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM) and Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 (China); Zhou Qing; Liao Fan [Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM) and Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu 215123 (China)

    2011-07-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted Highlights: > The lithium ions can easily move between the layers of lithium vanadium oxide. > It can highly increase the electron transfer between the electrode and dopamine. > The reversibility of electrochemical process was significantly improved. - Abstract: Highly uniform lithium vanadium oxide nanoribbons were successfully prepared in large quantities using a facile hydrothermal approach without employing any surfactants or templates. The as-prepared products were up to hundreds of micrometers in length, about 200 nm in width, and 20 nm in thickness. These nanoribbons and nafion composite were employed to modify glassy carbon electrode, which displayed excellent electrochemical sensitivity and rapid response in detecting dopamine in phosphate buffer solution. Lithium ions can greatly increase the electron transfer between the electrode and biological materials, and significantly increase the reversibility of electrochemical process. A linear relationship between the concentrations of dopamine and its oxidation peak currents was obtained. The linear range for the detection of dopamine was 2.0 x 10{sup -6} to 1.0 x 10{sup -4} M with a detection limit of 1.0 x 10{sup -7} M. In addition, the good reproducibility and long-term stability of the sensor make it valuable for further application.

  5. Preparation and Characterization of Promoted Fe-V/SiO2 Nanocatalysts for Oxidation of Alcohols

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    Hamid Reza Rafiee

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A series of SiO2 supported iron-vanadium catalysts were prepared using sol-gel and wetness impregnation methods. This research investigates the effects of V and Cu on the structure and morphology of Fe/SiO2 catalysts. The SiO2 supported catalyst with the highest specific surface area and pore volume was obtained when it is containing 40 wt.% Fe, 15 wt.% V, and 2 wt.% Cu. Characterization of prepared catalysts was carried out by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microcopy (SEM, vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR spectrometry, temperature program reduction (TPR, N2 physisorption, and thermal analysis methods such as thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. The Fe-V/SiO2 catalyst promoted with 2 wt.% of Cu exhibited typical ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature with a saturation magnetization value of 11.44 emu/g. This character of catalyst indicated great potential for application in magnetic separation technologies. The prepared catalyst was found to act as an efficient recoverable nanocatalyst for oxidation reaction of alcohols to aldehydes and ketones in aqueous media under mild condition. Moreover, the catalyst was reused five times without significant degradation in catalytic activity and performance.

  6. Preparation and characterization of silk/silica hybrid biomaterials by sol-gel crosslinking process

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    Hou Aiqin, E-mail: aiqinhou@dhu.edu.c [National Engineering Research Center for Dyeing and Finishing of Textiles, Donghua University, 3H, 2999 North Renmin Road, Songjiang, Shanghai 201620 (China); Chen Huawei [National Engineering Research Center for Dyeing and Finishing of Textiles, Donghua University, 3H, 2999 North Renmin Road, Songjiang, Shanghai 201620 (China)

    2010-03-15

    The silk/silica hybrid biomaterials are synthesized by sol-gel crosslinking process. The chemical and morphological structures of silk/silica hybrids are investigated with micro-FT-IR spectra, X-ray diffraction, SEM, AFM, and DSC. The results show that the crosslinking reactions among inorganic nano-particles, fibroin and 2,4,6-tri[(2-epihydrin-3-bimethyl-ammonium)propyl]-1,3,5-triazine chloride (Tri-EBAC) take place during sol-gel process. The silk/silica hybrids form new molecular structures containing not only organic fibroin but also inorganic nano-silica particles. The inorganic particles are bounded to the fibroin through covalent bonds. The silk/silica hybrids can form excellent film with very even nanometer particles. The thermal properties of organic/inorganic hybrid are improved.

  7. Physical properties of sodium silicate based silica aerogels prepared by single step sol-gel process dried at ambient pressure

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    Gurav, Jyoti L. [Air Glass Laboratory, Department of Physics, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004, Maharashtra (India); Rao, A. Venkateswara [Air Glass Laboratory, Department of Physics, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004, Maharashtra (India)], E-mail: raouniv@yahoo.com; Rao, A. Parvathy; Nadargi, D.Y.; Bhagat, S.D. [Air Glass Laboratory, Department of Physics, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416004, Maharashtra (India)

    2009-05-12

    The experimental results on physical properties of water glass (sodium silicate) based silica aerogels prepared by single step sol-gel process, dried at atmospheric pressure are reported. The hydrolysis and condensation reactions of the sodium silicate precursor proceeded with tartaric acid as a catalyst. The hydrogel was vapour passed in order to remove sodium salt from the gel network. Solvent exchange was carried out using methanol and hexane as a solvents. Finally, surface chemical modification of the gel was done using trimethylchlorosilane (TMCS) followed by ambient pressure drying of the gel up to the temperature 200 deg. C. To get good quality aerogels various sol-gel parameters such as water vapour passing period varied from 0.5 to 2 h, gel aging from 1 to 4 h, Na{sub 2}SiO{sub 3}/H{sub 2}O molar ratio from 3 x 10{sup -3} to 1.5 x 10{sup -2}, tartaric acid/Na{sub 2}SiO{sub 3} molar ratio from 0.3 to 1.9 and TMCS/Na{sub 2}SiO{sub 3} molar ratio from 4.8 to 12. The aerogels were characterized by percentage of volume shrinkage, bulk density, porosity and hydrophobicity. The hydrophobicity of the aerogel was confirmed by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy and contact angle measurements. Microstructural studies have been carried out by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and nitrogen adsorption BET analysis. From the TGA-DTA studies of the aerogels, it was found that the aerogels were thermally stable up to 470 {sup o}C. Low density ({approx}0.066 g/cm{sup 3}), high hydrophobicity ({approx}145 deg.), high porosity ({approx}97 %), high pore volume, surface area of 510 m{sup 2}/g aerogels have been obtained for Na{sub 2}SiO{sub 3}:H{sub 2}O:tartaric acid (C{sub 4}H{sub 6}O{sub 6}):TMCS molar ratio at 1:166.6:2.5:12 respectively with half an hour water vapour passing.

  8. EFFECT OF ANNEALING ON THE PROPERTIES OF VANADIUM PENTOXIDE FILMS PREPARED BY SOL–GEL METHOD

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    YAQIANG LIU; XUELIAN DU; XUEQIN LIU

    2014-01-01

    The vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) films were obtained by using sol–gel procedure and then were annealed at different temperature in air. The effect of different annealing temperatures on the composition, the microstructure, the surface morphology and the optical properties of the films were characterized by methods such as by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and spectral transmittance. The results revealed that the film annealed at 150°C has amorphous structure ...

  9. EFFECT OF ANNEALING ON THE PROPERTIES OF VANADIUM PENTOXIDE FILMS PREPARED BY SOL–GEL METHOD

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    YAQIANG LIU; XUELIAN DU; XUEQIN LIU

    2014-01-01

    The vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) films were obtained by using sol–gel procedure and then were annealed at different temperature in air. The effect of different annealing temperatures on the composition, the microstructure, the surface morphology and the optical properties of the films were characterized by methods such as by X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and spectral transmittance. The results revealed that the film annealed at 150°C has amorphous structure ...

  10. Preparation and clinical evaluation of Finastride gel in the treatment of idiopathic Hirsutism

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    Tahvilian, Reza; Ebrahimi,Ali; Beiki, Omid; Nemati, Hoshang; Masoud, Sahar

    2015-01-01

    Objective Hirsutism is the presence of excess terminal hairs in females in a male-like pattern. The most accepted hypothesis for the development of hirsutism is increased 5α-reductase activity in hair follicles of hirsute women. Finasteride partially blocks the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone through inhibition of 5α-reductase in hair follicles. This study was designed to determine the efficacy of finasteride gel 0.25% in management of idiopathic hirsutism and treatment of h...

  11. [Preparation of huperzine A nasal in situ gel and evaluation of its brain targeting following intranasal administration].

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    Tao, Tao; Zhao, Yan; Yue, Peng; Dong, Wen-xin; Chen, Qing-hua

    2006-11-01

    The feasibility of intranasal brain targeting drug delivery system via the olfactory pathway from nose to brain was explored. Using gellan gum, a cation-sensitive gel forming excipient, huperzine A (Hup A) nasal in situ gel was prepared by pH gradient precipitation method. The pharmacokinetics of Hup A in blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) after intranasal, intravenous and intragastric adminstration to rats was studied using cisternal cannulation for serial CSF sampling and femoral artery cannulation for serial blood sampling. The distributions of Hup A into rat brain tissues following intranasal dosing were compared with those after intravenous and intragastric dosing by tissue homogeneization. The therapeutics effects of Hup A nasal in situ gel on cognitive function were tested in mice and rats with Morris water maze, step down test and step through test. The AUC(0-->6 h) value in plasma obtained after nasal administration was 0.94 of that after intravenous administration, but the AUC(0-->6 h) of CSF after nasal administration was 1.3 and 2.3 times of that after intravenous and intragastric administration. The AUC(0-->6 h), of cerebrum, hippocampus, cerebellum, left olfactory bulb and right olfactory bulb after nasal administration were 1.5, 1.3, 1.0, 1.2 and 1.0 of that after intravenous administration, 2.7, 2.2, 1.9, 3.1 and 2.6 times of that after intragastric administration, respectively. Intranasal adminintration of 17.5-35 microg x kg(-1) showed equal effects after oral adminintration of 70 microg x kg(-1) commercial tablets, which was in good agreement with the results of pharmacokinetics. Intranasal administration of huperzine A nasal in situ gel significantly increased the distributions of Hup A into rat brain tissues, especially into cerebrum and hippocampus which should be the target areas of Hup A, and enhanced the brain targeting of Hup A.

  12. Nanostructured TiO2 films for dye-sensitized solar cells prepared by the sol-gel method.

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    Jin, Young Sam; Kim, Kyung Hwan; Park, Sang Joon; Yoon, Hyon Hee; Choi, Hyung Wook

    2011-12-01

    TiO2 films were prepared on glass substrates using the sol-gel process for a dye-sensitized solar cell application. The TiO2 sol was prepared using hydrolysis/polycondensation. Titanium (IV) Tetra Isopropoxide (TTIP) was used as precursor and Nitric acid (HNO3) was used as a catalyst for the peptization. The crystal structure and morphology of the prepared materials were characterized by XRD, and an SEM. The observations confirmed the nanocrystalline nature of the TiO2. The reaction parameters, such as the catalyst concentrations, the calcination time, and the calcination temperature were varied during the synthesis in order to achieve nanosize TiO2 particles. The prepared TiO2 particles were coated onto FTO glass using a screen printing technique. The prepared TiO2 films were characterized by UV-vis. The TiO2 particles calcinated at low temperatures showed an anatase phase they grew into a rutile phase when the calcination temperature increased. The size and structure of the TiO2 particles were adjusted to specific surface areas. It was found that the conversion efficiency of the DSSC was highly affected by the properties of the TiO2 particles.

  13. Biodiesel production using alkali earth metal oxides catalysts synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Majid Mohadesi

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Biodiesel fuel is considered as an alternative to diesel fuel. This fuel is produced through transesterification reactions of vegetable oils or animal fat by alcohols in the presence of different catalysts. Recent studies on this process have shown that, basic heterogeneous catalysts have a higher performance than other catalysts. In this study different alkali earth metal oxides (CaO, MgO and BaO doped SiO2 were used as catalyst for the biodiesel production process. These catalysts were synthesis by using the sol-gel method. A transesterification reaction was studied after 8h by mixing corn oil, methanol (methanol to oil molar ratio of 16:1, and 6 wt. % catalyst (based on oil at 60oC and 600rpm. Catalyst loading was studied for different catalysts ranging in amounts from 40, 60 to 80%. The purity and yield of the produced biodiesel for 60% CaO/SiO2 was higher than other catalysts and at 97.3% and 82.1%, respectively.

  14. Preparation and properties of aqueous castor oil-based polyurethane-silica nanocomposite dispersions through a sol-gel process.

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    Xia, Ying; Larock, Richard C

    2011-09-01

    Waterborne castor oil-based polyurethane-silica nanocomposites with the polymer matrix and silica nanoparticles chemically bonded have been successfully prepared through a sol-gel process. The formation of silica nanoparticles in water not only reinforces the resulting coatings, but also increases the crosslink density of the nanocomposites. The (29)Si solid state NMR spectrum indicates the formation of silica and the TEM indicates that the nanoparticles are embedded in the polymers, resembling a core-shell structure. The silica nanoparticles in the polymer matrix play an important role in improving both the mechanical properties and the thermal stabilities of the resulting nanocomposites. This work provides an effective and promising way to prepare biorenewable, high performance nanocomposite coatings.

  15. Luminescence Properties of Tb3+-Doped LuAG Films Prepared by Pechini Sol-Gel Method

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    2006-01-01

    Lu3Al5O12 (LuAG) thin films with different Tb3+ concentration were prepared on carefully cleaned (111) silicon wafer by a Pechini process and dip-coating technique. Heat treatment was performed in the temperature range from 800 to 1100 ℃. The crystal structure was analyzed by XRD. The results show that LuAG film starts to crystallize at about 900 ℃, and the particle size increases with the sintering temperature. Excitation and emission spectra of Tb3+ doped LuAG films were measured. The effects of heat-treatment temperature and doping concentration of Tb3+ on the luminescent properties were also investigated. For a comparison study, Tb3+-doped LuAG powders were also prepared by the same sol-gel method.

  16. Preparation and properties of magnetic iron oxide nanotubes

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    Baoliang Lv; Yao Xu; Dong Wu; Yuhan Sun

    2008-01-01

    Magnetite (Fe3O4) nanotubes were prepared by reducing synthesized hematite (α-Fe2O3) nanotubes in 5% H2+95% Ar atmosphere,and then maghemite (γ-Fe2O3) nanotubes were obtained by re-oxidizing the Fe3O4 nanotubes.The nanotube structure was kept from collapsing or sintering throughout the high temperature reducing and re-oxidizing processes.The coercivities of the Fe3O4 and γ-Fe2O3 nanotubes synthesized were found to be 340.22 Oe and 342.23 Oe,respectively,both higher than other nanostructures with the same phase and of similar size.Both adsorbed phosphate and the nanotube structure are considered responsible for this high coercivity.

  17. The photoluminescence properties of zinc oxide nanofibres prepared by electrospinning

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    Viswanathamurthi, Periasamy; Bhattarai, Narayan; Kim, Hak Yong; Lee, Douk Rae

    2004-03-01

    The morphology and optical properties of zinc oxide fibres with diameters in the nanometre to micrometre range are reported. The PVA/zinc acetate organic/inorganic hybrid nanofibres were successfully prepared by electrospinning using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and zinc acetate. Pure zinc oxide fibres were obtained by high-temperature calcination of the hybrid fibres in air. The nanofibres were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), x-ray diffractometry (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. The photoluminescence spectra under excitation at 325 nm showed an ultraviolet emission at 3.13 eV and a green emission at 2.21 eV. These nanofibres could be used as light emitting devices in nanoscale optoelectronic applications.

  18. Sol–gel synthesis and enhanced photocatalytic activity of doped bismuth tungsten oxide composite

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    Xu, Xuetang; Ge, Yuanxing [Guangxi Key Laboratory of Petrochemical Resource Processing and Process Intensification Technology, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Wang, Hong [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Li, Bin [Guangxi Key Laboratory of Petrochemical Resource Processing and Process Intensification Technology, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Yu, Liuhui; Liang, Yanyan; Chen, Kun [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Wang, Fan, E-mail: fanwang@gxu.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China)

    2016-01-15

    Highlights: • Co dopant results in the phase change from Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} to Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/Bi{sub 14}W{sub 2}O{sub 27} heterostructure. • Enhanced photocatalytic activity of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/Bi{sub 14}W{sub 2}O{sub 27} heterostructure. • Synergistic effects coming from the interactions between Bi{sub 14}W{sub 2}O{sub 27} and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} - Abstract: Pristine Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} and Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/Bi{sub 14}W{sub 2}O{sub 27} photocatalysts were synthesized by sol–gel method using Co(II) cation as dopant. The influence of Co dopant to the formation of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/Bi{sub 14}W{sub 2}O{sub 27} heterostructure composite was discussed. The photocatalytic activities of as-prepared samples were evaluated sufficiently by using rhodamine B as target organic pollutants under visible light. The as-prepared Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/Bi{sub 14}W{sub 2}O{sub 27} heterostructure achieved enhanced optical absorption in the visible-light region, and exhibited much higher photocatalytic activities than that of pristine Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}. The optimum Bi/Co molar ratio and calcining temperature were also explored. The enhanced activities were attributed to the formation of heterostructure in suppressing the recombination of photo-generated carriers. The Co dopant species would participate to reduce the charge carrier recombination by acting as trapping sites for photogenerated charges. A possible photocatalytic mechanism over Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6}/Bi{sub 14}W{sub 2}O{sub 27} heterostructure was proposed.

  19. Stability of zinc oxide nanofluids prepared with aggregated nanocrystalline powders.

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    Leonard, J P; Chung, S J; Nettleship, I; Soong, Y; Martello, D V; Chyu, M K

    2008-12-01

    Aqueous zinc oxide (ZnO) suspensions were prepared using a two-step preparation method in which an aggregated nanocrystalline ZnO powder was dispersed in water using a polyelectrolyte. The fluid showed anomalously high thermal conductivity when compared with the Maxwell and Hamilton-Crosser predictions. However, analysis of the particle size distribution showed that the fluid contained aggregated 20 nm crystallites of ZnO with a high volume fraction of particles larger than 100 nm. Sedimentation experiments revealed that particles settled out of the stationary fluid over times ranging from 0.1 hours to well over 10,000 hours. The size of the particles remaining in suspension agreed well with predictions made using Stoke's law, suggesting flocculation was not occurring in the fluids. Finally, a new concept of nanofluid stability is introduced based on the height of the fluid, sedimentation, Brownian motion and the kinetic energy of the particles.

  20. Structure of silicon oxide films prepared by vacuum deposition

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    Saito, Yoshio; Kaito, Chihiro; Nishio, Kenzo; Naiki, Toshio

    1985-05-01

    The structure of thin silicon oxide films 5 nm in thickness, which were prepared by electron beam evaporation of SiO 2 glass onto a NaCl substrate, has been examined by high resolution electron microscopy and diffraction. Although the films which were prepared with substrate temperatures ranging from room up to 400°C gave rise to amorphous haloes, lattice fringes in areas 1-2 nm in extent were, however, seen in the micrographs. It is shown that the film is composed of α-quartz micro-crystallites. Crystals of α-cristobalite with sizes of several tens of nanometers appeared at a substrate temperature of 500°C. At a substrate temperature of 600°C, β-cristobalite crystals with sizes of several tens of nanometers appeared. The structural changes due to the substrate temperature were attributed to incorporation of sodium atoms from the substrate into the SiO 2 film.