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  1. PSS Case Book

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    Neugebauer, Line Maria; Mougaard, Krestine; Andersen, Jakob Bejbro

    The transformation process towards a PSS-oriented company is describes, through the presentation of the best practice cases. Each case describes motivations, challenges, business models and PSS offerings....

  2. Deciding on PSS: A Framework for PSS Strategies

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    Neugebauer, Line Maria; Mougaard, Krestine; Andersen, Jakob Axel Bejbro

    2013-01-01

    Product/Service-Systems (PSS) are a strategic approach wherein the value proposition covers the performance of a system throughout the whole life cycle. Many industrial companies are challenged on many levels in the transition process towards a PSS oriented approach. Much of the literature has...... a PSS strategy topic matrix, as a boundary object for the company, aimed at creating a shared understanding of important factors in the organisation while evaluating, developing, implementing and operating a PSS strategy. This is done through an empirical foundation of twelve companies representing...... until now focused on PSS from a design object perspective, and less focus has been on how the business model of the company must be designed simultaneously with the offering, covering topics as organisational restructuring, value chain collaboration plus a change management focus. This paper presents...

  3. Assessing product service systems (PSS)

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    Hsuan, Juliana; McAloone, Tim C.; Neugebauer, Line

    We apply a management tool to classify different integrated PSS within the context of Danish maritime industry. We investigate how a firm should organize its operations to manage the transition from being a manufacturing to a servitizing company, and to provide a guideline for strategic positioni...... and planning of the balance between product sales and service activities....

  4. New opportunities and responsibilities with PSS

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    and management of the development process? - What are the new dimensions in the service oriented perspective? PSS and the market: - How can we align the interests of PSS provider and customer? - What are the roles of stakeholders in the development of PSS? - How can companies make use of the many opportunities...... and compete on the global market. One innovation strategy that has attained increasing attention the past years is transforming business from being based on the sale of goods to business based on offering a combined prod-uct-service system that continuously provides value to the customer. This approach has...... been dubbed “product/service-systems (PSS)”. The term is related and shared with other terms such as “functional economy”, “functional (total care) products”, “market offer development” and “service engineering”. PSS Research Over recent years a growing number of studies and research programmes have...

  5. Porcine stress syndrome (PSS) in Mangalitsa pigs

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    Stanišić, N.; Aleksić, S.; Di, L.; Stanimirović, Z.; Zhenhua, G.; Petrović, M.; Delić, N.; Radović, Č.; Parunović, N.; Gogić, M.

    2012-01-01

    Porcine stress syndrome (PSS) is one kind of molecular genetics defect which will cause malignant hyperthermia syndrome in pigs. It was reported that mutation of pig rynodine receptor (RYR1) gene is the main reason for PSS. The aim of this study was to test the RYR1 genotype of 10 Mangalitsa pigs using a polymerase chain reaction-restriction endonuclease fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) technique, which is a reliable and simple method for RYR1 gene t...

  6. PSS Case Book: A workbook in the PROTEUS series

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    Neugebauer, Line Maria; Mougaard, Krestine; Andersen, Jakob Axel Bejbro

    The transformation process towards a PSS-oriented company is describes, through the presentation of the best pracice cases. Each case describes motivations, challenges, business models and PSS offerings....

  7. A Tool for Conceptualising in PSS development

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    Matzen, Detlef; McAloone, Timothy Charles

    2006-01-01

    International Design Conference [2]. In this contribution, we take the step from a fundamental understanding of the phenomenon to creating a normative exploitation of this understanding for PSS concept development. The developed modelling technique is based on the Customer Activity Cycle (CAC) model...... by Vandermerwe [3]. Our subsequent development and tailoring of this model has been carried out in repeated applications (and evolution) via a number of projects conducted by Design & Innovation (D&I) engineering students at The Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The documentation of these projects, foremost...... a recent project in the shipbuilding industry [4], represent the main data source for this paper. The resulting Activity Modelling Cycle (AMC) model has been refined and changed in order to address many of the issues identified as central for PSS development. The model has been found to support...

  8. Understanding the Capacitance of PEDOT:PSS

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    Volkov, Anton V.; Wijeratne, Kosala; Mitraka, Evangelia

    2017-01-01

    -converters. In spite of its long-term use as a material for storage and transport of charges, the fundamentals of its bulk capacitance remain poorly understood. Generally, charge storage in supercapacitors is due to formation of electrical double layers or redox reactions, and it is widely accepted that PEDOT......:PSS belongs to the latter category. Herein, experimental evidence and theoretical modeling results are reported that significantly depart from this commonly accepted picture. By applying a two-phase, 2D modeling approach it is demonstrated that the major contribution to the capacitance of the two-phase PEDOT...

  9. Directives to support the design of changeable (I)PSS

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    Pereira Pessoa, Marcus Vinicius; Jauregui Becker, Juan Manuel; Maier, Anja; Skec, Stanko; Kim, Harrison; Kokkolaras, Michael; Oehmen, Josef; Fadel, Georges; Salustri, Filippo; Van der Loos, Mike

    2017-01-01

    Product service models (PSM) benefits are not limited to its providers and costumers, but the whole society might also take advantage from its sustainability impact. Achieving these benefits, though, require changeable product service systems ((I)PSS). Changeability means the (I)PSS' modules have

  10. The Curious Out-of-Plane Conductivity of PEDOT : PSS

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    van de Ruit, Kevin; Katsouras, Ilias; Bollen, Dirk; van Mol, Ton; Janssen, Rene A. J.; de Leeuw, Dago M.; Kemerink, Martijn

    2013-01-01

    For its application as transparent conductor in light-emitting diodes and photovoltaic cells, both the in-plane and out-of-plane conductivity of PEDOT:PSS are important. However, studies into the conductivity of PEDOT:PSS rarely address the out-of-plane conductivity and those that do, report widely

  11. The empowerment potential of public sector software (PSS

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    Pradip Ninan Thomas

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Investigations into the potential for public sector software (PSS to empower citizens are at a very nascent stage. This article explores the theoretical basis for, and practical advantages of, PSS, in the making of an informed and pro-active citizenry. Using the example of the emerging PSS movement in India and in particular the ICT literacy movement in Kerala, South India, it argues, that access to and use of software based on the principles of free and open source has the potential to contribute to an empowered citizenry. However the very concept of PSS is contested by major private software companies given that they stand to lose from public investments that are based on open standards. The article argues that PSS can contribute to the making of an ‘information commons’ and that the need of the hour is for innovative and creative solutions to the information deficits faced by communities in India and elsewhere.

  12. Graphene oxide/PEDOT:PSS and reduced graphene oxide/PEDOT:PSS hole extraction layers in organic photovoltaic cells

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    Park, Yensil; Choi, Kyoung Soon; Kim, Soo Young [School of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Chung-Ang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-07-15

    A comparison was made between the use of graphene oxide (GO)/poly(ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) and reduced graphene oxide (rGO)/PEDOT:PSS as a hole extraction layer (HEL) in organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells. Hydrazine hydrate (HYD) and the thermal method were adopted to change the GO to rGO. The OPV cell with the GO ({proportional_to}2 nm)/PEDOT:PSS HEL exhibits a power conversion efficiency (PCE) as high as 3.53% under 100 mW/cm{sup 2} illumination and air mass conditions, which is higher than that of the OPV cell without the HEL, viz. 1.78%. The device with the PEDOT:PSS/GO HEL shows a similar PCE of 3.48%. However, the PCE of the OPV cell with the rGO/PEDOT:PSS HEL is not high as those of the cells with the HYD-rGO/PEDOT:PSS and T-rGO/PEDOT:PSS, viz. 3.3 and 3.37%, respectively. The work function of GO was 4.7 eV, but those of HYD-rGO and T-rGO were 4.2 and 4.5 eV, respectively, suggesting that the decrease of the barrier height between GO and active materials is higher than that in rGO case. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  13. Framing design research for service orientation through PSS approaches

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    Sakao, Tomohiko; Sandström, Gunilla Ölundh; Matzen, Detlef

    2009-01-01

    In order to respond to the industrial trend towards service design and delivery, design research must address a vast area partially related to value creation, marketing and network theories. However, compared to the space to be explored, there is little insight available. Thus, this paper......, as a first step, proposes a way to frame such design research. First, an extensive literature review is performed of over 100 articles on not only PSS-design research but also on related research in fields as PSS in general, service design, innovation, and business models in a broad view. Based...... on the literature analysis, the authors present three crucial dimensions for service oriented design research, i.e. an offer dimension representing products and services, a provider dimension, and a customer/user dimension. In addition, three research targets are proposed; PSS-offer modelling, PSS development...

  14. Autoclave Sterilization of PEDOT:PSS Electrophysiology Devices.

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    Uguz, Ilke; Ganji, Mehran; Hama, Adel; Tanaka, Atsunori; Inal, Sahika; Youssef, Ahmed; Owens, Roisin M; Quilichini, Pascale P; Ghestem, Antoine; Bernard, Christophe; Dayeh, Shadi A; Malliaras, George G

    2016-12-01

    Autoclaving, the most widely available sterilization method, is applied to poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) doped with polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) electrophysiology devices. The process does not harm morphology or electrical properties, while it effectively kills E. coli intentionally cultured on the devices. This finding paves the way to widespread introduction of PEDOT:PSS electrophysiology devices to the clinic. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Enhancement of Thermoelectric Properties of PEDOT:PSS and Tellurium-PEDOT:PSS Hybrid Composites by Simple Chemical Treatment

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    Jin Bae, Eun; Hun Kang, Young; Jang, Kwang-Suk; Yun Cho, Song

    2016-01-01

    The thermoelectric properties of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) and tellurium-PEDOT:PSS (Te-PEDOT:PSS) hybrid composites were enhanced via simple chemical treatment. The performance of thermoelectric materials is determined by their electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and Seebeck coefficient. Significant enhancement of the electrical conductivity of PEDOT:PSS and Te-PEDOT:PSS hybrid composites from 787.99 and 11.01 to 4839.92 and 334.68 S cm-1, respectively was achieved by simple chemical treatment with H2SO4. The power factor of the developed materials could be effectively tuned over a very wide range depending on the concentration of the H2SO4 solution used in the chemical treatment. The power factors of the developed thermoelectric materials were optimized to 51.85 and 284 μW m-1 K-2, respectively, which represent an increase of four orders of magnitude relative to the corresponding parameters of the untreated thermoelectric materials. Using the Te-PEDOT:PSS hybrid composites, a flexible thermoelectric generator that could be embedded in textiles was fabricated by a printing process. This thermoelectric array generates a thermoelectric voltage of 2 mV using human body heat.

  16. Decohesion Kinetics of PEDOT:PSS Conducting Polymer Films

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    Dupont, Stephanie R.

    2013-10-17

    The highly conductive polymer PEDOT:PSS is a widely used hole transport layer and transparent electrode in organic electronic devices. To date, the mechanical and fracture properties of this conductive polymer layer are not well understood. Notably, the decohesion rate of the PEDOT:PSS layer and its sensitivity to moist environments has not been reported, which is central in determining the lifetimes of organic electronic devices. Here, it is demonstrated that the decohesion rate is highly sensitive to the ambient moisture content, temperature, and mechanical stress. The kinetic mechanisms are elucidated using atomistic bond rupture models and the decohesion process is shown to be facilitated by a chemical reaction between water molecules from the environment and strained hydrogen bonds. Hydrogen bonds are the predominant bonding mechanism between individual PEDOT:PSS grains within the layer and cause a significant loss in cohesion when they are broken. Understanding the decohesion kinetics and mechanisms in these films is essential for the mechanical integrity of devices containing PEDOT:PSS layers and yields general guidelines for the design of more reliable organic electronic devices. Decohesion rate in PEDOT:PSS conducting films is studied under varied environmental conditions. The moisture content in the environment is the most important factor accelerating the decohesion in the PEDOT:PSS layer, which is detrimental for device reliability. The findings on the decohesion rate and mechanisms, elucidated by atomic kinetic models, are essential for the design of more reliable organic electronic devices containting PEDOT:PSS layers. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Towards assessing Product/Service-Systems (PSS) within the Danish maritime industry: A PSS positioning map

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    Hsuan, Juliana; Andersen, Jakob Axel Bejbro; Bey, Niki

    2012-01-01

    their position in terms of the balance between product-related and service-related activities. Judging from a workshop carried out with companies from the maritime industry and researchers in the area, the approach seems promising, but requires improvements on questionnaire and Matrix. These need to incorporate...... further improvements regarding the factor of time and the applicability related to product/service portfolios, as opposed to single product/services. The authors already plan further research on the identified issues.......In response to requirements resulting from a changing business landscape from solely physical-product-based value creation towards performance-based value creation, this paper presents a questionnaire-based matrix, the PSS Categorization Matrix, that is developed in order to help organizations find...

  18. Energy level and thickness control on PEDOT:PSS layer for efficient planar heterojunction perovskite cells

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    Wang, Chunhua; Zhang, Chujun; Tong, Sichao; Xia, Huayan; Wang, Lijuan; Xie, Haipeng; Gao, Yongli; Yang, Junliang

    2018-01-01

    Efficient planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells (PHJ-PSCs) with an architecture of ITO/PEDOT:PSS/CH3NH3PbI3/PCBM/Al were fabricated by controlling the energy level and thickness of the PEDOT:PSS layer, where the PEDOT:PSS precursor was diluted with deionized water (H2O) and isopropyl alcohol (IPA), i.e. W-PEDOT:PSS and I-PEDOT:PSS. The performance parameters of the PHJ-PSCs showed soaring enhancement after employing W-PEDOT:PSS or I-PEDOT:PSS instead of pristine PEDOT:PSS (P-PEDOT:PSS), resulting in an increase of the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of W-PEDOT:PSS-based PHJ-PSCs to 15.60% from 11.95% for P-PEDOT:PSS-based PHJ-PSCs. The performance improvement results from two aspects. On the one hand, as compared to P-PEDOT:PSS, the occupied molecular orbital energy (HOMO) level of dilute PEDOT:PSS showed an impressive decrease and can well match the valence band of CH3NH3PbI3 film, resulting in less energy loss and a significant improvement in the open-circuit voltage (V oc). On the other hand, the dilute PEDOT:PSS could produce a thinner film as compared with the P-PEDOT:PSS, which also played an important role in the performance of the PHJ-PSCs. Furthermore, the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) results indicated that the interface between perovskite and PEDOT:PSS was greatly improved by employing W-PEDOT:PSS or I-PEDOT:PSS, leading to an obvious decrease in the series resistance (R s) and an increase in the recombination resistance (R rec). The research demonstrated that diluting PEDOT:PSS with a common solvent, such as H2O and IPA, is a feasible low-temperature way of achieving efficient PHJ-PSCs.

  19. Layered composites of PEDOT/PSS/nanoparticles and PEDOT/PSS/phthalocyanines as electron mediators for sensors and biosensors

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    Celia García-Hernández

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The sensing properties of electrodes chemically modified with PEDOT/PSS towards catechol and hydroquinone sensing have been successfully improved by combining layers of PEDOT/PSS with layers of a secondary electrocatalytic material such as gold nanoparticles (PEDOT/PSS/AuNPs, copper phthalocyanine (PEDOT/PSS/CuPc or lutetium bisphthalocyanine (PEDOT/PSS/LuPc2. Layered composites exhibit synergistic effects that strongly enhance the electrocatalytic activity as indicated by the increase in intensity and the shift of the redox peaks to lower potentials. A remarkable improvement has been achieved using PEDOT/PSS/LuPc2, which exhibits excellent electrocatalytic activity towards the oxidation of catechol. The kinetic studies demonstrated diffusion-controlled processes at the electrode surfaces. The kinetic parameters such as Tafel slopes and charge transfer coefficient (α confirm the improved electrocatalytic activity of the layered electron mediators. The peak currents increased linearly with concentration of catechol and hydroquinone over the range of 1.5 × 10−4 to 4.0 × 10−6 mol·L−1 with a limit of detection on the scale of μmol·L−1. The layered composite hybrid systems were also found to be excellent electron mediators in biosensors containing tyrosinase and laccase, and they combine the recognition and biocatalytic properties of biomolecules with the unique catalytic features of composite materials. The observed increase in the intensity of the responses allowed detection limits of 1 × 10−7 mol·L−1 to be attained.

  20. Enhanced organic photovoltaic properties via structural modifications in PEDOT:PSS due to graphene oxide doping

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    Goutham, Raj P.; Sandhya, Rani V.; Kanwat, Anil; Jang, Jin, E-mail: jjang@khu.ac.kr

    2016-02-15

    Highlights: • Graphene oxide(GO) blended with PEDOT:PSS is used as HTL for PTB7:PCBM BHJ solar cells. • Increase in conductivity due to structural alterations in PEDOT:PSS by GO addition. • The structural alterations are reaveled under Raman spectroscopy, XPS and AFM. • PEDOT:PSS changed to extended coil due to addition of GO to PEDOT:PSS. • Enhanced conductivity after GO addition to PEDOT:PSS resulted in enhanced PCE. - Abstract: Poly(3,4-thylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate), PEDOT:PSS is a well-known conductive polymer for hole transport in organic devices, the properties of which can be enhanced by doping. Common dopants are metal oxides and nanoparticles. In this study, addition of graphene oxide (GO) to PEDOT:PSS as a dopant is addressed in organic photovoltaics (OPVs). With GO doping, electrical conductivity and transport properties of PEDOT:PSS increases due to structural alterations in the presence of −COOH and −OH functional groups in GO. These structural alterations have been revealed under detailed study of Raman spectra, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis, Topographical and conductive Atom force microscopy (AFM/C-AFM) mapping. OPVs fabricated using PEDOT:PSS: GO (5:1) as a hole transport layer (HTL) exhibited a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.68%, which was higher than the 7.01% that was obtained for the OPVs using pristine PEDOT:PSS.

  1. Simulation-Based Business Case for PSS: A System Dynamics Framework

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    Rodrigues, Vinicius Picanco; Pigosso, Daniela Cristina Antelmi; McAloone, Tim C.

    2017-01-01

    Many potential business benefits have been widely associated with the implementation of PSS. Still, several significant challenges fortransitioning to PSS persist, especially in regards to materializing the business benefits. To tackle such difficulty, this paper suggests a theorydrivenconcept of...... over time. The paper’s preliminary results identify the potential for managers andother decision-makers to use the business case simulator to assessing PSS-related business benefits and responding to multiple implementationscenarios and strategies.......Many potential business benefits have been widely associated with the implementation of PSS. Still, several significant challenges fortransitioning to PSS persist, especially in regards to materializing the business benefits. To tackle such difficulty, this paper suggests a theorydrivenconcept...... of a business case for PSS implementation and management, based on a System Dynamics simulation framework. With amaturity-oriented theoretical perspective and the associated capability concepts, the study provides insights into how the development of PSScapabilities can potentially affect corporate performance...

  2. Systematic Approach to Formulate PSS Development Project Proposals in the Fuzzy Front End

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    Barquet, Ana Paula B.; Pigosso, Daniela Cristina Antelmi; Rozenfeld, Henrique

    2013-01-01

    be considered by companies during this definition. The systematization of PSS attributes may help increase the knowledge about different PSS projects that can emerge in the front end, thus leading to the discovery of opportunities that are not apparent in the existing business models and give rise to new ideas......Product-service systems (PSS) adoption has increased over the last years due to its potential for innovative value creation. However, the identification of ideas and opportunities in the innovation planning and the structuring of PSS projects are still incipient in organizations, following the same...... patterns adopted for product development. Currently, there is not a systematic approach that can be followed for the formulation of PSS proposals in the fuzzy front end. Therefore, the aim of this research is to develop a method for defining PSS project proposals based on attributes that should...

  3. Thermal operating window for PEDOT:PSS films and its related thermoelectric properties

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    Stepien, Lukas; Roch, Aljoscha; Tkachov, Roman

    2017-01-01

    a morphological and a chemical part. In the range of room temperature and ∼160 °C PEDOT:PSS films follow the known exponential degradation which imposes morphological degradation, while at higher temperatures this law is not suitable to match the experimental data. Thus we extended the known exponential equation...... treated PEDOT:PSS films at potential operating temperatures. Here we observed the electrical degradation of the film up to complete failure. Further, the thermal aging of PEDOT:PSS still lacks of understanding. It is pointed out that PEDOT:PSS films show a complex degradation mechanism which includes...

  4. Influence of MWCNTs Doping on the Structure and Properties of PEDOT:PSS Films

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    Jiao Li

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene:poly(4-styrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS doped with multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs films is fabricated on quartz substrates by spin coating method. The effects of MWCNTs on the structure and properties of PEDOT:PSS film have been investigated. X-ray diffractometer (XRD and Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy (FTRM show that the crystallization behavior and the main chain of PEDOT:PSS are not changed. Atomic force microscopy (AFM shows that individual nanotubes are well dispersed in the PEDOT:PSS matrix. Moreover, some nanotubes overlap into a net-like structure, forming new conductive channels, which can enhance efficiently the film conductivity. The conductivity of PEDOT:PSS film doped with a lower percentage of MWCNTs (0.2 wt% is 9.16 S/cm, higher than that of pure PEDOT:PSS film (0.28 S/cm, although the optical transmission of PEDOT:PSS decreases a little after the addition of MWCNTs. The interaction between MWCNTs and PEDOT:PSS during melt mixing is also given a possible explanation.

  5. Quasi-one dimensional in-plane conductivity in filamentary films of PEDOT:PSS

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    Ruit, K. van de; Cohen, R.I.; Bollen, D.; Mol, T. van; Yerushalmi-Rozen, R.; Janssen, R.A.J.; Kemerink, M.

    2013-01-01

    The mechanism and magnitude of the in-plane conductivity of poly(3,4-ethy-lenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) thin films is determined using temperature dependent conductivity measurements for various PEDOT:PSS weight ratios with and without a high boiling solvent (HBS). Without

  6. Risk Management Challenges in Large-scale Energy PSS

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    Tegeltija, Miroslava; Oehmen, Josef; Kozin, Igor

    2017-01-01

    Probabilistic risk management approaches have a long tradition in engineering. A large variety of tools and techniques based on the probabilistic view of risk is available and applied in PSS practice. However, uncertainties that arise due to lack of knowledge and information are still missing...... adequate representations. We focus on a large-scale energy company in Denmark as one case of current product/servicesystems risk management best practices. We analyze their risk management process and investigate the tools they use in order to support decision making processes within the company. First, we...... identify the following challenges in the current risk management practices that are in line with literature: (1) current methods are not appropriate for the situations dominated by weak knowledge and information; (2) quality of traditional models in such situations is open to debate; (3) quality of input...

  7. Supporting the Development of Environmentally Sustainable PSS by Means of the Ecodesign Maturity Model

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    Pigosso, Daniela Cristina Antelmi; McAloone, Tim C.

    2015-01-01

    for the integration of the new practices for PSS development into the EcoM2. In total, 17 best practices for PSS development were identified in this research, and integrated into the EcoM2. The proposed EcoM2 for PSS model has the potential to support the development of environmentally sustainable PSS.......Despite their substantial potential for enabling increased environmental performance, product/service-systems (PSS) are not intrinsically environmentally sustainable. In order to ensure increased sustainability performance, PSSand related business models needs to be developed taking into account...... best practice for ecodesign implementation and management. The Ecodesign Maturity Model (EcoM2) is a management framework that supports manufacturing companies to consistently and systematicallyimplement ecodesign, based on a step-by-step approach. EcoM2 contains a database containing more than 600...

  8. Industry specific PSS: A study of opportunities and barriers for maritime suppliers

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    Andersen, Jakob Axel Bejbro; McAloone, Tim C.; Garcia i Mateu, Adrià

    2013-01-01

    Product-Service System (PSS) business models are finding applications with suppliers and manufacturers across industries, but the models have yet to establish a strong foothold in the maritime sector. A number of metrics for evaluating the attractiveness of PSS business models have been proposed...... in chiefly design research and operations management literature. This paper applies a number of these metrics to the maritime sector using data from a number of maritime suppliers. It is found that the industry is, at least in some aspects, attractive from this PSS metrics standpoint. To explain the inherent...... lack of PSS maturity in the industry despite this metrics-based conclusion, the discussion moves beyond the quantitative factors and considers a number of organisational, structural and cultural issues that stand in the way of PSS. This paper is based on the initial responses provided by maritime...

  9. Product/Service-System Origins and Trajectories: A Systematic Literature Review of PSS Definitions and their Characteristics

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    Haase, Ronja P.; Pigosso, Daniela Cristina Antelmi; McAloone, Tim C.

    2017-01-01

    their interrelationships. As the result of a strict protocol, the paper identifies 52 prominent definitions related to PSS, where the citationrelations between the prominent definitions are studied and graphically illustrated. The definitions are furthermore analyzed to identify commonPSS definition characteristics......Literature provides multiple definitions on Product/Service-Systems (PSS), and as the field develops, certain trajectories emerge. The purpose ofthis article is to provide an overview of the stabilization of PSS definitions within PSS research, by presenting the most prominent PSS definitionsand...... and eleven different characteristics identified. Descriptive analysis is carried out on the identified PSS definitioncharacteristics, to determine commonalties and differences in the field. Even though the literature provides many different variations of PSS definitions, there is certain convergence...

  10. PEDOT:PSS-Containing Nanohydroxyapatite/Chitosan Conductive Bionanocomposite Scaffold: Fabrication and Evaluation

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    Alireza Lari

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Conductive poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene-poly(4-styrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS was incorporated into nanohydroxyapatite/chitosan (nHA/CS composite scaffolds through a freezing and lyophilization technique. The bionanocomposite conductive scaffold was then characterized using several techniques. A scanning electron microscope image showed that the nHA and PEDOT:PSS were dispersed homogeneously in the chitosan matrix, which was also confirmed by energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX analysis. The conductive properties were measured using a digital multimeter. The weight loss and water-uptake properties of the bionanocomposite scaffolds were studied in vitro. An in vitro cell cytotoxicity test was carried out using mouse fibroblast (L929 cells cultured onto the scaffolds. Using a freezing and lyophilization technique, it was possible to fabricate three-dimensional, highly porous, and interconnected PEDOT:PSS/nHA/CS scaffolds with good handling properties. The porosity was 74% and the scaffold’s conductivity was 9.72±0.78 μS. The surface roughness was increased with the incorporation of nHA and PEDOT:PSS into the CS scaffold. The compressive mechanical properties increased significantly with the incorporation of nHA but did not change significantly with the incorporation of PEDOT:PSS. The PEDOT:PSS-containing nHA/CS scaffold exhibited significantly higher cell attachment. The PEDOT:PSS/nHA/CS scaffold could be a potential bionanocomposite conductive scaffold for tissue engineering.

  11. Nozzle Printed-PEDOT:PSS for Organic Light Emitting Diodes with Various Dilution Rates of Ethanol

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    Dai Geon Yoon

    2018-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we investigated the ink formulation of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS as the hole injection layer (HIL in an organic light emitting diode (OLED structure. Generally, in a PEDOT:PSS solution, water is incorporated in the solution for the solution process. However, the fabrication of thin film which contained the water, main solvent, could not easily form by using printing technology except spin-coating process because of the high surface tension of water. On the other hand, mixing PEDOT:PSS solution and ethanol (EtOH, a dilution solvent, could restrain the non-uniform layer that forms by the high surface tension and low volatility of water. Therefore, we printed a PEDOT:PSS solution with various concentrations of EtOH by using a nozzle printer and obtained a uniform pattern. The line width of PEDOT:PSS diluted with 90% (volume ratio ehtanol was measured as about 4 mm with good uniformity with a 0.1 mm nozzle. Also, imaging software and a scanning electron microscope (SEM were used to measure the uniformity of PEDOT:PSS coated on a substrate. Finally, we fabricated a green phosphorescent OLED device with printed-PEDOT:PSS with specific concentrations of EtOH and we achieved a current efficiency of 27 cd/A with uniform quality of luminance in the case of device containing 90% EtOH.

  12. Development of an Innovation Model Based on a Service-Oriented Product Service System (PSS

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    Seungkyum Kim

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Recently, there have been many attempts to cope with increasingly-diversified and ever-changing customer needs by combining products and services that are critical components of innovation models. Although not only manufacturers, but also service providers, try to integrate products and services, most of the previous studies on Product Service System (PSS development deal with how to effectively integrate services into products from the product-centric point of view. Services provided by manufacturers’ PSSes, such as delivery services, training services, disposal services, and so on, offer customers ancillary value, whereas products of service providers’ PSSes enrich core value by enhancing the functionality and quality of the service. Thus, designing an effective PSS development process from the service-centric point of view is an important research topic. Accordingly, the purpose of this paper is to propose a service-oriented PSS development process, which consists of four stages: (1 strategic planning; (2 idea generation and selection; (3 service design; and (4 product development. In the proposed approach, the PSS development project is initiated and led by a service provider from a service-centric point of view. From the perspective of methodology, customer needs are converted into product functions according to Quality Function Deployment (QFD, while Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP is employed to prioritize the functions. Additionally, this paper illustrates a service-oriented PSS development that demonstrates the application of the proposed process. The proposed process and illustration are expected to serve as a foundation for research on service-oriented PSS development and as a useful guideline for service providers who are considering the development of a service-oriented PSS.

  13. Charge injection and accumulation in organic light-emitting diode with PEDOT:PSS anode

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    Weis, Martin; Otsuka, Takako; Taguchi, Dai; Manaka, Takaaki; Iwamoto, Mitsumasa

    2015-04-01

    Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays using flexible substrates have many attractive features. Since transparent conductive oxides do not fit the requirements of flexible devices, conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) has been proposed as an alternative. The charge injection and accumulation in OLED devices with PEDOT:PSS anodes are investigated and compared with indium tin oxide anode devices. Higher current density and electroluminescence light intensity are achieved for the OLED device with a PEDOT:PSS anode. The electric field induced second-harmonic generation technique is used for direct observation of temporal evolution of electric fields. It is clearly demonstrated that the improvement in the device performance of the OLED device with a PEDOT:PSS anode is associated with the smooth charge injection and accumulation.

  14. Improved efficiency of organic solar cells using Au NPs incorporated into PEDOT:PSS buffer layer

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    Otieno, Francis; Shumbula, Ndivhuwo P.; Airo, Mildred; Mbuso, Mlambo; Moloto, Nosipho; Erasmus, Rudolph M.; Quandt, Alexander; Wamwangi, Daniel

    2017-08-01

    Au based plasmonic phenomenon inside the hole transport layer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) of an organic solar cell based on blend of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6:6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid (PCBM) is investigated. The concentration of the Au nanoparticles synthesized by wet chemical reduction is one of the key factors to strong light trapping when the spherical gold nanoparticles are blended into the PEDOT:PSS solution. Studies of the influence of the concentration of nanoparticles distribution in the PEDOT:PSS were carried out using UV-Vis spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. Electrical characteristics of the pristine device and of device with metallic nanostructures were analyzed from J -V characteristics to observe the plasmonic effects on the performance in the P3HT:PCBM organic solar cells. The origin of the photocurrent enhancements with varying Au nanoparticles concentrations on PEDOT:PSS are discussed.

  15. Nonvolatile write-once-read-many-times memory device with functionalized-nanoshells/PEDOT:PSS nanocomposites

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    Avila-Nino, J.A.; Segura-Cardenas, E. [Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Instituto de Investigacion en Comunicacion Optica, Alvaro Obregon 64 Zona Centro, 78000 SLP (Mexico); Sustaita, A.O. [Instituto Potosino de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica, Camino a la presa San Jose 2055, CP 78216, San Luis Potosi (Mexico); Cruz-Cruz, I. [Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Instituto de Investigacion en Comunicacion Optica, Alvaro Obregon 64 Zona Centro, 78000 SLP (Mexico); Lopez-Sandoval, R. [Instituto Potosino de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica, Camino a la presa San Jose 2055, CP 78216, San Luis Potosi (Mexico); Reyes-Reyes, M., E-mail: reyesm@iico.uaslp.mx [Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, Instituto de Investigacion en Comunicacion Optica, Alvaro Obregon 64 Zona Centro, 78000 SLP (Mexico)

    2011-03-25

    We have investigated the memory effect of the nanocomposites of functionalized carbon nanoshells (f-CNSs) mixed with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) doped with polystyrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) polymer. The f-CNSs were synthesized by the spray pyrolysis method and functionalized in situ with functional groups (OH, COOH, C-H, C-OH) with the aim of improving their compatibility in the aqueous dispersion of PEDOT:PSS. The current-voltage (I-V) sweep curves at room temperature for the Al/f-CNSs, for certain concentrations range, embedded in a PEDOT:PSS layer/Al devices showed electrical bistability for write-once-read-many-times (WORM) memory devices. The memory effect observed in the devices can be explained due to the existence of trapped charges in the f-CNSs/PEDOT:PSS layer. The carrier transport mechanisms for the memory devices is studied and discussed.

  16. Potential of PEDOT:PSS as a hole selective front contact for silicon heterojunction solar cells.

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    Jäckle, Sara; Liebhaber, Martin; Gersmann, Clemens; Mews, Mathias; Jäger, Klaus; Christiansen, Silke; Lips, Klaus

    2017-05-19

    We show that the highly conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) can successfully be applied as a hole selective front contact in silicon heterojunction (SHJ) solar cells. In combination with a superior electron selective heterojunction back contact based on amorphous silicon (a-Si), mono-crystalline n-type silicon (c-Si) solar cells reach power conversion efficiencies up to 14.8% and high open-circuit voltages exceeding 660 mV. Since in the PEDOT:PSS/c-Si/a-Si solar cell the inferior hybrid junction is determining the electrical device performance we are capable of assessing the recombination velocity (v I ) at the PEDOT:PSS/c-Si interface. An estimated v I of ~400 cm/s demonstrates, that while PEDOT:PSS shows an excellent selectivity on n-type c-Si, the passivation quality provided by the formation of a native oxide at the c-Si surface restricts the performance of the hybrid junction. Furthermore, by comparing the measured external quantum efficiency with optical simulations, we quantify the losses due to parasitic absorption of PEDOT:PSS and reflection of the device layer stack. By pointing out ways to better passivate the hybrid interface and to increase the photocurrent we discuss the full potential of PEDOT:PSS as a front contact in SHJ solar cells.

  17. Multiscale study of the formation of the PFI:PSS:PEDOT super structure and its HOMO-LUMO energies

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    Huang, Min

    2017-08-01

    The vertically self-organized concentration profile of the PSS:PEDOT:PFI layer from mesoscale DPD simulations presented in the previous contribution were inversely mapped back into atomistic scale. DFT quantum calculations were then performed to understand the nature of the formation of the PFI:PSS:PEDOT complex. Hydrogen bond bonding energy and deprotonation energy were obtained accordingly. The charge states of PSS polymer chain in this complex and its effects on the HOMO-LUMO (the work function) were discussed. The DFT quantum calculation revealed the formation of complex hydrogen bonding networks leading to the formation of super PFI:PSS:PEDOT structure. PFI was found to be a stronger H donor than PSS. The adding of PFI was found to have the effect of lowering the energy of PSS chain, as the result the HOMO of the PFI:PSS:PEDOT ternary structure was found to be -5.35 eV, lower than the original PSS:PEDOT binary structure. The increasing of the work function from the bottom to the top of the film can therefore be understood as the result of the combining effects of increasing PSS:PEDOT and PFI:PSS ratio in the vertical direction induced by PFI led phase segregation.

  18. PssP2 is a polysaccharide co-polymerase involved in exopolysaccharide chain-length determination in Rhizobium leguminosarum.

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    Full Text Available Production of extracellular polysaccharides is a complex process engaging proteins localized in different subcellular compartments, yet communicating with each other or even directly interacting in multicomponent complexes. Proteins involved in polymerization and transport of exopolysaccharide (EPS in Rhizobium leguminosarum are encoded within the chromosomal Pss-I cluster. However, genes implicated in polysaccharide synthesis are common in rhizobia, with several homologues of pss genes identified in other regions of the R. leguminosarum genome. One such region is chromosomally located Pss-II encoding proteins homologous to known components of the Wzx/Wzy-dependent polysaccharide synthesis and transport systems. The pssP2 gene encodes a protein similar to polysaccharide co-polymerases involved in determination of the length of polysaccharide chains in capsule and O-antigen biosynthesis. In this work, a mutant with a disrupted pssP2 gene was constructed and its capabilities to produce EPS and enter into a symbiotic relationship with clover were studied. The pssP2 mutant, while not altered in lipopolysaccharide (LPS, displayed changes in molecular mass distribution profile of EPS. Lack of the full-length PssP2 protein resulted in a reduction of high molecular weight EPS, yet polymerized to a longer length than in the RtTA1 wild type. The mutant strain was also more efficient in symbiotic performance. The functional interrelation between PssP2 and proteins encoded within the Pss-I region was further supported by data from bacterial two-hybrid assays providing evidence for PssP2 interactions with PssT polymerase, as well as glycosyltransferase PssC. A possible role for PssP2 in a complex involved in EPS chain-length determination is discussed.

  19. Cross-Talk Immunity of PEDOT:PSS Pressure Sensing Arrays with Gold Nanoparticle Incorporation.

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    Karmakar, Rajat Subhra; Lu, Yu-Jen; Fu, Yi; Wei, Kuo-Chen; Chan, Shun-Hsiang; Wu, Ming-Chung; Lee, Jyh-Wei; Lin, Tzu-Kang; Wang, Jer-Chyi

    2017-09-25

    In this study, the cross-talk effects and the basic piezoresistive characteristics of gold nanoparticle (Au-NP) incorporated poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) pressure sensing 2 × 2 arrays are investigated using a cross-point electrode (CPE) structure. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) mappings were carried out to confirm the incorporation of Au-NPs in the PEDOT:PSS films. A solution mixing process was employed to incorporate the nanoparticles. When the diameter of the Au-NPs incorporated in the PEDOT:PSS films (Au-NPs/PEDOT:PSS) was 20 nm, the piezoresistive pressure sensing 2 × 2 arrays were almost immune to cross-talk effects, which enhances the pressure sensing accuracy of the array. The Au-NPs render the PEDOT:PSS films more resilient. This is confirmed by the high plastic resistance values using a nanoindenter, which reduce the interference between the active and passive cells. When the size of the Au-NPs is more than 20 nm, a significant cross-talk effect is observed in the pressure sensing arrays as a result of the high conductivity of the Au-NPs/PEDOT:PSS films with large Au-NPs. With the incorporation of optimally sized Au-NPs, the PEDOT:PSS piezoresistive pressure sensing arrays can be promising candidates for future high-resolution fingerprint identification system with multiple-electrode array structures.

  20. Effect of Secondary Doping Using Sorbitol on Structure and Transport Properties of PEDOT-PSS Thin Films

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    Khasim, Syed; Pasha, Apsar; Roy, Aashish S.; Parveen, Ameena; Badi, Nacer

    2017-07-01

    Poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulphonate) (PEDOT-PSS) in the recent past has emerged as one of the most fascinating conducting polymers for many device applications. The unique feature of PEDOT-PSS is its transparency in the entire visible spectrum with excellent thermal stability. The PEDOT-PSS as prepared as an aqueous dispersion has very low conductivity, and it hinders the performance of a device. In this work we report the conductivity enhancement of PEDOT-PSS thin films through secondary doping using a polar organic solvent such as sorbitol. The mechanism of conductivity enhancement was studied through various physical and chemical characterizations. The effect of sorbitol concentration on structure and transport properties of PEDOT-PSS thin films was investigated in detail. The structural and morphological modifications in PEDOT-PSS due to the addition of sorbitol was studied through Fourier transform spectroscopy, Ultra Violet-visible spectroscopy, theromogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The interactions resulting from conformational changes of PEDOT chains that changes from coiled to linear structure due to the sorbitol treatment significantly improves the conductivity of PEDOT-PSS films. The secondary doping of sorbitol reduces the energy barrier that facilitates the charge carrier hopping leading to enhanced conductivity. We have observed that the conductivity of PEDOT-PSS thin films was increased by two fold due to sorbitol treatment when compared to conductivity of pure PEDOT-PSS. We have carried out detailed analysis of dielectric parameters of sorbitol-treated PEDOT-PSS films and found that sorbitol treatment has a significant effect on various dielectric attributes of PEDOT-PSS films. Hence, secondary doping using sorbitol could be a useful way to effectively tailor the conductivity and dielectric properties of PEDOT-PSS thin films that can be used as flexible electrodes in

  1. Surface Plasmon Peak Resonance Discovered in Sulfuric Acid Treated PEDOT-PSS Conductive Polymers

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    Andahazy, Wil; Baber, Ashleigh; Constantin, Costel

    Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(4-styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT-PSS) is one of the most promising transparent conductors which has applications in flexible electronics including organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs), organic photovoltaics (OPVs), and organic field transistors (OFETs). Recently, scientists discovered that post-treatment with sulfuric acid of PEDOT-PSS thin films result in electrical conductivity increase and a UV absorption decrease due to the replacement of majority of PSS with sulfate ions (SO42-). However, the optical properties of the acid treated PEDOT-PSS thin films are not very well understood. In this project, PEDOT-PSS thin films were deposited by either drop casting or spin coating onto microscopic slides, and then submerged into sulfuric acid for 10 minutes. We performed optical spectroscopy by using a HS-190 variable angle spectroscopic ellipsometer with a wavelength range of 200-2500 nm, and for the electrical properties we used a homemade van der Pauw set up. Our preliminary dielectric constants measurements show the existence of a plasmon resonance peak (PRP) present at 1100 nm. We will discuss the correlation between the PRP position and film thickness.

  2. Low-Temperature Cross-Linking of PEDOT:PSS Films Using Divinylsulfone.

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    Mantione, Daniele; Del Agua, Isabel; Schaafsma, Wandert; ElMahmoudy, Mohammed; Uguz, Ilke; Sanchez-Sanchez, Ana; Sardon, Haritz; Castro, Begoña; Malliaras, George G; Mecerreyes, David

    2017-05-31

    Recent interest in bioelectronics has prompted the exploration of properties of conducting polymer films at the interface with biological milieus. Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) doped with poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) from a commercially available source has been used as a model system for these studies. Different cross-linking schemes have been used to stabilize films of this material against delamination and redispersion, but the cost is a decrease in the electrical conductivity and/or additional heat treatment. Here we introduce divinylsulfone (DVS) as a new cross-linker for PEDOT:PSS. Thanks to the higher reactiveness of the vinyl groups of DVS, the cross-linking can be performed at room temperature. In addition, DVS does not reduce electronic conductivity of PEDOT:PSS but rather increases it by acting as a secondary dopant. Cell culture studies show that PEDOT:PSS:DVS films are cytocompatible and support neuroregeneration. As an example, we showed that this material improved the transconductance value and stability of an organic electrochemical transistor (OECT) device. These results open the way for the utilization of DVS as an effective cross-linker for PEDOT:PSS in bioelectronics applications.

  3. Validation of a Greek version of PSS-14; a global measure of perceived stress.

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    Katsarou, Alexia; Panagiotakos, Demosthenes; Zafeiropoulou, Aggeliki; Vryonis, Marios; Skoularigis, Ioannis; Tryposkiadis, Filippos; Papageorgiou, Charalabos

    2012-06-01

    To evaluate validity of the Greek version of a global measure of perceived stress PSS-14 (Perceived Stress Scale - 14 item). The original PSS-14 (theoretical range 0-56) was translated into Greek and then back-translated. One hundred men and women (39 +/- 10 years old, 40 men) participated in the validation process. Firstly, participants completed the Greek PSS-14 and, then they were interviewed by a psychologist specializing in stress management. Cronbach's alpha (a) evaluated internal consistency of the measurement, whereas Kendall's tau-b and Bland & Altman methods assessed consistency with the clinical evaluation. Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor analyses were conducted to reveal hidden factors within the data and to confirm the two-dimensional character of the scale. Mean (SD) PSS-14 score was 25(7.9). Strong internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha = 0.847) as well as moderate-to-good concordance between clinical assessment and PSS-14 (Kendall's tau-b = 0.43, p factors were extracted. Factor one explained 34.7% of variability and was heavily laden by positive items, and factor two that explained 10.6% of the variability by negative items. Confirmatory factor analysis revealed that the model with 2 factors had chi-square equal to 241.23 (p perceived stress in the Greek adult population living in urban areas; a finding that supports its local use in research settings as an evaluation tool measuring perceived stress, mainly as a risk factor but without diagnostic properties.

  4. Preparation of novel graphene-PEDOT:PSS nanocomposite films and fabrication of heterojunction diodes with n-Si

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    Pathak, C. S.; Singh, J. P.; Singh, R.

    2018-02-01

    In this paper, we report about the preparation of novel nanocomposite films based on graphene and poly (3,4 ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS). It has been observed that the prepared nanocomposite material shows excellent electrical conductivity of 60 S/cm and highly transparent (>90%) in the visible region. The resistivity of graphene and PEDOT:PSS nanocomposite films decreases as temperature increases, which is a characteristic behavior of semiconductors. The conductivity of nanocomposite film is enhanced by two orders of magnitude as compared to pristine PEDOT:PSS film. Au/graphene-PEDOT:PSS nanocomposite/n-Si/In-Ga diodes are fabricated and it exhibited rectifying behavior.

  5. Research of test fault diagnosis method for micro-satellite PSS

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    Wu, Haichao; Wang, Jinqi; Yang, Zhi; Yan, Meizhi

    2017-11-01

    Along with the increase in the number of micro-satellite and the shortening of the product's lifecycle, negative effects of satellite ground test failure become more and more serious. Real-time and efficient fault diagnosis becomes more and more necessary. PSS plays an important role in the satellite ground test's safety and reliability as one of the most important subsystems that guarantees the safety of micro-satellite energy. Take test fault diagnosis method of micro-satellite PSS as research object. On the basis of system features of PSS and classic fault diagnosis methods, propose a kind of fault diagnosis method based on the layered and loose coupling way. This article can provide certain reference for fault diagnosis methods research of other subsystems of micro-satellite.

  6. Laminated Polymer Solar Cells with PEDOT:PSS Film as Anode

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    Hou, Teng; Liang, Chun-Jun; Zhang, Fu-Jun; He, Zhi-Qun; Sun, Kai

    2014-02-01

    A prefabricated conductive polymer film of polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxy-thiophene):poly (styrene-sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) is developed and is used as the anode in an inverted polymer solar cell (PSC) through a lamination process. The geometry structure of the PSC is indium tin oxide/interface layer/P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS. The PEDOT:PSS electrode is 5 μm and the sheet resistance is 10Ω/sq. The device fabrication process is vacuum-free and extremely simple. Lithium carbonate (Li2CO3) and cesium carbonate (Cs2CO3) are used as the cathode interface layers, respectively, and the result shows that Li2CO3 can enhance the open-circuit voltage (Voc) and fill factor distinctly, and the power conversion efficiency (PCE) can reach 2.1%.

  7. Development of a Paper Actuator with PEDOT:PSS Thin-Films as An Electrode

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available A paper actuator was fabricated from poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene doped with poly(4-styrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS by a wet process without organic solvents. The paper actuator had a capacitor structure, with a cationic polymer as an insulating layer sandwiched between two PEDOT:PSS films as the electrodes. The thickness of the paper actuator was approximately 36 mm. We measured its displacement as a function of applied voltage and frequency; the maximum displacement was 2.2 mm at 1.5 V and 1 Hz.

  8. The dual axis radiographic hydrodynamic test (DARHT) facility personnel safety system (PSS) control system

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    Jacquez, Edward B [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2008-01-01

    The mission of the Dual Axis Radiograph Hydrodynamic Test (DARHT) Facility is to conduct experiments on dynamic events of extremely dense materials. The PSS control system is designed specifically to prevent personnel from becoming exposed to radiation and explosive hazards during machine operations and/or the firing site operation. This paper will outline the Radiation Safety System (RSS) and the High Explosive Safety System (HESS) which are computer-controlled sets of positive interlocks, warning devices, and other exclusion mechanisms that together form the PSS.

  9. Large area ITO-free flexible white OLEDs with Orgacon™ PEDOT:PSS and printed metal shunting lines

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    Harkema, S.; Mennema, S.; Barink, M.; Rooms, H.C.A.; Wilsona, J.S.; Mol, A.M.B. van; Bollen, D.

    2009-01-01

    We demonstrate the feasibility of white organic light-emitting diodes that exclude the transparent conductor indium-tinoxide. Instead, a highly conductive Orgacon™ PEDOT:PSS material in combination with a metal support structure is used as transparent anode and hole-injection layer. The PEDOT:PSS

  10. Validation of the Participation Strategies Self-Efficacy Scale (PS-SES).

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    Lee, Danbi; Fogg, Louis; Baum, Carolyn M; Wolf, Timothy J; Hammel, Joy

    2018-01-01

    To develop and examine the psychometric properties of a newly developed Participation Strategies Self-Efficacy Scale (PS-SES) designed to assess self-efficacy in using participation strategies following a stroke. One hundred and sixty-six subjects with mild to moderate stroke were recruited and interviewed using the PS-SES. The principal axis factoring analysis was run to examine the factor structure, and internal consistency was assessed by computing Cronbach's alpha coefficient. The final measure is a 35-item scale with six subscales: (1) managing home participation, (2) staying organized, (3) planning and managing community participation, (4) managing work/productivity, (5) managing communication, and (6) advocating for resources. The instrument demonstrated high internal consistency. The PS-SES is a reliable measure offering unique information regarding self-efficacy in managing participation. Implications for Rehabilitation Post-stroke participation requires complex management of resources, information, and strategies. There is a gap in instruments that can assess self-efficacy in managing participation following a stroke. The PS-SES is a valid tool measuring self-efficacy in using participation strategies in home, work, and community contexts.

  11. Clinical and functional profile of patients with the Painful Shoulder Syndrome (PSS).

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    Dias, Daniela; Matos, Marcos; Daltro, Carla; Guimarães, Armênio

    2008-01-01

    The Painful Shoulder Syndrome (PSS) is characterized by varying degrees of pain and functional limitation. The aim of this study is to describe the clinical and functional profile of these patients. 136 patients undergoing clinical treatment for PSS were evaluated by a questionnaire regarding the following variables: sex, age, occupation, affected shoulder and its dominance, image diagnosis, pain location, intensity and characteristics, physical activity involving the shoulder, preferential position of upper limbs during occupational activity, limitation of movements during activities o daily living, and job absenteeism. 74.3% of the patients were women (pshoulder was affected most frequently (58.8%) and dominant (91.9%). Rotator cuff tear was the most frequent shoulder pathology (75.4%). Treatment was sought more commonly in the chronic stage of pain (61.0%). Pain, moderate in intensity, predominated in males (54.3%) and severe pain was more frequent in females (47.5%), restricted to the shoulder in 44.1% and worsening at night (50%). The upper limbs were used more frequently below shoulder level during usual daily activities (68.4%), and limitation of movements was present mainly in women (63.4%, p=0.017). Rotator cuff tear is the most frequent cause of PSS. PSS produces pain and functional limitation, especially in women.

  12. PSS and TCSC damping controller coordinated design using PSO in multi-machine power system

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    Shayeghi, H., E-mail: hshayeghi@gmail.co [Technical Engineering Department, University of Mohaghegh Ardabili, Ardabil (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Safari, A.; Shayanfar, H.A. [Center of Excellence for Power System Automation and Operation, Electrical Engineering Department, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2010-12-15

    The paper develops a new design procedure for simultaneous coordinated designing of the thyristor controlled series capacitor (TCSC) damping controller and power system stabilizer (PSS) in multi-machine power system. The coordinated design problem of PSS and TCSC damping controllers over a wide range of loading conditions is converted to an optimization problem with the time domain-based objective function that is solved by a particle swarm optimization (PSO) technique which has a strong ability to find the most optimistic results. By minimizing the proposed fitness function in which oscillatory characteristics between areas are included and thus the interactions among the TCSC controller and PSS under transient conditions in the multi-machine power system are improved. To ensure the robustness of the proposed stabilizers, the design process takes a wide range of operating conditions into account. The effectiveness of the proposed controller is demonstrated through the nonlinear time-domain simulation and some performance indices studies. The results of these studies show that the proposed coordinated controllers have an excellent capability in damping power system inter-area oscillations and enhance greatly the dynamic stability of the power system. Moreover, it is superior to both the uncoordinated designed stabilizers of the PSS and the TCSC damping controller.

  13. Improved efficiency of organic solar cells using Au NPs incorporated into PEDOT:PSS buffer layer

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    Francis Otieno

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available Au based plasmonic phenomenon inside the hole transport layer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene-poly(styrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS of an organic solar cell based on blend of poly(3-hexylthiophene (P3HT and [6:6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid (PCBM is investigated. The concentration of the Au nanoparticles synthesized by wet chemical reduction is one of the key factors to strong light trapping when the spherical gold nanoparticles are blended into the PEDOT:PSS solution. Studies of the influence of the concentration of nanoparticles distribution in the PEDOT:PSS were carried out using UV–Vis spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. Electrical characteristics of the pristine device and of device with metallic nanostructures were analyzed from J –V characteristics to observe the plasmonic effects on the performance in the P3HT:PCBM organic solar cells. The origin of the photocurrent enhancements with varying Au nanoparticles concentrations on PEDOT:PSS are discussed.

  14. Reflections on product/service-system (PSS) conceptualisation in a course setting

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    Tan, Adrian; McAloone, Timothy Charles; Lauridsen, Erik Hagelskjær

    2009-01-01

    in a project course for the past five years. The methodology proposes four complementary dimensions of PSS: value proposition, product life cycle, activity modelling cycle and actor network, that all seem to comprehensively describe the essential conceptual design perspectives. Each of these dimensions...

  15. Temperature dependence of conductivity measurement for PEDOT:PSS and corresponding solar cell performance

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    Duarte, Fernanda; Myers, Brooke; Lucas, Tyler; Barnes, Brandon; Wang, Weining

    Conducting polymers have been studied and used widely; applications include light-emitting diodes, solar cells, and sensors. In our previous work, we have shown that conducting polymers can be used as the back contact of CdTe solar cells. Our results show that the efficiency of the CdTe solar cell increases as the conductivity of the polymer increases. For this reason, it is of interest to study the polymer conductivity's temperature dependence, and how it affects the solar cell. In this work, we show our studies on temperature dependence of conductivity measurement for poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS), and its effect on the CdTe/PEDOT:PSS solar cells. A series of PEDOT:PSS with different conductivities were studied, and a temperature-varying apparatus built in house, using a thermoelectric cooler module, was used to vary the temperature of the polymer films. The activation energy of PEDOT:PSS with different conductivity will be reported. The effect of the temperature on the short-circuit current, open-circuit voltage and efficiency of the solar cells will also be discussed. Clare Boothe Luce Foundation, Cottrell College Science Award from Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

  16. Comparing LCC with LCA to assess PSS sustainability: the case of the eco-box

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    Chong, K.N.; Dreijer, L.S.; Howard, Thomas J.

    2014-01-01

    Product/Service-Systems strategies are increasingly proving to be a source of competitive advantage and environmental improvement for engineering companies, the main hypothesis being that PSS should allow to decouple functionality, user satisfaction and financial income on the one hand, from...

  17. Measuring Malaysia School Resource Centers' Standards through iQ-PSS: An Online Management Information System

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    Zainudin, Fadzliaton; Ismail, Kamarulzaman

    2010-01-01

    The Ministry of Education has come up with an innovative way to monitor the progress of 9,843 School Resource Centers (SRCs) using an online management information system called iQ-PSS (Quality Index of SRC). This paper aims to describe the data collection method and analyze the current state of SRCs in Malaysia and explain how the results can be…

  18. Exciton quenching at PEDOT:PSS anode in polymer blue-light-emitting diodes

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    Abbaszadeh, D.; Wetzelaer, G.A.H.; Nicolai, H.T.; Blom, P.W.M.

    2014-01-01

    The quenching of excitons at the poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonic acid) PEDOT:PSS) anode in blue polyalkoxyspirobifluorene-arylamine polymer light-emitting diodes is investigated. Due to the combination of a higher electron mobility and the presence of electron traps, the

  19. Exciton quenching at PEDOT : PSS anode in polymer blue-light-emitting diodes

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    Abbaszadeh, D.; Wetzelaer, G. A. H.; Nicolai, H. T.; Blom, P. W. M.

    2014-01-01

    The quenching of excitons at the poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonic acid) (PEDOT:PSS) anode in blue polyalkoxyspirobifluorene-arylamine polymer light-emitting diodes is investigated. Due to the combination of a higher electron mobility and the presence of electron traps, the

  20. Microscopic understanding of the anisotropic conductivity of PEDOT:PSS thin films

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    Nardes, A.M.; Kemerink, M.; Janssen, R.A.J.; Bastiaansen, J.J.A.M.; Kiggen, N.M.M.; Langeveld, B.M.W.; Breemen, A.J.J.M. van; Kok, M.M. de

    2007-01-01

    The anisotropic conductivity of spin-coated poly(3,4- ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) thin films by temperature-dependent conductivity measurements, has been analyzed. A detailed 3D morphological model was derived from topographic scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and

  1. Application of solvent modified PEDOT:PSS to graphene electrodes in organic solar cells.

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    Park, Hyesung; Shi, Yumeng; Kong, Jing

    2013-10-07

    Graphene has been proposed as a promising transparent conducting electrode material in organic photovoltaic (OPV) solar cells to substitute the widely used indium tin oxide (ITO). Various studies have reported OPV devices with graphene electrodes showing comparable performances to ITO-based OPV cells. However, the fabrication reliability or device yield has not been widely discussed. In our investigation it was found that graphene-based OPVs tend to have much lower device yield than the ITO-based ones if similar fabrication processes are used. One possible reason could be due to the challenge faced in obtaining a uniform coating of PEDOT:PSS hole injection layer (HIL) on graphene. In fact, several attempts have been made to overcome this challenge. In this work, we report a facile method of solvent modification of PEDOT:PSS to achieve a homogeneous coating on graphene. A significant enhancement in the device yield was observed as compared to devices using normal aqueous solution based PEDOT:PSS; nevertheless, it was still only ∼50%. Further improvement was made by adding an additional electron blocking layer (EBL), molybdenum trioxide, after the coating of PEDOT:PSS. The observation in this work calls for further investigation to understand the role played by the HIL or EBL in graphene-based OPV devices.

  2. Effect of liquid immersion of PEDOT: PSS-coated polyester fabric on surface resistance and wettability

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    Getnet Tadesse, Melkie; Loghin, Carmen; Chen, Yan; Wang, Lichuan; Catalin, Dumitras; Nierstrasz, Vincent

    2017-06-01

    Coating of textile fabrics with poly (3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly (styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) is one of the methods used for obtaining functional or smart applications. In this work, we prepared PEDOT:PSS polymer with certain additives such as polyethylene glycol, methanol (MeOH), and ethylene glycol on polyester fabric substrates by a simple immersion process. Surface resistance was measured and analyzed with analysis of variance to determine the coating parameters at 95% confidence level. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) analysis and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) study of the samples were performed. Contact angle and washing fastness measurements were conducted, to observe the wettability and washing fastness of the samples, respectively. Surface resistance values were decreased by a factor of 100, due to conductive enhancers. As the immersion time and temperature condition varies, surface resistance showed no difference, statistically. FTIR analysis supports the idea that the mechanism responsible for the conductivity enhancement is the partial replacement of PSS from PEDOT chain by forming a hydrogen bond with hydroxyl ion (OH) of the conductive enhancers. A SEM images showed that PEDOT:PSS is well distributed to the surface of the fabrics. Contact angle measurements showed morphology change in the samples. The conductivity was reasonably stable after 10 washing cycles. Altogether, an effective simple immersion of coated polyester fabric is presented to achieve functional textiles that offer a broad range of possible applications.

  3. PEDOT:PSS/Graphene Nanocomposite Hole-Injection Layer in Polymer Light-Emitting Diodes

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    Chun-Hsuan Lin

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We report on effects of doping graphene in poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene: poly(styrene sulfonate, PEDOT:PSS, as a PEDOT:PSS/graphene nanocomposite hole injection layer on the performance enhancement of polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs. Graphene oxides were first synthesized and then mixed in the PEDOT:PSS solution with specifically various amounts. Graphenes were reduced in the PEDOT:PSS matrix through thermal reduction. PLED devices with hole-injection nanocomposite layer containing particular doping concentration were fabricated, and the influence of doping concentration on device performance was examined by systematically characterizations of various device properties. Through the graphene doping, the resistance in the hole-injection layer and the turn-on voltage could be effectively reduced that benefited the injection and transport of holes and resulted in a higher overall efficiency. The conductivity of the hole-injection layer was monotonically increased with the increase of doping concentration, performance indices from various aspects, however, did not show the same dependence because faster injected holes might alter not only the balance of holes and electrons but also their combination locations in the light-emitting layer. Results show that optimal doping concentration was the case with 0.03 wt% of graphene oxide.

  4. Effect of organic solvents on the properties of DWCNT/PEDOT:PSS transparent conductive films

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    Trinh Pham, Van; Thanh Cao, Thi; Le, Viet Cuong; Phan, Ngoc Hong; Pham, Duy Long; Phan, Ngoc Minh; Chuc Nguyen, Van

    2017-10-01

    In this study, the transparent conductive films (TCFs) based on double-walled carbon nanotube (DWCNT) and poly (3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene): poly (styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) were fabricated on glass substrates by spin coating method at room temperature. The DWCNTs with COOH functional group were dispersed in three different organic solvents including acetone, isopropanol and ethanol. The effect of organic solvents on the surface morphology, optical transmittance and sheet resistance of the DWCNT/PEDOT:PSS films were characterized by using the field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), UV–vis spectroscopy and four-point probe technique. The results showed that the DWCNT/PEDOT:PSS films with the DWCNT-COOH dispersed in ethanol solvent had high transmittance of 80.3% at the 550 nm wavelength, low sheet resistance of 14.5 Ω/□ and figure of merit of 7.69  ×  10‑3 Ω‑1. To evaluate the potential working performance in the photovoltaic devices, the prepared TCFs were used as a top electrode of the simple solar cell device based organic/inorganic (PEDOT:PSS/n-Si) hybrid structure. The highest power conversation efficiency (PCE) was obtained to be 5.35% for a cell using ethanol, which was about 2.3 and 1.4 times higher than that of cells using IPA and acetone as dispersion solvents for DWCNTs, respectively.

  5. The Thai version of the PSS-10: An Investigation of its psychometric properties

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    Wongpakaran Tinakon

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Among the stress instruments that measure the degree to which life events are perceived as stressful, the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS is widely used. The goal of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of a Thai version of the PSS-10 (T-PSS-10 with a clinical and non-clinical sample. Internal consistency, test-retest reliability, concurrent validity, and the factorial structure of the scale were tested. Methods A total sample of 479 adult participants was recruited for the study: 368 medical students and 111 patients from two hospitals in Northern Thailand. The T-PSS-10 was used along with the Thai version of State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI, the Thai Version of the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSES, and the Thai Depression Inventory (TDI. Results Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA yielded 2 factors with eigenvalues of 5.05 and 1.60, accounting for 66 percent of variance. Factor 1 consisted of 6 items representing "stress"; whereas Factor 2 consisted of 4 items representing "control". The item loadings ranged from 0.547 to 0.881. Investigation of the fit indices associated with Maximum Likelihood (ML estimation revealed that the two-factor solution was adequate [χ2 = 35.035 (df = 26, N = 368, p r = 0.60, p r = 0.55, p r = -0.46, p Conclusions The Thai version of the PSS-10 demonstrated excellent goodness-of-fit for the two factor solution model, as well as good reliability and validity for estimating the level of stress perception with a Thai population. Limitations of the study are discussed.

  6. Fabrication of water-dispersible and highly conductive PSS-doped PANI/graphene nanocomposites using a high-molecular weight PSS dopant and their application in H2S detection

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    Cho, Sunghun; Lee, Jun Seop; Jun, Jaemoon; Kim, Sung Gun; Jang, Jyongsik

    2014-11-01

    This work describes the fabrication of poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid)-doped polyaniline/graphene (PSS-doped PANI/graphene) nanocomposites and their use as sensing elements for hydrogen sulfide (H2S) detection. PSS with a weight-average molecular weight (Mw) of 1.96 × 106 was synthesized using low-temperature free-radical polymerization. The PSS was used as both a doping agent and a binding agent for the polymerization of aniline monomers in a biphasic system (water-chloroform) at -50 °C. The high Mw of PSS resulted in relatively large particle sizes and smooth surfaces of the PSS-doped PANI. These physical characteristics, in turn, resulted in low interparticle resistance and high conductivity. In addition, the PSS allowed homogeneous dispersion of reduced graphene sheets through electrostatic repulsion. The prepared PSS-doped PANI/graphene solutions showed good compatibility with flexible poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) substrates, making them suitable for flexible sensor electrodes. Changes in the charge-transport properties, such as protonation level, conjugation length, crystalline structure, and charge-transfer resistance, of the electrode materials were the main factors influencing the electrical and sensor performance of the PSS-doped PANI-based electrodes. PSS-doped PANI/graphene composites containing 30 wt% graphene showed the highest conductivity (168.4 S cm-1) and the lowest minimum detection level (MDL) for H2S gas (1 ppm). This result is consistent with the observed improvements in charge transport in the electrode materials via strong π-π stacking interactions between the PANI and the graphene sheets.This work describes the fabrication of poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid)-doped polyaniline/graphene (PSS-doped PANI/graphene) nanocomposites and their use as sensing elements for hydrogen sulfide (H2S) detection. PSS with a weight-average molecular weight (Mw) of 1.96 × 106 was synthesized using low-temperature free-radical polymerization. The PSS was

  7. Nano-gold assisted highly conducting and biocompatible bacterial cellulose-PEDOT:PSS films for biology-device interface applications.

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    Khan, Shaukat; Ul-Islam, Mazhar; Ullah, Muhammad Wajid; Israr, Muhammad; Jang, Jae Hyun; Park, Joong Kon

    2018-02-01

    This study reports the fabrication of highly conducting and biocompatible bacterial cellulose (BC)-gold nanoparticles (AuNPs)-poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) (BC-AuNPs-PEDOT:PSS) composites for biology-device interface applications. The composites were fabricated using ex situ incorporation of AuNPs and PEDOT:PSS into the BC matrix. Structural characterization, using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, confirmed the uniform nature of the synthesized BC-AuNPs and BC-AuNPs-PEDOT:PSS composites. Four-point probe analysis indicated that the BC-AuNPs and BC-AuNPs-PEDOT:PSS films had high electrical conductivity. The composites were also tested for biocompatibility with animal osteoblasts (MC3T3-E1). The composite films supported adhesion, growth, and proliferation of MC3T3-E1 cells, indicating that they are biocompatible and non-cytotoxic. AuNPs and PEDOT:PSS, imparted a voltage response, while BC imparted biocompatibility and bio-adhesion to the nanocomposites. Therefore, our BC-AuNPs-PEDOT:PSS composites are candidate materials for biology-device interfaces to produce implantable devices in regenerative medicine. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Liquid Exfoliated Graphene as Dopant for Improving the Thermoelectric Power Factor of Conductive PEDOT:PSS Nanofilm with Hydrazine Treatment.

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    Xiong, Jinhua; Jiang, Fengxing; Shi, Hui; Xu, Jingkun; Liu, Congcong; Zhou, Weiqiang; Jiang, Qinglin; Zhu, Zhengyou; Hu, Yongjing

    2015-07-15

    Here, we fabricated a highly conductive poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(4-styrenesulfonate) ( PSS) nanofilm via vacuum filtration with enhanced thermoelectric power factor by doping of liquid exfoliated graphene (GE) and hydrazine treatment. The effect of GE exfoliated in dimethylformamide (DMF) and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP) on the electrical conductivity and thermopower of PSS was investigated. Although electrical conductivity decreased with increasing GE, thermoelectric power factors of PSS nanofilms were improved with 3 wt % GE in DMF (38.6 μW m(-1) K(-2)) and in NMP (28.0 μW m(-1) K(-2)) compared to pure PSS (11.5 μW m(-1) K(-2)). The mechanism of improvement was proposed to be the removal of PSS and the good interaction between PEDOT and GE. With hydrazine treatment, 3 wt % GE-doped PSS nanofilm (PG3) showed a further enhanced power factor of 53.3 μW m(-1) K(-2) (∼5 times higher than that of pristine PSS nanofilm). The effects of hydrazine containing concentration, treatment time, and temperature on the electrical conductivity and Seebeck coefficient of PG3 were investigated systematically. An estimated thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) is 0.05 with the optimized power factor at room temperature.

  9. Enhanced thermoelectric properties of PEDOT/PSS/Te composite films treated with H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}

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    Song, Haijun; Cai, Kefeng, E-mail: kfcai@tongji.edu.cn [Tongji University, Key Laboratory of Advanced Civil Engineering Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering (China); Shen, Shirley [CSIRO Manufacturing (Australia)

    2016-12-15

    Firstly, tellurium (Te) nanorods with a high Seebeck coefficient have been integrated into a conducting polymer PEDOT/PSS to form PEDOT/PSS/Te composite films. The Seebeck coefficient of the PEDOT/PSS/Te (90 wt.%) composite films is ~191 μV/K, which is about 13 times greater than that of pristine PEDOT/PSS. Then, H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} treatment has been used to further tune the thermoelectric properties of the composite films by adjusting the doping level and increasing the carrier concentration. After the acid treatment, the electrical conductivity of the composite films has increased from 0.22 to 1613 S/cm due to the removal of insulating PSS and the structural rearrangement of PEDOT. An optimized power factor of 42.1 μW/mK{sup 2} has been obtained at room temperature for a PEDOT/PSS/Te (80 wt.%) sample, which is about ten times larger than that of the untreated PEDOT/PSS/Te composite film.

  10. Psychometric properties of the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS): measurement invariance between athletes and non-athletes and construct validity

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    Lin, Ju-Han; Nien, Chiao-Lin; Hsu, Ya-Wen; Liu, Hong-Yu

    2016-01-01

    Background Although Perceived Stress Scale (PSS, Cohen, Kamarack & Mermelstein, 1983) has been validated and widely used in many domains, there is still no validation in sports by comparing athletes and non-athletes and examining related psychometric indices. Purpose The purpose of this study was to examine the measurement invariance of PSS between athletes and non-athletes, and examine construct validity and reliability in the sports contexts. Methods Study 1 sampled 359 college student-athletes (males = 233; females = 126) and 242 non-athletes (males = 124; females = 118) and examined factorial structure, measurement invariance and internal consistency. Study 2 sampled 196 student-athletes (males = 139, females = 57, Mage = 19.88 yrs, SD = 1.35) and examined discriminant validity and convergent validity of PSS. Study 3 sampled 37 student-athletes to assess test-retest reliability of PSS. Results Results found that 2-factor PSS-10 fitted the model the best and had appropriate reliability. Also, there was a measurement invariance between athletes and non-athletes; and PSS positively correlated with athletic burnout and life stress but negatively correlated with coping efficacy provided evidence of discriminant validity and convergent validity. Further, the test-retest reliability for PSS subscales was significant (r = .66 and r = .50). Discussion It is suggested that 2-factor PSS-10 can be a useful tool in assessing perceived stress either in sports or non-sports settings. We suggest future study may use 2-factor PSS-10 in examining the effects of stress on the athletic injury, burnout, and psychiatry disorders. PMID:27994983

  11. NiS(NPs)-PEDOT-PSS composite counter electrode for a high efficiency dye sensitized solar cell

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    Maiaugree, Wasan [Integrated Nanotechnology Research Center, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Center for Alternative Energy Research and Development, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Pimparue, Pachara; Jarernboon, Wirat [Integrated Nanotechnology Research Center, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Pimanpang, Samuk [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok 10110 (Thailand); Amornkitbamrung, Vittaya [Integrated Nanotechnology Research Center, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Swatsitang, Ekaphan, E-mail: ekaphan@kku.ac.th [Integrated Nanotechnology Research Center, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Center for Alternative Energy Research and Development, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand)

    2017-06-15

    Graphical abstract: Figure(a) and (b) represent models depict PEDOT-PSS counter electrodes of DSSC without and with NiS NPs modification, respectively. The active surface area of PEDOT-PSS polymer can be improved by combining with NiS(NPs). The I-V curves in figure (c) show the superior photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 8.18% for NiS(NPs)/PEDOT-PSS DSSC. - Highlights: • Active surface area of PEDOT-PSS CE can be improved by mixing with NiS(NPs). • Electrocatalytic activity of mixed NiS(NPs)/PEDOT-PSS polymer is also improved. • NiS(NPs)/PEDOT-PSS CE shows a very low charge transfer resistance of 0.46 Ω. • In this work, the high photovoltaic conversion efficiency of 8.18% is achieved. - Abstract: Nickel sulfide (NiS) nanoparticles (NPs) (NiS(NPs)) were prepared by the hydrothermal method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results indicate the hexagonal structure of NiS(NPs). SEM micrographs reveal the agglomeration of irregular hexagonal – shaped NiS(NPs) with estimated particle size in the range of 50–150 nm. Counter electrodes (CEs) of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) were prepared by coating the composite slurry of different NiS(NPs) loadings and Poly (3, 4-Ethylendioxythiophene) – Poly (Styrene Sulfonate) (PEDOT-PSS) on fluoride-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrates using a doctor blading technique. Cyclic voltammetry (CV) results indicate that the composites of NiS(NPs) and PEDOT-PSS (NiS(NPs)/PEDOT-PSS) films could function as a catalyst for I{sub 3}{sup −} reduction with a maximum cell efficiency of 8.18% for a cell of 0.3 g NiS(NPs) loading.

  12. Determining Factors for Stress Perception Assessed with the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-4) in Spanish and Other European Samples.

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    Vallejo, Miguel A; Vallejo-Slocker, Laura; Fernández-Abascal, Enrique G; Mañanes, Guillermo

    2018-01-01

    Objective: Stress perception depends on cultural and social aspects that vary from one country to another. One of the most widely disseminated methods of assessing psychological stress is the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-4). Therefore, in order to identify these factors and their impact on mental health, the present study compares the PSS-4 results among three European countries (Great Britain, France and Spain). This study focuses on PSS-4 results within a Spanish sample to determine: (1) normative data, reliability and validity of PSS-4 in a Spanish sample and (2) how stress perception changes depending on cultural and social factors. Methods: The data were obtained from a website representing a service of a smoking cessation program, the study represented a service that was open to all individuals. The number of participants were 37,451. They reported their age, gender, nationality, marital status, education and employment status, and completed two psychological questionnaires (PPS-4 and the anxiety and depression scales of the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised, SCL 90-R). Results: The PSS-4 scores could differentiate between relevant sociodemographic variables (such as sex, age, nationality, marital status, education, parental status, employment status, and income class). The PSS-4 scores showed a positive correlation with the SCL 90-R anxiety and depression scales. The normed values for interpreting the PSS-4 scores are presented. The PSS-4 showed adequate internal consistency and reliability. Conclusions: The PSS-4 is a useful instrument for assessing stress perception levels in the general population in different countries. Its internal consistency is sufficient for a 4-item scale.

  13. Psychometric properties of the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS): measurement invariance between athletes and non-athletes and construct validity.

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    Chiu, Yi-Hsiang; Lu, Frank Jing-Horng; Lin, Ju-Han; Nien, Chiao-Lin; Hsu, Ya-Wen; Liu, Hong-Yu

    2016-01-01

    Although Perceived Stress Scale (PSS, Cohen, Kamarack & Mermelstein, 1983) has been validated and widely used in many domains, there is still no validation in sports by comparing athletes and non-athletes and examining related psychometric indices. The purpose of this study was to examine the measurement invariance of PSS between athletes and non-athletes, and examine construct validity and reliability in the sports contexts. Study 1 sampled 359 college student-athletes (males = 233; females = 126) and 242 non-athletes (males = 124; females = 118) and examined factorial structure, measurement invariance and internal consistency. Study 2 sampled 196 student-athletes (males = 139, females = 57, Mage = 19.88 yrs, SD = 1.35) and examined discriminant validity and convergent validity of PSS. Study 3 sampled 37 student-athletes to assess test-retest reliability of PSS. Results found that 2-factor PSS-10 fitted the model the best and had appropriate reliability. Also, there was a measurement invariance between athletes and non-athletes; and PSS positively correlated with athletic burnout and life stress but negatively correlated with coping efficacy provided evidence of discriminant validity and convergent validity. Further, the test-retest reliability for PSS subscales was significant (r = .66 and r = .50). It is suggested that 2-factor PSS-10 can be a useful tool in assessing perceived stress either in sports or non-sports settings. We suggest future study may use 2-factor PSS-10 in examining the effects of stress on the athletic injury, burnout, and psychiatry disorders.

  14. Psychometric properties of the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS: measurement invariance between athletes and non-athletes and construct validity

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    Yi-Hsiang Chiu

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Background Although Perceived Stress Scale (PSS, Cohen, Kamarack & Mermelstein, 1983 has been validated and widely used in many domains, there is still no validation in sports by comparing athletes and non-athletes and examining related psychometric indices. Purpose The purpose of this study was to examine the measurement invariance of PSS between athletes and non-athletes, and examine construct validity and reliability in the sports contexts. Methods Study 1 sampled 359 college student-athletes (males = 233; females = 126 and 242 non-athletes (males = 124; females = 118 and examined factorial structure, measurement invariance and internal consistency. Study 2 sampled 196 student-athletes (males = 139, females = 57, Mage = 19.88 yrs, SD = 1.35 and examined discriminant validity and convergent validity of PSS. Study 3 sampled 37 student-athletes to assess test-retest reliability of PSS. Results Results found that 2-factor PSS-10 fitted the model the best and had appropriate reliability. Also, there was a measurement invariance between athletes and non-athletes; and PSS positively correlated with athletic burnout and life stress but negatively correlated with coping efficacy provided evidence of discriminant validity and convergent validity. Further, the test-retest reliability for PSS subscales was significant (r = .66 and r = .50. Discussion It is suggested that 2-factor PSS-10 can be a useful tool in assessing perceived stress either in sports or non-sports settings. We suggest future study may use 2-factor PSS-10 in examining the effects of stress on the athletic injury, burnout, and psychiatry disorders.

  15. Bringing service design to manufacturing companies: integrating PSS and service design approaches

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    Costa, Nina; Patrício, Lia; Morelli, Nicola

    2018-01-01

    a design research methodology and built on Service-Dominant logic, integrating the human-oriented perspective of Service Design with an organizational network-oriented perspective of Product–Service System. It creates a new Integrative PSS approach, evolves design models, and provides an application...... in a manufacturing industry. This paper details how the application supports the design of product–service system solutions from the exploration to the implementation stages, highlighting the physical evidence of service, and contributes to advance design research at the intersection of PSS and Service Design.......Manufacturing companies increasingly try to innovate in their offers to consumers by creating more complete solutions that combine product and service components. However, shifting from a product-centric perspective to a solution-oriented perspective is challenging. The present study adopted...

  16. Revisiting PSS and service design in the light of the SD-logic

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    Costa, Nina; Patrício, Lia; Morelli, Nicola

    2016-01-01

    are only means to an end. Also, different approaches, methods and tools have been developed to design value propositions however they still lack to explicit the SDlogic principles. The design of solutions that provide value-in-use is at the centre of both Product Service System (PSS) approach and service...... comprehensive discussion about these two approaches and proposes a conceptual framework for integrating PSS organizational point of view; and SD human-centred focus to design better service.......Researchers and practitioners have increasingly recognized the importance of offering value propositions to customers that enable value co-creation as discussed in the service dominant logic (SD-logic). SD-logic recognizes customers as active co-creators and posits that products and services...

  17. Dimensionalidade da escala de estresse percebido (Perceived Stress Scale, PSS-10 em uma amostra de professores

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    Full Text Available O presente estudo teve por objetivo investigar a dimensionalidade da Escala de Estresse Percebido em sua versão de 10 itens (PSS-10 em uma amostra de professores (N = 517. Uma análise fatorial exploratória pelo método de extração minimum rank factor analysis, utilizando a matriz de correlações policóricas e o critério de análise paralela para retenção dos fatores indicou a solução unifatorial como a mais ajustada aos dados. Os itens possuíram cargas fatoriais adequadas e o fator retido explicou 67% da variância comum dos escores, apresentando consistência interna (a = 0,80. Este estudo fornece evidências de validade da PSS-10 no contexto brasileiro.

  18. The Danish Prostatic Symptom Score (DAN-PSS-1) questionnaire is reliable in stroke patients

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    Tibaek, Sigrid; Jensen, Rigmor; Klarskov, Peter

    2006-01-01

    AIMS: To investigate the test-retest reliability of Danish Prostatic Symptom Score (DAN-PSS-1) questionnaire in a sample of stroke patients. METHODS: A prospective study design was used in which the stroke patients were invited to complete a postal self-administrated DAN-PSS-1 questionnaire twice....... The questionnaire consists of 12 questions related to lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). The participants were asked to state the frequency and severity of their symptoms (symptom score) and its impact on their daily life (bother score). Seventy-one stroke patients were included and 59 (83%) answered...... the questionnaire twice. The reliability test was done in two aspects: (a) detecting the frequency of each symptom and its bother factor, the scores were reduced to a two-category scale (=0, >0) and simple kappa statistics was used; (b) detecting the severity of each symptom and its bother factor, the total scale...

  19. Influence of electrolyte distribution in PEDOT:PSS based flexible electrochromic devices

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    Gavim, Anderson E. X.; Santos, Gustavo H.; de Souza, Edgar H.; Rodrigues, Paula C.; Floriano, João B.; Kamikawachi, Ricardo C.; de Deus, Jeferson F.; Macedo, Andreia G.

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    Two flexible electrochromic devices based on PEDOT:PSS were prepared by roll-to-roll method, these devices were built with the conventional layered geometry or using PEO:LiClO4 and charge balancing material mixed at the same layer. Analysis of the properties leads to the conclusion that the presence of the percolation channels of PEDOT:PSS inside the PEO/LiClO4 results in the performance improvement as monitored by impedance spectroscopy and the respective Randles equivalent circuits. From mixed electrochromic layer, ηd increases up to 834 C-1 cm2 after 1.5 s of switch time, while the corresponding layered device showed ηd of 472 C-1 cm2 at the same time interval.

  20. A comprehensive Engineering Environment to conceptualize, design and monitor Product Service Systems (PSS) - an application case

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    Sala, Roberto; Sassanelli, Claudio; Pezzotta, Giuditta; Terzi, Sergio

    2017-01-01

    The last decades have seen a remarkable evolution in customers' needs and requests. Their interest moved from purchasing the single product to receiving a prolonged support throughout the product lifecycle. In order to answer to these new requests, companies proposed a solution combining products and services called Product-Service System (PSS). In this optic, the role of service engineering grew over time. However, the supply of services not originally created for the considered product resu...

  1. Energy level alignment at C{sub 60}/DTDCTB/PEDOT:PSS interfaces in organic photovoltaics

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    Yoo, Jisu; Jung, Kwanwook; Jeong, Junkyeong; Hyun, Gyeongho [Institute of Physics and Applied Physics, Yonsei University, 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 03722 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Hyunbok, E-mail: hyunbok@kangwon.ac.kr [Department of Physics, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do 24341 (Korea, Republic of); Yi, Yeonjin, E-mail: yeonjin@yonsei.ac.kr [Institute of Physics and Applied Physics, Yonsei University, 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 03722 (Korea, Republic of)

    2017-04-30

    Highlights: • The interfacial energy level alignment of C{sub 60}/DTDCTB/PEDOT:PSS was determined via in situ UPS and IPES measurements. • A large photovoltaic gap of 1.30 eV was evaluated between the DTDCTB donor and C{sub 60} acceptor. • A low hole extraction barrier of 0.42 eV from DTDCTB to PEDOT:PSS was evaluated. • The excellent electronic properties of DTDCTB with a narrow band gap were the source of its high OPV power conversion efficiencies. - Abstract: The electronic structure of a narrow band gap small molecule ditolylaminothienyl–benzothiadiazole–dicyanovinylene (DTDCTB), possessing a donor-acceptor-acceptor configuration, was investigated with regard to its application as an efficient donor material in organic photovoltaics (OPVs). The interfacial orbital alignment of C{sub 60}/DTDCTB/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) was determined using in situ ultraviolet photoelectron and inverse photoelectron spectroscopic methods. The ionization energy and electron affinity values of DTDCTB were measured to be 5.27 eV and 3.65 eV, respectively, and thus a very small transport gap of 1.62 eV was evaluated. Large band bending of DTDCTB on PEDOT:PSS was observed, resulting in a low hole extraction barrier. Additionally, the photovoltaic gap between the highest occupied molecular orbital level of the DTDCTB donor and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital level of the C{sub 60} acceptor was estimated to be 1.30 eV, which is known to be the theoretical maximum open-circuit voltage in OPVs employing the C{sub 60}/DTDCTB active layer. The unique electronic structures of DTDCTB contributed toward the recently reported excellent power conversion efficiencies of OPVs containing a DTDCTB donor material.

  2. A facile micropatterning method for a highly flexible PEDOT:PSS on SU-8

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    Cho, Nam Chul

    2016-04-17

    We report the micropatterning of conducting polymer on the epoxy-based photoresist to demonstrate fully organic, conducting and flexible electrodes. We show that polystyrene sulfonic acid can be covalently linked to the surface of the photoresist (SU-8) by forming sulfonyl ester at the interfaces. We also present an application of the patterned PEDOT:PSS (poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonate)/SU-8 to the electroplating of metal electrodes. © 2016 Elsevier B.V.

  3. P-doped organic semiconductor: Potential replacement for PEDOT:PSS in organic photodetectors

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    Herrbach, J.; Revaux, A., E-mail: amelie.revaux@cea.fr [University of Grenoble Alpes, CEA-LITEN, Grenoble 38000 (France); Vuillaume, D. [IEMN, CNRS, University of Lille, Villeneuve d' Ascq 59652 (France); Kahn, A. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey 08544 (United States)

    2016-08-15

    In this work, we present an alternative to the use of PEDOT:PSS as hole transport and electron blocking layers in organic photodetectors processed by solution. As Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) is known to be sensitive to humidity, oxygen, and UV, removing this layer is essential for lifetime improvements. As a first step to achieving this goal, we need to find an alternative layer that fulfills the same role in order to obtain a working diode with similar or better performance. As a replacement, a layer of poly[(4,8-bis-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-benzo(1,2-b:4,5-b′)dithiophene)-2, 6-diyl-alt-(4-(2-ethylhexanoyl)-thieno[3,4-b]thiophene-)-2-6-diyl)] (PBDTTT-c) p-doped with the dopant tris-[1-(trifluoroethanoyl)-2-(trifluoromethyl)ethane-1,2-dithiolene] (Mo(tfd-COCF{sub 3}){sub 3}) is used. This p-doped layer effectively lowers the hole injection barrier, and the low electron affinity of the polymer prevents the injection of electrons into the active layer. We show similar device performance under light and the improvements of detection performance with the doped layer in comparison with PEDOT:PSS, leading to a detectivity of 1.9 × 10{sup 13} cm (Hz){sup 1/2} (W){sup −1}, competitive with silicon diodes used in imaging applications. Moreover, contrary to PEDOT:PSS, no localization of the p-doped layer is needed, leading to a diode active area defined by the patterned electrodes.

  4. Inkjet-Printed PEDOT:PSS Electrodes on Paper for Electrocardiography.

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    Bihar, Eloïse; Roberts, Timothée; Saadaoui, Mohamed; Hervé, Thierry; De Graaf, Jozina B; Malliaras, George G

    2017-03-01

    Inkjet-printed PEDOT:PSS electrodes are shown to record cutaneous electrophysiological signals such as electrocardiograms via a simple finger-to-electrode contact. The recordings are of high quality and show no deterioration over a 3 month period, paving the way for the development of the next generation of low-cost, convenient-to-use healthcare monitoring devices. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  5. Collaborative Product/Service-Systems – On conceptualisation of PSS offerings and business nets

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    Mougaard, Krestine; Neugebauer, Line Maria; McAloone, Tim C.

    2012-01-01

    Collaborative PSS development and operation, where multiple stakeholders are involved, is an emerging research area. This articles looks at the intra and inter-organisational company considerations in the industry case of company collaboration in the maritime branch. Initial steps are taken towar...... a framework that aligns service strategies and their unique value proposition with a set of business nets that seeks lights on the value-logic and management mechanisms to design and control each network....

  6. Electromechanical properties of polyamide/lycra fabric treated with PEDOT:PSS

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    Tadesse, M. G.; Mengistie, D. A.; Loghin, C.; Chen, Y.; Wang, L.; Catalin, D.; Müller, C.; Nierstrasz, V.

    2017-10-01

    One of the challenges in smart textiles is to develop suitable multifunctional materials that can address simultaneously several characteristics such as durability, stretchability, lightweight, and conductivity. Conductive polymers which showed success in different technological fields like polymer solar cells and light emitting diodes are promising in many smart textile applications. In this work, we treated a common polyamide/lycra knitted fabric with PEDOT:PSS for stretchable e-textiles. PEDOT:PSS, with DMSO as a conductivity enhancer and different ratios of water-based polyurethane dispersions as a binder, was applied to the fabric with simple immersion and coating applications. The effect of different application methods and binder ratio on the surface resistance of the fabric was monitored with four point probe electrical surface resistance measurement systems. Samples prepared by immersion technique are more uniform and have higher conductivity than those prepared by a coating technique. SEM images showed that PEDOT:PSS is incorporated into the structure in the immersion method while in the coating it is majorly present on the surface of the fabric. The tensile measurement showed that the acidic PEDOT:PSS and polyurethane dispersion coating has no adverse effect on the tensile strength of the fabric. The coated samples can be stretched up to 700% while still reasonably conductive. The resistance increases only by a small amount when samples were stretched cyclically by stretching 100%. Generally, samples prepared by the immersion method maintained better conductivity while stretching than those by a coating method. The washing fastness of the samples was also assessed.

  7. Functional solid additive modified PEDOT:PSS as an anode buffer layer for enhanced photovoltaic performance and stability in polymer solar cells

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    Xu, Binrui; Gopalan, Sai-Anand; Gopalan, Anantha-Iyengar; Muthuchamy, Nallal; Lee, Kwang-Pill; Lee, Jae-Sung; Jiang, Yu; Lee, Sang-Won; Kim, Sae-Wan; Kim, Ju-Seong; Jeong, Hyun-Min; Kwon, Jin-Beon; Bae, Jin-Hyuk; Kang, Shin-Won

    2017-03-01

    Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) is most commonly used as an anode buffer layer in bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) polymer solar cells (PSCs). However, its hygroscopic and acidic nature contributes to the insufficient electrical conductivity, air stability and restricted photovoltaic (PV) performance for the fabricated PSCs. In this study, a new multifunctional additive, 2,3-dihydroxypyridine (DOH), has been used in the PEDOT: PSS buffer layer to obtain modified properties for PEDOT: PSS@DOH and achieve high PV performances. The electrical conductivity of PEDOT:PSS@DOH films was markedly improved compared with that of PEDOT:PSS. The PEDOT:PSS@DOH film exhibited excellent optical characteristics, appropriate work function alignment, and good surface properties in BHJ-PSCs. When a poly(3-hexylthiohpene):[6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester blend system was applied as the photoactive layer, the power conversion efficiency of the resulting PSCs with PEDOT:PSS@DOH(1.0%) reached 3.49%, outperforming pristine PEDOT:PSS, exhibiting a power conversion enhancement of 20%. The device fabricated using PEDOT:PSS@DOH (1.0 wt%) also exhibited improved thermal and air stability. Our results also confirm that DOH, a basic pyridine derivative, facilitates adequate hydrogen bonding interactions with the sulfonic acid groups of PSS, induces the conformational transformation of PEDOT chains and contributes to the phase separation between PEDOT and PSS chains.

  8. Functional solid additive modified PEDOT:PSS as an anode buffer layer for enhanced photovoltaic performance and stability in polymer solar cells.

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    Xu, Binrui; Gopalan, Sai-Anand; Gopalan, Anantha-Iyengar; Muthuchamy, Nallal; Lee, Kwang-Pill; Lee, Jae-Sung; Jiang, Yu; Lee, Sang-Won; Kim, Sae-Wan; Kim, Ju-Seong; Jeong, Hyun-Min; Kwon, Jin-Beom; Bae, Jin-Hyuk; Kang, Shin-Won

    2017-03-24

    Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) is most commonly used as an anode buffer layer in bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) polymer solar cells (PSCs). However, its hygroscopic and acidic nature contributes to the insufficient electrical conductivity, air stability and restricted photovoltaic (PV) performance for the fabricated PSCs. In this study, a new multifunctional additive, 2,3-dihydroxypyridine (DOH), has been used in the PEDOT: PSS buffer layer to obtain modified properties for PEDOT: PSS@DOH and achieve high PV performances. The electrical conductivity of PEDOT:PSS@DOH films was markedly improved compared with that of PEDOT:PSS. The PEDOT:PSS@DOH film exhibited excellent optical characteristics, appropriate work function alignment, and good surface properties in BHJ-PSCs. When a poly(3-hexylthiohpene):[6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester blend system was applied as the photoactive layer, the power conversion efficiency of the resulting PSCs with PEDOT:PSS@DOH(1.0%) reached 3.49%, outperforming pristine PEDOT:PSS, exhibiting a power conversion enhancement of 20%. The device fabricated using PEDOT:PSS@DOH (1.0 wt%) also exhibited improved thermal and air stability. Our results also confirm that DOH, a basic pyridine derivative, facilitates adequate hydrogen bonding interactions with the sulfonic acid groups of PSS, induces the conformational transformation of PEDOT chains and contributes to the phase separation between PEDOT and PSS chains.

  9. Functional solid additive modified PEDOT:PSS as an anode buffer layer for enhanced photovoltaic performance and stability in polymer solar cells

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    Xu, Binrui; Gopalan, Sai-Anand; Gopalan, Anantha-Iyengar; Muthuchamy, Nallal; Lee, Kwang-Pill; Lee, Jae-Sung; Jiang, Yu; Lee, Sang-Won; Kim, Sae-Wan; Kim, Ju-Seong; Jeong, Hyun-Min; Kwon, Jin-Beon; Bae, Jin-Hyuk; Kang, Shin-Won

    2017-01-01

    Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) is most commonly used as an anode buffer layer in bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) polymer solar cells (PSCs). However, its hygroscopic and acidic nature contributes to the insufficient electrical conductivity, air stability and restricted photovoltaic (PV) performance for the fabricated PSCs. In this study, a new multifunctional additive, 2,3-dihydroxypyridine (DOH), has been used in the PEDOT: PSS buffer layer to obtain modified properties for PEDOT: PSS@DOH and achieve high PV performances. The electrical conductivity of PEDOT:PSS@DOH films was markedly improved compared with that of PEDOT:PSS. The PEDOT:PSS@DOH film exhibited excellent optical characteristics, appropriate work function alignment, and good surface properties in BHJ-PSCs. When a poly(3-hexylthiohpene):[6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester blend system was applied as the photoactive layer, the power conversion efficiency of the resulting PSCs with PEDOT:PSS@DOH(1.0%) reached 3.49%, outperforming pristine PEDOT:PSS, exhibiting a power conversion enhancement of 20%. The device fabricated using PEDOT:PSS@DOH (1.0 wt%) also exhibited improved thermal and air stability. Our results also confirm that DOH, a basic pyridine derivative, facilitates adequate hydrogen bonding interactions with the sulfonic acid groups of PSS, induces the conformational transformation of PEDOT chains and contributes to the phase separation between PEDOT and PSS chains. PMID:28338088

  10. Analysis of the PEDOT:PSS/Si nanowire hybrid solar cell with a tail state model

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    Ho, Kuan-Ying; Li, Chi-Kang; Syu, Hong-Jhang; Lai, Yi; Lin, Ching-Fuh; Wu, Yuh-Renn

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, the electrical properties of the poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS)/silicon nanowire hybrid solar cell have been analyzed and an optimized structure is proposed. In addition, the planar PEDOT:PSS/c-Si hybrid solar cell is also modeled for comparison. We first developed a simulation software which is capable of modeling organic/inorganic hybrid solar cells by including Gaussian shape density of states into Poisson and drift-diffusion solver to present the tail states and trap states in the organic material. Therefore, the model can handle carrier transport, generation, and recombination in both organic and inorganic materials. Our results show that at the applied voltage near open-circuit voltage (Voc), the recombination rate becomes much higher at the PEDOT:PSS/Si interface region, which limits the fill factor and Voc. Hence, a modified structure with a p-type amorphous silicon (a-Si) layer attached on the interface of Si layer and an n+-type Si layer inserted near the bottom contact are proposed. The highest conversion efficiency of 16.10% can be achieved if both structures are applied.

  11. Monitoring neural stem cell differentiation using PEDOT-PSS based MEA.

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    Furukawa, Yuriko; Shimada, Akiyoshi; Kato, Koichi; Iwata, Hiroo; Torimitsu, Keiichi

    2013-09-01

    Transplantation is one potential clinical application of neural stem cells (NSCs). However, it is very difficult to monitor/control NSCs after transplantation and so provide effective treatment. Electrical measurement using a poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT-PSS) modified microelectrode array (MEA) is a biocompatible, non-invasive, non-destructive approach to understanding cell conditions. This property makes continuous monitoring available for the evaluation/assessment of the development of cells such as NSCs. A PEDOT-PSS modified MEA was used to monitor electrical signals during NSC development in a culture derived from rat embryo striatum in order to understand the NSC differentiation conditions. Electrical data indicated that NSCs with nerve growth factor (NGF) generate a cultured cortical neuron-like burst pattern while a random noise pattern was measured with epidermal growth factor (EGF) at 4days in vitro (DIV) and a burst pattern was observed in both cases at 11 DIV indicating the successful monitoring of differentiation differences and developmental changes. The electrical analysis of cell activity using a PEDOT-PSS modified MEA could indicate neural network formation by differentiated neurons. Changes in NSC differentiation could be monitored. The method is based on non-invasive continuous measurement and so could prove a useful tool for the primary/preliminary evaluation of a pharmaceutical analysis. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled Organic Bioelectronics-Novel Applications in Biomedicine. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Silver Nanoparticles in PEDOT:PSS Layer for Polymer Solar Cell Application

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    Agnieszka Iwan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We compare the performance of polymer solar cells based on poly(3-hexylthiophene (P3HT and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM with silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs incorporated in poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene:poly(styrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS. The structure of constructed solar devices was ITO/PEDOT:PSS:Ag NPs/P3HT:PCBM/Al. Typical polyol chemistry was used to synthesize silver in water solution. Ag nanoparticles were investigated by UV-vis, atomic force microscopy (AFM, and dynamic light scattering (DLS methods. We investigated influence of amount of silver in a hole transporting layer on the performance of bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells. The value of power conversion efficiency (PCE, equal to 2.16% under simulated 100 mW/cm2 AM 1.5G irradiation, was found for device created in air with 60 µL of Ag NPs added to 1 mL of PEDOT:PSS. Along with the increase amount of Ag NPs from 60 to 150 µL, the PCE decrease was found. Stability of solar cells with Ag was also investigated. The loss in value of PCE after 8 months was found in the range 13–47% depending on the device architecture. The solar cells were additionally measured with impedance spectroscopy.

  13. The Investigation of High Quality PEDOT:PSS Film by Multilayer-Processing and Acid Treatment

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    Po-Wen Sze

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available In this study, we have investigated the performance of multilayer films of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene:poly(styrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS treated with one of the perfluorinated carboxylic acids, named trifluoroacetic acid (TFA. According to the increased density of the PEDOT chain under unit area conditions, the sheet resistance (Rsq has improved from 300 to 65 Ω/sq through additional processing of PEDOT:PSS from single layer to multilayer. After the further treatment with TFA, however, the Rsq of the multilayer PEDOT:PSS was enhanced to 45 Ω/sq, leading to the decline of film thickness from 400 to 270 nm. Both conductivity and work function based on X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy results have built a breakthrough by double-processing because of the higher density of conductive PEDOT chains and the increase of 0.4 eV alternatives to typical indium tin oxide substrate, respectively. This improvement is contributed to the development of more effective transparent electrodes.

  14. Optimizing the electrical properties of PEDOT:PSS films by co-solvents and their application in polymer photovoltaic cells

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    Pathak, C. S.; Singh, J. P.; Singh, R.

    2017-09-01

    A simple optimizing approach that improves the electrical properties of poly (3,4-ethylenedioxylthiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) films and their application in heterojunction diodes and polymer photovoltaic cells is presented in this paper. The optimizing process is performed by mixing the organic solvents n-methyl-2-pyrrolidone and methanol along with dimethyl sulfoxide into PEDOT:PSS solution achieving the facile combination of the solvent effect. Electrical conductivity varies from 0.16 to 194 S/cm by variation in the concentration of n-methyl-2-pyrrolidone. It is shown that the enhancement in conductivity of PEDOT:PSS films with co-solvents by three orders of magnitude is achieved compared to pristine PEDOT:PSS with transparency >92% in the visible region. The heterojunction diodes fabricated with co-solvents studied in this work showed rectifying behavior, and polymer photovoltaic cells fabricated with the co-solvents exhibited photovoltaic performance.

  15. Solution-processed MoO3:PEDOT:PSS hybrid hole transporting layer for inverted polymer solar cells.

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    Wang, Yiling; Luo, Qun; Wu, Na; Wang, Qiankun; Zhu, Hongfei; Chen, Liwei; Li, Yan-Qing; Luo, Liqiang; Ma, Chang-Qi

    2015-04-08

    Solution-processed organic-inorganic hybrids composing of MoO3 nanoparticles and PEDOT:PSS were developed for use in inverted organic solar cells as hole transporting layer (HTL). The hybrid MoO3:PEDOT:PSS inks were prepared by simply mixing PEDOT:PSS aqueous and MoO3 ethanol suspension together. A core-shell structure was proposed in the MoO3:PEDOT:PSS hybrid ink, where PEDOT chains act as the core and MoO3 nanoparticles connected with PSS chains act as the composite shell. The mixing with PEDOT:PSS suppressed the aggregation of MoO3 nanoparticles, which led to a smoother surface. In addition, since the hydrophilic PSS chains were passivated through preferentially connection with MoO3, the stronger adhesion between MoO3 nanoparticles and the photoactive layer improved the film forming ability of the MoO3:PEDOT:PSS hybrid ink. The MoO3:PEDOT:PSS hybrid HTL can therefore be feasibly deposited onto the hydrophobic photoactive polymer layer without any surface treatment. The use of the MoO3:PEDOT:PSS hybrid HTL resulted in the optimized P3HT:PC61BM- and PTB7:PC61BM-based inverted organic solar cells reaching highest power conversion efficiencies of 3.29% and 5.92%, respectively, which were comparable with that of the control devices using thermally evaporated MoO3 HTL (3.05% and 6.01%, respectively). Furthermore, less HTL thickness dependence of device performance was found for the hybrid HTL-based devices, which makes it more compatible with roll-to-roll printing process. In the end, influence of the blend ratio of MoO3 to PEDOT:PSS on photovoltaic performance and device stability was studied carefully, results indicated that the device performance would decrease with the increase of MoO3 blended ratio, whereas the long-term stability was improved.

  16. The Vietnamese version of the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-10): Translation equivalence and psychometric properties among older women.

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    Dao-Tran, Tiet-Hanh; Anderson, Debra; Seib, Charrlotte

    2017-02-06

    The Perceived Stress Scale 10 item (PSS-10) has been translated into more than 20 languages and used widely in different populations. Yet, to date, no study has tested psychometric properties of the instrument among older women and there is no Vietnamese version of the instrument. This study translated the PSS-10 into Vietnamese and assessed Vietnamese version of the Perceived Stress Scale 10 items (V-PSS-10) for translation equivalence, face validity, construct validity, correlations, internal consistency reliability, and test-retest reliability among 473 women aged 60 and over. The study found that V-PSS-10 retained the original meaning and was understood by Vietnamese older women. An exploratory factor analysis of the V-PSS-10 yielded a two-factor structure, and these two factors were significantly correlated (0.56, p perceived stress in future research and practice. However, future research would be useful to further endorse the validity and reliability of the V-PSS-10.

  17. Scalable and Facile Preparation of Highly Stretchable Electrospun PEDOT:PSS@PU Fibrous Nonwovens toward Wearable Conductive Textile Applications.

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    Ding, Yichun; Xu, Wenhui; Wang, Wenyu; Fong, Hao; Zhu, Zhengtao

    2017-09-06

    Flexible and stretchable conductive textiles are highly desired for potential applications in wearable electronics. This study demonstrates a scalable and facile preparation of all-organic nonwoven that is mechanically stretchable and electrically conductive. Polyurethane (PU) fibrous nonwoven is prepared via the electrospinning technique; in the following step, the electrospun PU nonwoven is dip-coated with the conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS). This simple method enables convenient preparation of PEDOT:PSS@PU nonwovens with initial sheet resistance in the range of 35-240 Ω/sq (i.e., the electrical conductivity in the range of 30-200 S m -1 ) by varying the number of dip-coating times. The resistance change of the PEDOT:PSS@PU nonwoven under stretch is investigated. The PEDOT:PSS@PU nonwoven is first stretched and then released repeatedly under certain strain (denoted as prestretching strain); the resistance of PEDOT:PSS@PU nonwoven becomes constant after the irreversible change for the first 10 stretch-release cycles. Thereafter, the resistance of the nonwoven does not vary appreciably under stretch as long as the strain is within the prestretching strain. Therefore, the PEDOT:PSS@PU nonwoven can be used as a stretchable conductor within the prestretching strain. Circuits using sheet and twisted yarn of the nonwovens as electric conductors are demonstrated.

  18. Evaluation of Psychometric Properties of the Arabic Version of PSS Stress Measuring Scale in the Moroccan Population

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    Dalal Ben Loubir

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available This study was conducted to examine the psychometric properties of the classic Arabic version of the 10-item Perceived Stress Scale (PSS10 in a large sample of Moroccan population. A cross-sectional survey was yielded between December 2013 and January 2014 following an accidental sampling. Individuals aged above 18, from different socioeconomic categories, were invited to take part in the study. The participants had completed a questionnaire including the classic Arabic versions of PSS10. Two data collection methods involving the paper questionnaire (PQ and an electronic questionnaire (EQ were solicited. The psychometric properties of PSS10 were examined by internal consistency, test–retest reliability, convergent validity, and factorial structure. A total of 1,099 individuals have participated in the study. Internal consistencies of the classic Arabic PSS10 for both of PQ and EQ were respectively α = 0.72 and α = 0.85; the test–retest reliability score was 0.91. In both of PQ and EQ, PSS10 scores were higher among females (p < .01, and were positively and significantly correlated with the DASS21 subscales. The principal component analysis provided a two-factor structure. The percentages of variance explained by the two factors were 55.58 for EQ and 54.61 for PQ. The classic Arabic version of the PSS10 showed satisfactory psychometric properties in both data collection methods.

  19. PSS431

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  20. Electrical and Morphological Properties of Inkjet Printed Pedot/PSS Films

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    Garnett, E.; Ginley, D.

    2005-01-01

    Organic solar cells and LEDs are becoming more popular because their low cost materials, potential manufacturability, and recent gains in efficiency make them feasible for widespread commercialization in the near future. One significant manufacturing problem, especially for OLEDs, is the cost associated with creating patterned devices with spatially non-specific deposition methods such as spincoating. Inkjet printing can remove this problem. In recent years, inkjet printed polyethylene(3,4-dioxythiophene)/ polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT/PSS) has been incorporated into many organic devices to help charge transfer, but there has not been much research regarding the effect of different printing parameters on the electrical and morphological film properties. In this work, an atomic force microscope, four point probe, and Kelvin probe were used to study the effects of printing parameters on roughness, conductivity and workfunction. Inkjet printed PEDOT films were also compared to spincoated films to determine how the polymer deposition method affects the above properties. Generally, inkjet printing created rougher but more conductive films with a smaller workfunction. Additionally, it was demonstrated that the workfunction of PEDOT films could be tuned over a range of about 0.5 V by changing the solvent mixture or substrate surface pretreatment. All additives to the as received PEDOT/PSS suspension caused the workfunction to decrease. It was discovered that workfunction decreases as printing voltage increases, but the trend reverses after annealing the films. This phenomenon suggests that when DMSO interacts with PEDOT, the workfunction changes. Finally, the results support previous publications suggesting that DMSO increases conductivity through a screening effect and also by changing the distribution of PEDOT and PSS in the film.

  1. Flow curve analysis of a Pickering emulsion-polymerized PEDOT:PSS/PS-based electrorheological fluid

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    Kim, So Hee; Choi, Hyoung Jin; Leong, Yee-Kwong

    2017-11-01

    The steady shear electrorheological (ER) response of poly(3, 4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrene sulfonate)/polystyrene (PEDOT:PSS/PS) composite particles, which were initially fabricated from Pickering emulsion polymerization, was tested with a 10 vol% ER fluid dispersed in a silicone oil. The model independent shear rate and yield stress obtained from the raw torque-rotational speed data using a Couette type rotational rheometer under an applied electric field strength were then analyzed by Tikhonov regularization, which is the most suitable technique for solving an ill-posed inverse problem. The shear stress-shear rate data also fitted well with the data extracted from the Bingham fluid model.

  2. Highly porous scaffolds of PEDOT:PSS for bone tissue engineering.

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    Guex, Anne Géraldine; Puetzer, Jennifer L; Armgarth, Astrid; Littmann, Elena; Stavrinidou, Eleni; Giannelis, Emmanuel P; Malliaras, George G; Stevens, Molly M

    2017-10-15

    Conjugated polymers have been increasingly considered for the design of conductive materials in the field of regenerative medicine. However, optimal scaffold properties addressing the complexity of the desired tissue still need to be developed. The focus of this study lies in the development and evaluation of a conductive scaffold for bone tissue engineering. In this study PEDOT:PSS scaffolds were designed and evaluated in vitro using MC3T3-E1 osteogenic precursor cells, and the cells were assessed for distinct differentiation stages and the expression of an osteogenic phenotype. Ice-templated PEDOT:PSS scaffolds presented high pore interconnectivity with a median pore diameter of 53.6±5.9µm and a total pore surface area of 7.72±1.7m(2)·g(-1). The electrical conductivity, based on I-V curves, was measured to be 140µS·cm(-1) with a reduced, but stable conductivity of 6.1µS·cm(-1) after 28days in cell culture media. MC3T3-E1 gene expression levels of ALPL, COL1A1 and RUNX2 were significantly enhanced after 4weeks, in line with increased extracellular matrix mineralisation, and osteocalcin deposition. These results demonstrate that a porous material, based purely on PEDOT:PSS, is suitable as a scaffold for bone tissue engineering and thus represents a promising candidate for regenerative medicine. Tissue engineering approaches have been increasingly considered for the repair of non-union fractions, craniofacial reconstruction or large bone defect replacements. The design of complex biomaterials and successful engineering of 3-dimensional tissue constructs is of paramount importance to meet this clinical need. Conductive scaffolds, based on conjugated polymers, present interesting candidates to address the piezoelectric properties of bone tissue and to induce enhanced osteogenesis upon implantation. However, conductive scaffolds have not been investigated in vitro in great measure. To this end, we have developed a highly porous, electrically conductive scaffold

  3. Si/PEDOT:PSS core/shell nanowire arrays for efficient hybrid solar cells.

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    Lu, Wenhui; Wang, Chengwei; Yue, Wei; Chen, Liwei

    2011-09-01

    A solution filling and drying method has been demonstrated to fabricate Si/PEDOT:PSS core/shell nanowire arrays for hybrid solar cells. The hybrid core/shell nanowire arrays show excellent broadband anti-reflection, and resulting hybrid solar cells absorb about 88% of AM 1.5G photons in the 300-1100 nm range. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the hybrid solar cell reaches 6.35%, and is primarily limited by direct and indirect interfacial recombination of charge carriers.

  4. Transparent graphene/PEDOT-PSS composite films as counter electrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Hong, Wenjing; Xu, Yuxi; Lu, Gewu; Li, Chun; Shi, Gaoquan [Key Laboratory of Bioorganic Phosphorus Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2008-10-15

    Composite films of graphene and polystyreneslufonate doped poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (graphene/PEDOT-PSS) were deposited on indium tin oxide (ITO) substrates by spin coating at room temperature and applied as counter electrodes of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). A 60 nm thick composite film (contained 1 wt% graphene) coated ITO electrode exhibited high transmittance (>80%) at visible wavelengths and high electrocatalytic activity. The energy conversion efficiency of the cell with this film as counter electrode reached 4.5%, which is comparable to 6.3% of the cell with platinum counter electrode under the same experimental condition. (author)

  5. Transparent conductive electrodes from graphene/PEDOT:PSS hybrid inks for ultrathin organic photodetectors.

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    Liu, Zhaoyang; Parvez, Khaled; Li, Rongjin; Dong, Renhao; Feng, Xinliang; Müllen, Klaus

    2015-01-27

    A novel solution fabrication of large-area, highly conductive graphene films by spray-coating of a hybrid ink of exfoliated graphene (EG)/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) (PH1000) is demonstrated. The fabricated graphene films exhibit excellent mechanical properties, thus enabling their application as bottom electrodes in ultrathin organic photodetector devices with performance comparable to that of the state-of-the-art Si-based inorganic photodetectors. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. A paper-based electrode using a graphene dot/PEDOT:PSS composite for flexible solar cells

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    Lee, Chuan-Pei

    2017-04-22

    We have synthesized a metal-free composite ink that contains graphene dots (GDs) and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) that can be used on paper to serve as the counter electrode in a flexible dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). This paper-based GD/PEDOT:PSS electrode is low-cost, light-weight, flexible, environmentally friendly, and easy to cut and process for device fabrication. We determined the GD/PEDOT:PSS composite effectively fills the dense micro-pores in the paper substrate, which leads to improved carrier transport in the electrode and a 3-fold enhanced cell efficiency as compared to the paper electrode made with sputtered Pt. Moreover, the DSSC with the paper electrode featuring the GD/PEDOT:PSS composite did not fail in photovoltaic tests even after bending the electrode 150 times, whereas the device made with the Pt-based paper electrode decreased in efficiency by 45% after such manipulation. These exceptional properties make the metal-free GD/PEDOT:PSS composite ink a promising electrode material for a wide variety of flexible electronic applications.

  7. Silicon surface passivation by PEDOT: PSS functionalized by SnO2 and TiO2 nanoparticles

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    García-Tecedor, M.; Karazhanov, S. Zh; Vásquez, G. C.; Haug, H.; Maestre, D.; Cremades, A.; Taeño, M.; Ramírez-Castellanos, J.; González-Calbet, J. M.; Piqueras, J.; You, C. C.; Marstein, E. S.

    2018-01-01

    In this paper, we present a study of silicon surface passivation based on the use of spin-coated hybrid composite layers. We investigate both undoped poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly-(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS), as well as PEDOT:PSS functionalized with semiconducting oxide nanomaterials (TiO2 and SnO2). The hybrid compound was deposited at room temperature by spin coating—a potentially lower cost, lower processing time and higher throughput alternative compared with the commonly used vacuum-based techniques. Photoluminescence imaging was used to characterize the electronic properties of the Si/PEDOT:PSS interface. Good surface passivation was achieved by PEDOT:PSS functionalized by semiconducting oxides. We show that control of the concentration of semiconducting oxide nanoparticles in the polymer is crucial in determining the passivation performance. A charge carrier lifetime of about 275 μs has been achieved when using SnO2 nanoparticles at a concentration of 0.5 wt.% as a filler in the composite film. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy dispersive x-ray in an SEM, and μ-Raman spectroscopy have been used for the morphological, chemical and structural characterization. Finally, a simple model of a photovoltaic device based on PEDOT:PSS functionalized with semiconducting oxide nanoparticles has been fabricated and electrically characterized.

  8. PEDOT:PSS Nanofilms Fabricated by a Nonconventional Coating Method for Uses as Transparent Conducting Electrodes in Flexible Electrochromic Devices

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    Kanyanee Sanglee

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanofilms of a polymer mixer of two ionomers, poly 3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene:poly(styrene sulfonic acid (PEDOT:PSS, were used as conducting materials to develop transparent conducting electrodes. It was firstly found that convective deposition, a versatile and wide-area coating method, could be used for the coating and acid treatment of PEDOT:PSS films. Electrical conductivity of the PEDOT:PSS films was significantly enhanced up to 1814 S/cm by only one-time surface treatment by a mild acid solution (4 M methanesulfonic acid. This is because some PSS chains were removed out from the polymer mixer films without damage on the substrates. UV-vis-NIR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry were used to characterize the acid-treated transparent conducting films. In this report, obtained transparent conducting PEDOT:PSS films on polyester substrates were used as flexible electrodes for fabrication of flexible electrochromic devices. Poly(3-hexylthiophene (P3HT was used as an active layer, which its color changed reversibly from transparent-light blue to purple with a small applied voltage (±3 V.

  9. In Situ Complementary Doping, Thermoelectric Improvements, and Strain-Induced Structure within Alternating PEDOT:PSS/PANI Layers.

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    Andrei, Virgil; Bethke, Kevin; Madzharova, Fani; Bronneberg, Aafke Cecile; Kneipp, Janina; Rademann, Klaus

    2017-09-27

    Although the deposition of alternating layers from poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) and polyaniline (PANI) salts has recently provided a breakthrough in the field of conductive polymers, the cause for the conductivity improvement has remained unclear. In this work, we report a cooperative doping effect between alternating PANI base and PEDOT:PSS layers, resulting in electrical conductivities of 50-100 S cm-1 and power factors of up to 3.0 ± 0.5 μW m-1 K-2, which surpass some of the recent values obtained for protonated PANI/PEDOT:PSS multilayers by a factor of 20. In this case, the simultaneous improvement in the electrical conductivity of both types of layers is caused by the in situ protonation of PANI, which corresponds to the removal of the excess acidic PSS chains from the PEDOT:PSS grains. The interplay between the functional groups' reactivity and the supramolecular chain reorganization leads to an array of preparation-dependent phenomena, including a stepwise increase in the film thickness, an alternation in the electrical conductivity, and the formation of a diverse surface landscape. The latter effect can be traced to a buildup of strain within the layers, which results in either the formation of folds or the shrinkage of the film. These results open new paths for designing nanostructured thin-film thermoelectrics.

  10. High performance silicon-organic hybrid solar cells via improving conductivity of PEDOT:PSS with reduced graphene oxide

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    Jiang, Xinyu; Wang, Zilei; Han, Wenhui; Liu, Qiming; Lu, Shuqi; Wen, Yuxiang; Hou, Juan; Huang, Fei; Peng, Shanglong; He, Deyan; Cao, Guozhong

    2017-06-01

    The optical and electrical properties of PEDOT:PSS organic layer play a very important role in determining the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of Si-organic hybrid solar cells (HSCs). In the present study, properties of PEDOT:PSS thin films with reduced graphene oxide (rGO) and their impacts on the performances of the resultant Si-organic HSCs have been systematically investigated. The electrical conductivity of PEDOT:PSS improved 35% when rGO was added to PEDOT:PSS, and the fabricated HSCs with 2 mg/ml rGO addition yielded an PCE of 11.95% with a Jsc of 31.94 mAcm-2, a Voc of 579 mV and a FF of 0.648. However, excess rGO would deteriorate the solar cells performances and it might create additional defects and prevent carriers being collected. The Raman spectroscopy, sheet resistance and EQE analyses with rGO suggested that the interaction between the conductive rGO flakes and the aromatic PEDOT most probably not only provide additional charge transport pathways in hole transport layer to improve carrier mobility leading to a higher carrier collection efficiency, but also suppress the electron recombination at the junction interface. In addition, the rGO serve as an antireflection coating to reduce the reflectance of PEDOT:PSS thin film leading to further enhanced performances of solar cells.

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

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

    2016-07-15

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

  12. Substrate treatment and drying conditions effect on the properties of roll-to-roll gravure printed PEDOT:PSS thin films

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    Koidis, C. [Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Physics Department, Lab for Thin Films-Nanosystems and Nanometrology, GR-54124 Thessaloniki (Greece); Logothetidis, S., E-mail: logot@auth.gr [Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Physics Department, Lab for Thin Films-Nanosystems and Nanometrology, GR-54124 Thessaloniki (Greece); Kapnopoulos, C.; Karagiannidis, P.G.; Laskarakis, A. [Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Physics Department, Lab for Thin Films-Nanosystems and Nanometrology, GR-54124 Thessaloniki (Greece); Hastas, N.A. [Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Physics Department, Solid State Physics Section, GR-54124 Thessaloniki (Greece)

    2011-11-25

    Highlights: > Drying conditions effect on the optical, electrical and structural characteristics of R2R gravure printed PEDOT:PSS thin films > Insight on microstructural, compositional and electrical characteristics of the PEDOT:PSS films by Spectroscopic Ellipsometry combined with the AFM results > Drying temperature increase leads to less remained water volume fraction, smaller particles, lower film roughness and finally better conductivity > Transformation of spherical particles in solution to pancakes in thin films is attributed to the drying process > The increase of corona efficiency leads to a deeper PET surface modification without affecting the adhesion of PEDOT:PSS - Abstract: The optical, structural and electrical properties of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(4-styrenesulfonic acid) (PEDOT:PSS) thin films printed by roll-to-roll gravure have been investigated. Corona treatment has been applied to enhance the adhesion of PEDOT:PSS on PolyEthylene Terephthalate (PET) web. It has been found that there was a stronger in-depth surface modification of PET with the increase of corona efficiency; however, the adhesion of PEDOT:PSS was not actually affected. Also, Spectroscopic Ellipsometry and Atomic Force Microscopy have been used to extract information on the mechanisms that define PEDOT:PSS properties. The increase of the drying temperature of the PEDOT:PSS films has been found to reduce the remaining water inside the films and lead to the decrease of the PEDOT:PSS particles size.

  13. Efficient and Air-Stable Planar Perovskite Solar Cells Formed on Graphene-Oxide-Modified PEDOT:PSS Hole Transport Layer

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    Luo, Hui; Lin, Xuanhuai; Hou, Xian; Pan, Likun; Huang, Sumei; Chen, Xiaohong

    2017-10-01

    As a hole transport layer, PEDOT:PSS usually limits the stability and efficiency of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) due to its hygroscopic nature and inability to block electrons. Here, a graphene-oxide (GO)-modified PEDOT:PSS hole transport layer was fabricated by spin-coating a GO solution onto the PEDOT:PSS surface. PSCs fabricated on a GO-modified PEDOT:PSS layer exhibited a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 15.34%, which is higher than 11.90% of PSCs with the PEDOT:PSS layer. Furthermore, the stability of the PSCs was significantly improved, with the PCE remaining at 83.5% of the initial PCE values after aging for 39 days in air. The hygroscopic PSS material at the PEDOT:PSS surface was partly removed during spin-coating with the GO solution, which improves the moisture resistance and decreases the contact barrier between the hole transport layer and perovskite layer. The scattered distribution of the GO at the PEDOT:PSS surface exhibits superior wettability, which helps to form a high-quality perovskite layer with better crystallinity and fewer pin holes. Furthermore, the hole extraction selectivity of the GO further inhibits the carrier recombination at the interface between the perovskite and PEDOT:PSS layers. Therefore, the cooperative interactions of these factors greatly improve the light absorption of the perovskite layer, the carrier transport and collection abilities of the PSCs, and especially the stability of the cells.

  14. Electrochemical Impedance Analysis of a PEDOT:PSS-Based Textile Energy Storage Device.

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    Nuramdhani, Ida; Gokceoren, Argun Talat; Odhiambo, Sheilla Atieno; De Mey, Gilbert; Hertleer, Carla; Van Langenhove, Lieva

    2017-12-28

    A textile-based energy storage device with electroactive PEDOT:PSS (poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly(4-styrenesulfonate)) polymer functioning as a solid-state polyelectrolyte has been developed. The device was fabricated on textile fabric with two plies of stainless-steel electroconductive yarn as the electrodes. In this study, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance analysis were used to investigate ionic and electronic activities in the bulk of PEDOT:PSS and at its interfaces with stainless steel yarn electrodes. The complex behavior of ionic and electronic origins was observed in the interfacial region between the conductive polymer and the electrodes. The migration and diffusion of the ions involved were confirmed by the presence of the Warburg element with a phase shift of 45° (n = 0.5). Two different equivalent circuit models were found by simulating the model with the experimental results: (QR)(QR)(QR) for uncharged and (QR)(QR)(Q(RW)) for charged samples. The analyses also showed that the further the distance between electrodes, the lower the capacitance of the cell. The distribution of polymer on the cell surface also played important role to change the capacitance of the device. The results of this work may lead to a better understanding of the mechanism and how to improve the performance of the device.

  15. Energy level alignment at C60/DTDCTB/PEDOT:PSS interfaces in organic photovoltaics

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    Yoo, Jisu; Jung, Kwanwook; Jeong, Junkyeong; Hyun, Gyeongho; Lee, Hyunbok; Yi, Yeonjin

    2017-04-01

    The electronic structure of a narrow band gap small molecule ditolylaminothienyl-benzothiadiazole-dicyanovinylene (DTDCTB), possessing a donor-acceptor-acceptor configuration, was investigated with regard to its application as an efficient donor material in organic photovoltaics (OPVs). The interfacial orbital alignment of C60/DTDCTB/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) was determined using in situ ultraviolet photoelectron and inverse photoelectron spectroscopic methods. The ionization energy and electron affinity values of DTDCTB were measured to be 5.27 eV and 3.65 eV, respectively, and thus a very small transport gap of 1.62 eV was evaluated. Large band bending of DTDCTB on PEDOT:PSS was observed, resulting in a low hole extraction barrier. Additionally, the photovoltaic gap between the highest occupied molecular orbital level of the DTDCTB donor and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital level of the C60 acceptor was estimated to be 1.30 eV, which is known to be the theoretical maximum open-circuit voltage in OPVs employing the C60/DTDCTB active layer. The unique electronic structures of DTDCTB contributed toward the recently reported excellent power conversion efficiencies of OPVs containing a DTDCTB donor material.

  16. Planning Support Systems (PSS-Based Spatial Plan Alternatives and Environmental Assessment

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    Hee-Sun Choi

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Spatial planning is at the core of national land and urban development. Many countries and cities seek sustainable development through various means such as coordinated environmental planning, environmental assessment, and internalization of environmental analysis and planning. A Planning Support System (PSS is a GIS (Geographic Information System-based, spatial decision-making support system that incorporates a variety of theories and pertinent models. This study adopted the “What if?” model to design an alternative spatial plan that includes generation of predictive scenarios and is relatively easy to use. In the cities studied, we identified a total of six scenarios based on the main drivers of development—namely, population and spatial policies. Subsequently, we assessed the alternatives for their environmental impact, preparing sensitivity maps for each major environmental issue in the target area (natural ecosystem, air and microclimate, natural disasters. One projected advantage of the “What if?” model is that its digital visualization of proposed plans may improve public awareness and involvement. Furthermore, the tool is expected to be highly useful in ensuring the objectivity of quantitative analyses. However, it is necessary to develop a PSS that is both standardized and tailored to the particular needs of each area. Finally, the development of an e-governance system will be beneficial in ensuring public access to the decision making process.

  17. Development of a Flexible Strain Sensor Based on PEDOT:PSS for Thin Film Structures

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    Alexandra El Zein

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to develop and optimize a reproducible flexible sensor adapted to thin low-density polyethylene (LDPE films and/or structures to enable their deformation measurements. As these deformations are suspected to be weak (less than 10%, the developed sensor needs to be particularly sensitive. Moreover, it is of prime importance that sensor integration and usability do not modify the mechanical behavior of its LDPE substrate. The literature review allowed several materials to be investigated and an elastomer/intrinsically conductive polymer PEDOT:PSS (CleviosTM filled composite was selected to simultaneously combine mechanical properties and electrical conductivity. This composite (made of PEDOT:PSS and silicone Bluesil® presented satisfying compatibilities with piezoresistive effects, negative temperature performances (in a range from −60 °C to 20 °C, as well as elongation properties (until the elastic limit of the substrate was reached. The method used for creating the sensor is fully described, as are the optimization of the sensor manufacture in terms of used materials, the used amount of materials where the percolation theory aspects must be considered, the adhesion to the substrate, and the manufacturing protocol. Electromechanical characterization was performed to assess the gauge factor (K of the sensor on its substrate.

  18. Microtexturing of the conductive PEDOT:PSS Polymer for superhydrophobic organic electrochemical transistors

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    Gentile, Francesco

    2014-01-22

    Superhydrophobic surfaces are bioinspired, nanotechnology artifacts, which feature a reduced friction coefficient, whereby they can be used for a number of very practical applications including, on the medical side, the manipulation of biological solutions. In this work, we integrated superhydrophobic patterns with the conducting polymer PEDOT:PSS, one of the most used polymers in organic electronics because highly sensitive to ionized species in solution. In doing so, we combined geometry and materials science to obtain an advanced device where, on account of the superhydrophobicity of the system, the solutions of interest can be manipulated and, on account of the conductive PEDOT:PSS polymer, the charged molecules dispersed inside can be quantitatively measured. This original substrate preparation allowed to perform electrochemical measurements on ionized species in solution with decreasing concentration down to 10 -7 molar. Moreover, it was demonstrated the ability of the device of realizing specific, combined time and space resolved analysis of the sample. Collectively, these results demonstrate how a tight, interweaving integration of different disciplines can provide realistic tools for the detection of pathologies. The scheme here introduced offers breakthrough capabilities that are expected to radically improve both the pace and the productivity of biomedical research, creating an access revolution. 2014 Francesco Gentile et al.

  19. Electrochemical Impedance Analysis of a PEDOT:PSS-Based Textile Energy Storage Device

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    Ida Nuramdhani

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available A textile-based energy storage device with electroactive PEDOT:PSS (poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene/poly(4-styrenesulfonate polymer functioning as a solid-state polyelectrolyte has been developed. The device was fabricated on textile fabric with two plies of stainless-steel electroconductive yarn as the electrodes. In this study, cyclic voltammetry and electrochemical impedance analysis were used to investigate ionic and electronic activities in the bulk of PEDOT:PSS and at its interfaces with stainless steel yarn electrodes. The complex behavior of ionic and electronic origins was observed in the interfacial region between the conductive polymer and the electrodes. The migration and diffusion of the ions involved were confirmed by the presence of the Warburg element with a phase shift of 45° (n = 0.5. Two different equivalent circuit models were found by simulating the model with the experimental results: (QR(QR(QR for uncharged and (QR(QR(Q(RW for charged samples. The analyses also showed that the further the distance between electrodes, the lower the capacitance of the cell. The distribution of polymer on the cell surface also played important role to change the capacitance of the device. The results of this work may lead to a better understanding of the mechanism and how to improve the performance of the device.

  20. Tailoring the Electrochemical and Mechanical Properties of PEDOT:PSS Films for Bioelectronics

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    Elmahmoudy, Mohammed

    2017-02-21

    The effect of 3-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GOPS) content in poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) dispersions on the properties of films spun cast from these formulations is investigated. It has been found out that the concentration of GOPS has a tremendous, yet gradual impact on the electrical, electrochemical, and mechanical properties of the PEDOT:PSS/GOPS films and that there is an optimum concentration which maximizes a particular feature of the film such as its water uptake or elasticity. The benefits of aqueous stability and mechanical strength with GOPS are to be compensated by an increase in the electrochemical impedance. GOPS aids obtaining excellent mechanical integrity in aqueous media with still highly conducting properties. Moreover, active devices like organic electrochemical transistors that contain 1 wt% GOPS, which is a concentration that leads to film with high electrical conductivity with sufficient mechanical stability and softness, exhibit steady performance over three weeks. These results suggest that variations in the concentration of such an additive like GOPS can enable a facile co-optimization of electrical and mechanical properties of a conducting polymer film for in vivo bioelectronics application.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  2. Preparation of graphene oxide/poly (3,4-ethylenedioxytriophene): Poly (styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) electrospun nanofibers

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    Efelina, Vita; Widianto, Eri [Department of Physics, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Sekip Utara BLS.21 Yogyakarta, 55281 Indonesia (Indonesia); Rusdiana, Dadi [Department of Physical Education, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Bandung (Indonesia); Nugroho, A. A. [Department of Physics, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Jl. Ganesha 10 Bandung (Indonesia); Kusumaatmaja, Ahmad; Triyana, Kuwat; Santoso, Iman, E-mail: iman.santoso@ugm.ac.id [Department of Physics, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Sekip Utara BLS.21 Yogyakarta, 55281 Indonesia (Indonesia); Nanomaterials Research Group, Universitas Gadjah Mada,, Sekip Utara, Yogyakarta (Indonesia)

    2016-04-19

    Graphene oxide (GO)/Poly (3,4-Ethylenedioxytriophene):Poly (styrene Sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) nanofibers have been successfully fabricated by a simple electrospinning technique to develop conductive nanofibers with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) act as a carrier solution. Graphene oxide has been synthesized by Hummer’s method and has been confirmed by Raman Spectroscopy, FTIR and UV-Vis Spectroscopy. GO/PEDOT:PSS composite nanofibers. The structural and morphological properties were characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The result of SEM show that GO/PEDOT:PSS nanofibers has a relatively uniform morphology nanofiber with diameter between 180 nm - 340 nm with smooth nanofiber surface. The produced nanofibers from this study can be utilized for various applications such as flexible, conductive and transparent electrode.

  3. Impact of PSS and STATCOM Devices to the Dynamic Performance of a Multi-Machine Power System

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    G. Shahgholian

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper studies the impact of leveraging both static syn­ch­ron­ous compensator (STATCOM and power system stabilizer (PSS on multi-machine power systems. Considering a sta­ndard IEEE 9-bus test power network, classic and intelligent controllers are applied to achieve the desirable system performance. Simulated tests show the usefulness of STATCOM on network power quality in terms of voltage profile. In addition, it is shown that it can significantly improve the damping oscillations of synchronous generator under normal and abnormal network conditions. As shown, the PSS also contributes to improving the synch­ron­o­u­s generator parameters. It is also observed that using intelligent controllers with STATCOM and PSS leads to a better perfor­ma­nc­e relative to the classic controllers.

  4. The kinesin AtPSS1 promotes synapsis and is required for proper crossover distribution in meiosis.

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    Yann Duroc

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Meiotic crossovers (COs shape genetic diversity by mixing homologous chromosomes at each generation. CO distribution is a highly regulated process. CO assurance forces the occurrence of at least one obligatory CO per chromosome pair, CO homeostasis smoothes out the number of COs when faced with variation in precursor number and CO interference keeps multiple COs away from each other along a chromosome. In several organisms, it has been shown that cytoskeleton forces are transduced to the meiotic nucleus via KASH- and SUN-domain proteins, to promote chromosome synapsis and recombination. Here we show that the Arabidopsis kinesin AtPSS1 plays a major role in chromosome synapsis and regulation of CO distribution. In Atpss1 meiotic cells, chromosome axes and DNA double strand breaks (DSBs appear to form normally but only a variable portion of the genome synapses and is competent for CO formation. Some chromosomes fail to form the obligatory CO, while there is an increased CO density in competent regions. However, the total number of COs per cell is unaffected. We further show that the kinesin motor domain of AtPSS1 is required for its meiotic function, and that AtPSS1 interacts directly with WIP1 and WIP2, two KASH-domain proteins. Finally, meiocytes missing AtPSS1 and/or SUN proteins show similar meiotic defects suggesting that AtPSS1 and SUNs act in the same pathway. This suggests that forces produced by the AtPSS1 kinesin and transduced by WIPs/SUNs, are required to authorize complete synapsis and regulate maturation of recombination intermediates into COs. We suggest that a form of homeostasis applies, which maintains the total number of COs per cell even if only a part of the genome is competent for CO formation.

  5. Measurement properties of the Brazilian version of the Penn Shoulder Score (PSS-Brazil): reliability, validity, and responsiveness.

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    de Souza, Marcela Bembo; Martins, Jaqueline; Hotta, Gisele Harumi; de Oliveira, Anamaria Siriani

    2015-02-01

    Clinical measurement. To determine the reliability, validity, and responsiveness of the Brazilian version of the Penn Shoulder Score (PSS-Brazil) in patients with shoulder dysfunctions. Several questionnaires assessing shoulder dysfunctions are available in Brazil, but the measurement properties of most of them, such as the PSS, have not yet been tested. Internal consistency, measurement error, construct validity, and floor and ceiling effects were evaluated in 62 patients, 36 of whom completed the questionnaire at baseline and after 2 to 7 days to assess test-retest reliability. Responsiveness was determined with 50 patients who completed the questionnaire at an initial visit and after 4 weeks of physical therapy. The PSS-Brazil displayed acceptable internal consistency, with a Cronbach alpha of .92. Test-retest reliability was excellent, with an intraclass correlation coefficient of 0.95; the standard error of measurement and minimal detectable change were 12.8 and 14.4 points, respectively. A high correlation was obtained between the PSS and the Shoulder Pain and Disability Index (0.96) and the Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand questionnaire (0.86). There was moderate correlation between the PSS and its subscales and the pain and function subscales of the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (0.40-0.68). There was high responsiveness, with an effect size of 0.95 and standardized response mean of 1.13 for patients with improvement of shoulder dysfunction, and adequate area under the curve of 0.81. No floor or ceiling effects were observed. The PSS-Brazil is a reliable, valid, and responsive measure for assessing patients with shoulder dysfunction.

  6. Tradução e adaptação cultural do Penn Shoulder Score para a Língua Portuguesa: PSS-Brasil Translation and cultural adaptation of the Penn Shoulder Score to Portuguese Language: PSS-Brazil

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    Barbara Valente Napoles

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO/OBJETIVO: Produzir a versão brasileira do questionário Penn Shoulder Score (PSS, destinado a avaliar a dor, a satisfação e a função dos indivíduos que apresentam condições dolorosas musculoesqueléticas do ombro. PACIENTES E MÉTODOS: O desenvolvimento da versão brasileira do questionário PSS se baseou no protocolo proposto pela American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS e na International Quality of Life Assessment (IQOLA, sendo constituído pelos estágios de tradução, síntese, retrotradução, revisão pelo Comitê, pré-teste e avaliação dos documentos pelo Comitê e autor do PSS. A versão original passou pelos processos de tradução e retrotradução, e um Comitê de especialistas finalizou a elaboração da versão pré-final do questionário PSS. Essa versão pré-final foi aplicada em uma amostra de noventa indivíduos com diagnóstico clínico de condições dolorosas musculoesqueléticas do ombro, de ambos os sexos e com idade acima de 18 anos. Nas aplicações, os pacientes foram questionados acerca de sua compreensão de cada item, e aqueles não compreendidos por 20% ou mais dos pacientes foram analisados e modificados pelo Comitê, havendo necessidade de três aplicações (n = 30 do questionário. RESULTADOS: A aplicação das versões pré-finais do PSS revelou as dificuldades encontradas pelos pacientes, as quais foram resolvidas pela transformação do questionário autoaplicável em um instrumento aplicado por entrevista. CONCLUSÃO: A tradução e a adaptação cultural geraram a versão brasileira final do questionário PSS.INTRODUCTION/OBJECTIVE: To produce the Brazilian version of Penn Shoulder Score (PSS designated to measure pain, satisfaction, and function of patients with shoulder painful musculoskeletal conditions. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The Brazilian version development of PSS questionnaire was based on the protocol proposed by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS and

  7. Correlation between the fine structure of spin-coated PEDOT:PSS and the photovoltaic performance of organic/crystalline-silicon heterojunction solar cells

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    Funda, Shuji; Ohki, Tatsuya; Liu, Qiming; Hossain, Jaker; Ishimaru, Yoshihiro; Ueno, Keiji; Shirai, Hajime [Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Saitama University, Saitama 338-8570 (Japan)

    2016-07-21

    We investigated the relationship between the fine structure of spin-coated conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiphene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) films and the photovoltaic performance of PEDOT:PSS crystalline-Si (PEDOT:PSS/c-Si) heterojunction solar cells. Real-time spectroscopic ellipsometry revealed that there were two different time constants for the formation of the PEDOT:PSS network. Upon removal of the polar solvent, the PEDOT:PSS film became optically anisotropic, indicating a conformational change in the PEDOT and PSS chain. Polarized Fourier transform infrared attenuated total reflection absorption spectroscopy and Raman spectroscopy measurements also indicated that thermal annealing promoted an in-plane π-conjugated C{sub α} = C{sub β} configuration attributed to a thiophene ring in PEDOT and an out-of-plane configuration of -SO{sub 3} groups in the PSS chain with increasing composition ratio of oxidized (benzoid) to neutral (quinoid) PEDOT, I{sub qui}/I{sub ben}. The highest power conversion efficiency for the spin-coated PEDOT:PSS/c-Si heterojunction solar cells was 13.3% for I{sub qui}/I{sub ben} = 9–10 without employing any light harvesting methods.

  8. Towards assessing Product/Service Systems (PSS) within the Danish Maritime Industry

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    Hsuan, Juliana; Andersen, Jakob B.; Bey, Niki

    2012-01-01

    their position in terms of the balance between product-related and service-related activities. Judging from a workshop carried out with companies from the marine industry and researchers in the are, the approach seems promising, but requires imporements on questionnaire and Matrix. These need to incorporate...... further improvements regarding the factor of time and the applicability related to product/service portfolios, as opposed to single product/services. The authors already plan further research on the identified issues.......In response to requirements resulting from a changing business landscape from solely physical-product-based value creation towards perfoprmance-based value creation, this paper presents a questionaire-based matrix, the PSS Categorization Matric, that is developed in order to help organizations find...

  9. Synthesis of Continuous Conductive PEDOT:PSS Nanofibers by Electrospinning: A Conformal Coating for Optoelectronics.

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    Bessaire, Bastien; Mathieu, Maillard; Salles, Vincent; Yeghoyan, Taguhi; Celle, Caroline; Simonato, Jean-Pierre; Brioude, Arnaud

    2017-01-11

    A process to synthesize continuous conducting nanofibers were developed using PEDOT:PSS as a conducting polymer and an electrospinning method. Experimental parameters were carefully explored to achieve reproducible conductive nanofibers synthesis in large quantities. In particular, relative humidity during the electrospinning process was proven to be of critical importance, as well as doping post-treatment involving glycols and alcohols. The synthesized fibers were assembled as a mat on glass substrates, forming a conductive and transparent electrode and their optoelectronic have been fully characterized. This method produces a conformable conductive and transparent coating that is well-adapted to nonplanar surfaces, having very large aspect ratio features. A demonstration of this property was made using surfaces having deep trenches and high steps, where conventional transparent conductive materials fail because of a lack of conformability.

  10. Spray coated indium-tin-oxide-free organic photodiodes with PEDOT:PSS anodes

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    Morten Schmidt

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we report on Indium Tin Oxide (ITO-free spray coated organic photodiodes with an active layer consisting of a poly(3-hexylthiophen (P3HT and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM blend and patterned poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene:poly(styrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS electrodes. External quantum efficiency and current voltage characteristics under illuminated and dark conditions as well as cut-off frequencies for devices with varying active and hole conducting layer thicknesses were measured in order to characterize the fabricated devices. 60% quantum efficiency as well as nearly four orders of magnitude on-off ratios have been achieved. Those values are comparable with standard ITO devices.

  11. Structural and optical behavior of thin films of protein (BSA)-Polyelectrolyte (PAA, PSS) complexes

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    Talukdar, Hrishikesh; Kundu, Sarathi

    2017-05-01

    Optical behaviors of protein (BSA) in the presence of negatively charged polyelectrolytes (PAA and PSS) in thin film confirmation are studied using UV-Vis and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The out-of-plane structures and in-plane surface morphologies of the thin films of protein-polyelectrolyte complexes (PPC) are investigated using X-ray reflectivity (XRR) and Atomic force microscopy (AFM) respectively. It is found that although the out-of-plane structure and surface morphology of PPC is nearly same as in pure polyelectrolyte but a larger red-shift of ≈ 23 nm is obtained in optical emissions from the thin films of PPC in comparison with that of the pure protein and PPC solutions. Mechanism is proposed for such larger red-shift from the thin film of PPC.

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

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    Simona Popescu

    2016-01-01

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

  13. Magneto-Seebeck effect in an ITO/PEDOT:PSS/Au thin-film device

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    Hongfeng Wang

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available This article reports giant magnetic field effects on the Seebeck coefficient by exerting a Lorentz force on charge diffusion based on vertical multi-layer ITO/PEDOT:PSS/Au thin-film devices. The Lorentz force, induced by an external magnetic field, changes the charge transport and consequently generates angular dependent magnetoresistance. The proposed mechanism of the magneto-Seebeck effect is proved by measuring the magnetoresistance at a parallel, 45o and perpendicular angle to the temperature gradient. The gradual change of the magnetoresistance from a parallel to perpendicular angle indicates that the Lorentz force is a key driving force to develop the magneto-Seebeck effect. Therefore, our experimental results demonstrate a magnetic approach to control the thermoelectric properties in organic materials.

  14. Coalescence Dynamics of PEDOT:PSS Droplets Impacting at Offset on Substrates for Inkjet Printing.

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    Sarojini Kg, Kalpana; Dhar, Purbarun; Varughese, Susy; Das, Sarit K

    2016-06-14

    The dynamics of coalescence and consequent spreading of conducting polymer droplets on a solid substrate impacting at an offset are crucial in understanding the stability of inkjet printed patterns, which find application in organic flexible electronic devices. Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) ( PSS) dispersion in water is a widely used commercial conducting polymer for the fabrication of electron devices. The effects of droplet spacing, impact velocity, substrate hydrophilicity, polymer concentration, and charges on the coalescence of two sessile droplets have been experimentally investigated, and the characteristics of dynamic spreading during the coalescence process are determined through image processing. The equilibrium spreading length of the coalesced droplets decreases with concentration and spacing of the droplets, revealing the necessity of optimum fluid properties (viscosity and surface tension) for the stability of the desired pattern. The droplet's impact energy governs the maximum extent of spreading and receding dynamics, as the velocity gradients developed in polymer droplets during coalescence are a function of the inertia of the fluid elements. Hydrophilicity affects the maximum spreading extent but it has no influence on the equilibrium droplet diameter. The spreading length dynamics of charge-neutralized PSS is found similar to the charged droplets, which show that the charged nature of the polymer does not affect the coalescence behavior. Furthermore, different spreading regimes are identified and the governing forces in each regime are described using a semianalytical formulation derived for the coalescence of two droplets. The model has been found to accurately provide insight into the various mechanisms that play a role during the complex spreading event.

  15. Effect of bismuth telluride concentration on the thermoelectric properties of PEDOT:PSS-glycerol organic films

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    Rahman, Airul Azha Abd; Ali Umar, Akrajas; Othman, Mohamad Habrul Ulum

    2015-02-01

    In this work, the effect of bismuth-telluride concentration on the thermoelectric properties of PEDOT:PSS-Glycerol thin films is investigated. A thermoelectric device was fabricated by depositing the n-type and the p-type Bi2Te3 (BT) doped-PEDOT:PSS-Glycerol on a glass substrate via a spin coating method at 500 rpm. Room-temperature electrical properties characterization shows that the electrical conductivity of both type thin film increases with increasing of BT doping concentration and optimum at concentration of 0.8 wt% for both p-type and n-type thin films, i.e. 17.9 S/cm and 7.78 S/cm, respectively. However, the study of the temperature effect on the thin films electrical conductivity suggested that the thermoelectric properties of both types' samples improved with increasing of BT concentration and optimum at 0.8 and 0.6 wt% for p-type and n-type thin films, respectively. It then decreased if the BT concentration further increased. The Sebeeck coefficient for these samples is as high as -11.9 and -15.7 uV/K, which is equivalent to a power factors of 0.26 and 0.19 μS V2/ (m K2), respectively. A thermoelectric device resembling a thermocouple system that was fabricated using the optimum p-type and n-type thin films can generate a voltage as high as 1.1 V at a temperature difference as low as 55 K, which is equivalent to a maximum power of 6.026 μW at Vmax.power of 0.5489 V (for an estimated matched-load of 50 Ω). The present materials system is potential for powering low power consumption electronic devices.

  16. Handheld and automated ultrasonic spray deposition of conductive PEDOT:PSS films and their application in AC EL devices

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    Ely, Fernando; Matsumoto, Agatha; Zoetebier, Bram; Peressinotto, Valdirene S.; Hirata, Marcelo Kioshi; de Sousa, Douglas A.; Maciel, Rubens

    2014-01-01

    In this contribution we explore the spray deposition technique to achieve smooth films based on the conductive polymer PEDOT:PSS. Two different spray systems were used and compared namely: (a) handheld airbrush and (b) automated ultrasonic spray system. For each system a number of parameters were

  17. Low turn-on voltage perovskite light-emitting diodes with methanol treated PEDOT:PSS as hole transport layer

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    Wang, Zijun; Li, Zhirun; Zhou, Dianli; Yu, Junsheng

    2017-12-01

    We demonstrate the reduced low turn-on voltage of perovskite light-emitting diodes (PeLEDs) with methanol (MeOH) treated poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) as a hole transport layer (HTL). The MeOH treated PEDOT:PSS layer presents improved hole injection through reducing the contact barrier between the HTL and the CH3NH3PbBr3 emitting layer without sacrificing the quality of the perovskite film, which was characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and time-resolved photoluminescence analysis. The optimized PeLEDs with the MeOH treated PEDOT:PSS layer exhibit a low turn-on voltage of 2.4 V and a maximum luminance of 1565 cd/m2, which represents a significant improvement over the PeLEDs using a pristine PEDOT:PSS layer. The approach could be used as a general method for decreasing the hole-injection barrier of PeLEDs and, eventually, to enhance the device performance.

  18. Graphene oxide/PEDOT:PSS composite hole transport layer for efficient and stable planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells

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    Lee, Da-Young; Na, Seok-In; Kim, Seok-Soon

    2016-01-01

    We investigated a graphene oxide (GO)/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) composite as a promising candidate for the practical application of a 2-D carbonaceous hole transport layer (HTL) to planar heterojunction perovskite solar cells (PeSCs) consisting of a transparent electrode/HTL/perovskite/fullerene/metal electrode. Both the insulating properties of GO and the non-uniform coating of the transparent electrode with GO cause the poor morphology of perovskite induced low power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 6.4%. On the other hand, PeSCs with a GO/PEDOT:PSS composite HTL, exhibited a higher PCE of 9.7% than that of a device fabricated with conventional PEDOT:PSS showing a PCE of 8.2%. The higher performance is attributed to the decreased series resistance (RS) and increased shunt resistance (RSh). The well-matched work-function between GO (4.9 eV) and PEDOT:PSS (5.1 eV) probably results in more efficient charge transport and an overall decrease in RS. The existence of GO with a large bandgap of ~3.6 eV might induce the effective blocking of electrons, leading to an increase of RSh. Moreover, improvement in the long-term stability under atmospheric conditions was observed.

  19. Flexible nonvolatile memory devices based on Au/PMMA nanocomposites deposited on PEDOT:PSS/Ag nanowire hybrid electrodes

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    Sung, Sihyun; Kim, Tae Whan

    2017-07-01

    Flexible nonvolatile memory (NVM) devices fabricated utilizing Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) embedded in a poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) layer were fabricated on a silver nanowire (AgNW) or a poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS)/AgNW coated on poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) substrates. The transmittance and the sheet resistance of the PEDOT:PSS/AgNW hybrid layer were approximately 89% and 50 Ω/sq, respectively, which were comparable to the values for commercial indium-tin-oxide (ITO) electrodes. Current-voltage curves for the Al/PMMA:AuNP/PEDOT:PSS/AgNW/PET devices at 300 K showed clockwise current hysteresis behaviors due to the existence of the AuNPs. The endurance number of ON/OFF switching for the NVM devices was above 30 cycles. An ON/OFF ratio of 1 × 103 was maintained for retention times longer than 1 × 104 s. The maximum memory margins of the NVM devices before and after bending were approximately 3.4 × 103 and 1.4 × 103, respectively. The retention times of the devices before and after bending remained same 1 × 104 s. The memory margin and the stability of flexible NVMs fabricated on AgNW electrodes were enhanced due to the embedded PEDOT:PSS buffer layer.

  20. High performance silicon–organic hybrid solar cells via improving conductivity of PEDOT:PSS with reduced graphene oxide

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    Jiang, Xinyu; Wang, Zilei; Han, Wenhui; Liu, Qiming; Lu, Shuqi; Wen, Yuxiang [School of Physical Science and Technology, Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of the Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Hou, Juan [School of Science, Key Laboratory of Ecophysics, Shihezi University, Xinjiang 832003 (China); Huang, Fei [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-2120 (United States); Peng, Shanglong, E-mail: pengshl@lzu.edu.cn [School of Physical Science and Technology, Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of the Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); He, Deyan [School of Physical Science and Technology, Key Laboratory for Magnetism and Magnetic Materials of the Ministry of Education, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Cao, Guozhong, E-mail: gzcao@u.washington.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-2120 (United States)

    2017-06-15

    Highlights: • The fabricated Si–organic hybrid solar cells with 2 mg/ml rGO addition yielded a power conversion efficiency of 11.95% with a J{sub sc} of 31.94 mA cm{sup −2}, a V{sub oc} of 579 mV and a FF of 0.648, about 27.8% increase from 9.35% in pristine hybrid solar cells. • The electrical conductivity of PEDOT:PSS improved 35% when appropriate amount rGO was added to PEDOT:PSS, the electron recombination at the junction interface of the device was suppressed by the appropriate amount rGO flakes addition. • The rGO flakes also serve as an antireflection coating to further reduce the reflectance in the wavelength range of 300–550 nm, leading to further enhanced performances of hybrid solar cells. - Abstract: The optical and electrical properties of PEDOT:PSS organic layer play a very important role in determining the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of Si–organic hybrid solar cells (HSCs). In the present study, properties of PEDOT:PSS thin films with reduced graphene oxide (rGO) and their impacts on the performances of the resultant Si–organic HSCs have been systematically investigated. The electrical conductivity of PEDOT:PSS improved 35% when rGO was added to PEDOT:PSS, and the fabricated HSCs with 2 mg/ml rGO addition yielded an PCE of 11.95% with a J{sub sc} of 31.94 mA cm{sup −2}, a V{sub oc} of 579 mV and a FF of 0.648. However, excess rGO would deteriorate the solar cells performances and it might create additional defects and prevent carriers being collected. The Raman spectroscopy, sheet resistance and EQE analyses with rGO suggested that the interaction between the conductive rGO flakes and the aromatic PEDOT most probably not only provide additional charge transport pathways in hole transport layer to improve carrier mobility leading to a higher carrier collection efficiency, but also suppress the electron recombination at the junction interface. In addition, the rGO serve as an antireflection coating to reduce the reflectance of

  1. PEDOT:PSS Films with Metallic Conductivity through a Treatment with Common Organic Solutions of Organic Salts and Their Application as a Transparent Electrode of Polymer Solar Cells.

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    Yu, Zhimeng; Xia, Yijie; Du, Donghe; Ouyang, Jianyong

    2016-05-11

    A transparent electrode is an indispensable component of optoelectronic devices, and there as been a search for substitutes of indium tin oxide (ITO) as the transparent electrode. Poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) ( PSS) is a conducting polymer that is very promising as the next generation of materials for the transparent electrode if it can obtain conductivity as high as that of ITO. Here, we report the treatment of PSS with organic solutions to significantly enhance its conductivity. Common organic solvents like dimethylformamide and γ-butyrolactone and common organic salts like methylammonium iodide and methylammonium bromide are used for the organic solutions. The conductivity of pristine PSS films is only ∼0.2 S/cm, and it can be increased to higher than 2100 S/cm. The conductivity enhancement is much more significant than control treatments of PSS films with neat organic solvents or aqueous solutions of the organic salts. The mechanism for the conductivity enhancement is the synergetic effects of both the organic salts and organic solvents on the microstructure and composition of PSS. They induce the segregation of some PSSH chains from PSS. Highly conductive PSS films were studied as the transparent electrode of polymer solar cells. The photovoltaic efficiency is comparable to that with an ITO transparent electrode.

  2. Fabrication of flexible conductive films derived from poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)–poly(styrenesulfonic acid) (PEDOT:PSS) on the nonwoven fabrics substrate

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    Wu, Chieh-Han [Institute of Polymer Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan, ROC (China); Shen, Hsiu-Ping [Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan, ROC (China); Don, Trong-Ming, E-mail: tmdon@mail.tku.edu.tw [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Tamkang University, New Taipei 251, Taiwan, ROC (China); Chiu, Wen-Yen, E-mail: ycchiu@ntu.edu.tw [Institute of Polymer Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan, ROC (China); Department of Chemical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan, ROC (China); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2013-12-16

    In this research, conducting poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)–poly(styrenesulfonic acid) (PEDOT:PSS) aqueous dispersion was synthesized at first via chemical oxidative polymerization and followed by mixing it with poly(styrene-r-butyl acrylate) P(St-BA) aqueous latex, creating a conductive material with outstanding stretchability. The elastic conductive composite were then film formed on the glass and poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) nonwoven fabric substrate by spin coating and dip coating, respectively. Composite films with various contents of PEDOT:PSS polymer (10–100 wt.%) had been prepared. From the conductivity measurements, the conductivity was still kept as high as 88 S cm{sup −1} even the PEDOT:PSS content was lowered to 10 wt.%. Furthermore, the elasticity of conductive films on the PET-nonwoven fabric substrate was evaluated by the 180° bending test repeating 100 times. With introducing soft P(St-BA) material in the PEDOT:PSS phase, the surface resistance increased merely 3–6 times after bending 100 times, while the surface resistance for pure PEDOT:PSS film could reach 18–20 times. - Highlights: • Flexible PEDOT:PSS based material had been coated on the PET-nonwoven fabrics. • The integrity of conductive circuit on fabrics was evaluated by bending test. • With adding rubbery material, the flexibility of PEDOT:PSS coating was enhanced.

  3. Flexible nonvolatile memory devices based on Au/PMMA nanocomposites deposited on PEDOT:PSS/Ag nanowire hybrid electrodes

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    Sung, Sihyun; Kim, Tae Whan, E-mail: twk@hanyang.ac.kr

    2017-07-31

    Highlights: • Flexible nonvolatile memory (NVM) devices fabricated utilizing Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) embedded in a PMMA layer were fabricated. • The insertion of the PEDOT:PSS layer enhanced the surface uniformity of the AgNW bottom electrode, resulting in improved device performances. • Current-voltage curves for the Al/PMMA:AuNP/PEDOT:PSS/AgNW/PET devices showed clockwise current hysteresis behaviors. • ON/OFF ratio of 1 × 10{sup 3} was maintained for retention times longer than 1 × 10{sup 4} s. • Memory characteristics of the NVM devices before and after bending were similar. - Abstract: Flexible nonvolatile memory (NVM) devices fabricated utilizing Au nanoparticles (AuNPs) embedded in a poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) layer were fabricated on a silver nanowire (AgNW) or a poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS)/AgNW coated on poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) substrates. The transmittance and the sheet resistance of the PEDOT:PSS/AgNW hybrid layer were approximately 89% and 50 Ω/sq, respectively, which were comparable to the values for commercial indium-tin-oxide (ITO) electrodes. Current-voltage curves for the Al/PMMA:AuNP/PEDOT:PSS/AgNW/PET devices at 300 K showed clockwise current hysteresis behaviors due to the existence of the AuNPs. The endurance number of ON/OFF switching for the NVM devices was above 30 cycles. An ON/OFF ratio of 1 × 10{sup 3} was maintained for retention times longer than 1 × 10{sup 4} s. The maximum memory margins of the NVM devices before and after bending were approximately 3.4 × 10{sup 3} and 1.4 × 10{sup 3}, respectively. The retention times of the devices before and after bending remained same 1 × 10{sup 4} s. The memory margin and the stability of flexible NVMs fabricated on AgNW electrodes were enhanced due to the embedded PEDOT:PSS buffer layer.

  4. Caracterização de hidrogéis condutores constituídos por PAAm e PEDOT/PSS por meio de planejamento fatorial Characterization of conducting hydrogels made with PAAm and PEDOT/PSS using factorial design

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    Fauze A. Aouada

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho, hidrogéis condutores do tipo semi-IPN constituídos por poliacrilamida (PAAm e polímero intrinsecamente condutor poli(3,4-etileno dioxitiofeno/poli(estireno-sulfonato (PEDOT/PSS foram sintetizados e suas propriedades hidrofílicas, mecânicas, condutoras e ópticas foram caracterizadas por meio de planejamento fatorial completo 2³ com ponto central. Para isso, utilizaram-se três fatores: concentrações de acrilamida (AAm e N,N’-metileno-bis-acrilamida (MBAAm, e quantidade de PEDOT/PSS, em três níveis, sendo um deles o ponto central. O planejamento foi construído para avaliar os efeitos desses fatores (efeitos principais e efeitos de interação entre os fatores nas seguintes propriedades dos hidrogéis estudados (respostas: grau de intumescimento, tensão máxima de compressão, condutância iônica e intensidade relativa de luz transmitida através dos hidrogéis estudados. Os resultados demonstraram que a estabilidade mecânica dos hidrogéis semi-IPN é preservada e a presença de PEDOT/PSS aumenta o entrelaçamento na matriz de PAAm. Observou-se também que as propriedades ópticas são fortemente influenciadas com a presença de PEDOT/PSS. Dessa forma, torna-se possível obter hidrogéis com hidrofilicidade, estabilidade mecânica e transparência controladas, o que é importante para a aplicação desses materiais, principalmente como dispositivos ópticos.Conductive semi-IPN hydrogels made with polyacrylamide (PAAm and the conductive polymer poly(3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene/poly(styrenesulfonate (PEDOT/PSS were synthesized and the hydrophilicity, mechanical, ionic conductivity and optical properties were characterized through the 2³ factorial design. The experiments concerning the factorial design were randomly performed. The inputs were acrylamide (AAm, N,N’-methylene-bis-acrylamide (MBAAm and PEDOT/PSS contents, each fixed in three levels, one being the central point. The outputs were the swelling degree

  5. Fatores críticos de sucesso para a colaboração no design de sistemas produto-serviço

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    Isabela Mantovani Fontana

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Este artigo enfoca o desenvolvimento de fatores críticos de sucesso (FCS para a colaboração no design de Sistemas Produto-Serviço (PSS – product-service systems. Apresentam-se como necessários os FCS para a colaboração entre indivíduos, de diferentes áreas e procedências, participantes na concepção de um PSS, já que esta é uma nova forma de projetar, em que são integradas diversas questões (econômicas, ambientais e sociais, trazendo a necessidade da colaboração de diversas áreas de conhecimento e fontes de informações, para que a aplicação de PSS torne-se mais efetiva e aceita pela sociedade. Neste contexto, a motivação para a realização desta pesquisa, surgiu pelo interesse em relação a soluções projetuais que minimizem os impactos negativos causados ao meio ambiente, sociedade e economia unidas à visão de um processo colaborativo de design, acreditando na relevância em identificar estes FCS para a colaboração no design de PSS. Esta pesquisa apresenta uma estrutura com os FCS encontrados e validados, direcionados a interessados na concepção de PSS. Esses FCS contribuem para nortear o processo colaborativo de concepção de PSS. Tal auxílio, por sua vez, pode culminar em sucesso deste tipo de projeto em uma sociedade que ruma ao consumo sustentável.

  6. Validez concurrente de la versión mexicana de las escalas de Apoyo Social Percibido de la Familia y los Amigos (PSS-Fa y PSS-Fr

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    Alejandra del Carmen Domínguez Espinosa

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available El presente estudio tuvo como objetivo probar las cualidades psicométricas de las escalas PSS-Fa y PSS-Fr (Procidano & Heller, 1983, obteniendo su validez concurrente. El estudio se llevó a cabo en estudiantes mexicanos de nivel universitario con edades de 18 a 31 años. Se calcularon las correlaciones de las escalas de interés con otras variables teóricamente vinculadas al Apoyo Social Percibido como Estrés Percibido (PSS, Optimismo (LOT-R O, Pesimismo (LOT-R P, Estilos de Apego (RQ, Satisfacción en la Vida (SWLS, Número de la red de Apoyo y Satisfacción con la red de apoyo (SSQ6-N y SSQ6-S, Afecto Positivo y Negativo (PANAS-AP y AN, y Deseabilidad Social como variable de control (MC-SDS. También se realizaroncomparaciones entre los extremos alto y bajo en apoyo social, y se encontraron diferencias significativas en algunas de las variables criterio. Se concluye que las escalas cuentan con evidencia empírica de su adecuada validez convergente y divergente y su poder discriminante para medir el apoyo social percibido.

  7. Discerning and Addressing Environmental Failures in Policy Scenarios Using Planning Support System (PSS Technologies

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    Brian Deal

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The environmental consequences of planning decisions are often undervalued. This can result from a number of potential causes: (a there might be a lack of adequate information to correctly assess environmental consequences; (b stakeholders might discount the spatial and temporal impacts; (c a failure to understand the dynamic interactions between socio-ecological systems including secondary and tertiary response mechanisms; or (d the gravity of the status quo, i.e., blindly following a traditional discourse. In this paper, we argue that a Planning Support System (PSS that enhances an assessment of environmental impacts and is integral to a community or regional planning process can help reveal the true environmental implications of scenario planning decisions, and thus improve communal planning and decision-making. We demonstrate our ideas through our experiences developing and deploying one such PSS—the Land-use Evolution and impact Assessment Model (LEAM Planning Support System. University of Illinois researchers have worked directly with government planning officials and community stakeholders to analyze alternate future development scenarios and improve the planning process through a participatory, iterative process of visioning, model tuning, simulation, and discussion. The resulting information enables an evaluation of alternative policy or investment choices and their potential environmental implications that can change the way communities both generate and use plans.

  8. A new LPV modeling approach using PCA-based parameter set mapping to design a PSS.

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    Jabali, Mohammad B Abolhasani; Kazemi, Mohammad H

    2017-01-01

    This paper presents a new methodology for the modeling and control of power systems based on an uncertain polytopic linear parameter-varying (LPV) approach using parameter set mapping with principle component analysis (PCA). An LPV representation of the power system dynamics is generated by linearization of its differential-algebraic equations about the transient operating points for some given specific faults containing the system nonlinear properties. The time response of the output signal in the transient state plays the role of the scheduling signal that is used to construct the LPV model. A set of sample points of the dynamic response is formed to generate an initial LPV model. PCA-based parameter set mapping is used to reduce the number of models and generate a reduced LPV model. This model is used to design a robust pole placement controller to assign the poles of the power system in a linear matrix inequality (LMI) region, such that the response of the power system has a proper damping ratio for all of the different oscillation modes. The proposed scheme is applied to controller synthesis of a power system stabilizer, and its performance is compared with a tuned standard conventional PSS using nonlinear simulation of a multi-machine power network. The results under various conditions show the robust performance of the proposed controller.

  9. Charge carrier recombination in the ITO/PEDOT:PSS/MEH-PPV/Al photodetector

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    Petrović Jovana P.

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we investigate charge carrier recombination processes in polymer based photodetector ITO/PEDOT:PSS/MEH-PPV/Al. The major carriers are the hole polarons created by the photoexcitation in the active MEH-PPV film. The model used in this paper is based on the continuity equation and drift-diffusion equation for hole polarons. We assume the Poole-Frenkel expression for field dependence of the hole polaron mobility. The internal quantum efficiency dependence on incident photon flux density, incident light wavelength and applied electric field is included in the model. The simulated photocurrent density spectra for two different, assumed, recombination mechanisms, linear (monomolecular and square (bimolecular is compared with our experimental results. The bimolecular recombination mechanism applied in our model is assumed to be of Langevin type. The agreement between the measured and the calculated data unambiguously indicate that the hole polaron recombination mechanism in the MEH-PPV film is bimolecular with bimolecular rate constant depending on the external electric field. For the established recombination mechanism the theoretical prediction of the photocurrent density spectra shows excellent agreement with the measured spectra in wide range of inverse bias voltages (from 0 to -8 V.

  10. Enhancement in electrical properties of ITO/PEDOT:PSS/PTCDA/Ag by using calcium buffer layer

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    Tahir, Muhammad [Faculty of Engineering Sciences, GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology Topi, KPK 23640 (Pakistan); Department of Physics, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, 23200 KPK (Pakistan); Hassan Sayyad, Muhammad [Faculty of Engineering Sciences, GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology Topi, KPK 23640 (Pakistan); Wahab, Fazal [Department of Physics, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, 23200 KPK (Pakistan); Aziz, Fakhra, E-mail: fakhra69@yahoo.com [Department of Electronics, Jinnah College for Women, University of Peshawar, Peshawar 25120 (Pakistan); Ullah, Irfan; Khan, Gulzar [Department of Physics, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, 23200 KPK (Pakistan)

    2015-06-15

    This paper reports on electrical characterization of ITO/PEDOT:PSS/PTCDA/Ca/Ag device based on 3,4,9,10-perylene tetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCDA) and calcium (Ca) buffer layer with improved junction properties. The I–V characteristics have been utilized to extract various electrical parameters such as ideality factor (n), barrier height (ϕ{sub B}) and series resistance R{sub s}, which are found to be 1.9, 0.79 eV and 2.5 kΩ, respectively. The device shows good rectifying behavior, with a rectification ratio of 528, and also field-lowering mechanism with a linear dependence of log I on V{sup 1/2}. The device reported in the present work shows 50% improvement in the rectification ratio and ideality factor as compared to our previously fabricated device. It appears from the experimental data that the transport mechanism in the PTCDA thin film is dominated by the Poole–Frenkel model of thermionic emission, which may be associated with high density of structural defects or traps present in the film.

  11. PEDOT:PSS organic electrochemical transistor arrays for extracellular electrophysiological sensing of cardiac cells.

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    Hempel, Felix; Law, Jessica Ka-Yan; Nguyen, Thanh Chien; Munief, Walid; Lu, Xiaoling; Pachauri, Vivek; Susloparova, Anna; Vu, Xuan Thang; Ingebrandt, Sven

    2017-07-15

    Electrophysiological biosensors embedded in planar devices represent a state of the art approach to measure and evaluate the electrical activity of biological systems. This measurement method allows for the testing of drugs and their influences on cells or tissues, cytotoxicity, as well as the direct implementation into biological systems in vivo for signal transduction. Multi-electrode arrays (MEAs) with metal or metal-like electrodes on glass substrates are one of the most common, well-established platforms for this purpose. In recent years organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs) made of poly(2,3-dihydrothieno-1,4-dioxin)-poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) have as well shown their value in transducing and amplifying the ionic signals in biological systems. We developed OECT devices in a wafer-scale process and used them as electrophysiological biosensors measuring electrophysiological activity of the cardiac cell line HL-1. Our optimized devices show very promising properties such as good signal-to-noise ratio as well as the ability to record fast components of extracellular signals. Combined with an easy, cost effective fabrication and the transparency of the polymer, this platform offers a valuable alternative to traditional MEA systems for future cell sensing applications. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Thin Film Silicon Nanowire/PEDOT:PSS Hybrid Solar Cells with Surface Treatment

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    Wang, Hao; Wang, Jianxiong; Hong, Lei; Tan, Yew Heng; Tan, Chuan Seng; Rusli

    2016-06-01

    SiNW/PEDOT:PSS hybrid solar cells are fabricated on 10.6-μm-thick crystalline Si thin films. Cells with Si nanowires (SiNWs) of different lengths fabricated using the metal-catalyzed electroless etching (MCEE) technique have been investigated. A surface treatment process using oxygen plasma has been applied to improve the surface quality of the SiNWs, and the optimized cell with 0.7-μm-long SiNWs achieved a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 7.83 %. The surface treatment process is found to remove surface defects and passivate the SiNWs and substantially improve the average open circuit voltage from 0.461 to 0.562 V for the optimized cell. The light harvesting capability of the SiNWs has also been investigated theoretically using optical simulation. It is found that the inherent randomness of the MCEE SiNWs, in terms of their diameter and spacing, accounts for the excellent light harvesting capability. In comparison, periodic SiNWs of comparable dimensions have been shown to exhibit much poorer trapping and absorption of light.

  13. An automatic data acquisition system for optical characterization of PEDOT:PSS-based gas sensor

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    Junaidi, Aba, La; Triyana, Kuwat

    2015-04-01

    A measurement system that consists of a pair of laser diode and photodiode coupled with an automatic data acquisition system based on microcontroller of AVR ATMega16 (hereafter to be called DAQ MA-16) has been developed for measuring optical response of polymer-based gas sensor. In this case, the optical response was represented by the voltage output of the photodiode. The polymer-based gas sensor was a thin film of polymer of Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonate) or PEDOT:PSS deposited on a glass substrate. For measurement, the sensor was placed in the chamber, and then the gas ammonia with a fix flow rate was flowed into the chamber. The opposite part of the chamber was installed a pump to throw the gas. The National Instrument Data Acquisition (NI DAQ) BNC-2110 has been used to calibrate the DAQ MA-16 system. From the calibration, it can be estimated that the accuracy of DAQ MA-16 is about 99.4%.

  14. Capacitated vehicle routing problem for PSS uses based on ubiquitous computing: An emerging markets approach

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    Alberto Ochoa-Ortíz

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available El problema de ruteo de vehículos bajo las limitaciones de capacidad y basado en computación ubicua desde una perspectiva relacionada con PSS (Producto-Servicio de Sistemas para desarrollar configuraciones para el transporte urbano de mercancías es abordado. Éste trabajo considera las especificidades de la logística urbana bajo un contexto de mercados emergentes. En este caso, involucra: i bajas competencias logísticas de los tomadores de decisiones; ii la limitada disponibilidad de datos; y iii restringido acceso a tecnología de alto desempeño para calcular rutas de transporte óptimas. Por lo tanto, se propone el uso de un software libre que proporciona soluciones de bajo costo (en tiempo y recursos. El artículo muestra la aplicación de los resultados de una herramienta de software basado en la Teoría de Grafos utilizado para analizar y resolver un CVRP (Capacitated Vehicle Routing Problem. Se utilizó el caso de una empresa local de distribución de alimentos situada en una gran ciudad de México. Sobre la base de una flora de vehículos pequeños, todos con las mismas especificaciones técnicas y una capacidad de carga comparable.

  15. A new LPV modeling approach using PCA-based parameter set mapping to design a PSS

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    Mohammad B. Abolhasani Jabali

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents a new methodology for the modeling and control of power systems based on an uncertain polytopic linear parameter-varying (LPV approach using parameter set mapping with principle component analysis (PCA. An LPV representation of the power system dynamics is generated by linearization of its differential-algebraic equations about the transient operating points for some given specific faults containing the system nonlinear properties. The time response of the output signal in the transient state plays the role of the scheduling signal that is used to construct the LPV model. A set of sample points of the dynamic response is formed to generate an initial LPV model. PCA-based parameter set mapping is used to reduce the number of models and generate a reduced LPV model. This model is used to design a robust pole placement controller to assign the poles of the power system in a linear matrix inequality (LMI region, such that the response of the power system has a proper damping ratio for all of the different oscillation modes. The proposed scheme is applied to controller synthesis of a power system stabilizer, and its performance is compared with a tuned standard conventional PSS using nonlinear simulation of a multi-machine power network. The results under various conditions show the robust performance of the proposed controller.

  16. Modification of electrical properties of PEDOT:PSS/p-Si heterojunction diodes by doping with dimethyl sulfoxide

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    Pathak, C. S.; Singh, J. P.; Singh, R.

    2016-05-01

    We report about the fabrication and electrical characterization of heterojunction diodes between poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) doped with dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and p-Si. Electrical characterization of the heterojunction diodes was performed using current-voltage (I-V) measurements. The heterojunction diodes showed good rectifying behavior. Interestingly, for 5 vol.% doping concentration of DMSO, the heterojunction diode showed the best diode characteristics with an ideality factor of 1.9. The doping of DMSO into PEDOT:PSS solution resulted in an increase in the conductivity of films by two orders of magnitude and the films showed high optical transmission (>85%) in the visible region.

  17. The temperature-dependent microstructure of PEDOT/PSS films: insights from morphological, mechanical and electrical analyses

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    Zhou, Jian

    2014-09-24

    Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT/PSS) is a widely used conductive polymer in the field of flexible electronics. The ways its microstructure changes over a broad range of temperatures remain unclear. This paper describes microstructure changes at different temperatures and correlates the microstructure with its physical properties (mechanical and electrical). We used High-Angle Annular Dark-Field Scanning Electron Microscopy (HAADF-STEM) combined with electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) to determine the morphology and elemental atomic ratio of the film at different temperatures. These results together with the Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) analysis provide the foundation for a model of how the temperature affects the microstructure of PEDOT/PSS. Moreover, dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and electrical characterization were performed to analyze the microstructure and physical property correlations.

  18. Highly efficient color-stable deep-blue multilayer PLEDs: preventing PEDOT:PSS-induced interface degradation.

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    Nau, Sebastian; Schulte, Niels; Winkler, Stefanie; Frisch, Johannes; Vollmer, Antje; Koch, Norbert; Sax, Stefan; List, Emil J W

    2013-08-27

    Highly efficient and stable blue light emission is observed in novel copolymers that are produced from specially designed building blocks. A PEDOT:PSS-induced chemical degradation of the polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs) is identified at the interface, and it is found to be accompanied by a shift in the emission color. A method to prevent this highly undesirable interaction is presented. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Flexible white phosphorescent organic light emitting diodes based on multilayered graphene/PEDOT:PSS transparent conducting film

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    Wu, Xiaoxiao; Li, Fushan, E-mail: fushanli@hotmail.com; Wu, Wei; Guo, Tailiang, E-mail: gtl_fzu@hotmail.com

    2014-03-01

    Highlights: • A double-layered graphene/PEDOT:PSS film was fabricated by spray-coating. • A white flexible phosphorescent OLED was fabricated based on this film. • The white flexible OLED presented pure white light emission. • The flexible OLEDs showed a stable white emission during bending test. - Abstract: A double-layered graphene/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) conductive film was prepared, in which the PEDOT:PSS layer was obtained by using spray-coating technique. A flexible white phosphorescent organic light-emitting devices based on the graphene/PEDOT:PSS conductive film was fabricated. Phosphorescent material tris(2-phenylpyridine) iridium (Ir(ppy){sub 3}) and the fluorescent dye 5,6,11,12-tetraphenylnapthacene (Rubrene) were co-doped into 4,4′-N,N′-dicarbazole-biphenyl (CBP) host. N,N′-diphenyl-N,N′-bis(1-naphthyl)-(1,1′-biphenyl)-4,4′-diamine (NPB) and 4,7-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline (Bphen) were used as hole-transporting and electron-transporting layer, respectively, and 4,4′-bis(2,2′-diphenylvinyl)-1,1′-biphenyl (DPVBi) was used as blue light-emitting layer. The device presented pure white light emission with a Commission Internationale De I’Eclairage coordinates of (0.31, 0.33) and exhibited an excellent light-emitting stability during the bending cycle test with a radius of curvature of 10 mm.

  20. Liquid crystalline graphene oxide/PEDOT:PSS self-assembled 3D architecture for binder-free supercapacitor electrodes

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    Monirul eIslam

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Binder-free self-assembled 3D architecture electrodes have been fabricated by a novel convienient method. Liquid crystalline graphene oxide (LC GO was used as precursor to interact with poly(3,4-ethylene-dioxythiophene:poly(styrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS in dispersion in order to form a conductive polymer entrapped, self-assembled layer-by-layer structure. This advanced network containing PEDOT:PSS enabled us to ascribe the superior electrochemical properties of particular graphene sheets. This layer-by-layer self-assembled 3D architecture of best performing composite (rGO-PEDOT:PSS 25 showed excellent electrochemical performance of 434 F g-1 through chemical treatment. To highlight these advances, we further explored the practicality of the as-prepared electrode by varying the composite material content. An asymmetric supercapacitor device using aqueous electrolyte was also studied of this same composite. The resulting performance from this set up included a specific capacitance of 132 F g-1. Above all, we observed an increase in specific capacitance (19% with increase in cycle life emphasizing the excellent stability of this device.

  1. Characterization of Piezoresistive PEDOT:PSS Pressure Sensors with Inter-Digitated and Cross-Point Electrode Structures

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    Jer-Chyi Wang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The piezoresistive characteristics of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene:polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS pressure sensors with inter-digitated (IDE and cross-point electrode (CPE structures have been investigated. A small variation of the resistance of the pressure sensors with IDE without bottom indium-tin-oxide (b-ITO film and with CPE structures was observed owing to the single carrier-conducting pathway. For the IDE pressure sensors with b-ITO, the piezoresistive characteristics at low and high pressure were similar to those of the pressure sensors with IDE without b-ITO and with CPE structures, respectively, leading to increased piezoresistive pressure sensitivity as the PEDOT:PSS film thickness decreased. A maximum sensitivity of more than 42 kΩ/Pa was achieved. When the normal pressure was applied, the increased number of conducting points or the reduced distance between the PEDOT oligomers within the PEDOT:PSS film resulted in a decrease of the resistance. The piezoresistive pressure sensors with a single carrier-conducting pathway, i.e., IDE without b-ITO and CPE structures, exhibited a small relaxation time and a superior reversible operation, which can be advantageous for fast piezoresistive response applications.

  2. PEDOT:PSS interfaces support the development of neuronal synaptic networks with reduced neuroglia response in vitro

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    Giada eCellot

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The design of electrodes based on conductive polymers in brain-machine interface technology offers the opportunity to exploit variably manufactured materials to reduce gliosis, indeed the most common brain response to chronically implanted neural electrodes. In fact, the use of conductive polymers, finely tailored in their physical-chemical properties, might result in electrodes with improved adaptability to the brain tissue and increased charge-transfer efficiency. Here we interfaced poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene:poly(styrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS doped with different amounts of ethylene glycol (EG with rat hippocampal primary cultures grown for 3 weeks on these synthetic substrates. We used immunofluorescence and scanning electron microscopy combined to single cell electrophysiology to assess the biocompatibility of PEDOT:PSS in terms of neuronal growth and synapse formation. We investigated neuronal morphology, density and electrical activity. We reported the novel observation that opposite to neurons, glial cell density was progressively reduced, hinting at the ability of this material to down regulate glial reaction. Thus PEDOT:PSS is an attractive candidate for the design of new implantable electrodes, controlling the extent of glial reactivity without affecting neuronal viability and function.

  3. pHEMA encapsulated PEDOT-PSS-CNT microsphere microelectrodes for recording single unit activity in the brain

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    Elisa eCastagnola

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available The long-term reliability of neural interfaces and stability of high-quality recordings are still unsolved issues in neuroscience research. High surface area PEDOT-PSS-CNT composites are able to greatly improve the performance of recording and stimulation for traditional intracortical metal microelectrodes by decreasing their impedance and increasing their charge transfer capability. This enhancement significantly reduces the size of the implantable device though preserving excellent electrical performances. On the other hand, the presence of nanomaterials often rises concerns regarding possible health hazards, especially when considering a clinical application of the devices. For this reason, we decided to explore the problem from a new perspective by designing and testing an innovative device based on nanostructured microspheres grown on a thin tether, integrating PEDOT-PSS-CNT nanocomposites with a soft synthetic permanent biocompatible hydrogel. The pHEMA hydrogel preserves the electrochemical performance and high quality recording ability of PEDOT-PSS-CNT coated devices, reduces the mechanical mismatch between soft brain tissue and stiff devices and also avoids direct contact between the neural tissue and the nanocomposite, by acting as a biocompatible protective barrier against potential nanomaterial detachment. Moreover, the spherical shape of the electrode together with the surface area increase provided by the nanocomposite deposited on it, maximize the electrical contact and may improve recording stability over time. These results have a good potential to contribute to fulfill the grand challenge of obtaining stable neural interfaces for long-term applications.

  4. crRNA biogenesis

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    Charpentier, E.; Oost, van der J.; White, M.

    2013-01-01

    Mature crRNAs are key elements in CRISPR-Cas defense against genome invaders. These short RNAs are composed of unique repeat/spacer sequences that guide the Cas protein(s) to the cognate invading nucleic acids for their destruction. The biogenesis of mature crRNAs involves highly precise processing

  5. Development of bifacial inverted polymer solar cells using a conductivity-controlled transparent PEDOT:PSS and a striped Au electrode on the hole collection side

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    Kuwabara, Takayuki; Katori, Shinji; Arima, Kazuhiro; Omura, Yoshihiro; Yamaguchi, Takahiro; Taima, Tetsuya; Takahashi, Kohshin

    2014-02-01

    An inverted bifacial polymer solar cell was developed using a conductivity-controlled transparent poly(3,4-ethylenedioxylenethiophene):poly(4-styrene sulfonic acid) (PEDOT:PSS) as a hole collection layer and a striped Au electrode with a large open aperture ratio (Rap) as a hole collection electrode. We investigated the performance of the device by varying the interelectrode distance of the striped Au electrode and the sheet resistance of the PEDOT:PSS film. The device using untreated Clevios P (PEDOT:PSS) showed a maximum electric output (Pw) in the Rap range of 50 to 65%. When alcohol-treated Clevios P (Clevios P+) with a lower electrical resistance was used, the maximum Pw increased by 40% compared with that of the device using Clevios P. The maximum Pw was obtained in the Rap range of 84% as the hole collection efficiency of the striped Au electrode improved with the decreased sheet resistance of the PEDOT:PSS.

  6. Functional solid additive modified PEDOT:PSS as an anode buffer layer for enhanced photovoltaic performance and stability in polymer solar cells

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    Xu, Binrui; Gopalan, Sai-Anand; Gopalan, Anantha-Iyengar; Muthuchamy, Nallal; Lee, Kwang-Pill; Lee, Jae-Sung; Jiang, Yu; Lee, Sang-Won; Kim, Sae-Wan; Kim, Ju-Seong; Jeong, Hyun-Min; Kwon, Jin-Beon; Bae, Jin-Hyuk; Kang, Shin-Won

    2017-01-01

    Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) is most commonly used as an anode buffer layer in bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) polymer solar cells (PSCs). However, its hygroscopic and acidic nature contributes to the insufficient electrical conductivity, air stability and restricted photovoltaic (PV) performance for the fabricated PSCs. In this study, a new multifunctional additive, 2,3-dihydroxypyridine (DOH), has been used in the PEDOT: PSS buffer layer to obtain modified ...

  7. PEDOT:PSS self-assembled films to methanol crossover reduction in Nafion{sup ®} membranes

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    Almeida, Tiago P. [Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Sorocaba, SP (Brazil); Miyazaki, Celina M. [Universidade Estadual Paulista, POSMAT, SP (Brazil); Paganin, Valdecir A. [Universidade de São Paulo, IQSC, São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Ferreira, Marystela [Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Sorocaba, SP (Brazil); Saeki, Margarida J. [Universidade Estadual Paulista, Instituto de Biociências, Botucatu, SP (Brazil); Perez, Joelma [Universidade de São Paulo, IQSC, São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Riul, Antonio, E-mail: riul@ifi.unicamp.br [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, IFGW, Campinas (Brazil)

    2014-12-30

    Highlights: • PAH/PEDOT:PSS LbL films were regularly multilayered onto Nafion. • The LbL modified membranes were succesfully applied to reduce methanol crossover in Nafion. • PAH/PEDO:PSS films also decreased the proton conduction, reducing in 15% the DMFC performance. - Abstract: Alternative energy sources are on a global demand, with fuel cells as promising devices from mobile to stationary applications. Nafion{sup ®} is at the heart of many of these appliances, being mostly used due to its high proton conduction and good chemical stability at ambient temperature in proton exchange membranes (PEM). Therefore, methanol permeation throughout Nafion{sup ®} films reduces drastically the performance of direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC). We present here the deposition of layer-by-layer (LbL) nanostructured thin films of poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) onto commercial Nafion{sup ®} 212 membranes. It was observed a good adherence of the LbL films onto Nafion{sup ®} 212, with UV–vis results displaying a linear characteristic growth, indicative that the same amount of material was deposited at each deposition step during the layer-by-layer assembly. In addition, the LbL films also act as a good barrier to avoid methanol crossover, with an observed reduction in the methanol permeation from 5.5 × 10{sup −6} cm{sup 2} s{sup −1} to 3.2 × 10{sup −6} cm{sup 2} s{sup −1}, respectively to pristine Nafion{sup ®} 212 and a 5-bilayer PAH/PEDOT:PSS LbL film deposited on Nafion{sup ®}212. The measured power density in a DMFC set-up was not significantly changed (∼12 mW cm{sup −2}) due to the LbL films, since the PAH/PEDOT:PSS nanostructure is impeding water and ion transport, consequently affecting the proton conduction throughout the membrane.

  8. Economical low-light photovoltaics by using the Pt-free dye-sensitized solar cell with graphene dot/PEDOT:PSS counter electrodes

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    Lee, Chuan Pei

    2015-10-23

    Graphene dots (GDs) are used for enhancing the performance of the poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS)-based counter electrodes in Pt-free dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs). As compared to PEDOT:PSS CEs, GD-PEDOT:PSS films possess a rough surface morphology, high conductivity and electrocatalytic activity, and low charge-transfer resistance toward I/I redox reaction, pushing cell efficiency to 7.36%, which is 43% higher than that of the cell with PEDOT:PSS CEs (5.14%). Without much impact on efficiency, the DSSCs with GD-PEDOT:PSS CEs work well under low-light conditions (light intensity <13.5mWcm and angle of incidence >60°), such as indoor and low-level outdoor lighting and of the sun while the other traditional cells would fail to work. The concurrent advantage in low cost in Pt-free materials, simple fabrication processes, comparable efficiency with Pt CEs, and high performance under low-light conditions makes the DSSC with GD-PEDOT:PSS CEs suitable to harvest light for a diverse range of indoor and low-level outdoor lighting locations.

  9. Morphological effect of composite TiO2 nanorod-TiO2 nanoparticle/PEDOT:PSS electrodes on triiodide reduction

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    T. Balkan

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Composite electrodes consisting of TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs-TiO2 nanorods (NRs and poly (3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene-polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS were prepared on a conductive glass substrate. The presence of TiO2 in the composite structure was proved by X-ray diffraction (XRD Raman and FTIR-ATR measurements. The surface morphologies of TiO2 NP-PEDOT:PSS, TiO2 NR-PEDOT:PSS and TiO2 NP-TiO2 NR-PEDOT:PSS electrodes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. According to the cyclic voltammetry measurement (CV, the electrocatalytic activity of composite electrodes on the reduction of triiodide improved after TiO2 addition compared with pristine PEDOT:PSS and platinum (Pt electrodes. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS showed that the charge transfer resistance (Rct strongly depends on the morphologies (ratio between TiO2 NP and TiO2 NR of the composite electrodes. It was found that Rct decreased by increasing the amount of TiO2 nanorod in the whole mixture of TiO2 nanoparticles and PEDOT:PSS.

  10. Significantly improved photovoltaic performance in polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells with graphene oxide /PEDOT:PSS double decked hole transport layer

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    Rafique, Saqib; Abdullah, Shahino Mah; Shahid, Muhammad Mehmood; Ansari, Mohammad Omaish; Sulaiman, Khaulah

    2017-01-01

    This work demonstrates the high performance graphene oxide (GO)/PEDOT:PSS doubled decked hole transport layer (HTL) in the PCDTBT:PC71BM based bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic device. The devices were tested on merits of their power conversion efficiency (PCE), reproducibility, stability and further compared with the devices with individual GO or PEDOT:PSS HTLs. Solar cells employing GO/PEDOT:PSS HTL yielded a PCE of 4.28% as compared to either of individual GO or PEDOT:PSS HTLs where they demonstrated PCEs of 2.77 and 3.57%, respectively. In case of single GO HTL, an inhomogeneous coating of ITO caused the poor performance whereas PEDOT:PSS is known to be hygroscopic and acidic which upon direct contact with ITO reduced the device performance. The improvement in the photovoltaic performance is mainly ascribed to the increased charge carriers mobility, short circuit current, open circuit voltage, fill factor, and decreased series resistance. The well matched work function of GO and PEDOT:PSS is likely to facilitate the charge transportation and an overall reduction in the series resistance. Moreover, GO could effectively block the electrons due to its large band-gap of ~3.6 eV, leading to an increased shunt resistance. In addition, we also observed the improvement in the reproducibility and stability.

  11. Conductive PEDOT:PSS coated polylactide (PLA) and poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) electrospun membranes: Fabrication and characterization

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    Chang, Hui Chung [Faculty of Bioscience and Medical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81300, Johor (Malaysia); Sun, Tao [Miniaturized Medical Devices Program, Institute of Microelectronics, Agency for Science, Technology and Research - A*STAR (Singapore); Sultana, Naznin, E-mail: naznin@biomedical.utm.my [Faculty of Bioscience and Medical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81300, Johor (Malaysia); Advanced Membrane Technology Research Center, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81300, Johor (Malaysia); Lim, Mim Mim [Faculty of Bioscience and Medical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81300, Johor (Malaysia); Khan, Tareef Hayat [KALAM, Faculty of Alam Bina, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81300, Johor (Malaysia); Ismail, Ahmad Fauzi [Advanced Membrane Technology Research Center, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81300, Johor (Malaysia)

    2016-04-01

    In the current study, electrospinning technique was used to fabricate composite membranes by blending of a synthetic polymer, polylactic acid (PLA) and a natural polymer, poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate), PHBV. Conductive membranes were prepared by dipping PLA/PHBV electrospun membranes into poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)–poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) solution, which is a biocompatible polymer. The coated and uncoated membranes were evaluated using several techniques. The electrical conductivity of the coated membranes was measured using a digital multimeter. In vitro cell cytotoxicity and cell viability were measured by culturing human skin fibroblast (HSF) cells onto the membranes using MTT assays. It was observed that electrospinning of 20% (w/v) PLA/PHBV with a weight ratio of 50:50 produced the most uniform fibers with no beads. It was observed that the wettability and surface roughness of the PEDOT:PSS coated PLA/PHBV membranes were greatly increased than uncoated membrane. The results of cell viability using MTT assay, cell attachment and cell proliferation showed that the conductive PEDOT:PSS coated PLA/PHBV membrane were more favorable for tissue engineering application than their uncoated counterparts. - Highlights: • Coating with PEDOT:PSS increased the wettability of PLA/PHBV membrane. • PEDOT:PSS rendered the PLA/PHBV membrane conductive. • PEDOT:PSS coated PLA/PHBV had significantly higher cell attachment.

  12. Significantly improved photovoltaic performance in polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells with graphene oxide /PEDOT:PSS double decked hole transport layer.

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    Rafique, Saqib; Abdullah, Shahino Mah; Shahid, Muhammad Mehmood; Ansari, Mohammad Omaish; Sulaiman, Khaulah

    2017-01-13

    This work demonstrates the high performance graphene oxide (GO)/PEDOT:PSS doubled decked hole transport layer (HTL) in the PCDTBT:PC71BM based bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaic device. The devices were tested on merits of their power conversion efficiency (PCE), reproducibility, stability and further compared with the devices with individual GO or PEDOT:PSS HTLs. Solar cells employing GO/PEDOT:PSS HTL yielded a PCE of 4.28% as compared to either of individual GO or PEDOT:PSS HTLs where they demonstrated PCEs of 2.77 and 3.57%, respectively. In case of single GO HTL, an inhomogeneous coating of ITO caused the poor performance whereas PEDOT:PSS is known to be hygroscopic and acidic which upon direct contact with ITO reduced the device performance. The improvement in the photovoltaic performance is mainly ascribed to the increased charge carriers mobility, short circuit current, open circuit voltage, fill factor, and decreased series resistance. The well matched work function of GO and PEDOT:PSS is likely to facilitate the charge transportation and an overall reduction in the series resistance. Moreover, GO could effectively block the electrons due to its large band-gap of ~3.6 eV, leading to an increased shunt resistance. In addition, we also observed the improvement in the reproducibility and stability.

  13. Ultrathin, flexible organic-inorganic hybrid solar cells based on silicon nanowires and PEDOT:PSS.

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    Sharma, Manisha; Pudasaini, Pushpa Raj; Ruiz-Zepeda, Francisco; Elam, David; Ayon, Arturo A

    2014-03-26

    Recently, free-standing, ultrathin, single-crystal silicon (c-Si) membranes have attracted considerable attention as a suitable material for low-cost, mechanically flexible electronics. In this paper, we report a promising ultrathin, flexible, hybrid solar cell based on silicon nanowire (SiNW) arrays and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS). The free-standing, ultrathin c-Si membranes of different thicknesses were produced by KOH etching of double-side-polished silicon wafers for various etching times. The processed free-standing silicon membranes were observed to be mechanically flexible, and in spite of their relatively small thickness, the samples tolerated the different steps of solar cell fabrication, including surface nanotexturization, spin-casting, dielectric film deposition, and metallization. However, in terms of the optical performance, ultrathin c-Si membranes suffer from noticeable transmission losses, especially in the long-wavelength region. We describe the experimental performance of a promising light-trapping scheme in the aforementioned ultrathin c-Si membranes of thicknesses as small as 5.7 μm employing front-surface random SiNW texturization in combination with a back-surface distribution of silver (Ag) nanoparticles (NPs). We report the enhancement of both the short-circuit current density (JSC) and the open-circuit voltage (VOC) that has been achieved in the described devices. Such enhancement is attributable to the plasmonic backscattering effect of the back-surface Ag NPs, which led to an overall 10% increase in the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the devices compared to similar structures without Ag NPs. A PCE in excess of 6.62% has been achieved in the described devices having a c-Si membrane of thickness 8.6 μm. The described device technology could prove crucial in achieving an efficient, low-cost, mechanically flexible photovoltaic device in the near future.

  14. Hydrolysis of particulate settleable solids (PSS) in activated sludge is determined by the bacteria initially adsorbed in the sewage.

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    Benneouala, Mourad; Bareha, Younès; Mengelle, Evrard; Bounouba, Mansour; Sperandio, Mathieu; Bessiere, Yolaine; Paul, Etienne

    2017-11-15

    Up to half of the organic fraction of an urban wastewater is made up of particulate settleable solids (PSS). In activated sludge process (AS) this material is rapidly adsorbed on to microbial flocs but is only slowly and partially degraded. To better understand and predict the degradation kinetics observed, a determination of the proportion of hydrolytic bacteria is required. As inoculum is usually added in the biodegradation tests, a comparison is required between the roles of bacteria introduced with the inoculum and those attached to the substrate. In this work, respirometric batch experiments were performed on PSS collected from upstream or downstream of the sewers of Toulouse city. Toilet paper (TP) and cellulose, two model particulate substrates, were also investigated. To understand the role of the active biomass in hydrolysis, increasing concentrations of AS were added to a certain amount of PSS or TP. No correlation was observed between the concentration of AS and the rate and duration of degradation of the particulate matter. Simulations performed after calibration of the model ASM-1 allowed the fraction of hydrolytic bacteria to be estimated in both the substrate and the AS-inoculum. Only a very small fraction of the bacteria of AS and of the substrate samples were found to be efficient for hydrolysis. Hydrolysis was mainly initiated by a small proportion of the microorganisms, and especially by cells already attached to PSSs. Moreover, the fraction of bacteria able to hydrolyse large particles present in an inoculum of AS depended on the initial contamination of the surface of the particles. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. From LCA to PSS – Making leaps towards sustainability by applying product/service-system thinking in product development

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    Bey, Niki; McAloone, Timothy Charles

    2006-01-01

    their surrounding systems. This paper will exemplify that when broadening the ecodesign horizon to environmental product/service-system (PSS) design, there is a better possibility of applying a system-oriented life cycle thinking approach, and therefore a potential to yield extreme improvements towards......Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is the standardised and globally recognised tool for quantifying environmental impact of goods and services. A key aspect in LCA is the consideration of whole life cycle systems. The application of LCA in product development inherently comprises the quest...

  16. Highly Conductive PEDOT:PSS Transparent Hole Transporting Layer with Solvent Treatment for High Performance Silicon/Organic Hybrid Solar Cells.

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    Li, Qingduan; Yang, Jianwei; Chen, Shuangshuang; Zou, Jizhao; Xie, Weiguang; Zeng, Xierong

    2017-08-23

    Efficient Si/organic hybrid solar cells were fabricated with dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and surfactant-doped poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): polystyrene (PEDOT:PSS). A post-treatment on PEDOT:PSS films with polar solvent was performed to increase the device performance. We found that the performance of hybrid solar cells increase with the polarity of solvent. A high conductivity of 1105 S cm - 1 of PEDOT:PSS was achieved by adopting methanol treatment, and the best efficiency of corresponding hybrid solar cells reaches 12.22%. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and RAMAN spectroscopy were utilized to conform to component changes of PEDOT:PSS films after solvent treatment. It was found that the removal of the insulator PSS from the film and the conformational changes are the determinants for the device performance enhancement. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used to investigate the recombination resistance and capacitance of methanol-treated and untreated hybrid solar cells, indicating that methanol-treated devices had a larger recombination resistance and capacitance. Our findings bring a simple and efficient way for improving the performance of hybrid solar cell.

  17. Factor structure of the Perceived Stress Scale-10 (PSS) across English and Spanish language responders in the HCHS/SOL Sociocultural Ancillary Study.

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    Perera, Marisa J; Brintz, Carrie E; Birnbaum-Weitzman, Orit; Penedo, Frank J; Gallo, Linda C; Gonzalez, Patricia; Gouskova, Natalia; Isasi, Carmen R; Navas-Nacher, Elena L; Perreira, Krista M; Roesch, Scott C; Schneiderman, Neil; Llabre, Maria M

    2017-03-01

    Despite widespread use, psychometric investigation of the original English and translated Spanish versions of the 10-item Perceived Stress Scale (PSS; Cohen, Kamarck, & Mermelstein, 1983) has been limited among the U.S. Hispanic/Latino population. The present study examined the factor structure, factorial invariance, and reliability and validity of PSS scores from English and Spanish versions using data from 5,176 Hispanics/Latinos who participated in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos Sociocultural Ancillary Study. The total sample and language multigroup confirmatory factor analyses supported a bifactor model with all 10 PSS items loading on a general perceived stress factor, and the 4 reverse-worded items also loading on a reverse-worded factor. Internal consistency ranged from .68 to .78, and it was indicated that reliable variance exists beyond the general perceived stress factor. The model displayed configural, metric, scalar, and residual invariance across language groups. Convergent validity analyses indicated that both the general perceived stress factor and the reverse-worded factor were related to scores of depression, anxiety, and anger in the expected directions. The reverse-worded factor added to the validity of the PSS beyond the general perceived stress factor. The total computed score of the PSS can be recommended for use with Hispanics/Latinos in the United States that complete the measure in English or Spanish and the reverse-worded factor can enhance prediction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved).

  18. Highly Conductive PEDOT:PSS Transparent Hole Transporting Layer with Solvent Treatment for High Performance Silicon/Organic Hybrid Solar Cells

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    Li, Qingduan; Yang, Jianwei; Chen, Shuangshuang; Zou, Jizhao; Xie, Weiguang; Zeng, Xierong

    2017-08-01

    Efficient Si/organic hybrid solar cells were fabricated with dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) and surfactant-doped poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): polystyrene (PEDOT:PSS). A post-treatment on PEDOT:PSS films with polar solvent was performed to increase the device performance. We found that the performance of hybrid solar cells increase with the polarity of solvent. A high conductivity of 1105 S cm- 1 of PEDOT:PSS was achieved by adopting methanol treatment, and the best efficiency of corresponding hybrid solar cells reaches 12.22%. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and RAMAN spectroscopy were utilized to conform to component changes of PEDOT:PSS films after solvent treatment. It was found that the removal of the insulator PSS from the film and the conformational changes are the determinants for the device performance enhancement. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) was used to investigate the recombination resistance and capacitance of methanol-treated and untreated hybrid solar cells, indicating that methanol-treated devices had a larger recombination resistance and capacitance. Our findings bring a simple and efficient way for improving the performance of hybrid solar cell.

  19. Inverted Planar Perovskite Solar Cells with a High Fill Factor and Negligible Hysteresis by the Dual Effect of NaCl-Doped PEDOT:PSS.

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    Hu, Lijun; Sun, Kuan; Wang, Ming; Chen, Wei; Yang, Bo; Fu, Jiehao; Xiong, Zhuang; Li, Xinyi; Tang, Xiaosheng; Zang, Zhigang; Zhang, Shupeng; Sun, Lidong; Li, Meng

    2017-12-20

    The performance of inverted perovskite solar cells is highly dependent on hole extraction and surface properties of hole transport layers. To highlight the important role of hole transport layers, a facile and simple method is developed by adding sodium chloride (NaCl) into poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS). The average power conversion efficiency of the perovskite solar cells prepared on NaCl-doped PEDOT:PSS is 17.1% with negligible hysteresis, compared favorably to the control devices (15.1%). Particularly, they exhibit markedly improved Voc and fill factor (FF), with the best FF as high as 81.9%. The enhancement of photovoltaic performance is ascribed to two effects. Better conductivity and hole extraction of PEDOT:PSS are observed after NaCl doping. More intriguingly, the perovskite polycrystalline film shows a preferred orientation along the (001) direction on NaCl-doped PEDOT:PSS, leading to a more uniform thin film. The comparison of the crystal structure between NaCl and MAPbCl3 indicates a lattice constant mismatch less than 2% and a matched chlorine atom arrangement on the (001) surface, which implies that the NaCl crystallites on the top surface of PEDOT:PSS might serve as seeds guiding the growth of perovskite crystals. This simple method is fully compatible with printing technologies to mass-produce perovskite solar cells with high efficiency and tunable crystal orientations.

  20. Hole-Transporting Layer Treatment of Planar Hybrid n-Si/PEDOT:PSS Solar Cells with Power Conversion Efficiency up to 14.5%

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    Chenxu Zhang

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available A systematical investigation was carried out into the effects of the hole-transporting layer treatment of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene:poly(styrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS on the performance of planar hybrid n-Si/PEDOT:PSS solar cells. Triton X-100 and ethylene glycol (EG were chosen to improve the conductivity and surface morphology of the PEDOT:PSS film. It was found that the annealing temperature has a great influence on the PEDOT:PSS material properties and the corresponding device performance. By optimizing the annealing temperature, the conductivity of the PEDOT:PSS film doped with Triton X-100 and EG could be enhanced by a factor of more than three orders. And the corresponding device also shows record power conversion efficiency as high as 14.5% with an open circuit voltage of 0.627 V, a short circuit current of 32.6 mA/cm2, and a fill factor of 70.7%.

  1. Superemission of Cr nanolayers

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    Khmelinskii, Igor [Universidade do Algarve, FCT, DQB and CIQA, 8005-139, Faro (Portugal); Makarov, Vladimir, E-mail: vmvimakarov@gmail.com [University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, P.O. Box 23343, San Juan, PR 00931-3343 (United States)

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • Development of novel nanodevices for superemission generation. • Development of nanolasers based on metal nanofilms. • Development of theory of nanolasers based on metal nanofilms. - Abstract: We continue our studies of metal nanolayers started earlier [1]. Presently, we investigate absorption, emission and superemission in Cr nanolayers. We provide experimental estimates of the energy density and power density of superemission of Cr nanolayers, along with estimates of the diffraction-limited light divergence. We report that the divergence of the superemission along the direction normal to the nanolayer corresponds to that of a point source, with the divergence angle of ca. 0.2 rad. Additionally, we report surprising long-range transfer of the excitation energy in Cr metal films, at macroscopic distances of 1 cm.

  2. High Mobility, Hole Transport Materials for Highly Efficient PEDOT:PSS Replacement in Inverted Perovskite Solar Cells

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    Neophytou, Marios

    2017-04-24

    Perovskite solar cells are one of the most promising photovoltaic technologies, due to their rapid increase in power conversion efficiency (3.8% to 21.1%) in a very short period of time and the relative ease of their fabrication compared to traditional inorganic solar cells. One of the drawbacks of perovskite solar cells is their limited stability in non-inert atmospheres. In the inverted device configuration this lack of stability can be attributed to the inclusion of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonate(PEDOT:PSS) as the hole transporting layer. Herein we report the synthesis of two new triarylamine based hole transporting materials, synthesised from readily available starting materials. These new materials show increased power conversion efficiencies, of 13.0% and 12.1%, compared to PEDOT:PSS (10.9%) and exhibit increased stability achieving lifetimes in excess of 500 hours. Both molecules are solution processible at low temperatures and offer potential for low cost, scalable production on flexible substrates for large scale perovskite solar cells.

  3. Adsorption of bovine serum albumin on previously formed PAH/PSS multilayer: a stagnation point optical reflectometry study.

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    Primorac, Elena; Dapić, Irena; Strbe, Nina; Kovacević, Davor

    2010-03-01

    The method of stagnation point optical reflectometry was applied for investigation of adsorption of bovine serum albumin (BSA) on previously formed poly(allylamine hydrochloride)/poly(sodium 4-styrenesulphonate) (PAH/PSS) multilayer with PAH being a terminal layer. The solid substrate was silica in the form of silicon wafers carrying an oxide layer. In order to interpret the adsorption of BSA, the build-up mechanism of PAH/PSS multilayers was examined with special emphasis on the effect of electrolyte concentration, pH of solution, and the anchoring (precursor) layer on that process. Additionally, the effect of BSA concentration and of the anchoring layer on BSA adsorption was investigated. It was shown that in all investigated systems the adsorption of BSA depends on conditions under which the multilayer was formed (ionic strength, pH and presence of an anchoring layer), as well as on BSA concentration. It follows that adsorption of BSA could be controlled not only by choosing suitable BSA concentration, but also by modifying the preformed multilayer.

  4. High-Performance Flexible All-Solid-State Supercapacitor from Large Free-Standing Graphene-PEDOT/PSS Films

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    Liu, Yuqing; Weng, Bo; Razal, Joselito M.; Xu, Qun; Zhao, Chen; Hou, Yuyang; Seyedin, Shayan; Jalili, Rouhollah; Wallace, Gordon G.; Chen, Jun

    2015-01-01

    Although great attention has been paid to wearable electronic devices in recent years, flexible lightweight batteries or supercapacitors with high performance are still not readily available due to the limitations of the flexible electrode inventory. In this work, highly flexible, bendable and conductive rGO-PEDOT/PSS films were prepared using a simple bar-coating method. The assembled device using rGO-PEDOT/PSS electrode could be bent and rolled up without any decrease in electrochemical performance. A relatively high areal capacitance of 448 mF cm−2 was achieved at a scan rate of 10 mV s−1 using the composite electrode with a high mass loading (8.49 mg cm−2), indicating the potential to be used in practical applications. To demonstrate this applicability, a roll-up supercapacitor device was constructed, which illustrated the operation of a green LED light for 20 seconds when fully charged. PMID:26586106

  5. Spray-on PEDOT:PSS and P3HT:PCBM Thin Films for Polymer Solar Cells

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available PEDOT:PSS electron-blocking layer, and PEDOT:PSS + P3HT:PCBM stacked layers are fabricated by ultrasonic atomization and characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM and optical profilometry. The measured thicknesses based on SEM and optical profilometry are quite different, indicating the incapability of measurement techniques for non-uniform thin films. The thickness measurements are compared against theoretical estimations and a qualitative agreement is observed. Results indicate that using a multiple pass fabrication strategy results in a more uniform thin film. It was also found that the film characteristics are a strong function of solution concentration and spraying passes, and a weak function of substrate speed. Film thickness increases with solution concentration but despite the prediction of theory, the increase is not linear, indicating a change in the film porosity and density, which can affect physical and opto-electrical properties. Overall, while spray coating is a viable fabrication process for a wide range of solar cells, film characteristics can be easily altered by a change in process parameters.

  6. Solution synthesis of telluride-based nano-barbell structures coated with PEDOT:PSS for spray-printed thermoelectric generators

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    Bae, Eun Jin; Kang, Young Hun; Jang, Kwang-Suk; Lee, Changjin; Cho, Song Yun

    2016-05-01

    Solution-processable telluride-based heterostructures coated with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (Te-Bi2Te3/PEDOT:PSS) were synthesized through a solution-phase reaction at low temperatures. The water-based synthesis yielded PEDOT:PSS-coated Te-Bi2Te3 nano-barbell structures with a high Seebeck coefficient that can be stably dispersed in water. These hybrid solutions were deposited onto a substrate by the spray-printing method to prepare thermoelectric generators. The thermoelectric properties of the Te-Bi2Te3/PEDOT:PSS hybrid films were significantly enhanced by a simple acid treatment due to the increased electrical conductivity, and the power factor of those materials can be effectively tuned over a wide range depending on the acid concentration of the treatment. The power factors of the synthesized Te-Bi2Te3/PEDOT:PSS hybrids were optimized to 60.05 μW m-1 K-2 with a Seebeck coefficient of 93.63 μV K-1 and an electrical conductivity of 69.99 S cm-1. The flexible thermoelectric generator fabricated by spray-printing Te-Bi2Te3/PEDOT:PSS hybrid solutions showed an open-circuit voltage of 1.54 mV with six legs at ΔT = 10 °C. This approach presents the potential for realizing printing-processable hybrid thermoelectric materials for application in flexible thermoelectric generators.Solution-processable telluride-based heterostructures coated with poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (Te-Bi2Te3/PEDOT:PSS) were synthesized through a solution-phase reaction at low temperatures. The water-based synthesis yielded PEDOT:PSS-coated Te-Bi2Te3 nano-barbell structures with a high Seebeck coefficient that can be stably dispersed in water. These hybrid solutions were deposited onto a substrate by the spray-printing method to prepare thermoelectric generators. The thermoelectric properties of the Te-Bi2Te3/PEDOT:PSS hybrid films were significantly enhanced by a simple acid treatment due to the increased electrical conductivity, and

  7. Synergistic catalytic effect of a composite (CoS/PEDOT:PSS) counter electrode on triiodide reduction in dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Sudhagar, P; Nagarajan, S; Lee, Yong-Gun; Song, Donghoon; Son, Taewook; Cho, Woohyung; Heo, Miyoung; Lee, Kyoungjun; Won, Jongok; Kang, Yong Soo

    2011-06-01

    Inorganic/organic nanocomposite counter electrodes comprised of sheetlike CoS nanoparticles dispersed in polystyrenesulfonate-doped poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (CoS/PEDOT:PSS) offer a synergistic effect on catalytic performance toward the reduction of triiodide for dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), yielding 5.4% power conversion efficiency, which is comparable to that of the conventional platinum counter electrode (6.1%). The electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and cyclic voltammetry measurements revealed that the composite counter electrodes exhibited better catalytic activity, fostering rate of triiodide reduction, than that of pristine PEDOT: PSS electrode. The simple preparation of composite (CoS/PEDOT:PSS) electrode at low temperature with improved electrocatalytic properties are feasible to apply in flexible substrates, which is at most urgency for developing novel counter electrodes for lightweight flexible solar cells. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  8. Ultrathin Al2O3 interface achieving an 11.46% efficiency in planar n-Si/PEDOT:PSS hybrid solar cells

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    Nam, Yoon-Ho; Song, Jae-Won; Park, Min-Joon; Sami, Abdul; Lee, Jung-Ho

    2017-04-01

    Hybrid organic-inorganic photovoltaic devices consisting of poly(3,4-etyhlenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) and n-type silicon have recently been investigated for their cost-efficiency and ease of fabrication. We demonstrate that the insertion of an ultrathin Al2O3 layer between n-Si and PEDOT:PSS significantly improves photovoltaic performance in comparison to the conventional interfacial oxide employing SiO2. A power-conversion efficiency of 11.46% was recorded at the optimal Al2O3 thickness of 2.3 nm. This result was achieved based upon increased built-in potential and improved charge collection via the electron blocking effect of Al2O3. In addition, the hydrophilicity enhanced by Al2O3 improved the coating uniformity of the PEDOT:PSS layer, resulting in a further reduction in surface recombination.

  9. Hybrid PVDF/PVDF-graft-PEGMA Membranes for Improved Interface Strength and Lifetime of PEDOT:PSS/PVDF/Ionic Liquid Actuators.

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    Simaite, Aiva; Tondu, Bertrand; Souères, Philippe; Bergaud, Christian

    2015-09-16

    The exploitation of soft conducting polymer-based actuators suffers from two main shortcomings: their short life cycle and the reproducibility of the fabrication techniques. The short life cycle usually results from the delamination of the components due to stresses at the interface during the actuation. In this work, to achieve strong adhesion to poly(3,4- ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) ( PSS) electrodes, the wetting properties of the surface of a polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) membrane are improved using argon-plasma-induced surface polymerization of poly(ethylene glycol) monomethyl ether methacrylate (PEGMA). Hybrid membranes are created with hydrophilic PVDF-graft-PEGMA outer surfaces and hydrophobic bulk. The width of each layer is controlled by spray coating, as it allows for the deposition of the reaction precursor to a certain depth. Subsequently, a PSS water solution fills the pores of the functionalized part of the membrane and a mixing layer between PSS and PVDF is created. We also show that PVDF-graft-PEGMA copolymers play an important role in binding the membrane to the electrodes and that direct mechanical interlocking in the pores can further improve the adhesion. Finally, PSS/PVDF-graft-PEGMA/PEDOT:PSS actuators are made by simple solution casting. They are capable of producing high strains of 0.6% and show no signs of delamination after more than 150 h or 10(4) actuation cycles. Furthermore, the preservation of the hydrophobic membrane in between two PSS layers increases the resistance between them from 0.36 Ω to 0.16 MΩ, thus drastically modifying the power dissipation of the actuators.

  10. Acupuncture for Primary Sjögren Syndrome (pSS) on symptomatic improvements: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial.

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    Jiang, Quan; Zhang, Huadong; Pang, Ran; Chen, Jinzhou; Liu, Zhishun; Zhou, Xinyao

    2017-01-19

    Currently, feasible medical treatments are hitherto not satisfying to relieve pSS symptoms, which concerns numbers of clinical doctors. Acupuncture seems to be an alternative to treat pSS and conduces to good symptomatic results. However further research is necessary. This trial is to investigate the efficacy of acupuncture on improving the key symptoms of pSS, which are dryness, pain and fatigue (DPF). The study is designed as a randomized controlled trial of two arms with a single centre. We compare acupuncture with sham acupuncture on symptomatic improvements of pSS. A total of 120 pSS patients, aged at least 18, with DPF, will be randomly assigned to acupuncture or sham acupuncture groups, where they will have needle intervention for 8 weeks with 16 weeks of follow-up. Subjects will be assessed each time before interventions during the 8-week intervention, in week 8 after all interventions and in week 12, 16, 20 and 24 for follow-up with different measurements. The primary outcome are the proportions of subjects that have 30% or greater reduction in at least 2 out of 3 items of DPF in Numeric Analog Scale (NAS) scores (0 = the best, 10 = the severest), calculated between the baseline and the average scores of week 2 to 8. The secondary outcome are related to individual items of NAS scores, EULAR Sjögren's Syndrome Patient Reported Index (ESSPRI), EULAR Sjögren's Syndrome Disease Activity Index (ESSDAI), Schirmer test score and unstimulated salivary flow, serum Immunoglobulin G, A and M levels, Medical Outcome Study Short Form 36 Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36), Salivary glands ultrasounds, Hospital Anxiety and Depression (HAD) scale score. The secondary outcome scores are to be collected at baseline, in week 8, 16, and 24. Besides, individual items of NAS will also be collected in week 12 and 20. Moreover, subjects' satisfaction and the proportion of the subjects who identified their allocation will also be measured and analyzed. This study will be

  11. The role of MgBr2 to enhance the ionic conductivity of PVA/PEDOT:PSS polymer composite

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    Eslam M. Sheha

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    Full Text Available A solid polymer electrolyte system based on poly(vinyl alcohol (PVA and poly(3,4-Etylenedioxythiophene:poly(styrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS complexed with magnesium bromide (MgBr2 salt was prepared using solution cast technique. The ionic conductivity is observed to increase with increasing MgBr2 concentration. The maximum conductivity was found to be 9.89 × 10−6 S/cm for optimum polymer composite film (30 wt.% MgBr2 at room temperature. The increase in the conductivity is attributed to the increase in the number of ions as the salt concentration is increased. This has been proven by dielectric studies. The increase in conductivity is also attributable to the increase in the fraction of amorphous region in the electrolyte films as confirmed by their structural, thermal, electrical and optical properties.

  12. Estimation of the Influence of Power System Mathematical Model Parameter Uncertainty on PSS2A System Stabilizers

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    Adrian Nocoń

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an analysis of the influence of uncertainty of power system mathematical model parameters on optimised parameters of PSS2A system stabilizers. Optimisation of power system stabilizer parameters was based on polyoptimisation (multi-criteria optimisation. Optimisation criteria were determined for disturbances occurring in a multi-machine power system, when taking into account transient waveforms associated with electromechanical swings (instantaneous power, angular speed and terminal voltage waveforms of generators. A genetic algorithm with floating-point encoding, tournament selection, mean crossover and perturbative mutations, modified for the needs of investigations, was used for optimisation. The impact of uncertainties on the quality of operation of power system stabilizers with optimised parameters has been evaluated using various deformation factors.

  13. CR reliability testing

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    Honeyman-Buck, Janice C.; Rill, Lynn; Frost, Meryll M.; Staab, Edward V.

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    The purpose of this work was to develop a method for systematically testing the reliability of a CR system under realistic daily loads in a non-clinical environment prior to its clinical adoption. Once digital imaging replaces film, it will be very difficult to revert back should the digital system become unreliable. Prior to the beginning of the test, a formal evaluation was performed to set the benchmarks for performance and functionality. A formal protocol was established that included all the 62 imaging plates in the inventory for each 24-hour period in the study. Imaging plates were exposed using different combinations of collimation, orientation, and SID. Anthropomorphic phantoms were used to acquire images of different sizes. Each combination was chosen randomly to simulate the differences that could occur in clinical practice. The tests were performed over a wide range of times with batches of plates processed to simulate the temporal constraints required by the nature of portable radiographs taken in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Current patient demographics were used for the test studies so automatic routing algorithms could be tested. During the test, only three minor reliability problems occurred, two of which were not directly related to the CR unit. One plate was discovered to cause a segmentation error that essentially reduced the image to only black and white with no gray levels. This plate was removed from the inventory to be replaced. Another problem was a PACS routing problem that occurred when the DICOM server with which the CR was communicating had a problem with disk space. The final problem was a network printing failure to the laser cameras. Although the units passed the reliability test, problems with interfacing to workstations were discovered. The two issues that were identified were the interpretation of what constitutes a study for CR and the construction of the look-up table for a proper gray scale display.

  14. Damping Improvement of Multiple Damping Controllers by Using Optimal Coordinated Design Based on PSS and FACTS-POD in a Multi-Machine Power System

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    Ali Nasser Hussain

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to present a comprehensive comparison and assessment of the damping function improvement of power system oscillation for the multiple damping controllers using the simultaneously coordinated design based on Power System Stabilizer (PSS and Flexible AC Transmission System (FACTS devices. FACTS devices can help in the enhancing the stability of the power system by adding supplementary damping controller to the control channel of the FACTS input to implement the task of Power Oscillation Damping (FACT POD controller. Simultaneous coordination can be performed in different ways. First, the dual coordinated designs between PSS and FACTS POD controller or between different FACTS POD controllers are arranged in a multiple FACTS devices without PSS. Second, the simultaneous coordination has been extended to triple coordinated design among PSS and different FACTS POD controllers. The parameters of the damping controllers have been tuned in the individual controllers and coordinated designs by using a Chaotic Particle Swarm Optimization (CPSO algorithm that optimized the given eigenvalue-based objective function. The simulation results for a multi-machine power system show that the dual coordinated design provide satisfactory damping performance over the individual control responses. Furthermore, the triple coordinated design has been shown to be more effective in damping oscillations than the dual damping controllers.

  15. Solution-Processed Ag Nanowires + PEDOT:PSS Hybrid Electrode for Cu(In,Ga)Se₂ Thin-Film Solar Cells.

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    Shin, Donghyeop; Kim, Taegeon; Ahn, Byung Tae; Han, Seung Min

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    To reduce the cost of the Cu(In,Ga)Se2 (CIGS) solar cells while maximizing the efficiency, we report the use of an Ag nanowires (NWs) + poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) ( PSS) hybrid transparent electrode, which was deposited using all-solution-processed, low-cost, scalable methods. This is the first demonstration of an Ag NWs + PSS transparent electrode applied to CIGS solar cells. The spin-coated 10-nm-thick PSS conducting polymer layer in our hybrid electrode functioned as a filler of empty space of an electrostatically sprayed Ag NW network. Coating of PSS on the Ag NW network resulted in an increase in the short-circuit current from 15.4 to 26.5 mA/cm(2), but the open-circuit voltage and shunt resistance still needed to be improved. The limited open-circuit voltage was found to be due to interfacial recombination that is due to the ineffective hole-blocking ability of the CdS film. To suppress the interfacial recombination between Ag NWs and the CdS film, a Zn(S,O,OH) film was introduced as a hole-blocking layer between the CdS film and Ag NW network. The open-circuit voltage of the cell sharply improved from 0.35 to 0.6 V, which resulted in the best cell efficiency of 11.6%.

  16. Improving the performance and reliability of inverted planar perovskite solar cells with a carbon nanotubes/PEDOT:PSS hybrid hole collector.

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    Yoon, Saemon; Ha, Tae-Jun; Kang, Dong-Won

    2017-07-13

    Adopting an efficient charge transport layer is crucial to improve the photovoltaic (PV) performances of organo-lead halide perovskite (PRV) solar cells. In this study, we suggest a novel hybrid hole-transport layer (HTL) consisting of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) for inverted-planar PRV devices. The SWNTs were drop-cast on ITO/glass substrates, and they were partly grown perpendicular to the substrates. Then, we coated PEDOT:PSS to cover the SWNTs for complete electron-blocking. A PRV light-harvester was spin-cast on the hybrid HTL, and the vertical SWNTs protruded into the PRV through penetrating the PEDOT:PSS. Steady-state photoluminescence spectroscopy evidenced that the SWNTs/PEDOT:PSS hybrid HTL showed enhanced charge-carrier quenching properties. The hybrid HTL also revealed negligible parasitic absorption loss checked by UV-Vis spectroscopy. These contributed to improve the average power conversion efficiency from 9.4% to 11.0% (up to 12.5% for the best cell) based on fabricated 90 devices. Furthermore, significant suppression of current-voltage hysteresis was attained by employing the hybrid HTL. This study not only manifests unprecedented utilization of the SWNTs for the HTL in inverted planar PRV cells but also paves the way for the development of high-performance and reliable PRV solar cells compatible with flexible processing at low temperature (<150 °C).

  17. Performance and Long-Term Stability of Pd/PSS and Pd/Al2O3 Membranes for Hydrogen Separation

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    Liguori, Simona; Iulianelli, Adolfo; Dalena, Francesco; Pinacci, Pietro; Drago, Francesca; Broglia, Maria; Huang, Yan; Basile, Angelo

    2014-01-01

    The present work is focused on the investigation of the performance and long-term stability of two composite palladium membranes under different operating conditions. One membrane (Pd/porous stainless steel (PSS)) is characterized by a ~10 µm-thick palladium layer on a porous stainless steel substrate, which is pretreated by means of surface modification and oxidation; the other membrane (Pd/Al2O3) is constituted by a ~7 µm-thick palladium layer on an asymmetric microporous Al2O3 substrate. The operating temperature and pressure ranges, used for studying the performance of these two kinds of membranes, are 350–450 °C and 200–800 kPa, respectively. The H2 permeances and the H2/N2 selectivities of both membranes were investigated and compared with literature data. At 400 °C and 200 kPa as pressure difference, Pd/PSS and Pd/Al2O3 membranes exhibited an H2/N2 ideal selectivity equal to 11700 and 6200, respectively, showing stability for 600 h. Thereafter, H2/N2 selectivity of both membranes progressively decreased and after around 2000 h, dropped dramatically to 55 and 310 for the Pd/PSS and Pd/Al2O3 membranes, respectively. As evidenced by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) analyses, the pinholes appear on the whole surface of the Pd/PSS membrane and this is probably due to release of sulphur from the graphite seal rings. PMID:24957126

  18. The Malay Version of the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS)-10 is a Reliable and Valid Measure for Stress among Nurses in Malaysia.

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    Sandhu, Sukhvinder Singh; Ismail, Noor Hassim; Rampal, Krishna Gopal

    2015-11-01

    The Perceived Stress Scale-10 (PSS-10) is widely used to assess stress perception. The aim of this study was to translate the original PSS-10 into Malay and assess the reliability and validity of the Malay version among nurses. The Malay version of the PSS-10 was distributed among 229 nurses from four government hospitals in Selangor State. Test-retest reliability and concurrent validity was conducted with 25 nurses with the Malay version of the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales (DASS) 21. Cronbach's alpha, confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), intraclass correlation coefficient and Pearson's r correlation coefficient were used to determine the psychometric properties of the Malay PSS-10. Two factor components were yielded through exploratory factor analysis with eigenvalues of 3.37 and 2.10, respectively. Both of the factors accounted for 54.6% of the variance. CFA yielded a two-factor structure with satisfactory goodness-of-fit indices [x2/df = 2.43; comparative fit index (CFI) = 0.92, goodness-of-fit Index (GFI) = 0.94; standardised root mean square residual (SRMR) = 0.07 and root mean square error of approximation (RMSEA) = 0.08 (90% CI = 0.07-0.09)]. The Cronbach's alpha coefficient for the total items was 0.63 (0.82 for factor 1 and 0.72 for factor 2). The intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) was 0.81 (95% CI: 0.62-0.91) for test-retest reliability testing after seven days. The total score and the negative component of the PSS-10 correlated significantly with the stress component of the DASS-21: (r = 0.61, P stress perception. Therefore, this questionnaire is valid in assessing stress perception among nurses in Malaysia.

  19. A first-in-man PET study of [18F]PSS232, a fluorinated ABP688 derivative for imaging metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 5.

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    Warnock, Geoffrey; Sommerauer, Michael; Mu, Linjing; Pla Gonzalez, Gloria; Geistlich, Susanne; Treyer, Valerie; Schibli, Roger; Buck, Alfred; Krämer, Stefanie D; Ametamey, Simon M

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    Non-invasive imaging of metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGlu5) in the brain using PET is of interest in e.g., anxiety, depression, and Parkinson's disease. Widespread application of the most widely used mGlu5 tracer, [11C]ABP688, is limited by the short physical half-life of carbon-11. [18F]PSS232 is a fluorinated analog with promising preclinical properties and high selectivity and specificity for mGlu5. In this first-in-man study, we evaluated the brain uptake pattern and kinetics of [18F]PSS232 in healthy volunteers. [18F]PSS232 PET was performed with ten healthy male volunteers aged 20-40 years. Seven of the subjects received a bolus injection and the remainder a bolus/infusion protocol. Cerebral blood flow was determined in seven subjects using [15O]water PET. Arterial blood activity was measured using an online blood counter. Tracer kinetics were evaluated by compartment modeling and parametric maps were generated for both tracers. At 90 min post-injection, 59.2 ± 11.1% of total radioactivity in plasma corresponded to intact tracer. The regional first pass extraction fraction of [18F]PSS232 ranged from 0.41 ± 0.06 to 0.55 ± 0.03 and brain distribution pattern matched that of [11C]ABP688. Uptake kinetics followed a simple two-tissue compartment model. The volume of distribution of total tracer (V T, ml/cm3) ranged from 1.18 ± 0.20 for white matter to 2.91 ± 0.51 for putamen. The respective mean distribution volume ratios (DVR) with cerebellum as the reference tissue were 0.88 ± 0.06 and 2.12 ± 0.10, respectively. The tissue/cerebellum ratios of a bolus/infusion protocol (30/70 dose ratio) were close to the DVR values. Brain uptake of [18F]PSS232 matched the distribution of mGlu5 and followed a two-tissue compartment model. The well-defined kinetics and the possibility to use reference tissue models, obviating the need for arterial blood sampling, make [18F]PSS232 a promising fluorine-18 labeled radioligand for measuring

  20. Electrochemical Characterization of Multilayer Cr/CrN-Based Coatings

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    Fabio C. Caiazzo

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    Full Text Available In this work, a series of mono-and multilayer coatings were considered. They consisted of CrN and Cr prepared by physical vapor deposition with a cathodic arc. The most common steels for molds of plastics were chosen as substrates: X37CrMoV5-1 (SMV3, X2NiCoMo18-8-5 (MARVAL M1, X105CrCoMo18-2 (N690 and X40CrMo15 (X13T6. The samples were made with surface state conditions reproducing the main finishes required for molding of plastics: mirror, electro-eroded, sandblasted and ground finish. The coatings were characterized morphologically and chemically. The corrosion behavior of bare and coated steels was evaluated by electrochemical methods.

  1. Design of Weighted Wide Area Damping Controller (WWADC Based PSS for Damping Inter-Area Low Frequency Oscillations

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    Saleh M. Bamasak

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    Full Text Available Wide Area Measurement System (WAMS can extend and effectively improve the power system stabilizers (PSS capability in damping the inter-area low frequency oscillations in interconnected bulk power systems. This paper proposes the implementation of Weighted Wide Area Damping Controller (WWADC in which weighted factors are introduced for each remote feedback signals. Modal analysis approach is implemented for the purpose of identifying the optimal location as well as the input signals’ optimal combination of WWADC. Based on the linearized model, Differential Evolution (DE algorithm is applied to search for optimal controller parameters and optimal weighted factors. The successful application of the proposed approach is achieved in two power networks; the two-area 4-machine system and the IEEE-39 bus 10-machine system. The analysis of the eigenvalue and non-linear time domain simulations indicate that damping the inter-area oscillations and improving the system stability irrespective of the severity and the location of the disturbances can be effectively achieved by WADC

  2. Influence of the deposition parameters on the morphology and electrical conductivity of PANI/PSS self-assembled films

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    Braga, Guilherme S. [Departamento de Engenharia de Sistemas Eletronicos, Escola Politecnica da Universidade de Sao Paulo, Avenida Professor Luciano Gualberto, travessa 3, 158, 05508-900, Sao Paulo - SP (Brazil)], E-mail: gbraga@lme.usp.br; Paterno, Leonardo G.; Lima, John Paul H.; Fonseca, Fernando J. [Departamento de Engenharia de Sistemas Eletronicos, Escola Politecnica da Universidade de Sao Paulo, Avenida Professor Luciano Gualberto, travessa 3, 158, 05508-900, Sao Paulo - SP (Brazil); Andrade, Adnei M. de [Departamento de Engenharia de Sistemas Eletronicos, Escola Politecnica da Universidade de Sao Paulo, Avenida Professor Luciano Gualberto, travessa 3, 158, 05508-900, Sao Paulo - SP (Brazil); Instituto de Eletrotecnica e Energia, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Avenida Professor Luciano Gualberto, 1289, 05508-010, Sao Paulo - SP (Brazil)

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    The influence of deposition parameters, namely polymer concentration and pH of the deposition solution, cleaning, and drying steps on the morphology and electrical characteristics of polyaniline and sulfonated polystyrene (PANI/PSS) nanostructured films deposited by the self-assembly technique is evaluated by UV-Vis spectroscopy, optical and atomic force microscopy, and electrical resistance measurements. It is found that stirring the cleaning solution during the cleaning step is crucial for obtaining homogenous films. Stirring of the cleaning solution also influences the amount of PANI adsorbed in the films. In this regard, the drying process seems to be less critical since PANI amount and film thickness are similar in films dried with N{sub 2} flow or with an absorbent tissue. It is observed, however, that drying with N{sub 2} flow results in rougher films. As an additional point, an assessment of the influence of the deposition method (manual versus mechanical) on the film characteristics was carried out. A significant difference on the amount of PANI and film thickness between films prepared by different human operators and by a homemade mechanical device was observed. The variability in film thickness and PANI adsorbed amount is smaller in films mechanically assembled.

  3. High-stress study of bioinspired multifunctional PEDOT:PSS/nanoclay nanocomposites using AFM, SEM and numerical simulation.

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    Diaz, Alfredo J; Noh, Hanaul; Meier, Tobias; Solares, Santiago D

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    Bioinspired design has been central in the development of hierarchical nanocomposites. Particularly, the nacre-mimetic brick-and-mortar structure has shown excellent mechanical properties, as well as gas-barrier properties and optical transparency. Along with these intrinsic properties, the layered structure has also been utilized in sensing devices. Here we extend the multifunctionality of nacre-mimetics by designing an optically transparent and electron conductive coating based on PEDOT:PSS and nanoclays Laponite RD and Cloisite Na+. We carry out extensive characterization of the nanocomposite using transmittance spectra (transparency), conductive atomic force microscopy (conductivity), contact-resonance force microscopy (mechanical properties), and SEM combined with a variety of stress-strain AFM experiments and AFM numerical simulations (internal structure). We further study the nanoclay's response to the application of pressure with multifrequency AFM and conductive AFM, whereby increases and decreases in conductivity can occur for the Laponite RD composites. We offer a possible mechanism to explain the changes in conductivity by modeling the coating as a 1-dimensional multibarrier potential for electron transport, and show that conductivity can change when the separation between the barriers changes under the application of pressure, and that the direction of the change depends on the energy of the electrons. We did not observe changes in conductivity under the application of pressure with AFM for the Cloisite Na+ nanocomposite, which has a large platelet size compared with the AFM probe diameter. No pressure-induced changes in conductivity were observed in the clay-free polymer either.

  4. Real-time Humidity Sensor Based on Microwave Resonator Coupled with PEDOT:PSS Conducting Polymer Film.

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    Park, Jin-Kwan; Kang, Tae-Gyu; Kim, Byung-Hyun; Lee, Hee-Jo; Choi, Hyang Hee; Yook, Jong-Gwan

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    A real-time humidity sensor based on a microwave resonator coupled with a poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) conducting polymer (CP) film is proposed in this paper. The resonator is patterned on a printed circuit board and is excited by electromagnetic field coupling. To enhance the sensitivity of the sensor, the CP film is located in the area with the strongest electric field in the resonator. To investigate the performance, the proposed sensor is placed alongside a reference sensor in a humidity chamber, and humidity is injected at room temperature. The experimental results indicate that the electrical properties of the resonator with the CP film, such as the transmission coefficient (S 21) and resonance frequency, change with the relative humidity (RH). Specifically, as the RH changes from 5% to 80%, S 21 and the resonance frequency change simultaneously. Moreover, the proposed sensor exhibits great repeatability in the middle of the sensing range, which is from 40% to 60% RH. Consequently, our resonator coupled with the CP film can be used as a real-time humidity-sensing device in the microwave range, where various radio-frequency devices are in use.

  5. Planar n-Si/PEDOT:PSS hybrid heterojunction solar cells utilizing functionalized carbon nanoparticles synthesized via simple pyrolysis route

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    Nam, Yoon-Ho; Kim, Dong-Hyung; Shinde, Sambhaji S.; Song, Jae-Won; Park, Min-Joon; Yu, Jin-Young; Lee, Jung-Ho

    2017-11-01

    Herein, we present a facile and simple strategy for in situ synthesis of functionalized carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) via direct pyrolysis of ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) on silicon surface. The CNPs were incorporated in hybrid planar n-Si and poly(3,4-etyhlenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) solar cells to improve device performance. We demonstrate that the CNPs-incorporated devices showed increased electrical conductivity (reduced series resistance) and minority carrier lifetime (better charge carrier collection) than those of the cells without CNPs due to the existence of electrically conductive sp 2-hybridized carbon at the heterojunction interfaces. With an optimal concentration of CNPs, the hybrid solar cells exhibited power conversion efficiency up to 11.95%, with an open-circuit voltage of 614 mV, short-circuit current density of 26.34 mA cm‑2, and fill factor of 73.93%. These results indicate that our approach is promising for the development of highly efficient organic–inorganic hybrid solar cells.

  6. Effect of Surface Morphology and Dispersion Media on the Properties of PEDOT:PSS/n-Si Hybrid Solar Cell Containing Functionalized Graphene

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    Full Text Available We present the results on the effect of surface morphology and dispersion media on the properties of PEDOT:PSS/n-Si hybrid solar cell containing functionalized graphene (Gr. The hybrid solar cells based on SiNWs showed higher power conversion efficiency (PCE compared to the planar based cells due to suppressing the carrier recombination and improving carrier transport efficiency. The PCE of hybrid solar cells could be improved by adding Gr into PEDOT:PSS. Different solvents including deionized (DI water, ethylene glycol (EG, and isopropyl alcohol (IPA were used as media for Gr dispersion. The best performance was obtained for the cell containing Gr dispersed in EG with a measured PCE of 7.33% and nearly 13% and 16% enhancement in comparison with the cells using Gr dispersed in IPA and DI water, respectively. The increase in PCE is attributed to improving the carrier-mobility, electrical conductivity, PEDOT crystallinity, and ordering.

  7. Análise fatorial confirmatória das três versões da Perceived Stress Scale (PSS: um estudo populacional

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    Full Text Available Este estudo teve como objetivos realizar a análise fatorial confirmatória da Escala de Estresse Percebido (Perceived Stress Scale- PSS, nas versões traduzidas de 14, 10 e 4 itens; analisar sua validade concorrente com o Questionário de Saúde Geral (QSG-12; mapear o perfil do estresse em uma amostra representativa da população; e estabelecer parâmetros de avaliação do estresse por meio da normatização dos escores da população total. A amostragem foi de base populacional, em formato de conglomerado por setores censitários. Participaram 1.154 habitantes de uma capital do Nordeste brasileiro, sendo a maioria do sexo feminino (55,6%, com nível de escolaridade em ensino médio (51,7%, empregados (72,7% e não tabagistas (90,6%. As medianas de renda e idade ficaram em R$ 1.200,00 e 29 anos. Ao final, constatou-se que houve ajustes satisfatórios para as três versões da PSS apenas em seu modelo bifatorial e a escala com 10 itens se mostrou uma solução harmônica entre as versões completa e mais reduzida, considerando-se a relação entre a parcimônia na quantidade de itens e a robustez estatística deste instrumento. Ademais, a PSS ratificou sua validade concorrente com o QSG-12 e foi feita a normatização dos escores da PSS, estabelecendo-se parâmetros para comparação em futuros estudos.

  8. Optimal Coordinated Design of Multiple Damping Controllers Based on PSS and UPFC Device to Improve Dynamic Stability in the Power System

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    Full Text Available Unified Power Flow Controller (UPFC device is applied to control power flow in transmission lines. Supplementary damping controller can be installed on any control channel of the UPFC inputs to implement the task of Power Oscillation Damping (POD controller. In this paper, we have presented the simultaneous coordinated design of the multiple damping controllers between Power System Stabilizer (PSS and UPFC-based POD or between different multiple UPFC-based POD controllers without PSS in a single-machine infinite-bus power system in order to identify the design that provided the most effective damping performance. The parameters of the damping controllers are optimized utilizing a Chaotic Particle Swarm Optimization (CPSO algorithm based on eigenvalue objective function. The simulation results show that the coordinated design of the multiple damping controllers has high ability in damping oscillations compared to the individual damping controllers. Furthermore, the coordinated design of UPFC-based POD controllers demonstrates the superiority over the coordinated design of PSS and UPFC-based POD controllers for enhancing greatly the stability of the power system.

  9. Thin films of protein (BSA, lysozyme) - Polyelectrolyte (PSS) complexes show larger red-shift in optical emissions irrespective of protein conformation

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    Talukdar, Hrishikesh; Kundu, Sarathi

    2017-09-01

    Protein-polyelectrolyte complexes (PPC) are prepared using globular proteins (BSA, lysozyme) and optically active polyelectrolyte poly (sodium 4-styrenesulfonate) (PSS) in aqueous solutions and as thin films on solid substrates to explore their structures and optical behaviors. Out-of-plane structures of PPC films having ≈15-60 nm thicknesses are investigated from X-ray reflectivity and their relatively smooth surface morphologies are obtained from atomic force microscopy. ATR-FTIR spectroscopy confirms that the conformation of BSA proteins inside the films of PSSB (PSS+BSA) is nearly same with pure BSA but for lysozyme inside PSSL (PSS+lysozyme) conformation modifies which is evidenced from the shifting of the amide-I band of each protein. However, irrespective of the conformation variation of proteins larger red-shifts of ≈30 nm in optical emissions are obtained from the thin films of PPC. Relatively enhance dissipation of energy thorough non-radiative transition of the fluorophore residues in the dry state is the most probable reason for such larger optical red-shifts.

  10. Interruption-free growth of 10 μm-thick GaN film prepared on sputtered AlN/PSS template by hydride vapor phase epitaxy

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    Chen, Y. A.; Kuo, C. H.; Wu, J. P.; Chang, C. W.

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    GaN films (10 μm-thick) of high crystalline quality were prepared on sputtered AlN/PSS template by hydride vapor phase epitaxy (HVPE). By introducing the two-step growth method into HVPE, one can reduce the steps in the procedure, realize uninterrupted growth, and improve the crystal quality of the films. The effects of initial GaN growth on the AlN/PSS template by HVPE were also investigated. In this study, 10 μm-thick GaN films prepared on sputtered AlN/PSS template by HVPE showed improved crystal quality using X-ray diffraction and etching pits density. Compared with conventional undoped GaN film grown by metal organic chemical vapor deposition, the full width at half maximum of the (0 0 2) and (1 0 2) peaks of GaN decreased from 450 arcsec to 290 arcsec and from 376 arcsec to 344 arcsec, respectively. Transmission electron microscopy results showed that the gaps observed between the convex regions would eventually turn into dislocations during coalescence, because the number of dislocations increased with the number of gaps observed between the convex regions after step-1 growth.

  11. The Effects of Improved Photoelectric Properties of PEDOT:PSS by Two-Step Treatments on the Performance of Polymer Solar Cells Based on PTB7-Th:PC(71)BM.

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    Zhao, Ling; Zhao, Suling; Xu, Zheng; Huang, Di; Zhao, Jiao; Li, Yang; Xu, Xurong

    2016-01-13

    In this paper, we present a smart two-step treated method to simultaneously improve the work function, conductivity, and transmittance of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) ( PSS). With the two-step treated PSS, the short-circuit current density of polymer solar cells (PSCs) based on PTB7-Th:PC71BM increases from 13.41 to 22.10 mA/cm(2), and the power conversion efficiency increases from 7.35% to 9.82% with 33% improvement. The underlying mechanisms on performance improvement of PSCs can be summarized as follows: (1) two-step treated PSS with the improved work function and the conductivity, which contributes significantly to the charge collection of PSCs; and (2) two-step treated PSS with higher transmittance, which is of benefit to the light absorption of the active layer in PSCs.

  12. Rituximab Effectiveness and Safety for Treating Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome (pSS): Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Souza, Francine Bertolais do Valle; Porfírio, Gustavo José Martiniano; Andriolo, Brenda Nazaré Gomes; de Albuquerque, Julia Vajda; Trevisani, Virginia Fernandes Moça

    2016-01-01

    Background Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome (pSS) is a systemic autoimmune disease that involves the exocrine glands and internal organs. pSS leads to destruction and loss of secretory function due to intense lymphoplasmacytic infiltration. Therapeutic options include mainly symptomatic and supportive measures, and traditional immunosuppressant drugs have shown no effectiveness in randomized trials. Rituximab (RTX) is a chimeric antibody anti-CD20 that leads to B cell depletion by diverse mechanisms. There is evidence that this drug may be effective for treating pSS. The objective of this systematic review was to evaluate Rituximab effectiveness and safety for treating pSS. Methods and Findings We conducted a systematic review of RCTs published until December 2015, with no language restriction. We registered a protocol on Plataforma Brasil (40654814.6.0000.5505) and developed search strategies for the following scientific databases: MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL and LILACS. We included adults with established pSS diagnosis and considered the use of Rituximab as intervention and the use of other drugs or placebo as control. Four studies met our eligibility criteria: three with low risk of bias and one with uncertain risk of bias. The total number of participants was 276 (145 RTX, 131 placebo). We assessed the risk of bias of each included study and evaluated the following as primary outcomes: lacrimal gland function, salivary gland function, fatigue improvement and adverse events. We found no significant differences between the groups in the Schirmer test at week 24 meta-analysis (MD 3.59, 95% CI -2.89 to 10.07). Only one study evaluated the lissamine green test and reported a statistically significant difference between the groups at week 24 (MD -2.00, 95% CI -3.52 to -0.48). There was a significant difference between the groups regarding salivary flow rate (MD 0.09, 95% CI 0.02 to 0.16) and improvement in fatigue VAS at weeks 6 (RR 3.98, 95% CI 1.61 to 9.82) and week 16

  13. Rituximab Effectiveness and Safety for Treating Primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS): Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

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    Souza, Francine Bertolais do Valle; Porfírio, Gustavo José Martiniano; Andriolo, Brenda Nazaré Gomes; Albuquerque, Julia Vajda de; Trevisani, Virginia Fernandes Moça

    2016-01-01

    Primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS) is a systemic autoimmune disease that involves the exocrine glands and internal organs. pSS leads to destruction and loss of secretory function due to intense lymphoplasmacytic infiltration. Therapeutic options include mainly symptomatic and supportive measures, and traditional immunosuppressant drugs have shown no effectiveness in randomized trials. Rituximab (RTX) is a chimeric antibody anti-CD20 that leads to B cell depletion by diverse mechanisms. There is evidence that this drug may be effective for treating pSS. The objective of this systematic review was to evaluate Rituximab effectiveness and safety for treating pSS. We conducted a systematic review of RCTs published until December 2015, with no language restriction. We registered a protocol on Plataforma Brasil (40654814.6.0000.5505) and developed search strategies for the following scientific databases: MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL and LILACS. We included adults with established pSS diagnosis and considered the use of Rituximab as intervention and the use of other drugs or placebo as control. Four studies met our eligibility criteria: three with low risk of bias and one with uncertain risk of bias. The total number of participants was 276 (145 RTX, 131 placebo). We assessed the risk of bias of each included study and evaluated the following as primary outcomes: lacrimal gland function, salivary gland function, fatigue improvement and adverse events. We found no significant differences between the groups in the Schirmer test at week 24 meta-analysis (MD 3.59, 95% CI -2.89 to 10.07). Only one study evaluated the lissamine green test and reported a statistically significant difference between the groups at week 24 (MD -2.00, 95% CI -3.52 to -0.48). There was a significant difference between the groups regarding salivary flow rate (MD 0.09, 95% CI 0.02 to 0.16) and improvement in fatigue VAS at weeks 6 (RR 3.98, 95% CI 1.61 to 9.82) and week 16 (RR 3.08, 95% CI 1.21 to 7

  14. One-pot preparation of PEDOT:PSS-reduced graphene decorated with Au nanoparticles for enzymatic electrochemical sensing of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}

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    Mercante, Luiza A., E-mail: lamercante@gmail.com [National Laboratory for Nanotechnology in Agribusiness (LNNA), Embrapa Instrumentation, 13560-970, São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Facure, Murilo H.M. [National Laboratory for Nanotechnology in Agribusiness (LNNA), Embrapa Instrumentation, 13560-970, São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Center for Exact Sciences and Technology, Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), 13565-905, São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Sanfelice, Rafaela C.; Migliorini, Fernanda L.; Mattoso, Luiz H.C. [National Laboratory for Nanotechnology in Agribusiness (LNNA), Embrapa Instrumentation, 13560-970, São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Correa, Daniel S., E-mail: daniel.correa@embrapa.br [National Laboratory for Nanotechnology in Agribusiness (LNNA), Embrapa Instrumentation, 13560-970, São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Center for Exact Sciences and Technology, Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), 13565-905, São Carlos, SP (Brazil)

    2017-06-15

    Highlights: • Hybrid ternary nanocomposite PEDOT:PSS-rGO-AuNPs is developed by a one-step approach. • Horseradish peroxidase is used to build a novel hybrid biomaterial. • The PEDOT:PSS-rGO-AuNPs-HRP displays excellent electrochemical activity toward the reduction of H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. • A significant low detection limit of 0.08 μM and wider linear range is achieved. • The constructed electrode is used detecting H{sub 2}O{sub 2} in real samples. - Abstract: The development of novel graphene-based nanocomposites is a hotspot in materials science due to their unique optical, electronic, thermal, mechanical and catalytic properties for varied applications. The present work reports on the development of a graphene-based ternary nanocomposite of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate), reduced graphene oxide and gold nanoparticles (PEDOT:PSS-rGO-AuNPs) for the detection of hydrogen peroxide (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}). The hybrid nanocomposite showed superior electrochemical properties and higher stability compared to each individual component as electrode materials, showing a synergistic effect between PEDOT, rGO and AuNPs. The nanocomposite was obtained via a facile one-step approach and was assembly with horseradish peroxidase (HRP). The PEDOT:PSS-rGO-AuNPs-HRP modified electrode has been used for the amperometric detection of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} and exhibited a high sensitivity of up to 677 μA mM{sup −1} cm{sup −2}, with a wide linear range from 5 to 400 μM and a low detection limit of 0.08 μM (S/N = 3). This developed enzymatic biosensor showed to be highly stable and unresponsive to potentially interfering substances, and it could be used for sensing H{sub 2}O{sub 2} in real samples, including tap water and bovine milk samples. These enhanced sensing performance could be ascribed to the intimate contact of AuNPs onto the rough surface of the PEDOT:PSS-rGO nanocomposite, which has a high electrical conductivity and large surface area, providing

  15. Simple InCl3 Doped PEDOT:PSS and UV-Ozone Treatment Strategy: External Quantum Efficiency up to 21% for Solution-Processed Organic Light-Emitting Devices with a Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence Emitter.

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    Zhou, Tao; Xie, Guohua; Gong, Shaolong; Huang, Manli; Luo, Jiajia; Yang, Chuluo

    2017-10-04

    A low-cost and easy-process scheme for solution-processed organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs) was provided to overcome the flaws of poly(styrene sulfonic acid)-doped poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiphene) (PEDOT:PSS) together with the indium tin oxide anode. The modified PEDOT:PSS with higher work function (5.66 eV) and more efficient hole injecting ability was obtained by simply mixing the aqueous PEDOT:PSS with InCl3 and then consecutive ultraviolet-ozone treatment. The simply structured and solution-processed OLEDs with our modified PEDOT:PSS achieved a very high external quantum efficiency of 21.0% using a classic thermally activated delayed fluorescence emitter, 2,4,5,6-tetrakis(carbazol-9-yl)-1,3-dicyanobenzene. The origin of this great promotion was explored through photoelectron spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared reflection spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy, from which we inferred that InCl3 itself, the losing of insulting PSS outer shell, and transformation to quinoid structure of PEDOT chains accounted for this improvement. Our modification method of PEDOT:PSS is beneficial for promoting solution-processed organic semiconducting devices.

  16. 3D Printing of NinjaFlex Filament onto PEDOT:PSS-Coated Textile Fabrics for Electroluminescence Applications

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    Tadesse, Melkie Getnet; Dumitrescu, Delia; Loghin, Carmen; Chen, Yan; Wang, Lichuan; Nierstrasz, Vincent

    2017-12-01

    Electroluminescence (EL) is the property of a semiconductor material pertaining to emitting light in response to an electrical current or a strong electric field. The purpose of this paper is to develop a flexible and lightweight EL device. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was conducted to observe the thermal degradation behavior of NinjaFlex. Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonic acid)—PEDOT:PSS—with ethylene glycol (EG) was coated onto polyester fabric where NinjaFlex was placed onto the coated fabric using three-dimensional (3D) printing and phosphor paste, and BendLay filaments were subsequently coated via 3D printing. Adhesion strength and flexibility of the 3D-printed NinjaFlex on textile fabrics were investigated. The TGA results of the NinjaFlex depict no weight loss up to 150°C and that the NinjaFlex was highly conductive with a surface resistance value of 8.5 ohms/sq.; the coated fabric exhibited a uniform surface appearance as measured and observed by using four-probe measurements and scanning electron microscopy, respectively, at 60% PEDOT:PSS. The results of the adhesion test showed that peel strengths of 4160 N/m and 3840 N/m were recorded for polyester and cotton specimens, respectively. No weight loss was recorded following three washing cycles of NinjaFlex. The bending lengths were increased by only a factor of 0.082 and 0.577 for polyester and cotton samples at 0.1-mm thickness, respectively; this remains sufficiently flexible to be integrated into textiles. The prototype device emitted light with a 12-V alternating current power supply.

  17. Improved Power System Stability Using Backtracking Search Algorithm for Coordination Design of PSS and TCSC Damping Controller.

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    Full Text Available Power system oscillation is a serious threat to the stability of multimachine power systems. The coordinated control of power system stabilizers (PSS and thyristor-controlled series compensation (TCSC damping controllers is a commonly used technique to provide the required damping over different modes of growing oscillations. However, their coordinated design is a complex multimodal optimization problem that is very hard to solve using traditional tuning techniques. In addition, several limitations of traditionally used techniques prevent the optimum design of coordinated controllers. In this paper, an alternate technique for robust damping over oscillation is presented using backtracking search algorithm (BSA. A 5-area 16-machine benchmark power system is considered to evaluate the design efficiency. The complete design process is conducted in a linear time-invariant (LTI model of a power system. It includes the design formulation into a multi-objective function from the system eigenvalues. Later on, nonlinear time-domain simulations are used to compare the damping performances for different local and inter-area modes of power system oscillations. The performance of the BSA technique is compared against that of the popular particle swarm optimization (PSO for coordinated design efficiency. Damping performances using different design techniques are compared in term of settling time and overshoot of oscillations. The results obtained verify that the BSA-based design improves the system stability significantly. The stability of the multimachine power system is improved by up to 74.47% and 79.93% for an inter-area mode and a local mode of oscillation, respectively. Thus, the proposed technique for coordinated design has great potential to improve power system stability and to maintain its secure operation.

  18. High-stress study of bioinspired multifunctional PEDOT:PSS/nanoclay nanocomposites using AFM, SEM and numerical simulation

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    Alfredo J. Diaz

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Bioinspired design has been central in the development of hierarchical nanocomposites. Particularly, the nacre-mimetic brick-and-mortar structure has shown excellent mechanical properties, as well as gas-barrier properties and optical transparency. Along with these intrinsic properties, the layered structure has also been utilized in sensing devices. Here we extend the multifunctionality of nacre-mimetics by designing an optically transparent and electron conductive coating based on PEDOT:PSS and nanoclays Laponite RD and Cloisite Na+. We carry out extensive characterization of the nanocomposite using transmittance spectra (transparency, conductive atomic force microscopy (conductivity, contact-resonance force microscopy (mechanical properties, and SEM combined with a variety of stress-strain AFM experiments and AFM numerical simulations (internal structure. We further study the nanoclay’s response to the application of pressure with multifrequency AFM and conductive AFM, whereby increases and decreases in conductivity can occur for the Laponite RD composites. We offer a possible mechanism to explain the changes in conductivity by modeling the coating as a 1-dimensional multibarrier potential for electron transport, and show that conductivity can change when the separation between the barriers changes under the application of pressure, and that the direction of the change depends on the energy of the electrons. We did not observe changes in conductivity under the application of pressure with AFM for the Cloisite Na+ nanocomposite, which has a large platelet size compared with the AFM probe diameter. No pressure-induced changes in conductivity were observed in the clay-free polymer either.

  19. One-pot preparation of PEDOT:PSS-reduced graphene decorated with Au nanoparticles for enzymatic electrochemical sensing of H2O2

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    Mercante, Luiza A.; Facure, Murilo H. M.; Sanfelice, Rafaela C.; Migliorini, Fernanda L.; Mattoso, Luiz H. C.; Correa, Daniel S.

    2017-06-01

    The development of novel graphene-based nanocomposites is a hotspot in materials science due to their unique optical, electronic, thermal, mechanical and catalytic properties for varied applications. The present work reports on the development of a graphene-based ternary nanocomposite of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-poly(styrenesulfonate), reduced graphene oxide and gold nanoparticles (PEDOT:PSS-rGO-AuNPs) for the detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). The hybrid nanocomposite showed superior electrochemical properties and higher stability compared to each individual component as electrode materials, showing a synergistic effect between PEDOT, rGO and AuNPs. The nanocomposite was obtained via a facile one-step approach and was assembly with horseradish peroxidase (HRP). The PEDOT:PSS-rGO-AuNPs-HRP modified electrode has been used for the amperometric detection of H2O2 and exhibited a high sensitivity of up to 677 μA mM-1 cm-2, with a wide linear range from 5 to 400 μM and a low detection limit of 0.08 μM (S/N = 3). This developed enzymatic biosensor showed to be highly stable and unresponsive to potentially interfering substances, and it could be used for sensing H2O2 in real samples, including tap water and bovine milk samples. These enhanced sensing performance could be ascribed to the intimate contact of AuNPs onto the rough surface of the PEDOT:PSS-rGO nanocomposite, which has a high electrical conductivity and large surface area, providing it as an excellent substrate for the growth and support of nanoparticles. The method developed in this work opens up a general route to prepare a wide range of graphene-based hybrid nanocomposite films with multiple functions including sensing and biosensing.

  20. Kinetics of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) removal from water by two floating macrophytes.

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    Maine, M A; Hadad, H R; Sánchez, G; Caffaratti, S; Pedro, M C

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this work was to compare Cr(III) and Cr(VI) removal kinetics from water by Pistia stratiotes and Salvinia herzogii. The accumulation in plant tissues and the effects of both Cr forms on plant growth were also evaluated. Plants were exposed to 2 and 6 mg L(-1) of Cr(III) or Cr(VI) during 30 days. At the end of the experiment, Cr(VI) removal percentages were significantly lower than those obtained for Cr(III) for both macrophytes. Cr(III) removal kinetics involved a fast and a slow component. The fast component was primarily responsible for Cr(III) removal while Cr(VI) removal kinetics involved only a slow process. Cr accumulated principally in the roots. In the Cr(VI) treatments a higher translocation from roots to aerial parts than in Cr(III) treatments was observed. Both macrophytes demonstrated a high ability to remove Cr(III) but not Cr(VI). Cr(III) inhibited the growth at the highest studied concentration of both macrophytes while Cr(VI) caused senescence. These results have important implications in the use of constructed wetlands for secondary industrial wastewater treatment. Common primary treatments of effluents containing Cr(VI) consists in its reduction to Cr(III). Cr(III) concentrations in these effluents are normally below the highest studied concentrations in this work.

  1. Rituximab Effectiveness and Safety for Treating Primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

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    Francine Bertolais do Valle Souza

    Full Text Available Primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS is a systemic autoimmune disease that involves the exocrine glands and internal organs. pSS leads to destruction and loss of secretory function due to intense lymphoplasmacytic infiltration. Therapeutic options include mainly symptomatic and supportive measures, and traditional immunosuppressant drugs have shown no effectiveness in randomized trials. Rituximab (RTX is a chimeric antibody anti-CD20 that leads to B cell depletion by diverse mechanisms. There is evidence that this drug may be effective for treating pSS. The objective of this systematic review was to evaluate Rituximab effectiveness and safety for treating pSS.We conducted a systematic review of RCTs published until December 2015, with no language restriction. We registered a protocol on Plataforma Brasil (40654814.6.0000.5505 and developed search strategies for the following scientific databases: MEDLINE, EMBASE, CENTRAL and LILACS. We included adults with established pSS diagnosis and considered the use of Rituximab as intervention and the use of other drugs or placebo as control. Four studies met our eligibility criteria: three with low risk of bias and one with uncertain risk of bias. The total number of participants was 276 (145 RTX, 131 placebo. We assessed the risk of bias of each included study and evaluated the following as primary outcomes: lacrimal gland function, salivary gland function, fatigue improvement and adverse events. We found no significant differences between the groups in the Schirmer test at week 24 meta-analysis (MD 3.59, 95% CI -2.89 to 10.07. Only one study evaluated the lissamine green test and reported a statistically significant difference between the groups at week 24 (MD -2.00, 95% CI -3.52 to -0.48. There was a significant difference between the groups regarding salivary flow rate (MD 0.09, 95% CI 0.02 to 0.16 and improvement in fatigue VAS at weeks 6 (RR 3.98, 95% CI 1.61 to 9.82 and week 16 (RR 3.08, 95% CI 1.21 to

  2. PEDOT:PSS-based piezo-resistive sensors applied to reinforcement glass fibres for in situ measurement during the composite material weaving process.

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    Trifigny, Nicolas; Kelly, Fern M; Cochrane, Cédric; Boussu, François; Koncar, Vladan; Soulat, Damien

    2013-08-16

    The quality of fibrous reinforcements used in composite materials can be monitored during the weaving process. Fibrous sensors previously developed in our laboratory, based on PEDOT:PSS, have been adapted so as to directly measure the mechanical stress on fabrics under static or dynamic conditions. The objective of our research has been to develop new sensor yarns, with the ability to locally detect mechanical stresses all along the warp or weft yarn. This local detection is undertaken inside the weaving loom in real time during the weaving process. Suitable electronic devices have been designed in order to record in situ measurements delivered by this new fibrous sensor yarn.

  3. Cu-Cr Literature Review

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    Need, Ryan F. [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2012-08-09

    Cu-Cr alloys are part of a class of face-centered cubic (FCC)-body-centered cubic (BCC) composites that includes similar alloys, such as Cu-Nb and Cu-Ta. When heavily deformed, these FCC-BCC materials create 'in situ' composites with a characteristic structure-nanoscale BCC filaments in a ductile FCC matrix. The strength of these composites is vastly greater than predicted by the rule of mixtures, and has been shown to be inversely proportional to the filament spacing. Lower raw materials costs suggest that Cu-Cr alloys may offer more economical solution to high-strength, high-conductivity wire than either their Nb or Ta counterparts. However, Cr is also more brittle and soluble in Cu than Nb or Ta. These qualities necessitate thermal treatments to remove solute atoms from the Cu matrix, improve conductivity, and maintain the ductility of the Cr filaments. Through the use of different thermomechanical processing routes or the addition of select dopants, alloys with strength in excess of 1 GPa at 70% IACS have been achieved. To date, previous research on Cu-Cr alloys has focused on a relatively small number of alloy compositions and processing methods while the effects of dopants and ageing treatments have only been studied independently. Consequently, there remains considerable opportunity for the development and optimization of these alloys as a leading high-strength, high-conductivity material.

  4. Three-Dimensional Conductive Nanocomposites Based on Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube Networks and PEDOT:PSS as a Flexible Transparent Electrode for Optoelectronics.

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    Cho, Er-Chieh; Li, Chiu-Ping; Huang, Jui-Hsiung; Lee, Kuen-Chan; Huang, Jen-Hsien

    2015-06-03

    We have synthesized conductive nanocomposites composed of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and Au nanoparticles (NPs). The Au NPs with an average size of approximately 4.3 nm are uniformly anchored on the MWCNT. After being exposed to microwave (MW) plasma irradiation, the anchored Au NPs melt and fuse, leading to larger aggregates (34 nm) that can connect the MWCNT forming a three-dimensional conducting network. The formation of a continuous MWCNT network can produce more a conductive pathway, leading to lower sheet resistance. When the Au-MWCNT is dispersed in the highly conductive polymer, poly(ethylene dioxythiophene):polystyrenesulfonate ( PSS), we can obtain solution-processable composite formulations for the preparation of a flexible transparent electrode. The resulting Au-MWCNT/PEDOT:PSS hybrid films possess a sheet resistance of 51 Ω/sq with a transmittance of 86.2% at 550 nm. We also fabricate flexible organic solar cells and electrochromic devices to demonstrate the potential use of the as-prepared composite electrodes. Compared with the indium tin oxide-based devices, both the solar cells and electrochromic devices with the composites incorporated as a transparent electrode deliver comparable performance.

  5. Flexible resistive switching device based on poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS)/poly(4-vinylphenol) (PVP) composite and methyl red heterojunction

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    Hassan, Gul; Ali, Shawkat; Bae, Jinho; Lee, Chong Hyun

    2017-04-01

    To obtain a desired performance of non-volatile memory applications, heterojunction-based resistive switching devices have tremendous attractions. In this paper, we demonstrate resistive switching characteristics for heterojunction of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS)/poly(4-vinylphenol) (PVP) composite and methyl red sandwiched in between bottom and top silver (Ag) electrodes. The proposed heterojunction layers are fabricated through spin coater at 3000 rpm for 60 s each, and the Ag electrodes are deposited through a commercialized inkjet printer DMP-3000 on polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) substrate. To verify the proposed device, the resistive switching on dual polarity voltage of ±10.2 V is measured over more than 500 endurance cycles. The paper also presents an R off/ R on ratio which can adjust through an active layer's area and a blending ratio of the PEDOT:PSS and PVP. By applying the area of 100 μm2 and the blending ratio of 3:1, we achieve the higher R off/ R on ratio of 121, and its high resistance state (HRS) and low resistance state (LRS) are observed as 3000 kΩ and 24.7 kΩ, respectively. To maintain a long retention time, the device is encapsulated with PDMS, which changes a little variations of 52 Ω for HRS 498 Ω for LRS over 60 days. For the flexible realization to be utilized in wearable applications, it can be easily applied on a plastic substrate using printed technologies.

  6. Dipole-induced conductivity enhancement by n-type inclusion in a p-type system: α-Fe₂O₃-PEDOT:PSS nanocomposites.

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    Raccis, R; Wortmann, L; Ilyas, S; Schläfer, J; Mettenbörger, A; Mathur, S

    2014-08-07

    Hematite (α-Fe2O3) nanoparticles of two different shapes but of same size (ca. 40 nm) were dispersed in PEDOT:PSS matrices in various concentration ranges (0-7 wt%) to study the consequent changes in conductivity in the dark and under solar illumination conditions. Within a distinct range of concentration, a distinct increase in the conductivity was observed for both spherical and cubical particle population. We ascribed this effect to the generalized Poole-Frenkel theory of conduction in conjunction with the basic depletion width properties of heterojunctions and electrostatic dipole moments, and verified our assumptions through data fitting. A difference in conductivity between sphere- and cube-based α-Fe2O3-PEDOT:PSS nanocomposites was also observed and ascribed to the electrostatic edge effect on the nanoparticles. The dispersion of α-Fe2O3 nanocrystals was confirmed by high-resolution electron microscopy, whereas the electrical properties and modulations thereof were followed by recording current-voltage characteristics.

  7. Atmospheric-pressure argon plasma etching of spin-coated 3,4-polyethylenedioxythiophene:polystyrenesulfonic acid (PEDOT:PSS) films for cupper phtalocyanine (CuPc)/C{sub 60} heterojunction thin-film solar cells

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    Ino, Tomohisa; Hayashi, Tatsuya; Ueno, Keiji; Shirai, Hajime, E-mail: shirai@fms.saitama-u.ac.jp

    2011-08-01

    Depth profiles of the optical constants, carrier mobility, and carrier density of spin-coated 3,4-polyethylenedioxythiophene:polystyrenesulfonic acid (PEDOT:PSS) films were investigated by real-time characterization by the spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) during argon plasma etching at atmospheric pressure. Spectral analysis revealed that homogeneous etching occurred within 10-15 nm of the top surface, followed by the appearance of a conductive PEDOT phase and surface roughning, which originated from the depth profile of the PEDOT-to-PSS molar concentration ratio. The use of the plasma-etched PEDOT:PSS layer improved relatively the performance of the copper phtalocyanine (CuPc)/C{sub 60} organic thin-films solar cells as a hole-transport layer with higher optical transmittance by adjusting the plasma etching condition.

  8. Site occupation in the Cr-Ru and Cr-Os ? phases

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    Sluiter, M.H.F.; Pasturel, A.

    2009-01-01

    The site occupation in the Cr-Ru and Cr-Os ? phases is computed as a function of temperature. Generally, in ? phases the larger atoms occupy the sites with larger coordinations numbers, as can be explained on the basis of atomic-size and electronic structure. However, for Cr2Ru and Cr2Os the

  9. Sintering behaviour and mechanical properties of Cr3C2–NiCr ...

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    Abstract. Cr3C2–NiCr cermets are used as metal cutting tools due to their relatively high hardness and low sin- tering temperatures. In this study, a powder mixture consisting of 75 wt% Cr3C2–25 wt% NiCr was sintered at four different temperatures and characterized for its microstructure and mechanical properties.

  10. Growth of CrSi2 Nanostructures Using CrCl2 Powder on Si Substrates

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    Wen Li; Meng Erchao; Tomoji Matsushita; Shingo Oda; Daisuke Ishikawa; Kaito Nakane; Hirokazu Tatsuoka

    2013-01-01

    Chromium disilicide (CrSi2) nanostructures were grown by the exposure of Si (111) substrates to CrCl2 vapor in an argon gas flow at atmospheric pressure without using any metal catalyst. Dependence of the growth condition on the structural property was investigated. Hexagonal-shaped CrSi2 microrods were grown at 750 °C with 0.05 g of CrCl2. As the quantity of CrCl2 increased to 0.1 g, the bundle of CrSi2 nanowires with microrods and web-liked CrSi2 nanostructure with turning angles were grown...

  11. Adaptação cultural e validação para a língua portuguesa da Parental Stress Scale: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (PSS:NICU Adaptación cultural y validación al idioma português del Parental Stress Scale: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (PSS:NICU Cultural adaptation and validation for the portuguese language of the Parental Stress Scale: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (PSS:NICU

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    Sandra Regina de Souza

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Traduzir, realizar a adaptação cultural e validar a escala Parental Stress Scale:Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (PSS:NICU para a língua portuguesa. MÉTODOS: Utilizou-se o método descritivo de validação de instrumentos de medida, baseado nas etapas propostas por Guillemin et al. A análise da confiabilidade foi realizada por meio dos testes e retestes e da consistência interna. Na validação clínica, participaram 163 pais de recém-nascidos internados em Unidade de Terapia Intensiva Neonatal (UTIN. RESULTADOS: Os coeficientes de correlação intraclasse ficaram em torno de 0,70 mostrando boa estabilidade entre as duas avaliações. A análise fatorial pelo método de componentes principais utilizou os mesmos critérios da escala original, com rotação Varimax, com grau de variância adequado de 57,9%. Os maiores níveis de estresse dos pais foram obtidos na subescala "alteração do papel de pais". CONCLUSÃO: A PSS:NICU na versão em português é uma ferramenta válida e confiável para avaliação do estresse de pais com filho internado na UTIN.OBJETIVO: Traducir, realizar la adaptación cultural y validar la escala Parental Stress Scale:Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (PSS:NICU al idioma portugués. MÉTODOS: Se utilizó el método descriptivo de validación de instrumentos de medida, basado en las etapas propuestas por Guillemin et al. El análisis de la confiabilidad fue realizado por medio de los tests y retests y de la consistencia interna. En la validación clínica, participaron 163 padres de recién nacidos internados en una Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos Neonatal (UCIN. RESULTADOS: Los coeficientes de correlación intraclase quedaron alrededor de 0,70 mostrando buena estabilidad entre las dos evaluaciones El análisis factorial por el método de componentes principales utilizó los mismos criterios de la escala original, con rotación Varimax, con grado de varianza adecuado de 57,9%. Los mayores niveles de estrés de

  12. Spin-density-wave antiferromagnetism of Cr in Fe/Cr(001) superlattices

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    Fullerton, E.E.; Bader, S.D. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Robertson, J.L. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1996-10-01

    The antiferromagnetic spin-density-wave (SDW) order of Cr layers in Fe/Cr(001) superlattices was investigated by neutron scattering. For Cr thickness 51-190 {Angstrom}, a transverse SDW is formed for all temperatures below Neel temperature with a single wavevector Q normal to the layers. A coherent magnetic structure forms with the nodes of the SDW near the Fe-Cr interfaces. For thinner Cr layers, the magnetic scattering can be described by commensurate antiferromagnetic order.

  13. Microbial conversion of Cr (VI) in to Cr (III) in industrial effluent ...

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    Bacterial strains (CrT-11, CrT-12, Bravibacterium sp. CrT-13, CrT-14) were isolated from the effluents of tanneries. All strains could resist very high concentration of K2CrO4 that is up to 40 mg ml-1 on nutrient agar and 25 mg ml-1 in nutrient broth. They have wide pH (5 to 9) and temperature (24 to 42˚C) growth range.

  14. Roll-to-Roll Processing of Inverted Polymer Solar Cells using Hydrated Vanadium(V)Oxide as a PEDOT:PSS Replacement

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    Martinez, Nieves Espinosa; Dam, Henrik Friis; Tanenbaum, David M.

    2011-01-01

    The use of hydrated vanadium(V)oxide as a replacement of the commonly employed hole transporting material PEDOT:PSS was explored in this work. Polymer solar cells were prepared by spin coating on glass. Polymer solar cells and modules comprising 16 serially connected cells were prepared using full...... roll-to-roll (R2R) processing of all layers. The devices were prepared on flexible polyethyleneterphthalate (PET) and had the structure PET/ITO/ZnO/P3HT:PCBM/V2O5·(H2O)n/Ag. The ITO and silver electrodes were processed and patterned by use of screen printing. The zinc oxide, P3HT:PCBM and vanadium...... to 0.18%, in contrast to single cells where efficiencies of 0.4% were achieved. Stability tests under indoor and outdoor conditions were accomplished over three weeks on a solar tracker....

  15. Assessment of Critical Loads Instigating Voltage Instability in Transmission Network using Novel Load Tracing Capable Index LQP_LT and PSS/E Tools Validation

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    Renuga Verayiah

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Existing power systems are significantly susceptible to voltage instability problem since such systems are stressed with the huge power transfers across the grids. Various power tracing techniques have been developed but are limited to the application of transmission service pricing in a deregulated environment. This paper presents a novel approach which adopts the power tracing theory for voltage stability improvement via the development of reactive power tracing capable index, named as LQP_LT. The index is tested in IEEE 14 Test Bus System in various contingency states and comparison were made using the results obtained from the industrial graded software PSS/E in evaluating the critical transmission lines in severe contingencies. The LQP_LT index is found to be effective in determining the weak load buses in a transmission system which ultimately responsible to cause stressed lines and overall voltage instability in a system.

  16. Cr(III) reactivity and foot dermatitis in Cr(VI) positive patients

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    Hansen, Malene Barré; Menné, Torkil; Johansen, Jeanne Duus

    2006-01-01

    Chromium allergy has become synonymous with Cr(VI) allergy. However, real exposure to chromium from leather products may include both Cr(III) and Cr(VI). In this study, we investigate the reactivity to both Cr(VI) and Cr(III) in consecutive patients to analyse the relation between foot eczema......(VI), of which 31 also had a positive Cr(III) reaction. No Cr(VI) negative patients had a positive reaction to Cr(III). An increased risk of foot dermatitis was found in Cr(VI) positive patients with a concomitant positive or doubtful reaction to Cr(III) compared with Cr(VI) positive patients with no reactions...... to Cr(III). The increased risk was not due to a higher degree of sensitivity to Cr(VI). Leather was reported most frequently as the suspected cause of chromium dermatitis (54%). However, Cr(VI) allergics having foot eczema and positive or doubtful Cr(III) reactions often had positive reactions to other...

  17. Band-structure calculations, and magnetic and transport properties of ferromagnetic chromium tellurides (CrTe, Cr3Te4, Cr2Te3)

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    Dijkstra, J.; Weitering, H.H.; Haas, C.; Groot, R.A. de

    1989-01-01

    Electronic band-structure calculations are presented for the ferromagnetic compounds CrTe, Cr3Te4 and Cr2Te3. In these compounds the Cr 3d-Te 5p covalency and the Cr 3dz2-Cr 3dz2 overlap along the c axis are the most important interactions. The magnetic polarisation of Te is parallel to the Cr local

  18. Low-Pressure-Assisted Coating Method To Improve Interface between PEDOT:PSS and Silicon Nanotips for High-Efficiency Organic/Inorganic Hybrid Solar Cells via Solution Process.

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    Subramani, Thiyagu; Syu, Hong-Jhang; Liu, Chien-Ting; Hsueh, Chen-Chih; Yang, Song-Ting; Lin, Ching-Fuh

    2016-01-27

    Nanostructured silicon hybrid solar cells are promising candidates for a new generation photovoltaics because of their light-trapping abilities and solution processes. However, the performance of hybrid organic/Si nanostructure solar cells is hindered because of carrier recombination at surface and poor coverage of organic material poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) ( PSS) on nanostructures. Here we demonstrate low-pressure-assisted coating method of PSS on surface-modified silicon nanotips with broadband light-trapping characteristics to improve interface property and to achieve high-efficiency hybrid solar cells through a solution process. The approach enhances the effective minority-carrier lifetime and the coverage of PSS on the surface of nanostructures. Hybrid solar cells fabricated with surface-modified nanotips exhibit a high fill factor of 70.94%, short-circuit current density of 35.36 mA/cm(2), open-circuit voltage of 0.528 V, and power conversion efficiency of 13.36%. The high efficiency and the high fill factor are achieved because of conformal coating of PSS via a low-pressure-assisted coating process, excellent light harvesting without sacrificing the minority-carrier lifetime, and efficient charge separation/collection of photogenerated carriers.

  19. Determination of Chromium Valence Over the Range Cr(0)-Cr(VI) by Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy

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    2006-01-01

    be of Cr (VI): Cr (V) [14,40-45] and Cr (IV) [46]. To fully altered by microbes [11-13], green algae [14], higher plants understand the geochemistry of Cr ... Cr (III) by bacteria [42,44,45] and Further, nearly all mineralized Cr in the terrestrial crust is green algae [14], reacts with diphenylcarbazide to...Determination of chromium valence over the range Cr (O)- Cr (VI) by electron energy loss spectroscopy Tyrone L. Daultona , Brenda J. Littleb ’Marine

  20. Alloying effects on the high-temperature oxidation resistance of Cr-Cr{sub 2}Nb

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    Tortorelli, P.F.; DeVan, J.H.

    1994-09-01

    Alloying effects on the high-temperature oxidation resistance of Cr-Cr{sub 2}Nb were examined on the basis of isothermal exposures to air at 950 C. Additions of either Re and Al or Fe, Ni, and Al had relatively little effect on weight gains relative to the Cr-6% Nb binary alloy. One alloying element that improved the mechanical behavior of Cr-Cr{sub 2}Nb alloys substantially increased the oxidation rates and spallation susceptibilities of Cr-6 and -12% Nb alloys. However, the addition of another element completely offset these deleterious effects. The presence of this latter element resulted in the best overall oxidation behavior (in terms of both weight gains and spallation tendencies) of all Cr-Cr{sub 2}Nb compositions. Its beneficial effect can be attributed to improvement in the oxidation resistance of the Cr-rich phase.

  1. Elemental release from CoCr and NiCr alloys containing palladium.

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    Beck, Kelly A; Sarantopoulos, Demetrios M; Kawashima, Isao; Berzins, David W

    2012-02-01

    An entirely new subclass of casting alloy composition whereby palladium (∼approximately 25 wt%) is added to traditional base metal alloys such as CoCr and NiCr was recently introduced to the market. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the elemental release of new CoPdCr and NiPdCr alloys and compare them to traditional CoCr and NiCr alloys. Five casting alloys were investigated: CoPdCr-A (NobleCrown NF, The Argen Corporation), CoPdCr-I (Callisto CP+, Ivoclar Vivadent), NiPdCr (NobleCrown, Argen), CoCr (Argeloy N.P. Special, Argen), and NiCr (Argeloy N.P. Star, Argen). Rectangular specimens (n = 6/alloy) were prepared and immersed in a lactic acid/NaCl solution at 37°C for 7 days according to ISO 10271. Solutions were analyzed with ICP-AES to determine elemental release. The concentrations of major ions (cobalt, nickel, palladium, chromium, and molybdenum) were compared using a generalized linear model (p alloys released a significantly greater amount of respective ions (Co, Cr, Mo, and total ions) compared to the traditional CoCr alloy. No significant differences in elemental release were noted between NiPdCr and NiCr. Optical microscopic examination showed abundant areas of corrosion in the palladium-containing CoCr alloys after immersion, whereas little difference was observed for the other alloys. Corrosion resistance measured via elemental release was compromised when CoCr was alloyed with palladium, but this effect was not observed with NiCr. © 2011 by the American College of Prosthodontists.

  2. Determination of Cr(III, Cr(VI and total chromium in atmospheric aerosol samples

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    Catrambone M.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available This study addresses the optimization and validation of an analytical method based on the ultrasound-assisted extraction of soluble Cr from atmospheric particulate matter (PM and subsequent determination of Cr(III and Cr(VI by catalytic adsorptive stripping voltammetry (CAdSV by using diethylenetriammino pentaacetic acid (DTPA as complexing agent in the presence of nitrate. We evaluated the influence of various filter materials and of extracting conditions and validated the method on both reference material and real PM10 samples. The accuracy of total extractable Cr determination was checked by parallel ICP-OES measurements. The determination of total chromium was performed by ED-XRF. Results of field campaigns carried out in two industrial areas (North Italy and Tunis and at a peri-urban site near Rome are reported. At the peri-urban site, the total Cr concentration in PM10 ranged from 2 to 5 ng/m3, with a soluble fraction of 5-13%, and Cr(VI concentration was always below the detection limits (50 pg/m3. In the industrial area of Northern Italy, total Cr concentration ranged between 6 and 11 ng/m3, the soluble fraction was about 11-28% and detectable amounts of Cr(VI were found, with a Cr(VI/Cr(III ratio ranging from 0.5 to 2.5. A further increase of Cr(VI concentration was evidenced at the industrial site of Tunis, where the total Cr concentration ranged from 6 to 26 ng/m3, with a soluble fraction accounting for about 8-44% and a Cr(VI/Cr(III ranging from 1.6 to 3.6. The results of size-segregated samples, collected in Northen Italy by a 10-stage cascade impactor, indicate a relevant fine fraction of Cr(VI, with Cr(VI/Cr(III ratios increasing with the decrease of particle size.

  3. On iron contamination in mechanically alloyed Cr-Si powders

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    Fernandes, Bruno B. [Universidade do Vale do Paraiba, Instituto de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento, Sao Jose dos, Campos-SP, CEP 12244-000 (Brazil); Rodrigues, Geovani [Faculdade de Engenharia Quimica de Lorena, Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais, Caixa Postal 116, Lorena-SP, CEP 12600-970 (Brazil); Coelho, Gilberto C. [Faculdade de Engenharia Quimica de Lorena, Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais, Caixa Postal 116, Lorena-SP, CEP 12600-970 (Brazil); Ramos, Alfeu S. [Universidade do Vale do Paraiba, Instituto de Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento, Sao Jose dos, Campos-SP, CEP 12244-000 (Brazil)]. E-mail: alfeu@univap.br

    2005-09-25

    The present work reports on iron contamination and phase transformation during high-energy ball milling from high-purity elemental powder Cr-25Si, Cr-37.5Si, Cr-50Si, and Cr-66Si mixtures (at%) and their subsequent heat treatment. Samples were characterized in the as-milled state as well as after heat treatment by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and microanalysis via energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS). Only Cr peaks were observed in Cr-25Si and Cr-37.5Si powders after milling for 200 h, suggesting that amorphous phases can be formed. In Cr-50Si and Cr-66Si powders, the CrSi and CrSi{sub 2} phases were formed during ball milling, respectively. In Cr-25Si and Cr-50Si milled powders, heat-treated at 1200 deg. C for 4 h, the formation of the Cr{sub 3}Si and CrSi phases dissolving up to 15 and 16.9 at%Fe, respectively, was noted. In addition, the ternary Cr{sub 9}Fe{sub 9}Si{sub 2} phase was also formed in heat-treated Cr-25Si powders. A small amount of Cr{sub 5}Si{sub 3} and CrSi{sub 2} was formed in heat-treated Cr-37.5Si and Cr-66Si powders, respectively.

  4. Isotope Effects in the Bonds of beta-CrOOH and beta-CrOOD

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    Nørlund Christensen, A.; Hansen, P.; Lehmann, M. S.

    1976-01-01

    Samples of orthorhombic chromium oxide hydroxide, beta -CrOOH, and the deuterated compound, beta -CrOOD, were prepared hydrothermally. The crystal structures were determined by powder profile refinement technique using neutron diffraction data. Unit cells are: beta -CrOOH: a equals 4. 862(2) A, b...

  5. Cr-Ni ALLOY ELECTRODEPOSITION AND COMPARISON WITH CONVENTIONAL PURE Cr COATING TECHNIQUE

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    M. Moniruzzaman

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Cr coating is widely used as the outer surface of precision parts due to its attractive appearance and superior corrosion resistance properties. It is obtained by electrodeposition via a conventional bath with hexavalent Cr ions. This manufacturing technique has many drawbacks, such as very low efficiency and high operating temperature and it is hazardous to health. In this work, we studied a Cr-Ni alloy deposition technique and compared the alloy coating properties to those with conventional Cr coating. Sequential two-step alloy electrodeposition was also compared. We took varying concentrations of Cr, Ni and complexing agents for the electrodeposition of Cr-Ni alloy and sequential Cr-Ni alloy coating on mild steel. Operating parameters, i.e. current density and temperature, were varied to examine their effects on the coating properties. The coatings thus obtained were characterized by visual observation, corrosion test, microhardness measurement, morphology and chemical analysis. The Cr-Ni alloy coating was found to be more corrosion resistant in 5% NaCl solution and harder than the pure Cr coating obtained by conventional electrodeposition. Toxic gas was produced in a much lower extent in the alloy coating than the conventional Cr coating technique. Again, the two-step Cr-Ni alloy coating was found better in terms of corrosion resistance as well as hardness compared to the Cr-Ni alloy coating. The process was also found to be much more environmentally friendly.

  6. Cr(VI) and Cr(III)-Based Conversion Coatings on Zinc

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    Zhang, X.

    2005-01-01

    With the aims of understanding the protective mechanism of chromate conversion coatings and developing alternatives to chromate treatments, the physical natures and corrosion properties of Cr(VI) and Cr(III) treated zinc have been investigated in this work. The Cr(VI) treatments were carried out in

  7. Advanced oxidation process based on the Cr(III)/Cr(VI) redox cycle.

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    Bokare, Alok D; Choi, Wonyong

    2011-11-01

    Oxidative degradation of aqueous organic pollutants, using 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) as a main model substrate, was achieved with the concurrent H(2)O(2)-mediated transformation of Cr(III) to Cr(VI). The Fenton-like oxidation of 4-CP is initiated by the reaction between the aquo-complex of Cr(III) and H(2)O(2), which generates HO(•) along with the stepwise oxidation of Cr(III) to Cr(VI). The Cr(III)/H(2)O(2) system is inactive in acidic condition, but exhibits maximum oxidative capacity at neutral and near-alkaline pH. Since we previously reported that Cr(VI) can also activate H(2)O(2) to efficiently generate HO(•), the dual role of H(2)O(2) as an oxidant of Cr(III) and a reductant of Cr(VI) can be utilized to establish a redox cycle of Cr(III)-Cr(VI)-Cr(III). As a result, HO(•) can be generated using both Cr(III)/H(2)O(2) and Cr(VI)/H(2)O(2) reactions, either concurrently or sequentially. The formation of HO(•) was confirmed by monitoring the production of p-hydroxybenzoic acid from [benzoic acid + HO(•)] as a probe reaction and by quenching the degradation of 4-CP in the presence of methanol as a HO(•) scavenger. The oxidation rate of 4-CP in the Cr(III)/H(2)O(2) solution was highly influenced by pH, which is ascribed to the hydrolysis of Cr(III)(H(2)O)(n) into Cr(III)(H(2)O)(n-m)(OH)(m) and the subsequent condensation to oligomers. The present study proposes that the Cr(III)/H(2)O(2) combined with Cr(VI)/H(2)O(2) process is a viable advanced oxidation process that operates over a wide pH range using the reusable redox cycle of Cr(III) and Cr(VI).

  8. Preliminary Microstructural and Microscratch Results of Ni-Cr-Fe and Cr3C2-NiCr Coatings on Magnesium Substrate

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    Istrate, B.; Munteanu, C.; Lupescu, S.; Benchea, M.; Vizureanu, P.

    2017-06-01

    Thermal coatings have a large scale application in aerospace and automotive field, as barriers improving wear mechanical characteristics and corrosion resistance. In present research, there have been used two types of coatings, Ni-Cr-Fe, respectively Cr3C2-NiCr which were deposited on magnesium based alloys (pure magnesium and Mg-30Y master alloy). There have been investigated the microstructural aspects through scanning electronic microscopy and XRD analysis and also a series of mechanical characteristics through microscratch and indentation determinations. The results revealed the formation of some adherent layers resistant to the penetration of the metallic indenter, the coatings did not suffer major damages. Microstructural analysis highlighted the formation of Cr3C2, Cr7C3, Cr3Ni2, Cr7Ni3, FeNi3, Cr-Ni phases. Also, the apparent coefficient of friction for Ni-Cr-Fe coatings presents superior values than Cr3C2-NiCr coatings.

  9. Flexible, Transparent, Thickness-Controllable SWCNT/PEDOT:PSS Hybrid Films Based on Coffee-Ring Lithography for Functional Noncontact Sensing Device

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    Tai, Yanlong

    2015-12-08

    Flexible transparent conductive films (FTCFs) as the essential components of the next generation of functional circuits and devices are presently attracting more attention. Here, a new strategy has been demonstrated to fabricate thickness-controllable FTCFs through coffee ring lithography (CRL) of single-wall carbon nanotube (SWCNT)/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-polystyrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) hybrid ink. The influence of ink concentration and volume on the thickness and size of hybrid film has been investigated systematically. Results show that the final FTCFs present a high performance, including a homogeneous thickness of 60-65 nm, a sheet resistance of 1.8 kohm/sq, a visible/infrared-range transmittance (79%, PET = 90%), and a dynamic mechanical property (>1000 cycle, much better than ITO film), respectively, when SWCNT concentration is 0.2 mg/mL, ink volume is 0.4 μL, drying at room temperature. Moreover, the benefits of these kinds of FTCFs have been verified through a full transparent, flexible noncontact sensing panel (3 × 4 sensing pixels) and a flexible battery-free wireless sensor based on a humidity sensing mechanism, showing excellent human/machine interaction with high sensitivity, good stability, and fast response/recovery ability. © 2015 American Chemical Society.

  10. Roll-to-Roll Processing of Inverted Polymer Solar Cells using Hydrated Vanadium(VOxide as a PEDOT:PSS Replacement

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    Frederik C. Krebs

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The use of hydrated vanadium(Voxide as a replacement of the commonly employed hole transporting material PEDOT:PSS was explored in this work. Polymer solar cells were prepared by spin coating on glass. Polymer solar cells and modules comprising 16 serially connected cells were prepared using full roll-to-roll (R2R processing of all layers. The devices were prepared on flexible polyethyleneterphthalate (PET and had the structure PET/ITO/ZnO/P3HT:PCBM/V2O5·(H2On/Ag. The ITO and silver electrodes were processed and patterned by use of screen printing. The zinc oxide, P3HT:PCBM and vanadium(Voxide layers were processed by slot-die coating. The hydrated vanadium(Voxide layer was slot-die coated using an isopropanol solution of vanadyl-triisopropoxide (VTIP. Coating experiments were carried out to establish the critical thickness of the hydrated vanadium(Voxide layer by varying the concentration of the VTIP precursor over two orders of magnitude. Hydrated vanadium(Voxide layers were characterized by profilometry, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and grazing incidence wide angle X-ray scattering. The power conversion efficiency (PCE for completed modules was up to 0.18%, in contrast to single cells where efficiencies of 0.4% were achieved. Stability tests under indoor and outdoor conditions were accomplished over three weeks on a solar tracker.

  11. Tailoring the photovoltaic performance of inverted hybrid solar cells by replacing PEDOT:PSS with V2Ox as hole-extraction layer

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    Lee, Hock Beng; Tan, Sin Tee; Ginting, Riski Titian; Tan, Chun Hui; Oleiwi, Hind Fadhil; Yap, Chi Chin; Jumali, Mohd. Hafizuddin Haji

    2016-11-01

    For nanoscale fabrication of organic photovoltaic device, the utilization of a hole extraction layer (HEL) is essential to prevent the wrong flow of charge carriers and overcome the Schottky barrier at electrode-polymer interface. In recent years, the degradation issue of PEDOT:PSS based device which arises from its acidic nature and extremely hygroscopic properties has prompted researchers to find an appropriate transition metal oxide as replacement. In current work, we introduced an entirely solution-processed substoichiometric vanadium oxide (V2Ox) as HEL in inverted polymer:fullerene based device. We demonstrated the efficiency of substoichiometric V2Ox layer in enhancing the device performance of inverted organic solar cells, with the PCE of the device increased from 1.91 to 2.89%. The V2Ox prepared herein was found to exhibit broad optical absorption, highly selective charge transporting properties and excellent film transparency. A robust correlation between the hole extraction nature and electronic band structure of V2Ox was also established in this work.

  12. Multiscale modification of the conductive PEDOT:PSS polymer for the analysis of biological mixtures in a super-hydrophobic drop

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    Coppedè, Nicola

    2016-03-18

    Conducting polymers are materials displaying high electrical conductivity, easy of fabrication, flexibility and biocompatibility, for this, they are routinely employed in organic electronics, printed electronics, and bioelectronics. Organic electrochemical transistors (OECTs) are a second generation of organic thin transistors, in which the insulator layer is an electrolyte medium and the conductive polymer is electrochemically active. OECT devices have been demonstrated in chemical and biological sensing: while accurate in determining the size of individual ions in solution, similar devices break down if challenged with complex mixtures. Here, we combine a conductive PEODOT:PSS polymer with a super-hydrophobic scheme to obtain a family of advanced devices, in which the ability to manipulate a biological solution couples to a precise texture of the substrate (which incorporates five micro-electrodes in a line, and each is a site specific measurement point), and this permits to realize time and space resolved analysis of a solution. While the competition between convection and diffusion in a super-hydrophobic drop operates the separation of different species based on their size and charge, the described device delivers the ability to register a similar difference. In the following, we demonstrate the device in the sensing of a solution in which CTAB and adrenaline are separated with good sensitivity, selectivity and reliability.

  13. Plantago lanceolata growth and Cr uptake after mycorrhizal inoculation in a Cr amended substrate

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    Amaia Nogales

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi from two chromium contaminated sites, one with 275 mg kg-1 of Cr (zone A and the other with 550 mg kg-1 Cr (zone B, were multiplied and tentatively identified. The effect of both fungal consortia on Plantago lanceolata plant growth in a substrate amended with 200 mg kg-1 of Cr and with 400 mg kg-1 Cr was assessed and compared with the growth of plants inoculated with Glomus intraradices BEG72. Only the plants inoculated with G. intraradices BEG72 and with the fungal consortia obtained from the area with a high Cr contamination (zone B grew in the soil with 400 mg kg-1 of Cr. The consortia of fungi from zone B, decreased the plant’s uptake/translocation of the heavy metal compared with G. intraradices BEG72. These results underscore the differential effect of AM fungi in conferring bioprotection in Cr contaminated soils.

  14. enfoque crítico

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    Elkin Rubiano

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available El autor del ensayo evalúa algunos de los supuestos teóricos que se han venido desarrollado en las ciencias sociales con respecto a las nuevas tecnologías de la información y la comunicación: por un lado, la consideración de que estas tecnologías se han convertido en el vehículo de una movilización política de dimensiones globales configurando un «ágora global», por el otro, el supuesto según el cual las nuevas tecnologías posibilitan la construcción de sujetos libres, autónomos y reflexivos. En este texto ambos supuestos se ponen en discusión con el apoyo de la «teoría crítica». Finalmente, el autor toma posición frente a los académicos que ven en las nuevas tecnologías posibilidades de emancipación haciendo un llamado por un tipo de análisis que los utopistas tecnológicos han dejado de lado: la economía política. Un tipo de análisis que se hace impostergable en la fase del capitalismo tardío.

  15. Crítica, sabotaje y subalternidad

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    Manuel Asensi Pérez

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Este ensayo define un “nuevo” concepto de crítica denominado “crítica como sabotaje”, su necesidad en el contexto de la posglobalización y sus puntos de referencia. Para ello, introduce una definición de la textualidad como fuerza performativa real que modeliza la visión del mundo de los receptores y les incita a llevar a cabo actos y discursos. Asimismo, ilustra la “crítica como sabotaje” mediante unos breves ejemplos pertenecientes a diferentes registros semióticos.

  16. Automated cGMP-compliant radiosynthesis of [(18) F]-(E)-PSS232 for brain PET imaging of metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 5.

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    Park, Jun Young; Son, Jeongmin; Yun, Mijin; Ametamey, Simon M; Chun, Joong-Hyun

    2017-09-25

    (E)-3-(Pyridin-2-yl ethynyl)cyclohex-2-enone O-(3-(2-[(18) F]-fluoroethoxy)propyl) oxime ([(18) F]-(E)-PSS232, [(18) F]2a) is a recently developed radiotracer that can be used to visualize metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 5 (mGlu5 ) in vivo. The mGlu5 has become an attractive therapeutic and diagnostic target owing to its role in many neuropsychiatric disorders. Several carbon-11- and fluorine-18-labelled radiotracers have been developed to measure mGlu5 receptor occupancy in the human brain. The radiotracer [(18) F]2a, which is used as an analogue for [(11) C]ABP688 ([(11) C]1) and has a longer physical half-life, is a selective radiotracer that exhibits high binding affinity for mGlu5 . Herein, we report the fully automated radiosynthesis of [(18) F]2a using a commercial GE TRACERlab(TM) FX-FN synthesizer for routine production and distribution to nearby satellite clinics. Nucleophilic substitution of the corresponding mesylate precursor with cyclotron-produced [(18) F]fluoride ion at 100 °C in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), followed by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) purification and formulation, readily provided [(18) F]2a with a radiochemical yield of 40 ± 2% (decay corrected, n = 5) at the end of synthesis. Radiochemical purity for the [(18) F]-(E)-conformer was greater than 95%. Molar activity was determined to be 63.6 ± 9.6 GBq/μmol (n = 5), and the overall synthesis time was 70 min. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  17. High-Quality GaN Epilayers Achieved by Facet-Controlled Epitaxial Lateral Overgrowth on Sputtered AlN/PSS Templates.

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    He, Chenguang; Zhao, Wei; Zhang, Kang; He, Longfei; Wu, Hualong; Liu, Ningyang; Zhang, Shan; Liu, Xiaoyan; Chen, Zhitao

    2017-12-13

    It is widely believed that the lack of high-quality GaN wafers severely hinders the progress in GaN-based devices, especially for defect-sensitive devices. Here, low-cost AlN buffer layers were sputtered on cone-shaped patterned sapphire substrates (PSSs) to obtain high-quality GaN epilayers. Without any mask or regrowth, facet-controlled epitaxial lateral overgrowth was realized by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition. The uniform coating of the sputtered AlN buffer layer and the optimized multiple modulation guaranteed high growth selectivity and uniformity of the GaN epilayer. As a result, an extremely smooth surface was achieved with an average roughness of 0.17 nm over 3 × 3 μm2. It was found that the sputtered AlN buffer layer could significantly suppress dislocations on the cones. Moreover, the optimized three-dimensional growth process could effectively promote dislocation bending. Therefore, the threading dislocation density (TDD) of the GaN epilayer was reduced to 4.6 × 107 cm-2, which is about an order of magnitude lower than the case of two-step GaN on the PSS. In addition, contamination and crack in the light-emitting diode fabricated on the obtained GaN were also effectively suppressed by using the sputtered AlN buffer layer. All of these advantages led to a high output power of 116 mW at 500 mA with an emission wavelength of 375 nm. This simple, yet effective growth technique is believed to have great application prospects in high-performance TDD-sensitive optoelectronic and electronic devices.

  18. Investigation of Characteristics of Sprayed Ni-Cr and Ni-Cr-Wc Coatings

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    Ovidijus Jarašūnas

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with the flame sprayed Ni-Cr and Ni-Cr-WC coatings on construction S235 steel substrates. Before spraying, the surfaces of substrates were treated mechanically. Using the different chemical composition of Ni-Cr and Ni-Cr-WC spraying powder and additional substrate heating till 250–290 °C, were sprayed coatings. The microstructure, porosity, hardness, elastic modulus, wear resistance of the Ni-Cr and Ni-Cr-WC coatings were investigated in the work. The influence of the chemical composition and WC content of the coatings on the various physical and tribological properties of the coatings were evaluated. Also the dependence of these coatings characteristics was investigated.

  19. Analysis of PTA hardfacing with CoCrWC and CoCrMoSi alloys

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    Adriano Scheid; Ana Sofia Clímaco Monteiro de Oliveira

    2013-01-01

    CoCrWC alloys are widely used to protect components that operate under wear and high temperature environments. Enhanced performance has been achieved with the CoCrMoSi alloys but processing this alloy system is still a challenge due to the presence of the brittle Laves phase, particularly when welding is involved. This work evaluated Plasma Transferred Arc coatings processed with the Co-based alloy CoMoCrSi - Tribaloy T400, reinforced with Laves phase, comparing its weldability to the CoCrWC ...

  20. Cr(III) and Cr(VI) in leather and elicitation of eczema

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    Hansen, Malene Barré; Menne, Torkil; Johansen, Jeanne Duus

    2006-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the relation between the content of Cr(VI) and soluble Cr(III) in leather and the ability of the leather to elicit eczema in chromium allergic patients. An array of chromium-tanned leather samples was analysed for the content of total Cr(VI) and sol......The aim of the present study was to investigate the relation between the content of Cr(VI) and soluble Cr(III) in leather and the ability of the leather to elicit eczema in chromium allergic patients. An array of chromium-tanned leather samples was analysed for the content of total Cr......(VI) and soluble Cr(III) using the DIN 53314 and the DS/EN 420 methods. Subsequently, a group of 15 patients with a history of foot eczema and leather exposure was exposed to a selection of 14 chromium- and 1 vegetable-tanned leather sample on the upper back for 48 hr. In addition, one leather sample was used...... not otherwise identified using an ordinary 48-hr exposure period. No relation was observed between the measured content of Cr(VI) and soluble Cr(III) in the leather and the elicitation of eczema. Thus, in order to evaluate the quality of chromium-tanned leather in relation to preventing allergic skin reactions...

  1. Reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III) by wetland plants: Potential for in situ heavy metal detoxification

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    Lytle, C.M.; Qian, J.H.; Hansen, D.; Zayed, A.; Terry, N. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States). Dept. of Plant and Microbial Biology; Lytle, F.W. [The EXAFS Co., Pioche, NV (United States); Yang, N. [Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (United States)

    1998-10-15

    Reduction of heavy metals in situ by plants may be a useful detoxification mechanism for phytoremediation. Using X-ray spectroscopy, the authors show that Eichhornia crassipes (water hyacinth), supplied with Cr(VI) in nutrient culture, accumulated nontoxic Cr(III) in root and shoot tissues. The reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III) appeared to occur in the fine lateral roots. The Cr(III) was subsequently translocated to leaf tissues. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure of Cr in leaf and petiole differed when compared to Cr in roots. In roots, Cr(III) was hydrated by water, but in petiole and more so in leaf, a portion of the Cr(III) may be bound to oxalate ligands. This suggests that E. crassipes detoxified Cr(VI) upon root uptake and transported a portion of the detoxified Cr to leaf tissues. Cr-rich crystalline structures were observed on the leaf surface. The chemical species of Cr in other plants, collected from wetlands that contained Cr(VI)-contaminated wastewater, was also found to be Cr(III). The authors propose that this plant-based reduction of Cr(VI) by E. crassipes has the potential to be used for the in situ detoxification of Cr(VI)-contaminated wastestreams.

  2. Creatine transporter (CrT; Slc6a8) knockout mice as a model of human CrT deficiency.

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    Skelton, Matthew R; Schaefer, Tori L; Graham, Devon L; Degrauw, Ton J; Clark, Joseph F; Williams, Michael T; Vorhees, Charles V

    2011-01-13

    Mutations in the creatine (Cr) transporter (CrT; Slc6a8) gene lead to absence of brain Cr and intellectual disabilities, loss of speech, and behavioral abnormalities. To date, no mouse model of CrT deficiency exists in which to understand and develop treatments for this condition. The purpose of this study was to generate a mouse model of human CrT deficiency. We created mice with exons 2-4 of Slc6a8 flanked by loxP sites and crossed these to Cre:CMV mice to create a line of ubiquitous CrT knockout expressing mice. Mice were tested for learning and memory deficits and assayed for Cr and neurotransmitter levels. Male CrT(⁻/y) (affected) mice lack Cr in the brain and muscle with significant reductions of Cr in other tissues including heart and testes. CrT(⁻/y) mice showed increased path length during acquisition and reversal learning in the Morris water maze. During probe trials, CrT(⁻/y) mice showed increased average distance from the platform site. CrT(⁻/y) mice showed reduced novel object recognition and conditioned fear memory compared to CrT(+/y). CrT(⁻/y) mice had increased serotonin and 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. Ubiquitous CrT knockout mice have learning and memory deficits resembling human CrT deficiency and this model should be useful in understanding this disorder.

  3. Creatine transporter (CrT; Slc6a8 knockout mice as a model of human CrT deficiency.

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    Matthew R Skelton

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Mutations in the creatine (Cr transporter (CrT; Slc6a8 gene lead to absence of brain Cr and intellectual disabilities, loss of speech, and behavioral abnormalities. To date, no mouse model of CrT deficiency exists in which to understand and develop treatments for this condition. The purpose of this study was to generate a mouse model of human CrT deficiency. We created mice with exons 2-4 of Slc6a8 flanked by loxP sites and crossed these to Cre:CMV mice to create a line of ubiquitous CrT knockout expressing mice. Mice were tested for learning and memory deficits and assayed for Cr and neurotransmitter levels. Male CrT(⁻/y (affected mice lack Cr in the brain and muscle with significant reductions of Cr in other tissues including heart and testes. CrT(⁻/y mice showed increased path length during acquisition and reversal learning in the Morris water maze. During probe trials, CrT(⁻/y mice showed increased average distance from the platform site. CrT(⁻/y mice showed reduced novel object recognition and conditioned fear memory compared to CrT(+/y. CrT(⁻/y mice had increased serotonin and 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. Ubiquitous CrT knockout mice have learning and memory deficits resembling human CrT deficiency and this model should be useful in understanding this disorder.

  4. Correlation between bulk- and surface chemistry of Cr-tanned leather and the release of Cr(III) and Cr(VI)

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    Hedberg, Yolanda S., E-mail: yolanda@kth.se [KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Division of Surface and Corrosion Science, SE-10044 Stockholm (Sweden); Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Box 210, SE-17177 Stockholm (Sweden); Lidén, Carola, E-mail: carola.liden@ki.se [Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Box 210, SE-17177 Stockholm (Sweden); Odnevall Wallinder, Inger, E-mail: ingero@kth.se [KTH Royal Institute of Technology, School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Division of Surface and Corrosion Science, SE-10044 Stockholm (Sweden)

    2014-09-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Released reducing/complexing leather-specific species can reduce released Cr(VI). • No co-released species enable the formation of Cr(VI) in solution. • The major Cr species released from leather in phosphate buffer was Cr(III) (>82%). • No Cr(VI) was released into artificial sweat. - Abstract: About 1–3% of the adult general population in Europe is allergic to chromium (Cr). The assessment of the potential release of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) from leather is hence important from a human health and environmental risk perspective. The Cr(VI) content in leather was recently restricted in the European Union. The aim of this study was to assess possible correlations between the bulk and surface chemistry of leather, released Cr(III) and Cr(VI), and capacities of co-released leather specific species to reduce and complex released Cr. Four differently tanned leathers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, and the diphenylcarbazide colorimetric method. Their characteristics were compared with results on Cr(III) and Cr(VI) release into artificial sweat (ASW, pH < 6.5) and phosphate buffer (PB, pH 7.5–8.0), measured by means of spectrophotometry and atomic absorption spectroscopy. Co-released leather-specific species were shown to reduce Cr(VI), both in ASW and in PB. Their reduction capacities correlated with findings of the surface content of Cr and of released Cr. Leather samples without this capacity, and with less aromatic surface groups visible by ATR-FTIR, revealed Cr(VI) both at the surface and in solution (PB)

  5. Synthesis and physical properties of Cr–P-based intermetallic compounds: Cr{sub 3}P, Cr{sub 3}PC, and Cr{sub 3}PN

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    Zu, L.; Lin, S. [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Tong, P., E-mail: tongpeng@issp.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Lin, J.C.; Kan, X.C.; Wang, B.S.; Song, W.H. [Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Sun, Y.P., E-mail: ypsun@issp.ac.cn [High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Key Laboratory of Materials Physics, Institute of Solid State Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei 230031 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Advanced Microstructures, Nanjing University, Nanjing 210093 (China)

    2015-05-05

    Highlights: • Polycrystalline samples of Cr{sub 3}P, Cr{sub 3}PC, and Cr{sub 3}PN are first synthesized by using solid state reaction method. • A good quality of our samples is verified by the Rietveld refinement and electrical transport measurements. • We present a comprehensive understanding of physical properties of Cr{sub 3}P, Cr{sub 3}PC, and Cr{sub 3}PN. - Abstract: We report the synthesis, crystal structures and electrical/thermal transport properties of polycrystalline Cr{sub 3}PX (X = C, N, and vacancy) compounds. As a result, Cr{sub 3}PC and Cr{sub 3}PN have an orthorhombic crystal structure with space group Cmcm, while Cr{sub 3}P shows a tetragonal structure with space group I−4. All samples show good metallic behavior between 2 and 350 K in the measurement of electrical transport. At the same time, the Fermi-liquid behavior is observed at low temperatures for Cr{sub 3}PC (N) (2–50 K) and Cr{sub 3}P (2–22 K). Based on the fitting results of low-temperature resistivity and specific heat, large Kadowaki–Woods ratio of Cr{sub 3}PC (N) and Cr{sub 3}P were obtained, suggesting a considerably strong electron–electron correlation for all our samples. By analyzing the thermal conductivity data, it is found that the electron thermal conductivity is predominantly stronger than the phonon one at low temperatures for Cr{sub 3}P. As to Cr{sub 3}PC and Cr{sub 3}PN, however, both contributions are comparable in the whole temperature range investigated. Besides, phonon-drag effect was observed in the Seebeck coefficient α(T) curves for all the samples, which may explain the crossover of sign at 70 K in α(T) of Cr{sub 3}PN.

  6. Metal organic framework MIL-101 (Cr) for dehydration reactions

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    ... at 513 K. Cr-MIL-101 demonstrates superior catalytic activity with conversion of 95% of 1-phenylethanol. Moreover, high surface area and nanocages with coordinated unsaturated sites of Cr-MIL-101 have allowed us to attain higher dehydrated products selectivity than Cr-supported activated carbon (Cr/AC), amberlyst-15 ...

  7. Correlation between bulk- and surface chemistry of Cr-tanned leather and the release of Cr(III) and Cr(VI).

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    Hedberg, Yolanda S; Lidén, Carola; Odnevall Wallinder, Inger

    2014-09-15

    About 1-3% of the adult general population in Europe is allergic to chromium (Cr). The assessment of the potential release of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) from leather is hence important from a human health and environmental risk perspective. The Cr(VI) content in leather was recently restricted in the European Union. The aim of this study was to assess possible correlations between the bulk and surface chemistry of leather, released Cr(III) and Cr(VI), and capacities of co-released leather specific species to reduce and complex released Cr. Four differently tanned leathers were characterized by scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, and the diphenylcarbazide colorimetric method. Their characteristics were compared with results on Cr(III) and Cr(VI) release into artificial sweat (ASW, pHleather-specific species were shown to reduce Cr(VI), both in ASW and in PB. Their reduction capacities correlated with findings of the surface content of Cr and of released Cr. Leather samples without this capacity, and with less aromatic surface groups visible by ATR-FTIR, revealed Cr(VI) both at the surface and in solution (PB). Copyright © 2014 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  8. Real space probe of short-range interaction between Cr in a ferromagnetic semiconductor ZnCrTe.

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    Kanazawa, Ken; Nishimura, Taku; Yoshida, Shoji; Shigekawa, Hidemi; Kuroda, Shinji

    2014-12-21

    The short-range interaction between Cr atoms was directly examined by scanning tunneling microscopy measurements on a Zn(0.95)Cr(0.05)Te film. Our measurements revealed that a Cr atom formed a localized state within the bandgap of ZnTe and this state was broadened for a pair of Cr atoms within a distance of ∼ 1 nm.

  9. Physico-Chemical and Microbial Oxidation of Cr (III) to Cr (VI)

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    Michael Horsfall

    ABSTRACT: The physico-chemical and microbial characteristics in soil was investigated in order to study the mobility and bioavailability ... surface level of the soil studied (conversion of Cr6+ in control soil was calculated as 0.15 mg kg-1 dry weight). Metal ..... or 10 mg Cr(VI) kg-1 soil reduced the respiration in soil. In axenic ...

  10. Cr(VI) formation during ozonation of Cr-containing materials in ...

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    2011-10-14

    Oct 14, 2011 ... Ozonation, or advanced oxidation processes (utilising ozone decomposition products as oxidants) are widely used in industrial wastewater and .... iron particles can reduce Cr(VI) to Cr(III) in aqueous medium. Pulverising time was .... slightly heated water, which might be applicable to some industrial waste ...

  11. Black Cr/a-Cr 2O3 nanoparticles based solar absorbers

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    Khamlich, S

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Monodisperse spherical core–shell particles of Cr/a-Cr 2O3 with high adhesion were successfully coated on rough copper substrates by a simple self-assembly-like method for the use in solar thermal absorbers. The structure and morphology of the core...

  12. Cr/alpha-Cr 2O3 monodispersed spherical core-shell particles based solar absorbers

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    Khamlich, S

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available as reported. The coated Cr/alpha-Cr 2O3 spherical particles on rough copper substrates by a simple self-assembly-like method were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive spectrometry, Raman spectroscopy, and diffuse reflectance UV...

  13. Sintering behaviour and mechanical properties of Cr3C2–NiCr ...

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    Cr3C2–NiCr cermets are used as metal cutting tools due to their relatively high hardness and low sintering temperatures. In this study, a powder mixture consisting of 75 wt% ... Author Affiliations. A Özer1 Y K Tür1. Department of Material Science and Engineering, Gebze Institute of Technology, Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey ...

  14. Thermodynamic Assessment of the La-Cr-O System

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    Povoden, E.; Chen, Ming; Grundy, A.N.

    2009-01-01

    The La-Cr and the La-Cr-O systems are assessed using the Calphad approach. The calculated La-Cr phase diagram as well as LaO1.5-CrO1.5 phase diagrams in pure oxygen, air, and under reducing conditions are presented. Phase equilibria of the La-Cr-O system are calculated at 1273 K as a function of ...

  15. Fromm crítico de Freud

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    Nildo Silva Viana

    2010-07-01

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    Resumo: O presente artigo retoma a crítica de Fromm a Freud, mostrando as divergências entre os dois pensadores. Fromm realiza uma crítica metodológica do materialismo burguês e mecanicista de Freud, uma crítica teórica ao seu biologismo e pansexualismo e, por fim, uma crítica política ao seu conservadorismo, patriarcalismo e autoritarismo.

    Palavras-chave: Fromm, Crítica, Freud, materialismo, conservadorismo.

  16. Avoiding Resistance Limitations in High-Performance Transparent Supercapacitor Electrodes Based on Large-Area, High-Conductivity PEDOT:PSS Films.

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    Higgins, Thomas M; Coleman, Jonathan N

    2015-08-05

    This work describes the potential of thin, spray-deposited, large-area poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly(styrene-4-sulfonate) ( PSS) conducting polymer films for use as transparent supercapacitor electrodes. To facilitate this, we provide a detailed explanation of the factors limiting the performance of such electrodes. These films have a very low optical conductivity of σop = 24 S/cm (at 550 nm), crucial for this application, and a reasonable volumetric capacitance of CV = 41 F/cm(3). Secondary doping with formic acid gives these films a DC conductivity of σDC = 936 S/cm, allowing them to perform both as a transparent conductor/current collector and transparent supercapacitor electrode. Small-area films (A ∼ 1 cm(2)) display measured areal capacitance as high as 1 mF/cm(2), even for reasonably transparent electrodes (T ∼ 80%). However, in real devices, the absolute capacitance will be maximized by increasing the device area. As such, here, we measure the electrode performance as a function of its length and width. We find that the measured areal capacitance falls dramatically with scan rate and sample length but is independent of width. We show that this is because the measured areal capacitance is limited by the electrical resistance of the electrode. We have derived an equation for the measured areal capacitance as a function of scan rate and electrode lateral dimensions that fits the data extremely well up to scan rates of ∼1000 mV/s (corresponding to charge/discharge times > 0.6 s). These results are self-consistent with independent analysis of the electrical and impedance properties of the electrodes. These results can be used to find limiting combinations of electrode length and scan rate, beyond which electrode performance falls dramatically. We use these insights to build large-area (∼100 cm(2)) supercapacitors using electrodes that are 95% transparent, providing a capacitance of ∼12 mF (at 50 mV/s), significantly higher than that of any

  17. Preclinical evaluation and test-retest studies of [{sup 18}F]PSS232, a novel radioligand for targeting metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGlu{sub 5})

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    Milicevic Sephton, Selena; Mueller Herde, Adrienne; Keller, Claudia; Ruedisuehli, Sonja; Schibli, Roger; Kraemer, Stefanie D.; Ametamey, Simon M. [Center for Radiopharmaceutical Sciences of ETH, PSI and USZ, Zurich (Switzerland); Mu, Linjing [University Hospital Zuerich, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Zuerich (Switzerland); Auberson, Yves [Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Novartis Pharma AG, Basel (Switzerland)

    2015-01-15

    A novel, {sup 18}F-labelled metabotropic glutamate receptor subtype 5 (mGlu{sub 5}) derivative of [{sup 11}C]ABP688 ([{sup 11}C]1), [{sup 18}F]PSS232 ([{sup 18}F]5), was evaluated in vitro and in vivo for its potential as a PET agent and was used in test-retest reliability studies The radiosynthesis of [{sup 18}F]5 was accomplished via a one-step reaction using a mesylate precursor. In vitro stability was determined in PBS and plasma, and with liver microsomal enzymes. Metabolite studies were performed using rat brain extracts, blood and urine. In vitro autoradiography was performed on horizontal slices of rat brain using 1 and 8, antagonists for mGlu{sub 5} and mGlu{sub 1}, respectively. Small-animal PET, biodistribution, and test-retest studies were performed in Wistar rats. In vivo, dose-dependent displacement studies were performed using 6 and blocking studies with 7. [{sup 18}F]5 was obtained in decay-corrected maximal radiochemical yield of 37 % with a specific activity of 80 - 400 GBq/μmol. Treatment with rat and human microsomal enzymes in vitro for 60 min resulted in 20 % and 4 % of hydrophilic radiometabolites, respectively. No hydrophilic decomposition products or radiometabolites were found in PBS or plasma. In vitro autoradiography on rat brain slices showed a heterogeneous distribution consistent with the known distribution of mGlu{sub 5} with high binding to hippocampal and cortical regions, and negligible radioactivity in the cerebellum. Similar distribution of radioactivity was found in PET images. Under displacement conditions with 6, reduced [{sup 18}F]5 binding was found in all brain regions except the cerebellum. 7 reduced binding in the striatum by 84 % on average. Test-retest studies were reproducible with a variability ranging from 6.8 % to 8.2 %. An extended single-dose toxicity study in Wistar rats showed no compound-related adverse effects. The new mGlu{sub 5} radiotracer, [{sup 18}F]5, showed specific and selective in vitro and in vivo

  18. Bioaccumulation and subcellular partitioning of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) in the freshwater green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

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    Aharchaou, Imad [Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire des Environnements Continentaux, UMR 7360, Université de Lorraine and CNRS, 8 rue du Général Delestraint, 57070 Metz (France); Rosabal, Maikel; Liu, Fengjie [Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre Eau Terre Environnement (INRS-ETE), 490 rue de la Couronne, Québec (Québec) G1K 9A9 (Canada); Battaglia, Eric; Vignati, Davide A.L. [Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire des Environnements Continentaux, UMR 7360, Université de Lorraine and CNRS, 8 rue du Général Delestraint, 57070 Metz (France); Fortin, Claude, E-mail: claude.fortin@ete.inrs.ca [Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre Eau Terre Environnement (INRS-ETE), 490 rue de la Couronne, Québec (Québec) G1K 9A9 (Canada)

    2017-01-15

    Highlights: • C. reinhardtii accumulated similar levels of Cr(III) and Cr(VI). • The subcellular partitioning of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) was similar. • Cr(III) and Cr(VI) associated mainly with organelles and heat-stable proteins. • Metallomic analysis showed two main Cr-binding biomolecules after 72 h of exposure. - Abstract: Chromium occurs in aquatic environments under two main redox forms, namely Cr(III) and Cr(VI), with different geochemical and biochemical properties. Cr(VI) readily crosses biological membranes of living organisms and once inside the cells it undergoes a rapid reduction to Cr(III). The route of entry for the latter form is, however, poorly known. Using the radioactive tracer {sup 51}Cr we compared the accumulation (absorption and adsorption) of the two Cr forms by the green unicellular alga Chlamydomonas reinhardii after 1 h and 72 h of exposure to 100 nM of either Cr(III) or Cr(VI) at pH 7. Both Cr forms had similar accumulation, with a major part in the extracellular (adsorbed) fraction after 1 h and a major part of total accumulated Cr in the intracellular (absorbed) fraction after 72 h. We also investigated the intracellular partitioning of Cr using an operational fractionation scheme and found that both Cr forms had similar distributions among fractions: Cr was mostly associated with organelles (23 ± 12% after 1 h and 37 ± 7% after 72 h) and cytosolic heat-stable proteins and peptides (39 ± 18% after 1 h and 35 ± 3% after 72 h) fractions. Further investigations using a metallomic approach (SEC-ICP-MS) were performed with the heat-stable proteins and peptides fraction to compare the distribution of the two Cr forms among various biomolecules of this fraction. One Cr-binding biomolecule (∼28 kDa) appeared after 1 h of exposure for both Cr species. After 72 h another biomolecule of lower molecular weight (∼0.7 kDa) was involved in binding Cr and higher signal intensities were observed for Cr(VI) than for Cr(III). We show, for the

  19. Electronic structure and magnetic ordering of the semiconducting chromium trihalides CrCl3, CrBr3, and CrI3

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    Wang, Hao

    2011-03-01

    We present results from an electronic structure investigation of the chromium halides CrCl3, CrBr3, and CrI3, as obtained by the linearized augmented plane wave method of density functional theory. Our interest focuses on the chloride. While all three halides display strong ferromagnetic coupling within the halide-Cr-halide triple layers, our emphasis is on differences in the interlayer magnetic coupling. In agreement with experimental results, our calculations indicate ferromagnetic ordering for CrBr3 as well as CrI3. The antiferromagnetic state of CrCl3 can be reproduced by introducing an on-site electron-electron repulsion. However, we observe that the ground state depends critically on the specific approach used. Our results show that a low temperature structural phase transition from monoclinic to trigonal is energetically favourable for CrCl3. © 2011 IOP Publishing Ltd.

  20. LaCrO{sub 3}-dispersed Cr for metallic interconnect of planar SOFC

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    Song, Rak-Hyun; Shin, Dong Ryul [Korea Institute of Energy Research, Taejon (Korea, Republic of); Dokiya, Masayuki [National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research, Ibaraki (Japan)

    1996-12-31

    In the planar SOFC, the interconnect materials plays two roles as an electrical connection and as a gas separation plate in a cell stack. The interconnect materials must be chemically stable in reducing and oxidizing environments, and have high electronic conductivity, high thermal conductivity, matching thermal expansion with an electrolyte, high mechanical strength, good fabricability, and gas tightness. Lanthanum chromite so far has been mainly used as interconnect materials in planar SOFC. However, the ceramic materials are very weak in mechanical strength and have poor machining property as compared with metal. Also the metallic materials have high electronic conductivity and high thermal conductivity. Recently some researchers have studied metallic interconnects such as Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Inconel 600 cermet, Ni-20Cr coated with (LaSr)CoO{sub 3}, and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3-} or La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-dispersed Cr alloy. These alloys have still some problems because Ni-based alloys have high thermal expansion, the added Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and La{sub 2}O{sub 3} to metals have no electronic conductivity, and the oxide formed on the surface of Cr alloy has high volatility. To solve these problems, in this study, LaCrO{sub 3}-dispersed Cr for metallic interconnect of planar SOFC was investigated. The LaCrO{sub 3}-dispersed Cr can be one candidate of metallic interconnect because LaCrO{sub 3} possesses electronic conductivity and Cr metal has relatively low thermal expansion. The content of 25 vol.% LaCrO{sub 3} Was selected on the basis of a theoretically calculated thermal expansion. The thermal expansion, electrical and oxidation properties were examined and the results were discussed as related to SOFC requirements.

  1. Analysis of PTA hardfacing with CoCrWC and CoCrMoSi alloys

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    Adriano Scheid

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available CoCrWC alloys are widely used to protect components that operate under wear and high temperature environments. Enhanced performance has been achieved with the CoCrMoSi alloys but processing this alloy system is still a challenge due to the presence of the brittle Laves phase, particularly when welding is involved. This work evaluated Plasma Transferred Arc coatings processed with the Co-based alloy CoMoCrSi - Tribaloy T400, reinforced with Laves phase, comparing its weldability to the CoCrWC - Stellite 6, reinforced with carbides. Coatings were also analyzed regarding the response to temperature exposure at 600°C for 7 days and subsequent effect on microstructure and sliding abrasive wear. Coatings characterization was carried out by light and scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and Vickers hardness. CoCrWC coatings exhibited a Cobalt solid solution dendritic microstructure and a thin interdendritic region with eutectic carbides, while CoCrMoSi deposits exhibit a large lamellar eutectic region of Laves phase and Cobalt solid solution and a small fraction of primary Laves phase. Although phase stability was observed by X-ray diffraction, coarsening of the microstructure occurred for both alloys. CoCrMoSi showed thicker lamellar Laves phase and CoCrWC coarser eutectic carbides. Coatings stability assessed by wear tests revealed that although the wear rate of the as-deposited CoCrMoSi alloy was lower than that of CoCrWC alloy its increase after temperature exposure was more significant, 22% against 15%. Results were discussed regarding the protection of industrial components in particular, bearings in 55AlZn hot dip galvanizing components.

  2. Wilde, la nueva crítica

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    Roxana Haydée Páez

    2002-11-01

    cultivados e ilustres de América Latina, recordando la más actual de Silvia Molloy que hace hincapié en el carácter político de una pose que fue rebajada tradicionalmente a la frivolidad, el artículo rescata la sutileza crítica del escritor. Encubiertas bajo un título que aparenta banalidad, La importancia de no hacer nada (1891, se encuentran las formulaciones teóricas de “El crítico como artista” y “Del crítico y del criticismo”. Anticipaciones inmersas en la pretendida vuelta decadentista al pasado, los preceptos sabiamente dosificados por el artista inclasificable, no sólo fueron musitados para repensar el tema del gusto, en el famoso ensayo de Susan Sontag, sino que tocaron desde el pasado, precisamente, a escrituras criticas como la de Ian Mukarovsky y Roland Barthe

  3. Créditos e insolvencia

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    Abel B., Veiga Copo

    2009-01-01

    Esta obra se encuentra estructurada en dos grandes partes. En la primera parte, el lector encontrará generalidades sobre los créditos y las maneras en que los mismos pueden hacerse valer al interior de un proceso concursal. Aspectos como la insinuación del crédito, su reconocimiento al interior de estos procesos y la impugnación, son trabajados de manera extensa, indicando en cada caso, de manera precisa, la regulación a aplicar para cada uno de estos momentos procesales al interior del concu...

  4. A crítica feminista na mira da crítica A crítica feminista na mira da crítica

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    Rita Terezinha Schmidt

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available This essay presents a dialogue with some texts that appeared in an anthology of critical writings about “Brazilian feminisms,” problematizing them and thus providing a productive discussion about the production of knowledge about and by feminist criticism in Brazil. Este artigo apresenta um diálogo com textos presentes em uma antologia crítica sobre “feminismos brasileiros”, problematizando-os e, por conseguinte, gerando uma discussão produtiva acerca da produção de conhecimento sobre e pela crítica feminista no Brasil.

  5. The Effect of Cr Content on the Oxidation Behavior of Ti-Cr-N Films

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    James E. Krzanowski

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Ti1−xCrxN thin-film samples were sputter-deposited with lateral composition gradients x = 0.1–0.9 across each sample. In order to determine the effect of Cr content on oxidation, samples were air-oxidized at temperatures ranging from 650 to 950 °C. The extent and type of oxide formed was characterized using X-ray diffraction. Only minor oxidation was observed for the 650–750 °C temperature range. At 850 °C, films below x = 0.7 showed poor oxidation resistance, with the formation of TiO2 and Cr2O3 oxides, but little oxidation occurred above x = 0.7. At 950 °C, films above x = 0.7 again exhibited the best oxidation resistance. Chromium nitride films, which deposited as Cr2N, were found to begin oxidizing at 750 °C, indicating that the increased oxidation resistance of the higher-Cr Ti-Cr-N films can be attributed to the Ti-induced stabilization of the B1-structured phase. A compositionally-uniform film (x = 0.79 was also deposited and analyzed by XPS before and after oxidation. Oxidation resulted in primarily Cr2O3 at the surface, with some TiO2 also present, with the oxide richer in Cr than the starting film composition. These results suggested that at higher Cr compositions in the film, the oxidation mechanism was controlled by Cr diffusion to the surface.

  6. Spindigtheidsgolfgedrag van Cr-Si- en Cr-Ga-allooi-enkelkristalle

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    A. R. E. Prinsloo

    2000-07-01

    Full Text Available In hierdie studie is die spindigtheidsgolf-effekte (SDG-effekte in verdunde Cr-Si- en Cr-Ga-allooi-enkelkristalle ondersoek. Die alliëring van Cr met nie-magnetiese, nie-oorgangselemente Si en Ga as onsuiwerhede, toon ’n komplekse verloop vir die magnetiese oorgangstemperature, naamlik die Neél-temperatuur (Tᶰ en die oorgangstemperatuur vir die uitpas (Tᶸᶦ na inpas (I SDG-oorgang, met Si- en Ga-konsentrasie.

  7. Magnetic properties of Cr layers in X/Cr/Sn/Cr multilayers (X=V, Fe, Ag) studied through 119Sn Mössbauer spectroscopy

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    Mibu, K.; Almokhtar, M.; Nakanishi, A.; Kobayashi, T.; Shinjo, T.

    2001-05-01

    The influence of periodically inserted monatomic layers on the magnetic properties of thin Cr films is investigated by applying 119Sn Mössbauer spectroscopy to epitaxial X/Cr/Sn/Cr multilayers, where monatomic X (X=V, Fe, or Ag) and Sn layers are embedded alternately in a Cr(0 0 1) film. The hyperfine field induced at the Sn sites shows a significant dependence on X, indicating that the size of the Cr magnetic moments changes drastically dependent on the sort of inserted metal.

  8. Fired products of Cr-smectite clays in nitrogen

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    Volzone, C.; Cesio, A. M.

    2004-01-01

    The products of Cr-smectite clays heated to 1350 ° C in nitrogen were evaluated by X-ray diffraction and chemical analysis. Cr-smectite clays were prepared at room temperature by contact between smectite clays and Cr species contained in OH-Cr solutions. The Cr species were prepared using chromium nitrate solution by addition of NaOH solution with OH/Cr = 2. Products of firing in nitrogen at the high temperature were different (magnesia chromite, donathite, iron chromium oxide and picrochromi...

  9. Fired products of Cr-smectite clays in nitrogen

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    C. Volzone

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available The products of Cr-smectite clays heated to 1350 ° C in nitrogen were evaluated by X-ray diffraction and chemical analysis. Cr-smectite clays were prepared at room temperature by contact between smectite clays and Cr species contained in OH-Cr solutions. The Cr species were prepared using chromium nitrate solution by addition of NaOH solution with OH/Cr = 2. Products of firing in nitrogen at the high temperature were different (magnesia chromite, donathite, iron chromium oxide and picrochromite depending on the type of isomorphous substitution of the smectite structure and the amount of retained chromium.

  10. Understanding CrRLK1L Function

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    Nissen, Karen Stoltenberg; Willats, William George Tycho; Malinovsky, Frederikke Gro

    2016-01-01

    RLK1L) subfamily as regulators of cell expansion. Recently, the downstream signalling events of individual CrRLK1L pathways were discovered, implicating known modulators of cell expansion, such as reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, Ca(2+) dynamics, and exocytosis of cell wall material. Based...

  11. The role of CR2 in autoimmunity.

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    Isaák, Andrea; Prechl, József; Gergely, János; Erdei, Anna

    2006-08-01

    Complement activation is one of the most powerful mechanisms taking place during inflammation and immune responses. Over the last 30 years increasing evidence has proven the role of C3 and receptors for its activation fragments in the initiation and regulation of immune responses. Since complement also has a basic importance in the maintenance of immune homeostasis, abnormalities affecting complement proteins and their receptors may lead to pathological conditions. Autoimmune conditions develop as a result of a range of genetic and environmental factors. Findings obtained from animal models support the notion that malfunctioning of complement receptors, particularly CR2, might be involved in the breakdown of tolerance and excessive antibody production by auto reactive B-cell clones. In addition to B cells, activated, CR2-bearing T cells may also contribute to the pathogenesis of autoimmunity as they can receive activating/survival signals in the inflamed tissue. Results obtained from mouse experiments however, should be extended to the human system with great care, since there are basic differences between the structure and function of human and murine CR1 and CR2.

  12. Crèche and School

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    EVE et École

    2018-01-01

    IMPORTANT DATES Enrolments 2018-2019 Enrolments to the Crèche and School for the school year 2018-2019 will take place on 5, 6 and 7 March 2018 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Crèche and School of the CERN Staff Association. Registration forms will be available from Thursday 1st March 2018. For more information, please visit the website: http://nurseryschool.web.cern.ch/. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Saturday 3 March 2018 Open Day at Crèche and School of the CERN Staff Association Are you considering enrolling your child to the Crèche and School of the CERN Staff Association? If you work at CERN, then this event is for you: come visit the school and meet the Management on Saturday 3 March 2018 from 10 to 12 am It will be our pleasure to present to you our structure, its projects and premises, and answer any questions you may have. Please sign up for one of the two sessions via Doodle before Wednesd...

  13. Durability of coated CR-39 industrial lenses.

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    Chou, B Ralph; Hovis, Jeffery K

    2003-10-01

    To study the effect of coatings on the resistance of CR-39 industrial plano lenses to ballistic impacts and abrasion from fine particles. Twelve groups of CR-39 lenses with various scratch-resistant (SR) or combinations of scratch-resistant and antireflective (SR-AR) coatings were mounted in metal industrial spectacle frames. The ZEST protocol was used to determine the mean impact speed for breakage of each lens group using the Canadian Standards Association ballistic test protocol. One pair of lenses from each group was tested for abrasion resistance using the falling sand method. Abrasion resistance was ranked by the degree of haze observed by three independent observers. Uncoated lenses had the best impact resistance and worst abrasion resistance. SR-coated lenses showed mild to moderate reductions in impact resistance, with no correlation between impact and abrasion resistance. SR-AR-coated lenses had very good abrasion resistance, but severely reduced impact resistance. Most SR-coated CR-39 lenses have a high probability of meeting the high-velocity impact resistance requirement of industrial lenses, whereas CR-39 lenses with SR-AR coats are too fragile to be used in industrial spectacles. As a group, the SR-AR coating tended to be more resistant to abrasion by fine particles and less resistant to ballistic impacts, but the abrasion resistance of the SR-coated lenses was more variable, and, thus, overall there was no significant correlation between impact resistance and abrasion resistance.

  14. A way for studying the impact of PEDOT:PSS interface layer on carrier transport in PCDTBT:PC{sub 71}BM bulk hetero junction solar cells by electric field induced optical second harmonic generation measurement

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    Ahmad, Zubair, E-mail: zubairtarar@um.edu.my; Abdullah, Shahino Mah; Sulaiman, Khaulah [Low Dimensional Materials Research Centre (LDMRC), Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Taguchi, Dai; Iwamoto, Mitsumasa [Department of Physical Electronics, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1 O-Okayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8552 (Japan)

    2015-04-28

    Electric-field-induced optical second-harmonic generation (EFISHG) measurement was employed to study the impact of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)-polystyrene sulfonate (PEDOT:PSS) interface layer on the carrier transport mechanism of the PCDTBT:PC{sub 71}BM bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells (OSCs). We revealed that the electric fields in the PCDTBT and PC{sub 71}BM were allowed to be measured individually by choosing fundamental laser wavelengths of 1000 nm and 1060 nm, respectively, in dark and under illumination. The results showed that the direction of the internal electric fields in the PCDTBT:PC{sub 71}BM BHJ layer is reversed by introducing the PEDOT:PSS layer, and this results in longer electron transport time in the BHJ layer. We conclude that TR-EFISHG can be used as a novel way for studying the impact of interfacial layer on the transport of electrons and holes in the bulk-heterojunction OSCs.

  15. Preparation and characterization of WO{sub 3} nanoparticles, WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} core/shell nanocomposites and PEDOT:PSS/WO{sub 3} composite thin films for photocatalytic and electrochromic applications

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    Boyadjiev, Stefan I., E-mail: boiajiev@gmail.com [MTA-BME Technical Analytical Chemistry Research Group, Szent Gellért tér 4, Budapest, H-1111 (Hungary); Santos, Gustavo dos Lopes; Szűcs, Júlia [Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Szent Gellért tér 4, Budapest, H-1111 (Hungary); Szilágyi, Imre M., E-mail: imre.szilagyi@mail.bme.hu [MTA-BME Technical Analytical Chemistry Research Group, Szent Gellért tér 4, Budapest, H-1111 (Hungary); Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Szent Gellért tér 4, Budapest, H-1111 (Hungary)

    2016-03-25

    In this study, monoclinic WO{sub 3} nanoparticles were obtained by thermal decomposition of (NH{sub 4}){sub x}WO{sub 3} in air at 600 °C. On them by atomic layer deposition (ALD) TiO{sub 2} films were deposited, and thus core/shell WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} nanocomposites were prepared. We prepared composites of WO{sub 3} nanoparticles with conductive polymer as PEDOT:PSS, and deposited thin films of them on glass and ITO substrates by spin coating. The formation, morphology, composition and structure of the as-prepared pure and composite nanoparticles, as well thin films, were studied by TEM, SEM-EDX and XRD. The photocatalytic activity of both the WO{sub 3} and core/shell WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles was studied by decomposing methyl orange in aqueous solution under UV light irradiation. Cyclic voltammetry measurements were performed on the composite PEDOT:PSS/WO{sub 3} thin films, and the coloring and bleaching states were studied.

  16. Flora y fauna crónica

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    Susana Chávez-Silverman

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available “Flora & Fauna Crónica” is from the book, Killer Crónicas, which will be published by the University of Wisconsin Press in 2004. This collection of chronicles began in 2000, after Susana was awarded a fellowship by the US National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH for a project on contemporary Argentine women's poetry. She spent thirteen months in Buenos Aires where, in addition to research and writing on her official (academic book, she began to send bilingual, punning “letters from the southern [cone] front” to colleagues and friends by email. Susana says: “Living in Buenos Aires, that gorgeous, turn of the century city in a country on the brink of (economic collapse—home to many of the authors and artists I had long admired (Borges, Cortázar, Alfonsina Storni, Alejandra Pizarnik, and before them the foundational Romantics, Sarmiento and Echeverría—brought out a sense of self, dis/placed yet oddly at home, in a cultural, linguistic and even tangible way. In Buenos Aires, the fragmented parts of me, the voices, cultures, and places inside of me, rubbed up against each other and struck fire. I called my email missives “Crónicas,” inspired by the somewhat rough-hewn, journalistic, often fantastic first-hand accounts sent “home” by the early conquistadores, and refashioned by modern-day counterparts such as Carlos Monsiváis, Elena Poniatowska, and Cristina Pacheco.” One of Susana’s crónicas, “Anniversary Crónica,” inspired by the wedding anniversary of Susana’s parents and by the so-called “Soweto Riots” in South Africa, was recently awarded First prize in Personal Memoir in the Chicano Literary Excellence Contest sponsored by the U.S. national literary magazine el Andar.

  17. Creatine Transporter (CrT; Slc6a8) Knockout Mice as a Model of Human CrT Deficiency

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    Skelton, Matthew R.; Schaefer, Tori L.; Graham, Devon L.; deGrauw, Ton J.; Clark, Joseph F.; Williams, Michael T.; Vorhees, Charles V.

    2011-01-01

    Mutations in the creatine (Cr) transporter (CrT; Slc6a8) gene lead to absence of brain Cr and intellectual disabilities, loss of speech, and behavioral abnormalities. To date, no mouse model of CrT deficiency exists in which to understand and develop treatments for this condition. The purpose of this study was to generate a mouse model of human CrT deficiency. We created mice with exons 2-4 of Slc6a8 flanked by loxP sites and crossed these to Cre:CMV mice to create a line of ubiquitous CrT kn...

  18. Fuzzy Based PC-PUSH in CR-MANETs

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    Nejatian, S; Syed Yusof, S. K; Abdul Lattif, N. M; Rezaie, V; Asadpour, V

    2014-01-01

    ...). Spectrum hand off issue becomes challenging in CR mobile ad hoc networks (CR-MANETs) because of the uncertainty in spectrum availability, broad range of spectrum bands and lack of central entity...

  19. Fractography and Porosity Analysis of Cr and Cr-Mo PM Steels

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    Kulecki P.

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of processing variables on the porosity and fractography of Cr and Cr-Mo PM steels. The measurements were performed on sintered steels made from commercial Höganäs pre-alloyed powders: Astaloy CrA, Astaloy CrL and Astaloy CrM with two different carbon concentrations (0.2% and 0.6% added in the form of ultra fine graphite powder grade C-UF. Following mixing in Turbula mixer for 30 minutes, green compacts were single-action pressed at 660 MPa according to PN-EN ISO 2740 standard. Sintering was carried out in a laboratory horizontal tube furnace at 1120°C and 1250°C for 60 minutes, in an atmosphere containing 5%H2 and 95%N2. After sintering, the samples were tempered at 200°C for 60 minutes in air. For porosity evaluation computer software was employed. Hitachi S-3500M SEM equipped with EDS (made by Noran was employed for fracture analysis. The steel based on Astaloy CrM pre-alloyed powder is characterized by fine pores and good mechanical properties. When sintered at 1250°C, it had area of pores approx. 7.12 μm2, ultimate tensile strength (UTS about 679 MPa and elongation about 4%. The steels were characterized by ductile/cleavage and ductile fractures.

  20. A mechanical and tribological study of Cr/CrN multilayer coatings

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    Arias, D.F., E-mail: diegomas@gmail.com [Grupo GEMA, Universidad Católica de Pereira, Pereira (Colombia); Gómez, A. [Laboratório de Fenômenos de Superficie, Escola Politécnica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali (Colombia); Vélez, J.M. [Escuela de Ingeniería de Materiales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia Sede Medellín (Colombia); Souza, R.M. [Laboratório de Fenômenos de Superficie, Escola Politécnica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Olaya, J.J. [Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica y Mecatrónica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá (Colombia)

    2015-06-15

    Multilayer Cr/CrN coatings with different periodicities were grown on silicon substrates by means of a magnetron sputtering technique. Thin films with only Cr or CrN were also grown, in order to use them as reference samples. Structural, morphological, mechanical and tribological characterization were carried out by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), nanohardness and nanoscratch techniques, respectively. The characterization results were analyzed as a function of the bilayer thickness (period). In general, the multilayer hardness value increased with the decrease in period. In addition, the validity of the Hall-Petch relationship was confirmed for grain sizes and period values greater than 146 nm and 333 nm, respectively. The coefficient of friction (COF) increased with increasing load, which indicates the contribution of the adhesion to the COF. - Highlights: • Multilayer Cr/CrN coatings with layer thickness between 200 and 1000 nm were grown. • Neither bias voltage not temperature were applied during deposition. • The hardness improves with the increase of the number of bilayers. • The wear rate decreases with the increase of the number of bilayers.

  1. Microstructure and Sliding Wear Performance of Cr7C3-(Ni,Cr)3(Al,Cr) Coating Deposited from Cr7C3 In Situ Formed Atomized Powder

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    Zhu, Hong-Bin; Shen, Jie; Gao, Feng; Yu, Yueguang; Li, Changhai

    2017-01-01

    This work is aimed at developing a new type of Cr7C3-(Ni,Cr)3(Al,Cr) coating for parts used in heavy-duty diesel engines. The feedstock, in which the stripe-shaped Cr7C3 was in situ formed, was firstly prepared by vacuum melting and gas atomization and then subjected by high-velocity oxy-fuel spraying to form the coatings. The carbon content, microstructure and phase constitution of the powders, as well as the sprayed coatings, were analyzed by chemical analysis, SEM and XRD. The hardness and sliding wear performance of the sprayed coatings were also tested and compared to a commercial Cr3C2-NiCr coating used on piston rings. The results showed that the content of carbon in feedstock was almost the same as designed, and that the volume content of in situ formed Cr7C3 was increased with carbon and chromium added. The major phases of the powders and sprayed coatings are Cr7C3 and Cr-alloyed Ni3Al. Only a small amount of carbon lost during the spraying process. As Cr7C3 content increased in the coatings, the microhardness at room temperature was firstly increased to about 1000Hv0.3. The microhardness of the coatings stayed almost constant, while the testing temperature was raised up to 700 °C for 0.5 h, which illustrates the potential application of the investigated coatings under high temperature conditions. The coatings containing 70 and 77 vol.% Cr7C3 showed the most promising wear resistance, lower friction coefficient and better tribological compatibility to gray cast iron counterpart than other tested Cr7C3-(Ni,Cr)3(Al,Cr) coatings and the reference Cr3C2-NiCr coating.

  2. Recovery of Cr as Cr(III) from Cr(VI)-contaminated kaolinite clay by electrokinetics coupled with a permeable reactive barrier.

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    Suzuki, Tasuma; Kawai, Katsunori; Moribe, Mai; Niinae, Masakazu

    2014-08-15

    Zero-valent iron (Fe(0)) and magnetite (Fe3O4) were investigated as potential reductants in an electrokinetic/permeable reactive barrier hybrid system (EK/PRB) for the recovery of Cr as Cr(III) from Cr(VI)-contaminated kaolinite. For the EK/Fe(0) PRB, regardless of the pH in the anode well, the system facilitated the reduction of Cr(VI) into Cr(III), but the recovery of the Cr(III) in the PRB was low. Conversely, the reduction of Cr(VI) occurred only in the PRB for the EK/Fe3O4 PRB. However, when the anode pH was not controlled and the soil pH values correspondingly decreased gradually from the anode side, a greater fraction of Cr(VI) sorbed onto the kaolinite; as a result, a lower amount of Cr(VI) migrated to the Fe3O4 PRB. In addition, it was found that the majority of Cr(VI) migrating to the Fe3O4 PRB retained its oxidation state without being converted into Cr(III). These two adverse effects were mitigated by maintaining the soil pH values at 6.8, but at the same time, 18% of Cr(VI) penetrated through the Fe3O4 PRB. The penetration of Cr(VI) through the Fe3O4 PRB was successfully prevented by increasing the reaction time through the introduction of a cation exchange membrane between the Fe3O4 PRB and the anode well. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Behaviour of Z phase in 9–12%Cr steels

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    Danielsen, Hilmar Kjartansson; Hald, John

    2006-01-01

    The literature on the behaviour of modified Z phase Cr(V,Nb)N in creep resistant martensitic 9–12%Cr steels is briefly reviewed. Ten different 9–12%Cr steels were investigated after prolonged exposure at 600–660uC; the modified Z phase was found in all of them. In steels with high Cr content (11......–12%), Z phase precipitates much faster than in 9%Cr steels. Precipitation of Z phase is associated with dissolution of MX carbonitrides, and causes a breakdown in long term creep strength in 9–12%Cr steels. High Cr steels show creep instabilities accompanied with Z phase precipitation, whereas low Cr...... steels show good long term creep stability. A niobium free CrVN variant of the modified Z phase was observed for the first time during the course of this work. The solution temperature of the Cr(V,Nb)N and CrVN modified Z phases was found to be close to 800uC for 11–12%Cr steels, much lower than the 1200...

  4. Bioreduction of Cr (VI) by potent novel chromate resistant alkaliphilic ...

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    Isolation of Cr (VI) resistant alkaliphilic bacteria from sediment and water samples collected from Wadi Natrun hypersaline Soda lakes (located in northern Egypt), resulted in isolation of several alkaliphilic bacterial strains that can tolerate up to 2.94 g/l of Cr (VI) in alkaline medium. However, with increasing Cr (VI) ...

  5. Effect of free Cr content on corrosion behavior of 3Cr steels in a CO2 environment

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    Li, Wei; Xu, Lining; Qiao, Lijie; Li, Jinxu

    2017-12-01

    The corrosion behavior of 3Cr steels with three microstructures (martensite, bainite, combined ferrite and pearlite) in simulated oil field formation water with a CO2 partial pressure of 0.8 MPa was investigated. The relationships between Cr concentrations in corrosion scales and corrosion rates were studied. The precipitated phases that contained Cr were observed in steels of different microstructures, and free Cr content levels were compared. The results showed that steel with the martensite microstructure had the highest free Cr content, and thus had the highest corrosion resistance. The free Cr content of bainite steel was lower than that of martensite steel, and the corrosion rate of bainite steel was higher than that of martensite steel. Because large masses of Cr were combined in ferrite and pearlite steel, the corrosion rates of ferrite and pearlite steel were the highest. Free Cr content in steel affects its corrosion behavior greatly.

  6. Investigation of proton response of CR-39

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    Al-Jarallah, M.I. [King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia). Dept. of Physics; Abu-Jarad, F.; Hallak, A.B.; Coban, A.; Islam, M. [King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia). Energy Research Laboratory, Research Inst.

    1993-12-31

    CR-39 type super grade PM-355 samples have been irradiated at normal incidence with monoenergetic protons at selected energies in the range of 0.2 to 5 MeV. The sensitivity function and its variation with energy have been experimentally determined. A clear shift was observed in the maximum sensitivity towards higher proton energies with the increase in etching time. The critical angle for proton registration decreases rapidly between 0.2 MeV and 0.5 to 0.8 MeV depending on the etching time. For higher energies the critical angle increases gradually. The CR-39 detection efficiency for protons was fond to be about 100% within experimental accuracy for all energies in comparison with that of a surface barrier detector. (author).

  7. Investigation of proton response of CR-39

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    Al-Jarallah, M.I. (Dept. of Physics, King Fahd Univ. of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia)); Abu-Jarad, F.; Hallak, A.B.; Coban, A.; Islam, M. (Energy Research Lab., Research Inst., King Fahd Univ. of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia))

    1993-04-01

    CR-39 type super grade PM-355 samples have been irradiated at normal incidence with monoenergetic protons at selected energies in the range from 0.2 to 5 MeV. The sensitivity function and its variation with energy have been experimentally determined. A clear shift was observed in the maximum sensitivity towards higher proton energies with the increase in etching time. The critical angle for proton registration decreases rapidly between 0.2 MeV and 0.5 to 0.8 MeV depending on the etching time. For higher energies for critical angle increases gradually. The CR-39 detection efficiency for protons was found to be about 100% within the experimental accuracy for all energies in comparison with that of a surface barrier detector. (orig.).

  8. Internal chlorination of Ni-Cr alloys

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    Berztiss, D.; Hennesen, K.; Grabke, H.J. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Eisenforschung GmbH, Duesseldorf (Germany)

    1998-12-31

    In contrast to internal oxidation, sulfidation and carburization, very little information is available regarding internal chlorination, especially diffusion of chlorine in metallic alloys. This paper describes results of experiments on Ni-Cr alloys (<10 wt% Cr) exposed in an atmosphere containing radioactive HCl. The diffusion of chlorine in the alloy can be determined by measurement of residual {beta}-activity from the sample surface. Successively thin layers (0.5-10 {mu}m) of the alloy were removed by lapping and the surface activity was measured to obtain a depth profile. Both single and polycrystalline materials were tested. Through this work it should be determined if there is in fact solubility and diffusion of chlorine in Ni-based alloys as some authors have proposed or if the ingress of chlorine is mainly a grain boundary phenomenon. (orig.)

  9. Inauguration du C/R Forum (Belgique

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    Full Text Available Le 16 février dernier, la Vlaamse beroepsvereniging Conservatie en Restauratie Forum (C/R Forum a été constituée à l'initiative de 18 personnes du milieu de la conservation/restauration et du secteur de la protection du patrimoine. Etant donné que la conservation et la gestion du patrimoine culturel mobilier et immobilier de même que la formation et la recherche relèvent des communautés et des régions, la nécessité est apparue depuis un certain temps de créer une organisation Flamande au sei...

  10. Backbending phenomenon in {sup 48}Cr

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    Tanaka, T. [Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan); Iwasawa, K.; Sakata, F.; Marumori, T.

    1998-07-01

    A new mechanism of the backbending phenomena is discussed by analysing the yrast band of {sup 48}Cr where no single-particle level-crossing is expected. It is pointed out that a full self-consistent mean-field treatment by properly taking into account of the two-body interaction is crucial in explaining the backbending phenomena which occur within the fp-shell without any intruder orbits. (author)

  11. Dios los cría...

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    Dwyer, Benjamin

    2014-01-01

    Dios los cría… surveys the contribution that composer and bassist Barry Guy and Baroque violinist Maya Homburger have made to music over the past two decades. Guy is perhaps the most significant bassist in the international free jazz scene. Homburger is a leading figure in Historically Informed Performance (HIP). Over the last 20 years they have worked together in a number of genres and have released numerous ground-breaking recordings of contemporary, free jazz and Baroque music. This articl...

  12. Microstructural stability of 11Cr ODS steel

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    Yamashiro, Tetsuya, E-mail: fgsjkr@eng.hokudai.ac.jp [Materials Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, N13, W-8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Ukai, Shigeharu; Oono, Naoko [Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University, N13, W-8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Ohtsuka, Satoshi; Kaito, Takeji [Advanced Nuclear System R& D Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), 4002, Narita, Oarai, Ibaraki-pref. 311-1393 (Japan)

    2016-04-15

    Aiming at further improvement of high-temperature oxidation and corrosion resistance, 11CrODS steel with martensitic base structure has been previously developed, as a candidate fuel cladding material for 4th generation advanced nuclear reactors. In this study, the microstructure of 11CrODS steel was characterized by means of EBSD and nanoindentation hardness measurement. The continuous cooling transformation (CCT) diagram was constructed. Upper critical cooling rate, which is minimum cooling rate necessary to form martensitic structure, was derived to be 60 °C/min (3600 °C/h). In contrast, lower critical cooling rate preventing from martensite formation, was derived to be 10 °C/min (600 °C/h). An area fraction of so called residual ferrite was estimated by image processing of EBSD-IQ map to be 21% of the total area. This fraction of the residual ferrite in 11CrODS steel was evaluated by considering the driving force for α to γ reverse transformation.

  13. Enhancement strategies for Cu(II), Cr(III) and Cr(VI) remediation by a variety of seaweed species.

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    Murphy, V; Hughes, H; McLoughlin, P

    2009-07-15

    Various chemical treatments have been applied to six brown, red and green seaweed species with a view to enhancing their metal removal for Cu(II), Cr(III) and Cr(VI). Treatment with acetone resulted in the greatest enhancement for both cationic and anionic species with relatively low mass losses (15-35%), indicating its low risk to biomass operational stability. Cation binding was increased by 69%, while the total Cr removal was augmented by 15%. Cr(VI) binding was shown to be an adsorption-coupled reduction, whereby Cr(VI) was bound to the biomass surface at pH 2 and subsequently reduced to Cr(III). Acetone treatment also resulted in biomasses that were capable of converting up to 83% of Cr(VI) in solution to Cr(III). Blocking of carboxyl and amino functionalities had significant negative effects both on total Cr removal as well as percentage conversion of Cr(VI) to Cr(III). Results therefore indicated the significant role played by these moieties in metal binding to these seaweeds. Potentiometric titrations displayed agreement between the degree of esterification and the decrease in Cu(II) removal for Ulva spp. and Polysiphonia lanosa. FTIR analysis identified changes in biomass functionality and availability after chemical modification, the results of which were in agreement with metal removal studies. In conclusion, these biosorbents represent suitable candidates to replace conventional removal technologies for metal bearing wastewaters, in particular for the detoxification of hazardous Cr(VI) waste streams.

  14. Remediation of Cr(VI) in solution using vitamin C*

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    LIU, Yong; Xu, Xin-hua; He, Ping

    2005-01-01

    The effectiveness of vitamin C in treating Cr(VI)-contaminated water is being evaluated. Cr(VI) is an identified pollutant of some soils and groundwater. Vitamin C, an important biological reductant in humans and animals, can be used to transform Cr(VI) to essentially nontoxic Cr(III). The removal efficiency was 89% when the mass concentration of vitamin C was 80 mg/L in 60 min, and nearly 100% Cr(VI) was removed when the mass concentration was 100 mg/L. Our data demonstrated that the removal...

  15. Ferromagnetic hcp chromium in Cr/Ru(0001) superlattices.

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    Albrecht, M; Maret, M; Kohler, J; Gilles, B; Poinsot, R; Hazemann, J L; Tonnerre, J M; Teodorescu, C; Bucher, E

    2000-12-18

    We report the first observation of a weak ferromagnetic state of Cr in Cr/Ru(0001) superlattices, based on magnetic hysteresis and corroborated by x-ray magnetic circular dichroism at the CrL(2,3) edges. In situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction, x-ray diffraction, and Cr K-edge polarized x-ray absorption investigations have shown that the Cr layers thinner than 8 angstroms adopt a slightly distorted hcp structure, accompanied by a large atomic volume expansion of up to 14% compared to the bcc packing volume. The expanded hcp structure clearly induces the observed ferromagnetism, in agreement with theory.

  16. Simultaneous extraction of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) with a dithiocarbamate reagent followed by HPLC separation for chromium speciation.

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    Wang, Joanna Shaofen; Chiu, KongHwa

    2004-05-01

    A simultaneous extraction of Cr3+ and Cr6+ species in aqueous solution was developed. The extraction behaviors of ammonium pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate (APDC) for both Cr6+ and Cr3+ are carefully discussed in this report. X-ray diffraction and spectroscopic studies indicate that Cr6+ reacts with the ammonium pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate ligand to form two products, Cr(PDC)2(OPDC) and Cr(PDC)3, where OPDC represents an oxygen insertion between Cr and S atoms. A high concentration of APDC in the phthalate buffer under an elevated temperature (50 degrees C) was applied in solvent extraction (SE) to increase the extraction efficiency of Cr3+, so that both Cr3+ and Cr6+ could be extracted by APDC simultaneously. The complex involving the oxygen insertion bonding Cr-O-S is separable from the normal Cr(PDC)3 complex chromatographically, thus allowing the quantification of Cr6+. The major product of Cr6+ has a structure of Cr(PDC)2(OPDC) and the minor product is Cr(PDC)3 with a ratio of Cr(PDC)2(OPDC)/Cr(PDC)3 being 8.5. The extraction conditions for Cr6+ and Cr3+ as well as the chromatographic separation of the complexes using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) are reported. Potential applications for the chemical speciation of chromium by SE/HPLC in environmental aqueous solutions are also discussed.

  17. Calorimetric measurement of the intermetallic compounds Cr{sub 3}Ga and CrGa{sub 4} and thermodynamic assessment of the (Cr-Ga) system

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    Belgacem-Bouzida, A. [Laboratoire d' etude Physico-Chimique des Materiaux, Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences, Universite de Batna, Rue Chahid Boukhlouf, 05000 Batna (Algeria)]. E-mail: bouzida.aissa@caramail.com; Djaballah, Y. [Laboratoire d' etude Physico-Chimique des Materiaux, Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences, Universite de Batna, Rue Chahid Boukhlouf, 05000 Batna (Algeria)]. E-mail: djaballah.y@caramail.com; Notin, M. [Laboratoire de Chimie du Solide Mineral, Faculte des Sciences, Universite Henri Poincare Nancy I, B.P. 239, F-54506 Vandoeuvre-les-Nancy Cedex (France)

    2005-07-19

    The enthalpies of formation have been measured for the two binary compounds Cr{sub 3}Ga and CrGa{sub 4} richest and least rich in chromium of the (Cr-Ga) system. We have used two types of calorimetric method: direct reaction and progressive precipitation calorimetry. Thermodynamic optimizations for the binary (Cr-Ga) system using Calphad method are investigated and a set of parameters describing the Gibbs energy of the different phases is given, the phase diagram has been also calculated and presented.

  18. Tunneling magnetoresistance based on a Cr/graphene/Cr magnetotunnel junction

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    Luan, Gui-Ping; Zhang, Pei-Ran; Jiao, Na; Sun, Li-Zhong

    2015-11-01

    Using the density functional theory and the nonequilibrium Green’s function method, we studied the finite-bias quantum transport in a Cr/graphene/Cr magnetotunnel junction (MTJ) constructed by a single graphene layer sandwiched between two semi-infinite Cr(111) electrodes. We found that the tunneling magnetoresistance (TMR) ratio in this MTJ reached 108%, which is close to that of a perfect spin filter. Under an external positive bias, we found that the TMR ratio remained constant at 65%, in contrast to MgO-based MTJs, the TMR ratios of which decrease with increasing bias. These results indicate that the Cr/graphene/Cr MTJ is a promising candidate for spintronics applications. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 10874143, 10974166, and 11574260), the Program for New Century Excellent Talents in University, China (Grant No. NCET-10-0169), the National Innovation Foundation for Graduate, China (Grant No. 201310530003), and the Computational Support from Shanghai Super-computer Center, China.

  19. Grain boundary self-diffusion of sup 51 Cr in Fe-Cr-Ni alloys

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    Cermak, J. (Ceskoslovenska Akademie Ved, Brno. Ustav Fyzikalni Metalurgie (Czechoslovakia))

    1990-03-01

    The grain boundary self-diffusion characteristics P={alpha}.{delta}.D{sub g} ({alpha} is the segregation factor, {delta} is the grain boundary width and D{sub g} is the grain boundary diffusion coefficient) of {sup 51}Cr were measured in the two alloys Fe-18 Cr-12 Ni and Fe-21 Cr-31 Ni. Experiments were performed in the temperature range from 973 to 1223 K using the sectioning method. In the frames of experimental errors there was found no significant difference between the results for both alloys. The temperature dependence of the triple product P for both materials can be thus described by the Arrhenius-type equation P(Cr)=(1.17{sup +2.1}{sub -0.75}).10{sup -10}.exp {l brace}-(234{plus minus}19)/RT{r brace} m{sup 3}/s. Within the errors, P values obtained in this paper are identical with those obtained in previous work for diffusion of {sup 59}Fe and {sup 63}Ni in the same materials. For the diffusion of all three basic constituents in both alloys the following equation is proposed P (Fe, Ni, Cr)=(6.7{sup +9.9}{sub -4.0}).10{sup -12}.exp {l brace}-(207{plus minus}17)/RT{r brace} m{sup 3}/s. (orig.).

  20. Effect of alkaline precipitation on Cr species of Cr(III)-bearing complexes typically used in the tannery industry.

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    Wang, Dandan; Ye, Yuxuan; Liu, Hui; Ma, Hongrui; Zhang, Weiming

    2017-11-03

    Various organic compounds extensively used in the leather industry could influence the performance of alkaline precipitation with Cr(III). This study focused on two typical Cr(III)-bearing complexes (Cr(III)-collagen and Cr(III)-citrate) ubiquitous in tannery effluent yet with distinct treatment efficiencies, as Cr(III) was much more difficult to remove in the Cr(III)-citrate solution. Comprehensive analytical methods were employed to explore the intrinsic mechanism. It was found that a lower removal efficiency towards Cr(III) was significantly associated with higher oligomers. The molecular size of the Cr(III)-citrate complex continued to increase with rising pH, making it larger overall than Cr(III)-collagen species. The growing oligomer moiety of dissolved Cr(III)-complex species could persist in the stronger basic pH range, leading to the large amount of residual Cr(III) in the Cr(III)-citrate system. Combining this result with potentiometric titration and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data, it was believed that the polymeric species other than monomers facilitated resisting the attack from hydroxide ions, and the postulated Cr(III)-citrate species towards higher oligomers were discovered. Beyond that, both charge neutralization and sweeping effects were presented among the gradually emerging flocs in the Cr(III)-collagen system together with the electric double layer compression effect derived from salinity, thus resulting in a larger floc size and higher Cr(III) removal efficiency in saline solutions. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Institucionalismo, realismo crítico y crítica de la economía dominante.

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    Wilson Matthew

    2006-01-01

    Los realistas críticos han recibido gran apoyo dentro de las comunidades de investigación post-keynesiana y marxista, y es probable que la influencia del realismo crítico en el institucionalismo aumente en los próximos años. Los post-keynesianos y los marxistas mantienen discusiones sobre las fortalezas y las debilidades del realismo crítico. Los institucionalistas deben tener una discusión similar. Este escrito aborda una característica clave del programa realista crítico: su crí...

  2. Procurement of V-Cr-Ti alloys to study minor variations on V-4Cr-4Ti

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    Grossbeck, M.L. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1998-03-01

    The alloys V-6Cr-3Ti, V-4Cr-4Ti-Si, V-6Cr-6Ti, and V-3Cr-3Ti, were prepared by Teledyne Wah Chang Albany Corp. in 1994. Plate and sheet ranging from 0.76 mm to 6.25 mm with residual material being left in 12--20 mm thick bar were fabricated. Although the heats were prepared on a pilot plant scale using different equipment, an effort was made to keep the processing as close to Wah Chang Heat 832665, the reference fusion heat of V-4Cr-4Ti, as possible.

  3. Optimization Of Multi-Module CrN/CrCN Coatings

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    Szparaga Ł.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In the paper was proposed optimization procedure supporting the prototyping of the geometry of multi-module CrN/CrCN coatings, deposited on substrates from 42CrMo4 steel, in respect of mechanical properties. Adopted decision criteria were the functions of the state of internal stress and strain in the coating and substrate, caused by external mechanical loads. Using developed optimization procedure the set of optimal solutions (Pareto-optimal solutions of coatings geometry parameters, due to the adopted decision criteria was obtained. For the purposes of analysis of obtained Pareto-optimal solutions, their mutual distance in the space of criteria and decision variables were calculated, which allowed to group solutions in the classes. Also analyzed the number of direct neighbors of Pareto-optimal solutions for the purposes of assessing the stability of solutions.

  4. Synthesis and chemistry of chromium in CrAPO-5 molecular sieves

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    Weckhuysen, B.M.; Schoonheydt, R.A.

    1994-01-01

    CrAPO-5 molecular sieves were synthesized hydrothermally starting with different Cr precursors and Cr and template contents. The behavior of Cr was investigated spectroscopically by diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (d.r.s.) and electron spin resonance (e.s.r.). In the gels, Cr 3+ and Cr 8+ are

  5. New Half-Metallic Materials: FeRuCrP and FeRhCrP Quaternary Heusler Compounds

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    Jiannan Ma

    2017-11-01

    Full Text Available The electronic structures and magnetic properties of FeRuCrP and FeRhCrP quaternary Heusler compounds with LiMgPbSb-type structures have been investigated via first-principles calculations. The calculational results show that both FeRuCrP and FeRhCrP compounds present perfect half-metallic properties: Showing large half-metallic band gaps of 0.39 eV and 0.38 eV, respectively. The total magnetic moments of FeRuCrP and FeRhCrP are 3 μB and 4 μB per formula unit, respectively. The magnetism of them mainly comes from the 3d electrons of Cr atoms and follows the Slater-Paulig behavior of Heusler compounds: Mt = Zt − 24. Furthermore, the half-metallic properties of FeRuCrP and FeRhCrP compounds can be kept in a quite large range of lattice constants (about 5.44–5.82 Å and 5.26–5.86 Å, respectively and are quite robust against tetragonal deformation (c/a ratio in the range of 0.94–1.1 and 0.97–1.1, respectively. Moreover, the large negative cohesion energy and formation energy of FeRuCrP and FeRhCrP compounds indicate that they can be synthesized experimentally.

  6. Syntheses and structural characterizations of CrSi2 nanostructures using Si substrates under CrCl2 vapor

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    Li, Wen; Meng, Erchao; Matsushita, Tomoji; Oda, Shingo; Ishikawa, Daisuke; Nakane, Kaito; Hu, Junhua; Guan, Shaokang; Ishida, Akihiro; Tatsuoka, Hirokazu

    2013-02-01

    Chromium disilicide (CrSi2) nanostructures were grown by the exposure of Si substrates to CrCl2 vapor at atmospheric pressure, and the growth condition dependence on the morphological and structural properties of CrSi2 was systemically investigated. The various structures of CrSi2, such as microrods, nanowire bundles along with microrods and dendritic nanowire structures, have been grown. It was found that the Si substrate temperature and the quantity of the CrCl2 source materials significantly affect the morphological and structural properties of the CrSi2 structures. The structural evolution of CrSi2 has been discussed on the basis of thermodynamic reactions, vapor deposition growth and dendritic growth phenomena. This growth process provides a simple and controllable method to grow novel nano-scaled structures of transition metal silicides for technological use.

  7. Heat Treatment of Cr- and Cr-V ledeburitic tool steels

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    Peter Jurči

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Cr- and Cr-V ledeburitic cold work tool steels belong to the most important tool materials for large series manufacturing. To enable high production stability, the tools must be heat treated before use. This overview paper brings a comprehensive study on the heat treatment of these materials, starting from the soft annealing and finishing with the tempering. Also, it describes the impact of any step of the heat treatment on the most important structural and mechanical characteristics, like the hardness, the toughness and the wear resistance. The widely used AIS D2- steel (conventionally manufactured and Vanadis 6 (PM are used as examples in most cases.

  8. Global Cr-isotope distributions in surface seawater and incorporation of Cr isotopes into carbonate shells

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    Paulukat, Cora Stefanie; Frei, Robert; Vögelin, Andrea Regula; Samankassou, Elias

    2015-01-01

    In this study we present the Cr-isotope composition of surface seawater from several locations worldwide. In addition to the samples from the oceans (Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean and Artic Ocean) we analysed water samples from areas with a more limited water exchange (Mediterranean Sea, Baltic Sea, Øresund and Kattegat). The long residence time of Cr (7,000 to 40,000 years) [1,2,3] relative to the ocean mixing time (1,000 to 2,000 years) [4] could lead to the expectation that...

  9. L'univers créativité cosmique et créativité artistique

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    Reeves, Hubert; Champion, Claire

    2016-01-01

    Avec le talent de vulgarisateur qu'on lui connaît, Hubert Reeves explique, en faisant d'habiles parallèles avec la créativité humaine, ce que l'on sait aujourd'hui de la création de l'Univers. Avec ses mots et ses idées simples, épurées comme des haïkus, Hubert Reeves arrive à faire comprendre l'infiniment complexe, tout en amenant ses lecteurs au bord du gouffre métaphysique.

  10. Grotrian diagrams for highly ionized chromium Cr V through Cr XXIV

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    Shirai, Toshizo [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment; Sugar, J.; Wiese, W.L.

    1997-07-01

    Grotrian diagrams are presented to provide graphical overviews for 1,640 spectral lines of highly ionized chromium, Cr V through Cr XXIV. In the usual diagram display such as that by Bashkin and Stoner (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1975), the density of transitions is often too high to allow each transition to be drawn separately. Here in our modified diagrams, the transitions are also represented by lines connecting the upper and lower energy levels, but the lower energy levels are extended and repeated for successive configurations as needed. As a sequence, dense packing is avoided and all lines in a multiplet can be accommodated. (author)

  11. Crystal structure and magnetic properties of Li,Cr-containing molybdates Li 3Cr(MoO 4) 3, LiCr(MoO 4) 2 and Li 1.8Cr 1.2(MoO 4) 3

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    Sarapulova, A.; Mikhailova, D.; Senyshyn, A.; Ehrenberg, H.

    2009-12-01

    Single crystals of LiCr(MoO 4) 2, Li 3Cr(MoO 4) 3 and Li 1.8Cr 1.2(MoO 4) 3 were grown by a flux method during the phase study of the Li 2MoO 4-Cr 2(MoO 4) 3 system at 1023 K. LiCr(MoO 4) 2 and Li 3Cr(MoO 4) 3 single phases were synthesized by solid-state reactions. Li 3Cr(MoO 4) 3 adopts the same structure type as Li 3In(MoO 4) 3 despite the difference in ionic radii of Cr 3+ and In 3+ for octahedral coordination. Li 3Cr(MoO 4) 3 is paramagnetic down to 7 K and shows a weak ferromagnetic component below this temperature. LiCr(MoO 4) 2 is isostructural with LiAl(MoO 4) 2 and orders antiferromagnetically below 20 K. The magnetic structure of LiCr(MoO 4) 2 was determined from low-temperature neutron diffraction and is based on the propagation vektor k⇒=({1}/{2},{1}/{2},0). The ordered magnetic moments were refined to 2.3(1) μ B per Cr-ion with an easy axis close to the [1 1 1¯] direction. A magnetic moment of 4.37(3) μ B per Cr-ion was calculated from the Curie constant for the paramagnetic region. The crystal structures of the hitherto unknown Li 1.8Cr 1.2(MoO 4) 3 and LiCr(MoO 4) 2 are compared and reveal a high degree of similarity: In both structures MoO 4-tetrahedra are isolated from each other and connected with CrO 6 and LiO 5 via corners. In both modifications there are Cr 2O 10 fragments of edge-sharing CrO 6-octahedra.

  12. crónicas en adultos

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    Erick Landeros Olvera

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: a fin de contribuir con la clarificación y el desarrollo de conceptos útiles para la ciencia de enfermería en su práctica, este trabajo utilizó la metodología de Rodgers con el fin de proporcionar una definición del concepto “decisión de cambio” (DC para el mejoramiento de conductas de salud en el contexto de las enfermedades crónicas (obesidad, hipertensión arterial y diabetes. Método: se realizó el análisis de evidencia empírica en bases de datos para identificar atributos, términos subrogados, antecedentes y consecuencias en relación con el concepto DC. De forma complementaria se aplicaron entrevistas semi estructuradas con codificación abierta. Resultados: la decisión de cambio es definida, entonces, como el proceso de elección que requiere de intención y actitud para comprometerse con responsabilidad en el mejoramiento de la conducta de salud, de manera efectiva y permanente respecto de las condiciones sociales y emocionales a las que una persona es sometida ante la presencia de una enfermedad crónica y que requiere de manera impostergable el apoyo familiar y profesional de salud. Conclusión: la decisión de cambio es un juicio de elección que requiere de voluntad permanente para cambiar las conductas de salud y resolver las posibles contingencias que pueda provocar una enfermedad crónica.

  13. Heterogeneity of Cr in Mytilus edulis: Implications for the Cr isotope system as a paleo-redox proxy

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    Bruggmann, Sylvie; Klaebe, Robert; Frei, Robert

    2017-04-01

    Changes in 53Cr/52Cr (δ53Cr) values recorded by biogenic carbonates are emerging as a proxy for variations in the redox state of the Earth's oceans and atmosphere (e.g. [1], [2]). We investigate the ability of modern carbonate shells (Mytilus edulis) to record the δ53Cr composition of ambient seawater in order to assess their utility as a paleo-redox proxy. Samples of cultivated M. edulis from the Kiel Fjord, Germany, were analyzed for their δ53Cr composition and Cr concentrations [Cr] using TIMS. To disentangle the pathway of Cr into the carbonate shell, a series of step-digestions of their organic outer sheaths (periostraca) and their intra-layer composition were performed. Bulk analyses of specimens with intact periostraca returned 16 to 34 ppb Cr with δ53Cr values ranging from 0.28 to 0.65 ± 0.1 (2SE) and thus fall within the range of surface seawater from the Baltic Sea (0.3 - 0.6 \\permil [3]). Partial removal of periostraca resulted in lower [Cr] (5 to 17 ppb) and δ53Cr values (-0.05 ± 0.15 \\permil). These results show a positive correlation between the amount of organic matter present in a sample and both [Cr] and δ53Cr (n = 9). With nearly complete removal of periostraca, the remaining [Cr] is significantly lower (less than 5 ppb) and can only be accessed by incineration of the carbonate shell. The correlation between [Cr], δ53Cr and the amount of periostracum present in bulk samples indicates that a significant proportion of preserved Cr may be associated with the organic outer sheath. The Cr endmember accessed after incineration is less likely associated with the carbonate crystal lattice. Instead, the δ53Cr values obtained after incineration are similar to those reported from terrestrial rocks, suggesting the influence of detrital particles. Alternatively, Cr may be reduced and subsequently re-oxidized during the mineralization of biogenic carbonates [4]. Seasonal changes in primary productivity in seawater may further influence the shell

  14. Ekspresi protein pada mikroorganisme resisten Cr dengan metode elektroforesis

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    UMI FATMAWATI

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Fatmawati U, Suranto, Sajidan. 2009. Ekspresi protein pada mikroorganisme resistenCr dengan metode elektroforesis. Bioteknologi 6: 40-48. Krom heksavalen (Cr(VI dikenal sebagai logam berat beracun, sehingga perlu direduksi menjadi Cr(III yang lebih rendah toksisitasnya. Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Pseudomonas putida, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pantoea sp. dan Saccharomyces cerevisiae adalah mikroorganisme resisten dan mampu mereduksi Cr(VI. Tujuan penelitian ini adalah mengetahui kemampuan mikroorganisme dalam mengurangi Cr(VI dan mengetahui pola pita protein antara mikroorganisme resisten Cr(VI dan mikroorganisme tidak resisten yang diinokulasi pada medium kaldu LB. SDS-PAGE digunakan untuk mengetahui ekspresi protein, sementara konsentrasi Cr(VI diidentifikasi dengan metode 1,5 difenilkarbazid. Data kuantitatif dianalisis dengan ANAVA dua faktorial dilanjutkan dengan uji jarak berganda Duncan pada taraf 1%. Data kualitatif yaitu ekspresi protein dianalisis dengan mobilitas relatif (Rf. Hasil penelitian menunjukkan bahwa kemampuan mikroorganisme dalam mereduksi Cr(VI pada konsentrasi awal 0.5 ppm, 1 ppm, 5 ppm dan 10 ppm berbeda-beda, persentase rata- rata kemampuan masing-masing mikroorganisme dalam mereduksi Cr(VI adalah: P. putida (65% > S. cerevisiae (64,45% > P. aeruginosa (60,73% > Pantoea sp. (50,22% > K. pneumoniae (47,82% > tanpa mikroorganisme (34,25%. Penambahan mikroorganisme secara nyata mempengaruhi reduksi Cr(VI. SDS-PAGE menunjukkan bahwa ekspresi protein antara mikroorganisme resisten dan tidak resisten tidak berbeda, tetapi mikroorganisme resisten memiliki lebih banyak protein (pita protein lebih tebal.

  15. El crédito al consumo

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    Velasco Repiso, Enrique

    2014-01-01

    La oportunidad y conveniencia de este Trabajo Fin de Grado se encuentran en el importante papel que desempeña el crédito al consumo en la economía. Por un lado, eleva el nivel de bienestar de los individuos al permitirles distribuir su consumo de manera uniforme a lo largo de su ciclo de vida. Por otro lado, impulsa el desarrollo de ramas de la industria, especialmente de bienes de consumo duradero. Además, incentiva el consumo y hace rentable los procesos de producción empresarial.

  16. Investigation on Mechanical Properties of 9%Cr/CrMoV Dissimilar Steels Welded Joint

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    Liu, Xia; Lu, Fenggui; Yang, Renjie; Wang, Peng; Xu, Xiaojin; Huo, Xin

    2015-04-01

    Advanced 9%Cr steel with good heat resistance and CrMoV with good toughness were chosen as candidate materials to fabricate combined rotor for steam turbine operating at over 620 °C. But the great difference in base metals properties presents a challenge in achieving sound defect-free joint with optimal properties in dissimilar welded rotor. In this paper, appropriate selection of filler metal, welding parameters, and post-weld heat treatment was combined to successfully weld 1100-mm-diameter 9%Cr/CrMoV dissimilar experimental rotor through ultra-narrow gap submerge arc welding. Some properties such as hardness, low-cycle fatigue (LCF), and high-cycle fatigue (HCF) combined with microstructural characterization qualify the integrity of the weld. Microstructural analysis indicated the presence of high-temperature tempered martensite as the phase responsible for the improved properties obtained in the weld. The Coffin-Manson parameters were obtained by fitting the data in LCF test, while the conditional fatigue strength was derived from the HCF test based on S-N curve. Analysis of hardness profile showed that the lowest value occurred at heat-affected zone adjacent to base metal which represents the appropriate location of fracture for the samples after LCF and HCF tests.

  17. Global Cr-isotope distributions in surface seawater and incorporation of Cr isotopes into carbonate shells

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    Paulukat, Cora Stefanie; Frei, Robert; Vögelin, Andrea Regula

    In this study we present the Cr-isotope composition of surface seawater from several locations worldwide. In addition to the samples from the oceans (Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Southern Ocean and Artic Ocean) we analysed water samples from areas with a more limited water exchange (Mediterrane...

  18. THE EFFECT OF RARE EARTH ELEMENTS ON Cr PRECIPITATIONS IN A Cu-0.8WT%Cr ALLOY

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    Gewang Shuai

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available The microstructural evolution of Cu-based alloys during aging was studied using a quantitative metallographic method. Samples were cut from ingots of Cu-0.8wt%Cr and Cu-0.8wt%Cr-RE alloys. These were solution treated at 1000 ºC for 1.5h and subsequently quenched in water, then separately aged at 480 ºC for different durations. The microstructures were observed by optical microscope, and the characteristic geometric parameters of precipitated Cr phase, including volume fraction VV, face density NA, mean diameter and roundness, were measured. These data provided more details about the process of aging. The results showed that precipitation of Cr phase occurred in the form of particles during aging. Rare earth elements promoted the precipitation of Cr phase and dispersed Cr particles. The phenomenon of overaging came earlier in Cu-Cr-RE than in Cu-Cr. In the present work, the optimal aging time at 480 ºC was 2 hrs for the Cu-0.8wt%Cr-RE alloy and 3 hours for the Cu-0.8wt%Cr alloy.

  19. Crimen y crítica

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    Américo Cristófalo

    2001-11-01

    Full Text Available A partir de "El asesinato considerado como una de las bellas artes", de Thomas De Ouincey, y de "Pluma, lápiz y veneno", de Oscar Wilde, se indagan los efectos que el concepto de "lo sublime" (tomado en las consideraciones de Burke y Kant produjo en el debate acerca de la autonomización de la critica durante el Siglo XIX. Los textos de De Quincey Wilde recogen la dimensión de "lo sublime" en relación con el asesinato y formulan a partir de el una hipótesis acerca del método y los alcances de la critica de ante. Este artículo muestra en qué medida el carácter irrepresentable de lo que Burke y Kant llaman lo sublime regresa sobre la conciencia crítica bajo la forma de una nueva apertura del horizonte moral del juicio y busca poner en cuestión la idea de que pueda pensarse una equivalencia entre "soberanía" "autonomía profesional" de la crítica.

  20. Crimen y crítica

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    Américo Cristófalo

    2000-11-01

    Full Text Available A partir de "El asesinato considerado como una de las bellas artes", de Thomas De Ouincey, y de "Pluma, lápiz y veneno", de Oscar Wilde, se indagan los efectos que el concepto de "lo sublime" (tomado en las consideraciones de Burke y Kant produjo en el debate acerca de la autonomización de la critica durante el Siglo XIX. Los textos de De Quincey Wilde recogen la dimensión de "lo sublime" en relación con el asesinato y formulan a partir de el una hipótesis acerca del método y los alcances de la critica de ante. Este artículo muestra en qué medida el carácter irrepresentable de lo que Burke y Kant llaman lo sublime regresa sobre la conciencia crítica bajo la forma de una nueva apertura del horizonte moral del juicio y busca poner en cuestión la idea de que pueda pensarse una equivalencia entre "soberanía" "autonomía profesional" de la crítica.

  1. Enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica

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    Reinaldo Pino Blanco

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available La enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica se ha convertido en una de las enfermedades crónicas atendidas con mayor frecuencia en la atención primaria de salud. Produce altas tasas de morbilidad y mortalidad en todo el mundo, con una evolución lenta aunque progresivamente mortal, a pesar de tratarse de una enfermedad prevenible, que depende en gran medida, del hábito de fumar. La prevalencia variará según el consumo de tabaco, y se espera que siga aumentando en los próximos 25 años. La mortalidad y morbilidad son cada vez mayores, lo que supone un enorme gasto sanitario, social y personal, pero es una enfermedad potencialmente modificable, motivo por el que requiere de un abordaje multifactorial.Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease has become one of the most frequently treated chronic diseases in primary health care. High rates of morbidity and mortality are worldwide related to this disease. Although it is a preventable disease closely related to smoking, its evolution is slow but progressively fatal. Prevalence varies according to tobacco consumption and is expected to increase in the next 25 years. Even when it is a potentially modifiable disease, mortality and morbidity are also increasing, causing a major health, social and personal spending. For all these reasons, a multifactorial approach is needed both, for health and social issues.

  2. Os limites da crítica

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    Gerbase, Carlos

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available A importância da crítica cinematográfica é indiscutível, assim como a necessidade de que o crítico tenha ampla liberdade para exercer seu ofício. Isso não quer dizer, contudo, que ele possa dizer qualquer coisa. Este ensaio parte do princípio de que há limites na interpretação de um filme. Partindo de textos de Umberto Eco e outros autores, que estudam o jogo interpretativo de textos literários, este ensaio pretende levar a discussão para o campo cinematográfico e estabelecer algumas destas fronteiras. The importance of the cinematographic criticism is undiscussable. It is also important that the critic could feel free to do his job. Nevertheless, he has no right to say anything he wants. This paper deals with the idea that there is some limits to interpretate a film and is based on Umberto Eco and others authors texts about the interpretative games in literature focusing the cinematographic field to established some frontiers.

  3. Cr{sub 2}Nb-based alloy development

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    Liu, C.T.; Tortorelli, P.F.; Horton, J.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)] [and others

    1996-08-01

    Alloys of Cr-Cr{sub 2}Nb with exceptionally high strength at 1200{degrees}C have been developed. However, these compositions suffer from limited ductility and toughness at room temperature. Despite improvements from processing modifications, as-fabricated defects still limit room temperature mechanical behavior. In contrast, an alloy system with only a small mismatch of the coefficients of thermal expansion of the two phases, Cr-Cr{sub 2}Zr, showed good fabricability. However, these alloys are weaker than Cr-Cr{sub 2}Nb compositions at high temperatures and have poor oxidation resistance. Silicide coatings can provide high-temperature oxidation and sulfidation protection of these alloys. Improvements in room temperature mechanical properties of Laves-phase-strengthened alloys will rely on further development based on increasing the ductility of the matrix phase by impurity control and compositional modifications.

  4. Thermodynamics and thermophysical properties of liquid Fe-Cr alloys

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    Novakovic, Rada

    2011-01-01

    Fe-Cr alloys are model materials for ferritic / martensitic steels used for applications to core and primary components of advanced reactors as well as the parameters which are governing their behaviour. To develop models describing the microstructure evolution in Fe-Cr alloys under thermal ageing and irradiation, in terms of phase transformation (ordering, clustering, ?) and damage accumulation, as functions of Cr content, temperature and dose, including behaviour at interface between base m...

  5. ADSORPTION OF Cr(VI ON BLACK WATER

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    Rasti Januarita

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The effect of initial concentration of Cr(VI on adsorption to black water of Gambut, District of Banjar, South Borneo has been investigated, as well as interaction between Cr(VI species and functional black water organic fraction. The initial work was optimization of Cr(VI determination using UV-Visible Spectrophotometry with diphenylcarbacide as complexing agent and preparation of black water using mixture of 2% HCl and 5% HF with HCl-HF ratio of 1 : 1 (v/v. The quantity of Cr(VI species adsorbed on black water was calculated by determining the amount of Cr(VI species in solution before and after interaction. The functional groups in interaction between Cr(VI species and black water organic fraction was studied qualitatively using infrared spectroscopy. The results showed that optimum condition for Cr(VI species analysis using UV-Visible spectrophotometry with diphenylcarbacide as complexing agent was at wave length of 540 nm, pH 1,5, 15 - 60 minutes at which complex remain stable, and minimum mol ratio of diphenylcarbacide : Cr(VI 45 : 1, and has a sensitivity of 1.134 mg/L and detection limit of 0.00495 mg/L. The analysis was not affected by the presence of Cr(III in concentration less than 40 times of Cr(VI concentration. After treatment with HCl-HF the quantity of black water organic fraction showing humic acid properties decreased 0,1998 percent. Organic fraction of black water used adsorpted Cr(VIwith capacity of 4,050 mg/g.   Keywords: Adsorption, Cr(VI, Black Water

  6. Mechanical properties of irradiated 9Cr-2WVTa steel

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    Klueh, R.L.; Alexander, D.J. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Rieth, M. [Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe (Germany). Inst. fuer Materialforschung II

    1998-09-01

    An Fe-9Cr-2W-0.25V-0.07Ta-0.1C (9Cr-2WVTa) steel has excellent strength and impact toughness before and after irradiation in the Fast Flux Test Facility and the High Flux Reactor (HFR). The ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) increased only 32 C after 28 dpa at 365 C in FFTF, compared to a shift of {approx}60 C for a 9Cr-2WV steel--the same as the 9Cr-2WVTa steel but without tantalum. This difference occurred despite the two steels having similar tensile but without tantalum. This difference occurred despite the two steels having similar tensile properties before and after irradiation. The 9Cr-2WVTa steel has a smaller prior-austenite grain size, but otherwise microstructures are similar before irradiation and show similar changes during irradiation. The irradiation behavior of the 9Cr-2WVTa steel differs from the 9Cr-2WV steel and other similar steels in two ways: (1) the shift in DBTT of the 9Cr-2WVTa steel irradiated in FFTF does not saturate with fluence by {approx}28 dpa, whereas for the 9Cr-2WV steel and most similar steels, saturation occurs at <10 dpa, and (2) the shift in DBTT for 9Cr-2WVTa steel irradiated in FFTF and HFR increased with irradiation temperature, whereas it decreased for the 9Cr-2WV steel, as it does for most similar steels. The improved properties of the 9Cr-2WVTa steel and the differences with other steels were attributed to tantalum in solution.

  7. Heats of Formation for CrO, CrO2, and CrO3: An Extreme Challenge for Black-Box Composite Procedures.

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    Chan, Bun; Karton, Amir; Raghavachari, Krishnan; Radom, Leo

    2012-09-11

    In the present study, we use composite methods, denoted CM(5)Λ and CM5, with post-CCSD(T) terms up to CCSDTQ(5)Λ and CCSDTQ5, respectively, to evaluate the atomization energies for CrO, CrO2, and CrO3. The heats of formation (ΔHf,298) based on our best estimated atomization energies are 198.3 ± 5 kJ mol(-1) (CrO), -81.3 ± 5 kJ mol(-1) (CrO2), and -286.8 ± 20 kJ mol(-1) (CrO3). Standard G4-type composite methods yield atomization energies that are adequate for CrO, less good for CrO2, and least good for CrO3. CrO3 is highly multireference in character, and therefore, a "black box" approach of using a single-reference RHF wave function is inadequate, even for "high-level" G4-type methods. We find that, for CrO3, there is a very large difference in the G4 atomization energies depending on whether an RHF or a UHF reference is used, which is mainly associated with large differences in the MP4 components. In general, we propose that a large R-versus-U difference is likely to be an indication of potential problems in the theoretical treatment. Going beyond G4 to a more rigorous UCCSD(T)-based composite scheme [termed U-CM(3:[DZ,TZ]) in the present study], we again find a large difference (but significantly smaller than that for G4) between the CrO3 atomization energies based on RHF or UHF references. Intriguingly, the use of Brueckner orbitals as reference orbitals in all components, as in the corresponding Brueckner Doubles (BD) procedure [B-CM(3:[DZ,TZ])], produces results for CrO3 that are independent of whether RHF or UHF orbitals are used as the starting point.

  8. CR mammography: Design and implementation of a quality control program

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    Moreno-Ramirez, A.; Brandan, M. E.; Villasenor-Navarro, Y.; Galvan, H. A.; Ruiz-Trejo, C. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, DF 04510 (Mexico); Departamento de Radiodiagnostico, Instituto Nacional de Cancerologia, DF 14080 (Mexico); Instituto de Fisica, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, DF 04510 (Mexico)

    2012-10-23

    Despite the recent acquisition of significant quantities of computed radiography CR equipment for mammography, Mexican regulations do not specify the performance requirements for digital systems such as those of CR type. The design of a quality control program QCP specific for CR mammography systems was thus considered relevant. International protocols were taken as reference to define tests, procedures and acceptance criteria. The designed QCP was applied in three CR mammography facilities. Important deficiencies in spatial resolution, noise, image receptor homogeneity, artifacts and breast thickness compensation were detected.

  9. Structure and thermodynamics of Cr-Fe hydroxide solid solutions

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    Guo, X.; Daemen, L.; Liu, N.; Wu, D.; Boukhalfa, H.; Migdissov, A. A.; Sun, C.; Navrotsky, A.; Roback, R. C.; Reimus, P. W.; Xu, H.

    2016-12-01

    Cr(VI) in the form of CrO42- is a pollutant species in soils and groundwater that poses health and environmental issues. Natural remediation processes include reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III). Via electron exchange with naturally abundant Fe-bearing minerals, which leads to the formation of Cr(III)-Fe(III) hydroxides. Because these phases are largely X-ray amorphous, their structural characteristics have not been well determined. In this work, we synthesized five samples with different Fe/Cr ratios, and we used synchrotron X-rays to obtain high-resolution diffraction (XRD) and absorption spectroscopy (XAS) data to study both their long range and local structural characteristics. In addition, infrared spectroscopy was conducted to obtain OH bonding information. Our results indicate that the crystallinity of these samples decreases systematically with increasing Fe/Cr ratio and that the Fe-rich samples may contain oxyhydroxides. Thermogravimetry (TG) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) coupled with mass spectrometry (MS) data indicate that these oxyhydrides contain about 15 - 33 wt. % water/OH- and a water contents decrease with increasing Fe/Cr ratio. Finally, the enthalpies of formation of this solid solution are all endothermic, suggesting the instability of these hydroxides relative to their corresponding oxides. These comprehensive structural and thermodynamic analyses yield fundamental parameters for understanding the behavior of Cr-Fe hydroxides/oxyhydroxides in the environment.

  10. Interdiffusion processes at irradiated Cr/Si interfaces

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    Luneville, L., E-mail: laurence.luneville@cea.fr [DEN/DANS/DM2S/SERMA/LLPR/LRC-CARMEN, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Largeau, L. [LPN-UPR20/CNRS, Route de Nozay, 91460 Marcoussis (France); Deranlot, C. [Unite Mixte de Physique CNRS/Thales, 1 Avenue Augustin Fresnel, 91767 Palaiseau (France); Ribis, J. [DEN/DANS/DMN/SRMA/LA2M/LRC-CARMEN, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Ott, F. [DSM/IRAMIS/LLB/CEA/CNRS, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Moncoffre, N. [IPNL/CNRS, Domaine scientifique de la Doua, 69622 Villeurbanne (France); Baldinozzi, G. [CNRS-SPMS/UMR 8580/LRC CARMEN Ecole Centrale Paris, 92295 Chatenay-Malabry (France); Simeone, D. [DEN/DANS/DMN/SRMA/LA2M/LRC-CARMEN, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    2015-03-25

    Highlights: • Interdiffusion at Cr/Si interfaces induced by ion beam mixing at room temperature. • Creation of Cr/Si alloy metastable phases. • Reconstruction of Cr/Si interdiffusion profile by X-ray reflectometry. • Quantitative correlation between Cr and Si profiles extracted from XRR and measured by EDX–TEM. - Abstract: Chromium silicon CrSi alloys are foreseen as possible materials for spintronic devices. Ion beam mixing could be an efficient technique to produce thin films of such alloys at room temperature while avoiding thermal diffusion. In order to assess this point, we have irradiated 20 nm Cr layer on a (1 0 0) Si wafer with 70 keV Kr ions. The X-ray reflectometry technique combined with Transmission Electron Microscopy and Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis was applied to analyze, at the nanometric scale, the formation of Cr/Si blurred interfaces induced by ion beam mixing. From the analysis of reflectivity curves, it appears that nanometric Cr{sub 5}Si{sub 3} and CrSi{sub 2} phases are produced at the early stage of the process. The existence of these two paramagnetic phases gives some clues to explain the reason why the experimentally observed ferrimagnetism was weaker than predicted.

  11. Effect of volume fraction of (Cr, Fe7C3 carbides on corrosion resistance of the Fe-Cr-C hardfacing alloys at Cr/C=6

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    Hamed Sabet

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available In this investigation, three different chemical compositions of Fe-Cr-C alloys were fabricated on AISI 1010 steel substrates by gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW. The optical emission spectroscopy (OES, optical microscopy (OM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, techniques and corrosion test were used for determining chemical composition studying the microstructure and corrosion behavior of the Fe-Cr-C alloys. The OM and SEM results show that the microstructure of these alloys consisted of (Cr,Fe7C3 carbides with austenite, and by increasing of the carbon and chromium content in hardfacing alloys, the volume fraction of (Cr,Fe7C3 carbides in microstructure was increased. The polarization curves of the corrosion tests show that the increase of the volume fraction of (Cr,Fe7C3 carbides in the microstructure promotes the corrosion resistance of the Fe-Cr-C hardfacing alloys. The corrosion mechanism of the Fe-Cr-C hardfacing alloys was intergranular and galvanic corrosion.

  12. Page 1 306 R Viswanathan 10,000 o CrMoV, MG (ductile) e CrMoV ...

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    the International Organization for Standardization's [ISO's] Larson–Miller data) is used as the reference condition for calculating the tr. In reality, as the component softens, the applicable Larson–Miller curve is continuously changing in such a way. O CrMoV, heat MG (ductile). © CrMoV, heat FW (brittle). C 2-1/4 Cr-1Mo, heat ...

  13. Biosorption of Cr(III), Cr(VI), Cu(II) ions by intact cells of Spirulina platensis

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    Gelagutashvili, E.; Bagdavadze, N.; Rcheulishvili, A.

    2017-01-01

    The absorption characteristics of Cr(III), Cr(VI), Cu(II) ions on intact living cells Spirulina platensis (pH9.6) were studied by using a UV-VIS spectrophotometer. Also biosorption of these ions with cyanobacteria Spirulina platensis were studied using equilibrium dialysis and atomic absorption analysis.It was shown, that the absorption intensity of Spirulina platensis decreases, when Cr(III), Cr(VI), Cu(II) ions are added. Significant difference between the absorption intensity for Cu(II) Sp...

  14. High Rate Deposition of Thick CrN and Cr2N Coatings Using Modulated Pulse Power (MPP) Magnetron Sputtering

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    2010-12-01

    micro-analysis ( EPMA ), x-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), nanoindentation, scratch test, and ball-on...the coatings was measured by EPMA at a 15 kV voltage and a 10 m beam size, with the calibration of Cr and TiN standards. The crystal structure of...measured by EPMA . The O and Ar contents in the coatings are below 1 at.%. It was found that the N/Cr ratios of the CrN and Cr2N coatings showed small

  15. Reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III) using silicon nanowire arrays under visible light irradiation.

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    Fellahi, Ouarda; Barras, Alexandre; Pan, Guo-Hui; Coffinier, Yannick; Hadjersi, Toufik; Maamache, Mustapha; Szunerits, Sabine; Boukherroub, Rabah

    2016-03-05

    We report an efficient visible light-induced reduction of hexavalent chromium Cr(VI) to trivalent Cr(III) by direct illumination of an aqueous solution of potassium dichromate (K2Cr2O7) in the presence of hydrogenated silicon nanowires (H-SiNWs) or silicon nanowires decorated with copper nanoparticles (Cu NPs-SiNWs) as photocatalyst. The SiNW arrays investigated in this study were prepared by chemical etching of crystalline silicon in HF/AgNO3 aqueous solution. The Cu NPs were deposited on SiNW arrays via electroless deposition technique. Visible light irradiation of an aqueous solution of K2Cr2O7 (10(-4)M) in presence of H-SiNWs showed that these substrates were not efficient for Cr(VI) reduction. The reduction efficiency achieved was less than 10% after 120 min irradiation at λ>420 nm. Addition of organic acids such as citric or adipic acid in the solution accelerated Cr(VI) reduction in a concentration-dependent manner. Interestingly, Cu NPs-SiNWs was found to be a very efficient interface for the reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III) in absence of organic acids. Almost a full reduction of Cr(VI) was achieved by direct visible light irradiation for 140 min using this photocatalyst. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Institucionalismo, realismo crítico y crítica de la economía dominante.

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    Wilson Matthew

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Los realistas críticos han recibido gran apoyo dentro de las comunidades de investigación post-keynesiana y marxista, y es probable que la influencia del realismo crítico en el institucionalismo aumente en los próximos años. Los post-keynesianos y los marxistas mantienen discusiones sobre las fortalezas y las debilidades del realismo crítico. Los institucionalistas deben tener una discusión similar. Este escrito aborda una característica clave del programa realista crítico: su crítica de la economía dominante. En particular, critica el uso de los realistas críticos del concepto de clausura, y argumenta que el realismo crítico se equivoca al considerar que la ontología de la economía dominante es humeana. El propósito del artículo es promover la discusión crítica sobre el papel del realismo crítico en el institucionalismo.

  17. Structural, electrical, and dielectric properties of Cr doped ZnO thin films: Role of Cr concentration

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    Gürbüz, Osman, E-mail: osgurbuz@yildiz.edu.tr; Okutan, Mustafa

    2016-11-30

    Highlights: • Magnetic material of Cr and semiconductor material of ZnO were grown by the magnetron sputtering co-sputter technique. • Perfect single crystalline structures were grown. • DC and AC conductivity with dielectric properties as a function of frequency (f = 5Hz–13 MHz) at room temperature were measured and compared. • Cr doped ZnO can be used in microwave, sensor and optoelectronic devices as the electrical conductivity increases while dielectric constant decreases with the Cr content. - Abstract: An undoped zinc oxide (ZnO) and different concentrations of chromium (Cr) doped ZnO Cr{sub x}ZnO{sub 1−x} (x = 3.74, 5.67, 8.10, 11.88, and 15.96) thin films were prepared using a magnetron sputtering technique at room temperature. These films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), High resolution scanning electron microscope (HR-SEM), and Energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDS). XRD patterns of all the films showed that the films possess crystalline structure with preferred orientation along the (100) crystal plane. The average crystallite size obtained was found to be between 95 and 83 nm which was beneficial in high intensity recording peak. Both crystal quality and crystallite sizes decrease with increasing Cr concentration. The crystal and grain sizes of the all film were investigated using SEM analysis. The surface morphology that is grain size changes with increase Cr concentration and small grains coalesce together to form larger grains for the Cr{sub 11.88}ZnO and Cr{sub 15.96}ZnO samples. Impedance spectroscopy studies were carried out in the frequencies ranging from 5 Hz to 13 MHz at room temperature. The undoped ZnO film had the highest dielectric value, while dielectric values of other films decreased as doping concentrations increased. Besides, the dielectric constants decreased whereas the loss tangents increased with increasing Cr content. This was considered to be related to the reduction of grain size as Cr content in Zn

  18. Supernova 2004cr in UGC 11603

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    Armstrong, M.

    2004-06-01

    Further to IAUC 8357, M. Armstrong, reports his discovery of an apparent supernova (mag 17.8) on unfiltered CCD images taken on June 17.035 and 18.965 UT with a 0.35-m reflector. SN 2004cr is located at R.A. = 20h36m06s.84, Decl. = +63o44'12".4 (equinox 2000.0), which is approximately 45".9 west and 10".6 south of the center of UGC 11603. Nothing was visible at this position on his images taken on 2001 Aug. 5, 31, and 2003 July 13 (limiting mag about 19.5) or on Palomar Sky Survey red and blue plates.

  19. Labor crítica del periodismo

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    Umberto Eco

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Señala que la función del cuarto Poder es la de controlar y criticar a los poderes tradicionales, esta crítica no tiene funciones represivas: los medios pueden influir en la vida política del país solamente creando opinión. Los poderes tradicionales, tampoco pueden controlar, criticando a los medios sino a través de los mismos medios, de otra manera su intervención se convierte en sanción ejecutiva, legislativa o judicial. Habla sobre la polémica que suscita el término "objetividad" y sobre la "tematización".

  20. Meningococcemia crónica Chronic menigococcemia

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    Jorge V. Martínez

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available La meningococcemia crónica es una forma clínica infrecuente dentro del espectro de infecciones producido por Neisseria meningitidis. Clásicamente esta forma clínica se caracteriza por fiebre, lesiones cutáneas, compromiso articular, y desarrollo en hemocultivo de la bacteria responsable, habitualmente con ausencia de compromiso meníngeo. Generalmente afecta a adultos jóvenes previamente sanos. Se desconoce la razón por la cual estos pacientes, a diferencia de los que presentan meningitis aguda por Neisseria meningitidis y meningococcemia aguda, pueden sobrevivir sin complicaciones durante semanas en ausencia de tratamiento antibiótico útil. Se ha planteado que debido a la alta sensibilidad de esta bacteria a los antibióticos beta-lactámicos, muchos casos podrían ser tratados inadvertidamente. Describimos un caso de meningococcemia crónica en una mujer joven que presenta un cuadro clásico no reconocido inicialmente.Chronic meningococcemia is an unfrequent clinical picture within the spectrum of infections produced by Neisseria meningitidis. It is classically characterized by fever, skin lesions and joint involvement, usually without meningeal involvement, and with blood culture growth of the responsible bacteria. It generally affects previously healthy young people. It is unknown why these patients, unlike patients with Neisseria meningitidis’s acute meningitis and with acute meningococcemia, can survive without complications during weeks, in abscence of an useful antibiotic treatment. It has been hypothesized that owing to high susceptibility to beta-lactam antibiotics of Neisseria meningitidis, many cases may be treated inadvertently. We describe a case of chronic meningococcemia in a young woman who presented a classical clinical picture, not recognized initially.

  1. Incontinencia y enfermedad crónica

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    Beatriz Sánchez-Herrera

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Explorar la producción y contenido de la información disponible a nivel mundial sobre el abordaje de la incontinencia urinaria (IU e incontinencia fecal (IF y su relación con la enfermedad crónica (EC. Materiales y métodos: a partir de una revisión de literatura en las bases de datos Cinahl, Ovid, Scielo, Medline y Psychoinfo, entre los años 2009 y 2012, bajo los descriptores de incontinencia urinaria e incontinencia fecal, en combinación con enfermedad crónica, con su traducción al inglés, se identificaron, analizaron y clasificaron los planteamientos sobre el tema de la incontinencia según relevancia para la comprensión de la misma en la situación de EC. Resultados: se presentan los estudios encontrados clasificados en cinco grandes grupos sobre IU e IF que incluyen los que ilustran la magnitud del problema por su frecuencia y tipología, los que establecen relación directa entre la incontinencia y la EC, los que describen otros factores asociados con la incontinencia y con la EC, los que abordan la forma de valorar la incontinencia y los que dan aportes respecto al manejo de la IU o IF en la EC. Conclusiones: la literatura tiene abundante producción científica en sus dos últimos años y a nivel mundial sobre la IU pero no en igual proporción sobre la IF. Existen modelos para la valoración, medición y comprensión del fenómeno así como para la intervención y atención puntual sobre la misma. No se reportan abordajes integrales al problema de la IU e IF en personas con EC.

  2. Evaluation du crédit-bail et risque de crédit

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    Capiez, Alain

    2000-01-01

    International audience; Malgré une similitude observée entre les contrats de leasing et les obligations à risque, les modèles classiques de détermination des loyers d'un contrat de crédit-bail se focalisent sur le risque attaché au matériel ou risque de valeur résiduelle et ignorent le risque de crédit. Nous comparons les différents modèles existants et privilégions un modèle moderne qui adopte une approche unifiée en intégrant les deux types de risque et leur interaction.

  3. Energetics and phase diagrams of Fe-Cr and Co-Cr systems from first principles

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    Vreštzál J.

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The first principles computations of the total energies of complex phases have been addressed recently. The structural energy differences, calculated by FLAPW (Full potential augmented plane wave method, enable us to utilize a more complete physical information about total energy of intermetallic phases and to propose a new model for their thermodynamic description. Our approach is based on the two-sublattice model, similarly as for solid solution phases, but the structural energy differences for end-members in the metastable or unstable structures are obtained by means of first-principles electronic structure calculations. Phase diagrams of Fe-Cr and Co-Cr systems containing the intermetallic sigma-phase (5 inequivalent lattice sites, 30 atoms in repeat cell are described here as an example of application of our new model.

  4. Anelasticity in Fe-Al-Cr alloys at elevated temperatures

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    Golovin, I.S., E-mail: i.golovin@misis.ru [Physics of Metals Department, National University ' Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys' , Moscow (Russian Federation); Physics of Metals Department and Materials Science, Tula State University, Tula (Russian Federation); Riviere, A. [LMPM-UMR CNRS 6617, ENSMA, F-86961 Futuroscope Chasseneuil Cedex (France)

    2009-09-15

    Several (Fe,Cr){sub 3}Al alloys with Cr content from 3 to 25% have been studied in the temperature range from 680 to 930 K using isothermal frequency dependent tests (from 10{sup -4} to 10{sup 2} Hz). Three relaxation peaks were observed in this range. The Zener relaxation (P1 peak) caused by reorientation of pairs of substitute atoms in Fe is observed in all studied alloys and used to evaluate the activation parameters of substitute atom jumps in Fe. Activation parameters of the Zener peak in Fe-26Al-Cr depend not too much on Cr content (H = 275-290 kJ/mol, {tau}{sub 0} = 10{sup -19} to 10{sup -20} s), while the relaxation strength increases with the increase in Al + Cr content. The second internal friction peak (P2) at higher temperatures with similar activation energies but higher {tau}{sub 0} (10{sup -17} to 10{sup -19} s) is observed only in Cr containing alloys but not in Fe-25Al binary alloy. Most probably this peak is controlled by dislocations motion in Fe-26Al-Cr alloys. The third peak, denoted as P3 (H = 428 kJ/mol, {tau}{sub 0} = 10{sup -25} s), was observed only in the Fe-25Al-25Cr alloy and was classified as a grain boundary peak.

  5. Co-Cr layers for perpendicular magnetic recording

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    Bernards, Johannes Petrus Cornelis; Schrauwen, C.P.G.; Schrauwen, Cornelis Petrus Gerardus

    In this thesis the deposition of CO79Cr21 layers and the magnetic and structural investigations of their properties are described. These properties are correlated with the recording properties. In this way the possibilities of Co-Cr layers for high density video recording are investigated. Chapter 1

  6. Red luminescence from ZnO : Cr nanophosphors under visible ...

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    3+ nanophosphors under visible excitation. N PUSHPA1, M K KOKILA1,*, B M NAGABHUSHANA2, H NAGABHUSHANA3 and. A JAGANNATHA REDDY. 4 ... method at the temperature of 400°C. Powder X-ray diffraction results confirmed that Cr3+-doped and un- ... different transition metal dopants such as (Ni, Cr, Mn,.

  7. Homogeneity domain and thermoelectric properties of CrSi2

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    Solomkin, F. Yu.; Zaitsev, V. K.; Novikov, S. V.; Samunin, Yu. A.; Isachenko, G. N.

    2013-02-01

    The phase composition, structure, and thermoelectric properties of CrSi2 obtained by low-temperature synthesis are investigated. The results indicate the strong effect of the silicon sublattice on the thermoelectric properties of the material and the possibility of solid-phase low-temperature transformations in a CrSi2 crystal lattice.

  8. Thermoluminescence dosimetry in quality imaging in CR mammography systems

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    Gaona, E.; Franco E, J.G. [UAM-Xochimilco, 04960 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Azorin N, J. [UAM-Iztapalapa, 09340 Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Diaz G, J.A.I. [CICATA, Unidad Legaria, Av. Legaria 694, 11599 mexico D.F. (Mexico); Arreola, M. [Department of Radiology, Shands Hospital at UF, PO Box 100374, Gainesville, FL 32610-0374 (United States)

    2006-07-01

    The aim of this work is to estimate the average glandular dose with Thermoluminescence Dosimetry (TLD) and comparison with quality imaging in CR mammography. For measuring dose, FDA and ACR use a phantom, so that dose and image quality are assessed with the same test object. The mammography is a radiological image to visualize early biological manifestations of breast cancer. Digital systems have two types of image-capturing devices, Full Field Digital Mammography (FFDM) and CR mammography. In Mexico, there are several CR mammography systems in clinical use, but only one CR mammography system has been approved for use by the FDA. Mammography CR uses a photostimulable phosphor detector (PSP) system. Most CR plates are made of 85% BaFBr and 15% BaFI doped with europium (Eu) commonly called barium fluoro halide. We carry out an exploratory survey of six CR mammography units from three different manufacturers and six dedicated x-ray mammography units with fully automatic exposure. The results show three CR mammography units (50%) have a dose that overcomes 3.0 mGy and it doesn't improve the image quality and dose to the breast will be excessive. The differences between doses averages from TLD system and dosimeter with ionization chamber are less than 10%. TLD system is a good option for average glandular dose measurement. (Author)

  9. Tribological Properties of CrN Coating Under Lubrication Conditions

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    Lubas, Janusz

    2012-08-01

    The paper presents research results of the influence of CrN coating on the friction parameters in friction pairs under lubricated friction conditions. The formed CrN homogeneous coating and CrN-steel 46Cr2 "ring" structure coating was matched under test conditions with a counterpart made from SAE-48 and SAE-783 bearing alloys. Tested sliding pairs were lubricated with 5W/40 Lotos synthetic engine oil. The tribological test was conducted on block-on-ring tester. The applied modification technologies of the surface layer of steel allowed for obtaining construction materials with pre-determined tribological characteristics required for the elements of friction pairs in lubricated contact. The results of the tests proved the possibility of implementing CrN coating in friction pairs, which work under mixed friction conditions. The results showed differences in the wear of bearing alloy, as the effect of the interaction between the co-operating surface layers and of the physiochemical changes of their surfaces, induced by external forces. The smallest wear of the bearing alloy occurs during the cooperation with the nitrided layer, whereas the largest wear occurs during the cooperation with the homogenous CrN coating. The CrN coating-46Cr2 steel "ring structure" decreases friction resistance during the start-up of the sliding pair, as well as lowers the level of the friction force and temperature in the friction area during co-operation with SAE-783 bearing alloys.

  10. Catalytic synthesis of 2-methylpyrazine over Cr-promoted copper ...

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    ... Cr-promoted Cu-Zn/Al2O3 catalysts were prepared by impregnation method and characterized by ICP-AES, N2 adsorption/desorption, XRD, XPS, N2O chemisorption, TPR and NH3-TPD techniques. The amorphous chromium species existing in Cu-Zn-Cr/Al2O3 catalyst enhanced the dispersion of active component Cu, ...

  11. Reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III) using silicon nanowire arrays under visible light irradiation

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    Fellahi, Ouarda [Institut d' Electronique, de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie (IEMN), UMR CNRS 8520, Avenue Poincaré—BP 70478, 59652 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex (France); Centre de Recherche en Technologie des Semi-conducteurs pour l' Energétique-CRTSE 02, Bd Frantz Fanon, BP. 140, Alger 7 Merveilles (Algeria); Barras, Alexandre [Institut d' Electronique, de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie (IEMN), UMR CNRS 8520, Avenue Poincaré—BP 70478, 59652 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex (France); Pan, Guo-Hui [State Key Laboratory of Luminescence and Applications, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 3888 Dong Nanhu Road, Changchun 130033 (China); Coffinier, Yannick [Institut d' Electronique, de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie (IEMN), UMR CNRS 8520, Avenue Poincaré—BP 70478, 59652 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex (France); Hadjersi, Toufik [Centre de Recherche en Technologie des Semi-conducteurs pour l' Energétique-CRTSE 02, Bd Frantz Fanon, BP. 140, Alger 7 Merveilles (Algeria); Maamache, Mustapha [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique et Systèmes Dynamiques, Département de Physique, Université de Sétif, Sétif 19000 (Algeria); Szunerits, Sabine [Institut d' Electronique, de Microélectronique et de Nanotechnologie (IEMN), UMR CNRS 8520, Avenue Poincaré—BP 70478, 59652 Villeneuve d' Ascq Cedex (France); and others

    2016-03-05

    Highlights: • Cr(VI) reduction to Cr(III) using silicon nanowires decorated with Cu nanoparticles. • The reduction takes place at room temperature and neutral pH under visible light. • The photocatalytic reduction was enhanced by addition of adipic or citric acid. - Abstract: We report an efficient visible light-induced reduction of hexavalent chromium Cr(VI) to trivalent Cr(III) by direct illumination of an aqueous solution of potassium dichromate (K{sub 2}Cr{sub 2}O{sub 7}) in the presence of hydrogenated silicon nanowires (H-SiNWs) or silicon nanowires decorated with copper nanoparticles (Cu NPs-SiNWs) as photocatalyst. The SiNW arrays investigated in this study were prepared by chemical etching of crystalline silicon in HF/AgNO{sub 3} aqueous solution. The Cu NPs were deposited on SiNW arrays via electroless deposition technique. Visible light irradiation of an aqueous solution of K{sub 2}Cr{sub 2}O{sub 7} (10{sup −4} M) in presence of H-SiNWs showed that these substrates were not efficient for Cr(VI) reduction. The reduction efficiency achieved was less than 10% after 120 min irradiation at λ > 420 nm. Addition of organic acids such as citric or adipic acid in the solution accelerated Cr(VI) reduction in a concentration-dependent manner. Interestingly, Cu NPs-SiNWs was found to be a very efficient interface for the reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III) in absence of organic acids. Almost a full reduction of Cr(VI) was achieved by direct visible light irradiation for 140 min using this photocatalyst.

  12. Effect of genotype, Cr(III and Cr(VI on plant growth and micronutrient status in Silene vulgaris (Moench

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    A. E. Pradas-del-Real

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Chromium released into the environment from industrial activities has become an important environmental concern. Silene vulgaris has been proven to be tolerant to many heavy metals, so it is considered an interesting species in the revegetation and restoration of polluted soils, but no information is available about its response to Cr. The objective of this work was to study uptake and influence on plant growth of Cr(III and Cr(VI in six genotypes (four hermaphrodites and two females of S. vulgaris from different sites of Madrid (Spain. Plants were treated for 12 days with 60 µM of Cr(III or Cr(VI in semihydroponics. Dry weights, soil-plant analysis development values (SPAD reading with chlorophylls and micronutrient and total Cr concentrations were determined. Metal uptake was higher in presence of Cr(VI than of Cr(III and poorly translocated to the shoots. In both cases S. vulgaris did not show visual toxicity symptoms, biomass reduction, or differences among SPAD values as consequence of Cr additions. However genotypes SV36 and SV38 showed Fe and Mn imbalance. This is the first report on the relatively good performance of hermaphrodite and female S. vulgaris genotypes in Cr uptake and physiological traits, but further studies will be necessary to elucidate the mechanisms by which the gender may influence these variables. S. vulgaris presented high diversity at genotypic level; the treatment with hexavalent Cr increased the differences among genotypes so the use of cuttings from an homogeneous genotype seems to be an adequate method for the study of this species.

  13. Tribological behavior of CrN-coated Cr-Mo-V steels used as die materials

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    Çelik, Gülşah Aktaş; Polat, Şeyda; Atapek, Ş. Hakan

    2017-12-01

    DIN 1.2343 and 1.2367 steels are commonly used as die materials in aluminum extrusion, and single/duplex/multi-coatings enhance their surface properties. The design of an appropriate substrate/coating system is important for improving the tribological performance of these steels under service conditions because the load-carrying capacity of the system can be increased by decreasing the plastic deformation of the substrate. In this study, the tribological behavior of CrN-coated Cr-Mo-V steels (DIN 1.2343, 1.2367, and 1.2999 grades) was investigated using different setups and tribological pairs at room and elevated temperatures. The aim of this study was to reveal the wear resistance of a suggested system (1.2999/CrN) not yet studied and to understand both the wear and the failure characteristics of coated systems. The results showed that (i) among the steels studied, the DIN 1.2999 grade steel exhibited the lowest friction coefficient because it had the highest load-carrying capacity as a result of secondary hardening at elevated temperatures; (ii) at room temperature, both abrasive tracks and adhesive layers were observed on the worn surfaces; and (iii) a combination of chemical reactions and progressive oxidation caused aluminum adhesion on the worn surface, and the detachment of droplets and microcracking were the characteristic damage mechanisms at high temperatures.

  14. Magnetization in a epitaxial [Fe/Cr/Co/Cr]{sub 20x} spin valve system

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    Bruessing, Frank; Toperverg, Boris; Zhernenkov, Kirill; Wolff, Maximilian; Zabel, Hartmut [Department of Physics, Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany); Theis-Broehl, Katharina [University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven (Germany); Wiemann, Carsten; Kaiser, Alexander; Schneider, Claus M. [Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (Germany)

    2010-07-01

    Magnetic heterostructures containing different magnetic layers, such as Co and Fe, are essential elements for modern spintronic devices. As a model system we have chosen [Co/Cr/Fe/Cr(100)]{sub 20x} epitaxial superlattices with spin valve properties. The thicknesses of the Fe and Co layers were adjusted such that their magnetization magnitudes are roughly equal. The quality of the layering and the epitaxial relationship were verified via x-ray methods. Via PEEM and PNR the ground state and the magnetization reversal were studied. In this work we mainly focused on the magnetic correlation between Co and Fe mediated by Cr spacer layer and its dependence on the Co bcc-hcp martensitic transition. The alignment between neighboring Co and Fe layers can be recognized via intensity variations of the superlattice Bragg peaks, which are different for odd and even orders. For a certain thickness of the Co and Fe layers in the as grown state additional half-order peaks can be recognized, which indicate a spiral like magnetic ordering in the sample. A combination of the magnetic anisotropy of the different layers and interlayer exchange coupling is most likely the reason for the spiral state.

  15. Spin magnetic moments from single atoms to small Cr clusters

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    Boeglin, C.; Ohresser, P.; Decker, R.; Bulou, H.; Scheurer, F.; Chado, I.; Dhesi, S. S.; Gaudry, E.; Lazarovits, B.

    2005-07-01

    Morphology studies at the first stages of the growth of Cr/Au(111) are reported and compared to the magnetic properties of the nanostructures. We analyze by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Low Energy Electron Diffraction the Cr clusters growth between 200 K and 300 K. In the early stages of the growth the morphology of the clusters shows monoatomic high islands located at the kinks of the herringbone reconstructed Au(111) surface. By X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism performed on the Cr L2,3 edges it is shown that the temperature dependent morphology strongly influences the magnetic properties of the Cr clusters. We show that in the sub-monolayer regime Cr clusters are antiferromagnetic and paramagnetic when the size reaches the atomic limit.

  16. The cellular cancer resistance of the SR/CR mouse

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    Koch, Janne; Hau, Jann; Jensen, Henrik Elvang

    2012-01-01

    , macrophages and natural killer cells. A relative decrease in influx of B-cells compared with controls was demonstrated. Increased proportions of leukocytes belonging to the innate immune system were also demonstrated in splenocytes of SR/CR mice. Cytospins of peritoneal fluid from SR/CR mice after cancer cell......, macrophages and NK cells into the peritoneum of the SR/CR mouse in response to intraperitoneal injection of S180 cancer cells. The cell composition of spleens of SR/CR mice reflected the differential regulation of the innate immune cells in peritoneal exudates. Both peritoneal exudates and the spleens of SR......-activated cell sorting analysis, the immune response of SR/CR mice after intraperitoneal injection of cancer cells was investigated and compared with parent strain mice. A massive influx of leukocytes into the peritoneal cavity was found. A large fraction of these leukocytes were polymorphonuclear granulocytes...

  17. Spin magnetic moments from single atoms to small Cr clusters

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    Boeglin, C.; Decker, R.; Bulou, H.; Scheurer, F.; Chado, I. [IPCMS-GSI - UMR 7504, 67037 Strasbourg Cedex (France); Ohresser, P. [LURE, 91405 Orsay (France); Dhesi, S.S. [ESRF, BP 220, 38043 Grenoble Cedex (France); Present permanent address: Diamond Light Source, Chilton, Didcot OX11 0QX (United Kingdom); Gaudry, E. [LMCP, 4, place Jussieu, 75252 Paris (France); Lazarovits, B. [CCMS, T.U. Vienna, Gumpendorfstr. 1a, 1060 Wien (Austria)

    2005-07-01

    Morphology studies at the first stages of the growth of Cr/Au(111) are reported and compared to the magnetic properties of the nanostructures. We analyze by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy and Low Energy Electron Diffraction the Cr clusters growth between 200 K and 300 K. In the early stages of the growth the morphology of the clusters shows monoatomic high islands located at the kinks of the herringbone reconstructed Au(111) surface. By X-ray Magnetic Circular Dichroism performed on the Cr L{sub 2,3} edges it is shown that the temperature dependent morphology strongly influences the magnetic properties of the Cr clusters. We show that in the sub-monolayer regime Cr clusters are antiferromagnetic and paramagnetic when the size reaches the atomic limit. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  18. Transport properties of high-performance all-Heusler Co2CrSi/Cu2CrAl/Co2CrSi giant magnetoresistance device

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    Bai, Z. Q.; Lu, Y. H.; Shen, L.; Ko, V.; Han, G. C.; Feng, Y. P.

    2012-05-01

    Transport properties of giant magnetoresistance (MR) junction consisting of trilayer Co2CrSi/Cu2CrAl/Co2CrSi Heusler alloys (L21) are studied using first-principles approach based on density functional theory and the non-equilibrium Green's function method. Highly conductive channels are found in almost the entire k-plane when the magnetizations of the electrodes are parallel, while they are completely blocked in the antiparallel configuration, which leads to a high magnetoresistance ratio (the pessimistic MR ratio is nearly 100%). Furthermore, the calculated I-V curve shows that the device behaves as a good spin valve with a considerable disparity in currents under the parallel and antiparallel magnetic configurations of the electrodes. The Co2CrSi/Cu2CrAl/Co2CrSi junction could be useful for high-performance all-metallic current-perpendicular-to-plane giant magnetoresistance reading head for the next generation high density magnetic storage.

  19. Charge-transfer interactions of Cr species with DNA.

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    Nowicka, Anna M; Matysiak-Brynda, Edyta; Hepel, Maria

    2017-10-01

    Interactions of Cr species with nucleic acids in living organisms depend strongly on Cr oxidation state and the environmental conditions. As the effects of these interactions range from benign to pre-mutagenic to carcinogenic, careful assessment of the hazard they pose to human health is necessary. We have investigated methods that would enable quantifying the DNA damage caused by Cr species under varying environmental conditions, including UV, O 2 , and redox potential, using simple instrumental techniques which could be in future combined into a field-deployable instrumentation. We have employed electrochemical quartz crystal nanogravimetry (EQCN), cyclic voltammetry (CV), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) to evaluate the extent of DNA damage expressed in terms of guanine oxidation yield (η) and changes in specific characteristics provided by these techniques. The effects of the interactions of Cr species with DNA were analyzed using a model calf thymus DNA (ctDNA) film on a gold electrode (Au@ctDNA) in different media, including: (i) Cr(VI), (ii) Cr(VI) reduced at -0.2V, (iii) Cr(III)+UV radiation+O 2 , and Cr(III), obtaining the η values: 7.4±1.4, 1.5±0.4, 1.1±0.31%, and 0%, respectively, thus quantifying the hazard posed. The EIS measurements have enabled utilizing the decrease in charge-transfer resistance (R ct ) for ferri/ferrocyanide redox probe at an Au@ctDNA electrode to assess the oxidative ctDNA damage by Cr(VI) species. In this case, circular dichroism indicates an extensive damage to the ctDNA hydrogen bonding. On the other hand, Cr(III) species have not induced any damage to ctDNA, although the EQCN measurements show an electrostatic binding to DNA. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. Selective adsorption of Cr(VI) ions from aqueous solutions using Cr(6+)-imprinted Pebax/chitosan/GO/APTES nanofibrous adsorbent.

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    Etemadi, Mohammadmahdi; Samadi, Saman; Yazd, Shabnam Sharif; Jafari, Pooya; Yousefi, Negin; Aliabadi, Majid

    2017-02-01

    In the present study, a novel Cr(6+)-imprinted Pebax/chitosan/GO/APTES nanofibrous adsorbent (Cr(6+)-PCGA) was prepared and its performance was compared with PCGA nanofibers for selective sorption of Cr(VI) ions from aqueous solutions. The prepared nanofibers were characterized using FTIR, SEM and EDAX analysis. The influence of batch sorption experiments including GO/APTES content, pH, contact time, Cr(VI) initial concentration and temperature on the Cr(VI) sorption efficiency using synthesized nanofibers was investigated. The Cr(VI) sorption data were well described using pseudo-second-order kinetic and Redlich-Peterson isotherm models. The maximum sorption capacities of Cr(6+)-PCGA and PCGA nanofibers for Cr(VI) ions sorption were found to be 204.5 and 550.5mgg(-1), respectively. Thermodynamic studies indicated an endothermic and spontaneous nature of Cr(VI) ions sorption using both Cr(6+)-PCGA and PCGA nanofibers. The selectivity coefficient values of Cr(VI)/Pb(II), Cr(VI)/Cu(II) and Cr(VI)/Ni(II) indicated the higher selectivity of Cr(6+)-PCGA nanofibrous adsorbent for Cr(VI) ions separation compared to PCGA nanofibers. The good stability and reusability of Cr(6+)-PCGA nanofibrous adsorbent for five sorption/desorption cycles promised a higher potential of ion-imprinted nanofibers for separation of metal ions from aqueous systems in a large scale. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. The pupil is faster than the corneal reflection (CR): are video based pupil-CR eye trackers suitable for studying detailed dynamics of eye movements?

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    Hooge, I.T.C.; Holmqvist, K.; Nyström, Marcus

    2016-01-01

    Most modern video eye trackers use the p-CR (pupil minus CR) technique to deal with small relative movements between the eye tracker camera and the eye. We question whether the p-CR technique is appropriate to investigate saccade dynamics. In two experiments we investigated the dynamics of pupil, CR

  2. Introduction of Hydrogen Peroxide as an Oxidant in Flow Injection Analysis: Speciation of Cr(III) and Cr(VI)

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    Andersen, Jens Enevold Thaulov

    1998-01-01

    Hydrogen peroxide was used as an oxidant in Flow Injection Analysis (FIA). The formation of gaseous components during the analysis was suppressed by maintaining a concentration lower than 0.15% of hydrogen peroxide in 0.1 M NaOH. By this method Cr(III) was oxidised on-line to Cr(VI) which...

  3. Ferromagnetic resonance studies and magnetization curvesof Co-Cr and Co-Cr/Ni-Fe thin films

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    Stam, Maria Theresia Helena Clasina Wilhelmina

    In this thesis CoCr and CoCr/NiFe double layers are studied by ferromagnetic resonance. The coercivity and the initial susceptibility of these layers are measured. An approximation of the Kooy and Enz model which is suitable for calculating the initial suceptibility is presented [3.36]. A

  4. Evaluation of hardening behaviors in ion-irradiated Fe–9Cr and Fe–20Cr alloys by nanoindentation technique

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    Li, Shilei; Wang, Yanli [State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Dai, Xianyuan [Fujian Fuqing Nuclear Power Co., Ltd., Fuqing, Fujian Province, 350318 (China); Liu, Fang [Department of Physics, Chalmers University of Technology, SE-41296 Gothenburg (Sweden); Li, Jinyu [Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Science, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Wang, Xitao, E-mail: xtwang@ustb.edu.cn [Collaborative Innovation Center of Steel Technology, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2016-09-15

    The ion irradiation hardening behaviors of Fe–9 wt% Cr and Fe–20 wt% Cr model alloys were investigated by nanoindentation technique. The specimens were irradiated with 3 MeV Fe{sup 11+} ions at room temperature up to 1 and 5 dpa for Fe–9Cr alloy and 1 and 2.5 for Fe–20Cr alloy. The ratio of average hardness in the same depth of irradiated and unirradiated (Hirr. av/Hunirr. av) was used to determine the critical indentation depth hcrit to eliminate the softer substrate effect. The Nix–Gao model was used to explain the indentation size effect. Irradiation hardening is clearly observed in both Fe–9Cr alloy and Fe–20Cr alloy after ion irradiation. The differences of ISE and irradiation hardening behaviors between Fe–9Cr and Fe–20Cr alloys are considered to be due to their different microstructures and microstructural evolution under ion irradiation.

  5. Study of the involved sorption mechanisms of Cr(VI) and Cr(III) species onto dried Salvinia auriculata biomass.

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    Módenes, Aparecido Nivaldo; de Oliveira, Ana Paula; Espinoza-Quiñones, Fernando R; Trigueros, Daniela Estelita Goes; Kroumov, Alexander Dimitrov; Bergamasco, Rosângela

    2017-04-01

    Removal of Cr(VI) species by dried biomass of the aquatic macrophyte Salvinia auriculata was studied in order to understand the involved sorption mechanisms. Kinetic tests were carried out under the conditions such as concentration range of Cr(VI) from 50 to 250 mg L-1 and a temperature of 30 °C. Modification of the biosorbent by the presence of Cr(VI) species was assessed by analysis of its porosity, density and infrared molecular absorption spectrum. A series of experimental approaches involving directed chemical modifications on the biosorbent surface was performed. The main functional groups involved in the sorption mechanisms were identified. The gas sorption analyser was applied and proved that a strong chemical effect of Cr(VI) species on the surface took place, resulting in a leaching organic matter with an obvious and significant increase in the porosity parameters. The intra-particle diffusion model revealed different mass transfer zones into the adsorbent during Cr(VI) removal. New combined Langmuir and Dubinin-Radushkevich isotherm was the best to fit the equilibrium data of Cr(VI) species removal. Finally, Cr(VI) removal was mainly mediated by a redox process where Cr(III) species were formed. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. con enfermedad crónica

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    María del Refugio Zavala Rodríguez

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available El propósito del estudio fue determinar el grado de correlación entre los niveles de fortaleza para la salud y de ansiedad-rasgo, en unamuestra de 200 pacientes integrada por medio de muestreo no probabilístico; los criterios de inclusión fueron: adultos de ambos génerosdiagnosticados con enfermedad crónica, con estudios de enseñanza básica y orientada. El marco teórico que guió la investigación es elModelo de Adaptación de Roy. El diseño fue descriptivo, transversal, correlacional. Se utilizó el cuestionario de fortaleza de S. Pollock y laescala de autoevaluación de ansiedad-rasgo de Spielberger; los instrumentos presentaron una consistencia interna aceptable con unAlpha de Cronbach de ,852 y ,813 respectivamente. La información se recabó de cuatro instituciones de salud ubicadas en los municipiosde Tampico-Cd. Madero Tamaulipas, México. El análisis de los datos se efectuó mediante estadística descriptiva e inferencial, se utilizó elpaquete estadístico SPSS versión 13. El rango de edad que predominó fue de 45 a 64 años (54%; el 55% fue del sexo femenino, el 48%cuenta con estudios de primaria, cerca del 90% padece de una enfermedad metabólica. El coeficiente de correlación de Spearman entrela fortaleza para la salud y la ansiedad-rasgo fue significativo (Œ,570, valor Œp,000. En la mayoría de la población participante se encontróun nivel moderado tanto de fortaleza (83% como de ansiedad (73%. El análisis de regresión múltiple indicó que la relación significativaentre estas dos variables no es afectada por la edad, el género o los años de evolución de la enfermedad crónica. Los datos de este estudiomuestran evidencia de que en los pacientes con enfermedades crónicas a mayor nivel de fortaleza menor nivel de ansiedad-rasgo. Estasituación invita a desarrollar más estudios de estos fenómenos, en la disciplina de enfermería, que sirvan como sustento teórico-prácticopara el diseño o la mejora de

  7. Hematoma subdural crónico

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    Jairo Martínez Rozo

    1981-07-01

    Full Text Available Se estudiaron 169 pacientes con diagnóstico de Hematoma Subdural Crónico (H.S.C. admitidos en el Servicio Neurocirugía del Hospital San Juan de Dios desde 1959 a 1980. Los datos clínicos y paraclínicos fueron recopilados en un formato precodificado y luego perforados en tarjetas de computador. Usando el Computador 360/40 disponible en el Centro de Cálculo de la Universidad Nacional y el Computador Intel de el DANE y utilizando el programa SPSS se clasificó, ordenó y depuró.la información. Se analizaron en cuadro y gráficas los resultados que son los siguientes: el 75% de los pacientes hospitalizados por T.C.E. tenían Hematomas Subdurales Crónicos. El mayor número de casos estaba entre 50 y 60 años. La incidencia de H.S.C. era más elevada en el grupo de los hombres. La cefalea ocurrió en el 75% de los casos, el antecedente traumático estaba presente en 83% de casos y la alteración de la conciencia en el 71%. El 90% de los pacientes consultó dentro de los primeros 4 meses. La angiografía continúa siendo el examen de elección con el 100% de positividad. En la T.A.C.la isodensidad en diferentes etapas de evolución del H.S.C. dificulta el diagnóstico. El E.E.G. tiene una positividad del 93% . La frecuencia de H.S.C. bilateral fue de 20%. La anisocoria fue un índice poco confiable para indicar el sitio del Hematoma porque hubo 11 casos de anisocoria por midriasis derecha que tenían el hematoma contralateral. El predominio parietal en la localización del H.S,C. creemos que se deba a su mecanismo de producción. Se analiza la mortalidad que fue en el estudio de 8% , las secuelas aumentaron con la edad de los pacientes. El estudio de seguimiento se hizo en el 40% de los pacientes que sobrevivieron y demostró la baja morbilidad del H.S.C.

  8. Tantalum-containing Z-phase in 12%Cr martensitic steels

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    Danielsen, Hilmar Kjartansson; Hald, John

    2009-01-01

    Z-phases in tantalum-containing 12%Cr steels have been investigated. In 12%Cr steel without any Nb or V, the formation of CrTaN Z-phases was observed. In 12%Cr steel which also contained V, the Ta entered Z-phase as a minor element, Cr(V,Ta)N. The crystal structure of Cr(V,Ta)N seems to be identi......Z-phases in tantalum-containing 12%Cr steels have been investigated. In 12%Cr steel without any Nb or V, the formation of CrTaN Z-phases was observed. In 12%Cr steel which also contained V, the Ta entered Z-phase as a minor element, Cr(V,Ta)N. The crystal structure of Cr(V,Ta)N seems...

  9. Cr(VI) generation during sample preparation of solid samples – A ...

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    2009-05-15

    ) extraction should be to quantitatively extract Cr(VI), without inducing changes in speciation, i.e.. Cr(III)/Cr(VI) inter-conversions (Pettine and Capri, 2005). The reviews by Ashley et al. (2003), Broadhurst and Maizda.

  10. Magnetic dipole excitations of 50Cr

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    Pai, H.; Beck, T.; Beller, J.; Beyer, R.; Bhike, M.; Derya, V.; Gayer, U.; Isaak, J.; Krishichayan, Kvasil, J.; Löher, B.; Nesterenko, V. O.; Pietralla, N.; Martínez-Pinedo, G.; Mertes, L.; Ponomarev, V. Yu.; Reinhard, P.-G.; Repko, A.; Ries, P. C.; Romig, C.; Savran, D.; Schwengner, R.; Tornow, W.; Werner, V.; Wilhelmy, J.; Zilges, A.; Zweidinger, M.

    2016-01-01

    The low-lying M 1 strength of the open-shell nucleus 50Cr has been studied with the method of nuclear resonance fluorescence up to 9.7 MeV using bremsstrahlung at the superconducting Darmstadt linear electron accelerator S-DALINAC and Compton backscattered photons at the High Intensity γ -ray Source (HI γ S ) facility between 6 and 9.7 MeV of the initial photon energy. Fifteen 1+ states have been observed between 3.6 and 9.7 MeV. Following our analysis the lowest 1+ state at 3.6 MeV can be considered as an isovector orbital mode with some spin admixture. The obtained results generally match the estimations and trends typical for the scissors-like mode. Detailed calculations within the Skyrme quasiparticle random-phase-approximation method and the large-scale shell model justify our conclusions. The calculated distributions of the orbital current for the lowest 1+-state suggest the schematic view of Lipparini and Stringari (isovector rotation-like oscillations inside the rigid surface) rather than the scissors-like picture of Lo Iudice and Palumbo. The spin M 1 resonance is shown to be mainly generated by spin-flip transitions between the orbitals of the f p shell.

  11. crônicos: mapeamento cruzado

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    Talita do Nascimento da Silva

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo fue analizar las intervenciones de Enfermería en registros médicos de ancianos en atención en programa de gestión de pacientes crónicos, comparándolas con la Clasificación de las Intervenciones de Enfermería. Investigación llevada a cabo en servicio de salud privado del Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, en marzo del 2014. Estudio de mapeo cruzado, con enfoque cuantitativo. Muestra compuesta por 80 registros, según los siguientes criterios: asistidos en 2013; media complejidad II; edad mayor de 64 años; recibieron más de cinco visitas domiciliarias; y activos en diciembre del 2013 en baja complejidad I. Intervenciones frecuentemente mapeadas: educación – proceso de la enfermedad (98%; asesoramiento nutricional (98%; control del ambiente (95%; y promoción del ejercicio (94%. La disminución del estado funcional del programa indica que las directrices eran eficaces, pero aún no estandarizadas. Se recomienda adopción de lenguaje estandarizado.

  12. obstructiva crónica (EPOC

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    Stefano Vinaccia

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo presenta los resultados de un estudio desarrollado en Colombia sobre la evaluación de la calidad de vida y sus relaciones con la ansiedaddepresión y el apoyo social en pacientes con diagnóstico de enfermedad pulmonar obstructiva crónica (epoc. Se evaluaron 60 personas con diagnóstico de epoc de diferentes ipss (Instituciones Prestadoras de Servicios de Salud de la ciudad de Medellín, Colombia. Para evaluar la calidad de vida se utilizó el Cuestionario SF36; la ansiedad-depresión fue evaluada mediante el Cuestionario HAD, y se usó el Cuestionario AS para medir apoyo social. No se evidenciaron niveles clínicamente significativos de ansiedad-depresión, la calidad de vida de las funciones físicas fueron las más afectadas especialmente el rol físico (trabajo, estudio en el cuestionario sf36 y en relación al apoyo social se observaron niveles muy altos. En general, hubo alta confiabilidad en todo el estudio.

  13. Ten years of CR physics with PAMELA

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    Galper, A.; Spillantini, P.

    2017-09-01

    The satellite borne Pamela instrument is dedicated to the precise and high statistics study of CR fluxes on a four decades energy range. Pamela experiment is the last step of the "Russian-Italian Mission" (RIM) program established in 1992 between several Italian and Russian institutes and with the participation of Sweden and Germany. Designed as a cosmic ray observatory at 1 AU, it extensive program is made possible thanks to the outstanding performance of the instrument, the low energy threshold, the quasi-polar orbit and the 10 years duration of the observation. The physics program pays particular attention to the study of particles and antiparticles fluxes and includes search for dark matter, primordial antimatter, new matter in the Universe, study of cosmic-ray propagation, solar physics and solar modulation, and terrestrial magnetosphere. Very important is the discovery of the anomalous increase of the positron flux at energies higher that 50 GeV (the so called "Pamela anomaly"), and the abrupt spectral hardening of H and He, challenging the current paradigm of cosmic-ray acceleration and propagation in the Galaxy.

  14. Cr induced nanocrystallization of a -Si thin films: its mechanism

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    Ahamad Mohiddon, M.; Lakshun Naidu, K. [School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad (India); Department of Physics, University of Trento, Povo (Italy); Dalba, G. [Department of Physics, University of Trento, Povo (Italy); Rocca, F. [IFN-CNR, Institute for Photonics and Nanotechnologies, Unit ' ' FBK-Photonics' ' of Trento, Povo (Italy); Ghanashyam Krishna, M. [School of Physics, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad (India)

    2012-06-15

    The mechanism involved in the metal induced a -Si crystallization has been investigated by X-ray absorption spectroscopy for Cr. The growth process involves the deposition on fused silica (FS) of FS/Cr(200nm)/a -Si(400nm) stacks (FCS) and FS/a -Si(400nm)/Cr(200nm) stacks (FSC) at different substrate temperatures by electron beam evaporation technique. X-ray absorption spectra were measured at different incidence angles (total reflection, 10 and 45 ) to understand the evolution of the local structure of Cr components diffusing from bottom to top or from top to bottom in FCS and FSC stacks respectively. From the qualitative and quantitative analysis, we may conclude that, in case of Cr induced MIC, at first Cr diffuses into the a -Si matrix, then it partially reacts with a -Si to form CrSi{sub 2}. This will later act as crystallizing seed for a -Si crystallization (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  15. Analysis of CR1 Repeats in the Zebra Finch Genome

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    George E. Liu

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Most bird species have smaller genomes and fewer repeats than mammals. Chicken Repeat 1 (CR1 repeat is one of the most abundant families of repeats, ranging from ~133,000 to ~187,000 copies accounting for ~50 to ~80% of the interspersed repeats in the zebra finch and chicken genomes, respectively. CR1 repeats are believed to have arisen from the retrotransposition of a small number of master elements, which gave rise to multiple CR1 subfamilies in the chicken. In this study, we performed a global assessment of the divergence distributions, phylogenies, and consensus sequences of CR1 repeats in the zebra finch genome. We identified and validated 34 CR1 subfamilies and further analyzed the correlation between these subfamilies. We also discovered 4 novel lineage-specific CR1 subfamilies in the zebra finch when compared to the chicken genome. We built various evolutionary trees of these subfamilies and concluded that CR1 repeats may play an important role in reshaping the structure of bird genomes.

  16. Reduction of magnetic grain size of perpendicular recording media with CoCrW seed layer

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    Inamura, R.; Toyoda, T.; Tanaka, T.; Uzumaki, T.

    2009-04-01

    We report the use of CoCrW seed layer (SL) for making the fine grain granular structure and high crystalline orientation of CoCrPt-oxide magnetic recording layer. It is found that CoCrW SL should be of amorphouslike structure to make fine grain of CoCrPt-oxide magnetic layer. Moreover, the smooth surface of CoCrW SL provides high crystalline orientation of the CoCrPt-oxide magnetic layer.

  17. CR-submanifolds of a locally conformal Kaehler space form

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    M. Hasan Shahid

    1994-01-01

    Full Text Available (Bejancu [1,2] The purpose of this paper is to continue the study of CR-submanifolds, and in particular of those of a locally conformal Kaehler space form (Matsumoto [3]. Some results on the holomorphic sectional curvature, D-totally geodesic, D1-totally geodesic and D1-minimal CR-submanifolds of locally conformal Kaehler (1.c.k.-space from M¯(c are obtained. We have also discussed Ricci curvature as well as scalar curvature of CR-submanifolds of M¯(c.

  18. Ferromagnetism in Cr-doped passivated AlN nanowires

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    Kanoun, Mohammed

    2014-01-01

    We apply first principles calculations to predict the effect of Cr doping on the electronic and magnetic properties of passivated AlN nanowires. We compare the energetics of the possible dopant sites and demonstrate the favorable configuration ferromagnetic ordering. The charge density of the pristine passivated AlN nanowires is used to elucidate the bonding character. Spin density maps demonstrate an induced spin polarization for N atoms next to dopant atoms, though most of the magnetism is carried by the Cr atoms. Cr-doped AlN nanowires turn out to be interesting for spintronic devices. © 2014 the Partner Organisations.

  19. Nonspecificity of bacterial reduction of Cr(VI)

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    Gvozdyak, P.I.; Mogilevich, N.F.; Ryl' skiy, A.F.; Grishchenko, N.I.

    1985-03-01

    Eight different genera of gram-positive and negative bacteria were tested for their ability to carry out reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III). The results demonstrated that in addition to Pseudomonas the other genera capable of similar enzymatic activity were Achromobacter, Bacillus and Micrococcus. These observations indicate that reduction of Cr(VI) is not a unique feature of Pseudomonas alone, and that the availability of other bacteria with similar metabolic potential expands the possibility of their utilization in water treatment and possibly in metallurgical enrichment biotechnology. 15 references.

  20. On the vanishing rate of smooth CR functions

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    Giuseppe Della Sala

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Let be a lineally convex hypersurface of ℂⁿ of finite type, 0∈. Then there exist non-trivial smooth CR functions on that are flat at 0, i.e. whose Taylor expansion about 0 vanishes identically. Our aim is to characterize the rate at which flat CR functions can decrease without vanishing identically. As it turns out, non-trivial CR functions cannot decay arbitrarily fast, and a possible way of expressing the critical rate is by comparison with a suitable exponential of the modulus of a local peak function.

  1. Ti-Cr-Al-O Thin Film Resistors

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    Jankowski, A F; Hayes, J P

    2002-03-21

    Thin films of Ti-Cr-Al-O are produced for use as an electrical resistor material. The films are rf sputter deposited from ceramic targets using a reactive working gas mixture of Ar and O{sub 2}. Vertical resistivity values from 10{sup 4} to 10{sup 10} Ohm-cm are measured for Ti-Cr-Al-O films. The film resistivity can be design selected through control of the target composition and the deposition parameters. The Ti-Cr-Al-O thin film resistor is found to be thermally stable unlike other metal-oxide films.

  2. Improving the efficiency of ITO/nc-TiO2/CdS/P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS/Ag inverted solar cells by sensitizing TiO2 nanocrystalline film with chemical bath-deposited CdS quantum dots.

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    Chen, Chong; Li, Fumin

    2013-10-31

    An improvement in the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of the inverted organic solar cell (ITO/nc-TiO2/P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS/Ag) is realized by depositing CdS quantum dots (QDs) on a nanocrystalline TiO2 (nc-TiO2) film as a light absorption material and an electron-selective material. The CdS QDs were deposited via a chemical bath deposition (CBD) method. Our results show that the best PCE of 3.37% for the ITO/nc-TiO2/CdS/P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS/Ag cell is about 1.13 times that (2.98%) of the cell without CdS QDs (i.e., ITO/nc-TiO2/P3HT:PCBM/PEDOT:PSS/Ag). The improved PCE can be mainly attributed to the increased light absorption and the reduced recombination of charge carriers from the TiO2 to the P3HT:PCBM film due to the introduced CdS QDs.

  3. Kinetic stable Cr isotopic fractionation between aqueous Cr(III)-Cl-H2O complexes at 25 °C: Implications for Cr(III) mobility and isotopic variations in modern and ancient natural systems

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    Babechuk, Michael G.; Kleinhanns, Ilka C.; Reitter, Elmar; Schoenberg, Ronny

    2018-02-01

    The stable Cr isotope fractionation preserved in natural substances has been attributed predominantly to Cr(III)-Cr(VI) redox transformations. However, non-redox reaction pathways (e.g., ligand-promoted dissolution, ligand exchange, adsorption of Cr(III)) are liable to contribute to isotopic fractionation in natural systems given that soluble Cr(III)-ligands have been directly documented or modeled in several marine, continental, and hydrothermal environments. This study isolates the stable Cr isotope fractionation accompanying Cl-H2O ligand exchange during the transformation of three aqueous species in the Cr(III)-Cl-H2O system, [CrCl2(H2O)4]+aq (abr. CrCl2+ or S1), [CrCl(H2O)5]2+aq (abr. CrCl2+ or S2), and [Cr(H2O)6]3+aq (abr. Cr3+ or S3), at low pH (≤2). In dilute HCl (0.01 to 1 M), Cr3+ is the kinetically favoured species and transformation of CrCl2+ to CrCl2+ to Cr3+ via 2 steps of dechlorination/hydrolyzation begins immediately upon dissolution of a Cr(III)-Cl solid. Individual species are separated with cation exchange chromatography at different stages of transformation and inter- and intra-species (across an elution peak of one species) isotopic fractionation of up to 1 and 2‰ (δ53/52Cr), respectively, is documented. Comparison of peak elution characteristics with Cr-Cl-H-O isotopologue mass abundances suggests mass-dependent sorting of isotopologues alone cannot explain intra-species fractionation, supporting a previously published proposal that preferential adsorption of light Cr isotopes on the resin is driven by vibrational energy effects. The transformation of CrCl2+ to CrCl2+ is faster than CrCl2+ to Cr3+ and the rates of both transformations increase with solution pH. Preferential reaction of light Cr(III) isotopes into product species occurs during each transformation, consistent with closed-system, kinetic fractionation during Cl-H2O ligand exchange. Inter-species fractionation is assessed using time-series experiments beginning from the

  4. Erosion-oxidation behavior of thermal sprayed Ni20Cr alloy and WC and Cr3C2 cermet coatings

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    Clarice Terui Kunioshi

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available An apparatus to conduct high temperature erosion-oxidation studies up to 850 °C and with particle impact velocities up to 15 m.s-1 was designed and constructed in the Corrosion Laboratories of IPEN. The erosion-oxidation behavior of high velocity oxy fuel (HVOF sprayed alloy and cermet coatings of Ni20Cr, WC 20Cr7Ni and Cr3C2 Ni20Cr on a steel substrate has been studied. Details of this apparatus and the erosion-oxidation behavior of these coatings are presented and discussed. The erosion-oxidation behavior of HVOF coated Cr3C2 25(Ni20Cr was better than that of WC 20Cr7Ni, and the erosion-oxidation regimes have been identified for these coatings at particle impact velocity of 3.5 m.s-1, impact angle of 90° and temperatures in the range 500 to 850 °C.

  5. Mixing of Cr and Si atoms induced by noble gas ions irradiation of Cr/Si bilayers

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    Tobbeche, S., E-mail: said_tobbeche@yahoo.com [Faculte des Sciences, Universite El-Hadj Lakhdar, Batna 05000 (Algeria); Boukhari, A. [Faculte des Sciences, Universite El-Hadj Lakhdar, Batna 05000 (Algeria); Khalfaoui, R. [Faculte des Sciences, Universite M. Bougara, Boumerdes 35000 (Algeria); Amokrane, A. [Faculte de Physique, USTHB, B.P. 32 El-Alia, Bab-Ezzouar 16111 (Algeria); Ecole Nationale Preparatoire aux Etudes d' Ingeniorat, Route Nationale, Rouiba (Algeria); Benazzouz, C.; Guittoum, A. [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger, 02, Boulevard Frantz Fanon, B.P. 399 Alger-Gare (Algeria)

    2011-12-15

    Cr/Si bilayers were irradiated at room temperature with 120 keV Ar, 140 keV Kr and 350 keV Xe ions to fluences ranging from 10{sup 15} to 2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2}. The thickness of Cr layer evaporated on Si substrate was about 400 A. Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) was used to investigate the atomic mixing induced at the Cr-Si interface as function of the incident ion mass and fluence. We observed that for the samples irradiated with Ar ions, RBS yields from both Cr layer and Si substrate are the same as before the irradiation. There is no mixing of Cr and Si atoms, even at the fluence of 2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2}. For the samples irradiated with Kr ions, a slight broadening of the Cr and Si interfacial edges was produced from the fluence of 5 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 15} ions/cm{sup 2}. The broadening of the Cr and Si interfacial edges is more pronounced with Xe ions particularly to the fluence of 10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2}. The interface broadening was found to depend linearly on the ion fluence and suggests that the mixing is like a diffusion controlled process. The experimental mixing rates were determined and compared with values predicted by ballistic and thermal spike models. Our experimental data were well reproduced by the thermal spikes model.

  6. Electrochemical Behavior and Hydrophobic Properties of CrN and CrNiN Coatings in Simulated Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell Environment

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    JIN Jie

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available The CrN and CrNiN coatings were prepared on the surface of 304 stainless steel by closed field unbalanced magnetron sputtering.X ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy were used to characterize the structure and morphology of the coatings.The electrochemical corrosion properties under the simulated proton exchange membrane fuel cell(PEMFC environment, interfacial contact resistance and hydrophobic properties of the two kinds of different coatings were investigated by electrochemical methods,contact resistance test and hydrophobic test,respectively.The results indicate that CrN coating mainly consists of CrN and Cr2N phase,CrN and Cr2N phases in the CrNiN coating are less compared to CrN film, and Ni exist as element in CrNiN coating; dynamic polarization tests show the coating is of better corrosion resistance,whereas the corrosion resistance of CrNiN coating is worse than that of CrN coating,constant potential polarization test shows the corrosion current density of CrN and CrNiN coatings are equivalent; CrN and CrNiN coatings significantly reduce the interfacial contact resistance of the 304 stainless steel,among which CrN coating has the smallest contact resistance; and CrNiN coating which has better hydrophobicity than that of CrN coating is more beneficial for the water management in proton exchange membrane fuel cell.

  7. Selected Properties And Tribological Wear Alloys Co-Cr-Mo And Co-Cr-Mo-W Used In Dental Prosthetics

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    Augustyn-Pieniążek J.; Kurtyka P.; Sulima I.; Stopka J.

    2015-01-01

    The presented work provides the results of the abrasive wear resistance tests performed on Co-Cr-Mo and Co-Cr-Mo-W alloys with the use of the Miller’s apparatus. The analyzed alloys underwent microstructure observations as well as hardness measurements, and the abraded surfaces of the examined materials were observed by means of electron scanning microscopy. The performed examinations made it possible to state that the Co-Cr alloys characterized in a high hardness, whereas the changes in the ...

  8. Deferoxamine pretreatment prevents Cr(VI)-induced nephrotoxicity and oxidant stress: role of Cr(VI) chelation.

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    Molina-Jijón, Eduardo; Zarco-Márquez, Guillermo; Medina-Campos, Omar Noel; Zataraín-Barrón, Zyanya Lucía; Hernández-Pando, Rogelio; Pinzón, Enrique; Zavaleta, Rosa Marina; Tapia, Edilia; Pedraza-Chaverri, José

    2012-01-27

    Deferoxamine (DFO) is a recognized iron chelator which has been shown to exert nephroprotection in models of toxic nephropathies. In the present work the potential protective effects of DFO against Cr(VI)-induced nephrotoxicity and oxidant stress were evaluated. Rats were injected with a single injection (15mg/kg, s.c.) of potassium dichromate (K(2)Cr(2)O(7)). DFO was given as a single i.p. injection 30min before K(2)Cr(2)O(7) administration at three different doses (100, 200 and 400mg/kg). It was found that DFO pretreatment attenuated, in a dose-dependent way, K(2)Cr(2)O(7)-induced renal dysfunction and structural alterations evaluated by serum creatinine, blood urea nitrogen, creatinine clearance, proteinuria, plasma glutathione peroxidase activity, urinary excretion of N-acetyl-β-d-glucosaminidase and histological analyses. Furthermore, DFO prevented the K(2)Cr(2)O(7)-induced renal oxidant stress and the decrease in the activity of the antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase, glutathione reductase, glutathione peroxidase, glutathione-S-transferase and catalase. Finally it was found that DFO, at 400mg/kg, decreases renal Cr(VI) content which prompted us to evaluate the potential Cr(VI) chelating properties of this compound. Indeed was found in an in vitro assay that DFO was an effective Cr(VI) chelator with an IC(50) of 800μg. In additional groups of rats was found that DFO posttreatment was ineffective to attenuate K(2)Cr(2)O(7)-induced nephrotoxicity and renal oxidant stress. Furthermore, DFO was unable to modify urinary excretion of total chromium. The nephroprotective effect of DFO against Cr(VI)-induced nephrotoxicity and oxidant stress may be explained, at least partially, by the ability of DFO to chelate Cr(VI) and to attenuate renal Cr(VI) content. However, it cannot be excluded that the ability of DFO to chelate iron may also be involved in the protection observed in our study. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Thermoelectric properties of Cr1-xMoxSi2

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    Ohishi, Yuji; Mohamad, Afiqa; Miyazaki, Yoshinobu; Muta, Hiroaki; Kurosaki, Ken; Yamanaka, Shinsuke

    2015-12-01

    The thermoelectric properties of Mo-substituted CrSi2 were studied. Dense polycrystalline samples of Mo-substituted hexagonal C40 phase Cr1-xMoxSi2 (x=0-0.30) were fabricated by arc melting followed by spark plasma sintering. Mo substitution substantially increases the carrier concentration. The lattice thermal conductivity of CrSi2 at room temperature was reduced from 9.0 to 4.5 W m-1 K-1 by Mo substitution due to enhanced phonon-impurity scattering. The thermoelectric figure of merit, ZT, increases with increasing Mo content because of the reduced lattice thermal conductivity. The maximum ZT value obtained in the present study was 0.23 at 800 K, which was observed for the sample with x=0.30. This value is significantly greater than that of undoped CrSi2 (ZT=0.13).

  10. Optimization of CR-39 for fast neutron dosimetry applications

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    Vilela, E; Giacomelli, G; Giorgini, M; Morelli, B; Patrizii, L; Serra, P; Togo, V

    1999-01-01

    We present the results of an experimental work aimed at improving the performances of the CR-39[reg] (Registered Trademark of PPG Industries Inc.) nuclear track detector for neutron dosimetry applications. The work was done in collaboration with the Intercast Europe S.p.A., producer of CR-39 for commercial and scientific applications. We compare the CR-39 made with different additives concentrations and different polymerization processes. We evaluate the response of the CR-39 to fast neutrons from three sources: sup 2 sup 4 sup 1 Am-Be, sup 2 sup 5 sup 2 Cf and sup 2 sup 3 sup 8 Pu-Li. Particular attention was paid to background fluctuations that limit the lower detectable dose.

  11. 9 Cr-- 1 Mo steel material for high temperature application

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    Jablonski, Paul D; Alman, David; Dogan, Omer; Holcomb, Gordon; Cowen, Christopher

    2012-11-27

    One or more embodiments relates to a high-temperature, titanium alloyed, 9 Cr-1 Mo steel exhibiting improved creep strength and oxidation resistance at service temperatures up to 650.degree. C. The 9 Cr-1 Mo steel has a tempered martensite microstructure and is comprised of both large (0.5-3 .mu.m) primary titanium carbides and small (5-50 nm) secondary titanium carbides in a ratio of. from about 1:1.5 to about 1.5:1. The 9 Cr-1 Mo steel may be fabricated using exemplary austenizing, rapid cooling, and tempering steps without subsequent hot working requirements. The 9 Cr-1 Mo steel exhibits improvements in total mass gain, yield strength, and time-to-rupture over ASTM P91 and ASTM P92 at the temperature and time conditions examined.

  12. Structure and corrosion properties of PVD Cr-N coatings

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    Liu, C; Ziegele, H; Leyland, A; Matthews, A

    2002-01-01

    PVD Cr-N coatings produced by physical vapor deposition (PVD) are increasingly used for mechanical and tribological applications in various industrial sectors. These coatings are particularly attractive for their excellent corrosion resistance, which further enhances the lifetime and service quality of coated components. PVD Cr-N coated steels in an aqueous solution are usually corroded by galvanic attack via through-coating 'permeable' defects (e.g., pores). Therefore, the corrosion performance of Cr-N coated steel is determined by a number of variables of the coating properties and corrosive environment. These variables include: (i) surface continuity and uniformity; (ii) through-coating porosity; (iii) film density and chemical stability; (iv) growth stresses; (v) interfacial and intermediate layers; (vi) coating thickness; (vii) coating composition; and (viii) substrate properties. In this article, PVD Cr-N coatings were prepared, by electron-beam PVD and sputter deposition, with different compositions, t...

  13. X-ray diffraction investigation of phase stability in the Co-Cr-O and the Fe-Co-Cr-O systems in air at 1323 K

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    Hansson, Anette Nørgaard; Mogensen, M.B.; Linderoth, S.

    2005-01-01

    with the rock salt structure was identified in the cobalt-rich mixtures, suggesting that these compositions belong to a two-phase field in the Cr-Co-O phase diagram. In the Cr-rich mixtures, both non-reacted Cr2O3 and CoCr2O4 were identified. The decomposition temperatures of Co3O4, Co2CrO4, and Co1.5Cr1.5O4...... were estimated with thermogravimetry. On the basis of the results obtained a part of the Cr-Co-O phase diagram was constructed. Incorporation of Fe cations in the Co-Cr spinel was observed to expand the spinel lattice. Qualitative phase analyses of the Fe-Cr-Co oxide mixtures indicate that connecting...

  14. Fracture Analysis of 40Cr Steel Pin Roll

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    Li, Yong; Jia, Youlu; Xie, Xianjiao

    2018-01-01

    Fracture of 40Cr steel pin roll happened along the cross-section at the spot of filling aperture. By the use of analysis of optical microscopy and microhardness, it can be known that filling aperture and its nitration case (ε phase) and large amounts of non-metal inclusions (bulk obscure inclusions) in steel were the main reasons which led to the facture of 40Cr steel pin roll.

  15. Enhanced magnetization at the Cr/MgO(001) interface

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    Leroy, M.-A. [Laboratoire Léon Brillouin, IRAMIS, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif sur Yvette (France); Institut Jean Lamour, Université de Lorraine, 54500 Vandoeuvre les Nancy (France); Bataille, A. M., E-mail: alexandre.bataille@cea.fr; Ott, F. [Laboratoire Léon Brillouin, IRAMIS, CEA Saclay, 91191 Gif sur Yvette (France); Wang, Q.; Fitzsimmons, M. R. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); Bertran, F.; Le Fèvre, P.; Taleb-Ibrahimi, A.; Vlad, A.; Coati, A. [Synchrotron SOLEIL, L' Orme des merisiers, 91192 Gif sur Yvette (France); Garreau, Y. [Synchrotron SOLEIL, L' Orme des merisiers, 91192 Gif sur Yvette (France); Matériaux et phénomènes quantiques (MPQ), Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7, Sorbonne-Paris-Cité, CNRS, UMR 7162, 10, rue A. Domon et L. Duquet 75205 Paris Cedex 13 (France); Hauet, T.; Andrieu, S. [Institut Jean Lamour, Université de Lorraine, 54500 Vandoeuvre les Nancy (France); Gatel, C. [CEMES-CNRS, 29 rue Jeanne Marvig, 31055 Toulouse Cedex (France)

    2015-12-21

    We report on the magnetization at the Cr/MgO interface, which we studied through two complementary techniques: angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy and polarized neutron reflectivity. We experimentally observe an enhanced interface magnetization at the interface, yet with values much smaller than the ones reported so far by theoretical and experimental studies on Cr(001) surfaces. Our findings cast some doubts on the interpretations on previous works and could be useful in antiferromagnetic spin torque studies.

  16. Magnetization and neutron diffraction studies on FeCrP

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    thorhombic FeZrP type structure (Pnma space group, Z = 4) in which Cr atoms occupy ... Magnetization measurements have been made on a vibrating sample ... Results of profile refinement of neutron diffraction data on FeCrP at 300 K. Space group = Pnma; a = 5.833(1) Å, b = 3.569(1) Å and c = 6.658(1) Å. Atom. Position.

  17. Spinodal decomposition and precipitation in Cu–Cr nanocomposite

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    Sheibani, S., E-mail: ssheibani@ut.ac.ir [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Heshmati-Manesh, S.; Ataie, A. [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Caballero, A.; Criado, J.M. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla and Departamento de Quimica Inorganica, CSIC – Universidad de Sevilla (Spain)

    2014-02-25

    Highlights: • Precipitation mechanism of supersaturated Cu-Cr solid solutions was investigated. • Precipitation begins with spinodal decomposition and ends with nucleation and growth. • Kinetics of decomposition is faster in presence of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-particles. -- Abstract: In this study, spinodal decomposition and precipitation mechanism of mechanically alloyed supersaturated Cu–3wt.%Cr and Cu–5wt.%Cr solid solutions was investigated under nonisothermal aging. Decomposition mechanism and kinetics were studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. Also, the microstructure was characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Effect of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} reinforcement on the aging kinetics was also evaluated. It was found that Cu–3wt.%Cr and Cu–5wt.%Cr solid solutions undergo spinodal decomposition at initial stages of ageing. However, decomposition mechanism was changed to nucleation and growth by the aging progress. The aging kinetics for the Cu–Cr/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composition appeared to be slightly faster than that for Cu–Cr, since the ageing activation energy is decreased in presence of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-particles. This behavior is probably due to the higher dislocation density and other structural defects previously produced during ball milling. A detailed comparison of the DSC results with those obtained by TEM, showing good consistency, has been presented. The average size of Cr-rich precipitates was about 10 nm in the copper matrix.

  18. The Crystal Structure of SrCrO4

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    Berg, Rolf W.

    1996-01-01

    X-ray diffraction diagrams taken with Cu-K(alpha) radiation in a Bragg-Brentano diffractometer have shown that the La0.8Sr0.2CrO3 powders, synthesized by drip/spray pyrolysis in a rotating tube furnace at 600-700 oC, contained SrCrO4, in addition to the ceramic perovskite phase. By means...

  19. Facet-Dependent Cr(VI) Adsorption of Hematite Nanocrystals.

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    Huang, Xiaopeng; Hou, Xiaojing; Song, Fahui; Zhao, Jincai; Zhang, Lizhi

    2016-02-16

    In this study, the adsorption process of Cr(VI) on the hematite facets was systematically investigated with synchrotron-based Cr K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy, in situ attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, density-functional theory calculation, and surface complexation models. Structural model fitting of EXAFS spectroscopy suggested that the interatomic distances of Cr-Fe were, respectively, 3.61 Å for the chromate coordinated hematite nanoplates with exposed {001} facets, 3.60 and 3.30 Å for the chromate coordinated hematite nanorods with exposed {001} and {110} facets, which were characteristic of inner-sphere complexation. In situ ATR-FTIR spectroscopy analysis confirmed the presence of two inner-sphere surface complexes with C3ν and C2ν symmetry, while the C3ν and C2ν species were assigned to monodentate and bidentate inner-sphere surface complexes with average Cr-Fe interatomic distances of 3.60 and 3.30 Å, respectively. On the basis of these experimental and theoretical results, we concluded that HCrO4(-) as dominated Cr(VI) species was adsorbed on {001} and {110} facets in inner-sphere monodentate mononuclear and bidentate binuclear configurations, respectively. Moreover, the Cr(VI) adsorption performance of hematite facets was strongly dependent on the chromate complexes formed on the hematite facets.

  20. Long-term Stability of 9- to 12 % Cr Steels

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    Hald, John

    2004-01-01

    In the recent 25 years creep rupture strength of 9- to 12 %Cr steels for steam pipes and turbines has been doubled by development of new alloys. This development has formed a basis for improved efficiency of fossil fired steam power plants by introduction of advanced steam temperatures...... of Mo with 1.8 % W combined with a slight amount of Boron led to steel P 92. The creep rupture strength of these new alloys are now secured with long-term tests up to 100,000 hours, which demonstrate improvements of 50% (P 91), 75 % (E 911) and 100 % (P 92) in strength compared to X 20CrMoV12 1....... and pressures. Newly developed steam pipe steels are based on modifications of well-established steels like the X 20CrMoV12 1. Balanced addition of V, Nb and N to a 9Cr 1 Mo steel led to the Modified 9 Cr steel P 91. Addition of 1% W to a 9Cr 1 MoVNbN base composition led to steel E 911 and partial replacement...

  1. Removal of Cr 3+ by electrocoagulation from simulated wastewater

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    R Ulambayar

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Trivalent chromium (Cr3+ removal from aqueous solution  by electrocoagulation using iron electrodes material was investigated in this paper. Effects of current density, initial concentration of Cr 3+, operating time,  pH, electrode distance, and operating cost have been investigated. At higher current density and solution pH, remarkable removal of Cr3+ was observed. Experiments have been show that the maximum removal percentage of the Cr3+ 99.89 % was at initial concentration 1000mg/L,  current density 9.34mA/cm2 and reaction time 1 hours. Energy consumption was calculated  for Cr3+ removal at different time. The method is observed to be very effective in the removal Cr3+ ion from aqueous solution. Electrocoagulation process need simple equipment, designable any size, use any chemical substances and low operating cost.DOI: http://doi.dx.org/10.5564/mjc.v15i0.330 Mongolian Journal of Chemistry 15 (41, 2014, p89-93

  2. Integrated Cr(VI) removal using constructed wetlands and composting.

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    Sultana, Mar-Yam; Chowdhury, Abu Khayer Md Muktadirul Bari; Michailides, Michail K; Akratos, Christos S; Tekerlekopoulou, Athanasia G; Vayenas, Dimitrios V

    2015-01-08

    The present work was conducted to study integrated chromium removal from aqueous solutions in horizontal subsurface (HSF) constructed wetlands. Two pilot-scale HSF constructed wetlands (CWs) units were built and operated. One unit was planted with common reeds (Phragmites australis) and one was kept unplanted. Influent concentrations of Cr(VI) ranged from 0.5 to 10mg/L. The effect of temperature and hydraulic residence time (8-0.5 days) on Cr(VI) removal were studied. Temperature was proved to affect Cr(VI) removal in both units. In the planted unit maximum Cr(VI) removal efficiencies of 100% were recorded at HRT's of 1 day with Cr(VI) concentrations of 5, 2.5 and 1mg/L, while a significantly lower removal rate was recorded in the unplanted unit. Harvested reed biomass from the CWs was co-composted with olive mill wastes. The final product had excellent physicochemical characteristics (C/N: 14.1-14.7, germination index (GI): 145-157%, Cr: 8-10mg/kg dry mass), fulfills EU requirements and can be used as a fertilizer in organic farming. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Effects of Cr, Mo, W, Mn and Ni on toughness of 2. 25Cr-Mo-V rotor steel. 2. 25Cr-Mo-V tanko no jinsei ni oyobosu Cr, Mo, W, Mn oyobi Ni no eikyo

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    Kadoya, Y. (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Tokyo (Japan). Takasago Research and Development Center); Kitai, T.; Tsuji, I.; Matsuo, A. (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)); Tanaka, Y.; Azuma, T. (The Japan Steel Works Ltd., Tokyo (Japan). Muroran Research Lab.); Ikeda, Y. (The Japan Steel Works Ltd., Tokyo (Japan))

    1993-08-01

    2.25Cr-Mo-V rotor steel is developed and put into practical use as a high and low pressure suitable rotor steel and the gas turbine disk materials. In this study, as a basic component of 2.25Cr-Mo-V steel, 12 kinds of alloys with the additions of Cr, Mo, W, Mn and Ni were made, the impact experiments were carried out, effect of the alloying elements on toughness was examined, and effect of the alloying elements on the precipitation of carbide was investigated. Main results obtained were as follows: Cr, Mo, Mn and Ni additions decreased the Bainite start temperature (Bs) of 2.25Cr-Mo-V steel, Cr and Ni additions decreased Fracture Appearance Transition Temperature (FATT), and Mn addition did not give a significant change on the FATT. Mo addition decreased the FATT, when this addition is more than 1.5%, the FATT was increased. W addition increased the FATT. 17 refs., 12 figs., 2 tabs.

  4. High temperature oxidation resistance of rare earth chromite coated Fe-20Cr and Fe-20Cr-4Al alloys

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    Marina Fuser Pillis

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Doped lanthanum chromite has been used in solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC interconnects. The high costs involved in obtaining dense lanthanum chromite have increased efforts to find suitable metallic materials for interconnects. In this context, the oxidation behavior of lanthanum chromite coated Fe-20Cr and Fe-20Cr-4Al alloys at SOFC operation temperature was studied. Isothermal oxidation tests were carried out at 1000 °C for 20, 50 and 200 hours. Cyclic oxidation tests were also carried out and each oxidation cycle consisted of 7 hours at 1000/°C followed by cooling to room temperature. The oxidation measurements and the results of SEM/EDS as well as XRD analyses indicated that lanthanum chromite coated Fe-20Cr and Fe-20Cr-4Al alloys were significantly more resistant to oxidation compared with the uncoated alloys.

  5. Mesoporous delafossite CuCrO2 and spinel CuCr2O4: synthesis and catalysis

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    Zhang, Peng; Shi, Yifeng; Chi, Miaofang; Park, Jung-Nam; Stucky, Galen D.; McFarland, Eric W.; Gao, Lian

    2013-08-01

    Delafossite CuCrO2 and spinel CuCr2O4 with mesoporous structures have been successfully synthesized using nanocasting methods based on a KIT-6 template. The functional activity of the mesoporous materials was evaluated in applications as heterogeneous catalysts. The activity for photocatalytic hydrogen production of the delafossite structures with different morphologies was characterized and the oxidation state changes associated with photocorrosion of Cu+ investigated using electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). Mg2+ doping was found to facilitate the casting of ordered structures for CuCrO2 and improves the photocorrosion resistance of delafossite structures. The mesoporous spinel CuCr2O4 nanostructures were found to be active for low temperature CO oxidation.

  6. Doença crítica crônica: artigo de revisão narrativa

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    Sarah Musy Leitão

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Introdução: Existem três desfechos possíveis para o paciente crítico: controle rápido da instabilidade com recuperação funcional; óbito; curso subagudo, no qual há sobrevivência com persistência de disfunções orgânicas e dependência prolongada de suporte de manutenção da vida. A última possibilidade é a doença crítica crônica: condição devastadora, com alta taxa de mortalidade, porém desconhecida de muitos médicos e familiares. Objetivo: tornar o tema doença crítica crônica mais acessível aos médicos, por meio de revisão da literatura. Método: Revisão de literatura narrativa. Foram selecionados artigos publicados nos últimos 10 anos, de 2007 a 2017, localizados pelos descritores: ventilação mecânica/estado crítico/doença crônica, e suas traduções para inglês (mechanical ventilation, critical condition, chronic disease, nas bases de dados Bireme e SciELO. Resultados: Foram revisados 70 artigos. Foram apresentados definição, epidemiologia, fisiopatologia, quadro clínico, tratamento e prognóstico da doença crítica crônica. Conclusão: A doença crítica crônica tem grande importância clínica e epidemiológica, com impacto no sistema de saúde. Os médicos precisam conhecer melhor essa síndrome, diagnosticá-la e tratá-la adequadamente, inclusive iniciando a abordagem de cuidados paliativos o quanto antes.

  7. Antiferromagnetic structure and electronic properties of BaCr2As2 and BaCrFeAs2

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    Filsinger, Kai A.; Schnelle, Walter; Adler, Peter; Fecher, Gerhard H.; Reehuis, Manfred; Hoser, Andreas; Hoffmann, Jens-Uwe; Werner, Peter; Greenblatt, Martha; Felser, Claudia

    2017-05-01

    Recent theoretical studies suggest that superconductivity may be found in doped chromium pnictides with crystal structures similar to their iron counterparts. Here, we report a comprehensive study on the magnetic arsenides BaCr2As2 and BaCrFeAs2 (space group I 4 /m m m ), which are possible mother compounds with d4 and d5 electron configurations, respectively. DFT-based calculations of the electronic structure evidence metallic antiferromagnetic ground states for both compounds. By powder neutron diffraction, we confirm for BaCr2As2 a robust ordering in the antiferromagnetic G -type structure at TN=580 K with μCr=1.9 μB . Anomalies in the lattice parameters point to magnetostructural coupling effects. In BaCrFeAs2, the Cr and Fe atoms randomly occupy the transition-metal site and G -type order is found below 265 K with μCr /Fe=1.1 μB . 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy demonstrates that only a small ordered moment is associated with the Fe atoms, in agreement with electronic structure calculations leading to μFe˜0 . The temperature dependence of the hyperfine field does not follow that of the total moments. Both compounds are metallic but show large enhancements of the linear specific heat. Electrical transport in BaCrFeAs2 is dominated by the atomic disorder and the partial magnetic disorder of Fe. Our results indicate that Néel-type order is unfavorable for Fe moments and thus it is destabilized with increasing Fe content.

  8. Bond strength of resin cements to Co-Cr and Ni-Cr metal alloys using adhesive primers.

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    Di Francescantonio, Marina; de Oliveira, Marcelo Tavares; Garcia, Rubens Nazareno; Romanini, José Carlos; da Silva, Nelson Renato França Alves; Giannini, Marcelo

    2010-02-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of adhesive primers (APs) applied to Co-Cr and Ni-Cr metal alloys on the bond strength of resin cements to alloys. Eight cementing systems were evaluated, consisting of four resin cements (Bistite II DC, LinkMax, Panavia F 2.0, RelyX Unicem) with or without their respective APs (Metaltite, Metal Primer II, Alloy Primer, Ceramic Primer). The two types of dental alloys (Co-Cr, Ni-Cr) were cast in plate specimens (10 x 5 x 1 mm(3)) from resin patterns. After casting, the plates were sandblasted with aluminum oxide (100 microm) and randomly divided into eight groups (n = 6). Each surface to be bonded was treated with one of eight cementing systems. Three resin cement cylinders (0.5 mm high, 0.75 mm diameter) were built on each bonded metal alloy surface, using a Tygon tubing mold. After water storage for 24 hours, specimens were subjected to micro-shear testing. Data were statistically analyzed by two-way ANOVA and Tukey's studentized range test. The application of Metal Primer II resulted in a significantly higher bond strength for LinkMax resin cement when applied in both metal alloys. In general, the cementing systems had higher bond strengths in Co-Cr alloy than in Ni-Cr. The use of AP between alloy metal surfaces and resin cements did not increase the bond strength for most cementing systems evaluated.

  9. The Adhesion of CrN Thin Films Deposited on Modified 42CrMo4 Steel

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    O. Lupicka

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Here, the effect of adhesion of CrN hard coatings on modified 42CrMo4 steel substrate is presented. Modifications of the substrate are shot peening, nitriding, shot peening, and nitriding joined process. In the shot peening process, two variable process parameters were used: exposure time (t and air pressure (p. The nitriding process was conducted in the following parameters: nitriding potential Np = 4.86, nitriding time tn = 3 h, and temperature process T = 530°C. Modified substrates were characterized by surface hardness HV5 and hardness profiles on the cross section of samples and by surface roughness parameters. On such prepared substrates, the CrN coating was deposited. The adhesion of CrN coating on modified substrates was defined by the scratch test. Chemical and phase composition of the films was determined using EDS method and X-ray diffraction, respectively. The surface hardness of deposited films was also defined. The substrate of 42CrMo4 steel without mechanical and heat treatment coated by hard CrN film was used as a reference.

  10. Notas de un encuentro de cronistas: Las crónicas amenazan con reconquistar lectores.

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    Carolina Ethel

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Crónica es un cuento que es verdad, aseveraba García Marques, Carlos Monsivaís señalaba que la crónica es un género que mezcla la crónica con el thriller; Villoro dice que crónica es el ornitorrinco de la prosa

  11. Influence of heat treatment on the structure and thermoelectric properties of CrSi2

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    Solomkin, F. Yu.; Suvorova, E. I.; Zaitsev, V. K.; Novikov, S. V.; Burkov, A. T.; Samunin, A. Yu.; Isachenko, G. N.

    2011-02-01

    Textured CrSi2 crystals obtained by heating finely dispersed constituents (Si, Cr) are studied. The use of a mixture of Cr and Si powders makes it possible to lower the CrSi2 synthesis temperature by 100 K. Crystallization conditions and post-crystallization annealing are found to influence the thermoelectric properties and composition of samples.

  12. New generation ion-imprinted nanocarrier for removal of Cr(VI) from wastewater

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    Uygun, Murat, E-mail: muygun@adu.edu.tr [Adnan Menderes University, Kocarl Latin-Small-Letter-Dotless-I Vocational and Training School (Turkey); Feyzioglu, Esra; Oezcal Latin-Small-Letter-Dotless-I skan, Emir; Caka, Mueserref; Ergen, Aygen; Akgoel, Sinan [Ege University, Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science (Turkey); Denizli, Adil [Hacettepe University, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science (Turkey)

    2013-08-15

    The purpose of this study was to prepare a novel ion-imprinted nanoparticle to remove Cr(VI) ions from waste water. For this, Cr(VI) ions were complexed with 2-methacryloylamido histidine (MAH) and then Cr(VI)-imprinted poly(HEMAH) nanoparticles were synthesized by surfactant-free emulsion polymerization technique. The templates, Cr(VI) ions, were removed from the nanoparticles using 0.1 M of HNO{sub 3} solution. The specific surface area of the Cr(VI)-imprinted poly(HEMAH) nanoparticles was found to be 1,397.85 m{sup 2}/g, and the particle size was calculated as 155.3 nm. These Cr(VI)-imprinted nanoparticles were used for the adsorption/desorption of Cr(VI) ions from its aqueous solutions. The effects of initial Cr(VI) concentration and medium pH on the Cr(VI) adsorption capacity were also studied. The maximum adsorbed amount of Cr(VI) on the imprinted nanoparticles was found to be 3,830.58 mg/g nanoparticle in pH 4.0. In order to investigate the selectivity of the imprinted nanoparticle, adsorption studies were repeated using Cr(III) ions. The selectivity results demonstrated that Cr(VI)-imprinted poly(HEMAH) nanoparticles showed high affinity for the Cr(VI) ions than Cr(III). The Cr(VI)-imprinted nanoparticles were used several times without decreasing their Cr(VI) adsorption capacities.

  13. Tribological Behavior of Coating Cr Layer on 40Cr after Surface Electron Beam Pretreatment

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    Hu, J. J.; Wang, J.; Jiang, P.; Xu, H. B.; Li, H.; Hou, T. F.

    2017-12-01

    In this study,the friction and wear behavior of PVD coatings which were treated by 5 different processes,based on gear material-40Cr. Analyzing the effects of treating the gear material with electron beam in combination with magnetron sputtering on it,for dry friction and wear properties.The result showed that the electron beam pretreated substrate was useful to improve the tribological performance of coating material.Furthermore, the surface roughness of coating, the bonding force between substrate and coating as well as the load are the main factors affecting the tribological performance of this coating. Most importantly, the contribution of plowing effect on friction coefficient should be considered when the surface roughness is high.

  14. Ejemplaridad silente: Arquitectura crítica vs crítica de arquitectura

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    Carmen Díez Medina

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available ResumenReivindicar la arquitectura crítica de Bruno Morassutti señalando las vías de investigación que abren tres de sus edifi cios construidos en tres décadas diferentes es el objetivo de estas breves notas: tres frentes abiertos en la silenciosa batalla que Morassutti libró, no en las revistas, sino a través de su propia arquitectura. AbstractThe aim of this paper is to present Bruno Morassutti’s critical architecture by pointing out the new avenues of research opened by three of his works, built in three different decades: three fronts opened in the silent battle he waged with his architecture rather than through critical writing. 

  15. Adsorption of Cr(VI) and speciation of Cr(VI) and Cr(III) in aqueous solutions using chemically modified chitosan.

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    Dai, Jun; Ren, FengLian; Tao, ChunYuan

    2012-05-01

    A new type of grafting chitosan (CTS) was synthesized using 2-hydroxyethyl-trimethyl ammonium chloride (HGCTS). The adsorption of Cr(VI) on HGCTS was studied. The effect factors on adsorption and the adsorption mechanism were considered. The results indicated that the HGCTS could concentrate and separate Cr(VI) at pH 4.0; the adsorption equilibrium time was 80 min; the maximum adsorption capacity was 205 mg/g. The adsorption isotherm and kinetics were investigated, equilibrium data agreed very well with the Langmuir model and the pseudo second-order model could describe the adsorption process better than the pseudo first-order model. A novel method for speciation of Cr(VI) and Cr(III) in environmental water samples has been developed using HGCTS as adsorbent and FAAS as determination means. The detection limit of this method was 20 ng/L, the relatively standard deviation was 1.2% and the recovery was 99%~105%.

  16. Adsorption of Cr(VI and Speciation of Cr(VI and Cr(III in Aqueous Solutions Using Chemically Modified Chitosan

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    ChunYuan Tao

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available A new type of grafting chitosan (CTS was synthesized using 2-hydroxyethyl- trimethyl ammonium chloride (HGCTS. The adsorption of Cr(VI on HGCTS was studied. The effect factors on adsorption and the adsorption mechanism were considered. The results indicated that the HGCTS could concentrate and separate Cr(VI at pH 4.0; the adsorption equilibrium time was 80 min; the maximum adsorption capacity was 205 mg/g. The adsorption isotherm and kinetics were investigated, equilibrium data agreed very well with the Langmuir model and the pseudo second-order model could describe the adsorption process better than the pseudo first-order model. A novel method for speciation of Cr(VI and Cr(III in environmental water samples has been developed using HGCTS as adsorbent and FAAS as determination means. The detection limit of this method was 20 ng/L, the relatively standard deviation was 1.2% and the recovery was 99%~105%.

  17. Polymer based nanocomposites for the removal of Cr(VI) from water

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    Setshedi, K

    2012-10-10

    Full Text Available .3 pH 2 pH 6 % R em ov al pH Feasibility test for Cr(VI) contaminated ground water and the effect of competing ions 100 ppm Cr(VI) sol. Nanocomposite + Cr(VI) sol 0 ppm Cr(VI) sol. 0 20 40 60 80 100 Q e( m g/ g) Cr 6+ Cr 6... nanocomposites for the removal of Cr(VI) from water Emerging Researcher Symposium Katlego Setshedi 10 October 2012 Outline ? CSIR 2012 Slide 2 ? Background ? Problem statement ? Health impacts ? Remedies ? Objectives ? Experimental procedure...

  18. Comparison study on structure of Si and Cu doping CrN films by reactive sputtering

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    Tan, Shuyong; Zhang, Xuhai; Wu, Xiangjun; Fang, Feng; Jiang, Jianqing

    2011-04-01

    CrN, CrSiN and CrCuN films were deposited by DC magnetron reactive sputtering with hot pressed pure Cr, CrSi, and CrCu targets, respectively. As substrate bias increased from -50 V to -200 V, the preferred orientation of CrN films changed from (1 1 1) to (2 0 0). And the Si doping did not change this condition. However, the Cu doping films kept (2 0 0) orientation all along. CrN films presented typical columnar structure, and the alloying of Si and Cu could restrain columnar growth leading to dense structure. The CrSiN film was composed of nanocrystallites distributed in amorphous Si3N4, while no amorphous phase existed in CrCuN films.

  19. Compositional and structural properties of pulsed laser-deposited ZnS:Cr films

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    Nematollahi, Mohammadreza; Yang, Xiaodong; Seim, Eivind; Vullum, Per Erik; Holmestad, Randi; Gibson, Ursula J.; Reenaas, Turid W.

    2016-02-01

    We present the properties of Cr-doped zinc sulfide (ZnS:Cr) films deposited on Si(100) by pulsed laser deposition. The films are studied for solar cell applications, and to obtain a high absorption, a high Cr content (2.0-5.0 at.%) is used. It is determined by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy that Cr is relatively uniformly distributed, and that local Cr increases correspond to Zn decreases. The results indicate that most Cr atoms substitute Zn sites. Consistently, electron energy loss and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy showed that the films contain mainly Cr2+ ions. Structural analysis showed that the films are polycrystalline and textured. The films with ~4 % Cr are mainly grown along the hexagonal [001] direction in wurtzite phase. The average lateral grain size decreases with increasing Cr content, and at a given Cr content, increases with increasing growth temperature.

  20. Z-phase in 9-12% Cr steels

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    Danielsen, Hilmar; Hald, John [Technical Univ. of Denmark, Lyngby (Denmark). Dept. of Manufacturing Engineering and Management

    2004-04-01

    Precipitation of the complex nitride Z-phase Cr(Nb,V)N has recently been identified as a major cause for premature breakdown in creep strength of a number of new 9-12%Cr martensitic steels. These steels are primarily used in steam pipes and steam turbines of thermal power plants. Z-phase precipitation cancels out the beneficial effects of MX carbo-nitrides rich in V and Nb, which form the backbone of the creep strength of 9-12%Cr steels. Very little is known about the stability of Z-phase, and there are currently no means of predicting its occurrence. The development of a thermodynamic model based on the Thermo-Calc software could provide means to predict in which steels the Z-phase will appear. Ultimately this could form the basis for development of new high strength 9-12%Cr martensitic steels that would be immune to Z-phase precipitation. This could hopefully increase service parameters of future power plants and thus raise efficiency. A literature survey of the Z-phase was made in order to gather all available information for a thermodynamic model, mainly chemical composition and solution temperature of the Z-phase as a function of steel composition are of importance. The survey did not give a complete overview of the Z-phase, so heat treatment experiments and metallographic investigations were carried out to fill the identified gaps. As the model neared completion it became clear that it predicted the Z-phase to be stable in basically all 9-12%Cr steels, that contain its constituents. This also applied to steels like the X20CrMoV121 (12CrMoV), which has been in service for decades and has shown no signs of a breakdown in strength. Close inspection of this steel after very long service exposure showed the Z-phase to be present in a new version (CrVN), albeit in much smaller quantities compared with the newer steels. This effectively makes Z-phase precipitation a kinetic problem, and if its precipitation is sufficiently slow it will not affect the stability of a

  1. Efficient removal of Cr(III)-organic complexes from water using UV/Fe(III) system: Negligible Cr(VI) accumulation and mechanism.

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    Ye, Yuxuan; Jiang, Zhao; Xu, Zhe; Zhang, Xiaolin; Wang, Dandan; Lv, Lu; Pan, Bingcai

    2017-12-01

    Most available processes are incapable of removing Cr(III)-organic complexes from water due to their high solubility, extremely slow decomplexation rate, and possible formation of more toxic Cr(VI) during oxidation. Herein, we proposed a new combined process, i.e., UV/Fe(III) followed by alkaline precipitation (namely UV/Fe(III)+OH), to achieve highly efficient and environmentally benign removal of Cr(III)-organic complexes from water. The combined process could remove Cr(III)-citrate from 10.4 mg Cr/L to 0.36 mg Cr/L and ∼60% total organic carbon as well. More attractively, negligible Cr(VI) (Fe(III) generates ·OH radicals to transform Cr(III) into Cr(VI) and simultaneously released the citrate ligand to form Fe(III)-citrate simultaneously. Then, the photolysis of Fe(III)-citrate under UV irradiation involved the citrate degradation and the production of massive Fe(II) species, which in turn transformed the formed Cr(VI) back to Cr(III). The free metal ions, including Cr(III), Fe(II) and Fe(III) were removed by the subsequent alkaline precipitation. Also, the combined process is applicable to other Cr(III) complexes with EDTA, tartrate, oxalate, acetate. The applicability of the combined process was further demonstrated by treating two real tanning effluents, resulting in the residual Cr(III) below 1.5 mg/L (the discharge standard of China) and negligible formation of Cr(VI) (<0.004 mg/L) as well. In general, the combined process has a great potential for efficient removal of Cr(III) complexes from contaminated waters. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Microstructure and wear behaviors of laser clad NiCr/Cr3C2-WS2 high temperature self-lubricating wear-resistant composite coating

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    Yang, Mao-Sheng; Liu, Xiu-Bo; Fan, Ji-Wei; He, Xiang-Ming; Shi, Shi-Hong; Fu, Ge-Yan; Wang, Ming-Di; Chen, Shu-Fa

    2012-02-01

    The high temperature self-lubricating wear-resistant NiCr/Cr3C2-30%WS2 coating and wear-resistant NiCr/Cr3C2 coating were fabricated on 0Cr18Ni9 austenitic stainless steel by laser cladding. Phase constitutions and microstructures were investigated, and the tribological properties were evaluated using a ball-on-disc wear tester under dry sliding condition at room-temperature (17 °C), 300 °C and 600 °C, respectively. Results indicated that the laser clad NiCr/Cr3C2 coating consisted of Cr7C3 primary phase and γ-(Fe,Ni)/Cr7C3 eutectic colony, while the coating added with WS2 was mainly composed of Cr7C3 and (Cr,W)C carbides, with the lubricating WS2 and CrS sulfides as the minor phases. The wear tests showed that the friction coefficients of two coatings both decrease with the increasing temperature, while the both wear rates increase. The friction coefficient of laser clad NiCr/Cr3C2-30%WS2 is lower than the coating without WS2 whatever at room-temperature, 300 °C, 600 °C, but its wear rate is only lower at 300 °C. It is considered that the laser clad NiCr/Cr3C2-30%WS2 composite coating has good combination of anti-wear and friction-reducing capabilities at room-temperature up to 300 °C.

  3. Tribological properties of CrAgN thin films

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    Peter Jurči

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available CrN and CrAgN thin films were magnetron sputtered onto the substrate made from Vanadis 6 cold work tool steel. The films were examined on tribological properties using a high temperature Pin-on-disc tribometer. Obtained results show that there is almost no effect of Ag addition on the friction coefficient when tested at a room temperature against alumina. The testing against the same counterpart at higher temperature gave positive effect of the silver addition on the m. The testing against 100Cr6 ball bearing steel gave higher friction coefficient than that against alumina while the testing against CuSn6-bronze led to much lower m. When tested at a room temperature, the wear performance of the films was positively affected only in the case of the CrAg3N film developed at 500 oC. On the other hand, addition of 3 wt% Ag into the CrN increased the wear performance at elevated temperatures while the addition of 15 wt% Ag has made the film too soft and sensitive to wear.

  4. TRIBOLOGICAL PROPERTIES OF CrAgN THIN FILMS

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    Peter Jurči

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available CrN and CrAgN thin films were magnetron sputtered onto the substrate made from Vanadis 6 cold work tool steel. The films were examined on tribological properties using a high temperature Pin-on-disc tribometer. Obtained results show that there is almost no effect of Ag addition on the friction coefficient when tested at a room temperature against alumina. The testing against the same counterpart at higher temperature gave positive effect of the silver addition on the friction coefficient. The testing against 100Cr6 ball bearing steel gave higher friction coefficient than that against alumina while the testing against CuSn6-bronze led to much lower μ. When tested at a room temperature, the wear performance of the films was positively affected only in the case of the CrAg3N film developed at 500 °C. On the other hand, addition of 3 wt% Ag into the CrN increased the wear performance at elevated temperatures while the addition of 15 wt% Ag has made the film too soft and sensitive to wear.

  5. Biosorption of Cr (VI) from aqueous solution by Rhizopus nigricans.

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    S Bai, R; Abraham, T E

    2001-08-01

    The study was aimed to quantify the Cr sorption ability of powdered biomass of Rhizopus nigricans at the best operating conditions. The influence of solution pH, agitation, Cr (VI) concentration, biomass dosage, contact time, biomass particle size and temperature were studied. The optimum pH for biosorption of Cr (VI) was found to be 2.0. Higher adsorption percentage was noted at lower initial concentrations of Cr ions, while the adsorption capacity of the biomass increased with increasing concentration of ions. Optimum biomass dosage was observed as 0.5% (w/v). More than 75% of the ions were removed within 30 min of contact and maximum removal was obtained after 8 h. Biomass particles of smaller size (90 microm) gave maximum adsorption (99.2%) at 100 mg/l concentration. The adsorption capacity increased with increase in temperature and agitation speed and the optimum were determined as 45 degrees C at 120 rpm. Freundlich and Langmuir isotherms were used to evaluate the data and the regression constants were derived. The adsorption rate constant values (Kad) were calculated for different initial concentration of Cr ions and the sorption was found to be higher at lower concentration (100 mg/l) of metal ion.

  6. Entry MOS Qualifications for PSS CMFs

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    using the ininimum passing SQT scorni zrdrfce +.Cat mental cateqoracs. Results were as fol lows: PERCENTAGE JF cAFE /Fa T! MErThAL CAT#EEORV" r: N T AL...the ability to pet -form critical tasks at SL 3. (2). Content Validity Content validity is the extent to which a test measures job performance in the...best be described as mil16: Although 7.4 per cent of the variance in SOT scores was explained, a total of 92.6 pet - cent of -SQT variance remains

  7. La insuficiencia de las disposiciones del pensamiento para cubrir la brecha entre pensamiento crítico y acción crítica

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    Murcia Bermúdez, Claudia Carolina

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    En este artículo se evalúan las disposiciones del pensamiento crítico; se demuestra la circularidad de sus enunciados y, consecuencia de ello, su insuficiencia para cubrir la brecha que va de las habilidades del pensamiento crítico a la acción crítica.

  8. La insuficiencia de las disposiciones del pensamiento para cubrir la brecha del pensamiento crítico a la acción crítica

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    Murcia Bermúdez, Claudia Carolina

    2013-01-01

    En esta tesis se evalúan las disposiciones del pensamiento crítico; se demuestra la circularidad de sus enunciados y, consecuencia de ello, su insuficiencia para cubrir la brecha que va de las habilidades del pensamiento crítico a la acción crítica.

  9. Nanostructural evolution of Cr-rich precipitates in a Cu-Cr-Zr alloy during heat treatment studied by 3 dimensional atom probe

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    Hatakeyama, Masahiko; Toyama, Takeshi; Nagai, Yasuyoshi

    2008-01-01

    Nanostructural evolution of Cr (Cr-rich) precipitates in a Cu-0.78%Cr-0.13%Zr alloy has been studied after aging and overaging (reaging) by laser assisted local electrode 3 dimensional atom probe (Laser-LEAP). This material is a candidate for the first wall and divertor components of future fusion...

  10. Nitrate Enhanced Microbial Cr(VI) Reduction-Final Report

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    2011-06-15

    A major challenge for the bioremediation of radionuclides (i.e., uranium, technetium) and metals (i.e., Cr(VI), Hg) is the co-occurrence of nitrate as it can inhibit metal transformation. Denitrification (nitrate reduction to dinitrogen gas) is considered the most important ecological process. For many metal and metalloid reducing bacteria, however, ammonia is the end product through respiratory nitrate reduction (RNRA). The focus of this work was to determine how RNRA impacts Cr(VI) transformation. The goal was to elucidate the specific mechanism(s) that limits Cr(VI) reduction in the presence of nitrate and to use this information to develop strategies that enhance Cr(VI) reduction (and thus detoxification). Our central hypothesis is that nitrate impacts the biotransformation of metals and metalloids in three ways 1) as a competitive alternative electron acceptor (inhibiting transformation), 2) as a co-metabolite (i.e., concomitant reduction, stimulating transformation), and 3) as an inducer of specific proteins and pathways involved in oxidation/reduction reactions (stimulating transformation). We have identified three model organisms, Geobacter metallireducens (mechanism 1), Sulfurospirillum barnesii, (mechasism 2), and Desulfovibrio desulfuricans (mechanisms 3). Our specific aims were to 1) investigate the role of Cr(VI) concentration on the kinetics of both growth and reduction of nitrate, nitrite, and Cr(VI) in these three organisms; 2) develop a profile of bacterial enzymes involved in nitrate transformation (e.g., oxidoreductases) using a proteomic approach; 3) investigate the function of periplasmic nitrite reductase (Nrf) as a chromate reductase; and 4) develop a strategy to maximize microbial chromium reduction in the presence of nitrate. We found that growth on nitrate by G. metallireducens was inhibited by Cr(VI). Over 240 proteins were identified by LC/MS-MS. Redox active proteins, outer membrane heavy metal efflux proteins, and chemotaxis sensory

  11. Las armas de la crítica

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    Full Text Available En el presente trabajo se trata de dar respuesta a las siguiente interrogantes: ¿No es, pues, la función del crítico: acompañar a la creación hasta desentrañarla, para luego recrearla en un juego múltiple, dentro del cual el espectador es otro creador...? ¿Y no es preciso, para este juego, que los tres elementos,creador, crítico y espectador, se despojen de cualquier corsé normativo y descifren los signos propios y ajenos, para la construcción de esa realidad alternativa que es el arte, que es el teatro para los aquí reunidos...? ¿Y no es su participación en este juego de múltiples creaciones, la "verdad" de la "crítica"...?

  12. Z-phase in 9-12% Cr Steels

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    Danielsen, Hilmar; Hald, John

    2004-01-01

    The complex nitride Z-phase, Cr(V,Nb)N, has recently been identified as a major cause for premature breakdown in creep strength of a number of new 9-12%Cr martensitic steels. A thermodynamic model of the Z-phase has been created based on the Thermo-Calc software. The model predicts the Z-phase...... to be stable in all of the new 9-12%Cr martensitic steels. This has generally been confirmed by the performed experiments. Z-phase precipitation seems to be a kinetic problem, and drivning force calculations using Thermo-Calc with the developed model have been used to predict steel compositions, which...... will delay Z-phase precipitation....

  13. Crónicas marcianas: El triple sistema

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    Tatiana Herrera Ávila

    2011-01-01

    Este artículo aborda la colección de relatos Crónicas marcianas del escritor estadounidense Ray Bradbury y analiza los géneros literarios que se combinan en él: la ciencia ficción, la crónica y la utopía. Se demostrará cómo el texto entreteje a partir de estos géneros, una clara, abierta y a veces ácida crítica a la sociedad, una advertencia más que vigente sobre los alcances de la exploración espacial y de la aterradora posibilidad de repetir la cruel experiencia de la Conquista de América, ...

  14. Crónicas marcianas: El triple sistema

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    Herrera Ávila, Tatiana

    2012-01-01

    Este artículo aborda la colección de relatos Crónicas marcianas del escritor estadounidense Ray Bradbury y analiza los géneros literarios que se combinan en él: la ciencia ficción, la crónica y la utopía. Se demostrará cómo el texto entreteje a partir de estos géneros, una clara, abierta y a veces ácida crítica a la sociedad, una advertencia más que vigente sobre los alcances de la exploración espacial y de la aterradora posibilidad de repetir la cruel experiencia de la Conquista de América, ...

  15. Crónicas marcianas: El triple sistema

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    Tatiana Herrera Ávila

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo aborda la colección de relatos Crónicas marcianas del escritor estadounidense Ray Bradbury y analiza los géneros literarios que se combinan en él: la ciencia ficción, la crónica y la utopía. Se demostrará cómo el texto entreteje a partir de estos géneros, una clara, abierta y a veces ácida crítica a la sociedad, una advertencia más que vigente sobre los alcances de la exploración espacial y de la aterradora posibilidad de repetir la cruel experiencia de la Conquista de América, desde una perspectiva ética y humanista.

  16. Relationships of Urinary VEGF/CR and IL-6/CR with Glomerular Pathological Injury in Asymptomatic Hematuria Patients

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    Ma, Lu; Gao, Yinghe; Chen, Guanglei; Gong, Junhua; Yang, Dan; Xie, Yongxin; Wang, Mingcui; Chen, Hong; Song, Minghui

    2015-01-01

    Background Interleukin-6 (IL-6) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) have important functions in injury and repair processes of glomerular intrinsic cells. A study was conducted to analyze the urinary VEGF/creatinine (CR) and IL-6/CR levels in simple hematuria patients after excluding the interference of creatinine. We aimed to investigate the function and relationships of the above indices in the glomerular pathological injury process, and to elaborate the values of urinary VEGF and IL-6 changes in the diagnosis of asymptomatic hematuria or hematuria with proteinuria. Material/Methods A total of 121 renal hematuria patients diagnosed by clinical and laboratory tests were included as research subjects. The midstream fresh morning urine was collected on the day renal biopsy was performed. Results The IL-6/CR value of the group III was significantly greater than in group I (Z=−2.478, Phematuria patients were positively correlated with glomerular pathological injury scores. VEGF/CR and IL-6/CR might be used as biological diagnostic indicators in determining the extent of simple hematuria glomerular injury. PMID:25634015

  17. Reflexiones críticas y autocríticas sobre Pedagogía Crítica

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    Paz Gimeno Lorente

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available En este breve texto, hemos querido exponer la visión que, desde Fedicaria-Aragón, tenemos sobre la situación actual del pensamiento crítico en nuestro sistema educativo. En torno a esta cuestión, se han generado algunas falacias que deseamos apuntar, ya que una educación crítica no puede desarrollarse nunca en un contexto escolar apoyado sobre unos valores hegemónicos que contradicen la finalidad de formar a unos ciudadanos críticos y rebeldes frente a las situaciones de injusticia. En este texto señalamos algunos de los condicionantes que socavan esta orientación escolar crítica, desde los que corresponden a un sistema educativo colonizado por el sistema económico, hasta los bucles político-educativos que han entrelazado una ideología seudoprogresista y una práctica neoconservadora, y que, en la actualidad, han derivado en una «plana» realidad capitalista. A pesar de ello, desde Fedicaria, pretendemos mantener una «resistencia» crítica minoritaria, espacio simbólico donde se ubica el germen de los cambios sociales.

  18. Pack cementation Cr-Al coating of steels and Ge-doped silicide coating of Cr-Nb alloy

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    He, Y.R.; Zheng, M.H.; Rapp, R.A. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States)

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    Carbon steels or low-alloy steels used in utility boilers, heat exchangers, petrochemical plants and coal gasification systems are subjected to high temperature corrosion attack such as oxidation, sulfidation and hot corrosion. The pack cementation coating process has proven to be an economical and effective method to enhance the corrosion resistance by modifying the surface composition of steels. With the aid of a computer program, STEPSOL, pack cementation conditions to produce a ferrite Cr-Al diffusion coating on carbon-containing steels by using elemental Cr and Al powders have been calculated and experimentally verified. The cyclic oxidation kinetics for the Cr-Al coated steels are presented. Chromium silicide can maintain high oxidation resistance up to 1100{degrees}C by forming a SiO{sub 2} protective scale. Previous studies at Ohio State University have shown that the cyclic oxidation resistance of MOSi{sub 2} and TiSi{sub 2} can be further improved by Ge addition introduced during coating growth. The halide-activated pack cementation process was modified to produce a Ge-doped silicide diffusion coating in a single processing step for the ORNL-developed Cr-Nb advanced intermetallic alloy. The oxidation behavior of the silicide-coated Cr-Nb alloy was excellent: weight gain of about 1 mg/cm{sup 2} upon oxidation at 1100{degrees}C in air for 100 hours.

  19. Electronic and optical properties of Cr-, B-doped, and (Cr, B)-codoped SrTiO3

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    Wu, Jiao; Huang, Wei-Qing; Yang, Ke; Wei, Zeng-Xi; Peng, P.; Huang, Gui-Fang

    2017-04-01

    Energy band engineering of semiconductors plays a crucial role in exploring high-efficiency visible-light response photocatalysts. Herein, we systematically study the electronic properties and optical response of Cr-, B-doped SrTiO3, and (Cr, B)-codoped SrTiO3 by using first-principles calculations to explore the mechanism for its superior photocatalytic activities in the visible light region. Special emphasis is placed on uncovering the synergy effects of nonmetal B dopant with metal Cr dopant at different cation sites. It is found that the electronic properties and optical absorption of SrTiO3 can be dramatically engineered by mono- or co-doping. In particular, the intermediate levels lying in the bandgap of the codoped SrTiO3 relay on the Cr impurity doped at Sr or Ti cation sites. Moreover, the (Cr@Sr, B@O)-SrTiO3 retains the charge balancing without the generation of unexpected oxygen vacancies, and is more desirable for solar light harvesting due to its higher absorption than others in the entire visible light. The findings can rationalize the available experimental results and are helpful in designing SrTiO3-based photocatalysts with high-efficiency performance.

  20. Phase stability and elastic properties of Cr-V alloys

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    Gao, M C; Suzuki, Y; Schweiger, H; Doğan, Ö N; Hawk, J; Widom, M

    2013-01-23

    V is the only element in the periodic table that forms a complete solid solution with Cr and thus is particularly important in alloying strategy to ductilize Cr. This study combines first-principles density functional theory calculations and experiments to investigate the phase stability and elastic properties of Cr–V binary alloys. The cluster expansion study reveals the formation of various ordered compounds at low temperatures that were not previously known. These compounds become unstable due to the configurational entropy of bcc solid solution as the temperature is increased. The elastic constants of ordered and disordered compounds are calculated at both T = 0 K and finite temperatures. The overall trends in elastic properties are in agreement with measurements using the resonant ultrasound spectroscopy method. The calculations predict that addition of V to Cr decreases both the bulk modulus and the shear modulus, and enhances the Poisson’s ratio, in agreement with experiments. Decrease in the bulk modulus is correlated to decrease in the valence electron density and increase in the lattice constant. An enhanced Poisson’s ratio for bcc Cr–V alloys (compared to pure Cr) is associated with an increased density of states at the Fermi level. Furthermore, the difference charge density in the bonding region in the (110) slip plane is highest for pure Cr and decreases gradually as V is added. The present calculation also predicts a negative Cauchy pressure for pure Cr, and it becomes positive upon alloying with V. The intrinsic ductilizing effect from V may contribute, at least partially, to the experimentally observed ductilizing phenomenon in the literature.

  1. Structure and magnetism in Cr-embedded Co nanoparticles.

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    Baker, S H; Kurt, M S; Roy, M; Lees, M R; Binns, C

    2016-02-03

    We present the results of an investigation into the atomic structure and magnetism of 2 nm diameter Co nanoparticles embedded in an antiferromagnetic Cr matrix. The nanocomposite films used in this study were prepared by co-deposition directly from the gas phase, using a gas aggregation source for the Co nanoparticles and a molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) source for the Cr matrix material. Co K and Cr K edge extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) experiments were performed in order to investigate atomic structure in the embedded nanoparticles and matrix respectively, while magnetism was investigated by means of a vibrating sample magnetometer. The atomic structure type of the Co nanoparticles is the same as that of the Cr matrix (bcc) although with a degree of disorder. The net Co moment per atom in the Co/Cr nanocomposite films is significantly reduced from the value for bulk Co, and decreases as the proportion of Co nanoparticles in the film is decreased; for the sample with the most dilute concentration of Co nanoparticles (4.9% by volume), the net Co moment was 0.25 μ B/atom. After field cooling to below 30 K all samples showed an exchange bias, which was largest for the most dilute sample. Both the structural and magnetic results point towards a degree of alloying at the nanoparticle/matrix interface, leading to a core/shell structure in the embedded nanoparticles consisting of an antiferromagnetic CoCr alloy shell surrounding a reduced ferromagnetic Co core.

  2. AN OBSERVATIONAL CLINICAL STUDY OF ASSESSING THE UTILITY OF PSS (POISON SEVERITY SCORE AND GCS (GLASGOW COMA SCALE SCORING SYSTEMS IN PREDICTING SEVERITY AND CLINICAL OUTCOMES IN OP POISONING

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Organophosphorus compound poisoning is the most common poisonings in India because of easy availability often requiring ICU care and ventilator support. Clinical research has indicated that respiratory failure is the most important cause of death due to organophosphorus poisoning. It results in respiratory muscle weakness, pulmonary oedema, respiratory depression, increased secretions and bronchospasm. These complications and death can be prevented with timely institution of ventilator support. MATERIALS AND METHODS Hundred consecutive patients admitted with a history of organophosphorus poisoning at Kurnool Medical College, Kurnool, were taken for study after considering the inclusion and exclusion criteria. Detailed history, confirmation of poisoning, examination and other than routine investigations, serum pseudocholinesterase and arterial blood gas analysis was done. The severity and clinical outcomes in OP poisoning is graded by PSS (poison severity score and GCS (Glasgow coma scale scoring systems. RESULTS This study was conducted in 100 patients with male preponderance. Majority of poisoning occurred in 21-30 age group (n=5. Most common compound consumed in our study was methyl parathion and least common was phosphoran. Slightly more than half of the patients consumed less than 50 mL of poison. 21 patients consumed between 50 to 100 mL. Distribution of poison severity score of patients studied showed 45 cases of grade 1 poisoning. 26 cases of grade 2 poisoning, 23 cases of grade 3 poisoning and 6 cases of grade 4 poisoning (death within first 24 hours. Distribution of GCS score of patients studied GCS scores were <10 in 25 patients at admission and 24 patients after 24 hours. GCS scores were ≥10 in 75 patients at admission and 76 patients after 24 hours. Poison severity score is not prognostic, but merely defines severity of OP poisoning at a given time. CONCLUSION Both Glasgow coma scale and poison severity scoring systems

  3. Natural attenuation of Cr(VI) contaminated groundwater at two industrial sites in the eastern U.S.A.: A Cr isotope study

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    Novak, Martin; Hellerich, Lucas A.; Sebek, Ondrej; Andronikov, Alexandre; Chrastny, Vladislav; Curik, Jan; Stepanova, Marketa; Pacherova, Petra; Martinkova, Eva; Prechova, Eva; Veselovsky, Frantisek

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    Hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)], found in various compartments of the environment, has generated much interest due to its extreme toxicity and mobility. We studied natural attenuation of Cr(VI)-contaminated groundwater at one site in Connecticut (site A), and one site in New Jersey (site B), U.S.A. Shallow groundwater was contaminated by electroplating solutions at site A, and by water-soluble chromite ore-processing residues at site B. Site A had lower Cr(VI) concentrations of less than 1 mg L-1 in comparison to site B (200 mg L-1). Site A also had lower mean del53Cr values (1.4 per mil) than site B (2.9 per mil). Chromium isotope composition of the pollution sources (plating bath, ore) was known (del53Cr of 0.0 to 0.2 per mil). The positive Cr isotope shift from the pollution source Cr(VI) to groundwater Cr(VI) at both sites indicated that spontaneous Cr(VI) reduction to insoluble Cr(III) is under way. This process is removing toxicity from the groundwater. Del53Cr values of groundwater were strongly positively correlated with the concentration of dissolved organic carbon (DOC), but not with divalent Fe and Mn, indicating that DOC may be the main Cr-reducing agent. A Rayleigh model indicated that 30 and 57 % of the original contaminant may have been removed from the groundwater by natural attenuation at site A and B, respectively. Interestingly, del53Cr values of the residual Cr(VI) in the groundwater at site A decreased significantly over the past 15 years, during which the water is being extracted for chemical treatment. At present, older, less fractionated Cr(VI) may be extracted at site A.

  4. Metastable bcc phase formation in the Nb-Cr system

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    Thoma, D.J.; Schwarz, R.B. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Perepezko, J.H. [Wisconsin Univ., Madison, WI (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Plantz, D.H. [Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT (United States). Dept. of Engineering

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    Extended metastable bcc solid solutions of Nb-Xat.%Cr (X = 35, 50, 57, 77, 82, and 94) were synthesized by two-anvil splat-quenching. In addition, bcc (Nb-67at.%Cr) was prepared by mechanically alloying mixtures of niobium and chromium powders. The lattice parameters were measured by X-ray diffraction and the Young`s moduli were measured by low-load microindentation. The composition dependence of the lattice parameters and elastic moduli show a positive deviation with respect to a rule of mixtures. During continuous heating at 15C/min., the metastable precursor bcc phases decomposed at temperatures above 750C to uniformly refined microstructures.

  5. Phase separation in Fe2CrSi thin films

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    Meinert, Markus; Hübner, Torsten; Schmalhorst, Jan; Reiss, Günter; Arenholz, Elke

    2013-09-01

    Thin films of a nominal Fe2CrSi alloy have been deposited by magnetron co-sputtering with various heat treatments on MgO and MgAl2O4 substrates. After heat treatment, the films were found to decompose into a nearly epitaxial Fe3Si film with the D03 structure and Cr3Si precipitates with the A15 structure. We explain the experimental results on the basis of ab initio calculations, which reveal that this decomposition is energetically highly favorable.

  6. Mg substitution in CuCrO2 delafossite compounds

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    Guilmeau, Emmanuel; Poienar, Maria; Kremer, Stefan; Marinel, Sylvain; Hébert, Sylvie; Frésard, Raymond; Maignan, Antoine

    2011-01-01

    A detailed investigation of the series CuCr(1-x)MgxO2 (x = 0.0 - 0.05) has been performed by making high-temperature resistivity and thermopower measurements, and by performing a theoretical analysis of the latter. Microstructure characterization has been carried out as well. Upon Mg2+ for Cr3+ substitution, a concomitant decrease in the electrical resistivity and thermopower values is found, up to x ~ 0.02 - 0.03, indicating a low solubility limit of Mg in the structure. This result is corro...

  7. SPECIFIC HEAT STUDY OF FERROMAGNETIC ORDERING IN [Cr (NH3)6-n (H2O)n] [Cr (CN)6

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    Lázaro, F.; Bartolomé, J.; Burriel, R.; Pons, J.; Casabó, J.; Nugteren, P.

    1988-01-01

    Specific heat measurements below 1 K on [Cr(NH3)6] [Cr(CN)6] and [Cr(NH3)5 (H2O)] [Co(CN)6] are reported. The first compound orders as a Heisenberg bcc S = 3/2 ferromagnet. The second remains paramagnetic showing only a crystal field Schottky behaviour. Previous results on [Cr(NH3)5 (H2O)] [Cr(CN)6], where the water molecule is randomly localized, are interpreted within a bond-dilution scheme.

  8. Modeling of precipitation and Cr depletion profiles of Inconel 600 during heat treatments and LSM procedure

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    Bao Gang [Department of Mechanical System Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima (Japan); Shinozaki, Kenji [Department of Mechanical System Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima (Japan)]. E-mail: kshino@hiroshima-u.ac.jp; Inkyo, Muneyuki [Department of Mechanical System Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima (Japan); Miyoshi, Tomohisa [Department of Mechanical System Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima (Japan); Yamamoto, Motomichi [Department of Mechanical System Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima (Japan); Mahara, Yoichi [Babcock-Hitachi K.K., 3-36 Takara-machi, Kure, Hiroshima (Japan); Watanabe, Hiroshi [Babcock-Hitachi K.K., 3-36 Takara-machi, Kure, Hiroshima (Japan)

    2006-08-10

    A model based on the thermodynamic and kinetic was conducted to simulate the Cr depletion profiles near the grain boundary in Inconel 600 during the heat treatments and laser surface melting (LSM) process using Thermo-Calc and Dictra code. Based on the good agreement of Cr concentration distribution during heat treatments measured by experiments, the microsegregation of Cr induced by cellular microstructure formed during the LSM process was also modeled. The Cr depletion profile was evaluated using the Cr depletion area below the critical Cr concentration for intergranular cracking/intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGC/IGSCC) susceptibility (8 mass%). Comparing with the result of Streicher test, the Cr depletion area calculated showed good coherence with the IGC/IGSCC susceptibility. The sample after SR + LTS treatment with the largest Cr depletion area showed the worst IGC/IGSCC resistance, while, the sample after LSM process with the smaller Cr depletion area showed the excellent IGC/IGSCC resistance.

  9. Improvement of Cr phytoremediation by Pistia stratiotes in presence of nutrients.

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    Di Luca, G A; Hadad, H R; Mufarrege, M M; Maine, M A; Sánchez, G C

    2014-01-01

    The effects of different concentrations of P and N, added separately or combined, on the Cr(III) accumulation capacity of P. stratiotes were studied. Plants and pond water with the addition of contaminant(s) were placed in plastic aquaria. Cr concentration was 5 mg L(-1), while P and N concentrations were 5 mg L(-1) or 10 mg L(-1). Nutrient addition significantly favoured Cr removal and enhanced Cr translocation to leaves. In Cr treatments a high detritus formation from loss of root biomass was observed probably due to its toxicity. Cr was mainly accumulated in the detrital fraction, whereas P and N were retained fundamentally in leaves. A toxic effect was observed in the Cr + P10 and Cr + N10 treatments. These results could be applied to enhance Cr removal efficiency of constructed wetlands using P. stratiotes, where nutrient enrichment could be attained by treating sewage together with the industrial effluents.

  10. Properties of CrSi{sub 2} nanocrystallites grown in a silicon matrix

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    Galkin, N G [Institute for Automation and Control Processes of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok (Russian Federation); Dozsa, L [Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Budapest (Hungary); Turchin, T V [Institute for Automation and Control Processes of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok (Russian Federation); Goroshko, D L [Institute for Automation and Control Processes of the Far Eastern Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Vladivostok (Russian Federation); Pecz, B [Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Budapest (Hungary); Toth, L [Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Budapest (Hungary); Dobos, L [Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Budapest (Hungary); Khanh, N Q [Research Institute for Technical Physics and Materials Science, Budapest (Hungary); Cherednichenko, A I [Institute of Chemistry of FEB RAS, Vladivostok (Russian Federation)

    2007-12-19

    Semiconducting CrSi{sub 2} nanocrystallites (NCs) were grown by reactive deposition epitaxy. The NCs were covered by 100 nm of epitaxial silicon. Their structure, morphology and optical properties were investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) and optical reflectance spectroscopy (ORS). The preservation of the CrSi{sub 2} phase has been justified by UPS, by ORS, and by TEM measurements. The distribution of Cr was investigated by Rutherford backscattering (RBS). The electrically active defects were investigated by deep level transient spectroscopy (DLTS). The crystal structure of the NCs nucleated near the deposition depth is identified by high-resolution TEM as hexagonal CrSi{sub 2}. Energy filtered TEM shows that most of the Cr is localized in the three-dimensional (3D) NCs. RBS shows that the concentration of Cr is appropriate for the deposited quantity. In the 0.1 nm Cr sample most of the Cr is localized near the surface; in the 0.6 nm Cr sample the concentration increases at the depth of Cr deposition, while in the 1.5 nm Cr sample the excess Cr is localized near the deposition depth. DLTS Arrhenius plots give activation energies of the defects appropriate for Cr contamination, however these defects may be related to the CrSi{sub 2} NCs.

  11. Microstructure and mechanical properties of ultrafine-grained Fe-14Cr and ODS Fe-14Cr model alloys

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    Auger, M.A., E-mail: mauger@fis.uc3m.es [Departamento de Fisica-IAAB, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911-Leganes (Spain); Leguey, T., E-mail: leguey@fis.uc3m.es [Departamento de Fisica-IAAB, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911-Leganes (Spain); Munoz, A., E-mail: amunoz@fis.uc3m.es [Departamento de Fisica-IAAB, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911-Leganes (Spain); Monge, M.A., E-mail: mmonge@fis.uc3m.es [Departamento de Fisica-IAAB, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911-Leganes (Spain); Castro, V. de, E-mail: vanessa.decastro@materials.ox.ac.uk [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, OX1 3PH (United Kingdom); Fernandez, P., E-mail: pilar.fernandez@ciemat.es [National Fusion Laboratory-CIEMAT, Avda. Complutense 22, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Garces, G., E-mail: ggarces@cenim.csic.es [Departamento de Metalurgia Fisica, CENIM (CSIC), Avda. Gregorio del Amo 8, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Pareja, R., E-mail: rpp@fis.uc3m.es [Departamento de Fisica-IAAB, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911-Leganes (Spain)

    2011-10-01

    Reduced activation ferritic Fe-14 wt%Cr and Fe-14 wt%Cr-0.3 wt%Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} alloys were produced by mechanical alloying and hot isostatic pressing followed by forging and heat treating. The alloy containing Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} developed a submicron-grained structure with homogeneous dispersion of oxide nanoparticles that enhanced the tensile properties in comparison to the Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} free alloy. Strengthening induced by the Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} dispersion appears to be effective up to 873 K, at least. A uniform distribution of Cr-rich precipitates, stable upon a heat treatment at 1123 K for 2 h, was also found in both alloys.

  12. ROLLING CONTACT FATIGUE AND WEAR OF CrL AND CrM MODE POWDER METALLURGY STEELS

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    Dušan Rodziňák

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Contact fatigue properties of sintered steels type CrM and CrL with addition of 0,3-0,7 %C were examined on the device type „pin on disc“ and confronted with wear tests on the same principle. Achieved outcomes are better for CrM material; the higher carbon content the better they are. Fatigue strength ranges from 925 - 1410 MPa and is consistent with the value of hardness. Dry wear tests show that the wear is dependent on the hardness of carbide particles (microhardness and not on macrohardness of material. These causes wear of indentor. Between values obtained from tests of contact fatigue and wear testing is not possible to find relevant compliance. Both rupture mechanisms are based on breaches of other principles, particularly the PM materials are in the mode of wear that is not sufficiently explored.

  13. Grain boundary segregation in FeCrNi model alloys; Korngrenzensegregation in FeCrNi-Modellegierungen

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    Schlueter, B.; Schneider, F.; Mummert, K. [Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstofforschung Dresden e.V. (Germany); Muraleedharan, P. [Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam (India). Div. of Metallurgy

    1998-12-31

    P and S segregate at the grain boundaries and thus increase susceptibility to intergranular corrosion at those sites. This could be proven by means of nitric acid-chromate tests and potentiostatic etching tests. There is a direct connection between loss in mass, mean depth of intergranular corrosion attacks, dissolution current density, and level of segregation-induced concentration of P and S at the grain boundaries. The segregation effect at these sites was found to be most evident in specimens of the examined Fe-Cr-Ni steel which had been heat-treated for 1000 hours at 550 C. However, segregation occurs also in materials that received a heat treatment of 400 C/5000 hours, while intergranular corrosion is observed only after heat treatment of 500 C/1000 hours. Apart from segregation of P, formation of Cr-rich phosphides is observed, which leads to depletion of Cr at the precipitates. (orig./CB) [Deutsch] P und S segregieren an die KG und erhoehen dort die IK-Anfaelligkeit. Dies konnte mit Hilfe von Salpetersaeure-Chromat- und Potentiostatischem Aetztest nachgewiesen werden. Es besteht ein direkter Zusammenhang zwischen Masseverlust, mittlerer IK-Angriffstiefe, Aufloesungsstromdichte und Hoehe der segregationsbedingten Anreicherungen von P und S an den KG. Der KG-Segregationseffekt am untersuchten Fe-Cr-Ni-Stahl ist im Waermebehandlungszustand 550 C/1000 h am deutlichsten ausgepraegt. Aber auch bereits bei 400 C/5000 h findet Segregation statt. IKSpRK tritt nur im Waermebehandlungszustand 550 C/1000 h auf. Neben der P-Segregation wird die Bildung Cr-reicher Phosphide beobachtet, die zur Abreicherung von Cr an den Ausscheidungen fuehrt. (orig.)

  14. Influence of CrSi2 nanocrystals on the electrical properties of Au/Si - p/CrSi2 NCs/Si(111) - n mesa-diodes

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    Galkin, Nikolay G.; Dózsa, Laszlo; Chusovitin, Evgenii A.; Dotsenko, Sergey A.; Pécz, Bela; Dobos, Laszlo

    Semiconducting CrSi2 nanocrystals (NCs) with high density (4×1010 cm-2) and narrow size distribution were grown by reactive deposition epitaxy (RDE) of 0.6 nm Cr at 550 °C on Si(111)7 × 7 substrate. Based on DRS, AFM and TEM results silicon cap epitaxy growth procedure on silicon with high density of CrSi2 NCs has been proposed. Monolithic Si(111)/ CrSi2 NCs/Si(111) structures with three layers of buried CrSi2 NCs have been successfully grown by repeating of CrSi2 NCs formation and silicon epitaxial growth. Electrical characterization of Schottky junctions formed on the grown structures has shown that the formation of point defects generated during the growth of the Si cap layer strongly depends on the cap growth conditions and on the Cr deposition rate.

  15. Luminescent Zn(II) Coordination Polymers for Highly Selective Sensing of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) in Water.

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    Gu, Tian-Yi; Dai, Ming; Young, David James; Ren, Zhi-Gang; Lang, Jian-Ping

    2017-04-17

    Three photoluminescent zinc coordination polymers (CPs), {[Zn2(tpeb)2(2,5-tdc)(2,5-Htdc)2]·2H2O}n (1), {[Zn2(tpeb)2(1,4-ndc)(1,4-Hndc)2]·2.6H2O}n (2), and {[Zn2(tpeb)2(2,3-ndc)2]·H2O}n (3) (tpeb = 1,3,5-tri-4-pyridyl-1,2-ethenylbenzene, 2,5-tdc = 2,5-thiophenedicarboxylic acid, 1,4-ndc = 1,4-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid, and 2,3-ndc = 2,3-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid) were prepared from reactions of Zn(NO3)2·6H2O with tpeb and 2,5-H2tdc, 1,4-H2ndc, or 2,3-H2ndc under solvothermal conditions. Compound 1 has a two-dimensional (2D) grid-like network formed from bridging 1D [Zn(tpeb)]n chains via 2,5-tdc dianions. 2 and 3 possess similar one-dimensional (1D) double-chain structures derived from bridging the [Zn(tpeb)]n chains via pairs of 1,4-ndc or 2,3-ndc ligands. The solid-state, visible emission by 1-3 was quenched by Cr3+, CrO42-, and Cr2O72- ions in water with detection limits by the most responsive complex 3 of 0.88 ppb for Cr3+ and 2.623 ppb for Cr2O72- (pH = 3) or 1.734 ppb for CrO42- (pH = 12). These values are well below the permissible limits set by the USEPA and European Union and the lowest so far reported for any bi/trifunctional CPs sensors. The mechanism of Cr3+ luminescence quenching involves irreversible coordination to free pyridyl sites in the CP framework, while the Cr6+ quenching involves reversible overlap of the absorption bands of the analytes with those of the excitation and/or emission bands for 3.

  16. Expression and role of CR1 and CR2 on B and T lymphocytes under physiological and autoimmune conditions.

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    Erdei, Anna; Isaák, Andrea; Török, Katalin; Sándor, Noémi; Kremlitzka, Mariann; Prechl, József; Bajtay, Zsuzsa

    2009-09-01

    The involvement of complement in the development and regulation of antibody responses under both healthy and pathological conditions is known for long. Unravelling the molecular mechanisms underlying the events however is still in progress. This review focuses on the role of complement receptors CR1 (CD35) and CR2 (CD21) expressed on T and B cells. Alteration in the expression and function of these receptors may contribute to the initiation and maintenance of immune complex mediated autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis. Recent data regarding complement receptor expression on T lymphocytes and on memory B cells are also discussed.

  17. Functional studies of chronic lymphocytic leukemia B cells expressing β2-integrin type complement receptors CR3 and CR4.

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    Uzonyi, Barbara; Mácsik-Valent, Bernadett; Lukácsi, Szilvia; Kiss, Richárd; Török, Katalin; Kremlitzka, Mariann; Bajtay, Zsuzsa; Demeter, Judit; Bödör, Csaba; Erdei, Anna

    2017-09-01

    The expression and role of CR3 (CD11b/CD18) and CR4 (CD11c/CD18) in B cells are not yet explored in contrast to myeloid cells, where these β 2 -integrin type receptors are known to participate in various cellular functions, including phagocytosis, adherence and migration. Here we aimed to reveal the expression and role of CR3 and CR4 in human B cells. In B cells of healthy donors CR3 and CR4 are scarcely expressed. However, two patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) characterized by a peculiar immune-phenotype containing both CD5-positive and CD5-negative B cell populations made possible to study these molecules in distinct B cell subsets. We found that CD11b and CD11c were expressed on both CD5-positive and CD5-negative B cells, albeit to different extents. Our data suggest that these receptors are involved in spreading, since this activity of CpG-activated B cells on fibrinogen could be partially blocked by monoclonal antibodies specific for CD11b or CD11c. CpG-stimulation lead to proliferation of both CD5-positive and CD5-negative B cells of the patients with a less pronounced effect on the CD5-positive cells. In contrast to normal B cells, CLL B cells of both patients reacted to CpG-stimulation with robust IL-10 production. The concomitant, suboptimal stimulus via the BCR and TLR9 exerted either a synergistic enhancing effect or resulted in inhibition of proliferation and IL-10 production of patients' B cells. Our data obtained studying B cells of leukemic patients point to the role of CR3 and probably CR4 in the interaction of tumor cells with the microenvironment and suggest the involvement of IL-10 producing B cells in the pathologic process. Copyright © 2017 European Federation of Immunological Societies. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Characterization of the interface between cast-to Co-Cr implant cylinders and cast Co-Cr alloys.

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    Ozkomur, Ahmet; Ucar, Yurdanur; Ekren, Orhun; Arai Shinkai, Rosemary Sadami; Teixeira, Eduardo Rolim

    2016-05-01

    The affordable Co-Cr cast alloy should provide an ideal interface with prefabricated cast-to cylinders from the same alloy family. The alloy microstructures should be maintained up to the interface, and porosities and reaction regions should be absent, and sufficient bond strength between alloys should be provided. The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the metallurgical interfacial compatibility between Co-Cr dental casting alloys and a prefabricated Co-Cr dental implant cast-to-cylinder. A Co-Cr alloy was cast to Co-Cr implant cylinders. Specimens were cross-sectioned longitudinally and divided into as-cast and heat-treated groups. The microstructures of specimens were evaluated by optical and scanning electron microscopy. The elemental composition of as-received prefabricated implant cylinders and diffusion characteristics of cast interfacial regions were determined by energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Vickers hardness values were defined across the interface on cast specimens and for the as-received implant cylinders. ANOVA and Tukey honest significant differences tests were used for the statistical evaluation of hardness values. No significant reaction regions or porosity were present in the interface. Microstructural aspect and interdiffusion indicated a metal-metal bond between the Co-Cr implant cylinder and cast alloy. Mean hardness values demonstrated a significant rise across the interface (373.5 ±12.8; 363.8 ±12.6, respectively) from the wrought cylinder (338.6 ±10.5; 329 ±9.7, respectively) to the cast alloy (399.8 ±7.4; 392.3 ±10.3, respectively) for the as-cast and heat-treated conditions, respectively. Co-Cr casting alloy cast on to prefabricated Co-Cr implant cylinders provided interfaces which appear to fulfill the requirements of the established criteria. Copyright © 2016 Editorial Council for the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Cr(VI) reduction and Cr(III) immobilization by resting cells of Pseudomonas aeruginosa CCTCC AB93066: spectroscopic, microscopic, and mass balance analysis.

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    Kang, Chunxi; Wu, Pingxiao; Li, Liping; Yu, Langfeng; Ruan, Bo; Gong, Beini; Zhu, Nengwu

    2017-02-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanism of Cr(VI) reduction and Cr(III) immobilization by resting cells of Pseudomonas aeruginosa using batch experiments and analysis techniques. Data showed that resting cells of this strain (3.2 g/L dry weight) reduced 10 mg/L of Cr(VI) by 86% in Tris-HCl buffer solution under optimized conditions of 5 g/L of sodium acetate as an electron donor, pH of 7.0 and temperature of 37 °C within 24 h. Cr(VI) was largely converted to nontoxic Cr(III), and both soluble crude cell-free extracts and membrane-associated fractions were responsible for Cr(VI) reduction. While remnant Cr(VI) existed only in the supernatant, the content of resultant Cr(III) in supernatant, on cell surface and inside cells was 2.62, 1.06, and 5.07 mg/L, respectively, which was an indicative of extracellular and intracellular reduction of chromate. Scanning electron microscopy analysis combined with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy revealed the adsorption of chromium on the bacterial surface. Interaction between Cr(III) and cell surface functional groups immobilized Cr(III) as indicated by Fourier transform infrared analyses and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Transmission electron microscopy revealed Cr(III) precipitates in bacterial interior suggesting that Cr(II) could also be intracellularly accumulated. Thus, it can be concluded that interior and exterior surfaces of resting P. aeruginosa cells were sites for reduction and immobilization of Cr(VI) and Cr(III), respectively. This is further insight into the underlying mechanisms of microbial chromate reduction.

  20. Order-disorder transitions in NiCr2S4

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    Vaqueiro, P.; Powell, A.V.; Lebech, B.

    2000-01-01

    Order–disorder transitions in NiCr2S4 have been investigated by high-temperature powder neutron diffraction. At 835(5)°C, NiCr2S4 transforms from the monoclinic Cr3S4 structure to a hexagonal cation-deficient NiAs structure.......Order–disorder transitions in NiCr2S4 have been investigated by high-temperature powder neutron diffraction. At 835(5)°C, NiCr2S4 transforms from the monoclinic Cr3S4 structure to a hexagonal cation-deficient NiAs structure....

  1. Prediction of half-metallic properties in TlCrS{sub 2} and TlCrSe{sub 2} based on density functional theory

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    Hashimzade, F.M.; Huseinova, D.A. [Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan, AZ 1143 Baku (Azerbaijan); Jahangirli, Z.A. [Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan, AZ 1143 Baku (Azerbaijan); Institute of Radiation Problems, National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan, AZ 1143 Baku (Azerbaijan); Mehdiyev, B.H., E-mail: bachschi@yahoo.de [Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan, AZ 1143 Baku (Azerbaijan)

    2017-08-01

    Highlights: • Half-metallic properties of TlCrS2, TlCrSe2 and hypothetical TlCrSSe have been investigated by first-principles all-electron full-potential linearized augmented plane wave plus local orbital (FP-LAPW+lo) method based on density functional theory (DFT). • Total magnetic moment keeps its integer value on a relatively wide range of changes in volume (−10% ÷ 10%) for TlCrS2 and TlCrSSe, while total magnetic moment TlCrSe2 decreases with increasing volume, approaching to integer value 3 μB. • The states at the Fermi level in the case of spin-up channel consist of a hybridization of p-states of the atom S(Se) with d-states of Cr. - Abstract: Half-metallic properties of TlCrS{sub 2}, TlCrSe{sub 2} and hypothetical TlCrSSe have been investigated by first-principles all-electron full-potential linearized augmented plane wave plus local orbital (FP-LAPW+lo) method based on density functional theory (DFT). The results of calculations show that TlCrS{sub 2} and TlCrSSe are half-metals with energy gap (E{sub g}) ∼0.12 eV for spin-down channel. Strong hybridization of p-state of chalchogen and d-state of Cr leads to bonding and antibonding states and subsequently to the appearance of a gap in spin-down channel of TlCrS{sub 2} and TlCrSSe. In the case of TlCrSe{sub 2}, there is a partial hybridization and p-state is partially present in the DOS at Fermi level making this compound nearly half-metallic. The present calculations revealed that total magnetic moment keeps its integer value on a relatively wide range of changes in volume (−10% ÷ 10%) for TlCrS{sub 2} and TlCrSSe, while total magnetic moment of TlCrSe{sub 2} decreases with increasing volume approaching to integer value 3 μB.

  2. Quantitative CrAssphage PCR Assays for Human Fecal ...

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    Environmental waters are monitored for fecal pollution to protect public health and water resources. Traditionally, general fecal indicator bacteria are used; however, they cannot distinguish human fecal waste from pollution from other animals. Recently, a novel bacteriophage, crAssphage, was discovered by metagenomic data mining and reported to be abundant in and closely associated with human fecal waste. To confirm bioinformatic predictions, 384 primer sets were designed along the length of the crAssphage genome. Based upon initial screening, two novel crAssphage qPCR assays (CPQ_056 and CPQ_064) were designed and evaluated in reference fecal samples and water matrices. The assays exhibited high specificities (98.6%) when tested against a large animal fecal reference library and were highly abundant in raw sewage and sewage impacted water samples. In addition, CPQ_056 and CPQ_064 assay performance was compared to HF183/BacR287 and HumM2 methods in paired experiments. Findings confirm viral crAssphage qPCR assays perform at a similar level to well established bacterial human-associated fecal source identification technologies. These new viral based assays could become important water quality management and research tools. To inform the public.

  3. Measurements of radon in dwellings with CR-39 track detectors

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    Majborn, Benny

    1986-01-01

    A passive integrating dosemeter has been designed for measuring natural radiation in dwellings. The dosemeter contains one or two CR-39 track detectors to measure radon and three thermoluminescence dosemeters to measure external radiation. The dosemeter was investigated in a pilot study in 1983/8...

  4. Domain studies of CoCr with perpendicular anisotropy

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    Lodder, J.C.; Wind, D.; Popma, T.J.A.; Hubert, A.

    1987-01-01

    R.F. Magnetron sputtered CoCr films (79/21 at%) with various thicknesses are magnetically characterized. The domain structure is observed by digitally enhanced Kerr microscopy and depends on the Hc/Hk values of the samples. For low and high coercivity films a comparison is made between the measured

  5. Title V Operating Permit: CR Group, LLC - Tekoi Landfill

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    Final First Renewal of the Operating Permit (Permit Number: V-SV-000001-2016.00), Response to Public Comments and the Administrative Permit Record for the CR Group, LLC, Tekoi Landfill, located on the Skull Valley Indian Reservation, in Tooele County, UT.

  6. The 52Cr(p, γ)53Mn reaction

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    Vuister, P.H.

    The 52Cr(p, γ)53Mn reaction was investigated in the energy region Ep = 1.36–2.26 MeV. The resonance energies, the corresponding 53Mn excitation energies and the resonance strengths of 199 resonances, assigned to this reaction, are reported. The excitation energies and gamma-ray branchings of 13

  7. Apprentissage, transparence et création de liens : femmes ...

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    Apprentissage, transparence et création de liens : femmes parlementaires et jeunes étudiantes universitaires en Éthiopie. L'initiative Gouvernance ... septembre 2017. Dans le dernier numéro du bulletin de BRAS, lisez un message d'adieu de Simon Carter, directeur régional du bureau du CRDI en Afrique subsaharienne.

  8. Crèche and School - Important dates

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    Enrolments 2018-2019 Enrolments to the Crèche and School for the school year 2018-2019 will take place on 5, 6 and 7 March 2018 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Crèche and School of the CERN Staff Association. Registration forms will be available from Thursday 1st March 2018. For more information, please visit the website: http://nurseryschool.web.cern.ch/. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Saturday 3 March 2018 Open Day at Crèche and School of the CERN Staff Association Are you considering enrolling your child to the Crèche and School of the CERN Staff Association? If you work at CERN, then this event is for you: come visit the school and meet the Management on Saturday 3 March 2018 from 10 to 12 am It will be our pleasure to present to you our structure, its projects and premises, and answer any questions you may have. Please sign up for one of the two sessions via Doodle before Friday 2 March 2018: htt...

  9. Monazite-type SrCrO4 under compression

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    Gleissner, J; Segura, A; Pellicer-Porres, J; Hakeem, M A; Proctor, J; Raju, S V; Kumar, R S; Rodriguez-Hernandez, P; Munoz, A; Lopez-Moreno, S; Bettinelli, M

    2016-01-01

    We report a high-pressure study of monoclinic monazite-type SrCrO4 up to 26 GPa. Therein we combined x-ray diffraction, Raman and optical-absorption measurements with ab initio calculations, to find a pressure-induced structural phase transition of SrCrO4 near 8-9 GPa. Evidence of a second phase transition was observed at 10-13 GPa. The crystal structures of the high-pressure phases were assigned to the tetragonal scheelite-type and monoclinic AgMnO4-type structures. Both transitions produce drastic changes in the electronic band gap and phonon spectrum of SrCrO4. We determined the pressure evolution of the band gap for the low-pressure and high-pressure phases as well as the frequencies and pressure dependences of the Raman-active modes. In all three phases most Raman modes harden under compression; however the presence of low-frequency modes which gradually soften is also detected. In monazite-type SrCrO4, the band gap blue-shifts under compression, but the transition to the scheelite phase causes an abrupt...

  10. Corrosion related iron oxides: Cu, Mn and Cr doped hematite

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    Pérez, G.

    2003-12-01

    Full Text Available We have obtained Cu, Mn, and Cr doped hematites, by a thermal treatment of doped goethites at 500 and 880 °C in air for 24 h. The goethites were prepared in the laboratory from iron chloride solutions in the presence of Cu2+, Mn2+, and Cr3+ ions. The samples are characterized by Mössbauer spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. It is found that at 500 °C all the goethites have transformed into hematites. However, the thermal treatment at 880 °C produces hematites with better crystallinity.

    Hemos obtenido hematitas dopadas con Cu, Mn y Cr, por un tratamiento térmico de goethitas dopadas a 500 y 880 °C en aire durante 24 h. Las goethitas fueron preparadas en el laboratorio a partir de soluciones de cloruro de hierro en presencia de iones de Cu2+, Mn2+ y Cr3+. Las muestras fueron caracterizadas por espectroscopia Mössbauer y difracción de rayos X. Se encontró que a 500 °C todas las goethitas se han transformado a hematitas. Sin embargo, el tratamiento térmico a 880 °C produce hematitas con mejor cristalinidad.

  11. Enrichment of Pb, Hg and Cr in cultured carp otolith

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    AJL

    2012-01-26

    Jan 26, 2012 ... Fish otolith is a good recorder of water environment in which the fish lived. In order to identify the elements in otolith that are sensitive to environment and their enrichment rules, lab-culture experiments of carps were carried out. Pb, Hg and Cr were added separately into tanks in which the carps lived, and.

  12. Measurement of mass attenuation coefficients in some Cr, Co and ...

    Indian Academy of Sciences (India)

    Home; Journals; Pramana – Journal of Physics; Volume 69; Issue 2. Measurement of mass attenuation coefficients in some Cr, Co and Fe compounds around the ... Author Affiliations. U Turgut1 O Şimşek1 E Büyükkasap1. Department of Physics Education, Education Faculty, Atatürk University, 25240, Erzurum, Turkey ...

  13. Crítica do direito e teoria dos sistemas

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    Kolja Möller

    2015-01-01

    RESUMO O artigo centra-se em abordagens da teoria crítica do sistema em relação ao direito e à sociedade; mostra como elas modificam a estrutura da teoria ortodoxa dos sistemas e discute a forma...

  14. Removal of Cr(VI) from groundwater by Fe(0)

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    Gao, Yanjiao; Liu, Rui

    2017-11-01

    This research was conducted to investigate the treatment of hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)) by iron powder (Fe(0)) columns of simulated permeable reactive barriers with and without calcium carbonate (CaCO3). Two columns filled with Fe(0) were used as Cr(VI) removal equipment running at a flow velocity of 10 ml/min at room temperature. After 200 days running of the two columns, the results showed that Fe(0) was an effective material for Cr(VI) reduction with an average removal rate of above 84.6%. The performance of Column 2 with CaCO3 was better than Column 1 without CaCO3 in terms of average Cr(VI) removal rate. The presence of CaCO3 buffered the increasing pH caused by Fe(0) corrosion in Column 2 and enhanced the removal rate of Column 2. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) images of Fe(0) in the three stages of running of the two columns illustrated that the coat layer of Column 1 was a little thicker than that of Column 2. Energy-dispersive spectrometry (EDS) results showed that the surface of Fe(0) of Column 2 contained more chromium elements. Raman spectroscopy found that all iron oxide was generated on the Fe(0) surface of Column 1 and Column 2 and chromium class objects were only detected on Fe(0) surface in Column 2.

  15. Evaluation of Cr (VI) remediation potential of Eichornia sp in ...

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    Purpose: Evaluation of Cr (VI) removal by indigenous chromium resistant bacterial strains alone and in combination with Eichornia sp. Methods: Three chromium resistant bacterial strains S-4 Ochrobactrum grignonense, SF-5 Bacillus sp. and S-6 Ochrobactrum pseudogrignonenses were isolated from industrial effluent.

  16. Thermodynamics and adsorption isotherms for the biosorption of Cr ...

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    The use of maize (Zea mays) cob for the biosorption of Cr(VI), Ni(II) and Cd(II) is reported. Biosorption experiments were carried out using batch process with 8g weight of adsorbent and variable adsorbate concentrations. Variations in the concentration of the different adsorbates during the adsorption process were ...

  17. Emission line imaging of 3CR quasars and radio galaxies

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    Hes, R; Barthel, PD; Fosbury, RAE

    Optical emission line images and spectra of sixteen 3CR powerful radio galaxies and quasars are presented. Extended line emission is detected in both radio galaxies and quasars. We show that line luminosities, derived from the spatially integrated [OII]lambda 3727 narrow emission line, are on

  18. 1071-IJBCS-Article-Crépin Pene

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    KODJIO NORBERT

    ://indexmedicus.afro.who.int. Late season sugarcane performance as affected by soil water deficit at the yield formation stage in commercial farms of northern Ivory Coast. Crépin B. PÉNÉ *, Marco H. OUATTARA and Sylvain G. KOULIBALY.

  19. A crèche on the Meyrin CERN site

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    2013-01-01

    A few months ago (see Echo 175) we announced the opening, at the end of August, of a crèche at the CERN Staff Association’s nursery school. After a very active summer, where a new floor was added to the canteen building, the new school year started in excellent conditions and, as expected, the new crèche opened on Tuesday 27 August. This crèche, with 13 full-time equivalent places, can accept 18 children aged between three months and two years in a space fully refitted to care for the little ones. A specially designed space for breastfeeding helps mothers working on the site to respect their baby's rhythm. In compliance with the standards of supervision in the canton of Geneva six educators take care of the children in shifts. This new space is fully integrated in the nursery school so that now the crèche, Kindergarten and school of the CERN Staff Association can welcome children aged from three months to six years, from Monday to Friday, and...

  20. Mathematical sciences for climate change resilience (MS4CR ...

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    Mathematical sciences for climate change resilience (MS4CR). The World Bank has estimated that climate change will have negative impacts for some 100 million people worldwide. As many as 43 million people in Africa alone face increased prospects of severe droughts, floods, and storms threatening their health and ...