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  1. Magnetic properties of R2Mn207 pyrochlore rare-earth solid solutions

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    Imamura, N.; Karppinen, Maarit; Yamauchi, H.; Goodenough, J. B.

    2010-01-01

    Three (R,R′)2Mn2O7 ferromagnetic pyrochlore systems were studied to investigate the role of the R3+ ionic size versus 4f moment on the magnetic properties of the Mn2O7 sublattice. The Curie temperature TC=18±1 K for R=Y and Lu remained nearly constant for (Y1−xLux)2Mn2O7 but the magnetization data show characteristics of spin-glass behavior in low magnetic fields, and at 5 T, the magnetization fails to reach the expected 3 μB/Mn4+ found by 0.5 T in Tl2Mn2O7 and In2Mn2O7. A frustrated, minor a...

  2. Synthesis and electrical properties of the pyrochlore-type Gd2-yLayZr2O7 solid solution

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    León, C.

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Different compositions in the pyrochlore-type Gd2-yLayZr2O7 solid solution (0 ≤ y ≤ 1 were prepared at room-temperature by mechanically milling stoichiometric mixtures of the corresponding oxides. Irrespective of their lanthanum content, as-prepared powder samples consist of single-phase anion deficient fluorite materials, although long-range ordering of cations and anion vacancies characteristic of pyrochlores was observed in all cases after firing the samples at 1500°C. Interestingly, activation energy for oxygen migration in the series decreases as La-content increases, from 1.13 eV for Gd2Zr2O7 to 0.81 eV for GdLaZr2O7, whereas ionic conductivity was found to be almost La-content independent, at least for y ≤ 0.8 at T = 500°C and y ≤ 0.4 at T = 800°C. These results are explained in terms of weaker ion-ion interactions in better ordered structures (i.e., as La-content increases and highlight the importance of structural ordering/disordering in determining the dynamics of mobile oxygen ions.Partiendo de mezclas estequiométricas de los óxidos correspondientes, se prepararon por molienda mecánica y a temperatura ambiente diferentes composiciones en la solución sólida Gd2-yLayZr2O7 (0 ≤ y ≤ 1 con estructura de tipo pirocloro y conductora de iones oxígeno. Independientemente del contenido de lantano, los polvos extraídos del molino presentaron difractogramas similares al de una fluorita no estequiométrica aunque en todos los casos, el tratamiento térmico a 1500°C indujo la aparición del ordenamiento de largo alcance de cationes y vacancias aniónicas característico de pirocloros. La energía de activación para el proceso de migración de iones oxígeno en la serie disminuye a medida que se incrementa el contenido de lantano, desde 1.13 eV de Gd2Zr2O7 hasta 0.81 eV de GdLaZr2O7, mientras que la conductividad resultó ser prácticamente independiente del mismo hasta y ≤ 0.8 para T = 500°C e y ≤ 0.4 para T = 800

  3. Structures and solid solution mechanisms of pyrochlore phases in the systems Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-ZnO-(Nb, Ta){sub 2}O{sub 5}

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    Tan, K.B., E-mail: tankb@science.upm.edu.m [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Khaw, C.C. [Department of Engineering, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, 53300 Setapak, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Lee, C.K. [Academic Science Malaysia, 902-4 Jalan Tun Ismail, 50480 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Zainal, Z. [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Miles, G.C. [Department of Engineering Materials, The University of Sheffield, Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD (United Kingdom)

    2010-10-22

    Research highlights: {yields} Combined XRD and ND Rietveld structural refinement of pyrochlores. {yields} Structures and solid solution mechanisms of Bi-pyrochlores. {yields} Bi and Zn displaced off-centre to different 96g A-site positions. {yields} Summary of composition-structure-property of Bi-pyrochlores. - Abstract: The crystal structures of two pyrochlore phases have been determined by Rietveld refinement of combined X-ray and neutron powder diffraction data. These are stoichiometric, Bi{sub 1.5} ZnTa{sub 1.5}O{sub 7} and non-stoichiometric Bi{sub 1.56}Zn{sub 0.92}Nb{sub 1.44}O{sub 6.86}. In both structures, Zn is distributed over A- and B-sites; Bi and Zn are displaced off-centre, to different 96g A-site positions; of the three sets of oxygen positions, O(1) are full, O(2) contain vacancies and O(3) contain a small number of oxygen, again in both cases. Comparisons between these structures, those of related Sb analogues and literature reports are made.

  4. On the electrical properties of the Bi2-ySryIr2O7 pyrochlore solid solution: Quantum ab initio and classic calculations

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    de la Mora, Pablo; Cosio-Castañeda, Carlos; Martinez-Anaya, Oliver; Morales, Francisco; Tavizon, Gustavo

    2016-09-01

    In this work, a theoretical study of the electrical properties of the Bi2-ySryIr2O7 (Bi2-ySryIr2O16O2) α-pyrochlore-type solid solution is presented. Quantum ab initio DFT(WIEN2k) calculations were performed in order to understand the electrical resistivity changes associated to the Bi substitution by Sr in this system. The main crystallographic modification associated to this substitution is the x position of the 48f oxygen (x, 1/8 , 1/8 ) (O1); this substitution substantially modifies the Bi/Sr-O1 and Ir-O1 atomic distances, increasing the former and diminishing the latter. Experimentally, the Bi2-ySryIr2O7 samples are metallic and the electrical resistivity increases with the Sr content. Electronic structure calculations for Bi2Ir2O7 and BiSrIr2O7 show that, regardless of structural changes, there is only a small change of electrical conductivity with the Sr substitution, and the experimentally observed increase of the resistivity can be explained in terms of a larger impact on the electronic structure of both; the Sr 'impurities' as well as of the thermal Sr oscillations.

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

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    Mayuree Sansernnivet

    2010-01-01

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

  6. Synthesis of solid solutions of perovskites

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    Dambekalne, M.Y.; Antonova, M.K.; Perro, I.T.; Plaude, A.V.

    1986-03-01

    The authors carry out thermographic studies, using a derivatograph, in order to understand the nature of the processes taking place during the synthesis of solid solutions of perovskites. Based on the detailed studies on the phase transformations occurring in the charges of the PSN-PMN solid solutions and on the selection of the optimum conditions for carrying out their synthesis, the authors obtained a powder containing a minimum quantity of the undesirable pyrochlore phase and by sintering it using the hot pressing method, they produced single phase ceramic specimens containing the perovskite phase alone with a density close to the theoretical value and showing zero apparent porosity and water absorption.

  7. Direct Hydrothermal Precipitation of Pyrochlore-Type Tungsten Trioxide Hemihydrate from Alkaline Sodium Tungstate Solution

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    Li, Xiaobin; Li, Jianpu; Zhou, Qiusheng; Peng, Zhihong; Liu, Guihua; Qi, Tiangui

    2012-04-01

    Pyrochlore-type tungsten trioxide hemihydrate (WO3·0.5H2O) powder with the average particle size of 0.5 μm was prepared successfully from the weak alkaline sodium tungstate solution by using organic substances of sucrose or cisbutenedioic acid as the acidification agent. The influences of solution pH and acidification agents on the precipitation process were investigated. The results showed that organic acidification agents such as sucrose and cisbutenedioic acid could improve the precipitation of pyrochlore WO3·0.5H2O greatly from sodium tungstate solution compared with the traditional acidification agent of hydrochloric acid. In addition, the pH value of the hydrothermal system played a critical role in the precipitation process of WO3·0.5H2O, and WO3·0.5H2O precipitation mainly occured in the pH range of 7.0 to 8.5. The precipitation rate of tungsten species in the sodium tungstate solution could reach up to 98 pct under the optimized hydrothermal conditions. This article proposed also the hydrothermal precipitation mechanism of WO3·0.5H2O from the weak alkaline sodium tungstate solution. The novel method reported in this study has a great potential to improve the efficiency of advanced tungsten trioxide-based functional material preparation, as well as for the pollution-reducing and energy-saving tungsten extractive metallurgy.

  8. Low energy ion-solid interactions and chemistry effects in a series of pyrochlores

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    Dong, Liyuan [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou Gansu China; Li, Yuhong [School of Nuclear Science and Technology, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou Gansu China; Devanathan, Ram [Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland Washington; Setyawan, Wahyu [Energy and Environment Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland Washington; Gao, Fei [Department of Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan

    2017-04-03

    The effect of chemistry on low energy recoil events was investigated at 10 K for each type of atom in pyrochlores using molecular dynamics simulation. Contour plots of the threshold displacement energy (Ed) in Gd2Zr2O7 have been produced along more than 80 directions for each individual species. The Ed surface for each type of atom in Gd2Zr2O7 is highly anisotropic; Ed of Zr exhibits the largest degree of anisotropy, while that of O8b exhibits the smallest. The recommended values of Ed in Gd2Zr2O7 based on the observed minima are 56, 94 and 25 eV, respectively for Gd, Zr and O. The influence of cation radius on Ed in pyrochlores A2B2O7 (with A-site ranging from Lu3+ to La3+ and B-site ranging from Ti4+ to Ce4+) was also investigated along three directions [100], [110] and [111]. The Ed in pyrochlores strongly depended on the atom type, atom mass, knock-on direction, and lattice position. The defects produced after low energy displacement events included cation antisite defects, cation Frenkel pairs, anion Frenkel pairs, various vacancies and interstitials. Ce doping in pyrochlores may affect the radiation response, because it resulted in drastic changes in cation and anion displacement energies and formation of an unusual type of anti-site defect. This work demonstrates links between Ed and amorphization resistance.

  9. Hydrothermal synthesis of pyrochlores and their characterization

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    Redkin, Alexander F.; Ionov, Andrey M.; Kotova, Nataliya P.

    2013-10-01

    Pyrochlores, microlites, and U-betafites of pyrochlore group minerals were obtained from mixing experiments of the corresponding oxides and fluorides by hydrothermal synthesis at T = 800 °C and P = 200 MPa in the solution of 1.0 M NaF. The presence of U4+ in pyrochlore does not affect the cell parameter, which for the phases of pyrochlore-microlite series is 10.42 ± 0.01 Å. In a system with an excess of UO2, pyrochlores and microlites, containing uranium up to 0.2-0.3 atoms per formula unit (apfu), are formed. In the uranium-free system of betafites composition, perovskites and Ti-bearing pyrochlores are formed. U-pyrochlores of betafite series, containing 2Ti = Nb + Ta in moles, have cubic cell parameters of 10.26 ± 0.02 Å and U4+ isomorphic capacity of 0.4-0.5 apfu. In the pyrochlore structure, U4+ may substitute for Ca2+ and Na+ cations in the eightfold site. In pyrochlores of pyrochlore-microlite series, Ca2+ is replaced by U4+, while in pyrochlores of betafite series, U4+ replaces Na+. Phases with pyrochlore structure, containing U5+ and U6+ in the sixfold site, usually occupied by Nb5+, Ta5+, and Ti4+, are formed under oxidizing conditions (Cu-Cu2O buffer). They are characterized by low content of Nb5+, Ta5+ (<0.1 apfu), and anomalous behavior of the crystal lattice (compression, instead of expansion). Under natural conditions, the formation of pyrochlores containing a significant amount of U5+ and U6+ is unlikely.

  10. Structural determination of new solid solutions [Y2-x Mx ][Sn2-x Mx ]O7-3x/2 (M = Mg or Zn by Rietveld method

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    Mohamed Douma

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available New [Y2-x Mx][Sn2-x Mx]O7-3x/2 (0 ≤x≤ 0.30 for M = Mg and 0 ≤x≤ 0.36 for M = Zn solid solutions with the pyrochlore structure were synthesized via high-temperature solid-state reaction method. Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD patterns and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR spectra showed that these materials are new non-stoichiometric solid solutions with the pyrochlore type structure. The structural parameters for the solids obtained were successfully determined by Rietveld refinement based on the analysis of the PXRD diagrams. Lattice parameter (a of these solid solutions decreases when x increases in both series. All samples obtained have the pyrochlore structure Fd-3m, no. 227 (origin at center -3m with M2+ (M = Mg2+ or Zn2+ cations in Y3+ and Sn4+ sites, thus creating vacancies in the anionic sublattice.

  11. Growth of Solid Solution Crystals

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    Lehoczky, S. L.; Szofran, F. R.; Holland, L. R.

    1985-01-01

    The major objective of this program is to determine the conditions under which single crystals of solid solutions can be grown from the melt in a Bridgman configuration with a high degree of chemical homogeneity. The central aim is to assess the role of gravity in the growth process and to explore the possible advantages for growth in the absence of gravity. The alloy system being investigated is the solid solution semiconductor with x-values appropriate for infrared detector applications in Hg sub (1-x) Cd sub x Te the 8 to 14 micro m wavelength region. Both melt and Te-solvent growth are being considered. The study consists of an extensive ground-based experimental and theoretical research effort followed by flight experimentation where appropriate. Experimental facilities have been established for the purification, casting, and crystal growth of the alloy system. Facilities have been also established for the metallurgical, compositional, electric and optical characterization of the alloys. Crystals are being grown by the Bridgman-Stockbarger method and are analyzed by various experimental techniques to evaluate the effects of growth conditions on the longitudinal and radial compositional variations and defect densities in the crystals.

  12. Solution-solid-solid mechanism: superionic conductors catalyze nanowire growth.

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    Wang, Junli; Chen, Kangmin; Gong, Ming; Xu, Bin; Yang, Qing

    2013-09-11

    The catalytic mechanism offers an efficient tool to produce crystalline semiconductor nanowires, in which the choice, state, and structure of catalysts are active research issues of much interest. Here we report a novel solution-solid-solid (SSS) mechanism for nanowire growth catalyzed by solid-phase superionic conductor nanocrystals in low-temperature solution. The preparation of Ag2Se-catalyzed ZnSe nanowires at 100-210 °C is exampled to elucidate the SSS model, which can be extendable to grow other II-VI semiconductor (e.g., CdSe, ZnS, and CdS) nanowires by the catalysis of nanoscale superionic-phase silver or copper(I) chalcogenides (Ag2Se, Ag2S, and Cu2S). The exceptional catalytic ability of these superionic conductors originates from their structure characteristics, known for high-density vacancies and fast mobility of silver or copper(I) cations in the rigid sublattice of Se(2-) or S(2-) ions. Insights into the SSS mechanism are provided based on the formation of solid solution and the solid-state ion diffusion/transport at solid-solid interface between catalyst and nanowire.

  13. Radionuclide solubility control by solid solutions

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    Brandt, F.; Klinkenberg, M.; Rozov, K.; Bosbach, D. [Forschungszentrum Juelich GmbH (Germany). Inst. of Energy and Climate Research - Nuclear Waste Management and Reactor Safety (IEK-6); Vinograd, V. [Frankfurt Univ. (Germany). Inst. of Geosciences

    2015-07-01

    The migration of radionuclides in the geosphere is to a large extend controlled by sorption processes onto minerals and colloids. On a molecular level, sorption phenomena involve surface complexation, ion exchange as well as solid solution formation. The formation of solid solutions leads to the structural incorporation of radionuclides in a host structure. Such solid solutions are ubiquitous in natural systems - most minerals in nature are atomistic mixtures of elements rather than pure compounds because their formation leads to a thermodynamically more stable situation compared to the formation of pure compounds. However, due to a lack of reliable data for the expected scenario at close-to equilibrium conditions, solid solution systems have so far not been considered in long-term safety assessments for nuclear waste repositories. In recent years, various solid-solution aqueous solution systems have been studied. Here we present state-of-the art results regarding the formation of (Ra,Ba)SO{sub 4} solid solutions. In some scenarios describing a waste repository system for spent nuclear fuel in crystalline rocks {sup 226}Ra dominates the radiological impact to the environment associated with the potential release of radionuclides from the repository in the future. The solubility of Ra in equilibrium with (Ra,Ba)SO{sub 4} is much lower than the one calculated with RaSO{sub 4} as solubility limiting phase. Especially, the available literature data for the interaction parameter W{sub BaRa}, which describes the non-ideality of the solid solution, vary by about one order of magnitude (Zhu, 2004; Curti et al., 2010). The final {sup 226}Ra concentration in this system is extremely sensitive to the amount of barite, the difference in the solubility products of the end-member phases, and the degree of non-ideality of the solid solution phase. Here, we have enhanced the fundamental understanding regarding (1) the thermodynamics of (Ra,Ba)SO{sub 4} solid solutions and (2) the

  14. Computer simulation of concentrated solid solution strengthening

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    Kuo, C. T. K.; Arsenault, R. J.

    1976-01-01

    The interaction forces between a straight edge dislocation moving through a three-dimensional block containing a random array of solute atoms were determined. The yield stress at 0 K was obtained by determining the average maximum solute-dislocation interaction force that is encountered by edge dislocation, and an expression relating the yield stress to the length of the dislocation and the solute concentration is provided. The magnitude of the solid solution strengthening due to solute atoms can be determined directly from the numerical results, provided the dislocation line length that moves as a unit is specified.

  15. Characterization, Microstructure, and Dielectric properties of cubic pyrochlore structural ceramics

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    Li, Yangyang

    2013-05-01

    The (BMN) bulk materials were sintered at 1050°C, 1100°C, 1150°C, 1200°C by the conventional ceramic process, and their microstructure and dielectric properties were investigated by Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) (including the X-ray energy dispersive spectrometry EDS and high resolution transmission electron microscopy HRTEM) and dielectric impedance analyzer. We systematically investigated the structure, dielectric properties and voltage tunable property of the ceramics prepared at different sintering temperatures. The XRD patterns demonstrated that the synthesized BMN solid solutions had cubic phase pyrochlore-type structure when sintered at 1050°C or higher, and the lattice parameter (a) of the unit cell in BMN solid solution was calculated to be about 10.56Å. The vibrational peaks observed in the Raman spectra of BMN solid solutions also confirmed the cubic phase pyrochlore-type structure of the synthesized BMN. According to the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) images, the grain size increased with increasing sintering temperature. Additionally, it was shown that the densities of the BMN ceramic tablets vary with sintering temperature. The calculated theoretical density for the BMN ceramic tablets sintered at different temperatures is about 6.7521 . The density of the respective measured tablets is usually amounting more than 91% and 5 approaching a maximum value of 96.5% for sintering temperature of 1150°C. The microstructure was investigated by using Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD). Combined with the results obtained from the STEM and XRD, the impact of sintering temperature on the macroscopic and microscopic structure was discussed. The relative dielectric constant ( ) and dielectric loss ( ) of the BMN solid solutions were measured to be 161-200 and (at room temperature and 100Hz-1MHz), respectively. The BMN solid

  16. Magnetic Damping of Solid Solution Semiconductor Alloys

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    Szofran, Frank R.; Benz, K. W.; Croell, Arne; Dold, Peter; Cobb, Sharon D.; Volz, Martin P.; Motakef, Shariar

    1999-01-01

    The objective of this study is to: (1) experimentally test the validity of the modeling predictions applicable to the magnetic damping of convective flows in electrically conductive melts as this applies to the bulk growth of solid solution semiconducting materials; and (2) assess the effectiveness of steady magnetic fields in reducing the fluid flows occurring in these materials during processing. To achieve the objectives of this investigation, we are carrying out a comprehensive program in the Bridgman and floating-zone configurations using the solid solution alloy system Ge-Si. This alloy system has been studied extensively in environments that have not simultaneously included both low gravity and an applied magnetic field. Also, all compositions have a high electrical conductivity, and the materials parameters permit reasonable growth rates. An important supporting investigation is determining the role, if any, that thermoelectromagnetic convection (TEMC) plays during growth of these materials in a magnetic field. TEMC has significant implications for the deployment of a Magnetic Damping Furnace in space. This effect will be especially important in solid solutions where the growth interface is, in general, neither isothermal nor isoconcentrational. It could be important in single melting point materials, also, if faceting takes place producing a non-isothermal interface. In conclusion, magnetic fields up to 5 Tesla are sufficient to eliminate time-dependent convection in silicon floating zones and possibly Bridgman growth of Ge-Si alloys. In both cases, steady convection appears to be more significant for mass transport than diffusion, even at 5 Tesla in the geometries used here. These results are corroborated in both growth configurations by calculations.

  17. Special quasirandom structure modeling of fluorite-structured oxide solid solutions with aliovalent cation substitutions

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    Wolff-Goodrich, Silas; Hanken, Benjamin E.; Solomon, Jonathan M.; Asta, Mark

    2015-07-01

    The accuracy of the special quasirandom structure (SQS) approach for modeling the structure and energetics of fluorite-structured oxide solid solutions with aliovalent cation substitutions is assessed in an ionic-pair potential study of urania and ceria based systems mixed with trivalent rare-earth ions. Mixing enthalpies for SQS supercells containing 96 and 324 lattice sites were calculated using ionic pair potentials for U0.5La0.5O1.75, U0.5Y0.5O1.75, Ce0.5La0.5O1.75, Ce0.5Y0.5O1.75, and Ce0.5Gd0.5O1.75, which all have stoichiometries of pyrochlores. The SQS results were compared to benchmark values for random substitutional disorder obtained using large supercell models. The calculations show significant improvement of the mixing enthalpy for the larger 324 site SQS, which is attributed to a better description of the structural distortions, as characterized by the radial distribution functions in relaxed systems.

  18. Saturation of impurity-rich phases in a cerium-substituted pyrochlore-rich titanate ceramic: part 1 experimental results

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    Ryerson, F J; Ebbinghaus, B; Kirkorian, O; VanKonynenburg, R

    2000-05-25

    The saturation of impurity-rich accessory phases in a Ce-analog baseline ceramic formulation for the immobilization of excess plutonium has been tested by synthesizing an impurity-rich baseline compositions at 1300 C, 1350 C, and 1400 C in air. Impurity oxides are added at the 10 wt% level. The resulting phases assemblages are typically rich in pyrochlore, Hf-zirconolite (hafnolite), brannerite and rutile, but in many instances also contain an accessory mineral enriched in the impurity oxide. The concentration of that oxide in coexisting pyrochlore sets the saturation limit for solid solution of the component in question. In most cases, the accessory phase does not contain significant amounts of Ce, Gd or U. Exceptions are the stabilization of a Ca-lanthanide phosphate and a phosphate glass when P{sub 2}O{sub 5} is added to the formulation. P{sub 2}O{sub 5} addition is also very effective in reducing the modal amount of pyrochlore in the form relative to brannerite. Addition of the sodium-aluminosilicate, NaAlSiO{sub 4}, also results in the formation of a grain boundary melt at run conditions, but the fate of this phase on cooling is not well determined. At temperatures above 1300 C, addition of 10 wt% Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} also leads to melting. Substitution of cations of different valences can also be associated with model-dependent changes in the oxidation state of uranium via charge transfer reactions. A set of simple components is suggested for the description of pyrochlores in both impurity-free and impurity-rich formulations.

  19. Thermal annealing of natural, radiation-damaged pyrochlore

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    Zietlow, Peter; Mihailova, Boriana [Hamburg Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Earth Sciences; Beirau, Tobias [Hamburg Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Earth Sciences; Stanford Univ., CA (United States). Dept. of Geological Sciences; and others

    2017-03-01

    Radiation damage in minerals is caused by the α-decay of incorporated radionuclides, such as U and Th and their decay products. The effect of thermal annealing (400-1000 K) on radiation-damaged pyrochlores has been investigated by Raman scattering, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), and combined differential scanning calorimetry/thermogravimetry (DSC/TG). The analysis of three natural radiation-damaged pyrochlore samples from Miass/Russia [6.4 wt% Th, 23.1.10{sup 18} α-decay events per gram (dpg)], Panda Hill/Tanzania (1.6 wt% Th, 1.6.10{sup 18} dpg), and Blue River/Canada (10.5 wt% U, 115.4.10{sup 18} dpg), are compared with a crystalline reference pyrochlore from Schelingen (Germany). The type of structural recovery depends on the initial degree of radiation damage (Panda Hill 28%, Blue River 85% and Miass 100% according to XRD), as the recrystallization temperature increases with increasing degree of amorphization. Raman spectra indicate reordering on the local scale during annealing-induced recrystallization. As Raman modes around 800 cm{sup -1} are sensitive to radiation damage (M. T. Vandenborre, E. Husson, Comparison of the force field in various pyrochlore families. I. The A{sub 2}B{sub 2}O{sub 7} oxides. J. Solid State Chem. 1983, 50, 362, S. Moll, G. Sattonnay, L. Thome, J. Jagielski, C. Decorse, P. Simon, I. Monnet, W. J. Weber, Irradiation damage in Gd{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} single crystals: Ballistic versus ionization processes. Phys. Rev. 2011, 84, 64115.), the degree of local order was deduced from the ratio of the integrated intensities of the sum of the Raman bands between 605 and 680 cm{sup -1} divided by the sum of the integrated intensities of the bands between 810 and 860 cm{sup -1}. The most radiation damaged pyrochlore (Miass) shows an abrupt recovery of both, its short- (Raman) and long-range order (X-ray) between 800 and 850 K, while the weakly damaged pyrochlore (Panda Hill) begins to recover at considerably lower temperatures (near 500 K

  20. End-Member Formulation of Solid Solutions and Reactive Transport

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    Lichtner, Peter C. [Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)

    2015-09-01

    A model for incorporating solid solutions into reactive transport equations is presented based on an end-member representation. Reactive transport equations are solved directly for the composition and bulk concentration of the solid solution. Reactions of a solid solution with an aqueous solution are formulated in terms of an overall stoichiometric reaction corresponding to a time-varying composition and exchange reactions, equivalent to reaction end-members. Reaction rates are treated kinetically using a transition state rate law for the overall reaction and a pseudo-kinetic rate law for exchange reactions. The composition of the solid solution at the onset of precipitation is assumed to correspond to the least soluble composition, equivalent to the composition at equilibrium. The stoichiometric saturation determines if the solid solution is super-saturated with respect to the aqueous solution. The method is implemented for a simple prototype batch reactor using Mathematica for a binary solid solution. Finally, the sensitivity of the results on the kinetic rate constant for a binary solid solution is investigated for reaction of an initially stoichiometric solid phase with an undersaturated aqueous solution.

  1. Growth of Solid Solution Single Crystals

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    Lehoczky, Sandor L.; Szofran, F. R.; Gillies, Donald C.

    2001-01-01

    The solidification of a solid solution semiconductor, having a wide separation between liquidus and solidus has been extensively studied in ground based, high magnetic field and Spacelab experiments. Two alloys of mercury cadmium telluride have been studied; with 80.0 mole percent of HgTe and 84.8 mole percent of HgTe respectively, the remainder being cadmium telluride. Such alloys are extremely difficult to grow by directional solidification on earth due to high solutal and thermal density differences that give rise to fluid flow and consequent loss of interface shape and composition. Diffusion controlled growth is therefore impossible to achieve in conventional directional solidification. The ground based experiments consisted of growing crystals in several different configurations of heat pipe furnaces, NASA's Advanced Automated Directional Solidification Furnace (AADSF), and a similar furnace incorporated in a superconducting magnet capable of operating at up to 5T. The first microgravity experiment took place during the flight of STS-62 in March 1994, with the AADSF installed on the second United States Microgravity Payload (USMP-2). The alloy was solidified at 3/4 inch per day over a 9 day period, and for the first time a detailed evaluation was performed correlating composition variations to measured residual acceleration. The second flight experiment took place in the fourth United States Microgravity Payload Mission (USMP-4) in November 1997. Due to contamination of the furnace system, analysis shows that the conditions prevailing during the experiment were quite different from the requirements requested prior to the mission. The results indicate that the sample did accomplish the desired objectives.

  2. Compositional Segregation in Unidirectionally Solidified Solid Solution Crystals

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    Wang, J. C.

    1983-01-01

    A computer program was developed to model compositional segregation in unidrectionally solidified solid-solution-semiconducting crystals. The program takes into account the variations of the interface segregation constant and solidification rate with composition. Calculations are performed for the HgCdTe solid solution system that is compared with experimental data.

  3. Forces between Hydrophobic Solids in Concentrated Aqueous Salt Solution

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    Mastropietro, Dean J; Ducker, William A.

    2012-01-01

    Much research has focused on the discovery and description of long-ranged forces between hydrophobic solids immersed in water. Here we show that the force between high contact-angle solids in concentrated salt solution (1 M KCl) agrees very well with van der Waals forces calculated from Lifshitz theory for separations greater than 5 nm. The hydrophobic solids are octadecyltrichlorosilane-coated glass, with an advancing contact angle of 108 degrees. Thus, in 1 M salt solution, it is unnecessar...

  4. Radiation processes in crystal solid solutions

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    Gladyshev, Gennadi

    2012-01-01

    This is a monograph explaining processes occurring in two classes of crystal solids (metal alloys and doped alkali halide) under irradiation by various types of radiation (alpha, beta, gamma, X-radiations, ions). This e-book is a useful reference for advanced readers interested in the physics of radiation and solid state physics.

  5. Modeling supercritical fluid extraction process involving solute-solid interaction

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    Goto, M.; Roy, B. Kodama, A.; Hirose, T. [Kumamoto Univ., Kumamoto (Japan)

    1998-04-01

    Extraction or leaching of solute from natural solid material is a mass transfer process involving dissolution or release of solutes from a solid matrix. Interaction between the solute and solid matrix often influences the supercritical fluid extraction process. A model accounting for the solute-solid interaction as well as mass transfer is developed. The BET equation is used to incorporate the interaction and the solubility of solutes into the local equilibrium in the model. Experimental data for the supercritical extraction of essential oil and cuticular wax from peppermint leaves are successfully analyzed by the model. The effects of parameters on the extraction behavior are demonstrated to illustrate the concept of the model. 18 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  6. Fluoride-conversion synthesis of homogeneous actinide oxide solid solutions

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    Silva, G W Chinthaka M [ORNL; Hunn, John D [ORNL; Yeamans, Charles B. [University of California, Berkeley; Cerefice, Gary S. [University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Czerwinski, Ken R. [University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    2011-01-01

    Here, a novel route to synthesize (U, Th)O2 solid solutions at a relatively low temperature of 1100 C is demonstrated. First, the separate actinide oxides reacted with ammonium bifluoride to form ammonium actinide fluorides at room temperature. Subsequently, this mixture was converted to the actinide oxide solid solution using a two-phased heat treatment, first at 610 C in static air, then at 1100 C in flowing argon. Solid solutions obeying Vegard s Law were synthesized for ThO2 content from 10 to 90 wt%. Microscopy showed that the (U, Th)O2 solid solutions synthesized with this method to have considerably high crystallinity and homogeneity, suggesting the suitability of material thus synthesized for sintering into nuclear fuel pellets at low temperatures.

  7. Solid solution hardening of molecular crystals: tautomeric polymorphs of omeprazole.

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    Mishra, Manish Kumar; Ramamurty, Upadrasta; Desiraju, Gautam R

    2015-02-11

    In the context of processing of molecular solids, especially pharmaceuticals, hardness is an important property that often determines the manufacturing steps employed. Through nanoindentation studies on a series of omeprazole polymorphs, in which the proportions of the 5- and 6-methoxy tautomers vary systematically, we demonstrate that solid-solution strengthening can be effectively employed to engineer the hardness of organic solids. High hardness can be attained by increasing lattice resistance to shear sliding of molecular layers during plastic deformation.

  8. Thermal vacancy formation energies of random solid solutions

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    Luo, H. B.; Hu, Q. M.; Du, J.; Yan, A. R.; Liu, J. P.

    2017-01-01

    Vacancy mechanism plays a dominant role in the atomic migration when a close-packed disordered alloy undergoes ordering transition. However, the calculation of thermal vacancy formation energies (VFEs) of random solid solutions is usually cumbersome due to the difficulty in considering various local atomic environments. Here, we propose a transparent way that combines coherent potential approximation and supercell-local cluster expansion to investigate VFEs of random solid solutions. This met...

  9. Analytical Solution for Isentropic Flows in Solids

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    Heuzé, Olivier

    2009-12-01

    In the XIXth century, Riemann gave the equations system and the exact solution for the isentropic flows in the case of the ideal gas. But to our knowledge, nothing has been done to apply it to condensed media. Many materials of practical interest, for instance metals, obey to the linear law D = c+s u, where D is the shock velocity, u the particle velocity, and c and s properties of the material. We notice that s is strongly linked to the fundamental derivative. This means that the assumption of constant fundamental derivative is useful in this case, as it was with the isentropic gamma in the Riemann solution. Then we can apply the exact Riemann solution for these materials. Although the use of the hypergeometric function is complicated in this case, we obtain a very good approximation with the development in power series.

  10. Solid state synthesis, crystal growth and optical properties of urea and p-chloronitrobenzene solid solution

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    Rai, R.N., E-mail: rn_rai@yahoo.co.in [Department of Chemistry, Centre of Advanced Study, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (India); Kant, Shiva; Reddi, R.S.B. [Department of Chemistry, Centre of Advanced Study, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (India); Ganesamoorthy, S. [Materials Science Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102, Tamilnadu (India); Gupta, P.K. [Laser Materials Development & Devices Division, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology, Indore 452013 (India)

    2016-01-15

    Urea is an attractive material for frequency conversion of high power lasers to UV (for wavelength down to 190 nm), but its usage is hindered due to its hygroscopic nature, though there is no alternative organic NLO crystal which could be transparent up to 190 nm. The hygroscopic character of urea has been modified by making the solid solution (UCNB) of urea (U) and p-chloronitrobenzene (CNB). The formation of the solid solution of CNB in U is explained on the basis of phase diagram, powder XRD, FTIR, elemental analysis and single crystal XRD studies. The solubility of U, CNB and UCNB in ethanol solution is evaluated at different temperatures. Transparent single crystals of UCNB are grown from its saturated solution in ethanol. Optical properties e.g., second harmonic generation (SHG), refractive index and the band gap for UCNB crystal were measured and their values were compared with the parent compounds. Besides modification in hygroscopic nature, UCNB has also shown the higher SHG signal and mechanical hardness in comparison to urea crystal. - Highlights: • The hygroscopic character of urea was modified by making the solid solutionSolid solution formation is support by elemental, powder- and single crystal XRD • Crystal of solid solution has higher SHG signal and mechanical stability. • Refractive index and band gap of solid solution crystal have determined.

  11. Solid Tumors: Facts, Challenges and Solutions

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    Gavhane Y. N.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available In 2005, 7.6 million people died of cancer out of 58 million deaths worldwide. Based on projections, cancer deaths will continue to rise with an estimated 9 million people dying from cancer in 2015, and 11.4 million dying in 2030. The increasing trend of cancer incidence has forced the humanity to work more on the cancer prevention and treatments. It is important for the public health professionals to understand the dynamics and kinetics of tumor incidence for future strategies. Over here we have reviewed solid tumor modeling, their detail classification, treatment strategies available along with their merits and demerits. To overcome these limitations, design focus for future studies is suggested.

  12. Subsolidus phase equilibria and magnetic characterization of the pyrochlore in the Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}–Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}–Sb{sub 2}O{sub x} system

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    Egorysheva, A.V., E-mail: anna_egorysheva@rambler.ru [Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninskii pr. 31, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Ellert, O.G. [Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninskii pr. 31, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Maksimov, Yu.V. [Semenov Institute of Chemical Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Kosygina 4, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Volodin, V.D.; Efimov, N.N.; Novotortsev, V.M. [Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninskii pr. 31, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation)

    2013-12-05

    Highlights: •We have constructed the isothermal section of the system Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}–Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}–Sb{sub 2}O{sub x}. •Ternary compound formation is limited to pyrochlore, which forms a solid solution region. •The phase diagram points out that 7–25% of Bi-positions are occupied with Fe{sup 3+}. •The Mossbauer data confirmed that Fe{sup 3+} ions enter the Bi-positions. •Magnetic measurements revealed spin-glass magnetic transition at 9 K. -- Abstract: The subsolidus phase equilibria of the Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}–Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}–Sb{sub 2}O{sub x} system have been investigated by X-ray powder diffraction. The isothermal section of the system at 775–800 °C has been constructed. It can be represented by 9 phase assemblage triangles. Ternary compound formation is limited to pyrochlore which forms a substantial solid solution region of Bi-deficient compositions relative to Bi{sub 2}FeSbO{sub 7}. As follows from the phase diagram, approximately 7–25% of Bi positions in pyrochlore may be occupied with Fe{sup 3+} ions that was confirmed by Mossbauer data. Magnetic measurements were carried out on the pyrochlore specimen of quasi-chemical formula (Bi{sub 1.8}Fe{sub 0.2})(FeSb)O{sub 7}. The existence of the strong short-range antiferromagnetic superexchange interactions and spin-glass magnetic transition at around 9 K were revealed.

  13. Alloy softening in binary iron solid solutions

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    Stephens, J. R.; Witzke, W. R.

    1976-01-01

    An investigation was conducted to determine softening and hardening behavior in 19 binary iron-alloy systems. Microhardness tests were conducted at four temperatures in the range 77 to 411 K. Alloy softening was exhibited by 17 of the 19 alloy systems. Alloy softening observed in 15 of the alloy systems was attributed to an intrinsic mechanism, believed to be lowering of the Peierls (lattice friction) stress. Softening and hardening rates could be correlated with the atomic radius ratio of solute to iron. Softening observed in two other systems was attributed to an extrinsic mechanism, believed to be associated with scavenging of interstitial impurities.

  14. Efficient and Color-Tunable Oxyfluoride Solid Solution Phosphors for Solid-State White Lighting

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    Im, Won Bin; George, Nathan; Kurzman, Joshua; Brinkley, Stuart; Mikhailovsky, Alexander; Hu, Jerry; Chmelka, Bradley F.; DenBaars, Steven P.; Seshadri, Ram (UCSB)

    2012-09-06

    A solid solution strategy helps increase the efficiency of Ce{sup 3+} oxyfluoride phosphors for solid-state white lighting. The use of a phosphor-capping architecture provides additional light extraction. The accompanying image displays electroluminescence spectra from a 434-nm InGaN LED phosphor that has been capped with the oxyfluoride phosphor.

  15. Heterogeneous Ferroelectric Solid Solutions Phases and Domain States

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    Topolov, Vitaly

    2012-01-01

    The book deals with perovskite-type ferroelectric solid solutions for modern materials science and applications, solving problems of complicated heterophase/domain structures near the morphotropic phase boundary and applications to various systems with morphotropic phases. In this book domain state–interface diagrams are presented for the interpretation of heterophase states in perovskite-type ferroelectric solid solutions. It allows to describe the stress relief in the presence of polydomain phases, the behavior of unit-cell parameters of coexisting phases and the effect of external electric fields. The novelty of the book consists in (i) the first systematization of data about heterophase states and their evolution in ferroelectric solid solutions (ii) the general interpretation of heterophase and domain structures at changing temperature, composition or electric field (iii) the complete analysis of interconnection domain structures, unit-cell parameters changes, heterophase structures and stress relief.

  16. Forces between hydrophobic solids in concentrated aqueous salt solution.

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    Mastropietro, Dean J; Ducker, William A

    2012-03-09

    Much research has focused on the discovery and description of long-ranged forces between hydrophobic solids immersed in water. Here we show that the force between high contact-angle solids in concentrated salt solution (1 M KCl) agrees very well with van der Waals forces calculated from Lifshitz theory for separations greater than 5 nm. The hydrophobic solids are octadecyltrichlorosilane-coated glass, with an advancing contact angle of 108°. Thus, in 1 M salt solution, it is unnecessary to invoke the presence of a hydrophobic force at separations greater than 5 nm. Through measurement in salt solution, we avoid the necessity of accounting for large electrostatic forces that frequently occur in pure water and may obscure resolution of other forces.

  17. Solid-solution thermodynamics in Al-Li alloys

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    Alekseev, A. A.; Lukina, E. A.

    2016-05-01

    The relative equilibrium concentrations of lithium atoms distributed over different electron-structural states has been estimated. The possibility of the existence of various nonequilibrium electron-structural states of Li atoms in the solid solution in Al has been substantiated thermodynamically. Upon the decomposition of the supersaturated solid solution, the supersaturation on three electron-structural states of Li atoms that arises upon the quenching of the alloy can lead to the formation of lithium-containing phases in which the lithium atoms enter in one electron-structural state.

  18. Synthesis and characterization of mesostructured ceria-zirconia solid solution

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    LI Changlin; GU Xin; WANG Yanqin; WANG Yaojun; WANG Yangang; LIU Xiaohui; LU Guanzhong

    2009-01-01

    Mesostructured Ce0.6Zr0.4O2 solid solutions were synthesized by coprecipitation combined with evaporation-induced self-assembly process. The obtained materials were characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD), Raman, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N2 sorption, and hydrogen temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR). The results showed that the solid solutions consisted of uniform nanocrystals, which piled homogeneous mesopores of about 4 nm. Furthermore, different surfactants had little influence on the mesoporous structures. All these samples exhibited high thermal stability.

  19. Pyrochlore catalysts for hydrocarbon fuel reforming

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    Berry, David A.; Shekhawat, Dushyant; Haynes, Daniel; Smith, Mark; Spivey, James J.

    2012-08-14

    A method of catalytically reforming a reactant gas mixture using a pyrochlore catalyst material comprised of one or more pyrochlores having the composition A2B2-y-zB'yB"zO7-.DELTA., where y>0 and z.gtoreq.0. Distribution of catalytically active metals throughout the structure at the B site creates an active and well dispersed metal locked into place in the crystal structure. This greatly reduces the metal sintering that typically occurs on supported catalysts used in reforming reactions, and reduces deactivation by sulfur and carbon. Further, oxygen mobility may also be enhanced by elemental exchange of promoters at sites in the pyrochlore. The pyrochlore catalyst material may be utilized in catalytic reforming reactions for the conversion of hydrocarbon fuels into synthesis gas (H2+CO) for fuel cells, among other uses.

  20. Solid and solution phase combinatorial synthesis of ureas

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    Nieuwenhuijzen, JW; Conti, PGM; Ottenheijm, HCJ; Linders, JTM

    1998-01-01

    An efficient parallel synthesis of ureas based on amino acids is described, both in solution and on solid phase. 1,1'-Carbonylbisbenzotriazole 2 is used as the coupling reagent. The ureas 5 and 10 were obtained in high yield (80-100%) and purity (71-97%). (C) 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights re

  1. KNH2-KH: a metal amide-hydride solid solution.

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    Santoru, Antonio; Pistidda, Claudio; Sørby, Magnus H; Chierotti, Michele R; Garroni, Sebastiano; Pinatel, Eugenio; Karimi, Fahim; Cao, Hujun; Bergemann, Nils; Le, Thi T; Puszkiel, Julián; Gobetto, Roberto; Baricco, Marcello; Hauback, Bjørn C; Klassen, Thomas; Dornheim, Martin

    2016-09-27

    We report for the first time the formation of a metal amide-hydride solid solution. The dissolution of KH into KNH2 leads to an anionic substitution, which decreases the interaction among NH2(-) ions. The rotational properties of the high temperature polymorphs of KNH2 are thereby retained down to room temperature.

  2. Solid-like mechanical behaviors of ovalbumin aqueous solutions.

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    Ikeda, S; Nishinari, K

    2001-04-12

    Flow and dynamic mechanical properties of ovalbumin (OVA) aqueous solutions were investigated. OVA solutions exhibited relatively large zero-shear viscosity values under steady shear flow and solid-like mechanical responses against oscillating small shear strains, that is, the storage modulus was always larger than the loss modulus in the examined frequency range (0.1--100 rad s(-1)). These results suggest that dispersed OVA molecules arranged into a colloidal crystal like array stabilized by large interparticle repulsive forces. However, marked solid-like mechanical behaviors were detected even when electrostatic repulsive forces among protein molecules were virtually absent, which could not be explained solely on the basis of conventional Derjaguin--Landau--Verwey--Overbeek (DLVO) theory. Large non-DLVO repulsive forces seem to stabilize native OVA aqueous solutions.

  3. Dielectric properties and microstructural characterization of cubic pyrochlored bismuth magnesium niobates

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    Zhang, Yuan

    2013-08-06

    Cubic bismuth pyrochlores in the Bi2O3 Bi 2O3-MgO-Nb2O5 Nb2O 5 system have been investigated as promising dielectric materials due to their high dielectric constant and low dielectric loss. Here, we report on the dielectric properties and microstructures of cubic pyrochlored Bi 1.5 MgNb 1.5 O 7 Bi1.5MgNb1.5O7 (BMN) ceramic samples synthesized via solid-state reactions. The dielectric constant (measured at 1 MHz) was measured to be ∼ 120 ∼120 at room temperature, and the dielectric loss was as low as 0.001. X-ray diffraction patterns demonstrated that the BMN samples had a cubic pyrochlored structure, which was also confirmed by selected area electron diffraction (SAED) patterns. Raman spectrum revealed more than six vibrational models predicted for the ideal pyrochlore structure, indicating additional atomic displacements of the A and O′ O\\' sites from the ideal atomic positions in the BMN samples. Structural modulations of the pyrochlore structure along the [110] and [121] directions were observed in SAED patterns and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) images. In addition, HR-TEM images also revealed that the grain boundaries (GBs) in the BMN samples were much clean, and no segregation or impure phase was observed forming at GBs. The high dielectric constants in the BMN samples were ascribed to the long-range ordered pyrochlore structures since the electric dipoles formed at the superstructural direction could be enhanced. The low dielectric loss was attributed to the existence of noncontaminated GBs in the BMN ceramics. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

  4. Luminescence spectra and kinetics of disordered solid solutions

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    Klochikhin, A.; Reznitsky, A.; Permogorov, S.;

    1999-01-01

    We have studied both theoretically and experimentally the luminescence spectra and kinetics of crystalline, disordered solid solutions after pulsed excitation. First, we present the model calculations of the steady-state luminescence band shape caused by recombination of excitons localized in the......-time limit at excitation below the exciton mobility edge. At excitation by photons with higher energies the diffusion of electrons can account for the observed behavior of the luminescence. [S0163-1829(99)11419-X]....

  5. Magnetic clusters in ilmenite-hematite solid solutions

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    Frandsen, Cathrine; Burton, B. P.; Rasmussen, Helge Kildahl;

    2010-01-01

    We report the use of high-field 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy to resolve the magnetic ordering of ilmenite-hematite [xFeTiO3−(1−x)Fe2O3] solid solutions with x>0.5. We find that nanometer-sized hematite clusters exist within an ilmenite-like matrix. Although both phases are antiferromagnetically or...

  6. Development and characterization of solid solution tri-carbides

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    Knight, Travis; Anghaie, Samim

    2001-02-01

    Solid-solution, binary uranium/refractory metal carbide fuels have been shown to be capable of performing at high temperatures for nuclear thermal propulsion applications. More recently, tri-carbide fuels such as (U, Zr, Nb)C1+x with less than 10% metal mole fraction uranium have been studied for their application in ultra-high temperature, high performance space nuclear power systems. These tri-carbide fuels require high processing temperatures greater than 2600 K owing to their high melting points in excess of 3600 K. This paper presents the results of recent studies involving hypostoichiometric, single-phase tri-carbide fuels. Processing techniques of cold uniaxial pressing and sintering were investigated to optimize the processing parameters necessary to produce high density (low porosity), single phase, solid solution mixed carbide nuclear fuels for testing. Scanning electron microscopy and xray diffraction were used to analyze samples. Liquid phase sintering with UC1+x at temperatures near 2700 K was shown to be instrumental in achieving good densification in hyper- and near-stoichiometric mixed carbides. Hypostoichiometric carbides require even higher processing temperatures greater than 2800 K in order to achieve liquid phase sintering with a UC liquid phase and good densification of the final solid solution, tri-carbide fuel. .

  7. Tunable magnon Weyl points in ferromagnetic pyrochlores

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    Mook, Alexander; Mertig, Ingrid

    2016-01-01

    The dispersion relations of magnons in ferromagnetic pyrochlores with Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction is shown to possess Weyl points, i.\\,e., pairs of topological nontrivial crossings of two magnon branches with opposite topological charge. As a consequence of their topological nature, their projections onto a surface are connected by magnon arcs, thereby resembling closely Fermi arcs of electronic Weyl semimetals. On top of this, the positions of the Weyl points in reciprocal space can be tuned widely by an external magnetic field: rotated within the surface plane, the Weyl points and magnon arcs are rotated as well; tilting the magnetic field out-of-plane shifts the Weyl points toward the center $\\bar{\\Gamma}$ of the surface Brillouin zone. The theory is valid for the class of ferromagnetic pyrochlores, i.\\,e., three-dimensional extensions of topological magnon insulators on kagome lattices. In this Letter, we focus on the $(111)$ surface, identify candidates of established ferromagnetic pyrochlores whic...

  8. Ion-Exchange Reaction Of A-Site In A2Ta2O6 Pyrochlore Crystal Structure

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    Matsunami M.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Na+ or K+ ion rechargeable battery is started to garner attention recently in Place of Li+ ion cell. It is important that A+ site ion can move in and out the positive-electrode materials. When K2Ta2O6 powder had a pyrochlore structure was only dipped into NaOH aqueous solution at room temperature, Na2Ta2O6 was obtained. K2Ta2O6 was fabricated from a tantalum sheet by a hydrothermal synthesize with KOH aqueous solution. When Na2Ta2O6 was dipped into KOH aqueous solution, K2Ta2O6 was obtained again. If KTaO3 had a perovskite structure was dipped, Ion-exchange was not observed by XRD. Because a lattice constant of pyrochlore structure of K-Ta-O system is bigger than perovskite, K+ or Na+ ion could shinny through and exchange between Ta5+ and O2− ion site in a pyrochlore structure. K+ or Na+ ion exchange of A2Ta2O6 pyrochlore had reversibility. Therefore, A2Ta2O6 had a pyrochlore structure can be expected such as Na+ ion rechargeable battery element.

  9. Extended Hansen approach: calculating partial solubility parameters of solid solutes.

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    Wu, P L; Beerbower, A; Martin, A

    1982-11-01

    A multiple linear regression method, known as the extended Hansen solubility approach, was used to estimate the partial solubility parameters, delta d, delta p, and delta h for crystalline solutes. The method is useful, since organic compounds may decompose near their melting points, and it is not possible, to determine solubility parameters for these solid compounds by the methods used for liquid solvents. The method gives good partial and total solubility parameters for naphthalene; with related compounds, less satisfactory results were obtained. At least three conditions, pertaining to the regression equation and the solvent systems, must be met in order to obtain reasonable solute solubility parameters. In addition to providing partial solubility parameters, the regression equations afford a calculation of solute solubility in both polar and nonpolar solvents.

  10. Stability regions of compounds with pyrochlore structure

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    Cherner, Ya.E.; Geguzina, G.A.; Fesenko, E.G. (Rostovskij-na-Donu Gosudarstvennyj Univ. (USSR). Nauchno-Issledovatel' skij Inst. Fiziki)

    1983-02-01

    Half-empirical regularities of pyrochlore type structure formation (Sm/sub 2/Zr/sub 2/O/sub 7/, Sc/sub 2/Hf/sub 2/O/sub 7/, Sm/sub 2/ScNbO/sub 7/, SrHoHfNbO/sub 7/, CdBiNbO/sub 7/ etc.) are determined and regions of its stability in terms of deformations of interatomic bonds are obtained. An analytical method of forecasting a possibility of pyrochlore type structure formation necessary for directed search of new oxides with this structure is developed using them.

  11. Theromdynamics of carbon in nickel-based multicomponent solid solutions

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    Bradley, D. J.

    1978-04-01

    The activity coefficient of carbon in nickel, nickel-titanium, nickel-titanium-chromium, nickel-titanium-molybdenum and nickel-titanium-molybdenum-chromium alloys has been measured at 900, 1100 and 1215/sup 0/C. The results indicate that carbon obeys Henry's Law over the range studied (0 to 2 at. percent). The literature for the nickel-carbon and iron-carbon systems are reviewed and corrected. For the activity of carbon in iron as a function of composition, a new relationship based on re-evaluation of the thermodynamics of the CO/CO/sub 2/ equilibrium is proposed. Calculations using this relationship reproduce the data to within 2.5 percent, but the accuracy of the calibrating standards used by many investigators to analyze for carbon is at best 5 percent. This explains the lack of agreement between the many precise sets of data. The values of the activity coefficient of carbon in the various solid solutions are used to calculate a set of parameters for the Kohler-Kaufman equation. The calculations indicate that binary interaction energies are not sufficient to describe the thermodynamics of carbon in some of the nickel-based solid solutions. The results of previous workers for carbon in nickel-iron alloys are completely described by inclusion of ternary terms in the Kohler-Kaufman equation. Most of the carbon solid solution at high temperatures in nickel and nickel-titantium alloys precipitates from solution on quenching in water. The precipitate is composed of very small particles (greater than 2.5 nm) of elemental carbon. The results of some preliminary thermomigration experiments are discussed and recommendations for further work are presented.

  12. Room-Temperature Tensile Behavior of Oriented Tungsten Single Crystals with Rhenium in Dilute Solid Solution

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    1966-01-01

    SINGLE CRYSTALS WITH RHENIUM IN DILUTE SOLID SOLUTION Sby M. Garfinkle Lewis Research Center Cleveland, Ohio 20060516196 NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND...WITH RHENIUM IN DILUTE SOLID SOLUTION By M. Garfinkle Lewis Research Center Cleveland, Ohio NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION For sale by...ORIENTED TUNGSTEN SINGLE CRYSTALS WITH RHENIUM IN DILUTE SOLID SOLUTION * by M. Garfinkle Lewis Research Center SUMMARY Tungsten single crystals

  13. Bismuth pyrochlore-based thin films for dielectric energy storage

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    Michael, Elizabeth K.

    The drive towards the miniaturization of electronic devices has created a need for dielectric materials with large energy storage densities. These materials, which are used in capacitors, are a critical component in many electrical systems. Here, the development of dielectric energy storage materials for pulsed power applications, which require materials with the ability to accumulate a large amount of energy and then deliver it to the system rapidly, is explored. The amount of electrostatic energy that can be stored by a material is a function of the induced polarization and the dielectric breakdown strength of the material. An ideal energy storage dielectric would possess a high relative permittivity, high dielectric breakdown strength, and low loss tangent under high applied electric fields. The bismuth pyrochlores are a compositionally tunable family of materials that meet these requirements. Thin films of cubic pyrochlore bismuth zinc niobate, bismuth zinc tantalate, and bismuth zinc niobate tantalate, were fabricated using a novel solution chemistry based upon the Pechini method. This solution preparation is advantageous because it avoids the use of teratogenic solvents, such as 2-methoxyethanol. Crystalline films fabricated using this solution chemistry had very small grains that were approximately 27 nm in lateral size and 35 nm through the film thickness. Impedance measurements found that the resistivity of the grain boundaries was two orders of magnitude higher than the resistivity of the grain interior. The presence of many resistive grain boundaries impeded conduction through the films, resulting in high breakdown strengths for these materials. In addition to high breakdown strengths, this family of materials exhibited moderate relative permittivities of between 55 +/- 2 and 145 +/- 5, for bismuth zinc tantalate and bismuth zinc niobate, respectively, and low loss tangents on the order of 0.0008 +/- 0.0001. Increases in the concentration of the tantalum

  14. Isomorphism and solid solutions among Ag- and Au-selenides

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    Palyanova, Galina A.; Seryotkin, Yurii V. [Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University (Russian Federation); Kokh, Konstantin A., E-mail: k.a.kokh@gmail.com [Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation); Novosibirsk State University (Russian Federation); Tomsk State University (Russian Federation); Bakakin, Vladimir V. [Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Novosibirsk (Russian Federation)

    2016-09-15

    Au-Ag selenides were synthesized by heating stoichiometric mixtures of elementary substances of initial compositions Ag{sub 2−x}Au{sub x}Se with a step of x=0.25 (0≤x≤2) to 1050 °C and annealing at 500 °C. Scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, electron microprobe analysis and X-ray powder diffraction methods have been applied to study synthesized samples. Results of studies of synthesized products revealed the existence of three solid solutions with limited isomorphism Ag↔Au: naumannite Ag{sub 2}Se – Ag{sub 1.94}Au{sub 0.06}Se, fischesserite Ag{sub 3}AuSe{sub 2} - Ag{sub 3.2}Au{sub 0.8}Se{sub 2} and gold selenide AuSe - Au{sub 0.94}Ag{sub 0.06}Se. Solid solutions and AgAuSe phases were added to the phase diagram of Ag-Au-Se system. Crystal-chemical interpretation of Ag-Au isomorphism in selenides was made on the basis of structural features of fischesserite, naumannite, and AuSe. - Highlights: • Au-Ag selenides were synthesized. • Limited Ag-Au isomorphism in the selenides is affected by structural features. • Some new phases were introduced to the phase diagram Ag-Au-Se.

  15. Atomistic interpretation of solid solution hardening from spectral analysis.

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    Plendl, J N

    1971-05-01

    From analysis of a series of vibrational spectra of ir energy absorption and laser Raman, an attempt is made to interpret solid solution hardening from an atomistic point of view for the system CaF(2)/SrF(2). It is shown to be caused by the combined action of three atomic characteristics, i.e., their changes as a function of composition. They are deformation of the atomic coordination polyhedrons, overlap of the outer electron shells of the atom pairs, and the ratio of the ionic to covalent share of binding. A striking nonlinear behavior of the three characteristics, as a function of composition, gives maximum atomic bond strength to the 55/45 position of the system CaF(2)/SrF(2), in agreement with the measured data of the solid solution hardening. The curve for atomic bond strength, derived from the three characteristics, is almost identical to the curve for measured microhardness data. This result suggests that the atomistic interpretation, put forward in this paper, is correct.

  16. Zn₃P₂-Zn₃As₂ solid solution nanowires.

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    Im, Hyung Soon; Park, Kidong; Jang, Dong Myung; Jung, Chan Su; Park, Jeunghee; Yoo, Seung Jo; Kim, Jin-Gyu

    2015-02-11

    Semiconductor alloy nanowires (NWs) have recently attracted considerable attention for applications in optoelectronic nanodevices because of many notable properties, including band gap tunability. Zinc phosphide (Zn3P2) and zinc arsenide (Zn3As2) belong to a unique pseudocubic tetragonal system, but their solid solution has rarely been studied. Here In this study, we synthesized composition-tuned Zn3(P1-xAsx)2 NWs with different crystal structures by controlling the growth conditions during chemical vapor deposition. A first type of synthesized NWs were single-crystalline and grew uniformly along the [110] direction (in a cubic unit cell) over the entire compositional range (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) explored. The use of an indium source enabled the growth of a second type of NWs, with remarkable cubic-hexagonal polytypic twinned superlattice and bicrystalline structures. The growth direction of the Zn3P2 and Zn3As2 NWs was also switched to [111] and [112], respectively. These structural changes are attributable to the Zn-depleted indium catalytic nanoparticles which favor the growth of hexagonal phases. The formation of a solid solution at all compositions allowed the continuous tuning of the band gap (1.0-1.5 eV). Photocurrent measurements were performed on individual NWs by fabricating photodetector devices; the single-crystalline NWs with [110] growth direction exhibit a higher photoconversion efficiency compared to the twinned crystalline NWs with [111] or [112] growth direction.

  17. Solid state synthesis, crystal growth and optical properties of urea and p-chloronitrobenzene solid solution

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    Rai, R. N.; Kant, Shiva; Reddi, R. S. B.; Ganesamoorthy, S.; Gupta, P. K.

    2016-01-01

    Urea is an attractive material for frequency conversion of high power lasers to UV (for wavelength down to 190 nm), but its usage is hindered due to its hygroscopic nature, though there is no alternative organic NLO crystal which could be transparent up to 190 nm. The hygroscopic character of urea has been modified by making the solid solution (UCNB) of urea (U) and p-chloronitrobenzene (CNB). The formation of the solid solution of CNB in U is explained on the basis of phase diagram, powder XRD, FTIR, elemental analysis and single crystal XRD studies. The solubility of U, CNB and UCNB in ethanol solution is evaluated at different temperatures. Transparent single crystals of UCNB are grown from its saturated solution in ethanol. Optical properties e.g., second harmonic generation (SHG), refractive index and the band gap for UCNB crystal were measured and their values were compared with the parent compounds. Besides modification in hygroscopic nature, UCNB has also shown the higher SHG signal and mechanical hardness in comparison to urea crystal.

  18. Creep Behavior of Solid Solution Strengthened Y3Al5O12

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    2007-11-02

    DATES COVERED Final Technical Report 15 Feb 97 to 29 Aug 97 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Creep Behavior of Solid Solution Strengthened Y3A15012 6...Final Report Title: Creep Behavior of Solid Solution Strengthened Y3AI5012 Award Number: F49620-97-1-0097 For the period of: 2/14/97-8/31/97...been investigated at present in these oxides is through the formation of solid solution alloys. For the case of oxides two different possible solid

  19. Optimization of dielectric constant temperature coefficient of pyrochlores containing bismuth

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    REN Qing-li; LUO Qiang; CHEN Shou-tian

    2005-01-01

    The Bi2O3-ZnO-Nb2O5 (BZN)-based ceramic samples were prepared according to the optimum composition of (Bi3xZn2-3x)(Znx Nb2-x)O7 by solid state reaction. The BZN ceramic structure and the dielectric properties were explored via X-ray diffractometer(XRD), differential thermal analysis(DTA), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and HP4275A impedance analysis. The amphoteric surface active agent with alcohol amine double nature is introduced when the raw materials are mixed and ground. The anatase titania doped BZN-based ceramics was also investigated. Either doping the anatase TiO3 or adding the surface active agent or both of them can widen sintering temperature range which satisfies the zero temperature coefficient (0±30 × 10-6/℃) of the BZN ceramics. And these BZN ceramics with diphasic pyrochlore structure possess excellent dielectric properties.

  20. Reaction paths and equilibrium end-points in solid-solution aqueous-solution systems

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    Glynn, P.D.; Reardon, E.J.; Plummer, L.N.; Busenberg, E.

    1990-01-01

    Equations are presented describing equilibrium in binary solid-solution aqueous-solution (SSAS) systems after a dissolution, precipitation, or recrystallization process, as a function of the composition and relative proportion of the initial phases. Equilibrium phase diagrams incorporating the concept of stoichiometric saturation are used to interpret possible reaction paths and to demonstrate relations between stoichiometric saturation, primary saturation, and thermodynamic equilibrium states. The concept of stoichiometric saturation is found useful in interpreting and putting limits on dissolution pathways, but there currently is no basis for possible application of this concept to the prediction and/ or understanding of precipitation processes. Previously published dissolution experiments for (Ba, Sr)SO4 and (Sr, Ca)C??O3orth. solids are interpreted using equilibrium phase diagrams. These studies show that stoichiometric saturation can control, or at least influence, initial congruent dissolution pathways. The results for (Sr, Ca)CO3orth. solids reveal that stoichiometric saturation can also control the initial stages of incongruent dissolution, despite the intrinsic instability of some of the initial solids. In contrast, recrystallisation experiments in the highly soluble KCl-KBr-H2O system demonstrate equilibrium. The excess free energy of mixing calculated for K(Cl, Br) solids is closely modeled by the relation GE = ??KBr??KClRT[a0 + a1(2??KBr-1)], where a0 is 1.40 ?? 0.02, a1, is -0.08 ?? 0.03 at 25??C, and ??KBr and ??KCl are the mole fractions of KBr and KCl in the solids. The phase diagram constructed using this fit reveals an alyotropic maximum located at ??KBr = 0.676 and at a total solubility product, ???? = [K+]([Cl-] + [Br-]) = 15.35. ?? 1990.

  1. Solid state and solution nitrate photochemistry: photochemical evolution of the solid state lattice.

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    Asher, Sanford A; Tuschel, David D; Vargson, Todd A; Wang, Luling; Geib, Steven J

    2011-05-01

    We examined the deep UV 229 nm photochemistry of NaNO(3) in solution and in the solid state. In aqueous solution excitation within the deep UV NO(3)¯ strong π → π* transition causes the photochemical reaction NO(3)¯ → NO(2)¯ + O·. We used UV resonance Raman spectroscopy to examine the photon dose dependence of the NO(2)¯ band intensities and measure a photochemical quantum yield of 0.04 at pH 6.5. We also examined the response of solid NaNO(3) samples to 229 nm excitation and also observe formation of NO(2)¯. The quantum yield is much smaller at ∼10(-8). The solid state NaNO(3) photochemistry phenomena appear complex by showing a significant dependence on the UV excitation flux and dose. At low flux/dose conditions NO(2)¯ resonance Raman bands appear, accompanied by perturbed NO(3)¯ bands, indicating stress in the NaNO(3) lattice. Higher flux/dose conditions show less lattice perturbation but SEM shows surface eruptions that alleviate the stress induced by the photochemistry. Higher flux/dose measurements cause cratering and destruction of the NaNO(3) surface as the surface layers are converted to NO(2)¯. Modest laser excitation UV beams excavate surface layers in the solid NaNO(3) samples. At the lowest incident fluxes a pressure buildup competes with effusion to reach a steady state giving rise to perturbed NO(3)¯ bands. Increased fluxes result in pressures that cause the sample to erupt, relieving the pressure.

  2. Decay of oxygen solid solution in plastically deformed silicon

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    Yarykin, N. [Institute of Microelectronics Technology RAS, Chernogolovka (Russian Federation); Vdovin, V.I. [Institute for Chemical Problems of Microelectronics, Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2005-04-01

    Decay of the oxygen solid solution in silicon during annealing at 550-700 C is studied by the IR absorption technique in the single crystalline samples subjected to the plastic deformation to a high dislocation density at 680 C. The deformation is shown to significantly enhance the rate of the decay in the whole temperature range studied. Based on the simple model, which assumes the heterogeneous oxygen aggregation at dislocations, the effective oxygen diffusivity is calculated from the experimental data. The activation energy of oxygen diffusion in this temperature range is found to be about 1.6 eV, which is essentially lower than that for the isolated interstitial oxygen atom. (copyright 2005 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  3. Nucleation of the diamond phase in aluminium-solid solutions

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    Hornbogen, E.; Mukhopadhyay, A. K.; Starke, E. A., Jr.

    1993-01-01

    Precipitation was studied from fcc solid solutions with silicon, germanium, copper and magnesium. Of all these elements only silicon and germanium form diamond cubic (DC) precipitates in fcc Al. Nucleation of the DC structure is enhanced if both types of atom are dissolved in the fcc lattice. This is interpreted as due to atomic size effects in the prenucleation stage. There are two modes of interference of fourth elements with nucleation of the DC phase in Al + Si, Ge. The formation of the DC phase is hardly affected if the atoms (for example, copper) are rejected from the (Si, Ge)-rich clusters. If additional types of atom are attracted by silicon and/or germanium, DC nuclei are replaced by intermetallic compounds (for example Mg2Si).

  4. Magneto-volume effects in Fe-Cu solid solutions

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    Gorria, P. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo, s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain)]. E-mail: pgorria@uniovi.es; Martinez-Blanco, D. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo, s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Iglesias, R. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo, s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Palacios, S.L. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo, s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Perez, M.J. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo, s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Blanco, J.A. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo, s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Fernandez Barquin, L. [Departamento CITIMAC, F. Ciencias, Universidad de Cantabria, 39005 Santander (Spain); Hernando, A. [Instituto de Magnetismo Aplicado, UCM-RENFE, 28230 Las Rozas, Madrid (Spain); Gonzalez, M.A. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragon, CSIC, 50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Institut Laue-Langevin, BP 156, F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

    2006-05-15

    The magnetic properties of Fe-Cu metastable solid solutions have been investigated by means of neutron diffraction and magnetisation measurements. These compounds exhibit ferromagnetic order with Curie temperatures above room temperature for concentrations beyond 40 at% in Fe. The magnetic moment at 5 K can reach values over 2 {mu} {sub B}, while the high field susceptibility is similar to that found in FCC-FeNi Invar alloys. These features together with the low values for the linear coefficient for thermal expansion in the ferromagnetic region suggest that magneto-volume anomalies, including Invar behaviour, play a major role in the magnetic properties of this system when the crystal structure is face centred cubic. Such behaviour could be explained using theoretical total-band energy calculations.

  5. Preparation and characterization of barium titanate stannate solid solutions

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    Horchidan, Nadejda, E-mail: NHorchidan@stoner.phys.uaic.ro [Department of Physics, ' Al. I. Cuza' University, Bv. Carol 11, Iasi 700506 (Romania); Ianculescu, Adelina C. [Department of Oxide Materials Science and Engineering, Polytechnics University, 1-7 Gh. Polizu, P.O. Box 12-134, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Curecheriu, Lavinia P.; Tudorache, Florin [Department of Physics, ' Al. I. Cuza' University, Bv. Carol 11, Iasi 700506 (Romania); Musteata, Valentina [Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry ' Petru Poni' , Aleea Grigore Ghica Voda 41A, 700487 Iasi (Romania); Stoleriu, Stefania [Department of Oxide Materials Science and Engineering, Polytechnics University, 1-7 Gh. Polizu, P.O. Box 12-134, 011061 Bucharest (Romania); Dragan, Nicolae; Crisan, Dorel [Institute of Physical Chemistry ' Ilie Murgulescu' , Lab. of Oxide Materials Science, 202 Splaiul Independentei, 060021 Bucharest (Romania); Tascu, Sorin; Mitoseriu, Liliana [Department of Physics, ' Al. I. Cuza' University, Bv. Carol 11, Iasi 700506 (Romania)

    2011-04-07

    Research highlights: > BaSnxTi1-xO3 (x = 0; 0.05; 0.1; 0.15; 0.2) ceramics were prepared by solid state reaction and sintered at 13000C for 4h. > The phase purity, structural parameters and microstructural characteristics were investigated. > The dielectric properties were studied as function of temperature and frequency and empirical parameters {eta} and {delta} were calcutate. > The non-linear dielectric properties (tunability) of the samples were studied at room temperature. > By increasing the Sn addition, the {epsilon}(E) dependence tends to reduce its hysteresis behaviour. - Abstract: BaSn{sub x}Ti{sub 1-x}O{sub 3} (x = 0; 0.05; 0.1; 0.15; 0.2) solid solutions were prepared via conventional solid state reaction and sintered at 1300 {sup o}C for 4 h, resulting in dense single phase ceramics with homogeneous microstructures. Tetragonal symmetry for x {<=} 0.1, cubic for x = 0.2 and a superposition of tetragonal and cubic for x = 0.15 compositions were found by X-ray diffraction analysis. The temperature and frequency dependence of the complex dielectric constant and dc tunability were determined. A transformation from normal ferroelectric to relaxor with diffuse phase transition was observed with increasing the Sn concentration. All the investigated compositions show a relative tunability between 0.55 (for x = 0.2) and 0.74 (for x = 0.1), at a field amplitude of E = 20 kV/cm.

  6. Tunable Magnon Weyl Points in Ferromagnetic Pyrochlores

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    Mook, Alexander; Henk, Jürgen; Mertig, Ingrid

    2016-10-01

    The dispersion relations of magnons in ferromagnetic pyrochlores with Dzyaloshinskii-Moriya interaction are shown to possess Weyl points, i. e., pairs of topologically nontrivial crossings of two magnon branches with opposite topological charge. As a consequence of their topological nature, their projections onto a surface are connected by magnon arcs, thereby resembling closely Fermi arcs of electronic Weyl semimetals. On top of this, the positions of the Weyl points in reciprocal space can be tuned widely by an external magnetic field: rotated within the surface plane, the Weyl points and magnon arcs are rotated as well; tilting the magnetic field out of plane shifts the Weyl points toward the center Γ ¯ of the surface Brillouin zone. The theory is valid for the class of ferromagnetic pyrochlores, i. e., three-dimensional extensions of topological magnon insulators on kagome lattices. In this Letter, we focus on the (111) surface, identify candidates of established ferromagnetic pyrochlores which apply to the considered spin model, and suggest experiments for the detection of the topological features.

  7. Strain engineered pyrochlore at high pressure

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    Rittman, Dylan R.; Turner, Katlyn M.; Park, Sulgiye; Fuentes, Antonio F.; Park, Changyong; Ewing, Rodney C.; Mao, Wendy L.

    2017-05-22

    Strain engineering is a promising method for next-generation materials processing techniques. Here, we use mechanical milling and annealing followed by compression in diamond anvil cell to tailor the intrinsic and extrinsic strain in pyrochlore, Dy2Ti2O7 and Dy2Zr2O7. Raman spectroscopy, X-ray pair distribution function analysis, and X-ray diffraction were used to characterize atomic order over short-, medium-, and long-range spatial scales, respectively, under ambient conditions. Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction were further employed to interrogate the material in situ at high pressure. High-pressure behavior is found to depend on the species and concentration of defects in the sample at ambient conditions. Overall, we show that defects can be engineered to lower the phase transformation onset pressure by ~50% in the ordered pyrochlore Dy2Zr2O7, and lower the phase transformation completion pressure by ~20% in the disordered pyrochlore Dy2Zr2O7. These improvements are achieved without significantly sacrificing mechanical integrity, as characterized by bulk modulus.

  8. Investigation of Propellant and Explosive Solid Solution Systems II X-Ray Studies

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    1978-03-01

    A\\Yj* ^\\C/*^ ^ 1 tatf AD 7t ott w AD-E400 125 TECHNICAL REPORT ARLCD-TR-77066 INVESTIGATION OF PROPELLANT AND EXPLOSIVE SOLID SOLUTION SYSTEMS...Report ARLCD-TR-77066 2. GOVT ACCESSION NO. *. TITLE (and Subtitle) INVESTIGATION OF PROPELLANT AND EXPLOSIVE SOLID SOLUTION SYSTEMS II X-RAY...Interplanar spacings and x-ray diffraction 9 intensities of AP, KP and their physical mixtures and solid solutions 4 X-ray data of 3 AN: KP solid solution and

  9. Purification of uranothorite solid solutions from polyphase systems

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    Clavier, Nicolas, E-mail: nicolas.clavier@icsm.fr [ICSM, UMR 5257 CEA/CNRS/UM2/ENSCM, Site de Marcoule – Bât. 426, BP 17171, 30207 Bagnols/Cèze cedex (France); Szenknect, Stéphanie; Costin, Dan Tiberiu; Mesbah, Adel; Ravaux, Johann [ICSM, UMR 5257 CEA/CNRS/UM2/ENSCM, Site de Marcoule – Bât. 426, BP 17171, 30207 Bagnols/Cèze cedex (France); Poinssot, Christophe [CEA/DEN/DRCP/DIR, Site de Marcoule – Bât. 400, BP 17171, 30207 Bagnols/Cèze cedex (France); Dacheux, Nicolas [ICSM, UMR 5257 CEA/CNRS/UM2/ENSCM, Site de Marcoule – Bât. 426, BP 17171, 30207 Bagnols/Cèze cedex (France)

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: Display Omitted -- Highlights: •Purification of Th{sub 1−x}U{sub x}SiO{sub 4} uranothorites from oxide mixture was investigated. •Repetition of centrifugation steps was discarded due to poor recovery yields. •Successive washings in acid and basic media allowed the elimination of oxide secondary phases. •Structural and microstructural characterization of the purified samples was provided. -- Abstract: The mineral coffinite, nominally USiO{sub 4}, and associated Th{sub 1−x}U{sub x}SiO{sub 4} uranothorite solid solutions are of great interest from a geochemical point of view and in the case of the direct storage of spent nuclear fuels. Nevertheless, they clearly exhibit a lack in the evaluation of their thermodynamic data, mainly because of the difficulties linked with their preparation as pure phases. This paper thus presents physical and chemical methods aiming to separate uranothorite solid solutions from oxide additional phases such as amorphous SiO{sub 2} and nanometric crystallized Th{sub 1−y}U{sub y}O{sub 2}. The repetition of centrifugation steps envisaged in first place was rapidly dropped due to poor recovery yields, to the benefit of successive washings in acid then basic media. Under both static and dynamic flow rates (i.e. low or high rate of leachate renewal), ICP-AES (Inductively Coupled Plasma – Atomic Emission Spectroscopy) analyses revealed the systematic elimination of Th{sub 1−y}U{sub y}O{sub 2} in acid media and of SiO{sub 2} in basic media. Nevertheless, two successive steps were always needed to reach pure samples. On this basis, a first cycle performed in static conditions was chosen to eliminate the major part of the accessory phases while a second one, in dynamic conditions, allowed the elimination of the residual impurities. The complete purification of the samples was finally evidenced through the characterization of the samples by the means of PXRD (Powder X-Ray Diffraction), SEM (Scanning Electron

  10. Sustainable solutions for solid waste management in Southeast Asian countries.

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    Ngoc, Uyen Nguyen; Schnitzer, Hans

    2009-06-01

    Human activities generate waste and the amounts tend to increase as the demand for quality of life increases. Today's rate in the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEANs) is alarming, posing a challenge to governments regarding environmental pollution in the recent years. The expectation is that eventually waste treatment and waste prevention approaches will develop towards sustainable waste management solutions. This expectation is for instance reflected in the term 'zero emission systems'. The concept of zero emissions can be applied successfully with today's technical possibilities in the agro-based processing industry. First, the state-of-the-art of waste management in Southeast Asian countries will be outlined in this paper, followed by waste generation rates, sources, and composition, as well as future trends of waste. Further on, solutions for solid waste management will be reviewed in the discussions of sustainable waste management. The paper emphasizes the concept of waste prevention through utilization of all wastes as process inputs, leading to the possibility of creating an ecosystem in a loop of materials. Also, a case study, focusing on the citrus processing industry, is displayed to illustrate the application of the aggregated material input-output model in a widespread processing industry in ASEAN. The model can be shown as a closed cluster, which permits an identification of opportunities for reducing environmental impacts at the process level in the food processing industry. Throughout the discussion in this paper, the utilization of renewable energy and economic aspects are considered to adapt to environmental and economic issues and the aim of eco-efficiency. Additionally, the opportunities and constraints of waste management will be discussed.

  11. Study of solid solution strengthening of alloying element with phase structure factors

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    2003-01-01

    Using the empirical electron theory of solids and molecules (EET), the phase structure factors, nA and nB, of the carbon-containing structural units with mass fraction of carbon (wC) below 0.8% and the mono-alloy structural units with wC at 0.2% in austenite and martensite are calculated. The solid solution strengthening brought by C-containing interstitial solid solution and alloy-substitutional solid solution in γ-Fe and α-Fe is discussed at electron structural level. The coefficient (s) of solid solution strengthening is advanced according to the bonding force between atoms. The study shows that when the criterion is applied to the carbonaceous or alloying element-containing solid solution the results of calculation will coincide with the experimental result very well.

  12. First-principles insights into f magnetism: A case study on some magnetic pyrochlores

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    Deilynazar, Najmeh; Khorasani, Elham; Alaei, Mojtaba; Javad Hashemifar, S.

    2015-11-01

    First-principles calculations are performed to investigate f magnetism in A2Ti2O7 (A=Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb) magnetic pyrochlore oxides. The Hubbard U parameter and the relativistic spin orbit correction are applied for a more accurate description of the electronic structure of the systems. It is argued that the main obstacle for the first-principles study of these systems is the multi-minima solutions of their electronic configuration. Among the studied pyrochlores, Gd2Ti2O7 shows the least multi-minima problem. The crystal electric field theory is applied for phenomenological comparison of the calculated spin and orbital moments with the experimental data.

  13. Thermodynamic properties of the cubic plutonium hydride solid solution

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    Haschke, J M

    1981-12-01

    Pressure, temperature, and composition data for the cubic solid solution plutonium hydride phase, PuH/sub x/, have been measured by microbalance methods. Integral enthalpies and entropies of formation have been evaluated for the composition range 1.90 less than or equal to X less than or equal to 3.00. At 550/sup 0/K, ..delta..H/sup 0/ /sub f/(PuH/sub x/(s)) varies linearly from approximately (-38 +- 1) kcal mol/sup -1/ at PuH/sub 190/ to (-50 +- 1 kcal mol/sup -1/) at PuH/sub 3/ /sub 00/. Thermochemical values obtained by reevaluating tensimetric data from the literature are in excellent agreement with these results. Isotopic effects have been quantified by comparing the results for hydride and deuteride, and equations are presented for predicting ..delta..H/sup 0/ /sub f/ and ..delta..S/sup 0/ /sub f/ values for PuH/sub x/(s) and PuD/sub x/(s).

  14. Extended solid solutions and coherent transformations in nanoscale olivine cathodes.

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    Ravnsbæk, D B; Xiang, K; Xing, W; Borkiewicz, O J; Wiaderek, K M; Gionet, P; Chapman, K W; Chupas, P J; Chiang, Y-M

    2014-03-12

    Nanoparticle LiFePO4, the basis for an entire class of high power Li-ion batteries, has recently been shown to exist in binary lithiated/delithiated states at intermediate states of charge. The Mn-bearing version, LiMn(y)Fe(1-y)PO4, exhibits even higher rate capability as a lithium battery cathode than LiFePO4 of comparable particle size. To gain insight into the cause(s) of this desirable performance, the electrochemically driven phase transformation during battery charge and discharge of nanoscale LiMn0.4Fe0.6PO4 of three different average particle sizes, 52, 106, and 152 nm, is investigated by operando synchrotron radiation powder X-ray diffraction. In stark contrast to the binary lithiation states of pure LiFePO4 revealed in recent investigations, the formations of metastable solid solutions covering a remarkable wide compositional range, including while in two-phase coexistence, are observed. Detailed analysis correlates this behavior with small elastic misfits between phases compared to either pure LiFePO4 or LiMnPO4. On the basis of time- and state-of-charge dependence of the olivine structure parameters, we propose a coherent transformation mechanism. These findings illustrate a second, completely different phase transformation mode for pure well-ordered nanoscale olivines compared to the well-studied case of LiFePO4.

  15. Solidification and crystal growth of solid solution semiconducting alloys

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    Lehoczky, S.L.; Szofran, F.R.

    1984-10-01

    Problems associated with the solidification and crytal growth of solid-solution semiconducting alloy crystals in a terrestrial environment are described. A detailed description is given of the results for the growth of mercury cadmium telluride (HgCdTe) alloy crystals by directional solidification, because of their considerable technological importance. A series of HgCdTe alloy crystals are grown from pseudobinary melts by a vertical Bridgman method using a wide range of growth rates and thermal conditions. Precision measurements are performed to establish compositional profiles for the crystals. The compositional variations are related to compositional variations in the melts that can result from two-dimensional diffusion or density gradient driven flow effects ahead of the growth interface. These effects are discussed in terms of the alloy phase equilibrium properties, the recent high temperature thermophysical data for the alloys and the highly unusual heat transfer characteristics of the alloy/ampule/furnace system that may readily lead to double diffusive convective flows in a gravitational environment.

  16. Solidification and crystal growth of solid solution semiconducting alloys

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    Lehoczky, S. L.; Szofran, F. R.

    1984-01-01

    Problems associated with the solidification and crytal growth of solid-solution semiconducting alloy crystals in a terrestrial environment are described. A detailed description is given of the results for the growth of mercury cadmium telluride (HgCdTe) alloy crystals by directional solidification, because of their considerable technological importance. A series of HgCdTe alloy crystals are grown from pseudobinary melts by a vertical Bridgman method using a wide range of growth rates and thermal conditions. Precision measurements are performed to establish compositional profiles for the crystals. The compositional variations are related to compositional variations in the melts that can result from two-dimensional diffusion or density gradient driven flow effects ahead of the growth interface. These effects are discussed in terms of the alloy phase equilibrium properties, the recent high temperature thermophysical data for the alloys and the highly unusual heat transfer characteristics of the alloy/ampule/furnace system that may readily lead to double diffusive convective flows in a gravitational environment.

  17. Intergrowth Structure in U- and Hf-Bearing Pyrochlore and Zirconolite: TEM Investigation

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    Xu, H; Wang, Y; Zhao, P; Bourcier, W L; Van Konynenburg, R; Shaw, H F

    2002-12-04

    Transmission electron microscopy results from a sintered ceramics with stoichiometry of Ca(U{sub 0.5}Ce{sub 0.25}Hf{sub 0.25})Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} show the material contains both pyrochlore and zirconolite phases and structural intergrowth of zirconolite lamellae within pyrochlore. (001) plane of zirconolite is parallel to (111) plane of pyrochlore because of their structural similarities. The pyrochlore is relatively rich in U, Ce, and Ca with respect to the coexisting zirconolite. Average compositions for the coexisting pyrochlore and zirconolite produced by sintering at 1350 C are (Ca{sub 1.01}Ce{sub 0.13}{sup 3+}Ce{sub 0.19}{sup 4+}U{sub 0.52}Hf{sub 0.18})(Ti{sub 1.95}Hf{sub 0.05})O{sub 7} (with U/(U+Hf) (in the AB sites) = 0.74) and (Ca{sub 0.91}Ce{sub 0.09})(Ce{sub 0.08}{sup 3+}U{sub 0.26}Hf{sub 0.66}Ti{sub 0.01})Ti{sub 2.00}O{sub 7} (with U/(U+Hf) = 0.28) respectively. A single pyrochlore ((Ca,U,Hf){sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}) phase may be synthesized at 1350 C if the ratio of U/(U+Hf) is greater than 0.72, and a single zirconolite (Ca(Hf,U)Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7}) phase may be synthesized at 1350 C if the ratio of U/(U+Hf) is less than 0.28. An amorphous leached layer that is rich in Ti and Hf forms on the surface after the ceramics has been leached in pH 4 buffered solution. The thickness of the layer ranges from 5 nm to 15 nm. It is suggested that under these conditions, the leached layer functions as a protective layer, and reduces the leaching rate over time.

  18. Effect of Heating Rate on Electromechanical Properties ofPNN–PZT Solid Solution

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Lead nickel niobate–lead zirconate titanate (Pb(Ni1/3Nb2/30.5 –Pb(Zr0.15Ti0.35O3, (PNN-PZTsolid solution was synthesised by columbite  process. Samples sintered at various heating ratesfor 4 h holding and their effect on electromechanical properties have been studied. When heatingrate was 8 °C/min from room temperature to 900 °C and holding for 4 h at 1280 °C, highest relativepermittivity and piezoelectric charge constant were observed, whereas heating rate of 3.5° C/min and holding for 4 h at 1280 °C have shown inferior electromechanical properties and graincoarsening. The piezoelectric charge constant (d33 ~612 pC/N and dielectric constant (e~ 5950observed in fast heating rate specimen as against to d33~ 137 pC/N and e~4294. XRD result showsthe formation of pyrochlore-free perovskite phase. Fine grains were observed  for fast heatingrate specimens.

  19. Comparative solution and solid-phase glycosylations toward a disaccharide library

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    Agoston, K.; Kröger, Lars; Agoston, Agnes

    2009-01-01

    A comparative study on solution-phase and solid-phase oligosaccharide synthesis was performed. A 16-member library containing all regioisomers of Glc-Glc, Glc-Gal, Gal-Glc, and Gal-Gal disaccharides was synthesized both in solution and on solid phase. The various reaction conditions for different...

  20. Alloying Solid Solution Strengthening of Fe-Ga Alloys: A First-Principle Study

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    2006-01-01

    effect from alloying additions of Nb, Mo, V, Cr and Co in cubic solid solution of Fe-Ga alloys. Mayer bond order "BO" values were used to evaluate the...that transition metal Nb achieves the best strengthening effect in Fe-Ga alloys. The solid solution strengthening follows a trend from larger to

  1. Solid solution, phase separation, and cathodoluminescence of GaP-ZnS nanostructures.

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    Liu, Baodan; Bando, Yoshio; Dierre, Benjamin; Sekiguchi, Takashi; Golberg, Dmitri; Jiang, Xin

    2013-09-25

    Quaternary solid-solution nanowires made of GaP and ZnS have been synthesized through well-designed synthetic routines. The as-synthesized GaP-ZnS solid-solution nanowires exhibit decent crystallinity with the GaP phase as the host, while a large amount of twin structural defects are observed in ZnS-rich nanowires. Cathodoluminescence studies showed that GaP-rich solid-solution nanowires have a strong visible emission centered at 600 nm and the ZnS-rich solid-solution nanowires exhibited a weak emission peak in the UV range and a broad band in the range 400-600 nm. The formation mechanism, processes, and optical emissions of GaP-ZnS solid-solution nanowires were discussed in detail.

  2. Solid lipid nanoparticles suspension versus commercial solutions for dermal delivery of minoxidil.

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    Padois, Karine; Cantiéni, Céline; Bertholle, Valérie; Bardel, Claire; Pirot, Fabrice; Falson, Françoise

    2011-09-15

    Solid lipid nanoparticles have been reported as possible carrier for skin drug delivery. Solid lipid nanoparticles are produced from biocompatible and biodegradable lipids. Solid lipid nanoparticles made of semi-synthetic triglycerides stabilized with a mixture of polysorbate and sorbitan oleate were loaded with 5% of minoxidil. The prepared systems were characterized for particle size, pH and drug content. Ex vivo skin penetration studies were performed using Franz-type glass diffusion cells and pig ear skin. Ex vivo skin corrosion studies were realized with a method derived from the Corrositex(®) test. Solid lipid nanoparticles suspensions were compared to commercial solutions in terms of skin penetration and skin corrosion. Solid lipid nanoparticles suspensions have been shown as efficient as commercial solutions for skin penetration; and were non-corrosive while commercial solutions presented a corrosive potential. Solid lipid nanoparticles suspensions would constitute a promising formulation for hair loss treatment. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. A Local Composition Model for Paraffinic Solid Solutions

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    Coutinho, A.P. João; Knudsen, Kim; Andersen, Simon Ivar

    1996-01-01

    The description of the solid-phase non-ideality remains the main obstacle in modelling the solid-liquid equilibrium of hydrocarbons. A theoretical model, based on the local composition concept, is developed for the orthorhombic phase of n-alkanes and tested against experimental data for binary sy...... systems. It is shown that it can adequately predict the experimental phase behaviour of paraffinic mixtures. This work extends the applicability of local composition models to the solid phase. Copyright (C) 1996 Elsevier Science Ltd....

  4. Evolution of mixed surfactant aggregates in solutions and at solid/solution interfaces

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    Zhang, Rui

    Surfactant systems have been widely used in such as enhanced oil recovery, waste treatment and metallurgy, etc., in order to solve the problem of global energy crisis, to remove the pollutants and to generate novel energy resources. Almost all surfactant systems are invariably mixtures due to beneficial and economic considerations. The sizes and shapes of aggregates in solutions and at solid/solution interfaces become important, since the nanostructures of mixed aggregates determine solution and adsorption properties. A major hurdle in science is the lack of information on the type of complexes and aggregates formed by mixtures and the lack of techniques for deriving such information. Using techniques such as analytical ultracentrifuge, small angle neutron scattering, surface tension, fluorescence, cryo-TEM, light scattering and ultrafiltration, the nanostructures of aggregates of sugar based n-dodecyl-beta-D-maltoside (DM) and nonionic pentaethyleneglycol monododecyl ether or nonyl phenol ethoxylated decyl ether (NP-10) and their mixtures have been investigated to prove the hypothesis that the aggregation behavior is linked to packing of the surfactant governed by the molecular interactions as well as the molecular structures. The results from both sedimentation velocity and sedimentation equilibrium experiments suggest coexistence of two types of micelles in nonyl phenol ethoxylated decyl ether solutions and its mixtures with n-dodecyl-beta-D-maltoside while only one micellar species is present in n-dodecyl-beta-D-maltoside solutions, in good agreement with those from small angle neutron scattering, cryo-TEM, light scattering and ultrafiltration. Type I micelles were primary micelles at cmc while type II micelles were elongated micelles. On the other hand, the nanostructures of mixed surface aggregates have been quantitatively predicted for the first time using a modified packing index. As a continuation of the Somasundaran-Fuersteneau adsorption model, a

  5. Investigation of pyrochlore-based U-bearing ceramic nuclear waste: uranium leaching test and TEM observation.

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    Xu, Huifang; Wang, Yifeng; Zhao, Pihong; Bourcier, William L; Van Konynenburg, Richard; Shaw, Henry F

    2004-03-01

    A durable titanate ceramic waste form (Synroc) with pyrochlore (Ca(U,Pu)Ti2O7) and zirconolite (CaZrTi2O7) as major crystalline phases has been considered to be a candidate for immobilizing various high-level wastes containing fissile elements (239Pu and 235U). Transmission electron microscopy study of a sintered ceramic with stoichiometry of Ca(U(0.5)Ce(0.25)Hf(0.25))Ti2O7 shows the material contains both pyrochlore and zirconolite phases and structural intergrowth of zirconolite lamellae within pyrochlore. The (001) plane of zirconolite is parallel to the (111) plane of pyrochlore because of their structural similarities. The pyrochlore is relatively rich in U, Ce, and Ca with respect to the coexisting zirconolite. Average compositions for the coexisting pyrochlore and zirconolite at 1350 degrees C are Ca(1.01)(Ce3+(0.13)Ce4+(0.19)U(0.52)Hf(0.18))(Ti(1.95)Hf(0.05))O7 (with U/(U + Hf) = 0.72) and (Ca(0.91)Ce(0.09))(Ce3+(0.08)U(0.26)Hf(0.66)Ti(0.01))Ti(2.00)O7 (with U/(U + Hf) = 0.28), respectively. A single pyrochlore (Ca(U,Hf)Ti2O7) phase may be synthesized at 1350 degrees C if the ratio of U/(U + Hf) is greater than 0.72, and a single zirconolite (Ca(Hf,U)Ti2O7) phase may be synthesized at 1350 degrees C if the ratio of U/(U + Hf) is less than 0.28. The synthesized products were used for dissolution tests. The single-pass flow-through dissolution tests show that the dissolution of the U-bearing pyrochlore is incongruent. All the elements are released at differing rates. The dissolution data also show a decrease in rate with run time. The results indicate that a diffusion-controlled process may play a key role during the release of U. TEM observation of the leached pyrochlore directly proves that an amorphous leached layer that is rich in Ti and Hf formed on the surface after the ceramic was leached in pH 4 buffered solution for 835 days. The thickness of the layer ranges from 6 to 10 nm. A nanocrystalline TiO2 phase also forms in the leached layer. The U

  6. Preparation and Photocatalytic Properties of Ti1-xZrxO2 Solid Solution

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    GAO,Bi-Fen; MA,Ying; CAO,Ya-An; GU,Zhan-Jun; ZHANG,Guang-Jin; YAO,Jian-Nian

    2007-01-01

    A series of Ti1-xZrxO2 materials were synthesized through a multistep sol-gel process.The structural characteristics were investigated using X-ray diffraction(XRD),X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy(XPS)and Raman measurements.The experimental results showed that a solid solution could be obtained at low Zr/(Ti+Zr)molar ratios(x≤0.319).Raman measurements exhibited that the presence of zirconium in the solid solutions greatly retarded the amoorphous-anatase and anatase-rutile transitions.The diffuse reflectance UV-Vis spectra revealed that the bandgap of the solid solution was enlarged gradually with the increment of incorporated zirconium content.The Til-xZrxO2solid solutions exhibited higher photocatalytic activity than pure TiO2 for the degradation of 4-chlorophenol aqueous solution.

  7. Comparisons of species and coagulation effects of PFS solution and solid PFS from pyrite cinders

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    郑雅杰; 龚竹青; 刘立华; 陈白珍

    2002-01-01

    Pyrite cinder is a kind of solid waste of sulfuric acid industry. After mixing pyrite cinders with sulfuric acid, ferric sulfate was obtained by heating, maturing, dissolving and filtrating. Suitable amounts of FeSO4 * 7H2O and NaClO3 were added into ferric sulfate solution and polyferric sulfate(PFS) solution was produced. Solid PFS was made by concentrating and drying PFS solution. Time-dependent complex colorimetric tests were done while ferron agent reacted with Fe3+ in the solution. The results show that the proportion of transitional low polymeric species and high polymeric species are increased after PFS solution is transferred into solid PFS. It was discovered by jar tests that solid PFS has very good coagulation effects relevant to the increase of transitional lower polymeric species.

  8. Investigation of compositional segregation during unidirectional solidification of solid solution semiconducting alloys

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    Wang, J. C.

    1982-01-01

    Compositional segregation of solid solution semiconducting alloys in the radial direction during unidirectional solidification was investigated by calculating the effect of a curved solid liquid interface on solute concentration at the interface on the solid. The formulation is similar to that given by Coriell, Boisvert, Rehm, and Sekerka except that a more realistic cylindrical coordinate system which is moving with the interface is used. Analytical results were obtained for very small and very large values of beta with beta = VR/D, where V is the velocity of solidification, R the radius of the specimen, and D the diffusivity of solute in the liquid. For both very small and very large beta, the solute concentration at the interface in the solid C(si) approaches C(o) (original solute concentration) i.e., the deviation is minimal. The maximum deviation of C(si) from C(o) occurs for some intermediate value of beta.

  9. Characterization of powellite-based solid solutions by site-selective time resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Schmidt, Moritz; Heck, Stephanie; Bosbach, Dirk; Ganschow, Steffen; Walther, Clemens; Stumpf, Thorsten

    2013-01-01

    We present a comprehensive study of the solid solution system Ca-2(MoO4)(2)-NaGd(MoO4)(2) on the molecular scale, by means of site-selective time resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy (TRLFS). Eu3+ is used as a trace fluorescent probe, homogeneously substituting for Gd3+ in the solid solution crystal structure. Site-selective TRLFS of a series of polycrystalline samples covering the whole composition range of the solid solution series from 10% substitution of Ca2+ to the NaGd end-member re...

  10. Iron salts in solid state and in frozen solutions as dosimeters for low irradiation temperatures

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    Martinez, T. [Facultad de Quimica UNAM, Ciudad Universitaria, D.F. Mexico (Mexico); Lartigue, J. [Facultad de Quimica UNAM, Ciudad Universitaria, D.F. Mexico (Mexico); Ramos-Bernal, S. [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, UNAM, A.P. 70-543 C.P.4510, Ciudad Universitaria, D.F. Mexico (Mexico); Ramos, A. [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, UNAM, A.P. 70-543 C.P.4510, Ciudad Universitaria, D.F. Mexico (Mexico); Mosqueira, G.F. [Direccion General de Divulgacion de la Ciencia de la UNAM, A.P. 70-487, C:P, D.F. Mexico 04510 (Mexico); Negron-Mendoza, A. [Instituto de Ciencias Nucleares, UNAM, A.P. 70-543 C.P.4510, Ciudad Universitaria, D.F. Mexico (Mexico)]. E-mail: negron@nuclecu.unam.mx

    2005-12-01

    The aim of this work is to study the irradiation of iron salts in solid state (heptahydrated ferrous sulfate) and in frozen acid solutions. The study is focused on finding their possible use as dosimeters for low temperature irradiations and high doses. The analysis of the samples was made by UV-visible and Moessbauer spectroscopies. The output signal was linear from 0 to 10 MGy for the solid samples, and 0-600 Gy for the frozen solutions. The obtained data is reproducible and easy to handle. For these reasons, heptahydrate iron sulfate is a suitable dosimeter for low temperature and high irradiation doses, in solid state, and in frozen solution.

  11. Local structure in the disordered solid solution of cis- and trans-perinones

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    Teteruk, Jaroslav L.; Glinnemann, Juergen; Heyse, Winfried;

    2016-01-01

    The cis- and trans-isomers of the polycyclic aromatic compound perinone, C26H12N4O2, form a solid solution (Vat Red 14). This solid solution is isotypic to the crystal structures of cis-perinone (Pigment Red 194) and trans-perinone (Pigment Orange 34) and exhibits a combined positional....... The crystal structure of the solid solution was determined by single-crystal X-ray analysis. Extensive lattice-energy minimizations with force-field and DFT-D methods were carried out on combinatorially complete sets of ordered models. For the disordered systems, local structures were calculated, including...

  12. Nanometric solid solutions of the fluorite and perovskite type crystal structures: Synthesis and properties

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    Snežana Bošković

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper a short review of our results on the synthesis of nanosized CeO2, CaMnO3 and BaCeO3 solid solutions are presented. The nanopowders were prepared by two innovative methods: self propagating room temperature synthesis (SPRT and modified glycine/nitrate procedure (MGNP. Different types of solid solutions with rare earth dopants in concentrations ranging from 0–0.25 mol% were synthesized. The reactions forming solid solutions were studied. In addition, the characteristics of prepared nanopowders, phenomena during sintering and the properties of sintered samples are discussed.

  13. The Effect of Hydrogen on the Solid Solution Strengthening and Softening of Nickel.

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    1981-11-01

    Afl-A108 654e ILLINOIS UNIV AT URBANA DEPT OF METALLURGY AND MININS--ETC F/6 11/6 THE EFFECT OF HYDROGEN ON THE SOLID SOLUTION STRFNSTNFNING ANfl...RESOLUTION TEST CHART NATIONAL HUR[AU OF STANDARDS 1963 A, " , ..... . .... .. i ....... .. .. . t , LEVEL THE EFFECT OF HYDROGEN ON THE SOLID SOLUTION STRENGTHENING...Availability Codes IIAvail and/or Dist Special THE EFFECT OF HYDROGEN ON THE SOLID SOLUTION STRENGTHENING AND SOFTENING OF NICKEL J. Eastman, F. Heuhaum, T

  14. Pyrochlore-type catalysts for the reforming of hydrocarbon fuels

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    Berry, David A [Morgantown, WV; Shekhawat, Dushyant [Morgantown, WV; Haynes, Daniel [Morgantown, WV; Smith, Mark [Morgantown, WV; Spivey, James J [Baton Rouge, LA

    2012-03-13

    A method of catalytically reforming a reactant gas mixture using a pyrochlore catalyst material comprised of one or more pyrochlores having the composition A.sub.2-w-xA'.sub.wA''.sub.xB.sub.2-y-zB'.sub.yB''.sub.zO.sub.7-.DELTA.. Distribution of catalytically active metals throughout the structure at the B site creates an active and well dispersed metal locked into place in the crystal structure. This greatly reduces the metal sintering that typically occurs on supported catalysts used in reforming reactions, and reduces deactivation by sulfur and carbon. Further, oxygen mobility may also be enhanced by elemental exchange of promoters at sites in the pyrochlore. The pyrochlore catalyst material may be utilized in catalytic reforming reactions for the conversion of hydrocarbon fuels into synthesis gas (H.sub.2+CO) for fuel cells, among other uses.

  15. Effect of swift heavy ion irradiation in pyrochlores

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    Patel, M. K.; Vijayakumar, V.; Avasthi, D. K.; Kailas, S.; Pivin, J. C.; Grover, V.; Mandal, B. P.; Tyagi, A. K.

    2008-06-01

    A summary of the results on the radiation stability of pyrochlores (Gd2Zr2O7, Nd2Zr2O7, Gd2Ti2O7) in the electronic stopping regime is given. X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy show a transformation from the ordered pyrochlores (Fd3m) to the anion deficient fluorite (Fm3m) structure in Gd2Zr2O7 or amorphization in Nd2Zr2O7. The track diameter, crystallite size and progression in structural modifications have been monitored. It is found that radiation stability of these pyrochlores depends on the energy to form cation antisites and delocalized anion vacancies. This in turn is correlated to the radius ratio of A-B cations. This criterion for evaluating radiation resistance of pyrochlores has important implications in the field of inert matrix fuels.

  16. The growth and tensile deformation behavior of the silver solid solution phase with zinc

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    Wu, Jiaqi, E-mail: jiaqw10@uci.edu [Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-2660 (United States); Materials and Manufacturing Technology, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-2660 (United States); Lee, Chin C. [Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-2660 (United States); Materials and Manufacturing Technology, University of California, Irvine, CA 92697-2660 (United States)

    2016-06-21

    The growth of homogeneous silver solid solution phase with zinc are conducted at two different compositions. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Scanning electron microscope/Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM/EDX) are carried out for phase identification and chemical composition verification. The mechanical properties of silver solid solution phase with zinc are evaluated by tensile test. The engineering and true stress vs. strain curves are presented and analyzed, with those of pure silver in comparison. According to the experimental results, silver solid solution phase with zinc at both compositions show tempered yield strength, high tensile strength and large uniform strain compared to those of pure silver. Fractography further confirmed the superior ductility of silver solid solution phase with zinc at both compositions. Our preliminary but encouraging results may pave the way for the silver based alloys to be applied in industries such as electronic packaging and structure engineering.

  17. Local Structure and Short-Range Order in a NiCoCr Solid Solution Alloy

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    Zhang, F. X.; Zhao, Shijun; Jin, Ke; Xue, H.; Velisa, G.; Bei, H.; Huang, R.; Ko, J. Y. P.; Pagan, D. C.; Neuefeind, J. C.; Weber, W. J.; Zhang, Yanwen

    2017-05-01

    Multielement solid solution alloys are intrinsically disordered on the atomic scale, and many of their advanced properties originate from the local structural characteristics. The local structure of a NiCoCr solid solution alloy is measured with x-ray or neutron total scattering and extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) techniques. The atomic pair distribution function analysis does not exhibit an observable structural distortion. However, an EXAFS analysis suggests that the Cr atoms are favorably bonded with Ni and Co in the solid solution alloys. This short-range order (SRO) may make an important contribution to the low values of the electrical and thermal conductivities of the Cr-alloyed solid solutions. In addition, an EXAFS analysis of Ni ion irradiated samples reveals that the degree of SRO in NiCoCr alloys is enhanced after irradiation.

  18. THE ROLE OF ELECTRON CONFIGURATION ON PROPERTIES IN DILUTE SOLID SOLUTION ALLOYS

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    THE ROLE OF ELECTRON CONFIGURATION ON THE PROPERTIES OF DILUTE SOLID SOLUTION ALLOYS IS DISCUSSED IN TERMS OF THE EFFECT OF DILUTE IMPURITIES ON THE RECRYSTALLIZATION CHARACTERISTICS OF PURE METALLIC ELEMENTS.

  19. Infrared Spectra of Simple Inorganic Ion Pairs in Solid Solution: A Physical Inorganic Chemistry Experiment.

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    Miller, Philip J.; Tong, William G.

    1980-01-01

    Presents a physical inorganic experiment in which large single crystals of the alkali halides doped with divalent ion impurities are prepared easily. Demonstrates the ion pairing of inorganic ions in solid solution. (CS)

  20. Spin dynamics in geometrically frustrated antiferromagnetic pyrochlores

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    Gardner, J. S.; Ehlers, G.; Bramwell, S. T.; Gaulin, B. D.

    2004-03-01

    We have studied the spin dynamics of several antiferromagnetic pyrochlore oxides. These magnets are geometrically frustrated and only reach their ground states at temperatures much lower than that expected from mean field theory. Here we present data on the magnetic nature, especially the spin dynamics of Tb2Ti2O7, Gd2Ti2O7 and Y2Mo2O7. In these systems the ground states are found to be very different. Y2Mo2O7 freezes completely into a spin glass-like state, Tb2Ti2O7 is a cooperative paramagnetic and remains dynamic down to 15 mK and Gd2Ti2O7 enters a unique partially ordered state at {\\sim }1 K.

  1. Simulation of radiation damage in gadolinium pyrochlores

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    Todorov, Ilian T.; Purton, John A.; Allan, Neil L.; Dove, Martin T.

    2006-02-01

    We report molecular dynamics simulations of the production of radiation cascades in pyrochlores. We consider the apparently similar systems Gd2Ti2O7, Gd2Zr2O7 and Gd2Pb2O7, the first two of which have been put forward as potential materials for high-level radioactive waste storage. The effects of changing the mass of the 'primary knock-on' atom are also examined and we investigate whether the change in behaviour from Ti to Zr to Pb is largely due to the mass or the size difference between the elements. Problems associated with analysing the cascades and the damage created are discussed. There are clear differences between the three compounds. The simulations see no direct amorphization but rather a transition to the fluorite structure which is more pronounced for the Zr and Pb compounds than the Ti system. Underlying chemical trends are examined.

  2. Capturing dynamic cation hopping in cubic pyrochlores

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    Brooks Hinojosa, Beverly; Asthagiri, Aravind; Nino, Juan C.

    2011-08-01

    In direct contrast to recent reports, density functional theory predicts that the most stable structure of Bi2Ti2O7 pyrochlore is a cubic Fd3¯m space group by accounting for atomic displacements. The displaced Bi occupies the 96g(x,x,z) Wyckoff position with six equivalent sites, which create multiple local minima. Using nudged elastic band method, the transition states of Bi cation hopping between equivalent minima were investigated and an energy barrier between 0.11 and 0.21 eV was determined. Energy barriers associated with the motion of Bi between equivalent sites within the 96g Wyckoff position suggest the presence of dielectric relaxation in Bi2Ti2O7.

  3. Luminescence properties of solid solutions of borates doped with rare-earth ions

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    Levushkina, V. S.; Mikhailin, V. V.; Spassky, D. A.; Zadneprovski, B. I.; Tret'yakova, M. S.

    2014-11-01

    The structural and luminescence properties of LuxY1 - xBO3 solid solutions doped with Ce3+ or Eu+3 have been investigated. It has been found that the solid solutions crystallize in the vaterite phase with a lutetium concentration x spectra are characterized by intensive impurity emission under excitation with the synchrotron radiation in the X-ray and ultraviolet spectral ranges. It has been shown that, as the lutetium concentration x in the LuxY1 - xBO3: Ce3+ solid solutions increases, the emission intensity smoothly decreases, which is associated with a gradual shift of the Ce3+ 5 d(1) level toward the bottom of the conduction band, as well as with a decrease in the band gap. It has been established that, in the LuxY1 - xBO3: Eu3+ solid solutions with intermediate concentrations x, the efficiency of energy transfer to luminescence centers increases. This effect is explained by the limited spatial separation of electrons and holes in the solid solutions. It has been demonstrated that the calcite phase adversely affects the luminescence properties of the solid solutions.

  4. Pyrochlore as nuclear waste form. Actinide uptake and chemical stability

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    Finkeldei, Sarah Charlotte

    2015-07-01

    Radioactive waste is generated by many different technical and scientific applications. For the past decades, different waste disposal strategies have been considered. Several questions on the waste disposal strategy remain unanswered, particularly regarding the long-term radiotoxicity of minor actinides (Am, Cm, Np), plutonium and uranium. These radionuclides mainly arise from high level nuclear waste (HLW), specific waste streams or dismantled nuclear weapons. Although many countries have opted for the direct disposal of spent fuel, from a scientific and technical point of view it is imperative to pursue alternative waste management strategies. Apart from the vitrification, especially for trivalent actinides and Pu, crystalline ceramic waste forms are considered. In contrast to glasses, crystalline waste forms, which are chemically and physically highly stable, allow the retention of radionuclides on well-defined lattice positions within the crystal structure. Besides polyphase ceramics such as SYNROC, single phase ceramics are considered as tailor made host phases to embed a specific radionuclide or a specific group. Among oxidic single phase ceramics pyrochlores are known to have a high potential for this application. This work examines ZrO{sub 2} based pyrochlores as potential nuclear waste forms, which are known to show a high aqueous stability and a high tolerance towards radiation damage. This work contributes to (1) understand the phase stability field of pyrochlore and consequences of non-stoichiometry which leads to pyrochlores with mixed cationic sites. Mixed cationic occupancies are likely to occur in actinide-bearing pyrochlores. (2) The structural uptake of radionuclides themselves was studied. (3) The chemical stability and the effect of phase transition from pyrochlore to defect fluorite were probed. This phase transition is important, as it is the result of radiation damage in ZrO{sub 2} based pyrochlores. ZrO{sub 2} - Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} pellets

  5. Analysis of Valence Electron Structure of RE in Solid Solution in Medium and Low Carbon Steel

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    朱莹光; 刘艳; 刘志林; 刘伟东

    2004-01-01

    According to EET theory,the valence electron structures of RE in the solid solution of austenite,pearlite and martensite were calculated.The influence of RE in solid solution on phase transformation of pearlite and recrystallization of martensite was explained by the valence electron structure data of phases.Calculating results indicate that C element is favorite to enhance the number of RE in the solid solution.RE in the solute solution shortens the incubation period of proeutectoid ferrite,increases its quantity and carbon content,decreases the quantity of pearlite and thickness of its lamellas and lamellar spacing,then the strength and hardness of pearlite are improved and granular pearlite can be obtained.RE dissolved in martensite intensifies martensite,enhances tempering stability of martensite,increases its recrystallization temperature and prolongs the holding time needed during tempering.

  6. Superficial composition in binary solid solutions A(B): Drastic effect of pure element surface tensions

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    Rolland, A.; Aufray, B.

    1985-10-01

    This paper deals with a comparative study of surface segragation of Pb and Ni respectively from Ag(Pb)(111) and Ag(Ni)(111) solid solutions. A high level of segregation of the solute is observed for both systems characterized by very low solute solubility. However, the superficial composition strongly depends on the relative surface tensions of the pure elements: the solute atoms are strictly on superficial sites when γ solute is smaller than γ solvent; in contrast uppermost layer consists purely of solvent when γ solute is greater than γ solvent. Two schematic distributions in close proximity to the surface are proposed in the last case.

  7. Effect of current density on distribution coefficient of solute at solid-liquid interface

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    常国威; 王自东; 吴春京; 胡汉起

    2003-01-01

    When current passes through the solid-liquid interface, the growth rate of crystal, solid-liquid interfaceenergy and radius of curvature at dendritic tip will change. Based on this fact, the theoretical relation between thedistribution of solute at solid-liquid interface and current density was established, and the effect of current on thedistribution coefficient of solute through effecting the rate of crystal growth, the solid-liquid interface energy and theradius of curvature at the dendritic tip was discussed. The results show that as the current density increases, thedistribution coefficient of solute tends to rise in a whole, and when the former is larger than about 400 A/cm2 , thelatter varies significantly.

  8. Theoretical and Experimental Study of LiBH4-LiCl Solid Solution

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    Torben R. Jensen

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Anion substitution is at present one of the pathways to destabilize metal borohydrides for solid state hydrogen storage. In this work, a solid solution of LiBH4 and LiCl is studied by density functional theory (DFT calculations, thermodynamic modeling, X-ray diffraction, and infrared spectroscopy. It is shown that Cl substitution has minor effects on thermodynamic stability of either the orthorhombic or the hexagonal phase of LiBH4. The transformation into the orthorhombic phase in LiBH4 shortly after annealing with LiCl is for the first time followed by infrared measurements. Our findings are in a good agreement with an experimental study of the LiBH4-LiCl solid solution structure and dynamics. This demonstrates the validity of the adopted combined theoretical (DFT calculations and experimental (vibrational spectroscopy approach, to investigate the solid solution formation of complex hydrides.

  9. Defect formation energy in pyrochlore: the effect of crystal size

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    Wang, Jianwei; Ewing, Rodney C.; Becker, Udo

    2014-09-01

    Defect formation energies of point defects of two pyrochlores Gd2Ti2O7 and Gd2Zr2O7 as a function of crystal size were calculated. Density functional theory with plane-wave basis sets and the projector-augmented wave method were used in the calculations. The results show that the defect formation energies of the two pyrochlores diverge as the size decreases to the nanometer range. For Gd2Ti2O7 pyrochlore, the defect formation energy is higher at nanometers with respect to that of the bulk, while it is lower for Gd2Zr2O7. The lowest defect formation energy for Gd2Zr2O7 is found at 15-20 Å. The different behaviors of the defect formation energies as a function of crystal size are caused by different structural adjustments around the defects as the size decreases. For both pyrochlore compositions at large sizes, the defect structures are similar to those of the bulk. As the size decreases, for Gd2Ti2O7, additional structure distortions appear at the surfaces, which cause the defect formation energy to increase. For Gd2Zr2O7, additional oxygen Frenkel pair defects are introduced, which reduce the defect formation energy. As the size further decreases, increased structure distortions occur at the surfaces, which cause the defect formation energy to increase. Based on a hypothesis that correlates the energetics of defect formation and radiation response for complex oxides, the calculated results suggest that at nanometer range Gd2Ti2O7 pyrochlore is expected to have a lower radiation tolerance, and those of Gd2Zr2O7 pyrochlore to have a higher radiation tolerance. The highest radiation tolerance for Gd2Zr2O7 pyrochlore is expected to be found at ˜2 nanometers.

  10. Study on solid solution and aging process of AZ91D magnesium alloy with cerium

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    GUO

    2010-01-01

    The influence of Ce on solid solution and aging process of AZ91D magnesium alloy was analyzed.The results showed that the decomposition of β-Mg17Al12 phase in AZ91D magnesium alloy at 420 ℃ could be completed within 12 h,while this process in the Ce-containing alloy required more time.In subsequent aging process at 175 ℃,Ce obviously delayed the aging process of AZglD.It was inferred that the influence of Ce on process of solid solution and aging was relative to the Ce that existed in β-Mg17Al12 phase of original structure in the form of solid solution,and the interaction of the Ce and Al was an important factor to get process of solution and aging slowly.

  11. Colloidal quantum dot solids for solution-processed solar cells

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    Yuan, Mingjian

    2016-02-29

    Solution-processed photovoltaic technologies represent a promising way to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of solar energy harvesting. Among these, colloidal semiconductor quantum dot photovoltaics have the advantage of a spectrally tuneable infrared bandgap, which enables use in multi-junction cells, as well as the benefit of generating and harvesting multiple charge carrier pairs per absorbed photon. Here we review recent progress in colloidal quantum dot photovoltaics, focusing on three fronts. First, we examine strategies to manage the abundant surfaces of quantum dots, strategies that have led to progress in the removal of electronic trap states. Second, we consider new device architectures that have improved device performance to certified efficiencies of 10.6%. Third, we focus on progress in solution-phase chemical processing, such as spray-coating and centrifugal casting, which has led to the demonstration of manufacturing-ready process technologies.

  12. Colloidal quantum dot solids for solution-processed solar cells

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    Yuan, Mingjian; Liu, Mengxia; Sargent, Edward H.

    2016-03-01

    Solution-processed photovoltaic technologies represent a promising way to reduce the cost and increase the efficiency of solar energy harvesting. Among these, colloidal semiconductor quantum dot photovoltaics have the advantage of a spectrally tuneable infrared bandgap, which enables use in multi-junction cells, as well as the benefit of generating and harvesting multiple charge carrier pairs per absorbed photon. Here we review recent progress in colloidal quantum dot photovoltaics, focusing on three fronts. First, we examine strategies to manage the abundant surfaces of quantum dots, strategies that have led to progress in the removal of electronic trap states. Second, we consider new device architectures that have improved device performance to certified efficiencies of 10.6%. Third, we focus on progress in solution-phase chemical processing, such as spray-coating and centrifugal casting, which has led to the demonstration of manufacturing-ready process technologies.

  13. Frustration under pressure: Exotic magnetism in new pyrochlore oxides

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    C. R. Wiebe

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Pyrochlore structures, of chemical formula A2B2O7 (A and B are typically trivalent and tetravalent ions, respectively, have been the focus of much activity in the condensed matter community due to the ease of substitution of rare earth and transition metal ions upon the two interpenetrating corner-shared tetrahedral lattices. Over the last few decades, superconductivity, spin liquid states, spin ice states, glassy states in the absence of chemical disorder, and metal-insulator transitions have all been discovered in these materials. Geometric frustration plays a role in the relevant physics of all of these phenomena. In the search for new pyrochlore materials, it is the RA/RB cation radius ratio which determines the stability of the lattice over the defect fluorite structure in the lower limit. Under ambient pressure, the pyrochlores are stable for 1.36 ≤ RA/RB ≤ 1.71. However, using high pressure synthesis techniques (1-10 GPa of pressure, metastable pyrochlores exist up to RA/RB = 2.30. Many of these compounds are stable on a timescale of years after synthesis, and provide a means to greatly enhance exchange, and thus test theories of quantum magnetism and search for new phenomena. Within this article, we review new pyrochlore compounds synthesized via high pressure techniques and show how the ground states are extremely sensitive to chemical pressure.

  14. Spin relaxation in geometrically frustrated pyrochlores

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    Dunsiger, Sarah Ruth

    This thesis describes muSR experiments which focus on systems where the magnetic ions occupy the vertices of edge or corner sharing triangular units, in particular the pyrochlores A2B2O7. The scientific interest in pyrochlores is based on the fact that they display novel magnetic behaviour at low temperatures due to geometrical frustration. The ground state of these systems is sensitively dependent on such factors as the range of the spin-spin interactions, disorder, anisotropy, thermal and quantum fluctuations. For example, Y2Mo2O7 shows many features reminiscent of a conventional spin glass, even though this material has nominally zero chemical disorder. It is found that the muon spin polarisation obeys a time-field scaling relation which indicates that the spin-spin autocorrelation function has a power law form in time, in stark contrast with the exponential form often assumed for conventional magnets above their transition temperature. Gd2Ti2O7 shows long range order, but only at a temperature much lower than its Curie-Weiss temperature, a signature of a frustrated system. In the paramagnetic regime, it is well described by an isotropic Heisenberg Hamiltonian with nearest neighbour couplings in the presence of a Zeeman interaction, from which the spin-spin autocorrelation function may be calculated as a power series in time. The muon spin relaxation rate decreases with magnetic field as the Zeeman energy becomes comparable with the exchange coupling between Gd spins. Thus, an independent measure of the exchange coupling or equivalently the Gd spin fluctuation rate is extracted. By contrast, Tb2Ti2O7 has been identified as a type of cooperative paramagnet. Short range correlations develop below 50 K. However, there is no long range ordering down to very low temperatures (0.075 K). The Tb3+ ion is subject to strong crystal electric field effects: point charge calculations indicate that this system is Ising like at low temperatures. Thus this system may be

  15. Active Edge Sites Engineering in Nickel Cobalt Selenide Solid Solutions for Highly Efficient Hydrogen Evolution

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    Xia, Chuan

    2017-01-06

    An effective multifaceted strategy is demonstrated to increase active edge site concentration in NiCoSe solid solutions prepared by in situ selenization process of nickel cobalt precursor. The simultaneous control of surface, phase, and morphology result in as-prepared ternary solid solution with extremely high electrochemically active surface area (C = 197 mF cm), suggesting significant exposure of active sites in this ternary compound. Coupled with metallic-like electrical conductivity and lower free energy for atomic hydrogen adsorption in NiCoSe, identified by temperature-dependent conductivities and density functional theory calculations, the authors have achieved unprecedented fast hydrogen evolution kinetics, approaching that of Pt. Specifically, the NiCoSe solid solutions show a low overpotential of 65 mV at -10 mV cm, with onset potential of mere 18 mV, an impressive small Tafel slope of 35 mV dec, and a large exchange current density of 184 μA cm in acidic electrolyte. Further, it is shown that the as-prepared NiCoSe solid solution not only works very well in acidic electrolyte but also delivers exceptional hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) performance in alkaline media. The outstanding HER performance makes this solid solution a promising candidate for mass hydrogen production.

  16. Surface Defects Enhanced Visible Light Photocatalytic H2 Production for Zn-Cd-S Solid Solution.

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    Zhang, Xiaoyan; Zhao, Zhao; Zhang, Wanwan; Zhang, Guoqiang; Qu, Dan; Miao, Xiang; Sun, Shaorui; Sun, Zaicheng

    2016-02-10

    In order to investigate the defect effect on photocatalytic performance of the visible light photocatalyst, Zn-Cd-S solid solution with surface defects is prepared in the hydrazine hydrate. X-ray photoelectron spectra and photoluminescence results confirm the existence of defects, such as sulfur vacancies, interstitial metal, and Zn and Cd in the low valence state on the top surface of solid solutions. The surface defects can be effectively removed by treating with sulfur vapor. The solid solution with surface defect exhibits a narrower band gap, wider light absorption range, and better photocatalytic perfomance. The optimized solid solution with defects exhibits 571 μmol h(-1) for 50 mg photocatalyst without loading Pt as cocatalyst under visible light irradiation, which is fourfold better than that of sulfur vapor treated samples. The wavelength dependence of photocatalytic activity discloses that the enhancement happens at each wavelength within the whole absorption range. The theoretical calculation shows that the surface defects induce the conduction band minimum and valence band maximum shift downward and upward, respectively. This constructs a type I junction between bulk and surface of solid solution, which promotes the migration of photogenerated charges toward the surface of nanostructure and leads to enhanced photocatalytic activity. Thus a new method to construct highly efficient visible light photocatalysts is opened.

  17. Organic solid solution composed of two structurally similar porphyrins for organic solar cells.

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    Zhen, Yonggang; Tanaka, Hideyuki; Harano, Koji; Okada, Satoshi; Matsuo, Yutaka; Nakamura, Eiichi

    2015-02-18

    A solid solution of a 75:25 mixture of tetrabenzoporphyrin (BP) and dichloroacenaphtho[q]tribenzo[b,g,l]porphyrin (CABP) forms when they are generated in a matrix of (dimethyl(o-anisyl)silylmethyl)(dimethylphenylsilylmethyl)[60]fullerene. This solid solution provides structural and optoelectronic properties entirely different from those of either pristine compounds or a mixture at other blending ratios. The use of this BP:CABP solid solution for organic solar cell (OSC) devices resulted in a power conversion efficiency (PCE) value higher by 16 and 300% than the PCE values obtained for the devices using the single donor BP and CABP, respectively, in a planar heterojunction architecture. This increase originates largely from the increase in short circuit current density, and hence by enhanced charge carrier separation at the donor/acceptor interface, which was probably caused by suitable energy level for the solid solution state, where electronic coupling between the two porphyrins occurred. The results suggest that physical and chemical modulation in solid solution is beneficial as an operationally simple method to enhance OSC performance.

  18. Zirconium-cerin solid solutions: thermodynamic model and thermal stability at high temperature; Solutions solides de zirconium dans la cerine: modele thermodynamique et stabilite thermique a haute temperature

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    Janvier, C.

    1998-04-02

    The oxides-gaseous dioxygen equilibria and the textural thermal stability of six zirconium-cerin solutions Ce{sub 1-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 2} (0solid solutions and the gaseous oxygen by thermal gravimetric analysis at 600 degrees Celsius has shown that these solutions have not a ideal behaviour. A thermodynamic model where the point defects of solutions are included describe them the best. It becomes then possible to know the variations of the concentrations of the point defects in terms of temperature, oxygen pressure and zirconium concentration. A kinetic study (by calcination at 950 degrees Celsius of the solid solutions) of the specific surface area decrease has revealed a minima (0

  19. Ab initio identified design principles of solid-solution strengthening in Al

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    Duancheng Ma, Martin Friák, Johann von Pezold, Dierk Raabe and Jörg Neugebauer

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Solid-solution strengthening in six Al–X binary systems is investigated using first-principle methods. The volumetric mismatch parameter and the solubility enthalpy per solute were calculated. We derive three rules for designing solid-solution strengthened alloys: (i the solubility enthalpy per solute is related to the volumetric mismatch by a power law; (ii for each annealing temperature, there exists an optimal solute–volume mismatch to achieve maximum strength; and (iii the strengthening potential of high volumetric mismatch solutes is severely limited by their low solubility. Our results thus show that the thermodynamic properties of the system (here Al–X alloys set clear upper bounds to the achievable strengthening effects owing to the reduced solubility with increasing volume mismatch.

  20. Cutting solid figures by plane - analytical solution and spreadsheet implementation

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    Benacka, Jan

    2012-07-01

    In some secondary mathematics curricula, there is a topic called Stereometry that deals with investigating the position and finding the intersection, angle, and distance of lines and planes defined within a prism or pyramid. Coordinate system is not used. The metric tasks are solved using Pythagoras' theorem, trigonometric functions, and sine and cosine rules. The basic problem is to find the section of the figure by a plane that is defined by three points related to the figure. In this article, a formula is derived that gives the positions of the intersection points of such a plane and the figure edges, that is, the vertices of the section polygon. Spreadsheet implementations of the formula for cuboid and right rectangular pyramids are presented. The user can check his/her graphical solution, or proceed if he/she is not able to complete the section.

  1. Spin dynamics in highly frustrated pyrochlore magnets

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    Petit, Sylvain; Guitteny, Solène; Robert, Julien; Bonville, Pierre; Decorse, Claudia; Ollivier, Jacques; Mutka, Hannu; Mirebeau, Isabelle

    2015-01-01

    This paper aims at showing the complementarity between time-of-flight and triple-axis neutron scattering experiments, on the basis of two topical examples in the field of geometrical magnetic frustration. Rare earth pyrochlore magnets R2Ti2O7 (R is a rare earth) play a prominent role in this field, as they form model systems showing a rich variety of ground states, depending on the balance between dipolar, exchange interactions and crystal field. We first review the case of the XY antiferromagnet Er2 Ti2 O7. Here a transition towards a Néel state is observed, possibly induced by an order-by-disorder mechanism. Effective exchange parameters can be extracted from S(Q,ω). We then examine the case of the spin liquid Tb2 Ti2 O7. Recent experiments reveal a complex ground state characterized by "pinch points" and supporting a low energy excitation. These studies demonstrate the existence of a coupling between crystal field transitions and a transverse acoustic phonon mode.

  2. Elastic and viscoelastic solutions to rotating functionally graded hollow and solid cylinders

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    2008-01-01

    Analytical solutions to rotating functionally graded hollow and solid long cylinders are developed. Young's modulus and material density of the cylinder are as* sumed to vary exponentially in the radial direction, and Poisson's ratio is assumed to be constant. A unified governing equation is derived from the equilibrium equations, compat-ibility equation, deformation theory of elasticity and the stress-strain relationship. The governing second-order differential equation is solved in terms of a hypergeometric func-tion for the elastic deformation of rotating functionally graded cylinders. Dependence of stresses in the cylinder on the inhomogeneous parameters, geometry and boundary conditions is examined and discussed. The proposed solution is validated by comparing the results for rotating functionally graded hollow and solid cylinders with the results for rotating homogeneous isotropic cylinders. In addition, a viscoelastic solution to the rotating viscoelastic cylinder is presented, and dependence of stresses in hollow and solid cylinders on the time parameter is examined.

  3. Solid solution and amorphous phase in Ti–Nb–Ta–Mn systems synthesized by mechanical alloying

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    Aguilar, C., E-mail: claudio.aguilar@usm.cl [Departamento de Ingeniería Metalúrgica y Materiales, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, Valparaíso (Chile); Guzman, P. [Departamento de Ingeniería Metalúrgica y Materiales, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, Valparaíso (Chile); Lascano, S. [Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, Valparaíso (Chile); Parra, C. [Departamento de Física, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, Valparaíso (Chile); Bejar, L. [Instituto de Investigaciones Metalúrgicas, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Ciudad Universitaria, Morelia C.P. 58000, Michoacán (Mexico); Medina, A. [Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Ciudad Universitaria, C.P. 58000, Michoacán (Mexico); Guzman, D. [Departamento de Metalurgia, Universidad de Atacama, Av. España 485, Copiapó (Chile)

    2016-06-15

    This work discusses the formation of Ti–30Nb–13Ta–xMn (x: 2, 4 and 6 wt%) solid solution by mechanical alloying using a shaker mill. A solid solution was formed after 15 h of milling and an amorphous phase was formed after 30 h of milling, according to X-ray diffraction results. Disappearance of strongest X-ray diffraction peaks of Nb, Ta and Mn indicated the formation of solid solution, while, X-ray diffraction patterns of powders milled for 30 h showed an amorphous hump with crystalline peaks in the angular range of 35–45° in 2θ. TEM image analysis showed the presence of nanocrystalline intermetallic compounds embedded in an amorphous matrix. Mn{sub 2}Ti, MnTi and NbTi{sub 4} intermetallic compounds were detected and revealed crystallites with size ranging from 3 to 20 nm. The Gibbs free energy for the formation of solid solution and amorphous phase of three ternary systems (Ti–Nb–Ta, Ti–Nb–Mn and Ti–Ta–Mn) was calculated using extended Miedema's model. Experimental and thermodynamic data confirmed that solid solution was first formed in the alloy with 6wt% Mn followed by the formation of an amorphous phase as milling time increases. The presence of Mn promoted the formation of amorphous phase because the atomic radius difference between Mn with Ti, Nb and Ta. - Highlights: • Thermodynamics analysis of extension of solid solution of the Ti–Nb–Ta–Mn system. • Formation of amorphous phase and intermetallic compounds were observed. • Nanocrystalline intermetallic compounds were formed with the sizes between 3 and 20 nm.

  4. Incorporation of uranium in pyrochlore oxides and pressure-induced phase transitions

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    Zhang, F.X., E-mail: zhangfx@umich.edu [Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States); Lang, M.; Tracy, C.; Ewing, R.C. [Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 (United States); Gregg, D.J.; Lumpkin, G.R. [Institute of Materials Engineering, ANSTO, Locked Bag 2001, Kirrawee DC 2232, NSW (Australia)

    2014-11-15

    Uranium-doped gadolinium zirconates with pyrochlore structure were studied at ambient and high-pressure conditions up to 40 GPa. The bonding environment of uranium in the structure was determined by x-ray photoelectron and Raman spectroscopies and x-ray diffraction. The uranium valence for samples prepared in air is mainly U{sup 6+}, but U{sup 4+} is present in pyrochlores fabricated in an argon atmosphere. Rietveld refinement of the XRD pattern suggests that uranium ions in pyrochlores are on the 16d site in 6-fold coordination with oxygen. At pressures greater than 22 GPa, the pyrochlore structure transformed to a cotunnite-type phase. The cotunnite high-pressure phase transformed to a defect fluorite structure on the release of pressure. - Graphical abstract: In U-bearing pyrochlore, U ions mainly occupy the 16d site and replace the smaller Zr{sup 4+}, part of the oxygen will occupy the 8b site, which is empty to most pyrochlores. At pressure of 22 GPa, the pyrochlore lattice is not stable and transforms to a cotunnite-type structure. The high-pressure structure is not stable and transform to a fluorite or back to the pyrochlore structure when pressure is released. - Highlights: • We found that U ions mainly occupy the smaller cation site in U-bearing pyrochlore. • Pyrochlore structure is not stable at pressure of more than 20 GPa. • The quenched sample has a pyrochlore or a disordered fluorite structure.

  5. Ferroelectromagnetic solid solutions on the base piezoelectric ceramic materials for components of micromechatronics

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    Bochenek, Dariusz; Zachariasz, Radosław; Niemiec, Przemysław; Ilczuk, Jan; Bartkowska, Joanna; Brzezińska, Dagmara

    2016-10-01

    In the presented work, a ferroelectromagnetic solid solutions based on PZT and ferrite powders have been obtained. The main aim of combination of ferroelectric and magnetic powders was to obtain material showing both electric and magnetic properties. Ferroelectric ceramic powder (in amount of 90%) was based on the doped PZT type solid solution while magnetic component was nickel-zinc ferrite Ni1-xZnxFe2O4 (in amount of 10%). The synthesis of components of ferroelectromagnetic solid solutions was performed using the solid phase sintering. Final densification of synthesized powder has been done using free sintering. The aim of the work was to obtain and examine in the first multicomponent PZT type ceramics admixed with chromium with the following chemical composition Pb0.94Sr0.06(Zr0.46Ti0.54)O3+0.25 at% Cr2O3 and next ferroelectromagnetic solid solution based on a PZT type ferroelectric powder (Pb0.94Sr0.06(Zr0.46Ti0.54)O3+0.25 at% Cr2O3) and nickel-zinc ferrite (Ni0.64Zn0.36Fe2O4), from the point of view of their mechanical and electric properties, such as: electric permittivity, ε; dielectric loss, tanδ; mechanical losses, Q-1; and Young modulus, E.

  6. Phase coexistence in ferroelectric solid solutions: Formation of monoclinic phase with enhanced piezoelectricity

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    Xiaoyan Lu

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Phase morphology and corresponding piezoelectricity in ferroelectric solid solutions were studied by using a phenomenological theory with the consideration of phase coexistence. Results have shown that phases with similar energy potentials can coexist, thus induce interfacial stresses which lead to the formation of adaptive monoclinic phases. A new tetragonal-like monoclinic to rhombohedral-like monoclinic phase transition was predicted in a shear stress state. Enhanced piezoelectricity can be achieved by manipulating the stress state close to a critical stress field. Phase coexistence is universal in ferroelectric solid solutions and may provide a way to optimize ultra-fine structures and proper stress states to achieve ultrahigh piezoelectricity.

  7. Researches on the Structure and Properties of Mullite Solid Solution Made from Industrial Waste

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    RUAN Yu-Zhong; YU Yan; WU Ren-Ping

    2006-01-01

    The waste slag from aluminum profile factory and silicon fine powder from ferroalloy factory were utilized as the main raw materials to synthesize mullite solid solution Al4+2xSi2-xO10-x/2, whose defect formation mechanism, crystalline phase composition, crystal cell parameters, microstructures and morphologies were characterized in detail by XRD and SEM. The results show that because of the ultrafine particle size of the materials, the content of mullite solid solution synthesized by this method is higher than that by regular method.

  8. Simple multipurpose apparatus for solubility measurement of solid solutes in liquids

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    Malwade, Chandrakant Ramkrishna; Christensen, Lars Porskjær

    2016-01-01

    , solubility measurement of solid solutes in different solvents or solvent mixtures as a function of temperature can be of great significance to the university students and researchers. In this article, comparatively inexpensive apparatus for solubility measurement of solid solutes in pure or mixture......-hexane-ethyl acetate mixtures of varying composition at different temperatures to demonstrate the suitability and reliability of the proposed solubility measurement apparatus. The proposed apparatus has been used to conduct laboratory exercises in the course “Industrial Separation Technology” offered to undergraduate...

  9. Activities of the components in a spinel solid solution of the Fe-Al-O system

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    Lykasov, A. A.; Kimyashev, A. A.

    2011-09-01

    The conditions of the equilibrium between the Fe3O4-FeAl2O4 solution and wustite are determined by measuring the EMF of galvanic cells containing a solid electrolyte, and the activities of the components in the Fe3O4-FeAl2O4 solution are calculated by treating the results of the experiment on the equilibrium between the spinel solution and wustite. Their properties are found to be different from those of ideal solutions at temperatures of 1000-1300 K. A significant positive deviation from the Raoult's law is believed to indicate the tendency of the solution to decompose. The experimental data are treated in terms of the theory of regular solutions, assuming the energy of mixing to be a function of temperature only. The critical temperature of decomposition for the Fe3O4-FeAl2O4 solution is found to be 1084 K.

  10. Pressure-induced Phase Transitions in Defect Pyrochlores

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    Claudio A. Perottoni

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the influence of pressure and temperature on four compounds with defect pyrochlore structure (NH4NbWO6, RbNbWO6, CsNbWO6 and p-WO3 is explored by means of X-ray diffraction, vibrational (Raman and infrared absorption spectroscopy and computer simulations. Several structural transitions were observed, including an unusual insertion reaction with volume increase at high pressures. This latter transition is further explored to reveal the influence on the transition pressure of the nature and ionic radius of the cation residing inside the cages formed by the pyrochlore framework.

  11. Hollow nanoshell formation and collapse in binary solid solutions with large range of solubility

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    Gusak, A M; Zaporozhets, T V, E-mail: gusak@cdu.edu.u, E-mail: tvz@phys.cdu.edu.u [Cherkasy National University, 81, Boulevard Shevchenko, Cherkasy, 18031 (Ukraine)

    2009-10-14

    The formation of a solid solution hollow nanoshell from core-shell structure and collapse of this nanoshell into a compact particle is modelled by a phenomenological scheme and by Monte Carlo simulation. The cross-over between formation and collapse, and the criteria of nanoshell formation are analysed.

  12. Bridging phases at the morphotropic boundaries of lead oxide solid solutions

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    Noheda, Beatriz; Cox, DE

    2006-01-01

    Ceramic solid solutions of PbZr1-xTixO3 (PZT) with compositions x similar or equal to 0.50 are well-known for their extraordinarily large piezoelectric responses. The latter are highly anisotropic, and it was recently shown that, for the rhombohedral compositions (x less than or similar to 0.5), the

  13. Thermochemical stability and nonstoichiometry of yttria-stabilized bismuth oxide solid solutions

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    Kruidhof, H.; Vries, de K.J.; Burggraaf, A.J.

    1990-01-01

    The thermochemical stability of fast oxygen ion conducting yttria stabilized bismuthoxide (YSB) solid solutions containing 22.0–32.5 mol% of yttria was investigated. It was shown that in the temperature range between 650–740 C the stabilized cubic δ-phase containing less than 31.8 mol% of yttria is

  14. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopic Study of Sodium Phosphate Solids and Solutions

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    龚文琪

    2001-01-01

    Solids and solutions of sodium phosphates with various chain lengths have been studied by using the techniques of diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform (DRIFT) spectroscopy and attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, respectively. A systematic study of the infrared spectra of the solid sodium phosphates has been conducted on the basis of the information available in the literatures to establish the assignments of the infrared vibrations of the different groups in the phosphate molecules. The infrared spectra of the solutions of sodium phosphates have been analyzed according to the infrared study on the relevant solids, in conjunction with the study of the phosphate species distribution in solution on the basis of the acid-base reaction equilibria. The results obtained have revealed the correlations between the infrared absorption spectra and the structure of the different P-O groups in different kinds of phosphates and are useful in the analysis of phosphate solids and solutions widely used in the various operations of mineral processing.

  15. Vapor-Liquid-Solid Equilibria of Sulfur Dioxide in Aqueous Electrolyte Solutions

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    Pereda, Selva; Thomsen, Kaj; Rasmussen, Peter

    2000-01-01

    The Extended UNIQUAC model for electrolyte systems, combined with the Soave-Redlich-Kwong equation of state is used to describe the complex vapor-liquid-solid equilibria of sulfur dioxide in electrolyte solutions. Model parameters based on 1500 experimental data points are presented. The paramete...

  16. Exact Solution of the Two-Level System and the Einstein Solid in the Microcanonical Formalism

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    Bertoldi, Dalia S.; Bringa, Eduardo M.; Miranda, E. N.

    2011-01-01

    The two-level system and the Einstein model of a crystalline solid are taught in every course of statistical mechanics and they are solved in the microcanonical formalism because the number of accessible microstates can be easily evaluated. However, their solutions are usually presented using the Stirling approximation to deal with factorials. In…

  17. The structural transformation in doped TiNi: dissolution of solid solutions and martensite transformations

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    Khundzhua; A.G.; Brovkina; E.A.

    2005-01-01

    The analysis of experiments demonstrates that in TiNi with dope d-transition elements of Ⅴ-Ⅷ subgroups the type of solid solution is determined not by the specific dope element, but by pertaining of the alloy to one of three main sections of state diagram forthe system Ti-Ni-Me.……

  18. The structural transformation in doped TiNi: dissolution of solid solutions and martensite transformations

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    @@ The analysis of experiments demonstrates that in TiNi with dope d-transition elements of Ⅴ-Ⅷ subgroups the type of solid solution is determined not by the specific dope element, but by pertaining of the alloy to one of three main sections of state diagram forthe system Ti-Ni-Me.

  19. Experimental and theoretical investigation of Cr1-xScxN solid solutions for thermoelectrics

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    Kerdsongpanya, Sit; Sun, Bo; Eriksson, Fredrik

    2016-01-01

    . Here, we demonstrate an approach to tailor their thermoelectric properties by solid solutions. The trends in mixing thermodynamics and densities-of-states (DOS) of rocksalt-Cr1-xScxN solid solutions (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) are investigated by first-principles calculations, and Cr1-xScxN thin films are synthesized...... by magnetron sputtering. Pure CrN exhibits a high power factor, 1.7 × 10−3 W m−1 K−2 at 720 K, enabled by a high electron concentration thermally activated from N vacancies. Disordered rocksalt-Cr1-xScxN solid solutions are thermodynamically stable, and calculated DOS suggest the possibility for power......-factor improvement by Sc3d orbital delocalization on Cr3d electrons giving decreasing electrical resistivity, while localized Cr3d orbitals with a large DOS slope may yield an improved Seebeck coefficient. Sc-rich solid solutions show a large improvement in power factor compared to pure ScN, and all films have power...

  20. Prediction of solid solution formation in a family of diastereomeric salts. A molecular modeling study

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    Gervais, C.; Grimbergen, R.F.P.; Markovits, I.; Ariaans, G.J.A.; Kaptein, B.; Bruggink, A.; Broxterman, Q.B.

    2004-01-01

    The possibility of solid solution behavior of diastereomeric salts, containing multiple resolving agents of the same family (Dutch Resolution), is predicted by molecular modeling. Super-cells containing different ratios of resolving agents in the diastereomeric salt are constructed and optimized, an

  1. The synthesis and chemical durability of Nd-doped single-phase zirconolite solid solutions

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    Cai, Xin; Teng, Yuancheng; Wu, Lang; Zhang, Kuibao; Huang, Yi

    2016-10-01

    Nd-doped single-phase zirconolite solid solutions was synthesized by solid-state reaction and following two steps of acid treatment. The phase composition, microstructure, and chemical durability of the zirconolite solid solutions were investigated. About 15 at% Nd was successfully stabilized into the zirconolite. The element mapping images of Ca, Zr, Nd and Ti show that all the elements are almost distributed homogeneously in the zirconolite waste forms. Product Consistency Test (PCT) was conducted under different pH values (pH = 5, 7 and 9) to evaluate the chemical durability of the Nd-doped zirconolite waste forms. The normalized element release rate of Ca (LRCa) in pH = 5 medium is higher than that of pH = 7 and 9, while the LRNd value remains almost unchanged under different pH values. The LRNd value is as low as 10-5 g m-2 d-1 after 42 days.

  2. Preparation, Characterization and Catalytic Performance of Nanometer Ceria-Zirconia Solid Solution

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    Hu Yucai; Wang Yinghui; Pan Junyan

    2004-01-01

    Ce0.6Zr0.4O2 solid solution was prepared by co-precipitation technique using hydrazine hydrate as precipitator.Various physico-chemical techniques such as XRD, FT-Raman, SEM, TEM, etc.were used to characterize the resultant powder.Meanwhile, its catalytic activity was evaluated in the synthesis of n-butyl acetate by the reaction of acetic acid and n-butyl alcohol.The results show that ceria-zirconia solid solution forms single cubic structure and its particle diameter is less than 100 nm.As a sort of solid acid, it possesses high catalytic activity and can be easily separated from reaction liquid.After it is used for ten times, its activity basically kees unchanging.

  3. Geochemical and numerical modelling of interactions between solid solutions and an aqueous solution. Extension of a reactive transport computer code called Archimede and application to reservoirs diagenesis; Modelisation geochimique et numerique des interactions entre des solutions solides et une solution aqueuse: extension du logiciel de reaction-transport archimede et application a la diagenese des reservoirs

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    Nourtier-Mazauric, E.

    2003-03-15

    This thesis presents a thermodynamic and kinetic model of interactions between a fluid and ideal solid solutions represented by several end-members. The reaction between a solid solution and the aqueous solution results from the competition between the stoichiometric dissolution of the initial solid solution and the co-precipitation of the least soluble solid solution in the fluid at considered time. This model was implemented in ARCHIMEDE, a computer code of reactive transport in porous media, then applied to various examples. In the case of binary solid solutions, a graphical method allowed to determine the compositions of the precipitating solid solutions, with the aid of the end-member chemical potentials. The obtained program could be used to notably model the diagenesis of clayey or carbonated oil reservoirs, or the ground pollutant dispersion. (author)

  4. Investigation of water and saline solution drops evaporation on a solid substrate

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    Orlova Evgenija G.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Experimental investigation water and saline solution drops evaporation on a solid substrate made of anodized aluminum is presented in the paper. Parameters characterizing drop profile have been obtained (contact angle, contact diameter, height. The specific evaporation rate has been calculated from obtained values. It was found that water and saline solution drops with concentration up to 9.1% evaporate in the pinning mode. However, with increasing the salt concentration in the solution up to 16.7% spreading mode was observed. Two stages of drop evaporation depending on change of the evaporation rate have been separated.

  5. Low temperature anomaly of heat capacity of CD4 rotors in solid CD4-Kr solution

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    Bagatskii, M.I.; Dudkin, V. V.; Manzhelii, V. G.; Mashchenko, D. A.; Feodosiev, S. B.

    2004-01-01

    The heat capacity of the solid Kr-CD4 (13% CD4) solution has been investigated. It is shown that the temperature dependence of the heat capacity Crot of the rotational subsystem in this solution is radically different from the corresponding dependences in the previously studied Kr-CD4 (1%, 5% CD4) and Kr-CH4 (5-60%) solutions. A model is proposed to explain the observed dependence Crot(T). The experimental results can be described taking into account the contribution to the heat capacity from...

  6. Radiation-induced amorphization of rare-earth titanate pyrochlores

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    Lian, Jie; Chen, Jian; Wang, L. M.; Ewing, Rodney C.; Farmer, J. Matt; Boatner, Lynn A.; Helean, K. B.

    2003-10-01

    Single crystals of the entire series of A2Ti2O7 (A=Sm to Lu, and Y) pyrochlore compounds were irradiated by 1-MeV Kr+ ions at temperatures from 293 to 1073 K, and the microstructure evolution, as a function of increasing radiation fluence, was characterized using in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The critical amorphization temperature, Tc, generally increases from ˜480 to ˜1120 K with increasing A-site cation size (e.g., 0.977 Å for Lu3+ to 1.079 Å for Sm3+). An abnormally high susceptibility to ion beam damage was found for Gd2Ti2O7 (with the highest Tc of ˜1120 K). Factors influencing the response of titanate pyrochlores to ion irradiation-induced amorphization are discussed in terms of cation radius ratio, defect formation, and the tendency to undergo an order-disorder transition to the defect-fluorite structure. The resistance of the pyrochlore structure to ion beam-induced amorphization is not only affected by the relative sizes of the A- and B-site cations, but also the cation electronic configuration and the structural disorder. Pyrochlore compositions that have larger structural deviations from the ideal fluorite structure, as evidenced by the smaller 48f oxygen positional parameter, x, are more sensitive to ion beam-induced amorphization.

  7. New synthesis route and magnetic structure of Tm2Mn2O7 pyrochlore.

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    Pomjakushina, Ekaterina; Pomjakushin, Vladimir; Rolfs, Katharina; Karpinski, Janusz; Conder, Kazimierz

    2015-09-21

    In this work, we present a new chemical route to synthesize Tm2Mn2O7 pyrochlore, which a compound that is thermodynamically unstable at ambient pressure. Differently from the reported in the past high-pressure synthesis of the same compound applying oxides as starting materials, we have obtained a pure Tm2Mn2O7 phase by a converting TmMnO3 at 1100 °C and an oxygen pressure of 1300 bar. The studies of Tm2Mn2O7 performed by a high-resolution neutron powder diffraction have shown that a pure pyrochlore cubic phase Tm2Mn2O7 (space group Fd3¯m) have been obtained. Upon cooling below 25 K, there is a transition to a ferromagnetically (FM) ordered phase observed with an additional antiferromagnetic (AFM) canting, suggesting a lowering of the initial cubic crystal symmetry. The magnetic transition is accompanied by a small but very visible magnetostriction effect. Using symmetry analysis, we have found a solution for the AFM structure in the maximal Shubnikov subgroup I41/am'd'.

  8. Different routes towards oscillatory zoning in the growth of solid solutions.

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    Lubashevsky, Ihor; Mues, Tanja; Heuer, Andreas

    2008-10-01

    Oscillatory zoning, i.e., self-formation of spatial quasiperiodic oscillations in the composition of solid growing from aqueous solution, is analyzed theoretically. Keeping in mind systems like (Ba,Sr)SO4 , we propose a one-dimensional model that takes into account the nonideality of the solid solution and the system asymmetry, in particular, reflecting itself in different solubilities for such systems. Based on a linear stability analysis, different parameter regions can be identified. Even an ideal solution with a sufficiently large asymmetry can display oscillatory zoning. Numerical simulations complement the linear stability analysis as well as the qualitative consideration of the instability development and reveal the nature of the limit cycles.

  9. Estimation of component activities in some oxide solid solutions by the molecular interaction vacancy model

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    Dongping TAO

    2011-01-01

    The molecular interaction vacancy model (MIVM) is used to estimate simultaneously activities of all components in a range of entire composition of six binary oxide solid solutions and the MnO-FeO-CaO ternary solid solution by their binary infinite dilute activity coefficients.The average errors are the 0.03%-5.0% for the binaries and the 4.11%-25.2% for the ternary which is less than that (4.84%-41.2%) of the sub-regular solution model (SRSM).This shows that MIVM is more effective and reliable than SRSM for the ternary and does not depend on a polynomial approximation with some ternary adjustable parameters.

  10. Thermal Analysis of Tantalum Carbide-Hafnium Carbide Solid Solutions from Room Temperature to 1400 °C

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    Cheng Zhang

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available The thermogravimetric analysis on TaC, HfC, and their solid solutions has been carried out in air up to 1400 °C. Three solid solution compositions have been chosen: 80TaC-20 vol % HfC (T80H20, 50TaC-50 vol % HfC (T50H50, and 20TaC-80 vol % HfC (T20H80, in addition to pure TaC and HfC. Solid solutions exhibit better oxidation resistance than the pure carbides. The onset of oxidation is delayed in solid solutions from 750 °C for pure TaC, to 940 °C for the T50H50 sample. Moreover, T50H50 samples display the highest resistance to oxidation with the retention of the initial carbides. The oxide scale formed on the T50H50 sample displays mechanical integrity to prevent the oxidation of the underlying carbide solid solution. The improved oxidation resistance of the solid solution is attributed to the reaction between Ta2O5 and HfC, which stabilizes the volume changes induced by the formation of Ta2O5 and diminishes the generation of gaseous products. Also, the formation of solid solutions disturbs the atomic arrangement inside the lattice, which delays the reaction between Ta and O. Both of these mechanisms lead to the improved oxidation resistances of TaC-HfC solid solutions.

  11. Study of Decomposition of a Highly Supersaturated Solid Solution of a Granulated Alloy, Al-1, 5Cr-1, 5Zr,

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    The mechanism and kinetics of decomposition of a highly supersaturated solid solution in an alloy is of importance in stating the proper technology...that during annealing up to 250 C, there is a great density of dislocations. A hypothesis is presented concerning the structural changes occurring at heating the highly supersaturated solid solution of this alloy.

  12. Solid solution strengthening and diffusion in nickel- and cobalt-based superalloys

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    Rehman, Hamad ur

    2016-07-01

    Nickel and cobalt-based superalloys with a γ-γ{sup '} microstructure are known for their excellent creep resistance at high temperatures. Their microstructure is engineered using different alloying elements, that partition either to the fcc γ matrix or to the ordered γ{sup '} phase. In the present work the effect of alloying elements on their segregation behaviour in nickel-based superalloys, diffusion in cobalt-based superalloys and the temperature dependent solid solution strengthening in nickel-based alloys is investigated. The effect of dendritic segregation on the local mechanical properties of individual phases in the as-cast, heat treated and creep deformed state of a nickel-based superalloy is investigated. The local chemical composition is characterized using Electron Probe Micro Analysis and then correlated with the mechanical properties of individual phases using nanoindentation. Furthermore, the temperature dependant solid solution hardening contribution of Ta, W and Re towards fcc nickel is studied. The room temperature hardening is determined by a diffusion couple approach using nanoindentation and energy dispersive X-ray analysis for relating hardness to the chemical composition. The high temperature properties are determined using compression strain rate jump tests. The results show that at lower temperatures, the solute size is prevalent and the elements with the largest size difference with nickel, induce the greatest hardening consistent with a classical solid solution strengthening theory. At higher temperatures, the solutes interact with the dislocations such that the slowest diffusing solute poses maximal resistance to dislocation glide and climb. Lastly, the diffusion of different technically relevant solutes in fcc cobalt is investigated using diffusion couples. The results show that the large atoms diffuse faster in cobalt-based superalloys similar to their nickel-based counterparts.

  13. Structural, vibrational, and thermochemical properties of the monazite-type solid solution La1-xPrxPO4

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    Hirsch, A.; Kegler, P.; Alencar, I.; Ruiz-Fuertes, J.; Shelyug, A.; Peters, L.; Schreinemachers, C.; Neumann, A.; Neumeier, S.; Liermann, H.-P.; Navrotsky, A.; Roth, G.

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    The monazite-type solid solution La1-xPrxPO4 was synthesized by solid-state reaction and extensively investigated using electron microprobe and thermogravimetric analyses, differential scanning and high-temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry, powder X-ray diffraction, infrared and Raman spectroscopy. Lattice parameters and Ln-O bond lengths show a decrease with increasing Pr content. A small excess volume is observed for the solid solution. IR spectra of the solid solution members present no detectable differences, while a blue shift of the PO4-related modes is seen in the Raman data. This shift can be attributed to the lanthanide contraction. Within errors, calorimetry data show no systematic deviation from an ideal behavior, though one might interpret the data as an indication of a slightly asymmetric mixture. All data indicate that deviations from ideality of the solid solution - if present - are very small.

  14. 3 d -electron Heisenberg pyrochlore Mn2Sb2O7

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    Peets, Darren C.; Sim, Hasung; Avdeev, Maxim; Park, Je-Geun

    2016-11-01

    In frustrated magnetic systems, geometric constraints or the competition among interactions introduce extre-mely high degeneracy and prevent the system from readily selecting a low-temperature ground state. The most frustrated known spin arrangement is on the pyrochlore lattice, but nearly all magnetic pyrochlores have unquenched orbital angular momenta, constraining the spin directions through spin-orbit coupling. Pyrochlore Mn2Sb2O7 is an extremely rare Heisenberg pyrochlore system with directionally unconstrained spins and low chemical disorder. We show that it undergoes a spin-glass transition at 5.5 K, which is suppressed by disorder arising from Mn vacancies, indicating this ground state to be a direct consequence of the spins' interactions. The striking similarities to 3 d transition-metal pyrochlores with unquenched angular momenta suggests that the low spin-orbit coupling in the 3 d block makes Heisenberg pyrochlores far more accessible than previously imagined.

  15. Co-existence of Distinct Supramolecular Assemblies in Solution and in the Solid State.

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    Reddy, G N Manjunatha; Huqi, Aida; Iuga, Dinu; Sakurai, Satoshi; Marsh, Andrew; Davis, Jeffery T; Masiero, Stefano; Brown, Steven P

    2017-02-16

    The formation of distinct supramolecular assemblies, including a metastable species, is revealed for a lipophilic guanosine (G) derivative in solution and in the solid state. Structurally different G-quartet-based assemblies are formed in chloroform depending on the nature of the cation, anion and the salt concentration, as characterized by circular dichroism and time course diffusion-ordered NMR spectroscopy data. Intriguingly, even the presence of potassium ions that stabilize G-quartets in chloroform was insufficient to exclusively retain such assemblies in the solid state, leading to the formation of mixed quartet and ribbon-like assemblies as revealed by fast magic-angle spinning (MAS) NMR spectroscopy. Distinct N-H⋅⋅⋅N and N-H⋅⋅⋅O intermolecular hydrogen bonding interactions drive quartet and ribbon-like self-assembly resulting in markedly different 2D (1) H solid-state NMR spectra, thus facilitating a direct identification of mixed assemblies. A dissolution NMR experiment confirmed that the quartet and ribbon interconversion is reversible-further demonstrating the changes that occur in the self-assembly process of a lipophilic nucleoside upon a solid-state to solution-state transition and vice versa. A systematic study for complexation with different cations (K(+) , Sr(2+) ) and anions (picrate, ethanoate and iodide) emphasizes that the existence of a stable solution or solid-state structure may not reflect the stability of the same supramolecular entity in another phase. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. In situ study of the solid-state formation of U(1-x)Am(x)O(2±δ) solid solution.

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    Lebreton, Florent; Belin, Renaud C; Prieur, Damien; Delahaye, Thibaud; Blanchart, Philippe

    2012-09-03

    In order to reduce the nuclear waste inventory and radiotoxicity, U(1-x)Am(x)O(2±δ) materials are promising fuels for heterogeneous transmutation. In this context, they are generally fabricated from UO(2+δ) and AmO(2-δ) dioxide powders. In the subsequent solid solution, americium is assumed to be trivalent whereas uranium exhibits a mixed-valence (+IV/+V) state. However, no formation mechanisms were ever evidenced and, more particularly, it was not possible to know whether the reduction of Am(IV) to Am(III) occurs before the solid-solution formation, or only once it is established. In this study, we used high-temperature X-ray diffraction on a UO(2±δ)/AmO(2-δ) (15 mol %) mixture to observe in situ the formation of the U(1-x)Am(x)O(2±δ) solid solution. We show that UO(2+δ) is, at relatively low temperature (solid solution starts forming at 1740 K. The UO(2) fluorite phase vanishes after 4 h at 1970 K, indicating that the formation of the solid solution is completed, which proves that this solid solution is formed after the complete reduction of Am(IV) to Am(III).

  17. Influence of chemical disorder on energy dissipation and defect evolution in concentrated solid solution alloys.

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    Zhang, Yanwen; Stocks, G Malcolm; Jin, Ke; Lu, Chenyang; Bei, Hongbin; Sales, Brian C; Wang, Lumin; Béland, Laurent K; Stoller, Roger E; Samolyuk, German D; Caro, Magdalena; Caro, Alfredo; Weber, William J

    2015-10-28

    A grand challenge in materials research is to understand complex electronic correlation and non-equilibrium atomic interactions, and how such intrinsic properties and dynamic processes affect energy transfer and defect evolution in irradiated materials. Here we report that chemical disorder, with an increasing number of principal elements and/or altered concentrations of specific elements, in single-phase concentrated solid solution alloys can lead to substantial reduction in electron mean free path and orders of magnitude decrease in electrical and thermal conductivity. The subsequently slow energy dissipation affects defect dynamics at the early stages, and consequentially may result in less deleterious defects. Suppressed damage accumulation with increasing chemical disorder from pure nickel to binary and to more complex quaternary solid solutions is observed. Understanding and controlling energy dissipation and defect dynamics by altering alloy complexity may pave the way for new design principles of radiation-tolerant structural alloys for energy applications.

  18. Effect of shear stress in ferroelectric solid solutions with coexisting phases

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    Lu, Xiaoyan; Zhang, Hangbo; Zheng, Limei; Cao, Wenwu

    2017-08-01

    One common feature of ferroelectric solid solutions with large piezoelectricity is the coexistence of two or more phases. Due to the strain mismatch among coexisting phases, adaptive structures near the interfaces or domain walls develop to maintain the atomic coherency. Shear stresses commonly exist, especially when the domain size is small. The effect of shear stresses on phase morphology in Pb(Zr1-xTix)O3 solid solutions with compositions within the morphotropic phase boundary region was studied within the framework of Landau phenomenological theory. Our results show that the coexisting rhombohedral (R) and tetragonal (T) phases can be modified to form stable or metastable R-like and/or T-like monoclinic phases under shear stresses. Large stresses may also induce first order or second order phase transitions.

  19. Elastic and thermal properties of Zr z Nb1 - z C x N y solid solutions

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    Gusev, A. I.

    2013-07-01

    The temperature and concentration dependences of the elastic moduli and the thermal linear expansion coefficient of Zr z Nb1 - z C x N y solid solutions containing from 3 to 8 at % of structural vacancies in a nonmetallic sublattice have been found. The temperature dependences of the Debye temperature ΘD( T) have been calculated using the elastic data and the data on the heat capacity. It has been shown, using carbide NbC0.97 as an example, that the ΘD( T) dependences found from the elastic properties and the heat capacity coincide in the temperature range ˜220-300 K. By analogy with the niobium carbide, the heat capacity C p (300) of Zr z Nb1 - z C x N y solid solutions of various compositions is calculated based on the values of ΘD(300) determined from the elastic properties.

  20. Accelerated exploration of multi-principal element alloys with solid solution phases

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    Senkov, O. N.; Miller, J. D.; Miracle, D. B.; Woodward, C.

    2015-03-01

    Recent multi-principal element, high entropy alloy (HEA) development strategies vastly expand the number of candidate alloy systems, but also pose a new challenge—how to rapidly screen thousands of candidate alloy systems for targeted properties. Here we develop a new approach to rapidly assess structural metals by combining calculated phase diagrams with simple rules based on the phases present, their transformation temperatures and useful microstructures. We evaluate over 130,000 alloy systems, identifying promising compositions for more time-intensive experimental studies. We find the surprising result that solid solution alloys become less likely as the number of alloy elements increases. This contradicts the major premise of HEAs—that increased configurational entropy increases the stability of disordered solid solution phases. As the number of elements increases, the configurational entropy rises slowly while the probability of at least one pair of elements favouring formation of intermetallic compounds increases more rapidly, explaining this apparent contradiction.

  1. Modeling of Vapor-Liquid-Solid Equilibria in Acidic Aqueous Solutions

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    Christensen, Søren Gregers; Thomsen, Kaj

    2003-01-01

    The phase behavior (vapor - liquid equilibria (VLE) and solid - liquid equilibria (SLE)) and thermal properties of aqueous solutions of ions like (K+, Na+, NH4+, Ca2+, Cl-) in the presence of phosphoric acid (H3PO4, H2PO4-, HPO42- ) and nitric acid (HNO3, NO3-) are described by means of the Exten......The phase behavior (vapor - liquid equilibria (VLE) and solid - liquid equilibria (SLE)) and thermal properties of aqueous solutions of ions like (K+, Na+, NH4+, Ca2+, Cl-) in the presence of phosphoric acid (H3PO4, H2PO4-, HPO42- ) and nitric acid (HNO3, NO3-) are described by means...

  2. Flexible, Luminescent Metal-Organic Frameworks Showing Synergistic Solid-Solution Effects on Porosity and Sensitivity.

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    Liu, Si-Yang; Zhou, Dong-Dong; He, Chun-Ting; Liao, Pei-Qin; Cheng, Xiao-Ning; Xu, Yan-Tong; Ye, Jia-Wen; Zhang, Jie-Peng; Chen, Xiao-Ming

    2016-12-23

    Mixing molecular building blocks in the solid solution manner is a valuable strategy to obtain structures and properties in between the isostructural parent metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). We report nonlinear/synergistic solid-solution effects using highly related yet non-isostructural, phosphorescent Cu(I) triazolate frameworks as parent phases. Near the phase boundaries associated with conformational diversity and ligand heterogeneity, the porosity (+150 %) and optical O2 sensitivity (410 times, limit of detection 0.07 ppm) can be drastically improved from the best-performing parent MOFs and even exceeds the records hold by precious-metal complexes (3 ppm) and C70 (0.2 ppm).

  3. Accelerated exploration of multi-principal element alloys with solid solution phases.

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    Senkov, O N; Miller, J D; Miracle, D B; Woodward, C

    2015-03-05

    Recent multi-principal element, high entropy alloy (HEA) development strategies vastly expand the number of candidate alloy systems, but also pose a new challenge--how to rapidly screen thousands of candidate alloy systems for targeted properties. Here we develop a new approach to rapidly assess structural metals by combining calculated phase diagrams with simple rules based on the phases present, their transformation temperatures and useful microstructures. We evaluate over 130,000 alloy systems, identifying promising compositions for more time-intensive experimental studies. We find the surprising result that solid solution alloys become less likely as the number of alloy elements increases. This contradicts the major premise of HEAs--that increased configurational entropy increases the stability of disordered solid solution phases. As the number of elements increases, the configurational entropy rises slowly while the probability of at least one pair of elements favouring formation of intermetallic compounds increases more rapidly, explaining this apparent contradiction.

  4. Tunable catalytic activity of solid solution metal-organic frameworks in one-pot multicomponent reactions.

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    Aguirre-Díaz, Lina María; Gándara, Felipe; Iglesias, Marta; Snejko, Natalia; Gutiérrez-Puebla, Enrique; Monge, M Ángeles

    2015-05-20

    The aim of this research is to establish how metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) composed of more than one metal in equivalent crystallographic sites (solid solution MOFs) exhibit catalytic activity, which is tunable by virtue of the metal ions ratio. New MOFs with general formula [InxGa1-x(O2C2H4)0.5(hfipbb)] were prepared by the combination of Ga and In. They are isostructural with their monometal counterparts, synthesized with Al, Ga, and In. Differences in their behavior as heterogeneous catalysts in the three-component, one pot Strecker reaction illustrate the potential of solid solution MOFs to provide the ability to address the various stages involved in the reaction mechanism.

  5. Isomorphism and solid solution as shown by an accurate high-resolution diffraction experiment.

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    Poulain, Agnieszka; Kubicki, Maciej; Lecomte, Claude

    2014-12-01

    High-resolution crystal structure determination and spherical and multipolar refinement enabled an organic solid solution of 1-(4'-chlorophenyl)-2-methyl-4-nitro-1H-imidazole-5-carbonitrile and 5-bromo-1-(4'-chlorophenyl)-2-methyl-4-nitro-1H-imidazole to be found, which would not normally be revealed using only standard resolution data (ca 0.8 Å), as the disordered part is only visible at high resolution. Therefore, this new structure would have been reported as just another polymorphic form, even more reasonably as isostructural with other derivatives. To the best of our knowledge this is the first example of organic solid solution modelled via charge density Hansen-Coppens formalism and analysed by means of quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM) theory.

  6. General solution of cumulative second harmonic by Lamb wave propagation in a solid plate

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    Deng Mingxi

    2008-01-01

    A straightforward approach has been developed for the general solution of cumulative second harmonic by Lamb wave propagation in a solid plate. The present analyses of second-harmonic generation by Lamb waves focus on the cases where the phase velocity of the fundamental Lamb wave is exactly or approximately equal to that of the double frequency Lamb wave (DFLW). Based on the general solution obtained, the numerical analyses show that the cumulative second-harmonic fields are associated with the position of excitation source and the difference between the phase velocity of the fundamental Lamb wave and that of the dominant DFLW component.

  7. On the effect of concentrated solid solutions on properties of clusters in a model binary alloy

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    Lepinoux, J.; Sigli, C.

    2016-04-01

    In a series of papers aimed at better understanding precipitation in binary alloys, it was shown that Cluster Dynamics (CD) is a valuable tool to bridge the gap between microscopic and macroscopic scales, provided that cluster-free energies are carefully derived from Monte Carlo calculations. Indeed, in such conditions, CD predictions compare well with Atomistic Kinetic MC simulations. Nevertheless, in a recent work, the authors pointed out some limitations of this approach at high solute concentration. The present work aims at revisiting the notion of cluster-free energy in the context of concentrated solid solutions at thermal equilibrium.

  8. Solution-Processed Ambipolar Organic Thin-Film Transistors by Blending p- and n-Type Semiconductors: Solid Solution versus Microphase Separation.

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    Xu, Xiaomin; Xiao, Ting; Gu, Xiao; Yang, Xuejin; Kershaw, Stephen V; Zhao, Ni; Xu, Jianbin; Miao, Qian

    2015-12-30

    Here, we report solid solution of p- and n-type organic semiconductors as a new type of p-n blend for solution-processed ambipolar organic thin film transistors (OTFTs). This study compares the solid-solution films of silylethynylated tetraazapentacene 1 (acceptor) and silylethynylated pentacene 2 (donor) with the microphase-separated films of 1 and 3, a heptagon-embedded analogue of 2. It is found that the solid solutions of (1)x(2)1-x function as ambipolar semiconductors, whose hole and electron mobilities are tunable by varying the ratio of 1 and 2 in the solid solution. The OTFTs of (1)0.5(2)0.5 exhibit relatively balanced hole and electron mobilities comparable to the highest values as reported for ambipolar OTFTs of stoichiometric donor-acceptor cocrystals and microphase-separated p-n bulk heterojunctions. The solid solution of (1)0.5(2)0.5 and the microphase-separated blend of 1:3 (0.5:0.5) in OTFTs exhibit different responses to light in terms of absorption and photoeffect of OTFTs because the donor and acceptor are mixed at molecular level with π-π stacking in the solid solution.

  9. Homogenization of. beta. -solid solution during fast heating of two-phase titanium alloys

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    Gridnev, V.N.; Zhuravlev, A.F.; Zhuravlev, B.F.; Ivasishin, O.M.; Markovskij, P.E. (AN Ukrainskoj SSR, Kiev. Inst. Metallofiziki)

    1985-01-01

    Using model alloy Ti-10%Mo as an example the homogenization of high-temperature ..beta..-phase during fast heating has been studied by calculational and experimental methods. The effect of heating rate and the initial structure disoersion on the homogenization is shown. A method is suggested for evaluation of the concentration state of ..beta..-solid solution depleted parts of commercial two-phase titanium alloys. The method has been used to study the homogenization process.

  10. Properties of solid solutions, doped film, and nanocomposite structures based on zinc oxide

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    Lashkarev, G. V.; Shtepliuk, I. I.; Ievtushenko, A. I.; Khyzhun, O. Y.; Kartuzov, V. V.; Ovsiannikova, L. I.; Karpyna, V. A.; Myroniuk, D. V.; Khomyak, V. V.; Tkach, V. N.; Timofeeva, I. I.; Popovich, V. I.; Dranchuk, N. V.; Khranovskyy, V. D.; Demydiuk, P. V.

    2015-02-01

    A study of the properties of materials based on the wide bandgap zinc oxide semiconductor, which are promising for application in optoelectronics, photovoltaics and nanoplasmonics. The structural and optical properties of solid solution Zn1-xCdxO films with different cadmium content, are studied. The samples are grown using magnetron sputtering on sapphire backing. Low-temperature photoluminescence spectra revealed emission peaks associated with radiative recombination processes in those areas of the film that have varying amounts of cadmium. X-ray phase analysis showed the presence of a cadmium oxide cubic phase in these films. Theoretical studies of the solid solution thermodynamic properties allowed for a qualitative interpretation of the observed experimental phenomena. It is established that the growth of the homogeneous solid solution film is possible only at high temperatures, whereas regions of inhomogeneous composition can be narrowed through elastic deformation, caused by the mismatch of the film-backing lattice constants. The driving forces of the spinodal decomposition of the Zn1-xCdxO system are identified. Fullerene-like clusters of Znn-xCdxOn are used to calculate the bandgap and the cohesive energy of ZnCdO solid solutions. The properties of transparent conductive ZnO films, doped with Group III donor impurities (Al, Ga, In), are examined. It is shown that oxygen vacancies are responsible for the hole trap centers in the zinc oxide photoconductivity process. We also examine the photoluminescence properties of metal-ZnO nanocomposite structures, caused by surface plasmons.

  11. GENERAL SOLUTION FOR THE COUPLED EQUATIONS OF TRANSVERSELY ISOTROPIC MAGNETOELECTROELASTIC SOLIDS

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    刘金喜; 王祥琴; 王彪

    2003-01-01

    The coupling feature of transversely isotropic magnetoelectroelastic solids aregoverned by a system of five partial differential equations with respect to the elasticdisplacerments, the electric potential and the magnetic potential. Based on the potentialtheory, the coupled equations are reduced to the five uncoupled generalized Laplaceequations with respect to five potential functions. Further, the elastic fields andelectromagnetic fields are expressed in terms of the potential functions. These expressionsconstruct the general solution of transversely isotropic magnetoelectroelastic media.

  12. Experimental and theoretical investigation of Cr1-xScxN solid solutions for thermoelectrics

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    Kerdsongpanya, Sit; Sun, Bo; Eriksson, Fredrik; Jensen, Jens; Lu, Jun; Koh, Yee Kan; Nong, Ngo Van; Balke, Benjamin; Alling, Björn; Eklund, Per

    2016-12-01

    The ScN- and CrN-based transition-metal nitrides have recently emerged as a novel and unexpected class of materials for thermoelectrics. These materials constitute well-defined model systems for investigating mixing thermodynamics, phase stability, and band structure aiming for property tailoring. Here, we demonstrate an approach to tailor their thermoelectric properties by solid solutions. The trends in mixing thermodynamics and densities-of-states (DOS) of rocksalt-Cr1-xScxN solid solutions (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) are investigated by first-principles calculations, and Cr1-xScxN thin films are synthesized by magnetron sputtering. Pure CrN exhibits a high power factor, 1.7 × 10-3 W m-1 K-2 at 720 K, enabled by a high electron concentration thermally activated from N vacancies. Disordered rocksalt-Cr1-xScxN solid solutions are thermodynamically stable, and calculated DOS suggest the possibility for power-factor improvement by Sc3d orbital delocalization on Cr3d electrons giving decreasing electrical resistivity, while localized Cr3d orbitals with a large DOS slope may yield an improved Seebeck coefficient. Sc-rich solid solutions show a large improvement in power factor compared to pure ScN, and all films have power factors above that expected from the rule-of-mixture. These results corroborate the theoretical predictions and enable tailoring and understanding of structure-transport-property correlations of Cr1-xScxN.

  13. Local atomic structure of solid solutions with overlapping shells by EXAFS: The regularization method

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    Babanov, Yu.A., E-mail: babanov@imp.uran.ru [M.N. Miheev Institute of Metal Physics, Ural Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ekaterinburg 620990 (Russian Federation); Ponomarev, D.A.; Ustinov, V.V. [M.N. Miheev Institute of Metal Physics, Ural Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Ekaterinburg 620990 (Russian Federation); Baranov, A.N. [M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Zubavichus, Ya.V. [Russian Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute”, 123182 Moscow (Russian Federation)

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • A method for determining bond lengths from combined EXAFS spectra for solid oxide solutions is proposed. • We have demonstrated a high resolution in r-space of close spacing atoms in the Periodical Table. • These results were obtained without any assumptions concerning interatomic distances for multi-component systems. • Coordinates ions for the solid solution with rock salt structure are determined. - Abstract: The regularization method of solving ill-posed problem is used to determine five partial interatomic distances on the basis of combined two EXAFS spectra. Mathematical algorithm and experimental results of the EXAFS analysis for Ni{sub c}Zn{sub 1−c}O (c = 0.0, 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1.0) solid solutions with the rock salt (rs) crystal structure are discussed. Samples were synthesized from the binary oxide powders at pressure of 7.7 GPa and temperatures 1450–1650 K. The measurements were performed using synchrotron facilities (Russian Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute”, Moscow). The Ni and Zn K absorption spectra were recorded in transmission mode under room temperature. It is shown, the ideal rock salt lattice is distorted and long-range order exists only in the average (Vegard law). In order to determine coordinates ions for the solid solution with rock salt structure, we used the Pauling model. The simulation is performed for 343,000 cluster of oxide ions. The distribution functions for ions (Ni−O, Ni−Ni, Ni−Zn, Zn−Zn, Zn−O, O−O) depending on the distance are obtained. The width of the Gaussian distribution function is determined by the difference of the radii of the metal ions. The results are consistent with the data both X-ray diffraction and the EXAFS spectroscopy.

  14. High-Performance Hydrogen Evolution from MoS2(1-x) P(x) Solid Solution.

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    Ye, Ruquan; del Angel-Vicente, Paz; Liu, Yuanyue; Arellano-Jimenez, M Josefina; Peng, Zhiwei; Wang, Tuo; Li, Yilun; Yakobson, Boris I; Wei, Su-Huai; Yacaman, Miguel Jose; Tour, James M

    2016-02-17

    A MoS2(1-x) P(x) solid solution (x = 0 to 1) is formed by thermally annealing mixtures of MoS2 and red phosphorus. The effective and stable electrocatalyst for hydrogen evolution in acidic solution holds promise for replacing scarce and expensive platinum that is used in present catalyst systems. The high performance originates from the increased surface area and roughness of the solid solution.

  15. Homogenization of. beta. -solid solution upon rapid heating of two-phase titanium alloys

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    Grudnev, V.N.; Zhuravlav, A.F.; Zhuravlev, B.F.; Ivasishin, O.M.; Markovskiy, P.E.

    1985-01-01

    High temperature ..beta.. phase homogenization during rapid heating was studied in a Ti-Mo alloy by mathematical simulation and experimental observation. The method used allows quantitative estimation of the influence of the two major factors determining development of the process of homogenization of the ..beta.. solid solution: heating rate and initial structure dispersion. Successive quenching of specimens from increasing temperatures in the ..beta.. area provides a simple and reliable method of observing the process of homogenization. This method allows experimental development of equations similar to those calculated for the ..beta.. solid solution area with minimum alloying element content. The experimental and calculated results are similar for a heating rate of 300/sup 0/K per second. Heating rate and initial structure dispersion are found to be quite significant in the Ti-10% Mo alloy studied. A method is suggested for estimating the concentration state of impoverished sectors of the ..beta.. solid solution in commercial alloys during rapid heating and used to analyze the inhomogenization. 8 references, 6 figures.

  16. Structural study of nanocrystalline solid solution of Cu-Mo obtained by mechanical alloying

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    Aguilar, C., E-mail: claudio.aguilar@usm.cl [Departamento de Ingenieria Metalurgica y de Materiales, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Avenida Espana 1680, Valparaiso (Chile); Instituto de Materiales y Procesos Termomecanicos, Universidad Austral de Chile, General Lagos 2086, Valdivia (Chile); Castro, F. [Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Tecnicas de Gipuzkoa, Paseo de Manuel Lardizabal, N Degree-Sign 15 20018, San Sebastian (Spain); Martinez, V. [TEKMETALL, Metallurgical Solutions S.L., Paseo neinor, Iribar Kalea 5, F1. B. de Igara 20018, San Sebastian (Spain); Guzman, D. [Departamento de Ingenieria en Metalurgia, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Atacama y Centro Regional de Investigacion y Desarrollo Sustentable de Atacama (CRIDESAT), Av. Copayapu 485, Copiapo (Chile); Cuevas, F. de las; Lozada, L.; Vielma, N. [Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Tecnicas de Gipuzkoa, Paseo de Manuel Lardizabal, N Degree-Sign 15 20018, San Sebastian (Spain)

    2012-06-30

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Extension of solid solution in Cu-Mo system achieved by mechanical alloying. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer X-ray characterization of Cu-Mo system processed by mechanical alloying. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Structural study of nanocrystalline solid solution of Cu-Mo obtained by mechanical alloying. - Abstract: This work studied the structural evolution of Cu-xMo (x = 5 and 8 wt.%) alloys processed by mechanical alloying using x-ray diffraction profiles, scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetric and microhardness. X-ray diffraction analysis was done using the modified Williamson-Hall and Warren-Averbach methods. These were used to determine structural properties, such as crystallite size, stacking fault probability and energy, dislocation density of metallic powder as a function of the amount of Mo and milling time. The main results obtained for both alloys were higher dislocation density and Vickers microhardness values were measured and crystallites sizes of around 10 nm were measured for both systems at 50 h of milling. Lattice defects increase the free energy and the free energy curves shift upwards, therefore the solubility limits change and Cu-Mo solid solution is formed.

  17. Cluster-based composition rule for Laves phase-related BCC solid solution hydrogen storage alloys

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    WANG Qing; CHEN Feng; WU Jiang; QIANG Jianbing; DONG Chuang; ZHANG Yao; XU Fen; SUN Lixian

    2006-01-01

    A new cluster line approach for the composition rule of Laves phase-related BCC solid solution hydrogen-storage alloys was presented. The cluster line in a ternary phase diagram refers to a straight composition line linking a specific binary cluster to the third element. In the Laves phase-related BCC solid solution alloy system such as Ti-Cr-V, Ti-Cr tends to form binary Cr2Ti Laves phase while Ti-V and Cr-V to form solid solutions. This Laves phase is characterized by a close-packing icosahedral cluster Cr7Ti6. A cluster line Cr7Ti6-V is then constructed in this system. Alloy rods with a diameter of 3 mm of compositions along this line were prepared by copper-mould suction method. The alloy structure is found to vary with the V contents. Furthermore, the P-C-T measurements indicate that the cluster-line (Cr7Ti6)1-xVx alloys have large hydrogen storage capacities.

  18. Existence of a solid solution from brucite to {beta}-Co(OH){sub 2}

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    Giovannelli, F., E-mail: fabien.giovannelli@univ-tours.fr [LEMA, UMR 6157 CNRS - CEA, Universite Francois Rabelais, 15 rue de la chocolaterie, 41000 Blois (France); Delorme, F.; Autret-Lambert, C. [LEMA, UMR 6157 CNRS - CEA, Universite Francois Rabelais, 15 rue de la chocolaterie, 41000 Blois (France); Seron, A.; Jean-Prost, V. [BRGM, 3 Avenue Claude Guillemin, BP 36009, 45060 Orleans Cedex 2 (France)

    2012-05-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A solid solution exist between Mg(OH){sub 2} and {beta}-Co(OH){sub 2}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesis has been performed through an easy and fast coprecipitation route. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer No long range-ordering of the cations occurs. -- Abstract: This study shows that between brucite (Mg(OH){sub 2}) and {beta}-Co(OH){sub 2}, all the compositions are possible. The solid solution Mg{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}(OH){sub 2} has been synthesized by an easy and fast coprecipitation route and characterized by XRD and TEM. Single phase powders have been obtained. The particles exhibit platelets morphology with a size close to one hundred nanometers. XRD analysis shows an evolution of the cell parameters when x increases and demonstrates that no ordering of the cations occurs. However, extra reflections on TEM electron diffraction patterns seem to indicate that local ordering can exist. The compounds issued from this solid solution could be good candidates as precursors in order to obtain Mg-Co mixed oxide with all possible cationic ratios.

  19. CSBB-ConeExclusion, adapting structure based solution virtual screening to libraries on solid support.

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    Shave, Steven; Auer, Manfred

    2013-12-23

    Combinatorial chemical libraries produced on solid support offer fast and cost-effective access to a large number of unique compounds. If such libraries are screened directly on-bead, the speed at which chemical space can be explored by chemists is much greater than that addressable using solution based synthesis and screening methods. Solution based screening has a large supporting body of software such as structure-based virtual screening tools which enable the prediction of protein-ligand complexes. Use of these techniques to predict the protein bound complexes of compounds synthesized on solid support neglects to take into account the conjugation site on the small molecule ligand. This may invalidate predicted binding modes, the linker may be clashing with protein atoms. We present CSBB-ConeExclusion, a methodology and computer program which provides a measure of the applicability of solution dockings to solid support. Output is given in the form of statistics for each docking pose, a unique 2D visualization method which can be used to determine applicability at a glance, and automatically generated PyMol scripts allowing visualization of protein atom incursion into a defined exclusion volume. CSBB-ConeExclusion is then exemplarically used to determine the optimum attachment point for a purine library targeting cyclin-dependent kinase 2 CDK2.

  20. Solid Solution Photocatalyst with Spontaneous Polarization Exhibiting Low Recombination Toward Efficient CO2 Photoreduction.

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    Zhou, Peng; Wang, Xin; Yan, Shicheng; Zou, Zhigang

    2016-08-23

    Decreasing the recombination of photogenerated carriers is a major challenge for efficiently converting solar energy into chemical energy by photocatalysis. Here, we have demonstrated that growth of a polar GaN:ZnO solid solution single crystal along its polarization axis is beneficial to efficient separation of photogenerated carriers, owing to the periodic potential barriers and wells generated from the periodically positive and negative atom arrangements in crystal structure. Local charge imbalance caused by replacing Ga(3+) with Zn(2+) leads to a polarization vector in the {0 0 0 1} planes of GaN:ZnO solid solution, thus forming a 1 D electron transport path along [2 1‾  1‾  0] in the {0 0 0 1} planes of GaN:ZnO solid solution to decrease recombination. Shorting the hole-transport distance by synthesizing porous nanoplates can further decrease recombination under the polarization field and improve the performance of polar photocatalyst in photoreduction of CO2 into CH4 .

  1. Local structure in the disordered solid solution of cis- and trans-perinones.

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    Teteruk, Jaroslav L; Glinnemann, Jürgen; Heyse, Winfried; Johansson, Kristoffer E; van de Streek, Jacco; Schmidt, Martin U

    2016-06-01

    The cis- and trans-isomers of the polycyclic aromatic compound perinone, C26H12N4O2, form a solid solution (Vat Red 14). This solid solution is isotypic to the crystal structures of cis-perinone (Pigment Red 194) and trans-perinone (Pigment Orange 34) and exhibits a combined positional and orientational disorder: In the crystal, each molecular position is occupied by either a cis- or trans-perinone molecule, both of which have two possible molecular orientations. The structure of cis-perinone exhibits a twofold orientational disorder, whereas the structure of trans-perinone is ordered. The crystal structure of the solid solution was determined by single-crystal X-ray analysis. Extensive lattice-energy minimizations with force-field and DFT-D methods were carried out on combinatorially complete sets of ordered models. For the disordered systems, local structures were calculated, including preferred local arrangements, ordering lengths, and probabilities for the arrangement of neighbouring molecules. The superposition of the atomic positions of all energetically favourable calculated models corresponds well with the experimentally determined crystal structures, explaining not only the atomic positions, but also the site occupancies and anisotropic displacement parameters.

  2. A decontamination system for chemical weapons agents using a liquid solution on a solid sorbent

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    Waysbort, Daniel [Israel Institute for Biological Research, PO Box 19, Ness-Ziona 74100 (Israel); McGarvey, David J. [R and T Directorate, Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center (ECBC), Aberdeen Proving Ground-Edgewood Area, MD 21010 (United States)], E-mail: david.mcgarvey@us.army.mil; Creasy, William R.; Morrissey, Kevin M.; Hendrickson, David M. [SAIC, P.O. Box 68, Gunpowder Branch, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010 (United States); Durst, H. Dupont [R and T Directorate, Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center (ECBC), Aberdeen Proving Ground-Edgewood Area, MD 21010 (United States)

    2009-01-30

    A decontamination system for chemical warfare agents was developed and tested that combines a liquid decontamination reagent solution with solid sorbent particles. The components have fewer safety and environmental concerns than traditional chlorine bleach-based products or highly caustic solutions. The liquid solution, based on Decon Green{sup TM}, has hydrogen peroxide and a carbonate buffer as active ingredients. The best solid sorbents were found to be a copolymer of ethylene glycol dimethacrylate and n-lauryl methacrylate (Polytrap 6603 Adsorber); or an allyl methacrylate cross-linked polymer (Poly-Pore E200 Adsorber). These solids are human and environmentally friendly and are commonly used in cosmetics. The decontaminant system was tested for reactivity with pinacolyl methylphosphonofluoridate (Soman, GD), bis(2-chloroethyl)sulfide (Mustard, HD), and S-(2-diisopropylaminoethyl) O-ethyl methylphosphonothioate (VX) by using NMR Spectroscopy. Molybdate ion (MoO{sub 4}{sup -2}) was added to the decontaminant to catalyze the oxidation of HD. The molybdate ion provided a color change from pink to white when the oxidizing capacity of the system was exhausted. The decontaminant was effective for ratios of agent to decontaminant of up to 1:50 for VX (t{sub 1/2} {<=} 4 min), 1:10 for HD (t{sub 1/2} < 2 min with molybdate), and 1:10 for GD (t{sub 1/2} < 2 min). The vapor concentrations of GD above the dry sorbent and the sorbent with decontamination solution were measured to show that the sorbent decreased the vapor concentration of GD. The E200 sorbent had the additional advantage of absorbing aqueous decontamination solution without the addition of an organic co-solvent such as isopropanol, but the rate depended strongly on mixing for HD.

  3. Effect of carbon on formation of mixed solid solutions during mechanochemical synthesis of Ni-Al-Mo-C mixtures and ordering of solutions during heating

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    Portnoi, V. K.; Leonov, A. V.; Streletskii, A. N.; Logacheva, A. I.

    2014-03-01

    Solid solutions Ni(Al, Mo, C) are formed via milling the Ni2.8Al1Mo0.2 and Ni3Al0.8Mo0.2 and graphite-containing Ni2.8Al1Mo0.2C(0.25, 0.5) and Ni3Al0.8Mo0.2C(0.25, 0.5) mixtures. In this case, some amount of Mo remains beyond the solid solution. Graphite added to a starting mixture decreases the Mo solubility and favors the amorphization of solid solutions. The complete amorphization was found for the mixture with the 5 at % C and 5 at % Mo, which was added instead of Ni. The heating of mechanically synthesized (MS) powder alloys leads to the ordering of carbon-free and carbon-containing solid solutions with the formation of the L12 and E21 structure, respectively. In the course of the ordering of the Ni(Al, Mo, C) solid solutions, Mo and carbon precipitate in the form of the molybdenum carbide (Mo2C) second phase. The hardness of the MS three-phase Ni-Al-Mo-C solid solutions subjected to hot isostatic pressing is determined by the mass fraction of the formed Mo2C carbide. It is shown that the carbon content in the multicomponent antiperovskite can be estimated by analyzing the ratio of integral intensities of superlattice reflections I (100)/ I (110).

  4. Composition and solution properties of fluorinated block copolymers and their surface structures in the solid state

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    2009-01-01

    A series of diblock copolymers composed of methyl methacrylate and 2-perfluorooctylethyl methacry-late(PMMA144-b-PFMAn) with various PFMA block lengths were prepared by atom transfer radical po-lymerization(ATRP).The surface structures and properties of these polymers in the solid state and in solution were investigated using contact angle measurement,X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy(XPS),sum frequency generation(SFG) vibrational spectroscopy,surface tension and dynamic laser light scattering(DLS).It was found that with increasing PFMA block length,water and oil repellency de-creased,the ratio of F/C increased with increasing film depth,and the degree of ordered packing of the perfluoroalkyl side chains at the surface decreased.When the number of PFMA block units reached 10,PMMA segments were detected at the copolymer surface,which was attributed to the PFMA block length affecting molecular aggregation structure of the copolymer in the solution and the interfacial structure at the air/liquid interface,which in turn affects surface structure formation during solution solidification.The results suggest that copolymer solution properties play an important role in struc-ture formation on the solid surface.

  5. Composition and solution properties of fluorinated block copolymers and their surface structures in the solid state

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    NI HuaGang; XUE DongWu; WANG XiaoFang; ZHANG Wei; WANG XinPing; SHEN ZhiQuan

    2009-01-01

    A series of diblock copolymers composed of methyl methacrylate and 2-perfluorooctylethyl methacry-late (PMMA144-b-PFMAn) with various PFMA block lengths were prepared by atom transfer radical po-lymerization (ATRP). The surface structures and properties of these polymers in the solid state and in solution were investigated using contact angle measurement, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), sum frequency generation (SFG) vibrational spectroscopy, surface tension and dynamic laser light scattering (DLS). It was found that with increasing PFMA block length, water and oil repellency de-creased, the ratio of F/C increased with increasing film depth, and the degree of ordered packing of the perfluoroalkyl side chains at the surface decreased. When the number of PFMA block units reached 10, PMMA segments were detected at the copolymer surface, which was attributed to the PFMA block length affecting molecular aggregation structure of the copolymer in the solution and the interfacial structure at the air/liquid interface, which in turn affects surface structure formation during solution solidification. The results suggest that copolymer solution properties play an important role in struc-ture formation on the solid surface.

  6. Differences in physical chemistry and dissolution rate of solid particle aerosols from solution pressurised inhalers.

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    Buttini, Francesca; Miozzi, Michele; Balducci, Anna Giulia; Royall, Paul G; Brambilla, Gaetano; Colombo, Paolo; Bettini, Ruggero; Forbes, Ben

    2014-04-25

    Solution composition alters the dynamics of beclomethasone diproprionate (BDP) particle formation from droplets emitted by pressurised metered dose inhalers (pMDIs). The hypothesis that differences in inhaler solutions result in different solid particle physical chemistry was tested using a suite of complementary calorimetric techniques. The atomisation of BDP-ethanol solutions from commercial HFA-pMDI produced aerodynamically-equivalent solid particle aerosols. However, differences in particle physico-chemistry (morphology and solvate/clathrate formation) were detected by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and supported by hot stage microscopy (HSM). Increasing the ethanol content of the formulation from 8 to 12% (w/w), which retards the evaporation of propellant and slows the increase in droplet surface viscosity, enhanced the likelihood of particles drying with a smooth surface. The dissolution rate of BDP from the 12% (w/w) ethanol formulation-derived particles (63% dissolved over 120 min) was reduced compared to the 8% (w/w) ethanol formulation-derived particles (86% dissolved over 120 min). The addition of 0.01% (w/w) formoterol fumarate or 1.3% (w/w) glycerol to the inhaler solution modified the particles and reduced the BDP dissolution rate further to 34% and 16% dissolved in 120 min, respectively. These data provide evidence that therapeutic aerosols from apparently similar inhaler products, including those with similar aerodynamic performance, may behave non-equivalently after deposition in the lungs. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Yttrium bismuth titanate pyrochlore mixed oxides for photocatalytic hydrogen production

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    Merka, Oliver

    2012-10-18

    In this work, the sol-gel synthesis of new non-stoichiometric pyrochlore titanates and their application in photocatalytic hydrogen production is reported. Visible light response is achieved by introducing bismuth on the A site or by doping the B site by transition metal cations featuring partially filled d orbitals. This work clearly focusses on atomic scale structural changes induced by the systematical introduction of non-stoichiometry in pyrochlore mixed oxides and the resulting influence on the activity in photocatalytic hydrogen production. The materials were characterized in detail regarding their optical properties and their atomic structure. The pyrochlore structure tolerates tremendous stoichiometry variations. The non-stoichiometry in A{sub 2}O{sub 3} rich compositions is compensated by distortions in the cationic sub-lattice for the smaller Y{sup 3+} cation and by evolution of a secondary phase for the larger Bi{sup 3+} cation on the A site. For TiO{sub 2} rich compositions, the non-stoichiometry leads to a special vacancy formation in the A and optionally O' sites. It is shown that pyrochlore mixed oxides in the yttrium bismuth titanate system represent very active and promising materials for photocatalytic hydrogen production, if precisely and carefully tuned. Whereas Y{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} yields stable hydrogen production rates over time, the bismuth richer compounds of YBiTi{sub 2}O{sub 7} and Bi{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} are found to be not stable under irradiation. This drawback is overcome by applying a special co-catalyst system consisting of a precious metal core and a Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} shell on the photocatalysts.

  8. Fabrication of nanocrystalline alloys Cu–Cr–Mo super satured solid solution by mechanical alloying

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    Aguilar, C., E-mail: claudio.aguilar@usm.cl [Departamento de Ingeniería Metalúrgica y Materiales, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, Valparaíso (Chile); Guzmán, D. [Departamento de Ingeniería en Metalurgia, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Atacama y Centro Regional de Investigación y Desarrollo Sustentable de Atacama (CRIDESAT), Av. Copayapu 485, Copiapó (Chile); Castro, F.; Martínez, V.; Cuevas, F. de las [Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones Técnicas de Gipuzkoa, Paseo de Manuel Lardizábal, N° 15, 20018 San Sebastián (Spain); Lascano, S. [Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, Valparaíso (Chile); Muthiah, T. [Departamento de Ingeniería Metalúrgica y Materiales, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, Valparaíso (Chile)

    2014-08-01

    This work discusses the extension of solid solubility of Cr and Mo in Cu processed by mechanical alloying. Three alloys processed, Cu–5Cr–5Mo, Cu–10Cr–10Mo and Cu–15Cr–15Mo (weight%) using a SPEX mill. Gibbs free energy of mixing values 10, 15 and 20 kJ mol{sup −1} were calculated for these three alloys respectively by using the Miedema's model. The crystallite size decreases and dislocation density increases when the milling time increases, so Gibbs free energy storage in powders increases by the presence of crystalline defects. The energy produced by crystallite boundaries and strain dislocations were estimated and compared with Gibbs free energy of mixing values. The energy storage values by the presence of crystalline defects were higher than Gibbs free energy of mixing at 120 h for Cu–5Cr–5Mo, 130 h for Cu–10Cr–10Mo and 150 h for Cu–15Cr–15Mo. During milling, crystalline defects are produced that increases the Gibbs free energy storage and thus the Gibbs free energy curves are moved upwards and hence the solubility limit changes. Therefore, the three alloys form solid solutions after these milling time, which are supported with the XRD results. - Highlights: • Extension of solid solution Cr and Mo in Cu achieved by mechanical alloying. • X-ray characterization of Cu–Cr–Mo system processed by mechanical alloying. • Thermodynamics analysis of formation of solid solution of the Cu–Cr–Mo system.

  9. A Study of Diffusivity in the BCC Solid Solution of Nb-Al and Nb-Ti-Al System

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    A STUDY OF DIFFUSIVITY IN THE BCC SOLID SOLUTION OF Nb-Al AND Nb-Ti-Al SYSTEM P DTIC ELECTE NOV 3o01993 A- J.BY JOSE GUADALUPE LUIS RUIZ APARICIO A...analysis was employed for the evaluation of composition profiles in all the diffusion couples. Tne interdiffusion coefficient for the 0 solid solution of Nb...system suggest that Ti is the fastest element in the J0 solid solution . Qualitatively the penetration tendencies correlate with the melting point of

  10. Decay property of regularity-loss type for solutions in elastic solids with voids

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    Djouamai, Leila

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, we consider the Cauchy problem for a system of elastic solids with voids. First, we show that a linear porous dissipation leads to decay rates of regularity-loss type of the solution. We show some decay estimates for initial data in Hs(R)∩L1(R). Furthermore, we prove that by restricting the initial data to be in Hs(R)∩L1,γ(R) and γ. ∈. [0, 1], we can derive faster decay estimates of the solution. Second, we show that by adding a viscoelastic damping term, then we gain the regularity of the solution and obtain the optimal decay rate. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of bismuth zinc niobate pyrochlore nanopowders

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    Sonia Maria Zanetti

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Bismuth zinc niobate pyrochlores Bi1.5ZnNb1.5O7 (alpha-BZN, and Bi2(Zn1/3Nb2/32O 7 (beta-BZN have been synthesized by chemical method based on the polymeric precursors. The pyrochlore phase was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry, infrared spectroscopy, and X ray diffraction. Powder and sintered pellets morphology was examined by scanning electron microscopy. The study of alpha-BZN phase formation reveals that, at 500 °C, the pyrochlore phase was already present while a single-phased nanopowder was obtained after calcination at 700 °C. The crystallization mechanism of the beta-BZN is quite different, occurring through the crystallization of alpha-BZN and BiNbO4 intermediary phases. Both compositions yielded soft agglomerated powders. alpha-BZN pellets, sintered at 800 °C for 2 hours, presented a relative density of 97.3% while those of beta-BZN, sintered at 900 °C for 2 hours, reached only 91.8%. Dielectric constant and dielectric loss, measured at 1 MHz, were 150 and 4 x/10-4 for a-BZN, and 97 and 8 x 10-4 for beta-BZN.

  12. Inclusion complex of the antiviral drug acyclovir with cyclodextrin in aqueous solution and in solid phase

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    Carlos von Plessing Rossel

    2000-12-01

    Full Text Available Complexation between acyclovir (ACV, an antiviral drug used for the treatment of herpes simplex virus infection, and beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CD was studied in solution and in solid states. Complexation in solution was evaluated using solubility studies and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (¹H-NMR. In the solid state, X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA and dissolution studies were used. Solubility studies suggested the existence of a 1:1 complex between ACV and beta-CD. ¹H-NMR spectroscopy studies showed that the complex formed occurs with a stoichiometry ratio of 1:1. Powder X-ray diffraction indicated that ACV exists in a semicrystalline state in the complexed form with beta-CD. DSC studies showed the existence of a complex of ACV with beta-CD. The TGA studies confirmed the DSC results of the complex. Solubility of ACV in solid complexes was studied by the dissolution method and it was found to be much more soluble than the uncomplexed drug.

  13. Luminescence properties of the Ca-alpha-sialon:Eu solid solution

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    Pawlik, Tomasz; Michalik, Daniel; Sopicka-Lizer, Malgorzata; Lisiecki, Radosław; Adamczyk, Barbara; Pławecki, Materusz; Mieszczak, Łukasz; Walerczyk, Wiktoria

    2016-09-01

    The Ca,Eu-α-sialon powders with the mixed solid solution composition have been manufactured via the solid-state reaction process in flowing nitrogen in a graphite furnace at a relatively low temperature of 1650 °C without an external overpressure. XRD data with Rielveld refinement and XPS measurements were used for characterization of the lattice constants and the surface chemical composition. The monophase Ca-Eu-α-sialon was obtained with the nominal composition of Eu0.048Ca0.702Si7.75Al2.25O0.75N15.25. The highest emission intensity in a yellow-orange region at 590 nm and quantum efficiency of 66% was found for this pure Ca,Eu-α-sialon. Estimation of m,n values from the lattice constant and EDS results showed a small deviation from the nominal composition of designed α-sialon. XPS results demonstrated significant changes of the chemical composition in the oxidized surface of phosphor particles. Possible reasons of emission redshift and relationship between the actual solid solution composition and luminescence properties are discussed in terms of simultaneous presence of Eu2+ and Eu3+ ions in the sialon crystal lattice and residual oxynitride glass.

  14. Effects of minor Si on microstructures and room temperature fracture toughness of niobium solid solution alloys

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    Kong, Bin, E-mail: kongbin@buaa.edu.cn; Jia, Lina, E-mail: jialina@buaa.edu.cn; Su, Linfen, E-mail: sulinfen@mse.buaa.edu.cn; Guan, Kai, E-mail: guankai@mse.buaa.edu.cn; Weng, Junfei, E-mail: wengjf@mse.buaa.edu.cn; Zhang, Hu, E-mail: zhanghu@buaa.edu.cn

    2015-07-15

    Controlling the elements content in the niobium solid solution (Nb{sub SS}) is significant for the better comprehensive performance of Nb-silicide-based alloys. In this paper, the effects of minor Si on the microstructures and room temperature fracture toughness of Nb–(0/0.5/1/2)Si–27.63Ti–12.92Cr–2.07Al–1.12Hf (at%, unless stated otherwise) solid solution alloys were investigated. The alloys were processed by vacuum arc-casting (AC), and then heat treated (HT) at 1425 °C for 10 h. In HT alloys, Nb{sub SS} grains are refined gradually with the increase of Si content. Meanwhile, the volume fraction of Cr{sub 2}Nb and silicides phases precipitates increases. The fracture toughness of HT alloys decreases at first but then increases in the range of 0 to 2% Si, because it is a combinatorial process of positive and negative effects caused by the addition of Si. The refinement of Nb{sub SS} grains displays positive effect on fracture toughness, while the increase of solid solubility of Si in Nb{sub SS} and brittle Cr{sub 2}Nb and Nb-silicides precipitate phases display negative effect.

  15. Long-term behavior of refractory thorium-plutonium dioxide solid solutions

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    Claparede, Laurent; Guigue, Mireille; Jouan, Gauthier; Nadah, Nassima; Dacheux, Nicolas; Moisy, Philippe

    2017-01-01

    The long-term behavior of Th0.87Pu0.13O2 was examined in nitric acid concentrations. The normalized dissolution rates after 3380 days, range from (1.4 ± 0.2) × 10-6 g m-2 d-1 in 5 M HNO3 down to (3.2 ± 0.4) × 10-8 g m-2 d-1 in 10-3 M HNO3, which confirms the high chemical durability of this solid solution. The amounts of plutonium measured in solution lead to 0.9% and 2.1% of dissolved solid in 1 M and 5 M HNO3, respectively. In such conditions, the time required to reach the full dissolution of the material varies from 430 years (5 M HNO3) to 18,000 years (10-3 M HNO3). Moreover, the partial order related to the proton activity (n = 0.45 ± 0.03) suggests that the dissolution is mainly driven by surface reactions occurring at the solid/liquid interface. The characterization of the leached samples by SEM shows small microstructural modifications (i.e. detachment of crystallites) and the absence of neoformed phase while from PXRD, the unit cell parameter and crystallite size are not significantly affected.

  16. Supramolecular stabilization of metastable tautomers in solution and the solid state.

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    Juribašić, Marina; Bregović, Nikola; Stilinović, Vladimir; Tomišić, Vladislav; Cindrić, Marina; Sket, Primož; Plavec, Janez; Rubčić, Mirta; Užarević, Krunoslav

    2014-12-22

    This work presents a successful application of a recently reported supramolecular strategy for stabilization of metastable tautomers in cocrystals to monocomponent, non-heterocyclic, tautomeric solids. Quantum-chemical computations and solution studies show that the investigated Schiff base molecule, derived from 3-methoxysalicylaldehyde and 2-amino-3-hydroxypyridine (ap), is far more stable as the enol tautomer. In the solid state, however, in all three obtained polymorphic forms it exists solely as the keto tautomer, in each case stabilized by an unexpected hydrogen-bonding pattern. Computations have shown that hydrogen bonding of the investigated Schiff base with suitable molecules shifts the tautomeric equilibrium to the less stable keto form. The extremes to which supramolecular stabilization can lead are demonstrated by the two polymorphs of molecular complexes of the Schiff base with ap. The molecules of both constituents of molecular complexes are present as metastable tautomers (keto anion and protonated pyridine, respectively), which stabilize each other through a very strong hydrogen bond. All the obtained solid forms proved stable in various solid-state and solvent-mediated methods used to establish their relative thermodynamic stabilities and possible interconversion conditions.

  17. Dissolution of britholites and monazite / brabantite solid solutions doped with actinides; Etude de la dissolution de britholites et de solutions solides monazite / brabantite dopees avec des actinides

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    Du Fou De Kerdaniel, E

    2007-12-15

    In the field of the radwaste storage in underground repository, several matrices were considered as promising ceramics for the specific immobilization of actinides. Two of them, britholites and monazite/ brabantite solid solution, have been considered during this work. In order to examine the dissolution mechanisms occurring at the solid liquid interface, several leaching experiments have been conducted on (Ln{sup III}PO{sub 4} ), brabantite (Ca{sup II}An{sup IV}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}: An = Th, U) and britholites (Ca{sub 9}Nd{sub 0.5}An{sub 0.5}{sup IV} (PO{sub 4}){sub 4.5}(SiO{sub 4}){sub 1.5}F{sub 2}: An = Th, U). Some steady experiments, performed in under saturation conditions for various pH and temperature conditions allowed to evaluate the long term behaviour of such matrices through their chemical durability. On the contrary, the thermodynamic equilibria were examined through the leaching experiments performed near the saturation conditions. By the way, various secondary phases, precipitated onto the surface of altered samples have been identified and characterized. Among them, the (Nd, Ca, Th) - rhabdophane, novelly prepared in over- saturation experiments for a thorium weight loading lower than 11 % appeared to be metastable. Indeed, it turns into TPHPH (Th{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}HPO{sub 4}.H{sub 2}O) and Nd - rhabdophane (NdPO{sub 4}.1/2H{sub 2}O) when increasing leaching time. (author)

  18. Joule-Thomson Inversion in Vapor-Liquid-Solid Solution Systems

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    Nichita, Dan Vladimir; Pauly, Jerome; Daridon, Jean-Luc

    2009-07-01

    Solid phase precipitation can greatly affect thermal effects in isenthalpic expansions; wax precipitation may occur in natural hydrocarbon systems in the range of operating conditions, the wax appearance temperature being significantly higher (as high as 350 K) for hyperbaric fluids. Recently, methods for calculating the Joule-Thomson inversion curve (JTIC) for two-phase mixtures, and for three-phase vapor-liquid-multisolid systems have been proposed. In this study, an approach for calculating the JTIC for the vapor-liquid-solid solution systems is presented. The JTIC is located by tracking extrema and angular points of enthalpy departure variations versus pressure at isothermal conditions. The proposed method is applied to several complex synthetic and naturally occurring hydrocarbon systems. The JTIC can exhibit several distinct branches (which may lie within two- or three-phase regions or follow phase boundaries), multiple inversion temperatures at fixed pressure, as well as multiple inversion pressures at given temperature.

  19. Modelling of solid polymer and direct methanol fuel cells: Phenomenological equations and analytical solutions

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    Kauranen, P. S.

    1993-04-01

    In the solid state concept of a direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC), methanol is directly oxidized at the anode of a solid polymer electrolyte fuel cell (SPEFC). Mathematical modelling of the transport and reaction phenomena within the electrodes and the electrolyte membrane is needed in order to get a closer insight into the operation of the fuel cell. In the work, macro-homogenous porous electrode and dilute solution theories are used to derive the phenomenological equations describing the transport and reaction mechanisms in a SPEFC single cell. The equations are first derived for a conventional H2/air SPEFC, and then extended for a DMFC. The basic model is derived in a one dimensional form in which it is assumed that species transport take place only in the direction crossing the cell sandwich. In addition, two dimensional descriptions of the catalyst layer are reviewed.

  20. Four Thermochromic o-Hydroxy Schiff Bases of α-Aminodiphenylmethane: Solution and Solid State Study

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    Marija Zbačnik

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available More than a hundred years after the first studies of the photo- and thermochromism of o-hydroxy Schiff bases (imines, it is still an intriguing topic that fascinates several research groups around the world. The reasons for such behavior are still under investigation, and this work is a part of it. We report the solution-based and mechanochemical synthesis of four o-hydroxy imines derived from α-aminodiphenylmethane. The thermochromic properties were studied for the single crystal and polycrystalline samples of the imines. The supramolecular impact on the keto-enol tautomerism in the solid state was studied using SCXRD and NMR, while NMR spectroscopy was used for the solution state. All four imines are thermochromic, although the color changes of the single crystals are not as strong as of the polycrystalline samples. One of the imines shows negative thermochromism, and that one is in keto-amine tautomeric form, both in the solid state as in solution.

  1. Microstructural and Electrical Characterization of Barium Strontium Titanate-Based Solid Solution Thin Films Deposited on Ceramic Substrates by Pulsed Laser Deposition

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    2003-04-03

    Strontium Titanate-Based Solid Solution Thin Films Deposited on Ceramic Substrates by Pulsed Laser Deposition DISTRIBUTION: Approved for public...Society H2.4 Microstructural and Electrical Characterization of Barium Strontium Titanate- based Solid Solution Thin Films Deposited on Ceramic...investigated and report the microstructural and electrical characterization of selected barium strontium titanate-based solid solution thin films

  2. Properties and recrystallization of radiation damaged pyrochlore and titanite

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    Zietlow, Peter

    2016-11-02

    Radiation damage in minerals is caused by the alpha-decay of incorporated radionuclides, such as U and Th and their decay products. The effect of thermal annealing (400-1400 K) on radiation-damaged pyrochlores has been investigated by Raman scattering, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), and combined differential scanning calorimetry/thermogravimetry (DSC/TG) (Zietlow et al., in print). The analysis of three natural radiation-damaged pyrochlore samples from Miass/Russia (6.4 wt% Th, 23.1.10{sup 18} a-decay events per gram (dpg)), Zlatoust/Russia (6.3 wt% Th, 23.1.10{sup 18} dpg), Panda Hill/Tanzania (1.6 wt% Th, 1.6.10{sup 18} dpg), and Blue River/Canada (10.5 wt% U, 115.4.10{sup 18} dpg), are compared with a crystalline reference pyrochlore from Schelingen (Germany). The type of structural recovery depends on the initial degree of radiation damage (Panda Hill 28 %, Blue River 85 %, Zlatoust and Miass 100 % according to XRD), as the recrystallization temperature increases with increasing degree of amorphization. Raman spectra indicate reordering on the local scale during annealing-induced recrystallization. As Raman modes around 800 cm{sup -1} are sensitive to radiation damage (Vandenborre and Husson 1983, Moll et al. 2011), the degree of local order was deduced from the ratio of the integrated intensities of the sum of the Raman bands between 605 and 680 cm{sup -1} devided by the sum of the integrated intensities of the bands between 810 and 860 cm{sup -1}. The most radiation damaged pyrochlores (Miass and Zlatoust) show an abrupt recovery of both, its short- (Raman) and long-range order (X-ray) between 800 and 850 K. The volume decrease upon recrystallization in Zlatoust pyrochlore was large enough to crack the sample repeatedly. In contrast, the weakly damaged pyrochlore (Panda Hill) begins to recover at considerably lower temperatures (near 500 K), extending over a temperature range of ca. 300 K, up to 800 K (Raman). The pyrochlore from Blue River shows in its

  3. EXAFS STUDY OF THE SHORT RANGE STRUCTURE OF NANOCRYSTALLINE BCC-Fe80Cu20 SOLID SOLUTION

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    Y.Z. Yang; X.J. Bai; T.C. Kuang; G.M. Wang; S. Q. Wei

    2002-01-01

    The structure of bcc-Fe80 Cu2o solid solution produced by mechanical alloying of theelemental bcc-Fe and fcc-Cu powders has been studied using X-ray diffraction and theextended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) techniques. The disappearance ofelemental Fe and Cu X-ray diffraction (XRD) peaks and the presence of bcc structuralXRD peaks illustrate the formation of a nanocrystalline single-phase bcc-Fe80 Gu20solid solution. From the EXAFS results, the clear observation of Cu atoms taking onbcc coordination in the solid solution and Fe atoms remaining bcc structure furtherverifies the reality of atomic alloying between Fe and Cu atoms and the lattice changeof Cu from fcc to bcc. However, the supersaturated bcc solid solution is not chemicallyuniform, i.e., some regions are rich in Fe atoms and other regions rich in Cu atoms.

  4. Microstructural Evolution of Solid-solution-treated Zn-22Al in the Semisolid State

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    M.A.M.Arif; M.Z.Omar; N.Muhamad; J.Syarif; P.Kapranos

    2013-01-01

    The effect of solid-solution-treatment on the semisolid microstructure of Zn-22Al with developed dendrites was investigated.Forming Zn-22Al products by semisolid metal processing offers significant advantages,such as reductions in macro-segregation,porosity and forming costs.Thermal and microstructural analyses of the formed Zn-22Al alloy were performed by differential scanning calorimetry,scanning electron microscopy and optical microscopy.The changes in the microstructures and phase transformation in response to various solidsolution-treatments were analysed.In this study,as-cast samples were held isothermally at 330 ℃ for 0.5-5 h and then partially remelted at a semisolid temperature of 438 ℃ for 1 h to produce a solid-globular grain structure in a liquid matrix.A non-dendritic semisolid microstructure could not be obtained when the traditionally cast Zn-22Al alloy with developed dendrites was subjected directly to partial remelting.After solid-solution-treatment at 330 ℃,the black interdendritic eutectics were dissolved,and the dendritic structures gradually transformed into uniform β structures when the treatment time was increased.The coarsened and merged dendrites were separated as a result of penetration by the liquid phase and melting of the residual eutectic at sites along the former grain boundaries.The microstructure of the solid-solutiontreated sample transformed into a small globular structure; the best shape factor of 0.9,corresponding to a particle size of 40 ± 16 μm,is achieved when the sample was treated for 3 h followed by direct partial remelting into its semisolid zone.

  5. Leaching heavy metals in municipal solid waste incinerator fly ash with chelator/biosurfactant mixed solution.

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    Xu, Ying; Chen, Yu

    2015-07-01

    The chelator [S,S]-ethylene diamine disuccinic acid, citric acid, and biosurfactant saponin are selected as leaching agents. In this study, the leaching effect of saponin mixed with either ethylene diamine disuccinic acid or citric acid on the levels of copper, zinc, lead, and cadmium in municipal solid waste incinerator fly ash is investigated. Results indicate that saponin separately mixed with ethylene diamine disuccinic acid and citric acid exhibits a synergistic solubilisation effect on copper, zinc, lead, and cadmium leaching from fly ash. However, saponin and ethylene diamine disuccinic acid mixed solution exhibits a synergistic solubilisation effect that is superior to that of a saponin and citric acid mixed solution. The extraction rate of heavy metal in fly ash leached with a saponin and chelator mixed solution is related to the pH of the leaching solution, and the optimal range of the pH is suggested to be approximately neutral. After leaching with a saponin and chelator mixed solution, copper, zinc, lead, and cadmium contents significantly decreased (p < 0.05) in the extractable or acid-soluble and reducible fractions. By adopting the proposed approach, the leaching concentrations of copper, zinc, lead, and cadmium in treated fly ash are in accordance with Standard for Pollution Control on the Security Landfill Site for Hazardous Wastes GB18598-2001.

  6. FLUID-SOLID COUPLING MATHEMATICAL MODEL OF CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT IN UNSATURATED ZONE AND ITS ASYMPTOTICAL SOLUTION

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    薛强; 梁冰; 刘晓丽; 李宏艳

    2003-01-01

    The process of contaminant transport is a problem of multicomponent and multiphase flow in unsaturated zone. Under the presupposition that gas existence affects water transport , a coupled mathematical model of contaminant transport in unsaturated zone has been established based on fluid-solid interaction mechanics theory. The asymptotical solutions to the nonlinear coupling mathematical model were accomplished by the perturbation and integral transformation method. The distribution law of pore pressure,pore water velocity and contaminant concentration in unsaturated zone has been presented under the conditions of with coupling and without coupling gas phase. An example problem was used to provide a quantitative verification and validation of the model. The asymptotical solution was compared with Faust model solution. The comparison results show reasonable agreement between asymptotical solution and Faust solution, and the gas effect and media deformation has a large impact on the contaminant transport. The theoretical basis is provided for forecasting contaminant transport and the determination of the relationship among pressure-saturation-permeability in laboratory.

  7. Precipitation and Solid Solution of Titanium Carbonitride Inclusions in Hypereutectoid Tire Cord Steel

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    Chen-fan YU; Zheng-liang XUE; Wu-tao JIN

    2016-01-01

    The properties of titanium carbonitride Ti(Cx N1-x )inclusions precipitated during solidification of tire cord steels and the thermodynamic conditions for their decomposition and solid solution during billet heating were investigated using a thermodynamics method.The solid solution of Ti(Cx N1 -x )inclusions during high-temperature heating was also studied experimentally.The results revealed that:(1)the higher the content of carbon in the tire cord steel is, the greater the value of x in the Ti(Cx N1 -x )inclusions is;(2)the higher the content of carbon in the tire cord steel is,the earlier the Ti(Cx N1 -x )inclusions precipitated during the solidification process and the lower the solidification front temperature is during precipitation;(3)when an 82A steel sample was heated to 1 087 ℃,the Ti(Cx N1 -x )in-clusions possess the thermodynamic conditions of decomposition and solid solution;and (4)when 82A samples were heated to 1 1 50 and 1 250 ℃,the total number of Ti(Cx N1 -x )inclusions larger than 5 μm in diameter decreased by 55.0% and 70.3%,respectively.In addition,although smaller inclusions with diameter less than 2 μm continued to decompose when the sample was heated at 1 250 ℃ for 2 h and then cooled to 1 000 ℃ in the furnace,the number of inclusions larger than 5 μm in diameter increased.

  8. The influence of precipitation temperature on the properties of ceria–zirconia solid solution composites

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    Cui, Yajuan [College of Architecture and Environment, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, Sichuan (China); Fang, Ruimei; Shang, Hongyan [College of Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, Sichuan (China); Shi, Zhonghua; Gong, Maochu [Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry & Technology, Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, Sichuan (China); Center of Engineering of Vehicular Exhaust Gases Abatement, Chengdu 610064, Sichuan (China); Center of Engineering of Environmental Catalytic Material, Chengdu 610064, Sichuan (China); Chen, Yaoqiang, E-mail: nic7501@scu.edu.cn [College of Architecture and Environment, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, Sichuan (China); College of Chemical Engineering, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, Sichuan (China); Key Laboratory of Green Chemistry & Technology, Ministry of Education, College of Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, Sichuan (China); Center of Engineering of Vehicular Exhaust Gases Abatement, Chengdu 610064, Sichuan (China); Center of Engineering of Environmental Catalytic Material, Chengdu 610064, Sichuan (China)

    2015-04-15

    Highlights: • The crystallite size of precipitate increases as the precipitation temperature rises. • The stack of large crystallite can form nanoparticles with big pore size. • Big pore sizes are advantageous to improve the thermal stability. • Phase segregation is restricted in CZ solid solution precipitated at 70 °C. • The reducibility and OSC of the solid solution precipitated at 70 °C are improved. - Abstract: The ceria–zirconia composites (CZ) with a Ce/Zr mass ratio of 1/1 were synthesized by a back-titration method, in which the influence of precipitation temperature on the properties of ceria–zirconia precipitates was investigated. The resulting precipitation and mixed oxides at different precipitation temperatures were then characterized by a range of techniques, including textural properties, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope (SEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), H{sub 2}-temperature programmed reduction (H{sub 2}-TPR) as well as oxygen storage capacity (OSC) measurement. The results revealed that ceria–zirconia composites were formed as solid solution and such structure is favored of thermostability and texture properties. In particular, the composite CZ-70 synthesized at 70 °C exhibited prominent thermostability with a surface area of 32 m{sup 2}/g as well as a pore volume of 0.15 cc/g after aging treatment at 1000 °C for 5 h. And this was found to be associated with the wider pore size distribution which maybe owed to the formation of large crystal at the primary stage of precipitation. Additionally, the composite CZ-70 showed excellent reduction property and OSC benefiting from stable texture and structure.

  9. SOLID SOLUTION CARBIDES ARE THE KEY FUELS FOR FUTURE NUCLEAR THERMAL PROPULSION

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    Panda, Binayak; Hickman, Robert R.; Shah, Sandeep

    2005-01-01

    Nuclear thermal propulsion uses nuclear energy to directly heat a propellant (such as liquid hydrogen) to generate thrust for space transportation. In the 1960 s, the early Rover/Nuclear Engine for Rocket Propulsion Application (NERVA) program showed very encouraging test results for space nuclear propulsion but, in recent years, fuel research has been dismal. With NASA s renewed interest in long-term space exploration, fuel researchers are now revisiting the RoverMERVA findings, which indicated several problems with such fuels (such as erosion, chemical reaction of the fuel with propellant, fuel cracking, and cladding issues) that must be addressed. It is also well known that the higher the temperature reached by a propellant, the larger the thrust generated from the same weight of propellant. Better use of fuel and propellant requires development of fuels capable of reaching very high temperatures. Carbides have the highest melting points of any known material. Efforts are underway to develop carbide mixtures and solid solutions that contain uranium carbide, in order to achieve very high fuel temperatures. Binary solid solution carbides (U, Zr)C have proven to be very effective in this regard. Ternary carbides such as (U, Zr, X) carbides (where X represents Nb, Ta, W, and Hf) also hold great promise as fuel material, since the carbide mixtures in solid solution generate a very hard and tough compact material. This paper highlights past experience with early fuel materials and bi-carbides, technical problems associated with consolidation of the ingredients, and current techniques being developed to consolidate ternary carbides as fuel materials.

  10. Ab Initio Calculations and Synthesis of Sc2InC-Y2InC Solid Solution

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    2010-02-03

    tribological materials. It will study a solid solution of this fascinating new class of nanolaminated materials using both theoretical and experimental means...Sc2InC-Y2InC solid solution using ab initio calculations and 2) to synthesize Sc2InC-Y2InC thin films using magnetron sputtering and to determine the correlation between composition, structure, and mechanical properties thereof.

  11. PZT-like structural phase transitions in the BiFeO3-KNbO3 solid solution.

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    Lennox, Robert C; Taylor, Daniel D; Vera Stimpson, Laura J; Stenning, Gavin B G; Jura, Marek; Price, Mark C; Rodriguez, Efrain E; Arnold, Donna C

    2015-06-21

    Despite the high prominence of the perovskites BiFeO(3) and KNbO(3) the solid solution between the two has received little attention. We report a detailed neutron and synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy study which demonstrates an R3c→P4mm→Amm2 series of structural phase transitions similar to that exhibited by the PbZrO(3)-PbTiO(3) solid solution.

  12. Neutron diffraction studies on Ca1-BaZr4P6O24 solid solutions

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    S N Achary; O D Jayakumar; S J Patwe; A B Shinde; P S R Krishna; S K Kulshreshtha; A K Tyagi

    2008-11-01

    Herein we report the results of detailed crystallographic studies of Ca1-BaZr4P6O24 compositions from combined Rietveld refinements of powder X-ray and neutron diffraction data. All the studied compositions crystallize in rhombohedral lattice (space group R-3 No. 148). A continuous solid solution is concluded from the systematic variation of unit cell parameters. The variation of unit cell parameters with the composition indicates decreasing trend in parameter with increasing Ba2+ concentration contrast to an increasing trend in parameter.

  13. NMR in Chevrel-phase solid solution Mo 6Se 8- xTe x

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    Hamard, C.; Le Floch, M.; Peña, O.; Wojakowski, A.

    1999-01-01

    The Mo 6Se 8-Mo 6Te 8 solid solution was studied by X-ray diffraction, magnetic susceptibility and 77Se and 125Te NMR. Dynamic studies show that substitution occurs differently when Se replaces Te in Mo 6Te 8 than when Te replaces Se in Mo 6Se 8. Selenium first fills the high-symmetry sites and then it becomes statistically distributed on the 6f positions of the R3¯ symmetry. In the second case, Te occupies randomly the 8 X sites of the Mo 6X 8 structure, creating large perturbations of the 125Te NMR spectra over the whole range of x.

  14. Structural and optical properties of AlN grown by solid source solution growth method

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    Kangawa, Yoshihiro; Suetsugu, Hiroshige; Knetzger, Michael; Meissner, Elke; Hazu, Kouji; Chichibu, Shigefusa F.; Kajiwara, Takashi; Tanaka, Satoru; Iwasaki, Yosuke; Kakimoto, Koichi

    2015-08-01

    Structural and optical properties of AlN grown on AlN(0001) by the solid source solution growth (3SG) method were investigated. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis revealed that the geometrical relationship between the growth directions and slip planes influenced the dislocation propagation behaviors and annihilation mechanisms. Panchromatic and monochromatic images in the cathodoluminescence (CL) spectrum further revealed that C impurities were segregated near the surface, while Al vacancies were widely distributed in the AlN/AlN(0001) grown using the 3SG method.

  15. Study of Microwave Absorbing Performances of Nanometer Fe-Al Solid solution

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    Xiaohui Wang; Xiaoping Liang; Shaobo Xin

    2006-01-01

    In this paper, Fe-Al solid solution was prepared by mechanical alloying technology, and Fe-Al powder was dispersed into unsaturated polyester (UP) with different contents as absorber to form mixture Fe-Al-UP. The results indicate that the alloying process is almost accomplished and most of the particles are nanometer. Meanwhile, the microwave absorbability of Fe-Al-UP samples in frequency from 0.3 MHz to 1.5 GHz was studied. The results indicate that the more the absorber, the better the absorbing property. The absorbing property of Fe-50Al-UP was slightly higher than Fe-28Al-UP.

  16. Photovoltaic properties of Zr(x)Ti(1-x)O2 solid solution nanowire arrays.

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    Gu, Xuehui; Liu, Guohua; Zhang, Min; Zhang, Haifeng; Zhou, Jingran; Guo, Wenbin; Chen, Yu; Ruan, Shengping

    2014-05-01

    In this paper, Zr(0.05Ti(0.95)O2 solid solution nanowire arrays (NWs) were prepared by a low temperature hydrothermal method. The as-prepared NWs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and UV-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy. With the doping of Zr content, the band gap of the composite can be varied in a wide range and excellent photoelectric properties of the arrays could be obtained. Moreover, a preliminary study on the photoelectric properties was conducted, which indicates potential applications of the arrays for fabricating high performance ultraviolet photodetectors.

  17. The application of Ce-Zr oxide solid solution to oxygen storage promoters in automotive catalysts

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    Ozawa, Msakuni (Toyota Central Research and Development Labs. Inc., Aichi (Japan)); Kimura, Mareo (Toyota Central Research and Development Labs. Inc., Aichi (Japan)); Isogai, Akio (Toyota Central Research and Development Labs. Inc., Aichi (Japan))

    1993-03-15

    The complex oxides in the CeO[sub 2]-ZrO[sub 2] system were examined for the improvement of oxygen storage capacity in automotive catalysts. The formation of Ce-Zr oxide solid solution improved the thermal stability and activity of CeO[sub 2]. The Ce-Zr addition enhanced the removal activity for CO, NO[sub x] and hydrocarbons under dynamic air-fuel ratio condition. The automotive catalyst was designed and developed through research on the oxides in the CeO[sub 2]-ZrO[sub 2] system. (orig.)

  18. Methods of deoxygenating metals having oxygen dissolved therein in a solid solution

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    Zhang, Ying; Fang, Zhigang Zak; Sun, Pei; Xia, Yang; Zhou, Chengshang

    2017-06-06

    A method of deoxygenating metal can include forming a mixture of: a metal having oxygen dissolved therein in a solid solution, at least one of metallic magnesium and magnesium hydride, and a magnesium-containing salt. The mixture can be heated at a deoxygenation temperature for a period of time under a hydrogen-containing atmosphere to form a deoxygenated metal. The deoxygenated metal can then be cooled. The deoxygenated metal can optionally be subjected to leaching to remove by-products, followed by washing and drying to produce a final deoxygenated metal.

  19. Synthesis and Characterization of Nanocapsules of α-Fe(NiCoAl) Solid-solution

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    Dianyu GENG; J.C. Kim; C.J. Choi; Chonglin CHEN; Xinguo ZHAO; Zhidong ZHANG

    2005-01-01

    α-Fe(NiCoAl) solid-solution nanocapsules were prepared with pure powders of Fe, Ni, Co and Al by the plasma arc-discharging using a copper crucible. The shapes of the nanocapsules are in polyhedrons with the core/shell structure. The body centered cubic (BCC) phase is formed in the core. The size of the nanocapsules is in the range of 10~120 nm and the thickness of the shell is 4~11 nm. Saturation magnetization Js=150 Am2/kg and coercivity iHC=24.3 kA/m are achieved for the nanocapsules.

  20. Effect of doping elements on catalytic performance of CeO2-ZrO2 solid solutions

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    LI Mei; LIU Zhaogang; HU Yanhong; WANG Mitang; LI Hangquan

    2008-01-01

    CeZr, CeYZr, LaCeZr, LaCePrZr, LaCePrYZr, and LaCePr solid solutions were prepared via the coprecipitation method, and characterized by means of X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) techniques. The oxygen storage capacity (OSC) of the solid solutions was evaluated by the pulse technique and the catalytic activity was assessed using a 4-channel catalysis device. It was seen that the solid solutions presented cubic structure. The specific surface area and thermal stability could be enhanced by doping Y into the solid solutions. Doping a small amount of La had a positive effect on the thermal durability while doping a large amount of La decreased the specific surface area and the thermal stability. LaCePrZr and LaCePrYZr solid solutions synthesized using Baotou rare earth mineral residue enriched with LaCePr after Nd extraction presented a certain higher value in specific surface area and thermal stability, thereby enabling to be used as economic catalysts for automobile exhaust purification. Coating Al2O3 or SiO2 layer on the surface of ceria-zirconia solid solutions increased the specific surface area and thermal resistance.

  1. Continuous supercritical synthesis and dielectric behaviour of the whole BST solid solution

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    Reveron, H; Elissalde, C; Aymonier, C; Bousquet, C; Maglione, M; Cansell, F [Institut de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee de Bordeaux (ICMCB), CNRS-UPR 9048, Bordeaux I University, 87, avenue du Dr Schweitzer, 33608 PESSAC Cedex (France)

    2006-07-28

    In this study we show that pure and well crystallized nanoparticles of Ba{sub x}Sr{sub 1-x}TiO{sub 3} (BST) can be synthesized over the entire range of composition through the hydrolysis and further crystallization of alkoxide precursors under supercritical conditions. To our knowledge, this is the first time that the whole ferroelectric solid solution has been produced in a continuous way, using the same experimental conditions. The composition of the powder can be easily controlled by adjusting the feed solution composition. The powders consist of soft-aggregated monocrystalline nanoparticles with an average particle size ranging from {approx}20 to 40 nm. Ferroelectric ceramics with accurately adjustable Curie temperature (100-390 K) can thus be obtained by sintering.

  2. Silicon nitride-aluminum oxide solid solution (SiAION) formation and densification by pressure sintering

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    Yeh, H. C.; Sanders, W. A.; Fiyalko, J. L.

    1975-01-01

    Stirred-ball-mill-blended Si3N4 and Al2O3 powders were pressure sintered in order to investigate the mechanism of solid solution formation and densification in the Si3N4-Al2O3 system. Powder blends with Si3N4:Al2O3 mole ratios of 4:1, 3:2, and 2:3 were pressure sintered at 27.6-MN/sq m pressure at temperatures to 17000 C (3090 F). The compaction behavior of the powder blends during pressure sintering was determined by observing the density of the powder compact as a function of temperature and time starting from room temperature. This information, combined with the results of X-ray diffraction and metallographic analyses regarding solutioning and phase transformation phenomena in the Si3N4-Al2O3 system, was used to describe the densification behavior.

  3. Solid Solubility, Raman Spectra and Electrical Property of the Solid Solutions Ce1-xNdxO2-δ by Sol-gel Route

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    LIN Xiao-Min; LI,Li-Ping; LI,Guang-She; SU,Wen-Hui

    2001-01-01

    Ce1-xNdx O2-δ(x = 0.05-0. 55) solid solutions prepared by sol-gel route were crystallized in a cubic fluorite structure. The solid limit was determined to be as high as x = 0.45. Ra man spectra of the solid solutions with lower composition ex hibited only one band, which was assigned to F2g mode. In creasing composition produced broad and asymmetric F2g mode with an appearance of low frequency tail. The new broad peak observed at higher frequency side of the F2g mode associated with the oxygen vacancy in the lattice. The impedance spectra of the solid solutions showed definitely ionic conduction, and Ce0.80 Nd0.20 O2-δ solid solution possessed a maximum conductivity. At 500℃, the conductivity and acti vation energy were 2.65 × 10-3S/cm and 0.82 eV, respectively.

  4. A statistical mechanical calculation of the thermodynamic properties of interstitial solid solutions involving second nearest neighbor interactions.

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    Alex, K.; Mclellan, R. B.

    1971-01-01

    A previous calculation of the thermodynamic properties of interstitial solid solutions based on the technique of Kirkwood expansions has been extended to include the effects of second nearest neighbor solute atom mutual interactions. The error inherent in the first order (or quasi-chemical) counting of the degeneracy of the solution crystal is avoided. It is shown that, at high temperatures, even strong second nearest neighbor solute mutual interactions have a negligible effect on the entropy of the solution and a small, temperature-dependent effect on the solute partial enthalpy.

  5. Spectroscopic study of mimetite-vanadinite solid solution series - preliminary results

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    Janicka, Urszula; Bajda, Tomasz; Topolska, Justyna; Manecki, Maciej

    2014-05-01

    Mimetite Pb5(AsO4)3Cl and vanadinite Pb5(VO4)3Cl are minerals from the Pb-apatites family which belong to the apatite supergroup. Most often they crystalize under hypergenic conditions, in oxidation zones of Pb ore deposits, where they form paragenesis with pyromorphite Pb5(PO4)3Cl. These minerals are used in the techniques of soils reclamation. Their crystal structure allows substituting of metal cations as well as of anionic complexes. Natural mimetite often contains admixture of phosphates and/or vanadates. Similarly, vanadinite contains admixtures of phosphates and/or arsenates. Among the lead apatites, properties of the minerals from pyromorphite-mimetite solid solution series are well known, while the knowledge about the mimetite-vanadinite series is incomplete. The aim of this research was synthesis and spectroscopic characterization of mimetite-vanadinite solid solution series. Mimetite, vanadinite and their solid solution were synthesized from aqueous solutions by dropwise mixing of Pb(NO3)2, Na3VO4, Na2HAsO4×7H2O and NaCl at 25 ºC and pH = 3.5. Products of the syntheses were analyzed by X-Ray diffraction (XRD), Infrared absorption spectroscopy (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy. The precipitates formed in the syntheses were identified by the XRD method as mimetite, vanadinite and their solid solutions. Other crystalline phases were not present in synthetic precipitates within the detection limit of XRD. In the Mid-IR spectra of mimetite-vanadinite solid solutions series, bands characteristic for vibrations of As-O bonds of the AsO4 tetrahedra and vibrations of V-O bonds of the VO4 tetrahedra were observed. The band corresponding to stretching ν3vibrations of AsO4 and VO4 occured in the range 700-900 cm-1. In the Raman spectra, bands which are characteristic for vibrations of As-O bonds of the AsO4 tetrahedra and vibrations of V-O bonds of the VO4 tetrahedra were also observed. The bands attributed to vibrations in the AsO4 tetrahedra appeared at 880-740 cm

  6. Real-time observation system development for high-temperature liquid/solid interfaces and its application to solid-source solution growth of AlN

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    Kangawa, Yoshihiro; Kusaba, Akira; Sumiyoshi, Hiroaki; Miyake, Hideto; Boćkowski, Michał; Kakimoto, Koichi

    2015-06-01

    Interfacial phenomena at the liquid/solid interface under high temperatures were observed in real time to understand the growth process of AlN during solid-source solution growth. In this study, we used an AlN/α-Al2O3 template as the substrate; these wide-bandgap materials made the substrate transparent to visible light. Therefore, we observed the morphology of the liquid/solid interface through the template from the bottom. In this investigation, a polycrystal formed because of melt-back etching during the initial stage of growth; nevertheless, we succeeded in obtaining real-time images of interfacial phenomena.

  7. Effect of Atomic Size and Valence Electron Concentration on the Formation of fcc or bcc Solid Solid Solutions in High Entropy Alloys

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    Coreño-Alonso, O.; Coreño-Alonso, J.

    2015-01-01

    The possibility of solid solution formation in high entropy alloys (HEAs) has been calculated for alloys with four to seven elements, using a rule previously reported. Thirty elements were included: transition elements of the fourth, fifth and sixth periods of the periodic table, and aluminum. A total of 2,799,486 systems were analyzed. The percentage of solid solutions that would be formed in HEAs decreases from 35.9% to 26.4%, as the number of elements increases from four to seven. The stru...

  8. Optimizing the formation of solid solutions with components of different shapes

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    Escobedo, Fernando A.

    2017-04-01

    A key challenge to engineer ordered solids from the co-assembly of two differently shaped building blocks is to predict the key particle characteristics that lead to maximal mutual ordered-phase compatibility (MaxOC). While both entropy disparity, as captured by the relative size of the components, and energetic inter-species selectivity affect MaxOC, it is the former whose effect is less intuitive and the main focus of this work. Such MaxOC predictive rules are formulated and validated by using Monte Carlo simulation results for hard-core mixtures of octahedra and spheres and of other previously studied mixtures. Specifically, it is proposed that component size ratios should maximize their "substitutional symmetry" and hence minimize the combined free-energy cost associated with mutating a host-particle into a guest-particle in each of the solid phases. For the hard-core mixtures examined, packing entropy stabilizes substitutionally disordered solid solutions but not stoichiometric compounds. Additional molecular simulations were hence used to demonstrate, consistent with recent experimental findings, that such compounds can be formed by strengthening the inter-species compatibility via orientation-dependent attractions.

  9. CO oxidation on Ta-Modified SnO2 solid solution catalysts

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    Han, Xue; Xu, Xianglan; Liu, Wenming; Wang, Xiang; Zhang, Rongbin

    2013-06-01

    Co-precipitation method was adopted to prepare Sn-Ta mixed oxide catalysts with different Sn/Ta molar ratios and used for CO oxidation. The catalysts were investigated by N2-Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (N2-BET), X-ray diffraction patterns (XRD), H2-temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR), Thermal Gravity Analysis - Differential Scanning Calorimetry (TGA-DSC) techniques. It is revealed that a small amount of Ta cations can be doped into SnO2 lattice to form solid solution by co-precipitation method, which resulted in samples having higher surface areas, improved thermal stability and more deficient oxygen species on the surface of SnO2. As a result, those Sn rich Sn-Ta solid solution catalysts with an Sn/Ta molar ratio higher than 4/2 showed significantly enhanced activity as well as good resistance to water deactivation. It is noted here that if tantala disperses onto SnO2 surface instead of doping into its lattice, it will then have negative effect on its activity.

  10. Chromate and selenate hydrocalumite solid solutions and their applications in waste treatment

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    ZHANG Min; Eric J. Reardon

    2005-01-01

    Hydrocalumite, a calcium aluminate hydrate phase, consists of positively-charged structure units, and is therefore an ideal candidate for accommodating anionic contaminants. In this study, a series of batch experiments was carried out to examine the uptake of chromate and selenate by hydrocalumite. To determine the uptake capacity and long-term stability, hydrocalumite solid solutions between chromate/selenate and hydroxyl were synthesized over a reaction time of more than one year. At a ratio of water to initial solids added (CaAl2O4+CaO) of 75: 1, the maximum uptake capacities were over 77 and 114 g/kg for Cr and Se, respectively.These values are very close to the theoretical uptake capacities of chromate and selenate hydrocalumite end-members (81 and 118 g/kg, respectively). The oxyanion removal efficiency from solution was above 95%. Due to the high uptake capacity and anion removal efficiency of hydrocalumites, their application in wastewater treatment is promising. Hydrocalumites are also important hydration products of cementitious materials and the long-term stability of these phases is of significance for application in solidification/stabilization technology.

  11. Solid analyte and aqueous solutions sensing based on a flexible terahertz dual-band metamaterial absorber

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    Yan, Xin; Liang, Lan-Ju; Ding, Xin; Yao, Jian-Quan

    2017-02-01

    A high-sensitivity sensing technique was demonstrated based on a flexible terahertz dual-band metamaterial absorber. The absorber has two perfect absorption peaks, one with a fundamental resonance (f1) of the structure and another with a high-order resonance (f2) originating from the interactions of adjacent unit cells. The quality factor (Q) and figure of merit of f2 are 6 and 14 times larger than that of f1, respectively. For the solid analyte, the changes in resonance frequency are monitored upon variation of analyte thickness and index; a linear relation between the amplitude absorption with the analyte thickness is achieved for f2. The sensitivity (S) is 31.2% refractive index units (RIU-1) for f2 and 13.7% RIU-1 for f1. For the aqueous solutions, the amplitude of absorption decreases linearly with increasing the dielectric constant for the ethanol-water mixture of f1. These results show that the designed absorber cannot only identify a solid analyte but also characterize aqueous solutions through the frequency shift and amplitude absorption. Therefore, the proposed absorber is promising for future applications in high-sensitivity monitoring biomolecular, chemical, ecological water systems, and aqueous biosystems.

  12. Mechanical Properties of Mg-Gd and Mg-Y Solid Solutions

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    Kula, Anna; Jia, Xiaohui; Mishra, Raj K.; Niewczas, Marek

    2016-12-01

    The mechanical properties of Mg-Gd and Mg-Y solid solutions have been studied under uniaxial tension and compression between 4 K and 298 K (-269 °C and 25 °C). The results reveal that Mg-Gd alloys exhibit higher strength and ductility under tension and compression attributed to the more effective solid solution strengthening and grain-boundary strengthening effects. Profuse twinning has been observed under compression, resulting in a material texture with strong dominance of basal component parallel to compression axis. Under tension, twining is less active and the texture evolution is controlled mostly by slip. The alloys exhibit pronounced yield stress asymmetry and significantly different work-hardening behavior under tension and compression. Increasing of Gd and/or Y concentration leads to the reduction of the tension-compression asymmetry due to the weakening of the recrystallization texture and more balanced twinning and slip activity during plastic deformation. The results suggest that under compression of Mg-Y alloys slip is more active than twinning in comparison to Mg-Gd alloys.

  13. FTIR assessment of poly(ethylene oxide) irradiated in solid state, melt and aqeuous solution

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    Pucić, Irina; Jurkin, Tanja

    2012-09-01

    FTIR spectroscopy was used to study poly(ethylene oxide), PEO, irradiated in solid and molten aggregate states and as aqueous solutions of various concentrations. The changes in shape and width of -C-O-C- complex absorption intensities at around 1112 cm-1 were the most prominent. On irradiation of solid samples in contact with air shrinking of -C-O-C- complex and increase in its absorption intensities indicated predominant degradation. Crosslinking prevailed on irradiation of molten PEO and of its aqueous solutions in nitrogen atmosphere and manifested itself as widening of -C-O-C- absorption and decrease of corresponding intensities. Partial or complete merging of CH2 wagging vibrations at 1342 cm-1 and 1360 cm-1 that are characteristic of crystalline PEO into a single absorption at around 1350 cm-1 indicated amorphization what was observed for samples that had reduced degree of crystallinity determined by differential scanning calorimetry. DSC could not discriminate between degradation and crosslinking while the changes in width and shape of -C-O-C- complex were independent of the changes in crystallinity. Comparison of FTIR spectra of the same PEO samples obtained as thin film and as KBr pellets revealed that pellet preparation results in a number of spectral artefacts.

  14. Stability of phases in (Ba, Gd)MnO3 solid solution system

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    Migaku Kobayashi; Hidenori Tamura; Hiromi Nakano; Hirohisa Satoh; Naoki Kamegashira

    2008-01-01

    The existing phases in BaxGd1-xMnO3 solid solution system (0≦x≦1) were studied by analyzing the detailed crystal structure of each composition from the results of the Rietveld method using powder X-ray diffraction data. For a small substitution of Ba for Gd (0≦x<0.1), the orthorhombic phase with a perovskite type structure (Pnma space group) was stably formed and this fact was supported by the electron diffraction data. There existed an intermediate phase of Ba0.33Gd0.67MnO3, which was characterized as the tetragonal phase with perovskite structure. The composition range of this phase was narrow and almost line compound. Between the regions of these phases, there existed two-phase region. There was also a two-phase region between the intermediate tetragonal phase and BaMnO3. Measurement of electrical conductivities of these orthorhombic solid solutions and tetragonal phases showed semiconducting behaviors for both phases and the existence of the phase transition at high temperature for the orthorhombic phase. The transition temperature decreased as the Ba content increased.

  15. Thermoelectric properties of the Ca(5)Al(2-x)In(x)Sb(6) solid solution.

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    Zevalkink, Alex; Swallow, Jessica; Ohno, Saneyuki; Aydemir, Umut; Bux, Sabah; Snyder, G Jeffrey

    2014-11-14

    Zintl phases are attractive for thermoelectric applications due to their complex structures and bonding environments. The Zintl compounds Ca(5)Al(2)In(x)Sb(6)and Ca(5)Al(2)In(x)Sb(6) have both been shown to have promising thermoelectric properties, with zT values of 0.6 and 0.7, respectively, when doped to control the carrier concentration. Alloying can often be used to further improve thermoelectric materials in cases when the decrease in lattice thermal conductivity outweighs reductions to the electronic mobility. Here we present the high temperature thermoelectric properties of the Ca(5)Al(2-x)In(x)Sb(6)solid solution. Undoped and optimally Zn-doped samples were investigated. X-ray diffraction confirms that a full solid solution exists between the Al and In end-members. We find that the Al : In ratio does not greatly influence the carrier concentration or Seebeck effect. The primary effect of alloying is thus increased scattering of both charge carriers and phonons, leading to significantly reduced electronic mobility and lattice thermal conductivity at room temperature. Ultimately, the figure of merit is unaffected by alloying in this system, due to the competing effects of reduced mobility and lattice thermal conductivity.

  16. The origin of ultrahigh piezoelectricity in relaxor-ferroelectric solid solution crystals

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    Li, Fei; Zhang, Shujun; Yang, Tiannan; Xu, Zhuo; Zhang, Nan; Liu, Gang; Wang, Jianjun; Wang, Jianli; Cheng, Zhenxiang; Ye, Zuo-Guang; Luo, Jun; Shrout, Thomas R.; Chen, Long-Qing

    2016-01-01

    The discovery of ultrahigh piezoelectricity in relaxor-ferroelectric solid solution single crystals is a breakthrough in ferroelectric materials. A key signature of relaxor-ferroelectric solid solutions is the existence of polar nanoregions, a nanoscale inhomogeneity, that coexist with normal ferroelectric domains. Despite two decades of extensive studies, the contribution of polar nanoregions to the underlying piezoelectric properties of relaxor ferroelectrics has yet to be established. Here we quantitatively characterize the contribution of polar nanoregions to the dielectric/piezoelectric responses of relaxor-ferroelectric crystals using a combination of cryogenic experiments and phase-field simulations. The contribution of polar nanoregions to the room-temperature dielectric and piezoelectric properties is in the range of 50–80%. A mesoscale mechanism is proposed to reveal the origin of the high piezoelectricity in relaxor ferroelectrics, where the polar nanoregions aligned in a ferroelectric matrix can facilitate polarization rotation. This mechanism emphasizes the critical role of local structure on the macroscopic properties of ferroelectric materials. PMID:27991504

  17. Pressureless sintered beta prime-Si3N4 solid solution: Fabrication, microstructure, and strength

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    Dutta, S.

    1977-01-01

    Si3N4, AlN, and Al2O3 were used as basic constituents in a study of the pressureless sintering of beta prime-Si3N4 solid solution as a function of temperature. Y2O3-SiO2 additions were used to promote liquid-phase sintering. The sintered specimens were characterized with respect to density, microstructure, strength, oxidation, and thermal shock resistance. Density greater than 98 percent of theoretical was achieved by pressureless sintering at 1750 C. The microstructure consisted essentially of fine-grained beta prime-Si3N4 solid solution as the major phase. Modulus of rupture strengths up to 483 MPa were achieved at moderate temperature (1000 C), but decreased to 228 MPa at 1380 C. This substantial strength loss was attributed to a glassy grain boundary phase formed during cooling from the sintering temperature. The best oxidation resistance was exhibited by a composition containing 3 mol % Y2O3-SiO2 additives. Water quench thermal shock resistance was equivalent to that of reaction sintered silicon nitride but lower than hot-pressed silicon nitride.

  18. The origin of ultrahigh piezoelectricity in relaxor-ferroelectric solid solution crystals

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    Li, Fei; Zhang, Shujun; Yang, Tiannan; Xu, Zhuo; Zhang, Nan; Liu, Gang; Wang, Jianjun; Wang, Jianli; Cheng, Zhenxiang; Ye, Zuo-Guang; Luo, Jun; Shrout, Thomas R.; Chen, Long-Qing (Penn); (Xian Jiaotong); (CIW); (Simon); (TRS Techn); (Wollongong)

    2016-12-19

    The discovery of ultrahigh piezoelectricity in relaxor-ferroelectric solid solution single crystals is a breakthrough in ferroelectric materials. A key signature of relaxor-ferroelectric solid solutions is the existence of polar nanoregions, a nanoscale inhomogeneity, that coexist with normal ferroelectric domains. Despite two decades of extensive studies, the contribution of polar nanoregions to the underlying piezoelectric properties of relaxor ferroelectrics has yet to be established. Here we quantitatively characterize the contribution of polar nanoregions to the dielectric/piezoelectric responses of relaxor-ferroelectric crystals using a combination of cryogenic experiments and phase-field simulations. The contribution of polar nanoregions to the room-temperature dielectric and piezoelectric properties is in the range of 50–80%. A mesoscale mechanism is proposed to reveal the origin of the high piezoelectricity in relaxor ferroelectrics, where the polar nanoregions aligned in a ferroelectric matrix can facilitate polarization rotation. This mechanism emphasizes the critical role of local structure on the macroscopic properties of ferroelectric materials.

  19. Pressureless sintered beta-prime-Si3N4 solid solution - Fabrication, microstructure, and strength

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    Dutta, S.

    1977-01-01

    Pressureless sintering of beta-prime-Si3N4 solid solution was studied as a function of temperature using Si3N4, A1N, and Al2O3 as basic constituents. Y2O3-SiO2 additions were used to promote liquid-phase sintering. The sintered specimens were characterized with respect to density, microstructure, strength, oxidation, and thermal shock resistance. Density greater than 98 percent of theoretical was achieved by pressureless sintering at 1750 C. The microstructure consisted essentially of fine-grained beta-prime-Si3N4 solid solution as the major phase. Modulus of rupture strengths up to 483 M Pa were achieved at moderate temperature (1000 C), but decreased to 228 M Pa at 1380 C. This substantial strength loss was attributed to a 'glassy' grain boundary phase formed during cooling from the sintering temperature. The best oxidation resistance was exhibited by a composition containing 3 mol % Y2O3-SiO2 additives. Water quench thermal shock resistance was equivalent to that of reaction sintered silicon nitride but lower than hot-pressed silicon nitride.

  20. Mechanistic study of carvacrol processing and stabilization as glassy solid solution and microcapsule.

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    Tackenberg, Markus W; Geisthövel, Carola; Marmann, Andreas; Schuchmann, Heike P; Kleinebudde, Peter; Thommes, Markus

    2015-01-30

    Essential oils and other liquid active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are frequently microencapsulated to improve shelf life, handling, and for tailoring release. A glassy solid solution (GSS), a single-phase system, where the excipient is plasticized by the API, could be an alternative formulation system. Thus this study focuses on the investigation of two formulation strategies using carvacrol as a model compound, namely a microcapsule (MC) and a glassy solid solution (GSS). Applying the solubility parameter approach, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) was chosen as a suitable matrix material for a GSS system, whereas maltodextrin and sucrose served as excipients for a microcapsule (MC) system. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements of the excipients' glass transition temperatures and the melting point of carvacrol verified plasticizing properties of carvacrol on PVP. Batch mixing processes, as preliminary experiments for future extrusion processes, were performed to prepare GSSs and MCs with various amounts of carvacrol, followed by crushing and sieving. Maximally 4.5% carvacrol was encapsulated in the carbohydrate material, whereas up to 16.3% were stabilized as GSS, which is an outstanding amount. However, grinding of the samples led to a loss of up to 30% of carvacrol.

  1. All-proportional solid-solution Rh–Pd–Pt alloy nanoparticles by femtosecond laser irradiation of aqueous solution with surfactant

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    Sarker, Md. Samiul Islam, E-mail: samiul-phy@ru.ac.bd; Nakamura, Takahiro; Sato, Shunichi [Tohoku University, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (Japan)

    2015-06-15

    Formation of Rh–Pd–Pt solid-solution alloy nanoparticles (NPs) by femtosecond laser irradiation of aqueous solution in the presence of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) or citrate as a stabilizer was studied. It was found that the addition of surfactant (PVP or citrate) significantly contributed to reduce the mean size of the particles to 3 nm for PVP and 10 nm for citrate, which was much smaller than that of the particles fabricated without any surfactants (20 nm), and improved the dispersion state as well as the colloidal stability. The solid-solution formation of the Rh–Pd–Pt alloy NPs was confirmed by the XRD results that the diffraction pattern was a single peak, which was found between the positions corresponding to each pure Rh, Pd, and Pt NPs. Moreover, all the elements were homogeneously distributed in every particle by STEM-EDS elemental mapping, strongly indicating the formation of homogeneous solid-solution alloy. Although the Rh–Pd–Pt alloy NPs fabricated with PVP was found to be Pt rich by EDS observation, the composition of NPs fabricated with citrate almost exactly preserved the feeding ratio of ions in the mixed solution. To our best knowledge, these results demonstrated for the first time, the formation of all-proportional solid-solution Rh–Pd–Pt alloy NPs with well size control.

  2. Investigating conceptual models for physical property couplings in solid solution models of cement

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    Benbow, Steven; Watson, Claire; Savage, David [Quintesssa Ltd., Henley-on-Thames (United Kingdom)

    2005-11-15

    The long-term behaviour of cementitious engineered barriers is an important process to consider when modelling the migration of radionuclides from a geological repository for nuclear waste. The modelling of cement is complicated by the fact that the cement is dominated by the behaviour of calcium silicate hydrate (CSH) gel which is a complex solid exhibiting incongruent dissolution behaviour. In this report, we have demonstrated the implementation of a solid-solution CSH gel model within a geochemical transport modelling framework using the Raiden computer code to investigate cement/concrete-groundwater interactions. The modelling conducted here shows that it is possible to couple various conceptual models for the evolution of physical properties of concrete with a solid solution model for cement degradation in a fully coupled geochemical transport model to describe the interaction of cement/concrete engineered barriers with groundwater. The results show that changes to the conceptual models and flow rates can give rise to very different evolutions. Most simulations were carried out at a reduced 'experimental' scale rather than full repository scale. The work has shown the possibility to investigate also the changing physical properties of degrading cement. To further develop the model more emphasis is needed on kinetics and the detailed development of a nearly clogged pore space. Modelling of the full repository scale could be another way forward to understand the behaviour of degrading concrete. A general conclusion is that the combined effects of chemical evolution and physical degradation should be analysed in performance assessments of cementitious repositories. Moreover, the project results will be used as one basis in coming reviews of SKB's safety assessments of repositories for spent fuel and low-and intermediate level waste.

  3. Valence electron structure of the(ZrTi)B2 solid solutions calculated by the three models

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    2009-01-01

    The Zr-rich(Zr0.8Ti0.2)B2 and the Ti-rich(Ti0.8Zr0.2)B2 solid solutions are formed when TiB2 and ZrB2 are hot-pressed.To forecast the properties of the two solid solutions,their valence electron structure was analyzed based on the empirical electron theory(EET) of solids and molecules.We used three different models,the average atom model,the average cell model and the real cell model,and compared with the calculation results from the three models.In the real cell model,the lattice constants of the solid solu-tions were supposed to be changed or unchanged.The results showed that different models could only result in slight change in the hybridization levels of the metal atoms in the two solid solutions and little difference between the calculation values.However,they can not change the variant trend of the va-lence electron structure nor the properties of the solid solutions.Thus,the three models and the methods are appropriate and the calculation results are reasonable and consistent.

  4. Valence electron structure of the (ZrTi)B2 solid solutions calculated by the three models

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    LI JinPing; HAN JieCai; MENG SongHe; WANG BaoLin

    2009-01-01

    The Zr-rich (Zr0.8Ti0.2)B2 and the Ti-rich Zr0.8Ti0.2)B2 solid solutions are formed when TiB2 and ZrB2 are hot-pressed. To forecast the properties of the two solid solutions, their valence electron structure was analyzed based on the empirical electron theory (EET) of solids and molecules. We used three differen tmodels, the average atom model, the average cell model and the real cell model, and compared with the calculation results from the three models. In the real cell model, the lattice constants of the solid solu-tions were supposed to be changed or unchanged. The results showed that different models could only result in slight change in the hybridization levels of the metal atoms in the two solid solutions and little difference between the calculation values. However, they can not change the variant trend of the va-lence electron structure nor the properties of the solid solutions. Thus, the three models and the methods are appropriate and the calculation results are reasonable and consistent.

  5. Dissolution of aragonite-strontianite solid solutions in nonstoichiometric Sr (HCO3)2-Ca (HCO3)2-CO2-H2O solutions

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    Plummer, L.N.; Busenberg, E.; Glynn, P.D.; Blum, A.E.

    1992-01-01

    Synthetic strontianite-aragonite solid-solution minerals were dissolved in CO2-saturated non-stoichiometric solutions of Sr(HCO3)2 and Ca(HCO3)2 at 25??C. The results show that none of the dissolution reactions reach thermodynamic equilibrium. Congruent dissolution in Ca(HCO3)2 solutions either attains or closely approaches stoichiometric saturation with respect to the dissolving solid. In Sr(HCO3)2 solutions the reactions usually become incongruent, precipitating a Sr-rich phase before reaching stoichiometric saturation. Dissolution of mechanical mixtures of solids approaches stoichiometric saturation with respect to the least stable solid in the mixture. Surface uptake from subsaturated bulk solutions was observed in the initial minutes of dissolution. This surficial phase is 0-10 atomic layers thick in Sr(HCO3)2 solutions and 0-4 layers thick in Ca(HCO3)2 solutions, and subsequently dissolves and/or recrystallizes, usually within 6 min of reaction. The initial transient surface precipitation (recrystallization) process is followed by congruent dissolution of the original solid which proceeds to stoichiometric saturation, or until the precipitation of a more stable Sr-rich solid. The compositions of secondary precipitates do not correspond to thermodynamic equilibrium or stoichiometric saturation states. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) measurements indicate the formation of solid solutions on surfaces of aragonite and strontianite single crystals immersed in Sr(HCO3)2 and Ca(HCO3)2 solutions, respectively. In Sr(HCO3)2 solutions, the XPS signal from the outer ~ 60 A?? on aragonite indicates a composition of 16 mol% SrCO3 after only 2 min of contact, and 14-18 mol% SrCO3 after 3 weeks of contact. The strontianite surface averages approximately 22 mol% CaCO3 after 2 min of contact with Ca(HCO3)2 solution, and is 34-39 mol% CaCO3 after 3 weeks of contact. XPS analysis suggests the surface composition is zoned with somewhat greater enrichment in the outer ~25

  6. Weyl semimetal from spontaneous inversion symmetry breaking in pyrochlore oxides

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    Bzdušek, Tomáš; Rüegg, Andreas; Sigrist, Manfred

    2015-04-01

    We study the electronic properties of strongly spin-orbit coupled electrons on the elastic pyrochlore lattice. Akin to the Peierls transition in one-dimensional systems, the coupling of the lattice to the electronic degrees of freedom can stabilize a spontaneous deformation of the crystal. This deformation corresponds to a breathing mode, which breaks the inversion symmetry. We find that for intermediate values of the staggered strain, the inversion-symmetry broken phase realizes a topological Weyl semimetal. In the temperature-elasticity phase diagram, the Weyl semimetal shows a reentrant phase behavior: it can be reached from a symmetric phase realized both at higher and at lower temperatures. The symmetric phase is a Dirac semimetal, which is protected by the nonsymmorphic space group of the pyrochlore lattice. Beyond a critical value of the staggered strain, the symmetry-broken phase is a fully gapped trivial insulator. The surface states of the Weyl semimetal form open Fermi arcs and we observe that their connectivity depends on the termination of the crystal. In particular, for the {111 } films, the semiclassical closed electronic orbits of the surface states in a magnetic field cross the bulk either twice, four, six, or twelve times. We demonstrate how one can tune the number of bulk crossings through a Lifshitz-like transition of the Fermi arcs, which we call Weyl-Lifshitz transition, by applying a surface potential. Our results offer a route to a topological Weyl semimetal in nonmagnetic materials and might be relevant for pyrochlore oxides with heavy transition-metal ions such as alloys of iridates.

  7. Cobalt incorporation in calcite: thermochemistry of (Ca,Co)CO3 solid solutions from density functional theory simulations

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    González-López, Jorge; Ruiz-Hernández, Sergio E.; Fernández-González, Ángeles; Jiménez, Amalia; de Leeuw, Nora H.; Grau-Crespo, Ricardo

    2015-04-01

    The incorporation of cobalt in mixed metal carbonates is a possible route to the immobilization of this toxic element in the environment. However, the thermodynamics of (Ca,Co)CO3 solid solutions are still unclear due to conflicting data from experiment and from the observation of natural ocurrences. Atomistic computer simulations, which allow the evaluation of thermodynamic properties without the interference of unknown kinetic factors, have been increasingly used in recent years for the investigation of the thermodynamics of mixing and impurity incorporation in carbonate. We report here the results of a computer simulation study of the mixing of calcite (CaCO3) and spherocobaltite (CoCO3), using density functional theory calculations. Our simulations suggest that previously proposed thermodynamic models, based only on observed compositions, significantly overestimate the solubility between the two solids and therefore underestimate the extension of the miscibility gap under ambient conditions. The enthalpy of mixing of the disordered solid solution is strongly positive and moderately asymmetric: calcium incorporation in spherocobaltite is more endothermic than cobalt incorporation in calcite. Ordering of the impurities in (0001) layers is energetically favourable with respect to the disordered solid solution at low temperatures and intermediate compositions, but the ordered phase is still unstable to demixing. The solvus and spinodal lines in the phase diagram using a sub-regular solution model has been also calculated, and conclude that many Ca1-xCoxCO3 mineral solid solutions (with observed compositions of up to x=0.027, and above x=0.93) are metastable with respect to phase separation. The strong non-ideality of this solid solution has an important effect on the solid solution / aqueous solution thermodynamic partitioning: the equilibrium level of substitutional impurities in the endmember solids is always low, regardless of the composition of the aqueous

  8. Mechanosynthesis and mechanolysis of solid solutions of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} with some rare earth oxides

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    Todorowsky, D. [Sofia Univ. (Bulgaria). Khimicheski Fakultet; Terziev, A. [Sofia Univ. (Bulgaria). Khimicheski Fakultet; Minkova, N. [Sofia Univ. (Bulgaria). Khimicheski Fakultet

    1996-12-31

    The effect of the mechanoactivation on Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Nd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and CeO{sub 2}, on mixtures of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} with each of these oxides as well as on the solid solutions La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-CeO{sub 2} is studied. The activation causes a decrease of the individual oxides` unit cell parameters. The formation of solid solutions of La{sub 2}O{sub 3} with the oxides studied is found. Under the conditions of activation in air no decomposition of La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-CeO{sub 2} solid solution is detected. The solution is, however, destroyed when the activation is carried out in the presence of acids. (orig.)

  9. MANAGEMENT OF SOLID WASTE GENERATED BY THE INTEGRATED STEELWORKS ACTIVITY AND SOLUTIONS TO REDUCE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

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    Anişoara CIOCAN

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The development of steel industry is subject to solve major problems arising from industry-nature relationship, strictly targeted on pollution control and protection of natural resources and energy. In this paper we discussed about the management of solid waste generated by an integrated steelwork located near a major urban area and the adopted solutions for the reduction of environmental impact. There are summarized technical solutions that are currently applied and were proposed some solutions that can be applied in accordance with the environmental legislations. The new solutions are proposed for integrated management of solid wastes in accordance with: the exact quantification (quantitative, qualitative and the generation sources of emissions and solid wastes; controlled storage; minimization of the wastes and its harmfulness; transformation of the wastes into valuable by-products used directly by the company in a subsequent process, or by external down-stream user.

  10. Solid solution or amorphous phase formation in TiZr-based ternary to quinternary multi-principal-element films

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    Mariana Braic

    2014-08-01

    The deposited films exhibited only solid solution (fcc, bcc or hcp or amorphous phases, no intermetallic components being detected. It was found that the hcp structure was stabilized by the presence of Hf or Y, bcc by Nb or Al and fcc by Cu. For the investigated films, the atomic size difference, mixing enthalpy, mixing entropy, Gibbs free energy of mixing and the electronegativity difference for solid solution and amorphous phases were calculated based on Miedema׳s approach of the regular solution model. It was shown that the atomic size difference and the ratio between the Gibbs free energies of mixing of the solid solution and amorphous phases were the most significant parameters controlling the film crystallinity.

  11. The LiBH4-LiI Solid Solution as an Electrolyte in an All-Solid-State Battery

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    Sveinbjörnsson, Dadi Þorsteinn; Christiansen, Ane Sælland; Viskinde, Rasmus;

    2014-01-01

    .6% per charge-discharge cycle is observed. The electrochemical stability of the LiBH4-LiI solid solution was investigated using cyclic voltammetry and is found to be limited to 3 V. The impedance of the battery cells was measured using impedance spectroscopy. A strong correlation is found between...

  12. Iron site occupancies in magnetite-ulvospinel solid solution: A new approach using XMCD

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    Pearce, C. I.; Henderson, C. M. B.; Telling, N. D.; Pattrick, R. A.D.; Vaughan, D. J.; Charnock, J. M.; Arenholz, E.; Tuna, F.; Coker, V.S.; Laan, G. van der

    2009-06-22

    Ordering of Fe{sup 3+} and Fe{sup 2+} between octahedral (Oh) and tetrahedral (Td) sites in synthetic members of the magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) - ulvoespinel (Fe{sub 2}TiO{sub 4}) solid-solution series was determined using Fe L{sub 2,3}-edge X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) coupled with electron microprobe and chemical analysis, Ti L-edge spectroscopy, Fe K-edge EXAFS and XANES, Fe{sub 57} Moessbauer spectroscopy, and unit cell parameters. Microprobe analysis, cell edges and chemical FeO determinations showed that the bulk compositions of the samples were stoichiometric magnetite-ulvoespinel solid-solutions. Surface sensitive XMCD showed that the surfaces of these oxide minerals were more sensitive to redox conditions and some samples required re-equilibration with suitable solid-solid buffers. Detailed site-occupancy analysis of these samples gave XMCD-Fe{sup 2+}/Fe{sup 3+} ratios very close to stoichiometric values. L{sub 2,3}-edge spectroscopy showed that Ti{sup 4+} was restricted to Oh sites. XMCD results showed that significant Fe{sup 2+} only entered Td when the Ti content was > 0.40 apfu while Fe{sup 2+} in Oh increased from 1 a.p.f.u in magnetite to a maximum of {approx}1.4 apfu in USP45. As the Ti content increased from this point, the steady increase in Fe{sup 2+} in Td sites was clearly observable in the XMCD spectra, concurrent with a slow decrease in Fe{sup 2+} in Oh sites. Calculated magnetic moments showed a steady decrease from magnetite (4.06 {mu}{sub B}) to USP45 (1.5 {mu}{sub B}) and then a slower decrease towards the value for ulvoespinel (0 {mu}{sub B}). Two of the synthesized samples were also partially maghemitized by re-equilibrating with an oxidizing Ni-NiO buffer and XMCD showed that Fe{sup 2+} oxidation only occurred at Oh sites, with concomitant vacancy formation restricted to this site. This study shows the advantage of using XMCD as a direct measurement of Fe oxidation state in these complex magnetic spinels. These results

  13. Correlation of inhibitory effects of polymers on indomethacin precipitation in solution and amorphous solid crystallization based on molecular interaction.

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    Chauhan, Harsh; Kuldipkumar, Anuj; Barder, Timothy; Medek, Ales; Gu, Chong-Hui; Atef, Eman

    2014-02-01

    To correlate the polymer's degree of precipitation inhibition of indomethacin in solution to the amorphous stabilization in solid state. Precipitation of indomethacin (IMC) in presence of polymers was continuously monitored by a UV spectrophotometer. Precipitates were characterized by PXRD, IR and SEM. Solid dispersions with different polymer to drug ratios were prepared using solvent evaporation. Crystallization of the solid dispersion was monitored using PXRD. Modulated differential scanning calorimetry (MDSC), IR, Raman and solid state NMR were used to explore the possible interactions between IMC and polymers. PVP K90, HPMC and Eudragit E100 showed precipitation inhibitory effects in solution whereas Eudragit L100, Eudragit S100 and PEG 8000 showed no effect on IMC precipitation. The rank order of precipitation inhibitory effect on IMC was found to be PVP K90 > Eudragit E100 > HPMC. In the solid state, polymers showing precipitation inhibitory effect also exhibited amorphous stabilization of IMC with the same rank order of effectiveness. IR, Raman and solid state NMR studies showed that rank order of crystallization inhibition correlates with strength of molecular interaction between IMC and polymers. Correlation is observed in the polymers ability to inhibit precipitation in solution and amorphous stabilization in the solid state for IMC and can be explained by the strength of drug polymer interactions.

  14. Effect of dysprosium on the kinetics and structural transformations during the decomposition of the supersaturated solid solution in magnesium-samarium alloys

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    Rokhlin, L. L.; Luk'yanova, E. A.; Tabachkova, N. Yu.; Dobatkina, T. V.; Tarytina, I. E.; Korol'kova, I. G.

    2017-03-01

    The effect of dysprosium added in the amounts such that it does not form an individual phase in equilibrium with solid magnesium on the decomposition of the supersaturated magnesium solid solution in Mg-Sm alloys is studied. The presence of dysprosium in Mg-Sm alloys is found to retard the decomposition of the supersaturated magnesium solid solution and to increase the hardening effect upon aging. When these alloys are aged, dysprosium is partly retained in the magnesium solid solution and partly enters into the compositions of the phases that form during the decomposition of the solid solution and are characteristic of Mg-Sm alloys.

  15. Molecular Dynamics Study of Stability of Solid Solutions and Amorphous Phase in the Cu-Al System

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    YANG Bin; LAI Wen-Sheng

    2009-01-01

    The relative stability of fcc and bcc solid solutions and amorphous phase with different compositions in the Cu-Al system is studied by molecular dynamics simulations with n-body potentials.For Cu1-xAlx alloys,the calculations show that the fcc solid solution has the lowest energies in the composition region with x<0.32 or x>0.72,while the bcc solid solution has the lowest energies in the central composition range,in agreement with the ball-milling experiments that a single bcc solid solution with 0.30<x< 0.70 is obtained.The evolution of structures in solid solutions and amorphous phase is studied by the coordination number (CN) and bond-length analysis so as to unveil the underlying physics.It is found that the energy sequence among three phases is determined by the competition in energy change originating from the bond length and CNs (or the number of bonds).

  16. Influence of solid-solution treatment on microstructure, mechanical property and corrosion behavior of biodegradable Mg-Zn-Ca alloy

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    Ly, Xuan Nam; Yang, S.; Qin, Y.

    2017-03-01

    The influence of solid-solution treatment on microstructure, mechanical property and corrosion behavior of Mg-Zn-Ca alloy was studied in the present investigation by SEM, tensile test, electrochemical and immersion test. The results show that the microstructure of Mg alloys after solid solution treatment significantly changed, a large number of the second phase (Ca2Mg6Zn3, Mg2Ca) dissolved into the α-Mg matrix reaching a supersaturated state, and the grains size was bigger than before solid solution treatment; the mechanical properties were obviously improved. In particular the tensile strength of 0.5wt.% Ca of Mg alloy reached 220MPa and the ductility reached 16.6%. Compared with the as-cast Mg alloys, the corrosion potential after solid-solution treatment slightly shifted negative, but the corrosion current density significantly decreased. After solid solution treatment, the surface corrosion was not serious and the result of weight gain was lower compared with those of the as-cast Mg alloys.

  17. Temperature evolution of the crystal structure of Bi1 - xPrxFeO3 solid solutions

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    Karpinsky, D. V.; Troyanchuk, I. O.; Sikolenko, V. V.; Efimov, V.; Efimova, E.; Silibin, M. V.; Chobot, G. M.; Willinger, E.

    2014-11-01

    The crystal structure of solid solutions in the Bi1 - xPrxFeO3 system near the structural transition between the rhombohedral and orthorhombic phases (0.125 ≤ x ≤ 0.15) has been studied. The structural phase transitions induced by changes in the concentration of praseodymium ions and in the temperature have been investigated using X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and differential scanning calorimetry. It has been established that the sequence of phase transformations in the crystal structure of Bi1 - xPrxFeO3 solid solutions with variations in the temperature differs significantly from the evolution of the crystal structure of the BiFeO3 compounds with the substitution of other rare-earth elements for bismuth ions. The regions of the existence of the single-phase structural state and regions of the coexistence of the structural phases have been determined in the investigation of the crystal structure of the Bi1 - xPrxFeO3 solid solutions. A three-phase structural state has been revealed for the solid solution with x = 0.125 at temperatures near 400°C. The specific features of the structural phase transitions of the compounds in the vicinity of the morphotropic phase boundary have been determined by analyzing the obtained results. It has been found that the solid solutions based on bismuth ferrite demonstrate a significant improvement in their physical properties.

  18. Noble Metal-Free Ceria-Zirconia Solid Solutions Templated by Tobacco Materials for Catalytic Oxidation of CO

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    Donglai Zhu

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available A series of ceria-zirconia solid solutions were synthesized using tobacco leaves, stems and stem-silks as biotemplates. A combination of physicochemical techniques such as powder X-ray diffraction (XRD, N2 adsorption/desorption measurement, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM were used to characterize the as-synthesized samples. The results show that the morphologies of the templates were well replicated in the obtained ceria-zirconia solid solutions. Catalytic oxidation activities of CO over the ceria-zirconia solid solutions were then investigated. The catalyst templated by tobacco stem-silk exhibited higher conversion of CO at lower temperature than that of ceria-zirconia solid solutions templated by tobacco leaves and stems or without templates due to its special morphology. The catalyst even showed similar CO conversion when compared to ceria-zirconia solid solutions doped with 1.0 wt % noble metals such as Pt, Ag and Au. The results highlighted the advantages of using tobacco as biotemplate.

  19. Solid- and solution-phase organics dictate copper distribution and speciation in multicomponent systems containing ferrihydrite, organic matter, and montmorillonite.

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    Martínez-Villegas, Nadia; Martínez, Carmen Enid

    2008-04-15

    Copper retention by ferrihydrite, leaf compost, and montmorillonite was studied over 8 months in systems that emulate a natural soil where different solid phases compete for Cu through a common solution in a compartmentalized batch reactor. Copper speciation in solution (total dissolved, DPASV-labile, and free) and exchangeable and total Cu in individual solid phases were determined. Organic carbon in solution (DOC) and that retained by the mineral phases were also determined. Cu sorption reached steady-state after 4 months and accounted for 80% of the Cu initially added to the system (0.15 mg L(-1)). The remaining 20% stayed in solution as nonlabile (82.8%), labile (17%), and free (0.2%) Cu species. Copper sorption followed the order organic matter > silicate clays > iron oxides. Within each solid phase, exchangeable Cu was < or = 10% of the total Cu sorbed. DOC reached steady state (22 mg L(-1)) after 4 months and seemed to control Cu solubility and sorption behavior by the formation of soluble Cu-DOC complexes and by sorbing onto the mineral phases. DOC sorption onto ferrihydrite prevented Cu retention by this solid phase. Using a multicomponent system and 8 months equilibrations, we were able to capture some of the more important aspects of the complexity of soil environments bytaking into account diffusion processes and competition among solid- and solution-phase soil constituents in the retention of a metal cation.

  20. Thermodynamics of magnesian calcite solid-solutions at 25°C and 1 atm total pressure

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    Busenberg, Eurybiades; Plummer, L. Niel

    1989-01-01

    The stability of magnesian calcites was reexamined, and new results are presented for 28 natural inorganic, 12 biogenic, and 32 synthetic magnesian calcites. The magnesian calcite solid-solutions were separated into two groups on the basis of differences in stoichiometric solubility and other physical and chemical properties. Group I consists of solids of mainly metamorphic and hydrothermal origin, synthetic calcites prepared at high temperatures and pressures, and synthetic solids prepared at low temperature and very low calcite supersaturations () from artificial sea water or NaClMgCl2CaCl2solutions. Group I solids are essentially binary s of CaCO2 and MgCO2, and are thought to be relatively free of structural defects. Group II solid-solutions are of either biogenic origin or are synthetic magnesian calcites and protodolomites (0–20 and ∼ 45 mole percent MgCO3) prepared at high calcite supersaturations () from NaClNa2SO4MgCl2CaCl2 or NaClMgCl2CaCl2 solutions. Group II solid-solutions are treated as massively defective solids. The defects include substitution foreign ions (Na+ and SO42−) in the magnesian calcite lattice (point defects) and dislocations (~2 · 109 cm−2). Within each group, the excess free energy of mixing, GE, is described by the mixing model , where x is the mole fraction of the end-member Ca0.5Mg0.5CO3 in the solid-solution. The values of A0and A1 for Group I and II solids were evaluated at 25°C. The equilibrium constants of all the solids are closely described by the equation ln , where KC and KD are the equilibrium constants of calcite and Ca0.5Mg0.5CO3. Group I magnesian calcites were modeled as sub-regular solid-solutions between calcite and dolomite, and between calcite and “disordered dolomite”. Both models yield almost identical equilibrium constants for these magnesian calcites. The Group II magnesian calcites were modeled as sub-regular solid-solutions between defective calcite and

  1. Speciation of uranium in La2Zr2O7 pyrochlore by TRPLS

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    Mohapatra, M.; Rajeswari, B.; Hon, N. S.; Kadam, R. M.; Natarajan, V.

    2015-06-01

    We discuss the speciation of uranium in lanthanum zirconate (La2Zr2O7 =LZO) pyrochlore ceramic prepared via a gel-combustion route. Uranium concentration in the pyrochlore was optimized to 2 mol%. XRD and SEM experiments were carried out to assess the phase and homogeneity of the prepared samples. Time resolved photoluminescence (TRPLS) investigations were carried out for understanding the species stabilized in the pyrochlore host. It was observed that, uranium exists as uranate ion (UO66-) in the zirconate host where it replaces the `Zr' ions at its regular site with surrounding defect centers created for charge compensation.

  2. Electronic excitation induced amorphization in titanate pyrochlores: an ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Xiao, H. Y.; Weber, W. J.; Zhang, Y.; Zu, X. T.; Li, S.

    2015-01-01

    The response of titanate pyrochlores (A2Ti2O7, A = Y, Gd and Sm) to electronic excitation is investigated utilizing an ab initio molecular dynamics method. All the titanate pyrochlores are found to undergo a crystalline-to-amorphous structural transition under a low concentration of electronic excitations. The transition temperature at which structural amorphization starts to occur depends on the concentration of electronic excitations. During the structural transition, O2-like molecules are formed, and this anion disorder further drives cation disorder that leads to an amorphous state. This study provides new insights into the mechanisms of amorphization in titanate pyrochlores under laser, electron and ion irradiations. PMID:25660219

  3. Solution-based carbohydrate synthesis of individual solid, hollow, and porous carbon nanospheres using spray pyrolysis.

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    Wang, Chengwei; Wang, Yuan; Graser, Jake; Zhao, Ran; Gao, Fei; O'Connell, Michael J

    2013-12-23

    A facile and scalable solution-based, spray pyrolysis synthesis technique was used to synthesize individual carbon nanospheres with specific surface area (SSA) up to 1106 m(2)/g using a novel metal-salt catalyzed reaction. The carbon nanosphere diameters were tunable from 10 nm to several micrometers by varying the precursor concentrations. Solid, hollow, and porous carbon nanospheres were achieved by simply varying the ratio of catalyst and carbon source without using any templates. These hollow carbon nanospheres showed adsorption of to 300 mg of dye per gram of carbon, which is more than 15 times higher than that observed for conventional carbon black particles. When evaluated as supercapacitor electrode materials, specific capacitances of up to 112 F/g at a current density of 0.1 A/g were observed, with no capacitance loss after 20,000 cycles.

  4. Determining the Photoisomerization Quantum Yield of Photoswitchable Molecules in Solution and in the Solid State

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    Stranius, K.; Börjesson, K.

    2017-01-01

    Photoswitchable molecules are able to isomerize between two metastable forms through light stimuli. Originally being studied by photochemists, this type of molecule has now found a wide range of applications within physics, chemistry and biology. The extensive usage of photochromic molecules is due to the two isomers having fundamentally different physical and chemical properties. The most important attribute of a photoswitch is the photoisomerization quantum yield, which defines the efficiency of the photoisomerization event. Here we show how to determine the photoisomerization quantum yield in the solid state and in solution when taking thermal processes into account. The described method together with provided software allows for rapid and accurate determination of the isomerization process for this important class of molecules.

  5. Solid Solution Quantum Dots with Tunable Dual or Ultrabroadband Emission for LEDs.

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    Gugula, Krzysztof; Entrup, Michael; Stegemann, Linda; Seidel, Stefan; Pöttgen, Rainer; Strassert, Cristian A; Bredol, Michael

    2017-01-11

    Quantum dots that efficiently emit white light directly or feature a "candle-like" orange photoluminescence with a high Stokes shift are presented. The key to obtaining these unique emission properties is through controlled annealing of the core Cu-In-Ga-S quantum dots in the presence of zinc ions, thus forming Zn-Cu-In-Ga-S solid solutions with different distributions of the substitution and dopant elements. The as-obtained nanocrystals feature excellent quantum yields of up to 82% with limited or even eliminated reabsorption and a color rendering index of bare particles of up to 88, enabling the production of high-quality white LEDs using a single color converter layer. Furthermore, the color properties can be tuned by changing the experimental conditions as well as by varying the excitation wavelength. The multicomponent luminescence mechanism is discussed in detail based on similar literature reports. White LEDs with unparalleled color quality and competitive luminous efficacies are presented herein.

  6. Anomalous birefringence in andradite-grossular solid solutions: a quantum-mechanical approach

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    Lacivita, Valentina; D'Arco, Philippe; Orlando, Roberto; Dovesi, Roberto; Meyer, Alessio

    2013-11-01

    The static linear optical properties (refractive indices, birefringence and axial angle) of andradite-grossular (Ca3Fe2Si3O12-Ca3Al2Si3O12) solid solutions have been computed at the ab initio quantum-mechanical level through the Coupled Perturbed Kohn-Sham scheme, using an all-electron Gaussian-type basis set. Geometry relaxation after substitution of 1-8 Al for Fe atoms in the primitive cell of andradite yields 23 non-equivalent configurations ranging from cubic to triclinic symmetry. Refractive indices vary quite regularly between the andradite (1.860) and grossular (1.671) end-members; the birefringence δ and the axial angle 2 V at intermediate compositions can be as large as 0.02° and 89°, respectively. Comparison with experiments suffers from inhomogeneities and impurities of natural samples; however, semi-quantitative agreement is observed.

  7. Analysis of electrostatic stability and ordering in quaternary perovskite solid solutions

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    Caetano, Clovis; Butler, Keith T.; Walsh, Aron

    2016-04-01

    There are three distinct classes of perovskite structured metal oxides, defined by the charge states of the cations: AIBVO3,AIIBIVO3 , and AIIIBIIIO3 . We investigated the stability of cubic quaternary solid solutions A B O3-A'B'O3 using a model of point-charge lattices. The mixing enthalpies were calculated and compared for the three possible types of combinations of the compounds, both for the random alloys and the ground-state-ordered configurations. The mixing enthalpy of the (I,V)O3-(III,III)O3 alloy is always larger than the other alloys. We found that, different from homovalent alloys, for these heterovalent alloys a lattice constant mismatch between the constituent compounds could contribute to stabilize the alloy. At low temperatures, the alloys present a tendency to spontaneous ordering, forming superlattices consisting of alternated layers of AB O 3 and A'B'O3 along the [110 ] direction.

  8. Theoretical study on phase coexistence in ferroelectric solid solutions near the tricritical point

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    Lu, Xiaoyan, E-mail: luxy@hit.edu.cn, E-mail: dzk@psu.edu; Li, Hui [Key Lab of Structures Dynamic Behavior and Control of the Ministry of Education, School of Civil Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Zheng, Limei [Condensed Matter Science and Technology Institute, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Cao, Wenwu [Condensed Matter Science and Technology Institute, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Department of Mathematics and Materials Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802 (United States)

    2015-04-07

    Phase coexistence in ferroelectric solid solutions near the tricritical point has been theoretically analyzed by using the Landau-Devonshire theory. Results revealed that different phases having similar potential wells could coexist in a narrow composition range near the tricritical point in the classical Pb(Zr{sub 1−x}Ti{sub x})O{sub 3} system. The potential barrier between potential wells increases with the decrease of temperature. Coexisting phases or different domains of the same phase can produce adaptive strains to maintain atomic coherency at the interfaces or domain walls. Such compatibility strains have influence on the energy potential as well as the stability of relative phases, leading to the appearance of energetically unfavorable monoclinic phases. Those competing and coexisting phases also construct an easy phase transition path with small energy barrier in between, so that very small stimuli can produce large response in compositions near the morphotropic phase boundary, especially near the tricritical point.

  9. Magnetic properties of Ho1- x Lu x B12 solid solutions

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    Gabáni, S.; Gaz̆o, E.; Pristás̆, G.; Takác̆ová, I.; Flachbart, K.; Shitsevalova, N.; Siemensmeyer, K.; Sluchanko, N.

    2013-05-01

    Magnetic properties of the geometrically frustrated antiferromagnet HoB12 (with T N = 7.4 K) modified by substitution of magnetic Ho atoms through non-magnetic Lu ones are presented and discussed. In this case, in Ho1- x Lu x B12 solid solutions, both chemical pressure resulting from different Lu3+ and Ho3+ radii and magnetic dilution take place with increasing Lu content ( x) that change properties of the system. The received results show strong indication for the existence of a quantum critical point near x = 0.9, which separates the region of magnetic order (starting with HoB12 for x = 0) and the nonmagnetic region (ending with superconducting LuB12 for x = 1).

  10. Synthesis, solid and solution studies of paraquat dichloride calixarene complexes. Molecular modelling

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    Garcia S, I.; Ramirez, F. M., E-mail: flor.ramirez@inin.gob.m [ININ, Departamento de Quimica, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2010-07-01

    The interaction of the herbicide paraquat dichloride (P Q, substrate) with p-tert-butylcalix arenas (L, receptor) was investigated in both the solution and solid states. The isolated paraquat calixarene complexes were characterised by UV-visible, {sup 1}H NMR, ESI-Ms, Luminescence and IR spectroscopies and elemental analysis. The stoichiometry of complexes 1 and 2 was 1:1 (1 herbicide: 1 calixarene) and both revealed a biexponential luminescence decay with lifetimes depending on the size and the conformational particularity of the calixarenes. Molecular modelling suggested that both calixarenes interact with the herbicide through cation-{pi} interaction. P Q in included in the p-tert butylcalix a rene cavity, a situation favoured by its pinched conformation in polar solvent while it is partially included in the p-tert butylcalix a rene cavity because of its in-out cone conformation. The theoretical results, in particular using Mopac procedures, were in agreement with the experimental findings. (Author)

  11. Diffuse scattering measurements of static atomic displacements in crystalline binary solid solutions

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    Ice, G.E.; Sparks, C.J.; Jiang, X.; Robertson, L.

    1997-09-01

    Diffuse x-ray scattering from crystalline solid solutions is sensitive to both local chemical order and local bond distances. In short-range ordered alloys, fluctuations of chemistry and bond distances break the long-range symmetry of the crystal within a local region and contribute to the total energy of the alloy. Recent use of tunable synchrotron radiation to change the x-ray scattering contrast between elements has greatly advanced the measurement of bond distances between the three kinds of atom pairs found in crystalline binary alloys. The estimated standard deviation on these recovered static displacements approaches {+-}0.001 {angstrom} (0.0001 nm) which is an order of magnitude more precise than obtained with EXAFS. In addition, both the radial and tangential displacements can be recovered to five near neighbors and beyond. These static displacement measurements provide new information which challenges the most advanced theoretical models of binary crystalline alloys. 29 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  12. Effect of oxygen defects on thermal conductivity of thorium-cerium dioxide solid solutions

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    Muta, Hiroaki; Kado, Hirohisa; Ohishi, Yuji; Kurosaki, Ken; Yamanaka, Shinsuke

    2017-01-01

    Thermal conductivity of thorium-cerium dioxide solid solutions has been measured and analyzed using the relaxation time approximation. Despite the presence of oxygen defects, the partially reduced Th0.8Ce0.2O1.97 exhibited higher thermal conductivity than the stoichiometric one, Th0.8Ce0.2O2.00, showing the same tendency as that previously reported for Th0.7Pu0.3O2-δ. The increase in thermal conductivity with the oxygen defects can be explained by assuming that cerium ions have an average ionic radius of the ionic radii of Ce3+ and Ce4+ in the description of phonon-impurity scattering. This result indicates that the small reduction of (Th,Pu)O2-δ fuel increases the thermal conductivity, especially at high temperatures.

  13. Synthesis, characterization and thermal stability of solid solutions Zr (Y, Fe, Mo)O {sub 2}

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    Legorreta-Garcia, F.; Esperanza Hernandez-Cruz, L.; Villanueva-Ibanez, M.; Flores-Gonzalez, M. A.

    2015-10-01

    The synthesis of Fe{sup 3}+, Mo{sup 4+} and Y{sup 3+} fully stabilized zirconia by the nitrate/urea combustion route and thermal stability in air was investigated. The solid solution obtained was characterized by X ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and used the BET method for determining specific surface. The ceramic powders obtained were calcined at 1473 K in air atmosphere in order to determine their thermal stability. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) results showed a homogeneous grain surface, measuring several tens of micrometers across. The crystallographic study revealed that by this method it was successfully achieved zirconia doped with Fe{sup 3+}, Mo{sup 4+} and Y{sup 3+} ions in the zirconia tetragonal monophase, even after calcinations. (Author)

  14. Solid solution barium–strontium chlorides with tunable ammonia desorption properties and superior storage capacity

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    Bialy, Agata; Jensen, Peter Bjerre; Blanchard, Didier

    2015-01-01

    with spray drying and in situ thermogravimetric and structural characterization, we synthesize a range of new, stable barium-strontium chloride solid solutions with superior ammonia storage densities. By tuning the barium/strontium ratio, different crystallographic phases and compositions can be obtained......Metal halide ammines are very attractive materials for ammonia absorption and storage—applications where the practically accessible or usable gravimetric and volumetric storage densities are of critical importance. Here we present, that by combining advanced computational materials prediction...... with different ammonia ab- and desorption properties. In particular it is shown, that in the molar range of 35–50% barium and 65–50% strontium, stable materials can be produced with a practically usable ammonia density (both volumetric and gravimetric) that is higher than any of the pure metal halides...

  15. Thermal stability of a supersaturated Fe-Ge-Nb solid solution produced by ball milling

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    Ipus, J J; Blazquez, J S; Conde, A, E-mail: conde@us.e [Dpto. Fisica de la Materia Condensada, ICMSE-CSIC, Universidad de Sevilla, PO Box 1065, 41080, Sevilla (Spain)

    2010-03-01

    Thermal evolution of Fe neighbourhood in a supersaturated bcc Fe(Ge,Nb) solid solution, obtained as the final product of mechanical alloying of Fe{sub 75}Ge{sub 20}Nb{sub 5}, was studied. No changes in Fe neighbourhood were detected after heating up to 473 K, although differential scanning calorimetry shows a clear deviation of the baseline at 400 K. After heating up to 723 K, a similar nanocrystalline microstructure is derived from X-ray diffraction. However, Moessbauer spectra evidence changes in the Fe neighbourhood. A proposed deconvolution of the hyperfine field distribution yields a Ge content of {approx}10 at. %, in agreement with the maximum solubility of Ge in bcc Fe in thermodynamical equilibrium.

  16. Multi-component solid solution and cluster hardening of Al–Mn–Si alloys

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    Zhao, Qinglong [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim N-7491 (Norway); Holmedal, Bjørn, E-mail: bjorn.holmedal@ntnu.no [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim N-7491 (Norway); Li, Yanjun [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim N-7491 (Norway); Sagvolden, Espen; Løvvik, Ole Martin [SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Oslo N-0314 (Norway)

    2015-02-11

    Tensile tests on Al–Mn–Si ternary alloys show that a small amount of Si increases significantly the strength compared to Al–Mn binary alloys with the same concentration of Mn. This cannot be explained by classical theories for multi-element substitutional solid solution hardening under the assumption of no interaction between different alloying elements. A new simplified cluster strengthening model which addresses both the chemical and size misfit effects of atom dimers is proposed this work. The binding energies and misfit of dimers were estimated by first principles atomistic simulations. The prediction results of the model are reasonably consistent with the experimental results. It shows that the main strengthening contribution is due to the misfit of dimers.

  17. Synthesis, characterization and thermal stability of solid solutions Zr (Y, Fe, MoO2

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    Felipe Legorreta-García

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of Fe3+, Mo4+ and Y3+ fully stabilized zirconia by the nitrate/urea combustion route and thermal stability in air was investigated. The solid solution obtained was characterized by X ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and used the BET method for determining specific surface. The ceramic powders obtained were calcined at 1473 K in air atmosphere in order to determine their thermal stability. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM results showed a homogeneous grain surface, measuring several tens of micrometers across. The crystallographic study revealed that by this method it was successfully achieved zirconia doped with Fe3+, Mo4+ and Y3+ ions in the zirconia tetragonal monophase, even after calcinations.

  18. Free Volumes Associated with Sintering in Gadolinium Doped Ceria Solid Solutions

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    Tomomi Kosaka

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC solid solution prepared by the oxalate coprecipitation method is investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD, complex impedance analysis, and positron lifetime spectroscopy. XRD reveals an expansion of GDC lattice constant by doping gadolinium into a ceria host crystal, in agreement with an oxygen vacancy model. The ionic conductivity of GDC measured at 773 K in air is two orders of magnitude higher than that of undoped ceria. Positron lifetime spectroscopy reveals the presence of vacancy-sized free volumes and nanovoids in interfaces among crystallites. It is found that the vacancy-sized free volumes shrink with increasing sintering temperatures. In the present paper, recent advances in the studies of GDC by XRD, complex impedance measurement, and positron lifetime spectroscopy are reviewed to gain an insight into the sintering mechanism.

  19. Remanent magnetization of a 'paramagnetic' composition in the ilmenite-hematite solid solution stress

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    Lawson, C. A.; Nord, G. L., Jr.

    1984-01-01

    In the ilmenite-hematite solid solution series, compositions more ilmenite-rich than Ilm(73)Hem(27) are classically thought to be paramagnetic at room temperature. Ilm(80)Hem(20) samples have nevertheless been synthesized that acquire hard saturation remanent and thermoremanent moments. From analysis of AC demagnetization data, the source of the measured remanence is believed to be a single-domain (SD) like material within the IlM(80)Hem(20) grains themselves. On the basis of transmission electron microscope observations, it is suggested that transformation-induced domain boundaries, which in part are enriched in hematite component relative to the bulk composition of the grains, could act as the magnetic carrier of the SD-like remanence.

  20. Flow-Solution-Liquid-Solid Growth of Semiconductor Nanowires: A Novel Approach for Controlled Synthesis

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    Hollingsworth, Jennifer A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Palaniappan, Kumaranand [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Laocharoensuk, Rawiwan [National Science and Technology Center, Thailand; Smith, Nickolaus A. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Dickerson, Robert M. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Casson, Joanna L. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Baldwin, Jon K. [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2012-06-07

    Semiconductor nanowires (SC-NWs) have potential applications in diverse technologies from nanoelectronics and photonics to energy harvesting and storage due to their quantum-confined opto-electronic properties coupled with their highly anisotropic shape. Here, we explore new approaches to an important solution-based growth method known as solution-liquid-solid (SLS) growth. In SLS, molecular precursors are reacted in the presence of low-melting metal nanoparticles that serve as molten fluxes to catalyze the growth of the SC-NWs. The mechanism of growth is assumed to be similar to that of vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth, with the clear distinctions of being conducted in solution in the presence of coordinating ligands and at relatively lower temperatures (<300 C). The resultant SC-NWs are soluble in common organic solvents and solution processable, offering advantages such as simplified processing, scale-up, ultra-small diameters for quantum-confinement effects, and flexible choice of materials from group III-V to groups II-VI, IV-VI, as well as truly ternary I-III-VI semiconductors as we recently demonstrates. Despite these advantages of SLS growth, VLS offers several clear opportunities not allowed by conventional SLS. Namely, VLS allows sequential addition of precursors for facile synthesis of complex axial heterostructures. In addition, growth proceeds relatively slowly compared to SLS, allowing clear assessments of growth kinetics. In order to retain the materials and processing flexibility afforded by SLS, but add the elements of controlled growth afforded by VLS, we transformed SLS into a flow based method by adapting it to synthesis in a microfluidic system. By this new method - so-called 'flow-SLS' (FSLS) - we have now demonstrated unprecedented fabrication of multi-segmented SC-NWs, e.g., 8-segmented CdSe/ZnSe defined by either compositionally abrupt or alloyed interfaces as a function of growth conditions. In addition, we have studied growth

  1. Crystal structure under pressure of geometrically frustrated pyrochlores

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    Apetrei, A [Laboratoire Leon Brillouin, CEA-CNRS, CE-Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Mirebeau, I [Laboratoire Leon Brillouin, CEA-CNRS, CE-Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Goncharenko, I [Laboratoire Leon Brillouin, CEA-CNRS, CE-Saclay, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Crichton, W A [European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, BP 220, 38043 Grenoble (France)

    2007-09-19

    We have studied by x-ray synchrotron diffraction under high pressure five pyrochlore compounds: Tb{sub 2}Ti{sub 2}O{sub 7} (up to 42 GPa), Tb{sub 2}Sn{sub 2}O{sub 7} and Tb{sub 2}Mo{sub 2}O{sub 7} (up to 35 GPa), Gd{sub 2}Mo{sub 2}O{sub 7} and (Tb{sub 0.8}La{sub 0.2}){sub 2}Mo{sub 2}O{sub 7} (up to 10 GPa). At ambient pressure all compounds crystallize in the cubic Fd3-barm symmetry group. This structure is stable for all compounds in the investigated pressure range. All three compounds having Mo as transition metal are described by the same equation of state, with the same bulk modulus B{sub 0} = 149. The bulk modulus is smaller in the Mo pyrochlores than in the Ti and Sn ones, in contrast with a priori expectations.

  2. Nanocrystalline Ce1- x La x O2- δ Solid Solutions Synthesized by Hydrolyzing and Oxidizing

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    Hou, Xueling; Xue, Yun; Han, Ning; Lu, Qianqian; Wang, Xiaochen; Phan, Manh-Huong; Zhong, Yunbo

    2016-05-01

    We undertook a novel batch production approach for the synthesis of CeO2 nanopowders doped with rare earth elements. Solid solution nanopowders of Ce1- x La x O2- δ ( x = 0.15) were successfully synthesized in a large-scale and low-cost production by hydrolyzing and oxidizing Ce-La-C alloys at room temperature and subsequent calcining of their powders at different temperatures (873-1073 K) for 1 h. The Ce-La-C alloys were prepared in a vacuum induction melting furnace. The final products were characterized by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Brunner-Emmet-Teller (BET) surface area analyzer, and Raman spectroscopy. The calculated lattice parameters of the cubic fluorite-type phase of CeO2 tended to increase when La3+ was incorporated into CeO2. The F 2g band shift and the absence of a peak corresponding to La2O3 in the Raman spectra consistently confirmed the incorporation of the La3+ ion into CeO2, and the formation of Ce1- x La x O2- δ solid solutions as manifested by increased oxygen vacancy defects. High-quality Ce1- x La x O2- δ nanopowders of ~10-15 nm diameter with a high BET surface area of ~77 m2 g-1 were obtained. The average crystallite size of Ce1- x La x O2- δ was found to be smaller than that of CeO2 for the same calcination temperature of 1073 K, demonstrating that the introduction of La3+ into CeO2 can stabilize the host lattice and refine the grain size at high temperatures.

  3. Solid solution barium–strontium chlorides with tunable ammonia desorption properties and superior storage capacity

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    Bialy, Agata [Amminex Emissions Technology A/S, Gladsaxevej 363, 2860 Soeborg (Denmark); Jensen, Peter B. [Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Center for Atomic-scale Materials Design, Department of Physics, Technical University of Denmark, Fysikvej 311, DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby (Denmark); Blanchard, Didier [Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Vegge, Tejs, E-mail: teve@dtu.dk [Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Quaade, Ulrich J., E-mail: ujq@amminex.com [Amminex Emissions Technology A/S, Gladsaxevej 363, 2860 Soeborg (Denmark)

    2015-01-15

    Metal halide ammines are very attractive materials for ammonia absorption and storage—applications where the practically accessible or usable gravimetric and volumetric storage densities are of critical importance. Here we present, that by combining advanced computational materials prediction with spray drying and in situ thermogravimetric and structural characterization, we synthesize a range of new, stable barium-strontium chloride solid solutions with superior ammonia storage densities. By tuning the barium/strontium ratio, different crystallographic phases and compositions can be obtained with different ammonia ab- and desorption properties. In particular it is shown, that in the molar range of 35–50% barium and 65–50% strontium, stable materials can be produced with a practically usable ammonia density (both volumetric and gravimetric) that is higher than any of the pure metal halides, and with a practically accessible volumetric ammonia densities in excess of 99% of liquid ammonia. - Graphical abstract: Thermal desorption curves of ammonia from Ba{sub x}Sr{sub (1−x)}Cl{sub 2} mixtures with x equal to 0.125, 0.25 and 0.5 and atomic structure of Sr(NH{sub 3}){sub 8}Cl{sub 2}. - Highlights: • Solid solutions of strontium and barium chloride were synthesized by spray drying. • Adjusting molar ratios led to different crystallographic phases and compositions. • Different molar ratios led to different ammonia ab-/desorption properties. • 35–50 mol% BaCl{sub 2} in SrCl{sub 2} yields higher ammonia density than any other metal halide. • DFT calculations can be used to predict properties of the mixtures.

  4. BN-coated Ca(1-x)Sr(x)S:Eu solid-solution nanowires with tunable red light emission.

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    Lin, Jing; Huang, Yang; Mi, Jiao; Zhang, Xinghua; Lu, Zunming; Xu, Xuewen; Fan, Ying; Zou, Jin; Tang, Chengchun

    2013-10-11

    We report on the controlled growth of novel BN-coated Ca(1-x)Sr(x)S:Eu nanowires via a solid-liquid-solid process. The Ca(1-x)Sr(x)S solid solution forms as one-dimensional nanowires and has been coated with homogeneous protective BN nanolayers. The structure and luminescence properties of this new nanocomposite have been systematically investigated. High-spatial-resolution cathodoluminescence investigations reveal that effective red color tuning has been achieved by tailoring the composition of the Ca(1-x)Sr(x)S nanowires. Moreover, codoping of Ce(3+) and Eu(2+) in the CaS nanowire can induce energy transfer in the matrix and make it possible to obtain enhanced orange color in the nanowires. The BN-coated Ca(1-x)Sr(x)S:Eu solid-solution nanowires are envisaged to be valuable red-emitting nanophosphors and useful in advanced nanodevices and white LEDs.

  5. Solid Solution Nitriding Technology of 15Cr-7.5Mn-2.6Mo Duplex Stainless Steel

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    FU Rui-dong; ZHAO Pin; WANG Chun-Yu; QIU Liang; ZHENG Yang-zeng

    2004-01-01

    Solid solution nitriding technologies of 15Cr-7.5Mn-2.6Mo duplex stainless steel were investigated by using of orthogonal tests. The results show that the best technology would be the processes of 1050℃× 2h + 1150℃× 3h +1050℃× 2h + 1150℃× 4h under pure N2 with PN2=0.15MPa. The high nitrogen austenitic case with the depth of1.62mm can be obtained. Orthogonal tests show that the type of atmosphere has the most notable effect on solid solution nitriding process; the pressure in the furnace and the nitriding processes has a notable effect. X-ray diffraction analyses results indicate that the main phases in the cases of the solution-nitrided samples cooled in the furnace are high nitrogen austenite, CrN, Fe3O4 and nitrogen containing ferrite. In the other samples experienced solid solution nitriding and solution treatment the obtained phase in the cases is high nitrogen austenite only. The results show that solid solution nitriding is a process that nitrogen absolutely diffuses in the austenite. The diffusing activation energy in the conditions of PN2 = 0.15MPa and 1050℃~ 1200℃ is 186.6K J/mol.

  6. Smooth and robust solutions for Dirichlet boundary control of fluid-solid conjugate heat transfer problems

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    Yan, Yan

    2015-01-01

    We study a new optimization scheme that generates smooth and robust solutions for Dirichlet velocity boundary control (DVBC) of conjugate heat transfer (CHT) processes. The solutions to the DVBC of the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations are typically nonsmooth, due to the regularity degradation of the boundary stress in the adjoint Navier-Stokes equations. This nonsmoothness is inherited by the solutions to the DVBC of CHT processes, since the CHT process couples the Navier-Stokes equations of fluid motion with the convection-diffusion equations of fluid-solid thermal interaction. Our objective in the CHT boundary control problem is to select optimally the fluid inflow profile that minimizes an objective function that involves the sum of the mismatch between the temperature distribution in the fluid system and a prescribed temperature profile and the cost of the control.Our strategy to resolve the nonsmoothness of the boundary control solution is based on two features, namely, the objective function with a regularization term on the gradient of the control profile on both the continuous and the discrete levels, and the optimization scheme with either explicit or implicit smoothing effects, such as the smoothed Steepest Descent and the Limited-memory Broyden-Fletcher-Goldfarb-Shanno (L-BFGS) methods. Our strategy to achieve the robustness of the solution process is based on combining the smoothed optimization scheme with the numerical continuation technique on the regularization parameters in the objective function. In the section of numerical studies, we present two suites of experiments. In the first one, we demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of our numerical schemes in recovering the boundary control profile of the standard case of a Poiseuille flow. In the second one, we illustrate the robustness of our optimization schemes via solving more challenging DVBC problems for both the channel flow and the flow past a square cylinder, which use initial

  7. Sustainable municipal solid waste management: A qualitative study on possibilities and solutions in Mutomo, Kenya

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    Selin, Emma

    2013-01-01

    This report investigates the possibilities and solutions for a sustainable municipal solid waste management in the community of Mutomo, situated in Kitui County, Kenya. The aim was to formulate an action plan to start reaching for a sustainable development in the waste sector, with citizen participation. Specific research questions were to find requests and ideas from the community members. Also, how the Swedish solid waste management system is built up in order to find potential good example...

  8. Iron-stabilized nanocrystalline ZrO{sub 2} solid solutions: Synthesis by combustion and thermal stability

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    Legorreta Garcia, Felipe [Universite de Toulouse, CIRIMAT, CNRS-UPS-INP, Universite Paul-Sabatier, 31062 Toulouse cedex 9 (France); Resende, Valdirene Gonzaga de; De Grave, Eddy [NUMAT, Department of Subatomic and Radiation Physics, University of Ghent, Proeftuinstraat 86, B-9000 Gent (Belgium); Peigney, Alain; Barnabe, Antoine [Universite de Toulouse, CIRIMAT, CNRS-UPS-INP, Universite Paul-Sabatier, 31062 Toulouse cedex 9 (France); Laurent, Christophe, E-mail: laurent@chimie.ups-tlse.fr [Universite de Toulouse, CIRIMAT, CNRS-UPS-INP, Universite Paul-Sabatier, 31062 Toulouse cedex 9 (France)

    2009-06-03

    The synthesis of Fe{sup 3+}-stabilized zirconia by the nitrate/urea combustion route was investigated. Using several characterization techniques, including X-ray diffraction, field-emission-gun scanning electron microscopy and notably Moessbauer spectroscopy, it was possible to determine the appropriate amount of urea that allows to obtain a totally stabilized Zr{sub 0.9}Fe{sub 0.1}O{sub 1.95} solid solution. The nanocrystalline zirconia solid solution is mostly tetragonal, but the presence of the cubic phase could not be ruled out. An in-depth study of the thermal stability in air showed that the Fe{sup 3+} solubility in the stabilized solid solution starts to decrease at about 875 deg. C which results in the formation of hematite (possibly containing some Zr{sup 4+}) at the surface of the zirconia grains and further provokes the progressive transformation into the monoclinic zirconia phase.

  9. Microcosm experiments to study the interaction of solid and solute phases during initial soil development

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    Zimmermann, C.; Chabbi, S.; Schaaf, W.

    2009-04-01

    During the initial phase of soil formation mineral weathering, interactions between the solid and liquid phases as well as accumulation of organic matter play an important role for the development of soil properties and for the establishment of vegetation and the colonization of soil biota. Our study is part of the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre (SFB/TRR 38) ‘Patterns and processes of initial ecosystem development in an artificial catchment' funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The catchment ´Chicken Creeḱ close to Cottbus (Germany) has a size of 6 ha and is composed of a 3-4 m layer of Quaternary loamy to sandy sediments overlying a 1-2 m clay layer. To connect interactions between the soil solid phase and soil solution at the micro-scale with observed processes at the catchment scale we perform microcosm experiments with soil samples from the catchment under controlled laboratory conditions. The microcosm experiments are carried out in a climate chamber at constant 10 °C corresponding to the mean annual temperature of the region. In total 48 soil columns with a diameter of 14.4 cm and height of 30 cm were filled with substrates of two textural compositions reflecting the gradients observed at the catchment and a bulk density of 1.4-1.5 g*cm3. Within the microcosms it is possible to control the gaseous phase and the water fluxes by artificial irrigation. The irrigation runs automated and quasi-continuously four times a day with 6.6 ml each (in total 600 mm*yr-1). Irrigation amount and chemical composition of the artificial rainwater are based on the annual mean at the field site. Litter of two different plant species occurring at the catchment site (Lotus corniculatus, Calamagrostis epigejos) labelled with stable isotopes (δ13C; δ15N) is used for the experiments. All treatments including a control run with four replicates. The gaseous phase in the headspace of the microcosms is analysed continuously for CO2 and N2O contents

  10. Preparation of optimized uranium and thorium bearing brabantite or monazite/brabantite solid solutions

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    Terra, O.; Dacheux, N.; Clavier, N. [Univ Paris 11, IPNO, Grp Radiochim, F-91406 Orsay, (France); Terra, O.; Audubert, F. [CEA Cadarache, DEN/DEC, F-13108 St Paul Les Durance, (France); Dacheux, N.; Clavier, N.; Podor, R. [ICMS UMR 5257, CNRS/CEA/UM2/ENSCM, F-30207 Bagnols Sur Ceze, (France); Podor, R. [Univ Nancy 1, LCSM, F-54506 Vandoeuvre Les Nancy, (France)

    2008-07-01

    The simultaneous incorporation of thorium and uranium(IV) in the rare-earth ortho-phosphates from a mixture of powdered AnO{sub 2}, (NH{sub 4})(H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}), and Ca(HPO{sub 4}).2H{sub 2}O was successfully performed, leading to the formation of single-phase Th-brabantite (Ca{sub 0.5}Th{sub 0.5}PO{sub 4}), U-brabantite (Ca{sub 0.5}U{sub 0.5}PO{sub 4}), and (Th,U)-brabantites (Ca{sub 0.5}Th{sub 0.5-y}U{sub y}PO{sub 4}). The repetition of several cycles composed of a grinding step (30 Hz, 15 min) and of a heat treatment (T=1200 degrees C, 10 h, Ar atmosphere) allowed preparation of single-phase and homogeneous compounds. The complete characterization of the samples by the means of X-Ray powder diffraction, electron probe micro-analyses, and {mu}-Raman spectrometry did not reveal either the presence of minor phases or the partial oxidation of uranium(IV) into uranyl. This study also evidenced the formation of a complete Ca{sub 0.5}Th{sub 0.5-y}U{sub y}PO{sub 4} solid solution with the associated linear decrease of a, b, and c unit cell parameters and beta increase versus the uranium mole loading. Even if the samples were found to be single phase, the significant improvement of the cation distribution in the materials was reached by the mean of the repetition of grinding/heating cycles. The same solid-state process was applied with success to the preparation of homogeneous and single-phase (Th,U)-monazite/brabantite solid solutions with general formula Ln{sub 1-2x}Ca{sub x}Th{sub x-y}U{sub y}PO{sub 4} (with 0.1 {<=} x {<=} 0.4 and y=x/5). (authors)

  11. Ce1-xLaxOy solid solution prepared from mixed rare earth chloride for soot oxidation

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    韩雪; 王亚飞; 郝红蕊; 郭荣贵; 胡运生; 蒋文全

    2016-01-01

    Ce1–xLaxOy solid solution was simply prepared using mixed rare earth chloride (RECl3·xH2O, RE=Ce, La>99%, containing unseparated Ce and La from rare earth metallurgical industry) as precursor by ultrasonic-assisted co-precipitation method with differ-ent ultrasonic frequencies (CLf,f=200, 400, 600, 800, 1000 Hz). A compared Ce1–xLaxOy solid solution (CL*) was also prepared by the same mothod with 10% less precipitant. X-ray diffraction results confirmed the formation of Ce1–xLaxOy solid solution, and the crystal structures of these catalysts were not very sensitive to ultrasonic frequency and precipitant amount. However, both of the fac-tors had obvious effect on morphology and surface area of CL, and precipitant amount seem to play a more crucial role than ultra-sonic frequency for Ce1–xLaxOy solid solution preparation. When soot and catalyst were tight contacted, the peak temperature (Tpeak) of soot oxidation and oxygen reducing temperature for CLf catalysts decreased linearly with increasing surface area. Under loose contact condition, theTpeak had obvious negative correlation with H2 consumption. It was inferred that good reducibility of the Ce1–xLaxOy solid solution favored the soot oxidation reaction. The Ce1–xLaxOy solid solution prepared from unseparated rare earth chloride showed a good soot oxidaiton activity. Controlling the preparation conditions to prepare a CL catalyst would high surface area will enhance its reducibility and activity.

  12. Atomic-scale microstructures, Raman spectra and dielectric properties of cubic pyrochlore-typed Bi1.5MgNb1.5O7 dielectric ceramics

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    Li, Yangyang

    2014-07-01

    Single-phase cubic pyrochlore-typed Bi1.5MgNb 1.5O7 (BMN) dielectric ceramics were synthesized at temperatures of 1050-1200 °C by solid-state reaction method. Their atomic-scale microstructures and dielectric properties were investigated. X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that the BMN ceramics had an average cubic pyrochlore structure, whereas the Raman spectra indicated that they had an essentially cubic symmetry with small local deviations at the A and O\\' sites of the cubic pyrochlore structure. This was confirmed by selected electron area diffraction (SAED) patterns, where the reflections of {442} (not allowed in the cubic pyrochlore with Fd3̄m symmetry) were clearly observed. SEM and TEM images revealed that the average grain size was increased with the sintering temperature, and an un-homogeneous grain growth was observed at high temperatures. HRTEM images and SAED patterns revealed the single-crystalline nature of the BMN ceramic grains. Energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) elemental mapping studies indicated that the compositional distributions of Bi, Mg, Nb and O elements in the ceramic grains were homogenous, and no elemental precipitation was observed at the grain boundary. Quantitative EDS data on ceramic grains revealed the expected cationic stoichiometry based on the initial composition of Bi1.5MgNb1.5O7. Dielectric constants of all the BMN samples exhibited almost frequency independent characteristic in the frequency range of 102-106 Hz, and the highest value was 195 for the BMN ceramics sintered at sintered at 1150 °C with the highest bulk density. The dielectric losses were stable and less than 0.002 in the frequency range of 102-105 Hz. The high dielectric constants of the present BMN samples can be ascribed to the local atomic deviations at the A and O\\' sites from the ideal atomic positions of the pyrochlore structure, which affect the different polarization mechanisms in the BMN ceramics, and which in turn enhance the dielectric

  13. Mechanosynthesis of supersaturated solid solutions of Sn in near-equiatomic bcc FeCo

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    Loureiro, J.M. [CEMDRX, Physics Department, University of Coimbra, P-3004-516 Coimbra (Portugal); Costa, B.F.O., E-mail: benilde@ci.uc.pt [CEMDRX, Physics Department, University of Coimbra, P-3004-516 Coimbra (Portugal); Le Caeer, G. [IPR, UMR URI-CNRS 6251, Universite de Rennes I, Campus de Beaulieu, Bat 11A, F-35042 Rennes Cedex (France)

    2012-09-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer (Fe{sub 50-x/2}Co{sub 50-x/2})Sn{sub x} mixtures are mechanically alloyed for x {<=} 33 at.%. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer As-ground powders are studied by X-ray diffraction and {sup 57}Fe and {sup 119}Sn Moessbauer spectroscopy. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Supersaturated solutions of Sn in disordered bcc FeCo alloys are formed in our dynamical conditions up to x {<=} 20 at.%. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This maximum Sn solubility found is much larger than the equilibrium solubility which is about 0.5 at.%. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The mean {sup 119}Sn hyperfine field in the bcc alloys is essentially constant with x and equal to 9.6 T at room temperature. - Abstract: The mechanosynthesis of Fe-Co-Sn ternary alloys from initial powder mixtures of composition (Fe{sub 50-x/2}Co{sub 50-x/2})Sn{sub x} is studied for x {<=} 33 at.%. Disordered nanocrystalline bcc solid solutions are formed in that way up to Sn contents as large as {approx}20 at.%. The dissolution of Sn in near-equiatomic bcc Fe-Co is unambiguously proven by X-ray diffraction and {sup 57}Fe and {sup 119}Sn Moessbauer spectroscopy.

  14. Corrosion behavior of solid solution (Ti,Al)N as a function of Al concentration

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    Larijani, M.M.; Seyedi, H. [Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute, P. O. Box 31485-498, Karaj (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Manouchehrian, M. [Department of Physics, Science Faculty, South Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Yari, M. [Engineering Department Materials, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2012-08-15

    In this work, a series of (Ti, Al) N coatings with different Al contents were deposited on 304 stainless steel substrates by Hollow Cathode Discharge (HCD) method. The coatings were grown on 304 stainless steel substrates at 400 C. The coatings were characterized using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and microhardness test. The XRD confirmed the transition from TiN phase to (Ti, Al) N phase and then to AlN phase with increasing Al concentration in the solid solution. It was found that with increasing Al concentration the hardness of the coatings initially increased up to a maximum value of about 30 GPa at around 32 at.% of Al and then the coating hardness decreased rapidly with further increase of Al content (Al > 32 at.%). The potentiodynamic polarization analysis was carried out in 3.5 wt.% NaCl solutions to study the corrosion resistance of the coatings. From the corrosion test it can be inferred that the amount of Al atoms in the coatings plays an important role for reducing the corrosion. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  15. Cadmium Extraction from Solutions by Solid-Phase and its Trace Determination

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    Ashrafi, F.; Attaran, A. M. [Payame Noor University, Sari (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kermani, N. Memar [Islamic Azad University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2008-04-15

    A new sensitive and selective spectrophotometric method for determination of trace amounts of cadmium using a polyvinyl chloride membrane containing bis-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate as a solid phase extraction medium was investigated. Bis-(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate has used as a plasticizer. Cd(II) in an aqueous solution was trapped on the membrane in the form of colorful Cd (II)-I{sup -} - MG complexes (which MG is malachite green) and the cadmium complex was concentrated in the membrane. The absorbance of the green membrane was measured at 629 nm using a spectrophotometer, and then, the concentration of the cadmium was calculated using a calibration curve, which expressed the relationship between the Cd(II) concentration and the membrane absorbance after coloring for 25 min. The calibration curve was linear in the range of 10-760 μgL{sup -1} cadmium in the test solution. The detection limit based on the 3S{sub bl} criterion was 1.8199 μgL{sup -1} and the relative standard deviations (RSD) were less than 4 % (n=5). The proposed method has been successfully applied to the determination of trace amounts of cadmium in the Tadjan River water sample (Sari-Iran), and the mean value of 28.7 μgL{sup -1} was obtained.

  16. Dispersion of dielectric permittivity and magnetic properties of solid solution PZT–PFT

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we present the results of investigations into ceramic samples of solid solution (1-x(PbZr0.53Ti0.47O3- x(PbFe0.5Ta0.503 (i.e. (1-xPZT-xPFT with x = 0.25, 0.35 and 0.45. We try to find the relation between the character of dielectric dispersion at various temperatures and the composition of this solution. We also describe the magnetic properties of investigated samples. With increasing the content of PFT also mass magnetization and mass susceptibility increase (i.e. magnetic properties are more pronounced at every temperature. The temperature dependences of mass magnetization and re­ciprocal of mass susceptibility have similar runs for all the compositions. However, our magnetic investigations exhibit weak antiferromagnetic ordering instead of the ferromagnetic one at room temperature. We can also say that up to room tempera­ture any magnetic phase transition has not occurred. It may be a result of the conditions of the technological process during producing our PZT-PFT ceramics.

  17. Synthesis and solubility of Pb-Ca and P-As hydroxylapatite solid solutions

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    Puzio, Bartosz; Młynarska, Maria; Motyka, Joanna; Oknińska, Joanna; Mandelt, Agnieszka; Chlebowska, Patrycja; Kwaśniak-Kominek, Monika; Manecki, Maciej

    2016-04-01

    The objective of the study are three solid solution series: - HPY hydroxylpyromorphite Pb5(PO4)3OH - HAP hydroxylapatite Ca5(PO4)3OH - HAP hydroxylapatite Ca5(PO4)3OH - JBM johnbaumite Ca5(AsO4)3OH - JBM johnbaumite Ca5(AsO4)3OH - HMI hydroxylmimetite Pb5(AsO4)3OH The phases were synthesized from aqueous solutions at high pH (over 8) at ambient temperature by dropwise mixing of chemical reagents: Pb(NO3)2, Ca(NO3)2.4H2O, (NH4)H2PO4, and Na2AsHO4.7H2O. The products of all syntheses are crystalline, monomineral fine powders (crystal size less than 1 μm). Their chemical composition is close to theoretical. Systematic shift of XRD peaks and FTIR or Raman bands is observed within the solid solution series. Dissolution experiments were run at 5oC, 25oC, 45oC, and 65oC. An aliquot of 0.5g of each phase was dissolved in 250 mL of 0.05M NH4NO3 (pH between 3 and 5) for about 3 months. In all cases dissolution resulted in increase of pH by about 1. The systems were considered in equilibrium when three consecutive samplings (ca. two weeks apart) resulted in similar concentrations (within 3 standard deviations). The dissolution of all phases in question is incongruent. The amount of precipitating secondary phases was too small for identification. The results of HPY - HAP dissolution experiments are inconclusive due to strongly incongruent dissolution. This is partially in contrary to recent report by Zhu et al. (2015). Systematic increase of solubility is observed in HAP - JBM series. Also, the solubility of these phases increases with the increase of temperature. This is more pronounced for HAP than for JBM. Systematic increase of solubility is also observed in HMI - JBM series. This work is partially funded by AGH research grant no 11.11.140.319 and partially by Polish NCN grant No 2014/01/M/ST10/00355. Zhu,Y., Zhu, Z., Zhao, X., Liang, Y., Huang, Y., 2015. Characterization, dissolution, and solubility of lead hydroxypyromorphite Pb5(PO4)3OH at 25-45oC. Journal of Chemistry

  18. Synthesis of a highly hydrophobic cyclic decapeptide by solid-phase synthesis of linear peptide and cyclization in solution

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    2010-01-01

    A general method was described to synthesize a highly hydrophobic cyclic peptide,cyclo[LWLWLWLWLQ]where underlines indicate D-configuration of the amino acid,by a two-step solid-phase/solution synthesis strategy.The linear decapeptide was assembled by standard Boc chemistry on solid-phase and subsequently cyclized in solution with high efficiency and reproducibility. In subsequent purification by semi-preparative HPLC,50%(v/v) DMF/H_2O was employed as the solvent to overcome the difficulty of solubilizat...

  19. Temperature behavior of thermal expansion and birefringence of In x Tl1- x I-substitution solid solutions

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    Franiv, A. V.; Stadnyk, V. Y.; Kashuba, A. I.; Brezvin, R. S.; Bovgira, O. V.; Futei, A. V.

    2017-07-01

    Results of studying the optical properties of In x Tl1- x I solid solutions in the concentration domain of 0.4 ≤ x ≤ 0.9 are presented. The dependence of relative linear expansion of In x Tl1- x I crystals ( T = 300-520 K) has been obtained. In x Tl1- x I crystals ( T = 300-520 K). Based on this, the temperature dependence of thermal-expansion coefficient α has been found. Dependence of birefringence Δ n i on temperature and concentration of the TlI component in the solid solution has been studied.

  20. Supersaturated solid solution obtained by mechanical alloying of 75% Fe, 20% Ge and 5% Nb mixture at different milling intensities

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    Blazquez, J.S.; Ipus, J.J.; Millan, M.; Franco, V. [Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, ICMSE-CSIC, Universidad de Sevilla, P.O. Box 1065, Apartado 1065, 41080 Sevilla (Spain); Conde, A. [Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, ICMSE-CSIC, Universidad de Sevilla, P.O. Box 1065, Apartado 1065, 41080 Sevilla (Spain)], E-mail: conde@us.es; Oleszak, D.; Kulik, T. [Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology, ul. Woloska 141, 02-507 Warsaw (Poland)

    2009-02-05

    Mechanical alloying process of Fe{sub 75}Ge{sub 20}Nb{sub 5} composition has been studied at different milling frequencies from initial pure powder mixture to the development of a single bcc phase (supersaturated solid solution). As an intermediate state, an intermetallic phase is formed, which disappears after further milling or after thermal treatment (ascribed to an endothermic process at 700-800 K). A preferential partition of Nb and Ge to the boundaries between nanocrystals of bcc Fe-Ge-Nb supersaturated solid solution is observed from X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Moessbauer results.

  1. Comparison of visible and near-infrared Raman cross-sections of explosives in solution and in the solid state.

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    Emmons, Erik D; Guicheteau, Jason A; Fountain, Augustus W; Christesen, Steven D

    2012-06-01

    Raman cross-sections of explosives in solution and in the solid state have been measured using visible and near-infrared excitation via secondary calibration. These measurements are valuable for both fundamental scientific purposes and applications in the standoff detection of explosives. The explosive compounds RDX, HMX, TNT, 2,4-DNT, 2,6-DNT, and ammonium nitrate were measured using discrete excitation wavelengths ranging from 532 nm to 785 nm. A comparison of the spectral features and cross-sections between the solid state and solution was performed. Comparison is also made to cross-sections measured with deep ultraviolet excitation.

  2. Radiation-induced protein fragmentation and inactivation in liquid and solid aqueous solutions. Role of OH and electrons

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    Audette-Stuart, Marilyne [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, CANDU Life Sciences Center, Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River Ont., K0J 1J0 (Canada); Houee-Levin, Chantal [Laboratoire de Chimie Physique, UMR-8000 CNRS-Universite Paris XI, Centre Universitaire, F-91405 Orsay Cedex (France)]. E-mail: chantal.houee-levin@lcp.u-psud.fr; Potier, Michel [Service de genetique medicale, Hopital Sainte-Justine, Universite de Montreal, Montreal Que., H3 T 1C5 (Canada)

    2005-02-01

    Irradiation of proteins in diluted liquid aqueous solutions produces cleavages and polymerizations of the peptidic chains. In frozen solutions, fragmentation is observed but polymerization products are absent. Loss of activity occurs in both cases. In the solid state, yields of fragmentation do not vary with the quantity of water. The use of scavengers indicates that hydroxyl radical does not contribute significantly to fragmentation and to inactivation in the solid state. Electrons within the water molecules closely associated with the protein are involved in the processes leading to protein fragmentation.

  3. Formation of a 25 mol% Fe2O3-Al2O3 solid solution prepared by ball milling

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    Jiang, Jianzhong; Mørup, Steen; Linderoth, Søren

    1996-01-01

    The phase transformation process of a 25 mol% Fe2O3-Al2O3 powder mixture during high-energy ball milling has been studied by x-ray diffraction and Mossbauer spectroscopy. A metastable solid solution of 25 mol % Fe2O3 in Al2O3 with corundum structure has successfully been prepared after a milling...... time of 122 h. This demonstrates that the high-energy ball milling technique is able to prepare metastable solid solutions with an extended range of compositions in ceramic/ceramic systems with a positive hear of mixing....

  4. Thermodynamics of aragonite-strontianite solid solutions: Results from stoichiometric solubility at 25 and 76°C

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    Plummer, L.N.; Busenberg, E.

    1987-01-01

    Dissolution of synthetic strontianite-aragonite solid solutions was followed analytically to stoichiometric saturation using large solid to solution ratios in CO2-H2O solution at 25 and 76°C. The compositional dependence of the equilibrium constant was calculated from the composition of saturated (stoichiometric) solutions and used to calculate the activities and activity coefficients of CaCO3 and SrCO3 in the solid Ca(1−x)SrxCO3 at 25 and 76°C. The results show that the solid-solution is not regular but unsymmetrical. The excess free energy of mixing is closely modeled for all compositions by the relation where A0 is 8.49 ± 0.30 and 7.71 ± 0.20 KJ/mole and A1 is −4.51 ± 0.20 and −3.36 ± 0.40 KJ/mole at 25 and 76°C, respectively. The equilibrium constant is denned as a function of the SrCO3 mole fraction, x, by the relation where R is the gas constant, T is in Kelvins and KA and KS are the aragonite and strontianite equilibrium constants.

  5. Gastrointestinal behavior of itraconazole in humans - Part 1: Supersaturation from a solid dispersion and a cyclodextrin-based solution.

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    Brouwers, Joachim; Geboers, Sophie; Mols, Raf; Tack, Jan; Augustijns, Patrick

    2017-06-15

    This study evaluated the fasted state gastrointestinal behavior of the lipophilic drug itraconazole, orally administered to healthy volunteers as either a solid dispersion (Sporanox(®) capsules) or a cyclodextrin-based solution (Sporanox(®) solution). Following intake of the drug products, gastric and duodenal fluids were aspirated and analyzed for itraconazole concentration, total content and solubilizing capacity. Release of itraconazole from the solid dispersion generated high and metastable supersaturated levels in the stomach, but the dissolved fraction in the duodenum remained extremely low (median 2.5%). After intake of the itraconazole solution, precipitation was limited in the stomach but pronounced in the small intestine. Still, the dissolved fraction of itraconazole in the duodenum (median 38%) appeared much higher than after intake of the solid dispersion, possibly explaining the improved absorption of itraconazole from the solution. As for the solid dispersion, the absorption-enabling ability of the solution appeared mainly related to increased intraluminal concentrations by means of supersaturation. Cyclodextrin-based solubilization of itraconazole occurred only in the case of limited intraluminal dilution, but did not further enhance itraconazole absorption. The obtained data will help to understand critical aspects of supersaturating drug delivery systems and act as direct reference for the optimization of in vitro simulation tools for gastrointestinal drug behavior. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Hollow shaped nanofibers with (Ti, Sn)O{sub 2} solid-solutions: Synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic application

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    Jung, Jin-Young; Cho, Seho; Lee, Young-Seak, E-mail: youngslee@cnu.ac.kr

    2014-11-25

    Highlights: • Novel hollow shaped nanofibers with (Ti, Sn)O{sub 2} solid-solutions were synthesized. • Uniformly distributed hollow shaped nanofibers were formed in the optimum weight ratio of the TTIP. • The highest degradation ratio of photocatalysts exhibited more than 3.5 times that of TiO{sub 2}. - Abstract: Novel hollow shaped nanofibers with (Ti, Sn)O{sub 2} solid-solutions have been synthesized for photocatalysts by the impregnation method using tin chloride (SnCl{sub 2}) and titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP), and further characterized by SEM, EDS, TGA, and XRD. The results showed that uniformly distributed hollow shaped nanofibers with (Ti, Sn)O{sub 2} solid-solutions was successfully formed in the case of the optimum weight ratio of the Ti precursor. These hollow shaped nanofibers exhibited the higher photocatalytic reactivity by the conversion of methylene blue in aqueous solution under UV irradiation than not only prepared SnO{sub 2} but also TiO{sub 2} hollow shaped nanofibers. The highest degradation ratio was about 85% at 70 min using hollow shaped nanofibers with (Ti, Sn)O{sub 2} solid-solutions photocatalysts, which exhibited more than 3.5 times that of TiO{sub 2}. It has been found that enhanced MB degradation efficiency is not only due to the charge separation of electron–hole pairs but also increasing the photocatalytic reactive site.

  7. CRYOCHEM calculation: Minor components influence solid solutions in nitrogen-methane atmospheres - ethane on Titan and carbon monoxide on Pluto

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    Tan, S. P.; Kargel, J. S.; Adidharma, H.; Marion, G. M.

    2016-12-01

    In the extremely cold conditions on Triton, Pluto and other Kuiper Belt Objects, and Titan's tropopause and lower stratosphere, the atmospheres as a whole, not components individually, are subject to freeze into solid phases as solutions, notpure ices. This is in contrast to water ice in Earth's atmosphere, where the atmosphere stays in gaseous phase when water freezes into a solid phase of presumably pure water due to the much higher temperatures involved. A molecular-based thermodynamic model for cryogenic chemical systems, referred to as CRYOCHEM, has been developed to include the phase equilibria involving multi-component solid solutions. Calculations using CRYOCHEM, therefore, can provide us with compositions of solid solutions that are in equilibrium with the gaseous atmosphere. There is no longer a need to assume pure solids conventionally used in modeling, or even as binary (two-component) mixtures, which commonly consider only nitrogen and methane. Two examples will be discussed: (1) on Titan where ethane plays a significant role in precipitation of high-altitude solid aerosols; and (2) on Pluto where carbon monoxide may also play some important role in the sublimation/condensation cycle at the surface and shallow subsurface, e.g., zone of solid-state greenhouse heating. The presence of these third components essentially affects the solid-gas phase equilibria of nitrogen-methane binary system at their respective conditions on Titan and Pluto, the information of which is useful for future modeling, including those on other bodies in the outer Solar System and comets that share similar volatiles.

  8. Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and Solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin Films and the Subsequent Fabrication of Superlattice Structures Using AIN and InN

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    1992-12-01

    AD-A258 804 Final Technical Report Ii Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and Solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin Films and the Subsequent...Technical 6/1/86-12/31/92 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Growth, Nitrogen Vacancy Reduction and 5. FUNDING NUMBERS Solid Solution Formation in Cubic GaN Thin...According to the structural and chemical analyses, there is no reason to believe that a homogeneous solid solution close to this composition had

  9. Large-scale calculation of ferromagnetic spin systems on the pyrochlore lattice

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    Soldatov, Konstantin; Nefedev, Konstantin; Komura, Yukihiro; Okabe, Yutaka

    2017-02-01

    We perform the high-performance computation of the ferromagnetic Ising model on the pyrochlore lattice. We determine the critical temperature accurately based on the finite-size scaling of the Binder ratio. Comparing with the data on the simple cubic lattice, we argue the universal finite-size scaling. We also calculate the classical XY model and the classical Heisenberg model on the pyrochlore lattice.

  10. Layer-by-layer epitaxial thin films of the pyrochlore Tb2Ti2O7

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    Bovo, Laura; Rouleau, Christopher M.; Prabhakaran, Dharmalingam; Bramwell, Steven T.

    2017-02-01

    Layer-by-layer epitaxial growth of the pyrochlore magnet Tb2Ti2O7 on the isostructural substrate Y2Ti2O7 results in high-quality single crystal films of up to 60 nm thickness. Substrate-induced strain is shown to act as a strong and controlled perturbation to the exotic magnetism of Tb2Ti2O7, opening up the general prospect of strain-engineering the diverse magnetic and electrical properties of pyrochlore oxides.

  11. Synthesis and characterization of pyrochlore-type yttrium titanate nanoparticles by modified sol–gel method

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    Z S Chen; W P Gong; T F Chen; S L Li

    2011-06-01

    Pyrochlore-type yttrium titanate (Y2Ti2O7) nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by a simple soft-chemistry technique viz. citric acid sol–gel method (CAM). The preparation process was monitored by X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric–differential thermal analysis and Fourier transform–infrared experiments and the microstructures and average size of as-prepared products were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and high resolution transmission electron microscopy images. It was found that compared with traditional solid state reaction (SSR), Y2Ti2O7 nanopowders were synthesized at a relatively low temperature (750°C) for shortened reaction time. Detailed analysis showed that the as-prepared Y2Ti2O7 with good dispersibility and narrow size distribution were quasi-spherical; the average size was about 20–30 nm, also, the obtained products had higher BET surface area (50 m2/g). These properties are very helpful for a photocatalyst to achieve excellent activity and may result in better behaviour in hydrogen storage.

  12. Potassium Disorder in the Defect Pyrochlore KSbTeO6: A Neutron Diffraction Study

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    José Antonio Alonso

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available KSbTeO6 defect pyrochlore has been prepared from K2C2O4, Sb2O3, and 15% excess TeO2 by solid-state reaction at 850 °C. Direct methods implemented in the software EXPO2013 allowed establishing the basic structural framework. This was followed by a combined Rietveld refinement from X-ray powder diffraction (XRD and neutron powder diffraction (NPD data, which unveiled additional structural features. KSbTeO6 is cubic, a = 10.1226(7 Å, space group F d 3 ¯ m , Z = 8 and it is made of a mainly covalent framework of corner-sharing (Sb,TeO6 octahedra, with weakly bonded K+ ions located within large cages. The large K-O distances, 3.05(3–3.07(3 Å, and quite large anisotropic atomic displacement parameters account for the easiness of K+ exchange for other cations of technological importance.

  13. Optimization of pyrochlore catalysts for the dry reforming of methane

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    Polo Garzon, Felipe

    The conversion of methane into syngas (a mixture of CO and H2), which can be further converted into a variety of chemicals and particularly liquid fuels, is of growing importance given recent increases in methane production world-wide. Furthermore, since using CO2 as the co-feed offers many environmental advantages, dry reforming of methane (DRM, CH4 + CO2 [special character omitted] 2CO + 2H 2) has received renewed attention. In recent years, experimentalists have shown that the Rh-substituted lanthanum zirconate pyrochlore (LRhZ) material is catalytically active for DRM, exhibits long-term thermal stability and resists deactivation; however, previous to this doctoral work, a detailed understanding of the reaction mechanism on pyrochlore catalyst surfaces was still scarce, making it difficult to optimize this material. In this work, initial computational efforts employing density functional theory (DFT) showed the plane (111) of the LRhZ crystal structure as the one catalytically active for DRM. In addition, the primary reaction pathway was identified, along with two rate determining steps (RDSs), the CH2 oxygenation step and the CHO dehydrogenation step, which lie on the CH 4 dehydrogenation/oxygenation path. The mechanistic understanding of DRM over LRhZ was further developed using steady-state isotopic transient kinetic analysis (SSITKA). Reversible adsorption of CO2 on the surface was observed, along with short surface residence times (temperature. Comparisons between isotopic responses supported the DFT-derived reaction mechanism. Furthermore, isotopic transient kinetics confirmed that all metal atoms (Rh, Zr and La) on the surface are involved in the reaction mechanism, as previously pointed by DFT calculations. A DFT-based microkinetic model that predicts the reaction performance at different conditions was built. The model was validated against experimental data, showing remarkable agreement, which further confirmed the reliability of the DFT data

  14. Thermodynamic Destabilization of Ti-O Solid Solution by H2 and Deoxygenation of Ti Using Mg.

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    Zhang, Ying; Fang, Zhigang Zak; Sun, Pei; Zhang, Tuoyang; Xia, Yang; Zhou, Chengshang; Huang, Zhe

    2016-06-08

    Reactive metals including Ti, Zr, Hf, and V, among others, have a strong chemical affinity to oxygen, which makes them difficult to produce and costly to use. It is especially challenging to produce pure or metal alloy powders of these elements when extremely low oxygen content is required, because they have high solubility for oxygen, and the solid solution of these metals with oxygen is often more stable thermodynamically than their oxides. We report a novel thermochemical approach to destabilize Ti(O) solid solutions using hydrogen, thus enabling deoxygenation of Ti powder using Mg, which has not been possible before because of the thermodynamic stability of Ti(O) solid solutions relative to MgO. The work on Ti serves as an example for other reactive metals. Both analytical modeling and experimental results show that hydrogen can indeed increase the oxygen potential of Ti-O solid solution alloys; in other words, the stability of Ti-O solid solutions is effectively decreased, thus increasing the thermodynamic driving force for Mg to react with oxygen in Ti. Because hydrogen can be easily removed from Ti by a simple heat treatment, it is used only as a temporary alloying element to destabilize the Ti-O systems. The thermodynamic approach described here is a breakthrough and is applicable to a range of different materials. This work is expected to provide an enabling solution to overcome one of the key scientific and technological hurdles to the additive manufacturing of metals, which is emerging rapidly as the future of the manufacturing industry.

  15. The XPS study of pyrochlore matrixes for the radioactive waste disposal

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    Teterin Anton Yu.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Two pyrochlore ceramic samples were studied in this work. The X-ray diffraction and the scanning electron microscopy showed that the ceramics with the calculated composition CaThSn2O7 was formed by the dominating pyrochlore phase with the traces of thorianite and hematite, while the CaThZr2O7 ceramics - by the dominating pyrochlore phase with the minor admixtures of thorianite and perovskite. The real compositions of pyrochlore phases determined by the scaning electron microscopy are Ca0.88Th0.92Sn2O6.72 and Ca0.84Th0.80Zr2O6.44. On the basis of the X-ray photoelectron spectral parameters of the outer and core electrons in the binding energy range of 0-1250 eV it was found that tin, zirconium and thorium in pyrochlore are at least 93%-94% tetravalent. Sn-O and Zr-O interatomic distances in BO6-octahedrons in the pyrochlore were found to be 0.210 nm and 0.220 nm, respectively, and these octahedrons are possible to be tetragonaly distorted.

  16. Natural occurrence and stability of pyrochlore in carbonatites, related hydrothermal systems, and weathering environments

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    Lumpkin, G.R. [Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, Menai, New South Wales (Australia). Materials Div.; Mariano, A.N.

    1996-08-01

    Stoichiometric and non-stoichiometric (defect) pyrochlores crystallize during the magmatic and late magmatic-hydrothermal phases of carbonatite emplacement (T > 450--550 C, P < 2 kb). Defect pyrochlores can also form at low temperatures in laterite horizons during weathering. After crystallization, pyrochlore is subject to alteration by hydrothermal fluids (T {approximately} 550--200 C) and ground water. Alteration occurs primarily by ion exchange of low valence A-site cations together with O, F, and OH ions. The high valence cations Th and U are generally immobile; however, the authors have documented one example of hydrothermal alteration involving loss of U together with cation exchange at the B-site in samples from Mountain Pass, California. During laterite accumulation, the cation exchange rate of pyrochlore greatly exceeds the rate of matrix dissolution. The exceptional durability of pyrochlore in natural environments is related to the stability of the B-site framework cations. In carbonatites, defect pyrochlores may contain significant amounts of Si (up to 7.6 wt% SiO{sub 2}) which is negatively correlated with Nb.

  17. Assessment of a modified and optimised method for determining chemical oxygen demand of solid substrates and solutions with high suspended solid content.

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    Raposo, F; de la Rubia, M A; Borja, R; Alaiz, M

    2008-07-15

    A modified approach to determine the chemical oxygen demand (COD) of solid substrates based on the DIN 38414-S9 standard method is proposed. The adapted procedure is assessed and compared with standard methods widely used for water and wastewater such as the American Public Health Association-American Water Works Association-Water Pollution Control Federation (APHA-AWWA-WPCF) standard methods 5220 B-open reflux (SM-OR) and 5220 D-closed reflux colorimetric (SM-CR). Solutions with high suspended concentration of solids, as well as digestates from an anaerobic reactor, were used during the comparative test. For solid substrates, the COD recovery was about 100% when the proposed method was used. For solutions with solid content higher than 20 g TS L(-1), the recovery was only completed when the proposed method was used, showing that the methods traditionally employed are not very appropriate for samples with the described characteristics. For instance, percentages of COD recovery in the ranges of 77.3-87.1% and 89.4-94.1% were achieved when the SM-OR and SM-CR methods were used, respectively.

  18. Magnetic Orders and Fluctuations in the Dipolar Pyrochlore Antiferromagnet

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    Cepas, Olivier; Shastry, B. Sriram

    2005-03-01

    While the classical Heisenberg antiferromagnet on the pyrochlore lattice does not order, we will discuss, from a theoretical standpoint, possible magnetic phases induced by the dipole-dipole interactions. Such interactions play a role in systems such as Gd2Ti2O7 or Gd2Sn2O7 in stabilizing exotic forms of magnetic order, a subject of current debate. We will also argue that the external magnetic field induces multiple transitions, one of which is associated with no obvious broken symmetry, but can be characterized by a disorder parameter. Finally, Monte-Carlo simulations and Landau-Ginzburg expansion show that the dipolar Heisenberg model exhibits a fluctuation-induced first-order transition, thanks to the frustration and a continuous set of soft modes.

  19. Anisotropy-Tuned Magnetic Order in Pyrochlore Iridates

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    Lefrançois, E.; Simonet, V.; Ballou, R.; Lhotel, E.; Hadj-Azzem, A.; Kodjikian, S.; Lejay, P.; Manuel, P.; Khalyavin, D.; Chapon, L. C.

    2015-06-01

    The magnetic behavior of polycrystalline samples of Er2Ir2O7 and Tb2Ir2O7 pyrochlores is studied by magnetization measurements and neutron diffraction. Both compounds undergo a magnetic transition at 140 and 130 K, respectively, associated with an ordering of the Ir sublattice, signaled by thermomagnetic hysteresis. In Tb2Ir2O7 , we show that the Ir molecular field leads the Tb magnetic moments to order below 40 K in the all-in-all-out magnetic arrangement. No sign of magnetic long-range order on the Er sublattice is evidenced in Er2Ir2O7 down to 0.6 K where a spin freezing is detected. These contrasting behaviors result from the competition between the Ir molecular field and the different single-ion anisotropy of the rare-earth elements on which it is acting. Additionally, this strongly supports the all-in-all-out iridium magnetic order.

  20. Structural and vibrational investigations on Ge{sub 34}Sb{sub 66} solid solutions produced by mechanical alloying

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    Rebelo, Q.H.F.; Cotta, E.A. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Amazonas, 69077-000 Manaus, Amazonas (Brazil); Souza, S.M. de, E-mail: s.michielon@gmail.com [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Amazonas, 69077-000 Manaus, Amazonas (Brazil); Trichês, D.M. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Amazonas, 69077-000 Manaus, Amazonas (Brazil); Machado, K.D. [Departamento de Física, Centro Politécnico, Universidade Federal do Paraná, 81531-990 Curitiba, Paraná (Brazil); Lima, J.C. de; Grandi, T.A. [Departamento de Física, Centro de Ciências Exatas, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, 88040-900 Florianópolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Poffo, C.M. [Departamento de Eng. Mecânica, Centro de Ciências Tecnológicas, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, 88040-900 Florianópolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Manzato, L. [Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Amazonas, 69075-351 Manaus, Amazonas (Brazil)

    2013-10-25

    Highlights: •A Ge{sub 34}Sb{sub 66} solid solution was prepared by mechanical alloying. •X-ray diffraction results indicate complete dissolution of Ge on the Sb matrix. •Raman measurements indicate the presence of nanocrystalline Ge dispersed in the matrix. -- Abstract: A nanostructured solid solution Ge{sub 34}Sb{sub 66} was produced from Ge and Sb by mechanical alloying and its structural and vibrational properties were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The Rietveld refinement of the XRD measurements allowed the investigation of the evolution of the solid solution with the milling time. The Bragg peaks of the Sb solvent phase showed a strongly reflection-indices-dependent line broadening due to the spatial variation of the Sb/Ge ratio. The asymmetric broadening in the deformed peaks was analyzed considering the Stephens model. Volume fractions of crystalline and interfacial components of the milled powder were estimated from the XRD patterns. Although XRD measurements indicated the formation of a solid solution, Raman measurements revealed the presence of nanocrystalline Ge, and its crystallite size was estimated from the Raman analysis.

  1. Community Solutions to Solid Waste Pollution. Operation Waste Watch: The New Three Rs for Elementary School. Grade 6. [Second Edition.

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    Virginia State Dept. of Waste Management, Richmond. Div. of Litter & Recycling.

    This publication, the last in a series of seven for elementary schools, is an environmental education curriculum guide with a focus on waste management issues. It contains a unit of exercises selected for sixth grade students focusing on community solutions to solid waste pollution. Waste management activities included in this unit seek to…

  2. The activity of cobalt and silicon in the Co - Si system with special focus on the {alpha} - Co solid solution

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    Lexa, D.; Kematick, R.J.; Myers, C.E. [Binghamton Univ. - SUNY, NY (United States). Dept. of Chemistry and Institute for Materials Research

    1997-08-01

    The activities of cobalt and silicon at 1463 K have been determined across the whole composition range in the Co - Si system, including the {alpha} - Co solid solution, for which no activity data were previously available. Simple and reactive Knudsen effusion mass spectroscopy employed in this work were shown to successfully overcome problems normally encountered in studying high-temperature solid binary systems, such as slow equilibration and low partial pressures of the components. The composition dependence of the cobalt activities within the {alpha} - Co solid solution phase was used to calculate the self-interaction coefficients of silicon in {alpha} - Co: ln {gamma}{sub Si} = 10.4 {+-} 0.2 and {epsilon}{sub Si}{sup (Si)} = 18.6 {+-} 0.8. The regular solution model was shown to be a fairly good description of the {alpha} - Co solid solution, with an energy parameter Z{sub CoSi} of -120 {+-} 5 kJ{center_dot}mol{sup -1}. The results compare well with literature data on similar systems, such as Fe - Si and Ni - Si.

  3. Molten-salt synthesis and composition-dependent luminescent properties of barium tungsto-molybdate-based solid solution phosphors

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    Xiang-Hong, He; Zhao-Lian, Ye; Ming-Yun, Guan; Ning, Lian; Jian-Hua, Sun

    2016-02-01

    Pr3+-activated barium tungsto-molybdate solid solution phosphor Ba(Mo1-zWz)O4:Pr3+ is successfully fabricated via a facile molten-salt approach. The as-synthesized microcrystal is of truncated octahedron and exhibits deep-red-emitting upon blue light excitation. Powder x-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy techniques are utilized to investigate the formation of solid solution phosphor. The luminescence behaviors depend on the resulting composition of the microcrystals with fixed Pr3+-doping concentration, while the host lattices remain in a scheelite structure. The forming solid solution via the substitution of [WO4] for [MoO4] can significantly enhance its luminescence, which may be due to the fact that Ba(Mo1-zWz)O4:Pr3+ owns well-defined facets and uniform morphologies. Owing to its properties of high phase purity, well-defined facets, highly uniform morphologies, exceptional chemical and thermal stabilities, and stronger emission intensity, the resulting solid solution phosphor is expected to find potential applications in phosphor-converted white light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Project supported by the Construction Fund for Science and Technology Innovation Group from Jiangsu University of Technology, China, the Key Laboratory of Atmospheric Environment Monitoring and Pollution Control, China (Grant No. KHK1409), the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, China, and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 21373103).

  4. Preparation and Characterization of CeO2-ZrO2 Solid Solution Ultrafine Particles Using Reversed Microemulsion

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    An Yuan; Li Li; Wang Jun; Shen Meiqing

    2005-01-01

    Ce0.6Zr0.4O2 solid solution ultrafine particle was prepared in the cyclohexane/water/OP-10/n-hexanol reversed microemulsion. The quasi-ternary phase diagram investigations showed that the system has narrow W/O type microemulison region, so it is the proper system to prepare Ce0.6Zr0.4O2 solid solution ultrafine particle. Some physical-chemical techniques such as TG/DTA, XRD, BET, and HRTEM are used to characterize the resultant powders. The results show that the fluorite cubic Ce0.6Zr0.4O2 solid solution is obtained at 400 ℃. The surface area is (146.7 m2·g-1), which is higher than the surface area for sol-gel prepared sample (59.5 m2·g-1). HRTEM images indicated that the Ce0.6Zr0.4O2 solid solution ultrafine particle is well-crystallized, narrow size distribution, less agglomeration, within mean size of 5~7 nm.

  5. Strain effects in Nb3Al multifilamentary conductors prepared by phase transformation from bcc supersaturated-solid solution

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    Takeuchi, T.; Iijima, Y.; Inoue, K.; Wada, H.; Haken, ten B.; Kate, ten H.H.J.; Fukuda, K.; Iwaki, G.; Sakai, S.; Moriai, H.

    1997-01-01

    Strain effects on critical current densities have been examined for conductors containing nearly stoichiometric Nb3Al filaments with fine grains. The Nb3Al phase in these multifilamentary conductors are prepared by phase transformation from supersaturated Nb(Al) bcc solid solution and show high-fiel

  6. Optical and Piezoelectric Study of KNN Solid Solutions Co-Doped with La-Mn and Eu-Fe

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    Jesús-Alejandro Peña-Jiménez

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The solid-state method was used to synthesize single phase potassium-sodium niobate (KNN co-doped with the La3+–Mn4+ and Eu3+–Fe3+ ion pairs. Structural determination of all studied solid solutions was accomplished by XRD and Rietveld refinement method. Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR studies were performed to determine the oxidation state of paramagnetic centers. Optical spectroscopy measurements, excitation, emission and decay lifetime were carried out for each solid solution. The present study reveals that doping KNN with La3+–Mn4+ and Eu3+–Fe3+ at concentrations of 0.5 mol % and 1 mol %, respectively, improves the ferroelectric and piezoelectric behavior and induce the generation of optical properties in the material for potential applications.

  7. Spin dynamics in perovskites, pyrochlores, and layered manganites

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    Oseroff, S. B. [San Diego State University, San Diego, California 29182-8062 (United States); Moreno, N. O. [Instituto de Fisica ' ' Gleb Wataghin' ' UNICAMP, Campinas, Sao Paulo 13083-970, (Brazil); Pagliuso, P. G. [Instituto de Fisica ' ' Gleb Wataghin' ' UNICAMP, Campinas, Sao Paulo 13083-970, (Brazil); Rettori, C. [Instituto de Fisica ' ' Gleb Wataghin' ' UNICAMP, Campinas, Sao Paulo 13083-970, (Brazil); Huber, D. L. [University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (United States); Gardner, J. S. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); Sarrao, J. L. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); Thompson, J. D. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); Causa, M. T. [Centro Atomico Bariloche and Instituto Balseiro, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica and Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche, (Argentina); Alejandro, G. [Centro Atomico Bariloche and Instituto Balseiro, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica and Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche, (Argentina)] (and others)

    2000-05-01

    High temperature electron spin resonance (ESR) and magnetic susceptibility ({chi}) are analyzed for manganites related with colossal magnetoresistance (CMR). The properties of compounds with different crystalline structures: three-dimensional (3D) perovskites, pyrochlore, and La{sub 1.2}Sr{sub 1.8}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7}, a two-dimensional layer, are compared. In the paramagnetic regime, and outside the critical regions associated with phase transitions, the temperature dependence of the ESR linewidth presents a universal behavior dominated by the variations of {chi}(T), {delta}H{sub pp}(T)=[C/T{chi}(T)]{delta}H{sub pp}({infinity}). The high temperature limit of the linewidth, {delta}H{sub pp}({infinity}), is related to the parameters of the Hamiltonian describing the interactions of the spin system. The role played by magnetic anisotropy, isotropic superexchange, and double exchange is revealed and discussed in the analysis of the experimental data. In CMR and non-CMR pyrochlores, {delta}H{sub pp}({infinity}){proportional_to}{omega}{sub p}{sup 2}/J where J is proportional to the Curie-Weiss temperature, including the hybridization mechanism producing CMR. Instead, {delta}H{sub pp}({infinity}) of CMR perovskites seems not to be affected by the double-exchange interaction. In contrast with the 3D perovskites, the ESR linewidth and resonance field of La{sub 1.2}Sr{sub 1.8}Mn{sub 2}O{sub 7}, a bilayer compound, although isotropic at high temperatures, becomes anisotropic for T{sub c}=125 K

  8. Understanding the defect chemistry of alkali metal strontium silicate solid solutions: insights from experiment and theory

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    Bayliss, Ryan D.

    2014-09-24

    © the Partner Organisations 2014. Recent reports of remarkably high oxide ion conduction in a new family of strontium silicates have been challenged. It has recently been demonstrated that, in the nominally potassium substituted strontium germanium silicate material, the dominant charge carrier was not the oxygen ion, and furthermore that the material was not single phase (R. D. Bayliss et. al., Energy Environ. Sci., 2014, DOI: 10.1039/c4ee00734d). In this work we re-investigate the sodium-doped strontium silicate material that was reported to exhibit the highest oxide ion conductivity in the solid solution, nominally Sr0.55Na0.45SiO2.775. The results show lower levels of total conductivity than previously reported and sub-micron elemental mapping demonstrates, in a similar manner to that reported for the Sr0.8K0.2Si0.5Ge0.5O2.9 composition, an inhomogeneous chemical distribution correlating with a multiphase material. It is also shown that the conductivity is not related to protonic mobility. A density functional theory computational approach provides a theoretical justification for these new results, related to the high energetic costs associated with oxygen vacancy formation. This journal is

  9. The solid solution Ba5.78Pb1.22F12Cl2

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    Matthias Weil

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, hexabarium lead(II dodecafluoride dichloride, is a solid solution in the system Pb7F12Cl2–Ba7F12Cl2 and crystallizes isotypically with the ordered modification of the parent compounds in the space group P-6. The coordination polyhedra of the three different metal sites are distorted tricapped trigonal prisms with F7Cl2 coordination sets for two of these sites (Wyckoff positions 3k and 3j, each with site symmetry m.., and the remaining site being exclusively coordinated by fluoride ions (1a, -6... By sharing faces, a three-dimensional structure is accomplished. The three metal sites have remarkably different occupancies by the two types of metal ions. Whereas the site on the 3k position shows only a minor incorporation of Pb2+ [occupancy ratio Ba:Pb = 0.93 (4:0.07 (4], the 3j site shows the highest amount of incorporated Pb2+ [Ba:Pb = 0.71 (5:29 (5]. The occupancy ratio with respect to the 1a site is Ba:Pb = 0.86 (5:0.14 (5.

  10. Carbon enters silica forming a cristobalite-type CO2-SiO2 solid solution

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    Santoro, Mario; Gorelli, Federico A.; Bini, Roberto; Salamat, Ashkan; Garbarino, Gaston; Levelut, Claire; Cambon, Olivier; Haines, Julien

    2014-04-01

    Extreme conditions permit unique materials to be synthesized and can significantly update our view of the periodic table. In the case of group IV elements, carbon was always considered to be distinct with respect to its heavier homologues in forming oxides. Here we report the synthesis of a crystalline CO2-SiO2 solid solution by reacting carbon dioxide and silica in a laser-heated diamond anvil cell (P=16-22 GPa, T>4,000 K), showing that carbon enters silica. Remarkably, this material is recovered to ambient conditions. X-ray diffraction shows that the crystal adopts a densely packed α-cristobalite structure (P41212) with carbon and silicon in fourfold coordination to oxygen at pressures where silica normally adopts a sixfold coordinated rutile-type stishovite structure. An average formula of C0.6(1)Si0.4(1)O2 is consistent with X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy results. These findings may modify our view on oxide chemistry, which is of great interest for materials science, as well as Earth and planetary sciences.

  11. Transport properties of Ho1- x Lu x B12 solid solutions

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    Gabáni, S.; Bat'ko, I.; Bat'ková, M.; Flachbart, K.; Gaz̆o, E.; Pristás̆, G.; Takác̆ová, I.; Bogach, A. V.; Sluchanko, N. E.; Shitsevalova, N. Yu.

    2013-05-01

    Our studies of Ho1- x Lu x B12 solid solutions have shown that the temperature of antiferromagnetic (AF) order in geometrically frustrated system of HoB12 ( T N = 7.4 K) is linearly suppressed to zero temperature, i.e. T N → 0, as lutetium concentration increases to x→ x c ≈ 0.9. In this contribution, we present original results of electrical resistivity measurements on Ho1- x Lu x B12 single crystalline samples with x = 0, 0.2, 0.5, 0.7, 0.9, 1 in the temperature range 0.06-300 K and in magnetic fields ( B) up to 8 T. Complex B vs T N phase diagrams were received from precise temperature ρ( T) and field ρ( B) dependences of resistivity with several AF phases for x ≤ 0.5 pointing to a possibility of quantum critical point at x c ≈ 0.9. The scattering of conduction electrons in the AF phase and in the paramagnetic phase as well as Hall effect results are analyzed and discussed for various concentrations x, when magnetic dilution increases with the increasing content of nonmagnetic Lu ions in the Ho1- x Lu x B12 system.

  12. The investigation of phenol removal from aqueous solutions by zeolites as solid adsorbents.

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    Damjanović, Ljiljana; Rakić, Vesna; Rac, Vladislav; Stošić, Dušan; Auroux, Aline

    2010-12-15

    This work reports results on phenol adsorption from aqueous solutions on synthetic BEA (β) and MFI (ZSM-5) zeolites, studied by heat-flow microcalorimetry. For the sake of comparison, the adsorption was performed on activated carbon, a solid customarily used for removal of phenol from water. The obtained values of heats evolved during phenol adsorption indicate the heterogeneity of active sites present on the investigated systems for the adsorption of phenol. In addition, the amounts of adsorbed pollutant were determined and presented in the form of adsorption isotherms, which were interpreted using Langmuir, Freundlich, Dubinin-Astakov and Sips' equations. The latter was found to express high level of agreement with experimental data. The results obtained in this work reveal that the adsorption of phenol on zeolites depends on both Si/Al ratio and on the pore size. Hydrophobic zeolites that possess higher contents of Si show higher affinities for phenol adsorption. Among investigated zeolites, zeolite β possesses the highest capacity for adsorption of phenol. The possibility of regeneration of used adsorbents was investigated by thermal desorption technique. It has been shown that in the case of β zeolite the majority of adsorbed phenol is easily released in the low temperature region.

  13. Adsorption of Cr(VI) and Pb(II) from aqueous solution using agricultural solid waste.

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    Geetha, A; Sivakumar, P; Sujatha, M; Palanisamy, P N

    2009-04-01

    Areca nut shell, an agricultural solid waste by-product, has been studied for the removal of heavy metals Cr(VI) and Pb(II) from aqueous solution. Parameters, such as equilibrium time, effect of initial metal ion concentration, effect of pH on the removal, were analyzed. An initial pH of 4.0 was found most favourable for Cr(VI) removal and 5.0 for Pb(II) removal. Two theoretical isotherm models, namely Langmuir and Freundlich, were analyzed for the applicability of the experimental data. The Langmuir adsorption capacity (Q0) was calculated. The results of thermodynamic parameters suggest the exothermic nature of the adsorption. The desorption studies were carried out using dilute hydrochloric acid. Maximum desorption of 88% for Cr(VI) and 91% for Pb(II) were achieved. Areca nut shell waste, the low cost adsorbent is found to be effective in the removal of Cr(VI) and Pb(II) ions, and hence it can be applied for the removal of heavy metals from industrial wastewater.

  14. Adsorption mechanisms of removing heavy metals and dyes from aqueous solution using date pits solid adsorbent.

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    Al-Ghouti, Mohammad A; Li, Juiki; Salamh, Yousef; Al-Laqtah, Nasir; Walker, Gavin; Ahmad, Mohammad N M

    2010-04-15

    A potential usefulness of raw date pits as an inexpensive solid adsorbent for methylene blue (MB), copper ion (Cu(2+)), and cadmium ion (Cd(2+)) has been demonstrated in this work. This work was conducted to provide fundamental information from the study of equilibrium adsorption isotherms and to investigate the adsorption mechanisms in the adsorption of MB, Cu(2+), and Cd(2+) onto raw date pits. The fit of two models, namely Langmuir and Freundlich models, to experimental data obtained from the adsorption isotherms was checked. The adsorption capacities of the raw date pits towards MB and both Cu(2+) and Cd(2+) ions obtained from Langmuir and Freundlich models were found to be 277.8, 35.9, and 39.5 mg g(-1), respectively. Surface functional groups on the raw date pits surface substantially influence the adsorption characteristics of MB, Cu(2+), and Cd(2+) onto the raw date pits. The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) studies show clear differences in both absorbances and shapes of the bands and in their locations before and after solute adsorption. Two mechanisms were observed for MB adsorption, hydrogen bonding and electrostatic attraction, while other mechanisms were observed for Cu(2+) and Cd(2+). For Cu(2+), binding two cellulose/lignin units together is the predominant mechanism. For Cd(2+), the predominant mechanism is by binding itself using two hydroxyl groups in the cellulose/lignin unit. 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Unique Challenges for Modeling Defect Dynamics in Concentrated Solid-Solution Alloys

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    Zhao, Shijun; Weber, William J.; Zhang, Yanwen

    2017-07-01

    Recently developed concentrated solid solution alloys (CSAs) are shown to have improved performance under irradiation that depends strongly on the number of alloying elements, alloying species, and their concentrations. In contrast to conventional dilute alloys, CSAs are composed of multiple principal elements situated randomly in a simple crystalline lattice. As a result, the intrinsic disorder has a profound influence on energy dissipation pathways and defect evolution when these CSAs are subjected to energetic particle irradiation. Extraordinary irradiation resistance, including suppression of void formation by two orders of magnitude at an elevated temperature, has been achieved with increasing compositional complexity in CSAs. Unfortunately, the loss of translational invariance associated with the intrinsic chemical disorder poses great challenges to theoretical modeling at the electronic and atomic levels. Based on recent computer simulation results for a set of novel Ni-containing, face-centered cubic CSAs, we review theoretical modeling progress in handling disorder in CSAs and underscore the impact of disorder on defect dynamics. We emphasize in particular the unique challenges associated with the description of defect dynamics in CSAs.

  16. Adsorption of phenol and reactive dye from aqueous solution on activated carbons derived from solid wastes.

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    Nakagawa, Kyuya; Namba, Akio; Mukai, Shin R; Tamon, Hajime; Ariyadejwanich, Pisit; Tanthapanichakoon, Wiwut

    2004-04-01

    Activated carbons were produced from several solid wastes, namely, waste PET, waste tires, refuse derived fuel and wastes generated during lactic acid fermentation from garbage. Activated carbons having various pore size distributions were obtained by the conventional steam-activation method and via the pre-treatment method (i.e., mixture of raw materials with a metal salt, carbonization and acid treatment prior to steam-activation) that was proposed by the authors. The liquid-phase adsorption characteristics of organic compounds from aqueous solution on the activated carbons were determined to confirm the applicability of these carbons, where phenol and a reactive dye, Black5, were employed as representative adsorbates. The hydrophobic surface of the carbons prepared was also confirmed by water vapor adsorption. The characteristics of a typical commercial activated carbon were also measured and compared. It was found that the activated carbons with plentiful mesopores prepared from PET and waste tires had quite high adsorption capacity for large molecules. Therefore they are useful for wastewater treatment, especially, for removal of bulky adsorbates.

  17. Stacking fault energy measurements in solid solution strengthened Ni-Cr-Fe alloys using synchrotron radiation

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    Unfried-Silgado, Jimy [Metals Characterization and Processing Laboratory, Brazilian Nanothecnology National Laboratory - CNPEM/ABTLuS, Caixa Postal 6192, CEP 13083-970, Campinas, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Universidade Estadual de Campinas UNICAMP, Faculdade de Engenharia Mecanica FEM, Campinas (Brazil); Universidad Autonoma del Caribe, Grupo IMTEF, Ingenieria Mecanica, Barranquilla (Colombia); Wu, Leonardo [Metals Characterization and Processing Laboratory, Brazilian Nanothecnology National Laboratory - CNPEM/ABTLuS, Caixa Postal 6192, CEP 13083-970, Campinas, Sao Paulo (Brazil); Furlan Ferreira, Fabio [Universidade Federal do ABC, Centro de Ciencias Naturais e Humanas (CCNH), Sao Paulo (Brazil); Mario Garzon, Carlos [Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Departamento de Fisica, Bogota (Colombia); Ramirez, Antonio J, E-mail: antonio.ramirez@lnnano.org.br [Metals Characterization and Processing Laboratory, Brazilian Nanothecnology National Laboratory - CNPEM/ABTLuS, Caixa Postal 6192, CEP 13083-970, Campinas, Sao Paulo (Brazil)

    2012-12-15

    The stacking fault energy (SFE) in a set of experimental Ni-Cr-Fe alloys was determined using line profile analysis on synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements. The methodology used here is supported by the Warren-Averbach calculations and the relationships among the stacking fault probability ({alpha}) and the mean-square microstrain (<{epsilon}{sup 2}{sub L}>). These parameters were obtained experimentally from cold-worked and annealed specimens extracted from the set of studied Ni-alloys. The obtained results show that the SFE in these alloys is strongly influenced by the kind and quantity of addition elements. Different effects due to the action of carbide-forming elements and the solid solution hardening elements on the SFE are discussed here. The simultaneous addition of Nb, Hf, and, Mo, in the studied Ni-Cr-Fe alloys have generated the stronger decreasing of the SFE. The relationships between SFE and the contributions on electronic structure from each element of additions were established.

  18. Thermodynamic and kinetic destabilization of magnesium hydride using Mg-In solid solution alloys.

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    Zhou, Chengshang; Fang, Zhigang Zak; Lu, Jun; Zhang, Xiaoyi

    2013-07-31

    Efforts to thermodynamically destabilize magnesium hydride (MgH2), so that it can be used for practical hydrogen storage applications, have been a difficult challenge that has eluded scientists for decades. This letter reports that MgH2 can indeed be destabilized by forming solid solution alloys of magnesium with group III and IVB elements, such as indium. Results of this research showed that the equilibrium hydrogen pressure of a Mg-0.1In alloy is 70% higher than that of pure MgH2. The temperature at 1 bar hydrogen pressure (T1bar) of Mg-0.1In alloy was reduced to 262.9 °C from 278.9 °C, which is the T1bar of pure MgH2. Furthermore, the kinetic rates of dehydrogenation of Mg-0.1In alloy hydride doped with a titanium intermetallic (TiMn2) catalyst were also significantly improved compared with those of MgH2.

  19. Carbon enters silica forming a cristobalite-type CO2-SiO2 solid solution.

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    Santoro, Mario; Gorelli, Federico A; Bini, Roberto; Salamat, Ashkan; Garbarino, Gaston; Levelut, Claire; Cambon, Olivier; Haines, Julien

    2014-04-30

    Extreme conditions permit unique materials to be synthesized and can significantly update our view of the periodic table. In the case of group IV elements, carbon was always considered to be distinct with respect to its heavier homologues in forming oxides. Here we report the synthesis of a crystalline CO2-SiO2 solid solution by reacting carbon dioxide and silica in a laser-heated diamond anvil cell (P = 16-22 GPa, T>4,000 K), showing that carbon enters silica. Remarkably, this material is recovered to ambient conditions. X-ray diffraction shows that the crystal adopts a densely packed α-cristobalite structure (P4(1)2(1)2) with carbon and silicon in fourfold coordination to oxygen at pressures where silica normally adopts a sixfold coordinated rutile-type stishovite structure. An average formula of C0.6(1)Si0.4(1)O2 is consistent with X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy results. These findings may modify our view on oxide chemistry, which is of great interest for materials science, as well as Earth and planetary sciences.

  20. Removal of Cl adsorbed on Mn-Ce-La solid solution catalysts during CVOC combustion.

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    Wang, Xingyi; Ran, Le; Dai, Yu; Lu, Yuanjiao; Dai, Qiguang

    2014-07-15

    Mn-Ce-La oxide-mixed catalysts prepared by the method of complexation followed by calcination at 750°C were tested in the catalytic combustion of chlorobenzene (CB) taken as a model of chlorinated aromatics. XRD analyses show that Mn and La enter CeO2 matrix with a fluorite-like structure to form solid solution. The catalysts with high ratio of Mn/Mn+Ce+La exhibit high activity for CB combustion, due to high oxygen mobility. For all Mn-Ce-La catalysts, deactivation due to Cl adsorption is observed at different temperatures, depending on composition. At 330°C or higher temperature, the removal of Cl species from the surface in the forms of Cl2 (produced through Deacon reaction) and HCl (produced through hydrolysis of Cl) occurs and the activity of catalysts for CB combustion becomes thus stable. Either the addition of water or the increase in gaseous oxygen concentration can promote the removal of Cl species, and thus to increase the activity for CB combustion. High stable activity of Mn-Ce-La catalysts can be related to the combination of good oxidation and Deacon reaction performances.

  1. Catalytic combustion study of soot on Ce0.7Zr0.3O2 solid solution

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    FANG Ping; LU Jiqing; XIAO Xiaoyan; LUO Mengfei

    2008-01-01

    The Ce0.7Zr0.3O2 solid solution and CeO2 were prepared using the sol-gel method. The phase structure, crystallite sizes and the reducibility of the catalysts were characterized by XRD and H2-TPR techniques. XRD results indicated that Zr4+ had replaced part of Ce4+ to form a fluorite-like solid solution, which was favorable to obtain ultrafine nanoparticles. The ratio of main H2 consumption for Ce0.7Zr0.3O2:CeO2 was 4.4:1.0, implying that the solid solution could improve the reducibility compared to the single CeO2. The Ce0.7Zr0.3O2 solid solution catalyst showed a sharp combustion peak at 397 oC, which was 200 oC lower than that of the single soot. The good catalytic activity of the Ce0.7Zr0.3O2 was attributed to the formation of nano-CeO2-based solid solution, which enhanced the reducibility and then improved the combustion activity. As Ce0.7Zr0.3O2 could be easily reduced to Ce0.7Zr0.3O2-x, meanwhile, after oxygenation, the Ce0.7Zr0.3O2-x was recovered to Ce0.7Zr0.3O2 completely. A catalytic combustion reaction mechanism was proposed: the Ce0.7Zr0.3O2 was reduced to Ce0.7Zr0.3O2-x by the reaction with carbon and then it was recovered to Ce0.7Zr0.3O2-x by the interaction with O2.

  2. Coatable Li4 SnS4 Solid Electrolytes Prepared from Aqueous Solutions for All-Solid-State Lithium-Ion Batteries.

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    Choi, Young Eun; Park, Kern Ho; Kim, Dong Hyeon; Oh, Dae Yang; Kwak, Hi Ram; Lee, Young-Gi; Jung, Yoon Seok

    2017-06-22

    Bulk-type all-solid-state lithium-ion batteries (ASLBs) for large-scale energy-storage applications have emerged as a promising alternative to conventional lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) owing to their superior safety. However, the electrochemical performance of bulk-type ASLBs is critically limited by the low ionic conductivity of solid electrolytes (SEs) and poor ionic contact between the active materials and SEs. Herein, highly conductive (0.14 mS cm(-1) ) and dry-air-stable SEs (Li4 SnS4 ) are reported, which are prepared using a scalable aqueous-solution process. An active material (LiCoO2 ) coated by solidified Li4 SnS4 from aqueous solutions results in a significant improvement in the electrochemical performance of ASLBs. Side-effects of the exposure of LiCoO2 to aqueous solutions are minimized by using predissolved Li4 SnS4 solution. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  3. Simple thermodynamic model of the extension of solid solution of Cu-Mo alloys processed by mechanical alloying

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    Aguilar, C., E-mail: claudio.aguilar@usm.cl [Departamento de Ingenieria Metalurgica y de Materiales, Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Avenida Espana 1680, Valparaiso (Chile); Guzman, D. [Departamento de Metalurgia, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Atacama, Av. Copayapu 485, Copiapo (Chile); Rojas, P.A. [Escuela de Ingenieria Mecanica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso, Av. Los Carrera 01567, Quilpue (Chile); Ordonez, Stella [Departamento de Ingenieria Metalurgica, Facultad de Ingenieria, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Av. L. Bernardo O' Higgins 3363, Santiago (Chile); Rios, R. [Instituto de Materiales y Procesos Termomecanicos, Facultad de Ciencias de la Ingenieria, Universidad Austral de Chile, General Lagos 2086, Valdivia (Chile)

    2011-08-15

    Highlights: {yields} Extension of solid solution in Cu-Mo systems achieved by mechanical alloying. {yields} Simple thermodynamic model to explain extension of solid solution of Mo in Cu. {yields} Model gives results that are consistent with the solubility limit extension reported in other works. - Abstract: The objective of this work is proposing a simple thermodynamic model to explain the increase in the solubility limit of the powders of the Cu-Mo systems or other binary systems processed by mechanical alloying. In the regular solution model, the effects of crystalline defects, such as; dislocations and grain boundary produced during milling were introduced. The model gives results that are consistent with the solubility limit extension reported in other works for the Cu-Cr, Cu-Nb and Cu-Fe systems processed by mechanical alloying.

  4. Prediction of Solid-Liquid Equilibrium for KCl in Mixed Water-Ethanol Solutions Using the LIQUAC Model

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    LIN Yangzheng; LI Jiding; ZENG Chuyi; CHEN Cuixian

    2005-01-01

    The LIQUAC model is often used to predict vapor-liquid equilibria, osmotic coefficients, and mean ion activity coefficients for electrolyte systems. This paper describes a thermodynamic method to analyze solid-liquid equilibrium for electrolytes in mixed solvents solutions using the LIQUAC model. The KCl solubilities in mixed water-ethanol solutions are predicted with the LIQUAC model and its original interaction parameters. This method is also used to obtain new K+-ethanol interaction parameters in the LIQUAC model from the solubility data. The new interaction parameters accurately predict the vapor-liquid equilibrium data of K+ salts (including KCl, KBr, and KCOOCH3) in mixed water-ethanol solutions. The results illustrate the flexibility of the LIQUAC model which can predict not only vapor-liquid equilibrium but also solid-liquid equilibrium in mixed solvent systems.

  5. Convergent solid-phase and solution approaches in the synthesis of the cysteine-rich Mdm2 RING finger domain.

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    Vasileiou, Zoe; Barlos, Kostas; Gatos, Dimitrios

    2009-12-01

    The RING finger domain of the Mdm2, located at the C-terminus of the protein, is necessary for regulation of p53, a tumor suppressor protein. The 48-residues long Mdm2 peptide is an important target for studying its interaction with small anticancer drug candidates. For the chemical synthesis of the Mdm2 RING finger domain, the fragment condensation on solid-phase and the fragment condensation in solution were studied. The latter method was performed using either protected or free peptides at the C-terminus as the amino component. Best results were achieved using solution condensation where the N-component was applied with the C-terminal carboxyl group left unprotected. The developed method is well suited for large-scale synthesis of Mdm2 RING finger domain, combining the advantages of both solid-phase and solution synthesis.

  6. Synthesis, magnetic properties and Moessbauer spectroscopy for the pyrochlore family Bi{sub 2}BB Prime O{sub 7} with B=Cr and Fe and B Prime =Nb, Ta and Sb

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    Blanco, Maria C. [INFIQC (CONICET), Dpto. de Fisicoquimica, Fac. de Ciencias Quimicas, U.N.C., Cordoba (X5000HUA) (Argentina); Franco, Diego G. [INFIQC (CONICET), Dpto. de Fisicoquimica, Fac. de Ciencias Quimicas, U.N.C., Cordoba (X5000HUA) (Argentina); Centro Atomico Bariloche - CNEA, Av. E. Bustillo 9500, S.C. de Bariloche (8500), R.N. (Argentina); Jalit, Yamile; Pannunzio Miner, Elisa V. [INFIQC (CONICET), Dpto. de Fisicoquimica, Fac. de Ciencias Quimicas, U.N.C., Cordoba (X5000HUA) (Argentina); Berndt, Graciele; Paesano, Andrea [Departamento de Fisica, Universidade Estadual de Maringa, Parana (Brazil); Nieva, Gladys [Centro Atomico Bariloche - CNEA, Av. E. Bustillo 9500, S.C. de Bariloche (8500), R.N. (Argentina); Carbonio, Raul E., E-mail: carbonio@mail.fcq.unc.edu.ar [INFIQC (CONICET), Dpto. de Fisicoquimica, Fac. de Ciencias Quimicas, U.N.C., Cordoba (X5000HUA) (Argentina)

    2012-08-15

    The samples Bi{sub 2}BB Prime O{sub 7}, with B=Cr and Fe and B Prime =Nb, Ta and Sb were prepared by solid state method. The crystallographic structure was investigated on the basis of X-ray powder diffraction data. Rietveld refinements show that the crystal structure is cubic, space group Fd-3m. The Bi{sup 3+} cation on the eight-coordinate pyrochlore A-site shows displacive disorder, as a consequence of its lone pair electron configuration. There is also a considerable A-site disorder shown by Rietveld Analysis and confirmed in the case of the iron containing samples with Moessbauer spectroscopy. The magnetic measurements show paramagnetic behavior at all temperatures for the Cr oxides. The Fe pyrochlores show antiferromagnetic order around 10 K.

  7. Structural, dielectric, and ferroelectric properties of the (1-x)PbTiO₃-xBiAlO₃ solid solution.

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    Yu, Huichun; Ren, Wei; Ye, Zuo-Guang

    2010-10-01

    Ferroelectric ceramics derived from the solid solution of (1-x)PbTiO₃-xBiAlO₃ (x = 0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, and 0.18) have been synthesized by solid-state reactions. A pure perovskite phase is formed for 0 ≤ x ≤ 0.15. The tetragonality (c/a) of the solid solution decreases with the increasing amount of BiAlO₃. Scanning electron microscopic images reveal a microstructure with a fine grain size of less than 1 μm for the solid solution ceramics (x ≥ 0.05). Compared with pure PbTiOPbTiO₃ ceramics whose high conductivity and poor densification were harmful to their dielectric performance, the ceramics of (1-x)PbTiO₃-xBiAlO₃ are well-densified (with a relative density of up to 93%) and their dielectric and ferroelectric properties are significantly improved with the addition of BiAlO₃, exhibiting reduced dielectric losses, well-developed P-E hysteresis loops (for x = 0.05, 0.10, and 0.15) and a high remnant polarization (P(r)) of 64 μC/cm² (for x = 0.15).

  8. Dissolution Kinetics of Titanium Pyrochlore Ceramics at 90?C by Single-Pass Flow-Through Experiments

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    Icenhower, Jonathan P.; McGrail, B. Peter; Schaef, Herbert T.; Cordova, Elsa A.

    2000-12-01

    Corrosion resistances of titanium-based ceramics are quantified using single-pass flow-through (SPFT) experiments. The materials tested include simple pyrochlore group (B2Ti2O7, where B=Lu^3+ or Gd^3+) and complex multiphase materials that are either pyrochlore- (PY12) or zirconolite-dominated (BSL3). Experiments are conducted at 90?C over a range of pH-buffered conditions with typical duration of experiments in excess of 120 days. Apparent steady-state dissolution rates at pH=2 determined on the Gd2Ti2O7 and Lu2Ti2O7 samples indicate congruent dissolution, with rates of the former (1.3x10^-3 to 4.3x10^-3) slightly faster than the latter (4.4x10^-4 to 7.0x10^-4 g m^-2 d^-1). Rates for PY12 materials into pH=2 solutions are 5.9x10^-5 to 8.6x10^-5 g m^-2 d^-1. In contrast, experiments with BSL3 material do not reach steady-state conditions, and appear to undergo rapid physical and chemical corrosion into solution. At faster flow-through rates, dissolution rates display a shallow amphoteric behavior, with a minimum (4.6x10^-5 to 5.8x10^-5 g m^-2 d^-1) near pH values of 7. Dissolution rates display a measurable increase (~10X) with increasing flow-through rate indicating the strong influence that chemical affinity asserts on the system. These results step towards an evaluation of the corrosion mechanism and an evaluation of the long-term performance of Pu-bearing titanite engineered materials in the subsurface.

  9. Phase Formation and Thermal Stability of fcc (Fluorite) Ce1−xTbxO2−δ Solid Solutions

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    Vries, de K.J.; Meng, G-Y.

    1998-01-01

    Ce1−xTbxO2−δ solid solutions (x = 0.3, 0.4, and 0.5) were synthesized by a coprecipitation method, using ammonia. The formation process of the solid solutions was studied as a function of temperature up to 1200°C by X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, and differential scanning calorimetry

  10. Tuning of Photoluminescence by Cation Nanosegregation in the (CaMg)(x)(NaSc)(1-x)Si2O6 Solid Solution.

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    Xia, Zhiguo; Liu, Guokui; Wen, Jianguo; Mei, Zhigang; Balasubramanian, Mahalingam; Molokeev, Maxim S; Peng, Licong; Gu, Lin; Miller, Dean J; Liu, Quanlin; Poeppelmeier, Kenneth R

    2016-02-03

    Controlled photoluminescence tuning is important for the optimization and modification of phosphor materials. Herein we report an isostructural solid solution of (CaMg)x(NaSc)1-xSi2O6 (0 solid solution is energetically unstable. It is shown that nanosegregation allows predictive control of color rendering and therefore provides a new method of phosphor development.

  11. Characterization of interactions between soil solid phase and soil solution in the initial ecosystem development phase

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    Zimmermann, Claudia; Schaaf, Wolfgang

    2010-05-01

    In the initial phase of soil formation interactions between solid and liquid phases and processes like mineral weathering, formation of reactive surfaces and accumulation of organic matter play a decisive role in developing soil properties. As part of the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre (SFB/TRR 38) 'Patterns and processes of initial ecosystem development' in an artificial catchment, these interactions are studied at the catchment 'Chicken Creek' (Gerwin et al. 2009). To link the interactions between soil solid phase and soil solution at the micro-scale with observed processes at the catchment scale, microcosm experiments under controlled laboratory conditions were carried out. Main objectives were to determine the transformation processes of C and N from litter decomposition within the gaseous, liquid and solid phase, the interaction with mineral surfaces and its role for the establishment of biogeochemical cycles. The microcosm experiments were established in a climate chamber at constant 10 ° C. In total 48 soil columns (diameter: 14.4 cm; height: 30 cm) were filled with two different quaternary substrates (sand and loamy sand) representing the textural variation within the catchment at a bulk density of 1.4-1.5 g*cm-3. The columns were automatically irrigated four times a day with 6.6 ml each (corresponding to 600 mm*yr-1). The gaseous phase in the headspace of the microcosms was analysed continuously for CO2 and N2O contents. C and N transformation processes were studied using 13C and 15N labelled litter of two different plant species occurring at the catchment (Lotus corniculatus, Calamagrostis epigejos) that was incorporated into the microcosm surface. All treatments including a control ran with four replicates over a period of 40 weeks. Two additional microcosms act as pure litter controls where substrate was replaced by glass pearls. Litter and substrate were analysed before and after the experiment. Percolate was continuously collected and

  12. Solid solution or amorphous phase formation in TiZr-based ternary to quinternary multi-principal-element films

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    Mariana Braic; Viorel Braic; Alina Vladescu; Catalin N. Zoita; Mihai Balaceanu

    2014-01-01

    TiZr-based multicomponent metallic films composed of 3-5 constituents with almost equal atomic concentrations were prepared by co-sputtering of pure metallic targets in an Ar atmosphere. X-ray diffraction was employed to determine phase composition, crystalline structure, lattice parameters, texture and crystallite size of the deposited films. The deposited films exhibited only solid solution (fcc, bcc or hcp) or amorphous phases, no intermetallic components being detected. It was found that the hcp structure was stabilized by the presence of Hf or Y, bcc by Nb or Al and fcc by Cu. For the investigated films, the atomic size difference, mixing enthalpy, mixing entropy, Gibbs free energy of mixing and the electronegativity difference for solid solution and amorphous phases were calculated based on Miedema's approach of the regular solution model. It was shown that the atomic size difference and the ratio between the Gibbs free energies of mixing of the solid solution and amorphous phases were the most significant parameters controlling the film crystallinity.

  13. Enthalpy of formation of quasicrystalline phase and ternary solid solutions in the Al-Fe-Cu system

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    I.A. Tomilin; S.D. Kaloshkin; V. V. Tcherdyntsev

    2006-01-01

    Standard enthalpies of formation of quasicrystalline phase and the ternary solid solutions in the Al-Fe-Cu system and the intermetallic compound FeAl were determined by the means of solution calorimetry. The quasicrystalline phase was prepared using two different methods. The first method (Ⅰ) consisted of ball milling the mixture of powders of pure aluminum copper and iron in a planetary mill with subsequent compacting by hot pressing and annealing. The second method (Ⅱ) consisted of arc melting of the components in argon atmosphere followed by annealing. The latter method was used for preparing the compound FeAl and the solid solutions. The phases were identified using the XRD method. The enthalpy of the formation was determined for the quasicrystalline phase of the composition Al62Cu25.5Fe12.5 and the ternary BCC solid solutions Al35Cu14Fe51, Al40Cu17Fe43, and Al50.4Cu19.6Fe30. The measured enthalpy of formation of the intermetallic com pound FeAl is in good agreement with the earlier published data. The enthaipies of formation of the quasicrystalline phases prepared using two different methods are close to each other, namely, -22.7±3.4 (method Ⅰ) and -21.3±2.1 (method Ⅱ)k J/mol.

  14. Optical and morphological characteristics of zinc selenide-zinc sulfide solid solution crystals

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    Singh, N. B.; Su, Ching-Hua; Arnold, Bradley; Choa, Fow-Sen

    2016-10-01

    Experiments were performed to study the effect of point defects on the optical and morphological characteristics of zinc selenide-zinc sulfide ZnSe-ZnS (ZnSexS(1-x)) solid solution crystals grown under terrestrial (1-g) condition. We used the composition ZnSe0.91S0.09 and ZnSe0.73S0.27 for the detailed studies. Crystals of 8 mm and 12 mm diameter were grown using physical vapor transport methods. These crystals did not exhibit gross defects such as voids, bubbles or precipitates. The photoluminescence spectra indicated strong red emission for the 610-630-nm wavelength region in both crystals. This emission could be explained on the basis of high energy irradiation of Zn selenide. For the ZnSe0.73S0.27 crystal, absorption starts at a lower wavelength range (300 nm) when compared to the ZnSe0.91S0.09 crystal presumably due to the much higher bandgap of ZnS than that of ZnSe. Sharp peaks at 451 and 455 nm were observed for both samples corresponding to the band edge transitions, followed by a strong peak at 632 nm. These results were consistent with the observations based on Raman spectroscopy studies. Under 532-nm laser illumination both transverse optical (TO) and longitudinal optical (LO) phonon peaks appeared at Raman shifts of 220 and 280 Δcm-1, respectively. These peaks are similar to those observed for pure ZnSe Raman spectra for which TO and LO occur at 200 and 250 Δcm-1 for the x-axis (first order) polarization.

  15. Quantum statistical effects in the mass transport of interstitial solutes in a crystalline solid

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    Woo, C. H.; Wen, Haohua

    2017-09-01

    The impact of quantum statistics on the many-body dynamics of a crystalline solid at finite temperatures containing an interstitial solute atom (ISA) is investigated. The Mori-Zwanzig theory allows the many-body dynamics of the crystal to be formulated and solved analytically within a pseudo-one-particle approach using the Langevin equation with a quantum fluctuation-dissipation relation (FDR) based on the Debye model. At the same time, the many-body dynamics is also directly solved numerically via the molecular dynamics approach with a Langevin heat bath based on the quantum FDR. Both the analytical and numerical results consistently show that below the Debye temperature of the host lattice, quantum statistics significantly impacts the ISA transport properties, resulting in major departures from both the Arrhenius law of diffusion and the Einstein-Smoluchowski relation between the mobility and diffusivity. Indeed, we found that below one-third of the Debye temperature, effects of vibrations on the quantum mobility and diffusivity are both orders-of-magnitude larger and practically temperature independent. We have shown that both effects have their physical origin in the athermal lattice vibrations derived from the phonon ground state. The foregoing theory is tested in quantum molecular dynamics calculation of mobility and diffusivity of interstitial helium in bcc W. In this case, the Arrhenius law is only valid in a narrow range between ˜300 and ˜700 K. The diffusivity becomes temperature independent on the low-temperature side while increasing linearly with temperature on the high-temperature side.

  16. Lithium ion conductivity of A-site deficient perovskite solid solutions

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    Harada, Yasuhiro; Watanabe, Hiroyuki; Kuwano, Jun; Saito, Yasukazu [Science Univ. of Tokyo (Japan). Faculty of Engineering

    1999-09-01

    Over twenty of A-site deficient perovskite solid solution with Li{sup +} ion conductivity (Li-ADPESSs) were prepared with the M and Li concentration fixed at M{sub 0.56}Li{sub 0.33}TiO{sub 3} in the five series: (A) (La{sub 1-X}Nd{sub X}){sub 0.56}Li{sub 0.33}TiO{sub 3}, (B) La{sub 0.56}Li{sub 0.33}M(IV){sub X}Ti{sub 1-X}O{sub 3}[M(IV)=Zr,Hf], (C) (Ca{sub 1-X}Sr{sub X}){sub 0.56}Li{sub 0.33}Ta{sub 0.56}Ti{sub 0.44}O{sub 3}, (D) (Ca{sub 1-X}Sr{sub X}){sub 0.56}Li{sub 0.33}Fe{sub 0.225}Ta{sub 0.775}O{sub 3}, (E) Sr{sub 0.56}Li{sub 0.33}M(vertical stroke vertical stroke vertical stroke){sub 0.225}Ta{sub 0.775}O{sub 3}[M(vertical stroke vertical stroke vertical stroke)=Cr,Fe,Co,Ga,Y]. Except for the few, the quenched samples were the {alpha}-form with disordered arrangement of the A-site ions. The relation between bulk conductivity ({sigma}{sub b}) and the cube root (V{sup 1/3}) of the perovskite cell volume showed a maximum at V{sup 1/3}{approx}387 pm for the series A, B and at V{sup 1/3}{approx}395 pm for the series C-E, respectively. The perovskite framework containing less covalent, large cations calls for a large optimal cell volume for fast conduction. (orig.)

  17. Thermoelastic properties of grossular–andradite solid solution at high pressures and temperatures

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    Fan, Dawei; Kuang, Yunqian; Xu, Jingui; Li, Bo; Zhou, Wenge; Xie, Hongsen

    2016-09-21

    The pressure–volume–temperature (P–V–T) equation of state (EoS) of synthetic grossular (Grs)–andradite (And) solid-solution garnet sample have been measured at high temperature up to 900 K and high pressures up to 22.75 GPa for Grs50And50, by using in situ angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction and diamond anvil cell. Analysis of room-temperature P–V data to a third-order Birch–Murnaghan (BM) EoS yields: V0 = 1706.8 ± 0.2 Å3, K0 = 164 ± 2 GPa and K'0 = 4.7 ± 0.5. Fitting of our P–V–T data by means of the high-temperature third-order BM EoS gives the thermoelastic parameters: V0 = 1706.9 ± 0.2 Å3, K0 = 164 ± 2 GPa, K'0 = 4.7 ± 0.2, (∂K/∂T)P = -0.018 ± 0.002 GPa K-1, and α0 = (2.94 ± 0.07) × 10-5 K-1. The results also confirm that grossular content increases the bulk modulus of the Grs-And join following a nearly ideal mixing model. The relation between bulk modulus and Grs mole fraction (XGrs) in this garnet join is derived to be K0 (GPa) = (163.7 ± 0.7) + (0.14 ± 0.02) XGrs (R2 = 0.985). Present results are also compared to previously studies determined the thermoelastic properties of Grs-And garnets.

  18. Thermoelastic properties of grossular-andradite solid solution at high pressures and temperatures

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    Fan, Dawei; Kuang, Yunqian; Xu, Jingui; Li, Bo; Zhou, Wenge; Xie, Hongsen

    2017-02-01

    The pressure-volume-temperature ( P- V- T) equation of state (EoS) of synthetic grossular (Grs)-andradite (And) solid-solution garnet sample have been measured at high temperature up to 900 K and high pressures up to 22.75 GPa for Grs50And50, by using in situ angle-dispersive X-ray diffraction and diamond anvil cell. Analysis of room-temperature P- V data to a third-order Birch-Murnaghan (BM) EoS yields: V 0 = 1706.8 ± 0.2 Å3, K 0 = 164 ± 2 GPa and K' 0 = 4.7 ± 0.5. Fitting of our P- V- T data by means of the high-temperature third-order BM EoS gives the thermoelastic parameters: V 0 = 1706.9 ± 0.2 Å3, K 0 = 164 ± 2 GPa, K' 0 = 4.7 ± 0.2, (∂K/∂T) P = -0.018 ± 0.002 GPa K-1, and α 0 = (2.94 ± 0.07) × 10-5 K-1. The results also confirm that grossular content increases the bulk modulus of the Grs-And join following a nearly ideal mixing model. The relation between bulk modulus and Grs mole fraction ( X Grs) in this garnet join is derived to be K 0 (GPa) = (163.7 ± 0.7) + (0.14 ± 0.02) X Grs ( R 2 = 0.985). Present results are also compared to previously studies determined the thermoelastic properties of Grs-And garnets.

  19. Solid-state synthesis and characterization of LiCoO2 and LiNiCo1–O2 solid solutions

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    P Periasamy; B Ramesh Babu; R Thirunakaran; N Kalaiselvi; T Prem Kumar; N G Renganathan; M Raghavan; N Muniyandi

    2000-10-01

    Solid solutions of compositions LiNiCo1–O2 ( = 0.0, 0.1 and 0.2) were prepared by solid-state fusion synthesis from carbonate precursors. Material characterization was carried out using XRD. Formation mechanisms of the products are discussed in the light of TG/DTA results. Nickel-containing compositions gave higher discharge capacities and smaller hystereses in their charge–discharge profiles which make them more attractive than pristine LiCoO2 as cathode materials in high-energy lithium cells. The lower loss in capacity per cycle for cells with unsubstituted LiCoO2 , as determined from cycling studies up to 25 cycles, makes it more suitable than the substituted ones for long cycle-life cells with low capacity fade.

  20. Investigation into the magnetic properties of pyrochlore-type rare-earth hafnates

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    Chun, Jung Hwan; Kremer, Reinhard K.; Lin, Chengtian [MPI for Solid State Research, Stuttgart (Germany)

    2015-07-01

    Cubic rare-earths transition metal pyrochlores with composition R{sub 2}TM{sub 2}O{sub 7} have attracted broad attention because of their unusual magnetic ground state properties related to geometrical frustration of the pyrochlores lattice. So far, the investigation focused mainly on 3d and 4d transition metal systems. The magnetic properties of rare-earths 5d TM pyrochlores are comparatively less well studied. Here we report on the single-crystal growth and the magnetic properties of some rare-earth hafnates (R =Nd, Gd, Dy; TM = Hf) of composition R{sub 2}Hf{sub 2}O{sub 7}. Nd{sub 2}Hf{sub 2}O{sub 7} and Gd{sub 2}Hf{sub 2}O{sub 7} crystallize with the cubic pyrochlores structure whereas diverging reports on the structure of Dy{sub 2}Hf{sub 2}O{sub 7} are available in literature. Crystals of R{sub 2}Hf{sub 2}O{sub 7} have been grown and their structural and magnetic properties have been investigated. Our investigations confirm Nd{sub 2}Hf{sub 2}O{sub 7} and Gd{sub 2}Hf{sub 2}O{sub 7} to crystallize in the cubic pyrochlores structure. Antiferromagnetic ordering below ∝0.5 K has been observed by magnetic susceptibility and heat capacity measurements for both compounds.

  1. Synthesis, characterization, and catalytic activity of Rh-based lanthanum zirconate pyrochlores for higher alcohol synthesis

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    Abdelsayed, Victor; Shekhawat, Dushyant; Poston, James A.; Spivey, James J.

    2013-05-01

    Two lanthanum zirconate pyrochlores (La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7}; LZ) were prepared by Pechini method and tested for higher alcohols selectivity. In one, Rh was substituted into the pyrochlore lattice (LRZ, 1.7 wt%) while for the second, Rh was supported on an unsubstituted La{sub 2}Zr{sub 2}O{sub 7} (R/LZ, 1.8 wt%). X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and temperature programmed reduction (TPR) results show that the surface reducibility depends on whether the Rh is in (or supported on) the LZ pyrochlore. Rhodium in the LRZ is more reducible than rhodium supported on the R/LZ pyrochlore, likely due to the presence of a perovskite phase (LaRhO{sub 3}; identified by XRD), in which rhodium is more reducible. The formation of the perovskite accompanies that of the pyrochlore. CO hydrogenation results show higher ethanol selectivity for R/LZ than LRZ, possibly due to the strong interaction between Rh and LZ on the R/LZ, forming atomically close Rh{sup +}/Rh{sup 0} sites, which have been suggested to favor ethanol production.

  2. Evolution of Phase, Microstructure and ZrC Lattice Parameter in Solid-solution-treated W-ZrC Composite.

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    Jia, Peng; Chen, Lei; Rao, Jiancun; Wang, Yujin; Meng, Qingchang; Zhou, Yu

    2017-07-26

    Zirconium carbide (ZrC) reinforced tungsten (W) composite was hot-pressed at 2200 °C for 1 h in vacuum, which was subsequently heat treated in the temperature range of 2200 to 2500 °C for 1.5 or 2 h. The relative ratios of ZrC phase were 21.0, 23.3 and 25.9 mol.% for the mixture of starting powders, composites sintered for 1 h and solid-solution treated at 2500 °C for 1.5 h, respectively. The solid solubility of W in ZrC increased with the increment in heat-treating temperature and time to a maximum value of 18.9 mol.% at 2500 °C for 1.5 h. The lattice parameter of cubic ZrC phase diminished from 0.4682 nm in the starting powder to 0.4642 nm in the solid-solution composite treated at 2500 °C for 1.5 h. This work demonstrated that the relationship between the solid solubility of W in ZrC and the lattice parameter of ZrC is linear, with a slope of -1.93 × 10(-4) nm/at.%. Overall, more W atoms diffused into ZrC lattice after heat treatment, meanwhile, the previous precipitated nano-sized W dissolved in the supersaturated (Zr,W)C solid-solution, as detected by SEM and TEM.

  3. (CdTe)0.05(ZnSe)0.95 solid solution application in carbon monoxide diagnostics

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    Podgornyi, S. O.; Podgornaya, O. T.; Demeshko, I. P.; Lukoyanova, O. V.; Muromtsev, I. V.

    2017-08-01

    The research centered on (CdTe)0.05(ZnSe)0.95 solid solutions. The article is aimed at developing innovative primary transducer material for semi-conductor sensors, investigating their surface physicochemical properties and evaluation their applicability in carbon monoxide diagnostics. Powders and nanofilms of (CdTe)0.05(ZnSe)0.95 solid solutions were obtained by isothermal diffusion and discrete thermal evaporation in vacuum. (CdTe)0.05(ZnSe)0.95 applicability in gas analysis was investigated. Adsorption properties of the given material for carbon oxide (II) were studied by the piezoquartz microweighing, volumetrically and IR spectroscopy of multiple disturbed complete internal reflections. The principles of adsorption, depending on the process conditions, were established. Based on the obtained experimental data, CO micro-impurities sensors were developed, the laboratory tests passed successfully.

  4. Phase equilibria diagrams, crystal growth peculiarities and Raman investigations of lead and sodium-bismuth tungstate-molybdate solid solutions

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    Lebedev, Andrei V.; Avanesov, Samvel A.; Yunalan, Tyliay M.; Klimenko, Valeriy A.; Ignatyev, Boris V.; Isaev, Vladislav A.

    2016-02-01

    In this paper a comprehensive study of lead and sodium-bismuth tungstate-molybdate solid solutions was carried out, including the clarification of their structural peculiarities and phase diagrams of PbMoO4-PbWO4 and NaBi(MoO4)2-NaBi(WO4)2 systems, the study of spontaneous Raman spectra of these compounds, as well as preliminary experiments on single crystals growth of lead tungstate-molybdate. The linewidths, peak and integral intensities of the totally symmetric Raman vibrations of solid solutions were estimated in comparison with known SRS-active crystals. The conditions of the Czochralski growth of optically transparent lead tungstate-molybdate mixed crystals were found and SRS effect was observed in these crystals when pumping by 12 ns 1064 nm laser pulses.

  5. High-temperature thermoelectric properties of the β-As2-xBixTe3 solid solution

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    Vaney, J.-B.; Delaizir, G.; Piarristeguy, A.; Monnier, J.; Alleno, E.; Lopes, E. B.; Gonçalves, A. P.; Pradel, A.; Dauscher, A.; Candolfi, C.; Lenoir, B.

    2016-10-01

    Bi2Te3-based compounds are a well-known class of outstanding thermoelectric materials. β-As2Te3, another member of this family, exhibits promising thermoelectric properties around 400 K when appropriately doped. Herein, we investigate the high-temperature thermoelectric properties of the β-As2-xBixTe3 solid solution. Powder X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy experiments showed that a solid solution only exists up to x = 0.035. We found that substituting Bi for As has a beneficial influence on the thermopower, which, combined with extremely low thermal conductivity values, results in a maximum ZT value of 0.7 at 423 K for x = 0.017 perpendicular to the pressing direction.

  6. Efficient Syntheses of 1,2,3-Triazoloamide Derivatives Using Solid- and Solution-Phase Synthetic Approaches

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Efficient synthetic routes for the preparation of secondary and tertiary 1,2,3-triazoloamide derivatives were developed. A secondary α-1,2,3-triazoloamide library was constructed and expanded by a previously developed solid-phase synthetic route and a tertiary 1,2,3-triazoloamide library was constructed by a parallel solution-phase synthetic route. The synthetic routes rely on amide formation with secondary amines and chloro-acid chlorides; SN2 reaction with sodium azide; and the selective [3 + 2] Hüisgen cycloaddition with appropriate terminal alkynes. The target secondary and tertiary 1,2,3-triazoloamide derivatives were obtained with three-diversity points in excellent overall yields and purities using the reported solid- and solution-phase synthetic routes, respectively.

  7. Growth and structural investigations of La1-xPrxCaO3 solid solution single crystals

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    Berkowski, M; Fink-Finowicki, J; Byszewski, P; Diduszko, R; Kowalska, E; Aleksiyko, R; Piekarczyk, W; Vasylechko, LO; Savytskij, DI; Perchuc, L

    Growth of single crystals in the pseudobinary LaGaO3-PrGaO3 system by the Czochralski and floating-zone methods was investigated. It has been found that solid solution crystals La1-xPrxGaO3 exist in the whole concentration range x, The segregation coefficients of Pr in LaGaO3 and La in PrGaO3 have

  8. Thermal evolution of La{sup 3+}/ZrO{sub 2} solid solutions obtained by mechanochemical activation

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    Fuertes, M.C.; Salgueiro, W.; Somoza, A.; Porto Lopez, J.M

    2004-01-15

    A study on the microstructural evolution with the temperature of La{sup 3+}/ZrO{sub 2} cubic solid solutions obtained by mechanochemical activation of mixtures ZrO{sub 2}-La{sub 2}O{sub 3} is presented. The development of crystallinity with thermal treatments in the range 1073-1673 K was followed by means of positron lifetime measurements and X-ray diffraction as main experimental techniques.

  9. Effect of Solid Solution Treatment on Microstructure of Fe-Ni Based High Strength Low Thermal Expansion Alloy

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    ZHANG Jian-fu; TU Yi-fan; XU Jin; ZHANG Jian-sheng; ZHANG Jing-lin

    2008-01-01

    The influence of solid solution treatments on the dissolution of carbides precipitates, the grain size, and the hardness of high strength low expansion alloy were investigated through XRD analysis, microstructure observations, and theoretical computation. It was seen that most primary Mo2C type carbide band dissolved in a temperature range of 1 100-1 150 ℃. When the temperature was over 1 200 ℃, the grain size increased remarkably, which led to the reduction of hardness.

  10. Growth and structural investigations of La1-xPrxCaO3 solid solution single crystals

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    Berkowski, M; Fink-Finowicki, J; Byszewski, P; Diduszko, R; Kowalska, E; Aleksiyko, R; Piekarczyk, W; Vasylechko, LO; Savytskij, DI; Perchuc, L

    2001-01-01

    Growth of single crystals in the pseudobinary LaGaO3-PrGaO3 system by the Czochralski and floating-zone methods was investigated. It has been found that solid solution crystals La1-xPrxGaO3 exist in the whole concentration range x, The segregation coefficients of Pr in LaGaO3 and La in PrGaO3 have b

  11. Microwave dielectric properties of Na(x)Nd((2-x)/3)TiO(3) solid solutions.

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    Kagomiya, Isao; Yamada, Yuko; Kakimoto, Ken-ichi; Ohsato, Hitoshi

    2008-12-01

    Na(x)Nd((2-x)/3)TiO(3) solid solutions possess tetragonal or orthorhombic perovskite structure, where the A-sites are characterized by 2 kinds of cations (Na(+), Nd(3+)) and vacancies. We have measured microwave dielectric properties of Na(x)Nd((2-x)/3)TiO(3) solid solutions (x = 0.05 to 0.5) to investigate an effect of the compositional ordering in the A-sites of the perovskite structure. According to powder x-ray diffraction, the A-site is disordered in the composition range of x = 0.29 to 0.5. A compositional ordering (Na(+), vacancy / Nd(3+)) in A-sites appeared when x = 0.05 to 0.2. The quality factor (Q x f), where Q is the inverse of dielectric loss and f is frequency, was found to be slightly improved with decreasing Na content in the range of x = 0.05 to 0.2, suggesting that the Q x f of the Na(x)Nd((2-x)/3)TiO(3) solid solutions depends on the compositional ordering in A-sites.

  12. Crystal-chemistry insight into the photocatalytic activity of BiOCl x Br1- x nanoplate solid solutions

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    Xu, Huan-Yan; Han, Xu; Tan, Qu; Wu, Ke-Jia; Qi, Shu-Yan

    2017-06-01

    In this study, a facile alcoholysis method was developed to synthesize BiOCl x Br1- x nanoplates at room temperature and atmospheric pressure. In this route, strong acid or alkaline environment was absolutely avoided to realize the high exposure of {001} crystal facets. The regular changes in XRD peaks and cell parameters as a function of the Br content strongly declared that the obtained BiOCl x Br1- x products belonged to a group of solid solutions. The 2D nanosheets with in-plane wrinkles were clearly observed in TEM images. Interestingly, as the Br content increased, band gaps of BiOCl x Br1- x solid solutions gradually decreased. The photocatalytic degradation of RhB under simulated sunlight irradiation indicated that BiOCl0.5Br0.5 had the best photocatalytic activity. From the viewpoint of crystal chemistry, the photocatalytic activity of BiOCl x Br1- x solid solutions was closely related with the exposure amount of {001} facets, interlayer spacing of (001) plane and energy-level position of valence band.

  13. Structure, optical and electronic properties of solid solution Zn(O,S) thin films and the effect of annealing

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    Jani, Margi; Raval, Dhyey; Pati, Ranjan; Mukhopadhyay, Indrajit; Ray, Abhijit

    2017-06-01

    Structure, optical and electronic properties of solid solution thin films of Zn(O,S) developed by spray pyrolysis are investigated, and the effect of annealing is investigated for a possible improvement in its electrical properties. A variation in the initial sulphur (S) precursor concentration with fixed Zn-precursor concentration during the spray deposition produces a solid solution of ZnO and ZnS. Both the lower (80%) concentrations of the S-precursor cause isovalent substitution in the system, retaining hexagonal ZnO and cubic ZnS structures, respectively, whereas other concentrations lead to the formation of films in a phase-separated solid solution of ZnO and ZnS. A strain-induced shift in optical band gap in the range of 3.3-3.6 eV is unique in the system with a strong bowing effect. A post-annealing at 370 °C in air is found to improve electron mobility in the film, whereas the annealing in argon ambient improves its electrical conductivity.

  14. Promoter of (Ce-Zr)O2 Solid Solution Modified by Praseodymia in Three-Way Catalysts

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    汪文栋; 林培琰; 孟明; 伏义路; 胡天斗; 谢亚宁; 刘涛

    2003-01-01

    The three-way catalysts (TWCs) promoters (Ce-Zr)O2, (Pr-Ce-Zr)O2 and (Pr-Zr)O2 were prepared by sol-gel like method. They were characterized by XRD, EXAFS and BET surface area determination. The reduction features of the promoters were measured by temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) of H2 to access the potential for the promoters containing praseodymia as oxygen storage component in three-way catalyst. The (Pr-Zr)O2 cubic solid solution is formed at high temperature up to 800 ℃, which makes it more reducible than the (Ce-Zr)O2 solid solution. For the (Pr-Ce-Zr)O2 samples, the ternary solid solution plays an important role in the reduction process. The performance of the three-way catalysts with fully formulated Pt, Pd and Rh is proceeded by using both light-off temperature under a stoichiometric gas composition and the conversion of CO, C3H6 and NO under changing air/fuel ratio at a constant reaction temperature 400 ℃. The results indicate that a small amount of praseodymia doping into (Ce-Zr)O2 favors the light-off temperature of C3H6 and NO, and all the catalysts containing praseodymia obviously exhibits enhanced width of S value for NO conversion at lean region (S≥1.00).

  15. The role of hematite ilmenite solid solution in the production of magnetic anomalies in ground- and satellite-based data

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    Kletetschka, Gunther; Wasilewski, Peter J.; Taylor, Patrick T.

    2002-03-01

    Remanent magnetization (RM) of rocks with hematite-ilmenite solid solution (HISS) minerals, at all crustal levels, may be an important contribution to magnetic anomalies measured by ground and satellite altitude surveys. The possibility that lower thermal gradient relatively deep in the crust can result in exsolution of HISS compositions with strong remanent magnetizations (RM) was studied for two bulk compositions within the HISS system. Samples from granulite-terrane around Wilson Lake, Labrador, Canada contains titanohematite with exsolved ferrian ilmenite lamellae. Other samples from the anorthosite-terrane of Allard Lake, Quebec, Canada contain ferrian ilmenite with exsolved titanohematite lamellae. In both cases, the final exsolved titanohematite has similar Ti content and carries dominant magnetic remanence with REM (=NRM/SIRM, where NRM is the natural remanent magnetization and SIRM is the saturation isothermal remanent magnetization) that is comparable to the Ti-free end member. The RM was acquired prior to exsolution and the ilmeno-hematite-rich rock possesses thermal remanent magnetization (TRM), whereas rocks with hemo-ilmenite possess chemical remanent magnetization (CRM). In both cases, we found fairly large homogeneous grains with low demagnetizing energy that acquired intense RM. The magnetism of the ilmeno-hematite solid solution phases is not significantly perturbed by the continuous reaction: ilmeno-hematite≧titanohematite solid solution. Hence, the occurrence of HISS in rocks that cooled slowly in a low intensity magnetic field will have an intense magnetic signature characterized by a large REM.

  16. Solid solutions and phase transitions in langbeinites (I): M+2Mn 2(SO 4) 3 ( M+ = K, NH 4, Tl)

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    Sarrión, M. L. Martinez; Clemente, A. Rodríquez; Vila, L. Mestres

    1989-06-01

    Solid solutions of general formula K x(NH 4) 2- xMn 2(SO 4) 3 (0 yTl 2- yMn 2(SO 4) 3 (0 < y < 2) have been prepared. All of the phases within the composition range studied have been established, and their cubic symmetry at room temperature has been confirmed. The cell parameters for each member of the solid solutions have been determined. The substitution has been found to be homogeneous. Differential scanning calorimetry experiments of solid solution with x = 2.00, 1.81, and 1.49, and y = 2.00 and 1.79 have been carried out in order to study the transition mechanism in the ferroelastic langbeinite K 2Mn 2(SO 4) 3. The Tc for the phase transition P2 13- P2 12 12 1 is -75.9°C. The mixed crystals of NH +4 show phase transition up to 10% substitution, with a decrease in both Tc and ΔH. On the other hand, the phase transition disappears in the mixed crystals of Tl +. The size of the M+ ion plays an important role in the phase transition.

  17. A model for trace metal sorption processes at the calcite surface: Adsorption of Cd2+ and subsequent solid solution formation

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    Davis, J.A.; Fuller, C.C.; Cook, A.D.

    1987-01-01

    The rate of Cd2+ sorption by calcite was determined as a function of pH and Mg2+ in aqueous solutions saturated with respect to calcite but undersaturated with respect to CdCO3. The sorption is characterized by two reaction steps, with the first reaching completion within 24 hours. The second step proceeded at a slow and nearly constant rate for at least 7 days. The rate of calcite recrystallization was also studied, using a Ca2+ isotopic exchange technique. Both the recrystallization rate of calcite and the rate of slow Cd2+ sorption decrease with increasing pH or with increasing Mg2+. The recrystallization rate could be predicted from the number of moles of Ca present in the hydrated surface layer. A model is presented which is consistent with the rates of Cd2+ sorption and Ca2+ isotopic exchange. In the model, the first step in Cd2+ sorption involves a fast adsorption reaction that is followed by diffusion of Cd2+ into a surface layer of hydrated CaCO3 that overlies crystalline calcite. Desorption of Cd2+ from the hydrated layer is slow. The second step is solid solution formation in new crystalline material, which grows from the disordered mixture of Cd and Ca carbonate in the hydrated surface layer. Calculated distribution coefficients for solid solutions formed at the surface are slightly greater than the ratio of equilibrium constants for dissolution of calcite and CdCO3, which is the value that would be expected for an ideal solid solution in equilibrium with the aqueous solution. ?? 1987.

  18. Computational modeling of chemical reactions and interstitial growth and remodeling involving charged solutes and solid-bound molecules.

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    Ateshian, Gerard A; Nims, Robert J; Maas, Steve; Weiss, Jeffrey A

    2014-10-01

    Mechanobiological processes are rooted in mechanics and chemistry, and such processes may be modeled in a framework that couples their governing equations starting from fundamental principles. In many biological applications, the reactants and products of chemical reactions may be electrically charged, and these charge effects may produce driving forces and constraints that significantly influence outcomes. In this study, a novel formulation and computational implementation are presented for modeling chemical reactions in biological tissues that involve charged solutes and solid-bound molecules within a deformable porous hydrated solid matrix, coupling mechanics with chemistry while accounting for electric charges. The deposition or removal of solid-bound molecules contributes to the growth and remodeling of the solid matrix; in particular, volumetric growth may be driven by Donnan osmotic swelling, resulting from charged molecular species fixed to the solid matrix. This formulation incorporates the state of strain as a state variable in the production rate of chemical reactions, explicitly tying chemistry with mechanics for the purpose of modeling mechanobiology. To achieve these objectives, this treatment identifies the specific theoretical and computational challenges faced in modeling complex systems of interacting neutral and charged constituents while accommodating any number of simultaneous reactions where reactants and products may be modeled explicitly or implicitly. Several finite element verification problems are shown to agree with closed-form analytical solutions. An illustrative tissue engineering analysis demonstrates tissue growth and swelling resulting from the deposition of chondroitin sulfate, a charged solid-bound molecular species. This implementation is released in the open-source program FEBio ( www.febio.org ). The availability of this framework may be particularly beneficial to optimizing tissue engineering culture systems by examining the

  19. Investigation of Phase Mixing in Amorphous Solid Dispersions of AMG 517 in HPMC-AS Using DSC, Solid-State NMR, and Solution Calorimetry.

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    Calahan, Julie L; Azali, Stephanie C; Munson, Eric J; Nagapudi, Karthik

    2015-11-02

    Intimate phase mixing between the drug and the polymer is considered a prerequisite to achieve good physical stability for amorphous solid dispersions. In this article, spray dried amorphous dispersions (ASDs) of AMG 517 and HPMC-as were studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), solid-state NMR (SSNMR), and solution calorimetry. DSC analysis showed a weakly asymmetric (ΔTg ≈ 13.5) system with a single glass transition for blends of different compositions indicating phase mixing. The Tg-composition data was modeled using the BKCV equation to accommodate the observed negative deviation from ideality. Proton spin-lattice relaxation times in the laboratory and rotating frames ((1)H T1 and T1ρ), as measured by SSNMR, were consistent with the observation that the components of the dispersion were in intimate contact over a 10-20 nm length scale. Based on the heat of mixing calculated from solution calorimetry and the entropy of mixing calculated from the Flory-Huggins theory, the free energy of mixing was calculated. The free energy of mixing was found to be positive for all ASDs, indicating that the drug and polymer are thermodynamically predisposed to phase separation at 25 °C. This suggests that miscibility measured by DSC and SSNMR is achieved kinetically as the result of intimate mixing between drug and polymer during the spray drying process. This kinetic phase mixing is responsible for the physical stability of the ASD.

  20. Order by virtual crystal field fluctuations in pyrochlore XY antiferromagnets

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    Rau, Jeffrey G.; Petit, Sylvain; Gingras, Michel J. P.

    2016-05-01

    Conclusive evidence of order by disorder is scarce in real materials. Perhaps one of the strongest cases presented has been for the pyrochlore XY antiferromagnet Er2Ti2O7 , with the ground state selection proceeding by order by disorder induced through the effects of quantum fluctuations. This identification assumes the smallness of the effect of virtual crystal field fluctuations that could provide an alternative route to picking the ground state. Here we show that this order by virtual crystal field fluctuations is not only significant, but competitive with the effects of quantum fluctuations. Further, we argue that higher-multipolar interactions that are generically present in rare-earth magnets can dramatically enhance this effect. From a simplified bilinear-biquadratic model of these multipolar interactions, we show how the virtual crystal field fluctuations manifest in Er2Ti2O7 using a combination of strong-coupling perturbation theory and the random-phase approximation. We find that the experimentally observed ψ2 state is indeed selected and the experimentally measured excitation gap can be reproduced when the bilinear and biquadratic couplings are comparable while maintaining agreement with the entire experimental spin-wave excitation spectrum. Finally, we comment on possible tests of this scenario and discuss implications for other order-by-disorder candidates in rare-earth magnets.

  1. Emergent topological phenomena in thin films of pyrochlore iridates.

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    Yang, Bohm-Jung; Nagaosa, Naoto

    2014-06-20

    Because of the recent development of thin film and artificial superstructure growth techniques, it is possible to control the dimensionality of the system, smoothly between two and three dimensions. In this Letter we unveil the dimensional crossover of emergent topological phenomena in correlated topological materials. In particular, by focusing on the thin film of pyrochlore iridate antiferromagnets grown along the [111] direction, we demonstrate that the thin film can have a giant anomalous Hall conductance, proportional to the thickness of the film, even though there is no Hall effect in 3D bulk material. Moreover, in the case of ultrathin films, a quantized anomalous Hall conductance can be observed, despite the fact that the system is an antiferromagnet. In addition, we uncover the emergence of a new topological phase, the nontrivial topological properties of which are hidden in the bulk insulator and manifest only in thin films. This shows that the thin film of correlated topological materials is a new platform to search for unexplored novel topological phenomena.

  2. Recent neutron scattering results from Gd-based pyrochlore oxides

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    Gardner, Jason

    2009-03-01

    In my presentation I will present recent results that have determined the spin-spin correlations in the geometrically frustrated magnets Gd2Sn2O7 and Gd2Ti2O7. This will include polarised neutron diffraction, inelastic neutron scattering and neutron spin echo data. One sample of particular interest is Gd2Sn2O7 which is believed to be a good approximation to a Heisenberg antiferromagnet on a pyrochlore lattice with exchange and dipole-dipole interactions. Theoretically such a system is expected to enter long range ordered ground state known as the ``Palmer Chalker'' state [1]. We show conclusively, through neutron scattering data, that the system indeed enters an ordered state with the Palmer-Chalker spin configuration below Tc = 1 K [2-3]. Within this state we have also observed long range collective spin dynamics, spin waves. This work has been performed in collaboration with many research groups including G. Ehlers (SNS), R. Stewart (ISIS). [0pt] [1] S. E. Palmer and J. T. Chalker, Phys. Rev. B 62, 488 (2000). [0pt] [2] J. R. Stewart, G. Ehlers, A. S. Wills, S. T. Bramwell, and J. S. Gardner, J. Phys.: Condens. Matter 16, L321 (2004). [0pt] [3] J R Stewart, J S Gardner, Y. Qiu and G Ehlers, Phys. Rev. B. 78, 132410 (2008)

  3. Probing disorder in isometric pyrochlore and related complex oxides

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    Shamblin, Jacob; Feygenson, Mikhail; Neuefeind, Joerg; Tracy, Cameron L.; Zhang, Fuxiang; Finkeldei, Sarah; Bosbach, Dirk; Zhou, Haidong; Ewing, Rodney C.; Lang, Maik

    2016-05-01

    There has been an increased focus on understanding the energetics of structures with unconventional ordering (for example, correlated disorder that is heterogeneous across different length scales). In particular, compounds with the isometric pyrochlore structure, A2B2O7, can adopt a disordered, isometric fluorite-type structure, (A, B)4O7, under extreme conditions. Despite the importance of the disordering process there exists only a limited understanding of the role of local ordering on the energy landscape. We have used neutron total scattering to show that disordered fluorite (induced intrinsically by composition/stoichiometry or at far-from-equilibrium conditions produced by high-energy radiation) consists of a local orthorhombic structural unit that is repeated by a pseudo-translational symmetry, such that orthorhombic and isometric arrays coexist at different length scales. We also show that inversion in isometric spinel occurs by a similar process. This insight provides a new basis for understanding order-to-disorder transformations important for applications such as plutonium immobilization, fast ion conduction, and thermal barrier coatings.

  4. Probing disorder in isometric pyrochlore and related complex oxides.

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    Shamblin, Jacob; Feygenson, Mikhail; Neuefeind, Joerg; Tracy, Cameron L; Zhang, Fuxiang; Finkeldei, Sarah; Bosbach, Dirk; Zhou, Haidong; Ewing, Rodney C; Lang, Maik

    2016-05-01

    There has been an increased focus on understanding the energetics of structures with unconventional ordering (for example, correlated disorder that is heterogeneous across different length scales). In particular, compounds with the isometric pyrochlore structure, A2B2O7, can adopt a disordered, isometric fluorite-type structure, (A, B)4O7, under extreme conditions. Despite the importance of the disordering process there exists only a limited understanding of the role of local ordering on the energy landscape. We have used neutron total scattering to show that disordered fluorite (induced intrinsically by composition/stoichiometry or at far-from-equilibrium conditions produced by high-energy radiation) consists of a local orthorhombic structural unit that is repeated by a pseudo-translational symmetry, such that orthorhombic and isometric arrays coexist at different length scales. We also show that inversion in isometric spinel occurs by a similar process. This insight provides a new basis for understanding order-to-disorder transformations important for applications such as plutonium immobilization, fast ion conduction, and thermal barrier coatings.

  5. Insights into the Radiation Response of Pyrochlores from Calculations of Threshold Displacement Events

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    Devanathan, Ram; Weber, William J.

    2005-10-15

    We have used molecular dynamics simulations to examine the displacement threshold energy (Ed) surface for cations and anions in Gd2Ti2O7 and Gd2Zr2O7 pyrochlores. In both pyrochlores, the Ed surface is highly anisotropic and it requires less energy to displace anions than cations. Both anion and cation Ed values are higher in the titanate compared to the zirconate. Titanium displacement energies are in excess of 170 eV for all directions examined, because cation exchange is less energetically favorable in Gd2Ti2O7 compared to Gd2Zr2O7. These high energy Ti displacements result in the formation of defect clusters that may prevent efficient defect recovery. This provides an explanation for the difference in susceptibility to amorphization between titanate and zirconate pyrochlores.

  6. Insights into the radiation response of pyrochlores from calculations of threshold displacement events

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    Devanathan, R.; Weber, W. J.

    2005-10-01

    We have used molecular-dynamics simulations to examine the displacement threshold energy (Ed) surface for cations and anions in Gd2Ti2O7 and Gd2Zr2O7 pyrochlores. In both pyrochlores, the Ed surface is highly anisotropic and it requires less energy to displace anions than cations. Both anion and cation Ed values are higher in the titanate compared to the zirconate. Titanium displacement energies are in excess of 170 eV for all directions examined, because cation exchange is less energetically favorable in Gd2Ti2O7 compared to Gd2Zr2O7. These high-energy Ti displacements result in the formation of defect clusters that may prevent efficient defect recovery. This provides an explanation for the difference in susceptibility to amorphization between titanate and zirconate pyrochlores.

  7. Processing of solid solution, mixed uranium/refractory metal carbides for advanced space nuclear power and propulsion systems

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    Knight, Travis Warren

    Nuclear thermal propulsion (NTP) and space nuclear power are two enabling technologies for the manned exploration of space and the development of research outposts in space and on other planets such as Mars. Advanced carbide nuclear fuels have been proposed for application in space nuclear power and propulsion systems. This study examined the processing technologies and optimal parameters necessary to fabricate samples of single phase, solid solution, mixed uranium/refractory metal carbides. In particular, the pseudo-ternary carbide, UC-ZrC-NbC, system was examined with uranium metal mole fractions of 5% and 10% and corresponding uranium densities of 0.8 to 1.8 gU/cc. Efforts were directed to those methods that could produce simple geometry fuel elements or wafers such as those used to fabricate a Square Lattice Honeycomb (SLHC) fuel element and reactor core. Methods of cold uniaxial pressing, sintering by induction heating, and hot pressing by self-resistance heating were investigated. Solid solution, high density (low porosity) samples greater than 95% TD were processed by cold pressing at 150 MPa and sintering above 2600 K for times longer than 90 min. Some impurity oxide phases were noted in some samples attributed to residual gases in the furnace during processing. Also, some samples noted secondary phases of carbon and UC2 due to some hyperstoichiometric powder mixtures having carbon-to-metal ratios greater than one. In all, 33 mixed carbide samples were processed and analyzed with half bearing uranium as ternary carbides of UC-ZrC-NbC. Scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, and density measurements were used to characterize samples. Samples were processed from powders of the refractory mono-carbides and UC/UC 2 or from powders of uranium hydride (UH3), graphite, and refractory metal carbides to produce hypostoichiometric mixed carbides. Samples processed from the constituent carbide powders and sintered at temperatures above the melting point of UC

  8. Structural, Electronic, and Optical Properties of BiOX1-xYx (X, Y = F, Cl, Br, and I) Solid Solutions from DFT Calculations.

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    Zhao, Zong-Yan; Liu, Qing-Lu; Dai, Wen-Wu

    2016-08-23

    Six BiOX1-xYx (X, Y = F, Cl, Br, and I) solid solutions have been systematically investigated by density functional theory calculations. BiOCl1-xBrx, BiOBr1-xIx, and BiOCl1-xIx solid solutions have very small bowing parameters; as such, some of their properties increase almost linearly with increasing x. For BiOF1-xYx solid solutions, the bowing parameters are very large and it is extremely difficult to fit the related calculated data by a single equation. Consequently, BiOX1-xYx (X, Y = Cl, Br, and I) solid solutions are highly miscible, while BiOF1-xYx (Y = Cl, Br, and I) solid solutions are partially miscible. In other words, BiOF1-xYx solid solutions have miscibility gaps or high miscibility temperature, resulting in phase separation and F/Y inhomogeneity. Comparison and analysis of the calculated results and the related physical-chemical properties with different halogen compositions indicates that the parameters of BiOX1-xYx solid solutions are determined by the differences of the physical-chemical properties of the two halogen compositions. In this way, the large deviation of some BiOX1-xYx solid solutions from Vegard's law observed in experiments can be explained. Moreover, the composition ratio of BiOX1-xYx solid solutions can be measured or monitored using optical measurements.

  9. Comparison of solid-state dipolar couplings and solution relaxation data provides insight into protein backbone dynamics.

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    Chevelkov, Veniamin; Xue, Yi; Linser, Rasmus; Skrynnikov, Nikolai R; Reif, Bernd

    2010-04-14

    Analyses of solution (15)N relaxation data and solid-state (1)H(N)-(15)N dipolar couplings from a small globular protein, alpha-spectrin SH3 domain, produce a surprisingly similar pattern of order parameters. This result suggests that there is little or no ns-mus dynamics throughout most of the sequence and, in particular, in the structured portion of the backbone. At the same time, evidence of ns-mus motions is found in the flexible loops and termini. These findings, corroborated by the MD simulations of alpha-spectrin SH3 in a hydrated crystalline environment and in solution, are consistent with the picture of protein dynamics that has recently emerged from the solution studies employing residual dipolar couplings.

  10. Structure, Raman spectra and defect chemistry modelling of conductive pyrochlore oxides

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    Poulsen, F.W.; Glerup, M.; Holtappels, P.

    2000-01-01

    Mixed ionic-electronic conducting pyrochlore structure oxides, with Pr and Gd on the A site and Zr, Mn, Ce, Sn, In, Mo, and Ti on the B site, were characterised by X-ray powder diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Mn and In have a solubility around x = 0.1-0.2 in Pr2Zr2-xMnxO7 and Pr2Sn2-xInxO7, r...... for the four equilibrium constants, leading to cases of pure p-type, p- to n-type and pure electrolytic behaviour of doped pyrochlores. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved....

  11. Static magnetic susceptibility, crystal field and exchange interactions in rare earth titanate pyrochlores.

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    Malkin, B Z; Lummen, T T A; van Loosdrecht, P H M; Dhalenne, G; Zakirov, A R

    2010-07-14

    The experimental temperature dependence (T = 2-300 K) of single crystal bulk and site susceptibilities of rare earth titanate pyrochlores R(2)Ti(2)O(7) (R = Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb) is analyzed in the framework of crystal field theory and a mean field approximation. Analytical expressions for the site and bulk susceptibilities of the pyrochlore lattice are derived taking into account long range dipole-dipole interactions and anisotropic exchange interactions between the nearest neighbor rare earth ions. The sets of crystal field parameters and anisotropic exchange coupling constants have been determined and their variations along the lanthanide series are discussed.

  12. Crystal chemistry of pyrochlore from the Mesozoic Panda Hill carbonatite deposit, western Tanzania

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    Boniface, Nelson

    2017-02-01

    The Mesozoic Panda Hill carbonatite deposit in western Tanzania hosts pyrochlore, an ore and source of niobium. This study was conducted to establish the contents of radioactive elements (uranium and thorium) in pyrochlore along with the concentration of niobium in the ore. The pyrochlore is mainly hosted in sövite and is structurally controlled by NW-SE (SW dipping) or NE-SW (NW dipping) magmatic flow bands with dip angles of between 60° and 90°. Higher concentrations of pyrochlore are associated with magnetite, apatite and/or phlogopite rich flow bands. Electron microprobe analyses on single crystals of pyrochlore yield very low UO2 concentrations that range between 0 and 0.09 wt% (equivalent to 0 atoms per formula unit: a.p.f.u.) and ThO2 between 0.55 and 1.05 wt% (equivalent to 0.1 a.p.f.u.). The analyses reveal high concentrations of Nb2O5 (ranging between 57.13 and 65.50 wt%, equivalent to a.p.f.u. ranging between 1.33 and 1.43) and therefore the Panda Hill Nb-oxide is classified as pyrochlore sensu stricto. These data point to a non radioactive pyrochlore and a deposit rich in Nb at Panda Hill. The Panda Hill pyrochlore has low concentrations of REEs as displayed by La2O3 that range between 0.10 and 0.49 wt% (equivalent to a.p.f.u. ranging between 0 and 0.01) and Ce2O3 ranging between 0.86 and 1.80 wt% (equivalent to a.p.f.u. ranging between 0.02 and 0.03), Pr2O3 concentrations range between 0 and 0.23 wt% (equivalent to 0 a.p.f.u.), and Y2O3 is 0 wt% (equivalent to 0 a.p.f.u.). The abundance of the REEs in pyroclore at the Panda Hill Carbonatite deposit is of no economic significance.

  13. Single-ion anisotropy in the gadolinium pyrochlores studied by electron paramagnetic resonance

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    Glazkov, V. N.; Zhitomirsky, M. E.; Smirnov, A. I.; Krug von Nidda, H.-A.; Loidl, A.; Marin, C.; Sanchez, J.-P.

    2005-07-01

    The electron paramagnetic resonance is used to measure the single-ion anisotropy of Gd3+ ions in the pyrochlore structure of (Y1-xGdx)2Ti2O7 . A rather strong easy-plane-type anisotropy is found. The anisotropy constant D is comparable to the exchange integral J in the prototype Gd2Ti2O7 , D≃0.75J , and exceeds the dipolar energy scale. Physical implications of an easy-plane anisotropy for a pyrochlore antiferromagnet are considered. We calculate the magnetization curves at T=0 and discuss phase transitions in a magnetic field.

  14. Crystal structure and negative thermal expansion properties of solid solution Er_2W_(3-x)Mo_xO_(12)

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    PENG Jie; LIU Xin-zhi; GUO Fu-li; HAN Song-bai; LIU Yun-tao; CHEN Dong-feng; ZHAO Xin-hua; HU Zhong-bo

    2009-01-01

    A series of solid solutions Er_2W_(3-x)Mo_xO_(12) (0.5≤x≤2.5) were successfully synthesized by the solid state method.Their crystal structures and negative thermal expansion properties were studied by high temperature X-ray powder diffraction and the Rietveld method.All samples with rare earth tungstates and molybdates crystallize in the same orthorhombic structure with space group Pnca,and show the negative thermal expansion phenomena related to transverse vibration of bridging oxygen atoms in the structure.Thermal expansion coefficients (TECs) of Er_2W_(3-x)Mo_xO_(12) were determined as -16.2×10~(-6) K~(-1) for x=0.5 and -16.5×10~(-6) K~(-1) for x=2.5 while -20.2×10~(-6) K~(-1) and -18.4×10~(-6) K~(-1) for unsubstituted Er_2W_3O_(12) and Er_2Mo_3O_(12) in the identical temperature range of 200-800 ℃.High temperature XRD data and bond length analysis suggest that the difference between W-O and Mo-O is responsible for the change of TECs after the element substitution in the series of solid solutions.

  15. Magnetoelectric effect in (BiFeO3x–(BaTiO31-x solid solutions

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present work was to study magnetoelectric effect (ME in (BiFeO3x-(BaTiO31-x solid solutions in terms of technological conditions applied in the samples fabrication process. The rapidly growing interest in these materials is caused by their multiferroic behaviour, i.e. coexistence of both electric and magnetic ordering. It creates possibility for many innovative applications, e.g. in steering the magnetic memory by electric field and vice versa. The investigated samples of various chemical compositions (i.e. x = 0.7, 0.8 and 0.9 were prepared by the solid-state sintering method under three sets of technological conditions differing in the applied temperature and soaking time. Measurements of the magnetoelectric voltage coefficient αME were performed using a dynamic lock-in technique. The highest value of αME was observed for 0.7BiFeO3-0.3BaTiO3 solid solution sintered at the highest temperature (T = 1153 K after initial electrical poling despite that the soaking time was reduced 10 times in this case.

  16. The Precise Inner Solutions of Gravity field Equations of Hollow and Solid Spheres and the Theorem of Singularity

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    Xiaochun, Mei

    2011-01-01

    In the present calculation of the inner solution of gravity field equation with spherical symmetry, in order to avoid the singularity appearing in the center of sphere, we actually let the integral constant to be zero. It is proved in this paper that the constant can not be zero. The metric of inner gravity field of hollow sphere is calculated at first. Then let the inner radius of hollow sphere become zero, we obtain the metric of inner gravity field of solid sphere. Based on the definition of energy momentum tensor of general relativity, the gravity masses of hollow and solid spheres in curved space are calculated strictly. The results indicate that no matter what the masses and densities of hollow sphere and solid sphere are, space-time singularities would appear in the centers of spheres. Meanwhile, no matter what the mass and density are, the intensity of pressure at the center point of solid sphere can not be infinite. That is to say, the material can not collapse towards the center of so-called black h...

  17. Solid-, solution-, and gas-state NMR monitoring of ¹³C-cellulose degradation in an anaerobic microbial ecosystem.

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    Yamazawa, Akira; Iikura, Tomohiro; Shino, Amiu; Date, Yasuhiro; Kikuchi, Jun

    2013-07-29

    Anaerobic digestion of biomacromolecules in various microbial ecosystems is influenced by the variations in types, qualities, and quantities of chemical components. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is a powerful tool for characterizing the degradation of solids to gases in anaerobic digestion processes. Here we describe a characterization strategy using NMR spectroscopy for targeting the input solid insoluble biomass, catabolized soluble metabolites, and produced gases. ¹³C-labeled cellulose produced by Gluconacetobacter xylinus was added as a substrate to stirred tank reactors and gradually degraded for 120 h. The time-course variations in structural heterogeneity of cellulose catabolism were determined using solid-state NMR, and soluble metabolites produced by cellulose degradation were monitored using solution-state NMR. In particular, cooperative changes between the solid NMR signal and ¹³C-¹³C/¹³C-¹²C isotopomers in the microbial degradation of ¹³C-cellulose were revealed by a correlation heat map. The triple phase NMR measurements demonstrated that cellulose was anaerobically degraded, fermented, and converted to methane gas from organic acids such as acetic acid and butyric acid.

  18. Solid-, Solution-, and Gas-state NMR Monitoring of 13C-Cellulose Degradation in an Anaerobic Microbial Ecosystem

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    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Anaerobic digestion of biomacromolecules in various microbial ecosystems is influenced by the variations in types, qualities, and quantities of chemical components. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR spectroscopy is a powerful tool for characterizing the degradation of solids to gases in anaerobic digestion processes. Here we describe a characterization strategy using NMR spectroscopy for targeting the input solid insoluble biomass, catabolized soluble metabolites, and produced gases. 13C-labeled cellulose produced by Gluconacetobacter xylinus was added as a substrate to stirred tank reactors and gradually degraded for 120 h. The time-course variations in structural heterogeneity of cellulose catabolism were determined using solid-state NMR, and soluble metabolites produced by cellulose degradation were monitored using solution-state NMR. In particular, cooperative changes between the solid NMR signal and 13C-13C/13C-12C isotopomers in the microbial degradation of 13C-cellulose were revealed by a correlation heat map. The triple phase NMR measurements demonstrated that cellulose was anaerobically degraded, fermented, and converted to methane gas from organic acids such as acetic acid and butyric acid.

  19. Structure and electronic properties and phase stabilities of the Cd(1-x)Zn(x)S solid solution in the range of 0≤x≤1.

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    Lu, Jibao; Dai, Ying; Guo, Meng; Wei, Wei; Ma, Yandong; Han, Shenghao; Huang, Baibiao

    2012-01-16

    As an excellent bandgap-engineering material, the Cd(1-x)Zn(x)S solid solution, is found to be an efficient visible light response photocatalyst for water splitting, but few theoretical studies have been performed on it. A better characterization of the composition dependence of the physical and optical properties of this material and a thorough understanding of the bandgap-variation mechanism are necessary to optimize the design of high-efficience photocatalysts. In order to get an insight into these problems, we systematically investigated the crystal structure, the phase stability, and the electronic structures of the Cd(1-x)Zn(x)S solid solution by means of density functional theory calculations. The most energetically favorable arrangement of the Cd, Zn, S atoms and the structural disorder of the solid solution are revealed. The phase diagram of the Cd(1-x)Zn(x)S solid solution is calculated based on regular-solution model and compared with the experimental data. This is the first report on the calculated phase diagram of this solid solution, and can give guidance for the experimental synthesis of this material. Furthermore, the variation of the electronic structures versus x and its mechanism are elaborated in detail, and the experimental bandgap as a function of x is well predicted. Our findings provide important insights into the experimentally observed structural and electronic properties, and can give theoretical guidelines for the further design of the Cd(1-x)Zn(x)S solid solution.

  20. Comparison of the Solid Solution Properties of Mg-RE (Gd, Dy, Y Alloys with Atomistic Simulation

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    Yurong Wu

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Molecular dynamic simulations have been performed to study the solid solution mechanism of Mg100-xREx (RE=Gd,Dy,Y, x=0.5,1,2,3,4  at.%. The obtained results reveal that the additions of Gd, Dy and Y increase the lattice constants of Mg-RE alloys. Also the axis ratio c/a remains unchanged with increase in temperature, restraining the occurrence of nonbasal slip and twinning. Furthermore, it is confirmed that bulk modulus of Mg alloys can be increased remarkably by adding the Gd, Dy, Y, especially Gd, because the solid solubility of Gd in Mg decrease sharply with temperature in comparison with Dy and Y. Consequently, the addition of the RE can enhance the strength of Mg-based alloys, which is in agreement with the experimental results.

  1. Zr and Sn substituted (Na0.5Bi0.5)TiO3 -based solid solutions

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    Ishchuk, V. M.; Gusakova, L. G.; Kisel, N. G.; Kuzenko, D. V.; Spiridonov, N. A.; Sobolev, V. L.

    2016-02-01

    The paper attempts to investigate the phase formation of a Zr- and Sn-substituted [(Na0.5Bi0.5)0.80Ba0.20](Ti1-yBy)O3 system during its solid state synthesis. The synthesis was found to be a multi-step process associated with the formation of a number of intermediate phases which however depended on the compositions and sintering temperatures. Single phase solid solutions were obtained when the sintering temperature was increased to 1000 °C-1100 °C. Increase in the concentration of substituting ions, on the one hand, tends to linearly increase the crystal cell size whereas the tolerance factor, on the other hand, gets reduced bolstering the stability of anti-ferroelectric phase as compared to that of ferroelectric phase’.

  2. K-edge XANES investigation of octakis(DMSO)lanthanoid(III) complexes in DMSO solution and solid iodides.

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    D'Angelo, Paola; Migliorati, Valentina; Spezia, Riccardo; De Panfilis, Simone; Persson, Ingmar; Zitolo, Andrea

    2013-06-14

    The potential of high energy XANES (X-ray absorption near edge structure) as a tool for the structural analysis of lanthanoid-containing systems has been explored. The K-edge XANES spectra of La(3+), Gd(3+), and Lu(3+) ions both in DMSO solution and solid octakis(DMSO)lanthanoid(III) iodides have been analysed. Although the K-edges of lanthanoids cover the energy range of 38 (La) to 65 (Lu) keV, the large widths of the core hole states do not appreciably reduce the potential structural information of the XANES data. We show that, for lanthanoid compounds, accurate structural parameters are obtained from the analysis of K-edge XANES signals if a deconvolution procedure is carried out. We found that in solid octakis(DMSO)lanthanoid(III) iodides the Ln(3+) ions are coordinated by eight DMSO ligands arranged in a quite symmetric fashion. In DMSO solution the Ln(3+) ions retain a regular eight-coordination structure and the coordination number does not change along the series. In contrast to when in water the second coordination shell has been found to provide a negligible contribution to the XANES spectra of Ln(3+) ions in DMSO solution.

  3. Community Solutions for Solid Waste Pollution, Level 6. Teacher Guide. Operation Waste Watch.

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    Operation Waste Watch is a series of seven sequential learning units which addresses the subject of litter control and solid waste management. Each unit may be used in a variety of ways, depending on the needs and schedules of individual schools, and may be incorporated into various social studies, science, language arts, health, mathematics, and…

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

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

    2012-07-03

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

  5. Thermal decomposition of solid solutions in systems of Fe(II), Co(II), and Ni(II) hydrogen maleates with the formation of bimetallic nanoparticles

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    Yudanova, L. I.; Logvinenko, V. A.; Sheludyakova, L. A.; Ishchenko, A. V.; Rudina, N. A.

    2017-01-01

    XRD phase analysis and thermal analysis are used to confirm the formation of a continuous series of solid solutions in which one cation is substituted for another in the systems Co(II) hydrogen maleate-Ni(II) hydrogen maleate; Fe(II) hydrogen maleate-Co(II) hydrogen maleate; and Fe(II) hydrogen maleate-Ni(II) hydrogen maleate. The unit cell volume of these solid solutions is shown to depend linearly on their composition. The linear character of changes in the initial temperatures of dehydration and thermal decomposition is established. Using the example of the first of these systems, it is shown that when heated, bimetallic nanoparticles embedded in the polymeric matrix of composites obtained via the thermal decomposition of solid solutions of hydrogen maleates undergo a second-order phase transition, resulting in decomposition of the solid solutions of metals at the Curie temperature.

  6. Structure and some magnetic properties of (BiFeO3x-(BaTiO31−x solid solutions prepared by solid-state sintering

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of the study on structure and magnetic properties of the perovskite-type (BiFeO3x-(BaTiO31−x solid solutions. The samples differing in the chemical composition (x = 0.9, 0.8, and 0.7 were produced according to the conventional solid-state sintering method from the mixture of powders. Moreover, three different variants of the fabrication process differing in the temperatures and soaking time were applied. The results of X-ray diffraction (XRD, Mössbauer spectroscopy (MS, and vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM were collected and compared for the set of the investigated materials. The structural transformation from rhombohedral to cubic symmetry was observed for the samples with x = 0.7. With increasing of BaTiO3 concentration Mössbauer spectra become broadened reflecting various configurations of atoms around 57Fe probes. Moreover, gradual decreasing of the average hyperfine magnetic field and macroscopic magnetization were observed with x decreasing.

  7. Simultaneous monitoring of protein adsorption at the solid-liquid interface from sessile solution droplets by ellipsometry and axisymmetric drop shape analysis by profile

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    Wormeester, H; Busscher, HK

    1999-01-01

    In this paper two in situ techniques are combined to simultaneously examine protein adsorption at the solid-liquid interface from sessile solution droplets. With axisymmetric drop shape analysis by profile (ADSA-P) the change in solid-liquid interfacial tension is determined, while ellipsometry is e

  8. Analytical solutions for non-linear conversion of a porous solid particle in a gas–II. Non-isothermal conversion and numerical verification

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    Brem, G.; Brouwers, J.J.H.

    1990-01-01

    In Part I, analytical solutions were given for the non-linear isothermal heterogeneous conversion of a porous solid particle. Account was taken of a reaction rate of general order with respect to the gas reactant, intrinsic reaction surface area and effective pore diffusion, which change with solid

  9. Partitioning of organic matter and heavy metals in a sandy soil: Effects of extracting solution, solid to liquid ratio and pH

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    Fest, P.M.J.; Temminghoff, E.J.M.; Comans, R.N.J.; Riemsdijk, van W.H.

    2008-01-01

    In sandy soils the behavior of heavy metals is largely controlled by soil organic matter (solid and dissolved organic matter; SOC and DOC). Therefore, knowledge of the partitioning of organic matter between the solid phase and soil solution is essential for adequate predictions of the total dissolve

  10. Investigation on the formation of Cu-Fe nano crystalline super-saturated solid solution developed by mechanical alloying

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    Mojtahedi, M., E-mail: m.mojtahedi@gmail.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran 16846-13114 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Goodarzi, M.; Aboutalebi, M.R. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran 16846-13114 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ghaffari, M. [Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, UNAM-Institute of Materials Science and Nanotechnology, Bilkent University, Ankara 06800 (Turkey); Soleimanian, V. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Shahrekord University, P.O. Box 115, Shahrekord (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-02-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The deformation of the mechanically alloyed Cu-Fe powder is anisotropic. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Rietveld method is more proper and results in smaller crystallite size than the Scherer and Williamson-Hall methods. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A dual phase super saturated solid solution achieved after 96 h of milling of the mixtures with 30, 50 and 70 wt.% of Iron. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A final proportion of approximately 85% FCC and 15% BCC structure obtained in all of the applied compositions. - Abstract: In this study, the formation of super saturated solid solution in the binary Cu-Fe system was investigated. Three powder blends with 30, 50 and 70 wt.% of Fe were milled for different times to 96 h. The variations of lattice parameter and inter-planar spacing were calculated and analyzed using X-ray diffraction analysis (XDA). The anisotropy of lattice deformation in the FCC phase was studied and the obtained results were compared to milled pure Cu powder. Furthermore, crystallite size was calculated using Scherer formula in comparison with Rietveld full profile refinement method. Considering the previous studies about the formation of non-equilibrium FCC and BCC phases, the phase evolution has been discussed and the proportion of each phase was calculated using Rietveld refinement method. Supplementary studies on the evolution of microstructure and formation of solid solution were carried out using high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Finally, high angle annular dark field (HAADF) imaging was utilized to find out the level of homogeneity in the resulting phases. While true alloying takes place in each phase, the final structure consists of both FCC and BCC nano-crystallites.

  11. Some Physicochemical Properties of Yb14MnSb11 and Its Solid Solutions with Gadolinium Yb14-xGdxMnSb11 Type

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    Abdusalyamova Makhsuda

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Data on structure, melting temperatures, density, thermal dilatation, kinetic of oxidation of Yb14MnSb11 and its solid solutions with gadolinium are presented in this article. All solid solutions are isostructural with Zintlcompound Ca14AlSb11 and crystallizes in tetragonal structure. Investigations melting temperatures, thermal dilatation, oxidation have shown that GdincorporatenearGd≈ 0.5 and increased melting point and thermal dilatation.

  12. Some Physicochemical Properties of Yb14MnSb11 and Its Solid Solutions with Gadolinium Yb14-xGdxMnSb11 Type

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    Abdusalyamova Makhsuda; Vasilyeva Inga

    2016-01-01

    Data on structure, melting temperatures, density, thermal dilatation, kinetic of oxidation of Yb14MnSb11 and its solid solutions with gadolinium are presented in this article. All solid solutions are isostructural with Zintlcompound Ca14AlSb11 and crystallizes in tetragonal structure. Investigations melting temperatures, thermal dilatation, oxidation have shown that GdincorporatenearGd≈ 0.5 and increased melting point and thermal dilatation.

  13. FABRICATION AND PLASTIC BEHAVIOR OF SINGLE CRYSTAL MgO-NiO AND MgO-MnO SOLID SOLUTION ALLOYS,

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    A method of producing solid solution MgO-NiO and MgO-MnO single-crystals is presented. The com presive yield strength of MgO is shown to in crease...nearly four-fold when small amounts of either NiO or MnO is in solid solution in MgO. The cleavage and slip behavior of these alloy crystals are found to be identical to that of MgO. (Author)

  14. EXACT SOLUTION OF AN EXTERNAL CIRCULAR CRACK IN A PIEZOELECTRIC SOLID SUBJECTED TO SHEAR LOADING

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    2001-01-01

    A three-dimensional, exact analysis is presented in this paperfor the problem of an external circular crack in a transversely isotropic piezoelectric medium subjected to arbitrary antisymmetric shear loading. A recently proposed general solution of three-dimensional piezoelectricity is employed. It is shown that four quasi harmonic functions involved in the general solution can be represented by just one complex potential. Previous results in potential theory are then used to obtain the exact solution of the problem. For point shear loading, Green's functions for the elastoelectric field are derived in terms of elementary functions.

  15. Face Centred Cubic Multi-Component Equiatomic Solid Solutions in the Au-Cu-Ni-Pd-Pt System

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    Jens Freudenberger

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available A single-phase solid solution is observed in quaternary and quinary alloys obtained from gold, copper, nickel, palladium and platinum. The lattice parameters of the alloys follow the linear rule of mixture when considering the lattice parameters of the elements and their concentration. The elements are a priori not homogeneously distributed within the respective alloys resulting in segregations. These segregations cause a large broadening of X-ray lines, which is accessed in the present article. This correlation is visualized by the help of local element mappings utilizing scanning electron microscopy including energy dispersive X-ray analysis and their quantitative analysis.

  16. Crystallographic analysis of the solid solution of iron doped potassium strontium niobate with tetragonal tungsten bronze structure

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    Silvania Lanfredi; Nobre,Marcos A. L.; Lima,Alan R. F.

    2010-01-01

    Solid solution of iron doped potassium strontium niobate with KSr2(FeNb4)O15-Δ stoichiometry was prepared by high efficiency ball milling method. Structural characterization was carried out by X-ray diffraction. Crystalline structure was analyzed by the Rietveld refinements using the FullProf software. The results showed a tetragonal system with the tetragonal tungsten bronze structure - TTB (a = 12.4631 (2) Å and c = 3.9322 (6) Å, V = 610.78 (2) ų). In this work, the sites occupancy by...

  17. Phase Stability under Irradiation of Precipitates and Solid Solutions in Model ALloys and in ODS Alloys Relevant for Gen IV

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    Arthur T. Motta; Robert C. Birtcher

    2007-10-17

    The overall objective of this program is to investigate the irradiation-altered phase stability of oxide precipitates in ODS steels and of model alloy solid solutions of associated systems. This information can be used to determine whether the favorable mechanical propertiies of these steels are maintained under irradiation, thus addressing one of the main materials research issues for this class of steels as identified by the GenIV working groups. The research program will also create fundamental understanding of the irradiation precipitation/dissolution problem by studying a "model" system in which the variables can be controlled and their effects understood individually.

  18. Theoretical and experimental study of metastable solid solutions and phase stability within the immiscible Ag-Mo binary system

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    Sarakinos, K.; Greczynski, G.; Elofsson, V.; Magnfält, D.; Högberg, H.; Alling, B.

    2016-03-01

    Metastable solid solutions are phases that are synthesized far from thermodynamic equilibrium and offer a versatile route to design materials with tailor-made functionalities. One of the most investigated classes of metastable solid solutions with widespread technological implications is vapor deposited ternary transition metal ceramic thin films (i.e., nitrides, carbides, and borides). The vapor-based synthesis of these ceramic phases involves complex and difficult to control chemical interactions of the vapor species with the growing film surface, which often makes the fundamental understanding of the composition-properties relations a challenging task. Hence, in the present study, we investigate the phase stability within an immiscible binary thin film system that offers a simpler synthesis chemistry, i.e., the Ag-Mo system. We employ magnetron co-sputtering to grow Ag1-xMox thin films over the entire composition range along with x-ray probes to investigate the films structure and bonding properties. Concurrently, we use density functional theory calculations to predict phase stability and determine the effect of chemical composition on the lattice volume and the electronic properties of Ag-Mo solid solutions. Our combined theoretical and experimental data show that Mo-rich films (x ≥ ˜0.54) form bcc Mo-Ag metastable solid solutions. Furthermore, for Ag-rich compositions (x ≤ ˜0.21), our data can be interpreted as Mo not being dissolved in the Ag fcc lattice. All in all, our data show an asymmetry with regards to the mutual solubility of Ag and Mo in the two crystal structures, i.e., Ag has a larger propensity for dissolving in the bcc-Mo lattice as compared to Mo in the fcc-Ag lattice. We explain these findings in light of isostructural short-range clustering that induces energy difference between the two (fcc and bcc) metastable phases. We also suggest that the phase stability can be explained by the larger atomic mobility of Ag atoms as compared to that

  19. Interstitial positions of tin ions in alpha-(FerichSn)(2)O-3 solid solutions prepared by mechanical alloying

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    Jiang, Jianzhong; Lin, Rong; Nielsen, Kurt

    1997-01-01

    The microstructure of samples of 91, 85, and 71 mol % alpha-Fe-2-O-3-SnO2. prepared by mechanical alloying, has been studied by x-ray diffraction with Rietveld structure refinements, On the basis of the structure refinements to the whole x-ray diffraction patterns for the four as-milled samples......, it is found that tin ions do not substitute iron ions in the solid solution, although this model is generally assumed in the literature. The Sn4+ ions occupy the empty octahedral holes in the lattice of the alpha-Fe2O3 phase....

  20. αB-Crystallin. A Hybrid Solid-State/Solution-State NMR Investigation Reveals Structural Aspects of the Heterogeneous Oligomer

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    Jehle, Stefan [Freie Univ., Berlin (Germany); Leibniz Inst. for Molecular Pharmacology, Berlin (Germany); van Rossum, Barth [Leibniz Inst. for Molecular Pharmacology, Berlin (Germany); Stout, Joseph R. [Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States); Noguchi, Satoshi M. [Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States); Falber, Katja [Leibniz Inst. for Molecular Pharmacology, Berlin (Germany); Rehbein, Kristina [Leibniz Inst. for Molecular Pharmacology, Berlin (Germany); Oschkinat, Hartmut [Freie Univ., Berlin (Germany); Leibniz Inst. for Molecular Pharmacology, Berlin (Germany); Klevit, Rachel E. [Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States); Rajagopal, Ponni [Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States)

    2008-11-14

    Atomic-level structural information on αB-Crystallin (αB), a prominent member of the small heat-shock protein family, has been a challenge to obtain due its polydisperse oligomeric nature. We show that magic-angle spinning solid-state NMR can be used to obtain high-resolution information on an ~580-kDa human αB assembled from 175-residue 20-kDa subunits. An ~100-residue α-crystallin domain is common to all small heat-shock proteins, and solution-state NMR was performed on two different α- crystallin domain constructs isolated from αB. In vitro, the chaperone-like activities of full-length αB and the isolated α-crystallin domain are identical. Chemical shifts of the backbone and Cβ resonances have been obtained for residues 64–162 (α-crystallin domain plus part of the C-terminus) in αB and the isolated α-crystallin domain by solid-state and solution-state NMR, respectively. Both sets of data strongly predict six β-strands in the α-crystallin domain. A majority of residues in the α-crystallin domain have similar chemical shifts in both solid-state and solution-state, indicating similar structures for the domain in its isolated and oligomeric forms. Sites of intersubunit interaction are identified from chemical shift differences that cluster to specific regions of the α-crystallin domain. Multiple signals are observed for the resonances of M68 in the oligomer, identifying the region containing this residue as existing in heterogeneous environments within αB. Evidence for a novel dimerization motif in the human α-crystallin domain is obtained by a comparison of (i) solid-state and solution-state chemical shift data and (ii) 1H–15N heteronuclear single quantum coherence spectra as a function of pH. The isolated α-crystallin domain undergoes a dimer–monomer transition over the pH range 7.5–6.8. This steep pHdependent switch may be important for αB to function optimally (e.g., to preserve the filament integrity

  1. Analytical solutions for dynamic pressures of coupling fluid-solid-porous medium due to P wave incidence

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    王进廷; 张楚汉; 金峰

    2004-01-01

    Wave reflection and refraction in layered media is a topic closely related to seismology, acoustics, geophysics and earthquake engineering. Analytical solutions for wave reflection and refraction coefficients in multi-layered media subjected to P wave incidence from the elastic half-space are derived in terms of displacement potentials. The system is composed of ideal fluid, porous medium, and underlying elastic solid. By numerical examples, the effects of porous medium and the incident wave angle on the dynamic pressures of ideal fluid are analyzed. The results show that the existence of the porous medium, especially in the partially saturated case, may significantly affect the dynamic pressures of the overlying fluid.

  2. Laminating solution-processed silver nanowire mesh electrodes onto solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Hardin, Brian E.

    2011-06-01

    Solution processed silver nanowire meshes (Ag NWs) were laminated on top of solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (ss-DSCs) as a reflective counter electrode. Ag NWs were deposited in <1 min and were less reflective compared to evaporated Ag controls; however, AgNW ss-DSC devices consistently had higher fill factors (0.6 versus 0.69), resulting in comparable power conversion efficiencies (2.7%) compared to thermally evaporated Ag control (2.8%). Laminated Ag NW electrodes enable higher throughput manufacturing and near unity material usage, resulting in a cheaper alternative to thermally evaporated electrodes. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. The Phase Transformations and Magnetoresistive Properties of Diluted Film Solid Solutions Based on Fe and Ge Atoms

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    O.V. Vlasenko

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available In the article, the structure, phase composition and magnetoresistive properties of single- and three-layer films based on Fe and Ge were studied. It is established that in such films eutectic is formed based on diluted solid solutions of Ge atoms in -Fe layers and of Fe atoms in -Ge layers at the total concentration of Ge atoms from 3 to 20 at.% in the temperature range of 300-870 K. It is shown that magnetoresistive properties of the films with eutectic composition are not significantly different from the properties of -Fe films.

  4. Effective scintillation materials based on solid solutions ZnS1–xTex and perspectives of their application

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    Katrunov K. A.

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The optimal technological regime of formation ZnS1–xTex solid solution at spacing 0,0≤х≤0,1 has been determined, and has been shown that fritting in hydrogen atmosphere results in more rapid reaction in comparison to argon due to chemical-thermal etching the ZnO layer out. Further annealing in the inert Ar atmosphere leads to the increase of the light output, to the intensive emission band formation and causes afterglow level reduction and the crystalline lattice rearrangement.

  5. LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Magnetic ordering in Gd2Sn2O7: the archetypal Heisenberg pyrochlore antiferromagnet

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    Wills, A. S.; Zhitomirsky, M. E.; Canals, B.; Sanchez, J. P.; Bonville, P.; Dalmas de Réotier, P.; Yaouanc, A.

    2006-01-01

    Low-temperature powder neutron diffraction measurements are performed in the ordered magnetic state of the pyrochlore antiferromagnet Gd2Sn2O7. Symmetry analysis of the diffraction data indicates that this compound has the ground state predicted theoretically for a Heisenberg pyrochlore antiferromagnet with dipolar interactions. The difference in the magnetic structure of Gd2Sn2O7 andof nominally analogous Gd2Ti2O7 is found to be determined by a specific type of third-neighbour superexchange interaction on the pyrochlore lattice between spins across empty hexagons.

  6. The Modelling of The Solids Solution Formation Mechanism in Systems In2O3-ZrO2 at Heating in Air

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    A.E. Soloviova

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The mathematical model for the simulation of the formation and dissociation processes of solid solutions in In2O3-ZrО2 system are proposed. It permit us to calculate the ionic radii of cations: indium, zirconium, anion and anion vacancy. Solid solutions in the system formed by the disordered phase of indium oxide type C1. It was revealed that at temperatures 1450, 1600° C in air d of the system formed limited solid solutions such as: subtraction – substitution, subtraction – replacement – introduction. It was established, the size of the cations of indium, zirconium, and the number of defects determines the type of solid solution in the system In2O3-ZrО2. The energies of the formation of solid solutions, energy of the electrical conductivity in this system were calculated. Using the sale conductivities data it was revealed that the conduction current density and charge carrier mobility depends on the type of solid solution, rather than on the valence of the cations of zirconium.

  7. Sonochemical synthesis of Cd{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}S solid solutions for application in photocatalytic reforming of glycerol to produce hydrogen

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    Lopes, Paula A.L., E-mail: paulaaparecida_lopes@hotmail.com [Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Campus de Ondina, 40170-115 Salvador, BA (Brazil); Mascarenhas, Artur J.S., E-mail: artur@ufba.br [Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Campus de Ondina, 40170-115 Salvador, BA (Brazil); Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia, INCT, de Energia e Ambiente, Universidade Federal da Bahia, 40170-290 Salvador, BA (Brazil); Silva, Luciana A., E-mail: las@ufba.br [Instituto de Química, Universidade Federal da Bahia, Campus de Ondina, 40170-115 Salvador, BA (Brazil); Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia, INCT, de Energia e Ambiente, Universidade Federal da Bahia, 40170-290 Salvador, BA (Brazil)

    2015-11-15

    A simple sonochemical method for the preparation of Cd{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}S solid solutions was successfully applied. The sonochemical method has shown to be fast, with low energy demand and allowed to obtain nano-sized particles. The obtained materials were characterized by XRD, EDX, SEM and DRS UV/vis. The Pt-loaded photocatalysts were evaluated in photoinduced reforming of glycerol under visible light irradiation (λ > 418 nm). Pure CdS and solid solutions obtained by sonochemical method have shown photocatalytic activity with respect to hydrogen gas production. The maximum hydrogen evolution rate achieved was 239 μmol g{sup −1} h{sup −1}, when the solid solution Cd{sub 0.6}Zn{sub 0}.{sub 4}S contaminated with γ-Zn(OH){sub 2} was irradiated with visible light. - Highlights: • Cd{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}S solid solutions were successfully prepared by a sonochemical method. • The solid solutions are active in photocatalytic reforming of glycerol. • The solid solution Cd{sub 0.6}Zn{sub 0.4}S contaminated with γ-Zn(OH){sub 2} was the more active photocatalyst.

  8. Electrical conductivities and chemical stabilities of mixed conducting pyrochlores for SOFC applications

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    Holtappels, P.; Poulsen, F.W.; Mogensen, Mogens Bjerg

    2000-01-01

    Pyrochlores with praseodymium as the A-site cation and zirconium, tin, cerium and manganese cations on the B-site were prepared in air and their electrical conductivities were investigated as a function of oxygen partial pressure and temperature. Pure Pr2Zr2O7+/-delta as well as samples modified...

  9. Molecular dynamics simulation of the structural, elastic, and thermal properties of pyrochlores

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    Dong, Liyuan; Li, Yuhong; Devanathan, Ram; Gao, Fei

    2016-04-28

    We present a comprehensive simulation study of the effect of composition on the structural, elastic and thermal properties of 25 different compounds from the pyrochlore family. We joined a repulsive potential to an existing interatomic potential to enable molecular dynamics simulations of conditions away from equilibrium. We systematically varied the chemistry of the pyrochlore by substituting different cations in the A and B sites of the A2B2O7 formula unit. The A cations varied from Lu3+ to La3+, and the B cations from Ti4+ to Ce4+. The lattice parameter increased steadily with increasing the radius of A or B cations, but the bulk modulus showed a decreasing trend with increasing cation radius. However, the specific heat capacity and thermal expansion coefficient remained almost unchanged with increasing the radii of A and B cations. It is of interest to note that Ce on the B site significantly reduces the specific heat capacity and thermal expansion coefficient, which could have implications for annealing of radiation damage in cerate pyrochlores. The present results are consistent with the experimental measurements, which validates these potentials for simulation of dynamical processes, such as radiation damage, in pyrochlores.

  10. Dimensional evolution of spin correlations in the magnetic pyrochlore Yb2Ti2O7

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    Ross, K.A.; Yaraskavitch, L.R.; Laver, Mark

    2011-01-01

    The pyrochlore material Yb2Ti2O7 displays unexpected quasi-two-dimensional (2D) magnetic correlations within a cubic lattice environment at low temperatures, before entering an exotic disordered ground state below T=265 mK. We report neutron scattering measurements of the thermal evolution of the 2...

  11. Symmetry considerations on the magnetization process of the Heisenberg model on the pyrochlore lattice

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    Penc, Karlo [Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, H-1525 Budapest, POB 49 (Hungary); Shannon, Nic [H H Wills Physics Laboratory, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TL (United Kingdom); Motome, Yukitoshi [Department of Applied Physics, University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Shiba, Hiroyuki [The Institute of Pure and Applied Physics, 2-31-22 Yushima, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0034 (Japan)

    2007-04-11

    We present a detailed symmetry analysis of the degeneracy lifting due to higher order spin exchanges in the pyrochlore lattice in applied magnetic field. Under the assumption of the four-sublattice ordering, the criteria for a stable half-magnetization plateau are deduced. The higher order exchange terms may originate from spin-lattice coupling, or can describe quantum and thermal fluctuations.

  12. Titanium pyrochlore magnets: how much can be learned from magnetization measurements?

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    Petrenko, O. A.; Lees, M. R.; Balakrishnan, G.

    2011-04-01

    We report magnetization data for several titanium pyrochlore systems measured down to 0.5 K. The measurements, performed on single crystal samples in fields of up to 7 kOe, have captured the essential elements of the previously reported phase transitions in these compounds and have also revealed additional important features overlooked previously either because of the insufficiently low temperatures used, or due to limitations imposed by polycrystalline samples. For the spin-ice pyrochlores Dy2Ti2O7 and Ho2Ti2O7, an unusually slow relaxation of the magnetization has been observed in lower fields, while the magnetization process in higher fields is essentially hysteresis-free and does not depend on sample history. For the XY pyrochlore Er2Ti2O7, the magnetic susceptibility shows nearly diverging behaviour on approach to a critical field, HC = 13.5 kOe, above which the magnetization does not saturate but continues to grow at a significant rate. For the Heisenberg pyrochlore Gd2Ti2O7, the magnetic susceptibility shows a pronounced change of slope at both transition temperatures, TN1 = 1.02 K and TN2 = 0.74 K, contrary to the earlier reports.

  13. Static magnetic susceptibility, crystal field and exchange interactions in rare earth titanate pyrochlores

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    Malkin, B. Z.; Lummen, T. T. A.; van Loosdrecht, P. H. M.; Dhalenne, G.; Zakirov, A. R.

    2010-01-01

    The experimental temperature dependence (T = 2-300 K) of single crystal bulk and site susceptibilities of rare earth titanate pyrochlores R2Ti2O7 (R = Sm, Eu, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb) is analyzed in the framework of crystal field theory and a mean field approximation. Analytical expressions for the s

  14. Titanium pyrochlore magnets: how much can be learned from magnetization measurements?

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    Petrenko, O A; Lees, M R; Balakrishnan, G

    2011-04-27

    We report magnetization data for several titanium pyrochlore systems measured down to 0.5 K. The measurements, performed on single crystal samples in fields of up to 7 kOe, have captured the essential elements of the previously reported phase transitions in these compounds and have also revealed additional important features overlooked previously either because of the insufficiently low temperatures used, or due to limitations imposed by polycrystalline samples. For the spin-ice pyrochlores Dy(2)Ti(2)O(7) and Ho(2)Ti(2)O(7), an unusually slow relaxation of the magnetization has been observed in lower fields, while the magnetization process in higher fields is essentially hysteresis-free and does not depend on sample history. For the XY pyrochlore Er(2)Ti(2)O(7), the magnetic susceptibility shows nearly diverging behaviour on approach to a critical field, H(C) = 13.5 kOe, above which the magnetization does not saturate but continues to grow at a significant rate. For the Heisenberg pyrochlore Gd(2)Ti(2)O(7), the magnetic susceptibility shows a pronounced change of slope at both transition temperatures, T(N1) = 1.02 K and T(N2) = 0.74 K, contrary to the earlier reports.

  15. Curium-doped stannate pyrochlore: Durability under radiation and leaching in water

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    Yudintsev, S. V.; Tomilin, S. V.; Livshits, T. S.; Lizin, A. A.; Goryatchev, I. A.

    2016-07-01

    The radiation resistance of the phase (Gd,Cm)2Sn2O7 with a pyrochlore-type structure containing 3.0 wt % 244Cm was studied. It was established that amorphization occurs at a dose of 1019 α-decay/g (1.52 displacements per atom), which is 2-5 times higher than that needed for amorphization of titanate and titanate-zirconate pyrochlore phases with a similar structure. The heating of the amorphous ceramics restores the structure of the pyrochlore. The restoration process begins in the temperature interval of 600-700°C. This allows us to estimate the critical amorphization temperature as 650°C. On the 14th day, the rate of Cm leaching from the initial sample in water at 90°C is 10-1; Gd, 10-2; and Sn, 10-3 g/(m2 day). After amorphization the leaching rate increases by an order of magnitude (Cm) and two orders of magnitude (Gd), but it does not change for Sn. Compared to the zirconate and titanate-zirconate phases, stannate pyrochlore is markedly less resistant in water and cannot be regarded as a matrix for the immobilization of REE-actinide fraction wastes.

  16. Creation of Novel Solid-Solution Alloy Nanoparticles on the Basis of Density-of-States Engineering by Interelement Fusion.

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    Kobayashi, Hirokazu; Kusada, Kohei; Kitagawa, Hiroshi

    2015-06-16

    Currently 118 known elements are represented in the periodic table. Of these 118 elements, only about 80 elements are stable, nonradioactive, and widely available for our society. From the viewpoint of the "elements strategy", we need to make full use of the 80 elements to bring out their latent ability and create innovative materials. Furthermore, there is a strong demand that the use of rare or toxic elements be reduced or replaced while their important properties are retained. Advanced science and technology could create higher-performance materials even while replacing or reducing minor or harmful elements through the combination of more abundant elements. The properties of elements are correlated directly with their electronic states. In a solid, the magnitude of the density of states (DOS) at the Fermi level affects the physical and chemical properties. In the present age, more attention has been paid to improving the properties of materials by means of alloying elements. In particular, the solid-solution-type alloy is advantageous because the properties can be continuously controlled by tuning the compositions and/or combinations of the constituent elements. However, the majority of bulk alloys are of the phase-separated type under ambient conditions, where constituent elements are immiscible with each other. To overcome the challenge of the bulk-phase metallurgical aspects, we have focused on the nanosize effect and developed methods involving "nonequilibrium synthesis" or "a process of hydrogen absorption/desorption". We propose a new concept of "density-of-states engineering" for the design of materials having the most desirable and suitable properties by means of "interelement fusion". In this Account, we describe novel solid-solution alloys of Pd-Pt, Ag-Rh, and Pd-Ru systems in which the constituent elements are immiscible in the bulk state. The homogeneous solid-solution alloys of Pd and Pt were created from Pd core/Pt shell nanoparticles using a

  17. Numerical solution of moving boundary problem for deposition process in solid fuel gas generator

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    Volokhov, V. M.; Dorofeenko, S. O.; Sharov, M. S.; Toktaliev, P. D.

    2016-11-01

    Moving boundary problem in application to process of depositions formation in gas generator are considered. Gas generator, as a part of fuel preparation system of high-speed vehicle, convert solid fuel into multicomponent multiphase mixture, which further burned down in combustion chamber. Mathematical model of two-phase “gas-solid particles” flow, including Navier-Stokes equations for turbulent flow in gas generator and mass, impulse conservations laws for elementary depositions layer are proposed. Verification of proposed mathematical model for depositions mass in gas generator conditions is done. Further possible improvements of proposed model, based on more detail accounting of particle-wall interaction and wall's surface adhesion properties are analyzed.

  18. Effect of solid-solution temperature on the microstructure of Fe-Ni based high strength low thermal expansion (HSLTE) alloy

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    Yifan Tu; Jin Xu; Jianfu Zhang; Boping Zhang; Dongliang Zhao

    2007-01-01

    The influence of solid-solution temperature on the dissolution of carbide precipitates,the average grain size and the microhardness of the austenite matrix in an Fe-Ni based high strength low thermal expansion (HSLTE) alloy was investigated to obtain the proper temperature range of the solid-solution process.The XRD analysis,microstructure observations,and the theoretical calculations showed that the Mo-rich M2C-type precipitates in the Fe-Ni based HSLTE alloy dissolve completely at about 1100 ℃.The average grain size of the studied alloys increases from 14 to 46 μm in the temperature range of 1050 to 1200 ℃.The microhardness of the matrix decreases first for the sake of solid-solution treatment,but then increases later with increasing solution temperature because of the solution strengthening effect.

  19. Reactivity of Mg-Al hydrotalcites in solid and delaminated forms in ammonium carbonate solutions

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    Stoica, Georgiana; Santiago, Marta; Abelló, Sònia; Pérez-Ramírez, Javier

    2010-10-01

    Treatment of Mg-Al hydrotalcites (LDHs, layered double hydroxides) in aqueous (NH 4) 2CO 3 at 298 K leads to composites of dawsonite, hydrotalcite, and magnesium ammonium carbonate. The mechanism and kinetics of this transformation, ultimately determining the relative amounts of these components in the composite, depend on the treatment time (from 1 h to 9 days), the Mg/Al ratio in the hydrotalcite (2-4), and on the starting layered double hydroxide (solid or delaminated form). The materials at various stages of the treatment were characterized by inductive coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetry, and nitrogen adsorption at 77 K. The progressive transformation of hydrotalcite towards crystalline dawsonite and magnesium ammonium carbonate phases follows a dissolution-precipitation mechanism. A gradual decrease of the Mg/Al ratio in the resulting solids was observed in time due to magnesium leaching in the reacting medium. Dawsonite-hydrotalcite composite formation is favored at high aluminum contents in the starting hydrotalcite, while the formation of magnesium ammonium carbonate is favored at high Mg/Al ratios. The synthetic strategy comprising hydrotalcite delamination in formamide prior to aqueous (NH 4) 2CO 3 treatment is more reactive towards composite formation than starting from the bulk solid hydrotalcite.

  20. Computing phase relations involving ordered solid solutions ab initio: Three thermodynamic approaches to the Fe-Si binary

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    Asimow, P. D.; Caracas, R.; Wolf, A. S.; Harvey, J. P.

    2016-12-01

    To find inner core compositions (X) consistent with geophysical data, we need phase relations of multicomponent metallic systems at high pressure (P) and temperature (T); the stable phase at a given (P,T,X) determines the physical properties. Given the difficulty of experiments under inner core conditions, reliable computations of such phase relations are needed. Despite advances in computational methods and computing power, challenges include proper treatment of solid solutions with their continuous variation in composition and ordering phenomena. We consider here how to predict phase diagrams from thermodynamic models of partly ordered solid solution phases calibrated with density functional theory to obtain static enthalpy (H) and volume (V), density functional perturbation theory and quasiharmonic approximation for vibrational heat capacity, and three approaches to solution theory to parameterize mixing properties. This approach is applied to B2 and HCP structures in the system Fe-FeSi for comparison to experimental data such as Fischer et al. (2013). We computed H and V of 7 compositions across the Fe-FeSi binary for both B2 and HCP structures, every 20 or 40 GPa from 0 to 400 GPa. We used supercells with up to 24 atoms to explore multiple configurations of the atoms. The H differences among clustered, random, and ordered arrangments of the atoms are neither so small as to imply random mixing nor so large that one configuration will dominate. We computed phonon density of states of at least three compositions for each structure in order to define vibrational heat capacity across each binary using ideal mixing and to test this approximation. We then used three different approaches to solid solution theory to fit the mixing properties: (1) Asymmetric regular solution theory, with (P,T)-dependent Margules parameters to describe the excess H but assuming ideal one-site entropy (S) of mixing; (2) the quasichemical model, accounting for optimized Fe-Si pair

  1. PepFect 14, a novel cell-penetrating peptide for oligonucleotide delivery in solution and as solid formulation.

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    Ezzat, Kariem; Andaloussi, Samir E L; Zaghloul, Eman M; Lehto, Taavi; Lindberg, Staffan; Moreno, Pedro M D; Viola, Joana R; Magdy, Tarek; Abdo, Rania; Guterstam, Peter; Sillard, Rannar; Hammond, Suzan M; Wood, Matthew J A; Arzumanov, Andrey A; Gait, Michael J; Smith, C I Edvard; Hällbrink, Mattias; Langel, Ülo

    2011-07-01

    Numerous human genetic diseases are caused by mutations that give rise to aberrant alternative splicing. Recently, several of these debilitating disorders have been shown to be amenable for splice-correcting oligonucleotides (SCOs) that modify splicing patterns and restore the phenotype in experimental models. However, translational approaches are required to transform SCOs into usable drug products. In this study, we present a new cell-penetrating peptide, PepFect14 (PF14), which efficiently delivers SCOs to different cell models including HeLa pLuc705 and mdx mouse myotubes; a cell culture model of Duchenne's muscular dystrophy (DMD). Non-covalent PF14-SCO nanocomplexes induce splice-correction at rates higher than the commercially available lipid-based vector Lipofectamine 2000 (LF2000) and remain active in the presence of serum. Furthermore, we demonstrate the feasibility of incorporating this delivery system into solid formulations that could be suitable for several therapeutic applications. Solid dispersion technique is utilized and the formed solid formulations are as active as the freshly prepared nanocomplexes in solution even when stored at an elevated temperatures for several weeks. In contrast, LF2000 drastically loses activity after being subjected to same procedure. This shows that using PF14 is a very promising translational approach for the delivery of SCOs in different pharmaceutical forms.

  2. Dislocation glide in Ni-Al solid solutions from the atomic scale up: a molecular dynamics study; Etude du glissement des dislocations dans la solution solide Ni-Al par simulation a l'echelle atomique

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    Rodary, E

    2003-01-01

    The glide of an edge dislocation in solid solutions is studied by molecular dynamics, at fixed temperature and imposed external stress. We have optimized an EAM potential for Ni(1 a 8% A1): it well reproduces the lattice expansion, local atomic order, stacking fault energy as a function of composition, as well as the elastic properties of the {gamma}' phase with L1{sub 2} structure. On increasing the stress, the dislocation is first immobile, then glides with a velocity proportional to the stress and the velocity saturates on reaching the transverse sound velocity. However, only beyond a static threshold stress, {sigma}{sub s}, does the dislocation glide a distance large enough to allow macroscopic shear; the linear part of the velocity-stress curve extrapolates to zero at a dynamical threshold stress, {sigma}{sub d}, The friction coefficient, and the threshold stresses ({sigma}{sub s} and {sigma}{sub d}), increase with the A1 concentration and decrease with temperature (300 and 500 K). Close to the critical shear stress, {sigma}{sub s}, the dislocation glide is analysed with a 'stop and go' model. The latter yields the flight velocity between obstacles, the mean obstacle density and the distribution of the waiting time on each obstacle as a function of stress, composition and temperature. The obstacle to the glide is proposed to be the strong repulsion between Al atoms brought into nearest neighbour position by the glide process, and not the dislocation-solute interaction. The microscopic parameters so defined are introduced into a micro-mechanical model, which well reproduces the known behaviour of nickel base solid solutions. (author)

  3. A diffuse-interface modeling for liquid solution-solid gel phase transition of physical hydrogel with nonlinear deformation.

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    Li, Hua; Wu, Tao

    2016-10-01

    A diffuse-interface model is presented in this paper for simulation of the evolution of phase transition between the liquid solution and solid gel states for physical hydrogel with nonlinear deformation. The present domain covers the gel and solution states as well as a diffuse interface between them. They are indicated by the crosslink density in such a way that the solution phase is identified as the state when the crosslink density is small, while the gel as the state if the crosslink density becomes large. In this work, a novel order parameter is thus defined as the crosslink density, which is homogeneous in each distinct phase and smoothly varies over the interface from one phase to another. In this model, the constitutive equations, imposed on the two distinct phases and the interface, are formulated by the second law of thermodynamics, which are in the same form as those derived by a different approach. The present constitutive equations include a novel Ginzburg-Landau type of free energy with a double-well profile, which accounts for the effect of crosslink density. The present governing equations include the equilibrium of forces, the conservations of mass and energy, and an additional kinetic equation imposed for phase transition, in which nonlinear deformation is considered. The equilibrium state is investigated numerically, where two stable phases are observed in the free energy profile. As case studies, a spherically symmetrical solution-gel phase transition is simulated numerically for analysis of the phase transition of physical hydrogel.

  4. STM “molecular tracer” dynamics at the solid-solution interface.

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    Padowitz, David

    2001-03-01

    We have measured rates of adsorption-desorption at equilibrium for single molecules in a monolayer in contact with solution. Long-chain alkanes, ethers, and thioethers were adsorbed on a graphite surface from solution. Matched length pairs of molecules co-crystallize but are readily distinguishable in scanning tunneling microscope images due to strong contrast between sulfur atoms and methylene or oxygen groups. Thioether molecules were seen to continually enter and leave the well-ordered crystalline monolayer. Residence times were on the order of seconds, depending on chain length and temperature. The rates were less sensitive to solvent and solution concentration. Each exchange event is completed within a few milliseconds. We are also using tracers to follow molecular rearrangements at domain boundaries. The results appear relevant to tribology and the growth of molecular crystals and organic thin films. With careful selection the method should be applicable to dynamics in molecules such as lipids and liquid crystals.

  5. Collagen functionalized with unsaturated cyclic anhydrides-interactions in solution and solid state.

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    Potorac, S; Popa, M; Picton, L; Dulong, V; Verestiuc, L; Le Cerf, D

    2014-03-01

    Maleic anhydride (CMA) and itaconic anhydride modified collagen (CITA) were prepared as precursors for production of interpenetrated polymer networks (IPN). Calculated values for Huggins coefficient in aqueous diluted and semi-diluted solutions of modified collagen indicated a slightly tendency of aggregation for itaconic anhydride-modified collagen. In semi-diluted solution collagen (Coll) and CMA present slightly differences in the thixotropic behavior, while CITA has a pronounced thixotropic behavior. Flow and oscillatory measurements revealed an elastic behavior of the collagen solutions, pure and modified with MA or ITA, as the storage modulus (G') has always a superior value compared with the loss modulus (G″). The denaturation temperature (Td) of unmodified collagen increased from 34°C to 40°C for CMA and to 39°C for CITA respectively, by formation of covalent bonds that stabilize the triple helix.

  6. Structural and magnetic investigations of CaBaCo4-xFexO7 solid solutions

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    Turkin, D. I.; Bazuev, G. V.; Korolev, A. V.

    2017-01-01

    Solid solutions of CaBaCo4-xFexO7 (x=0, 0.05, 0.2, 1, 2) were synthesized by glycine-nitrate combustion process. Their structural and magnetic properties were characterized by means of x-ray diffraction and magnetization measurements. In the examined range of the solid solutions, their crystal lattice symmetry changes from orthorhombic with space group Pbn21 (0xx>0.5). The magnetic measurements revealed that even small doping (x=0.05) of the transition metal sublattice noticeably suppresses ferrimagnetism of the parent compound and induces an AF transition at 88 K. An increase in the doping concentration lowers the frustration parameter |θCW|/TC from 17.2 (for x=0.05) to 13.7 (for x=2) and strengthens the antiferromagnetic interactions, which manifests itself in the Curie-Weiss temperature (θCW) growth. The samples with x=0.05 and x=0.2 also show an additional magnetic transition at temperatures Tg (55 and 70 K respectively). The temperature irreversibility between the ZFC and FC magnetization curves may suggest the formation of a spin-glass state below that temperature.

  7. Surface and Texture Properties of Tb-Doped Ceria-Zirconia Solid Solution Prepared by Sol-Gel Method

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    2007-01-01

    The three-way catalysts (TWCs) promoters Ce0.6Zr0.4-xTbxO2-y were prepared by sol-gel method. BET surface areas analysis indicated that an increase of the dopant Tb content from x=0.05 to x=0.15 favors an increase of surface area from 66.8 to 80.4 m2·g-1 compared with the undoped sample Ce0.60Zr0.40O2 65.1 m2·g-1 after calcination at 650 ℃. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observation indicated that the doped samples have a higher thermal stability. The XRD and Raman spectra confirmed that the Ce0.6Zr0.4-xTbxO2-y cubic solid solution is formed. XPS analysis revealed that Ce and Tb mainly existed in the form of Ce4+ and Tb3+, and Zr existed in the form of Zr4+ on the surface of the samples. The doped samples were homogenous in composition;the introduction of Tb into the CeO2-ZrO2 promoters resulted in the formation of a solid solution, and the concentration of surface lattice oxygen was increased.

  8. Improvement of the preparation of sintered pellets of thorium phosphate-diphosphate and associated solid solutions from crystallized precursors

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    Clavier, N. [Groupe de Radiochimie, Institut de Physique Nucleaire, Bat. 100, Universite Paris-Sud-11, 91406 Orsay (France); Dacheux, N. [Groupe de Radiochimie, Institut de Physique Nucleaire, Bat. 100, Universite Paris-Sud-11, 91406 Orsay (France)]. E-mail: dacheux@ipno.in2p3.fr; Wallez, G. [Laboratoire de Cristallochimie du Solide, 4 place Jussieu, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, 75252 Paris (France); Quarton, M. [Laboratoire de Cristallochimie du Solide, 4 place Jussieu, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, 75252 Paris (France)

    2006-06-30

    Several compositions of thorium-uranium (IV) phosphate-hydrogenphosphate hydrate (U {sub x/2}Th{sub 2-x/2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 2}(HPO{sub 4}) . H{sub 2}O, TUPHPH) were prepared starting from actinides chloride solutions and concentrated phosphoric acid. The experimental synthesis parameters were optimized in order to get the quantitative precipitation of the cations and a good crystallization state. The extensive characterization of the solids demonstrated the existence of a complete solid solution between Th and U end-members and evidenced the good homogeneity of the powders. Their behaviors during heating treatment were then checked and confirm the formation of anhydrous thorium-uranium (IV) phosphate-hydrogenphosphate (TUPHP) and {alpha}-U {sub x}Th{sub 4-x}(PO{sub 4}){sub 4}(P{sub 2}O{sub 7}) ({alpha}-TUPD) acting as intermediates. Finally, the low-temperature crystallized precursors were used in original sintering processes in order to improve the efficiency of the former cold-pressing sintering procedure.

  9. Comparative behavior of britholites and monazite/brabantite solid solutions during leaching tests: a combined experimental and DFT approach.

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    Veilly, E; du Fou de Kerdaniel, E; Roques, J; Dacheux, N; Clavier, N

    2008-12-01

    In the field of the specific immobilization of actinides, several phosphate-based ceramics have already been proposed as suitable candidates. Among them, britholite and monazite/brabantite (now called monazite/cheralite) solid solutions have been considered as serious candidates on the basis of several properties of interest. Although both matrices appear almost similar from a chemical point of view, their chemical behavior during leaching tests appear to be strongly different with normalized dissolution rates of typically (2.1 +/- 0.2) g.m(-2).day(-1) for Th-britholites (10(-1)M HNO(3), theta = 25 degrees C, dynamic conditions) and (2.2 +/- 0.2) 10(-5) g.m(-2).day(-1) for Th-brabantites (10(-1)M HNO(3), theta = 90 degrees C, dynamic conditions). To understand such difference from a crystallographic point of view, comparative leaching tests have been performed using either high or low renewal of the leachate. The results obtained clearly revealed a lower chemical durability of An-britholites compared to that of (Ln, Ca, An)-monazite/brabantite solid solutions. As a confirmation of this point, density functional theory calculations clearly showed some great differences in the cohesive energy of calcium in both crystal structures, which can explain this strong difference in the chemical durability of both materials.

  10. Comparative Behavior of Britholites and Monazite/Brabantite Solid Solutions during Leaching Tests: A Combined Experimental and DFT Approach

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    Veilly, E.; Du Fou De Kerdaniel, E.; Roques, J.; Dacheux, N.; Clavier, N. [Univ Paris Sud 11, Inst Phys Nucl Orsay, CNRS, Grp Radiochim, UMR 8608, F-91406 Orsay, (France); Clavier, N. [Inst Chim Separat Marcoule, Ctr Marcoule, CEA - CNRS, UMR 5257, UM2/ENSCM, F-30207 Bagnols Sur Ceze, (France)

    2008-07-01

    In the field of the specific immobilization of actinides, several phosphate-based ceramics have already been proposed as suitable candidates. Among them, britholite and monazite/brabantite (now called monazite/cheralite) solid solutions have been considered as serious candidates on the basis of several properties of interest. Although both matrices appear almost similar from a chemical point of view, their chemical behavior during leaching tests appear to be strongly different with normalized dissolution rates of typically (2.1 {+-} 0.2) g.m{sup -2}.day{sup -1} for Th-britholites (10{sup -1} M HNO{sub 3}, {theta} = 25 degrees C, dynamic conditions) and (2.2 {+-} 0.2) 10{sup -5} g.m{sup -}2{sup .}day{sup -1} for Th-brabantites (10{sup -1} M HNO{sub 3}, {theta} = 90 degrees C, dynamic conditions). To understand such difference from a crystallographic point of view, comparative leaching tests have been performed using either high or low renewal of the leachate. The results obtained clearly revealed a lower chemical durability of An-britholites compared to that of (Ln, Ca, An)-monazite/brabantite solid solutions. As a confirmation of this point, density functional theory calculations clearly showed some great differences in the cohesive energy of calcium in both crystal structures, which can explain this strong difference in the chemical durability of both materials. (authors)

  11. Spectroscopic properties of {Cr}^{3+} in the spinel solid solution {ZnAl}_{2-x}{Cr}x{O}_4

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    Verger, Louisiane; Dargaud, Olivier; Rousse, Gwenaelle; Rozsályi, Emese; Juhin, Amélie; Cabaret, Delphine; Cotte, Marine; Glatzel, Pieter; Cormier, Laurent

    2016-01-01

    The evolution of the structural environment of {Cr}{^{3+}} along the solid solution {ZnAl}_{2-x}{Cr}x{O}_4 has been investigated using a multi-analytical approach. X-ray diffraction confirms that the system follows Vegard's law. Diffuse reflectance spectra show a decrease of the crystal field parameter with the Cr content, usually related to the increase of the Cr-O bond length in a point charge model. This interpretation is discussed and compared to the data obtained by first-principle calculations based on density functional theory. X-ray absorption near edge structure spectra at the Cr K-edge show a pronounced evolution in the pre-edge with the Cr content, characterised by the appearance of a third feature. Calculations enable to assign the origin of this feature to Cr neighbours. The colour change from pink to brownish pink and eventually green along the solid solution has also been quantified by calculating the L*, a*, b* and x, y coefficients in the system defined by the International Commission on Illumination.

  12. Synthesis of Pyridine– and Pyrazine–BF 3 Complexes and Their Characterization in Solution and Solid State

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    Chénard, Etienne; Sutrisno, Andre; Zhu, Lingyang; Assary, Rajeev S.; Kowalski, Jeffrey A.; Barton, John L.; Bertke, Jeffery A.; Gray, Danielle L.; Brushett, Fikile R.; Curtiss, Larry A.; Moore, Jeffrey S.

    2016-03-31

    Following the discovery of the redox-active 1,4- bis-BF3-quinoxaline complex, we undertook a structure- activity study with the objective to understand the active nature of the quinoxaline complex. Through systematic synthesis and characterization, we have compared complexes prepared from pyridine and pyrazine derivatives, as heterocyclic core analogues. This paper reports the structural requirements that give rise to the electrochemical features of the 1,4-bis-BF3-quinoxaline adduct. Using solution and solidstate NMR spectroscopy, the role of aromatic ring fusion and nitrogen incorporation in bonding and electronics was elucidated. We establish the boron atom location and its interaction with its environment from 1D and 2D solution NMR, X-ray diffraction analysis, and 11B solid-state NMR experiments. Crystallographic analysis of single crystals helped to correlate the boron geometry with 11B quadrupolar coupling constant (CQ) and asymmetry parameter (ηQ), extracted from 11B solid-state NMR spectra. Additionally, computations based on density functional theory were performed to predict electrochemical behavior of the BF3-heteroaromatic complexes. We then experimentally measured electrochemical potential using cyclic voltammetry and found that the redox potentials and CQ values are similarly affected by electronic changes in the complexes.

  13. Influence of Sr-doping on the photocatalytic activities of CdS-ZnS solid solution photocatalysts

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    Zhang, Kai; Jing, Dengwei; Chen, Qingyun; Guo, Liejin [State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Flow in Power Engineering, Xi' an Jiaotong University, 28 West Xianning Road, Xi' an City, Shanxi Province 710049 (China)

    2010-03-15

    Alkaline earth metal Sr was successfully doped into CdS-ZnS solid solutions for the first time. The as-prepared photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface areas, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra (UV-vis), photoluminescence spectra (PL), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), etc. BET characterization indicated that all the prepared samples possessed mesoporous structures with large specific surface areas. Photocatalytic H{sub 2} evolution results showed that Sr-doping can efficiently improve the photocatalytic activities while the molar ratio of Zn was greater than 20% in the absence of noble metal as co-catalyst. The correlation between the Zn/Cd ratio of solid solution and the Sr-doping amount was investigated in detail. Results showed that the recombination of photoelectrons and holes could be efficiently suppressed by doping metal ions on the shallow surface of CdS-ZnS, which could become the centers of shallow electrons or holes traps, thus significantly improve the efficiency of charge separation. (author)

  14. Nonlinear photoluminescence of graded band-gap Al sub x Ga sub 1 sub - sub x As solid solutions

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    Kovalenko, V F; Shutov, S V

    2002-01-01

    The dependence of the photoluminescence (PL) intensity of undoped and doped graded band-gap Al sub x Ga sub 1 sub - sub x As (x <= 0.36) solid solutions on the excitation level J (1 x 10 sup 1 sup 9 <= J <= 1 x 10 sup 2 sup 2 quantum cm sup - sup 2 s) for different values of built-in quasi-electrical field E (85 <= E <= 700 V/cm) has been studied. It is found that the dependence of the near-band-edge PL intensity I in the excitation level J at an accelerating action of the field E has a complex character. The nonlinearity of I(J) dependence is explained by contribution of the two-photon absorption of the radiating recombination in the process of its remission. The optimum range of E values (120 <= E <= 200 V/cm) providing the greatest contribution of the two-photon absorption in the reemission in undoped solid solutions is determined

  15. Crystal phase competition by addition of a second metal cation in solid solution metal-organic frameworks.

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    Castillo-Blas, C; Snejko, N; de la Peña-O'Shea, V A; Gallardo, J; Gutiérrez-Puebla, E; Monge, M A; Gándara, F

    2016-03-14

    Herein we report a synthetic study focused on the preparation of solid-solution metal-organic frameworks, MOFs, with the use of two kinds of linkers. In particular, we have explored the system composed by zinc, cobalt, 1,2,4-triazole and 4,4′-hexafluoroisopropylidenebisbenzoic acid (H2hfipbb). During this study, four new MOFs have been isolated, denoted TMPF-88 [M3(hfipbb)2(triazole)2(H2O)], TMPF-90 [M2(triazole)3(OCH2CH3)], TMPF-91 [M2(hfipbb)(triazole)2(H2O)] and TMPF-95 [M5(hfipbb)4(triazole)2(H2O)] (TMPF = transition metal polymeric framework, M = Zn, Co, or mixture of them). The study demonstrates that the addition of a second metal element during the MOF synthesis has a major effect in the formation of new phases, even at very high Zn/Co metal ratios. Furthermore, we show that during the MOF formation reaction, there is a competition among different crystal phases, where kinetically favoured phases of various compositions crystallize in short reaction times, precluding the formation of the pure solid-solution phases of other energetically more stable MOFs.

  16. Photoluminescence in solid solutions and thin films of tungstates CaWO{sub 4}-CdWO{sub 4}

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    Taoufyq, A.; Mauroy, V.; Guinneton, F.; Valmalette, J-C. [University of Toulon, IM2NP, UMR CNRS 7334, La Garde, (France); Fiorido, T. [Aix Marseille University, IM2NP, UMR CNRS, 7334, Marseille, (France); Benlhachemi, A. [IBN ZOHR University, Faculty of sciences, Environment and Materials Laboratory, Agadir, (Morocco); Lyoussi, A. [CEA of Cadarache, DEN, Departement of reactors studies, experimental physics, Instrumentation Sensors and Dosimetry Laboratory, (France); Nolibe, G. [Cesigma society, signals and systems, La Garde, (France); Gavarri, J-R. [University of Toulon, IM2NP, UMR CNRS 7334, La Garde, (France)

    2015-07-01

    In this study, we present two types of studies on the luminescence properties under UV and X-ray excitations of solid solutions Ca{sub 1-x}Cd{sub x}WO{sub 4} and of thin layers of CaWO{sub 4} and CdWO{sub 4}. These tungstate based solid solutions are susceptible to be integrated into new radiation sensors, in order to be used in different fields of applications such as reactor measurements, safeguards, homeland security, nuclear nondestructive assays, LINAC emission radiation measurement. However these complex materials were rarely investigated in the literature. One first objective of our studies was to establish correlations between luminescence efficiency, chemical substitution and the degree of crystallization resulting from elaboration conditions. A second objective will be to determine the efficiency of luminescence properties of thin layers of these materials. In the present work, we focus our attention on the role of chemical substitution on photon emissions under UV and X-ray irradiations. The luminescence spectra of Ca{sub 1-x}Cd{sub x}WO{sub 4} polycrystalline materials have been investigated at room temperature as a function of composition (0≤x≤1). In addition, we present a preliminary study of the luminescence of CaWO{sub 4} and CdWO{sub 4} thin layers: oscillations observed in the case of X-ray excitations in the luminescence spectra are discussed. (authors)

  17. Factors affecting total dissolved solids concentration of γ-ray-irradiated aqueous hexamethylenetetramine solution: a dosimetric study.

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    Sife-Eldeen, Kh A

    2014-12-01

    A new γ-ray-radiation dosimetric system (TDS-HMTA), comprising a 'total dissolved solids (TDS)' meter and 0.02 M aqueous hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA) solution, is introduced for medical and biological applications. Gamma-ray radiolysis of aqueous HTMA solutions increases the concentrations (ppm) of TDS, which is measured by the TDS meter. The effects of HMTA concentration, absorbed radiation dose, absorbed dose rate, and storage time on the TDS concentration of irradiated HMTA solutions were studied. It was found that 0.02 M aqueous HMTA solution yields the highest sensitivity to γ-ray-radiation according to TDS concentration measurements. The effect of absorbed radiation dose was studied in the range 1.64-435.5 kGy. The TDS concentration increases linearly up to the maximum of the studied absorbed radiation dose range (R(2) = 0.9965). The overall coefficient of variation (CV %) associated with TDS concentration measurements of 0.02 M HMTA solution as a function of absorbed dose was found to be 0.732%. The effect of dose rate on the TDS concentration was studied in the range 0.33-3.31 kGy/h. It was found, also, that the TDS concentration is relatively stable over a storage period of 144 h after irradiation with different doses. The tissue equivalency of 0.02 M aqueous HMTA solutions allow it to be used for radiation dose measurement during sterilization in human tissue banks. Therefore, this system (TDS-HMTA) could be considered as a promising candidate for γ-ray radiation dosimetry in technical, medical and research fields.

  18. Low temperature preparation of nanocrystalline solid solution of strontium barium niobate by chemical process

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    Asit B Panda; Amita Pathak; Panchanan Pramanik

    2002-11-01

    SrBa1–Nb2O6 (with = 0.4, 0.5 and 0.6) powders have been prepared by thermolysis of aqueous precursor solutions consisting of triethanolamine (TEA), niobium tartarate and, EDTA complexes of strontium and barium ions. Complete evaporation of the precursor solution by heating at ∼ 200°C, yields in a fluffy, mesoporous carbon rich precursor material, which on calcination at 750°C/2 h has resulted in the pure SBN powders. The crystallite and average particle sizes are found to be around 15 nm and 20 nm, respectively.

  19. Experimental determination of interfacial energies for Ag2A1 solid solution in the CuAl2-Ag2Al system

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    Ocak Y; Akbulut S; Keslio(g)lu K; Mara(s)ll N; (C)adlrll E; Kaya H

    2009-01-01

    The equilibrated grain boundary groove shapes of solid solution Ag2Al in equilibrium with an Al-Cu-Ag liquid were observed from a quenched sample with a radial heat flow apparatus. The Gibbs-Thomson coefficient,solid-liquid interfacial energy and grain boundary energy of the solid solution Ag2Al have been determined from the observed grain boundary groove shapes. The thermal conductivity of the solid phase and the thermal conductivity ratio of the liquid phase to solid phase for Ag2Al-28.3 at the %CuAl2 alloy at the melting temperature have also been measured with a radial heat flow apparatus and Bridgman type growth apparatus,separately.

  20. Structural and Thermodynamic Properties of TiC x N y O z Solid Solution: Experimental Study and First-Principles Approaches

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    Xiao, Jiusan; Jiang, Bo; Huang, Kai; Jiao, Shuqiang; Zhu, Hongmin

    2016-09-01

    A series of TiC x N y O z solid solutions were synthesized via solid-state reaction and XRD patterns exhibited a single phase of FCC structure over the whole concentration range. The structural and thermodynamic properties of TiC x N y O z solid solutions were studied using experimental method and first-principles calculations. The difference between the calculated and experimental lattice parameters could be attributed to the vacancies segregated in TiO part. The fitting formulae for lattice parameters and mixing enthalpies were firstly given for TiC x N y O z solid solution over the whole concentration range. The obtained thermodynamic data for TiC x N y O z solid solution properly explained the reaction sequence of the carbothermal reduction of TiO2, providing theoretical foundation for TiC x N y O z solid solution as a kind of prospective material for consuming anode utilized in USTB titanium electrolysis process.

  1. Solid-state and solution /sup 13/C NMR in the conformational analysis of methadone-hydrochloride and related narcotic analgesics

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    Sumner, S.C.J.

    1986-01-01

    Solid state and solution /sup 13/C NMR have been used to study the conformations of the racemic mixtures and single enantiomers of methadone hydrochloride, alpha and beta methadol hydrochloride, and alpha and beta acetylmethadol hydrochloride. The NMR spectra acquired for the compounds as solids, and in polar and nonpolar solvents are compared, in order to determine the conformation of the molecules in solution. To determine the reliability of assigning solution conformations by comparing solution and solid state chemical shift data, three bond coupling constants measured in solution are compared with those calculated from X-ray data. The conformations of the racemic mixture and plus enantiomer of methadone hydrochloride have been shown to be very similar in the solid state, where minor differences in conformation can be seen by comparing NMR spectra obtained for the solids. Also shown is that the molecules of methadone hydrochloride have conformations in polar and in nonpolar solvents which are very similar to the conformation of the molecules in the solid state.

  2. Synthesis and characterization of type solid solution in the binary system of Bi2O3–Eu2O3

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    O Turkoglu; M Soylak; I Belenli

    2002-12-01

    We have investigated Bi2O3–Eu2O3 binary system by doping with Eu2O3 in the composition range from 1 to 10 mole% via solid state reactions and succeeded to stabilize -Bi2O3 phase which is metastable when pure. Stability of -Bi2O3 polymorph was influenced by heat treatment temperature. Tetragonal type solid solution was obtained in 3–6 mole% addition range when annealed at 750°C and the range was 2–7 mole% when annealed at 800°C. We have also carried out investigations on lattice parameters, microstructural properties and elemental compositions of this type solid solution for each doping ratio. Lattice parameters increased with amount of Eu2O3 addition. Our experimental observations strongly suggested that oxygen deficiency type non-stoichiometry is present in doped type solid solutions.

  3. Bi(1-x)Ni(x)VO(4-y) Solid Solution with a High Visible-Light Photocatalytic Activity for Degradation Methyl Orange.

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    Wang Jing; Wei, Yuelin; Huang, Yunfang; Wu, Jihuai; Dong, Qiang; Yin, Shu; Sato, Tsugio

    2015-09-01

    Particulate solid solutions Bi(1-x)Ni(x)VO(4-y) were synthesized by solid-state reaction at high temperature. The samples were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Field-Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM), Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface area and Ultraviolet-Visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis). The photocatalytic activity of BiVO4 for photocatalytic degradation of organic contaminants ability in visible light region could be improved by doping of Ni(2+). The high visible light photocatalytic activity of Bi(1-x)Ni(x)VO(4-y) solid solution might be due to the generation of a new band gap and expanding the range of visible light response. It was suggested that the Ni(2+) doping was beneficial to effective charge separation of Bi(1-x)Ni(x)VO(4-y) solid solution, thus improved the photocatalytic activity.

  4. Spectra of radical cations of phenothiazine derivatives in solution and solid state.

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    Ortiz, A; Pardo, A; Fernández-Alonso, J I

    1980-04-01

    The UV and visible spectra of radical cations of several phenothiazine derivatives were studied using different solvents. The establishment of a relationship between these bands and the R2 and R10 substituents was attempted. The influence of the disolvents on the bands also was studied. The characteristic charge transfer band was observed in the solid state using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The R2 substituent did not appear to influence the band, while the R10 substituent influenced the band considerably, probably due to steric effects.

  5. Role of temperature gradient in liquid/solid phase solution-diffusion bonding

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    翟秋亚; 徐锦锋

    2004-01-01

    The liquid-film solution-diffusion bonding of ZCuBe2.5 alloys was conducted using Cu-based alloy powders. The tensile strength of the bonding time decreases and the interface migration velocity increases bonding time, the thickness of diffusion layer increases with the increase of temperature gradient, and this tendency becomes more remarkable with the prolonging of bonding time.

  6. Chemical preparation of crystalline, nonmolecular solids, including solution-liquid-solid (SLS) growth of semiconductor fibers and varied routes to nanocrystalline molybdenum disilicide

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    Trentler, Timothy John

    New methods for the preparation of crystalline, nonmolecular solids under milder conditions and/or with control of crystallite size or morphology were developed in two separate projects. In one project, polycrystalline 13-15 semiconductor fibers (dimensions 10-100 nm x 50-1000 nm) were grown by solution-based chemical methods. Crystal precursor species of the general formula (Rsb{x}InEHsb{x}rbracksb{n}, where E is a pnictide and R is an alkyl group, were prepared by the phosphinolysis or arsinolysis of alkylindanes in aromatic solvents. Thermal decomposition of these precursors in solution, which was catalyzed by various protic reagents (MeOH, PhSH, Etsb2NH, or PhCOsb2H), resulted in crystalline InE when In metal was present in the form of submicron droplets dispersed in the solvent. Crystallization was determined to occur (at the lowest temperatures reported for 13-15 semiconductors, liquid-solid (SLS) mechanism reminiscent of vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) growth of single-crystal whiskers. Some analogous reactions were investigated in which t-Busb3Ga was mixed with the alkylindane in order to prepare ternary alloys (Insb{x}Gasb{1-x}As). Product crystallinity and composition was dependent on, though not exclusively determined by, the indane/gallane ratio. Crystals with composition within the miscibility gap for this alloy system were grown. The focus of the other project was the preparation of nanocrystalline (crystallite dimensions NaK alloy in an ultrasonically agitated hydrocarbon solvent followed by thermal processing (900sp°C) under vacuum to eliminate byproduct salts. MoSisb2 crystallites averaging 20-50 nm were obtained. Solvent degradation during this process resulted in the incorporation of substantial carbonaceous impurity (believed to be SiC) in these products. To eliminate the carbon, similar solventless reductions (without ultrasound) were conducted in molten magnesium, but average particle sizes have not been refined into the nanometer regime (currently

  7. Crystallization of organically templated phosphomolybdate cluster-based solids from aqueous solution

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    Minakshi Asnani; Dinesh Kumar; T Duraisamy; Arunachalam Ramanan

    2012-11-01

    The paper reports the synthesis and structural characterization of several organic-inorganic solids involving phosphomolybdate clusters. The Strandberg-type {P2Mo$^{\\text{VI}}_{5}$O23} and the lower-valent {P4Mo$^{V}_{6$O31} cluster based solids were isolated in the presence of (ethylenediamine) by controlling pH of the reaction medium. The lower-valent cluster invariably requires the presence of a suitable metal cation for further stabilization. A detailed investigation of the system was carried out where three different weak acids viz. oxalic acid, succinic acid and glycine were used in the entire pH range (1-12). Our results establish that the organic amine () is alone capable of reducing the molybdenum core in the absence of an organic acid at a suitable pH. Hence, pH of the reaction medium combined with suitable temperature favours the formation of lower-valent phosphomolybdate cluster. Higher pH favours the precipitation of a new sodium hydrogen phosphate.

  8. Technical note: Use of a digital and an optical Brix refractometer to estimate total solids in milk replacer solutions for calves.

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    Floren, H K; Sischo, W M; Crudo, C; Moore, D A

    2016-09-01

    The Brix refractometer is used on dairy farms and calf ranches for colostrum quality (estimation of IgG concentration), estimation of serum IgG concentration in neonatal calves, and nonsalable milk evaluation of total solids for calf nutrition. Another potential use is to estimate the total solids concentrations of milk replacer mixes as an aid in monitoring feeding consistency. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of Brix refractometers to estimate total solids in milk replacer solutions and evaluate different replacer mixes for osmolality. Five different milk replacer powders (2 milk replacers with 28% crude protein and 25% fat and 3 with 22% crude protein and 20% fat) were mixed to achieve total solids concentrations from approximately 5.5 to 18%, for a total of 90 different solutions. Readings from both digital and optical Brix refractometers were compared with total solids. The 2 types of refractometers' readings correlated well with one another. The digital and optical Brix readings were highly correlated with the total solids percentage. A value of 1.08 to 1.47 would need to be added to the Brix reading to estimate the total solids in the milk replacer mixes with the optical and digital refractometers, respectively. Osmolality was correlated with total solids percentage of the mixes, but the relationship was different depending on the type of milk replacer. The Brix refractometer can be beneficial in estimating total solids concentration in milk replacer mixes to help monitor milk replacer feeding consistency.

  9. Thermochemical investigations of zirconolite, pyrochlore and brannerite: Three materials relevant to issues of plutonium immobilization

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    Helean, Katheryn Bridget

    For the purpose of immobilizing plutonium, a crystalline ceramic waste form is being developed that can be described as a pseudo-quaternary system consisting of CaHfTi2O7- CaPuTi2O7- CaUTi2O7- GdTi2O7. High-temperature oxide melt solution calorimetry offers an effective methodology for the determination of enthalpies of formation of rare earth-bearing and other refractory oxides relevant to the proposed waste form. Calorimetric investigations of the waste form end-member phases (using Ce as a Pu analogue) plus brannerite, the major waste form impurity, were conducted using 3Na2O•4MoO3 solvent at 975 K. Standard enthalpies of formation, DeltaH°f (kJ/mol), were derived for three pyrochlore phases: Ca0.93Ce1.00Ti 2.035O7.00 (-3656.0 +/- 5.6), Ca1.46U 4+0.23U6+0.46Ti1.85O 7.00 (-3610.6 +/- 4.1) and Gd2Ti2O 7 (-3822.5 +/- 4.9). Enthalpies of formation with respect to an oxide phase assemblage, DeltaH°f-ox: CaO+MO2+2TiO2=CaMTi2O7 or Gd 2O3+2TiO2=Gd2Ti2O7 , and an oxide/perovskite phase assemblage, DeltaH° f-pv+ox: CaTiO3+MO2+TiO2=CaMTi 2O7, M = Ce, U were also calculated. DeltaH° f-ox (kJ/mol): Gd2Ti2O7 (-113.4 +/- 2.8); Ca1.46U4+0.23U 6+0.46Ti1.85O7.00 (-123.1 +/- 3.4); Ca0.93Ce1.00Ti2.035O7.00 (-54.1 +/- 5.2). DeltaH°f-pv+ox (kJ/mol): Ca1.46U4+0.23U6+ 0.46Ti1.85O7.00 (-5.1 +/- 4.0); Ca 0.93Ce1.00Ti2.035O7.00 (+21.0 +/- 5.5). A significant metastability field was defined with respect to an oxide/perovskite phase assemblage. DeltaH°f (kJ/mol) were derived for two zirconolite phases: CaZr1.03Ti1.97O7 (-3719.4 +/- 3.9) and CaHf1.02Ti1.98O 7 (-3720.5 +/- 3.9). DeltaH° f-ox (kJ/mol): CaZr1.03Ti1.97O7 (-89.6 +/- 2.8); CaHf1.02Ti1.98O7 (-74.8 +/- 3.1). CaZr1.03Ti1.97O7 was stable with respect to a perovskite plus oxides assemblage (DeltaH° f-pv+ox = -8.8 +/- 3.3 kJ/mol). CaHf1.02Ti 1.98O7 was marginally metastable in enthalpy (Delta H°f-pv+ox = +6.0 +/- 3.5 kJ/mol). DeltaH°f (kJ/mol) were derived for three brannerites: CeTi2O6 (-2948.8 +/- 4.3); U0.97Ti2.03O6

  10. Synthesis and characterization of nano-sized BaSr1–SO4 (0 ≤ ≤ 1) solid solution by a simple surfactant-free aqueous solution route

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    Yu-Feng Li; Jia-Hu Ouyang; Yu Zhou; Xue-Song Liang; Ji-Yong Zhong

    2009-04-01

    A facile aqueous solution route has been employed to synthesize BaSr1–SO4 (0 4 ≤ 1) solid solution nanocrystals at room temperature without using any surfactants or templates. The as-synthesized products were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (XRF), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and differential scanning calorimetry–thermogravimetry (DSC–TG). The BaSr1–SO4 solid solution nanocrystals exhibit an orthorhombic structure and an ellipsoidal-shaped morphology with an average size of 80–100 nm. The lattice parameters of BaSr1–SO4 solid solution crystals increase with increasing x value. However, they are not strictly coincident with the Vegard’s law, which indicates that the as-obtained products are non-ideal solid solutions. The BaSr1–SO4 solid solution nanocrystals have an excellent thermal stability from ambient temperature to 1300°C with a structural transition from orthorhombic to cubic phase at about 1111°C.

  11. Single molecule magnet behavior of a pentanuclear Mn-based metallacrown complex: solid state and solution magnetic studies.

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    Zaleski, Curtis M; Tricard, Simon; Depperman, Ezra C; Wernsdorfer, Wolfgang; Mallah, Talal; Kirk, Martin L; Pecoraro, Vincent L

    2011-11-21

    The magnetic behavior of the pentanuclear complex of formula Mn(II)(O(2)CCH(3))(2)[12-MC(Mn(III)(N)shi)-4](DMF)(6), 1, was investigated using magnetization and magnetic susceptibility measurements both in the solid state and in solution. Complex 1 has a nearly planar structure, made of a central Mn(II) ion surrounded by four peripheral Mn(III) ions. Solid state variable-field dc magnetic susceptibility experiments demonstrate that 1 possesses a low value for the total spin in the ground state; fitting appropriate expressions to the data results in antiferromangetic coupling both between the peripheral Mn(III) ions (J = -6.3 cm(-1)) and between the central Mn(II) ion and the Mn(III) ones (J' = -4.2 cm(-1)). In order to obtain a reasonable fit, a relatively large single ion magnetic anisotropy (D) value of 1 cm(-1) was necessary for the central Mn(II) ion. The single crystal magnetization measurements using a microsquid array display a very slight opening of the hysteresis loop but only at a very low temperature (0.04 K), which is in line with the ac susceptibility data where a slow relaxation of the magnetization occurs just around 2 K. In frozen solution, complex 1 displays a frequency dependent ac magnetic susceptibility signal with an energy barrier to magnetization reorientation (E) and relaxation time at an infinite temperature (τ(o)) of 14.7 cm(-1) and 1.4 × 10(-7) s, respectively, demonstrating the single molecule magnetic behavior in solution.

  12. XRD and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance analysis of CeO2-ZrO2 solid solutions synthesized by combustion method

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    G Ranga Rao; H Ranjan Sahu

    2001-10-01

    A series of ceria-incorporated zirconia (Ce1-ZrO2, = 0 to 1) solid solutions were prepared by employing the solution combustion synthesis route. The products were characterized by XRD and UV-Vis-NIR diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The materials are crystalline in nature and the lattice parameters of the solid solution series follow Vegard’s law. Diffuse reflectance spectra of the solid solutions in the UV region show two intense bands at 250 and 297 nm which are assigned respectively to Ce3+ ← O2- and Ce4+ ← O2- charge transfer transitions. The two vibrational bands in 6960 cm-1 and 5168 cm-1 in the NIR region indicate the presence of surface hydroxyl groups on these materials.

  13. Solutions for a completely saturated porous elastic solid with impeded boundaries

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    CHEN Yunmin; CHENG Zehai; LING Daosheng; ZHU Bin

    2007-01-01

    Analytical solutions are presented for the consolidation of a semi-infinite stratum and a finite soil layer with an impeding layer located on the surface subjected to a vertical point loading.The Laplace transform and the Hankel transform are used with respect to time and the radial coordinate,respectively.Solutions of other distributed loadings,including the circular loading,can be easily obtained by integrating those of the point loading.The consolidation degree,excess pore water pressure,vertical total stress,and the shear stress of the consolidating layer are analyzed in this study.The consolidation rate decreases with the increase in the thickness of the impeding layer.Stresses of the consolidating layer vary during the consolidation due to the coupling of the excess pore water dissipation and the soil skeleton deformation.Further,the Mandel-Cryer effect is also analyzed in this study.

  14. A Solid Ag Film Deposited from Solution on Self-assembled Mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTS) Monolayer

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    2002-01-01

    Mercaptopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTS) bearing mercapto groups was used to form self-assembly monolayers (SAMs) on glass substrates by solution extraction. SEM, XRD and rubbing test analysis illustrated that the Ag film on the SAMs-modified glass was more durable than that on the commonly-modified glass and that the crystallinity of Ag film on the SAMs-modified glass was identical with those of the Ag film on the commonly-modified glass and pure Ag.

  15. Modal solutions in stratified multi-layered fluid-solid half-space

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    陈蔚天; 陈晓非

    2002-01-01

    A new systematic and efficient algorithm to calculate the modal solutions of multi-lay- ered ocean-Earth model is presented. Our algorithm distinguishes itself as terseness of formulation, efficiency in numerical computation, and stableness at high frequencies, thus, thoroughly solving the problem of loss-of-precision at high frequencies. This new algorithm is expected to be very useful in studying the surface waves propagating in ocean-Earth model and other related topics.

  16. From solid solution to cluster formation of Fe and Cr in α-Zr

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    Burr, P. A.; Wenman, M. R.; Gault, B.; Moody, M. P.; Ivermark, M.; Rushton, M. J. D.; Preuss, M.; Edwards, L.; Grimes, R. W.

    2015-12-01

    To understand the mechanisms by which the re-solution of Fe and Cr additions increase the corrosion rate of irradiated Zr alloys, the solubility and clustering of Fe and Cr in model binary Zr alloys was investigated using a combination of experimental and modelling techniques - atom probe tomography (APT), x-ray diffraction (XRD), thermoelectric power (TEP) and density functional theory (DFT). Cr occupies both interstitial and substitutional sites in the α-Zr lattice; Fe favours interstitial sites, and a low-symmetry site that was not previously modelled is found to be the most favourable for Fe. Lattice expansion as a function of Fe and Cr content in the α-Zr matrix deviates from Vegard's law and is strongly anisotropic for Fe additions, expanding the c-axis while contracting the a-axis. Matrix content of solutes cannot be reliably estimated from lattice parameter measurements, instead a combination of TEP and APT was employed. Defect clusters form at higher solution concentrations, which induce a smaller lattice strain compared to the dilute defects. In the presence of a Zr vacancy, all two-atom clusters are more soluble than individual point defects and as many as four Fe or three Cr atoms could be accommodated in a single Zr vacancy. The Zr vacancy is critical for the increased apparent solubility of defect clusters; the implications for irradiation induced microstructure changes in Zr alloys are discussed.

  17. The Science of Detached Bridgman Growth and Solutocapillary Convection in Solid Solution Crystals

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    Szofran, F. R.; Volz, M. P.; Cobb, S. D.; Motakef, S.; Croell, A.; Dold, P.

    2001-01-01

    Bridgman and Float-zone crystal growth experiments are planned for NASA's First Materials Science Research Rack using the European Space Agency's Materials Science Laboratory with the Low Gradient Furnace (LGF) and Float Zone Furnace with Rotating Magnetic Field (FMF) inserts, respectively. Samples will include germanium and germanium-silicon alloys with up to 10 atomic percent silicon. The Bridgman part of the investigation includes detached growth samples and so there will be a solid-liquid-gas tri-junction in those experiments just as there will be in all float-zone experiments. There are other similarities as well as significant differences between the types of growth that will be discussed. The presentation will call attention to the reasons that experiments in microgravity will provide information unattainable from Earth-based experiments.

  18. Structural analysis and magnetic properties of solid solutions of Co–Cr system obtained by mechanical alloying

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    Betancourt-Cantera, J.A. [Área Académica de Ciencias de la Tierra y Materiales, UAEH Carr., Pachuca-Tulancingo Km. 4.5, Pachuca, Hidalgo 42184 (Mexico); Sánchez-De Jesús, F., E-mail: fsanchez@uaeh.edu.mx [Área Académica de Ciencias de la Tierra y Materiales, UAEH Carr., Pachuca-Tulancingo Km. 4.5, Pachuca, Hidalgo 42184 (Mexico); Bolarín-Miró, A.M. [Área Académica de Ciencias de la Tierra y Materiales, UAEH Carr., Pachuca-Tulancingo Km. 4.5, Pachuca, Hidalgo 42184 (Mexico); Betancourt, I.; Torres-Villaseñor, G. [Departamento de Materiales Metálicos y Cerámicos, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México D.F. 04510 (Mexico)

    2014-03-15

    In this paper, a systematic study on the structural and magnetic properties of Co{sub 100−x}Cr{sub x} alloys (0solid solutions based on Co-hcp, Co-fcc and Cr-bcc structures were obtained. The saturation polarization indicated a maximum value of 1.17 T (144 Am{sup 2}/kg) for the Co{sub 90}Cr{sub 10}, which decreases with the increasing of the Cr content up to x=80, as a consequence of the dilution effect of the magnetic moment which is caused by the Cr content and by the competition between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic exchange interactions. The coercivity increases up to 34 kA/m (435 Oe) for Co{sub 40}Cr{sub 60}. For Cr rich compositions, it is observed an important decrease reaching 21 kA/m (272 Oe) for Co{sub 10}Cr{sub 90,} it is related to the grain size and the structural change. Besides, the magnetic anisotropy constant was determined for each composition. Magnetic thermogravimetric analysis allowed to obtain Curie temperatures corresponding to the formation of hcp-Co(Cr) and fcc-Co(Cr) solid solutions. - Highlights: • Mechanical alloying (MA) induces the formation of solid solutions of Co–Cr system in non-equilibrium. • We report the crystal structure and the magnetic behavior of Co–Cr alloys produced by MA. • MA improves the magnetic properties of Co–Cr system.

  19. Structure induced Yb valence changes in the solid solution Yb(x)Ca(1-x)C2.

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    Link, Pascal; Glatzel, Pieter; Kvashnina, Kristina; Trots, Dmytro M; Smith, Ronald I; Ruschewitz, Uwe

    2013-06-17

    The solid solution Yb(x)Ca(1-x)C2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) was synthesized by reaction of the elements at 1323 K. The crystal structures within this solid solution, as elucidated from synchrotron powder diffraction data, depend on x and exhibit some interesting features that point to a structure dependent valence state of Yb. Compounds with x ≥ 0.75 crystallize in the tetragonal CaC2 type structure (I4/mmm, Z = 2) and obey Vegard's law; for x ≤ 0.75 the monoclinic ThC2 type structure (C2/c, Z = 4) is found, which coexists with the monoclinic CaC2-III type structure (C2/m, Z = 4) for x ≤ 0.25. The monoclinic modifications show a strong deviation from Vegard's law. Their unit cell volumes are remarkably larger than expected for a typical Vegard system. HERFD-XANES spectroscopic investigations reveal that different Yb valence states are responsible for the observed volume anomalies. While all tetragonal compounds contain mixed-valent Yb with ∼75% Yb(3+) (similar to pure YbC2), all monoclinic modifications contain exclusively Yb(2+). Therefore, Yb(x)Ca(1-x)C2 is a very rare example of a Yb containing compound showing a strong structure dependence of the Yb valence state. Moreover, temperature dependent synchrotron powder diffraction, neutron TOF powder diffraction, and HERFD-XANES spectroscopy experiments reveal significant Yb valence changes in some compounds of the Yb(x)Ca(1-x)C2 series that are induced by temperature dependent phase transitions. Transitions from the tetragonal CaC2 type structure to the monoclinic ThC2 or the cubic CaC2-IV type structure (Fm3m, Z = 4) are accompanied by drastic changes of the mean Yb valence from ∼2.70 to 2.0 in compounds with x = 0.75 and x = 0.91. Finally, the determination of lattice strain arising inside the modifications with ordered dumbbells (ThC2 and CaC2 type structures) by DSC measurements corroborated our results concerning the close relationship between crystal structure and Yb valence in the solid solution Yb(x)Ca(1-x

  20. Solid-phase electrochemical reduction of graphene oxide films in alkaline solution

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    Basirun, Wan J.; Sookhakian, Mehran; Baradaran, Saeid; Mahmoudian, Mohammad R.; Ebadi, Mehdi

    2013-09-01

    Graphene oxide (GO) film was evaporated onto graphite and used as an electrode to produce electrochemically reduced graphene oxide (ERGO) films by electrochemical reduction in 6 M KOH solution through voltammetric cycling. Fourier transformed infrared and Raman spectroscopy confirmed the presence of ERGO. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy characterization of ERGO and GO films in ferrocyanide/ferricyanide redox couple with 0.1 M KCl supporting electrolyte gave results that are in accordance with previous reports. Based on the EIS results, ERGO shows higher capacitance and lower charge transfer resistance compared to GO.

  1. Decay property of regularity-loss type of solutions in elastic solids with voids

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    Said-Houari, Belkacem

    2013-12-01

    In this article, we consider two porous systems of nonclassical thermoelasticity in the whole real line. We discuss the long-time behaviour of the solutions in the presence of a strong damping acting, together with the heat effect, on the elastic equation and establish several decay results. Those decay results are shown to be very slow and of regularity-loss type. Some improvements of the decay rates have also been given, provided that the initial data belong to some weighted spaces. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

  2. Influence of Ce0.68Zr0.32O2 solid solution on depositing -alumina washcoat on FeCrAl foils

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    Mei-Qing Shen; Li-Wei Jia; Wen-Long Zhou; Jun Wang; Ying Huang

    2006-02-01

    The influence of Ce0.68Zr0.32O2 solid solution on properties of -alumina based washcoat on FeCrAl foils was investigated. FeCrAl foils were pretreated at 950°C in air for 10 h before coating washcoat. Different amounts of Ce0.68Zr0.32O2 solid solution were added into ã-alumina-based slurries. The properties of washcoats were measured by ultrasonic vibration and thermal shock test, SEM, BET and XRD. The results show that the addition of Ce0.68Zr0.32O2 solid solution into slurries can improve -Al2O3-based washcoat adhesion on FeCrAl foils. The more the Ce0.68Zr0.32O2 solid solution added into slurries, the higher was the specific surface area of aged samples. XRD characterization proved that ceria–zirconia solid solution can inhibit the transformation of -Al2O3 crystal into others at 1050°C for 20 h.

  3. Transport properties in dilute UN (X ) solid solutions (X =Xe ,Kr )

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    Claisse, Antoine; Schuler, Thomas; Lopes, Denise Adorno; Olsson, Pär

    2016-11-01

    Uranium nitride (UN) is a candidate fuel for current GEN III fission reactors, for which it is investigated as an accident-tolerant fuel, as well as for future GEN IV reactors. In this study, we investigate the kinetic properties of gas fission products (Xe and Kr) in UN. Binding and migration energies are obtained using density functional theory, with an added Hubbard correlation to model f electrons, and the occupation matrix control scheme to avoid metastable states. These energies are then used as input for the self-consistent mean field method which enables to determine transport coefficients for vacancy-mediated diffusion of Xe and Kr on the U sublattice. The magnetic ordering of the UN structure is explicitly taken into account, for both energetic and transport properties. Solute diffusivities are compared with experimental measurements and the effect of various parameters on the theoretical model is carefully investigated. We find that kinetic correlations are very strong in this system, and that despite atomic migration anisotropy, macroscopic solute diffusivities show limited anisotropy. Our model indicates that the discrepancy between experimental measurements probably results from different irradiation conditions, and hence different defect concentrations.

  4. Elevated Temperature Creep Deformation in Solid Solution NiAL-3.6Ti Single Crystals

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    Whittenberger, J. Daniel; Noebe, Ronald D.; Darolia, Ram

    2003-01-01

    The 1100 to 1500 K slow plastic strain rate compressive properties of oriented NiAl-3.6Ti single crystals have been measured, and the results suggests that two deformation processes exist. While the intermediate temperature/faster strain rate mechanism is uncertain, plastic flow at elevated temperature/slower strain rates in NiAl-3.6Ti appears to be controlled by solute drag as described by the Cottrell-Jaswon solute drag model for gliding b = a(sub 0) dislocations. While the calculated activation energy of deformation is much higher (approximately 480 kJ/mol) than the activation energy for diffusion (approximately 290 kJ/mol) used in the Cottrell-Jaswon creep model, a forced temperature compensated - power law fit using the activation energy for diffusion was able to adequately (greater than 90%) predict the observed creep properties. Thus we conclude that the rejection of a diffusion controlled mechanism can not be simply based on a large numerical difference between the activation energies for deformation and diffusion.

  5. Inclusion of Paracetamol into β-cyclodextrin nanocavities in solution and in the solid state

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    El-Kemary, Maged; Sobhy, Saffaa; El-Daly, Samy; Abdel-Shafi, Ayman

    2011-09-01

    We report on steady-state UV-visible absorption and emission characteristics of Paracetamol, drug used as antipyretic agent, in water and within cyclodextrins (CDs): β-CD, 2-hydroxypropyl- β-CD (HP- β-CD) and 2,6-dimethyl- β-CD (Me- β-CD). The results reveal that Paracetamol forms a 1:1 inclusion complex with CD. Upon encapsulation, the emission intensity enhances, indicating a confinement effect of the nanocages on the photophysical behavior of the drug. Due to its methyl groups, the Me- β-CD shows the largest effect for the drug. The observed binding constant showing the following trend: Me- β-CD > HP- β-CD > β-CD. The less complexing effectiveness of HP- β-CD is due to the steric effect of the hydroxypropyl-substituents, which can hamper the inclusion of the guest molecules. The solid state inclusion complex was prepared by co-precipitation method and its characterization was investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, 1H NMR and X-ray diffractometry. These approaches indicated that Paracetamol was able to form an inclusion complex with CDs, and the inclusion compounds exhibited different spectroscopic features and properties from Paracetamol.

  6. Disparities in solid organ transplantation for ethnic minorities: facts and solutions.

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    Higgins, R S D; Fishman, J A

    2006-11-01

    The Diversity and Minority Affairs Committee of the American Society of Transplantation (AST) convened a symposium to examine organ transplantation in underserved and minority populations. The goals of the meeting included 'benchmarking' of solid organ transplantation among minority populations, review of the epidemiology of end-organ damage, exploration of barriers to transplantation services and development of approaches to eliminate disparities. Participants noted that minority populations were more likely to be adversely affected by limited preventive medical care, lack of counseling regarding transplant options, and delays in transplant referrals for organ transplantation. These features largely reflect economic disadvantage as well as the reduced presence of minority professionals with training in transplant-related specialties. Participants in the conference noted that recent changes in organ allocation policies had improved access to minority individuals once listed for renal transplantation. Similar advances will be needed for other organs to address inequities in pretransplant care and underrepresentation of minorities among transplant professionals. The biologic basis of differences in transplant outcomes for minority recipients has not been adequately studied. Research funds must be targeted to address biologic mechanisms underlying disparate transplant outcomes including the impacts of environment, education, poverty and lifestyle choices.

  7. Separation in liquid and the formation of supersaturated solid solutions in Fe-Cu alloys upon rapid laser melting

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    Kharanzhevskiy, E. V.

    2016-09-01

    The structure of compacted specimens produced using the rapid laser melting of ultradispersed Fe-50 wt % Cu powders has been studied. The original powder was produced via the mechanical milling of iron and copper powders in a planetary-type ball mill. It has been found that the structure of the compacted specimens produced using rapid laser melting exhibits signs of the initial stages of separation in supercooled liquid. It has been shown using X-ray diffraction analysis as well as scanning and transmission electron microscopy that the final structure contains a supersaturated (Fe; Cu) solid solution formed from the high-speed movement of the solidification front and the nonequilibrium capture of copper by the moving front.

  8. Investigation of magnetic structure evolution in the substitutional solid solution ScxLu(1-x)MnO3

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    Bieringer, M.; Greedan, J. E.; Wills, A. S.

    The hexagonal series AMnO3 (A = Lu, Sc) (space group: P63cm) is an excellent model system for the investigation of magnetic frustration as the magnetic sublattice is made up of edge sharing triangles with nearest neighbour antiferromagnetic exchange. At low temperatures the Mn3+ moments form a 120° long range ordered state. In LuMnO3 (TN=91 K) the magnetic moments are in the ab-plane and perpendicular to the hexagonal axis, whereas ScMnO3 (TN=130 K) undergoes an in-plane spin-reorientation transition below T=70 K. Powder neutron diffraction experiments for the substitutional solid solution ScxLu(1-x)MnO3 (0.0<=x<=1.0) show the evolution of the spin-reorientation as a function of x.

  9. A relationship to estimate the excess entropy of mixing: Application in silicate solid solutions and binary alloys.

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    Benisek, Artur; Dachs, Edgar

    2012-06-25

    The paper presents new calorimetric data on the excess heat capacity and vibrational entropy of mixing of Pt-Rh and Ag-Pd alloys. The results of the latter alloy are compared to those obtained by calculations using the density functional theory. The extent of the excess vibrational entropy of mixing of these binaries and of some already investigated binary mixtures is related to the differences of the end-member volumes and the end-member bulk moduli. These quantities are used to roughly represent the changes of the bond length and stiffness in the substituted and substituent polyhedra due to compositional changes, which are assumed to be the important factors for the non-ideal vibrational behaviour in solid solutions.

  10. Facile synthesis of catalytically active CeO2-Gd2O3 solid solutions for soot oxidation

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    D Naga Durgasri; T Vinodkumar; Benjaram M Reddy

    2014-03-01

    CeO2-Gd2O3 oxides were synthesized by a modified coprecipitation method and subjected to thermal treatments at different temperatures to understand their thermal behaviour. The obtained samples were characterized by XRD, BET, TEM, Raman and TPR techniques. Catalytic efficiencies for oxygen storage/release capacity (OSC) and soot oxidation were evaluated by a thermogravimetric (TG) method. XRD and Raman results indicated the formation of Ce0.8Gd0.2O2− (CG) solid solutions at lower calcination temperatures, and TEM studies confirmed nanosized nature of the particles. Raman studies further confirmed the presence of oxygen vacancies and lattice defects in the CG sample. TPR measurements indicated a facile reduction of ceria after Gd3+ addition. Activity studies revealed that incorporation of Gd3+ into the ceria matrix favoured the creation of more structural defects, which accelerates the oxidation rate of soot compared to pure ceria.

  11. Simulation of ceramic materials relevant for nuclear waste management: Case of La1-xEuxPO4 solid solution

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    Kowalski, Piotr M.; Ji, Yaqi; Li, Yan; Arinicheva, Yulia; Beridze, George; Neumeier, Stefan; Bukaemskiy, Andrey; Bosbach, Dirk

    2017-02-01

    Using powerful computational resources and state-of-the-art methods of computational chemistry we contribute to the research on novel nuclear waste forms by providing atomic scale description of processes that govern the structural incorporation and the interactions of radionuclides in host materials. Here we present various results of combined computational and experimental studies on La1-xEuxPO4 monazite-type solid solution. We discuss the performance of DFT + U method with the Hubbard U parameter value derived ab initio, and the derivation of various structural, thermodynamic and radiation-damage related properties. We show a correlation between the cation displacement probabilities and the solubility data, indicating that the binding of cations is the driving factor behind both processes. The combined atomistic modeling and experimental studies result in a superior characterization of the investigated material.

  12. Pressure-induced fcc to hcp phase transition in Ni-based high entropy solid solution alloys

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    Zhang, F. X.; Zhao, Shijun; Jin, Ke; Bei, H.; Popov, D.; Park, Changyong; Neuefeind, J. C.; Weber, W. J.; Zhang, Yanwen [Tennessee-K; (ORNL); (CIW)

    2017-01-04

    A pressure-induced phase transition from the fcc to a hexagonal close-packed (hcp) structure was found in NiCoCrFe solid solution alloy starting at 13.5 GPa. The phase transition is very sluggish and the transition did not complete at ~40 GPa. The hcp structure is quenchable to ambient pressure. Only a very small amount (<5%) of hcp phase was found in the isostructural NiCoCr ternary alloy up to the pressure of 45 GPa and no obvious hcp phase was found in NiCoCrFePd system till to 74 GPa. Ab initio Gibbs free energy calculations indicated the energy differences between the fcc and the hcp phases for the three alloys are very small, but they are sensitive to temperature. The critical transition pressure in NiCoCrFe varies from ~1 GPa at room temperature to ~6 GPa at 500 K.

  13. The solid solution Na0.39(NH41.61SO4·Te(OH6

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    Abdelwaheb Kolsi

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, sodium ammonium sulfate–telluric acid (1/1, Na0.39(NH41.61SO4·Te(OH6, is isostructural with other solid solutions in the series M1−x(NH4xSO4·Te(OH6, where ammonium is partially replaced with an alkali metal (M = K, Rb or Cs. The structure is composed of planes of Te(OH6 octahedra alternating with planes of SO4 tetrahedra. The Na+/NH4+ cations are statistically distributed over the same position and are located between the planes. The structure is stabilized by O—H...O and N—H...O hydrogen bonds between the telluric acid adducts and the O atoms of sulfate groups, and between the ammonium cations and O atoms, respectively. Both Te atoms lie on centres of symmetry.

  14. Magnetic properties of the (CoxMn1-x)4Nb2O9 solid solution series

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    Schwarz, B.; Kraft, D.; Theissmann, R.; Ehrenberg, H.

    2010-03-01

    Co4Nb2O9 and Mn4Nb2O9 order collinear antiferromagnetically with the same magnetic spin structure type below 30 and 125 K, respectively. Magnetization measurements on powder samples of the solid solution series (Co,Mn)4Nb2O9 prepared by arc melting reveal a linear progression of the Néel-temperature with Co/Mn ratio. Powder neutron diffraction experiments performed for a selected composition confirm the existence of the same magnetic structure type as found for the end members. (Co,Mn)4Nb2O9 samples prepared by subsolidus reaction and comparably much lower cooling rates after tempering contain very small amounts of additional (Co,Mn)3O4 spinel phases with strongly varying transition temperatures as a function of the Co/Mn ratio.

  15. Average and Local Crystal Structures of (Ga(1-x)Znx)(N(1-x)Ox) Solid Solution Nanoparticles.

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    Feygenson, Mikhail; Neuefeind, Joerg C; Tyson, Trevor A; Schieber, Natalie; Han, Wei-Qiang

    2015-12-07

    We report a comprehensive study of the crystal structure of (Ga(1-x)Znx)(N(1-x)Ox) solid solution nanoparticles by means of neutron and synchrotron X-ray scattering. In our study, we used four different types of (Ga(1-x)Znx)(N(1-x)Ox) nanoparticles, with diameters of 10-27 nm and x = 0.075-0.51, which show energy band gaps from 2.21 to 2.61 eV. Rietveld analysis of the neutron diffraction data revealed that the average crystal structure is hexagonal wurtzite (space group P63mc) for the larger nanoparticles, while the crystal structure of smaller nanoparticles is disordered hexagonal. Pair-distribution-function analysis found that the intermediate crystal structure retains a "motif" of the average one; however, the local structure is more disordered. The implications of disorder on the reduced energy band gap are discussed.

  16. Crystal structure of the solid solution Ba8.35Pb0.65(B3O6)6.

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    Zhao, Wenwu

    2017-03-01

    Single crystals of lead barium borate, Ba8.35Pb0.65(B3O6)6, octabarium lead(II) hexa-kis-(triborate), have been obtained by spontaneous nucleation from a high-temperature melt. Its three-dimensional structure is constructed on the basis of a BaO9 polyhedron, a (Pb/Ba)O6 octa-hedron (occupancy ratio Pb:Ba = 0.216:0.784) and a condensed B3O6 ring anion. In the crystal, the planar B3O6 anions are stacked in an alternating fashion with Ba and (Pb/Ba) atoms along [001]. A comparison is made with the structures of related solid solutions in the system Ba/Pb/B/O.

  17. Hopping conduction via highly localized impurity states of indium in PbTe and its solid solutions. Review

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    Ravich, Y I

    2002-01-01

    Results of experimental investigation of the transport phenomena in PbTe and Pb sub 1 sub - sub x Sn sub x Te solid solutions with high contents of In impurity (up to 20 at %) at temperatures up to 400 K have been considered. An analysis of the experimental data has been made on the base of an idea of hopping conductivity via highly localized impurity states creates by indium atoms. The temperature dependences of transport coefficients unusual for the IV-VI-type semiconductors, the change of sing of the thermoelectromotive force at negative Hall coefficient, the positive Nernst-Ettingshausen coefficient are explained. The activation energy of the hoping conductivity, characterizing discrepancy between impurity energy levels the effective wave function radius and the density of localized states as the energy function are found experimentally

  18. Observation of quasi-fast diffusion process in sup 3 He- sup 4 He solid solutions near BCC-HCP

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    Mikhin, N P; Rudavskij, E Y

    2001-01-01

    By means of pulsed NMR one investigated into diffusion processes i sup 3 He dilute solid solution in sup 4 He at the BCC-HCP phase equilibrium line and in a melting-point curve. The applied techniques of the spin echo enabled to separate contributions made by all co-existing phases. It is determined that alongside with the contributions relevant to the equilibrium phases a secondary diffusion process characterized by anomalously high value of the diffusion coefficient manifests itself. It is shown to be close to the value of diffusion coefficient for liquid helium while diffusion is a spatially restricted one. One assumes that the observed effect may be associated with occurrence of liquid drops in the BCC-HCP transition process

  19. New analogues of the BODIPY dye PM597: photophysical and lasing properties in liquid solutions and in solid polymeric matrices.

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    Costela, A; García-Moreno, I; Pintado-Sierra, M; Amat-Guerri, F; Sastre, R; Liras, M; López Arbeloa, F; BañuelosPrieto, J; López Arbeloa, I

    2009-07-16

    New tailormade BODIPY dyes have been synthesized by a simple protocol to reach wavelength finely tunable laser action from 540 to 625 nm while maintaining highly efficient and photostable laser emission. The new dyes are analogues of the commercial dye PM597 with the eight position free (PTH8) or substituted by the groups acetoxymethyl (PTAlk) or p-acetoxymethylphenyl (PTAr). The photophysical properties strongly depend on the geometrical distortion from planarity of the indacene core generated by the presence of the bulky 2,6-di-tert-butyl groups and the eight substituent. In both liquid and polymeric solid solutions, lasing efficiencies of up to 63 and 48%, respectively, were observed under transversal pumping at 532 nm with high photostabilities. In the case of PTAlk incorporated into silicon-containing solid organic matrices, the laser emission remained at 92% of its initial intensity value after 100,000 pumping pulses in the same position of the sample at 30 Hz repetition rate. The laser action of the new dyes enhances that of the parent dye PM597 and outperforms the lasing behavior of dyes considered to be benchmarks over the green-yellow to red spectral region.

  20. Enhanced in vivo absorption of CB-1 antagonist in rats via solid solutions prepared by hot-melt extrusion.

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    Ranzani, L S; Font, J; Galimany, F; Santanach, A; Gomez-Gomar, A M; Casadevall, G; Gryczke, A

    2011-06-01

    The aim of the present work was to investigate in vitro dissolution properties of three binary solid solutions prepared by a hot-melt extrusion (HME) process with vinyl pirrolidone--vinyl acetate copolymer (Kollidon VA 64), ethyl acrylate, methyl methacrylate polymer (Eudragit E) polyetilenglicol 8000 (PEG 8000) with a cannabinoid type 1 (CB-1) antagonist. Hansen solubility parameters were calculated from the chemical structures of the drug and the individual polymers in order to predict miscibility. Solid state characterizations of drug substance, physical blends and HME formulations were performed with differential scanning calorimetry. The dissolution testing conducted under sink conditions revealed that the dissolution rate of HME formulations improved around 1.8-fold vs drug substance. Supersaturation dissolution study demonstrated that HME formulations composed by Eudragit E and Kollidon VA64 increased drug solubility between 30- and 35-fold, respectively comparing to the drug substance. Physical and chemical stability of formulations were studied at 40°C/75%HR with open dish during 15 days. The formulation composed by the drug and Eudragit E at 10:90 was evaluated for in vivo drug absorption in male Wistar-Hannover rats and it was found to increase CB-1 absorption threefold greater than pure drug oral suspension.