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  1. Preparation and Characterization of ZnO Nanoparticles Supported on Amorphous SiO2

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    Ying Chen


    Full Text Available In order to reduce the primary particle size of zinc oxide (ZnO and eliminate the agglomeration phenomenon to form a monodisperse state, Zn2+ was loaded on the surface of amorphous silica (SiO2 by the hydrogen bond association between hydroxyl groups in the hydrothermal process. After calcining the precursors, dehydration condensation among hydroxyl groups occurred and ZnO nanoparticles supported on amorphous SiO2 (ZnO–SiO2 were prepared. Furthermore, the SEM and TEM observations showed that ZnO nanoparticles with a particle size of 3–8 nm were uniformly and dispersedly loaded on the surface of amorphous SiO2. Compared with pure ZnO, ZnO–SiO2 showed a much better antibacterial performance in the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC test and the antibacterial properties of the paint adding ZnO–SiO2 composite.

  2. Catalytic combustion of trichloroethylene over TiO2-SiO2 supported catalysts

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    Kulazynski, M.; van Ommen, J.G.; Trawczynski, J.; Walendziewski, J.


    Combustion of trichloroethylene (TCE) on Cr2O3, V2O5, Pt or Pd catalysts supported on TiO2-SiO2 as a carrier has been investigated. It was found that oxide catalysts are very active but their activity quickly diminishes due to loss of the active component, especially at higher reaction temperatures

  3. Modification by SiO2 of Alumina Support for Light Alkane Dehydrogenation Catalysts

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    Giyjaz E. Bekmukhamedov


    Full Text Available Due to the continuously rising demand for C3–C5 olefins it is important to improve the performance of catalysts for dehydrogenation of light alkanes. In this work the effect of modification by SiO2 on the properties of the alumina support and the chromia-alumina catalyst was studied. SiO2 was introduced by impregnation of the support with a silica sol. To characterize the supports and the catalysts the following techniques were used: low-temperature nitrogen adsorption; IR-spectroscopy; magic angle spinning 29Si nuclear magnetic resonance; temperature programmed desorption and reduction; UV-Vis-, Raman- and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR-spectroscopy. It was shown that the modifier in amounts of 2.5–7.5 wt % distributed on the support surface in the form of SiOx-islands diminishes the interaction between the alumina support and the chromate ions (precursor of the active component. As a result, polychromates are the compounds predominantly stabilized on the surface of the modified support; under thermal activation of the catalyst and are reduced to the amorphous Cr2O3. This in turn leads to an increase in the activity of the catalyst in the dehydrogenation of isobutane.

  4. SiO2-supported Pt particles studied by electron microscopy

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    Wang, D.; Penner, S.; Su, D.S.; Rupprechter, G.; Hayek, K.; Schloegl, R.


    Regularly grown Pt particles supported by amorphous SiO 2 were heated in hydrogen at 873 K after an oxidising treatment. The morphological and structural changes were studied by electron microscopy. Platinum silicides Pt 3 Si with L1 2 (Cu 3 Au) structure, monoclinic Pt 3 Si and tetragonal Pt 12 Si 5 were identified after the treatment. The mechanisms of coalescence of the particles and the formation of irregular large particles are suggested. A topotactic structural transformation accompanied with the migration of Si from the substrate to the particles are suggested to take place during Pt 3 Si formation

  5. Additivity of kinetic and potential energy contributions in modification of graphene supported on SiO2 (United States)

    Zhang, Xitong; Zhao, Shijun; Wang, Yuyu; Xue, Jianming


    The damage production induced by MeV highly charged ions (HCI) irradiations in graphene supported on a SiO2 substrate is investigated using molecular dynamics method. We get results in agreement with our recent experiments. We find that the electronic energy loss and potential energy deposition have similar effects on the defects creation in SiO2 substrate-supported graphene and both mechanisms of energy deposition seem to contribute in an additive way. The influences of the energy deposition depth and radius are studied. Only the energy deposited below the surface within 2.5 nm will induce the damage in graphene. Hence, the HCI can be a powerful tool to induce defects in graphene without causing deep damage of the substrate. When charge of incident Xeq+ is above 30, a nanopore is formed and the size of nanopore in graphene can be controlled by changing the incident charge state.

  6. TPO characterization of ethanol reduced Pd nanoparticles supported on SiO$_{2}$

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    Horváth, A; Sarkany, A; Guczi, L


    Silica-supported Pd catalysts were prepared at 298-353 K from Pd(II) chloride or Pd(II) acetate in suspension of SiO/sub 2/ and ethanol- water or ethanol-toluene mixtures, respectively. Reduction of Pd ions diffusing from liquid phase was ensured in an ethanol-rich adsorption layer covering the SiO/sub 2/ particles. Temperature-programmed oxidation (TPO) measurements were performed to characterize the organic impurities retained by solid phase. Vapour phase reduction /adsorption experiments with ethanol confirmed that under the reported reduction conditions, the Pd nanoparticles decompose ethanol and the CO formed remains chemisorbed on the Pd sites. Upon contacting the samples with air during the drying process to eliminate the solvent, the CO molecules are immediately removed from Pd sites by O/sub 2/, and thereby, a significant fraction (22-34%) of Pd sites becomes accessible for catalytic reactions. (33 refs).

  7. Enhancement of photocatalytic properties of TiO2 nanoparticles doped with CeO2 and supported on SiO2 for phenol degradation

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    Hao, Chunjing; Li, Jing; Zhang, Zailei; Ji, Yongjun; Zhan, Hanhui; Xiao, Fangxing; Wang, Dan; Liu, Bin; Su, Fabing


    Highlights: • CeO 2 -TiO 2 /SiO 2 composites were prepared via a facile co-precipitation method. • Introduction of SiO 2 support increases the dispersion of CeO 2 -TiO 2 . • CeO 2 -TiO 2 /SiO 2 exhibits an enhanced photocatalytic efficiency for phenol degradation. • Ce 3+ /Ce 4+ pair coexisting in CeO 2 improves electron–hole pairs separation efficiency. - Abstract: A series of CeO 2 -TiO 2 and CeO 2 -TiO 2 /SiO 2 composites were prepared with TiCl 4 and Ce (NO 3 ) 3 ·6H 2 O as precursors via a facile co-precipitation method. The obtained samples were characterized by various techniques such as X-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen adsorption (N 2 -BET), Fourier transformation infrared spectrum (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and UV–Vis spectroscopy measurements. The results indicated that TiO 2 doped with CeO 2 and supported on SiO 2 could reduce the crystallite size, inhibit the phase transformation, enhance the thermal stability, and effectively extend the spectral response from UV to visible range. When applied to the phenol photodegradation on a homemade batch reactor with an external cooling jacket, the CeO 2 -TiO 2 /SiO 2 catalysts exhibited significantly enhanced photodegradation efficiency in comparison with commercial Degussa P25 and CeO 2 -TiO 2 . The unique catalytic properties of CeO 2 -TiO 2 /SiO 2 were ascribed to improved electron–hole pairs separation efficiency and formation of more reactive oxygen species owing to the presence of Ce 3+ /Ce 4+ , as well as high dispersion of active component of CeO 2 -TiO 2 as a result of the introduction of SiO 2 support. Furthermore, the catalysts can be easily recovered from the reaction solution by centrifugation and reused for four cycles without significant loss of activity

  8. Photocatalytic hydrogen production using visible-light-responsive Ta 3N5 photocatalyst supported on monodisperse spherical SiO2 particulates

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    Liu, Xiaoming


    Fine nanoparticles of Ta3N5 (10-20 nm) were synthesized on the surfaces of SiO2 spheres with a diameter of ∼550 nm. A sol-gel method was used to modify the surface of SiO2 with Ta2O5 from TaCl5 dissolved in ethanol in the presence of citric acid and polyethylene glycol. The resulting oxide composites were treated in an NH3 flow at 1123 K to form core-shell structured Ta3N5/SiO2 sub-microspheres. The obtained samples were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectra (EDX), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and photocatalytic activity measurements for H 2 evolution from an aqueous methanol solution. The XRD results demonstrate the expected sequential formation of Ta2O5 layers, followed by Ta3N5 after nitridation on the Ta 2O5/SiO2 composite. SEM and TEM observations indicate that the obtained Ta3N5/SiO2 sub-microspheres have a uniform size distribution with high crystallinity and an obvious core-shell structure. The presence of support maintained the intrinsic photocatalytic activity of Ta3N5 nanoparticles, but it did drastically improve the dispersion of the photocatalysts in the solution. This study proposes the use of an inert support in photocatalytic reactors to improve ease of handling the powder photocatalyst for gas-phase photocatalysis and the suspension of the solution, controlling nature of light harvesting and degree of scattering of the photoreactor. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Water-Assisted Spreading of MoO3 onto SiO2-Al2O3 Supports for Preparation of Sulfide CoMo Hydrodesulfurization Catalysts

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    Kaluža, Luděk; Gulková, Daniela; Vít, Zdeněk; Zdražil, Miroslav


    Roč. 112, OCT (2013), s. 272-276 ISSN 0016-2361 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP106/11/0902 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 Keywords : MoO3/SiO2-Al2O3 * CoMo/SiO2-Al2O3 * water-assisted spreading Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 3.406, year: 2013

  10. Methanation on mass-selected Ru nanoparticles on a planar SiO2 model support: The importance of under-coordinated sites

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    Masini, Federico; Strebel, Christian Ejersbo; McCarthy, David Norman


    Mass-selected Ru nanoparticles were deposited onto planar SiO2 support and their capability for the methanation reaction investigated. The catalytic activity for the methanation reaction at 100mbar under hydrogen rich conditions (1:99 CO/H2 ratio) was measured as a function of particle size. We...... found that the Turnover Frequency increased with nanoparticle diameter in the range 4–10nm.As the TOF decreases over reaction repetition, we investigated the possible reasons and ruled out carbon deposition as a cause for activity loss. As no particle sintering was observed, we invoked surface...

  11. TiO2/SiO2 prepared via facile sol-gel method as an ideal support for green synthesis of Ag nanoparticles using Oenothera biennis extract and their excellent catalytic performance in the reduction of 4-nitrophenol

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    Bahar Khodadadi


    Full Text Available In the present study, the extract of the plant of Oenothera biennis was used to green synthesis of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs as an environmentally friendly, simple and low cost method. And Additionally, TiO2/SiO2 was prepared via facile sol-gel method using starch as an important, naturally abundant organic polymer as an ideal support. The Ag NPs/TiO2/SiO2 as an effective catalyst was prepared through reduction of Ag+ ions using Oenothera biennis extract as the reducing and stabilizing agent and Ag NPs immobilization on TiO2/SiO2 surface in the absence of any stabilizer or surfactant. Several techniques such as FT-IR spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction (XRD, sScanning eElectron mMicroscopy (FE-SEM, Eenergy dDispersive X-ray sSpectroscopy (EDS, and Ttransmission Eelectron Mmicroscopy (TEM were used to characterize TiO2/SiO2, silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs, and Ag NPs/TiO2/SiO2. Moreover, the catalytic activity of the Ag NPs/ TiO2/SiO2 was investigated in the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP at room temperature. On the basis of the results, the Ag NPs/TiO2/SiO2 was found to be high catalytic activity highly active catalyst according to the experimental results in this study. In addition, Ag NPs/TiO2/SiO2 can be recovered and reused several times in the reduction of 4-NP with no significant loss of catalytic activity.

  12. Study of the productivity of MWCNT over Fe and Fe–Co catalysts supported on SiO2, Al2O3 and MgO

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    S.A. Shokry


    Full Text Available In the present study, multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT were prepared in good quality and quantity, MWCNT were produced using the catalytic chemical vapor deposition (CCVD technique and the carbon source was acetylene. Different catalysts were synthesized based on iron and a mixture of iron and cobalt metal supported on SiO2, Al2O3 or MgO. The effect of parameters such as iron concentration, support type, bimetallic catalyst and the method of catalyst preparation has been investigated in the production of MWCNT. The quality of as-made nanotubes was investigated by the high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA. The best yield of MWCNT was 30 times of the amount of the used catalyst. The high yield of MWCNT was gained by 40 wt.% Fe on alumina support which was prepared by the sol–gel method. TEM analysis was done for the carbon deposit, which revealed that the walls of the MWCNT were graphitized, with regular inner channel and uniform diameter. It reflected a reasonable degree of purity. The TGA showed that MWCNT was decomposed at 635 °C by a small rate indicating a high thermal stability and well crystalline formation of the produced MWCNT.

  13. Efficient catalytic ozonation by ruthenium nanoparticles supported on SiO2 or TiO2: Towards the use of a non-woven fiber paper as original support

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    Biard, Pierre-François


    This work focuses on the use of Ru(0) nanoparticles as heterogeneous catalyst for ozone decomposition and radical production. In a first set of experiments, the nanoparticles have been deposited on two inorganic supports (TiO2 or SiO2) by a wet impregnation approach. This study confirmed the high potential of Ru nanoparticles as active species for ozone decomposition at pH 3, since the ozone half-life time decreases by a factor 20-25, compared to the reference experiment carried out without any catalyst. The enhancement of the ozone decomposition kinetics provided an improved radical production and a higher transient radical concentration in a shorten ozone exposure. Consequently, lower oxidant dosage and contact time would be necessary. Thus, very significant atrazine consumption kinetics enhancements were measured. In a second set of experiments, a non-woven fiber paper composed of a TiO2/SiO2/zeolite mixture has been evaluated as an original support for ruthenium nanoparticles. Even if lower ozone decomposition kinetics was observed compared to TiO2 or SiO2, this support would be a promising alternative to inorganic powders to avoid the catalyst recovery step and to design reactors such as tubular reactors. A new numerical procedure is presented for the evaluation of the transient HO° concentration and of the Rct.

  14. Preparation of Co-Mo catalyst using activated carbon produced from egg shell and SiO2 as support – A hydrogenation study

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    Adeniyi Sunday Ogunlaja


    Full Text Available The preparation of a series of cobalt-molybdenum (Co-Mo catalysts supported on SiO2 and carbonized egg shells were investigated using standard procedures; the catalysts were further calcined at the 500 oC temperature to generate the internally consistent set, and the metal atoms content were varied in a regular manner. The ratio 1:4 (Co2+: Mo6+ by weight was employed for the various catalysts prepared. The carbonized egg shells were divided into two parts: the first part was leached with HNO3, as the other one was not leached. Activity tests were run using these catalysts containing leached and unleached carbon for the hydrogenation of methyl orange; the changes in absorbance regarding the unhydrogenated methyl orange at a wavelength of 460 nm were respectively 0.07 and 0.067 when the catalyst containing the leached carbonized egg shell (catalyst A and the catalyst containing the unleached activated carbon (catalyst B were used for the hydrogenation reaction. This confirms that catalyst A is more efficient in hydrogenating methyl orange than catalyst B.

  15. Molybdenum oxide supported on silica (MoO3/SiO2): an efficient and reusable catalyst for the synthesis of 1,8-dioxodecahydroacridines under solvent-free conditions

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    Khojastehnezhad, A.; Vafaei, M.; Moeinpour, F.


    Silica supported molybdenum oxide (MoO 3 /SiO 2 ) was found to be and efficient, eco-friendly and heterogeneous catalyst for the multicomponent reaction of aromatic aldehydes, dimedone and ammonium acetate or aromatic amines under solvent-free conditions to afford the corresponding 1,8-dioxodecahydroacridines in high yields. The catalyst can be easily recovered and reused for several times without considerable loss of activity. Furthermore, the present method offers several advantages, such as an easy experimental and work-up procedures, short reaction times and good to excellent yields. For the characterization were used: Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (Ft-IR), X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy analyses. (Author)

  16. Support effect on the structure and CO oxidation activity of Cu-Cr mixed oxides over Al2O3 and SiO2

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    Pantaleo, G.; Liotta, L.F.; Venezia, A.M.; Deganello, G.; Ezzo, E.M.; El Kherbawi, M.A.; Atia, H.


    Cu-Cr based catalysts supported on silica and alumina with 5 wt% total loading of (CuO + Cr 2 O 3 ), in different molar ratios, were prepared by wet impregnation. The samples were studied by nitrogen adsorption isotherms (BET), temperature-programmed reduction (TPR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Their catalytic activity was tested in the CO oxidation reaction. Different structures were obtained in dependence of the support, the atomic ratio and the calcination temperature. In particular, whereas on Al 2 O 3 there was no experimental evidence for interaction between Cu and Cr, over the silica supported systems formation of new phases CuCr 2 O 4 and CuCrO 2 occurred. Moreover, due to the different metal support interaction the increasing calcination temperature affected differently the surface segregation process of the two oxides. Indeed, at variance with the alumina case, Cu and Cr were found to segregate at the surface of the silica systems. The catalytic tests in CO oxidation indicated a synergetic effect between copper and chromium in the mixed oxides supported on silica and calcined at 500 deg. C. An increased calcination temperature affected negatively the activity due to surface sintering and formation of less active phases

  17. Preparation of Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene/Graphene Nanocomposite In situ Polymerization via Spherical and Sandwich Structure Graphene/Sio2 Support (United States)

    Su, Enqi; Gao, Wensheng; Hu, Xinjun; Zhang, Caicai; Zhu, Bochao; Jia, Junji; Huang, Anping; Bai, Yongxiao


    Reduced graphene oxide/SiO2 (RGO/SiO2) serving as a novel spherical support for Ziegler-Natta (Z-N) catalyst is reported. The surface and interior of the support has a porous architecture formed by RGO/SiO2 sandwich structure. The sandwich structure is like a brick wall coated with a graphene layer of concreted as skeleton which could withstand external pressures and endow the structure with higher support stabilities. After loading the Z-N catalyst, the active components anchor on the surface and internal pores of the supports. When the ethylene molecules meet the active centers, the molecular chains grow from the surface and internal catalytic sites in a regular and well-organized way. And the process of the nascent molecular chains filled in the sandwich structure polymerization could ensure the graphene disperse uniformly in the polymer matrix. Compared with traditional methods, the porous spherical graphene support of this strategy has far more advantages and could maintain an intrinsic graphene performance in the nanocomposites.

  18. Fischer-Tropsch Performance of an SiO2-Supported Co-Based Catalyst Prepared by Hydrogen Dielectric-Barrier Discharge Plasma

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    Fu Tingjun; Huang Chengdu; Lv Jing; Li Zhenhua


    A silica-supported cobalt catalyst was prepared by hydrogen dielectric-barrier discharge (H 2 -DBD) plasma. Compared to thermal hydrogen reduction, H 2 -DBD plasma treatment can not only fully decompose the cobalt precursor but also partially reduce the cobalt oxides at lower temperature and with less time. The effect of the discharge atmosphere on the property of the plasma-prepared catalyst and the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis activity was studied. The results indicate that H 2 -DBD plasma treatment is a promising alternative for preparing Co/SiO 2 catalysts from the viewpoint of energy savings and efficiency

  19. Effect of SiO2 addition and gamma irradiation on the lithium borate glasses (United States)

    Raut, A. P.; Deshpande, V. K.


    The physical properties like density, glass transition temperature (Tg), and ionic conductivity of lithium borate (LB) glasses with SiO2 addition were measured before and after gamma irradiation. Remarkable changes in properties have been obtained in the physical properties of LB glasses with SiO2 addition and after gamma irradiation. The increase in density and glass transition temperature of LB glasses with SiO2 addition has been explained with the help of increase in density of cross linking due to SiO4 tetrahedra formation. The increase in ionic conductivity with SiO2 addition was explained with the help of ‘mixed glass former effect’. The increase in density and Tg of LB glasses with SiO2 addition after gamma irradiation has been attributed to fragmentation of bigger ring structure into smaller rings, which increases the density of cross linking and hence compaction. The exposure of gamma irradiation has lead to decrease in ionic conductivity of LB glasses with SiO2 addition. The atomic displacement caused by gamma irradiation resulted in filling of interstices and decrease in trapping sites. This explains the obtained decrease in ionic conductivity after gamma irradiation of glasses. The obtained results of effect of SiO2 addition and gamma irradiation on the density, Tg and ionic conductivity has been supported by FTIR results.

  20. Thermoluminescence of ion-implanted SiO2

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    Arnold, G.W.


    Thermoluminescence (TL) has been measured from room temperature to 500 0 C for ion-implanted fused silica glasses, crystalline synthetic quartz and rf-sputtered SiO 2 films. Measurements of the TL spectra for widely varying values of electronic and atomic energy depositions, along with the known impurity concentrations of the various systems, has allowed some of the TL features to be identified. In particular, (1) a TL peak at 150 0 C in fused silica has been identified with defects formed by structural modification, (2) a 330 0 C peak in crystalline quartz and relatively impure fused silica is tentatively assigned to a center involving Al, (3) a 100 0 C peak, common to all silicas may be related to oxygen vacancies, and (4) an approximately 200 0 C peak may be the analog of the 245 nm impurity absorption band seen in some fused silica glasses

  1. Thermodynamics of Bi2O3-SiO2 system

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    Onderka B.


    Full Text Available Thermodynamic properties of the liquid Bi2O3-SiO2 solutions were determined from the results of the electrochemical measurements by use of the solid oxide galvanic cells with YSZ (Yttria-Stabilized-Zirconia electrolyte. Activities of Bi2O3 in the solutions were determined for 0.2, 0.3, 0.4, and 0.5 SiO2 mole fractions in the temperature range 1073-1293 K from measured electromotive force (e.m.f of the solid electrolyte galvanic cell: Bi, Bi2O3-SiO2 | YSZ | air (pO2 = 0.213 bar Additionally, heat capacity data obtained for two solid phases 6Bi2O3•SiO2 and 2Bi2O3•3SiO2 were included into optimization of thermodynamic properties of the system. Optimization procedure was supported by differential thermal analysis (DTA data obtained in this work as well as those accepted from the literature. Using the data obtained in this work, and the information about phase equilibria found in the literature, binary system Bi2O3-SiO2 was assessed with the ThermoCalc software.

  2. Ultrathin Microporous SiO2 Membranes Photodeposited on Hydrogen Evolving Catalysts Enabling Overall Water Splitting

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    Bau, Jeremy A.


    Semiconductor systems for photocatalytic overall water splitting into H2 and O2 gases typically require metal cocatalyst particles, such as Pt, to efficiently catalyze H2 evolution. However, such metal catalyst surfaces also serve as recombination sites for H2 and O2, forming H2O. We herein report the photon-induced fabrication of microporous SiO2 membranes that can selectively restrict passage of O2 and larger hydrated ions while allowing penetration of protons, water, and H2. The SiO2 layers were selectively photodeposited on Pt nanoparticles on SrTiO3 photocatalyst by using tetramethylammonium (TMA) as a structure-directing agent (SDA), resulting in the formation of core–shell Pt@SiO2 cocatalysts. The resulting photocatalyst exhibited both improved overall water splitting performance under irradiation and with no H2/O2 recombination in the dark. The function of the SiO2 layers was investigated electrochemically by fabricating the SiO2 layers on a Pt electrode via an analogous cathodic deposition protocol. The uniform, dense, yet amorphous layers possess microporosity originating from ring structures formed during the hydrolysis of the silicate precursor in the presence of TMA, suggesting a double-role for TMA in coordinating silicate to cathodic surfaces and in creating a microporous material. The resulting layers were able to function as a molecular sieve, allowing for exclusive H2 generation while excluding unwanted side reactions by O2 or ferricyanide. The SiO2 layer is stable for extended periods of time in photocatalytic conditions, demonstrating promise as a nontoxic material for selective H2 evolution.

  3. Preparation of TiO2-SiO2 composite photocatalysts for environmental applications

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    Paušová, Š.; Krýsa, J.; Jirkovský, Jaromír; Prevot, V.; Mailhot, G.


    Roč. 89, č. 8 (2014), s. 1129-1135 ISSN 0268-2575 Institutional support: RVO:61388955 Keywords : photocatalysis * TiO2/SiO2 * composite Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 2.349, year: 2014

  4. Use of antarctic analogs to support the space exploration initiative (United States)

    Wharton, Robert; Roberts, Barney; Chiang, Erick; Lynch, John; Roberts, Carol; Buoni, Corinne; Andersen, Dale


    This report has discussed the Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) and the U.S. Antarctic Program (USAP) in the context of assessing the potential rationale and strategy for conducting a cooperative NASA/NSF (National Science Foundation) effort. Specifically, such an effort would address shared research and data on living and conducting scientific research in isolated, confined, hostile, and remote environments. A review of the respective goals and requirements of NASA and the NSF indicates that numerous opportunities exist to mutually benefit from sharing relevant technologies, data, and systems. Two major conclusions can be drawn: (1) The technologies, experience, and capabilities existing and developing in the aerospace community would enhance scientific research capabilities and the efficiency and effectiveness of operations in Antarctica. The transfer and application of critical technologies (e.g., power, waste management, life support) and collaboration on crew research needs (e.g., human behavior and medical support needs) would streamline the USAP operations and provide the scientific community with advancements in facilities and tools for Antarctic research. (2) Antarctica is the most appropriate earth analog for the environments of the the Moon and Mars. Using Antarctica in this way would contribute substantially to near- and long-term needs and plans for the SEI. Antarctica is one of the few ground-based analogs that would permit comprehensive and integrated studies of three areas deemed critical to productive and safe operations on the Moon and Mars: human health and productivity; innovative scientific research techniques; and reliable, efficient technologies and facilities.

  5. Dehydration of glucose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural by a core-shell Fe3O4@SiO2-SO3H magnetic nanoparticle catalyst (United States)

    This paper discusses the potential use of (Fe3O4@SiO2-SO3H) nanoparticle catalyst for the dehydration of glucose into 5-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF). A magnetically recoverable (Fe3O4@SiO2-SO3H) nanoparticle catalyst was successfully prepared by supporting sulfonic acid groups (SO3H) on the surface o...

  6. Magnetically recoverable catalyst for the asymmetric Henry reaction based on a substituted imidazolidine-4-one copper(II) complex supported by Fe3O4 center dot SiO2 nanoparticles

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    Bhosale, D. S.; Drabina, P.; Kincl, Miloslav; Vlček, Milan; Sedlák, M.


    Roč. 26, 21-22 (2015), s. 1300-1306 ISSN 0957-4166 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : transition - metal - complexes * nanoparticle * adsorption Subject RIV: CC - Organic Chemistry Impact factor: 2.108, year: 2015

  7. Catalytic Activity During Copolymerization of Ethylene and 1-Hexene via Mixed TiO2/SiO2-Supported MAO with rac-Et[Ind]2ZrCl2 Metallocene Catalyst

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    P. Praserthdam


    Full Text Available Activities during ethylene/1-hexene copolymerization were found to increaseusing the mixed titania/silica-supported MAO with rac-Et[Ind]2ZrCl2 metallocenecatalyst. Energy Dispersive X-ray spectorcopy (EDX indicated that the titania wasapparently located on the outer surface of silica and acted as a spacer to anchor MAO tothe silica surface. IR spectra revealed the Si-O-Ti stretching at 980 cm-1 with low contentof titania. The presence of anchored titania resulted in less steric hindrance and lessinteraction due to supporting effect.

  8. Development of the first well-defined tungsten oxo alkyl derivatives supported on silica by SOMC: towards a model of WO3/SiO2 olefin metathesis catalyst

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    Mazoyer, Etienne


    A well-defined, silica-supported tungsten oxo alkyl species prepared by the surface organometallic chemistry approach displays high and sustained activity in propene metathesis. Remarkably, its catalytic performances outpace those of the parent imido derivative, underlining the importance of the oxo ligand in the design of robust catalysts. © 2010 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  9. Pd-Pt Catalysts on Mesoporous SiO2-Al2O3 with Superior Activity for HDS of 4,6-Dimethyldibenzothiophene: Effect of Metal Loading and Support Composition

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    Vít, Zdeněk; Gulková, Daniela; Kaluža, Luděk; Kupčík, Jaroslav


    Roč. 179, DEC 2015 (2015), s. 44-53 ISSN 0926-3373 R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP106/11/0902 Institutional support: RVO:67985858 ; RVO:61388980 Keywords : Pd-Pt catalyst * mesoporous silica-alumina * 4,6-DMDBT Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry ; CA - Inorganic Chemistry (UACH-T) Impact factor: 8.328, year: 2015

  10. Strong piezoelectricity in single-layer graphene deposited on SiO2 grating substrates. (United States)

    da Cunha Rodrigues, Gonçalo; Zelenovskiy, Pavel; Romanyuk, Konstantin; Luchkin, Sergey; Kopelevich, Yakov; Kholkin, Andrei


    Electromechanical response of materials is a key property for various applications ranging from actuators to sophisticated nanoelectromechanical systems. Here electromechanical properties of the single-layer graphene transferred onto SiO2 calibration grating substrates is studied via piezoresponse force microscopy and confocal Raman spectroscopy. The correlation of mechanical strains in graphene layer with the substrate morphology is established via Raman mapping. Apparent vertical piezoresponse from the single-layer graphene supported by underlying SiO2 structure is observed by piezoresponse force microscopy. The calculated vertical piezocoefficient is about 1.4 nm V(-1), that is, much higher than that of the conventional piezoelectric materials such as lead zirconate titanate and comparable to that of relaxor single crystals. The observed piezoresponse and achieved strain in graphene are associated with the chemical interaction of graphene's carbon atoms with the oxygen from underlying SiO2. The results provide a basis for future applications of graphene layers for sensing, actuating and energy harvesting.

  11. Synthesis of metallic nanoparticles in SiO2 matrices

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    Gutierrez W, C.; Mondragon G, G.; Perez H, R.; Mendoza A, D.


    Metallic nanoparticles was synthesized in SiO 2 matrices by means of a process of two stages. The first one proceeded via sol-gel, incorporating the metallic precursors to the reaction system before the solidification of the matrix. Later on, the samples underwent a thermal treatment in atmosphere of H 2 , carrying out the reduction of the metals that finally formed to the nanoparticles. Then it was detected the presence of smaller nanoparticles than 20 nm, dispersed and with the property of being liberated easily of the matrix, conserving a free surface, chemically reactive and with response to external electromagnetic radiation. The system SiO 2 -Pd showed an important thermoluminescent response. (Author)

  12. Gallium arsenide (GaAs) island growth under SiO(2) nanodisks patterned on GaAs substrates. (United States)

    Tjahjana, Liliana; Wang, Benzhong; Tanoto, Hendrix; Chua, Soo-Jin; Yoon, Soon Fatt


    We report a growth phenomenon where uniform gallium arsenide (GaAs) islands were found to grow underneath an ordered array of SiO(2) nanodisks on a GaAs(100) substrate. Each island eventually grows into a pyramidal shape resulting in the toppling of the supported SiO(2) nanodisk. This phenomenon occurred consistently for each nanodisk across a large patterned area of approximately 50 x 50 microm(2) (with nanodisks of 210 nm diameter and 280 nm spacing). The growth mechanism is attributed to a combination of 'catalytic' growth and facet formation.

  13. Adsorption of uranyl in SiO2 porous glass

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    Benedetto, F. E.; Prado, M. O.


    Vitreous SiO 2 porous matrices can be used in many applications involving the uptake of chemical species on its solid surface. In this work, vitreous silica sponges were prepared from a sodium borosilicate glass manufactured in our laboratory. The product obtained was then separated into phases with subsequent leaching of the soluble phase rich in B and Na. The resulting porous matrices have a specific surface of 35 m2/gr. Adsorption of uranyl ions onto the SiO 2 porous surface was studied to evaluate the use of this material as a filter for treatment of uranium containing water. The effects of contact time, adsorbent mass and equilibrium concentration of solution were studied. The porous adsorbent exhibits a pseudo-second-order kinetic behavior. The sponges with adsorbed uranium were thermally sealed as a way of U immobilization. Retention of uranium was confirmed during the matrix sealing by TGA. Uranium concentration before and after adsorption tests were made by means of ICP-OES. For uranium concentration of 800 ppm, 72 hours contact time and pH of 3.5, the amount of uranium adsorbed was 21.06 ± 0.02 mg U per gram of vitreous porous SiO 2 . (author)

  14. Scanning electron microscopy study of protein immobilized on SIO2 Sol-gel surfaces

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    Assis O.B.G.


    Full Text Available Uniform attachment of enzymes to solid surfaces is essential in the development of bio and optical sensor devices. Immobilization by adsorption according to hydrophilic or hydrophobic nature is dependent on the charges and defects of the support surfaces. Sol-gel SiO2 densified glass surfaces, frequently used as supports for protein immobilization, are evaluated via scanning electron microscopy. The model protein is globular enzyme lysozyme, deposited by adsorption on functionalized surfaces. Formation of a protein layer is confirmed by FTIR spectroscopy, and the SEM images suggest discontinuous adsorption in areas where cracks predominate on the glass surface.

  15. Facile preparation of polyethylenimine-tannins coated SiO2 hybrid materials for Cu2+ removal (United States)

    Huang, Qiang; Liu, Meiying; Zhao, Jiao; Chen, Junyu; Zeng, Guangjian; Huang, Hongye; Tian, Jianwen; Wen, Yuanqing; Zhang, Xiaoyong; Wei, Yen


    Polyethylenimine-tannins coated SiO2 (SiO2@PEI-TA) hybrid materials have been prepared via a single-step multifunctional coating with polyethylenimine (PEI) and tannins (TA), and characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The as-prepared SiO2@PEI-TA composites were examined as adsorbents to remove the Cu2+ from aqueous solution. The effects of contact time, initial Cu2+ concentration, solution pH and temperature, on Cu2+ adsorption have been investigated. The results show that the adsorption of Cu2+ onto SiO2@PEI-TA is dependent on the contact time, Cu2+ concentration, pH and temperature. The SiO2@PEI-TA composites show a 2.4-fold increase in adsorption capacity, implying that the introduction of PEI-TA coating is in favor of the Cu2+ adsorption. Based on the analysis of kinetic data, the kinetics of Cu2+ adsorption is more accurately described by the pseudo-second-order model. The equilibrium data are analyzed by Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms. Results of isotherms show that the better agreement is Freundlich isotherm model with correlation coefficient of 0.9914, which suggests that the adsorption of Cu2+ onto SiO2@PEI-TA is mainly a heterogeneous adsorption process. Thermodynamic analyses show that the adsorption interaction is actually a spontaneous and endothermic chemical process, which might involve the chemical chelation between Cu2+ and functional groups (amine and carboxyl groups) on the surface of SiO2@PEI-TA. In addition, the Cu2+ ions could desorb from SiO2@PEI-TA by using acid solution and the adsorption efficiency remains at high level after five adsorption-desorption recycles. These results provide potential applications of these novel adsorbents for the removal of heavy metal Cu2+ from aqueous solution and also provide strong evidence to support the adsorption mechanism proposed in the study.

  16. Impact of Self-Explanation and Analogical Comparison Support on Learning Processes, Motivation, Metacognition, and Transfer (United States)

    Richey, J. Elizabeth

    Research examining analogical comparison and self-explanation has produced a robust set of findings about learning and transfer supported by each instructional technique. However, it is unclear how the types of knowledge generated through each technique differ, which has important implications for cognitive theory as well as instructional practice. I conducted a pair of experiments to directly compare the effects of instructional prompts supporting self-explanation, analogical comparison, and the study of instructional explanations across a number of fine-grained learning process, motivation, metacognition, and transfer measures. Experiment 1 explored these questions using sequence extrapolation problems, and results showed no differences between self-explanation and analogical comparison support conditions on any measure. Experiment 2 explored the same questions in a science domain. I evaluated condition effects on transfer outcomes; self-reported self-explanation, analogical comparison, and metacognitive processes; and achievement goals. I also examined relations between transfer and self-reported processes and goals. Receiving materials with analogical comparison support and reporting greater levels of analogical comparison were both associated with worse transfer performance, while reporting greater levels of self-explanation was associated with better performance. Learners' self-reports of self-explanation and analogical comparison were not related to condition assignment, suggesting that the questionnaires did not measure the same processes promoted by the intervention, or that individual differences in processing are robust even when learners are instructed to engage in self-explanation or analogical comparison.

  17. Comparative study of Laser induce damage of HfO2/SiO2 and TiO2/SiO2 mirrors at 1064 nm. (United States)

    Jiao, Hongfei; Ding, Tao; Zhang, Qian


    A comparative study of laser induced damage of HfO2/SiO2 and TiO2/SiO2 mirrors at 1064 nm has been carried out. One TiO2/SiO2 mirror with absorption of 300 ppm and two HfO2/SiO2 mirrors with absorption of 40 and 4.5 ppm were fabricated using electron beam evaporation method. For r-on-1 test, all HfO2/SiO2 mirrors with low average absorption are above 150 J/cm2 at 10 ns. However, the TiO2/SiO2 mirrors with high average absorption are just 9.5 J/cm2, which are probably due to the rather high absorption and rather low band gap energy. Meanwhile, all the samples were irradiated from front and back side respectively using the raster scan test mode. In case of front side irradiation, it is found that: for TiO2/SiO2 high reflectors, the representative damage morphologies are shallow pits that were probably caused by absorbing centers. However, for HfO2/SiO2 high reflectors, the dominant damage morphologies are micrometer-sized nodules ejected pits and the delamination initiating from the pits. The absorption of HfO2/SiO2 coatings is low enough to have minor influence on the laser damage resistance. In case of backside irradiation, the morphology of TiO2/SiO2 mirrors is mainly center melted pits that are thermal melting induced damage. Meanwhile, HfO2/SiO2 mirrors with isometrical fracture rings damage morphology are thermal induced stress damage.

  18. Characterization of Si nanocrystals into SiO2 matrix

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    Gravalidis, C.; Logothetidis, S.; Hatziaras, N.; Laskarakis, A.; Tsiaoussis, I.; Frangis, N.


    Silicon nanocrystals (nc-Si) have gained great interest due to their excellent optical and electronic properties and their applications in optoelectronics. The aim of this work is the study of growth mechanism of nc-Si into a-SiO 2 matrix from SiO/SiO 2 multilayer annealing, using non-destructive and destructive techniques. The multilayer were grown by e-beam evaporation from SiO and SiO 2 materials and annealing at temperatures up to 1100 deg. C in N 2 atmosphere. X-rays reflectivity (XRR) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) were used for the structural characterization and spectroscopic ellipsometry in IR (FTIRSE) energy region for the study of the bonding structure. The ellipsometric results gave a clear evidence of the formation of an a-SiO 2 matrix after the annealing process. The XRR data showed that the density is being increased in the range from 25 to 1100 deg. C. Finally, the HRTEM characterization proved the formation of nc-Si. Using the above results, we describe the growth mechanism of nc-Si into SiO 2 matrix under N 2 atmosphere

  19. Bacterial adherence to SiO2-based multifunctional bioceramics. (United States)

    Kinnari, Teemu J; Esteban, Jaime; Gomez-Barrena, Enrique; Zamora, Nieves; Fernandez-Roblas, Ricardo; Nieto, Alejandra; Doadrio, Juan C; López-Noriega, Adolfo; Ruiz-Hernández, Eduardo; Arcos, Daniel; Vallet-Regí, María


    The bacterial adherence onto different multifunctional silica-based bioceramics has been evaluated. Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis were chosen, as they cause the majority of the implant-related infections in this field. Two SiO2 mesoporous materials (MCM-41, SBA-15), an ordered SiO2-CaO-P2O5 mesoporous glass (OMG), and a biphasic magnetic bioceramic (BMB), were incubated with S. aureus and S. epidermidis for 90 min, and subsequently sonicated to quantify the number of adhered bacteria on each material. It was found that S. aureus and S. epidermidis (10(8) CFU/mL) adhered significantly less to BMB samples when compared to MCM-41, SBA-15, or OMG. However, when the material pores accessible for bacteria in each material were taken into account, the lowest bacterial adherence was found in MCM-41, and the highest in SBA-15. The results show that bacterial adherence is higher on mesoporous bioceramics, although this higher microbial attachment is mainly due to the intergranular porosity and grain size morphology rather than to the mesoporous structure. Copyright 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. Interactions of atomic hydrogen with amorphous SiO2 (United States)

    Yue, Yunliang; Wang, Jianwei; Zhang, Yuqi; Song, Yu; Zuo, Xu


    Dozens of models are investigated by the first-principles calculations to simulate the interactions of an atomic hydrogen with a defect-free random network of amorphous SiO2 (a-SiO2) and oxygen vacancies. A wide variety of stable configurations are discovered due to the disorder of a-SiO2, and their structures, charges, magnetic moments, spin densities, and density of states are calculated. The atomic hydrogen interacts with the defect-free a-SiO2 in positively or negatively charged state, and produces the structures absent in crystalline SiO2. It passivates the neutral oxygen vacancies and generates two neutral hydrogenated E‧ centers with different Si dangling bond projections. Electron spin resonance parameters, including Fermi contacts, and g-tensors, are calculated for these centers. The atomic hydrogen interacts with the positive oxygen vacancies in dimer configuration, and generate four different positive hydrogenated defects, two of which are puckered like the Eγ‧ centers. This research helps to understand the interactions between an atomic hydrogen, and defect-free a-SiO2 and oxygen vacancies, which may generate the hydrogen-complexed defects that play a key role in the degeneration of silicon/silica-based microelectronic devices.

  1. Concentration effect of Tm3+ on cathodoluminescence properties of SiO2: Tm3+ and SiO2:Ho3+, Tm3+ systems

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    Dhlamini, MS


    Full Text Available .physb.2011.09.091 Concentration effect of Tm3+ on cathodoluminescence properties of SiO2: Tm 3+ and SiO2:Ho 3+, Tm3+ systems M.S. Dhlamini, G.H. Mhlongo, H.C. Swart, O.M. Ntwaeaborwa, K.T. Hillie ABSTRACT: Cathodoluminescence (CL) properties of SiO...

  2. Effect of Commercial SiO2 and SiO2 from rice husk ash loading on biodegradation of Poly (lactic acid) and crosslinked Poly (lactic acid) (United States)

    Prapruddivongs, C.; Apichartsitporn, M.; Wongpreedee, T.


    In this work, biodegradation behavior of poly (lactic acid) (PLA) and crosslinked PLA filled with two types of SiO2, precipitated SiO2 (commercial SiO2) and SiO2 from rice husk ash, were studied. Rice husks were first treated with 2 molar hydrochloric acid (HCl) to produce high purity SiO2, before burnt in a furnace at 800°C for 6 hours. All components were melted bending by an internal mixer then hot pressed using compression molder to form tested specimens. FTIR spectra of SiO2 and PLA samples were investigated. The results showed the lack of silanol group (Si-OH) of rice husk ash after steric acid surface modification, while the addition of particles can affect the crosslinking of the PLA. For biodegradation test by evaluating total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) evolved during 60 days incubation at a controlled temperature of 58±2°C, the results showed that the biodegradation of crosslinked PLA occurred slower than the neat PLA. However, SiO2 incorporation enhanced the degree of biodegradation In particular, introducing commercial SiO2 in PLA and crosslinked PLA tended to clearly increase the degree of biodegradation as a consequence of the more accelerated hydrolysis degradation.

  3. Experimental study of viscosity properties of emulsion system with SiO2 nanoparticles.

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    ZEIGMAN Yury Veniaminovich,


    Full Text Available When oil production is increasing due to intensive oilfield development methods supporting seam pressure by water injection oil producers face the problem of displacement agent break in more permeable intervals of petroleum reservoir. That leads to dramatic increase of product inundation for well stock and decrease of economic efficiency for well performance. Nowadays the petroleum engineers have proposed more than 100 technologies designed to restrict water inflows and flooding agent to bottom-hole zone of the production wells. The water inflows restriction technologies are distinguished by the type of applied chemical compositions and the way how the chemical compositions are delivered to bottom-hole zone. The analysis of the currently applied chemical compositions has allowed authors to reveal the common feature. The common feature is that the currently applied chemical compositions are non-selective and they produce isolating or blocking effect onto water-saturated and oil-saturated zones of the petroleum reservoir. The application of the nonselective high-stability chemical compositions leads to uncontrolled colmatation of all treated intervals and makes it difficult to involve them into filtration process in future. This work presents the technology for the selective reservoir stimulation based on emulsion systems with SiO2 nanoparticles content and gelling acid composition. The technology was developed for complex impact on formation system, that achieved by blocking water-saturated intervals of reservoir and stimulation of less permeable oil-saturated intervals of reservoir. The paper shows the results of complex laboratory experiments to study viscosity parameters of emulsion systems with SiO2 nanoparticles content. The results of the experiments revealed the ability of the SiO2 nanoparticles to rise dynamic viscosity of the different type of emulsion systems: oil in water and water in oil. Test for thermostability of the modified

  4. Direct fabrication of hybrid nanofibres composed of SiO2-PMMA nanospheres via electrospinning. (United States)

    Zhang, Ran; Shang, Tinghua; Yang, Guang; Jia, Xiaolong; Cai, Qing; Yang, Xiaoping


    The direct fabrication of hybrid nanofibres composed of poly(methyl methacrylate)-grafted SiO2 (SiO2-PMMA) nanospheres via electrospinning was investigated in detail. SiO2-PMMA nanospheres were successfully prepared, with the SiO2 nanospheres synthesized via the Stober method, followed by in situ surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA). Electrospinning was carried out with N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) as the solvent to disperse SiO2-PMMA nanospheres. The size of the SiO2 core, the molecular weight of the PMMA shell and the concentration of the SiO2-PMMA/DMF solution all had substantial effects on the morphology and structure of electrospun nanofibres composed of SiO2-PMMA nanospheres. When these determining factors were well-tailored, it was found that one-dimensional necklace-like nanofibres were obtained, with SiO2-PMMA nanospheres aligned one by one along the fibre. The successful fabrication of nanofibres by directly electrospinning the SiO2-PMMA/DMF solution verified that polymer-grafted particles possess polymer-like characteristics, which endowed them with the ability to be processed into desirable shapes and structures. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. BF3.SiO2: an efficient catalyst for the synthesis of azo dyes at room temperature

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    Bi Bi Fatemeh Mirjalili


    Full Text Available A rapid one-pot method has been developed for the synthesis of azo dyes via ‎sequential diazotization–diazo coupling of aromatic amines with coupling agents at room ‎temperature in the presence of BF3.SiO2 as acidic catalyst. The obtained aryl diazonium salts bearing silica supported boron tri-flouride counter ion‎ was sufficiently stable to be kept at room ‎temperature in the dry state.‎

  6. Interface States Densities Effect at SiO2/ Polysilicon and SiO2/ Monosilicon Surfaces on N-polysilicon /Oxide/ P-Monosilicon Capacitance

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    H. Dib


    Full Text Available the interface states have a very significant role in the components containing MOS structures. In this paper we study the interface states densities effect at SiO2/ N-polysilicon and SiO2/ P- monosilicon surfaces on metal/polysilicon /oxide/ monosilicon capacitance. The numerical solution of poisson's equation and the determination of the charge variation in the structure induced by application of external bias (Vg allow simulating the capacitance-voltage MSPOS characteristics. The results show that the interface states at SiO2/ polysilicon and SiO2/ monosilicon surfaces translate the CT (V curve about positive voltage and cause the increase of the minimum value of capacitance. The effect of interface states on C (V curves is neglected for the polysilicon doping concentration in order to 1019 cm-3. For this doping level, the C (V curves are identical to the C (V of the monocristalline MOS structure.

  7. Using analogical problem solving with different scaffolding supports to learn about friction (United States)

    Lin, Shih-Yin; Singh, Chandralekha


    Prior research suggests that many students believe that the magnitude of the static frictional force is always equal to its maximum value. Here, we examine introductory students' ability to learn from analogical reasoning (with different scaffolding supports provided) between two problems that are similar in terms of the physics principle involved but one problem involves static friction, which often triggers the misleading notion. To help students process through the analogy deeply and contemplate whether the static frictional force was at its maximum value, students in different recitation classrooms received different scaffolding support. We discuss students' performance in different groups.

  8. Phonon spectra in SiO2 glasses

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    Perez R, J.F.; Jimenez S, S.; Gonzalez H, J.; Vorobiev, Y.V.; Hernandez L, M.A.; Parga T, J.R.


    Phonon spectra in SiO 2 sol-gel made glasses annealed under different conditions are investigated using infrared absorption and Raman scattering. These data are compared with those obtained in commercial optical-quality quartz. All the materials exhibit the same phonon bands, the exact position and the intensity depend on the measuring technique and on the sample preparation method. The phonon spectra in this material are interpreted on the basis of a simple quasi-linear description of elastic waves in an O-Si-O chain. It is shown that the main features observed in the range 400-1400 cm -1 can be predicted using a quasi-linear chain model in which the band at 1070 cm -1 is assigned to the longitudinal optical waves in the O-Si-O chain with the smallest possible wavelength at the Brillouin zone boundary, the band located around 450 cm -1 is assigned to the transversal optical waves and the band at 800 cm -1 to the longitudinal acoustical waves with the same wavelength. The degree of structural disorder can be also deduced within the framework of the proposed model. (Author)

  9. Scintillator based on SiO2-aerogel

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    Boyko, I.R.; Ignatenko, M.A.; Esenak, K.; Kuhta, L.; Ruzicka, J.; Fainor, V.


    For increasing the light output of SiO 2 -aerogel two aerogel samples were doped with the wavelength shifter POPOP. As a result a scintillator with intermediate density between the gas and the solid state has been produced. The light pulse shapes of the both samples are well approximated by a sum of two exponents with the decay times 1.4±0.1 ns (58% of total light output) and 5.2±0.4 ns (42%). Under irradiation of 5.5 MeV α-particles the light output of the sample with smaller wavelength shifter concentration was 30% and that of the sample with larger concentration was 8% of the light output of a plastic scintillator (polysterene, 2% paraterphenil, 0.2% POPOP). The obtained data indicate that the α/β ratio for both samples is close to 1. This material can be used in experiments where the amount of substance in the way of particles to be detected is a critical factor. (orig.)

  10. Functionalized sio2 microspheres for extracting oil from produced water

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    Mishra, Himanshu


    Functionalized material, methods of producing the functionalized material, and use thereof for separation processes such as but not limited to use for separating and extracting a dissolved organic foulant, charged contaminant or oily matter or any combination thereof from water, such as produced water, are provided. In an embodiment, the functionalized material is a mineral material, such as mica, silica (e.g. an SiO2 microsphere) or a metal oxide, and the outer surface of the material is functionalized with an alkyl chain or a perfluorinated species. In an embodiment, the method of making the functionalized material, includes: a) providing a mineral material; b) providing an alkyl chain and/or a perfluorinated species, the alkyl chain or perfluorinated species selected to dissolve organic foulants, charged contaminants or oily matter from water or any combination thereof; c) hydroxylating the material via a concentrated acid solution or a basic solution; and d) grafting the alkyl chain and/or the perfluorinated species onto the material via a silanation reaction.

  11. Synthesis of TiO 2-doped SiO 2 composite films and its applications

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    In XRD, FT–IR, and TEM investigations of these TiO2-doped SiO2 composite films, the titanium oxide species are highly dispersed in the SiO2 matrixes and exist in a ... Anhui Key Laboratory of Functional Molecular Solids, College of Chemistry and Materials Science, Anhui Normal University, Wuhu 241000, P.R. China ...

  12. Assembly of Fe3O4 nanoparticles on SiO2 monodisperse spheres

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    Assembly of Fe3O4 nanoparticles on SiO2 monodisperse spheres. K C BARICK and D BAHADUR*. Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,. Mumbai 400 076, India. Abstract. The assembly of superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles on submicroscopic SiO2 ...

  13. Field emission properties of SiO2-wrapped CNT field emitter (United States)

    Lim, Yu Dian; Hu, Liangxing; Xia, Xin; Ali, Zishan; Wang, Shaomeng; Tay, Beng Kang; Aditya, Sheel; Miao, Jianmin


    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) exhibit unstable field emission (FE) behavior with low reliability due to uneven heights of as-grown CNTs. It has been reported that a mechanically polished SiO2-wrapped CNT field emitter gives consistent FE performance due to its uniform CNT heights. However, there are still a lack of studies on the comparison between the FE properties of freestanding and SiO2-wrapped CNTs. In this study, we have performed a comparative study on the FE properties of freestanding and SiO2-wrapped CNT field emitters. From the FE measurements, freestanding CNT field emitter requires lower applied voltage of 5.5 V μm‑1 to achieve FE current density of 22 mA cm‑2 whereas SiO2-wrapped field emitter requires 8.5 V μm‑1 to achieve the same current density. This can be attributed to the lower CNT tip electric field of CNTs embedded in SiO2, as obtained from the electric field simulation. Nevertheless, SiO2-wrapped CNTs show higher consistency in FE current than freestanding CNTs. Under repeated FE measurement, SiO2-wrapped CNT field emitter achieves consistent FE behavior from the 1st voltage sweep, whereas freestanding field emitter only achieved consistent FE performance after 3rd voltage sweep. At the same time, SiO2-wrapped CNTs exhibit better emission stability than freestanding CNTs over 4000 s continuous emission.

  14. Assembly of Fe3O4 nanoparticles on SiO2 monodisperse spheres

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    Abstract. The assembly of superparamagnetic Fe3O4 nanoparticles on submicroscopic SiO2 spheres have been prepared by an in situ reaction using different molar ratios of Fe3+/Fe2+ (50–200%). It has been observed that morphology of the assembly and properties of these hybrid materials composed of SiO2 as core ...

  15. Nitric acid oxidation of Si (NAOS) method for low temperature fabrication of SiO2/Si and SiO2/SiC structures

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    Kobayashi, H.; Imamura, K.; Kim, W.-B.; Im, S.-S.; Asuha


    We have developed low temperature formation methods of SiO 2 /Si and SiO 2 /SiC structures by use of nitric acid, i.e., nitric acid oxidation of Si (or SiC) (NAOS) methods. By use of the azeotropic NAOS method (i.e., immersion in 68 wt% HNO 3 aqueous solutions at 120 deg. C), an ultrathin (i.e., 1.3-1.4 nm) SiO 2 layer with a low leakage current density can be formed on Si. The leakage current density can be further decreased by post-metallization anneal (PMA) at 200 deg. C in hydrogen atmosphere, and consequently the leakage current density at the gate bias voltage of 1 V becomes 1/4-1/20 of that of an ultrathin (i.e., 1.5 nm) thermal oxide layer usually formed at temperatures between 800 and 900 deg. C. The low leakage current density is attributable to (i) low interface state density, (ii) low SiO 2 gap-state density, and (iii) high band discontinuity energy at the SiO 2 /Si interface arising from the high atomic density of the NAOS SiO 2 layer. For the formation of a relatively thick (i.e., ≥10 nm) SiO 2 layer, we have developed the two-step NAOS method in which the initial and subsequent oxidation is performed by immersion in ∼40 wt% HNO 3 and azeotropic HNO 3 aqueous solutions, respectively. In this case, the SiO 2 formation rate does not depend on the Si surface orientation. Using the two-step NAOS method, a uniform thickness SiO 2 layer can be formed even on the rough surface of poly-crystalline Si thin films. The atomic density of the two-step NAOS SiO 2 layer is slightly higher than that for thermal oxide. When PMA at 250 deg. C in hydrogen is performed on the two-step NAOS SiO 2 layer, the current-voltage and capacitance-voltage characteristics become as good as those for thermal oxide formed at 900 deg. C. A relatively thick (i.e., ≥10 nm) SiO 2 layer can also be formed on SiC at 120 deg. C by use of the two-step NAOS method. With no treatment before the NAOS method, the leakage current density is very high, but by heat treatment at 400 deg. C in pure hydrogen, the leakage current density is decreased by approximately seven orders of magnitude. The hydrogen treatment greatly smoothens the SiC surface, and the subsequent NAOS method results in the formation of an atomically smooth SiO 2 /SiC interface and a uniform thickness SiO 2 .

  16. Natural analogs in support of the Canadian concept for nuclear fuel waste disposal

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    Cramer, Jan.


    The assessment of the long-term safety and performance of the Canadian concept for disposal of nuclear fuel waste is a unique and challenging undertaking, because the predictions have to be made for time periods in the range of 10 4 to 10 6 a into the future. The data used for the assessment modelling is in large part based on observations from short-term laboratory and field experiments. Natural analogs can provide a reference for the safety assessment, providing both useful data and a qualitative illustration of the interaction of processes and materials in complex natural systems. This report reviews the available natural analog information used in support of the Canadian concept, with particular emphasis on the disposal of used CANDU (CANada Deuterium Uranium) fuel. The introduction gives a definition of natural analogs and an overview of the various types of analogs and analog studies. The review is broken down into sections pertaining to the major components of the disposal system: the vault, the geosphere and the biosphere. Specific examples are given for each. In addition, a section deals with several comprehensive natural systems that contain a number of features and processes similar to the disposal concept and that are under study by a number of countries as part of their waste management programs. (author). 224 refs., 11 tabs., 2 figs

  17. Photoluminescent characteristics of ion beam synthesized Ge nanoparticles in thermally grown SiO2 films

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    Yu, C.F.; Chao, D.S.; Chen, Y.-F.; Liang, J.H.


    Prospects of developing into numerous silicon-based optoelectronic applications have prompted many studies on the optical properties of Ge nanoparticles within a silicon oxide (SiO 2 ) matrix. Even with such abundant studies, the fundamental mechanism underlying the Ge nanoparticle-induced photoluminescence (PL) is still an open question. In order to elucidate the mechanism, we dedicate this study to investigating the correlation between the PL properties and microstructure of the Ge nanoparticles synthesized in thermally grown SiO 2 films. Our spectral data show that the peak position, at ∼3.1 eV or 400 nm, of the PL band arising from the Ge nanoparticles was essentially unchanged under different Ge implantation fluences and the temperatures of the following annealing process, whereas the sample preparation parameters modified or even fluctuated (in the case of the annealing temperature) the peak intensity considerably. Given the microscopically observed correlation between the nanoparticle structure and the sample preparation parameters, this phenomenon is consistent with the mechanism in which the oxygen-deficiency-related defects in the Ge/SiO 2 interface act as the major luminescence centers; this mechanism also successfully explains the peak intensity fluctuation with the annealing temperature. Moreover, our FTIR data indicate the formation of GeO x upon ion implantation. Since decreasing of the oxygen-related defects by the GeO x formation is expected to be correlated with the annealing temperature, presence of the GeO x renders further experimental support to the oxygen defect mechanism. This understanding may assist the designing of the manufacturing process to optimize the Ge nanoparticle-based PL materials for different technological applications

  18. Assessing the in vitro toxicity of the lunar dust environment using respiratory cells exposed to Al(2)O(3) or SiO(2) fine dust particles. (United States)

    Jordan, Jacqueline A; Verhoff, Ashley M; Morgan, Julie E; Fischer, David G


    Prior chemical and physical analysis of lunar soil suggests a composition of dust particles that may contribute to the development of acute and chronic respiratory disorders. In this study, fine Al(2)O(3) (0.7 μm) and fine SiO(2) (mean 1.6 μm) were used to assess the cellular uptake and cellular toxicity of lunar dust particle analogs. Respiratory cells, murine alveolar macrophages (RAW 264.7) and human type II epithelial (A549), were cultured as the in vitro model system. The phagocytic activity of both cell types using ultrafine (0.1 μm) and fine (0.5 μm) fluorescent polystyrene beads was determined. Following a 6-h exposure, RAW 264.7 cells had extended pseudopods with beads localized in the cytoplasmic region of cells. After 24 h, the macrophage cells were rounded and clumped and lacked pseudopods, which suggest impairment of phagocytosis. A549 cells did not contain beads, and after 24 h, the majority of the beads appeared to primarily coat the surface of the cells. Next, we investigated the cellular response to fine SiO(2) and Al(2)O(3) (up to 5 mg/ml). RAW 264.7 cells exposed to 1.0 mg/ml of fine SiO(2) for 6 h demonstrated pseudopods, cellular damage, apoptosis, and necrosis. A549 cells showed slight toxicity when exposed to fine SiO(2) for the same time and dose. A549 cells had particles clustered on the surface of the cells. Only a higher dose (5.0 mg/ml) of fine SiO(2) resulted in a significant cytotoxicity to A549 cells. Most importantly, both cell types showed minimal cytotoxicity following exposure to fine Al(2)O(3). Overall, this study suggests differential cellular toxicity associated with exposure to fine mineral dust particles.

  19. Hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 Heterostructure Nanowire Arrays. (United States)

    Liu, Jian; Wang, Chunrui; Xie, Qingqing; Cai, Junsheng; Zhang, Jing


    Novel hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 based heterostructure nanowire arrays were fabricated on silicon substrates by a one-step thermal evaporation of CdS powder. The as-grown products were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Studies reveal that a typical hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire is composed of a single crystalline Cd4SiS6 nanowire core sheathed with amorphous SiO2 sheath. Furthermore, secondary nanostructures of SiO2 nanowires are highly dense grown on the primary Cd4SiS6 core-SiO2 sheath nanowires and formed hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 based heterostructure nanowire arrays which stand vertically on silicon substrates. The possible growth mechanism of hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire arrays is proposed. The optical properties of hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire arrays are investigated using Raman and Photoluminescence spectroscopy.

  20. Preparation and Characterization of SiO2/SiCN Core-shell Ceramic Microspheres

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    ZHANG Hai-yuan


    Full Text Available The SiO2/PSN core-shell microspheres were prepared via an emulsion reaction combined with the polymer-derived ceramics (PDCs method using polysilazane (PSN in situ polymerization on the surface of SiO2 modified by silane coupling agents MPS, followed by pyrolysis process to obtain SiO2/SiCN core-shell ceramic microspheres. The effects of raw mass ratio, curing time and pyrolysis temperature on the formation and the morphology of core-shell microspheres were studied. The morphology, chemical composition and phase transformation were characterized by SEM, EDS, TEM, FT-IR and XRD. The results show that after reaction for 4h at 200℃, SiO2 completely coated PSN forms a core-shell microsphere with rough surface when the mass ratio of SiO2 and PSN is 1:4; when pyrolysis temperature is at 800-1200℃, amorphous SiO2/SiCN core-shell ceramic microspheres are prepared; at 1400℃, the amorphous phase partially crystallizes to produce SiO2, SiC and Si3N4 phase.

  1. Hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 Heterostructure Nanowire Arrays

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    Full Text Available Abstract Novel hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 based heterostructure nanowire arrays were fabricated on silicon substrates by a one-step thermal evaporation of CdS powder. The as-grown products were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Studies reveal that a typical hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire is composed of a single crystalline Cd4SiS6 nanowire core sheathed with amorphous SiO2 sheath. Furthermore, secondary nanostructures of SiO2 nanowires are highly dense grown on the primary Cd4SiS6 core-SiO2 sheath nanowires and formed hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 based heterostructure nanowire arrays which stand vertically on silicon substrates. The possible growth mechanism of hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire arrays is proposed. The optical properties of hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire arrays are investigated using Raman and Photoluminescence spectroscopy.

  2. Enhanced antioxidation and microwave absorbing properties of SiO2-coated flaky carbonyl iron particles (United States)

    Zhou, Yingying; Xie, Hui; Zhou, Wancheng; Ren, Zhaowen


    SiO2 was successfully coated on the surface of flaky carbonyl iron particles using a chemical bath deposition method in the presence of 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane (APTES). The morphologies, composition, valence states of elements, as well as antioxidation and electromagnetic properties of the samples were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy dispersive spectrometer (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), thermogravimetric (TG) and microwave network analyzer. TG curve shows the obvious weight gain of carbonyl iron was deferred to 360 °C after SiO2-coated, which can be ascribed to the exits of SiO2 overlayer. Compared with the raw carbonyl iron, SiO2-coated sample shows good wave absorption performance due to its impedance matching. The electromagnetic properties of raw and SiO2-coated carbonyl iron particles were characterized in X band before and after heat treatment at 250 °C for 10 h. It was established that SiO2-coated carbonyl iron demonstrate good thermal stability, indicating SiO2-coating is useful in the usage of microwave absorbers operating at temperature up to 250 °C.

  3. Kinetics of Valeric Acid Ketonization and Ketenization in Catalytic Pyrolysis on Nanosized SiO2, γ-Al2O3, CeO2/SiO2, Al2O3/SiO2and TiO2/SiO2. (United States)

    Kulyk, Kostiantyn; Palianytsia, Borys; Alexander, John D; Azizova, Liana; Borysenko, Mykola; Kartel, Mykola; Larsson, Mats; Kulik, Tetiana


    Valeric acid is an important renewable platform chemical that can be produced efficiently from lignocellulosic biomass. Upgrading of valeric acid by catalytic pyrolysis has the potential to produce value added biofuels and chemicals on an industrial scale. Understanding the different mechanisms involved in the thermal transformations of valeric acid on the surface of nanometer-sized oxides is important for the development of efficient heterogeneously catalyzed pyrolytic conversion techniques. In this work, the thermal decomposition of valeric acid on the surface of nanoscale SiO 2 , γ-Al 2 O 3 , CeO 2 /SiO 2 , Al 2 O 3 /SiO 2 and TiO 2 /SiO 2 has been investigated by temperature-programmed desorption mass spectrometry (TPD MS). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) has also been used to investigate the structure of valeric acid complexes on the oxide surfaces. Two main products of pyrolytic conversion were observed to be formed depending on the nano-catalyst used-dibutylketone and propylketene. Mechanisms of ketene and ketone formation from chemisorbed fragments of valeric acid are proposed and the kinetic parameters of the corresponding reactions were calculated. It was found that the activation energy of ketenization decreases in the order SiO 2 >γ-Al 2 O 3 >TiO 2 /SiO 2 >Al 2 O 3 /SiO 2 , and the activation energy of ketonization decreases in the order γ-Al 2 O 3 >CeO 2 /SiO 2 . Nano-oxide CeO 2 /SiO 2 was found to selectively catalyze the ketonization reaction. © 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Cytotoxicity and effect on GJIC of SiO2 nanoparticles in HL-7702 cells

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    Pan Tao; Jin Minghua; Liu Xiaomei; Du Zhongjun; Zhou Xianqing; Huang Peili; Sun Zhiwei


    Objective: To study the cytotoxicity and effect on gap junction intracellular communication (GJIC) of SiO 2 nanoparticles in HL-7702 cells, and to provide experimental basis for toxicity assessment and the security applications of SiO 2 nanoparticles. Methods: Transmission electron microscope (TEM) was used to characterize two kinds of SiO 2 nanoparticles, verifying their size, dispersion and shape; dynamic light scattering (DLS) method was used to analyze the water dispersion and culture medium dispersion of the SiO 2 nanoparticles; MTT assay was carried out to examine the cytotoxicities of the two sizes SiO 2 nanoparticles on the cells; lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release assay was performed to examine the integrity nano of the cell membrane; Scrape-loading and dye transfer assay was performed to examine the effect of SiO 2 nanoparticles on GJIC. Results: Based on the result of TEM, two kinds of SiO 2 nanoparticles were spherically shaped, uniformly sized and sporadically dispersed; the statistical analysis results showed the diameters of the two nanoparticles were (447.60±20.78) nm and (67.42±5.69) nm, respectively, thus they could be categorized as submicron scale and nano scale. The DLS method results manifested that the hydration nanoparticle sizes of the two SiO 2 nanoparticles were (684.37±18.76) nm, (128.31±7.64) nm in high purity water and (697.02±19.57) nm, (133.74±8.97) nm in RPMI-1640 solution, all the two nanoparticles were well dispersed without aggregation. MTT assay indicated that 24 h after treatment of SiO 2 nanoparticles, the cell viabilities were affected by both the size and the dose of the SiO 2 nanoparticles; the higher the dose was, the less viability the cells exhibited. Moreover, the nano scale particles inflicted more damage to the cells. LDH release assay indicated that the SiO 2 particles could also damage the cell membrane in a dose-dependent and size-dependent way. Scrape-loading and dye transfer assay indicated that the nano scale particles could cause GJIC inhibition in a dose-dependent way; and when at the same dose, the nanoparticles could cause a more obvious inhibition of GJIC than the submicron particles. Conclusion: SiO 2 nanoparticles have cytotoxicity on HL-7702 cells, and would cause GJIC inhibition. (authors)

  5. Hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 Heterostructure Nanowire Arrays


    Liu, Jian; Wang, Chunrui; Xie, Qingqing; Cai, Junsheng; Zhang, Jing


    Abstract Novel hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 based heterostructure nanowire arrays were fabricated on silicon substrates by a one-step thermal evaporation of CdS powder. The as-grown products were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy. Studies reveal that a typical hierarchical Cd4SiS6/SiO2 heterostructure nanowire is composed of a single crystalline Cd4SiS6 nanowire core sheathed with amorphous SiO2 sheath. Furthermore, secondar...

  6. Facile synthesis of microporous SiO2/triangular Ag composite nanostructures for photocatalysis (United States)

    Sirohi, Sidhharth; Singh, Anandpreet; Dagar, Chakit; Saini, Gajender; Pani, Balaram; Nain, Ratyakshi


    In this article, we present a novel fabrication of microporous SiO2/triangular Ag nanoparticles for dye (methylene blue) adsorption and plasmon-mediated degradation. Microporous SiO2 nanoparticles with pore size green 26 and curcumin crystalline. Amine-functionalized microporous SiO2/triangular Ag nanostructures were used for plasmon-mediated photocatalysis of methylene blue. The experimental results revealed that the large surface area of microporous silica facilitated adsorption of dye. Triangular Ag nanoparticles, due to their better charge carrier generation and enhanced surface plasmon resonance, further enhanced the photocatalysis performance.

  7. Formation of radiative centers in SiO2 by tin high-dose implantation

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    Komarov, F.F.; Parkhomenko, I.N.; Vlasukova, L.A.; Mil'chanin, O.V.; Mokhovikov, M.A.; Wendler, E.; Wesch, W.


    The structural transformations in SiO 2 layers implanted with high fluence of Sn ions have been investigated. It has been found that post-implantation annealing results in the β-Sn precipitation as well as the formation of SnO 2 -enriched regions in SiO 2 :Sn matrix. The intensive emission in the range of photon energies 1.5 – 3.5 eV is registered for the implanted and annealed samples. We attribute it to the oxygen deficiency centers created in the SiO 2 :Sn matrix and at the 'nanocluster/SiO 2 ' interfaces. (authors)

  8. Vancomycin-modified Fe3O4@SiO2@Ag microflowers as effective antimicrobial agents

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    Full Text Available Chongwen Wang,1,2,* Kehan Zhang,2,* Zhe Zhou,2,* Qingjun Li,2 Liting Shao,2 Rong Zhang Hao,3 Rui Xiao,2 Shengqi Wang1,2 1College of Life Sciences & Bio-Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, 2Beijing Key Laboratory of New Molecular Diagnosis Technologies for Infectious Diseases, Beijing Institute of Radiation Medicine, Beijing, 3Institute for Disease Control and Prevention, Academy of Military Medical Sciences, Beijing, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: Nanomaterials combined with antibiotics exhibit synergistic effects and have gained increasing interest as promising antimicrobial agents. In this study, vancomycin-modified magnetic-based silver microflowers (Van/Fe3O4@SiO2@Ag microflowers were rationally designed and prepared to achieve strong bactericidal ability, a wide antimicrobial spectrum, and good recyclability. High-performance Fe3O4@SiO2@Ag microflowers served as a multifunction-supporting matrix and exhibited sufficient magnetic response property due to their 200 nm Fe3O4 core. The microflowers also possessed a highly branched flower-like Ag shell that provided a large surface area for effective Ag ion release and bacterial contact. The modified-vancomycin layer was effectively bound to the cell wall of bacteria to increase the permeability of the cell membrane and facilitate the entry of the Ag ions into the bacterium, resulting in cell death. As such, the fabricated Van/Fe3O4@SiO2@Ag microflowers were predicted to be an effective and environment-friendly antibacterial agent. This hypothesis was verified through sterilization of Gram-negative Escherichia coli and Gram-positive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, with minimum inhibitory concentrations of 10 and 20 µg mL-1, respectively. The microflowers also showed enhanced effect compared with bare Fe3O4@SiO2@Ag microflowers and free-form vancomycin, confirming the synergistic effects of the combination of the

  9. Luminescence of SiO2 and GeO2 crystals with rutile structure. Comparison with α-quartz crystals and relevant glasses (Review Article) (United States)

    Trukhin, A. N.


    Luminescence properties of SiO2 in different structural states are compared. Similar comparison is made for GeO2. Rutile and α-quartz structures as well as glassy state of these materials are considered. Main results are that for α-quartz crystals the luminescence of self-trapped exciton is the general phenomenon that is absent in the crystal with rutile structure. In rutile structured SiO2 (stishovite) and GeO2 (argutite) the main luminescence is due to a host material defect existing in as-received (as-grown) samples. The defect luminescence possesses specific two bands, one of which has a slow decay (for SiO2 in the blue and for GeO2, in green range) and another, a fast ultraviolet (UV) band (4.75 eV in SiO2 and at 3 eV in GeO2). In silica and germania glasses, the luminescence of self-trapped exciton coexists with defect luminescence. The latter also contains two bands: one in the visible range and another in the UV range. The defect luminescence of glasses was studied in details during last 60-70 years and is ascribed to oxygen deficient defects. Analogous defect luminescence in the corresponding pure nonirradiated crystals with α-quartz structure is absent. Only irradiation of a α-quartz crystal by energetic electron beam, γ-rays and neutrons provides defect luminescence analogous to glasses and crystals with rutile structure. Therefore, in glassy state the structure containing tetrahedron motifs is responsible for existence of self-trapped excitons and defects in octahedral motifs are responsible for oxygen deficient defects.

  10. Radiation-induced redistribution of gold in SiO2-Si structures

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    Bolotov, V.V.; Emeksuzyan, V.M.; Spiridonov, V.N.


    Gold distribution in SiO 2 -Si structures after diffusion and its redistribution under irradiation by high-energy electrons are studied by DLTS and SIMS methods. It is shown that the concentration of substitutional gold increases at radiation doses of 10 13 to 10 14 cm -2 , which is due to the presence of a previously inactive interstitial component Au I and its dissolution in vacancies. A radiation dose increase results in radiation-induced gettering of gold by the SiO 2 -Si interface with subsequent penetration of gold into SiO 2 . The state of the SiO 2 -Si interface affects the behaviour of gold at irradiation. (author)

  11. Experimental determination of nanofluid specific heat with SiO2 nanoparticles in different base fluids (United States)

    Akilu, S.; Baheta, A. T.; Sharma, K. V.; Said, M. A.


    Nanostructured ceramic materials have recently attracted attention as promising heat transfer fluid additives owing to their outstanding heat storage capacities. In this paper, experimental measurements of the specific heats of SiO2-Glycerol, SiO2-Ethylene Glycol, and SiO2-Glycerol/Ethylene Glycol mixture 60:40 ratio (by mass) nanofluids with different volume concentrations of 1.0-4.0% have been carried out using differential scanning calorimeter at temperatures of 25 °C and 50 °C. Experimental results indicate lower specific heat capacities are found with SiO2 nanofluids compared to their respective base fluids. The specific heat was decreasing with the increase of concentration, and this decrement depends on upon the type of the base fluid. It is observed that temperature has a positive impact on the specific heat capacity. Furthermore, the experimental values were compared with the theoretical model predictions, and a satisfactory agreement was established.

  12. Synthesis of unidirectional structures of SiO2-Ag using Au nanoparticles as nucleation centers

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    Villa S, G.; Mendoza A, D.; Gutierrez W, C.; Perez H, R.


    This paper reports a method to synthesize Ag unidirectional structures covered with SiO 2 by sol-gel technique using Au nanoparticles as nucleation centers of the unidirectional structures. In the first phase unidirectional structures of SiO 2 -Ag CI are obtained by sol-gel, using TEOS as a precursor of metallic structures (Ag) and the incorporation of Au nanoparticles as nucleation centers for growth of unidirectional structures. In the second stage, one-way systems are subjected to thermal treatment in H 2 atmosphere for obtain AG 0 particles through mechanisms that diffusion and coalescence of silver to form structures that have a thin cover of SiO 2 . Analysis by scanning electron microscopy, transmission and atomic force microscopy allowed to determine the chemical composition and microstructural properties of unidirectional systems SiO 2 -Ag. (Author)

  13. Interface properties of SiO2/n-GaN metal-insulator-semiconductor structures


    Yoshitaka, Nakano; Takashi, Jimbo


    Electrical characterization of SiO2/n-GaN metal-insulator-semiconductor structures fabricated on sapphire substrates was performed by using high-frequency pulsed capacitance-voltage and capacitance-transient techniques. Fast and slow capacitance transients are clearly seen after applying reverse voltages, reflecting thermal emissions of carriers from the SiO2/GaN interface. The temperature dependence of the capacitance-voltage characteristics shows capacitance saturation in deep depletion (>1...

  14. Tetrazoles in the Presence of Nano-TiCl 4 .SiO 2

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    Nano-TiCl4.SiO2 was found to be an extremely efficient catalyst for the preparation of 5-substituted 1H-tetrazole derivatives. Nano-TiCl4.SiO2 is a solid Lewis-acid was synthesized by the reaction of nano-SiO2 and TiCl4. The structure characterization of this acid was achieved with X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric ...

  15. Core-exsolved SiO2 Dispersal in the Earth's Mantle (United States)

    Helffrich, G. R.; Ballmer, M.; Hirose, K.


    SiO2 may have been expelled from the core following its formation in the early stages of Earth's accretion and onwards through the present day. On account of SiO2's low density with respect to both the core and the lowermost mantle, we examine the process of SiO2 accumulation at the core-mantle boundary (CMB) and its incorporation into the mantle by buoyant rise. Today, the if SiO2 is 100-10000 times more viscous than lower mantle material, the dimensions of SiO2 diapirs formed by the viscous Rayleigh-Taylor instability at the CMB would cause them to be swept into the mantle as inclusions of 100 m - 10 km diameter. Under early Earth conditions of rapid heat loss after core formation, SiO2 diapirs of 5-80 km diameter could have risen independently of mantle flow to their level of neutral buoyancy in the mantle, trapping them there due to a combination of high viscosity and neutral buoyancy. We examine the SiO2 yield by assuming Si+O saturation at the conditions found at the base of a magma ocean and find that for a range of conditions, dispersed bodies could reach as high as 2 volume percent in shallow parts of the lower mantle, with their abundance decreasing with depth. At such low concentrations, their effect on aggregate seismic wavespeeds would be within the uncertainty of the radial Earth model PREM. However, their presence would be revealed by small-scale scattering in the lower mantle due to the bodies' large velocity contrast. We conclude that the shallow lower mantle (700-1500 km depth) could harbor SiO2 released in early Earth times.

  16. Nano-Ticl 4 .SiO 2 : a Versatile and Efficient Catalyst for Synthesis of ...

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    Nano-TiCl4.SiO2 has been found to be an extremely efficient catalyst for the preparation of 3,4-dihydropyrimidinones/thiones via three-component reactions of an aldehyde, β-ketoester or β-diketone and urea or thiourea under mild conditions. Nano-TiCl4.SiO2 as a solid Lewis acid has been synthesized by reaction of ...

  17. Growth Stress in SiO2 during Oxidation of SiC Fibers (Preprint) (United States)


    calculating the average self-pressure ( pav ) in the SiO2 scale throughout its thickness, as a function of total scale thickness (w), temperature, and fiber...2 ∑ p(bj2 − bj−12 )ij=1 [54] The average pressure ( pav ) was calculated for 6 and 3 µm...for public release; distribution unlimited. Fig. 13. Average SiO2 scale self-pressure ( pav ) for 6 and 3 µm radius fibers as a function of scale

  18. Calcium phosphate formation on porous sol-gel-derived SiO2 and CaO-P2O5-SiO2 substrates in vitro. (United States)

    Peltola, T; Jokinen, M; Rahiala, H; Levänen, E; Rosenholm, J B; Kangasniemi, I; Yli-Urpo, A


    Sol-gel-derived SiO2 and CaO-P2O5-SiO2 have been shown to be bioactive and bone bonding. In this study bioactive sol-gel-derived SiO2 and CaO-P2O5-SiO2 systems were tested for in in vitro bioactivity. The calcined ceramic monoliths were immersed in a simulated body fluid and analyzed to follow the hydroxyapatite formation on the ceramic surface. Apatite-forming ability was investigated in terms of structural changes by changing the composition and the preparation method. The role of Ca and P dopants in the substrate structure is complicated, and careful characterization is needed. The composition and structure together determine the in vitro bioactivity. The pore structure was analyzed using N2-adsorption/desorption isotherms. The results indicate that a great mesopore volume and a wide mesopore size distribution favor hydroxycarbonate apatite nucleation and a great surface area is not needed. The performed preparation process for silica in a basic environment provides a convenient way to prepare a mesoporous material. Copyright 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  19. Screen-Printed Photochromic Textiles through New Inks Based on SiO2@naphthopyran Nanoparticles. (United States)

    Pinto, Tânia V; Costa, Paula; Sousa, Céu M; Sousa, Carlos A D; Pereira, Clara; Silva, Carla J S M; Pereira, Manuel Fernando R; Coelho, Paulo J; Freire, Cristina


    Photochromic silica nanoparticles (SiO 2 @NPT), fabricated through the covalent immobilization of silylated naphthopyrans (NPTs) based on 2H-naphtho[1,2-b]pyran (S1, S2) and 3H-naphtho[2,1-b]pyran (S3, S4) or through the direct adsorption of the parent naphthopyrans (1, 3) onto silica nanoparticles (SiO 2 NPs), were successfully incorporated onto cotton fabrics by a screen-printing process. Two aqueous acrylic- (AC-) and polyurethane- (PU-) based inks were used as dispersing media. All textiles exhibited reversible photochromism under UV and solar irradiation, developing fast responses and intense coloration. The fabrics coated with SiO 2 @S1 and SiO 2 @S2 showed rapid color changes and high contrasts (ΔE* ab = 39-52), despite presenting slower bleaching kinetics (2-3 h to fade to the original color), whereas the textiles coated with SiO 2 @S3 and SiO 2 @S4 exhibited excellent engagement between coloration and decoloration rates (coloration and fading times of 1 and 2 min, respectively; ΔE* ab = 27-53). The PU-based fabrics showed excellent results during the washing fastness tests, whereas the AC-based textiles evidenced good results only when a protective transfer film was applied over the printed design.

  20. Sol-gel preparation of self-cleaning SiO2-TiO2/SiO2-TiO2 double-layer antireflective coating for solar glass (United States)

    Lin, Wensheng; Zheng, Jiaxian; Yan, Lianghong; Zhang, Xinxiang


    Self-cleaning SiO2-TiO2/SiO2-TiO2 double-layer antireflective (AR) coating is prepared by sol-gel process. SiO2 sol is prepared by using tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) as precursor and ammonia as catalyst, while TiO2 sol was prepared by using tetrabutyl orthotitanate (TBOT) as precursor and hydrochloric acid as catalyst. The effect of TiO2 content on refractive index, abrasion-resistance and photo-catalytic activity of SiO2-TiO2 hybrid thin films or powders is systematically investigated. It is found that the refractive index of SiO2-TiO2 hybrid thin films increases gradually from 1.18 to 1.53 as the weight ratio of TiO2 to SiO2 increased from 0 to 1.0. The SiO2-TiO2 hybrid thin film and powder possesses good abrasion-resistance and photo-catalytic activity, respectively, as the weight ratio of TiO2 to SiO2 is 0.4. The degradation degree of Rhodamine B by SiO2-TiO2 hybrid powder is 88.3%. Finally, SiO2-TiO2/SiO2-TiO2 double-layer AR coating with high transmittance, abrasion-resistance and self-cleaning property is realized.

  1. A facile approach to fabricate Au nanoparticles loaded SiO2 microspheres for catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol

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    Tang, Mingyi; Huang, Guanbo; Li, Xianxian; Pang, Xiaobo; Qiu, Haixia


    Hydrophilic and biocompatible macromolecules were used to improve and simplify the process for the fabrication of core/shell SiO 2 @Au composite particles. The influence of polymers on the morphology of SiO 2 @Au particles with different size of SiO 2 cores was analyzed by transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The optical property of the SiO 2 @Au particles was studied with UV–Vis spectroscopy. The results indicate that the structure and composition of macromolecules affect the morphology of Au layers on SiO 2 microspheres. The SiO 2 @Au particles prepared in the presence of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) or polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) have thin and complete Au nanoshells owing to their inducing act in preferential growth of Au nanoparticles along the surface of SiO 2 microspheres. SiO 2 @Au particles can be also prepared from SiO 2 microspheres modified with 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane in the presence of PVA or PVP. This offers a simple way to fabricate a Au layer on SiO 2 or other microspheres. The SiO 2 @Au particles demonstrated high catalytic activity in the reduction of 4-nitrophenol. - Highlights: • Facile direct deposition method for Au nanoparticles on silica microspheres. • Influence of different types of macromolecule on the formation of Au shell. • High catalytic performance of Au nanoparticles on silica microspheres

  2. Ordered micro/macro porous K-OMS-2/SiO2 nanocatalysts: Facile synthesis, low cost and high catalytic activity for diesel soot combustion (United States)

    Yu, Xuehua; Zhao, Zhen; Wei, Yuechang; Liu, Jian


    A series of novel oxide catalysts, which contain three-dimensionally ordered macroporous (3DOM) and microporous structure, were firstly designed and successfully synthesized by simple method. In the as-prepared catalysts, 3DOM SiO2 is used as support and microporous K-OMS-2 oxide nanoparticles are supported on the wall of SiO2. 3DOM K-OMS-2/SiO2 oxide catalysts were firstly used in soot particle oxidation reaction and they show very high catalytic activities. The high activities of K-OMS-2/SiO2 oxide catalysts can be assigned to three possible reasons: macroporous effect of 3DOM structure for improving contact between soot and catalyst, microporous effect of K-OMS-2 for adsorption of small gas molecules and interaction of K and Mn for activation of gas molecules. The catalytic activities of catalysts are comparable to or even higher than noble metal catalyst in the medium and high temperature range. For example, the T50 of K-OMS-2/SiO2-50, 328 °C, is much lower than those of Pt/Al2O3 and 3DOM Au/LaFeO3, 464 and 356 °C,respectively. Moreover, catalysts exhibited high catalytic stability. It is attributed to that the K+ ions are introduced into the microporous structure of OMS-2 and stabilized in the catalytic reaction. Meanwhile, the K+ ions play an important role in templating and stabilizing the tunneled framework of OMS-2.

  3. Dry etched SiO2 Mask for HgCdTe Etching Process (United States)

    Chen, Y. Y.; Ye, Z. H.; Sun, C. H.; Deng, L. G.; Zhang, S.; Xing, W.; Hu, X. N.; Ding, R. J.; He, L.


    A highly anisotropic etching process with low etch-induced damage is indispensable for advanced HgCdTe (MCT) infrared focal plane array (IRFPA) detectors. The inductively coupled plasma (ICP) enhanced reactive ion etching technique has been widely adopted in manufacturing HgCdTe IRFPA devices. An accurately patterned mask with sharp edges is decisive to accomplish pattern duplication. It has been reported by our group that the SiO2 mask functions well in etching HgCdTe with high selectivity. However, the wet process in defining the SiO2 mask is limited by ambiguous edges and nonuniform patterns. In this report, we patterned SiO2 with a mature ICP etching technique, prior to which a thin ZnS film was deposited by thermal evaporation. The SiO2 film etching can be terminated at the auto-stopping point of the ZnS layer thanks to the high selectivity of SiO2/ZnS in SF6 based etchant. Consequently, MCT etching was directly performed without any other treatment. This mask showed acceptable profile due to the maturity of the SiO2 etching process. The well-defined SiO2 pattern and the etched smooth surfaces were investigated with scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscope. This new mask process could transfer the patterns exactly with very small etch-bias. A cavity with aspect-ratio (AR) of 1.2 and root mean square roughness of 1.77 nm was achieved first, slightly higher AR of 1.67 was also get with better mask profile. This masking process ensures good uniformity and surely benefits the delineation of shrinking pixels with its high resolution.

  4. Tunable graphene doping by modulating the nanopore geometry on a SiO2/Si substrate

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    Lim, Namsoo


    A tunable graphene doping method utilizing a SiO2/Si substrate with nanopores (NP) was introduced. Laser interference lithography (LIL) using a He–Cd laser (λ = 325 nm) was used to prepare pore size- and pitch-controllable NP SiO2/Si substrates. Then, bottom-contact graphene field effect transistors (G-FETs) were fabricated on the NP SiO2/Si substrate to measure the transfer curves. The graphene transferred onto the NP SiO2/Si substrate showed relatively n-doped behavior compared to the graphene transferred onto a flat SiO2/Si substrate, as evidenced by the blue-shift of the 2D peak position (∼2700 cm−1) in the Raman spectra due to contact doping. As the porosity increased within the substrate, the Dirac voltage shifted to a more positive or negative value, depending on the initial doping type (p- or n-type, respectively) of the contact doping. The Dirac voltage shifts with porosity were ascribed mainly to the compensation for the reduced capacitance owing to the SiO2–air hetero-structured dielectric layer within the periodically aligned nanopores capped by the suspended graphene (electrostatic doping). The hysteresis (Dirac voltage difference during the forward and backward scans) was reduced when utilizing an NP SiO2/Si substrate with smaller pores and/or a low porosity because fewer H2O or O2 molecules could be trapped inside the smaller pores.

  5. Distribution of electron traps in SiO2/HfO2 nMOSFET (United States)

    Xiao-Hui, Hou; Xue-Feng, Zheng; Ao-Chen, Wang; Ying-Zhe, Wang; Hao-Yu, Wen; Zhi-Jing, Liu; Xiao-Wei, Li; Yin-He, Wu


    In this paper, the principle of discharge-based pulsed I-V technique is introduced. By using it, the energy and spatial distributions of electron traps within the 4-nm HfO2 layer have been extracted. Two peaks are observed, which are located at ΔE ˜ -1.0 eV and -1.43 eV, respectively. It is found that the former one is close to the SiO2/HfO2 interface and the latter one is close to the gate electrode. It is also observed that the maximum discharge time has little effect on the energy distribution. Finally, the impact of electrical stress on the HfO2 layer is also studied. During stress, no new electron traps and interface states are generated. Meanwhile, the electrical stress also has no impact on the energy and spatial distribution of as-grown traps. The results provide valuable information for theoretical modeling establishment, material assessment, and reliability improvement for advanced semiconductor devices. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61334002, 61106106, and 61474091), the New Experiment Development Funds for Xidian University, China (Grant No. SY1434), and the Scientific Research Foundation for the Returned Overseas Chinese Scholars, State Education Ministry, China (Grant No. JY0600132501).

  6. Integrated nanophotonic hubs based on ZnO-Tb(OH3/SiO2 nanocomposites

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    Full Text Available Abstract Optical integration is essential for practical application, but it remains unexplored for nanoscale devices. A newly designed nanocomposite based on ZnO semiconductor nanowires and Tb(OH3/SiO2 core/shell nanospheres has been synthesized and studied. The unique sea urchin-type morphology, bright and sharply visible emission bands of lanthanide, and large aspect ratio of ZnO crystalline nanotips make this novel composite an excellent signal receiver, waveguide, and emitter. The multifunctional composite of ZnO nanotips and Tb(OH3/SiO2 nanoparticles therefore can serve as an integrated nanophotonics hub. Moreover, the composite of ZnO nanotips deposited on a Tb(OH3/SiO2 photonic crystal can act as a directional light fountain, in which the confined radiation from Tb ions inside the photonic crystal can be well guided and escape through the ZnO nanotips. Therefore, the output emission arising from Tb ions is truly directional, and its intensity can be greatly enhanced. With highly enhanced lasing emissions in ZnO-Tb(OH3/SiO2 as well as SnO2-Tb(OH3/SiO2 nanocomposites, we demonstrate that our approach is extremely beneficial for the creation of low threshold and high-power nanolaser.

  7. Integrated nanophotonic hubs based on ZnO-Tb(OH)3/SiO2 nanocomposites (United States)

    Lin, Hsia Yu; Cheng, Chung Liang; Lin, Yu Shen; Hung, Yann; Mou, Chung Yuan; Chen, Yang Fang


    Optical integration is essential for practical application, but it remains unexplored for nanoscale devices. A newly designed nanocomposite based on ZnO semiconductor nanowires and Tb(OH)3/SiO2 core/shell nanospheres has been synthesized and studied. The unique sea urchin-type morphology, bright and sharply visible emission bands of lanthanide, and large aspect ratio of ZnO crystalline nanotips make this novel composite an excellent signal receiver, waveguide, and emitter. The multifunctional composite of ZnO nanotips and Tb(OH)3/SiO2 nanoparticles therefore can serve as an integrated nanophotonics hub. Moreover, the composite of ZnO nanotips deposited on a Tb(OH)3/SiO2 photonic crystal can act as a directional light fountain, in which the confined radiation from Tb ions inside the photonic crystal can be well guided and escape through the ZnO nanotips. Therefore, the output emission arising from Tb ions is truly directional, and its intensity can be greatly enhanced. With highly enhanced lasing emissions in ZnO-Tb(OH)3/SiO2 as well as SnO2-Tb(OH)3/SiO2 nanocomposites, we demonstrate that our approach is extremely beneficial for the creation of low threshold and high-power nanolaser.

  8. Petrogenesis of coexisting SiO 2-undersaturated to SiO 2-oversaturated felsic igneous rocks: The alkaline complex of Itatiaia, southeastern Brazil (United States)

    Brotzu, P.; Gomes, C. B.; Melluso, L.; Morbidelli, L.; Morra, V.; Ruberti, E.


    The Itatiaia alkaline complex is a Late Cretaceous intrusion (72 Myr) made up of felsic differentiates, with syenitic rocks dominant throughout and with presence of both nepheline- and quartz-rich varieties. Dykes with phonolitic or trachytic composition cross-cut the coarse-grained facies. The rocks are arranged concentrically, with the core of the complex being formed by SiO 2-oversaturated syenites (with a small outcrop of granites), and are radially displaced by faults related to regional tectonic lineaments. The minerals show gradual but significant changes in composition (salitic and augitic to aegirine-rich pyroxenes, hastingsite and actinolite to richterite and arfvedsonite amphiboles, sodic plagioclase to orthoclase feldspars and so on) and the whole-rock trends are broadly consistent with fractional crystallization processes dominated by alkali feldspar removal. Sr-isotopic data indicate more radiogenic ratios for the SiO 2-oversaturated rocks (0.7062-0.7067 against 0.7048-0.7054 for the SiO 2-undersaturated syenites), consistent with small amounts of crustal input. The favored hypothesis for the petrogenesis of the different syenitic groups is the prolonged differentiation starting from differently SiO 2-undersaturated mafic parental magmas (potassic alkali basalts to ankaratrites, present in the Late Cretaceous dyke swarms of the area), accompanied by variable crustal contamination prior to the final emplacement. The lack of carbonatite as a significant lithotype, the potassic affinity of the Itatiaia complex, and the relatively high Sr-isotopic ratios match the characteristics of the other complexes of the Rio de Janeiro-Sa˜o Paulo states coastline and confirm the ultimate derivation of these differentiated rocks from an enriched lithospheric mantle source.

  9. SiO2 coating of silver nanoparticles by photoinduced chemical vapor deposition. (United States)

    Boies, Adam M; Roberts, Jeffrey T; Girshick, Steven L; Zhang, Bin; Nakamura, Toshitaka; Mochizuki, Amane


    Gas-phase silver nanoparticles were coated with silicon dioxide (SiO2) by photoinduced chemical vapor deposition (photo-CVD). Silver nanoparticles, produced by inert gas condensation, and a SiO2 precursor, tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS), were exposed to vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation at atmospheric pressure and varying temperatures. The VUV photons dissociate the TEOS precursor, initiating a chemical reaction that forms SiO2 coatings on the particle surfaces. Coating thicknesses were measured for a variety of operation parameters using tandem differential mobility analysis and transmission electron microscopy. The chemical composition of the particle coatings was analyzed using energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The highest purity films were produced at 300-400 degrees C with low flow rates of additional oxygen. The photo-CVD coating technique was shown to effectively coat nanoparticles and limit core particle agglomeration at concentrations up to 10(7) particles cm(-3).

  10. Ion assisted deposition of SiO2 film from silicon (United States)

    Pham, Tuan. H.; Dang, Cu. X.


    Silicon dioxide, SiO2, is one of the preferred low index materials for optical thin film technology. It is often deposited by electron beam evaporation source with less porosity and scattering, relatively durable and can have a good laser damage threshold. Beside these advantages the deposition of critical optical thin film stacks with silicon dioxide from an E-gun was severely limited by the stability of the evaporation pattern or angular distribution of the material. The even surface of SiO2 granules in crucible will tend to develop into groove and become deeper with the evaporation process. As the results, angular distribution of the evaporation vapor changes in non-predicted manner. This report presents our experiments to apply Ion Assisted Deposition process to evaporate silicon in a molten liquid form. By choosing appropriate process parameters we can get SiO2 film with good and stable property.

  11. Semiconductor nanocrystals formed in SiO2 by ion implantation

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    Zhu, J.G.; White, C.W.; Budai, J.D.; Withrow, S.P.; Chen, Y.


    Nanocrystals of group IV (Si, Ge and SiGe), III-V (GaAs), and II-VI (CdSe) semiconductor materials have been fabricated inside SiO 2 by ion implantation and subsequent thermal annealing. The microstructure of these nanocrystalline semiconductor materials has been studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The nanocrystals form in near-spherical shape with random crystal orientations in amorphous SiO 2 . Extensive studies on the nanocrystal size distributions have been carried out for the Ge nanocrystals by changing the implantation doses and the annealing temperatures. Remarkable roughening of the nanocrystals occurs when the annealing temperature is raised over the melting temperature of the implanted semiconductor material. Strong red photoluminescence peaked around 1.67 eV has been achieved in samples with Si nanocrystals in SiO 2

  12. SiO2 coating of silver nanoparticles by photoinduced chemical vapor deposition

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    Boies, Adam M; Girshick, Steven L; Roberts, Jeffrey T; Zhang Bin; Nakamura, Toshitaka; Mochizuki, Amane


    Gas-phase silver nanoparticles were coated with silicon dioxide (SiO 2 ) by photoinduced chemical vapor deposition (photo-CVD). Silver nanoparticles, produced by inert gas condensation, and a SiO 2 precursor, tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS), were exposed to vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation at atmospheric pressure and varying temperatures. The VUV photons dissociate the TEOS precursor, initiating a chemical reaction that forms SiO 2 coatings on the particle surfaces. Coating thicknesses were measured for a variety of operation parameters using tandem differential mobility analysis and transmission electron microscopy. The chemical composition of the particle coatings was analyzed using energy dispersive x-ray spectrometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The highest purity films were produced at 300-400 0 C with low flow rates of additional oxygen. The photo-CVD coating technique was shown to effectively coat nanoparticles and limit core particle agglomeration at concentrations up to 10 7 particles cm -3 .

  13. The hydrophobic and omnidirectional antireflection coating of SiO2 nanospheres with C18-TEOS (United States)

    Hsu, Cheng-Chih; Lan, Wen-Lin; Chen, Nien-Po; Wu, Chyan-Chyi


    This paper demonstrates the antireflection coating of SiO2 nanospheres applied to cover glass by using the optimal spin-coating method. Because of the hydrolysis and condensation reactions between the SiO2 nanosphere antireflection (AR) coating and n-octadecyltriethoxysilane solution (C18-TEOS), the contact angle of the AR coating with hydrophobic treatment is improved approximately 38%, and the moisture-resistance remains unchanged, which preserved similar transmittance for six weeks. Furthermore, the AR coating with hydrophobic treatment exhibits approximately 3% and 7% improvement in the transmittance at normal and oblique incidence, respectively. The hydrophobic and omnidirectional AR coating with nanoscale SiO2 particles can be fabricated using the proposed simple and economical method.

  14. Preparation and luminescence properties of SiO2@LaBO3:Eu3+ nanoparticles (United States)

    Qin, Chuanxiang; Qin, Lin; Chen, Guoqiang; Xu, Haitao; Lin, Tong


    Spherical SiO2 particles having a LaBO3:Eu3+ shell have been prepared by coating of silica nanoparticles (size around 130-150 nm) with a LaBO3:Eu3+ sol-gel precursor and subsequent calcination. The SiO2@LaBO3:Eu3+ nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. The XRD and FTIR results revealed that the LaBO3:Eu3+ layer on SiO2 nanoparticles formed an H-LaBO3 crystal phase when calcination at a temperature up to 700 °C. Both excitation and emission properties were characterized. The strong excitation lines at 393 and 465 nm of SiO2@LaBO3:Eu3+ indicated that the core-shell phosphor matched well with the output wavelength of near-UV (350-400 nm) or blue LED (450 nm) chips in phosphor-converted W-LEDs. The emission spectra of the 5D0 → 7F J ( J = 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4) transitions at blue/near-UV light showed strong emission lines around 615 nm which were attributed to the induced electric dipole transition of 5D0 → 7F2. The coating cycles affected the luminescence of SiO2@LaBO3:Eu3+ nanoparticles and their CIE chromaticity coordinate shifted from orange-red to the deep red zone with the increase in the coating cycles (up to 3). The luminescence lifetime of the Eu3+ ions in SiO2@LaBO3:Eu3+ was 2.32 ms. Such a luminescent material may be useful for display and light applications.

  15. IrO2-SiO2 binary oxide films: Preparation, physiochemical characterization and their electrochemical properties

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    Wang Xiaomei; Hu Jiming; Zhang Jianqing


    Mixed IrO 2 -SiO 2 oxide films were prepared on titanium substrate by the thermo-decomposition of hexachloroiridate (H 2 IrCl 6 ) and tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) mixed precursors in organic solvents. The solution chemistry and thermal decomposition kinetics of the mixed precursors were investigated by ultra violet/visible (UV/vis) spectroscopy and thermogravimetry (TGA) and differential thermal analysis (DTA), respectively. The physiochemical characterization of the resulting materials was conducted by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electrochemical measurements. It is shown from the UV/vis spectra that the electronic absorption intensity of IrCl 6 2- complexes in the precursors decreases in the presence of TEOS, indicating the interaction between these two components. Thermal analysis shows the decomposition reaction of H 2 IrCl 6 is inhibited by TEOS in the low temperature range, but the further oxidation reaction at high temperatures of formed intermediates is independent of the presence of silane component. Physical measurements show a restriction effect of silica on the crystallization and crystal growth processes of IrO 2 , leading to the formation of finer oxide particles and the porous morphology of the binary oxide films. The porous composite films exhibit high apparent electrocatalytic activity toward the oxygen evolution reaction. In addition, the long-term stability of Ti-supported IrO 2 electrodes is found to apparently improve with appropriate amount of SiO 2 incorporation, as tested under galvanostatic electrolysis.

  16. Bond length contraction in Au nanocrystals formed by ion implantation into thin SiO2

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    Kluth, P.; Johannessen, B.; Giraud, V.; Cheung, A.; Glover, C.J.; Azevedo, G. de M; Foran, G.J.; Ridgway, M.C.


    Au nanocrystals (NCs) fabricated by ion implantation into thin SiO 2 and annealing were investigated by means of extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. A bond length contraction was observed and can be explained by surface tension effects in a simple liquid-drop model. Such results are consistent with previous reports on nonembedded NCs implying a negligible influence of the SiO 2 matrix. Cumulant analysis of the EXAFS data suggests surface reconstruction or relaxation involving a further shortened bond length. A deviation from the octahedral closed shell structure is apparent for NCs of size 25 A

  17. Template-Mediated Ni(II) Dispersion in Mesoporous SiO2for Preparation of Highly Dispersed Ni Catalysts: Influence of Template Type. (United States)

    Ning, Xin; Lu, Yiyuan; Fu, Heyun; Wan, Haiqin; Xu, Zhaoyi; Zheng, Shourong


    Supported Ni catalysts on three mesoporous SiO 2 supports (i.e., SBA-15, MCM-41, and HMS) were prepared using a solid-state reaction between Ni(NO 3 ) 2 and organic template-occluded mesoporous SiO 2 . For comparison, supported Ni catalysts on mesoporous SiO 2 synthesized by the conventional impregnation method were also included. The catalysts were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, N 2 adsorption, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, H 2 temperature-programmed reduction, transmission electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy-energy-dispersive X-ray. The catalytic properties of the catalysts were evaluated using gas-phase catalytic hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane. The results showed that upon grinding Ni(NO 3 ) 2 with template-occluded mesoporous SiO 2 , strong coordination between Ni 2+ and dodecylamine was identified in the Ni(NO 3 ) 2 -HMS system. Additionally, the results of H 2 temperature-programmed reduction revealed that NiO in calcined NiO/HMS was reduced at higher temperature than those in calcined NiO/SBA-15 and NiO/MCM-41, reflecting the presence of a strong interaction between NiO and mesoporous SiO 2 in NiO/HMS. Consistently, the average particle sizes of metallic Ni were found to be 2.7, 3.4, and 9.6 nm in H 2 -reduced Ni/HMS, Ni/SBA-15, and Ni/MCM-41, respectively, indicative of a much higher Ni dispersion in Ni/HMS. For the catalytic hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane, Ni/MCM-41 synthesized by the solid-state reaction method exhibited a catalytic activity similar to that prepared by the impregnation method, while higher catalytic activities were observed on Ni/HMS and Ni/SBA-15 than on their counterparts prepared by the impregnation method. Furthermore, a higher conversion was identified on Ni/HMS than on Ni/SBA-15 and Ni/MCM-41, highlighting the importance of template type for the preparation of highly dispersed metal catalysts on mesoporous Si

  18. Novel SiO2-C composite adsorptive material

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    Volzone, C.


    Full Text Available The present work is about the development of a Novel Composite that has several properties in only one material. This material is composed by a silica network with a sharpened pore size distribution - diameter near 1000 Å - intercrossed with another carbon network that has carbonaceous microdomains of high activity. The first network facilitates the entrance of big molecules to the interior of the material grains so they quickly reach the active sites of the carbonous network, minimizing the diffusional resistance observed when high performance activated carbons are used in adsorption processes or catalytic applications. These two intercrossed structures are self-supporting and independent among them, so one from the other can be isolated without losing the original shape and volume of the starting composite, then, their possible uses may be multiplied. The Novel Composite is stable with respect to other support or adsorbent materials due to its high obtention temperature (1550 ºC. The obtention methods of the composite and its isolated structures are described. The material was characterized by different techniques (XRD, IR, Loss on ignition, pore size distribution, specific surface area, adsorption desorption isotherms, methylene blue adsorption and SEM.En el presente trabajo se describe el desarrollo de un nuevo material compuesto que reúne distintas propiedades en un solo material. Dicho material está formado por una red de sílice con distribución de tamaño de poro estrecha - diámetro cercano a los 1000 Å - entrecruzada con otra red de carbón pseudografítica donde los microdominios carbonosos son de alta actividad. La primer red facilita la entrada de grandes moléculas al interior de los granos del material permitiendo su rápido acceso a los sitios activos de la red carbonosa, esto minimiza la resistencia difusional observada cuando se utilizan carbones activados de alto rendimiento en los procesos de adsorción o aplicaciones

  19. Structural colors of the SiO2/polyethyleneimine thin films on poly(ethylene terephthalate) substrates

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    Jia, Yanrong; Zhang, Yun; Zhou, Qiubao; Fan, Qinguo; Shao, Jianzhong


    The SiO 2 /polyethyleneimine (PEI) films with structural colors on poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) substrates were fabricated by an electrostatic self-assembly method. The morphology of the films was characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy. The results showed that there was no distinguishable multilayered structure found of SiO 2 /PEI films. The optical behaviors of the films were investigated through the color photos captured by a digital camera and the color measurement by a multi-angle spectrophotometer. Different hue and brightness were observed at various viewing angles. The structural colors were dependent on the SiO 2 particle size and the number of assembly cycles. The mechanism of the structural colors generated from the assembled films was elucidated. The morphological structures and the optical properties proved that the SiO 2 /PEI film fabricated on PET substrate formed a homogeneous inorganic/organic SiO 2 /PEI composite layer, and the structural colors were originated from single thin film interference. - Highlights: • SiO 2 /PEI thin films were electrostatic self-assembled on PET substrates. • The surface morphology and optical behavior of the film were investigated. • The structural colors varied with various SiO 2 particle sizes and assembly cycles. • Different hue and lightness of SiO 2 /PEI film were observed at various viewing angles. • Structural color of the SiO 2 /PEI film originated from single thin film interference

  20. Fabrication of an ordered mesoporous nanoparticle SiO2/Mc and their CMP of fused silica application (United States)

    Xu, L.; Zou, C. L.; Zhang, X.; Kang, C. X.; Luo, G. H.; Pan, G. S.


    Here we developed an inorganic SiO2 core/mesoporous carbon shell structured (SiO2/Mc) nano-composite particle with an average size ∼50 nm as abrasives with improved dispersibility and distribution via a hydro-thermal route to obtain reserved fused silica surface and subsurface. The obtained SiO2/Mc were characterized by scanning electronic microscope. Atomic force microscopy was used to assess the surface before and after planarization. The results indicated the as-prepared SiO2/Mc composite abrasives gave a much lower surface roughness as well as lower topographical variations than that of traditional colloidal silica abrasives.

  1. Synthesis of crystalline Ge nanoclusters in PE-CVD-deposited SiO2 films

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    Leervad Pedersen, T.P.; Skov Jensen, J.; Chevallier, J.


    The synthesis of evenly distributed Ge nanoclusters in plasma-enhanced chemical-vapour-deposited (PE-CVD) SiO2 thin films containing 8 at. % Ge is reported. This is of importance for the application of nanoclusters in semiconductor technology. The average diameter of the Ge nanoclusters can...

  2. Si nanocrystals embedded in SiO2: Optical studies in the vacuum ultraviolet range

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    Pankratov, V.; Osinniy, Viktor; Kotlov, A.


    Photoluminescence excitation and transmission spectra of Si nanocrystals of different diameters embedded in a SiO2 matrix have been investigated in the broad visible-vacuum ultraviolet spectral range using synchrotron radiation. The dependence of the photoluminescence excitation spectra...

  3. Growth stress evolution in HfO2/SiO2 multilayers

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    Li, Jingping; Fang, Ming; He, Hongbo; Shao, Jianda; Fan, Zhengxiu; Li, Zhaoyang


    Growth stress in hafnium oxide/silicon dioxide (HfO 2 /SiO 2 ) multilayers was measured in situ to understand the role of the sublayers and the influence of the underlayers' structural features. Experiments using three- and six-layer films were performed by electron-beam evaporation. During deposition, the developing trend of the force per unit width was controlled by changing the thickness ratio of the HfO 2 and SiO 2 layers. The substrate material affected the initial stress evolution of HfO 2 film. The structural feature of the HfO 2 layer onto which SiO 2 was deposited and the whole film thickness have a combined effect on the stress evolution of the SiO 2 layer. - Highlights: ► Film radius stress relates to thickness ratio of sublayers. ► The initial stress evolutions of HfO 2 depended on the substrate material. ► The structural feature of H layer affects the stress evolution of L layer.

  4. FeCl3.nano SiO2: An Efficient Heterogeneous Nano Catalyst for the ...

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    May 28, 2012 ... Solid acids have attracted much attention in organic synthesis owing to their easy work-up procedures, ... including the reaction of aryloxy magnesium halides and triethylorthoformate,13 cyclodehydration ... trichloroacetic acid,27 bismuth(III) chlo- ride,28 sulfonic acid functionalized silica (SiO2-Pr-SO3H),29.

  5. Nanoimprint lithography using TiO2-SiO2 ultraviolet curable materials (United States)

    Takei, Satoshi


    Ultraviolet nanoimprint lithography has great potential for commercial device applications that are closest to production such as optical gratings, planar waveguides, photonic crystals, semiconductor, displays, solar cell panel, sensors, highbrightness LEDs, OLEDs, and optical data storage. I report and demonstrate the newly TiO2-SiO2 ultraviolet curable materials with 20-25 wt% ratio of high titanium for CF4/O2 etch selectivity using nanoimprint lithography process. The multiple structured three-dimensional micro- and nanolines patterns were observed to be successfully patterned over the large areas. The effect of titanium concentration on CF4/O2 etch selectivity with pattern transferring carbon layer imprinting time was investigated. CF4/O2 etching rate of the TiO2-SiO2 ultraviolet curable material was approximately 3.8 times lower than that of the referenced SiO2 sol-gel ultraviolet curable material. The TiO2-SiO2 ultraviolet curable material with high titanium concentration has been proved to be versatile in advanced nanofabrication.

  6. Theory of Al2O3 incorporation in SiO2

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    Lægsgaard, Jesper


    Different possible forms of Al2O3 units in a SiO2 network are studied theoretically within the framework of density-functional theory. Total-energy differences between the various configurations are obtained, and simple thermodynamical arguments are used to provide an estimate of their relative...

  7. Electrical impedance spectroscopic investigations of monodispersed SiO2 nanospheres (United States)

    Sakthisabarimoorthi, A.; Martin Britto Dhas, S. A.; Jose, M.


    Dielectric analysis of uniform and monodispersed SiO2 nanospheres at various temperatures in the frequency range 1 Hz-1 MHz is reported. The high optical transmittance and the presence of silica network in the synthesized product are evident from UV-vis and FTIR spectroscopic techniques respectively. The amorphous structure of SiO2 nanospheres is investigated by powder XRD pattern and uniform spherical morphology is visualized by FESEM analysis. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy elucidated the exact valence states of the SiO2 nanospheres. The temperature dependent dielectric parameters such as, dielectric constant (εr) and loss factor (tan δ) are decreased with increasing applied frequency and became static at higher frequencies. SiO2 nanospheres exhibited high dielectric constant (εr = 68) and low loss factor (tan δ = 0.0079) at 40 °C at 1 MHz. The activation energy (Ea) and relaxation time constant (τ) are calculated and the equivalent circuit model is developed to describe the electrical behaviour of the material.

  8. CoFe2O4-SiO2 Composites: Preparation and Magnetodielectric Properties

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    T. Ramesh


    Full Text Available Cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4 and silica (SiO2 nanopowders have been prepared by the microwave hydrothermal (M-H method using metal nitrates as precursors of CoFe2O4 and tetraethyl orthosilicate as a precursor of SiO2. The synthesized powders were characterized by XRD and FESEM. The (100-x (CoFe2O4 + xSiO2 (where x = 0%, 10%, 20%, and 30% composites with different weight percentages have been prepared using ball mill method. The composite samples were sintered at 800°C/60 min using the microwave sintering method and then their structural and morphological studies were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD, Fourier transformation infrared (FTIR spectra, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM, respectively. The effect of SiO2 content on the magnetic and electrical properties of CoFe2O4/SiO2 nanocomposites has been studied via the magnetic hysteresis loops, complex permeability, permittivity spectra, and DC resistivity measurements. The synthesized nanocomposites with adjustable grain sizes and controllable magnetic properties make the applicability of cobalt ferrite even more versatile.

  9. Selective SiO2 etching in three dimensional structures using parylene-C as mask

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    Veltkamp, Henk-Willem; Zhao, Yiyuan; de Boer, Meint J.; Wiegerink, Remco J.; Lötters, Joost Conrad


    This abstract describes an application of an easy and straightforward method for selective SiO2 etching in three dimensional structures, which is developed by our group. The application in this abstract is the protection of the buried-oxide (BOX) layer of a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer against

  10. SiO2 Glass Density to Lower-Mantle Pressures

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    Petitgirard, Sylvain; Malfait, Wim J.; Journaux, Baptiste


    and present Earth. SiO2 is the main constituent of Earth's mantle and is the reference model system for the behavior of silicate melts at high pressure. Here, we apply our recently developed x-ray absorption technique to the density of SiO2 glass up to 110 GPa, doubling the pressure range...... for such measurements. Our density data validate recent molecular dynamics simulations and are in good agreement with previous experimental studies conducted at lower pressure. Silica glass rapidly densifies up to 40 GPa, but the density trend then flattens to become asymptotic to the density of SiO2 minerals above 60...... GPa. The density data present two discontinuities at similar to 17 and similar to 60 GPa that can be related to a silicon coordination increase from 4 to a mixed 5/6 coordination and from 5/6 to sixfold, respectively. SiO2 glass becomes denser than MgSiO3 glass at similar to 40 GPa, and its density...

  11. Enhanced Photocatalytic Activity of ZrO2-SiO2 Nanoparticles by Platinum Doping

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    Mohammad W. Kadi


    Full Text Available ZrO2-SiO2 mixed oxides were prepared via the sol-gel method. Photo-assisted deposition was utilized for doping the prepared mixed oxide with 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, and 0.4 wt% of Pt. XRD spectra showed that doping did not result in the incorporation of Pt within the crystal structure of the material. UV-reflectance spectrometry showed that the band gap of ZrO2-SiO2 decreased from 3.04 eV to 2.48 eV with 0.4 wt% Pt doping. The results show a specific surface area increase of 20%. Enhanced photocatalysis of Pt/ZrO2-SiO2 was successfully tested on photo degradation of cyanide under illumination of visible light. 100% conversion was achieved within 20 min with 0.3 wt% of Pt doped ZrO2-SiO2.

  12. Friction and wear studies on nylon-6/SiO2 nanocomposites

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    de la Luz Garcia-Curiel, M.M.; de Rooij, Matthias B.; Winnubst, Aloysius J.A.; van Zyl, W.E.; Verweij, H.


    Composites of nanometer-sized silica (SiO2) filler incorporated in nylon-6 polymer were prepared by compression molding. Their friction and wear properties were investigated on a pin on disk tribometer by running a flat pin of steel against a composite disc. The morphologies of the composites as

  13. Enhanced field emission properties of carbon nanotube bundles confined in SiO2 pits (United States)

    Lim, Yu Dian; Grapov, Dmitry; Hu, Liangxing; Kong, Qinyu; Tay, Beng Kang; Labunov, Vladimir; Miao, Jianmin; Coquet, Philippe; Aditya, Sheel


    It has been widely reported that carbon nanotubes (CNTs) exhibit superior field emission (FE) properties due to their high aspect ratios and unique structural properties. Among the various types of CNTs, random growth CNTs exhibit promising FE properties due to their reduced inter-tube screening effect. However, growing random growth CNTs on individual catalyst islands often results in spread out CNT bundles, which reduces overall field enhancement. In this study, significant improvement in FE properties in CNT bundles is demonstrated by confining them in microfabricated SiO2 pits. Growing CNT bundles in narrow (0.5 μm diameter and 2 μm height) SiO2 pits achieves FE current density of 1–1.4 A cm‑2, which is much higher than for freestanding CNT bundles (76.9 mA cm‑2). From the Fowler Nordheim plots, confined CNT bundles show a higher field enhancement factor. This improvement can be attributed to the reduced bundle diameter by SiO2 pit confinement, which yields bundles with higher aspect ratios. Combining the obtained outcomes, it can be conclusively summarized that confining CNTs in SiO2 pits yields higher FE current density due to the higher field enhancement of confined CNTs.

  14. Nano-TiCl4/SiO2: An efficient heterogeneous solid acid catalyst for ...

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    Abstract. Nano-TiCl4/SiO2 was found to be an inexpensive and efficient heterogeneous solid acid catalyst for the synthesis of one-pot cascade synthesis of highly functionalized asymmetric tetrahydropyridines from the five-component condensation reaction of the para-substituted anilines and aromatic aldehydes with ethyl.

  15. Synthesis and characterization of silica–gold core-shell (SiO2@Au ...

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    Synthesis and characterization of silica–gold core-shell (SiO2@Au) nanoparticles. DEEPIKA KANDPAL. 1,∗. , SUCHITA KALELE. 2 and S K KULKARNI. 2. 1. Department of Physics, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology,. Pantnagar 263 145, India. 2. Department of Physics, University of Pune, Pune 411 007, ...

  16. A microbiological evaluation of SiO2-coated textiles in hospital interiors

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    Mogensen, Jeppe; Jørgensen, Poul-Erik; Thomsen, Trine Rolighed


    contact plates through a three-week period. By determining the level of contamination on these surfaces, the study illustrates that the SiO2-coated textile is possible to clean to an acceptable level below the critical limit value of 2,5 Colony Forming Units (CFU) per cm2. In comparison, the traditional...

  17. Synthesis of TiO2-doped SiO2 composite films and its applications

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    And special attention has been focused on the relationship between the local structure of the titanium oxide species in the TiO2-doped SiO2 composite films and the photocatalytic reactiv- ity in order to provide vital information for the design and application of such highly efficient photocatalytic systems in the degradation of ...

  18. Hazards of TiO2 and amorphous SiO2 nanoparticles

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    Reijnders, L.; Kahn, H.A.; Arif, I.A.


    TiO2 and amorphous SiO2 nanoparticles have been described as ‘safe’, ‘non-toxic’ and ‘environment friendly’ in scientific literature. However, though toxicity data are far from complete, there is evidence that these nanoparticles are hazardous. TiO2 nanoparticles have been found hazardous to humans

  19. Efficient photocatalytic activity with carbon-doped SiO2 nanoparticles

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    Zhang, Dongen


    Photocatalysis provides a \\'green\\' approach to completely eliminate various kinds of contaminants that are fatal for current environmental and energy issues. Semiconductors are one of the most frequently used photocatalysts as they can absorb light over a wide spectral range. However, it is also well known that naked SiO2 is not an efficient photocatalyst due to its relatively large band gap, which could only absorb shortwave ultraviolet light. In this report, nanoscale particles of carbon-doped silicon dioxide (C-doped SiO2) for use in photocatalysis were successfully prepared by a facile one-pot thermal process using tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) as the source of both silicon and carbon. These particles were subsequently characterized by thermogravimetric analysis, X-ray diffraction, standard and high resolution transmission electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The C-doped SiO2 displayed outstanding photocatalytic properties, as evidenced by its catalysis of Rhodamine B degradation under near-UV irradiation. We propose that carbon doping of the SiO2 lattice creates new energy states between the bottom of the conduction band and the top of the valence band, which narrows the band gap of the material. As a result, the C-doped SiO2 nanoparticles exhibit excellent photocatalytic activities in a neutral environment. The novel synthesis reported herein for this material is both energy efficient and environmentally friendly and as such shows promise as a technique for low-cost, readily scalable industrial production. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  20. Synthesis of stable carboxy-terminated NaYF4: Yb3+, Er3+@SiO2 nanoparticles with ultrathin shell for biolabeling applications (United States)

    Liu, Fuyao; Zhao, Qi; You, Hongpeng; Wang, Zhenxin


    groups on the particle surface easily react with amino residues of biomolecules. As an example, we reported on the interactions of Ricinus Communis Agglutinin (RCA 120) conjugated UCNP@SiO2 with HeLa cells. The excellent performance of the RCA 120 conjugated UCNP@SiO2 in cellular fluorescence imaging was demonstrated. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Details of XRD, EDS, UV/Vis absorption spectrum and cytotoxicity measurement were provided in supporting information. See DOI: 10.1039/c2nr33046f

  1. CELSS Antarctic Analog Project (CAAP): A New Paradigm for Polar Life Support and CELSS Research (United States)

    Bubenheim, David L.; Straight, Christian; Flynn, Michael; Bates, Maynard; Harper, Lynn D. (Technical Monitor)


    The CELSS Antarctic Analog Project (CAAP) is a joint National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) project for the development, deployment and operation of CELSS technologies at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. CAAP is implemented through the joint NSF/NASA Antarctic Space Analog Program (ASAP), initiated to support the pursuit of future NASA missions and to promote the transfer of space technologies to the NSF. Under a Memorandum of Agreement, the CAAP represents an example of a working dual agency cooperative project. NASA goals are operational testing of CELSS technologies and the conduct of scientific study to facilitate . technology selection, system design and methods development, including human dynamics as required for the operation of a CELSS. Although not fully closed, food production, water purification, and waste recycle and reduction provided by CAAP will improve the quality of life for the South Pole inhabitants, reduce logistics dependence, and minimize environmental impacts associated with human presence on the polar plateau. The CAAP facility will be highly integrated with the new South Pole Station infrastructure and will be composed of a deployed hardware facility and a research activity. This paper will include a description of CAAP and its functionality, conceptual designs, component selection and sizing for the crop growth chamber, crop production expectations, and a brief report on an initial on-site visit. This paper will also provide a discussion of issues associated with power and energy use and the applicability of CAAP to direct technology transfer to society in general and remote communities in particular.

  2. Effects of Mev Si Ions and Thermal Annealing on Thermoelectric and Optical Properties of SiO2/SiO2+Ge Multi-nanolayer thin Films (United States)

    Budak, S.; Alim, M. A.; Bhattacharjee, S.; Muntele, C.

    Thermoelectric generator devices have been prepared from 200 alternating layers of SiO2/SiO2+Ge superlattice films using DC/RF magnetron sputtering. The 5 MeV Si ionsbombardmenthasbeen performed using the AAMU Pelletron ion beam accelerator to formquantum dots and / or quantum clusters in the multi-layer superlattice thin films to decrease the cross-plane thermal conductivity, increase the cross-plane Seebeck coefficient and increase the cross-plane electrical conductivity to increase the figure of merit, ZT. The fabricated devices have been annealed at the different temperatures to tailor the thermoelectric and optical properties of the superlattice thin film systems. While the temperature increased, the Seebeck coefficient continued to increase and reached the maximum value of -25 μV/K at the fluenceof 5x1013 ions/cm2. The decrease in resistivity has been seen between the fluence of 1x1013 ions/cm2 and 5x1013 ions/cm2. Transport properties like Hall coefficient, density and mobility did not change at all fluences. Impedance spectroscopy has been used to characterize the multi-junction thermoelectric devices. The loci obtained in the C*-plane for these data indicate non-Debye type relaxation displaying the presence of the depression parameter.

  3. Ethanol-to-Butadiene Conversion over SiO2-MgO Catalysts: Synthesis-Structure-Performance Relationships

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    Angelici, C.


    The work presented in this PhD Thesis provides new insights into the underlying reasons that make SiO2-MgO materials excellent catalysts for the ethanol-to-butadiene Lebedev process. In particular, the preparation technique of choice affects the structural properties of the resulting SiO2-MgO

  4. The electrorheological properties of nano-sized SiO2 particle materials doped with rare earths

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    Liu Yang; Liao Fuhui; Li Junran; Zhang Shaohua; Chen Shumei; Wei Chenguan; Gao Song


    Electrorheological (ER) materials of pure SiO 2 and SiO 2 doped with rare earths (RE = Ce, Gd, Y) (non-metallic glasses (silicates)) were prepared using Na 2 SiO 3 and RECl 3 as starting materials. The electrorheological properties are not enhanced by all rare earth additions. The material doped with Ce exhibits the best ER performance

  5. Sensitizing effects of ZnO quantum dots on red-emitting Pr3+-doped SiO2 phosphor

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    Mbule, PS


    Full Text Available In this study, red cathodoluminescence (CL) ( emission=614 nm) was observed from Pr3+ ions in a glassy (amorphous) SiO2 host. This emission was enhanced considerably when ZnO quantum dots (QDs) were incorporated in the SiO2:Pr3+ suggesting...

  6. Preparation of Raspberry-like Superhydrophobic SiO2 Particles by Sol-gel Method and Its Potential Applications

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    Xu Gui-Long


    Full Text Available Raspberry‐like SiO2 particles with a nano‐micro‐binary structure were prepared by a simple sol‐gel method using tetraethoxysilane (TEOS and methyltriethoxysilane (MTES as precursors. The chemical components and morphology of the SiO2 particles were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT‐IR and a Transmission electron microscope (TEM. The surface topography and wetting behaviour of the raspberry‐like SiO2 surface were observed with a Scanning electron microscope (SEM and studied by the water/oil contact angle (CA, respectively. The thermal stability of the prepared SiO2 particles was characterized by TGA analysis. The results show that the highly dispersed SiO2 particles initially prepared by the sol‐gel method turn into raspberry‐like particles with during the aging process. The raspberry‐like SiO2 particles show superhydrophobicity and superoleophilicity across a wide range of pH values. The SiO2 particles were thermally stable up to 475°C, while above this temperature the hydrophobicity decreases and finally becomes superhydrophobic when the temperature reaches 600°C. The raspberry‐like SiO2 particles which were prepared have potential applications in the fields of superhydrophobic surfaces, water‐oil separation, anti‐corrosion and fluid transportation.

  7. SiO2/polyacrylonitrile membranes via centrifugal spinning as a separator for Li-ion batteries (United States)

    Yanilmaz, Meltem; Lu, Yao; Li, Ying; Zhang, Xiangwu


    Centrifugal spinning is a fast, cost-effective and safe alternative to the electrospinning technique, which is commonly used for making fiber-based separator membranes. In this work, SiO2/polyacrylonitrile (PAN) membranes were produced by using centrifugal spinning and they were characterized by using different electrochemical techniques for use as separators in Li-ion batteries. SiO2/PAN membranes exhibited good wettability and high ionic conductivity due to their highly porous fibrous structure. Compared with commercial microporous polyolefin membranes, SiO2/PAN membranes had larger liquid electrolyte uptake, higher electrochemical oxidation limit, and lower interfacial resistance with lithium. SiO2/PAN membrane separators were assembled into lithium/lithium iron phosphate cells and these cells delivered high capacities and exhibited good cycling performance at room temperature. In addition, cells using SiO2/PAN membranes showed superior C-rate performance compared to those using microporous PP membrane.

  8. Supporting Analogy-based Effort Estimation with the Use of Ontologies

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    Joanna Kowalska


    Full Text Available The paper concerns effort estimation of software development projects, in particular, at the level of product delivery stages. It proposes a new approach to model project data to support expert-supervised analogy-based effort estimation. The data is modeled using Semantic Web technologies, such as Resource Description Framework (RDF and Ontology Language for the Web (OWL. Moreover, in the paper, we define a method of supervised case-based reasoning. The method enables to search for similar projects’ tasks at different levels of abstraction. For instance, instead of searching for a task performed by a specific person, one could look for tasks performed by people with similar capabilities. The proposed method relies on ontology that defines the core concepts and relationships. However, it is possible to introduce new classes and relationships, without the need of altering the search mechanisms. Finally, we implemented a prototype tool that was used to preliminary validate the proposed approach. We observed that the proposed approach could potentially help experts in estimating non-trivial tasks that are often underestimated.

  9. Thermally tunable VO2-SiO2 nanocomposite thin-film capacitors (United States)

    Sun, Yifei; Narayanachari, K. V. L. V.; Wan, Chenghao; Sun, Xing; Wang, Haiyan; Cooley, Kayla A.; Mohney, Suzanne E.; White, Doug; Duwel, Amy; Kats, Mikhail A.; Ramanathan, Shriram


    We present a study of co-sputtered VO2-SiO2 nanocomposite dielectric thin-film media possessing continuous temperature tunability of the dielectric constant. The smooth thermal tunability is a result of the insulator-metal transition in the VO2 inclusions dispersed within an insulating matrix. We present a detailed comparison of the dielectric characteristics of this nanocomposite with those of a VO2 control layer and of VO2/SiO2 laminate multilayers of comparable overall thickness. We demonstrated a nanocomposite capacitor that has a thermal capacitance tunability of ˜60% between 25 °C and 100 °C at 1 MHz, with low leakage current. Such thermally tunable capacitors could find potential use in applications such as sensing, thermal cloaks, and phase-change energy storage devices.

  10. Versatile superamphiphobic cotton fabrics fabricated by coating with SiO2/FOTS (United States)

    Li, Deke; Guo, Zhiguang


    A multifunctional superamphiphobic cotton fabric was fabricated by coating silica nanoparticles on the cotton fabric surface and further modification by 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorooctyltrichlorosilane (FOTS). The fluctuant woven fabric and the fluffy spherical SiO2 nanoparticles constructed a dual micro/nano-structures. The surface free energy of the fabric composite was reduced by FOTS modifier. The interplay of the structured and perfluorinated SiO2 nanoparticles could not only endow the fabric highly liquid repellent ability, but could also to enhance the coating stability. The prepared cotton fabrics exhibited high liquid repellency to water, colza oil and n-hexadecane with lower surface tension, showing a contact angle of 158°, 152°, and 153°, respectively. The results demonstrated that superamphiphobic cotton fabric possessed desirable chemical and mechanical durability, self-cleaning and self-healing property, the robust and multifunctional fabric would find innovative opportunities for practical applications.

  11. Enhanced formation of Ge nanocrystals in Ge : SiO2 layers by swift heavy ions

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    Antonova, I V; Volodin, V A; Marin, D M; Skuratov, V A; Smagulova, S A; Janse van Vuuren, A; Neethling, J; Jedrzejewski, J; Balberg, I


    In this paper we report the ability of swift heavy Xe ions with an energy of 480 MeV and a fluence of 10 12 cm -2 to enhance the formation of Ge nanocrystals within SiO 2 layers with variable Ge contents. These Ge-SiO 2 films were fabricated by the co-sputtering of Ge and quartz sources which followed various annealing procedures. In particular, we found that the irradiation of the Ge : SiO 2 films with subsequent annealing at 500 °C leads to the formation of a high concentration of nanocrystals (NCs) with a size of 2-5 nm, whereas without irradiation only amorphous inclusions were observed. This effect, as evidenced by Raman spectra, is enhanced by pre-irradiation at 550 °C and post-irradiation annealing at 600 °C, which also leads to the observation of room temperature visible photoluminescence. (paper)

  12. Electron irradiation response on Ge and Al-doped SiO 2 optical fibres (United States)

    Yaakob, N. H.; Wagiran, H.; Hossain, I.; Ramli, A. T.; Bradley, D. A.; Hashim, S.; Ali, H.


    This paper describes the thermoluminescence response, sensitivity, stability and reproducibility of SiO 2 optical fibres with various electron energies and doses. The TL materials that comprise Al- and Ge-doped silica fibres were used in this experiment. The TL results are compared with those of the commercially available TLD-100. The doped SiO 2 optical fibres and TLD-100 are placed in a solid phantom and irradiated with 6, 9 and 12 MeV electron beams at doses ranging from 0.2 to 4.0 Gy using the LINAC at Hospital Sultan Ismail, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. It was found that the commercially available Al- and Ge-doped optical fibres have a linear dose-TL signal relationship. The intensity of TL response of Ge-doped fibre is markedly greater than that of the Al-doped fibre.

  13. Microwave absorption properties and mechanism of cagelike ZnO /SiO2 nanocomposites (United States)

    Cao, Mao-Sheng; Shi, Xiao-Ling; Fang, Xiao-Yong; Jin, Hai-Bo; Hou, Zhi-Ling; Zhou, Wei; Chen, Yu-Jin


    In this paper, cagelike ZnO /SiO2 nanocomposites were prepared and their microwave absorption properties were investigated in detail. Dielectric constants and losses of the pure cagelike ZnO nanostructures were measured in a frequency range of 8.2-12.4GHz. The measured results indicate that the cagelike ZnO nanostructures are low-loss material for microwave absorption in X band. However, the cagelike ZnO /SiO2 nanocomposites exhibit a relatively strong attenuation to microwave in X band. Such strong absorption is related to the unique geometrical morphology of the cagelike ZnO nanostructures in the composites. The microcurrent network can be produced in the cagelike ZnO nanostructures, which contributes to the conductive loss.

  14. Atmospheric Plasma Deposition of SiO2 Films for Adhesion Promoting Layers on Titanium

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    Liliana Kotte


    Full Text Available This paper evaluates the deposition of silica layers at atmospheric pressure as a pretreatment for the structural bonding of titanium (Ti6Al4V, Ti15V3Cr3Sn3Al in comparison to an anodizing process (NaTESi process. The SiO2 film was deposited using the LARGE plasma source, a linearly extended DC arc plasma source and applying hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO as a precursor. The morphology of the surface was analyzed by means of SEM, while the characterization of the chemical composition of deposited plasma layers was done by XPS and FTIR. The long-term durability of bonded samples was evaluated by means of a wedge test in hot/wet condition. The almost stoichiometric SiO2 film features a good long-term stability and a high bonding strength compared to the films produced with the wet-chemical NaTESi process.

  15. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopic study of gamma irradiated SiO2 nanoparticles (United States)

    Huseynov, Elchin; Garibov, Adil; Mehdiyeva, Ravan; Huseynova, Efsane


    In the present work, nano SiO2 particles are investigated before and after gamma irradiation (25, 50, 75, 100 and 200 kGy) using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy method for the wavenumber between 400-4000 cm-1. It is found that as a result of spectroscopic analysis, five new peaks have appeared after gamma radiation. Two of new obtained peaks (which are located at 687 cm-1 and 2357 cm-1 of wavenumber) were formed as a result of gamma radiation interaction with Si-O bonds. Another three new peaks (peaks appropriate to 941, 2052 and 2357 cm-1 values of wavenumber) appear as a result of interaction of water with nano SiO2 particles after gamma irradiation. It has been defined as asymmetrical bending vibration, symmetrical bending vibration, symmetrical stretching vibration and asymmetrical stretching vibration of Si-O bonds appropriate to peaks.

  16. Preparation of Mesoporous SiO2-Pillared Lamellar Titanoniobate Catalysts for Bioethanol Dehydration

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    Olivalter Pergentino


    Full Text Available The lamellar perovskite K0,8Ti0,8Nb1,2O5 was prepared by solid state reaction, and its protonic form was used in a sequence of intercalation steps with n-butylamine, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTABr, and tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS. After calcination, a high surface area, mesoporous SiO2-pillared titanoniobate, was obtained. The samples were characterized by XRD, EDX, TG-DTG, N2 adsorption isotherms, and NH3-TPD. The pillarization procedure affected the textural properties, the amount, and strength distribution of acid sites. The influence of the pillarization procedure on the catalytic properties of the lamellar titanoniobates was investigated on ethanol dehydration. High ethanol conversions and ethylene yields (>90% were obtained in the presence of the SiO2-pillared titanoniobate catalyst, at 350–450°C.

  17. Electron irradiation response on Ge and Al-doped SiO2 optical fibres

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    Yaakob, N.H.; Wagiran, H.; Hossain, I.; Ramli, A.T.; Bradley, D.A; Hashim, S.; Ali, H.


    This paper describes the thermoluminescence response, sensitivity, stability and reproducibility of SiO 2 optical fibres with various electron energies and doses. The TL materials that comprise Al- and Ge-doped silica fibres were used in this experiment. The TL results are compared with those of the commercially available TLD-100. The doped SiO 2 optical fibres and TLD-100 are placed in a solid phantom and irradiated with 6, 9 and 12 MeV electron beams at doses ranging from 0.2 to 4.0 Gy using the LINAC at Hospital Sultan Ismail, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. It was found that the commercially available Al- and Ge-doped optical fibres have a linear dose-TL signal relationship. The intensity of TL response of Ge-doped fibre is markedly greater than that of the Al-doped fibre.

  18. Formation of nucleoplasmic protein aggregates impairs nuclear function in response to SiO2 nanoparticles

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    Chen Min; Mikecz, Anna von


    Despite of their exponentially growing use, little is known about cell biological effects of nanoparticles. Here, we report uptake of silica (SiO 2 ) nanoparticles to the cell nucleus where they induce aberrant clusters of topoisomerase I (topo I) in the nucleoplasm that additionally contain signature proteins of nuclear domains, and protein aggregation such as ubiquitin, proteasomes, cellular glutamine repeat (polyQ) proteins, and huntingtin. Formation of intranuclear protein aggregates (1) inhibits replication, transcription, and cell proliferation; (2) does not significantly alter proteasomal activity or cell viability; and (3) is reversible by Congo red and trehalose. Since SiO 2 nanoparticles trigger a subnuclear pathology resembling the one occurring in expanded polyglutamine neurodegenerative disorders, we suggest that integrity of the functional architecture of the cell nucleus should be used as a read out for cytotoxicity and considered in the development of safe nanotechnology

  19. Experimental observations of the chemistry of the SiO2/Si interface (United States)

    Grunthaner, F. J.; Maserjian, J.


    Changes in silicon surface preparation prior to thermal oxidation are shown to leave a signature by altering the final SiO2/Si interface structure. Surface analytical techniques, including XPS, static SIMS, ion milling, and newly developed wet-chemical profiling procedures are used to obtain detailed information on the chemical structure of the interface. The oxides are shown to be essentially SiO2 down to a narrow transitional interface layer (3-7 A). A number of discrete chemical species are observed in this interface layer, including different silicon bonds (e.g., C-, OH-, H-) and a range of oxidation states of silicon (0 to +4). The effect of surface preparation and the observed chemical species are correlated with oxide growth rate, surface-state density, and flatband shifts after irradiation.

  20. Uniform fabrication of Ge nanocrystals embedded into SiO2 film via neutron transmutation doping

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    Wei Liu


    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline 74Ge embedded SiO2 films were prepared by employing ion implantation and neutron transmutation doping methods. Transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, and photoluminescence of the obtained samples were measured. The existence of As dopants transmuted from 74Ge is significant to guarantee the uniformity and higher volume density of Ge nanocrystals by tuning the system׳s crystallinity and activating mass transfer process. It was observed that the photoluminescence intensity of Ge nanocrystals increased first then decreased with the increase of arsenic concentration. The optimized fluence of neutron transmutation doping was found to be 5.5×1017 cm−2 to achieve maximum photoluminescence emission in Ge embedded SiO2 film. This work opens a route in the three-dimensional nanofabrication of uniform Ge nanocrystals.

  1. Vaporization of SiO2 and MgSiO3 (United States)

    Stixrude, L. P.; Xiao, B.


    Vaporization of SiO2 and MgSiO3B Xiaoa and L Stixrude*a, a Department of Earth Sciences, University College London, WC1E 6BT London, UK *presenting author, email: Vaporization is an important process in Earth's earliest evolution during which giant impacts are thought to have produced a transient silicate atmosphere. As experimental data are very limited, little is known of the near-critical vaporization of Earth's major oxide components: MgO and SiO2. We have performed novel ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of vapor-liquid coexistence in the SiO2 and MgSiO3 systems. The simulations, based on density functional theory using the VASP code, begin with a suitably prepared liquid slab embedded in a vacuum. During the dynamical trajectory in the canonical ensemble, we see spontaneous vaporization, leading eventually to a steady-state chemical equilibrium between the two coexisting phases. We locate the liquid-vapor critical point at 6600 K and 0.40 g/cm3 for MgSiO3 and 5300 K and 0.43 g/cm3 for SiO2. By carefully examining the trajectories, we determine the composition and speciation of the vapor. For MgSiO3, We find that the vapor is significantly richer in Mg, O, and atomic (non-molecular) species than extrapolation of low-temperature experimental data has suggested. These results will have important implications for our understanding of the initial chemistry of the Earth and Moon and the initial thermal state of Earth.

  2. A novel growth mode of alkane films on a SiO2 surface

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    Mo, H.; Taub, H.; Volkmann, U.G.


    Synchrotron X-ray specular scattering measurements confirm microscopically a structural model recently inferred by very-high-resolution ellipsometry of a solid dotriacontane (n-C32H66 or C32) film formed by adsorption from solution onto a SiO2 surface. Sequentially, one or two layers adsorb on th...... previously for shorter alkanes deposited from the vapor phase onto solid surfaces....

  3. Generation of interface states by injection of electrons into SiO2 (United States)

    Lyon, S. A.


    Several techniques have been used to inject electrons into SiO2 with various energies. Interface states are found to be generated whenever electrons flow through the oxide. However, the efficiency of interface state generation depends upon the method of electron injection. At high enough fields, positive charge is produced in the oxide which enhances the production of interface states. All of the states are amphoteric and are probably dangling Si bonds at the interface (Pb-centers).

  4. Effect of SiO2 Overlayer on WO3 Sensitivity to Ammonia

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    Vibha Srivastava


    Full Text Available Ammonia gas sensing properties of tungsten trioxide thick film sensor was investigated. The doping of noble catalysts such as Pt, Pd, Au enhanced the gas sensitivity. Platinum doping was found to result in highest sensitivity. Remarkable sensitivity enhancement was realized by coating WO3 thick film sensors with SiO2 overlayer. Sol gel process derived silica overlayer increased ammonia gas sensitivity for doped as well as undoped sensor.

  5. Structural verification and optical characterization of SiO2–Au–Cu2O ...

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    In this paper, SiO2–Au–Cu2O core/shell/shell nanoparticles were synthesized by reducing gold chloride on 3-amino-propyl-triethoxysilane molecules attached silica nanoparticle cores for several stages. Cu2O nanoparticles were synthesized readily with the size of 4–5 nm using a simple route of sol–gel method. Then, they ...

  6. Effect of SiO2 protective layer on the femtosecond laser-induced damage of HfO2/SiO2 multilayer high-reflective coatings

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    Yuan Lei; Zhao Yuanan; Wang Congjuan; He Hongbo; Fan Zhengxiu; Shao Jianda


    Two kinds of HfO 2 /SiO 2 800 nm high-reflective (HR) coatings, with and without SiO 2 protective layer were deposited by electron beam evaporation. Laser-induced damage thresholds (LIDT) were measured for all samples with femtosecond laser pulses. The surface morphologies and the depth information of all samples were observed by Leica optical microscopy and WYKO surface profiler, respectively. It is found that SiO 2 protective layer had no positive effect on improving the LIDT of HR coating. A simple model including the conduction band electron production via multiphoton ionization and impact ionization is used to explain this phenomenon. Theoretical calculations show that the damage occurs first in the SiO 2 protective layer for HfO 2 /SiO 2 HR coating with SiO 2 protective layer. The relation of LIDT for two kinds of HfO 2 /SiO 2 HR coatings in calculation agrees with the experiment result

  7. Direct fabrication of graphene on SiO2 enabled by thin film stress engineering (United States)

    McNerny, Daniel Q.; Viswanath, B.; Copic, Davor; Laye, Fabrice R.; Prohoda, Christophor; Brieland-Shoultz, Anna C.; Polsen, Erik S.; Dee, Nicholas T.; Veerasamy, Vijayen S.; Hart, A. John


    We demonstrate direct production of graphene on SiO2 by CVD growth of graphene at the interface between a Ni film and the SiO2 substrate, followed by dry mechanical delamination of the Ni using adhesive tape. This result is enabled by understanding of the competition between stress evolution and microstructure development upon annealing of the Ni prior to the graphene growth step. When the Ni film remains adherent after graphene growth, the balance between residual stress and adhesion governs the ability to mechanically remove the Ni after the CVD process. In this study the graphene on SiO2 comprises micron-scale domains, ranging from monolayer to multilayer. The graphene has >90% coverage across centimeter-scale dimensions, limited by the size of our CVD chamber. Further engineering of the Ni film microstructure and stress state could enable manufacturing of highly uniform interfacial graphene followed by clean mechanical delamination over practically indefinite dimensions. Moreover, our findings suggest that preferential adhesion can enable production of 2-D materials directly on application-relevant substrates. This is attractive compared to transfer methods, which can cause mechanical damage and leave residues behind. PMID:24854632

  8. Stabilization of SiO2 nanoparticle foam system and evaluation of its performance (United States)

    Sun, Chong; Fan, Zhenzhong; Liu, Qingwang; Wang, Jigang; Xu, Jianjun


    As tertiary recovery is applied in the oil field, foam flooding technology plays an important role in the oil field. Steam flooding is easy to generate a series of problems such as excessive pressure, gas channelling, heat loss ect. The foam flooding can be better used in the formation of plugging and profile control. However, the foam is not stabilizing in thermodynamics and breaks easily while it encounters oil. So the emphasis of the research is how to make the foam stable. The Warning Blender method is used to evaluate the foam In the course of experiment, which verifies that the modified Nano SiO2 solid not only works very well in coordination with SDS solution but also contributes to the generation of stable foam in solution. The optimum concentration of SDS is determined by 0.5%, and the best concentration is 1.4% of H20 type SiO2 particles that the concentration is 79.26°. Finally, the 0.5%SDS+1.4%H2O type SiO2 is chosen as the complete foam flooding system, and the performance of salt tolerance and oil displacement of composite foam system is evaluated. It is concluded that the stability of foam is the key to improve the oil recovery.

  9. Reduction of SiO2 to SiC Using Natural Gas (United States)

    Ksiazek, Michal; Tangstad, Merete; Dalaker, Halvor; Ringdalen, Eli


    This paper presents a preliminary study of SiC production by use of natural gas for reduction of silica. Direct reduction of SiO2 by gas mixtures containing CH4, H2, and Ar was studied at temperatures between 1273 K and 1773 K (1000 °C and 1500 °C). Silica in form of particles between 1 and 3 mm and pellets with mean grain size 50 µm were exposed to the gas mixture for 6 hours. Influence of temperature and CH4H2 ratio was investigated. Higher temperature and CH4 concentration resulted in greater SiC production. Two kinds of SiC were found: one was deposited between SiO2 particles, the other one was deposited inside the SiO2 particles. Although the exact reaction mechanisms have not been determined, it is clear that gas-phase reactions play an important role in both cases. The reaction products were analyzed by Electron Probe Micro Analyzer.

  10. Current Tunnelling in MOS Devices with Al2O3/SiO2 Gate Dielectric

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    A. Bouazra


    Full Text Available With the continued scaling of the SiO2 thickness below 2 nm in CMOS devices, a large direct-tunnelling current flow between the gate electrode and silicon substrate is greatly impacting device performance. Therefore, higher dielectric constant materials are desirable for reducing the gate leakage while maintaining transistor performance for very thin dielectric layers. Despite its not very high dielectric constant (∼10, Al2O3 has emerged as one of the most promising high-k candidates in terms of its chemical and thermal stability as its high-barrier offset. In this paper, a theoretical study of the physical and electrical properties of Al2O3 gate dielectric is reported including I(V and C(V characteristics. By using a stack of Al2O3/SiO2 with an appropriate equivalent oxide thickness of gate dielectric MOS, the gate leakage exhibits an important decrease. The effect of carrier trap parameters (depth and width at the Al2O3/SiO2 interface is also discussed.

  11. A highly efficient g-C3N4/SiO2heterojunction: the role of SiO2in the enhancement of visible light photocatalytic activity. (United States)

    Hao, Qiang; Niu, Xiuxiu; Nie, Changshun; Hao, Simeng; Zou, Wei; Ge, Jiangman; Chen, Daimei; Yao, Wenqing


    SiO 2 , an insulator, hardly has any photocatalytic acitivity due to its intrinsic property, and it is generally used as a hard template to increase the surface area of catalysts. However, in this work, we found that the surface state of the insulator SiO 2 can promote the migration of photogenerated charge carriers, leading to the enhancement of the photooxidation ability of graphitic carbon nitride (g-C 3 N 4 ). A one-pot calcination method was employed to prepare g-C 3 N 4 /SiO 2 composites using melamine and SiO 2 as precursors. The composites present considerably high photocatalytic degradation activities for 2,4-dichlorophenol (2,4-DCP) and rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light (λ > 420 nm) irradiation, which are about 1.53 and 4.18 times as high as those of bulk g-C 3 N 4 , respectively. The enhancement of the photocatalytic activity is due to the fact that the introduction of the insulator SiO 2 in g-C 3 N 4 /SiO 2 composites can greatly improve the specific surface area of the composites; more importantly, the impurity energy level of SiO 2 can help accelerate the separation and transfer of electron-hole pairs of g-C 3 N 4 . Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy and trapping experiments with different radical scavengers show that the main active species of g-C 3 N 4 are superoxide radicals, while holes also play a role in photodegradation. For g-C 3 N 4 /SiO 2 -5, besides superoxide radicals and holes, the effect of hydroxyl radicals was greatly improved. Finally, a possible mechanism for the photogenerated charge carrier migration of the g-C 3 N 4 /SiO 2 photocatalyst was proposed.

  12. Photocatalytic application of TiO2/SiO2-based magnetic nanocomposite (Fe3O4@SiO2/TiO2) for reusing of textile wastewater


    Laleh Enayati Ahangar; Karim Movassaghi; Masoomeh Emadi; Fatemeh Yaghoobi


    In this research we have developed a treatment method for textile wastewater by TiO2/SiO2-based magnetic nanocomposite. Textile wastewater includes a large variety of dyes and chemicals and needs treatments. This manuscript presents a facile method for removing dyes from the textile wastewater by using TiO2/SiO2-based nanocomposite (Fe3O4@SiO2/TiO2) under UV irradiation. This magnetic nanocomposite, as photocatalytically active composite, is synthesized via solution method in mild conditions....



    Xue-Jin Yang; Yu-Di Zhang; Zhang Chang-Rui; Li Bin


    This paper reports the fabrication of a novel SiO2/zirconium phosphate (ZrP)-B2O3-SiO2 double-layer coating on Cf/SiC composites via brushing and sol-gel routes for achieving better anti-oxidation performance. The composition of raw materials and sintering temperature were studied to explore the possibility of development of ZrP coatings to meet the demand for oxidation resistance at high temperature. It was attempted to improve the self-healing ability of coatings via an additional SiO2 laye...

  14. Tailoring the nickel nanoparticles anchored on the surface of Fe3O4@SiO2 spheres for nanocatalysis (United States)

    Ding, Lei; Zhang, Min; Zhang, Yanwei; Yang, Jinbo; Zheng, Jing; Hayat, Tasawar; Alharbi, Njud S.; Xu, Jingli


    Herein, we report an efficient and universal strategy for synthesizing a unique triple-shell structured Fe3O4@SiO2@C-Ni hybrid composite. Firstly, the Fe3O4 cores were synthesized by hydrothermal reaction, and sequentially coated with SiO2 and a thin layer of nickel-ion-doped resin-formaldehyde (RF-Ni2+) using an extended Stöber method. This was followed by carbonization to produce the Fe3O4@SiO2@C-Ni nanocomposites with metallic nickel nanoparticles embedded in an RF-derived thin graphic carbon layer. Interestingly, the thin SiO2 spacer layer between RF-Ni2+ and Fe3O4 plays a critical role on adjusting the size and density of the nickel nanoparticles on the surface of Fe3O4@SiO2 nanospheres. The detailed tailoring mechanism is explicitly discussed, and it is shown that the iron oxide core can react with the nickel nanoparticles without the SiO2 spacer layer, and the size and density of the nickel nanoparticles can be effectively controlled when the SiO2 layer exits. The multifunctional composites exhibit a significantly enhanced catalytic performance in the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP).

  15. The Role of SiO2 Gas in the Operation of Anti-Corrosion Coating Produced by PVD

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    Meysam Zarchi


    Full Text Available This study examined theSiO2 gas present in the coatings used in corrosion industry.These layers have been created by physical vapor deposition (PVD, with an appropriate performance. Sublimation of SiO2is used to protect PVD aluminum flakes from water corrosionand to generate highly porous SiO2 flakes with holes in the nanometer range. SiOx/Al/SiOx sandwiches were made as well as Ag loaded porous SiO2 as antimicrobial filler.

  16. Role of the interface region on the optoelectronic properties of silicon nanocrystals embedded in SiO2

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    Daldosso, N.; Dalba, G.; Fornasini, P.; Grisenti, R.; Pavesi, L.; Luppi, M.; Magri, R.; Ossicini, S.; Degoli, E.; Rocca, F.; Boninelli, S.; Priolo, F.; Spinella, C.; Iacona, F.


    Light-emitting silicon nanocrystals embedded in SiO 2 have been investigated by x-ray absorption measurements in total electron and photoluminescence yields, by energy filtered transmission electron microscopy and by ab initio total energy calculations. Both experimental and theoretical results show that the interface between the silicon nanocrystals and the surrounding SiO 2 is not sharp: an intermediate region of amorphous nature and variable composition links the crystalline Si with the amorphous stoichiometric SiO 2 . This region plays an active role in the light-emission process

  17. Influence of SiO2/Al2O3 Molar Ratio on Phase Composition and Surfaces Quality of Aluminum Silicate Sanitary Glazes in the SiO2-Al2O3-CaO-Na2O System

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    Leśniak M.


    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of research on aluminum silicate sanitary glazes in the SiO2-Al2O3-CaO-Na2O system with different SiO2/Al2O3 molar ratio. XRD, SEM-EDS and FITR measurement indicated that SiO2/Al2O3 molar ratio has a significant impact on the phase composition of the obtained glazes. Glass-ceramic glazes were obtained that consisted of both the glass phase and pseudowollastonite (Ca3[SiO3]3 or anorthite (Ca[Al2Si2O8] crystals. Subsequently, the influence of phase composition on surface quality (roughness was examined for the obtained samples. On the basis of the conducted examination of glaze surface roughness was observed that glazes of extreme SiO2/Al2O3 molar ratio are characterized with greatest surface roughness when compared to other glazes.

  18. Photocatalytic Removal of Phenol under Natural Sunlight over N-TiO2-SiO2 Catalyst: The Effect of Nitrogen Composition in TiO2-SiO2

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    Viet-Cuong Nguyen


    Full Text Available In this present work, high specific surface area and strong visible light absorption nitrogen doped TiO2-SiO2 photocatalyst was synthesized by using sol-gel coupled with hydrothermal treatment method. Nitrogen was found to improve the specific surface area while it also distorted the crystal phase of the resulting N-TiO2-SiO2 catalyst. As the N/ (TiO2-SiO2 molar ratio was more than 10%, the derived catalyst presented the superior specific surface area up to 260 m2/g. Nevertheless, its photoactivity towards phenol removal was observed to significantly decrease, which could results from the too low crystallinity. The nitrogen content in N-TiO2-SiO2 catalyst was therefore necessary to be optimized in terms of phenol removal efficiency and found at ca. 5%. Under UVA light and natural sunlight irradiation of 80 min, N(5%-TiO2-SiO2 catalyst presented the phenol decomposition efficiencies of 68 and 100%, respectively. It was also interestingly found in this study that the reaction rate was successfully expressed using a Langmuir-Hinshelwood (L-H model, indicating the L-H nature of photocatalytic phenol decomposition reaction on the N-TiO2-SiO2 catalyst.

  19. Experimental research of stability of emulsion systems with SIO2 nanoparticles.

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    Zeigman Yury Veniaminovich


    Full Text Available Since the beginning of the 21st century scientific research devoted to properties of nanosized particles and their industrial application in the industry of oil and gas fields development has been rapidly evolving. The use of nanosized particles can significantly rise efficiency of technological solutions, and that fact determines this research area as the most promising today. In the area of oil and gas fields development one of the general application for nanoparticles is the development of high-performance technological fluids with new or improved physico-chemical properties. The ability of nanoparticles to modify wettability of the rock surface and to be fixed on the adsorption-solvation stratums of globules makes them a unique tool to regulate physicochemical properties of technological fluids and physical properties of rocks.The article reveals the results of a new stage in the research of physical properties of emulsion systems with silicon dioxide nanoparticles (SiO2. The research carried out within the framework of international project «Development and implementation of water-blocking agents based on the SiO2 nanoparticles application». The results of comparative tests of stability of classical emulsions (O/W and W/O types and emulsion systems modified with SiO2 nanoparticles with different wettability characteristics (hydrophilic or hydrophobic are presented. According to the results of comparative tests, it has been determined that the stability of most samples of modified emulsion systems containing hydrophilic or hydrophobic silica nanoparticles exceeds the stability of classical emulsions by more than 100%. In the course of comparative studies, the following types of experiments were performed: measurement of aggregate stability, electrostability and thermal stability of samples. The paper is a continuation of the complex research which has been published in [1].

  20. Thermal conductivity and electrical properties of hybrid SiO2-graphene naphthenic mineral oil nanofluid as potential transformer oil (United States)

    Qing, Soo Hui; Rashmi, W.; Khalid, M.; Gupta, T. C. S. M.; Nabipoor, M.; Taghi Hajibeigy, Mohammad


    Hybrid SiO2-graphene nanoparticles were synthesised by sol gel centrifugation technique under four different pH levels ranging from 9 to 12. Stability, thermal conductivity, viscosity and electrical conductivity of hybrid SiO2-graphene and pure graphene dispersed in naphthenic oil were investigated. Nanofluids were synthesied at three different nanoparticle concentrations (0.01, 0.04 and 0.08 wt%) while the temperature was varied from 20 °C to 100 °C. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), x-ray spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer show successful coating of SiO2 on graphene surface. The growth units and size distribution of SiO2 nanoparticles increased with pH level. Moreover, the presence of SiO2 improved the dispersion behaviour of the nanofluid as confirmed by visual observation and UV-Vis studies. Zeta potential measurements show the hybrid nanofluids at pH 11 are most stable due to its optimum amount and size of SiO2 coated on graphene surface while at pH 12 shows least stability due to precipitation. The presence of SiO2 on graphene further enhanced the thermal conductivity by 80% at pH 9. Also, the viscosity of hybrid nanofluids was higher than pure graphene based nanofluids due to increase in density and particle size. Moreover, the addition of hybrid SiO2-graphene nanoparticles significantly reduced the electrical conductivity enhancement of base fluid from 557% to 97%.

  1. CMOS Compatible Nonvolatile Memory Devices Based on SiO2/Cu/SiO2 Multilayer Films (United States)

    Wang, Yan; Liu, Qi; Lu, Hang-Bing; Long, Shi-Bing; Zhang, Sen; Li, Ying-Tao; Lian, Wen-Tai; Yang, Jian-Hong; Liu, Ming


    We systematically investigate the resistive switching characteristics of SiO2 films with a Cu/SiO2/Cu/SiO2/Pt multilayer structure. The device exhibits good resistive switching performances, including a high ON/OFF resistance ratio (>103), good retention characteristic (>104s), satisfactory switching endurance (>200 cycles), a fast programming speed (<100 ns) and a high device yield (~100%). Considering these results, SiO2-based memories have highly promising applications for nonvolatile memory devices.

  2. The Obtaining of Nano Oxide Systems SiO2-REE with Alkoxide Technology (United States)

    Amelina, Anna; Grinberg, Evgenii

    A lot of oxides systems with REE as dopants are used in catalytic processes in organic synthesis. They are very perspectives as thermostable coating in aerospace technics. These systems are usually based on silicon or aluminium oxides and doped with rare-earth elements. This systems can be produced by different methods. One of the most perspective of them is “sol-gel”-method with silicium, aluminium and rare-earth alkoxides as a precursor of doped silica and alumina, or their derivatives. Thus the obtaining of composite SiO _{2} - REE oxide materials by the hydrolysis doped with rare-earth elements was suggested. Some of alcoholate derivatives such as El(OR)n were used in this processes. The SiO _{2}- REE oxides were precipitated during the sol-gel process, where tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) as used as SiO _{2} sources. Also it is known that alkoxides of alkali metals, including lithium alkoxides, are widely used in industry and synthetic chemistry, as well as a source of lithium in various mixed oxide compositions, such as lithium niobate, lithium tantalate or lithium silicate. Therefore, we attempted to obtain the lithium silicate, which is also doped with rare-earth elements. Lithium silicate was obtained by alkaline hydrolysis of tetraethoxysilane with lithium alkoxide. Lithium alkoxide were synthesized by dissolving at metal in the corresponding alcohol are examined. The dependence of the rate of dissolving of the metal on the method of mixing of the reaction mixture and the degree of metal dispersion was investigated. The mathematical model of the process was composed and also optimization of process was carried out. Some oxide SiO _{2}, Al _{2}O _{3} and rare-earth nanostructured systems were obtained by sol-gel-method. The size of particle was determined by electron and X-ray spectroscopy and was in the range of 5 - 15 nm. Purity of this oxide examples for contaminating of heavy metals consists n.(1E-4...1E-5) wt%. Sols obtained by this method may be used for producing of thin coats on ceramics and metallic surfaces.

  3. Friction and wear properties of ZrO2/SiO2 composite nanoparticles

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    Li Wei; Zheng Shaohua; Cao Bingqiang; Ma Shiyu


    In this article, the lubrication properties of ZrO 2 /SiO 2 composite nanoparticles modified with aluminum zirconium coupling agent as additives in lubricating oil under variable applied load and concentration fraction were reported. It was demonstrated that the modified nanoparticles as additives in lubrication can effectively improve the lubricating properties. Under an optimized concentration of 0.1 wt%, the average friction coefficient was reduced by 16.24%. This was because the nanoparticles go into the friction zone with the flow of lubricant, and then the sliding friction changed to rolling friction with a result of the reduction of the friction coefficient.

  4. Enhanced photoluminescence by resonant absorption in Er-doped SiO2/Si microcavities (United States)

    Schubert, E. F.; Hunt, N. E. J.; Vredenberg, A. M.; Harris, T. D.; Poate, J. M.; Jacobson, D. C.; Wong, Y. H.; Zydzik, G. J.


    Si/SiO2 Fabry-Perot microcavities with an Er-implanted SiO2 active region resonant at the Er excitation wavelength of 980 nm have been realized. Room-temperature photoluminescence measurements reveal that the Er luminescence intensity increases by a factor of 28 as compared to a structure without cavity enhancement. We show that the experimental enhancement of the luminescence intensity agrees with theory if optical absorption of the 980 nm light in the Si layers of the cavity and reduced mirror reflectivities are taken into account.

  5. Diffraction of slow neutrons by holographic SiO2 nanoparticle-polymer composite gratings (United States)

    Klepp, J.; Pruner, C.; Tomita, Y.; Plonka-Spehr, C.; Geltenbort, P.; Ivanov, S.; Manzin, G.; Andersen, K. H.; Kohlbrecher, J.; Ellabban, M. A.; Fally, M.


    Diffraction experiments with holographic gratings recorded in SiO2 nanoparticle-polymer composites have been carried out with slow neutrons. The influence of parameters such as nanoparticle concentration, grating thickness, and grating spacing on the neutron-optical properties of such materials has been tested. Decay of the grating structure along the sample depth due to disturbance of the recording process becomes an issue at grating thicknesses of about 100 microns and larger. This limits the achievable diffraction efficiency for neutrons. As a solution to this problem, the Pendellösung interference effect in holographic gratings has been exploited to reach a diffraction efficiency of 83% for very cold neutrons.

  6. Disordered electrical potential observed on the surface of SiO2 by electric field microscopy

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    GarcIa, N; Yan Zang; Ballestar, A; Barzola-Quiquia, J; Bern, F; Esquinazi, P


    The electrical potential on the surface of ∼300 nm thick SiO 2 grown on single-crystalline Si substrates has been characterized at ambient conditions using electric field microscopy. Our results show an inhomogeneous potential distribution with fluctuations up to ∼0.4 V within regions of 1 μm. The potential fluctuations observed at the surface of these usual dielectric holders of graphene sheets should induce strong variations in the graphene charge densities and provide a simple explanation for some of the anomalous behaviors of the transport properties of graphene.

  7. Dielectric strength of SiO2 in a CMOS transistor structure

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    Soden, J.M.


    The distribution of experimental dielectric strengths of SiO 2 gate dielectric in a CMOS transistor structure is shown to be composed of a primary, statistically-normal distribution of high dielectric strength and a secondary distribution spread through the lower dielectric strength region. The dielectric strength was not significantly affected by high level (1 x 10 6 RADS (Si)) gamma radiation or high temperature (200 0 C) stress. The primary distribution breakdowns occurred at topographical edges, mainly at the gate/field oxide interface, and the secondary distribution breakdowns occurred at random locations in the central region of the gate

  8. Ordering at Si(111)/o-Si and Si(111)/SiO2 Interfaces

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    Robinson, I. K.; Waskiewicz, W. K.; Tung, R. T.


    X-ray diffraction has been used to measure the intensity profile of the two-dimensional rods of scattering from a single interface buried inside a bulk material. In both Si(111)/a-Si and Si(111)/SiO2 examples there are features in the perpendicular-momentum-transfer dependence which are not expec...... are not expected from an ideal sharp interface. The diffraction profiles are explained by models with partially ordered layers extending into the amorphous region. In the Si(111)/a-Si case there is clear evidence of stacking faults which are attributed to residual 7×7 reconstruction....

  9. High ink absorption performance of inkjet printing based on SiO2@Al13 core-shell composites (United States)

    Chen, YiFan; Jiang, Bo; Liu, Li; Du, Yunzhe; Zhang, Tong; Zhao, LiWei; Huang, YuDong


    The increasing growth of the inkjet market makes the inkjet printing more necessary. A composite material based on core-shell structure has been developed and applied to prepare inkjet printing layer. In this contribution, the ink printing record layers based on SiO2@Al13 core-shell composite was elaborated. The prepared core-shell composite materials were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), zeta potential, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results proved the presence of electrostatic adsorption between SiO2 molecules and Al13 molecules with the formation of the well-dispersed system. In addition, based on the adsorption and the liquid permeability analysis, SiO2@Al13 ink printing record layer achieved a relatively high ink uptake (2.5 gmm-1) and permeability (87%), respectively. The smoothness and glossiness of SiO2@Al13 record layers were higher than SiO2 record layers. The core-shell structure facilitated the dispersion of the silica, thereby improved its ink absorption performance and made the clear printed image. Thus, the proposed procedure based on SiO2@Al13 core-shell structure of dye particles could be applied as a promising strategy for inkjet printing.

  10. Synergetic scattering of SiO2 and Ag nanoparticles for light-trapping enhancement in organic bulk heterojunction (United States)

    Yang, Huan; Ding, Qiuyu; Li, Ben Q.; Jiang, Xinbing; Zhang, Manman


    Though noble metal nanoparticles have been explored to enhance the performance of the organic solar cell, effect of dielectric nanoparticles, and coupled effect of dielectric and metal nanoparticles, have rarely been reported, if at all, on organic solar cell. This work reports an experimental study on synergetic scattering of SiO2 and Ag nanoparticles in a bulk organic heterojunction for the broadband light absorption enhancement. The wavelength scale SiO2 particles were arranged as a monolayer on the surface of the solar cell to guide incident light into the active layer and prolong the effective optical length of the entered energy. This is achieved by the excitation of whispering gallery modes in SiO2 nanoparticles and by leaky mode radiation. When small size Ag particles were incorporated into the transport layer of the solar cell, synergetic scattering of SiO2 and Ag nanoparticles is formed by coupling of the whispering gallery mode of closely arranged SiO2 particles atop and collaborative localized surface plasma resonance scattering of Ag nanoparticles dispersed in the transport layer. As a result, the performance of the organic solar cell is greatly enhanced and the short-circuit current density has an improvement of 42.47%. Therefore, the organic solar cell incorporated with SiO2 and Ag particles presents a meaningful strategy to achieve high energy-harvesting performance. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  11. The Physics of Protoplanetesimal Dust Agglomerates. VIII. Microgravity Collisions between Porous SiO2 Aggregates and Loosely Bound Agglomerates

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    Whizin, Akbar D.; Colwell, Joshua E.; Blum, Jürgen


    We performed laboratory experiments colliding 0.8–1.0 mm and 1.0–1.6 mm SiO 2 dust aggregates with loosely bound centimeter-sized agglomerates of those aggregates in microgravity. This work builds on previous microgravity laboratory experiments examining the collisional properties of porous loosely bound dust aggregates. In centimeter-sized aggregates, surface forces dominate self-gravity and may play a large role in aggregate growth beyond this size range. We characterize the properties of protoplanetary aggregate analogs to help place constraints on initial formation mechanisms and environments. We determined several important physical characteristics of these aggregates in a large number of low-velocity collisions. We observed low coefficients of restitution and fragmentation thresholds near 1 m s −1 for 1–2 cm agglomerates, which are in good agreement with previous findings in the literature. We find the accretion efficiency for agglomerates of loosely bound aggregates to be higher than that for just aggregates themselves. We find sticking thresholds of 6.6 ± 2 cm s −1 , somewhat higher than those in similar studies, which have observed few aggregates stick at speeds of under 3 cm s −1 . Even with highly dissipative collisions, loosely bound agglomerates have difficulty accreting beyond centimeter-sized bodies at typical collision speeds in the disk. Our results indicate agglomerates of porous aggregates have slightly higher sticking thresholds than previously thought, allowing possible growth to decimeter-sized bodies if velocities are low enough.

  12. Investigation of Leakage Current Mechanisms in La2O3/SiO2/4H-SiC MOS Capacitors with Varied SiO2 Thickness (United States)

    Wang, Yucheng; Jia, Renxu; Zhao, Yanli; Li, Chengzhan; Zhang, Yuming


    In this study, the material and electrical properties of La2O3/SiO2/4H-SiC metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) capacitors are systematically characterized. Thermal oxidization SiO2 with varying thickness (0 nm, 3.36 nm, 5 nm, 8 nm, and 30 nm) were coated with La2O3 using atomic layer deposition on n-type 4H-SiC. The stacking oxides were measured using atomic force microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and the MOS capacitors were measured by capacitance-voltage and current-voltage measurements. The results demonstrate that the main gate current leakage mechanisms are dependent on the thickness of the SiO2 oxide under the applied electric field. The primary mechanism for current leakage from the La2O3/4H-SiC MOS capacitor follows the Schottky emission mechanism due to its low conduction band offset. In contrast, the current leakage mechanism for the capacitor with a 3.36 nm SiO2 layer follows the Poole-Frenkel emission mechanism on account of its high trap charge density in the gate dielectric and at the interface. When the thickness of the SiO2 layer increases to 8 nm, lower leakage current is observed by reason of the low trap charge density and high conduction band offset when E ≤ 5 MV/cm. As the electric field strength increases to 5 MV/cm and 5.88 MV/cm (30 nm SiO2: 4.8 MV/cm), the main current leakage mechanism changes to the Fowler-Nordheim tunneling mechanism, which indicates that the La2O3/SiO2 stacking structure can improve the properties of MOS capacitors.

  13. La cascarilla de arroz como fuente de SiO2

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    Claudia Andrea Arcos


    Full Text Available La cascarilla de arroz calcinada presenta un alto contenido de sílice. Este trabajo estudió la naturaleza de la fracción orgánica donde se nuclean los complejos de sílice y las condiciones óptimas para la síntesis de SiO2. La cascarilla de arroz y la sílice se analizaron utilizando microscopía electrónica de barrido (MEB, difracción de rayos de X (DRX, infrarrojo con transformada de Fourier (FTIR y análisis térmico diferencial (ATD. La cascarilla fue tratada con HCl para eliminar impurezas como Fe, Na, K, entre otros. Los resultados obtenidos muestran que en la parte externa de la cascarilla, constituida de celulosa, se nuclea la sílice, y el SiO2 obtenido de la misma es amorfo, con un alto valor de superficie específica (~277 m2/g, morfología no definida y tamaño nanométrico (< 200 nm.

  14. Amorphous Ge quantum dots embedded in SiO2 formed by low energy ion implantation

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    Zhao, J. P.; Huang, D. X.; Jacobson, A. J.; Chen, Z. Y.; Makarenkov, B.; Chu, W. K.; Bahrim, B.; Rabalais, J. W.


    Under ultrahigh vacuum conditions, extremely small Ge nanodots embedded in SiO 2 , i.e., Ge-SiO 2 quantum dot composites, have been formed by ion implantation of 74 Ge + isotope into (0001) Z-cut quartz at a low kinetic energy of 9 keV using varying implantation temperatures. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images and micro-Raman scattering show that amorphous Ge nanodots are formed at all temperatures. The formation of amorphous Ge nanodots is different from reported crystalline Ge nanodot formation by high energy ion implantation followed by a necessary high temperature annealing process. At room temperature, a confined spatial distribution of the amorphous Ge nanodots can be obtained. Ge inward diffusion was found to be significantly enhanced by a synergetic effect of high implantation temperature and preferential sputtering of surface oxygen, which induced a much wider and deeper Ge nanodot distribution at elevated implantation temperature. The bimodal size distribution that is often observed in high energy implantation was not observed in the present study. Cross-sectional TEM observation and the depth profile of Ge atoms in SiO 2 obtained from x-ray photoelectron spectra revealed a critical Ge concentration for observable amorphous nanodot formation. The mechanism of formation of amorphous Ge nanodots and the change in spatial distribution with implantation temperature are discussed

  15. Systematic investigation of the reactive ion beam sputter deposition process of SiO2 (United States)

    Mateev, Maria; Lautenschläger, Thomas; Spemann, Daniel; Finzel, Annemarie; Gerlach, Jürgen W.; Frost, Frank; Bundesmann, Carsten


    Ion beam sputter deposition (IBSD) is an established physical vapour deposition technique that offers the opportunity to tailor the properties of film-forming particles and, consequently, film properties. This is because of two reasons: (i) ion generation and acceleration (ion source), sputtering (target) and film deposition (substrate) are locally separated. (ii) The angular and energy distribution of sputtered target atoms and scattered primary particles depend on ion incidence angle, ion energy, and ion species. Ion beam sputtering of a Si target in a reactive oxygen atmosphere was used to grow SiO2 films on silicon substrates. The sputtering geometry, ion energy and ion species were varied systematically and their influence on film properties was investigated. The SiO2 films are amorphous. The growth rate increases with increasing ion energy and ion incidence angle. Thickness, index of refraction, stoichiometry, mass density and surface roughness show a strong correlation with the sputtering geometry. A considerable amount of primary inert gas particles is found in the deposited films. The primary ion species also has an impact on the film properties, whereas the influence of the ion energy is rather small.

  16. Photon Irradiation Response on Ge and Al-Doped SiO2 Optical Fibres (United States)

    Yaakob, Nor Haliza; Wagiran, Husin; Ramli, Ahmad Termizi; Ali, Hassan; Asni, Hazila


    Recently, research groups have reported a number of radiation effects on the applications of SiO2 optical fibres with possible use as dosimeter material because these optical fibre provide a good basis for medical radiation dosimetry. The objective of this study is to investigate the thermoluminescence response and fading characteristic for germanium and aluminium doped SiO2 optical fibres with photon irradiation. These optical fibres are placed in solid phantom and irradiated to 6 and 10 MV photon beam at dose ranging from 0.06 Gy to 0.24 Gy using Primus MLC 3339 linear accelerator at Hospital Sultan Ismail, Johor Bahru. In fading studies, the TL measurements were continued up to 14 days period. The optical fibres will produce glow curves whereby the information is then analyzed. Al and Ge-doped optical fibres have a linear dose-TL signal relationship that is proportionality between the TL signal and the doses. Comparison for TL response between different linear accelerator showed a good agreement because these optical fibres also have a linear dose-TL signal relationship even using different equipments.

  17. Effect of SiO2 coating in bolometric Ge light detectors for rare event searches

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    Beeman, J.W.; Gentils, A.; Giuliani, A.; Mancuso, M.; Pessina, G.; Plantevin, O.; Rusconi, C.


    In germanium-based light detectors for scintillating bolometers, a SiO 2 anti-reflective coating is often applied on the side of the germanium wafer exposed to light with the aim to improve its light collection efficiency. In this paper, we report about a measurement, performed in the temperature range 25–35 mK, of the light-collection increase obtained thanks to this method, which resulted to be of the order of 20%. The procedure followed has been carefully selected in order to minimize systematic effects. The employed light sources have the same spectral features (peaking at ∼630nm wavelength) that will characterize future neutrinoless double beta decay experiments on the isotope 82 Se and based on ZnSe crystals, such as LUCIFER. The coupling between source and light detector reproduces the configuration used in scintillating bolometers. The present measurement clarifies the role of SiO 2 coating and describes a method and a set-up that can be extended to the study of other types of coatings and luminescent materials

  18. Effect of SiO2 coating in bolometric Ge light detectors for rare event searches (United States)

    Beeman, J. W.; Gentils, A.; Giuliani, A.; Mancuso, M.; Pessina, G.; Plantevin, O.; Rusconi, C.


    In germanium-based light detectors for scintillating bolometers, a SiO2 anti-reflective coating is often applied on the side of the germanium wafer exposed to light with the aim to improve its light collection efficiency. In this paper, we report about a measurement, performed in the temperature range 25-35 mK, of the light-collection increase obtained thanks to this method, which resulted to be of the order of 20%. The procedure followed has been carefully selected in order to minimize systematic effects. The employed light sources have the same spectral features (peaking at ˜630 nm wavelength) that will characterize future neutrinoless double beta decay experiments on the isotope 82Se and based on ZnSe crystals, such as LUCIFER. The coupling between source and light detector reproduces the configuration used in scintillating bolometers. The present measurement clarifies the role of SiO2 coating and describes a method and a set-up that can be extended to the study of other types of coatings and luminescent materials.

  19. Surface Property and Stability of Transparent Superhydrophobic Coating Based on SiO2-Polyelectrolyte Multilayer

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    Full Text Available Artificial superhydrophobic films were deposited onto a glass slide by performing layer-by-layer deposition of 3.5 bilayers of poly(allylamine hydrochloride/ poly(acrylic acid polyelectrolyte, followed by a layer of SiO2 nanoparticles of various amounts to enhance the surface roughness and a fluorosilane to reduce the surface free energy. Higher SiO2 content incorporated into the films resulted in rougher surface and higher water contact angle. The total surface free energy determined by using the Owens-Wendt equation dramatically decreased from 31.46 mJ·m-2 for the film having the relatively flat surface to only 1.16 mJ·m-2 for the film having the highest surface roughness of 60.2 ± 1.1 nm. All the films were optically transparent and had excellent adhesion based on the peel test. Indoor and accelerated weathering tests revealed good weathering stability.DOI:

  20. Statistical Design of Ultra-Thin SiO2 for Nano devices

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    Hashim, U.; Abdul-Fatah, M.F.A.; Ahmad, I.; Majlis, B.Y.


    A study was performed on a series of ultra thin SiO 2 films in order to determine the factors affecting the oxide growth and also the effect of temperature to the film surface roughness. The samples of ultra thin SiO 2 were prepared through a dry oxidation method using a high temperature furnace. There are three levels of temperature used, that is 900, 950 and 1000 degree Celsius and the samples were grown at 0.333 litre/ min, 0.667 liter/ min and 1 liter/ min oxygen flow rate and different oxidation times of 1, 2 and 3 minutes. The thickness was determined using an ellipsometers and the micro morphology of the oxide surface was obtained by using an atomic force microscope (AFM). The thickness of the oxide ranged from 1 to 5 nm. All the data has been interpreted using Taguchi's method to analyze the most affecting factors in producing an ultra thin silicon dioxide. The optimum parameters are 900 degree Celsius, 0.333 litre/ min and at 1 minute time. The most influential parameter is temperature. The temperature also affects the surface roughness. The AFM result of 950 degree Celsius with RMS value of 0.1088 nm is better than the 900 degree Celsius oxide with RMS value 0.4553 nm. This shows that oxides need to be grown at a higher temperature to provide better surface roughness which is also important in ultra thin gate oxide characteristics. (author)

  1. "Embedded Emitters": Direct bandgap Ge nanodots within SiO2 (United States)

    Kuo, M. H.; Chou, S. K.; Pan, Y. W.; Lin, S. D.; George, T.; Li, P. W.


    Microdisk-arrays of vertically stacked 30-70 nm Ge nanodots embedded within SiO2 were fabricated using thermal oxidation of Si0.75Ge0.25 abacus-shaped pillars and followed by post-annealing in oxygen-deficient conditions. The Ge nanodots are subjected to increasing quantum-confinement and tensile-strain by reducing dot size. We show that considerable quantum-confinement and tensile-strain can be generated within 30 nm Ge nanodots embedded in SiO2, as evidenced by large Raman red shifts for the Ge-Ge phonon lines in comparison to that for bulk Ge. These large quantum-confinement and tensile-strain facilitate direct-bandgap photoluminescence experimentally observed for the Ge nanodots, and are consistent with the strain-split photoluminescence transitions to the light-hole (LH) and heavy-hole (HH) valence bands at 0.83 eV and 0.88 eV, respectively. Time-resolved photoluminescence measurements conducted from 10-100 K show temperature-insensitive carrier lifetimes of 2.7 ns and 5 ns for the HH and LH valence-band transitions, respectively, providing additional strong evidence of direct bandgap photoluminescence for tensile-strained Ge nanodots.

  2. Location of trapped charge in aluminum-implanted SiO2

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    DiMaria, D.J.; Young, D.R.; Hunter, W.R.; Serrano, C.M.


    The position of the centroid of electrons trapped on sites resulting from aluminum implantation into SiO 2 is measured by using the photo I-V technique for energies from 15 to 40 keV, oxide thicknesses from 49 to 140 nm, and post-implant annealing temperature from 600 to 1050 0 C in N 2 for 30 min. The centroid of the trapped electrons is found to be identical to that of the implanted aluminum from SIMS measurements, regardless of annealing temperature from 600 to 1050 0 C, and located closer (by less than 9 nm) to the Al--SiO 2 interface than predicted from the Lindhard-Scharff-Schott (LSS) calculations of Gibbons, Johnson, and Mylroie. Comparison of centroids determined from photo I-V and SIMS measurements as a function of SiO 2 thickness also implies that the distributions of the ions and negative trapped charge are the same. The trapping behavior of these sites is discussed in the accompanying paper by Young et al

  3. Formation Mechanism of SiO2-Type Inclusions in Si-Mn-Killed Steel Wires Containing Limited Aluminum Content (United States)

    Wang, Kunpeng; Jiang, Min; Wang, Xinhua; Wang, Ying; Zhao, Haoqian; Cao, Zhanmin


    The origin, formation mechanism, and evolution of SiO2-type inclusions in Si-Mn-killed steel wires were studied by pilot trials with systematical samplings at the refining ladle, casting tundish, as-cast bloom, reheated bloom, and hot-rolled rods. It was found that the inclusions in tundish were well controlled in the low melting point region. By contrast, MnO-SiO2-Al2O3 inclusions in the as-cast bloom were with compositions located in the primary region of SiO2, and most CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MnO inclusions lied in primary phase region of anorthite. Therefore, precipitation of SiO2 particles in MnO-SiO2-Al2O3 inclusions can be easier than in CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-MnO inclusions to form dual-phase inclusions in the as-cast bloom. Thermodynamic calculation by the software FactSage 6.4 (CRCT-ThermFact Inc., Montréal, Canada) showed that mass transfer between liquid steel and inclusions resulted in the rise of SiO2 content in inclusions from tundish to as-cast bloom and accelerated the precipitation of pure SiO2 phase in the formed MnO-SiO2-Al2O3 inclusions. As a result, the inclusions characterized by dual-phase structure of pure SiO2 in MnO-SiO2-Al2O3 matrix were observed in both as-cast and reheated blooms. Moreover, the ratio of such dual-phase SiO2-type inclusions witnessed an obvious increase from 0 to 25.4 pct before and after casting, whereas it changed little during the reheating and rolling. Therefore, it can be reasonably concluded that they were mainly formed during casting. Comparing the evolution of the inclusions composition and morphology in as-cast bloom and rolled products, a formation mechanism of the SiO2-type inclusions in wire rods was proposed, which included (1) precipitation of SiO2 in the formed MnO-SiO2-Al2O3 inclusion during casting and (2) solid-phase separation of the undeformed SiO2 precipitation from its softer MnO-SiO2-Al2O3 matrix during multipass rolling.

  4. The CELSS Antarctic Analog Project: An Advanced Life Support Testbed at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica (United States)

    Straight, Christian L.; Bubenheim, David L.; Bates, Maynard E.; Flynn, Michael T.


    CELSS Antarctic Analog Project (CAAP) represents a logical solution to the multiple objectives of both the NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF). CAAP will result in direct transfer of proven technologies and systems, proven under the most rigorous of conditions, to the NSF and to society at large. This project goes beyond, as it must, the generally accepted scope of CELSS and life support systems including the issues of power generation, human dynamics, community systems, and training. CAAP provides a vivid and starkly realistic testbed of Controlled Ecological Life Support System (CELSS) and life support systems and methods. CAAP will also be critical in the development and validation of performance parameters for future advanced life support systems.

  5. The Controlled Ecological Life Support System Antarctic Analog Project: Prototype Crop Production and Water Treatment System Performance (United States)

    Bubenheim, David L.; Flynn, Michael T.; Bates, Maynard; Schlick, Greg; Kliss, Mark (Technical Monitor)


    The Controlled Ecological Life Support System (CELSS) Antarctic Analog Project (CAAP), is a joint endeavor between the National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs (NSF-OPP) and the NASA. The fundamental objective is to develop, deploy, and operate a testbed of advanced life support technologies at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station that enable the objectives of both the NSF and NASA. The functions of food production, water purification, and waste treatment, recycle and reduction provided by CAAP will improve the quality of life for the South Pole inhabitants, reduce logistics dependence, enhance safety and minimize environmental impacts associated with human presence on the polar plateau. Because of the analogous technical, scientific, and mission features with Planetary missions such as a mission to Mars, CAAP provides NASA with a method for validating technologies and overall approaches to supporting humans. Prototype systems for sewage treatment, water recycle and crop production are being evaluated at Ames Research Center. The product water from sewage treatment using a Wiped-Film Rotating Disk is suitable for input to the crop production system. The crop production system has provided an enhanced level of performance compared with projected performance for plant-based life support: an approximate 50% increase in productivity per unit area, more than a 65% decrease in power for plant lighting, and more than a 75% decrease in the total power requirement to produce an equivalent mass of edible biomass.


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    Full Text Available Se estudió la hidrogenación de crotonaldehído en fase líquida, sobre catalizadores Ir/TiO2-SiO2; este aldehído es altamente contaminante y proviene de fuentes tan diversas como humo de tabaco, gases de escape de motores de gasolina o diesel y humo de combustión de madera [1]. El objetivo principal de esta investigación fue la obtención del alcohol insaturado (crotil alcohol. A partir de los estudios realizados logró demostrarse que un aumento en el contenido de TiO2, lo mismo que la reducción de los catalizadores a altas temperaturas favorece parámetros como selectividad hacia el producto de interés, actividad catalítica y en general se logró mejorar de manera notable los niveles de conversión. El comportamiento observado se atribuyó principalmente a la fuerte influencia del efecto SMSI (Strong Metal Support Interaction, presente a altas temperaturas en óxidos parcialmente reducibles.

  7. Formation of thin DLC films on SiO2/Si substrate using FCVAD technique

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    Bootkul, D.; Intarasiri, S.; Aramwit, C.; Tippawan, U.; Yu, L.D.


    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films deposited on SiO 2 /Si substrate are attractive for novel sensitive and selective chemical sensors. According to the almost never ending of size reduction, a nm-thickness layer of the film is greatly required. However, formation of such a very thin DLC film on SiO 2 /Si substrate is challenging. In this experiment, DLC films were formed using our in-house Filtered Cathodic Vacuum Arc Deposition (FCVAD) facility by varying the bias voltage of 0 V, −250 V and −450 V with the arc voltage of 350 V, 450 V, 550 V, 650 V and 750 V for 10 min. Raman spectroscopy was applied for characterization of the film qualities and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) was applied for cross sectional analysis. Results showed that films of thickness ranging from 10–50 nm were easily acquired depending on deposition conditions. Deconvolution of Raman spectra of these samples revealed that, when fixing the substrate bias but increasing the arc voltage from 350 to 750 V, the ratio between D-peak and G-peak intensity, namely I D /I G ratio, tended to reduce up to the arc voltage of 450 V, then increased up to the arc voltage of 650 V and finally decreased again. On the other hand, when fixing the arc voltage, the I D /I G ratio tended to decrease continuously as the increasing of bias voltage. It can be concluded that the bonding structure would evolve from a graphitic-like structure to a diamond-like structure as the substrate bias increases. Additionally, the sp 3 site should be maximized at the arc voltage ∼450 V for fixed bias voltage. It is expected that, at −450 V bias and 450 V arc, sp 3 fractions could be higher than 60%. However, in some cases, e.g. at low arc voltages, voids formed between the film and the amorphous SiO 2 substrate. Electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) of the C edge across the DLC indicated that the thicker DLC film had uniform chemistry and structure, whereas the thin DLC film showed changes in the edge shape, indicating a gradual change in its properties between the edges and the core

  8. In vitro and in vivo genotoxicity investigations of differently sized amorphous SiO2 nanomaterials. (United States)

    Maser, Elena; Schulz, Markus; Sauer, Ursula G; Wiemann, Martin; Ma-Hock, Lan; Wohlleben, Wendel; Hartwig, Andrea; Landsiedel, Robert


    In vitro and in vivo genotoxic effects of differently sized amorphous SiO2 nanomaterials were investigated. In the alkaline Comet assay (with V79 cells), non-cytotoxic concentrations of 300 and 100-300μg/mL 15nm-SiO2 and 55nm-SiO2, respectively, relevant (at least 2-fold relative to the negative control) DNA damage. In the Alkaline unwinding assay (with V79 cells), only 15nm-SiO2 significantly increased DNA strand breaks (and only at 100μg/mL), whereas neither nanomaterial (up to 300μg/mL) increased Fpg (Formamidopyrimidine DNA glycosylase)-sensitive sites reflecting oxidative DNA base modifications. In the Comet assay using rat precision-cut lung slices, 15nm-SiO2 and 55nm-SiO2 induced significant DNA damage at ≥100μg/mL. In the Alkaline unwinding assay (with A549 cells), 30nm-SiO2 and 55nm-SiO2 (with larger primary particle size (PPS)) induced significant increases in DNA strand breaks at ≥50μg/mL, whereas 9nm-SiO2 and 15nm-SiO2 (with smaller PPS) induced significant DNA damage at higher concentrations. These two amorphous SiO2 also increased Fpg-sensitive sites (significant at 100μg/mL). In vivo, within 3 days after single intratracheal instillation of 360μg, neither 15nm-SiO2 nor 55nm-SiO2 caused genotoxic effects in the rat lung or in the bone marrow. However, pulmonary inflammation was observed in both test groups with findings being more pronounced upon treatment with 15nm-SiO2 than with 55nm-SiO2. Taken together, the study shows that colloidal amorphous SiO2 with different particle sizes may induce genotoxic effects in lung cells in vitro at comparatively high concentrations. However, the same materials elicited no genotoxic effects in the rat lung even though pronounced pulmonary inflammation evolved. This may be explained by the fact that a considerably lower dose reached the target cells in vivo than in vitro. Additionally, the different time points of investigation may provide more time for DNA damage repair after instillation. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Improved Efficiency of Flexible Organic Light-Emitting Diodes by Insertion of Ultrathin SiO2 Buffer Layers

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    Chien-Jung Huang


    Full Text Available An ultrathin hole-injection buffer layer (HBL using silicon dioxide (SiO2 by electron beam evaporation in flexible organic light-emitting diode (FOLED has been fabricated. While the current of the device at constant driving voltage decreases as increasing SiO2 thickness. Compared to the different thicknesses of the buffer layer, the FOLED with the buffer layer of 4 nm showed the highest luminous efficiency. The atomic force microscopy (AFM investigation of indium tin oxide (ITO/SiO2 topography reveals changes at the interface between SiO2 and N,N′-bis-(1-naphthl-diphenyl-1,1′-bipheny-4,4′-diamine (NPB, resulting in ultrathin SiO2 layers being a clear advantage for a FOLED. However, the SiO2 can be expected to be a good buffer layer material and thus enhance the emission performance of the FOLED.


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    Moh. Sinol


    Full Text Available Physical and electrical properties of The SiO2-ZnO mixing at different compositions were investigated. The experiment used simple mixing method at the sintering temperature 600oC. It was used the composition mixing ratio of SiO2:ZnO ie. 0:10; 7:3; 5:5; 3:7; and 10:0 (%Wt. Based on X-Ray Diffraction (XRD results, it obtained that a new phase in each sample was not formed even though having different diffraction peak. The mixing ratio of SiO2: ZnO nanocomposite (7:3 %wt had the biggest grain size (77,92 nm, the highest dielectric constant (3.00E+05 and the smallest conductivity (0,726549 (Ωm-1. On the other side, the mixing ratio of SiO2: ZnO nanocomposite (5:5 %wt had the smallest grain size (35.42nm, dielectric constant (3.00E+2 and the highest conductivity (25.36729  (Ωm-1. It can be concluded that the difference of composition ratio offered the change on both physical and electrical properties of SiO2-ZnO nanocomposite.

  11. Effect of SiO2, PVA and glycerol concentrations on chemical and mechanical properties of alginate-based films. (United States)

    Yang, Manli; Shi, Jinsheng; Xia, Yanzhi


    Sodium alginate (SA)/polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/SiO 2 nanocomposite films were prepared by in situ polymerization through solution casting and solvent evaporation. The effect of different SA/PVA ratios, SiO 2 , and glycerol content on the mechanical properties, water content, water solubility, and water vapor permeability were studied. The nanocomposite films were characterized by Fourier transform infrared, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and thermal stability (thermogravimetric analysis/differential thermogravimetry) analyses. The nanocomposites showed the highest values of mechanical properties, such as SA/PVA ratio, SiO 2 , and glycerol content was 7:3, 6wt.%, and 0.25g/g SA, respectively. The tensile strength and elongation at break (E%) of the nanocomposites increased by 525.7% and 90.7%, respectively, compared with those of the pure alginate film. The Fourier transform infrared spectra showed a new SiOC band formed in the SA/PVA/SiO 2 nanocomposite film. The scanning electron microscopy image revealed good adhesion between SiO 2 and SA/PVA matrix. After the incorporation of PVA and SiO 2 , the water resistance of the SA/PVA/SiO 2 nanocomposite film was markedly improved. Transparency decreased with increasing PVA content but was enhanced by adding SiO 2 . Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  12. Genomic and functional analysis of Vibrio phage SIO-2 reveals novel insights into ecology and evolution of marine siphoviruses. (United States)

    Baudoux, A-C; Hendrix, R W; Lander, G C; Bailly, X; Podell, S; Paillard, C; Johnson, J E; Potter, C S; Carragher, B; Azam, F


    We report on a genomic and functional analysis of a novel marine siphovirus, the Vibrio phage SIO-2. This phage is lytic for related Vibrio species of great ecological interest including the broadly antagonistic bacterium Vibrio sp. SWAT3 as well as notable members of the Harveyi clade (V.harveyi ATTC BAA-1116 and V.campbellii ATCC 25920). Vibrio phage SIO-2 has a circularly permuted genome of 80598 bp, which displays unusual features. This genome is larger than that of most known siphoviruses and only 38 of the 116 predicted proteins had homologues in databases. Another divergence is manifest by the origin of core genes, most of which share robust similarities with unrelated viruses and bacteria spanning a wide range of phyla. These core genes are arranged in the same order as in most bacteriophages but they are unusually interspaced at two places with insertions of DNA comprising a high density of uncharacterized genes. The acquisition of these DNA inserts is associated with morphological variation of SIO-2 capsid, which assembles as a large (80 nm) shell with a novel T=12 symmetry. These atypical structural features confer on SIO-2 a remarkable stability to a variety of physical, chemical and environmental factors. Given this high level of functional and genomic novelty, SIO-2 emerges as a model of considerable interest in ecological and evolutionary studies. © 2012 Society for Applied Microbiology and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

  13. Tunable Anisotropic Absorption of Ag-Embedded SiO2 Thin Films by Oblique Angle Deposition

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    Xiu-Di, Xiao; Guo-Ping, Dong; Jian-Da, Shao; Zheng-Xiu, Fan; Hong-Bo, He; Hong-Ji, Qi


    Ag-embedded SiO 2 thin films are prepared by oblique angle deposition. Through field emission scanning electron microscopy (SEM), an orientated slanted columnar structure is observed. Energy-dispersive x-ray (EDX) analysis shows the Ag concentration is about 3% in the anisotropic SiO 2 matrix. Anisotropic surface plasma resonance (SPR) absorption is observed in the Ag-embedded SiO 2 thin films, which is dependent on polarization state and incidence angle of two orthogonal polarized lights and the deposition angle. This means that optical properties and anisotropic SPR absorption can be tunable in Ag-embedded SiO 2 thin films. Broadband polarization splitting is also observed and the transmission ratio T p /T s between p- and s-polarized lights is up to 2.7 for thin films deposited at α = 70°, which means that Ag-embedded SiO 2 thin films are a promising candidate for thin film polarizers. (condensed matter: structure, mechanical and thermal properties)

  14. Magnesium Removal from an Aluminum A-332 Molten Alloy Using Enriched Zeolite with Nanoparticles of SiO2

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    R. Muñoz-Arroyo


    Full Text Available In order to improve the Mg removal from an A-380 molten alloy, mixtures of zeolite and SiO2 nanoparticles (SiO2(NPs were tested. Zeolite was enriched with 2.5, 5, 7.5, 10, or 12.5 wt-% of amorphous SiO2(NPs. The SiO2(NPs and zeolite were mixed for 30 min in ethanol for each experiment and then dried in a furnace at 80°C for 12 h. The enriched zeolites were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and N2 gas adsorption analysis. The Mg removal was carried out injecting each mixture into the molten aluminum alloy at 750°C using argon. The Mg content of the molten alloy was measured after different periods of the injection time. Zeolites enriched with 2.5 and 5 wt-% of SiO2(NPs were demonstrated to be the better mixtures, removing Mg from an initial content of 1.6 to a final content of 0.0002 and 0.0101 wt-%, respectively, in 45 min of injection.

  15. Synthesis and Characterization of Ti-Phenyl at SiO2 Core-Shell Nanoparticles Catalyst

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    Syamsi Aini; Jon Efendi; Syamsi Aini; Jon Efendi


    This study highlights the potential use of Ti-Phenyl at SiO 2 core-shell nanoparticles as heterogeneous catalysis in oxidation reaction. The Ti-Phenyl at SiO 2 was synthesized by reduction of TiCl 4 and diazonium salt with sodium borohydride to produce phenyl titanium nanoparticles (Ti-Phenyl), followed by the silica shell coating using tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS). The Ti-Phenyl at SiO 2 nanoparticles were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer, diffuse reflectance (DR) UV-visible spectrometer, thermogravimetric analyzer (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectrometer, field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The core-shell size of Ti-Phenyl at SiO 2 was in the range of 40 to 100 nm with its core composed with an agglomeration of Ti-Phenyl. The Ti-Phenyl at SiO 2 was active as a catalyst in the liquid phase epoxidation of 1-octene with aqueous hydrogen peroxide as an oxidant. (author)

  16. Hydroxyapatite-TiO2-SiO2-Coated 316L Stainless Steel for Biomedical Application (United States)

    Sidane, Djahida; Khireddine, Hafit; Bir, Fatima; Yala, Sabeha; Montagne, Alex; Chicot, Didier


    This study investigated the effectiveness of titania (TiO2) as a reinforcing phase in the hydroxyapatite (HAP) coating and silica (SiO2) single layer as a bond coat between the TiO2-reinforced hydroxyapatite (TiO2/HAP) top layer and 316L stainless steel (316L SS) substrate on the corrosion resistance and mechanical properties of the underlying 316L SS metallic implant. Single layer of SiO2 film was first deposited on 316L SS substrate and studied separately. Water contact angle measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometer analysis were used to evaluate the hydroxyl group reactivity at the SiO2 outer surface. The microstructural and morphological results showed that the reinforcement of HAP coating with TiO2 and SiO2 reduced the crystallite size and the roughness surface. Indeed, the deposition of 50 vol pct TiO2-reinforced hydroxyapatite layer enhanced the hardness and the elastic modulus of the HAP coating, and the introduction of SiO2 inner layer on the surface of the 316L SS allowed the improvement of the bonding strength and the corrosion resistance as confirmed by scratch studies, nanoindentation, and cyclic voltammetry tests.

  17. VO x /SiO 2 Catalyst Prepared by Grafting VOCl 3 on Silica for Oxidative Dehydrogenation of Propane

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    Zhu, Haibo


    The VOx/SiO2 catalysts for oxidative dehydrogenation of propane were synthesized by a simple grafting method. The VOCl3 was first grafted at the surface of SiO2, which was dehydrated at different temperature (from 200 to 1000°C). The formed grafted complexes were then calcined in air, leading to the formation of VOx/SiO2 catalysts. The synthesized catalysts were characterized by nitrogen adsorption, SEM, Raman spectroscopy, temperature-programmed reduction, and extended X-ray absorption fine structure analysis. The SiO2 pretreatment temperature has an evident effect on the loading and dispersion of VOx on SiO2, which finally affects their catalytic performance. High SiO2 treatment temperature is beneficial to dispersing the vanadium oxide species at the SiO2 surface. These materials are efficient catalysts for the catalytic oxidative dehydrogenation of propane to propylene. The best selectivity to propylene is achieved on the VOx/SiO2-(1000) catalyst. The high selectivity and activity are well maintained for three days catalytic reaction. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  18. In Vitro and In Vivo Short-Term Pulmonary Toxicity of Differently Sized Colloidal Amorphous SiO2

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    Martin Wiemann


    Full Text Available In vitro prediction of inflammatory lung effects of well-dispersed nanomaterials is challenging. Here, the in vitro effects of four colloidal amorphous SiO2 nanomaterials that differed only by their primary particle size (9, 15, 30, and 55 nm were analyzed using the rat NR8383 alveolar macrophage (AM assay. Data were compared to effects of single doses of 15 nm and 55 nm SiO2 intratracheally instilled in rat lungs. In vitro, all four elicited the release of concentration-dependent lactate dehydrogenase, β-glucuronidase, and tumor necrosis factor alpha, and the two smaller materials also released H2O2. All effects were size-dependent. Since the colloidal SiO2 remained well-dispersed in serum-free in vitro conditions, effective particle concentrations reaching the cells were estimated using different models. Evaluating the effective concentration–based in vitro effects using the Decision-making framework for the grouping and testing of nanomaterials, all four nanomaterials were assigned as “active.” This assignment and the size dependency of effects were consistent with the outcomes of intratracheal instillation studies and available short-term rat inhalation data for 15 nm SiO2. The study confirms the applicability of the NR8383 AM assay to assessing colloidal SiO2 but underlines the need to estimate and consider the effective concentration of such well-dispersed test materials.

  19. Effect of Si and SiO2 Substrates on the Geometries of As-Grown Carbon Coils

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    Semi Park


    Full Text Available Carbon coils could be synthesized using C2H2/H2 as source gases and SF6 as an incorporated additive gas under thermal chemical vapor deposition system. Si substrate, SiO2 thin film deposited Si substrate (SiO2 substrate, and quartz substrate were employed to elucidate the effect of substrate on the formation of carbon coils. The characteristics (formation densities, morphologies, and geometries of the deposited carbon coils on the substrate were investigated. In case of Si substrate, the microsized carbon coils were dominant on the substrate surface. While, in case of SiO2 substrate, the nanosized carbon coils were prevailing on the substrate surface. The surface morphologies of samples were investigated step by step during the reaction process. The cause for the different geometry formation of carbon coils according to the different substrates was discussed in association with the different thermal expansion coefficient values of Si and SiO2 substrates and the different etched characteristics of Si and SiO2 substrates by SF6 + H2 flow.

  20. Nanogranular SiO2 proton gated silicon layer transistor mimicking biological synapses

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    Liu, M. J.; Huang, G. S.; Guo, Q. L.; Tian, Z. A.; Li, G. J.; Mei, Y. F.; Feng, P.; Shao, F.; Wan, Q.


    Silicon on insulator (SOI)-based transistors gated by nanogranular SiO 2 proton conducting electrolytes were fabricated to mimic synapse behaviors. This SOI-based device has both top proton gate and bottom buried oxide gate. Electrical transfer properties of top proton gate show hysteresis curves different from those of bottom gate, and therefore, excitatory post-synaptic current and paired pulse facilitation (PPF) behavior of biological synapses are mimicked. Moreover, we noticed that PPF index can be effectively tuned by the spike interval applied on the top proton gate. Synaptic behaviors and functions, like short-term memory, and its properties are also experimentally demonstrated in our device. Such SOI-based electronic synapses are promising for building neuromorphic systems.

  1. Optical characterization of glutamate dehydrogenase monolayers chemisorbed on SiO2 (United States)

    Pompa, P. P.; Blasi, L.; Longo, L.; Cingolani, R.; Ciccarella, G.; Vasapollo, G.; Rinaldi, R.; Rizzello, A.; Storelli, C.; Maffia, M.


    This paper describes the formation of glutamate dehydrogenase monolayers on silicon dioxide, and their characterization by means of physical techniques, i.e., fluorescence spectroscopy and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. Detailed investigations of the intrinsic stability of native proteins in solution were carried out to elucidate the occurrence of conformational changes induced by the immobilization procedure. The enzyme monolayers were deposited on SiO2 after preexposing silicon surfaces to 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane and reacting the silylated surfaces with glutaric dialdehyde. The optical characterization demonstrates that the immobilization does not interfere with the fold pattern of the native enzyme. In addition, fluorescence spectroscopy, thermal denaturation, and quenching studies performed on the enzyme in solution well describe the folding and unfolding properties of glutamate dehydrogenase. The photophysical studies reported here are relevant for nanobioelectronics applications requiring protein immobilization on a chip.

  2. Mechanical and ageing properties of SiO2 - doped Y-TZP ceramics

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    Ramesh, S.


    The effects of small additions of silica (SiO 2 ) up to 0.5 wt5 on the mechanical and ageing properties of commercial 2.5 mol% yttria-tetragonal zirconia polycrystals (Y-TZP) ceramics have been investigated. Low temperature hydrothermal ageing at 120 o C was conducted in steam in an autoclave at 2 bar up to 400 hours. It was found that the presence of a glassy grain boundary acted as a sintering aid for Y-TZP. As the silica content increased, the sinterability of the ceramic significantly improved, but this was accompanied by an undesirable microstructural change such as abnormal grain growth. This abnormality was believed to be associated with the formation of cubic phase. In addition, it was also found that the ageing resistance of Y-TZP deteriorated with increasing silica content. (Author)

  3. Hole trapping in E-beam irradiated SiO2 films (United States)

    Aitken, J. M.; Dekeersmaecker, R. F.


    Low energy (25 kV) electron beam irradiation of MOS capacitors is shown to produce neutral hole traps in thin ‘radiation hardened’ SiO2 films. These traps are found in an uncharged state after irradiation and are populated by passing a small hole current, generated by avalanche breakdown of the n-type silicon substrate, through the oxide. From the time dependence of the observed trapping, a capture cross-section between 1 × 10˜-13 and 1 × 10-14 cm2 is deduced. The trap density is found to depend on the annealing conditions and incident electron beam dosage. The density of traps increases with incident electron beam exposure. Once introduced into the oxide by the radiation the traps can be removed by thermal anneals at temperatures above 500° C. Parallels between electron and hole trapping on these neutral centers are strong evidence for an amphoteric uncharged trap generated by ionizing radiation.

  4. Synthesis of optical waveguides in SiO2 by silver ion implantation (United States)

    Márquez, H.; Salazar, D.; Rangel-Rojo, R.; Angel-Valenzuela, J. L.; Vázquez, G. V.; Flores-Romero, E.; Rodríguez-Fernández, L.; Oliver, A.


    Optical waveguides have been obtained by silver ion implantation on fused silica substrates. Silver ion implantation profiles were calculated in a SiO2 matrix with different energies of implantation from 125 keV to 10 MeV. Refractive index change (Δn) of the ion implanted waveguides was calculated as a function of their chemical composition. Optical absorption spectra of waveguides obtained by 9 MeV silver ion implantation, at a dose of 5 × 1016 ions/cm2, exhibit the typical absorption band associated to the surface plasmon resonance of silver nanoparticles. Effective refractive indices of the propagation modes and waveguide propagation losses of silver ion implanted waveguides are also presented.

  5. Stability and kinetics of point defects in SiO2 and in SiC

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    Roma, G.


    This document is conceived as an overview of Guido Roma's research achievements on defects stability and kinetics in two materials of interest in nuclear science and for many other application domains: silicon dioxide and silicon carbide. An extended summary in french is followed by the main document, in english. Chapter 1 describes the context, introduces the approach and explains the choice of silicon dioxide and silicon carbide. Chapter 2 discusses several approximations and specific issues of the application of Density Functional Theory to point defects in non-metallic materials for the study of defects energetics and diffusion. Chapter 3 is devoted to native defects in silicon dioxide and the understanding of self-diffusion in crystalline and amorphous SiO 2 . Chapter 4 summarises the results on native defects and palladium impurities in silicon carbide. A conclusion, including suggestions for future developments, closes the main part of the document. (author) [fr

  6. Positive magnetoresistance in Co40Fe40B20/SiO2/Si heterostructure

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    Zhang, Y.


    Current-perpendicular-to-plane electronic transport properties and magnetoresistance of amorphous Co40Fe40B20/SiO2/Si heterostructures are investigated systematically. A backward diode-like rectifying behavior was observed due to the formation of a Schottky barrier between Co40Fe40B20 and Si. The junction resistance shows a metal-insulator transition with decreasing temperature in both the forward and reverse ranges. A large positive magnetoresistance (MR) of ∼2300% appears at 200 K. The positive MR can be attributed to the magnetic-field-controlled impact ionization process of carriers. MR shows a temperature-peak-type character under a constant bias current, which is related to the spin-dependent barrier in the Si near the interface. © CopyrightEPLA, 2016.

  7. Electrical properties of SiO2-based graphene under monochromatic visible light irradiation (United States)

    Li, Xiangdi; Liu, Xianming; Cao, Xueying; Zhang, Peng; Lei, Xiaohua; Chen, Weimin


    The purpose of this study is to investigate the electrical properties of graphene transparent conductive film under visible light irradiation. Sample in the study is chemical vapor deposition (CVD) growth graphene on the surface of copper foils and then transferred to the SiO2 substrate. Three monochromatic visible lights with wavelength of 635nm, 520nm and 450nm representing red (R), green (G) and blue (B) lights are used as irradiation sources. Results show that the graphene resistances increase slowly under light irradiation with all the three different wavelengths, while decrease slowly after the light is switched off. Light irradiation with higher power density will induce larger relative resistance change. When graphene is irradiated at the same density, blue light irradiation may result in the largest resistance change.

  8. Emission Mechanisms of Si Nanocrystals and Defects in SiO2 Materials

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    José Antonio Rodríguez


    Full Text Available Motivated by the necessity to have all silicon optoelectronic circuits, researchers around the world are working with light emitting silicon materials. Such materials are silicon dielectric compounds with silicon content altered, such as silicon oxide or nitride, enriched in different ways with Silicon. Silicon Rich Oxide or silicon dioxide enriched with silicon, and silicon rich nitride are without a doubt the most promising materials to reach this goal. Even though they are subjected to countless studies, the light emission phenomenon has not been completely clarified. So, a review of different proposals presented to understand the light emission phenomenon including emissions related to nanocrystals and to point defects in SiO2 is presented.

  9. Effect of CaO/ SiO2 ratio on viscosity and structure of slag

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    L. Řeháčková


    Full Text Available The objective of this work is experimental determination of temperature dependences of viscosity of the molten CaO – Al2O3 - SiO2 system and assessment of impact of CaO/SiO2 ratio on viscosity and structure of this system. Experimental measurements of viscosity were performed with use of the high-temperature viscometer Anton Paar FRS 1 600. Viscosity was measured in a rotational mode during heating at the rate of 3,3 °C/min in the temperature interval from 1 673 to 1 873 K. Viscosity in the molten oxide system is determined by the internal structure. Exact clarification of the change of structure of the oxide system caused by the increased content of CaO was performed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.

  10. Acidity and alkali metal adsorption on the SiO2-aqueous solution interface. (United States)

    Zuyi, Tao; Hongxia, Zhang


    The intrinsic deprotonation constant (pK(a(2))(int)) and the intrinsic ion exchange constants (pK(Me(+))(int)) of Li(+), Na(+), and K(+) on SiO(2) were uniquely determined at 30 degrees C by using the potentiometric titration data, the Gouy-Chapman-Stern-Grahame (GSCG) model for the structure of the electrical double-layer (edl) and the double-extrapolation method. The values of these constants were pK(a(2))(int) = 6.57, pK(Li(+))(int) = pK(Na(+))(int) = pK(K(+))(int) = 5.61. The chemical meaning of intrinsic equilibrium constants and the equality in the values of pK(Li(+))(int), pK(Na(+))(int) and pK(K(+))(int) were discussed.

  11. Defects in electron irradiated vitreous SiO2 probed by positron annihiliation

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    Uedono, Akira; Tanigawa, Shoichiro; Kawano, Takao; Itoh, Hisayoshi


    Defects in 3 MeV electron irradiated vitreous SiO 2 (v-SiO 2 ) were probed by the positron annihilation technique. For unirradiated v-SiO 2 specimens, almost all positrons were found to annihilate from positronium (Ps) states. This high formation probability of Ps was attributed to the trapping of positrons by open-space defects. The formation probability of Ps was decreased by the electron irradiation. The observed inhibition of the Ps formation was attributed to the trapping of positrons by point defects introduced and/or activated by the irradiation. From measurements of the lifetime distribution of Ps, it was found that, by the electron irradiation, the mean size of open-space defects was decreased and the size distribution of such defects was broadened. (Author)

  12. SiO2 sol-gel films after ammonia and heat two-step treatments

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    Zhang Chunlai; Wang Biyi; Tian Dongbin; Yin Wei; Jiang Xiaodong; Yuan Xiaodong; Yan Lianghong; Zhang Hongliang; Zhao Songnan; Lv Haibing


    SiO 2 thin films were deposited using tetraethoxylsilane as precursor, ammonia as catalyst on K9 glass by sol-gel method. These films were post-treated by ammonia and heat. The properties of the coatings were characterized by ellipsometer, UV-vis spectrophotometry, FTIR-spectroscopy, scanning probe microscope and contact angle measurement apparatus. The resuits indicate that the thickness of the films with ammonia and heat treatment tend to decrease. Both the refractive index and water contact angle increase after ammonia treatment. However, they both decrease after heat treatment. The former increases by 0.236 for the first step, then decreases by 0.202 for the second. The latter increases to 58.92 degree, then decreases to 38.07 degree. The transmittance of the coatings turn to be better and continuously shift to short wave by UV-vis spectrophotometry. The surface becomes smoother by AFM after the two-step treatment. (authors)

  13. Ultrasonic-Assisted Synthesis of Two t-Butoxycarbonylamino Cephalosporin Intermediates on SiO2

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    Feng Xue


    Full Text Available Herein, we describe a facile and high efficient strategy for the synthesis of two forms of the 7β-t-butoxycarbonylamino-3-chloromethyl-3-cephem-4-carboxylates using ultrasonic irradiation. By SiO2 as weak Lewis acid catalyst, 4-methoxybenzyl 7β-t-butoxycarbonylamino-3-chloromethyl-3-cephem-carboxylate (Boc-ACLE and benzhydryl 7β-t-butoxycarbonylamino-3-chloromethyl-3-cephem-4-carboxylate (Boc-ACLH were successfully synthesized through the efficient protection of the N-t-butoxycarbonyl (N-Boc, and the reactions occurred at low temperature requiring short reaction times and exhibiting excellent isolated yields (96% and 96.2%, resp.. The advantages of this reaction route including the usage of economical reagents and mild reaction conditions and high isolated yield make the two significant t-butoxycarbonylamino cephalosporin intermediates possible in large-scale production.

  14. Roughening instability and ion-induced viscous relaxation of SiO2 surfaces

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    Mayer, T.M.; Chason, E.; Howard, A.J.


    We characterize the development of nanometer scale topography (roughness) on SiO 2 surfaces as a result of low energy, off-normal ion bombardment, using in situ energy dispersive x-ray reflectivity and atomic force microscopy. Surfaces roughen during sputtering by heavy ions (Xe), with roughness increasing approximately linearly with ion fluence up to 10 17 cm -2 . A highly coherent ripple structure with wavelength of 30 nm and oriented with the wave vector parallel to the direction of incidence is observed after Xe sputtering at 1 keV. Lower frequency, random texture is also observed. Subsequent light ion (H, He) bombardment smoothens preroughened surfaces. The smoothing kinetics are first order with ion fluence and strongly dependent on ion energy in the range 0.2--1 eV. We present a linear model to account for the experimental observations which includes roughening both by random stochastic processes and by development of a periodic surface instability due to sputter yield variations with surface curvature which leads to ripple development. Smoothing occurs via ion bombardment induced viscous flow and surface diffusion. From the smoothing kinetics with H and He irradiation we measure the radiation enhanced viscosity of SiO 2 and find values on the order of 1--20x10 12 N s m -2 . The viscous relaxation per ion scales as the square root of the ion induced displacements in the film over the range of the ion penetration, suggesting short-lived defects with a bimolecular annihilation mechanism. The surface instability mechanism accounts for the ripple formation, while inclusion of stochastic roughening produces the random texture and reproduces the observed linear roughening kinetics and the magnitude of the overall roughness

  15. In-situ grown CNTs modified SiO2/C composites as anode with improved cycling stability and rate capability for lithium storage (United States)

    Wang, Siqi; Zhao, Naiqin; Shi, Chunsheng; Liu, Enzuo; He, Chunnian; He, Fang; Ma, Liying


    Silica (SiO2) is regarded as one of the most promising anode materials for lithium ion batteries owing to its high theoretical specific capacity, relatively low operation potentials, abundance, environmental benignity and low cost. However, the low intrinsic electrical conductivity and large volume change of SiO2 during the discharge/charge cycles usually results in poor electrochemical performance. In this work, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) modified SiO2/C composites have been fabricated through an in-situ chemical vapor deposition method. The results show that the electrical conductivity of the SiO2/C/CNTs is visibly enhanced through a robust connection between the CNTs and SiO2/C particles. Compared with the pristine SiO2 and SiO2/C composites, the SiO2/C/CNTs composites display a high initial capacity of 1267.2 mA h g-1. Besides, an excellent cycling stability with the capacity of 315.7 mA h g-1 is achieved after 1000th cycles at a rate of 1 A g-1. The significantly improved electrochemical properties of the SiO2/C/CNTs composites are mainly attributed to the formation of three dimensional CNT networks in the SiO2/C substrate, which can not only shorten the Li-ion diffusion path but also relieve the volume change during the lithium-ion insertion/extraction processes.

  16. Analogy: Justification for Logic. (United States)

    Sacksteder, William


    Presents and defends the thesis that it is analogy which provides justification for any logic, and for any argument to the extent that it depends on logic for justification. Analogy acquires inept support from logic, but logic acquires adroit support from analogy. (JMF)

  17. Synthis and Phisical And Chemical; Properties of SiO2 - B2O3 and SiO2 - P2O5 Thin Film Systems and Powders (United States)

    Mal'chik, A. G.; Litovkin, S. V.; Seregin, V. I.; Rodionov, P. V.; Kryuchkova, S. O.


    The SiO2 - B2O3 and SiO2 - P2O5 films were synthesized by using film forming solutions having a P2O5 content of up to 30% and B2O3 up to 40%. Properties of the filmforming solutions and binary oxides were examined. The physical and chemical processes occurring in the solution during the heat treatment of films were examined. The conditions for producing films of different thicknesses were determined. The kinetic parameters were calculated.

  18. A pentacene thin film transistor with good performance using sol-gel derived SiO2 gate dielectric layer (United States)

    Cavas, M.; Al-Ghamdi, Ahmed A.; Al-Hartomy, O. A.; El-Tantawy, F.; Yakuphanoglu, F.


    A low-voltage pentacene field-effect transistor with sol-gel derived SiO2 gate dielectric was fabricated. The mobility of the transistor was achieved as high as 1.526 cm2/V on the bared SiO2/Si substrate by a higher dielectric constant. The interface state density for the transistor was found to vary from 3.8 × 1010 to 7.5 × 1010 eV-1 cm-2 at frequency range of 100 kHz-1 MHz. It is evaluated that the SiO2 derived by low cost sol-gel is quite a promising candidate as a gate dielectric layer for low-voltage pentacene field-effect transistor.

  19. Fiber-optic thermometry using thermal radiation from Tm end doped SiO2 fiber sensor. (United States)

    Morita, Kentaro; Katsumata, Toru; Komuro, Shuji; Aizawa, Hiroaki


    Fiber-optic thermometry based on temperature dependence of thermal radiation from Tm(3+) ions was studied using Tm end doped SiO2 fiber sensor. Visible light radiation peaks due to f-f transition of Tm(3+) ion were clearly observed at λ = 690 and 790 nm from Tm end doped SiO2 fibers sensor at the temperature above 600 °C. Thermal radiation peaks are assigned with f-f transition of Tm(3+) ion, (1)D2-(3)H6, and (1)G4-(3)H6. Peak intensity of thermal radiation from Tm(3+) ion increases with temperature. Intensity ratio of thermal radiation peaks at λ = 690 nm against that at λ = 790 nm, I790/690, is suitable for the temperature measurement above 750 °C. Two-dimensional temperature distribution in a flame is successfully evaluated by Tm end doped SiO2 fiber sensor.

  20. Immobilization of simulated reducing agent at the surface of SiO2 fillers in dental composite resins. (United States)

    Shibata, Satoki; Hirata, Isao; Nomura, Yuji; Shirai, Kenichi; Fujitani, Morioki; Shintani, Hideaki; Okazaki, Masayuki


    To reduce the leachability of reducing agents from composite resins, immobilization of a simulated reducing agent at the surface of SiO2 fillers was examined. SiO2 plates were immersed in 2% 3-aminopropyltriethoxy silane/ethanol solution, and then immersed in dimethyl sulfoxide with 0.25 wt% 4-dimethyl amino benzoic acid (DMABA), 2.0 wt% 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide hydrochloride, and 0.5 wt% N-hydroxysuccinimide. Wide-scan spectrum of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy did not detect carbon contamination. However, narrow scan detected an O=C-N peak at 399.8 eV, suggesting that DMABA could be immobilized on silane-coupled SiO2 plates. Further, surface plasmon resonance analysis indicated the adsorption of MMA at the surface of reducing agent-immobilized plate.

  1. Site-specific Pt deposition and etching on electrically and thermally isolated SiO2 micro-disk surfaces

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    Saraf, Laxmikant V


    Electrically and thermally isolated surfaces are crucial for improving the detection sensitivity of microelectronic sensors. The site-specific in situ growth of Pt nano-rods on thermally and electrically isolated SiO 2 micro-disks using wet chemical etching and a focused ion/electron dual beam (FIB-SEM) is demonstrated. Fabrication of an array of micro-cavities on top of a micro-disk is also demonstrated. The FIB source is utilized to fabricate through-holes in the micro-disks. Due to the amorphous nature of SiO 2 micro-disks, the Ga implantation possibly modifies through-hole sidewall surface chemistry rather than affecting its transport properties. Some sensor design concepts based on micro-fabrication of SiO 2 micro-disks utilizing thermally and electrically isolated surfaces are discussed from the viewpoint of applications in photonics and bio-sensing.

  2. Silver nanoparticle deposition on inverse opal SiO2 films embedded in protective polypropylene micropits for SERS applications (United States)

    Ammosova, Lena; Ankudze, Bright; Philip, Anish; Jiang, Yu; Pakkanen, Tuula T.; Pakkanen, Tapani A.


    Common methods to fabricate surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates with controlled micro-nanohierarchy are often complex and expensive. In this study, we demonstrate a simple and cost effective method to fabricate SERS substrates with complex geometries. Microworking robot structuration is used to pattern a polypropylene (PP) substrate with micropits, facilitating protective microenvironment for brittle SiO2 inverse opal (IO) structure. Hierarchical SiO2 IO patterns were obtained using polystyrene (PS) spheres as a sacrificial template, and were selectively embedded into the hydrophilized PP micropits. The same microworking robot technique was subsequently used to deposit silver nanoparticle ink into the SiO2 IO cavities. The fabricated multi-level micro-nanohierarchy surface was studied to enhance Raman scattering of the 4-aminothiophenol (4-ATP) analyte molecule. The results show that the SERS performance of the micro-nanohierarchical substrate increases significantly the Raman scattering intensity compared to substrates with structured 2D surface geometries.

  3. Synthesis of suitable SiO2 nano particles as the core in core-shell nanostructured materials. (United States)

    Ghahari, Mehdi; Aghababazadeh, Roya; Ebadzadeh, Touradj; Mirhabibi, Alireza; Brydson, Rik; Fabbri, Paola; Najafi, Farhod


    The effect of surfactant on the luminescent intensity of SiO2 @Y2O3:Eu3+ particles with a core shell structure is described. Core-shell particles are used in phosphor materials and employing spherical particles with a narrow size distribution is vital for the enhancement of luminescent properties. Three kinds of different surfactants were used to synthesis SiO2 nano particles via a sol gel process. The results demonstrated that comb polycarboxylic acid surfactant had a significant influence on the morphology and particle size distribution. Somehow, particles with 100 nm size and narrow size distribution were produced. These particles had relatively uniform packing, unlike particles produced with other surfactants or without surfactant which had irregular assembly. The photoluminescence intensity of SiO2 @Y2O3:Eu3+ particles that was synthesized by comb polycarboxylic acid surfactant was higher than those which were produced without surfactant.

  4. In vitro bioactivity of glass and glass-ceramics of the 3CaO x P2O5-CaO x SiO2-CaO x MgO x 2SiO2 system. (United States)

    Salinas, A J; Román, J; Vallet-Regí, M; Oliveira, J M; Correia, R N; Fernandes, M H


    A glass of nominal composition (wt%) 40.0 CaO-34.5 SiO2-16.5 P2O5-8.5 MgO-0.5 CaF2 has been obtained (G13). The glass showed in vitro bioactivity evidenced by the formation on its surface of a calcium phosphate-rich layer when soaked in a solution with ionic composition analogous to human plasma. By thermal treatments of G13, a glass-ceramic (GC13) containing apatite, diopside, althausite and akermanite as crystalline phases was developed. GC13 as-made did not show in vitro bioactivity. However, after chemical treatment of GC13 with 1 M HCl (GC13-HCl), the in vitro studies showed the formation of an apatite-like layer covering certain areas of the material surface. The influence of both chemical and morphological factors on the in vitro bioactivity has been studied.

  5. Monodisperse and core-shell-structured SiO2@YBO3:Eu3+ spherical particles: synthesis and characterization. (United States)

    Lin, Cuikun; Kong, Deyan; Liu, Xiaoming; Wang, Huan; Yu, Min; Lin, Jun


    Y0.9Eu0.1BO3 phosphor layers were deposited on monodisperse SiO2 particles of different sizes (300, 570, 900, and 1200 nm) via a sol-gel process, resulting in the formation of core-shell-structured SiO2@Y0.9Eu0.1BO3 particles. X-ray diffraction (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), photoluminescence (PL), and cathodoluminescence (CL) spectra as well as lifetimes were employed to characterize the resulting composite particles. The results of XRD, FE-SEM, and TEM indicate that the 800 degrees C annealed sample consists of crystalline YBO3 shells and amorphous SiO2 cores, in spherical shape with a narrow size distribution. Under UV (240 nm) and VUV (172 nm) light or electron beam (1-6 kV) excitation, these particles show the characteristic 5D0-7F1-4 orange-red emission lines of Eu3+ with a quantum yield ranging from 36% (one-layer Y0.9Eu0.1BO3 on SiO2) to 54% (four-layer Y0.9Eu0.1BO3 on SiO2). The luminescence properties (emission intensity and color coordinates) of Eu3+ ions in the core-shell particles can be tuned by the coating number of Y0.9Eu0.1BO3 layers and SiO2 core particle size to some extent, pointing out the great potential for these particles applied in displaying and lightening fields.

  6. Biotemplated Mesoporous TiO2/SiO2 Composite Derived from Aquatic Plant Leaves for Efficient Dye Degradation

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    Zhiying Yan


    Full Text Available The biotemplating technique is an environmental-protective high-efficiency new technology by which the resulting TiO2 may simultaneously attain the duplication of structure and self-doping elements from biotemplate materials, which is highly desirable for photocatalytic applications. In this paper, aquatic plant leaves—including reed, water hyacinth, and duckweed—were used as both templates and silicon precursors to successfully synthesize biomorphic TiO2/SiO2 composite with mesoporous structures. X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, N2 adsorption–desorption, and UV–visible diffuse reflectance spectra were applied to characterize the microstructures of the samples. The results show that all TiO2/SiO2 composites are mainly composed of an anatase phase with mesoporous structure and possess high specific surface area. Compared with commercial Degussa P25 TiO2, all TiO2/SiO2 samples display intensive light-harvesting efficiency, particularly in the visible light range. The activities were evaluated by using gentian violet as a target for photocatalytic degradation experiments under simulated solar irradiation. The TiO2/SiO2 samples templated by reed and water hyacinth leaves exhibit high activity, while the TiO2/SiO2 samples obtained from duckweed are inferior to P25 in the degradation of gentian violet. A synergistic effect of SiO2 incorporation and structural construction through biotemplating is proposed to be beneficial to photocatalytic activity.

  7. Effect of SiO2 concentration in silica sol on interface reaction during titanium alloy investment casting

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    Ya-meng Wei


    Full Text Available Using silica sol as a binder for titanium investment casting is very attractive due to its good stability and reasonable cost as compared with yttrium sol and zirconium sol. However, the mechanism of interface reaction in the related system remains unclear. In this investigation, the interface reaction between Y2O3-SiO2 (Y-Si shell mold and titanium alloys was studied. A group of shell molds were prepared by using Y2O3 sand and silica sol with different contents of SiO2. Ti-6Al-4V alloy was cast under vacuum by gravity casting through cold crucible induction melting (CCIM method. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS were employed to characterize the micromorphology and composition of the reaction area, respectively. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS was used to confirm the valence state of relevant elements. White light interferometer (WLI was used to obtain the surface topography of Y-Si shells. The results show that the thickness of reaction layers is below 3 μm when the SiO2 content of silica sol is below 20wt.%. Whereas, when the SiO2 content increases to 25wt.%, the thickness of the reaction layer increases sharply to about 15 μm. There is a good balance between chemical inertness and mechanical performance when the SiO2 content is between 15 and 20wt.%. Moreover, it was found that the distribution of SiO2 and the roughness at the surface of the shell are the key factors that determine the level of reaction.

  8. Size characterization of airborne SiO2 nanoparticles with on-line and off-line measurement techniques: an interlaboratory comparison study

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    Motzkus, C.; Macé, T.; Gaie-Levrel, F.; Ducourtieux, S.; Delvallee, A.; Dirscherl, K.; Hodoroaba, V.-D.; Popov, I.; Popov, O.; Kuselman, I.; Takahata, K.; Ehara, K.; Ausset, P.; Maillé, M.; Michielsen, N.; Bondiguel, S.; Gensdarmes, F.; Morawska, L.; Johnson, G. R.; Faghihi, E. M.


    Results of an interlaboratory comparison on size characterization of SiO 2 airborne nanoparticles using on-line and off-line measurement techniques are discussed. This study was performed in the framework of Technical Working Area (TWA) 34—“Properties of Nanoparticle Populations” of the Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards (VAMAS) in the project no. 3 “Techniques for characterizing size distribution of airborne nanoparticles”. Two types of nano-aerosols, consisting of (1) one population of nanoparticles with a mean diameter between 30.3 and 39.0 nm and (2) two populations of non-agglomerated nanoparticles with mean diameters between, respectively, 36.2–46.6 nm and 80.2–89.8 nm, were generated for characterization measurements. Scanning mobility particle size spectrometers (SMPS) were used for on-line measurements of size distributions of the produced nano-aerosols. Transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy were used as off-line measurement techniques for nanoparticles characterization. Samples were deposited on appropriate supports such as grids, filters, and mica plates by electrostatic precipitation and a filtration technique using SMPS controlled generation upstream. The results of the main size distribution parameters (mean and mode diameters), obtained from several laboratories, were compared based on metrological approaches including metrological traceability, calibration, and evaluation of the measurement uncertainty. Internationally harmonized measurement procedures for airborne SiO 2 nanoparticles characterization are proposed

  9. QCM and AFM Study of atomic scale polishing and roughening of surfaces exposed to nanoparticle suspensions of diamond, Al2O3 and SiO2. (United States)

    Krim, Jacqueline; Acharya, Biplav; Chestnut, Melanie; Marek, Antonin; Shendarova, Olga; Smirnov, Alex

    The addition of nanoparticles to conventional automotive lubricants is known in many cases to result in increased energy efficiency, but the atomic scale mechanisms leading to the increased efficiency are yet to be established. To explore this issue, we studied surface uptake and nanotribological properties of nanoparticle suspensions of diamond, Al2O3 and SiO2 dispersed in water and/or oil (PAO6) in real time by means of an in situ Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM) technique, with a focus on the impact of the suspension on the surface roughness and texture of the QCM electrode and how the results compared to macroscopic reductions in friction and increased energy efficiency for the same materials' combinations. The frequency and dissipative properties (mechanical resistance) of QCM's with both gold and nickel surface electrodes were first studied for immersed samples upon addition of the nanoparticles. Nanodiamonds resulted in an increased mechanical resistance while the addition of Al2O3 and SiO2 nanoparticles resulted in a decreased resistance, indicating a reduced resistance of the fluid to the motion of the QCM. Atomic Force Microscope (AFM) measurements were then performed on the QCM electrodes after exposure to the suspensions, to explore potential polishing and/or roughening effects. The results are closely linked to the macroscopic friction and wear attributes. Work supported by NSF.

  10. Photo-induced tunneling currents in MOS structures with various HfO2/SiO2 stacking dielectrics


    Chin-Sheng Pang; Jenn-Gwo Hwu


    In this study, the current conduction mechanisms of structures with tandem high-k dielectric in illumination are discussed. Samples of Al/SiO2/Si (S), Al/HfO2/SiO2/Si (H), and Al/3HfO2/SiO2/Si (3H) were examined. The significant observation of electron traps of sample H compares to sample S is found under the double bias capacitance-voltage (C-V) measurements in illumination. Moreover, the photo absorption sensitivity of sample H is higher than S due to the formation of HfO2 dielectric layer,...

  11. Facile Synthesis and Growth Mechanism of SiO2 Nanotubes with ZnS Nanowires as Intermediates. (United States)

    Chuo, Hui Xin; Wu, Li Li


    SiO2 nanotubes with good chemical purity and well defined morphology were synthesized successfully in a one-step gas phase condensation process using gold catalyst. The as-synthesized products were characterized by transmission electron microscopy and nanoprobe X-ray energy dispersive. In the observations, a growth mechanism of the nanotubes is suggested. The new synthetic route to prepare SiO2 nanotubes is favorable to satisfy the special needs in commercial and industrial application and can be easily applied to other semiconductor materials.

  12. Liquidus Temperature of SrO-Al2O3-SiO2 Glass-Forming Compositions

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    Abel, Brett M.; Morgan, James M.; Mauro, John C.


    Despite the important role of strontium aluminosilicate glasses in various technologies, there is no available phase diagram for this ternary system in the ACerS-NIST Phase Equilibria Diagrams Database. Establishing the liquidus surface (liquidus temperature Tliq and primary devitrification phase...... with the phase diagrams for CaO-Al2O3-SiO2 and MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 systems, we have found that for the highest [RO]/[Al2O3] ratios, Tliq exhibits a minimum value for R = Ca. Based on the phase diagram established here, the composition of glass materials, for example, for liquid crystal display substrates, belonging...

  13. SiO2/TiO2 multi-layered thin films with self-cleaning and enhanced ...

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    using a TEOS:EtOH:HCl:H2O in 1:8:3:0.5 volume ratio. The as-prepared SiO2 gel was then calcinated at 600 ... 0.25 g SiO2 powder in 50 ml ethanol:water (1:1 v/v), respec- tively, 0.05 g TiO2 powder in 50 ml ethanol. ... cleaned by ultra-sonication in alcohol and then dried using compressed air. The multi-layered thin films ...

  14. Direct etching of SiO2 and Al2O3 by 900-keV gold ions


    Glass, Gary A.; Dias, Johnny Ferraz; Dymnikov, Alexander D.; Houston, Louis M.; Rout, Bibhudutta


    We report the direct etching of Al2O3 and SiO2 using 900-keV Au+ ions. 2000-mesh Cu grids were employed as masks using two different configurations: 1 the Cu mesh was placed on top of each insulator separately and independent irradiations were performed, and 2 the Al2O3 and SiO2 substrates were positioned in an edge-to-edge configuration with a single Cu grid providing a common mask to both insulators. Scanning electron microscopy SEM analysis revealed quite different patterns resulting from ...


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    Full Text Available Methodology of prognostication of thermodynamics properties of melts is presented from the coordinatesof liquidus of diagram of the state in area of equilibria a hard component is solution, on which energies ofmixing of Gibbs are expected in the double border systems of MgO – Al2O3, MgO – SiO2, MgO – CaF2,Al2O3 – SiO2, Al2O3 - CaF2, SiO2 - CaF2. For the areas of equilibrium there is quasibinary connection(MgAl2O4, Mg2SiO4, Al6Si2O13 – a grout at calculations was used equalization of Hauffe-Wagner. Theobtained data comport with literary

  16. Luminescent properties and characterization of Gd2O3:Eu3+@SiO2 and Gd2Ti2O7:Eu3+@SiO2 core shell phosphors prepared by a sol gel process (United States)

    Lin, Kuo-Min; Lin, Chih-Cheng; Li, Yuan-Yao


    Gd2O3:Eu3+ and Gd2Ti2O7:Eu3+ films 10 nm in thickness were individually coated onto silica spheres (particle size of 150-170 nm) using the sol-gel method. The synthesized materials were addressed as Gd2O3:Eu3+@SiO2 and Gd2Ti2O7:Eu3+@SiO2 phosphors. An x-ray powder diffractometer (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM), and photoluminescence spectrophotometer (PL) were employed to characterize the core-shell phosphors. Uniform core-shell phosphor particles were observed using FE-SEM. The XRD and HR-TEM results indicated that the coated-shell layer was well crystallized after sintering at 1000 °C. The Gd2O3:Eu3+@SiO2 PL measurement showed a red emission at the main 615 nm wavelength. The Gd2Ti2O7:Eu3+@SiO2 phosphor showed an orange-red emission at the 588 and 615 nm wavelengths. In comparison with the Gd2O3:Eu3+ and Gd2Ti2O7:Eu3+ bulk material results, the core-shell phosphors maintained the same emission ability as the bulk materials and the novel core-shell phosphors possessed great potential in quantum phosphor applications.

  17. Luminescent properties and characterization of Gd2O3:Eu(3+)@SiO2 and Gd2Ti2O7:Eu(3+)@SiO2 core-shell phosphors prepared by a sol-gel process. (United States)

    Lin, Kuo-Min; Lin, Chih-Cheng; Li, Yuan-Yao


    Gd2O3:Eu(3+) and Gd2Ti2O7:Eu(3+) films 10 nm in thickness were individually coated onto silica spheres (particle size of 150-170 nm) using the sol-gel method. The synthesized materials were addressed as Gd2O3:Eu(3+)@SiO2 and Gd2Ti2O7:Eu(3+)@SiO2 phosphors. An x-ray powder diffractometer (XRD), field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscope (HR-TEM), and photoluminescence spectrophotometer (PL) were employed to characterize the core-shell phosphors. Uniform core-shell phosphor particles were observed using FE-SEM. The XRD and HR-TEM results indicated that the coated-shell layer was well crystallized after sintering at 1000 °C. The Gd2O3:Eu(3+)@SiO2 PL measurement showed a red emission at the main 615 nm wavelength. The Gd2Ti2O7:Eu(3+)@SiO2 phosphor showed an orange-red emission at the 588 and 615 nm wavelengths. In comparison with the Gd2O3:Eu(3+) and Gd2Ti2O7:Eu(3+) bulk material results, the core-shell phosphors maintained the same emission ability as the bulk materials and the novel core-shell phosphors possessed great potential in quantum phosphor applications.

  18. PENGUJIAN AKTIVITAS KOMPOSIT Fe2O3-SiO2 SEBAGAI FOTOKATALIS PADA FOTODEGRADASI 4-KLOROFENOL (The Activity Test of Fe2O3-SiO2 Composite As Photocatalyst on 4-Chlorophenol Photodegradation

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    Eko Sri Kunarti


    Full Text Available ABSTRAK  Pada penelitian ini telah dilakukan pengujian aktivitas komposit Fe2O3-SiO2 sebagai fotokatalis pada fotodegradasi 4-klorofenol. Penelitian diawali dengan preparasi dan karakterisasi fotokatalis Fe2O3-SiO2. Preparasi dilakukan dengan metode sol-gel pada temperatur kamar menggunakan tetraetil ortosilikat (TEOS dan besi (III nitrat sebagai prekursor diikuti dengan perlakuan termal pada temperature 500 oC. Karakterisasi dilakukan dengan metode spektrometri inframerah, difraksi sinar-X dan spektrometri fluoresensi sinar-X. Uji aktivitas komposit untuk fotodegradasi 4-klorofenol dilakukan dalam reaktor tertutup yang dilengkapi dengan lampu UV. Pada uji ini telah dipelajari pengaruh waktu penyinaran dan pH larutan terhadap efektivitas fotodegradasi 4-klorofenol. Hasil penelitian menunjukkan bahwa komposit Fe2O3-SiO2 dapat dipreparasi dengan metode sol-gel pada temperatur kamar diikuti perlakuan termal. Komposit Fe2O3-SiO2 dapat meningkatkan efektivitas fotodegradasi 4-klorofenol dari 11,86 % menjadi 55,38 %. Efektivitas fotodegradasi 4- klorofenol dipengaruhi waktu penyinaran dan pH larutan yang semakin lama waktu penyinaran efektifitas fotodegradasi semakin tinggi, namun waktu penyinaran yang lebih lama dari 4 jam dapat menurunkan efektivitasnya. pH larutan memberikan pengaruh yang berbeda-beda pada efektivitas fotodegradasi 4-klorofenol.   ABSTRACT The activity test of Fe2O3-SiO2 composite as photocatalyst on 4-chlorophenol photodegradation has been studied. The research was initiated by preparation of Fe2O3-SiO2 photocatalyst and followed by characterization. The preparation was conducted by sol-gel method at room temperature using tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS and iron (III nitrate as precursors followed by thermal treatment at a temperature of 500oC. The characterizations were performed by X-ray Diffraction (XRD, Infrared and X-ray Fluorescence Spectrophotometry. The photocatalytic activity test of composites for 4 chlorophenol degradation was carried out in a closed reactor equipped with UV light. In this test, the influences of irradiation time and 4-chlorophenol pH were studied.  Results showed that the composite could be prepared through sol-gel method. The Fe2O3-SiO2 composite could increase activity of 4-chlorophenol photodegradation from 11.86 % to 55.38 %. The photodegradation effectiveness was influenced by irradiating time and pH of solution. The pH of solution gave different 4-chlorophenol photodegradation effectiveness.

  19. Nanocristales de silicio en matriz de SiO2 para aplicaciones fotónicas

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    Morante, J. R.


    Full Text Available We describe in this work the development of both materials and technology approaches that have allowed us to successfully produce efficient and reliable LEDs by using only CMOS processes. Si nanocrystals (Si-nc were synthesised in SiO2 by ion implantation plus annealing and display average diameters from 2.5 to 6 nm. Wide photoluminescence around 700-800 (red nm is present in all the samples. The most efficient structures have Si-ncs with average size of 3 nm and densities of 1019 cm-3. We have estimated band-gap energies, lifetimes (20-200 μs and absorption cross-sections (10-15-10-16 cm2 as a function of size and surface passivation. From highly luminescent Si-nc, LEDs consisting of MOS capacitors were fabricated. Stable red electroluminescence has been obtained at room temperature and the I-V characteristics prove that the current is related to a pure tunnelling process.En este trabajo describimos la tecnología y los materiales empleados en la fabricación de nanocristales de silicio (Si-nc para obtener dispositivos luminiscentes usando procesos compatibles con la tecnología CMOS. Los nanocristales de Silicio se sintetizaron a partir de una implantación iónica sobre SiO2 y un posterior recocido, consiguiendo una distribución de tamaños que varia desde 2.5 a 6 nm dependiendo de la dosis de implantación. Todas las muestras presentan una fotoluminiscencia ancha alrededor de 700-800 nm (rojo, que se desplaza fuertemente con el tamaño medio de los nanocristales. Las estructuras más eficientes presentan una tamaño promedio de 3 nm, con una densidad de 1019 cm-3. En cuanto a fotoluminiscencia, se ha hecho una estimación de las energías del gap, de las vidas medias (20-200 μs y las secciones eficaces de absorción (10-15-10-16 cm2 en función del tamaño y de la pasivación de la superficie de los nanocristales. En estructuras tipo MOS con Si-nc se obtuvo electroluminiscencia muy fuerte y estable a temperatura ambiente. Las curvas I-V muestran que la corriente es debida puramente a un mecanismo de efecto túnel.

  20. Physical properties of emulsion systems with SiO2 nanoparticles

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    Sergeev Vitaly Vyacheslavovich


    Full Text Available One of the most relevant directions for research and development (R&D in the area of oil and gas fields development is to study physicochemical impact onto petroleum reservoir to enhance development rate and increase oil recovery factor. Wide range of fields where nanoscale particles can be applied within this direction shifted the level of physicochemical processes studies from microscale to nanoscale, that caused significant advancement of the oil and gas industry as a whole. As for physicochemical methods for petroleum reservoir stimulation, the rapid development of nanotechnologies considerably improves understanding of the processes that run at the boundaries of phases liquid-liquid, liquid-gas, liquid-rock phases, etc. The most studied processes are the processes of influence of nanoscale particles on the interface between liquid-gas and liquid-liquid phases [1–18]. At the moment it is known that nanoparticles of various minerals and metals can increase lifetime of gas bubbles in hydrocarbon media and the stability of globules in hydrocarbon or aqueous phase in various types of emulsions [1–7, 12]. But in the industry there is no single understanding and explanation of physicochemical processes occurring at the boundaries of phases in the presence of nanoparticles under reservoir conditions or even in bench tests on rock cores. In this connection, the direction of nanoscale particles application in the oil and gas fields development is promising for carrying out complex R&D in order to reveal new scientific information and introduce high-performance inventions into the industry. The article presents the results of the next stage in complex research of silicon dioxide nanoparticles (SiO2 impact onto rheological and stability properties of emulsion systems. The complex research is performed within the framework of international project «Development and implementation of water-blocking agents based on application of SiO2 nanoparticles». The results of comparative research of new emulsion systems showed the dependences between shear stress and shear rate gradient (flow curve, dynamic viscosity and the shear rate (viscosity curve, and dynamic viscosity and volume of aqueous calcium chloride addition.

  1. The controlled ecological life support system Antarctic analog project: Analysis of wastewater from the South Pole Station, Antarctica, volume 1 (United States)

    Flynn, Michael T.; Bubenheim, David L.; Straight, Christian L.; Belisle, Warren


    The Controlled Ecological Life Support system (CELSS) Antarctic Analog Project (CAAP) is a joint National Science Foundation (NSF) and NASA project for the development, deployment and operation of CELSS technologies at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. NASA goals are operational testing of CELSS technologies and the conduct of scientific studies to facilitate technology selection and system design. The NSF goals are that the food production, water purification, and waste treatment capabilities which will be provided by CAAP will improve the quality of life for the South Pole inhabitants, reduce logistics dependence, and minimize environmental impacts associated with human presence on the polar plateau. This report presents an analysis of wastewater samples taken from the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica. The purpose of the work is to develop a quantitative understanding of the characteristics of domestic sewage streams at the South Pole Station. This information will contribute to the design of a proposed plant growth/waste treatment system which is part of the CELSS Antarctic Analog Project (CAAP).

  2. Enhanced Visible Transmittance of Thermochromic VO2 Thin Films by SiO2 Passivation Layer and Their Optical Characterization

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    Jung-Hoon Yu


    Full Text Available This paper presents the preparation of high-quality vanadium dioxide (VO2 thermochromic thin films with enhanced visible transmittance (Tvis via radio frequency (RF sputtering and plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD. VO2 thin films with high Tvis and excellent optical switching efficiency (Eos were successfully prepared by employing SiO2 as a passivation layer. After SiO2 deposition, the roughness of the films was decreased 2-fold and a denser structure was formed. These morphological changes corresponded to the results of optical characterization including the haze, reflectance and absorption spectra. In spite of SiO2 coating, the phase transition temperature (Tc of the prepared films was not affected. Compared with pristine VO2, the total layer thickness after SiO2 coating was 160 nm, which is an increase of 80 nm. Despite the thickness change, the VO2 thin films showed a higher Tvis value (λ 650 nm, 58% compared with the pristine samples (λ 650 nm, 43%. This enhancement of Tvis while maintaining high Eos is meaningful for VO2-based smart window applications.

  3. Effect of size and position of gold nanocrystals embedded in gate oxide of SiO2/Si MOS structures (United States)

    Chakraborty, Chaitali; Bose, Chayanika


    The influence of single and double layered gold (Au) nanocrystals (NC), embedded in SiO2 matrix, on the electrical characteristics of metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) structures is reported in this communication. The size and position of the NCs are varied and study is made using Sentaurus TCAD simulation tools. In a single NC-layered MOS structure, the role of NCs is more prominent when they are placed closer to SiO2/Si-substrate interface than to SiO2/Al-gate interface. In MOS structures with larger NC dots and double layered NCs, the charge storage capacity is increased due to charging of the dielectric in the presence of NCs. Higher breakdown voltage and smaller leakage current are also obtained in the case of dual NC-layered MOS device. A new phenomenon of smearing out of the capacitance-voltage curve is observed in the presence of dual NC layer indicating generation of interface traps. An internal electric field developed between these two charged NC layers is expected to generate such interface traps at the SiO2/Si interface.

  4. Research of high-hardness and wear-resistant SiO2 film coating on acrylic substrates (United States)

    Yao, Yu-ting; Cheng, Yan; Deng, Xiu-mei; Jiang, Jin-hu; Zhu, Xiao-bo; Gu, Wen-hua


    Acrylic (PMMA) possesses excellent optical transparency, good chemical stability as well as many other merits such as the feasibilities in dyeing and manufacturing. But its poor hardness and wear resistance restrict its industrialized applications. In order to improve the hardness and wear resistance, SiO2 films were coated on PMMA substrates by both dip coating method and aerosol spraying method in this work. Heating curing method was carried out after the coating of SiO2 film, and consequently, the mechanical properties, optical properties and surface morphology were characterized and compared. The experimental results showed that the SiO2 films prepared by aerosol spraying method has a better performance in both hardness and wear resistance, compared with the films prepared by dip coating method. In the optimized conditions, the hardness of the PMMA was improved from 3H to 8H, and the non-abrasion rubbing times increased from less than 100 times to 5000 times with a loading of 500g weight after the coating of SiO2 film, indicating the improvement of the wear resistance.

  5. Effects of SiO2 and TiO2 fillers on thermal and dielectric properties ...

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    . In consideration of the desired properties of ... dielectric properties for its construction such as white back (rear glass dielectric layer), barrier rib ..... bution of residual SiO2 and TiO2 fillers in the glass matrix. The sintering of glass frits at such a ...

  6. In situ coating of flame-made TiO2 particles with nanothin SiO2 films. (United States)

    Teleki, Alexandra; Heine, Martin C; Krumeich, Frank; Akhtar, M Kamal; Pratsinis, Sotiris E


    Rutile TiO2 particles made by flame spray pyrolysis (FSP) were coated in a single step with SiO2 layers in an enclosed flame reactor. This in situ particle coating was accomplished by a hollow ring delivering hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) vapor (precursor to SiO2) through multiple jets in swirl cross-flow to Al-doped nanostructured rutile TiO2 aerosol freshly made by FSP of a solution of titanium tetraisopropoxide and aluminum sec-butoxide in xylene. The as-prepared powders were characterized by (scanning) transmission electron microscopy (STEM and TEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis, X-ray diffraction, nitrogen adsorption, electrophoretic mobility, DC plasma optical emission (DCP-OES), and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy. The coating quality was assessed further by the photocatalytic oxidation of isopropyl alcohol to acetone. The effect of HMDSO injection point and vapor concentration on product particle morphology was investigated. The titania particles were uniformly SiO2-coated with controlled and uniform thickness at a production rate of about 30 g h(-1) and exhibited limited, if any, photoactivity. In contrast, spraying and combusting equivalent mixtures of the above Si/Al/Ti precursors in the above reactor (without delivering HMDSO through the hollow ring) resulted in particles segregated in amorphous (SiO2) and crystalline (TiO2) domains which exhibited high photocatalytic activity.

  7. SiO $ _2 $/TiO $ _2 $ multi-layered thin films with self-cleaning and ...

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    Self-cleaning, high transmittance glazing was obtained by cold spray deposition for glazings. The thin films contain TiO 2 , SiO 2 and Au nanoparticles in different structures which allow for tailoring the optical, hydrophilic and photocatalytic properties. The crystallinity, morphology and surface energy were correlated with the ...

  8. Deposition of conductive TiN shells on SiO2 nanoparticles with a fluidized bed ALD reactor

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    Didden, A.; Hillebrand, P.; Wollgarten, M.; Dam, B.; Van de Krol, R.


    Conductive TiN shells have been deposited on SiO2 nanoparticles (10–20 nm primary particle size) with fluidized bed atomic layer deposition using TDMAT and NH3 as precursors. Analysis of the powders confirms that shell growth saturates at approximately 0.4 nm/cycle at TDMAT doses of >1.2 mmol/g of

  9. High thermal stability of abrupt SiO2/GaN interface with low interface state density (United States)

    Truyen, Nguyen Xuan; Taoka, Noriyuki; Ohta, Akio; Makihara, Katsunori; Yamada, Hisashi; Takahashi, Tokio; Ikeda, Mitsuhisa; Shimizu, Mitsuaki; Miyazaki, Seiichi


    The effects of postdeposition annealing (PDA) on the interface properties of a SiO2/GaN structure formed by remote oxygen plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (RP-CVD) were systematically investigated. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy clarified that PDA in the temperature range from 600 to 800 °C has almost no effects on the chemical bonding features at the SiO2/GaN interface, and that positive charges exist at the interface, the density of which can be reduced by PDA at 800 °C. The capacitance-voltage (C-V) and current density-SiO2 electric field characteristics of the GaN MOS capacitors also confirmed the reduction in interface state density (D it) and the improvement in the breakdown property of the SiO2 film after PDA at 800 °C. Consequently, a high thermal stability of the SiO2/GaN structure with a low fixed charge density and a low D it formed by RP-CVD was demonstrated. This is quite informative for realizing highly robust GaN power devices.

  10. Flexible SiO2 cantilevers for torsional self-aligning micro scale four-point probes

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    Kjær, Daniel; Gammelgaard, Lauge; Bøggild, Peter


    In order to successfully measure the conductivity of a sample with a four- point probe, good alignment of the electrodes to the sample is important to establish even contact pressure and contact areas of the electrodes. By incorporating a hinge in a microfabricated SiO2 mono- cantilever the ability...

  11. Modification of Nafion membrane with biofunctional SiO2 nanofiber for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (United States)

    Wang, Hang; Li, Xiaojie; Zhuang, Xupin; Cheng, Bowen; Wang, Wei; Kang, Weimin; Shi, Lei; Li, Hongjun


    Proton currents are an integral part of the most important energy-converting structures in biology. We prepared a new type of bioinspired Nafion (Bio-Nafion) membrane composited of biofunctional SiO2 (Bio-SiO2) nanofiber and Nafion matrix. SiO2 nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning silica sol prepared from tetraethyl orthosilicate. Meanwhile, Bio-SiO2 nanofibers were synthesized by immobilizing amino acids (cysteine, serine, lysine, and glycine) on SiO2 nanofibers, which acted as efficient proton-conducting pathways that involved numerous H+ transport sites. In our study, the SiO2 nanofibers biofunctionalized with cysteine were further oxidized, and the composite membranes were designated as Nafion-Cys, Nafion-Lys, Nafion-Ser, and Nafion-Gly, respectively. We then investigated the different polar groups (sbnd SO3H, sbnd OH, and sbnd NH2) of the amino acids that contributed to membrane properties of thermal stability, water uptake (WU), dimensional stability, proton conductivity, and methanol permeability. Nafion-Cys exhibited the highest proton conductivity of 0.2424 S/cm (80 °C). Nafion-Gly showed the lowest proton conductivity and WU because glycine contains the least number of hydrophilic groups among the amino acids. Overall, the introduction of Bio-SiO2 nanofiber to composite membranes significantly improved proton conductivity, dimensional stability, and methanol permeability.

  12. Wear and friction performance of PTFE filled epoxy composites with a high concentration of SiO2 particles

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    Shen, J.T.; Top, M.; Pei, Y.T.; de Hosson, Jeff


    In this work, the tribological performance of PTFE filled SiO2 particles–epoxy composites is investigated. Under a load of 60 N (~140 MPa contact pressure), the optimum content of PTFE lies between 10 and 15 wt%, which yields an ultralow coefficient of friction (CoF) in conjunction with a low wear

  13. Influence of SiO2 Addition on Properties of PTFE/TiO2 Microwave Composites (United States)

    Yuan, Ying; Wang, Jie; Yao, Minghao; Tang, Bin; Li, Enzhu; Zhang, Shuren


    Composite substrates for microwave circuit applications have been fabricated by filling polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) polymer matrix with ceramic powder consisting of rutile TiO2 ( D 50 ≈ 5 μm) partially substituted with fused amorphous SiO2 ( D 50 ≈ 8 μm) with composition x vol.% SiO2 + (50 - x) vol.% TiO2 ( x = 0, 3, 6, 9, 12), and the effects of SiO2 addition on characteristics such as the density, moisture absorption, microwave dielectric properties, and thermal properties systematically investigated. The results show that the filler was well distributed throughout the matrix. High dielectric constant ( ɛ r > 7.19) and extremely low moisture absorption (PTFE polymer, retarding its decomposition. The temperature coefficient of dielectric constant ( τ ɛ ) of the composites shifted toward the positive direction (from - 309 ppm/°C to - 179 ppm/°C) as the SiO2 content was increased, while the coefficient of thermal expansion remained almost unchanged (˜ 35 ppm/°C).

  14. Electromagnetic property of SiO2-coated carbonyl iron/polyimide composites as heat resistant microwave absorbing materials (United States)

    Wang, Hongyu; Zhu, Dongmei; Zhou, Wancheng; Luo, Fa


    Heat resistant microwave absorbing materials were prepared by compression molding method, using polyimide resin as matrix and SiO2 coated carbonyl iron (CI) as filler. The SiO2 coated CI particles were prepared by Stober process. The microwave absorbing properties and the effect of heat treatment on the electromagnetic properties of SiO2 coated CI/polyimide composites were investigated. When the content of SiO2 coated CI is 60 wt%, the value of minimum reflection loss decreases from -25 dB to -33 dB with the thickness increases from 1.5 mm to 2.1 mm. According to the thermal-gravimetric analyses (TGA) curves, the polyimide matrix can be used at 300 °C for long time. The complex permittivity of the composites slightly increases while the complex permeability almost keeps constant after heat treatment at 300 °C for 10 h, which indicating that the composites can be used at elevated temperature as microwave absorbing materials at the same time have good heat resistance and microwave absorption.

  15. Effect of size and position of gold nanocrystals embedded in gate oxide of SiO2/Si MOS structures

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    Chaitali Chakraborty


    Full Text Available The influence of single and double layered gold (Au nanocrystals (NC, embedded in SiO2 matrix, on the electrical characteristics of metal–oxide–semiconductor (MOS structures is reported in this communication. The size and position of the NCs are varied and study is made using Sentaurus TCAD simulation tools. In a single NC-layered MOS structure, the role of NCs is more prominent when they are placed closer to SiO2/Si−substrate interface than to SiO2/Al–gate interface. In MOS structures with larger NC dots and double layered NCs, the charge storage capacity is increased due to charging of the dielectric in the presence of NCs. Higher breakdown voltage and smaller leakage current are also obtained in the case of dual NC-layered MOS device. A new phenomenon of smearing out of the capacitance–voltage curve is observed in the presence of dual NC layer indicating generation of interface traps. An internal electric field developed between these two charged NC layers is expected to generate such interface traps at the SiO2/Si interface.

  16. FTIR and Raman spectroscopy of carbon nanoparticles in SiO2, ZnO and NiO matrices

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    Katumba, G


    Full Text Available Coatings of carbon nanoparticles dispersed in SiO2, ZnO and NiO matrices on aluminium substrates have been fabricated by a sol–gel technique. Spectrophotometry was used to determine the solar absorptance and the thermal emittance of the composite...

  17. Matrix solid-phase dispersion extraction of organophosphorus pesticide using SiO2-poly(N-vinylimidazole)

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    Gutiérrez-Solís, M C; Muñoz-Rodríguez, D; Carrera-Figueiras, C; Ávila-Ortega, A; Medina-Peralta, S


    A sorbent material based on silica particles modified with poly(N-vinylimidazole) (SiO 2 -PVI) has been evaluated for the treatment of samples by matrix solid-phase dispersion (MSPD). The extraction of four organophosphorus pesticides was done from a spiked tomato and the extracts were analyzed by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry. Six elution solvents were evaluated and acetone was selected due to better recovery of the four pesticides and low background signal in the chromatograms. A factorial design 2 4 was used for selection of extraction conditions. The factors were contact time, acetone volume, treatment (with or without freeze-drying) and adsorbent (SiO 2 or SiO 2 -PVI). The best recoveries were obtained using 15 minutes of contact, 2 mL of solvent and sorbent without freeze-drying. The recoveries were between 60 and 83% for SiO 2 -PVI in spiked tomato with 0.2 and 0.8μg/g.

  18. Nanoindentation Hardness Measurement in Piling up SiO2 Coating (United States)

    Cabibbo, M.; Ciccarelli, D.; Spigarelli, S.

    In the last decades much attention has been focused on understanding the factors controlling the shape of the unloading curves obtained by the Oliver and Pharr nanoindentation analysis in order to estimate true contact area, and material parameters such as Young's modulus and hardness. In fact, it is well known that the Oliver and Pharr analysis can overestimate the hardness of materials that plastically deform due to piling up around the indentation. In recent years, different visual and analytical methods have been proposed. The visual methods are based on direct measurements of the produced indentation by scanning probe microscopy (SPM) or by atomic force microscopy (AFM). In the present work, indentation hardness of a SiO2 coating was measured and analyzed by both visual and analytical methods. The SPM-based direct method showed a quite good qualitative and quantitative literature data agreement. This method was thus developed and improved to make it dependent on curve parameters, such as applied load and penetration depth, rather than on SPM measurements of the actual contact area. A correlation of the pile up phenomenon to the m exponent of the P = B(h-hf)m relationship was also discussed.

  19. Optical transitions of self-trapped holes in amorphous SiO2

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    Sasajima, Y.; Tanimura, K.


    Optical and electron-spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy studies of low-temperature electron-irradiated amorphous SiO 2 were carried out to identify optical transitions of self-trapped holes (STHs). Spectroscopic analysis by means of polarized optical bleaching and thermal annealing has revealed two components comprising an absorption band around 2.2 eV: the low-energy component peaking at 2.16 eV and the high energy component at 2.60 eV. These bands are formed with similar yields in three different samples that include different chemical impurities and native defect concentrations. Based on quantitative correlations between ESR signals and optical absorption strengths, the 2.16-eV band is attributed to the two-center type STH, while the 2.60-eV band is attributed to the one-center STH. The origin of STH optical transitions is discussed based on the results of this work and recent theoretical data

  20. Non-iridescent structural colors from uniform-sized SiO2 colloids (United States)

    Topçu, Gökhan; Güner, Tuğrul; Demir, Mustafa M.


    Structural colors have recently attracted interest from diverse fields of research due to their ease of fabrication and eco-friendliness. These types of colors are, in principle, achieved by periodically arranged submicron-diameter colloidal particles. The interaction of light with a structure containing long-range ordered colloidal particles leads to coloration; this usually varies depending on the angle of observation (iridescence). However, the majority of the applications demand constant color that is independent of the viewing angle (non-iridescence). In this work, silica colloids were obtained using the Stöber method at different sizes from 150 to 300 nm in an alcoholic dispersion. The casting of the dispersion on a substrate leaves behind a photonic crystal showing a colorful iridescent film. However, centrifugation and redispersion of the SiO2 particles into fresh solvent may cause the formation of small, aggregated silica domains in the new dispersion. The casting of this dispersion allows for the development of photonic glass, presumably due to the accumulation of aggregates showing stable colloidal film independent of viewing angle. Moreover, depending on the size of the silica colloids, non-iridescent photonic glasses with various colors (violet, blue, green, and orange) are obtained.

  1. Engineering of SiO2 Nanoparticles for Optimal Performance in Nano Cement-Based Materials (United States)

    Sobolev, K.; Flores, I.; Torres-Martinez, L. M.; Valdez, P. L.; Zarazua, E.; Cuellar, E. L.

    The reported research examined the effect of 5-70 nm SiO2 nanoparticles on the mechanical properties of nano-cement materials. The strength development of portland cement with nano-SiO2 and superplasticizing admixture was investigated. Experimental results demonstrate an increase in the compressive and flexural strength of mortars with developed nanoparticles. The distribution of nano-SiO2 particles within the cement paste plays an essential role and governs the overall performance of these products. Therefore, the addition of a superplasticizer was proposed to facilitate the distribution of nano-SiO2 particles. Superplasticized mortars with 0.25% of selected nano-SiO2 demonstrated a 16% increase of 1-day compressive strength, reaching 63.9 MPa; the 28-day strength of these mortars was 95.9 MPa (vs. strength of reference superplasticized mortars of 92.1 MPa). Increase of 28-day flexural strength of superplasticized mortars with selected nano-SiO2 was 18%, reaching 27.1 MPa. It is concluded that the effective dispersion of nanoparticles is essential to obtain composite materials with improved performance.

  2. Crystallization of a Li2O2SiO2 Glass under High Hydrostatic Pressures (United States)

    Fuss, T.; Day, D. E.; Lesher, C. E.; Ray, C. S.


    The crystallization behavior of a Li2O.2SiO2 (LS2) glass subjected to a uniform hydrostatic pressure of 4.5 or 6 GPa was investigated between 550 and 800 C using XRD, IR, Raman, TEM, NMR, and DTA. The density of the glass subjected to 6 GPa was between 2.52 plus or minus 0.01 and 2.57 plus or minus 0.01 grams per cubic centimeters, depending upon the processing temperatures, and was higher than that of the stoichiometric LS2 crystals, 2.46 plus or minus 0.01 grams per cubic centimeter. Thus, crystallization in 6 GPa glass occurred in a condition of negative volume dilatation, deltaV = V(sub glass) - V(sub crystal), while that for the 4.5 GPa glass occurred in the condition deltaV greater than 0. For deltaV greater than 0, which also includes the control glass at ambient (one atmosphere) pressure, the glasses always crystallize Li2Si2O5 (orthorhombic, Ccc2) crystals, but for deltaV less than 0 (6 GPa), the glasses crystallize Li2SiO3 crystals with a slightly deformed structure. The crystal growth rate vs. temperature curve moved to higher temperature with increasing pressure, and was independent of the sign of deltaV. These results for the effect of hydrostatic pressure on the crystallization of LS2 glass were discussed from thermodynamic considerations.

  3. Ordered Ag nanocluster structures by vapor deposition on pre-patterned SiO2. (United States)

    Numazawa, Satoshi; Ranjan, Mukesh; Heinig, Karl-Heinz; Facsko, Stefan; Smith, Roger


    Highly ordered Ag nanocluster structures have been grown on pre-patterned amorphous SiO(2) surfaces by oblique angle physical vapor deposition at room temperature. Despite the small undulation of the rippled surface, the stripe-like Ag nanoclusters are very pronounced, reproducible and well separated. Computer modeling of the growth has been performed with a lattice-based kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) method using a combination of a simplified inter-atomic potential and experimental transition barriers taken from the literature. An effective transition event classification method is introduced which allows a boost factor of several thousand compared to a traditional KMC approach, thus allowing experimental time scales to be modeled. The simulation predicts a low sticking probability for the arriving atoms, millisecond order lifetimes for single Ag adatoms and ≈1 nm square surface migration ranges of Ag adatoms. It is also shown that metal nucleations can trigger even on defect free surfaces. The simulations give excellent reproduction of the experimentally observed nanocluster growth patterns.

  4. Coulombic and neutral electron trapping centers in SiO 2 (United States)

    Buchanan, D. A.; Fischetti, M. V.; Dimaria, D. J.


    Metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) structures incorporating thermally grown silicon dioxide (SiO 2) films were implanted with arsenic ions (As +) and then annealed at high temperatures. Coulombic-attractive traps (for electrons) were produced with the avalanche injection of holes from the silicon substrate and their subsequent capture on some of these arsenic-related sites. During internal photo-emission of electrons from a thin aluminum gate, the voltage shifts due to hole annihilation by electrons were recorded and the macroscopic capture cross-section, σ, was determined. We found that σ varies from ˜10 -12 to 3 × 10 -15 cm 2 for average electric fields ranging from 2 × 10 5 to 3 × 10 6 V/cm. Below an average field threshold of Fth ≈ 1.2 × 10 6 V/cm, the capture cross-section versus average field (σ versus Fave) dependence follows a power law with the exponent n ≈ -1.5. Above the average field threshold, the power law exponent was found to be n ≈ -3.0. Also when the amphoteric arsenic-related sites are empty, they form neutral trapping sites for electrons. For average fields ranging from 5 × 10 5 to 6 × 10 6 V/cm, the neutral cross-section is found to be approximately constant at σ ≈ (1-2) × 10 -15 cm 2.

  5. Atomic characterization of Si nanoclusters embedded in SiO2 by atom probe tomography (United States)


    Silicon nanoclusters are of prime interest for new generation of optoelectronic and microelectronics components. Physical properties (light emission, carrier storage...) of systems using such nanoclusters are strongly dependent on nanostructural characteristics. These characteristics (size, composition, distribution, and interface nature) are until now obtained using conventional high-resolution analytic methods, such as high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, EFTEM, or EELS. In this article, a complementary technique, the atom probe tomography, was used for studying a multilayer (ML) system containing silicon clusters. Such a technique and its analysis give information on the structure at the atomic level and allow obtaining complementary information with respect to other techniques. A description of the different steps for such analysis: sample preparation, atom probe analysis, and data treatment are detailed. An atomic scale description of the Si nanoclusters/SiO2 ML will be fully described. This system is composed of 3.8-nm-thick SiO layers and 4-nm-thick SiO2 layers annealed 1 h at 900°C. PMID:21711666

  6. Atomic characterization of Si nanoclusters embedded in SiO2 by atom probe tomography

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    Gourbilleau Fabrice


    Full Text Available Abstract Silicon nanoclusters are of prime interest for new generation of optoelectronic and microelectronics components. Physical properties (light emission, carrier storage... of systems using such nanoclusters are strongly dependent on nanostructural characteristics. These characteristics (size, composition, distribution, and interface nature are until now obtained using conventional high-resolution analytic methods, such as high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, EFTEM, or EELS. In this article, a complementary technique, the atom probe tomography, was used for studying a multilayer (ML system containing silicon clusters. Such a technique and its analysis give information on the structure at the atomic level and allow obtaining complementary information with respect to other techniques. A description of the different steps for such analysis: sample preparation, atom probe analysis, and data treatment are detailed. An atomic scale description of the Si nanoclusters/SiO2 ML will be fully described. This system is composed of 3.8-nm-thick SiO layers and 4-nm-thick SiO2 layers annealed 1 h at 900°C.

  7. Potassium ions in SiO2: electrets for silicon surface passivation (United States)

    Bonilla, Ruy S.; Wilshaw, Peter R.


    This manuscript reports an experimental and theoretical study of the transport of potassium ions in thin silicon dioxide films. While alkali contamination was largely researched in the context of MOSFET instability, recent reports indicate that potassium ions can be embedded into oxide films to produce dielectric materials with permanent electric charge, also known as electrets. These electrets are integral to a number of applications, including the passivation of silicon surfaces for optoelectronic devices. In this work, electric field assisted migration of ions is used to rapidly drive K+ into SiO2 and produce effective passivation of silicon surfaces. Charge concentrations of up to ~5  ×  1012 e cm‑2 have been achieved. This charge was seen to be stable for over 1500 d, with decay time constants as high as 17 000 d, producing an effectively passivated oxide–silicon interface with SRV  <  7 cm s‑1, in 1 Ω cm n-type material. This level of charge stability and passivation effectiveness has not been previously reported. Overall, this is a new and promising methodology to enhance surface passivation for the industrial manufacture of silicon optoelectronic devices.

  8. Hydrogen-related radiation defects in SiO2-based glasses

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    Skuja, Linards; Kajihara, Koichi; Hirano, Masahiro; Hosono, Hideo


    Spectroscopic properties of hydrogen atom trapped in an oxygen vacancy in SiO 2 glass were studied. Samples were loaded with D 2 and H 2 gases to convert O vacancies to pairs of Si-D and Si-H groups, and subsequently irradiated by F 2 laser in order to destroy some of these groups. Electron paramagnetic resonance, infrared absorption and visible/UV absorption spectra were measured. Proton hyperfine doublet with splitting of 1.05 mT was found in all H 2 -treated/irradiated samples. UV-bleaching treatment showed that this signal is independent of the other, well-known hydrogen-related signals in silica. The size of the hyperfine splitting corresponds to twice the 1 H nuclear Zeeman splitting in applied magnetic field. The observed 1.05 mT doublet is tentatively attributed to the forbidden nuclear spin-flip transitions of proton trapped in an oxygen vacancy in silica. The allowed EPR transitions of this center are not resolved, possibly reflecting a variation in Si...H distance in oxygen vacancy with a trapped H atom

  9. Neutron irradiation effects in amorphous SiO2: optical absorption and electron paramagnetic resonance

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    Guzzi, M.; Martini, M.; Paleari, A.; Pio, F.; Vedda, A.; Azzoni, C.B.


    Optical absorption spectra of as-grown and neutron-irradiated amorphous SiO 2 , both fused natural quartz and synthetic silica, have been analysed in the ultraviolet region below the fundamental edge. The description of the optical spectrum has been further clarified by a detailed study of the spectral components as a function of the neutron irradiation in different types of silica; we have verified known correlations between optical bands and between bands and paramagnetic centres. In 'as-grown' fused quartz samples, a previously unreported band at 6.2 eV has been detected. 'As-grown' synthetic silicas do not show any band, up to the intrinsic absorption edge. In the irradiated samples, the experimental results suggest a correlation between two bands at 5.8 and 7.1 eV, while previous attribution of the bands at 5.0 eV (B 2 band) and 7.6 eV (E band) to the same defect is discussed. The role of impurities in the optical absorption and in the radiation hardness is also considered. (author)

  10. Dewetting induced Au-Ge composite nanodot evolution in SiO2 (United States)

    Datta, D. P.; Chettah, A.; Siva, V.; Kanjilal, D.; Sahoo, P. K.


    A composite nanostructure comprising of Au and Ge gradually evolves on SiO2 surface when a bilayer of Au and Ge is irradiated by medium keV Xe-ion beam. The morphology progresses through different stages from nucleating patches to extended islands and finally a Au-Ge composite nanodot array develops on the insulator surface. While ion energy and fluence are found to determine dimensions of the nanostructures, existence of a characteristic lateral length scale is also detected at every stage of evolution. Through morphological and compositional analysis, the observed evolution is understood as an effect of ion beam induced dewetting of Au top layer. Numerical estimation based on the unified thermal spike model using the present experimental condition demonstrates formation of molten zones around the ion track due to nuclear and electronic energy deposition in the target. Dewetting results from mass flow onto the surface driven by local melting along the ion track and combines with sputter erosion of the bilayer film to lead to composite nanodot evolution. The generality of the ion induced processes provides possible route towards metal-semiconductor hybrid nanostructure synthesis on insulator surface.

  11. Porous asymmetric SiO2-g-PMMA nanoparticles produced by phase inversion

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    Munirasu, Selvaraj


    A new kind of asymmetric organic-inorganic porous structure has been proposed. Asymmetric lattices of polymer grafted silica nanoparticles were manufactured by casting and phase inversion in water. Silica nanoparticles were first functionalized with 3-(dimethylethoxysilyl)propyl-2-bromoisobutyrate, followed by grafting of poly(methylmethacrylate) (PMMA) segments, performed by atom-transfer radical polymerization. Mechanically stable self-standing films were prepared by casting a dispersion of functionalized nanoparticles in different solvents and immersion in water. The resulting asymmetrically porous morphology and nanoparticle assembly was characterized by scanning electron and atomic force microscopy. The PMMA functionalized SiO2 hybrid material in acetone or acetone/dioxane led to the best-assembled structures. Porous asymmetric membranes were prepared by adding free PMMA and PMMA terminated with hydrophilic hydroxyl group. Nitrogen flow of 2800 L m-2 h -1 was measured at 1.3 bar demonstrating the porosity and potential application for membrane technology. © 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

  12. Fabrication of Nb2O5/SiO2 mixed oxides by reactive magnetron co-sputtering

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    Juškevičius, Kęstutis; Audronis, Martynas; Subačius, Andrius; Kičas, Simonas; Tolenis, Tomas; Buzelis, Rytis; Drazdys, Ramutis; Gaspariūnas, Mindaugas; Kovalevskij, Vitalij; Matthews, Allan; Leyland, Adrian


    This paper investigates niobia/silica mixed oxide thin films deposited by reactive pulse-DC/RF magnetron co-sputtering of Nb and Si metal targets at room temperature. The reactive gas flow during the sputtering processes was either controlled by direct mass flow rate (i.e. constant reactive gas flow) or by an active feedback process control system. 61% and 137% higher deposition rates of Nb 2 O 5 and SiO 2 layers, respectively, were obtained using the latter technique as compared to constant reactive gas flow. Films exhibited bulk or near-bulk density. All mixture films produced in this study had an amorphous structure. A volume law of mixtures was used to determine the coating composition. It is shown that the fraction of SiO 2 or/and Nb 2 O 5 has a linear dependency on sputter target power density. On this basis, rugate filter coating designs can be easily deposited, where refractive index gradually varies between that of pure Nb 2 O 5 and pure SiO 2 . Substantially less inhomogeneity of coating mixtures was found in films produced using a reactive sputtering process with feedback-control. - Highlights: • 61% and 137% increase in deposition rates of Nb 2 O 5 and SiO 2 • Rugate coating designs can be readily deposited. • Nb 2 O 5 /SiO 2 mixture films exhibited bulk or near-bulk density. • Optimized process leads to stoichiometric and homogenous mixtures. • Films are amorphous and suitable for low loss optical coatings

  13. Regulating effect of SiO2 interlayer on optical properties of ZnO thin films

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    Xu, Linhua; Zheng, Gaige; Miao, Juhong; Su, Jing; Zhang, Chengyi; Shen, Hua; Zhao, Lilong


    ZnO/SiO 2 nanocomposite films with periodic structure were prepared by electron beam evaporation technique. Regulating effect of SiO 2 interlayer with various thicknesses on the optical properties of ZnO/SiO 2 thin films was investigated deeply. The analyses of X-ray diffraction show that the ZnO layers in ZnO/SiO 2 nanocomposite films have a wurtzite structure and are preferentially oriented along the c-axis while the SiO 2 layers are amorphous. The scanning electron microscope images display that the ZnO layers are composed of columnar grains and the thicknesses of ZnO and SiO 2 layers are all very uniform. The SiO 2 interlayer presents a significant modulation effect on the optical properties of ZnO thin films, which is reflected in the following two aspects: (1) the transmittance of ZnO/SiO 2 nanocomposite films is increased; (2) the photoluminescence (PL) of ZnO/SiO 2 nanocomposite films is largely enhanced compared with that of pure ZnO thin films. The ZnO/SiO 2 nanocomposite films have potential applications in light-emitting devices and flat panel displays. -- Highlights: ► ZnO/SiO 2 nanocomposite films with periodic structure were prepared by electron beam evaporation technique. ► The SiO 2 interlayer presents a significant modulation effect on the optical properties of ZnO thin films. ► The photoluminescence of ZnO/SiO 2 nanocomposite films is largely enhanced compared with that of pure ZnO thin films. ► The ZnO/SiO 2 nanocomposite films have potential applications in light-emitting devices and flat panel displays

  14. Improving thermal insulation of TC4 using YSZ-based coating and SiO2 aerogel

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    Lei Jin


    Full Text Available In this paper, air plasmas spray (APS was used to prepare YSZ and Sc2O3–YSZ (ScYSZ coating in order to improve the thermal insulation ability of TC4 alloy. SiO2 aerogel was also synthesized and affixed on TC4 titanium alloy to inhabit thermal flow. The microstructures, phase compositions and thermal insulation performance of three coatings were analyzed in detail. The results of thermal diffusivity test by a laser flash method showed that the thermal diffusivities of YSZ, Sc2O3–YSZ and SiO2 aerogel are 0.553, 0.539 and 0.2097×10−6 m2/s, respectively. Then, the thermal insulation performances of three kinds of coating were investigated from 20 °C to 400 °C using high infrared radiation heat flux technology. The experimental results indicated that the corresponding temperature difference between the top TC4 alloy (400 °C and the bottom surface of YSZ is 41.5 °C for 0.6 mm thickness coating. For 1 mm thickness coating, the corresponding temperature difference between the top TC4 alloys (400 °C and the bottom surface of YSZ, ScYSZ, SiO2 aerogel three specimens is 54, 54.6 and 208 °C, respectively. The coating thickness and species were found to influence the heat insulation ability. In these materials, YSZ and ScYSZ exhibited a little difference for heat insulation behavior. However, SiO2 aerogel was the best one among them and it can be taken as protection material on TC4 alloys. In outer space, SiO2 aerogel can meet the need of thermal insulation of TC4 of high-speed aircraft.

  15. Effect of SiO2/Al2O3 Ratio on Micro-Mesopore Formation for Pt/Beta-MCM-41 via NaOH Treatment and the Catalytic Performance in N-heptane Hydro isomerization (United States)

    Gao, Li; Shi, Zhiyuan; Liu, Yingming; Zhao, Yuanshou; Liu, Qinghua; Xu, Chengguo; Bai, Peng; Yan, Zifeng


    Micro-mesoporous composite material Beta-MCM-41(BM) were hydrothermally synthesized by treating parent beta with molar SiO2/Al2O3 ratios of 12.5, 20 and 30 as precursors. The influence of SiO2/Al2O3 ratio of zeolite beta on effective micro-mesoporous composite formation was studied by investigating the crystallinity, morphology, chemical composition, acidity and textural property of Beta-MCM-41 through XRD, nitrogen adsorption, SEM, TEM, NH3-TPD, FTIR and Pyridine-FTIR. The catalytic performance was evaluated in terms of n-heptane hydro isomerization. The results demonstrated that Beta-MCM-41 supported Pt catalysts showed higher selectivity to isoheptanes than Pt/Beta. It was attributed to the superiorities of the pore structure and mesoporous accelerated the diffusion of larger molecules of isoheptanes.

  16. Study of water adsorption and capillary bridge formation for SiO(2) nanoparticle layers by means of a combined in situ FT-IR reflection spectroscopy and QCM-D set-up. (United States)

    Torun, B; Kunze, C; Zhang, C; Kühne, T D; Grundmeier, G


    Water adsorption and capillary bridge formation within a layer of SiO2-nanoparticles were studied in situ by means of a combination of quartz crystal microbalance (QCM-D) with dissipation analysis and Fourier transformation infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy (FT-IRRAS). FT-IR data were employed to distinguish the "ice-like" and "liquid-like" contributions and to support the analysis of the QCM-D data concerning mass change and dissipation. Combined measurements show that for SiO2-nanoparticles with a diameter of about 250 nm, the formation of two adsorbed monolayers of water as well as bulk water leads to a rather linear increase in the dissipation for relative humidity values of up to 60% which is followed by a strong increase in dissipation during the actual liquid bridge formation. Subsequently, the dissipation drops again when the relative humidity is further increased to values >90%.

  17. Hohlraum-driven mid-Z (SiO2) double-shell implosions on the omega laser facility and their scaling to NIF. (United States)

    Robey, H F; Amendt, P A; Milovich, J L; Park, H-S; Hamza, A V; Bono, M J


    High-convergence, hohlraum-driven implosions of double-shell capsules using mid-Z (SiO2) inner shells have been performed on the OMEGA laser facility [T. R. Boehly, Opt. Commun. 133, 495 (1997)]. These experiments provide an essential extension of the results of previous low-Z (CH) double-shell implosions [P. A. Amendt, Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 065004 (2005)] to materials of higher density and atomic number. Analytic modeling, supported by highly resolved 2D numerical simulations, is used to account for the yield degradation due to interfacial atomic mixing. This extended experimental database from OMEGA enables a validation of the mix model, and provides a means for quantitatively assessing the prospects for high-Z double-shell implosions on the National Ignition Facility [Paisner, Laser Focus World 30, 75 (1994)].

  18. Effect of ring-shaped SiO2 current blocking layer thickness on the external quantum efficiency of high power light-emitting diodes (United States)

    Zhou, Shengjun; Liu, Mengling; Hu, Hongpo; Gao, Yilin; Liu, Xingtong


    A ring-shaped SiO2 CBL underneath the p-electrode was employed to enhance current spreading of GaN-based light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Effects of ring-shaped SiO2 current blocking layer (CBL) thickness on optical and electrical characteristics of high power LEDs were investigated. A 190-nm-thick ring-shaped SiO2 CBL with inclined sidewalls was obtained using a combination of a thermally reflowed photoresist technique and an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) etching process, allowing for the deposition of conformal indium tin oxide (ITO) transparent conductive layer on sidewalls of ring-shaped SiO2 CBL. It was indicated that the external quantum efficiency (EQE) of high power LEDs increased with increasing thickness of ring-shaped SiO2 CBL. The EQE of high power LED with 190-nm-thick ring-shaped SiO2 CBL was 12.7% higher than that of high power LED without SiO2 CBL. Simulations performed with commercial SimuLED software package showed that the ring-shaped SiO2 CBL could significantly alleviate current crowding around p-electrode, resulting in enhanced current spreading over the entire high power LED structure.

  19. Growth Mode Study of MgCl2 on Ti (0001 and SiO2 under Ultra High Vacuum by XPS

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    S. Karakalos


    Full Text Available The growth mode of MgCl2 on Ti (0001 and on SiO2 grown on Si (100 was investigated by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS under UHV conditions. Magnesium chloride grows on both Ti (0001 single crystal and SiO2 following the Frank-van der Merve, (FM growth mode.

  20. Energy transfer between doubly doped Er3+, Tm3+and Ho3+ rare earth ions in SiO2 nanoparticles

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    Dhlamini, MS


    Full Text Available Preparation of Er3+, Ho3+ and Tm3+ ions co-doped SiO2 nanoparticle phosphor powders by sol gelmethod is reported. The morphology and the particle size of the SiO2 hostmatrix were confirmed by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM...

  1. SiC/C composites prepared from wood-based carbons by pulse current sintering with SiO2 : Electrical and thermal properties

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    Fujisawa, M; Hata, T; Bronsveld, P; Castro, [No Value; Tanaka, F; Kikuchi, H; Furuno, T; Imamura, Y


    A powder mix of wood charcoal and SiO2 was sintered into a SiC/C composite. The heat treatment temperatures were 1400-1800 degreesC, the SiO2 concentration 0, 10, 30 and 50 wt.% with respect to the dry weight of wood charcoal. The microstructure, electrical resistance and thermal conductivity were

  2. The influence of SiO2 Addition on 2MgO-Al2O3-3.3P2O5 Glass

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    Larsen, P.H.; Poulsen, F.W.; Berg, Rolf W.


    2MgO-Al2O3-3.3P2O5 glasses with increasing amounts of SiO2 are considered for sealing applications in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC). The change in chemical durability under SOFC anode conditions and the linear thermal expansion is measured as functions of the SiO2 concentration. Raman spectroscopy...

  3. Luminescence dependence of Pr3+ activated SiO2 nanophosphor on Pr3+ concentration, temperature, and ZnO incorporation

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    Mhlongo, GH


    Full Text Available Green-emitting ZnO nanoparticles were successfully embedded in Pr3+-doped SiO2 by a sol–gel method resulting in a red-emitting ZnO·SiO2:Pr3+ nanocomposite phosphor. The particle morphology and luminescent properties of SiO2:Pr3+ phosphor powders...

  4. The Experimental Degradation of Microorganisms Exposed to Mn(II) and SiO2 Over Time (United States)

    Schelble, R. T.; Hall, J. A.; Fogel, M. L.; Jahnke, L. L.; Nealson, K. H.; Steele, A.


    The sedimentary origin of early Proterozoic massive manganese deposits in the geological record is often attributed in part to the impact of biological processes. Although it seems possible that widespread algal blooms in near-shore oceanic environments caused the oxidation of reduced manganese from ocean waters, direct evidence of microorganisms (i.e. microfossils or chemical biosignatures) have not been identified in early Proterozoic manganiferous deposits. The purpose of this study was to identify the potential for biosignature preservation in remnant ancient manganese deposits by monitoring the degradation of modern microorganisms exposed to varying concentrations of Mn(II). Given that most early Proterozoic microfossils have been found in siliceous rocks, similar experiments were carried out using silica-rich solutions for comparison. Bacillus subtilis (gram-positive) and Escherichia coli (gram-negative) were exposed to various Mn(II)- and silica-rich solutions over a period of 180 days. The degradation of a short-duration biomarker (DNA), and longer-duration biomarkers (phospholipid fatty acids and their derivative n-alkanes) were investigated. The degradation of DNA was quantified using real time PCR (RT-PCR) and microorganism specific and general bacteria primers. DNA longevity decreased with higher concentrations of manganese (up to 1000 ppm Mn(II)) when compared with control microorganisms suspended in solutions without manganese. This effect was more dramatic in the E. coli incubations. Relatively steady decreases in the longevity of B. subtilis DNA were observed when cells were exposed to Mn(II). This may be due to the ability of the organism to sporulate, which may protect the DNA from rapid degradation. B. subtilis DNA persisted longer when cells were exposed to undersaturated SiO2 solution (100 ppm SiO2), than those exposed to supersaturated SiO2 solutions (1000 ppm and 3000 ppm). The preservation potential of E. coli DNA showed no differences between undersaturated SiO2, supersaturated SiO2, and controls without silica. Lipid degradation experiments are currently in progress. With an understanding of the longevity of biomarkers in Mn(II)- and SiO2-rich environments we can gain insight into the possibility of discovering the presence and distribution of life during deposition of the sedimentary rock record.

  5. Formation of SiO2 film by chemical vapor deposition enhanced by atomic species extracted from a surface-wave generated plasma (United States)

    Okada, H.; Baba, M.; Furukawa, M.; Yamane, K.; Sekiguchi, H.; Wakahara, A.


    In this study, we have investigated SiO2 deposition by chemical vapor deposition enhanced by neutral oxygen at the ground state extracted from a surface-wave generated plasma proposed by our group at 350°C using hexamethyldisilane (HMDS) as a precursor. Good properties of deposited SiO2 having refractive index of n = 1.45-1.46 have been confirmed by ellipsometry. Stoichiometric SiO2 was also confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) with single peak of Si 2p and O 1s. High quality SiO2 film deposition was also confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FT-IR) analysis indicating formation of chemical bonding in SiO2 with no unwanted bonds due to -OH or -CH3 groups.

  6. Photocatalytic application of TiO2/SiO2-based magnetic nanocomposite (Fe3O4@SiO2/TiO2 for reusing of textile wastewater

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    Laleh Enayati Ahangar


    Full Text Available In this research we have developed a treatment method for textile wastewater by TiO2/SiO2-based magnetic nanocomposite. Textile wastewater includes a large variety of dyes and chemicals and needs treatments. This manuscript presents a facile method for removing dyes from the textile wastewater by using TiO2/SiO2-based nanocomposite (Fe3O4@SiO2/TiO2 under UV irradiation. This magnetic nanocomposite, as photocatalytically active composite, is synthesized via solution method in mild conditions. A large range of cationic, anionic and neutral dyes including: methyl orange, methylene blue, neutral red, bromocresol green and methyl red are used for treatment investigations. Neutral red and bromocresol green have good results in reusing treatment. The high surface area of nanocomposites improve the kinetic of wastewater treatment. In this method, by using the magnetic properties of Fe3O4 nanoparticles, TiO2-based photocatalyst could be separated and reused for 3 times. The efficiency of this method is respectively 100% and 65% for low concentration (10 ppm and high concentration (50 ppm of neutral red and bromocrosol green after 3 h treatment. The efficiency of treatment using the second used nanocomposite was 90% for 10 ppm of the same dyes.

  7. Characterisation of NdFeB thin films prepared on (100)Si substrates with SiO2 barrier layers

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    Sood, D.K.; Muralidhar, G.K.


    This work presents a systematic study of the deposition and characterization of NdFeB films on substrates of Si(100) and of SiO2 layer thermally grown on Si(100) held at RT, 360 deg C or 440 deg C. The post-deposition annealing is performed at 600 or 800 deg C in vacuum. The films are characterised using the analytical techniques of RBS, SIMS, XRD, OM and SEM. Results indicate that SiO2 is, in deed, an excellent diffusion barrier layer till 600 deg C but becomes relatively less effective at 800 deg C. Without this barrier layer, interdiffusion at the Si-NdFeB film interface leads to formation of iron silicides, α-Fe and B exclusion from the diffusion zone, in competition with the formation of the magnetic NdFeB phase. (authors)

  8. Determination of phosphorus distribution in the region of a SiO2-Si interface by substoichiometric analysis

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    Shigematsu, T.; Yonezawa, H.


    A simplified method for the substoichiometric analysis of phosphorus has been developed and applied to determine the concentration distribution of phosphorus in the region of a SiO 2 -Si interface in order to explain why phosphorus is lost from the ion-implanted silicon surface throughout the oxidation and oxide removal processes. It is revealed that phosphorus piles up on the SiO 2 side at the interface by the thermal oxidation of silicon surface and is removed with the oxide by wet etching and with the resulting silicon by RCA cleaning. This results in a total loss of ion-implanted phosphorus of 3.5%. (author) 11 refs.; 2 figs.; 3 tabs

  9. Highly sensitive and thermal stable CO gas sensor based on SnO2 modified by SiO2. (United States)

    Zhan, Zili; Chen, Juling; Guan, Shaokang; Si, Lifen; Zhang, Pengshuai


    Effects of surface chemical modification with SiO2 on the thermal stability and CO gas-sensing properties of SnO2 were investigated. The SiO2 on the SnO2 surface effectively inhibits the nanocrystal growth of SnO2. The average size of modified SnO2 sintered at 600 degrees C is 5.8 nm. The gas sensitivity to CO was found to be markedly enhanced by the surface chemical modification. The CO gas as low as 5 ppm can be effectively detected by the modified SnO2-based sensors. At the same time, the modified SnO2-based sensor has excellent selectivity to CO, fast response and recovery properties.

  10. Biocomposite of Cassava Starch Reinforced with Cellulose Pulp Fibers Modified with Deposition of Silica (SiO2 Nanoparticles

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    Joabel Raabe


    Full Text Available Eucalyptus pulp cellulose fibers were modified by the sol-gel process for SiO2 superficial deposition and used as reinforcement of thermoplastic starch (TPS. Cassava starch, glycerol, and water were added at the proportion of 60/26/14, respectively. For composites, 5% and 10% (by weight of modified and unmodified pulp fibers were added before extrusion. The matrix and composites were submitted to thermal stability, tensile strength, moisture adsorption, and SEM analysis. Micrographs of the modified fibers revealed the presence of SiO2 nanoparticles on fiber surface. The addition of modified fibers improved tensile strength in 183% in relation to matrix, while moisture adsorption decreased 8.3%. Such improvements were even more effective with unmodified fibers addition. This result was mainly attributed to poor interaction between modified fibers and TPS matrix detected by SEM analysis.

  11. Soft nanoimprint lithography on SiO2 sol-gel to elaborate sensitive substrates for SERS detection (United States)

    Hamouda, Frédéric; Bryche, Jean-François; Aassime, Abdelhanin; Maillart, Emmanuel; Gâté, Valentin; Zanettini, Silvia; Ruscica, Jérémy; Turover, Daniel; Bartenlian, Bernard


    This paper presents a new alternative fabrication of biochemical sensor based on surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) by soft nanoimprint lithography (S-NIL) on SiO2 sol-gel. Stabilization of the sol-gel film is obtained by annealing which simplifies the manufacturing of these biosensors and is compatible with mass production at low cost. This detector relies on a specific pattern of gold nanodisks on a thin gold film to obtain a better sensitivity of molecules' detection. Characterizations of SERS devices were performed on a confocal Raman microspectrophotometer after a chemical functionalization. We report a lateral collapse effect on poly(diméthylsiloxane) (PDMS) stamp for specific nanostructure dimensions. This unintentional effect is used to evaluate S-NIL resolution in SiO2 sol-gel.

  12. Effect of hydrostatic pressure on photoluminescence spectra from structures with Si nanocrystals fabricated in SiO2 matrix

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    Zhuravlev, K.S.; Tyschenko, I.E.; Vandyshev, E.N.; Bulytova, N.V.; Misiuk, A.; Rebohle, L.; Skorupa, W.


    The effect of hydrostatic pressure applied at high temperature on photoluminescence of Si-implanted SiO 2 films was studied. A 'blue'-shift of PL spectrum from the SiO 2 films implanted with Si + ions to total dose of 1.2x10 17 cm -2 with increase in hydrostatic pressure was observed. For the films implanted with Si + ions to a total dose of 4.8x10 16 cm -2 high temperature annealing under high hydrostatic pressure (12 kbar) causes a 'red'-shift of photoluminescence spectrum. The 'red' photoluminescence bands are attributed to Si nanocrystals while the 'blue' ones are related to Si nanocrystals of reduced size or chains of silicon atoms or Si-Si defects. A decrease in size of Si nanocluster occurs in result of the pressure-induced decrease in the diffusion of silicon atoms. (author)

  13. Dielectric properties of bismuth titanate ceramics containing SiO2 and Nd2O3 as additives

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    Stanislav S. Slavov


    Full Text Available Bismuth-titanate ceramics containing SiO2 and Nd2O3 as additives are synthesized by melt quenching method in the system Bi2O3-TiO2-Nd2O3-SiO2 in the temperature range of 1250–1500 °C. The phase composition of the obtained materials is determined by X-ray diffraction analysis and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Using scanning electron microscopy different microstructures are observed in the samples depending on the composition. Different values of conductivity, dielectric losses and relative permittivity are obtained depending on the composition. It is established that all investigated samples are dielectric materials with conductivity between 10^-9 and 10^-13 (Ω·cm^-1 at room temperature, dielectric permittivity from 1000 to 3000 and dielectric losses tgδ between 0.0002 and 0.1.

  14. Silicon electrodeposition from chloride-fluoride melts containing K2SiF6 and SiO2

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    Zhuk Sergey I.


    Full Text Available Silicon electrodeposition on glassy carbon from the KF-KCl-K2SiF6, KF-KCl-K2SiF6-KOH and KF-KCl-K2SiF6-SiO2 melts was studied by the cyclic voltammetry. Тhe electroreduction of Si(IV to metallic Si was observed as a single 4-electron wave under all considered conditions. The reactions of cathode reduction of silicon from fluoride and oxyfluoride complexes were suggested. It was shown that the process can be controlled by the preliminary transformation of SiO44- to SiF62- and SiOxFyz-. The influence of the current density on structure and morphology of silicon deposits obtained during galvanostatic electrolysis of the KF-KCl-K2SiF6-SiO2 melt was studied.

  15. Preparation and optical properties of SiO2 stablized SnO2 quantum dot films

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    Peng Qiangxiang; Li Zhijie; Zu Xiaotao


    SiO 2 stabilized SnO 2 quantum dot were prepared by sol-gel-hydrothermal process. Then SnO 2 quantum dot thin films were obtained by spin-coating with preprocess of well dispersing SnO 2 quantum dots in SiO 2 sol. The as-prepared SnO 2 quantum dots showed tetragonal rutile crystal structure and quantum dot radius of about 4.0 nm. The optical bad gap of the thin films was derived from UV-vis transmission spectra, with value of about 3.96 eV. The SnO 2 quantum dot thin films showed multi-peak photoluminescence properties at room temperature, mainly excitation emission at 356 nm and defect emission at 388 nm. (authors)

  16. High Temperature Stable Separator for Lithium Batteries Based on SiO2 and Hydroxypropyl Guar Gum

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    Diogo Vieira Carvalho


    Full Text Available A novel membrane based on silicon dioxide (SiO2 and hydroxypropyl guar gum (HPG as binder is presented and tested as a separator for lithium-ion batteries. The separator is made with renewable and low cost materials and an environmentally friendly manufacturing processing using only water as solvent. The separator offers superior wettability and high electrolyte uptake due to the optimized porosity and the good affinity of SiO2 and guar gum microstructure towards organic liquid electrolytes. Additionally, the separator shows high thermal stability and no dimensional-shrinkage at high temperatures due to the use of the ceramic filler and the thermally stable natural polymer. The electrochemical tests show the good electrochemical stability of the separator in a wide range of potential, as well as its outstanding cycle performance.

  17. High resolution photolithography using arrays of polystyrene and SiO2 micro- and nano-sized spherical lenses (United States)

    Dvoretckaia, L. N.; Mozharov, A. M.; Mukhin, I. S.


    Photolithography mask made of close-packed array of micro- and nano-sized spherical lenses allows to obtain the ordered structures and provides highest “optical resolution/cost” ratio between all existing photolithography and laser direct writing methods. In this letter, we present results of modeling the propagation of a plane wave falling on the array of quartz (SiO2) microspherical lenses and focusing in the image reverse photoresist layer. We present here experimental results on fabrication of ordered arrays of submicron wells and columns and substrate preparation for growth of monocrystalline nanowires on metal surface using photolithography with mask of SiO2 microspheres. Such ordered nano-sized arrays of wells and columns can be used in fabrication of further growth of monocrystalline nanowires, quantum dots and production of plasmon structures.

  18. Fabrication and characterization of TiO2/SiO2 based Bragg reflectors for light trapping applications

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    R.S. Dubey

    Full Text Available Distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs have received an intensive attention due to their increasing demand in optoelectronic and photonic devices. Such reflectors are capable to prohibit the light propagation within the specified wavelength range of interest. In this paper, we present the fabrication of TiO2/SiO2 stacks based Bragg reflectors by using a simple and in-expensive sol-gel spin coating technique. The prepared single-layer thin films of TiO2 and SiO2 onto glass substrates were characterized for their optical constants. By tuning the process parameters, one-seven DBR stacks of TiO2/SiO2 were prepared. The corresponding shift of the Bragg reflection peak was observed with the increased number of DBR stacks and as much as about 90% reflectance is observed from the 7DBR stacks. The experimentally measured reflectance was compared with the simulated one, which showed good in agreement. FESEM measurement has confirmed the formation of bright and dark strips of TiO2 and SiO2 films with their thicknesses 80 and 115 nm respectively. The simulation study was explored to a design of thin film silicon solar cell using 7DBR stacks. An enhancement in light absorption in the visible wavelength range is observed which coincides with the experimental result of the reflectance. The use of DBR at the bottom of the solar cell could felicitate the better light harvesting with the occurrence of Fabry-Perot resonances in the absorbing layer. Keywords: Bragg reflector, Photonic bandgap, Sol-gel coating, Reflection, Absorption

  19. Fabrication and characterization of TiO2/SiO2 based Bragg reflectors for light trapping applications (United States)

    Dubey, R. S.; Ganesan, V.

    Distributed Bragg reflectors (DBRs) have received an intensive attention due to their increasing demand in optoelectronic and photonic devices. Such reflectors are capable to prohibit the light propagation within the specified wavelength range of interest. In this paper, we present the fabrication of TiO2/SiO2 stacks based Bragg reflectors by using a simple and in-expensive sol-gel spin coating technique. The prepared single-layer thin films of TiO2 and SiO2 onto glass substrates were characterized for their optical constants. By tuning the process parameters, one-seven DBR stacks of TiO2/SiO2 were prepared. The corresponding shift of the Bragg reflection peak was observed with the increased number of DBR stacks and as much as about 90% reflectance is observed from the 7DBR stacks. The experimentally measured reflectance was compared with the simulated one, which showed good in agreement. FESEM measurement has confirmed the formation of bright and dark strips of TiO2 and SiO2 films with their thicknesses 80 and 115 nm respectively. The simulation study was explored to a design of thin film silicon solar cell using 7DBR stacks. An enhancement in light absorption in the visible wavelength range is observed which coincides with the experimental result of the reflectance. The use of DBR at the bottom of the solar cell could felicitate the better light harvesting with the occurrence of Fabry-Perot resonances in the absorbing layer.

  20. Processing and properties of AA7075/ porous SiO2-MgO-Al2O3 composite


    M.H. Robert; A.F. Jorge


    Purpose: the work presents a new composite based in Al matrix reinforced with porous, lightweight and low cost SiO2/MgO/Al2O3 ceramic particles. The new material can present a unique combination of properties: those related to metal/ceramic composites and still associating some characteristics of cellular materials, as the low density and high plastic deformation under compression stresses.Design/methodology/approach: processing technique involves the infiltration of AA7075 alloy in the semis...

  1. Magnetic properties of the SiO2(Co)/GaAs interface: Polarized neutron reflectometry and SQUID magnetometry (United States)

    Ukleev, V. A.; Grigoryeva, N. A.; Dyadkina, E. A.; Vorobiev, A. A.; Lott, D.; Lutsev, L. V.; Stognij, A. I.; Novitskiy, N. N.; Mistonov, A. A.; Menzel, D.; Grigoriev, S. V.


    The effect of giant injection magnetoresistance (GIMR) was recently observed in a granular SiO2/(54-75 at. % Co) film on a semiconductor GaAs substrate in a temperature range near T=300 K. The magnetoresistance coefficient reaches a value of 105% in a magnetic field of 1.9 T and at a voltage of 90 V. A structural model of the film was proposed based on the results of the grazing-incidence small-angle scattering (GISAXS) and x-ray reflectivity, which showed a specific interface layer 70-75 Å thick separating bulk SiO2(Co) granular film from the semiconductor substrate. This layer is formed by a monolayer of flattened Co particles which are laterally spaced apart much further than the particles in the bulk film. In the present work, using polarized neutron reflectometry (PNR), we study both the structural and magnetic properties of SiO2(Co) film separately in the bulk and in the interface layer, which is possible due to the depth resolution of the method. Temperature-dependent PNR and magnetization measurements performed by Superconducting Quantum Interference Device (SQUID) revealed the occurrence of two types of magnetic nanoparticles with different blocking temperatures and magnetization. The magnetization hysteresis curve demonstrated specific two-loop structure in fields 0.5-2 T. Thus our self-consistent results of PNR, GISAXS, and SQUID measurements emphasize the role of the interface features in the SiO2(Co)/GaAs heterostructures and show a direction for further development of the GIMR theory.

  2. Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy in nanofibers mats of SiO2-TiO2-Ag

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    José Hafid Roque-Ruiz

    Full Text Available Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS is a powerful tool with high potential for detection of dilute analytes. Nanofibers functionalized by metal nanostructures and particles are exploited as effective flexible substrates for SERS analysis. SERS-active substrates of silice-titania-silver (SiO2-TiO2-Ag nanofibers were prepared using a simple approach involving electrospinning. We report a simple method for quantitative SERS analysis using SiO2-TiO2-Ag nanofibers as the SERS substrate. Precursors SiO2 and TiO2 were synthetized through the sol-gel method and then incorporated into a polymeric PVP matrix; later they were processed by coaxial electrospinning to obtain fibers with an average diameter of 250 nm. The SiO2-TiO2-Ag structure was demonstrated by Raman, XRD, IR, SEM and EDX. Through infrared spectroscopy it was possible to evaluate the thermal evolution of the sol-gel process. The Titania phase transformation was observed around 800 °C and the hydroxyl group loss was detected between 500 and 800 °C. The presence of two Titania phases, anatase and rutile were analized with DRX. Using Pyridine (1 nM as probe molecule the SERS effect of the scaffold was evaluated and it was determined that the vibration modes 8a, 8b, and 15 were the most amplified signals with a 3 orders of magnitude factor. With this it was concluded that the Silica-Titania-Silver Scaffold is a feasible as a SERS enhancer. Keywords: Electrospinning, Sol-gel, SERS

  3. Surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy in nanofibers mats of SiO2-TiO2-Ag (United States)

    Roque-Ruiz, José Hafid; Martínez-Máynez, Héctor; Zalapa-Garibay, Manuela Alejandra; Arizmendi-Moraquecho, Ana; Farias, Rurik; Reyes-López, Simón Yobanny

    Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) is a powerful tool with high potential for detection of dilute analytes. Nanofibers functionalized by metal nanostructures and particles are exploited as effective flexible substrates for SERS analysis. SERS-active substrates of silice-titania-silver (SiO2-TiO2-Ag) nanofibers were prepared using a simple approach involving electrospinning. We report a simple method for quantitative SERS analysis using SiO2-TiO2-Ag nanofibers as the SERS substrate. Precursors SiO2 and TiO2 were synthetized through the sol-gel method and then incorporated into a polymeric PVP matrix; later they were processed by coaxial electrospinning to obtain fibers with an average diameter of 250 nm. The SiO2-TiO2-Ag structure was demonstrated by Raman, XRD, IR, SEM and EDX. Through infrared spectroscopy it was possible to evaluate the thermal evolution of the sol-gel process. The Titania phase transformation was observed around 800 °C and the hydroxyl group loss was detected between 500 and 800 °C. The presence of two Titania phases, anatase and rutile were analized with DRX. Using Pyridine (1 nM) as probe molecule the SERS effect of the scaffold was evaluated and it was determined that the vibration modes 8a, 8b, and 15 were the most amplified signals with a 3 orders of magnitude factor. With this it was concluded that the Silica-Titania-Silver Scaffold is a feasible as a SERS enhancer.

  4. H2O and O2 molecules in amorphous SiO2: Defect formation and annihilation mechanisms

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    Bakos, T.; Rashkeev, S.N.; Pantelides, S.T.


    Interstitial water and oxygen molecules are ubiquitous impurities and participate in various defect formation processes in thermally grown SiO 2 films and synthetic silica glass. Using results of first-principles calculations we report the types of defects (including different possible charge states) that H 2 O and O 2 molecules may form in bulk amorphous SiO 2 . We calculate their formation energies and, in the most interesting cases, the energy barriers in order to map out the most likely defect formation scenarios. In particular, we show that water molecules may form double silanol groups (Si-OH) as well as H 3 O + and OH - ions at a low energy cost with a barrier of about 1.5 eV. The formation energies of other defects emanating from H 2 O interstitials are, however, too high to be thermally activated. We found that O 2 molecules may form ozonyl (Si-O-O-O-Si) linkages with an energy barrier of ∼2.4 eV. An explanation for the oxygen isotope exchange observed in thin SiO 2 films near the Si-SiO 2 and SiO 2 -vacuum interfaces is suggested based on the energy barrier for ozonyl formation being commensurate with the O 2 diffusion barrier close to the Si/SiO 2 interface and the O 2 incorporation energy from vacuum. We also explain the different creation rates of E ' centers in wet and dry oxides by studying the annihilation mechanism of neutral and charged oxygen vacancies

  5. Synthesis and Characterization of Monodisperse Metallodielectric SiO2@Pt@SiO2 Core-Shell-Shell Particles. (United States)

    Petrov, Alexey; Lehmann, Hauke; Finsel, Maik; Klinke, Christian; Weller, Horst; Vossmeyer, Tobias


    Metallodielectric nanostructured core-shell-shell particles are particularly desirable for enabling novel types of optical components, including narrow-band absorbers, narrow-band photodetectors, and thermal emitters, as well as new types of sensors and catalysts. Here, we present a facile approach for the preparation of submicron SiO2@Pt@SiO2 core-shell-shell particles. As shown by transmission and scanning electron microscopy, the first steps of this approach allow for the deposition of closed and almost perfectly smooth platinum shells onto silica cores via a seeded growth mechanism. By choosing appropriate conditions, the shell thickness could be adjusted precisely, ranging from ∼3 to ∼32 nm. As determined by X-ray diffraction, the crystalline domain sizes of the polycrystalline metal shells were ∼4 nm, regardless of the shell thickness. The platinum content of the particles was determined by atomic absorption spectroscopy and for thin shells consistent with a dense metal layer of the TEM-measured thickness. In addition, we show that the roughness of the platinum shell strongly depends on the storage time of the gold seeds used to initiate reductive platinum deposition. Further, using polyvinylpyrrolidone as adhesion layer, it was possible to coat the metallic shells with very homogeneous and smooth insulating silica shells of well-controlled thicknesses between ∼2 and ∼43 nm. After depositing the particles onto silicon substrates equipped with interdigitated electrode structures, the metallic character of the SiO2@Pt particles and the insulating character of the SiO2 shells of the SiO2@Pt@SiO2 particles were successfully demonstrated by charge transport measurements at variable temperatures.

  6. Study of sputtered ZnO thin films on SiO2 and GaP substrates

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    Brath, T.; Buc, D.; Kovac, J.; Hrnciar, V.; Caplovic, L.


    We have investigated n-ZnO polycrystalline thin films prepared on SiO 2 and p-GaP substrate using magnetron sputtering technique. The structural and electrical properties of these structures were studied. The measured parameters give promising results with a possibility to utilize n-ZnO/p-GaP heterostructure for application in the solar cells development especially in the field of nanostructures. The prepared structures will be a subject of further research. (authors)

  7. Volume labeling with Alexa Fluor dyes and surface functionalization of highly sensitive fluorescent silica (SiO2) nanoparticles. (United States)

    Wang, Wei; Nallathamby, Prakash D; Foster, Carmen M; Morrell-Falvey, Jennifer L; Mortensen, Ninell P; Doktycz, Mitchel J; Gu, Baohua; Retterer, Scott T


    A new synthesis approach is described that allows the direct incorporation of fluorescent labels into the volume or body of SiO2 nanoparticles. In this process, fluorescent Alexa Fluor dyes with different emission wavelengths were covalently incorporated into the SiO2 nanoparticles during their formation by the hydrolysis of tetraethoxysilane. The dye molecules were homogeneously distributed throughout the SiO2 nanoparticles. The quantum yields of the Alexa Fluor volume-labeled SiO2 nanoparticles were much higher than nanoparticles labeled using conventional organic dyes. The size of the resulting nanoparticles was controlled using microemulsion reaction media with sizes in the range of 20-100 nm and a polydispersity of <15%. In comparison with conventional surface tagged particles created by post-synthesis modification, this process maintains the physical and surface chemical properties that have the most pronounced effect on colloidal stability and interactions with their surroundings. These volume-labeled nanoparticles have proven to be extremely robust, showing excellent signal strength, negligible photobleaching, and minimal loss of functional organic components. The native or "free" surface of the volume-labeled particles can be altered to achieve a specific surface functionality without altering fluorescence. Their utility was demonstrated for visualizing the association of surface-modified fluorescent particles with cultured macrophages. Differences in particle agglomeration and cell association were clearly associated with differences in observed nanoparticle toxicity. The capacity to maintain particle fluorescence while making significant changes to surface chemistry makes these particles extremely versatile and useful for studies of particle agglomeration, uptake, and transport in environmental and biological systems.

  8. MoO3/SiO2-ZrO2 Catalyst: Eeffect of Calcination Temperature on Physico-chemical Properties and Activities in Nitration of Toluene

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    Sunil Madhavrao Kemdeo


    Full Text Available 12 wt % molybdena was deposited over 1:1 silica zirconia mixed oxide support and the resultant catalyst was calcined between the 500 to 700 oC range of temperature. The samples were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, BET, SEM, NH3-TPD and pyridine adsorbed FT-IR techniques.  Nitration of toluene was studied as a model reaction over the prepared catalysts and parameters like effect of reaction temperature, effect of various solvents, catalyst reusability are studied. It was found that conversion of toluene varies with the presence of Brönsted acid sites over the catalyst surface and para-nitrotoulene selectivity is associated with pore size of the catalyst. Over the same catalysts, nitration was extended for some other aromatics. Avoid of sulfuric acid in the present process is an interesting concern in view of green chemistry. Copyright © 2012 by BCREC UNDIP. All rights reservedKeywords: MoO3/SiO2-ZrO2; SO2-ZrO2; NH3-TPD; Nitration; ortho-nitro tolueneReceived: 19th May 2012, Revised: 24th May 2012, Accepted: 26th May 2012[How to Cite: S.M. Kemdeo. (2012. MoO3/SiO2-ZrO2 Catalyst: Effect of Calcination Temperature on Physico-chemical Properties and Activities in Nitration of Toluene. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 7 (2: 92-104. doi:10.9767/bcrec.7.2.3521.92-104] [How to Link / DOI: || or local:] | View in 

  9. Defect induced phonon scattering for tuning the lattice thermal conductivity of SiO2 thin films

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    Sen Cao


    Full Text Available In this work, the thermal properties of nanoscale SiO2 thin films have been systematically investigated with respect to the thickness, crystal orientations and the void defects using non-equilibrium molecular-dynamics (NEMD simulation. Size effect for the lattice thermal conductivity of nanoscale SiO2 thin films was observed. Additionally, SiO2 thin films with [001] oriented exhibited greater thermal conductivity compared with other crystal orientations which was discussed in terms of phonon density of states (PDOS. Furthermore, the porosity of void defects was introduced to quantify the influence of defects for thermal conductivity. Results exhibited that the thermal conductivity degraded with the increase of porosity. Two thermal conductivity suppression mechanisms, namely, void defects induced material loss interdicting heat conduction and phonon scattering enhanced by the boundary of defects, were proposed. Then, a further simulation was deployed to find that the effect of boundary scattering of defects was dominant in thermal conductivity degradation compared with material loss mechanism. The conclusion suggests that the thermal conductivity could be configured via regulating the distribution of PDOS directly associated with void defects.

  10. Suppressing Structural Colors of Photocatalytic Optical Coatings on Glass: The Critical Role of SiO2. (United States)

    Li, Ronghua; Boudot, Mickael; Boissière, Cédric; Grosso, David; Faustini, Marco


    The appearance of structural colors on coated-glass is a critical esthetical drawback toward industrialization of photocatalytic coatings on windows for architecture or automobile. Herein we describe a rational approach to suppress the structural color of mesoporous TiO 2 -based coatings preserving photoactivity and mechanical stiffness. Addition of SiO 2 as third component is discussed. Ti x Si (1-x) O 2 mesoporous coatings were fabricated by one-step liquid deposition process through the evaporation induced self-assembling and characterized by GI-SAXS, GI-WAXS, electron microscopies, and in situ Environmental Ellipsometry Porosimetry. Guided by optical simulation, we investigated the critical role of SiO 2 on the optical responses of the films but also on the structural, mechanical, and photocatalytic properties, important requirements to go toward real applications. We demonstrate that adding SiO 2 to porous TiO 2 allows tuning and suppression of structural colors through refractive index matching and up to 160% increase in mechanical stiffening of the films. This study leads us to demonstrate an example of "invisible" coating, in which the light reflection is angle- and thickness-independent, and exhibiting high porosity, mechanical stiffness, and photoactivity.

  11. In Vitro Cytotoxicity of Mesoporous SiO2@Eu(OH3 Core-Shell Nanospheres in MCF-7

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    M. Atif


    Full Text Available Initially, the sample was synthesized by a modified sol-gel process. Morphological analysis of growth SiO2@Eu(OH3 was confirmed by applying field emission transmission electron microscopy (high and low resolution FETEM. The images confirmed the average diameter of mesoporous SiO2@Eu(OH3 core-shell nanospheres (~392–400 nm with a silica core of ~230 nm in diameter and a shell composed of europium hydroxide ~162 nm (thickness. Moreover, an absorption band at 280 nm was confirmed which initiates from the europium hydroxide. The photoluminescence spectrum of the nanosphere was also recorded at ambient temperature under the excitation of 3.82 eV. Cytotoxic studies in vitro were performed by applying MTT, NR assays, and morphological analysis. Morphological changes and % loss in cellular viability was assessed in human breast cancer cells (MCF-7 labeled with mesoporous SiO2@Eu(OH3 core-shell nanospheres at different concentrations ranging from 10 µg/mL to 200 µg/mL. Current study demonstrates the quite rational strategy which might be useful in future clinical approach/applications.

  12. Preparation, and Luminescence Properties of SiO2@Sm(MABA-Siphen Core-Shell Structure Nanometer Composite

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    Feng Li-Na


    Full Text Available A novel ternary samarium complex was prepared using HOOCC6H4N(CONH(CH23Si- (OCH2CH332 (MABA-Si as first ligand, and phen as second ligand. The corresponding SiO2@Sm(MABA-Siphen core-shell structure nanometer composite was synthesized as well, and the silica spheres was the core, and the ternary samarium complex was the shell layer. The ternary samarium complex has been characterized by element analysis, molar conductivity and IR spectra. The results show that the chemical formula of the complex is Sm(MABA-Si(phen2(ClO43·2H2O. The fluorescent spectra illustrat that the luminescence properties of the samarium complex are superior. The core-shell structure of SiO2@Sm(MABA-Siphen nanometer composite is characterized by SEM, TEM and IR spectra. The SiO2@Sm(MABA-Siphen core-shell structure composites exhibit stronger emission intensity than the ternary samarium complex. The fluorescence lifetime of the complex and core-shell structure composite is measured as well.

  13. Binary and Ternary Catalytic Systems for Olefin Metathesis Based on MoCl5/SiO2 (United States)

    Bykov, Victor I.; Belyaev, Boris A.; Butenko, Tamara A.; Finkelshtein, Eugene Sh.

    Kinetics of α-olefin metathesis in the presence of binary (MoCl5/ SiO2-Me4Sn) and ternary catalytic systems (MoCl5/SiO2-Me4Sn-ECl4, E = Si or Ge) was studied. Specifically, kinetics and reactivity of 1-decene, 1-octene, and 1-hexene in the metathesis reaction at 27°C and 50°C in the presence of MoCl5/ SiO2-SnMe4 were examined and evaluated in detail. It was shown that experimental data comply well with the simple kinetic equation for the rate of formation of symmetrical olefins with allowance for the reverse reaction and catalyst deactivation: r = left( {k_1 \\cdot c_α - k_{ - 1} \\cdot c_s } right) \\cdot e^{ - k_d \\cdot tilde n_{tot} } . The coefficients for this equation were determined, and it was shown that these α-olefins had practically the same reactivity. It was found that reactivation in the course of metathesis took place due to the addition of a third component (silicon tetrachloride or germanium tetrachloride in combination with tetramethyltin) to a partially deactivated catalyst. The number of active centers was determined (5-6% of the amount of Mo) and the mechanisms of formation, deactivation, and reactivation were proposed for the binary and ternary catalytic systems. The role of individual components of the catalytic systems was revealed.

  14. Toluene and chlorobenzene dinitration over solid H3PO4/MoO3/SiO2 catalyst

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    Adamiak, Joanna; Kalinowska-Alichnewicz, Dorota; Szadkowski, Michal; Skupinski, Wincenty


    Highlights: → A novel catalyst H 3 PO 4 /MoO 3 /SiO 2 was characterized and used in nitration. → On the surface domains of phosphomolybdic acid (HPM) are obtained. → Dinitrotoluene is obtained with very high yield i.e. 96 wt.% in mild conditions. → Dinitrochlorobenzene is obtained with only twelve-fold excess of nitric acid. → It is sulfuric acid free and solvent free nitration of aromatic compounds. - Abstract: A new catalyst, H 3 PO 4 /MoO 3 /SiO 2 , was prepared by modification of MoO 3 /SiO 2 using phosphoric acid. The characterization of the catalyst was performed using Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy, potentiometric titration and nitrogen adsorption-desorption methods. Molybdenum oxides were identified along with phosphomolybdic acid and polymolybdates on the modified surface. The suitability of the catalysts for toluene and chlorobenzene nitration in continuous process was examined. Toluene is effectively nitrated to dinitrotoluene (DNT) in one-stage process (96 wt.% of DNT in the product) and in mild conditions i.e. at room temperature and only with ten-fold excess of nitric acid. In chlorobenzene nitration only twelve-fold excess of nitric acid is needed to obtain as high yield as 95 wt.%. Most importantly, the novel catalysts we have developed, provide the opportunity for sulfuric acid- free nitration of aromatic compounds.

  15. Accessing the application of in situ cosmogenic 14C to surface exposure dating of amorphous SiO2 (United States)

    Cesta, J. M.; Goehring, B. M.; Ward, D. J.


    We assess the feasibility and utility of in situ cosmogenic 14C as a geochronometer for landforms composed of amorphous SiO2 through the comparison of 14C surface exposure ages to independently determined eruption ages on Obsidian Dome, California. Landforms composed of amorphous SiO2 phases are difficult to date by conventional cosmogenic nuclide methods due to several complications that may arise (e.g., inability to remove meteoric contamination). The onset of an increased understanding of production rates and analytical measurement of in situ 14C in SiO2 provides an opportunity to address this limitation. Obsidian Dome is a 600-year-old phreatomagmatic dome of the Mono-Inyo Craters located in Inyo County, California, and consists of vesicular pumice, obsidian, and rhyolite. Exposure ages from eight obsidian and banded pumice and obsidian surface samples range from 3947 ± 678 to 914 ± 134 years, all significantly older than the accepted radiocarbon age of 650-550 years. δ13C values for the samples range between +2.65‰ and +1.34‰ and show a negative correlation with CO2 yield. The `too old' exposure ages coupled with this negative correlation between δ13C and CO2 yield suggests the incorporation of an atmospheric component of 14C. Measurement of 14C concentrations in shielded, subsurface samples will assist in isolating the atmospheric 14C component and aid in correcting the surface exposure ages.

  16. Influence of radiation-damages on parameters of lattice oscillations in crystalline and vitreous SiO2

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    Abdukadyrova, I.Kh.


    Using IR reflection spectroscopy, the influence of radiation-induced disturbances on a number of parameters of lattice oscillations in two SiO 2 modifications was investigated. Radiation kinetics of changes in spectral characteristics of fundamental oscillations in SiO 2 crystalline and glassy states was determined. Dose dependences of both reflectivity and degenerate mode vibrational frequency were found to show minima whose locations were governed by a type of a sample. Under higher doses of neutron radiation (10 21 cm -2 ), certain characteristics of bands were observed to be of the same values for the both materials modified. The features of radiation kinetics were found for dynamic parameters of the samples. It was deduced that specific character of radiation-induced changes observed in spectral and dynamic parameters of oscillations in the region of degenerate modes was due to both the accumulation of radiation damages and a change in the force field surrounding bridge-type bonds which was related with the change in the SiO 2 structure. (authors)

  17. A sensitive electrochemical sensor for determination of gallic acid based on SiO2 nanoparticle modified carbon paste electrode. (United States)

    Tashkhourian, J; Nami-Ana, S F


    Gallic acid (GA), one of the main phenolic components, has been a subject of increasing interest due to their biological properties, including anti-inflammatory, antihistaminic, and antitumor activities, scavenging of free radicals, and protecting against cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, developing sensitive and selective sensor for GA is very important and interesting. Herein, SiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized and then used to prepare a modified carbon paste electrode (CPE) for determination of GA. For better comparison, multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and graphite were also employed to prepare an electrochemical sensor for determination of GA. The electrochemical behaviors of GA at different electrochemical sensors were investigated. Compared with other sensors, the SiO2 nanoparticle sensor greatly enhances the response signal of GA due to the large active surface area and high accumulation efficiency. Voltammetric studies show that the SiO2 nanoparticle modified carbon paste electrode is sensitive to GA in the concentration range of 8.0 × 10(-7) to 1.0 × 10(-4) mol L(-1), and the limit of detection and sensitivity were calculated as 2.5 × 10(-7) mol L(-1) and 1790.7 (μA/mM), respectively. Finally, the proposed electrochemical sensor was successfully employed to determine GA in tea and orange juice samples. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  18. Fixed-bed adsorption separation of xylene isomers over sio2/silicallite-1 core-shell adsorbents

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    Khan, Easir A.


    SiO2/Silicalite-1 core-shell material has been demonstrated as potential shape selective adsorbent in gas phase separation of p-xylene from a mixture of p/o-xylene isomers. The core-shell composite comprised of large silica core and thin polycrystalline silicalite-1 shell which was synthesized via a self-assembly of silicalite-1 nanocrystals on core silica surface followed by a secondary seeded growth method. The core materials, SiO2 used in this study has mesoporosity with an average pore diameter of 60Å and hence offers no shape selectivity for xylene isomers. However, the shell, silicalite-1 contains rigid pore structures and preferentially adsorbs p-xylene from their isomers mixtures. A series of adsorption fixed bed breakthrough adsorption/desorption experiment was performed to obtain the equilibrium isotherms and adsorption isotherm parameters of xylene isomers. The equilibrium isotherms of xylene isomers follow the Langmuir\\'s model. A chromatographic adsorption model has been used to describe the fixed-bed breakthrough profiles of xylene isomers. The model has successfully predicted the responses of the binary mixtures of p/o-xylene isomers. The SiO2/silicalite-1 core-shell adsorbents have shown para-selectivity as high as 15. © Bangladesh Uni. of Engg. & Tech.

  19. Synthesis and Luminescence Properties of Yellow-emitting SiO2/Zn2SiO4: Mn Nanocomposite

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    Karim OMRI


    Full Text Available Yellow light emitting Mn2+-doped b-Zn2SiO4 phosphor nanoparticles embedded in SiO2 host matrix, were prepared by a simple solid-phase reaction under natural atmosphere at 1500 °C for 2 hours after the incorporation of manganese doped zinc oxide nanoparticles in silica using sol-gel method. The SiO2/Zn2SiO4:Mn nanocomposite was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and photoluminescence (PL. The nanopowder was crystallized in triclinic b-Zn2SiO4 phase with a particles size varies between 70 nm and 84 nm. The SiO2/b-Zn2SiO4:Mn nanocomposite exhibited a broad yellow emission band at 575 nm under UV excitation light. The dependence of the intensity and energy position of the obtained PL band on measurement temperature and power excitation will be discussed.

  20. HfO2/SiO2 multilayer based reflective and transmissive optics from the IR to the UV (United States)

    Wang, Jue; Hart, Gary A.; Oudard, Jean Francois; Wamboldt, Leonard; Roy, Brian P.


    HfO2/SiO2 multilayer based reflective optics enable threat detection in the short-wave/middle-wave infrared and high power laser targeting capability in the near infrared. On the other hand, HfO2/SiO2 multilayer based transmissive optics empower early missile warning by taking advantage of the extremely low noise light detection in the deep-ultraviolet region where solar irradiation is strongly absorbed by the ozone layer of the earth's atmosphere. The former requires high laser damage resistance, whereas the latter needs a solar-blind property, i.e., high transmission of the radiation below 290 nm and strong suppression of the solar background from 300 nm above. The technical challenges in both cases are revealed. The spectral limits associated with the HfO2 and SiO2 films are discussed and design concepts are schematically illustrated. Spectral performances are realized for potential A and D and commercial applications.

  1. Functionalized magnetic core-shell Fe3O4@SiO2 nanoparticles for sensitive detection and removal of Hg2+ (United States)

    Xu, Yaohui; Zhou, Yang; Ma, Wenhui; Wang, Shixing; Li, Shaoyuan


    The Fe3O4 nanoparticles [NPs] coated with silica nanoparticles were designed and prepared, the obtained Fe3O4@SiO2 NPs have uniform spherical morphology with a mean diameter of about 22 nm. The inert silica coating on the surface of Fe3O4 NPs not only significantly prevented their aggregation in solution but also improved their chemical stability and provided wider sites for surface modification with organic chemosensors. Subsequently an attempt had been made that the as-synthesized Fe3O4@SiO2 NPs were modified by N-(rhodamine-6G) lactam-ethylenediamine, the functionalized magnetic Fe3O4@SiO2 NPs (Fe3O4@SiO2-Rho) served as a "naked eye" fluorescent sensor to detect Hg2+. The Fe3O4@SiO2-Rho NPs exhibited selective "turn-on" type fluorescent change from colorless to orange when adding to Hg2+. In addition, the adsorption experiments revealed that the Fe3O4@SiO2-Rho NPs had effective removal toward Hg2+. Moreover, the functionalized Fe3O4@SiO2 microspheres displayed superparamagnetic properties, which made it easier to separate the nanocomposites from the liquid phase by adding an external magnetic field. Our efforts provided a potential magnetic nanomaterial for sensitive detection and removal toward Hg2+ simultaneously.

  2. Preparation of SiO2-Capped Sr2MgSi2O7:Eu,Dy Nanoparticles with Laser Ablation in Liquid

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    Mika Ishizaki


    Full Text Available The effect of SiO2 capping on the optical properties of nanoparticles was investigated. The photoluminescence (PL intensity was successfully improved by SiO2-capping. Sr2MgSi2O7:Eu,Dy nanoparticles were prepared by laser ablation in liquid. The SiO2 capping was performed using the Stöber method with ultrasonication. The TEM images indicated that the Sr2MgSi2O7:Eu,Dy nanocrystal was capped with amorphous SiO2, and the shape of the completely capped nanoparticle was an elliptical nanorod, which aggregated after a long SiO2 capping reaction time. The peak wavelength and the shape of the PL spectra were not changed by the pelletization and the laser ablation in liquid. The PL intensity of SiO2 capped nanoparticles was significantly increased. Nonradiative relaxation via surface defects and energy transfer to water molecules decrease the PL intensity. These phenomena accelerate in the case of nanoparticles. SiO2 capping would prevent these phenomena and improve the optical properties of nanoparticles. The combination of laser ablation in liquid and the chemical reaction is important to expand the applications of this method in various research fields.

  3. Improving antiproliferative effect of the anticancer drug cytarabine on human promyelocytic leukemia cells by coating on Fe3O4@SiO2 nanoparticles. (United States)

    Shahabadi, Nahid; Falsafi, Monireh; Mansouri, Kamran


    In this study, Fe3O4@SiO2-cytarabine magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) were prepared via chemical coprecipitation reaction and coating silica on the surface of Fe3O4 MNPs by Stöber method via sol-gel process. The surface of Fe3O4@SiO2 MNPs was modified by an anticancer drug, cytarabine. The structural properties of the samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Zetasizer analyzer, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results indicated that the crystalline phase of iron oxide NPs was magnetite (Fe3O4) and the average sizes of Fe3O4@SiO2-cytarabine MNPs were about 23 nm. Also, the surface characterization of Fe3O4@SiO2-cytarabine MNPs by FT-IR showed that successful coating of Fe3O4 NPs with SiO2 and binding of cytarabine drug onto the surface of Fe3O4@SiO2 MNPs were through the hydroxyl groups of the drug. The in vitro cytotoxic activity of Fe3O4@SiO2-cytarabine MNPs was investigated against cancer cell line (HL60) in comparison with cytarabine using MTT colorimetric assay. The obtained results showed that the effect of Fe3O4@SiO2-cytarabine magnetic nanoparticles on the cell lines were about two orders of magnitude higher than that of cytarabine. Furthermore, in vitro DNA binding studies were investigated by UV-vis, circular dichroism, and fluorescence spectroscopy. The results for DNA binding illustrated that DNA aggregated on Fe3O4@SiO2-cytarabine MNPs via groove binding. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Water Sorption in Electron-Beam Evaporated SiO2 on QCM Crystals and Its Influence on Polymer Thin Film Hydration Measurements. (United States)

    Kushner, Douglas I; Hickner, Michael A


    Spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE) and quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) measurements are two critical characterization techniques routinely employed for hydration studies of polymer thin films. Water uptake by thin polymer films is an important area of study to investigate antifouling surfaces, to probe the swelling of thin water-containing ionomer films, and to conduct fundamental studies of polymer brush hydration and swelling. SiO 2 -coated QCM crystals, employed as substrates in many of these hydration studies, show porosity in the thin electron-beam (e-beam) evaporated SiO 2 layer. The water sorption into this porous SiO 2 layer requires correction of the optical and mass characterization of the hydrated polymer due to changes in the SiO 2 layer as it sorbs water. This correction is especially important when experiments on SiO 2 -coated QCM crystals are compared to measurements on Si wafers with dense native SiO 2 layers. Water adsorption filling void space during hydration in ∼200-260 nm thick SiO 2 layers deposited on a QCM crystal resulted in increased refractive index of the layer during water uptake experiments. The increased refractive index led to artificially higher polymer swelling in the optical modeling of the hydration experiments. The SiO 2 -coated QCM crystals showed between 6 and 8% void as measured by QCM and SE, accounting for 60%-85% of the measured polymer swelling in the low humidity regime (70% RH) from optical modeling for 105 and 47 nm thick sulfonated polymer films. Correcting the refractive index of the SiO 2 layer for its water content resulted in polymer swelling that successfully resembled swelling measured on a silicon wafer with nonporous native oxide.

  5. Effects of Bias Pulsing on Etching of SiO2 Pattern in Capacitively-Coupled Plasmas for Nano-Scale Patterning of Multi-Level Hard Masks. (United States)

    Kim, Sechan; Choi, Gyuhyun; Chae, Heeyeop; Lee, Nae-Eung


    In order to study the effects of bias pulsing on the etching characteristics of a silicon dioxide (SiO2) layer using multi-level hard mask (MLHM) structures of ArF photoresist/bottom anti-reflected coating/SiO2/amorphous carbon layer (ACL)/SiO2, the effects of bias pulsing conditions on the etch characteristics of a SiO2 layer with an ACL mask pattern in C4F8/CH2F2/O2/Ar etch chemistries were investigated in a dual-frequency capacitively-coupled plasma (CCP) etcher. The effects of the pulse frequency, duty ratio, and pulse-bias power in the 2 MHz low-frequency (LF) power source were investigated in plasmas generated by a 27.12 MHz high-frequency (HF) power source. The etch rates of ACL and SiO2 decreased, but the etch selectivity of SiO2/ACL increased with decreasing duty ratio. When the ACL and SiO2 layers were etched with increasing pulse frequency, no significant change was observed in the etch rates and etch selectivity. With increasing LF pulse-bias power, the etch rate of ACL and SiO2 slightly increased, but the etch selectivity of SiO2/ACL decreased. Also, the precise control of the critical dimension (CD) values with decreasing duty ratio can be explained by the protection of sidewall etching of SiO2 by increased passivation. Pulse-biased etching was successfully applied to the patterning of the nano-scale line and space of SiO2 using an ACL pattern.

  6. Design of flexible PANI-coated CuO-TiO2-SiO2 heterostructure nanofibers with high ammonia sensing response values (United States)

    Pang, Zengyuan; Nie, Qingxin; Lv, Pengfei; Yu, Jian; Huang, Fenglin; Wei, Qufu


    We report a room-temperature ammonia sensor with extra high response values and ideal flexibility, including polyaniline (PANI)-coated titanium dioxide-silicon dioxide (TiO2-SiO2) or copper oxide-titanium dioxide-silicon dioxide (CuO-TiO2-SiO2) composite nanofibers. Such flexible inorganic TiO2-SiO2 and CuO-TiO2-SiO2 composite nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning, followed by calcination. Then, in situ polymerization of aniline monomers was carried out with inorganic TiO2-SiO2 and CuO-TiO2-SiO2 composite nanofibers as templates. Gas sensing tests at room temperature indicated that the obtained CuO-TiO2-SiO2/PANI composite nanofibers had much higher response values to ammonia gas (ca. 45.67-100 ppm) than most of those reported before as well as the prepared TiO2-SiO2/PANI composite nanofibers here. These excellent sensing properties may be due to the P-N, P-P heterojunctions and a structure similar to field-effect transistors formed on the interfaces between PANI, TiO2, and CuO, which is p-type, n-type, and p-type semiconductor, respectively. In addition, the prepared free-standing CuO-TiO2-SiO2/PANI composite nanofiber membrane was easy to handle and possessed ideal flexibility, which is promising for potential applications in wearable sensors in the future.

  7. [MG49-LiClO4]:[TiO2-SiO2] Polymer Electrolytes: In Situ Preparation and Characterization

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    Oon Lee Kang


    Full Text Available In the present research, [MG49-LiClO4]:[HNO3-THF/TiO2-SiO2] and [MG49-LiClO4]:[ClHNO2-THF/TiO2-SiO2] polymer electrolytes were first prepared through simple stepwise in situ techniques: sol-gel technique and solution-cast technique. [MG49-LiClO4]:[HNO3-THF/TiO2-SiO2] and [MG49-LiClO4]:[ClHNO2-THF/TiO2-SiO2] polymer electrolytes were then characterized through different experimental techniques. [MG49-LiClO4]:[HNO3-THF/TiO2-SiO2] and [MG49-LiClO4]:[ClHNO2-THF/TiO2-SiO2] polymer electrolytes had exhibited significant structural changes upon different salt concentrations. In the present investigation, [MG49-LiClO4]:[HNO3-THF/TiO2-SiO2] and [MG49-LiClO4]:[ClHNO2-THF/TiO2-SiO2] polymer electrolytes had attained maximum ionic conductivities (σ~10-7 S/cm at ambient temperature; 10−4 S/cm at 100°C upon 25 wt.% salt insertion. [MG49-LiClO4]:[HNO3-THF/TiO2-SiO2] and [MG49-LiClO4]:[ClHNO2-THF/TiO2-SiO2] polymer electrolytes had exhibited distinct conduction mechanisms in similar experimental configuration. [MG49-LiClO4]:[HNO3-THF/TiO2-SiO2] and [MG49-LiClO4]:[ClHNO2-THF/TiO2-SiO2] polymer electrolytes had exhibited different stability characteristics over certain operational condition.

  8. Optical Properties of Malachite Green Dye Doped SiO2 Glasses: Effect of Transition Metal (Fe-I Used as a Codopant

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    Dulen Bora


    Full Text Available Enhanced luminescence properties of Malachite Green (MG (oxalate in Fe-MG codoped SiO2 glasses compared to its values in MG doped SiO2 glasses are reported here. The enhancement is chiefly attributed to a resonance nonradiative energy transfer between Fe and MG. The quantum yield of Malachite Green (MG, in presence of Iron, trapped in sol-gel derived SiO2 glass increases by an order of ~103 compared to that in low viscous solvent while a lifetime of 3.29 ns is reported.

  9. Formyl-peptide Receptor Agonists and Amorphous SiO2-NPs Synergistically and Selectively Increase the Inflammatory Responses of Human Monocytes and PMNs

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    Regina Tavano


    ligands, but not toward FPR2-specific ones. Conversely, the chemotaxis of monocytes toward FPR2-specific peptides was inhibited by SiO2-NPs. NADPH-oxidase activation triggered by FPR1- and FPR2-specific ligands in both cell types was not altered by SiO2-NPs. Microbial and tissue danger signals sensed by FPRs selectively amplified the functional responses of monocytes and PMNS to SiO2-NPs, and should be carefully considered in the assessment of the risk associated with nanoparticle exposure.

  10. Experimental and theoretical investigation of the effect of SiO2 content in gate dielectrics on work function shift induced by nanoscale capping layers

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    Caraveo-Frescas, J. A.


    The impact of SiO2 content in ultrathin gate dielectrics on the magnitude of the effective work function (EWF) shift induced by nanoscale capping layers has been investigated experimentally and theoretically. The magnitude of the effective work function shift for four different capping layers (AlN, Al2O3, La2O3, and Gd2O3) is measured as a function of SiO2 content in the gate dielectric. A nearly linear increase of this shift with SiO2 content is observed for all capping layers. The origin of this dependence is explained using density functional theory simulations.

  11. Síntese e caracterização de nanocompósitos Ni: SiO2 processados na forma de filmes finos Synthesis and characterization of Ni: SiO2 nanocomposites processed as thin films

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    Paulo Sérgio Gouveia


    Full Text Available We have produced nanocomposite films of Ni:SiO2 by an alternative polymeric precursor route. Films, with thickness of ~ 1000 nm, were characterized by several techniques including X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, flame absorption atomic spectrometry, and dc magnetization. Results from the microstructural characterizations indicated that metallic Ni-nanoparticles with average diameter of ~ 3 nm are homogeneously distributed in an amorphous SiO2 matrix. Magnetization measurements revealed a blocking temperature T B ~ 7 K for the most diluted sample and the absence of an exchange bias suggesting that Ni nanoparticles are free from an oxide layer.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of erbium-doped SiO2 nanoparticles fabricated by using reverse micelle and sol-gel processing

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    Park, Hoyyul; Bae, Dongsik


    Erbium-doped SiO 2 nanoparticles have been synthesized using a reverse micelle technique combined with metal-alkoxide hydrolysis and condensation. The sizes and the morphologies of the erbium-doped SiO 2 nanoparticles could be changed by varying the molar ratio of water to surfactant. The sizes and the morphologies of the erbium-doped SiO 2 nanoparticles were examined by using a transmission electron microscope. The average size of synthesized erbium-doped SiO 2 nanoparticles was approximately 20 - 25 nm and that of the erbium particles was 3 - 5 nm. The effects of the synthesis parameters, such as the molar ratio of water to surfactant, are discussed.

  13. Enhancement of carrier mobility in pentacene thin-film transistor on SiO 2 by controlling the initial film growth modes (United States)

    Qi, Qiong; Yu, Aifang; Jiang, Peng; Jiang, Chao


    Pentacene thin-film transistors (TFTs) were fabricated on thermally grown SiO 2 gate insulator under the conditions of various pre-cleaning treatments. Initial nucleation and growth of the material films on treated substrates were observed by atomic force microscope. The performance of fabricated TFT devices with different surface cleaning approaches was found to be highly related to the initial film morphologies. In contrast to the three-dimensional island-like growth mode on SiO 2 under an organic cleaning process, a layer-by-layer initial growth occurred on the SiO 2 insulator cleaned with ammonia solution, which was believed to be the origination of the excellent electrical properties of the TFT device. Field effect mobility of the TFT device could achieve as high as 1.0 cm 2/Vs on the bared SiO 2/Si substrate and the on/off ratio was over 10 6.

  14. Synthesis of polystyrene core/SiO2 shell composite particles and fabrication of SiO2 capsules out of them

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    Terekhin, V


    Systemic studies on the dependence of the morphology of polystyrene core/SiO 2 shell composite particles on the conditions of their fabrication have been performed. Spherical polystyrene particles synthesized in the presence of a cationic initiator of polymerization were used as cores. SiO 2 shells were formed by modified Stober’s method. Exposure of the synthesized composite particles to high temperatures has been shown to cause destruction of their polystyrene core, thereby allowing the formation of mesoporous SiO 2 capsules with a mean pore diameter of ∼3 nm and specific surface area of ∼270 m 2 /g. Model experiments on loading the SiO 2 capsules with amoxicillin have been carried out. Spectrophotometry in the UV and visible spectral regions has been used to estimate the kinetics of amoxicillin release from the SiO 2 capsules. (paper)

  15. Ag-Decorated Fe3O4@SiO2 Nanorods: Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications in Degradation of Organic Dyes

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    Chao Li


    Full Text Available Well-dispersed Ag nanoparticles (NPs are successfully decorated on Fe3O4@SiO2 nanorods (NRs via a facile step-by-step strategy. This method involves coating α-Fe2O3 NRs with uniform silica layer, reduction in 10% H2/Ar atmosphere at 450°C to obtain Fe3O4@SiO2 NRs, and then depositing Ag NPs on the surface of Fe3O4@SiO2 NRs through a sonochemical step. It was found that the as-prepared Ag-decorated magnetic Fe3O4@SiO2 NRs (Ag-MNRs exhibited a higher catalytic efficiency than bare Ag NPs in the degradation of organic dye and could be easily recovered by convenient magnetic separation, which show great application potential for environmental protection applications.

  16. Marrying the mussel inspired chemistry and Kabachnik-Fields reaction for preparation of SiO2 polymer composites and enhancement removal of methylene blue (United States)

    Huang, Qiang; Liu, Meiying; Chen, Junyu; Wan, Qing; Tian, Jianwen; Huang, Long; Jiang, Ruming; Deng, Fengjie; Wen, Yuanqing; Zhang, Xiaoyong; Wei, Yen


    The removal of organic dyes using functionalization SiO2 composites (denoted as SiO2-PDA-CSH) were prepared via a facile method that combined with mussel inspired chemistry and Kabachnik-Fields (KF) reaction. The size and surface morphology, chemical structure, thermal stability, surface charging property, and elemental composition were evaluated by means of transmission electron microscope (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), zeta potential, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. The results demonstrated that the organic functional groups can be successfully introduced onto the surface of SiO2 microspheres through the combination of mussel inspired chemistry and KF reaction. The removal of cationic dye methylene blue (MB) by the raw SiO2 and SiO2-PDA-CSH composites was examined and compared using a series of batch adsorption experiments. The results suggested that SiO2-PDA-CSH composites had a 3-fold increase in the adsorption capacity towards MB than that of pure SiO2 microspheres and the adsorption process was dependent on the solution pH. According to the adsorption kinetics, the adsorption of MB onto SiO2-PDA-CSH composites was well described by pseudo-second-order kinetic model. The equilibrium data were fitted with Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models with R2 = 0.9981 and R2 = 0.9982, respectively. The maximum adsorption capacity from Langmuir isotherm was found to be 688.85 mg/g. The adsorption thermodynamics was also investigated in detailed. The parameters revealed that the adsorption process was spontaneous and endothermic in nature. The adsorption mechanism might be the synergistic action of physical adsorption of SiO2-PDA-CSH particles and electrostatic interaction between the MB and functional groups on the surface of SiO2-PDA-CSH composites, including sulfydryl, amino, aromatic moieties, and phosphate groups. Taken together, we developed a novel and facile strategy for the surface modification of SiO2 to achieve high adsorption towards MB based on the mussel inspired chemistry and multicomponent KF reaction. More importantly, this strategy could be easily extended for fabrication of many other high efficient adsorbents due to the universality of mussel inspired chemistry and various multicomponent reactions based on amino groups. Therefore, this work will open a new avenue and direction for the environmental applications of mussel inspired chemistry.

  17. Activation of stress-related signalling pathway in human cells upon SiO2 nanoparticles exposure as an early indicator of cytotoxicity

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    Mohamed, Bashir M


    Abstract Background Nanomaterials such as SiO2 nanoparticles (SiO2NP) are finding increasing applications in the biomedical and biotechnological fields such as disease diagnostics, imaging, drug delivery, food, cosmetics and biosensors development. Thus, a mechanistic and systematic evaluation of the potential biological and toxic effects of SiO2NP becomes crucial in order to assess their complete safe applicability limits. Results In this study, human monocytic leukemia cell line THP-1 and human alveolar epithelial cell line A549 were exposed to a range of amorphous SiO2NP of various sizes and concentrations (0.01, 0.1 and 0.5 mg\\/ml). Key biological indicators of cellular functions including cell population density, cellular morphology, membrane permeability, lysosomal mass\\/pH and activation of transcription factor-2 (ATF-2) were evaluated utilizing quantitative high content screening (HCS) approach and biochemical techniques. Despite the use of extremely high nanoparticle concentrations, our findings showed a low degree of cytotoxicity within the panel of SiO2NP investigated. However, at these concentrations, we observed the onset of stress-related cellular response induced by SiO2NP. Interestingly, cells exposed to alumina-coated SiO2NP showed low level, and in some cases complete absence, of stress response and this was consistent up to the highest dose of 0.5 mg\\/ml. Conclusions The present study demonstrates and highlights the importance of subtle biological changes downstream of primary membrane and endocytosis-associated phenomena resulting from high dose SiO2NP exposure. Increased activation of transcription factors, such as ATF-2, was quantitatively assessed as a function of i) human cell line specific stress-response, ii) SiO2NP size and iii) concentration. Despite the low level of cytotoxicity detected for the amorphous SiO2NP investigated, these findings prompt an in-depth focus for future SiO2NP-cell\\/tissue investigations based on the combined analysis of more subtle signalling pathways associated with accumulation mechanisms, which is essential for establishing the bio-safety of existing and new nanomaterials.

  18. Activation of stress-related signalling pathway in human cells upon SiO2 nanoparticles exposure as an early indicator of cytotoxicity

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    Mohamed Bashir


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Nanomaterials such as SiO2 nanoparticles (SiO2NP are finding increasing applications in the biomedical and biotechnological fields such as disease diagnostics, imaging, drug delivery, food, cosmetics and biosensors development. Thus, a mechanistic and systematic evaluation of the potential biological and toxic effects of SiO2NP becomes crucial in order to assess their complete safe applicability limits. Results In this study, human monocytic leukemia cell line THP-1 and human alveolar epithelial cell line A549 were exposed to a range of amorphous SiO2NP of various sizes and concentrations (0.01, 0.1 and 0.5 mg/ml. Key biological indicators of cellular functions including cell population density, cellular morphology, membrane permeability, lysosomal mass/pH and activation of transcription factor-2 (ATF-2 were evaluated utilizing quantitative high content screening (HCS approach and biochemical techniques. Despite the use of extremely high nanoparticle concentrations, our findings showed a low degree of cytotoxicity within the panel of SiO2NP investigated. However, at these concentrations, we observed the onset of stress-related cellular response induced by SiO2NP. Interestingly, cells exposed to alumina-coated SiO2NP showed low level, and in some cases complete absence, of stress response and this was consistent up to the highest dose of 0.5 mg/ml. Conclusions The present study demonstrates and highlights the importance of subtle biological changes downstream of primary membrane and endocytosis-associated phenomena resulting from high dose SiO2NP exposure. Increased activation of transcription factors, such as ATF-2, was quantitatively assessed as a function of i human cell line specific stress-response, ii SiO2NP size and iii concentration. Despite the low level of cytotoxicity detected for the amorphous SiO2NP investigated, these findings prompt an in-depth focus for future SiO2NP-cell/tissue investigations based on the combined analysis of more subtle signalling pathways associated with accumulation mechanisms, which is essential for establishing the bio-safety of existing and new nanomaterials.

  19. Deposition and characterization of binary Al2O3/SiO2 coating layers on the surfaces of rutile TiO2 and the pigmentary properties

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    Zhang Yunsheng; Yin Hengbo; Wang Aili; Ren Min; Gu Zhuomin; Liu Yumin; Shen Yutang; Yu Longbao; Jiang Tingshun


    Binary Al 2 O 3 /SiO 2 -coated rutile TiO 2 composites were prepared by a liquid-phase deposition method starting from Na 2 SiO 3 .9H 2 O and NaAlO 2 . The chemical structure and morphology of binary Al 2 O 3 /SiO 2 coating layers were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, TG-DSC, Zeta potential, powder X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy techniques. Binary Al 2 O 3 /SiO 2 coating layers both in amorphous phase were formed at TiO 2 surfaces. The silica coating layers were anchored at TiO 2 surfaces via Si-O-Ti bonds and the alumina coating layers were probably anchored at the SiO 2 -coated TiO 2 surfaces via Al-O-Si bonds. The formation of continuous and dense binary Al 2 O 3 /SiO 2 coating layers depended on the pH value of reaction solution and the alumina loading. The binary Al 2 O 3 /SiO 2 -coated TiO 2 composites had a high dispersibility in water. The whiteness and brightness of the binary Al 2 O 3 /SiO 2 -coated TiO 2 composites were higher than those of the naked rutile TiO 2 and the SiO 2 -coated TiO 2 samples. The relative light scattering index was found to depend on the composition of coating layers.

  20. The influence of Pr3+ co-doping on the photoluminescence and cathodoluminescence properties of SiO2:Eu3+/Tb3+

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    Mhlongo, GH


    Full Text Available Tb3+-Pr3+, and Eu3+-Pr3+ ion pairs co-doped in a SiO2 matrix were prepared by a sol-gel method. Co-doping of Eu3+ and Tb3+ ions with Pr3+ in SiO2 resulted in the quenching of Eu3+ and Tb3+ emissions with increasing Pr3+ concentrations. The quenching...

  1. Synthesis of magnetically recyclable ZIF-8@SiO2@Fe3O4 catalysts and their catalytic performance for Knoevenagel reaction

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    Li, Qingyuan; Jiang, Sai; Ji, Shengfu; Ammar, Muhammad; Zhang, Qingmin; Yan, Junlei


    Novel magnetic ZIF-8@SiO 2 @Fe 3 O 4 catalysts were synthesized by encapsulating magnetic SiO 2 @Fe 3 O 4 nanoparticles into ZIF-8 through in situ method. The structures of the catalysts were characterized by TEM, SEM, XRD, FT-IR, VSM, N 2 adsorption/desorption and CO 2 -TPD technology. The catalytic activity and recovery properties of the catalysts for the Knoevenagel reaction of p-chlorobenzaldehyde with malononitrile were evaluated. The results showed that the magnetic ZIF-8@SiO 2 @Fe 3 O 4 catalysts had the larger surface areas, the suitable superparamagnetism, and good catalytic activity for Knoevenagel reaction. The conversion of p-chlorobenzaldehyde can reach ~98% and the selectivity of the production can reach ~99% over35.8%ZIF-8@SiO 2 @Fe 3 O 4 (MZC-5) catalyst under the reaction condition of 25 °C and 4 h. The magnetic ZIF-8@SiO 2 @Fe 3 O 4 catalysts also had good substrates adaptation. After reaction, the catalyst can be easily separated from the reaction mixture by an external magnet. The recovery catalyst can be reused five times and the conversion of p-chlorobenzaldehyde can be kept over 90%. - Graphical abstract: Novel magnetically recyclable ZIF-8@SiO 2 @Fe 3 O 4 catalysts were synthesized by encapsulating magnetic SiO 2 @Fe 3 O 4 nanoparticles into ZIF-8 and the as-synthesized catalysts exhibited a good catalytic activity for the Knoevenagel reaction. - Highlights: • A series of novel magnetic ZIF-8@SiO 2 @Fe 3 O 4 catalysts were synthesized. • The catalysts had the larger surface areas and the suitable superparamagnetism. • The catalysts exhibited good catalytic activity for the Knoevenagel reaction. • After reaction the catalyst can be easily separated by an external magnet. • The recovery catalyst can be reused five times and can keep its catalytic activity

  2. Preparation and Photocatalytic Activity of Magnetic Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 Composites

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    Rijing Wang


    Full Text Available A simple sol-gel method was used to prepare magnetic Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 composites with core-shell structure. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR, X-ray diffraction (XRD, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM have been applied to investigate the structure and morphology of the resultant composites. The obtained composites showed excellent magnetism and higher photodegradation ability than pure TiO2. The photocatalytic mechanism was also discussed. The magnetic composites should be extended to various potential applications, such as photodegradation, catalysis, separation, and purification processes.

  3. Laser-controlled stress of Si nanocrystals in a free-standing Si /SiO2 superlattice (United States)

    Khriachtchev, Leonid; Räsänen, Markku; Novikov, Sergei


    We report laser manipulations with stress at the nanoscale level. The continuous-wave Ar+ laser radiation melts Si nanocrystals in a free-standing Si /SiO2 superlattice. Silicon crystallization from the liquid phase leads to a compressive stress, which can be accurately tuned in the 3GPa range using laser annealing below the Si melting temperature and then recovered by laser annealing above the melting temperature. This allows investigations of various phenomena as a function of stress and makes a case of Si-nanocrystal memory with very long retention time, which can be written, erased, and read by optical means.

  4. Formation and relaxation processes of photoinduced defects in a Ge-doped SiO2 glass

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    Yamaguchi, M.; Saito, K.; Ikushima, A.J.


    The defect centers induced by ArF laser irradiation in Ge-doped SiO 2 have been investigated by the electron-spin resonance method. In order to observe formation and relaxation processes of the defects, step annealing has been carried out after the irradiation at 77 K. The thermally induced decay of the self-trapped hole (STH) and formation of the so-called Ge(2) centers have been observed with increasing temperature. The result suggests that the holes are transferred from the STH to the Ge(2)

  5. Chemical states of piled-up phosphorus and arsenic atoms at the SiO2/Si interface

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    Yoshimura, Yusuke; Ono, Kanta; Fujioka, Hiroshi; Hayakawa, Shinjiro; Sato, Yoshiyuki; Uematsu, Masashi; Baba, Yuji; Hirose, Kazuyuki; Oshima, Masaharu


    We have investigated the positions of the piled-up phosphorus atoms at the SiO 2 /Si interface using the extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The EXAFS and XPS data can be well explained on the assumption that the piled-up arsenic atoms exist at the tetrahedral sites. On the contrary, phosphorus atoms exist not at the tetrahedral sites but at the denser sites. The depth profile measurements of XPS have revealed that the piled-up arsenic and phosphorus atoms exist within 20A from the interface. (author)

  6. Using Apatite to Model Chlorine Contents of High SiO2 Magmas: An Enhanced Methodological Approach (United States)

    Flesch, R.; Webster, J. D.; Nadeau, P. A.


    Hydrothermal experiments were conducted on high-silica (73-75 wt% SiO2), fluid-saturated melts at 844-862°C and ca. 50 MPa using crushed glass of the Los Posos rhyolite. Water and salts including NaCl, KCl, Ca(OH)2, and CaHPO4 and HCl were added proportionally to the experiments to restrict the variability of the aluminosity of the melt. The Durango apatite, which contains 3.53 wt% F and 0.41% Cl, was added as "seeds"bearing magmatic systems.

  7. Hydrogenation/deuteration of the Si -SiO2 interface: Atomic-scale mechanisms and limitations (United States)

    Tsetseris, L.; Pantelides, S. T.


    The mechanisms responsible for exchange of hydrogen with deuterium at the Si -SiO2 interfaces are analyzed through first-principles calculations. The associated reaction barrier is found to be 1.94 eV, in agreement with experiments of Cheng et al. [IEEE Electron. Device Lett. 22, 203 (2001); Cheng et al.J. Appl. Phys. 90, 6536 (2001)] that studied the kinetics of the phenomenon through electrical measurements. The substitution of hydrogen by deuterium can be limited by another possible process, the breakup of the D2 molecule to a pair of Si-D bonds, which has a similar barrier.

  8. Humidity sensor based on a long-period fiber grating coated with a SiO2-nanosphere film (United States)

    Viegas, D.; Goicoechea, J.; Corres, J. M.; Santos, J. L.; Ferreira, L. A.; Araújo, F. M.; Matias, I. R.


    This work addresses a humidity sensor using long-period fiber gratings (LPG) coated with silica nanospheres film. SiO2-nanospheres coating is deposited onto the LPG using the electrostatic self-assembly technique (ESA). The polymeric overlay changes its optical properties when exposed to different humidity levels, resulting in a shift of the resonance wavelength of the LPG. The obtained results are accordant with the theoretical simulations. Wavelength shifts up to 12nm in a humidity range from 20% to 80% are reported, maintaining the same dependence at different temperatures.

  9. Magnetic nanoparticles induced dielectric enhancement in (La, Gd)2O3: SiO2 composite systems (United States)

    Kao, T. H.; Mukherjee, S.; Yang, H. D.


    Magnetic Gd2O3 and non-magnetic La2O3 nanoparticles (NPs) have been synthesized together with different doping concentrations in SiO2 matrix via sol-gel route calcination at 700 °C and above. Properly annealed NP-glass composite systems show enhancement of dielectric constant and magnetodielectric effect (MDE) near room temperature, depending on superparamagnetic NPs concentrations. From application point of view, the enhancement of dielectric constant along with MDE can be achieved by tuning the NPs size through varying calcination temperature and/or increasing the doping concentration of magnetic rare earth oxide.

  10. Highly transparent and UV-resistant superhydrophobic SiO2-coated ZnO nanorod arrays

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    Gao, Yangqin


    Highly transparent and UV-resistant superhydrophobic arrays of SiO 2-coated ZnO nanorods are prepared in a sequence of low-temperature (<150 C) steps on both glass and thin sheets of PET (2 × 2 in. 2), and the superhydrophobic nanocomposite is shown to have minimal impact on solar cell device performance under AM1.5G illumination. Flexible plastics can serve as front cell and backing materials in the manufacture of flexible displays and solar cells. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  11. Interaction between SiO2 and a KF-KCl-K2SiF6 Melt. (United States)

    Zaykov, Yurii P; Isakov, Andrey V; Zakiryanova, Irina D; Reznitskikh, Olga G; Chemezov, Oleg V; Redkin, Alexander A


    The solubility mechanism of silica in a fluoride-chloride melt has been determined in situ using Raman spectroscopy. The spectroscopy data revealed that the silica solubility process involved Si-O bond breakage and Si-F bond formation. The process results in the formation of silicate complexes, fluorine-bearing silicate complexes, and silicon tetrafluoride in the melt. Mass spectrometry of the vapor phase over the KF-KCl-K2SiF6 and KF-KCl-K2SiF6-SiO2 melts and differential scanning calorimetry coupled with thermal gravimetric analysis of these melts were performed to verify the silica solubility mechanism.


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    Full Text Available In this research a highly efficient one-pot preparation of tricarboxamide derivatives via five-component reactions of isocyanides, aldehydes Meldrum's acid and 2equiv. of amines have been developed in the presence of Fe3O4@SiO2-OSO3H nanocomposite. Nano-Fe3O4 encapsulated-silica particles bearing sulfonic acid was readily recovered using an external magnet and could be reused several times without significant loss of reactivity. The catalyst was fully characterized by VSM, FT-IR, SEM, XRD, EDX and TEM analysis.

  13. Structural and optical characterization of Mn doped ZnS nanocrystals elaborated by ion implantation in SiO2

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    Bonafos, C.; Garrido, B.; Lopez, M.; Romano-Rodriguez, A.; Gonzalez-Varona, O.; Perez-Rodriguez, A.; Morante, J.R.; Rodriguez, R.


    Mn doped ZnS nanocrystals have been formed in SiO 2 layers by ion implantation and thermal annealing. The structural analysis of the processed samples has been performed mainly by Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (SIMS) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The data show the precipitation of ZnS nanocrystals self-organized into two layers parallel to the free surface. First results of the optical analysis of samples co-implanted with Mn show the presence of a yellow-green photoluminescence depending on the Mn concentration and the size of the nanocrystals, suggesting the doping with Mn of some precipitates

  14. Effect of Pad Surface Roughness on SiO2 Removal Rate in Chemical Mechanical Polishing with Ceria Slurry (United States)

    Yoshida, Masato; Ono, Hiroshi; Nishiyama, Masaya; Ashizawa, Toranosuke; Doi, Toshiro


    The effect of pad surface roughness on SiO2 removal rate was investigated using four different slurries containing ceria (CeO2) powders of different crystallite sizes and mean particle sizes. A clear maximum was observed in the dependence of removal rate on pad surface roughness. The four ceria slurries showed a peak in blanket wafer removal rate against pad surface roughness Ra. The peak moved toward larger Ra values with decreasing ceria crystallite size. The removal rate was strongly influenced not only by pad surface roughness but also by the crystallite size of ceria in the slurry.

  15. Cathodoluminescence properties of SiO2:Pr3+and ZnO.SiO2:Pr3+ phosphor nanopowders

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    Mhlongo, GH


    Full Text Available regardless of the incorporation of Pr3+ and nanocrystalline ZnO or annealing at 600 °C. The particles were mostly spherical and agglomerated as confirmed by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy. Thermogravimetric analysis of dried gels performed... to the 3P0 → 3H6 transition of Pr3+ was observed at 614 nm from dried and annealed SiO2:Pr 3+ powder samples. This emission was increased considerably when ZnO nanoparticles were incorporated. The CL intensity was measured at an accelerating voltage...

  16. Love waves in SiO(2) layers on STW-resonators based on LiTaO(3). (United States)

    Barié, N; Wessa, T; Bruns, M; Rapp, M


    We present first studies of sensitivity increase of commercially available Murata SAF 380-type surface acoustic wave (SAW) devices by the excitation of Love waves. Sputtered SiO(2) is studied as wave-guiding layer. Excitation of Love waves on such devices is investigated both theoretically and experimentally. It is demonstrated that the application of an optimized wave-guiding layer increases the sensitivity. Both theoretical predictions and experiments yield an optimum layer thickness for maximum mass sensitivity between 3 and 4mum for the given system.

  17. Co-Au core-shell nanocrystals formed by sequential ion implantation into SiO2

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    Kluth, P.; Hoy, B.; Johannessen, B.; Dunn, S. G.; Foran, G. J.; Ridgway, M. C.


    Co-Au core-shell nanocrystals (NCs) were formed by sequential ion implantation of Au and Co into thin SiO 2 . The NCs were investigated by means of transmission electron microscopy and extended x-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy. The latter reveals a bond length expansion in the Co core compared to monatomic Co NCs. Concomitantly, a significant contraction of the bond length and a significant reduction of the effective Au-Au coordination number were observed in the Au shells. Increased Debye-Waller factors indicate significant strain in the NCs. These experimental results verify recent theoretical predictions

  18. The effects of irradiation and proton implantation on the density of mobile protons in SiO2 films

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    Vanheusden, K.


    Proton implantation into the buried oxide of Si/SiO 2 /Si structures does not introduce mobile protons. The cross section for capture of radiation-induced electrons by mobile protons is two orders of magnitude smaller than for electron capture by trapped holes. The data provide new insights into the atomic mechanisms governing the generation and radiation tolerance of mobile protons in SiO 2 . This can lead to improved techniques for production and radiation hardening of radiation tolerant memory devices

  19. Microstructure and magnetic properties of FePt:Ag nanocomposite films on SiO2/Si(1 0 0)

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    Wang Hao; Yang, F.J.; Wang, H.B.; Cao, X.; Xue, S.X.; Wang, J.A.; Gao, Y.; Huang, Z.B.; Yang, C.P.; Chiah, M.F.; Cheung, W.Y.; Wong, S.P.; Li, Q.; Li, Z.Y.


    FePt:Ag nanocomposite films were prepared by pulsed filtered vacuum arc deposition system and subsequent rapid thermal annealing on SiO 2 /Si(1 0 0) substrates. The microstructure and magnetic properties were investigated. A strong dependence of coercivity and ordering of the face-central tetragonal structure on both Ag concentration and annealing temperature was observed. With Ag concentration of 22% in atomic ratio, the coercivity got to 6.0 kOe with a grain size of 6.7 nm when annealing temperature was 400 deg. C

  20. One-pot reverse microemulsion synthesis of core-shell structured YVO4:Eu3+@SiO2 nanocomposites (United States)

    Liu, Lina; Yue, Surong; Zhang, Yongsheng; Qin, Ruifei; Liu, Lishuang; Zhang, Dongmei; Sun, Ruirui; Chen, Linfeng


    Core-shell structured YVO4:Eu3+@SiO2 nanocomposite particles were synthesized using a one-pot reverse microemulsion method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV absorption spectra, and photoluminescent spectra. The nanocomposite particles are well-dispersed and about 20 nm in average size. The synthesis method is of one-pot, simplifying the preparation of this kind of core-shell structured nanocomposites. The formation process of these nanocomposite particles is suggested and the photoluminescence properties of them are studied and compared with those of uncoated YVO4:Eu3+ sample.

  1. Surface properties of SiO2 with and without H2O2 treatment as gate dielectrics for pentacene thin-film transistor applications (United States)

    Hung, Cheng-Chun; Lin, Yow-Jon


    The effect of H2O2 treatment on the surface properties of SiO2 is studied. H2O2 treatment leads to the formation of Si(sbnd OH)x at the SiO2 surface that serves to reduce the number of trap states, inducing the shift of the Fermi level toward the conduction band minimum. H2O2 treatment also leads to a noticeable reduction in the value of the SiO2 capacitance per unit area. The effect of SiO2 layers with H2O2 treatment on the behavior of carrier transports for the pentacene/SiO2-based organic thin-film transistor (OTFT) is also studied. Experimental identification confirms that the shift of the threshold voltage towards negative gate-source voltages is due to the reduced number of trap states in SiO2 near the pentacene/SiO2 interface. The existence of a hydrogenated layer between pentacene and SiO2 leads to a change in the pentacene-SiO2 interaction, increasing the value of the carrier mobility.

  2. Size dependent structural, vibrational and magnetic properties of BiFeO3 and core-shell structured BiFeO3@SiO2 nanoparticles

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    Chauhan, Sunil; Kumar, Manoj; Chhoker, Sandeep; Katyal, S. C.


    Bulk BiFeO 3 , BiFeO 3 nanoparticles and core-shell structured BiFeO 3 @SiO 2 nanoparticles were synthesized by solid state reaction method, sol-gel and Stöber process (SiO 2 shell) respectively. Transmission electron microscopy image confirmed the core-shell structure of BiFeO 3 @SiO 2 nanoparticles with BiFeO3 core ∼50-90 nm and SiO 2 shell ∼16 nm. X-ray diffraction and FTIR spectroscopy results showed the presence of distorted rhombohedral structure with R3c space group in all three samples. The magnetic measurement indicated the existence of room-temperature weak ferromagnetism in core-shell BiFeO 3 @SiO 2 nanoparticles and BiFeO3 nanoparticles, whereas bulk BiFeO 3 showed antiferromagnteic nature. Electron Spin Resonance results confirmed the enhancement in magnetic properties of coreshell structured BiFeO 3 @SiO 2 nanoparticles in comparison with BiFeO 3 nanoparticles and bulk BiFeO 3

  3. Interaction of SiO2 Nanoparticles with Seed Prechilling on Germination and Early Seedling Growth of Tall Wheatgrass (Agropyron Elongatum L.

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    Azimi Reyhane


    Full Text Available The effect of six SiO2 nanosized concentrations (0, 5, 20, 40, 60 and 80 mg L-1 and three seed prechilling treatments (control, seed prechilling before nano SiO2 treatments, treatments of seed with nano SiO2 before prechilling on germination and seedling growth of tall wheatgrass (Agropyron elongatum L. were studied. Results indicated that application of SiO2 nanoparticles significantly increased seed germination of tall wheatgrass from 58 percent in control group to 86.3 and 85.7 percent in 40 and 60 mg L-1, respectively. Applying SiO2 nanoparticles increased dry weight of shoot, root and seedling of tall wheatgrass. Increasing concentration of nanoparticle from 0 up to 40 mg L-1 increased seedling weight around 49 percent compared to the control, nevertheless decreased under 60 and 80 mg L-1 treatments. In conclusion, seed prechilling in combination with SiO2 nanoparticles largely broke the seed dormancy for A. elongatum.

  4. Influence of CO annealing in metal-oxide-semiconductor capacitors with SiO2 films thermally grown on Si and on SiC (United States)

    Pitthan, E.; dos Reis, R.; Corrêa, S. A.; Schmeisser, D.; Boudinov, H. I.; Stedile, F. C.


    Understanding the influence of SiC reaction with CO, a by-product of SiC thermal oxidation, is a key point to elucidate the origin of electrical defects in SiC metal-oxide-semiconductor (MOS) devices. In this work, the effects on electrical, structural, and chemical properties of SiO2/Si and SiO2/SiC structures submitted to CO annealing were investigated. It was observed that long annealing times resulted in the incorporation of carbon from CO in the Si substrate, followed by deterioration of the SiO2/Si interface, and its crystallization as SiC. Besides, this incorporated carbon remained in the Si surface (previous SiO2/Si region) after removal of the silicon dioxide film by HF etching. In the SiC case, an even more defective surface region was observed due to the CO interaction. All MOS capacitors formed using both semiconductor materials presented higher leakage current and generation of positive effective charge after CO annealings. Such results suggest that the negative fixed charge, typically observed in SiO2/SiC structures, is not originated from the interaction of the CO by-product, formed during SiC oxidation, with the SiO2/SiC interfacial region.

  5. Synthesis and Characterization of Magnetized Photocatalyst Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 by Heteroagglomeration Method (United States)

    Hasnah Dewi, Sari; Sutanto; Fisli, A.; Wardiyati, S.


    Magnetic photocatalysts Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 have been prepared using heteroagglomeration method. Synthesis of magnetic photocatalyst Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 was carried out through four stages : (1) synthesis of photocatalyst TiO2 nanoparticles by TiCl4 coprecipitation in ammonia solution, (2) synthesis of Fe3O4 nanoparticles through precipitation method using a mixture of Fe (III) / Fe (II) (2: 1 mole ratio) in ammonia solution, (3) coating with SiO2 through hydrolysis of silicate ion, (4) in the final stage, Fe3O4/SiO2 was mixed with TiO2 in hetero-agglomeration manner. Structure and morphology of resultan composites have been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were confirmed that composite Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 succefully synthesized. The functionality photocatalyst of the particles was tested by eliminating of methylene blue (MB) under UV light. The result showed the magnetite photocatalyst Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 has phototacalytic and absorbtion properties so that it has good performance at dyes removal in water higher than pure TiO2, and capable to perform repeatition process at least 4 times.

  6. The preparation and photocatalytic activity of CdS/(Cal-Ta2O5-SiO2) composite photocatalyst under visible light (United States)

    Li, Juxia


    CdS/(Cal-Ta2O5-SiO2) composite photocatalyst has been successfully fabricated via wet chemistry method. Ta2O5-SiO2 with multi-step Ta2O5 deposition on SiO2 has more Ta2O5 on SiO2 to ensure the active sites. Trough multi-step calcination, Ta2O5 can load on SiO2 with uniform and stable, which make it have high photocatalytic activity. The obtained samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), diffuse reflectance ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis) and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL). Without any co-catalysts, the as-prepared CdS/(Cal-Ta2O5-SiO2) exhibited remarkable photocatalytic activity and recyclability both in the degradation of rhodamine B and in the hydrogen production from water splitting under visible light.

  7. Immobilization of laccase on modified Fe3O4@SiO2@Kit-6 magnetite nanoparticles for enhanced delignification of olive pomace bio-waste. (United States)

    Amin, Reza; Khorshidi, Alireza; Shojaei, Abdollah Fallah; Rezaei, Shahla; Faramarzi, Mohammad Ali


    Lignocellulose is considered a major source for the production of valuable chemicals. Efficient degradation of lignin as the natural carrier of the lignocellulosic biomass represents a key limiting factor in biomass digestibility. Recently, biological delignification methods have been promoted as sustainable and environmentally friendly alternatives to the traditional technologies. In this study, porous nanocomposite of Fe 3 O 4 @SiO 2 @KIT-6 with magnetic properties was synthesized. The immobilized laccase supported on nanocomposite with enhanced stability in a hydrophobic ionic liquid has been developed for both olive pomace delignification and degradation of phenolic extracts from the pomace. After 6 h incubation, the degradation rate of lignin and phenol by the immobilized laccase was estimated to be 77.3% and 76.5%, respectively. The immobilized laccase retained 70% of its initial degradation ability after 11 successive batch treatments of olive pomace. Furthermore, the immobilized laccase retained >70% of its initial activity after 21 days of storage at room temperature. The obtained results indicated that the immobilized laccase on magnetic mesoporous support together with (1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate) ([Bmim][PF 6 ]) could potentially provide a promising procedure for an improved enzymatic degradation of lignin and phenol in the related industries. Copyright © 2018. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  8. Photocatalytic, Morphological and Structural Properties of the TiO2-SiO2-Ag Porous Structures Based System

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    Gábor Kovács


    Full Text Available TiO2-SiO2-based nanocomposites with highly porous structures are gaining ever increasing attention due to their specific properties and large variability of synthesis pathways together with wide information on the impact of the synthesis on the activity of the catalyst. This thereby offers an alternative approach to traditional/commercially available photocatalysts. In our work TiO2-SiO2 based aerogels were obtained and modified with various amount of Ag nanoparticles, using different synthesis pathways. In the first instance their photocatalytic activity was examined in detail, by observing major differences toward salicylic acid and correlating them with their morphological and structural properties (investigating their mesoporous character, band-gap values, crystallinity grade etc.. Applying different techniques such as diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS, X-ray diffraction measurements (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, Raman- and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS the nanoparticles and their composite morphological and structural details were successfully evaluated. Major differences were observed in the activity towards salicylic acid.

  9. Effectively Improved SiO2-TiO2 Composite Films Applied in Commercial Multicrystalline Silicon Solar Cells

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    Chih-Hsiang Yang


    Full Text Available Composite silicon dioxide-titanium dioxide (SiO2-TiO2 films are deposited on a large area of 15.6 × 15.6 cm2 textured multicrystalline silicon solar cells to increase the incident light trapped within the device. For further improvement of the antireflective coatings (ARCs quality, dimethylformamide (DMF solution is added to the original SiO2-TiO2 solutions. DMF solution solves the cracking problem, thus effectively decreasing reflectance as well as surface recombination. The ARCs prepared by sol-gel process and plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD on multicrystalline silicon substrate are compared. The average efficiency of the devices with improved sol-gel ARCs is 16.3%, only 0.5% lower than that of devices with PECVD ARCs (16.8%. However, from equipment depreciation point of view (the expiration date of equipment is generally considered as 5 years, the running cost (USD/watt of sol-gel technique is 80% lower than that of PECVD method for the first five years and 66% lower than that of PECVD method from the start of the sixth year. This result proves that sol-gel-deposited ARCs process has potential applications in manufacturing low-cost, large-area solar cells.

  10. A VUV photoionization measurement and ab-initio calculation of the ionization energy of gas phase SiO2

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    Kostko, Oleg; Ahmed, Musahid; Metz, Ricardo B.


    In this work we report on the detection and vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) photoionization of gas phase SiO2 generated in situ via laser ablation of silicon in a CO2 molecular beam. The resulting species are investigated by single photon ionization with tunable VUV synchrotron radiation and mass analyzed using reflectron mass spectrometry. Photoionization efficiency (PIE) curves are recorded for SiO and SiO2 and ionization energy estimates are revealed from such measurements. A state-to-state ionizationenergy of 12.60 (+-0.05) eV is recorded by fitting two prominent peaks in the PIE curve for the following process: 1SUM O-Si-O --> 2PRODg [O-Si-O]+. Electronic structure calculations aid in the interpretation of the photoionization process and allow for identification of the symmetric stretch of 2PRODg [O-Si-O]+ which is observed in the PIE spectrum to be 0.11 eV (890 cm-1) above the ground state of the cation and agrees with the 892 cm-1 symmetric stretch frequency calculated at the CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ level.

  11. Preparation and characterization of ZnO particles embedded in SiO2 matrix by reactive magnetron sputtering

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    Ma, J.G.; Liu, Y.C.; Xu, C.S.; Liu, Y.X.; Shao, C.L.; Xu, H.Y.; Zhang, J.Y.; Lu, Y.M.; Shen, D.Z.; Fan, X.W.


    ZnO particles embedded in SiO 2 thin films were prepared by a radio-frequency magnetron sputtering technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and optical-absorption spectra showed that ZnO particles with hexagonal wurtzite structure had been embedded in the SiO 2 matrix, and the size of ZnO particles increased with increasing annealing temperature from 773 to 973 K. Raman-scattering and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrum measurements also confirmed the presence of ZnO particles. When the annealing temperature was lower than 973 K, room-temperature photoluminescence (PL) spectra showed dominative deep-level emissions in the visible region and very weak ultraviolet emissions. As the annealing temperature increased to 973 K, an emission band in the ultraviolet region besides the emissions from free and bound excitons recombination was observed in the low-temperature PL spectra. The origin of the ultraviolet emission bands was discussed with the help of temperature-dependent PL spectra. When the annealing temperature was higher than 973 K, Zn 2 SiO 4 particles were formed, as shown by XRD and FTIR results


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    Full Text Available En este trabajo se estudió la velocidad de reacción del carbazol sobre catalizadores NiMo soportados sobre Al2O3 modificada superficialmente con SiO2 (0 y 10 % en peso de SiO2 en el soporte. Los catalizadores fueron evaluados en un reactor intermitente a cuatro temperaturas (287, 300, 312 y 325oC, presión de 4.0 MPa y relación molar hidrogeno/carbazol de 2400. A partir de los resultados experimentales se realizó un estudio cinético utilizando ecuaciones del tipo Langmuir-Hinshelwood (L-H. Luego, los parámetros cinéticos fueron estimados mediante la minimización de Powell (programa Scientist de MicroMath. Los resultados muestran que el catalizador con sílice (NiMo-SAC 10 alcanza una mayor actividad para la HDN de carbazol debido a que presenta un mayor número de sitios activos (valor de A, así como una menor fuerza de adsorción entre el reactante y la superficie catalítica (valor de KN, lo cual posiblemente favorece una mejor regeneración de sitios activos.

  13. Effect of Si implantation on the microstructure of silicon nanocrystals and surrounding SiO2 layer

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    Ross, G.G.; Smirani, R.; Levitcharsky, V.; Wang, Y.Q.; Veilleux, G.; Saint-Jacques, R.G.


    Si nanocrystals (Si-nc) embedded in a SiO 2 layer have been characterized by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). For local Si concentration in excess 8 x 10 21 Si + /cm 3 , the size of the Si-nc was found to be ∼3 nm and comparatively homogeneous throughout the whole implanted layer. For local Si concentration in excess of ∼2.4 x 10 22 Si + /cm 3 , the Si-nc diameter ranges from ∼2 to ∼12 nm in the sample, the Si-nc in the middle region of the implanted layer being bigger than those near the surface and the bottom of the layer. Also, Si-nc are visible deeper than the implanted depth. Characterization by XPS shows that a large quantity of oxygen was depleted from the first ∼25 nm in this sample (also visible on TEM image) and most of the SiO 2 bonds have been replaced by Si-O bonds. Experimental and simulation results suggest that a local Si concentration in excess of ∼3 x 10 21 Si/cm 3 is required for the production of Si-nc

  14. Paramagnetic point defects in amorphous thin films of SiO2 and Si3N4: An update (United States)

    Poindexter, E. H.; Warren, W. L.

    Recent research on point defects in thin films of SiO2 and Si3SN4 on Si is presented and reviewed. In SiO2 it is now clear that no one type of E(prime) center is the sole source of radiation-induced positive charge; hydrogenous moieties or other types of E(prime) are proposed. Molecular orbital theory and easy passivation of E(prime) by H2 suggest that released H might depassivate P(sub b) sites. A charged E(prime)(sub delta) center has been seen in Cl-free SIMOX and thermal oxide film, and it is reassigned to an electron delocalized over four O3 triple bond Si units around a fifth Si. In Si3N4 a new model for the amphoteric charging of Si triple bond N3 moieties is based on local shifts in defect energy with respect to the Fermi level, arising from nonuniform composition; it does not assume negative-U electron correlation. A new defect NN(sub 2)(sup 0) has been identified, with dangling orbital on a 2-coordinated N atom bonded to another N.

  15. Atom probe tomography analysis of SiGe fins embedded in SiO2: Facts and artefacts. (United States)

    Melkonyan, D; Fleischmann, C; Arnoldi, L; Demeulemeester, J; Kumar, A; Bogdanowicz, J; Vurpillot, F; Vandervorst, W


    We present atom probe analysis of 40nm wide SiGe fins embedded in SiO 2 and discuss the root cause of artefacts observed in the reconstructed data. Additionally, we propose a simple data treatment routine, relying on complementary transmission electron microscopy analysis, to improve compositional analysis of the embedded SiGe fins. Using field evaporation simulations, we show that for high oxide to fin width ratios the difference in evaporation field thresholds between SiGe and SiO 2 results in a non-hemispherical emitter shape with a negative curvature in the direction across, but not along the fin. This peculiar emitter shape leads to severe local variations in radius and hence in magnification across the emitter apex causing ion trajectory aberrations and crossings. As shown by our experiments and simulations, this translates into unrealistic variations in the detected atom densities and faulty dimensions in the reconstructed volume, with the width of the fin being up to six-fold compressed. Rectification of the faulty dimensions and density variations in the SiGe fin was demonstrated with our dedicated data treatment routine. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Toluene and chlorobenzene dinitration over solid H3PO4/MoO3/SiO2 catalyst. (United States)

    Adamiak, Joanna; Kalinowska-Alichnewicz, Dorota; Szadkowski, Michał; Skupiński, Wincenty


    A new catalyst, H(3)PO(4)/MoO(3)/SiO(2), was prepared by modification of MoO(3)/SiO(2) using phosphoric acid. The characterization of the catalyst was performed using Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy, potentiometric titration and nitrogen adsorption-desorption methods. Molybdenum oxides were identified along with phosphomolybdic acid and polymolybdates on the modified surface. The suitability of the catalysts for toluene and chlorobenzene nitration in continuous process was examined. Toluene is effectively nitrated to dinitrotoluene (DNT) in one-stage process (96 wt.% of DNT in the product) and in mild conditions i.e. at room temperature and only with ten-fold excess of nitric acid. In chlorobenzene nitration only twelve-fold excess of nitric acid is needed to obtain as high yield as 95 wt.%. Most importantly, the novel catalysts we have developed, provide the opportunity for sulfuric acid- free nitration of aromatic compounds. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Photo-induced tunneling currents in MOS structures with various HfO2/SiO2 stacking dielectrics

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    Chin-Sheng Pang


    Full Text Available In this study, the current conduction mechanisms of structures with tandem high-k dielectric in illumination are discussed. Samples of Al/SiO2/Si (S, Al/HfO2/SiO2/Si (H, and Al/3HfO2/SiO2/Si (3H were examined. The significant observation of electron traps of sample H compares to sample S is found under the double bias capacitance-voltage (C-V measurements in illumination. Moreover, the photo absorption sensitivity of sample H is higher than S due to the formation of HfO2 dielectric layer, which leads to larger numbers of carriers crowded through the sweep of VG before the domination of tunneling current. Additionally, the HfO2 dielectric layer would block the electrons passing through oxide from valance band, which would result in less electron-hole (e−-h+ pairs recombination effect. Also, it was found that both of the samples S and H show perimeter dependency of positive bias currents due to strong fringing field effect in dark and illumination; while sample 3H shows area dependency of positive bias currents in strong illumination. The non-uniform tunneling current through thin dielectric and through HfO2 stacking layers are importance to MOS(p tunneling photo diodes.

  18. The Effects of SiO2 Nanoparticles on Mechanical and Physicochemical Properties of Potato Starch Films

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    Z. Torabi


    Full Text Available In this paper effect of SiO2 nanoparticles was investigated on potato starch films. Potato starch films were prepared by casting method with addition of nano-silicon dioxide and a mixture of sorbitol/glycerol (weight ratio of 3 to 1 as plasticizers. SiO2 nanoparticles incorporated to the potato starch films at different concentrations 0, 1, 2, 3, and 5% of total solid, and the films were dried under controlled conditions.  Physicochemical properties such as water absorption capacity (WAC, water vapor permeability (WVP and mechanical properties of the films were measured. Results show that by increasing the concentration of silicon dioxide nanoparticles, mechanical properties of films can be improved. Also incorporation of silicon dioxide nanoparticles in the structure of biopolymer decrease permeability of the gaseous molecules such as water vapor. In summary, addition of silicon dioxide nanoparticles improves functional properties of potato starch films and these bio Nano composites can be used in food packaging.

  19. Magnetite (Fe3O4 Nanoparticle Synthesis using Silica (SiO2 Template and Magnetic Properties Characterisation

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    Suryani Taib


    Full Text Available Nanoparticles of magnetite (Fe3O4 have been successfully synthesized by coprecipitation method by mixing FeSO4.7H2O and FeCl3.6H2O with the addition of 10% NH4OH as kopresipitan. Then, functionalized Fe3O4  concentration variation silica (SiO2 5%, 10%, 15%, 20%, 30% and 50%. Particle size and magnetic properties of Fe3O4 nanoparticles were tested by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD and Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM. XRD results showed the addition of silica is not found new phases when added SiO2that serves as a template. The particle size of Fe3O4 nanoparticles obtained 14.23 nm, while the Fe3O4nanoparticles with the addition of a concentration of 5% and 20% respectively SiO215.45 nm and 16.37 nm. VSM results show the value of saturation magnetization and remanent magnetization decreased as more silica concentration, and increased coercivity field. Test Results of Fourier Transform Infra Red (FTIR obtained new peaks which indicate that the functionalization process Fe3O4 with silica has been successfully carried out.

  20. Single electron transistors with hydrogen treatment of ALD SiO2 in nanoscale metal-insulator-metal tunnel junctions (United States)

    Karbasian, Golnaz; McConnell, Michael S.; Orlov, Alexei O.; Nazarov, Alexei N.; Snider, Gregory L.


    Over the past five years, fabrication of metal-insulator-metal (MIM) single electron transistors (SET) featuring atomic layer deposition (ALD) of ultrathin tunnel barrier dielectrics (SiO2, Al2O3) has been reported. However, the performance of fabricated devices was significantly compromised by the presence of native metal oxide and problems associated with the nucleation of ALD dielectrics on metal substrates. To overcome the difficulty of dielectric ALD nucleation on metal substrates, we recently developed a fabrication technique in which the native metal oxide naturally forming in the presence of the ALD oxidant precursor is first used to promote the nucleation of ALD dielectrics, and then is chemically reduced by forming gas anneal (FGA) at temperatures near 400 °C. However, despite the elimination of native oxide, low temperature characterization of the devices fabricated using FGA reveals excess ‘switching’ noise of a very large magnitude resulting from charged defects within the junctions. It has been previously reported that remote hydrogen plasma (RHP) treatment of SiO2 thin films effectively eradicates fabrication defects. This work reports a comparative study of Ni-based MIM SET treated with FGA and/or RHP. We show that, using a combination of FGA and RHP treatments, it is possible to obtain MIM junctions free of switching noise and without a detectable contribution of native oxide.

  1. Co-electrospinning fabrication and photocatalytic performance of TiO2/SiO2 core/sheath nanofibers with tunable sheath thickness

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    Cao, Houbao; Du, Pingfan; Song, Lixin; Xiong, Jie; Yang, Junjie; Xing, Tonghai; Liu, Xin; Wu, Rongrong; Wang, Minchao; Shao, Xiaoli


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The core–sheath TiO 2 /SiO 2 nanofibers were fabricated by co-electrospinning technique. • The catalytic property of nanofibers with different sheath thickness was studied. • The potential methods of improving catalytic efficiency are suggested. - Abstract: In this paper, core/sheath TiO 2 /SiO 2 nanofibers with tunable sheath thickness were directly fabricated via a facile co-electrospinning technique with subsequent calcination at 500 °C. The morphologies and structures of core/sheath TiO 2 /SiO 2 nanofibers were characterized by TGA, FESEM, TEM, FTIR, XPS and BET. It was found that the 1D core/sheath nanofibers are made up of anatase–rutile TiO 2 core and amorphous SiO 2 sheath. The influences of SiO 2 sheath and its thickness on the photoreactivity were evaluated by observing photo-degradation of methylene blue aqueous solution under the irradiation of UV light. Compared with pure TiO 2 nanofibers, the core/sheath TiO 2 /SiO 2 nanofibers performed a better catalytic performance. That was attributed to not only efficient separation of hole–electron pairs resulting from the formation of heterojunction but also larger surface area and surface silanol group which will be useful to provide higher capacity for oxygen adsorption to generate more hydroxyl radicals. And the optimized core/sheath TiO 2 /SiO 2 nanofibers with a sheath thickness of 37 nm exhibited the best photocatalytic performance

  2. A chemiluminescence biosensor based on the adsorption recognition function between Fe3O4@SiO2@GO polymers and DNA for ultrasensitive detection of DNA (United States)

    Sun, Yuanling; Li, Jianbo; Wang, Yanhui; Ding, Chaofan; Lin, Yanna; Sun, Weiyan; Luo, Chuannan


    In this work, a chemiluminescence (CL) biosensor was prepared for ultrasensitive determination of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) based on the adsorption recognition function between core-shell Fe3O4@SiO2 - graphene oxide (Fe3O4@SiO2@GO) polymers and DNA. The Fe3O4@SiO2@GO polymers were composed by GO and magnetite nanoparticles. And the core-shell polymers were confirmed by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), X-Ray Powder Diffraction (XRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR). Then Fe3O4@SiO2@GO was modified by DNA. Based on the principle of complementary base, Fe3O4@SiO2@GO-DNA was introduced to the CL system and the selectivity, sensitivity of DNA detection was significantly improved. The adsorption properties of Fe3O4@SiO2@GO to DNA were researched through the adsorption equilibrium, adsorption kinetic and thermodynamics. Under optimized CL conditions, DNA could be assayed with the linear concentration range of 5.0 × 10- 12-2.5 × 10- 11 mol/L. The detection limit was 1.7 × 10- 12 mol/L (3δ) and the relative standard deviation (RSD) was 3.1%. The biosensor was finally used for the determination of DNA in laboratory samples and recoveries ranged from 99% to 103%. The satisfactory results revealed the potential application of Fe3O4@SiO2@GO-DNA-CL biosensor in the diagnosis and the treatment of human genetic diseases.

  3. Integration of Biological, Physical/Chemical and Energy Efficient Systems in the CELSS Antarctic Analog: Performance of Prototype Systems and Issues for Life Support (United States)

    Bubenheim, David L.; Flynn, Michael T.; Lamparter, Richard; Bates, Maynard; Kliss, Mark (Technical Monitor)


    The Controlled Ecological Life Support System (CELSS) Antarctic Analog Project (CAAP) is a joint endeavor between the National Science Foundation, Office of Polar Programs (NSF-OPP), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The fundamental objective is to develop, deploy, and operate a testbed of advanced life support technologies at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station that enable the objectives of both the NSF and NASA. The functions of food production, water purification, and waste treatment, recycle, and reduction provided by CAAP will improve the quality of life for the South Pole inhabitants, reduce logistics dependence, enhance safety, and minimize environmental impacts associated with human presence on the polar plateau. Because of the analogous technical, scientific, and mission features with Planetary missions, such as a mission to Mars, CAAP provides NASA with a method for validating technologies and overall approaches to supporting humans. Prototype systems for waste treatment, water recycle, resource recovery and crop production are being evaluated in a testbed at Ames Research Center. The combined performance of these biological and physical/chemical systems as an integrated function in support of the human habitat will be discussed. Overall system performance will be emphasized. The effectiveness and efficiency of component technologies will be discussed in the context of energy and mass flow within the system and contribution to achieving a mass and energy conservative system. Critical to the discussion are interfaces with habitat functions outside of the closed-loop life support: the ability of the system to satisfy the life support requirements of the habitat and the ability to define input requirements. The significance of analog functions in relation to future Mars habitats will be discussed.

  4. Ladle and Continuous Casting Process Models for Reduction of SiO2 in SiO2-Al2O3-CaO Slags by Al in Fe-Al(-Si) Melts (United States)

    Park, Jiwon; Sridhar, S.; Fruehan, Richard J.


    Based on a mixed control or two-phase mass transfer model considering mass transport in the metal and the slag phases, process models for ladle and continuous castor mold were developed to predict the changes in the metal and the slag chemistry and viscosity. In the ladle process model, the rate of reaction is primarily determined by stirring gas flow rate, which greatly alters the mass transports of the metal and the slag phases. In the continuous casting process model, the effects of the Al, Si, and SiO2 contents in the incoming flow of the fluid phases, casting speed, mold flux consumption rate, and depth of the liquid mold flux pool on the steady-state compositions of the metal and the mold flux were assessed.

  5. Synthesis, characterization and in vitro bioactivity of sol-gel-derived SiO2-CaO-P2O5-MgO bioglass

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    Saboori, A.; Rabiee, M.; Moztarzadeh, F.; Sheikhi, M.; Tahriri, M.; Karimi, M.


    In this study, the synthesis of SiO 2 -CaO-P 2 O 5 -MgO bioactive glass was performed by the sol-gel method. Sol-gel-derived bioglass material was produced both in powder and in discs form by uniaxial pressing, followed by sintering at 700 deg. C. The obtained material was evaluated by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscope (SEM), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analyses. The biocompatibility evaluation of the formed glass was assessed through in vitro cell culture [alkaline phosphatase (AP) activity of osteoblasts] experiments and immersion studies in simulated body fluid (SBF) for different time intervals while monitoring the pH changes and the concentration of calcium, phosphorus and magnesium in the SBF medium. The SEM, XRD and FTIR studies were conducted before and after soaking of the material in SBF. At first, an amorphous calcium phosphate was formed; after 7 days this surface consisted of deposited crystalline apatite. The present investigation also revealed that the sol-gel derived quaternary bioglass system has the ability to support the growth of human fetal osteoblastic cells (hFOB 1.19). Finally, this material proved to be non-toxic and compatible for the proposed work in segmental defects in the goat model in vivo

  6. Unsymmetrical urea and thiourea derivatives: An efficient nano BF 3-SiO 2 catalyzed PEG-400 mediated sonochemical synthesis and biological evaluation

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    D. B. Janakiramudu


    Full Text Available An efficient and green approach has been developed for the synthesis of (substituted phenyl-3-(4-(4-nitrophenylthiophenylurea/thiourea derivatives 6(a-j using non-hazardous green solvent, PEG-400 under ultrasound irradiation conditions in the presence of a reusable silica-supported Lewis acid catalyst, nano-BF 3-SiO 2via simple addition reaction of 4-(4-nitrophenylthioaniline (4 with substituted phenyl isocyanates/isothiocyanates 5 (a-j. The advantages of developed method are convenient, offered higher yield of products with purity, less reaction time, easy work-up and reusability of the catalyst. Structures of the title products were established by IR, NMR ( 1H, 13C, mass spectral data and elemental analysis. Antimicrobial activity of the newly synthesized compounds was tested and the bio-screening data disclosed that urea derivatives, 6a and 6d, and thiourea derivatives, 6f, 6i and 6j showed potential antimicrobial activity against the growth of selected microorganisms.

  7. Structural aspects of B2O3-substituted (PbO)0.5(SiO2)0.5 glasses

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    Sudarsan, V.; Kulshreshtha, S.K.; Shrikhande, V.K.; Kothiyal, G.P.


    Lead borosilicate glasses having general formulae (PbO) 0.5-x (SiO 2 ) 0.5 (B 2 O 3 ) x with 0.0≤x≤0.4 and (PbO) 0.5 (SiO 2 ) 0.5-y (B 2 O 3 ) y with 0.0≤y≤0.5 have been prepared by a conventional melt-quench method and characterized by 29 Si, 11 B magic angle spinning (MAS) NMR techniques and infrared spectroscopy, as regards their structural features. From 29 Si NMR results, it has been inferred that with increasing concentration of boron oxide, (PbO) 0.5-x (SiO 2 ) 0.5 (B 2 O 3 )x glasses exhibit a systematic increase in the number of Q 4 structural units of Si at the expense of Q 2 structural units, along with the formation of Si-O-B linkages. On the other hand, for (PbO) 0.5 (SiO 2 ) 0.5-y (B 2 O 3 ) y glasses, there is no direct interaction between SiO 2 and B 2 O 3 in the glass network, as revealed by the 29 Si MAS NMR studies. Boron exists in both trigonal and tetrahedral configurations for these two series of glasses and for the (PbO) 0.5 (SiO 2 ) 0.5-y (B 2 O 3 ) y series of glasses; the relative concentration of these two structural units remains almost constant with increasing B 2 O 3 concentration. In contrast, for (PbO) 0.5-x (SiO 2 ) 0.5 (B 2 O 3 ) x glasses, there is a slight increase in the number of BO 3 structural units above x = 0.2, as there is a competition between SiO 2 and B 2 O 3 for interaction with Pb 2+ , thereby leading to the formation of BO 3 structural units. For both series of glasses, the thermal expansion coefficient is found to decrease with increasing B 2 O 3 concentration, the effect being more pronounced for the (PbO) 0.5-x (SiO 2 ) 0.5 (B 2 O 3 ) x series of glasses due to the increased concentration of Q 4 structural units of silicon and better cross-linking as a result of the formation of Si-O-B-type linkages. (author)

  8. Thiophene Conversion and Ethanol Oxidation on SiO2-Supported 12-PMoV-Mixed Heteropoly Compounds

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    Spojakina, A. A.; Kostova, N. G.; Sow, Bineta; Stamenova, M. W.; Jirátová, Květa


    Roč. 65, 2-4 (2001), s. 315-321 ISSN 0920-5861 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z4072921 Keywords : thiophene conversion * ethanol oxidation * mixed heteropoly compounds Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering Impact factor: 2.333, year: 2001

  9. A new approach to the drug release kinetics of a discrete system: SiO2 system obtained by ultrasonic dry spraying. (United States)

    Jokanović, V; Čolović, B; Dutour Sikirić, M; Trajković, V


    Mesoporous silica materials have already proved to be non-toxic and biocompatible, and also to have large pore volume and very high specific surface area suitable for loading of small molecules. Having this in mind and the fact that silicon dioxide (SiO(2)) powders can be so designed to obtain particle structures organized at multi levels, SiO(2) was chosen as a potential carrier for metronidazole, an antibiotic drug. SiO(2) powder was synthesized in two stages: first silica sol was prepared by hydrothermal synthesis and second the sol was converted into powder by dry spraying with simultaneous incorporation of the antibiotic into its structure. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy study revealed very complex structure and sub-structure of SiO(2) particles. Cell viability tests were used for estimation of cytotoxicity of so synthesized SiO(2). The drug release data showed that the system can provide drug release for a long time. Also, the device behavior is fully predictable, according to our theoretical model of multilevel structure design, and gives many opportunities for model investigations of drug release and its kinetics. The pore sizes and their distribution were observed as a limiting factor of drug release kinetics. Therefore, as the pore sizes are given as a set of discrete values, the kinetics of drug release might also be given as a set of corresponding discrete values. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. A novel TiO2-SiO2 aerogel nanocomposite absorbent: preparation, characterization and photocatalytic degradation effects on automobile exhaust (United States)

    Zhang, Saisai; Zhang, Zhengqi; Pei, Jianzhong; Li, Rui; Zhang, Jiupeng; Cai, Jun; Cui, Jiexue


    In this paper, a novel TiO2-SiO2 aerogel nanocomposite absorbent was successfully synthesized using the sol-gel and ambient pressure drying method, and its photocatalytic degradation effects on automobile exhaust were investigated for the first time. The microstructures and properties of the Nano TiO2-SiO2 aerogels were characterized using various methods, including x-ray Diffraction (XRD), Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) specific surface area analysis, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR). The exhaust purification tests were conducted in a self-developed instrument to investigate the degradation effects of Nano TiO2-SiO2 aerogels on automobile exhaust through degradation rate. Experimental results showed that the Nano TiO2-SiO2 aerogels had a good photocatalytic degradation effect on automobile exhaust, and the degradation rates of CO, CO2, HC and NOx were 1.3%, 1.5%, 3.2% and 34.4%, respectively. The well-designed microstructure makes the Nano TiO2-SiO2 aerogels a stable photocatalytic material with high specific surface area and big average pore size, which has promising applications in environmental treatment.

  11. One-Step Synthesis of Hierarchical Micro-Mesoporous SiO2/Reduced Graphene Oxide Nanocomposites for Adsorption of Aqueous Cr(VI

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    Guiyun Yi


    Full Text Available A novel micro-mesostructured SiO2/reduced graphene oxide (RGO nanocomposite was successfully synthesized by means of simple one-step hydrothermal method under acidic conditions using tetraethoxysilane (TEOS and graphene oxide (GO as the raw material. The nanocomposites were characterized by TEM, XRD, FT-IR, TG-DSC, and N2 adsorption-desorption. The results showed that GO was partially reduced to RGO without adding any reducing agent and SiO2 nanoparticles (ca. 10 nm were uniformly anchored on the surface of RGO. The optimized composite contained 75 wt.% SiO2 and possessed hierarchical micro-mesoporous structure with surface area of 676 m2/g. The adsorption performance of synthesized SiO2/RGO samples was investigated by removal efficiency of Cr(VI ions in wastewater. The Cr(VI adsorption reached equilibrium in 30 min and 98.8% Cr(VI adsorption efficiency was achieved at pH = 2 at 35°C. Stability tests showed that SiO2 nanoparticles effectively prevented RGO from the restacking. The mechanisms of composite formation and for Cr(VI adsorption were suggested.

  12. Cs2.5H0.5PWO40/SiO2 as addition self-humidifying composite membrane for proton exchange membrane fuel cells

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    Wang, L.; Yi, B.L.; Zhang, H.M.; Xing, D.M.


    In this paper, we first reported a novel self-humidifying composite membrane for the proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). Cs 2.5 H 0.5 PWO 40 /SiO 2 catalyst particles were dispersed uniformly into the Nafion (registered) resin, and then Cs 2.5 H 0.5 PWO 40 -SiO 2 /Nafion composite membrane was prepared using solution-cast method. Compared with the H 3 PWO 40 (PTA) , the Cs 2.5 H 0.5 PWO 40 /SiO 2 was steady due to the substitute of H + with Cs + and the interaction between the Cs 2.5 H 0.5 PWO 40 and SiO 2 . And compared with the performance of the fuel cell with commercial Nafion (registered) NRE-212 membrane, the cell performance with the self-humidifying composite membrane was obviously improved under both humidified and dry conditions at 60 and 80 o C. The best performance under dry condition was obtained at 60 o C. The self-humidifying composite membrane could minimize membrane conductivity loss under dry conditions due to the presence of catalyst and hydrophilic Cs 2.5 H 0.5 PWO 40 /SiO 2 particles

  13. Microstructural dependence on relevant physical-mechanical properties on SiO2-Na2O-CaO-P2O5 biological glasses. (United States)

    Rajendran, V; Begum, A Nishara; Azooz, M A; el Batal, F H


    Bioactive glasses of the system SiO2-Na2O-CaO-P2O5 have been prepared by the normal melting and annealing technique. The elastic moduli, attenuation, Vickers hardness, fracture toughness and fracture surface energy have been obtained using the known method at room temperature. The temperature dependence of elastic moduli and attenuation measurements have been extended over a wide range of temperature from 150 to 500 K. The SiO2 content dependence of velocities, attenuation, elastic moduli, and other parameters show an interesting observation at 45 wt% of SiO2 by exhibiting an anomalous behaviour. A linear relation is developed for Tg, which explores the influence of Na2O on SiO2-Na2O-CaO-P2O5 bioactive glasses. The measured hardness, fracture toughness and fracture surface energy show a linear relation with Young's modulus. It is also interesting to note that the observed results are functions of polymerisation and the number of non-bridging oxygens (NBO) prevailing in the network with change in SiO2 content. The temperature dependence of velocities, attenuation and elastic moduli show the existence of softening in the glass network structure as temperature increases.

  14. Origin of the n -type and p -type conductivity of MoS 2 monolayers on a SiO 2 substrate

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    Dolui, Kapildeb


    Ab initio density functional theory calculations are performed to study the electronic properties of a MoS2 monolayer deposited over a SiO 2 substrate in the presence of interface impurities and defects. When MoS2 is placed on a defect-free substrate, the oxide plays an insignificant role since the conduction band top and the valence band minimum of MoS2 are located approximately in the middle of the SiO2 band gap. However, if Na impurities and O dangling bonds are introduced at the SiO2 surface, these lead to localized states, which modulate the conductivity of the MoS2 monolayer from n- to p-type. Our results show that the conductive properties of MoS2 deposited on SiO 2 are mainly determined by the detailed structure of the MoS 2/SiO2 interface, and suggest that doping the substrate can represent a viable strategy for engineering MoS2-based devices. © 2013 American Physical Society.

  15. Cube-like Fe3O4@SiO2@Au@Ag magnetic nanoparticles: a highly efficient SERS substrate for pesticide detection (United States)

    Sun, Mei; Zhao, Aiwu; Wang, Dapeng; Wang, Jin; Chen, Ping; Sun, Henghui


    As a novel surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopic (SERS) nanocomposite, cube-like Fe3O4@SiO2@Au@Ag magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized for the first time. Cube-like α-Fe2O3 NPs with uniform size were achieved by optimizing reaction temperature and time. Firstly, the cube-like Fe3O4@SiO2 with good dispersity was achieved by calcining α-Fe2O3@SiO2 NPs in hydrogen atmosphere at 360 °C for 2.5 h, followed by self-assembling a PEI shell via sonication. Furthermore, the Au@Ag particles were densely assembled on the Fe3O4@SiO2 NPs to form the Fe3O4@SiO2@Au@Ag composite structure via strong Ag-N interaction. The obtained nanocomposites exhibited an excellent SERS behavior, reflected by the low detection of limit (p-ATP) at the 5 × 10-14 M level. Moreover, these nanocubes were used for the detection of thiram, and the detection limit can reach 5 × 10-11 M. Meanwhile, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency specifies that the residue in fruit must be lower than 7 ppm. Hence, the resulting substrate with high SERS activity has great practical potential applications in the rapid detection of chemical, biological, and environment pollutants with a simple portable Raman instrument at trace level.

  16. Fabrication Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 Nanocomposites and Degradation of Rhodamine B Dyes under UV Light Irradiation

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    M. P. Mazhari


    Full Text Available Recycling and reusing of catalyst is an important factor to produce capable and low cast catalysts. Silica coated magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4/SiO2 were synthesized via a simple sol-gel method with the aid of sonication. Fe3O4 nanoparticles. After that a layer of TiO2 was constricted by hydrolyze and condensation of Teteranormalbuthyltitanate to produce Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 nanocompsite. As-synthesized nanparticles were characterized with X-Ray powder Diffraction, Fourier-Transform-Infrarotspektrometer, Transition Electron Microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy. In this study, a new kind of Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 photocatalyst was prepared with the purpose of using light and inhibiting the recombination of electrons and holes. In situ treatment of Rhdamine B in water was performed using this Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 photocatalyst. The purpose of this research was to provide a new method and the basic data for the removal of organic pollutants in water. Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 nanocomposite showed enhanced photocatalytic properties as evidenced by the enhanced photodegradation of Rhodamine B under ultra violet light irradiation.

  17. Silane effects on the surface morphology and abrasion resistance of transparent SiO2/UV-curable resin nano-composites

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    Hsiang, Hsing-I.; Chang, Yu-Lun; Chen, Chi-Yu; Yen, Fu-Su


    Transparent ultraviolet curable nano-composite coatings consisting of nano-sized SiO 2 and acrylate resin have been developed to improve the abrasion resistance of organic polymers. The nano-sized SiO 2 particles were surface-modified using various amounts of 3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane. The 3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane concentration effects on the surface morphology and abrasion resistance of the transparent SiO 2 /ultraviolet-curable resin nano-composites were investigated using scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer. The results showed that as the 3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane/SiO 2 weight ratio increased from 0.2 to 0.6, the dispersion, compatibility and cross-linking density between the 3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane-modified SiO 2 particles and acrylate resin were improved, leading to an increase in abrasion resistance. However, as the 3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane/SiO 2 weight ratio was increased to 1.5, the additional 3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane may exceed that needed to fill the pores with the probability of SiO 2 nano-particles existing on the coating surface was lower than that for samples with a 3-methacryloxypropyltrimethoxysilane/SiO 2 weight ratio of 0.6. This produced a decrease in abrasion resistance.

  18. In situ synthesis and hydrothermal crystallization of nanoanatase TiO2 -SiO2 coating on aramid fabric (HTiSiAF) for UV protection. (United States)

    Deng, Hui; Zhang, Hongda


    TiO2 -SiO2 thin film was prepared by sol-gel method and coated on the aramid fabric to prepare functional textiles. The aramid fabric was dipped and withdrawn in TiO2 -SiO2 gel and hydrothermal crystallization at 80(°) C, then its UV protection functionality was evaluated. The crystalline phase and the surface morphology of TiO2 -SiO2 thin film were characterized using SEM, XRD, and AFM respectively. SEM showed hydrothermal crystallization led to a homogeneous dispersion of anatase nonocrystal in TiO2 -SiO2 film, and XRD suggested the mean particle size of the formed anatase TiO2 was less than 30 nm. AFM indicated that hydrothermal treatment enhanced the crystallization of TiO2 . UV protection analysis suggested that the hydrothermally treated coated textile had a better screening property in comparison with TiO2 -SiO2 gel and native aramid fabric. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Memory and learning behaviors mimicked in nanogranular SiO2-based proton conductor gated oxide-based synaptic transistors. (United States)

    Wan, Chang Jin; Zhu, Li Qiang; Zhou, Ju Mei; Shi, Yi; Wan, Qing


    In neuroscience, signal processing, memory and learning function are established in the brain by modifying ionic fluxes in neurons and synapses. Emulation of memory and learning behaviors of biological systems by nanoscale ionic/electronic devices is highly desirable for building neuromorphic systems or even artificial neural networks. Here, novel artificial synapses based on junctionless oxide-based protonic/electronic hybrid transistors gated by nanogranular phosphorus-doped SiO2-based proton-conducting films are fabricated on glass substrates by a room-temperature process. Short-term memory (STM) and long-term memory (LTM) are mimicked by tuning the pulse gate voltage amplitude. The LTM process in such an artificial synapse is due to the proton-related interfacial electrochemical reaction. Our results are highly desirable for building future neuromorphic systems or even artificial networks via electronic elements.

  20. Electron retention in InAs-nanocrystals embedded in SiO2/Si for non-volatile memories

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    Hocevar, M.; Regreny, P.; Gendry, M.; Poncet, A.; Souifi, A.


    In this paper we present the electrical characterization of an InAs nanocrystal based metal-oxide-semiconductor structure. The fabricated device behaves as a memory since the charges injected in the InAs through the SiO 2 tunnel layer (holes or electrons) have a long retention time in or by the nanocrystals. A discharging model based on direct tunnelling through a dielectric barrier has been used in order to calculate electron discharging kinetics. The results show that InAs-nanocrystals are of real interest for electron storage in non-volatile memories with an improvement of data retention for electron. (copyright 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  1. Fluorine-doping concentration and fictive temperature dependence of self-trapped holes in SiO2 glasses

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    Wang, R.P.; Tai, N.; Saito, K.; Ikushima, A.J.


    Fictive temperature (T f ) and fluorine (F)-doping concentration dependences of self-trapped holes (STHs) in silica glasses created by UV irradiation at low temperatures have been studied by the electron-paramagnetic-resonance method. It was found that the yield of STH decreases with decreasing T f and increasing F-doping concentration. In combination with infrared spectra measurements, the correlation among T f , F-doping concentration, Si-O bond length, and Si-O-Si bond angle was elucidated. We conclude that the change in both T f and F doping can modify the network of SiO 2 glass, leading to the suppression of the formation of STHs

  2. Atomic force microscopy measurements of topography and friction on dotriacontane films adsorbed on a SiO2 surface

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    Trogisch, S.; Simpson, M.J.; Taub, H.


    We report comprehensive atomic force microscopy (AFM) measurements at room temperature of the nanoscale topography and lateral friction on the surface of thin solid films of an intermediate-length normal alkane, dotriacontane (n-C32H66), adsorbed onto a SiO2 surface. Our topographic and frictional...... their location. Above a minimum size, the bulk particles are separated from islands of perpendicularly oriented molecules by regions of exposed parallel layers that most likely extend underneath the particles. We find that the lateral friction is sensitive to the molecular orientation in the underlying...... crystalline film and can be used effectively with topographic measurements to resolve uncertainties in the film structure. We measure the same lateral friction on top of the bulk particles as on the perpendicular layers, a value that is about 2.5 times smaller than on a parallel layer. Scans on top...

  3. Lateral protonic/electronic hybrid oxide thin-film transistor gated by SiO2 nanogranular films

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    Zhu, Li Qiang; Chao, Jin Yu; Xiao, Hui


    Ionic/electronic interaction offers an additional dimension in the recent advancements of condensed materials. Here, lateral gate control of conductivities of indium-zinc-oxide (IZO) films is reported. An electric-double-layer (EDL) transistor configuration was utilized with a phosphorous-doped SiO 2 nanogranular film to provide a strong lateral electric field. Due to the strong lateral protonic/electronic interfacial coupling effect, the IZO EDL transistor could operate at a low-voltage of 1 V. A resistor-loaded inverter is built, showing a high voltage gain of ∼8 at a low supply voltage of 1 V. The lateral ionic/electronic coupling effects are interesting for bioelectronics and portable electronics

  4. Linear and nonlinear intraband optical properties of ZnO quantum dots embedded in SiO2 matrix

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    Deepti Maikhuri


    Full Text Available In this work we investigate some optical properties of semiconductor ZnO spherical quantum dot embedded in an amorphous SiO2 dielectric matrix. Using the framework of effective mass approximation, we have studied intraband S-P, and P-D transitions in a singly charged spherical ZnO quantum dot. The optical properties are investigated in terms of the linear and nonlinear photoabsorption coefficient, the change in refractive index, and the third order nonlinear susceptibility and oscillator strengths. Using the parabolic confinement potential of electron in the dot these parameters are studied with the variation of the dot size, and the energy and intensity of incident radiation. The photoionization cross sections are also obtained for the different dot radii from the initial ground state of the dot. It is found that dot size, confinement potential, and incident radiation intensity affects intraband optical properties of the dot significantly.

  5. Electronic structure and stability of the SiO2+ dications produced in tomographic atom probe experiments (United States)

    Zanuttini, D.; Blum, I.; Rigutti, L.; Vurpillot, F.; Douady, J.; Jacquet, E.; Anglade, P.-M.; Gervais, B.


    The molecular electronic states of the SiO2+ dication have been investigated in a joint theoretical and experimental analysis. The use of a tip-shaped sample for tomographic atom probe analysis offers the unique opportunity to produce and to analyze the lifetime of some excited states of this dication. The perturbation brought by the large electric field of the polarized tip along the ion trajectory is analyzed by means of molecular dynamics simulation. For the typical electric fields used in the experiment, the lowest energy triplet states spontaneously dissociate, while the lowest energy singlet states do not. We show that the emission process leads to the formation of some excited singlet state, which dissociates by means of spin-orbit coupling with lower-energy triplet states to produce specific patterns associated with Si+ + O+ and Si2+ + O dissociation channels. These patterns are recorded and observed experimentally in a correlated time-of-flight map.

  6. Structural color in porous, superhydrophilic, and self-cleaning SiO2/TiO2 Bragg stacks. (United States)

    Wu, Zhizhong; Lee, Daeyeon; Rubner, Michael F; Cohen, Robert E


    Thin-film Bragg stacks exhibiting structural color have been fabricated by a layer-by-layer (LbL) deposition process involving the sequential adsorption of nanoparticles and polymers. High- and low-refractive-index regions of quarter-wave stacks were generated by calcining LbL-assembled multilayers containing TiO(2) and SiO(2) nanoparticles, respectively. The physical attributes of each region were characterized by a recently developed ellipsometric method. The structural color characteristics of the resultant nanoporous Bragg stacks could be precisely tuned in the visible region by varying the number of stacks and the thickness of the high- and low-refractive-index stacks. These Bragg stacks also exhibited potentially useful superhydrophilicity and self-cleaning properties.

  7. Effect of Ti content in the photo catalytic behavior of Fe/TiO2-SiO2 systems

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    Leon C, A.; Portillo V, N.; Hernandez P, I.; May L, M.; Gonzalez R, L.; Luna P, R.; Suarez P, R.


    In this work we report the synthesis of Fe/TiO 2 -SiO 2 systems with different concentrations of TiO 2 in order to determine the influence of titanium content on the structural, textural, optical properties and their photo catalytic behavior. The materials were synthesized by the sol-gel method and their modification was carried out by incipient impregnation. All samples were characterized be means of X-ray diffraction, N 2 physisorption (Bet method), Dr-UV-Vis and Raman spectroscopy. The modifications of the structural and optical properties are discussed on the basis of long-range order reduction, suggesting the formation of highly dispersed TiO 2 species. On the other hand, it was observed that the energy of the optical band gap decreases by introducing Fe. On the basis of these phenomena, the photo catalytic activity was measured, employing the degradation of orange II azo dye as a model reaction. (Author)

  8. Negative differential resistance effect induced by metal ion implantation in SiO2 film for multilevel RRAM application (United States)

    Wu, Facai; Si, Shuyao; Shi, Tuo; Zhao, Xiaolong; Liu, Qi; Liao, Lei; Lv, Hangbing; Long, Shibing; Liu, Ming


    Pt/SiO2:metal nanoparticles/Pt sandwich structure is fabricated with the method of metal ion (Ag) implantation. The device exhibits multilevel storage with appropriate R off/R on ratio, good endurance and retention properties. Based on transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectrometer analysis, we confirm that Pt nanoparticles are spurted into SiO2 film from Pt bottom electrode by Ag implantation; during electroforming, the local electric field can be enhanced by these Pt nanoparticles, meanwhile the Ag nanoparticles constantly migrate toward the Pt nanoparticles. The implantation induced nanoparticles act as trap sites in the resistive switching layer and play critical roles in the multilevel storage, which is evidenced by the negative differential resistance effect in the current–voltage (I–V) measurements.

  9. Phytic acid derived bioactive CaO-P2O5-SiO2 gel-glasses. (United States)

    Li, Ailing; Qiu, Dong


    The possibility of using phytic acid as a precursor to synthesize CaO-P(2)O(5)-SiO(2) glasses by sol-gel method has been explored and the pseudo ternary phase diagram has been established. It was shown that gel-glasses over a broader range of compositions could be prepared compared to other phosphorus precursors or melt-quenching method. Furthermore, phytic acid was found to assist calcium being incorporated into glass networks. In vitro tests in simulated body fluid (SBF) were performed on the above gel-glasses and it was found that they were bioactive over a much broader compositional range especially at high phosphate content, thus enabling one to design bioactive materials with various degradation rates by adjusting the phosphate content.

  10. Removal of Hazardous Pollutants from Wastewaters: Applications of TiO2-SiO2 Mixed Oxide Materials

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    Shivatharsiny Rasalingam


    Full Text Available The direct release of untreated wastewaters from various industries and households results in the release of toxic pollutants to the aquatic environment. Advanced oxidation processes (AOP have gained wide attention owing to the prospect of complete mineralization of nonbiodegradable organic substances to environmentally innocuous products by chemical oxidation. In particular, heterogeneous photocatalysis has been demonstrated to have tremendous promise in water purification and treatment of several pollutant materials that include naturally occurring toxins, pesticides, and other deleterious contaminants. In this work, we have reviewed the different removal techniques that have been employed for water purification. In particular, the application of TiO2-SiO2 binary mixed oxide materials for wastewater treatment is explained herein, and it is evident from the literature survey that these mixed oxide materials have enhanced abilities to remove a wide variety of pollutants.

  11. Hydrofluoric acid-assisted bonding of diatoms with SiO2-based substrates for microsystem application

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    Zhang, Deyuan; Pan, Junfeng; Cai, Jun; Wang, Yu; Jiang, Yonggang; Jiang, Xinggang


    Diatom, with delicate three-dimensional porous structures and texture, has a promising application in micro-nanotechnology especially biosensing. In order to achieve a diatom-based compound substrate, a fabrication technique is developed for hydrofluoric acid (HF) bonding of diatom with SiO 2 -based substrate at a temperature as low as 80 °C. The bonding conditions are optimized with various HF concentrations and applied pressure. The optimized HF concentration is found to be in the range of 0.8% to 1.2% and applied pressure is from 0.4.0 MPa to 0.6.0 MPa. The morphological integrity and nano-microscale substructures of the diatoms after bonding are characterized. The bonding strength is approximately 0.435 MPa. (paper)

  12. Formation and characterization of nanoparticles formed by sequential ion implantation of Au and Co into SiO2

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    Kluth, P.; Hoy, B.; Johannessen, B.; Dunn, S.G.; Foran, G.J.; Ridgway, M.C.


    Nanoparticles (NPs) were formed by sequential ion implantation of Au and Co into thin SiO 2 . After Au implantation and annealing, Co implantations were carried out at room temperature (RT) and 400 deg. C, respectively, with no subsequent annealing. The NPs were investigated by means of Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy (RBS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (EXAFS). TEM shows the formation of Co-Au core-shell NPs for the Co implantation at 400 deg. C. EXAFS measurements indicate significant strain in the NPs and a bond-length expansion of the Co-Co bonds in the NP core with a concomitant contraction of the Au-Au bonds in the Au shells. NPs are also observed by TEM for the Co implantation performed at RT, however, a lack of crystallinity is apparent from electron diffraction and EXAFS measurements

  13. Size dependence of non-linear optical properties of SiO2 thin films containing InP nanocrystals (United States)

    Zheng, M. J.; Zhang, L. D.; Zhang, J. G.

    SiO2 composite thin films containing InP nanocrystals were fabricated by radio-frequency magnetron co-sputtering technique. The microstructure of the composite thin films was characterized by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectrum. The optical absorption band edges exhibit marked blueshift with respect to bulk InP due to strong quantum confinement effect. Non-linear optical absorption and non-linear optical refraction were studied by a Z-scan technique using a single Gaussian beam of a He-Ne laser (632.8 nm). We observed the saturation absorption and two-photon absorption in the composite films. An enhanced third-order non-linear optical absorption coefficient and non-linear optical refractive index were achieved in the composite films. The nonlinear optical properties of the films display the dependence on InP nanocrystals size.

  14. Application of high-quality SiO2 grown by multipolar ECR source to Si/SiGe MISFET (United States)

    Sung, K. T.; Li, W. Q.; Li, S. H.; Pang, S. W.; Bhattacharya, P. K.


    A 5 nm-thick SiO2 gate was grown on an Si(p+)/Si(0.8)Ge(0.2) modulation-doped heterostructure at 26 C with an oxygen plasma generated by a multipolar electron cyclotron resonance source. The ultrathin oxide has breakdown field above 12 MV/cm and fixed charge density about 3 x 10 exp 10/sq cm. Leakage current as low as 1/micro-A was obtained with the gate biased at 4 V. The MISFET with 0.25 x 25 sq m gate shows maximum drain current of 41.6 mA/mm and peak transconductance of 21 mS/mm.

  15. Van der Waals epitaxial growth of MoS2 on SiO2/Si by chemical vapor deposition

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    Cheng, Yingchun


    Recently, single layer MoS2 with a direct band gap of 1.9 eV has been proposed as a candidate for two dimensional nanoelectronic devices. However, the synthetic approach to obtain high-quality MoS2 atomic thin layers is still problematic. Spectroscopic and microscopic results reveal that both single layers and tetrahedral clusters of MoS2 are deposited directly on the SiO2/Si substrate by chemical vapor deposition. The tetrahedral clusters are mixtures of 2H- and 3R-MoS2. By ex situ optical analysis, both the single layers and tetrahedral clusters can be attributed to van der Waals epitaxial growth. Due to the similar layered structures we expect the same growth mechanism for other transition-metal disulfides by chemical vapor deposition. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  16. A novel composite of SiO2-coated graphene oxide and molecularly imprinted polymers for electrochemical sensing dopamine. (United States)

    Zeng, Yanbo; Zhou, Ying; Kong, Lei; Zhou, Tianshu; Shi, Guoyue


    A novel imprinting route based on graphene oxide (GO) was proposed for preparing a composite of SiO2-coated GO and molecularly imprinted polymers (GO/SiO2-MIPs). In this route, SiO2-coated GO sheets were synthesized in a water-alcohol mixture with sol-gel technique. Prior to polymerization, the vinyl groups were introduced onto the surface of GO/SiO2 through chemical modification with γ-methacryloxypropyl trimethoxysilane (γ-MAPS), which can direct the selective polymerization on the GO/SiO2 surface. Then a novel composite of GO/SiO2-MIPs was successfully obtained by the copolymerization in presence of vinyl groups functionalized GO/SiO2, dopamine (DA), methacrylic acid and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate. The GO/SiO2-MIPs composite was characterized by FTIR, TGA, Raman spectroscopy, SEM and AFM. The properties such as special binding, adsorption dynamics and selective recognition ability using differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) were evaluated. The DPV current response of GO/SiO2-MIPs sensor was nearly 3.2 times that of the non-imprinted polymers (NIPs). In addition, the GO/SiO2-MIPs sensor could recognize DA from its relatively similar molecules of norepinephrine and epinephrine, while the sensors based on GO/SiO2-NIPs and vinyl groups functionalized GO/SiO2 did not have the ability. The GO/SiO2-MIPs sensor had a wide linear range over DA concentration from 5.0 × 10(-8) to 1.6 × 10(-4)M with a detection limit of 3.0 × 10(-8)M (S/N=3). The sensor based on this novel imprinted composite was applied to the determination of DA in injections and human urine samples with satisfactory results. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Annealing temperature effect on structure and electrical properties of films formed of Ge nanoparticles in SiO2

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    Stavarache, Ionel; Lepadatu, Ana-Maria; Stoica, Toma; Ciurea, Magdalena Lidia


    Ge–SiO 2 films with high Ge/Si atomic ratio of about 1.86 were obtained by co-sputtering of Ge and SiO 2 targets and subsequently annealed at different temperatures between 600 and 1000 °C in a conventional furnace in order to show how the annealing process influences the film morphology concerning the Ge nanocrystal and/or amorphous nanoparticle formation and to study their electrical behaviour. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging, Raman spectroscopy and electrical conductance measurements were performed in order to find out the annealing effect on the film surface morphology, as well as the Ge nanoparticle formation in correlation with the hopping conductivity of the films. AFM images show that the films annealed at 600 and 700 °C present a granular surface with particle height of about 15 nm, while those annealed at higher temperatures have smoother surface. The Raman investigations evidence Ge nanocrystals (including small ones) coexisting with amorphous Ge in the films annealed at 600 °C and show that almost all Ge is crystallized in the films annealed at 700 °C. The annealing at 800 °C disadvantages the Ge nanocrystal formation due to the strong Ge diffusion. This transition in Ge nanocrystals formation process by annealing temperature increase from 700 to 800 °C revealed by AFM and Raman spectroscopy measurements corresponds to a change in the electrical transport mechanism. Thus, in the 700 °C annealed films, the current depends on temperature according to a T −1/2 law which is typical for a tunnelling mechanism between neighbour Ge nanocrystals. In the 800 °C annealed films, the current–temperature characteristic has a T −1/4 dependence showing a hopping mechanism within an electronic band of localized states related to diffused Ge in SiO 2 .

  18. Enhanced Formation of Si Nanocrystals in SiO2 by Light-Filtering Rapid Thermal Annealing (United States)

    Chen, Xiaobo; Chen, Guangping


    In this work, silicon-rich oxide (SRO) films with designed thickness of 100 nm were deposited by a bipolar pulse and radio frequency magnetron co-sputtering. For comparison, the samples were then treated in a nitrogen atmosphere by conventional rapid thermal annealing (CRTA) or light-filtering rapid thermal annealing (LRTA) at 900-1100°C for 2 min. Raman spectra, grazing incident X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Hall measurements, and current density-voltage measurements were carried out to analyze the microstructural and electrical properties of samples. Compared with the control sample using CRTA method, the crystalline volume fraction and number density of Si nanocrystals (SiNCs) in silicon oxide prepared by LRTA were greatly increased. The quantum effects of the short wave-length light (less than 800 nm) of these tungsten halogen lamps during the rapid thermal annealing process have negative effects on the formation of SiNCs in SiO2 films. SiNCs with crystal volume fraction of 73%, average size of 2.53 nm, and number density of 1.1 × 1012 cm-2 embedded in the amorphous SiO2 matrix can be formed by LRTA at 1100°C. Enhancement of more than one order of magnitude in conductivity and higher current density were obtained from the LRTA annealed sample compared to the CRTA annealed sample. The improvements in conductivity and current density were attributed to the high density SiNCs. Our results show that the LRTA method is a suitable annealing tool for the formation of SiNC in thin SiOx films.

  19. Inductive, Analogical, and Communicative Generalization

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    Adri Smaling


    Full Text Available Three forms of inductive generalization - statistical generalization, variation-based generalization and theory-carried generalization - are insufficient concerning case-to-case generalization, which is a form of analogical generalization. The quality of case-to-case generalization needs to be reinforced by setting up explicit analogical argumentation. To evaluate analogical argumentation six criteria are discussed. Good analogical reasoning is an indispensable support to forms of communicative generalization - receptive and responsive (participative generalization — as well as exemplary generalization.

  20. Nano-TiCl4/SiO2: An efficient heterogeneous solid acid catalyst for ...

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    chemsci/index.html. Acknowledgements. The authors are grateful to the University of Kashan for supporting this work by Grant No. 159148/6. References. 1. Horton D A, Bourne G T and Smythe M L 2003 Chem. Rev. 103 893. 2. Hagan D O 2000 Nat.

  1. Ultrasound promoted and SiO2/CCl3COOH mediated synthesis of 2 ...

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    OSA, UK) are uncorrected. The thin layer chromatog- raphy (TLC) was performed using the aluminum sheets coated with silica gel 60 (MERCK) containing fluores- ..... to the TATA College research fund (2013–2014) for the financial support. References. 1. (a) Suslick K S 1990 Science 247 1439; (b) Mason. T J 1997 Chem.

  2. Facile synthesis of 1-naphthol azo dyes with nano SiO 2 /HIO 4 ...

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    Nano-silica supported periodic acid (nano-SPIA) has been utilized as a heterogeneous reagent for a highly efficient and one pot synthesis of azo dyes based on 1-naphthol under solvent-free conditions at room temperature. This method has some advantages, the reaction workup is very easy and the catalyst can be easily ...

  3. FeCl 3 .nano SiO 2 : An Efficient Heterogeneous Nano Catalyst for ...

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    dibenzo[a,j]xanthenes and 1,8-dioxo-octahydroxanthenes is described through one-pot condensation of 2-naphthol and dimedone with aryl aldehydes in the presence of nano silica-supported ferric chloride under solvent-free conditions.

  4. A Fluorescent Sensor for Zinc Detection and Removal Based on Core-Shell Functionalized Fe3O4@SiO2 Nanoparticles

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    Xu, Y.; Zhou, Y.; Ma, W.; Wang, Sh.; Xu, Y.; Zhou, Y.; Ma, W.


    The magnetic Fe 3 O 4 @SiO 2 nanoparticles (NPs) functionalized with 8-chloroacetylaminoquinoline as a fluorescent sensor for detection and removal of Zn 2+ have been synthesized. The core-shell structures of the nanoparticles and chemical composition have been confirmed by TEM, XRD, FTIR, and XPS techniques. The addition of functionalized Fe3O4@SiO2 NPs into the acetonitrile solution of Zn 2+ had an effect of visual color change as well as significant fluorescent enhancement. High-saturated magnetizations (24.7 emu/g) of functionalized Fe 3 O 4 @SiO 2 NPs could help to separate the metal ions from the aqueous solution. The magnetic sensor exhibited high removal efficiency towards Zn 2+ (92.37%). In this work, we provided an easy and efficient route to detect Zn 2+ and simultaneously remove Zn 2+ .

  5. Microporous SiO2 with huge electric-double-layer capacitance for low-voltage indium tin oxide thin-film transistors

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    Lu Aixia; Sun Jia; Jiang Jie; Wan Qing


    Electric-double-layer (EDL) effect is observed in microporous SiO 2 dielectric films deposited at room temperature by plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition method. Indium tin oxide thin-film transistors gated by such microporous SiO 2 gate dielectric are fabricated at room temperature, and a low operating voltage of 1.5 V is obtained due to the huge EDL specific capacitance (2.14 μF/cm 2 ). The field-effect electron mobility is estimated to be 118 cm 2 V -1 s -1 . Current on/off ratio and subthreshold gate voltage swing are estimated to be 5x10 6 and 92 mV/decade, respectively. Room-temperature deposited microporous SiO 2 dielectric is promising for low-power field-effect transistors on temperature sensitive substrates.

  6. Influence of CaCO3 and SiO2 additives on magnetic properties of M-type Sr ferrites (United States)

    Huang, Ching-Chien; Jiang, Ai-Hua; Hung, Yung-Hsiung; Liou, Ching-Hsuan; Wang, Yi-Chen; Lee, Chi-Ping; Hung, Tong-Yin; Shaw, Chun-Chung; Kuo, Ming-Feng; Cheng, Chun-Hu


    An experiment was carried out to investigate the influence of CaCO3 and SiO2 additives on the magnetic and physical properties of M-type Sr ferrites by changing experimental parameters such as the additive composition and Ca/Si ratio. Specimens were prepared by conventional ceramic techniques. It was found that the magnetic properties (Br = 4.42 kG, iHc = 3.32 kOe and (BH)max = 4.863 MGOe) were considerably improved upon adding CaCO3 = 1.1% and SiO2 = 0.4 wt% together with Co3O4, and the mechanical properties thereof were acceptable for motor applications. It was revealed that CaCO3 and SiO2 additives led to an upswing in the magnetic properties via the enhancement of uniform grain growth, particle alignment, and the densification of Sr ferrite.

  7. Study of absorption, emission and EDS properties of Pr3+ incorporated in a SiO2 matrix by sol-gel method

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    Gómez-Miranda, M; Fonseca, R Sosa; Ordoñez, C Velásquez


    The optical response of the Pr 3+ ions doped monolith of SiO 2 prepared by sol-gel method was investigated by absorption and emission spectra. The absorption spectrum shows some typical lines of Pr 3+ , with these data was made the diagram levels corresponding to SiO 2 : Pr 3+ . The emission spectra were taken at 225 nm and 240 nm of wavelength of excitation was measured. In that there are reabsorption line at 423 of the Pr 3+ ions in the emission host, that means that some kind of host-ion interactions exist. Red and NIR emission at 612 nm, 652 nm, 711 and 728 nm, respectively, from Pr 3+ ions in SiO 2 was observed. The transition 1 S 0 → 3 P 2 at 425 nm is observed because an effective radiative transfer between the silicate glasses host and the praseodymium ions is observed and discussed

  8. Corrosion Behavior of Nickel Alloy (ASTM A 494 M) Reinforced with Fused SiO2 Chilled Metal Matrix Composites (MMCs) for Marine Applications (United States)

    Hemanth, Joel, Dr.


    This paper presents the results obtained and the discussions made from a series of corrosion experiments involving Nickel alloy (ASTM A 494 M) reinforced with fused SiO2, size of the particles dispersed varies from 80-120 µm and amount of addition varies from 3 to 12 wt.% in steps of 3 wt.%. The resulting chilled MMCs are solidified under the influence of copper chill of 25 mm thickness to study the effect of corrosion behavior. Corrosion resistance was found to increase significantly with increase in SiO2 content in chilled MMCs. Nevertheless, even with high SiO2 content corrosion attack ie., pitting was found to be most severe during the initial stages of each test but it invariably decreased to a very low value in the later stages, due to the formation of an adherent protective layer on the MMCs developed.

  9. SiO2@MgO nanoparticles templated mesoporous carbon with rich electro-active oxygenic functionalities and enhanced supercapacitive performances (United States)

    Tian, Zhengfang; Duan, Shuyi; Shen, Yu; Xie, Mingjiang; Guo, Xuefeng


    As a member of carbon-based materials, ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) still suffers from poor capacity for supercapacitive applications. Functionalization the skeleton with pseudocapacitive functionalities is an efficient way to enhance the capacity of OMCs. Herein, a designed SiO2@MgO nanoparticle with uniform diameters was employed as template towards the synthesis of pseudocapacitive oxygen functionalized OMC. The obtained carbons possess ordered mesoporous structure, large surface area, and rich pseudocapacitive oxygen species. As electrode for supercapacitor in 1.0 M H2SO4, the SiO2@MgO templated OMC achieves higher capacitance (257 F/g) than pure SiO2 templated OMC (180 F/g), surfactant templated OMC (152 F/g) and commercial activated carbon (110 F/g) owing to the high pseudocapacitive oxygen functionalities, providing more capacity by reversible Faradaic reaction.

  10. Microwave-assisted synthesis of SiO2 nanoparticles and its application on the flame retardancy of poly styrene and poly carbonate nanocomposites

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    A. Esmaeili-Bafghi-Karimabad


    Full Text Available Various morphologies of silica nanoparticles were synthesized by a microwave-assisted Pechini method. Silica nanostructures were synthesized via a fast reaction between tetra ethyl ortho silicate and ammonia at presence citric acid and other effective agents in Pechini procedure. Then for preparation of polymer-matrix nanocomposites, SiO2 nanoparticles were added to poly carbonate (PC and poly styrene (PS matrices. Nanostructures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR. The influence of SiO2 nanostructures on the flame retardancy of the polymeric matrix was studied using UL- 94 analysis. Our results show that the SiO2 nanostructure can enhance the flame retardant property of the poly carbonate matrix. PC shows better flame retardancy compare to poly styrene.

  11. Nanomechanical and Macrotribological Properties of CVD-Grown Graphene as a Middle Layer between Metal Pt Cylinders and SiO2/Si Substrate

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    Hongyan Wu


    Full Text Available The CVD-grown graphene as a middle layer was introduced between Pt cylinders and SiO2/Si to extend the application of graphene for improving the wear performance of microelectromechanical systems. Periodic arrays of Pt cylinders were prepared on the graphene/SiO2/Si (Pt/graphene and SiO2/Si substrate (Pt/SiO2 using the magnetron sputtering technique. To characterize Pt/graphene and Pt/SiO2, nanoindentation and macrotribological tests were performed. The results showed that the friction coefficient was lower and the wear lifetime of Pt/graphene was longer than those of Pt/SiO2. Graphene, as a middle layer, was not only observed to have significant influence on the mechanical properties (i.e., microhardness and elastic modulus, but also found to improve the adhesive strength between SiO2/Si and Pt cylinders.

  12. Nanosecond microscopy of capacitance at SiO2/4H-SiC interfaces by time-resolved scanning nonlinear dielectric microscopy (United States)

    Yamagishi, Y.; Cho, Y.


    The time-resolved measurement of capacitance is a powerful method in the evaluation of defects in semiconductors, carrier dynamics in quantum dots, and photo-induced dynamics in photovoltaic materials. In this study, we demonstrate time-resolved capacitance measurements at the nanoscale using scanning nonlinear dielectric microscopy. We detected the capacitance transient of SiO2/4H-SiC interfaces triggered by the application of a 3 ns pulse, showing the high temporal resolution of the developed method. We exemplified the method with the evaluation of the density and activation energy of defects at SiO2/4H-SiC interfaces that verified the quantitative capability and high sensitivity of the method. Two-dimensional mapping of the interface states showed nanoscale inhomogeneous contrasts, implying that the physical origin of the defects at SiO2/4H-SiC interfaces is microscopically clustered.

  13. Constructing Fluorine-Free and Cost-Effective Superhydrophobic Surface with Normal-Alcohol-Modified Hydrophobic SiO2 Nanoparticles. (United States)

    Ye, Hui; Zhu, Liqun; Li, Weiping; Liu, Huicong; Chen, Haining


    Superhydrophobic coatings have drawn much attention in recent years for their wide potential applications. However, a simple, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly approach is still lacked. Herein, a promising approach using nonhazardous chemicals was proposed, in which multiple hydrophobic functionalized silica nanoparticles (SiO 2 NPs) were first prepared as core component, through the efficient reaction between amino group containing SiO 2 NPs and the isocyanate containing hydrophobic surface modifiers synthesized by normal alcohols, followed by simply spraying onto various substrates for superhydrophobic functionalization. Furthermore, to further improve the mechanical durability, an organic-inorganic composite superhydrophobic coating was fabricated by incorporating cross-linking agent (polyisocyanate) into the mixture of hydrophobic-functionalized SiO 2 NPs and hydroxyl acrylic resin. The hybrid coating with cross-linked network structures is very stable with excellent mechanical durability, self-cleaning property and corrosion resistance.

  14. Enhanced luminescence properties of CaTiO(3):Pr(3+) phosphor with addition of SiO(2) by solid-state reaction. (United States)

    Chen, Rui; Chen, Donghua


    Red phosphors CaTiO3:Pr(3+) with addition of SiO2 were prepared by solid-state reaction technique (SS). The effect of SiO2 on the crystalline phase, surface morphology and luminescence properties of CaTiO3:Pr(3+) was studied by X-ray diffractometer, transmission electron microscope, brightness meter and photoluminescence spectrometer, respectively. The results indicated that the content of SiO2 has influence on luminescence intensity, initial brightness and persistent time of samples. The red phosphor CaTi0.5Si0.5O3:Pr(3+) exhibited the optimal luminescence properties. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  15. Single-Step Fabrication of Gd2O3@SiO2 Nanoparticles for use as MRI Contrast Agents by Pulsed Laser Ablation in Liquid (United States)

    Luo, Ning-Qi; Huang, Zhan-Yun; Li, Li; Shao, Yuan-Zhi; Chen, Di-Hu


    Gd2O3@SiO2 nanoparticles with a core-shell structure are synthesized by pulsed laser ablation in liquid (PLAL) in single steps. A Gd2O3 target immersed in tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) is ablated by a microsecond Nd:YAG laser, which induces the generation of a Gd2O3 plasma plume and pyrolysis of the TEOS. We propose that the moment Gd2O3 nanoparticles are formed they will be coated immediately by SiO2 and directly synthesized Gd2O3@SiO2 core-shell nanoparticles. These particles obtain high r1 relaxivity of 5.26s-1mM-1 and are used as T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents. It is shown that the PLAL technique is promising for fabricating core-shell structure nanomaterial with potential medical applications.

  16. Bioactivity, pre-osteoblastic cell responses, and osteoconductivity evaluations of the electrospun non-woven SiO2-CaO gel fabrics. (United States)

    Seol, Yang-Jo; Kim, Kyoung-Hwa; Kang, Young Mi; Kim, In Ae; Rhee, Sang-Hoon


    The evaluations of the fibers characteristics, bioactivity, pre-osteoblastic cell responses, and osteoconductivity of the non-woven SiO(2)-CaO gel fabric made by electrospinning method was carried out. Silica gels with four different calcium contents were prepared by condensation following hydrolysis of tetraethyl orthosilicate under acidic conditions. The molar ratios of Ca to Si prepared ranged from 0 to 0.15. SiO(2)-CaO gel fabrics were heat-treated at 300 degrees C for 3 h after spinning under an electric field of 2 kV/cm. As the Ca to Si ratio increased, the diameter of electrospun SiO(2)-CaO gel fibers increased because the viscosity of the SiO(2)-CaO gel solution increased. The apatite-forming ability of heat-treated, non-woven SiO(2)-CaO gel fabric was evaluated in simulated body fluid and tended to increase with an increasing Ca to Si molar ratio. However, proliferation and differentiation tended to decrease with an increasing Ca to Si molar ratio. The sample which had the Ca to Si ratio as 0.10 showed good osteoconductivity in vivo in the calvarial defect New Zealand white rabbit model compared to that had the Ca to Si ratio as 0 and empty defect. These results strongly suggest that non-woven SiO(2)-CaO gel fabric made by the electrospinning method has potential for application as a bone grafting material.

  17. Long-term water absorption and thickness swelling and determine their characteristics in wood flour/polypropylene/Nano SiO2 nanocomposite

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    Saeed Ismaeilimoghadam


    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of nano SiO2 on long-term water absorption and thickness swelling, humidity coefficient diffusion and thickness swelling rate of wood plastic composite. For this purpose, 60% wood flour, 40% polypropylene, 2 per hundred compound (phc MAPP in internal mixer (HAAKE were mixed. Nano SiO2 with 0, 1, 3 and 5 (phc ratios as a reinforcing was used too. Finally test samples were fabricated by using the injection molding machine. Then long-term water absorption and thickness swelling for 1848 hours according to the ASTM standard on the samples were measured. Humidity coefficient diffusion and thickness swelling rate for closer look long-term water absorption and thickness swelling behavior in wood plastic nanocomposite were calculated too. For ensure to the formation of hydrogen bonds between hydroxyl grope of SiO2 nanoparticles with hydroxyl grope of wood flour form Fourier transform infrared (FTIR spectroscopy tests was used. The results showed that water absorption behavior of nanocomposite is according to Fick's law, in addition with increasing to SiO2 nanoparticles, long-term water absorption and thickness swelling and humidity coefficient diffusion in wood plastic nanocomposite decreased. The results of infrared spectroscopy showed that hydrogen bond between the nano SiO2 and wood flour confirmed. Statistical analysis showed that after 1848 hours of immersion, nano SiO2 showed a significant effect at a confidence level of 99% on water absorption and thickness swelling, so the sample with 5% silica nanoparticles was chosen as the best treatment.

  18. In vitro cytotoxicity of SiO2 or ZnO nanoparticles with different sizes and surface charges on U373MG human glioblastoma cells

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    Kim JE


    Full Text Available Jung-Eun Kim,1,* Hyejin Kim,1,* Seong Soo A An,2 Eun Ho Maeng,3 Meyoung-Kon Kim,4 Yoon-Jae Song1 1Department of Life Science, 2Department of Bionano Technology, Gachon University, Seongnam-Si, South Korea; 3Korea Testing and Research Institute, Seoul, South Korea; 4Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Korea University Medical School and College, Seoul, South Korea *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: Silicon dioxide (SiO2 and zinc oxide (ZnO nanoparticles are widely used in various applications, raising issues regarding the possible adverse effects of these metal oxide nanoparticles on human cells. In this study, we determined the cytotoxic effects of differently charged SiO2 and ZnO nanoparticles, with mean sizes of either 100 or 20 nm, on the U373MG human glioblastoma cell line. The overall cytotoxicity of ZnO nanoparticles against U373MG cells was significantly higher than that of SiO2 nanoparticles. Neither the size nor the surface charge of the ZnO nanoparticles affected their cytotoxicity against U373MG cells. The 20 nm SiO2 nanoparticles were more toxic than the 100 nm nanoparticles against U373MG cells, but the surface charge had little or no effect on their cytotoxicity. Both SiO2 and ZnO nanoparticles activated caspase-3 and induced DNA fragmentation in U373MG cells, suggesting the induction of apoptosis. Thus, SiO2 and ZnO nanoparticles appear to exert cytotoxic effects against U373MG cells, possibly via apoptosis. Keyword: apoptosis

  19. The effect of SiO2 shell thickness on the magnetic properties of ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles (United States)

    Coşkun, Mustafa; Korkmaz, Mustafa


    We have analyzed the magnetic properties of oleic acid (OA)-coated and SiO2-coated ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles. OA-coated ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by a normal micelles process using OA as a capping agent, and SiO2-coated ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles with controlled SiO2 shell thicknesses were prepared by a base-catalyzed silica formation from tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) in a water-in-oil microemulsion using OA-coated ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles as seeds. The structure, morphology, and particle size of synthesized ferrite nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray powder diffractometry (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Magnetic properties of samples were carried out with a physical property measurement system and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. From XRD analysis, it was concluded that the prepared ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles had a single-ferrite phase. TEM analysis revealed that the formation of OA-coated ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles with a narrow-size distribution in the range of 5.0-6.5 nm and with the SiO2 thickness attaining up to 14.0 nm approximately in TEOS content increases from 0.25 to 2.5 mL during the process. The results of the magnetic measurements indicated that some magnetic properties of the SiO2-coated particles have been changed compared with OA-coated particles due to decrease in the interparticle magnetic interactions between ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles passivated by coating with SiO2 shells of various thicknesses.

  20. Optimizing Preparation of Micron SiO2-based Phase Change and Humidity Controlling Composites with Uniform Particle Size Distribution Based on RBF Neural Network

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    ZHANG Hao


    Full Text Available With SiO2 as the carrier, decanoic acid-palmitic acid as a phase change material,the micron SiO2-based phase change and humidity controlling composite materials were prepared by sol-gel method. The scheme was optimized by uniform design in a combination with RBF neural network to optimizing preparation of micron SiO2-based phase change and humidity controlling composite materials. The performance of micron SiO2-based phase change and humidity controlling composite materials with optimal uniform particle size distribution were tested and characterized. The results show that RBF neural network has the best approximation effect, when spread is 0.5; optimization technology parameters are solution pH value 4.27, amount of deionized water (mole ratio between deionized water and tetraethyl orthosilicate is 8.58, amount of absolute alcohol (mole ratio between absolute alcohol and tetraethyl orthosilicate is 4.83 and ultrasonic wave power is 316W; micron SiO2-based phase change and humidity controlling composite materials with optimal uniform particle size distribution' d10 is 383.51nm, d50 is 511.63nm and d90 is 658.76nm, measured value of d90-d10 is 275.25nm, the measured value and the predicted value are in good agreement (relative error is -2.64%; micron SiO2-based phase change and humidity controlling composite materials with optimal uniform particle size distribution' equilibrium moisture content in the relative humidity of 40%-60% is 0.0925-0.1493g/g, phase transition temperature is 20.02-23.45℃ and phase change enthalpy is 54.06-60.78J/g.

  1. Preparation and characterization of SiO2:Sm3+ nanotube arrays with 1.06 μm laser antireflective property

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    Tan, Wei-min; Huang, Ning; Wang, Li-jun; Song, Tian-shun; Lu, Chun-hua; Wang, Liu-fang; Zhang, Jun-zhi


    SiO 2 : Sm 3+ nanotube arrays with excellent antireflective property at 1.06 μm were synthesized by a template-assisted sol–gel process. The molecular structure, morphology and optical properties of the fabricated SiO 2 :Sm 3+ nanotube arrays were investigated by a Fourier transform infrared spectroscope (FTIR), a Scanning electron microscope (SEM), and a spectro-fluorometer, respectively. The experimental results demonstrate that the SiO 2 :Sm 3+ nanotube arrays were formed via the AAO membrane during the sol–gel process. The remarkable antireflective characteristic of about 0.166% at 1.06 μm was attributed to the drastic decrease of effective refraction index which enhances the matching effect between air and substrate. As well as the absorption performance of Sm3+ at 1.06 μm which consumes the energies of incident light. - Graphical abstract: Directional aligned SiO 2 :Sm 3+ nanotube arrays were synthesized in AAO template by sol–gel process, and the antiflective performance of arrays is prominent comparing to the blank AAO template. Highlights: ► SiO 2 :Sm 3+ nanotube arrays are synthesized by a template-assisted sol–gel process. ► SiO 2 :Sm 3+ nanotube arrays have remarkable antireflective properties at 1.06 μm. ► The subwavelength structure results in a decrease of effective refraction index. ► The absorption performance of Sm 3+ at 1.06 μm consume the energies of incident light

  2. Nano SiO2 and MgO Improve the Properties of Porous β-TCP Scaffolds via Advanced Manufacturing Technology

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    Chengde Gao


    Full Text Available Nano SiO2 and MgO particles were incorporated into β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP scaffolds to improve the mechanical and biological properties. The porous cylindrical β-TCP scaffolds doped with 0.5 wt % SiO2, 1.0 wt % MgO, 0.5 wt % SiO2 + 1.0 wt % MgO were fabricated via selective laser sintering respectively and undoped β-TCP scaffold was also prepared as control. The phase composition and mechanical strength of the scaffolds were evaluated. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the phase transformation from β-TCP to α-TCP was inhibited after the addition of MgO. The compressive strength of scaffold was improved from 3.12 ± 0.36 MPa (β-TCP to 5.74 ± 0.62 MPa (β-TCP/SiO2, 9.02 ± 0.55 MPa (β-TCP/MgO and 10.43 ± 0.28 MPa (β-TCP/SiO2/MgO, respectively. The weight loss and apatite-forming ability of the scaffolds were evaluated by soaking them in simulated body fluid. The results demonstrated that both SiO2 and MgO dopings slowed down the degradation rate and improved the bioactivity of β-TCP scaffolds. In vitro cell culture studies indicated that SiO2 and MgO dopings facilitated cell attachment and proliferation. Combined addition of SiO2 and MgO were found optimal in enhancing both the mechanical and biological properties of β-TCP scaffold.

  3. Nano SiO2 and MgO improve the properties of porous β-TCP scaffolds via advanced manufacturing technology. (United States)

    Gao, Chengde; Wei, Pingpin; Feng, Pei; Xiao, Tao; Shuai, Cijun; Peng, Shuping


    Nano SiO2 and MgO particles were incorporated into β-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) scaffolds to improve the mechanical and biological properties. The porous cylindrical β-TCP scaffolds doped with 0.5 wt % SiO2, 1.0 wt % MgO, 0.5 wt % SiO2 + 1.0 wt % MgO were fabricated via selective laser sintering respectively and undoped β-TCP scaffold was also prepared as control. The phase composition and mechanical strength of the scaffolds were evaluated. X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the phase transformation from β-TCP to α-TCP was inhibited after the addition of MgO. The compressive strength of scaffold was improved from 3.12 ± 0.36 MPa (β-TCP) to 5.74 ± 0.62 MPa (β-TCP/SiO2), 9.02 ± 0.55 MPa (β-TCP/MgO) and 10.43 ± 0.28 MPa (β-TCP/SiO2/MgO), respectively. The weight loss and apatite-forming ability of the scaffolds were evaluated by soaking them in simulated body fluid. The results demonstrated that both SiO2 and MgO dopings slowed down the degradation rate and improved the bioactivity of β-TCP scaffolds. In vitro cell culture studies indicated that SiO2 and MgO dopings facilitated cell attachment and proliferation. Combined addition of SiO2 and MgO were found optimal in enhancing both the mechanical and biological properties of β-TCP scaffold.

  4. Low-temperature atomic layer deposition of SiO2/Al2O3 multilayer structures constructed on self-standing films of cellulose nanofibrils (United States)

    Putkonen, Matti; Sippola, Perttu; Svärd, Laura; Sajavaara, Timo; Vartiainen, Jari; Buchanan, Iain; Forsström, Ulla; Simell, Pekka; Tammelin, Tekla


    In this paper, we have optimized a low-temperature atomic layer deposition (ALD) of SiO2 using AP-LTO® 330 and ozone (O3) as precursors, and demonstrated its suitability to surface-modify temperature-sensitive bio-based films of cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs). The lowest temperature for the thermal ALD process was 80°C when the silicon precursor residence time was increased by the stop-flow mode. The SiO2 film deposition rate was dependent on the temperature varying within 1.5-2.2 Å cycle-1 in the temperature range of 80-350°C, respectively. The low-temperature SiO2 process that resulted was combined with the conventional trimethyl aluminium + H2O process in order to prepare thin multilayer nanolaminates on self-standing CNF films. One to six stacks of SiO2/Al2O3 were deposited on the CNF films, with individual layer thicknesses of 3.7 nm and 2.6 nm, respectively, combined with a 5 nm protective SiO2 layer as the top layer. The performance of the multilayer hybrid nanolaminate structures was evaluated with respect to the oxygen and water vapour transmission rates. Six stacks of SiO2/Al2O with a total thickness of approximately 35 nm efficiently prevented oxygen and water molecules from interacting with the CNF film. The oxygen transmission rates analysed at 80% RH decreased from the value for plain CNF film of 130 ml m-2 d-1 to 0.15 ml m-2 d-1, whereas the water transmission rates lowered from 630 ± 50 g m-2 d-1 down to 90 ± 40 g m-2 d-1. This article is part of a discussion meeting issue `New horizons for cellulose nanotechnology'.

  5. UV-Triggered Self-Healing of a Single Robust SiO2 Microcapsule Based on Cationic Polymerization for Potential Application in Aerospace Coatings. (United States)

    Guo, Wanchun; Jia, Yin; Tian, Kesong; Xu, Zhaopeng; Jiao, Jiao; Li, Ruifei; Wu, Yuehao; Cao, Ling; Wang, Haiyan


    UV-triggered self-healing of single microcapsules has been a good candidate to enhance the life of polymer-based aerospace coatings because of its rapid healing process and healing chemistry based on an accurate stoichiometric ratio. However, free radical photoinitiators used in single microcapsules commonly suffer from possible deactivation due to the presence of oxygen in the space environment. Moreover, entrapment of polymeric microcapsules into coatings often involves elevated temperature or a strong solvent, probably leading to swelling or degradation of polymer shell, and ultimately the loss of active healing species into the host matrix. We herein describe the first single robust SiO2 microcapsule self-healing system based on UV-triggered cationic polymerization for potential application in aerospace coatings. On the basis of the similarity of solubility parameters of the active healing species and the SiO2 precursor, the epoxy resin and cationic photoinitiator are successfully encapsulated into a single SiO2 microcapsule via a combined interfacial/in situ polymerization. The single SiO2 microcapsule shows solvent resistance and thermal stability, especially a strong resistance for thermal cycling in a simulated space environment. In addition, the up to 89% curing efficiency of the epoxy resin in 30 min, and the obvious filling of scratches in the epoxy matrix demonstrate the excellent UV-induced healing performance of SiO2 microcapsules, attributed to a high load of healing species within the capsule (up to 87 wt %) and healing chemistry based on an accurate stoichiometric ratio of the photoinitiator and epoxy resin at 9/100. More importantly, healing chemistry based on a UV-triggered cationic polymerization mechanism is not sensitive to oxygen, extremely facilitating future embedment of this single SiO2 microcapsule in spacecraft coatings to achieve self-healing in a space environment with abundant UV radiation and oxygen.

  6. Photo-thermal characteristics of water-based Fe3O4@SiO2 nanofluid for solar-thermal applications (United States)

    Khashan, Saud; Dagher, Sawsan; Omari, Salahaddin Al; Tit, Nacir; Elnajjar, Emad; Mathew, Bobby; Hilal-Alnaqbi, Ali


    This work proposes and demonstrates the novel idea of using Fe3O4@SiO2 core/shell structure nanoparticles (NPs) to improve the solar thermal conversion efficiency. Magnetite (Fe3O4) NPs are synthesized by controlled co-precipitation method. Fe3O4@SiO2 NPs are prepared based on sol-gel approach, then characterized. Water-based Fe3O4@SiO2 nanofluid is prepared and usedto illustrate the photo-thermal conversion characteristics of a solar collector under solar simulator. The temperature rise characteristics of the nanofluids are investigated at different heights of the solar collector, for duration of 300 min, under a solar intensity of 1000 W m-2. The experimental results show that Fe3O4@SiO2 NPs have a core/shell structure with spherical morphology and size of about 400 nm. Fe3O4@SiO2/H2O nanofluid enhances the photo-thermal conversion efficiency compared with base fluid and Fe3O4/H2O nanofluid, since the silica coating improves both the thermodynamic stability of the nanofluid and the light absorption effectiveness of the NPs. At a concentration of 1 mg/1 ml of Fe3O4@SiO2/H2O, and with the utilization of kerosene into the solar collector, and exposure for radiation for 5 min, the photo-thermal conversion efficiency has shown an enhancement at the bottom of the collector of about 32.9% compared to the base fluid.

  7. Seed-mediated photodeposition route to Ag-decorated SiO2@TiO2 microspheres with ideal core-shell structure and enhanced photocatalytic activity (United States)

    Ma, Jianqi; Guo, Xiaohua; Ge, Hongguang; Tian, Guanghui; Zhang, Qiang


    Ag-decorated SiO2@TiO2 microspheres (SiO2@TiO2-Ag) with ideal core-shell structure and enhanced photocatalytic activity were successfully fabricated by combining both coating anatase TiO2 on the surface of SiO2 spheres and subsequent depositing face-centered cubic Ag nanoparticles (NPs) on the coated TiO2 surface via novel sol-gel method and Ag-seed-mediated photodeposition (PD) route, respectively. The morphology, structure, composition and optical properties of the resulting composites were characterized in detail. The results reveal that the monodisperse SiO2 spheres of ∼260 nm were covered uniformly and perfectly by the TiO2 nanoparticle coating layer with the thickness of ca. 55 nm by the novel sol-gel method. Further, homogeneously and highly dispersed Ag NPs with an average size of 8 ± 1.5 nm were strongly anchored onto the TiO2 surface in SiO2@TiO2 core-shell spheres by the modified PD process (Ag-seed-mediated PD route), whereas polydispersed Ag aggregates and detached Ag NPs were irregularly deposited over the TiO2 surface in previous works, which is the inherent problem and has not been effectively solved for depositing noble metal NPs such as Au, Ag, Pt, Pd on TiO2 surface by conventional PD method. The formation mechanism of small and uniformly dispersed Ag NPs with narrow size distribution via the modified PD method is tentatively explained by both nucleation kinetics and growth kinetics. The key reason is that the pre-deposited seeds firmly tethered on SiO2@TiO2 spheres served as nucleation sites and anchoring points for the further nucleation and subsequent growth of Ag via photoreduction of Ag+.

  8. Effects of silica, calcium carbonate, and SiO2/CaCO3 blends on some properties of cellular NR compounds

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    Sombatsompop, N.


    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to study the effect of silica (SiO2 and calcium carbonate (CaCO3 on compounding torque, mechanical, physical, morphological properties, and swelling behaviour of cellular natural rubber, using a compression moulding and conventional vulcanisation (CV system with oxybisbenzenesulphonylhydrazine (OBSH as a blowing agent, the moulding cure temperature and time being 160oC and 7 mins respectively. The cellular rubber vulcanisates were characterised with respect to tensile strength, abrasion resistance, thermal aging, swelling and deswelling behaviours. The results in dicated that the addition of 20 phr SiO2 in the rubber compound was the most preferable for the tensile strength and abrasion resistance, this being associated with reinforcing effects between the silica and rubber molecules, which also promoted the swelling resistance in toluene during equilibrium state. In the case of CaCO3 filler, added into the rubber compounds having 20 phr SiO2 , the optimum CaCO3 content to maintain the overall properties was between 20 and 30 phr. The CaCO3 above 30 phr reduced the tensile and abrasive properties of the compounds due to the excessive fillers (silica and calcium carbonate contents being greater than 50 phr. Addition of CaCO3 had no effect on the swelling behaviour of the compounds. Considering the effect of thermal aging in the SiO2 filled rubber compounds, it was observed that the mechanical properties of non-filler cellular rubber tended to decrease whereas the swelling resistance increased with aging, this being due to the desulphuration of the surphur crosslinks. However, the properties of the NR compounds containing 20 phr SiO2 and various contents of CaCO3 were unaffected by thermal aging. In summary, the recommended mixed fillers contents for SiO2 and CaCO3 in this work were 20 phr and 20 - 30 phr, respectively.

  9. Simulation of Electrical Parameters for Ru/Ta2O5/SiO2/Si(p High-k MOS Structure

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    Juraj Racko


    Full Text Available The contribution presents the results of simulation of direct tunnelling of free charge carriers through a thin gateinsulator in MOS structures consisting of a Ta2O5/SiO2 bilayer taking into account also indirect tunnelling of free chargecarriers through the SiO2/Si interface traps. The calculated I–V and C–V curves reveal the processes of electron and holetunnelling through the insulator-to-semiconductor potential barrier that can be divided into four classes.

  10. Fabrication Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 Nanocomposites and Degradation of Rhodamine B Dyes under UV Light Irradiation


    M. P. Mazhari; A. Abbasi; A. Derakhshan; M. Ahmadi


    Recycling and reusing of catalyst is an important factor to produce capable and low cast catalysts. Silica coated magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4/SiO2) were synthesized via a simple sol-gel method with the aid of sonication. Fe3O4 nanoparticles. After that a layer of TiO2 was constricted by hydrolyze and condensation of Teteranormalbuthyltitanate to produce Fe3O4/SiO2/TiO2 nanocompsite. As-synthesized nanparticles were characterized with X-Ray powder Diffraction, Fourier-Transform-Infrarotspekt...

  11. Stress map for ion irradiation: Depth-resolved dynamic competition between radiation-induced viscoelastic phenomena in SiO2

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    Dillen, T. van; Siem, M.Y.S.; Polman, A.


    The dynamic competition between structural transformation, Newtonian viscous flow, and anisotropic strain generation during ion irradiation of SiO 2 , leads to strongly depth-dependent evolution of the mechanical stress, ranging between compressive and tensile. From independent in situ stress measurements during irradiation, generic expressions are derived of the nuclear stopping dependence of both the structural transformation rate and the radiation-induced viscosity. Using these data we introduce and demonstrate the concept of a 'stress map' that predicts the depth-resolved saturation stress in SiO 2 for any irradiation up to several MeV

  12. Tuning the structural and mechanical properties in ZrO2-SiO2binary system through Y3+inclusions. (United States)

    Vasanthavel, S; Meenakshi, K; Nivedha, V; Ballamurugan, A M; Kannan, S


    The present investigation explores the influence of yttrium (Y 3+ ) inclusions in ZrO 2 -SiO 2 binary system (YSZ) on its structural and mechanical features. The powders were synthesized through sol-gel technique and an exclusive characterization were undertaken to investigate the structural and mechanical features influenced by Y 3+ additions. Characterization techniques affirmed the crucial role of Y 3+ on the resultant structural and thermal stability of the YZS system. Instrumented indentation inferred the enhanced mechanical properties demonstrated by YZS system in comparison with pure ZrO 2 -SiO 2 binary system (ZS). Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Resistencia al desgaste de recubrimientos sol-gel de SiO2 y SiO2 - ZrO2 sobre materiales vitrocerámicos obtenidos por sinterización

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    Soares, V. O.


    Full Text Available The sol-gel process is widely used to obtain coatings on glass-ceramic substrates in order to improve the scratch and abrasion resistance, also providing a bright and homogeneous appearance of a glaze avoiding expensive final polishing treatments. This paper describes the preparation of silica and silica / zirconia coatings by sol-gel method on Li2O-Al2O3-SiO2 (LAS glassceramic substrates produced by sintering. The coatings were deposited by dip-coating on LAS substrates and characterized by optical microscopy and spectral ellipsometry. On the other hand, hardness and elastic modulus, coefficient of friction and abrasion and scratch resistance of the coatings were determined and compared with the substrate properties. Coatings deposited on LAS glass-ceramic confere the substrate a bright and homogeneous aspect, similar to a glaze, improving the appearance and avoiding the final polishing. However these coatings do not increase the scratch resistance of the substrate only equaling the properties of the glass-ceramic.El proceso sol-gel es un método interesante para la producción de recubrimientos vítreos sobre sustratos vitrocerámicos con el fin de mejorar su resistencia al rayado y al desgaste, y proporcionando además un aspecto homogéneo, vidriado y brillante que evite los costosos tratamientos finales de pulido. Este trabajo describe la preparación de recubrimientos de sílice y sílice/ circona por el método sol-gel sobre sustratos vitrocerámicos del sistema Li2O-Al2O3-SiO2 (LAS producidos por sinterización. Los recubrimientos se depositaron por la técnica de inmersión y se caracterizaron mediante microscopía óptica de luz reflejada y elipsometría espectral. Por otro lado, se determinó la dureza y el módulo de elasticidad, además del coeficiente de fricción, la resistencia al desgaste y al rayado de los recubrimientos. Estos resultados se compararon con las propiedades del sustrato sin recubrir. Las capas depositadas confieren al sustrato un aspecto homogéneo, vidriado y brillante, mejorando el aspecto final y evitando el pulido. Sin embargo, estas capas no aumentan la resistencia al desgaste del sustrato, aunque igualan sus características.

  14. Surface morphology of amorphous germanium thin films following thermal outgassing of SiO2/Si substrates

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    Valladares, L. de los Santos; Dominguez, A. Bustamante; Llandro, J.; Holmes, S.; Quispe, O. Avalos; Langford, R.; Aguiar, J. Albino; Barnes, C.H.W.


    Highlights: • Annealing promotes outgassing of SiO 2 /Si wafers. • Outgassing species embed in the a-Ge film forming bubbles. • The density of bubbles obtained by slow annealing is smaller than by rapid annealing. • The bubbles explode after annealing the samples at 800 °C. • Surface migration at higher temperatures forms polycrystalline GeO 2 islands. - Abstract: In this work we report the surface morphology of amorphous germanium (a-Ge) thin films (140 nm thickness) following thermal outgassing of SiO 2 /Si substrates. The thermal outgassing was performed by annealing the samples in air at different temperatures from 400 to 900 °C. Annealing at 400 °C in slow (2 °C/min) and fast (10 °C/min) modes promotes the formation of bubbles on the surface. A cross sectional view by transmission electron microscope taken of the sample slow annealed at 400 °C reveals traces of gas species embedded in the a-Ge film, allowing us to propose a possible mechanism for the formation of the bubbles. The calculated internal pressure and number of gas molecules for this sample are 30 MPa and 38 × 10 8 , respectively. Over an area of 22 × 10 −3 cm 2 the density of bubbles obtained at slow annealing (9 × 10 3 cm −2 ) is smaller than that at rapid annealing (6.4 × 10 4 cm −2 ), indicating that the amount of liberated gas in both cases is only a fraction of the total gas contained in the substrate. After increasing the annealing temperature in the slow mode, bubbles of different diameters (from tens of nanometers up to tens of micrometers) randomly distribute over the Ge film and they grow with temperature. Vertical diffusion of the outgas species through the film dominates the annealing temperature interval 400–600 °C, whereas coalescence of bubbles caused by lateral diffusion is detected after annealing at 700 °C. The bubbles explode after annealing the samples at 800 °C. Annealing at higher temperatures, such as 900 °C, leads to surface migration of the film to the exploded bubbles and eventually forming islands of polycrystalline GeO 2

  15. Physics of Trap Generation and Electrical Breakdown in Ultra-thin SiO2 and SiON Gate Dielectric Materials

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    Nicollian, Paul Edward


    This work spans nearly a decade of industrial research in the reliability physics of deeply scaled SiO2 and SiON gate dielectrics. In this work, we will present our following original contributions to the field: • Below 5V stress, the dominant mechanism for stressed induced leakage current in the

  16. Photoinduced heat generation mechanism in Ag nanoparticles embedded in SiO2 and β-In2S3 matrix (United States)

    Warrier, Anita R.; Vijayan, C.


    In this work we probe the photothermal conversion properties of individual metal (Ag) nanoparticle, semiconductor (β-In2S3) microflowers, dielectric (SiO2) nanostructures and Ag nanoparticles embedded in β-In2S3 and SiO2 matrix. The heat generated from the Ag nanoparticles is much higher when embedded inside polymer encapsulated SiO2 and β-In2S3 matrix than the individual nanoparticle assembly. The heat generation mechanism is shown to be an ultrafast process (picoseconds) when the Ag nanoparticles are embedded in a β-In2S3 complex, while for individual Ag nanoparticles and Ag: SiO2 matrix the process is shown to be time delayed. The change is attributed to the resonant heat transfer mechanism. The measurements were carried out by illuminating the samples with pump beam of 445 nm. The refractive index gradient produced in the surrounding air due to thermal waves emanating from the sample is measured using a probe beam of wavelength 546 nm and a position sensitive quadrant cell detector.

  17. Synthesis of Mo–Fe3O4@SiO2@P4VP core–shell–shell structured magnetic microspheres for alkene epoxidation reactions

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    Huang, Xiubing; Guo, Wanchun; Wang, Ge; Yang, Mu; Wang, Qian; Zhang, Xinxin; Feng, Yanhui; Shi, Zhan; Li, Chunguang


    Molybdenum complexes immobilized on core–shell–shell structured Fe 3 O 4 @SiO 2 @poly(4-vinylpyridine) microspheres have been successfully fabricated by grafting [3-(methacryloyloxy)propyl]trimethoxysilane on Fe 3 O 4 @SiO 2 followed by seeded emulsion polymerization of 4-vinylpyridine monomers. The synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier-transform infrared spectra (FT-IR) and magnetometer. Their catalytic property was investigated by epoxidation of alkenes, using environmentally friendly H 2 O 2 and ethanol as oxidant and solvent, respectively. The results show that Mo–Fe 3 O 4 @SiO 2 @P4VP catalyst possesses high conversion (99.0%) and selectivity (99.0%) in the epoxidation of cis-cyclooctene at 60 °C for 24 h, and the catalyst can be recovered using a magnet and still shows high conversion (95.0%) and selectivity (99.0%) after being recycled three times. -- Highlights: ► Core–shell–shell structured Mo–Fe 3 O 4 @SiO 2 @P4VP microspheres were fabricated. ► The catalyst shows high activity in the epoxidation of alkenes. ► Environmentally friendly H 2 O 2 and ethanol are used as oxidant and solvent. ► The catalyst can be quickly magnetically recovered and maintains high activity.

  18. Optical transparency and mechanical properties of semi-refined iota carrageenan film reinforced with SiO2 as food packaging material (United States)

    Aji, Afifah Iswara; Praseptiangga, Danar; Rochima, Emma; Joni, I. Made; Panatarani, Camellia


    Food packaging is important for protecting food from environmental influences such as heat, light, water vapor, oxygen, dirt, dust particles, gas emissions and so on, which leads to decrease the quality of food. The most widely used type of packaging in the food industry is plastic which is made from synthetic polymers and takes hundreds of years to biodegrade. Recently, food packaging with high bio-degradability is being developed using biopolymer combined with nanoparticles as reinforcing agent (filler) to improve its properties. In this study, semi-refined iota carrageenan films were prepared by incorporating SiO2 nanoparticles as filler at different concentrations (0%, 0.5%, 1.0% and 1.5% w/w carrageenan) using solution casting method. The optical transparency and mechanical properties (tensile strength and elongation at break) of the films were analyzed. The results showed that incorporation of SiO2 nanoparticles to carrageenan matrix on optical transparency of the films. For the mechanical properties, the highest tensile strength was found for incorporation of 0.5% SiO2, while the elongation at break of the films improved with increasing SiO2 concentration.

  19. Conformal SiO2 coating of sub-100 nm diameter channels of polycarbonate etched ion-track channels by atomic layer deposition

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    Nicolas Sobel


    Full Text Available Polycarbonate etched ion-track membranes with about 30 µm long and 50 nm wide cylindrical channels were conformally coated with SiO2 by atomic layer deposition (ALD. The process was performed at 50 °C to avoid thermal damage to the polymer membrane. Analysis of the coated membranes by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS reveals a homogeneous, conformal layer of SiO2 in the channels at a deposition rate of 1.7–1.8 Å per ALD cycle. Characterization by infrared and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS confirms the stoichiometric composition of the SiO2 films. Detailed XPS analysis reveals that the mechanism of SiO2 formation is based on subsurface crystal growth. By dissolving the polymer, the silica nanotubes are released from the ion-track membrane. The thickness of the tube wall is well controlled by the ALD process. Because the track-etched channels exhibited diameters in the range of nanometres and lengths in the range of micrometres, cylindrical tubes with an aspect ratio as large as 3000 have been produced.

  20. Use of MnO2 and MnO2 SiO2 for sorbing of Sr-90 from liquid rad waste

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    Subiarto; Las, Thamzil; Aan BH, Martin; Utomo, Cahyo Hari


    The synthesis of MnO 2 adsorbent and MnO 2 -SiO 2 composite has been done. MnO 2 synthesis is done by the reaction of KMnO 4 , Mn(NO 3 ) 2 .4H 2 O and Na 2 S 2 O 4 ( MnO 2 -A, MnO 2 -B, and MnO 2 -T ). MnO 2 . SiO 2 is made from KMnO 4 , Na 2 SiO 3 , and H 2 O 2 . The result obtained show the best Sr-90 sorption by MnO 2 -A with Kd = 2085.63 ml/g, by MnO 2 -L with Kd = 755.09 ml/g, and by MnO 2 - SiO 2 composite with Kd = 1466.51 ml/g. From this result, we can conclude that MnO 2 -SiO 2 can be expanded for Sr-90 sorption from liquid radioactive waste. (author)

  1. Synthesis and Characterization of CeO2-SiO2 Nanoparticles by Microwave-Assisted Irradiation Method for Photocatalytic Oxidation of Methylene Blue Dye

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    R. M. Mohamed


    Full Text Available CeO2-SiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized for the first time by a facile microwave-assisted irradiation process. The effect of irradiation time of microwave was studied. The materials were characterized by N2 adsorption, XRD, UV-vis/DR, and TEM. All solids showed mesoporous textures with high surface areas, relatively small pore size diameters, and large pore volume. The X-ray diffraction results indicated that the as-synthesized nanoparticles exhibited cubic CeO2 without impurities and amorphous silica. The transmission electron microscopy (TEM images revealed that the particle size of CeO2-SiO2 nanoparticles, which were prepared by microwave method for 30 min irradiation times, was around 8 nm. The photocatalytic activities were evaluated by the decomposition of methylene blue dye under UV light irradiations. The results showed that the irradiation under the microwave produced CeO2-SiO2 nanoparticles, which have the best crystallinity under a shorter irradiation time. This indicates that the introduction of the microwave really can save energy and time with faster kinetics of crystallization. The sample prepared by 30 min microwave irradiation time exhibited the highest photocatalytic activity. The photocatalytic activity of CeO2-SiO2 nanoparticles, which were prepared by 30 min irradiation times was found to have better performance than commercial reference P25.

  2. Enhancement of Electrical Conductance for Pentacene Thin Film Transistor by Controlling an Initial Layer-by-Layer Growth Mode Directly on SiO2 Insulator (United States)

    Qi, Qiong; Jiang, Yeping; Yu, Aifang; Qiu, Xiaohui; Jiang, Chao


    Initial nucleation and growth of pentacene films on various pre-cleaning treated SiO2 gate insulators were systematically examined by atomic force microscope. The performance of fabricated pentacene thin film transistor devices was found to be highly related to the initial film growth modes. In contrast to the film in the three-dimensional island-like growth mode on SiO2 under an organic cleaning process, a layer-by-layer initial growth mode occurred on the SiO2 insulator cleaned with ammonia solution which has shown much improved electrical properties of the thin film transistors. Field effect mobility of the thin film transistor devices could be achieved as high as 1.0 cm2 V-1 s-1 on the bared SiO2/Si substrate and the on/off ratio was over 106. The enhanced electrical conductance was further confirmed by an electrostatic force microscopic observation of quantized electrical potentials via charge-injection to the submonolayer pentacene islands with layer-by-layer growth mode.

  3. Wear Characteristics According of Heat Treatment of Si3N4 with Different Amounts of SiO2 Nano-Colloid

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    Ahn, Seok Hwan; Nam, Ki Woo


    This study sintered Si 3 N 4 with different amounts of SiO 2 nano-colloid. The surface of a mirror-polished specimen was coated with SiO 2 nano-colloid, and cracks were healed when the specimen was treated at a temperature of 1273 K for 1 h in air. Wear specimen experiments were conducted after heat treatments for 10 min at 1073, 1273, and 1573 K. The heat-treated surface that was coated with the SiO 2 nano-colloid was slightly rougher than the noncoated surface. The oxidation state of the surface according to the heat treatment temperature showed no correlation with the surface roughness. Moreover, the friction coefficient, wear loss, and bending strength were not related to the surface roughness. Si 3 N 4 exhibited an abrasive wear behavior when SKD11 was used as an opponent material. The friction coefficient was proportional to the wear loss, and the bending strength was inversely proportional to the friction coefficient and wear loss. The friction coefficient and wear loss increased with increasing amounts of the SiO 2 nanocolloid. In addition, the friction coefficient was slightly increased by increasing the heat treatment temperature

  4. Effects of Ce3+ concentration, beam voltage and current on the cathodoluminescence intensity of SiO2: Pr3+–Ce3+ nanophosphor

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    Mhlongo, GH


    Full Text Available SiO2:Pr3+–Ce3+ phosphor powders were successfully prepared using a sol–gel process. The concentration of Pr3+ was fixed at 0.2 mol% while that of Ce3+ was varied in the range of 0.2–2 mol%. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM...

  5. Surface anisotropy change of CoFe2O4 nanoparticles depending on thickness of coated SiO2 shell

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    Coşkun, Mustafa; Can, Musa Mutlu; Coşkun, Özlem Duyar; Korkmaz, Mustafa; Fırat, Tezer


    We systematically investigated the effective surface anisotropy of CoFe 2 O 4 nanoparticles dependant on the thickness of SiO 2 shell. XRD (X-ray powder diffraction) patterns and TEM (transmission electron microscopy) micrographs were used to investigate the structure of particles and thickness of SiO 2 shell, respectively. The thicknesses of SiO 2 shell with 5.41 nm on CoFe 2 O 4 nanoparticles were increased up to 14.04 ± 0.05 nm by changing the amount of added TEOS by, 0.10, 0.25, 0.50, 1.00, 1.50, and 2.50 mL. The increase of the SiO 2 thickness shell decreased the effective anisotropy due to decline the effectiveness of the dipolar magnetostatic interactions, determined from Vogel–Fulcher equation, between the particles. The declines in the Keff values stabled at around 3.76 ± 0.11 × 10 5 J/m 3 for TEOS amount higher than 1.5 mL.

  6. Metabolomic effects of CeO2, SiO2 and CuO metal oxide nanomaterials on HepG2 cells (United States)

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — The data set is a matrix of cellular biochemical (metabolites) in HepG2 cells treated with various metal oxide nanomaterials composed of CeO2, SiO2 and CuO. This...

  7. SiO2/ZnO Composite Hollow Sub-Micron Fibers: Fabrication from Facile Single Capillary Electrospinning and Their Photoluminescence Properties

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    Guanying Song


    Full Text Available In this work, SiO2/ZnO composite hollow sub-micron fibers were fabricated by a facile single capillary electrospinning technique followed by calcination, using tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP and ZnO nanoparticles as raw materials. The characterization results of the scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR spectra indicated that the asprepared composite hollow fibers consisted of amorphous SiO2 and hexagonal wurtzite ZnO. The products revealed uniform tubular structure with outer diameters of 400–500 nm and wall thickness of 50–60 nm. The gases generated and the directional escaped mechanism was proposed to illustrate the formation of SiO2/ZnO composite hollow sub-micron fibers. Furthermore, a broad blue emission band was observed in the photoluminescence (PL of SiO2/ZnO composite hollow sub-micron fibers, exhibiting great potential applications as blue light-emitting candidate materials.

  8. Cross-Linking Density and Temperature Effects on the Self-Assembly of SiO2-PNIPAAm Core-Shell Particles at Interfaces

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    Nazli, Kadriye Oezlem; Pester, Christian W.; Konradi, Artjom; Boeker, Alexander; van Rijn, Patrick

    SiO2PNIPAAm coreshell microgels (PNIPAAm=poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)) with various internal cross-linking densities and different degrees of polymerization were prepared in order to investigate the effects of stability, packing, and temperature responsiveness at polarapolar interfaces. The effects

  9. Sustainable synthesis of magnetically separable SiO2/Co@Fe2O4 nanocomposite and its catalytic applications for the benzimidazole synthesis (United States)

    Jithendra Kumara, K. S.; Krishnamurthy, G.; Sunil Kumar, N.; Naik, Nagaraja; Praveen, T. M.


    The Co(II) and Fe(III) centres magnetically separable two new mesoporous nanocatalyst were synthesised via chemical synthesis method. The transmission electron microscopic studies (TEM) show that, the particles are spherical shape with mean size of 20 nm. The Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) reveals that SiO2 is coating on the surface of the cobalt ferrate nanoparticle (CoFe2O4). The SiO2 coating is efficiently preventing the aggregated collision of nanoparticles. Magnetic measurements show that diamagnetic character of the SiO2 is unaffected to the coercivity of SiO2 coated CoFe2O4 particles. In addition, these nanoparticles are used as nanocatalyst for high yielding, facile and expeditious synthesis of various functionalized 2-arylbenzimidazoles via one-pot condensation. The cascade including imine formation, cyclization, condensation, and aromatization occurs, without addition of any reducing or oxidizing agents. In all situations, the desired product was synthesised with excellent yield. The shorter reaction time, mild reaction condition, simplicity, non-toxicity, safe reaction and easy workup are the impotent merits of this protocol.

  10. Space Weathering of Silicates Simulated by Successive Laser Irradiation: In Situ Reflectance Measurements of Fo90, Fo99+, and Sio2 (United States)

    Loeffler, M. J.; Dukes, C. A.; Christoffersen, R.; Baragiola, R. A.


    Pulsed-laser irradiation causes the visible-near-infrared spectral slope of olivine (Fo90 and Fo99+) and SiO2 to increase (redden), while the olivine samples darken and the SiO2 samples brighten slightly. XPS analysis shows that irradiation of Fo90 produces metallic Fe. Analytical SEM and TEM measurements confirm that reddening in the Fo90 olivine samples correlates with the production of nanophase metallic Fe (npFe0) grains, 2050 nm in size. The reddening observed in the SiO2 sample is consistent with the formation of SiO or other SiOx species that absorb in the visible. The weak spectral brightening induced by laser irradiation of SiO2 is consistent with a change in surface topography of the sample. The darkening observed in the olivine samples is likely caused by the formation of larger npFe0 particles, such as the 100400 nm diameter npFe0 identified during our TEM analysis of Fo90 samples. The Fo90 reflectance spectra are qualitatively similar to those in previous experiments suggesting that in all cases formation of npFe0 is causing the spectral alteration. Finally, we find that the accumulation of successive laserpulses cause continued sample darkening in the Vis-NIR, which suggests that repeated surface impacts are an efficient way to darken airless body surfaces.

  11. High Photocatalytic Activity of Fe3O4-SiO2-TiO2 Functional Particles with Core-Shell Structure

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    Chenyang Xue


    Full Text Available This paper describes a novel method of synthesizing Fe3O4-SiO2-TiO2 functional nanoparticles with the core-shell structure. The Fe3O4 cores which were mainly superparamagnetic were synthesized through a novel carbon reduction method. The Fe3O4 cores were then modified with SiO2 and finally encapsulated with TiO2 by the sol-gel method. The results of characterizations showed that the encapsulated 700 nm Fe3O4-SiO2-TiO2 particles have a relatively uniform size distribution, an anatase TiO2 shell, and suitable magnetic properties for allowing collection in a magnetic field. These magnetic properties, large area, relative high saturation intensity, and low retentive magnetism make the particles have high dispersibility in suspension and yet enable them to be recovered well using magnetic fields. The functionality of these particles was tested by measuring the photocatalytic activity of the decolouring of methyl orange (MO and methylene blue (MB under ultraviolet light and sunlight. The results showed that the introduction of the Fe3O4-SiO2-TiO2 functional nanoparticles significantly increased the decoloration rate so that an MO solution at a concentration of 10 mg/L could be decoloured completely within 180 minutes. The particles were recovered after utilization, washing, and drying and the primary recovery ratio was 87.5%.

  12. The Reduced Recombination and the Enhanced Lifetime of Excited Electron in QDSSCs Based on Different ZnS and SiO2 Passivation

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    Ha Thanh Tung


    Full Text Available In this study, we focus on the enhanced absorption and reduced recombination of quantum dot solar cells based on photoanodes which were coated by different ZnS or SiO2 passivations using the successive ionic layer absorption and reaction methods. The quantum dot solar cells based on photoanode multilayers, which were coated with a ZnS or SiO2 passivation, increased dramatic absorption in the visible light region as compared with other photoanodes and reduced rapid recombination proccesses in photovoltaic. As a result, the performance efficiency of TiO2/CdS/CdSe photoanode with SiO2 passivation increased by 150% and 375% compared with TiO2/CdS/CdSe with ZnS passivation and TiO2/CdSe photoanode, respectively. For this reason, we note that the tandem multilayers can absorb more wavelengths in the visible light region to increase a large amount of excited electrons, which are transferred into the TiO2 conduction band, and decrease number of electrons returned to the polysulfide electrolyte from QDs when a ZnS or SiO2 passivation is consumed. Moreover, it is obvious that there was a far shift towards long waves in UV-Vis spectra and a sharp drop of intensity in photoluminescence spectra. In addition, the dynamic process in solar cells was carried out by electrochemical impedance spectra.

  13. Removal of Methylene Blue Dye from Aqueous Solution Using a Newly Synthesized TiO2-SiO2 Photocatalyst in the Presence of Active Chlorine Species (United States)

    Joseph, C. G.; Elilarasi, L.


    Industrialization and urbanization demand high amount of water consumption, which contributes to their polluted condition. Thus, there is a need to develop a sustainable wastewater remediation technique in order to provide sustainable use of clean water for future generations without ramifications to the economic sectors. The newly synthesized TiO2-SiO2 photocatalyst was used to remediate Methylene Blue contaminated aqueous solution in the presence of active chlorine species. The doping of SiO2 into TiO2 enhanced the removal rate of Methylene Blue dye from the solution by increasing the surface area, thermal stability and surface acidity of the TiO2. The active chlorine species further enhanced the removal rate of Methylene Blue dye from the solution by contributing more reactive species, chlorine radicals, which broke down the dye molecules. The experiments were conducted via Taguchi analysis. The findings show that combining TiO2, SiO2 and active chlorine species enhanced the removal percentage of Methylene Blue dye compared to using TiO2 alone by 70%. About 70% of 50ppm Methylene Blue was degraded by 1 g of TiO2-SiO2 in the presence of 0.3 ppm Ca(OCl)2 under 9 Watts solar irradiation within 3 hours. The enhanced dye removal method brings photocatalysis a step closer to sustainable wastewater remediation methods.

  14. Metabolomic effects of CeO2, SiO2 and CuO metal oxide nanomaterials on HepG2 cells (United States)

    Abstract Background To better assess potential hepatotoxicity of nanomaterials, human liver HepG2 cells were exposed for 3 days to five different CeO2 (either 30 or 100 μg/ml), 3 SiO2 based (30 μg/ml) or 1 CuO (3 μg/ml) nanomaterials with dry primary particle sizes r...

  15. Fe3O4@SiO2@CS-TETA functionalized graphene oxide for the adsorption of methylene blue (MB) and Cu(II) (United States)

    Wang, Fan; Zhang, Lijuan; Wang, Yeying; Liu, Xijian; Rohani, Sohrab; Lu, Jie


    The graphene oxide (GO) functionalized by Fe3O4@SiO2@CS-TETA nanoparticles, Fe3O4@SiO2@CS-TETA-GO, was firstly fabricated in a mild way as a novel adsorbent for the removal of Cu(II) ions and methylene blue (MB) from aqueous solutions. The magnetic composites showed a good dispersity in water and can be conveniently collected for reuse through magnetic separation due to its excellent magnetism. When the Fe3O4@SiO2@CS- TETA-GO was used as an absorbent for the absorption of MB and Cu(II), the adsorption kinetics and isotherms data well fitted the pseudo-second-order model and the Langmuir model, respectively. Under the optimized pH and initial concentration, the maximum adsorption capacity was about 529.1 mg g-1 for MB in 20 min and 324.7 mg g-1 for Cu(II) in 16 min, respectively, exhibiting a better adsorption performance than other GO-based adsorbents reported recently. More importantly, the synthesized adsorbent could be effectively regenerated and repeatedly utilized without significant capacity loss after six times cycles. All the results demonstrated that Fe3O4@SiO2@CS-TETA-GO could be used as an excellent adsorbent for the adsorption of Cu(II) and MB in many fields.

  16. High performance a-IGZO thin-film transistors with mf-PVD SiO2 as an etch-stop-layer

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    Nag, M.; Steudel, S.; Bhoolokam, A.; Chasin, A.; Rockele, M.; Myny, K.; Maas, J.; Fritz, T.; Trube, J.; Groeseneken, G.; Heremans, P.


    In this work, we report on high-performance bottom-gate top-contact (BGTC) amorphous-Indium-Gallium-Zinc-Oxide (a-IGZO) thin-film transistor (TFT) with SiO2 as an etch-stop-layer (ESL) deposited by medium frequency physical vapor deposition (mf-PVD). The TFTs show field-effect mobility (μFE) of

  17. Low-loss silicon waveguides with sidewall roughness reduction using a SiO2 hard mask and fluorine-based dry etching (United States)

    Lee, Dong Ho; Choo, Sung Joong; Jung, Uiseok; Lee, Kyung Woon; Kim, Kwang Woong; Park, Jung Ho


    High optical field confinement-possible silicon waveguides are used in various fields. The performance of a silicon waveguide depends on its sidewall roughness, which is responsible for scattering loss. The fabrication process for a silicon waveguide with a smooth sidewall for low loss was studied. The propagation loss of an optical silicon waveguide was reduced by using a SiO2 hard mask and reactive ion etching (RIE) with fluorine gases. The sidewall angle was controlled by Si etching with a SF6 and CF4 gas mixture. The thickness of the SiO2 hard mask affects the sidewall smoothing treatment. The roughness of the sidewall was reduced in the SiO2 etching process with a CF4 and O2 gas mixture as the thickness of the SiO2 hard mask was increased. The minimum propagation loss (0.89 dB cm-1) of the fabricated silicon waveguide was achieved by using the fabrication method introduced in this paper.

  18. Transmission booster from SiO2 incorporated TiO2 crystallites: Enhanced conversion efficiency in dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Xu, Peipei; Tang, Qunwei; He, Benlin; Li, Qinghua; Chen, Haiyan


    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • SiO 2 incorporated TiO 2 crystallites were used for transmission enhanced photoanodes. • Excitation of dye molecules was significantly elevated. • An efficiency of 9.98% was recorded on DSSC from 1 wt% SiO 2 incorporated TiO 2. - Abstract: Dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC) is a promising solution to energy depletion, environmental pollution, and ecological destruction. However, the further elevation of power conversion efficiency is limited by low electron density on conduction band (CB) of TiO 2 crystallite, resulting from the low dye-excitation efficiency, recombination of electrons with ions in liquid electrolyte as well as photodegradation of dye molecules. With an aim of enhancing the power conversion efficiency, here we designed SiO 2 incorporated TiO 2 crystallite photoanode to elevate dye excitation, to suppress the recombination of electron-electrolyte, and to enhance the dye photostability. We found that the highest conversion occurred at 1 wt% SiO 2 incorporated TiO 2 crystallite-based DSSC, giving an impressive power conversion efficiency of 9.98% (measured under standard AM1.5 test conditions) in comparison with 6.13% from pure TiO 2 photoanode-based DSSC. This strategy provides new opportunities for the fabrication of highly efficient DSSCs

  19. Two-component transparent TiO2/SiO2 and TiO2/PDMS films as efficient photocatalysts for environmental cleaning

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    Novotná, P.; Zita, J.; Krýsa, J.; Kalousek, Vít; Rathouský, Jiří


    Roč. 79, č. 2 (2007), s. 179-185 ISSN 0926-3373 R&D Projects: GA MŠk 1M0577 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : TiO2 * SiO2 * PDMS * thin film Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 4.651, year: 2007

  20. Selective growth of Ge1‑ x Sn x epitaxial layer on patterned SiO2/Si substrate by metal–organic chemical vapor deposition (United States)

    Takeuchi, Wakana; Washizu, Tomoya; Ike, Shinichi; Nakatsuka, Osamu; Zaima, Shigeaki


    We have investigated the selective growth of a Ge1‑ x Sn x epitaxial layer on a line/space-patterned SiO2/Si substrate by metal–organic chemical vapor deposition. We examined the behavior of a Sn precursor of tributyl(vinyl)tin (TBVSn) during the growth on Si and SiO2 substrates and investigated the effect of the Sn precursor on the selective growth. The selective growth of the Ge1‑ x Sn x epitaxial layer was performed under various total pressures and growth temperatures of 300 and 350 °C. The selective growth of the Ge1‑ x Sn x epitaxial layer on the patterned Si region is achieved at a low total pressure without Ge1‑ x Sn x growth on the SiO2 region. In addition, we found that the Sn content in the Ge1‑ x Sn x epitaxial layer increases with width of the SiO2 region for a fixed Si width even with low total pressure. To control the Sn content in the selective growth of the Ge1‑ x Sn x epitaxial layer, it is important to suppress the decomposition and migration of Sn and Ge precursors.

  1. In vacuo growth studies of Ru thin films on Si, SiN, and SiO2 by high-sensitivity low energy ion scattering

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    Coloma Ribera, R.; van de Kruijs, Robbert Wilhelmus Elisabeth; Sturm, Jacobus Marinus; Yakshin, Andrey; Bijkerk, Frederik


    In vacuo high-sensitivity low energy ion scattering (HS-LEIS) has been used to investigate the initial growth stages of DC sputtered Ru on top of Si, SiN, and SiO2. The high surface sensitivity of this technique allowed an accurate determination of surface coverages and thicknesses required for

  2. Periodically ordered meso – and macroporous SiO2 thin films and their induced electrochemical activity as a function of pore hierarchy

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    Sel, O.; Sallard, S.; Brezesinski, T.; Rathouský, Jiří; Dunphy, D. R.; Collord, A.; Smarsly, B. M.


    Roč. 17, č. 16 (2007), s. 3241-3250 ISSN 1616-301X Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : SiO2 * thin films * pore hierarchy * electrochemistry Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry Impact factor: 7.496, year: 2007

  3. Analog earthquakes

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    Hofmann, R.B.


    Analogs are used to understand complex or poorly understood phenomena for which little data may be available at the actual repository site. Earthquakes are complex phenomena, and they can have a large number of effects on the natural system, as well as on engineered structures. Instrumental data close to the source of large earthquakes are rarely obtained. The rare events for which measurements are available may be used, with modfications, as analogs for potential large earthquakes at sites where no earthquake data are available. In the following, several examples of nuclear reactor and liquified natural gas facility siting are discussed. A potential use of analog earthquakes is proposed for a high-level nuclear waste (HLW) repository

  4. Comparative study of neurologic effects of nano-TiO2 versus SiO2 after direct intracerebral exposure in mice

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    Balvay, A; Bencsik, A; Thieriet, N; Lakhdar, L


    Titanium and silicon dioxide nanoparticles (TiO 2 and SiO 2 NPs) are now in daily use in many commercial products of which food, sunscreens, toothpastes or cosmetics. However, their effects on human body, especially on the central nervous system, are still unclear. The aim of this study was to determine whether direct exposition of the brain to TiO 2 and SiO 2 NPs results in alternations in nervous system function. C57Bl6 mice were exposed to 5 and 10 μg doses of TiO 2 and SiO 2 NPs through intracerebroventricular administration using a stereotaxic approach. Then the neurologic effects were investigated using motor performance parameters, measured on a rotarod at 20 rpm or at an accelerating rod (from 4 to 40 rpm). Before and after injection, motor activity is registered individually for each mouse exposed, once a week, for 8 weeks. Besides, a group of 3 mice is culled at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8 weeks after exposure in order to study the time dependant effect on the histopathology of the brain (gliosis, inflammatory process...). Both rotarod tests (accelerating and at 20 rpm) showed that TiO 2 and SiO 2 NPs exposure could significantly impair the motor performances, even several weeks after initial acute exposure. The first examination of the brain histopathology revealed microglial activation. As it appeared to grow throughout the brain in a time dependant manner this suggests the induction of a long lasting neuroinflammation. These primary findings indicated that exposure to TiO 2 and SiO 2 NPs could possibly impair the locomotor ability and this deficit may be possibly attributed at least to an inflammatory process maintained till 8 weeks after exposure in the mouse brain. To fully investigate the neurotoxicological consequences of TiO 2 and SiO 2 NPs exposure, brain contents in these NPs will be also investigated as well as other alterations like neurotransmitter levels. These preliminary data already underline the necessity of more in vivo studies to better characterize TiO 2 and SiO 2 NPs exposure effects especially on human brain for long-term and low-dose treatment.

  5. Comparative study of neurologic effects of nano-TiO2 versus SiO2 after direct intracerebral exposure in mice (United States)

    Balvay, A.; Thieriet, N.; Lakhdar, L.; Bencsik, A.


    Titanium and silicon dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 and SiO2 NPs) are now in daily use in many commercial products of which food, sunscreens, toothpastes or cosmetics. However, their effects on human body, especially on the central nervous system, are still unclear. The aim of this study was to determine whether direct exposition of the brain to TiO2 and SiO2 NPs results in alternations in nervous system function. C57Bl6 mice were exposed to 5 and 10 μg doses of TiO2 and SiO2 NPs through intracerebroventricular administration using a stereotaxic approach. Then the neurologic effects were investigated using motor performance parameters, measured on a rotarod at 20 rpm or at an accelerating rod (from 4 to 40 rpm). Before and after injection, motor activity is registered individually for each mouse exposed, once a week, for 8 weeks. Besides, a group of 3 mice is culled at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 8 weeks after exposure in order to study the time dependant effect on the histopathology of the brain (gliosis, inflammatory process...). Both rotarod tests (accelerating and at 20 rpm) showed that TiO2 and SiO2 NPs exposure could significantly impair the motor performances, even several weeks after initial acute exposure. The first examination of the brain histopathology revealed microglial activation. As it appeared to grow throughout the brain in a time dependant manner this suggests the induction of a long lasting neuroinflammation. These primary findings indicated that exposure to TiO2 and SiO2 NPs could possibly impair the locomotor ability and this deficit may be possibly attributed at least to an inflammatory process maintained till 8 weeks after exposure in the mouse brain. To fully investigate the neurotoxicological consequences of TiO2 and SiO2 NPs exposure, brain contents in these NPs will be also investigated as well as other alterations like neurotransmitter levels. These preliminary data already underline the necessity of more in vivo studies to better characterize TiO2 and SiO2 NPs exposure effects especially on human brain for long-term and low-dose treatment.

  6. The preparation of LaNi4.8A10.2 enwrapped by SiO2 sol

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    Qian Xiaojing; Huang Guoqiang; Zhang Zhi


    SiO 2 sol was used to enwrap LaNi4.8Al0.2 to improve its hydrating performance. The sol viscosity was reduced gradually with the increase of water and time. In the SEM image of the dried solid it was found that many metal particles were embedded into the silica. The hydrating performance was studied at different parameters including the ratios of water, silica and LaNi4.8Al0.2, the granularity of the alloy, and the drying techniques. When the ratio of water and silica was 8:1, the hydrating speed of the solid was the fastest. The hydrogen absorption capacity per unit weight solid was increased with the decrease of LaNi4.8Al0.2. It was easier for the paste enwrapping metal when the granularity of metal particle was smaller, while the hydride capability of the solid was better. Furthermore, the hydrogen absorption capacity and absorption speed of the solid heated and dried in Ar was worse than that heated and dried in air. Thus the solid hydrating performance was not much relevant with the drying techniques. (authors)

  7. Silver effect on the structure of SiO2-CaO-P2O5 ternary system

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    Vulpoi, Adriana; Baia, Lucian; Simon, Simion; Simon, Viorica


    In this study are reported results obtained from the structural, morphological and textural investigations of 56SiO 2 ∙(40-x)CaO·4P 2 O 5 ·xAg 2 O system, where 0 ≤ x ≤ 10 mol%. The samples obtained by sol–gel method were annealed and then characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential thermal analysis (DTA), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), vibrational spectroscopy (Raman, FTIR), N 2 -adsorption measurements, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). XRD patterns of the investigated samples exhibit tricalcium phosphate (TCP) nanostructured phase and show the existence of metallic silver as dispersed phase. The presence of apatite-like phase is underlined by the recorded Raman and especially FT-IR spectra. TEM pictures indicate the presence of silver nanoparticles of almost spherical shapes and various sizes inside the matrix, depending on the Ag 2 O content. Regarding the textural properties, it was observed both a decrease of the specific surface area as well as a progressive change of the mesoporous characteristics with the silver addition, the latter behavior recommending the potential use of these samples for applications, where the morphology control is required.

  8. Crystallization behavior and properties of BaO-Al2O3-2SiO2 glass matrices (United States)

    Drummond, Charles H., III; Bansal, Narottam P.


    Glass of stoichiometric celsian composition, BaO-Al2O3-SiO2, has a density of 3.39 g/cu cm, a thermal expansion coefficient of 6.6 x 10 to the -6th/C, a glass-transition temperature of 910 C, and a dilatometric softening point of 925 C. On heat treatment, only hexacelsian crystallized out on the surface, but both celsian and hexacelsian were present in the bulk. Effects of cold isostatic pressing (CIP), sintering, and hot-pressing, in the presence and absence of an additive, on the formation of the celsian phase in the glass have been studied. CIP'd samples, after appropriate heat treatments, always crystallized out as celsian, whereas presence of 5-10 wt pct of an additive was necessary for formation of celsian in sintered as well as hot-pressed specimens. Green density increased with CIP'ing pressure but had no effect on sintered density. Hot-pressing resulted in fully dense samples.

  9. Study of HfO2/SiO2 dichroic laser mirrors with refractive index inhomogeneity. (United States)

    Jiao, Hongfei; Cheng, Xinbin; Bao, Ganghua; Han, Jin; Zhang, Jinlong; Wang, Zhanshan; Trubetskov, M; Tikhonravov, Alexander V


    HfO2/SiO2 dichroic mirrors, having high reflectance at 1064 nm and high transmittance at 532 nm, play an important role in high-power laser systems. However, the half-wave hole effect, caused mainly by the refractive index inhomogeneity of hafnia, affects the spectra and application of these mirrors. Two approaches to eliminate the half-wave hole effect have been proposed. Both approaches attempt to shift the location of the half-wave hole in comparison with the original wavelength. One approach broadens the reflectance band of the first harmonic wavelength and simultaneously adjusts the central reflectance band to a longer wavelength, whereas the other approach combines the two stacks to adjust the location of the half-wave hole far away from the wavelength of interest. Two kinds of dichroic mirrors have been successfully fabricated; moreover, it was found that the method of a two-stack combination, 0.9(HL)8 and 1.1(HL)8, provides designs that can be fabricated more easily and with better quality spectral characteristics.

  10. Self-assembly of SiO2 nanoparticles for the potentiometric detection of neurotransmitter acetylcholine and its inhibitor. (United States)

    Arruda, Izabela G; Guimarães, Francisco E G; Ramos, Romildo J; Vieira, Nirton C S


    The detection and quantification of neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh) are relevant because modifications in the ACh levels constitute a threat to human health. The biological regulator of this neurotransmitter is acetylcholinesterase (AChE), an enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of ACh to choline and acetic acid. However, its activity is inhibited in the presence of organophosphate and carbamate pesticides, compromising the degradation of the neurotransmitter. There has been a growing interest in faster and more sensitive detection systems that include new methods and materials for the determination of the ACh concentration. This paper proposes a potentiometric biosensor for the detection of neurotransmitter ACh and its inhibitors, specifically organophosphate pesticide methamidophos. The biosensor is based on a self-assembled platform formed by poly(allylamine) hydrochloride (PAH) and silicon dioxide nanoparticles (SiO2-Np) that contains the immobilized enzyme AChE. First, the responses of the biosensor were investigated for different concentrations of ACh in buffer solutions. After quantifying ACh, the inhibition of AChE in the presence of methamidophos was determined, enabling the quantification of methamidophos expressed as the percentage of enzyme inhibition. The potential advantages of this biosensor include simplicity in building the electrode, possible production on an industrial scale, limited need for qualified personnel to operate the device and low processing cost.

  11. Structural and magnetic properties of cobalt nanostructures on SiO2/Si(1 1 1) substrates

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    Bounour-Bouzamouche, W.; Chérif, S.M.; Farhat, S.; Roussigné, Y.; Tallaire, A.; Gicquel, A.; Lungu, C.P.; Guerioune, M.


    Highlights: • Heat and plasma treatments of ultrathin cobalt films deposited on SiO 2 /Si(1 1 1) create highly auto-organized structures. • Direct correlation between the film thickness and the size of the nanoparticles formed after thermal annealing. • Modification of the surface morphology strongly influences the magnetic response of the investigated films. • Formation of Co islands in triangular shapes is found to play a key role in the enhancement of the coercive field. - Abstract: 2D architectures of cobalt onto silicon (1 1 1) surfaces were elaborated by patterning of magnetic cobalt in the nanometer scale. A continuous cobalt layer of 1, 3 and 10 nm thickness, respectively, was first deposited by means of thermoionic vacuum arc technique and then, thermally annealed in vacuum at temperatures ranging from 450 to 800 °C. Surface structure was analyzed by atomic force and field emission-scanning electron microscopies. Above 750 °C, regular triangular shape cobalt nanostructures are formed with pattern dimensions varying between 10 and 200 nm. Good control of shape and packing density could be achieved by adjusting the initial thickness and the thermal and hydrogen plasma treatments. Magnetic properties were investigated using vibrating sample magnetometer technique. The evolution of the coercive field versus packing density and dimensions of the nanostructures was studied and compared to micromagnetic calculations. The observed nanostructures have been modeled by a series of shapes tending to a fractal curve

  12. Composition and crystallization kinetics of R2O-Al2O3-SiO2 glass-ceramics

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    Xiong, Dehua; Cheng, Jinshu; Li, Hong


    The crystallization behavior and microstructure of R 2 O-Al 2 O 3 -SiO 2 (R means K, Na and Li) glass were investigated by means of differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The crystallization kinetic parameters including the crystallization apparent activation energy (E a ), the Avrami parameter (n), glass transition temperature (T g ) and the activity energy of glass transition (E t ) were also measured with different methods. The results have shown that: the DSC traces of composition A parent glass have two different precipitation crystallization peaks corresponding to E a1 (A) = 151.4 kJ/mol (Li 2 SiO 3 ) and E a2 (A) = 623.1 kJ/mol (Li 2 Si 2 O 5 ), the average value of n = 1.70 (Li 2 Si 2 O 5 ) for the surface crystallization and E t (A) = 202.8 kJ/mol. And E a (B) = 50.7 kJ/mol (Li 2 SiO 3 ), the average value of n = 3.89 (Li 2 SiO 3 ) for the bulk crystallization and E t (B) = 220.4 kJ/mol for the composition B parent glass. Because of the content of R 2 O is bigger than composition A, composition B parent glass has a lower E a , T g and a larger n, E t .

  13. Thermo-stabilized, porous polyimide microspheres prepared from nanosized SiO2 templating via in situ polymerization

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    M. Q. Liu


    Full Text Available In this article, we addressed a feasible and versatile method of the fabrication of porous polyimide microspheres presenting excellent heat resistance. The preparation process consisted of two steps. Firstly, a novel polyimide/nano-silica composite microsphere was prepared via the self-assembly structures of poly(amic acid (PAA, precursor of PI/nanosized SiO2 blends after in situ polymerization, following the two-steps imidization. Subsequently, the encapsulated nanoparticles were etched away by hydrofluoric acid treatment, giving rise to the pores. It is found the composite structure of PI/SiO2 is a precondition of the formation of nanoporous structures, furthermore, the morphology of the resultant pore could be relatively tuned by changing the content and initial morphology of silica nano-particles trapped into PI matrix. The thermal properties of the synthesized PI porous spheres were studied, indicating that the introduction of nanopores could not effectively influence the thermal stabilities of PI microspheres. Moreover, the fabrication technique described here may be extended to other porous polymer systems.

  14. Quantitative analysis of hydrogen in SiO2/SiN/SiO2 stacks using atom probe tomography

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    Yorinobu Kunimune


    Full Text Available We have demonstrated that it is possible to reproducibly quantify hydrogen concentration in the SiN layer of a SiO2/SiN/SiO2 (ONO stack structure using ultraviolet laser-assisted atom probe tomography (APT. The concentration of hydrogen atoms detected using APT increased gradually during the analysis, which could be explained by the effect of hydrogen adsorption from residual gas in the vacuum chamber onto the specimen surface. The amount of adsorbed hydrogen in the SiN layer was estimated by analyzing another SiN layer with an extremely low hydrogen concentration (<0.2 at. %. Thus, by subtracting the concentration of adsorbed hydrogen, the actual hydrogen concentration in the SiN layer was quantified as approximately 1.0 at. %. This result was consistent with that obtained by elastic recoil detection analysis (ERDA, which confirmed the accuracy of the APT quantification. The present results indicate that APT enables the imaging of the three-dimensional distribution of hydrogen atoms in actual devices at a sub-nanometer scale.

  15. Synchrotron WAXS and XANES studies of silica (SiO2) powders synthesized from Indonesian natural sands

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    Muchlis, Khairanissa; Fauziyah, Nur Aini; Pratapa, Suminar; Soontaranon, Siriwat; Limpirat, Wanwisa


    In this study, we have investigated polymorphic silica (SiO 2 ) powders using, Wide Angle X-ray Scattering (WAXS) and X-Ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES), laboratory X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) instruments. The WAXS and XANES spectra were collected using synchrotron radiation at Synchrotron Light Research Institute (SLRI), Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. The silica powders were obtained by processing silica sand from Tanah Laut, South Kalimantan, Indonesia. Purification process of silica sand was done by magnetic separation and immersion with HCl. The purification step was needed to reduce impurity or undesirable non Si elements. Three polymorphs of silica were produced, i.e. amorphous phase (A), quartz (B), and cristobalite (C). WAXS profile for each phase was presented in terms of intensity vs. 2θ prior to analyses. Both XRD (λ CuKα =1.54056 Å) and WAXS (λ=1.09 Å) patttern show that (1) A sample contains no crystallites, (2) B sample is monophasic, contains only quartz, and (3) C sample contains cristobalite and trydimite. XRD quantitative analysis using Rietica gave 98,8 wt% cristobalite, while the associated WAXS data provided 98.7 wt% cristobalite. Si K-edge XANES spectra were measured at energy range 1840 to 1920 eV. Qualitatively, the pre-edge and edge features for all phases are similar, but their main peaks in the post-edge region are different. (paper)

  16. Non-isothermal crystallization kinetics and phase transformation of Bi2O3-SiO2 glass-ceramics

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    Guo H.W.


    Full Text Available The Bi2O3-SiO2 (BS glass-ceramics were prepared by melt-quench technique, and the crystallization kinetics and phase transformation behavior were investigated in accordance with Kissinger and Johson-Mehl-Avrami equation, DSC, XRD and SEM. The results show that in the heat treatment process (or termed as re-crystallizing process Bi2SiO5 and Bi4Si3O12 crystals were found consequently. Respectively, the crystallization activation energies of the two crystals are Ep1=14.8kJ/mol and Ep2=34.1kJ/mol. And the average crystallization index of n1=1.73 and n2=1.38 suggested volume nucleation, one-dimensional growth and surface nucleation, one-dimensional growth from surface to the inside respectively. The meta-stable needle-like Bi2SiO5 crystals are easily to be transformed into stable prismatic Bi4Si3O12 crystals. By quenching the melt and hold in 850°C for 1h, the homogenous single Bi4Si3O12 crystals were found in the polycrystalline phase of the BS glassceramics system.

  17. Study of Al2O3 nanolayers synthesized onto porous SiO2 using X-ray reflection spectroscopy

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    Konashuk, A.S.; Sokolov, A.A.; Drozd, V.E.; Schaefers, F.; Filatova, E.O.


    The structure of alumina (Al 2 O 3 ) films with different thickness grown by the atomic layer deposition method on porous silica substrates has been studied using soft X-ray reflection spectroscopy. It was established that synthesized films were amorphous and the proportion of Al coordination (tetrahedral: octahedral) depends on the film thickness. The film growth starts from excess of tetrahedral (AlO 4 ) coordination and thickening of the film leads to increasing of number of octahedral (AlO 6 ) coordination in the structure. A critical thickness of amorphous Al 2 O 3 film exists (in the range of studied films, this is a thickness of 13 nm). For thicker films, the structure of amorphous Al 2 O 3 film corresponds to massive film with the typical proportion of tetrahedrally and octahedrally coordinated sites in the structure. - Highlights: • Growth of Al 2 O 3 film on porous SiO 2 begins with excess of AlO 4 coordinations. • On the contrary, film growth on nonporous substrates starts with excess of AlO 6 . • When thickness reaches 13 nm, the film achieves structure of massive amorphous Al 2 O 3 . • Substrate material doesn't affect structure for thicknesses more than 13 nm

  18. Effect of SiO2-acryl nanohybrid coating layers on transparent conducting oxide-poly(ethylene terephthalate) superstrate. (United States)

    Kang, Y T; Kang, D P; Kang, D J; Chung, I D


    SiO2-acryl nanohybrid coating layers were produced by hybridizing acrylic resin and surface-modified colloidal silica (CS) nanoparticles. First, CS nanoparticles were modified with methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS) and vinyltrimethoxysilane (VTMS) by a sol-gel process. The surface-modified CS nanoparticles were then solvent-exchanged to be homogeneous in acrylic resin. The Hybrid materials were mixed in variation with the amount of surface-modified CS nanoparticles, coated with poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET), then finally cured by UV light to obtain a hybrid coating layer. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), particle size analysis (using a Zetasizer), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were performed to determine the morphology of the hybrid thin-films. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) was used to investigate the thermal properties. Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR), ultraviolet-visible (UVNis) spectroscopies, and pencil hardness were used to obtain the details of chemical structures, optical properties, and hardness, respectively. The hybrid thin films had shown to be enhanced properties compared to their urethane acrylate prepolymer (UAP) coating film.

  19. Low-temperature PZT thin-film ferroelectric memories fabricated on SiO2/Si and glass substrates

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    D.H. Minh


    Full Text Available In a ferroelectric-gate thin film transistor memory (FGT type structure, the gate-insulator layer is extremely important for inducing the charge when accumulating or depleting. We concentrated on the application of low-temperature PZT films crystallized at 450, 500 and 550 °C, instead of at conventional high temperatures (≥600 °C. Investigation of the crystalline structure and electrical properties indicated that the PZT film, crystallized at 500 °C, was suitable for FGT fabrication because of a high (111 orientation, large remnant polarization of 38 μC/cm2 on SiO2/Si substrate and 17.8 μC/cm2 on glass, and low leakage current of 10−6 A/cm2. In sequence, we successfully fabricated FGT with all processes below 500 °C on a glass substrate, whose operation exhibits a memory window of 4 V, ON/OFF current ratio of 105, field-effect mobility of 0.092 cm2 V−1 s−1, and retention time of 1 h.

  20. Boron-Incorporating Silicon Nanocrystals Embedded in SiO2: Absence of Free Carriers vs. B-Induced Defects. (United States)

    Hiller, Daniel; López-Vidrier, Julian; Gutsch, Sebastian; Zacharias, Margit; Wahl, Michael; Bock, Wolfgang; Brodyanski, Alexander; Kopnarski, Michael; Nomoto, Keita; Valenta, Jan; König, Dirk


    Boron (B) doping of silicon nanocrystals requires the incorporation of a B-atom on a lattice site of the quantum dot and its ionization at room temperature. In case of successful B-doping the majority carriers (holes) should quench the photoluminescence of Si nanocrystals via non-radiative Auger recombination. In addition, the holes should allow for a non-transient electrical current. However, on the bottom end of the nanoscale, both substitutional incorporation and ionization are subject to significant increase in their respective energies due to confinement and size effects. Nevertheless, successful B-doping of Si nanocrystals was reported for certain structural conditions. Here, we investigate B-doping for small, well-dispersed Si nanocrystals with low and moderate B-concentrations. While small amounts of B-atoms are incorporated into these nanocrystals, they hardly affect their optical or electrical properties. If the B-concentration exceeds ~1 at%, the luminescence quantum yield is significantly quenched, whereas electrical measurements do not reveal free carriers. This observation suggests a photoluminescence quenching mechanism based on B-induced defect states. By means of density functional theory calculations, we prove that B creates multiple states in the bandgap of Si and SiO 2 . We conclude that non-percolated ultra-small Si nanocrystals cannot be efficiently B-doped.