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  1. Performance of diethylene glycol-based particle counters in the sub-3 nm size range

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    Wimmer, D; Franchin, A; Kangasluoma, J; Kreissl, F; Kürten, A; Kupc, A; Metzger, A; Mikkilä, J; Petäjä, J; Riccobono, F; Vanhanen, J; Kulmala, M; Curtius, J

    2013-01-01

    When studying new particle formation, the uncertainty in determining the "true" nucleation rate is considerably reduced when using condensation particle counters (CPCs) capable of measuring concentrations of aerosol particles at sizes close to or even at the critical cluster size (1–2 nm). Recently, CPCs able to reliably detect particles below 2 nm in size and even close to 1 nm became available. Using these instruments, the corrections needed for calculating nucleation rates are substantially reduced compared to scaling the observed formation rate to the nucleation rate at the critical cluster size. However, this improved instrumentation requires a careful characterization of their cut-off size and the shape of the detection efficiency curve because relatively small shifts in the cut-off size can translate into larger relative errors when measuring particles close to the cut-off size. Here we describe the development of two continuous-flow CPCs using diethylene glycol (DEG) as the working fluid. The desig...

  2. Nucleation and growth of sub-3 nm particles in the polluted urban atmosphere of a megacity in China

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    H. Yu

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Particle size distribution down to 1.4 nm was measured in the urban atmosphere of Nanjing, China, in spring, summer, and winter during 2014–2015. Sub-3 nm particle event, which is equivalent to nucleation event, occurred on 42 out of total 90 observation days, but new particles could grow to cloud condensation nuclei (CCN-active sizes on only 9 days. In summer, infrequent nucleation was limited by both unfavorable meteorological conditions (high temperature and relative humidity – RH and reduced anthropogenic precursor availability due to strict emission control measures during the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. The limiting factors for nucleation in winter and spring were meteorological conditions (radiation, temperature, and RH and condensation sink, but for the further growth of sub-3 nm particles to CCN-active sizes, anthropogenic precursors again became limiting factors. Nucleation events were strong in the polluted urban atmosphere. Initial J1.4 at the onset and peak J1.4 at the noontime could be up to 2.1 × 102 and 2.5 × 103 cm−3 s−1, respectively, during the eight nucleation events selected from different seasons. Time-dependent J1.4 usually showed good linear correlations with a sulfuric acid proxy for every single event (R2 = 0.56–0.86, excluding a day with significant nocturnal nucleation, but the correlation among all eight events deteriorated (R2 =  0.17 due to temperature or season change. We observed that new particle growth rate (GR did not increase monotonically with particle size, but had a local maximum up to 25 nm h−1 between 1 and 3 nm. The existence of local maxima GR in sub-3 nm size range, though sensitive to measurement uncertainties, gives new insight into cluster dynamics in polluted environments. In this study such growth rate behavior was interpreted as the solvation effect of organic activating vapor in newly formed inorganic nuclei.

  3. Laboratory observations of temperature and humidity dependencies of nucleation and growth rates of sub-3 nm particles

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    Yu, Huan; Dai, Liang; Zhao, Yi; Kanawade, Vijay P.; Tripathi, Sachchida N.; Ge, Xinlei; Chen, Mindong; Lee, Shan-Hu

    2017-02-01

    Temperature and relative humidity (RH) are the most important thermodynamic parameters in aerosol formation, yet laboratory studies of nucleation and growth dependencies on temperature and RH are lacking. Here we report the experimentally observed temperature and RH dependences of sulfuric acid aerosol nucleation and growth. Experiments were performed in a flow tube in the temperature range from 248 to 313 K, RH from 0.8% to 79%, and relative acidity (RA) of sulfuric acid from 6 × 10-5 to 0.38 (2 × 107-109 cm-3). The impurity levels of base compounds were determined to be NH3 nucleation at fixed sulfuric acid concentration but impede nucleation when RA is fixed. It is also shown that binary nucleation of sulfuric acid and water is negligible in planetary boundary layer temperature and sulfuric acid ranges. An empirical algorithm was derived to correlate the nucleation rate with RA, RH, and temperature together. Collision-limited condensation of free-sulfuric acid molecules fails to predict the observed growth rate in the sub-3 nm size range, as well as its dependence on temperature and RH. This suggests that evaporation, sulfuric acid hydration, and possible involvement of other ternary molecules should be considered for the sub-3 nm particle growth.

  4. Preparation of sub 3 nm copper nanoparticles by microwave irradiation in the presence of triethylene tetramin

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    Tseng, Po-Hao; Wang, Yen-Zen; Hsieh, Tar-Hwa; Ho, Ko-Shan; Tsai, Cheng-Hsien; Chen, Kuan-Ting

    2018-02-01

    The preparation of sub 3 nm copper nanoparticles (CuNPs) in ethylene glycol (EG) using triethylene tetramine (TETA) as chelating and reducing agents via a rapid microwave (MW) irradiation is reported. The sub 3 nm CuNPs after MW irradiation are clearly seen from the electronic micrographs. The firm chelation of Cu2+ by TETA is illustrated by the dark blue color of Cu2+/TETA/EG solution and the redox reaction is confirmed by the appearance of red color of the mixtures. The optimal mole ratio of TETA/Cu 2+ is found to be 2.5/1 for preparing sub 3 nm CuNPs under the MW irradiation, operated at 800 W for 1 min. The plasmonic absorption λ max demonstrated in UV-vis spectra are found to close to 200 nm for sub 3 nm CuNPs, comparing to 500 ˜ 600 nm for regular, larger CuNPs. The extremely low Tm around 30 °C and the fusion/recrystallization sequence of sub 3 nm CuNPs can be directly measured by their differential scanning calorimetry thermograms.

  5. Synthesis of magnetic Fe sub 3 O sub 4 particles covered with a modifiable phospholipid coat

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    Cuyper, M D; Lueken, H; Hodenius, M

    2003-01-01

    This work reports the synthesis of iron oxide cores by coprecipitation of Fe sup 2 sup + and Fe sup 3 sup + ions with NaHCO sub 3 or NH sub 3. Depending on the experimental conditions, particles of two different sizes (13 or 130 nm diameter) were produced. X-ray diffractometry revealed Fe sub 3 O sub 4 (magnetite) to be the main constituent. The smaller particles, which, in contrast to the larger ones, are superparamagnetic, were stabilized with a phospholipid bilayer consisting of a 9:1 molar ratio of dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine and dimyristoylphosphatidylglycerol, thereby creating so-called magnetoliposomes. In a subsequent step, poly(ethylene glycol)-(PEG-) derivatized dipalmitoylphosphatidylethanolamine was introduced into the lipid envelope by incubating the magnetoliposomes with pre-formed sonicated vesicles containing the PEGylated lipid. The mechanism by which lipid transfer occurred was determined from the kinetic profiles. The relevance of these observations to a wide range of biomedical applicat...

  6. Fabrication of BaTiO{sub 3}/Ni composite particles and their electro-magneto responsive properties

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    Lu, Yaping [Key Laboratory of Applied Surface and Colloid Chemistry (Shaanxi Normal University), Ministry of Education, Xi’an 710119 (China); School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710119 (China); Gao, Lingxiang, E-mail: gaolx@snnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Applied Surface and Colloid Chemistry (Shaanxi Normal University), Ministry of Education, Xi’an 710119 (China); School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710119 (China); Wang, Lijuan [Key Laboratory of Applied Surface and Colloid Chemistry (Shaanxi Normal University), Ministry of Education, Xi’an 710119 (China); School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710119 (China); Xie, Zunyuan, E-mail: zyxie123@snnu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Applied Surface and Colloid Chemistry (Shaanxi Normal University), Ministry of Education, Xi’an 710119 (China); School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710119 (China); Gao, Meixiang [Yulin Vocational and Technical College, Yulin 719000 (China); Zhang, Weiqiang [Key Laboratory of Applied Surface and Colloid Chemistry (Shaanxi Normal University), Ministry of Education, Xi’an 710119 (China); School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710119 (China)

    2017-07-15

    Graphical abstract: The spherical BaTiO{sub 3}/Ni particles with excellent structure were made by one-step method through fixing the metal Ni(0) reduced by a specific reducing agent (N{sub 2}H{sub 4}·H{sub 2}O) on the surface of the BaTiO{sub 3} particles with grain diameter of ∼500 nm. BaTiO{sub 3}/Ni particle has double responses of electric and magnetic field simultaneously. Consequentially, coating magnetic metal on BT particle is proposed an effective method to prepare novel electro-magneto responsive particles and one basis of electro-magneto responsive elastomers. - Highlights: • The BaTiO{sub 3}/Ni composite particles were fabricated. • The content of Ni(0) in nickel sheath is 70.2%. • The BaTiO{sub 3}/Ni particles have double responses of electric and magnetic field. - Abstract: BaTiO{sub 3} (BT)/Ni composite particles were made by one-step method through agglomerating the metal Ni(0) nanoparticles reduced by a specific reducing agent (N{sub 2}H{sub 4}·H{sub 2}O) on the surface of BT sphere with diameter of ∼500 nm. The BT/Ni composite particles were characterized by the means of scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). In BT/Ni particles, pure BT spherical particle was coated with Ni nanoparticles agglomerated on its surface. The average thickness of the Ni sheath was ∼30 nm and the content of Ni(0) and Ni (II) in the sheath were 70.2% and 29.8%, respectively. The responsive effects of BT/Ni particles filled in hydrogel elastomer were investigated by the viscoelastic properties. The results indicate that the BT/Ni particles exhibit electro and magneto coordinated responsive properties (E = 1 kV/mm, H = 0.1 T/mm), which is superior to BT particles with individual electro response.

  7. Ion generation and CPC detection efficiency studies in sub 3-nm size range

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    Kangasluoma, J.; Junninen, H.; Sipilae, M.; Kulmala, M.; Petaejae, T. [Department of Physics, P.O. Box 64, 00014, University of Helsinki, Helsinki (Finland); Lehtipalo, K. [Department of Physics, P.O. Box 64, 00014, University of Helsinki, Helsinki (Finland); Airmodus Ltd., Finland, Gustaf Haellstroemin katu 2 A, 00560 Helsinki (Finland); Mikkilae, J.; Vanhanen, J. [Airmodus Ltd., Finland, Gustaf Haellstroemin katu 2 A, 00560 Helsinki (Finland); Attoui, M. [University Paris Est Creteil, University Paris-Diderot, LISA, UMR CNRS 7583 (France); Worsnop, D. [Department of Physics, P.O. Box 64, 00014, University of Helsinki, Helsinki (Finland) and Aerodyne Research Inc., Billerica, MA (United States)

    2013-05-24

    We studied the chemical composition of commonly used condensation particle counter calibration ions with a mass spectrometer and found that in our calibration setup the negatively charged ammonium sulphate, sodium chloride and tungsten oxide are the least contaminated whereas silver on both positive and negative and the three mentioned earlier in positive mode are contaminated with organics. We report cut-off diameters for Airmodus Particle Size Magnifier (PSM) 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6 and 1.6-1.8 nm for negative sodium chloride, ammonium sulphate, tungsten oxide, silver and positive organics, respectively. To study the effect of sample relative humidity on detection efficiency of the PSM we used different humidities in the differential mobility analyzer sheath flow and found that with increasing relative humidity also the detection efficiency of the PSM increases.

  8. Ion generation and CPC detection efficiency studies in sub 3-nm size range

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    Kangasluoma, J.; Junninen, H.; Sipilä, M.; Kulmala, M.; Petäjä, T.; Lehtipalo, K.; Mikkilä, J.; Vanhanen, J.; Attoui, M.; Worsnop, D.

    2013-01-01

    We studied the chemical composition of commonly used condensation particle counter calibration ions with a mass spectrometer and found that in our calibration setup the negatively charged ammonium sulphate, sodium chloride and tungsten oxide are the least contaminated whereas silver on both positive and negative and the three mentioned earlier in positive mode are contaminated with organics. We report cut-off diameters for Airmodus Particle Size Magnifier (PSM) 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.6 and 1.6-1.8 nm for negative sodium chloride, ammonium sulphate, tungsten oxide, silver and positive organics, respectively. To study the effect of sample relative humidity on detection efficiency of the PSM we used different humidities in the differential mobility analyzer sheath flow and found that with increasing relative humidity also the detection efficiency of the PSM increases.

  9. Kinetics of gas to particle conversion in the NH/sub 3/-Chl system

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    Luria, M; Cohen, B

    1980-01-01

    Particle formation in the reaction of NH/sub 3/ and Chl under 1 atm of N/sub 2/ and at 25/sup 0/C was studied in a flow reactor. The critical concentration below which NO particle can be formed was found to be 3.5 x 10/sup +14/ molecule/CM/sup 3/ for (NH/sub 3/)=(HCl). Above this concentration, gas-particle conversion percentage increases rapidly to approach 100%.

  10. Synthesis of MSnO{sub 3} (M = Ba, Sr) nanoparticles by reverse micelle method and particle size distribution analysis by whole powder pattern modeling

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    Ahmed, Jahangeer; Blakely, Colin K.; Bruno, Shaun R. [Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 (United States); Poltavets, Viktor V., E-mail: poltavets@chemistry.msu.edu [Department of Chemistry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 (United States)

    2012-09-15

    Highlights: ► BaSnO{sub 3} and SrSnO{sub 3} nanoparticles synthesized using the reverse micelle method. ► Particle size and size distribution studied by whole powder pattern modeling. ► Nanoparticles are of optimal size for investigation in dye-sensitized solar cells. -- Abstract: Light-to-electricity conversion efficiency in dye-sensitized solar cells critically depends not only on the dye molecule, semiconducting material and redox shuttle selection but also on the particle size and particle size distribution of the semiconducting photoanode. In this study, nanocrystalline BaSnO{sub 3} and SrSnO{sub 3} particles have been synthesized using the microemulsion method. Particle size distribution was studied by whole powder pattern modeling which confirmed narrow particle size distribution with an average size of 18.4 ± 8.3 nm for SrSnO{sub 3} and 15.8 ± 4.2 nm for BaSnO{sub 3}. These values are in close agreement with results of transmission electron microscopy. The prepared materials have optimal microstructure for successive investigation in dye-sensitized solar cells.

  11. Formation, cationic site exchange and surface structure of mechanosynthesized EuCrO{sub 3} nanocrystalline particles

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    Widatallah, H M; Al-Harthi, S H; Gismelseed, A M; Al-Rawas, A D [Department of Physics, Sultan Qaboos University, PO Box 36, 123, Muscat (Oman); Johnson, C; Moore, E A [School of Chemistry and Analytical Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA (United Kingdom); Klencsar, Z [Chemical Research Center, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1025 Budapest (Hungary); Wynter, C I [Nassau Community College, Garden City, NY 11530-6793 (United States); Brown, D E, E-mail: hishammw@squ.edu.om, E-mail: hisham@ictp.it [Department of Physics, Northern Illinois University, De Kalb, IL 60115 (United States)

    2011-07-06

    Nanocrystalline EuCrO{sub 3} particles ({approx}25 nm) have been prepared by pre-milling a 1 : 1 molar mixture of Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} for 60 h followed by sintering at 700 {sup 0}C (12 h). This temperature is {approx}500-600 {sup 0}C lower than those at which the material, in bulk form, is conventionally prepared. Rietveld analysis of the x-ray powder diffraction pattern of the EuCrO{sub 3} nanoparticles favours a structural model involving a slight degree of cationic exchange where {approx}11% of the Eu{sup 3+} and Cr{sup 3+} ions exchange their normal dodecahedral A- and octahedral B-sites, respectively, in the perovskite-related structure. This cationic site exchange, which is unusual in a perovskite structure, has been well supported by the corresponding room-temperature {sup 151}Eu Moessbauer spectrum of the nanoparticles that in addition to displaying a distribution in the principal component of the EFG tensor (V{sub zz}) at the usual A-sites of the {sup 151}Eu nuclei, also revealed the presence of a subcomponent with {approx}11% area fraction and a considerably increased |V{sub zz}| value that was associated with Eu{sup 3+} ions at octahedral B-sites. X-ray photoelectron and Auger electron spectroscopic techniques reveal a complex surface structure where extremely thin layers of un-reacted Eu{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} cover most of the EuCrO{sub 3} nanoparticles' surfaces together with some traces of elemental Cr. The binding energies associated with Eu{sup 3+} 3d{sub 5/2}, Eu{sup 3+} 4d{sub 3/2}, Cr{sup 3+} 2p{sub 3/2} and O{sup 2-} 1s core-level electrons in EuCrO{sub 3} are estimated from the x-ray photoelectron data for the first time.

  12. Particles on surfaces of laser ablated Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} films

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    Zheng, X.Y.; Zhu, S. [Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (United States); Lowndes, D.H.; Warmack, R.J. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1993-09-01

    Pulsed laser deposition of Y{sub 1}Ba{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} films grown at heater temperature of 720 and 800 C on SrTiO{sub 3} and MgO substrates with thickness ranging from a nominal 5 unit cells to 200 nm were studied by STM and SEM. Size and density of particles present in the films were found to depend on film thickness, growth temperature and substrate. STM images indicate a correlation between film growth mode and particle density: the onset of big particles comes after the growth mode changes from layer-like to island growth.

  13. Investigations of mussel-inspired polydopamine deposition on WC and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles: The influence of particle size and material

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    Mondin, Giovanni, E-mail: giovanni.mondin@chemie.tu-dresden.de [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Dresden University of Technology, Bergstrasse 66, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Haft, Marcel, E-mail: m.haft@ifw-dresden.de [Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (IFW) Dresden, Institute for Solid State Research, Helmholtzstr. 20, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Wisser, Florian M., E-mail: florian.wisser@chemie.tu-dresden.de [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Dresden University of Technology, Bergstrasse 66, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Leifert, Annika, E-mail: annika.leifert@chemie.tu-dresden.de [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Dresden University of Technology, Bergstrasse 66, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Mohamed-Noriega, Nasser, E-mail: nasser.mohamed-noriega@chemie.tu-dresden.de [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Dresden University of Technology, Bergstrasse 66, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Dörfler, Susanne, E-mail: susanne.doerfler@chemie.tu-dresden.de [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Dresden University of Technology, Bergstrasse 66, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Hampel, Silke, E-mail: s.hampel@ifw-dresden.de [Leibniz Institute for Solid State and Materials Research (IFW) Dresden, Institute for Solid State Research, Helmholtzstr. 20, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Grothe, Julia, E-mail: stefan.kaskel@chemie.tu-dresden.de [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Dresden University of Technology, Bergstrasse 66, 01069 Dresden (Germany); Kaskel, Stefan, E-mail: julia.grothe@chemie.tu-dresden.de [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Dresden University of Technology, Bergstrasse 66, 01069 Dresden (Germany)

    2014-12-15

    Polydopamine, formed by oxidation of dopamine, is a bioinspired polymer developed for multifunctional coatings by Lee et al. in 2007 by drawing inspiration from the adhesive proteins found in mussels. Due to their high versatility and substrate-independence, polydopamine coatings are gaining considerable attention in a plethora of research fields, particularly in the coating of particles, but systematic investigations of the polydopamine coating process are lacking in the literature. In this study, we explore by TEM and thermogravimetric analysis the polydopamine coating process on alumina microparticles, tungsten carbide microparticles and tungsten carbide nanoparticles. By choosing two substrates with similar size but different material (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and WC), as well as two substrates of the same material but different size (WC micro- and nanoparticles) we investigate the effects of both substrate material and substrate size, in order to gain some insights into the polydopamine particle coating process. As opposed to what is generally assumed in the literature, we found that the polydopamine coating thicknesses on particles, as well as the thickness growing trend, depend on the particles size and material. In particular, after 24 h of polymerization time the polydopamine coatings reached a thickness of 65 ± 10 nm in the case of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} microparticles, 18 ± 4 nm in the case of WC microparticles and 33 ± 6 nm in the case of WC nanoparticles. - Highlights: • The coating of different particles with polydopamine was systematically investigated. • Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} microparticles and WC microparticles and nanoparticles were investigated. • The thickness of the polydopamine coating depends on the particle size. • The thickness of the polydopamine coating depends on the particle material.

  14. Magnetic relaxation phenomena and inter-particle interactions in nanosized gamma-Fe sub 2 O sub 3 systems

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    Predoi, D; Tronc, E; Nogues, M; Russo, U; Principi, G; Filoti, G

    2003-01-01

    Samples of gamma-Fe sub 2 O sub 3 nano-particles with a mean size of 4.0(3) nm and with different hydration and surfactant degrees were prepared by sol-gel methods. Morphology and structural data were obtained by transmission electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction, whereas the surface effects and hyperfine interactions were analysed mainly by Moessbauer spectroscopy. The relative number of surface iron positions was found to be proportional to the amount of OH sup - and SO sub 4 sup 2 sup - groups on the particle surface, which in turn is strictly dependent on the preparation conditions. Strong relaxation processes versus temperature were evidenced in the analysed systems. New criteria for the evaluation of the blocking temperature via Moessbauer measurements are proposed. The results are in good agreement with blocking temperatures obtained by magnetic measurements. Moreover, it was shown that the inter-particle magnetic interactions decrease with the number of iron surface states.

  15. Low field magnetoresistance effects in fine particles of La sub 0 sub . sub 6 sub 7 Ca sub 0 sub . sub 3 sub 3 MnO sub 3 perovskites

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    Rivas, J; Fondado, A; Rivadulla, F; López-Quintela, M A

    2000-01-01

    In this work magnetic and magnetotransport experimental data in well-characterized small particles of La sub 0 sub . sub 6 sub 7 Ca sub 0 sub . sub 3 sub 3 MnO sub 3 are presented. Grain size reduction leads to a larger resistivity and a decrease in metal-insulator transition temperature. Intrinsic colossal magnetoresistance (CMR) is destroyed while intergranular one is promoted to larger values. This low field MR can be explained taking into account magnetization data through spin-polarized tunneling model, which ensures an acceptable first-order fit between both magnitudes. Finally, low-temperature resistivity upturn present in small particle size samples can be understood in terms of an electrostatic barrier between grains.

  16. Bactericidal effect of blue LED light irradiated TiO{sub 2}/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles on fish pathogen in seawater

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    Cheng, T.C. [Department of Tropical Agriculture and International Cooperation, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan (China); Yao, K.S. [Department of Horticulture, National Taitung Junior College, Taiwan (China); Yeh, N. [Mingdao University, Taiwan (China); Chang, C.I. [Aquaculture Division, Fisheries Research Institute, Council of Agriculture, Taiwan (China); Hsu, H.C. [Department of Life Science, Mingdao University, Taiwan (China); Gonzalez, F. [Department of Tropical Agriculture and International Cooperation, National Pingtung University of Science and Technology, Taiwan (China); Chang, C.Y., E-mail: cyc1136@yahoo.com.tw [Center of General Education, National Taitung Junior College, Taiwan (China)

    2011-05-31

    This study uses blue LED light ({lambda}{sub max} = 475 nm) activated TiO{sub 2}/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles to evaluate the particles' photocatalytic activity efficiency and bactericidal effects in seawater of variable salinities. Different TiO{sub 2} to Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} mole ratios have been synthesized using sol-gel method. The synthesized particles contain mainly anatase TiO{sub 2}, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and FeTiO{sub 3}. The study has identified TiO{sub 2}/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}'s bactericidal effect to marine fish pathogen (Photobacterium damselae subsp. piscicida BCRC17065) in seawater. The SEM photo reveals the surface destruction in bacteria incubated with blue LED irradiated TiO{sub 2}/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}. The result of this study indicates that 1) TiO{sub 2}/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} acquires photocatalytic activities in both the freshwater and the seawater via blue LED irradiation, 2) higher photocatalytic activities appear in solutions of higher TiO{sub 2}/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} mole ratio, and 3) photocatalytic activity decreases as salinity increases. These results suggest that the energy saving blue LED light is a feasible light source to activate TiO{sub 2}/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} photocatalytic activities in both freshwater and seawater.

  17. Laser ablation of ceramic Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} at 193 nm and 248 nm: The importance of single-photon ionization processes

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    Pelaez, R. J.; Afonso, C. N. [Laser Processing Group, Instituto de Optica, CSIC, Serrano 121, Madrid 28006 (Spain); Bator, M.; Lippert, T. [General Energy Research Department, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH-5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland)

    2013-06-14

    The aim of this work is to demonstrate that single-photon photoionization processes make a significant difference in the expansion and temperature of the plasma produced by laser ablation of ceramic Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} in vacuum as well as to show their consequences in the kinetic energy distribution of the species that eventually will impact on the film properties produced by pulsed laser deposition. This work compares results obtained by mass spectrometry and optical spectroscopy on the composition and features of the plasma produced by laser ablation at 193 nm and 248 nm, i.e., photon energies that are, respectively, above and below the ionization potential of Al, and for fluences between threshold for visible plasma and up to Almost-Equal-To 2 times higher. The results show that the ionic composition and excitation of the plasma as well as the ion kinetic energies are much higher at 193 nm than at 248 nm and, in the latter case, the population of excited ions is even negligible. The comparison of Maxwell-Boltzmann temperature, electron temperatures, and densities of the plasmas produced with the two laser wavelengths suggests that the expansion of the plasma produced at 248 nm is dominated by a single population. Instead, the one produced at 193 nm is consistent with the existence of two populations of cold and hot species, the latter associated to Al{sup +} ions that travel at the forefront and produced by single photon ionization as well as Al neutrals and double ionized ions produced by electron-ion impact. The results also show that the most energetic Al neutrals in the plasma produced at the two studied wavelengths are in the ground state.

  18. Magnetic resonance and antiresonance in microwave transmission through nanocomposites with Fe{sub 3}Ni{sub 2} and FeNi{sub 3} particles

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    Rinkevich, A.B. [M.N. Miheev Institute of Metal Physics Ural Branch of RAS, 18 S.Kovalevskaya St, Ekaterinburg 620990 (Russian Federation); Samoylovich, M.I. [OAO TsNITI “TEKHNOMASH”, 4 Ivana Franko St, Moscow 121108 (Russian Federation); Nemytova, O.V., E-mail: mif-83@mail.ru [M.N. Miheev Institute of Metal Physics Ural Branch of RAS, 18 S.Kovalevskaya St, Ekaterinburg 620990 (Russian Federation); Kuznetsov, E.A. [Nizhny Tagil branch of the Ekaterinburg state social-pedagogical university, 57 Krasnogvardeyskaya St, Nizhny Tagil 622031 (Russian Federation)

    2017-06-15

    Investigation of magnetic properties and microwave resonance phenomena in nanocomposites based on opal matrices containing the particles of intermetallide of Fe{sub 3}Ni{sub 2} and FeNi{sub 3} is carried out. The interactions which lead to the resonance changes of transmission and reflection coefficients are determined. Electromagnetic properties are measured in the millimeter frequency range. Special attention is paid to comparison between static and dynamic magnetic properties of nanocomposites. Frequency dependences of magnitude of lines of resonance features are obtained. Spectra of resonance and antiresonance are studied. The conditions when the magnetic antiresonance is observed are clarified. The X-ray phase analysis of the nanocomposites is performed and their structure is studied.

  19. Core–shell structured FeSiAl/SiO{sub 2} particles and Fe{sub 3}Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} soft magnetic composite cores with tunable insulating layer thicknesses

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    Fan, Xi’an, E-mail: groupfxa@163.com [The State Key Laboratory of Refractories and Metallurgy, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430081 (China); Key Laboratory for Ferrous Metallurgy and Resources Utilization of Ministry of Education, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430081 (China); Wang, Jian, E-mail: snove418562@163.com [The State Key Laboratory of Refractories and Metallurgy, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430081 (China); Key Laboratory for Ferrous Metallurgy and Resources Utilization of Ministry of Education, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430081 (China); Wu, Zhaoyang, E-mail: wustwuzhaoyang@163.com [The State Key Laboratory of Refractories and Metallurgy, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430081 (China); Key Laboratory for Ferrous Metallurgy and Resources Utilization of Ministry of Education, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430081 (China); Li, Guangqiang, E-mail: ligq-wust@mail.wust.edu.cn [The State Key Laboratory of Refractories and Metallurgy, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430081 (China); Key Laboratory for Ferrous Metallurgy and Resources Utilization of Ministry of Education, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430081 (China)

    2015-11-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • FeSiAl/SiO{sub 2} core–shell particles and Fe{sub 3}Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite cores were prepared. • SiO{sub 2} surrounding FeSiAl were replaced by Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} during sintering process. • Fe{sub 3}Si particles were separated by Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with tunable thickness in composite cores. • Fe{sub 3}Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} had lower core loss and better frequency stability than FeSiAl core. • The insulating layer between ferromagnetic particles can reduce core loss. - Abstract: FeSiAl/SiO{sub 2} core–shell particles and Fe{sub 3}Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite cores with tunable insulating layer thicknesses have been synthesized via a modified Stöber method combined with following high temperature sintering process. Most of the conductive FeSiAl particles could be coated by insulating SiO{sub 2} using the modified Stöber method. During the sintering process, the reaction 4Al + 3SiO{sub 2} ≣ 2α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} + 3Si took place and the new Fe{sub 3}Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite was formed. The Fe{sub 3}Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite cores displayed more excellent soft magnetic properties, better frequency stability at high frequencies, much higher resistivity and lower core loss than the raw FeSiAl core. Based on this, several types of FeSiAl/SiO{sub 2} particles and Fe{sub 3}Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite cores with tunable insulating layer thicknesses were selectively prepared by simply varying TEOS contents. The thickness of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} insulating layer and resistivity of Fe{sub 3}Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite cores increased with increasing the TEOS contents, while the permeability and core loss changed in the opposite direction.

  20. Production and characterization of submicron hematite (α−Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) particles by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis method

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    Kırcı, Burak; Ebin, Burçak; Gürmen, Sebahattin [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Istanbul Technical University Istanbul (Turkey)

    2013-12-16

    The ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP) method has been used to prepare submicron hematite (α−Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) particles using two different industrial pickling solutions of iron chloride (41 g/L FeCl{sub 2} and 54 g/L FeCl{sub 3}) Particles were obtained by thermal decomposition of generated aerosols from precursor solutions using 1.7 MHz ultrasonic atomizer. Reaction temperature was set up at 800 °C and aerosol droplets were carried into the heated zone by 0.7 L/min air flow rate. X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) studies were used to determine the crystal structure and crystallite size of the particles. Results indicate that patterns correspond to hematite phase with rhombohedral crystal structure (space group: R3c). The crystallite sizes of particles prepared from FeCl{sub 2} and FeCl{sub 3} solutions that were calculated from Scherrer equation are 59 and 33 nm, respectively. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) investigations give detailed information about particle size, morphology and composition. SEM micrographs show that hematite nanoparticles aggregate and formed spherical secondary particles in submicron range.

  1. Effect of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} in Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/AP composite particles on thermal decomposition of AP and on burning rate of the composite propellant

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    Ma, Zhenye [National Special Superfine Powder Engineering Research Center, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, 210094 (China); Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing (China); Li, Fengsheng; Bai, Huaping [National Special Superfine Powder Engineering Research Center, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, 210094 (China)

    2006-12-15

    A technique of composite processing of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and ammonium perchlorate (AP) was employed in making the propellant. The effects of composite processing of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} on catalytic activity, on the thermal decomposition of AP, and on the burning rate of the composite propellant were investigated in this paper. Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/AP composite particles were prepared by a novel solvent-nonsolvent method. The results show that AP is successfully coated on the surface of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Composite processing of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and AP can improve the catalytic activity of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} exhibits better catalytic effect with increasing Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} content. The larger interface between Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and AP and lower density of composite propellant (with the added Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/AP composite particles) are responsible for the enhancement of the catalytic activity of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. (Abstract Copyright [2006], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  2. Structure and phase transition of BiFeO{sub 3} cubic micro-particles prepared by hydrothermal method

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    Zhou, Jian-Ping, E-mail: zhoujp@snnu.edu.cn [College of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062 (China); Yang, Ruo-Lin; Xiao, Rui-Juan; Chen, Xiao-Ming [College of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an 710062 (China); Deng, Chao-Yong [Department of Electronic Science, Guizhou University, Guizhou Guiyang 550025 (China)

    2012-11-15

    Graphical abstract: Bismuth ferrite (BiFeO{sub 3}) cubic micro-particles with smooth surfaces were synthesized. BiFeO{sub 3} has a hexagonal perovskite structure with a space group R3c below 370 °C and rhombohedral perovskite structure with a space group R3m below 755 °C, undergoes a phase transition in the temperature range of 755–817 °C to a cubic structure, then decompose to liquid and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} above 939 °C. Highlights: ► BiFeO{sub 3} micro-particles with smooth surface were synthesized by hydrothermal method. ► BiFeO{sub 3} enjoys hexagonal structure with well element ratio and chemical valence. ► BiFeO{sub 3} transition from rhombohedral phase to cubic phase lasts 60 °C. -- Abstract: Single-phase bismuth ferrite (BiFeO{sub 3}) powders were synthesized with a hydrothermal method by controlling the experimental conditions carefully. The powder structure, morphology and composition were characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscope, Raman measurement and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The particles change from irregular agglomerations to regular cubes with increasing KOH concentration. The large BiFeO{sub 3} cubic particles enjoy much smooth surfaces with well-matched element ratio (Bi:Fe:O = 1:1:3) and chemical valence (Bi{sup 3+}, Fe{sup 3+} and O{sup 2−}). The high temperature XRD and differential scanning calorimetry show that BiFeO{sub 3} powders have a hexagonal perovskite structure with a space group R3c below 370 °C and a rhombohedral structure with a space group R3m below 755 °C. BiFeO{sub 3} undergoes a phase transition in the temperature range of 755–817 °C from rhombohedral structure to a cubic phase, then decomposes to liquid and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} above 939 °C.

  3. Synthesis, microstructure and magnetic properties of Fe{sub 3}Si{sub 0.7}Al{sub 0.3}@SiO{sub 2} core–shell particles and Fe{sub 3}Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} soft magnetic composite core

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    Wang, Jian, E-mail: snove418562@163.com [The State Key Laboratory of Refractories and Metallurgy, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430081 (China); Key Laboratory for Ferrous Metallurgy and Resources Utilization of Ministry of Education, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430081 (China); Fan, Xi’an, E-mail: groupfxa@163.com [The State Key Laboratory of Refractories and Metallurgy, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430081 (China); Key Laboratory for Ferrous Metallurgy and Resources Utilization of Ministry of Education, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430081 (China); Wu, Zhaoyang, E-mail: wustwuzhaoyang@163.com [The State Key Laboratory of Refractories and Metallurgy, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430081 (China); Key Laboratory for Ferrous Metallurgy and Resources Utilization of Ministry of Education, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430081 (China); Li, Guangqiang [The State Key Laboratory of Refractories and Metallurgy, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430081 (China); Key Laboratory for Ferrous Metallurgy and Resources Utilization of Ministry of Education, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, Hubei 430081 (China)

    2015-11-15

    Fe{sub 3}Si{sub 0.7}Al{sub 0.3}@SiO{sub 2} core–shell particles and Fe{sub 3}Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} soft magnetic composite core have been synthesized via a modified stöber method combined with following high temperature sintering process. Most of conductive Fe{sub 3}Si{sub 0.7}Al{sub 0.3} particles could be uniformly coated by insulating SiO{sub 2} using the modified stöber method. The Fe{sub 3}Si{sub 0.7}Al{sub 0.3}@SiO{sub 2} core–shell particles exhibited good soft magnetic properties with low coercivity and high saturation magnetization. The reaction 4Al+3SiO{sub 2}=2α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}+3Si took place during the sintering process. As a result the new Fe{sub 3}Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite was formed. The Fe{sub 3}Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite core displayed more excellent soft magnetic properties, better frequency stability at high frequencies, much higher electrical resistivity and lower core loss than the pure Fe{sub 3}Si{sub 0.7}Al{sub 0.3} core. The method of introducing insulating layers surrounding magnetic particles provides a promising route to develop new and high compact soft magnetic materials with good magnetic and electric properties. - Graphical abstract: In Fe{sub 3}Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite, Fe{sub 3}Si phases are separated by Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layers and the eddy currents are confined in Fe{sub 3}Si phases, thus increasing resistivity and reducing core loss. - Highlights: • Fe{sub 3}Si{sub 0.7}Al{sub 0.3}@SiO{sub 2} core–shell particles and Fe{sub 3}Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} cores were prepared. • Fe{sub 3}Si{sub 0.7}Al{sub 0.3} particles could be uniformly coated by nano-sized SiO{sub 2} clusters. • Fe{sub 3}Si{sub 0.7}Al{sub 0.3}@SiO{sub 2} particles and Fe{sub 3}Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} cores showed good soft magnetic properties. • Fe{sub 3}Si/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} had lower core loss and better frequency stability than Fe{sub 3}Si{sub 0.7}Al{sub 0.3} cores.

  4. Particle size effect on magnetic and transport properties of La/sub 0.7/Ca/sub 0.3/MnO/sub 3/ nanoparticles

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    Qaseem, S.; Mumtaz, A.; Hasanain, S.K.; Maaz, K.

    2010-01-01

    La/sub 0.7/Ca/sub 0.3/MnO/sub 3/ nanoparticles have been synthesized by modified citrate route with particle sizes of 20, 26 and 32 +- 3 nm respectively. The structural characterization has been performed by XRD and TEM analyses while magnetic characterization has been performed by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). This work presents the study of size effects on magnetic and electrical properties of Ca-doped CMR nanoparticles (La/sub 0.7/Ca/sub 0.3.MnO/sub 3/). Different particle sizes have been prepared by a wet chemical route. Magnetic characterization reveals that magnetization increases with the increase in the particle size and the magnetic transition temperature for larger particles is the same as in the bulk (258K). The ferromagnetic and resistive transitions are however broad compared to the case of bulk presumably due to the role of the surface. The metal-insulator transition temperature is found to be at 158K while the resistivity shows anomalous low temperature behavior with an upturn at low temperatures presu due to coulomb blockade effects. Furthermore, the field dependence of the resistivity displays nonmonotonic behavior and is explained in terms of the field assisted tunneling between grains. (author)

  5. ANTS-anchored Zn-Al-CO{sub 3}-LDH particles as fluorescent probe for sensing of folic acid

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    Liu, Pengfei; Liu, Dan; Liu, Yanhuan [State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Beijing Key Laboratory of Environmentally Harmful Chemical Analysis, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Li, Lei, E-mail: lilei@mail.buct.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China); Beijing Key Laboratory of Environmentally Harmful Chemical Analysis, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029 (China)

    2016-09-15

    A novel fluorescent nanosensor for detecting folic acid (FA) in aqueous media has been developed based on 8-aminonaphthalene-1,3,6-trisulfonate (ANTS) anchored to the surface of Zn-Al-CO{sub 3}-layered double hydroxides (LDH) particles. The nanosensor showed high fluorescence intensity and good photostability due to a strong coordination interaction between surface Zn{sup 2+} ions of Zn-Al-CO{sub 3}-LDH and N atoms of ANTS, which were verified by result of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). ANTS-anchored on the surface of Zn-Al-CO{sub 3}-LDH restricted the intra-molecular rotation leading to ANTS-anchored J-type aggregation emission enhancement. ANTS-anchored Zn-Al-CO{sub 3}-LDH particles exhibited highly sensitive and selective response to FA over other common metal ions and saccharides present in biological fluids. The proposed mechanism was that oxygen atoms of -SO{sub 3} groups in ANTS-anchored on the surface of Zn-Al-CO{sub 3}-LDH were easily collided by FA molecules to form potential hydrogen bonds between ANTS-anchored and FA molecules, which could effectively quench the ANTS-anchored fluorescence. Under the simulated physiological conditions (pH of 7.4), the fluorescence quenching was fitted to Stern-Volmer equation with a linear response in the concentration range of 1 μM to 200 μM with a limit of detection of 0.1 μM. The results indicate that ANTS-anchored Zn-Al-CO{sub 3}-LDH particles can afford a very sensitive system for the sensing FA in aqueous solution. - Highlights: • A novel fluorescent nanosensor has been developed. • The sensor exhibited highly sensitive and selective response to FA. • The fluorescence quenching was fitted to Stern–Volmer equation. • The linear response range was 1–200 μM with a limit of detection of 0.1 μM.

  6. Photodissociation of C{sub 3}H{sub 5}Br and C{sub 4}H{sub 7}Br at 234 nm

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    Kim, Hyun Kook; Paul, Dababrata; Hong, Ki Ryong; Cho, Ha Na; Kim, Tae Kyu [Pusan National University, Busan (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Kyoung Seok [Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-01-15

    The photodissociation dynamics of cyclopropyl bromide (C-3H{sub 5}Br) and cyclobutyl bromide (C{sub 4}H{sub 7}Br) at 234 nm was investigated. A two-dimensional photofragment ion-imaging technique coupled with a [2+1] resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization scheme was utilized to obtain speed and angular distributions of the nascent Br({sup 2}P{sub 3/2}) and Br*({sup 2}P{sub 1/2}) atoms. The recoil anisotropies for the Br and Br* channels were measured to be βBr = 0.92 ± 0.03 and βBr* = 1.52 ± 0.04 for C{sub 3}H{sub 5}Br and βBr = 1.10 ± 0.03 and βBr* = 1.49 ± 0.05 for C{sub 4}H{sub 7}Br. The relative quantum yield for Br was found to be ΦBr = 0.13 ± 0.03 and for C{sub 3}H{sub 5}Br and C{sub 4}H{sub 7}Br, respectively. The soft radical limit of the impulsive model adequately modeled the related energy partitioning. The nonadiabatic transition probability from the 3A' and 4A' potential energy surfaces was estimated and discussed.

  7. Advances in Nb/sub 3/Sn strand for fusion and particle accelerator applications

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    Parrell, J A; Seung, Hong; Youzhu, Zhang; 10.1109/TASC.2005.849531

    2005-01-01

    Nb/sub 3/Sn conductor made by the internal tin route is the material of choice for the highest field superconducting magnets. These include systems ranging from solenoids used in 900MHz NMR and 20 T laboratory magnets, to large-scale applications such as ITER and possible LHC upgrades. We present our latest results on internal tin strands having critical current density (J/sub c/) values of 3000 A /mm/sup 2/ (4.2 K, 12 T), as it relates to such magnet systems. One obstacle to wider use of internal tin strand is the relatively small billet size, typically limited to 50 kg or less. As part of the R&D for the U.S. High Energy Physics National Conductor Program, we have developed a method of scaling up the distributed barrier internal tin process to billet sizes several times larger. In the past year we have successfully produced a high J/sub c/ distributed barrier strand made entirely by hot extrusion. Results are also presented on a new method of supplying Ti dopant for the Nb/sub 3/Sn that does not rely on...

  8. In situ trace gas and particle measurements in the summer lower stratosphere during STREAM II. Implications for O{sub 3} production

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    Bregman, A; Lelieveld, J; Scheeren, H A [Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Utrecht (Netherlands); Arnold, F; Buerger, V; Schneider, J [Max-Planck-Inst. for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg (Germany); Fischer, H; Waibel, A [Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Chemie, Mainz (Germany); Siegmund, P C; Wauben, W M.F. [Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Inst., De Bilt (Netherlands); Stroem, J [Stockholm Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Meteorology

    1998-12-31

    In situ aircraft measurements of O{sub 3}, CO, HNO{sub 3}, and aerosol particles are presented, performed over the North Sea region in the summer lower stratosphere during the STREAM-II campaign (Stratosphere Troposphere Experiments by Aircraft Measurements). Elevated CO mixing ratios are attributed to mixing of polluted tropospheric air into the lowermost extra-tropical stratosphere. Model calculations illustrate that the O{sub 3} production efficiency of NO{sub x} is smaller than previously assumed, under conditions with relatively high HNO{sub 3} mixing ratios, as observed during STREAM-II. The model simulations further suggest a relatively high O{sub 3} production efficiency from CO oxidation, as a result of the relatively high ambient HNO{sub 3} and NO{sub x} concentrations, implying that upward transport of CO rich air enhances O{sub 3} production in the lowermost stratosphere. (author) 13 refs.

  9. In situ trace gas and particle measurements in the summer lower stratosphere during STREAM II. Implications for O{sub 3} production

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    Bregman, A.; Lelieveld, J.; Scheeren, H.A. [Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Utrecht (Netherlands); Arnold, F.; Buerger, V.; Schneider, J. [Max-Planck-Inst. for Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg (Germany); Fischer, H.; Waibel, A. [Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Chemie, Mainz (Germany); Siegmund, P.C.; Wauben, W.M.F. [Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Inst., De Bilt (Netherlands); Stroem, J. [Stockholm Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Meteorology

    1997-12-31

    In situ aircraft measurements of O{sub 3}, CO, HNO{sub 3}, and aerosol particles are presented, performed over the North Sea region in the summer lower stratosphere during the STREAM-II campaign (Stratosphere Troposphere Experiments by Aircraft Measurements). Elevated CO mixing ratios are attributed to mixing of polluted tropospheric air into the lowermost extra-tropical stratosphere. Model calculations illustrate that the O{sub 3} production efficiency of NO{sub x} is smaller than previously assumed, under conditions with relatively high HNO{sub 3} mixing ratios, as observed during STREAM-II. The model simulations further suggest a relatively high O{sub 3} production efficiency from CO oxidation, as a result of the relatively high ambient HNO{sub 3} and NO{sub x} concentrations, implying that upward transport of CO rich air enhances O{sub 3} production in the lowermost stratosphere. (author) 13 refs.

  10. Dust Explosion Characteristics of Agglomerated 35 nm and 100 nm Aluminum Particles

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    Hong-Chun Wu

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In the experiment, nanoparticles of 35 nm Al and 100 nm Al powders, respectively, formed particles with average sizes of 161 nm and 167 nm in agglomeration. The characteristics of dust cloud explosions with the two powder sizes, 35 nm and 100 nm, revealed considerable differences, as shown here: (dp/dtmax-35 nm = 1254 bar/s, (dp/dtmax-100 nm = 1105 bar/s; Pmax-35 nm = 7.5 bar, Pmax-100 nm = 12.3 bar, and MEC-35 nm = 40 g/m3, MEC-100 nm = 50 g/m3. The reason of Pmax-35 nm value is smaller than Pmax-100 nm may be due to agglomeration. From an analysis of the explosive residue, the study found that nanoparticles of 35 nm Al powder became filamentous strands after an explosion, where most of 100 nm Al nanoparticles maintained a spherical structure, This may be because the initial melting temperature of 35 nm Al is 435.71°C, while that for 100 nm Al is 523.58°C, higher by 87.87°C. This study discovered that explosive property between the 35 nm Al and 100 nm Al powders after agglomeration were different.

  11. Influence of defects on sub-Å optical linewidths in Eu{sup 3+}: Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles

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    Oliveira Lima, Karmel de [PSL Research University, Chimie ParisTech – CNRS, Institut de Recherche de Chimie Paris, 75005 Paris (France); Rocha Gonçalves, Rogéria [Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Filosofia Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo, Avenida Bandeirantes, 3900, CEP 14040-901 Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, Brasil (Brazil); Giaume, Domitille [PSL Research University, Chimie ParisTech – CNRS, Institut de Recherche de Chimie Paris, 75005 Paris (France); Ferrier, Alban, E-mail: alban.ferrier@chimie-paristech.fr [PSL Research University, Chimie ParisTech – CNRS, Institut de Recherche de Chimie Paris, 75005 Paris (France); Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, 75005 Paris (France); Goldner, Philippe, E-mail: philippe.goldner@chimie-paristech.fr [PSL Research University, Chimie ParisTech – CNRS, Institut de Recherche de Chimie Paris, 75005 Paris (France)

    2015-12-15

    Rare earth doped nanocrystals have been recently suggested as useful materials for applications in quantum information processing. To reach optical properties closer to bulk crystals ones, it is still necessary to reduce the defects that can arise in nanoscale structures. Here, we probe the defects level by monitoring the inhomogeneous broadening of the {sup 7}F{sub 0}→{sup 5}D{sub 0} transition in particles of 0.3% at% Eu{sup 3+}:Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}. We find that lines as narrow as 14 GHz (0.015 nm), a value comparable to single crystals, can be obtained in 150 nm particles calcinated at 1200 °C. The additional broadening observed for particles calcinated at lower temperature is attributed to defects inside crystallites and not to surface effects. A linear correlation is also observed between optical and Raman linewidths, suggesting that both processes are sensitive to the same defects. {sup 5}D{sub 0} excited state lifetimes are well described by a model based on an effective refractive index and we conclude that the defects causing the inhomogeneous broadening have no effect on the excited state population.

  12. Femosecond dynamics of quasi-particles in YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 minus. delta. superconductor films

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    Han, S.G.; Vardeny, Z.V.; Symko, O.G. (Utah Univ., Salt Lake City, UT (United States). Dept. of Physics); Koren, G. (Technion-Israel Inst. of Tech., Haifa (Israel). Dept. of Physics)

    1991-03-01

    This paper reports on the transient electronic response of YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7{minus}{delta}} epitaxially grown HT{sub c} superconductor thin films in the femtosecond time domain, using transient photoinduced reflectivity ({Delta}R) with 60 fsec time resolution. For temperatures T {gt} T{sub c} only a bolometric signal was observed with {Delta}R {gt} O. For T {lt} T{sub c} {Delta}R {lt} O with a temperature dependent rise time of order 300 fsec followed by a relaxation (of order 3 psec) into a state with {Delta} are explained in terms of quasi-particle (QP) electronic response giving {Delta}R {lt} O. Thus the femtosecond rise time is interpreted as avalanche multiplication of QP across the gap 2{Delta} and the subsequent picosecond relaxation as QP recombination. The QP optical response is explained within the two fluid model.

  13. Structural, morphological and luminescence properties of nanocrystalline up-converting Y{sub 1.89}Yb{sub 0.1}Er{sub 0.01}O{sub 3} phosphor particles synthesized through aerosol route

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    Lojpur, V.; Mancic, L. [Institute of Technical Sciences of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, K. Mihailova 35/IV, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Rabanal, M.E. [University Carlos III of Madrid, Avd. Universidad 30, 28911 Leganes, Madrid (Spain); Dramicanin, M.D. [Vinca Institute of Nuclear Science, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, Belgrade (Serbia); Tan, Z.; Hashishin, T.; Ohara, S. [JWRI, Osaka University, 11-1 Mihogaoka, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Milosevic, O., E-mail: olivera.milosevic@itn.sanu.ac.rs [Institute of Technical Sciences of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, K. Mihailova 35/IV, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2013-12-15

    Highlights: •The Y{sub 1.89}Yb{sub 0.1}Er{sub 0.01}O{sub 3} phosphor particles are synthesized via aerosol route. •We report influence of process parameters on the particle structure and morphology. •Spherical, submicronic size and nano-crystalline particle morphology are confirmed. •The particles show improved luminescence properties and decay time. •Synthesized powders exhibit the temperature dependant up-conversion emission. -- Abstract: Nanocrystalline up-converting Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}, Er{sup 3+} phosphor particles were processed in a dispersed system-aerosol, generated ultrasonically at 1.3 MHz from common nitrate precursor solution having fixed ytterbium-to-erbium concentration ratio. The appropriate process parameters: residence time 21 s, carrier gas (air) flow rate 1.6 dm{sup 3}/min, synthesis temperature 900 °C, led to the formation of un-agglomerated spherical nanostructured secondary particles, having mean particle size of approx 450 nm, composed of primary nanoscaled (20 nm) subunits. In order to reach targeting phase crystallinity, the as-prepared particles were additionally annealed at 1100 °C in air for 12, 24 and 48 h, respectively. Particle structure, morphology and purity were analyzed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), scanning electron microscopy (FESEM/SEM), analytical and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (TEM/HRTEM) in combination with energy dispersive X-ray analysis and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR). All samples crystallized in a cubic bixbyte-structure, space group Ia-3. The crystallite size changed with annealing time from 30 nm in as-prepared sample to 135 nm in sample annealed for 48 h, respectively. Emission spectra were assigned to the following trivalent erbium f–f electronic transitions: {sup 2}H{sub 9/2} → {sup 4}I{sub 15/2} (blue: 407–420 nm), ({sup 2}H{sub 11/2}, {sup 4}S{sub 3/2}) → {sup 4}I{sub 15/2} (green: 510–590 nm), and {sup 4}F{sub 9/2} → {sup 4}I{sub 15

  14. Effect of ZrB{sub 2} particles on the microstructure and mechanical properties of hybrid (ZrB{sub 2} + Al{sub 3}Zr)/AA5052 insitu composites

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    Gautam, Gaurav, E-mail: gauravgautamm1988@gmail.com; Mohan, Anita, E-mail: amohan.app@iitbhu.ac.in

    2015-11-15

    Present study outlines the effect of ZrB{sub 2} particles variation on the morphology and mechanical properties of (ZrB{sub 2}+Al{sub 3}Zr)/AA5052Al alloy composites. Composites with varying amount of ZrB{sub 2} particles have been produced by direct melt reaction (DMR) technique. These composites have been characterized by X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) to confirm the presence of ZrB{sub 2} and Al{sub 3}Zr particles. Optical microscopy (OM) and scanning-electron microscopy (SEM) have been used to understand the morphology. To see the effect of ZrB{sub 2} variation on mechanical properties, hardness and tensile properties have been evaluated. The XRD and EDS results confirm the successful formation of ZrB{sub 2} particles in matrix of AA5052Al alloy. SEM and TEM studies exhibit that ZrB{sub 2} particles are mostly in hexagonal and some rectangular shape while Al{sub 3}Zr particles are in polyhedron and rectangular shapes. Most of ZrB{sub 2} particles are within a size range of 10–190 nm. Interface region is free of any impurity. OM studies show grain refinement of AA5052Al alloy matrix with formation of second phase ZrB{sub 2} particles. Tensile results indicate that the UTS and YS improve up to 3 vol.% of ZrB{sub 2} but beyond this composition a decreasing trend is observed. The strength coefficient increases with increase in ZrB{sub 2} particles up to 3 vol.% in the Al{sub 3}Zr/Al alloy composites, whereas strain hardening decreases. While beyond 3 vol.% ZrB{sub 2} particles in the Al{sub 3}Zr/Al alloy composite, opposite trend is observed in strength coefficient and strain hardening. Percentage elongation also improves with 1vol.% ZrB{sub 2}, but further addition of ZrB{sub 2} shows an adverse effect. However, a continuous increasing trend has been observed in bulk hardness. Fracture studies show facets of Al{sub 3}Zr particles and dimples of matrix, but with inclusion of ZrB{sub 2} dimple size decreases. Increase in Zr

  15. Crossover from disordered to core-shell structures of nano-oxide Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} dispersed particles in Fe

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    Higgins, M. P.; Wang, L. M.; Gao, F., E-mail: gaofeium@umich.edu [Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109 (United States); Lu, C. Y. [Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109 (United States); Key Laboratory for Anisotropy and Texture of Materials (Ministry of Education), Northeastern University, Shenyang, Liaoning 110819 (China); Lu, Z. [Key Laboratory for Anisotropy and Texture of Materials (Ministry of Education), Northeastern University, Shenyang, Liaoning 110819 (China); Shao, L. [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Texas A& M University, College Station, Texas 77843 (United States)

    2016-07-18

    Molecular dynamic simulations of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} in bcc Fe and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations were used to understand the structure of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-clusters in an oxide dispersion strengthened steel matrix. The study showed that Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-clusters below 2 nm were completely disordered. Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-clusters above 2 nm, however, form a core-shell structure, with a shell thickness of 0.5–0.7 nm that is independent of nano-cluster size. Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-clusters were surrounded by off-lattice Fe atoms, further increasing the stability of these nano-clusters. TEM was used to corroborate our simulation results and showed a crossover from a disordered nano-cluster to a core-shell structure.

  16. Highly dispersed spherical Bi{sub 3.25}La{sub 0.75}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12} nanocrystals via topotactic crystallization of aggregation-free gel particles from an effective inverse miniemulsion sol–gel approach

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    Wang, Aijun; Zeng, Yanwei, E-mail: zengyw-njut@126.com, E-mail: stephen-zeng@njtech.edu.cn, E-mail: stephen-zeng@163.com; Han, Longxiang; Ding, Chuan; Cao, Liangliang; Li, Rongjie [Nanjing Tech University, State Key Laboratory of Materials-Oriented Chemical Engineering, College of Materials Science and Engineering (China)

    2015-09-15

    Aggregation-free spherical lanthanum-doped bismuth titanate (Bi{sub 3.25}La{sub 0.75}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12}, BLT) gel particles with an average size of about 150 nm were successfully obtained from an inverse miniemulsion sol–gel process, with Span-80 acting as surfactant, n-butanol as co-surfactant, cyclohexane as continuous phase, and submicro-droplets of aqueous solution containing Bi{sup 3+}, La{sup 3+} and Ti{sup 4+} ions as dispersed phase, and then topotactically transformed into highly dispersed spherical BLT nanocrystals after an in situ crystallization at 600 °C for 8 h. It has been found that the BLT gel particles can be obtained via a moderate sol–gel reaction inside the miniemulsion droplets at 65 °C, but their morphology and aggregation degree are strongly affected by the relative amounts of Span-80 and n-butanol. The perfect spherical BLT gel particles with no aggregation can be achieved only under the condition of 3 wt% n-butanol relative to the mass of cyclohexane, with excessive amount of n-butanol leading to the formation of ill-gelled particles with irregular shapes, while insufficient addition of n-butanol resulting in terrible aggregation of gel particles. To understand the formation of aggregation-free spherical BLT gel particles, a tentative mechanism is proposed and discussed, which reveals that a well-coordinated oil–water interfacial film made up of Span-80 and n-butanol molecules and the appropriately enhanced evaporation of water from such interfaces should be responsible for the formation of aggregation-free spherical BLT gel particles. Graphical Abstract: Aggregation-free spherical BLT (Bi{sub 3.25}La{sub 0.75}Ti{sub 3}O{sub 12}) gel particles can be prepared from an effective inverse miniemulsion sol–gel process, and subsequently topotactically transformed into spherical BLT nanocrystals through an in situ crystallization.

  17. Laser ablation of nanoscale particles with 193 nm light

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    Choi, J H; Lucas, D; Koshland, C P

    2007-01-01

    Laser interaction with nanoscale particles is distinct and different from laser-bulk material interaction, where a hot plasma is normally created. Here, we review our studies on 193 nm laser ablation of various nanoscale particles including NaCl, soot, polystyrene, and gold. The 20 ns laser beam with fluences up to 0.3 J/cm 2 irradiates nanoparticles in a gas stream at laser repetition rates from 10 to 100 Hz. The particle size distributions before and after irradiation are measured with a scanning mobility particle sizer (SMPS), and particle morphology is examined with electron microscopy. All the nanomaterials studied exhibit a similar disintegration pattern and similar particle formation characteristics. No broadband emission associated with particle heating or optical breakdown is observed. The nanoparticles formed after irradiation have a smaller mean diameter and an order of magnitude higher number concentration with a more spherical shape compared to the original particles. We use the photon-atom ratio (PAR) to interpret the laser-particle interaction energetics

  18. Monoclinic β-Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} nanocrystalline particles employing novel urea assisted solid state route: Synthesis, characterization and sintering behavior

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    Tripathi, Biranchi M., E-mail: biranchi.barc@gmail.com [Powder Metallurgy Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Vashi Complex, Navi Mumbai 400705 (India); Mohanty, Trupti; Prakash, Deep [Powder Metallurgy Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Vashi Complex, Navi Mumbai 400705 (India); Tyagi, A.K. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India); Sinha, P.K. [Powder Metallurgy Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Vashi Complex, Navi Mumbai 400705 (India)

    2017-07-15

    Pure phase monoclinic nano-crystalline Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} powder was synthesized by a novel urea assisted solid state synthesis method using readily available and economical precursors. A single phase and well crystalline Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} powder has been obtained at slightly lower temperature (600–700 °C) and shorter duration (2 h) as compared to the conventional solid state method. The proposed method has significant advantages in comparison to other viable methods mainly in terms of phase purity, powder properties and sinterability. Analysis of chemical composition using inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES) shows no loss of lithium from Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} in the proposed method. The emergence of monoclinic Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} phase was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern of as-synthesized powder. The crystallite size of Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} powder was calculated to be in the range of 15–80 nm, which varied as a function of urea composition and temperature. The morphology of as-prepared Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} powders was examined by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The effect of urea composition on phase and morphology was investigated so as to delineate the role of urea. Upon sintering at < 1000 °C temperature, the Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} powder compact attained about 98% of the theoretical density with fine grained (grain size: 2–3 μm) microstructure. It indicates excellent sinter-ability of Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} powder synthesized by the proposed method. The fine grained structure is desirable for better tritium breeding performance of Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3}. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy at variable temperature showed good electrical properties of Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3}. The proposed method is simple, anticipated to be cost effective and convenient to realise for large scale production of phase pure nanocrystalline and having significantly enhanced sinter-ability Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} powder.

  19. Controllable synthesis of magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles with different morphology by one-step hydrothermal route

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    Chen, Zhongtao; Du, Yi, E-mail: duyi1964@126.com; Li, Zhongfu; Yang, Kai; Lv, Xingjie

    2017-03-15

    Well-defined Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles were successfully fabricated by a facile triethanolamine (TEA)-assisted method under mild hydrothermal conditions. Hydrated ferric salt was employed as the single iron precursor. TEA was used as the complexing agent and/or alkaline source. The crystalline phases of the as-obtained samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Furthermore, the morphology as well as the compositions of the samples were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with an energy dispersion spectroscopy (EDS). The results indicated that the products were Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} crystal phase, and the morphology and powder size of the particles were varied with adding different amount of NaOAc and keeping the content of TEA unchanged. On the basis of these results, the possible formation mechanism of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} was discussed. It was observed that TEA and NaOAc affected the growth rate of crystal planes and nucleation. Besides, the magnetic property tested by a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) showed that the products exhibited a ferromagnetic behavior and possessed the excellent saturation magnetization (Ms) at room temperature. - Highlights: • Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles were obtained by employing TEA as single alkali source. • Morphology and size of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles varied by adjusting the TEA/NaOAc ratio. • Magnetic properties of products were influenced by particle size and morphology.

  20. Effect of ball milling and dynamic compaction on magnetic properties of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Co(P) composite particles

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    Denisova, E. A. [Kirensky Institute of Physics SB RAS, Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Krasnoyarsk Institute of Railways Transport, Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Kuzovnikova, L. A. [Krasnoyarsk Institute of Railways Transport, Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Iskhakov, R. S., E-mail: rauf@iph.krasn.ru; Eremin, E. V. [Kirensky Institute of Physics SB RAS, Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation); Bukaemskiy, A. A. [Institut fur Sicherheitsforschung und Reaktortechnik, D-52425 Juelich (Germany); Nemtsev, I. V. [Krasnoyarsk Scientific Center SB RAS, Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation)

    2014-05-07

    The evolution of the magnetic properties of composite Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}/Co(P) particles during ball milling and dynamic compaction is investigated. To prepare starting composite particles, the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} granules were coated with a Co{sub 95}P{sub 5} shell by electroless plating. The magnetic and structural properties of the composite particles are characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and the use of the Physical Property Measurement System. The use of composite core-shell particles as starting powder for mechanoactivation allows to decrease treatment duration to 1 h and to produce a more homogeneous bulk sample than in the case of the mixture of Co and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders. The magnetic properties of the milled composite particles are correlated with changes in the microstructure. Reduction in grain size of Co during milling leads to an increase of the volume fraction of superparamagnetic particles and to a decrease of the saturation magnetization. The local magnetic anisotropy field depends on the amount of hcp-Co phase in sample. The anisotropy field value decreases from 8.4 kOe to 3.8 kOe with an increase in milling duration up to 75 min. The regimes of dynamic compaction were selected so that the magnetic characteristics—saturation magnetization and coercive field—remained unchanged.

  1. Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}: Eu{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} spherical particles based anti-reflection and wavelength conversion bi-functional films: Synthesis and application to solar cells

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    Miao, Hui [School of Physics, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); National Photoelectric Technology and Functional Materials & Application of Science and Technology International Cooperation Base, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); Ji, Ruonan [School of Physics, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); Hu, Xiaoyun, E-mail: hxy3275@nwu.edu.cn [School of Physics, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); National Photoelectric Technology and Functional Materials & Application of Science and Technology International Cooperation Base, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); Han, Linzi; Hao, Yuanyuan; Sun, Qian [School of Physics, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); Zhang, Dekai [School of Physics, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); National Photoelectric Technology and Functional Materials & Application of Science and Technology International Cooperation Base, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); Fan, Jun [School of Chemical Engineering, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); Bai, Jintao [School of Physics, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); National Photoelectric Technology and Functional Materials & Application of Science and Technology International Cooperation Base, Northwest University, Xi’an 710069 (China); and others

    2015-04-25

    Highlights: • Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} co-doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles were successfully prepared. The as prepared particles can convert UV region photos to visible photons between 460 nm and 640 nm, which just matched the spectral response of most solar cells. • Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} is not only a good photoluminescence host material, but also it has high corrosion resistivity, thermal stability, and transparency from violet to infrared light. Cooperated with SiO{sub 2} sols, it could realize a better anti-reflection property. • As a proof-of-concept application, the as prepared bi-functional films could effectively improve the photoelectric conversion efficiency by 0.23% compared to pure SiO{sub 2} AR coating film and 0.55% compared to glass. - Abstract: In this study, Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} co-doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles were prepared via the simple, cost-effective urea homogeneous precipitation method without additives. The chosen particles were added in the SiO{sub 2} sols to get anti-reflection (AR) and wavelength conversion bi-functional films. Careful investigations were carried out to find the optimum preparation conditions and proper morphology. SEM images showed that the particle sizes reduced as metal ion/urea ratio decreased. Additionally, the extracted particles turned from sphere to lamellar type when the deionized water, which was used as solvent, reduced to a certain extent. The mechanisms of the morphology formation and diversification were proposed as well. The as prepared materials can convert UV region photos to visible photons between 460 nm and 640 nm, which just matched the spectral response of most solar cells. The spherical sample showed better luminescence performance than the one with lamellar morphology. In addition, the optical transmittance spectra indicated that the films adding spherical particles had better anti-reflective performance, and the best adding amount was 0.08 g. Finally, As a proof-of-concept application

  2. Fluoride adsorption from aqueous solution by magnetic core-shell Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@alginate-La particles fabricated via electro-coextrusion

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    Zhang, Yahui [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China); Engineering Research Center of Biomass Materials, Ministry of Education, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China); Lin, Xiaoyan, E-mail: lxy20100205@163.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southwest University of Science and Technology, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China); Engineering Research Center of Biomass Materials, Ministry of Education, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China); Zhou, Quisheng [A State Key Laboratory of Pulp & Paper Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Luo, Xuegang [Engineering Research Center of Biomass Materials, Ministry of Education, Mianyang 621010, Sichuan (China)

    2016-12-15

    Graphical abstract: The magnetic core-shell Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@Alg-La particles were fabricated successfully by a simple method of electro-coextrusion, and employed as an adsorbent for separation of fluoride from aqueous solution. - Highlights: • Magnetic core-shell Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@Alg-La particles were prepared by electro-coextrusion. • The maximum adsorption capacity for fluoride at 298.15 K was 45.230 mg/g. • The adsorbent has a good saturation magnetization value. • The adsorbent has a great potential in removing the fluoride. - Abstract: The magnetic core-shell Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@Alg-La particles were fabricated successfully by a simple method of electro-coextrusion, and employed as an adsorbent for separation of fluoride from aqueous solution. Main factors affecting the removal of fluoride, including pH, adsorbent dosage, initial concentration, temperature and contact time were investigated. The adsorption isotherm and adsorption kinetics were studied to understand the adsorption process in detail. The experimental data were fitted well by the non-linear Freundlich isotherm and linear pseudo-second-order model, the maximum fluoride adsorption capacity was 45.230 mg/g at pH 4, 298.15 K. Thermodynamic parameters indicated that the fluoride adsorption process was feasible and spontaneous. The presence of other anions like Cl{sup −}, SO{sub 4}{sup 2−}, HCO{sub 3}{sup −} and PO{sub 4}{sup 3−} had almost no effect on the fluoride adsorption. The adsorbent can be easily separated from the solution by a magnet. The magnetic core-shell Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@Alg-La particles before and after fluoride adsorption were studied by SEM, FTIR, EDX and XPS, which indicated that the adsorption mechanism may be related to electrostatic attraction and Lewis acid-base interaction.

  3. Facile fabrication of flower like self-assembled mesoporous hierarchical microarchitectures of In(OH){sub 3} and In{sub 2}O{sub 3}: In(OH){sub 3} micro flowers with electron beam sensitive thin petals

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    Arul Prakasam, Balasubramaniam, E-mail: arul7777@yahoo.com [Laboratory of Green Chemistry, School of Engineering Science, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Sammonkatu 12, FI-50130, Mikkeli (Finland); Lahtinen, Manu; Peuronen, Anssi [Department of Chemistry, Laboratories of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, P.O. Box 35, FI-40014, University of Jyväskylä (Finland); Muruganandham, Manickavachagam [Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 19122 (United States); Sillanpää, Mika [Laboratory of Green Chemistry, School of Engineering Science, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Sammonkatu 12, FI-50130, Mikkeli (Finland)

    2016-12-01

    A template and capping-reagent free facile fabrication method for mesoporous hierarchical microarchitectures of flower-like In(OH){sub 3} particles under benign hydrothermal conditions is reported. Calcination of In(OH){sub 3} to In{sub 2}O{sub 3} with the retention of morphology is also described. Both In(OH){sub 3} and In{sub 2}O{sub 3} microstructures were analyzed with SEM, EDX, TEM and powder X-ray diffraction. The crystal sizes for In(OH){sub 3} and In{sub 2}O{sub 3} were calculated using the Scherrer equation. In In(OH){sub 3} the thin flakes at the periphery of micro flowers were electron beam sensitive. The mechanism of self-assembly process was analyzed as well. - Highlights: • Hydrothermal fabrication In(OH){sub 3} self-assembled porous hierarchical architectures. • Induced dehydration in beam sensitive In(OH){sub 3} micro flowers. • Calcination of In(OH){sub 3} to In{sub 2}O{sub 3} with the retention of flower like morphology. • Phase pure synthesis of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} with the average crystal size of ∼37 nm.

  4. Bottom-up synthesis of up-converting submicron-sized Er{sup 3+}-doped LiNbO{sub 3} particles

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    Jardiel, T., E-mail: jardiel@icv.csic.es [Departamento de Electroceramica, Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio-CSIC, Kelsen 5, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Caballero, A.C. [Departamento de Electroceramica, Instituto de Ceramica y Vidrio-CSIC, Kelsen 5, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Marin-Dobrincic, M.; Cantelar, E.; Cusso, F. [Departamento de Fisica de Materiales, C-04, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Avda. Francisco Tomas y Valiente 7, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2012-08-15

    A new and simple wet chemical synthesis method is proposed to prepare submicron-sized Erbium-doped LiNbO{sub 3} powders. The synthesis procedure comprises the co-precipitation of lithium and erbium ions from common precursors and their subsequent reaction with niobium ethoxide. A systematic characterization by means of X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), X-ray Fluorescence (XRF), Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP-OES), Atomic Absorption (AAS), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM), as well as by the examination of the luminescence properties, evidence that with this method a congruent Er{sup 3+}-doped LiNbO{sub 3} single phase material can be obtained without using complex and time-consuming processing steps. The synthesized powders exhibit efficient IR to VIS up-conversion emissions under 974 nm pumping. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A novel chemical route to the preparation of LiNbO{sub 3} powders has been developed. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer This process avoids complex and time-consuming processing steps. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A congruent Er{sup 3+}-doped LiNbO{sub 3} single phase material can be obtained by this way. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The luminescence properties are the expected for this composition.

  5. The Formation of Lithiated Ti-Doped {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} Nanocrystalline Particles by Mechanical Milling of Ti-Doped Lithium Spinel Ferrite

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    Widatallah, H. M., E-mail: hisham@ictp.trieste.it [Khartoum University, Department of Physics (Sudan); Gismelseed, A. M.; Bouziane, K. [Sultan Qaboos University, Department of Physics (Oman); Berry, F. J. [Open University, Department of Chemistry (United Kingdom); Al Rawas, A. D.; Al-Omari, I. A.; Yousif, A. A.; Elzain, M. E. [Sultan Qaboos University, Department of Physics (Oman)

    2004-12-15

    The milling of spinel-related Ti-doped Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2.5}O{sub 4} for different times is studied with XRD, Moessbauer spectroscopy and magnetic measurements. Milling converts the material to Li-Ti-doped {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocrystalline particles via an intermediate {gamma}-LiFeO{sub 2}-related phase. The role played by the dopant Ti-ion in the process is emphasized.

  6. Improvement of slip property of magnetic tape by wet silica surface treatment on cobalt-coating type {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} magnetic particles; Kobaruto hichakugata {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} jiseibiryushi no shisshiki shirika hyomenshori niyoru jikitepu no suberi tokusei no kaizen

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    Hayashi, Kazuyuki; Iwasaki, Keisuke; Tanaka, Yasuyuki; Morii, Hiroko

    1999-02-05

    During the running of a magnetic taper coated with magnetic particles, sometimes troubles of the slip property between the magnetic tape and a magnetic head occur. In this research, silica coating onto the surfaces of magnetic iron oxide particles in water slurry was carried out, and a magnetic tape coated with these surface-modified particles was prepared so as to investigate the effect of the silica coating on the slip property of the magnetic tape. It was found that, for needle cobalt-coating type {gamma}- Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, the dynamic friction coefficient of the magnetic tape can be reduced from about 0.4 to abut 0.2 by coating silica at nm order. This was estimated that the adsorption amount of myristic acid as a lubricator component existing in the magnetic tape to the magnetic particles are reduced by the silica coating so that the amount of myristic acid effectively acting on the slip property of the magnetic tape surface is increased. Further, within the investigation scope of the present research, it has been clarified that the magnetic characteristics of the magnetic particles and coating dispersion property are not deteriorated by the surface treatment with silica, and a preferable magnetic recording medium retaining both magnetic characteristic and slip property can be obtained. (translated by NEDO)

  7. Electron microscopy characterization of mechanically alloyed and hot consolidates Cu-Cr<sub>3C2 particles

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    López, M.

    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available Mechanically alloyed copper-ceramic composites have been obtained with the purpose of studying their use as copper-based material for electrical equipment. For high-temperature applications, dispersion-strengthened copper alloys are attractive due to their excellent combination of thermal and electrical conductivity, mechanical strength retention and microstructural stability. In this work, powder mixtures of pure copper with 2 vol % Cr<sub>3C2, milled during 4, 6, 10, 12 and 15 h in a high-energy planetary balls mill under argon atmosphere, were consolidated by hot isostatic pressing, applying a pressure of 100 MPa at 1073 K for two hours, to obtain materials with a fine microstructure. The Cu-Cr<sub>3C2 alloys were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, electron microprobe (EPMA and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. Mechanical properties and electrical conductivity were also studied. The average tensile strength and electrical conductivity were found to be 500 MPa and 50 % IACS, respectively. The Cr<sub>3C2 ceramics show good stability during hot consolidation. Contributing to a further strengthening of the alloy during the hot consolidation, uniformly-distributed Fe-carbide particles of nanometric size precipitated in the copper matrix. Fe-Cr oxycarbides formed in the interphase between Cr<sub>3C2 particles and the copper matrix cause the low ductility of Cu-Cr<sub>3C2 alloys. Said particles are attributed to impurities/contamination generated from the milling process.

    Se obtuvieron aleaciones compuestas de Cu-Cr<sub>3C2, aleadas mecánicamente, para estudiar futuras aplicaciones en componentes eléctricos. A altas temperaturas, las aleaciones de base cobre reforzadas por dispersión, son atractivas por su excelente conductividad térmica y eléctrica, propiedades mecánicas y estabilidad microstructural. En este estudio

  8. Synthesis of Ce(III)-doped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} magnetic particles for efficient removal of antimony from aqueous solution

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    Qi, Zenglu; Joshi, Tista Prasai [Key Laboratory of Drinking Water Science and Technology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Liu, Ruiping, E-mail: liuruiping@rcees.ac.cn [Key Laboratory of Drinking Water Science and Technology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Liu, Huijuan [University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); State Key Laboratory of Environmental Aquatic Chemistry, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100085 (China); Qu, Jiuhui [Key Laboratory of Drinking Water Science and Technology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100085 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China)

    2017-05-05

    Highlights: • Doping of Ce into Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} was achieved based on a facile solvothermal method. • After doping, the removal capacity was increased by 5 times for “Sb(V)” and 2 times for “Sb(III)”. • Decreasing pH improved adsorption of Sb(V) but decreased adsorption of Sb(III). • Antimony sorption mechanisms on Ce-doped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} were illustrated. - Abstract: Aqueous antimony (Sb) pollution from human activity is of great concern in drinking water due to its adverse health effect. Magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles, with high separation ability from solution, have been considered as a low-cost Sb adsorbent for contaminants. However, the limited adsorption capacity has restricted its practical application. In this study, a solvothermal approach was developed for doping Ce(III) into Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, thereby increasing the adsorption efficacy for both Sb(III) and Sb(V). In contrast to un-doped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, the adsorption capacity towards Sb(III) and Sb(V) in Ce-doped materials increased from 111.4 to 224.2 mg/g and from 37.2 to 188.1 mg/g at neutral pH, respectively. Based on the combined results of XPS, XRD, and FTIR, it confirmed that Ce atom successfully doped into the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} structure, resulting in the decreased particle size, increased the surface area, and isoelectric point. Furthermore, the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) results showed that the Ce doping process had some side effects on the primitive magnetic property, but remaining the high separation potential during water treatment. According to the high removal efficiency and magnetic property, the Ce-doped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} of great simplicity should be a promising adsorbent for aqueous Sb removal.

  9. Magnetic properties of nanocrystalline KNbO{sub 3}

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    Golovina, I. S., E-mail: golovina@isp.kiev.ua; Shanina, B. D.; Kolesnik, S. P. [Institute of Semiconductor Physics of NAS of Ukraine, Pr. Nauky 41, 03028 Kyiv (Ukraine); Geifman, I. N. [Quality Engineering Education, Inc., Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089 (United States); Andriiko, A. A. [National Technical University of Ukraine “KPI”, pr. Peremogy 37, 03056 Kyiv (Ukraine)

    2013-11-07

    Newly synthesized undoped and iron-doped nanoscale powders of KNbO{sub 3} are investigated using magnetic resonance and static magnetization methods in order to determine how the crystal size and doping affect the structure of magnetic defects and material properties. Although the bulk crystals of KNbO{sub 3} are nonmagnetic, the undoped KNbO{sub 3} powder with average particle size of 80 nm exhibits magnetic properties. The ferromagnetic resonance signal and the magnetization curve registered on the powder are thoroughly analyzed. It is concluded that the appearance of the defect driven ferromagnetism in the undoped powder is due to the nano-size of the particles. This effect disappears in the iron-doped KNbO{sub 3} powder with particle sizes above 300 nm. In case of low doping (<1 mol. % Fe), a new electron paramagnetic resonance signal with g{sub eff} = 4.21 is found out in the KNbO{sub 3}:Fe powder. Such a signal has not been observed in the bulk crystals of KNbO{sub 3}:Fe. We suppose that this signal corresponds to individual paramagnetic Fe{sup 3+} ions having rhombic symmetry.

  10. Magnetic and Mössbauer studies of pure and Ti-doped YFeO {sub 3} nanocrystalline particles prepared by mechanical milling and subsequent sintering

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    Khalifa, N. O. [University of Khartoum, Physics Department, Faculty of Science (Sudan); Widatallah, H. M., E-mail: hishammw@squ.edu.om; Gismelseed, A. M.; Al-Mabsali, F. N.; Sofin, R. G. S. [Sultan Qaboos University, Physics Department, College of Science (Oman); Pekala, M. [University of Warsaw, Chemistry Department (Poland)

    2016-12-15

    Single-phased nanocrystalline particles of pure and 10 % Ti {sup 4+}-doped perovskite-related YFeO {sub 3}were prepared via mechanosynthesis at 450{sup ∘}C. This temperature is ∼150–350 {sup ∘}C lower than those at which the materials, in bulk form, are normally prepared. Rietveld refinements of the X-ray diffraction patterns reveal that the dopant Ti {sup 4+} ions prefer interstitial octahedral sites in the orthorhombic crystal lattice rather than those originally occupied by the expelled Fe {sup 3+} ions. Magnetic measurements show canted antiferromagnetism in both types of nanoparticles. Doping with Ti {sup 4+} lowers the Néel temperature of the YFeO {sub 3} nanoparticles from ∼ 586 K to ∼ 521 K. The Ti {sup 4+}-doped YFeO {sub 3} nanoparticles exhibit enhanced magnetization and coercivity but less magnetic hyperfine fields relative to the un-doped nanoparticles. The {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectra show ∼ 15 % of the YFeO {sub 3} nanoparticles and ∼22 of Ti {sup 4+}-doped YFeO {sub 3} ones to be superparamagnetic with blocking temperatures < 78 K. The broadened magnetic components in the {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectra suggest size-dependent hyperfine magnetic fields at the {sup 57}Fe nuclear sites and were associated with collective magnetic excitations. The {sup 57}Fe Mössbauer spectra show the local environments of the Fe {sup 3+} ions in the superparamagnetic nanoparticles to be more sensitive to the presence of the Ti {sup 4+} ions relative to those in the larger magnetic nanoparticles.

  11. Phase Transformation Behavior of Oxide Particles Formed in Mechanically Alloyed Fe-5Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} Powder

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    Kim, Ga Eon; Choi, Jung-Sun; Noh, Sanghoon; Kang, Suk Hoon; Choi, Byoung Kwon; Kim, Tae Kyu [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Deajeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Young Do [Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2017-05-15

    The phase transformation behavior of the oxides formed in mechanically alloyed Fe-5Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder is investigated. Non-stoichiometric Y-rich and Fe-rich oxides with sizes of less than 300 nm are observed in the mechanically alloyed powder. The diffusion and redistribution reactions of the elements in these oxides during heating of the powder above 800 ℃ were observed, and these reactions result in the formation of a Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} phase after heating at 1050 ℃. Thus, it is considered that the Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder and some Fe powder are formed from the non-stoichiometric Y-rich and Fe-rich oxides after the mechanical alloying process, and a considerable energy accumulated during the mechanical alloying process leads to a phase transformation of the Y-rich and Fe-rich oxides to Y{sub α}Fe{sub β}O{sub γ}-type phase during heating.

  12. Projection of SO{sub 2}, NO{sub X}, NH{sub 3} and particle emissions - 2010-2030

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    Nielsen, O -K; Plejdrup, M; Winther, M; Hjorth Mikkelsen, M; Albrektsen, R; Nielsen, M; Fauser, P; Hoffmann, L; Hjelgaard, K; Gyldenkaerne, S

    2012-01-15

    This report contains a description of models and background data for projection of SO{sub 2}, NO{sub x}, NH{sub 3}, NMVOC, TSP, PM{sub 10} and PM{sub 25} for Denmark. The emissions are projected to 2030 using basic scenarios together with the expected results of a few individual policy measures. Official Danish forecasts of activity rates are used in the models for those sectors for which the forecasts are available, i.e. the latest official forecast from the Danish Energy Agency. The emission factors refer either to international guidelines or are country-specific and refer to Danish legislation, Danish research reports or calculations based on emission data from a considerable number of plants. The projection models are based on the same structure and method as the Danish emission inventories in order to ensure consistency. (Author)

  13. LiNbO/sub 3/:Ti directional-coupler modulators for high-bandwidth, single-shot instrumentation systems operating at 800 nm

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    Lowry, M.; Jander, D.; Lancaster, G.; Kwiat, P.; McWright, G.; Peterson, R.T.; Tindall, W.; Roeske, F.

    1987-01-01

    The authors update their work on optical directional-coupler modulators (ODCMs) for single-shot, analog instrumentation systems operating at -- 800 nm. They can now fabricate directional-coupler devices that have one input and two output pigtails with insertion losses of 8.9 dB on average. Data for the ODCMs indicate an impulse response of less than 40 ps. They have implemented these devices in an ultrafast, x-ray measurement system. They discuss our data from this implementation and their implications for continued ODCM development

  14. The effect of sintering time on synthesis of in situ submicron {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles by the exothermic reactions of CuO particles in molten pure Al

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    Dikici, Burak, E-mail: burakdikici@yyu.edu.tr [Yuzuncu Yil University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 65080 Van (Turkey); Gavgali, Mehmet [Ataturk University, Department of Mechanical Engineering, 25240 Erzurum (Turkey)

    2013-02-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Al-Cu/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites were prepared successfully by means of hot pressing method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sintering time of the Al-CuO system effect the reaction rate and formation of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Increase in sintering time accelerates formation of submicron in situ {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Hardness of the sintered composite for 30 min at 1000 Degree-Sign C increased from 60 to 174 HV. - Abstract: In this study, in situ {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} reinforcing particles have been successfully synthesised in an Al-Cu matrix alloy by means of the conventional Hot Pressing (HP) method. The effect of sintering time on the forming of the {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase at 1000 Degree-Sign C was investigated using Differential Thermal Analysis (DTA), X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The sintered composites contained thermodynamically stable {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles and {theta}-Al{sub 2}Cu eutectic phases, which were embedded in the Al-Cu matrix. The in situ {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles were generally spherical and their mean size was observed to be less than 0.5 {mu}m. The results showed that sintering time influences not only the reaction rate of copper and the formation of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Also, an increase in the sintering time accelerates the formation of submicron in situ {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles and decreases the quantity of {theta}-Al{sub 2}Cu intermetallic phase in the liquid aluminium. Additionally, sintering of composite for 30 min at 1000 Degree-Sign C increased the hardness from 60 to 174 HV.

  15. Influence of clay particles on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles transport and retention through limestone porous media: measurements and mechanisms

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    Bayat, Ali Esfandyari, E-mail: ali.esfandiari.bayat@gmail.com; Junin, Radzuan [Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Faculty of Petroleum and Renewable Energy Engineering (Malaysia); Mohsin, Rahmat [Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UTM-MPRC Institute for Oil and Gas, N29A, Lengkuk Suria (Malaysia); Hokmabadi, Mehrdad [Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Department of Petroleum Engineering, Faculty of Petroleum and Renewable Energy Engineering (Malaysia); Shamshirband, Shahaboddin [University of Malaya, Department of Computer System and Information Technology, Faculty of Computer System and Information Technology (Malaysia)

    2015-05-15

    Utilization of nanoparticles (NPs) for a broad range of applications has caused considerable quantities of these materials to be released into the environment. Issues of how and where the NPs are distributed into the subsurface aquatic environments are questions for those in environmental engineering. This study investigated the influence of three abundant clay minerals namely kaolinite, montmorillonite, and illite in the subsurface natural aquatic systems on the transport and retention of aluminum oxide (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, 40 nm) and titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}, 10–30 nm) NPs through saturated limestone porous media. The clay concentrations in porous media were set at 2 and 4 vol% of the holder capacity. Breakthrough curves in the columns outlets were measured using a UV–Vis spectrophotometer. It was found that the maximum NPs recoveries were obtained when there was no clay particle in the porous medium. On the other hand, increase in concentration of clay particles has resulted in the NPs recoveries being significantly declined. Due to fibrous structure of illite, it was found to be more effective for NPs retention in comparison to montmorillonite and kaolinite. Overall, the position of clay particles in the porous media pores and their morphologies were found to be two main reasons for increase of NPs retention in porous media.

  16. Biofunctionalized ferromagnetic CoPt{sub 3}/polymer nanocomposites

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    Martins, M A [Department of Chemistry, CICECO, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Neves, M C [Department of Chemistry, CICECO, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Esteves, A C C [Department of Chemistry, CICECO, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Girginova, P I [Department of Chemistry, CICECO, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Guiomar, A J [Department of Biochemistry and CNC, University of Coimbra, 3001-401 Coimbra (Portugal); Amaral, V S [Department of Physics, CICECO, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal); Trindade, T [Department of Chemistry, CICECO, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro (Portugal)

    2007-05-30

    Magnetic latexes were prepared by the encapsulation of organically capped CoPt{sub 3} nanoparticles via miniemulsion in situ radical polymerization of tert-butyl acrylate (tBA). This is the first example of a CoPt{sub 3} based polymer nanocomposite showing ferromagnetic behaviour at room temperature. Each nanocomposite particle contains a magnetic core composed of CoPt{sub 3} nanoparticles (d{approx}7 nm, a{sub 0} = 3.848 A) encapsulated by poly(t-butyl acrylate). The CoPt{sub 3}/PtBA latexes contain polyester groups that can be readily hydrolysed, rendering the surface with carboxylic functionalities and hence allowing bioconjugation. Complementary to such surface modification experiments, we report that bovine IgG antibodies can bind to the magnetic latexes, and the potential of the nanocomposites for in vitro specific bioapplications is discussed.

  17. Energy-loss straggling study of proton and alpha-particle beams incident onto ZrO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Behar, M.; Fadanelli, R.C. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, 91501-970 (Brazil); Abril, I. [Departamento de Fisica Aplicada, Universitat d' Alacant, 03080 Alacant (Spain); Garcia-Molina, R. [Departamento de Fisica, Centro de Investigacion en Optica y Nanofisica, Universidad de Murcia, 30100 Murcia (Spain); Nagamine, L.C.C. [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, C.P.66318, 05315-970 Sao Paulo (Brazil)

    2011-10-15

    The energy-loss straggling of zirconia (ZrO{sub 2}) and alumina (Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) has been experimentally determined for proton and alpha-particle beams mainly by means of the Rutherford backscattering technique and in some few cases using the transmission method. The incident energies of the projectiles covers a wide range, from 200 keV up to 2000 keV for H{sup +} and from 200 keV up to 4000 keV for He{sup +} in zirconia films. In the case of alumina films the studied energy range was 100 keV - 3000 keV for H{sup +} and 100 keV - 6000 keV for He{sup +}. Our experimental results compare very well with theoretical calculations based on the dielectric formalism and a suitable description of the electronic excitation spectrum of ZrO{sub 2} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} films through their energy-loss function. (authors)

  18. Thermal and magnetic behavior of Angustifolia Kunth bamboo fibers covered with Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles

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    Calvo, S. [Laboratorio de Magnetismo y Materiales Avanzados, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Manizales, Manizales (Colombia); Arias, N.P. [Laboratorio de Materiales Nanoestructurados y Funcionales, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Manizales, Manizales (Colombia); Departamento de Ingenieria Electrica, Electronica y Computacion, Facultad de Ingenieria y Arquitectura, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Manizales, Manizales (Colombia); Giraldo, O., E-mail: ohggiraldo@hotmail.com [Laboratorio de Materiales Nanoestructurados y Funcionales, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Manizales, Manizales (Colombia); Rosales-Rivera, A.; Moscoso, O. [Laboratorio de Magnetismo y Materiales Avanzados, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Manizales, Manizales (Colombia)

    2012-08-15

    Several Angustifolia Kunth bamboo fibers, which have been previously treated with an alkaline solution, were coated with magnetite particles. The coating of the fibers was achieved by an in-situ co-precipitation method with Fe{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+}in NaOH or NH{sub 4}OH. The fibers were evaluated by chemical analysis using atomic absorption (A.A.) technique, structural characterization by X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal stability with thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) in nitrogen at temperature range between 23 Degree-Sign C and 800 Degree-Sign C and magnetic behavior using vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) applying a magnetic field between -27 KOe and 27 KOe at room temperature. We found that the thermal stability and magnetization depend of the synthesis method used to cover the Angustifolia Kunth bamboo fibers. In addition, an improved magnetic response was observed when NaOH solution is used to generate the magnetite coating on the fiber surface.

  19. Evaluation of luminescent properties and detection of Eu{sup 2}+ in nano structured particles of Gd{sub 2}-x Eu{sub x}O{sub 3} system (x= 0.05, 0.10 and 0.30); Evaluacion de las propiedades luminiscentes y deteccion de Eu{sup 2}+ en particulas nanoestructuradas del sistema Gd{sub 2}-xEu{sub x} O{sub 3} (x= 0.05, 0.10 y 0.30)

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    Barroso, J.; Mena, I.; Gomez, L. S.; Milosevic, O.; Rabanal, M. E.

    2012-11-01

    Spray Pyrolysis (SP) is performed at 700 degree centigrade in dry air atmosphere using common nitrate aqueous solutions (0,1M) as precursor in order to obtain nano structured particles with the composition Gd{sub 2}-xEu{sub x}O{sub 3} (x= 0.05, 0.10 and 0.30). In this work, three samples with different atomic europium concentration (1, 2 and 6%) were studied. After, the obtained particles were subjected to different thermal treatments with varying temperatures between 800 and 1000 degree centigrade/12 h in dry air atmosphere. The obtained particles were characterized by XRD, SEM techniques, laser dispersion and steady state fluorescence spectroscopy. The existence of two cubic phases with different symmetry cubic phases (Ia-3, Fm-3m) was identified within the as-prepared samples. Moreover, the presence of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} monoclinic phase (C{sub 2}/m) which disappears during the thermal treatments was proved. In all thermally treated samples, it was observed the stabilization of an only Ia-3 phase. Fluorescence emission measurements in all studied samples the presence of Eu{sup 2}+ ({lambda}= 430nm), whose intensity increases as long as the content of the monoclinic phase decreases of the Eu{sup 3}+ percentage. (Author) 35 refs.

  20. Characterization investigations during mechanical alloying and sintering of Ni-W solid solution alloys dispersed with WC and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles

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    Genc, Aziz, E-mail: agenc@itu.edu.t [Particulate Materials Laboratories, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Maslak, 34469 Istanbul (Turkey); Luetfi Ovecoglu, M. [Particulate Materials Laboratories, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Maslak, 34469 Istanbul (Turkey)

    2010-10-15

    Research highlights: {yields} Characterization investigations on the Ni-W solid solution alloys fabricated via mechanical alloying and the evolution of the properties of the powders with increasing MA durations. {yields} Reinforcement of the selected Ni-W powders with WC and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles and further MA together for 12 h. {yields} There is no reported literature on the development and characterization of Ni-W solid solution alloys matrix composites fabricated via MA. {yields} Sintering of the developed composites and the characterization investigations of the sintered samples. {yields} Identification of new 'pomegranate-like' structures in the bulk of the samples. - Abstract: Blended elemental Ni-30 wt.% W powders were mechanically alloyed (MA'd) for 1 h, 3 h, 6 h, 12 h, 24 h, 36 h and 48 h in a Spex mixer/mill at room temperature in order to investigate the effects of MA duration on the solubility of W in Ni and the grain size, hardness and particle size. Microstructural and phase characterizations of the MA'd powders were carried out using X-ray diffractometer (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). On the basis of achieved saturation on the solid solubility, hardness and particle size, the Ni-30 wt.% W powders MA'd for 48 h were chosen as the matrix which was reinforced with different amounts of WC and/or with 1 wt.% Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles. The reinforced powders were further MA'd for 12 h. The MA'd powders were sintered at 1300 {sup o}C for 1 h under Ar and H{sub 2} gas flowing conditions. Microstructural characterizations of the sintered samples were conducted via XRD and SEM. Sintered densities were measured by using the Archimedes' method. Vickers microhardness tests were performed on both MA'd powders and the sintered samples. Sliding wear experiments were done in order to investigate wear behaviors of the sintered samples.

  1. Improvement of tribological properties of magnetic tape by silica coating onto the Co-{gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} fine particles; Kobaruto hichakugata {gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} jisei biryushi no shisshiki shirika hyomen shori ni yoru jikitepu no suberi tokusei no kaizen

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    Hayashi, Kazuyuki; Iwasaki, Keisuke; Tanaka, Yasuyuki; Morii, Hiroko [Toda Kogyo Corporation, Hiroshima (Japan). R and D Center

    1999-01-10

    In order to improve the tribological properties of magnetic tape with Co-{gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} fine particles against a magnetic head, the silica coating onto the surface of Co-{gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles in aqueous slurry is investigated experimentally, and the kinetic friction coefficient of magnetic tapes prepared using the coated particles is measured. By this silica coating, the amount of myristic acid absorbed on the Co-{gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles tends to decrease and the kinetic friction coefficient of the magnetic tapes can be reduced from 0.4 to 0.2 because of the increase of the effective amount of myristic acid working as the lubricant when the magnetic tape is moving. Since the magnetic properties and the dispersibility of Co-{gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} pigment in the magnetic lacquer are not degraded by the silica coating, this coating method is expected to result in magnetic recording media with both good magnetic and low friction properties. (author)

  2. Size dependences of crystal structure and magnetic properties of DyMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Tajiri, T., E-mail: tajiri@fukuoka-u.ac.jp [Faculty of Science, Fukuoka University, Fukuoka 814-0180 (Japan); Terashita, N.; Hamamoto, K.; Deguchi, H.; Mito, M. [Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Kitakyushu 804-8550 (Japan); Morimoto, Y.; Konishi, K. [Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ehime University, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Kohno, A. [Faculty of Science, Fukuoka University, Fukuoka 814-0180 (Japan)

    2013-11-15

    We synthesized DyMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles with particle sizes of about 7.5–15.3 nm in the pores of mesoporous silica and investigated their crystal structure and magnetic properties. As the particle size decreased, the lattice constants of the DyMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles deviated from those of the bulk crystal, and the Jahn–Teller distortion in the nanoparticle systems decreased. In addition, the estimated lattice strain increased with decreasing particle size. The DyMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles showed superparamagnetic behavior. The blocking temperature and the coercive field increased with decreasing particle size, and this behavior was contrary to the usual magnetic size effects. It is deduced that these unique size dependences of the magnetic properties for the DyMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles were derived from the changes in lattice constants and lattice strain. The anisotropic lattice deformation in the crystal structure of the nanoparticles induces an enhancement of the magnetic anisotropy, which results in the increase in blocking temperature and coercive field with decreasing particle size. - Highlights: • We successfully synthesized DyMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles with particle size of 7.5–15.3 nm. • Lattice strain increases with decreasing particle size. • Lattice constants exhibit anisotropic change with decreasing particle size. • Distortion of crystal structure leads to enhancement of magnetic anisotropy constant. • Blocking temperature and coercive field increases with decreasing particle size.

  3. Sub 20nm particle inspection on EUV mask blanks

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    Bussink, P.G.W.; Volatier, J.B.; Walle, P. van der; Fritz, E.C.; Donck, J.C.J. van der

    2016-01-01

    The Rapid Nano is a particle inspection system developed by TNO for the qualification of EUV reticle handling equipment. The detection principle of this system is dark-field microscopy. The performance of the system has been improved via model-based design. Through our model of the scattering

  4. Size-resolved fluxes of sub-100-nm particles over forests

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    Pryor, Sara; Barthelmie, Rebecca Jane; Spaulding, A.M.

    2009-01-01

    Dry deposition of atmospheric particles is critically dependent on particle size and plays a key role in dictating the mass and number distributions of atmospheric particles. However, modeling dry deposition is constrained by a lack of understanding of controlling dependencies and accurate size......-resolved observations. We present size-resolved particle number fluxes for sub-100-nm particle diameters (Dp) over a deciduous forest derived using eddy covariance applied to data from a fast mobility particle sizer. The size-resolved particle number fluxes in 18 diameters between 8 and 100 nm were collected during...... leaf-on and are statistically robust. Particle deposition velocities normalized by friction velocity (v d +) are approximately four times smaller than comparable values for coniferous forests reported elsewhere. Comparison of the data with output from a new one-dimensional mechanistic particle...

  5. Degradation mechanism of CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} perovskite materials upon exposure to humid air

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    Shirayama, Masaki; Kato, Masato; Fujiseki, Takemasa; Hara, Shota; Kadowaki, Hideyuki; Murata, Daisuke; Fujiwara, Hiroyuki, E-mail: fujiwara@gifu-u.ac.jp [Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Gifu University, 1-1 Yanagido, Gifu 501-1193 (Japan); Miyadera, Tetsuhiko; Sugita, Takeshi; Chikamatsu, Masayuki [Research Center for Photovoltaics, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Central 5, 1-1-1 Higashi, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8568 (Japan)

    2016-03-21

    Low stability of organic-inorganic perovskite (CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3}) solar cells in humid air environments is a serious drawback which could limit practical application of this material severely. In this study, from real-time spectroscopic ellipsometry characterization, the degradation mechanism of ultra-smooth CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} layers prepared by a laser evaporation technique is studied. We present evidence that the CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} degradation in humid air proceeds by two competing reactions of (i) the PbI{sub 2} formation by the desorption of CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}I species and (ii) the generation of a CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} hydrate phase by H{sub 2}O incorporation. In particular, rapid phase change occurs in the near-surface region and the CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} layer thickness reduces rapidly in the initial 1 h air exposure even at a low relative humidity of 40%. After the prolonged air exposure, the CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} layer is converted completely to hexagonal platelet PbI{sub 2}/hydrate crystals that have a distinct atomic-scale multilayer structure with a period of 0.65 ± 0.05 nm. We find that conventional x-ray diffraction and optical characterization in the visible region, used commonly in earlier works, are quite insensitive to the surface phase change. Based on results obtained in this work, we discuss the degradation mechanism of CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} in humid air.

  6. Thermoluminescence of LaAlO{sub 3}; Termoluminescencia de LaAlO{sub 3}:Dy

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    Morales H, A.; Zarate M, J. [Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Instituto de Investigacion en Metalurgia y Materiales, Ciudad Universitaria, Edif. U, 58060 Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico); Rivera M, T. [IPN, Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Av. Legaria 694, 11500 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Azorin N, J., E-mail: feyo_yo@hotmail.com [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa, Av. San Rafael Atlixco 186, Col. Vicentina, 09340 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2015-10-15

    In this paper the thermoluminescent properties of doped lanthanum aluminate (LaAlO{sub 3}) with dysprosium ion (Dy) were studied. The thermoluminescence characteristics in the samples were obtained using an ultraviolet radiation of 220 nm. The LaAlO{sub 3}:Dy samples were prepared by the modified Pechini method (Spray Dryer). The structural and morphological characterization was obtained by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (Sem) techniques respectively. The size particle composing the agglomerate was determined by Sem, agglomerated particles composed size of 2μm were observed. The thermoluminescence response of LaAlO{sub 3}:Dy was compared with that obtained with the undoped sample. Thermoluminescence brightness curves of LaAlO{sub 3}:Dy showed a peak centered at 185 grades C. Sensitivity of doped sample was greater, about 100 times compared with the undoped sample. Thermoluminescence response in function of the wavelength showed a maximum at 220 nm. Also the fading in thermoluminescence response was studied. (Author)

  7. Magnetic rotational hysteresis study on spherical 85-160 nm Fe3O4 particles

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    Schmidbauer, E.

    1988-05-01

    Rotational hysteresis losses Wr were determined as a function of magnetic field H for dispensed spherical Fe3O4 particles of mean grain sizes 85 nm, 127 nm and 162 nm between 78 K and 294 K. The observed Wr-H curves are compared with theoretical curves for single domain particles. The analysed particles reveal centers of high magnetic anisotropy. Such centers can be of importance during the generation of a thermoremanent magnetization, as they may be the origin of enhanced magnetic stability.

  8. Ultrafast microwave hydrothermal synthesis and characterization of Bi{sub 1−x}La{sub x}FeO{sub 3} micronized particles

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    Ponzoni, C. [Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari”, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena 42025 (Italy); Cannio, M., E-mail: maria.cannio@unimore.it [Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari”, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena 42025 (Italy); Boccaccini, D.N.; Bahl, C.R.H.; Agersted, K. [Department of Energy Conversion and Storage, Technical University of Denmark Frederiksborgvej, 4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Leonelli, C. [Department of Engineering “Enzo Ferrari”, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena 42025 (Italy)

    2015-07-15

    In this work a microwave assisted hydrothermal method is applied to successfully synthesize lanthanum doped bismuth ferrites (BLFO, Bi{sub 1−x}La{sub x}FeO{sub 3} where x = 0, 0.15, 0.30 and 0.45). The growth mechanism of the Bi{sub 1−x}La{sub x}FeO{sub 3} crystallites is discussed in detail. The existence of the single-phase perovskite structure for all the doped samples is confirmed by the X-ray powder diffraction patterns. A peak shift, observed at lower angle with increasing La doping concentration, indicates that the BiFeO{sub 3} lattice is doped. The results of TG/DTA show a shift in the transition temperature from 805 °C to 815 °C as function of the La-doping for all the doped powders. At higher levels of La doping, i.e. x = 0.30 and 0.45, significant weight losses occur above 860 °C suggesting a change in the physical and chemical properties. Finally, magnetic measurements are carried out at room temperature for pure BiFeO{sub 3} and Bi{sub 0.85}La{sub 0.15}FeO{sub 3}. The results indicate that the materials are both weakly ferromagnetic, with no significant hysteresis in the curves. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • MW hydrothermal method applied to synthesize Bi{sub 1−x}La{sub x}FeO{sub 3}, x = 0, 0.15, 0.30, 0.45. • A single-phase perovskite structure for all the samples was confirmed by XRD. • A T{sub c} shift in La doped BiFeO{sub 3} DTA was observed as function of the La-doping. • Magnetic measurements indicate that the materials are weakly ferromagnetic.

  9. Effect of pH on particles size and gas sensing properties of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Anand, Kanica, E-mail: kanica.anand@yahoo.com; Thangaraj, Rengasamy; Singh, Ravi Chand [Department of Physics, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143005 (India)

    2016-05-23

    In this work, indium oxide (In{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanoparticles have been synthesized by co-precipitation method and the effect of pH on the structural and sensor response values of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles has been reported. X-ray diffraction pattern (XRD) revealed the formation of cubic phase In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles. FESEM results indicate the formation of nearly spherical shape In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles. The band gap energy value changed with change in pH value and found to have highest value at pH 9. Indium oxide nanoparticles thus prepared were deposited as thick films on alumina substrates to act as gas sensors and their sensing response to ethanol vapors and LPG at 50 ppm was investigated at different operating temperatures. It has been observed that all sensors exhibited optimum response at 300°C towards ethanol and at 400°C towards LPG. In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles prepared at pH 9, being smallest in size as compared to other, exhibit highest sensor response (SR).

  10. High-Rate, Durable Sodium-Ion Battery Cathode Enabled by Carbon-Coated Micro-Sized Na <sub>3 V 2 (PO 4 ) <sub>3 Particles with Interconnected Vertical Nanowalls

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    Li, Hui [Beijing Key Laboratory of Environment Science and Engineering, School of Material Science and Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 China; Bi, Xuanxuan [Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South, Cass Avenue Lemont IL 60439 USA; Bai, Ying [Beijing Key Laboratory of Environment Science and Engineering, School of Material Science and Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 China; Yuan, Yifei [Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South, Cass Avenue Lemont IL 60439 USA; Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive Houghton MI 49931 USA; Shahbazian-Yassar, Reza [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive Houghton MI 49931 USA; Wu, Chuan [Beijing Key Laboratory of Environment Science and Engineering, School of Material Science and Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 China; Collaborative Innovation Center of Electric Vehicles in Beijing, Beijing 100081 China; Wu, Feng [Beijing Key Laboratory of Environment Science and Engineering, School of Material Science and Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081 China; Collaborative Innovation Center of Electric Vehicles in Beijing, Beijing 100081 China; Lu, Jun [Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South, Cass Avenue Lemont IL 60439 USA; Amine, Khalil [Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division, Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South, Cass Avenue Lemont IL 60439 USA

    2016-02-08

    Na-ion batteries have been regarded as promising alternatives for Li-ion batteries due to the extensive sodium reserves in the world. Na3V2(PO4)3 has been proved to be a good candidate of the cathode materials in Na-ion batteries but the intrinsic low electrical conductivity and sluggish kinetics handicapped its application. Here, 3D hierarchical Na3V2(PO4)3 particles are synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method, constructed by carbon-coated 2D Na3V2(PO4)3 nanowalls. Superior cell performance of high rate capability and cycle stability are observed in the well-defined structure. As the cathode in Na-ion batteries, it delivers a high capacity almost reaching the theoretical one and exhibits high capacity retention. The enhanced rate capability and cycle performance can be attributed to the improved electrical conductivity from the interconnected carbon layer and the shortened ion diffusion length and high specific surface area from the nanowalls.

  11. Chemical bath deposition of Cu{sub 3}BiS{sub 3} thin films

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    Deshmukh, S.G., E-mail: deshmukhpradyumn@gmail.com; Vipul, Kheraj, E-mail: vipulkheraj@gmail.com [Department of Applied Physics, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Ichchhanath, Surat (India); Panchal, A.K. [Department of Electrical Engineering, Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, Ichchhanath, Surat (India)

    2016-05-06

    First time, copper bismuth sulfide (Cu{sub 3}BiS{sub 3}) thin films were synthesized on the glass substrate using simple, low-cost chemical bath deposition (CBD) technique. The synthesized parameters such as temperature of bath, pH and concentration of precursors were optimized for the deposition of uniform, well adherent Cu{sub 3}BiS{sub 3} thin films. The optical, surface morphology and structural properties of the Cu{sub 3}BiS{sub 3} thin films were studied using UV-VIS-NIR spectra, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The as- synthesized Cu{sub 3}BiS{sub 3} film exhibits a direct band gap 1.56 to 1.58 eV having absorption coefficient of the order of 10{sup 5} cm{sup −1}. The XRD declares the amorphous nature of the films. SEM images shows films were composed of close-packed fine spherical nanoparticles of 70-80 nm in diameter. The chemical composition of the film was almost stoichiometric. The optical study indicates that the Cu{sub 3}BiS{sub 3} films can be applied as an absorber layer for thin film solar cells.

  12. Synthesis of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:(Li,Eu) films using phosphor powders coated with SiO{sub 2} nano particles

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    Kim, In-Gyu; Park, Sangmoon [Center for Green Fusion Technology and Department of Engineering in Energy and Applied Chemistry, Silla University, Busan 617-736 (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Seong-Gu [Department of Chemical Engineering, Hoseo University, Chungnam 336-795 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jung-Chul, E-mail: parkjc@silla.ac.k [Center for Green Fusion Technology and Department of Engineering in Energy and Applied Chemistry, Silla University, Busan 617-736 (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-08-15

    Y{sub 1.9-x}Li{sub 0.1}Eu{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0.02, 0.05, 0.08, and 0.12) films were fabricated by spin-coating method. A colloidal silica suspension with Y{sub 1.9-x}Li{sub 0.1}Eu{sub x}O{sub 3} phosphor powder was exploited to obtain the highly stable and effective luminescent films onto the glass substrate. After heating as-prepared Y{sub 1.9-x}Li{sub 0.1}Eu{sub x}O{sub 3} films at 700 {sup o}C for 1 h, the phosphor films exhibit a high luminescent brightness as well as a strong adhesiveness on the glass substrate. The emission spectra of spin-coated and pulse-laser deposited Y{sub 1.82}Li{sub 0.1}Eu{sub 0.08}O{sub 3} films were compared. The cathodoluminescence of the phosphor films was carried out at the anode voltage 1 kV.

  13. Solid-state thermal decomposition of the [Co(NH{sub 3}){sub 5}CO{sub 3}]NO{sub 3}{center_dot}0.5H{sub 2}O complex: A simple, rapid and low-temperature synthetic route to Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles

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    Farhadi, Saeid, E-mail: sfarhad2001@yahoo.com [Department of Chemistry, Lorestan University, Khorramabad 68135-465 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Safabakhsh, Jalil [Department of Chemistry, Lorestan University, Khorramabad 68135-465 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2012-02-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer [Co(NH{sub 3}){sub 5}CO{sub 3}]NO{sub 3}{center_dot}0.5H{sub 2}O complex was used for preparing pure Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were prepared at low temperature of 175 Degree-Sign C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles show a weak ferromagnetic behaviour at room temperature. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The method is simple, low-cost and suitable for the production of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4}. - Abstract: Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were easily prepared via the decomposition of the pentammine(carbonato)cobalt(III) nitrate precursor complex [Co(NH{sub 3}){sub 5}CO{sub 3}]NO{sub 3}{center_dot}0.5H{sub 2}O at low temperature (175 Degree-Sign C). The product was characterized by thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), UV-visible spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Raman spectroscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) specific surface area measurements and magnetic measurements. The FT-IR, XRD, Raman and EDX results indicated that the synthesized Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles are highly pure and have a single phase. The TEM analysis revealed nearly uniform and quasi-spherical Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles with an average particle size of approximately 10 nm. The optical absorption spectrum of the Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles showed two direct band gaps of 2.18 and 3.52 eV with a red shift in comparison with previous reported values. The prepared Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles showed a weak ferromagnetic behaviour that could be attributed to uncompensated surface spins and/or finite-size effects. Using the present method, Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles can be produced without expensive organic solvents and complicated equipment. This simple, rapid, safe and low-cost synthetic route can be extended to the synthesis of other

  14. RapidNano: towards 20nm Particle Detection on EUV Mask Blanks

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    Donck, J.C.J. van der; Bussink, P.G.W.; Fritz, E.C.; Walle, P. van der

    2016-01-01

    Cleanliness is a prerequisite for obtaining economically feasible yield levels in the semiconductor industry. For the next generation of lithographic equipment, EUV lithography, the size of yield-loss inducing particles for the masks will be smaller than 20 nm. Consequently, equipment for handling

  15. Statistical evaluation of potential damage to the Al(OH){sub 3} layer on nTiO{sub 2} particles in the presence of swimming pool and seawater

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    Virkutyte, Jurate [Pegasus Technical Services, Inc (United States); Al-Abed, Souhail R., E-mail: al-abed.souhail@epa.gov [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Risk Management Research Laboratory (United States)

    2012-03-15

    Nanosized TiO{sub 2} particles (nTiO{sub 2}) are usually coated with an Al(OH){sub 3} layer when used in sunscreen to shield against the harmful effects of free radicals that are generated when these particles are exposed to UV radiation. Therefore, it is vital to insure the structural stability of these particles in the environment where the protective layer may be damaged and adverse health and environmental effects can occur. This study utilized X-ray analysis (SEM-EDS) to provide a qualitative and semi-quantitative assessment of the chemical and physical characteristics of Al(OH){sub 3}-coated original and damaged nTiO{sub 2} particles (used in sunscreen lotion formulations) in the presence of both swimming pool and seawater. Also, by utilizing statistical tools, a distribution of Al/Ti (%) on the particle surface was determined and evaluated. It was found that 45 min of treatment with swimming pool and seawater significantly induced the redistribution of Al/Ti (%), which changed the surface characteristics of particles and, therefore, may have induced undesired photo-activity and the consequent formation of free radicals.

  16. Methanesulfonates of high-valent metals. Syntheses and structural features of MoO{sub 2}(CH{sub 3}SO{sub 3}){sub 2}, UO{sub 2}(CH{sub 3}SO{sub 3}){sub 2}, ReO{sub 3}(CH{sub 3}SO{sub 3}), VO(CH{sub 3}SO{sub 3}){sub 2}, and V{sub 2}O{sub 3}(CH{sub 3}SO{sub 3}){sub 4} and their thermal decomposition under N{sub 2} and O{sub 2} atmosphere

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    Betke, Ulf; Neuschulz, Kai; Wickleder, Mathias S. [Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg, Institute of Pure and Applied Chemistry (Germany)

    2011-11-04

    Oxide methanesulfonates of Mo, U, Re, and V have been prepared by reaction of MoO{sub 3}, UO{sub 2}(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 2}.2 H{sub 2}O, Re{sub 2}O{sub 7}(H{sub 2}O){sub 2}, and V{sub 2}O{sub 5} with CH{sub 3}SO{sub 3}H or mixtures thereof with its anhydride. These compounds are the first examples of solvent-free oxide methanesulfonates of these elements. MoO{sub 2}(CH{sub 3}SO{sub 3}){sub 2} (Pbca, a=1487.05(4), b=752.55(2), c=1549.61(5) pm, V=1.73414(9) nm{sup 3}, Z=8) contains [MoO{sub 2}] moieties connected by [CH{sub 3}SO{sub 3}] ions to form layers parallel to (100). UO{sub 2}(CH{sub 3}SO{sub 3}){sub 2} (P2{sub 1}/c, a=1320.4(1), b=1014.41(6), c=1533.7(1) pm, β=112.80(1) {sup circle}, V=1.8937(3) nm{sup 3}, Z=8) consists of linear UO{sub 2}{sup 2+} ions coordinated by five [CH{sub 3}SO{sub 3}] ions, forming a layer structure. VO(CH{sub 3}SO{sub 3}){sub 2} (P2{sub 1}/c, a=1136.5(1), b=869.87(7), c=915.5(1) pm, β=113.66(1) {sup circle}, V=0.8290(2) nm{sup 3}, Z=4) contains [VO] units connected by methanesulfonate anions to form corrugated layers parallel to (100). In ReO{sub 3}(CH{sub 3}SO{sub 3}) (P anti 1, a=574.0(1), b=1279.6(3), c=1641.9(3) pm, α=102.08(2), β=96.11(2), γ=99.04(2) {sup circle}, V=1.1523(4) nm{sup 3}, Z=8) a chain structure exhibiting infinite O-[ReO{sub 2}]-O-[ReO{sub 2}]-O chains is formed. Each [ReO{sub 2}]-O-[ReO{sub 2}] unit is coordinated by two bidentate [CH{sub 3}SO{sub 3}] ions. V{sub 2}O{sub 3}(CH{sub 3}SO{sub 3}){sub 4} (I2/a, a=1645.2(3), b=583.1(1), c=1670.2(3) pm, β=102.58(3), V=1.5637(5) pm{sup 3}, Z=4) adopts a chain structure, too, but contains discrete [VO]-O-[VO] moieties, each coordinated by two bidentate [CH{sub 3}SO{sub 3}] ligands. Additional methanesulfonate ions connect the [V{sub 2}O{sub 3}] groups along [001]. Thermal decomposition of the compounds was monitored under N{sub 2} and O{sub 2} atmosphere by thermogravimetric/differential thermal analysis and XRD measurements. Under N{sub 2} the decomposition proceeds

  17. Luminescence properties of phosphate phosphor Ba{sub 3}Y(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+}

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    Yang, Fu [College of Science, Hebei North University, Zhangjiakou 075000 (China); Liu, Yufeng, E-mail: liuyufeng4@126.com [State Key Lab of Power Systems, Department of Thermal Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Tian, Xiaodong; Dong, Guoyi [College of Physics Science and Technology, Hebei University, Baoding 071002 (China); Yu, Quanmao [Institute of Functional Materials, Jiangxi University of Finance & Economics, Nanchang 330013 (China)

    2015-05-15

    A series of reddish orange-emitting phosphate phosphors Ba{sub 3}Y{sub 1−x}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:xSm{sup 3+}(0.01≤x≤0.20) were synthesized by solid-state reaction. X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence spectra were utilized to characterize the structure and luminescence properties of as-synthesized phosphors. The optimized phosphors Ba{sub 3}Y{sub 0.95}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:0.05Sm{sup 3+} present several excitation bands from 300 to 500 nm, and exhibit intense reddish orange-emitting properties. The energy transfer type between Sm{sup 3+} ions was confirmed as d–d interaction by using Van Uitert model. The chromatic properties of the typical sample Ba{sub 3}Y(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:0.05Sm{sup 3+} phosphor have been found to have chromaticity coordinates of (0.583, 0.405), which are located in reddish orange region under the excitation of 401 nm. These results indicated that Ba{sub 3}Y(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphors have potential applications in the field of lighting and display due to their effective excitation in the near-ultraviolet range. - Graphical abstract: The color coordinates for 5 mol% Sm{sup 3+} doped Ba{sub 3}Y(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} phosphor were calculated to be (0.583, 0.405), which are located in reddish orange region under the excitation of 401 nm. The peaks of Ba{sub 3}Y{sub 0.95}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:0.05Sm{sup 3+} phosphor with the highest emission intensity at 600 nm are broader than those of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 2}S:Eu{sup 3+} phosphors. All these characteristics suggest that Ba{sub 3}Y(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphors are suitable for near-UV (370–410 nm) excitation and can be applicable to near UV-based WLEDs. ▪ - Highlights: • Different concentration Sm{sup 3+}-doped Ba{sub 3}Y(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} phosphors were fabricated by solid state method. • The optimized phosphors present the several excitation bands from 300 to 500 nm. • The Ba{sub 3}Y(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+} shows bright reddish orange

  18. Size dependent magnetic and electrical properties of Ba-doped nanocrystalline BiFeO{sub 3}

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    Hasan, Mehedi, E-mail: mhrizvi@gce.buet.ac.bd; Hakim, M. A.; Zubair, M. A.; Hussain, A.; Islam, Md. Fakhrul [Department of Glass and Ceramic Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka 1000 (Bangladesh); Basith, M. A., E-mail: mabasith@phy.buet.ac.bd [Department of Physics, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka-1000 (Bangladesh); Hossain, Md. Sarowar [S. N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal 700098 (India); Ahmmad, Bashir [Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Yamagata University, 4-3-16 Jonan, Yonezawa 992-8510 (Japan)

    2016-03-15

    Improvement in magnetic and electrical properties of multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} in conjunction with their dependence on particle size is crucial due to its potential applications in multifunctional miniaturized devices. In this investigation, we report a study on particle size dependent structural, magnetic and electrical properties of sol-gel derived Bi{sub 0.9}Ba{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 3} nanoparticles of different sizes ranging from ∼ 12 to 49 nm. The substitution of Bi by Ba significantly suppresses oxygen vacancies, reduces leakage current density and Fe{sup 2+} state. An improvement in both magnetic and electrical properties is observed for 10 % Ba-doped BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles compared to its undoped counterpart. The saturation magnetization of Bi{sub 0.9}Ba{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 3} nanoparticles increase with reducing particle size in contrast with a decreasing trend of ferroelectric polarization. Moreover, a first order metamagnetic transition is noticed for ∼ 49 nm Bi{sub 0.9}Ba{sub 0.1}FeO{sub 3} nanoparticles which disappeared with decreasing particle size. The observed strong size dependent multiferroic properties are attributed to the complex interaction between vacancy induced crystallographic defects, multiple valence states of Fe, uncompensated surface spins, crystallographic distortion and suppression of spiral spin cycloid of BiFeO{sub 3}.

  19. Influence of surface functionalization on structural and photo-luminescence properties of CeF{sub 3}:Tb nanoparticles

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    Ansari, Anees A., E-mail: aneesaansari@gmail.com

    2017-07-01

    Graphical abstract: We designed highly aqueous dispersible CeF{sub 3}:Tb@LaF{sub 3}@SiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. The epitaxial growth of inert LaF{sub 3} shell and further amorphous silica, respectively, enhanced their optical and luminescence properties, which is highly usable for luminescent biolabeling, and optical bio-probe etc. - Abstract: Highly luminescent and aqueous soluble CeF{sub 3}:Tb (core),CeF{sub 3}:Tb@LaF{sub 3}(core/shell) and CeF{sub 3}:Tb@LaF{sub 3}@ SiO{sub 2} (core/shell/Si) nanoparticles(NPs) with mean particle size 12 nm were prepared by co-precipitation method at low temperature. X-ray diffraction pattern verified the phase purity, high crystallinity of hexagonal structure. The TEM image and SAED pattern revealed the single phase polycrystalline nature, well-dispersed irregular shaped hexagonal structure. FTIR spectra show the characteristic infrared peaks of silica, it suggests the successful silica surface coating around the core/shell NPs. The excitation and emission intensity of core/shell NPs were remarkably increased then their counterpart core NPs. It implies that a significant amount of nonradiative transition centers existing on the surface of core NPs has been eliminated due to the formation of passivated LaF{sub 3} layer. The silica surface modification over the core/shell NPs strikingly enhanced the solubility character in an aqueous environment.

  20. Magnetic fluid with high dispersion and heating performance using nano-sized Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} platelets

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    Kishimoto, Mikio, E-mail: kishimoto.mikio.gb@u.tsukuba.ac.jp [Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan); Miyamoto, Ryoichi; Oda, Tatsuya [Department of Surgery, Division of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan); Yanagihara, Hideto [Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan); Ohkohchi, Nobuhiro [Department of Surgery, Division of Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan); Kita, Eiji [Institute of Applied Physics, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8573 (Japan)

    2016-01-15

    Magnetic fluid with high dispersion and heating performance was developed using 30 to 50 nm platelet Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles. This fluid was prepared by mechanical dispersion in ethyl alcohol with a silane coupling agent, bonding with polyethylene glycol (PEG), and removal of aggregates formed by precipitation. The peak diameter of the resulting Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles, measured by dynamic light scattering, was approximately 150 nm. The fluid exhibited a 300 W/g specific loss power (measured at 114 kHz by a 50.9 kA/m magnetic field). Distribution of the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles in tissues was observed by intravenously administrating the fluid in mice. The Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles passed through the lungs, and were uniformly distributed throughout the liver and spleen. High dispersion and high heating performance were simultaneously achieved in the magnetic fluid using platelet Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles surface modified with PEG. - Highlights: • Magnetic fluid with high dispersion and heating performance using Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles. • Fluid prepared by mechanical dispersion, bonding with polyethylene glycol. • TEM observation and measurements of particle size distribution and specific loss power of fluid. • Observation of distribution of particles in mice tissues intravenously administrated fluid.

  1. Projection of SO{sub 2}, NO{sub X}, NMVOC, NH{sub 3} and particle emissions - 2005 to 2030

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    Boll Illerup, J; Nielsen, Ole-Kenneth; Winther, M; Hjorth Mikkelsen, M; Nielsen, Malene; Fauser, P; Gyldenkaerne, S

    2008-05-15

    This report contains a description of models and background data for projection of SO{sub 2}, NO{sub X}, NH{sub 3}, NMVOC, TSP, PM{sub 10} and PM{sub 2.5} for Denmark. The emissions are projected to 2030 using basic scenarios together with the expected results of a few individual policy measures. Official Danish forecasts of activity rates are used in the models for those sectors for which the forecasts are available, i.e. the latest official forecast from the Danish Energy Authority. The emission factors refer to international guidelines and some are country-specific and refer to Danish legislation, Danish research reports or calculations based on emission data from a considerable number of plants. The projection models are based on the same structure and method as the Danish emission inventories in order to ensure consistency. (au)

  2. Enhanced thermoelectric properties in p-type Bi{sub 0.4}Sb{sub 1.6}Te{sub 3} alloy by combining incorporation and doping using multi-scale CuAlO{sub 2} particles

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    Song, Zijun; Liu, Yuan; Zhou, Zhenxing; Lu, Xiaofang; Wang, Lianjun [State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai (China); Institute of Functional Materials, Donghua University, Shanghai (China); Zhang, Qihao [State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing (China); Jiang, Wan [State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Donghua University, Shanghai (China); Institute of Functional Materials, Donghua University, Shanghai (China); School of Material Science and Engineering, Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, Jingdezhen (China); Chen, Lidong [State Key Laboratory of High Performance Ceramics and Superfine Microstructure, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai (China)

    2017-01-15

    Multi-scale CuAlO{sub 2} particles are introduced into the Bi{sub 0.4}Sb{sub 1.6}Te{sub 3} matrix to synergistically optimize the electrical conductivity, Seebeck coefficient, and the lattice thermal conductivity. Cu element originating from fine CuAlO{sub 2} grains diffuses into the Bi{sub 0.4}Sb{sub 1.6}Te{sub 3} matrix and tunes the carrier concentration while the coarse CuAlO{sub 2} particles survive as the second phase within the matrix. The power factor is improved at the whole temperatures range due to the low-energy electron filtering effect on Seebeck coefficient and enhanced electrical transport property by mild Cu doping. Meanwhile, the remaining CuAlO{sub 2} inclusions give rise to more boundaries and newly built interfaces scattering of heat-carrying phonons, resulting in the reduced lattice thermal conductivity. Consequently, the maximum ZT is found to be enhanced by 150% arising from the multi-scale microstructure regulation when the CuAlO{sub 2} content reaches 0.6 vol.%. Not only that, but the ZT curves get flat in the whole temperature range after introducing the multi-scale CuAlO{sub 2} particles, which leads to a remarkable increase in the average ZT. (copyright 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  3. Fabrication, characterization, and photocatalytic property of {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/graphene oxide composite

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    Li Hong; Zhao Qidong; Li Xinyong, E-mail: xinyongli@hotmail.com [School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemical, Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering (MOE) (China); Zhu Zhengru [Research Center of Hydrology and Engineering, Academy of City and Environment, Liaoning Normal University (China); Tade, Moses; Liu Shaomin, E-mail: shaomin.liu@curtin.edu.au [Curtin University, Department of Chemical Engineering (Australia)

    2013-06-15

    Spindle-shaped microstructure of {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} was successfully synthesized by a simple hydrothermal method. The {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/graphene oxide (GO) composites was prepared using a modified Hummers' strategy. The properties of the samples were systematically investigated by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectrophotometer, transmission electron microscope, atomic force microscope, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy (Raman) techniques. GO nanosheets act as supporting materials for anchoring the {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles. The average crystallite sizes of the {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/GO samples are ca. 27 and 24 nm, respectively. The possible growth of {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} onto GO layers led to a higher absorbance capacity for visible light by {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/GO than {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} composite. The photocatalytic degradation of toluene over the {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/GO samples under xenon-lamp irradiation was comparatively studied by in situ FTIR technique. The results indicate that the {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/GO sample synthesized exhibited a higher capacity for the degradation of toluene. The composite of {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/GO could be promisingly applied in photo-driven air purification.

  4. Near room temperature approaches for the preparation of air-stable and crystalline CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3}

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    Gujarathi, Yogini D.; Haram, Santosh K., E-mail: haram@chem.unipune.ac.in

    2016-04-15

    This work demonstrates an exotic role of CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} in a formation of stable phase of highly crystalline CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} perovskite, on a bulk scale. In the first method, a partially-reacted product obtained after co-grinding of precursors viz. CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}I and PbI{sub 2}was sonicated in CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} to form pure phase of CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3}. In second method, the precursors in γ-Butyrolactone were treated with CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} to form crystalline and phase-pure CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3}. X-ray Diffraction analysis confirmed the formation of stable and highly crystalline tetragonal phase of CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} perovskite having space group I4cm. Well-defined rhombo-hexagonal dodecahedron crystals were seen in SEM and TEM images. Exceptional air stability of CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} so forms are attributed to adsorption of CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2}. Optical band gaps obtained from the diffused reflectance spectra (Kubelka–Munk analysis), matched very well with the one estimated from Cyclic Voltammetry (CV). Valence band and conduction band edge positions estimated from the CV analysis are in good agreement with the one reported from UV photoelectron spectroscopy. Both the samples gave steady state fluorescence at ca. 750 nm with quantum yields in the range 15–35.5%. - Highlights: • A role of CH{sub 2}Cl{sub 2} is brought out in formation of stable CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} perovskite. • Cyclic voltammetry has been used to estimate the band edge positions. • Excellent fluorescence quantum yield, underlines the minimal structural defects.

  5. Radon decay products and 10–1100 nm aerosol particles in Postojna Cave

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    M. Bezek

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available At the lowest point along the tourist route in Postojna Cave, the activity concentration of radon (222Rn decay products and the number concentration and size distribution of aerosol particles in the size range of 10–1100 nm were monitored, with the focus on the unattached fraction (fun of radon decay products (RnDPs, a key parameter in radon dosimetry. The total number concentration of aerosols during visits in summer was lower (700 cm−3 than in winter (2800 cm−3, and was dominated by 50 nm particles (related to the attached RnDPs in winter. This explains the higher fun values in summer (0.75 and the lower winter measurement (0.04 and, consequently, DCFD values of 43.6 and 13.1 mSv WLM−1 respectively for the calculated dose conversion factors. The difference is caused by an enhanced inflow of fresh outside air, driven in winter by the higher air temperature in the cave compared to outside, resulting in the introduction of outside aerosol particles into the cave.

  6. Radon decay products and 10-1100 nm aerosol particles in Postojna Cave

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    Bezek, M.; Gregorič, A.; Vaupotič, J.

    2013-03-01

    At the lowest point along the tourist route in Postojna Cave, the activity concentration of radon (222Rn) decay products and the number concentration and size distribution of aerosol particles in the size range of 10-1100 nm were monitored, with the focus on the unattached fraction (fun) of radon decay products (RnDPs), a key parameter in radon dosimetry. The total number concentration of aerosols during visits in summer was lower (700 cm-3) than in winter (2800 cm-3), and was dominated by 50 nm particles (related to the attached RnDPs) in winter. This explains the higher fun values in summer (0.75) and the lower winter measurement (0.04) and, consequently, DCFD values of 43.6 and 13.1 mSv WLM-1 respectively for the calculated dose conversion factors. The difference is caused by an enhanced inflow of fresh outside air, driven in winter by the higher air temperature in the cave compared to outside, resulting in the introduction of outside aerosol particles into the cave.

  7. Growth mechanism and magnetism in carbothermal synthesized Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles from solution combustion precursors

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    Wang, Xuanli [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, 100083 China (China); Qin, Mingli, E-mail: qinml@mater.ustb.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, 100083 China (China); Cao, Zhiqin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, 100083 China (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Pan Zhihua University, Pan Zhihua, 617000 China (China); Jia, Baorui; Gu, Yueru; Qu, Xuanhui [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing, 100083 China (China); Volinsky, Alex A. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, 33620 (United States)

    2016-12-15

    Magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were prepared by carbothermal reduction using solution combustion synthesis precursors derived from ferric nitrate (oxidizer), glycine (fuel) and glucose (carbon source) mixed solution. In this paper, the growth mechanism and magnetism in Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were investigated by adjusting the glucose content in precursor and the heat temperature in carbothermal process. The products were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, Field emission scanning electron microscopy, Infrared adsorption method and Vibrating sample magnetometry. The results revealed that the more amount of glucose, the earlier Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} phase generated as temperature increasing. Depending on glucose content and thermal temperature, the average grain size of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles varied from 19.9 nm to 48 nm and saturation magnetization changed from 21.2 emu/g to 71.77 emu/g, which indicated that the saturation magnetization of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles fell off as the average grain size decreasing. These results were crucial not only from the application stand-point, but more importantly leaded to a new platform for further studies of high quality magnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles at nanoscale. - Highlights: • Solution combustion. • Carbothermal. • Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. • Magnetic properties.

  8. Improvement microstructural and damage characterization of ceramic composites Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} – V{sub 2}O{sub 5} with MgO nano particles

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    Issa, T. T., E-mail: alazbrh@yahoo.com; Hasan, J. M.; Abdullah, E. T. [University of Baghdad, College of Science, Physics Department, Jaderiha, Baghdad (Iraq); Shokr, F. S. [King Abdul Aziz Universit, Faculty of Science& Art, Physics Department, Rabigh, KSA (Saudi Arabia)

    2016-04-21

    Compacted samples of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-V{sub 2}O{sub 5} – MgO Nano – particles wt. % sintered at different sintering temperature (700, 900, 1100, 1300) ) C° for 2 hours under static air were investigated by x-ray diffraction and differential thermal analysis(DTA), to identify the phase present .Microstructure examination achieved by scanning electron microscopy .Sintered density and porosity were measured for all sintered samples .Compression was tested too and the Brake down voltage and dielectric strength were measure for all sintered samples .The clear improvement were noticed in both microstructure and damage characterization respectively after existing the MgO Nano-particles, by increasing in about 30% in sintered density and 25% for the compressive strength .The improvement also noticed on both brake down voltage and dielectric strength.

  9. A novel UV-emitting phosphor: NaSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}: Pb{sup 2+}

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    Pekgözlü, İlhan, E-mail: pekgozluilhan@yahoo.com

    2016-01-15

    Pb{sup 2+} doped NaSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} materials were prepared by a solution combustion synthesis method. The phase analysis of all synthesized materials was carried out using the powder XRD. The synthesized materials were investigated using spectrofluorometer at room temperature. The excitation and emission bands of NaSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}: Pb{sup 2+} were observed at 291 and 368 nm, respectively. The dependence of the emission intensity on the Pb{sup 2+} concentration for the NaSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} was studied in detail. It was observed that the concentration quenching of Pb{sup 2+} in NaSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} is 0.01 mol. The Stokes shifts of NaSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}: Pb{sup 2+} phosphor were calculated to be 7190 cm{sup −1}. - Highlights: • A novel UV-emitting phosphor, NaSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}: Pb{sup 2+}, was prepared by combustion method. • The excitation and emission bands of NaSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}: Pb{sup 2+} were observed at 291 and 368 nm, respectively. • It was observed that the concentration quenching of Pb{sup 2+} in NaSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} is 0.01 mol.

  10. Electrical and magnetic properties of spherical SmFeO{sub 3} synthesized by aspartic acid assisted combustion method

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    Yuvaraj, Subramanian [Solid State Ionics and Energy Devices Laboratory, Department of Physics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore 641 046 (India); Layek, Samar [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur 208016 (India); Vidyavathy, S. Manisha [Department of Ceramic Technology, Anna University, Chennai 600 025 (India); Yuvaraj, Selvaraj [Solid State Ionics and Energy Devices Laboratory, Department of Physics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore 641 046 (India); Meyrick, Danielle [School of Engineering and Information Technology, Murdoch University, South St. Murdoch, WA 6150 (Australia); Selvan, R. Kalai, E-mail: selvankram@buc.edu.in [Solid State Ionics and Energy Devices Laboratory, Department of Physics, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore 641 046 (India)

    2015-12-15

    Highlights: • SmFeO{sub 3} is synthesized by simple combustion method using aspartic acid as the fuel. • The particles are spherical in shape with the size ranges between 150 and 300 nm. • Cole–Cole plot infers the bulk conduction mechanism. • Room temperature VSM analysis reveal the weak ferromagnetic behaviour of SmFeO{sub 3}. • Mössbauer analysis elucidates the +3 oxidation state of Fe atoms. - Abstract: Samarium orthoferrite (SmFeO{sub 3}) is synthesized by a simple combustion method using aspartic acid as fuel. Phase purity and functional groups are analyzed via X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) analysis, which confirms the single phase formation of orthorhombic SmFeO{sub 3}. Approximately spherical particles with size range 150–300 nm is revealed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). The conductivity of the material is identified by the single semicircle obtained in the solid state impedance spectra at elevated temperatures. The calculated electrical conductivity increases with increasing temperature, inferring the semiconducting nature of SmFeO{sub 3}. A magnetic study at room temperature revealed weak ferromagnetic behaviour in SmFeO{sub 3} due to Dzyaloshinsky–Moriya antisymmetric exchange interaction mechanism. Mössbauer analysis confirmed the +3 oxidation state of iron and magnetic ordering of the sample at room temperature.

  11. One-step synthesis Fe{sub 3}N surface-modified Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles with excellent lithium storage ability

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    Li, Yabin [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Institute of Chemical Power Sources, Soochow University, Suzhou 215006 (China); Yan, Yuerong [Department of Science and Technology, Jiaozuo Teachers College, Jiaozuo 454000 (China); Ming, Hai, E-mail: lunaticmh@163.com [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Institute of Chemical Power Sources, Soochow University, Suzhou 215006 (China); Zheng, Junwei, E-mail: jwzheng@suda.edu.cn [College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Institute of Chemical Power Sources, Soochow University, Suzhou 215006 (China)

    2014-06-01

    The Fe{sub 3}N modified Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles with an excellent performance in lithium-ion batteries were prepared via a one-step and an efficient method. The layer of Fe{sub 3}N could significantly decrease the variation of volume and enhance the conductivity of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} simultaneously during the reaction of lithium ions in the charge-discharge process. There are two main advantages of this material: (1) their size distribution, ranging from 100 to 500 nm and (2) the fact that these particles are connected with each other by the Fe{sub 3}N layer. These two features allow such material to exhibit a high reversible capacity of 739 and 620 mA h g{sup −1} after each 60 cycles at the current density of 50 and 200 mA g{sup −1}, respectively. More importantly, since its introduction, this new concept of coating metal oxides with a layer of metal nitride to form core-shell structured metal oxide@metal nitride can be widely applied in the fields of catalysis, electrochemistry, energy, environmental and materials science with improved performance.

  12. The methyl rotational potentials of Ga(CH sub 3) sub 3 derived by neutron spectroscopy

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    Prager, M; Parker, S F; Desmedt, A; Lechner, R E

    2002-01-01

    High resolution neutron spectra of Ga(CH sub 3) sub 3 show tunnelling transitions between 4.5 and 19 mu eV. The spectrum can be explained within the single-particle model on the basis of the monoclinic C2/c (Z = 16) low temperature crystal structure of Ga(CH sub 3) sub 3 with six inequivalent methyl groups in the unit cell. The overlapping tunnelling lines prevent the extraction of temperature dependent linewidths which would allow us to assign the librational energies measured in the phonon density of states. Classical rotational motion is studied by quasielastic neutron scattering. Three activation energies could be extracted. Methyl librations, tunnelling energies and barrier heights are combined with consistent intensities into rotational potentials. Only the concerted application of all spectroscopic techniques yields a conclusive description.

  13. A soft chemical route to the synthesis of BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles with enhanced magnetization

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    Hasan, Mehedi, E-mail: mhrizvi@gce.buet.ac.bd [Department of Glass and Ceramic Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh (India); Islam, Md. Fakhrul, E-mail: fislam@gce.buet.ac.bd [Department of Glass and Ceramic Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh (India); Mahbub, Rubayyat, E-mail: rubayyatm@gce.buet.ac.bd [Department of Glass and Ceramic Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh (India); Hossain, Md. Sarowar, E-mail: sakil_phy@yahoo.com [S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, West Bengal 700098 (India); Hakim, M.A., E-mail: hakim.akm@gmail.com [Department of Glass and Ceramic Engineering, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh (India)

    2016-01-15

    Highlights: • Pure BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles have been synthesized at relatively low temperature. • Decomposition behavior of BiFeO{sub 3} precursor gel is investigated. • Particle size dependent magnetic properties have been confirmed. • Greatly improved magnetization is observed for BiFeO{sub 3} nanostructure. - Abstract: Utilization of BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) into modern device applications is restricted by its very low magnetic moments and high leakage current. Enhancement in magnetization is a real challenge for multiferroic BFO in the context of device miniaturization and high density information storage system. In this study a significant improvement in magnetization has been recorded for BFO nanoparticles, exploiting the beneficial effect of size confinement. BFO nanoparticles with different size in the range of 21–68 nm are synthesized via modified Pechini sol–gel approach followed by leaching with acetic acid. X-ray diffraction result confirms pure and well crystallized BFO annealed at temperature lower than 600 °C, compared to more than 800 °C for the traditional solid-state sintering process. A strong size-dependent magnetization which increases with decreasing particle size is confirmed with a value of 1.4 emu/g for 40 nm particles in contrast to 7.5 emu/g for 21 nm particles.

  14. Rapid preparation of ultrafine BaSO{sub 3} by SO{sub 2} storage material

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    Zhang, Fei; Sha, Feng; Qiao, Xian Shu; Zhao, Tian Xiang; Guo, Bo; Zhang, Jian Bin [College of Chemical Engineering, Inner Mongolia University of Technology, Huhhot (Korea, Republic of)

    2017-01-15

    In this work, a green and efficient process was developed for the preparation of ultrafine BaSO{sub 3} with layered nanostructure surface via the reaction of BaCl{sub 2} with a SO{sub 2} storage material (SO{sub 2}SM) at room temperature. The absorption of SO{sub 2} with equimolar ethylenediamine (EDA) and ethylene glycol (EG) afforded SO{sub 2}SM, which not only offered alkyl sulfite but also released EDA and EG that served as efficient surfactants to promote the formation of BaSO{sub 3} with spherical morphology and porous structure in the process of synthesis of ultrafine BaSO{sub 3}. The factors affecting the morphology and size of BaSO{sub 3} particle were assessed by investigating the effects of SO{sub 2}SM concentration, BaCl{sub 2} concentration, stirring time and speed. It was found that a higher SO{sub 2}SM concentration led to a higher degree of supersaturation, and the particle size of BaSO{sub 3} could be reduced by increasing SO{sub 2}SM concentration. Moreover, under the identified optimal reaction conditions, ultrafine BaSO{sub 3} was obtained with an average diameter of 450 nm. In addition, a plausible formation process of BaSO{sub 3} was proposed to explain the observed reaction results. Overall, the developed process in this work provides an efficient method for the capture, utilization, and conversion of SO{sub 2} into a valuable chemical.

  15. Synthesis and anomalous magnetic properties of LaFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles by hot soap method

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    Fujii, Tatsuo, E-mail: tfujii@cc.okayama-u.ac.jp [Department of Applied Chemistry, Okayama University, Tsushima-naka 3-1-1, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan); Matsusue, Ikkoh; Nakatsuka, Daisuke; Nakanishi, Makoto; Takada, Jun [Department of Applied Chemistry, Okayama University, Tsushima-naka 3-1-1, Okayama 700-8530 (Japan)

    2011-10-03

    Highlights: {yields} Nanocrystalline LaFeO{sub 3} particles were synthesized by using hot soap technique. {yields} Average diameter of the obtained LaFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles was about 15 nm. {yields} They exhibited superparamagnetic behavior with a blocking temperature of 30 K. {yields} Large magnetization due to the presence of uncompensated surface spins was induced. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline LaFeO{sub 3} particles were synthesized at low temperatures by using hot soap technique. The synthesis was based on the thermal decomposition of organometallic compounds precipitated in a hot coordinating solvent. Moderate heat treatment at low temperature far below the combustion point of organic compounds produced spherical LaFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles with average diameter of about 15 nm. The crystalline phase, structure and particle size of obtained products were characterized by X-ray diffraction, infrared spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy observations. In spite of the antiferromagnetic nature of bulk LaFeO{sub 3}, the obtained nanoparticles exhibited anomalous large magnetization. Superparamagnetic behavior with a blocking temperature of about 30 K was observed in both magnetization and Moessbauer spectroscopic analyses.

  16. Theoretical study of the absorption spectrum and the thermochemistry of the CF{sub 3}OSO{sub 3} radical

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    Cobos, Carlos J.; Croce, Adela E. [Inst. de Investigaciones Fisicoquimicas Teoricas y Aplicadas (INIFTA), Univ. Nacional de La Plata, CCT La Plata-CONICET (Argentina)

    2010-08-15

    The UV-visible absorption spectrum of the recently reported CF{sub 3}OSO{sub 3} radical has been studied by using the time-dependent generalization of the density functional theory (TDDFT). For this a set of eleven hybrid functionals combined with the 6-311+G(3df) basis set were employed. The main features of the three experimental absorption bands of CF{sub 3}OSO{sub 3} recorded over the 220-530 nm range are well reproduced by the calculations. A dissociation enthalpy for the CF{sub 3}OSO{sub 3} bond of 19.1 kcal mol{sup -1} is predicted at the BAC-G3MP2//B3LYP/6-311+G(3df) level of theory. (orig.)

  17. Characterization of γ- Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanopowders synthesized by Co-precipitation method

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    Jbara, Ahmed S., E-mail: ahmedsbhe@yahoo.com [Center for Sustainable Nanomaterials, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai - 81310, Johor Bahru (Malaysia); Physics Department, Science College, Al-Muthanna University, Samawah - 66001 (Iraq); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai - 81310, Johor Bahru (Malaysia); Othaman, Zulkafli [Center for Sustainable Nanomaterials, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai - 81310, Johor Bahru (Malaysia); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai - 81310, Johor Bahru (Malaysia); Ati, Ali A. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai - 81310, Johor Bahru (Malaysia); Saeed, M.A., E-mail: moalsd@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Skudai - 81310, Johor Bahru (Malaysia); Division of Science and Technology, University of Education, Township, Lahore - 54770 (Pakistan)

    2017-02-15

    Co-precipitation technique has been used to synthesize gamma-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanopowders under annealing temperature effect. The crystalline phase and purity for the prepared powder were characterized by different spectroscopy techniques. XRD analysis confirms the gamma phase of alumina nanopowders with particle diameter ranging from 6 to 24 nm, which confirms the quantum dots formation, which is also supported by the BET measurement. The surface area of the prepared nanopowders is in the range of 109–367 m{sup 2}/g. Morphology analysis indicates that γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanopowders are consisted of grains almost spherical in shape. Some agglomeration of nanoparticles occurs, which become more regular hexagonal shaped with the increasing annealing temperature. The small nanoparticles size and the high surface area from a simple procedure for preparing γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} may make it more suitable for use as an adsorbent for malachite green. - Highlights: • Co-precipitation technique is used to synthesize gamma- Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanopowders. • Pure gamma- Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase was obtained having maximum nanoparticle size is 24 nm. • The quantum dots were formed inside powder. • High surface area of nanopowders at the low annealing temperature. • Increasing annealing temperature causes the hexagonal agglomeration shape.

  18. A novel binary Pt{sub 3}Te{sub x}/C nanocatalyst for ethanol electro-oxidation

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    Huang, Meihua; Wang, Fei; Li, Lirong; Guo, Yonglang [College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fuzhou 350002 (China)

    2008-03-15

    The Pt{sub 3}Te{sub x}/C nanocatalyst was prepared and its catalytic performance for ethanol oxidation was investigated for the first time. The Pt{sub 3}Te/C nanoparticles were characterized by an X-ray diffractometer (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy equipped with TEM (TEM-EDX). The Pt{sub 3}Te/C catalyst has a typical fcc structure of platinum alloys with the presence of Te. Its particle size is about 2.8 nm. Among the synthesized catalysts with different atomic ratios, the Pt{sub 3}Te/C catalyst has the highest anodic peak current density. The cyclic voltammograms (CV) show that the anodic peak current density for the Pt{sub 3}Te/C, commercial PtRu/C and Pt/C catalysts reaches 1002, 832 and 533 A g{sup -1}, respectively. On the current-time curve, the anodic current on the Pt{sub 3}Te/C catalyst was higher than those for the catalysts reported. So, these findings show that the Pt{sub 3}Te/C catalyst has uniform nanoparticles and the best activity among the synthesized catalysts, and it is better than commercial PtRu/C and Pt/C catalysts for ethanol oxidation at room temperature. (author)

  19. TEA controllable preparation of magnetite nanoparticles (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs) with excellent magnetic properties

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    Han, Chengliang, E-mail: clhan@issp.ac.cn [Department of Chemical and Material Engineering, Hefei University, Hefei 230601 (China); Zhu, Dejie [State Key Laboratory of Structural Chemistry, Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Fuzhou 350002 (China); Wu, Hanzhao; Li, Yao; Cheng, Lu; Hu, Kunhong [Department of Chemical and Material Engineering, Hefei University, Hefei 230601 (China)

    2016-06-15

    A fast and controllable synthesis method for superparamagnetic magnetite nanoparticles (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs) was developed in Fe(III)-triethanolamine (TEA) solution. The phase structure, morphology and particle size of the as-synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results showed that the magnetic particles were pure Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} with mean sizes of approximately 10 nm. The used TEA has key effects on the formation of well dispersing Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs. Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) result indicated that the as-obtained Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs exhibited superparamagnetic behavior and the saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) was about 70 emu/g, which had potential applications in magnetic science and technology. - Highlights: • The Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs are synthesized by a simple and low-cost hydrothermal approach. • The triethanolamine (TEA) played vital roles in the formation of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} NPs. • Our samples exhibited superparamagnetic and excellent dispersing properties in water.

  20. Influence of Eu{sup 3+} doping content on antioxidant properties of Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3} sol-gel derived nanoparticles

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    Olvera Salazar, Arturo [Universidad Del Valle de México Campus Lomas Verde, Paseo de las Aves No.1 Col. San Mateo Nopala. Naucalpan de Juárez, Edo. Méx. C.P. 53220 (Mexico); García Hernández, Margarita, E-mail: margarita.garcia@itcm.edu.mx [Tecnológico Nacional de México-Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Madero. Av. 1o. de Mayo esq. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz s/n Col. Los Mangos Cd. Madero Tamaulipas C.P.89440 (Mexico); López Camacho, Perla Yolanda [Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, Unidad Cuajimalpa. Av. Vasco de Quiroga 4871, Col. Santa Fé Cuajimalpa, Cuajimalpa D.F. C.P. 05348 (Mexico); López Marure, Arturo [Instituto Politécnico Nacional, CICATA Altamira. Carretera Tampico-Puerto Industrial Altamira, Altamira, Tamaulipas C.P. 89600 (Mexico); Reyes de la Torre, Adriana Isabel [Tecnológico Nacional de México-Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Madero. Av. 1o. de Mayo esq. Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz s/n Col. Los Mangos Cd. Madero Tamaulipas C.P.89440 (Mexico); Morales Ramírez, Ángel de Jesús [Instituto Politécnico Nacional, CIITEC Azcapotzalco. Cerrada de Cecati S/N, Col. Santa Catarina, Azcapotzalco, D.F. C.P. 02250 (Mexico); and others

    2016-12-01

    This paper presents the synthesis of pure and europium-doped lutetium oxide (Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}) powders prepared by sol-gel method. The influence of europium ion concentration into Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocrystallites was investigated for first time in an in vitro system using a modified ABTS radical cation decolorization assay to determine the antioxidant activity. The crystalline structure of Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Eu:Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders was elucidated by XRD obtaining cubic phase in all system without secondary products in accordance with FT-IR results. By TEM and Scherrer equation, it was determined that Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Eu:Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders presented nearly spherical particle morphology with crystallites sizes in the range of 8 to 13 nm. The antioxidant assays results revealed that europium ion enhance Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders antioxidant properties, showing that 12.5 mol% of europium is sufficient to reach its maximum capacity. - Highlights: • For first time the effect of the Eu content vs antioxidant properties was studied. • Sol-gel particles of Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} nanopowders showed relevant antioxidant properties. • The antioxidant behavior remains stable at higher Eu levels.

  1. Mechanically activated synthesis of nanocrystalline ternary carbide Fe{sub 3}Mo{sub 3}C

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    Zakeri, M. [Materials Science Department, Islamic Azad University (Saveh branch), Saveh (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: M_zakeri@iau-saveh.ac.ir; Rahimipour, M.R. [Ceramic Department, Materials and Energy Research Center, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Khanmohammadian, A. [Materials Science Department, Islamic Azad University (Saveh branch), Saveh (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2008-09-25

    In this investigation, Fe{sub 3}Mo{sub 3}C ternary carbide was synthesized from the elemental powders of 3Mo/3Fe/C by mechanical milling and subsequent heat treatment. Structural and morphological evolutions of powders were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Results showed that no phase transformation occurs during milling. A nanostructure Mo (Fe) solid solution obtained after 30 h of milling. With increasing milling time to 70 h no change takes place except grain size reduction to 9 nm and strain enhancement to 0.86%. Milled powders have spheroid shape and very narrow size distribution about 2 {mu}m at the end of milling. Fe{sub 3}Mo{sub 3}C was synthesized during annealing of 70 h milled sample at 700 deg. C. Undesired phases of MoOC and Fe{sub 2}C form at 1100 deg. C. No transformation takes place during annealing of 10 h milled sample at 700 deg. C. Mean grain size and strain get to 69 nm and 0.23% respectively with annealing of 70 h milled sample at 1100 deg. C.

  2. Formation and microstructure of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-YAG eutectic ceramics by phase transformation from metastable system to equilibrium system

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    Nagira, Tomoya; Yasuda, Hideyuki; Yoshiya, Masato [Department of Adaptive Machine Systems, Osaka University, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871 (Japan)], E-mail: nagira@ams.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp

    2009-05-01

    Unidirectionally solidified Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-YAG(Y{sub 3}Al{sub 5}O{sub 12}: yttrium-aluminum-garnet) eutectic ceramic composites have been recognized as encouraging heat-resistance materials because of the superior mechanical properties at high temperatures. In addition to the excellent mechanical properties at high temperatures, some interesting solidification phenomena have been reported in the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} system. The Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-YAG equilibrium eutectic at 2099 K and the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-YAP metastable eutectic at 1975 K exist in the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} system. The heating the metastable eutectic up to temperatures above the metastable eutectic temperature produced the undercooled melt. Solidification in the equilibrium path accompanied the melting of the metastable eutectic. The solidification process using undercooled melt resulted in the fine and uniform eutectic structure. In this study, the effect of the initial Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-YAP particles size on the undercooled melt formation was examined. The Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-YAP particles with diameters more than several {mu}m resulted in the transformation through the undercooled melt. EBSD analysis showed that the domains of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} grains with same crystallographic orientation were observed and that their domain size depended on the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-YAP particles size. On the other hand, for the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-YAP particles with a diameter of 500 nm, the each Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} grain with diameter of about 1 {mu}m had the different crystallographic orientations, which suggested that the transformation from metastable eutectic to equilibrium eutectic occurred in the solid state. The increase in the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-YAP free surface area suppressed the undercooled melt formation.

  3. Synthesis and study of bifunctional core–shell nanostructures based on ZnO@Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Babayevska, Nataliya, E-mail: natbab@amu.edu.pl; Nowaczyk, Grzegorz; Jarek, Marcin; Załęski, Karol; Jurga, Stefan

    2016-07-05

    Bifunctional nanostructures based on ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) with controlled Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} shell thicknesses were obtained by simple low-temperature methods (sol–gel technique and seed deposition method). The morphology, nanostructure, phase and chemical composition as well as luminescent and magnetic properties of the obtained core–shell nanostructures were investigated by transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS), x-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques, optical spectroscopy, and SQUID magnetometer. As-obtained ZnO NPs are highly monodispersed and crystalline with mean particles size distribution of about 7 nm. Modification of the ZnO NPs surface by Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} shell leads to an increase of the ZnO particles size up to 80–160 nm and the formation the Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} shell with size of 2–4 nm. The dependence of the phase composition, luminescent and magnetic properties on Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} content are also discussed. - Highlights: • The bifunctional ZnO@Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures were obtained by sol–gel technique. • ZnO@Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} have intensive luminescence in the visible range under 325 nm excitation. • Gd{sup 3+} content allows to control paramagnetic properties of the ZnO@Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}. • ZnO@Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures are potential objects for application in medicine.

  4. Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/carbon nanocomposite: Investigation of capacitive & magnetic properties for supercapacitor applications

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    Sinan, Neriman, E-mail: sinanneriman@gmail.com [Department of Advanced Technologies, Materials Science and Engineering Program, Bursa Technical University, Yildirim 16310, Bursa (Turkey); Unur, Ece, E-mail: eceunur@yahoo.com [Department of Energy Systems Engineering, Bursa Technical University, Yildirim 16310, Bursa (Turkey)

    2016-11-01

    Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles with ∼10 nm diameters were synthesized by an extremely low-cost, scalable and relatively biocompatible chemical co-precipitation method. Magnetic measurements revealed that Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles have bifunctional superparamagnetic and ferromagnetic character with saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) values of 64 and 71 emu g{sup −1} at 298 K and 10 K, respectively. Pseudocapacitive Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were then integrated into hazelnut shells - an abundant agricultural biomass - by an energy efficient hydrothermal carbonization method. Presence of magnesium oxide (MgO) ceramic template or its precursor in the hydrothermal reactor allowed simultaneous introduction of pores into the composite structure. Hierarchically micro-mesoporous Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/C nanocomposite possesses a high specific surface area of 344 m{sup 2} g{sup −1}. Electrochemical properties of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/C nanocomposite were investigated by cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic charge-discharge measurements in a conventional three-electrode cell. The Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/C nanocomposite is able to operate in a large negative potential window in 1 M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} aqueous electrolyte (−1.2–0 V vs. Ag/AgCl). Synergistic effect of the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and carbon leads to enhanced specific capacitance, rate capability and cyclability making Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/C nanocomposite a very promising negative electrode material for asymmetric supercapacitors. - Highlights: • Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} (magnetite) particles with ∼10 nm dia. were prepared by a facile chemical co-precipitation. • Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanospheres are superparamagnetic at 298K with high saturation magnetization of 64 emu g{sup −1}. • Porous Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/C nanocomposite was also prepared by a green HTC method combined with MgO templating. • Electrochemical properties of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/C were studied in 1 M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} (between −1.2 and 0 V vs. Ag

  5. Facile Template-Free Fabrication of the hollow sea cucumber-like TbF{sub 3} and luminescent properties

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    Gao, Yu, E-mail: gaoy777@126.com [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Shenyang University of Chemical Technology, Shenyang, 100142 (China); Shi, Shan; Fang, Qinghong; Yang, Feng [College of Materials Science and Engineering, Shenyang University of Chemical Technology, Shenyang, 100142 (China); Xu, Zhenhe [College of Applied Chemistry, Shenyang University of Chemical Technology, Shenyang, 100142 (China)

    2014-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Hollow sea cucumber-like TbF{sub 3} has been prepared via a facile hydrothermal route. The possible growth mechanism and the luminescent properties of the as-prepared sample have been discussed. - Highlights: • TbF3 particles were prepared by a facile hydrothermal route. • TbF3 product show strong green emission. • This method may be more widely applicable in the design of other rare-earth compounds. - Abstract: Hollow sea cucumber-like TbF{sub 3} was successfully fabricated by a self-assembled hydrothermal method. The crystal structure, morphology and photoluminescence properties of the as-prepared TbF{sub 3} crystals were investigated. The results revealed that the as-prepared TbF{sub 3} sample has orthorhombic structure and composed of monodispersed 3D hollow sea cucumber-like particles. The possible formation mechanism for sea cucumber-like TbF{sub 3} is presented in detail. Additionally, the as-prepared sample possesses property of down-conversion photoluminescence. The excitation spectrum of TbF{sub 3} sample was obtained by monitoring the emission of Tb{sup 3+} at 545 nm was composed of the characteristics f–f transition lines within the Tb{sup 3+} 4f{sup 8} configuration. Under the UV light irradiation, the emission spectrum exhibited four obvious lines centered at 491, 545, 588, and 620 nm, which was corresponding to the {sup 5}D{sub 4} → {sup 7}F{sub J} (J = 6, 5, 4, 3) transitions of the Tb{sup 3+} ions in the TbF{sub 3} nanoparticles.

  6. Effects of surface acidities of MCM-41 modified with MoO{sub 3} on adsorptive desulfurization of gasoline

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    Shao Xinchao, E-mail: sxc86@yahoo.cn [Key Laboratory of Petrochemical Catalytic Science and Technology, Liaoning ShiHua University, Fushun 113001 (China); Zhang Xiaotong; Yu Wenguang; Wu Yuye [Key Laboratory of Petrochemical Catalytic Science and Technology, Liaoning ShiHua University, Fushun 113001 (China); Qin Yucai [Key Laboratory of Petrochemical Catalytic Science and Technology, Liaoning ShiHua University, Fushun 113001 (China); College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao, Shandong 257061 (China); Sun Zhaolin [Key Laboratory of Petrochemical Catalytic Science and Technology, Liaoning ShiHua University, Fushun 113001 (China); School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Lanzhou University, Lanzhou 730000 (China); Song Lijuan, E-mail: lsong56@263.net [Key Laboratory of Petrochemical Catalytic Science and Technology, Liaoning ShiHua University, Fushun 113001 (China) and College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, China University of Petroleum (East China), Qingdao, Shandong 257061 (China)

    2012-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The MoO{sub 3}-MCM-41 samples prepared by spontaneous monolayer dispersion and impregnation with a different MoO{sub 3} filling have been studied. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The relative concentration of hydroxyl groups present on before and after containing MoO{sub 3} samples was monitored by in situ FTIR to speculate the bonding style of MoO{sub 3} and MCM-41. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The surface acidities of the MoO{sub 3}-MCM-41 adsorbents were investigated systematically and correlated with the desulfurization performance. - Abstract: A series of MCM-41 samples containing molybdenum oxide as active species in the mesoporous channels loaded by spontaneous monolayer dispersion (SMD) and impregnation (IM) have been prepared and characterized using XRD, N{sub 2} adsorption-desorption analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and intelligent gravimetric analyzer (IGA). The relative number of hydroxy on the adsorbents was investigated by in situ FTIR. Surface acidities of the adsorbents were studied by infrared spectroscopy of adsorbed pyridine and correlated with reactivity for adsorptive desulfurization. The IGA technique was employed to investigate adsorption behavior of thiophene and benzene on the adsorbents at 303 K. It is shown that MoO{sub 3} can be highly dispersed up to 0.2 g g{sup -1} in the MCM-41 channels by the SMD strategy with the ordered mesoporous structure of the MoMM samples remaining intact. The ordered mesostructure of MCM-41 is, however, destroyed at higher MoO{sub 3} contents of 0.26 and 0.32 g g{sup -1} with particle sizes of 1.2 nm and 3.6 nm, respectively, observed. For the MoMI(0.2) sample prepared by the IM method, the aggregation of the MoO{sub 3} particles takes place with a particle size of 6.5 nm obtained. The results are also revealed that the dispersion extent of the MoO{sub 3} species is related to the abundant surface hydroxy of MCM-41. The host species and guest

  7. A simple large-scale synthesis of mesoporous In{sub 2}O{sub 3} for gas sensing applications

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    Zhang, Su; Song, Peng, E-mail: mse_songp@ujn.edu.cn; Yan, Huihui; Yang, Zhongxi; Wang, Qi, E-mail: mse_wangq@ujn.edu.cn

    2016-08-15

    Graphical abstract: Large-scale mesoporous In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures for gas-sensing applications were successfully fabricated via a facile Lewis acid catalytic the furfural alcohol resin template route. - Highlights: • Mesoporous In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures with high-yield have been successfully fabricated via a facile strategy. • The microstructure and formation mechanism of mesoporous In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures were discussed based on the experimental results. • The as-prepared In{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples exhibited high response, short response-recovery times and good selectivity to ethanol gas. - Abstract: In this paper, large-scale mesoporous In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures were synthesized by a facile Lewis acid catalytic the furfural alcohol resin (FAR) template route for the high-yield. Their morphology and structure were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), differential thermal and thermogravimetry analysis (DSC-TG) and the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) approach. The as-obtained mesoporous In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures possess excellent mesoporous and network structure, which increases the contact area with the gases, it is conducive for adsorption-desorption of gas on the surface of In{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The In{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles and pores were both about 15 nm and very uniform. In gas-sensing measurements with target gases, the gas sensor based on mesoporous In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures showed a good response, short response-recovery time, good selectivity and stability to ethanol. These properties are due to the large specific surface area of mesoporous structure. This synthetic method could use as a new design concept for functional mesoporous nanomaterials and for mass production.

  8. Laser-induced damage of fused silica at 355 and 1065 nm initiated at aluminum contamination particles on the surface

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    Genin, F.Y.; Michlitsch, K.; Furr, J.; Kozlowski, M.R.; Krulevitch, P.

    1997-01-01

    1-μm thick circular dots, 10-250 μm dia, were deposited onto 1.14 cm thick fused silica windows by sputtering Al through a mask. Al shavings were also deposited on the windows to investigate effects of particle-substrate adhesion. The silica windows were then illuminated repetitively using a 3-ns, 355 nm and an 8.6-ns, 1064 nm laser. The tests were conducted at near normal incidence with particles on input and output surfaces of the windows. During the first shot, a plasma ignited at the metal particle and damage initiated on the fused silica surface. The morphology of the damage at the metal dots were reproducible but different for input and output surface contamination. For input surface contamination, minor damage occurred where the particle was located; such damage ceased to grow with the removal of contaminant material. More serious damage (pits and cracks) was initiated on the output surface (especially at 355 nm) and grew to catastrophic proportions after few shots. Output surface contaminants were usually ejected on the initial shot, leaving a wave pattern on the surface. No further damage occurred with subsequent shots unless a shot (usually the first shot) cracked the surface; such behavior was mostly observed at 355 nm and occasionally for large shavings at 1064 nm. The size of the damaged area scaled with the size of the particle (except when catastrophic damage occurred). Onset of catastrophic damage on output surface occurred only when particles exceeded a critical size. Damage behavior of the sputtered dots was found to be qualitatively similar to that of the shavings. The artificial contamination technique accelerated the study by allowing better control of the test conditions

  9. Photoluminescence characteristics of Sm{sup 3+} doped Ba{sub 3}La(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} as new orange-red emitting phosphors

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    Yu, Ruijin [College of Science, Northwest A and F University, Yangling, Shaanxi 712100 (China); Department of Physics, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Physics, Changwon National University, Changwon 641-773 (Korea, Republic of); Mi Noh, Hyeon; Kee Moon, Byung; Chun Choi, Byung [Department of Physics, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737 (Korea, Republic of); Hyun Jeong, Jung, E-mail: jhjeong@pknu.ac.kr [Department of Physics, Pukyong National University, Busan 608-737 (Korea, Republic of); Sueb Lee, Ho [Department of Physics, Changwon National University, Changwon 641-773 (Korea, Republic of); Jang, Kiwan, E-mail: kwjang@changwon.ac.kr [Department of Physics, Changwon National University, Changwon 641-773 (Korea, Republic of); Soo Yi, Soung [Department of Electronic Material Engineering, Silla University, Busan 617-736 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-01-15

    A series of orange-red emitting Ba{sub 3}La(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:xSm{sup 3+} (0.01≤x≤0.30) phosphors was synthesized by the convenient solid-state reaction. X-ray diffraction and photoluminescence spectra were utilized to characterize the structure and luminescence properties of the as-synthesized phosphors. The emission spectra of the Ba{sub 3}La(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphors consisted of some sharp emission peaks of Sm{sup 3+} ions centered at 563 nm, 600 nm, 647 nm, 710 nm. The strongest one is located at 600 nm due to {sup 4}G{sub 5/2}–{sup 6}H{sub 7/2} transition of Sm{sup 3+}, generating bright orange-red light. The optimum dopant concentration of Sm{sup 3+} ions in Ba{sub 3}La(PO{sub 4}):xSm{sup 3+} is around 5 mol% and the critical transfer distance of Sm{sup 3+} is calculated as 22 Å. The CIE chromaticity coordinates of the Ba{sub 3}La(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:0.05Sm{sup 3+} phosphors was is located in the orange reddish region. The Ba{sub 3}La(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+} phosphors may be potentially used as red phosphors for white light-emitting diodes. -- Highlights: • A new Sm{sup 3+}-doped Ba{sub 3}La(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} phosphor was firstly synthesized. • Its structure, luminescent properties are well studied and characterized. • The Ba{sub 3}La(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Sm{sup 3+} shows bright orange reddish emissions under UV excitation.

  10. Synthesis and luminescence properties of novel Sr{sub 3}Gd(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Dy{sup 3+} phosphor

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    Xu, Qiguang; Sun, Jiayue, E-mail: Jiayue_sun@126.com; Cui, Dianpeng; Di, Qiumei; Zeng, Junhui

    2015-02-15

    Sr{sub 3}(Gd{sub 1−x}Dy{sub x})(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} phosphors for white light-emitting diodes (w-LEDs) were prepared by the conventional solid-state reaction. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and photoluminescence spectra were utilized to characterize the structure and luminescence properties of the as-synthesized phosphors. Luminescence properties shows that the phosphor can be efficiently excited by the ultraviolet visible light in the region from 300 to 450 nm, and it exhibits blue (483 nm) and yellow (575 nm) emission corresponding to {sup 4}F{sub 9/2}→{sup 6}H{sub 15/2} transition and {sup 4}F{sub 9/2}→{sup 6}H{sub 13/2} transition, respectively. It has been found that concentration quenching occurs via dipole–dipole interaction according to Dexter's theory. The temperature dependence of photoluminescence properties is investigated from 25 to 250 °C and the prepared Sr{sub 3}Gd(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Dy{sup 3+} phosphors show good thermal quenching properties. - Highlights: • Sr{sub 3}Gd(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Dy{sup 3+} phosphors were synthesized by a solid-state reaction method. • The phosphor could be efficiently excited by the UV–vis light region from 300 to 450 nm. • Sr{sub 3}Gd(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Dy{sup 3+} phosphors exhibited blue (483 nm) and yellow (575 nm) emission. • The Sr{sub 3}Gd(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Dy{sup 3+} phosphors concentration quenching occurred as a result of dipole–dipole interaction. • Sr{sub 3}Gd(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Dy{sup 3+} phosphors showed good thermal quenching properties.

  11. Synthesis and characterization particles of Ba{sub 0,50}Sr{sub 0,50}Co{sub 0,80}Fe{sub 0,20}O{sub 3} obtained by the citrate-EDTA technique; Sintese e caracterizacao de particulados de Ba{sub 0,50}Sr{sub 0,50}Co{sub 0,80}Fe{sub 0,20}O{sub 3} obtidos pela tecnica dos citratos-EDTA

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    Bonturim, E; Vargas, R A; Andreoli, M; Seo, E S.M., [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (CCTM/IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil). Centro de Ciencia e Tecnologia de Materiais

    2010-07-01

    The Ba{sub (1-x)}Sr{sub (x)}Co{sub (1-y)}Fe{sub (y)}O{sub (3)} (BSCF) has been studied as a cathode material for Intermediate Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cell, due to its better ion and electron conduction. This work aims to study the synthesis of the compound obtained from the citrate-EDTA technique. Thermogravimetric analysis indicated the formation of the compound above 800 deg C. The materials calcined at temperatures of 700, 800 and 900 deg C for 5 h showed cubic pseudo-perovskite structure, according to the literature. By analysis of X-ray fluorescence were obtained powders with nominal chemical composition in the temperature range studied. The micrographs obtained by SEM and particle size distribution analysis showed the formation of particle with diameters below 1 micron. (author)

  12. Enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activities of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/MWCNT nanocomposites fabricated by facile in situ precipitation method

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    Liu, Bo [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Catalytic Materials and Technology, School of Petrochemical Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China); Li, Zhongyu, E-mail: zhongyuli@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Catalytic Materials and Technology, School of Petrochemical Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China); Changzhou Expansion New Stuff Technology Limited Company, Changzhou 213122 (China); Jilin Institute of Chemical Technology, Jilin 132022 (China); Xu, Song, E-mail: cyanine123@163.com [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Advanced Catalytic Materials and Technology, School of Petrochemical Engineering, Changzhou University, Changzhou 213164 (China); Han, Dandan; Lu, Dayong [Jilin Institute of Chemical Technology, Jilin 132022 (China)

    2014-05-01

    Highlights: • Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/MWCNT composites were facilely fabricated via in situ precipitation method. • Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/MWCNT composites exhibited enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity. • Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/MWCNT composites showed good photostability compared with Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} particles. • Possible photocatalytic mechanism under visible-light irradiation was proposed. - Abstract: The Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/MWCNT nanocomposites were facilely fabricated via in situ precipitation method by adding (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}HPO{sub 4} into the mixture of multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) and AgNO{sub 3} solution under stirring. The as-prepared Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/MWCNT nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), the Brunauer–Emmett–Teller surface area (BET) and UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The TEM results showed that the Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} nanoparticles were distributed on the surface of MWCNT uniformly with an average diameter of 70 nm, indicating excellent loading result. The photocatalytic activities of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/MWCNT nanocomposites were investigated by degrading methylene blue (MB) and malachite green (MG) under visible-light irradiation. It was found that the Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/MWCNT nanocomposite exhibited excellent photocatalytic performance with enhanced photocatalytic efficiency and good photostability compared with bare Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}. Furthermore, a possible mechanism for the photocatalytic oxidative degradation was also discussed.

  13. In vitro cytotoxicity tests of ZnO‐Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}‐Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3}-based varistor fabricated from ZnO micro and nanoparticle powders on L929 mouse cells

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    Sendi, Rabab Khalid, E-mail: last-name3@hotmail.com, E-mail: shahromx@hotmail.com, E-mail: ameerah7@hotmail.com; Mahmud, Shahrom, E-mail: last-name3@hotmail.com, E-mail: shahromx@hotmail.com, E-mail: ameerah7@hotmail.com; Munshi, Ayman, E-mail: last-name3@hotmail.com, E-mail: shahromx@hotmail.com, E-mail: ameerah7@hotmail.com [Nano-optoelectronics Research and Technology Laboratory (N.O.R.), School of Physics, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800, Penang (Malaysia); Seeni, Azman, E-mail: azanseeni@gmail.com [Advanced Medical and Dental Institute (AMDI), Universiti Sains Malaysia, 13200, Bertam, Pulau Pinang (Malaysia)

    2014-10-24

    The present study investigated the cytotoxicity of ZnO‐Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}‐Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3}-varistors. To this effect, ZnO‐Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}‐Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3} varistors fabricated from ZnO micro-and nanoparticle powders are prepared via conventional ceramic processing method. The effects of ZnO particle size on the properties of ZnO varistors are also investigated. The strong solid-state reaction during sintering may be attributed to the high surface area of the 20 nm ZnO nanoparticles that promote strong surface reaction. The intensity of XRD peaks reflected the high degree of crystallinity of the ZnO nanoparticles. However, the width of the peaks in case of ZnO nanoparticles has increased due to the quantum size effect. The cytotoxicity evaluation of ZnO varistor was conducted on mouse connective tissue fibroblast cells (L929) using Trypan Blue Exclusion Assay analysis. The results show that the four types of varistor samples lead to cellular mitochondrial dysfunction, morphological modifications and apoptosis at the various concentration range and the toxic effects are obviously displayed in high concentration samples. 20nm-VDR is the most toxic materials followed by 40nm-VDR, P8-VDR, and W4-VDR in a descending order.

  14. Magnetic order of Y{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3}-type R{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3} (R=Gd–DY) compounds

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    Morozkin, A.V., E-mail: morozkin@tech.chem.msu.ru [Department of Chemistry, Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, House 1, Building 3, GSP-2, Moscow 119992 (Russian Federation); Yapaskurt, V.O. [Department of Petrology, Faculty of Geology, Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, Moscow 119992 (Russian Federation); Nirmala, R. [Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Malik, S.K.; Quezado, S. [Departamento de Física Teórica e Experimental, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal 59082-970 (Brazil); Yao, Jinlei; Mozharivskyj, Y. [Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4M1 (Canada); Nigam, A.K. [Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai 400005 (India); Isnard, O. [Université Grenoble Alpes, Inst NEEL, BP166, F-38042 Grenoble (France); CNRS, Institut NEEL, 25 rue des martyrs, F-38042 Grenoble (France)

    2016-01-15

    Magnetic measurements and neutron powder diffraction investigations on the Y{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3}-type R{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3} compounds (R=Gd, Tb, Dy) reveal their complex antiferromagnetic ordering. Magnetic measurements on Gd{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3}, Tb{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3} and Dy{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3} indicate antiferromagnetic-like transition at temperatures 260 K, 202 K and 140 K, respectively. Also, the Tb{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3} and Dy{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3} compounds show spin-reorientation transition at 132 K and 99 K, respectively. Below the spin-reorientation transition, the isothermal magnetization curves indicate the metamagnetic-like behavior of Tb{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3} and Dy{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3}. The magnetocaloric effect of Dy{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3} is calculated in terms of isothermal magnetic entropy change and it reaches a maximum value of −1.2 J/kg K and −1.1 J/kg K for a field change of 50 kOe near 146 K and 92 K, respectively. The neutron diffraction studies of Tb{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3} suggest the magnetic ordering of the Tb2 4j sublattice and no magnetic ordering of the Tb1 2a sublattice. Tb{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3} transforms from the high temperature paramagnetic state to the commensurate high-temperature a- and c-axis antiferromagnet of I′2/m magnetic space group below 250 K. Below 150 K, the high-temperature antiferromagnet transforms into the low-temperature a-, b- and c-axis antiferromagnet of I′i magnetic space group. At 1.5 K, the terbium magnetic moment in Tb2 sublattice and its a-, b- and c-axis components reach the values of M{sub Tb2}=8.2(1) μ{sub B}, M{sub aTb2}=5.9(1) μ{sub B}, M{sub bTb2}=4.3(2) μ{sub B} and M{sub cTb2}=3.7(2) μ{sub B}, respectively. - Highlights: • Gd{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3}, Tb{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3} and Dy{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3} have Neel points of 260. 202 and 140 K. • Tb{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3} and Dy{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3} show spin-reorientation transition at 132 and 99 K. • Tb{sub 3}NiSi{sub 3} exhibits the commensurate magnetic ordering of Tb2 4j sublattice

  15. The effect of diameter ratio between transducers and reactor in sonication-assisted synthesis of Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} and Ba{sub 0.3}Sr{sub 0.7}TiO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Manaf, A., E-mail: azwar@ui.ac.id; Fahmi, Agam Aidil [Department of Physics, FMIPA, Universitas Indonesia, Kampus UI Depok (Indonesia); Yustanti, Erlina [Department of Physics, FMIPA, Universitas Indonesia, Kampus UI Depok (Indonesia); Department of Metallurgy, Faculty of Engineering, University of Sultan AgengTirtayasa Jl. Jenderal Sudirman KM 03 Cilegon-Banten 65134 (Indonesia)

    2016-04-19

    This paper describes the particle size characterization of mechanically alloyed Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} and Ba{sub 0.3}Sr{sub 0.7}TiO{sub 3} prepared with the aid of a high-power ultrasonic destruction. Analytical-grade BaCO{sub 3}, TiO{sub 2} and SrCO{sub 3} with a purity greater than 99 wt.% were used as precursors for Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} and Ba{sub 0.3}Sr{sub 0.7}TiO{sub 3}. The mechanically powders were respectively sintered at 1200 °C for 3 hours to form crystalline powders. This work is aimed at studying the effect of diameter ratio between reactor and transducer of a high power sonicator on the Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} and Ba{sub 0.3}Sr{sub 0.7}TiO{sub 3} nanoparticles formation. The presence of a single phase of the two materials was confirmed by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). The concentration of the particles in demineralized water was 3.0 g / 100 mL which become the object of 3 hours ultrasonic destruction subjected to the application of transducer in which the ratio between the diameter of the reactor and the transducer (D/d) was fixed at 1.4, 1.6 and 1.8 respectively. It was found that the mean particle size before the ultrasonic destruction was 538 nm for Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} and 480 nm for Ba{sub 0.3}Sr{sub 0.7}TiO{sub 3}. With D/d of 1.8, the mean particle size of the two materials was found to decrease drastically to 38 nm and 24 nm, respectively. These mean particle sizes were respectively comparable with that of the crystallite size of the particles derived using the Whole Powder Pattern Modelling (WPPM) from which the mean crystallite size of 22 nm for Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} and 14 nm for Ba{sub 0.3}Sr{sub 0.7}TiO{sub 3} were obtained. It is then confirmed single nanocrystallite Ba{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}TiO{sub 3} and Ba{sub 0.3}Sr{sub 0.7}TiO{sub 3} particles were already achieved. We can conclude that the ultrasonic destruction to mechanically milled crystalline particles would be one

  16. Monodisperse and core-shell structured SiO{sub 2}-Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} (Ln=Eu, Tb, Dy, Sm, Er, Ho, and Tm) spherical particles: A facile synthesis and luminescent properties

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    Xu, Zhenhe, E-mail: xuzh056@163.com [College of Applied Chemistry, Shenyang University of Chemical Technology, Shenyang 100142 (China); Feng, Bin [China National Aviation Fuel Group Corporation, Planning and Development Department, Beijing 100088 (China); Bian, Shasha; Liu, Tao; Wang, Mingli; Gao, Yu; Sun, Di; Gao, Xin [College of Applied Chemistry, Shenyang University of Chemical Technology, Shenyang 100142 (China); Sun, Yaguang, E-mail: yaguangsun@yahoo.com.cn [College of Applied Chemistry, Shenyang University of Chemical Technology, Shenyang 100142 (China)

    2012-12-15

    The core-shell structured SiO{sub 2}-Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} particles were realized by coating the Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} phosphors onto the surface of non-aggregated, monodisperse and spherical SiO{sub 2} particles by the Pechini sol-gel method. The as-synthesized products were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectra, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), photolumiminescence (PL), and low-voltage cathodoluminescence (CL). The results indicate that the 800 Degree-Sign C annealed sample consists of crystalline Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3} shells and amorphous SiO{sub 2} cores, in spherical shape with a narrow size distribution. The as-obtained particles show strong light emission with different colors corresponding to different Ln{sup 3+} ions under ultraviolet-visible light excitation and low-voltage electron beams excitation, which have potential applications in fluorescent lamps and field emission displays. - Graphical Abstract: Representative SEM and TEM images of the core-shell structured SiO{sub 2}-Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} particles; CIE chromaticity diagram showing the emission colors for SiO{sub 2}-Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+}; Multicolor emissions of SiO{sub 2}-Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ln{sup 3+} particles. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The core-shell particles were realized by coating the phosphors onto the surface of SiO{sub 2} particles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The sample consists of crystalline Lu{sub 2}O{sub 3} shells and amorphous SiO{sub 2} cores. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The particles show different light emission colors corresponding to Ln{sup 3+} ions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer They have potential applications in fluorescent lamps and field emission displays.

  17. Optical and structural study of In{sub 2}S{sub 3} thin films growth by co-evaporation and chemical bath deposition (CBD) on Cu{sub 3}BiS{sub 3}

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    Mesa, F., E-mail: fgmesar@unal.edu.co [Unidad de Estudios Universitarios, Colegio Mayor de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Cra. 24 N° 63C-69, Bogotá (Colombia); Chamorro, W. [Université de Lorraine, Institut Jean Lamour, Nancy (France); Hurtado, M. [Departamento de Quimica, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Cra. 30 N° 45-03, Bogotá (Colombia); Departamento de Física, Universidad de los Andes, Calle 21 No. 1-20, Bogotá (Colombia)

    2015-09-30

    Highlights: • In{sub 2}S{sub 3} thin films usually grow like an ultrathin. • Samples grown by CBD have a higher degree of coverage of the substrate unlike co-evaporation method. • Solar cells of Al/TCO/In{sub 2}S{sub 3}/Cu{sub 3}BiS{sub 3}/Mo structure. • In{sub 2}S{sub 3} thin films were deposited on Cu{sub 3}BiS{sub 3} (CBS), with of In{sub 2}S{sub 3} β-phase with tetragonal structure. - Abstract: We present the growth of In{sub 2}S{sub 3} onto Cu{sub 3}BiS{sub 3} layers and soda-lime glass (SLG) substrates by using chemical bath deposition (CBD) and physical co-evaporation. The results reveal that the microstructure and the optical properties of the In{sub 2}S{sub 3} films are highly dependent on the growth method. X-ray diffractrograms show that In{sub 2}S{sub 3} films have a higher crystallinity when growing by co-evaporation than by CBD. In{sub 2}S{sub 3} thin films grown by CBD with a thickness below 170 nm have an amorphous structure however when increasing the thickness the films exhibit two diffraction peaks associated to the (1 0 3) and (1 0 7) planes of the β-In{sub 2}S{sub 3} tetragonal structure. It was also found that the In{sub 2}S{sub 3} films present an energy bandgap (E{sub g}) of about 2.75 eV, regardless of the thickness of the samples.

  18. Electrochromic device based on electrospun WO{sub 3} nanofibers

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    Dulgerbaki, Cigdem; Maslakci, Neslihan Nohut; Komur, Ali Ihsan; Oksuz, Aysegul Uygun, E-mail: ayseguluygun@sdu.edu.tr

    2015-12-15

    Highlights: • WO{sub 3} electrochromic nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning technique. • WO{sub 3} nanofibers switched reversibly from transparent to blue color. • Electrochromic device was assembled using ionic liquid based gel electrolyte. • Significant optical modulation and excellent cycling stability were achieved for ECD. - Abstract: The tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) nanofibers were grown directly onto an ITO-coated glass via an electrospinning method for electrochromic applications. The electrochromic properties of WO{sub 3} nanofibers were investigated in the presence of different electrolytes including a series of ionic liquids and classic LiClO{sub 4}-PC system. A significant optical modulation of 20.82% at 760 nm, reversible coloration with efficiency of 64.58 cm{sup 2}/C and excellent cycling stability were achieved for the nanofiber electrochromic device (ECD) with ionic liquid based gel electrolyte.

  19. Y{sub 2}BaCuO{sub 5} particle distribution in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-y} grains of melt growth processed YBCO oxides; Y{sub 2}BaCuO{sub 5}-Partikelverteilung in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-y}-Koernern durch das Melt-Growth-Verfahren verarbeiteter YBCO-Oxide

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    Kim, Chan-Joong; Park, Soon-Dong [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of). Neutron Science Div.; Park, Hai-Woong [Korea Univ. of Technology and Education, Chungnam (Korea, Republic of). College of Energy, Materials and Chemical Engineering

    2013-02-01

    Y{sub 2}BaCuO{sub 5} (Y211) particle distribution within YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-y} (Y123) grains of YBCO samples melt growth (MG) processed was examined. To understand the processing variables on the Y211 distribution, a cooling rate (R{sub C}=1 K/h to R{sub C}=20 K/h) through a peritectic temperature (T{sub p} = 1010 C), a precursor powder size and composition were changed. Two different Y211 distributions (a linear x-like track and planar butterfly-like pattern) were observed, depending on the processing variables. The linear x-like Y211 tracks were observed in the Y123 samples prepared using a stoichiometric Y123 precursor, whereas the planar butterfly-like Y211 patterns were observed in the Y{sub 1.8}Ba{sub 2.4}Cu{sub 3.4}O{sub 7-d} (Y1.8) samples prepared using an Y211-excess composition precursor. The track and planar Y211 patterns were clearer at lower R{sub C} (slower growth rate of Y123 grains) and for the smaller Y211 particles. In contrast, the random Y211 distribution was dominant at the higher R{sub C} and for the larger Y211 particles. The Y211 distribution patterns in the Y123 grains were explained in terms of the interfacial energy difference among growing Y123 fronts. (orig.)

  20. The anomalous behaviour of Ag-Al sub 2 O sub 3 Cermet electroformed devices

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    Khan, M S R

    2003-01-01

    Cermet coating consisting of silver particles in an aluminium oxide matrix were prepared on glass substrates by vacuum deposition. Variation of the circulating current with potential difference was obtained in evaporated Al/Ag-Al sub 2 O sub 3 /Cu sandwich structures, 100 to 200 nm thick containing 10 wt % Ag. It was observed that the investigated sandwich structures exhibit anomalous behaviour such as electroforming with Voltage-Controlled-Negative Resistance (VCNR) in vacuo of approx 4 x 10 sup - sup 6 torr. The formed characteristics were explained on the basis of filamentary model.

  1. Synthesis and magnetic characterization of LaMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Hernandez, E.; Sagredo, V. [Universidad de Los Andes, Facultad de Ciencias, Laboratorio de Magnetismo, 5101 Merida (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of); Delgado, G. E. [Universidad de Los Andes, Facultad de Ciencias, Laboratorio de Cristalografia, 5101 Merida (Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of)

    2015-07-01

    LaMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles system were prepared by the sol-gel auto-combustion method, in order to analyze the structure and magnetic behavior presented by the compound prepared following a new alternative route of synthesis. Structural characterization, morphology and crystallite size was performed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy (IR) and electron microscopy. The XRD study together with a Rietveld analysis showed that the LaMnO{sub 3} compound crystallized in a perovskite hexagonal structure. The IR spectra showed that the compound has tensile energy bands in the Mn-O-Mn bonds related with the octahedron MnO{sub 6}; which are attributed to a characteristic vibration of the ABO{sub 3} perovskite. An estimated size and morphological analysis was carried out by applying the Scherrer formula and using transmission electron microscopy, revealing non-spherical shape and particle sizes between 13 nm and 18 nm. The magnetic measurements M(T) were performed by using zero field-cooled and field-cooled protocols which revealed a positive Weiss temperature indicating the presence of ferromagnetic interactions with a Curie temperature, T{sub C} = 150 K. (Author)

  2. Synthesis and characterization of nanostructured CaZrO{sub 3} and BaZrO{sub 3}

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    Ibiapino, Amanda Laura; Figueiredo, Laysa Pires de [Departamento de Quimica, Instituto de Ciencias Exatas e da Terra, Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso, MT (Brazil); Lascalea, Gustavo E. [LISAMEN/CONICET, Ciudad de Mendoza (Argentina); Prado, Rogerio Junqueira, E-mail: rjprado@ufmt.br [Instituto de Fisica, Universidade Federal do Mato Grosso, Cuiaba - MT (Brazil)

    2013-09-01

    In this work, nanostructured samples of barium zirconate (BaZrO{sub 3}) and calcium zirconate (CaZrO{sub 3}) were synthesized by the gel-combustion method, using glycine as fuel. The ceramic powders were calcined at 550 Degree-Sign C for 2 h and subsequently heat treated at 1350 Degree-Sign C for 10 min (fast-firing). The X-ray diffraction technique was employed to identify and characterize the crystalline phases present in the synthesized powders, using the Rietveld method. Monophasic nanostructured samples of BaZrO{sub 3} and CaZrO{sub 3} presenting average crystallite sizes of around 8.5 and 10.3 nm, respectively, were found after fast-firing. (author)

  3. Bacteria-assisted preparation of nano α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} red pigment powders from waste ferrous sulfate

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    Li, Xiang; Wang, Chuankai; Zeng, Yu; Li, Panyu; Xie, Tonghui; Zhang, Yongkui, E-mail: zhangyongkui@scu.edu.cn

    2016-11-05

    Highlights: • A route to prepare nano α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} red pigment from waste ferrous sulfate is proposed. • Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans is introduced for accelerating iron oxidation. • The particle size of synthetic α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} is ranged from 22 nm to 86 nm. • The prepared nano α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} red pigment fulfills ISO 1248-2006. - Abstract: Massive ferrous sulfate with excess sulfuric acid is produced in titanium dioxide industry each year, ending up stockpiled or in landfills as solid waste, which is hazardous to environment and in urgent demand to be recycled. In this study, waste ferrous sulfate was used as a second raw material to synthesize nano α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} red pigment powders with a bacteria-assisted oxidation process by Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans. The synthesis route, mainly consisting of bio-oxidation, precipitation and calcination, was investigated by means of titration, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray fluorescence (XRF) to obtain optimum conditions. Under the optimum conditions, nano α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} red pigment powders contained 98.24 wt.% of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} were successfully prepared, with a morphology of spheroidal and particle size ranged from 22 nm to 86 nm and averaged at 45 nm. Moreover, the resulting product fulfilled ISO 1248-2006, the standards of iron oxide pigments.

  4. Recording-media-related morphology and magnetic properties of crystalline CoPt{sub 3} and CoPt{sub 3}-Au core-shell nanoparticles synthesized via reverse microemulsion

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    Bahmanrokh, Ghazaleh, E-mail: ghazalehbahmanrokh@yahoo.com; Hashim, Mansor; Matori, Khamirul Amin; Kanagesan, Samikannu; Sabbaghizadeh, Rahim; Ezzad Shafie, Mohd Shamsul [Materials Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory, Institute of Advanced Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Navasery, Manizheh; Soltani, Nayereh [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM, Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Vaziri, Parisa [Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-09-07

    A comparative experimental study of the magnetic properties of CoPt{sub 3} and CoPt{sub 3}/Au nanoparticles as well as a detailed study of the structural properties of the samples by X-ray diffraction, Transmission electron microscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometer is presented in this work. In addition, the effect of particle size on the structure and magnetic properties of nanoparticles prepared by microemulsion is studied. The correlation between particle size, crystallinity, and magnetization was studied as well. CoPt nanoparticles have been studied intensively over the last decade because of their increased magnetic anisotropy in the ordered phase that can be interesting for high density magnetic recording. A significant high coercivity for as-prepared CoPt{sub 3} and CoPt{sub 3}-Au nanoparticles was obtained at room temperature and enhanced after annealing. The focused aim of our study is to obtain high coercivity at room temperature that follows the Curie-Weiss law. This indicates an interacting system in which the nanoparticles behave like single domain ferromagnetic materials in the particle size range of 8 to 35 nm. In addition, the interaction increases by cooling the samples to low temperature around 15 K. Temperature dependence 1/M graph was obtained to investigate the behavior of nanoparticles at low temperature and shows the best fit with Curie-Weis mode.

  5. Synthesis and characterization of rod-like ZnO decorated with γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles monolayer

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    Balti, Imen, E-mail: imenbalti12@yahoo.fr [Unité de Recherche 99/UR12-30, Faculté des Sciences de Bizerte, Université de Carthage, 7021 Jarzouna (Tunisia); Laboratoire des Sciences des Procédés et Matériaux, LSPM, CNRS, UPR 3407, Université Paris XIII, 99 Avenue J.B. Clément, 93430 Villetaneuse (France); Smiri, Laila Samia [Unité de Recherche 99/UR12-30, Faculté des Sciences de Bizerte, Université de Carthage, 7021 Jarzouna (Tunisia); Rabu, Pierre [Département de Chimie des Matériaux Inorganiques, IPCMS, UMR 7504, CNRS–UDS, 23, rue du Loess, BP 43, Strasbourg Cedex 2 (France); Gautron, Eric [Institut des Matériaux Jean Rouxel (IMN)-UMR 6502, Université de Nantes, CNRS, 2 rue de la Houssinière, BP 32229, 44322 Nantes Cedex 3 (France); Viana, Bruno [LCMCP, Chimie-Paristech, UPMC, Collège de France, UMR CNRS 7574, 11 rue Pierre et Marie Curie, 75005 Paris (France); Jouini, Noureddine [Laboratoire des Sciences des Procédés et Matériaux, LSPM, CNRS, UPR 3407, Université Paris XIII, 99 Avenue J.B. Clément, 93430 Villetaneuse (France)

    2014-02-15

    Highlights: ► Rod-like ZnO decorated with γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles have been prepared using forced hydrolysis in polyol medium. ► The system presents excellent UV photoluminescence properties along with superparamagnetic behavior. -- Abstract: Decorated rod-like ZnO particles with γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles monolayer (ZnO@γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) were prepared via a simple route using forced hydrolysis of metal acetates in a polyol medium. The phases and purity of the as-prepared particles were established by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS) analyses. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) showed that the ZnO particles present a typical rod-like morphology with ∼80 nm diameter and ∼200–400 nm length. These nanorods are decorated with well-organized γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} spherical nanoparticles showing a narrow size distribution around 5 nm. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the bare ZnO particles show predominant UV-excitonic and weak visible emission. The latter vanishes after covering the surface with the γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles suggesting an effect on the oxygen stoichiometry at the surface of the ZnO nanorods. The decorated nanoparticles exhibit magnetic response to an external magnetic field at room temperature and a superparamagnetic character with very low blocking temperature likely related to the organisation of γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles as monolayer.

  6. The liquid structure of haloforms CHCl{sub 3} and CHBr{sub 3}

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    Pothoczki, Szilvia; Temleitner, Laszlo; Jovari, Pal; Pusztai, Laszlo [Research Institute for Solid State Physics and Optics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, H-1525 Budapest, PO Box 49 (Hungary); Kohara, Shinji, E-mail: poth@szfki.h [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (SPring-8/JASRI), 1-1-1 Kouto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan)

    2010-10-13

    New neutron and x-ray diffraction measurements are reported on liquid chloroform, CHCl{sub 3}, and bromoform, CHBr{sub 3}. Experimental total scattering structure factors have been interpreted by the reverse Monte Carlo method of structural modelling. Partial radial distribution functions, intramolecular bond angle distributions and functions characterizing distance-dependent orientational correlations have been calculated directly from the particle coordinates. It has been found that most of these characteristics of the microscopic structure can be approximated rather well by functions calculated for hard sphere like reference systems. The two liquids show similar features from the point of view of their structure. There are also some distinctive features in terms of orientational correlations: nearest neighbour molecules prefer face-to-face arrangement in chloroform whereas in bromoform, edge-to-face configurations dominate, with a significant occurrence of corner-to-face type correlations.

  7. Photocatalytic hydrogen production over solid solutions between BiFeO{sub 3} and SrTiO{sub 3}

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    Lu, Lingwei; Lv, Meilin [Shanghai Key Lab of Chemical Assessment and Sustainability, Department of Chemistry, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai, 200092 (China); Liu, Gang [Shenyang National laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Science, 72 Wenhua Road, Shenyang 110016 (China); Xu, Xiaoxiang, E-mail: xxxu@tongji.edu.cn [Shanghai Key Lab of Chemical Assessment and Sustainability, Department of Chemistry, Tongji University, 1239 Siping Road, Shanghai, 200092 (China)

    2017-01-01

    Graphical abstract: We have successfully prepared a series of SrTiO{sub 3}-BiFeO{sub 3} solid solutions. These materials own strong visible light absorption and demonstrate appealing photocatalytic activity under both full range and visible light irradiation. - Highlights: • Band gap values can be tuned by adjusting molar ratios between SrTiO{sub 3} and BiFeO{sub 3}. • Photocatalytic activity is greatly improved after constituting solid solutions. • Photocatalytic activity is influenced by surface area and light absorption. • Fe plays an important role for band gap reduction and catalytic activity. - Abstract: Constituting solid solutions has been an appealing means to gain control over various physicochemical properties. In this work, we synthesized a series of SrTiO{sub 3}-BiFeO{sub 3} solid solutions and systematically explored their structural, optical and photocatalytic properties. Our results show that all solid solutions crystallize in a primitive cubic structure and their band gap values can be easily tuned by adjusting molar ratios between SrTiO{sub 3} and BiFeO{sub 3}. Photocatalytic hydrogen production under both full range and visible light irradiation is greatly improved after forming solid solutions. The highest hydrogen production rate obtained is ∼180 μmol/h under full range irradiation (λ ≥ 250 nm) and ∼4.2 μmol/h under visible light irradiation (λ ≥ 400 nm), corresponding to apparent quantum efficiency ∼2.28% and ∼0.10%, respectively. The activity is found to be strongly influenced by surface area and light absorption. Theoretical calculation suggests that Fe contributes to the formation of spin-polarized bands in the middle of original band gap and is responsible for the band gap reduction and visible light photocatalytic activity.

  8. Electrical characteristics of SrTiO{sub 3}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} laminated film capacitors

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    Peng, Yong; Yao, Manwen, E-mail: yaomw@tongji.edu.cn; Chen, Jianwen; Xu, Kaien; Yao, Xi [Functional Materials Research Laboratory, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092 (China)

    2016-07-07

    The electrical characteristics of SrTiO{sub 3}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (160 nm up/90 nm down) laminated film capacitors using the sol-gel process have been investigated. SrTiO{sub 3} is a promising and extensively studied high-K dielectric material, but its leakage current property is poor. SrTiO{sub 3}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} laminated films can effectively suppress the demerits of pure SrTiO{sub 3} films under low electric field, but the leakage current value reaches to 0.1 A/cm{sup 2} at higher electric field (>160 MV/m). In this study, a new approach was applied to reduce the leakage current and improve the dielectric strength of SrTiO{sub 3}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} laminated films. Compared to laminated films with Au top electrodes, dielectric strength of laminated films with Al top electrodes improves from 205 MV/m to 322 MV/m, simultaneously the leakage current maintains the same order of magnitude (10{sup −4} A/cm{sup 2}) until the breakdown occurs. The above electrical characteristics are attributed to the anodic oxidation reaction in origin, which can repair the defects of laminated films at higher electric field. The anodic oxidation reactions have been confirmed by the corresponding XPS measurement and the cross sectional HRTEM analysis. This work provides a new approach to fabricate dielectrics with high dielectric strength and low leakage current.

  9. Reverse micellar synthesis, structural characterization and dielectric properties of Sr-doped BaZrO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Ahmad, Tokeer, E-mail: tahmad3@jmi.ac.in [Nanochemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 110025 (India); Ubaidullah, Mohd [Nanochemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 110025 (India); Department of Chemistry, Banasthali University, Tonk, Rajasthan, 304022 (India); School of Science and Technology, Glocal University, Mirzapur, Saharanpur, 247121, Uttar Pradesh (India); Shahazad, Mohd [Nanochemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, 110025 (India); Kumar, Dinesh [Department of Chemistry, Banasthali University, Tonk, Rajasthan, 304022 (India); Al-Hartomy, Omar A. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, 21589 (Saudi Arabia)

    2017-01-01

    Sr-doped BaZrO{sub 3} nanoparticles with strontium content varying from 5 to 20 mol % were successfully synthesized by reverse micellar method at 900 °C for the first time. Systematic studies have been carried out to establish the structural and electrical properties of the as prepared nanoparticles. These nanoparticles were characterized using powder X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, BET surface area and dielectric measurements. X-ray diffraction analysis showed the formation of monophasic and highly crystalline nanoparticles which could be indexed in cubic BaZrO{sub 3} with contraction of lattice on strontium substitution. A monotonic shift of diffraction pattern towards higher angel confirms the formation of solid solutions of Ba{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}ZrO{sub 3} (0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.20) which was corroborating well with lattice parameter studies. Transmission electron microscopic studies showed the formation of cubic, spherical and hexagonal nanoparticles with an average grain size of 40–65 nm. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopic studies confirmed the presence of dopant (Sr{sup 2+}) in the BaZrO{sub 3} matrix and estimated chemical species corroborate well with the loaded composition. Specific surface area of the solid solution comes out to be in the range of 104–244 m{sup 2} g{sup -1}. Smallest particle of size 40 nm shows highest surface area 244 m{sup 2} g{sup -1} for 20 mol% Sr-doped BaZrO{sub 3}. Dielectric and impedance studies were also carried out as a function of frequency and temperature to explore the electrical properties of Sr-doped BaZrO{sub 3}. The dielectric constant of Ba{sub 1−x}Sr{sub x}ZrO{sub 3} (0.05 ≤ x ≤ 0.20) was found to be in the range of 13–25 for x = 0.05 to x = 0.20 with nearly similar dielectric loss of the order of 0.02. The conductance increases linearly with increase in frequency at room temperature, however the impedance has an inverse effect. - Highlights: • Monophasic nanocrystalline Ba{sub 1

  10. Synthesis and characterization of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles by simple precipitation method

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    Sankadiya, Siyaram, E-mail: siyaramsankdiya@gmail.com; Oswal, Nidhi, E-mail: oswal03nidhi@gmail.com [Dept. of Applied Physics, Shri Govindram Sakseria Inst. of Tech. and Sci., 23 Park Road, Indore(MP) 452003 (India); Jain, Pranat, E-mail: pranatjain@gmail.com [Dept. of Material Sc. & Metallurgical Eng., Maulana Azad National Inst. of Tech., Bhopal (MP) 4620003 (India); Gupta, Nitish, E-mail: nitish.nidhi75@gmail.com [Dept. of Applied Chemistry, Shri Govindram Sakseria Inst. of Tech. and Sci., 23 Park Road, Indore (MP) 452003 (India)

    2016-04-13

    A simple and efficient synthesis of Iron-oxide nanoparticles was carried out by precipitation method using ferric chloride as precursor and ammonium hydroxide as a stabilizing agent at different calcination temperatures. The synthesized powder was characterized by powder X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (FE-SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). X-ray diffraction indicated the formation hematite Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} structure. FTIR showed various functional groups of particles and absorption bands related to metal oxygen vibration modes. The heating temperatures were varied at 100 °C, 200°C, and 300°C. The Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures with the average particle size of about 36.22 nm were prepared at 300°C for 4h. TEM study is also confirming the nanosize of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particle. This aqueous precipitation method gives a large scale production of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles easily.

  11. Effects of 20–100 nm particles on liquid clouds in the clean summertime Arctic

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    W. R. Leaitch

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Observations addressing effects of aerosol particles on summertime Arctic clouds are limited. An airborne study, carried out during July 2014 from Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada, as part of the Canadian NETCARE project, provides a comprehensive in situ look into some effects of aerosol particles on liquid clouds in the clean environment of the Arctic summer. Median cloud droplet number concentrations (CDNC from 62 cloud samples are 10 cm−3 for low-altitude cloud (clouds topped below 200 m and 101 cm−3 for higher-altitude cloud (clouds based above 200 m. The lower activation size of aerosol particles is  ≤  50 nm diameter in about 40 % of the cases. Particles as small as 20 nm activated in the higher-altitude clouds consistent with higher supersaturations (S for those clouds inferred from comparison of the CDNC with cloud condensation nucleus (CCN measurements. Over 60 % of the low-altitude cloud samples fall into the CCN-limited regime of Mauritsen et al. (2011, within which increases in CDNC may increase liquid water and warm the surface. These first observations of that CCN-limited regime indicate a positive association of the liquid water content (LWC and CDNC, but no association of either the CDNC or LWC with aerosol variations. Above the Mauritsen limit, where aerosol indirect cooling may result, changes in particles with diameters from 20 to 100 nm exert a relatively strong influence on the CDNC. Within this exceedingly clean environment, as defined by low carbon monoxide and low concentrations of larger particles, the background CDNC are estimated to range between 16 and 160 cm−3, where higher values are due to activation of particles  ≤  50 nm that likely derive from natural sources. These observations offer the first wide-ranging reference for the aerosol cloud albedo effect in the summertime Arctic.

  12. Microwave synthesis of α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles and their lithium storage properties: A comparative study

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    Mondal, Anjon Kumar, E-mail: anjonmondal@yahoo.com; Chen, Shuangqiang; Su, Dawei; Kretschmer, Katja; Liu, Hao; Wang, Guoxiu, E-mail: Guoxiu.Wang@uts.edu.au

    2015-11-05

    This work introduces a simple microwave method for the preparation of α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles with two different sizes. Both the materials were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller methods. The lithium storage properties were evaluated and compared in terms of their reversible capacity, rate capability and cycling performance. Interestingly, the electrode made of large particles (200–300 nm) show the reversible capacity of 1012 mA h g{sup −1}, better rate capability and excellent cycling stability than those of the small particles (20–30 nm). The poor electrochemical performances of small particles can be ascribed to their agglomeration during repeated charging and discharge process. The agglomeration of small particles may substantially decrease the surface area, which results in the lack of sufficient electro active sites for electrochemical reaction. - Highlights: • A microwave method was employed to prepare α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles with two different sizes. • Larger particles of α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} showed the reversible capacity of 1012 mA h g{sup −1}. • Compared to small particles larger particles presented excellent cycling stability. • Larger particles exhibited high rate capability.

  13. Anti-bombing insensitivity life of molybdenum cathode doped with La{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Wang Jinshu [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100022 (China)]. E-mail: wangjsh@bjut.edu.cn; Wang Yiman [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100022 (China); Zhou Meiling [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100022 (China)

    2006-03-15

    Anti-bombing insensitivity of La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Mo secondary emitter has been studied in this paper. The variation of maximum secondary emission coefficient {delta} {sub max} with time was measured. The cathode after life experiment was analyzed by means of HRM, SEM, EDS and XRD. The results showed that {delta} {sub max} of La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Mo cathode operating at 1100 deg. C under continuous electron bombardment of 300 W/cm{sup 2} was still about 2.5 after 1000 h operation, indicating that this kind of cathode had good anti-bombing insensitivity. In the internal part of the cathode, RE{sub 2}O{sub 3} (rare earth oxide) and molybdenum grains distributed alternately and there existed a certain relationship between crystallographic orientation of RE{sub 2}O{sub 3} and that of molybdenum. It was found that a RE{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer was formed on the surface after operation. The high {delta} {sub max} of La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Mo cathode was related to the RE{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer on the surface and the amount of nanosized La{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles on the Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer.

  14. Thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate in the presence of Al(OH){sub 3}·Cr(OH){sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Zhang, WenJing [Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); National Engineering Laboratory for Hydrometallurgical Cleaner Production Technology, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Li, Ping, E-mail: lipinggnipil@home.ipe.ac.cn [Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); National Engineering Laboratory for Hydrometallurgical Cleaner Production Technology, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); Xu, HongBin; Sun, Randi; Qing, Penghui; Zhang, Yi [Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China); National Engineering Laboratory for Hydrometallurgical Cleaner Production Technology, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190 (China)

    2014-03-01

    Highlights: • The amorphous Al(OH){sub 3}·Cr(OH){sub 3} nanoparticles containing surface hydroxyls were prepared by a hydrolytic co-precipitation method. • The Al(OH){sub 3}·Cr(OH){sub 3} nanoparticles show excellent catalytic ability for AP decomposition. • The surface hydroxyls and amorphous form of Al(OH){sub 3}·Cr(OH){sub 3} nanoparticles promote ammonia oxidation of AP. - Abstract: An Al(OH){sub 3}·Cr(OH){sub 3} nanoparticle preparation procedure and its catalytic effect and mechanism on thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate (AP) were investigated using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry (TG-DSC), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and thermogravimetric analysis and mass spectroscopy (TG-MS). In the preparation procedure, TEM, SAED, and FT-IR showed that the Al(OH){sub 3}·Cr(OH){sub 3} particles were amorphous particles with dimensions in the nanometer size regime containing a large amount of surface hydroxyl under the controllable preparation conditions. When the Al(OH){sub 3}·Cr(OH){sub 3} nanoparticles were used as additives for the thermal decomposition of AP, the TG-DSC results showed that the addition of Al(OH){sub 3}·Cr(OH){sub 3} nanoparticles to AP remarkably decreased the onset temperature of AP decomposition from approximately 450 °C to 245 °C. The FT-IR, RS and XPS results confirmed that the surface hydroxyl content of the Al(OH){sub 3}·Cr(OH){sub 3} nanoparticles decreased from 67.94% to 63.65%, and Al(OH){sub 3}·Cr(OH){sub 3} nanoparticles were limitedly transformed from amorphous to crystalline after used as additives for the thermal decomposition of AP. Such behavior of Al(OH){sub 3}·Cr(OH){sub 3} nanoparticles promoted the oxidation of NH{sub 3} of AP to decompose to N{sub 2}O first, as indicated by the TG-MS results, accelerating the AP thermal decomposition.

  15. Solar photocatalytic activity of TiO{sub 2} modified with WO{sub 3} on the degradation of an organophosphorus pesticide

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    Ramos-Delgado, N.A. [Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, San Nicolás de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico); Gracia-Pinilla, M.A. [Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Ciencias Físico-Matemáticas, Av. Universidad, Cd. Universitaria, San Nicolás de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico); Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Centro de Investigación e Innovación en Desarrollo de Ingeniería y Tecnología, PIIT Km 6, Carretera al Aeropuerto, Apodaca, N.L. (Mexico); Maya-Treviño, L.; Hinojosa-Reyes, L.; Guzman-Mar, J.L. [Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, San Nicolás de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico); Hernández-Ramírez, A., E-mail: aracely.hernandezrm@uanl.edu.mx [Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, San Nicolás de los Garza, N.L. (Mexico)

    2013-12-15

    Highlights: • TiO{sub 2} and WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} (2 and 5%) were tested in the photocatalytic malathion degradation. • The use of solar radiation in the photocatalytic degradation process was evaluated. • Modified catalyst showed greater photocatalytic activity than pure TiO{sub 2}. • The mineralization rate was improved when WO{sub 3} content on TiO{sub 2} was 2%. -- Abstract: In this study, the solar photocatalytic activity (SPA) of WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} photocatalysts synthesized by the sol–gel method with two different percentages of WO{sub 3} (2 and 5%wt) was evaluated using malathion as a model contaminant. For comparative purpose bare TiO{sub 2} was also prepared by sol–gel process. The powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, diffuse reflectance UV–vis spectroscopy (DRUV–vis), specific surface area by the BET method (SSA{sub BET}), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and scanning transmission electron microscopy with a high annular angle dark field detector (STEM-HAADF). The XRD, Raman, HRTEM and STEM-HAADF analyses indicated that WO{sub 3} was present as a monoclinic crystalline phase with nanometric cluster sizes (1.1 ± 0.1 nm for 2% WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} and 1.35 ± 0.3 nm for 5% WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2}) and uniformly dispersed on the surface of TiO{sub 2}. The particle size of the materials was 19.4 ± 3.3 nm and 25.6 ± 3 nm for 2% and 5% WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2}, respectively. The SPA was evaluated on the degradation of commercial malathion pesticide using natural solar light. The 2% WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} photocatalyst exhibited the best photocatalytic activity achieving 76% of total organic carbon (TOC) abatement after 300 min compared to the 5% WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} and bare TiO{sub 2} photocatalysts, which achieved 28 and 47% mineralization, respectively. Finally, experiments were performed to assess 2% WO{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} catalyst activity on

  16. On the thermal stability of ultrafine-grained Al stabilized by in-situ amorphous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} network

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    Balog, Martin, E-mail: martin.balog@savba.sk [Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Racianska 75, 83102 Bratislava (Slovakia); Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 (United States); Hu, Tao [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 (United States); Krizik, Peter [Institute of Materials and Machine Mechanics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Racianska 75, 83102 Bratislava (Slovakia); Castro Riglos, Maria Victoria [Centro Atómico Bariloche, Av. Bustillo 9.500 (8400) Bariloche, Río Negro (Argentina); Saller, Brandon D.; Yang, Hanry; Schoenung, Julie M.; Lavernia, Enrique J. [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California, Davis, CA 95616 (United States)

    2015-11-11

    Bulk Al materials with average grain sizes of 0.47 and 2.4 µm, were fabricated by quasi-isostatic forging consolidation of two types of Al powders with average particle sizes of 1.3 and 8.9 μm, respectively. By utilizing the native amorphous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} (am-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) film on the Al powders surfaces, a continuous, ∼7 nm thick, am-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} network was formed in situ in the Al specimens. Systematic investigation of the changes to the am-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} network embedded in the Al matrix upon heating and annealing up to 600 °C was performed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). At the same time, the stability of the Al grain structure was studied by transmission Kikuchi diffraction (TKD), electron back-scatter diffraction (EBSD), and TEM. The am-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} network remained stable after annealing at 400 °C for 24 h. In-situ TEM studies revealed that at temperatures ≥450 °C, phase transformation of the am-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} network to crystalline γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles occurred. After annealing at 600 °C for 24 h the transformation was completed, whereby only nanometric γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles with an average size of 28 nm resided on the high angle grain boundaries of Al. Due to the pinning effect of γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, the Al grain and subgrain structures remained unchanged during annealing up to 600 °C for 24 h. The effect of the am-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}→γ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} transformation on the mechanical properties of ultrafine- and fine-grained Al is discussed from the standpoint of the underlying mechanisms.

  17. Magneto-optical and catalytic properties of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@HA@Ag magnetic nanocomposite

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    Amir, Md., E-mail: mdamir01031001@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Fatih University, 34500 B.Çekmece-İstanbul, Turkey (Turkey); Bio & Nanotechnology Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Istanbul University, 34452 Beyazıt/Fatih-İstanbul (Turkey); Güner, S. [Department of Physics, Fatih University, 34500 B.Çekmece-İstanbul, Turkey (Turkey); Yıldız, A. [Department of Textile Engineering, Namık Kemal University, 59860 Çorlu-Tekirdağ, Turkey (Turkey); Baykal, A. [Department of Chemistry, Fatih University, 34500 B.Çekmece-İstanbul, Turkey (Turkey)

    2017-01-01

    Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@HA@Ag magnetic nanocomposites (MNCs) were successfully synthesized by the simple reflux method for the removal of azo dyes from the industrial aqueous media. Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@HA@AgMNCs exhibited high catalytic activity to reduce MB within 20 min from the waste water. The obtained materials were characterized by the means of different techniques. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed the single-phase of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} spinel structure. SEM and TEM analysis indicated that Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@HA@AgMNCs were nanoparticles like structure with small agglomeration. TG result showed that the products contained 9% of HA. The characteristic peaks of HA at 1601 cm{sup −1} and 1703 cm{sup −1} was observed by the means of FT-IR spectra of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@HA@AgMNCs. The hysteresis (σ–H) curves revealed Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@HA@Ag MNCs exhibit a typical superparamagnetic characteristic with a saturation magnetization of 59.11 emu/g and measured magnetic moment is 2.45 µ{sub B}. The average magnetic particle dimension (D{sub mag}) is 13.25 nm. In accordance, the average crystallite and particle dimensions were obtained as 11.50 nm and 13.10 nm from XRD and TEM measurements, respectively. Magnetocrystalline anisotropy was offered as uniaxial and calculated effective anisotropy constant (K{sub eff}) is 2.96×10{sup 5} Erg/g. The blocking temperature was estimated as 522 K. The size-dependent saturation magnetization suggests the existence of a magnetically dead layer as 0.793 nm for Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@HA@Ag MNCs. The UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and Kubelka–Munk theory were applied to determine the optical properties of powder samples. The direct optical energy band gap (E{sub g}) values were estimated from Tauc plots between 1.62 eV and 2.12 eV. - Graphical abstract: An illustration for the fabrication of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@HA@Ag MNCs. - Highlights: • The reduction of azo dye such Methylene Blue was instantly completed with

  18. Synthesis and properties of Li{sub 2}SnO{sub 3}/polyaniline nanocomposites as negative electrode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Wang Qiufen [School of Science, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an 710129 (China); School of Physics and Chemistry, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000 (China); Huang Ying, E-mail: yingh@nwpu.edu.cn [School of Science, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an 710129 (China); Miao Juan [School of Physics and Chemistry, Henan Polytechnic University, Jiaozuo 454000 (China); Zhao Yang; Wang Yan [School of Science, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi' an 710129 (China)

    2012-10-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Li{sub 2}SnO{sub 3}/polyaniline nanocomposite (40-50 nm) was synthesized by micro emulsion polymerization. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Li{sub 2}SnO{sub 3}/PANI exhibits lower initial irreversible capacities than Li{sub 2}SnO{sub 3}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Its capacity retains 569.2 mAh g{sup -1} after 50 cycles. - Abstract: The nanocomposites Li{sub 2}SnO{sub 3}/polyaniline (Li{sub 2}SnO{sub 3}/PANI) have been synthesized by a micro emulsion polymerization method. The structure, morphology and electrochemical properties of the as-prepared materials are characterized by XRD, FTIR, Raman, XPS, TGA, TEM and electrochemical measurements. Results show that Li{sub 2}SnO{sub 3}/PANI nanocomposites are composed of uniform and blocky nano-sized particles (40-50 nm) with clear lattice fringes. Electrochemical measurement suggests that Li{sub 2}SnO{sub 3}/PANI exhibits better cycling properties and lower initial irreversible capacities than Li{sub 2}SnO{sub 3} as negative electrodes materials for lithium-ion batteries. At a current density of 60 mA g{sup -1} in the voltage about 0.05-2.0 V, the initial irreversible capacity of Li{sub 2}SnO{sub 3}/PANI is 563 mAh g{sup -1} while it is 687.5 mAh g{sup -1} to Li{sub 2}SnO{sub 3}. The capacity retained of Li{sub 2}SnO{sub 3}/PANI (569.2 mAh g{sup -1}) is higher than that of Li{sub 2}SnO{sub 3} (510.2 mAh g{sup -1}) after 50 cycles. The PANI in the Li{sub 2}SnO{sub 3}/PANI nanocomposites can buffer the released stress caused by the drastic volume variation during the alloying/de-alloying process of Li-Sn.

  19. In(OH){sub 3} and In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanorice and microflowers: morphology transformation and optical properties

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    Ren Weian; Liu Ying; Mei Zongwei; Wen Xiaogang, E-mail: wenxg2001@163.com [Sichuan University, School of Materials Science and Engineering (China); Wang Suhua [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Intelligent Machines (China)

    2013-02-15

    In this work, In(OH){sub 3} and In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures with controllable complex morphologies were successfully synthesized through a simple hydrothermal process followed by annealing. The In(OH){sub 3} nanostructures were synthesized using urea as the alkaline source at a relatively low temperature without any templates or surfactants. The morphology transformation of In(OH){sub 3} from nanorice to microflowers was observed. The In(OH){sub 3} nanorice are 180 nm in diameter and 550 nm in length, the microflowers are about 3 {mu}m in diameter and composed of thin nanoflakes with 4-nm thickness. In{sub 2}O{sub 3} with similar morphology was formed by annealing In(OH){sub 3} precursors. The nanostructures were characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Our results suggest that a new nucleation-growth-etching-regrowth mechanism can explain the morphology transformation from nanorice to flower-like frameworks. Raman spectrum and photoluminescence (PL) properties of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} were also measured, and a 3-nm blue-shift of PL spectrum was observed due to the thinness of the nanostructures.

  20. Formation of carrageenan-CaCO{sub 3} bioactive membranes

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    Nogueira, Lucas F.B.; Maniglia, Bianca C.; Pereira, Lourivaldo S.; Tapia-Blácido, Delia R.; Ramos, Ana P., E-mail: anapr@ffclrp.usp.br

    2016-01-01

    The high biocompatibility and resorbability of polymeric membranes have encouraged their use to manufacture medical devices. Here, we report on the preparation of membranes consisting of carrageenan, a naturally occurring sulfated polysaccharide that forms helical structures in the presence of calcium ions. We incorporated CaCO{sub 3} particles into the membranes to enhance their bioactivity and mechanical properties. Infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction data confirmed CaCO{sub 3} incorporation into the polymeric matrix. We tested the bioactivity of the samples by immersing them in a solution that mimics the ionic composition and pH of the human body fluid. The hybrid membranes generated hydroxyapatite, as attested by X-ray diffraction data. Scanning electron and atomic force microscopies aided investigation of membrane topography before and after CaCO{sub 3} deposition. The wettability and surface free energy, evaluated by contact angle measures, increased in the presence of CaCO{sub 3} particles. These parameters are important for membrane implantation in the body. Moreover, membrane stiffness was up to 110% higher in the presence of the inorganic particles, as revealed by Young's modulus. - Highlights: • Hybrid kappa and iota carrageenan-CaCO{sub 3} membranes were formed. • The hybrid membrane's origin hydroxyapatite after exposure to simulated body fluid • The carrageenan's specificity to bind Ca{sup 2+} ions tailors the surface properties.

  1. Angular distributions of emitted particles by laser ablation of silver at 355 nm

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    Svendsen, Winnie Edith; Schou, Jørgen; Hansen, T.

    1998-01-01

    The angular distribution of laser ablated silver in vacuum has been measured in situ with an array of quartz-crystal microbalances. The silver surface was irradiated by ns pulses from a Nd:YAG laser operating at 355 nm for fluences ranging from 0.7 J/cm2 to 8 J/cm2. The distribution is strongly...... peaked in the forward direction corresponding to cosp/, where p varies from 5 to 12 for the largest beam spot, but is less peaked for the smallest beam spots. The total collected yield of ablated atoms is about 221015 Ag atoms per pulse for the highest pulse energies....

  2. Preparation of nano-sized {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} from oil shale ash

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    An, Baichao; Wang, Wenying; Ji, Guijuan; Gan, Shucai; Gao, Guimei; Xu, Jijing; Li, Guanghuan [College of Chemistry, Jilin University, Changchun 130026 (China)

    2010-01-15

    Oil shale ash (OSA), the residue of oil shale semi-coke roasting, was used as a raw material to synthesize nano-sized {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Ultrasonic oscillation pretreatment followed by azeotropic distillation was employed for reducing the particle size of {alpha}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The structural characterization at molecular and nanometer scales was performed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), respectively. The interaction between alumina and n-butanol was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The results revealed that the crystalline phase of alumina nanoparticles was regular and the well dispersed alumina nanoparticles had a diameter of 50-80 nm. In addition, the significant factors including injection rate of carbon oxide (CO{sub 2}), ultrasonic oscillations, azeotropic distillation and surfactant were investigated with respect to their effects on the size of the alumina particles. (author)

  3. Photocatalytic performance of nano-photocatalyst from TiO{sub 2} and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} by mechanochemical synthesis

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    Ghorai, Tanmay K., E-mail: tanmay_ghorai@yahoo.co.in [Department of Chemistry, West Bengal State University, Barasat, North 24 Pgs, Kolkata 700126 (India); Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721302 (India); Chakraborty, Mukut [Department of Chemistry, West Bengal State University, Barasat, North 24 Pgs, Kolkata 700126 (India); Pramanik, Panchanan [Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Kharagpur 721302 (India)

    2011-08-11

    Graphical abstract: Nano-particles of homogeneous solution between TiO{sub 2} and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} (up to 5 mol%) have been prepared by mechanochemical milling. The results show that the alloy of TiO{sub 2} with 5 mol% of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} (YFT1) exhibit photocatalytic activity 3-5 times higher than that of P25 TiO{sub 2} for oxidation of various dyes (RB, MO, TB and BG) under visible light irradiation. The average particle size and crystallite size of YFT1 were found to be 30 {+-} 5 nm and 12 nm measured from TEM and XRD. Optical adsorption edge is found to be 2.26 eV. Tentative schematic diagram of reaction mechanism of YFT/RFT photocatalysts under visible light irradiation. Highlights: > Synthesis of nano-sized homogeneous solid solution between Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} with high photocatalytic activity for oxidative degradation of different dyes was successfully obtained through mechanochemical synthesis. XRD data shows the formation of solid solution having anatase structure with no free Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} up to 5 mol% of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} catalyst have crystallite size about 12-13 nm measured from XRD and particle size about 30 {+-} 5 nm measured from TEM. FT-IR of all Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/TiO{sub 2} prepared catalysts is similar to pure TiO{sub 2}. The maximum solubility of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} in TiO{sub 2} is 5 mol% of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} irrespective of source and this composition has highest photocatalytic activity that is 3-5 times higher than P25 TiO{sub 2} for the oxidation of different dyes. We also observed that the rate of degradation of Rhodamine B is faster among all the four dyes under prepared catalyst and visible light. - Abstract: Nano-particles of homogeneous solid solution between TiO{sub 2} and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} (up to 10 mol%) have been prepared by mechanochemical milling of TiO{sub 2} and yellow Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/red Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/precipitated Fe (OH){sub 3} using a planetary ball mill. Such novel solid

  4. Paclitaxel conjugated Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@LaF{sub 3}:Ce{sup 3+},Tb{sup 3+} nanoparticles as bifunctional targeting carriers for Cancer theranostics application

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    Mangaiyarkarasi, Rajendiran; Chinnathambi, Shanmugavel; Karthikeyan, Subramani; Aruna, Prakasarao; Ganesan, Singaravelu, E-mail: sganesan@annauniv.edu

    2016-02-01

    The bi-functional Chitosan functionalized magnetite doped luminescent rare earth nanoparticles (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@LaF{sub 3}: Ce{sup 3+},Tb{sup 3+}/chi NPs) as a carrier of paclitaxel (PTX) drug was designed using a co-precipitation and facile direct precipitation method. The synthesized nanoparticles are spherical in shape with a typical diameter of 19–37 nm respectively. They are water soluble, super paramagnetic and biocompatible, in which the amino groups on the nanoparticles surface are used for the conjugation with an anticancer drug, paclitaxel. The nature of PTX binding with Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@LaF{sub 3}: Ce{sup 3+},Tb{sup 3+}/chi nanoparticles were studied using X-ray diffraction, vibrating sample magnetometer and scanning electron micrograph. The nature of interactions between PTX and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@LaF{sub 3}: Ce{sup 3+},Tb{sup 3+}/chi NPs due to complex formation were conceded out by various spectroscopic methods viz., UV–visible, steady state and excited state fluorescence spectroscopy. The photo-physical characterization reveals that the adsorption and release of PTX from Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@LaF{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+}/chi nanoparticles is quicker when compared with other nanoparticles and also confirms that this may be due to the hydrogen bond formation between the hydroxyl group of drug and amino group of nanoparticles respectively. The maximum loading capacity and entrapment efficiency of 83.69% and 80.51% were attained at a ratio of 5:8 of PTX and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@LaF{sub 3}: Ce{sup 3+},Tb{sup 3+}/chi NPs respectively. In addition with that, antitumoral activity study of PTX conjugated Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@LaF{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+}/chi nanoparticles exhibits increased cytotoxic effects on A549 lung cancer cell lines than that of unconjugated PTX. - Highlights: • Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@LaF{sub 3}: Ce{sup 3+},Tb{sup 3+}/chi nanoparticles as a carrier of paclitaxel. • These particles are water soluble, super paramagnetic and biocompatible. • The maximum

  5. Synthesis, characterization, and comparative gas-sensing properties of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} prepared from Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-chitosan

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    Cuong, Nguyen Duc [Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism, Hue University, 22 Lam Hoang, Vy Da Ward, Hue City (Viet Nam); College of Sciences, Hue University, 77 Nguyen Hue, Phu Nhuan Ward, Hue City (Viet Nam); International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), Hanoi (Viet Nam); Hoa, Tran Thai; Khieu, Dinh Quang [College of Sciences, Hue University, 77 Nguyen Hue, Phu Nhuan Ward, Hue City (Viet Nam); Lam, Tran Dai [Institute of Materials Science, Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Hoa, Nguyen Duc [International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), Hanoi (Viet Nam); Van Hieu, Nguyen, E-mail: hieu@itims.edu.vn [International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS), Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST), Hanoi (Viet Nam)

    2012-05-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We have demonstrated a facile method to prepare Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles and chitosan-coated Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} sensors prepared from those Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} materials have been investigated and compared. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The results show potential application of {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} for CO sensors in environmental monitoring. - Abstract: In this paper, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and chitosan (CS)-coated Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were synthesized via co-precipitation method and subsequent covalent binding of CS onto the surface for functionalization, respectively. Characterization of the crystal structures and morphologies of as-synthesized nanoparticles by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy demonstrated that Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} had a cubic spinal structure with irregular shapes and average diameters of 10-20 nm. The surface states and magnetic properties of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-CS nanoparticles were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectra and vibrating sample magnetometry. Results showed that Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-CS nanoparticles possessed super-paramagnetic properties, with saturated magnetization up to 60 emu/g. In addition, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and CS-coated Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were used in the fabrication of {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} based gas sensors. Gas sensing measurements revealed that the {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} gas sensor prepared from Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-CS had a better response to H{sub 2}, CO, C{sub 2}H{sub 5}OH, and NH{sub 3} compared with the device prepared from pristine Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}. Furthermore, the {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} sensor prepared from Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}-CS nanoparticles exhibited the highest response to CO among the test gases, suggesting that it has great potential for practical applications in environmental monitoring.

  6. Study on photocurrent of bilayers photoanodes using different combination of WO{sub 3} and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Memar, Amir; Daud, Wan Ramli Wan; Eftekhari, Ehsan; Minggu, Lorna Jeffery [Institute of Fuel Cell, University Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi, Selangor (Malaysia); Hosseini, Soraya [Department Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2010-08-15

    Bilayer photoanodes were prepared onto glass substrates (FTO) in order to improve generated photocurrents using UV-vis light by water splitting process. A comparative study of photocatalytic was performed over the films surface using Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3,} WO{sub 3} and mixture of bicomponents (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}:WO{sub 3}). Different types of films were prepared using Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3,} WO{sub 3} and bicomponents (mixture) on FTO substrates. The films were grown by sol gel method with the PEG-300 as the structure-directing agent. The photo-generated of the samples were determined by measuring the currents and voltages under illumination of UV-vis light. The morphology, structure and related composition distribution of the films have been characterized by SEM, XRD and EDX respectively. Photocurrent measurements indicated surface roughness as the effective parameter in this study. The deposited surfaces by bicomponents or mixture are flat without any feature on the surface while the deposited surfaces by WO{sub 3} appears rough surface as small round (egg-shaped particles) and cauliflower-like. The surface deposited by Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} show rough no as well as WO{sub 3} surface. The deposited surfaces by WO{sub 3} reveal the higher value of photocurrent measurement due to surface roughness. Indeed, the roughness can be effective in increasing contact surface area between film and electrolyte and diffuse reflection (light scattering effect). The solution (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}:WO{sub 3}) shows the low photocurrent value in compare to WO{sub 3} and Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} hat it may be due to decomposition the compound at 450 {+-} 1 C to iron-tungstate Fe{sub 2}(WO{sub 4}){sub 3}. (author)

  7. Solvothermal synthesis, crystal structure, and second-order nonlinear optical properties of a new noncentrosymmetric gallium-organic framework material, [N(C{sub 3}H{sub 7}){sub 4}]{sub 3}Ga{sub 3}[C{sub 6}H{sub 3}(CO{sub 2}){sub 3}]{sub 4}

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    Lee, Dong Woo; Jo, Vinna [Department of Chemistry, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, 156-756 (Korea, Republic of); Ok, Kang Min, E-mail: kmok@cau.ac.kr [Department of Chemistry, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, 156-756 (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-10-15

    A novel noncentrosymmetric (NCS) gallium-organic framework material, [N(C{sub 3}H{sub 7}){sub 4}]{sub 3}Ga{sub 3}[C{sub 6}H{sub 3}(CO{sub 2}){sub 3}]{sub 4} (CAUMOF-11) has been synthesized by a solvothermal reaction using Ga(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}{center_dot}xH{sub 2}O, 1,3,5-C{sub 6}H{sub 3}(CO{sub 2}H){sub 3}, N(C{sub 3}H{sub 7}){sub 4}Cl, HNO{sub 3}, and HCON(CH{sub 3}){sub 2} at 180 Degree-Sign C. The structure of the reported material has been determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. CAUMOF-11 has an anionic three-dimensional framework with aligned four-coordinate GaO{sub 4} tetrahedra and 1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylate groups. Tetrapropylammonim cations reside within the channel and maintain the charge balance. Detailed structural analyses with full characterization including infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, elemental analysis, ion-exchange reactions, topotactic decomposition, and gas adsorption experiments are reported. Powder second-harmonic generating (SHG) measurements on CAUMOF-11, using 1064 nm radiation, exhibit SHG efficiency of 15 times that of {alpha}-SiO{sub 2} and the material is phase-matchable (type-1). - Graphical Abstract: Second-order nonlinear optical measurements on CAUMOF-11 reveal that the material is phase-matchable (type-1) with SHG efficiency of 15 times that of {alpha}-SiO{sub 2}. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A new NCS Ga-organic framework was solvothermally synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CAUMOF-11 exhibits SHG efficiency of 15 times that of {alpha}-SiO{sub 2}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermal decomposition of CAUMOF-11 crystal maintains the original morphology.

  8. FMR study of carbon nanotubes filled with Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles

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    Kopyl, S., E-mail: svitlanakopyl@ua.pt [NRD-TEMA, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aveiro Institute of Nanotechnology (AIN), University of Aveiro, Aveiro 3810-193 (Portugal); Timopheev, A.A., E-mail: andreyt@ua.pt [Physics Department and I3N, University of Aveiro, Aveiro 3810-193 (Portugal); Bystrov, V.S. [Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering and CICECO, University of Aveiro, Aveiro 3810-193 (Portugal); Institute of Mathematical Problems of Biology RAS, 142290 Pushchino (Russian Federation); Bdikin, I. [NRD-TEMA, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aveiro Institute of Nanotechnology (AIN), University of Aveiro, Aveiro 3810-193 (Portugal); Teixeira, B.M.S. [Physics Department and I3N, University of Aveiro, Aveiro 3810-193 (Portugal); Maevskij, E. [Institute of Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics RAS, 142290 Puschino (Russian Federation); Sobolev, N.A. [Physics Department and I3N, University of Aveiro, Aveiro 3810-193 (Portugal); Sousa, A.C.M. [NRD-TEMA, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aveiro Institute of Nanotechnology (AIN), University of Aveiro, Aveiro 3810-193 (Portugal)

    2014-05-01

    Ordered arrays of carbon nanotubes were produced using a non-catalytic chemical vapour deposition. The multiwall nanotubes with an inner diameter of 120 nm were grown inside porous alumina templates and then filled with a magnetic colloid of 7.5 nm Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles. X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) were used to characterize structural and magnetic properties of the grown samples. To estimate the filling factor from the angular dependence of the FMR resonance field, we have derived an effective demagnetization factor for our system using the formalism proposed by Skomsky and Dubowik. Angular dependence of the FMR line width allows one to conclude about the non-uniform filling, while temperature dependent measurements reflect typical features of a superparamagnetic resonance. - Highlights: • Synthesis of CNTs inside of alumina membrane and filling it with Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} particles. • X-ray diffraction and electron microscopy study of the samples. • Magnetic properties of the samples studied by FMR. • Filling factor has been determined from the angular dependences of FMR. • Resulted magnetic CNTs are attractive for production of magnetic nanofluids.

  9. Formation of nanoparticles and defects in YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} prepared by the metal organic deposition process

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    Goswami, R. [Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375 (United States); SAIC, Washington, DC 20003 (United States)], E-mail: goswami@anvil.nrl.navy.mil; Holtz, R.L. [Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375 (United States); Rupich, M.W. [American Superconductors Inc., Westborough, MA 01581 (United States); Spanos, G. [Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC 20375 (United States)

    2007-11-15

    Nanoparticles and defects have been investigated using transmission electron microscopy in fully reacted YBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7-{delta}} (YBCO), prepared by the metal-organic deposition (MOD) process. Two types of particles, Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and CuY{sub 2}O{sub 5}, ranging from 10 to 100 nm, have been observed in the YBCO matrix. The YBCO contains a large number of planar defects and a considerable number of (1 1 0) rotational twins. Details of the nanoparticles and defects in the MOD-processed YBCO films are presented in this paper.

  10. Surface passivation of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} via atomic layer deposition in a rotating fluidized bed reactor

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    Duan, Chen-Long; Deng, Zhang; Cao, Kun [State Key Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing Equipment and Technology, School of Mechanical Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1037 Luoyu Road, Wuhan, Hubei 430074 (China); Yin, Hong-Feng [Ningbo Institute of Material Technology and Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo, Zhejiang 315201 (China); Shan, Bin [State Key Laboratory of Material Processing and Die and Mould Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1037 Luoyu Road, Wuhan, Hubei 430074 (China); Chen, Rong, E-mail: rongchen@mail.hust.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Digital Manufacturing Equipment and Technology, School of Mechanical Science and Engineering, School of Optical and Electronic Information, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, 1037 Luoyu Road, Wuhan, Hubei 430074 (China)

    2016-07-15

    Iron(II,III) oxide (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles have shown great promise in many magnetic-related applications such as magnetic resonance imaging, hyperthermia treatment, and targeted drug delivery. Nevertheless, these nanoparticles are vulnerable to oxidation and magnetization loss under ambient conditions, and passivation is usually required for practical applications. In this work, a home-built rotating fluidized bed (RFB) atomic layer deposition (ALD) reactor was employed to form dense and uniform nanoscale Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} passivation layers on Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles. The RFB reactor facilitated the precursor diffusion in the particle bed and intensified the dynamic dismantling of soft agglomerates, exposing every surface reactive site to precursor gases. With the aid of in situ mass spectroscopy, it was found that a thicker fluidization bed formed by larger amount of particles increased the residence time of precursors. The prolonged residence time allowed more thorough interactions between the particle surfaces and the precursor gas, resulting in an improvement of the precursor utilization from 78% to nearly 100%, even under a high precursor feeding rate. Uniform passivation layers around the magnetic cores were demonstrated by both transmission electron microscopy and the statistical analysis of Al mass concentrations. Individual particles were coated instead of the soft agglomerates, as was validated by the specific surface area analysis and particle size distribution. The results of thermogravimetric analysis suggested that 5 nm-thick ultrathin Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coatings could effectively protect the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles from oxidation. The x-ray diffraction patterns also showed that the magnetic core crystallinity of such passivated nanoparticles could be well preserved under accelerated oxidation conditions. The precise thickness control via ALD maintained the saturation magnetization at 66.7 emu/g with a 5 nm-thick Al

  11. Synthesis of KMgCl{sub 3} nanomaterial and luminescence of Ce{sup 3+}/Dy{sup 3+}/Eu{sup 3+} by different routes

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    Poddar, Anuradha [Department of Physics, Sindhu Mahavidyalaya, Nagpur 440017 (India); Gedam, S.C., E-mail: gedam_sc@rediffmail.com [Department of Physics, K.Z.S. Science College, Kalmeshwar, Nagpur 441501 (India); Dhoble, S.J. [Department of Physics, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur 440033 (India)

    2015-02-15

    The present KMgCl{sub 3} phosphor has been synthesized through wet chemical synthesis (WCS), solid state diffusion (SSD) and Hispersed centrifuge (HC) routes in the same atmospheric conditions and characterized for luminescence properties. XRDs of the sample prepared by all three methods have been placed at the same position, phase and matched well with standard data. The particle size of 20 nm of KMgCl{sub 3} by a Hispersed centrifuged method was detected using a transmission electron microscope (TEM). The PL emission spectra have been observed for Ce{sup 3+} at 353 nm and 375 nm due to 5d→4f transition, whereas luminescence of Dy{sup 3+} efficiently observed at 484 nm and 579 nm for an excitation of 384 nm due to {sup 4}F{sub 9/2}→ {sup 6}H{sub 15/2} and {sup 6}H{sub 13/2} (blue–yellow region) transition and Eu{sup 3+} is peaking at 596 nm and 616 nm (λ{sub ex}=394 nm) due to level {sup 5}D{sub 0} to {sup 7}F{sub j} (j=0, 1, 2, and 3) radiative transitions. The presented phosphors are excited in the range of 300–400 nm which is mercury free excited range. Synthesis and photoluminescence spectra of trivalent Ce, Dy or Eu rare-earths in KMgCl{sub 3} are described for all three routes, for the first time in the present work. The CIE chromaticity coordinates were also calculated for KMgCl{sub 3}:X (Ce{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+} and Eu{sup 3+}) phosphors, which are close to the NTSC standard values. KMgCl{sub 3} matrix is not only suitable for different and easy synthesis but efficient luminescence also. The paper discuses the XRD, crystallinity (morphology) and luminescence of Ce, Dy or Eu rare-earths in KMgCl{sub 3} synthesized by three (WCS, SSD and HC) different routes. - Highlights: • The particle size 20 nm of KMgCl{sub 3} was detected by Hispersed centrifuged method using TEM. • The phosphors are prepared by very simple WCM, SSD and HS technique. • An efficient luminescence is observed in KMgCl{sub 3}:X (X=Ce{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+} and Eu{sup 3

  12. WWW scattering matrix database for small mineral particles at 441.6 and 632.8 nm

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    Volten, H.; Munoz, O.; Hovenier, J.W.; Haan, J.F. de; Vassen, W.; Zande, W.J. van der; Waters, L.B.F.M.

    2005-01-01

    We present a new extensive database containing experimental scattering matrix elements as functions of the scattering angle measured at 441.6 and 632.8 nm for a large collection of micron-sized mineral particles in random orientation. This unique database is accessible through the World-Wide Web. Size distribution tables of the particles are also provided, as well as other characteristics relevant to light scattering. The database provides the light scattering community with easily accessible information that is useful, for a variety of applications such as testing theoretical methods, and the interpretation of measurements of scattered radiation. To illustrate the use of the database, we consider cometary observations and compare them with (1) cometary analog data from the database, and (2) with results of Mie calculations for homogeneous spheres, having the same refractive index and size distribution as those of the analog data

  13. Phase transition control, melt growth of (Gd,RE)F{sub 3} single crystal and their luminescent properties

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    Yoshikawa, Akira, E-mail: yosikawa@tagen.tohoku.ac.j [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), Tohoku University, 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan); Jouini, Anis [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); BerlinSolar GmbH, Magnusstrasse 11, D-12489 Berlin (Germany); Kamada, Kei [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Boulon, Georges [Physical Chemistry of Luminescent Materials, Claude Bernard/Lyon 1 University, UMR 5620 CNRS, Villeurbanne (France); Nikl, Martin [Institute of Physics AS CR, Cukrovarnicka 10, Prague 16253 (Czech Republic); Saito, Fumio [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)

    2009-12-15

    Rare-earth sesquifluorides with no absorption in visible spectral region, such as LaF{sub 3}, GdF{sub 3}, LuF{sub 3}, YF{sub 3}, ScF{sub 3}, are the topic of intense study as a host for luminescence materials. However, except Nd:LaF{sub 3}, they are not studied as a host for laser materials. The main obstacle troubling further study of GdF{sub 3}, LuF{sub 3}, YF{sub 3}, ScF{sub 3} single crystal is the fact that there is first-order phase transition (LaF{sub 3} type{leftrightarrow}{beta}-YF{sub 3} type for GdF{sub 3}, {alpha}-YF{sub 3} type{leftrightarrow}{beta}-YF{sub 3} type for the rest) between the room and melting temperature.To prevent the phase transition, first of all, we have tried to make solid solution between GdF{sub 3} and YF{sub 3} in such a way that the average cation radii can be shifted to the size that does not have phase transition. Ce{sup 3+} perturbed luminescence was observed in the Ce- and Sr-codoped GdF{sub 3}-YF{sub 3} system. Similar solid solution concept was applied to the combination between GdF{sub 3} and YbF{sub 3}. The emission spectrum of Yb{sup 3+} that exhibits broad bands around 1 {mu}m was observed. Room temperature up-conversion luminescence spectra of Pr{sup 3+}-doped Gd{sub 1-x}Yb{sub x}F{sub 3} were studied and visible emission from Pr{sup 3+} was obtained under infrared laser pumping in the Yb{sup 3+} broad absorption band at 935.5 nm.

  14. Structural and magnetic properties of γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructured compacts processed by spark plasma sintering

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    Saravanan, P., E-mail: psdrdo@gmail.com [Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad 500058 (India); Hsu, Jen-Hwa, E-mail: jhhsu@phys.ntu.edu.tw [Department of Physics, National Taiwan University, Taipei 106, Taiwan (China); Sivaprahasam, D. [International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials, Chennai 600113 (India); Kamat, S.V. [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad 500058 (India)

    2013-11-15

    Gram quantities of γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanopowders having mean particle size of 20±4 nm were synthesized using a hydrothermal method and then consolidated into dense nanostructured compacts by spark plasma sintering (SPS) at relatively low temperatures: 300–350 °C. The cubic spinel structure of the as-synthesized γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles (NPs) did not get altered by the SPS process; nevertheless, a moderate increase in their grain sizes was evident in the SPSed compacts (80–125 nm). The physical properties such as density (ρ), coercivity (H{sub c}) and magnetization (M{sub s}) values of γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} NPs were affected by the SPS temperature. Significantly, higher values of ρ (4.45 g/cm{sup 3}), H{sub c} (274 Oe) and M{sub s} (67.2 emu/g) were achieved for the bulk compact SPSed at 350 °C. This work highlights the merits of sintering γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} NPs by SPS –as a new method of compaction with useful magnetic properties; which cannot be realized with the conventional sintering techniques. Highlights: • γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles with mean size of 20±4 nm were hydrothermally synthesized. • Spark plasma sintering of γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} was performed below phase transition temperature. • Sintered compacts were investigated with respect to SPS temperature: 300–350 °C. • Cubic spinel structure of γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles was retained in sintered compacts. • Maximum values: ρ (4.45 g/cm{sup 3}), H{sub c} (274 Oe) and M{sub s} (67.2 emu/g) obtained at 350 °C.

  15. A ferroelectric switchable tunnel junction: KNbO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3}

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    Rahmanizadeh, Kourosh; Bihlmayer, Gustav; Wortmann, Daniel; Bluegel, Stefan [Peter Gruenberg Institut (PGI-1) and Institute for Advanced Simulation (IAS-1), Forschungszentrum Juelich and JARA, 52425 Juelich (Germany)

    2012-07-01

    The properties of thin oxide films and multilayers are strongly influenced by defects and, therefore, can be controllably tuned by the defect concentration at the interface. For example, due to the charge discontinuity at the SrTiO{sub 3}/KO-KNbO{sub 3}-NbO{sub 2}/SrTiO{sub 3} interface only one direction of polarization in KNbO{sub 3} film is stable. A switchable polarization in KNbO{sub 3} can be realized by creating (oxygen) defects at the interfaces. We carried out density functional theory (DFT) calculations based on the full potential linearized augmented planewave (FLAPW) method as implemented in the FLEUR code for studying the polar interface SrTiO{sub 3}/KNbO{sub 3} and a SrRuO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3}/KNbO{sub 3} tunnel junction. The electronic transport properties of the switchable multiferroic SrRuO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3}/KO-KNbO{sub 3}-NbO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3}/SrRuO{sub 3} heterostructure have been investigated using an embedded Green-function approach. A strong dependence of the (magneto electric) transport properties on the polarization is observed.

  16. Optical properties of WO{sub 3} thin films using surface plasmon resonance technique

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    Paliwal, Ayushi; Sharma, Anjali; Gupta, Vinay, E-mail: drguptavinay@gmail.com, E-mail: vgupta@physics.du.ac.in [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Tomar, Monika [Department of Physics, Miranda House, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India)

    2014-01-28

    Indigenously assembled surface plasmon resonance (SPR) technique has been exploited to study the thickness dependent dielectric properties of WO{sub 3} thin films. WO{sub 3} thin films (80 nm to 200 nm) have been deposited onto gold (Au) coated glass prism by sputtering technique. The structural, optical properties and surface morphology of the deposited WO{sub 3} thin films were studied using X-ray diffraction, UV-visible spectrophotometer, Raman spectroscopy, and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM). XRD analysis shows that all the deposited WO{sub 3} thin films are exhibiting preferred (020) orientation and Raman data indicates that the films possess single phase monoclinic structure. SEM images reveal the variation in grain size with increase in thickness. The SPR reflectance curves of the WO{sub 3}/Au/prism structure were utilized to estimate the dielectric properties of WO{sub 3} thin films at optical frequency (λ = 633 nm). As the thickness of WO{sub 3} thin film increases from 80 nm to 200 nm, the dielectric constant is seen to be decreasing from 5.76 to 3.42, while the dielectric loss reduces from 0.098 to 0.01. The estimated value of refractive index of WO{sub 3} film is in agreement to that obtained from UV-visible spectroscopy studies. The strong dispersion in refractive index is observed with wavelength of incident laser light.

  17. Preparation and tribological properties of surface-modified nano-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} as additive in liquid paraffin

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    Yu Lin, E-mail: gych@gdut.edu.cn [School of Chemical Engineering and Light Industry, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006 (China); Zhang Lin; Ye Fei; Sun Ming; Cheng Xiaoling; Diao Guiqiang [School of Chemical Engineering and Light Industry, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou 510006 (China)

    2012-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Nano-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} was for the first time used as lubricant additive in liquid paraffin. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The nano-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} modified by a coupling-grafting method shows good dispersibility in liquid paraffin. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The surface-modified nano-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} considerably improves the tribological performances of liquid paraffin. - Abstract: Surface-modified nano-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} was prepared by a coupling-grafting method with vinyl methylerichlorosilane and methyl methacrylate as the coupling agent and grafting agent, respectively. The prepared samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), transmission electron micrograph (TEM) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). The tribological properties of the surface-modified nano-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} as additive in liquid paraffin were evaluated with a four-ball tester. The results show that the nano-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} keeps its original crystalline structure after surface modification, and the modified nano-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} forms a core-shell structure with an average particle size of 24.5 nm. The maximum non-seizure load (P{sub B} value) and sintered load (P{sub D} value) increase by 25% and 26.9%, respectively, when compared with those of liquid paraffin, and the wear scar diameter (WSD) also decrease by 21% when 0.10% surface-modified nano-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} was added. The protective inorganic-organic film formed by nano-Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and organic modifiers plays an important role in the improved tribological properties of liquid paraffin.

  18. A pyrene-benzthiazolium conjugate portraying aggregation induced emission, a ratiometric detection and live cell visualization of HSO{sub 3}{sup −}

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    Diwan, Uzra; Kumar, Virendra [Department of Chemistry (Centre of Advanced Study), Faculty of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005 (India); Mishra, Rakesh K. [Photosciences and Photonics, Chemical Sciences and Technology Division, CSIR–National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram 695019 (India); Rana, Nishant Kumar; Koch, Biplob; Singh, Manish Kumar [Department of Zoology (Centre of Advanced Study), Faculty of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi 221005 (India); Upadhyay, K.K., E-mail: drkaushalbhu@yahoo.co.in [Department of Chemistry (Centre of Advanced Study), Faculty of Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005 (India)

    2016-07-27

    The present study deals with the photophysical property of a pyrene-benzthiazolium conjugate R1, as a strong intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) probe exhibiting long wavelength emission in the red region. Unlike traditional planar polyaromatic hydrocarbons whose aggregation generally quenches the light emission, the pyrene based R1 was found to display aggregation-induced emission (AIE) property along with simultaneous increase in its quantum yield upon increasing the water content of the medium. The R1 exhibits high specificity towards HSO{sub 3}{sup −}/SO{sub 3}{sup 2−} by interrupting its own ICT producing there upon a large ratiometric blue shift of ∼220 nm in its emission spectrum. The lowest detection limit for the above measurement was found to be 8.90 × 10{sup −8} M. The fluorescent detection of HSO{sub 3}{sup −} was also demonstrated excellently by test paper strip and silica coated TLC plate incorporating R1. The live cell imaging of HSO{sub 3}{sup −} through R1 in HeLa cells was studied using fluorescence microscopic studies. The particle size and morphological features of R1 and R1-HSO{sub 3}{sup −} aggregates in aqueous solution were characterized by DLS along with SEM analysis.- Highlights: • A pyrene-benzthiazolium conjugate probe (R1) itself showed interesting phenomenon of an aggregation-induced emission (AIE). • R1 emits in the red channel and effectively utilized as a colorimetric and ratiometric fluorescent sensor for HSO{sub 3}{sup −}. • The nano-dimensional spherical particles of R1 got enlarged upon its interaction with the HSO{sub 3}{sup −}. • R1 can efficiently stain HSO{sub 3}{sup −} in live cells and can be used for the on-spot detection of the same.

  19. Size-dependent structure and magnetic properties of DyMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Cai, Xuan; Shi, Lei, E-mail: shil@ustc.edu.cn; Zhou, Shiming; Zhao, Jiyin; Guo, Yuqiao; Wang, Cailin [Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at the Microscale, University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui 230026 (China)

    2014-09-14

    The structure and magnetic properties of orthorhombic DyMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles with different particle sizes are investigated in this paper. With decreasing particle size, all the lattice parameters a, b, and c gradually decrease, whereas the orthorhombic distortion increases. Magnetic measurements reveal that the antiferromagnetic interaction of Mn ions is weakened due to the decrease in Mn-O-Mn bond angle. Above a critical field H*, DyMnO{sub 3} undergoes a field-induced metamagnetic transition at 4 K, which is related to the spin reversal of Dy moments. The critical field H* increases monotonically with size reduction, indicating an enhancement of the antiferromagnetic interaction of Dy ions due to the decreased distance between rare earth ions. The magnetization at 4 K and 5 T, i.e., M(4 K, 5 T) shows a non-monotonic variation with particle size d, i.e., M(4 K, 5 T) initially increases with size reduction but decreases again for d < 68 nm. A modified core-shell model, in which the ferromagnetic ordering (Dy magnetic structure) and antiferromagnetic ordering (Mn magnetic structure) coexist in the core, is proposed to explain this behavior.

  20. A novel visible light-driven Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/SBA-15 nanocomposite: Preparation and application in the photo-degradation of pollutants

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    Chai, Yuanyuan; Wang, Li; Ren, Jia; Dai, Wei-Lin, E-mail: wldai@fudan.edu.cn

    2015-01-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Highly efficient visible-light-driven Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/SBA-15 nanocomposite. • Application in the photo-degradation of RhB. • Synthesis from a facile and simple colloidal method. • 20%-Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/SBA-15 shows 8 times faster degradation rate than Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}. • Super stability and recycling ability. - Abstract: A novel visible light-driven environmental-benign Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/SBA-15 nanocomposite photo-catalyst was synthesized for the photo-degradation of pollutants. The exploration on adsorption and photo-catalysis of dye or organic pollution for the nanocomposite was carried out. The adsorption capability for Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/SBA-15 nanocomposite increases by 3 times compared with that of the Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} particles. The photo-catalytic activity of nanocomposite is higher than pristine Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} nanoparticle for the degradation of RhB or MO under visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm). The effect of Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} loading on the catalytic performance was also studied. The results show that the optimum degradation is achieved over 20% Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/SBA-15. Compared to pure Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} nanoparticle, the most efficient catalyst showed 8 times higher photo-catalytic activity for the degradation of RhB. The Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/SBA-15 catalysts were systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), UV–Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), and N{sub 2}-adsorption–desorption isotherms (BET). A possible mechanism scheme regarding photo-degradation enhancement induced by dye enrichments has been proposed on the Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4}/SBA-15 nanocomposite. Additionally, the SBA-15 support can enhance the efficiency of separation of catalyst from the reaction mixture, implying that the Ag{sub 3}PO{sub 4} loading on the SBA-15 catalyst will not result in the extra environment and health

  1. Microstructure of a commercial W–1% La{sub 2}O{sub 3} alloy

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    Shen, Yinzhong, E-mail: shenyz@sjtu.edu.cn; Xu, Zhiqiang; Cui, Kai; Yu, Jie

    2014-12-15

    W–1% La{sub 2}O{sub 3} alloy is considered as the most promising material for plasma-facing components of fusion reactors. The microstructure of a commercial W–1% La{sub 2}O{sub 3} alloy was investigated using optical and transmission electron microscopes. The microstructure of pure tungsten can be improved significantly by fabrication of W–1% La{sub 2}O{sub 3} alloys. W–1% La{sub 2}O{sub 3} alloys can be produced with no porosities and cracks, and with various oxide phases dispersed in alloy matrix. La{sub 2}O{sub 3} with different crystal structures, La{sub 6}W{sub 2}O{sub 15}, WO{sub 2}, WO{sub 3} and W{sub 3}O{sub 8} phases were identified in as-forged W–1% La{sub 2}O{sub 3} alloy. Long strip-like La{sub 2}O{sub 3} has a very large size, whereas spherical La{sub 6}W{sub 2}O{sub 15}, navicular WO{sub 3}, hexagonal W{sub 3}O{sub 8} and short rod-like La{sub 2}O{sub 3} are smaller particles. Most identified phases have a heterogeneous distribution. Forging leads to a more dispersive distribution of large-sized La{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles but not of fine WO{sub 3} particles compared with rolling. The mechanical properties of the alloys are also discussed.

  2. Effects of neutron irradiation of Ti{sub 3}SiC{sub 2} and Ti{sub 3}AlC{sub 2} in the 121–1085 °C temperature range

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    Tallman, Darin J. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); He, Lingfeng; Gan, Jian [Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Falls, ID 83415 (United States); Caspi, El' ad N. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States); Physics Department, Nuclear Research Centre – Negev, 84190 Israel (Israel); Hoffman, Elizabeth N. [Savannah River National Laboratory, Savannah River Site, Aiken, SC 29808 (United States); Barsoum, Michel W., E-mail: barsoumw@drexel.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (United States)

    2017-02-15

    Herein we report on the formation of defects in response to neutron irradiation of polycrystalline Ti{sub 3}SiC{sub 2} and Ti{sub 3}AlC{sub 2} samples exposed to total fluences of ≈6 × 10{sup 20} n/m{sup 2}, 5 × 10{sup 21} n/m{sup 2} and 1.7 × 10{sup 22} n/m{sup 2} at irradiation temperatures of 121(12), 735(6) and 1085(68)°C. These fluences correspond to 0.14, 1.6 and 3.4 dpa, respectively. After irradiation to 0.14 dpa at 121 °C and 735 °C, black spots are observed via transmission electron microscopy in both Ti{sub 3}SiC{sub 2} and Ti{sub 3}AlC{sub 2}. After irradiation to 1.6 and 3.4 dpa at 735 °C, basal dislocation loops, with a Burgers vector of b = ½ [0001] are observed in Ti{sub 3}SiC{sub 2}, with loop diameters of 21(6) and 30(8) nm after 1.6 dpa and 3.4 dpa, respectively. In Ti{sub 3}AlC{sub 2}, larger dislocation loops, 75(34) nm in diameter are observed after 3.4 dpa at 735 °C, in addition to stacking faults. Impurity particles of TiC, as well as stacking fault TiC platelets in the MAX phases, are seen to form extensive dislocation loops under all conditions. Cavities were observed at grain boundaries and within stacking faults after 3.4 dpa irradiation, with extensive cavity formation in the TiC regions at 1085 °C. Remarkably, denuded zones on the order of 1 μm are observed in Ti{sub 3}SiC{sub 2} after irradiation to 3.4 dpa at 735 °C. Small grains, 3–5 μm in diameter, are damage free after irradiation at 1085 °C at this dose. The results shown herein confirm once again that the presence of the A-layers in the MAX phases considerably enhance their irradiation tolerance. Based on these results, and up to 3.4 dpa, Ti{sub 3}SiC{sub 2} remains a promising candidate for high temperature nuclear applications as long as the temperature remains >700 °C.

  3. Transport properties of LaAlO{sub 3}/SrTiO{sub 3} nanostructures

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    Mueller, Alexander; Minhas, Mohsin; Blaschek, Hans-Helmuth [Institut fuer Physik, Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg, 06099 Halle (Saale) (Germany); Schmidt, Georg [Institut fuer Physik, Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg, 06099 Halle (Saale) (Germany); Interdisziplinaeres Zentrum fuer Materialwissenschaften, Martin-Luther-Universitaet Halle-Wittenberg, 06099 Halle (Saale) (Germany)

    2015-07-01

    Deposition of thin layers of LaAlO{sub 3} (LAO) on top of a TiO{sub 2} terminated SrTiO{sub 3} (STO) substrate with Pulsed Laser Deposition results in a two dimensional electron gas at the interface. Using PMMA as resist and etch mask this electron gas can be patterned by a standard electron-beam lithography step and subsequent Reactive Ion Etching to remove the LAO. With this process transport structures with minimum dimensions in the sub-micron regime have been fabricated. The structures include gaps of approx. 100 nm width. Transport through the gap is characterized by taking I/V characteristics in a standard four point geometry from room temperature down to 1.5 K. Between 1.5 and 30 K up to a threshold voltage of tens of mV no current is observed. Beyond that threshold voltage the current increases dramatically. Within a few tens of mV the current can increase by up to eight orders of magnitude. The threshold voltage is temperature dependent in a non-monotonic fashion and all I/V curves are free of any hysteresis.

  4. Magnetic defects in KTaO{sub 3} and KTaO{sub 3}:Fe nanopowders

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    Golovina, Iryna; Shanina, Bela; Kolesnik, Sergiy [Institute of Semiconductor Physics of NAS of Ukraine, pr. Nauki 41, 03028 Kyiv (Ukraine); Geifman, Ilia [Quality Engineering Education, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 (United States); Andriiko, Alexander [National Technical University of Ukraine ' ' KPI' ' , 03056 Kyiv (Ukraine)

    2012-11-15

    Magnetic defects in non-doped and iron-doped nanopowders of KTaO{sub 3} were studied by resonance and static magnetic measurements. The resonance spectra and hysteresis loops of KTaO{sub 3}:Fe nanocrystalline powders were observed and investigated for the first time. Unlike bulk crystals, both non-doped and doped nanopowders exhibit two types of resonance lines, paramagnetic ones from the isolated Fe{sup 3+} ions and a ferromagnetic signal from ions involved in clusters. Theoretical description and full identification of the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra were made. It was established that low doping (up to 0.4 mol%) increases the number of paramagnetic Fe{sup 3+} centers with axial and rhombic symmetries, and has no effect on the centers with cubic symmetry and magnetic clusters. Analysis of the temperature dependence of the spectra showed that the cluster's resonance line follows the Bloch law ''T{sup 3/2}'', which indicates a ferromagnetic nature of the cluster. A partial collapse of the ferromagnetic subsystem in the temperature range of 100-400 K was also found. Magnetization and other characteristics of ferromagnetic and paramagnetic subsystems were determined. An average cluster size was estimated to be equal to a length of 6.2 nm and the fractional volume of the ferromagnetic cluster system was found. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  5. Low-cost fabrication of WO{sub 3} films using a room temperature and low-vacuum air-spray based deposition system for inorganic electrochromic device applications

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    Park, Sung-Ik [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sooyeun, E-mail: sooyeunk@u.washington.edu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States); Choi, Jung-Oh; Song, Ji-Hyeon [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Taya, Minoru [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States); Ahn, Sung-Hoon, E-mail: ahnsh@snu.ac.kr [Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Institute of Advanced Machines and Design, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-08-31

    We report the deposition of tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) thin films on fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) and indium-doped tin oxide (ITO) glass substrates by using a room-temperature deposition system based on low-vacuum air-spray for the fabrication of inorganic electrochromic windows. The structure of the WO{sub 3} films was characterized using X-ray diffraction, and the surface morphology and film thickness were investigated using scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. The color of the prepared WO{sub 3} films changed from slight yellow to dark blue under applied voltages, demonstrating electrochromism. The WO{sub 3} film coated FTO glass exhibited a large electrochromic contrast of up to 50% at a wavelength of 800 nm. The electrochemical properties of the films were examined using cyclic voltammetry and chronocoulometry. - Highlights: • WO{sub 3} thin films were fabricated using an air-spray based deposition system at room temperature under low-vacuum conditions. • Dry WO{sub 3} particles were directly deposited on FTO and ITO glasses by using a low-cost deposition system. • The FTO glass based WO{sub 3} film showed the optical contrast of 50% at a wavelength of 800 nm.

  6. Effect of pH variation on the stability and structural properties of In(OH){sub 3} nanoparticles synthesized by co-precipitation method

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    Goh, Kian Wei; Wong, Yew Hoong [University of Malaya, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Johan, Mohd Rafie [University of Malaya, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); University of Malaya, Nanotechnology and Catalysis Research Centre, Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    2016-10-15

    Indium hydroxide (In(OH){sub 3}) nanoparticles were synthesized at various pH values (8-11) by co-precipitation method. Its properties were characterized by X-ray diffractometer, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscope. The electrostatic stability of nanoparticles is carried out through zeta potential measurement. The crystallite size of nanoparticles calculated by Scherrer equation has similar trend with the values obtained from William-Hall plot. TEM images show that the particles size is within the range of 11.76-20.76 nm. The maximum zeta potential is 3.68 mV associated with the smallest particle size distribution of 92.6 nm occurred at pH 10. Our work clearly confirms the crystallite size, stability and the morphology of In(OH){sub 3} NPs are strongly depending on the pH of precursor solution. (orig.)

  7. Ferroelectric self-assembled PbTiO{sub 3} perovskite nanostructures onto (100)SrTiO{sub 3} substrates from a novel microemulsion aided sol-gel preparation method

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    Calzada, M L [Institucion Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Torres, M [Institucion Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Fuentes-Cobas, L E [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados, Chihuahua (Mexico); Mehta, A [Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory, Menlo Park, CA (United States); Ricote, J [Institucion Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain); Pardo, L [Institucion Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Cantoblanco, E-28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2007-09-19

    A novel preparation method, which involves the use of microemulsions, sol-gel chemistry and chemical solution deposition, has been developed in this work for the preparation of layers of PbTiO{sub 3} nanostructures supported on SrTiO{sub 3} substrates. A transparent solution was first prepared by mixing a PbTiO{sub 3} precursor sol and a microemulsion formed by water, cyclohexane and the surfactant Brij 30 (polyoxyethylene(4) lauryl ether). The solution was deposited onto the SrTiO{sub 3} substrate by spin-coating and dried under controlled conditions (temperature, time and relative humidity) to favor the rearrangement of the micelles in the deposited coat. After a rapid thermal treatment of crystallization at 650 deg. C, nanostructures with uniform sizes of {approx}40 nm diameter and showing periodicity in some zones of the substrate are obtained. The analysis of these nanostructures by grazing-incidence x-ray synchrotron radiation indicates that they have a perovskite structure with a <100> preferred orientation and that they are under strained conditions. Thermal treatments at higher temperatures produce the collapse of the ordered nanoparticles' network and the formation of larger isolated particles of PbTiO{sub 3} with a truncated-pyramid morphology. Piezoresponse force microscopy studies demonstrate that the spontaneous polarization of these PbTiO{sub 3} nanostructures can be switched and that they have piezoelectric activity. These results support the fabrication strategy here proposed as a promising approach for the preparation of nanoferroelectrics onto substrates of possible interest in future nanoelectronic devices.

  8. Hydrothermally synthesised Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles as catalyst precursors for the CVD production of graphitic nanofibres

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    Edwards, H K [School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD (United Kingdom); Evans, E [School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD (United Kingdom); McCaldin, S [School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD (United Kingdom); Blood, P [School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD (United Kingdom); Gregory, D H [School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD (United Kingdom); Poliakoff, M [School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD (United Kingdom); Lester, E [School of Chemical Engineering and Mining Engineering, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD (United Kingdom); Walker, G S [School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD (United Kingdom); Brown, P D [School of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham, NG7 2RD (United Kingdom)

    2006-02-22

    Graphitic nanofibres (GNFs) have been grown by chemical vapour deposition at 500 deg. C and 700 deg. C, using 6 nm and 20 nm particles of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} produced by supercritical water hydrothermal synthesis (scWHS). The morphologies of catalyst and GNFs have been examined using the combined techniques of conventional transmission electron microscopy, high resolution electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction and powder X-ray diffraction. GNF production varied from well ordered nanofibres with an average diameter of 100 nm, to very large, disordered fibres with diameters ranging from 500 nm to {approx}2 {mu}m. Larger fibres were found to have a compound structure composed of discreet domains of graphite and multiwall nanotubes. 20 nm particles produced by scWHS were associated with significant increases in the yield of GNFs as compared with traditional catalyst precipitation routes.

  9. Investigation of complexing in solutions of salt mixture In(NO/sub 3/)/sub 3/-NaVO/sub 3/

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    Nakhodnova, A N; Listratenko, I V

    1987-05-01

    Spectrophotometry, conductometry and pH-metry are used to investigate properties and composition of the solid phases of isomolar series of In(NO/sub 3/)/sub 3/-NaVO/sub 3/ salt mixture solutions and series of solutions having constant concentration of one of the components and varied of the other. Results of investigation are presented. It is stated that in the investigated solution series in weakly acid media HPA with the ratios (In/sup 3+/):(V/sup 5+/) being equal to 11:1, 6:1, and 1:9, are formed. Composition of the complexes is mainly defined by the ratio of the components in In(NO/sub 3/)/sub 3/ and NaVO/sub 3/ salt mixture solutions and the medium acidity. Compounds of Na/sub 2/OxIn/sub 2/O/sub 3/x2.5V/sub 2/O/sub 5/x8.5H/sub 2/O and Cs/sub 2/OxIn/sub 2/O/sub 3/x6V/sub 2/O/sub 5/x6.5H/sub 2/O empirical formulae are separated. Results of IR spectroscopy, derivatography and X-ray phase analysis of the corresponding salts are presented.

  10. Study of magnetic behavior in hexagonal-YMn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0 and 0.2) nanoparticles using remanent magnetization curves

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    Chauhan, Samta; Singh, Amit Kumar; Srivastava, Saurabh Kumar; Chandra, Ramesh, E-mail: ramesfic@iitr.ac.in

    2016-09-15

    We have studied the magnetic behavior of YMn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0 and 0.2) nanoparticles synthesized by conventional solid state reaction method. The as-synthesized nanoparticles were found to have hexagonal phase with P6{sub 3cm} space group confirmed by X-Ray diffraction. The particle size was found to be ~70 nm as confirmed by both X-Ray diffraction and Transmission Electron Microscopy. DC magnetization and memory effect measurements imply that the h-YMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles bear a resemblance to super spin-glass state following de Almeida–Thouless like behavior which is being suppressed by Fe-doping. The Fe-doping in YMnO{sub 3} enhances the antiferromagnetic (AFM) transition temperature T{sub N} to ~79 K and induces a new magnetic state due to the surface spins which is realized as diluted antiferromagnet in a field (DAFF) as explored by the thermoremanent and isothermoremanent magnetization measured with different applied magnetic field. - Highlights: • Magnetic behavior of h-YMn{sub 1−x}Fe{sub x}O{sub 3} (x=0 and 0.2) nanoparticles have been studied. • The nanoparticles (~70 nm) were synthesized by solid state reaction method. • Magnetic data reveal spin-glass behavior in YMnO{sub 3} which was suppressed in YMn{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 0.2}O{sub 3}. • The h-YMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles show memory effect and obey de-Almeida Thouless line. • TRM and IRM suggest spin glass nature for YMnO{sub 3}, while the YMn{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 0.2}O{sub 3} resembles DAFF.

  11. Electronic structure of Ni/sub 3/Al and Ni/sub 3/Ga alloys

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    Pong, W F; Chang, Y K; Tsai, M H; Hsieh, H H; Pieh, J Y; Tseng, P K; Lee, J F; Hsu, L S

    1999-01-01

    This work investigates the charge transfer and Al(Ga) p-Ni d hybridization effects in the intermetallic Ni/sub 3/Al(Ni/sub 3/Ga) alloy using the NiL/sub 3.2/- and K-edge and Al(Ga)K X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) measurements. We find that the intensity of white-line features at the NiL/sub 3.2/-edge in the Ni/sub 3/Al(Ni /sub 3/Ga) alloy decreased in comparison with that of pure Ni, which can be attributed to the enhancement of Ni3d states filling and the depletion of the density of Ni 3d unoccupied states in the Ni/sub 3 /Al(Ni/sub 3/Ga) alloy. Two clear features are also observed in the Ni/sub 3/Al(Ni/sub 3/Ga) XANES spectrum at the Al(Ga) K-edge, which can be assigned to the Al(Ga) unoccupied 3p (4p) states and their hybridized states with the Ni 3d/4sp states above the Fermi level in Ni/sub 3/Al(Ni/sub 3/Ga). The threshold at Al K-edge XANES for Ni/sub 3/Al clearly shifts towards higher photon energies relative to that of pure Al, indicating that Al loses charges upon forming Ni/sub 3 /Al. ...

  12. Synthesis and photoluminescence properties of Pb{sup 2+} doped inorganic borate phosphor NaSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}

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    Chauhan, A. O., E-mail: abhi2718@gmail.com; Koparkar, K. A.; Omanwar, S. K. [Department of Physics, SantGadge Baba Amravati University, Amravati MH, 444602 (India); Bajaj, N. S. [Department of Physics, Toshniwal Art, Commerce and Science College, Sengoan, Hingoli MH (India)

    2016-05-06

    A series of Inorganic borate phosphors NaSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} doped with Pb{sup 2+} was successfully synthesized by modified solid state diffusion method. The crystal structure and the phase purity of sample were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD). The photoluminescence properties of synthesized materials were investigated using spectrofluorometer at room temperature. The phosphor show strong broad band emission spectra in UVA region maximum at 370 nm under the excitation of 289 nm. The dependence of the emission intensity on the Pb{sup 2+} concentration for the NaSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} were studied in details. The concentration quenching of Pb{sup 2+} doped NaSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} was observed at 0.02 mol. The Stokes shifts of NaSr{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}: Pb{sup 2+} phosphor was calculated to be 7574 cm{sup −1}.

  13. Production, characterization and application of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles as radiosensitizers in radiotherapy beams; Produção, caracterização e aplicação de nanopartículas de Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} e Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} como radiossensibilizadores em feixes de radioterapia

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    Corrêa, Eduardo de Lima

    2017-07-01

    In this study Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles were produced for application as radiosensitizers in radiotherapy beams. They were synthesized at the Hyperfine Interactions Laboratory, IPEN, using thermal decomposition method and characterized by X-ray diffraction, to verify crystalline structure, transmission electron microscopy, to obtain information about shape, size and size distribution, neutron activation analysis, whereby it was possible to determine samples purity and gadolinium and erbium concentration. Magnetization and perturbed γ-γ angular correlation (PAC) measurements were performed in order to study particles magnetic behavior and quadrupole interactions, respectively. Characterization results showed a bixbyite structure, 5 nm diameter post-synthesis particles with narrow size distribution. Rare-earth mass determination in each sample was important to perform normalization in magnetic susceptibility measurements, making possible the view of a high magnetization under 30 K for post-synthesis samples, what was not observed in larger particles, together with an effective magnetic moment enhancement for nanoparticles, not seen in bulk samples, and a change in the antiferromagnetic ordering temperature for Er{sub 2}O{sub 3}. PAC spectroscopy results show possible surface effects. The absence of a well-defined frequency in 5 nm samples indicates the amount of {sup 111}In({sup 111}Cd) at particle surface is bigger than in the core, resulting in a non-evident hyperfine interaction between the probe nuclei and the host. The X-ray diffraction and PAC spectroscopy joint was vital to understand the particles structural damage caused by {sup 60}Co irradiation. About radiosensitizer measurements a dose enhancement factor (DEF) of up to 1,67 and 1,09 for Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles under {sup 60}Co and 6MV irradiation, respectively, were observed. Under same conditions DEF values of up to 1,37 and 1,06 were found for Er{sub 2}O{sub 3

  14. Equilibrium diagram of KPO{sub 3}-Y(PO{sub 3}){sub 3} system, chemical preparation and characterization of KY(PO{sub 3}){sub 4}

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    Jouini, Anis; Ferid, Mokhtar; Trabelsi-Ayadi, Malika

    2003-04-17

    Microdifferential thermal analysis ({mu}-DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and infrared (IR) spectroscopy were used for the first time to investigate the liquidus and solidus relations in the KPO{sub 3}-Y(PO{sub 3}){sub 3} system. The only compound observed within the system was KY(PO{sub 3}){sub 4} melting incongruently at 1033 K. An eutectic appears at 13.5 mol% Y(PO{sub 3}){sub 3} at 935 K, the peritectic occurs at 1033 K and the phase transition for potassium polyphosphate KPO{sub 3} was observed at 725 K. Three monoclinic allotropic phases of the single crystals were obtained. KY(PO{sub 3}){sub 4} polyphosphate has the P2{sub 1} space group with lattice parameters: a=7.183(4) A, b=8.351(6) A, c=7.983(3) A, {beta}=91.75(3) deg. and Z=2 is isostructural with KNd(PO{sub 3}){sub 4}. The second allotropic form of KY(PO{sub 3}){sub 4} belongs to the P2{sub 1}/n space group with lattice parameters: a=10.835(3) A, b=9.003(2) A, c=10.314(1) A, {beta}=106.09(7) deg. and Z=4 and is isostructural with TlNd(PO{sub 3}){sub 4}. The IR absorption spectra of the two forms show a chain polyphosphates structure. The last modification of KYP{sub 4}O{sub 12} crystallizes in the C2/c space group with lattice parameters: a=7.825(3) A, b=12.537(4) A, c=10.584(2) A, {beta}=110.22(7) deg. and Z=4 is isostructural with RbNdP{sub 4}O{sub 12} and contains cyclic anions. The methods of chemical preparations, the determination of crystallographic data and IR spectra for these compounds are reported.

  15. Hydrothermal synthesis of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} nanophosphors: Effect of surfactant on structural and luminescence properties

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    Dhananjaya, N., E-mail: dhanu.siri@yahoo.co.in [B.S. Narayan Centre of Excellence for Advanced Materials, B.M.S. Institute of Technology, Bangalore 560 064 (India); Department of Physics, B.M.S. Institute of Technology, Bangalore 560 064 (India); Nagabhushana, H., E-mail: bhushanvlc@gmail.com [Prof. C.N.R. Rao Centre for Advanced Materials, Tumkur University, Tumkur 572 103 (India); Sharma, S.C. [B.S. Narayan Centre of Excellence for Advanced Materials, B.M.S. Institute of Technology, Bangalore 560 064 (India); Department of Mechanical Engineering, B.M.S. Institute of Technology, Bangalore 560 064 (India); Rudraswamy, B. [Department of Physics, J.B. Campus, Bangalore University, Bangalore 560 056 (India); Shivakumara, C. [Solid State and Structural Chemistry Unit, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012 (India); Nagabhushana, B.M. [Department of Chemistry, M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bangalore 560 054 (India)

    2014-02-25

    Highlights: • Gd(OH){sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}, GdOOH:Eu{sup 3+} and Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} phases were prepared by hydrothermal method. • Phosphors were well characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM, Raman, UV–Vis, FT-IR. • Cubic Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} show intense red emission, which was highly useful for photonics application. • HDA surfactant plays an important role in conversion of cubic to hexagonal phases. -- Abstract: Various morphologies of Eu{sup 3+} activated gadolinium oxide have been prepared by hydrothermal method using hexadecylamine (HDA) as surfactant at different experimental conditions. The powder X-ray diffraction studies reveal as-formed product is hexagonal Gd(OH){sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} phase and subsequent heat treatment at 350 and 600 °C transforms to monoclinic GdOOH:Eu{sup 3+} and cubic Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} phases respectively. SEM pictures of without surfactant show irregular shaped rods along with flakes. However, in the presence of HDA surfactant, the particles are converted into rods of various sizes. The temperature dependent morphological evolution of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} without and with HDA surfactant is studied. TEM micrographs of Gd(OH){sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} sample with HDA confirms smooth nanorods with various diameters in the range 20–100 nm. FTIR studies reveal that HDA surfactant plays an important role in conversion of cubic to hexagonal phases. Among these three phases, cubic phase Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} (λ{sub ex} = 254 nm) show red emission at 612 nm corresponding to {sup 5}D{sub 0} → {sup 7}F{sub 2} and is more efficient host than the monoclinic counterpart. The band gap for hexagonal Gd(OH){sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} is more when compared to monoclinic GdOOH:Eu{sup 3+} and cubic Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+}.

  16. Biomimetic fabrication of WO{sub 3} for water splitting under visible light with high performance

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    Yin, Chao; Zhu, Shenmin, E-mail: smzhu@sjtu.edu.cn; Yao, Fan; Gu, Jiajun; Zhang, Wang [Shanghai Jiao Tong University, State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites (China); Chen, Zhixin [University of Wollongong, Faculty of Engineering (Australia); Zhang, Di, E-mail: zhangdi@sjtu.edu.cn [Shanghai Jiao Tong University, State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites (China)

    2013-08-15

    Inspired by the high light-harvesting properties of typical butterfly wings, ceramic WO{sub 3} butterfly wings with hierarchical structures of bio-butterfly wings was fabricated using a template of PapilioParis butterfly wings through a sol-gel method. The effect of calcination temperatures on the structures of the ceramic butterfly wings was investigated and the results showed that the WO{sub 3} butterfly wing replica calcined at 550 Degree-Sign C (WO{sub 3} replica-550) is a single phase and has a high crystallinity and relatively fine hierarchical structure. The average grain size of WO{sub 3} replica-550 and WO{sub 3} powder are around 32.6 and 42.2 nm, respectively. Compared with pure WO{sub 3} powder, WO{sub 3} replica-550 demonstrated a higher light-harvesting capability in the region from 460 to 700 nm and more importantly the higher charge separation rate, as evidenced by electron paramagnetic resonance measurements. Photocatalytic O{sub 2} evolutions from water were investigated on the ceramic butterfly wings and pure WO{sub 3} powder under visible light ({lambda} > 420 nm). The results showed that the amount of O{sub 2} produced from WO{sub 3} replica-550 is 50 % higher than that of the pure WO{sub 3} powder. The improved photocatalytic performance of WO{sub 3} replica-550 is attributed to the quasi-honeycomb structure inherited from the PapilioParis butterfly wings, providing both high light-harvesting efficiency and efficient charge transport through the WO{sub 3}.

  17. Structural, spectroscopic and cytotoxicity studies of TbF{sub 3}@CeF{sub 3} and TbF{sub 3}@CeF{sub 3}@SiO{sub 2} nanocrystals

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    Grzyb, Tomasz; Runowski, Marcin [Adam Mickiewicz University, Department of Rare Earths, Faculty of Chemistry (Poland); Dabrowska, Krystyna [Polish Academy of Sciences, Bacteriophage Laboratory, Institute of Immunology and Experimental Therapy (Poland); Giersig, Michael; Lis, Stefan, E-mail: blis@amu.edu.pl [Adam Mickiewicz University, Department of Rare Earths, Faculty of Chemistry (Poland)

    2013-10-15

    Terbium fluoride nanocrystals, covered by a shell, composed of cerium fluoride were synthesized by a co-precipitation method. Their complex structure was formed spontaneously during the synthesis. The surface of these core/shell nanocrystals was additionally modified by silica. The properties of TbF{sub 3}@CeF{sub 3} and TbF{sub 3}@CeF{sub 3}@SiO{sub 2} nanocrystals, formed in this way, were investigated. Spectroscopic studies showed that the differences between these two groups of products resulted from the presence of the SiO{sub 2} shell. X-ray diffraction patterns confirmed the trigonal crystal structure of TbF{sub 3}@CeF{sub 3} nanocrystals. High resolution transmission electron microscopy in connection with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy showed a complex structure of the formed nanocrystals. Crystallized as small discs, 'the products', with an average diameter around 10 nm, showed an increase in the concentration of Tb{sup 3+} ions from surface to the core of nanocrystals. In addition to photo-physical analyses, cytotoxicity studies were performed on HSkMEC (Human Skin Microvascular Endothelial Cells) and B16F0 mouse melanoma cancer cells. The cytotoxicity of the nanomaterials was neutral for the investigated cells with no toxic or antiproliferative effect in the cell cultures, either for normal or for cancer cells. This fact makes the obtained nanocrystals good candidates for biological applications and further modifications of the SiO{sub 2} shell.Graphical Abstract.

  18. Interfacial microstructure of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} brazing joint with Cu-Zn-Ti filler alloy

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    Zhang, J. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)], E-mail: hitzhangjie@hit.edu.cn; Zhang, X.M.; Zhou, Y. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China); Naka, M. [Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Svetlana, Atroshenko [Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics, Saint-Petersburg State University (Russian Federation)

    2008-11-15

    In this study, Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} ceramic was jointed by a brazing technique with a Cu-Zn-Ti filler alloy. The interfacial microstructure between Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} ceramic and filler alloy in the Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} joint was observed and analyzed by using electron-probe microanalysis, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The results indicate that there are two reaction layers at the ceramic/filler interface in the joint, which was obtained by brazing at a temperature and holding time of 1223 K and 15 min, respectively. The layer nearby the Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} ceramic is a TiN layer with an average grain size of 100 nm, and the layer nearby the filler alloy is a Ti{sub 5}Si{sub 3}N{sub x} layer with an average grain size of 1-2 {mu}m. Thickness of the TiN and Ti{sub 5}Si{sub 3}N{sub x} layers is about 1 {mu}m and 10 {mu}m, respectively. The formation mechanism of the reaction layers was discussed. A model showing the microstructure from Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} ceramic to filler alloy in the Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} joint was provided as: Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} ceramic/TiN reaction layer/Ti{sub 5}Si{sub 3}N{sub x} reaction layer/Cu-Zn solution.

  19. FORMATION OF N{sub 3}, CH{sub 3}, HCN, AND HNC FROM THE FAR-UV PHOTOLYSIS OF CH{sub 4} IN NITROGEN ICE

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    Lo, Jen-Iu; Chou, Sheng-Lung; Peng, Yu-Chain; Lin, Meng-Yeh; Lu, Hsiao-Chi; Cheng, Bing-Ming, E-mail: bmcheng@nsrrc.org.tw [National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, No. 101, Hsin-Ann Road, Hsinchu Science Park, Hsinchu 30076, Taiwan (China)

    2015-11-15

    The irradiation of pure solid N{sub 2} at 3 K with far-ultraviolet light from a synchrotron produced infrared absorption lines at 1657.7, 1655.6, and 1652.4 cm{sup −1} and an ultraviolet absorption line at 272.0 nm, which are characteristic of the product N{sub 3}. The threshold wavelength at which N{sub 3} was generated was 145.6 ± 2.9 nm, corresponding to an energy of 8.52 ± 0.17 eV. The photolysis of isotopically labeled {sup 15}N{sub 2} at 3 K consistently led to the formation of {sup 15}N{sub 3} with the same threshold wavelength of 145.6 ± 2.9 nm for its formation. The photolysis of CH{sub 4} in nitrogen ice in low concentrations also led to the formation of N{sub 3}, together with CH{sub 3}, HCN, and HNC, with the same threshold wavelength of 145.6 ± 2.9 nm. These results indicate that N{sub 3} radicals may play an important role in the photochemistry of nitrogen ices in astronomical environments.

  20. Synergistic photocatalysis of Cr(VI) reduction and 4-Chlorophenol degradation over hydroxylated α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} under visible light irradiation

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    Wang, Ji-Chao; Ren, Juan [College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Yao, Hong-Chang, E-mail: yaohongchang@zzu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Zhang, Lin; Wang, Jian-She; Zang, Shuang-Quan [College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Han, Li-Feng [Henan Provincial Key Laboratory of Surface & Interface Science, Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Li, Zhong-Jun, E-mail: lizhongjun@zzu.edu.cn [College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou 450002 (China)

    2016-07-05

    Highlights: • The surface hydroxyl of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} influences on the Cr(VI) reduction activity. • The synergistic photocatalysis enhances degradation activity of Cr(VI) and 4-CP. • The Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst exhibits good stability and degradation activity after 9 runs. - Abstract: A series of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} materials with hydroxyl are synthesized in different monohydric alcohol (C{sub 2} – C{sub 5}) solvents by solvothermal method and characterized by XRD, BET, XPS, TG and EA. The amount of hydroxyl is demonstrated to be emerged on the surface of the as-synthesized Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles and their contents are determined to be from 7.99 to 3.74 wt%. The Cr(VI) reduction experiments show that the hydroxyl content of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} samples exacts great influence on the photocatalytic activity under visible light irradiation (λ > 400 nm) and that the Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} sample synthesized in n-butyl alcohol exhibits the optimal photocatalytic activity. The synergistic photocatalysis for 4-Chlorophenol (4-CP) degradation and Cr(VI) reduction over above Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} sample is further investigated. The photocatalytic ratio of Cr(VI) reduction are enhanced from 24.8% to 70.2% while that of 4-CP oxidation are increased from 13.5% to 47.8% after 1 h visible light irradiation. The Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} sample keeps good degradation rates of mixed pollutants after 9 runs. The active oxygen intermediates O{sub 2}{sup −}·, ·OH and H{sub 2}O{sub 2} formed in the photoreaction process are discovered by ESR measurement and UV–vis test. The photocatalytic degradation mechanism is proposed accordingly.

  1. A high performance hydrogen sulfide gas sensor based on porous α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} operates at room-temperature

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    Huang, Yanwu; Chen, Weimei; Zhang, Shouchao; Kuang, Zhong; Ao, Dongyi [School of Physical Electronics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, 610054 (China); Alkurd, Nooraldeen Rafat; Zhou, Weilie [Advanced Materials Research Institute, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA 70148 (United States); Liu, Wei [School of Physical Electronics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, 610054 (China); Shen, Wenzhong [Institute of Coal Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Taiyuan, 030001 (China); Li, Zhijie, E-mail: zhijieli@uestc.edu.cn [School of Physical Electronics, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu, 610054 (China)

    2015-10-01

    Highlights: • Novel porous α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles were prepared by a facile hydrothermal method. • The sensor based on porous α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} exhibits high sensitivity towards H{sub 2}S gas. • The detection limit towards H{sub 2}S gas was as low as 50 ppb at room temperature. • The sensor exhibits excellent selectivity against other toxic and noxious gases. - Abstract: Porous α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles were synthesized by simple annealing of β-FeOOH precursor derived from a facile hydrothermal route, the structures and morphologies of the as-prepared product were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results showed that the average crystallite size of the obtained porous α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} was 34 nm and exits numerous irregularly distributed pores with a diameter varying from 2 nm to 10 nm on the particle surface. The gas-sensing properties of the sensor based on porous α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles were investigated, and the result showed that the sensor exhibited a high performance in hydrogen sulfide (H{sub 2}S) detection at room temperature. The highest sensitivity reached 38.4 for 100 ppm H{sub 2}S, and the detection limit was as low as 50 ppb. In addition, the response of the sensor towards other gases including C{sub 2}H{sub 5}OH, CO, H{sub 2} and NH{sub 3} indicates the sensor has an excellent selectivity to detection H{sub 2}S gas. Finally, the sensing mechanism of the sensor towards H{sub 2}S was also discussed.

  2. Observation of lower defect density in CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}Pb(I,Cl){sub 3} solar cells by admittance spectroscopy

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    Jiang, Minlin; Lan, Fei; Tao, Quan; Li, Guangyong, E-mail: gaod@pitt.edu, E-mail: gul6@pitt.edu [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260 (United States); Zhao, Bingxin [Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260 (United States); Key Laboratory of Advanced Functional Materials, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124 (China); Wu, Jiamin; Gao, Di, E-mail: gaod@pitt.edu, E-mail: gul6@pitt.edu [Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260 (United States)

    2016-06-13

    The introduction of Cl into CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} precursors is reported to enhance the performance of CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} solar cell, which is attributed to the significantly increased diffusion lengths of carriers in CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}Pb(I,Cl){sub 3} solar cell. It has been assumed but never experimentally approved that the defect density in CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}Pb(I,Cl){sub 3} solar cell should be reduced according to the higher carrier lifetime observed from photoluminescence (PL) measurement. We have fabricated CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}Pb(I,Cl){sub 3} solar cell by adding a small amount of Cl source into CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} precursor. The performance of CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}Pb(I,Cl){sub 3} solar cell is significantly improved from 15.39% to 18.60%. Results from scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction indicate that the morphologies and crystal structures of CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} and CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}Pb(I,Cl){sub 3} thin films remain unchanged. Open circuit voltage decay and admittance spectroscopy characterization jointly approve that Cl plays an extremely important role in suppressing the formation of defects in perovskite solar cells.

  3. Synthesis and performance of Li{sub 3}(V{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}){sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} cathode materials

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    Dai, Changsong; Chen, Zhenyu; Jin, Haizu; Hu, Xinguo [School of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001 (China)

    2010-09-01

    In order to search for cathode materials with better performance, Li{sub 3}(V{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}){sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (0, 0.04, 0.07, 0.10 and 0.13) is prepared via a carbothermal reduction (CTR) process with LiOH.H{sub 2}O, V{sub 2}O{sub 5}, Mg(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 2}.4H{sub 2}O, NH{sub 4}H{sub 2}PO{sub 4}, and sucrose as raw materials and investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopic (SEM) and electrochemical impedance spectrum (EIS). XRD shows that Li{sub 3}(V{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}){sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} (x = 0.04, 0.07, 0.10 and 0.13) has the same monoclinic structure as undoped Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} while the particle size of Li{sub 3}(V{sub 1-x}Mg{sub x}){sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} is smaller than that of Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} according to SEM images. EIS reveals that the charge transfer resistance of as-prepared materials is reduced and its reversibility is enhanced proved by the cyclic votammograms. The Mg{sup 2+}-doped Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} has a better high rate discharge performance. At a discharge rate of 20 C, the discharge capacity of Li{sub 3}(V{sub 0.9}Mg{sub 0.1}){sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} is 107 mAh g{sup -1} and the capacity retention is 98% after 80 cycles. Li{sub 3}(V{sub 0.9}Mg{sub 0.1}){sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}//graphite full cells (085580-type) have good discharge performance and the modified cathode material has very good compatibility with graphite. (author)

  4. Microstructure and tensile properties of oxide dispersion strengthened Fe–14Cr–0.3Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Fe–14Cr–2W–0.3Ti–0.3Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Auger, M.A., E-mail: mauger@fis.uc3m.es [Departamento de Física, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés (Spain); Castro, V. de; Leguey, T.; Monge, M.A.; Muñoz, A.; Pareja, R. [Departamento de Física, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 28911 Leganés (Spain)

    2013-11-15

    Two ODS ferritic steels with nominal compositions (wt.%): Fe–14Cr–0.3Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Fe–14Cr–2W–0.3Ti–0.3Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} have been produced by mechanical alloying and consolidation by hot isostatic pressing. The microstructure and tensile properties of these materials after being forged and heat-treated at 1123 K have been investigated to clarify the interrelation between composition, microstructure and mechanical properties. The second-phase precipitates in these alloys have been analyzed by high-angle annular dark-field imaging in scanning TEM mode and electron diffraction. Fe–14Cr–2W–0.3Ti–0.3Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} exhibits a duplex microstructure consisting of large recrystallized grains, as large as 1.5 μm, and unrecovered regions containing submicron equiaxed grains. In addition, three types of secondary phase particles have been found: large M{sub 23}C{sub 6} particles containing W and Cr, (Cr + Ti) rich spherical particles with diameters between 50 and 500 nm, and fine (Y + Ti) oxide particles with sizes below 30 nm. In contrast, Fe14CrY shows a uniform structure of equiaxed grains, with sizes in the range 0.5–3 μm, containing a fine dispersion of Y oxide particles (<30 nm) homogeneously distributed inside the grains, as well as large carbide and oxide particles. Tensile tests performed over the temperature range 273–973 K have revealed that the alloy containing W and Ti has lower yield and tensile strengths than Fe–14Cr–0.3Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} at temperatures up to 773 K, but the opposite appears to occur beyond this temperature.

  5. WO{sub 3} nanorods prepared by low-temperature seeded growth hydrothermal reaction

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    Ng, Chai Yan [School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang (Malaysia); Abdul Razak, Khairunisak, E-mail: khairunisak@eng.usm.my [School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang (Malaysia); NanoBiotechnology Research and Innovation (NanoBRI), Institute for Research in Molecular Medicine (INFORMM), Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM, Penang (Malaysia); Lockman, Zainovia, E-mail: zainovia@eng.usm.my [School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 14300 Nibong Tebal, Penang (Malaysia)

    2014-03-05

    Highlights: • WO{sub 3} nanorods with 5–10 nm diameter were grown directly on seeded tungsten foil. • WO{sub 3} nanorods were successfully grown at low temperature of 80 °C. • WO{sub 3} nanorods were grown on the entire surface of the seed layer after 24 h. • Annealed nanorods showed better electrochromic properties than as-made nanorods. -- Abstract: This work describes the first tungsten oxide (WO{sub 3}) nanorods hydrothermally grown on W foil. WO{sub 3} nanorods were successfully grown at low hydrothermal temperature of 80 °C by seeded growth hydrothermal reaction. The seed layer was prepared by thermally oxidized the W foil at 400 °C for 0.5 h. This work discusses the effect of hydrothermal reaction and annealing period on the morphological, structural, and electrochromic properties of WO{sub 3} nanorods. Various hydrothermal reaction periods (8–24 h) were studied. Monoclinic WO{sub 3} nanorods with 5–10 nm diameter were obtained after hydrothermal reaction for 24 h. These 24 h WO{sub 3} nanorods were also annealed at 400 °C with varying dwelling periods (0.5–4 h). Electrochromic properties of WO{sub 3} nanorods in an acidic electrolyte were analyzed using cyclic voltammetry and UV–vis spectrophotometry. WO{sub 3} nanorods annealed at 400 °C for 1 h showed the highest charge capacity and the largest optical contrast among the 24 h WO{sub 3} films. The sample also showed good cycling stability without significant degradation. Based on the results, the reaction mechanism of WO{sub 3} nanorod formation on W foil was proposed.

  6. Investigation of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} barrier film properties made by atomic layer deposition onto fluorescent tris-(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminium molecular films

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    Maindron, Tony; Aventurier, Bernard [LETI/DOPT/SCOOP/Laboratoire des Composants pour la Visualisation, CEA-LETI, MINATEC Campus, 17 rue des Martyrs, F-38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Ghazouani, Ahlem; Jullien, Tony [LETI/DTSI/SDEP/Laboratoire Dépôt Equipe 2, CEA-LETI, MINATEC Campus, 17 rue des Martyrs, F-38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Rochat, Névine [LETI/DTSI/Service de Caractérisation des Matériaux et Composants, CEA-LETI, MINATEC Campus, 17 rue des Martyrs, F-38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Simon, Jean-Yves; Viasnoff, Emilie [LETI/DOPT/SCOOP/Laboratoire des Composants pour la Visualisation, CEA-LETI, MINATEC Campus, 17 rue des Martyrs, F-38054 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

    2013-12-02

    Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} films have been deposited at 85 °C by atomic layer deposition onto single 100 nm thick tris-(8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminium (AlQ{sub 3}) films made onto silicon wafers. It has been found that a thick ALD-deposited Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer (> 11 nm) greatly prevents the photo-oxidation of AlQ{sub 3} films when exposed to continuous UV irradiation (350 mW/cm{sup 2}). Thin Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} thicknesses (< 11 nm) on the contrary yield lower barrier performances. Defects in the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer have been easily observed as non-fluorescent AlQ{sub 3} singularities, or black spots, under UV light on the system Si/AlQ{sub 3}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} stored into laboratory conditions (22 °C/50% Relative Humidity (RH)) for long time scale (∼ 2000 h). Accelerated aging conditions in a climatic chamber (85 °C/85% RH) also allow faster visualization of the same defects (168 h). The black spot density grows upon time and the black spot density occurrence rates have been calculated to be 0.024 h{sup −1}·cm{sup −2} and 0.243 h{sup −1}·cm{sup −2} respectively for the two testing conditions. A detailed investigation of these defects did show that they cannot be ascribed to the presence of a detectable particle. In that sense they are presumably the consequence of the existence of nanometre-scaled defects which cannot be detected onto fresh samples. Interestingly, an additional overcoating of ebeam-deposited SiO{sub 2} onto the Si/AlQ{sub 3}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} sample helps to decrease drastically the black spot density occurrence rates down to 0.004 h{sup −1}·cm{sup −2} and 0.04 h{sup −1}·cm{sup −2} respectively for 22 °C/50% RH and 85 °C/85% RH testing conditions. These observations highlight the moisture sensitivity of low temperature ALD-deposited Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} films and confirm the general idea that a single Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ALD film performs as an ultra-high barrier but needs to be overprotected from water condensation by an

  7. Syntheses and crystal structures of BaAgTbS{sub 3}, BaCuGdTe{sub 3}, BaCuTbTe{sub 3}, BaAgTbTe{sub 3}, and CsAgUTe{sub 3}

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    Prakash, Jai; Beard, Jessica C.; Ibers, James A. [Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208-3113 (United States); Mesbah, Adel [Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208-3113 (United States); ICSM-UMR 5257 CNRS/CEA/UM2/ENSCM, Bat 426, BP 17171, 30207 Bagnols/Ceze (France)

    2015-06-15

    Five new quaternary chalcogenides of the 1113 family, namely BaAgTbS{sub 3}, BaCuGdTe{sub 3}, BaCuTbTe{sub 3}, BaAgTbTe{sub 3}, and CsAgUTe{sub 3}, were synthesized by the reactions of the elements at 1173-1273 K. For CsAgUTe{sub 3} CsCl flux was used. Their crystal structures were determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies. The sulfide BaAgTbS{sub 3} crystallizes in the BaAgErS{sub 3} structure type in the monoclinic space group C{sup 3},{sub 2h}-C2/m, whereas the tellurides BaCuGdTe{sub 3}, BaCuTbTe{sub 3}, BaAgTbTe{sub 3}, and CsAgUTe{sub 3} crystallize in the KCuZrS{sub 3} structure type in the orthorhombic space group D{sup 1},{sub 2}{sup 7},{sub h}-Cmcm. The BaAgTbS{sub 3} structure consists of edge-sharing [TbS{sub 6}{sup 9-}] octahedra and [AgS{sub 5}{sup 9-}] trigonal pyramids. The connectivity of these polyhedra creates channels that are occupied by Ba atoms. The telluride structure features {sup 2}{sub ∞}[MLnTe{sub 3}{sup 2-}] layers for BaCuGdTe{sub 3}, BaCuTbTe{sub 3}, BaAgTbTe{sub 3}, and {sup 2}{sub ∞}[AgUTe{sub 3}{sup 1-}] layers for CsAgUTe{sub 3}. These layers comprise [MTe{sub 4}] tetrahedra and [LnTe{sub 6}] or [UTe{sub 6}] octahedra. Ba or Cs atoms separate these layers. As there are no short Q..Q (Q = S or Te) interactions these compounds achieve charge balance as Ba{sup 2+}M{sup +}Ln{sup 3+}(Q{sup 2-}){sub 3} (Q = S and Te) and Cs{sup +}Ag{sup +}U{sup 4+}(Te{sup 2-}){sub 3}. (Copyright copyright 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  8. Apparent molar volumes and apparent molar heat capacities of Pr(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}(aq), Gd(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}(aq), Ho(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}(aq), and Y(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}(aq) at T (288.15, 298.15, 313.15, and 328.15) K and p = 0.1 MPa

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    Hakin, Andrew W. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 3M4 (Canada)]. E-mail: hakin@uleth.ca; Liu Jinlian [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 3M4 (Canada); Erickson, Kristy [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 3M4 (Canada); Munoz, Julie-Vanessa [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Lethbridge, 4401 University Drive, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K 3M4 (Canada); Rard, Joseph A. [Energy and Environment Directorate, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, University of California, Livermore, CA 94550 (United States)

    2005-02-01

    Relative densities and relative massic heat capacities have been measured for acidified solutions of Y(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}(aq), Pr(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}(aq), and Gd(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}(aq) at T = (288.15, 298.15, 313.15, and 328.15) K and p = 0.1 MPa. In addition, relative densities and massic heat capacities have been measured at the same temperatures and pressure for Y(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}(aq) and Ho(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}(aq) solutions without excess acid (n.b. measurements at T = 328.15 K for Ho(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}(aq) were not performed due to the limited volume of solution available). Apparent molar volumes and apparent molar heat capacities for the aqueous salt solutions have been calculated from the experimental apparent molar properties of the acidified solutions using Young's rule, whereas the apparent molar properties of the solutions without excess acid were calculated directly from the measured densities and massic heat capacities. The two sets of data for the Y(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}(aq) systems provide a check of the internal consistency of the Young's rule approach we have utilised. The concentration dependences of the apparent molar volumes and heat capacities of the aqueous salt solutions have been modelled at each investigated temperature using the Pitzer ion interaction equations to yield apparent molar properties at infinite dilution. Complex formation within the aqueous rare earth nitrate systems is discussed qualitatively by probing the concentration dependence of apparent molar volumes and heat capacities. In spite of the complex formation in the aqueous rare earth nitrate systems, there is a high degree of self-consistency between the apparent molar volumes and heat capacities at infinite dilution reported in this manuscript and those previously reported for aqueous rare earth perchlorates.

  9. Photoluminescence properties of the Eu-doped alpha-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} microspheres

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    Liu, Dianguang, E-mail: dianguang12@gmail.com [State Key Laboratory of Solidification Processing, Northwestern Polytechnical University, West Youyi Rd., No. 127, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710072 (China); Science and Technology on Thermostructure Composite Materials Laboratory, Northwestern Polytechnical University, West Youyi Rd., No. 127, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710072 (China); Zhu, Zhenfeng [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, Xi’an 710021 (China)

    2014-01-15

    Highlights: • Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} phosphors were prepared via a microwave solvothermal route. • The particles were hierarchically nanostructured microspheres packaged by nanosheets. • The powders presented excellent orange–red emission when excited at 393 nm. • Critical concentration and distance of Eu{sup 3+} in Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is 0.007, 18 Å, respectively. -- Abstract: Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} samples were synthesized via microwave solvothermal method and thermal decomposition of Eu{sup 3+} doped precursors. The sample characterizations were carried out by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and photoluminescence (PL) spectra. XRD results indicated that Eu{sup 3+} doped samples were most of α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase after being calcined at 1473 K. SEM results showed that the obtained α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} based powders via microwave solvothermal method were microspheres with an average diameter about 1.6 μm. PL spectra showed that upon excitation at 393 nm, the orange–red emission bands at the wavelength longer than 560 nm were from {sup 5}D{sub 0} → {sup 7}F{sub J} (J = 1, 2) transitions. The asymmetry ratio of ({sup 5}D{sub 0} → {sup 7}F{sub 2})/({sup 5}D{sub 0} → {sup 7}F{sub 1}) intensity is about 1 and this value suggests that Eu{sup 3+} ions occupy the same ratio of symmetry and asymmetry sites. It is shown that the 0.7 mol% of doping concentration of Eu{sup 3+} ions in α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Eu{sup 3+} is optimum. According to Dexter’s theory, the critical distance between Eu{sup 3+} ions for energy transfer was determined to be 18 Å.

  10. Liquid phase surface melting of AA8011 aluminum alloy by addition of Al/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-composite powders synthesized by high-energy milling

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    Sohi, M. Heydarzadeh [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hojjatzadeh, S.M.H., E-mail: Hojatzadeh@yahoo.com [Department of Welding, Science and Research Branch, Azad University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Moosavifar, Sh. S.; Heshmati-Manesh, S. [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-09-15

    Highlights: • Aluminum matrix composite layers reinforced with alumina particles were fabricated. • Non milled powders caused porosity in the microstructures because of poor wettability. • The ball milling of powders was significantly improved the wettability of nano ceramic particles. • The micro hardness of the layers was approximately 3 times greater than that of the base metal. - Abstract: Poor wettability of particles is an obstacle in formation of sound composite layer via surface melting. Pre-coating of particles with metallic material by different techniques, such as ball milling may enhance the wettability of the particles with molten metal. In this study, composite surface layers containing Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles were fabricated on the surface of AA8011 aluminum substrates by tungsten inert gas (TIG) surface melting using preplaced layers of Al/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powder mixtures in two different forms: (1) a mixture of 40 wt% Al and 60 wt% of 50 nm Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders and (2) a mixture obtained by mechanical alloying of 40 wt% Al and 60 wt% of 60 μm Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders. Morphology evolution of powders during ball milling and the microstructure of the fabricated composite layers were studied through conventional characterization techniques, such as optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Microhardness measurements were also performed across the alloyed zone. The results indicated that the layer fabricated by the second route showed a defect free structure with a more uniform distribution of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles in comparison with the layer obtained by the first route. It was also noticed that the uniform dispersion of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles in the fabricated layer increased the hardness to 133 HV which was over 3 times of that of the base metal.

  11. Size distributions of non-volatile particle residuals (Dp<800 nm at a rural site in Germany and relation to air mass origin

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    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Atmospheric aerosol particle size distributions at a continental background site in Eastern Germany were examined for a one-year period. Particles were classified using a twin differential mobility particle sizer in a size range between 3 and 800 nm. As a novelty, every second measurement of this experiment involved the removal of volatile chemical compounds in a thermodenuder at 300°C. This concept allowed to quantify the number size distribution of non-volatile particle cores – primarily associated with elemental carbon, and to compare this to the original non-conditioned size distribution. As a byproduct of the volatility analysis, new particles originating from nucleation inside the thermodenuder can be observed, however, overwhelmingly at diameters below 6 nm. Within the measurement uncertainty, every particle down to particle sizes of 15 nm is concluded to contain a non-volatile core. The volume fraction of non-volatile particulate matter (non-conditioned diameter < 800 nm varied between 10 and 30% and was largely consistent with the experimentally determined mass fraction of elemental carbon. The average size of the non-volatile particle cores was estimated as a function of original non-conditioned size using a summation method, which showed that larger particles (>200 nm contained more non-volatile compounds than smaller particles (<50 nm, thus indicating a significantly different chemical composition. Two alternative air mass classification schemes based on either, synoptic chart analysis (Berliner Wetterkarte or back trajectories showed that the volume and number fraction of non-volatile cores depended less on air mass than the total particle number concentration. In all air masses, the non-volatile size distributions showed a more and a less volatile ("soot" mode, the latter being located at about 50 nm. During unstable conditions and in maritime air masses, smaller values were observed compared to stable or continental conditions

  12. Hierarchically structured carbon-coated SnO{sub 2}-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} microparticles with enhanced lithium storage performance

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    Chai, Xiaohan; Shi, Chunsheng [School of Materials Science and Engineering and Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composites and Functional Materials, Tianjin University, Tianjin, 300072 (China); Liu, Enzuo [School of Materials Science and Engineering and Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composites and Functional Materials, Tianjin University, Tianjin, 300072 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering, Tianjin 300072 (China); Li, Jiajun [School of Materials Science and Engineering and Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composites and Functional Materials, Tianjin University, Tianjin, 300072 (China); Zhao, Naiqin [School of Materials Science and Engineering and Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composites and Functional Materials, Tianjin University, Tianjin, 300072 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering, Tianjin 300072 (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Ceramics and Machining Technology, Ministry of Education, Tianjin University, Tianjin, 300072 (China); He, Chunnian, E-mail: cnhe08@tju.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering and Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composites and Functional Materials, Tianjin University, Tianjin, 300072 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center of Chemical Science and Engineering, Tianjin 300072 (China); Key Laboratory of Advanced Ceramics and Machining Technology, Ministry of Education, Tianjin University, Tianjin, 300072 (China)

    2016-01-15

    Graphical abstract: Hierarchically structured SnO{sub 2}-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@C microparticles for lithium-ion battery anode are developed by a facile and scalable strategy. - Highlights: • Hierarchically structured SnO{sub 2}-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@C micrometer-sized particles were synthesized. • The SnO{sub 2}-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@C micrometer-sized particles deliver high reversible lithium storage capacity. • The wrapped carbon layer can buffer the volume expansion of SnO{sub 2}-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}. - Abstract: A facile and scalable strategy was developed to fabricate SnO{sub 2}-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@C micrometer-sized particles as a good lithium-ion battery anode. The obtained materials were constructed by aggregated nanoclusters (100–200 nm) consisting of SnO{sub 2}-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@C nanospheres (20 ∼ 30 nm), in which SnO{sub 2} and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles (5 ∼ 8 nm) were homogeneously embedded in a percolating carbonaceous network with an average thickness of about 3 nm. SnO{sub 2}-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@C microparticles were synthesized by a one-pot hydrothermal process followed by annealing under Ar and subsequent chemical vapor transformation (CVT) under vacuum. The peculiar strategy allows to obtain hierarchical structure of micrometer-sized particles including nanospheres, nanoclusters and micro-scale particles, and the combination of SnO{sub 2} and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} could promote the synergistic effects to enhance the reversible capacity as well as the structural stability. Meanwhile, the carbon layer, homogeneously covering the nanoparticles does not only accommodate the volume change of active materials to maintain the structural integrity but also forms a conductive network throughout the whole micro-sized structure during charge/discharge processes. As a result, the electrode of SnO{sub 2}-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@C microparticles exhibits good rate performance (1056 mAh g{sup −1} at 0.1 C, 734 mAh g{sup −1} at 0.2 C, 449 mAh g{sup −1} at 0.5 C, 212

  13. Strain control of Urbach energy in Cr-doped PrFeO{sub 3}

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    Kumar, Anil; Warshi, M.K.; Mishra, Vikash; Saxena, Shailendra K.; Kumar, Rajesh; Sagdeo, Pankaj R. [Indian Institute of Technology Indore, Material Research Laboratory, Discipline of Physics and MEMS, Indore (India)

    2017-09-15

    Polycrystalline samples of PrFe{sub 1-x}Cr{sub x}O{sub 3} having average particle size of ∝90 nm have been prepared by wet chemical route. The structural phase purity of the prepared samples is confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction followed by Rietveld refinements. It is observed that with Cr doping, the Urbach energy (E{sub u}) increases. The E{sub u} is measure of the various disorders present in the sample, such as chemical and structural. To understand the contribution to the E{sub u} due to chemical and structural disorders, we have probed the chemical and structural disorders in the samples by elemental mappings and through X-ray diffraction experiments, respectively. Elemental mapping confirms chemical homogeneity of prepared samples. It is observed that with Cr doping the crystallographic strain increases and Urbach energy shows the similar scaling. (orig.)

  14. Exploration on anion ordering, optical properties and electronic structure in K{sub 3}WO{sub 3}F{sub 3} elpasolite

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    Atuchin, V.V. [Laboratory of Optical Materials and Structures, Institute of Semiconductor Physics, SB RAS, Novosibirsk 630090 (Russian Federation); Isaenko, L.I. [Laboratory of Crystal Growth, Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, SB RAS, Novosibirsk 630090 (Russian Federation); Kesler, V.G. [Laboratory of Physical Principles for Integrated Microelectronics, Institute of Semiconductor Physics, Novosibirsk 630090 (Russian Federation); Lin, Z.S., E-mail: zslin@mail.ipc.ac.cn [Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 2711, Beijing 100190 (China); Molokeev, M.S. [Laboratory of Crystal Physics, Institute of Physics, SB RAS, Krasnoyarsk 660036 (Russian Federation); Yelisseyev, A.P.; Zhurkov, S.A. [Laboratory of Crystal Growth, Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, SB RAS, Novosibirsk 630090 (Russian Federation)

    2012-03-15

    Room-temperature modification of potassium oxyfluorotungstate, G2-K{sub 3}WO{sub 3}F{sub 3}, has been prepared by low-temperature chemical route and single crystal growth. Wide optical transparency range of 0.3-9.4 {mu}m and forbidden band gap E{sub g}=4.32 eV have been obtained for G2-K{sub 3}WO{sub 3}F{sub 3} crystal. Meanwhile, its electronic structure has been calculated with the first-principles calculations. The good agreement between the theorectical and experimental results have been achieved. Furthermore, G2-K{sub 3}WO{sub 3}F{sub 3} is predicted to possess the relatively large nonlinear optical coefficients. - Graphical abstract: Using the cm-size K{sub 3}WO{sub 3}F{sub 3} crystal (left upper), the transmission spectrum (right upper) and XPS valence electronic states (left lower) were measured, agreed with the ab initio results (right lower). Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The cm-size G2-K{sub 3}WO{sub 3}F{sub 3} single crystals are obtained. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Optical absorption edge and transmission range are defined for G2-K{sub 3}WO{sub 3}F{sub 3} crystal. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Crystal structures of all known K{sub 3}WO{sub 3}F{sub 3} polymorph modifications are determined. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Experimental electronic structure is consistent with the first-principles result. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer G2-K{sub 3}WO{sub 3}F{sub 3} is predicted as a crystal with large NLO coefficients.

  15. Freeze-drying synthesis of Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}/C cathode material for lithium-ion batteries

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    Qiao, Y.Q. [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Wang, X.L., E-mail: wangxl@zju.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Mai, Y.J.; Xia, X.H.; Zhang, J.; Gu, C.D. [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Tu, J.P., E-mail: tujp@zju.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Silicon Materials, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China)

    2012-09-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}/C was synthesized by freeze-drying method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A specific capacity of 105.6 mAh g{sup -1} can be obtained at 14.8 C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 93.3 mAh g{sup -1} can be delivered at a higher current density of 29.6 C. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}/C electrode shows a good cycling performance. - Abstract: Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}/C cathode material was synthesized by using a freeze-drying method followed by carbon-thermal reduction. This as-prepared material has a uniform particle size distribution and a well carbon coating on the surface of Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} particles. The Li{sub 3}V{sub 2}(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}/C exhibits good electrochemical performance and cycling stability. Between 3.0 and 4.3 V, the composite delivered a reversible capacity of 125.2 mAh g{sup -1} at a charge-discharge rate of 1.48 C (1 C = 133 mA g{sup -1}) and without obviously capacity fading after 100 cycles. Even at 14.8 C and 29.6 C rates, it can still deliver discharge capacities of 105.6 mAh g{sup -1} and 93.3 mAh g{sup -1}, and the discharge capacities of 84.5 and 60.5 mAh g{sup -1} are sustained after 500 cycles, respectively.

  16. Interparticle interactions of FePt core and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} shell in FePt/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} magnetic nanoparticles

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    Akbari, Hossein, E-mail: Akbari.ph@iauardabil.ac.ir [Department of Physics, Ardabil Branch, Islamic Azad University, Ardabil (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Zeynali, Hossein [Department of Physics, Kashan Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kashan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Bakhshayeshi, Ali [Department of Physics, Mashhad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-02-22

    Monodisperse FePt nanoparticles were successfully synthesized using simple wet chemical method. Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} was used as a magnetic shell around each FePt nanoparticles. In FePt/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} core/shell system, core thickness is 2 nm and shell thickness varies from zero to 2.5 nm. A theoretical model presented to calculate the shell thickness dependence of Coercivity. Presented model is compared with the results from Stoner–Wohlfarth model to interpret the shell thickness dependence of Coercivity in FePt/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} core/shell nanoparticles. There is a difference between the results from Stoner–Wohlfarth model and experimental data when the shell thickness increases. In the presented model, the effects of interparticle exchange and random magneto crystalline anisotropy are added to the previous models of magnetization reversal for core/shell nanostructures in order to achieve a better agreement with experimental data. For magnetic shells in FePt/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} core/shell, effective coupling between particles increases with increasing shell thickness which leads to Coercivity destruction for stronger couplings. According to the boundary conditions, in the harder regions with higher exchange stiffness, there is small variation in magnetization and so the magnetization modes become more localized. We discussed both localized and non-localized magnetization modes. For non-zero shell thickness, non-localized modes propagate in the soft phase which effects the quality of particle exchange interactions. - Highlights: • Monodisperse FePt nanoparticles were successfully synthesized using simple wet chemical method. • Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} was used as a magnetic shell around each FePt nanoparticles. • A theoretical model presented to calculate the shell thickness dependence of Coercivity. • Magnetic shells increase effective coupling between particles with increasing shell thickness. • Magnetization modes are more localized in the regions with

  17. Luminescence properties and energy transfer investigations of Sr{sub 3}Lu(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Ce{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} phosphors

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    Yang, Zaifa; Xu, Denghui, E-mail: xudh@btbu.edu.cn; Sun, Jiayue; Du, Jiangnan; Gao, Xuedong

    2016-09-15

    Highlights: • A phosphor Sr{sub 3}Lu(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Ce{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} for UV-based white LEDs was firstly synthesized successfully. • The phase structure and photoluminescence properties of samples were studied in detail. • The energy transfer process from Ce{sup 3+} to Tb{sup 3+} ions was illustrated in detail. • Sr{sub 3}Lu(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Ce{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} phosphor has potential applications as an UV-convertible phosphor for white light emitting diodes. - Abstract: A series of Ce{sup 3+} or Tb{sup 3+} doped and Ce{sup 3+}/Tb{sup 3+} co-doped Sr{sub 3}Lu(PO{sub 4}){sub 3} phosphors were prepared via the conventional high temperature solid-state reaction. The phase structure, photoluminescence and energy transfer properties of samples were studied in detail. The optimal proportion of Ce{sup 3+} single doping is 4 mol% with maximal fluorescence intensity. The Sr{sub 3}Lu(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Ce{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} phosphor shows both a blue emission (428 nm) from Ce{sup 3+} and a yellowish-green emission (545 nm) from Tb{sup 3+} with considerable intensity under ultraviolet (UV) excitation (268 nm). The energy transfer from Ce{sup 3+} to Tb{sup 3+} ions takes place in the Sr{sub 3}Lu(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Ce{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} phosphor on the basis of the analysis of the luminescence spectra. The energy transfer mechanism from Ce{sup 3+} to Tb{sup 3+} ions was proved to be dipole–dipole interaction. The energy transfer behaviors in Sr{sub 3}Lu(PO{sub 4}){sub 3}:Ce{sup 3+}, Tb{sup 3+} phosphor is also investigated by the lifetime measurement. The results show that this phosphor has potential applications for UV white-light LEDs.

  18. Preparation of RGO/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/poly (acrylic acid) hydrogel nanocomposites with improved magnetic, thermal and electrochemical properties

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    Didehban, K.H., E-mail: Didehban95@gmail.com; Mohammadi, L.; Azimvand, J.

    2017-07-01

    A hydrogel nanocomposite composed of reduced graphene oxide (RGO), iron oxide (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) nanoparticles, and polyacrylic acid (PAA) was prepared using radical polymerization. Different percentages of RGO, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, and PAA were used to prepare the nanocomposite. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) results confirmed the formation of the nanocomposite’s chemical structure. X-ray power diffraction (XRD) patterns revealed the principal peak’s 2θ value to be 77.39° with the size of the nanocomposite particles estimated at 96 nm. Results indicated that the electrochemical capacity of the nanocomposites was controlled by the weight percentage of RGO. Increases to the potential scan rate reduced porosity and surface area, thereby decreasing the electrochemical capacity of the nanocomposites. Moreover, increasing the percentage of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles in the nanocomposites improved their magnetic characteristics and thermal properties. The latter also improved when the RGO percentage increased. - Highlights: • A hydrogel nanocomposite composed of RGO/Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/PAA was synthesized successfully. • Increasing the percentage of iron nanoparticles improved magnetic properties. • Increasing the percentage of RGO improved thermal and electrochemical capacity. • The Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles directly affected magnetic properties.

  19. Size-dependent properties of YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 6 sub + sub x nanopowder

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    Paturi, P; Huhtinen, H; Huhtala, V P; Laiho, R

    2003-01-01

    YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 6 sub + sub x nanopowder, prepared by the citrate sol-gel method, is segregated by sedimentation in ethanol into three size groups with average particle heights of 0.7, 1.6 and 2.3 nm. The structural properties and composition of the powders, investigated by x-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, Auger electron spectroscopy and EPR-spectroscopy, show no clear differences, except the size. According to investigations by magnetometry and by non-resonant microwave absorption the as-prepared powder contains weak links which, however, disappear during the segregation. The magnetic susceptibility of the samples decreases with the decreasing particle size, in agreement with the susceptibility values calculated from the London equations for cylindrical particles smaller than the London penetration depth. In all three size groups the critical temperature of superconductivity is 92 K.

  20. Multiferroic properties of BiFeO{sub 3}/BaTiO{sub 3} multilayered thin films

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    Sharma, Savita [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Department of Applied Physics, Delhi Technological University, Delhi 110042 (India); Tomar, Monika [Physics Department, Miranda House, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Kumar, Ashok [CSIR—National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Marg, New Delhi 110012 (India); Puri, Nitin K. [Department of Applied Physics, Delhi Technological University, Delhi 110042 (India); Gupta, Vinay, E-mail: drguptavinay@gmail.com [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India)

    2014-09-01

    Multilayered structures of multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) and ferroelectric BaTiO{sub 3} (BTO) have been fabricated using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Ferromagnetic and ferroelectric properties of the multilayered system (BFO/BTO) have been investigated. It could be inferred that the magnetization increases with the incorporation of BTO buffer layer, which indicates a coupling between the ferroelectric and ferromagnetic orders. Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) measurements performed on the prepared multiferroic samples show that the magnetization is significantly increased (M{sub s}=56.88 emu/cm{sup 3}) for the multilayer system with more number of layers (four) keeping the total thickness of the multilayered system constant (350 nm) meanwhile maintaining the sufficiently enhanced ferroelectric properties (P{sub r}=29.68 µC/cm{sup 2})

  1. Thermoluminescent response of LaAlO{sub 3}:Pr; Respuesta termoluminiscente de LaAlO{sub 3}:Pr

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    Morales H, A.; Zarate M, J. [Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Instituto de Investigacion en Metalurgia y Materiales, Ciudad Universitaria, Edif. U, 58060 Morelia, Michoacan (Mexico); Azorin N, J. [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa, Av. San Rafael Atlixco 186, Col. Vicentina, 09340 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Rivera M, T., E-mail: feyo_yo@hotmail.com [IPN, Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Av. Legaria 694, 11500 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

    2015-10-15

    In this study, the thermoluminescence response of doped lanthanum aluminate (LaAlO{sub 3}) with praseodymium ion (Pr) obtained by the Pechini method and drying by the spraying technique Spry Dryer was studied. The obtained powders were analyzed structurally by the X-ray diffraction technique; the morphological characterization was by the scanning electron microscopy technique. The obtained powders at 800 degrees C presented crystallinity and showed a Rhombohedral crystal structure, this phase was observed by X-ray diffraction patterns. Thermoluminescence response of LaAlO{sub 3}:Pr showed a brightness curve with a peak centered at 157 degrees C. The sensitivity of the doped samples was improved about 90 times in comparison with the undoped sample. Thermoluminescence response in function of the wavelength showed a maximum at 230 nm, reproducibility of thermoluminescence response was ±50%. Also the fading in thermoluminescence response was studied. (Author)

  2. Influence of physical properties and chemical composition of sample on formation of aerosol particles generated by nanosecond laser ablation at 213 nm

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    Hola, Marketa, E-mail: mhola@sci.muni.c [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Kotlarska 2, 611 37 Brno (Czech Republic); Konecna, Veronika [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Kotlarska 2, 611 37 Brno (Czech Republic); Mikuska, Pavel [Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic v.v.i., Veveri 97, 602 00 Brno (Czech Republic); Kaiser, Jozef [Institute of Physical Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Brno University of Technology, Technicka 2896/2, 616 69 Brno (Czech Republic); Kanicky, Viktor [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Kotlarska 2, 611 37 Brno (Czech Republic)

    2010-01-15

    The influence of sample properties and composition on the size and concentration of aerosol particles generated by nanosecond Nd:YAG laser ablation at 213 nm was investigated for three sets of different materials, each containing five specimens with a similar matrix (Co-cemented carbides with a variable content of W and Co, steel samples with minor differences in elemental content and silica glasses with various colors). The concentration of ablated particles (particle number concentration, PNC) was measured in two size ranges (10-250 nm and 0.25-17 mum) using an optical aerosol spectrometer. The shapes and volumes of the ablation craters were obtained by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and by an optical profilometer, respectively. Additionally, the structure of the laser-generated particles was studied after their collection on a filter using SEM. The results of particle concentration measurements showed a significant dominance of particles smaller than 250 nm in comparison with larger particles, irrespective of the kind of material. Even if the number of particles larger than 0.25 mum is negligible (up to 0.1%), the volume of large particles that left the ablation cell can reach 50% of the whole particle volume depending on the material. Study of the ablation craters and the laser-generated particles showed a various number of particles produced by different ablation mechanisms (particle splashing or condensation), but the similar character of released particles for all materials was observed by SEM after particle collection on the membrane filter. The created aerosol always consisted of two main structures - spherical particles with diameters from tenths to units of micrometers originally ejected from the molten surface layer and mum-sized 'fibres' composed of primary agglomerates with diameters in the range between tens and hundreds of nanometers. The shape and structure of ablation craters were in good agreement with particle concentration

  3. Porous sulfated metal oxide SO{sub 4}{sup 2−}/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} as an anode material for Li-ion batteries with enhanced electrochemical performance

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    Li, Zhen; Lv, Qianqian; Huang, Xiaoxiong; Tan, Yueyue; Tang, Bohejin, E-mail: tangbohejin@sues.edu.cn [Shanghai University of Engineering Science, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (China)

    2017-01-15

    Sulfated metal oxide SO{sub 4}{sup 2−}/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} was prepared by a novel facile sol–gel method combined with a subsequent heating treatment process. The as-synthesized products were analyzed by XRD, FTIR, and FE-SEM. Compared with the unsulfated Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, the agglomeration of particles has been alleviated after the incorporation of SO{sub 4}{sup 2−}. Interestingly, the primary particle size of the SO{sub 4}{sup 2−}/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} (about 5 nm) is similar to its normal counterparts even after the calcination treatment. More importantly, SO{sub 4}{sup 2−}/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} exhibits a porous architecture, which is an intriguing feature for electrode materials. When used as anode materials in Li-ion batteries, SO{sub 4}{sup 2−}/Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} delivered a higher reversible discharge capacity (992 mAh g{sup −1}), with smaller charge transfer resistance, excellent rate performance, and better cycling stability than normal Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. We believed that the presence of SO{sub 4}{sup 2−} and porous architecture should be responsible for the enhanced electrochemical performance, which could provide more continuous and accessible conductive paths for Li{sup +} and electrons.

  4. Comparison of thermal compatibility between atomized and comminuted U{sub 3}Si dispersion fuels

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    Ryu, Woo-Seog; Park, Jong-Man; Kim, Chang-Kyu; Kuk, II-Hyun [Korea Atomic Research Institute, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1997-08-01

    Thermal compatibility of atomized U{sub 3}Si dispersion fuels were evaluated up to 2600 hours in the temperature range from 250 to 500{degrees}C, and compared with that of comminuted U{sub 3}Si. Atomized U{sub 3}Si showed better performance in terms of volume expansion of fuel meats. The reaction zone of U{sub 3}Si and Al occurred along the grain boundaries and deformation bands in U{sub 3}Si particles. Pores around fuel particles appeared at high temperature or after long-term annealing tests to remain diffusion paths over the trench of the pores. The constraint effects of cladding on fuel rod suppressed the fuel meat, and reduced the volume expansion.

  5. MIS gas sensors based on porous silicon with Pd and WO{sub 3}/Pd electrodes

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    Solntsev, V.S. [Institute of Semiconductor Physics, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, 03028, Kiev (Ukraine); Gorbanyuk, T.I., E-mail: tatyanagor@mail.r [Institute of Semiconductor Physics, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, 03028, Kiev (Ukraine); Litovchenko, V.G.; Evtukh, A.A. [Institute of Semiconductor Physics, National Academy of Science of Ukraine, 03028, Kiev (Ukraine)

    2009-09-30

    Pd and WO{sub 3}/Pd gate metal-oxide-semiconductor (MIS) gas sensitive structures based on porous silicon layers are studied by the high frequency C(V) method. The chemical compositions of composite WO{sub 3}/Pd electrodes are characterized by secondary-ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). The atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used for morphologic studies of WO{sub 3}/Pd films. As shown in the experiments, WO{sub 3}/Pd structures are more sensitive and selective to the adsorption of hydrogen sulphide compared to Pd gate. The analyses of kinetic characteristics allow us to determine the response and characteristic times for these structures. The response time of MIS-structures with thin composite WO{sub 3}/Pd electrodes (the thickness of Pd is about 50 nm with WO{sub 3} clusters on its surface) is slower compared to the structures with Pd electrodes. Slower sensor responses of WO{sub 3}-based gas sensors may be associated with different mechanism of gas sensitivity of given structures. The enhanced sensitivity and selectivity to H{sub 2}S action of WO{sub 3}/Pd MIS-structures can also be explained by the chemical reaction that occurs at the catalytic active surface of gate electrodes. The possible mechanisms of enhanced sensitivity and selectivity to H{sub 2}S adsorption of MIS gas sensors with WO{sub 3}/Pd composite gate electrodes compared to pure Pd have been analyzed.

  6. Functionalized multimodal ZnO@Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanosystems to use as perspective contrast agent for MRI

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    Babayevska, Nataliya, E-mail: natbab@amu.edu.pl; Florczak, Patryk; Woźniak-Budych, Marta; Jarek, Marcin; Nowaczyk, Grzegorz; Zalewski, Tomasz; Jurga, Stefan

    2017-05-15

    Highlights: • The multimodal ZnO@Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures were obtained by wet chemistry methods. • FA and Dox have been effectively bonded onto the ZnO nanoparticles surface. • Functionalized ZnO@Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} NPs are good contrast agents, useful for MR imaging. - Abstract: The main aim of this research was the synthesis of the multimodal hybrid ZnO@Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures as prospective contrast agent for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for bio-medical applications. The nanoparticles surface was functionalized by organosilicon compounds (OSC) then, by folic acid (FA) as targeting agent and doxorubicin (Dox) as chemotherapeutic agent. Doxorubicin and folic acid were attached to the nanoparticles surface by amino groups as well as due to attractive physical interactions. The morphology and crystallography of the nanostructures were studied by HRTEM and SAXS techniques. After ZnO nanoparticles surface modification by Gd{sup 3+} and annealing at 900 °C, ZnO@Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures are polydispersed with size 30–100 nm. NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) studies of ZnO@Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} were performed on fractionated particles with size up to 50 nm. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV–vis spectroscopy, zeta-potential measurements and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) showed that functional groups have been effectively bonded onto the nanoparticles surface. The high adsorption capacity of folic acid (up to 20%) and doxorubicin (up to 40%) on nanoparticles was reached upon 15 min of adsorption process in a temperature-dependent manner. The nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) relaxation measurements confirmed that the obtained ZnO@Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures could be good contrast agents, useful for magnetic resonance imaging.

  7. Synthesis and properties of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles processed in microwave system

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    Moura, Ana Paula de; Longo, Elson; Berger, Danielle; Varela, Jose A., E-mail: apdemoura@gmail.com [Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho (UNESP), Araraquara, SP (Brazil). Instituto de Quimica; Rosa, Ieda Lucia Viana [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (UFSCar), SP (Brazil); Li, Maximo Siu [Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP), Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil). Instituto de Fisica

    2016-07-01

    Full text: Indium oxide (In{sub 2}O{sub 3}), an n-type semiconductor with a wide band gap of about 3.6 eV, has been widely used as a solar cell, a window heater, materials for a flat panel display and gas sensors [1]. The domestic microwave oven (MO) has been successfully employed to obtain materials. In this work, In{sub 2}O{sub 3} powders were synthesized by the co-precipitation method and processed in microwave hydrothermal system at 100 deg C for 1 min, 30 min and 60 min. The materials samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis) as well as photoluminescence and photocatalytic properties. XRD patterns showed all peaks were indexed to the In{sub 2}O{sub 3} phase. These values are in agreement with as reported in the standard card (JCPDS No. 71-2194) indicating the single phase formation for all the analyzed samples, also in accordance to the Raman data. FE-SEM show that all materials are composed by spherical and aggregated particle with size of around 50-80 nm. The UV-Vis absorption spectra report was used to obtain a band gap of around 3.49 eV for all materials. PL spectra consist of a broad band at 420-600 nm, corresponding to a near-band edge emission related to the recombination of excitons and level emission related to structural defects. The photocatalytic properties of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} were studied and showed that these materials present good efficiency in the photocatalytic activity for degradation of Rhodamine. Reference: [1] F.V. Motta , R.C. Lima , A.P.A. Marques , E.R. Leite, J.A. Varela, E. Longo, Mater Res Bull 45 (2010) 1703-1706. (author)

  8. Thermodynamical and thermoelectric properties of boron doped YPd{sub 3} and YRh{sub 3}

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    Dwivedi, Shalini; Sharma, Yamini, E-mail: sharma.yamini62@gmail.com [Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics Laboratory, Dept. of Physics, Feroze Gandhi College, Raebareli-229001 U.P (India); Sharma, Ramesh [Dept. of Physics, Mewar University, Chittorgarh-312901 Rajasthan (India)

    2016-05-23

    The structural, electronic, thermal, and optical properties of borides of cubic non-magnetic YX{sub 3} (X=Rh, Pd) compounds and their borides which crystallize in the AuCu{sub 3} structure have been studied using the density functional theory (DFT). The flat bands in the vicinity of E{sub F} which are associated with superconductivity appear in YPd{sub 3} and YRh{sub 3} band structures. However, the B s-states enhance the flat band only in YRh{sub 3}B. The optical properties clearly show that boron insertion modifies the absorption and transmittance. The YX{sub 3} alloys and their borides exhibit valuable changes in the thermopower and ZT. It is observed that the properties of the Y-X intermetallics change significantly for the Y-Rh and Y-Pd alloys and the presence of single boron atom modifies the properties to a great extent.

  9. Superior hydrogen storage kinetics of MgH{sub 2} nanoparticles doped with TiF{sub 3}

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    Xie, L. [Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS), State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Liu, Y. [Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS), State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Wang, Y.T. [Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS), State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Zheng, J. [Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS), State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China); Li, X.G. [Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS), State Key Laboratory of Rare Earth Materials Chemistry and Applications, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China) and College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871 (China)]. E-mail: xgli@pku.edu.cn

    2007-08-15

    MgH{sub 2} nanoparticles were obtained by hydriding ultrafine magnesium particles which were prepared by hydrogen plasma-metal reaction. The X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results show that the obtained sample is almost pure MgH{sub 2} phase, without residual magnesium and with an average particle size of {approx}300 nm. Milled with 5 wt.% TiF{sub 3} as a doping precursor in a hydrogen atmosphere, the sample desorbed 4.5 wt.% hydrogen in 6 min under an initial hydrogen pressure of {approx}0.001 bar at 573 K and absorbed 4.2 wt.% hydrogen in 1 min under {approx}20 bar hydrogen at room temperature. Compared with MgH{sub 2} micrometer particles doped with 5 wt.% TiF{sub 3} under the same conditions as the MgH{sub 2} nanoparticles, it is suggested that decrease of particle size is beneficial for enhancing absorption capacity at low temperatures, but has no effect on desorption. In addition, the catalyst was mainly responsible for improving the sorption kinetics and its catalytic mechanism is discussed.

  10. Al/WO{sub 3}/Au as the interconnecting layer for efficient tandem white organic light-emitting diodes

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    Zhang Hongmei; Dai Yanfeng; Ma Dongge [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Physics and Chemistry, Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Changchun 130022 (China)], E-mail: mdg1014@ciac.jl.cn

    2008-05-21

    White light emission from tandem organic light-emitting diodes consisting of blue and red light units separated by a transparent interconnecting layer of Al/WO{sub 3}/Au has been realized. The devices have a structure of indium-tin-oxide (ITO)/molybdenum oxide (MoO{sub 3}) (8 nm)/N, N'-di(naphthalene-1-yl)-N, N'-diphenyl-benzidine (NPB)(100 nm)/p-bis(p-N,N-diphenyl-aminostyryl)benzene) (DSA-ph):2-methyl-9,10-di(2-naphthyl) anthracene (MADN)(40 nm)/tris(8-hydroxylquinoline) aluminium (Alq{sub 3}) (10 nm)/LiF(1 nm)/Al(2 nm)/WO{sub 3}(3 nm)/Au(16 nm)/MoO{sub 3}(5 nm)/NPB(60 nm)/Alq{sub 3}: 4-(dicyanomethylene)-2-t-butyl-6-(1,1,7,7- tetramethyljulolidyl-9-enyl)-4H-pyran (DCJTB)(30 nm)/Alq{sub 3}(30 nm)/LiF(1 nm)/Al(150 nm). It can be seen that a stable white light emission, including 461 and 491 nm peaks from DSA-ph and 620 nm peak from DCJTB, with Commission International De L'Eclairage chromaticity coordinates from (0.35, 0.33) at 8 V to (0.37, 0.30) at 12 V was obtained. The current efficiency and brightness of the white devices are basically equal to the sum of the blue unit and red unit devices. The maximum brightness reached 20 700 cd m{sup -2} at a bias of 23 V, and the maximum current efficiency was 9.1 cd A{sup -1} at a current density of 0.41 mA cm{sup -2}. (fast track communication)

  11. Photoelectron and Auger-electron spectra of Cl{sub 3}SiSi(CH{sub 3}){sub 3} obtained by using monochromatized synchrotron radiation

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    Nagaoka, Shin-ichi, E-mail: nagaoka@ehime-u.ac.jp [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ehime University, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Endo, Hikaru; Nagai, Kanae [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ehime University, Matsuyama 790-8577 (Japan); Takahashi, Osamu [Institute for Sustainable Sciences and Development, Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8511 (Japan); Tamenori, Yusuke [Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute/SPring-8, 1-1-1 Kouto, Sayo-cho, Sayo-gun 679-5198 (Japan); Suzuki, Isao H. [Institute of Materials Structure Science, High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK), 1-1 Oho, Tsukuba 305-0801 (Japan); Advanced Institute of Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), 1-1-1 Umezono, Tsukuba 305-8568 (Japan)

    2014-08-15

    Highlights: • Various photo- and Auger-electron spectra of Cl{sub 3}SiSi(CH{sub 3}){sub 3} vapor were measured. • The measured spectra were interpreted with the aid of some calculations. • The spectra showed profiles close to those expected from SiCl{sub 4} and Si(CH{sub 3}){sub 4}. • These results were discussed in conjunction with site-specific fragmentation. - Abstract: A variety of photoelectron and Auger-electron spectra of 1,1,1-trimethyltrichlorodisilane vapor (Cl{sub 3}SiSi(CH{sub 3}){sub 3}) were measured by using monochromatized synchrotron radiation and a hemispherical electron energy analyzer. The measured spectra were interpreted with the aid of some calculations by means of the outer valence Green's function (OVGF) method or the density-functional-theory (DFT) method. Since Cl{sub 3}SiSi(CH{sub 3}){sub 3} consists of -SiCl{sub 3} and -Si(CH{sub 3}){sub 3} moieties, the experimental core-electron binding-energies were compared with those of tetrachlorosilane and tetramethylsilane (SiCl{sub 4} and Si(CH{sub 3}){sub 4}, respectively). This comparison showed that electronic properties of Cl{sub 3}SiSi(CH{sub 3}){sub 3} hold a close correlation with those of SiCl{sub 4} and Si(CH{sub 3}){sub 4}. Si:L{sub 23}VV, Cl:L{sub 23}VV and C:KVV Auger-electron spectra of Cl{sub 3}SiSi(CH{sub 3}){sub 3} also showed profiles close to those expected from the spectra of SiCl{sub 4} and Si(CH{sub 3}){sub 4}. The results obtained here were discussed in conjunction with electronic relaxation leading to site-specific fragmentation.

  12. Strengthening analyses and mechanical assessment of Ti/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-composites produced by friction stir processing

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    Shafiei-Zarghani, Aziz, E-mail: ashafiei@ut.ac.ir [Center of Excellence for Surface Engineering and Corrosion Protection of Industries, School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kashani-Bozorg, Seyed Farshid, E-mail: fkashani@ut.ac.ir [Center of Excellence for Surface Engineering and Corrosion Protection of Industries, School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Gerlich, Adrian P., E-mail: adrian.gerlich@uwaterloo.ca [Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo (Canada)

    2015-04-17

    The present work investigates strengthening mechanisms and mechanical assessment of Ti/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-composites produced by friction stir processing of commercially pure titanium using nano-sized Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with different volume fractions and particle sizes. Microstructural analyses were conducted to characterize the grain size of matrix, size and dispersion of reinforcing particles. The mean grain size of the composites ranged from ~0.7 to 1.1 μm that is much lower than 28 μm of the as-received material. Reduction of grain size was found to be in agreement with Rios approach (based on energy dissipated during the motion of an interface through particle dispersion), and showed deviation from Zener pinning model. Scanning and transmission electron microscopies revealed a near uniform dispersion of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-particles, with only a small fraction of widely spaced clusters. The maximum compression yield strength of the fabricated nano-composite (Ti/3.9%vol of 20 nm-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) was found to be ~494 MPa that is ~1.5 times higher than that of the as-received material. Strengthening analyses based on grain refining (Hall–Petch approach), load transfer from matrix to reinforcements, Orowan looping, and enhanced dislocation density due to thermal mismatch effects were carried out considering Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} reinforcement with different volume fractions and sizes. However, Hall–Petch approach was found to be the dominant mechanism for the enhancement of yield strength.

  13. Role of phase composition for electronic states in CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} prepared from CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}I/PbCl{sub 2} solution

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    Naikaew, Atittaya; Prajongtat, Pongthep [Helmholtz-Center Berlin for Energy and Materials, Institute of Heterogeneous Materials, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, D-14109 Berlin (Germany); Department of Materials Science, Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University, Bangkok 10900 (Thailand); Lux-Steiner, Martha Ch.; Dittrich, Thomas, E-mail: dittrich@helmholtz-berlin.de [Helmholtz-Center Berlin for Energy and Materials, Institute of Heterogeneous Materials, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, D-14109 Berlin (Germany); Arunchaiya, Marisa [Department of Materials Science, Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University, Bangkok 10900 (Thailand)

    2015-06-08

    Modulated surface photovoltage (SPV) spectra have been correlated with the phase composition in layers of CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} (MAPbI{sub 3}) prepared from MAI and PbCl{sub 2} and annealed at 100 °C. Depending on the annealing time, different compositions of MAPbI{sub 3}, MAPbCl{sub 3}, MACl, PbI{sub 2}, and an un-identified phase were found. It has been demonstrated that evaporation of MAI and HI is crucial for the development of electronic states in MAPbI{sub 3} and that only the appearance and evolution of the phase PbI{sub 2} has an influence on electronic states in MAPbI{sub 3}. With ongoing annealing, (i) a transition from p- to n-type doping was observed with the appearance of PbI{sub 2}, (ii) shallow acceptor states were distinguished and disappeared in n-type doped MAPbI{sub 3}, and (iii) a minimum of the SPV response related to deep defect states was found at the transition from p- to n-type doping. The results are discussed with respect to the further development of highly efficient and stable MAPbI{sub 3} absorbers for solar cells.

  14. Effect of 6 MeV electrons on luminescence properties of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} nanophosphors

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    Sunitha, D.V., E-mail: sunithaprasad8@gmail.com [School of Physics, Reva University, Yelahanka, Bangalore 560064 (India); Nagabhushana, H. [Prof. C.N.R. Rao Centre for Advanced Materials Research, Tumkur University, Tumkur 572103 (India); Hareesh, K., E-mail: appi.2907@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 411007 (India); Bhoraskar, V.N. [Department of Physics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 411007 (India); Dhole, S.D., E-mail: sanjay@physics.unipune.ac.in [Department of Physics, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune 411007 (India)

    2016-09-15

    Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} nanophosphors were synthesized by solution combustion technique and irradiated with 6 MeV energetic electrons in the fluence range 2–10×10{sup 13} e{sup −}cm{sup −2}. Powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) patterns confirm cubic phase of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The crystallite size was estimated using Scherrer method and was found to be in the order of ~39 nm. SEM micrographs revealed the formation of non-uniform spherical shaped particles for higher electron fluence. Photoluminescence spectra (PL) of pristine and Tb{sup 3+} doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} were recorded in the fluence range 2–10×10{sup 13} e{sup −}cm{sup −2}. PL intensity was found to increase up to 4×10{sup 13} e{sup −}cm{sup −2} and thereafter it decreases with further increase in electron fluence. This may be attributed to lattice disorder produced by dense electronic excitation under electron irradiation. The characteristic emission peaks of Tb{sup 3+} were observed at ~ 484–490 nm ({sup 5}D{sub 4}→{sup 7}F{sub 6}), 548 nm ({sup 5}D{sub 4}→{sup 7}F{sub 5}) and 587 nm ({sup 5}D{sub 4}→{sup 7}F{sub 4}) at excited wavelength 397 nm. Two TL glow peaks were recorded in both pristine and electron irradiated samples indicate that two types of traps were created. The color co-ordinate values (x, y) were located in the green region of the CIE diagram suggests that electron irradiated Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} phosphor could be used in white LEDs.

  15. Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}: Dy{sup 3+}/Li{sup +} phosphors synthesized by spray

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    Balderas X, R.; Carmona T, S.; Falcony, C., E-mail: scarmonat81@gmail.com [IPN, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados, Apdo. Postal 14-740, 07000 Ciudad de Mexico (Mexico)

    2017-11-01

    Dysprosium and lithium-activated yttrium oxide phosphor was synthesized at 1100 degrees Celsius by ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (Usp) using Di water as solvent and metal chlorides as precursors. The characteristic emission peak of Dy{sup 3+} due to the transitions {sup 4}F{sub 9/2} to {sup 6}H{sub 15/2} at 483 nm, {sup 4}F{sub 9/2} to {sup 6}H{sub 13/2} at 573 nm, {sup 4}F{sub 9/2} to {sup 6}H{sub 11/2} at 667 nm and {sup 4}F{sub 9/2} to {sup 6}H{sub 9/2} at 766 nm were observed. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy measurements were carried out to understand surface morphological features and the particle size of the phosphor. The uniformity of phase of Dy{sup 3+} - Li{sup +} doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} phosphors was checked by X-ray diffraction technique. The phosphors form clusters that were found to be ∼ 1 μm in size, however, particles that form these clusters have sizes between 40 and 120 nm. (Author)

  16. Microwave-assisted rapid synthesis of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ACF hybrid for high efficient As(V) removal

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    Chen, Huiyun; Lv, Kangle; Du, Ying; Ye, Hengpeng; Du, Dongyun, E-mail: dydu666@mail.scuec.edu.cn

    2016-07-25

    In this paper, an efficient adsorbent, iron-modified activated carbon fiber (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ACF), was rapidly fabricated by microwave-assisted heating treatment strategy, which is used to remove As(V) from simulated wastewater. The adsorbent was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), TEM, N{sub 2} sorption, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The characterization results showed that rod-like Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles in sizes of about 20 nm × 50 nm were homogeneously anchored on the surface of ACF. The goal of high As(V) removal efficiency was achieved with maximum adsorption capacity of 20.33 mg g{sup −1}. The effects of temperature on thermodynamics and kinetics of As(V) adsorption were systematically studied. It was found that the adsorption of As(V) on the surface of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ACF is an endothermic process with a standard enthalpy change (ΔH{sup 0}) of 24.79 kJ mol{sup −1}. Batch experimental result showed that almost all of the As(V) with initial concentration of 3.0 mg L{sup −1} can be removed in the presence of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ACF, where the residual As(V) in filtrate was less than 0.01 mg L{sup −1}, below the tolerance level of drinking water suggested by World Health Organization (WHO). The presence of salt such as NaCl, Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4}, and MgSO{sub 4} showed little effects on the adsorption of As(V), indicating the promising application of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ACF in industrial wastewater. - Highlights: • Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ACF hybrid was rapidly fabricated using a microwave-assisted heating strategy. • Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanorods in sizes of 20 × 50 nm were homogeneously anchored on the surface of ACF. • The maximum adsorption capacity of 20.33 mg g{sup −1} As (V) on Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}/ACF was achieved. • The adsorption of As (V) is an endothermic process (ΔH{sup 0} = 24.79 kJ mol{sup −1}). • The presence of salt shows little effect on the adsorption of As (V).

  17. Synthesis of BiFeO{sub 3} thin films on single-terminated Nb : SrTiO{sub 3} (111) substrates by intermittent microwave assisted hydrothermal method

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    Velasco-Davalos, Ivan; Ambriz-Vargas, Fabian; Kolhatkar, Gitanjali; Thomas, Reji, E-mail: ruediger@emt.inrs.ca, E-mail: reji.thomas@emt.inrs.ca; Ruediger, Andreas, E-mail: ruediger@emt.inrs.ca, E-mail: reji.thomas@emt.inrs.ca [Centre Énergie, Matériaux et Télécommunications, INRS, 1650 Lionel-Boulet, Varennes, Québec, J3X1S2 (Canada)

    2016-06-15

    We report on a simple and fast procedure to create arrays of atomically flat terraces on single crystal SrTiO{sub 3} (111) substrates and the deposition of ferroelectric BiFeO{sub 3} thin films on such single-terminated surfaces. A microwave-assisted hydrothermal method in deionized water and ammonia solution selectively removes either (SrO{sub 3}){sup 4−} or Ti{sup 4+} layers to ensure the same chemical termination on all terraces. Measured step heights of 0.225 nm (d{sub 111}) and uniform contrast in the phase image of the terraces confirm the single termination in pure and Nb doped SrTiO{sub 3} single crystal substrates. Multiferroic BiFeO{sub 3} thin films were then deposited by the same microwave assisted hydrothermal process on Nb : SrTiO{sub 3} (111) substrates. Bi(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} and Fe(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} along with KOH served as the precursors solution. Ferroelectric behavior of the BiFeO{sub 3} films on Nb : SrTiO{sub 3} (100) substrates was verified by piezoresponse force microscopy.

  18. The energy level alignment at the CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3}/pentacene interface

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    Ji, Gengwu [Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201204 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100049 (China); Zhao, Bin; Song, Fei [Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201204 (China); Zheng, Guanhaojie; Zhang, Xiaonan [Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201204 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing 100049 (China); Shen, Kongchao [Department of Physics, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Yang, Yingguo [Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201204 (China); Chen, Shi, E-mail: ChenShi@ntu.edu.sg [Division of Physics and Applied Physics, School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Nanyang Technological University, 21 Nanyang Link, Singapore 637371 (Singapore); Gao, Xingyu, E-mail: gaoxingyu@sinap.ac.cn [Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201204 (China)

    2017-01-30

    Highlights: • The Energy Level Alignment at the CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3}/Pentacene Interface was resolved experimentally. • The downward band bending and the dipole found at the pentacene side would favorably drive holes away from the interface into pentacene. • A ∼0.7 eV offset between pentacene HOMO and CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} VBM would be in favor of hole transfer whereas a ∼1.35 eV offset between pentacene LUMO and CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} CBM should efficiently block the unwanted electron transfer from perovskite to pentacene. • Pentacene could be a viable hole transfer material candidate on perovskite to be explored in perovskite devices. - Abstract: Pentacene thin film on CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} was studied by in-situ X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy to determine their interfacial energy level alignment. A 0.2 eV downward band bending together with a 0.1 eV interfacial dipole was found at the pentacene side, whereas there was no band bending found at the CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} side. The offset between CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} Valance Band Maximum (VBM) and pentacene Highest Occupied Molecular Orbital (HOMO) and that between CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} Conduction Band Minimum (CBM) and pentacene Lowest Unoccupied Molecular Orbital (LUMO) was determined to be 0.7 and 1.35 eV, respectively. The band alignment at this interface is favor of efficient hole transfer, which suggests pentacene as a viable HTL candidate to be explored in perovskite solar cells.

  19. Electrodeposition of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} layer from solution of Fe{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} with addition ethylene glycol

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    Dahlan, Dahyunir, E-mail: dahyunir@yahoo.com; Asrar, Allan [Department of Physics, Andalas University, Limau Manih Padang 25163, West Sumatera (Indonesia)

    2016-03-11

    The electrodeposition of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} layer from the solution Fe{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} with the addition of ethylene glycol on Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) substrate has been performed. The electrodeposition was carried out using a voltage of 5 volts for 120 seconds, with and without the addition of 2% wt ethylene glycol. Significant effects of temperature on the resulting the samples is observed when they are heated at 400 °C. Structural characterization using X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows that all samples produce a layer of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} with particle size less than 50 nanometers. The addition of ethylene glycol and the heating of the sample causes a shrinkage in particle size. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) characterization shows that Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} layer resulting from the process of electrodeposition of Fe{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 3} without ethylene glycol, independent of whether the sample is heated or not, is uneven and buildup. Layer produced by the addition of ethylene glycol without heating produces spherical particles. On contrary, when the layer is heated the spherical particles transform to irregularly-shaped particles with smaller size.

  20. Luminescence and luminescence quenching of Sr{sub 3}Lu{sub 2}(Si{sub 3}O{sub 9}){sub 2}:Ce{sup 3+} phosphors

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    Mikalauskaite, I.; Raudonyte-Svirbutaviciene, E. [Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences, Vilnius University, Naugarduko 24, LT-03225 Vilnius (Lithuania); Linkeviciute, A. [State Research Institute, Centre for Physical Sciences and Technology, Sauletekio Avenue 3, LT-10257 Vilnius (Lithuania); Urbonas, M. [Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences, Vilnius University, Naugarduko 24, LT-03225 Vilnius (Lithuania); Katelnikovas, A., E-mail: arturas.katelnikovas@chf.vu.lt [Institute of Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry and Geosciences, Vilnius University, Naugarduko 24, LT-03225 Vilnius (Lithuania)

    2017-04-15

    A series of near-UV to blue emitting Sr{sub 3}Lu{sub 2}(Si{sub 3}O{sub 9}){sub 2}:Ce{sup 3+} phosphors were prepared by a solid state reaction. The optical properties of synthesized phosphors were investigated as a function of Ce{sup 3+} concentration and temperature. These luminescent materials strongly absorb UV radiation shorter than 360 nm. The optimal Ce{sup 3+} concentration was 0.1% (external quantum efficiency ca. 45%). Temperature dependent measurements showed that Sr{sub 3}Lu{sub 2}(Si{sub 3}O{sub 9}){sub 2}:Ce{sup 3+} phosphors possess good thermal stability and loses only about 40% to 50% of initial intensity in the temperature range of 77–500 K depending on activator concentration.

  1. MoO{sub 3} incorporation in magnesium aluminosilicate glasses

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    Tan, Shengheng; Ojovan, Michael I.; Hyatt, Neil C.; Hand, Russell J.

    2015-03-15

    Molybdate has a very low solubility in silicate and borosilicate glass systems and its excess presence in nuclear waste glass can cause the formation of a readily soluble “yellow phase”. In this study, the incorporation of molybdenum oxide (MoO{sub 3}) in a magnesium aluminosilicate glass system has been investigated. The prepared glasses show a higher than 90% molybdenum retention rate and up to 5.34 mol% (12.28 wt%) MoO{sub 3} can be incorporated into these glasses without causing visible phase separation. The incorporation of MoO{sub 3} increases glass density, decreases glass transition and crystallisation temperatures and intensifies Raman bands assigned to vibrations of MoO{sub 4}{sup 2−} units. When excess molybdate is added liquid–liquid phase separation and crystallisation occurs. The separated phase is spherical, 200–400 nm in diameter and randomly dispersed. Based on powder X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy, the separated phase is identified as MgMoO{sub 4}.

  2. Fabrication and luminescence properties of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} microspheres via a microwave solvothermal route

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    Zhu Zhenfeng, E-mail: zhuzf@sust.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, Xi' an 710021 (China); Liu Dianguang; Liu Hui; Li Guangjun; Du Juan; He Zuoli [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, Xi' an 710021 (China)

    2012-02-15

    Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} green phosphors were synthesized via a microwave solvothermal and thermal decomposition route, and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), photoluminescence (PL) spectra, and decay curves. XRD results indicate that Tb{sup 3+} doped samples are {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} after being calcined at 773 K. SEM results show that the particles of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} are hierarchically nanostructured microspheres assembled from nanosheets. The PL spectra indicate that the {sup 5}D{sub 4}{yields}{sup 7}F{sub 5} (545 nm) electric dipole transition is the most intensive when excited at 235 nm. It is shown that 0.7 mol% of doping concentration of Tb{sup 3+} ions in {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} is optimum. According to Dexter's theory, the critical distance between Tb{sup 3+} ions for energy transfer was determined to be 18.4 A. It is found that the curve followed the single-exponential decay. The excellent chromaticity coordinates of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} phosphors, as defined by the International Commission on Illumination (CIE), indicate that it is a good candidate for use in light display systems and optoelectronic devices. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} phosphors prepared via a microwave solvothermal route. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The particles were hierarchically nanostructured microspheres packaged by nanosheets. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer {sup 5}D{sub 4}{yields}{sup 7}F{sub 5} electric dipole transition is the most intensive when excited at 235 nm. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 0.7 mol% of doping concentration of Tb{sup 3+} ions in {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Tb{sup 3+} is optimum. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Critical distance between Tb{sup 3+} ions for energy transfer is 18.4 A.

  3. Synthesis of nano intermetallic Nb{sub 3}Sn by mechanical alloying and annealing at low temperature

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    López, M., E-mail: marlope@udec.cl [Department of Materials Engineering, Universidad de Concepción, Edmundo Larenas 270, Concepción (Chile); Jiménez, J.A. [Department of Physical Metallurgy, Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Metalúrgicas, C.S.I.C., Av. Gregorio del Amo 8, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Ramam, K.; Mangalaraja, R.V. [Department of Materials Engineering, Universidad de Concepción, Edmundo Larenas 270, Concepción (Chile)

    2014-11-05

    Highlights: • Intermetallic Nb{sub 3}Sn nano grains were synthesized by powder metallurgy route. • Structure analysis was studied using a multiphase Rietveld refinement fit. • The presence of Nb{sub 3}Sn 86% and NbO 8% was identified. • More tin content in the equilibrium Nb–Sn diagram was obtained. • Magnetic properties show Nb{sub 3}Sn powders are soft super paramagnetic materials. - Abstract: In this study, intermetallic Nb{sub 3}Sn of nanometer-sized grains was synthesized by powder metallurgy route. Elemental powders of Nb and Sn in the stoichiometric proportions were mechanically alloyed for 3 h in a high-energy mill under a protective atmosphere of argon. X-ray diffraction patterns of milled powders confirmed the formation of a Nb(Sn) solid solution evidenced by the presence of Nb peaks only, which are shifted to higher angles. Rietveld refinements used to analyze this XRD pattern indicated a better fit when a tetragonal structure with the space group I4/mmm is used instead the Nb cubic lattice with space group Im−3m. Size-strain analysis from line-broadening of peak profiles by using “double-Voigt” approaches showed that the broadening is due to both a small crystallite size (around 6 nm) and microstrains. Subsequent heat treatment of the Nb(Sn) powder mixture was required for the formation of the Nb{sub 3}Sn ordered phase. X-ray diffraction patterns obtained after a thermal treatment at 700 °C for 1 h were fitted using a multiphase Rietveld refinement. Although the resulting powders are composed mainly by Nb{sub 3}Sn (up to 87 weight%), certain amount of other intermetallic phases like Nb{sub 6}Sn{sub 5}, NbSn{sub 2} and Nb and Sn oxides were also determined. In agreement with the Rietveld refinement analysis, microprobe analysis also revealed that changes in chemical composition at different sites of powder particles are preserved even after annealing at 700 °C. Magnetic properties measured at 300 K on resulted Nb{sub 3}Sn powders

  4. Fabrication of AgFeO{sub 2}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanocatalyst with enhanced and stable photocatalytic performance

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    Tang, Dandan [School of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, 122 Luoshi Road, Wuhan 430070 (China); Hubei Provincial Collaborative Innovation Center for High Efficient Utilization of Vanadium Resources, Wuhan 430070 (China); Zhang, Gaoke, E-mail: gkzhang@whut.edu.cn [School of Resources and Environmental Engineering, Wuhan University of Technology, 122 Luoshi Road, Wuhan 430070 (China); Hubei Provincial Collaborative Innovation Center for High Efficient Utilization of Vanadium Resources, Wuhan 430070 (China)

    2017-01-01

    Highlights: • AgFeO{sub 2}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanocatalyst was synthesized via a facile precipitation method. • The composite displays superior e{sup ∧}/h{sup +} pair separation compared to AgFeO{sub 2} and g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}. • The composite shows high and stable photocatalytic activity both in water and air. • The active h{sup +} plays the dominate role in the degradation process. - Abstract: This work reported a novel AgFeO{sub 2}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} composite with enhanced photocatalytic activity, which was fabricated by a simple precipitation method. The g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} sheets with thickness of 2• 4 nm were successfully loaded on the surface of the AgFeO{sub 2} particles. As compared to pure AgFeO{sub 2} and pure g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}, the as-prepared AgFeO{sub 2}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} photocatalysts exhibited superior absorption in the visible-light region and displayed promising visible-light photocatalytic performance in the degradation of organic contaminations both in water and in air. About 94% of Acid red G (ARG) can be degraded by the optimized AgFeO{sub 2}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} sample, which is ∱/47.5 and ∱/410.7 times higher than that by pure AgFeO{sub 2} and pure g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}, respectively. Meanwhile, it can also effectively degrade ∱/487% of gaseous formaldehyde to CO{sub 2} within 9 h. The enhanced photocatalytic property and stability of the AgFeO{sub 2}/g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} composite can be attributed to its specific nanostructure, effective electron-hole separation and the formation of Z-scheme heterostructure between AgFeO{sub 2} and g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}. This work could provide new and helpful insights into the photocatalytic application of Ag-based delafossite materials.

  5. Synthesis, surface modification/decoration of luminescent–magnetic core/shell nanomaterials, based on the lanthanide doped fluorides (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/SiO{sub 2}/NH{sub 2}/PAA/LnF{sub 3})

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    Runowski, Marcin; Lis, Stefan, E-mail: blis@amu.edu.pl

    2016-02-15

    The synthesized magnetite nanoparticles (10–15 nm) were successfully coated with amine modified silica nanoshell, which led to the formation of core/shell type nanostructures (30–50 nm). The as-prepared nanoparticles were surface modified with polyacrylic acid (PAA) via electrostatic interactions of –NH{sub 2} and –COOH groups. Afterwards, the surface PAA molecules acted as complexing agents of the introduced lanthanide (Ln{sup 3+}) ions. Subsequently, the as-prepared nanostructures were surface decorated with luminescent LnF{sub 3} nanoparticles, forming Eu{sup 3+} or Tb{sup 3+} doped Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/SiO{sub 2}/NH{sub 2}/PAA/LnF{sub 3} nanomaterials (50–100 nm). The obtained luminescent–magnetic products exhibited simultaneously bright red or green emission under UV lamp irradiation (λ{sub ex}=254 nm), and a response for the applied magnetic field (strong magnet attracts the colloidal particles, dispersed in aqueous medium). After the synthesis, properties of the nanomaterials were investigated by powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), infrared spectroscopy (IR) and spectrofluorometry (analysis of excitation/emission spectra and luminescence decay curves). Such advanced nanomaterials can be potentially used in multimodal imaging, targeted therapies and as multifunctional contrast agents, novel luminescent–magnetic tracers, protection of documents, etc. - Highlights: • Luminescent–magnetic nanomaterials Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/SiO{sub 2}/NH{sub 2}/PAA/LnF{sub 3} were synthesized. • Core/shell nanostructures were obtained by surface modification of nanoparticles. • Luminescent lanthanide fluoride nanoparticles doped with Eu{sup 3+} and Tb{sup 3+} ions. • Multifunctional core/shell nanostructures exhibited red or green emission. • Nanomaterials formed stable aqueous colloids.

  6. Chemically deposited Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} thin films for optical recording

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    Shaji, S; Arato, A; Castillo, G Alan; Palma, M I Mendivil; Roy, T K Das; Krishnan, B [Facultad de IngenierIa Mecanica y Electrica, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, San Nicolas de los Garza, Nuevo Leon, C.P- 66450 (Mexico); O' Brien, J J; Liu, J, E-mail: bkrishnan@fime.uanl.m [Center for Nanoscience and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Missouri-St. Louis, One Univ. Blvd., St. Louis, MO - 63121 (United States)

    2010-02-24

    Laser induced changes in the properties of Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} thin films prepared by chemical bath deposition are described in this paper. Sb{sub 2}S{sub 3} thin films of thickness 550 nm were deposited from a solution containing SbCl{sub 3} and Na{sub 2}S{sub 2}O{sub 3} at 27 {sup 0}C for 5 h. These thin films were irradiated by a 532 nm continuous wave laser beam under different conditions at ambient atmosphere. X-ray diffraction analysis showed amorphous to polycrystalline transformation due to laser exposure of these thin films. Morphology and composition of these films were described. Optical properties of these films before and after laser irradiation were analysed. The optical band gap of the material was decreased due to laser induced crystallization. The results obtained confirm that there is further scope for developing this material as an optical recording media.

  7. Photodissociation thresholds of OH produced from CH sub 3 OH in solid neon and argon

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    Cheng, B M; Lo, W J; Lee, Y P

    2001-01-01

    Photodissociation thresholds of OH from CH sub 3 OH in solid Ne and Ar were determined via photolysis of CH sub 3 OH/Ne and CH sub 3 OH/Ar (1/200) samples in situ at 4 K. The samples were irradiated with VUV synchrotron radiation after dispersion by a Seya-Namioka monochromator. The OH photo-product was detected by means of laser-induced fluorescence technique. The increase of fluorescent intensity of OH was monitored and recorded after the matrix sample was irradiated at different wavelengths for 3-5 min. Photodissociation threshold energies of 7.13+-0.02 eV (174.0+-0.5 nm) and 7.08+-0.04 eV (175.0+-1.0 nm) were measured for OH production of CH sub 3 OH in solid Ne and Ar, respectively.

  8. Photocatalytic hydrogen production using visible-light-responsive Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5} photocatalyst supported on monodisperse spherical SiO{sub 2} particulates

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    Liu, Xiaoming [Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering, KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), 4700 KAUST, Thuwal 23955-6900 (Saudi Arabia); School of Environment and Chemical Engineering, Nanchang Hangkong University, Nanchang 330063 (China); Zhao, Lan [Advanced Nanofabrication, Imaging and Characterization Core Lab, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), 4700 KAUST, Thuwal 23955-6900 (Saudi Arabia); Domen, Kazunari [Department of Chemical System Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656 (Japan); Takanabe, Kazuhiro, E-mail: kazuhiro.takanabe@kaust.edu.sa [Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering, KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), 4700 KAUST, Thuwal 23955-6900 (Saudi Arabia)

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: A simple and effective sol–gel process followed by nitridation in an NH{sub 3} flow has been developed to deposit Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5} semiconductor photocatalyst layers onto monodisperse spherical SiO{sub 2} particles. The obtained Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5}/SiO{sub 2} particles maintain an original spherical morphology of SiO{sub 2} and a sub-micrometer size with a narrow size distribution and without aggregation. The presence of SiO{sub 2} support shows at least no detrimental effects on photocatalytic activity, but tunes the secondary particle size to control dispersibility of the photocatalyst in the solution. - Highlights: • Fine nanoparticles of Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5} were immobilized on the surfaces of SiO{sub 2} giving SiO{sub 2}@Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5} core–shell spheres successfully produced H{sub 2} from methanol solution under visible light. • The presence of support (SiO{sub 2}) ensures the dispersion of the particulate in solution maintaining high photocatalytic activity of Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5}. • The obtained supported photocatalyst gives uniform size distribution and control the degree of dispersibility in the solution, which may control nature of light absorption and reflection of the photoreactor. - Abstract: Fine nanoparticles of Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5} (10–20 nm) were synthesized on the surfaces of SiO{sub 2} spheres with a diameter of ∼550 nm. A sol–gel method was used to modify the surface of SiO{sub 2} with Ta{sub 2}O{sub 5} from TaCl{sub 5} dissolved in ethanol in the presence of citric acid and polyethylene glycol. The resulting oxide composites were treated in an NH{sub 3} flow at 1123 K to form core–shell structured Ta{sub 3}N{sub 5}/SiO{sub 2} 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

  9. Synthesis and PL study of UV emitting phosphor KCa{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}:Pb{sup 2+}

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    Gawande, A.B., E-mail: gawandeab@gmail.com [Department of Physics, SGB Amravati University, Amravati, Maharashtra (India); Sonekar, R.P., E-mail: sonekar_rp@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, G.S. College, Khamgaon, Buldhana District, Maharashtra (India); Omanwar, S.K. [Department of Physics, SGB Amravati University, Amravati, Maharashtra (India)

    2014-05-01

    Pb{sup 2+} doped KCa{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} materials were prepared by a novel solution combustion synthesis technique which is slight variation of combustion synthesis method. The synthesized materials were characterized by powder XRD and FT-IR. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) observation indicated that the microstructure of the phosphor consisted of irregular grains which get finer and shaped in doped sample as compared to pure. The photoluminescence properties of synthesized materials were investigated using Spectrofluorometer at room temperature. The emission and excitation bands of the synthesized phosphors were observed at 335 nm and 260 nm respectively. The concentration of Pb{sup 2+} for which optimum emission is obtained was found to be 0.005 mol. The critical transfer distance (R{sub 0}) for optimum concentration was determined to be 16.88 Å. The Stokes shift of KCa{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}:Pb{sup 2+} was measured to be 8756 cm{sup −1}. The phosphor could find application in medical and lamp industry. - Highlights: • Inorganic borate phosphor KCa{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}:Pb{sup 2+} has been synthesized by solution combustion synthesis technique. • Structure confirmation of synthesized phosphor done by using powder XRD and FT-IR. • Doping effect on the surface morphology of synthesized material is shown by SEM images. • Stokes shift, optimum concentration and critical transfer distance for optimum concentration in KCa{sub 4}(BO{sub 3}){sub 3}:Pb{sup 2+} have been determined.

  10. ITO-free organic light-emitting diodes with MoO{sub 3}/Al/MoO{sub 3} as semitransparent anode fabricated using thermal deposition method

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    Lu, Hsin-Wei; Huang, Ching-Wen [Department of Electrical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Kao, Po-Ching [Department of Electrophysics, National Chiayi University, Chiayi 60004, Taiwan (China); Chu, Sheng-Yuan, E-mail: chusy@mail.ncku.edu.tw [Department of Electrical Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Advanced Optoelectronic Technology Center, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China)

    2015-08-30

    Highlights: • In this paper, the structure of the proposed devices is substrate (glass; polyethersulfone (PES))/anode (MoO{sub 3}/Al/MoO{sub 3}; MoO{sub 3}/Al)/α-naphthylphenylbiphenyl diamine (NPB) (40 nm)/tris (8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq3) (60 nm)/LiF (1 nm)/Al (150 nm). • The optical transmittance of the metal layer was enhanced by depositing metal oxidation (MoO{sub 3}) and metal (Al) layers. • The optimized films show the typical sheet resistance of 7 Ω/sq and a high transmittance of 70% at 550 nm. • The indium-tin-oxide (ITO)-free OLEDs with the fabricated composite anodes on a glass substrate exhibited the high luminance and current efficiency of 21,750 cd/m{sup 2} and 3.18 cd/A, respectively. • The bending effects on PES substrate by depositing metal oxidation (MoO{sub 3}) and metal (Al) layers were also investigated. • MoO{sub 3} covering the Al layer modifies the surface of the electrode and enhances the durability. The surface roughness of the bi-layer films was higher than that of the tri-layer films. Therefore, OLEDs with OMO anode outperform those with bi-layer films anode. - Abstract: In this paper, semitransparent electrodes with the structure substrate/MoO{sub 3}/Al/MoO{sub 3} (OMO) were fabricated via the thermal deposition method for use as the anode in organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). The optical transmittance of the metal layer was enhanced by depositing metal oxidation (MoO{sub 3}) and metal (Al) layers. The optimal thickness of the Al thin films was determined to be 15 nm for high optical transmittance and good electrical conductivity. The optimized films show the typical sheet resistance of 7 Ω/sq and a high transmittance of 70% at 550 nm. The indium-tin-oxide (ITO)-free OLEDs with the fabricated composite anodes on a glass substrate exhibited the high luminance and current efficiency of 21,750 cd/m{sup 2} and 3.18 cd/A, respectively. In addition, bending effects on the polyethersulfone (PES) substrate/MoO{sub 3

  11. Spin-glass like behaviour in the nanoporous Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} with amorphous structure

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    Thakur, M; Majumdar, S; Giri, S [Department of Solid State Physics and Center for Advanced Materials, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700 032 (India); Bhaumik, A; Nandi, M [Department of Materials Science and Center for Advanced Materials, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, Jadavpur, Kolkata 700 032 (India); Nakamura, H; Kobayashi, H; Kohara, T [Graduate School of Material Science, University of Hyogo, Kamigori, Ako-gun, Hyogo 678-1297 (Japan)], E-mail: sspsg2@iacs.res.in

    2008-07-23

    The porous Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} was synthesized chemically. The average size of the particle was {approx}85.0 nm, which was observed by scanning electron microscopy. The signature of porous structure was confirmed by a N{sub 2} adsorption/desorption isotherm and intense x-ray powder diffraction peak at low angle. The x-ray diffraction pattern at high angle indicates the amorphous structure. Moessbauer investigations show that the value of the hyperfine field is {approx}498.0 kOe at 4.2 K which is much smaller than that of the hyperfine field of crystalline {alpha}/{gamma}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and consistent with the values of amorphous Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The temperature dependence of zero-field cooled magnetization exhibits a peak at 18.0 K (T{sub f}), where T{sub f} follows the Almeida-Thouless relation as T{sub f} {proportional_to} H{sup 2/3}. The ageing phenomenon of the magnetic relaxation below T{sub f} and the memory effect in the field-cooled magnetization indicate the typical features of the classical spin-glass compounds below the spin freezing temperature at T{sub f}.

  12. Polarization evolution in ND sub 3

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    Androsov, V.P.; Vetij, A.A.; Shestopalov, V.P. (Institute for Radiophysics and Electronics, Ukrainian SSR, Academy of Sciences, 310085 Kharkov (UA)); Belyaev, A.A.; Get' man, V.A.; Dzyubak, A.P.; Karnaukhov, I.M.; Lukhanin, A.A.; Neffa, A.Y.; Popkov, Yu.P.; Semisalov, I.L.; Sorokin, P.V.; Sporov, E.A.; Telegin, Yu.N.; Tolmachev, I.A. (Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology, Ukrainian SSR, Academy of Sciences, 310108 Kharkov, (USSR))

    1989-05-05

    The EPR spectra of low-temperature'' (1K) in-situ irradiated ammonia are measured for the first time. The results obtained are compared with high-temperature'' (90 K) irradiated ND{sub 3}. The EPR spectra behavior under annealing is investigated.

  13. Transparent CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}SnCl{sub 3}/Al-ZnO p-n heterojunction diode

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    Kumar, Sunil, E-mail: skbgudha@gmail.com; Ansari, Mohd Zubair; Khare, Neeraj [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi-110016 (India)

    2016-05-23

    A p-type Organic inorganic tin chloride (CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}SnCl{sub 3}) perovskite thin film has been synthesized by solution method. An n-type 1% Al doped ZnO (AZO) film has been deposited on FTO substrate by ultrasonic assisted chemical vapor deposition technique. A transparent CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}SnCl{sub 3}/AZO p-n heterojunction diode has been fabricated by spin coating technique. CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}SnCl{sub 3}/AZO p-n heterojunction shows 75% transparency in the visible region. I-V characteristic of CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}SnCl{sub 3}/AZO p-n heterojunction shows rectifying behavior of the diode. The diode parameters calculated as ideality factor η=2.754 and barrier height Φ= 0.76 eV. The result demonstrates the potentiality of CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}SnCl{sub 3}/AZO p-n heterojunction for transparent electronics.

  14. Moessbauer studies of single crystal Pr sub 1 sub / sub 3 Sr sub 2 sub / sub 3 FeO sub 3

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    Uhm, Y R; Kim, C S; Tomioka, Y; Tokura, Y

    2000-01-01

    Single crystal Pr sub 1 sub / sub 3 Sr sub 2 sub / sub 3 FeO sub 3 was synthesized by using the floating zone method and the relation of magnetic properties and charge ordering transition with lattice dynamics was systematically investigated. Moessbauer spectra of Pr sub 1 sub / sub 3 sub S r sub 2 sub / sub 3 FeO sub 3 were taken at various temperatures ranging from 20 K to room temperature. The charge disproportionation, in which iron with valence states Fe sup 3 sup + and Fe sup 5 sup + was found in a ratio of 2:1, was detected in Pr sub 1 sub / sub 3 Sr sub 2 sub / sub 3 FeO sub 3 below 190+-3 K. Iron with valence state Fe sup 4 sup + coexisted in Pr sub 1 sub / sub 3 sub S r sub 2 sub / sub 3 FeO sub 3 at and above 150 K, and its ratio increased from 13 to 66 % with increasing temperature. This result means that charge-ordered and -disordered phases co-exist in Pr sub 1 sub / sub 3 Sr sub 2 sub / sub 3 FeO sub 3.

  15. Hybrid molecular beam epitaxy for the growth of stoichiometric BaSnO{sub 3}

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    Prakash, Abhinav, E-mail: praka019@umn.edu; Dewey, John; Yun, Hwanhui; Jeong, Jong Seok; Mkhoyan, K. Andre; Jalan, Bharat, E-mail: bjalan@umn.edu [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 (United States)

    2015-11-15

    Owing to its high room-temperature electron mobility and wide bandgap, BaSnO{sub 3} has recently become of significant interest for potential room-temperature oxide electronics. A hybrid molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) approach for the growth of high-quality BaSnO{sub 3} films is developed in this work. This approach employs hexamethylditin as a chemical precursor for tin, an effusion cell for barium, and a radio frequency plasma source for oxygen. BaSnO{sub 3} films were thus grown on SrTiO{sub 3} (001) and LaAlO{sub 3} (001) substrates. Growth conditions for stoichiometric BaSnO{sub 3} were identified. Reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) intensity oscillations, characteristic of a layer-by-layer growth mode were observed. A critical thickness of ∼1 nm for strain relaxation was determined for films grown on SrTiO{sub 3} using in situ RHEED. Scanning transmission electron microscopy combined with electron energy-loss spectroscopy and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy confirmed the cube-on-cube epitaxy and composition. The importance of precursor chemistry is discussed in the context of the MBE growth of BaSnO{sub 3}.

  16. Synthesis and electrochemical study of Mg{sub 1.5}MnO{sub 3}: A defect spinel cathode for rechargeable magnesium battery

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    Saha, Partha [Department of Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); US Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Morgantown, WV 26507 (United States); Jampani, Prashanth H., E-mail: pjampani@pitt.edu [Department of Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Hong, DaeHo [Department of Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Gattu, Bharat [Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Poston, James A.; Manivannan, Ayyakkannu [US Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Morgantown, WV 26507 (United States); Datta, Moni Kanchan [Department of Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); US Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Morgantown, WV 26507 (United States); Kumta, Prashant N., E-mail: pkumta@pitt.edu [Department of Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); US Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory, Morgantown, WV 26507 (United States); Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Swanson School of Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); School of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States); Center for Complex Engineered Multifunctional Materials, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15261 (United States)

    2015-12-15

    Graphical abstract: Mg{sub 1.5}MnO{sub 3}, a defect oxide spinel derived by the Pechini route, was tested as cathode for rechargeable magnesium battery. TEM and XRD analyses of Mg{sub 1.5}MnO{sub 3} shows the formation of ∼100 nm sized nano particles in the cubic defect spinel structure (space group: Fd3m; unit cell: 0.833294 nm). Cyclic voltammetry illustrates a reversible reaction occurring between 0.3 and 1.5 V versus magnesium. Galvanostatic cycling of the Mg{sub 1.5}MnO{sub 3} cathode exhibits a low capacity of ∼12.4 mAh/g up to 20 cycle with ∼99.9% Coulombic efficiency when cycled at a current rate of ∼C/27. XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) surface probe of magnesiated/de-magnesiated electrodes confirm a change in the redox center of Mn-ions during intercalation/de-intercalation of Mg-ion from the Mg{sub 1.5}MnO{sub 3} electrode. The low capacity of Mg{sub 1.5}MnO{sub 3} electrode mainly stem from the kinetic limitation of Mg-ion removal from the defect oxide spinel as the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy results of electrodes after 1st and 2nd cycle show that charge transfer resistance, R{sub e}, increases post charge state whereas interfacial resistance, R{sub i}, increases after discharge state, respectively. - Highlights: • Pechini process yields 100 nm sized particles of the defect cubic spinel Mg{sub 1.5}MnO{sub 3}. • Stable capacity of ∼12.4 mAh/g obtained at C/27 rate and 99.9% Coulombic efficiency. • XPS shows change in valence state of Mn{sup 3+}/Mn{sup 4+} center with cycling. • Low capacity stems from increase in charge-transfer and interfacial resistances with cycling. - Abstract: Mg{sub 1.5}MnO{sub 3}, a defect oxide spinel (space group: Fd3m; unit cell: 0.833294 nm) of particle size ∼100 nm derived by the Pechini route was tested as a cathode for rechargeable magnesium battery. Cyclic voltammetry illustrates a reversible reaction occurring in the 0.3–2.0 V potential window versus magnesium. The spinel however

  17. Blue and red emission in wide band gap BaZrO{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+},Tm{sup 3+}

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    Borja-Urby, R. [Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, A. C., C. P. 37150 Leon, Gto. (Mexico); Diaz-Torres, L.A., E-mail: ditlacio@cio.mx [Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, A. C., C. P. 37150 Leon, Gto. (Mexico); Salas, P. [Centro de Fisica Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, A. P. 1-1010, Queretaro 76000 (Mexico); Vega-Gonzalez, M. [Centro de Geociencias-Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, A. P. 1-1010, Queretaro 76000 (Mexico); Angeles-Chavez, C. [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Programa de Ingenieria Molecular, Cd. Mexico D.F. 07730 (Mexico)

    2010-10-25

    Under NIR excitation at 967 intense blue and red photoluminescence (PL) emissions are observed at room temperature in codoped Tm{sup 3+}-Yb{sup 3+} barium zirconate (BaZrO{sub 3}:Yb,Tm) powders. Powders were prepared by a simple hydrothermal method, and present a wide band gap that depends on the total rare earth content due to the degree of disorder induced in the BaZrO{sub 3} lattice by the substitution of the rare earth ions. Rietveld refinements of the XRD patterns indicated the presence of primary nanocrystallites with sizes between 50 and 70 nm depending on the Tm{sup 3+} content. Scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) shows that these primary particles self-aggregated in larger secondary particles which present a regular morphology with sizes around 1 {mu}m. The intense blue and red PL emissions in BaZrO{sub 3} powders under 967 nm excitation are governed by energy transfer processes from Yb{sup 3+} ions to Tm{sup 3+} ions and crossrelaxation among Tm{sup 3+} ions.

  18. Dielectric properties of Zr doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} synthesized by sol-gel route

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    Jesurani, S. [Department of Physics, Jeyaraj Annapackium College for Women, Periyakulam 625 601, Tamil Nadu (India); Center for Material Science and Nano Devices, Department of Physics, SRM University, Kattankulathur 603 203, Tamil Nadu (India); Kanagesan, S., E-mail: kanagu1980@gmail.com [Materials Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory (MSCL), Institute of Advanced Technology (ITMA), Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Hashim, M. [Materials Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory (MSCL), Institute of Advanced Technology (ITMA), Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Ismail, I. [Materials Synthesis and Characterization Laboratory (MSCL), Institute of Advanced Technology (ITMA), Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2013-02-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Zr doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} samples have been synthesized using sol-gel process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The particle size of the powder ranges from 47 to 85 nm. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Less sintering at 1040 Degree-Sign C results in high density and high dielectric constant. - Abstract: Zr substituted CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 12} (CCTZO) with x = 0.00, 0.02, 0.10, 0.20 and 0.50 mol% were prepared by sol-gel route from the metal nitrate solutions, Titanium isoproxide, and zirconium oxy chloride. XRD analysis confirmed the formation of a single phase material in the samples calcinated at 800 Degree-Sign C for 3 h. The crystal structure did not change on doping with zirconium and it remained cubic in all the four studied compositions. The permittivity and dielectric loss of 0.1 mol% Zr doped CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4}O{sub 12} were improved for K Almost-Equal-To 6020 and tan {delta} Almost-Equal-To 0.52 at 1 kHz after the sample had been sintered at 1040 Degree-Sign C for 4 h. AFM studies showed that the particle size of the CCTZO powder ranged from 47 to 85 nm. FE-SEM micrographs of the CaCu{sub 3}Ti{sub 4-x}Zr{sub x}O{sub 12} samples showed that the grain size was in the range of 250 nm to 5 {mu}m for these samples. EDX studies showed the presence of calcium, copper, titanium, oxygen and zirconium. Remarkably, the dielectric constant increased and dielectric loss had lower values compared to the undoped CCTO.

  19. Particle size effect on microwave absorbing of La{sub 0.67}Ba{sub 0.33}Mn{sub 0.94}Ti{sub 0.06}O{sub 3} powders prepared by mechanical alloying with the assistance of ultrasonic irradiation

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    Saptari, Sitti Ahmiatri, E-mail: siti-ahmiatri@yahoo.co.id [Faculty of Science and Technology, State Islamic University, Jakarta (Indonesia); Manaf, Azwar; Kurniawan, Budhy [Departement of Physics, University of Indonesia, Depok (Indonesia)

    2016-03-11

    Doped manganites have attracted substantial interest due to their unique chemical and physics properties, which makes it possible to be used for microwave absorbing materials. In this paper we report synthesizes and characterization of La{sub 0.67}Ba{sub 0.33}Mn{sub 0.94}Ti{sub 0.06}O{sub 3} powders prepared by mechanical alloying with the assistance of a high power ultrasonic treatment. After solid state reaction, the presence of single phase was confirmed by X-ray Diffraction (XRD). Refinement results showed that samples are single phase with monoclinic structure. It was found that powder materials derived from mechanical alloying results in large variation in the particle size. A significant improvement was obtained upon subjecting the mechanically milled powder materials to an ultrasonication treatment for a relatively short period of time. As determined by particle size analyzer (PSA), the mean particle size gradually decreased from the original size of 5.02 µm to 0.36 µm. Magnetic properties were characterized by VSM, and hysteresis loops results showed that samples are soft magnetic. It was found that when the mean particle size decreases, saturation was increases and coersitivity was decreases. Microwave absorption properties were investigated in the frequency range of 8-12 GHz using vector network analyzer. An optimal reflection loss of 24.44 dB is reached at 11.4 GHz.

  20. Mössbauer studies of stoichiometry of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}: characterization of nanoparticles for biomedical applications

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    Johnson, C. E., E-mail: cjohnson@utsi.edu; Johnson, J. A.; Hah, H. Y.; Cole, M.; Gray, S. [University of Tennessee Space Institute, Center for Laser Applications (United States); Kolesnichenko, V. [Xavier University, Department of Chemistry (United States); Kucheryavy, P. [Rutgers University, Department of Chemistry (United States); Goloverda, G. [Xavier University, Department of Chemistry (United States)

    2016-12-15

    The iron oxide Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, the mineral magnetite sometimes called ferrosoferric oxide, is notoriousy non-stoichiometric even in bulk form so its formula may be written Fe{sub 3−δ}O{sub 4}. In nanoparticle form, where it has applications in medicine and information technology, it is even more susceptible to oxidation. In this paper we report synthesis and studies of superparamagnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles with controlled diameters of 5.3, 10.6 and 11.9 nm. In room temperature spectra, departures from stoichiometry δ of up to 0.02 were estimated from the relative amounts of Fe {sup 3+}/ Fe {sup 2+} and from their isomer shifts. This cannot be used for very small particles of diameter 10.6 nm and less as they are superparamagnetic at room temperature and do not show hyperfine splitting owing to fast relaxation. Such particles have promise for use in enhancing MRI signals. The magnetic spectrum is restored by the application of a relatively small magnetic field (10 kG). As the temperature is lowered the relaxation slows down and 6-line magnetic hyperfine patterns appear below a blocking temperature T{sub B}. The values of T{sub B} obtained are lower than those of many other researchers reported in the literature, suggesting that our particles are less affected by magnetic interactions between them. At low temperatures all the spectra are similar and closely resemble that of bulk Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} confirming that departures from stoichiometry are small.

  1. The film thickness dependent thermal stability of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ag thin films as high-temperature solar selective absorbers

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    Xiao Xiudi; Xu Gang, E-mail: xiudixiao@163.com; Xiong Bin; Chen Deming; Miao Lei [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Key Laboratory of Renewable Energy and Gas Hydrates, Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion (China)

    2012-03-15

    The monolayer Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ag thin films were prepared by magnetron sputtering. The microstructure and optical properties of thin film after annealing at 700 Degree-Sign C in air were characterized by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and spectrophotometer. It revealed that the particle shape, size, and distribution across the film were greatly changed before and after annealing. The surface plasmon resonance absorption and thermal stability of the film were found to be strongly dependent on the film thickness, which was believed to be associated with the evolution process of particle diffusion, agglomeration, and evaporation during annealing at high temperature. When the film thickness was smaller than 90 nm, the film SPR absorption can be attenuated until extinct with increasing annealing time due to the evaporation of Ag particles. While the film thickness was larger than 120 nm, the absorption can keep constant even after annealing for 64 h due to the agglomeration of Ag particles. On the base of film thickness results, the multilayer Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ag solar selective thin films were prepared and the thermal stability test illustrated that the solar selectivity of multilayer films with absorbing layer thickness larger than 120 nm did not degrade after annealing at 500 Degree-Sign C for 70 h in air. It can be concluded that film thickness is an important factor to control the thermal stability of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Ag thin films as high-temperature solar selective absorbers.

  2. Optical and magnetic properties of La{sub 1−x}Ga{sub x}FeO{sub 3} nanoparticles synthesized by polymerization complex method

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    Hunpratub, Sitchai [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Udon Thani Rajabhat University, Udon Thani 41000 (Thailand); Karaphun, Attaphol [Nanotec-KKU Center of Excellence on Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Production and Storage, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Phokha, Sumalin [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Udon Thani Rajabhat University, Udon Thani 41000 (Thailand); Swatsitang, Ekaphan, E-mail: ekaphan@kku.ac.th [Integrated Nanotechnology Research Center, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand); Nanotec-KKU Center of Excellence on Advanced Nanomaterials for Energy Production and Storage, Khon Kaen 40002 (Thailand)

    2016-09-01

    Graphical abstract: This figure shows the hysteresis loops of LaFeO{sub 3} and La{sub 0.6}Ga{sub 0.4}FeO{sub 3} nanoparticles with corresponding TEM images. Undoped sample exhibits antiferromagnetic behavior, whereas doped sample becomes ferromagnetic material. Particle sizes estimated by TEM are decreased from 70.2 ± 4.5 to 21.4 ± 8.5 nm with increasing Ga content. The decrease of particle size causes the disordering spins at the surface of particle which can induce a net magnetic moment and significantly enhance the magnetization (M), coercive field (H{sub c}) and remanent magnetization (M{sub r}). - Highlights: • Ga-doped LaFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles prepared by polymerization complex were studied. • Lattice, crystallite and particle size of sample decrease with increasing Ga content. • Decreasing of the lattice can distort the structure and enhance magnetic properties. • Optical band gaps of LaGaFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles are also decreased. • RT-FM of LaGaFeO{sub 3} nanoparticle is due to the disordering spins at surface particle. - Abstract: La{sub 1−x}Ga{sub x}FeO{sub 3} (x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4) nanoparticles were synthesized by polymerization complex method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results reveal a pure orthorhombic phase structure. Increasing of Ga content, resulting in the decrease of average crystallite sizes calculated by XRD from 58.4 ± 5.9 to 13.4 ± 4.3 nm and the average particle sizes estimated by transmission electron microscope (TEM) images from 70.2 ± 4.5 to 21.4 ± 8.5 nm. The optical band gaps determined by UV–vis spectra showed a redshift from 2.145 to 1.954 eV that originates from surface effect caused by Ga substitution. The magnetic properties were investigated using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The room temperature hysteresis loops of La{sub 1–x}Ga{sub x}FeO{sub 3} nanopowders indicate the antiferromagnetic behavior of pure sample and all doped samples of ferromagnetic behavior with the enhancement of

  3. AgBr and g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} co-modified Ag{sub 2}CO{sub 3} photocatalyst: A novel multi-heterostructured photocatalyst with enhanced photocatalytic activity

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    Tang, Hua, E-mail: tanghua@mail.ujs.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province 212013 (China); Chang, Shufang [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province 212013 (China); Tang, Guogang [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province 212013 (China); School of Chemistry and Materials Engineering, Zhenjiang College, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province 212003 (China); Liang, Wei [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province 212013 (China)

    2017-01-01

    Highlights: • Novel g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/AgBr nanocomposites were prepared by a facile method. • g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/AgBr-6% has superior activity in degradation of dyes. • The synergetic effect of g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4} and AgBr was the origin of the higher performance. • The photocatalytic mechanism of the g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/AgBr was proposed. - Abstract: Novel and highly efficient visible-light-driven g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/AgBr multi-heterostructured photocatalysts are achieved from the surface modification of g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 2}CO{sub 3} with AgBr nanoparticles by a facile and efficient ion-exchange method. The as-prepared g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/AgBr photocatalysts were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scaning electron microscopy (SEM) and UV–vis diffuse reflectance spectrometry (DRS). Compared with g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 2}CO{sub 3}, g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/AgBr hybrids exhibit enhanced the degradation activity for typical RhB, MB, and MO dyes under visible light excitation (>420 nm). Photoluminescence (PL), photo-induced current and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) results demonstrate the g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/AgBr heterojunctions can effectively suppress the recombination of the generated electron–hole pairs. The higher photocatalytical performance of g-C{sub 3}N{sub 4}/Ag{sub 2}CO{sub 3}/AgBr can be ascribed to the efficient separation of photogenerated electron–hole pairs due to the formation of multi-heterojunctions, in which the Ag nanoparticles acted as the charge transmission bridge. In addition, the possible transferred and separated behavior of electron–hole pairs and photocatalytic mechanisms based on the experimental results are also proposed in detail.

  4. Composition-driven enhanced magnetic properties and magnetoelectric coupling in Gd substituted BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Vijayasundaram, S.V., E-mail: vijayasundaramsv@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Presidency College, Chennai 600005 (India); Suresh, G. [Department of Physics, Park College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore 641659 (India); Department of Urology, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore 169856 (Singapore); Mondal, R.A. [Department of Physics, Hindustan University, Chennai 603103 (India); Kanagadurai, R. [Department of Physics, Presidency College, Chennai 600005 (India)

    2016-11-15

    Bi{sub 1-x}Gd{sub x}FeO{sub 3} (x=0, 0.05 and 0.1) samples were synthesized by modified sol–gel process. X-ray diffraction studies confirmed that the crystal structures of Gd substituted samples remain stable for x<0.1, while compositional-driven structural phase transition from rhombohedral to orthorhombic was observed in the case of x=0.1. The average particle sizes of pure and Gd substituted BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles were found to be in the range 62–46 nm. The size of the oblate spherical particles decreased with increasing Gd concentration. XPS studies revealed the trivalent oxidation states of Bi and Fe ions along with sample purity. Pure BiFeO{sub 3} exhibited linear M–H loop indicating its antiferromagnetic characteristics, whereas obvious non-linear M–H loops were observed in Gd substituted samples. In contrast to the observed room temperature magnetization (0.36 emu/g) under 40 kOe for BiFeO{sub 3}, the sample with 10% Gd exhibited appreciable enhancement of magnetization (1.88 emu/g). A leaky type P–E hysteresis loop was observed for the pure one, whereas concave-like ferroelectric loops were obtained for Gd substituted samples. The possible origins of enhanced multiferroic properties have been explained on the basis of substituent, its concentration, phase purity, particle size, structural distortion and the modified magnetic structure. The measurement of magnetoelectric studies at room temperature revealed the coupling between magnetic and ferroelectric ordering, which is desirable for multifunctional device applications of multiferroics. - Highlights: • The substitution of Gd in BiFeO{sub 3} (BFO) nanoparticles led to structural distortion. • Average sizes of the substituted samples are less than the spin period of BFO. • Gd-substitution altered the original magnetic structure of BFO (AFM – FM). • M{sub r} of a substituted sample is an order of magnitude higher than that of BFO. • All the samples show magnetoelectric coupling

  5. Electrical properties of Pb(Zr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48})O{sub 3}–BiFeO{sub 3} multilayers on non-platinized silicon substrate

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    Dutta, Shankar, E-mail: shankardutta77@gmail.com [Solid State Physics Laboratory, DRDO, Lucknow Road, Timarpur, Delhi 110054 (India); Chatterjee, Ratnamala [Department of Physics, IIT Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016 (India)

    2015-08-15

    Highlights: • A Pb(Zr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48})O{sub 3}/BiFeO{sub 3} multilayer film is deposited on a silicon substrate. • The phase, crystalline structure, and morphology of the film are studied. • The magnetic property of the film is studied. • In the absence of the bottom electrode, interdigitated terminal (IDTs) structures are fabricated on top of the film. • The electrical properties of the film are studied. - Abstract: In this study, a Pb(Zr{sub 0.52}Ti{sub 0.48})O{sub 3}/BiFeO{sub 3} (PZT–BFO) multilayer film is deposited by the sol–gel technique on a silicon substrate. Prior to the multilayer deposition, a ZrO{sub 2} buffer layer is introduced. The multilayer thin film shows the polycrystalline phase-pure perovskite structures of BFO and PZT. Surface morphology study indicates that the grain size of the film varies from 20 to 30 nm. In the absence of the bottom electrode, the electrical properties of the film are studied in-plane by fabricating interdigitated terminals (IDTs) on top of the film. The inter-IDT line gap is kept large (10 μm) to avoid shorting due to unintentional particle contamination. The remnant polarization of the film is found to be ∼35 μC/cm{sup 2} at a 100-V bias. The dielectric constant of the film is found to be 650 at 1 kHz. The film also showed a low leakage current density of ∼4 × 10{sup −9} A/cm{sup 2} at 200 kV/cm.

  6. CTAB-assisted ultrasonic synthesis, characterization and photocatalytic properties of WO{sub 3}

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    Sánchez-Martínez, D., E-mail: dansanm@gmail.com; Gomez-Solis, C.; Torres-Martinez, Leticia M.

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • WO{sub 3} 2D nanostructures were synthesized by ultrasound method assisted with CTAB. • WO{sub 3} morphology was mainly of rectangular nanoplates with a thickness of ∼50 nm. • The highest surface area value of WO{sub 3} was obtained to lowest concentration of CTAB. • WO{sub 3} activity was attributed to morphology, surface area and the addition of CTAB. • WO{sub 3} nanoplates were able to causing almost complete mineralization of rhB and IC. - Abstract: WO{sub 3} 2D nanostructures have been prepared by ultrasound synthesis method assisted with CTAB using different molar ratios. The formation of monoclinic crystal structure of WO{sub 3} was confirmed by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD). The characterization of the WO{sub 3} samples was complemented by analysis of scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which revealed morphology mainly of rectangular nanoplates with a thickness of around 50 nm and length of 100–500 nm. Infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) was used to confirm the elimination of the CTAB in the synthesized samples. The specific surface area was determinate by the BET method and by means of diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) it was determinate the band-gap energy (E{sub g}) of the WO{sub 3} samples. The photocatalytic activity of the WO{sub 3} oxide was evaluated in the degradation reactions of rhodamine B (rhB) and indigo carmine (IC) under Xenon lamp irradiation. The highest photocatalytic activity was observed in the samples containing low concentration of CTAB with morphology of rectangular nanoplates and with higher surface area value than commercial WO{sub 3}. Photodegradation of rhB and IC were followed by means of UV–vis absorption spectra. The mineralization degree of organic dyes by WO{sub 3} photocatalyst was determined by total organic carbon analysis (TOC) reaching percentages of mineralization of 92% for rhB and 50% for IC after 96 h of lamp irradiation.

  7. Ni{sub 3}Al technology transfer

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    Sikka, V.K.; Santella, M.L.; Alexander, D.J. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN (United States)] [and others

    1995-05-01

    Ductile Ni{sub 3}Al and Ni{sub 3}Al-based alloys have been identified for a range of applications. These applications require the use of material in a variety of product forms such as sheet, plate, bar, tubing, piping, and castings. Although significant progress has been made in the melting, casting, and near-net-shape forming of nickel aluminides, some issues still remain. These include the need for (1)high-strength castable composition for turbochargers, furnace furniture, and hot-die applications; (2) castability (fluidity, hot-shortness, porosity, etc.); (3) weld reparability of castings; and (4) hot fabricability of cast ingots. All of the issues listed above can be {open_quotes}show stoppers{close_quotes} for the commercial application of nickel aluminides. This report describes work completed to address some of these issues during the fourth quarter of FY 1994.

  8. Ni{sub 3}Al technology transfer

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    Sikka, V.K.; Viswanathan, S.; Santella, M.L. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)] [and others

    1997-04-01

    Ductile Ni{sub 3}Al and Ni{sub 3}Al-based alloys have been identified for a range of applications. These applications require the use of material in a variety of product forms such as sheet, plate, bar, wire, tubing, piping, and castings. Although significant progress has been made in the melting, casting, and near-net-shape forming of nickel aluminides, some issues still remain. These include the need for: (1) high-strength castable composition for many applications that have been identified; (2) castability (mold type, fluidity, hot-shortness, porosity, etc.); (3) weld reparability of castings; and (4) workability of cast or powder metallurgy product to sheet, bar, and wire. The four issues listed above can be {open_quotes}show stoppers{close_quotes} for the commercial application of nickel aluminides. This report describes the work completed to address some of these issues during FY 1996.

  9. Scintillation and optical properties of Pb-doped YCa{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} crystals

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    Fujimoto, Yutaka, E-mail: fuji-you@tagen.tohoku.ac.jp [IMRAM, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); JSPS, 8 Ichibanmachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8472 (Japan); Yanagida, Takayuki; Yokota, Yuui [IMRAM, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Kawaguchi, Noriaki [Tokuyama Corporation, 3 Shibuya Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8383 (Japan); Fukuda, Kentaro [IMRAM, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Tokuyama Corporation, 3 Shibuya Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8383 (Japan); Totsuka, Daisuke [Nihon Kessho Kogaku Co., Ltd., 810-5 Nobe-cho Tatebayashi Gunma (Japan); Watanabe, Kenichi; Yamazaki, Atsushi [Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Chani, Valery [IMRAM, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Yoshikawa, Akira [IMRAM, Tohoku University, 2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); NICHe, Tohoku University, 6-6-10 Aoba, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8579 (Japan)

    2011-10-01

    This communication reports optical properties and radiation responses of Pb{sup 2+} 0.5 and 1.0 mol%-doped YCa{sub 4}O(BO{sub 3}){sub 3} (YCOB) single crystals grown by the micro-pulling-down ({mu}-PD) method for neutron scintillator applications. The crystals had no impurity phases according to the results of X-ray powder diffraction. These Pb{sup 2+}-doped crystals demonstrated blue-light luminescence at 330 nm because of Pb{sup 2+1}S{sub 0}-{sup 3}P{sub 0,1} transition in the photoluminescence spectra. The main emission decay component was determined to be about 250-260 ns under 260 nm excitation wavelength. When irradiated by a {sup 252}Cf source, the relative light yield of 0.5% Pb{sup 2+}-doped crystal was about 300 ph/n that was determined using the light yield of a reference Li-glass scintillator.

  10. Oxidative degradation of salicylic acid by sprayed WO{sub 3} photocatalyst

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    Mohite, S.V.; Rajpure, K.Y., E-mail: rajpure@yahoo.com

    2015-10-15

    Highlights: • The photoactivity of sprayed WO{sub 3} thin film. • Photoelectrocatalytic degradation of salicylic acid. • Reaction kinetics and mineralization of pollutants by COD. - Abstract: The WO{sub 3} thin films were deposited using spray pyrolysis technique. The prepared WO{sub 3} thin films were characterized using photoelectrochemical (PEC), X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and UV–vis absorbance spectroscopy techniques. PEC measurements of WO{sub 3} films deposited at different deposition temperatures were carried out to study photoresponse. The maximum photocurrent (I{sub ph} = 261 μA/cm{sup 2}) was observed for the film deposited at the 225 °C. The monoclinic crystal structure of WO{sub 3} has been confirmed from X-ray diffraction studies. AFM studies were used to calculate particle size and average roughness of the films. Optical absorbance was studied to estimate the bandgap energy of WO{sub 3} thin film which was about 2.65 eV. The photoelectrocatalytic activity of WO{sub 3} film was studied by degradation of salicylic acid with reducing concentrations as function of reaction time. The WO{sub 3} photocatalyst degraded salicylic acid to about 67.14% with significant reduction in chemical oxygen demand (COD) value.

  11. Measurement of fast minority /sub 3/He/sup + +/ energy distribution during ICRF heating

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    Post, D.E. Jr.; Grisham, L.R.; Medley, S.S.

    A method and means for measuring the fast /sub 3/He/sup + +/ distribution during /sub 3/He/sup + +/ minority Ion Cyclotron Resonance Frequency (ICRF) heating is disclosed. The present invention involves the use of 10 to 100 keV beams of neutral helium atoms to neutralize the fast /sub 3/He/sup + +/ ions in a heated plasma by double charge exchange (/sub 3/He/sup + +/ + /sub 4/He/sup 0/ ..-->.. /sub 3/He/sup 0/ + /sub 4/He/sup + +/). The neutralized fast /sub 3/He/sup 0/ atoms then escape from the hot plasma confined by a magnetic field and are detected by conventional neutral particle analyzing means. This technique permits the effectiveness of the coupling of the ion cyclotron waves to the /sub 3/He/sup + +/ minority ions to be accurately measured. The present invention is particularly adapted for use in evaluating the effectiveness of the intermediate coupling between the RF heating and the /sub 3/He/sup + +/ in an energetic toroidal plasma.

  12. Fabrication and characterization of a novel hydrophobic CaCO{sub 3} grafted by hydroxylated poly(vinyl chloride) chains

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    Bao, Lixia [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Sichuan University (China); School of Chemical Science and Technology, Yunnan University (China); Yang, Simei; Luo, Xin [School of Chemical Science and Technology, Yunnan University (China); Lei, Jingxin [State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Sichuan University (China); Cao, Qiue [School of Chemical Science and Technology, Yunnan University (China); Wang, Jiliang, E-mail: jlwang@ynu.edu.cn [School of Chemical Science and Technology, Yunnan University (China)

    2015-12-01

    Highlights: • Hydroxylated poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC-OH) with different molecular weight and hydroxyl value was successfully prepared by the suspension copolymerization. • PVC-OH was grafted onto the surface of CaCO{sub 3} particles by the urethane formation reaction. • The modified CaCO{sub 3} particles show excellent hydrophobicity. - Abstract: The hydroxylated PVC (PVC-OH) was successfully synthesized by a suspension polymerization of vinyl chloride (VC), butyl acrylate (BA) and hydroxyethyl acrylate (HEA). Novel hydrophobic CaCO{sub 3} was then prepared by a urethane formation reaction between methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) and the −OH groups both in the PVC-OH chains and on the surface of pristine CaCO{sub 3} particles. The effect of the PVC-OH content on the grafting ratio of treated CaCO{sub 3} particles was extensively investigated. Combining the result of Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) with that of water contact angle, it can be concluded that the hydrophobicity of CaCO{sub 3} had been efficiently improved by the PVC-OH segments grafted on the surface of CaCO{sub 3} particles. X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal gravity analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) were also used to study crystalline behaviors, thermal stability and surface morphology of the modified CaCO{sub 3} particles, respectively. The change of specific surface area implying surface modification was investigated as well.

  13. Interaction of Ce{sub 1−x}Er{sub x}O{sub 2−y} nanoparticles with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}

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    Krajczyk, L.; Kraszkiewicz, P.; Kepinski, L., E-mail: L.Kepinski@int.pan.wroc.pl

    2015-02-01

    The interaction of nanocrystalline Ce{sub 0.5}Er{sub 0.5}O{sub 1.75} mixed oxide with an amorphous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} in oxidizing and reducing atmosphere up to 1100 °C was studied by XRD, TEM, SEM-EDS and BET. Uniform, chemically homogeneous Ce{sub 0.5}Er{sub 0.5}O{sub 1.75} nanoparticles (2 nm in size) were prepared by microemulsion method and deposited on a high surface γ-alumina support. The nanoparticles were structurally and chemically stable in the oxidizing atmosphere up to 1100 °C, exhibiting only an increase of the mean crystallite size to 9 nm after 3 h treatment. Prolonged heating (24 h) at 1100 °C caused partial decomposition of the mixed oxide and reaction of the extracted erbium with the support with formation of hexagonal (P6{sub 3}/mmc) ErAlO{sub 3} aluminate. The same hexagonal ErAlO{sub 3} occurred also in Er/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} sample prepared by impregnation of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} support with an aqueous solution of Er nitrate and subjected to heating in air or hydrogen at 1100 °C. In the reducing atmosphere the Ce{sub 0.5}Er{sub 0.5}O{sub 1.75} reacted with Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} already at 800 °C, to form an amorphous surface phase. At 900 °C monoclinic (P2{sub 1}/c) (Er,Ce){sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} mixed aluminate was formed with the unit cell volume 4.5% bigger than that of pure Er{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} phase. After 3 h treatment at 1000 °C more than half of the (Er,Ce){sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} aluminate decomposed into two nanocrystalline mixed monoaluminates: tetragonal (I4/mcm) (Ce,Er)AlO{sub 3} and hexagonal (P6{sub 3}/mmc) (Er,Ce)AlO{sub 3}. Nanocrystalline mixed aluminate particles with Er{sup 3+} ions placed in well-defined lattice sites and supported at the surface of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} support, may be interesting as highly efficient active components of optical waveguides amplifiers. - Graphical abstract: Structure evolution of Ce{sub 0.5}Er{sub 0.5}O{sub 1.75} on Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} in air and in H{sub 2}. - Highlights:

  14. Ab initio hybrid DFT calculations of BaTiO{sub 3}, PbTiO{sub 3}, SrZrO{sub 3} and PbZrO{sub 3} (111) surfaces

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    Eglitis, Roberts I., E-mail: rieglitis@gmail.com

    2015-12-15

    Highlights: • Surface energies for AO{sub 3}-term (111) surfaces are larger than for Ti (Zr)-term surfaces. • A increase of Ti−O (Zr−O) bond covalency near the ABO{sub 3} (111) surface relative to the bulk is observed. • The ABO{sub 3} (111) surface energy is larger than the earlier calculated (001) surface energy. • Band gap for PbTiO{sub 3}, SrZrO{sub 3} and PbZrO{sub 3} (111) surfaces becomes smaller, but for BaTiO{sub 3} (111) larger with respect to the bulk . - Abstract: The results of ab initio calculations for polar BaTiO{sub 3}, PbTiO{sub 3}, SrZrO{sub 3} and PbZrO{sub 3} (111) surfaces using the CRYSTAL code are presented. By means of the hybrid B3LYP approach, the surface relaxation has been calculated for two possible B (B = Ti or Zr) or AO{sub 3} (A = Ba, Pb or Sr) BaTiO{sub 3}, PbTiO{sub 3}, SrZrO{sub 3} and PbZrO{sub 3} (111) surface terminations. According to performed B3LYP calculations, all atoms of the first surface layer, for both terminations, relax inwards. The only exception is a small outward relaxation of the PbO{sub 3}-terminated PbTiO{sub 3} (111) surface upper layer Pb atom. B3LYP calculated surface energies for BaO{sub 3}, PbO{sub 3}, SrO{sub 3} and PbO{sub 3}-terminated BaTiO{sub 3}, PbTiO{sub 3}, SrZrO{sub 3} and PbZrO{sub 3} (111) surfaces are considerably larger than the surface energies for Ti (Zr)-terminated (111) surfaces. Performed B3LYP calculations indicate a considerable increase of Ti−O (Zr−O) chemical bond covalency near the BaTiO{sub 3}, PbTiO{sub 3}, SrZrO{sub 3} and PbZrO{sub 3} (111) surface relative to the BaTiO{sub 3}, PbTiO{sub 3}, SrZrO{sub 3} and PbZrO{sub 3} bulk. Calculated band gaps at the Γ-point near the PbTiO{sub 3}, SrZrO{sub 3} and PbZrO{sub 3} (111) surfaces are reduced, but near BaTiO{sub 3} (111) surfaces increased, with respect to the BaTiO{sub 3}, PbTiO{sub 3}, SrZrO{sub 3} and PbZrO{sub 3} bulk band gap at the Γ-point values.

  15. Characterization of the insulator barrier and the superconducting transition temperature in GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ}/BaTiO{sub 3} bilayers for application in tunnel junctions

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    Navarro, H., E-mail: henrynavarro@cab.cnea.gov.ar; Sirena, M.; Haberkorn, N. [Instituto Balseiro, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo and CNEA, 8400 Bariloche (Argentina); Centro Atómico Bariloche, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica. Av. Bustillo 9500, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina); Yang, Ilkyu [Department of Physics, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jeehoon [Department of Physics, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Pohang (Korea, Republic of); CALDES, Institute for Basic Science, Pohang (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-07-28

    The optimization of the superconducting properties in a bottom electrode and the quality of an insulator barrier are the first steps in the development of superconductor/insulator/superconductor tunnel junctions. Here, we study the quality of a BaTiO{sub 3} tunnel barrier deposited on a 16 nm thick GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} thin film by using conductive atomic force microscopy. We find that the tunnel current is systematically reduced (for equal applied voltage) by increasing the BaTiO{sub 3} barrier thickness between 1.6 and 4 nm. The BaTiO{sub 3} layers present an energy barrier of ≈1.2 eV and an attenuation length of 0.35–0.5 nm (depending on the applied voltage). The GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ} electrode is totally covered by a BaTiO{sub 3} thickness above 3 nm. The presence of ferroelectricity was verified by piezoresponse force microscopy for a 4 nm thick BaTiO{sub 3} top layer. The superconducting transition temperature of the bilayers is systematically suppressed by increasing the BaTiO{sub 3} thickness. This fact can be associated with stress at the interface and a reduction of the orthorhombicity of the GdBa{sub 2}Cu{sub 3}O{sub 7−δ}. The reduction in the orthorhombicity is expected by considering the interface mismatch and it can also be affected by reduced oxygen stoichiometry (poor oxygen diffusion across the BaTiO{sub 3} barrier)

  16. Modeling and optimization of effective parameters on the size of synthesized Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} superparamagnetic nanoparticles by coprecipitation technique using response surface methodology

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    Ghazanfari, Mohammad Reza, E-mail: Ghazanfari.mr@gmail.com [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, 9177948974 Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kashefi, Mehrdad, E-mail: m-kashefi@um.ac.ir [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, 9177948974 Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Jaafari, Mahmoud Reza [Biotechnology Research Center, Nanotechnology Research Center, School of Pharmacy, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-05-01

    Generally, the statistical methods are defined as appropriate techniques to study the processes trends. In current research, the Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} superparamagnetic nanoparticles were synthesized by coprecipitation method. In order to investigate the size properties of synthesized particles, the experimental design was done using central composite method (CCD) of response surface methodology (RSM) while the temperature, pH, and cation ratio of reaction were selected as influential factors. After particles synthesis based on designed runs, the different responses such as hydrodynamic size of particles (both freeze dried and air dried), size distribution, crystallite size, magnetic size, and zeta potential were evaluated by different techniques i.e. dynamic light scattering (DLS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Based on these results, the quadratic polynomial model was fitted for each response that could predict the response amounts. In following, the study of factors effects was carried out that showed the temperature, pH, and their interactions had higher effectiveness. Finally, by optimizing, it was clear that the minimum amounts of particle size (10.15 nm) and size distribution (13.01 nm) were reached in the minimum temperature (70 °C) and cation ratio (0.5) amounts and maximum pH amount (10.5). Moreover, the characterizations showed the particles size was about 10 nm while the amounts of M{sub s}, H{sub c}, and M{sub r} were equal to 60 (emu/g), 0.2 (Oe) and 0.22 (emu/g), respectively. - Highlights: • The Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by coprecipitation method. • By RSM technique, some predicted models were presented for particles size. • Temperature, pH and their interactions had most effectiveness on the particles size. • The drying techniques can effect on the size properties.

  17. Properties of aerosol particles generated during 213 nm laser ablation: a study of compact and powdered tungsten carbides as materials with a two-component matrix

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    Hola, M.; Konecna, V.; Kanicky, V.; Mikuska, P.; Kaiser, J.; Hanzlikova, R.

    2009-01-01

    Full text: The laser ablation process of tungsten carbide hardmetals was studied using 213 nm Nd:YAG laser. The samples were presented for ablation as sintered compacts or powders pressed into pellets to compare the generation of particles from samples with similar chemical composition but different physical properties. The influence of laser ablation parameters on the aerosol generation was studied using an optical aerosol spectrometer. In the case of powders, the effect of binder amount was investigated. The structure of generated particles and the properties of ablation-craters were additionally studied by SEM. (author)

  18. Effect of calcination temperature on the H{sub 2}O{sub 2} decomposition activity of nano-crystalline Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} prepared by combustion method

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    Makhlouf, M.Th. [Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, 71516 Assiut (Egypt); Abu-Zied, B.M., E-mail: babuzied@aun.edu.eg [Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, 71516 Assiut (Egypt); Mansoure, T.H. [Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, 71516 Assiut (Egypt)

    2013-06-01

    Cobalt oxide nano-particles were prepared by combustion method using urea as a combustion fuel. The effects of calcination temperature, 350–1000 °C, on the physicochemical, surface and catalytic properties of the prepared Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nano-particles were studied. The products were characterized by thermal analyses (TGA and DTA), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. Textural features of the obtained catalysts were investigated using nitrogen adsorption at −196 °C. X-ray diffraction confirmed that the resulting oxide was pure single-crystalline Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nano-particles. Transmission electron microscopy indicating that, the crystallite size of Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nano-crystals was in the range of 8–34 nm. The catalytic activities of prepared nano-crystalline Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} catalysts were tested for H{sub 2}O{sub 2} decomposition at 35–50 °C temperature range. Experimental results revealed that, the catalytic decomposition of H{sub 2}O{sub 2} decreases with increasing the calcination temperature. This was correlated with the observed particle size increase accompanying the calcination temperature rise.

  19. Direct Write Processing of Multi-micron Thickness Copper Nano-particle Paste on Flexible Substrates with 532 nm Laser Wavelength

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    Lopez-Espiricueta, Dunia; Fearon, Eamonn; Edwardson, Stuart; Dearden, Geoffrey

    The Laser Assisted Direct Write (LA-DW) method has been implemented in the development of different markets and material processing, recently also used for creating Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) or electrical circuitry. The process consists in the deposition of metallic nano-particle (NP) inks, which are afterwards cured or sintered by laser irradiation, thus creating conductive pathways; advantages are speed, accuracy and the protection of the heat affected zone (HAZ). This research will study the behaviour of the heat dissipation relatively within the Nano-particle Copper paste after being irradiated with 1064 nm and 532 nm wavelengths, research will be developed on different widths and depths deposited onto flat surfaces such as flexible PET. Comparisons to be made between resistivity results obtained from different wavelengths.

  20. The effect of Ag layer thickness on the properties of WO{sub 3}/Ag/MoO{sub 3} multilayer films as anode in organic light emitting diodes

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    Zadsar, Mehdi, E-mail: mehdi_zadsar@yahoo.com [Physics Department, University of Isfahan, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Fallah, Hamid Reza; Mahmoodzadeh, Morteza Haji [Physics Department, University of Isfahan, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Quantum Optics Research Group, University of Isfahan, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Tabatabaei, Seyed Vahid [Physics Department, University of Isfahan, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2012-04-15

    Transparent conductive WO{sub 3}/Ag/MoO{sub 3} (WAM) multilayer electrodes were fabricated by thermal evaporation and the effects of Ag layer thickness on the optoelectronic and structural properties of multilayer electrode as anode in organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) were investigated using different analytical methods. For Ag layers with thickness varying between 5 and 20 nm, the best WAM performances, high optical transmittance (81.7%, at around 550 nm), and low electrical sheet resistance (9.75 {Omega}/cm{sup 2}) were obtained for 15 nm thickness. Also, the WAM structure with 15 nm of Ag layer thickness has a very smooth surface with an RMS roughness of 0.37 nm, which is suitable for use as transparent conductive anode in OLEDs. The current density-voltage-luminance (J-V-L) characteristics measurement shows that the current density of WAM/PEDOT:PSS/TPD/Alq{sub 3}/LiF/Al organic diode increases with the increase in thickness of Ag and WO{sub 3}/Ag (15 nm)/MoO{sub 3} device exhibits a higher luminance intensity at lower voltage than ITO/PEDOT:PSS/TPD/Alq{sub 3}/LiF/Al control device. Furthermore, this device shows the highest power efficiency (0.31 lm/W) and current efficiency (1.2 cd/A) at the current density of 20 mA/cm{sup 2}, which is improved 58% and 41% compared with those of the ITO-based device, respectively. The lifetime of the WO{sub 3}/Ag (15 nm)/MoO{sub 3} device was measured to be 50 h at an initial luminance of 50 cd/m{sup 2}, which is five times longer than 10 h for ITO-based device. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Investigation of Ag thickness effect on the properties of WO{sub 3}/Ag/MoO{sub 3} films. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electrical conductivity of multilayer films increases with increasing Ag thickness. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Optical transmittance increases by Ag thickness and at 15 nm, reaches 81.7%. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Power efficiency of WO{sub 3}/Ag (15 nm)/MoO{sub 3} based devices is higher than that of

  1. α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} lithium battery anodes by nanocasting strategy from ordered 2D and 3D templates

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    Di Lupo, F. [GAME Lab, Department of Applied Science and Technology – DISAT, Politecnico di Torino, C.so Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Turin (Italy); Gerbaldi, C., E-mail: claudio.gerbaldi@polito.it [GAME Lab, Department of Applied Science and Technology – DISAT, Politecnico di Torino, C.so Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Turin (Italy); Casino, S.; Francia, C.; Meligrana, G. [GAME Lab, Department of Applied Science and Technology – DISAT, Politecnico di Torino, C.so Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Turin (Italy); Tuel, A. [Institut de Recherches sur la Catalyse, IRC-CNRS (UPR 5401), 2 Avenue Albert Einstein, 69626 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Penazzi, N. [GAME Lab, Department of Applied Science and Technology – DISAT, Politecnico di Torino, C.so Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Turin (Italy)

    2014-12-05

    Highlights: • Nanosized α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} lithium battery conversion anodes with tunable morphology. • Nanocasting technique using MCM-41 and MCM-48 silica moulds is adopted. • Textural/morphological characteristics define the electrochemical behaviour. • α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} replica of MCM-41 exhibits stable capacity (∼300 mA h g{sup −1}) after 100 cycles. • α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} replica of MCM-41 shows promising prospects as high-capacity Li-ion battery anode. - Abstract: Nanocasting strategy is here proposed as effective approach to tune structure and size of α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} active nanoparticles as a promising anode material for Li-ion cells. MCM-41 and MCM-48 silicas, presenting hexagonal 2D and cubic 3D symmetry, respectively, and regular pore diameter of about 4 nm are selected as moulds. The structural–morphological and electrochemical characteristics are assessed by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, N{sub 2} physisorption at 77 K, cyclic voltammetry and galvanostatic discharge/charge cycling. It is here demonstrated that structural–morphological features change accordingly to the template used and careful control of the texture/particle characteristics is likely a fundamental variable noticeably affecting the cycling behaviour.

  2. Enhanced luminescence properties of hybrid Alq{sub 3}/ZnO (organic/inorganic) composite films

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    Cuba, M.; Muralidharan, G., E-mail: muraligru@gmail.com

    2014-12-15

    Pristine tris-(8-hydroxyquionoline)aluminum(Alq{sub 3}) and (Alq{sub 3}/ZnO hybrid) composites containing different weight percentages (5 wt%, 10 wt%, 20 wt%, 30 wt%, 40 wt% and 50 wt%) of ZnO in Alq{sub 3} were synthesized and coated on to a glass substrate using the dip coating method. The optimum concentration of ZnO in Alq{sub 3} films to get the best luminescence yield has been identified. XRD pattern reveals the amorphous nature of pure Alq{sub 3} film. The Alq{sub 3} films containing different weight percentages of ZnO show the presence of crystalline ZnO in Alq{sub 3}/ZnO composite films. The FTIR spectrum confirms the formation of quinoline with absorption in the region 600−800 cm{sup −1}. The hybrid Alq{sub 3}/ZnO composite films indicate the presence of Zn−O vibration band along with the corresponding Alq{sub 3} band. The band gap (HOMO–LUMO) of Alq{sub 3} film was calculated using absorption spectra and it is 2.87 eV for pristine films while it is 3.26 eV, 3.21 eV, 3.14 eV, 3.10 eV, 3.13 eV and 3.20 eV for the composite films containing 5–50 wt% of ZnO. The photoluminescence (PL) spectra of Alq{sub 3} films show a maximum PL intensity at 514 nm when excited at 390 nm. The ZnO incorporated composite films (Alq{sub 3}/ZnO) exhibit an emission in 485 nm and 514 nm. The composite films containing 30 wt% of ZnO exhibit maximum luminescence yield. - Highlights: • The pure Alq{sub 3} and Alq{sub 3}/ZnO composite were synthesized and coated on to a glass substrate using dip coating method. • Alq{sub 3}/ZnO composite film containing 30 wt% of ZnO exhibits two fold increases in luminescence intensity. • The shielding effect of ZnO on the Alq{sub 3} material suppresses the interactions among the host molecules in the excited state. • This leads to enhance the luminescence intensity in composite films.

  3. Structural and optical properties of glancing angle deposited In{sub 2}O{sub 3} columnar arrays and Si/In{sub 2}O{sub 3} photodetector

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    Mondal, A.; Shougaijam, B.; Goswami, T.; Dhar, J.C.; Singh, N.K. [National Institute of Technology, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Agartala (India); Choudhury, S. [North Eastern Hill University, Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering, Shillong (India); Chattopadhay, K.K. [Jadavpur University, Department of Physics, Kolkata (India)

    2014-04-15

    Ordered and perpendicular columnar arrays of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} were synthesized on conducting ITO electrode by a simple glancing angle deposition (GLAD) technique. The as-deposited In{sub 2}O{sub 3} columns were investigated by field emission gun-scanning electron microscope (FEG-SEM). The average length and diameter of the columns were estimated ∝400 nm and ∝100 nm, respectively. The morphology of the structure was examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis shows the polycrystalline nature of the sample which was verified by selective area electron diffraction (SAED) analysis. The growth mechanism and optical properties of the columns were also discussed. Optical absorption shows that In{sub 2}O{sub 3} columns have a high band to band transition at ∝3.75 eV. The ultraviolet and green emissions were obtained from the In{sub 2}O{sub 3} columnar arrays. The P-N junction was formed between In{sub 2}O{sub 3} and P-type Si substrate. The GLAD synthesized In{sub 2}O{sub 3} film exhibits low current conduction compared to In{sub 2}O{sub 3} TF. However, the Si/GLAD-In{sub 2}O{sub 3} detector shows ∝1.5 times enhanced photoresponsivity than that of Si/In{sub 2}O{sub 3} TF. (orig.)

  4. Quasi-homoepitaxial growth of a-axis oriented PrBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta thick film on (100) YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta single crystal

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    Sato, M; Morishita, T

    2003-01-01

    The structural characterizations of the quasi-homoepitaxial growth of a-axis oriented PrBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta thick film grown on (100) YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta single crystal were investigated in comparison with those of the film grown on (001) YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta single crystal. The a-axis oriented PrBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta films, expected to be a barrier layer, were prepared using a dc-95 MHz hybrid plasma sputtering on (100) and (001) YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta single crystals that are superconducting ground planes. The atomic force microscopy image revealed that the surfaces of 700-nm-thick a-axis PrBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta films on (100) YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta single crystals were smooth with a mean roughness of 2.8 nm. X-ray diffraction scans showed that a-axis PrBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta films deposited on (100) YBa sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub 7 sub - subdelta single cry...

  5. Optical investigation of Tb{sup 3+}-doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocrystals prepared by Pechini-type sol-gel process

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    Back, M., E-mail: m.back@hotmail.it; Massari, A.; Boffelli, M.; Gonella, F.; Riello, P.; Cristofori, D. [Universita Ca' Foscari di Venezia and INSTM, Dipartimento di Scienze Molecolari e Nanosistemi (Italy); Ricco, R.; Enrichi, F., E-mail: enrichi@civen.org [CIVEN (Coordinamento Interuniversitario Veneto per le Nanotecnologie) (Italy)

    2012-03-15

    We report an optical study of Tb{sup 3+}-doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanocrystals synthesized by Pechini-type sol-gel method. The particles are investigated in terms of size and morphology by means of X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy analysis. It is shown how the simple Pechini method allows for the growth of monocrystalline nanoparticles with a volume-weighted average size of about 30 nm. The optical properties of Tb{sup 3+} in the host lattice are studied in terms of PL, PLE, and lifetimes. Moreover, a correlation between the type of decay curves, the emission and excitation bands' shapes, and the site location of the emitting Tb{sup 3+} in the host material Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} is proposed.

  6. Microwave properties of La{sub 0.8}Ag{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Rostamnejadi, Ali [Malek Ashtar University of Technology, Electroceram Research Center, Shahin Shahr, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-11-15

    In this research, single-phase nanoparticles of La{sub 0.8}Ag{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3} with mean particle size of 15 nm have been synthesized by sol-gel method. The microwave properties of La{sub 0.8}Ag{sub 0.2}MnO{sub 3}/paraffin nanocomposite are studied by measuring the complex permittivity and permeability in the frequency range of 1-18 GHz. The composite shows both reflection and absorption electromagnetic shielding effectiveness with maximum total value of 36 dB, which is suitable for defense and microwave radiation shielding applications at high temperatures. The electromagnetic absorption properties are described in terms of dielectric relaxation processes. (orig.)

  7. Optical nonlinearities in Ag/BaTiO{sub 3} multi-layer nanocomposite films

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    Yang Guang [Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics and School of Optoelectronics Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)], E-mail: gyang@hust.edu.cn; Zhou Youhua [Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics and School of Optoelectronics Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); School of Physics and Information Engineering, Jianghan University, Wuhan 430056 (China); Long Hua; Li Yuhua; Yang Yifa [Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics and School of Optoelectronics Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2007-07-31

    The multi-layer structure of barium titanate composite thin films containing Ag nanoparticles were grown on MgO (100) substrates using pulsed laser deposition technique under the nitrogen pressure of 7.4 Pa. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis indicated that the samples were composed of metal Ag embedded in the BaTiO{sub 3} matrices. The optical absorption properties were measured from 300 nm to 800 nm, and the absorption peaks due to the surface plasmon resonance of Ag particles were observed. With the increasing of Ag concentration in composite films, the peak absorption increased and shifted to longer wavelength (red-shift). Furthermore, the third-order optical nonlinearities of the films were determined by z-scan method and the nonlinear refractive index, n{sub 2}, and nonlinear absorption coefficient, {beta}, were determined to be about - 1.91 x 10{sup -13} m{sup 2}/W and - 5.80 x 10{sup -7} m/W, respectively.

  8. Nanocasting synthesis of co-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3}: a 3D diluted magnetic semiconductor composed of nanospheres

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    Deng, Ni; Li, Jing; Hong, Bo; Jin, Dingfeng; Peng, Xiaoling; Wang, Xinqing; Ge, Hongliang; Jin, Hongxiao, E-mail: hxjin@cjlu.edu.cn, E-mail: hxjin5704@qq.com [China Jiliang University, Zhejiang Province Key Laboratory of Magnetism, College of Materials Science and Engineering (China)

    2015-04-15

    Mesoporous 3D nanosphere arrays of In{sub 2−x}Co{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05, and 0.07) were synthesized via nanocasting using the mesoporous silica LP-FDU-12 as a hard template. The mesostructure, morphology, optical properties, and magnetic properties of the materials were determined. The diameter of the nanospheres was about 15–22 nm, and the nanospheres stacked into 0.5–5 μm arrays (particles). The data revealed that the Co ions entered the lattice of the In{sub 2}O{sub 3} bixbyite phase leading to a reduction of the cell parameter. The result also demonstrated that the size of the mesostructured ordering was approximately the same as the particle diameter. Moreover, the optical band gap of Co-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} decreased monotonically with the increase of Co concentration and the room-temperature photoluminescence was also observed. The un-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} exhibited a ferromagnetic behavior superimposed on a diamagnetic background, while the doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} displayed a room-temperature ferromagnetic behavior superimposed on a paramagnetic background, which may be correlated with the surface texture of the mesostructure. The mesoporous diluted magnetic semiconductors may find their applications in spintronic nanodevices because of their 3D uniform arrangement of nanospheres and their room-temperature ferromagnetic behavior.

  9. Fabrication of core-shell Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@MIL-100(Fe) magnetic microspheres for the removal of Cr(VI) in aqueous solution

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    Yang, Qingxiang, E-mail: qxyangzz@163.com; Zhao, Qianqian; Ren, ShuangShuang; Lu, Qiongqiong; Guo, Xinmeng; Chen, Zhijun, E-mail: chenzj@zzuli.edu.cn

    2016-12-15

    Facile regeneration of an adsorbent is very important for commercial feasibility. One typical highly porous metal-organic framework (MOF) materials based on MIL-100(Fe) and magnetic iron oxide particles (denoted as MMCs) with diameter about of 350 nm were successfully synthesized. The growth of MIL-100(Fe) shell on the surface of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} was utilized precursor as crystal seed via in-situ step hydrothermal reaction. It is a simple way to obtain well organized core-shell MOF composites, compared to the step-by-step method. MMCs were firstly used to uptake of Cr(VI) anions in aqueous solution. Adsorption experiments were carried out in batch sorption mode investigating with the factors of contact time (0–1000 min), pH (from 2 to 12), dose of adsorbent (4–25 mg), and initial Cr(VI) concentration (range from 10 to 100 ppm). - Graphical abstract: One typical highly porous metal-organic framework (MOF) materials based on MIL-100(Fe) and magnetic iron oxide particles (denoted as MMCs) were successfully synthesized. Utilizing Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} precursor as crystal seed to grow MIL-100(Fe) shell by in-situ step hydrothermal reaction. It is a simple way to obtain core-shell MOF composites. MMCs could effectively uptake of Cr(VI) anions in aqueous solution. - Highlights: • Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@MIL-100(Fe) composites with core-shell structure were successfully prepared through a simple method. • The influence factors on Cr(VI) adsorption by Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@MIL-100(Fe) were investigated. • Cr(VI) can efficiently adsorbed by Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}@MIL-100(Fe) composites from aqueous solution.

  10. A novel rare earth zinc germanide, Y b{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Ge{sub 3.1}; crystal structure and physical properties

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    Grytsiv, A [Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie, Universitaet Wien, Waehringerstrasse 42, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Kaczorowski, D [W Trzebiatowski Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, P-50-950 Wroclaw, PO Box 1410 (Poland); Rogl, P [Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie, Universitaet Wien, Waehringerstrasse 42, A-1090 Vienna (Austria); Tran, V [W Trzebiatowski Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, P-50-950 Wroclaw, PO Box 1410 (Poland); Godart, C [CNRS-UPR209, ISCSA, 2-8 rue Henri Dunant, F94320 Thiais (France); Gofryk, K [W Trzebiatowski Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, P-50-950 Wroclaw, PO Box 1410 (Poland); Giester, G [Institut fuer Mineralogie und Kristallographie, Universitaet Wien, Althanstrasse 14, A-1090 Vienna (Austria)

    2005-01-19

    A novel ternary structure type has been determined from single crystals of Y b{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Ge{sub 3.1} grownfrom zinc flux solvent. Y b{sub 2}Zn{sub 3}Ge{sub 3.1} crystallizes in a novel monoclinic structure type (a = 1.5804(2) nm, b 0.429 70(1) nm, c = 1.1524(1) nm; {beta} = 126.14(1) deg.) with space group C 2/m,Z = 4. The large ytterbium atoms are at the centres of pentagonal pyramids formed by Zn/Ge atoms. Zinc atoms are centred in distorted triangular prisms and polyhedra around germanium atoms are related to octahedra. The void at the centre of the Zn octahedra is only partially (20%) filled by Ge atoms. There are two positions for Yb atoms in the unit cell, which contain ions with valency slightly higher than 2+, as evidenced by x-ray absorption spectroscopy and bulk magnetic measurements. The compound exhibits metallic-like electrical conductivity, and its Seebeck coefficient shows a temperature variation characteristic of metals, being, however, fairly enhanced, as expected for intermediate valence systems.

  11. Prediction of novel hard phases of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}: First-principles calculations

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    Cui, Lin; Hu, Meng; Wang, Qianqian; Xu, Bo; Yu, Dongli; Liu, Zhongyuan; He, Julong, E-mail: hjl@ysu.edu.cn

    2015-08-15

    Exploration of novel hard metastable phases of silicon nitride was performed using a recently developed particle-swarm optimization method within the CALYPSO software package. Three potential hard metastable phases of t-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, m-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, and o-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} were predicted. These phases are mechanically and dynamically stable at ambient pressure based on their elastic constants and phonon dispersions. t-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} and m-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} exhibit lower energies than γ-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} at pressures below 2.5 GPa and 2.9 GPa, respectively, which promise that the formers could be obtained by quenching from γ-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}. o-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} is a better high-pressure metastable phase than CaTi{sub 2}O{sub 4}-type Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} proposed by Tatsumi et al. and it can come from the transition of γ-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} under 198 GPa. The theoretical band gaps of t-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, m-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, and o-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} at ambient pressure were 3.15 eV, 3.90 eV, and 3.36 eV, respectively. At ambient pressure, the Vickers hardness values of t-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} (32.6 GPa), m-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} (31.5 GPa), and o-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} (36.1 GPa) are comparable to β-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} and γ-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}. With the pressure increasing, t-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, m-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, and o-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} will change from the brittle to ductile state at about 15.7 GPa, 7.3 GPa and 28.9 GPa, respectively. - Graphical abstract: This figure shows the crystal structures of three Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} predicted in this manuscript, and left to right: t-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, m-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} and o-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}. - Highlights: • We explored three metastable phases of Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} — t-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, m-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}, and o-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4}. • The enthalpies of t and m- are much lower than that of γ at ambient pressure. • ois one further high pressure phase than γ. • o-Si{sub 3}N{sub 4} is the most hardest phase in Si{sub

  12. Synthesis and structural characterization of Li{sub 3}K{sub 3}Eu{sub 7}(BO{sub 3}){sub 9}

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    Braeuchle, Sebastian; Huppertz, Hubert [Innsbruck Univ. (Austria). Inst. fuer Allgemeine, Anorganische und Theoretische Chemie; Seibald, Markus [OSRAM GmbH, Schwabmuenchen (Germany). Corporate Innovation

    2017-07-01

    Li{sub 3}K{sub 3}Eu{sub 7}(BO{sub 3}){sub 9} was prepared by high-temperature solid state synthesis at 900 C in a platinum crucible from lithium carbonate, potassium carbonate, boric acid, and europium(III) oxide. The title compound crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pca2{sub 1} (no. 29) (Z = 4). The structure was refined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data: a = 21.126(2), b = 6.502(2), c = 17.619(2) Aa, V = 2420.1(2) Aa{sup 3}, R1 = 0.0183 and wR2 = 0.0412 for all data. The crystal structure of Li{sub 3}K{sub 3}Eu{sub 7}(BO{sub 3}){sub 9} is isotypic to Li{sub 3}K{sub 3}Y{sub 7}(BO{sub 3}){sub 9} featuring isolated BO{sub 3} units and LiO{sub 6} octahedra forming [Li{sub 3}B{sub 4}O{sub 21}] units in the ac plane, which are linked by additional BO{sub 3} units. The K{sup +} and Eu{sup 3+} cations are arranged in the cavities of the structure.

  13. EUV blank defect and particle inspection with high throughput immersion AFM with 1nm 3D resolution

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    Es, M.H. van; Sadeghian Marnani, H.

    2016-01-01

    Inspection of EUV mask substrates and blanks is demanding. We envision this is a good target application for massively parallel Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM). We envision to do a full surface characterization of EUV masks with AFM enabling 1nm true 3D resolution over the entire surface. The limiting

  14. Highly selective adsorption of organic dyes containing sulphonic groups using Cu{sub 2}(OH){sub 3}NO{sub 3} nanosheets

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    Jia, Jincan; Wang, Honghong; Niu, Helin, E-mail: niuhelin@ahu.edu.cn; Chen, Jingshuai; Song, Jiming; Mao, Changjie; Zhang, Shengyi [Anhui University, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering (China); Gao, Yuanhao [Xuchang University, Institute of Surface Micro and Nano Materials (China); Chen, Changle [University of Science and Technology of China, CAS Key Laboratory of Soft Matter Chemistry (China)

    2016-09-15

    In this study, we report a facile approach to synthesize Cu{sub 2}(OH){sub 3}NO{sub 3} nanosheets via simply sonochemical method, which showed high efficiency and selectivity towards the adsorption of organic dyes containing sulphonic groups. The structure and morphology of the nanosheets were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption isotherms, particle size and zeta potential analysis. The adsorption results indicated that the equilibrium data coincide very well with Langmuir isotherm, and the maximum adsorption capacities for Congo red, methyl blue and methyl orange were 1864, 1270 and 959 mg g{sup −1}, respectively. The kinetic data can be explained by pseudo-second-order model. The Cu{sub 2}(OH){sub 3}NO{sub 3} nanosheets also demonstrated high selectivity towards the adsorption of dyes containing sulphonic groups from mixed dye solutions. The rational mechanism of adsorption was attributed to hydrogen bonding, electrostatic attractions and ion exchanges between the dye molecules and Cu{sub 2}(OH){sub 3}NO{sub 3} in the adsorption process.

  15. Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Poly-pyrrole hybrid nano-composite materials for super-capacitors

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    Mallouki, M.; Tran-Van, F.; Sarrazin, C.; Chevrot, C. [Cergy-Pontoise Univ., Lab. de Physicochimie des Polymeres et des Interfaces (LPPI), EA 2528 95 (France); Fauvarque, J.F. [CNAM, Lab. d' Electrochimie Industrielle, 75 - Paris (France); Simon, P. [Universite Paul Sabatier, CIRIMAT-LCMIE, UMR 5085, 31 - Toulouse (France); De, A. [Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Calcutta (India)

    2004-07-01

    Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Poly-pyrrole hybrid nano-composite materials chemically synthesized from colloid particles of iron oxide in aqueous solution have been processed to realize electrode materials for super-capacitor applications. The performances have been evaluated by cyclic voltammetry and galvano-static techniques in a three-electrode cell. The capacitance of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-PPy hybrid nano-composite doped with para-toluene-sulfonate reaches 47 mAh/g in PC/NEt{sub 4}BF{sub 4} with a good stability during cycling (loss of 3% after 1000 cycles). Transmission Electronic Microscopy indicates a porous nano-structure with spherical particles in a range of 400-500 nm which ensures a good accessibility of the electrolyte in the bulk of the electro-active hybrid material. Preliminary studies with room temperature ionic liquid show promising results since the specific capacitance reaches 427 F/g in 1- ethyl-3-methyl-imidazolium bis((tri-fluoro-methyl)sulfonyl)amide (EMITFSI). (authors)

  16. Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} nanoparticulate garnet ferrites: Comprehensive study on the synthesis and characterization fabricated by various routes

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    Niaz Akhtar, Majid, E-mail: majidniazakhtar@ciitlahore.edu.pk [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi,Selangor (Malaysia); Azhar Khan, Muhammad [Department of Physics, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, 63100 (Pakistan); Ahmad, Mukhtar [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad (Pakistan); Murtaza, G. [Centre for Advanced Studies in Physics, G.C. University, Lahore (Pakistan); Raza, Rizwan; Shaukat, S.F.; Asif, M.H. [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Nasir, Nadeem [Fundamental and Applied Sciences Department, National Textile University, Faisalabad (Pakistan); Abbas, Ghazanfar [Department of Physics, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad (Pakistan); Nazir, M.S. [Department of Chemical Engineering, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore 54000 (Pakistan); Raza, M.R. [Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, 43600 Bangi,Selangor (Malaysia)

    2014-11-15

    The effects of synthesis methods such as sol–gel (SG), self combustion (SC) and modified conventional mixed oxide (MCMO) on the structure, morphology and magnetic properties of the (Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12}) garnet ferrites have been studied in the present work. The samples of Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} were sintered at 950 °C and 1150 °C (by SG and SC methods). For MCMO route the sintering was done at 1350 °C for 6 h. Synthesized samples prepared by various routes were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Impedance network analyzer and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The structural analysis reveals that the samples are of single phase structure and shows variations in the particle sizes and cells volumes, prepared by various routes. FESEM and TEM images depict that grain size increases with the increase of sintering temperature from 40 nm to 100 nm.Magnetic measurements reveal that garnet ferrite synthesized by sol gel method has high initial permeability (60.22) and low magnetic loss (0.0004) as compared to other garnet ferrite samples, which were synthesized by self combustion and MCMO methods. The M–H loops exhibit very low coercivity which enables the use of these materials in relays and switching devices fabrications. Thus, the garnet nanoferrites with low magnetic loss prepared by different methods may open new horizon for electronic industry for their use in high frequency applications. - Highlights: • Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} garnet ferrites nanoparticles were synthesized by three different routes. • Impact of sintering temperature on the particle size of Y{sub 3}Fe{sub 5}O{sub 12} was evaluated. • The magnetic studies suggest the applications in relays and switching devices.

  17. Orthorhombic MoO{sub 3} nanobelts based NO{sub 2} gas sensor

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    Mane, A.A. [Thin Film Nanomaterials Laboratory, Department of Physics, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416 004 (India); General Science and Humanities Department, Sant Gajanan Maharaj College of Engineering, Mahagaon, 416 503 (India); Moholkar, A.V., E-mail: avmoholkar@gmail.com [Thin Film Nanomaterials Laboratory, Department of Physics, Shivaji University, Kolhapur 416 004 (India)

    2017-05-31

    Highlights: • The effect of thickness on physicochemical and NO{sub 2} gas sensing properties of sprayed MoO{sub 3} nanobelts has been reported. • The sprayed MoO{sub 3} nanobelts show the NO{sub 2} gas response of 68% for 100 ppm concentration at an operating temperature of 200 °C. • The lower detection limit of MoO{sub 3} nanobelts based NO{sub 2} sensor is found to be half of the IDLH value (20 ppm). - Abstract: Molybdenum trioxide (MoO{sub 3}) nanobelts have been deposited onto the glass substrates using chemical spray pyrolysis (CSP) deposition method. The XRD patterns reveal that films are polycrystalline having an orthorhombic crystal structure. Raman spectra confirm that the films are orthorhombic in phase. The XPS study shows the presence of two well resolved spectral lines of Mo-3d core levels appearing at the binding energy values of 232.82 eV and 235.95 eV corresponding to Mo-3d{sub 5/2} and Mo-3d{sub 3/2}, respectively. These binding energy values are assigned to Mo{sup 6+} oxidation state of fully oxidized MoO{sub 3}. The FE-SEM micrographs show the formation of nanobelts-like morphology. The AFM micrographs reveal that the RMS surface roughness increases from 16.5 nm to 17.5 nm with increase in film thickness from 470 nm to 612 nm and then decreases to 16 nm for 633 nm film thickness. The band gap energy is found to be decreased from 3.40 eV to 3.38 eV. To understand the electronic transport phenomenon in MoO{sub 3} thin films, dielectric properties are studied. For 612 nm film thickness, the highest NO{sub 2} gas response of 68% is obtained at an operating temperature of 200 °C for 100 ppm concentration with response and recovery times of 15 s and 150 s, respectively. The lower detection limit is found to be 10 ppm which is half of the immediately dangerous to life or health (IDLH) value of 20 ppm. Finally, NO{sub 2} gas sensing mechanism in an orthorhombic MoO{sub 3} crystal structure is discussed in detail.

  18. Investigation of magnetic properties of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles using temperature dependent magnetic hyperthermia in ferrofluids

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    Nemala, H.; Thakur, J. S.; Lawes, G.; Naik, R., E-mail: rnaik@wayne.edu [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 48202 (United States); Naik, V. M. [Department of Natural Sciences, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan 48128 (United States); Vaishnava, P. P. [Department of Physics, Kettering University, Flint, Michigan 48504 (United States)

    2014-07-21

    Rate of heat generated by magnetic nanoparticles in a ferrofluid is affected by their magnetic properties, temperature, and viscosity of the carrier liquid. We have investigated temperature dependent magnetic hyperthermia in ferrofluids, consisting of dextran coated superparamagnetic Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles, subjected to external magnetic fields of various frequencies (188–375 kHz) and amplitudes (140–235 Oe). Transmission electron microscopy measurements show that the nanoparticles are polydispersed with a mean diameter of 13.8 ± 3.1 nm. The fitting of experimental dc magnetization data to a standard Langevin function incorporating particle size distribution yields a mean diameter of 10.6 ± 1.2 nm, and a reduced saturation magnetization (∼65 emu/g) compared to the bulk value of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} (∼95 emu/g). This is due to the presence of a finite surface layer (∼1 nm thickness) of non-aligned spins surrounding the ferromagnetically aligned Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} core. We found the specific absorption rate, measured as power absorbed per gram of iron oxide nanoparticles, decreases monotonically with increasing temperature for all values of magnetic field and frequency. Using the size distribution of magnetic nanoparticles estimated from the magnetization measurements, we have fitted the specific absorption rate versus temperature data using a linear response theory and relaxation dissipation mechanisms to determine the value of magnetic anisotropy constant (28 ± 2 kJ/m{sup 3}) of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles.

  19. Microstructure and mechanical properties of sputter deposited Ni/Ni{sub 3}Al multilayer films at elevated temperature

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    Zhang, Chao [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Materials Laser Processing and Modification, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Ship and Deep-Sea Exploration, Shanghai 200240 (China); Feng, Kai, E-mail: fengkai@sjtu.edu.cn [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Materials Laser Processing and Modification, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Ship and Deep-Sea Exploration, Shanghai 200240 (China); Li, Zhuguo, E-mail: lizg@sjtu.edu.cn [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Materials Laser Processing and Modification, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Ship and Deep-Sea Exploration, Shanghai 200240 (China); Lu, Fenggui; Huang, Jian; Wu, Yixiong [Shanghai Key Laboratory of Materials Laser Processing and Modification, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Ship and Deep-Sea Exploration, Shanghai 200240 (China)

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • Ni/Ni{sub 3}Al multilayers are prepared by magnetron sputtering. • Both grain size and phase constitution of annealed Ni/Ni{sub 3}Al multilayers are dependent on individual layer thickness. • The hardness of annealed Ni/Ni{sub 3}Al multilayers varies with individual layer thickness and annealing temperature. • 40 nm Ni/Ni{sub 3}Al multilayer exhibits excellent hardness at elevated temperature. - Abstract: Nano-structured Ni/Ni{sub 3}Al multilayer was prepared by magnetron sputtering, with individual layer thicknesses h varying from 10 to 160 nm. The microstructure and hardness of Ni/Ni{sub 3}Al multilayer were investigated by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and nanoindentation. The results show that the hardness increases with decreasing h for as-deposited and 500 °C annealed multilayers. When annealed at 700 °C, the hardness approach a peak value at h = 40 nm with followed by softening at smaller h. The influence of individual layer thickness, grain size as well as formation of ordered Ni{sub 3}Al on strengthening mechanisms of Ni/Ni{sub 3}Al multilayers at elevated temperature are discussed.

  20. Towards bootstrapping QED{sub 3}

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    Chester, Shai M.; Pufu, Silviu S. [Joseph Henry Laboratories, Princeton University,Princeton, NJ 08544 (United States)

    2016-08-02

    We initiate the conformal bootstrap study of Quantum Electrodynamics in 2+1 space-time dimensions (QED{sub 3}) with N flavors of charged fermions by focusing on the 4-point function of four monopole operators with the lowest unit of topological charge. We obtain upper bounds on the scaling dimension of the doubly-charged monopole operator, with and without assuming other gaps in the operator spectrum. Intriguingly, we find a (gap-dependent) kink in these bounds that comes reasonably close to the large N extrapolation of the scaling dimensions of the singly-charged and doubly-charged monopole operators down to N=4 and N=6.

  1. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and corrosion behaviour of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Ni nano composite coatings

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    Ciubotariu, Alina-Crina [Dunarea de Jos, University of Galati, Metallurgy and Materials Science Faculty, Competences Center Interfaces-Tribocorrosion-Electrochemical Systems, CC-ITES, 47 Domneasca Street, 80008 Galati (Romania)], E-mail: Alina.Ciubotariu@ugal.ro; Benea, Lidia [Dunarea de Jos, University of Galati, Metallurgy and Materials Science Faculty, Competences Center Interfaces-Tribocorrosion-Electrochemical Systems, CC-ITES, 47 Domneasca Street, 80008 Galati (Romania); Lakatos-Varsanyi, Magda [Bay Zoltan Foundation, Institute for Materials Science and Technology, Budapest H-1116 (Hungary); Dragan, Viorel [Dunarea de Jos, University of Galati, Metallurgy and Materials Science Faculty, Competences Center Interfaces-Tribocorrosion-Electrochemical Systems, CC-ITES, 47 Domneasca Street, 80008 Galati (Romania)

    2008-05-20

    In this paper, the results on the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and corrosion properties of electrodeposited nanostructured Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Ni composite coatings are presented. The nanocomposite coatings were obtained by codeposition of alumina nanoparticles (13 nm) with nickel during plating process. The coating thickness was 50 {mu}m on steel support and an average of nano Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles inside of coatings at 15 vol.% was present. The structure of the coatings was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It has been found that the codeposition of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles with nickel disturbs the nickel coating's regular surface structure. The electrochemical behavior of the coatings in the corrosive solutions was investigated by polarization potentiodynamic and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy methods. As electrochemical test solutions 0.5 M sodium chloride and 0.5 M potassium sulphate were used in a three electrode open cell. The corrosion potential is shifted to more negative values for nanostructured coatings in 0.5 M sodium chloride. The polarization resistance in 0.5 M sodium chloride decreases in 24 h, but after that increases slowly. In 0.5 M potassium sulphate solution the polarization resistance decreases after 2 h and after 30 h of immersion the polarization resistance is higher than that of the beginning value. The corrosion rate calculated by polarization potentiodynamic curves obtained after 30 min from immersion in solution is smaller for nanostructured coatings in 0.5 M potassium sulphate (4.74 {mu}m/year) and a little bit bigger in 0.5 M sodium chloride (5.03 {mu}m/year)

  2. Preparation and drug-loading properties of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/Poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) magnetic polymer nanocomposites

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    Lu, Wensheng [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China); Coordination Chemistry Institute, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Life Science, Chaohu University, Chaohu 238000 (China); Shen, Yuhua, E-mail: s_yuhua@163.com [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China); Xie, Anjian [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China); Zhang, Weiqiang [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230039 (China); Coordination Chemistry Institute, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Life Science, Chaohu University, Chaohu 238000 (China)

    2013-11-15

    Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}/poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) magnetic polymer nanocomposites were synthesized by the dispersion polymerization method using styrene as hard monomer, acrylic acid as functional monomer, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles modified with oleic acid as core, and poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) as shell. Drug-loading properties of magnetic polymer nanocomposites with curcumin as a model drug were also studied. The results indicated that magnetic polymer nanocomposites with monodisperse were obtained, the particle size distribution was 50–120 nm, and the average size was about 100 nm. The contents of poly(styrene-co-acrylic acid) and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles in magnetic polymer nanocomposites were 74% and 24.7%, respectively. The drug-loading capacity and entrapment efficiency were 2.5% and 44.4%, respectively. The saturation magnetization of magnetic polymer nanocomposites at 300 K was 20.2 emu/g without coercivity and remanence. The as-prepared magnetic polymer nanocomposites have not only lots of functional carboxyl groups but also stronger magnetic response, which might have potential applications in drug carrier and targeted drug release.

  3. Freeze drying synthesis of Li{sub 3}MnO{sub 4} cathode material for Li-ion batteries: A physico-electrochemical study

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    Surace, Yuri; Simões, Mário; Karvonen, Lassi; Yoon, Songhak; Pokrant, Simone [Laboratory Materials for Energy Conversion, EMPA – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Überlandstrasse 129, CH-8600 Dübendorf (Switzerland); Weidenkaff, Anke, E-mail: weidenkaff@imw.uni-stuttgart.de [Materials Chemistry, Institute for Materials Science, University of Stuttgart, Heisenbergstrasse 3, DE-70569 Stuttgart (Germany)

    2015-09-25

    Highlights: • Facilitated synthesis of Li{sub 3}MnO{sub 4} with a smaller thermal budget via freeze drying. • Electrochemical activity enhanced by micro- and nanostructure modifications. • Capacity increase of 30% at 1st discharge versus standard synthesis process. - Abstract: Li{sub 3}MnO{sub 4}, a lithium rich phase containing manganese (V), is a promising cathode material for Li-ion batteries due to its very high theoretical capacity (698 A h kg{sup −1}). Li{sub 3}MnO{sub 4} was synthesized from freeze dried precursors at 398 K. Combined structural, morphological and chemical characterization by XRD, TGA, SEM, TEM and XPS revealed improvements in the micro- and nanostructure in comparison to the material synthesized by a standard solid state chemistry route. The average particle size decreased from 10 μm to 3.5 μm and the average crystallite size from close to 100 nm to around 30 nm. These modifications enhanced the capacity (23% at 10 A kg{sup −1} and up to 31% at 50 A kg{sup −1} with a maximum discharge capacity of 290 A h kg{sup −1}) and the rate capability.

  4. Synthesis and characterization of La(Cr,Fe,Mn)O{sub 3} nanoparticles obtained by co-precipitation method

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    Fabian, F.A., E-mail: fernandafabianro@gmail.com [Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Campus Prof. Aluísio Campos, Departamento de Física, 49100-000 São Cristóvão, SE (Brazil); Pedra, P.P.; Filho, J.L.S. [Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Campus Prof. Aluísio Campos, Departamento de Física, 49100-000 São Cristóvão, SE (Brazil); Duque, J.G.S.; Meneses, C.T. [Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Campus Prof. Alberto Carvalho, Departamento de Física, 49500-000 Itabaiana, SE (Brazil)

    2015-04-01

    Magnetic and structural properties have been investigated in La(Cr,Fe,Mn)O{sub 3} nanoparticles obtained by co-precipitation method. The X-ray diffraction measurements allied to Rietveld method confirm the formation of LaCrO{sub 3}, LaFeO{sub 3} and LaMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles with crystal structure orthorhombic (Pbnm), orthorhombic (Pnma) and rhombohedral (R-3c), respectively. We also verified an decreasing in the average crystallite size from 73 to 26 nm, depending of the transition metal. The magnetic measurements reveal an antiferromagnetic behavior for the LaCrO{sub 3} sample with T{sub N}~289 K, and a weak ferromagnetic ordering for the LaMnO{sub 3} sample with T{sub c}~200 K. - Highlights: • La(Cr,Fe,Mn)O{sub 3} nanoparticles were synthesized by coprecipitation method. • XRD results confirm the formation single phase in the compounds studied. • Magnetic property in the La(Fe,Cr,Mn)O{sub 3} nanoparticles dependent on the TM. • La(Cr,Fe)O{sub 3} nanoparticles presented behavior antiferromagnetic and LaMnO{sub 3} ferromagnetic.

  5. Spin-Coating and Characterization of Multiferroic MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M=Co, Ni) / BaTiO{sub 3} Bilayers

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    Quandt, Norman [Institute of Chemistry, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Kurt-Mothes-Straße 2, 06120 Halle (Germany); Roth, Robert [Institute of Physics, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Von-Danckelmann-Platz 3, 06120 Halle (Germany); Syrowatka, Frank [Interdisciplinary Center of Materials Science, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Heinrich-Damerow-Straße 4, 06120 Halle (Germany); Steimecke, Matthias [Institute of Chemistry, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Von-Danckelmann-Platz 4, 06120 Halle (Germany); Ebbinghaus, Stefan G., E-mail: stefan.ebbinghaus@chemie.uni-halle.de [Institute of Chemistry, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Kurt-Mothes-Straße 2, 06120 Halle (Germany)

    2016-01-15

    Bilayer films of MFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (M=Co, Ni) and BaTiO{sub 3} were prepared by spin coating of N,N-dimethylformamide/acetic acid solutions on platinum coated silicon wafers. Five coating steps were applied to get the desired thickness of 150 nm for both the ferrite and perovskite layer. XRD, IR and Raman spectroscopy revealed the formation of phase-pure ferrite spinels and BaTiO{sub 3}. Smooth surfaces with roughnesses in the order of 3 to 5 nm were found in AFM investigations. Saturation magnetization of 347 emu cm{sup −3} for the CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/BaTiO{sub 3} and 188 emu cm{sup −3} for the NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/BaTiO{sub 3} bilayer, respectively were found. For the CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/BaTiO{sub 3} bilayer a strong magnetic anisotropy was observed with coercivity fields of 5.1 kOe and 3.3 kOe (applied magnetic field perpendicular and parallel to film surface), while for the NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/BaTiO{sub 3} bilayer this effect is less pronounced. Saturated polarization hysteresis loops prove the presence of ferroelectricity in both systems. - Graphical abstract: The SEM image of the CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}/BaTiO{sub 3} bilayer on Pt–Si-substrate (left), magnetization as a function of the magnetic field perpendicular and parallel to the film plane (right top) and P–E and I–V hysteresis loops of the bilayer at room temperature. - Highlights: • Ferrite and perovskite oxides grown on platinum using spin coating technique. • Columnar growth of cobalt ferrite particle on the substrate. • Surface investigation showed a homogenous and smooth surface. • Perpendicular and parallel applied magnetic field revealed a magnetic anisotropy. • Switching peaks and saturated P–E hysteresis loops show ferroelectricity.

  6. Controllable synthesis and field emission enhancement of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coated In{sub 2}O{sub 3} core-shell nanostructures

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    Wang Yang; Li Yawei; Yu Ke; Zhu Ziqiang, E-mail: yk5188@263.net [Key Laboratory of Polar Materials and Devices (Ministry of Education of China), Department of Electronic Engineering, East China Normal University, Shanghai 200241 (China)

    2011-03-16

    Four types of indium oxide (In{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanostructures were synthesized on Au-catalysed silicon substrate via a VLS method. A rod-like In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructure was chosen to fabricate In{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} core-shell nanostructures with different shell thicknesses via a two-step method. Core-shell nanostructures with shell thickness of 30 nm are reprocessed by annealing and H{sub 2} plasma treating. Field emission (FE) properties of all the samples were measured and compared. It is found that Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} coatings remarkably decrease the effective work function and improve the FE capabilities of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructures (turn-on field decreases from 1.34 to 1.26 V {mu}m{sup -1}, threshold field decreases from 3.60 to 2.64 V {mu}m{sup -1}). Annealing and H{sub 2} plasma treating can promote the improvement even further (turn-on field 1.23 V {mu}m{sup -1}, 1.21 V {mu}m{sup -1} and threshold field 2.50 V {mu}m{sup -1}, 2.14 V {mu}m{sup -1}, respectively). The FE enhancement is attributed to the electron accumulation in the insulating Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanostructure and the electron redistribution at the heterojunction.

  7. Controlled synthesis and photoluminescence properties of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} rods with dodecahedron In{sub 2}O{sub 3} microcrystals on top

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    Ouacha, Hassan [King Abdullah Institute for Nanotechnology, King Saud University, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Hendaoui, Ali [Department of Physics, College of Science and General Studies, Alfaisal University, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Kleineberg, Ulf [Faculty of Physics, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Garching (Germany); Albrithen, Hamad; Azzeer, Abdallah [Physics and Astronomy Department, King Saud University, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)

    2017-10-15

    In{sub 2}O{sub 3} rods with dodecahedron In{sub 2}O{sub 3} microcrystals on top were synthesized in an electrical furnace via Au-catalyzed vapor transport process. A catalyst-assisted selective vapor-solid (VS) growth was proposed to explain the formation of the dodecahedron In{sub 2}O{sub 3} microcrystal, while the self-catalytic VS growth mechanism dominated the subsequent one-dimensional (1D) growth of the In{sub 2}O{sub 3} rod underneath the In{sub 2}O{sub 3} microcrystal. The structural evolution of these structures was carefully examined during the synthesis process by controlling the growth parameters. The morphologies, crystalline structures and surface chemistry were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction technique (XRD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), respectively. The photoluminescence (PL) spectrum at room temperature of the as-grown In{sub 2}O{sub 3} structures exhibited both UV and blue luminescence emission under one excitation at 260 nm, which may be related to the existence of oxygen vacancies. The synthesized multifaceted In{sub 2}O{sub 3} microcrystal has shown to contain a large number of vertices and may find many applications in developing three-dimensional (3D) resonators. This work will not only enrich the synthesis science but also will open doors for applications of such structures in optical devices. (copyright 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  8. γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} by sol–gel with large nanoparticles size for magnetic hyperthermia application

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    Lemine, O.M., E-mail: leminej@yahoo.com [Physics Department, College of Sciences, Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Omri, K. [Laboratory of Physics of Materials and Nanomaterials Applied at Environment (LaPhyMNE), Faculty of Sciences in Gabes, Gabes (Tunisia); Iglesias, M.; Velasco, V. [Instituto de Magnetismo Aplicado, UCM-ADIF-CSIC (Spain); Crespo, P.; Presa, P. de la [Instituto de Magnetismo Aplicado, UCM-ADIF-CSIC (Spain); Dpto. Física de Materiales, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain); El Mir, L. [Physics Department, College of Sciences, Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia); Laboratory of Physics of Materials and Nanomaterials Applied at Environment (LaPhyMNE), Faculty of Sciences in Gabes, Gabes (Tunisia); Bouzid, Houcine [Promising Centre for Sensors and Electronic Devices (PCSED), Najran University, P.O. Box 1988, Najran 11001 (Saudi Arabia); Laboratoire des Matériaux Ferroélectriques, Faculté des Sciences de Sfax, Route Soukra Km 3 5, B.P. 802, F-3018 Sfax (Tunisia); Yousif, A. [Department of Physics, College of Science, Sultan Qaboos University, P.O. Box 36, Code 123, Al Khoud (Oman); Al-Hajry, Ali [Promising Centre for Sensors and Electronic Devices (PCSED), Najran University, P.O. Box 1988, Najran 11001 (Saudi Arabia)

    2014-09-01

    Highlights: • Iron oxides nanoparticles with different sizes are successfully synthesized using sol–gel method. • The obtained nanoparticles are mainly composed of maghemite phase (γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}). • A non-negligible coercive field suggests that the particles are ferromagnetic. • A mean heating efficiency of 30 W/g is obtained for the smallest particles at 110 kHz and 190 Oe. - Abstract: Iron oxides nanoparticles with different sizes are successfully synthesized using sol–gel method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Mössbauer spectroscopy show that the obtained nanoparticles are mainly composed of maghemite phase (γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}). XRD and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) results suggest that the nanoparticles have sizes ranging from 14 to 30 nm, which are indeed confirmed by large magnetic saturation and high blocking temperature. At room temperature, the observation of a non-negligible coercive field suggests that the particles are ferro/ferrimagnetic. The specific absorption rate (SAR) under an alternating magnetic field is investigated as a function of size, frequency and amplitude of the applied magnetic field. A mean heating efficiency of 30 W/g is obtained for the smallest particles at 110 kHz and 190 Oe, whereas further increase of particle size does not improve significantly the heating efficiency.

  9. Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} thin films grown at room temperature by low pressure laser chemical vapour deposition

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    Sousa, P.M. [Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciencias, Departamento de Fisica and ICEMS, Campo Grande, Ed. C8, 1749-016 Lisboa (Portugal); Silvestre, A.J., E-mail: asilvestre@deq.isel.ipl.p [Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa and ICEMS, R. Conselheiro Emidio Navarro 1, 1959-007 Lisboa (Portugal); Conde, O. [Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Ciencias, Departamento de Fisica and ICEMS, Campo Grande, Ed. C8, 1749-016 Lisboa (Portugal)

    2011-03-31

    Chromia (Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}) has been extensively explored for the purpose of developing widespread industrial applications, owing to the convergence of a variety of mechanical, physical and chemical properties in one single oxide material. Various methods have been used for large area synthesis of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} films. However, for selective area growth and growth on thermally sensitive materials, laser-assisted chemical vapour deposition (LCVD) can be applied advantageously. Here we report on the growth of single layers of pure Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} onto sapphire substrates at room temperature by low pressure photolytic LCVD, using UV laser radiation and Cr(CO){sub 6} as chromium precursor. The feasibility of the LCVD technique to access selective area deposition of chromia thin films is demonstrated. Best results were obtained for a laser fluence of 120 mJ cm{sup -2} and a partial pressure ratio of O{sub 2} to Cr(CO){sub 6} of 1.0. Samples grown with these experimental parameters are polycrystalline and their microstructure is characterised by a high density of particles whose size follows a lognormal distribution. Deposition rates of 0.1 nm s{sup -1} and mean particle sizes of 1.85 {mu}m were measured for these films.

  10. Synthesis, crystal structure, and properties of Bi{sub 3}TeBO{sub 9} or Bi{sub 3}(TeO{sub 6})(BO{sub 3}): a non-centrosymmetric borate-tellurate(VI) of bismuth

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    Daub, Michael; Krummer, Michael; Hoffmann, Anke [Institut fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet, Albertstrasse 21, 79104, Freiburg (Germany); Bayarjargal, Lkhamsuren [Institut fuer Geowissenschaften, Abt. Kristallographie, Goethe-Universitaet, Altenhoeferallee 1, 60438, Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Hillebrecht, Harald [Institut fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet, Albertstrasse 21, 79104, Freiburg (Germany); Freiburger Materialforschungszentrum FMF, Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet, Stefan-Meier-Strasse 25, 79104, Freiburg (Germany)

    2017-01-26

    Pale-yellow single crystals of the new borate tellurate(VI) Bi{sub 3}TeBO{sub 9} were obtained by reaction of stoichiometric amounts of Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}, B{sub 2}O{sub 3}, and Te(OH){sub 6} at 780 C. The non-centrosymmetric crystal structure (P6{sub 3}, Z=2, a=8.7454(16), c=5.8911(11) Aa, 738 refl., 43 param, R1=0.037, wR2=0.093) contains isolated trigonal-planar BO{sub 3} units and nearly undistorted TeO{sub 6} octahedra. The Bi{sup 3+} cations are located in between in octahedral voids. The BiO{sub 6} octahedra are significantly distorted to a [3+3] pattern (2.25/2.50 Aa) due to the ns{sup 2} configuration. According to the structural features, the formula can be written as Bi{sub 3}(TeO{sub 6})(BO{sub 3}). Alternatively, the structure can also be described as hcp of oxygen with Te{sup VI} and Bi{sup III} in octahedral voids and B{sup III} in trigonal- planar voids. The vibrational spectra show the typical features of BO{sub 3} and TeO{sub 6} units with a significant {sup 10}B/{sup 11}B isotopic splitting of the IR-active B-O valence mode (1248 and 1282 cm{sup -1}). The UV/Vis spectrum shows an optical band edge with an onset around 480 nm (2.6 eV). MAS-NMR spectra of {sup 11}B show an anisotropic signal with a quadrupole coupling constant of C{sub Q}=2.55 MHz. and a very small deviation from rotational symmetry (η=0.2). The isotropic chemical shift is 20.1 ppm. The second harmonic generation (SHG) test was positive with an activity comparable to potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KDP). Bi{sub 3}TeBO{sub 9} decomposes in air at 825 C to Bi{sub 2}TeO{sub 5}. (copyright 2017 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  11. Preparation of ultra-thin and high-quality WO{sub 3} compact layers and comparision of WO{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} compact layer thickness in planar perovskite solar cells

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    Zhang, Jincheng; Shi, Chengwu, E-mail: shicw506@foxmail.com; Chen, Junjun; Wang, Yanqing; Li, Mingqian

    2016-06-15

    In this paper, the ultra-thin and high-quality WO{sub 3} compact layers were successfully prepared by spin-coating-pyrolysis method using the tungsten isopropoxide solution in isopropanol. The influence of WO{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} compact layer thickness on the photovoltaic performance of planar perovskite solar cells was systematically compared, and the interface charge transfer and recombination in planar perovskite solar cells with TiO{sub 2} compact layer was analyzed by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The results revealed that the optimum thickness of WO{sub 3} and TiO{sub 2} compact layer was 15 nm and 60 nm. The planar perovskite solar cell with 15 nm WO{sub 3} compact layer gave a 9.69% average and 10.14% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency, whereas the planar perovskite solar cell with 60 nm TiO{sub 2} compact layer achieved a 11.79% average and 12.64% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency. - Graphical abstract: The planar perovskite solar cell with 15 nm WO{sub 3} compact layer gave a 9.69% average and 10.14% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency, whereas the planar perovskite solar cell with 60 nm TiO{sub 2} compact layer achieved a 11.79% average and 12.64% maximum photoelectric conversion efficiency. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Preparation of ultra-thin and high-quality WO{sub 3} compact layers. • Perovskite solar cell with 15 nm-thick WO{sub 3} compact layer achieved PCE of 10.14%. • Perovskite solar cell with 60 nm-thick TiO{sub 2} compact layer achieved PCE of 12.64%.

  12. Studies on SiC(p) reinforced Al-Al sub 3 Ni eutectic matrix composites

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    Masrom, A.K.; Foo, L.C.; Ismail, A.B.

    1996-01-01

    An investigation on processing of Al-5.69wt% Ni eutectic with SiC particulate composites is reported. The intermetallic composites are prepared by elemental powder metallurgy route and sintered at two different temperatures, i.e., 600 degree C and 620 degree C. Results show that the metal matrix was Al-Al sub 3 Ni eutectic. The phase analysis by XRD identified the presence of Al sub 3 Ni and Al as dominant phases together with silicon and Al sub 4 C sub 3 phase as minor phases. The Al sub 4 C sub 3 and Si phases are formed during sintering due to SiC-Al interface reaction. SEM micrographs also reveal the formation of microvoid surrounding the SiC particle

  13. Au and Pd nanoparticles supported on CeO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2}, and Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3} oxides

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    Nascente, P.A.P., E-mail: nascente@ufscar.br [Federal University of Sao Carlos, Department of Materials Engineering, Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil); Maluf, S.S.; Afonso, C.R.M. [Federal University of Sao Carlos, Department of Materials Engineering, Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil); Landers, R. [State University of Campinas, Institute of Physics, Department of Applied Physics, Campinas, SP (Brazil); Pinheiro, A.N.; Leite, E.R. [Federal University of Sao Carlos, Department of Chemistry, Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil)

    2014-10-01

    Highlights: • CeO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2}, and Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3} supported Au and Pd nanoparticles. • Additions of 0.5 wt% of Au and Pd onto CeO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2}, and Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3} supports. • Characterization by XRD, XPS, EDS, TEM, HRTEM, STEM, and EFTEM. - Abstract: Gold and palladium nanoparticles were incorporated on CeO{sub 2}, TiO{sub 2}, and Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3} supports prepared by a sol–gel method. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution TEM (HRTEM), scanning TEM (STEM) in high angle annular dark field mode (HAADF), and energy filtered TEM (EFTEM) using electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). The XRD diffractograms presented sharp and intense peaks indicating that the samples are highly crystalline, but it did not detected any peak corresponding to Au or Pd phases. This indicates that the Au and Pd NPs were incorporated into the structures of the oxides. It was not possible to obtain an Au 4f spectrum for Au/Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3} due to an overlap with the Mn 3p spectrum. The XPS Au 4f spectra for Au/CeO{sub 2} and Au/TiO{sub 2} present negative chemical shifts that could be attributed to particle-size-related properties. The XPS Pd 3d spectra indicate that for both CeO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2} substrates, the Pd NPs were in the metallic state, while for the Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3} substrate, the Pd NPs were oxidized. The HRTEM results show the formation of nanocrystalline oxides having particles sizes between 50 and 200 nm. TEM micrographs show that the addition of Au caused the formation of Au clusters in between the CeO{sub 2} NPS, formation of Au NPs for the TiO{sub 2} support, and homogeneous distribution of Au clusters for the Mn{sub 2}O{sub 3} support. The addition of Pd yielded a homogeneous dispersion throughout the CeO{sub 2} and TiO{sub 2}, but caused the formation of Pd clusters for the Mn{sub 2}O{sub

  14. Analysis of (Ba,Ca,Sr){sub 3}MgSi{sub 2}O{sub 8}:Eu{sup 2+}, Mn{sup 2+} phosphors for application in solid state lighting

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    Han, J.K. [University of California, San Diego, Materials Science and Engineering Program, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); Piqutte, A.; Hannah, M.E. [OSRAM SYLVANIA Central Research, 71 Cherry Hill Drive Beverly, MA 01915 (United States); Hirata, G.A. [Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnolgía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Km. 107 Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada Apdo, Ensenada MX CP 22860 (Mexico); Talbot, J.B. [University of California, San Diego, Materials Science and Engineering Program, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); University of California, San Diego, Department of Nanoengineering, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); Mishra, K.C. [OSRAM SYLVANIA Central Research, 71 Cherry Hill Drive Beverly, MA 01915 (United States); McKittrick, J., E-mail: jmckittrick@ucsd.edu [University of California, San Diego, Materials Science and Engineering Program, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States); University of California, San Diego, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, La Jolla, CA 92093 (United States)

    2014-04-15

    The luminescence properties of Eu{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} co-activated (Ba,Ca,Sr){sub 3}MgSi{sub 2}O{sub 8} phosphors prepared by combustion synthesis were studied. Eu{sup 2+}-activated (Ba,Ca,Sr){sub 3}MgSi{sub 2}O{sub 8} has a broad blue emission band centered at 450–485 nm and Eu{sup 2+}–Mn{sup 2+}-activated (Ba,Ca,Sr){sub 3}MgSi{sub 2}O{sub 8} exhibits a red emission around 620–703 nm, depending on the relative concentrations of Ba, Ca and Sr. The particle size of Eu{sup 2+} and Mn{sup 2+} co-activated (Ba,Ca){sub 3}MgSi{sub 2}O{sub 8} ranges from 300 nm to 1 μm depending on the metal ion and are agglomerated due to post-synthesis, high temperature annealing. The green emission of Ba{sub 3}MgSi{sub 2}O{sub 8} originates from secondary phases (Ba{sub 2}SiO{sub 4} and BaMgSiO{sub 4}) confirmed by emission spectra and X-ray diffraction patterns. The secondary phases of Ba{sub 3}MgSi{sub 2}O{sub 8} are removed by the addition of Sr. The quantum efficiencies range from 45% to 70% under 400 nm excitation and the lifetime of red emission of Ba{sub 3}MgSi{sub 2}O{sub 8} decreases significantly with increasing temperature, which is 54% at 400 K of that at 80 K compared to that of blue emission (90% at 400 K of that at 80 K). -- highlights: • (Ba,Ca,Sr){sub 3}MgSi{sub 2}O{sub 8}:Eu{sup 2+}, Mn{sup 2+} phosphors were prepared by a combustion synthesis method. • The emission spectra consist of broad blue-emission band and red-emission band. • The quantum efficiencies range between 45% and 70%, depending on the relative concentrations of Ba, Ca and Sr. • The secondary phases were eliminated by additions of Sr. • Lifetime of the red-emission decreases with increasing temperature, suggesting that these phosphors are not useful for solid state lighting applications.

  15. Oxidant effect of La(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}·6H{sub 2}O solution on the crystalline characteristics of nanocrystalline ZrO{sub 2} films grown by atomic layer deposition

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    Oh, Nam Khen [Graduate School of Energy Science and Technology, Chungnam National University, 99 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34134 (Korea, Republic of); Vacuum Center, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), 267 Gajeong-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34113 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Jin-Tae [Vacuum Center, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), 267 Gajeong-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34113 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Nanomaterials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology, 217 Gajeong-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34113 (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Goru; An, Jong-Ki; Nam, Minwoo [Vacuum Center, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), 267 Gajeong-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34113 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, So Yeon [Graduate School of Energy Science and Technology, Chungnam National University, 99 Daehak-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34134 (Korea, Republic of); Park, In-Sung, E-mail: parkis77@hanyang.ac.kr [Institute of Nano Science and Technology, Hanyang University, 222 Wangsimni-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 04763 (Korea, Republic of); Yun, Ju-Young, E-mail: jyun@kriss.re.kr [Vacuum Center, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science (KRISS), 267 Gajeong-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34113 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Nanomaterials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology, 217 Gajeong-ro, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 34113 (Korea, Republic of)

    2017-02-01

    Highlights: • The La(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}·6H{sub 2}O aqua solution is introduced as an oxidant in ALD process. • The H{sub 2}O and La(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}·6H{sub 2}O lead different crystalline properties of ZrO{sub 2} films. • Concentration of La(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}·6H{sub 2}O solution minimally influences crystalline status. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline ZrO{sub 2} films were synthesized by atomic layer deposition method using CpZr[N(CH{sub 3}){sub 2}]{sub 3} (Cp = C{sub 5}H{sub 5}) as the metal precursor and La(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}·6H{sub 2}O solution as the oxygen source. La element in the deposited ZrO{sub 2} films could not be detected as its content was below the resolution limit of the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The alternative introduction of La(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}·6H{sub 2}O solution to conventionally used H{sub 2}O as the oxidant effectively altered the crystalline structure, grain size, and surface roughness of the grown ZrO{sub 2} films. Specifically, the crystalline structure of the ZrO{sub 2} film changed from a mixture of tetragonal and monoclinic phases to monoclinic phase. The average grain size also increased, and the resulting film surface became rougher. The average grain sizes of the ZrO{sub 2} films prepared from La(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}·6H{sub 2}O solution at concentrations of 10, 20, 30, and 40% were 280, 256, 208, and 200 nm, respectively, whereas that prepared using H{sub 2}O oxidant was 142 nm. However, the concentration of La(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}·6H{sub 2}O solution minimally influenced the crystalline characteristics of the nanocrystalline ZrO{sub 2} films i.e., the crystalline structure, grain size, and surface roughness except for crystallite size.

  16. Development of ODS-Fe{sub 3}Al alloys

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    Wright, I.G.; Pint, B.A.; Tortorelli, P.F.; McKamey, C.G. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1997-12-01

    The overall goal of this program is to develop an oxide dispersion-strengthened (ODS) version of Fe{sub 3}Al that has sufficient creep strength and resistance to oxidation at temperatures in the range 1000 to 1200 C to be suitable for application as heat exchanger tubing in advanced power generation cycles. The main areas being addressed are: (a) alloy processing to achieve the desired alloy grain size and shape, and (b) optimization of the oxidation behavior to provide increased service life compared to semi-commercial ODS-FeCrAl alloys intended for the same applications. The recent studies have focused on mechanically-alloyed powder from a commercial alloy vendor. These starting alloy powders were very clean in terms of oxygen content compared to ORNL-produced powders, but contained similar levels of carbon picked up during the milling process. The specific environment used in milling the powder appears to exert a considerable influence on the post-consolidation recrystallization behavior of the alloy. A milling environment which produced powder particles having a high surface carbon content resulted in a consolidated alloy which readily recrystallized, whereas powder with a low surface carbon level after milling resulted in no recrystallization even at 1380 C. A feature of these alloys was the appearance of voids or porosity after the recrystallization anneal, as had been found with ORNL-produced alloys. Adjustment of the recrystallization parameters did not reveal any range of conditions where recrystallization could be accomplished without the formation of voids. Initial creep tests of specimens of the recrystallized alloys indicated a significant increase in creep strength compared to cast or wrought Fe{sub 3}Al, but the specimens failed prematurely by a mechanism that involved brittle fracture of one of the two grains in the test cross section, followed by ductile fracture of the remaining grain. The reasons for this behavior are not yet understood. The

  17. Magnetism and thermal induced characteristics of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} content bioceramics

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    Wu, Chun-Shiang; Hsi, Chi-Shiung [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National United University, Miaoli 36003, Taiwan (China); Hsu, Fang-Chi, E-mail: fangchi@nuu.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National United University, Miaoli 36003, Taiwan (China); Wang, Moo-Chin [Department of Fragrance and Cosmetics, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan (China); Chen, Yung-Sheng [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung 803, Taiwan (China)

    2012-11-15

    Magnetic properties of Li{sub 2}O-MnO{sub 2}-CaO-P{sub 2}O{sub 5}-SiO{sub 2} (LMCPS) glasses doped with various amounts of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} were investigated. There is a dramatic change in the magnetic property of pristine LMCPS after the addition of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and crystallized at 850 Degree-Sign C for 4 h. Both the electron paramagnetic resonance and magnetic susceptibility measurements showed that the glass ceramic with 4 at% Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} exhibited the coexistence of superparamagnetism and ferromagnetism at room temperature. When the Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} content was higher than 8 at%, the LMCPS glasses showed ferromagnetism behavior. The complex magnetic behavior is due to the distribution of (Li, Mn)ferrite particle sizes driven by the Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} content. The thermal induced hysteresis loss of the crystallized LMCPS glass ceramics was characterized under an alternating magnetic field. The energy dissipations of the crystallized LMCPS glass ceramics were determined by the concentration and Mn/Fe ratios of Li(Mn, Fe)ferrite phase formed in the glass ceramics. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Presence of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} in LMCPS glass ceramic promotes the growth of (Li, Mn)ferrite. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The amount of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} determines the size of (Li,Mn)ferrite particles. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Room temperature superparamagnetism was obtained at 4 at% of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In addition, Li(Mn, Fe)ferrite phase contributes to the magnetic energy loss. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The largest energy loss is the trade-off between the ferrite content and Mn/Fe ratio.

  18. A contribution to the kinetic study of the metatectic reaction U+U{sub 3}Si{sub 2}{yields}U{sub 3}Si; Contribucion al Estudio cinetico de la Reaccion Metatectica U+U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} U{sub 3}Si

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    Arroyo Ruiperez, J; Esteban Hernandez, J A

    1962-07-01

    An experimental study has been made to decide upon the advantages and drawbacks of the different methods and reagents employed in the metallography of U-Si alloys. It has been observed that all samples thermally treated to form the epsilon-phase undergo from the beginning a coalescence of the U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} particles, which makes practically useless any fine state of dispersion that might be present originally, as recommended by some authors. The coalescence of the U{sub 3}Si{sub 2} particle decreases the surface available for reaction and consequently the reaction rate. (Author) 7 refs.

  19. Infrared absorption of CH{sub 3}OSO and CD{sub 3}OSO radicals produced upon photolysis of CH{sub 3}OS(O)Cl and CD{sub 3}OS(O)Cl in p-H{sub 2} matrices

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    Lee, Yu-Fang; Kong, Lin-Jun [Department of Applied Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Science, National Chiao Tung University, 1001 Ta-Hsueh Rd., Hsinchu 30010, Taiwan (China); Lee, Yuan-Pern [Department of Applied Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Science, National Chiao Tung University, 1001 Ta-Hsueh Rd., Hsinchu 30010, Taiwan (China); Institute of Atomic and Molecular Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China)

    2012-03-28

    Irradiation at 239 {+-} 20 nm of a p-H{sub 2} matrix containing methoxysulfinyl chloride, CH{sub 3}OS(O)Cl, at 3.2 K with filtered light from a medium-pressure mercury lamp produced infrared (IR) absorption lines at 3028.4 (attributable to {nu}{sub 1}, CH{sub 2} antisymmetric stretching), 2999.5 ({nu}{sub 2}, CH{sub 3} antisymmetric stretching), 2950.4 ({nu}{sub 3}, CH{sub 3} symmetric stretching), 1465.2 ({nu}{sub 4}, CH{sub 2} scissoring), 1452.0 ({nu}{sub 5}, CH{sub 3} deformation), 1417.8 ({nu}{sub 6}, CH{sub 3} umbrella), 1165.2 ({nu}{sub 7}, CH{sub 3} wagging), 1152.1 ({nu}{sub 8}, S=O stretching mixed with CH{sub 3} rocking), 1147.8 ({nu}{sub 9}, S=O stretching mixed with CH{sub 3} wagging), 989.7 ({nu}{sub 10}, C-O stretching), and 714.5 cm{sup -1} ({nu}{sub 11}, S-O stretching) modes of syn-CH{sub 3}OSO. When CD{sub 3}OS(O)Cl in a p-H{sub 2} matrix was used, lines at 2275.9 ({nu}{sub 1}), 2251.9 ({nu}{sub 2}), 2083.3 ({nu}{sub 3}), 1070.3 ({nu}{sub 4}), 1056.0 ({nu}{sub 5}), 1085.5 ({nu}{sub 6}), 1159.7 ({nu}{sub 7}), 920.1 ({nu}{sub 8}), 889.0 ({nu}{sub 9}), 976.9 ({nu}{sub 10}), and 688.9 ({nu}{sub 11}) cm{sup -1} appeared and are assigned to syn-CD{sub 3}OSO; the mode numbers correspond to those used for syn-CH{sub 3}OSO. The assignments are based on the photolytic behavior and a comparison of observed vibrational wavenumbers, infrared intensities, and deuterium isotopic shifts with those predicted with the B3P86/aug-cc-pVTZ method. Our results extend the previously reported four transient IR absorption bands of gaseous syn-CH{sub 3}OSO near 2991, 2956, 1152, and 994 cm{sup -1} to 11 lines, including those associated with C-O, O-S, and S=O stretching modes. Vibrational wavenumbers of syn-CD{sub 3}OSO are new. These results demonstrate the advantage of a diminished cage effect of solid p-H{sub 2} such that the Cl atom, produced via UV photodissociation of CH{sub 3}OS(O)Cl in situ, might escape from the original cage to yield isolated CH{sub 3}OSO

  20. Preparation of planar CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} thin films with controlled size using 1-ethyl-2-pyrrolidone as solvent

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    Hao, Qiuyan; Chu, Yixia [Engineering Laboratory of Functional Optoelectronic Crystalline Materials of Hebei Province, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300132 (China); Zheng, Xuerong [Key Laboratory of Advanced Ceramics and Machining Technology of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Liu, Zhenya; Liang, Liming [Engineering Laboratory of Functional Optoelectronic Crystalline Materials of Hebei Province, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300132 (China); Qi, Jiakun [State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Zhang, Xin [Engineering Laboratory of Functional Optoelectronic Crystalline Materials of Hebei Province, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300132 (China); Liu, Gang [School of Chemical Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300132 (China); Liu, Hui, E-mail: liuhuihebut@163.com [Engineering Laboratory of Functional Optoelectronic Crystalline Materials of Hebei Province, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300132 (China); Chen, Hongjian [Engineering Laboratory of Functional Optoelectronic Crystalline Materials of Hebei Province, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300132 (China); Liu, Caichi, E-mail: ccliu@hebut.edu.cn [Engineering Laboratory of Functional Optoelectronic Crystalline Materials of Hebei Province, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Hebei University of Technology, Tianjin 300132 (China)

    2016-06-25

    Recently, planar perovskite solar cells based on CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} have attracted many researcher's interest due to their unique advantages such as simple cell architecture, easy fabrication and potential multijunction construction comparing to the initial mesoporous structure. However, the preparation of planar perovskite films with high quality is still in challenge. In this paper, we developed a vapor-assisted solution process using a novel and green solvent of 1-Ethyl-2-pyrrolidone (NEP) instead of the traditional N, N-dimethylformamide (DMF) to construct a high-quality perovskite CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} thin film with pure phase, high compactness, small surface roughness and controlled size. The phase evolution and growth mechanism of the perovskite films are also discussed. Utilizing the NEP of low volatility and moderate boiling point as solvent, we dried the PbI{sub 2}-NEP precursor films at different temperature under vacuum and then obtained PbI{sub 2} thin films with different crystalline degree from amorphous to highly crystalline. The perovskite films with crystal size ranged from hundreds of nanometers to several micrometers can be prepared by reacting the PbI{sub 2} films of different crystalline degree with CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}I vapor. Moreover, planar-structured solar cells combining the perovskite film with TiO{sub 2} and spiro-OMeTAD as the electron and holes transporting layer achieves a power conversion efficiency of 10.2%. - Highlights: • A novel and green solvent of 1-Ethyl-2-pyrrolidone (NEP) was used to construct high-quality perovskite CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} thin film. • The CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} grain with different sizes ranged from hundreds of nanometers to several micrometers can be obtained. • Planar-structured perovskite CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} solar cells using NEP as solvent achieves a power conversion efficiency of 10.2%.

  1. Friction stir processing of an aluminum-magnesium alloy with pre-placing elemental titanium powder: In-situ formation of an Al{sub 3}Ti-reinforced nanocomposite and materials characterization

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    Khodabakhshi, F., E-mail: farzadkhodabakhshi83@gmail.com [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Shiraz University, Zand Boulevard, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Simchi, A. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11365-9466, Azadi Avenue, 14588 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11365-9466, Azadi Avenue, 14588 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kokabi, A.H. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11365-9466, Azadi Avenue, 14588 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Gerlich, A.P. [Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    2015-10-15

    A fine-grained Al–Mg/Al{sub 3}Ti nanocomposite was fabricated by friction stir processing (FSP) of an aluminum-magnesium (AA5052) alloy with pre-placed titanium powder in the stirred zone. Microstructural evolutions and formation of intermetallic phases were analyzed by optical and electron microscopic techniques across the thickness section of the processed sheets. The microstructure of the nanocomposite consisted of a fine-grained aluminum matrix (1.5 µm), un-reacted titanium particles (<40 µm) and reinforcement particles of Al{sub 3}Ti (<100 nm) and Mg{sub 2}Si (<100 nm). Detailed microstructural analysis indicated solid-state interfacial reactions between the aluminum matrix and micro-sized titanium particles to form Al{sub 3}Ti intermetallic phase. The hard inclusions were then fractured and re-distributed in the metal matrix by the severe thermo-mechanical conditions imposed by FSP. Evaluation of mechanical properties by hardness measurement and uniaxial tensile test determined significant enhancement in the mechanical strength (by 2.5 order of magnetite) with a high ductility (~22%). Based on a dislocation-based model analysis, it was suggested that the strength enhancement was governed by grain refinement and the presence of hard inclusions (4 vol%) in the metal matrix. Fractographic studies also showed a ductile-brittle fracture mode for the nanocomposite compared with fully ductile rupture of the annealed alloy as well as the FSPed specimen without pre-placing titanium particles. - Highlights: • FSP was employed to fabricate in situ nanocomposite. • The AA5052 Al alloy with pre-placed micro-sized Ti particles were utilized. • The structural analysis was revealed that the in situ formation of Al{sub 3}Ti nanophase. • The SZ grain structure was refined by PSN and ZHP mechanisms during DRX. • Hardness and tensile strength were improved up to ~2.5 times with a good ductility.

  2. Preparation and characterization of sol-gel derived 4%La{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} ceramic membrane on clay-based supports

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    Ersoy, B. [Afyon Kocatepe Univ., Mining Engineering Dept., AFYON (Turkey); Gunay, V. [TUBITAK-MRC, MCTRI, Gebze-KOCAELI (Turkey)

    2004-07-01

    In this work, {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} membrane layer (4 wt% La{sub 2}O{sub 3}+96% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}) was coated on the clay based porous support by using the sol-gel coating. The coating solution was prepared by using boehmite (AlOOH), La-nitrate (La{sub 2}(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}.6H{sub 2}O), PVA, distilled water and HNO{sub 3}. The thickness of the {gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} membrane layer was between 5-7 {mu}m. Two unprocessed clay samples which were supplied from Kutahya and Balikesir regions, were used to produce supports for the membranes. Porosities of the supports were varied from 25 to 40% depending on sintering temperatures. Mean pore diameter of the supports were between 0.01-1{mu}m. The mean pore diameter of 4wt%La{sub 2}O{sub 3} - Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} membrane layer was around 11 nm and total pore area was 113 m{sup 2} / g at 1000 C for 1 hour. (orig.)

  3. Optical properties of the c-axis oriented LiNbO{sub 3} thin film

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    Shandilya, Swati; Sharma, Anjali [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007 (India); Tomar, Monika [Miranda House, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Gupta, Vinay, E-mail: drguptavinay@gmail.com [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi-110007 (India)

    2012-01-01

    C-axis oriented Lithium Niobate (LiNbO{sub 3}) thin films have been deposited onto epitaxially matched (001) sapphire substrate using pulsed laser deposition technique. Structural and optical properties of the thin films have been studied using the X-ray diffraction (XRD) and UV-Visible spectroscopy respectively. Raman spectroscopy has been used to study the optical phonon modes and defects in the c-axis oriented LiNbO{sub 3} thin films. XRD analysis indicates the presence of stress in the as-grown LiNbO{sub 3} thin films and is attributed to the small lattice mismatch between LiNbO{sub 3} and sapphire. Refractive index (n = 2.13 at 640 nm) of the (006) LiNbO{sub 3} thin films was found to be slightly lower from the corresponding bulk value (n = 2.28). Various factors responsible for the deviation in the refractive index of (006) LiNbO{sub 3} thin films from the corresponding bulk value are discussed and the deviation is mainly attributed to the lattice contraction due to the presence of stress in deposited film.

  4. Magnetic ordering of Hf{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}Si{sub 3}-type {Sm, Tb, Er}{sub 3}Co{sub 2}Ge{sub 3} and {Tb, Ho}{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}Ge{sub 3} compounds

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    Morozkin, A.V., E-mail: morozkin@tech.chem.msu.ru [Department of Chemistry, Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, House 1, Building 3, Moscow, GSP-1, 119991 (Russian Federation); Yapaskurt, V.O. [Department of Petrology, Geological Faculty Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Nirmala, R. [Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Quezado, S.; Malik, S.K. [Departamento de Física Teórica e Experimental, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal 59082-970 (Brazil); Mozharivskyj, Y. [Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4M1 (Canada); Isnard, O. [CNRS, Institut. Néel, 25 rue des Martyrs BP166 x, F-38042 Grenoble (France); Université Grenoble Alpes, Inst. Néel, F-38042 Grenoble (France)

    2017-02-15

    The magnetic ordering of Hf{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}Si{sub 3}-type {Sm, Tb, Er}{sub 3}Co{sub 2}Ge{sub 3} and {Tb, Ho}{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}Ge{sub 3} compounds (space group Cmcm, oC32) was investigated via magnetization measurements and neutron diffraction study in a zero-applied field. {Sm, Tb, Er}{sub 3}Co{sub 2}Ge{sub 3} and Ho{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}Ge{sub 3} exhibit field sensitive complex antiferromagnetic orderings with T{sub N}=51 K, T{sub m}=10 K for Sm{sub 3}Co{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}, T{sub N}=34 K, T{sub m}=13 K for Tb{sub 3}Co{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}, T{sub N}=7 K for Er{sub 3}Co{sub 2}Ge{sub 3} and T{sub N}=11 K for Ho{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}. At 2 K and above the critical field of ~5 kOe, 20 kOe, 4 kOe and 7 kOe for Sm{sub 3}Co{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}, Tb{sub 3}Co{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}, Er{sub 3}Co{sub 2}Ge{sub 3} and Ho{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}, respectively, saturation magnetizations per rare-earth atom are 6.5 μ{sub B} for Tb{sub 3}Co{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}, 7.0 μ{sub B} for Er{sub 3}Co{sub 2}Ge{sub 3} and 8.0 μ{sub B} for Ho{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}Ge{sub 3} in the field of 140 kOe, whereas magnetization of Sm{sub 3}Co{sub 2}Ge{sub 3} has an antiferromagnetic behaviour. The isothermal magnetic entropy change, ΔS{sub m}, indicates a field-induced ferromagnetic ordering in Sm{sub 3}Co{sub 2}Ge{sub 3}, Tb{sub 3}Co{sub 2}Ge3, Er{sub 3}Co{sub 2}Ge{sub 3} and Ho{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}Ge{sub 3} with a maximal ΔS{sub m} value of −10.9 J/kg K for Ho{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}Ge{sub 3} at 11 K for a field change of 50 kOe. In a zero-applied magnetic field, below T{sub N}=33 K and down to T{sub m}{sup ND}=15 K Tb{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}Ge{sub 3} shows an ac-antiferromagnetic ordering with the C2′/c magnetic space group, a K{sub 0}=[0, 0, 0] propagation vector and a a{sub Tb3Ni2Ge3}×b{sub Tb3Ni2Ge3}×c{sub Tb3Ni2Ge3} magnetic unit cell. Below T{sub m}{sup ND}=15 K, its magnetic structure is a sum of the ac-antiferromagnetic component with the C2′/c magnetic space group of the K{sub 0} vector and a sine-modulated a

  5. Immobilizing LaFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles on carbon spheres for enhanced heterogeneous photo-Fenton like performance

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    Wang, Kaixuan [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230601 (China); Niu, Helin, E-mail: niuhelin@ahu.edu.cn [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230601 (China); Chen, Jingshuai; Song, Jiming; Mao, Changjie; Zhang, Shengyi [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Anhui University, Hefei 230601 (China); Gao, Yuanhao [Institute of Surface Micro and Nano Materials, Xuchang University, Henan 461000 (China)

    2017-05-15

    Highlights: • LaFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles sub–10 nm were successfully immobilized on monodisperse carbon spheres for the first time through a facile and environmental friendly ultrasonic assisted surface ions adsorption method. • LaFeO{sub 3}/C nanocomposite exhibits much higher photo-Fenton like catalytic activity than LaFeO{sub 3}. • The superior property was attributed to the synergistic effects from the photo-Fenton like process and the presence of monodisperse carbon spheres. - Abstract: LaFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles immobilized on the surface of monodisperse carbon spheres have been obtained through a facile and environmentally friendly ultrasonic assisted surface ions adsorption method. The LaFeO{sub 3}/C nanocomposite was evaluated as photo-Fenton like catalyst for the degradation of Rhodamine B (RhB) under visible light irradiation (λ > 420 nm). The LaFeO{sub 3}/C nanocomposite possesses high specific surface area compared with pure LaFeO{sub 3} and significantly enhanced photo-Fenton like catalytic performance. The possible formation process of the LaFeO{sub 3}/C nanocomposite and the mechanism for photo-Fenton like reaction were discussed. The superior property was attributed to the synergistic effects from the photo-Fenton like process and the presence of carbon spheres. In addition, the heterogeneous process led to better recyclability of this type of catalyst.

  6. mer-Triammine trifluorido vanadium(III), mer-[VF{sub 3}(NH{sub 3}){sub 3}]. Synthesis and crystal structure

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    Woidy, Patrick [Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany). Zentrale Technisch-Wissenschaftliche Betriebseinheit Radiochemie Muenchen RCM; Kraus, Florian [Marburg Univ. (Germany). Anorganische und Fluorchemie

    2015-07-01

    Vanadium trifluoride reacts with dry liquid ammonia under the formation of lilac plate-shaped crystals of mer-triammine trifluorido vanadium(III) (1), mer-[VF{sub 3}(NH{sub 3}){sub 3}]. Single-crystal X-ray analysis was carried out at low temperature to elucidate the structure. The compound crystallizes in the monoclinic space group P2{sup 1}/c with a = 5.7284(4), b = 9.2033(5), c = 10.5271(6) Aa, beta = 91.795(6)°, and V = 554.72(6) Aa{sup 3} at 123 K with Z = 4. The discrete [VF{sub 3}(NH{sub 3}){sub 3}] molecules are interconnected by hydrogen bonds.

  7. Conductivity of CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} thin film perovskite stored in ambient atmosphere

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    Gebremichael, Bizuneh, E-mail: bizunehme@gmail.com [Physics Department, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, P.O. Box 1176 (Ethiopia); Alemu, Getachew [Physics Department, Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, P.O. Box 1176 (Ethiopia); Tessema Mola, Genene [School of Chemistry & Physics, University of KwaZulu-Nat al, Pietermaritzburg Campus, Private Bag X01, Scottsville 3209 (South Africa)

    2017-06-01

    Time dependent conductivity loss in CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} thin film perovskite stored in ambient atmosphere were studied based on electrical and optical measurements. Recent investigations on thin film perovskite solar cell suggest that in the steady state operation of the device, the V{sub oc} is unchanged by continuous illumination of light. Rather the reduction in the power conversion efficiency is caused by significant reduction of the short circuit current (J{sub sc}). In this paper, the effect of light on the optical absorption and electrical conductivity of the CH{sub 3}NH{sub 3}PbI{sub 3} thin film which is deposited on a glass substrate is investigated. The temperature dependent conductivity measurements indicated that the dominant conduction mechanism in the film perovskite is electronic rather than ionic.

  8. Density of molten salt Mixtures of eutectic LiCl-KCl containing UCl{sub 3}, CeCl{sub 3}, or LaCl{sub 3}

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    Zhang, C.; Simpson, M. F. [Dept. of Metallurgical Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City (United States)

    2017-06-15

    Densities of molten salt mixtures of eutectic LiCl-KCl with UCl{sub 3}, CeCl{sub 3}, or LaCl{sub 3} at various concentrations (up to 13 wt%) were measured using a liquid surface displacement probe. Linear relationships between the mixture density and the concentration of the added salt were observed. For LaCl{sub 3} and CeCl{sub 3}, the measured densities were signifcantly higher than those previously reported from Archimedes’ method. In the case of LiCl-KCl-UCl{sub 3}, the data ft the ideal mixture density model very well. For the other salts, the measured densities exceeded the ideal model prediction by about 2%.

  9. YVO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+}-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} co-doped nanocomposites: preparation, luminescent, and magnetic properties

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    Liu Deming; Shi Jianhui; Tong Lizhu; Ren Xiaozhen; Li Quanhong; Yang Hua, E-mail: huayang86@sina.com [Jilin University, College of Chemistry (China)

    2012-11-15

    A series of different concentrations of Eu{sup 3+} and Dy{sup 3+} ions co-doping yttrium vanadate phosphors coated with Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} (YVO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+}-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) was successful prepared by using two steps route including sol-gel method and hydrothermal method. The resulting phase formation, particle morphology, structure, luminescent, and magnetic properties were examined by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, photoluminescence spectra, and vibrating sample magnetometer. The results indicate that the diameter of the YVO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+}-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanocomposites is 100-300 nm. The special saturation magnetization Ms of the nanocomposites is 53 emu/g. Additionally, the emission intensities of YVO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+} or Dy{sup 3+} ions are regularly changed with the emission doping concentrations. After coating with Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, the variation of the luminescent intensity of YVO{sub 4}:Eu{sup 3+}, Dy{sup 3+}-Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} magnetic phosphors is different.

  10. Hydroxide precursors to produce nanometric YCrO{sub 3}: Characterization and conductivity analysis

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    Durán, A., E-mail: dural@cnyn.unam.mx [Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnología, Km. 107 Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada, Apartado Postal 14, C.P. 22800, Ensenada, B.C. (Mexico); Meza F, C. [Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnología, Km. 107 Carretera Tijuana-Ensenada, Apartado Postal 14, C.P. 22800, Ensenada, B.C. (Mexico); Arizaga, Gregorio Guadalupe Carbajal, E-mail: gregoriocarbajal@yahoo.com.mx [Departamento de Química, Universidad de Guadalajara, Marcelino García Barragán 1421, C.P. 44430, Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico)

    2012-06-15

    Highlights: ► Y/Cr mixed hydroxide was precipitated with gaseous ammonia. ► The hydroxide treated at 1373 K formed YCrO{sub 3} crystals with 20 nm diameter. ► Electrical properties were different than those found in other methods of synthesis. ► E{sub act} suggests small-polarons as conduction mechanisms. -- Abstract: A precursor to produce perovskite-type YCrO{sub 3} was precipitated by bubbling gaseous ammonia into an yttrium/chromium salts solution. X-ray diffraction showed that the as-prepared powders were amorphous. Thermal treatment between 1273 and 1373 K, leads to formation of polycrystalline YCrO{sub 3} with crystal sizes around 20 nm. High resolution X-ray photoelectron spectra showed uniform chemical environment for yttrium and chromium in the amorphous hydroxide and crystalline YCrO{sub 3}. Shifts between Y 3d{sub 5/2} and Cr 2p{sub 3/2} binding energy suggest redistribution or charge transfer between yttrium and chromium ions in the YCrO{sub 3} structure. The electrical properties of YCrO{sub 3}, whose precursors were precipitated with gaseous ammonia are different than those prepared by combustion synthesis. Electrical conductivity presents a sudden increase at ∼473 K, which is associated to the grain size and morphology of the crystallites. The redistribution of charge between Y(III) and Cr(III) is thermally activated by the hopping of small-polarons, which are characterized by the Arrhenius law as the conductive mechanism.

  11. Tetragonal and rhombohedral induced polar order from the relaxor state of PbZn sub 1 sub / sub 3 Nb sub 2 sub / sub 3 O sub 3

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    Lebon, A; Calvarin, G

    2003-01-01

    Structural and dielectric characterizations of the relaxor ferroelectric PbZn sub 1 sub / sub 3 Nb sub 2 sub / sub 3 O sub 3 (PZN) were carried out on single crystals in the temperature range of the dielectric anomaly (370 K = 1.5 kV cm sup - sup 1. The microscopic origin of these PNRs can be discussed in relation with recent nuclear magnetic resonance and structural results reported in other isomorphous relaxors.

  12. Synthesis and characterization of Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} doped UO{sub 2} nanoparticles

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    Soldati, A.L., E-mail: asoldati@cab.cnea.gov.ar [Centro Atómico Bariloche (CAB) – Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica (CNEA), Av. Bustillo 9500, CP: 8400 Bariloche (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Av. De los Pioneros 2300, CP: 8400 Bariloche (Argentina); Gana Watkins, I. [Centro Atómico Bariloche (CAB) – Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica (CNEA), Av. Bustillo 9500, CP: 8400 Bariloche (Argentina); Fernández Zuvich, A. [Centro Atómico Bariloche (CAB) – Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica (CNEA), Av. Bustillo 9500, CP: 8400 Bariloche (Argentina); Instituto Balseiro, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Av. Bustillo 9500, CP: 8400 Bariloche (Argentina); Napolitano, F.; Troiani, H. [Centro Atómico Bariloche (CAB) – Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica (CNEA), Av. Bustillo 9500, CP: 8400 Bariloche (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Av. De los Pioneros 2300, CP: 8400 Bariloche (Argentina); and others

    2016-10-15

    UO{sub 2} nanoparticles doped with 4, 8, 10 and 15 wt% Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3}were synthesized by a reverse strike method. Crystal structure and chemical homogeneity were evaluated using a combination of X-ray diffraction and microscopy tools. An exhaustive study of the composition and its homogeneity at the micro and at the nanometer level was carried out in this nuclear fuel material. Field Emission Gun Scanning and Transmission Electron Microscopy images revealed the presence of micrometer scale agglomerates of nanoparticles, with rounded morphology and an average crystallite size of 100 nm. Rietveld refinements of high-statistic X-ray Diffraction data determined the crystal structure and composition. Furthermore, Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy using a 2 nm{sup 2} spot on the sample surface determined a Gd concentration variation around the average of ±5% in different spots of a single crystallite and of ±10% between different crystallites. However, when measuring large amounts of nanoparticles the concentration averages, producing a homogeneous composition distribution at the micrometer scale. - Highlights: • Synthesis of 4, 8, 10 and 15wt% Gd{sub 2}O{sub 3} doped UO{sub 2} nanoparticles. • Crystallite sizes around 100 nm and rounded morphology. • 90% Gd distribution homogeneity between particles for the less concentrated sample. • High Statistic X-ray Rietveld analysis determined an U{sub 1−x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 2−δ} fcc structure. • Phases with similar crystal structure and symmetry, but different lattice parameter.

  13. Influence of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} addition on microstructure and mechanical properties of 3YSZ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites

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    Abden, Md. Jaynul [International Islamic Univ., Chittagong (Bangladesh). Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Afroze, Jannatul Dil [Noakhali Science and Technology Univ. (Bangladesh). Faculty of Science and Engineering; Gafur, Md. Abdul [Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Dhaka (Bangladesh). Pilot Plant and Process Development Centre; Chowdhury, Faruque-Uz-Zaman [Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (Bangladesh). Dept. of Physics

    2015-07-01

    The effect of the amount of Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} content on microstructure, tetragonal phase stability and mechanical properties of 3YSZ-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} composites are investigated in this study. The ceramic composites are obtained by means of uniaxial compacting at 210 MPa and green compacts are sintered at 1550 C for 3 h in air. The monoclinic zirconia (m-ZrO{sub 2}) phase has completely been transformed into tetragonal zirconia (t-ZrO{sub 2}) phase with corresponding higher Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} content. The t-ZrO{sub 2} grains induce transgranular fracture mode that has contribution in improvement of fracture toughness. The maximum flexural strength of 340 MPa, Vickers hardness value of 14.31 GPa and fracture toughness of 5.1 MPa x m{sup 1/2} in the composition containing 40 wt.-% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} is attributed to the microstructure with t-ZrO{sub 2} grains as inter- and intragranular particles in the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} grains, which makes it suitable for dental applications.

  14. Correlative characterization of primary Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phase in an Al–Zn–Mg based alloy

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    Li, J.H., E-mail: jie-hua.li@hotmail.com [Institute of Casting Research, Montanuniversität Leoben, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Wiessner, M. [Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Albu, M. [Institute for Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis, Graz University of Technology, Center for Electron Microscopy (Austria); Wurster, S. [Department of Materials Physics, Montanuniversität Leoben, Erich Schmid Institute of Materials Science of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Sartory, B. [Materials Center Leoben Forschung GmbH, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Hofer, F. [Institute for Electron Microscopy and Nanoanalysis, Graz University of Technology, Center for Electron Microscopy (Austria); Schumacher, P. [Institute of Casting Research, Montanuniversität Leoben, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Austrian Foundry Research Institute, A-8700 Leoben (Austria)

    2015-04-15

    Three-dimensional electron backscatter diffraction, focused ion beam, transmission electron microscopy and energy filtered transmission electron microscopy were employed to investigate the structural information of primary Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phase, i.e. size, shape, element distribution and orientation relationship with the α-Al matrix. It was found that (i) most primary Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phases have a cubic three-dimensional morphology, with a size of about 6–10 μm, (ii) most primary Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phases are located within the α-Al matrix, and exhibit a cube to cube orientation relationship with the α-Al matrix, and (iii) a layer by layer growth was observed within primary Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phases. Al, Cu, Si and Fe are enriched in the α-Al matrix between the layers of cellular eutectic Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phase, while Sc, Ti and Zr are enriched in small Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phases. A peritectic reaction and subsequent eutectic reaction between Al{sub 3}Sc and Al was proposed to interpret the observed layer by layer growth. This paper demonstrates that the presence of impurities (Fe, Si, Cu, Ti) in the diffusion field surrounding the growing Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) particle enhances the heterogeneous nucleation of Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phases. - Highlights: • Most fine cubic primary Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phases were observed within the α-Al matrix. • A layer by layer growth within primary Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr) phase was observed. • A peritectic and subsequent eutectic reaction between Al{sub 3}Sc and Al was proposed. • Impurities in diffusion fields enhance heterogeneous nucleation of Al{sub 3}(Sc,Zr)

  15. Magneto-optical properties of BiFeO{sub 3} thin films using surface plasmon resonance technique

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    Paliwal, Ayushi; Sharma, Anjali [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Tomar, Monika [Physics Department, Miranda House, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Gupta, Vinay, E-mail: drguptavinay@gmail.com [Department of Physics and Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India)

    2014-09-01

    Indigeneously assembled surface plasmon resonance (SPR) set up has been exploited to study the magnetic field dependent optical properties of BiFeO{sub 3} thin films. BiFeO{sub 3} thin films have been deposited onto gold (Au) coated glass prism by using pulsed laser deposition technique. The surface plasmon modes in prism/Au/BiFeO{sub 3}/air structure have been excited in Kretschmann configuration at the interface of Au/BiFeO{sub 3} thin films. The SPR reflectance curves obtained for prism/Au/BiFeO{sub 3}/air structure were utilized to investigate the optical properties of BiFeO{sub 3} thin films at optical frequency (λ=633 nm) as a function of applied magnetic field. SPR curves shows a continuous shift towards lower angles with increasing applied magnetic field, which indicate the promising application of ferromagnetic BiFeO{sub 3} film as a magnetic field sensor. Complex dielectric constant of deposited BiFeO{sub 3} film was determined by fitting the experimental SPR data with Fresnel's equations. The variation of complex dielectric constant and refractive index of BiFeO{sub 3} film was studied with increase in magnetic field, and the sensitivity of magnetic field sensor was found to be about 0.52 RIU/T.

  16. Calculation of vibrational spectra of complex hydrides, LiBeH/sub 3/, NaBeH/sub 3/ and LiMgH/sub 3/

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    Sukhanov, L P; Boldyrev, A I [AN SSSR, Chernogolovka. Inst. Novykh Khimicheskikh Problem

    1984-03-01

    The non-empirical Hartree-Fock-Ruthan method with a two-exponent Ros-Zigban basis has been used to calculate the coefficients of harmonic force field, frequency and intensity of normal vibrations of the LiBeH/sub 3/, NaBeH/sub 3/ and LiMgH/sub 3/ complex hydrides. Attribution of vibrational types is conducted. Isotope shifts for different isotope substitutions in the L(MH/sub 3/) are calculated. The effect of the nature of both the outer-spherical cation L/sup +/ and central atom M on the vibrational spectrum is discussed.

  17. Effects of atmospheric ammonia (NH{sub 3}) on terrestrial vegetation: a review

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    Krupa, S.V

    2003-07-01

    A review of atmospheric ammonia (NH{sub 3}) and ammonium (NH{sub 4}{sup +}) deposition and their effects on plants. - At the global scale, among all N (nitrogen) species in the atmosphere and their deposition on to terrestrial vegetation and other receptors, NH{sub 3} (ammonia) is considered to be the foremost. The major sources for atmospheric NH{sub 3} are agricultural activities and animal feedlot operations, followed by biomass burning (including forest fires) and to a lesser extent fossil fuel combustion. Close to its sources, acute exposures to NH{sub 3} can result in visible foliar injury on vegetation. NH{sub 3} is deposited rapidly within the first 4-5 km from its source. However, NH{sub 3} is also converted in the atmosphere to fine particle NH{sub 4}{sup +} (ammonium) aerosols that are a regional scale problem. Much of our current knowledge of the effects of NH{sub 3} on higher plants is predominantly derived from studies conducted in Europe. Adverse effects on vegetation occur when the rate of foliar uptake of NH{sub 3} is greater than the rate and capacity for in vivo detoxification by the plants. Most to least sensitive plant species to NH{sub 3} are native vegetation > forests > agricultural crops. There are also a number of studies on N deposition and lichens, mosses and green algae. Direct cause and effect relationships in most of those cases (exceptions being those locations very close to point sources) are confounded by other environmental factors, particularly changes in the ambient SO{sub 2} (sulfur dioxide) concentrations. In addition to direct foliar injury, adverse effects of NH{sub 3} on higher plants include alterations in: growth and productivity, tissue content of nutrients and toxic elements, drought and frost tolerance, responses to insect pests and disease causing microorganisms (pathogens), development of beneficial root symbiotic or mycorrhizal associations and inter species competition or biodiversity. In all these cases, the joint

  18. Synthesis and characterization of pure and Tb/Cu doped Alq{sub 3} nanostructures

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    Salah, Numan, E-mail: nsalah@kau.edu.sa [Center of Nanotechnology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589 (Saudi Arabia); Habib, Sami S. [Center of Nanotechnology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589 (Saudi Arabia); Khan, Zishan H. [Department of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Jamia Millia, Islamia (Central University), New Delhi 110025 (India); Alharbi, Najlaa D. [Center of Nanotechnology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah 21589 (Saudi Arabia); Sciences Faculty for Girls, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah-21589 (Saudi Arabia)

    2013-11-15

    Tris (8-hydroxyquinoline) aluminum (Alq{sub 3}) is an organic semiconductor molecule, widely used in optoelectronic devices. In this work we report on fabricating different nanostructures of Alq{sub 3} and characterize them using different techniques. Nanostructured films of Alq{sub 3} were grown using the physical vapor condensation and thermal-vapor transport methods. The as synthesized films were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, energy dispersive spectroscopy and absorption spectra. Nanoparticles and nanorods/nanowires are observed in the synthesized films. Tb and Cu doped Alq{sub 3} films were also produced and studied for their photoluminescence (PL) properties. When the original powder sample of Alq{sub 3} was excited by 378 nm, one broad PL emission band is observed at around 515 nm. The pure nanoparticles film shows similar band with a drastic increase in the intensity by a factor of 2. This has been attributed to the large specific surface area, which might has increased the absorption and then the quantum yields. The Tb and Cu doped films show also similar band with a slight shift in the peak position to the blue region, but with further enhancement in the peak intensity, particularly that of Cu. The PL intensity of Cu doped sample is around 1.5 times stronger than that of the pure Alq{sub 3} nanoparticles. This remarkable result on obtaining highly luminescent nanomaterial based on Cu doped Alq{sub 3} nanoparticles film might be useful for future organic light emitting diode display devices. -- Highlights: • Films of Alq{sub 3} nanostructures were grown using different methods. • The PL intensity of Alq{sub 3} in its nanostructure form is enhanced by a factor of 2. • This enhancement is attributed to the large specific surface area of the nanostructures. • Films of Alq{sub 3} nanoparticles doped with Tb and Cu showed further PL enhancement. • The Tb and Cu ions could contribute to the PL intensity of the green

  19. Effects of Tb{sup 3+} concentration on the La{sub 2}Sr{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4}: X% Tb{sup 3+} polycrystalline nanophosphor

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    Mlotswa, D.V. [Physics Department, University of the Free State, Private Bag x13, Phuthaditjhaba 9866 (South Africa); Madihlaba, R.M. [Chemistry Department, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag x17, Bellville 7535 (South Africa); Koao, L.F. [Physics Department, University of the Free State, Private Bag x13, Phuthaditjhaba 9866 (South Africa); Onani, M.O., E-mail: monani@uwc.ac.za [Chemistry Department, University of the Western Cape, Private Bag x17, Bellville 7535 (South Africa); Dejene, F.B. [Physics Department, University of the Free State, Private Bag x13, Phuthaditjhaba 9866 (South Africa)

    2016-01-01

    A new green phosphor, La{sub 2}Sr{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4}): x% Tb{sup 3+} was fabricated by solution-combustion method using urea as a fuel and ammonium nitrate as an oxidizer. The phosphor was characterised using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Energy dispersive spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL. The results exhibit that La{sub 2}Sr{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4}): x% Tb{sup 3+} phosphor has the strongest excitation at 209 nm with a full-width at half-maximum (FWHM) of 20 nm, and can emit bright green light at 545 nm under 209 nm excitation. The optimum concentration for Tb{sup 3+} in La{sub 2}Sr{sub 3}(BO{sub 3}){sub 4}): x% Tb{sup 3+} is 0.033 mol%. The prominent green luminescence was due to the {sup 5}D{sub 4}–{sup 7}F{sub 5} transition of Tb{sup 3+} ion. Herein, the green phosphors are promising good candidates employed in tri-color lamps.

  20. Optical properties of the Na{sub 2}O-B{sub 2}O{sub 3}-Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-MoO{sub 3} glasses

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    Saddeek, Yasser B. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, P.O. 71452, Assiut (Egypt); Aly, K.A., E-mail: kamalaly2001@gmail.co [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Al-Azhar University, P.O. 71452, Assiut (Egypt); Dahshan, A., E-mail: adahshan73@gmail.co [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Port Said (Egypt); Kashef, I.M.El. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Education, Suez Canal University, Al Arish (Egypt)

    2010-04-02

    Glasses with compositions (100 - x)Na{sub 2}B{sub 4}O{sub 7}-0.5Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3}-0.5MoO{sub 3}, with 0 {<=} x {<=} 40 mol% have been prepared using the melt quenching technique. The optical transmittance and reflectance spectrum of the glasses have been recorded in the wavelength range 300-1100 nm. The values of the optical band gap E{sub g}{sup opt} for indirect transition and refractive index have been determined for 0 {<=} x {<=} 40 mol%. The average electronic polarizability of the oxide ion {alpha}{sub O{sup 2-}} and the optical basicity have been estimated from the calculated values of the refractive indices. The variations in the different physical parameters such as the optical band gap, the refractive index, the average electronic polarizability of the oxide ion and the optical basicity with Bi{sub 2}O{sub 3} and MoO{sub 3} content have been analyzed and discussed in terms of the changes in the glass structure. The results are interpreted in terms of the increase in the number of non-bridging oxygen atoms, substitution of longer bond-lengths of Bi-O, and Mo-O in place of shorter B-O bond and the change in Na{sup +} ion concentration.

  1. Functional BaTiO{sub 3} nanostructures immobilized onto si-based substrates using sol–gel and reverse micelle techniques

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    Mamana, Nadia, E-mail: nadia@fceia.unr.edu.ar; Pellegri, Nora [CONICET, FCEIyA, UNR, Laboratorio de Materiales Cerámicos IFIR (Argentina)

    2015-03-15

    The current tendency toward miniaturization of electronic devices has driven the interest in developing ferroelectric materials in low dimensions. In this work, for the preparation of lead-free BaTiO{sub 3} nanoparticles, we used a combination of the sol–gel method with the reverse micelles techniques. Moreover, previously to the thermal treatment, it was necessary to remove the surfactant. For this stage, oleic acid was used to stabilize the nanoparticles in the solution. Then, nanometer-sized particles were deposited on different substrates (Si, Pt/TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/Si). The influence of different modes of deposition on particle size, degree of agglomeration, was analyzed. The mean particle size was 10 nm. Finally, the deposition of BaTiO{sub 3} particles on a conductive substrate such as the wafer of platinum (Pt/TiO{sub 2}/SiO{sub 2}/Si) was confirmed by several AFM techniques.

  2. Role of grain size on the magnetic properties of La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3}

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    Yadav, P.A. [Center for Advanced Studies in Materials Science and Condensed Matter Physics, Department of Physics, University of Pune, Pune 411007 (India); Deshmukh, A.V. [Department of Physics, Fergusson College, Pune 411004 (India); Adhi, K.P. [Center for Advanced Studies in Materials Science and Condensed Matter Physics, Department of Physics, University of Pune, Pune 411007 (India); Kale, B.B. [Centre for Materials for Electronics Technology, Pune 411008 (India); Basavaih, N. [Indian Institute of Geomagnetism, New Mumbai 410218 (India); Patil, S.I., E-mail: patil@physics.unipune.ac.in [Center for Advanced Studies in Materials Science and Condensed Matter Physics, Department of Physics, University of Pune, Pune 411007 (India)

    2013-02-15

    Nanophasic La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} samples were synthesized using the citrate-gel method. The samples were annealed at different temperatures ranging from 600 to 1200 Degree-Sign C. Grain size was observed to increase with the increase in annealing temperature. Furthermore, the magnetization data of these samples show well defined hysteresis. Saturation magnetization was observed to increase with increase in particle size. This gives evidence of formation of a magnetically dead layer at the surface. The thickness of the dead layer has also been calculated. The coercivity of nanoparticles follows the same trend as predicted theoretically and particles below 22 nm are found to be single domain. The ferromagnetic to paramagnetic transition temperature also increases with increase in particle size. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesis of nanocrystalline La{sub 0.7}Sr{sub 0.3}MnO{sub 3} by the citrate-gel method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Saturation magnetization increases with increase in particle size. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Formation of dead magnetic layer.

  3. Orthorhombic strontium titanate in BaTiO sub 3 -SrTiO sub 3 superlattices

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    Rios, S; Jiang, A Q; Scott, J F; Lü, H; Chen, Z

    2003-01-01

    It has been suggested by several authors that SrTiO sub 3 layers in SrTiO sub 3 -BaTiO sub 3 superlattices should be tetragonal and ferroelectric at ambient temperatures, like the BaTiO sub 3 layers, rather than cubic, as in bulk SrTiO sub 3 , and that free-energy minimization requires continuity of the polarization direction. A recent ab initio calculation constrained solutions to this structure. Surprisingly, our x-ray study shows that the SrTiO sub 3 layers are orthorhombic with 0.03% in-plane strain, with the BaTiO sub 3 c-axis matching the SrTiO sub 3 a- and b-axis better than the c-axis; strain energy overcomes the cost in electrostatic energy. (letter to the editor)

  4. Study of cerium doped magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}:Ce)/PMMA nanocomposites

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    Padalia, Diwakar, E-mail: Padalia.diwakar@gmail.com [Department of Physics, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Uttrakhand (India); Johri, U.C. [Department of Physics, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Uttrakhand (India); Zaidi, M.G.H. [Supercritical Fluid Processing Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Uttrakhand (India)

    2012-03-01

    The paper presents the synthesis and properties of polymer nanocomposite material based on cerium doped magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) as filler material and poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) as host matrix. The magnetite (Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}) particles were synthesized by co-precipitation route using stable ferrous and ferric salts with ammonium hydroxide as precipitating agent. Further, they doped by cerium oxide (CeO{sub 2}) non-stoichiometrically. The composite material was fabricated by solvent evaporation method. Here 2.4 GHz microwaves were used to study the effect of microwaves heating on polymerization. The phase and crystal structure is determined by X-ray diffraction (XRD). The average crystallite size of the composites varies from 28 to 35 nm. The chemical structure is confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The magnetic and thermal properties are investigated by vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The thermal study shows that the microwave heated samples possess higher glass transition temperature (T{sub g}). The magnetic results suggest that coercivity (H{sub C}) and squareness (M{sub r}/M{sub s}) of the loop increases with increasing doping percent of cerium.

  5. Influence of cobalt doping on structural and magnetic properties of BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Khan, U. [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics (China); Adeela, N., E-mail: adeela16@gmail.com [Centre for High Energy Physics, University of the Punjab (Pakistan); Javed, K. [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics (China); Riaz, S. [Centre for Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab (Pakistan); Ali, H. [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics (China); Iqbal, M. [Centre for High Energy Physics, University of the Punjab (Pakistan); Han, X. F. [Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics (China); Naseem, S., E-mail: shahzad-naseem@yahoo.com [Centre for Solid State Physics, University of the Punjab (Pakistan)

    2015-11-15

    Nanocrystalline cobalt-doped bismuth ferrites with general formula of BiFe{sub 1−δ}Co{sub δ}O{sub 3} (0 ≤ δ ≤ 0.1) have been synthesized using solution evaporation method. Structure and phase identification was performed with X-ray diffraction (XRD) technique. The results confirm the formation of rhombohedral-distorted Perovskite structure with R3c symmetry. A decrease in lattice parameters and an increase in X-ray density have been observed with increasing cobalt concentration in BiFeO{sub 3}. Particle size determined by transmission electron microscope was in good agreement with XRD, i.e., 39 nm. Room-temperature coercivity and saturation magnetization of nanoparticles were increased up to 7.5 % of cobalt doping. Low-temperature magnetic measurements of selected sample showed increasing behavior in saturation magnetization, coercivity, effective magnetic moments, and anisotropy constant. An increase in coercivity with decrease in temperature followed theoretical model of Kneller’s law, while modified Bloch’s model was employed for saturation magnetization in temperature range of 5–300 K.Graphical Abstract.

  6. Synthesis and upconversion luminescence properties of YF{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} hollow nanofibers derived from Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} hollow nanofibers

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    Li Dan; Dong Xiangting, E-mail: dongxiangting888@163.com; Yu Wensheng; Wang Jinxian; Liu Guixia [Changchun University of Science and Technology, Key Laboratory of Applied Chemistry and Nanotechnology at Universities of Jilin Province (China)

    2013-06-15

    YF{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} hollow nanofibers were successfully fabricated via fluorination of the relevant Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} hollow nanofibers which were obtained by calcining the electrospun PVP/[Y(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} + Yb(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} + Er(NO{sub 3}){sub 3}] composite nanofibers. The morphology and properties of the products were investigated in detail by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscope, and fluorescence spectrometer. YF{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} hollow nanofibers were pure orthorhombic phase with space group Pnma and were hollow-centered structure with mean diameter of 174 {+-} 22 nm, and YF{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} hollow nanofibers are composed of nanoparticles with size in the range of 30-60 nm. Upconversion emission spectrum analysis manifested that YF{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} hollow nanofibers emitted strong green and weak red upconversion emissions centering at 523, 545, and 654 nm, respectively. The green and red emissions were, respectively, originated from {sup 2}H{sub 11/2}/{sup 4}S{sub 3/2} {yields} {sup 4}I{sub 15/2} and {sup 4}F{sub 9/2} {yields} {sup 4}I{sub l5/2} energy levels transitions of the Er{sup 3+} ions. Moreover, the emitting colors of YF{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} hollow nanofibers were located in the green region in CIE chromaticity coordinates diagram. This preparation technique could be applied to prepare other rare earth fluoride upconversion luminescence hollow nanofibers.Graphical AbstractYF{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} hollow nanofibers with orthorhombic structure were synthesized by fluorination of the electrospun Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} hollow nanofibers via a double-crucible method using NH{sub 4}HF{sub 2} as fluorinating agent. The mean diameter of YF{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}/Er{sup 3+} hollow nanofibers was 174 {+-} 22 nm. The fluorination method we proposed here has been proved to be an important method, as it can not only

  7. TL-OSL study of Li{sub 3}PO{sub 4}: Mg, Cu phosphor

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    Rahangdale, S. R., E-mail: sachin.rahangdale1@gmail.com; Wankhede, S. P. [Department of Physics, K.D.K.College of Engineering, Nagpur (India); Dhabekar, B. S. [RPAD, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400085 (India); Palikundwar, U. A.; Moharil, S. V. [Department of Physics, RTM Nagpur University, Nagpur, 440010 (India)

    2015-08-28

    In the present work, we report the thermoluminescence and optically stimulated luminescence properties of Mg and Cu doped Li{sub 3}PO{sub 4} phosphor. The phosphor was synthesized by precipitation method. The thermoluminescence dosimetric peak temperature for the phosphor varies with concentrations of Mg and Cu. Li{sub 3}PO{sub 4} shows good response to 470nm optical stimulation. The OSL sensitivity of the phosphor is approximately 12 times than that of standard Lithium magnesium phosphate. This study may help to develop this material for the application in real time dosimetry using optically stimulated luminescence.

  8. Synthesis, morphology and microstructure of pomegranate-like hematite ({alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) superstructure with high coercivity

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    Tadic, Marin, E-mail: marint@vinca.rs [Condensed Matter Physics Laboratory, Vinca Institute, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Citakovic, Nada [Military Academy, Generala Pavla Jurisica Sturma 33, University of Belgrade, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Panjan, Matjaz [Jozef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Stanojevic, Boban [Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade, University of Belgrade (Serbia); Markovic, Dragana [Condensed Matter Physics Laboratory, Vinca Institute, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Jovanovic, Dorde [Center for Solid State Physics and New Materials, Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11080 Belgrade (Serbia); Spasojevic, Vojislav [Condensed Matter Physics Laboratory, Vinca Institute, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2012-12-05

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We found superior magnetic properties of the hematite ({alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer TEM and HRTEM images show a pomegranate-like superstructure. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Magnetic measurements display high coercivity H{sub C} = 4350 Oe at the room temperature. - Abstract: We found novel and superior magnetic properties of the hematite ({alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) that originate from an internal microstructure of particles and strong inter-particle interactions between nanocrystal sub-units. The hematite particles were synthesized by thermal decomposition of iron (III) nitrate without any template or surfactant. The purity, size, crystallinity, morphology, microstructure and magnetic features of the as-prepared particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), Raman spectroscopy (RS) and SQUID magnetometry. An XRD study reveals a pure phase of {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} whereas TEM shows {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} spheres with a diameter of about 150 nm. RS also shows high quality and purity of the sample. Moreover, TEM and HRTEM images show a pomegranate-like superstructure and evidence that the spherical particles are composed of individual well-crystallized nanoparticle sub-units (self-assembled nanoparticles) with a size of about 20 nm. Magnetic measurements display hysteretic behavior at the room temperature with remanent magnetization M{sub r} = 0.731 emu/g, saturation magnetization M{sub S} = 6.83 emu/g and coercivity H{sub C} = 4350 Oe, as well as the Morin transition at T{sub M} = 261 K. These results and comparison with those in the literature reveal that the sample has extremely high coercivity. The magnetic properties of the sample are discussed in relation to morphology, internal microstructure, surface

  9. Electronic structure of Ti/sub 2/O/sub 3/, V/sub 2/O/sub 3/, and Cr/sub 2/O/sub 3/

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    Bondarenko, T N; Zhurakovskii, E A; Dzeganovskii, V P [AN Ukrainskoj SSR, Kiev. Inst. Problem Materialovedeniya

    1975-11-01

    Electronic structure of oxides Ti/sub 2/O/sub 3/, V/sub 2/O/sub 3/, Cr/sub 2/O/sub 3/ was elucidated by means of X-ray and ESCA methods and the results were compared with the data obtained by other methods and with the available models of electronic structures. Energy diagram of V/sub 2/O/sub 3/ and common energy scale of X-ray spectra of Ti and Cr in Ti/sub 2/O/sub 3/ and Cr/sub 2/O/sub 3/ are presented. X-ray spectra show that these oxides possess the states which are related genetically to the M4p-states i.e. the X-ray data complement essentially to the result of optical and electrophysical measurements. MO and M/sub 2/O/sub 3/ compounds in the region of Fermi level have overlapping emission and absorption spectra which is specific to the matters with the metallic type of bonding. Actually TiO, VO, Ti/sub 2/O/sub 3/ and V/sub 2/O/sub 3/ have metallic type of bonding. However such overlap was observed in Cr/sub 2/O/sub 3/ as well whose forbidden zone according to photoconductivity measurments is about 3 eV. Absence of energy gap between emission and absorption spectra in Cr/sub 2/O/sub 3/ may be explained by traces of impurities which convert dielectrics conductors - impurities act as agents caus:ng filling or generation of vacancies rather than independent allowing additives. On the other hand this may be due to the defects in Cr/sub 2/O/sub 3/ lattice which may cause appearance of excited states in forbidden zone. These investigations enable to draw energy diagram of V/sub 2/O/sub 3/ and to combine the spectra of M in Ti/sub 2/O/sub 3/ into common energy scheme. Analysis of the diagram and combined spectra revealed great similarity in the electronic structures of M/sub 2/O/sub 3/ oxides (M - Ti, V, Cr) .

  10. Improving pure red upconversion emission of Co-doped Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}–Er{sup 3+} nanocrystals with a combination of sodium sulfide and surfactant Pluronic-F127

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    López-Luke, T., E-mail: tzarara@cio.mx [Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.P. 1-948, León, Gto. 37160, México (Mexico); De la Rosa, E., E-mail: elder@cio.mx [Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.P. 1-948, León, Gto. 37160, México (Mexico); Campos Villalobos, I. [Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.P. 1-948, León, Gto. 37160, México (Mexico); Rodriguez, R.A. [Universidad de Guadalajara, Unidad Lagos, Lagos de Moreno, Jal. 47460, México (Mexico); Ángles-Chávez, C. [Instituto Mexicano del Petróleo, Cd. México, D.F. 07730, México (Mexico); Salas, P. [Centro de Física Aplicada y Tecnología Avanzada, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, A.P. 1-1010, Querétaro, Qro. 76000, México (Mexico); Wheeler, Damon A.; Zhang, J.Z. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 (United States)

    2014-01-15

    Nanocrystals of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}–Er{sup 3+} (2:1 mol% Yb{sup 3+}:Er{sup 3+}) were prepared by a novel precipitation technique using Na{sub 2}S and Pluronic-F127 (PF127) surfactant. Crystal structure, particle size, red emission intensity and fluorescence decay lifetimes were determined using microscopy and spectroscopy techniques. TEM analysis indicates that the average particle size ranged from 40 to 70 nm. The nanocrystals showed a strong red emission band centered at 663 nm after excitation at 970 nm. The upconverted signal intensity was improved 250% with an optimum concentration of Na{sub 2}S (0.48 M) and PF127 (0.1 mM). The improvement was explained in terms of the reduction of surface contaminants as well as the cubic crystalline phase of the parent Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} material. Interestingly, the formation of sulfates (SO{sub 4}{sup 2−}) is faster than that of O–H, which is responsible for quenching the red and green emissions. The results suggest that Na{sub 2}S and PF127 are good candidates for surface passivation, especially when used in conjunction. The preparation of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}:Yb{sup 3+}–Er{sup 3+} using Na{sub 2}S with strong red emission band was produced at a lower cost than that of other sulfuration processes. -- Highlights: • . • Strong red emission band centered at 663 nm was obtained after excitation at 970 nm. • Yb-Er codoped Y2O3 nanocrystals with average size ranging from 40 to 70 nm. • Improvement of the red emission in Y2O3:Yb-Er nanocrystals by the introduction of sodium sulfide and pluronic. • Passivation of nanocrystal surface with sodium sulfide and pluoronic.

  11. Novel electrical conductivity properties in Ca-doped BiFeO{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Wang, X.; Wang, S. Y., E-mail: shouyu.wang@yahoo.com [Tianjin Normal University, College of Physics and Materials Science (China); Liu, W. F., E-mail: wfliu@tju.edu.cn [Tianjin University, Department of Applied Physics, Institute of Advanced Materials Physics, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Materials Physics and Preparing Technology, Faculty of Science (China); Xi, X. J. [Tianjin Normal University, College of Physics and Materials Science (China); Zhang, H. [Tianjin University, Department of Applied Physics, Institute of Advanced Materials Physics, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Materials Physics and Preparing Technology, Faculty of Science (China); Guo, F. [Tianjin Normal University, College of Physics and Materials Science (China); Xu, X. L. [Tianjin University, Department of Applied Physics, Institute of Advanced Materials Physics, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Low Dimensional Materials Physics and Preparing Technology, Faculty of Science (China); Li, M.; Liu, L.; Zhang, C.; Li, X.; Yang, J. B. [Tianjin Normal University, College of Physics and Materials Science (China)

    2015-05-15

    The charge defective structure in Bi{sub 1−x}Ca{sub x}FeO{sub 3} (CBFO, x = 0, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, 0.25, 0.3) nanoparticles (NPs) ranging from 140 to 25 nm as well as their relations to band gap and leakage current behavior are investigated. It is demonstrated that Ca doping effectively narrows the band gap from ∼2.16 to ∼2.02 eV, due to the appearance and accumulation of oxygen vacancy. Subsequently, enhanced electrical conductivity was obtained in these CBFO NPs, which leads to the appearance of a distinct threshold switching behavior in Ca-doped BFO NPs with higher conductivity at room temperature. Possible mechanisms for Ca doping effects on the electric conduction were discussed upon the interplay of NPs’ size effect and mobile charged defects on the basis of reduced particle size and the increased density of oxygen vacancy analyzed through X-ray photoelectron spectrum.

  12. Properties of the (Sm sub 0 sub . sub 3 sub 3 Eu sub 0 sub . sub 3 sub 3 Gd sub 0 sub . sub 3 sub 3)Ba sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub y superconductor prepared by different processes in air

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    Giovannelli, F; Monot-Laffez, I

    2003-01-01

    Bars and pellets of the (Sm sub 0 sub . sub 3 sub 3 Eu sub 0 sub . sub 3 sub 3 Gd sub 0 sub . sub 3 sub 3)Ba sub 2 Cu sub 3 O sub x superconductor were processed in air, using the floating zone method and the top-seeded melt-textured growth method, respectively. The samples were prepared using different experimental conditions, i.e. maximal processing temperature, translation rate or cooling rate. Their physical properties and their microstructure were studied. All the samples exhibit a satisfying superconducting transition whereas the critical current density greatly depends on the processing parameters. The sample prepared by the floating zone method at 1070 deg C with a translation rate of 2 mm h sup - sup 1 exhibits a very high J sub c value of 70000 A cm sup - sup 2 in the self-field and more than 30000 A cm sup - sup 2 at 1.7 T. The pellet processed at 1080 deg C with a cooling rate of 2 deg C h sup - sup 1 has a high J sub c reaching about 56000 A cm sup - sup 2 in the self-field and more than 32000 A ...

  13. Synthesis, crystal structure and properties of a new lead fluoride borate, Pb{sub 3}OBO{sub 3}F

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    Zhao, Wenwu [Xinjiang Key Laboratory of Electronic Information Materials and Devices, Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 40-1 South Beijing Road, Urumqi 830011 (China); Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Pan, Shilie, E-mail: slpan@ms.xjb.ac.cn [Xinjiang Key Laboratory of Electronic Information Materials and Devices, Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 40-1 South Beijing Road, Urumqi 830011 (China); Dong, Xiaoyu [Xinjiang Key Laboratory of Electronic Information Materials and Devices, Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 40-1 South Beijing Road, Urumqi 830011 (China); Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Li, Junjie; Tian, Xuelin; Fan, Xiaoyun [Xinjiang Key Laboratory of Electronic Information Materials and Devices, Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 40-1 South Beijing Road, Urumqi 830011 (China); Chen, Zhaohui [Xinjiang Key Laboratory of Electronic Information Materials and Devices, Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 40-1 South Beijing Road, Urumqi 830011 (China); Physical and Chemical Detecting Center, Xinjiang University, Urumqi 830046 (China); Zhang, Fangfang [Xinjiang Key Laboratory of Electronic Information Materials and Devices, Xinjiang Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 40-1 South Beijing Road, Urumqi 830011 (China)

    2012-04-15

    Graphical abstract: The structure of Pb{sub 3}OBO{sub 3}F consists of two distortional Pb-centered tetrahedra and BO{sub 3} triangles which are all symmetrical with each other respectively in the gestalt structure to the extent that the Pb{sub 3}OBO{sub 3}F compound crystallizes in the symmetrical space group. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pb{sub 3}OBO{sub 3}F has been grown from PbO-PbF{sub 2}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3} system for the first time. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer It crystallizes in the orthorhombic system, space group Pbcm. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Pb{sub 3}OBO{sub 3}F consists of Pb(1)O{sub 3}F tetrahedra, Pb(2)O{sub 4} tetrahedra and BO{sub 3} triangles. -- Abstract: A new compound, Pb{sub 3}OBO{sub 3}F, has been grown by the high temperature solution method from the PbO-PbF{sub 2}-B{sub 2}O{sub 3} system. It crystallizes in the orthorhombic system, space group Pbcm with unit-cell parameters a = 7.6313(14) Angstrom-Sign , b = 6.5229(12) Angstrom-Sign , c = 11.906(2) Angstrom-Sign , Z = 4, volume = 592.66(19) Angstrom-Sign {sup 3}. The structure of the compound is solved by the direct methods and refined to R{sub 1} = 0.0528 and wR{sub 2} = 0.1400. Pb{sub 3}OBO{sub 3}F consists of Pb(1)O{sub 3}F tetrahedra, Pb(2)O{sub 4} tetrahedra and BO{sub 3} triangles which build up the symmetrical chains extended along the c-axis. The powder X-ray diffraction pattern of the Pb{sub 3}OBO{sub 3}F has been measured. Functional groups presented in the sample were identified by Fourier transform infrared spectrum.

  14. Digestive ripening facilitated atomic diffusion at nanosize regime: Case of AuIn{sub 2} and Ag{sub 3}In intermetallic nanoparticles

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    Arora, Neha [Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012 (India); Jagirdar, Balaji R., E-mail: jagirdar@ipc.iisc.ernet.in [Department of Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560 012 (India); Klabunde, Kenneth J. [Department of Chemistry, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506 (United States)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • A digestive ripening facilitated interatomic diffusion process is presented. • Nearly monodisperse AuIn{sub 2} and Ag{sub 3}In intermetallic nanoparticles were synthesized. • Optimization of reaction temperature facilitates interatomic transfer. • Presence of excess ligand plays a crucial role in the digestive ripening process. - Abstract: Monodisperse colloidal gold–indium (AuIn{sub 2}) intermetallic nanoparticles have been synthesized from Au and In colloids using the digestive ripening process. Formation of the intermetallic proceeds via digestive ripening facilitated atomic diffusion of Au and In atoms from the Au and In nanoparticles followed simultaneously by their growth in the solution. Optimization of the reaction temperature was found to be crucial for the formation of AuIn{sub 2} intermetallic from gold and indium nanoparticles. Transmission electron microscopy revealed the presence of nearly monodisperse nanoparticles of Au and AuIn{sub 2} with particle size distribution of 3.7 ± 1.0 nm and 5.0 ± 1.6 nm, respectively. UV–visible spectral studies brought out the absence of SPR band in pure AuIn{sub 2} intermetallic nanoparticles. Optical study and electron microscopy, in combination with powder X-ray diffraction established phase pure AuIn{sub 2} intermetallic nanoparticles unambiguously. The potential of such an unprecedented approach has been further exploited in the synthesis of Ag{sub 3}In intermetallic nanoparticles with the dimension of less than 10 nm.

  15. Valence shell photoionization energies and cross-sections of NF sub 3 and PF sub 3

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    Jürgensen, A

    2003-01-01

    Relative outer valence shell ionization potentials and cross-sections were determined for the isostructural, Group 15, trifluorides NF sub 3 and PF sub 3 in the gas phase using synchrotron radiation. Excitation photon energies ranged from 70 to 160 eV. The experimental spectra were assigned and cross-sections analyzed with the aid of both MS-X alpha and ab initio calculations. Spectral differences in peak energies and relative intensities are related to structural and electronic differences between these two fluoride molecules. Valence shell ionization potentials were compared to calculated values obtained by several different methods. The partial photoionization cross-sections for each orbital were obtained as a function of excitation energy and compared to theoretical results obtained with the X alpha method.

  16. Mechanical dispersion of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles in steel EUROFER 97: process and optimisation

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    Castro, V. de E-mail: mvcastro@fis.uc3m.es; Leguey, T.; Monge, M.A.; Munoz, A.; Pareja, R.; Amador, D.R.; Torralba, J.M.; Victoria, M

    2003-11-01

    The procedures followed to produce Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}-dispersed EUROFER 97 powder ready to be compacted and hot isostatic pressing processed are reported. An attrition mill has been used under controlled conditions. The compositional and microstructural characterization of the Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}/EUROFER powder along the different steps of the milling process has allowed optimising the processing conditions to obtain a nanosized Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} dispersion. TEM observations performed on Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}/EUROFER powder milled under these specific conditions reveal the presence of monoclinic Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} dispersoids having sizes around 10 nm in the ferrite/martensite matrix.

  17. Synthesis, magnetic and dielectric characterization of nanocrystalline solid solutions of In{sub 2−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.05, 0.10 and 0.15)

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    Ahmad, Tokeer, E-mail: tahmad3@jmi.ac.in [Nanochemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 110025 (India); Khatoon, Sarvari [Nanochemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi 110025 (India); Coolahan, Kelsey [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ 08028 (United States)

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: Monophasic and crystalline In{sub 2−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} nanoparticles of size 8–15 nm have been synthesized solvothermally and showed red shift in energy band gap which decreases on increasing Ni{sup 2+} concentration in In{sub 2}O{sub 3} host lattice. - Highlights: • Monophasic Ni-doped In{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles by solvothermal method for first time. • Plausible reaction mechanism using thermogravimetric analysis. • High surface area with small particle size obtained. • Solid solutions exhibit paramagnetism with very weak antiferromagnetic interactions. - Abstract: In{sub 2−x}Ni{sub x}O{sub 3} (x = 0.05, 0.10 and 0.15) nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by solvothermal method by the thermal decomposition of oxalate precursor at 450 °C for the first time. X-ray diffraction studies showed the formation of highly crystalline and monophasic cubic structure of In{sub 2}O{sub 3} which is attributed to the formation of solid solution. These nanoparticles show good optical transmittance in the visible region. Optical measurements showed an energy band gap which decreases with increasing Ni concentration. The grain size decreases from 15 nm to 8 nm and surface area increases from 90 to 254 m{sup 2} g{sup −1} on increasing the Ni concentration. High dielectric constant and dielectric loss has been obtained which indicates the conducting nature of these solid solutions. Magnetic measurements showed that the samples are strong paramagnetic in nature with very weak antiferromagnetic interactions. No evidence of ferromagnetism is observed for these solid solutions at room temperature.

  18. Kinetics of the CH{sub 3} + HCl/DCl {sup {yields}} CH{sub 4}/CH{sub 3}D + Cl and CD{sub 3} + HCl/DCl {sup {yields}} CD{sub 3}H/CD{sub 4} + Cl reactions: An experimental H atom tunneling investigation

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    Eskola, Arkke J. [Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, P.O. Box 55 (A.I. Virtasen aukio 1), FIN-00014, University of Helsinki, Helsinki (Finland); Seetula, Jorma A. [Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, P.O. Box 55 (A.I. Virtasen aukio 1), FIN-00014, University of Helsinki, Helsinki (Finland)], E-mail: seetula@csc.fi; Timonen, Raimo S. [Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, P.O. Box 55 (A.I. Virtasen aukio 1), FIN-00014, University of Helsinki, Helsinki (Finland)

    2006-12-11

    The kinetics of the radical reactions of CH{sub 3} with HCl or DCl and CD{sub 3} with HCl or DCl have been investigated in a temperature controlled tubular reactor coupled to a photoionization mass spectrometer. The CH{sub 3} (or CD{sub 3}) radical, R, was produced homogeneously in the reactor by a pulsed 193 nm exciplex laser photolysis of CH{sub 3}COCH{sub 3} (or CD{sub 3}COCD{sub 3}). The decay of CH{sub 3}/CD{sub 3} was monitored as a function of HCl/DCl concentration under pseudo-first-order conditions to determine the rate constants as a function of temperature, typically from 188 to 500 K. The rate constants of the CH{sub 3} and CD{sub